This is the last month of Sale-A-Bration for this year.  Today’s card showcases two of the fun FREE items you can earn with qualified purchases. They are a stamp set and matching dies of happy hippos.


Stampin' Up!, Hippest Hippos, Hippo Dies, Happy Forest Friend, Tea Cup Dies, Season of Chic, Jackie Beers


Stamp Set(s)

The hippo stamp set is FREE with qualified purchase from Sale-A-Bration called Hippest Hippos.  There are three hippos and I used all of them.  The facial expressions are so darn cute that I could not resist making a fun loving type card.  And what is better than a stack of fun hippos?  All of the stamping was done using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. And the coloring is with Stampin’ Blends.  The lighter shades on the hippos are Gray Granite and Smoky Slate.  Smoky Slate is the darker areas.  How well these colors worked on the hippos was a pleasant surprise.

For the sentiment, I wanted something that would fit proportionally to one of the hippos.  Personally I love sweet and small sentiments for little tags.  This one was located in the Season of Chic stamp set.  “Love You” works for most any occasion!


As with the stamp sets, there were two different die sets used.  The first is the 2nd FREE from Sale-A-Bration dies.  They are the Hippo Dies.  There are additional cute and fun pieces that fit the stamp set, as well as the hippo dies.  Since I had not stamped any of the extra pieces, all I needed were the hippos.

The other Die set used is the Tea Cup Dies.  The cute little tag is from that Die set.  And the little “Love You” fit on it perfectly!  Additionally, it may appear the tree stump is a die cut, but it was fussy cut from the piece of DSP.  There is a tree stump and matching die in the Happy Forest Friends.  Those are adorable, except this one has the little leaf and stem attached.  That adds a bit since the hippos are standing on it.  Plus it is so beautifully colored that I chose to go this route.


Of course all of the colors used came from the DSP.  It is the Happy Forest Friend Designer Series Paper.  The colors in this pack are good variety of colors.  Having fun paper is a great benefit from Stampin’ Up!.  In keeping with the hippos in gray, I went with a Smoky Slate card base and Old Olive as the layer.  And to ground the trio of balancing hippos I added a fun piece of the Smoky Slate for them to stand on.

The hippo layer of Smoky Slate is cut using two of the punches from the Very Best Trio Punch.  The top section was cut using the decorative edge punch.  And the bottom was cut using the Angle punch.  This is a great punch that I find myself using more and more often.

Slim Card Measurements

The card base is cut to  7 1/2 X 8 3/4 and scored at 3 3/4 on the 7 1/2 side.  Then folded and creased well.   For the Old Olive layer it is cut to 3 1/2 X 8 1/2.  And the DSP layer is cut 3 1/4 X 8 1/4.  The Smoky Slate behind the hippos was cut to give equal distance around the balancing act and I failed to notate the final measurements.  My apologies there!


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Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will come back.  I do read and reply to all of the comments individually.  They mean a lot to me.  Please reach out if you have a question.

Smile and Keep On Stamping,