He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices;
he is free and nothing holds him back.
~ Henri Matisse

If you landed here from the Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron blog hop – welcome to Catered Crop!



Hopefully you came from my friend Jenny’s place. If not, stop right now, Buster – and go see Jenny. She is freakin’ stinkin’ A-maze-ing. . . . which is a great segue into today’s project.

Start PTI A-Mazing

This card is for my girl, Caitlin. Her modus operandi is unfaltering optimism and absolute fearlessness . . . bungie jumping off the Macau building, teaching in Costa Rica, launching her own businesses (Little Low and Feb10 Design), remodeling a fixer upper . . . and this week, exhibiting with Etsy at NY NOW – a mega-size trade show for home and lifestyle retailers.

Never Hold Back PTI A-Mazing

Caitlin and I have a lot of crazy conversations, so I didn’t completely freak out when she pointed out one of my imperfections this past Spring. While I was helping her remodel her studio (well, mostly just handing her the tools) I was a little timid with the chop saw. That little squirt said: “Mom, when you don’t know how to do something you just use that as an excuse not to do it.”

Smack Down!

Studio A-maze

Of course I denied it. I mean, Come On! I got my nursing license at 40 while working full time, taking care of the family and walking ten miles to school (well, okay only a slight exaggeration). But after a little reflection (and help with the saw) I realized, oh bother, Caitlin was right. Gee, I hate when that happens. I do make an excuse sometimes rather than take the effort to learn something new. Am I getting old? Oh Dickens!

A-Mazing Things

And Dag-nab-it! Proving to Caitlin that she got at least some of her fearlessness from me has kept me busy all Summer. I’ve taken courses on photography, sewing, and Adobe suite and Quickbooks software. So “I don’t know how” won’t be an excuse when I sew, take great product shots or manage all the money we’re going to make selling adorable pillow covers. Take That! No Excuses! No Holding Back!

A-Maze-ing Things

My Caitlin is beautiful, wise, courageous, and fun and I’m so very proud of her. She inspires me to Start. Navigate through the obstacle courses. Never hold back. Do A-Maze-ing things.


tips & techniques

I made this maze by cutting four layers of card stock from the Papertrey Ink A-Maze-ing die and glueing them together. The Xyron Creative Station was invaluable for getting the adhesive around all those twists and turns.

Those perfect 1/16″ black borders around the panels of patterned paper are not a testimony to my skill – it’s that lovely Perfect Layers Mini Ruler. Gracious I love that thing!

Here are the rest of the ingredients for my living large and in charge card.

Now . . . off you go to another sweet friend and amazing paper crafter. Say hey to Jeannie for me. Good luck to all of you with the Blog Hop. I hope you win.

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Sweet Comments

  1. Great cards. A good paper cutting system and a good adhesive and two very important ingredients for any successful project. You have both of these and put them to use.
    Glad you are getting taking hold of learning with gusto. We have to keep trying new things – we’ll never know if we’ll succeed until we at least give it a shot. take care.

  2. Carla Hundley says:

    Very pretty cards and
    a great story!
    Carla from Utah

  3. betty lou says:

    Love your card! Isn’t it wonderful watching our grown kids be so independent and amazing? Although, at times, I want them to be little again living in my house :)

  4. Eileen L. says:

    What a cute and fun card, love it. Your daughter sounds like a ton of inspiration for sure.

  5. Shari Czerwinski says:

    aMAZEing card! How fun!!

  6. Awesome cards…so clever!

  7. Such fun cards, love the one with the maze on it, so creative.
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  8. Christine Kiehl says:

    Wow. Amazing cards, post and website! I really like your style and am going to re-visit your blog soon to read everything! I thank you for sharing with us hoppers. This new follower is so happy to be hopping and shopping and meeting new people and products!

  9. Wonderful cards and love your story about Caitlin, she sounds a bit like my David who learned how to speak Japanese and now lives in Tokyo with his beautiful wife, Miki.

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  10. Both cards are fabulous! That first one is too FUN!

  11. LOVE the maze card!!

  12. Oh these are really cute! Thanks for sharing! Nancee :)
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  13. Marcia Dehn-Nix says:

    A-maze-ing cards! I love them. How clever.

  14. Heather Thompson says:

    love all the layering, very cool!!

  15. Wow, an amazing card for an amazing daughter from an amazing mom. The card really is awesome but what I loved best about today’s post is reading about your relationship with your daughter. I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much.

  16. What a cute and fun card, inside and outside. Love all the details. Loved reading about your daughter and what an inspiration she is to you. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Your card is awesome! I love it!!

  18. I do need to make more cards that will help me look as good as yours.

  19. I wondered how you got such a “tall” maze until I read how you did it, and then I wondered how you stuck it all together and then you told about the Xyron product. Great work on the card.

  20. sherry butcher says:

    Wate a fun and great card! Love it.

  21. Amante del Papel says:

    both card are awesome, i love ingenuity!

  22. TracyM #6773 says:

    FABULOUS pair of cards and TOTALLY AWESOME story behind them – CONGRATULATIONS to you BOTH on your success & achievements!!!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the maze and the 1/16 borders, they’re are the PERFECT size to make perfect layers that POP!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION Linda :)

  23. Very cool card! Love the bright colors. Great design. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  24. Like the maze card really great idea.

  25. I never knew rather read the rulers I have but I love my Perfect Rulers

  26. Brenda S. says:

    Interactive cards….kids would love these. Poke this, pull that, fun.

  27. This is such a cute card!! TFS!!!

  28. I have to say that the Maze Card is what my friends in a Bible study would love getting. They are so light-=hearted and fun ladies. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Super cute idea for your card.

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  30. Brenda S. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  31. great cards! Really different!
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  32. Alexia Misso says:

    Super fun card, I love the design and die cut!

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