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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Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPainted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetSnowman Season Bundle (En)Garden Green A4 CardstockGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadMossy Meadow A4 CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockGold Foil Sheets5/8" (1.6 cm) Burlap RibbonPearl Basic JewelsReal Red Dark Stampin' BlendsBanner Triple PunchLeaf PunchSprig PunchLayering Circles DiesSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMultipurpose Liquid GlueTear & Tape Adhesive

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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Perennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetPainted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetRococo Rose A4 CardstockRococo Rose Classic Stampin’ PadMerry Merlot A4 CardstockMerry Merlot Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPearlized DoiliesSponge BrayersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushDetailed Trio Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchLeaf PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

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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Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetPicture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetPetal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadMint Macaron A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove Classic Stampin' PadGrapefruit Grove A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonLeaf Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchDecorative Ribbon Border PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Guiding Card Making – Butterflies

Last month I was invited to a Guiding event to teach the ladies how to make two cards. Here is one of the projects.

Jar of Love from Stampin' Up! with HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a project from last year’s Charity Card Making Day that I chose to revisit.

It uses leaves from various stamp sets in shades of green. The butterflies are from Garden in Bloom in Rose Red. Both Wild Wasabi (green) and Rose Red are retiring this year, along with the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set. Make sure you get yours while stocks last.

Some of the ladies had never stamped before, so it was lovely to share their excitement with their creations.

If you’d like me to come and teach a group then please get in touch.  I run private classes and workshops and can tailor projects to suit a variety of audiences.

Pop back soon to see the second card from the morning.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetPainted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetGarden In Bloom Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockRose Red A4 CardstockRose Red Classic Stampin' PadLemon Lime Twist A4 CardstockLemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' PadEmerald Envy Classic Stampin' PadWild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Sending smiles across the miles

A very talented friend is off to China this weekend to play a lead role in a musical.

This friend loves sunflowers so the Painted Harvest Stamp Set was the obvious choice.

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest

I combined Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip for the sunflowers.  There is Wink of Stella in the centre of each flower for a bit of sparkle too.

‘Sending smiles across the miles’ from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set is a sentiment I never thought I’d use.  As they are way on tour for five months, it was the perfect opportunity to ink it up for the first time.

The sentiment fits nicely into the Pretty Label punch with the new Everyday Label Punch from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue as a background layer.

A strip of Burlap Ribbon across the card for the sentiment to sit on completes the project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetLift Me Up Clear-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockCrushed Curry A4 CardstockCrushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadChocolate Chip A4 CardstockChocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap RibbonPretty Label PunchEveryday Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Painted Harvest

At last week’s Card & Cuppa we used a brand new stamp set and matching punch from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest

It uses the Painted Harvest Stamp Set I showed you the other day.  However, this uses non sunflower colours to create a pretty project.  Some of the attendees even thought that it was a piece of DSP background and not handstamped!

One of the things I love about this set is the co-ordinating Punch.  It’s a really handy size and will be useful for most floral designs.

The colours I used to create the flowers were Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry and Fresh Fig.  A co-ordinating strip of Striped Ribbon in Sweet Sugarplum helps to bring the project together.

Wild Wasabi was the green used for the leaves which were first stamped tone-on-tone before punching.

Although the sentiment is ‘thank you’, a lot of the attendees decided to rebel and chose to change their greeting!

To join the rebels at next week’s Card & Cuppa class book your place by 18:00 the night before!

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Painted Harvest Photopolymer BundleThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetSweet Sugarplum A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' PadWild Wasabi A4 CardstockWild Wasabi Classic Stampin' PadRich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' PadFresh Fig Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum 3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon1" (2.5 Cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveTear & Tape AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

New Catalogue Cards – Painted Harvest

Are you loving the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue?

Do you have some favourite items yet?

Everyone who received a catalogue from me at class or by post received one of these cute notecards in their Catalogue pack.

The notecard uses the brand new Painted Harvest Stamp Set, part of the Painted Autumn Suite.

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest

This is my favourite stamp set from the new catalogue – so far!  An added bonus is that it has a fabulous new matching punch that can be purchased in a bundle too.  I can see these versatile leaves being used on a wide range of projects.

I’ve teamed the Chocolate Chip flower centres with Crushed Curry flowers and Garden Green leaves.  Have you spotted the new Jute Twine too?  It’s thicker than Linen Thread and will be great for a rustic ‘brown paper packages tied up with string’ look.

Here are a few of the notecards before they were packed and posted.

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Painted Harvest Photopolymer BundleJute TwineJar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla Note Cards & EnvelopesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockCrushed Curry A4 CardstockCrushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadChocolate Chip Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green Classic Stampin' Pad1" (2.5 Cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 Cm) Circle PunchFuse Fast AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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