Monday, October 5, 2015

Mistletoe Kitty and The Hop to Stop

Hello, everybody!  Before I share my card, I would like to welcome my two newest followers - Hetty and Kathy Tasker - so happy to have you here!

Today I'm sharing a card I made with the October Digi of the Month at Imagine That... digis by Kris. Could this kitty be any cuter?!  As soon as I saw her, I couldn't wait to get her coloured and onto a card!  Thank you for such an adorable DOTM, Kris!  If you would like this digi for yourself, head over to Imagine That... digis by Kris - it's on sale at a discounted price all month!


I decided to go with a purple colour scheme so I can support Becca's The Hop to Stop, a blog hop designed to raise awareness about domestic violence, an issue that impacts one in four women, and the resources that are available to assist victims of domestic violence.  Purple is the domestic violence awareness colour.

I want to be involved in this hop as much as I can - this is an issue very close to my heart, so you will be seeing a lot of purple from me in the next while.  I have shed many tears during the hop, seeing the support and reading people's stories. It's not an easy subject for me, a little too close for comfort and has brought to the surface some old wounds from my young childhood that are difficult to think about. My mother was a victim of domestic violence, from my birth father, and she is lucky to be alive. She escaped with my brother and me when I was three.  I have memories of that time and they are very sad and terrifying. This is the only time I will tell my story during the hop, but I will continue making purple cards to support domestic violence awareness.  


I coloured the little cutie with Prismacolor pencils and fussy-cut so I could pop her up with foam tape. I added Sparkle N Sprinkle Inference Violet Semi-Transparent Glitter on the white parts of her hat and Glossy Accents on her little bell.  She is sitting on some purple polka-dot washi tape and a thin strip of glitter ribbon which I have glued on and wrapped around the panel (see ribbon used below). I heat-embossed the Whimsy Stamps sentiment in white on a purple snippet/scrap and die-cut into a fishtail banner with MFT Die-Namics Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax.  The white panel is embossed with Couture Creations Sugarplum Ball and I finished off the card by adding a number of sequins.

Two of the challenges entered require ribbon so I am showing it here:


Please become informed about domestic violence, its impacts, and available resources. You can visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence for more information.  I hope to see you at The Hop to Stop to support this important issue.

I would also like to join the following challenges: A Snowflake's Promise AG Christmas/Winter 2/3; Aud Sentiments Christmas 2/5; Beccy's Place October AG UE; Chocolate Coffee and Cards Animals 2/3; Clique Kits October AG 2/3; Craft Your Passion Always AG 1/3; Craftin Desert Divas Things with Wings (cardinal) UE; Crafting from the Heart AG 1/3; Crafting Musketeers Christmas with a Ribbon (see glitter ribbon) 1E; Crafty Friends Inspired by a Song (Jingle Cats - Holly Jolly Christmas) 3/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas All Wrapped Up UE; Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra AG UE; Crafty Ribbons Christmas No Red or Green Plus Ribbon (see glitter ribbon); DL.ART October Linky UE 1/day; Fab n Funky AG Christmas UE; Great Impressions For the Kids 1/3; HIMCR Monochromatic 2/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Just Keep on Creating AG UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 3/3; Little Claire's Digital Christmas 3/3; Make My Monday Cats UE; Mod Squad Things with Wings (Cardinal) UE; Not Just Cards AG UE; One Stitch at a a Time AG with Awareness (Domestic Violence Awareness) UE; Pixie's Snippet Playground Snippet used for sentiment banner 2/3; QKR Stampede AG 3/3; Scrapbook Blessings Club AG Use Digi Stamps Only UE; Send a Smile 4 Kids Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids 2/3; Sparkle N Sprinkle AG with Loose Glitter, Flocking or Embossing Powder UE;Suzy Bee's Bloomin' AG Embossing Wet or Dry (I used both) UE; Sweet Stamps October AG UE; The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up Christmas Optional Card for a Child 2/3 (FT); The Daily Marker - Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge Day 5; The House That Stamp Built Repeat Impressions WIW September Anything Goes UE; Tuesday Throwdown CAS 3/3; Wednesday's Creative Inspirations AG Option Sketch UE; Your Scrapbook Place AG 3/3


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Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

78 comments:

Jan Ltc said...

This is lovely xx Jan

Donna said...

This is so cute, like the embossed background and sequins to pick up your sweet coloring!

katieo said...

This is so cute. I love how you positioned the kitty on the embossed background

I Card Everyone said...

Who could resist visiting this darling kitty, Kitty? Thank you for the invitation =] I am so sorry for your sadness, and your dear Mom's experience with domestic violence. But what a great way for you to honor her courage, and support a worthwhile cause...
Michele

Barb said...

Another very pretty ' purple' card. What a cute little kitty this is. Barbxx

Diane said...

Oh my gosh this is just adorable. Very sorry to hear your mother was a victim of domestic violence but she had the courage to save herself and her children.

Hugs Diane

terrie said...


Your card is simple but at the same time it's adorable too...well done Kitty
So sad to read what your family went through in the hands of another person...I fully understand....
Thank you for sharing your wonderful cards.

Lisa said...

Another great card and oh so cute image! You make me want to get back in my craft room but alas...I won't be able to be in there til Halloween weekend!!! I got all of my October projects that I had to do done this weekend. Don't cry for me....my boys are visiting and then I'll be visiting others so it's for fun reasons but it's not going to be easy... Lol! Keep on crafting! I'll still be commenting!

Becca Cruger said...

Kitty, as I've been hopping along looking at all the cards I've been reading bits of your story from the comments that you leave people. Thank you for being brave enough to share what must have been a traumatic time in your life. I hope that by sharing, it helps you heal, too. Your card is so adorable and I really like the way you've splashed those sequins on in such a perfect way. Thank you for being such a HUGE supporter of the Hop to Stop.

Andrea W said...

Darling Christmas card with a super cute kitty! Using purple for Christmas is always a nice change from the traditional colors. ~Hugs from Oklahoma, Andrea

Annette Allen said...

loving all the purple.. this is adorable..

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, Kitty, I'm so sorry to hear that your mom was a victim of domestic violence!!! She has saved herself, but also you and your brother from a horrible life...!! She was been very brave e resolute to go away!! You honor her courage with your fabulous cards in Hop to Stop!!...and you are so brave to share your sight experience! Your mom is the simbol of a new possible life with no more violence!
I send to you and to your mom a lot of hugs!!
Today's card is just a sweetie, LOVE so much the cute kitty, her eyes are full of love! Fabulous design with the embossed background and the washi is adorable! There is a lot of sparkling in your card! So wonderful!!
Hi my friend!!

Michele Henderson said...

Adorable little grey kitty in the purple hat! Great design!
Take care!
Michele

thepaperbaker said...

So heartbreaking..... so thankful you have more peace in your life now :)

MiamiKel said...

What an incredible card - so soft and cute and cheerful!

On a personal note, your post brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine that at 3 - but glad you have been able to journey forward in life. No one should have to go through that experience but at least here you are, and a voice! Blessings, friend.

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful image and card and for a great cause, thank you for joining our challenge at FAB 'N' FUNKY this week.
hugs
lorraine x

Kuni said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet Kitty, i love your card and the image.
Hugs
Kuni

Jacee said...

That certainly is a cute kitty, love that little furry ball of sweetness, wish I had a kitty, keep threatening hubby that I'll get another but don't seem to be able to bring myself to do it, maybe one day, your cards fabulous, love it!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Bad Kitty said...

love it
very cute card!
Thank you for all your kind comments.
Im very happy when you take time and visit me.
hugs

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting Musketeers..
Mags
x

Petra Raams said...

I love this card, how sweet...! thanks for joining october challenge, Petra DT Beccy's Place

DIANA L. said...

Such an adorable kitty card love the background and kitty's hat.
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes OCTOBER Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
DIANA L.

DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
DL.ART
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com
http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

cotnob said...

A sweet card Kitty, such an adorable image.
Pauline
x

Monika Reeck said...

sweeet Kitty Image so so sweet
I love the add of the sequin there and lovely lay out too Kitty
and this has Purple
my fav color you know it :)
adorable sweet cute card Kitty..

KraftyKoolKat said...

