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 – Spring Blooms

I decided to create this pretty spring blooms card for last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions.

Spring Blooms Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My inspiration for this project was Page 10 of the new Spring/Summer Catalogue.

This project uses various punches, Leaf Punch, Sprig Punch, Detailed Trio Punch, Pretty Label Punch and Bitty Blooms Punch Pack. Falling Flowers, Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Bloom by Bloom are the stamp sets used.

For this card I combined a Soft Sea Foam base and background with Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow Leaves, plus Rich Razzleberry and Petal Pink flowers.

Spring Blooms Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once everything is stamped and punched, it’s assembly time. The leaves are stuck under where the sentiment is going. When the sentiment is in place, an additional piece of leaf and flower are added on top

Due to the flowers being very tiny, they are all attached using Glue Dots.

The finishing touches are the Pearls in the centre of the flowers. These are added using the Take Your Pick tool.

Spring Blooms Card & Cuppa Project. Designed and Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us for future Card & Cuppa or Papercrafting Classes. Visit my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


To order any of the supplies used, click on the product images below to go to my online store.

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Falling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetHappy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Stamp SetBloom By Bloom Photopolymer BundleLeaf PunchDetailed Trio PunchPretty Label PunchSprig PunchSoft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' PadSoft Sea Foam A4 CardstockPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadPetal Pink A4 CardstockRich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' PadRich Razzleberry A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz A4 CardstockMossy Meadow A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockPearl Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – All about sponges

Instead of working with a particular stamp set at last week’s Card & Cuppa classes, I chose to focus on a set of tools instead. The tools were sponges.

Card & Cuppa project using sponges. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The background uses one of the Decorative Masks and a Sponge Brayer to apply the colours. Here it’s Lovely Lipstick with Cajun Craze over the top. With the Sponge Brayer, there is a more even coverage of colour over a larger area.

Sponge Daubers and So Saffron are used to colour the stamped flower from the Falling Flowers Stamp Set. This combination is again used to soften the brick work by applying the colour in selected areas. Daubers are great for topical and more accurate application of colour in smaller areas.

Card & Cuppa project using sponges. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the leaves, the Stamping Sponges cut into sections have given us the variegated look.

By colouring a piece of cardstock with the sponges in Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green, it creates something rather messy. However, by selecting pieces of the section for the leaves, you can see they turn out really beautifully.

Stamping Sponges are more for random pieces as the colour can’t be controlled as much as Sponge Daubers and Brayers.

A strip of the fabulous Metallic-Edge Ribbon across the centre co-ordinates beautifully with the Gold Faceted Gem for a finishing touch of bling.

Card & Cuppa project using sponges. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Why not join us for next week’s Card & Cuppa session? Book your place online.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Falling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSo Saffron Classic Stampin' PadSo Saffron A4 CardstockCalypso Coral Classic Stampin' PadCalypso Coral A4 CardstockLovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' PadCajun Craze Classic Stampin' PadGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadLemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' PadGold Faceted GemsGold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge RibbonPattern Party Decorative MasksSponge BrayersSponge DaubersStamping SpongesLeaf PunchVery Vanilla C6 EnvelopesSnail AdhesiveTear & Tape Adhesive

Last week’s Card & Cuppa – Purple Falling Flowers

At last week’s Card & Cuppa I decided to use products from the Annual Catalogue and reached for Falling Flowers.

Falling Flowers from Stampin' Up with HIPPOFROG Designs

This card is similar to this one I made, it’s my interpretation of the picture on Page 143 of the AC.

I chose Fresh Fig, Perfect Plum and Sweet Sugarplum to stamp the images from the Falling Flowers Stamp Set.  I love using different shades of a colour and the purples give this project a classy feel.

The items to ‘grunge’ up the project are the ‘splats’ from Swirly Bird and Sponge Daubers with Rich Razzleberry ink.

By stamping the flower image twice and cutting it out, it gives it more detail and definition.  There are also additional splats on the rear flower.  Using a Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the centre of the flower and then pulling the ink with a Blender Pen gives it a darker look.

Both the Starburst Punch and Leaf Punch create various shapes for our flower to sit on.  Can you see the splats and daubering on the leaves?  We also added definition by using a paper folder to crease the centre of the leaves.

A strip of Fresh Fig ribbon wraps around the project with a length of Baker’s Twine in a bow on top of it.  The ends are frayed to keep the grunge look.

Small flowers from the Tree Builder Punch and Pearls add a pretty finishing touch.

Unfortunately, Thursday’s Card & Cuppa had to be cancelled due to the snow, but there are plenty more opportunities to attend a session.  Make sure you 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.

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Falling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetSwirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockPerfect Plum A4 CardstockPerfect Plum Classic Stampin' PadSweet Sugarplum A4 CardstockSweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' PadFresh Fig A4 CardstockFresh Fig Classic Stampin' PadFresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven RibbonRich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' PadSponge DaubersVery Vanilla Solid Baker's TwinePearl Basic JewelsStarburst PunchTree Builder PunchLeaf PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsTear & Tape AdhesiveMini Glue Dots

Shades of Blue

When I first saw the project on Page 143 of the Annual Catalogue I knew I wanted make my own version.

I had the perfect ocassion last week as it was my Mum’s Birthday.

Stampin' Up with HIPPOFROG Designs - Falling Flowers

For the colours I decided not to use the neutral palette, I opted for shades of blue instead. Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Pool Party combined with Very Vanilla are my chosen shades.

The main design uses the Falling Flowers Stamp Set and the matching May Flowers Framelits. I’ve used the Touches of Texture Stamp Set in the background.

There are lots of layers in this card fixed using Dimensionals and these create the depth.

Sponge Daubering the edges, a piece of pretty doily, strip of Island Indigo Ombre Ribbon, Pearls and Wink of Stella are the finishing touches.

I’m pleased to say that Mum loved her card 🙂

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Falling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetMay Flowers Framelits DiesTouches Of Texture Clear-Mount Stamp SetVery Vanilla A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadIsland Indigo A4 CardstockIsland Indigo Classic Stampin' PadPool Party A4 CardstockPool Party Classic Stampin' PadRhinestone Basic JewelsIsland Indigo 1/4" Ombre RibbonSponge DaubersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushMultipurpose Liquid GlueStampin' Dimensionals

May Flowers for an April Birthday

A friend (and Stampin’ Up! fan) celebrated their Birthday last week, so I obviously made them a card.

Although their Birthday was in April, I chose the May Flowers Framelits Dies to create this project.

Falling Flowers Stampin' Up! UK

I began by creating a wall using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  To achieve this  look, I gently rubbed the folder with a Sahara Sand ink pad before running it through the Big Shot.

My friend loves Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler so these are the main colours I chose to use.  To add a splash of colour I added a 1/2″circle of Daffodil Delight in the centre of the die-cut flowers.

I decided against adding a sentiment as I didn’t want to clutter the blank section of wall.  To add more detail I’ve used loops of Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower and Wink of Stella on the petals.

If you’re a fan of the current Catalogue bundles, make sure you take advantage of them before 31st May.  Current bundled items that aren’t retiring won’t be bundled in the new catalogue.

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.

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Falling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetMay Flowers Framelits DiesBrick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing FolderWhisper White A4 CardstockCherry Cobbler A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadSahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad1/2Gold Metallic ThreadClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushMultipurpose Liquid GlueStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Punch Art card for Easter or Spring

I hope you’re enjoying the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

At last week’s Card & Cuppa classes, we made this bright punch art card for Easter or Spring.

Falling Flowers Daffodil Punch Art Stampin' Up!

I’d seen other punch art daffodils on Pinterest but they were made with 5 petal punches.  As daffodils have 6 petals these versions were bothering me, so I had to find a 6 petal flower instead.

In my Annual Catalogue I found the pointed petal flower in the fabulous Falling Flowers Stamp Set which has 6 petals.  The trumpet is from the Blossom Builder Punch.

Of course, using Daffodil Delight ink onto Daffodil Delight card is a must for making daffodils.  The attendees had the choice of making white, yellow, or a combination, plus a choice of trumpet colours too. We cut out the flowers by hand, but you could use the matching May Flower Framelits if you prefer.

The jar from the Jar of Love Stamp Set and retiring Cucumber Crush Thick Baker’s Twine to coordinate with the stems add the finishing touches.

Here is a better view of the trumpets.

Falling Flowers Daffodil Punch Art Stampin' Up!

Due to the Bank Holidays and other commitments, Card & Cuppa classes are on a different schedule for the next few weeks.  Monday classes will return on Monday 8th May.  Thursday classes will run on 20th April and then 4th May.

Please make sure you have booked your place by 18:00 the night 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.

Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetFalling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetMay Flowers Framelits DiesBlossom Builder PunchBasic Gray Archival Stampin’ PadDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadCucumber Crush A4 CardstockCucumber Crush Classic Stampin' PadCrushed Curry A4 CardstockPumpkin Pie A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockCucumber Crush Thick Baker's TwineSnail AdhesiveMultipurpose Liquid GlueStampin' Dimensionals

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