Pals Blog Hop – Be a Unicorn with Hippo Happiness

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Cute Critters” – showcasing their card/project with adorable animals, birds, or insects for any occasion. We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Create this gatefold card using the Hippo Happiness Bundle from Stampin' Up! Card by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty

My card features the adorable unicorn (a cute critter) from the Hippo Happiness Bundle, part of My Favorite Things from the Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalog! 

My Favorite Things - Hippo HappinessBUNDLE & SAVE 10%!  My favorite feature of the Hippo Happiness Bundle is the variety of label dies that come with the set.  Purchase the Hippo Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Hippo & Friends Dies together as a bundle and SAVE 10% over the individual retail price. 


My Favorite Things - Playing with Patterns Suite

My card also uses two items from the Playing with Patterns Suite Collection, another one of My Favorite Things.  The Playing with Patterns 6×6 Designer Series Paper set the tone for the card and the Playing with Patterns Resin Dots finishes it off. 

Create this gatefold card using the Hippo Happiness Bundle from Stampin' Up! Card by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty (1)


Create a gate-fold card base using Basic White Thick card stock and the Stampin’ Trimmer.  Cut card stock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8.

Layer and adhere a 1 5/8 x 5 piece of Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper to a 1 7/8 x 5 1/4 piece of Night of Navy card stock with Stampin’ Seal.  Repeat for the opposite side. 

Adhere to the card base as shown with Stampin’ Seal. 

Create this gatefold card using the Hippo Happiness Bundle from Stampin' Up! Card by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty (2)

Create a belly band with a 9 1/2 x 1 3/4 piece of Basic White card stock.

Lay the card in the center and mark/score the belly band to wrap around the card.  Leave a wee bit of room to allow it to slide on and off.

Use Stampin’ Seal+ (extra strength) to adhere the belly band ends together, placing it where it will be covered by the sentiment die-cut.

Double wrap with Night of Navy and Whisper White Baker’s Twine, securing on the right with a bow. 

Use a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine to crop a piece of Night of Navy card stock using the largest Hippo & Friends die and a piece of Basic White card stock with the slightly smaller Hippo & Friends die. 

Adhere together with Stampin’ Seal and to the band with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Create this gatefold card using the Hippo Happiness Bundle from Stampin' Up! Card by Mary Fish, Stampin' Pretty (3)

Use a Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment in Versamark Ink onto a piece of Night of Navy card stock.  Cover with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, set with a Heat Tool. 

Crop with the coordinating Hippo & Friends dies. 

Use a Stamparatus to stamp the unicorn in Coastal Cabana Classic Ink onto Basic White card stock. The top layer & face is stamped in full strength, the bottom layer is first stamped-off onto scrap paper, then onto the top layer image. 

Stamp the unicorn horn in Night of Navy Classic Ink Basic White card stock. 

Crop with the coordinating Hippo & Friends dies. 

Adhere the horn with a tiny amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. 

Adhere both the unicorn and the sentiment to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

POP OF PERSONALITY!  Add two Purple Posy Playing with Patterns Resin Dots as shown. 

PERFECT POLISH! Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere a 2 1/4 x 5 3/4 piece of Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper to the outside flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Trim to size with Paper Snips. 

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created!

Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on April 14th when our theme is “Great Family Occasions” when our Design Team creates a project for any special occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-Up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  4. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  6. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  14. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  15. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  17. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  18. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  19. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  20. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  21. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  24. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  25. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  26. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple





  1. Jeanie H Stark

    So cute! I love the gate fold and color combination!

  2. Such a fun card, Mary!

  3. Beth McCullough

    Such a darling card, Mary! Love it! 🙂

  4. Jennifer Michalski

    Mary, this card definitely makes me want to be a unicorn too 🙂 Love the colors and the fun layout with the belly band. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mary, your card is just adorable! Playing With Patterns is a favorite of mine and you used it beautifully. This card made me smile and I’m still smiling.

  6. Such a cute card! Love those dies!

  7. Jennifer Roque

    Cute unicorn, these colors are fabulous!

  8. What caught my eye was the color combo you used to make this sweet card. Colors bounce right out at you!

  9. Mary, beautifully done, as always! Such a cute sentiment!

  10. LOVE every single thing about this card. ADORABLE!!!

  11. Deb Stamps Life

    Beautiful work here! A pleasure to see how you put your own stamp on Cute Critters!

  12. I love your card! The layout and fold are wonderful, but that sentiment made me Smile!

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