Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Tropical Layers Dies

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project I chose to use the Tropical Layers Dies from the new January-June Mini Catalogue.

Tropical Layers Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really enjoy using leaf punches and dies, so this new set of dies is perfect.

The design takes inspiration from page 76 of the Mini Catalogue.

Rather than using many greens, I chose to use Fresh Freesia, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Very Vanilla for my colour combination.

Tropical Layers Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Each of the large leaves are layered to create some depth.

The sentiment, from the coordinating Artfully Layered Stamp Set is then added. It is stuck onto another shape from the Tropical Layers Dies.

A length of In Color ribbon sits behind.

Next, the smaller leaves are dotted into the gaps at the side. I found using the putty end of my Take Your Pick Tool was perfect for picking these fiddly little pieces up to position them in place onto a little dot of Multipurpose Glue.

Finally, some of the new Polished Dots are added.

Tropical Layers Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Team Congratulations in Purple

Another part of my job I love is congratulating members of my team when they reach milestones within their business. This card is for a recent promotion.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape and Basic White, a favourite combination.

The Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set provides the images. These have a darker outline and paler inners.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A pair of tags cut using the Tailor Made Tags Dies provide the perfect place for the sentiment, also from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.

Some Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon is looped through the holes.

Then, the tags are raised up on Dimensionals.

Wink of Stella is used in the centre of the flowers to add a little touch of sparkle.

Team Congratulations in Purple. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating In Color Jewels are added for some extra bling.

I really like this design as it’s simple, yet stylish at the same time. It’s a great project to recreate in lots of different colours, and for any occasion.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FREE Textures & Frames Stamp Set

As you know, I love a stamp set with lots of different abstract shapes and designs.

Textures & Frames. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This fabulous new Textures & Frames Stamp Set just had to jump into my shopping basket as one of my FREE Sale-a-Bration (SAB) items.

SAB started yesterday and runs until the end of September. There is a FREE SAB item for every £45 spend. Plus FREE items for joining my team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator during SAB too.

My colours of Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Night of Navy, with Basic White are a great neutral combination.

Each image was stamped randomly over the page, some in first and some in second generation stamping. Only the central shape was stamped with a position in mind.

Textures & Frames. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, I used the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set and cut the edges to mirror the angles of the box.

Just a small swoosh of Basic White Twine from the Essentials Pack sits behind it.

Textures & Frames. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A few Mini Dimensionals raise the sentiment up to make it stand out.

This would be a great project for batch production. You could stamp a whole sheet with the random pattern and then just cut it into pieces for the cards.

Why not make a few with different sentiments and give them as a gift?

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Introduction to In Color Class – Polished Pink

The 5th project from my recent Introduction to In Color Class is for Polished Pink.

Introduction to In Color Class - Polished Pink. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is my first pink project for about a month!

Here I’ve teamed it with another pink Blushing Bride, and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.

As there is no access to shared stamps at my Online Classes, the bottom section is created using punched shapes instead.

All of the flowers and leaves are cut using the Flowers & Leaves Punch.

Introduction to In Color Class - Polished Pink. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the bottom section has been created, the coordinating ribbon sits across the project to conceal the dividing line.

A sentiment from the Prince & Princess Stamp Set is stamped in Basic Gray.

Then, the focal flower is made by layering the flowers and leaves together. The smaller Blushing Bride pieces are given a coat of Wink of Stella.

Finally, some In Color gems are added to the centre of the flower.

Introduction to In Color Class - Polished Pink. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back tomorrow for the final project from the class. The project will be part of my Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques series too.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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First Inking of Expressions In Ink Suite Collection

My Annual Catalogue order that arrived the other day contained the Expressions In Ink Suite Collection.

It’s a beautiful collection that includes the Artistically Inked Stamp Set, Artistic Dies, Expressions in Ink 12×12 Specialty DSP and Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack. All for £70.

Expressions In Ink Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is my first time using the collection and it doesn’t disappoint.

My project starts with using a piece of the DSP for the background. Some of the sheets have gold foiling on them and they are simply stunning.

Then, using the stamp set and co-ordinating dies, the flowers and sentiment are stamped.

I’ve used Just Jade, one of the colours in the DSP and combined it with Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.

The images in this stamp set are stunning, as you would expect from a DISTINKTIVE stamp set.

Expressions In Ink Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the pre-cut gold elements from the Ephemera Pack, extra leaves are popped behind the smaller Mango Melody flowers. These co-ordinate with the gold in the DSP.

The larger Daffodil Delight flower is then raised up on Dimensionals with the sentiment stamped and placed on top.

Finally, the adhesive-backed sequins, also from the Ephemera Pack are dotted in the middle of the large flower, with a few more on the DSP.

Expressions In Ink Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to make more projects with this Suite Collection as I haven’t even scratched the surface.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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A Birthday Biggest Wish

Yesterday, my Annual Catalogue order arrived and in the big box were a few new items.

This Birthday card uses some of these new products.

Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is three of the new In Colors of Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya and Polished Pink. They work really well together with Basic White.

I’ve used one of my stripe pattern designs to create the background. These stripe patterns are really great for using up any offcuts or for being economical with your cardstock!

The mixed In Color Cardstock pack is another great way of being more frugal with cardstock. They include a few sheets of each of the 5 colors, instead of having to purchase multiple packs.

Then, using the new Layering Diorama Dies I have cut the fabulous curvy shape.

Another new item, the Biggest Wish Stamp Set gave me the two words for the sentiment. I really like this Stamp Set as the sentiment can do a lot of the hard work for you, especially if you need a quick and easy card.

Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Loose Flower Flourishes in the same In Colors are added. These don’t have any adhesive on the back, so you can attach them however you like. I chose to use Glue Dots.Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finished project reminds me of a dessert. Perhaps I’m just hungry!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Vintage Style Quiet Meadow

When I was flicking through my new Annual Catalogue to make my pre-order list, several products jumped out at me.

One of these was the gorgeous Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies).

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I had, and still have, so many project ideas for this bundle running round my head that I couldn’t wait to use it when it arrived.

The first project I made was this vintage style card in more sepia tones.

It uses Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Soft Suede for the cardstock and stamping.

The background has Sponge Dauber inking to soften the edges.

Using Watercolor Pencils, the flower was coloured in Early Espresso and Whisper White.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two cute tags were cut using the dies with the Crumb Cake stamped and coloured.

Lengths of Scalloped Lace Trim, Faux Suede Trim and Crumb Cake from the new Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack add a pretty finishing touch.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this is the first of a handful of projects I made using this Bundle, more will follow.

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This Stamp Set is a strong contender for a future Stamp Set of the Month Class. Watch this space for more details. Head to my Class Timetable for details of my online classes.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Welcoming a New Team Member

Earlier this month, a Stampin’ Up! fan joined my team of Lily Pad Stampers .

Here is the card I sent to welcome them.

Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Quite Curvy Stamp Set, with the matching Dies, from the January-June Mini Catalogue, allowed me to add a few of their favourite things on the card.

My colour combination for the cardstock is Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and White.

I’ve used Whisper White in my project, which has now been replaced with Basic White. See this post for full details while I work through my supply.

Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A background using an image from the Forever Fern Stamp Set adds a pretty splatter effect. The sentiment in the corner is a great welcome message as they start their Stampin’ Up! journey.

After stamping the leaves and birds in Basic Gray, using the dies to cut them out, it was onto colouring. Stampin’ Blends in Old Olive, So Saffron, Petal Pink and Highland Heather to create a soft look.

As the recipient is also a big fan of Wink of Stella, the birds were given a touch of sparkle.

The pieces are then stuck to the card, with the birds raised up on Dimensionals.Welcoming a New Team Member. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs I then added some Pastel Pearls, again in Highland Heather to finish the card.

I know the new team member is going to enjoy purchasing their products (especially Wink of Stella) at a discounted price. Plus, as they have joined now, they have just been able to view the brand new Catalogue that is launching in May.

With the new Catalogue launching soon, some current products are retiring. Take a look at the Retiring List and be sure to get your hands on your favourite products before they leave us.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Team Member Congratulations

Last month a Team Member celebrated a year as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Of course, this was a perfect opportunity to make and send a card.

Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of pink, I chose a Magenta Madness and Blushing Bride combo.

The stamping is from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set, with the butterfly cut using the co-ordinating Nature’s Thoughts Dies.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I used a touch of Wink of Stella on the focal butterfly.

For the sentiment, this is from the Many Mates Stamp Set. It’s cut using a Circle Punch and layered onto a Timeless Label Punch shape.

These are both then raised on Dimensionals above a loop of the matching Magenta Madness Ribbon.Team Member Congratulations. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a few Rhinestones are dotted around for some extra bling.

Sending Team Member Congratulations is one of the many things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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New Catalogue Happy Mail

Each time I send out a catalogue, I include a card. This is my new catalogue happy mail.

These cards can be kept, or the recipient of the catalogue can use them to send to someone else.

New Catalogue Happy Mail using Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made two versions of this card, portrait and landscape as I couldn’t decide which one I preferred!

My Catalogue Happy Mail cards always contains products from the new publications so the recipients can see the products up close.

New Catalogue Happy Mail using Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
New Catalogue Happy Mail using Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is fabulous FREE Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set and I’ve used various shades of pink and green. My combo is Rococo Rose with Petal Pink and Old Olive with Pear Pizzazz.

I can’t help but love this Stamp Set really as my team is the Lily Pad Stampers, so I like to think that Stampin’ Up! designed it with me in mind!

Being a Reversible Stamp Set, you have twice as many images. A detailed outline on one side and a block of colour on the other.

To make the process of creating these even quicker, I randomly stamped whole sheets of Whisper White cards and then cut them up to create the pretty backgrounds.

New Catalogue Happy Mail using Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
New Catalogue Happy Mail using Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Label Me Bold, a new Stamp Set from the Mini Catalogue is used for the sentiment.

Two more new products from the Mini Catalogue, the fabulous Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and the Label Me Fancy Punch sit behind the sentiment.

New Catalogue Happy Mail using Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs
New Catalogue Happy Mail using Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Do you prefer the landscape or portrait version?

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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