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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Gone Fishin’

If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.  ~Doug Larson


Life is good. Lot’s of wonderful things are happening in the Catered Crop Crib.

But, sadly, this is my swansong project for My Favorite Things (MFT). MFT was kind enough to let me step away, give a little more focus to my day job, enjoy the Summer with the family, and savor the good things.

I couldn’t possibly leave MFT without first expressing my gratitude to Kim (MFT boss lady), her amazing staff, and the insanely talented, hard-working and super sweet team of designers.

Reel Expert

Thank you ladies for giving me such an amazing adventure!


Tips & Techniques

When Dad taught me to fish in Grandma Black’s pond, he put a bobber on my line so I could tell when I had fish tugging on my line. I added a big orange-button bobber to the little Pure Innocence doll’s fishing line so her fish wouldn’t run off with her worm.

Gone Fishing


The little doll is Copic colored, fussy cut and paper piece. I used the Snow Drifts Die-namic from My Favorite Things to create the waves.

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

Finished Size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients include American Craft Premium Ribbon Twine, black Copic Multiliner .03 and Copic Markers (E0000, E00, E30 for skin; Y24 and Y31 for hair; and BG000 for highlighting on the white shirt).


I’ll be back with this week’s Quickfire celebrating our men. Until then  . . . gone fishin’.

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Tropical Hi

Afternoon delight
Cocktails and moonlit nights
That dreamy look in your eye
Give me a tropical contact high
Way down in Kokomo
~ Beach Boys


Tropical Hi

Thank you for all of your sweet comments these past few days. You are so kind. Let’s escape together. Doesn’t a tropical contact high sound just lovely?!

Sun Sational

What a tease it was to make this card . . . day dreaming about tropical sands, tropical beaches . . . and tropical drinks.

A piña colada has my name on it somewhere.


Tips & Techniques

Assembling this card with so many Die-namics was almost like putting together a puzzle, it was a blast.

The ever-so-talented Barbara Anders has a smart tip to get all the separate pieces of this new Sun Ray Die-namic to align perfectly when you just use the “negative” spaces (here). I followed her tip but also popped up the pieces with dimensional pop-up dots.

When the sun shines on this card you can really see all the popped-up layers. I love that My Favorite Things added extra palm leaves to this new Palm Tree Die-namic so you could add dimension to it.

I added some clear Stickles over the sand/ocean bottom piece – to make that beach sparkle (or maybe just to resemble the salt on my Margarita).

Here are the new toys from My Favorite Things that are the guts and soul of this card – all available Now!

Finished size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: Echo Park Splash 6×6 Paper Pad, Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

Thank you for escaping with me. Have a Sun-Sational day.

Sun Sational

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