Tuesday, November 30, 2021

November Rudolph Days - Celebrate the Season

 

 

Hi, Friends......

I am here with my November Rudolph Days card.  I believe that November is the last of those challenges for the year!  I have managed to enter each month which allows me to participate in the special drawing for December.  Yay!

I also am playing along in the Let's Squash It Challenge.  The lovely hostesses Jo and Gail asked us to use a stencil along with our embossing folder this time.   I've never tried doing that before....it was fun and easy!  (Just my sort of technique...lol..)

My card turned out simple and cute.  I added lots of little adhesive gems to dress it up.  I even managed to sneak in a couple of "cheater" scraps of cardstock for the sentiment panel....not very creative, but I'm happy to just be getting a card done!!!  I will enter into Di's Pixie's Snippets Playground, also.  Yay!


Supplies used include:
Sizzix  - TH Texture Fades - Courtyard embossing folder
Delta Stencil Magic - Tree Medley (long retired)

Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Clearly Besotted - Modern Christmas stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Satin Red
Distress Inks
Sponge Daubers

Hampton Art - Ki Self Adhesive Gems (retired)

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope you liked my card!  I think I will use this new-to-me stencil + dry embossing technique again soon!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. November Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's
2. Let's Squash It!  Challenge #14 - Emboss + Stencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Ruby's Memory Challenge #417 - Use Snippets
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #154
5.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #570 - AG Christmas
6. Word Art Wednesday Week #519-520 - AG
7. Double Trouble Challenge #98 - Playing Along with Thing 1: AG, and Thing 3 Twist: Dry Embossing
8.
STAMPlorations November Stencil Challenge


Monday, November 15, 2021

You Warm My Heart

 


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Did you participate in my Cat Hop????
Winners for the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop are Posted HERE!!
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Hi, Friends......

I am here with another coffee card for the 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop.  I did this one in all purples....maybe I use more monochromes than I thought!!  :)

I used an adorable Love Nicole set from Holley Barnhart  (THANKS, Holley!!).  I had fun choosing purples from my scrap bag for the mug, heart, and steam and solid panel.  I think it turned out really cute!

 


Supplies used include:
Love Nicole - Hug in a Mug stamp and die set
Versafine ink in Smokey Gray

Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (retired)
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set (retired)
Scraps from my stash of patterned and solid cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look at my card!  I hope you Coffee Hoppers are enjoying this lovely event.  Have a wonderful week!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
2. Double Trouble Challenge #97 - Deja-BREW (Just playing in Thing 1 and Thing 2)
3. Word-Art Wednesday #517-#518 - AG
4. Cardz-TV AG Challenge #153
5. DL.ART November 2021 Linky Challenge
6. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - November
7. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #416 - Use Snippets
8. Ally's Angels Challenge #52 -AG

Friday, November 12, 2021

Coffee Rather Than Compliments




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Did you participate in my Cat Hop????
Winners for the 2021 Cat Lovers Hop are Posted HERE!!
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Hi, Coffee and Cat Loving Friends.....

I hardly ever get to participate in the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop because I am usually still up to my purr box in Cat Hop stuff.  But for some odd reason I am temporarily caught up with Hop prize correspondence and so I have a card to share!  

I love the look of monochromatic cards, but don't make them often.  This fabulous cat image stamped in black and heat embossed gives this otherwise plain card a bit of shine.....which of course you can't see in the photo!!  Ha.  The dry embossed background gives some interest, too.

Supplies used include:
Technique Junkies - Coffee Kitty stamp
Versafine Ink in Onxy Black
STAMPlorations - Literary Caffeine-ations 
Sizzix  - TH Texture Fades - Courtyard
Spellbinders Small DOM March 2018 (retired)
Thank you for stopping by to see my card.  I hope you all are having fun on the Coffee Hop!!!  


Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
2. Double Trouble Challenge #97 - Deja-BREW (Just playing in Thing 1 and Thing 2)
3. Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge #72 - FurryThing Goes
4. STAMPlorations AG Challenge - Use Stamplorations product



5. STAMPlorations November CAS Challenge - Opt Twist Use Neutrals Only (I used black)



Monday, November 8, 2021

WINNERS POST - 2021 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!!

