Countdown to Christmas #12

My final project of my Countdown to Christmas series is Countdown to Christmas #12.

If you need a quick and simple Christmas Card that is simple to replicate in lots of different colours, then this is it!

One ink pad, matching cardstock, plus Whisper White or Very Vanilla, a couple of stamps, some punched shapes and a swish of ribbon is all you need.

Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this monochrome look, I’ve used Misty Moonlight and Just Jade.

Using the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set in first and second generation stamping, this creates a snowy background. You can leave yours blank, or use a different image.Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I chose my focal image, a tree from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set, stamping it three times. The Just Jade is tone-on-tone, Misty Moonlight onto Whisper White.

The important thing is to stamp 3 of these. Then either cut or punch them out like I have here using the co-ordinating Pine Tree Punch.

These are then stuck onto layered circles. You can use any shape for your layers. These are to help them stand out from the background.Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A loop of ribbon is then stuck behind where the circles will sit.

Finally, the centre piece is stuck on using Dimensionals.

Perfect for those moments when you receive a card from someone you’ve forgotten to send to!

Do you have a favourite?Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This design is so simple to replicate using different stamp sets and shapes.

I also made some more using red for one design and pink for another. There aren’t any picture of those though!

Don’t forget to take a look at the Christmas items that are retiring and grab yourself a bargain.

Also, my classes for the first part of 2021 are open for booking. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene

Our penultimate Card & (Your) Cuppa session of 2020 used Majestic Mountain Dies to create a winter scene.

Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With a colour combination of Night of Navy, Seaside Spray and Whisper White, the scene began to take shape.

The shapes are all cut using the Majestic Mountains Dies.Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Attendees could choose to create a Night of Navy background, or leave it White. They could also add a snowy top to the mountains too.

Using the top of the mountain shape, the outline is traced and cut out to create the snow, with a freehand curvy line for the bottom of the snow. Wink of Stella adds some icy sparkle before it is stuck to the top of the mountain.

Instead of the straight bottom for the forest, the forest snowline is created by using the bottom of the mountain as an outline.

Everything is then layered to create the scene.

A loop of the Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is then added.

Three trees at the front, with the solid one coated in Wink of Stella are stuck together. The solid tree hides the glue used to stick them all together!

These are then stuck on top using Dimensionals.Majestic Mountain Dies to Create a Winter Scene. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Champagne Rhinestones are dotted across the sky to resemble stars.

Perfect to use as a Christmas Card, or for a Winter Birthday.

Make sure you take a look at the retiring list for the August-December Mini Catalogue, along with the weekend’s announcement regarding Whisper White.

My schedule for classes for the first part of 2021 is now live. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Countdown to Christmas #11

Countdown to Christmas #11 is all about the Tag Buffet Project Kit.

This fabulous kit isn’t just great for tags, it’s perfect for making cards too.

What’s even better is that it is half price in the Year-End Closeout Sale. Not only that, but the co-ordinating Tag Buffet Stamp Set is on offer too. Grab a bargain while you can.

Countdown to Christmas #11. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I finally had some time to sit down and make my own Christmas cards, so I grabbed the Project Kit and a few hours later I had 30 cards.

The kit contains all the items to make 30 tags (5 each of 6 designs), plus there are five additional Christmas trees too. As there are Cardinal Birds in the set, I chose to use the extra Christmas trees instead.

Countdown to Christmas #11. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Adding Thick Whisper White Cardstock bases and Real Red, Shaded Spruce and some Whisper White layers made the pieces co-ordinate.

My sentiments are from the Tag Buffet Stamp Set, again in Real Red and Shaded Spruce.

Each tag has a pretty DSP layer, a white and gold layer, a pre-printed shape, a shape for the sentiment and some Gold thread. Plus is has a fabulous box they can go in, or you can re-use it and gift it on.

As the kit comes with full instructions, each design is quick and easy to put together.

I decided to keep two of the designs as tags with those stuck onto a card. For the others, I cut the backing pieces into different shapes and sat the shapes on top.

Countdown to Christmas #11. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #11. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #11. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #11. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

You could use the other stamps from the set to add extra images, or some extra bling with Wink of Stella or gems.

I was more than happy with the sparkly thread behind each piece.

