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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Snowman Season Bundle (En)Circle Tab Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle Punch1-3/8" (3.5 cm) Scallop Circle PunchCoastal Cabana A4 CardstockSmoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede A4 CardstockBlueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle  RibbonLet It Snow Specialty Designer Series PaperSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack: Perfectly Plaid

Here’s another project from my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class.

This project uses the fabulous Perfectly Plaid Bundle, a Stamp Set with matching Punch,

Perfectly Plaid Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A colour combination of Old Olive and Crumb Cake for the trees, mixed with Seaside Spray and Real Red make for a rather traditional Christmas Card.

Using first and second generation stamping for the trees creates a varied effect. It also cuts down on the amount of times you need to re-ink!

I find it easier to punch out the trees before stamping the trunks, as it makes it easier to line them up.

The snow effect in the background is an image from the Waterfront Stamp Set.

Perfectly Plaid Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Polka Dot Ribbon adds to the snow effect and sets off the sentiment. This is cut out using the Timeless Label Punch.

Everything is assembled using SNAIL, with one tree and the sentiment fixed using Dimensionals.

Perfectly Plaid Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Don’t forget to check out the Year-End Closeout Sale where you’ll discover which items from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue are retiring, with some available at a discounted rate. You can also check to see if this Stamp Set and Punch will be carried over to the next Autumn/Winter Catalogue too.

I’ve just published my Class Timetable for next year, so why not pop the dates in your diary and join us in 2020?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Perfectly Plaid Bundle (En)Waterfront Photopolymer Stamp SetSeaside Spray A4 CardstockSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadCrumb Cake Classic Stampin' PadReal Red Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle  RibbonTimeless Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack: Christmas Gleaming

As my Christmas Card Classes have now all finished, I can share the projects with you.

The first is from my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack and is this really quick and simple card made using the Christmas Gleaming Bundle.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I squealed when I first saw this bundle in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue as there are TWO Punches.

This project uses Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce to match the fabulous Ribbon. But you could use less traditional Christmas colours.

A punched circle creates a layer for the baubles to sit on.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Rather than fussy cutting the sentiment, I’ve used the Classic Label Punch and trimmed off the ends.

The basecard is Thick Whisper White cardstock, but you could use a Notecard instead, which would make the project even quicker to make.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back soon for the next project from the class.

Don’t forget to check out the Year-End Closeout Sale where some items from the Autumn/Winter Catalgoue are available at a discounted price. Also, some items from this Catalogue will be retiring in the next few weeks, so make sure you don’t miss out on purchasing your favourites.

I’ve just published my 2020 Class Timetable dates, so make sure you pop them in your diaries. Full details of what each Class is to follow soon.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Christmas Gleaming Bundle (En)Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Striped RibbonShaded Spruce A4 CardstockShaded Spruce Classic Stampin' PadCherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 Cardstock2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle PunchClassic Label PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

A Dino Days Birthday Card

Yesterday, one of my ‘honorary’ nephews turned 5. I just knew I had to make him a Dino Days Birthday Card.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Bundle is perfect for children (of all ages!) and I love using the Brights colour family with it.

For this project, it’s a combination of Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green. One day, I’ll stop calling it Granny Apple Smith! I teamed it with Whisper White for a bright look.

The Pterodactyls (I think that’s what they are!) are second generation stamping. Another is then stamped directly onto a separate piece of card. Using the co-ordinating dies that go with the Dino Days Stamp Set, I cut out both dinosaurs and the scales.

I love how the shapes for the scales have a larger area to fix them in place behind the dinosaurs.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Footprints are stamped across the project and a Blender Pen then fills them in with some colour.

Next it was the turn of the sentiment from the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set. This is cut out with the Scallop Circle Punch and layered onto a Poppy Parade Circle.

I also used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners. This then mirrors the curves of the circles.

Finally, I added some fabulous Googly Eyes from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue to give the dinosaur a bit more of a fun look, before adding the dinosaurs with some Dimensionals.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Check out how cute these eyes are.

Dino Days Birthday Card. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can confirm that the now five year old loved his Dino Days Birthday card.

If you fancy making cards like this one, then make sure you take a look at my 2020 Class Timetable that will be going live in the next few weeks. My Stamp-a-Stack Classes always include a card suitable for children.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Dino Days BundleWiggle Worm Photopolymer Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockGranny Apple Green A4 CardstockGranny Apple Green Stampin' PadPoppy Parade A4 CardstockPoppy Parade Classic Stampin' PadMango Melody Classic Stampin' PadDetailed Trio Punch1-3/8" (3.5 cm) Scallop Circle Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle PunchBlender PensAssorted Googly EyesSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Christmas Gleaming Bundle

Last week was the start of my evening Christmas Card Classes, so I decided that the Card & Cuppa attendees shouldn’t miss out.

Also, as it was Half-Term, I held a Card & Cuppa for Children Class. Rather than designing a separate project for them, I chose to use the same project for all of my Card & Cuppa sessions during the week.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The fabulous Christmas Gleaming Bundle from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue provided a fantastic starting point. This Bundle has a Stamp Set and a pack of TWO amazing punches.

Garden Green and Real Red are used as the main colours for the baubles and sentiment. These are then punched out. I’ve used the Classic Label Punch for the sentiment and then snipped off the excess on each end.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the snowflake image from the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set, I created a gentle flurry in Seaside Spray Ink.

Corners are rounded using the Detailed Trio Punch to mirror the punched Circle layers behind the baubles.

A length of Garden Green Double-Stitched Ribbon, also from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue is added behind.

Christmas Gleaming Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

All of the attendees, both children and adults did a fabulous job with their projects.

Stampin’ Up! products are great to use with children as the stamps give you a crisp impression and everything is great quality. Don’t be tempted to let the younger ones just use your non-Stampin’ Up! stash. Get them using quality products straight away to enhance their stamping experience.

Why not join us for a future Card & Cuppa Class, or my final evening Classes of the year. Visit my Class Timetable for full details and booking information.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Christmas Gleaming Bundle (En)Garden Green 3/8" (1 cm) Double-Stitched RibbonWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockReal Red Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green A4 CardstockGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadSeaside Spray Classic Stampin’ PadClassic Label Punch2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchDetailed Trio PunchSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Happy Mail using Snow Front

Each time a new Catalogue is launched, I send happy mail to eager Stampin’ Up! fans. I made this year’s Autumn/Winter Catalogue ‘happy mail’ using Snow Front.

Snow Front stamp set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This involved stamping some of the images from the Snow Front Stamp Set into a scene. I’ve used Pretty Peacock, Garden Green and Highland Heather.

Snow Front stamp set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, it’s not just a set for Christmas. It also works beautifully with the Waterfront Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue, as I’ve done here.

Waterfront has been used for the background stamping onto the Whisper White Notecards I used.

The scene, and a layer are punched out using circle punches and added to the notecard.

Snow Front stamp set from Stampin' Up! Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Notecards are a great way to make lots of cards really quickly. They are pre-cut, pre-scored, come with envelopes, are in packs of 20 and available in both Whisper White and Very Vanilla.

It’s a really quick and simple card to make, but very effective.

Did you receive your Snow Front happy mail? What is your favourite item in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue so far?

With all this excitement, you might have missed that the Designer Series Paper Sale is back. Buy 3, get 1 FREE on selected packs. Don’t miss out.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Snow Front Photopolymer Stamp SetWaterfront Photopolymer Stamp SetHighland Heather Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green Classic Stampin' PadPretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ PadPretty Peacock A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White Note Cards & Envelopes2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle PunchSnail Adhesive

Autumn/Winter Catalogue 2019

The brand new Autumn/Winter Catalogue is now LIVE.

Autumn/Winter Catalogue 2019 from Stampin' Up! Contact Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs for more details.

Click on the picture above to see the catalogue.

There are so many lovely new things to see, but I want to draw your attention to the fabulous charity Stamp Set (inside back cover) called Nature’s Beauty.

It’s just £20, with £2.50 of each sale of this Stamp Set being donated to mental health organisations by Stampin’ Up!

Contact me to place your order, or head to my 24/7 online store.
Items are available from 4th September 2019 – 2nd January 2020.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs


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Nature's Beauty Cling Stamp Set

Rooted in Nature Bundle in purple and blue

Autumn is here and it’s the perfect time for the Rooted in Nature Bundle. Here is an example in purple and blue.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, I’ve not opted for the usual oranges, greens and browns for this project. It’s great to mix things up a bit with non-standard colour combinations.

A lovely colour combination of Blackberry Bliss, Highland Heather and Balmy Blue make this card suitable for anyone.

The Rooted in Nature Bundle has a lovely selection of 16 rubber stamps, including 6 sentiments, plus 12 co-ordinating Framelits.

The section of trunk makes a fabulous background for the gorgeous foreground tree and there’s no fussy cutting thanks to the Framelits.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

I made a little hanging tag for the sentiment using the smallest sentiment in the Stamp Set and some Circle Punches.

I also used the fabulous new Take Your Pick Tool from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue to create the hole.

A long length of Baker’s Twine completes the hanging tag.

Rooted in Nature Bundle. Project designed by Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Natures Root Bundle, and all of the other bundles are available at a 10%  discount in the Catalogues so make sure you take advantage of them.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Rooted In Nature Clear-Mount BundleBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadBlackberry Bliss A4 CardstockBalmy Blue Classic Stampin' PadBalmy Blue A4 CardstockWhisper White A4 CardstockWhisper White Solid Baker's TwineTake Your Pick3/4" (1.9 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchSnail AdhesiveMini Stampin' Dimensionals

Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral

I needed a card at short notice so made this very quick and easy project. It’s a combination of a Stamp Set and DSP – Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral.

Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve taken the colour combination from the Frosted Floral DSP and paired Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. Using the DSP combinations to assist with colour choice is a great way of cutting down the amount of time it takes to create a project.

This DSP has a lovely shimmer and does a lot of the work for you. If you don’t like cutting into DSP then I would urge you to change this. Use it, don’t stroke it!

Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Two stamped and punched daisies are layered to give depth. A length of Linen Thread tied with a bow co-ordinates with the Crumb Cake and the stripes on the DSP.

Daisy Delight and Frosted Floral. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Gold Faceted Gem to mirror the shimmer of the DSP completes the project.

As this project was hand delivered, I was able to add extra layering with Dimensionals and the Faceted Gem. If I was posting the project, I would need to change the amount of layers or add additional postage.

Have you seen my Christmas Card Boot Camp Class for 2018? Make sure you book your place by 13th October.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp SetDaisy PunchFrosted Floral 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 cm) Specialty Designer Series PaperVery Vanilla A4 CardstockSoft Suede Classic Stampin' PadSoft Suede A4 CardstockCrumb Cake A4 CardstockLinen ThreadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Christmas Card Boot Camp 2018

It’s happening! Christmas Card Boot Camp 2018 is now OPEN for bookings.

The project below is an example of one of the cards you’ll be making during the day.

Making Christmas Bright project for Christmas Card Boot Camp. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set and co-ordinating Punch used to create the above project are from the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Making Christmas Bright project for Christmas Card Boot Camp. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Three strings of fairy lights are added to the project with the three main bulbs then stamped and punched. Each small fairy light is finally coloured using Watercolor Pencils.

Making Christmas Bright project for Christmas Card Boot Camp. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The day will run in a similar way to last year:
– The 3 hour morning session will see attendees making 24 Christmas Cards (6 each of 4 different designs – including the one above).

– The 3 hour afternoon session will see attendees making 4 special Christmas Cards, including one suitable for children. These cards are a bit more intricate and take a bit more time to make.

This year we have a new venue for Christmas Card Boot Camp, one of our regular Card & Cuppa cafes. They will be providing a fabulous Christmas Afternoon Tea between the classes and can cater for various food allergies too.

You can book for the morning session followed by the afternoon tea, the afternoon tea followed by the afternoon session, or the whole day with the afternoon tea between the classes.

Places are limited, so make sure you book your place. We have a couple of additional dates on hold if there is sufficient demand.

Head to this link for full details of the day and book your place.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Making Christmas Bright Photopolymer BundleWhisper White A4 CardstockOld Olive A4 CardstockReal Red A4 CardstockGray Granite Classic Stampin' PadDaffodil Delight Classic Stampin' PadWatercolor PencilsSnail AdhesiveMini Glue Dots