Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Challenge Entry: Kissin' Frogs

Thanks for all the kind words on yesterday's "Impossible Tag"...you really brightened my day after struggling so with that darn tag!  Like I said, it was just one of those days where you have to put the Distress Inks down and walk away... 

Sunday was a good creative day.  That's when I made this little placard I'm calling "Kissin' Frogs" and submitting for Gingersnap Creations GC108 Color Challenge:  Color of Money.  What's funny is that I thought that I would skip this challenge as I wasn't sure I was in the "green" mood (the color of U.S. money).  And then I was inspired by the cute amphibian in The Creative Pointe's 'Garden Friends--Set One' SVG file collection.  Before I knew it I had green all over the place!

The Details:
  • I wanted to create a patchwork frog, so I pulled out all my green scrap papers and, using Cindy's sample photo as a guide (she always provides a great "go by" photo), selected the appropriate shades of light and dark.
  • One of the reasons I've fallen in love with SVG files is because you can cut all your layers at once.  Another reason I love them is because you can use up your scraps.  I use Sure-Cuts-A-Lot (SCAL) with my Cricut to cut SVG files.  SCAL allows me to see right on the computer screen how big my scraps need to be and where the machine will cut on the mat.  How awesome is that?!  Garden Friends--Set One includes a butterfly, dragonfly, and our cute frog friend.  You can purchase it at Diecut Designer.
  • The frog is defined with brown pen, shaded with chalk pastels, and to give his eyes some life, I used Glossy Accents.
  • I ran a scrap of pattern paper through my ink jet printer to create the title.

: My Mind’s Eye; K & Co; scrap background papers
SVG: Garden Friends by The Creative Pointe
Stamps: My Mind’s Eye Union Square ‘Perfect’
Inks: DI ‘Old Paper’; SU! Craft ‘More Mustard’, ‘Summer Sun’, ‘Cameo Coral’; Le Pen ‘Brown’
Embellishments: SU! Stampin’ Pastels; Stickles ‘Gold’, ‘Fruit Punch’; Glossy Accents; TH Adage Ticket; TH Memo Pin

Tools: SCAL; Cricut Expression; foam ink blending tool; scallop scissors; 3M Super77 spray adhesive; TH paper distresser
Misc: cardboard


  1. He's great! I really like the patchwork work, may scraplift if you don't mind.

  2. OMG...how stinkin' cute is he! Great idea to use the scraps for him. Love it...you make my files come to life!

  3. LOL! Great card! Love the humour and design!

  4. Love the card. I like frogs. We live by a little creek and can hear the riveting all night long.

  5. The frog and especially the sentiment made me smile today...He is fabulous!! :)

  6. Too cute... you've done a great job on him!

  7. Great job on the paper pieced frog! I have got to use that technique more!

  8. I love really cute frog images and this is just way too cute! I don't have a Cricut or want one because I already have too many toys, LOL, so I won't be able to capture this cutee. Your card is darling.


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