Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Catered Crop–Seeing Red

Hello!  I’m back. I’m sorry I have been gone so long.  Things have been so hectic that I haven’t had the chance to spend time in my craft room for months.  I was able to sneak away to my craft room for a while this weekend and hope to make it a regular event.

I decided to use the Catered Crop’s Seeing Red recipe swap and take the opportunity to cook up some note cards to give to my mother in-law.  Although I only had time to make 4 cards, it was great to spend time in my craft room again.


2014-10-01 CC Red 4 WM

2014-10-01 CC Red 3 WM

2014-10-01 CC Red 2 WM

2014-10-01 CC Red 1 WM



As always, Linda cooked up a fabulous Pinterest board to help get our creative mojo flowing.   Click on the photo below to go to her Seeing Red inspiration board.


Seeing Red Mosaic


Don’t forget to link up your Seeing Red creations at the Catered Crop.


Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Fancy Flourishes & Little Labels from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Hollyhock & Papertrey Ink Kraft inks
  • Papers:  Papertrey white CS, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up 6x6 paper pad, misc. scrap red CS, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools:  Stampin’ Up label punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punches
  • Embellishments:  Red & White bakers twine, misc. buttons, Berry Red mixed sequins from My Craft Spot



Monday, April 14, 2014

Catered Crop–Think Green Recipe Swap

The latest Catered Crop recipe swap is up!  With Earth Day on April 22 and National Arbor Day on April 25, it’s the perfect time to Think Green. Just make a project that includes the color green and come join our party at the Catered Crop.

For my project, I dug out a photo of of our sweet Summer was taken about a year ago.   Although I have been pretty lax about scrapbooking the last few years, I really wanted to make sure I created a page with this photo for my daughter’s scrap book.   We lost Summer, who was a member of our family for almost 15 years, in February so this page seemed especially important to me.


2014-04-15 CC Green WM


After finding some paper that used a lot of green in it, I used lots of various odds and ends that I found in my craft room.  I mixed various stickers and die cuts from other projects to create this page. 

As always, Linda has curated a fabulous Pinterest board to get our create mojo working.  (Don’t you just love her boards?)    You can go directly to Linda’s “Green”board by clicking on the photo below.  (I was totally excited to see that one of my projects was on the board!  Woo hoo!  It makes me feel like a crafting celebrity.)


Green Mosaic



After being inspired, don’t forget to come back and link your “Green” project at the Catered Crop.


Catered Crop




  • Papers:  Papertrey Kraft & Ripe Avocado CS, My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic Citron 6x6 paper pad, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shoot,  Die-namics Simply Scallop die, Fiskars edge punch, Papertrey Journaling Tabs die, Sweet ‘N Sassy Stacking Hearts die
  • Embellishments:  Jillibean Soup kraft mini brown alpha stickers & Vacation Soup labels, Cosmo Cricket Storytime Tiny Type stickers, Thickers Cupboard chipboard stickers, misc button, May Arts burlap twine


Monday, March 31, 2014

Catered Crop Recipe Swap – Put A Bird On It

Hello & Happy Monday!

Linda over at the Catered Crop has cooked up another fun recipe swap – Put A Bird On It!   How fun is that?!

I love birds.  I love watching them at my many feeders, their antics in the bird baths, and building nests.  I love keeping an eye on their eggs and watching the progress of their hatchlings.  I love watching them fly across the sky in big flocks or long V’s signaling the change of the seasons.   Given my love birds, you can probably guess that I have tons of stamps and digital stamps of birds in all their various shapes and sizes, bird nests, and bird houses.  But, when I was looking for something to use for my Catered Crop project, nothing caught my interest.

As I was digging through my stash, my little Senegal parrot, Corky, was working really hard to get my attention.  He was whistling, blowing kisses, and using all his best phrases like “You are such a good, good boy”, “Give me a kiss”, “What are you doing?”, and “Come on, come here.”    Then it hit me, I had the perfect bird to put on it!   Meet Corky!


2014-03-30 CC Bird WM


This little guy has been with me almost 23 years!  When I got him, I was told Senegals generally live 10-12 years and may learn 1 or 2 words .  Wrong!  Now life expectancy estimates are up to 50 years and I have lost track all the words, phrases and sounds he knows.

As always, Linda has curated a fantastic Pinterest board to get our creative mojo flowing.  Here is a peek.  Click on the photo below to go to the board.



