Friday, October 26, 2018

Cat Lovers Hop 1 - Goody Envelope

Hello, everyone!  Long time, no see!  I'm here today because I really, really want to participate in the Cat Lovers Hop!  This is the fourth year, and I have not missed one yet!  I know I'm late to the party, but it runs until tomorrow (October 27) so you still have time to join!  Please go check it out and see all the cute kitty inspiration for yourself!

While I haven't had any time to craft lately (you can read why here), happily I already have a number of cat-themed projects that I made in the spring.  Since I have some time today (I woke up at 4:30 a.m.!), I'm going to share as many of my projects as I can.

I apologize to my followers in advance for the blog blast, but I have to seize the time when I have it!  Please do not feel obligated to comment on any of my projects.  However, I hope it will give you some kitty-loving inspiration and that you'll head over and join the Cat Lovers Hop yourself!

The good news is that Brian will be discharged from the rehab hospital within the next couple weeks!  After he comes back home, I hope to have some time to myself and will look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing what you made.  I can't wait to get caught up with everyone!  Brian has a long road ahead of him, but the doctors say it's possible he will fully recover.  It will likely take a year or more, but I'm praying he heals even sooner.  Your prayers are appreciated!

Now on to the Cat Lovers Hop!  A big thank you to Janis at Her Peaceful Garden for hosting this fun event again this year to celebrate our love of cats!

Last spring I was involved in a cat-themed swap, and part of the swap was to make some pretty packaging.  This is one of the envelopes I made to hold some swap items.

The cat image and sentiment were fussy-cut from a recycled greeting card and popped up on foam tape.  Behind the kitty is a doily from my stash.  The butterfly die-cut is from Joy Crafts, and I added some gems to the body.  I used a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper from my old stash to create the envelope.  I watched a few video tutorials on YouTube but made my own custom-size envelope to fit the items that went inside.  

Here's the back.  The bow punch is from Tim Holtz, and the handmade stamp was received in friend mail. The envelope is held closed with a velcro half-circle so it is reusable.

I would also like to support the following challenges:  Butterfly Challenge Spin the Butterfly Wheel with the Letter G (Gems plus Butterfly) 1/3; Cardz TV 71 AG 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore October AG 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper October UE; DL.ART October Linky UE 1/d; Hiding in my Craft Room Freestyle 1/3; Just Keep on Creating AG UE; Pammie's Inky Pinkies AG 1/3; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; The Corrosive October AG 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

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Thank you for looking at my goody envelope! Wishing you a joyful day and Happy Hopping!


KandA said...

Hi Kitty, sorry I missed your last post about your Hubby but I am so pleased to hear he is improving and will be home soon. My dad had a VERY bad stroke when he was 83 and lost all his (best way to put it) functions and was unable to communicate. He was in hospital for 6 weeks and had to teach himself to walk, talk, write etc and eventually made a full recovery. So if things do get a bit much at times, don't give up.

I love all your kitty creations and am so glad you managed to find a bit of time for yourself. Looking forward to seeing you around blogland when you feel up to it but in te meeantime take care of yourself xx

Bunny said...

Yay! This is good news for y'all. You have to keep up with your health to keep up with his health. Your so blessed that he'll be coming home soon. Being the caregiver you'll need some "me" time. Make that little niche just for you. If anyone offers to help..........say YES, Please. Let people cook, clean, shop or anything that will take stress off of you so you can take care of him. Hugs, my friend. [Bunny]

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Hi, my dear Kitty!!!! Welcome back to blogland for sharing all your beauties about cats!!! You are the most productive crafter about cats that I know! :D
I'm so very happy for the good notices about Bryan!!!! Oh, you have been blessed that he will fully recover, even if the road is long!!! :) So glad to hear that he will be discharged from the rehab hospital in the next weeks!
Surely you will have a lot of work to do, my dear, so just now take some moments for yourself and enjoy life!
This first one project is just a sweetie, such lovely packaging!! Love the cute recycled kitten and all the embellishments on your design!!
It's great that the envelope is reusable, well done with the velcro on the back!!
Biggest hugs ever and good luck with the challenges!!! The most bigger wishes to Bryan!!

D.Ann C said...

Oh, Kitty! I'm so sorry for all the stress you've had these past few months, but am happy to hear the good news! Wishing him a full recovery at the best possible speed and hoping you can recuperate fast from the stress of it all, too.

I'm also happy you were able to join the Cat Lovers Hop again this year... it's always a treat to see your creations. This envelope is beautiful! That lovely doily isn't like the typical paper ones in the store. (can you tell I'm envious?! lol)

Suzanne H said...

Kitty, I was so happy to see your cards in the challenges. I was thinking of you last night and my next card was to be in your honor! So happy Brian is on the road to recovery.

Becca Yahrling said...

So happy to know Bryan will be home soon and WILL make a full recovery. :-)
Always enjoy your fun projects and this is a beauty! So feminine and I love it.

NanaConnie said...

Kitty, that's good news about Brian and I have him in my daily prayers. So glad you were able to post today and I love the idea of a cat decorated envelope! Beautifully done.

Arianna Barbara said...

Hi. I'm so happy for Brian and I wish him a good recovery!!!

Love your adorable envelope!!! It's totally cute!!!

DonnaMundinger said...

So happy to hear the positive news about your hubby and will pray for a complete recovery for him as soon as possible. I'm sure having him home soon will ease your stress as well. Love seeing your sweet cat themed projects back here on the Hop. This envie and card are just purr-ecious! xxD

Verna Angerhofer said...

