Bugs, Beasts & Butterflies – Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry

Earlier this week I held one of my monthly Papercrafting Classes. The theme was Bugs, Beasts and Butterflies and the attendees all made 6 cards.

Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The first was a butterfly card using the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set and co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts dies.

This combines Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry (a good tongue twister!) with Whisper White.

I really like this colour combination and think it would also work well switching the Whisper White for Very Vanilla.

Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The beautiful leaf image is stamped with a combination of first and second generation stamping with the butterfly cut out using the dies.

Then leaves from the Sprig Punch and Leaf Punch are cut out, along with two scallop circles for layering.

A strip of In Color Rococo Rose Scallop Ribbon is added before the leaves and scallops.

Next, the butterfly is added with a Dmensional to make it ‘fly’ off the card.

Finally, some Rhinestones are coloured using a Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend and added to the project for some sparkle.

Positive Thoughts in Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I left this project sentiment free to be suitable for any occasion, but there is also space at the bottom right to add one if needed.

Don’t forget that the dies are available for this Stamp Set as part of the co-ordination release. If you want to get your hands on them, then make sure you act before the end of March. You can also earn FREE products during SAB too.

Why not join me at one of my next classes. Head to my Class Timetable for more information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Mum’s Birthday Card

My Mum had a birthday ending in ‘0’ recently, so I obviously made her a special card for the occasion.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card was the starting point for a 2019 Card & Cuppa project.

It uses a combination of Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel with Very Vanilla.

As Mum is also a keen crafter, it puts a lot of pressure on what I make, so a lot of products were strewn across my crafting desk!

The card has stamped images from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set, Well Said Stamp Set and Floral Essence Stamp Set.

I also used the Leaf Punch, Classic Label Punch and Perennial Flower Punch.

A Pearlized Doily was coloured on the white side using a Sponge Brayer and the flowers were softened using a Blender Pen to give a variegated effect.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Baker’s Twine was coloured with a Dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend for the bow. There were also strips of Lace Trim and co-ordinating Blueberry Bushel Ribbon too.

Finally, I added Clear Faceted Gems to the centre of the flowers.

As this card was delivered by hand, I built up the layers and created extra depth using Dimensionals. Normally, anything that is posted is thin enough to use a regular stamp.

It’s not a great picture, but it gives an idea of the various layers I created.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided to create a larger square card, instead of my regular rectangle and made a co-ordinating envelope from DSP too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Special Christmas Cards: Rustic Wreath

The second of my Special Christmas Cards is this traditional rustic wreath.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s made with a combination of leaf punches, die-cut circles and scallops, plus lots of different adhesives!

The main colours are Garden Green and Crumb Cake, with Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Gold, Real Red and Very Vanilla.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Snowflakes are from the Christmas Countdown and Colorful Season Stamp Sets, leaf image from Painted Harvest and Snowman Season provides the sentiment.

Two ‘sandwiches’ of leaves are created using scallop circle die-cuts from the Layering Circles Dies. The sandwiches are layered together using Dimensionals to create depth. The scallop circle die-cuts are then hidden beneath the Gold scallop die-cut.

The Triple Banner Punch shapes the ends of the sentiment.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To continue the rustic look, a length of Burlap Ribbon is placed behind the wreath.

Pearls coloured with a Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blend pen create some berries to finish the look.

Why not join us for a Papercrafting Class in 2020. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Perennial Birthday

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was this pretty Birthday card, made using the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used a combination of Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot and Old Olive for this project, along with Very Vanilla.

We used the fabulous ‘Pearlized Doilies’ as a background. These are white on one side with a silver pearlised finish on the other.

The white side was coloured using a Sponge Brayer.

Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Painted Harvest Stamp Set is used for the leaves and then cut out using the co-ordinating Leaf Punch.

Two separate pieces of cardstock were also coloured using the Sponge Brayer. One of these with a more ombre effect to create different depths of colour.

On the ombre piece, the flowers were stamped and then punched out using a Circle Punch. The other brayered piece was used behind the sentiment.

Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With some corner rounding using the Detailed Trio Punch, everything was then stuck together. The sentiment, one leaf and the three flowers were stuck together as one piece and then attached using Dimensionals to create more depth.

There’s also a delicate touch of Wink of Stella in the centre of the flowers too.

There are only 5 weeks of Card & Cuppa sessions left this year. Why not join us? Book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Floral Essence and Perennial Birthday

For last week’s Card & Cuppa Class, it was the turn of the Floral Essence and Perennial Birthday Stamp Sets.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Floral Essence Stamp Set is part of a Bundle with the Perennial Flower Punch.

A colour combination of Blushing Bride, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White work really well with this project. Petal Pink is also used for the colouring.

The background circle is from the Swirly Frames Stamp Set and draws the eye to the flower.

My trusty Detailed Trio Punch softens the project by rounding the corners.

Dots from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set then add a path across the left of the project, leaving white space on the right-hand side.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Leaves and flowers are then stamped and punched. Stampin’ Blends in Petal Pink are used to quickly colour the flowers.

Wink of Stella is added to the flowers and flower centres before each flower is built. Although you can’t see it in the photo, the flowers were very sparkly!

On a separate piece of cardstock the sentiment is stamped before being added to the project.

Floral Essence & Perennial Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the leaves and flowers are stuck to the project, with the central flower raised up on Dimensionals.

Despite not liking pink, I really like this project and think the colour combination works really well. I also think this design would work in other colours or with different sentiments too.

Join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. For full details and to book your place, head to my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Pressed Petals Washi Tape

At last week’s Card & Cuppa I decided to turn to the Pressed Petals Washi Tape.

Pressed Petals Washi Tape. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you haven’t seen this fabulous tape in the Annual Catalogue, then take a look at Page 73.

