Happy as a pig in…

Today I’m sharing a really quick and easy notecard with you.

This Little Piggy and Artisan Texture Stamp Sets from Stampin' Up! Project designed and made by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

When I saw the new Artisan Textures Stamp Set in the Annual Catalogue it accidentally fell into my shopping basket! Do those sort of accidents happen to you too?

These images make a great mud bath for the pigs in the This Little Piggy stamp set.

Soft Suede and new colour Petal Pink (or Piggy Pink!) combine really well with Very Vanilla to create this fun notecard.

Shortening the Classic Label shape by punching one end again allows the sentiment to sit neatly on top.

As it’s a cute notecard, the Detailed Trio Punch also had to make an appearance to round the corners.

Who would you send a card like this too?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Artisan Textures Clear-Mount Stamp SetThis Little Piggy Clear-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla Note Cards & EnvelopesVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadPetal Pink A4 CardstockSoft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Animal Outing Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 19th Wedding Anniversary. I used the perfect stamp set called Animal Outing to create this card.

Anniversary Card using Animal Outing from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This new stamp set has a frog which of course is my part of HIPPOFROG.

Due to the lack of a hippo in this stamp set, I’ve chosen the giraffe instead. As my husband is 6’6″ it’s quite appropriate. Plus, there were jokes at our wedding about me needing to stand on a milk crate (and I’m quite tall!)

Also, our wedding reception was at the local safari park, so an animal card ticks all the boxes.

I’ve stamped using the new Gray Granite inkpad and coloured using Watercolor Pencils. I also decided to use a Blender Pen to soften the colouring but had to take care not to smudge the ink as it it is waterbased.

The Lemon Lime twist background has more leaves stamped on it – taking care not to stamp the frog again. When it came to the sentiment I used the Classic Label Punch to create the banner pieces and layered the whole piece onto Baker’s Twine.

By using the Layering Ovals Framelits, the focus is on the foreground pair.

Anniversary Card using Animal Outing from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I didn’t need a post-friendly card, I’ve used Dimensionals for most of the layers to create depth.

Finally, Jar of Love provided me with the heart which I’ve covered with Wink of Stella.

Animal Outing has 10 stamps in the set for just £20 for Clear Mount, and I’ve used just 3 of them on this project.

Make sure you get your hands on this lovely set that is great for colouring.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Animal Outing Clear-Mount Stamp SetJar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetLemon Lime Twist A4 CardstockGarden Green A4 CardstockGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineWatercolor PencilsBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushClassic Label PunchLayering Ovals Framelits DiesSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Bunch of Blossoms meets new colours

At last weeks Card & Cuppa session Bunch of Blossoms met the new colours. This project is very loosely based on the sample on Page 159 of the new Annual Catalogue.

Lasts week's Card & Cuppa Project using Bunch of Blossoms from Stampin' Up! Project designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

New colours Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green made an appearance, along with returning Mint Macaron. There were also three In Colors, Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch.

I really like the colour of the greens on the stems as leaves as they make a great contrast. Although Pineapple Punch is a really vibrant yellow, putting alongside Grapefruit Grove seems to tone it down a touch.

The Blueberry Bushel sentiment works well with the Mint Macaron background stamping and banner. A strip of co-ordinating ribbon just adds an extra bit of detail.

Lasts week's Card & Cuppa Project using Bunch of Blossoms from Stampin' Up! Project designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By using a glue dot on the end nearest the stem, and a Dimensional at the top of the flower, the flowers stand out from the project.

Lasts week's Card & Cuppa Project using Bunch of Blossoms from Stampin' Up! Project designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the project is quite colourful, I chose a Thick Whisper White basecard to bring everything together.

Finally, a few Rhinestones add a touch of bling.

Lasts week's Card & Cuppa Project using Bunch of Blossoms from Stampin' Up! Project designed and taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to join us at at future Card & Cuppa session, book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Bunch Of Blossoms Photopolymer Stamp SetBlossom Builder PunchBanner Triple PunchWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockBlueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' PadPineapple Punch Classic Stampin' PadGrapefruit Grove Classic Stampin' PadGrapefruit Grove A4 CardstockGrapefruit Grove 1/8" (3.2 mm) Grosgrain RibbonGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadShaded Spruce Classic Stampin' PadMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadMint Macaron A4 CardstockRhinestone Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveMini Glue DotsStampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for helping me nail it!

This ‘Thank you’ card is for some very lovely ladies who have helped me to ‘nail it’ and add another skill string to my creative bow.

I’ve recently been taking courses in something that has interested me for a number of years. I can now happily announce that I am able to perform manicures and pedicures using both gel and regular nail polish.

I’ll explain a bit more at the end of this post, but first, the card I made for the fabulous tutors.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The card uses a mixture of old and new. Touches of Texture Stamp Set is combined with Pool Party, returning Blackberry Bliss and new Highland Heather. I’m really liking this classy colour combination.

Firstly I created the soft background of texture and flowers. I then stamped the stem of flowers and fill-in pieces before die cutting the image and layer.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and punched using the 1″ Circle Punch.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

In the picture below you can see the Rhinestones in the centre of the flowers as a finishing touch. There is also Wink of Stella on the background flowers, but it doesn’t show up here.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Now back to nails. I’ll be setting up as a mobile nail technician working locally and will be able to provide more details when I’m up and running.

Just to confirm, this is as well as Stampin’ Up! The nails are a second strand to my business.

There are also lots of Papercraft & Pampering ideas running through my head so be sure to watch this space.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Touches Of Texture Clear-Mount Stamp SetThoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPool Party Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadHighland Heather A4 CardstockLayering Circle Framelits Dies1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

This year’s frog – 2018 version!

Due to the new colours and punches in the Annual Catalogue, it’s time to introduce you to this year’s frog. The 2018 version!

Punch Art Frog using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s the same as previous years with the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits, with a few updates. As before, the other cut out shapes use a variety of punches.

I’ve used Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce as the frog colours. Call Me Clover and Balmy Blue make the lily pad and pond ovals.

Punch Art Frog using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The 1/2″, 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and 1 3/4″ Circle Punches are the main shapes. I then punched the eyes in Basic Black using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and they sit perfectly in the 1/2″ Whisper White circles.

It’s the Vases Builder Punch where I quickly stumbled upon the plant leaf to make the fabulous smile. The feet are made from the flower shape from this punch too. It’s great to think outside the box and use things in different ways.

Punch Art Frog using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Again, as I use the frog for a variety of different things, I added a ribbon so that I can attach him to bags, clipboards etc.

Maybe I’ll eventually make a hippo with some new colours to keep him company…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle Punch3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle Punch1-3/4" (4.4 cm) Circle PunchLayering Ovals Framelits DiesCookie Cutter Builder PunchVases Builder PunchGranny Apple Green A4 CardstockShaded Spruce A4 CardstockCall Me Clover A4 CardstockCall Me Clover 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain RibbonBalmy Blue A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Black A4 CardstockMultipurpose Liquid GlueStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Picture Perfect Birthday

For last week’s Card & Cuppa session, I chose to use Picture Perfect Birthday. There was only one session due the Bank Holiday, but the lucky attendees got to use some new products.

Picture Perfect Birthday Card & Cuppa project. Designed & taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I also needed a Birthday card for my Mother-in-Law, I decided to use it as the class project. A two-for-one project.

I already had Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana on my desk from THIS project, so continued to use them.

For the flames I added Pineapple Punch to the colour combination, with some Wink of Stella on top.

By using the bow stamp multiple times it creates a nice bright background. Perfect for both the ribbon and layered candle image to sit on.

Picture Perfect Birthday Card & Cuppa project. Designed & taught by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

There’s that fabulous new corner rounder again, part of the Detailed Trio Punch. I’ve got to try not to use it on EVERYTHING I make at the moment!

Have you taken a look at the new Annual Catalogue? What items are you being drawn to?

Join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Picture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockPineapple Punch Classic Stampin' PadCoastal Cabana Classic Stampin' PadCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadMelon Mambo A4 CardstockGorgeous Grape A4 CardstockSilver 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchDetailed Trio PunchClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Gorgeous Coastal Mambo Birthday

How are you enjoying the BRAND NEW Catalogue? Isn’t it fabulous?

Today I’m sharing a Birthday card for some recent re-subscribers to my mailing list.

Love What You Do from Stampin' Up! Birthday card designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Not only does the card use the new Love What You Do Stamp Set, it also uses a brand new colour and a returning In Color. Using Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana and Melon Mambo from the Brights Collection, I’ve made a Gorgeous Coastal Mambo combination. Don’t they just look fabulous together?

The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday and the layering uses the 2″ Circle and Starburst Punches. There is also a strip of Metallic-Edge Ribbon underneath. You may notice the design is similar to this project.

Love What You Do from Stampin' Up! Birthday card designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Can you see the corners? I’m so happy we have a new corner rounder punch. This is the three-in-one Detailed Trio Punch (page 211 of Annual Catalogue) providing lots of opportunities to create pretty corners.

If you’ve yet to sign up to my mailing list, it’s not too late. Find out more details here.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Love What You Do Photopolymer Stamp SetPicture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadMelon Mambo A4 CardstockCoastal Cabana Classic Stampin' PadCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockGorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' PadGorgeous Grape A4 CardstockGold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchStarburst PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

It’s here… Annual Catalogue 2018

It’s 1st June which can only mean one thing.  NEW ANNUAL CATALOGUE 2018 DAY!

If you didn’t opt to receive a hard copy*, today is that day I’m able to share the Annual Catalogue 2018 with you online.

Click on the picture below to take you to my Stampin’ Up! website where you can download your own copy.

Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue 2018 Cover

 

Happy browsing!

Don’t forget to check out my classes where you can get hands-on with the products.

* Hard copies of the catalogue were posted to those in the UK who signed up to my mailing list and opted to receive catalogues.  Click here to sign-up to my mailing list.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Happy Mail – In Color and Catalogue

If the post has worked as planned, there should be quite a few people receiving happy mail.

This is, of course, the brand new Annual Catalogue. With their Catalogue is a card that they can choose to either send to someone else, or keep for themselves!

In Color Blueberry Bushel from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The cards are monochrome and made from the new In Color Collection using Cardstock, Ink, DSP and Ribbon in one of the colours.

They also show a brand new bundle of the Varied Vases Stamp Set and a fabulous matching punch. These are available to order from 1st June.

In Color Blueberry Bushel from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Dots and stripes are just two designs from this fabulous 6×6 DSP. Great patterns for many occasions.

From the left we have Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch. Do you have a favourite new In Color so far?

In Color Blueberry Bushel from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Call Me Clover from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Grapefruit Grove from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Lovely Lipstick from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Pineapple Punch from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

In Color Blueberry Bushel from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Call Me Clover from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Grapefruit Grove from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Lovely Lipstick from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Pineapple Punch from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here they are all together showing both sides of the piece of DSP. Which of the designs did you receive?

In Color Collection from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs In Color Collection from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The happy mail was sent to those who re-subscribed to my mailing list and ticked the Catalogue option. If you missed my emails amongst the GDPR deluge, then don’t worry, you can still join my list and be sent a Catalogue. Click here for details.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on the new In Colors then make sure you take advantage of this month’s Early Release offers.

Tomorrow is your LAST CHANCE to purchase items from the Retiring List so don’t miss out!

Why not book yourself onto my In Color Introduction Class on 27th June for some hands-on time with the new In Color products.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Varied Vases Photopolymer BundleClassic Stampin' Pad Assortment In Color 2018-2020Whisper White A4 CardstockIn Color 2018–2020 A4 CardstockIn Color 2018–2020 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 cm) Designer Series PaperBlueberry Bushel 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain RibbonCall Me Clover 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain RibbonLovely Lipstick 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain RibbonPineapple Punch 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain RibbonGrapefruit Grove 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Grosgrain RibbonClassic Label Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – In Color Banners

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project I reached for last year’s In Colors to create this pretty In Color Banners card

It’s a perfect project for those paper hoarders out there.

In Color Banners Card & Cuppa Project from Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

First, the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday is stamped in Berry Burst with the background images in Powder Pink.

All of the banners are strips from the sadly retiring Fresh Florals DSP. The width of the strips varies with the narrowest strips made from the Classic Label punch. Each banner is then glued over the piece of Baker’s Twine to make a ‘washing line’ of pieces.

We manually cut the v-shapes creating different lengths, but you could also use various punches to create these.

In Color Banners Card & Cuppa Project from Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the ‘washing line’ was secure, a little piece of SNAIL to stop the banners from moving was the finishing touch.

Don’t forget that even though last year’s In Color Collection aren’t on the retiring list, the embellishments and DSP in the colours are. Make sure you place your orders for any retiring items by the end of May.

You can also get your hands on this year’s In Colors as part of an early release bundle. Take a look at this project for more information.

Join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa by booking your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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You can also join my team here.

Picture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetFresh Florals Designer Series Paper StackWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockBerry Burst A4 CardstockBerry Burst Classic Stampin' PadPowder Pink Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals