Monday, October 24, 2022

2022 Cat Lovers Hop (Day 1) ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***

Hello, everyone!  Before I get started, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Pam Tiedtke - thank you for joining me!  

Woot, woot!  Today is a beautiful, rainy fall day, and it's also the first day of the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop!  Yay!  I absolutely love cats, and I look forward to this hop all year long!  This is the 8th year for the hop, and I haven't missed one yet!  The hops have been elegantly organized each year by Janis at Her Peaceful Garden, and she always makes them fun, with daily games, featured sponsors, and plenty of cat-themed inspiration!  

Surprise!  I have a special Cat Lovers' Giveaway at the bottom of this blog post, so after you look at my project, please scroll way down for the details!

For my Cat Lovers Hop - Day 1 project, I made a cat-themed notebook set, including a bookmark and 2023 calendar, featuring cute retro/vintage-style cat images that I adore!  I hope you do too!  

A lot of the digitals I used for this set are from Free Pretty Things for You, and many of them are freebies.  Keren has lots of beautiful digital paper collections as well as graphics, so I hope you'll go check out her web site!  This post is not sponsored; I just love her digitals, especially the vintage ones, and wanted to give her a shout-out.  I think you'll especially enjoy her adorable set of 8 Free Vintage Kitty Graphics because they are all CATS, and as I mentioned... they are freebies!

First, my handmade notebook:

The notebook measures 2.75" x 5.5" so it's the purr-fect size to throw in your purse!  For the cover, I printed the pink paper from Free Pretty Things for You - 4 Vintage Kitty Digital Paper Backgrounds, to which I added a digital sentiment from Scribbles Designs - Caturday at the bottom right.  

I made a pocket inside both the front and back covers with pawprint paper from Free Pretty Things for You - Free Paw Print Digital Paper, a cute kitty face from Free Pretty Things for You - 8 Free Vintage Kitty Graphics, and a "Hello Beautiful" graphic from Little Hot Tamale on Etsy.  The pink polkadot paper is from Free Pretty Things for You - 14 Free Cherry Navy and Pink Digital Papers.  For the notepaper, I used lined paper from my stash and cut it to size.  Each lined page is stamped in pink with a different little kitty.  The kitten showing on the first lined page is an old wood-mounted stamp from Stampendous called Kitten. By the way, Stampendous is one of the generous sponsors of the Cat Lovers Hop!

Next are the bookmark and calendar:

For the bookmark, I printed a digital from Rosenart on Etsy, punched a hole and added a white eyelet using my Crop-a-Dile, and then tied with crinkle ribbon from DL.ART's Valentine Bundle.  I stamped a sentiment and pawprints from Newton's Nook Smitten Kittens to make it even cuter!  By the way, Newton's Nook is one of the generous sponsors of the Cat Lovers Hop again this year - for the 8th year in a row!  

For the calendar, I downloaded a free digital online calendar for 2023 (just search on Google).  I digitally added the kitties from Free Pretty Things for You - Twin Vintage Kitty Images, and a digital sentiment from Scribbles Designs - Purrfect Day.  I printed, trimmed, and rounded the corners.

I also made a little gift card and envelope for the recipient:

The digitals are a printable from Free Pretty Things for You - 20 Free Vintage Valentine Images.  For the little envelope, I  fussy-cut, scored, and folded into an envelope, inked the edges with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Ink, and stamped a sentiment from Newton's Nook Smitten Kittens.  I also stamped a tiny cat postage stamp, which is an old wood-mount stamp from Aladine Atelier.  A punched heart finishes the flap.  For the little card, I stamped a sentiment from Newton's Nook Smitten Kittens in grey.

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

Thank you for looking at my projects!  Please check out my giveaway below!

*** Cat Lovers' Giveaway ***

Giveaway consists of:
  • My handmade notebook with bookmark and calendar, shown above and described in this blog post
  • Clear stamp set from Forever In Time called You Are Purrfect, shown above
  • Metal cat die (unknown brand), shown above
  • Package of black cat sticky notes, shown above
  • Package of pawprint sticky  notes, shown above
  • Package of 2 cat-themed pillow boxes, shown above
  • Pink sequin mix (my own mix), as shown above
  • 7 cat buttons, shown above
  • 10 cat / pawprint charms, shown above
  • 12 cat stickers, shown above

How to enter:

1.  Please leave a comment below and include the words, "Enter me."

2.  Please comment on all five (5) of my Cat Lovers Hop blog posts.

3.  You must be a follower of my blog under Google Friend Connect; see top left-hand corner and click Follow.  If the button says Unfollow, then you are already a follower and no action is required.  Please do not follow only for the giveaway and then unfollow later; that's not cool.

4.  Earn an extra entry if you share my giveaway on your blog, including a photo of the giveaway and a link to my blog.  Come back and leave a second comment with a link to where you shared it (maxiumum one extra entry).

