Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Thoughtful Blooms

At last week’s Card & Cuppa class I headed for one of my favourite SAB sets of products this year, the Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set and Small Bloom Punch.

Thoughtful Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Stamp Set is FREE with a £45 order, the punch FREE with a £90 order. Check out all the SAB offers here.

Call Me Clover and Smoky Slate are the colours used for the layer, leaves, flower centre and sentiment.

The flowers were made by colouring Stampin’ Blends onto a separate piece of cardstock. A darker strip was coloured, followed by a lighter strip and an overlap of the two in the middle.

This strip was then stamped with the flower centres before being punched out. As each flower is a slightly different depth of colour, it makes a lovely effect.

Each attendee had a choice of colours from a selection I took to class. There were pinks, purples, blues and yellows used. Mine uses Mango Melody.

Thoughtful Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The lighter Stampin’ Blend from the combo was used to colour my new favourite ribbon from the Mini Catalogue to co-ordinate with the flowers.

Thoughtful Blooms. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Glue Dots are used to attach the flowers and then a pearl is added to the centre.

Why not join us at a future Card & Cuppa Class? Both weekday and a new Saturday morning Card & Cuppa PLUS class are booking. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Thoughtful Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)Small Bloom PunchWhisper White 1/4" (6.4 mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockCall Me Clover A4 CardstockCall Me Clover Stampin' PadSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockMango Melody Combo Pack Stampin' BlendsPearl Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

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?

Why not join my team of Lily Pad Stampers? If you join during SAB, there are lots of extra special offers over and above the already great value Starter Kit.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Lovely Lily Pad Photopolymer Stamp SetLabel Me Bold Cling Stamp Set (English)Label Me Fancy PunchWhisper White 1/4" (6.4 mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockRococo Rose A4 CardstockRococo Rose Classic Stampin’ PadPetal Pink Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadPear Pizzazz A4 CardstockPear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Timeless Tulips Bundle

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project, I used the Timeless Tulips Bundle from the new Mini Catalogue.

Timeless Tulips Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The stamp set is one from the DistINKtive range, so the impressions are even more fabulous. Add to that the matching punch, and you’re onto a winner.

My colour combination was Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight, keeping with a floral theme! Plus Garden Green for the stems and leaves.

We stamped the stems and leaves off first to give a slightler paler look.

Timeless Tulips Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and easy project to make as the images and punch make it so simple to create.

A co-ordinating bow made from the new Ruched Daffodil Delight Ribbon, also from the Mini Catalogue just finish the project off.

Timeless Tulips Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I deliberately wanted to leave this project sentiment free as it is perfect for quite a lot of different ocassions. Who doesn’t love to receive a bunch of flowers?

This bundle is just £30.50. Add a few more products and you could be earning a FREE Sale-A-Bration product too.

Why not join us at a future Card & Cuppa Class. For full details of all my classes, head to my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Timeless Tulips Bundle (English)Poppy Parade A4 CardstockPoppy Parade Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockDaffodil Delight 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ruched RibbonSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue DotsTear & Tape Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Lovely Lily Pad

For the first Card & Cuppa sessions of 2020, I reached for the fabulous new Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set.

Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Lovely Lily Pad is a FREE Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set and is one of the Reversibles range from Stampin’ Up!

As you can see, the detailed outline stamp is one side of the stamp, with the reverse being the shadow-like image.

The lily pads are stamped in Old Olive and the flowers in Rococo Rose. These are then coloured using Stampin’ Blends in Petal Pink and Granny Apple Green.

Balmy Blue is used for the water images and is stamped off for the flower reverses.

Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

There is a set of matching dies to cut out the shapes, but I don’t have those, so the attendees had to fussy cut instead!

A sentiment from the new Label Me Bold Stamp Set is stamped in Granny Apple Green to co-ordinate with the colouring.

Finally, everything is put together with SNAIL, with the large lily pad and flower raised up using Dimensionals.

Lovely Lily Pad. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Not only is SAB a great time to earn FREE products, it’s also a great time to join Stampin’ Up!

My team is called the Lily Pad Stampers, so it seems quite appropriate that this Stamp Set is in the SAB Brochure. Why not get in touch to find out more.

