Tiddely Poms from 2011

   If you want to make a song more hummy,
   add a few tiddely poms.
      ~ Winnie the Pooh

Every year I choose a word or phrase to be my motto for the coming year. Two years ago it was "Vigor and Vim in 2010," which turned out to be a bad motto because the year had a little too much vigor. Last year, I decided to choose a slightly less ambitious motto, one of just gentle, simple joys rounded out with a fair measure of silliness. Tiddely Pom – just makes you giggle. For 2012 I'm listening to Buddha: "A single drop of water fills a bucket" and focusing on small steps toward sustainable change. Not the most sexy motto, but Buddha will be proud.

Another Catered Crop tradition is my annual review of some of my favorite projects. If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the original post for all the details. So here's my review of the Tiddely Poms from 2011.

January – One More Cookie Puhlease! Any card that honors the cookie has to be great, right?! I had fun embroidering felt cookies to go with the card.


February – Dog Gone It. I made this to send to my daughter while she was in Costa Rica. My scheme was to make her miss her puppy back home and hurry back to us. Just bein' a Mom, ya know.

Maryse Carrier Thinking of You


March – Be My Baby Bumble Bee. I had a blast with this one. The card included a detachable hair clip, bookmark, luggage tag, and embellished clip. This is one of my favorite Claire Keay images, so I used it more than once in 2011.


April – Oh Boy Animal Magnetism. I love that these bottle caps can be removed from the card and do double time as refrigerator magnets. They're udderly perfect for showing off pictures and creations from the little guys.

DeNami Design Farm Animals

May – Western Swinging Paper Purses. I took one of Becky Robert's fabulous Tres Chic handbag tutorials and turned it into a tooled leather saddlebag. It was my version of Western Swing.


June – Proper Kitchen Attire. This embellished kitchen soap bottle, thank you card and decorated clothespin won me my first gig as a guest designer with My Favorite Things. The honor of hanging out with that amazing design team for a month makes this definitely one of my favs for 2011.


July – Perfect Pinwheels. Cupcakes and pinwheels . . . need I say more?


August – Beachy Keen. I had as much fun writing the blog post as I did making the card. For this card I came up with the top ten most embarrassing parent moments in honor of my Dad's black socks with shorts.


September – Bargain Hunting. This crazy busy card paid homage to all the sights and sounds of one of America's oldest and largest flea markets.


October – A Cup of Tea. I just love how the colors and patterns came together for this little window card. It was fun to make.


November – Rhinestone Cowgirls. It was a blast to partner with my daughter for this  card. She designed the sentiment so I could offer it as a free download. And, check out that paper boot – Texas stylin'.

Cowboy Paper Boot


December – Vintage Popcorn. All my fun antique treasuring hunting in 2011 paid off with these vintage jello molds. They were perfect for giving popcorn balls.


I hope you've enjoyed Catered Crop 2011 revisited. It's always an adventure for me to do this because I get to see how my craft has evolved (or not) over the year.

If you're a blogger, there are several parties this weekend to link up your favorite top ten: Karin Martin's A Year in Review Blog Hop; Kellie Winnell's Top 10 Crafty Creations for 2011; Operation Write Home's Top Ten Hop; and this fun thread at Splitcoast Stampers, Your Own Favorites of 2011.

If you do write a year in review, please be sure to leave me a comment so I can follow along. Of course, don't forget to link up your favorite 2011 Holiday Card with us here at the Catered Crop Recipe Swap.

I'm looking forward to seeing all your creations in 2012. I have all kinds of craziness planned so hang on, we're just getting warm.


FTR9 Top Chef Quickfire

Catered Crop Top Chef Design Team


You guys are just rockin' my world with this fabulous buffet of gourmet dishes in our Follow-the-Recipe #9 (FTR9). It's so much fun to see how you take the ingredients from Nana's recipe and add our own spices to make such lovely original dishes. You guys are on Fire!

There's no judges' table and no elimination in our Quickfire – just delicious, culinary delights from our Top Chef Designers. Aren't they amazing?! Catered Crop is so lucky to have these amazing chefs serve us up their dishes. They've choosen from Nana's ingredients and added some of their own spices. Here's our inspiration from Nana and the recipe we're following for FTR9.


Here's how we party at Catered Crop.

  1. You can choose anything you like from Nana's recipe to whip up your own creation, be our next inspiration, or win a $30 gift certificate from DeNami Design.
  2. Add your project using the InLinz (froggy) button below and join the party.
  3. Keep the party going by clicking on some of the other entries and leaving a comment or two.
  4. Be sure to list your recipe or tell us what ingredient you used from the sample recipe.
  5. Don't forget to link back to this post or include the "I Followed the Recipe" button on your blog (see the side bar to the right).

Nana's FTR9 recipe has so much to choose from:

  • Pattern Paper – stripes, plaids and polka dots
  • Colors – kraft, red, green, blue, and yellow
  • Stamps – alphabets and stars
  • Color Mediums – stamping ink
  • Embellishments – bling, buttons, ribbon
  • Tools – sewing machine, distressing tools
  • Techniques – sewing, distressing, try threading your buttons with ribbons, ruffled paper/ribbon
  • Theme – Boys! and Alligators?!
  • Shapes – stars, circles, scallops, and swirls

Ah . . . delicious! Here's what our Top Chefs cooked up with Nana's recipe. Just click on the pictures to go to the Chef's blog and get all the details.


Rachel Hope, Hope Stamps Eternal
Don't you love those colors?! Rachel had fun with Nana's ruffled paper technique.
Can you spot some of Nana's other ingredients?
I spy kraft paper and buttons threaded with baker's twine.


Peggy Marsh, The Wired Angel
Oh my. Isn't Peggy's sky and grass just amazing?! Such an artist.
Peggy used Nana's Boy theme, those fun primary colors,
and some cute stamps from our sponsor, DeNami Design.


Corinna McGregor, Stamping with a Java Junkie
Corinna reminded us that even little boys need a trinket box.
Corinna used Nana's boy theme, stars, stripes, circles, and primary colors.
Tomorrow she's going to show us what's inside. I can't wait!


Jeanie Witmer, The Spotted Chick
Wha ha ha, hilarious! And so crazy true.
Jeanie used Nana's stripes, scallop borders, sewing, and kraft paper.


DeNami Design Animal Farm Magnets

Linda McClain, that's me
I used one of my favorite DeNami Design stamps and
Nana's boy theme, primary colors, sewing, and kraft paper.

DeNami Blinkie

Now it's your turn, Chefs. Remember, someone will be randomly chosen to win a $30 gift certificate to DeNami Design and the winning design will be our next featured sample. You have until Thursday, April 14, 8:00 PM CST.  Just add your link below and enter as often as you like. We'll be enjoying all your culinary delights!


Horsing Around with Animal Magnets

Magnetism, as you recall from physics class,
is a powerful force that causes certain items to be attracted to refrigerators.

      ~ Dave Berry

DeNami Design Animal Farm MagnetsDeNami Design Farm Animals

I found these fun six-petal bottle caps by Bottle Caps, Inc. at my local scrapbook store last weekend, and they reminded me of how much fun it is to play with bottle caps. Next to them was something called cabachons I'd never heard of before, but am totally hooked on now.

[kabus-shon] – noun. 1. a precious stone of convex hemispherical or oval form, polished but not cut into facets.

Cool, huh?! Only, my cabachons were acrylic, not precious gems. I love the dimension they add and how they protect and magnify the image underneath. I've used flat-bottom glass marbles for the same purpose, but these cabachons don't have the imperfections the marbles do, and they're less cloudy. Using them is easier than melting Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE). But, attaching the cabachon can be a little tricky, and I had a bit of trial and error before I got it just right. I thought I'd share some of my trials and errors so you don't make the same mistakes.

To make your bottle cap magnets to attach to a card (or refrigerator), grab your ingredients . . .

  • BasicGrey Magnetic Snaps. (Please, keep these away from children and pets because any magnet can be dangerous if they swallow them.) They're just 1/32" thick, so they can slip between layers of paper unnoticed.
  • A one-inch circle punch.
  • A bottle cap. You can find them with jewelry making or scrapbooking supplies, but also in your refrigerator. Any bottle cap will do. If you use an older bottle cap, just scrape out the cork.
  • You need a liquid dimensional adhesive that dries clear, like Stampin' Up!'s Crystal Effects, Ranger Glossy Accents, Sakura Crystal Lacquer, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, or JudiKins DG3 Art Gel. I used JudiKins DG3 Art Gel, which worked like a charm.


Step 1 – Hidden within the four layers of this circle, circle/scallop, sentiment circle, and cow circle (just under the cow) is one of the BasicGrey magnetic snaps. Place the other snap under the image you want to put into the bottle cap. (Be sure to test them to make sure you have the positive/negative charges facing in the right direction, so your magnets attract reach other, not repel each other.)


Step 2 – Put just a tiny, tiny dot of your liquid lacquer in the bottle cap.


Step 2 – Place your top layer over your tiny dot of liquid adhesive.

Step 3 – Add a larger, pea-size amount of your liquid adhesive over the image. Thankfully, Copic Markers won't run when you put a liquid adhesive over them.

To avoid air bubbles –

  • Do NOT shake the bottle.
  • Do not hold the bottle at an angle. Hold it straight up and let the lacquer fill the tip of the bottle applicator.
  • Squeeze as much as you need without stopping. If you have to squeeze and release more adhesive a second time, you'll introduce air bubbles.

The trick is to use the right amount of the liquid dimensional adhesive.

Too little gives you shadows:


Too much, and you're more likely to get air bubbles and a cabachon that looks like its floating in a swamp.


You want just the right amount to get a clear image. To help you see the right amount more easily, I highlighted the adhesive on the right.

Some liquid dimensional adhesives will look cloudy while they're wet but dry clear.

Step 4 – Press the cabachon into the bottle cap so the adhesive spreads to cover the bottom of the cabachon. Resist the temptation to play with it for a few hours until the adhesive dries (yep, a few hours).


If you have a 1/16" hole punch, you can punch a small hole in the top of your bottle cap, add a jump ring or split ring, and turn your bottle cap into a pendant for a necklace, bracelet or key chain. Or, you can add it to a card.

DeNami Design Animal Farm Magnets


So, pop a top, grab a bottle cap, make like a sheep and raise the bahh on your paper crafts.  (You knew I was gonna sneak in at least one bad pun, right?)



BWS tips button