  


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

Yes, the post you and your cats have been waiting for is FINALLY here!!!! YAY!!! 

Did you appreciate having the extra four days for commenting?  I liked it and I hope it was helpful to you, too. I visited every single project except for one on FB that seemed to have a broken link.  I loved them all!!! As Hop Honcho, it is an honor and privilege for me to be able to leave personal comments on each entry. I love that our Hop is growing.......but selfishly I hope it never gets so big that I can't visit and read each post.

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 94 participants
(up from 75 last year) that signed in from 17 countries (up from 15 last year), including 37 first-time hoppers (up from 27 last year). 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 44  fabulous sponsors this year (up from 41 last year) with a total of 60 prizes (up from 53 prizes last year)!!    I wish I had a prize for every single person, but I am thrilled to have 60 prizes for 94 Hoppers!!  THANK YOU, SPONSORS!!! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

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

TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.
2. Please put "WINNER 2021 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! Sometimes the naughty kitties in the SPAM filters reach out and snag your emails and pull them under the couch where I can't find them! So WRITE to me multiple times if you don't hear back from me in a few days!!

So........with the assistance of Random.org.....here are our winners:

 
BADGE GIVEAWAY (for posting my Cat Hop Badge on sidebar,social media, blogging about it, etc.)
Rubber Dance - Curious Cat stamp - Angela F.

FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANT:
The Project Bin - Feline Good stamp/die set
- Debbi T

PARTICIPANT ALL 7 YEARS:
Taylored Expressions - Whiskers stamp set and Silhouettes - Cats dies - mandysea

COMMENT ON ALL THE PROJECTS:
Jane's Doodles - $25 Gift Code - Fikreta

DAILY GAME WINNERS: (You might have other prizes on the list so be sure to keep checking for your name!!)
Ike's Art digital images
Day 1 - "Kitty Luv" - Angela F.
Day 2  - "Basket Case"  - Tee Hall
Day 3 - "Cheshire Cat" - Suzanne H
Day 4 - "Crouchy Cat" -  Carla H
Day 5 - "Cushion Kitty" - Julee T
Day 6 - "Peeking Kitty" - NanaConnie


Altenew - $20 Gift Voucher - Beverly S
Art Impressions
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Feline Set
stamps
- Karen Ladd

Blank Page Muse
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TWO Prizes!
    #1 - Fleur the Cat stamp/stencil set - Denise Bryant
   
#2 - Frederico Cat stamp/stencil set
- NanaConnie

Brutus Monroe
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$25 Virtual Gift Card - Lori Poldosky

CAS-ual Fridays
- TWO prizes!

   
#1 -
Rainbow Bridge stamp set - Ellibelle
   
#2 -
Pawesome Stencil - Leslie Turner
CatLadyBox
- A Gift Voucher for one of their deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBoxes - Suzanne H

Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps - Peeking Cat stamp - Heidi (My Little Stamping Blog)
Darkroom Door
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Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp  - Rebecca Yahrling

Ellen Hutson Leading Ladies: Cat Lady Stamps PLUS Dies - Christi Conley
Evelin T Designs - $10 Gift Certificate - Tee Hall
Fiki at Bad Kitty's Craft Room - $25 Gift Certificate to JessicaLynnOriginal - Donna W
Gerda Steiner Designs - Buckets of Love stamp set - Bunny
Heffy Doodle - Mewniverse stamp set PLUS Dies - Ike
Ike's Art - Kitten Kristmas digital stamp set - Christine Craft
Ink Road Stamps
- TWO prizes! 
  
 
#1 - A Cat Lovers Box of Goodies - Zsofia Molnar
    
#2 - $30 Gift Code - Shartl

JessicaLynnOriginal - $25 Gift Code - Indy's Designs
Kat Scrappiness - Pet Sentiments Brush Script die set - Leigh
Kellie Stamps -
1 digital stamp set or card set of winner's choice - Pink Crafty Mama
Lawn FawnMeow You Doin' stamp set PLUS Dies - Carole J
Leigh SB Designs - FOUR prizes!
   
