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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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Bugs, Beasts & Butterflies – Balmy Blue Butterflies

The third project from my Bugs, Beasts & Butterflies class is this fabulous Balmy Blue butterflies card.

Balmy Blue Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It is a monochrome-type card as it only uses Balmy Blue and Very Vanilla.

Firstly, a strip was masked across the card and an ombre of Balmy Blue ink was added using a Sponge Brayer.

Next, an image from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set creates the speckled look across the masked piece.

Balmy Blue Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the masking had been removed, it was time to piece everything together.

Strips of Lace Trim Ribbon are placed behind the circle, before the large butterfly is added on the top. The butterflies are from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and Butterfly Duet Punch.

You can’t see it in the picture, but the large butterfly has been coated in Wink of Stella to make it sparkly when it catches the light.

Balmy Blue Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a sentiment from the Label Me Bold Stamp Set and the two smaller butterflies are added to create this trio of Balmy Blue Butterflies. I think this would look great in purple or orange too.

Sadly, this class was my final face-to-face evening class for a while due the current pandemic.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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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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Mum’s Birthday Card

My Mum had a birthday ending in ‘0’ recently, so I obviously made her a special card for the occasion.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card was the starting point for a 2019 Card & Cuppa project.

It uses a combination of Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel with Very Vanilla.

As Mum is also a keen crafter, it puts a lot of pressure on what I make, so a lot of products were strewn across my crafting desk!

The card has stamped images from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set, Well Said Stamp Set and Floral Essence Stamp Set.

I also used the Leaf Punch, Classic Label Punch and Perennial Flower Punch.

A Pearlized Doily was coloured on the white side using a Sponge Brayer and the flowers were softened using a Blender Pen to give a variegated effect.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Baker’s Twine was coloured with a Dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend for the bow. There were also strips of Lace Trim and co-ordinating Blueberry Bushel Ribbon too.

Finally, I added Clear Faceted Gems to the centre of the flowers.

As this card was delivered by hand, I built up the layers and created extra depth using Dimensionals. Normally, anything that is posted is thin enough to use a regular stamp.

It’s not a great picture, but it gives an idea of the various layers I created.

Mum's Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided to create a larger square card, instead of my regular rectangle and made a co-ordinating envelope from DSP too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Nature’s Beauty

For our penultimate Card & Cuppa sessions of 2019, I reached for the fabulous Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set to create this snowy scene.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love that £2.50 from every sale of this Stamp Set goes towards mental health organisations. So, for just £20, you receive a stunning Stamp Set, and help others too.

To begin with, the attendees had to make the decision between Whisper White or Very Vanilla for their project. I made one in both and still can’t decide which one I prefer.

Here is the same project in Very Vanilla.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, one side of the Grid Paper is ripped to create a snow drift effect. Then, a punched circle mask is added to the cardstock to create a moon.

Using a Sponge Brayer and Night of Navy ink, the cardstock is coloured to create a winter night sky.

Here is the Whisper White version.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

And the Very Vanilla version.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Stars, from the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set are then dotted across the sky.

With the moon and snow masks removed, trees and grass are then stamped in Basic Gray. The beautiful fox, also stamped in Basic Gray and coloured with Watercolor Pencils is cut out and attached using Dimensionals.

Finally, using the very tip, dots of Wink of Stella are added to some of the stars to create a sparkly sky.

Nature's Beauty. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really love this card and already know who is going to be receiving both of mine.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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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.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Dandelion Wishes

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, I designed one of the most difficult cards to make, a sympathy card.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set and some masking to create this pretty project.

Using Sponge Brayers, Pool Party and Balmy Blue Ink, the ombre section was created. Second generation stamping then adds a subtle background to the lighter side of the section.

Then, after removing the masking, a dandelion in Pacific Point is stamped. Hearts from the Dog Builder Punch are added with Glue Dots.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Thinking of you’ from Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and a layer are cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. To create the border, we cut around the stitching of the sentiment. It’s a great way to create borders with the various stitched dies.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Although my card was a Sympathy Card, it’s a really versatile design. I took a range sentiments along with me to the sessions and the attendees used a variety from Birthday Wishes to You’ve been on my mind’.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Meeting Rococo Rose

If you’ve seen my recent Card & Cuppa projects, you’ll see that I’ve been working my way through each new In Color. This time the attendees were meeting Rococo Rose.

Meeting Rococo Rose. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Rococo Rose, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.

First, the background is stamped with an image from Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Petal Pink.

The corners of the layers are then rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch.

To create the leaves, we used a Sponge Brayer and Pear Pizzazz ink to make an ombre pattern on a separate piece of cardstock. The leaves, along with the bird and flowers were then cut out using the Well Written Dies.

Meeting Rococo Rose. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set is cut out with the Timeless Label Punch. Then, the bird, coloured with Wink of Stella and the flowers are added with Glue Dots.

A 2″ Circle and a length of co-ordinating Scalloped Linen Ribbon complete the items ready for final assembly.

Meeting Rococo Rose. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each piece is layered, starting with the circle, leaves and then ribbon. Finally, the sentiment piece is added with Dimensionals.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Saying Congratulations with Varied Vases

There isn’t a Card & Cuppa project to share with you this week, but, I do have a card I made for one of my regular Card & Cuppa attendees.

They have recently landed a job so I’m saying Congratulations with Varied Vases as my main design element.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve taken inspiration from this project and changed the colours to suit the recipient.

The colour combination is Blushing Bride, Highland Heather and Pear Pizzazz.

A sponge brayer creates the ombre Blushing Bride section. Then, a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set is layered onto a Highland Heather background.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Vases Builder Punch, I created the flower and leaves and stuck those to the layered section using Glue Dots.

Once again the Detailed Trio Punch makes an appearance to round the corners.

The strip of Metallic-Edge Ribbon mirrors the Whisper White of the cardstock and also the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on the flowers.

Congratulations Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Anyone for ice cream?

Last week it was our final Card & Cuppa for Children session of the holidays and the theme was Summer.

Once again I decided that both the adult Card & Cuppa class and the children’s class should make the same project.

When I think of summer I think of sitting on a beach with an ice cream. That was my inspiration for the project.

Ice Cream Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The toppings from Coffee Cafe are stamped onto different colour card stock using Versamark. This allows an image to be different colours without needing to change ink pads.

Creating the waffle cones involved following a template to make three triangles and then cut them out.

Ice Cream Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These triangles are given the waffle look with Soft Suede ink and the grid pattern image from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set.

Ice Cream Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Another stamp from Timeless Textures creates the texture on the chocolate flake, cut out with the Classic Label Punch, minus the point.

Chocolate sprinkles from Picture Perfect Birthday and a 1/2″ cherry create some yummy ice creams.

A sea and sand background is made using a Sponge Brayer for the sea and a Sponge Dauber for the sand. It’s important not to cover the whole of the card with the sea. You’ll have green sand if you dauber over it!

Finally, a sun made from the ‘For You’ sentiment and ring from the Bubble Over Stamp Set finishes the project. These ice creams look good enough to eat.

Ice Cream Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the attendees had the choice of which combination of ice creams and toppings they made. What would you have chosen?

As it’s Bank Holiday next Monday, there is only one Card & Cuppa session running on the Thursday. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

 

 

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