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Stampin’ Up! Happy Hippest Hippos on a Perfectly Penciled Palette!

Happy Happy 4th of July, y’all!  Today is a day to celebrate our Country – and the Freedoms we have – but…I’m grateful every day to live here.  We’ve got some problems.  We’re far from perfect.  But this is a great country and – after seeing a lot of them in my travels – for me it is the GREATEST there is.  And I’m proud to be an American!  🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (cue Lee Greenwood! 😎)

Now – my card today probably ought to be red-white-and-blue.  But…it’s not!  It’s black and white and pink!  And – it sports some very happy Hippest Hippos dancing in a Perfectly Penciled flower-dy field!  Take a look-see:

The layout for this one was inspired by the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!

And I worked with the Tic-Tac-Toe board this week, too! I went down the left side and across the middle!

Finally – since the hippo is the third largest land-mammal on the planet….the Just Us Girls Word Challenge was perfect!

I started by embossing a Basic Black panel in the cool Twigs & Sprigs Embossing Folder and then adhering it to a Polished Pink mat for the card front.

I cut a strip of Perfectly Penciled DSP and -from the left end – cut out the next-to-smallest circle from the Stylish Shapes dies.  Then I matted the DSP on Polished Pink and adhered it to the card front with Liquid Glue.

On a piece of Basic White, I stamped one of the Hippest Hippos in Basic Gray ink.  Hippest Hippos is one of the free Jul – Aug 2022 Sale-a-Bration products that you can get for FREE with a $50 retail value order!

I cut it out with the coordinating die in the Hippo Dies – another product you can get for free during the Jul – Aug 2022 Sale-a-Bration, with a $50 order.

So, you know – plan to order $100 and get them BOTH!

I colored the hippo with my light Smoky Slate and Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.  She got a mani-pedi with a Light Polished Pink Stampin’ Blend! I also colored the eensy-weensy leaf on the image with a Light Parakeet Party Stampin’ Blend.

I popped her onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On a piece of Basic White, I stamped the Hippest Hippo sentiment in Polished Pink – then cut it with a label die from the Treat & Cracker Box Die set.  Y’all – even if you don’t ever want to make Cracker Boxes – this is a GREAT die set!  It’s got FIVE perfectly-sized sentiment label dies!  Super handy to have!!

I used Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

Using a Glue Dot, I added a Polished Pink Loose Flowers embellishment to the hippo – and then stuck on a small Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewel and the card front was done. 😎

On the inside, I inked part of a second sentiment from Hippest Hippos in Polished Pink and stamped it on a Basic White panel.  Next to it I added a second sassy hippo in Basic Gray and colored her with the same Stampin’ Blends that I’d used on the front!

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Polished Pink mat and then into my Basic Black card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Basic White Medium Envelope got another Hippest Hippo on the front…

…and more of the Perfectly Penciled DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  These Hippest Hippos are just too stinkin’ cute, aren’t they?!  And it’s so cool that you can get them for FREE during this round of Sale-A-Bration! – AND that you can get the Hippo Dies for them, too!  Also..for free!

I hope you like!

If you’d like to recreate this card, all the products and card cuts you’ll need are down below!

And…I’ve also created a printable PDF with written instructions and a list of the products used to create this project.  You can download, print and/or save it by clicking this image:

Missed any tutorials?  You can check out my past projects right here!






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Note: Make sure that you can see my name on the final checkout page listed as your Demonstrator when you order so that you know that you’re ordering with me and you’ll get my rewards!

You’ll also be getting a link to my ZOOM The Craftroom (an exclusive TWICE-A-WEEK online event for my customers) and the monthly Online Tutorial. The July Tutorial features the Hello Harvest Bundle!  

Here’s the deets!

1. All orders of $100 or greater (before shipping and taxes) placed through my online store between today (1 Jul 22) and the end of the day on 8 Jul 22 will earn DOUBLE PEPPERMINT REWARD POINTS!!  And – you’ll be earning FREE Sale-A-Bration goodies, too!

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…has begun, too! Which means you’ll be earning free fun things when you place orders over $50 (before shipping & tax) from 1 Jul – 31 Aug!!

As is the case with ALL our Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Brations, the July – August Sale-a-bration event has a SHOP, HOST and JOIN promotion!  Check it out!


For this second round of SAB you’re going to find completely new and different products from the previous Sale-a-bration event held earlier this year!  The products for this event are only while supplies last, so order early if there are items you ‘re really wanting!

This round of Sale-a-bration features six items that are available for FREE with orders of $50 or greater…

…and three items that are FREE with orders of $100 or greater when you order 1 Jul – 31 Aug 22.


There’s also a great new host exclusive stamp set called Perfect Pomegranate that you can pick up for FREE with either a personal order of $300+ or a party with sales totaling $300+!

Drop me an email at if you’re interested in setting up a personal host code for you and your friends to use during the Sale-A-Bration sales period!  When you collect orders to reach the $300 retail point then you’ll get this cool image-only stamp set for FREE!  And that’s on TOP of the free Sale-A-Bration picks you’ll have!



We’ve got a VERY COOL joining promotion happening during this round of Sale-A-Bration!  If you purchase the Starter Kit between 1 July 2022 and 31 Aug 2022 you’ll receive the amazing Make Your Plans Bundle – FREE with your Starter Kit!!  Check it out!

When you purchase the Starter Kit for $99 + taxes (if applicable) during Sale-a-bration, the kit ships for FREE and you get to pick $125 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise AND you’ll get that gorgeous planner bundle for FREE!  Yay!!

