You are the butter to my bread
and the breath to my life.
~ Julia Child

Cosmo Cricket Magnifique Chef's card

I’m the luckiest girl in the world. I’m married to a darling man, the breath to my life. And girls! Mr. Catered Crop does nearly all the grocery shopping and cooking for us. I wash dishes and bake cookies. Lucky!

Cosmo Cricket TV Dinner Card

Our arrangement evolved for a number of reasons (i.e. excuses from me). Mr. Catered Crop preferred to start supper as soon as we both got home from work, whereas I liked to unwind first. On the flip side, he liked to relax after supper and I didn’t mind cleaning up right away. Yin and yang at its core.

Also, I abhor grocery shopping while my sweetheart has made it a science. Unsupervised, I’d probably just buy Twinkies.

Cosmo Cricket TV Dinner Father's Day Card

So this year for Father’s Day, I want to honor Mr. Catered Crop for all of the fabulous meals he’s cooked for us over the years and for ensuring that we survived on more than just Twinkies.

Chef Father's Day Card

Here’s the inside of the card.


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I love this Japanese cotton cord. My daughter got this for me for Christmas from Studio Carta (good girl!). I got to meet the lovely owner of Studio Carta, Angela Liguori, at the National Stationery Show in New York last month. Her booth was full of gorgeous custom ribbons imported from Italy. Yes . . . I blew any budget I thought I had. I like shopping for ribbon so much more than groceries!

Here are the Copic markers I used to color Chef Catered Crop, the sketch I followed and the rest of the recipe.


I’d like to add this card to the following fun challenges:


Happy Father’s Day, darling dear.


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Ruffles and Recliners

A house that does not have one
worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.
     ~ May Sarton

Art Impressions Lazy Boy Set Card


My day job really kicked my heinie the last two weeks. When I got home from all corners of Central Texas, all I wanted to do was sit back in a soft chair and enjoy my guilty pleasures (Network Food Star, Craft Wars, Big Bang Theory reruns . . . ). So, as the clock is ticking on "R R R Ruffles Have Ridges" challenge, I'm finally giving you my inspiration for this challenge – my Dad.

Dad loved to work hard and build up a good sweat. But at end of every day he had a date with Ruffles, Pat Sajak and Vanna White. He'd grab a bag of potato chips with a little bowl of ketchup and sink into his recliner in front of Wheel of Fortune. The longer he sat, the farther he slouched into the chair until he was almost horizontal, flashing his pale white ankles and black socks.

So, in honor of Dad, I added a tribute to his Ruffles to this funky card. Did you see it?

Dad would eat this up – yep, bad pun intended.


When Art Impressions sent me this stamp to play with from their new Ai People line, I started playing with making potato chips out of paper.  I kept buying bags of Ruffles potato chips for inspiration, but the bags never seemed to last very long. After a little trial and error and a lot of chips and dip, I ran two die cuts from this Die-namic through a Fiskers Crimper (see below). All it needs is a little salt.

The rest of the recipe is pretty easy. My reclining chip eater is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper pieced. Here are the Copic markers and the rest of the recipe.


I miss my Dad a lot. He was an amazing man, and I was so lucky to be his daughter.

Gotta go . . . The Wheel is on.

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A Fisherman’s Prayer

God grant that I should live to fish
     until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast
     I then most humbly pray,
When in the Lord's safe landing net
     I'm peacefully asleep,
That in his mercy I be judged
     As big enough to keep.

                  A Fisherman's Prayer


Anyone who knew my Dad knew he loved to fish. Even more, he loved teaching children how to fish. When I saw Mo's Digital Pencil Too image, Fishing, I knew I would have to play with it. Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #17 (about wood or would) spurred me on and gave me a deadline.

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Mo's image captured my Dad so well. He fished with live bait, often in a small boat just like this in the lakes and ponds around Owen County, Indiana. So, you'll have to indulge me a bit because I can't possibly share this card with you without sharing a few precious pictures of Dad.


In the background, helping my kids wet a hook in his backyard pond.

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Captain of our boat . . .

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Here are the Copic markers I used for the water and sky with the Copic air system:

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And here are the markers I used for the rest of the image:

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  • Embellishments – Tim Holz Ideology Foliage
  • Ink – Copic Markers (see above)
  • Paper – Stampin' Up! cardstock: Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. Karen Foster Fishing Lures.
  • Stamps – Mo's Digital Image Fishing
  • Tools – EK Success border punch

Love you always, Dad.