February 5, 2019


You all know me and fussy cutting. I love it! Doing it as well as the look of it. It is also such a great way to use up scraps of Designer Series Paper you just did not have the heart to throw away.

When I got my So Hoppy Together set, one of the freebies for Sale-A-Bration, I immediately noticed that the sitting frog would be perfect for fussy cutting. So I scrabbled through my scraps of DSP, reaching for all the greenish ones. One thing when you're searching for DSP on which to stamp: don't choose anything too dark or too busy. If you do, any stamped details will be lost and gone forever unless you examine it with a magnifying glass. OK. Maybe not that bad. But, seriously, your efforts will not be as appealing as if you'd chosen more suitable paper for your stamping.

I think I stamped ten of these little froggies. While I was babysitting my precious grandson, Enzo, I fussy cut the frogs. (Enzo was sleeping.) Initially, I'd planned on taking an easier route in my cutting. But, then I realized that he would be extra cute with his mouth cut too. 

To make this card, I chose the five froggies that were of a similar hue of green.

I arranged the five frogs in different positions on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. The five weren't enough for that amount of space. And they looked weird no matter how I had them positioned.

To break up the territory a little bit, I decided to add a perky sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday set on page 76 of the Annual Catalog. I dropped the matted sentiment just a bit from center on the right side. Then I proceeded to place the frogs once again. 

This was definitely an improvement. But there was still just too much white space. To help me earn a free Sale-A-Bration item, I had ordered the Bloom By Bloom Bundle, found on page 25 of the Occasions Catalog. Included in this darling bundle was a set of four punches, all flower-related.

To fill in some of the white space, I punched out an assortment of flowers and dots in contrasting colors and that took care of my excess white space.

Once everything was glued in place, I colored in the spots on the frogs' backs and darkened their eyeballs. I also added black circle centers to the flowers.

Because I didn't use any dimensional elements, the card is perfectly flat, something I always appreciate for mailing. No extra postage on this happy card!

Now, take a good look at the finished card. There is one anomaly to be found. I didn't even notice it until a few days after I'd made the card. At that point, I considered "fixing" it, but decided to let it go as an "anomaly". Can you spot what I'm talking about?



  1. Those frogs are adorable! Such a cute spring-feeling card. Pinned.

    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you like it -- and that it makes you think of spring!

  2. I love frogs, and these are so cute! Thanks for this one :)

  3. These frogs are so sweet! What a lovely spring card :-)

  4. What a pretty and fun card, Linda! Those little frogs are so cute! I can't spot the anomaly...Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope you are having a lovely week!

    1. Thanks, April! The "anomaly" is this: If you look at the orange flowers, the one to the farthest left, on the fold, is a different shape than the others. I never noticed it until quite awhile after I'd created the card. Still not sure what happened there.