Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern

I recently made these Thank You cards for my Mum.

Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Mum asked me to make a batch of cards she could send to those who have supported her since we lost Dad in January.

As Dad loved all things nature, I just had to use the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s a simple, yet striking design in various shades of green with Very Vanilla providing a lovely warm contrast.

The leaves are stamped in Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz, with the background splats in Old Olive for extra texture.

To speed up the stamping process and ensure all the leaves were in the same place on each card, I used my Stamparatus.

Heartfelt Thank You With Forever Fern. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the Vine Design Stamp Set and Mossy Meadow ink create the sentiment.

With the sentiment fitting perfectly in a Double Oval Punch shape, it then sits on top of a length of co-ordinating Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim.

As the Annual Catalogue has just launched, we often forget about the other catalogues, such as the January-June Mini Catalogue. This is where the Vine Design Stamp Set and Braided Linen Trim I used here can be found.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)VINE DESIGN CLING STAMP SETDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHGARDEN GREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADOLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMOSSY MEADOW CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMOSSY MEADOW A4 CARDSTOCKMOSSY MEADOW 3/16" (4.8 MM) BRAIDED LINEN TRIMVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPARATUSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Just Black and White

As you know, I love a monochrome project, so I was delighted when a black and white project was requested.

Not wishing disappoint those regular Card & (Your) Cuppa attendees, I was happy to oblige with last week’s project.

Just Black and White. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With just a Basic Black and Basic White colour combination, I chose to use the Dragonfly Punch.

Small dragonflies are stuck onto the white layer up to a preferred point. Any overhanging pieces are then cut away. The dividing line is then covered by 3 lengths of Black Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack.

Just Black and White. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using both a black and white shape from the Label Me Fancy Punch, these were layered. By cutting the black shape in half, this provided a wider layer for the white piece.

The large dragonfly is then given a coating of Wink of Stella for a touch of bling. The whole piece is raised up using Dimensionals.

Just Black and White. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Matte Black Dots are scattered across the bottom half of the project.

I have chosen to leave mine sentiment free for an any occasion card. I can add a sentiment of my choosing at a later date if I need to.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLIES PUNCHBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKLABEL ME FANCY PUNCHWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMATTE BLACK DOTSSTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Beauty of Friendship Bundle

Another set of products from the new Annual Catalogue that has recently arrived is this fabulous Beauty of Friendship Bundle.

This Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set and Beautiful Trees Dies bundle is part of a wider Suite Collection, but more about that on another day!

Beauty of Friendship Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Petal Pink, Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz. I was inspired to use this combination because of the Cherry Blossom that is around at the moment.

For the background, I’ve used the tiny splat-type stamp in Petal Pink.

The trees are cut out using the Dies and layered. Before popping the Petal Pink layer on top, I again stamped it with the splat stamp.

Beauty of Friendship Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of the Whisper White Baker’s Twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack is wrapped around the project. This Twine Combo Pack from the Mini Catalogue is only available until the end of June.

The Dies also provide the shape for the sentiment from the Stamp Set which is raised up on Dimensionals.

Finally, a few Elegant Faceted Gems in co-ordinating Petal Pink add a touch of sparkle.

Beauty of Friendship Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsI’m very aware that for someone who doesn’t like pink, I’ve been using a lot of it lately. When your Husband and a friend also mention it, it’s time to return to your comfort zone. Normal service will be resumed soon!

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BEAUTY OF FRIENDSHIP BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUEDE CARDSTOCK A4SOFT SUEDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPEAR PIZZAZZ CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKELEGANT FACETED GEMSSNAIL MAIL TWINE COMBO PACKMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

First Inking of Expressions In Ink Suite Collection

My Annual Catalogue order that arrived the other day contained the Expressions In Ink Suite Collection.

It’s a beautiful collection that includes the Artistically Inked Stamp Set, Artistic Dies, Expressions in Ink 12×12 Specialty DSP and Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack. All for £70.

Expressions In Ink Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is my first time using the collection and it doesn’t disappoint.

My project starts with using a piece of the DSP for the background. Some of the sheets have gold foiling on them and they are simply stunning.

