Turning Three

The son of a good friend turned three recently.

When I asked my friend what things their son would like for their Birthday I was plunged into a world of characters I’d never heard of!

Making the card however, found me on much more familiar ground.

Stampin' Up! Number of Years with HIPPPOFROG Designs

I reached for the Number of Years Stamp Set, the co-ordinating Large Numbers Framelits and the Brights colour palette.

Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point and Emerald Envy (In Color) add a vibrant feel.

A couple of layered punched circles make the number three number stand out.

The card is bright, quick to make and easy to replicate for other ages as well. Not only that, it’s educational too!

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Number Of Years Photopolymer Stamp SetLarge Numbers Framelits DiesWhisper White A4 CardstockPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadReal Red Classic Stampin' PadEmerald Envy Classic Stampin' PadPumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' PadPumpkin Pie A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick Cardstock2" (5.1 Cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 Cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Introducing Stamparatus

Yes, that really is the name of a FABULOUS new tool that is available to reserve from tomorrow (16th Nov) at 9pm (GMT).

Stamparatus is the ultimate stamp positioner designed for Stampin’ Up! in collaboration with Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  You therefore know it’s a product with all of the details that stampers need and is different to anything else on the market.

What is exciting about this product is that there are three reservation (pre-order) windows for you to place your order with limited product available each time.

The first reservation window opens tomorrow at 9pm runs until 30th November.  Shipping is expected around around 1st Feb 2018.
Window 2 is 5-30th December with shipping around 19th March
Third window is 15-30 January with shipping around 15th April

Want to learn more?  Then check out this short video from Stampin’ Up! for all the details

Stampin' Up! Stamparatus

Click on the picture above for a bit more information.  There is also a quick 3-step guide to ordering too.

I first saw Stamparatus demonstrated at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event at the weekend and there was a huge buzz in the room when it was unveiled. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and will be rushing to reserve mine later.

What are you waiting for!

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Hand-tied Heart Bouquet

At Card & Cuppa classes, I ask my regular attendees what types of cards they would like to make.

A recent request has been an anniversary card so here is the project from last week.

Stampin' Up! Jar of Love with HIPPOFROG Designs

Not only is this card perfect for anniversaries, it’s great for weddings, engagements etc too as it’s sentiment free.

I decided to make a hand-tied heart bouquet.  The stems use the Jar of Love Stamp Set and are masked at the bottom to give a hand-tied look.  For the central stems for the hearts, I used the balloon strings from the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set.  It’s fun to use stamp sets in different ways.

With the three small hearts stamped directly onto the top of the stems, the other three hearts from the Work of Art Stamp Set are stamped separately.  They are cut out and stuck on afterwards.

A pretty bow for the bouquet using the Baby Bear Stamp Set and Holly Berry Builder Punch was attached over a length of looped Silver Metallic Thread to finish the hand-tied look.

Wink of Stella on the hearts gives a final touch of shimmer.

If you’d like to join us for a Card & Cuppa session then book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetWork Of Art Clear-Mount Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetBaby Bear Photopolymer Stamp SetHolly Berry Builder PunchWhisper White A4 CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadWild Wasabi Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSilver Metallic ThreadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Dragonfly Dreams and Butterfly Basics

One of my regular Card & Cuppa attendees celebrated their Birthday recently.

Here is the card I made.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics with HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of pink I chose Melon Mambo, Berry Burst and Flirty Flamingo to create a bright Birthday Card.

I used both the Dragonfly Dreams and Butterfly Basics Stamp Sets with the co-ordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.

For the background stamping, Flirty Flamingo was stamped off several times to create a softer tone.

The dragonfly was layered with wings stamped underneath and the cut out in Berry Burst on top.  They were separated with Mini Dimensionals to create depth.

I also coated the Berry Burst dragonfly with Wink of Stella to give it a shimmery finish.

A couple of Faceted Gems either side of the sentiment add to the sparkle.

If you’d like to join us at a class then take a look at my class timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp SetDragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetDetailed Dragonfly Thinlits DiesWhisper White A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' PadBerry Burst Classic Stampin' PadBerry Burst A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadMelon Mambo A4 CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushClear Faceted GemsSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Tiny Word with One Big Meaning

I am so lucky to have this little business of mine with wonderful customers.

To say thank you to those who have placed orders with me recently, I made this card.  Each card has a handwritten note from me too.

Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning with HIPPOFROG Designs

This card is made using the One Big Meaning and Blooms and Wishes Stamp Sets.

I really like the soft combination of Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Smoky Slate.  All set against the Whisper White background with a thin Silver Ribbon accent.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Demonstrator then contact me for a no obligation chat.  It’s a great Christmas present for just £99.

Click here to see all of the products available to purchase and the latest Special Offers.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer StampsOne Big Meaning Clear-Mount Stamp SetSmoky Slate A4 CardstockSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadRich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockSilver 1/8" (3.2 Mm) RibbonClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail Adhesive

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 Photopolymer Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' PadLemon Lime Twist A4 CardstockLemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' PadPeekaboo Peach Classic Stampin' PadDecorative Ribbon Border Punch2" (5.1 Cm) Circle Punch1/2" (1.3 Cm) Circle PunchRhinestone Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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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Oh So Eclectic Clear-Mount BundleWhisper White A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadFlirty Flamingo A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' PadPowder Pink A4 CardstockPowder Pink Classic Stampin' PadPowder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven RibbonMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadBasics Pack 1 Washi TapeRhinestone Basic Jewels1" (2.5 Cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 Cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Say Hello to Stampin’ Blends

I’m very excited today as I get to introduce you to a BRAND NEW product.

Say ‘Hello’ to Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin' Blends

If you’re a fan of colouring and alcohol markers, then these will be perfect for you.

These alcohol markers come in twelve Stampin’ Up! colours and each have a dark and light shade for enhanced colouring.  They are available as individual markers or as a combo pack of the two dark and light pens for each colour. Great for co-ordinating with the rest of the Stampin’ Up! offering.

There is also a Stamp Set available (while stocks last) for even more colouring fun.

Click on the picture above to take you to a PDF of all of the new items.

Why not add some markers (or the whole set) to your Christmas list  🙂

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Bermuda Bay Light Stampin' Blends MarkerBermuda Bay Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerBermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackCalypso Coral Light Stampin' Blends MarkerCalypso Coral Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerCalypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackCherry Cobbler Light Stampin' Blends MarkerCherry Cobbler Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerCherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackCrumb Cake Light Stampin' Blends MarkerCrumb Cake Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerCrumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackDaffodil Delight Light Stampin' Blends MarkerDaffodil Delight Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerDaffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackNight Of Navy Light Stampin' Blends MarkerNight Of Navy Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerNight Of Navy Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackOld Olive Light Stampin' Blends MarkerOld Olive Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerOld Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPink Pirouette Light Stampin' Blends MarkerPink Pirouette Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerPink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPool Party Light Stampin' Blends MarkerPool Party Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerPool Party Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPumpkin Pie Light Stampin' Blends MarkerPumpkin Pie Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerPumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackRich Razzleberry Light Stampin' Blends MarkerRich Razzleberry Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerRich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackSmoky Slate Light Stampin' Blends MarkerSmoky Slate Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerSmoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackIvory Stampin' Blends MarkerBronze Stampin' Blends Marker Stampin' Blends Color Lifter Stampin' Blends Markers Collection

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Label Me Pretty

I can’t quite believe that it is the last Monday in October already.  Where has the year gone?

As it’s Monday, I’m here to show you last week’s Card & Cuppa project.

Stampin' Up! Label Me Pretty HIPPOFROG Designs

First, we used the Hardwood Background Stamp in Sahara Sand for the panelled look.

Then, the leaves from the Jar of Love Stamp Set stamped in Old Olive softened the edge slightly.  These were a mixture of first, second and third stamping after inking.

Next we used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and Pretty Label Punch Bundle to create the centre sentiment.  It was coloured using Watercolor Pencils with the only stipulation being that Old Olive and Calypso Coral much be used somewhere to co-ordinate all the elements.

Don’t you love how the Pretty Label Punch fits beautifully on the new Everyday Label Punch?

A strip of Natural Trim Ribbon across the centre and Wink of Stella on the flowers add a touch of sparkle.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Label Me Pretty Clear-Mount BundleHardwood Wood-Mount StampJar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSahara Sand Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadCalypso Coral A4 CardstockBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadWatercolor PencilsBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushGold 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Natural TrimEveryday Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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Red and sparkle for a friend

A good friend has is having a tough time at the moment, so what better way is there to send wishes than a hug in an envelope.

This friend is a big fan of red, a bit of pink and a LOT of sparkle.  So, here is the card I made incorporating all of these.

Stampin' Up! You've Got This with HIPPOFROG Designs

The stamp set I’ve used is You’ve Got This and the background is stamped in Powder Pink.

I’ve then stamped the stalk of the flower in Garden Green and the flower head in Real Read, both onto Watercolour Paper.

Taking an Aqua Painter, I moved the ink around and coloured the flower and stem and set them aside to dry.  Patience is required when making a project like this!

Butterfly Basics is the stamp set I chose for the sentiment and I stamped that straight onto the background.

Once the flower was dry, I coated it with Wink of Stella to add the obligatory sparkle.  I’m not sure that the picture below does it justice but it is a VERY sparkly project!

Stampin' Up! You've Got This with HIPPOFROG Designs

I cut the flower and stem out and tied a Baker’s Twine bow around the stem.

The stem and flower head were then stuck to the project using a combination of Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  The stem is stuck down but I’ve raised the leaves using Mini Dimensionals to give more depth.

The finished item definitely fulfils the red and sparkle criteria!

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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You've Got This Clear-Mount Stamp SetButterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp SetWatercolor PaperWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadPowder Pink Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineAqua PaintersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushMultipurpose Liquid GlueStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals