Saturday, March 27, 2010

That Reminds Me...

Growing up, I'd often hear dad say to my brothers with an irritated sigh, "Use things for their intended purpose!"  Typically, after finding something of his broken. ;-)

I'm so glad that rule doesn't apply to crafting, aren't you? ;-)

Ya know that AWESOME pkg. of Sweet Pea Stitched Felt pieces in the Occasions Mini?  FULL of flowers, leaves, and round posie-looking flowers?  LOVE IT!

I have to say, though...there is this one piece that stands out to me...every time I look at it, it reminds me of something specific, and therefore I just cannot use it on a flower. Hee hee hee...

YUP.  Frog eyes. :)

This is what I've been meaning to make with them.  It's taken me a few days this week, of working on it here and there.  Hence, the no posting but one day this week. ;-)

I sure hope you like my froggy card, because I am in LOVE with it, and it took me a really long time to make! LOL...very little stamping involved, LOTS of punching.  With punches. You know, the tools. ;-) Some sponging, and a little creativity, too. :)

Speaking of creativity, wanna see a closeup of the lilypad & lily? OK.

Ok...I see now it doesn't even fully show the awesomeness of the middle!!! (frown) You'll have to click on the pic to see what's in the middle...and no, it's not just coloring. ;-)

I first stamped the grass from "Inspired By Nature" in Old Olive ink.

Then I started sponging. Not Quite Navy for the water, into the horizon, and up into the sky...(see the clouds? yay!)...Old Olive for inside the grassy reeds.  Yes, I thought about adding little cattails, but it would throw off perspective (sizing frog to grass, etc).

Imagine the could say:
"Hoppy Birthday!", or
"Don't Worry, Be Hoppy!", or
"Heard You Caught a Bug"
Lol!  Sorry, all this to say I left it blank so I could use it for whatever I want, whenever I want. :)

Want to know what I used?  ALL Stampin' Up! :)

Mr Frog: Large oval, Small oval, 1 3/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, Boho Blossoms...sponged 1 3/4" circle with Old Olive pastel & sponge dauber...left a little highlighting near the top.
Lily Pad: Wide Oval, 1/2" square (retired) cut part out.
Water Lily: Boho Blossoms - distressed, pulled apart, cut petals, sponged with Pretty in Pink on edges.
Lily Center: Crystal effects, Summer Sun reinker, Clear micro beads.
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive
Other: Stampin' Pastels, Sponge dauber, Sweet Pea felt, Old Olive marker (his smile), Stampin' Dimensionals behind Mr. Frog...cause I just HAVE know me! :)

WHEW!  Hope I didn't forget anything, lol.

Now. After all that work, I'd REALLY love to see comments from y'all! :)  C'mon...make my day! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)


  1. So unbelievably adorable! I am SO CASEing this!

  2. VERY cute! And how smart of you to use all those different Stampin' products so we'd have to buy ALL of them to replicate your card full of cuteness! :)

  3. Way too cute! I love his goggly eyes! Nice work. Thanks for blessing my day! :)

  4. I'm crazy about your froggie!! he he he AND--I love all the sentiments you've considered to put inside! What fun. ;) Blessings to you, Crystal!

  5. Crystal so stinking cute I can't stand it! Consider yourself Cased as soon as I get the proper tools!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

  6. "Heard you caught a bug"....hee hee...that really made me smile. :) You are so cute and crafty!

  7. Your frog is adorable. Love the water lily too! - jmgeisler

  8. Absolutely adorable! Gotta love those frog eyes!

  9. So cute! I am currently putting together a Punch Art board. I am hoping people will see the many items you can make using Stampin' Up! punches and want to do a punch work shop with me. If you get a chance stop by my blog and tell me what you think. Thanks a bunch for sharing the instructions for the fog, I am definitely going to case it. ;o)
    Sharon Fritz

  10. Oh Crystal . . . he's gotta be the cutest frog I've ever seen! The flower makes it pop! GREAT JOB!

  11. This frog is just to stinkin cute!!! I love it!!!

  12. Hi Crystal, I have been looking for frog stamps or ideas to make a frog card from punches. Your creativity is outstanding. I have to borrow this idea. So cute..

  13. This is totally cute! Great job and I like the different views. hee hee

  14. This is BRILLIANT! I may just have to CASE Mr. Frog for the punch art swap in which I'm participating.


Go ahead...make my day! :)