Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Floral Squares Dies

My Floral Squares Dies had their first outing at last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

Floral Squares Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose Very Vanilla for the basecard and squares, with Soft Succulent as my background colour. Additional splashes of colour were from Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya and Polished Pink, from this year’s In Color Collection. They were joined by So Saffron.

Floral Squares Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each square has a backing piece of Soft Succulent 6×6 DSP, to help separate them from the background.

Then, the colourful flower pieces are given a coating of Wink of Stella before they are added to each square.

My sentiment, from the Art Gallery Stamp Set has loops of ribbon at each end.

Loose Flower Flourishes in the three flower In Colors are then attached.

Floral Squares Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls are stuck to the centre of some of the flowers.

I think this project would look really great in monochrome.  I’ll add it to my list of things to try!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FLORAL SQUARES DIES2021–2023 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETSOFT SUCCULENT A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SUCCULENT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADFRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK A4 CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSOFT SUCCULENT 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBONLOOSE FLOWER FLOURISHESPEARL BASIC JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing tips on how to make your punching more efficient. This is particularly useful if you are stamping and punching multiples of the same shape.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click below to watch my video.

My project uses a colour combination of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.

The leaves from the Very Versailles Stamp Set are stamped multiple times before some strips of cardstock are added at the bottom. This creates a window box feel.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon in Blushing Bride, available in the new July-December Mini Catalogue from Tuesday is then added.

The Sweet Strawberry Bundle (Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set & Strawberry Builder Punch) provide the flowers.

A shape from the Messages Die is stamped with a sentiment and raised up using Dimensionals.

Each of the flowers are then added using Glue Dots.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Making Your Punching More Efficient. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a small Pearl sits in the centre of each flower.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SWEET STRAWBERRY BUNDLE (ENGLISH)VERY VERSAILLES CLING STAMP SETMESSAGES DIEBLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKBLUSHING BRIDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBLUSHING BRIDE 3/8" (1 CM) FRAYED GROSGRAIN RIBBONPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Generations of Stamping & Stamping Off

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m explaining what 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation and Stamping Off are.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Generations of Stamping & Stamping Off. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video about these techniques. It also contains some handy hints on generational stamping too.

This monochrome project uses Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla.

The image and dies are from the discounted Artistically Inked Bundle (Artistically Inked Stamp Set & Artistic Dies).

Various generations of stamping create the background.  Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Generations of Stamping & Stamping Off. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of coordinating Blushing Bride cardstock sits across the background. ‘Happy Birthday’ then sits on top of this.

Leaves are cut from the large die in the set, I’ve cut them down into individual or double leaves. These provide a pretty surround for the central flower.

The flower and leaves are raised up on Dimensionals.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Generations of Stamping & Stamping Off. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Basic Pearls finish off the design.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one.

If there’s a top tips, trick or technique you would like to see me feature, then please get in touch.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISTICALLY INKED BUNDLE (ENGLISH)BLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKBLUSHING BRIDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Pierced Blooms Dies

Lots of layers of flowers and leaves from the Pierced Blooms Dies made last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project.

Pierced Blooms Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The jar shape is from the Jar Punch, cut from Smoky Slate. Everything else is cut using the dies.

These dies are part of Bundle with a coordinating Stamp Set in the January-June Mini Catalogue. Although the products are staying, the Bundle is on the Retiring List and leaves us at the end of this month. Make sure you grab your discounted Bundle while you can.

Pierced Blooms Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A combination of Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive for the leaves, So Saffron and Daffodil Delight for the yellow and Pale Papaya for the orange make up the floral part. Pool Party adds the bow and ribbon elements.

Attaching the ribbon and bow to the jar first and adding that to the project gives a starting point.

Next, leaves and flowers are added, using a combination of wet glue and Glue Dots.

The largest flowers are given centres, coated with Wink of Stella and are raised at the front with a couple of leaves to add depth.

Pierced Blooms Dies Revisited. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the smallest flowers were used to fill in gaps and small Basic Pearls are popped in the centre of some of the flowers.

This project is sentiment free, but one can be added if needed.

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PIERCED BLOOMS DIESJAR PUNCHOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKSMOKY SLATE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY 3/8" (1 CM) SHEER RIBBONPEARL BASIC JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEGLUE DOTSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

You Decide Your Biggest Wish

Well, not quite! You decide your Biggest Wish card orientation, portrait or landscape?

You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Mr Hippofrog helped design this Evening Evergreen Monochrome Birthday Card. He’s very proud of it!

If you want to create quick and easy projects, the Biggest Wish Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue is really useful.

For this project, the Stamparatus is your friend. Once you’ve lined everything up, it’s just a case of hinge-stepping ‘Happy’ down the slots.

The first is first generation stamping, with the next in second generation. This alternates down the page.

You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Birthday is then stamped along the edge.

A length of coordinating Chevron Ribbon splits the two parts.

Finally, a small Pearl coloured with a Stampin’ Blend is added as the dot of the ‘i’.

You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs You Decide Your Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which orientation do you prefer?

I can definitely see me creating this design in different colours, and with different greetings from the set too.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)EVENING EVERGREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEVENING EVERGREEN A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN (3/8" 1 CM) CHEVRON WEAVE RIBBONEVENING EVERGREEN STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPARATUSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

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.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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+

In Bloom Bundle meets In Color

Have you seen the fabulous new Bundles in the January-June Mini Catalogue.

For this project, the new In Bloom Bundle meets In Color, to create a pretty floral card.

My colour combination is Seaside Spray and Rococo Rose In Colors, with Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.

As these cards were for Mothering Sunday, I made two. One in Seaside Spray and the other in Rococo Rose, with accents in the other colour.

Another new product in the Mini Catalogue is the pretty Stitched With Whimsy Dies. This is the wavy embossed outline shape you can see on the Very Vanilla background piece.

In the background, I used a Sponge Dauber and ink in the opposite colourway. This adds a slight hint of colour for the leaves and flowers to sit on.

The Pierced Bloom Dies are a set of 25 Dies. Some co-ordinating with the In Bloom Stamp Set as part of the Bundle. Other dies in the set work on their own, such as the bow shape.

Each flower centre and the bows have a light coating of Wink of Stella that sparkles when it catches the light.

With all the leaves and flowers layered, apart from the centre flower, it was time to add the sentiment, along with the bow and tiny flower.

One of the sentiments in the Stamp Set was perfect for the cards, again cut out using one of the Dies from the Bundle.

By using Dimensionals to attach the central flower, this creates extra depth.

Finally, Pearls are added to the centre of each small flower.

Which colour combination do you prefer, blue or pink?

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IN BLOOM BUNDLE (ENGLISH)STITCHED WITH WHIMSY DIESSEASIDE SPRAY A4 CARDSTOCKSEASIDE SPRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADROCOCO ROSE A4 CARDSTOCKROCOCO ROSE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKSPONGE DAUBERSPEARL BASIC JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Flowering Vine Dies

Last week was the first Card & (Your) Cuppa session of 2021. It was great to be back.

Here is the project. It uses the fabulous Flowering Vine Dies. It is my version of the project on Page 62 of the new January-June Mini Catalogue.

Flowering Vine Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The colour combination is Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla, with Just Jade Ribbon.

Two pieces of lattice effect and lots of flowers are cut out using the Flowering Vine Dies. This takes a while, but the smaller flowers can be cut in multiples of three as there are three dies for these. Each flower is then stuck onto the back of the lattice piece using either Multipurpose Glue or Fine-Tip Glue.

Then, these pieces are stuck onto the basecard, so the flowers show through.

Flowering Vine Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set in Basic Gray is added to another die cut shape from Flowering Vine Dies. This is stuck onto a co-ordinating So Saffron piece.

This piece is stuck over the swoosh of Just Jade Ribbon using Dimensionals.

Finally, some small pearls are added to the centre of the larger flowers.

Flowering Vine Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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FLOWERING VINE DIESORNATE THANKS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)MINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKBLUSHING BRIDE A4 CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADJUST JADE 2020–2022 IN COLOR RIBBONPEARL BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEFINE-TIP GLUE PENTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Lovely You for my Lovely Customers

My November customers were all sent this handmade card to say thank you for supporting my business.

As it uses the Lovely You Stamp Set and co-ordinating Punch Bundle, it’s more of a lovely you for my lovely customers project.

Lovely You for my Lovely Customers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I thought people might be getting a bit fed up with Christmas colours, I chose to use the Subtles Collection for my colour combination.

There’s Pool Party, So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Soft Sea Foam, plus Whisper White.

Don’t forget to check this post with information on the replacement for Whisper White.

Stamping the images in a random patterns gives the impression of them falling across the page.

As Soft Sea Foam is quite a pale ink, itdoesn’t show up very well in my pictures.

Lovely You for my Lovely Customers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of co-ordinating Pool Party Sheer Ribbon with knotted ends is then added.

The sentiment and sentiment layer has ends cut with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. This punch and the stamp set form part of a discounted Bundle.

Some small Pearls, coloured with a Pool Party Stampin’ Blend add a finishing touch.Lovely You for my Lovely Customers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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LOVELY YOU BUNDLE (ENGLISH)POOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLUSHING BRIDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SEA FOAM CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY 3/8" (1 CM) SHEER RIBBONPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS POOL PARTY COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Forever Fern to Say Thank You

This month, I’ve used Forever Fern to say Thank You to my recent customers.

I love being able to express my gratitude to those who have supported my business.

As you know, it’s one of my favourite things about my job.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, my colour combination is Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake.

It’s a combination I have used before with Whisper White, but this time I chose Very Vanilla instead.Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Just a few leaves from the Forever Fern Stamp Set, along with the splates for the background, create a soft, yet class look.

A sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set, with the edges cut using the Banners Pick a Punch.

This is stuck above a Rococo Rose punched circle shape.

Forever Fern to Say Thank You. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pearls add a certain something to this classic project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)ORNATE THANKS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)ROCOCO ROSE A4 CARDSTOCKROCOCO ROSE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4RICH RAZZLEBERRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCK1 1/2" (3.8 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHBANNERS PICK A PUNCHPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS