Oh Snap – Adorable Alligator or Cute Crocodile

Due to the Easter Bank Holiday, there wasn’t a Card & (Your) Cuppa session last week.

Instead, I’m sharing this cute Birthday card using the fun Oh Snap Stamp Set from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Oh Snap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t make up my mind if it’s an adorable alligator or a cute crocodile!

My colour combination is Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party and Whisper White. Along with Basic Gray for the sentiment.

There are a couple of retiring items in this project, the Classic Label Punch and the Artistry Blooms DSP. If you want to own these, then make sure you grab them while stocks last.

Oh Snap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the water, the background images are stamped in Pool Party and Mango Melody. Using a Blender Pen, the lily flowers are given a touch of colour.

After stamping the alligator/crocodile onto the DSP, I then did a lot of fussy cutting. If you’re not a fan of fussy cutting, then skip this part! Oh Snap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, one of the messages from this Oh Snap Stamp Set punched out using the Classic Label Punch.

Finally, the alligator/crocodile is raised up using Dimensionals.

As this is in the January-June Mini Catalogue, it’s not retiring at this time. Why not snap up (sorry!) your own set?

Or join me at my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

I’ve used Whisper White in my project, which has now been replaced with Basic White. See this post for full details while I work through my supply.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Your Way!

For the final Card & (Your) Cuppa of the year, I gave the attendees a challenge.

This was a free-for-all, do it your way project. Rather than me providing a pre-made project for them to create, I sent a pack of items for them to make whatever they wanted.

I did, however, provide ideas from flowers, presents and baubles to whet their imagination.

From the items, I made this project.

Your Way. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the packs included strips of Artistry Blooms DSP, along with co-ordinating Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody Cardstock, and more, I cut pieces of the DSP and made them into presents.

Your Way. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Shapes from the Whale Builder Punch from the packs made bows for the top of the presents. I love using shapes in different ways.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set cut out using the Classic Label Punch is sat on a length of Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Finally, the presents are stuck down with the middle one stuck using Dimensionals.

This was my final class of 2021. Classes for 2021 begin w/c 11th Jan. Head to my Class Timetable for full details and to book your place.

Don’t forget to take a look at the current special offers and clearance items. Treat yourself to a bargain!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Love of Leaves for my Lovely Customers

You know how much I love making thank you cards for those who support my business. This is the card I send to my lovely July customers, made using the Love of Leaves Bundle.

Love of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Everyone who places an order with me during the month, receives a handmade thank you card from me the following month. If you use the Hostess Code for your online order, you’ll receive a little gift from me too.

For this project, I chose to use just two colours, Cinnamon Cider and Pear Pizzazz, along with Very Vanilla. Cinnamon Cider is one of the new In Colors for 2020 and works really well in this colour combination.

The Love of Leaves Bundle from the Mini Catalogue is made up of the Love of Leaves Stamp Set and the stunning Stitched Leaves Dies. Take a look at the pretty stitched lines on the leaf. I fell in love with this bundle rather quickly. Not only does the stamp set have a variety of leaf designs, it has some great sentiments too.

A simple background is made by stamping the leaf multiple times in one colour. Then, I die-cut the leaf shape in the other colour.

Love of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A couple of lengths of of the beautifully tactile Embroidered Ribbon, again from the Mini Catalogue, is stuck to the back of the leaf.

Cinnamon Cider ink is used to stamp the sentiment, cut out with the Classic Label Punch.

Love of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the leaf piece is attached with Dimensionals to raise it up off the page.

I’m looking forward to making the cards for my August customers. It’s not too late to add yourself to my list by placing an order.

Why not also learn how to make cards like this at one of my classes too. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Pop-up Banner

This pop-up banner card for last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class project is probably the most complicated I’ve taught the attendees so far. As I also like a challenge, I decided to use it as the Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children project too!

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It begins life as a Coastal Cabana easel card base, with a fold in the centre, plus a fold across the front too.

Two goalpost pieces are added to the bottom half of the fold. These are long strips with a fold in the middle that are glued in an open position. They are folded at the very end as they sandwich everything together.

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

On the lower section, three flags are attached to a piece of the twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. The twine has three strands in Whisper White, Misty Moonlight and a metallic piece. All three pieces are used on this project.

