Happiness is… Hippo Happiness

It had to happen sooner or later! I finally got to play with my Hippo Happiness Stamp Set and Dies Bundle.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This cute project just uses the hippo parts of the Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Die to cut it out.

I used Smoky Slate to stamp the hippos all across the background. Then using Smoky Slate again, stamped the three pieces to make the die-cut hippo. First the darker body piece, then the features, then finally, the full piece I used for the background, this time stamped off first.

As my new Cut & Emboss machine has arrived, I used it to cut out the hippo. I’m adore this machine already. You definitely need one in your life.

It comes with the plates you need to get started – 1 Base Plate, 1 Die Plate, 2 Cutting Plates, and 1 Specialty Plate. No receiving the machine and not being able to use it straight away. Just assemble the handle following the easy instructions and off you go. The plates are all numbered too and have information on which ones to use for cutting and embossing.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As I knew I wanted to use a green colour to go with the grey (well, I am HIPPOFROG Designs after all!), I couldn’t decide which one to use. Then, my eyes fell on the gingham ribbon in the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. This ribbon gives the project a fun look, so using co-ordinating cardstock and ink in the same colour, made Just Jade the perfect choice.

Using the Banners Pick a Punch to shape the end of the sentiment strips, these were stuck together, along with the piece of ribbon.

Finally, the hippo was stuck on a punched circle layer which was attached using Dimensionals.

Hippo Happiness Bundle. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think I may be creating a few more projects with this set.

If only there was a similar frog based bundle available to use along with this Hippo Happiness one…

Happy crafting

Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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