Finding the Perfect Tree

The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!
      ~ Charles N. Barnard




Oh yeah, this is totally how Pillow Pup would pick out our Christmas tree. I think, instead, we're gonna to do the Chevy-Chase, National-Lampoon's-Christmas-Vacation thing and get the biggest live tree we can fit into our living room this weekend. Call me a romantic or just silly, but if I (and Mailey Dog and Pillow Pup) have our way, we'll always keep it real – and big! So, inquiring minds want to know – what's your preference?



If you popped over here from Eat Cake Graphics, welcome! I'm so freakin' excited to be part of Holly's design team. Did you know that, besides making the most adorable stamps, Holly also designs quilt patterns? I have to tell you, this card may be one of my favorite cards, if not more challenging cards, I've made in a long time. But, when I saw this quilt pattern, I knew what I wanted to do with this stamp – make a card llke a pieced quilt.



So, the only ink in this card is Memento Rich Cocoa – everything else is put together with patterned paper. Yep, I stamped the image no less than ten times on different sheets of patterned and embossed paper. I stamped the dog alone five times on five different shades of gold and brown. BasicGrey paper worked great because there are so many color shades within the same sheet of paper.

Start by stamping the whole image on just a white or beige piece of cardstock to serve as your guide. You can cut out the pieces you need and assemble the scene onto the white paper from the back of the scene working forward.

To pop-up the little dog, stamp the dog image on another sheet of white cardstock and assemble him from his head to his tail onto the white cardstock. Then cut out the whole, assembled dog out of the white cardstock. You can then pop him up with dimensional adhesive onto the original scene.

To keep that homey quilt feel going, you can use scrap gingham fabric for a bow and add lots of crazy sewing. If you're brave enough to try this project, here's a tip – use liquid adhesive so you can adjust the little pieces easier, and have a good set of tweezers handy.


I love challenges, and this week was no exception. The Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, SSSC95, gave me the perfect sketch. The City Crafter Challenge Blog asked us to "make it snow" (CCCB Week 34). And, finally, Cupcake Inspirations gave us this yummy inspiration (Challenge #88).

CIC88 Cik Kiah

Here's the rest of the recipe:

  • Paper – Bazzill; BasicGrey Figgy Pudding; BasicGrey Mortifica
  • Stamps – Eat Cake Graphics, 8155-O Finding the Right Tree
  • Inks – Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Tools – Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
  • Embellishments – Button from Mom's button jar, Crystal Star Pin (Maya Road TK1411)
  • Fabric – Torn gingham fabric scraps
  • Fibers – Jillibean Soup Bakers' Twine
  • Glitter – Tim Holtz Distress Stickles (Rock Candy)
  • Techniques – Paper Piecing and Sewing


Coming tomorrow I have what I hope will be a big adventure planned for all of us. I named my blog Catered Crop because a crop is just of group of crafters who come together to create, inspire each other and have fun! So, I created Catered Crop to be a virtual crop catered to you. But, of course, I do most of the sharing.  I realized I haven't given you all much opportunity to share your beautiful creations. And, oh my, that's my favorite part of any crop – walking around and seeing what everyone's making. And, of course, that's the reason I usually don't get much done at live crops – I'm too absorbed in what everyone else is making.


Meanwhile . . . here's a tool I use to help me keep track of ingredients I use in my paper craft recipes. I keep these recipe cards at my work station and list the supplies I use as I go along. It comes in handy when I want to post the project on my blog, but also when I post it to other stamping community sites, submit a project for publication, or just want to recreate it some day. To download this to use, just click on the thumbnail picture below or this link: Catered Crop Recipe Cards.


Put on your aprons because tomorrow we're going to be cookin'!




Sweet Comments

  1. This is so beautiful, love how you pay attention to tiny details, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  2. LOVE!!!!!!!!! What an adorable image and I Love the card you made with it!! Thanks for playing along at Cupcake Inspirations!!

  3. Hehe! What a cute card! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations! :)

  4. Fabulous card … love it … as for trees … I love real ones but can't bear that they are cut and tossed away after a few weeks so I have fake … Silly I know … thanks for joining us at CCCB

  5. Oh my goodness! Your card is so adorable.. LOVE IT!  Thank so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

  6. Sooooooo dang cute! love, love, LOVE this!

  7. C Stephens says:

    Fantastic card. I love the picture and sentiment as well as all the beautfil stitching. Thanks for the joining in the Papercraft Star challenge!

  8. I go for the artificial, but only because we put up so many we could never do real.  Beautiful combination of paper here, and your patience is right there for the world to see !  Glad you played with us this week at Papercraft Star.

  9. Not only is this card beautiful, it's funny! I LOVE it! The sentiment is great and so are the colors! Thank you for joining us this week at Papercraft Star! Regan

  10. stunning!!!

  11. LOL  This is so totally cute!  I hae GOT to try paper piecing.  Great concept and design on this card.  Thanks so much for joining us this week at Papercraft Star!

  12. This one made me smile. Love it. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Papercraft Star!

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