My flags are made from strips of the Playing with Patterns DSP. I only used three strips for the whole project. Each end of the strips are cut with the new Banners Pick a Punch before they are cut into 4.

As each piece is folded, the shape is cut by hand onto the non-punched ends. This is because they are too short to fit in the punch.

When attaching the flags to the twine, make sure you only glue the DSP and avoid the twine. You want to be able to move the flags into position and can’t do this if they are stuck to the twine.

A piece of Tear & Tape secures the ends of the twine to the goalpost piece. Overhang the ends as you can cut these off later.

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the top section, 7 flags are attached to the other section piece of twine.  These are then tied onto the goalpost sections. At this point the goalposts can be folded in half and glued to the bottom section to sandwich everything together.

To stop the top section swinging backwards behind the goalposts, I put a small amount of glue on the outside flags to attach them to the goalposts.

My birthday sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, again with a punched end. This sits on top of the metallic piece of twine and hides the bottom string.

You can now cut off any overhanging pieces of twine from the edge. I decided to cut off the bottom pieces, but left the top.

Finally, a second sentiment, also from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and two sections of remaining flags are added to the base using Dimensionals. This is to ‘lock’ the pop-up banner in place for the receipient.

Pop-up Banner. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To join us at a future Card & (Your) Cuppa Class. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Abstract/Shapes Class – A Project Full of Holes

Here is the next project from my Abstract/Shapes Papercrafting Class – a project full of holes!

 A project full of holes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a great project for children as it’s bright and fun.

The first step is to stick the Thick Whisper White basecard and Basic Black layer together. I chose Black and White as it makes the bright colours pop even more.

Then, holes are cut into the Whisper White Layer using the Layering Circles and Layering Squares dies. Make sure you leave some space between each shape as you need to be able to add the colour.

 A project full of holes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, using pieces of bright cardstock, I drew round the unwanted cut out pieces. Don’t forget to use those unwanted pieces on other projects afterwards.

You can either draw round them leaving a bit of an extra margin, or draw round the shape normally. When you cut them out, each shape needs to be slightly larger so it can sit comfortably behind the hole.

Once they are cut out, take time lining up each shape in turn behind their relevant hole and gluing it onto the black layer. You’ll need to take your white piece back and forth lots of times.

Add your sentiment to the white layer, gluing just the part that touches it. My sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and I’ve made a banner end by using the Classic Label Punch. You could also use the new Banners Pick a Punch from the Mini Catalogue for this too.

Finally, use Dimensionals to attach the white layer to the black layer. This gives the shapes more depth as the white layer floats above the colours.

 A project full of holes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The same effect can be achieved by using DSP behind the shapes too. There are lots of different ways this design can be used to create different effects.

Why not try it for yourself?

If you want to join one of my future classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Saying Thank You with Blossoms in Bloom

Today I’m sharing my thank you to all those who shopped with me during June. I love this part of my job.

This ‘thank you’ card is made using the new Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue.

Blossoms in Bloom. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination of Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Old Olive is a well know favourite. Please tell me it’s not just me that only has to look at a Melon Mambo Ink Pad to get covered in the ink?

As I was stamping multiples and the main stamp is quite large, my Stamparatus came in handy. It makes it easier to ink up and stamp in the same place each time.

For the centres and leaves, I did those production line style by hand. The stamps are Photopolymer, so I was able to see where I was stamping.

Blossoms in Bloom. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using one of my favourite punches, the Classic Label, I cut out the sentiments.

Everything is stuck together with SEAL. Two Rhinestones added to the edges of the sentiment give a touch of sparkle.

Blossoms in Bloom. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are some of the pile waiting for my note to be added. For those who used the Hostess Code, a little extra something was included in their envelopes.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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In Color Introduction Class – Magenta Madness

If you are a fan of pink, then the new Magenta Madness ‘In Color’ is your gal. She’s a very bright in-your-face kind of pink.

Magenta Madness with Many Blossoms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For her ‘In Color’ Class project, Blushing Bride back and Whisper White flower pieces from the Many Layered Blossoms Dies did most of the work.

Using Adhesive Sheets on the Whisper White piece before cutting it out made things much simpler when it came to sticking the pieces together. Rather than spending ages with Fine-Tip Glue, the whole piece was already sticky and ready to adhere.

