Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge #56...Birthday...


Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Time for another fun challenge with the Retro Rubber team.

This time we have a theme for you..

Birthday, everyone's fave..

I decided it was time to break out an old (slightly neglected) fave by Avery Elle 'Hipster-Potamus' I have had this set since 2014 and I use to over use it.

I thought I'd use creative license and make my Hippo a pale Lilac..no idea why, just felt like it.

I stamped the Birdie from the set on his back and added glasses too, then fussy cut it all out.

The background paper is a recent addition to my stash from Pink Fresh Studio, I bought a grab box and got a ton of stuff.

The quirky borders were die-cut using Sizzix border dies that JT bought me, I thought if I affixed them with staples it would be more fun. The fact that the borders overhang is a happy accident..I was planning on cutting them down, but I like them like this way better.

The sentiment is also from the set and I stamped it on white paper first and placed it all over my card, trying to work out where I liked it best..this is a new trick of mine so I don't make a mistake..

Your turn to show us your Birthday inspired makes. Make sure you go over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things my teammates have made..

Challenge ends February 24th. Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.



  1. Claire, this Hippo is just totally adorable and, with those glasses.....you just want to squeeze him, super cute.
    Love your color choices and that sentiment is a riot.
    Fabulous card, teammate.
    PS. I received your Valentine precisely TODAY!!! perfect timing my dear, thank you!!

  2. Claire, when I saw your card I just had to chuckle! That hippo is too cute with his glasses. The little bird sitting in his back looks like his whispering something sweet in his ear!

  3. Love the pun 'hipster-pottamus" and the lilac hippo. Such a sweet colour really adds to the cuteness. but his glasses take the cake.

  4. Absolutely adorable birthday card for any hipster (or not) on your list! Love him being lilac - that's the fun of stamping! Wonderful card! Hope you are getting better and stronger everyday, my friend! :)

  5. Claire, the hippo, his coloring, glasses and birdie friend are a hit! We all love this fresh and fun card!! And I like the extra length on the borders, too. Way to go, teammie!!

  6. I love the overhanging borders and I think the world would be a better place if there were lilac hippos in it.

  7. You always make fussy border things work, they really intimidate me. This guy is so great, I'm glad to see him get out again. I remember when he was a weekly feature! x

  8. Great card, it just makes me smile. Cute as can be.

  9. Gotta love those happy accidents that work out perfectly! The Hippo in lilac, great! I will CAS this card as own this set, and plan to make a similar card for my niece only using aqua. She loves hippos and aqua color.

  10. Claire, you know I also love this little guy! I love your critter cards! Loved you kitty card so much!❤️ Great color combo, so much fun!❤️


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