Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature

For this Birthday Card, a favourite Stamp Set combines with a new favourite Stamp Set. This project is Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla. I think the Very Vanilla helps to keep this a warmer mix of colours. Also, using a Thick Very Vanilla basecard, the colours are not fighting with each other.

Using the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set, the tree section is stamped in Sahara Sand.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I’ve used the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and Punch Bundle to create the tiny leaves and acorn. For each one, the stamping is tone-on-tone.

They are all scattered across the project to create a falling effect and each stuck using Multipurpose Glue.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set provide the Birthday message. One end is given a banner shape, using the new Banners Pick a Punch. On the other end, an acorn is added.

The sentiment piece is then attached using Mini Dimensionals, to raise it off the page.

Beautiful Autumn meets Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)ROOTED IN NATURE CLING STAMP SET (EN)ITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETBANNERS PICK A PUNCHSAHARA SAND CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSAHARA SAND A4 CARDSTOCKMINT MACARON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKPUMPKIN PIE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPUMPKIN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

In Color Introduction Class – Mixing it up

Today I’m sharing my final project from my annual ‘In Color’ Introduction Class. Each colour has a project to introduce it, but my final project is always about mixing it up.

In Color Mixing it up. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Every year, the five new colours in the Annual Catalogue add more colour combinations.

Using strips in all of the colours, the attendees can decide how they wish to arrange them. Sometimes the layout of the colours just works better in a particular order than others. The fun is trying out all the possible ways!

With pretty Whisper White ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and Linen Thread, there are so many possibilities.

In Color Mixing it up. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My project is quite simple and a more generic card, suitable for anyone.

I have used a sentiment from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and Basic Gray Ink. I’ve then carefully trimmed close to the edges to give it a narrow border.

With this type of project, the sentiment you use and how you use the ribbons brings it to life.

In Color Mixing it up. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are all six projects from the class. Which is your favourite?

Many Mates Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Just Jade. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Cinnamon Cider. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Magenta Madness with Many Blossoms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Misty Moonlight. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Mixing it up. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’ve enjoyed my projects, why don’t you join me for a future class. I’ve planned by classes up to the end of 2020 and they are all online, with posted class kits. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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2020–2022 IN COLOR A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADROOTED IN NATURE CLING STAMP SET (EN)FLOWERS FOR EVERY SEASON RIBBON COMBO PACKLINEN THREADSTAMPIN' SEAL

BYO Stamps – Covering the Gap

This is the final project from a recent BYO Stamps Class about gaps. Covering the gap was the purpose of this design.

Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With shades of blue and the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set, this project is great for those who aren’t fans of floral or butterflies.

First, a piece of cardstock was placed where the sentiment was going to go. This is the first part of covering the gap as it acts as a guide for stamping the leaves. We want the leaves to be poking out from beneath the gap the sentiment covers.

My colour combination is Pacific Point for the large leaf, Night of Navy for the background leaves and Seaside Spray for the leaves that are filling the gaps. Build up the leaves in layers, a few at a time, you can always add more.

Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After the stamping, the sentiment was stuck onto a strip of co-ordinating Seaside Spray cardstock. This was then glued to the Very Vanilla piece and the excess pieces trimmed away.

Two lengths of Braided Linen Trim are added at the top and bottom edges of the sentiment. This is then added to the Night of Navy layer and Seaside Spray base card.

Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple card, and the design can be used with different stamp sets, colours and sentiments.

Here are all three projects together (from left to right) creating the gap, filling the gap and covering the gap.

Creating the Gap at BYO Stamps. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Filling the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Covering the Gap. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ROOTED IN NATURE CLING STAMP SET (EN)ITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETSEASIDE SPRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSEASIDE SPRAY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCK3/16" (4.8 MM) BRAIDED LINEN TRIMTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Card & Cuppa Plus – Leaves from Rooted in Nature

Today I’m sharing the final project I haven’t yet shown you from my face-to-face classes. Everything after this point will be from virtual sessions.

This is from my Card and Cuppa Plus class and used the leaves from Rooted in Nature.

Leaves from Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided that this project should have a more masculine feel to it, so opted for to use the leaves from Rooted in Nature and the co-ordinating Nature’s Root Dies.

My colour combination is Mint Macaron, Pacific Point and Crumb Cake, with Very Vanilla. I wasn’t sure about the combination to begin with as I thought the Pacific Point would overwhelm the project. However, by only using the colour for the largest leaf, it works really well.

A masked area was inked using a Sponge Brayer and Crumb Cake to create the ombre effect. For some extra detail, this was then stamped onto with the leaves and a variety of different generations of stamping.

