Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Cat Lovers Hop 2021 - Day 2 (Let it Snow)

Hello, everybody!  Welcome to Day 2 of the 7th Annual Cat Lovers Hop.  The dates for this year's hop are October 25 to 30 so you have until Saturday to join in!  Thank you, Janis, for hosting the hop again this year - I always enjoy myself!  There are so many things to see and do that I ran out of time yesterday so I'm hoping to get caught up today!  Head over for yourself and join the fun!

For Day 2 of the hop, I'm sharing another winter holiday card.  I stamped the kitties from Penny Black Winter Friends, coloured them with markers and fussy-cut so I could pop them up on foam tape.  I added some white marker doodles on their hat and earmuffs and some Glossy Accents on their eyes. 
 

I created the background with Distress Oxides (Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet) using the watercolour ink-smooshing technique.  I like this non-traditional colour combo!  I added a Let it Snow die-cut (not sure of the brand) along with five purple snowflake sequins.  I stamped a sentiment from Uniko Simply Said Blocks Christmas, fussy cut, and adhered with foam tape.

I would also like to join the following challenges:

ABC Christmas October V for Vocabulary (words) UE https://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/abc-christmas-challenge-u-and-v-are-for.html

BYSH Cardmakers Falling for the Holidays 2021 Hop Oct. 22-29 https://byshcardmakers.blogspot.com/2021/10/falling-for-holidays-2021-byshc-hop.html


Cardz TV 152 AG 1/3
http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2021/10/cardz-tv-anything-goes-challenge-152.html

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas 565 AG Christmas Optional Add a Flower UE
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/chnc-challenge-565.html

https://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/10/challenge-217.html

http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/10/creative-moments-challenge-225-anything.html

DL.ART October AG UE 
https://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2021/10/dlart-october-2021-linky-challenge.html

Get Creative 106 AG No Twist 1/3
http://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.com/2021/10/ch106-agopt-twist-holidays-winners-of.html

Jingle Belles Not a Creature was Stirring
http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.com/2021/10/not-creature-was-stirring.html
http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2021/10/c-168.html

http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/2021/10/pennys-challenge-507.html

Show us Your Pussy Cats 71 Furrything Goes UE
https://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/2021/10/show-us-your-pussycats-challenge-71.html

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG (I didn't do twist) 1E
https://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/prismaandothermediums/forum/topics/twisted-thursdays-october-21-twist-add-an-insect-6-or-8-legs

The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up 82 Christmas Optional Snow Globes 4/10
https://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2021/10/challenge-82-opt-twistsnow-globes.html

http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2021/10/anything-goes-challenge-october-19th.html
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2021/10/weeks-513-514-anything-goes.html

Thank you for looking at my card!  Happy Hopping, and I wish you a joy-filled day! 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Cat Lovers Hop 2021 - Day 1 (Snuggly Holiday Season)

Hello, everyone!  Long time, no see!  I'm reviving my blog on a trial basis to see how it goes.  And I'm just in time for the 7th Annual Cat Lovers Hop, which starts today - woot, woot!  I've never missed a year!  Thank you, Janis, for hosting this fun hop again - it's an event that I look forward to all year long!  

For Day 1 of the hop, I'm sharing a winter holiday card that I made for hubby.  I stamped one of my favourite old wood-mounted kitty stamps, coloured it with markers, and added Stardust Stickles on the hats.  I die-cut the image with a dotted square and then mounted on a scalloped square.  The stamp is from Stampendous, called Snuggly Kitties, dated 2006.  I noticed that Stampendous is also one of the generous sponsors again this year - thank you!

I created the background with Distress Oxides (Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Tumbled Glass) using the watercolour ink-smooshing technique on textured watercolour paper.  I stamped xoxo (Clearly Besotted) at the bottom and added three punched snowflakes (Recollections).

I would also like to join the following 7 challenges, for a total of 8:

BYSH Cardmakers Falling for the Holidays 2021 Hop Oct. 22-29 https://byshcardmakers.blogspot.com/2021/10/falling-for-holidays-2021-byshc-hop.html


Christmas Kickstart 55 Make One for a Loved One 1/3 C8 (made for hubby)
https://christmaskickstartchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/reminder-post-for-challenge-55-make-one.html

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas 565 AG Christmas Optional Add a Flower UE
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/chnc-challenge-565.html

DL.ART October Linky AG UE 
https://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2021/10/dlart-october-2021-linky-challenge.html

Rudolph Day October AG Christmas 1E C10
https://scrapsoflifebyscrappymo.blogspot.com/2021/10/october-rudolph-days-challenge.html

The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up 82 Christmas Optional Snow Globes 3/10
https://12monthsofchristmaslinkup.blogspot.com/2021/10/challenge-82-opt-twistsnow-globes.html
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2021/10/weeks-513-514-anything-goes.html

Thank you for looking at my card!  Happy Hopping and I wish you a joy-filled day! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Update: I switched to follow.it for Email Subscribers

Hello, everyone!  For those of my followers who are subscribed to my blog by email, you may have already read elsewhere that this is changing in July.  As I understand it from Google, the FeedBurner option will no longer work, so I have switched to follow.it.  

I have added a Get New Posts by Email gadget to my left-hand sidebar, but my existing email subscribers have already been transferred to this new platform when I signed up.  The basic plan is free, and switching was easy; follow.it helped me through it.

If you would like to subscribe (or unsubscribe) to my blog by email, you can use the form on my left sidebar or click here.  

Thank you for following me!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Retro Kitty Countdown 2

Hi, everyone!  Time is ticking for this month's challenges, so today I'm sharing a holiday card as part of my Retro Kitty Countdown series.  You might remember that I am making 25 of these countdown cards this year and plan to have them completed by December.  I have previously shared #4#8, #16, and #18, and for some reason I am not making them in numerical order.  I may not share all 25 but you'll definitely be seeing some of them.  I adore these old-fashioned storybook kitties!


Clipart:  The Digital Chick Etsy (basket of kittens), Prettie Printables Etsy (numbered square)
Other:  From my stash (patterned paper, glitter paper, tag die, bow die, snowflake punch, sentiment stamped on tag, self-made sentiment using Microsoft Word)

I would like to join the following 10 challenges:

https://alessandrasangels.blogspot.com/2021/04/challenge-45-and-winner-of-challenge-44.html

http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2021/04/cardz-tv-anything-goes-challenge-139.html

http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/chnc-challenge-539.html

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2021/04/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-april.html

DL ART AG UE
https://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2021/04/dlart-april-2021-linky-challenge.html

Rudolph Day AG Christmas 1E C10
https://scrapsoflifebyscrappymo.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-rudolph-days-challenge.html

Show Us Your Pussycats 65 Furrything Goes (cats only) UE
https://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/2021/04/show-us-your-pussycats-challenge-65.html

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-83/

The Outlawz Monday Greetings Furry Friends 3/3
https://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings/forum/topics/monday-greetings-april-26-to-may-9-2021-furry-friends

Word Art Wednesday 489-490 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 3/5 wk1
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2021/04/anything-goes-weeks-489-490.html

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Rosy's Tea Party

Hello, everyone!  Long time, no see!  Thank you to my sweet friends who have reached out to check on me - if you haven't already heard from me, I will be replying to your emails in the next few days.  

Blogging and being online have not been a priority for me lately, but I do have some cards to share!  I actually made these weeks ago, and I'm finally getting around to sharing them.  I have 6 cards to share today!  Before I get started, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Jessica Cangiano - thank you for joining me!

First I'm joining the April progressive challenge at Imagine That Digistamp, and I must say that it is cuteness overload over there!  I received the adorable Digi-of-the-Month called Teacup Bunny for free since I participated in last month's challenge (thank you, Kris!).  Teacup Bunny is also part of a new set from Imagine That Digistamp called Rosy Tea Party.  I am so grateful to have received this set for free as well because I submitted the suggestion.   Thank you, Kris - I am thrilled with this set!  I love cup critters!

Teacup Bunny

Rosy Tea Party

Here is my first card.  I've been obsessed with paper tearing lately and I just can't stop!  All 6 of my cards feature paper tearing.  This first card was actually the final card I made and I used up scraps left over from the other five cards.  I chose to use the precoloured Teacup Bunny image, fussy-cut, and popped up on foam tape.  Behind her is a die-cut doily (Your Next Stamp).  The pretty papers are all from Rosy Tea Party.  I created the sentiment in Microsoft Word.

Card 2 also features the precoloured Teacup Bunny, torn paper from Rosy Tea Party, and a self-made sentiment.

For Cards 3 and 4, I used the precoloured Teapot Kitty image and torn papers from Rosy Tea Party, as well as a self-made sentiment.


Below are Cards 5 and 6.  They feature the papers and my favourite critter in the Rosy Tea Party set, the Teacup Mouse.  All of these critters make me smile!  



I would like to join the following 9 challenges, for a total of 10:

https://alessandrasangels.blogspot.com/2021/04/challenge-45-and-winner-of-challenge-44.html

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2021/04/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-april.html

DL ART AG UE
https://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2021/04/dlart-april-2021-linky-challenge.html

https://imaginethatdigistamp.blogspot.com/2000/07/linky.html

Pixie's Snippet Playground 401 (Card #1 uses up the scraps left over from the other 5 cards) 1E C10
http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2021/04/pixies-snippets-playground-challenge-401.html

Show Us Your Pussycats 65 Furrything Goes (cats only) UE
https://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/2021/04/show-us-your-pussycats-challenge-65.html

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-83/

https://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings/forum/topics/monday-greetings-april-26-to-may-9-2021-furry-friends

Word Art Wednesday 489-490 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2021/04/anything-goes-weeks-489-490.html

More photos:


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

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Blooming Botanicals Birthday

Hello, everyone!  Today I'll be sharing three cards made with the same floral stamp and the same colour combo.  This is the third card, and the others are here and here.  The floral stamp is Newton's Nook Blooming Botanicals, which I coloured with markers.


Products used:
Clear stamps:  Newton's Nook Blooming Botanicals, Newton's Nook Newteon's Birthday Bash (birthday sentiment), Newton's Nook Basket of Wishes (celebrate)
Ink:  Your Next Stamp Purple Passion (sentiment), Lawn Fawn Jet Black (image)
Other:  Small butterfly punch, purple gems

My colour combo was inspired by Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge 143.  The colours are yellow, purple, white, and spring green.   


My butterflies were inspired by Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge 153, and I went with J for Jasmine and Jewels.



I would also like to join the following challenges:

Allsorts 614 Use Yellow 3/3
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/week-614-use-yellow.html

Crafts Galore Encore March AG 3/3
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-85-crafts-galore.html

https://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/challenge-203.html

Dare 2B Artzy March AG 3/3
http://blog.dare2bartzy.com/march-challenge-anything-goes-3/

DL.ART March Linky AG UE
https://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2021/03/dlart-march-2021-linky-challenge.html

https://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/02/challenge-5-gem-of-craft.html

https://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/2021/03/wk-10-card-making-and-craft-challenge.html

Simon Says Stamp Monday Add Some Green (green marker) 3/5
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=23138

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday A Bit O'Green 3/5
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-a-bit-o-green/

https://thecatspajamasrs.com/TCP/march-tcp-tuesday-challenge-377/


Word Art Wednesday 481-482 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 3/5 wk2
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2021/03/weeks-481-482-anything-goes.html

Your Scrapbook Place March AG 3/3
http://yourscrapbookplace.blogspot.com/2021/02/march-challenge-jans-digi-stamps-and.html

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

Blooming Botanicals Anniversary

Hello, everyone!  Today I'll be sharing three cards made with the same floral stamp and the same colour combo.  This is the second card, and the others can be seen here and here.  The floral stamp is Newton's Nook Blooming Botanicals, which I coloured with markers.


Products used:
Clear stamps:  Newton's Nook Blooming Botanicals, Newton's Nook Simply Sentimental
Ink:  Versafine Imperial Purple (background), Staz-On Jet Black (vellum), Lawn Fawn Jet Black (image)
Other:  Vellum, small butterfly punch, purple gems

My colour combo was inspired by Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge 143.  The colours are yellow, purple, white, and spring green.   My card design was inspired by Courtney's card on the Newton's Nook blog.  


My butterflies were inspired by Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge 153, and I went with J for Jasmine.



I would also like to join the following challenges:

Allsorts 614 Use Yellow 2/3
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/week-614-use-yellow.html

Crafts Galore Encore March AG 2/3
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-85-crafts-galore.html

https://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/challenge-203.html

Dare 2B Artzy March AG 2/3
http://blog.dare2bartzy.com/march-challenge-anything-goes-3/

DL.ART March Linky AG UE
https://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2021/03/dlart-march-2021-linky-challenge.html

https://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/02/challenge-5-gem-of-craft.html

https://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/2021/03/wk-10-card-making-and-craft-challenge.html

Simon Says Stamp Monday Add Some Green (green marker) 2/5
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=23138

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday A Bit O'Green 2/5
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-a-bit-o-green/

https://thecatspajamasrs.com/TCP/march-tcp-tuesday-challenge-377/


Word Art Wednesday 481-482 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk2
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2021/03/weeks-481-482-anything-goes.html

Your Scrapbook Place March AG 2/3
http://yourscrapbookplace.blogspot.com/2021/02/march-challenge-jans-digi-stamps-and.html

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