new again recipe swap

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again
~ lyrics by Peter Allen, 1979

Catered Crop Recipe Swap ButtonA thread at the Splitcoast Stampers forum, Stamping Graveyard, made me nostalgic for paper craft supplies, embellishments and tools that have come, gone, come back, or left for good.

Does anyone still have a stash of foam stamps? decorative edge scissors? mulberry paper? I’m guilty of hoarding all of these and more. I say let’s bring them all back. It’s up to us! Resistance is futile!

For this challenge just raid your paper craft stash for anything you think needs a resurgence and . . .

  • 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, September 13.
  • In honor of the Splitcoast Stampers thread that started this all you can also upload your project to the Splitcoast Stampers gallery with the keyword NEWAGAIN.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on September 14 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

New Again Scrapbook Tools

Our fabulous designers will be back on Sunday, September 7, with their creations. Until then . . . Need some ideas? Here’s a Pinterest board of suggestions for supplies and tools that might need some new found love: Everything Old is New Again.  But don’t limit yourself to my suggestions - just grab anything from your stash that you think might feel a little neglected and give it some new-found love.

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music expressions recipe swap winners

What beautiful music you all made! I loved looking at your music expressions on paper and your gorgeous interpretations of the challenge.

Congratulations to Carol and Karen.



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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rose of sharon

Rise up my love and come away
The rain is over and gone
Your love is the fruit of my darkest day
And I am your Rose of Sharon
~ lyrics by Eliza Gilkyson

PTI Regency Rose

This weekend the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire 2014 took us back to the early 1820′s Regency era in this blog post: Explore the Regency Era with Melissa Phillips.

While others were paying homage to the romantic 1820′s I was happily transported back to my mother-in-law’s living room where I did a lot of counted cross stitching back in the 1980s. Mr. Catered Crop was in graduate school and money was tight. It was an inexpensive hobby, and Mom McClain was happy to share her know-how, patterns and thread for some girl time.

Regency Rose

My adorable twin sister has a birthday coming up. Her name is Sharon, she has a Rose of Sharon bush in her yard, and the darling carried the Rose of Sharon blossoms in her wedding. I know this rose doesn’t look exactly like the Rose of Sharon, but, if you’ll allow me a little creative license . . . my love, this rose is for you.


tips & techniques

Rumor has it that Papertrey Ink will make individual kits from the Stamp-a-faire available for purchase beginning in October. If you like this project you can possibly purchase this Regency era kit then.

There are no stitching instructions in the kit. I gave away every cross-stitch project I ever made and lost the county fair ribbon a long time ago, so the only proof that I was once a cross-stitch queen (supreme!) are a few tips from a once-upon-a-time expert. Here are some Mom McClain (via Linda McClain) tips for any cross-stitch beginners.

  • I love DMC embroidery floss. Seriously, don’t use anything else. It comes in six strands and is sold in all the big-box hobby stores like Michaels and JoAnns. For this pattern you should separate the strands and work with only three at a time.
  • Papertrey Ink’s kit does not include a design chart. Like Michelle Phillips’ example, I started out stitching in every square until I looked at the linen-colored patterned paper and realized it was a map for how to stitch a beautiful rose. You can use the pattern paper or my rose as a design chart.
  • Everything else you need to know about how to cross stitch to complete this project you can find at DMC’s wonderful tutorial here: Quick Start: Cross Stitch. It will show you how to start your thread without knots (to prevent lumps and bumps) and ensure each stitch finishes in the same direction.

Here are the the ingredients for my 1820′s/1980′s cross -stitched card.

Card size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: taffeta ribbon, Lifestyle Crafts die cut, vintage button, and DMC embroidery floss (503, 758, 950, and 3032).


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