Sunday, November 21, 2021

Hippo Happiness for PP568

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a fun new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, Laurie is hosting our monthly Clean-and-Simple (CAS) Challenge.
This month our CAS Challenge has a fun little twist with the addition of Gnomes or Fairies to your project. I have to admit, this one had me scratching my head for a minute because I don’t have any gnomes or fairies that are current Stampin’ Up!® sets. I think I have one or two retired sets but they are stored away and trying to locate them was going to be a bit of a challenge in itself. So, I decided to think outside of the box and had an idea to use the Hippo Happiness stamp set and (hopefully) create a little fairy magic on my card.  

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my card below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post.
Color Combo:
I was bound and determined to give this little hippo some fairy wings! The image itself isn’t very large, so it was important not to make the wings larger than the hippo. I decided to use the scalloped border die from the Penned Flowers Dies. Of course, fairy wings are better when they sparkle, so I die cut the border from Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum. If you don’t have the 2021-2023 In Color Shimmer Vellum, add it to your next order. It is SO pretty in-person.

After I die cut the vellum, I snipped two sets of two scallops to create the fairy wings. I added them behind the die-cut hippo with a small piece of a Stampin’ Dimensional between them to separate them a little and make them pop. Hopefully you can see it a little better in the photo below. What do you think? Did I successfully turn this cutie patootie hippo into a fairy princess? I showed my husband the card and asked “do these look like fairy wings?”…and his answer was “why does the hippo have fairy wings?”. I don’t think he quite understood the assignment. :) 

*One tip I found with the Hippo Happiness stamp set is to stamp the darker detailed image first in Polished Pink ink, then go back and the stamp solid hippo image (stamped-off once) in Polished Pink ink. I found it was a little easier to line the two images up this way because you could see the darker ink more clearly when trying to line the images up.  
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Polished Pink Card Base: 4-1/2” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2"
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”, add a soft layer Coastal Cabana ink to the center of the cardstock using a Blending Brush  
  • Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (host exclusive): die cut the second largest label from the Hippo & Friends Dies
  • Basic White Cardstock: scraps to stamp the hippo, balloons and bow, then die cut using the Hippo & Friends Dies 
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap to die cut a stitched cloud from the Give it A Whirl Dies, add some Wink of Stella Glitter brush for added sparkle
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock: 3” x (just under) 1/2”, stamp sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set in Momento ink and banner punch ends using the Tailored Tag Punch 
  • In Color Jewels: add one to the hippo’s bow and two to the card front as shown
  • Silver Simply Elegant Trim: to create the balloon strings
  • Basic White Cardstock (inside card): 4-1/8” x 5-3/8"
  • Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (inside card): 4-1/8” x 5/8” 
Here’s a peek inside the card! You can never go wrong with another pink hippo, so I kept the party going from the front of the card. Although, this Polished Pink cutie is the cousin to the hippo on the front and hasn’t earned her fairy wings yet. Haha! I just added a little strip of DSP for the hippo to “sit” on and stamped some sparkles in the top corner. I meant to add a few more…but I guess I got distracted. Oops! 
When I originally started making this card, I had planned on adding TWO hippos but just couldn't make the scene come together without it being overly cluttered. Let’s face it, these little fairy divas can’t be expected to share the spotlight. I already had my little Highland Heather hippo with her Bermuda Bay bow stamped and cut out, so I just recreated the card with that color combo. I love the “Hippo Birthday” sentiment and always need more birthday cards, so it worked out perfectly.  
Here are both cards side-by-side. Do you have a favorite color combo between the two? I’m partial to that Polished Pink/Daffodil Delight card myself but have to admit, that little purple hippo fairy is pretty darn cute, too.  

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your gnome and/or fairy project this fun Clean-andSimple (CAS) ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday November 26th, 2021

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team:  

Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The current Host Code is: 23JA4XZQ

Also, If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using the above host code, you will also receive a gift from me: a FREE Exclusive Project Tutorial PDFsee the sneak peek below. Each month, I partner with an amazingly talented group of demonstrators from around the world to create these project tutorials. This month's tutorial features 12 awesome project ideas to inspire your creativity! 
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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

Please Note: The Pattern Party Designer Series Paper is a Host Exclusive item and can only be ordered with a minimum $150 order. 

***I also accidentally left the Simply Elegant Trim (used for the ballon strings) off the list below - Item #155766

Product List


  1. LOVE your little hippo fairies! Such a cute and clever idea to give them those pretty vellum wings!

  2. Your hippo makes a cute little fairy, Anne Marie! These are both sweet cards!

  3. Oh Anne Marie, you had me at HIPPO!!!! You know I adore hippos and this one steals the show. I love her little wings and bow. I just can't quit smiling! So creative and perfect for this challenge! My Victoria would adore this lavender card! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, My Friend!

  4. Oh my gosh - these are so cute! Very clever to turn that hippo into a fairy! This is one of my favorite sets.

  5. So smart to make a fairy out of something else by giving it wings! Love the whimsical hippo fairy and the vellum wings! Have a wonderful week!

  6. Love your resourcefulness and your darling card! I think the purple and teal one looks fabulous too! Great job, Anne Marie!

  7. This week's challenge definitely called for some creativity - your sweet fairy hippo is a great example of that Anne Marie, way to go!! So cute - those sparkly wings are adorable!

  8. Anne Marie, your sweet and simple colors on this card set are perfect for the CAS challenge this week.

  9. Oh, Anne Marie! Your creativity never ceases to amaze! Your fairy hippo is adorable. I love her in pink! Have a wonderful weekend!


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Have a great day! :)
Anne Marie