If you were the one suggesting a challenge theme, it would be rational to assume that you would have ten perfect stamps waiting to be used, or better yet, an image already colored and waiting to be put on a card. The operative word here is rational, and my creative process is anything but rational. The only container stamp I own was this mason jar. It is an old wood mount stamp, so I couldn'T even use the MIST to help with placement. I found these 3 frogs on Pinterest and could not decide which to use, so I used all 3. I printed out the first frog and used the thing-a-majig to stamp the jar around him. After printing out the other seated frog, I fussy cut him and lopped off one arm and leg, then glued him next to the jar so it looks like he is peeking out from behind the jar. I fussy cut the leaping frog, amputated his foot and glued it below the lid to look like he is climbing out of the jar. I have at least 6 faux wood tutorials, but since I used up all my dicision making skills on the frog placement, I just used the first tutorial I found. I smeared blue acrylic paint and white crackle paint on craft cs, ran it through the Big Shot with the word ef, then sponged on some tea dye and walnut distress ink. Everything was colored with copics. The bark came from the lcoal park. I hope you join us in this fun F4A challenge. TFL,Francie
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016 GMT Views: 1724
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Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 9:20 PM
I had a good chuckle at your story Francie, when you first suggested "pot" I had visions of a stoned crazy bird LOL. I love your card and all the amazing details. The fence looks incredible and I love the jar of frogs. Fabulous card my friend.
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Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 9:20 PM
I absolutely love this card!! It is soooo cute with those adorable frogs and that jar is fantastic! I love the little habitat you made for him inside the jar and that piece of bark is perfect!!! Love all your colors and that faux wood is so amazing! LOVE it!
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Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22705
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 9:24 PM
WOW! Not only is this just so fun and SO darned cute, I stared for quite a while amazed at the amount of work! Those frogs are the cutest and LOVE the jar and how you made it translucent by having the blurred colors show through the glass. The wood is fantastic, Francie. And the foot- brilliant. This card is absolutely amazing!
Registered: May 15, 2005 Location: Arlington, Washington Posts: 30385
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 10:15 PM
OH MY GOSH!! This is a fantastic work of art. I love every amazing, special detail.. the colors of the bark- stunning.
The placement of the frogs and coloring has brought this card to life! can you tell, I love this card..
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Registered: June 10, 2011 Location: Canberra, Australia Posts: 5234
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:36 PM
Stunned! This is incredible. First of all that wonderful background fencing caught my eye - looks like it is so old and covered with lichen as well. Next was the collection of beautiful frogs and how you put one in the jar getting out and another peering around the side. Eyes off that lady beetle though. The grasses on the side are such a nice touch to this froggy fun park.
Registered: January 20, 2010 Location: Brampton, Ontario Posts: 19718
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 1:21 AM
Oh my! How absolutely splendid this is! I really appreciate your creative process write up. This card is so completely packed with detail it is mind blowing. Bright, cheery, artistic and multidimensional. Did I mention amazing? ...well I should have!
Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 35826
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 4:51 AM
Toad-ally BRILLIANT!! WOW Franice you outdid yourself on this one! All the frog manipulation was worth it...this is GREAT!! Your coloring is amazing...I need to examine this some more to take in all the wonderful-ness ;)
Registered: June 9, 2006 Location: Wauconda, IL Posts: 53318
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 5:40 AM
Maybe you should have been a doctor with all of the amputating and gluing back on. You are a riot!! Your card is an absolute masterpiece!! SO artistic looking!! I love the coloring through the mason jar. I love that frame - the color and texture really make it for me. Great job Francie!!
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 103442
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 6:41 AM
I saw this as the sample thumbnail when I peeked at Robin's challenge this morning and it put such a big smile on my face. Favourited, now that I've got to it in the gallery. I love the wonderful little scene inside the jar - but equally, your wooden background and the little bit of bark look amazing. I don't think the ladybug is going to last long!! Love the attitude of the frog escaping from the jar.