FTR8 Top Chef Quickfire

Catered Crop Top Chef Design Team


Every time a new link goes up, I feel like I have wings! (Do I sound like Zuzu from A Wonderful Life?) I Love, Love seeing all the wonderfully different creations for Follow The Recipe #8 Linking Party. We have boxes, scrapbook pages, and, of course cards; and we have owls, chicks, babies, flowers . . . Not as many kittens as I thought we might have, which is fine with my Pillow Pup and Mailey Dog.

Did you notice we're calling Catered Crop a linking party instead of a challenge? The only difference is a suggestion that you leave a comment on two or more of your fellow participants. If everyone leaves sweet messages, you will all get new readers and lovely comments, and we get to keep the party going.

There's no judges' table and no elimination in this Quickfire – just delicious, culinary delights from our Top Chef Designers. They've choosen from Dorcas Design's ingredients and added a few yummy spices. Here's our inspiration from Dorcas and the recipe we're following for FTR8.

You can choose anything you like from Dorcas's recipe to whip up your own creation, be our next inspiration, or win a $20 gift certificate from Paper Garden Projects. Choose from among Dorcas's ingredients, colors, theme, shapes, techniques, and then add some of your own spice and make something uniquely yours. (The hyperlinked words have tutorials to make following the recipe easier.)

  • Pattern Paper – stripes and mini print
  • Colors – blue, green and brown
  • Stamps – children and kittens
  • Color Mediums – Prismacolors
  • Embellishments – pearls, buttons, ribbon, flowers
  • Tools – border punches, die cuts
  • Techniques – sewing, paper piecing, paper piercing, tissue box (or other paper boxes), coloring sky with Prismacolors, crochet flower
  • Theme – Spring, Childhood
  • Shapes – Circles, ovals, scallops
  • Miscellaneous – Tissues!

Here's what our Top Chefs cooked up with Dorcas's recipe. Just click on the pictures to go to the Chef's blog and get all the details.

Rachel Hope, Hope Stamps Eternal
Rachel's delicious dish uses Dorcas's theme of children and spring, and includes her
pearls, buttons, flowers, and sewing technique.
Don't you love how bright and sweet this is? If you use the same colors and flowers,
you can also enter Hope's Cupcake Inspiration challenge.


Peggy Marsh, The Wired Angel
Peggy told me she made this amazing box from a empty salt container – perfect for cookies!
Peggy cooked it up with those beautiful colors,
scallop border punches, gorgeous flowers, and a paper box. 


Corinna McGregor, Stamping with a Java Junkie
Corinna said she had all kinds of ideas when we announced a challenge to make a paper box.
Ooooo, I love this basket. Corinna used Dorcas's mini prints, the color green,
ribbon, a crocheted flower, circles, die cuts, the Spring theme, and, yep, a paper box (okay, basket).



Jeanie Witmer, The Spotted Chick
Hee Hee – You're going to have to visit Jeanie to see what you're getting for your birthday!
Jeanie used Dorcas's brown and blue colors, childhood theme,
Prismacolors, buttons, a crocheted flower, mini prints, and sewing.
And, chefs, if you use Kraft for the brown, you can enter Jeanie's That's Krafty challenge.



Linda McClain, That's Me!
I followed Dorcas's recipe by using her mini prints, blue and brown colors, ribbon
and flower embellishments, die cuts, paper (pillow) box, and even tissues.
You'll have to visit yesterday's post to see what's in the pillow box and how I lined it with burlap.

Paper Garden Projects



Now it's your turn, Chefs. Remember, someone will be randomly chosen to win a $20 gift certificate to Paper Garden Projects and the winning design will be our next featured sample.


You have until Thursday, March 31, 8:00 PM CST.  Just add your link below and enter as often as you like. We'll be enjoying all your culinary delights!



Sweet Comments

  1. Your challenges are so much fun.  It's nice to have a choice to make, and it also helps you focus on only a few things.  I love the projects by the DT.  hugs, dj1952

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