#1 - $3.50 Gift Code - Gail Hutchinson
   
#2 - $3.50 Gift Code - Twรณrcze pasje Danki
    #3 - $3.50 Gift Code - Jane Willis
    #4 -
Cats Galore Digital Image and Sentiment set - Glennis
Lost Coast Designs - $10 worth of stamps of winner's choice - Val S.
Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Gift Voucher - Blair
Picket Fence Studios - Surprise bundle of Cat Stamps - Nina B
Pink & Main - Catitude stamp set PLUS coordinating Dies - My Side of Oz
Poppystamps - Whittle Cutie Cat die and Intricate Cut
Butterflies
die set
- Sue D

Purple Onion Designs
- TWO Prizes!
    #1 -
Francois (Pirate Cat in Boat) - ionabunny
    #2 -
Felix (Pirate Cat with Flag - Mia
Reverse Confetti - $15 Gift Certificate - Alison H
Stampendous! - Cling Ornament Kitten stamp PLUS Cling Meowy Christmas stamp - April
Stamp On It - 3 Digital Images of the winner's choice - Susan Renshaw
Sunny Studio - Meow & Fur-Ever stamp set - Michele Henderson
Technique Tuesday - Window Scene die set - Remi
The Cat's Pajamas -
$15 Gift Certificate - Carla H

The Crafter's Workshop -TWO PRIZES each containing two 6"x6" stencils: Flying Cat and Wild Prints stencils -
    Winner #1 - Kelsey Thomas
    Winner #2 - V.K.
The Rabbit Hole Designs - TWO - $10 Savings Vouchers
    Winner #1 - Bri Firth
    Winner #2 -
Christilyn
Unity Stamp Co. - FOUR - $25 Gift Codes (this company has digis)
    Winner #1 - Crafting with Jack
    Winner #2 - Priss BlaFu
    Winner #3 - Marcia - Frolicking Fairy
    Winner #4 - Laurie 2 Cats
Viva Las VegaStamps - Assortment of unmounted Cat Stamps - Elvira Fischer
Waffle Flower - $15 Gift Code - Kathy Pisupati
Whimsy Stamps - $20 Gift Code - Noelle Reese
Your Next Stamp - $15 Gift Code - Kitty


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 images...you might be down there again!!

TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.
2. Please put "WINNER 2021 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...

I again want to thank my Helpful Hoppers/Guest Designers for the way they really jumped in and gave such cheerful support and help:  Karen Ladd, Alex (Pink Crafty Mama), Christi Conley, and NanaConnie.  If any of the rest of you are interested in helping out for next year, do not tell me right now!!  lol....  Write to me next August or September.  That's when I will be going totally nuts and have a better idea of what help I need!!!  Ha.  

How did it work for you to have an extra four days for commenting this year?  Did it encourage you to hop around a little more than usual.  Meaningful comments really make our day, don't they?

A little secret: Hoppers who comment a lot almost always win prizes because the pool of comments is smaller than the pool of project submissions. Half of the prizes go to commenters and sometimes I am hard-pressed to find a comment from someone who hasn't already won a prize!! So keep that in mind for next year!! lol... Shhhhh.....

A couple of years ago I had a Feedback Form that many of you dear Hoppers filled out.   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.  

That wraps up the 2021 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 dropped dead or been committed to a mental institution in a complete state of hysteria by next year, I hope to be hosting the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop next October.  As always, the Hop is scheduled for the last full week of October, so the dates will be:  October 24-29, 2022.  Hope to see you then, if not before!!! 


Janis

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

WRAP-UP DAY: 2021 CAT LOVERS HOP

 

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2021 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!
The Project Link-Up is CLOSED, 
but you can still leave comments and win prizes!!
THIS IS THE LAST DAY TO 
COMMENT ON PROJECTS 
AND TO 
PLAY IN THE DAILY GAMES!!

 If you have not finished commenting, 
please make sure to SIGN IN HERE (required to be eligible for prizes) and then go to the Main Hop Page to find the linked-up projects to visit.  
Leave comments to be eligible 
for the prize drawings!!!



Hi, Friends.....

Welcome to the Wrap-Up Day for our 2021 Cat Lovers Hop.  TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO COMMENT ON PROJECTS AND TO PLAY IN THE DAILY GAMES.  I know a number of you have already finished....but I haven't!!  lol...  

The project Link-Up closed on Saturday, Oct. 30, but to give as many of you as possible a chance to comment on the projects I kept comments open several extra days.  Comments close at 11:59 pm Pacific today, Wednesday, Nov. 3rd.    