5.  Giveaway is open worldwide.  Sorry, I cannot guarantee tracking or delivery due to the high cost.  However, I will send the winner a photo of the package when I mail it, so you'll know it's on its way.

6.  Giveaway closes Wednesday, November 2, at 10 p.m. AST.

7.  A random winner will be chosen and announced on or before Friday, November 4, and will have two weeks to contact me.  

Best wishes to everyone, and happy hopping!


Barbara Godden said...

Awesome set, super cute images the calendar is so nice, all of the pieces accent each other. Thanks for the chance to win, will share on my blog when I have access to it.

Ellibelle said...

These vintage images are so adorable and love all of these creations! So very cute!!
Ellibelle's Corner

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Yay, Cat Lovers Hop has begun! :D Thank you very much for helping Janis, I saw your name in the list of the volunteers! :)
Your set of notebook, bookmarks and gift card plus envelope is just awesome and too cute!! Thanks for the link to the adorable vintage free graphics you used, LOVE them!
The notebook is the sweetest and just LOVE the pocket inside with the tiny paws and the vintage kitty!! And such great detail the different kittens stamped in the pages! The kittens peeking out from the envelope on the bookmarks make me smile. Love all the pink! :) And the calendar looks delicious with the image and the sweet sentiment! Love the gift card and that tiny postage stamp on the envelope is too cute!!! :)
It's so kind of you offering a giveaway with your adorable cat-themed items! Enter also me in the draw, please, even if I received from you a fabulous packaging full of gifts not too much time ago. :)
Hugs and love on your way! Have wonderful days ahead!

jimlynn said...

The notebook, bookmark, AND gift card holder are outstanding. Those are some of the cutest kitty images I've ever seen too! They're all precious....and useful too! LOVE!
Great giveaway and yes, you can "enter me" in this too.

Denise Bryant said...

Such fun projects! Love the adorable vintage style kitties!
Please enter me in your drawing!

Donna said...

Fabulous creations and thanks for sharing all those links!

Laurie2cats said...

Adorable project! I love the vintage images. Enter me in you fabulous giveaway, thanks for the chance to win.

Suzanne H said...

How sweet is this set! You are so wonderful to have that awesome giveaway. Enter me!! Everyone needs more kitty stuff :)
I'm going to share on my blog (I hope)

Suzanne H said...

I've shared your giveaway here:

Carole J said...

Hello Karen, I'm visiting from the Cat Lovers Hop!
I adore your notebook set with those sweet vintage kitties. Thanks for sharing the links to FPTFY :) Looking forward to seeing the rest of your projects.
Hugs, Carole xx

NanaConnie said...

These are such precious images, KT, and I adore all the projects! Good to see you in the Cat Lovers Hop again this year. :-D Let me also thank you for playing in our new Challenge at Crazy for Cats. I hope we're going to see you as a regular player.
And, of course, there's no way I can resist that fabulous bundle of goodies so please, ENTER me. :-D

Becca Yahrling said...

I love vintage images - these are all so beautiful and simply purrfect. I always enjoy your pawsome creativity. ;-) Whoever wins your fabulously generous giveaway will be purring for months!! lol

Susan Renshaw said...

Hi! I am hopping by from the Cat Lovers Hop!
What a cute set you have made! (I was particularly taken with that lovely kitty stamp!)
And what a generous give away! Please Enter me!!
Happy Hopping!

Leslie said...

Popping over from the Cat Hop to say hello! I love visiting the blogs of fellow cat lovers! I LOVE your notebook set! Such a clever idea!
Love To Scrap 2

Michele K. Henderson said...

What an awesome prize package! It's so nice to run into cat loving crafty friends at the Cat Lovers Hop! Have a great year ahead!

papierelle said...

Your kittens are so adorable and you made everything so lovely!!

valscraftings said...

A beautiful notebook set!
Popped in from Cat Lovers Hop and from LeighSBDesigns

valscraftings said...

A beautiful notebook set!
Thank you for joining in Crazy for Cats Challenge!

Mary Holshouser said...

Enter me, please.
Love the book mark. Read a lot
so it would get lots of use.
The calendar is darling.
thanks for the instructions
and for participating in
the cat lovers hop.

Fikreta said...

Hi my friend.
Im so happy to see your pretty projects in Cat lovers blog hop!
That notebook set is so cute! love it!
The tag and calendar is so adorable!
oh how cute is envelope and the card!
your giveaway is amazing! thanks for the chance.

Crafting With Jack said...

Hi. Hopping from the Cat Lovers Hop! You are very generous with your giveaway. You notebook set is gorgeous.

Crystal said...

So so cute!! What a wonderful notebook set!

Christi Conley said...

SO good to see you my friend!! What lovely creations (as always) - I adore your cat cards and goodies ~ hugs!!

mandysea said...