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I’ve also got my Special Bundles open for you to order right now – but only thru 8 July!!  Folks who purchase the bundles won’t get peppermints but…you WILL earn Sale-A-Bration goodies, have the opportunity to get the free Host set and…save some cashola all at the same time!  Check it out right here – and…get your order in!  😉

Get the Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project: 

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Basic Black Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front)

Polished Pink Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (x2 – mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for DSP panel)

Basic White Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner ); stamped and die cut Hippest Hippo; Cracker & Treat Box Dies (sentiment)

Perfectly Penciled DSP: 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ (DSP panel); 2 1/2″ x 6″ (envelope flap)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Stampin’ Up! Christmas Scottie Sneak Peek for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all!  It’s Thursday – which means it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  We’ve got a cool color challenge to work with and I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table – I just know you’re going to see a ton of awesome-ness on the hop today!

I like adding a pop of color to a black-and-white palette so the challenge this week was really fun for me!  My thoughts gravitated to the new Christmas Scottie bundle – a punch bundle, which is always cool! – and I also pulled out the Black & White Designs DSP (I mean – the name alone says “use me for this challenge!!).  You’ll be able to get them ALL tomorrow – when the Jul – Dec 2022 Mini Catalog goes live.  Whoo-hooo!!  So…take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Soft Seedlings Sneak Peek Thinking of You Card

Well – it happened.  The weekend flew by and Monday is here again!  On a BRIGHTER note – we’re only FOUR days away from the launch of the Jul – Dec 2022 Mini Catalog!  Yup – not even counting today – cuz…we already got up so the day is PAST! 😉  Are you ready for Friday?  It’s going to be awesome!!

I’ll be ordering Shares AND Special Bundles first thing on Friday morning so…if you’re not in on those yet…get busy!!

On Friday – you MIGHT miss a sweet little stamp set – called Soft Seedlings – when you’re placing your order.  Don’t!  Do not miss it!  It’s super sweet and simple.  It’s what I used today – along with the new Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder and some very cool Natural Finish 7/8″ Ribbon (which…you can actually get right now!).  AND – I have a cool coloring technique for you!  Check it out!

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Stampin’ Up! Delicate Details Treat Box in Hues of Happiness

Good Monday, y’all!  Hope your weekend was great and that your week ahead is smooth and easy!  We had a very good visit with my friend Sally and I was sad to see her leave yesterday.  She’s that friend that, no matter how much time goes by between visits, it’s like no time has passed at all.  I hope each and every one of you has just such a friend! 🙂

My card today isn’t a card at all – it’s a sweet treat holder!  I made it with the new Delicate Details Treat Boxes and some pretty die cut flowers from the Hues of Happiness DSP.

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Stampin’ Up! Alphabest & Painted Posies Card

Good morning from Colorado!  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

My card today is a clean and simple project for you featuring the new 2022-2024 In Colors, using the uber-cool new Alphabest stamp set with the bundled Best Label Punch.  And I added a little texture to the card with the Painted Posies 3D Embossing Folder.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Awash in True Beauty & Full of Love Card

Good morning – it’s Friday!  T-1 to leave for Colorado day!  Too bad my get-it-done-list is still at T-6.  So…this will be a day of hustling and bustling and putting out my hair.  Which will be on fire! 😳😳😳😳

But – tomorrow will dawn and I’ll be on the road again!  Hopefully with everything in the car that needs to be in the car!  If not – I guess there’s a Walmart close by pretty much everywhere!  😂

My card today is a quick and easy – but oh-so-pretty (not any thanks to anything I did – but…cuz of the gorgeous Awash in Beauty DSP!!) card for any occasion!  It’s got a few knick knacks from the True Beauty Bundle, a sentiment from the Full of Love set and…of course!….a Stylish Shapes die cut or two!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Best Butterfly Kisses for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all!  It’s Thursday – which means it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  We’ve got a sketch challenge to work with and I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table – I just know you’re going to see a ton of awesome-ness on the hop today!

The Best Butterfly Bundle was not at the top of my list when I first saw the catalog.  I mean – I thought it was cute, no doubt.  But…maybe…TOO cute??!  I finally decided to give it a chance – along with the other goodies in the Suite.  And boy am I glad I did cuz it is SO much fun to play with!  And – I also pulled out the newest goodie I’ve been so excited to use…the new Deckled Rectangle Dies!!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Kraft Treasured Kindness Note Cards And Gift Box with Video Tutorial

Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day to all!

So – I have for you today what would be a wonderful gift to give to someone special!  And – it needs a pack of new Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes, the lovely Treasured Kindness stamp set and….ink!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Happiness Abounds Sneak Peek Roses for a Friend

Happy Happy Hawwmp Day, y’all!  Can you believe that we’re less than ONE WEEK AWAY from the launch of the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog?!  I am so excited for y’all to be able to order all the goodies we’ve been sharing with you!  Of course – that also means that you’ve got less than a week to grab those things from the CURRENT catalog that will be going away on the 2nd!!  There’s still some great deals left, too!

But – this card is another sneak peek.  And it’s going to blow you away!  Not my card so much, but…the Happiness Abounds stamp set and amazeballs Blossoming Happiness dies that I used to create it!  And – for the first time, I used the gorgeously gorgeous Hues of Happiness DSP with it’s actual SUITE!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Sending Smiles Sneak Peek for the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all – welcome to another edition of the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team blog hop!  Each month we make projects centered around a theme – and this month our theme is “For the Ladies/Girls”!  We can interpret that any way we want – so…be sure to check and see everyone’s projects – we’ve got a bunch of talented ladies hopping with us this month!

I decided that a flowery pretty card was just what the ladies would order, so…I pulled out a new bundle called…Sending Smiles!  It’s in the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog and you’ll be able to get YOUR hands on it on 4 May!  At the same time, you’ll want to pick up a pack of uber-pretty Tea Boutique 6″ x 6″ DSP AND the amazeballs new Stylish Shapes Dies.  Take a look-see at how I put them all together! 🙂


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