Dot to Dot Embossing Folder

The Dot to Dot Embossing Folder caught my eye when I first flipped through the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

I just knew I had to use it at a Papercrafting Class, so this is one of the projects from a recent Stamp-a-Stack

Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love a quick and easy project and this one fits the bill..

Using strips of different shades of blue, these are glued onto a piece of cardstock. You could even use a piece of grid paper or scrap paper if you prefer.

Once they are stuck, the whole piece is run through the Dot to Dot Embossing Folder to create the fabulous dotted effect.

This is then attached to my Thick Very Vanilla base card. To avoid crushing the embossing, it needs to be stuck with a stronger adhesive such as Tear & Tape.

Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finishing touch is a sentiment stamped in one of the colours and layered onto punched circles. I’ve used one from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set here.

Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love the simplicity of this project and the design can be replicated in lots of different colours and sentiments.

Why not join us for a future Papercrafting Class. Details can be found here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Bright Birthday Balloons

For last week’s Card & Cuppa classes I decided to create these bright Birthday balloons.

Bright Birthday Balloons. Project by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the fabulous Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set and matching Balloon Bouquet Punch.

The card is based on this project I made previously.

Bright Birthday Balloons. Project by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Strips of Washi Tape create the background with the swirls then stamped. The project uses Mango Melody, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight from the Brights collection. All of the stamping is in Mango Melody.

I found the most difficult part of this project was deciding how to arrange the balloons.

Bright Birthday Balloons. Project by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the stamping uses only one inkpad, this design can be created in lots of different colours.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Spring Blooms

I decided to create this pretty spring blooms card for last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions.

Spring Blooms Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My inspiration for this project was Page 10 of the new Spring/Summer Catalogue.

This project uses various punches, Leaf Punch, Sprig Punch, Detailed Trio Punch, Pretty Label Punch and Bitty Blooms Punch Pack. Falling Flowers, Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Bloom by Bloom are the stamp sets used.

For this card I combined a Soft Sea Foam base and background with Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow Leaves, plus Rich Razzleberry and Petal Pink flowers.

Spring Blooms Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once everything is stamped and punched, it’s assembly time. The leaves are stuck under where the sentiment is going. When the sentiment is in place, an additional piece of leaf and flower are added on top

Due to the flowers being very tiny, they are all attached using Glue Dots.

The finishing touches are the Pearls in the centre of the flowers. These are added using the Take Your Pick tool.

Spring Blooms Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Lots of Leaves

In the excitement of the new Spring/Summer Catalogue and SAB, I realised I haven’t shared a few projects with you.

Here is the first one and it has lots of leaves.

Lots of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is the Birthday Card I made for my Mum back in November. Using the Nature’s Twine Pack for my colour inspiration, it’s then combined with the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and co-ordinating Thinlits.

The leaves have been either stamped, inked with Sponge Daubers on the edges, or both.

Lots of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each leaf and branch has been layered with lots of Dimensionals o add depth. As the card was hand delivered, I built it a lot higher that I would for a posted project.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous and the Stitched Shapes Framelits create the sentiment feature. I then looped the Nature’s Twine to the back of it to add another layer of texture.

Lots of Leaves. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the flowers had been added, the finishing touch was a small Pearl in the centre of each one.

I get my inspiration from all sorts of different places and this time it was the colour combination. Where do you get your ideas from?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Butterfly Gala

At last week’s Card & Cuppa classes we said ‘hello’ to the new Butterfly Gala Bundle.

Butterfly Gala Bundle Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Bundle is a fabulous Stamp Set with 18 images and sentiments, along with a co-ordinating Punch. Don’t forget that bundles are 10% off buying the products at full price. Plus, there’s Sale-A-Bration on at the moment too, where you can receive FREE products for every £45 spent.

I’ve taken my inspiration from the front cover of the Spring/Summer Catalogue. Using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set for the background stamping and sentiment, I’ve added my own twist.

Butterfly Gala Bundle Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch combine to create this pretty scene.

Have you spotted the beautiful new Whisper White Flax Ribbon too? I’m looking forward to colouring this with Stampin’ Blends to create lots of different looks.

Butterfly Gala Bundle Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Tailored Tag Punch – Take Two!

I would normally show you last week’s Card & Cuppa project on a Monday morning, but, I’ve already shared it with you. Last week the attendees made this special Christmas Card.

Instead, I’ll show you a version of another recent Card & Cuppa project. So, here’s Tailored Tag Punch – Take Two!

