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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! :)


Lisa said...

Love your card! I love your scrubby holder. I love that you got it in memory of your grandma!

cdm317 said...

I still have my Grandma's frog scrubby. Isn't it funny what we keep? My MIL promised me my Hubby's Grandmother's spoon rest one of these days! I adore your card. I guess I need to look into marvelous markers I've never heard of them, but your coloring is so frogtastic I need to investigate!
Happy Easter!

Amy said...

TOADally fabulous card!! I adore that stamp!! :) The bow is perfect -- I love that it's two colors!! :)

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

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Tambo said...

Oh how great it is to have one little item to remember your grammy by. My little item is a snow globe, one from her collection. I love the stamp you used and the color choices. It is great. thanks, Tami
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Raven said...

I love the shading and coloring on this cute card. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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SiskiyouSue said...

Cute froggie, he really does look joyful. I broke my frog scrubbie! I miss it.

Glitter Fantasies said...

What a great memory to have! Your card is so adorable also!

BunnyFreak said...

Love the story about your grammy. What a cheerful card.

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doverdi said...

Love your card & story. I have a similiar frog in my kitchen.

shersl84bed said...

Awesome story. Its funny the things we see that remind us of our grandma's. I see things at garage sales that will remind me of mine. I've bought dishes just because they remind me of her. Grandma's are the best!

Oops, almost forgot to mention how cute I think your froggy card is.

Debc06 said...

Beautiful memory you shared and your card is darling.
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Amanda said...

Cute card! TFS!

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Patricia Hurlburt said...

Great card. Thanks for sharing.
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Michelle said...

What a nice story about your Grammy... I feel that same way about my grandfather he passed when I was about 9... I miss him dearly and you know what the funny thing is... he actually caught a frog in a coffee can and used a paint brush to get him in there... too funny.
I love the way you colored your frog... You did a great job on this card I'm sure your Grammy would have loved it.

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Stephenie said...

Great card! Love the colors and stamp!


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Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

LOL ... Here's what we have in common: For years I kept a "frog scrubby" that my husband had there at the sink when I inherited him (my husband, LOL!) from his ex-wife. It turns out, the ex-wife made it in ceramics class. Anywhoo, that disappeared when we moved -- uhhhh, the frog scrubby, not my husband! Also, we used the same Penny Black image on our cards. It's adorable, isn't it? Frogalicious!! TYFS

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Josie0602 said...

I love your story of your grandma and I love that you found a froggie for your kitchen to remember her.

Karelj said...

How fun is this? especially since it reminds you of your Grammy. My own Grammies dies when I was 6 (both the same year), so I never knew them, really....I'm so happy you have the frog to remind you of yours! your card is adorable, as usual. thanks for hopping with me! karelj

Kathy's-Krafts said...

Love your card...it is so cute....

A Scrap Above said...

Love the flying frog,w ell it looks like he is flying! LOL
great color details.
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joydee1963 said...

I have that scrubby holder ,my grandma made mine!great card! joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

What a cute card!!! Great scrubby holder!!

Mary S said...

Love your card!! That's sweet about your grandma's frog....a sweet reminder :)

Cyndi S said...

I totally enjoyed seeing your card. You did a great job blending. Most of all I enjoyed your story about your Grammy. Isn't it funny how we remember the smallest things of the people we have loved and lost but they mean the most to us. I have those memories of my mom that passed away when I was six and I remember some things that others would find silly. Thanks for sharing your story.
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nantastic said...

Cute card,
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thekolbes said...

Loved reading about Grammy. Mine had the same cough, sighs. Your card is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing
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Magento Themes said...

I love this card!!! This is looking fabulous. That scrubby holder is looking nice. I love this frog style. Thanks for this great post.
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