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!

If you’d like to join my Stampin’ Up! Team, take a look at the Join+ Promotion that is running this month. £154 of products for just £99.

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

Why not join one of my classes to use items from the new Catalogue. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Lots of new…

Tomorrow is an exciting day as it’s the launch of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

To save them getting lost in tomorrow’s excitement, I’m sharing details of TWO new promotions that also go live tomorrow.


These promotions are great for anyone who has a shopping list of items from the new catalogue.

The first is JOIN+

Join my team between 4th-31st May 2021 and receive an extra £24 of goodies in your Starter Kit. For just £99, can choose £154 of products!

Full details can be found here. Please be aware that any links to the SU! website may not work properly until 4th May.


The next is Connect, Craft and Collect

This is Extra Rewards for hosting parties or placing an order of your own of £200+. Why not grab some friends, combine your orders and receive extra goodies!

Full details can be found here. Please be aware that any links to the SU! website may not work properly until 4th May.


Today is the last chance to order items from the Retiring List. Make sure you grab those items.

Plus, don’t forget the fabulous Natural Touch Specialty Paper from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle leaves us today too.

Why not join one of my classes to use items from the new Catalogue. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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NATURAL TOUCH SPECIALTY PAPER

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Stitched Rectangle Dies

For this week’s project, we went a bit Mondrian-esque.

Stitched Rectangle Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs As the attendees liked the colours from the week before, I used the same ones.

For this project, the main pieces are from the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

To begin, lengths of the Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon and Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo are stuck across the project.

Next, each rectangle is arranged with pieces overlapping.

My sentiment is from the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set and has a Small Bloom Punch Flower and Sprig Punch leaf attached.

The flower is coated with Wink of Stella for a touch of sparkle.

Stitched Rectangle Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a Playing With Patterns Resin Dot is added to the centre of the flower.

With only a handful of Card & (Your) Cuppa Classes left for 2020, make sure you book your place. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Don’t forget to grab one of my Trio of Cute Christmas Cards Home Activity Pack. Limited numbers available.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Small Blooms in a Jar

These small blooms in a jar for last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project make a big entrance.

Small Blooms in a Jar. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using a softer pink for the jar and layer, I was able to use brighter colours for the flowers.

My colours are Blushing Bride, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.

The flowers are layered onto a ‘helper piece’, in this case a punched circle. By layering onto a separate piece, it allows the whole bunch to be moved as one.

Sprig Punch leaves are then glued to the back of the circle.

Small Blooms in a Jar. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A length of Gray Granite Ribbon creates a pretty flat (Dior) bow around the vase.

A couple of Dimensionals on the back of the flowers allows them to stand out from the vase.Small Blooms in a Jar. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Artistry Blooms Sequins in co-ordinating Mango Melody are added to some of the flowers and around the project.

I chose to leave this project sentiment free as I think it is a great project for many occasions.

The number of classes I have booking for the remainder of 2020 is decreasing fast. For more details and to book a place, head to my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Fabulous Florals – Small Blooms in Sepia Tones

This is the final project from my recent Fabulous Florals Papercrafting Class.

Once again, I’ve used a previous project for my inspiration, this time creating small blooms in sepia tones.Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I really like projects that are various shades of the same colour, with this one using shades of brown.

Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, plus some Linen Thread provide my brown hues. Accents are in Very Vanilla and Gold.

Linen Thread creates a frame for the rest of project and adds a touch of texture too.Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

A variety of punches, Vases Builder, Sprig and of course Small Bloom create the different shapes. Some of the leaves and all of the flowers are in Crumb Cake for a tone-on-tone look. The other leaves are in Soft Suede.

Cutting the Sprig Punch shape in half gives me two thin stems to start my layering.

Then the leaves are stuck down, followed by the flowers.Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsA sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set is offset to one side using Mini Dimensionals.

Finally, Gold Metallic Pearls highlight the centre of some of the flowers, with the rest creating additional interest across the project.

Here are all 6 projects. Do you have a favourite?

Small Blooms in Sepia Tones. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Fabulous Florals on World Cardmaking Day. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   Poppy Moments Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Purple Posy Project. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs   In Color Jar of Flowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs.   Ornate Borders Dies. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

If you’ve liked these projects, why not join me at one of my remaining ZOOM Classes for 2020. Full details are available at my Class Timetable.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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A Bright Flowering Frame

This bright flowering flame in Magenta Madness is today’s project.

I was flicking through the Annual Catalogue and stopped at Page 69. This is my version of the project on that page.

A Bright Flowering Frame. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s no secret that I use the catalogues for my inspiration. I change the colours, change the stamp sets or change the design slightly.

My colour combination is Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green and Whisper White. Magenta Madness is one of the five new In Colors for 2020 and this combination really zings.

For my version, I began by stamping the large rectangle image from the Swirly Frames Stamp Set in Whisper White ink.

A Bright Flowering Frame. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Then, using Magenta Madness, I stamped flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set tone-on-tone onto a separate piece. I also added a few leaves to the background too. I used a Blender Pen to draw the colour onto the petals.

The larger flowers are cut using the Small Bloom Punch, with the smaller ones needing fussy cutting. For the leaves, the Sprig Punch gives us the two longer pieces, with the smaller leaves again stamped tone-on-tone, this time in Granny Apple Green.

Using Glue Dots for each item, I firstly built layers of leaves, adding the flowers on top.

‘For You’ comes from the Well Said Stamp Set and is added using Mini Dimensionals to raise it up off the background.

A Bright Flowering Frame. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, Epoxy Droplets make the centre of the large flowers, with Rhinestones for the rest of the sparkle.

Even though I’m not a lover of pink, this bright flowering frame design really pops and is a great project for any occasion. I now have an idea for another design!

If you would like to join me at one of my classes, head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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In Color Introduction Class – Bumblebee and Many Mates Bundle

Last week I held my annual ‘In Color’ Introduction Class.

It’s one of my favourite classes of the year as attendees use the new colours and new products too. This year, it was slightly different to usual as it was held online rather than face-to-face. As the attendees had class kits posted to them in advance, I was still able to send them new items.

I taught 6 projects during the class and this first project is using new ‘In Color’ Bumblebee and the Many Mates Bundle. This Many Mates Bundle, and other Bundles in the Annual Catalogue have a 10% discount, which is great when you combine it with this month’s Bonus Days Offer.

Many Mates Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It’s my version of the project on page 43 of the Annual Catalogue and my colour combination is Bumblebee, Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss. These work really well together.

The die-cut shape is cut to fit the Old Olive layer. When cutting this out, you’ll definitely find the Take Your Pick Tool and Brush Tip really useful, there are a lot of bits to remove.

Stamping the sentiment onto a Very Vanilla Story Label Punch shape, again using Bumblebee creates the focus. I’ve used a Blender Pen to colour the sentiment slightly by pulling the colour from the stamping.

A couple of lengths of the Reversible Pretty Peacock/Old Olive Ribbon is placed behind the sentiment, along with two shapes cut from the Sprig Punch.

Many Mates Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Three Small Bloom Punch flowers in Blackberry Bliss are added using Glue Dots. Finally, ‘In Color’ Enamel Dots create the centre of the flowers.

Many Mates Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Pop back over the next few days for the other projects from this class.

Why not join us for a Papercrafting Class, or one of my other classes. Head to my Class Timetable for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Shabby Smoky Slate

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project was this shabby smoky slate card.

It’s inspired by Page 137 of the new Annual Catalogue.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

In the Catalogue, there is stamping on the project. As I can’t send stamped images out to class attendees due to Stampin’ Up! policies, I’ve used punched shapes to create a similar look.

The Smoky Slate background is given a shabby look with an emery board, or scissors to scuff the edges. Any rips or tears add to the look, so don’t be afraid of those. You could even scrunch the background or use Sponge Daubers around the edge for a more intense look.

Daisies and leaves cut from the Medium Daisy and Sprig Punches in Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz are put together. Daisies in Basic Gray are cut down to form the daisy centres.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once everything assembled onto the Whisper White square, the Linen Thread is stuck to the back using Tear & Tape.

Then, the Whisper White piece is added to the project using Dimensionals in each corner.

Finally, a Gilded Gem is  sat in the centre at the top.

Shabby Smoky Slate. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The attendees could then add their own sentiment or addtional sparkle if they chose to.

Join us at a future Card & (Your) Cuppa session by heading to my Class Timetable, where you’ll find class information and booking details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Painted Poppies and Floral Essence for a Special Birthday

Today I’m sharing another special commission with you. I created this card using Painted Poppies and Floral Essence, plus a few punches.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

It a special Birthday card for one of my regular class attendees and is based on this card I made previously.

The marble effect background is from the only Ink Pad I used on the project, Melon Mambo. The image is from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, part of a 10% discounted Bundle with the Painted Labels Dies. Take a look at the Annual Catalogue to see all the available Bundles.

One of the dies from the Bundle, also cut in Melon Mambo is underneath the flowers. Highland Heather Sprig Punch shapes are also behind the flowers.

Floral Essence and the matching Perennial Flower Punch create the pretty flowers. A Blender Pen colours the flowers slightly by dragging the ink from the centre.

Floral Essence for a Special Birthday. Project Designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs Well Said provides the sentiment and these are cut using the Classic Label Punch, then placing them in the ‘wrong’ way and creating a banner end. For the layers, these are cut using the Triple Banner Punch.

As the card was being hand-delivered, there were a lot more layers than I would create for regular post.

My favourite ribbon to colour, the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding has the colouring treatment with a Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend.

Finally, Wink of Stella is added to the centre of the flowers and a few Rhinestones for some sparkle.

Take a look at the various classes and kits I have available at my Class Timetable. Or, if it ‘isn’t your thing’ and you’d like me to create something for you instead, then take a look at my handmade cards page.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Butterflies in shades of green

At my previous Card & (Your) Cuppa sessions, I asked the attendees to tell me what sorts of projects they would like to make. Someone said that they liked greens, so here we have butterflies in shades of green.

Butterflies in shades of green. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Soft Sea Foam, Pretty Peacock and Mint Macaron.

The Soft Sea Foam layer is embossed using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. I definitely don’t use my embossing folders enough.

A length of Linen Thread is then wrapped around this piece to add even more depth. As I’m unable to send stamped images to my class attendees during this time, I am finding lots of different ways to add depth and texture.

Butterflies in shades of green. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Then we have a shape from the Wild Rose Dies, this is cut down at one end. A tip for this shape is to cut it wider, so it hangs slightly over the Soft Sea Foam piece and blends into the Pretty Peacock layer. Sprig Punch Shapes are then glued to the back of the shape before it is added with Dimensionals to raise it up.

The three butterflies in shades of green are then scrunched (to add more texture) and added to the project.

Butterflies in shades of green. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, three Pearls just add a little bit of extra sophistication.

There was enough Linen Thread left over in the kits for the attendees to add a bow if they wanted. Some did and I was thrilled it was some of my more bow-phobic attendees that took the plunge and added one 🙂

If you’d like to join us at a class, then take a look at my Social Isolation Classes page for more details. Also, don’t forget that some products from the Annual and Mini Catalogues are leaving us on 2nd June. Check out the retiring list for full details.

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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