Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Resolving the Cat Lovers Hop

Hello, friends.

This is James again. First I want to thank you all for the overwhelming response of love and gratitude celebrating her life from a number of familiar names...and so many others I'm sorry to say I didn't know. I wish I could thank each one of you with the same amount of care and love that came through your messages.

OK, back to business [insert cat meme here].

Mom told us there were some elements of the Cat Lovers Hop which were still unfinished. Unfortunately, she didn't go into detail on what those were. I have already been in contact with one individual, but I don't know if there are any others.

If you haven't received your prize, please e-mail me through Mom's Mom's e-mail address and I will do my best to make sure you get your prize. Here is the Winners List for reference.

Thank you for your help.


Friday, January 6, 2023

Janis has passed away.

 Hello, friends.

It is with great regret and sadness that I (Janis's son, James) announce that Janis passed away today after a long battle with various illness and infirmities, most recently from flu complications (as is our guess) from November.

She commented often of the craft community's generosity and kindness and I would like to thank you for that, for befriending her, participating in her Cat Hops, and all the e-mails and correspondence. The last several years were a rough and rocky road and I am grateful for all your support in sharing that journey with her, easing her burden and lifting her spirits.

While we will mourn the loss of a very dear friend, we may rejoice that she has completed her race, faithful unto death, and has received the crown of life from the hand of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:10).

Thank you again,


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

November Rudolph Days - 12 Days of Christmas

Hi, Friends......

Lightning quick post to squeak in with my Rudolph Days Card.  My warm thanks goes to Maureen for this wonderful challenge that helps me keep on track with my Christmas cards all year long.

Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 - 12 Days of Christmas collection
Verve - Sprightly Sprigs die set (retired)
Poppystamps - Cheery Cardinals die set

Thanks for taking a look!


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


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

WINNERS POST: 2022 Cat Lovers Hop (Finally...)


Hi, Friends and Cat Lovers........

I am finally back!!  Thank you so much for your patience as our family dealt with the tragic loss of our son-in-law and then having our sweet 12 yr old granddaughter move in with us.  It's been a huge transition, but the Lord is good and we are adjusting and getting settled as we continue to process our grief.  You are all champs for bearing with me during this time!

So............let's look at a few vital statistics for this Hop.  

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 during our loss and also about our Hop.  Our numbers were a little smaller than last year and I hope it is just that our Hoppers were very busy with families and real life.  We had 79 participants (down from 94 last year) that signed in from 14 countries (down from 17 last year), including 25 first-time hoppers (down from 37 last year).  Still I am very happy with this wonderful participation....it is quality and not quantity that we excel in here!  Everyone did such a great job leaving wonderful comments and making projects.  The caliber of your cards and projects was totally amazing! 

Our lovely sponsors......

Sadly, we had a number of our faithful sponsors unfortunately go out of business or choose retirement over the last year.  Very sorry to see these wonderful companies go.  Quite a few others had to decline my request for them to return as sponsors.  There are a multitude of factors involved but I know the crazy pandemic has hit small businesses very, very hard.  It makes me all the more grateful for those who continue to sponsor us each year!!!  

This year we had 46  fabulous sponsors this year (up from 44 last year) with a total of 59 prizes (down from 60 last year)!!    I wish I had a prize for every single person, but I am thrilled to have 59 prizes for 79 Hoppers!!  THANK YOU, SPONSORS!!! 💟💟💟

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 2022 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.)
Darkroom Door - Sitting Cat Eclectic StampFikreta

