On Point with Hippest Hippos

When the spotlight is on you, sometimes you just have to dance. I’ve wanted to give the ballerina hippo in Hippest Hippos a proper spotlight for some time, and I was excited to share it with you yesterday. With Stampin’ Up!’s release of additional Sale-a-Bration items, though, she was pushed back a day. She’s just as joyful today as she was yesterday, so enjoy! Here’s my card:

Hippest Hippos, Hippo Dies, Labels Aglow Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian King

I mean, really! How adorable is this on-pointe ballerina?! I stamped her with the Hippest Hippos stamp set (one of the products eligible to be selected with a $50 order during the July-August Sale-a-Bration event or when supplies run out). Here’s a look at this adorable set:

Hippest Hippos, Stampin Up!, 159921I stamped the ballerina with Memento Tuxedo Black in on Thick Basic White cardstock and colored her with a Polished Pink and Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends (and a touch of Petal Pink on her slippers). I cropped the dancing hippo with one of the Hippo Dies (another product eligible to be selected with a $50 order during the July-August Sale-a-Bration event or when supplies run out). With a $100 order, you can select both of these coordinating products – what a great reason to place an order! Here’s a look at the Hippo Dies:

Hippo Dies, Stampin Up! 159928Not only do the dies  crop each of the hippos in the Hippest Hippos stamp set, but the set of dies also includes a boatload of accessories for your new, hip(po) friends. I added three hearts, cropped with the Hippo Dies from a piece of Polished Pink 2021-2023 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper and added them around the sentiment on the card.

Hippest Hippos, Hippo Dies, Labels Aglow Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian King

There are several ways to shine the spotlight on my dancing hippo, but I knew the burst of sparkles from the Labels Aglow Dies would give her a perfect backdrop. While the dies are designed to coordinate with a sophisticated Christmas sentiment, they really help my hippo to shine. Here’s a look at the Labels Aglow Dies, part of the Brightest Glow Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2022 Mini Catalog:

Brightest Glow Bundle, Stampin Up! 159552It’s not often you’ll find an all-pink card on my blog, but this two-ton beauty demanded to be surrounded by pink. If you like the mix of Blushing Bride, Polished Pink and Gray Granite, please save this for future reference:  Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Blushing Bride, Polished Pink, Gray Granite

Stamp Sets: Hippest Hippos  Papers: Polished Pink, Blushing Bride, Thick Basic White, 2021-2023 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Polished Pink)  Inks: Stampin’ Blends (Polished Pink, Gray Granite, Petal Pink), Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories: Hippo Dies, Labels Aglow Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Ten New Sale-a-Bration Products Added

In addition to the Sale-a-Bration products featured in Stampin’ Up!’s July-August 2022 Sale-a-Bration brochure, Stampin’ Up!’ has added 10 new products to the options you’ll want to choose when you check out. If you’d like to see more about these new products (familiar products with new product codes), click on the image below:

More Reasons to Sale-a-Brate, Brian King

Shop the New Catalog

Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2022 Mini Catalog (the Holiday Mini) is live and ready for your orders! At the same time, we’re hosting a two-month Sale-a-Bration event. What Fun! To learn all about these new catalog, click on the image below:

Tax-Free Holidays

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  1. She is nothing short of lovely and all that yummy pink

  2. What an adorable girly girl hip hippo!! She makes me smile, and I’m sure the recipient will too. Love the color combo. Enjoy your day!

  3. She’s as sweet as can be highlighted with the Labels Aglow die! Have a great week-end Brian! <3

  4. So cute!

  5. Awwwwww, My Friend, myyyyyyy fav , love it love it ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    Tfs hope all is well
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  6. Adorable card and clever use of those dies!

  7. Fun, fun, fun! Clever use of the Label Aglow dies to spotlight the Prancing Princess. Love it, even if I’m not a pink person, either. Totally charming!

  8. Adorable! Love her in her pink TU TU ! I like seeing how you used the Label Aglow dies . Great close up . Now I want them. Plus I love all the pink !
    Cute card !

  9. Cuter than cute! This is a spectacular card design!

  10. She is TOO CUTE! You even prompted me to make a pink hippo – so on point! 🙂

  11. Brian I love your card with the hippest hippo sets. It is so adorable! Thanks for sharing

  12. What a super idea, to combine these items to create this ADORABLE hippo! Absolutely the cutest!

  13. Wow…Where is my head? Never thought of using the Labels Aglow dies for non-Christmas! Looking forward to seeing you use more of these dies.

  14. You really brought this piggy to life with the Labels Aglow dies. I don’t know how many times I’ve viewed the catalog and never really saw how these dies would impact a card. Thank you for sharing this technique.

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