Happy Pumpkin Season

Oh how we love pumpkin season.
You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?
Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin . . .
We anxiously anticipate it every year.
~ Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010

Happy Fall

It hit 90 F in our parts of Texas today. After a brutal Summer it seemed like a cold front. Bring on the Pumpkin. It feels like Fall.

Oh baby, I’m so ready for Fall.

Happy Fall

And, of course, we all know not to wear white after labor day, right? I love hanging out CutCardStock.com. If you head over there, you’ll see my tips for the best non-white paper to use with Copics (when a bright white clashes with your off-white background) and a tutorial for creating envelope liners to coordinate with your cards.


Tips & Techniques

I had so much fun making this card and its envelope that I have one more little tip for you.

People who are smarter than me say a “visual triangle” on your card makes your card more appealing. The triangle creates a road map to direct your viewers’ eyes to what you want them to see the most.

My card was a little bottom heavy. So adding some enamel dots to the upper right created a visual triangle to bring the eye up just a bit and put my pumpkin girl in focus.

Visual Triangle

I love a good challenge. This card is being entered into these:

Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the ingredients.

Sweetest Pumpkin Markers

Happy Fall, y’all!


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Dear Weight Watchers

Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate
or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.
     ~ Joanne Harris, Chocolat



Dear Weight Watchers:

Yesterday, I ate some lovely Ghirardelli chocolate.

When I got home I calculated the point values and it was seven huge points. Since you only allow me 27 points a day, that chocolate was my dinner.


I'm writing to protest.

Seriously. Chocolate has flavinoids, antioxidant polyphenols, phenethylamine, and about 300 other identified chemicals. Real smart people have published articles that say it lowers blood pressure, slows blood clots, lowers "bad" cholesterol, clears a cough, works as a laxative, and, of course is an aphrodisiac. . . . I mean, really, think of all the calories it burns as an aphrodisiac.

Artisan Chocolate Doorhanger Box

Back in 1870 pioneering nurse Florence Nightengale considered chocolate a basic staple to treat the ill. She mentioned in her notes, " . . . soup, wine and chocolate could certainly have saved hundreds of lives.”

Snow Chocolate Doorhanger Box


If you lower the point value of chocolate, I can live to be a 100 – and still have dinner.

Sincerely, Chocolate Crazed Catered Crop


Hot Cocoa Cutie Ensemble


Dear Chocolate Crazed:

Nice Try.

Yours Truly, Weight Watchers


Yeah, I don't think Weight Watchers is ever gonna agree with me on the whole chocolate issue. I'll have to get my endorphins some other way – like creating pink cards for our In the Pink Recipe Swap.

This was fun! Thanks, too, to Ribbon Carousel for their fun Beautiful Bows challenge.

Our fabulous sponsor, Lilly Belle's Paperie and Textiles, sent all of us Catered Crop folks some lovely, low calorie, pink yumminess to play with. She even included matching envelopes.

Hot Cocoa Cutie Pink Envelope

Here are the markers, sketch and supplies for the card.


The little doorhanger treat boxes were super easy to assemble after the Silhouette Cameo did all the hard work cutting out the template. The instructions for assembling the boxes are available and 3 Under 3 and More.


And, here are the additional ingredients for the boxes.


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Live in the Sunshine {Free Printable}

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea,
Drink the wild air‘s salubrity.
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson,
   The Conduct of Life (1860)


This card is proof it's not too late to join the Catered Crop Songs of the Rainbow Recipe Swap, sponsored by Sassy Cheryl Digis. This freakishly cute "Sassy Sally in her Inner Tube" image is from her latest release. Fun in the sun!


Here's the inside – which is really like a second card. Don't ask me how anyone's going to sign the inside. I really didn't leave any space for that, did I. But, isn't it cool?!

I love this live-life-to-the-fullest poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, so I wanted to do something special with it. Inspired by some of the graphics my Caitlin (Feb10 Design) made for this site, I created a subway-art-graffiti free printable for you all to grab as either a pdf or jpg file.


If you download it and then downsize it to 3.5 inches tall by 1.7 inches wide, it fits perfectly in the Spellbinders Long Rectangle Large Nestabilities Classic die. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank goodness I'm not a contestant on the new Craft Wars show with only one hour to craft. It took me three days to make this sucker. Well, you know, in between working, bouncing on my floaty in the pool, playing with the dog . . .

Sassy Sally is fussy cut, paper pieced and popped up with dimensional tape to float on top of the water.

Sally's circle-shaped rainbow-sea landscape is a row of four different sizes of circles on the top half and another half circle cut out of patterned paper on the bottom half (thanks to The Little Yellow Bicycle Splash collection).

Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the recipe. I hope you all get a chance to drink the wild air and enjoy the sunshine!

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