FTR20 Top Chef Quickfire

Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.
       ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Catered Crop Top Chef Design Team

We have an extra, special Quickfire for you all today, compliments of our Top Chef designers, Guest Designer E.T., and . . . drum roll please . . . members of the Heartfelt Creations design team. I am thrilled beyond words to be able to share web waves with these amazing designers. So many beautiful creations in one blog post . . . it's like free admission into an art gallery.


We're all being inspired by E.T.'s soft, shabby chic creations, and we're following her recipe.


Playing with us at the Catered Crop "Follow-the-Recipe" linking party is a piece of cake! Here's how it works:
  1. Use any of the ingredients (themes, colors, techniques, shapes, etc.) in E.T.'s recipe to make your project. You don't have to use all the ingredients or the same brands. Just pick a few ingredients and then add your own spices to cook up something uniquely yours.
  2. Add your project using the InLinz (froggy) button below and join the party.
  3. Be sure to list your recipe or tell us what ingredient you used from the sample recipe.
  4. 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).

Your FTR20 recipe has so many yummy, luscious ingredients.

  • Colors – Soft pastels
  • Stamps and Stickers – Butterflies, flowers, sentiment
  • Color Mediums – crayolas, stamping ink,
  • Embellishments – ribbon, glitter, lace, rosettes, tag, rhinestones/gems, pearls, ribbon
  • Techniques – use your own handwriting, embossing, stitching, make a bookmarker
  • Tools –Die cuts, digital stamps
  • Themes –Shabby Chic



We are so crazy lucky to be sponsored by Heartfelt Creations. They have an amazing, amazing collection of rubber stamps, many of which coordinate with Spellbinder Nestabilities and Shapabilities. They also carry accessories I've never seen anywhere else to put unique and beautiful finishing touches on your projects, like gorgeous Gala Glitz and Elements. Yes, One incredibly lucky player will win a $30.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE AT HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

Here's what our fabulous Top Chefs, Guest Chef and Celebrity Chefs from Heartfelt Creations have dished up with the recipe. Just click on the pictures to go to the Chef's blog and get all the details.


Top Chef Dorcas Designs


Guest Chef E.T.


Celebrity Chef Heidi Erickson


Celebrity Chef Lisa Gregory


Celebrity Chef Jan Holland Hennings


Celebrity Chef Olga Jewel


Celebrity Chef Kristina King


Top Chef Peggy Marsh


Top Chef Linda McClain



Please remember that winners of the random drawing must claim their prize by the end of the next challenge.

Don't forget to come back and VOTE. We need your help with the tie-breakers. We'll use your votes to help (influence and sway) the Design Team when they choose a winner for the next Party. So, for 24 hours after the challenge ends, the voting buttons will open up.

Just click on the link below to join the Catered Crop party. You have until Thursday, September 15, 8:00 PM EST to join the party. I can't wait to see what you all whip up!



Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?
Dorothy: I'm not a witch at all. I'm Dorothy Gale from Kansas.
Glinda: Oh. Well, is that the witch?
Dorothy: Who, Toto? Toto's my dog!
    ~ The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Can you tell I'm totally bewitched by Halloween? I love everything about it except maybe the scary parts.



I would definitely be a goody-two-shoes kind of witch if I were a witch at all because I just get scared too easily. I tried to read the Exorcist when it came out 1973, but I got so scared, I threw it in the backyard. I was afraid to even have the book in the house. I don't think Mailey Dog or Pillow Pup would make very good witches, either. I'm just sayin'.


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

We're following the soft, shabby chic inspiration from E.T. for our follow-the-recipe #20 party. So, okay, mine may be shabby, but maybe not so chic. But, that's okay because you never have to use the entire recipe for our parties – just pick and choose the ingredients that work for you and stir up your own magic. For my magic potion, I choose the following from E.T.'s recipe: a digital stamp, lots and lots of glitter, ribbon/lace, (black) pearls, and die cuts.

As I mentioned before, I first met our sponsor,  Heartfelt Creations at a stamping convention last Winter. I was mesmerized by the amazing products they were demonstrating. I always love it when I find something I've never seen before, and I learned more watching them at that booth than if I'd taken a dozen classes.

One of the things Heartfelt Creations demonstrated was this amazing ultra-fine transparent glitter. It's so fine and transparent you can actually stamp right on it.  I applied double-sided sticky tape to the one side of my center panel, removed the release paper and sprinkled microfine glitter over the top . . . just like they taught me. I wanted the background to resemble a dewy, Fall night. It's really quite a site in person.

Here's the rest of my recipe.

  • Pattern Paper – My Mind's Eye Mischievous
  • Cardstock– Stampin' Up!, Kraft and Neenah
  • Stamps – Claire Keay Little Witch.
  • Color Mediums – Copics, Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pastels
  • Embellishments – May Arts Net Ribbon, Stampin' Up! Trim Lace (Raven), My Mind's Eye Decorative Brads
  • Tools – My Favorite Things File Tab Die-namics Woodgrain Fence, Nestabilities
  • Misc. – Crystal Glitter Ritz Transparent Micro-fine Glitter, Be Creative Sheet (two-sided adhesive sheets)
  • Challenges – My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club 36 (MFTWSC36), Jellypark Challenges Pass it On*

*What a great challenge – asking us to be sure to not just make a card, but actually give it to someone. I do have someone designated to receive this card, but it's a little secret I can't tell or it will spoil the surprise.


Be sure to swing back by later today. We have an extra special, fantastic . . .  amazing treat for you. The Heartfelt Creations design team is joining the Catered Crop Top Chefs for our Quickfire. Ah, the creations are just GOR-Jusss. You do not want to miss this.

Off to bed for me . . . it's way past my bewitching hour.




Flowers Everywhere

I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
            ~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"

Remember this?


Which was part of this?


Well, all that became this . . .

a field of Sunflowers for my niece's bridal shower.


Her bridal shower in Indiana next week, and I don't get to go, which, of course, breaks my heart. So, I had to send something to let her know I'm with her in spirit.

Glitter is my Prozac, and making these made me very Happy! You can't tell from the pictures very well, but they're smothered in very fine, transparent glitter. Even Mailey Dog and Pillow Pup had glitter on them before this was all one. There are 20 spice bottles, or put another way, 400 petals all hand colored with Copic Markers.

Shew  . . . that wore Pillow Pup out.