Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Day Fit for Frogs: Rainy and Overcast ... so Come Hop!

Welcome to the Toadally Frogs Blog Hop, hosted by my friend and uber-talented Karelj.  If you've happened upon the hop, enjoy your stop here ...  and either continue on, or go back to the start at

For this Froggy Hop, I've made three cards:

#1: Engagement/Wedding/Anniversary Card: 

The front image was cut using my Cricut Expression and Cricut cartridge, Sweethearts. I used the "card" function so the image is cut from the yellow cardstock. I then backed the cut with a textured green Bazill, and put a snippet of gold glitter stock behind the crown cut.  The card was double matted, machine stitched in a wavy/fun line using green glitter thread, and I added a ribbon bowtie to the frog.

Inside, I made a top and bottom panel which really gives this card a feeling of substance. 

The frog charm is a Trinket from Michael's.  I made the double loop bow from a polka-dotted Holiday ribbon I found in Michael's Christmas 90% off bin.

I typed the sentiment and printed using my computer, Word program, and HP printer.  It says: You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. Congratulations on finding yours!

Here is a close-up of that top panel:

Cute, don't you think?

Card #2: Birthday Card:

The front image was cut using my Cricut Expression and Cricut cartridge, Sesame Street Friends.  I typed the (adorable!!) sentiment on my computer, then cut it into a circle using Spellbinders Nestabilities. I cut the additional circles with Nestabilities too. For the flies, I found the image on ClickArt Online, printed and fussy cut each. 

This is the inside sentiment, with more flies and a leftover crown cut from Card #1.

... and just one more card ...

Card #3: Get Well Card:

This is an easel card. The front image of the frog and flower is a rubber stamp "Jump for Joy" from the Penny Black line.  I colored it with Copic Markers and Prisma colored pencils, using the Gamsol technique.

The image is double matted in pink and green, placed upon a mat I "punched around the corner" using Martha Stewart's Eyelet Lace punch set, and then adhered to a pink plaid paper. I dotted the eyelets with mini pearls that I colored green using Copic markers. The ribbon bow is the same ribbon used in Card #1, only with alternate dots colored pink.

The card pins on the front are my handmade "EmbEllies" made with glass beads.

Here is the flat side of the easel, when opened:

So which card did you like best? Why?

Tell me in your comment, and be eligible to win

What's a blog hop without some blog candy!? 

I have a terrific pair of Cutterbee paper crafting scissors  for the randomly-chosen winner of my blog candy.

To win: (PRIZE AWARDED! Try again another hop!)

1. Be or become a followerPlease!
2. Leave a comment about this posting. In your posting, tell me which card here (#1, 2 or 3) is your favorite and why.  Also, please leave me a way to reach you when you win!

P.S. -- If you left a comment on the prior post I put up at midnight, don't worry ... you have an extra chance. It will still be counted in the total # of comments for the random drawing. I'm going back in and removing that posting so as not to be confusing.  Feel free to comment here again as an additional way of winning!
Now for your next stop on the Toadally Frogs Blog Hop, you have your choice.  Normally, I'd direct you over to MALLIKA's blog site. Unfortunately, Mallika forgot about this Hop but posted a sweet layout for her grandparents' anniversary. (I don't mean to cause controversy!!  She didn't like my calling her out on the non-hop post ... sorry! ... so she removed my comment. I DO like her layout, but...)

So feel free to go to Mallika's site, OR if you'd like to continue on with Frog-themed projects, leapfrog over to Inga's blog. Your choice!

Thank you for hopping along
with us on this fun blog hop!


jessica said...

GREAT projects...all of them. If I had to pick a favorite I LOVE #3 the easel card! It is toad-ally cute (but they all are)

Melissa said...

Your cards are soo pretty, I really like the third one, first off, I love easel cards and the sentiment is what really got me!!! Great job.

mzcherub2009 at att dot net

Shawn Mosch said...

The "It's not easy being green" saying gave me an idea for a graduation card with a money holder!

As always, I love your cards!

Jae said...

Fabulous cards! My favourite would have to be the birthday card! Those flies are so cute and go so well with the sentiment, TFS
smile4jenn at hotmail dot com

cdm317 said...

Each card is cuter than the next! I suppose my favorite is the birthday card. I love the design and the papers you used.
It's been a fun hop!

Jacqueline said...

already a follower - My fav is #2 card - love that image!
Hugs ~ Jacqueline

Nicole Doiron said...

All your cards are so adorable, but my favorite is #2. The frog on it is just too funny and cute!

Aim said...

WOWZERS!! THREE cards that are EACH TOADally FROGtastic!! :) Tough choice -- I think #3 is my favorite because it's very bright and cheerful (and I LOVE that image!)... Great details on all your cards!! :)

Thanks for sharing your talent in the hop today -- I was invited to do the froggy hop by Melissa (Disney Dreamer Designs) and am HAPPY to already be a follower!! :)

Amy :) at
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

Tami B. said...

Ellen, they're all great, but the sentiment on the 2nd one clinches it for me!

Nicolette said...

