Personal News

As you know, I don’t tend to share much personal information on here.

However, the following personal news will explain why I’ve been very quiet and haven’t been posting much.

Sadly, on 9th January, in Milton Keynes Hospital, we lost my Dad to COVID.

He felt ill over Christmas and was taken to hospital by ambulance on New Year’s Day with breathing difficulties. Later that day, the hospital advised he had tested positive.

Despite the fantastic efforts of the hospital staff, he didn’t respond to the treatments.

This picture is from my Wedding day in 1999 and is one of my favourites from the day. It was one of my Dad’s favourite pictures too.

We have also had symptoms and subsequent positive tests here, finishing our 10 day isolation period at the weekend. We’re still coughing and feeling very tired, plus have no sense of taste or smell, but are getting better each day.

Thankfully, my Brother and his family live close to my Mum so have been able to form a support bubble with her.

Obviously, all of the projects and classes I was planning for January have been put on hold.

Hopefully, I will be back to running classes and regularly posting again around the middle of February, but this may change.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Stay safe

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

Happy New Year, Mini Catalogue & SAB 2021!

Happy New Year!

As it’s 5th Jan, it means it time for the NEW January-June Mini Catalogue & SAB 2021 to go LIVE.

SAB is only for 2 months this time, but there will be another one later in the year. So, more chances to get your hands on FREE products.

Mini Catalogue & SAB 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you received some happy mail from me before Christmas, one of these pretty Birthday cards will have arrived with you.

This card uses some new products. Can you spot them all before I reveal them to you?Mini Catalogue & SAB 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose and Mossy Meadow, with Whisper White. Don’t forget to read up on the replacement for Whisper White that is coming soon.

The first new product is the Vine Design Stamp Set, this can also be purchased as part of a Bundle with a fabulous set of dies.

Next, I’m so happy to see the return of an Oval Punch. This is a two in one punch with a scallop layer and smooth inner that work perfectly together.

Braided Trim in Mossy Meadow is my third new product on this card. I love the thinner trims and am delighted to there’s some Baker’s Twine in the Mini Catalogue too!

Mini Catalogue & SAB 2021. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, pretty new Pastel Pearls in co-ordinating Seaside Spray add a finishing touch. I think these Pearls are going to very quickly become a favourite.

Don’t forget to take a look at my 2021 Classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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VINE DESIGN CLING STAMP SETROCOCO ROSE A4 CARDSTOCKROCOCO ROSE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSEASIDE SPRAY A4 CARDSTOCKSEASIDE SPRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMOSSY MEADOW A4 CARDSTOCKMOSSY MEADOW CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPASTEL PEARLSDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHMOSSY MEADOW 3/16" (4.8 MM) BRAIDED LINEN TRIMSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Oh So Ombre DSP Butterflies

With the first SAB of the year just around the corner, I couldn’t resist making a project with the Oh So Ombre DSP. One of the FREE items you can earn from 5th January.

Oh So Ombre DSP Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card, with a heartfelt and poignant message for these times we find ourselves in, uses the patterned side of the DSP from the pack.

I used another piece of the DSP on this project I shared the other day.

As you know, I love a project with a monochrome feel, so using Rococo Rose cardstock for my basecard and a Whisper White layer, with Tuxedo Black stamping was all I needed.

Oh So Ombre DSP Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The butterflies, from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set were stamped onto another sheet of the DSP, this time, the non-patterned piece. I made sure to chose various parts of the DSP to give me different shades of the colour.

These were punched out using the Butterfly Duet Punch and had parts coloured using Wink of Stella.

A sentiment from the Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set, with the end shaped from another new product arriving soon in the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Glue Dots are used to attach the smaller butterflies, with the large one stuck using a Dimensionals.

Oh So Ombre DSP Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

SAB and the January-June Mini Catalogue go live on 5th January, so you won’t see links to any items from these publications listed below.

Don’t forget to take a look at the retiring items from the August-December Mini Catalogue as your chance to grab those products ends on 4th Jan.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BUTTERFLY GALA PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBUTTERFLY DUET PUNCHBLOSSOMS IN BLOOM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETROCOCO ROSE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSGLUE DOTS

Birthday Card Using In Color 2020-2022

If you need a quick and easy card, this Birthday Card using In Color 2020-2022 DSP is the perfect design.

It uses two of the In Colors – Cinnamon Cider and Bumblebee.

The design is another version of this project. If you find a design that works, why not make it in a variety of different ways.

By using two sides of the Bumblebee DSP, the project has multiple patterns.

Birthday Card Using In Color 2020-2022. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Shaped edges of the larger piece are cut using the Triple Banner Punch.

The Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set provides the sentiment, cut with the Banners Pick A Punch. This punch is leaving us for a short while, returning in a later publication.

With a length of co-ordinating In Color Ribbon stuck across the project, the sentiment was attached using Mini Dimensionals.Birthday Card Using In Color 2020-2022. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget to grab your items from the August-December Mini Catalogue while stocks last.

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 PAPERITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETBUMBLEBEE A4 CARDSTOCKCINNAMON CIDER A4 CARDSTOCKCINNAMON CIDER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCINNAMON CIDER 2020–2022 IN COLOR RIBBONBANNERS PICK A PUNCHTRIPLE BANNER PUNCHSTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Quite Curvy Bundle Birthday Card in Bermuda Bay

This pretty monochrome Bermuda Bay Birthday card uses the early release Quite Curvy Bundle from the new January-June Mini Catalogue.

Quite Curvy Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It also uses a new item that will be available in the upcoming SAB too. The fabulous Oh So Ombre 6×6 DSP Pack is an item you’ll be able to earn for FREE during January and February 2021.

The wavy line is cut using the Curvy Dies. This piece is then stuck to the DSP.Quite Curvy Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A sentiment follows the curve, with a few leaves stamped in the corner.

The corners are given a round shape with the Detailed Trio Punch to match the curvy details.

Leaves are then cut from the dies using the different parts of the DSP to create varying shades of Bermuda Bay.

These stuck behind a Whisper White flower cut using the Small Bloom Punch.

Finally, Metallic Pearls coloured with a Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend are added to the project.

Quite Curvy Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Make sure you keep an eye out for when the Mini Catalogue goes live on 5th January.

In the meantime, take a look at the special offers.

Don’t forget to check out my online class timetable for 2021 too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUITE CURVY BUNDLE (ENGLISH)BERMUDA BAY A4 CARDSTOCKBERMUDA BAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKDETAILED TRIO PUNCHSMALL BLOOM PUNCHMETALLIC PEARLSSTAMPIN' BLENDS BERMUDA BAY COMBO PACKSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUEGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Lovely You for my Lovely Customers

My November customers were all sent this handmade card to say thank you for supporting my business.

As it uses the Lovely You Stamp Set and co-ordinating Punch Bundle, it’s more of a lovely you for my lovely customers project.

Lovely You for my Lovely Customers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I thought people might be getting a bit fed up with Christmas colours, I chose to use the Subtles Collection for my colour combination.

There’s Pool Party, So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Soft Sea Foam, plus Whisper White.

Don’t forget to check this post with information on the replacement for Whisper White.

Stamping the images in a random patterns gives the impression of them falling across the page.

As Soft Sea Foam is quite a pale ink, itdoesn’t show up very well in my pictures.

Lovely You for my Lovely Customers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of co-ordinating Pool Party Sheer Ribbon with knotted ends is then added.

The sentiment and sentiment layer has ends cut with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. This punch and the stamp set form part of a discounted Bundle.

Some small Pearls, coloured with a Pool Party Stampin’ Blend add a finishing touch.Lovely You for my Lovely Customers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’re placing an order for any of these items, or items on the retiring list, don’t forget to use the Online Shopping Club Code to receive a little extra gift from me.

You can also join me at online classes. Find out more at my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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LOVELY YOU BUNDLE (ENGLISH)POOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKSO SAFFRON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLUSHING BRIDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SEA FOAM CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPOOL PARTY 3/8" (1 CM) SHEER RIBBONPEARL BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS POOL PARTY COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Pantone Painted Poppies

Earlier this month, Pantone announced their Colour of the Year for 2021. There are two for 2021 – Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.

Today I’m sharing a project in the Stampin’ Up! equivalent colours of Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight.

Here’s my SU version of Pantone Painted Poppies…

Pantone Painted Poppies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Painted Poppies Stamp Set and co-ordinating Painted Labels Dies, this is a great any occasion project.

The background uses first and second generation stamping in Basic Gray, with Daffodil Delight highlights added using a Sponge Dauber,Pantone Painted Poppies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Both the flowers and leaves are stamped in Basic Gray onto the Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight Cardstock. These are then cut out with the dies.

The centre of each flower is given a touch of sparkle with some Wink of Stella.

Pantone Painted Poppies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These are then arranged on top of the background using Dimensionals.

I love how these colours work so well together. The brightness of the yellow seems to lighten the grey, whereas the grey appears to knock back the brightness of the yellow.

I have a feeling these colours might be making more appearances here in 2021!

Don’t forget to take a look at the current special offers, plus my classes for 2021.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PAINTED POPPIES BUNDLEBASIC GRAY A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSPONGE DAUBERSSTAMPIN’ CUT& EMBOSS MACHINESTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Your Way!

