A Fond Farewell to Firm Favourites

As I don’t have a Card & Cuppa project to show you this week, I’m saying a fond farewell to firm favourites instead.

The current Annual Catalogue is only valid until 3rd June, so you only have until next Monday to order any items on the Retiring List (while stocks last).

Here are just a few of of the Stamp Sets we’re saying farewell to. You can find out more details by clicking on each picture.

First it’s Vertical Greetings, Jar of Love and Balloon Celebration.

Stampin' Up! Vertical Greetings Jar of Love & Bunny Builder Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Balloon Celebration Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk

Next, we have Petal Palette, Dragonfly Dreams and Falling Flowers.

 Card & Cuppa project using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk Stampin' Up with HIPPOFROG Designs - Falling Flowers

Finally, it’s Icing on the Cake, Bubble Over and Touches of Texture.

Card & Cuppa project using Icing on the Cake. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs Stampin' Up! Bubble Over with HIPPOFROG Designs  Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Check out the Retiring List to see if your favourites are on it, and grab them while you can. They are only available while stocks last, so don’t miss out.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Vertical Greetings Wood-Mount Stamp SetVertical Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp SetIcing On The Cake Photopolymer Stamp SetJar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetPetal Palette Wood-Mount Stamp SetPetal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetDragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetFalling Flowers Wood-Mount Stamp SetFalling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetBubble Over Photopolymer Stamp SetTouches Of Texture Wood-Mount Stamp SetTouches Of Texture Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – A Very Vanilla Project

I’d been asked for cards suitable for Wedding Anniversaries, so I decided to create this Very Vanilla project.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a one colour project with highlights of colour from the Soft Suede stamping and Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

The background texture is made from 3 different size circles stuck over the card, plus a large circle to sit the flower onto.

Even though I don’t use a Big Shot at Card & Cuppa classes, we still made use of a Framelits. A flower from the May Flowers Framelits is drawn around twice and cut out by hand. The leaves are from the Leaf Punch, so no fussy cutting for those!

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon behind the flower, with a Gold Faceted Gem for the centre adds some bling.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The attendees chose whether to add the ‘Enjoy your Special Day’ sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams as a finishing touch.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card can work for Weddings, Anniversaries and Engagements, and Birthdays too. I think it will look fabulous in Whisper White with Silver highlights as well.

Very Vanilla Card & Cuppa Project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Join us for future Card & Cuppa sessions. Find out more and book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Very Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockDragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadMay Flowers Framelits DiesLeaf Punch3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchBanner Triple PunchGold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge RibbonGold Faceted GemsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape Adhesive

Pink and sparkly dragonflies

It was my friend’s Birthday recently and she is a HUGE fan of everything pink and sparkly. Those who know me will realise that is not like me at all!

I merged Touches of Texture, Dragonfly Dreams and LOTS of pink and sparkle to make her card.

Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk

Using various different pinks of Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride and Berry Burst I began my pink and sparkly mission!

Touches of Texture creates the background with small dragonflies over the top.

The feature dragonfly is cut out with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and a liberal coat of Wink of Stella adds shimmer. Each background butterfly also has Wink of Stella on the wings.

Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk

Finally, more pink and sparkle joins the project in the sentiment and rhinestones.

This project pushed me right outside my comfort zone as I really don’t like pink. But, I reminded myself that I wasn’t making the project for me, I was making it for my friend and thought about what she liked instead.

Take time to push yourself out of your own comfort zone. If you don’t like random, grunge, precise, certain colours, techniques etc, take time to try it and think about someone who could be the happy recipient of your finished project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetDetailed Dragonfly Thinlits DiesBanner Triple PunchVery Vanilla A4 CardstockBlushing Bride A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadFlirty Flamingo A4 CardstockFlirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' PadBerry Burst Classic Stampin' PadClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushRhinestone Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' 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

Customer ‘Thank you’ cards using new In Colors

Everyone who placed an order with me recently will have received one of these colourful ‘Thank you’ cards.

As a small business, I really appreciate every order and love sending cards to say ‘Thank you’.

Stampin' Up! In Color 2017-2019

Here I’ve used the brand new In Color Collection for the background.  The coloured strips work beautifully together and the Whisper White dragonflies from the Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits float elegantly on top.

A Smoky Slate ‘Thank you’ just finishes off the project.  Doesn’t Smoky Slate make a great accent for the five new colours?

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp SetDetailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies2017-2019 In Color A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockSmoky Slate A4 CardstockSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockSnail AdhesiveFine-Tip Glue Pen

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Dragonfly Dreams creates a buzz

Last week’s Card & Cuppa was a hive of activity with 7 attendees creating the following project:

Dragonfly Dreams Stampin' Up! UK

Even though I don’t take the Big Shot to Card & Cuppa classes, we still used an Embossing Folder and Framelit.  You don’t have to have a Big Shot to use dies and embossing folders.

To create the honeycomb effect, we turned the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder into a Stamp.  We did this by using a Stampin’ Pad to ink up the Embossing Folder applied pressure to transfer the ink.  Cutting out sections of the Crushed Curry piece and then sticking to the Very Vanilla piece made a hive effect.

Bees were stamped directly onto the project with another onto a separate piece of cardstock.  As we were fussy cutting the separate bee, we created a cutting guide by drawing around the co-ordinating framelit.  This gave a more professional look with smooth curved outlines around the feelers and wings.

A play on words sentiment and Linen Thread add the finishing touches with Wink of Stella on the yellow parts of the bee for some sparkle.

If you’d like to join us at next week’s Card & Cuppa classes, please make sure you book your place by 18:00 the night before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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You can also join my team here.

Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer BundleHexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing FolderTin Of Cards Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockCrushed Curry A4 CardstockCrushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadEarly Espresso A4 CardstockEarly Espresso Classic Stampin' PadChocolate Chip Classic Stampin' PadLinen ThreadClear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush1-3/8Snail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Dragonfly Dreams

Last week’s Card & Cuppa was all about the brand new Watercolour Pencils from the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

This is the beautiful card that the attendees made:

Card & Cuppa Dragonfly Dreams Stampin' Up!

To make the dragonfly stand out, we created a muted background using colours from the Neutrals family.  These were stamped off a number of times.

As we were using Photopolymer stamps, I was able to pre-cut the dragonfly shapes using the coordinating Thinlits.  The Stamp Set and Thinlits are available as a Bundle with 10% off.

A sentiment stamped onto a banner, a strip of Natural Trim Ribbon and some Pearls just finished off the project.  Using a Blender Pen after colouring is a great way to smooth out any imperfections too.

Everyone had free rein on which Watercolour Pencils they coloured the dragonfly with, the only stipulation was that Old Olive had to be used on the dragonfly somewhere, this was to pull the project together.  As you can imagine, no two projects were the same.

Card & Cuppa runs each week at a number of venues.  Have a look at my Classes page for more information and remember to book your place by 18:00 the day before.

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.

Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer BundleWatercolor PencilsCrumb Cake A4 CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadBlender PensGold 1/4Pearl Basic JewelsBanner Triple PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals