Hippo Happiness Birthday Card PP503

by Joanne James9. August 2020 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have a colour challenge for you to work with:


I love a bright colour palette and my choices today were inspired by a one sheet wonder I made a little while ago. I loved the colours together so much I decided to see what you would make of my colour combination. For today's card I used the current Inspire.Create Challenge sketch for my layout and decided these colour would be perfect for a balloon-carrying hippo - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I used the 'Hippo Happiness' stamp set and co-ordinating Hippo & Friends Dies to stamp and cut out my cute hippo and balloons and mounted him on a stitched shaped panel that is also found in the Hippo & Friends die set. I mounted this on a stitched rectangle of Pool Party cardstock and added this to a Melon Mambo base, to which I'd added a Tasteful Textile embossed panel and strip of co-ordinating Brights DSP. I couldn't resist adding some co-ordinating decoration to the inside of my card along with the second part of my punny sentiment too:

The stamping for today's card was pretty straightforward, however I do have one top tip for you with regard to stamping the hippo: he is a two-step stamped image and I found it much easier to align the stamps if I stamped the uppermost stamp (i.e. the navy one on my card) first, with the full body (i.e. the one I stamped in Pool Party) second.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

Enjoy your day; we enjoyed spending the day with friends yesterday, basking in the glorious weather we have been enjoying here in the UK. Today we shall be spending time in the garden and enjoying another BBQ before the weather breaks later this week!  I'll be back later with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (11) -

LaurieUnited States
8/9/2020 2:24:56 PM #

SOOO cute!! Your hippo is adorable...great job with the challenge colors!!


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
8/9/2020 3:06:33 PM #

A hippo and polka dots---does it get any better than that?  I love this bright color combo and so happy you challenged us with it!  This card will certainly make someone smile!  I hope you have a great week, My Friend!  


Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
8/9/2020 8:00:41 PM #

oh that is just so cute! Brilliant design


8/11/2020 6:21:06 PM #

Well, that little hippo is quite dapper....his little bow tie is quite chic!  Love ALL of this!


Mary Deatherage
Mary DeatherageUnited States
8/13/2020 7:15:14 PM #

Absolutely adorable!  Great with our colors AND the sketch challenge! Smile


Stef Perry
Stef PerryUnited States
8/13/2020 9:58:53 PM #

That hippo makes me smile and you've created such a cute birthday card with him.  Love the balloons and his fancy bow tie!  Thanks for a great challenge this week, I really love these colors together!


Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
8/14/2020 4:22:00 PM #

Oh so cute, Joanne! I love the subtle embossing and how you used the challenge colors. However, I must say, my favorite part of this card is the adorable little bow tie! Perfect...just like all of your cards!


AllisaUnited States
8/14/2020 6:04:23 PM #

Such a super cute image, love how you finished out the inside of the card as well.


jaydeeUnited States
8/14/2020 11:36:13 PM #

Joanne, this card makes me smile.  That little hippo is adorable and I love him with the polka dot background and his fabulous colored balloons.  Of course, all the space makes my CAS loving heart so happy.  BTW hope you are enjoying this humidity as much as we are! Smile


VickyUnited Kingdom
8/15/2020 12:10:21 PM #

I love your colour combination Joanne and am amazed by how differently everyone has interpreted them. Your bright hippo card is very cute and I love the punning sentiment. Vicky x


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
8/16/2020 10:02:34 PM #

Very cute! I spent a bit of time reading closely how you'd done the hippo because to me, he looked as though he was glittery! I wondered if you'd cut him out of the Balmy Blue glimmer paper, then maybe that you'd used Wink of Stella, or even that you'd clear embossed him. So now I conclude, it's an optical illusion and maybe a need another cup of coffee! Anyway, he's a sweet creation and the colour way is an interesting one.


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