Double Masking – the papercrafting way

You may hearing quite a lot about double masking at the moment, but this is a happier papercrafting version.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This monochrome ‘thanks’ card is in Daffodil Delight and Basic White.

My first piece of masking was for the strip across the middle of the project to create a blank space for my sentiment.

The next piece of masking was using one of the Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush to create an ombre effect. I chose to go darker in the centre and paler towards the edges.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When my masking was complete, I added the sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set. If you haven’t got this £16 stamp set, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a must for your collection.

Next, I added some lengths of Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack across the edges of my centre strip.

Finally, using a Stampin’ Blend, some Rhinestones were given a Daffodil Delight colouring.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple project. It would also be great in lots of different colours and sentiments too.

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PLENTY OF PATTERNS DECORATIVE MASKSBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)DAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDING BRUSHESBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Picture This With Peekaboo Farm

How much fun are these fab critters?

Peekaboo Farm. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set has 5 fabulous farm animals, a wall for the them to peek over, plus senitments and other images too.

Here I’ve used it with the new circle shapes from the Picture This Dies.

 

My main colour is Fresh Freesia, with the stamping of the coloured images in Basic Gray.

I cut my Fresh Freesia piece, plus a Basic White piece with the dies. This gives me the bits to peek through, plus the bits to stamp on.

Each image is stamped onto one of the cut out circles and is coloured using Stamping Blends. I used quite a lots of Blends for this project!

Peekaboo Farm. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My Basic White pieces are stuck in place through circles, before the Fresh Freesia piece is raised up over them on Dimensionals.

For some added fun, I have stamped the hooves onto a separate sheet, cut these out and then stuck them overhanging the edge of the circles.

The finishing touch is some Loose Flower Flourishes on the head of the pig, and around the sentiment.

Peekaboo Farm. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to use the other stamps in this set, and the other dies too.

This set is great for those who need to make cards for children, of all ages!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PEEKABOO FARM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETPICTURE THIS DIESFRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKPOLISHED PINK STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS CRUMB CAKE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS FLIRTY FLAMINGO COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS GRAY GRANITE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN BLENDS SMOKY SLATE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SUEDE COMBO PACKBRONZE & IVORY STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKLOOSE FLOWER FLOURISHESSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEFINE-TIP GLUE PENMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set

You knew it would only be a matter of time before a project using the Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set made an appearance!

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I resisted long enough and I just had to play.

After stamping the foliage and frog in Basic Gray, a combination of Stampin’ Blends was used to colour them. A couple of lily pads were also stamped onto Pear Pizzazz. These were then all cut out by hand.

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I made a pond for my frog. This is a Pool Party piece of cardstock run through the Bark 3D Embossing Folder to create water ripples.

For my large lily pad, I cut a shape using the Layering Diorama Dies. I then cut a ‘v’ out of it to give it a similar lily pad feel to the other images.

Finally, everything was layered together, with the frog raised up on Dimensionals in the middle.

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To get your hands on this fabulous Host Stamp Set, you will need to place an order of £150+ (before P&P).

Don’t forget that the Connect, Craft & Collect Offer ends soon. Make sure you grab those extra Host Rewards while you can.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PRINCE & PRINCESS HOST PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETLAYERING DIORAMA DIESBARK 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERPOOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS GRANNY APPLE GREEN COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SO SAFFRON COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked

The new Stitched Greenery Die has been sitting in my ‘use me’ pile for a few weeks now.

It was time to have a little play…

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Soft Succulent and Rich Razzleberry, with Very Vanilla.

Using the Stitched Greenery Die on Soft Succulent makes a lovely background for my focal flowers.

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The main floral outline shape is cut from the Artistic Dies. This sits on the background, before Gold leaves from the Ephemera Pack are added.

Both the Stitched Greenery Dies and the Artistically Inked Bundle are new products in the Annual Catalogue.

Using a Stampin’ Blend, a length of Crinkled Seam Binding is coloured. Stampin’ Up! don’t have Rich Razzleberry Blends, but running the Light Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blend over the ribbon a couple of times made it a very close match.

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment and flowers from the Bundle are stamped and cut out before being added to the project.

I really like how this project came out. It’s likely a similar project to this will appear at a future Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISTICALLY INKED BUNDLE (ENGLISH)STITCHED GREENERY DIEEXPRESSIONS IN INK EPHEMERA PACKSOFT SUCCULENT A4 CARDSTOCKRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4RICH RAZZLEBERRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' BLENDS BLACKBERRY BLISS COMBO PACKSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Turtle Friends Bundle

I love a Stamp Set that has a coordinating punch, and this Turtle Friends Bundle makes me smile.

It’s perfect for young and old and many different occasions too.

Turtle Friends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used Evening Evergreen and Mint Macaron for my colour combination, with Calypso Coral streamers.

The larger image from the set is stamped in Evening Evergreen and then coloured with Mint Macaron and Evening Evergreen Stampin’ Blends.

It’s then cut out using the Turtle Punch from the Bundle from the new Annual Catalogue.

Turtle Friends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Streamers and the sentiment are added to the background. Each time I stamped the streamers, I rotated the stamp 180 degrees to avoid an obvious repeating pattern.

Using a length of Mint Macaron Soft Velvet Ribbon, this is stuck over a scallop edge strip, cut using the Penned Flowers Dies.

Layering Circles Dies provide the backing for the turtle (tortoise!) to sit on.

Finally, this whole piece is raised up using Dimensionals.

Turtle Friends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to use the friends from this set in future projects.

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TURTLE FRIENDS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PENNED FLOWERS DIESLAYERING CIRCLES DIESEVENING EVERGREEN A4 CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKCALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS MINT MACARON COMBO PACKMINT MACARON 1/2" (1.3 CM) SOFT VELVET RIBBONMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing a tip on where to find inspiration. Spoiler alert, it’s all around you!

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video about how to take inspiration from the world around you.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

First, I stamped the pretty daisy image multiple times onto Soft Sea Foam. I wanted to create the feeling of a meadow with the greeny background.

Using Watercolor Pencils, I have coloured the leaves and flowers with Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and White to highlight them.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Love of Leaves Stamp Set provides the lovely sentiment. This is cut out using the Double Oval Punch. I also added a couple of daisies to coordinate with the main stamping.

Both the Stamp Set and Punch made their first appearance in the January-June Mini Catalogue. Don’t forget that some of the items in this catalogue won’t be available after the end of June.

Using a Stampin’ Blend in Daffodil Delight adds colour to the Crinkled Seam Binding.

This is then looped behind the sentiment.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETLOVE OF LEAVES PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHWATERCOLOR PENCILSWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project

Today I’m sharing another of my Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies) cards.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a quick and easy project as it uses repetitive stamping of one image with quick colouring. You can then add your sentiment and as many extra embellishments as you like!

Mine is a combination of Petal Pink, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.

I may have already mentioned that I adore this Bundle from the new Annual Catalogue. It’s so versatile.

The flower from the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set is stamped multiple times on the background.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It is then coloured in using Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I use the darker Blend first, then colour over the top with the lighter Blend.

I’m not great a colouring, but the Blends give me the ability to colour quickly and easily.

I have added a sentiment and threaded it onto a length of Vanilla Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, I’ve coloured the centres of the flowers with Wink of Stella and added some co-ordinating Petal Pink Elegant Faceted Gems for a touch more sparkle.

This design is great for creating in a range of different colours, with a change of sentiment to suit the occasion.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKSAHARA SAND CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHELEGANT FACETED GEMSBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday

This pretty butterfly from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle flew to one of my Nieces for her Birthday.

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I chose a soft colour combination of Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Gray Granite, with Very Vanilla

With the corners rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch, it was time for the stamping.

The leaves and splatter images from Forever Fern Stamp Set create the backdrop for the butterfly.

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Using the items from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle, the butterfly is stamped and cut out. To add a touch of colour, I used Stampin’ Blends, using the darker blend on the darker patches of stamping and the lighter blend for the rest.

The Vine Design Stamp Set from the January-June Mini Catalogue provides the sentiment, cut out with the Double Oval Punch.Butterfly Brilliance Bundle Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Elegant Faceted Gems in co-ordinating Petal Pink add a subtle touch of bling.

This fabulous bundle is available as an early release product, before it joins us from May in the new Catalogue.

As there is a new Catalogue on the way, make sure you check out the Retiring List and get your hands on them while you can.

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BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE BUNDLEFOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)VINE DESIGN CLING STAMP SETPETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPETAL PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKDETAILED TRIO PUNCHELEGANT FACETED GEMSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Welcoming a New Team Member

Earlier this month, a Stampin’ Up! fan joined my team of Lily Pad Stampers .

Here is the card I sent to welcome them.

Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Quite Curvy Stamp Set, with the matching Dies, from the January-June Mini Catalogue, allowed me to add a few of their favourite things on the card.

My colour combination for the cardstock is Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and White.

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.

Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A background using an image from the Forever Fern Stamp Set adds a pretty splatter effect. The sentiment in the corner is a great welcome message as they start their Stampin’ Up! journey.

After stamping the leaves and birds in Basic Gray, using the dies to cut them out, it was onto colouring. Stampin’ Blends in Old Olive, So Saffron, Petal Pink and Highland Heather to create a soft look.

As the recipient is also a big fan of Wink of Stella, the birds were given a touch of sparkle.

The pieces are then stuck to the card, with the birds raised up on Dimensionals.Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs I then added some Pastel Pearls, again in Highland Heather to finish the card.

I know the new team member is going to enjoy purchasing their products (especially Wink of Stella) at a discounted price. Plus, as they have joined now, they have just been able to view the brand new Catalogue that is launching in May.

With the new Catalogue launching soon, some current products are retiring. Take a look at the Retiring List and be sure to get your hands on your favourite products before they leave us.

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QUITE CURVY BUNDLE (ENGLISH)FOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)GORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS HIGHLAND HEATHER COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS OLD OLIVE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SO SAFFRON COMBO PACKPASTEL PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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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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+