Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Purple Card and Tag Set with Butterflies


Hi, Friends.....

Are my American friends all busy getting ready for Thanksgiving? I have my menu made and all the things listed out that I need to cook or prepare each day to get it all done by Thursday. We don't have a big extended family, so we invite a couple of neighbors over and celebrate the day. I'm the only lady, so after the meal I retreat to my craft room while the men talk guy stuff. :)

Today, I am sharing a quick and simple little tag/card duo that I made sometime back while playing around with some scraps. Just realized that it fits the color portion of Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge this fortnight: Butterfly + the color Purple so I decided to enter it at the last minute. (The other and/or portion of her challenge is C is for Chevrons, but I don't have any of those in this project.)


I made this tag quite big so I can use it to decorate a larger-sized gift bag. 
Supplies used include:
Fiskars - XXXL Circle Punch (3" diameter)
Core'dinations Purple Cardstock
Scraps of cardstock from my stash
Butterfly sequins
Adhesive Rhinestones
Ribbon from my stash
Hope you enjoyed my little tag and card set. I am Guest Designing for Mrs. A tomorrow for her next Butterfly Challenge, so be sure to stop in. Have a lovely day!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #89 - Butterfly/ies + C is for Chevrons &/or the Color Purple
2. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper November Challenge - Use patterned paper
3. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fall Colors


Hi, Friends.....

It's Thanksgiving card time of the year again! I find it helpful to choose a sketch to use for mass producing my Thanksgiving cards. In the past it has usually been one of Julee's at Viva la Verve Sketch challenge....and so it is again this year! :)


I was immediately attracted to this sketch because of all the delicious scraps I could use LAYERS in the design. I have an entire tub completely full of scraps that are in fall prints!!! Seriously....one of those 12x12 clear cases that is 3 inches deep...you know the ones I mean, right? Plus other miscellaneous bags of them!!! So when I see a fabulous layered sketch around Thanksgiving...I am sooooooooooo IN!!!
I use this So Grateful stamp nearly every year for many of my Thanksgiving cards.  Inside the card I stamp a scripture and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Supplies used include:
A Creative Journey with Melissa - Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (scalloped edge panel)
DCWV scraps from stash
Core'dinations kraft cardstock
Lacy ribbon from stash
Thrift store bag of leaves :)

Hope you like my card. This was the first of my cards using this sketch, but I have made several batches of Thanksgiving cards with this sketch so far. Can somebody please explain how I have MORE autumn scraps now than when I started??!!! Eeek!! This defies all known laws of physics and mathematics. Scraps are scary!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Viva la Verve Sketches November Challenge
2. House That Stamps Built - DCC111 Falling For You

3. Allsorts - Colors of Autumn
4. Pixie's Snippets Playground Weeks 307-308 - Use Snippets

5. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper November Challenge - Use patterned paper
6. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
7. Get Creative Challenges #64 - Holidays
8. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + a Stamp
9. The Ribbon Girls November Challenge - Card + Ribbon
10. Crafty Calendar Challenges November - Autumn colors
11.
Dare2BArtzy November Challenge - Gratitude
12. DL.ART Thankful Thursday #216- Patriotic OR any Thank You
13. Die Cut Divas November Challenge - Thankful

Friday, November 10, 2017

Out of Season Birdie




Hi, Friends......

Here's a card I have been wanting to make for a long, long time. So simple but fun and cute. My crafty pal, Karen Ladd, sent me some Springtime stickers a long time ago.....I think they were really for my granddaughter, but guess what! I kept a few for myself and had a card like this in mind!! :)

Then when I was scrambling around tonight finishing up all the entries in Lea Lawson's Crafty Comeback Party, I noticed she had a little mini-challenge to make an out of season card. Well, what she really said was more like put your seasonal things aside for a little while and make a card just for fun.  Voila!!! Time to finally make that springtime bird card!! 



Supplies used include:
Foam bird sticker
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Darice - Birch Trees Embossing Folder
Core'dinations heavy duty white cardstock
Sequins - bonus gift in a Winnie & Walter order! <3
Hope you enjoyed this card. Lea, I am so glad you are back!!! I'm looking forward to enjoying your crafty endeavors. Thank you for this amazing blog party!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Lea Lawson's Day 12 Crafty Comeback Challenge

2. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #21
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #308-309 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
4. Card Mania Challenge #98 - Anything Goes

5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Snow White (my birch tree background is all white)
6. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
7. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #8 - Any critter as main feature
8. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + a Stamp
9. Crop Stop November Linky Party #34 - Anything Goes + use product from company that CS sells (I used Distress Ink, a Darice embossing folder, Core'dinations cardstock, and WeRMemory Keepers Quick-Stik for placing my sequins)

Noel - Winnie & Walter



This must have been when the delinquency started.  :)

Hi, Friends......

I am back with one last entry into Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge.



I am way behind on my Christmas cards and so I decided to try one with these non-traditional colors.  It's different, but I like it. I love the gleam of the foiled cardstock and the sparkle of the glittered salmon cardstock.  The button die-cuts are fun, too! 


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scalloped edges and the buttons)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (straight edged panel)
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Noel Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways die set
DCWV glittered and patterned cardstock
Distress Ink in Wild Honey and Walnut Stain
Various Sequins (peachy ones are Neat & Tangled)
Embroidery floss

That's all for now.  Hope you are have a lovely weekend!!!  Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. 

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge

2. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #21
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #308-309 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
4. Card Mania Challenge #98 - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper November Challenge - Use patterned paper
6. DL.ART November Linky Challenge

7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #358 - Anything Goes Christmas opt food/drink
8. Get Creative Challenges #64 - Holidays
9. Crop Stop November Linky Party #34 - Anything Goes + use product from company that CS sells (I used Distress Ink and WeRMemory Keepers Quick-Stik for placing my sequins) 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Autumn Thanks - Winnie & Walter





Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another entry into Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge which closes soon!!!




The inspiration photo Heather chose is just gorgeous, but the colors themselves are not ones that I often would use together. So I decided to play around and get a little out of my comfort zone on this card.....going predominantly brown and gray with only a little bit of the brighter hues. After all, that's part of the fun of a color challenge....to mix things up a bit and try new combos!

Here's what I came up with.....I still like brighter colors better, but I had fun trying something different. And this has a bit of a masculine feel to it, so might be appropriate at times when a lacy, flowery card just wouldn't be right. 


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie &Walter - In a Word: Thanks Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Versafine ink - Onyx Black
Distress Inks - for tree and inking edges of houndstooth panel
Distress Markers - to color in leaves on tree
Mixed media paper
DCWV papers
Pre-made card base
Neat & Tangled sequins

Well, here in Idaho our snow melted in the night and today is gray and rainy...one of those days where it seems like it never gets light. It kind of looks like my card! :) Dark days like this make me appreciate our dazzling bright snowy days. Can't wait for another snowstorm!! lol...

Thank you for your sweet comments and visits.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge
2. DL.ART Thankful Thursday #216- Patriotic OR any Thank You
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #308-309 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
4. Card Mania Challenge #98 - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper November Challenge - Use patterned paper
6. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
7. Aud Sentiments Challenge #192 - Bingo + Sentiment (I chose the patterned paper, stamped image, faux stitching)
8. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + a Stamp
9. Cardz-TV - Anything Goes Challenge #20
10. Crop Stop November Linky Party #34 - Anything Goes + use product from company that CS sells (I used Distress Ink and Distress Markers)
11. Crafty Calendar Challenges November - Autumn colors
12. Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday Challenge #213 - Anything Goes
13. Die Cut Divas November Challenge - Thankful

14. Dare2BArtzy November Challenge - Gratitude  
15. Craft Stamper November TIMI Challenge - AG with Stamping
16. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving
17. Double D Challenges - Feeling Fall-ish (I was inspired by the autumn tree and lovely sequins.)