For the final Card & (Your) Cuppa of the year, I gave the attendees a challenge.

This was a free-for-all, do it your way project. Rather than me providing a pre-made project for them to create, I sent a pack of items for them to make whatever they wanted.

I did, however, provide ideas from flowers, presents and baubles to whet their imagination.

From the items, I made this project.

Your Way. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the packs included strips of Artistry Blooms DSP, along with co-ordinating Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody Cardstock, and more, I cut pieces of the DSP and made them into presents.

Your Way. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Shapes from the Whale Builder Punch from the packs made bows for the top of the presents. I love using shapes in different ways.

A sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set cut out using the Classic Label Punch is sat on a length of Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Finally, the presents are stuck down with the middle one stuck using Dimensionals.

This was my final class of 2021. Classes for 2021 begin w/c 11th Jan. Head to my Class Timetable for full details and to book your place.

Don’t forget to take a look at the current special offers and clearance items. Treat yourself to a bargain!

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISTRY BLOOMS DESIGNER SERIES PAPERCLASSIC LABEL PUNCHWHALE PUNCHITTY BITTY BIRTHDAYS CLING STAMP SETMELON MAMBO CARDSTOCK A4MELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKMANGO MELODY A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Christmas Packaging

If you’re in the middle of wrapping presents, then this box is perfect for Christmas packaging.

It’s a great size for chocolates, toiletries etc.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The box slides out from a belly band to reveal the contents.

My main box is made using Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. It’s a lidless box and can be made to your own dimensions. It is a stamp free project, but you can decorate the box and tag as you require.

Make sure you use a Paper Folder to make those score lines nice and crisp. Plus, use a strong adhesive such as Multipurpose Glue, Tear & Tape or SEAL+ to ensure the box doesn’t fall apart.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the belly band, I used the box dimensions and added 1mm to each measurement when I scored. This allows the belly band to fit over the box and slide nicely, without being too tight or too loose.

Christmas Packaging. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the tag, the Fancy Tag Topper Punch and the Detailed Trio Punch gave me the shape.

Then, I punched a circle from matching Real Red Cardstock and a Pine Tree Punch shape from the offcut of DSP.

These were stuck together then attached with Dimensionals. As I popped a Rhinstone at the top of the tree, I made sure a tiny piece of Dimensional was stuck behind that too.

Finally, a piece of Real Red Braided Linen Trim is threaded through the tag to attach it.

I love making boxes and hope to make many more of them in 2021. Watch this space!

Make sure you check out the offers on the Great Year-End Closeout Sale.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HEARTWARMING HUGS DESIGNER SERIES PAPERPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKFANCY TAG TOPPER PUNCHDETAILED TRIO PUNCH1 1/2" (3.8 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHPINE TREE PUNCHREAL RED 3/16" (4.8 MM) BRAIDED LINEN TRIMRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas #12

My final project of my Countdown to Christmas series is Countdown to Christmas #12.

If you need a quick and simple Christmas Card that is simple to replicate in lots of different colours, then this is it!

One ink pad, matching cardstock, plus Whisper White or Very Vanilla, a couple of stamps, some punched shapes and a swish of ribbon is all you need.

Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this monochrome look, I’ve used Misty Moonlight and Just Jade.

Using the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set in first and second generation stamping, this creates a snowy background. You can leave yours blank, or use a different image.Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I chose my focal image, a tree from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set, stamping it three times. The Just Jade is tone-on-tone, Misty Moonlight onto Whisper White.

The important thing is to stamp 3 of these. Then either cut or punch them out like I have here using the co-ordinating Pine Tree Punch.

These are then stuck onto layered circles. You can use any shape for your layers. These are to help them stand out from the background.Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A loop of ribbon is then stuck behind where the circles will sit.

Finally, the centre piece is stuck on using Dimensionals.

Perfect for those moments when you receive a card from someone you’ve forgotten to send to!

Do you have a favourite?Countdown to Christmas #12. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This design is so simple to replicate using different stamp sets and shapes.

I also made some more using red for one design and pink for another. There aren’t any picture of those though!

Don’t forget to take a look at the Christmas items that are retiring and grab yourself a bargain.

Also, my classes for the first part of 2021 are open for booking. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PERFECTLY PLAID PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)PINE TREE PUNCHNATURE'S BEAUTY CLING STAMP SETMISTY MOONLIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKMISTY MOONLIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMISTY MOONLIGHT 2020–2022 IN COLOR RIBBONJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADJUST JADE 2020–2022 IN COLOR RIBBONWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCK2 1/4" (5.7 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+