Picture Perfect Birthday

It was the Birthday of one of my regular class attendees this week so a card was definitely in order.

I reached for the perfect Birthday stamp set from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue, Picture Perfect Birthday.

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday with HIPPOFROG Designs

The dotty background is from a Memories & More Card Pack.  I’m running a class on making cards using these card packs at the end of February.

It’s quite a clean and simple design as I wanted the strips of ribbon to make the project look like a wrapped parcel.  The Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set has a lovely 2-step bow and I’ve used it here.

Isn’t the sentiment lovely?  A great size to fit beautifully in the Everyday Label Punch (a carryover item from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue).

My colour inspiration of Berry Burst and Crushed Curry came from the dots on the background, with an added touch of gold in the circle layer and sequin trim.

As it’s a hand-delivered card, there are lots of layers separated with Dimensionals.  For a posted card, I would use fewer dimensionals and stick (excuse the pun!) to SNAIL instead.

There is Wink of Stella on the bow to give it a finishing touch too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Picture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetColor Theory Card PackWhisper White A4 CardstockBerry Burst A4 CardstockBerry Burst Classic Stampin' PadBerry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven RibbonCrushed Curry A4 CardstockGold Mini Sequin TrimGold Foil SheetsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush2-1/4" (5.7 Cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 Cm) Circle Punch1-3/4" (4.4 Cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Happy Mail Cards

If you’re in the UK and I have your address on my mailing list, one of these should have fallen into your hands.

Stampin' Up! SAB Lots of Lavender

It’s the card to accompany the new Spring/Summer Catalogue and SAB Brochure happy mail. The card uses the fabulous Lots of Lavender SAB Stamp Set and Picture Perfect Birthday for the sentiment.

Lots of Lavender is perfect for making a lot of cards really quickly.  It’s especially quick if you use the stamps designed to colour the images as I’ve done here.

For this project I stamped onto a Crumb Cake background in Early Espresso and used Sweet Sugarplum for the lavender.  Wild Wasabi for the leaves and Pool Party for the bow finished the colouring.

A strip of co-ordinating Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon from the Annual Catalogue and the punched sentiment help to tie the project together.

What is your favourite SAB item so far?

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Lots Of Lavender Photopolymer Stamp SetPicture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp SetCrumb Cake A4 CardstockEarly Espresso Classic Stampin' PadWild Wasabi A4 CardstockWild Wasabi Classic Stampin' PadPool Party Classic Stampin' PadSweet Sugarplum A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' PadSweet Sugarplum 3/8" Striped Grosgrain RibbonClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Petal Passion Suite

It was back to a New Year of Card & Cuppa sessions last week. I just had to share one of my favourite new suites from the Spring/Summer Catalogue with the attendees.

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette

The design uses some of the fabulous black and white Petal Passion DSP from the Petal Passion Suite. We coloured it with Stampin’ Blends to pick out the flowers and leaves.

A zingy Lemon Lime Twist background with leaves and a sentiment are created with the Petal Palette Stamp Set.

A strip of the gorgeous new Whisper White Organza Ribbon tied in a pretty knot and Rhinestones add the finishing touches.

Don’t forget that for every £45 you spend (before P&P) before 31st March 2018, you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.

If you’d like to join us for a Card & Cuppa session then book your place by 18:00 the night before.  Details of all of my classes can be found HERE.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetPetal Passion Designer Series PaperWhisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Organza RibbonDaffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackOld Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackLemon Lime Twist A4 CardstockLemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockRhinestone Basic JewelsSnail Adhesive

Petal Palette Thank you

As you know, I’ve recently been working on a local Pantomime.  Part of my role included coordinating lots of adult volunteers to work with our younger cast members.

Due to us being in a new venue and some new rules and regulations, the ways of working were very different to previous years.

So, to say ‘thank you’, I made each of the adult helpers a card.

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette

I used a Notecard and headed for one of my new favourite Stamp Sets – Petal Palette.  This Stamp Set is a new set in the Spring/Summer Catalogue and I love the variety of images and sentiments.

The dots create a cute background stripe for the flowers to sit on top of.  For the flowers I stamped in Tuxedo Black and coloured with Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs in Old Olive and Calypso Coral.  I then used Old Olive for the ‘Thank you’ sentiment.

These cards were really relaxing and quick to make.

