Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card

This Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card is one I made for a regular class attendee.

Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a version of this project, and this project, but uses a circle instead.

Soft Sea Foam and Calypso Coral are my main colours for the basecard and layer.

The circle from the Swirly Frames Stamp Set is stamped in delicate Soft Sea Foam onto a layer of Whisper White.

Then, using the Detailed Trio Punch, the corners are rounded to mirror the circle.

Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set are stamped in Calypso Coral, with Bumblebee centres. I’ve used Pear Pizzazz for the leaves, as the stamping stands out against the Soft Sea Foam.

A touch of Wink of Stella for the centre of the flowers adds some sparkle.

Each leaf and flower is cut out by hand and stuck on with Glue Dots.

Blossoms in Bloom Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, I have cut three layers using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, each a little longer than the previous one.

Finally, co-ordinating Artistry Blooms Sequins are added for some extra bling.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Fabulous Florals – Poppy Moments Dies

Earlier this week I held an evening online Papercrafting Class. The subject was Fabulous Florals and this is one of the cards from session.

Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Poppy Moments Dies, with a sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set.

The black and white background really sets of off the red and green colours of the flowers.

I chose Cherry Cobbler and Real Red for the flowers, with Granny Apple Green and Old Olive for the leaves.

The shapes layer on top of each other to create depth and it’s a really lovely effect. A bud sticking out the side just adds a touch more interest too.Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centres are in Basic Black, coloured with Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.

Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With everything assembled, the leaves, sentiment and bud are stuck directly onto the card.

Finally, the flowers are attached with Dimensionals to raise them off the page.

This is a great project that would suit a number of occasions, from happy to sad. It would also look fabulous in other colour ways too.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Customer Thank You cards using Comfort & Hope

It’s my favourite time of the month again. It’s when I make and send Thank You cards to the fabulous customers who have supported my business during the previous month.

August’s customers will have hopefully now received these cards I made using the fabulous Comfort & Hope Stamp Set.

Customer Thank You Cards using Comfort & Hope. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I was sad when some of the texture and grunge-type Stamp Sets retired, but this Comfort & Hope Stamp Set is helping to fill that gap for me.

I haven’t used it very often, but I expect it will get a few more outings.

My colour combination is Blushing Bride, Pool Party, So Saffron and Soft Sea Foam from the Subtles Collection.Customer Thank You Cards using Comfort & Hope. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each image is stamped across the page to create an abstract pattern.

The loop of thread image has a sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set stamped in the centre. This is then cut out with the 2″ Circle Punch.

I love that there are even rhinestone images in this Stamp Set.Customer Thank You Cards using Comfort & Hope. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A swoosh of the Sheer Ribbon in co-ordinating Pool Party is stuck behind the sentiment.

Finally, some ‘real’ Rhinestones dot around the project to add some sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies

It’s a purple start to the week with yesterday’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project and this Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies card!

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the same design as this recent project, I went monochrome for my Sister-in-Law’s Birthday.

Re-using designs by just changing the colours or stamp sets is a great way to get the most out of your crafting as it saves lots of time. Also, if you aren’t sure what to create, it helps to give you a starting point.

Highland Heather and Whisper White come together with lots of tone-on-tone stamping.

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Swirly Frames provides the pretty rectangle outline. The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch create lots of butterflies.

To create depth,  a few butterflies are stamped directly onto the card. The rest are then layered over the top using Glue Dots.

Highland Heather Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Happy Birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is simply cut out and stuck using Dimensionals to raise it up.

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella on the large butterfly and a scattering of Rhinestones add a touch of sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Postage Stamp Punched Pieces in Purple

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I revisited another card from my Abstract/Shapes Papercrafting Class.

This time, it was Postage Stamp punched pieces in purples shades, rather than blues.

The Postage Stamp Punch is a fabulous new tool from the Mini Catalogue.

Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Thick Whisper White for the basecard allows each of the colours to shine.

We have Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss.Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My top tip for projects like this is to stick the shapes onto another piece. This stops the needs for being really accurate with your cutting and sticking.

All that’s needed is to arrange the pieces in a pattern, leaving a small gap between each one. Any overhang is then cut off before sticking this piece onto the basecard.Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My sentiment is from the Forever Fern Stamp Set and is cut out using the Postage Stamp Punch. As the notches can be lined up, it’s fairly easy to cut the shape smaller than the original shape.

A loop of Metallic-Edge Ribbon is then stuck to the project, before the sentiment is added using some Mini Dimensionals.

This design is really quick and easy to make. You could even make a batch and add a relevant sentiment when it is time to send.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Just Wanted to Say

Have you had those moments where you ‘Just Wanted to Say…’? If so, this project is just perfect!

Using items from Ornate Garden Suite from the Annual Catalogue, a pretty daisy-themed card comes together.

Just Wanted to Say. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Bumblebee and Old Olive for the basecard and layer co-ordinate with the colours of the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP. As this piece of DSP is quite busy, I chose something simple to go with it.

The flower from the Ornate Style Stamp Set in the Suite, stamped in Early Espresso onto Bumblebee cardstock, keeps everything co-ordinated.

Using Watercolor Pencils, I very lightly coloured the petals in Whisper White and the stem and leaf in Old Olive. For the centre of the daisy, Wink of Stella adds a bit of sparkle.

Just Wanted to Say. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Just wanted to say’ is from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set. It’s one of the sentiments that you would traditionally stamp inside the card, but I like to use things in slightly different ways! I’ve trimmed each end to follow the angle of the words.

Using Dimensionals, the daisy and sentiment piece are raised up off the DSP to add some depth.

Just Wanted to Say. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m really hoping the recipient likes this card.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature

For this Birthday Card, a favourite Stamp Set combines with a new favourite Stamp Set. This project is Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla. I think the Very Vanilla helps to keep this a warmer mix of colours. Also, using a Thick Very Vanilla basecard, the colours are not fighting with each other.

Using the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set, the tree section is stamped in Sahara Sand.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I’ve used the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and Punch Bundle to create the tiny leaves and acorn. For each one, the stamping is tone-on-tone.

They are all scattered across the project to create a falling effect and each stuck using Multipurpose Glue.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set provide the Birthday message. One end is given a banner shape, using the new Banners Pick a Punch. On the other end, an acorn is added.

The sentiment piece is then attached using Mini Dimensionals, to raise it off the page.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Essential Tag Punch: Take Two

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, it was take two for the Essential Tag Punch.

Essential Tag Punch: Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I previously made this project at one of my recent Papercrafting Classes. The Card & (Your) Cuppa attendees liked it and wanted to make one, hence the reason for Essential Tag Punch: Take Two.

For this version, I’ve chosen Just Jade as my main colour.

Once again, it uses the Forever Greenery DSP, cut out with the Essential Tag Punch from the Mini Catalogue. I chose three pieces of DSP and cut two from each, in different orientations. This is so they could be used for either the top or bottom row.

It’s easier to start with the middle two shapes and work out, as you can decide your distances between the shapes. The shapes overhung the edges on mine, so I trimmed them down.

Essential Tag Punch: Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Lovely You Stamp Set is stamped in co-ordinating Just Jade onto a punched circle.

This is layered onto a length of Just Jade Ribbon and a die cut from the Forever Flourishing Dies.

Essential Tag Punch: Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By make some small changes, using different sheets of DSP, using Just Jade and adding a sentiment, you can see the differences.

The previous one is below (right). Which do you prefer?

Essential Tag Punch:Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Essential Tag Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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A Bright Flowering Frame

This bright flowering flame in Magenta Madness is today’s project.

I was flicking through the Annual Catalogue and stopped at Page 69. This is my version of the project on that page.

A Bright Flowering Frame. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s no secret that I use the catalogues for my inspiration. I change the colours, change the stamp sets or change the design slightly.

My colour combination is Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green and Whisper White. Magenta Madness is one of the five new In Colors for 2020 and this combination really zings.

For my version, I began by stamping the large rectangle image from the Swirly Frames Stamp Set in Whisper White ink.

A Bright Flowering Frame. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Then, using Magenta Madness, I stamped flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set tone-on-tone onto a separate piece. I also added a few leaves to the background too. I used a Blender Pen to draw the colour onto the petals.

The larger flowers are cut using the Small Bloom Punch, with the smaller ones needing fussy cutting. For the leaves, the Sprig Punch gives us the two longer pieces, with the smaller leaves again stamped tone-on-tone, this time in Granny Apple Green.

Using Glue Dots for each item, I firstly built layers of leaves, adding the flowers on top.

‘For You’ comes from the Well Said Stamp Set and is added using Mini Dimensionals to raise it up off the background.

A Bright Flowering Frame. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Epoxy Droplets make the centre of the large flowers, with Rhinestones for the rest of the sparkle.

Even though I’m not a lover of pink, this bright flowering frame design really pops and is a great project for any occasion. I now have an idea for another design!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happiness is… Hippo Happiness

It had to happen sooner or later! I finally got to play with my Hippo Happiness Stamp Set and Dies Bundle.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This cute project just uses the hippo parts of the Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Die to cut it out.

I used Smoky Slate to stamp the hippos all across the background. Then using Smoky Slate again, stamped the three pieces to make the die-cut hippo. First the darker body piece, then the features, then finally, the full piece I used for the background, this time stamped off first.

As my new Cut & Emboss machine has arrived, I used it to cut out the hippo. I’m adore this machine already. You definitely need one in your life.

It comes with the plates you need to get started – 1 Base Plate, 1 Die Plate, 2 Cutting Plates, and 1 Specialty Plate. No receiving the machine and not being able to use it straight away. Just assemble the handle following the easy instructions and off you go. The plates are all numbered too and have information on which ones to use for cutting and embossing.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I knew I wanted to use a green colour to go with the grey (well, I am HIPPOFROG Designs after all!), I couldn’t decide which one to use. Then, my eyes fell on the gingham ribbon in the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. This ribbon gives the project a fun look, so using co-ordinating cardstock and ink in the same colour, made Just Jade the perfect choice.

Using the Banners Pick a Punch to shape the end of the sentiment strips, these were stuck together, along with the piece of ribbon.

Finally, the hippo was stuck on a punched circle layer which was attached using Dimensionals.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think I may be creating a few more projects with this set.

If only there was a similar frog based bundle available to use along with this Hippo Happiness one…

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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