Wednesday, October 28, 2020



Ever feel mocked by your cat.....??? lol..


Welcome to Day 3 of the

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Hi, Cat-Hopping Friends.....

Here we are at Day 3 already!  Wow....have you been checking out the fab entries everyone has linked up on the Main Hop Post so far?  Be sure to hop around and leave comments.  You don't want to miss a single one of the amazing posts!!!  

Have you had a chance to visit our sponsors and tell them "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"?  I have already noticed some very kind notes of thanks and I really appreciate that.  I list handy links for each featured sponsor on the Daily Posts. Feel free to go back to the previous posts to catch up with the sponsors you have missed.  I work hard to line up all these fabulous sponsors and I want them to know we appreciate their generosity!!

Also.....I happened to notice a few extra prize opportunities being offered by some of our lovely Cat Hoppers.  Becca , Alex, and Karen have something special for Hoppers who comment on their projects....and there may be others!  (Confession: I haven't actually started hopping, yet. I am desperately trying to stay ahead of my post deadlines!!  lol  These are just the ones I have noticed!)  Thank you, gals, for making our Hop extra fun by doing this!!!  ❤

NOTE:  When posting your projects on your blog, please remember to post the Cat Hop Badge also if you can.  I know that isn't possible with other platforms like Flickr and IG, but Marshmallow and I would really appreciate it when you can.  Thanks!!

Just a reminder.....You must SIGN IN HERE to be eligible for prizes. Also, LINK UP ALL PROJECTS ON THE MAIN HOP PAGE by 11:55 pm Pacific, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.  I have my 2020 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs in a handy tab just under my header at the top of each page.

Okay on to the Day 3 festivities........

My featured sponsors today are:
Stampendous!, Altenew, Gerda Steiner Designs, Darkroom Door, Sunny Studio Stamps, Unity Stamp Co., and Ike's Art (kindly sponsoring our Daily Games each day). 

Let's get started with the introductions.....




Please give a friendly purr to returning sponsor Stampendous!  We are always delighted to have them join our hops!  They feature many wonderful cat stamps and dies in their extensive online store!

PRIZE:  Stampendous! is offering one of their super-sweet
Kitten Hugs stamp sets to a lucky Cat Hopper.

BONUS:  Stampendous! has a special Cat Lovers Hop post over on their blog today.  Be sure to visit and thank them!!!

Please take time to visit Stampendous! at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"



Here's yet another returning sponsor on our list, Altenew!! 

PRIZE: Altenew is kindly donating a $15 Gift Voucher to their online store to a lucky winner.

Please take time to visit Altenew at these social media spots: Blog, TwitterInstagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Gerda Steiner Designs is another fabulous returning sponsor being featured today. 

PRIZE: They have some sweet cat images and are generously providing one of their adorable Playful Kitten stamp sets to a lucky winner.

Please take time to visit Gerda Steiner Designs at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Darkroom Door

I am delighted to have Darkroom Door return as a sponsor this year.  They have fabulous products and I know you will be impressed with their awesome designs.

PRIZE: Darkroom Door is generously providing one of their Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamps to a lucky winner.  How awesome is that image??!!  I liked it so much I chose this prize to be the one for the "Post my Badge" Giveaway!

NOTE: This happens to be the only cat in their catalog, but it is one of the BEST I have seen. I am hoping they will offer more cats in the future. They told me this year that COVID interrupted their plans for releasing new stamps.  But you might mention when you visit that we sure would love to see more cat stamps....and, of course, to thank them for sponsoring!! :)  

Thank you to all of you who already thanked Darkroom Door in connection with the Blog Badge Giveaway.  I love it when I see that!! It makes a big impression on our sponsors when they are appreciated!!

Please take time to visit Darkroom Door at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!....(and please release more cat stamps!)" :)


 Sunny Studio Stamps

I am delighted to have Sunny Studio Stamps as a returning sponsor this year!


PRIZE: Mendi over at Sunny Studio Stamps has generously donated her Scaredy Cat Stamp PLUS Dies for TWO Winners!! Mee-WOW!!!

BONUS Sunny Studio Stamps is planning a shout-out to the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop on their FB and IG today.  Let's all hop over there and say thanks!! 
Please take time to visit Sunny Studio Stamps at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


Unity Stamp Company

Unity is a returning sponsor and a wonderful company.  I appreciate their focus on encouragement and support, especially for us!!  

PRIZE: I can always count on Unity to be helpful and generous.  This year they are donating FOUR $25 Gift Codes to their online store!!!   WOW!!!  I know the winners will love the great quality of the designs and the construction of their stamps, which they make themselves right on site!!  So cool!! (or maybe hot...)

Please take time to visit Unity Stamp Co. at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Kat Scrappiness  
I know you are going to be excited to welcome new sponsor, Kat Scrappiness, to our Cat Hop family.  Kat not only has wonderful stamps and dies, but also beautiful sprinkles and sequins for making spectacular shaker cards and tags! 
PRIZE:  Kat Scrappiness has generously donated one of their Pet Sentiments Brush Script die sets (or equivalent Gift Code for International winner) to a lucky Hopper!!

Please take time to visit Kat Scrappiness at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and YouTube. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"




The Daily Game is generously sponsored each day by Ike's Art!!!  Ike is another returning sponsor who has been kindly offering her digital art for the Cat Lovers Hops for 6 years in a row.  Many thanks, Ike!! 🖤


Very Special Note to all Cat Hoppers:
Many of you already know that our dear friend Ike is currently battling cancer and has been undergoing surgery and chemo.  More surgery is in the near future and so she might not be able to join with us during this year's Hop.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she fights through this difficult challenge. 
We love you, Ike, and are praying for healing and strength!!  💗💗💗

PRIZE: Not only is Ike's Art sponsoring our Daily Games, but Ike is also offering an additional grand prize of a $20 Gift Code to her online store!!   (WOW!!  Some lucky digi lover is going to go crazy with that prize!!!)

BONUS:  Ike's Show us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge theme this month is Furrything Goes Let's flood her challenge with our cat entries and show her how much we care about her!!  
Please take time to visit Ike at these social media spots: Blog, Store, and Facebook Group. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

Even with Ike's medical challenges, she has pre-arranged with me to sponsor our Daily Games by graciously delving into her vault to offer one of her wonderful sets of kitty digital images for prizes. 
Take a look at her fur-bulous Fleaz Navidad digital set...which she originally designed for the 2016 Cat Lovers Hop.  It's a good one!!  Each day of the Hop, I will feature one of the images from this set as the prize for that day's Daily Game. 

In the interest of keeping things manageable for myself in this year's Hop, I decided to follow Ike's lead and I am using cards I made back in 2016 as samples again, too.


So, for today......the featured digital image from Ike's Fleaz Navidad digital set is "Carol Cats".  CUTE!!!!

Here's the card I made from this wonderful digi:

Yes, that kitty DOES have teeth, but I realize now that I should have accented them with a white gel pen!!  oops...

Not all of you use digis and have indicated that to me when you SIGNED IN.  I hope you will still participate in the Daily Games.  You do NOT have to participate in the digi giveaway to answer the Daily Game question that lets us all get to know each other better.  If you DO want to be in the digi prize drawing, be sure to link up your name each day that you participate! must link up your name in the linky tool at the bottom of each post to be in the drawing for the digi prizes.

DAY 3 GAME: Kitty Limericks, Haiku, Couplets, or Short Free-Form Poems

Cat Poetry was such a popular Daily Game last year (check out this link HERE if you want to see what everyone wrote!!)  that I decided to reprise it.  
It might seem a little scary at first, but please don't be intimidated! Anyone can make up something about cats. Haiku are easy and follow a 3 line, 5-7-5 syllable form. Here's a great site to inspire you: Cat Haiku.
I'll go first.  I did a couple of haiku.......

My first one is inspired by how Perdita diligently watches over the new grandbaby from the back of the couch.
The Baby is here.
I will crouch near and guard him. 
Baby will be safe.
My next one is an ode to my Scamper...that I just lost.  She was the Queen of the Back Porch and would chase others (including raccoons) away from "her" food. 
The Queen is dethroned.
Cats can eat peacefully now.
Coons can relax, too.
Okay....I KNOW you can do better than I did!!!  So be a sport and give it a go.  Even just a line or two is fine.  :)
This is how to play the game to be eligible for the prize drawing:
1.  Make sure you have SIGNED IN HERE to be eligible for prizes.
2. Write some cat poetry to share with us.
3. After you finish your comment: if you want to be in the drawing for the prize, fill out your (own) name in the link up below. This doesn't have any thumbnails so no photo needed! You don't even need a blog!!!  This is for everyone!!!
NOTE: The Daily Game link ups will be open the entire duration of the Hop, including the extra day for comments. Entries need to be in by 11:55 pm Pacific, Sunday Nov. 1, 2020 to be eligible for the daily prize. So you have more than just today to comment and link up. I realize that not everyone has access to a printer or likes to use digis, so I am still keeping the link up gadget to make sure the digi prizes go to winners who can use them. But I am hoping EVERYONE will participate whether they are putting their name in for the prize or not.