After creating your bird project, be sure to stop back and share creation by linking up at the Catered Crop.


Catered Crop


Before we go,  here is one more look at Corky while he is enjoying a bit of banana.




Have a great day!  Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Bountiful Backgrounds from the Verve Stamps
  • Papers:  Bazzill Basics kraft CS, Prima Alla~Prima collection 6x6 paper pad
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Banner Basics die, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Stampin’ Up photo corners punch, Fiskars edge punch, Sweet N Sassy heart dies
  • Embellishments:  May Arts burlap twine, October Afternoon Midway Designer brads and Green & Cream Mini Market alpha stickers, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text stickers, Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk paint dabber, Tatter Angle Apple Glimmer Mist, Cork, misc button


    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Fencing is Hard Work

    Happy Monday!  Over the last couple of weeks, I decided to go back to my paper crafting roots and try my hand at some scrapbooking pages. 


    I love this photo of Liz.  My husband snapped it during fencing practice a couple of weeks ago.    When I watch fencing, the athletes make it look so easy and balletic, that I almost forget that is it such a physical sport.  I took some fencing lessons last year so that I could learn more about the sport that is my daughter’s passion.  To say I was a “hot mess” when I was done is an understatement.



    2014-03-24 Liz WM



    If  you would like to learn more about fencing, here is a info graphic from the Guardian for the 2012 London Olympics that gives a great over view.   (slide 8)


    In other, related news, earlier this month, we found out that Liz was picked to be a Taste Agent for Skratch Labs.   Skratch Labs products are designed to optimize performance using real, all-natural ingredients.  (You can read all the details on the Skratch Labs website.)



    taste agent badge


    That’s all I have for you this week.  I hope you have a fabulous week!  Thank you for stopping by.



    • Paper:  Bazzill Basics CS, Simple Stories Say Cheese 6x6 paper pad, Georgia Pacific white CS, Paper Studio black CS
    • Tools:  Big Shot, MFT Die-namics Stacking Stars Die
    • Embellishments:  Black Patio Pain,  cork, misc washi tape & buttons
    • Font:  Traveling Typewritter


    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Catered Crop Recipe Swap–Spring Fever

    Although it seems like this crazy winter will never end, I think spring is finally around the corner.  I know it’s sort of dopey but it always makes me happy when I see the first robins and red wing black birds come back for the summer.  (I saw both this week!)

    The latest Catered Crop recipe swap is “Spring Fever”.    As I already mentioned, different types of birds always make me think of spring.   When I was trying to decide what image to use for my Spring Fever project, I decided that almost nothing says spring more than bird’s nests and eggs.  



    2014-03-17 CC Spring 2 WM


    I love this image!  Wryn reminds me of my daughter (and a little bit of myself).  Every spring a bird will build a next in a bush we have next to our front porch.  We both loving watching their progress - building the next, laying the eggs, chicks hatching and lastly getting ready to fly away.


    2014-03-17 CC Spring 3 WM


    Be sure to join the Catered Crop recipe swap, Spring Fever.  Post your paper projects with a spring theme, whether Easter, Mother’s day, or a spring theme here.



    Catered Crop


    Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful week.



    • Stamps:  Wryn Eggcellent News from Tiddly Inks,  Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink
    • Inks:  Close To My Heart Tulip Ink
    • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft & white CS, Bazzill Basics Blossom CS, October Afternoon Woodland Park 8x8 DP, Stampin’ Up Vellum
    • Tools: Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up scallop edge punch & photo corners punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Big Shot, Copic Markers
    • Embellishments:  May Arts twine, misc button


    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Catered Crop–Safe Travels Recipe Swap

    The latest Catered Crop recipe swap is “Safe Travels”.     Planes, trains, automobiles or anything related to travel all works for this fun challenge.

    For my project, I inked up this Technique Tuesday stamp set that I won from Paper Craft magazine a while back.    The sentiment says “One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.”


    2014-03-03 cc travel 2 WM


    Here is another look.



    2014-03-03 cc travel WM


    As always, Linda has curated a fabulous Pinterest board to jump start our creativity.  Click on the image below to be taken to her board.


    Be sure to link your “Safe Travels” create at the Catered Crop for your chance to be a guest designer.



    Catered Crop



    It has been a hard couple of weeks for my family.   We had to put Summer, who was a part of our family for almost 15 years, to sleep.    We still miss her and are adjusting to not having her in our home.


    Summer photos

    Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week.



    • Stamps:  All Aboard from Technique Tuesday
    • Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Inks Tea Dye
    • Papers:  Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, Basic Grey Oxford 6x6 paper pad, Kraft Paper Outlet kraft CS
    • Tools:  Sewing machine, Paper piercing tool, Stampin’ Up photo corners punch, Martha Stewart foliage punch
    • Embellishments:  Tea Stain tag from Kraft Paper Outlet, misc. burlap, button & brads, Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk paint dabber


    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Catered Crop–Good Birthdays Recipe Swap

    The Catered Crop has a recipe challenge for every one.  Who doesn’t need birthday cards?    I always feel like I am rushing to get them done and popped in the mail on time (or only a little late).  So this is your chance to get a couple birthday cards made before the last minute!  Yeah!


    2014-02-18 card WM


    I escaped for a while into my craft room on Sunday afternoon. Wouldn’t you know that I finally find time to get up there and then  I can’t come up with a single idea.  That is when Pinterest really comes in handy.   After surfing around for a bit, I was inspired by this beautiful card by Joy Taylor at Simple by Design.  I used different papers and changed the layout a bit. 

    Of course if you are looking for some birthday inspiration, Linda from the Catered Crop has put together this fabulous Pin-spiration board.    You can click on the photo below to go to the board.



    If you are inspired to make some birthday cards, don’t forget to share them by posting your link at the Catered Crop



    Catered Crop



    Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day


    • Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies from Papertrey Ink, Today, Tomorrow and Always from Mark’s Finest Papers, Dream Text from Stampendous
    • Inks:  Tulip & Blush from Close To My Heart
    • Papers:  Papertrey white & kraft CS, Stampin’Up Vellum, My Mind’s Eye Six by Six Vanity Fair paper pad
    • Tools:  Sewing machine, Fiskars edge punch, Stampin’ Up photo corner
    • Embellishments:  May Arts burlap twine, My Craft Spot Toadally Green sequins, misc. pearls
    • Techinques:  Stamp kissing ~


    Monday, February 10, 2014

    My Heart is Yours

    Hello!  I have another card to share with you today.  I made this last week when I was able to sneak off to my craft room for a while.


    2014-02-03 M VD Card WM


    It was a really busy week.  My daughter played the clarinet at Band-O-Rama on Wednesday.  I was so proud of the kids. They all did a great job.  (Although I have to say I won’t miss her practicing the best of Queen on the clarinet.  Some things, like Queen and clarinets, just don’t go together.)     We also found out she was picked as a “Taste Agent” for Skratch Labs.  It is her first sponsorship/endorsement for fencing.  Yeah!  Mix in basketball practice, drama rehearsals, cheerleading for the boy’s basketball team, and playing the piano, she is one busy kid.   (I’ll take this moment to brag she is also on Honor Roll.)  I asked her if she like being so busy and if she was sure she wanted to participate in so many activities and I received a resounding “Yes!”.    As long as she keeps her grades up, I’m okay with it.

    My job has been keeping me really busy all winter.  The new job I took last year is in logistics.  With all the terrible weather we have had across the country this year, it has really kept me on my toes and has cut into my crafting time.  I hope the groundhog was wrong and we see spring, and some better weather, soon.

    That’s it for this week.  I’ll leave you with another look at my card.  Have a great week!


    2014-02-03 M VD Card 2 WM



    • Stamps:  From the Paper Garden Valentine 2011 free digital stamps
    • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, misc. red CS, My Mind’s Eye Love Me 6x6 paper pad
    • Tools:  Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up photo corners punch, Sweet N Sassy hearts dies, Papertrey canvas impression plate, Big Shot
    • Embellishments:  Lipstick Smooch Spritz, Berry Red sequins from My Craft Spot, misc. baker’s twine



    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Catered Crop Recipe Swap–The Heart of the Matter

    Yeah!   I was finally able to get into my craft room this weekend for the first time since the end of November.    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I decided to make a card for my daughter.   I had to give Wryn blonde hair like my daughter’s.


    2014-02-03 Valentine Card WM


    This also card is fits the Catered Crop Recipe Swap – The Heart of the Matter.   Stop by the Catered Crop to share your project.

    Catered Crop


    As always, Linda from the Catered Crop has curated a board on Pinterest to give us a creative jump start.  Click HERE to check it out.



    2014-02-03 Valentine Card 2 WM


    Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



    • Stamps:  Wryn-Grow a Little Love digital stamp from Tiddly Inks
    • Inks:  None
    • Papers:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey Kraft CS, Bazzill Basics red CS, Crate Paper – Paper Heart collection 6x6 paper pad
    • Tools:  Sewing machine, Sweet N Sassy Hearts and Stars Scallop die, heart paper punch (from the Dollar Store) , Copic markers
    • Embellishments:  Papertrey button twine, misc button, Berry Red sequin mix from My Craft Spot, Little Yellow Bicycle Sweet Love epoxy stickers, October Afternoon kraft & black mini market stickers, October Afternoon Teal & Cream sticky keys stickers


    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Remembering 2013

    The Catered Crop recipe swap for the entire month of January is “Remembering 2013”.  We’ll eventually get back to our regularly scheduled program . . . but for the month of January, here’s our how Catered Crop Recipe Swap will roll.

    • Create a blog post, online gallery (Pinterest,,, etc), or online album (Facebook, etc) with your favorite projects from 2013. Just use the Inlinz button on the Catered Crop blog  to link  to that blog post or gallery.
    • If you’re not a blogger, just got started and don’t have a full year of projects yet, or just don’t have the time to review, select and write about your favorite projects, that’s okay. We don’t want to leave you out. Just give us a link to your one favorite project of the year. But, please, for this challenge only, give us only one link. (We don’t want 12 links by everyone who participates.) For this challenge it’s absolutely okay to back link to an older post.
    • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
    • Be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, February 1.
    • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
    • Check back on the Catered Crop blog on February 2 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer for our next challenge as the best of the best.



    I created this scrapbook page documenting the tea time my daughter and I enjoyed at Disney World.   I just love looking at this photo and remembering the fun we had. 

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-01-22 PSS Tea Time Layout WM



    I love both of these cards because I stepped outside my usual comfort zone of using a colored image as a focal point.  I love how both of them turned out.

    You can click on the photos below to go to my original posts.


    2013-02-27 PSS X O WM


    2013-02-26 Bills Bday card WM



    I love these little bees from Whimsy & Stars Studio.   They just make me smile.

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-03-05 WSS Bee blog hop WM 


    Once again, some of my favorites are projects where I stepped outside my comfort zone.  This  first card uses one of my favorite stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.      The second card was for the Twine Love recipe challenge at the Catered Crop.

    You can click on the photos below to go to my original posts.


    2013-04-23 GI Doily bday 1 WM


    2013-04-03 CC Baby card WM



    I love the DP and hexagons on this card.

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-05-04  PSS Mom hex butterfly card WM



    From June, I love this card I made to send to my daughter at summer camp.  

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-06-18 GI Missing you WM



    I had to pick this card for July because I has so much fun coloring this cute image.

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-07-25 CC Summer wm



    I had fun creating this card for the “Map It” recipe swap at the Catered Crop

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-08-22 CC WI mapWM



    I love the vintage feel of this card from September.

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-09-22 GI Christmas tree WM



    I had fun creating this Halloween card in October for the Catered Crop “Canning Jar” recipe swap.    I have to love any card that I can use googly eyes and plastic spiders on.

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-10-01 cc Eyeballs WM



    November was very exciting post.   My tutorial for creating a password keeper book was posted on Splitcoast Stampers.

    You can click on the photos below to go to my original posts.

    2013-11-14 SCS passwordbook 1 wm


    This card was created the “Thank you Kindly” recipe swap at the Catered Crop.  I love these colors together.


    2013-11-12 CC Thanks



    This is my favorite card from December.  I loved coloring this sweet image. 

    You can click on the photo below to go to my original post.


    2013-12-04 KSS girl WM



    Thank you for taking the time to review 2013 with me.  It was fun putting together this post and looking at my projects for the year.   I hope you will take a moment to join the Catered Crop “Remembering 2013” recipe swap.


    I hope that I will be able to craft more often starting in February.   The last few months have been especially hectic and I have not been able to spend any time in my craft room for weeks.   Hmmmm….  I think I might kick off the month with some blog candy.  I’ll have to see what I can put together.


    Have a great week! Thank you for stopping by!