Playful Pals – It’s A Frog!

Years ago when my husband and I were first dating in the early spring he would call me on the phone to chat.  His home was located in the country and there was a huge pond on the property that was creek “fed”.  And I bet you can guess what the pond was full of (besides fish!) – frogs!  I can still remember the sound of bull frogs croaking through the phone as we talked!  Over the years I came to love that sound and the memories it brings to mind.

Playful Pals is such a cute set and of course you can make an adorable frog card with it!  This little guy is all decked out with a Pacific Point bow tie to hop on over and wish one of my grandsons a happy birthday!  He sits on a lily pad of Always Artichoke card stock created from an oval shape with a slit made in it, and then sponged around the edges with Always Artichoke ink.  The leaves are from the Botanical Blooms Suite and the water was created by running a piece of Soft Sky through the Big Shot in the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The waves are from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.


Playful Pals Frog My Tangewood Cottage


Do you know what frogs eat?  I wasn’t sure so I Googled to find out.  According to KidZone, they are actually  carnivores, which means that they will eat meat.  (Who would have guessed!)   However, small to medium sized frogs eat insects such as flies and mosquitoes.  So this next frog is a small to medium variety!


Playful Pals Frog with fly My Tanglewood Cottage

I just couldn’t resist adding a tongue and a fly to this card!

Isn’t this a fun card?  I think I will have to give my husband one of these cards too for his birthday in memory of our earlier days!

That’s it for now.  Ribbit (Thanks for stopping by in frog talk!)


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Wacky Watercooler’s March Madness Blog Hop

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Are you ready for a mad, mad Wacky Watercooler’s March Madness Blog Hop?  There are ten of us that will be showing off our “mad” creations, all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who love our products!  We will each show you at least one fancy fold to delight and inspire you!

As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see projects from some amazing stampers.  The projects will feature products from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions, Sale-A-Bration and annual catalog to celebrate the occasions in our lives.

Before I share my projects with you, I want to remind you this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started. You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the hop you would have arrived here after visiting Buffy Cooper’s blog.  Isn’t she awesome!

Happy Hopping!

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When preparing for this hop I looked at a lot of different fancy folds, and decided to share two fancy folds with you that I had never tried before.

The Swing Easel Card

This first fancy fold is called a Swing Easel Card fold.  It is actually an easy card to do, especially when there are so many videos on the internet to learn from.  I watched this video made by Debbie Henderson.

Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold

Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold 3

Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold 2

I can’t believe I only used one stamp to make this card!  Gotta love the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies!  Can you find where I stamped?

Pop Up Slider Card

I have to tell you I really liked making this card.  I love this fold and have more ideas in mind to share later.  You can find a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers here.  Since I wanted to mat the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper with Old Olive card stock I watched the video at the end of the tutorial rather than following the “pictured” instructions.

I chose to use the beautiful flower in the Birthday Blooms set as my focal point.


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold

The large flower is stamped on Whisper White paper than colored with markers.  I then cut a portion of the flower away and slipped an oval die under and around it to die cut out the oval shape, leaving a portion of the flower “breaking out” of the oval.  I stamped small flowers which are on the large stamp and then cut them out to add more detail to the card.  The leaves are made using the Bird Builder Punch.  The butterflies are from the Kinda Eclectic set and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.

Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold Opened

When you pull on the ribbon the paper slides up to expose the greetings.  This card also opens like a basic card, I just could not get a good picture to share with you.

3-D Project – Berry Basket

I just recently bought the Berry Basket Die and have been busy making some for our booth at a local scrap-booking and stamping  event.   One of the other demonstrators in the booth made a birthday diansaur cake using the Cutie Pie Thinlits, so I made a basket to compliment the cake as a birthday favor. ( I hope I remember to take a picture of the cake to share with you later!)  We both used the No Bones About It stamp set and the Sprinkles of Life set to make our projects.

When you purchase the Sprinkles of Life set Stampin’ Up! will donate $3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House to keep families together and surrounded by love when their child is receiving medical treatment far away from home.

No Bones About It Berry Basket 1 My Tanglewood Cottage

I filled a cellophane bag with toy dinosaurs to put in the basket and tied off the bag with Burlap Ribbon.

Don’t you think a little boy would just love getting this!

No Bones About It Berry Basket My Tanglewood Cottage 2

No Bones About It Berry Basket My Tanglewood Cottage 3

No Bones About It Berry Basket My Tanglewood Cottage 4

I used my fringed scissors to make the grass along the bottom of the basket.

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It’s time for you to hop on over the see what the crafty Christine Giuda has to share with you for our March Madness hop.  She always has such wonderful projects and I know you will be “mad” about her creations this month!

Thanks for stopping by!






Botanical Blooms

The moment I saw the Botanical Blooms Suite and bundle I knew I wanted to have it.  The Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper is the perfect match with the stamp set, Botanical Blooms.  And, the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies are fabulous – I love the way they cut.  Several of the dies cut out not only the outline of the flower but also portions of the inside which adds so much dimension. The  center flower dies add the finishing touches to the flower.

For the front of this card, I only used the framelits from the bundle.  I did, however, stamp a leaf on the inside!


Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage

Steps to make this card:

  • Using the large, medium, and small five petal flower dies cut the flowers from Crushed Curry card stock.
  • Die cut three “fern” leaves from Mossy Meadow.
  • Die cut  the centers using the center piece dies as you desire.  I used Cajun Craze and Black card stock.
  • Die cut out the third and fourth smallest circles from the Circle Collection Framletits from the Botanical Gardens Designers Series Paper.
  • Stamp “Happy Birthday To You” from the Sunburst Sayings stamp set on Crushed Curry and then punch it out using the 1 1/4″ circle punch.
  • Sponge around the flowers and the greeting circle using Cajun Craze ink.
  • Adhere flower center pieces.
  • Add the pearls to the flower centers and the greeting circle.
  • Using the Large Polka Dots Embossing Folder, place a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock in it and run the EF through the Big Shot.
  • Adhere the circles cut from the DSP onto the Whisper White card stock.  (I laid out all my pieces first to determine where I wanted everything before adhering things down.)
  • Using the Updated Essentials Paper Piercing template pierce two circles around the outside of the largest circle.  Also pierce the greeting circle.
  • Adhered the leaves and then the flowers to the Whisper White piece.
  • Adhere the greeting circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere the Whisper White piece to the Crushed Curry card base.

If you just have-to-have any of the items I’ve used for this card, select the appropriate picture below and it will take you to my online store.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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