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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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Floral Grunge

At last week’s Card & Cuppa classes it was the turn of this floral grunge project.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I know this type of crafting doesn’t suit everyone, but it’s good to step outside your comfort zone every now and then.

This project is inspired by Page 157 of the Annual Catalogue where I’ve made a few changes.

Timeless Textures is the main stamp set for the images with Swirly Bird for the smaller splatter pattern. Thoughtful Banners gives us the sentiment that is randomly stamped across the page. I’ve used Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede as the browns and the green is Pear Pizzazz. A mixture of first, second and third generation stamping gives a variety of shades.

Sponge Daubers are used around the edges and in the centre to add more of a grunge and distressed look. These are also used on the scrunched banner pieces behind the flower too.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To create the flower, two circles, a scallop and the tail from the Bunny Builder Punch are cut from Crushed Curry Cardstock. All of the pieces, apart from the tail coloured on both sides with Pumpkin Pie and a Sponge Dauber.

Scrunching the pieces to soften and then separate them creates the layers for the flower. Once they are stuck together, the tail makes the centre and we turn the flower into a button with a Linen Thread bow through the layers.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the banner and flower aren’t flat, they are attached to the finished project using Tear & Tape.

A close-up of the flower button is below.

Floral Grunge Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Join us for a future Card & Cuppa session by booking your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet

As this card has been handed over, I can now share this Swirly Bird wedding bouquet with you.

A lovely lady in Cyprus had a sneaky wedding, and as I was visiting, I just had to make her and her new husband a card.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The circles are from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set stamped in Versamark. They are then heat embossed using Clear Powder to create a shine.

I saw a picture of her bouquet so used the colours as my inspiration. They are Grapefruit Grove, Calypso Coral and Shimmery White.

For the stems, I used the balloon strings from Balloon Celebration and cut round them.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Detailed Trio Punch creates rounded corners to mirror the circles.

Swirly Bird Wedding Bouquet. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A bow in co-ordinating Grapefruit Grove ribbon finishes the project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Lovely As a Tree Banners and Leaves

Here is the 4th project from the 6 made at my Lovely As a Tree Class. This one is another ‘old’ project that has had a new colour makeover.

Lovely As a Tree Banners. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The leaves from Lovely As a Tree are stamped randomly on the Pear Pizzazz Cardstock in Call Me Clover ink. Splats from the Swirly Bird  Stamp Set are then added.

Lovely As a Tree Banners. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Another leaf is then stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla that is shaped using the Triple Banner Punch. The leaf is coloured using a Blender Pen.

A sentiment on Tranquil Tide using Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and Memento Ink is place on the banner.
Lovely As a Tree Banners. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A small piece of Call Me Clover Ribbon and a couple of strips of Lemon Lime Twist add the finishing touches.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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‘In Color’ Introduction – Shades of Lovely Lipstick

Today I’m sharing another project from my recent In Color Introduction Class. This time it’s shades of Lovely Lipstick.

Shades of Lovely Lipstick Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz work really well with the new Lovely Lipstick to make a fabulous colour combination .

A Sponge Brayer and some strips of card for masking creates the shades of Lovely Lipstick effect. I love how you can make ombre effect as subtle or expressive as you want to.

The leaves and flowers from Swirly Bird are stamped multiple times to create different colour shades with a sentiment from Jar of Love.

As with this project, the Pretty Label shape is punched twice, once for the sentiment, and again to create a layer by chopping it in half. The strip of co-ordinating ribbon neatly hides the join.

Due to the round shapes on this project, the new Details Trio Punch just had to be used to round the corners.

Shades of Lovely Lipstick Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the flowers are punched and leaves are fussy cut, they are stuck onto the sentiment. This is then finally attached to the project using Dimensionals.

Shades of Lovely Lipstick Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project can be easily replicated in lots of different colours with different sentiments too.

Want to join us for future classes? Check out my class timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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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Last week’s Card & Cuppa – Purple Falling Flowers

At last week’s Card & Cuppa I decided to use products from the Annual Catalogue and reached for Falling Flowers.

Falling Flowers from Stampin' Up with HIPPOFROG Designs

This card is similar to this one I made, it’s my interpretation of the picture on Page 143 of the AC.

I chose Fresh Fig, Perfect Plum and Sweet Sugarplum to stamp the images from the Falling Flowers Stamp Set.  I love using different shades of a colour and the purples give this project a classy feel.

The items to ‘grunge’ up the project are the ‘splats’ from Swirly Bird and Sponge Daubers with Rich Razzleberry ink.

By stamping the flower image twice and cutting it out, it gives it more detail and definition.  There are also additional splats on the rear flower.  Using a Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the centre of the flower and then pulling the ink with a Blender Pen gives it a darker look.

Both the Starburst Punch and Leaf Punch create various shapes for our flower to sit on.  Can you see the splats and daubering on the leaves?  We also added definition by using a paper folder to crease the centre of the leaves.

A strip of Fresh Fig ribbon wraps around the project with a length of Baker’s Twine in a bow on top of it.  The ends are frayed to keep the grunge look.

Small flowers from the Tree Builder Punch and Pearls add a pretty finishing touch.

Unfortunately, Thursday’s Card & Cuppa had to be cancelled due to the snow, but there are plenty more opportunities to attend a session.  Make sure you book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Washi Tape Baubles

For our final three Card & Cuppa sessions of the year we are making Christmas cards.

Stampin' Up! Washi Tape Baubles with HIPPOFROG Designs

The first project was this Washi Tape Bauble card.

A fun way of using Washi Tape and Circle Punches to make gorgeous Christmas baubles.

We used the ‘splat’ stamp from Swirly Bird stamped in White to create a beautiful snow effect on the Crumb Cake layer.

Linen Thread strands and bows on the smaller baubles and a Copper Trim bow on the larger sparkly bauble finish this pretty project.

If you don’t have Washi Tape, you could use thin strips of DSP instead.  It’s a really economical project as it doesn’t use a lot of Washi or DSP.

Why not join us at our next Card & Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the night before.

Don’t forget to grab your favourite Autumn/Winter Catalogue items in our Year-End Sale.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – A Gorgeous Swirly Bird

Last week’s Card & Cuppa classes saw the return of a favourite, Swirly Bird.

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird with HIPPOFROG Designs

This classy Birthday Card uses just three colours, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.

Firstly, the ‘splats’ were stamped across the cardstock.  Next, a strip punched using the Decorative Ribbon Border was attached to the card.

We then took a 2″ Circle Punch and punched a hole in the card.  Placing this piece over the Lemon Lime Twist Layer, we stamped tone-on-tone through the hole.  This greeting is from the fabulous Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

These two stamp sets create a Happy Birthday Gorgeous Swirly Bird!

On separate strips of card we stamped multiple leaves and flowers before cutting out the leaves and punching out the flowers.

These were then SNAIL-ed around the edge of the hole before we used Dimensionals to attach the top to the sentiment layer.  This adds a depth to the project and draws the eye to the sentiment.

Finally, we added Rhinestones to the centre of a handful of flowers.

To join us at next week’s Card & Cuppa classes, book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Swirly Bird for a Sister-in-Law

It was my Sister-in-Law’s Birthday last week.  As it had been a while since I’d used the fabulous Swirly Bird Stamp Set, I reached for it to make this card.

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird

The design is a suggested color combination of Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party, with a touch of silver too.

One of my ‘go to’ sets, the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set provided me with the sentiment.

Using the Starburst and Circle punches, the sentiment is layered onto co-ordinating layered ribbons.

Each yellow ‘splat’ is covered in Wink of Stella for a touch of bling.  Finally, Rhinestones are dotted over the project for some extra sparkle.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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