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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Vertical Greetings Wood-Mount Stamp SetVertical Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp SetIcing On The Cake Photopolymer Stamp SetJar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetBalloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp SetPetal Palette Wood-Mount Stamp SetPetal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetDragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp SetFalling Flowers Wood-Mount Stamp SetFalling Flowers Clear-Mount Stamp SetBubble Over Photopolymer Stamp SetTouches Of Texture Wood-Mount Stamp SetTouches Of Texture Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Pretty in Pinks and Purple

The other week I showed you this project taking inspiration from Page 119 of the Annual Catalogue.

Here is another project I made using the design.

Pretty in Pinks and Purple using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This card was for one of my regular class attendees and she loves pink and purple. I’ve followed the design from the Catalogue a bit more closely with this project and was able to use dies and thicker layering. This is because is was being hand delivered.

Pretty in Pinks and Purple using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My stamp set of choice is of course Petal Palette with the co-ordinating Petals & More Thinlits. Picture Perfect Birthday provides the sentiment.

The colour combination of Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry are the pinks and purple I chose. Whisper White adds an accent for stamping and Baker’s Twine.

Pretty in Pinks and Purple using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment is cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A final touch of bling is added with a Rhinestone.

I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from the Annual Catalogue recently. Not only is it filled with all of the fabulous products, it’s a brilliant resource full of projects to recreate. Check back to see some of these projects over the coming weeks.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Layers and Leaves

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was inspired by Page 119 of the Annual Catalogue. My version has layers and leaves.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I don’t use the Big Shot at my Card and Cuppa classes due to space limitations, I chose to use punches to create the layers instead.

Soft Sea Foam creates the gorgeous base and background. It looks fabulous with the Mint Macaron and Grapefruit Grove accents. We of course have some corner rounding using the Detailed Trio Punch.

Petal Palette provides the dotted section that is stamped in Mint Macaron. We then add leaves from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, some on the background and others cut out using the co-ordinating Leaf Punch. These cut out pieces give us one of our layers.

Another layer comes from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch as we add a splash of colour.

Our final layers is a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday with a strip of Grapefruit Grove ribbon looped behind. I’ve just noticed that all of the stamp sets start with ‘P’!

By raising this on Dimensionals it finishes the project by making the layers more defined.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Even though this is a post-friendly project and we only use one layer of Dimensionals. you can clearly see the different layers below. This is achieved by only adhering the middle of the punched strip and the end of the leaves to avoid them being completely flat.

I loved taking inspiration from the Annual Catalogue, it’s a really useful resource for ideas.

Card and Cuppa Project. Layers and Leaves. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like this project. Pop back later in the week to see a very similar design.

Why not join us for a future Card and Cuppa session. Book your place by 18:00 the day before.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Thank You

Today I’m sharing this pretty Petal Palette Thank You card with you. I gave this card to the lovely Guest Relations Manager on our recent holiday.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s no secret I adore the Petal Palette Stamp Set and tend to use it quite a lot in my projects.

For this project, I’ve teamed Mint Macaron with Blushing Bride for soft tones.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Ovals are cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits and are sitting on a length of Linen Thread.

Finally, adding a few pearls in the centre of the flowers makes them stand out.

Petal Palette Thank You Card. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple project that can be replicated in many different ways. My mind is full of the various colour combinations I could recreate this design with.

Don’t forget that now I’m back from my holiday, classes are resuming. Click for more details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetLayering Ovals Framelits DiesWhisper White A4 CardstockBlushing Bride Classic Stampin' PadBlushing Bride A4 CardstockMint Macaron Classic Stampin' PadMint Macaron A4 CardstockPearl Basic JewelsLinen ThreadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Frosted Floral DSP Happy Mail

If you are on my Catalogue Mailing List, you will have received some Frosted Floral DSP Happy Mail, along with the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The notecards are really simple and quick to make as the DSP does all the work.

Simply cut the DSP to fit the front of the notecard. You’ll be left with a narrow piece which you can then turn over and stick behind the sentiment to show off both sides of the DSP.

Best Wishes from Petal Palette in either co-ordinating Night of Navy or Blackberry Bliss is the sentiment. These are cut out using the Tailored Tag Punch.

Here are four pieces from the 12 sheets in the pack.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As this is a Speciality DSP, it has a beautiful shimmery finish. I’m not sure if you can see it in the pictures, it’s definitely a ‘need to see it’ product.

A batch of these with a range of sentiments would make a lovely gift.

Here they all are.

Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Frosted Floral DSP. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Which is your favourite? Which one did you receive?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Frosted Floral 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 cm) Specialty Designer Series PaperWhisper White Note Cards & EnvelopesWhisper White A4 CardstockNight Of Navy Classic Stampin' PadBlackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' PadSnail AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Inspired by roses

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was inspired by roses.

Card & Cuppa project using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I have a beautiful rose bush in my front garden that blooms throughout the summer and this year is no exception. In fact the blooms are so pretty that I just had to take a picture.

Roses in garden that inspired Card & Cuppa project

So, when I was thinking about a project for the class, these flowers were my inspiration.

Petal Palette is the stamp set I chose as it has the lovely roses. The crumb cake background dulls the colouring but I like the more muted tones on this project. Even though my roses are a bright red!

All of the stamping is in Early Espresso and the roses are coloured with Watercolor Pencils (yes, I know the ‘u’ is missing, but that is their name in the catalogue as it’s American spelling!) A Blender Pen is used to soften the colouring.

For contrast, a strip of the fabulous new Polka Dot Ribbon is used down the edge before a layered sentiment is added.

Card & Cuppa project using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The ribbon is great for adding some texture as it’s really tactile. To add more depth, the sentiment is raised up on Dimensionals.

Card & Cuppa project using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the petals to add a subtle touch of bling.

