Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 9 Day 2

This is the second slightly delayed Crafty Christmas Weekend Workout and is another ‘fancy’ Christmas Card.

3D Present Card Stampin' Up!

The inside of this card is the star of the show, so the outside is slightly understated.

However, a card this size (again A5) lends itself to using one of the fabulous large sentiments from the Wonderful Year Stamp Set and layering it onto a piece of Gold card.

3D Present Card Stampin' Up!

When you open up the card, you are treated to a stack of presents. You can use any DSP, Washi Tape and twine for the presents and decorate them how you like. I’ve used non-Christmas DSP here, but have chosen more festive colours.

I really like this card as the inside is a surprise until it is opened, and who doesn’t like unexpected presents!

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 9 Day 1

This weekend’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts are a bit delayed this week, due to various reasons.

Today we are going to focus on those cards for that special someone. This project is from the ‘Fancy Christmas Cards’ class I ran last week.

Reason for the Season Stampin' Up!

This card uses the Reason for the Season Stamp Set and the coordinating Festive Flower Builder Punch.

The completed card is larger than usual as it is A5 (just a sheet of A4 folded in half), but this gives the Poinsettia a lovely base to sit on.

Using the 2-step stamps in the set we created a random background of Poinsettias and a background for the banner from a strip of Gold Metallic Card. This complements the Gold Baker’s Twine perfectly.

We used tone-on-tone stamping in Real Red and Garden Green to create the Poinsettia, before punching out the leaves and petals, folding them along the central vein to create dimension, and then assembling. The accent colour is Crushed Curry and this also coordinates nicely with the gold touches.

Pop back tomorrow when I’ll have the other delayed Crafty Christmas Weekend Workout for you…

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 8 Day 2

Can you believe that we are at the end of Week 8’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts already?

If, like me, you are still nowhere near ready for Christmas then how about this really cute, quick and easy Christmas Card.

Jolly Friends Stampin' Up!

You could make a whole batch of these really quickly and easily just using one Stamp Set, the co-ordinating Punch, some notecards (these come with envelopes), one colour of ink and the same colour cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock and some adhesive.

I’ve used Old Olive for this card, it would work just as well in Cherry Cobbler or Real Read too.

I’ve also added some Wink of Stella for the brim of the hat but you could use Glimmer Paper instead if you wanted.

Unfortunately, since I wrote this post, the stamp set is no longer available as it has sold out from the retiring list.  However, the punch is still available and you could make lots of patterned hats using Designer Series Paper and use sentiments from other available Christmas sets.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 8 Day 1

It’s time for this weekend’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts.

Today I’m showing you some Christmas decorations made from the Reason for the Season Stamp Set and matching Festive Flower Builder Punch.

Reason for the Season Stampin' Up!

These flowers are fairly easy to put together once you have stamped and punched the various pieces and folded each petal and leaf in half to add dimension.

Each layer is then attached to a 1″ circle and they are then put together to create the 3D poinsettia using Multipurpose Adhesive.

Reason for the Season Stampin' Up!

I’ve created a whole load of these and will be attaching a ribbon to each one to hang in our window as part of our Christmas decorations this year.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 7 Day 2

Today’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workout is a project we made at a recent class using the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set.

It’s a card that would be great for several ocassions, including Christmas. In fact, I think something similar to this design may end up being the Christmas Card from Chez Hippofrog this year!

Lovely As a Tree Stampin' Up!

This classy monochrome card (I’ve used Whisper White and Night of Navy) is really quick and easy to make and you could rustle up a batch in not time at all.

It’s also really economical with products too as you just need some Thick Whisper White Cardstock for the base, regular Whisper White for the stamping and the contrasting colour Cardstock, Ink and Twine. If you wanted to, you could make smaller versions using Notecards.

I love how the card looks like a present with the Baker’s Twine wrapped around it at the same angles as the offset layer.

This design could easily be adapted to use any ink colour, twine or ribbon and the stamp set could change the ocassion really easily.

Also, we’ve used a set that isn’t a Christmas Stamp Set. Don’t forget to use your non-Christmas sets for Christmas and vice-versa 🙂

Have you had a chance to check out the Year End Closeout Sale yet? Make sure you do as there a lots of items with fabulous discounts.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 7 Day 1

We’ve finally reached December so are heading into the final weeks of Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts.

This week I’m going to show you a Gift Tag idea. These are the tags I put on the Christmas Card Boot Camp bags and they are really cute.

