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 Blog Hop 3rd Anniversary Celebration

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Welcome!  We are celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop! We have all the original participants of the very first hop playing along with us – isn’t that exciting!  To celebrate our three years of “hopping” together we have a line up of projects that will inspire you to the moon and back!  Our projects will feature an anniversary card; a stamp set that has survived since being introduced in 2013 (our choice of the Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, or Flower Shop sets that were in the first hop); and we will be featuring our version of a CASE from the original blog hop.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog HopWorks: 

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 Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Jeannine Tarrio’s blog.  Doesn’t Jean have some sweet projects!

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Anniversary Card

My anniversary card was inspired by the Best of Birds Stampin’ Up! set.  Why you might ask…well it has a stamp with the words “Happy Anniversary” in it!  Doesn’t take much to inspire me sometimes!!!

I dug out a very neglected coloring medium from my creative stash to make this card – chalk!  I can’t even remember the last time I used chalk.  I bet it has been at least 5 years.


Best of Birds Vintage Leaves MyTanglewoodCottage

To make this card I stated by embossing a piece of Soft Sky card stock with the Wonderland EF.  After it was embossed I brayered Tip Top Taupe over the raised image.  I stamped the birds and branch on Whisper White card stock.  The birds were colored in with chalk and the branch was colored in with markers.  After I was finished coloring I die cute out the images with the Birds and Blooms Thinlits.  I then stamped three leaves from the Vintage Leaves set and die cut them out using Leaflets Framelits.  The flowers are die cut using the little flower in the Botanical Builder Framelits.  The greeting from the Best of Birds set is stamped on a piece of vellum.  Once everything was cut out I assembled my card.

The Stamp Set That Survived!

I chose to use the Wet Lands set for this card, it has always been one of my favorite sets.  I paired it with Butterfly Basics and Falling Flowers stamp sets and the May Flowers Framelits (the little sprig).


Wet Lands MyTanglewoodCottage


Wet Lands Open MyTanglewoodCottage


I chalked this image also.

Wet Lands 2 MyTanglewoodCottage


The little flowers were die cut from the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I used a button shank to cut the ends off of tiny brads then glued the brad heads on using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

CASE from the Original Blog Hop

There were so many wonderful projects to case from the original hop that I had to look at all the possibilities several times.   After much deliberation I choose to CASE a project created by Heidi Weaver.  I have never made a Pillow Box, even though I own a Pillow Box punch board.  (Another one of the must have tools – ha!)   Heidi did provide a link to a template to make this adorable box if you don’t have a punch or die.  You can find her template here.

My little Pillow Box is decked out in a floral patterned from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  The Floral Boutique DSP is a rich Night of Navy color with many beautiful designs.  I used the Thick Baker’s Twine in Whisper White instead of making a band out of card stock to add another element to my box.


Botanical Gift Box MyTanglewoodCottage

Since we are celebrating our 3rd Anniversary I added a strip of Vellum with Happy Anniversary stamped on it.

The Botanical Builder Framelits were used to cut Vellum and Whisper White Card Stock for the flower petals and the center of the flower is cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Botanical close up gift box

Thank you Heidi for the inspiration, I like my little box and will have to make more!

It’s time for you to check out what Penny Hanuszak has to created to share with you.  She has such creative ideas that I know you will love!

Thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun with the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!













In the Meadow

I love to take walks along lakes, rivers or ocean sides.  So creating this card was a lot of fun for me.  This card was inspired one of the April, 2016  Creative Crew Challenges.  This challenge was to create a scene that had flowers, have a lake in the scene, and a path leading to a lake.  The stamp set In the Meadow from Stampin’ Up! came to my rescue and was the perfect fit for this challenge!


My Tanglewood Cottage In the Meadow

To make this card I started by stamping the mountains in the background using Black Stazon Ink.  (It’s important to use Stazon because water based inks will bleed.)  Using a brayer I added Marina Mist ink above the mountains for the sky and a little below the mountains for the lake being careful to not deposit any ink on the mountains. Old Olive ink was used on the lower portion of the card.Once I was done with the brayer I used an Aqua Painter to move the ink around in the sky, lake and grassy area.  Next I used Chocolate Chip ink to put in my path, also using an Aqua Painter.  The Chocolate Chip ink easily blended and covered the Old Olive ink.

The next step was to add the trees, grass and flowers, again using Black Stazon to stamp the images, with the exception of using some Old Olive ink to add more dimension to the grass. Mossy Meadow ink was used to fill in the leaves on the trees, and Chocolate Chip for the trunk.  The flowers were colored in using markers and a gel pen.  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray, along with the Old Olive and Mossy Meadow to watercolor the mountains.

The greeting “Think of You” from the Westlands stamp set was stamped on Whisper White card stock and die cut using the Circles Collection Framelits.  Die cut flowers from Botanical Builder Framelit Dies added the final touches.

Thank for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the card and were inspired to make one yourself!

If you need any of the products to make this card you can select and item below and it will take you to my online store.

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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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Bloomin’ Heart Transformed Into A Tag

The intricate, delicate design of the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies provides a feminine flare to any project.   When you add the beautiful flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies you have an elegant combination.

This card was made for the Creative Crew Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Tags seem to be the rage these days.  They are used in so many different ways, such as, for packaging to a friend, on a card for a loved one, or even a bookmark.  Because of their popularity we were challenged to make a tag with a not-so-common item, i.e., clothespin or a cute bow or a fancy tie like that ribbon heart. We were to make the tag flirty and fun.  See all the February projects here.

When is a Heart a Tag?

My not-so-common item is the design of the tag it’s self.

I started with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die.

  • First I cut out the heart shape with the Bloomin’ Heart die then I laid the banner die on the heart I just cut out.
  • Next I cut out the banner shape for my “lacy” tag.
  • I cut out an additional black banner to layer behind the “lacy” tag.
  • After adding the flowers to the tag I finished it off with a Botanical Gardens Jewel.

That my friends is when a heart is a tag!


Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage


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