Okay, now it is your turn!!

REMEMBER: Link your cat-themed projects over on the Main Hop Page. (Please use #2020CatLoversHop and PUBLIC settings on social media!!) This link-up below is just to enter the drawing for the Daily Game after you have commented. Thanks!!!

Thanks for all the great participation in these Daily Games.  Are you liking them???  I have a lot of fun thinking up cat things for us to talk about and cat games to play.  I hope you enjoy this feature!

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  1. Oooh I love to write little poems! ANd I remember last year's! So fun Janis! Love your card, so gorgeous - that mixed media background is fabulous and look a little tuxie is one of your pair of cats!

    My poem, I thought this time I'd write about my dear old Blackie (18yrs) who is now not with us.... being an ex-feral, he hated going outside, but every now and then he got curious and something would always happen just as he got brave enough to dash his hopes.

    'Oh black cat creeps out the door,
    Check the path back is clear what’s more
    Tiptoeing light on black padded paw
    Bang, a noise! He’s shot back through the door!'

    Definitely will get around the sponsors (just hoping they have more than social media cos I'm not on it - I know, grimace!)

  2. Black cat's intense gaze,
    Watching all in his kingdom.
    Pounce! The game is on!

    In honor of the games my cat and dog play together. :)

  3. Another one inspired by the cat beside me right now...

    Pet me now, human!
    I don't care about your phone.
    Give me attention!

  4. I love your card!

    Trouble is as trouble does!
    I'm Loki, God of Mischief!

    LOL! ;)

  5. I love the speech bubble with the musical notes in it. Wonderful. Here's my attempt:
    I am the couch king
    I sit where you want to sit
    I am the couch king

    This is about my Goose. I always have to squeeze into my spot near the lamp. He's the couch king. Thanks for a great hop!

  6. I sleep on the couch.
    I can hear noise in the bathroom.
    I have to get up and chase the cat.

    It's about my difficult situation with cats after losing the oldest kitten.

    1. sorry to hear you lost your kitty.
      song is great.

  7. "Nobody" unravelled the knitting,
    "Nobody" messed up the place,
    "Nobody" plucked all the cushions -
    But the cat has a smile on his face!

  8. Love your card, Janis!
    Hmmm, let's see what I can manage in the poem arena.

    Where have you gone
    O kitty of mine?
    Out onto the porch
    For a bit of sunshine.

    Are you coming back in
    Or would you rather climb
    Through the bushes and shrubs
    Before dinner time?

    You'd better come back --
    I'm closing the door.
    You'll have to stay out,
    Meowing ever more!

  9. I envy those who can write.
    I read a lot and can't
    understand how someone can
    write 300 pages of a story
    that is cohesive and interesting.
    So, the moral of the story is that
    I can't do poetry either.
    Enjoy reading all the entries here.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. you should try.I dont know write but I did write something just for fun.

  10. WOW, another another amazing fun kitty day. Thank You and all the sponsors for your hard work. I dont use any other social media so Ive thanked folk on their Cat Hop Blog Pages.
    Im not very good at poetry but heres a wee one I made about Harry. I have written it in Doric which is North East Scots.
    I will pop a translation on it too. Although that doesn't sound quite as nice.

    Harry is a bonny loon,
    fa likes ta hae a bosie,
    that is until wee Belle appears,
    and bops him on the nosie.

    English Version
    Harry is a beautiful cat,
    he likes to get cuddles,
    that is until little Belle appears,
    and bops him on the nose.

    My dog is very jealous of anyone getting loves except her!!! She swiftly bops anyone else getting them, human or animal out of the way so she can get them instead xx

  11. amazing sponsors and amazing prizes!
    love your card with Ike image!
    so adorable!
    oh its cat haiku time!
    it will be fun.

    Im coffee the cat.
    Dont care if you sleep.
    I will meow till you wake up.
    Mini,Im not so mini.
    Speedy I am and I love to eat.
    You saw me didnt-Im pixie.
    Im squiky and Im a aangel cat,
    I will watch over you all.

    1. That is so true! 'I dont care if you sleep'!! lol, and the zoomies! Love your poem!

  12. A cat cries, darkness falls,
    owls hoot, wild creatures scuttle,
    the cat returns hungry.

    I do write poetry, but Haiku is a new form for me.

  13. Ok - here goes.
    My haiku for Casey:

    Sweet little kitty
    All furry, purry and black
    Always on my lap .

