Monday, October 22, 2018

MAIN HOP POST - 2018 Cat Lovers Hop

This kitty is ready to hop!  Are you?????


 

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome Friends and Cat Lovers!!!

I am so glad you are joining us for the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop.  This is the MAIN HOP POST where you can read the details of this year's hop, get a sneak peek at our fabulous sponsors, and most importantly....LINK UP your projects.  Yay!!!

NEW THIS YEAR:  Before we go on........please take a moment to SIGN IN HERE.  This year I am asking everyone who wants to participate and be eligible to win prizes to please sign in to make my bookkeeping easier.  Thank you for helping me out this way!

Remember:  YOU MUST SIGN IN TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES!!!

Also, before you get started, PLEASE read the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs HERE. This will answer many of your questions, particularly if you are new to our hop!


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How to join in the 2018 CAT LOVERS HOP:
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There are three ways to get a chance to win a randomly-drawn prize from our awesome sponsors:  linking up a cat project, commenting on linked-up projects, and participating in the Daily Games.

1. LINKING UP A CAT PROJECT: The Cat Lovers Hop is open world-wide....so please SIGN IN HERE, and then link up a cat-themed project (or projects...there is no limit) right here at the bottom of THIS post by 11:55 pm Pacific, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Please use #CatLoversHop2018 on social media!!) NEW THIS YEAR: You may enter your project in as many other challenges as you wish. See my 2018 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs HERE to see what qualifies as a cat-themed project, so you don't miss out on being eligible for the prizes!! Around half the prizes will be randomly drawn from projects linked on this page. Be sure to include my 2018 Cat Lovers Hop Badge in your post.



2. COMMENTING ON LINKED-UP PROJECTS:  Leave a comment on any or all of the cat projects from the link up. The more comments you leave, the better your chances of winning!  Comments on projects must be made by 11:55 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 28, 2018 to be eligible for the comment prize drawings. (Notice that you have an extra day for commenting, especially for those projects that come in on the last day of the link-up.)  Around half of the prizes will be randomly drawn from comments on the cat projects.  You must SIGN IN to be eligible for the comment prizes, even if you are not linking up a project.

NEW THIS YEAR:  A special Flash Prize will be awarded to one randomly-drawn lucky hopper who comments on ALL the projects!!  I will have a special link-up on the final Wrap Up Day next Sunday, October 28....which is the last day to leave comments.  If you manage to comment on all the projects in the hop by 11:55 pm Pacific that day, you can link your name up on that final day to be in the drawing.

3. PARTICIPATING IN THE DAILY GAMES:  There will be  Daily Games (usually consisting of icebreaker questions about you and your cats) on each of my daily posts (Those posts will have titles such as: Day 1....Day 2...etc) There are prizes from our sponsor, Ike's Art!!  And no blog is required!!  :)
  You can link up your entry to the Daily Games throughout the duration of the Hop, including the extra day for commenting.  You need to be SIGNED IN and have your entries in for the Daily Games by 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 28, 2018 to be eligible for the prizes. These prizes will be available world-wide! Yay!!   

NOTE:  Even if you do not use digital images and don't want to link up for the drawings, PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THE DAILY GAMES so we can get better acquainted with you!!


OUR FABULOUS SPONSORS AND PRIZES
I keep talking about sponsors and prizes, so I bet you want to know who they are and what they have donated as prizes. Right???? Of course you do!!!  This year's line up is more exciting than ever with 30 Sponsors!!!  WOW!

Returning Sponsors:
I am so excited and grateful to have the following returning sponsors. I think you will agree that their support and generosity have made each of our Cat Lovers Hops extra fun!!! A huge thank you to each one of them for sponsoring us in the past and coming back for more of the furry frenzy this year!!! Here they are with the prizes they are offering this year:

Art Impressions - Catastrophy stamp set
Brutus Monroe - $25 Gift Voucher to the online store
CatLadyBox - One of their deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBoxes. (Me-WOWza!!)
Fiki at Bad Kitty's Craft Room - package full of fun kitty crafting items (Fiki's shop is full of sweet bargains!)
Ike's Art - Cat digital images from a seasonal set designed especially for this hop (from the originator of the Show Us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge Blog, these digis will be prizes for our Daily Games.)
JessicaLynnOriginal - Celine's Kittens stamp set
Kellie Stamps - Crazy Cat Lady digital stamp set
Knitty Kitty - Digital kitty image designed especially for this hop. (I am in love with Annabel's potato-sack shaped cats!!!)
Leigh SB Designs - $10 Gift Voucher to the online store
MarkerPOP - Mystery package full of crafting supplies ($50 value) to a USA winner willing to pay shipping ($6.50) via PayPal.

Please let me know in the comments if you want to be in the drawing for this prize. I don't want anyone to be obligated to pay shipping for a prize unless they tell me they are okay with that. (NOTE: I have been the lucky recipient of one of their mystery packages and the one I received was WELL WORTH that much shipping and more!!)
MHK Designs - Digital stamp set designed especially for this hop.
Neat & Tangled - Kitty's Favorite Things stamp set
Newton's Nook - $25 Gift Voucher to their online store (choose your favorite Newton!!)
Paper Smooches - Cat Dog Card Dies (adorable stand-alone set of dies.)
Stampendous! - 2 winners will each receive a set of the Laurel Burch Tribal Cats Stamps and Coordinating Dies!! WOW!! PLUS there are 3 different flash prizes: Laurel Burch-Happy Bday Cat Stamp, Laurel Burch-Cat Love Stamp, and Laurel Burch-Holly Cat Stamp
Sunny Studio - $25 Gift Voucher to the online store
Sweet 'n Sassy - $15 Gift Voucher to the online store
Taylored Expressions - Graysie Stamp and Die Combo
Technique Tuesday - $15 Gift Voucher to the online store
Unity Stamp Co. - TWO surprise prizes!!!!!
Waffle Flower - Flora Cat - Play stamp set (whimsical happy kitties.....what's not to love???)
Your Next Stamp - $15 Gift Voucher to their online store

New sponsors:
And here are my new sponsors for this year's Cat Lovers Hop. I know you will be thrilled to see who has come on board with us this year! Let's hear some welcoming purrs for each of them. (Purr...purr...purr...)

Altenew (#altenew) - Modern Cats stamp set
Clearly Besotted - £10 (pound sterling) Gift Voucher
Darkroom Door - Sitting Cat stamp
Gerda Steiner Designs - 2 winners will receive a Santa and a Kitten stamp
Hampton Art - Art Impressions Crazy Cat Lady stamp set
Lost Coast Designs - $10 Gift Voucher to the online store
Stamplorations - $15 Gift Voucher to the online store
Winnie &Walter - Purrfect with Evelin T Designs stamp set


Okay, now......just how incredibly fantastic is that line up????? Are you excited yet? I am!!! I am so humbled and appreciative that each of these wonderful sponsors has agreed to support the Cat Lovers Hop. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all these new and returning fabulous companies!!! I will be introducing them in more detail on my daily posts, so be sure to come back each day!!

As I was listing all these amazing kitty stamp sets, it occurred to me that many of you cat lovers might already own some of these sets. If you would like to tell me in the comments of this post which (if any) of them you already have, I will try to make sure that if you happen to be a lucky winner you will get a set you don't have yet! :)

Also, very important: IF YOU LIVE IN USA, do you want to be in the running for the MarkerPOP prize (value $50) that will require you to pay $6.50 in shipping via PayPal? If so, please say in comment "YES - MarkerPOP". (It will be WELL WORTH the shipping price!)

All cat-themed projects must be linked up right here at the bottom of THIS POST to be eligible for prizes. (Please use #CatLoversHop2018 on social media!!) I will have some other DAILY games and activities with a link-up on that day's post....specifically for THAT game. PLEASE do not link your cat project up in the daily posts......only right here on THIS POST. Thank you!

So.....Are you ready????

On your claws. Get set. Gooooooooooooooooooo!!! Have fun with this and let me know if you have any questions!



Janis 





40 comments:

  1. Hooray! Looking forward to all the crafty goodness of this year's hop! Thanks so much, Janis, for all your hard work in putting this together and gathering so many fabulous sponsors!!
    I have: Art Impressions Catastrophe, Neat & Tangled Kitty's Fav Things, Waffle Flower Flora Cat Play, Altenew Modern Cats (using them this hop) Hampton Arts/ArtImpressions Crazy Cat Lady and W&W Purrfect. Yes MarkerPOP.
    Off to snooze now.... been waiting up for this! lol!!

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  2. My linked card posted behind your side bar..

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. I think I have it fixed. Tell me if it still looks weird. THANKS!!!

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      Janis

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  3. Hi Janis! So excited for your awesome and fun hop! Thanks so much for putting it together and WOW to all the awesome sponsors!!! I know you've been working hard and I sure appreciate it. Looking forward to a great time all week!
    (Yes to MarkerPop ... I love surprises!!).

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  4. Wow! There is SO much crazy kitty fun and info here - I LOVE it! Thanks for all your time and efforts organizing this awesome Cat Lovers Blog Hop week! It seems to be growing every year! I would LOVE to win the Marker Pop prize this year, and I agree to the shipping too. I am looking forward to a great week of MEOW-Y fun!

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  5. I've had my calendar marked for weeks looking forward to this event. :)
    But as luck would have it, I'm having to work on the first day (hoping to "hide" in my craft room later)....Plus hubby is having a minor surgery tomorrow (didn't he know it was the Cat Lover's blog hop when he scheduled it?) ha-ha YES -- MARKER POP (love them)!!!

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    1. Eeeek....I'm not sure who you are! If you want to be in the drawing for the MarkerPOP prize, you need to let me know your name! :) Hope your hubby's surgery goes well.

      <3
      Janis

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  6. Hi Janis,
    I don't see a linky spot. I don't have a project ready yet...but hope to today. And yes to Markerpop.

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    1. Are you still having trouble seeing the linky? Perhaps try a different browser...Chrome, instead of Firefox, maybe? Let me know if you continue to have trouble. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      <3
      Janis

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    2. It was my browser, I forgot to disable the privacy badger. So Sorry.

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  7. Happy Day 1, I’m delighted to be back sponsoring again this year😻. FYI: I’d LOVE the chance to win the Markerpop prize & don’t need the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda prize as I already have all their cats, I was the original DT Manager😽

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  8. Hello Janis! I'm so excited to see everyone's kitty creations and Janis, thank you so much for organising this event for the fourth year! You have an amazing line up of sponsors. We appreciate all the effort and hard work it takes. xx

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  9. What a lot of amazing prizes from your sponsors. You must have put in a lot of time putting this together and my two girls have been busy working on their cat projects all weekend. I don't have any of these cat stamps at all and yes to the Marker Pop prize. Thanks again for this fun hop!

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  10. wooohoo!
    its here!
    Love this hop so much!
    I love to see other cat lovers projects!
    I did sign it the blog hop,shared badge on my blog also.
    hugs to all
    great sponzors! thanks to all awesome sponzors!

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  11. Hi Janis. Really looking forward to playing and hopping along. Got one card linked up, no 17, but also accidentally linked it on the daily post. Thought it's best to mention it, just in case it could cause confusion. Thanks so much for organising this hop, looks like lots of work has gone into it behind the scenes. Have a lovely day!😺

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  12. Yay!! It's here and I'm in kitty heaven seeing all these cute cat projects. With all the cat stamps I own, I can't believe that I don't have ANY of the listed sponsor prizes in my stash yet so any of them would be wonderful to win. I don't use digis (because my printer broke several years back and I'm too lazy to buy another one), but everything else is a big yes. Yes also to the Marker Pop prize if I win that. Thanks so much for putting this on, and I'm off to work on another card or two.

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  13. OMG! I almost missed this but thanks to Ike's FB notifications, here I am. Already feeling a bit overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the projects and hope I can participate and comment as much as possible. I've been in a bit of a crafting slump. Always love this friendly group and all the kitty LOVE! Fabulous sponsors again and of course YES to Marker Pop. Thanks for all of your hard work, Janis. (P.S. I actually haven't forgotten about your ATC's, but you know my problems with postalphobia. LOL) Some day...maybe... ;D xxD

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  14. Well done Janet for an awesome start to 2018 Cat Lovers Hop. An awesome post and wow, so many wonderful sponsors. Looking forward to some serious kitty crafting. I'm not in the US, so no to marker pops, I don't do digi'd and I probably don't need a voucher to Lost Coast Designs LOL, but if I get lucky then anything else you mentioned would be wonderful. Hugz

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  15. FURbulous to be here again and thank you so much for having me as one of your Spon-furrs. I was so looking forward to coming here again and meeting all the old and new Furbaby Lovers :-D
    Thanks for all your hard work Janis xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  16. Oh wow, found you via Newton's Nook, this really looks FUN! Working on a card for my friend, will link up as soon as I am done! And off to hop!!!!
    (YES - MarkerPOP)

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  17. Well, I managed to catch the first day Janis. Haha
    Awesome sponsors and great cards already linked up... Good job by everyone.
    I don't have any of these stamp sets but they are super cute!

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  18. Thank you again for hosting the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop. Looking forward to looking at all the Cats creations. Thank you also to all the fabulous sponsors.

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  19. Was over looking at the Your Next Stamp challenge and saw the Cat Lovers Hop was going on! So glad I didn't miss it. Played last year and had a lot of fun. You can never have to many cats or cat cards right?!! I have some new cat stamps I've been itching to play with so this is perfect! Thanks so much. Oh and Yes to the Marker Pop!

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  20. Meow Meow!! well, I meant, WOOHOO! in cat's language! ;) Hope I can make a card and upload. Even if I don't find a time to make, I will be checking every cat lover's creations! Meow Meow! (again, WOOHOO!)

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  21. I wanted to take the time to let you know how much I am enjoying this hop. I am being introduced to lots of new people and designers who are new to me. Thanks!

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  22. I Am new to this hop. What fun.

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  23. Thank you so much to all these amazing Sponsors!!! Prize are all really beautiful!!! And now, off to hop!!! Arianna from Italy
    <3

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  24. Thanks so much for the fun and to all of the wonderful sponsors! YES to MarkerPOP!

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  25. Woohoo, Janis! I'm here, I'm here! Better late than never! I got up at 4:30 a.m. to get my projects posted! They were all made back in the spring but never shared before. THANK YOU for all the work you do to give us this awesome Cat Lovers Hop! I am so happy to be able to join in - I'm hoping to get my commenting done between today and Sunday. Might have to plan another early morning or two!

    Thank you to all of the very generous sponsors - old and new! These prizes look AMAZING! I am excited! You asked which prizes I already own so I will let you know that I already have Neat & Tangled - Kitty's Favorite Things, Waffle Flower - Flora Cat - Play, and Winnie & Walter - Purrfect with Evelin T Designs. Thank you, Janis! I'm going to get started on your daily posts!

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  26. Thanks so much for the wonderful Hop!! You surely has been (and also are just now) sooooo busy! There are lot of wonderful and generous sponsor, wow!!

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  27. This is going so well! I am loving looking at all the kitties! yES if I win Marker Pop I would be able to pay shipping. THanks

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  28. Late to the party, but still very glad that I joined nonetheless. :) Thanks for this fun hop! (and yes to Markerpop)

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  29. It's been so much fun this year and I've enjoyed all the daily games plus visiting everyone's blogs and seeing all the fabulous creations! I'm sad it's over. :-(
    My apologies to all who posted their creations on Flickr. Unfortunately, I can't leave comments there without an account but I did visit each and every entry.
    Can hardly wait until next year. :-D

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    1. Ooops, forgot to say "Yes" to MarkerPop!

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  30. made my cat cards a day late, but I can't believe how many projects there are--you guys rock! off to comment!

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  31. I am very very late in joining! But I am going to try my best to get through as many as I can! This looks like a really fun hop! This is my first year!

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  32. Thanked all of the sponsors except for "MHKDesigners & Friends". I asked to join the group, but it's been pending for 3 days now. Oh well! This has been an amazing hop and I really enjoyed it! It's my first time participating and it was super fun! I've managed to comment on over a hundred posts so far. Not sure if I will get through them all. LOL!

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  33. Opppps! Forgot to say "YES MARKER POP!"

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Have a lovely day!
<3
Janis