There are two reels, one is a standard Washi Tape in Soft Suede. The other is these fabulous petals in Merry Merlot. Each one is tacky so you can arrange then where you like. There’s a LOT of petals on the reel.

I chose to create a more vintage style so my colour combination is Rococo Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot and Very Vanilla.

A large floral image from the Floral Essence Stamp Set is used for the background, with what would be the flower centre as dot-type images on the Very Vanilla piece.

Pressed Petals Washi Tape. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Tone-on-Tone leaves using the Leaf Punch and a sentiment from the Well Said Stamp Set are added before the flower.

I found a handy trick to create the flower is to punch a small circle to build it on. This way, it’s easier to pick up when you’ve finished and add it to the project, instead of creating straight onto the card.

Pressed Petals Washi Tape. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the flower is added, a strip of the Soft Suede Washi Tape is attached.

Finally, one of the fabulous yellow Perennial Essence Floral Centres is added.

The possibilities with this Pressed Petals Washi Tape are endless.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Card & Cuppa for Children – Punch Art Lion

As the Summer Holidays have rolled around again, it’s time for my annual Card & Cuppa for Children Classes.

The venue I hold them at runs a themed set of activities each week. This week it was ‘Movie Mayhem’ and my punch art lion fitted this perfectly due to the newly released Lion King film.

Punch Art Lion. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Isn’t it cute? He uses a lot of punches to create it and there are some key steps, so keep reading for details on how to make your own version.

Punch Art Lion. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

You’ll need:
2 x Daisy Punch – Early Espresso
1 x Pretty Label Punch – Crushed Curry
1 x Pretty Label Punch (extra bit punched from the piece left behind) – Crushed Curry
1 x Circle Tab Punch – Crushed Curry
1 x 1 1/2″ Circle Punch – Crushed Curry
1 x Leaf Punch – Crushed Curry
3 x Elephant Builder Punch (Large Ears) – Early Espresso
2 x Elephant Builder Punch (Small Ears) – Whisper White. You can’t see these very well in the picture above.

Cut the Pretty Label pieces, Circle Tab and Leaf Punch pieces as shown above. Discard the unwanted pieces.

Punch Art Lion. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Now it’s time to assemble:

– Use the tiny circle stamp from Budding Borders Stamp Set to add some eyes to the white pieces
– Use glue dots to attach these to two of the large elephant ear pieces
– Glue the Daisy shapes together to create a mane
– Add the circle to the top
– Attach the two pieces from the Circle Tab Punch to the straight edge of your Pretty Label (body) piece. Make sure the longer edges of the Circle Tab Punch pieces are aligned with the straight edge to create feet
– Add the Leaf piece to the cut end of the Pretty Label extra piece to create a tail
– Attach the tail to the back of the body
– Add the eyes and remaining large Elephant Builder Punch ear to the face
– Draw a mouth using Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.

Create the background using Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive Stampin’ Pads. I’ve used Artisan Textures Stamp Set and High Tide Stamp Set. The sentiment is from Wiggle Worm Stamp Set.

Attach the body of the lion first using Dimensionals, I used a Mini Dimensional for the tip of the tail. Next, add a Dimensional to the top of the head and some adhesive to the bottom of the head. By adding the head last, you can decide if you’d like it angled or straight.

Affix the head and the project is finished 🙂

Punch Art Lion. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hope you like this punch art lion. The young attendees certainly enjoyed making it.

I only have two more Card & Cuppa for Children sessions left this summer. Places are limited so make sure you book your place now.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Floral Essence from Stampin’ Up!

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project I once again headed for the new Annual Catalogue and chose the fabulous Floral Essence from Stampin’ Up!

Floral Esssence from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The project is a collage and is inspired by the sample on Page 106.

This Stamp Set is part of a Suite and I’ve taken my colour combination from the co-ordinating DSP. Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral along with Very Vanilla are used here.

Floral Esssence from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A background of outlined flowers and leaves are stamped first, with the other flowers and leaves stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock.

These are then cut out and attached.

‘Especially For You’ (I bet you’re singing it now!) is from the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set and punched out using the brilliant new Timeless Label Punch.

Floral Esssence from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Wink of Stella in the centre of the flowers just adds a touch of finishing sparkle.

A perfect card for an Anniversary, or an any occasion card to tell someone you are thinking of them.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. Make sure you’ve booked your place by 18:00 the day before. Evening classes are available too.

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

Why not join us for future Card & Cuppa or Papercrafting Classes. Visit my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Layers and Leaves

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was inspired by Page 119 of the Annual Catalogue. My version has layers and leaves.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I don’t use the Big Shot at my Card and Cuppa classes due to space limitations, I chose to use punches to create the layers instead.

Soft Sea Foam creates the gorgeous base and background. It looks fabulous with the Mint Macaron and Grapefruit Grove accents. We of course have some corner rounding using the Detailed Trio Punch.

Petal Palette provides the dotted section that is stamped in Mint Macaron. We then add leaves from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, some on the background and others cut out using the co-ordinating Leaf Punch. These cut out pieces give us one of our layers.

Another layer comes from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch as we add a splash of colour.

Our final layers is a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday with a strip of Grapefruit Grove ribbon looped behind. I’ve just noticed that all of the stamp sets start with ‘P’!

By raising this on Dimensionals it finishes the project by making the layers more defined.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Even though this is a post-friendly project and we only use one layer of Dimensionals. you can clearly see the different layers below. This is achieved by only adhering the middle of the punched strip and the end of the leaves to avoid them being completely flat.

I loved taking inspiration from the Annual Catalogue, it’s a really useful resource for ideas.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like this project. Pop back later in the week to see a very similar design.

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

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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