Evelyn Couch: Towanda! Righter of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Compare!
Ninny Threadgoode: How many of them hormones you takin’, honey?
~ Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Spring Chicken

This birthday card is for all of us Towanda’s – us chickie ladies who are allegedly past our prime. Face it – We may not be younger and faster, but we have better insurance!*

And! We (or, that is I) get to retire in just eight days! How crazy is that!?

PI Farmer Girl Card

Even though I using that R word (“Retire”), I’m still just a spring chicken. I started working for the State of Texas when I was just a baby chick and the State practically raised me. 25 years later, I hope I made Mama Texas proud.

I’m crazy excited about this new chapter. And, at the same time, I know I’m sure going to miss my committed fellow surveyors and the darling dear residents and staff of the nursing homes – all the amazing people who have conspired with me to improve the lives of our seniors. My friends.

*That line about being well insured is one of my favorite lines from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, one of the best movies of all time based on a book by one of my favorite authors, Fannie Flagg. It’s about friends, best friends.


Tips & Techniques

My best tip for this card is to start with some great inspiration, like these gorgeous colors selected by Barbara Anders at The Color Throwdown.


You can read about how I used the Chicken Wire die cut to create the peek-a-boo front for this card over at my post at

Here’s the inside of the card. It’s super simple, but I like the way it peeks through the front.


Here’s the rest of the recipe and the Copic Markers I used.

PI Farmer Girl Copics

Of course, I’m not retiring from Catered Crop. I’ll be back soon with more tall tales, new adventures and more recipes. The secret’s in the sauce. 



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ahoy me hearties

Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me.
~ lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy, 1935

Ahoy Matey

Ahoy me hearties! Have I told you enough times how much I love joining those amazingly talented mates at the Color Throwdown challenge? Aye – I truly do. Check out this booty of inspiration from Wanda Cullen.


That we’ bit of purple (Wisteria Wonders and Almost Amethyst) almost made me want to walk the plank. I know purple is the Pantone color of the year – and an aversion to purple means I’m just not up with the trends. I can’t really explain it, but purple and I have just never been close mates.


So I dug deep into my treasures and found this bounty – retired paper from BasicGrey that has a hint of some aged and distressed  purple. I beat it into submission, made it work – and survived to sail another day.



Tips & Techniques

Okay, I promise, no more pirate talk – but isn’t it fun?

This challenge was a great excuse to use some of my older stash that was feeling a bit neglected. My little sailor boy is from a retired stamp, but a very close likeness is still available as a digital stamp at Claire Keay’s Jellypark (link below).

The sailor is fussy cut, paper pieced and Copic colored (E11, E000, E0000, and E30, for skin tones). I weaved hemp cord around the cork-sheet doily to resemble rope.

I’m notoriously bad about forgetting an envelope (half of my cards get hand delivered with whatever I can find to put them in). This time, I had fun embellishing the outside and inside of the envelope I made with the envelope punch board.

Here are the rest of the ingredients. I’ll set anchor down for now . . . we’ll sail again soon.

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Party Animal

I wanna rock and roll all night
and party every day!
~ Kiss

Remember this little sneak peak?


I’m back with the whole kit and kaboodle – or kit and ka-Poodle. Sorry, I can’t resist a bad pun.

Party Animals

We’re celebrating i {heart} paper’s fifth birthday this week. You can join party central on the blog and Twitter. Party On!

Party Pups

Rumor has it that owner Kate is as nuts about dogs as we are. She’s a huge dog rescue advocate. October is Adopt A Shelter Dog month, the birthday of one of Kate’s dogs, BooBoo and the Gotcha/Adoption day of Mr. Barbo. So, in honor of all of that, i {heart} paper is donating 10% of all sales during the birthday sale to Home For Good Dog RescueEleventh Hour Rescue and Pilots ‘n Paws.

So, I mean, really, how perfect are these little birthday cards and cupcake toppers?! Balloon Puppies on a String!

Party Planter

Mailey Dog and Pillow Pup are happy.


Tips & Techniques

The Avery Elle stamp set, Party Animal, makes this little project so simple.

Poodle Sticks

The little poodles would be fun cupcake toppers. I cut each puppy out twice and glued a pixie stick between them. They’re sitting in one of my Mom’s vintage planters – to which I added just a little embellishment.

3x3 Poodle Cards

These little 3″ by 3″ cards were inspired by a challenge at Little Red Wagon to make mini cards and by Kim’s darling mini-card, here. I wanted to make the balloon animals look like they were filled with helium and tied to a string with a flag – because you just can’t have too much fun – even in miniature.

Here are all the ingredients including the fun i {heart} paper toys. Enjoy the party and Congratulations, Kate!

i heart paper

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