Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Easter Punch Art

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, the attendees made these cute Easter Punch Art projects.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The rabbit uses the Bunny Builder Punch, and the eggs are from the Balloon Bouquet Punch, with the ‘tie’ cut off.

To create the grass, we used a texture from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set and stamped in Pear Pizzazz. This was a combination of lots of generations of stamping, along with turning the stamp to create the effect.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The bunny and its cute tail have the edges softened using a Sponge Dauber.

My inspiration for the eggs was of course mini eggs. Each one is stamped tone on tone using a different pattern.

We have Soft Sea Foam ‘splats’ from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set, So Saffron stripes from the Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set and Jar of Love provides the Blushing Bride dots.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These are all mounted on the Soft Sea Foam base and So Saffron layer. Finally, the bunny is added using Dimensionals.

Card & Cuppa has a slightly amended schedule for the next month due to Bank Holidays etc. Please refer to my Class Timetable for more details and remember to book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder

A lovely couple have just moved into their first home together and one of them loves sunflowers, so, I made this sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.

I’ve already made a poinsettia using this punch but this is something very different.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s layers of the the bulb shape punched from Daffodil Delight and shaded on the edges using a Sponge Dauber.

The centre is an image from Balloon Celebration tone-on-tone. Stamping stripes from the Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set onto a piece of Cajun Craze card then became a pot.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend, I coloured a strip of Sheer Whisper White Ribbon to make the stem and a set of bow leaves.

It’s all set on Very Vanilla Cardstock as this gives a much softer feel than Whisper White.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The corners are given a softer shape with the Detailed Trio Punch and a spot of Wink of Stella in the centre of the flower adds some final bling.

As the card is a non-standard size, I also made a co-ordinating envelope from some retired DSP.

Sunflower using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, this punch isn’t just for Christmas. It’s much more versatile, and you can make other things using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. It’s also the punch you will receive if you attend my Christmas Card Boot Camp Class (not the PM session). Book your place by 13th October.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Punch Art Dragon

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project, this punch art dragon has a bit of twist.

Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hold separate Card & Cuppa for Children projects during the summer holidays and usually design a separate project for them as well. This year, I decided that both the adult and children sessions should make the same project.

The cafe where I hold the sessions for Children has a theme of activities for each week of the holidays and it was ‘Mystical’. This is where the dragon comes in.

I also couldn’t decide on which one I liked, so I made both!

Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d seen similar projects on Pinterest, but they all used Ovals, which we no longer have in punch format. So I did my own take on the designs using punches we have available.

To create the body pattern I used Playful Backgrounds in either Granny Apple Green or Gorgeous Grape.

The clouds are from Lift Me Up and again stamped tone-on-tone in Balmy Blue.

After a bit of cutting out to create the neck piece, several punches are used to create the head, eye socket and nose.

Then it’s smaller circles in Whisper White and Basic Black for the eyes and nose and Classic Label for the fangs. The scales are from the new four-petal flower, cut into four.

Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It was then a case of putting everything together and attaching the head with Dimensionals.

An optional sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was the finishing touch.

Both the Card & Cuppa (Adults) and Card & Cuppa for Children attendees created fabulous projects.

Which one would you have made?

Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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A Jar of Love for my recent customers

It’s that time when I get to share the thank you cards I’ve sent to my most recent customers. These wonderful people have supported my business over the past few weeks.

Each card is handmade by me and I also include a handwritten note inside on a separate piece of cardstock. This is so that you can reuse the card by sending it onto someone else.

Jar of Love Stamp Set and Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk

This project uses the Jar of Love and Playful Backgrounds Stamp Sets to create a wave of dots and flowers across the centre of the card.

Using only Pool Party and Pacific Point (tongue twister anyone?!), the darker flowers jump off the page against the paler background dots.

A length of the fabulous Metallic Edge Ribbon folded behind the layered sentiment adds a touch of extra elegance to this stylish card. I love using just one colour in different shades to create a monochromatic effect.

Jar of Love Stamp Set and Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk

None of the items I’ve used on this project are on the retiring list. But, don’t forget that anything that is on the list is only around until the end of May (while stocks last). Grab those items you can’t live without at my online shop 24/7 now.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Playful Backgrounds and grunge

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I chose to design a card with a more masculine feel.

Stampin' Up! Playful Backgrounds with HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses just two stamp sets for the background, Timeless Textures and Playful Backgrounds. The sentiment comes from Picture Perfect Birthday.

My colour palette of Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy and Crumb takes inspiration from the True Gentleman DSP in the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

The stamping is on the left-hand 2 thirds of the card to avoid it looking too busy.

A sponge dauber and Crumb Cake ink adds some grunge to the project. There are three strips of ribbon across the project at different lengths and angles.

As one of the ribbons is crinkled, we scrunched the co-ordinating circle to mirror the effect.

I’ve a feeling I’ll be revisiting this project using different colours and sentiments.

If you’d like to join us for a Card & Cuppa session, make sure you book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Turning 12

Over the past few weeks both my Nephew and ‘honorary’ Nephew had Birthdays.

As they were turning 12, I made them both bright and cheery cards.

Stampin' Up! Number of Years with HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used Lemon Lime Twist with Emerald Envy as the colour palette with Number of Years as the ’12’. I find this stamp set more and more useful every time I use it.

Random dots from Playful Backgrounds gives this version of the card a great background to set off the bannered sentiment.

A quick and easy card with a pre-teen feel.

Don’t forget the Year-End Sale event.  Lots of items at reduced prices while stocks last.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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New Home Card

A friend has just moved into a new home so obviously it needed a card to celebrate.

Stampin' Up! Badges & Banners

She’s popped a few pictures of her decorating progress on Facebook so I’ve taken my inspiration from her pink feature wall.

I stamped a background of Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo along with Rich Razzleberry accents.  The stamp set for the background is Playful Backgrounds and is one I keep reaching for more and more.  I’ve also used one of the stamps from Timeless Textures for some smaller dots.

The bird in the cage image is from Badges and Banners and I used Stampin’ Write Markers to colour it in once I’d stamped.

As I don’t have a ‘new home’ sentiment, I used the Labeler Alphabet set to make my own.  I love how I can create any sentiment I like with a set like this.

The Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and Silver Foil Card have created the strip behind the sentiment.

I added a strip of thin Silver Ribbon to the top of the cage and then made a cute little bow to match it too.

To finish, Wink of Stella on the bird and some Rhinestones have added the obligatory bling for this sparkly lady.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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