Then, using the stamp set and co-ordinating dies, the flowers and sentiment are stamped.

I’ve used Just Jade, one of the colours in the DSP and combined it with Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.

The images in this stamp set are stunning, as you would expect from a DISTINKTIVE stamp set.

Expressions In Ink Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the pre-cut gold elements from the Ephemera Pack, extra leaves are popped behind the smaller Mango Melody flowers. These co-ordinate with the gold in the DSP.

The larger Daffodil Delight flower is then raised up on Dimensionals with the sentiment stamped and placed on top.

Finally, the adhesive-backed sequins, also from the Ephemera Pack are dotted in the middle of the large flower, with a few more on the DSP.

Expressions In Ink Suite Collection. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to make more projects with this Suite Collection as I haven’t even scratched the surface.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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EXPRESSIONS IN INK SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)JUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMANGO MELODY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: CASE-ing Stampin’ Up! Publications

Welcome to my first Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. I’m finally trying to dip my toe in the YouTube water on a regular basis.

The first video is all about CASE-ing the Annual Catalogue, which I’ve done to make this project.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: CASE-ing Stampin' Up! publications

Click on the picture below to watch my video (under 5 minutes long) to find out all about CASE-ing and what it means.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: CASE-ing Stampin' Up! publications

My aim is to share a quick Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video every Thursday. No promises that this is going to happen straight away!

The project I’ve created using this tip uses the new Hand-Penned Petals Bundle (Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set and Penned Flowers Dies).

A fabulous colour combination of Highland Heather, Mint Macaron and Pale Papaya teamed with Very Vanilla creates a lovely soft look.

I just love how the design looks like it has been professionally printed. This new Bundle in the Annual Catalogue is just incredible.

You can choose to stamp the insides, or colour them using a variety of methods. My version is stamped using the various infill images. The way they aren’t completely coloured gives them a really stylish look.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: CASE-ing Stampin' Up! publications

One of the flower sections has been cut out with the dies and raised above co-ordinating ribbon.

Finally, some Wink of Stella in the centre of the focal set of flowers, plus some Genial Gems are added for some sparkle.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: CASE-ing Stampin' Up! publications

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video. Pop back next week for the next one (fingers crossed!)

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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HAND-PENNED PETALS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)MINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKMINT MACARON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPALE PAPAYA A4 CARDSTOCKPALE PAPAYA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADHIGHLAND HEATHER CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKGENIAL GEMSPALE PAPAYA & WHITE 1/2" (1.3 CM) WOVEN RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' SEAL+STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

A Birthday Biggest Wish

Yesterday, my Annual Catalogue order arrived and in the big box were a few new items.

This Birthday card uses some of these new products.

Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is three of the new In Colors of Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya and Polished Pink. They work really well together with Basic White.

I’ve used one of my stripe pattern designs to create the background. These stripe patterns are really great for using up any offcuts or for being economical with your cardstock!

The mixed In Color Cardstock pack is another great way of being more frugal with cardstock. They include a few sheets of each of the 5 colors, instead of having to purchase multiple packs.

Then, using the new Layering Diorama Dies I have cut the fabulous curvy shape.

Another new item, the Biggest Wish Stamp Set gave me the two words for the sentiment. I really like this Stamp Set as the sentiment can do a lot of the hard work for you, especially if you need a quick and easy card.

Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Loose Flower Flourishes in the same In Colors are added. These don’t have any adhesive on the back, so you can attach them however you like. I chose to use Glue Dots.Biggest Wish. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The finished project reminds me of a dessert. Perhaps I’m just hungry!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project

Today I’m sharing another of my Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies) cards.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a quick and easy project as it uses repetitive stamping of one image with quick colouring. You can then add your sentiment and as many extra embellishments as you like!

Mine is a combination of Petal Pink, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.

I may have already mentioned that I adore this Bundle from the new Annual Catalogue. It’s so versatile.

The flower from the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set is stamped multiple times on the background.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It is then coloured in using Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. I use the darker Blend first, then colour over the top with the lighter Blend.

I’m not great a colouring, but the Blends give me the ability to colour quickly and easily.

I have added a sentiment and threaded it onto a length of Vanilla Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack.

