Sunday, November 29, 2020

November Rudolph Days - For Santa


Hi, Friends.......

As you might have noticed, my blog has been neglected since the Cat Hop.  Busy, busy, busy!!  I still owe several of you emails....thank you for letting me know your prizes have arrived!!   

I certainly can't let the last Rudolph Days of 2020 slip past without a card, though! So here is one of my favorite images that I had watercolored some time ago and just now made into a card.  Love the mousey slippers for the sweet kitty!! 

Supplies used include:
All Night Media - For Santa (long retired)
Distress Inks for watercoloring
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Gold ribbon and sequins from stash

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am still eating pie!! YUM!!
Have a lovely day!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. November Rudolph Days

2. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #43 - "Twas the Night Before Christmas
More coming...I hope! lol... (I always say that, don't I?...Well, I got one more added!  Thank you for the reminder, Jo!!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020



Hi, Cat Hoppers.............

Yes, the post you and your cats have been waiting for is FINALLY here!!!! YAY!!! Thank you for your patience as I finished hopping and commenting. I visited every single project and loved them all!!! It is an honor and privilege for me to be able to leave personal comments on each entry. I never want our Cat Lovers Hops to get so big that I can't do that. (I am selfish that way..... lol...) Because of everything else happening in my life right now, it took me quite a bit longer than usual to finish. I know it caused a lot of waiting on your part, but I super-appreciate you being so understanding.

Wasn't this a fantastic hop????  I deeply appreciate every single one of our lovely Hoppers and all the kind comments you have left for me about our Hop.  We had 75 participants that signed in from 15 countries, including 27 first-time hoppers. WOW!!!  Everyone did such a great job leaving wonderful comments and making projects.  The caliber of your cards and projects was totally amazing! 

And it is so cool that more and more papercrafting companies are including kitty products in their CAT-alogs for us to drool and make happy feet about. ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป Many of those companies sponsored us this year. I am so very grateful for their support. We had 41 fabulous sponsors this year with a total of 53 prizes!!    I wish I had a prize for every single person, but you have to admit that 53 prizes for 75 people is pretty impressive!  THANK YOU, SPONSORS!!! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

So let's get right to the prizes and winners, shall we? 

1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.
2. Please put "WINNER 2020 Cat Lovers Hop" in Subject.
3. In body of email, please tell me what sponsor AND prize you won.
4. If you won a physical prize (rather than a digital item or gift code) please include your snail mail address.
5. If you don't hear from me within three days, please send me a note again! lol...
So........with the assistance of are our winners:

BADGE GIVEAWAY (for posting my Cat Hop Badge on sidebar,social media, blogging about it, etc.)
Darkroom Door - Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp  - Beverly Sizemore

The Cat's Pajamas - What the Froth stamp set -  Cindy Holmes

PoppystampsWhittle Cutie Cat die and Intricate Cut Butterflies die set - Ionabunny

Heffy Doodle - Mewniverse stamp set PLUS Dies - Jane Willis

Ike's Art - from her Fleaz Navidad digital set
Day 1 "It Wasn't Me" - Crafting with Jack
Day 2  "I Love my Teddy" - Jennifer Scull
Day 3 - "Carol Cats" - Catnip and Kitty Whiskers
Day 4 - "Ai Haz Mizzeltow" -  Andrea D. LaVigne
Day 5 - "Waiting for Santa" - Tina Z
Altenew - $15 Gift Voucher - Sue D
Art ImpressionsCatastrophy stamp set, Cat Twist Ties stamp and die set, and Cat Twist stamp and die set.   - KT Fit Kitty
CatLadyBox - A Gift Voucher for one of their deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBoxes - Amanda Wilcox

Clearly Besotted - £15 (pound sterling) Gift Voucher - Mrs. A
Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps - Two Cats in a Tree stamp - Remi
Ellen Hutson - Bravehearted stamp set PLUS Dies - Leslie Turner
Fiki at Bad Kitty's Craft Room - a lovely kitty stamp set - Craftartista (Mia)
Gerda Steiner Designs - Playful Kitten stamp set - Catnip and Kitty Whiskers
Ike's Art - $20 Gift Code - Vivian Foo
Ink Blot Shop - Fat Cats stamp set - Suzanne H.
Jane's Doodles - $20 Gift Code - Dotty Jo
JessicaLynnOriginal - Celine's Kittens stamp set - Leigh S-B
Kat Scrappiness - Pet Sentiments Brush Script die set - Denise Bryant
Kellie Stamps - Cat Mama digital stamp set - Lisa Lynn
Knitty Kitty - 3 digital images or 1 digital set of winner's choice from the online store - Susan Renshaw
Lawn FawnMeow You Doin' stamp set PLUS Dies - Val S
Leigh SB Designs - Cats Galore Digital Image and Sentiment set - Lori Kobular
Lost Coast Designs - $10 worth of stamps of winner's choice - Twรณrcze pasje Danki
MarkerPOP - Mystery package full of crafting supplies ($50 value) to a USA winner willing to pay shipping ($8.50) via PayPal. - Meghan K
Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Gift Voucher to their online store - Rebecca Yahrling
Pink & Main - Catitude stamp set - Christi Conley
Riley and Company - Felix the Cat stamp PLUS Die - Karen Ladd
Rubber Dance - Purr-fect! stamp set - Hazel (Didos)
Stampendous! - Kitten Hugs stamp set - Dina
STAMPlorations - $20 Gift Code - Pink Crafty Mama
Stamp On It - 3 Digital Images of the winner's choice - Carole J.
Sunny Studio - TWO Scaredy Cat Stamp PLUS Dies (2 winners!!):
WINNER #1 - Kathy A.
WINNER #2 - Kathi (Merkat)
Sweet 'n Sassy - $15 Gift Code - Blair
Taylored Expressions - Big Grumpy Cat Stamp and Die Combo - Lady Joyful
Technique Tuesday - Window Scene die set - Mary-Anne V.
The Crafter's Workshop -TWO PRIZES each containing two 6"x6" stencils: Flying Cat and Random Stars (2 winners!!)
Winner #1 - Michele Henderson
Winner #2 - NanaConnie
The Greeting Farm - Hey, Pretty Kitty stamp set - Shartl
The Ink Road Stamps - THREE PRIZES:
#1 Purr Babies stamp set - Glennis F
#2 Merry Catmas stamp set - mandysea
#3 $30 gift code - Fikreta
Unity Stamp Co. - FOUR - $25 Gift Codes (4 winners!!)
Winner #1 - Crafting with Jack
Winner #2 - Scrappy Chick
Winner #3 - Chandhini
Winner #4 - Annabel
Waffle Flower - $15 Gift Code - Alice (Scrapamondo)
Whimsy Stamps - $20 Gift Code - D.Ann
Your Next Stamp - $15 Gift Code - Roberta Stevenson

Whewwwwwwwwwwww.....that is a ton of winners!!!  Huge congratulations to each of you!!!  Be sure to look at the list carefully because I don't want anyone to miss out on seeing that they are a winner.   NOTE: A few of you won both a Daily Game prize AND one of the other prizes, so don't stop looking for your name on the list if you won one of Ike's awesome might be down there again!!


1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.
2. Please put "WINNER 2020 Cat Lovers Hop" in Subject.
3. In body of email, please tell me what sponsor AND prize you won.
4. If you won a physical prize (rather than a digital set or gift code) please include your snail mail address.
5. If you don't hear from me within three days, please send me a note again! lol...


Editing to add this:
I forgot to mention that Michele at Crimson Owl Creations asked me to announce her winners, too, in case they forgot to check back at her blog. So here they are:

WINNERS from Crimson Owl Creations
5. BECCAB3324
Bonus Winner: LESLIE!

Please send your snail mail addresses to Michele at:
Sorry, Michele, that I forgot to put that on here when I first made this post!!


 Last year I had a little FEEDBACK FORM that many of you filled out for me.  It was EXTREMELY helpful to me to see what you all liked and what was working...or not working.  Although I am not making a separate post for feedback this time, I still very much appreciate any comments you have on the Hop and suggestions for making it better.  

I am thinking about extending the time that comments can be made more than just the one extra day.  I know one additional day is apparently not enough time for ME!!  lol...  What do you think about that?  Will that get too much in the way of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop that comes up in November? I know a lot of you participate in that.  Let me know in the comments here and anything else you might want to mention.  

That wraps up the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it!  THANK YOU for your very kind comments of appreciation.  They mean a lot to me.  The Hop is a lot of work, but I love doing it.  

Soooooooooooooooooooooo ...... If I have not been committed to a mental institution in a complete state of hysteria by next year, I hope to be hosting the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop next October.  As always, the Hop is scheduled for the last full week of October, so the dates will be:  October 25-30, 2021.  Hope to see you then, if not before!!! 


Wednesday, November 4, 2020



Hi, Friends.......

Just here with a quick UPDATE ON THE CAT HOP...... 

I will be late with the Winners Post. I really want to visit all the projects first....and since it is my hop...(when it suits me, otherwise it is OUR hop...or even YOUR hop!! lol...) ....that's exactly what I am going to do! Bwahahaha!!

Things got really crazy here, my internet was spotty, and I was gone all day Tuesday working at the polls, today was homeschool day, and it's hard to type while holding my grandbaby!! ๐Ÿ’ž Awwww.... Whew! I am super-exhausted. So I am going to try to relax this evening and comment as much as my internet connection will allow. 

I hope to get the Winners Post up in the next few days. Thanks for your patience!


Sunday, November 1, 2020



Welcome to the Wrap-Up Day of the

The deadline for entering projects is past, but......
You can still COMMENT (on projects and participate in the Daily Games) ALL DAY TODAY to be in the running for the Comment Prizes!!!   
(Comments close at 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.)
Please SIGN IN HERE (required to be eligible for prizes) 
and then go to the Main Hop Page to view the projects for commenting. The Daily Games are on the posts I made each day throughout the week.
Also, please check out my


Hi, Cat Hopper Friends!........

Whew....we made it!!  Have you had fun this week???  I hope you have enjoyed the Hop as much as I have! 

If you have made it all the way here to my Wrap-Up post, you are indeed very dedicated!!   THANK YOU  for your fabulous support and encouragement all through this week.   I am writing this post several hours before the cut-off for projects and we have nearly 200 entries!  WOW......Fabulous!  I thought our entry numbers might be greatly reduced by setting the limit at 5 per person, and we are a somewhat lower, but you all exceeded my expectations!!!  You are awesome!

Remember:  If you manage to comment on every single entry you may link your name up in the list below.   

One lucky marathon commenter will win a special prize from one of our sponsors! 

(Comments close at 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.)

NOTE:  I realize that not all Hoppers have accounts at all of the various platforms where projects are FB, Flickr, IG, etc.  Just make a note in the comments if you couldn't access some of them and it will not count against you.

So.....just how ARE you doing at commenting?  I am waaaaaaaaay behind. This has been a crazy week in our home....aren't they all???  lol...  So it is amazing I got the Hop up and launched at all.  I WILL visit each of your projects, though....but it prob won't be by the end of today.  I like to take my time to read each post carefully and enjoy the stories and projects. I don't want to miss a thing!!  

As I was looking at my posts from past Hops, I came across something I wrote in 2016 describing how much I enjoy doing these Cat Hops.  I have copied it here:


I LOVE doing this hop because we have........

The best cat stories:
I can't thank each one of you enough for your participation.  I have so very much enjoyed the cat tales and projects you have shared.  I have laughed and cried along with you at the happy and sad experiences that are necessarily a part of having and losing beloved pets.  I have not had a chance to hop around to all the might take me a few days, but I WILL visit you!!  

The best people:
I have been delighted to see a few special features and giveaways on the linked up projects, too!!  THANK YOU for this special touch that makes our hop something very, very special!!  Cat lovers are some of the kindest, sweetest, and most giving people on the planet.  Everyone involved in this Hop shows that so very well!!!

The best sponsors. Oh, my!!!:
And.....haven't we had just the most generous sponsors, too????  I am deeply humbled at their continued support and encouragement.  I am just a crazy old cat lady who is a regular alleycat-variety blogger just like many of you.....not on any design teams ever....and these fabulous individuals at these wonderful companies were willing to take a chance and sponsor us!!!  That says TONS about how remarkable these companies are!!!  

I hope you have had time to tell them thank you!  I have included links for the social media pages of the featured sponsors on each of the daily posts to make it easy to express your if you haven't sent them each a message yet, feel free to go back to the previous pages to see where to thank them. 


I still feel that way about our Hops and all you fabulous Hoppers!!  Thank you so much. go ahead and finish up your commenting today.  Link up below if you comment on every single project!!

Comments and all Daily Game link-ups (including this one for commenting on all the projects) close at 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

Thank you for sharing your lives and your cats with our Hop family this week.  Be sure to check back in a few days when I make the Winners Post......probably Wednesday or a little later because I am working the election in our precinct on Tuesday.  All the Cat Hop winner random number-crunching takes a surprising amount of time!! 

Bye for now...I'm off to Hop!!  


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