Catered Crop Linking Party FTR8

Winston Zeddemore: We have the tools, and we have the talent.
Dr. Peter Venkman: It's Miller time
Winston Zeddemore: I Love this Town!
    ~ Ghostbusters, 1984

Follow the Recipe

Wow, I wish I could award a ton of "Best Bakers" awards. The entries for the Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #7 were full of sweet Spring goodness. It was so much fun to host such fabulous eye candy.

Congratulations to Dorcas Perkins of Dorcas Designs. Her tissue box has us looking forward to thinking outside the box about making a box.





I hope you can see all the details and special touches Dorcas put in her tissue box: paper piecing and paper piercing, soft coloring, that lovely sky, three layers of papers in her panels, her handmade crocheted flower, and that amazing machine stitching. It's just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us, Dorcas.

Playing with us at the Catered Crop "Follow-the-Recipe" linking party is easy-peasy! Use any of the ingredients (themes, colors, techniques, shapes, etc.)  in Dorcas 's recipe to make your project. You don't have to use the same brand names, use all the ingredients or even make a tissue box. Just pick a few ingredients and then add your own spices to cook up something uniquely yours. Then, just add your project using the InLinz (froggy) button below and join the party. Keep the party going by clicking on some of the other entries and leaving a comment or two.

Here's your FTR8 recipe.

  • Pattern Paper – Stripes and mini print
  • Colors – Blue, Green and Brown
  • Stamps – Children, Kittens
  • Color Mediums – Prismacolors
  • Embellishments – pearls, buttons, ribbon, flowers
  • Tools – Border punches, die cuts
  • Techniques – sewing, paper piecing, paper piercing, tissue box (or other paper boxes), coloring sky with Prismacolors, crochet flower
  • Theme – Spring, Childhood
  • Shapes – Circles, ovals, scallops
  • Miscellaneous – Tissues 😉

Notice all the hyperlinks in the recipe? Yes, we have the tools! Dorcas provided links to all these techniques to help make following her recipe easier. I'll be back, too, with some ideas for other paper boxes.

Be sure to list your recipe or tell us what ingredient you used from the sample recipe. 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). 

Paper Garden Projects is absolutely one of my favorite on-line go-to for paper craft supplies. Catherine's goal for the store is to provide high quality, unique papercrafting supplies and kits along with plenty of samples and inspiration. She stocks it with the things she loves and just added her own digital stamps. She's got Copics, stamps (Penny Black, Impression Obsession, Kraftin' Kimmie . . .), paper (Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon . . .) and way too much more to list here. Her customer service is the best in the industry – no pre-ordering, back-ordering and no waiting. The first item I ever bought from her was a Copic Spica pen. It came within just a few days with a handwritten note on the receipt telling me how to store the pen for long use. Wow! Be sure to check out her blog for her Fourth Friday challenge, and, if you look real close, you might see some of my creations on there from my days on her design team.

While you're checking out all the yummy goodies at Paper Garden Projects, be thinking about what you might do with a $20 gift certificate from Paper Garden Projects. Yep, one randomly picked winner will get to go shopping!


Just click on the link below to join the Catered Crop Linking Party. You have until Thursday, March 31, 8:00 PM CST. Swing back by here next Sunday when our Catered Crop Top Chefs will have their culinary delights to show you using Dorcas's recipe.


Official Snow Taster

The fire is slowly dying, and, my dear, we're still good-bying,
But as long as you love me so, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
            ~ Sammy Cahn, 1945



We have a lot of crazy traditions in the McClain house. One of them is saving snow. Yep, we get snow so seldom in Central Texas that we get pretty excited about it. We always save a sample of the last snowfall in our freezer in a small Tupperware container marked with the date. Unfortunately, our last snow sample didn't survive our move this past summer, so . . . we're anxiously waiting for the next snowfall to restock our snow supply.


I found these great Impression Obsession "Shake It Pouches" at my favorite local stamp store, Stamp Solado. It works like the Stampin' Up! Sweet Treat Cups, but is bigger and a little flatter. I have just a little hint if you use either product. The adhesive on the cups/pouches is not strong enough to keep the glitter in the pouch. So, just add a little crystal lacquer or other clear-drying liquid adhesive to the back of the pouch to give it a stronger bond.

This week's Sweet Sunday Sketch, SSSC94 was a perfect fit.


If you're looking for some great challenges, the Just Us Girls challenge, JUGS61, is encouraging us to add 3D embellishments and One Stop Craft Challenge #108 asks us to use our Christmas Cuties.

Here's the rest of the recipe along with the Copic Markers.

  • Fibers: Stampin' Up! Striped Grossgrain
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Disgress Ink (Fired Brick), Versamark, Stampin' Up! Basic Black Craft Ink, Copic  markers (see below).
  • Paper – Neenah, Stampin' Up! Naturals Vanilla and Riding Hood Red, Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather paper pack.
  • Stamp: Eat Cake Graphics Official Snow Taster cling stamp set.
  • Tools: .Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Dotted Swiss)
  • Embellishment: Impression Obsession Shake It Pouch, Snow Sparkle Glitter, crystal lacquer
  • Misc.:  Ranger Distress Powder (Fired Brick); Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pastels (Prettin in Pink), Super Fine Black Embossing Powder



Stay warm, everyone. And – Let it Snow!

A Friday for the Birds

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December
A magical thing and sweet to remember.
We are nearer to Spring than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December."
          ~ Oliver Herford


Well, are you ready to snag some good Black Friday deals? For those of you outside the United States, Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving that marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Folks will line up and stores will open as early as 5:00 AM for what has become the busiest retail shopping day of the year. I may check out some of my favorite on-line stores but I don't think there's anything I want badly enough to brave the crowds.

Good thing for us it's also the fourth Friday of the month, and that means it's time for another Paper Garden Project Fourth Friday challenge. This go-round it's "Tag – You're It." Create a project that's a tag, contains a tag, or could be used as a tag – whatever rocks your world. After you make your rockin' tag, head over to the Paper Garden Project and link us up for a chance to win this adorable Kraftin Kimmie stamp – Clara and the Bird. The rules are simple, and you can find them all at the Paper Garden Project blog. Just be sure to link up your project by December 6. Good Luck.


I took most of my inspiration from this Decoupage Ornament in one of the many Pottery Barn catalogs we get each week. I don't subscribe to a lot of magazines because I just digest all the Pottery Barn catalogs I get every week.



  • Fibers – Stampin' Up! (SU) Gold Cord, SU Ribbon Seam Binding
  • Glitter  – German Glass Glitter, Melissa Frances Mica Flakes
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Paper – Prism Cardstock, SU Gold Waffle Paper, My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly
  • Stamp –  Crafty Secret Clear Art Stamps, ""
  • Tools –  Nestabilities, EK Success 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Die
  • Embellishments – SU Antique Brads, Bazzill Basics Mini Holly Leaves
  • Misc. –  Black and Gold Embossing Powder, SU Sweet Treat Cups, Shimmer Mist (Pearl), Crystal Lacquer




Whether or not you're in the part of the world that celebrates Thanksgiving, here's my Thanksgiving wish for you. I hope you enjoyed the parades, the football and the turkey, but most especially, that you're surround this weekend by people you love and that they surround you with love. Among the many blessing I'll count this Thanksgiving will be you dear folks. Thanks for being so wonderfully supportive of me throughout these past years.

Happy Friday!