If you’re adding Wink of Stella, particuarly in the centre of the flowers, do it before sticking the pieces together. It’s a lot easier.

Magenta Madness with Many Blossoms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the two pieces now one, it was attached to the Magenta Madness basecard using Fine-Tip Glue.

Using the Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set and a Classic Label Punch shape, the sentiment is perfect for this project.

It has a couple of lengths of co-ordinating ‘In Color’ ribbon crossed behind it.

Magenta Madness with Many Blossoms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Enamel Dots were placed on the project.

I think these Dies, with the matching Stamp Set in the Bundle are going to be regulars on my craft desk in the coming months. There are so many different ways to use them.

If you’re enjoying these projects from my ‘In Color’ Class, why not join me for one of my other classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Painted Poppies and Floral Essence for a Special Birthday

Today I’m sharing another special commission with you. I created this card using Painted Poppies and Floral Essence, plus a few punches.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It a special Birthday card for one of my regular class attendees and is based on this card I made previously.

The marble effect background is from the only Ink Pad I used on the project, Melon Mambo. The image is from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, part of a 10% discounted Bundle with the Painted Labels Dies. Take a look at the Annual Catalogue to see all the available Bundles.

One of the dies from the Bundle, also cut in Melon Mambo is underneath the flowers. Highland Heather Sprig Punch shapes are also behind the flowers.

Floral Essence and the matching Perennial Flower Punch create the pretty flowers. A Blender Pen colours the flowers slightly by dragging the ink from the centre.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Well Said provides the sentiment and these are cut using the Classic Label Punch, then placing them in the ‘wrong’ way and creating a banner end. For the layers, these are cut using the Triple Banner Punch.

As the card was being hand-delivered, there were a lot more layers than I would create for regular post.

My favourite ribbon to colour, the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding has the colouring treatment with a Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend.

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers and a few Rhinestones for some sparkle.

Take a look at the various classes and kits I have available at my Class Timetable. Or, if it ‘isn’t your thing’ and you’d like me to create something for you instead, then take a look at my handmade cards page.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Mystery Pack – Garage Blues

Last week’s Mystery pack contained lots of blue items. Along with any of these items, the recipients were allowed to use scissors, adhesive, one inkpad and a sentiment to create a card.

Garage Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The blues I used are Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Pool Party and Seaside Spray, along with Whisper White.

Here is the project I made with the contents of the pack, one inkpad, a sentiment, scissors and adhesive.

Garage Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To see how I put it together, take a look at the video below.

The shapes made using the Classic Label Punch created a great road effect for my project. Other recipients used the shapes as a picket fence.

Garage Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My sentiment is from the matching Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and is stamped in Pacific Point to match the die cut car shape.

Garage Blues. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project didn’t take long to put together and is a fun Birthday card for a car fan.

Don’t forget that the current Annual Catalogue ends on 2nd June, so there are only a few days left to get your hands on items on the retiring list.

Why not sign up for a future Mystery Pack. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Sending Dandelion Wishes

What better way to let someone know you are thinking of them than sending a handmade card. Over the past few weeks I’ve been sending dandelion wishes in the form of these little notes.

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These monochrome Notecards in a range of colours were fun to make, but even nicer to send.

I made them using Notecards in Very Vanilla (above) and Whisper White (below). As these come in packs of 20, pre-scored and with matching envelopes, they are great for mass production.

The accent colours were Gorgeous Grape, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Rococo Rose and Melon Mambo. My Stamparatus came in handy for stamping the dandelions, as I could line them up in the same place each time.

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, cut using the Classic Label punch, with a layered piece behind, just finished off each card. Seriously, if you haven’t got this punch in your collection, you NEED it. It’s my go-to punch and useful for so many different projects.

You can see the full range of the colours I used in the pictures below, these are Very Vanilla.

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs     Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are the Whisper White ones. Do you have favourite?

Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs      Sharing Dandelion Wishes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made sure that these cards could be sent on to someone else too as I wrote on a separate slip inside. It’s important to keep sharing nice things, and this was a perfect way to do just that.

Why not make your own cards to give to someone else, join one of my classes and get creative, or order your own products and make your own. Alternatively, if it’s ‘not your thing’, then let me send a card on your behalf.

Find out more at my Social Isolation Classes page.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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