Finishing Up Friday

Welcome to my new weekly series – Finishing Up Friday.

The idea behind Finishing Up Friday is to use those pre-stamped, pre-cut and half-made items that are already on my desk, instead of starting to create something new.

These are items such as projects I’ve started making and then changed my mind on during the process, to extra shapes that I’ve cut for class projects etc. All of these bits and pieces get put in a pile and I tend to forget about them, so I’m on a mission to actually use them!

I showed you this project last week and have decided to start a weekly series.

This week’s Finishing Up Friday project uses an image from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set that I had stamped multiple times and already coloured with Watercolor Pencils. The colouring lines were softened with a Blender Pen.

I have just added a sentiment, also from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set using Basic Gray.

Then, I was able to create a flat (Dior) bow using the Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon from the July-December Mini Catalogue.

The whole piece was then mounted onto a coordinating Soft Sea Foam layer and So Saffron basecard.

Finally, I added a few Iridescent Pearls for a touch of bling.

Which pre-made items are you going to use from your desk?

Don’t forget to pop back next week to see my next Finishing Up Friday project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSO SAFFRON A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILSBLENDER PENSSOFT SEA FOAM 3/8" (1 CM) SEAM BINDING RIBBONIRIDESCENT PEARL BASIC JEWELSGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' SEAL

Saying Hello – In Color 2022-2024: Starry Sky

The third new In Color, in alphabetical order is Starry Sky.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Starry Sky is a lovely deep blue and as with the other colours, I have made a monochrome project in the same design.

Once again, it uses the In Color 6×6 DSP stack, this time the side with the stripe pattern. This stripe pattern is quite versatile as you can use the stripes vertically, horizontally and also at an angle.

Coordinating Metallic Woven Ribbon hides the join.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set provides the image, cut out with the matching Dragonflies Punch.

This has been given a coat of Wink of Stella that adds a touch of extra sparkle.

It sits on a hexagon cut using the Beautiful Shapes Dies.

Finally, In Color Matte Decorative Dots are added.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Like the previous two In Color projects, this is sentiment free, so it makes a great any occasion card. You can have a card like this in your emergency stash and either send it as it is, or add a sentiment.

Here is a quick reference of how this new colour compares to the other Stampin’ Up! colours.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETBEAUTIFUL SHAPES DIESDRAGONFLIES PUNCH2022–2024 IN COLOR™ 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERSTARRY SKY A4 CARDSTOCKSTARRY SKY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTARRY SKY 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBONMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin’ Write Markers

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m showing how to ink up your stamps using Stampin’ Write Markers.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin' Write Markers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsClick below to watch my video.

My project uses a colour combination of Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Basic White.

The flower is coloured in three colours before stamping to create a multi-coloured image.

These are then coloured further using a Blender Pen to pull the colour.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin' Write Markers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two shapes from the Tasteful Labels Dies are cut out, one is the image, another in Old Olive. Cutting around the edge of the image leaves a border when the two pieces are layered together.

Before they are stuck to the project, some background ‘splats’ are stamped.

Using the same inking up technique, I’ve used part of a sentiment to create my ‘thank you’. This is again layered with Old Olive and raised up on Dimensionals.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Inking Stamps Using Stampin' Write Markers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers to add some sparkle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETDRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETTASTEFUL LABELS DIESREGALS STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSCRUSHED CURRY A4 CARDSTOCKCRUSHED CURRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing a tip on where to find inspiration. Spoiler alert, it’s all around you!

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video about how to take inspiration from the world around you.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

First, I stamped the pretty daisy image multiple times onto Soft Sea Foam. I wanted to create the feeling of a meadow with the greeny background.

Using Watercolor Pencils, I have coloured the leaves and flowers with Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and White to highlight them.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Love of Leaves Stamp Set provides the lovely sentiment. This is cut out using the Double Oval Punch. I also added a couple of daisies to coordinate with the main stamping.

Both the Stamp Set and Punch made their first appearance in the January-June Mini Catalogue. Don’t forget that some of the items in this catalogue won’t be available after the end of June.

Using a Stampin’ Blend in Daffodil Delight adds colour to the Crinkled Seam Binding.

This is then looped behind the sentiment.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Take inspiration from the world around you. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one.

Why not join me at one of my online classes. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETLOVE OF LEAVES PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHWATERCOLOR PENCILSWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Saying Hello – In Color 2021-2023: Soft Succulent

The final In Color sneak peek of the new In Colors for 2021-2023 is Soft Succulent.

Dragonfly Garden in Soft Succulent. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As before, the project is made using the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Punch Bundle.

This is likely to become a go to colour on my desk.

Dragonfly Garden in Soft Succulent. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait for you to see the sparkle on these new In Color Jewels up close.

Dragonfly Garden in Soft Succulent. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Below, I’ve put Soft Succulent alongside other colours in the Stampin’ Up! collection for you to see how they work together.

Soft Succulent

Here are all five together. Do you have a favourite?

In Color 2021-2023. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  In Color 2021-2023

Don’t forget that items on the Retiring List will not be available to purchase from 4th May, so be sure to grab those favourites now.

Why not join my In Color Introduction Online Class to make your own projects using these fabulous new colours. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Join me on Tuesday for the next new colour…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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SOFT SUCCULENT A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SUCCULENT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUCCULENT 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBON2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELS2021–2023 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERDRAGONFLY GARDEN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TAILORED TAG PUNCHBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Saying Hello – In Color 2021-2023: Polished Pink

You’ve now seen three of the five new In Colors for 2021-2023. The next is Polished Pink.

Dragonfly Garden in Polished Pink. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once again, I’ve made the same monochrome project in Polished Pink using the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Punch Bundle.

This new open weave ribbon is lovely and light, with a see-through centre and solid edges.

Dragonfly Garden in Polished Pink. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’re regular reader, you will know that I’m not a lover of pink, so it’s safe to say that out of these five In Colors, this isn’t my favourite! But, I know that some of you will love it.

However, despite my lacking of pink love, it won’t stop me from using it on lots of different projects.

Dragonfly Garden in Polished Pink. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Below, I’ve put Polished Pink alongside other colours in the Stampin’ Up! collection for you to see how they work together.

Polished Pink

Don’t forget that items on the Retiring List will not be available to purchase from 4th May, so be sure to grab those favourites now.

Why not join my In Color Introduction Online Class to make your own projects using these fabulous new colours. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Join me on Tuesday for the next new colour…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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POLISHED PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPOLISHED PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOLISHED PINK 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBON2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELS2021–2023 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERDRAGONFLY GARDEN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TAILORED TAG PUNCHBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Saying Hello – In Color 2021-2023: Pale Papaya

Following on from the sneak peeks of Evening Evergreen and Fresh Freesia, the next new In Color, in alphabetical order, is Pale Papaya.

Dragonfly Garden in Pale Papaya. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Again, I’ve made the same monochrome project in this next colour using the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Punch Bundle.

The central strip of DSP from the new In Color 6×6 DSP pack makes a great focal point.Dragonfly Garden in Pale Papaya. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Like Fresh Freesia, I think this colour will also become a firm favourite.

Dragonfly Garden in Pale Papaya. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Below, I’ve put Pale Papaya alongside other colours in the Stampin’ Up! collection for you to see how they work together.

Pale Papaya

Don’t forget that items on the Retiring List will not be available to purchase from 4th May, so be sure to grab those favourites now.

Why not join my In Color Introduction Online Class to make your own projects using these fabulous new colours. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Join me on Tuesday for the next new colour…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPALE PAPAYA 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBON2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELS2021–2023 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERDRAGONFLY GARDEN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TAILORED TAG PUNCHBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Saying Hello – In Color 2021-2023: Fresh Freesia

Following on from yesterday’s introduction to Evening Evergreen, the next new In Color I’m sharing a sneak peek of is Fresh Freesia.

Dragonfly Garden in Fresh Freesia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsIt’s exactly the same design as yesterday, using the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Punch Bundle from the January-June Mini Catalogue. Dragonfly Garden in Fresh Freesia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I have a feeling this colour is going to become a firm favourite. It’s going to be a great colour for floral projects, butterflies and more.

Dragonfly Garden in Fresh Freesia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Below, I’ve put Fresh Freesia alongside other colours in the Stampin’ Up! collection for you to see how they work together.

Fresh Freesia

Don’t forget that items on the Retiring List will not be available to purchase from 4th May, so be sure to grab those favourites now.

Why not join my In Color Introduction Online Class to make your own projects using these fabulous new colours. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Join me tomorrow for the next new colour…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADFRESH FREESIA 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBON2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELS2021–2023 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERDRAGONFLY GARDEN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TAILORED TAG PUNCHBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Saying Hello – In Color 2021-2023: Evening Evergreen

One of the perks of being a Demonstrator is being able to purchase a selection of items from each Catalogue before they go live.

With the new Catalogue launching in just 7 days time, I’ll be giving you a sneak peek of some new products, starting with the In Color Collection for 2021-2023.

Every year, Stampin’ Up! release 5 new colors. These In Colors stay for just 2 Catalogue cycles.

The first of this year’s new In Colors, in alphabetical order, is Evening Evergreen.Each new In Color will be in this design, a monochrome project using the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Punch Bundle and Basic White. With the new In Color elements of ink, cardstock, DSP, ribbon and jewels. Dragonfly Garden in Evening Evergreen. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThe dragonfly is sitting on a Tailored Tag Punch shape. There’s a touch of Wink of Stella on the dragonfly wings and the pretty In Color Jewels to add some sparkle.Dragonfly Garden in Evening Evergreen. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Below, I’ve put Evening Evergreen alongside other colours in the Stampin’ Up! collection for you to see how they work together.

Evening Evergreen

Don’t forget that items on the Retiring List will not be available to purchase from 4th May, so be sure to grab those favourites now.

Why not join my In Color Introduction Online Class to make your own projects using these fabulous new colours. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Join me tomorrow for the next new colour…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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EVENING EVERGREEN A4 CARDSTOCKEVENING EVERGREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEVENING EVERGREEN 3/8" (1 CM) OPEN WEAVE RIBBON2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELS2021–2023 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERDRAGONFLY GARDEN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TAILORED TAG PUNCHBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS