Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern

I recently made these Thank You cards for my Mum.

Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Mum asked me to make a batch of cards she could send to those who have supported her since we lost Dad in January.

As Dad loved all things nature, I just had to use the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a simple, yet striking design in various shades of green with Very Vanilla providing a lovely warm contrast.

The leaves are stamped in Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz, with the background splats in Old Olive for extra texture.

To speed up the stamping process and ensure all the leaves were in the same place on each card, I used my Stamparatus.

Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the Vine Design Stamp Set and Mossy Meadow ink create the sentiment.

With the sentiment fitting perfectly in a Double Oval Punch shape, it then sits on top of a length of co-ordinating Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim.

As the Annual Catalogue has just launched, we often forget about the other catalogues, such as the January-June Mini Catalogue. This is where the Vine Design Stamp Set and Braided Linen Trim I used here can be found.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday

A friend who is a fan of all things pink and sparkly had their 40th Birthday recently.

Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the new Annual Catalogue providing another pink in this year’s In Colors. I had plenty of pinks to choose from.

My colour combination is Polished Pink, Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo and the project is version of this previous card. This project is a large A5 card.Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the flowers, I have used the In Bloom Bundle – In Bloom Stamp Set and Pierced Blooms Dies from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

The background is a combination of the In Bloom Stamp Set and the Forever Fern Stamp Set. Using a Sponge Dauber, I’ve also added touch of extra colour behind the flowers.

Vine Design provides the Happy Birthday sentiment and is cut out using the Messages Die, again, both are from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A long length of the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack in Blushing Bride with a bow wraps around the card.

I’m not sure that you can see the huge amount of Wink of Stella I’ve used on the project to create a lot of sparkle. It is on the flowers and also dotted across the background too.

Finally, for a bit more sparkle, Rhinestones and In Color Jewels are added.

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Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday

This pretty butterfly from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle flew to one of my Nieces for her Birthday.

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose a soft colour combination of Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Gray Granite, with Very Vanilla

With the corners rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch, it was time for the stamping.

The leaves and splatter images from Forever Fern Stamp Set create the backdrop for the butterfly.

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Using the items from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle, the butterfly is stamped and cut out. To add a touch of colour, I used Stampin’ Blends, using the darker blend on the darker patches of stamping and the lighter blend for the rest.

The Vine Design Stamp Set from the January-June Mini Catalogue provides the sentiment, cut out with the Double Oval Punch.Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Elegant Faceted Gems in co-ordinating Petal Pink add a subtle touch of bling.

This fabulous bundle is available as an early release product, before it joins us from May in the new Catalogue.

As there is a new Catalogue on the way, make sure you check out the Retiring List and get your hands on them while you can.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Welcoming a New Team Member

Earlier this month, a Stampin’ Up! fan joined my team of Lily Pad Stampers .

Here is the card I sent to welcome them.

Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Quite Curvy Stamp Set, with the matching Dies, from the January-June Mini Catalogue, allowed me to add a few of their favourite things on the card.

My colour combination for the cardstock is Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and White.

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.

Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A background using an image from the Forever Fern Stamp Set adds a pretty splatter effect. The sentiment in the corner is a great welcome message as they start their Stampin’ Up! journey.

After stamping the leaves and birds in Basic Gray, using the dies to cut them out, it was onto colouring. Stampin’ Blends in Old Olive, So Saffron, Petal Pink and Highland Heather to create a soft look.

As the recipient is also a big fan of Wink of Stella, the birds were given a touch of sparkle.

The pieces are then stuck to the card, with the birds raised up on Dimensionals.Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs I then added some Pastel Pearls, again in Highland Heather to finish the card.

I know the new team member is going to enjoy purchasing their products (especially Wink of Stella) at a discounted price. Plus, as they have joined now, they have just been able to view the brand new Catalogue that is launching in May.

With the new Catalogue launching soon, some current products are retiring. Take a look at the Retiring List and be sure to get your hands on your favourite products before they leave us.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Forever Fern to Say Thank You

This month, I’ve used Forever Fern to say Thank You to my recent customers.

I love being able to express my gratitude to those who have supported my business.

As you know, it’s one of my favourite things about my job.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, my colour combination is Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake.

It’s a combination I have used before with Whisper White, but this time I chose Very Vanilla instead.Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Just a few leaves from the Forever Fern Stamp Set, along with the splates for the background, create a soft, yet class look.

A sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set, with the edges cut using the Banners Pick a Punch.

This is stuck above a Rococo Rose punched circle shape.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls add a certain something to this classic project.

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Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies

My friend is a fan of butterflies, blue, purple and sparkle, so for her Birthday earlier this week, this card seemed appropriate.

Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My blue is Pool Party, one of their favourite Stampin’ Up! colours, with Highland Heather for the purple. All of the stamping is in Smoky Slate.

The butterflies are from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and cut out using the co-ordinating Butterfly Duet Punch. Using Stampin’ Blends in both Pool Party and Highland Heather as my colouring tools matches them with the cardstock.

There is also a touch of Wink of Stella on the wings for a touch of sparkle.

Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the background, I used the ‘splat’ from the Forever Fern Stamp Set in both colours to break up the white space. I then chose a simple sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set to stamp in the bottom corner.

A length of the fabulous new Metallic Mesh Ribbon from the Mini Catalogue makes a great feature. It adds even more sparkle to co-ordinate with the Wink of Stella wings.

Purple & Blue Birthday Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The smaller butterflies are attached with Glue Dots, with the large butterfly glued to the layered circles. This circles section is then given extra definition by being stuck on with Dimensionals.

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Birthday Blues for a Crossover Gatefold Card

Last week, it was the Birthday of one of my regular class attendees. This Crossover Gatefold card is the card I sent.

Crossover Gatefold Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

At my recent Fancy Folds Class, the attendees made a ‘standard’ Gatefold card, a post on that is coming soon. It is taken to a Crossover Gatefold through the addition of the interlocking (crossover) pieces at the front.

Crossover Gatefold Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The recipient is a fan of blues, so I chose Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray for my colours. Each one is from an In Color Collection.

Beautiful panels for the front are from the co-ordinating Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP. As they also like a bit of grunge, so I used a Sponge Dauber around the edges of the DSP panels to add some shading. The pretty DSP did a lot of the work, so I didn’t need to add too many extra items.

Both of the words for the sentiment are from the Well Said Stamp Set and stuck onto the top and bottom strips. The other strip is stuck on the opposite way. Do make sure you pop your adhesive in the right place, or you could end up with a card that doesn’t open!

Crossover Gatefold Card. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To make the ‘lock’, a leaf made using the Forever Fern Stamp Set and Dies Bundle is stuck across both parts of the sentiment. A butterfly from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, cut using the Butterfly Duet Punch is stuck to the other strip. This then creates the crossover.

A light coating of Wink of Stella on the butterfly gives a touch of Birthday bling.

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BYO Stamps – Fabulous Forever Fern

The final project from my recent BYO Stamp Class uses the fabulous Forever Fern Stamp Set and Dies Bundle.

It’s just so versatile that I had to use it – again!

My colour combination is Just Jade, Shaded Spruce and Old Olive. I like how the Old Olive adds a more yellow tone of green. Using Whisper White, and a Thick Whisper White base card, the greens really pop.

All of the stamping, apart from the sentiment, uses images from the Forever Fern Stamp Set. Some of these are then cut out using the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing Dies from the Bundle.

Fabulous Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the splat image once more, in Old Olive, they flow across the diagonal line of stamping across the project.

A length of Linen Thread is wrapped around the project before the cut out leaves and sentiment are added with Dimensionals.

The sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set is coloured with a Blender Pen and layered onto a larger punched circle.

Fabulous Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Champagne Rhinestones add a little touch of bling.

Here are all three projects from the class. By using the same basic items, these designs all draw the eye in different ways. Do you have a favourite?

Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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BYO Stamps – Feathers and Splats

The second of my recent BYO Stamps class projects is this card with both feathers and splats. If you remember from yesterday’s card, the theme was all about using ‘splat’ images and drawing the eye.

Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This any occasion project begins by masking a strip and stamping the splats from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

My colour combination is So Saffron, Petal Pink and Pool Party from the Subtles Collection. Rather than using Whisper White, these are teamed with Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand to give a more muted look.

Next, a few feathers from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set are stamped in second generation down the splats, taking care not to overlap the edge. The masking is then removed to reveal a delicate strip down the page.

A length of Linen Thread is wrapped around the card to tone with the Sahara Sand layer.

Feathers stamped in each colour are cut out using the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts dies. These are arranged onto the layered circles and the whole piece is raised on top with Dimensionals.

Feathers and Splats. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the bow is tied and a triangle of three Pearls are added for a finishing touch.

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BYO Stamps – Balloon Bouquet Punch

For last week’s BYO Stamps Class, all three project designs were about using ‘splat’ stamps and drawing the eye.

The first project is this bright Birthday Card.

Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Balloons cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch are coloured with Sponge Daubers. They are then given some extra tone-on-tone definition using the ‘splat’ stamp from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This ‘splat’ stamp then creates an outline around the area of the Daffodil Delight circle. Again all of the colours are used.

Using Linen Thread, tails are stuck to each balloon. Two balloons are stuck directly onto the project.

A sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set has the words coloured using Blender Pens to pull the ink. This sentiment has the final balloon added to it and is then stuck to the card using Dimensionals. The balloon tails hang behind this raised piece,

Balloon Bouquet Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a short piece of Linen Thread to tie all the balloon tails together, these can then be arranged as needed. I have stuck the knot to the project using a little bit of Multipurpose Glue to hold it in place.

Finally, some Rhinestones add some Birthday bling!

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