Tailored Tag Punch - Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made one of these cards for both my Nephew and honourary Nephew who have both just turned 13 within days of each other.

Granny Apple Green and Basic Black make a fun and modern combination. A perfect mix for teenagers.

Tailored Tag Punch - Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each one was a mirror image of the other, with green and black reversed. The only other tweak I made was to wrap the Baker’s Twine around the project a few times instead of a knot.

Tailored Tag Punch - Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m a great believer in not re-inventing the wheel. If you find a design that works, then re-use it. It saves effort and gives you more crafting time!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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In Color 50th

Today I’m going to share an In Color 50th Birthday Card I made for a lovely lady.

In Color 50th Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided to use Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink from last year’s In Color Collection. This combinations works really well together, especially teamed teamed with Whisper White for a crisp and fresh look.

Oh So Eclectic is my Stamp Set of choice, along with the co-ordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies. For the sentiment I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set and the Layering Circles Framelits.

In Color 50th Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each flower is stamped and die cut, with a top layer also die cut. These are then stuck together.

As the Birthday was a 50th, additional accents just had to be in Gold, with Mini Sequin Trim and Faceted Gems.

The pieces are then all layered together to create depth.

In Color 50th Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the recipient lives in Cyprus, I was lucky that they were visiting family in the UK for their Birthday and was therefore able to send it to them. I’m happy to report they were very happy with their card.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Tailored Tag Punch

After the random nature of the previous week’s class, I chose the Tailored Tag Punch for this clean and precise project.

Tailored Tag Punch card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s similar to this project I’ve taught previously, but this one covers the whole card front.

The project uses 10 Tailored Tag Punch shapes – 5 in each colour, plus a sentiment. ‘Happy Birthday’ is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

Coastal Cabana and Basic Gray are my main colours and are inspired by the new decor in one of my Card & Cuppa venues.

Tailored Tag Punch card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s then just a cast of sticking each shape onto the Whisper White layer leaving small gaps between them.

Any overhanging pieces can then be used to fill in the small gaps along the sides.

A length of Whisper White Baker’s Twine tied in a knot goes across the middle before attaching the sentiment with Dimensionals.

Tailored Tag Punch card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love this design as it can suit any occasion and is great for all ages. It’s also great as it uses minimal products. You could even use up your scraps to make a multi-coloured card. Or how about using the colours of a favourite sports team for a teenager?

Why not join us for our Christmas Card & Cuppa sessions during December. Book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Pineapple Punch for a Sweet Sixteen

November and December are busy months for Birthdays in my house. This is a card I made for my Niece who has just turned sweet sixteen.

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve taken my inspiration from Page 73 of the Annual Catalogue.

As it’s a busy time of year for me both at work and home, my crafting mojo tends to leave me. Therefore, having the Annual Catalogue packed full of ideas is a great help.

Images from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set along with the In Color Collection for 2018-2020 are the main features. The outline stamping uses the Memento Ink Pad.

Washi Tape strips behind the ‘celebrate’ make the colours pop. There is a lot of fussy cutting on this project, but it’s worth taking the time to do it well before building the layers.

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

We don’t have black Rhinestones, so I’ve coloured the Basic Rhinestones using a Stampin’ Blend Marker. It’s great that you can tailor your bling to any colour of Stampin’ Blends you like.

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

What projects have you made that take inspiration from somewhere/someone else?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Serene Garden

At last week’s Card & Cuppa Class I used a stamp set that I’ve only recently purchased, Serene Garden.

Serene Garden Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d been looking for another stamp set that is good for colouring and this fit the bill perfectly.

The two corner pieces stamped in Old Olive create a lovely frame. Using Watercolor Pencils, the leaves are coloured. I then stamped the flowers and butterfly in Smoky Slate onto a separate piece and again coloured. Blender Pens soften the colouring of these.

Although there is a matching set of framelits for this set, as I don’t use the Big Shot at Card & Cuppa classes, these were cut out by hand.

Serene Garden Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is from the ever versatile Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set cut out with the Pretty Label Punch. Another shape is cut out to create a backing layer for the sentiment. This is set on top of a length of co-ordinating ribbon.

As the attendees could use any colour for their flowers and butterflies, I chose a Thick Whisper White base card to co-ordinate with all of their projects.

Serene Garden Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The coloured flowers and butterfly are then added to the project using Dimensionals to give a layered effect. This design will be perfect in a wide range of colours and different sentiments.

There are another four stamps in the set and I can see me using Serene Garden quite a lot in the future.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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