Here are the designs I made.

Countdown to Christmas #11. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsDon’t forget to check out all the items in the Year-End Closeout, and also the items that will be returning in a future catalogue.

If you want to join me for my classes, then take a look at my Class Timetable as my 2021 classes are now OPEN for booking.

Join me next week for my final weekly Countdown to Christmas project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Home Together Dies

On this day in 2015, I held my first Card & Cuppa session in a local cafe. Fast forward 5 years and they are still running (currently remotely), with some attendees from those first few weeks still joining me.

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project I used the Home Together Dies.Home Together Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d made this project for one of my regular attendees and they mentioned that they wouldn’t mind making one like it.

It’s a project that can be a New Home card, or a Christmas Card, depending on how it is finished.

The colour combination is Just Jade and Bumblebee In Colors, along with Mint Macaron and Whisper White.

First, a length of the Metallic Mesh Ribbon is added across the back of the project. I love using this ribbon in this way. It’s great for adding texture, especially as I’m currently unable to send stamped images.

Then, each house is assembled with the relevant heart or star insert.

These houses are then attached to the strip using Tear & Tape. As the ribbon has holes in it, the Tear & Tape manages to bind to the cardstock underneath.

Using Dimensionals, the car is aded between the houses, again with the adhesive sticking to the cardstock.

If making this a Christmas Card, the tree is popped on top of the car.

The sentiment sits on a length of Basketweave Combo Ribbon with a cut out from centre of the house.

Finally, a few Rhinestones are added for an extra touch of sparkle.

Home Together Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Keep an eye on my Class Timetable as my 2021 schedule will be going live very soon.

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Special Christmas Cards – Poinsettia Dies

My final project for my recent Special Christmas Cards class uses the Poinsettia Dies.

It’s become tradition for me to include a Poinsettia project in this class, so this year couldn’t disappoint!

Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This stunning project is made in Real Red, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla, with Bumblebee flowers and Gold Foil Sheets.

The fabulous Poinsettia Dies not only cut, they emboss a beautiful pattern too.

Each section is firstly made up of two pieces. These are then layered together using Dimensionals to make the Poinsettia.Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Gold Foil Sheet for a layer co-ordinates with the gold leaf pieces and the loop of Metallic Edge Ribbon.Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centre is filled with Metallic Pearls, there are handy little indentations that the pearls sit in perfectly.

Plus a few pearls are scattered around the poinsettia too.

All the projects in this class had a matching handmade box to make too. This one has an Old Olive base and Real Red top. I’ve decorated mine and the attendees were able to do the same with theirs too. Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are all of the projects from the class. Do you have a favourite?

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Poinsettial Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsRemember to place any orders by the end of 9th December for pre-Christmas delivery.

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Countdown to Christmas #10

For Countdown to Christmas #10, I’m sharing the final project from my Crack Your Christmas Cards Class.

Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As with the other projects from this class, the  card used the Tag Buffet Stamp Set.

Again, Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White is the colour combination.

This project uses the paper piecing technique and fussy cutting.

By stamping the stocking onto two different pieces of cardstock and cutting them out, the white stocking pieces were stuck onto the Real Red main piece.

Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The stocking has also been stamped multiple times in Real Red to the right of the Whisper White piece.

Using a Blender Pen, these have been coloured slightly to match the paper pieced stocking.

A length of the Braided Linen Trim is looped behind a punched circle shape. This shape is raised using Dimensionals before the stocking is added to it.

Finally, some red Wonderful Gems add a touch of festive sparkle.

Pop back tomorrow for another Christmas project. Plus, my Countdown to Christmas series continues next Friday.

Here are all four class projects together. Do you have a favourite?

Countdown to Christmas #6. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Countdown to Christmas #7. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #10. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Keep an eye on my Class Timetable as details of 2021 Classes will be released very soon.

Don’t forget to place any orders by 9th December for pre-Christmas delivery.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Special Christmas Cards – Sweetest Borders Dies

This candle project is another design from my recent Special Christmas Cards class.

It’s a nod to the project on Page 21 of the August-December Mini Catalogue.

Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake provide the base card and layer, with Garden Green and Real Red for the holly.

The candles are made from Copper Foil Sheets, with flames from the Perennial Flower Punch.