Another totally cute and gorgeous creation for this very worthy cause.
Hugs
Cathy
Xxx

Kathy Tasker said...

love your card n the reason for the colour, i too watched my mum suffer domestic abuse. so we have more in common than just cats n the DT..........hugs x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Cute kitty card. I love that you followed your heart and continued on with the purples.

Lesia Cook said...

Just a doggone kitty card, even if I am a doggie kind of girl. Simply adorable.

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Adorable image and fabulous coloring Kitty! I love Imagine That by Kris digis and this month's progressive challenge digis are wonderful as always. Great job. Such a simple but elegant card.

I am having a blog celebration; with lots of prizes. I would love for you to join as a follower (if not already), comment on my blog celebration post and add your blog to Mr. Linky. I am already a follower of your blog.

Thanks so much for joining our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. We hope to see you again in the next challenge. Good luck in the challenge. Hugs, Gloria DT

http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

Mynn Kitchen said...

Aw, so totally darling! LOVE all the purple--and your image is beautifully colored! Thank you so much for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Lori m said...

Beautiful card, the kitten with the little bird….adorable! Thanks for playing along over at DL.ART!

Hugs, Lori m
littlemscraftedmind.blogspot.com
DL.ART DT Member

Tracey said...

Love the non traditional Christmas colours......really pretty card!

Lisa Lynn said...

Love your color choice of the purple with your kitty. Your card is adorable. Thanks for joining us at Imagine That. Lisa Lynn DT.

vinita jain said...

Love the cute kitty in purple in his Christmas outfit, wonderful embossing!!!

Avril Watson said...

Beautifully Cute, Kitty, love your Cat cards, they are the best!, hugs xxx

marion said...

this is too sweet, I so adore the stamps you use, they are so darn cute, lovely card as well of course, lots of hugs and love to you and cuddles to Kiwi, Honeydew and Snowy, Marion

Di said...

Oh Kitty, this is so cute! A lovely card indeed!

And such a sad thing about your Mom, and also the impact on you too. So pleased she got away to safety with you and your brother.

Sendng you extra big hugs today!

Di xx

Barbara Godden said...

What a super cute kitty and beautifully done in purple. So glad your mom got out of an abusive situation and took you and your brother to safety.

tiffelijah said...

As hard as it is to share your story, I'm glad you are. It is hard to read all these stories and stir up old images and thoughts that are not welcome, however sharing can help so many others that think they are alone. you are brave for sharing. thank you. your kitty cat is beautiful in purple and I love that embossed background. stunning card

Imagine That! Digis by Kris said...

oooo, LOVE this is purples Kitty!! :) Adorable, and I love the li'l sentiment banner and the gems all over. The white embossed bg is so elegant too, you should be so proud of this card. Well, Ido love ALL your cards :) Thanks so much for playing in our DOTM challenge at Imagine That! xxKris

Tenia Nelson said...

Super CUTE!!

Joyce Erb said...

So darn cute! Thanks for taking the challenge with us at the Mod Squad Challenge

Pia S said...

Adorable image and I love how you placed the sequins. I've become quite a fan of using sequins lately, I love the additional little sparkle and shine they can add to a card.

Tanya said...

Great card and lovely image, what a cute kitty. The sequins are lovely :) I'm really sorry you and your family had to go through such an awful experience, raising awareness for something so terrible is a great thing to do - you're such a strong person, I can only imagine the feelings doing this must bring up for you. I applaud your bravery and strength!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog and hope to see more of your makes soon :)

Tanya xx

Anet van Zyl said...

Just adorable Kitty, love the background embossing. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT x

Beccy said...

That's a very cute kitten and I love the purple Santa hat. The embossing in the background looks fabulous and adds some great texture to your card KT. Great job!
Cheers,
Beccy

suzARTe said...

This card is too cute Kitty, I adore the main image. Thanks so much for sharing your card at Anything goes October link-up, Just keep on creating

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

KT Fit Kitty...ever since I know you via blog land, I never know your dark side until I read your story today! I'm so sorry that your mother had gone through tough times and able to save you and your brother. Thank you for sharing and I respect you for that! Love your kitty card...so cute :) Lots of hugs and another hug from me :)

Wendy L said...

Sweet card, thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends, xxx

Connie Baccus said...

Love this image. Diffidently getting it for my sister. Love the kitty and cardinal. Such a cute card. Ty for participating in the Mod Squad Challenge.

Sue Reynolds said...

Sorry that domestic violence hit so close to home, your mom was one of the lucky ones that moved you all away from the problem at such an early age...know you have a lot of supporters. Love this adorable card, and just want to thank you for visiting my blog today, and questioning because you commented on a card not related to the Hop to Stop if somehow I had the wrong link? is that possible? My Hop to Stop Card is 99.

Purvi Gadewar said...

Adorable card! Thanks for sharing your story...I am sure it took courage to share it...glad you took part in the Hop...

Patti J said...

What a darling card! The image is just delightful! Thanks for joining us this month at Great Impressions!

Heather said...

Awww . . . that kitty IS adorable!! Love that you used purple for a Christmas card. It's unexpected but oh, so pretty! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built. Sorry it's taken me so long to comment; life has been crazy this week.

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday, good luck!!! Amy DT

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with more of your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

gobarb26 said...

Kitty, I LOVE your fussy cutting! Nice job on your purple themed card. Thanks for playing along with us at Imagine That Digi Stamps.
Barb B. CZT

Taunya Butler said...

This made me SMILE so big - what a delightful scene with that cute bird holding the mistletoe over the head of that adorable kitty and I love how you used purple on this card - what a fresh and super fun card for the Holidays!!! Hugs to you!!!

Nikki Byrne said...

Awwww! That kitten is just the cutest!! Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this fortnight and good luck. Nikki DT

CraftYourPassion said...

Such a sweet kitty and love all the pretty purple.Beautiful card.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

Saundra said...

This card is so sweet! Thanks for linking up at Craftin Desert Divas!!

Jerrie said...

Love the little purple stocking cap!! DV affects many people. I am glad your mother was able to get out to the violence and it is sad you had to go through it with your brother. The good thing is you are free from it and looks like you are very talelnted to!!

Linda Anderson said...

Awwwww, talk about adorable!! Love it in purple. Thanks for joining our Digi of the Month challenge at Imagine That.

Linda

Deanne Saunders said...

So cute! Love her in purple!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IMAGINE THAT! monthly challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Lisa said...

Oh so sweet!! What an adorable image!! The kitty is so sweet!! I love the embossing and the colors!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shelly Schmidt said...

Another fab card you have entered in our Sweet Stamps Challenge for October! I had to make a card for the hop today- just found it. In Illinois, the state is cutting their budget for many of our Social Services and it affects so many people in our area. My friend volunteers/works for the Family Shelter Services and helps raise $$$. It is so admirable of you to share your story and be a shining light to others : )

Susanne Vargas said...

Your purple kitty card is adorable! I admire your courage to share a bit of your story! Thank you!

Aurora Aurelia said...

awww.. super cute card.. love it.. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge #19.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. and good luch at the draw.. <3

hugs,
~RoRa

Marji Franklin said...

I love this! So very cute! Thanks for joining us at the 12 mo of Christmas link up
Marji DT

Laurie HIMCR said...

So cute and sweet! Thanks for joining us this week at HIMCR!

Hiding in My Craft Room
~Laurie

CraftyGirl said...

Very cute kitten. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!

TTFN,

CraftyGirl OSAAT DT
craftygirlcardsandcrafts.blogspot.com

Candace Perkins said...

What an adorable card! Such a cute little kitty! Thank you for joining us at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes Challenge!

Jessica Kaiser said...

Such a sweet card! Love that little kitty. Thanks for joining us this month at SparkleNSprinkle Creative Challenges! Jess

Julie Odil said...

This is very cute! Thanks for joining us this month at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Julie, DT

Melissa Vining said...

Such a sweet lil kitty! Thanks for joining us at Clique Kits!

Sharon said...

Sweet card thanks for sharing with us at 12 Months of Christmas link up

Lori T said...

Thank you for joining us this month at
Not Just Cards
The team now have a Facebook Group where you can share and promote all your wonderful work, come and join us please. Paper Crafting Facebook Group
Hugs Lori

Justt said...

another sweet card :) thank you for joining us at Clique Kits challenge!