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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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Easter Punch Art

At last week’s Card & Cuppa sessions, the attendees made these cute Easter Punch Art projects.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The rabbit uses the Bunny Builder Punch, and the eggs are from the Balloon Bouquet Punch, with the ‘tie’ cut off.

To create the grass, we used a texture from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set and stamped in Pear Pizzazz. This was a combination of lots of generations of stamping, along with turning the stamp to create the effect.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The bunny and its cute tail have the edges softened using a Sponge Dauber.

My inspiration for the eggs was of course mini eggs. Each one is stamped tone on tone using a different pattern.

We have Soft Sea Foam ‘splats’ from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set, So Saffron stripes from the Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set and Jar of Love provides the Blushing Bride dots.

Easter Punch Art project using Stampin' Up! products. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

These are all mounted on the Soft Sea Foam base and So Saffron layer. Finally, the bunny is added using Dimensionals.

Card & Cuppa has a slightly amended schedule for the next month due to Bank Holidays etc. Please refer to my Class Timetable for more details and remember to book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Touches of Texture in Monochrome

I’ve been asked to make a card similar to this one, so I opted for Touches of Texture in monochrome. I really enjoy monochrome projects, so this was fun to make.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The card is in Grapefruit Grove and Whisper White, but the attendees chose their colour from the 2018-2020 In Color Collection.

After some clever folding of Grid Paper, two of the images from Touches of Texture Stamp Set create the diagonal piece at the bottom. A piece of ribbon separates the two sections.

Next, the flower from Touches of Texture is stamped twice using the chosen In Color. Colouring the centre of one of the flowers with a Stampin’ Write Marker gives a bit more depth. Then, using a Blender Pen, this pulls colour around the flower to soften it slightly.

This flower is then cut out by hand. It takes a time to cut it out as it has lots of zig-zag petals, but it’s worth it.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

A layer is cut using the Starburst Punch, this mirrors the edge of the flower. The blank flower is then added to the layer. The cut out flower is then carefully positioned on the top of the blank flower. By only using glue in the centre, it creates a more 3D effect.

Finally, a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Wink of Stella in the centre of the flower complete the design.

Touches of Texture in Monochrome. Card & Cuppa project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

While I was making this project, I made quite a few using the same diagonal design. See if you can spot them.

If you find a design you like, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep using it. Change the colours, stamp sets etc and you’ll get a lot of mileage out of it.

Card and Cuppa is taking a break for a few weeks, but will be back w/c 15th October. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Introducing Call Me Clover – with ovals

Here is the penultimate project from my In Color Introduction Class. It’s for Call Me Clover, a lovely green.

Call Me Clover from In Color Introduction Class. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I decided to use a design from a different project and change a little bit. I do this a lot and it’s a great tip. Just find a design layout you like and change bits each time, colour, sentiment, stamp set etc.

The colours for that are co-ordinating with Call Me Clover are Mint Macaron and Crushed Curry.

Images from the very versatile Touches of Texture Stamp Set combine with a sentiment from the Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set.

Call Me Clover from In Color Introduction Class. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Layering Ovals Framelits create the different cut outs and the corners rounded using the amazing Detailed Trio Punch. I think I may have already mentioned how pleased I am that we have a corner rounder again!

Call Me Clover from In Color Introduction Class. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

By raising the sentiment on one side using Dimensionals and attaching with SNAIL on the other, it ensures it isn’t too bulky for the post.

Finishing touches are Wink of Stella on the background flowers and Pearls on the centre of the main flowers.

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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Thanks for helping me nail it!

This ‘Thank you’ card is for some very lovely ladies who have helped me to ‘nail it’ and add another skill string to my creative bow.

I’ve recently been taking courses in something that has interested me for a number of years. I can now happily announce that I am able to perform manicures and pedicures using both gel and regular nail polish.

I’ll explain a bit more at the end of this post, but first, the card I made for the fabulous tutors.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The card uses a mixture of old and new. Touches of Texture Stamp Set is combined with Pool Party, returning Blackberry Bliss and new Highland Heather. I’m really liking this classy colour combination.

Firstly I created the soft background of texture and flowers. I then stamped the stem of flowers and fill-in pieces before die cutting the image and layer.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and punched using the 1″ Circle Punch.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

In the picture below you can see the Rhinestones in the centre of the flowers as a finishing touch. There is also Wink of Stella on the background flowers, but it doesn’t show up here.

Thank you card using Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

Now back to nails. I’ll be setting up as a mobile nail technician working locally and will be able to provide more details when I’m up and running.

Just to confirm, this is as well as Stampin’ Up! The nails are a second strand to my business.

There are also lots of Papercraft & Pampering ideas running through my head so be sure to watch this space.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Pink and sparkly dragonflies

It was my friend’s Birthday recently and she is a HUGE fan of everything pink and sparkly. Those who know me will realise that is not like me at all!

I merged Touches of Texture, Dragonfly Dreams and LOTS of pink and sparkle to make her card.

Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk

Using various different pinks of Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride and Berry Burst I began my pink and sparkly mission!

Touches of Texture creates the background with small dragonflies over the top.

The feature dragonfly is cut out with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and a liberal coat of Wink of Stella adds shimmer. Each background butterfly also has Wink of Stella on the wings.

Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Touches of Texture Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Project by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs hippofrogdesigns.co.uk

Finally, more pink and sparkle joins the project in the sentiment and rhinestones.

This project pushed me right outside my comfort zone as I really don’t like pink. But, I reminded myself that I wasn’t making the project for me, I was making it for my friend and thought about what she liked instead.

Take time to push yourself out of your own comfort zone. If you don’t like random, grunge, precise, certain colours, techniques etc, take time to try it and think about someone who could be the happy recipient of your finished project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Washi Tape

At last week’s Card & Cuppa I reached for the Washi Tape.  I’d had this project designed and prepared for a while ready for my return from holiday.

Stampin' Up! Washi Tape

I saw something similar on Pinterest a long time ago and stupidly didn’t save it.  So, this is my version.

We began by drawing a couple of marks on the cardstock to help line everything up.  Before adding the Washi, we used Touches of Texture to stamp a background.

The attendees had a choice of Washi Tape packs and picked two medium and one narrow width.  I chose Smoky Slate for the accents on this project as it co-ordinates with all of the packs.

‘For You’ from the Jar of Love Stamp Set added a simple sentiment.

Finally, we made a ‘button’ using a punched circle of card and Baker’s Twine and attached with a Dimensional.

This is a really simple project that can be recreated in many different colours, with the sentiment changing accordingly.

Which Washi Tape pack would you choose?

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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A Delightful Daisy for Charity

Kalimera!

I’ve just spent 2.5 weeks on the lovely island of Cyprus so don’t have a Card & Cuppa project to show you from last week.

However, I do have a delightful daisy to share with you from last month’s Charity Card Making Day.

Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

It uses the Touches of Texture Stamp Set for the strip of lace and Jar of Love for the sentiment.  A top tip is to stamp the sentiment first as you can always use the emergency side if needed!

The flower was created by stamping two daisies from the Delightful Daisy Stamp Set and cutting them out with the co-ordinating Daisy Punch.  We then stamped the centre of the flower in a slightly darker shade before sticking them together.

Using a Dimensional to attach the daisy to the notecard was the final step.

This is a really quick and easy card to make.  A batch of these would be a lovely gift for someone.

As I’m back, so is Card & Cuppa.  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 for Children – Bob the Minion

At the previous week’s Card & Cuppa for Children session, I mentioned that a Minion might be putting in an appearance the following week.

As the child was returning that week, this was met with a large smile along with information that Bob was their favourite!

So, here’s Bob the Minion, Hippofrog Designs style!

Stampin' Up! Punch Art Minion

This project uses a LOT of different stamp sets (listed below) along with some punch art.  The main colours I’ve used to create Bob are Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point.  There is also Pear Pizzazz and Cajun Craze for Bob’s trademark eyes.

Circle punches helped to round Bob’s head and arms.

We created the dungarees from a square of cardstock and cut out sections.  These sections were then put to use as the arm loops.

He is sitting on a decorated party background.

Now, Bob had a little accident at class and face-planted into the Pacific Point inkpad.  His eyes are now looking a little more blue!  Oops!

Stampin' Up! Punch Art Minion

To join us at a Card & Cuppa or Card & Cuppa for Children Class, book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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