You also have through today to participate in the Daily Games that you will find on each of last week's posts.  Each day's game comes with a special opportunity to win the wonderful digital image of the day from Ike's Art!  So if you have not caught up on the Daily Games, this is the day to do that!

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SUPER COMMENTER PRIZE DRAWING:
If you manage to make it all the way through the Link-up and comment on every single project, you can link up your name at the bottom of this post to be in the special drawing for the Super Commenter Prize. 

NOTE:  I realize that some are not members of all the different platforms (FB, IG, Flickr, SCS, etc) where our Hoppers might post projects and will not be able to comment on those projects.  You can still qualify for the Super Commenter drawing IF YOU MENTION IN THE COMMENTS BELOW which platforms you are not a member of, but that you commented on EACH of the other projects. 

VERY IMPORTANT:  To be eligible for the Super Commenter prize, you MUST comment on all the projects AND link up your name in the linky tool below.

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Not quite......................

I have several more things to talk about before I wrap up the Wrap-Up Post!  lol...  

1.  Many of you have missed a long-time Hop regular, our cat-loving friend Sue D this year. 

We all have admired Sue's craft fair projects in the past...wonderfully creative key chains, altered notebooks, little cat purses, etc.  Sue is doing fine, but her dear hubby has been very ill with Covid. He is just recently home from the hospital after an extended stay and is slowly improving. Sue hopes to be able to stop in to the Hop and make a few comments before the day is out. I hope she can. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her husband for his full recovery. ❤

2. Do you already own some of the prizes that our amazing sponsors are offering this year?

I listed all the sponsors and prizes on the Main Hop Page and asked Hoppers to mention in the comments if they already own the prize. I TRY not to award a prize to a Hopper that they already have....but I can't guarantee I will always catch your comment, especially if it is anywhere other than under that post! Some Hoppers have told me on the Daily Posts that they already have one of the featured sponsor prizes, but please I NEED THAT INFO on the Main Hop Page. Thank you.

3. I am confused.  Do you want to be in the drawings for digis or not?

Some of you are sending me mixed messages! So maybe we are both confused!! LOL... I understand that not everyone uses digital images for one reason or another. That's why one of the questions on the Sign-In page is whether you wish to be considered for digi prizes or not.

Here's the problem: Some of you who say "No digis, please" still sign up for the daily digital prize from Ike's Art. I don't know quite what to make of that. Either you have decided that the particular digi is sooooo cute that you actually DO want that image....or you are confused about what the Daily Game link-up is for. Additionally, some people link up to the Daily Game linky but do not answer or participate in the game! I try to be clear with my instructions, but I see some changes need to be made.

FYI....This is how I handle this situation: When I run random.org for those who linked up for the Daily Games, I check to make sure the lucky winner actually commented and answered the question of the day....or at least tried! :) If they did, I assume they DO want the prize whether or not they said "No digis, please" on their Sign-In.

4. Gift Codes, International Shipping, Digital Images, and Physical Prizes.

On the Sign-In page, one of the questions I ask is what country you live in. Some of our lovely sponsors can only afford to reliably ship physical prizes within their own country, so they offer gift codes that can be redeemed from anywhere in the world. But there is still the problem of the winner paying for the high cost of international shipping.

My solution is this: If you are drawn as the lucky winner of a gift code to a company that is not in your country, I will check to see if you said "Digis Okay" when you signed in and then check to see if that company offers digis. If they do and you are okay with digis, I will award that prize to you. Otherwise, that prize will go to someone else and I hope your name comes up again for a prize that is acceptable. Naturally, you can use your gift code for any product (physical or digital) in the sponsor's online catalog, but this will give winners a "No shipping cost" option. ❤

Okay....speech over.  lol...

That's all for the Wrap-Up Post.  Finish up those comments and then link up below to be in the draw for the Super Commenter prize.  Don't forget to tell me in the comments if you couldn't comment on particular platforms.

Thanks so much for all your great participation in this year's Hop.  I hope you had as much fun as I did.  I will get going on running all the random numbers.....it is quite a process with this many prizes!!  Hopefully, I'll get the Winners Post up in a few days.  Be watching for it!!  See you then.


Janis

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