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Joy in the Autumn - Winnie & Walter



Here's one last Halloween one.....for those of us who've needed dental work lately.  Ugh...

Hi, Friends......

I am back with another entry into Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge. There are only a day or two left, so hurry if you want to join in!!



I started making layers on this card and couldn't stop!!! lol... I just love the alternate print - solid - print - solid look that appeared! This doesn't look like my original idea.  It's only (Rock 'n Roll) two kinds of cardstock layered up together, but I LIKE it! (Now I'll prob have to go YouTube that song....)

I even made an attempt at "staging" this photo....tossed some sequins around beside the "middle" out of one of the layers. lol... I am such a lame photographer!!!  :)
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Joy Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways die set

DCWV patterned cardstock
Core'dinations solid cardstock
Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Sequins and ribbon from my stash
Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Your comments always brighten my day!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge
2. DL.ART Thankful Thursday #215 - Ribbon and Sparkle
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #308-309 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
4. Card Mania Challenge #98 - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper November Challenge - Use patterned paper
6. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
7. The Ribbon Girls November Challenge - Card + Ribbon

8. Cardz-TV - Anything Goes Challenge #19
9. Cardz-TV - Anything Goes Challenge #20
10. Crop Stop November Linky Party #34 - Anything Goes + use product from company that CS sells (I used Distress Ink and Core'dinations Paper)
11. Crafty Calendar Challenges November - Autumn colors 
12. Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday Challenge #213 - Anything Goes
13. Double D Challenges - Feeling Fall-ish (I was inspired by the lovely sequins.)


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Joy with Butterflies - Winnie & Walter



Hi, Friends.....

I am glad to be back in crafting mode after my big Cat Lovers Hop! Did you take part? We had a wonderful time....and already have next year's Hop in the works. If you want to help in the planning process, I welcome your input. PLEASE CHECK THE WINNER'S POST TO SEE IF YOU HAVE AN UNCLAIMED PRIZE AWAITING YOU!! <3




Today, I am sharing a card I made for the Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge. There are still few days left, so I hope you will join us!!




I have a super-abundance of leftover patterned paper strips that are 3-1/2" wide from notecard sets I make for gifts. These scraps are perfect for making tall format sized cards that fit standard business sized envelopes or ones I make myself. :)

I went a little bit shabby on this card with a doily, vellum and frilly ribbon. The butterflies and glittery cardstock add a romantic touch that makes this card suitable for any occasion, including a bridal shower or wedding.

I
double layered the diecuts for a shadow effect, reversing it on the butterflies. The tiny butterfly die cuts are one of my favorite things to make from the odd bits leftover on diecut negatives.

I sponged the edges of the patterned paper with Distress Ink to pull in another color from the Challenge palette.


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Joy Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (butterflies and scalloped vellum rectangle)
DCWV glittered cardstock scraps
Distress Ink - Wild Honey
Doily from stash
Vellum from stash
Shimmery Crinkle ribbon from DL.ART
Sequins - a bonus gift in a Winnie & Walter order! <3
Silver Adhesive Rhinestones from my stash (for butterfly bodies)
Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you enjoyed seeing my card.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - October Color Combo Challenge
2. DL.ART Thankful Thursday #215 - Ribbon and Sparkle
3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Weeks #305-306
4. Card Mania Challenge #98 - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper November Challenge - Use patterned paper
6. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
7.
The Ribbon Girls November Challenge - Card + Ribbon
8. Cardz-TV - Anything Goes Challenge #19
9. Cardz-TV - Anything Goes Challenge #20
10. Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday Challenge #213 - Anything Goes
11. Aud Sentiments Challenge #192 - Bingo + Sentiment (I chose the flowers (sequin flower), patterned paper, and pink)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

WINNERS for 2017 Cat Lovers Hop





Hi, Friends......

What a fabulous 2017 Cat Lovers Hop we had!!!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  I hope you realize that this is not just MY hop....it is OUR hop.  I love how everyone contributes their artistic creativity and enthusiastically shares their cat tales and photos.  In sharing our love of cats with each other, we are actually sharing ourselves...granting each other the high privilege of a personal glimpse and connection into our lives.  I sense we have something very, very special here that I haven't really seen in other hops...and I treasure it!  I hope you feel it, too.

I bet you are curious (just like those kitties in the meme at the top) about who the winners are, aren't you? Well, we have a whole bunch of them....thanks to the wonderful sponsors
we had this year for our 2017 Cat Lovers Hop!! (THANK YOU!!)  So let's get right to the winners now.  I wish I had a prize for each of you, but alas....no.  All winners were chosen using Random.org. 

Pre-Hop "Post my Badge" Giveaway from me: Carole at Craftilicious Creations (claimed)

Daily Game Winners and the Ike's Art Image they won:
Day 1 "New Addition" - mandysea
(claimed)
Day 2 "Not Chikkin in a Basket" - KT Fit Kitty (claimed)
Day 3 "Cat in the Box" - Vivian Foo
Day 4 "Celebrate" - D.Ann C.
(claimed)
Day 5 "Hmmm..." - Christi C.
(claimed)
Day 6 "Hello There" - Princess Judy

Now for the huge list of prizes and winners from our other sponsors:

Art Impressions - Be Joyful Window plus With a Friend Window
- NanaConnie
Avery Elle - Furry Friends stamp set - Lisa Peronto
Brutus Monroe - Rock Star Pets stamp set

Winner #1 - Sue LD (claimed)
Winner #2 - Denise Bryant
(claimed)
CatLadyBox - deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBox - Sue TH (claimed)
Crafty Kitty Cat Shop - cat die and other goodies - Donna Mundinger
(claimed)
DL.ART - CATS Flair Buttons - Princess Judy 
JessicaLynnOriginal - The Love Of A Cat clear stamp set - Beverly Sizemore 
(claimed)
Kellie Stamps - Cat's Life stamp set

Winner #1 Clear Set - Karen Ladd (claimed)
Winner #2 Digital Set - mandysea
(claimed)
Knitty Kitty - 3 Digital kitty stamps of the winner's choice - Donna3D
Leigh SB Designs - One digital stamp of the winner's choice - Janice M
MarkerPOP - Doodlebug Kitten Smitten 6x6 Paper Pad PLUS Waffle Flower Hello Stampurr stamp set - Michele Henderson
MHK Designs - Friendship digital stamp set - IKE
(claimed)
Newton's Nook - $20 Gift Voucher to their online store - Carole J.
(claimed)
Paper Smooches -Nine Lives stamp set - Becca Yahrling

 
Stampendous - Laurel Burch Indigo Cat stamp set PLUS the coordinating die set - Stampendous has chosen their own random winner and it is Christi Conley!! 
Sugar Pea Designs - What's Mew? stamp set - The Altered Paper
(claimed)
Sunny Studio - $25 Gift Voucher to their online store - D.Ann C.
(claimed)
Sweet 'n Sassy - $15 Gift Voucher for their online store - KT Fit Kitty
(claimed)
Taylored Expressions - Care & Comfort - Pets stamp set - shartl
Technique Tuesday - Kyle the Cool Cat stamp set - Christy Conley
(claimed)
The Greeting Farm - Kitty Stacks stamp set - Crafty Chris
(claimed)
Waffle Flower - Flora Cat - Dream stamp set - Fiki (claimed)
Your Next Stamp - $15 Gift Voucher to their online store - Jerrie (claimed)
WINNERS: Please email me (jwoolbright at gmail dot com) with your name, mailing address (not needed for digital or GC prizes), and the prize you won. Please put "Winner 2017 Cat Lovers Hop" in the subject line. Thank you and congratulations!!!
Thank you so very, very much for being a part of the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop.  I will be honest....this is a big endeavor for me to put on.  As I have said before, I am just an alley-cat variety of blogger, on no design teams ever, and organization is not my strong suit.  ("Poor administrative function" is the term, I believe!!  lol...)  But you are all so kind and patient as I muddle along.  I appreciate that!!

I want to thank those of you who have made this hop especially fun by hostessing games and giveaways on your own blogs.  I am so thrilled to see others getting involved in the excitement of the Hop!  

Huge thanks, also, goes to Karen Ladd and D.Ann Comer for their behind the scenes encouragement and assistance!!  That means so much to me!  I welcome ideas and offers of help from any of you who are so inclined.....this is OUR hop, after all!!  I am already looking forward to next year....and I hope you are, too!

<3
Janis

Sunday, October 29, 2017

National Cat Day Bonus Post - 2017 Cat Lovers Hop





https://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-2017-cat-lovers-hop-and-link-up-is.html

The Linkup for new projects is closed
 but you still have all day today 
(till midnight Pacific, Oct.29) 
to comment and to participate in the Daily Games
and maybe win one of our many prizes




Hi, Friends.......

Welcome to the National Cat Day Bonus Post for my 2017 Cat Lovers Hop.   In case you are wondering, this Oct. 29th date for National Cat Day is indeed how I chose this time of year for the Cat Lovers Hop.....even though we know that EVERY day is National Cat Day!!








So.....................spend some time with your cat.....






  .....sharpen up your claws........


  ......and find some funny cat memes to share with the rest of us!!! 





There is no prize today, but I would love to see what you are sharing on your blogs for National Cat Day.  If you are making a special post, please link up below so we can all come by to visit!!! (Link up even if you just have a fun single meme posted on Instagram or FB!)
I will leave this link open an extra day in case you don't get a chance to put a post together today.  :)

Happy National Cat Day to all my readers and their cats.  Hugs to everyone for making the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop the BEST EVER!!!  I will be back in a few days to post all the lucky winners of our fab prizes.  See you then!!

<3
Janis




Saturday, October 28, 2017

DAY 6 - 2017 Cat Lovers Hop



https://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-2017-cat-lovers-hop-and-link-up-is.html

Welcome to Day 6 of the
2017 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!
This the LAST day to link up projects.
Tomorrow, Oct. 29, will be deadline for comments.

 If you have a project to linkup, please go to the Main Hop Page
Also, please check out my
2017 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs


Hi, Friends.....

I can't believe it is Day 6 already....the LAST day to link up projects!!!  What a fabulous hop it has been....most especially because YOU have been a part of it!!  I love seeing your projects...and I WILL get around to visit each one of you, but it might take me a few days still.  :)  I love reading your posts and your comments on our Daily Games!

NOTE: I will have a special post tomorrow for National Cat Day, October 29. I'd love for you to participate in that, too.  So be planning your own National Cat Day posts to link up for us to visit!  More details at the bottom of this post!! 

Remember that even though today is the last day to link up projects, you get an extra day to hop around and comment before the gates close on that!!!  Yay!

I still have a few things on this last day for you to see and do and win!  Our remaining sponsors will be in the spotlight, where I will feature the prizes they are offering and cards made with those products. My thanks to the sponsors who kindly provided photos for me to use. It took a lot of pressure off of me!!  (Hey...I am ALL about that, right? :) )

Just a reminder.....ALL PROJECTS LINK UP ON THE MAIN HOP PAGE and I have my 2017 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 6 festivities........

My Sponsors in the Spotlight today are:  Taylored Expressions, Sunny Studio Stamps, Sugar Pea Designs and, as always, for our Daily Game, Ike's Art.


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Fitzrovia on Flickr


Taylored Expressions








Taylored Expressions is one of our returning sponsors with a very special stamp set they are offering as a prize.



We haven't ever had a Pet Sympathy stamp set on the prize list before, so I asked Taylor if she would sponsor and offer her Taylored Expressions - Care & Comfort - Pets stamp set as a prize. She kindly agreed.

We never like to have to make this kind of card, but I think you will agree that the sentiments in this set are particularly heartfelt and sensitive...perfect for those very sad occasions when words fail us.







Here is a thoughtful and lovely DT pet sympathy card made with this set.












Please take time to visit Taylored Expressions 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 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


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Fitzrovia on Flickr




Sunny Studio Stamps






I am delighted to have Sunny Studio Stamps join us as a new sponsor this year! They have a fabulous post on their blog HERE for the Cat Lovers Hop.
Many of you (with your alert cat eyes!) noticed their post already and commented. Thank you so much. If you haven't had a chance yet, please go visit them.


Here is a super-adorable DT card made with Sunny Studio products.  You can find out all the deets on making this HERE. 
(I just love that kitty in the Christmas stocking....so cute!!!)



Sunny Studio Stamps is generously offering $25 Gift Voucher to their online store to one lucky winner!!!  

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 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


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Fitzrovia on Flickr



Sugar Pea Designs






Please help me welcome Sugar Pea Designs as a new sponsor this year.

(Wendy, the owner, had a birthday this week so you might want to pop over to THIS POST and wish her a Happy Birthday while you thank her for sponsoring!!!)




Sugar Pea Designs is offering their super-adorable What's Mew? stamp set to one lucky winner!! (I am totally in love with this little pig-tailed gal and her kitty on the tree branch outside her window!!)








Please take time to visit Sugar Pea Designs 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 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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DAILY GAME TIME!!!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Daily Game is generously sponsored each day by Ike's Art!!!



Please take time to visit Ike at these social media spots: Blog, Store, and Facebook Group. Don't forget to Lie, Swallow, Snare, and Vomit (Ike is the only sponsor I would do this with...I'm just seeing if you ever read this paragraph!  Ha.) with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

REMEMBER:  Ike's Show us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge theme this month is Furrything Goes + Optional Theme: MEOW-loween.  So if you make a Halloween-themed or ANY kitty creation for the Cat Hop, you can also link it up over there!!  Yay!!


 


A lucky participant in Today's Game will win one of the images from this newly designed digital prize from Ike's Art.  So much kitty fab-ness!! 
 









Here's the final image from Ike's wonderful set.  This one is called "Hello There".  I decided to color it in my favorite coat pattern/color for kitties....a brown mackerel-stripe tabby.
(I'm still a novice colorist, so please bear with my limited skills. Don't judge me!!! Ha.)


You might win this awesome digital image if you participate in today's Daily Game!!!



Day 6 Game: What is your favorite thing about our Cat Lovers Hop???

I'll go first....

My favorite part is reading your comments and blog posts where you tell us tales about your cats!!  I love hearing about your cat experiences and adventures..... and, as is true of all cat lovers, I love talking about my own cats.  I don't often take time here on my blog to share stories about them because the tales are sometimes quite lengthy.  lol....  But during the Cat Lovers Hop, I have a GOOD excuse to talk at length about my cats....not to mention that I have a captive audience!!  Ha.

This is how to play the game to be eligible for the prize drawing:
1. Leave a comment telling us about your favorite part of our Hop. (Also feel free to leave feedback on anything I could do better...or do worse!! Ha. Are they getting better each year? I welcome any comments on what needs improvement! I know I am not doing a perfect job at this!! lol...)

2. After you finish your Cat Hop Feedback comment, 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!!!  I will draw the random winner from the link up, so don't forget to do that part if you want to be eligible!
NEW THIS YEAR: 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 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 29, 2017 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 in answering the questions whether they are putting their name in for the prize or not.

Okay, now it is your turn!!  

REMEMBER: Today is the LAST DAY to link your cat-themed projects over on the Main Hop Page. You still have one more day to catch up on commenting, though.  :)  This link-up below is just to enter the drawing for the Daily Game after you have commented with your Cat Lovers Hop Feedback.  Thanks!!!

Thank you sooooooooooo much for being a part of the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop all week long. Your enthusiastic participation has been wonderful beyond words.  

Be sure to check back tomorrow (Oct. 29) for my National Cat Day post.  I encourage each of you to make a special post, too!  Post your favorite funny cat memes...or whatever you're feline like.  I will have a linkup (no prizes) for any of you who are doing a special post tomorrow.  I know we will want to stop by to visit!!

<3
Janis






Friday, October 27, 2017

DAY 5 - 2017 Cat Lovers Hop



https://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-2017-cat-lovers-hop-and-link-up-is.html

Welcome to Day 5 of the
2017 CAT LOVERS HOP!!!

 If you have a project to linkup, please go to the Main Hop Page
Also, please check out my
2017 Cat Lovers Hop Guidelines and FAQs


Hi, Friends.....

The magic of the Cat Lovers Hop continues.....

One of our part-time toms, Punch, showed up again to eat on our back porch platform. He's the one that looks soooooooo much like Judith (both have been missing since July). I looked at him face-to-face outside my kitchen window and STILL couldn't tell if it was Punch or Judith!! Well, I finally satisfied myself that it was Punch when I went outside and he just moved away to a more comfortable distance, instead of coming over to me. That's how alike they look!! Sheesh....it's just amazing. So glad to see "our" little Punch...who has filled out into a VERY handsome tomcat and is not so little, anymore! Still hoping Judith will show up again....the little wanderer! Drives me crazy.


I am so glad you are here to join in the daily festivities of the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop!! Each day I will be posting some fun things to see and do and win! A few of our sponsors will be in the spotlight each day.  I will feature the prizes they are offering and cards made with those products. My thanks to the sponsors and friends who kindly provided photos for me to use. It took a lot of pressure off of me!!  (Hey...I am ALL about that, right? :) )

Just a reminder.....ALL PROJECTS LINK UP ON THE MAIN HOP PAGE and I have my 2017 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 5 festivities........

My Sponsors in the Spotlight today are:  Stampendous, Brutus Monroe, The Greeting Farm, CatLadyBox, and, as always, for our Daily Game...Ike's Art.


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Fitzrovia on Flickr




Stampendous






We have a real treat in store today.  Stampendous, a new Cat Hop sponsor, is partnering with us to bring you a mini-hop loop today on their blog HERE, with their designers on hand to feature Stampendous cat products!  

You will want to visit their blog AND hop to each of the designers, leaving comments at each stop because they have an incredible prize for one lucky commenter: 
 
Their Stampendous Laurel Burch Indigo Cat stamp set PLUS the coordinating die set. Wow!!!!
 


My friend D.Ann of D.Ann's Crafting Whims is sharing a gorgeous card to help us showcase these wonderful Laurel Burch images.  Beautiful!!   Thank you, D.Ann.  <3









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 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

See you over at the Stampendous blog hop!!


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Fitzrovia on Flickr



 Brutus Monroe






I am so glad to welcome Brutus Monroe as a new sponsor to our Cat Hops.  I was unfamiliar with them but when I saw their 
Rock Star Pets stamp set, I knew I wanted to invite them to sponsor!! 








Two lucky winners will each win one of these fabulous and funky sets!













Here's a Design Team card they shared with me.  I just love this cat with glasses AND attitude! 







Please take time to visit Brutus Monroe 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 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


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Fitzrovia on Flickr



The Greeting Farm







The Greeting Farm
 is  a new sponsor to the Cat Lovers Hop this year.  Let's give them a warm welcome!!!







The Greeting Farm is generously providing this adorable Kitty Stacks stamp set for a lucky winner. Such cute kitties!!
(I would love to make a card with them all sleeping in a heap the way kittens do! Wouldn't that be adorable???!!!)







Here's a super-sweet DT card The Greeting Farm is sharing with us today, showing another way to use these little kitties!! Love the soft grays and the touch of pink!








Please take time to visit The Greeting Farm at these social media spots: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"


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Fitzrovia on Flickr



CatLadyBox






CatLadyBox is a very exciting returning sponsor. They are a little different from our other sponsors because they are not part of the papercrafting community.

They offer subscription-based memberships to receive awesome packages of carefully selected cat-themed products for Cat Ladies...delivered right to your door monthly in a box that even your cat will LOVE!! (I know this because I follow them on Instagram and see the box opening pics!! lol..)

CatLadyBox is offering one of their deluxe CRAZY CatLadyBoxes, which contains gifts for you AND for your cat!! A Purr-fect combination!! Me-WOW!!!


Please take time to visit CatLadyBox at these social media spots: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Don't forget to Like, Follow, Share, and Comment with a big "THANK YOU for sponsoring the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

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DAILY GAME TIME!!!!!
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The Daily Game is generously sponsored each day by Ike's Art!!!


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 2017 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!"

REMEMBER:  Ike's Show us Your Pussies - Cats Only Challenge theme this month is Furrything Goes + Optional MEOW-loween.  So if you make a Halloween-themed or ANY kitty creation for the Cat Hop, you can also link it up over there!!  Yay!!


 


A lucky participant in Today's Game will win one of the images from this newly designed digital prize from Ike's Art.  So much kitty fab-ness!! 
 








 I used Ike's fabulous "Hmmm...." digital kitty image for my card.  This image is the prize for one lucky Day 5 Daily Game participant.

I am feeling sad today because my sweet Shy-Cat is so feeble and nearing the end of her 9 lives. I colored this kitty as an orange tabby in homage to her. She's the one in my blog header. This doesn't really look like Chaienne (pronounced Shy-enn) but it was with her in mind. You might be able to tell that I made her tail with a slight bluish cast. This is true to life. We have always referred to her tail as being blue. It almost makes me wonder if she is actually a very pale calico....because of the very faint washed-out grayish/blue color of her tail. None of the rest of her coat is like that.

Day 5 Daily Game:  What are your favorite cat books?  
(Thank you, D.Ann, for this game theme suggestion!)
 
I'll start.....


My Cat Bookshelf  :)
I got hooked on Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who...." mysteries years ago and have collected all the titles from thrift stores.  Love these cleverly written books.  They are my all-time favorite cat mysteries!! 

After I finished that series, I started looking around for other Cat Mystery series.  Here are my favorites:  The Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (her cat!), The Midnight Louie series by Carole Nelson Douglas, and the Death on Demand series by Carolyn Hart.  All of these are in the cozy mystery genre (Read: What makes a cozy?) which I love.  :)  

Here are a few links with other Cat Mystery suggestions:
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/cat-mystery
http://cozy-mysteries-unlimited.com/cat-list
https://www.cozy-mystery.com/blog/favorite-cats-in-cozy-mysteries.html

I also want to mention Henry Beard, an author with utterly charming and hilarious cat books: 
French For Cats - All the French Your Cat Will Ever Need 
Advanced French for Exceptional Cats
He has others, too, but these are the only ones I have.

As far as children's literature goes, my very favorite cat stories are:
Skippyjon Jones series (this is where our Skippyjon got his name)
The Fire Cat

This is how to play the game to be eligible for the prize drawing:

1.  Leave a comment telling us about your favorite cat books. 
2.  After you finish your Cat Books comment, 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!!!  I will draw the random winner from the link up, so don't forget to do that part if you want to be eligible!

NEW THIS YEAR: 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 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 29, 2017 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 in answering the questions 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. This link-up below is just to enter the drawing for the Daily Game after you have commented with your Kitty Book Comment. Thanks!!!

Thank you, everyone, for participating in the Daily Games with your cat tales.   I really enjoy reading about your cats!!  Hard to believe the week is nearly over!!!

<3
Janis