Saturday, April 23, 2011

Welcome to the Toadally Frog Blog Hop!

Got A Frog In Your Throat?

Sneezing due to colds or allergies? Maybe you can use a tissue?

Welcome to the Toadally Frogs Blog Hop! We have "Toadally" amazing crafters hopping along and we are out to prove that Frogs can hop on Easter, too! You should have come from the very creative  Patti's blog.  Isn't her project "Toadally" awesome? Did you just happen to stop by my blog today? Why not go back to Karelj's blog to hippity hop from the beginning? You will "Toadally be hoppy" you did!

Today for our Toadally Frog Blog Hop, I have a fun project that is a perfect little just because gift for a friend, teacher, family member, or maybe even yourself! I really enjoyed the tissue box cover that I made for my Father-in-law's girlfriend, and I started thinking that it would be fun if I could make a smaller version for a desk or nightstand. I did an Internet search and found a nice tutorial on making a mini tissue box cover here,  I thought that would be perfect on an easel card! So I set to work.
I used the same size paper as used in the tutorial, a 4.5 x 8.5 piece of cardstock, and scored it at 2, 3, 5.25 and 6.25 inches. I used a piece of scrap paper and drew some lines to show where you would score the paper for the purpose of this post. I used my MS scor board to make this project because my Scor Board doesn't have the quarter measurements.
I used a small nestability to cut the opening to dispense the tissues. The tutorial is a little more involved, but since I was planning on adhering it to the card, I went very basic on my tissue box. The tutorial gives extra instruction for adding a border on the tissue holder. I really liked how my paper looked on the card, so I skipped that part.

Tape or glue the bottom of the box together.

Easel card 
Then I made the easel card. I followed the basic instructions at Splitcoast Stampers but I made my card 5.5 inches. I scored it at 5.5 x 8.25, and used a 5.5 x 5.5  square for the base.
Once I taped the square on it looked like this

I used some craft cardstock for the easel base of my card. Once the base was done, I got to have some fun decorating it. I used a Dustin Pike monthly stamp from the March collection. I was surprised at how many Froggy digi stamps I have. I never even looked in my rubber or acrylic stamps for a frog. I love this frog! I colored him with Copics G0000, 05, 07, 14, 16, 17, 21,  for the frog and E23, 34, and 47 for his sign's handle. I used my computer to print out Gesundheit on green cardstock, inked the edges and paper pieced it to the stamp. How about a close up?
 I was going to use "Bless You" on his sign, but I thought Gesundheit was more whimsical. And really, isn't this a whimsical frog? He's "Toadally" cute and wishing you good health!
I used We R Memory Keepers Papers for the background on the card and I inked the edges with some distress inks. The papers I used are from the Hippity Hoppity Collection. This collection has some really fun papers with it! The paper for the scallop and the tissue holder are from K&Company's Berry Sweet Collection. If you have been following my posts of late, you know I am trying to finish out a full stack of paper while on my paper ban, and Berry Sweet was the stack I chose to use. I am down to 3 pages left! Woo-hoo! I found a left over butterfly on my craft table so I added it to the tissue box. I used my I-Rock to adhere some Jolee's hot fix crystals and a bow. See that bow, shh, don't tell my hubby I told you this, but HE made that bow! Really, he did! I have had a bow easy hanging on my clip it up for over a year, I never used it. Nope, not once. In my effort to use my papers, I realized I have slew of tools I have never used either. This is one of them. So I removed it from it's clip and set out to use it, after all, I must have really needed it, right? I found a video on You Tube and after 6 tries, called my hubby in just to see if it was the tool or the mechanic. My experiment proved that it was.....THE MECHANIC! Yep, he had a bow on his 3rd try, and he's left-handed! He then tried to get me to promise to NEVER admit to a soul that he made a bow, I laughed and said I going to use it on the card and was going to tell everyone! So his secret is out, he can use a Bow Easy, and I can't! It's fabulous bow, isn't

                                                         Here is a side view of the card.
The easel makes it easy to fold down for mailing. I am mailing mine to a girlfriend that has been under the weather lately. I hope it will cheer her up. Here's one last picture for you.

How about some blog candy? Since I used a Dustin Pike's image for the project, I am giving a $10.00 credit to  Doodle Dragon Studios so you can try some of Dustin's digis for yourself, what's even better is that there is a big sale going on now, so that will get you ALOT of digis! Leave me a comment and I will choose a winner Monday. Don't forget to leave me a way to reach you!

Thanks for stopping by the Toadally Frog Blog Hop today! Your next stop will be Janice at Cricut Confessions. Wait until you see her beautiful blog! I know you find her project for this hop absolutely "ribbeting"! It's spellbinding!

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!
Happy Crafting!


  1. That frog is adorable!! eeek!!!

  2. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!
    Toadly cute !!!

  3. lol...couldn't help but giggle at this one! Love your choice of sentiment!


  4. That is toadilly cute! ♥ the bow!
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  5. This just has to be the BEST project ever! Thanks for sharing your talent...I have bookmarked this so I can make one also! TFS and Happy Easter :)

  6. oh wow this is sooooo cute.. thank you for the tutorial.....

  7. Col as usual I love your project!!!

    paperbutterflies AT sbcglobal DOT net

  8. I love love love this project! So adorable! You blog is so cute with all the frogs on it! Have a great weekend!

  9. This is a really neat project!!! I love it!!!

  10. So many TOADally AWESOME things about your project!! I LOVE that digi -- I only just found Dustin's site myself (and bought a bunch during the sale)!! Your tissue holder is such a cute idea!! I will definitely have to try one of these!! :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you used 'Gesundheit'!! Thanks for the froggertunity to win such AWESOME blog candy -- I'm crossing my frog-legs!! :)

    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 be a new follower!! :)

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

  11. I love those easel cards. Yours is great!

  12. Roflmaooooo I won't ever tell. That had to of been a priceless moment over there!
    Oh and that is so adorable!!

  13. I think you friend will toadally love this. After spending the whole month of March being sick, I would have definitely appreciated receiving something as beautiful as this!
    love your background for your blog too.
    thanks, Tami

    Tambo's Creations

  14. What a delightful project! LOVE IT!

  15. What a clever card. I want to try the tissue box.

  16. Toadally Frogalious!!!! Have a blessed Easter.

  17. You amaze me Col with your talent! This is just hop-tastic! I knew your hubby couldn't stay away from scrapping too long:-)

  18. What a lovely and unique easel card. TFS.
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

  19. wow, what an idea. Love it. So cute, and then the little frog with the sign. Great way to cover the tissues.

    Smiles Sher

  20. I just noticed your frogs on the sides of your blog and had to say how cute these are. Perfect for todays hop.

  21. Very pretty. Love the frog. Love your blog stinkin' cute.
    lilbitee1971 at hotmail dot com

  22. Your card is great!!! and, your hubs did a wonderful job on that bow...hey I think it's even better then some of the ones I've done... he shouldn't be embarassed by that at all. Can I just say that your blog looks great with all of those frogs all over it you've really gone all out!!!!
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

  23. Oh my this is just adorable. Love it.
    I'm a follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  24. Toadily cute tissue holder. Thanks for the great tutorial too!

  25. This has to be the cutest thing ever!! I love your inventiveness!! Also loving your froggie background for your blog...cute cute cute!!
    jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

  26. I love this is fabulous.

  27. great card ,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  28. OMG!!! This toadally takes the cake, I love this! and shhhhh, I wont tell anyone WHO made the bow... LOL..
    I am already a follower of your amazing blog
    ascrapabove at aol dot com

  29. wow, God bless you

    mollypolley at gmail dot com

  30. that's a really cool idea!
    thanks for the chance to win.. :)

    sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

  31. This is toadly COOL!!! I love it!!!1

  32. I toadally want to make one of these. What a great idea. New follower. Fave project so far.
    nana5604 at gmail dot com

  33. I love your tissue holder. I see a project in my future. I took notes, hope I can figure it out. Thanks.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  34. OMG how cute and creative I LOVE it, it is sure to give your g/f some cheer. I also LOVE your froggy blog. Thanks so much for sharing. I am a new follower.
    krazykcrafters at msn dot com

  35. OH MY Goodness!!! AMAZING.. and I could definately use the tissue right now! Just awesome creation. Love it! Your froggy is super cute!

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  37. Love this tissue box! I will try to make one later. Thanks!