Deep violets, you liken to The kindest eyes that look on you, Without a thought disloyal.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Wow, wow, wow! You Chefs cooked up some amazing dishes for the Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #6! Congratulations to Lisa Cook for having the project that won among so many gorgeous entries. Lisa's stunning card was the unanimous choice among the Top Chef design team – we all can't wait to follow her recipe and bring out all these pretty Spring colors.
Playing along with the Catered Crop "Follow-the-Recipe" challenge is a piece of cake! Use any of the ingredients (themes, colors, techniques, shapes, etc.) in Lisa's recipe to make your project. You don't have to use the same brand names and you don't have to use all the ingredients. Just pick a few ingredients and then add your own spices to cook up something uniquely yours.
- Pattern Paper – Plaids or Stripes
- Colors – Spring, pastel colors
- Stamps – bunny rabbits, flowers (especially violets)
- Color Mediums – Copic markers, printer's ink (yep, it's a digital image)
- Embellishments – pearls, ribbon, felt, flowers
- Tools – Circle, lace, doily, flower, or curly flourish punches or die cuts
- Techniques – highlighting around an image, handmade or rolled flower embellishments, tying bows
- Theme – Spring, Easter, Birthday
- Shapes – Circles, lace and doilies, curly flourishes.
Lisa sent me some great how-to's to make it even easier to follow her recipe.
- She told me she followed Mary B. Giemza's tutorial for gray highlighting around an image. I found Mary's tutorial and a few others for highlighting an image at the Copic Creations site: Shading On and Around Images.
- Lisa said she used a Bow East to make the bow, which you can purchase here and find a video to demo here.
- Lisa made those gorgeous felt roses using the My Favorite Things Rolled Rose die and sent me this video demo.
Be sure to list your recipe or tell us what ingredient you used from the sample recipe. Don't forget to link back to this post or include the "I Followed the Recipe" button on your blog (see the side bar to the right). Any questions? Just check out the Catered Crop Challenge Home Page.
As always, the winning entry gets an "I Baked it Best" button to put on their blog and will be the inspiration for the next challenge. We also have an amazing gourmet ingredient for you to sample. It just Felt so good when Benzie Bazaar joined us. Yep, a randomly selected participant will win a $25 gift certificate to spend on Ranae Bradley's fanfare of wool blend felt.
Benzie's collection hosts 70 beautiful hues from the lightest to the brightest in small cuts to yard cuts. Renae's felt is a natural, eco-friendly blend of 35% wool/65% rayon to 20% wool/80% rayon and is approximately 1mm thick. Unlike its synthetic craft store counterparts this felt is resistant to pilling and pulling, is beautiful to look at and equally wonderful to work with. Manufactured in the USA with wool from Australian sheep this heirloom quality felt pulls off any detail scissor work with ease and runs though die-cutters with charm. Benzie's heirloom quality felt 6" x 9" felt cuts are perfect for card making.
Just click on the link below to join the Catered Crop challenge. You have until Thursday, March 17, 8:00 PM CST. Swing back by here next Sunday when our Catered Crop Top Chefs will have their culinary delights to show you using Crystal's recipe.
As Chef Emeril Lagasse would say, we just "kicked it up a notch. Bam!"