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Friday, April 22, 2011

Totally Frogs Blog Hop

My apologies for this being late!

Hello and welcome to the Toadally Frogs Blog Hop hosted by the very talented KarelJ! We have some "TOADALLY" awesome crafters along the way! So sit back and hop along with us! Let's give that Bunny a run for his money!!! You should have hopped here from Krista's at scrapaleupagus.blogspot.com. If you haven't, why not hop all the way back to the beginning with Karel's blog.

Before I start I have to tell you that I love frogs. I had toads that we had caught on vacation when I was young, and we kept them in a small aquarium in our living room. I went and bought crickets for them to eat, and the whole nine yards! When we put in a pond in our backyard, we went and got tadpoles to add in, and we had at least one grow into a frog. He would sit on the lily pad to sun himself. He disappeared though, and I tell myself he hopped away to a better place. Or maybe met a Mrs Frog and are off having tadpoles some place. When my grandmother was alive, she collected frogs. Sadly she passed away when I was young, I was 9 I believe. I remember very little about my grandmother. I remember she liked butter on her sandwiches (which I still don't understand). When she was at our house she drank her coffee from a green mug. I remember her cough. That unmistakable smokers cough. And she collected frogs. She had a bluish-purple frog in her kitchen that held those little green scrubby things for washing pots and pans. When my Grammy (as we called her) passed away, the frog found a loving home in our kitchen. It still lives with my mother in her kitchen. When I moved into my own home, I was out one day shopping for kitchen items when there on the shelf sat this little guy:

He is the same design as the one my Grammy owned, only difference was that this little one was white, they didn't have a bluish-purple one, so I bought him. He lovingly sits in my kitchen, above the sink. His scrubby has never been used. It's a reminder of my Grammy. I only wish that she had lived longer. It would have been nice for her to have met my children. I could hear her now "Doesn't she ever take anything serious" that would be my daughter, and "does he have ants in his pants?" that would be my son. I could just smile and tell her, no Grammy, after all they are just like me when I was little!
Okay so now onto my project. I went with a card, I know surprise, surprise. I love how happy this little frog looks!
I colored him with my Marvelous Markers by Stampin' Up. I don't know if you can tell in the picture, but I did my best at trying to blend and shade colors. I used papers, cardstock and ribbons that I had on hand. I must say I am not sure about the bow. I am NOT a frilly kind of gal. I love this ribbon though, and I think it goes well with the colors of the frog. You can't tell in the picture but it's top half is green, while it's bottom half is yellow. I love how it looks, and i think I bought every color combo they had!
I only wish my Grammy was here. I'd love to send her this card with a little note like "Oh Hoppy Day!" And she'd probably think to her self...."doesn't she ever take anything seriously?" No Grammy, I try not too. Life gets too stressful that way!

Now HOP along to your next stop Stephenie at SSCrafter at http://www.sscrafter.blogspot.com/ And try not to take life so seriously! :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's our Birthday!

Happy Friday! Today we are celebrating the Cricut Card Fairies!! We turned THREE YEARS OLD yesterday! YAY! What are Cricut Card Fairies you may be asking? Well I am here to tell you! We are a group of crafting volunteers who LOVE to send cards to those that need it. To date we have sent over 750 missions all over the globe. That is over 750 smiles and hugs via cards. Isn't that amazing? I became a fairy in the very beginning of the group. I started with the very first mission, and here I am so many missions later, and I wouldn't change it for the world! Crystal, had contacted me and asked if I thought that would people would be interested in having a group. I told her absolutely! Sign me up! Now I don't always get to do every mission, but I do as many as I can. Card making is a stress reliever for me. I have so many cards that I have made that I will ever be abe to use myself. So I thought what better way to share the cards, while giving someone a smile (well hopefully)in the process. If you are interested in becoming a fairy you can email Crystal at cricutcardfairyarmy@gmail.com with your cricut messageboard name and the email for which you wish to receive missions.
If you just happened along my blog you may want to go back to the beginning with Crystal at http://crystalscraftycreations.blogspot.com/.
If you arrived here from Brenda's blog http://www.beejaysstudio.blogspot.com/
you are in the right place! And please remember when you are finished here to continue with the FABULOUS Karel at http://www.kareljcreations.com/.

And now onto my project!
For the blog hop we are celebrating our birthday, and so I created a birthday card. It features the flower from “Because I Care” and the sentiment from the (now retired) “Watercolor Trio”. By the way, I love this image, and love the fact that you don't have to color it in to achieve a great look! The image is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla cardstock. I then cut it out using the Top Note die from Stampin’ Up. I layered that piece on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock which I ran through my BigShot using the Square Lattice embossing folder. That was added to my Very Vanilla cardstock base. I added the finishing touches of the oval punch as well as the Oval Scallop punch and a bit of ¼” Basic Black Grosgrain ribbon. What a cheery way to celebrate someone’s birthday!!
Here is the list of bloggers in our hop in case you get lost along the way.
Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy http://crystalscraftycreations.blogspot.com/
Larelyn http://www.handmadefromtheheart-designsbylarelyn.blogspot.com/
Rachelle http://www.rachelle-rachellesplace.blogspot.com/
Shawnee http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com/
RachelM http://trickut-rachelscrafts.blogspot.com/
Sheryl http://sherylscraftingcorner.blogspot.com/
Tami http://sunsetami.wordpress.com/
Jenn http://craftingwithjenn.blogspot.com/
Brenda http://www.beejaysstudio.blogspot.com/
Gina http://ginathorntonstamping.blogspot.com/ You are here
Karel http://www.kareljcreations.com/

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April really?

I can not believe it is already April! And that we are almost halfway through the month already!! Just think in two more months we will be opening up the pools and pulling on our bathing suits. Which reminds me, those chocolate donuts I bought the other day, probably not the best idea! ugh. Thankfully we now have a pool in our back yard so I can relax in it without someone whispering about beached whales and such!! Why can't they invent a donut that when you eat it bam you lose 10 pounds! Imagine what a dozen could do!!! LOL anyway.....I wanted to let you know about Stampin' Up's current offer. For a limited time only YOU can purchase an item from the upcoming new catalog (due out in July) as a preorder! Own it before your friends! After this promotion, the items will only be available after July 1st!

Spend $20* on any Stampin' Up! products and become eligible to purchase both the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.
Host a $350* workshop and get the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper for FREE
*Net sales before tax and shipping

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Don't delay! This Preorder is only available until April 30th!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Into Some Savings!

Begining today and UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST, Stampin' Up is offering Grab bags full of savings! What a great way to start off Spring! There are three options to choose from:
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