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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Happy crafting

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+

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Double Oval Punch

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I again took inspiration from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time it was the project on Page 65 that caught my eye.

My version is in Highland Heather and Very Vanilla.

The ovals are cut using the new Double Oval Punch. I love that we have a fabulous two-in-one oval punch.

Each scallop oval is positioned, with any overhang cut from the side. For the smooth edge ovals, these are embossed using the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder before being stuck onto some of the scallop ovals. Once again, the overhang is cut away.  Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Lovely You Stamp Set, the sentiment is in Gray Granite, with a few Highland Heather flowers too.

A length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon is stuck on top of the scallop oval, before the sentiment oval is raised above it using Dimensionals.

Finally, some Pastel Pearls in co-ordinating Highland Heather are dotted around the card for a finishing touch.

Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like how versatile this project is. It can be made in any colour, with the sentiment changed as needed. Simply make a few to have on standby, then add the relevant sentiment when it’s time to send.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DOUBLE OVAL PUNCHLOVELY YOU CLING STAMP SET (EN)HIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONORNATE FLORAL 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERPASTEL PEARLSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Well Written Dies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I reached for the Well Written Dies.

This set of dies has crept to the back of my dies box and it was time to bring them to the front.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A range of different blues, Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight work really well together with the Whisper White.

It is a bit of a fiddly project, but the finished card is worth the effort.

My Take Your Pick Tool Brush attachement came in useful for removing all the little bits from the Well Written Dies cut outs.

The project being with lengths of Pool Party Shimmer Riboon creating a stripey background.

Then, the centre leaves and flower pieces are attached.Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By drawing around the ‘birthday’ shape, a layer is cut out for it to sit on. If you have the die, you can draw around the edge of that instead. Either way is fine.

Raising the birthday above the centre pieces gives the project more depth.

I chose to use a ‘wishes’ sentiment to go with birthday, stamping it in the darker blue of Misty Moonlight.

Before the smaller flowers are added with glue dots, these are given a coat of Wink of Stella. This co-ordinates well with the shimmer of the ribbon.

Well Written Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally some Silver Metallic Pearls are added to the centre of the tiny flowers.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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WELL WRITTEN DIESWELL SAID CLING STAMP SET (EN)POOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY 3/8" (1 CM) SHEER RIBBONBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKMISTY MOONLIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKMISTY MOONLIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMETALLIC PEARLSSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINETAKE YOUR PICKTAKE YOUR PICK DIE BRUSH TIPMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTS

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Botanical Bliss

As last week’s Card & Cuppa was the final one before we head into Christmas cards, I decided to use Botanical Bliss.

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve not used this stamp set at class before but it has some useful sentiments in a fabulous font. It also has some lovely botanical images in flowers, leaves and a bird.

To create the project we stamped the flower image in Sahara Sand onto a circle cut using the 2″ Circle Punch. The image is stamped several times to create multiple images.

These are then coloured using the fabulous Watercolor Pencils. Instead of using a Blender Pen, we’ve used Wink of Stella to give a touch of sparkle. This then sits on a Pool Party layer from the Starburst Punch.

Pear Pizzazz is used to add various leaves to the background, with a mixture of first and second generation stamping. This creates more depth to the images.

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

After using the Triple Banner Punch to shape the end, one of the sentiments is then added to the project.

A strip of co-ordinating Shimmer Ribbon adds yet more sparkle.

The final touch of sparkle is from a Clear Faceted Gem sitting in the centre of the flower. Unfortunately, the camera hasn’t captured the amount of sparkle on the project. It’s a lot more shimmery in real life!

Botanical Bliss Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Botanical Bliss Clear-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 Cardstock2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchBanner Triple PunchPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushClear Faceted GemsPool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonSnail Adhesive

Birthday Blues

It’s not really Birthday Blues, it’s a Birthday card for my Sister-in-Law in shades of blue.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a project with no stamping at all.

A simple colour combination of Pool Party and Pacific Point allow the Very Vanilla flower to really pop.

The ombre stencil effect is using a Sponge Dauber and one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Pool Party to begin with, then Pacific Point for the darker areas.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Detailed Trio Punch creates those fabulous rounded corners. A strip of Pacific Point cardstock and a length of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon separate the two sections.

Two shapes from the May Flowers Framelits dies are layered onto two circles, again in Pacific Point and Pool Party.

Birthday Blues. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The centre of the flower is a Faceted Gem in Clear that I’ve coloured with a Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blend marker.

Keep an eye out for other projects in this design over the coming weeks.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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May Flowers Framelits DiesPattern Party Decorative MasksSponge DaubersPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadPacific Point A4 CardstockPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonClear Faceted GemsPool Party Dark Stampin' Blends Marker2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Lovely As a Tree – A serene scene

This serene scene is the final project from my Lovely As a Tree Papercrafting Class. It’s also a design I’ve used before, but have updated to include new colours and ribbons.

Lovely as a Tree serene scene. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

We begin by stamping the trees first at different heights using first and second generation images. It’s good to make sure that there is a tree that is higher than the others to use as a feature.

Next, punch a circle from a sticky-note to create a mask and place it over the feature tree.

Then it’s fun with sponge daubers and different blues to create the sky. This project uses Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Pacific Point for the sky with Night of Navy for the stamping. When you’re happy with the depth of colour, remove the mask.

Lovely as a Tree serene scene. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The flock of birds from High Tide flying across the sky completes the scene.

A strip of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and a knotted length of Night of Navy Medium Baker’s Twine pull all of the colours together.

Lovely as a Tree serene scene. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This completes the set of 6 from this class. Here they all are together.

Lovely as a Tree Class. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs Lovely As a Tree in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Lovely as a tree in shades of purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Lovely As a Tree Banners. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Lovely as a Tree grunge. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Lovely as a Tree serene scene. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite?

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Lovely As A Tree Wood-Mount Stamp SetHigh Tide Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockNight Of Navy A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockPool Party Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadSponge Daubers1-3/4" (4.4 cm) Circle PunchPool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonNight Of Navy Medium Baker's TwineSnail Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Swirly Bird in Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party

For last week’s Card & Cuppa I designed this Birthday card.

Swirly Bird Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Card & Cuppa Class project with HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the fabulous Swirly Bird Stamp Set and a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, both from the Annual Catalogue.

I’ve teamed Sweet Sugarplum with Pool Party for a fresh modern feel, with Powder Pink as the accent colour.

There are lots of layers and textures on this card. Strips made from Washi Tape, Ribbon and Baker’s Twine all add to the modern twist. A few rhinestones add a touch of bling.

As it’s Bank Holiday, we aren’t meeting today, but there is class on Thursday if you’d like to join us.  We’re then back to normal next week.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockPowder Pink Classic Stampin' PadBasics Pack 3 Washi TapePool Party 3/8" Shimmer RibbonWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineRhinestone Basic JewelsStarburst Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals