Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – A Cascade of Purple Pierced Blooms

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the attendees created a pretty cascade of purple pierced blooms.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour scheme was the ‘can’t go wrong’ combination of Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. These were combined with Very Vanilla.

For the background, the Stitched Greenery Die made another appearance. It is a really useful die.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, it was the turn of the flowers to turn into that cascade of purple.

Most flowers had a touch of Wink of Stella added to them for a bit of sparkle.

I chose to use the Biggest Wish Stamp Set for my sentiment. This was raised up on Dimensionals, with the bow stuck to the corner using a Glue Dot.

Purple Pierced Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some Pastel Pearls in coordinating colours were added to the center of some of the smaller flowers.

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PIERCED BLOOMS DIESSTITCHED GREENERY DIEBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)FRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKPASTEL PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish

This Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish Stamp Set project is a remake of this previous project.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the opposite stamps, with the script and block text swapped around.

As with the previous project, it can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For this version, I have kept the monochrome design but used Gorgeous Grape.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using my Stamparatus and the hinge-step technique, the ‘happy’ forms a line with alternating first and second generation stamping.

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of coordinating Gorgeous Grape ribbon creates a line between the ‘happy’ and ‘birthday’ greetings

Gorgeous Grape Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, Pastel Pearls in Gorgeous Grape bookend the ‘birthday’ sentiment.

I love the fabulous stamps in this set as they do a lot of the work for you.

Don’t forget the January-June Mini Catalogue leaves us tomorrow. Make sure you don’t miss out on any retiring items.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)GORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE 3/8"(1 CM) SHEER RIBBONPASTEL PEARLSSTAMPARATUSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing a tip on deciding how to use Basic White or Very Vanilla.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video about how to decide.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Along with Basic White or Very Vanilla, the design uses Highland Heather, Mint Macaron and Old Olive.

Here is the Very Vanilla version.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This flower is from the Art Gallery Stamp Set, cut out with the Floral Gallery Dies.

Don’t forget that these are available as a discounted Bundle until the end of June as the Bundle is on the January-June Retiring List. From July, if you wanted both items, they will be full price in the Annual Catalogue.

Poppy Moments and the Painted Labels Dies provide my background stamping and the frame the flower sits on.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A swoosh of coordinating ribbon and the centre of the flowers coloured with Wink of Stella, add a touch of sparkle.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, some Pastel Pearls, also in Highland Heather, finsih off the design.

Which version do you prefer?

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Basic White or Very Vanilla. 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.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETFLORAL GALLERY DIESPAINTED POPPIES CLING STAMP SETPAINTED LABELS DIESBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKMINT MACARON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER 1/2" (1.3 CM) GROSGRAIN RIBBONPASTEL PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+ REFILL

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

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, the design used the new Iconic Dies from the Annual Catalogue.

This project was quite busy and had a lot of fussy cutting. I think the attendees will be speaking to me again next week!

Iconic Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Sticking with my not using pink for a while theme, my colour combination had a purple feel with Highland Heather and Blackberry Bliss. The leaves are Soft Sea Foam and Shaded Spruce. Obviously Bumblebee and Basic Black create the bee.

Iconic Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A background using one of the Square Vellum Doilies is stuck down. Carefully placing adhesive where it won’t be seen later, under the flowers.

The dies give quite intricate shapes, so the more solid flower shapes are made by drawing round the outline and cutting out by hand. These pieces are then stuck together.

Coordinating Highland Heather Grosgrain Ribbon is attached, along with a sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set. This is stamped in Gorgeous Grape, another purple.

Wink of Stella is used on the centre of the flowers and all over the smaller flowers, plus on the bee wings.

All the leaves and flowers are stuck down. Some with Glue Dots, others with Dimensionals to raise them up.

For the bee, a piece of a Daisy Punch shape in Basic Black is stuck behind to create the stripes. I’ve then used a Stampin’ Write Marker in Basic Black to colour the legs and antennae. It is then stuck down using Dimensionals.Iconic Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsFinally, some coordinating Pastel Pearls are dotted around the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ICONIC DIESSQUARE VELLUM DOILIESBLOSSOMS IN BLOOM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBLACKBERRY BLISS A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKSHADED SPRUCE A4 CARDSTOCKSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBUMBLEBEE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC BLACK STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERHIGHLAND HEATHER 1/2" (1.3 CM) GROSGRAIN RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHPASTEL PEARLSDAISY PUNCHSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEGLUE DOTSMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

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.

If you’d like to take the opportunity to join my team for just £99, then take a look at my FAQ or get in touch for a no-obligation chat.

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QUITE CURVY BUNDLE (ENGLISH)FOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)GORGEOUS GRAPE A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS HIGHLAND HEATHER COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS OLD OLIVE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SO SAFFRON COMBO PACKPASTEL PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Double Oval Punch

For last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project, I again took inspiration from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time it was the project on Page 65 that caught my eye.

My version is in Highland Heather and Very Vanilla.

The ovals are cut using the new Double Oval Punch. I love that we have a fabulous two-in-one oval punch.

Each scallop oval is positioned, with any overhang cut from the side. For the smooth edge ovals, these are embossed using the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder before being stuck onto some of the scallop ovals. Once again, the overhang is cut away.  Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the Lovely You Stamp Set, the sentiment is in Gray Granite, with a few Highland Heather flowers too.

A length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon is stuck on top of the scallop oval, before the sentiment oval is raised above it using Dimensionals.

Finally, some Pastel Pearls in co-ordinating Highland Heather are dotted around the card for a finishing touch.

Double Oval Punch. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like how versatile this project is. It can be made in any colour, with the sentiment changed as needed. Simply make a few to have on standby, then add the relevant sentiment when it’s time to send.

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DOUBLE OVAL PUNCHLOVELY YOU CLING STAMP SET (EN)HIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) SHIMMER RIBBONORNATE FLORAL 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERPASTEL PEARLSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Comfort & Hope and Butterflies

Now this card has arrived, I can share it with you.

Comfort & Hope and Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s the Stamp Set Comfort & Hope and butterflies from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set.

As the recipient loves butterflies, Pool Party and purple, these were my inspiration.

The colour combination is Pool Party, Highland Heather and Crumb Cake, with Very Vanilla.

First, I made a background using images from the Comfort & Hope Stamp Set.

Next, it was the butterflies. These were stamped and then punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch. I find it easier to stamp the bodies once they have been cut out as it helps to line them up.

Each one was then given a light coating of Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.Comfort & Hope and Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Pastel Pearls in co-ordinating Highland Heather add the finishing touch. I’m really loving these pearls from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Comfort & Hope and Butterflies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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COMFORT & HOPE CLING STAMP SET (EN)BUTTERFLY GALA PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETBUTTERFLY DUET PUNCHPOOL PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADHIGHLAND HEATHER A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKPASTEL PEARLSSTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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.

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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