Top 12 in 2012

I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up
where I intended to be.
   ~ Douglas Adams

Welcome to the third annual Catered Crop year in review. It's always eye opening to me to review my paper craft calender and see how I've improved (or not) and to figure out whether I'm stuck in a rut or just refining my style. Yes, it's a very soul searching activity – Not!

It's just fun. If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the original post for all the details.

Top 12 for 2012

January – Big Lunch Date. How do you ask a tyrannosaur to lunch? "Tea, Rex?" I love Claire Keay's illustrations. Unfortunately, this stamp from My Favorite Things has been retired, but I liked this card so much, I revisited it with a new Doodle Garden illustration, here.


February – Born to the Wild.
The inside sentiment says it all: "Embarrassing my children . . . just another service I provide."


March – Bluebonnet Hill.
This bluebonnet image is from my dear friend's stamp line, Texana Designs. It was a labor of love for her as I cut out every blossom of the bluebonnet to layer and pop them up. I love how it turned out.


April – Perfect Harmony.
It's no secret that I love Heather Ellis' Pure Innocence images. This one captured my heart because of my fiddle-playing adorable sister.

Little Bird with a Big Song

May – Space Patrol. It was just crazy fun mixing up October Afternoon paper with this There She Goes stamp set, Out of this World.

TSG Out of This World

June – Joy Toy.
Look at that darlin' couple. This was to commemorate my 30th wedding anniversary with Mr. Catered Crop. Yes, our wedding colors really were lavender.

Lovely Couple

July – Live in the Sunshine.
I played with circle die cuts to create a sunset swim. I love how the layers worked out. For the inside, I created a down-loadable printable of one of my favorite poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sally Innertube

August – Where Smiles Have Been.
I know, this one's crazy busy with lots of patterns going on. But, to me, it was like a cozy quilt, which was a great way to honor my Grandma Heaton – and how her many wrinkles captured where her smiles had been.

Claire Keay Hello Sunshine

September – Dear Weight Watchers.
Well, Weight Watchers didn't respond to my petition to lower the point value of chocolate, but, hey, I still had fun making this little snuggle ensemble.

Hot Cocoa Cutie Ensemble

October – Thankful for You.
Ball Jars! Love 'em!

Mason Jar Tent Card

November – I Love You Snow Much.
This layout sketch from My Favorite Things was just so fun to play with.

Pure Innocence

December – Some Assembly Required.
A photo ornament, a My Favorite Things stamp set (Who's That Girl Snowman) some rock salt, twigs, and a few other embellishments makes this possibly my favorite project Evah.

My Favorite Things Who's That Girl Ornament

I hope you've enjoyed Catered Crop 2012 revisited. And, I hope you'll share some of your favorites with us, too. Join the party at the Catered Crop Top 12 in 2012 Recipe Swap.

Thank you for all your sweet comments and for hanging out with me all year. I have all kinds of craziness planned so hang on, we're just getting warm.


Sweet Comments

  1. I am not a crafty person, but I very much enjoyed your top 12! They are very cute and special! Great job!

  2. Just love April (my birthday month – so that’s nice!), and the paper piecing on August, and that lovely December bauble – delicious projects! It’s so lovely to see people’s top picks – you get a real sense of them as a crafter! So glad I joined in…
    Alison x
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  3. So many wonderful details and clever ideas Linda!

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