Picket Fence Studios - Surprise bundle of Cat Stamps - Bonnie Lynn

Heffy Doodle - Purr-fect Day stamp set - mandysea

Viva Las VegaStamps - Assortment of unmounted Cat Stamps - Susan Renshaw

Altenew - $20 Gift Voucher - Sue D
Art Foamies - Bundle containing: 1 Mittens stamp, 1 Cat Mom stamp set, 1 Stamp Buddy - Fit Kitty
Art Impressions - Feline Set stamps - Debbie T
Artful Angel - $15 Gift Code - Cat Holt
Blank Page Muse - TWO Prizes: 
#2 - Edgar Cat stamp/stencil set - My Side of Oz
Blue Knight Rubber Stamps - Climbing Kitten stamp - Leigh S-B  
Brutus Monroe - $25 Virtual Gift Card - Nana Connie
CatLadyBox - A Gift Voucher for one of their deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBoxes - Beverly S
Colorado Craft Co - Bundle of Cat Products - Val S
DoodlebugsWA - $25 Gift Coupon - Laurie 2 Cats
Fairy Hugs - Ed and Nala stamps - Ellibelle
Fiki at Bad Kitty's Craft Room - a lovely stamp set - Karen Ladd
Gerda Steiner Designs - $25 Gift Code - Alice ScrAPamondo
Honey Bee Stamps
- Smitten Kitten Stamps + Dies - Teri Kellum
I Brake For Stamps - Mystery Bundle of 5 Cat-themed stamps - Sunshine Honeybee
Ink Road Stamps - TWO prizes:  
#1 - A Cat Lover's Box of Goodies - Vivian Foo
#2 - $30 Gift Code - Roberta Stevenson
Inkylicious - THREE mini-kit prizes
#1 - Carole J
#2 - Crafting with Jack
#3 - Jo Avery
Jane's Doodles - $25 Gift Code - Catnip & Kitty Whiskers
JessicaLynnOriginal - $25 Gift Code - Crafty Pink Pixie
Joy Clair - TWO prizes:  
#1 - Funny Times Digital stamp set - Tina Z
#2 - Sweet Halloween Digital stamp set - Kim Salito
Kat Scrappiness - Special Cat-themed Bundle -
Suzanne Harkinson
Lawn Fawn - Meow You Doin' stamp set PLUS Dies - Paperielle
Leigh SB Designs - SIX prizes!!  Me-WOW!!
$3.50 gift certificate to LeighSBDesigns Digi Stamps and SVG Cutz store
#1 - Diane H
#2 - Brian
#3 - Cats Galore Collage and Senti Set - digi stamp set (digi prize) - Kelsey T
#4 - Kitty Geisha Doll digi stamp set (digi prize) - Kathy A
2 physical prizes - Cat themed SVG Cutz set of winner's choice from the 2 options below - cut from white mixed media cardstock. Winners can pick one of these two options: Black Cats Silhouettes SVG Cutz set or Skeleton Cat SVG Cutz set
#5 - Nina Bodozian
#6 - Lori Kobular
Lost Coast Designs - $10 worth of stamps of winner's choice -
Leslie T
Magengo Designs - You Are Purrfect stamp set - Glennis F 
Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Coupon Code - Denise B
PoppystampsWhittle Adorable Kitty Kit - Mary Holshouser
Pretty Pink Posh - $40 Gift Code - Christy Conley
Riley & Co. - Bundle of Smiling Burt Stamp + Dies PLUS Felix the Cat Stamp + Die - Kim Simpson
Stamp On It - 3 Digital Images of the winner's choice - Mia
Stampendous! - Kitty Therapy stamp set - Lori Podolski
Sunny Studio - Meow & Fur-Ever stamp set - Shartl
The Crafter's Workshop -TWO PRIZES each containing two 6"x6" stencils: Flying Cat and Wild Prints stencils 
#1 - Blair
#2 - Tracie
The Old Island Stamp Co. - Grumpy Christmas Cat stamp - Crystal         
Unity Stamp Co. - FOUR - $25 Gift Codes
#1 - Meghan K
#2 - Grandma Bonnie
#3 - anni
#4 - Mercy Sauer
Waffle Flower - $15 Gift Code - LV Handcrafted
Whimsy Stamps - $20 Gift Code - Gail Hutchison
Your Next Stamp - $20 Gift Code -
Trina P

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. 

1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.
2. Please put "WINNER 2022 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:  Angela (Crafting with Jack), Suzanne Harkinson, Becca Yahrling, KT Fit Kitty, Mandy Dodd, Karen Ladd and Carol Jones, and Chris (Catnip and Kitty Whiskers).  If any of the rest of you are interested in helping out for next year, DO NOT tell me right now or I might decide to not even have one next year!!!  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!!!  😄

That wraps up the 2022 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 more work than you can imagine and each year I am not sure I am up to doing it, but I do love 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 2023 Cat Lovers Hop next October.  As always, the Hop is scheduled for the last full week of October, so IF I DO THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR......the dates will be:  October 23-28, 2023.  Hope to see you then, if not before!!! 



GOOD MEWS!! I Will Post the Cat Lovers Hop Winners Tonight!!!

Hi, Friends and Cat Lovers..........

Thank you for being so patient with me as our family has undergone a huge transition with the tragic loss of our son-in-law.  We had the funeral on Sunday and I feel like I can finally breathe again.  

Our lovely 12-yr old granddaughter, having suddenly lost her dad, now lives with us and we are all getting adjusted to radically different schedules, routines, and spaces.  It is wonderful to have her and it will all work out, but it has been a challenge while we continue to process our grief.  

Unfortunately, this all happened while I was trying to wrap up the Cat Lovers Hop.  So running the numbers for the winners got put on the back burner till I could find my footing again.   I feel bad for having neglected all of you, but it was unavoidable.

Today I finally was able to run all the numbers and I have the winners list all ready to put into a blog post.  I am working on that right now.  Depending on how many interruptions I get and if my internet holds on during this bit of winter weather we are having, I will have it up in a few hours.

I just wanted to update you all and to thank you for all your thoughtful notes and your amazing kindness and understanding.  Talk to you soon!!


Thursday, November 10, 2022

DELAYED - Cat Lovers Hop Winners

 My huge apologies to everyone.  The Winners Post for our Cat Lovers Hop will be delayed a bit longer.  We had a death in the family (our son-in-law) this week and are a bit overwhelmed at the moment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we find our feet again.  


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Got the Wrap-Up Post Fixed :)



Hi, Friends.......

Some of you checked in late last night for my Wrap-Up Post which was delayed because of a minor storm in our area that knocked out my internet.  

Just letting you all know that the Wrap-Up Post is all up and running now. Yay!

If you have managed to comment on ALL the linked-up entries, please hop over and put your name in the Linky Tool at the bottom of the Wrap-Up Post.  

You must put your name in the Linky Tool by 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time TONIGHT, Nov. 2, 2022 to be eligible for the Super Commenter prize!!  

THANKS so much!