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.

Join me for a future class. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

HIPPO HAPPINESS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TASTEFUL LABELS DIESGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMOSSY MEADOW A4 CARDSTOCKMOSSY MEADOW CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSPONGE DAUBERSGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONMOSSY MEADOW 3/16" (4.8 MM) BRAIDED LINEN TRIMPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS MOSSY MEADOW COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

A Box of Birthday Balloons

For my Niece’s recent lockdown 18th, I made this box of birthday balloons.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I haven’t made a pop-up box for a while, so I thought it was the perfect occasion.

These lay flat for postage with the box flaps up, then, when the recipient opens it, the flaps fall down and the box takes shape.

My colour combination is from the dotty Playing With Patterns DSP I have used. It’s Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Purple Posy and Whisper White.

Coastal Cabana is the main colour for the box. Using the Detailed Trio Punch, I rounded the corners of the box and the DSP.

The balloons, cut using the Balloon Bouquet Punch are embossed. Tasteful Textile and Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders create the fun patterns.

Attaching the balloons to the strings I made from the Hippo & Friends Dies was made easier by sandwiching them between the embossed ballon and a plain balloon shape.

This also means that when it lays flat, the balloons don’t stick to each other.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I popped three strips across the inside of the box. This not only gave me something to attach the ballons too, but provided some extra rigidity.

As I attached the balloons to the strips, I was carefully checking they wouldn’t foul each other, or overhang the edge too far when folded.

Once I was happy with the positions, I sandwiched the bottom of the strings in with another piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.

There had to be an ’18’, so using Silver Foil Sheets, this and the sentiment were cut out. Playful Alphabet Dies for the ’18’ and Well Written Dies for the sentiment.

A Box of Birthday Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a length of matching Playing With Patterns Combo Ribbon is stuck around the box, along with some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

I also made an envelope too, but didn’t take a picture of that!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

BALLOON BOUQUET PUNCHHIPPO & FRIENDS DIESPLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESWELL WRITTEN DIESTASTEFUL TEXTILE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERWRAPPED IN TEXTURE EMBOSSING FOLDERSDETAILED TRIO PUNCHCALYPSO CORAL A4 CARDSTOCKCOASTAL CABANA A4 CARDSTOCKCRUSHED CURRY A4 CARDSTOCKPURPLE POSY A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSILVER FOIL SHEETSPLAYING WITH PATTERNS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPLAYING WITH PATTERNS RIBBON COMBO PACKPLAYING WITH PATTERNS RESIN DOTSSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSFINE-TIP GLUE PENGLUE DOTS

Hippo Happiness to celebrate a 6th Birthday

My friend’s son celebrated his 6th Birthday last week, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to play with the Hippo Happiness Stamp Set and Dies Bundle.

6th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is another version of this project. For this new one, I’ve used the two In Color blues of Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray.

I also stamped some of the hippos upside down for some extra fun!

6th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using one of the matching dies, the hippo was cut out. Then ‘hippo birthday’ from the Stamp Set is stamped.

Layers of Misty Moonlight Ribbon, Seaside Spray Cardstock and the sentiment are added to the project. Each with the end cut at an angle.

Finally, the hippo is layered onto two punched circle shapes and attached using Dimensionals.6th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a quick and easy project, but it’s also fun and great for all ages.

November is ‘one of those months’ when it comes to Birthdays. I’ve definitely been keeping busy making Birthday cards!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

HIPPO HAPPINESS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)MISTY MOONLIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKMISTY MOONLIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMISTY MOONLIGHT 2020–2022 IN COLOR RIBBONSEASIDE SPRAY A4 CARDSTOCKSEASIDE SPRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCK1 1/2" (3.8 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Hippo & Friends Dies

At Card & (Your) Cuppa, I regularly ask the attendees to suggest projects they would like to make.

One of the recent responses has been a unicorn. So for last week’s card, we entered into a fantasy world.

Hippo & Friends Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the pieces are cut using the Hippo & Friends Dies, apart from the sentiment.

Quite a number of colours, Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Soft Sea Foam make an appearance in this project. I wanted it to be colourful, yet not too brash.

As the unicorn horn is a rather fiddly piece, wet glue was my preferred choice for sticking it to the body. It’s easier, and less messy, to pop some glue on the body, then add the horn.

This is then repeated for the balloon string.

Hippo & Friends Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the layers stuck together with the unicorn on top, it was time to finish the project.

I chose to use the sentiment from the co-ordinating Hippo Happiness Stamp Set in Highland Heather Ink. The end is shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

The large piece, with the unicorn on top, is attached using Dimensionals to raise it off the page. Another Mini Dimensional attaches the balloon.

Three flowers, coloured with Wink of Stella are then scattered around using Glue Dots.

Hippo & Friends Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a tiny Gold Glitter Enamel Dot creates the eye and adds a touch more sparkle.

There aren’t many more Card & (Your) Cuppa sessions left for 2020, so make sure you book your place to join me. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store

Online Shopping Club Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

HIPPO HAPPINESS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)HIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPURPLE POSY A4 CARDSTOCKBLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKFLIRTY FLAMINGO A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHBANNERS PICK A PUNCHSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSGLUE DOTS

…and Cauldron Bubble

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Halloween projects I’ve been sharing this week.

My final one is this cauldron, filled with lots of interesting items. ‘Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…’

And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used LOTS of products in this one to make the cauldron bubble! Make yourself comfortable as this is a long post…

Starting with the Granny Apple Green Basecard, Basic Black Layer and Smoky Slate foreground, these combine to create a spooky witches lair.

I’ve then stamped tone on tone using the Textured Essentials Stamp Set to add some texture to the background. With some Granny Apple Green bubbles from the Pattern Play Stamp Set.

