Card & Cuppa PLUS – Spring Birthday

Last weekend I held my first Card & Cuppa PLUS class. At these classes, the attendees make 3 projects.

The first project was this card that is perfect for a Spring Birthday.

Spring Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody from the Brights Collection, then toned them down by teaming them with Very Vanilla.

Using the script from the Very Versailles Stamp Set, it is stamped as a background. Colour is then added as a highlight with a Sponge Dauber.

Spring Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Happy Birthday from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set is punched and layered as a sentiment. It is biased slightly towards the bottom of the circle to allow room for the flowers.

On a separate piece of cardstock, a Sponge Dauber is used to create three different depth pools of Daffodil Delight. Centres are added to each pool using the SAB Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set, and then punched out using the Small Bloom Punch.

My current favourite ribbon from the Mini Catalogue is coloured using a Dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend to co-rdinate with the rest of the project.

Finally, each flower has a Pearl added and is then attached to the sentiment using Glue Dots.

Spring Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This week’s Card & Cuppa attendees may recognise the design. I love using designs multiple times as just by changing colours or stamp sets, it makes such a difference.

Re-using designs is the purpose of my new BYO Stamps Class. Visit my Class Timetable for full details of this and other classes.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Very Versailles Cling Stamp SetPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetThoughtful Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)Small Bloom PunchWhisper White 1/4" (6.4 mm) Crinkled Seam Binding RibbonSponge DaubersMango Melody A4 CardstockMango Melody Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockMango Melody Dark Stampin' BlendsPearl Basic Jewels2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots

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

Thinking of you for a friend

A friend is going through a tough time, so I wanted them to know that I was thinking of them.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

They are a fan of pink and sparkly things, so I designed this card using the more muted Petal Pink, along with Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

This soft combination still uses the things they like, just in a less dramatic way.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Perennial Essence Stamp Set to stamp the flowers and coloured them using Petal Pink and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends Combos. They have a very light touch of Wink of Stella in the centres to give a bit of sparkle.

These were then fussy cut and attached to a background stamped using an image from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

Colorful Seasons provided the sentiment that is punched out using the Timeless Label Punch.

A few lengths of Scalloped Lace Trim behind the sentiment provide an extra layer of pretty texture.

Thinking of you for a friend. Card designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Thinking of you cards are always difficult to make, but I think it is useful to have a few cards already made to hand. They can be pre-made with the sentiment, or blank cards you can quickly add a sentiment to as needed. These cards are much easier to create when you don’t need to sit down and concentrate on making one.

I’m hoping this card provided the hug in an envelope I’d sent.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Floral Essence Photopolymer Stamp SetColorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetPetal Pink A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPetal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackSoft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushVery Vanilla 3/8" (1 cm) Scalloped Lace TrimTimeless Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Graffiti Wall for a Rocky Horror Birthday

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Rocky Horror and have been attending various shows of the current UK tour.

I made this card for the lovely gentleman who has been playing Frank-n-Furter for his Birthday.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

It’s based on this project from my Mostly Men Papercrafting Class.

I’ve used a Real Red and Basic Black to reflect the main colours of The Rocky Horror Show, along with Basic Gray.

Both the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set and Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set provide the various Birthday greetings.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

Once the greetings are added, images from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set create a spray can effect.

The whole piece is then given an embossed effect using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.

A sponge dauber and Basic Gray Stampin’ Pad is then used to add some extra definition to some of the brick work before it is all assembled.

A Rocky Horror Birthday card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.

I really enjoy making these graffiti wall cards as you can let your imagination run wild.

Check back soon to see the end of tour cards I made for the Cast.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing FolderPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetBasic Black A4 CardstockTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadSponge DaubersSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Mostly Men Class – A Really Quick & Easy Stamparatus Card

The final project of the Mostly Men Class was this easy Stamparatus Card.

Easy Stamparatus Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project was the quickest of the 6 and it’s all because of the Stamparatus.

If I hadn’t added the ribbon, or the extra sentiment, it would have been completed in about 2 minutes maximum!

The key to this project is using a stamp that has a large sentiment or image, plus choosing a colour that still stamps after 4/5 stampings.

Perennial Birthday Stamp Set gave me the sentiment. Blueberry Bushel was my colour choice.

Easy Stamparatus Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After inking up the sentiment well and lining everything up, it was time to use the ‘hinge-step’ technique to stamp multiple times. This is where you move the Stamparatus plate down one notch each time.

I demonstrated this project to everyone at the start and I don’t think they believed how quick it was, until they did it themselves!

An extra sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays and the co-ordinating Blueberry Bushel Ribbon complete the project.

Easy Stamparatus Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s mounted onto a Blueberry Bushel layer and a Thick Whisper White Base Card for a monochromatic look.

Which project was your favourite from the class?

Why not join us for one of our remaining Papercrafting Classes of 2019. Head to my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Stamparatus®Perennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetBlueberry Bushel A4 CardstockBlueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' PadBlueberry Bushel 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonBalmy Blue A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveTear & Tape Adhesive

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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Floral Essence BundlePerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetSwirly Frames Photopolymer Stamp SetBlushing Bride A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadMerry Merlot A4 CardstockMerry Merlot Classic Stampin' PadMossy Meadow Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockPetal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushDetailed Trio PunchLeaf Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Butterfly Gala Birthday Card

Today I’m sharing a Butterfly Gala Birthday Card with you.

It also uses the Very Versailles Stamp Set and the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

Butterfly Gala Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The background leaves are in Soft Sea Foam with the butterflies in Rich Razzleberry.

Corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch.

Butterfly Gala Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A layered sentiment using the Timeless Label Punch is attached on top of a length of Polka Dot Ribbon.

The butterflies are then added.

Butterfly Gala Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the butterfly bodies along with a few Rhinestones for a touch of sparkle.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp SetButterfly Duet PunchPerennial Birthday Cling-Mount Stamp SetVery Versailles Cling Stamp SetDetailed Trio PunchTimeless Label PunchSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadRich Razzleberry A4 CardstockRich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle  RibbonRhinestone Basic JewelsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals