Recipe Swapping Just Because

   Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
   "Pooh!" he whispered.
   "Yes, Piglet?"
   "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw.
   "I just wanted to be sure of you."
             ~ A.A. Milne

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

Wow, I had a blast watching all the fun birthday cards come in for our last Recipe Swap. Can I just tell you all – my birthday is in August, you know, just in case you need to send your gorgeous cards to some ol' broad?

Kerry's card for her bathing-beauty friend made me giggle 'till I wiggled. I hope I'm as sexy as her friend Sadie when I'm 81 years old.

Congratulations Kerry from Ladybug Crafts Ink. We choose your card as the crème de la crème among our of buffet of entries last week. Please feel free to grab our newly designed {Catered Crop Winning Recipe} button.



My favorite cards to make or receive are the ones made for no reason other than to say "you are important to me." Or, as Piglet said to Pooh, just "to be sure of you." Ah, I love Piglet.

We're shaking things up at Catered Crop. I hope we're not confusing you too much. This month we're giving our designers and sponsors a break and looking back at 2011. Our challenge is part of a month-long "year in review" with different themes each week.

Most challenges ask you not to link back to previous projects. Well, forget those rules! Go back into your archives and pull out your favorites from 2011. This week our theme is Just Because.

So . . . here are the rules for playing  . . .  there are very few rules.

  • Link up your favorite Just Because from 2011, including, if you prefer, any you make this week.
  • Keep the party going and fun by leaving a comment on the projects of the two people who posted in front of you.
  • This party ends at 8:00 PM on Saturday, December 24, and we'll start another one on Sunday, December 25 (so be thinking about your favorite Holiday Card for next week).
  • Enter as often as you'd like.
  • Feel free to leave a comment about why this is your favorite 2011 Just Because card.

And, here are the favorite Just Because cards our Top Chef designers picked from their 2011 archives. Just click on the picture to go to their original blog post.


Peggy Marsh


Renee Van Stralen


Dorcas Designs


And, in honor of Sadie . . .

Eat Cake Graphics Doris

Linda McClain

I can't wait to see your 2011 showcase of Just Because Cards!



Sweet Comments

  1. I just discovered this blog – LOVE it! So much inspiration, and such a great concept to begin with, even! I decided to jump right in and join the Recipe Swap! The card I linked up is my favorite “just because” from 2011 because I LOVE the Mariposa papers, and because it was (in my opinion) my first successful attempt at a brayered background…

  2. This is a fun challenge! I chose this card because it always makes me smile when I look at it. I typically find fault with something on most of my creations, but this one I am pleased with every time I see it. It was one of the easiest to make. It just came together unlike my other’s which I spend hours contemplating. The papers are pretty and I love the lace butterflies!

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