Oh how wonderful!! Love the retro feel to these! The little booklet looks like your Snowie! And I think one of those kitties in the envelope on your bookmark is Honeydew! Yes 'enter me' for sure!!
I've just shared it on my blog.... Day 3. You are so generous, so thank you.xx

Vivian Foo said...

Love how you incorporated the pocket into your gorgeous Notebook. Thanks for sharing the links to FPTFY and your generosity for your lovely goodies. Please Enter Me.

Janis said...

Oh, my goodness, Kitty!! This vintage set you made is the sweetest thing ever!!! You are so clever using the digital designs. My computer and printer are often not on speaking terms and digis really put a kink in their tails!! Eeek! So I admire how you can make these lovely projects with them.

You are so sweet to offer such awesome blog candy! It makes our Hop even more fun. Please ENTER ME in your very generous drawing!! Thank you! I will be back to comment on your other projects and also after I get your Giveaway photo posted. Thanks for the chance to win!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Janis said...

Hi, again....
I have your Blog Candy photo on my sidebar and I have your Giveaway announced on my Day 4 Post that will be going live just after Midnight tonight! :)
Thanks for the extra chance to win!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Dotty Jo said...

What fun makes, and how kind to offer a Giveaway too for The Cat Lovers Blog Hop! Jo x

Lori Podolsky said...

Oh my, how charming the vintage kitties are, Kitty. Darling creations. Thank you for sharing the wonderful inspiration and the links. Please ENTER ME in your fabulous giveaway, Have a lovely day.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Enter me in wonderful cat giveaway. Visiting from Cat Lovers Blog Hop.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Catnip and Kitty Whiskers said...

Wow, your creations are so adorable! Love how you used the vintage kitty images on them. What a smart idea to create calendars and a bookmark! Your gift card and envelope turned out so stinkin' cute! That was so nice of you to have a giveaway! I would love to be entered into your giveaway!

Lori Podolsky said...

Hi! I'm popping in from the Cat Lovers Hop. What a delightful and sweet projects. So nicely done!

Bonnie Lynn said...

Just stopping by from the Cat Lovers Hop. I'm loving the beautiful notebook set you made. Those vintage images are fabulous!

Sue D said...

Cute projects with these vintage kitties.
Enter me
Thanks for the chance at this wonderful cat themed giveaway.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Roberta Stevenson said...

WOW! You are super generous with all of your prizes! Thanks for visiting me on my blog as well! "htttps://". I'm finally getting around to everyone elses creations now on the Cat Lover's Blog Hop. Love all of your beautiful creations shown here, especially the super adorable bookmark. Love seeing all of the pictures of your current kitty and passed kitties along the side as well. They are all beautiful.

"Enter me"

Tina Z. said...

wow, you are incredible, this is so kind and generous. I love your projects, you have such a great style and design. thank you for all your kind comments - yes, I am always last entry, uffff...
please enter me in your draw.
Hello and hugs from the Cat Lovers Hop.

My Side of Oz said...

Such a gorgeous vintage set! Fantastic papers and love the fluffy kitties!

Colien said...

So cute! Thanks for joining our pets-challenge on the 4 Season blog.
grtz Colien

Cat - Paper Dragonfly, Crazy for Cats, Most Magical Time of the Year said...

Oh your projects are all so adorable and so very pretty! Hopping in from the Cat Lovers Hop and also to say thank you for joining us at Crazy for Cats Challenges and playing in our very first challenge!
Have a wonderful crafty day
Cat 🐱

Fikreta said...

its me again
thank you for playing at SUYP/Cats only challenge
Hope to see you again! Good luck!
my blog: Bad Kitty's Craft Room

GreeneGoddess said...

Your notebook set is so lovely! Very those kitties.
Yes, please enter me! Thanks!!!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

All your makes are wonderful using those sweet vintage kitties! Hopping in from the Cat Lovers Hop, thank you for visiting LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog and leaving us some love for the CLH, so much appreciated!

Valerija said...

So wonderful notebook set. I just love all these cute kitties.
Enter me. Please. I would love to be in the traw for this amazing prize. Thanks for the chance.
Valerija xx

Valerija said...

I shared your Blog Candy photo on my sidebar.
Valerija xx

Tina Z. said...

Hi, again. I have your Blog Candy photo on my sidebar. thank you so much for the chance to win.

Nelly said...

Mooie kaart heb je gemaakt voor onze challenge huisdieren bij 4-SCB.Bedankt voor je deelname.

Groetjes Nelly (DT 4-SCB)

Chana Malkah said...

Creating notebooks is one of my crafting passions, so you know this is a favorite for me!

Your cat lover's notebook is so adorable and I love the bookmark and the year-at-a-glance calendar! Very creative and nicely crafted!

Thanks for sharing with us at A Place to Start!
Chana Malkah, Owner