They mainly use items from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue – some of which are now on special offer through the new Year End Closeout Sale.

These tags are so easy to make and you can make 10 tag bases out of a sheet of A4 with a bit of cardstock to spare. To create the top of the tag I’ve used the handy Scalloped Tag Topper punch – it’s really useful at this time of year!

I’ve created the tag using the gorgeous Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and Builder Punch Bundle, this is images of a Reindeer, Gingerbread man, Eskimo, Santa and Teddy Bear that can all be cut out with the coordinating punch. Brilliant for all children young and old!

I really like the reindeer as I love that his nose can be embellished with some Glimmer card or Wink of Stella to turn him into Rudolph!

I’ve used a few additional stamp sets to create the initial on the tag but it’s not essential that you do that. You could just write the name on a punched piece of cardstock.

This tag uses the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (2 spools of Twine, each 22.9m) and the cute Mini Jingle Bells that I’ve tied on using Metallic Thread so the tag jingles when you move it. Unfortunately these are now no longer available as they have sold out 🙁

Make sure you check out the Year End Closeout Offers and remember that some items are retiring items from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue and are only available while stocks last from 1st December to 3rd January.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 6 Day 2

For today’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workout I’m showing you the 8th and final project from Christmas Card Boot Camp.  All of the cards made used the Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set and the Holly Berry Builder Punch from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Stitched With Cheer Stampin' Up!

This design is really easy to produce multiple times as it includes a randomly stamped background.
The trees are really great for two-step stamping as the shaded images fit beautifully into the outline shapes, the same with the snowflake and star.

The colours used are Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla with Gold Metallic Thread wrapped around the centre circle.

Both the Stamp Set and Punch are currently on special offer in our Flash Sale that ends tomorrow. Make sure you don’t miss out on getting your hands on these products.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 6 Day 1

This weekend’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts are the final two projects from Christmas Card Boot Camp.  We used the Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set and Hollly Berry Builder Punch from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Stitched with Cheer Stampin' Up! UK

I called this the ‘Christmas Jumper’ card due to the lovely knitted pattern down the front.  Do you like the buttons I created?

The colours are Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake with Very Vanilla. The Gold Baker’s Twine is from a trio pack of Twines.

The Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set currently has 10% off and the Holly Berry Builder Punch has 40% off in our Flash Sale that ends on Monday 28th November. Don’t miss out!

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 5 Day 2

Today’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workout is about another great Christmas kit from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

It’s a Christmas Card Kit containing all the items to make 18 beautiful handstitched cards (6 each of 3 designs).

The kit contains all of the theads you need including card bases, die cut shapes, embellishments, envelopes, envelope liners, needles, needle threader and full instructions. You’ll need the Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set (the set we used at Christmas Card Boot Camp), inkpads and adhesives to complete the kit.

In just a few hours you can make 18 professional looking stitched cards. I don’t have a picture to show you today as I haven’t managed to take one of my finished cards yet. So, here is a picture of the kit contents and finished projects from the catalogue.

Stitched With Cheer Project Kit Stampin' Up!

There is also a handy video from Stampin’ Up! for this kit which gives you some useful tips on creating the cards.

As with yesterday’s kit, the kit and stamp set will be in the Stampin’ Up! flash sale 21-28th November, along with lots of other fabulous goodies.  Make sure you pop back tomorrow for more information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts – Week 5 Day 1

This weekend’s Crafty Christmas Weekend Workouts are all about kits in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Today I’m showing you a fabulous set of decorations.  These would make a great table centrepiece or look lovely in a window or on a mantlepiece.

The kit contains three pre-cut trees (2 27.9cm tall and one 33cm tall) in two colours and a full set of colour instructions. The decorations are stamped using the co-ordinating Forever Evergreen Stamp Set, assembled and added to the tree.

Forever Evergreen Stampin' Up!

The picture above is to show you my work in progress – this is just one of the half finished projects in my craft room! I’ve made a start on one of the small trees in the kit and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to assemble it. This adhesive gave me a bit of wriggle room for adjusting the positioning of the trees.

A top tip is to watch this video from Stampin’ Up! which gives you some really handy pointers on how to assemble the trees.

Another top tip is to purchase the Project Kit and Stamp Set during the Stampin’ Up! flash sale 21-28th November.  Both of these items are on special offer during that time (along with lots of other fabulous goodies) 🙂

Pop back tomorrow for another festive kit…

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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