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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hippo Gift Bag

Happy Easter and Welcome to the Little Prince Blog Hop Day 1 of 3!

We are celebrating the birthday of a sweet little prince Mason.  Mason is turning 3 and we all made Birthday Boy projects.

 If you arrived from Cancace's blog you are in the right place.  If you found me first, you should hop over to Jessica's BLOG so you don't miss a thing!  There are lots of goodies to qualify to win along the way!

Here is a complete list of today's blogs in case you get lost along the way:

Day 1 (Sunday, March 31st)

  1. Starts at:
  2. Candace
  3. Lori A ****HERE
  4. Claire S ****NEXT
  5. Debbie
  6. Lisa
  7. Betty Dudley
  8. Heather Flaherty

Now on to my project:

I wanted to make a cute gift bag.  I did not have the exact paper I wanted to use, so I used my Cricut Imagine to create a piece.

I used Imagine More to print this light blue paper.  Instead of polka dots, this paper had flowers on it.  I figured I could alter the paper and make it work for my project so I printed it out.

I found this adorable hippo on Birthday Bash.  I sized it to 8.5 inches.

I added the little hippo layer to the card sized to 2.06 inches to my mat.

I cut them both out of the blue paper.

I inked the edges of both hippos with Vintage Photo ink and a fantastyx.

I dabbed Close To My Heart dutch blue ink to the front of the hippos.

I put the rest of the pieces I needed to cut out on another Gypsy layer.  

I sized the ice cream cone and ice cream to 8.50 inches.  

The hippo toes, eyes, nostrils and belly button are also sized at 8.50 inches.

The card base is cut out at 2.06 inches.

The phrase is also cut out at 2.06 inches.

I cut out the cherry and leaf at 8.50 inches, but decided to use stickles instead.

I used white, brown (chocolate ice cream) and patterned paper to cut out my pieces.

Here is the little hippo gift card.  I added some stickle toes to him!

Here is a peek inside the card.

 I assembled the hippo and decided I needed some grass for him to stand in.

I used grass from Paper Doll Dress Up sized to 2 inches.

I cut out the clouds from Create A Critter sized to 1.35 inches, 1.47 inches and 1.94 inches.

I inked the grass and trimmed the bottom off and adhered it to the bag.  I tucked the hippo's toes behind the grass.  

I inked and stickled the clouds.  

I stickled the ice cream cone.

Finally, I tied the tag to the handle of the bag - now I just need to tuck in the gift!!!

Before you hop on, I have a little Blog Candy for you from Unity Stamp!!
***US residents only!

To be entered to win this adorable stamp set, you need to leave me a comment including a way to contact you.

Your next stop is Claire!


Anonymous said...

this is so adorable I love the hippo, thank you for the FABULOUS instructions!


Jessica Kephart | A Homespun Affair said...

What an adorable Gift Bag! I am going to need to take another look at that Cartridge again! I love the sentiment ;) Thank you so much for joining me in this hop! Such a joy!



morentin1326 said...

What an awesome hop… can’t wait to see everyone’s creations… and learn a thing or two… your creation is just too cute...
Thanks for the chance…

MyCraftySpace said...

I love this! The Hippo is so awesome and love the way you used the inks. Makes me want to go to a random little boys' party at chuck e cheese and take a present!

"Midge" said...

Love that you made the cute matching gift card to go with the bag!
Midge :)

jessica said...

This is such an adorable gift bag!! Thanks for sharing and have a very happy Easter Sunday!

Claire Spielman said...

Hey Lori, I think your MOJO is back real strong!!! Hip, HIP HOORAY for this sweet idea gift bag! It's fun being back in a hop with you and I'm happy you are crafting. I have found that doing l/o or card sketch challenges has really upped my MOJO!
Creative wishes
Claire S
(now following you with BLOGLOVIN')

Candace said...

Oh what a cute gift bag!!! I love that little hippo!!

Jenny said...

Oh Ms used INK...I couldn't be prouder! On the serious side this is really cute! You are soooo talented!

JPScraps said...

Super cute bag and card for a little prince! You make me want to break out my Cricut.

joydee1963 said...

I try to use my Imagine a much as possible.This such a cute idea,I am a follower,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Shannon said...

That is such a cute gift bag!!! Love the colors!!! I also love hippos!! That is a win win in my book! Great inspiration!!!

Janet's Planet said...

I"m sorry to hear about your wrist!! Glad you're on the mend!! Love the gift bag! TFS
Janet Royer

Madison said...

Congrats on getting published!! That's awesome. Sorry about your wrist. Your gift bag is too cute. Love the colors and the inking:) Nice touches. You ROCKED it!
funkycards @charter. net

Gloria said...

Love this gift bag and all the detail you put into it:)
disneynut 4 life 22 at yahoo dot com

Sue D said...

What an adorable gift bag!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Shanna Shands said...

Awesome for you to share how you made your creation. I really need to get an electronic cutter!

Poetically Creative said...

That Hippo is so adorable. Love how you added it to the bag with grass. The ice cream looks delish as well. thanks for sharing.

I can be reached by email at

Poetically Creative said...

That Hippo is so adorable. Love how you added it to the bag with grass. The ice cream looks delish as well. thanks for sharing.

I can be reached by email at

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your gift bag is so adorable!

Laurie said...

What a fun gift bag!

Karenladd said...

Thanks for the step by step for that super cute hippo gift bag! I just love him!!
kladd94803 at aol dot com

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

totally cute bag!!!

Debbie said...

What a sweet and darling gift bag -- so clever and fun! So happy to be included in this hop with you -- thanks for the inspiration :)

SHartl said...

My daughter goes to a lot of kids birthday parties and this gift bag is so adorable! thanks for the idea!
apedoak at aol dot com

Unknown said...

So cute! Great idea :)

Beverly32440 said...

Love the gift bag idea! The hippo is precious.

Angeline Choo said...

this is super cute! love the hippo gift bag

barbara macaskill said...

Love your bag! So cute! Unity stamps are the best and I LOVE butterflies! If I am lucky enough to win this my email is Thanks for sharing!

Gaylynn said...

Such a fun little hippo design. Already a follower of yours here. :)
contact@NeatThings-Boutique dot com

Kelly Sas said...

Your gift bag is too darn cute! I LOVE hippos!

Jean Bullock said...

Loved your Hippo project and surely do appreciate your tutorial on how to make it. giveawayjean (at) is my address.

cal8007 said...

I saw your hippo on facebook - I thought it was darling!! Thanks for the tutorial, and thanks for the chance at some stamps!


Carmen L
cal8007 at aol dot com

Unknown said...

Love the hippo! Thanks for the tutorial.

Michelle M said...

The hippo card and bag are sooo cute! And I especially like the Love Mini Folder. I would love to win the stamp. My email is: Thanks for the chance!

Turnedgypsy said...

How cute, and love the paper you printed on Imagine. I love my Imagine and not looking forward to the day it dies.

Thank you for sharing and the chance to win too.

I am filling my requirements for entry.