Cute kitty card and I am glad to hear your hubby is getting better. I missed you but fully understand why you were not around much. Take good care of your man and yourself now too.

Jackie T said...

Hi this is a gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog for the current challenge which is always Anything Goes. The sponsor is Limited Runs Stamps. Jackie DT

Mrs A. said...

So pleased to see you back Kitty and glad to hear that Brisn is now on the mend. Love the pretty pastel look of this envelope project. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me. Hugs Mrs A

mandysea said...

I know what you mean, I've barely been on my blog this year. And didn't want to miss this hop either! Glad you could make it and yes we are 4th years!! Love your card and the background lace makes your kitty look amazing. I'm glad things are starting to settle down for you

Susan Renshaw said...

What a cute envelope!

Wishing Brian a speedy recovery!

Carole J said...

Hello Kitty! It has been a while and it is fabulous to see you back at the Cat Lovers Hop! I was so sorry to hear about your husband, but am delighted that he is recovering well. Your envelope is gorgeous - I love the doily in the background and of course the sweet kitten image! xx

Gail said...

Here Kitty Kitty - so happy that Brian is coming home! My hubby just came home this week after 5 days in the hospital! Happy Dance time! Love your work and happy you go in on this blog hop as well - happy you had some work created so you could get them posted! That is always a fab idea! Bless you and praying for you and for Brian - God is good--- all of the time - have a fabulous weekend!

Karenladd said...

That's wonderful news about your husband being released soon and I do hope he recovers quickly. This is a beautiful decorated envelope and the fact that you upcycled an old card makes it even better!

Lisa Lynn said...

Kitty, your envelope is beautiful. Love the doily with the image. I have been thinking of you and Brian. Obviously for the job that I currently have I do authorizations for rehab stays so I am so glad that he has been getting the intense therapy. It will take time and lots of work, but I know that you both have faith and will push through. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers.

ike said...

Beautiful kitty envelope :-)
I hope your Hubby is continuing to improve but I am sad about your 4 hour journey every day. Please take good care of YOUR health too xxxxx
I am so glad that the other hospital diagnosed him correctly and I send healing thoughts for him to fully recover soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

cotnob said...

It's lovely to see you posting again, I'm so pleased to hear that your husband will soon be coming home and I hope his recovery is a speedy one.
This is a beautiful card, such a cute kitty and pretty papers - so soft and delicate.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Gina said...

Gosh that is a really pretty vintage style envelope :D Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnut's PPC XXX

Michele K. Henderson said...

I LOVE your pretty kitty envelope! This is really a great idea when sending things to friends!

Christi Conley said...

Woo Hoo!! I am SO HAPPY to see you my dear friend!! I hope everything is calming down for you & I continue to keep you & the hubby in my thoughts! You don't know how seeing you makes my heart sing :) And this is a beautiful envelope - whom ever recieved it must feel very lucky! HUGE hugs and much love, Christi

Fikreta said...

Hello my dear friend
Im so happy to see you and your purrrfect projects!
Im happy Brian will be discharged soon.
your envelope is so pretty
soft colors and so cute kitty

D.L. Walls said...

Sweet card and envelope. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges this week and best of luck in the draw. Donna - DT Member

KT Fit Kitty said...

It's a hop but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to comment on my own entries. Oh well! I love how this goody envelope turned out!

New Creations said...

Oh! So sorry to hear this news Kitty but as well happy too that your hubby is improving now:) I hope he will discharge soon!
Love the sweet envelope and a great idea to send to the friends!
Sending tight hugs dear!

Vivian Foo said...

Purrfect - so cute envelop. xx

Sue D said...

Such a sweet envelope for a swap.

Roberta Stevenson said...

Your envelope is beautiful and I hope that your partner Brian has a quick recovery! Prayers for both of you!

Thanks so much for being a part of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop!!!

Viki Banaszak said...

What a wonderful sweet vintage kitty! So soft and sweet

Donna said...

I was catching up on your other darling posts and thought I had commented here. I have you Brian in my daily thoughts and prayers and will keeping you both there during his journey back to health. Glad to hear encouraging news dear friend. I'm glad you got a bit of crafting therapy in. You most be exhausted, take care of yourself. Hugs, Donna

Scrapper69 said...

I'm so happy to hear that your hubby is doing better! I'll continue to send prayers your way since I know the recovery can be just as hard on someone! Big HUGS to you both!! Your kitty card is adorable! I'm allergic to cats so I'm more of a dog person, but it's been fun to see the different kitty images you have and created with!


Patti said...

Hi Kitty : )

It is so wonderful to see you here and to hear an update on Brian! I am so happy that he is doing so well and they are expecting a full recovery!!

Your Kitty cards and matching envies are as sweet as they can be!! I love each darling puss : )

BIG (((Hugs))) to you!!


suzARTe said...

You must be so happy that Brian will be home soon, all strength to you and Brian at this time. I love the details in this beautiful envelope, always enjoy looking at your cat creations.
Thanks so much for sharing your creation at the

October 2018 Anything goes link-up at Just Keep On Creating.

Janis said...

My internet is finally working again, for the moment. Been down or spotty for the last several days and really messed up my commenting!!

So very, very happy to hear that Brian will be coming home soon. This is an answer to prayer!! I am beyond honored that you made the time to join in the Cat Lovers Hop, even in the middle of all that is going on in your life. It would not have been the same without you. Your goodie envelope is so sweet and adorable. Love your creative ideas!!

Thank you for being a part of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop!!!
<3 J

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