Card & Cuppa project using Petal Palette. Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s great to be able to take inspiration from the world around us. What has inspired you to create something?

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetJar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp SetCrumb Cake A4 CardstockEarly Espresso Classic Stampin' PadEarly Espresso A4 Cardstock1" (2.5 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle PunchVery Vanilla 5/8" (1.6 cm) Polka Dot Tulle RibbonWatercolor PencilsBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushSnail AdhesiveStampin' DimensionalsVery Vanilla C6 Envelopes

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Petal Palette Spotlight

For last week’s Card & Cuppa I designed a project using the spotlight technique.

Card & Cuppa Project using Petal Palette from Stampin' Up! with Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

First, a background was created using the Petal Palette Stamp Set in Black Archival Ink (on the retiring list along with Basic Gray Archival Ink).

Next, 3 different size circles are punched from the background. Then it’s colouring of each circle using Watercolor Pencils and Blender pens. The attendees were able to use any colour of their choice from the Watercolor Pencils for their projects. We had a fabulous array of pretty roses.

Layering each circle onto a slightly larger Old Olive circle taking care to line up each pattern with the original base layer creates the spotlight.

Card & Cuppa Project using Petal Palette from Stampin' Up! with Karen Young at HIPPOFROG Designs

As you can see, each circle is a spotlight of colour of the background pattern.

Finally, a sentiment with an Old Olive background layer co-ordinates with the circles for a finishing touch. A touch of Wink of Stella on the flowers adds some sparkle.

Due to space constraints, we don’t use the Big Shot at Card & Cuppa classes, so punches were used at this class. Layering Circles Framelits to create the cut outs can be used as an alternative.

Don’t forget that the retiring list is here until the end of May (while stocks last). Act quickly to secure your favourite products.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount Stamp SetWhisper White A4 CardstockBasic Black Archival Stampin’ PadOld Olive A4 CardstockOld Olive Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White A4 Thick CardstockWatercolor PencilsBlender PensClear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush2-1/4" (5.7 cm) Circle Punch2" (5.1 cm) Circle Punch1-3/4" (4.4 cm) Circle Punch1-1/2" (3.8 cm) Circle Punch1-1/4" (3.2 cm) Circle Punch1" (2.5 cm) Circle PunchSnail Adhesive

From the heart on Mothering Sunday

As it was Mothering Sunday at the weekend, I can now show you the cards I made.

There are two different colour ways of the same design in Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie.

Stampin' Up! Petal Passion Suite with HIPPOFROG Designs

Stampin' Up! Petal Passion Suite with HIPPOFROG Designs

I made these way back at the end of January when I was making a different project and got distracted by pretty things!

They use products from the Petal Passion Suite including the Stamp Set and Dies Bundle and the Designer Series Paper.

Using Stampin’ Blends I’ve coloured the background of the the DSP in Pool Party before highlighting the flower. This is similar to the picture on Page 22 in the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

As I didn’t have the right colour ribbon, I used the Pool Party Stampin’ Blend again to co-ordinate it with the rest of the project.

The sentiment is just perfect.  If you can’t use From the Heart on Mothering Sunday… Layering it on top of the ribbon and die-cut pieces, along with with some pearls, adds a pretty finishing touch.

Stampin' Up! Petal Passion Suite with HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are both cards together. Do you have a favourite?

What projects have you made as a result of going off on a tangent?

The Spring/Summer Catalogue is with us until the end of May, but Sale-A-Bration ends on 31st March.  Don’t miss out on getting your hands on the gorgeous FREE products with a qualifying order.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount BundlePetal Passion Designer Series PaperWhisper White A4 CardstockPool Party A4 CardstockCrumb Cake A4 CardstockBasic Black Archival Stampin’ PadPearl Basic JewelsWhisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Organza RibbonBermuda Bay Light Stampin' Blends MarkerOld Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPool Party Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackPumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Markers Combo PackSnail AdhesiveTear & Tape AdhesiveStampin' Dimensionals

Petal Passion in Pink and Black

Today I’m going to share a project from my most recent Stamp-a-Stack Class.  Those of you who know me will probably be a bit surprised at my choice of main colour!

Stampin' Up! Petal Passion Suite with HIPPOFROG Designs

Yes, that’s right, pink!

I’m not a fan of the colour pink myself, but that doesn’t stop me from using it for someone who does like the colour. It means that I think about the person I am making it for instead of my own likes and dislikes.

This project uses the Petal Passion Bundle of Stamp Set and matching dies, along with the co-ordinating Embossing Folders too.

Once all of the pieces are stamped, punched, die cut and embossed, it’s down to assembly. As the branches are rather small, I’ve used adhesive behind the embossed strip to secure them and a few dots of Fine-Tip Glue on several of the leaves. I find that Tear & Tape is the best dry adhesive to use on the back of embossed pieces as you aren’t ‘squashing’ the patterns when you add it.

What project have you created where the colour or technique pushed you outside of your comfort zone?

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Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – SAB Lots of Lavender

At last week’s Card & Cuppa class I reached for one of my favourite stamp sets from SAB – Lots of Lavender.

However, we didn’t use the lavender stamps, but the gorgeous roses instead.

Stampin' Up! Lots of Lavender with HIPPOFROG Designs

For this soft and pretty card, I used Very Vanilla, Peekaboo Peach and Pear Pizzazz, with Smoky Slate for the outline and sentiment stamping.

The leaves create a pretty background with the lace doily effect mirrored with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. A length of Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine helps to pull the colours together.

There is also Wink of Stella on the flowers to give a bit of subtle sparkle.

What is your favourite SAB product?

Book your place by 18:00 the day before to join us for a Card & Cuppa session.

Happy crafting

Karen Young - HIPPOFROG Designs

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