Monday, October 24, 2016

Day 1 - 2016 CAT LOVERS HOP

Wanna know what it's been like here in my craft room getting ready for this hop???  Yep!  Craftnado in Progress!!

Hi, Friends......

Welcome to the Day 1 post for the 2016 Cat Lovers Hop here at Her Peaceful Garden.  So glad to see you and I hope you are getting your cat projects ready to link up over HERE.  Please do not link up your cat hop projects on this post.  Only Daily Game linkups go on the Daily Posts.

Just so you know what to expect....each of my daily posts (they will have titles like "Day 1..." "Day 2...." "Day 3...") will be comprised of two main parts:
 1.  I will introduce several of our generous sponsors and showcase the prizes they are providing by showing you a project that I or one of their team has made, if available.
 2.  I will introduce the Daily Game, including the Daily Prize generously donated by Ike's Art.  I hope to showcase the prize each day with a card I made!



First on the list is Waffle Flower!!!

Nina at Waffle Flower is a returning sponsor and this year is sending her adorable Waffle Flower - Welcome Spring stamp set to one lucky participant.  I love Nina's happy and whimsical artwork.  Last year's loooooong cat and this year's frolicking kittens are just adorable!!

Waffle Flower - Welcome Spring stamp set

Please take time to visit Waffle Flower at these social media spotsBlog, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2016 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Are you thinking that you might have to wait until spring to use the adorable kittens in this set????  Think again!  :)  Here's the autumn card I made with the set Nina so generously sent to me:
Aren't those kittens just the cutest things ever???!!!

For this card, I dry embossed one of my "marker refill water" backgrounds with my Darice - Leafy Tree embossing folder and watercolored the trunk and leafy branches with Distress Inks.  Then I stamped and colored my kitties.  I have a tiny leaf punch in a style similar to the embossing folder.  I glued some of them on the tree branches and also some in a pile for the kitties to play in.  Some gold glitter glue on a few of the leaves finished it off.


Of course, I had to color the pouncing kitty in a Siamese pattern because our newest little addition, Skippyjon, is a Siamese cross.  You just know that he'd be the one leaping up in the air and landing on the other kitty hunkered down in the leaves!  He has brought a lot of joy to us since we lost Aliyah.



Second sponsor for today is a new sponsor to the Cat Lovers Hop:   Taylored Expressions!!!

Sack It - Kitty Taylor is sending one of her Sack-It Kitty die sets to a lucky winner!   How cute is this????  And it can be used alone or with a coordinating Sack It To You die.

I don't personally have this set, so Taylor sent me a couple shots of a card one of her designers made with the set used as a stand alone.

Adorable, aren't they?  You can find out more details HERE. Thank you, Taylor and Jen Shultz!!  

Please take time to visit Taylored Expressions at these social media spotsBlog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.  Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2016 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


Crafty Saver

Our third sponsor for today is also a new sponsor to the Cat Lovers Hop.  Please welcome Crafty Saver!!!  Crafty Saver is a wonderful website that offers spectacular prices on all kinds of craft items...all the time!  Yay!


The folks at Crafty Saver are generously sending this fabulous Ken Oliver - Colorful Cat Stencil to one lucky winner!! 

Please take time to visit Crafty Saver at these social media spotsFacebook and Pinterest.  Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2016 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

MY SHOP The Daily Game is generously sponsored each day by Ike's Art!!!!  

Ike is technically a "new" sponsor to the Cat Lovers Hop, but I feel like she has been a partner with me from the beginning because of the way she jumped right in with numerous cards and projects and offered prizes on her blog during the very first Cat Lovers Hop.  

Ike was a wonderful inspiration for us all when she decided to continue the fun by launching her monthly Show Us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge Blog after the hop.    I hope each of you will make a Meowloween card this week to enter into her challenge!!  She also has Freebies!!  :)

Ike has drawn up some fabulous new Christmas kitty digital images to give out as prizes during the Cat Lovers Hop.  I will be giving one to a lucky random winner during each Daily Game all week long.

Please take time to visit Ike at these social media spotsBlog, Challenge Blog, Cat Lovers Challenge Blog, Facebook, and Shop.  Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2016 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Here's today's digital image by Ike's Art that you have a chance to win by playing in the Daily Game.

Here's the card I made with this super-fun image:

Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp - Big Holiday Wishes (discontinued)
Spectrum Noir markers for coloring most of the digi.
Gel pens for ornament
Wink of Stella for shimmer in the eyes.
Scraps from scrap bags for mats and background do you enter to win this digi??????  Easy!

Snap a photo of your craft room cat stash and link it up below!  That means.......all your cat stamps, cat papers, etc.  I know, I know....they won't all fit in one photo, will they??  lol...  Mine, either!  So....

I took a picture of just my cat stamps.  That counts.  Here it is.  What a mess!  (Usually these are all lying flat in this plastic snap case.)

Now if you want to play just for fun for some reason...maybe you don't do digis or even have a way to print digis or something....just put a JFF in front of your name on the link-up.  That way we can still admire your overflowing stash but this fabulous image will go to someone who can use it.  

This is a Daily Game so the link-up will close at 11:55 pm Pacific today..Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.  I will draw a random winner and post it with all the other winners at the beginning of next week when the hop is over.

Remember the link up below is ONLY FOR PICTURES OF YOUR CRAFT ROOM CAT STASH!!!!  All your hop projects get linked up over on the main Cat Lovers Hop post.

Okay....I think I covered everything.  Whew!!!  Thanks for reading all the way through here!!  Happy Cat Hopping!



D.Ann C said...

Hahaha! I DEFINITELY have a craftnado going through my place so regularly, you'd think I lived in the Midwest (tornado alley)! lol! Your card is super adorable with those fab kitties playing in the gorgeous leaves!! What a cutie-pie Skippyjon is! Warm, furry hugs and thanks again for hosting this fun hop!!!

D.Ann C said...

Well, I already forgot to add this, but hey, it's the middle of the night! (USA - dcomer1 gmail)

Karenladd said...

Janis, you know that I already ooohed and ahhhhed over your absolutely gorgeous fall kitty cat already, but it looks even more wonderful up close! I couldn't figure out how you made that tree, but now that I know you used an embossing folder and watercolored the details, I'm even more impressed. The rascally little kitties are having way too much fun!

Barb said...

Goodness Janis you certainly have lots of cat stash. I love both of your kitty cards. The first is a really gorgeous autumn card and the cute cats look as if they're having lots of fun playing in the leaves. I really like the scene you've made with the stamps and punched leaves.

I love the Christmas card with the little cat peeking from underneath the tree branch. A lovely card that my friend would adore. Barbxx

Alison59 said...

WOW what fabulous uploads today; you certainly have had a craftnado :-)
Love your new addition to your family - so gorgeous >^-^<

Bad Kitty (Fiki) said...

amazing sponsors!
and amazing blog hop!
you made wonderful cards!
and love your cat stamp stash photo!
yay for Ike being sponsor!
and image is super cute!

ionabunny said...

Your card is so cute. Love those kitties. Craftynomad at gmail dot com Norway. Hugz

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mandysea said...

Oh my gosh!! so much to admire (and take in!!) but all so fun! Love your new little kitty, so sorry to hear about Aaliyah. Beautiful card with your new stamp set - so in love with that!!! AND the kitty card by jen - wow!! Oooh I haven't got a cat STENCIL! How adorable!!! And seeing that digital.. now makes me what to do digital.. might make me have a go!!! Gorgeous card there too! Sensory overload!!!! Oooh love your kitty stash!!! Its night time here now, but the time on the linky tells me I have time in the morn to set up my EVER growing cat stash to take a piccie!! Off and running!!!

Carole said...

OMGoodness - this is going to be so much fun! Thanks for organising the hop, Janis and what a wonderful array of sponsors you have! I don't have a lot of cat stash, so won't be able to upload a photo for Day 1, but I will thoroughly enjoy looking at everyone else's! Carole x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Janis! Your card is GORGEOUS! I've had my eye on this Waffleflower stamp set ever since it got released so I'm tickled pink to see it in the prize list - Woohoo! I love your fall scene and I love that you included 3 kitties and each one coloured in a different way - they all look so cute! The touch of gold is a fabulous detail! Your new kitty Skippyjon is precious - I love him!

You have 3 awesome sponsors today! The Taylored Expressions cat die looks like a lot of fun - I don't have this one either! Crafty Saver is new to me - the stencil is gorgeous! I will head over and thank these generous sponsors!

Oh and there's a second card! So sweeeeeet! The Christmas kitty is adorable peeking out from under the tree! Thank you to Ike for generously sponsoring your daily games! I'm excited to see her new digis! Now I just need to figure out what to include in my photo - I don't have a camera lens big enough for all of my cat stash!

I'm in Canada - fitkitty1 at gmail dot com

mandysea said...

oh yes for got to say 'aust' mandysea1 at yahoo dot com

KT Fit Kitty said...

Update: I just thanked the sponsors on their FB pages and I just linked up my oldest stash of cat stamps! Thanks for the fun, Janis!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

So much fun! I love your fall kitties card! What a neat idea to share the cat stash. Now to coax my camera into taking a photo indoors.

DonnaMundinger said...

So happy to have found you and the Hop through Ike and many of my kitty loving friends. Fabulous sponsors and amazing cards you've made. Hope to join in soon. xxD

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DonnaMundinger said...

Forgot to mention how I love the different kitty colors on your card. My very first kitty was Siamese (at age 4). Congrats on your new addition. xx dlmundinger(at)yahoo(dot)com USA

Janis said...

Carole.....feel free to take a photo of the cat stash you have even if it is only a few items!! This is something everyone can participate in. Remember that big cats count, too! Hey...even if you don't have ANY cat things.....take a photo anyway!! lol...


Rebecca Yahrling said...

Yay, Day 1 is finally here! And your card is super lovely. Love the cat in the tree, so appropriate.
Thanks for putting this awesome hop on - I love it!

Taylor said...

Thanks for having us as a sponsor for your fun hop! Happy crafting everyone! :)

Janis said...

Thank YOU, Taylor! We are all loving that fabulous Sack-It Kitty set!! So glad you could stop by and say hello. Hugs to everyone at Taylored Expressions!


Christi Conley said...

Oh my goodness ~ could this be ANY cuter?? And that Christmas kitty card is beautifully colored :) I am SO happy the hop is here - nice to see my kitty friends ~ Hugs! Christi StampinDiva at yahoo dot com USA

Karenladd said...

Hmmm, do I dare try to corral my cat crafty supplies and take a photo? I already feel like such a hoarder that it might be too much to come face to face with reality!! My cat stamps and craft goodies are scattered throughout the house so I'll try to scrape a few together at the very least. After all, I'm in very good company!

Bad Kitty (Fiki) said...

Fiki from Croatia

Carole said...

Hi Janis! Thanks for your kind reply! I took your advice and rooted out some stash. I've added my photo to the daily post and will make some projects to link up. x I'm in the UK caroleannjones2 (at) msn (dot) com

Marji Franklin said...

I love the kitty stamps, your card is super cute! I also love your new kitty, his name is adorable! We just discovered those books not long ago. I don't have all of my kitty stamps separated so I can't play along. looking forward to this hop.

KT Fit Kitty said...

I had to go take a look at everyone's stash! It is only now that I have realized I'm a crazy cat craft lady!

Chi Cr said...

Love the beautiful cat Christmas card! So sweet! Enjoyed seeing all the cat craft supplies that you all have collected. So interesting to see the variety and all the wonderful kitties on them!

mandysea said...

UPDATE : Have uploaded my kitty stash!! what fun!

Janis said...

Just capture a shot of the ones that are handy and link that up!! :)


Denise Bryant said...

Love your adorable cards and how you colored the one kitty Siamese-style to look like Skippyjon! How fun! Love the autumn tree!
Cute die set and kitty stencil, and I love your holiday card with the Ike's Art image! Reminds me of my Coco, except she'd be climbing the tree! We bought a new tree after the holidays last year because she had broken the lower limb of our previous pre-lit tree by climbing on it!

ike said...

Super cool cards and I just adore that new kitty die cut set :-)
WoWza - what a glorious bunch of kitty stamps you have !!

Sorry I couldn't put mine in on time.... ended up having a bit of an accident and hurt my paws !!! :-(

IKE xx

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Michele K. Henderson said...

I love the colors in your fall kitties card, Janis! Thanks for putting on a great hop!
Take Care!
Michele, (USA)

Lucinde | Lucilight said...

Love to see all these cute cats!

Sue LD said...

Love the cats playing in the leaves. I wasn't able to participate in this day's challenge--wasn't home to take a photo of my cat stamps.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com USA

Viki Banaszak said...

The fall kittens card is adorbs!!!! Wow! So much awesome cat lovers!USA

Michele K. Henderson said...

Ooooh, I wish I had known about this earlier! I was busy all day and didn't get a chance to get a picture! This Cat Blog Hop is as awesome idea! Can't wait to play along!

Vivian Foo said...

Im from Singapore and I found your lovely site so delighted! Im looking at all these heavenly bliss cats supplies and Im gonna start collecting them now. Talking about them make me squeal with excitement!

Vivian Foo said...

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SHartl said...

Thanks for such a fun hop, and allowing all of us cat lovers to fill the blog with cat crafts. I am having such fun checking them all out and admiring the talent. I only have a few cat stamps and those belong to my 6 year old, but she is nice enough to let me use them every once in a while so we're good!

Dana said...

Thanks for organizing such a great hop!!! Your fall card is awesome, I love how you used the kitties and from a spring stamp set no less!!

Heather Ferguson said...

Love your card and those fall colors, wish we had fall in CA. So happy to have found this hop thru Newton's Nook (heather_warner_ma at yahoo dot com)

Macimbalo said...

Love your card and that sweet cat peeking out from the Christmas tree! (I'll check back, so won't leave coded email.)

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Amazing sponsors and cards!!!

raggiodiluce82 at gmail dot com Italy

Alexandra Trofimov said...

Autumn and frolicking kitties seem to go hand in hand! I love the gold touches! pinkcraftymama(at)gmail(dot)com australia

BunnyD said...

Oh I love your Siamese cross! So cute! Sweet card. It really shows off your kitty's personality! Great fall colours. Canada mrssdobbie at gmail dot com