Leaves from Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

One the mask was removed, a couple of pieces of Linen Thread were wrapped around the top and bottom to highlight the section.

The leaves in the centre are embossed and cut using the Nature’s Root Dies. The embossing was then enhanced by using a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink.

These were then attached to the project using Dimensionals to make them stand out.

Leaves from Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a sentiment from the fabulous Label Me Bold Stamp Set was added.

I think this project would look great in other colour combinations, from subtle through to brights.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ROOTED IN NATURE CLING STAMP SET (EN)NATURE'S ROOT DIESLABEL ME BOLD CLING STAMP SET (EN)CRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKMINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADLINEN THREADSPONGE BRAYERSSPONGE DAUBERSSNAIL ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Beautiful Butterfly Gala

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I returned to the Annual Catalogue and a stamp set we hadn’t used for a while. Here’s the project using the beautiful Butterfly Gala Stamp Set.

Beautiful Butterfly Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose a colour combination of Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo, a very popular combination with the attendees.

An ombre background was created using Rich Razzleberry and a Sponge Brayer. The brayer was also used to ink up the Crackle Paint Background Stamp on the Stamparatus.

Beautiful Butterfly Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Butterfly outlines were stamped using Smoky Slate and were coloured using the infill stamps in Melon Mambo.

These were then cut out with the Butterfly Duet Punch. Corners were rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch.

I find adding the butterfly bodies once they have been punched much easier. The antennae were then stamped in position before attaching everything together.

More punching was a Scallop Circle that was then scrunched to create the background for the punched circle sentiment from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.

A length of both Whisper White Seam Binding and Baker’s Twine were attached across the project before the sentiment and butterflies were added.

Beautiful Butterfly Gala. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Rhinestones were added for a touch of sparkle.

I’m one of those people who manages to get covered in Melon Mambo ink just by looking at it! Are there any colours that you do that with?

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp SetButterfly Duet PunchCrackle Paint Cling Stamp SetRooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp SetMelon Mambo A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadRich Razzleberry A4 CardstockRich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' PadSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineWhisper White 1/4" (6.4 mm) Crinkled Seam Binding RibbonRhinestone Basic JewelsSponge BrayersStamparatus®Detailed Trio Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-3/8" (3.5 cm) Scallop Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape AdhesiveMini Glue Dots

Special Christmas Cards: This year’s poinsettia

Merry Christmas!

It has become tradition at my Special Christmas Cards Class for me to design a poinsettia project. This is the final project from the Class.

Here is this year’s poinsettia. Click for my 2018 design.

This year's poinsettia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the leaves from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and some punched circles.

A lot of leaves were stamped and fussy cut. You could use the matching Dies to cut them out, but, as this was a class with lots of people, it was quicker and easier to cut by hand.

Using a Bone Folder, you can score down the centre of each petal to give a bit more definition and depth.

The petals are then built into several sandwiches. These are then stuck together slightly offset in their sizes to create a large layer and a small layer. For the top small layer, a disc of Crushed Curry forms part of the sandwich.

Using some Dimensionals, these are then layered together for even more depth.

Three green leaves are then added to the back of the poinsettia using Glue Dots.

This year's poinsettia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of the fabulous Gold Ribbon is looped in the background, before the poinsettia is attached to the card using Tear & Tape. The Tear & Tape gives it extra strength as the poinsettia is quite heavy.

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem is added to the centre for a spot of bling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Special Christmas Cards. Pop back later in the week for the final Stamp-a-Stack Christmas project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Rooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp SetReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green A4 CardstockCrushed Curry A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockGold Foil SheetsGold Faceted GemsGold 1/4" (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMultipurpose Liquid GlueMini Glue DotsTear & Tape Adhesive

Mostly Men Class – Just For You Card with Rooted in Nature

The penultimate project from my Mostly Men Class is this gorgeous Just For You Card.

Just For You card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a combination of Old Olive, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla.

The tree ‘cookie’ is stamped off several times to create a softer tone. Then the tree is stamped over the top.

On a separate piece the leaves were stamped and fussy cut. We could have used the matching dies for this, but the die cutting machine was in use for other projects. Plus, the shapes are fairly easy to cut by hand.

‘Just for You’ is stamped tone on tone onto Old Olive and punched out.

With all the pieces prepared, the next task is for assembling.

Just For You card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Braided Linen Trim cut in half is attached with glue dots, before adding two of the leaves.

Finally, the sentiment and remaining leaf are added with Mini Dimensionals.

Just For You card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like this Just For You card. Using a Thick Very Vanilla base card gives the project a clean, simple and fresh look.

