Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Brilliant Wings Dies

I was asked for a project using the new early release butterflies, so that is the design for last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa class.

Brilliant Wings Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The new Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (Brilliant Wings Dies and co-ordinating Stamp Set), along with the time-limited Natural Touch Specialty Paper make a card suitable for any occasion.

Using Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla, the colour combination works really well together.

The Very Vanilla butterflies from the Brilliant Wings Dies are stuck onto the DSP. Cutting away any overhang makes them look like they are flying off the page.

Next, the Scallop Lace Trim is added across the DSP to give another layer of texture.Brilliant Wings Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Looping the length of Linen Thread, this is attached using a glue dot to hold it in place.

After giving the Mint Macaron butterfly a coating of Wink of Stella, it is attached using Dimensionals.

Finally, Champagne Rhinestones are added to the project for some added sparkle.I can’t wait to recreate this project in different colour ways.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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?

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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.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Vine Design Bundle Sympathy Card

I sadly needed to make a sympathy card for a friend recently.

Vine Design Bundle Sympathy Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThe Vine Design Stamp Set and Dies Bundle, from the January-June Mini Catalogue, provides intricate delicate pieces and flower shapes to create beautiful projects.

I chose to use a soft colour combination of Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

Using the Very Versailles Stamp Set and both Crumb Cake and Soft Sea Foam inks, I stamped the branch image multiple times to create a faded background effect.

Vine Design Bundle Sympathy Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I added the delicate circle of leaves and attached some die cut So Saffron flowers to it. There are already flowers in the die cut piece, but I wanted mine to be in a different colour.

Using a Sponge Dauber, I darkened the edges of the flowers slightly, before adding a small dot of Wink of Stella in the centre of each one.Vine Design Bundle Sympathy Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, I raised the ‘Thinking of You’ sentiment with Dimensionals over the flowers.

For details of my classes, where we make a wide selection of cards, head to my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Spring Daisies

For last week’s Card & Cuppa I wanted to celebrate the arrival of Spring with these fresh spring daisies.

Spring Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My daisies are different shades of yellow, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Bumblebee onto Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sea Foam greens.

I’ve added some extra texture to the Pear Pizzazz piece by scoring lines using my Metric Plate on my Simply Scored tool.Spring Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsA piece of my favourite (and thankfully not retiring!) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon makes a pretty bow.

Make sure you take a look at the Retiring List and purchase your favourite items while you can.

Spring Daisies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each daisy has some Wink of Stella in the middle, before the the Opal Rounds are added.

My project is currently left blank, so is perfect for any occasion. You can easily add a sentiment to tailor it as needed.

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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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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.

Why not join me at one of my classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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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.

If you’d like to take the opportunity to join my team for just £99, then take a look at my FAQ or get in touch for a no-obligation chat.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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One Year On(line)…

On 30th March 2020, I held my first online class as we could no longer meet in person to craft.

This is the project I taught. Full details of the project can be found here.

Floral and Punches. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

One year later, we’re still crafting together online.

During the year, I’ve taught many Card & (Your) Cuppa sessions, plus evening classes, BYO and more.

It’s was a very steep learning curve setting everything up quickly to be able to make it happen, plus a new adventure for us all into the world of ZOOM.

As Stampin’ Up! rules don’t allow me to provide pre-stamped images, class kits have included die-cut and punched shapes, embossed pieces, ribbons and embellishments. All posted in advance with fingers (and toes) crossed that they reach everyone in time.

It’s made me be a lot more organised with my class planning. I can no longer change my mind on a project an hour before class, or pop home when I forget something!

I’m so grateful to everyone who has joined me online over the past year. It’s been lovely to ‘see’ you.

Thank you for conquering the technology and for helping to keep my business running during this time.

Don’t forget to check out my Class Timetable for details of the classes I’m running in 2021. NB: Due to personal circumstances, my evening classes haven’t run so far this year. I hope to have them up and running again in May.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Easter Bunny Punch Art

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this cute Easter Bunny Punch Art card.

Easter Bunny Punch Art. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs But, this card is also perfect for any rabbit fan too, not just Easter.

The return of a punch with ovals in the January-June Mini Catalogue was brilliantly timed for this project!

My colour combination is Crumb Cake for the main rabbit, with Blushing Bride and White accents. These sit on a background of Seaside Spray and Pear Pizzazz.

Circle Punches and the Double Oval Punch make the main shapes. Just one shape cut out using the Small Bloom Punch creates the area on the face. Tiny hearts for the nose and pads are from the Dog Builder Punch.

By just popping the ears behind the head, and the feet in front of the body, it comes together very quickly.

Easter Bunny Punch Art. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The most complicated bit is the face, with lengths of Twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack creating the whiskers.

Finally, the nose is attached with a glue dot and the Matte Black Enamel Dots eyes area added.

There are so many different options for this design, beginning with the shape of the grass for the background. You can either cut make it curvy as I’ve done here, or create a more 3D effect similar to this project.

Easter Bunny Punch Art. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the rabbit, this can either be the front, as I’ve shown. Or, the back of the rabbit, using the Small Bloom Punch shape for the tail, instead of on the face. Another option is to just create the face and pop it looking out through the grass.

I’d love to see what you decide to make.

Some of the punches I used on this project are now on the Retiring List. Items on the list are available while stocks last.

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.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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2 1/4" (5.7 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHSMALL BLOOM PUNCHDOG BUILDER PUNCHCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKBLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKMATTE BLACK DOTSSNAIL MAIL TWINE COMBO PACKMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSGLUE DOTS

Hippo Birthday to my Husband

As you may have guessed, with a name like HIPPOFROG Designs, there is a leaning towards both creatures at Chez HIPPOFROG! I’m obviously the frog fan, and my Husband likes hippos.

Hippo Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsIt was the hippo fan’s Birthday last week, so it only seemed right that I should use the Stamp Set and Dies in the Hippo Happiness Bundle to wish him a Hippo Birthday. Surprisingly, it’s favourite set in the Catalogue!

As HIPPOFROG is grey and green, I chose a colour combination of Gray Granite and Mossy Meadow, with White.

I stamped the sentiment from the Hippo Happiness Stamp Set multiple times in both colours, before darkening the centre slightly using a Sponge Dauber.

Layers for the central hippo to sit on are cut from the Hippo & Friends Dies. The sentiment shape is from the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Hippo Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Strings are stamped in readiness for the three die cut balloon shapes.

As I stuck the layers together, I used a length of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim and a short length of Gray Granite between them.

Hippo Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few small Pearls, coloured using Stampin’ Blends in Mossy Meadow add a touch more texture.

NB: 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.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Daffodils for Day of Reflection

Today marks one year on from the first UK lockdown, and the start of a National Day of Reflection.

Having lost someone close during this time, I will be reflecting during the day. My reflections will be for both me and my family, and for others who are also grieving.

Along with a minute of silence at 12 noon and shining a light at 8pm, another suggestion is to buy yellow flowers, Day of Reflection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Rather than buy some flowers to mark the day, I have made some 3D punch art daffodils to put in my own window.

They are simply made from two punches, Perennial Flower Punch pieces in Daffodil Delight. It couldn’t be any other colour! The trumpets are from the Small Bloom Punch in Pumpkin Pie and the stems are strips cut from Granny Apple Green.

Day of Reflection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

There are so many extra touches that could be added to them, from additional layers, inking the edges and different colour ways. But I wanted to keep mine simple and create the essence of daffodils, rather than be really precise.

If you want to make your own daffodils, the products I’ve used are listed below.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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