  14. Gorgeous card Janis. Hope to feel poetic soon. Hugz

  15. I really like your poems I hope I got this right here I go
    Constantly licking
    No silken part left unwashed
    Ready to hunt mice

  16. So, so we post them here too? I am a newbie, so bear with me. lol...
    Cats and Hats

    When I get old, I want to wear funny hats, tend to my garden, and talk to my Cats.

    1. Hi, Christina! Thank you for your question.
      The link-up on each of the Daily Posts (this particular post you are reading right now is Day 3) is *ONLY* if you want to be in the draw for the digis offered as prizes for participating in that day's Daily Game (which is Kitty Poetry for Day 3....and which your fun little verse qualifies for.) Everyone is encouraged to comment in the Daily Games whether or not they are playing for the digis.
      All *Cat Projects* should be linked over at the MAIN HOP PAGE:
      I hope that makes sense. Please let me know if you have other questions! I'm glad you are joining us again for this year's Hop!! Do you still have the same 5 kitties you had in 2017?


    2. We have four of them, but we lost our Smokey in 2019. Love our furbabies! Thanks for the fun blog hop: I am enjoying it so much!!!

  17. Oh where oh where can my pussy cat be
    He's hiding I'm sure, somewhere from me
    Oh look - an empty box - just put aside
    But no! it's cozy spot for a wee nap, he's inside.

  18. A haiku (attempt) for Sampson:
    Ten minutes since lunch:
    Huff, exhale, tail flick, nudge, purr.
    Is it time for more?

    If he's not eating, he's thinking of food! And in the last few months he's started sitting close to me and huffing or flicking me with his tail etc to show his displeasure at the fact that he's not had food in the last 30 seconds.

  19. Give me my treats now!
    I may eat them now, or not!
    I want my bowl full!

    Love the textured background and the cute kitties on your card!

  20. Argh, I can barely manage to find my car keys this week, much less write haiku. However, I just had to tell you how much I laughed at that cat poster above...oh my goodness!! Our cat, Bubby, used to stand up just like that in the backyard, as he scouted the area for critters to catch. We called him our resident meerkat, but now I wonder if he was mocking us??!

  21. The Thoughts of a Cat

    Open the door,
    Close the door.
    My dish is half full,
    But I want more !
    I was once worshiped,
    And I never forget.
    So I am your Ruler,
    and you are MY pet.

  22. I shall title this haiku: The reason I can't write haikus!
    Take pen to paper
    I attempt to write haiku
    Cat plops and bites pen

  23. Here I am at the last minute with my poem. Well, I didn't actually write it. Brian wrote it:

    Kitty cat, kitty cat, what did you say?
    They can communicate in their own way.
    Some are meowers; some of them whine.
    Some of them cuddle and purr all the time.
    Some of them sit and don't say a word,
    But to their keen owners, their message is heard.
    Some of them beg, some of them stare.
    Some of them scratch, some of them dare,
    But it doesn't matter how they do their part -
    We know now to love them and cradle their heart.

  24. I am poor in English but I just try .. using this Halloween phrase but change some wordings.

    hubble, bubble,
    meow and snarl,
    let my cat come and
    rip you mice and lizards apart.

    LOL ?!

  25. Sabre is older
    But still can pounce quite quickly
    Better look out mice

  26. uff, I hope this makes sense ...
    cats steal our heart
    and they give us a new start.
    they love playing with their box
    and especially with my socks.

  27. Lovely card Janis. Look at that awesome embossed background. Hugzzz

  28. Sharing a poem that I wrote back in 2009 when we lost our dear pet Patience.


    When Patience first saw Dr. Clark,
    His little eyes lit up with a spark.
    He looked at us, as if to say, “Is this my vet?”
    We both looked at him, and said, “Yes, you bet.”
    At the time he was only three weeks old,
    His whole life was about to unfold.
    From that day on, Patience knew that she and her staff would treat him with care
    And if he got sick, they’d always be there.
    He went back to see them, each and every year
    And as he was examined, you could clearly hear his loud purring in your ear.
    Well, a few times he went, he wasn’t doing so well,
    And so he had to stay there for a spell.
    But, once he felt better, he knew it was ok.
    He’d live to come home and play for another day.
    Over the years, little Patience grew to be 17.5 years old.
    He got very sick, and from the X-rays we were told,
    “He lived a long life and among other things, he’s got a bad heart”
    We knew it would be soon that we’d have to part.
    The day had come when we looked into Patience eyes
    And knew it was time to break his earthly ties.
    We made the decision to let him go with dignity and to rest.
    He was a loving pet and we had all done our best.
    We were sad to lose him, but knew he would suffer no more.
    His brother Perky was waiting at heaven’s door.
    Together again, they could romp and play,
    As they wait for all to be together again someday.


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