Class: Card & Cuppa 2024 – Weekly

Spend 90 minutes making a card every Monday morning at Card & (Your) Cuppa using Stampin’ Up! products.

  • Monday (weekly) (from 15th January 2024)
  • 10:30-12:00 – In person
  • Lilly Cafe, Whitehouse, Milton Keynes
  • £6 per person
  • Pre-booking required
  • Booking closes 72 hours in advance (10:30 on the Friday before each class)
  • Adults only.

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

There are some FAQs at the bottom of the page.

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Your class fee includes:

  • All the items you need to create the card during the class
  • As much or as little tuition as you require
  • A cuppa from the cafe (basic drinks up to £3.10) If you would like a non-standard beverage such as a shake, added syrup etc, then you will be required to pay the difference.

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

This is a face-to-face class for adults. All abilities welcome – from beginner to advanced.

You will also be able to place Stampin’ Up! orders during the class.

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

Book your place by 72 hours in advance. Booking closes at 10:30 on the Friday before the Class.
Numbers are capped, so don’t leave it too late to book your place.
Minimum number of attendees needed for class to go ahead.


These Card & Cuppa Classes usually run every Monday – excluding public holidays (depending on Karen’s availability).

Classes will not be running on the following dates in the first half of 2024:

April 1st (Easter Monday)
May 6th (Bank Holiday)
May 27th (Bank Holiday)
June 10th (Karen unavailable)


FAQs

  • What is Card & Cuppa?
    – It’s a 90 minute class for adults held at a local cafe.
    – Karen from HIPPOFROG Designs has been running Card & Cuppa classes in various cafes across Milton Keynes since January 2016
    – 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).
    – Each week the card is different and uses techniques including stamping images, punching shapes, die cutting 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 car park has a one way system.
    – 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?
    – This is so that there are enough kits available for everyone.
    – Kits are put together on Friday afternoons, so booking closes at 10:30 the Friday before the class (72 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 my booking system. This email also provides you with the options to make any changes to your booking.
    – Approx 72 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 Card & Cuppa just on a Monday?
    – At the moment, yes. 10:30-12 on a Monday morning.
    – 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 hot drinks prices since our last in person class (approx half of the new class fee), the class fee is having to increase to £6 per person.
    – When Karen first started Card & Cuppa classes in January 2016, the class price was £5 per person. Since then, the price has only been raised once to £5.50.


  • 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 are unwell/have COVID symptons you should not attend.
    – If it is less than 72 hours before the class and you cannot attend, please let Karen know (by text/email) as sooon as you know.
    – If you know you cannot attend and it is more than 72 hours beforehand, you can change your booking yourself using the online booking system.


  • What happens if Karen is unwell/can’t attend?
    – Karen is doing an LFT every week before attending Class.
    – If Karen is unable to attend due to illness, she will contact you (normally via text/WhatsApp) as far in advance as she can.
    – Dates where Karen is already aware that she is unable to attend (holiday/bank holiday etc) are listed on this page, just above the FAQ section..


  • Can anyone attend?
    – Yes. Adults of any ability can attend the classes if they have pre-booked.


  • 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 cuppa.
    – 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 you have completed your project, but people tend to like to stay and socialise or stop for lunch/cake.
    – Once you have made your project, please take a picture of it. You can then share the picture in the Show off Sunday post on the HIPPOFROG Designs Facebook Page.


  • Can I see projects from previous Card & Cuppa classes?
    – Of course! Here are the links to the HIPPOFROG Designs Facebook Page albums showing the Card & Cuppa projects across the years.
    2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and  2016.
    – Please note that from March 2020 through to September 2022, these classes changed to Card & (Your) Cuppa and were held online with no sharing of stamp sets or stamped images allowed in class kits.


  • What about your other classes?
    – For the moment, these are continuing online over ZOOM while key details are worked out.


  • Will you be running Card & Cuppa for Children again?
    – Fingers crossed we will be able to arrange something in 2024.


Class: Card & Cuppa for Children – Summer 2023

Card & Cuppa for Children sessions are back in person for summer 2023!

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)
    25th July, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th August 2023
  • 14:15-15:45 – In person
  • Lilly Cafe, Whitehouse, MK our weekly adult Card & Cuppa venue
  • £8 for ONE pre-booked child accompanied by a responsible adult
    +£4 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)
  • Pre-booking required numbers are capped
  • Booking closes 72 hours in advance 14:15 on the Saturday 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 (up to £3.10) 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 72 hours in advance. Booking closes at 14:15 on the Saturday 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 29th 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 car park has a one way system.
      – 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 Saturday before the class (72 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 72 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.
      – 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 72 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 72 hours beforehand, you can change your booking yourself using the online booking system.