What are your favourite products from the new Spring/Summer and SAB catalogues?

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadCalypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackOld Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackWhisper White Note Cards & EnvelopesWhisper White A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive A4 Cardstock1-3/4" (4.4 Cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 Cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Happy New Catalogue

Happy New Year!

As we’re in a new year, it means a BRAND NEW Spring Summer Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration (SAB) offering for 2018.

Spring/Summer Catalogue can be found by clicking on the picture below.

Stampin' Up! Spring Summer Catalogue Cover

SAB is the BEST offer of the year as there are FREE items available for every £45 you spend. This year there is a slight change as there are special items on offer for £90 of spend too.

As usual, there are extra Host/ess Rewards for hosting a workshop and added FREE items for joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator during SAB.

SAB items can be found by clicking on the picture below.

Stampin' Up! SAB Cover

I hope you enjoy browsing the new catalogues.

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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Whisper White A4 CardstockBerry Burst A4 CardstockBerry Burst 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding RibbonWisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' PadWild Wasabi Classic Stampin' PadBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockBasics Pack 1 Washi TapeClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Little Angels

At last week’s Card & Cuppa we made our second of three Christmas Cards.

This time it was the turn of these little angels.

Bow Builder Punch Christmas Angels with HIPPOFROG Designs

Aren’t they cute?  There was a collective ‘oooooh’ when I revealed the project and everyone really enjoyed making them.

They use the Bow Builder Punch for the bodies and the 1″ Circle Punch for the face and halo.  Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set provides the eyes.

The background of white stars uses a combination of Balloon Celebration and Labeler Alphabet Stamp Sets with Wink of Stella dotted on the top.  A Clear Faceted Gem on each little angel adds to the magical Christmas sparkle.

This week it’s our final Card & Cuppa sessions of the year.  Book your place by 18:00 the night before.

Also, don’t miss out on today’s fabulous FREE SHIPPING offer, available until 23:00 GMT tonight at my 24/7 online store.  Great for picking up those last minute Christmas crafting goodies.

The last date to place your orders for delivery in time for Christmas is 14th December so today’s offer is perfect timing.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Bow Builder Punch1" (2.5 Cm) Circle PunchLabeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetCookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Stamp SetBlushing Bride A4 CardstockNight Of Navy A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & RefillBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockSilver Foil SheetsClear Faceted GemsClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveMini Glue DotsTear & Tape Adhesive

Turning 12

Over the past few weeks both my Nephew and ‘honorary’ Nephew had Birthdays.

As they were turning 12, I made them both bright and cheery cards.

Stampin' Up! Number of Years with HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used Lemon Lime Twist with Emerald Envy as the colour palette with Number of Years as the ’12’. I find this stamp set more and more useful every time I use it.

Random dots from Playful Backgrounds gives this version of the card a great background to set off the bannered sentiment.

A quick and easy card with a pre-teen feel.

Don’t forget the Year-End Sale event.  Lots of items at reduced prices while stocks last.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Number Of Years Photopolymer Stamp SetPlayful Backgrounds Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockLemon Lime Twist A4 CardstockEmerald Envy A4 CardstockEmerald Envy Classic Stampin' PadBanner Triple PunchLayering Circle Framelits DiesSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

In Color Thank You

It’s that time when I show you the cards I enjoy making the most.  These are Thank you cards for my lovely customers.

In Color Stampin' Up! with HIPPOFROG Designs

A combination of the Daisy Delight Stamp Set with Cardstock, DSP and Ribbon in the same colours make these monochrome In Color Thank you cards.

I made a batch of cards in every In Color 2016-18 colour and included a hand-written note with every one.

Don’t forget that you can place an order 24/7 at my Online Store.  There are some fabulous Year-End Deals on at the moment so don’t miss out.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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You can also join my team here.

Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp SetFresh Fig A4 CardstockFresh Fig Classic Stampin' PadFresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven RibbonFresh Florals Designer Series Paper StackWhisper White A4 CardstockSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

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

To order any of the supplies used, click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember to use the Hostess Code if you are placing an order.

You can also join my team here.

Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp SetCrumb Cake A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & RefillBasics Pack 1 Washi TapeBasics Pack 2 Washi TapeLinen Thread1/4" Copper Trim1-3/4" (4.4 Cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 Cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots