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Hippest Hippo Card Challenge

When you are in a creative slump, the best thing to do is to get a little inspiration for designing your card.  And the first thing I turn to is looking for a card sketch.  Card sketches are general layouts of elements for a card.  In this case, I turned to Freshly Made Sketches. Each week a differnt designer on their team chooses a card layout and then they post the sketch for other’s to use.  You can participate in the challenge by uploading your card. The challenge I am using expires on Monday, July 18th, so there is still a little bit of time for you to participate.  Or sign up for their newsletter and you’ll get a new sketch to try each week.


And this is my card based on the current challenge: FMS544.

I was already planning on a week of highlighting this fun new stamp set and dies and this was the perfect way to get started creating a little early! The Hippest Hippos and the coordinating Hippo Dies are both products you can earn FREE during Sale-A-Bration!  Each of these products can be selected as your FREE item with a $50 product purchase (so $100 if you want both).  Sale-A-Bration lasts through August 30th, but don’t wait too long as items in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog (see more info at the end of this post below) are only available while supplies last!

The Hippo Die set really adds to the possibilities of how to use the stamps.  There is snorkeling gear and waves and splashes for the water baby hippo, sunglasses and an umbrella for that beach babe hippo look, flowers for a gardening hippo, , a boat with a propeller for the adventurous hippo and a washtub for the bathing beauty hippo.  Lots of fun possibilities!

This card is just a simple hipp….who I call the “Shy Hippo” hoping to impress his girlfriend with a fresh picked posy.

If you’d like to make this simple card, these are the dimensions for the pieces I used based on the sketch.

  • Hippest Hippo Stamp Set
  • Hippo Dies
  • Gingham Embossing Folder
  • Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Tahitian Tide Cardstock – Cut 4 1/4” x 11”, Score and fold at 5 1/2”
  • Basic White Cardstock – Cut two pieces 4” x 5/14” (Emboss One Piece), plus a piece cut 2” x 3 1/2” (die cut), plus scrap for stamping
  • In- Color 2022-204 Designer Series Paper – Cut 2” x 3 1/2” (die cut) and Cut 4” x 2”, plus a strip Cut 4” x 1/4”
  • Ink: Tahitian Tide
  • Stampin’ Blends Markers: Gray Granite, Petal Pink, Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party
  • Balmy Blue Double Stitched Ribbon
  • 2022-2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots
  • Tools: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Mini Stampin Cut & Emboss Machine

So if you get stuck for ideas, look for card sketches to help get your creatives juices flowing!

Happy Stamping!



If you like all inclusive kits, you’ll love this new kit called Best Remedy.  All the supplies that you need are included in this Kit that makes  9 cards with coordinating envelopes, (3 each of 3 designs) or use the elements in the kit to create your own card designs!   How stinkin’ cute is this fun stamp set that is included in the kit. 

The coordinating colors in this kit are: Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Polished Pink and Starry Sky.  You can purchase this kit here:  BEST REMEDY KIT  Get yours before they are gone!

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It’s that time of year again!  Time to Sale-A-Brate and earn FREE Stampin’ Up Products!  For each $50 product purchase (not including shipping/tax), you can choose a FREE item from the July-August Sale-A-Bration Catalog!  Check out the catalog here: July-Aug 2022 SAB Catalog.  There are also items in the catalog that you can choose FREE for a $100 purchase.  There is no limit to how many Sale-A-Bration products you can earn!   Items in the catalog are available only while supplies last!  So get shopping!  This offer ends August 30th!


Join Square July 2022Is your wish list for the new July-Dec 2022 Mini Catalog is bigger than your wallet will allow?  Now is the perfect time to think about purchasing the Stampin’ Up Starter kit!  If you purchase your kit July 1-August 30, Stampin’ Up is giving away a fantastic planner and stamp set (a $45 value) in addition to the regular starter kit offering.  If your wish list is more than $99, then I highly encourage you to get the starter kit instead of placing a regular order.  This is what you will receive:

    • $125 of Stampin’ Up products of your choice – can be from the new July-Dec 2022 Mini Catalog, the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog, or the Clearance Rack!
    • A Planner Bundle Package that includes a beautilful soft cover planner, 18 month calendar (July 2022-December 202)3, a stamp set and lots of planning pages to help you set goals, lists and more!
    • DISCOUNT! 20% off your Stampin’ Up product purchases1
    • FREE Paper Pumpkin Kit 
    • FREE Shipping

Plus you get to be a part of an amazing community of crafters, (including my Card Corner Crew team) who enjoy sharing what they love, plus you get early access to new products and exclusive access to training events with no selling or doing classes required!  Hobby Demonstrators are welcome!  Purchase for yourself  And there is no obligation, you can resign as a Demonstator at any time.  But why would you want to give up your 20% off discount??


Please click HERE and you’ll be taken to my online Stampin’ Up! Site where you can look at all the products online and purchase what you need. If you do not already have a demonstrator, I would be honored to be yours!  If your order is less than $150, please use my July Host Code: WFFW9QY9 when prompted. If your order is $150 or more, please do NOT use the Host Code as you will receive Stampin’ Rewards of your own.  Rewards start at $15 worth of free products of your choice.

IHost Code July 2022f you place an order of $50 or more and use my Host Code  I will send you a small gift as a thank you from me!  The gift for July is Real Read & Garden Green 3/8″ Ribbon Combo Pack!  (Please note: Substitutions may be made if item is not available). 

If your order is $150 or more, please do NOT use the Host Code as you will receive Stampin’ Rewards of your own.  Rewards start at $15 worth of free products of your choice.

If you need help placing an order,  please contact me by using tab the top of this blog post and I will be glad to assist you or place the order for you!

These are the products used for today’s project. If you need more specific information about the products, you can check them out by clicking on the product image below.  And don’t forget to use the JULY HOST CODE: WFFW9QY9  when prompted during check-out.
Product List

Hippo Dies

Paper Snips


2 thoughts on “Hippest Hippo Card Challenge”

  1. This card is just too cute! I just love that sweet little hippo! Love the embossed background as well! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

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