Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ribbit the Exhibit and Rudolph Days (Project 16)

Before I forget again.  I want to welcome Heidi as a follower.  She is one of my buddies over at Artsy Inkers and has a great little blog - My Little Stamping Blog.
So today I went with my parents to Ribbit the Exhibit at Leu Gardens.  It is a traveling exhibit of frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb and it was fabulous.  And the weather was absolutely lovely for wandering around the gardens.  I figured I would share photos of some of my favorite frogs:
I'll start with Clyde the Greeter, who ironically was located at the furthest point from the entrance to the garden. 

I can't decide if Bentley and Tortuga the Tortoise or Eduardo the Tree Frog is my favorite:

Aptly, they had Freddie the Butterfly Frog in the butterfly garden and I managed to get a photo of a monarch.

I love that the trombone player is tapping his foot and snapping his fingers in the Jazz Trio.

I've got to include Diana the Huntress since my grandmother was named Diana.

And here is me with Emerson the Sitting Frog.

And finally a moment of Zen with Zenny the Frog.

And I figured I should share a picture of the real frog we spotted in the little pond in the arid garden.  I have no idea why the arid garden has a little pond but it was full of tadpoles and this guy.

Now on to the card.  I made this card for March's Rudolph Days over on Scraps of Life by Scrappymo

The starting point was actually the March Christmas All Year prompt over at Artsy Inkers.  This month's prompt was to use the letterpress technique.   So I inked up the Darice embossing folder with silver ColorBox pigment ink.  And debossed the blue paper.  I think you can see the debossing a bit better in this close-up.

The image is by Lilly of the Valley and it is NBUS (never before used schtuff) since I bought it after Christmas last year.  So I'm going to enter this in Darnell's NBUS challenge.  The ribbon is also NBUS.  I actually layered two ribbons - the silver and a blue ribbon from December's Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, which had not even been opened yet.  I stamped the image on a snippet created when I used a Spellbinder die to cut a frame for another project and had the shape left over.  It was colored with Twinkle H2O watercolors and I added some Stickles to the bottom for the snow. 

So I'm entering this in:

March's Rudolph Days

Darnell's NBUS challenge

Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 170 

It's been a while since I've played over at pixie's snippet playground and it will be my first time joining in Rudolph Days and NBUS. 

Thanks for stopping by and please come again.



  1. This is a wonderful image. Your card is lovely and the embossing technique looks great. Thanks for taking part in the March Rudolph days challenge.

  2. Hi Sarah - welcome back to the Playground, lovely to see you here! This is a lovely card and the debossing technique is gorgeous. Darling image too :)


    Di xx

  3. What a great collection of frogs, looks like you had a good time there.

    Love your card. The polar bears are so cute and the colours you've used are just perfect. xx

  4. Oh I loved seeing the frog artwork in the gardens, thanks for sharing it with us Sarah! I also loved seeing YOU! You look fabulous and looks like it was a fun time for you and your parents. I love, love your card! The debossed letter press look is awesome, I need to give this a try and I just love your sweet image. Great color combo too. Hugs, Brenda

  5. Cute cards! And I loved seeing all those cute FROG adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Gorgeous background and a lovely cute image.

    Kath x

  7. The frog exhibit is really fun! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a wonderful collection of frogs and your pictures and card design were fabulous.

    Hugs diane

  9. I want to start with a huge apology, Sarah, for taking so long to visit you and thank you for playing in my NBUS Challenge #4. Life and Easter company got in the way. Your card is beautiful with that amazing embossing and the most adorable polar bear image! I love how you just colored the scarves!! I also really loved this post because I'm a total frog-lover and even sleep with a stuffed one at my age! This place looks so FUNNNN!! Thank you for sharing!

    I tried to join your blog as a follower, but I'm repreatedly getting a "We're sorry ... can't do that now. Try later." message, so I'll try later. I'm behind on both my NBUS visits and with my "New Friends Corner," but if you haven't joined me on my side bar yet, I'd love it if you would! I'll come back here and keep trying to get your follower button to work for me. Enjoy your day and thank you again!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. P.S. Yay, I opened up the follower field with those two teeny squares way over to the right and clicked that follow button and it worked!