Friday 1 July 2022

Unwrap the Magic Hippo Card for Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #45 for July/August 2022

I am now also back on the Design Team of Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog. Again the challenges are longer than before. So for this challenge #45 for Jul/Aug 2022 I chose to use an image that I have coloured previously by La-La Land CraftsThen I have also used some dies and a sentiment from my new La-La Land Crafts stash as well as a design from the La-La Land Crafts Card Making Workshop.

Here is my card for this month:

Here is another photo of the card from the front:

Here is a photo of the inside:

I have stamped one of the hippos from Merry Hippos Clear Stamp Set from the wonderful wonderful Irina at La-La Land Crafts on to X-Press It Blending card using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with the following Copics markers:
  • hippo - E40, E41, E43, E44, R30
  • red - R22, R24, R49, R29, R89
  • green - G02, G05, G09
  • nails - C1, C3, C5
I have also used Twinkle Stickles on the end of the hat.

The layout of the card is the same as the one that I posted in June: Father's Day Hippo Card, but I have used different paper and dies.
For the front topper:

I have die cut white card stock from Rounded Stitched Rectangles for the base, then die cut the Layered Christmas Tree die from green card stock and the star from gold card stock. I adhered everything on the card and stamped the sentiment from Merry Hippos Clear Stamp Set with Vintage Sepia Versafine ink and realised I needed something else in that area - so I die cut the Star Wreath from gold card stock and white card stock before glueing them together, then cut it into two, so there were two arcs!

For the card, I have used acetate, Kraft card stock and green card stock from my stash. The paper is from the Merry & Bright Paper Pack by La-La Land Crafts:

On the inside, I have stamped again with the Vintage Sepia Versafine ink a sentiment from Hippo Holidays Clear Stamp Set and coordinating dies which are designed by La-La Land Crafts but were part of Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Celebrations

I coloured all three hippos from Merry Hippos Clear Stamp Set, so here is a close-up of the three hippos:

As usual, I have taken inspiration from the wonderful Alyce at Kit and Clowder and I also used some inspiration from the cards of the La-La Land Crafts Design Team on Facebook.

There is inspiration from the rest of the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog DT over on the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card or gift stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous "always anything Christmas goes" creations. Please ensure that you are a follower of the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog!

Have fun! This challenge will end on the 15th of August, 2022. Please check the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog to find out the winners of Challenge #44.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB #60 - Anything Goes plus the optional twist Clean & Simple
Christmas with the Cuties Challenge #61 - Anything Cute and Christmas with optional theme of "Have yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas"
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #90 - Anything Christmas Goes

Thanks for looking!


  1. Hi, I am one of the newest designer on the MLCC team. This card is so cute and fun. Great design and colors.

  2. This is terrific!!! I'm a new team-mate at MLCC and dropped by to say hello! Your card is so festive all throughout! --Becca

  3. Such an adorable card. Just stopping by to say hi from one of your new MLCC teamies.

  4. Cute! I love the way you brought up the hippo! x

  5. So cute, inside and out and I love the acetate accent, brilliant! So glad you joined us at Christmas with the Cuties!

  6. How cute is this! Love your use of the acetate!

  7. What a gorgeous card, inside and out. Thank you so much for sharing at Christmas with The Cutie Pies. Sarah DT