Peekaboo Window Card | Hippo Birthday 2 Ewe!

I’m sharing another birthday card today -it’s been a wonderful week of celebrations.

When the new catalogue first released, the Hippo Happiness bundle was one of my top picks.  It’s even better in person than the catalogue! It has super cute animal images and amazing dies to complement – and so much potential for fun projects.

The Peekaboo Window fold for this card was inspired by Chris Slogar.  You can see her post by clicking here.

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It’s a regular card base with a peekaboo feature and a fold out centre – the perfect combination to be able to have the hippo and sheep take part in the ‘hippo birthday 2 ewe’ birthday greeting pun.

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The layering on the dies in the Hippo & Friends set is so pretty!  The “stitched” element is my favourite finish for dies.  I’ve used the baby wipe technique for stamping the hippo – Gorgeous Grape & Magenta Madness ink on a baby wipe, but with a shimmery twist as I spritzed the baby wipe with a mix of Frost White Shimmer Paint & Isocol before inking up the stamp.  This gave the hippo a marbled effect with a shimmery finish.

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The inside layer is stamped repetitively using the ‘hippo birthday’ sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set in Mint Macaron ink.

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The very inside of the card finished off the birthday pun with the sheep (‘ewe’).

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The balloons are all stamped using the baby wipe technique & shimmer paint/Isocol mix.  The sheep is stamped in Smoky Slate & Basic Gray.  All the animals have two parts that make them up, which adds a great level of detail.

Colours for this card are:

Card Base: Magenta Madness
Card Front: Rainbow Glimmer
Card Labels: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Whisper White
Card Insert: Whisper White, Just Jade, Flowers for Every Season DSP

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The whole card front in the new Rainbow Glimmer is a little indulgent, but the colours are so spectacular and the recipient is worth it!  It’s a great way to show off the wonderful colour change and perfect for the cuteness of the hippo!

Sparkly wishes for a great week!

 

Layout Love

On Monday I posted about our Paper Adventures team retreat – click here to see that post.  I loved all the cards I made (and had major card envy over the ones I didn’t!).  One of the cards that I was lucky enough to make (designed by Mandy Depiazzi of My Paper Trail) had a layout that I just loved.  I’ve been using it over the last month for so many cards.  It has a repeated sentiment, a tag and a fun element that you can interchange depending on the theme.

This is my version of Mandy’s card using the Bonanza Buddies stamp set & Birthday Bonanza DSP.

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And here’s 3 more variations I’ve made –

A soccer theme with For the Win stamp set

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A hippo theme for a special birthday request (hippo from an online colouring page site printed on Whisper White and coloured with Stampin’ Blends)

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And a dinosaur theme using Dino Days stamp set and Dinoroar DSP.

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The tag for all the cards is from the Bonanza Dies.  Mandy used the Starburst Punch in her original card.  You can always count on some great purchase enabling at team retreat days, so guess which punch I added to my very next order?  I can’t believe I’d overlooked it in the Annual Catalogue!

Now is the time to have another look through the current catalogues – the Annual Catalogue & the Jan-June mini catalogue.  These both finish on 2nd June 2020 and once the retirement list is announced later this month, some items will sell out fast. Based on previous catalogues, items to sell out first are the retiring In Colors (especially ink refills).

It’s always best to get in early and make sure your favourites are in your craft room before stock becomes limited or unavailable!  If you’re shopping in Australia, you can place an order via my online store.  Click here to visit.

I’m always happy to answer any questions you have about Stampin’ Up!  Click here to message me via Facebook or click here to message me via email.