Check back soon for the final project from the Class.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Rooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadCajun Craze Classic Stampin' PadPumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 Cardstock1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch3/16" (1 cm) Braided Linen TrimSnail AdhesiveMini Glue DotsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Card & Cuppa for Children – Ice Lollies for a Summer Holiday

Once again I ran Card & Cuppa for Children this week and the theme was ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’. Who can resist these fabulous ice lollies.

Ice Lollies. Card & Cuppa for Children project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

First, the beach background was created using the clouds from Above the Clouds Stamp Set. The sea and beach were from the High Tide Stamp Set.

Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay and So Saffron are the colours used.

To create the lollies, a piece of Pineapple Punch and Mango Melody cardstock had their corners rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch.

The chocolate sprinkles are from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Early Espresso. A cheeky bite is taken out of them using the 1 1/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.

Ice Lollies. Card & Cuppa for Children project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, we created the striped lolly by using the Classic Label Punch and strips of various colours. These were attached to a piece of cardstock with the overhang then cut off.

Crumb Cake strips were used for the lolly sticks, with the pointed end removed.

Ice Lollies. Card & Cuppa for Children project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sun with a sentiment from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set was added.

Finally, the ice lollies were attached, the striped one with Dimensionals to raise it above the others.

They look good enough to eat. Yum!

Next week is our final Card & Cuppa for Children session for this year. Make sure you pre-book your place.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Above The Clouds Photopolymer Stamp SetArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetHigh Tide Photopolymer Stamp SetRooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadEarly Espresso Classic Stampin' PadMango Melody Classic Stampin' PadMango Melody A4 CardstockBermuda Bay Classic Stampin' PadSo Saffron Classic Stampin' PadGranny Apple Green A4 CardstockCrumb Cake A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo A4 CardstockPoppy Parade A4 CardstockHighland Heather A4 CardstockPineapple Punch A4 CardstockCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockDetailed Trio Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/8" (2.9 cm) Scallop Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Rooted In Nature with In Color Blues

At last week’s Card & Cuppa, I created a Birthday card using the fabulous In Color blues.

Rooted In Nature with In Color blues. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think I’m a little bit in love with this colour combination. The In Color blues are the new Seaside Spray and last year’s Blueberry Bushel. When they are combined with Sahara Sand and Whisper White, it creates a lovely fresh look.

Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Nature’s Roots Dies are used to create this project.

First, the tree is stamped off to create a softer image. Then, the leaves are stamped and cut out using the dies.

Rooted In Nature with In Color blues. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and cut out using the Stitched Rectangles Dies to create a lovely border.

There are three types of Ribbon on this project, each one co-ordinating with the colour combination. Linen Ribbon in Seaside Spray is across the centre of the project, with short lengths of Blueberry Bushel Ribbon and Braided Linen Trim as accents.

Rooted In Nature with In Color blues. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, all of the die-cut pieces were stuck together to make one piece and attached with Dimensionals.

I really like the white space on this project, along with the softness of the colours. It’s perfect for anyone celebrating a Birthday.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Rooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp SetNature's Roots DiesItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetStitched Rectangle DiesSeaside Spray A4 CardstockSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadSeaside Spray 1/2" (1.3 cm) Scalloped Linen RibbonBlueberry Bushel A4 CardstockBlueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' PadBlueberry Bushel 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonSahara Sand A4 CardstockSahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad3/16" (1 cm) Braided Linen TrimWhisper White A4 CardstockSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' DimensionalsMini Glue DotsTear & Tape Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Time to Celebrate with Rooted in Nature

Card & Cuppa returned last week and we made this project using the fabulous Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.

Time to Celebrate with Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think this Stamp Set will take the place of the recently retired Lovely as a Tree for me.

The background uses the trunk section stamped in Crumb Cake before adding the leaves. All of the leaves were stamped off to use second generation stamping and give a more muted look.

For the first time, we used the Stamparatus at class and it was a hit! I’d pre-cut the trees using the matching dies and the Stamparatus helped to stamp the tree perfectly in Old Olive onto the shapes.

Time to Celebrate with Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Old Olive and the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, along with the Classic Label Punch gave us our sentiment. By positioning it on the tree trunk, I think it made it look like a way marker sign that you find on walks in the countryside.

Time to Celebrate with Rooted in Nature. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Burlap Ribbon to co-ordinate with the Crumb Cake, followed by the tree and sentiment, finish the look.

Don’t forget to make the most of the bundles on the retiring list, like this one, before 3rd June.

Book your place for a Card & Cuppa class by 18:00 the day before.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Rooted In Nature Clear-Mount BundleRooted In Nature Clear-Mount Stamp SetNature's Roots Framelits DiesItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Cardstock5/8" (1.6 cm) Burlap RibbonClassic Label PunchStamparatus®Snail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive