Thursday, 25 October 2018

Card 1 for Cat Lovers Hop 2018

Ooooh boy this one really crept up on me!

The annual Cat Lovers Hop hosted by Janis of Her Peaceful Garden is always a favourite of mine.  It runs for a week around about the time of National Cat Day on 29 October.

Click on the cat graphic below to visit the main blog hop page

 

I would have liked to do a layout (any cat themed craft is OK), but time is such that it's a card once again!

What I'd like to do (considering there are only 3 days or so left in the blog hop) is to post a card each day for the remaining days, but for now, here's today's card!

This card is all about friendship.  It's inspired by my lovely friend Joy who gave me that cat stamp set by Dyan Reaveley as a gift.  💜💜💜


I finally got some Distress Oxide ink pads (Set 2 2018 I believe) after patiently waiting and hoping they would be available in the mini cubes.  After some digging on the interwebs, I read that it wasn't going to happen since the special properties of the oxide inks were not compatible in the small size.  😠

I have no idea where I'm going to find space too keep a full set of the big ones (because full set syndrome and all that!)

With this background I just blended the inks as they were in a rainbow fashion.  Fortunately there was enough of a variety of colours in that particular set of 12 colours.  I just dripped some water on the background and that's it.  I think it's the equivalent of dipping my toe in right?

The sentiment is from the Cat-Itude stamp set by MFT and the paw prints from an older one by Stampendous (possibly?).

Some textural bits to finish.  Simple, but gets the point across!




Love and catty creativity!

48 comments:

  1. Oh my!! Those kitties are just superb, love the black and white against the colour background and just the tilt of one of their heads gives character! Gorgeous sentiments and card!

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    1. Thank you! The one on the right really reminds me of a certain crafty cat...

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  2. I love the stitched-doll look of those cats and your pretty background for them is just purrfect!
    Following all (loved your anniversary card!!) I don't have any Ink Road stamps yet. 'nip life is too funny! Thanks for the joining the hop and adding to the fun!!

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    1. You must check out Ink Road. Their stamps are SO funny and they send them in the most amazing packaging!

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  3. What a sweet friend to gift you that adorable cat stamp set and what a purr-fect card you've made as a thank you. I've not played much with the Distress Oxides but your background is beautiful. Would love to win the fun set you're offering. Some of those sentiments made me laugh out loud, particularly "if it fits i sits" with the cat in the box. I'm your newest blog follower and have followed you on Instagram and Liked your FB page, too. I think these are all supposed to be here in the one post if I've read your instructions right. I so love this Hop and getting to know new cat lovers in the crafting world. xxD

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    1. Thank you Donna! I really appreciate the heads up and there will always be lots of catty shenanigans here and on my socials!

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  4. I love those cats, Alexandra, and the 'kneaded' sentiment is too purrfect! What a great thank you card. :-D I'm your latest follower and have 'liked' your FB entry. Can't do anything about Instagram because I don't have an account (nor do I plan to start one. :-D)

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    1. It's really OK! Thanks for entering and that's why you can still get an entrey a day even without following on any socials. I don't like to force that.

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  5. I love those cats and your card is purr-fect. I am a new follower and am following you on Instagram and have liked your FB page. Love the set you are giving away!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words and stopping by! I really appreciate it!

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  6. The cats are so expressive. Just that tilt of the head is enough to wonder what he's thinking. I am also new follower and I liked your Facebook page.

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    1. Well...since he reminds me very much of a certain grey cat I'd say he's thinking about his next fix! lol thank you for entering and stopping by!

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  7. A gorgeous card, Alex - I'm a big fan of Dyan's stamps (well - all her products to be fair!). Love your Distress Oxide background and the sentiment is super- perfect! Am following you on Insta and Facebook and I'm a new follower of your blog. Hope you'll visit mine! x

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    1. I will definitely visit you and reciprocate! I was lucky enough to do a class with Dyan when she visited Australia last year! It was quite surreal and she is so funny and down to earth!

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  8. Love the cute cats, the sentiment and the background. I am a blog follower and follow you on IG as waterlily57
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thankyou for entering and including your usernames. It;s more than helpful and I really appreciate the blog love!

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  9. I am following your blog, on Facebook as Karen Ladd, on IG as karenladd510, and I love these quirky black and white kitties!! Thanks for the chance to win this stamp set. My favorite sentiment is If I FITS, I sits.....SO much like a cat!!
    Not sure if we were supposed to leave separate comments for each item that we completed or all in one comment but I'm following everyone else's lead!

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    1. You did great! I'd sort it out anyway. Thanks for visiting and entering. Our cats love boxes too and since they're not exactly small cats their attempts to fit are rather amusing. Especially when one cat has an affinity for Hubz's camera and work bag (they look the same). He's on there in a second!

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  10. You did really nice and I love the background done. I your new follower on the blog and follow you on IG as pingvf499. and Like your Facebook too.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and entering! I really appreciate it!

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  11. Oh, such super sweet kitties. Such a PAWsome friend to send you those.
    I can't see any Followers section on your Blog and can't click on the FB or Google Links :-(

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words and stopping by. I emailed you though your profile about the technical issues. xx

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  12. Oh my! Your card is totally cute and really cool! Love the colors!!!
    1. I'm a new follower. Follow this blog through Google Followers (Arianna Barbara)
    2. Liked your Facebook page (Arianna Barbara)

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    1. Thank you very much for your entries and lovely words! I really appreciate it!

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  13. Fun and lovely cats, love the black&white on the inked background!!

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    1. Dyan Reaveley stamps always seem to look their best in b/w on a colourful background. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  14. OMG, I need those cats in my life! haha They are beautiful!! Love
    your gorgeous card! I'm a huge fan of lots of B&W with a bit of color
    when it's done so purrfectly as this! Thanks for the giveaway ... I'm
    going to do everything! lol

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    1. Thanks for your entry and visit! Dyan has or had 2 similar stamp sets with these cats. One of them is still stocked at scrapbook.com. you can get there through the picture link in the right sidebar. but I was so fixated on getting the posts done I hadn't even thought to make a product list!

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  15. Love the whimsical feel of this card!! Great job. Don’t count me in for the prize... I have this set 😂

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    1. Thanks for letting me know and I really really appreciate the blog love even though you have the set! <3

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  16. I really LOVE this card. The background is so pretty! The kitties are awesome as are the words.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words! I really appreciate the blog love

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  17. These cats are just fabulous.
    I have followed all your instructions (as above) and look forward to seeing more of your lovely work

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    1. Thank you Glennis! There is at least one more project after this one for Cat Lovers Hop! Thanks for your visit and entry!

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  18. your card is so adorable!
    love backround and cats!
    I do follow you on blog IG and FB.
    thank you for the chance for win this cute stamp set!
    hugs

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words, entry and visit! It means a lot!

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  19. That is a cute cat lay-out, and a cat-a-rrific giveaway!

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    1. oooh cat-a-rrific I love that! Thanks for the entry and visit! I will add this word to my catty vocabulary!

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  20. Great card, Alex! I am such a fan of black and white cards, Jo x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm really glad you like it!

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  21. I LOVE your beautiful blended background and these darling black and white cats! This is a really fun card with a beautiful design!
    Michele k. henderson
    crimsonowl@comcast.net

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words and entry! It means a lot.

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  22. Wow....what a fabulous card!!! I LOVE these cats and your gorgeous background. Lovely sentiment, too.
    I am a new follower of your blog and FB, but already follow on IG. Thank you for adding to the fun by offering this amazing The Ink Road set. I LOVE their products.
    Thank you so much for being a part of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  23. Your card is adorable! I LOVE your beautiful inky background! I just joined as a follower and I would be so happy if you'll hop over and follow me too - I am a big cat lover myself - I have 3 kitties and love to make cat cards!

    http://ktdesigns2013.blogspot.com/

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    1. I just followed your IG (fitkit2018) and FB (Karen Garber). Thank you for the AWESOME giveaway - I would be thrilled to win these kitty stamps! Those sentiments make me smile!

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  24. AWWWWW what a PUUUUUUURRRRRFECT cat card! I just love the rainbow of colors for the background with the cats being in black and white very cool color effects together! That sentiment if it fits I sits! it's soooo true with cats! LOL!! caholmes67@gmail.com

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  25. Your friend must have just loved this card! It is sooo purrrrrfect! Really love the sentiment too!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop!!!
    rstevensoncreations.wordpress.com

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