MEOW!

Happy Friday, friends! I’m back this afternoon with my final cat project for the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop! This is Day 5 and officially the last day, but tomorrow (Day 6) has been left open for participants to finish posting projects and Sunday (Day 7) to finish commenting. I’ve had a great time this week and I’m so glad I participated again this year! A huge shout-out to Janis for organizing another amazing event! If you participated, I wish you good luck in all the prize draws!

I created a fun congrats card in bold, bright colors using a circular opening die in my stash that I’ve had for years and have used once. *sigh* I just don’t know how that happens. Maybe too much stuff?! Naw… never! ;) But wait till you see the sentiment on the inside… no truer words were ever spoken, lol!

I created a standard A2 size top-folding card base from hot pink cardstock (still in the pink mode, lol), and cut an ever-so-slightly-smaller panel from striped paper and a narrow strip of hot pink foiled paper that actually looks purple in the first two photos… but I promise it’s hot pink! I die cut a trio of circular openings through both layers and then adhered a white panel behind it. I added several die cut cats, the sentiment stamped in black ink, and a few matching gemstones to complete the front. Super simple design!

I embellished the inside panel with a leftover strip of the striped paper and a very thin strip of hot pink cardstock, stamped the sentiments and tiny paw prints in black ink, and layered the panel on hot pink cardstock for a tone-on-tone look.

And one more peek… what a great card! One cat really does lead to another! My hubby is angling to bring home a feral kitten that has been hanging around his shop. So far I have resisted… it would be number ten in our cat tribe, lol! ;)

Sharing in the following challenge:
1. Aud Sentiment Challenge Blog: #263 – Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, Stampin’ Up So Saffron cardstock, GKD Charcoaol Brown cardstock, Marco’s Brown Bag cardstock, Rinea Floral Variety Pack double-sided foiled paper, The Paper Studio Four Seasons and Everything In Between paper pad
Stamps: Frantic Stamper Cat Happiness stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, YNS Peek-A-Boo Trio die set, Impression Obsession Cats die set
Accessories: Bearly Art precision craft glue, Scotch ATG, Gemini Junior, MISTI stamp tool, Darice small teal, pink, yellow, green and purple gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’ll consider joining us! Today is officially the last day of the hop but you still have time to play the games, post projects and comment! Pop over to the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to get all the details! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Happy Christmas

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! It’s Day 4 of the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop already and I’m back this afternoon with a fun Christmas center panel easel card! The Hop is going on until the 31st, so if you’re a fellow cat lover, come join us! There’s a lot of fun and games to join in every day, and Janis has been busy lining up some pretty awesome prizes to give away at the end!

I still had Tim’s Crazy Cats and Crazy Things stamps and dies within reach after using them day before yesterday, so I grabbed them and The Project Bin’s Merriest Christmas stamp set which has sentiments that go perfectly with this cat, lol! This guy is so stinkin’ cute I can’t stand it!

I created the card base from Solar White cardstock and layers from coordinating Christmas papers. This is an easy fold that works up quickly. I adjusted the measurements to make this a 5″ square card.

Here’s an angled view so you can see the cool but simple construction. Not sure why his hat is looking orangey in the photos… hmmmm…

And one more peek… here it is folded (almost) flat for mailing! Another one for the stash! ;)

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. Aud Sentiment Challenge Blog: #263 – Anything Goes + A Sentiment
2. Crafty Catz: #252 – Anything Goes w/ optional Winter

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Granny Smith and Red Wagon cardstock, American Crafts Christmas 6×6 paper pad
Stamps: Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and Crazy Things stamp sets, The Project Bin Merriest Christmas stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Nuvo alcohol markers- 375, 413, 487, 489, 491; Spectrum Noir alcohol marker- FS9; Pentel Slicci silver pen
Dies/Punches: Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and Crazy Things die sets
Accessories: Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Limeade Assortment

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’ll consider joining us! Pop over to the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to get all the details! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Happy Birthday tag card

Hi everyone! It’s Hump Day and it’s Day 3 of the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop! The Hop is going on until the 31st, so if you’re a fellow cat lover, come join us! There’s a lot of fun and games to join in every day, and Janis has been busy lining up some pretty awesome prizes to give away at the end!

I have a really fun tag card design of my own to share with you today that features super awesome Laurel Burch stamps! Who doesn’t LOVE to color Laurel Burch stamps (especially the cats)?! The sky is the limit with color choices! The bolder and brighter, the better, I say! ;)

I cut a top-folding card base in the shape of a tag and then picked out two coordinating bright pink papers along with some pink washi tape that I applied at the seam. I stamped, colored and fussy cut the images and adhered them to the panel, then stamped the sentiment and applied several small iridescent gemstones that I colored with a pink alcohol marker. I created hole reinforcements from white cardstock with two circle punches. I punched a hole through both layers of the card base and adhered reinforcements on the front and back side of the front flap. The final step was adding ribbon.

I created the inside panel just like the front panel, stamped the sentiment, added the hole reinforcements, and added a stitched square die cut for the signature area.

And one more peek… I’m in love with this design and see more of these in my future! So fun!

Sharing in the following challenge:
1. Creations in Pink: #27 – Anything Goes in MAINLY Pink

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, Darice Dots & Stripes 6×6 paper pack
Stamps: Laurel Burch Feline Blossoms stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Nuvo alcohol markers- 369, 405, 393, 441, 430, 453, 417, 415, 413
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Stitched Square STAX die, Stampin’ Up 1/2″ and 1/4″ circle punches
Accessories: Scotch ATG, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, Stampin’ Up pink patterned washi tape, Really Reasonable Ribbon Hot Pink Diamond Satin ribbon, Hemptique bamboo cord, Darice iridescent gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’ll consider joining us! Pop over to the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to get all the details! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

SURPRISE!

Howdy, friends! Happy Tuesday! It’s Day 2 of the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop and I’ve popped in this evening to share a fun cat card I created earlier today. The Hop is going on until the 31st, so if you’re a fellow cat lover, come join us! There’s a lot of fun and games to join in every day, and Janis has been busy lining up some pretty awesome prizes to give away at the end!

I had SO much fun with this card – the Crazy Cats stamps and dies are some of my all-time favorites. The Box Die is NBUS for sure (never before used stuff) – I’ve had it for at least five years and it’s never been out of the package. Also have the matching stamp set which I think I’ve used once because one of the stamps is stained but I sure don’t remember using it, lol! Shaking my head… how does that even happen?! Look how stinkin’ cute this is!

I dug out the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and Crazy Things stamps and dies along with the Neat & Tangled Box stamps and dies. After I colored the cat, bow tie and flower bouquet, I decided to go with a purple and green color combo (one of my favorites) and created the background with coordinating purple papers, gold foil kraft and purple washi tape and then layered the panel on green cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in green ink.

I cut the box from gold foil kraft, put the cat in it and added the bouquet and a tiny purple bow. I finished the front off with several tiny purple gemstones.

I embellished the inside panel with leftover strips of the papers and washi tape used on the front, stamped the sentiment in green ink, and layered the panel on green cardstock.

And one more look… this guy is totally cracking me up! I’m so smitten! ;)

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. Allsorts Challenge Blog: #595 – Celebrations (birthday)
2. Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: October Anything Goes
3. Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #131 – Anything Goes
4. My Time To Craft Challenge Blog: #443 – Halloween or Cats
5. NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff): #19 – Anything Goes (Box Die)
6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2043 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory cardstock, Papertrey Ink Ripe Avocado cardstock, American Crafts Gold Foil Kraft 6×6 paper pad, Pebbles Inc. Basics 6×6 paper pad
Stamps: Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and Crazy Things stamp sets, Neat & Tangled Out of the Box stamp set
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle ink; Nuvo alcohol markers- 416, 375, 441, 479, 466; Stampin’ Up Always Artichoke ink
Dies/Punches: Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and Crazy Things die sets, Neat & Tangled Box Die, Kadomaru Pro corner rounder
Accessories: Scotch ATG, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, Eyelet Outlet Purple Glitter Skinny Washi Tape, MeiFlower tiny purple bow, Darice purple gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’ll consider joining us! Pop over to the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to get all the details! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Time

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had a great Monday! Today is Day 1 of the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop and I’ve stopped in this evening to share a cat card I created this afternoon. We had our first snow of the season last evening (several inches) so it was a great day to stay indoors and craft! The Hop is going on until the 31st, so if you’re a fellow cat lover, come join us! There’s a lot of fun and games to join in every day, and Janis has been busy lining up some pretty awesome prizes to give away at the end!

While sympathy cards for humans or pets aren’t easy to create, we always need to have a few in our stash. I pulled out a cat sentiment stamp set that I’ve had in my stash for probably close to a year and have never used, and the sympathy sentiment spoke to me, so that’s the direction I went.

I cut a standard A2 size top folding card base, a small panel for the front and a panel for the inside from white cardstock. I covered the small panel with clock washi tape and cut a strip off which I popped up on white craft foam for a little interest. I die cut four cats from black cardstock and adhered them on top of each other. I adhered white craft foam to the back of the panel and positioned it on the card base to get an idea of where to stamp the sentiment.

I moved the panel out of the way, stamped the sentiment and paw prints, and then adhered the panel to the card base. I added a thin strip of light brown cardstock above and below the popped up panel, adhered the stacked cat die cuts and added a few enamel dots.

I embellished the inside panel with a piece of the clock washi tape and a narrow strip of the light brown cardstock, stamped the sentiment and paw prints in brown ink, and layered the panel on the light brown cardstock.

And one more look… totally loving how this turned out!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. CRAFT Challenge: #574 – Memories
2. Creative Inspirations: October Anything Goes
3. Just Us Girls: #559 – Photo Week

4. Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #131 – Anything Goes
5. My Time To Craft Challenge Blog: #443 – Halloween or Cats
6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2043 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Sandcastle cardstock, GKD Black Onyx cardstock
Stamps: Frantic Stamper Cat Happiness stamp set, Paper Smooches Feline Friends stamp set
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle ink
Dies/Punches: Impression Obsession Cats die set
Accessories: Bearly Art precision craft glue, Scotch ATG, Clock Washi Tape, Darice white craft foam, Eyelet Outlet Ivory Enamel Dots

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’ll consider joining us! Pop over to the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to get all the details! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

2020 Cat Lovers Hop!

Hi everyone! That time is here… time for the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!

The Hop will go on October 26-31 and it’ll be my second year participating! Had a great time last year! Be sure you visit Her Peaceful Garden to read all the details and join in! If you’re a cat lover, you’ll have so much fun!

Let me side-track you for a moment to share my favorite pics of our feline tribe! My hubby and I have ten feline fur babies that we’re absolutely crazy about – Poopie, Molly, Walter, Jack, Tigger, Milo, Dusty, Loki, Spike and Tater! Indulge me for a moment while I share some pics, lol! I know, I’ve said it before… I’m like that little old granny who whips out the wallet and 2-1/2 feet of pictures unfolds! Bahahahaha!


Poopie (15-1/2), is the old lady who doesn’t like any of the other kitties… it’s a Manx thing! Ed got her when she was about four weeks old and she’s been by his side ever since!

poopie

Molly (6-1/2), is the mischief maker and little thief! She’s mama to Jack & Walter and I’m sure you’ll see the resemblance! Ed rescued her (along with two other females) from a job site, and when we took them to be spayed all three were pregnant, lol! We soon went from four kitties to 15! After weaning and getting them all spayed/neutered, most of the kittens were re-homed along with the other two mama kitties.

molly

Jack (5), is our giant Blankie Bump… loves to sleep under the covers for most of the day, just like a teenager! He’s one of Molly’s boys and is a huge lovable lug!

jack

Walter (5), is our Lil’ Panther… my sweet baby boy who loves to play laser! He’s Molly’s other son who gives finger kisses and gentle bites every now and then!

walter

Tigger (5), is the boy who doesn’t like to be touched unless he’s laying down… and then he loves his belly rubbed! When you catch him in that mood, you better get your lovins while you can! He’s one of the kittens born to one of the other females rescued and re-homed.


Milo & Dusty (both 3-1/2), are the teenagers who are constantly running through the house playing! Or eating… they are our treat mongers! We adopted them from our local shelter shortly after we moved out to Colorado from Florida. 

milo-dusty

Loki (1-1/2) was about eight weeks old when he showed up under our neighbor’s carport in the freezing snow. He is Mr. Personality and there is never a dull moment in our house… he’s always into something! His name means ‘God of Mischief’ so it appears that his daddy named him very appropriately! ;)


UPDATE- JANUARY 2021: Mocha Latte is not listed as she re-homed herself a few months ago when we moved. We only moved four blocks but she apparently wanted to be with Keech (her BFF) in the old ‘hood. We brought her up here twice, and twice she left to go back down the street. So our friends (Keech’s owner) said they would keep her, feed her and love her – and we’re were fine with that. ;)

Spike and Tater (4 months) are our newest rescues that we took in month before last which brings our fur baby count up to ten. OMGoodness, it’s like having toddlers in the house again! They constantly play – and they are little rough-necks… nothing but needle teeth and claws! Bahahaha! Play one minute and sleep the next! They are a riot and so much fun!

Hope to see you at the hop!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig