In Color DSP and Tailored Tag Punch

At my recent DSP class, I showed the attendees ways to get the best out of their pretty papers. Here is one of the projects, made using In Color DSP and Tailored Tag Punch shapes.

In Color DSP and Tailored Tag Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve made this design several times before (here and here), and I was pleased to see a similar version appear in the new Annual Catalogue using the In Good Taste DSP.

This quick and simple card is made by cutting shapes from the In Color DSP with a punch or dies. You then arrange them onto the cardstock in a pattern. The white gaps between the shapes create clean lines.

By using a Whisper White basecard and then a layer that co-ordinates with one of the colours, it brings everything together.

The key to this project is working out where to put your sentiment and to lay it in place, without gluing at the very start. My sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and stamped in Magenta Madness to co-ordinate with the DSP.

In Color DSP and Tailored Tag Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Place the other shapes around it to make pattern you want. Then, when you are happy, start sticking everything down. You can be really frugal with your DSP on these projects as you can use the same shape for for several different pieces. Can you see how one of the Bumblebee shapes has been used? Don’t forget to fill any little gaps that are left, mine are at the top.In Color DSP and Tailored Tag Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a great card for teenagers. Make it with DSP or cardstock in lots of different shapes and colours. You could add ribbon, twine or extra embellishments too. Let your imagination go wild!

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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2020–2022 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERTAILORED TAG PUNCHITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETMAGENTA MADNESS CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMAGENTA MADNESS A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' SEAL

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack: Making Christmas Bright

I know that Christmas Day was a few days ago, but I’m sharing my final Christmas Stamp-a-Stack project with you.

As this project uses the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue, there is no chance of it retiring next week.

Making Christmas Bright. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A combination of Shaded Spruce, Lovely Lipstick, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla and Gold Foil are used for this project.

The pretty star edged circle is stamped onto the cardstock, and 3 light bulbs and bases are punched using the matching Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.

These are then assembled using Glue Dots – a lot less fiddly, time-consuming and messy than wet glue!

Making Christmas Bright. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, the Tailored Tag Punch is used once to cut out the main words, and again to create the layer behind.

A strip of the fabulous Ribbon is stuck behind before everything is then assembled.

Making Christmas Bright. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which of the four Christmas Stamp-a-Stack projects is your favourite?

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Making Christmas Bright Photopolymer Stamp SetChristmas Bulb Builder PunchTailored Tag PunchLovely Lipstick A4 CardstockLovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' PadShaded Spruce A4 CardstockCrushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockGold Foil SheetsShaded Spruce/Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Striped RibbonSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

Welcome to my Stampin’ Up! Team

I’ve recently welcomed a new team member to my Stampin’ Up! Team – The Lilypad Crafters. Obviously being a crafting team, my new team member needed a handmade card.

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I was creating several cards for different occasions, I used the same design as this project, with a few tweaks.

Don’t be afraid to use the same design over and over again. It saves you a lot of time thinking about what you want to do. More time saved = more time creating :-).

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a combination of Highland Heather and Blushing Bride, I changed the orientation to landscape, added some ribbon and used a different die-cut sentiment. I also used a different punch for the background layers for the sentiment to sit on.

There’s still Wink of Stella and Rhinestones for a dose of bling!

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Team. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’d love to welcome you to my Stampin’ Up! team. If you’d like to find out more then head to my FAQ or contact me for a no obligation chat.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Well Written DiesGallery Grunge Cling-Mount Stamp SetHighland Heather A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockSilver 3/8" Metallic-Edge RibbonClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushTailored Tag PunchSnail AdhesiveFine-Tip Glue PenStampin' Dimensionals

Saying Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour

Last weekend I said farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. It has been touring the UK since December last year, and I’ve watched it at some of the venues it has visited.

Although the tour finishes today, last week was my final visit and was my opportunity to hand out the cards I’d made to say thank you.

I made 10 different cards so this is a picture heavy post. However, I haven’t posted ALL the pictures.

To see the full set, head to my Rocky Horror Pinterest Board where they will be appearing over the next few days.

Each of the cards used a variety of Stampin’ Up! products. You can see the Tailored Tag Punch and the 1/2″ Circle Punch were used quite a lot in the projects.

Can you spot some of the other products I used?

Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Frank-n-Furter
(Heart from Dog Builder Punch and Blood Splats from Geared Up Garage Stamp Set)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Rocky
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Brad
(Flower from Vibrant Vases Stamp Set used to create the pattern on the jacket)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Janet
(Ears from Elephant Builder Punch & Circle from Scallop Tag Punch to create bow on dress)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Narrator
(Artisan Textures Stamp Set used to create a velvet-look on jacket)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Riff-Raff, Narrator & Frank-n-Furter Mix
for a very talented Cast Member
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Usherette/Magenta
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Columbia
(White Baker’s Twine coloured with Stampin’ Blend Marker to create corset bow)
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Eddie/Dr Scott
Farewell to the Rocky Horror Tour. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
Phantoms

Did you spot some of the variety of products I used?
I was particularly pleased with the bow I created for both Riff Raff and Janet. Who knew that Elephant Ears would come in useful!

I had great fun making these as it was something a bit different to my normal crafting routine.

Don’t forget that booking for my final evening classes of the year closes very soon. Head to my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Below, I’ve listed just a handful of the main products I used to create the projects. To order any Stampin’ Up! products, including the BRAND NEW Christmastime is Here Suite, head to my 24/7 online store

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Tailored Tag PunchDog Builder Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle PunchElephant Builder PunchArtisan Textures Cling-Mount Stamp SetVibrant Vases Photopolymer Stamp SetGeared Up Garage Cling Stamp SetClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' DimensionalsMini Glue DotsFine-Tip Glue Pen

Mostly Men Class – More Sailing Home Bundle

The next project from my recent Mostly Men Class is yet more Sailing Home Bundle fun.

More Sailing Home Bundle. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this project, we’ve used the lighthouse Stamp and co-ordinating die, along with the birds and knot stamps.

My colour combination of Night of Navy and Sahara Sand is from the Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment. Very Vanilla completes the combination.

A Blender Pen has been used on the lighthouse to add some shading and the birds are stamped for more depth.

The sentiment from Wiggle Worm Stamp Set is punched out using the Tailored Tag Punch. Behind the sentiment, the reef knot has been stamped off so as not to overwhelm the message.

More Sailing Home Bundle. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the Baker’s Twine is looped behind the sentiment. I’ve frayed the ends slightly to make it look less perfect.

We used this Bundle twice during the Class. Watch this space for more Sailing Home Bundle projects in the future.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Sailing Home BundleWiggle Worm Photopolymer Stamp SetSahara Sand A4 CardstockSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadNight Of Navy A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockTailored Tag PunchBlender PensNight Of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker's TwineSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Bright Birthday Card

It was a friend, and fellow Stampin’ Up! fan’s Birthday, so I made this Bright Birthday Card for them.

A Bright Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the Bright Collection for the colours with Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green mixed with Whisper White.

A Decorative Mask and Sponge Daubers create the background with a strip of Poppy Parade Cardstock across the middle.

The sentiment is from the Itty bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and cut out using the Tailored Tag Punch. This is then layered onto another Tailored Tag shape.

A Bright Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The flowers and leaves use the Pop of Petals Stamp Set and matching Four-Petal Flower Punch. Each flower has a Sponge Daubered centre with Wink of Stella added afterwards.

A Bright Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Pop of Petals Bundle (Stamp Set & Punch) is only available as a discounted Bundle until 3rd June. After then, they will be available at full price in the new Annual Catalogue.

Make sure you get yours at the discounted rate before the price increases.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Pop Of Petals Clear-Mount BundlePoppy Parade A4 CardstockPoppy Parade Classic Stampin' PadMango Melody Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockPattern Party Decorative MasksSponge DaubersTailored Tag PunchClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals


Tailored Tag Punch – Take Two!

I would normally show you last week’s Card & Cuppa project on a Monday morning, but, I’ve already shared it with you. Last week the attendees made this special Christmas Card.

Instead, I’ll show you a version of another recent Card & Cuppa project. So, here’s Tailored Tag Punch – Take Two!

