Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Bright Birthday Balloons

For last week’s Card & Cuppa classes I decided to create these bright Birthday balloons.

Bright Birthday Balloons. Project by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the fabulous Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set and matching Balloon Bouquet Punch.

The card is based on this project I made previously.

Bright Birthday Balloons. Project by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Strips of Washi Tape create the background with the swirls then stamped. The project uses Mango Melody, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight from the Brights collection. All of the stamping is in Mango Melody.

I found the most difficult part of this project was deciding how to arrange the balloons.

Bright Birthday Balloons. Project by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the stamping uses only one inkpad, this design can be created in lots of different colours.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Pineapple Punch for a Sweet Sixteen

November and December are busy months for Birthdays in my house. This is a card I made for my Niece who has just turned sweet sixteen.

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve taken my inspiration from Page 73 of the Annual Catalogue.

As it’s a busy time of year for me both at work and home, my crafting mojo tends to leave me. Therefore, having the Annual Catalogue packed full of ideas is a great help.

Images from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set along with the In Color Collection for 2018-2020 are the main features. The outline stamping uses the Memento Ink Pad.

Washi Tape strips behind the ‘celebrate’ make the colours pop. There is a lot of fussy cutting on this project, but it’s worth taking the time to do it well before building the layers.

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

We don’t have black Rhinestones, so I’ve coloured the Basic Rhinestones using a Stampin’ Blend Marker. It’s great that you can tailor your bling to any colour of Stampin’ Blends you like.

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

What projects have you made that take inspiration from somewhere/someone else?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Simple Monochrome

Everyone needs a quick and easy card in their repertoire that they can re-create for a number of different occasions. This quick and simple monochrome notecard is a great example.

Simple Monochrome Washi Tape Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This one uses Washi Tape to create the fun striped pattern. I’ve made similar projects in the past using other Washi Tape and Designer Series Paper too.

The Whisper White Notecard and Basic Black layer mirror the monochrome Washi Tape.

Just follow the pattern of the first piece and add each strip one at a time.

I’ve added a bow at the bottom using Baker’s Twine. Instead of a bow, why not tie a knot or add a piece of co-ordinationg ribbon.

Simple Monochrome Washi Tape Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set in co-ordinating Basic Black is the perfect way to start your message. It’s just waiting for you to add your special words inside.

These are great to have on standby and you can keep the simple monochrome effect by using a colour with black, white or vanilla. Just add a relevant sentiment, write your message and it’s ready to pop in the post.

If you’ve got someone who loves to send handwritten notes, why not make a batch of these. They look great in a pretty box or tied with a piece of ribbon.

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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Berry Burst and Basic Black Birthday

Here’s a Berry Burst and Basic Black Birthday card (bit of a tongue twister) I made for my Niece. March is a little busy for Birthdays in our family, so I make quite a lot at this time of year.

Birthday Card using DSP and SAB Party Pandas Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used various DSP to create the card. Strips of Petal Passion DSP for the bottom section and a piece of Colorful Theory DSP for the bow.

A thin strip of cardstock with some Washi Tape across the centre adds to the different layers.

The fun Happy Birthday sentiment from the SAB Party Pandas Set in co-ordinating Berry Burst makes this a bright and modern card.

It wouldn’t be a card for a teenage girl if it didn’t have some bling, so Rhinestones are the finishing touch.

Here’s a close up of some of the detail.

Birthday Card using DSP and SAB Party Pandas Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration finishes today for another year.  Make sure you don’t miss out on getting your hands on the fabulous items that are available.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Saying Hello – Lots of Lavender

I hope you’ve had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.

My December has been extremely busy helping with a local pantomime (oh yes it has!) that I’ve not had time to post things here.  As the pantomime finishes on New Year’s Day, I’ll hopefully be back to ‘normal’ a few days after that.

This will be perfect timing as New Year for Stampin’ Up! means a BRAND NEW Spring/Summer Catalogue and the annual Sale-a-Bration (SAB) offering.

I’m not allowed to show you online versions of the catalogues until they launch, but, I CAN show you projects using products from the new catalogues.

So here’s the first sneak peek…

Stampin' Up! SAB 2018 Lots of Lavender

It’s the Birthday card I made for my Niece who is now no longer a teenager.  As her Birthday is close to Christmas, I used the new SAB Lots of Lavender Stamp Set and bright colours.

The Stamp Set has a lovely lavender image I stamped in Basic Gray, it then uses fill-in stamps to colour the lavender, leaves and bow really quickly.

I’ve used Wisteria Wonder and Wild Wasabi and stamped them off beforehand to soften the images.

For a contrast and to brighten the project, I chose Berry Burst and used Cardstock, Washi Tape and Ribbon.  A touch of Wink of Stella added a little bit of sparkle to the lavender flowers.

Pop back soon for more sneak peeks from the new catalogues.

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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Oh, Hello Friend

I haven’t seen a friend for a while so wanted them to know that I was thinking of them.

As this friend is a BIG fan of pink (the complete opposite of me!), I entered a strange pink-tastic world.

Stampin' Up! Oh So Eclectic with HIPPOFROG Designs

I used the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies Bundle for the stamping and leaves.

Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo and Powder Pink were the pinks I chose to use.  Washi Tape Basics Pack 1 also made an appearance for the pink stripes.

The Oh, Hello Friend sentiment over a small banner of Powder Pink Ribbon completed the very pink look.

For a bit of sparkle, a cluster of Rhinestones in the centre of the flower was the finishing touch.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Washi Tape

At last week’s Card & Cuppa I reached for the Washi Tape.  I’d had this project designed and prepared for a while ready for my return from holiday.

Stampin' Up! Washi Tape

I saw something similar on Pinterest a long time ago and stupidly didn’t save it.  So, this is my version.

We began by drawing a couple of marks on the cardstock to help line everything up.  Before adding the Washi, we used Touches of Texture to stamp a background.

The attendees had a choice of Washi Tape packs and picked two medium and one narrow width.  I chose Smoky Slate for the accents on this project as it co-ordinates with all of the packs.

‘For You’ from the Jar of Love Stamp Set added a simple sentiment.

Finally, we made a ‘button’ using a punched circle of card and Baker’s Twine and attached with a Dimensional.

This is a really simple project that can be recreated in many different colours, with the sentiment changing accordingly.

Which Washi Tape pack would you choose?

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Customer Thank You Cards – Fun with Washi Tape

I know that you’ve been enjoying taking advantage of the brilliant Bonus Days promotion for this month.  The promotion runs for a few more days so don’t miss out.

Here are the ‘thank you’ cards for my most recent customers.  These pretty notecards should be hitting doormats at any moment…

Stampin' Up! Washi Tape

They use the fabulous Washi Tape Basics Pack 2.  This pack consists of a brilliant collection of Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide.

I’ve stuck strips of the Washi across the notecard and used Lemon Lime Twist to co-ordinate the sentiment and mat.  A bow from Baker’s Twine just finishes this beautifully simple yet effective card.

Are you a fan of Washi Tape, or aren’t quite sure what to do with it?
Why not book your place on my Papercrafting: Washi Tape Class on 9th August.  Although booking officially closed yesterday, I won’t be back to work again until Monday so can squeeze a few more in if you book before the end of the weekend 🙂

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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