I love all three of your cards. It is so hard to chose which one is my favorite so I will say they all are. Thank you for a chance to win. I have always wanted a pair of cutter bees!! Happy Easter.

SiskiyouSue said...

If I really HAVE to choose, I'd say #2, the birthday card, because it is such a twist. They are all very good, however.

Lisa said...

I love all of them but my favorite is the second one because of the cute sentiment. I'm a new follower.

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comopark1886 said...

Of course they are all great, but I really like the green & pink colors in the Get Well Card!

Lillian Child said...

#2 !! LOVE those big eyes! Had me smiling out loud! And I am already a follower. Always a treat to stop by your blog to see what you are creating.

Happity Easter!

Unknown said...

Oh I loved them..and for different reasons. The glitter crown on the one (still trying to figure out how you did it)..the frog fly saying LOL so disgusting it's funny! and the one jumping is just to adorable! TFS

Bunnyfreak said...

Love all the cards. My favorite would be the third because of the colors and the watercolor feel.

Karen said...

Great projects! The 3rd card is my favorite. I love the flowers and the colors of the card. TFS and for a chance to win a great prize

Kwillis_15 at yahoo dot com

Kathryn said...

Great projects!!! TFS and have a Blessed Weekend.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

They are all so cute, my fav is # 2 because I just love those froggy eyes! Thanks for the chance! abusybee24atcoxdotnet

Tambo said...

oh I like them all. but I will pick #3. I like the stamp and the easel card. great job all. tfs Tami

Tambo's Creations

Unknown said...

My favorite is the Easel card #3. I am just really into Easel cards right now and love the soft flower you had on it also. TFS Love your work.
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

ShersL84bed said...

I hate having to choose a favorite so I wont! Im going to tell you why I like 2 of them best though. The first one I love the saying you put with it. Then the last one because you did an awesome job coloring it and its so cute!

Smiles Sher

Cathie Rigby said...

So cute! I love all three but my favorite is #3 I love the stick pins and the easel format. Great job-fun hop. TFS Cathie

Patricia Hurlburt said...

Love all of them but I like the color scheme on the last one best. Thanks for sharing.
lilbitee1971 at hotmail dot com

Michelle said...

Okay all of your card are fantastic but, I think my favorite one is the #3 card if I had to choose..... I read your post.. I think I'm going to have to make you my new best friend girl cause you are too funny!!!! I had to chuckle at what you wrote.
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today I appreciate it.
mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

Sarah said...

Ellen, super cute cards, as usual, I loved them all but I thought the second one was cute I loved the little saying all mixed up....cute!

Kris in Alaska said...

I like the third card... the easel card because I love easel cards and this one is just so cheery! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

doverdi said...

Toadily GREAT cards...all of them. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be #3 the easel card! I love the color scheme, stamp & sentiment. It all goes together so nice. TFS!

Star said...

Card #3 put a smile on my face as soon as I saw it. Thanks for sharing.

Josie0602 said...

Three toad-ally cute cards!! I love them all! I am right there with ya....nothing but rain about every day!! Good crafting days but I really want to get out and work in my flower beds!
jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

simply monica said...

I love the 3rd one the colors are great - an d i am so amazed at how people color - i cant do it for nothing in the world.... Monica

Prettiful Creations said...

These are all fabulous projects...How do I pick one that is my favorite...I can't...I love them all

joydee1963 said...

#1 is my fav,love the little bow!I am a follower,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Scrappers' Ranch said...

Happy Easter!
Your cards are amazing, I hat e to pick just one, but I do favor # 3, I am toadally in love with these easel cards, and I love the stamp also the detail on this card,and those pins are sooo much fun!
I am already a follower of your amazing blog
ascrapabove at aol dot com

Judy P. said...

love #2. Great!!! TFS I'm your newest follower.

mollypolley at gmail dot com

jengd said...

I'm not sure. I LOVE that crown in the 1st- very cute accent for a frog. I really like the frog image in the 2nd and love your coloring in the 3rd.

Emily said...

All your cards are great! #1 is my fav though because I like the frogs bowtie :)

Emily (coolcricutcreations at yahoo dot com)

Laura said...

I really like all three cards but I think my fav is the 3rd one.. I really like that litte from with the flower.... and i love the saying.... I am already a follower!!

Cyndi S said...

Great cards. My favorite is card #3. I like this card the best because it is a easel card and I love your coloring. I need to practice coloring in my stamps. I haven't found the right tools or technique that makes me happy. I am a big fan of the different folds for cards.
cstephenson at q dot com

nantastic said...

Already follow. My fave is no. 3 because of the girliness and stic pins. You do such a great job.
nana5604 at gmail dot com

thekolbes said...

I don't really want to have to choose 1 card because I like them all but I would have to say #3 is my fav, I love the pinks with the green. I am a new follower. Thanks so much for sharing
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

Leeann said...

Thanks for sharing these... as a Muppet era kid I'd have to vote for #3. So cute! And I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that :) So the pink looks great with the green.

Thanks for sharing!

a Tiffany original said...

My favorite has to be Card #3. The colors, the cute frog, the tutu, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. :) Amazing!!