vellum recipe swap

In the right light, at the right time,
everything is extraordinary.
~ Aaron Rose

Catered Crop Recipe Swap ButtonHave you noticed how popular vellum has been this summer? (Count on Catered Crop to keep you on trend.) It seems to be making a come back, making me glad I’ve been hoarding it. Vellum just adds a soft, sweet and gentle light to your projects. I can’t wait to see what you make.

For this challenge, just add vellum to your project.

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, August 2.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on August 3 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

Our fabulous designers will be back on Sunday, July 27, with their creations. And, I’m freaky excited to announce our newest Catered Crop designer, Stacey Schafer from Stacey’s Stamping Stage. If you don’t already know and love her, you sure will in the weeks to come.

As always, I’ve curated a ton of projects and tutorials here at a Pinterest board, Vellum, where you can find the links to all these projects and more.


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bff recipe swap winners

What a sweet time I had looking at all the entries for our best friends forever (bff) challenge. I loved the cards, but I loved even more reading about everyone’s affection for their dearest friends. Congratulations to Betty, Lisa and Jeannie.




You’re invited to join our designers in next Sunday’s Quickfire and grab the Winning Recipe button. Just contact me for all the details.

I’ll be back with our next challenge and until then you can always get a peak at our upcoming challenges at our calendar, here Challenge Calendar.

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bicycles and Lamaze

Life is like riding a bicycle —
in order to keep your balance,
you must keep moving.
~Albert Einstein

Yay! It’s time for Libby Hickson’s second annual Tour de Craft. Libby is crazy nutty about le Tour de France (the 21-stage, 3,664 km bicycle race). Since I’m crazy about Libby and a little nutty about bicycling, I’m tickled to join her and her other stamp-happy friends to honor the Tour.

I knew I had to pay homage to the almighty climb when Libby told me I was assigned to Stage 13, one of the six mountain stages of the Tour. We’ll see who wins the coveted Polka Dot, King of the Mountain, jersey for their Alpine climb.


Keep On Pedaling

I used to ride my bike all over the rolling hills of Southern Indiana. I rode the Hilly Hundred, led beginner bike tours as secretary of the Bloomington Bicycle Club and used the Hoosier landscape to train for Iowa’s RAGBRAI. Don’t be impressed – all I did was just stay on my bike and keep on pedaling, slowly.

I’ve climbed only ONE mountain on my bicycle. When we were bicycling Vermont’s Green Mountains on our honeymoon, my poor groom reached the top and had time to read War and Peace before I finally caught up with him. (That probably should have been a big clue to him that he’d be doing all the heavy lifting in our marriage.)

Despite all that, or maybe because of it, I have a love/hate relationship with climbing. I don’t much like climbing hills (we won’t even talk about mountains), but I sure do love the view at the top and I really love flying down.

Bicycle Shaker Card

Someone said bicycling is a metaphor for life. (I don’t know who, just trust me.) That was never more true than when my son was born.

Back a squillion (okay, 30) years ago, Lamaze childbirth classes taught me to visualize something happy to engage my senses and decrease my awareness of pain. My happy-inducing memory then was riding down a hill in October through Morgan-Monroe State Forest. A breeze had just lifted the leaves off the trees and the leaves showered me with color as they fell. It was life-altering gorgeous splendor. I practiced my Lamaze techniques by mentally putting myself back on the downward descent of that hill.

But when labor pains started and then persisted, happy visions of Autumn leaves weren’t cutting it. I had to switch gears (sorry, bad pun).

Pedal Pusher

Instead, I imagined myself slowly pedaling up a hill.

See, no matter how long or steep a hill was, I refused to get off and walk my bike. I usually switched into my lowest gear and just kept pedaling. I went so slow sometimes, the bike barely stayed upright. Even as the inclines became steepest just before the crest, as long as I kept pedaling I eventually got to the top.

So 30 years ago I approached each labor pain as if I were climbing a hill on my bike. Mentally I reached for the crest so I could coast along the ridge, back into the valley and to the next hill. It worked. I never got a polka dot jersey, but healthy Baby Ben arrived six hours later with just imaginary hills as my pain killer.

You Can Do It

There’s probably some profound lesson there, like pedaling up hills taught me more about life than coasting down them, you grow more from adversity, persistence wins the race, never give up . . . Shoot, that’s too deep for me.

But, you know, they say bicycling is a metaphor.


tips & techniques

I know this is a crazy busy card. I can just hear my daughter say – Mom! My eyes don’t even know where to go on this! I wanted to capture all the movement of climbing up a hill on a bicycle.

  • Inside the shaker box I created a hilly landscape with sequins to mimic falling leaves.
  • The wheels of the bicycle are attached with brads so they really can spin.
  • I put the bicycle at an upward slant with blue sequins falling upward to represent climbing a hill.
  • And fishtail banners illustrate the prize at the top.


The inside of the card is more simple with room to write and to say “You Can Do It!”

I’m thrilled to add this card to Curtain Call’s Anything Goes challenge. Happy 1st Anniversary to Curtain Call!

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

Thanks for hanging out with me. Enjoy the rest of the Tour – and Ride On!


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