Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – In Good Taste DSP

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was all in good taste!

It uses the In Good Taste DSP, along with the Tasteful Labels Dies.

In Good Taste. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The inspiration for this project is page 59 of the January-June Mini Catalogue.

I like the effect of the background stamping on the catalogue project, with the layers on top.

As I’m unable to provide stamped images to attendees, a sheet of DSP provides the perfect alternative background. With the In Good Taste DSP being double-sided, the attendees could choose which they preferred.

In Good Taste. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsMy colour combination of Basic Gray and Night of Navy is taken from the Well Suited Twine Combo Pack and makes this the perfect masculine-style project.

For a slightly different look, I have tied knots in the pieces of Twine from the Well Suited Combo Pack.

In Good Taste. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set is coloured using a Blender Pen and raised over the twine using Dimensionals.

This is a quick and simple project to make, plus, the design is really versatile and can suit different colours, shapes and sentiments.

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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Customer Thank You cards using Comfort & Hope

It’s my favourite time of the month again. It’s when I make and send Thank You cards to the fabulous customers who have supported my business during the previous month.

August’s customers will have hopefully now received these cards I made using the fabulous Comfort & Hope Stamp Set.

Customer Thank You Cards using Comfort & Hope. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I was sad when some of the texture and grunge-type Stamp Sets retired, but this Comfort & Hope Stamp Set is helping to fill that gap for me.

I haven’t used it very often, but I expect it will get a few more outings.

My colour combination is Blushing Bride, Pool Party, So Saffron and Soft Sea Foam from the Subtles Collection.Customer Thank You Cards using Comfort & Hope. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each image is stamped across the page to create an abstract pattern.

The loop of thread image has a sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set stamped in the centre. This is then cut out with the 2″ Circle Punch.

I love that there are even rhinestone images in this Stamp Set.Customer Thank You Cards using Comfort & Hope. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A swoosh of the Sheer Ribbon in co-ordinating Pool Party is stuck behind the sentiment.

Finally, some ‘real’ Rhinestones dot around the project to add some sparkle.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Postage Stamp Punched Pieces in Purple

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I revisited another card from my Abstract/Shapes Papercrafting Class.

This time, it was Postage Stamp punched pieces in purples shades, rather than blues.

The Postage Stamp Punch is a fabulous new tool from the Mini Catalogue.

Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Thick Whisper White for the basecard allows each of the colours to shine.

We have Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss.Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My top tip for projects like this is to stick the shapes onto another piece. This stops the needs for being really accurate with your cutting and sticking.

All that’s needed is to arrange the pieces in a pattern, leaving a small gap between each one. Any overhang is then cut off before sticking this piece onto the basecard.Postage Stamp. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My sentiment is from the Forever Fern Stamp Set and is cut out using the Postage Stamp Punch. As the notches can be lined up, it’s fairly easy to cut the shape smaller than the original shape.

A loop of Metallic-Edge Ribbon is then stuck to the project, before the sentiment is added using some Mini Dimensionals.

This design is really quick and easy to make. You could even make a batch and add a relevant sentiment when it is time to send.

Why not join me at one of my online classes. I’d love to ‘see’ you there. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose for a Friend

My friend is a fan of Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake, so I combined these with Rococo Rose for her Birthday Card.

Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose as my main colours, they only needed Whisper White to join them.

Using leaf images from the Lovely You Stamp Set and Beautiful Autumn Stamp Sets, I stamped these to one side.

The Field of Flowers Stamp Set and Punch Bundle provide the small flowers. These are attached using Glue Dots, and Fine-Tip Glue for the tiny ones.

Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Many Mates and a Blender Pen provide the sentiment, cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies.

Lovely You provides the larger flower images. I cut these out by hand and added a touch of Wink of Stella.

A length of Linen Thread wraps around the project behind the sentiment.

Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins in co-ordinating Rich Razzleberry add some extra sparkle.

I really like this design and love it in Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake and Rococo Rose. It’s one I may try in other colour combinations too.

If you’d like to make some floral projects, take a look at my Class Timetable for full details of my online classes for the rest of 2020.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Abstract/Shapes Class – Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch

Earlier in the week it was my Papercrafting Class. The theme for this session was Abstract/Shapes and the kit recipients had 6 projects to make.

This is the first I’m sharing with you. It’s quick and easy and you can pop one together in no time at all.

Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the fabulous new Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch from the Annual Catalogue. Now you know I love punches, so I used Page 168 of the Catalogue for my inspiration.

As these projects were suitable for teenagers or more generic, I chose to use a range of blues. These are Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy. Crumb Cake is the colour for the base card and layer, plus Very Vanilla for the sentiment.

Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The hardest part of this project is deciding where to place the shapes. Just stick them onto your layer and trim off the excess, then stick the layer down. I’ve offset my shapes from each other down the card to avoid everything looking too uniform.

For the sentiment, I’ve used the Many Mates Stamp Set with Misty Moonlight Ink and a Blender Pen. I then cut it out using the punch, but put it in again to make it slightly narrower.Postage Stamp Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is stuck onto a couple of strips of co-ordinating Misty Moonlight In Color Ribbon to add a bit of extra interest.

I think this design would look great in other ranges of colours, greens, pinks etc to create a batch of cards. They would make a lovely gift.

Pop back soon as I’ll be showing you another project from the class.

If you’d like to make projects like this, then why not book a place 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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August Birthday Gatefold

This August Birthday Gatefold Card is one of the projects from last month’s Fancy Folds Class.

August Birthday Gatefold. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I shared the crossover gatefold project with you recently, but wasn’t able to share this one until after my friend’s Birthday,

The Playing with Patterns 6×6 DSP pack gave me the perfect piece for the front panels, plus my colour inspiration. If you haven’t discovered the items from this fabulous Suite in the Annual Catalogue, then make sure you take a look.

My basecard is Purple Posy, with Calypso Coral for the other cardstock and ink.

A gatefold card is basically a card where the opening is in the middle, rather the side. My husband calls them barn door cards!

When making a gatefold card, it is always better to score the folds first, rather than just folding in half. This ensures you have a nice crisp and even fold.

Decide how wide you want your finished card to be and double it. This is the size of cardstock you need to cut. If your cardstock size when divided by 4 works out at something other than a whole or .5 of a cm, change your width to a number that can easily be divided. For example, my cards are normally 10.5cm wide, but for this design, I make them 10cm. Mainly because it is easier to divide 20 by 4, than 21.

You then need to score at your divided by 4 number (basically a 1/4 of the width) along one side. Then rotate your cardstock and make the same score on the other side. By rotating the cardstock, you are making the scorelines in the same place on both sides.

Fold along those score lines and your card should be ready to decorate.

August Birthday Gatefold. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used the Many Mates Stamp Set here and coloured it using a Blender Pen.

As well as popping sentiment onto layers of circles, I’ve taken a length of the Purple Posy Ribbon from the Playing With Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack. This is stuck onto a piece of Purple Posy cardstock, looping the ends behind the sentiment.

Why not head to my Class Timetable for details of the classes I’m running this year.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Impossible Card in Magenta Madness

This Impossible Card is one of the projects from my recent Fancy Folds Class.

Impossible Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It gets the name from appearing impossible for the pop-up section to come out of the cut out shape. Even though a magician shouldn’t reveal their tricks, I think I may have to put a video together on how to create one.

Once you get the hang of them, they are relatively simple to make, it’s the decorating you can take the time over.

I chose to use Magenta Madness and Just Jade, two new In Colors, with Whisper White for my colour combination. This combination is certain to brighten up someone’s day.

The flowers and sentiments are from the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set and Many Mates Stamp Set. I then cut the flowers using the fabulous Small Bloom Punch and fussy cut the leaves. The images are coloured with a Blender Pen.

Impossible Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each section has a Whisper White Cardstock layer with a 6×6 In Color DSP layer on top. A strip across the front adds an extra space for another flower.

The pop-up panel can be decorated with more height or width overhanging the edges. If you do this, make sure it can still fit in an envelope, or you’ll have to make one to match!

Impossible Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For a finishing touch, there’s a bow from the co-ordinating ribbon and some small Rhinestones too.

I think I may end up making a few more of these using different sizes and colour combinations.

There were six cards made at this online class. If you’d like to join us for a future class, head to my class timetable for full details and booking information.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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 – 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!

Why not join us for a future BYO Stamps Class. They run fortnightly. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Forever Greenery

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I chose to use the fabulous Forever Greenery Suite (again!) from the Annual Catalogue

Forever Greenery Suite. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colours are from the Forever Greenery DSP. The greens of Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sea Foam all combine with Whisper White.

Using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders, Whisper White leaves create a pretty background. A strip of the DSP on each side then creates a border.

The leaves are cut in the various greens using the Forever Flourishing Dies from the Forever Greenery Suite.

Forever Greenery Suite. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Lengths of the reversible ribbon, with the co-ordinating Pretty Peacock side facing out are then added. This ribbon isn’t from the Suite, but it works beautifully with the project.

Finally, a die cut shape from the Tasteful Labels Dies with a sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set is placed on top. The sentiment is in Just Jade ink to co-ordinate with one of the colours.

Forever Greenery Suite. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Champagne Rhinestones are arranged to finish the project.

This is a great generic project, suitable for anyone. The sentiment can be anything you like and any shape too, not just a circle.

I’m really enjoying using this suite and may have to remove it from my desk to give other products a look in!

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

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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