Quick and Easy Quiet Meadow Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, I’ve coloured the centres of the flowers with Wink of Stella and added some co-ordinating Petal Pink Elegant Faceted Gems for a touch more sparkle.

This design is great for creating in a range of different colours, with a change of sentiment to suit the occasion.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PETAL PINK A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS PETAL PINK COMBO PACKSAHARA SAND CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHELEGANT FACETED GEMSBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow

When I was flicking through my new Annual Catalogue to make my pre-order list, several products jumped out at me.

One of these was the gorgeous Quiet Meadow Bundle (Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies).

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I had, and still have, so many project ideas for this bundle running round my head that I couldn’t wait to use it when it arrived.

The first project I made was this vintage style card in more sepia tones.

It uses Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Soft Suede for the cardstock and stamping.

The background has Sponge Dauber inking to soften the edges.

Using Watercolor Pencils, the flower was coloured in Early Espresso and Whisper White.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two cute tags were cut using the dies with the Crumb Cake stamped and coloured.

Lengths of Scalloped Lace Trim, Faux Suede Trim and Crumb Cake from the new Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack add a pretty finishing touch.

Vintage Style Quiet Meadow. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this is the first of a handful of projects I made using this Bundle, more will follow.

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This Stamp Set is a strong contender for a future Stamp Set of the Month Class. Watch this space for more details. Head to my Class Timetable for details of my online classes.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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QUIET MEADOW BUNDLE (ENGLISH)CRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEARLY ESPRESSO A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SUEDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADWATERCOLOR PENCILSSPONGE DAUBERSEARLY ESPRESSO 1/4" (6.4 MM) FAUX SUEDE TRIMVERY VANILLA 3/8" (1 CM) SCALLOPED LACE TRIMBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+MINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday

A friend who is a fan of all things pink and sparkly had their 40th Birthday recently.

Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

With the new Annual Catalogue providing another pink in this year’s In Colors. I had plenty of pinks to choose from.

My colour combination is Polished Pink, Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo and the project is version of this previous card. This project is a large A5 card.Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For the flowers, I have used the In Bloom Bundle – In Bloom Stamp Set and Pierced Blooms Dies from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

The background is a combination of the In Bloom Stamp Set and the Forever Fern Stamp Set. Using a Sponge Dauber, I’ve also added touch of extra colour behind the flowers.

Vine Design provides the Happy Birthday sentiment and is cut out using the Messages Die, again, both are from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

Plenty of Pinks for a 40th Birthday. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A long length of the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack in Blushing Bride with a bow wraps around the card.

I’m not sure that you can see the huge amount of Wink of Stella I’ve used on the project to create a lot of sparkle. It is on the flowers and also dotted across the background too.

Finally, for a bit more sparkle, Rhinestones and In Color Jewels are added.

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Saying Hello – Elegantly Said Bundle

Today I’m sharing a Birthday card that uses a good handful of new products from the new Annual Catalogue.

Elegantly Said Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsThis is a card for a friend who is a big Stampin’ Up! fan. Due to where their Birthday falls, each year I use new products from my Demonstrator pre-order on their card. I then challenge them to spot all of the new items!

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For this project I’ve taken inspiration from page 147 of the new Annual Catalogue.

The card uses 8 brand new products. Can you find them all before I share the list?

Elegantly Said Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Our first two items are the Elegantly Said Stamp Set and Elegant Tag Punch from the Elegantly Said Bundle.

Next, stamping tone-on tone in new In Color Pale Papaya using an image from the Stamp Set gives us items 3 and 4.

Gold leaves from the Sprig Punch and the new Flowers & Leaves Punch, new item 5, are set behind the Crumb Cake tag shape.

A sentiment in Old Olive from the Vine Design Stamp Set is given a shape on one end using the Treasured Tags Pick a Punch. Both of these items are from the January-June Mini Catalogue.

On the other side is a short loop of Pale Papaya & White Ribbon for new product 6.

Making a bow using the Simply Elegant Trim in Gold provides a bit of sparkle. Some bling using the new Genial Gems in Pale Papaya then adds a finishing touch. These are the final new items 7 and 8 on the project.
Elegantly Said Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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