Pretty Paper

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you.
      ~ Willie Nelson



Thanks to all of you I made it to yet one more round of the Blog Guidebook's Top Blog nominations – the Top Five! Wow! Right now I running dead last in the semi-finals, but that's okay. I'm just so crazy honored to have made it this far. And I love, love that you all have taken the time to get me into the semi-finals.

My "competition" is amazing, and I'm stoked that paper crafters are doing so well. Take a second and visit these amazing bloggers, here, and if you'd like to see Catered Crop make it to the top two blogs, click on the button for Catered Crop here.


A cold front blew in our Central Texas town this weekend, the radio started playing Christmas tunes around the clock (love it!), and the neighborhood is looking more and more festive. It's hard to believe, but the holidays are here! I'm already feeling a little more sentimental – it always gets me this time of year. It seems my heart just gets a little more tender, reminiscing about those Christmases back in Indiana when all the Aunts, Uncles and Cousins would gather at Grandma Black and Grandma Heaton's houses.



I love that these papers from October Afternoon page homage to past Christmases, even if they do make me even more sentimental and nostalgic. The Holiday Style Miscellany has so many fun embellishments, it made putting this card together a breeze.

I used a little red-line tape on the edge edge of the center panel and sprinkled it with some vintage German Glass glitter to coordinate with some vintage tinsel. Feels just like the old Ben Franklin Five and Dime store on the Bloomfield, Indiana, square.



With some vintage rayon seam binding I decorated the inside of the card like a gift package.

A little 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" piece of scrap paper made a great little gift package to go with it the card.


These little sour cream containers are so easy to make and fun to fill. They're perfect for packaging little stocking stuffers or trinkets for your co-workers or neighbors. Most people fill them with candy (Hershey kisses fit perfectly), but you can just let you imagination go wild. I found these fun vintage German hand-blown ornaments to put inside them.


If you've never made these little treat bags before, just Google "Sour Cream Containers" for some great ideas and tutorials. One of the best tutorials I found is by Beate Johns at Splitcoast Stampers (thanks Beate!). There's even a whole gallery of Sour Cream Container ideas here.


Here's hoping a very special holiday season to all of you – one full of new memories to warm our hearts in the years to come.



Sweet Comments

  1. Congratulations on the top five (Like you, I was amazed to make it that far). I am in excellent company as I love your blog and I love your work. Good luck and hugs. xx

  2. Congratulations on being in the Top 5! I adore your work and even though I don’t comment much, I do love visiting you too! Thank you for your kind words!!! Good luck to you!

  3. cardsister says:

    Beautiful card. So sweet. Takes me back…Just lovely.

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