Hippest Hippos Blue Birthday Ballet Dancer PP600

by Joanne James17. July 2022 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Ann to host this week and she has a fun Clean and Simple challenge for us to work with as we celebrate another milestone with our 600th challenge:


Cards for kids - what fun! I used Karren's layout over at Freshly Made Sketches this week which was perfect to highlight my ballet dancing hippo - take a look:


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

I couldn't resist another outing with my 'Hippest Hippos' Sale-A-Bration stamp set and co-ordinating Hippo Dies, this time I decided to feature the sweet ballet dancing hippo. My colours were taken from the palette over at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week. This is my first foray into the world of coloured hippos - I usually stick with the grey kind! I stamped, coloured and diecut one, backed with a couple of rectangles of DSP (these are from retired collections but I've included the links to the current equivalents below). I also gave my hippo a flower in her 'hair' and added a liberal does of clear Wink of Stella to her tutu and ballet shoes:

I finished with a birthday sentiment from a retired set in a co-ordinating font and another coloured hippo inside my card:


And that's all there is to it! Remember this is clean and simple week - so your card should:


  • Have minimal layers and embellishments
  • Have plenty of open, or "white" space
  • Be simple and uncluttered

I think my blue hippo fits the bill - and is a fitting way to celebrate our 600th challenge too! 

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; I'll be keeping out of the sun, enjoying a BBQ lunch and enjoying the glorious weather we are having here at the moment. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (14) -

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
7/17/2022 4:12:58 PM #

Oh, Joanne! Your blue hippo with the flower in her hair is adorable! I adore the polka dotted paper. The colors are a perfect combination. Thank you for making my challenge shine! Have a wonderful week!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
7/17/2022 4:22:42 PM #

Oh, be still my Hippo Loving Heart!  I adore this card!  That little hippo just warms my heart.  The OO paper is so beautiful!  Your little hippo is colored beautifully, too!  Heck I am a big kid and would LOVE to receive this sweet card.
I am so happy our paths crossed on this amazing DT.  You are very special to me!

Jennie Maier
Jennie MaierUnited States
7/17/2022 6:23:56 PM #

Joanne, you combined all three challenges perfectly!! Love that little dancing hippo and the colors are perfect too! Have a great week!

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
7/18/2022 6:45:55 PM #

This is so totally adorable, Joanne!  Love this pretty hippo, and that sparkly tutu!  Great touches!  Thanks so much for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Laurie Schmidt
Laurie SchmidtUnited States
7/19/2022 2:35:09 PM #

That hippo is just the sweetest!! What a cute card!

Leah D Dixon
Leah D DixonCanada
7/19/2022 9:42:58 PM #

Such a great card! The colour combo is perfect for the Hippest (and cutest) Hippo! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
7/20/2022 2:31:09 PM #

This happy dancing hippo is adorable in blues! So, so cute! I love the fun flower too!

JaydeeUnited States
7/20/2022 7:40:10 PM #

Joanne, you have made the most fabulous cards with this set - and this one is no exception.  It is absolutely darling!  It's been a honor to craft beside on a Sunday for so many challenges

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
7/21/2022 9:27:49 AM #

Adorable card, Joanne!  Hippos always make me think of my mom rather than kids though since my mom has always loved hippos Smile Great job using those colors together too, I couldn't wrap my brain around that color combination!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
7/21/2022 1:34:31 PM #

I love your blue hippo...and the coordinating purple makes her all the more special!  So cute!  Thanks for playing with me all these years and being such a great PP teamie!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
7/23/2022 3:34:16 PM #

Such a darling card, Joanne! How can you not have fun when a blue hippo is involved? She stands out perfectly against those bitty polka dot patterns, too. Love it!

GenevieveUnited States
7/23/2022 6:14:10 PM #

Wow!  Love how you used the stamp set and our challenge colors to create a fun and cute card.  Thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Jolanda E Johnstone
Jolanda E JohnstoneUnited States
7/25/2022 1:45:27 PM #

Joanne, your card made me smile.  So delightful.  It almost became a case for my card class this week.  Our HSS colors work ever so nicely combined with all the other challenges.  Cheers, Jolanda.

Jenny Engelke
Jenny EngelkeUnited States
7/25/2022 10:08:29 PM #

My goodness, I don't think this hippo could get much cuter!  I love the clean and simple design too....it really lets this little dancing darling be the star of the show!
Thanks for sharing with us at HSS!

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