Saturday, July 23, 2022

Ink.Stamp.Share July Blog Hop


Welcome to my blog, whether you're starting your journey here or have popped by from one of the other amazing crafters in the hop.

This month's theme is Christmas in July. It's hard to think of Christmas when the weather has been so nice isn't it? I hope you've all been managing to keep cool in this hot weather we've been experiencing.

I am in love with the Hippest Hippos that are available as a Sale-a-Bration item with a qualifying order until the end of August; so I had to incorporate them in my card for the hop. 

I teamed the hippos with the new Jingle Jingle Jingle stamp set that is new in the July-December mini catalogue. It has some really cute images in the set so I didn't struggle to come up with a card at all.

I pulled out some designer series paper from the Santa Express Suite to layer in the background and then cut a piece of vellum slightly smaller to soften the colours adhering these to a normal card base in Poppy Parade. Using the second largest circle die from the Stylish Shapes dies as well as the largest banner die, I cut these from Basic White. On the banner die cut, from Jingle Jingle Jingle, I stamped the outline of 'Jolly' in memento black and then stamped the infil in Poppy Parade.  I used Memento Black for the outline star stamp and then the solid star I stamped in Mint Macaron and Poppy Parade and stamped the stars on the circle die cut too.

I stamped one of the hippos in Basic Gray and then coloured using Smoky Slate - light & dark, SU100 natural blend and light Flirty Flamingo for the ears and mouth. I die cut him out. The circle die cut was adhered using liquid glue and then the banner die cut and hippo were adhered using dimensionals.

I added a hat from the Jingle stamp set, in Memento Black for the outline and Poppy Parade for the inside of the hat. I finished the hat with some Wink of Stella on the white parts; and completed the hippo by stamping the candy cane in Poppy Parade and some Wink of Stella. I stamped 'tis the season in Evening Evergreen on Basic White and fussy cut it out. To finish the outside of the card, I used Basic Pearls coloured using my blends in Poppy Parade and Mint Macaron.

I completed the card by adding a layer to the inside and stamping the Christmas lights on the top corners and coloured these in using blends in Mint Macaron, Petal Pink and Poppy Parade.

I can't take all the credit for designing this card, my cat Bella gave me lots of ideas hehe. She always likes to help. Anybody else have furry helpers?

Here is the roll call for the other members of the blog hop, please visit them for some more fabulous inspiration.

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Happy crafting!

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