I think the attendees are talking to me again after this project, as it was a little bit fiddly!

Using Tear and Tape on the back of the holly, leaving the backing on, each of the pieces was infilled with the opposite colour piece on the front.

Then, Real Red pieces were added to the back to fill in for the holly berries.

Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m not sure if you can see it very well as the Copper Foil Sheets are shiny, but I have embossed the candles using the scoring blade on my Paper Trimmer.

The flames have a Wink of Stella sparkle added to them before the candles are stuck to the Whisper White layer.

A length of Ribbon from the Basket Weave Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack is attached to back of the holly piece.

This piece is then attached using lots of Dimensionals to raise it above the candles.

Finally, Wonderful Gems are added to some of the berries for some extra sparkle.

Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the projects for this class included a box to be made too. This one had a Crumb Cake base with a Pear Pizzazz top that I have decorated.

Sweetest Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon to see the final project from this class.

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Special Christmas Cards – Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card

As we’ve now reached December, I’ll be sharing Christmas projects on each post this week.

My regular Special Christmas Cards took place remotely a few weeks ago.

At the class, the attendees make three Christmas cards for the special people in their lives.

One of the projects is always more tailored towards children, and I’m sharing it with you today.

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve wanted to make a shaker card at class for AGES, and this year I did it, thanks to the fabulous Shaker Domes.

My colour combination is Seaside Spray, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Whisper White and Silver.

The Snow Globe Scenes Dies provide the correct size hole for the the Shaker Dome, along with the polar bears and stand pieces. There are lots of other shapes in the dies too.

Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I coated my bears in Wink of Stella and cut a rough outline of snow for them to sit on before adding my Sequins for Everything shaker pieces.

These were then all sealed very carefully into the dome, ensuring it was firmly in place.

The Shimmery White layer was then sealed on top before attaching the whole piece to the base and layer.Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Night of Navy and Silver stand is then added to the front.

The attendees also had the word SNOW cut out from the Playful Alphabet Dies in their kits, plus some Rhinestones too. They could choose to use these if they wanted. Mine is still blank as I haven’t make a final decision on those yet!

Finally, a box was made for the finished Polar Bear Shaker Dome card to sit in. It has a Night of Navy base and Seaside Spray top.

I’ve stamped mine to add some decoration.Polar Bear Shaker Dome Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon for another project from this Class.

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Countdown to Christmas #9

This purple holly for Countdown to Christmas #9 uses non-traditional colours.

Countdown to Christmas #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Highland Heather, Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White. Who says Christmas cards have to be green and red?

It’s my version of a project on Page 21 of the August-December Mini Catalogue.

I’ve used the Sweetest Time Stamp Set and Dies Bundle, the same as the catalogue.

Countdown to Christmas #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Sponge Brayer and one of the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks create my dotty backgound. I think it looks great agains the circles of the berries.

The Highland Heather holly leaves are then stuck to the dotty background.

One of the Tasteful Labels Dies provides the centre shape for the sentiment.

Crinkle Seam Binding gives the lovely swoosh of ribbon for the sentiment to sit on.

Countdown to Christmas #9. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the sentiment attached with Dimensionals, the berries are finally stuck down to finish the project.

I love how this has turned out. I might make a few more in different colours.

Why not grab this Stamp Set and Dies 10% off Bundle and make your own version.

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Countdown to Christmas #8

This week’s Countdown to Christmas #8 (how is it number 8 already?) is another project from my Crack Your Christmas Cards Class.

Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As with all the projects from the Class, it uses the Tag Buffet Stamp Set.

The colour combination is Real Red, Garden Green and Very Vanilla, traditional Christmas colours.

Various leaf images are stamped first and second generation from the centre.

A bauble is stamped onto a separate piece and cut out by hand. Some subtle colouring using Wink of Stella adds a touch of sparkle.Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of the Braided Linen Trim is added to create the hanging decoration effect.

The bauble is stuck on a punched circle shape and then raised on Dimensionals over the ribbon. This adds to the overall look.Countdown to Christmas #8. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, a few Wonderful Gems are dotted around the project for some extra glimmer.

My 2020 evening classes may be finished for the year, but keep an eye on my Class Timetable for my soon to be released 2021 schedule.

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