If you’d like to attend my classes, head to my 2020 Timetable for full details and booking information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Lovely Lily Pad Photopolymer Stamp SetLabel Me Bold Cling Stamp Set (English)Whisper White A4 CardstockBalmy Blue A4 CardstockBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadRococo Rose Classic Stampin’ PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockPetal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackGranny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Gallery Grunge & Classic Label Punch for a teenage Birthday

The brand new Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogues may have arrived, but today I’m taking you back to a project I made for a December teenage Birthday.

Teenage Birthday. Project designed and made by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This bright project uses the Gallery Grunge Stamp Set for the background and stripes, and a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set.

I’ve teamed Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight from the Brights Collection with Whisper White.

Extra strips, cut using the Classic Label Punch, mirror the diagonal stripes I’d stamped on the strip across the project.

Teenage Birthday. Project designed and made by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As the colours are very bright, I used a Thick Whisper White card base to avoid one colour being more prominent.

This is a really quick and easy card to make and could be replicated in lots of different colours. Maybe one for each Stampin’ Up! Colour Collection.

Don’t forget to check out the new Mini Catalogue and SAB Brochure where there are lots of new items. Plus, the opportunity to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! goodies. These will work alongside the fabulous products in the current Annual Catalogue.

If you’d like to see and use products, then why not book a place on one of my Classes. Head to my timetable for full details and booking links.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Gallery Grunge Cling-Mount Stamp SetItty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp SetWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockGranny Apple Green A4 CardstockGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadPacific Point A4 CardstockPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy New Year, Happy New Mini Catalogue and Happy SAB!

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a wonderful break.

It’s my first day back at work today after the break, and I’m looking forward to sharing new products with you.

As it’s the new year, it’s also Happy New Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration (SAB) time.

SAB is the BEST time of the Stampin’ Up! year as you can earn products for FREE. For every £45 you spend, you can choose an item from the SAB Brochure. There are also Level 2 items where you can earn items when you spend £90. These totals are before P&P.

Here is the first project I made using items from the fabulous new Mini Catalogue, and SAB brochure.

Happy New Mini Catalogue. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This project was for my Niece. As she has a Birthday just before Christmas, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t festive and had a more spring-like feel.

I opted for shades of purple, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy along with Whisper White.

The background image and sentiment are from the new Label Me Bold Stamp Set. I really like this set and think it will spend quite a lot of time on my crafting desk.

Sale-A-Bration brings us the Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set for the background dots, plus the fabulous co-ordinating Small Bloom Punch. I have to admit to being very excited when I saw this punch.

Happy New Mini Catalogue. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve used the gorgeous new Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and coloured it using a Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend Marker.

Again, this ribbon is going to be used on a lot of my projects over the next few months. It’s really versatile, colours beautifully and is easy to tie too.

Happy New Mini Catalogue. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A few Rhinestones were the finishing touch to the centre of the flowers.

Make sure you take a look at the new Mini Catalogue and SAB items and take advantage of earning FREE products.

There are also fabulous offers for joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator during SAB too. I joined myself during SAB, so why take the plunge and join my team.

I’ll be using various products from these new publications at my classes over the coming months, so book yourself a place if you’d like to see the items up close.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Label Me Bold Cling Stamp Set (English)Thoughtful Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)Small Bloom PunchWhisper White 1/4" (6.4 mm) Crinkled Seam Binding RibbonGorgeous Grape A4 CardstockHighland Heather A4 CardstockHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadPurple Posy A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockHighland Heather Dark Stampin' Blends MarkerRhinestone Basic JewelsSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack: Making Christmas Bright

I know that Christmas Day was a few days ago, but I’m sharing my final Christmas Stamp-a-Stack project with you.

As this project uses the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue, there is no chance of it retiring next week.

Making Christmas Bright. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A combination of Shaded Spruce, Lovely Lipstick, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla and Gold Foil are used for this project.

The pretty star edged circle is stamped onto the cardstock, and 3 light bulbs and bases are punched using the matching Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.

These are then assembled using Glue Dots – a lot less fiddly, time-consuming and messy than wet glue!

Making Christmas Bright. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the sentiment, the Tailored Tag Punch is used once to cut out the main words, and again to create the layer behind.

A strip of the fabulous Ribbon is stuck behind before everything is then assembled.

Making Christmas Bright. Handmade by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which of the four Christmas Stamp-a-Stack projects is your favourite?

Why not join us for a class in 2020. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Making Christmas Bright Photopolymer Stamp SetChristmas Bulb Builder PunchTailored Tag PunchLovely Lipstick A4 CardstockLovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' PadShaded Spruce A4 CardstockCrushed Curry Classic Stampin' PadVery Vanilla A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 Thick CardstockGold Foil SheetsShaded Spruce/Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Striped RibbonSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

Special Christmas Cards: This year’s poinsettia

Merry Christmas!

It has become tradition at my Special Christmas Cards Class for me to design a poinsettia project. This is the final project from the Class.

Here is this year’s poinsettia. Click for my 2018 design.

This year's poinsettia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It uses the leaves from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and some punched circles.

A lot of leaves were stamped and fussy cut. You could use the matching Dies to cut them out, but, as this was a class with lots of people, it was quicker and easier to cut by hand.

Using a Bone Folder, you can score down the centre of each petal to give a bit more definition and depth.

The petals are then built into several sandwiches. These are then stuck together slightly offset in their sizes to create a large layer and a small layer. For the top small layer, a disc of Crushed Curry forms part of the sandwich.

Using some Dimensionals, these are then layered together for even more depth.

Three green leaves are then added to the back of the poinsettia using Glue Dots.

This year's poinsettia. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A strip of the fabulous Gold Ribbon is looped in the background, before the poinsettia is attached to the card using Tear & Tape. The Tear & Tape gives it extra strength as the poinsettia is quite heavy.

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem is added to the centre for a spot of bling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Special Christmas Cards. Pop back later in the week for the final Stamp-a-Stack Christmas project.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Rooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp SetReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green A4 CardstockCrushed Curry A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockGold Foil SheetsGold Faceted GemsGold 1/4" (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMultipurpose Liquid GlueMini Glue DotsTear & Tape Adhesive

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Rudolph Punch Art

For the final Card & Cuppa sessions of the year, I designed this Rudolph punch art project. We just had to do something silly and fun!

Rudolph Punch Art. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Natures’s Beauty Stamp Set provided the snow that was stamped in Seaside Spray.

‘Ho Ho Ho’ is from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set and cut out with the Classic Label Punch.

Rudolph Punch Art. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, it’s time to create the reindeers using the Budding Borders Stamp Set and Basic Gray for the eyes and mouth.

Sprig Punch antlers in Early Espresso are added behind Soft Suede Circle Punch bodies using Glue Dots. Then the eyes and brown noses are added.

Rudolph’s nose is made very shiny using Wink of Stella and is attached with a Dimensional.

Rudolph Punch Art. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the reindeers are stuck onto the card using SNAIL, with Rudolph added at the end using Dimensionals to show him leading the pack.

Why not join us for Card & Cuppa sessions in 2020. Classes return w/c 6th Jan. Visit my Class Timetable for more details and to book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Nature's Beauty Cling Stamp SetPerfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set (En)Budding Borders Photopolymer Stamp SetReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadBasic Gray Classic Stampin' PadSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSprig Punch1/2" (1.3 cm) Circle Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Glue Dots

Special Christmas Cards: Rustic Wreath

The second of my Special Christmas Cards is this traditional rustic wreath.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s made with a combination of leaf punches, die-cut circles and scallops, plus lots of different adhesives!

The main colours are Garden Green and Crumb Cake, with Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Gold, Real Red and Very Vanilla.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Snowflakes are from the Christmas Countdown and Colorful Season Stamp Sets, leaf image from Painted Harvest and Snowman Season provides the sentiment.

Two ‘sandwiches’ of leaves are created using scallop circle die-cuts from the Layering Circles Dies. The sandwiches are layered together using Dimensionals to create depth. The scallop circle die-cuts are then hidden beneath the Gold scallop die-cut.

The Triple Banner Punch shapes the ends of the sentiment.

Rustic Wreath. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To continue the rustic look, a length of Burlap Ribbon is placed behind the wreath.

Pearls coloured with a Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blend pen create some berries to finish the look.

Why not join us for a Papercrafting Class in 2020. Head to my Class Timetable for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp SetPainted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp SetSnowman Season Bundle (En)Garden Green A4 CardstockGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake A4 CardstockCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadMossy Meadow A4 CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockVery Vanilla A4 CardstockGold Foil Sheets5/8" (1.6 cm) Burlap RibbonPearl Basic JewelsReal Red Dark Stampin' BlendsBanner Triple PunchLeaf PunchSprig PunchLayering Circles DiesSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMultipurpose Liquid GlueTear & Tape Adhesive