The layers have all been rounded on two corners with the Detailed Trio Punch.And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, the cauldron. This is a shape from the Tasteful Labels Dies and I think it makes a perfect cauldron.

The contents of the cauldron are Poppy Parade eyeballs, made using the Waterfront Stamp Set and the same image as the bubbles, this time in Tuxedo Black.

There’s also a bat wing from the Umbrella Builder Punch and spider’s legs. I’ll explain a bit more about the legs in a moment.

Then, there are two frogs cut from the Dockside Dies, hopping away from their potential fate.

I’m not a fan of spiders, but I think you will agree that this one is quite cute!

The body is from the head of the Snowman Builder Punch and the legs and strand are from Hippo & Friends Dies. Offcuts of the legs were then popped into the cauldron.

For the eyes, this is the circle from the centre of the Delightful Tag Topper Punch, and the eye from the Whale Builder Punch.

If you haven’t already guessed. I like using my punches and dies in lots of different ways!And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A piece of Metallic Mesh Ribbon across the corner makes it look like a spider’s web.

Here are all of the projects I’ve shared this week. Do you have a favourite?

And Cauldron Bubble... Halloween Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Going Batty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Meowing at the Moon. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Taking A Peek At Halloween. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThere’s still time to get your hands on products to make your own Halloween projects. Make sure you take a look at the current Special Offers too.

If you want to attend one of my remaining classes for 2020, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

TEXTURED ESSENTIALS CLING STAMP SETPATTERN PLAY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)WATERFRONT PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)BASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADSMOKY SLATE A4 CARDSTOCKSMOKY SLATE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRANNY APPLE GREEN A4 CARDSTOCKGRANNY APPLE GREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOPPY PARADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCK1-1/2" (3.8 CM) METALLIC MESH RIBBONHIPPO & FRIENDS DIESTASTEFUL LABELS DIESDOCKSIDE DIESSNOWMAN BUILDER PUNCHDELIGHTFUL TAG TOPPER PUNCHDETAILED TRIO PUNCHUMBRELLA BUILDER PUNCHWHALE PUNCHSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINESTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+FINE-TIP GLUE PEN

Happiness is… Hippo Happiness

It had to happen sooner or later! I finally got to play with my Hippo Happiness Stamp Set and Dies Bundle.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This cute project just uses the hippo parts of the Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Die to cut it out.

I used Smoky Slate to stamp the hippos all across the background. Then using Smoky Slate again, stamped the three pieces to make the die-cut hippo. First the darker body piece, then the features, then finally, the full piece I used for the background, this time stamped off first.

As my new Cut & Emboss machine has arrived, I used it to cut out the hippo. I’m adore this machine already. You definitely need one in your life.

It comes with the plates you need to get started – 1 Base Plate, 1 Die Plate, 2 Cutting Plates, and 1 Specialty Plate. No receiving the machine and not being able to use it straight away. Just assemble the handle following the easy instructions and off you go. The plates are all numbered too and have information on which ones to use for cutting and embossing.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I knew I wanted to use a green colour to go with the grey (well, I am HIPPOFROG Designs after all!), I couldn’t decide which one to use. Then, my eyes fell on the gingham ribbon in the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. This ribbon gives the project a fun look, so using co-ordinating cardstock and ink in the same colour, made Just Jade the perfect choice.

Using the Banners Pick a Punch to shape the end of the sentiment strips, these were stuck together, along with the piece of ribbon.

Finally, the hippo was stuck on a punched circle layer which was attached using Dimensionals.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think I may be creating a few more projects with this set.

If only there was a similar frog based bundle available to use along with this Hippo Happiness one…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

HIPPO HAPPINESS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)STAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINESMOKY SLATE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBANNERS PICK A PUNCH1 1/2" (3.8 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHFLOWERS FOR EVERY SEASON RIBBON COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Creating the Garden

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I chose creating the garden for the theme.

This project uses a number of new die sets from the Annual Catalogue.

Creating the garden. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A Soft Sea Foam base card and layer are a great background for the other colours. Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather, plus two In Colors.

The large cut out from Many Medallions Dies in Cinnamon Cider creates a pretty trellis. You’ll definitely need your Die Brush attachment to pop out all those little pieces. You can cut the ‘trellis’ down to whatever size you like. Mine is 6 by 4 squares.

The plant is of course from the fabulous Forever Flourishing Dies. This is in Just Jade.

Do you ever look at a punch or die and immediately have a project in mind? I did just that with the Tasteful Labels Dies. The shape looks like a plant pot, so this project was the result.

I can’t believe I haven’t used the Hippo & Friends Dies before now. I am HIPPOFROG Designs after all! These dies give us the lovely decoration on the pot, stuck on with Adhesive Sheets to make it easier to stick down. Hippo & Friends Dies also give us the flowers, plus it is great there are three in the set, so this cuts down cutting out time.

Creating the garden. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Glue Dots, the flowers are stuck onto the plant.

Finally, small Pearls create the centre of the flowers.

Creating the garden. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join us for a future class, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Don’t forget to take a look at the current Special Offers too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

To order any of the supplies shown below, head to my Online Store

This Month’s Hostess Code      Join my team      Current Products      Special Offers      Book a Class

HIPPO & FRIENDS DIESMANY MEDALLIONS DIESTASTEFUL LABELS DIESFOREVER FLOURISHING DIESCINNAMON CIDER A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKPURPLE POSY A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKPEARL BASIC JEWELSTAKE YOUR PICKTAKE YOUR PICK DIE BRUSH TIPADHESIVE SHEETSSTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTS