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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.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.Don’t forget to link up your Seeing Red creations at the Catered Crop.Thank you for stopping by!Supplies: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, Starbuc…

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.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 cl…

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 …

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. 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.)That’s all I have for you …

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.   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.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 th…

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.”Here is another look.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. 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.Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week.Supplies:Stamps:  All Aboard from Technique Tuesday Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Inks Tea Dye Papers:  Papertrey kraft &a…

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!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.  Thank you for stoppin…

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.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…

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.This also card is fits the Catered Crop Recipe Swap – The Heart of the Matter.   Stop by the Catered Crop to share your project. 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.Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!Supplies: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 Cra…

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, Flickr.com, Shutterfly.com, 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, w…