    • What happens if Karen is unwell/can’t attend?
      – Karen is doing an LFT every week.
      – 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.

Class: Christmas Card Club 2023 (July-November)

Want to get ahead with your Christmas crafting in your own time?

Following on from last year’s Christmas Card Club, this year it will be running over five months from July to November.

The pictures above are last year’s Christmas Card Club projects. The designs for 2023 will differ from these.


Receive a kit in the post each month containing the items* you need to create two Christmas cards. You will create the cards in your own time using the instructional video provided.

The design will change each month, so there’s the opportunity to make 10 cards (2 each of five different designs) from July to November, with a special offer for a sixth design available.

With an I Want It All option for those who book for the full five months in advance, a Pay As You Go option for those who want to dip in and out, and the opportunity to add extra cards each month too, you can get ahead with your Christmas crafting in your own way.

Please note, this is an EXTRA opportunity to craft and will not replace my Crack Your Christmas Cards or Special Christmas Cards classes.


There are two options for Christmas Card Club:

Option 1: Pay As You Go (PAYG)
£8.00 a month (July-November)

Each month you book for, you will receive:

– A class kit posted to you, containing the items needed to create 2 identical Christmas Cards (cardstock, envelopes, ribbons, embellishments etc*)
The cards will be pre-designed by Karen and will be post friendly when made.
– An email containing a link to a short instructional video for the month (videos will go live on 25th of each month).

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Option 2: I Want It All (IWIA) – 6 designs for the price of 5
£40.00 Book in advance (by 9th July) for the FULL five months

You will receive the same class kits as above, over a five month period, PLUS, an extra sixth design and instructional video with month 5.

The extra design is ONLY available if you book the IWIA option by 9th July.

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Extras
£1.50 each

Extra cards: Add 1, 2, 3 or more extra cards each month.
Extra cards MUST be added by the booking deadline each month.

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* You will need to provide:
– Scissors
– Adhesives
– Any sentiments and inkpads you wish to use
– Wink of Stella (if you want to add sparkle).

Due to Stampin’ Up! rules, kits will NOT include stamped items.

Please note: these are projects that you will create in your own time, using the instructional video provided for each month you have booked.


Book your place by 18:00 on the following dates:

July – Sunday 9th July 2022 – BOOKING CLOSED
(if you would like the I Want It All option, please use the booking form for July ONLY and indicate that option when booking)
August – Wednesday 9th August 2022 – BOOKING CLOSED
September – Saturday 9th September 2022
October – Monday 9th October 2022
November – Thursday 9th November 2022.

Select your preferred options when booking.

Please note: In order to make the booking system work, the bookings are under the 25th of each month at 09:00 (24th for September)

All abilities welcome.

UK Mainland ONLY.

Class: Card & (Your) Cuppa – Weekly

Spend 90 minutes making a card every Monday morning at Card & (Your) Cuppa.

  • Monday (weekly)
  • 10:30-12:00
  • £5.50 per person
  • Online over ZOOM, for Adults
  • Booking closes 2 weeks before each class at 18:00

The card for the week will be pre-designed by Karen and you will then recreate the design during the class using the kit provided and your own items.

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Your class kit will be posted to you (mainland UK) and will include:

– Cardstock, envelope, embellishments, ribbon etc required to complete the project (please note that due to Stampin’ Up! policies, I am unable to send pre-stamped images in class kits)
– Instructions on how to make the project (via live ZOOM session or written instructions send out after the class has taken place)

Please see list below for items YOU will need to provide *

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* You’ll need to provide the following:
– Scissors
– A range of adhesives
– Any additional sentiments or images for your projects (optional)
– Clear Blocks (for your optional stamps above)
– Inkpads (for your optional stamps above)
– Wink of Stella (optional)
– A beverage of your choice
– Any additional items will be detailed to you in the email containing the ZOOM link prior to the class

Any of the above items (adhesives, stamp sets, tools etc) can be purchased from Karen.

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This is an online class provided over ZOOM. The link will be sent to attendees nearer the time.

If you can’t attend a session in person, you can still book and instructions will be provided once the class has taken place.

Book your place by 2 weeks in advance. Booking closes at 18:00.

Please note: There will be a quick turn round between the class closing date and payment required date.

This is to allow for packs to be prepared, and then posted to you in time for Class.

All abilities welcome.

UK Mainland ONLY.

These Card & (Your) Cuppa Classes usually run every Monday – excluding public holidays (depending on Karen’s availability).


Classes will not be running on the following dates in 2022:

January 3rd
April 18th & 25th
May 2nd
August 29th
September 26th
October 3rd
December 26th