BYO Stamps – Pretty Trio using Lovely You

The second project from my recent BYO Stamps ZOOM Class was this pretty trio.

Pretty Trio. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once again Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron provide the basecard and layer, with Mint Macron stamping for the leaves. The leaves are stamped multiple times and just off the edge to give some extra interest.

My additional colour for this project and the centre flower is Magenta Madness from the new In Color collection.

I used Stampin’ Write Markers to ink up the centre stamp to make it easier for me to use two colours on the one image.

Pretty Trio. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of Mint Macaron cardstock sits behind the circles to give them a background.

With a length of Metallic-Edge Ribbon in Whisper White in the bottom third, a flat bow was added as a finishing touch.

Pretty Trio. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s amazing how quickly a project like this comes together. You can swap things around and make the project portrait with the pretty trio down or across the page. Extra bling using Wink of Stella or embellishments could make a fabulous project for a sparkle fan. Why not use a different stamp set or add a sentiment of your choice?

Don’t forget if you want to join us for future classes that bookings close 2 weeks beforehand to allow for preparation and posting of the class kits. Head to my Class Timetable for full details and booking deadlines.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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LOVELY YOU CLING STAMP SET (EN)MINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCK2020–2022 IN COLOR STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSSUBTLES STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERSSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE A4 CARDSTOCK1 1/2" (3.8 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHSILVER 3/8" (1 CM) METALLIC EDGE RIBBONSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Painted Poppies Bundle

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, we used more NEW products from the Mini Catalogue, the Painted Poppies Bundle.

This Bundle contains the Painted Poppies Stamp Set and the Painted Labels Dies. What is even more fabulous is that by purchasing this Bundle, you can also receive a FREE SAB item.

Painted Poppies Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination started with Poppy Parade, along with Old Olive and Basic Gray. These were used with with Very Vanilla to create a softer look than Whisper White.

The background texture was stamped off first to continue the softer theme. Stampin’ Write Markers were used to ink up the stamp for a subtle watercolour-esque image. A Blender Pen was then used to pull the ink to colour the poppies.

If you don’t want to use markers from multiple colour families, then try and stick with one, such as Brights or Regals.

Painted Poppies Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the image had been stamped, the dies were used to cut out the pretty frame and the edge piece.

Some stamping on the background of the card in Old Olive (stamped off first) helped to pull everything together.

Pearls were then added for a finishing touch.

Painted Poppies Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project will look fabulous in other colours too, maybe pinks and purples or oranges and yellows.

If you’d like to create more projects using this Bundle, then book a place on my Painted Poppies evening Class. Booking closes on Wednesday 5th February. Visit my Class Timetable for details of all my classes.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Special Christmas Cards: Snowman Season Bundle

As well as my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, I also run a Special Christmas Cards Class. The attendees make three Christmas Cards and envelopes that are for those special people in their life. These are the cards you give by hand.

One of these is a card suitable for children (or big kids!) and it’s this cute hanging card.

Snowman Season Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I knew it had to be snowmen, so the Snowman Season Bundle was the perfect choice.

As I’d pre-made the hanging sections by using pieces of Coastal Cabana Cardstock joined together using the Circle Tab Punch, the attendees could have fun creating their snowmen for each section.

Snowman Season Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The punched snowmen were stamped in Smoky Slate, with Soft Suede arms. All the other stamping was in Blueberry Bushel. Stampin’ Write Markers in a variety of colours were used to colour the hats and carrot noses.

Snowman Season Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A ‘Let it Snow’ snowball used the 1 3/8″ Scallop Circle with the a Circle Punch layer.

An extra stamped piece is added to the front for when the hanging is closed. It’s then finished off with a length of ribbon to allow it to hang.

I realise that I haven’t taken a picture of what it looks like closed. I’ll try to do that and add it here.

An envelope made from the matching Let it Snow DSP was the finishing touch.

I really like this project as it’s something different. It can be hung from a door handle, message board or window. You could even add extra sections to make it longer.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Year-End Closeout to see if the items from this fabulous bundle are staying with us.

Check back for more Special Christmas Card projects.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Celebrate with Seasonal Layers

If you’re looking for a card that is really versatile, then this design is perfect. At my recent Stamp-a-Stack class we chose to celebrate with Seasonal Layer.

Celebrate with Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

We used Grapefruit Grove and Pear Pizzazz here, but you could use any combination.

Background stamping using the Gallery Grunge Stamp Set removes some of the white space, drawing the eye to the leaves and flowers.

These leaves and flowers are cut using the Seasonal Layers Dies. The Take Your Pick Tool and Die Brush Tip were useful for removing the bits.

A layer of Wink of Stella has been added to the flowers for a touch of sparkle.

Celebrate with Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

‘Celebrate’ is from the Vibrant Vases Stamp Set and we’ve used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the part of the sentiment we require.

If you have an image you only want to use a part of, then Stampin’ Write Markers are a great way of achieving this.

It’s then cut out using the fabulous Stitched Shapes Dies. These create a pretty edge.

Celebrate with Seasonal Layers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With an strip of cardstock across the centre, the leaves, flowers and sentiment are all then assembled.

The options are endless with this design. Which colours and occasion would you choose?

If you want to join us for a future class, head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Daisy Lane

Last week’s Card & Cuppa was all about the new Daisy Lane bundle from the Annual Catalogue.

Daisy Lane Bundle Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This fabulous stamp set co-ordinates with a new Medium Daisy Punch as well as being compatible with the previous Daisy Punch.

The colour combination is a bright mix of 2018-2020 In Colors with Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch, with Smoky Slate as the accent colour.

A background is created using the pretty daisy image stamped all over the background piece of Whisper White.

Daisy Lane Bundle Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using Smoky Slate, the daisy heads are stamped and punched before being coloured using a Stampin’ Write Marker.

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and cut out using the Scallop Punches.

Several strips of the In Color Ribbon are added before the sentiment and daisy heads are attached using Dimensionals.

Daisy Lane Bundle Card & Cuppa project. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’d like to make more projects using this bundle, then book a place on my Daisy Lane Papercrafting Class. You can join us for Card & Cuppa Classes too.

Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Hoppy Birthday

I couldn’t not use my current favourite SAB stamp set to create this fun ‘Hoppy Birthday’ card.

Hoppy Birthday using SAB So Hoppy Together from Stampin' Up!. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White come together to create this green project. Stampin’ Blends are my colouring product of choice for the frog and flying bug (not sure if it’s a dragonfly or butterfly!)

Tone-on-tone stamping creates the background, and a strip of Lemon Lime Twist, stamped with those cute little flies, creates a ribbon-like effect across the card.

Hoppy Birthday using SAB So Hoppy Together from Stampin' Up!. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is a combination of the sentiment from the So Hoppy Stamp Set, using a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink only the required text of ‘Hoppy’. The ‘Birthday’ is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set.

With the Scallop Punches creating the layers, the three circles are attached to complete the card.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa session. There are three chances to attend across the week. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Inspired by Wimbledon

Every year at Card & Cuppa, I design a project inspired by Wimbledon Tennis Tournament colours.

Here is this year’s Purple, Green and Yellow card.

Project inspired by Wimbledon. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card uses the same bundle we used last week – Pop of Petals with the Four-Petal Punch. Touches of Texture is where the flowers and ‘splats’ come from.

The leaves are Granny Apple Green with Gorgeous Grape flowers. The background stamp is in Pineapple Punch.

A crucial part was stamping the butterflies 7 times using Memento Ink, 3 on the card and 4 onto a strip on Pineapple Punch cardstock.

To add more depth to the butterflies, parts are coloured with the matching Stampin’ Write Marker. On one of the butterflies, the colouring is covered with Wink of Stella before punching.

Project inspired by Wimbledon. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

3 of the butterflies are then stuck over the background butterflies. The final butterfly is then added with a Dimensional to look like it is flying off the card.

Project inspired by Wimbledon. Designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

A great summery sentiment free card that is suitable for a lot of different occasions.

Why not join us at a future Card & Cuppa session by booking your place here. Don’t forget about the special Card & Cuppa for Children sessions I’m running during the school holidays too.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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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

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Coffee Cafe

We had fun at last week’s Card & Cuppa session making this highly appropriate card.

Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

It uses the brand new Coffee Cafe Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue.

Aren’t the coffee cups and lids cute?

The coffee bean background is first stamped in Soft Suede onto Crumb Cake cardstock.

We then stamped the coffee cups and lids in Early Espresso of course!  The sentiment is stamped in two colours by inking up first in Pear Pizzazz and then colouring the word ‘coffee’ with an Early Espresso marker.

There is a matching set of framelits available to cut out the shapes.  However, as I don’t use the Big Shot at Card & Cuppa sessions, they had to be hand cut instead.

Two new ribbons are wrapped around project, the soft classic weave and a bow from the sheer ribbon. My husband suggested placing the White ribbon at the top of the Crumb Cake piece as it looked like a latte!

I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but would quite happily send this card to a friend.  I’d indulge in a hot chocolate instead while they were enjoying their coffee.

This weeks sees the start of a brand new Card & Cuppa session, we now have 3 sessions and venues each week.  Click here for more details and here to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Saying Goodbye – Hostess Sets

I’m sure I’m not going to be the only one who is going to miss the Love You Lots Hostess Set when it retires.

This set has been so much fun to use and obviously I adored the frog image in it!

However, I found the hedgehog image really great to use too.  Here’s another card from the Spring Card Crafting Extravaganza Class using this set.

Love you Lots from Stampin' Up!

I’ve loved using Blender Pens to colour the hedgehogs by pulling the ink from the stamped image.  Stampin’ Write Markers have been great for colouring the flower too.  You can make lots of these in a short space of time and even add a relevant sentiment when you need to use it.

This card is a Notecard Base and it works beautifully with the co-ordinating cardstock and Baker’s Twine.

The sentiment is from Hopeful Thoughts and we punched out part of the phrase. It’s a cute card that would brighten your day if you were feeling under the weather.

Here is another project from my archives, a CASE of the catalogue using the fabulous frog.

Love you Lots from Stampin' Up!

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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