Class: Card & Cuppa for Children – Summer 2024

Card & Cuppa for Children sessions are back for summer 2024!

These 90 minute classes are based on our weekly Card & Cuppa sessions run for adults, but are created especially for children aged 4+ (accompanied by a responsible adult).

The sessions are designed for the children to create, learn and have fun.


  • Tuesday (weekly during summer holidays)
    30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August 2024
  • 14:15-15:45 these dates and times are to fit in with the requirements from the cafe (after the lunchtime rush and before the cafe closes at 4pm)
  • Lilly Cafe, Whitehouse, MK our weekly adult Card & Cuppa venue
  • £8 for ONE pre-booked child accompanied by a responsible adult
    +£4.50 for an addtional child
    maximum of ONE additional pre-booked child per adult is permitted
    (for one adult bringing 2 children, the class would cost £12.50)
  • Pre-booking required numbers are capped
  • Booking closes 96 hours in advance 14:15 on the Friday before each class
  • Children aged 4+ accompanied by a responsible adult.

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The card for each week will be pre-designed by Karen and the children will recreate the design during the class using the products and tuition provided.

There are some FAQs at the bottom of the page. Please read these BEFORE booking.

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The class fee includes:

  • All the items each child needs to create the card during the class
  • As much or as little tuition as the child requires
    This is a class for children aged 4+ and Karen provides the relevant tuition. However, please note that each adult is responsible for the child/children they accompany and will be required to assist them as needed.
  • A cuppa from the cafe (exclusions apply) for the adult
  • A squash/water from the cafe for each child.

Payment will be required on arrival. Bank transfer or cash.

This is a face-to-face children aged 4+. All abilities welcome.

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have COVID symptoms.

Book your place by 96 hours in advance. Booking closes at 14:15 on the Friday before the Class. Please read the FAQ below BEFORE booking.
Due to the nature of the class, numbers are capped, so don’t leave it too late to book your place.
If places are full, please book onto the Waiting List and you will be contacted if places become available. For the purposes of the booking system, you will find the waiting list on 27th August @14:00.


FAQs

    • What is Card & Cuppa for Children?
      – It’s a 90 minute class for children aged 4+ based on my regular Card & Cuppa Class for adults, and is held at a local cafe.
      – Karen from HIPPOFROG Designs has been running Card & Cuppa for Children classes in various cafes across Milton Keynes since 2017 and also over ZOOM during lockdown
      – Attendees make a greetings card (the ‘Card’ part) using the instruction given.
      – All the items needed to make the card are provided.
      – During the class, the attendees also have a drink from the cafe (the ‘Cuppa’ part) – one for the adult and one for the child
      – Each week the card is different and the designs use techniques such as stamping images, punching shapes and colouring etc.

    • Where is Lilly Cafe?
      – Lilly Cafe is located at the back of Whitehouse Surgery on the new Whitehouse estate in Milton Keynes.
      – The postcode is MK8 1EQ. Their website is https://lillycafe.com/
      – You can access the estate from the V3, V4 and H4.
      – There is plenty of parking, including disabled parking. The main Surgery car park has a one way system. There is also limited parking outside of the cafe too.
      – As it is around the back of the surgery (next to the Chemist), there is a walk from the car park.
      – On days when the Surgery is open, you can cut through to the back of the building.


    • Why do I have to pre-book?
      – Due to nature of the class and to ensure everyone is able to create, learn and have fun, numbers are capped.
      – There needs to be enough kits available for everyone.
      – Kits are put together for the number attending, so booking closes at 14:15 the Friday before the class (96 hours in advance).
      – The cafe also needs to be informed in advance of expected numbers so they can set tables aside for us.

    • What confirmation/reminders will I receive?
      – When you book, you will receive an automated confirmation email from the booking system. This email also provides you with the options to make any changes to your booking.
      – Approx 96 hours before the class, you should receive a reminder message via WhatsApp. Please note, this is a manual message that Karen has to send each week.

    • Is this is only Card & Cuppa for Children session each week?
      – Yes. This is to fit in with both Karen’s time and availability at Lilly Cafe. Please note the cafe closes at 4pm, hence the 14:15-15:45 class time to avoid the lunchtime rush and closing.
      – If there is sufficient interest, other days/times during the week might be added.


    • Why has the class price increased since pre-COVID?
      – Due to the change in drinks prices since our last in person classes (approx half of the new class fee), the class fee has had to increase.
      – Plus, the cost of cardstock, embellishments etc has also increased.


    • How do I pay?
      – Payment is required on arrival.
      – Cash or bank transfer are the preferred options.


    • What do I do if I am unwell/can’t attend?
      – Obviously if you or the child/children are unwell/have COVID symptons you should not attend.
      – If it is less than 96 hours before the class and you cannot attend, please let Karen know (by text/email) as soon as you know, so the place can be offered to others on the waiting list.
      – If you know you cannot attend and it is more than 96 hours beforehand, you can change your booking yourself using the online booking system.


    • What happens if Karen is unwell/can’t attend?
      – If Karen is unable to attend due to illness, she will contact you (normally via text/WhatsApp) as far in advance as she can.


      Can anyone attend?
      – Children aged 4+ of any ability can attend the classes if they have a pre-booked space and are accompanied by a responsible adult.


    • What happens at the class?
      – Everyone arrives and takes a seat at our reserved section.
      – Payments are made and drinks orders taken.
      – The card is shown and Karen explains how to make it using the Stampin’ Up! items laid out on the table that everyone shares.
      – Everyone then makes their card and enjoys their drink.
      – Any additional tuition is provided.
      – The class has a relaxed atmosphere.
      – Although the class is 90 minutes long, some weeks the project may not take long to complete at all. You are free to leave once the project is completed, or stay and socialise. Other weeks, as the items the children use are shared, they may have to wait for a few minutes for the products to be available to them.
      – Once the project is completed, please take a picture of it. You can then share the picture in the Show off Sunday post on the HIPPOFROG Designs Facebook Page.


    • How are you keeping the children safe?
      – Karen has Enhanced DBS clearance for working with children and vulnerable adults.
      – Each adult is responsible for the child/children they are accompanying, including behavioural expectations.
      – Please remember that the cafe is a public space and as such, we cannot control who enters etc.


    • What are your expectations on behaviour?
      – These classes are designed as a space for the children to create, learn and have fun. With that in mind, it is expected that the children will listen to the instructions given, be polite to everyone and share nicely.
      – If a child is being particularly disruptive, you and they will be asked to leave.
      – For the adults, you will be expected to assist the child/children you are accompanying where needed, whilst also allowing them to explore their creativity based on the instructions and tuition given.
      Sometimes we need to remember that it is their project, not ours!


    • Will you be running Card & Cuppa for Children again later in the year?
      – If the summer classes work well, Card & Cuppa for Children may return during the October half-term holiday.


    • Can I see projects from previous Card & Cuppa for Children classes?
      – Of course! Below are some of the Card & Cuppa for Children projects we’ve made in the past.
      – Please note that during lockdown these classes changed to Card & (Your) Cuppa for Children and were held online with no sharing of stamp sets or stamped images allowed in class kits.

A Wave of Balloons. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs A Very Versatile Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs A lot of scrunching. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Bonanza Buddies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Ice Lollies. Card & Cuppa for Children project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Punch Art Lion. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Cute Creepy Crawlies Punch Art Dragon. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Ice Cream Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends Stampin' Up! Punch Art Minion Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends Stampin' Up! Playful Backgrounds

Click here to see details of our other classes.

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Stippled Roses Stamp Set

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project used the new Stippled Roses Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue.

If you’ve been around for a while, you may have heard me mention the lovely red rose bush that grows by my front door. This Stamp Set reminds me of it.

For my project, I chose to use neutrals of Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. By using this combination, the attendees could then colour their roses however they wanted.

To begin, the bottom section was masked off diagonally and the main image from the Stamp Set stamped. Then, the leaf image is used to fill in around the edges.

Next, the individual rose is then stamped and punched out using the Online Exclusives Circle Punch.

The roses were then coloured in using Watercolor Pencils with the lines softened using Blender Pens. A little touch of Wink of Stella was used on the smaller rose.

I chose to colour my roses red, to reflect those at home.

Lengths of Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack are placed along the masking line.

With the smaller rose coloured, this is mounted onto another circle, also cut using a Circle Punch from Online Exclusives range, before being stuck to the project.

Finally, a short row of Iridescent Pearls are added to the corner.

Due to the diagonal masking, this card can be used either portrait or landscape orientation. Also, as it is quite busy, I chose to leave it sentiment free which helps it to be an ‘any way’ project too.

Join me at one of my classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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STIPPLED ROSES CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)1-3/4" (4.4 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 1WATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 2BLENDER PENSBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHIRIDESCENT PEARL BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Introducing Shy Shamrock

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project introduced another new 2024-2026 In Color.

The new Shy Shamrock was paired with Lemon Lime Twist and Basic White to create this green Birthday card.

Leaves from the Painted Lavender Stamp Set were stamped around the edge. Then colour was added across the stamped leaves using a Blending Brush.

A length of coordinating In Color Bordered Ribbon was then added across the piece.

Using the Layering Leaves Stamp Set and Bough Punch, the central leaves are created. They are coloured using Stampin’ Blends.

The Simply Said Stamp Set provides the sentiment which the leaves are attached to.

Each leaf is then attached to the sentiment and then stuck to the ribbon with Tear & Tape.

Mini Dimensionals are stuck to the tips of the leaves to raise them up.

Finally, Iridescent Pearls are coloured wiht Stampin’ Blends before being stuck to the project.

The image below shows how the new Shy Shamrock compares to other current Stampin’ Up! colours.

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Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PAINTED LAVENDER PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETLAYERING LEAVES PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)BOUGH PUNCHSIMPLY SAID MIX & MATCH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SHY SHAMROCK A4 CARDSTOCKSHY SHAMROCK CLASSIC STAMPIN PADLEMON LIME TWIST A4 CARDSTOCKLEMON LIME TWIST CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSHY SHAMROCK STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKLEMON LIME TWIST STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKSHY SHAMROCK 3/" (1 CM) BORDERED RIBBONSMALL BLENDING BRUSHESIRIDESCENT PEARL BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES: July 2024 Release

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES are here. As the name suggests, these are items that are available from my ONLINE STORE and aren’t in any of the Catalogues.

This July release includes new products such as Stamp Sets, Dies, DSP, Embellishments and more. There’s no end date for the sales period, but, as always, items are available while supplies last.

Click on the picture below to head to my ONLINE EXCLUSIVES page at my 24/7 online store to see the FULL RANGE.

Don’t forget to visit our Special Offers page for more fabulous items.
Items available while stocks last.
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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – (Re)Introducing Pretty in Pink

Last week’s Card & Cuppa class continued working through the new In Colors. This time it was the turn of Pretty in Pink, a previous retired Stampin’ Up! colour that has returned as an In Color for 2024-2026.

For this grunge/vintage-style project, I combined the new colour with Moody Mauve, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

The background is stamped with images from the new Flowers of Beauty Stamp Set. This stamping is all second generation.

Next, the background is given a vintage look using Blending Brushes, Crumb Cake and Pretty in Pink ink.

For my project, I ripped the background piece and also curled a corner for a grungey look.

Using the Petal Park Builder Punch, the flower shapes were punched and then coloured on both sides using Blending Brushes. They were then scrunched to soften the fibres and the cardstock was split into two layers. Both layers were then offset and stuck back together before one layer of the centre was added.

The flowers were stuck to a punched circle that had the edge coloured. A piece of coordinating In Color Ribbon was stuck to the back of the circle before the whole piece was added to the project.

Each flower had a sequin from the Adhesive-Backed Sequins Trio Pack popped in the centre.

Finally, Pretty in Pink Shimmer Gems were dotted around the project.

As this design is quite busy, I chose to leave it sentiment free – perfect for any occasion.

If you are a fan of Pretty in Pink, here is comparison of it to other current Stampin’ Up! colours.

Join me at one of my classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FLOWERS OF BEAUTY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETPETAL PARK BUILDER PUNCH1-3/4" (4.4 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHPRETTY IN PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPRETTY IN PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN PADMOODY MAUVE A4 CARDSTOCKMOODY MAUVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESSMALL BLENDING BRUSHESPRETTY IN PINK 3/8" (1 CM) BORDERED RIBBON2024–2026 IN COLOR™ SHIMMER GEMSADHESIVE-BACKED SEQUINS TRIOMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Under The Moon

As I was still in holiday mode after a lovely week away in Cyprus, last week’s Card & Cuppa design reflected that!

It is a CASE of a project in the new Annual Catalogue.

This new Under The Moon Stamp Set is great as it does a lot of the hard work for you, so you can make a project really quickly. Plus there are some great images in the Annual Catalogue to use as inspiration too.

I chose to combine Azure Afternoon, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral for this design.

All of the images, apart from the boat, are inked up using Sponge Daubers. This gives a more subtle effect and allows you to create darker and lighter areas.

After inking up the sea image with a Sponge Dauber, I used my Grid Paper to ensure I stamped a straight horizon.

Next, the moon image is carefully inked up with both colours using the Sponge Daubers and lined up with the sea below.

The boat is then added to the side to finish the stamping of the scene.

Finally a few white sequins from adhesive-backed sequins trio are dotted across the sea to look like water droplets.

For my project, I decided to leave it sentiment free as I think it makes a great any occasion card. Alternatively, there is white space where a sentiment can easily be added as needed.

Join me at one of my classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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UNDER THE MOON PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETAZURE AFTERNOON A4 CARDSTOCKAZURE AFTERNOON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSPONGE DAUBERSADHESIVE-BACKED SEQUINS TRIOSTAMPIN' SEAL

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Introducing Petunia Pop

For last week’s Card & Cuppa class, I designed a project using another of the new 2024-2026 In Colors.

Petunia Pop was the colour I chose and I combined it with Old Olive, Petal Pink and Basic White.

All of the stamping was from the Painted Lavender Stamp Set, with pieces cut out using the matching Painted Lavender Dies.

The design is inspired by a project in the now retired previous Jan-April Mini Catalogue.

First, the stems are stamped, with the flowers stamped on top. Another set of flowers are then stamped onto a separate sheet with first and second generation stamping to provide different depths of colour.

These flowers and the additional stems are cut out using the dies and attached to the project.

Butterflies are then added in the corner.

Wink of Stella is dotted onto the flowers and butterflies as needed.

Finally, some sequins from the Adhesive-Backed Sequins Trio are added for a little touch of bling.

As this design is sentiment free, it makes it great for any occasion. You can either leave it as it is, or add a sentiment nearer the time.

If you are a fan of Petunia Pop, here is comparison of it to other current Stampin’ Up! colours.

Join me at one of my classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PAINTED LAVENDER PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETPAINTED LAVENDER DIESPETUNIA POP A4 CARDSTOCKPETUNIA POP CLASSIC STAMPIN PADPETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPETAL PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKADHESIVE-BACKED SEQUINS TRIOWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHGLUE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE