Recipe Swapping with Buttons

Let's vamoose where gals keep usin'
Those silks and satins and linen that shows
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows.
    ~ "Buttons and Bows" lyrics by Ray Evans

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

It's been a blast to watch all your favorites from 2011 over the past several weeks. If you've never done a year in review of your work, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Ellie from My Creative Moments and Suzie McFloozie, you both gave us such amazing entries for our last Recipe Swap, that we'd like to award you both the award of "Winning Recipe" and invite you to join our designers in our next Quickfire. Please feel free to grab our newly designed {Catered Crop Winning Recipe} button.

Thanks to everyone who played along with our 2011 Showcases for giving us such lovely, yummy eye candy.


Oh my goodness gracious gravy!

I'm crazy excited to get our 2012 Recipe Swapping into full running mode again after our holiday hiatus.

Why am I so freaky excited? Singing and dancing on the table excited? Well . . .

  • All our Top Chef designers are back along with some new faces to make only the Best Design Team on the Whole Planet.
  • You're going to Flip Out when you see the sponsors we have lined up..
  • We've stirred things up a bit to make our Recipe Swap simple and fun by requiring only one easy recipe ingredient.
  • It's easier for you to find the latest updates with a dedicated page to the Recipe Swap. Just click on the {Recipe Swap} button on the top tool bar to find the latest news.
  • The player who serves us the best dish with the most creative use of the featured ingredient will be invited to join the Design Team in the next Quickfire and will get to grab our newly redesigned "Winning Recipe" button to place on their blog.
  • We're serving up two sources of inspiration.

Inspiration #1 – The first day of the challenge we'll have an inspiration board with tons of creative uses of the featured ingredient. When you click on the inspiration board, it will take you to a Pinterest board for the sources of the pictures (included tutorials, if available), and other surprises we've curated for you.

Inspiration #2 – On the second Sunday of the challenge, only the Best Design Team on the Whole Planet will be back to show you what they've made with our featured ingredient.

Shew . . . cool stuff, right?! Well, enough about all that. Let's get the party started!

For the next two weeks, our featured ingredient is Buttons!

Remember, you can click on the inspiration board below to go to a Pinterest board with the sources of the pictures and more ideas.


The rules are simple.

  • Be sure to use a button somewhere in your project.
  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or just add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our new {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on January 21.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.


Our sponsor for this challenge is, appropriately enough, Claire Keay's Jellypark digital stamps – which are absolutely cute as a button.

Claire is one of my all time favorite illustrators. Her images are so sweet and darling, they just pluck at my heart strings. Before 2011 we could get her images in clear stamps and at her Etsy store. Just last year Claire opened up an on-line shop offering some of her original art, digital decoupage sheets, printable party supplies, and – yay for us – digital stamps. She also launched an on-line magazine, Jellypark Challenge Blog and even a Jellypark Children's Art Challenge Blog. You can find all of that and more at her Jellypark home.

Be sure to go take a peak at Claire's JellyPark, because the random winner of our Button Recipe Swap will get to choose two Jellypark digital stamps.


Enough yapping from me . . . let's Party!

Be sure to come back Sunday, January 15, to check out what our Design Team has dished up for you.

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Sweet Comments

  1. So happy I found your challenge on Feline Creative! :) I just got a bunch of buttons and was so happy to use them for your challenge. :) Love the Pinterest thing too – I’ll have to check that out further. Blessings!

  2. Ooh, I love the new format and the Pinterest tie in. I am going to try to make something crafty with buttons this week.

  3. Yay! I’m glad you like the new format. Can you tell I’m a Pinterest addict? It’s fun to pull it together with our challenges – which you guys are Rockin’!

  4. like the new format but find it difficult to read it is so light it might help to darken the font a bit

  5. Linda I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you’ve made the inspiration board link to all the ideas on Pinterest! That is just brilliant!!

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