Tailored Tag Punch - Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made one of these cards for both my Nephew and honourary Nephew who have both just turned 13 within days of each other.

Granny Apple Green and Basic Black make a fun and modern combination. A perfect mix for teenagers.

Tailored Tag Punch - Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each one was a mirror image of the other, with green and black reversed. The only other tweak I made was to wrap the Baker’s Twine around the project a few times instead of a knot.

Tailored Tag Punch - Take Two. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’m a great believer in not re-inventing the wheel. If you find a design that works, then re-use it. It saves effort and gives you more crafting time!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Tailored Tag PunchHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Black A4 CardstockTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadGranny Apple Green A4 CardstockSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Tailored Tag Punch

After the random nature of the previous week’s class, I chose the Tailored Tag Punch for this clean and precise project.

Tailored Tag Punch card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s similar to this project I’ve taught previously, but this one covers the whole card front.

The project uses 10 Tailored Tag Punch shapes – 5 in each colour, plus a sentiment. ‘Happy Birthday’ is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

Coastal Cabana and Basic Gray are my main colours and are inspired by the new decor in one of my Card & Cuppa venues.

Tailored Tag Punch card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s then just a cast of sticking each shape onto the Whisper White layer leaving small gaps between them.

Any overhanging pieces can then be used to fill in the small gaps along the sides.

A length of Whisper White Baker’s Twine tied in a knot goes across the middle before attaching the sentiment with Dimensionals.

Tailored Tag Punch card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I love this design as it can suit any occasion and is great for all ages. It’s also great as it uses minimal products. You could even use up your scraps to make a multi-coloured card. Or how about using the colours of a favourite sports team for a teenager?

Why not join us for our Christmas Card & Cuppa sessions during December. Book your place here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Tailored Tag PunchHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Gray A4 CardstockCoastal Cabana Classic Stampin' PadCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures

I’ve once again returned from a fabulous fortnight in sunny Cyprus. The staff at the hotel we stay at are fabulous, so I made these Gallery Grunge & Artisan Textures thank you cards to hand out.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The base card is a Very Vanilla Notecard with Fresh Fig as the main colour. A combination of the Gallery Grunge and Artisan Textures Stamp Sets are used to create the background. These two stamp sets work really well together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When I’m making a number of cards, I like to create something fairly simple, but add a little twist. This twist is the accent colour to create Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz versions, instead of them all being the same.

The sentiment from Thoughtful Banners sits in layered circles on top of a shape from the Tailored Tag Punch.

Melon Mambo version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pear Pizzazz version

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

   All three colour combinations together.

Gallery Grunge Thank You Cards. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite?

Now that I’ve returned from holiday, my Card & Cuppa Classes start again next week.

Also, today is the LAST CHANCE to book for this year’s Christmas Card Boot Camp. Book HERE.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Gallery Grunge Clear-Mount Stamp SetArtisan Textures Clear-Mount Stamp SetThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla Note Cards & EnvelopesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockFresh Fig Classic Stampin' PadFresh Fig A4 CardstockBermuda Bay Classic Stampin' PadBermuda Bay A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadMelon Mambo A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz A4 Cardstock1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle PunchTailored Tag PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Frosted Floral DSP Happy Mail

If you are on my Catalogue Mailing List, you will have received some Frosted Floral DSP Happy Mail, along with the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The notecards are really simple and quick to make as the DSP does all the work.

Simply cut the DSP to fit the front of the notecard. You’ll be left with a narrow piece which you can then turn over and stick behind the sentiment to show off both sides of the DSP.

Best Wishes from Petal Palette in either co-ordinating Night of Navy or Blackberry Bliss is the sentiment. These are cut out using the Tailored Tag Punch.

Here are four pieces from the 12 sheets in the pack.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this is a Speciality DSP, it has a beautiful shimmery finish. I’m not sure if you can see it in the pictures, it’s definitely a ‘need to see it’ product.

A batch of these with a range of sentiments would make a lovely gift.

Here they all are.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite? Which one did you receive?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Frosted Floral 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 cm) Specialty Designer Series PaperWhisper White Note Cards & EnvelopesWhisper White A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals