2019 Cat Lovers Hop Crafty Cat Card and The Gray Muse Enamel Pin Giveaway

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Hello and welcome to the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop celebrating our 5th year – MEOWZA!! Paws up to Janis, who puts loads of hard work into putting this hop together for us each year!!!

Unfortunately I won’t have as many posts as I’d planned for you this year (see previous post for deets), but I do have at least one card and a fabulous giveaway sponsored by Rubeena at The Gray Muse for you at the end of this post. In fact, I used her fun new Cats in the Craft Room stamp set to create a card for my dad who just got home from the hospital:

I wanted the front to rouse curiosity, so I cut out the cat that’s coloring and had him peeking into the ‘window’ with no sentiment

On the reverse side I found kitty on the craft mat in the same set that pretty nearly fits the head size and stamped it on the back for the face. The kitty in the CRAFTS box (that’s FTs, not Ps) in the set provided the paws… I just cut them out and folded them over the edge before gluing down the cat.

To give depth to the inside, I stamped the cat drawing 4 times and cut out each ‘page’, distressed the edges and then layered them exactly as the stamp, with the kitty on top. Then I drew thought bubbles to the stamped sentiments and wrote in my explanation of the scene below (now you know why I prefer using stamps!! lol!).

This card says everything I wanted to say! I’m SO happy that Rubeena has branched out into stamps! The Gray Muse is most famous for her fun enamel pins. Some are true-isms like this one: We rise by lifting others!


  • The Gray Muse Cats In the Craft Room stamp set
  • Spellbinders Gold Labels 4 dies
  • DCWV Mercury Glass Stack & Glitzy Glitter Stack
  • AC Cardsctock glitter card base
  • Core’dinations white card stock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink Tuxedo Black
  • Tsukineko Versamagic chalk ink Red Magic
  • Marvy Le Plume II pen #1122
  • Kaiser Craft Neon Gel pens
  • The Paper Studio Gemstones
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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Now, for the part you’ve been waiting for!

First, in case you want that terrific cat stamp set, some of her other lovely stamps or some of her fabulous enamel pins, The Gray Muse is offering an exclusive 10% discount to all hoppers and readers of my blog during the hop (Oct 21-26)… just use the code: SPONSOR10:

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In addition, Rubeena  has kindly offered to give away one of her recent kitten-in-the-craft room enamel pins to someone who comments on this post!

You can read about her Kitten & the Craft Box pin HERE and her Kitten & the Craft Mat pin HERE… they are based on her own cats! We can all relate to their shenanigans!!

What do you have to do to be entered to be the winner of one of above cute pins from The Gray Muse? Well, let’s show her some gratitude… First, go to her Facebook page HERE, like it and leave a message thanking Rubeena for her generosity! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy. If you’re not on Facebook, or for a second entry, you can go to her Instagram Page HERE, follow it and comment on one of the two pins pictured above (just click on the picture to go directly to the post) and then come back here and leave me a comment that you did it. Maximum 2 entries per person. (BTW, while you’re there, I highly recommend signing up for her informative and entertaining newsletters. You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your comments in. Sometime during the next week, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!!

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But wait! There’s more!! Rubeena went above and beyond and sent me several of her pins as samples and I’ll be giving them away. In addition, before the cat pins came out, I had already purchased the trophy pin for this years hop:

Here’s how these enamel pin giveaways will work: On Sunday, October 27, 2019, you can send me ONE e-mail (d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com)) with your entries (please mark your calendars as I may not be back here to remind you this year) as follows:

  1. You can nominate someone else’s card for the Carmaking Talent award pin (presented by me). Did someone enter an exceptionally beautiful or difficult card that caught your eye. Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.

2.  You can nominate someone else’s funny/humorous card for the CUT-UP award (the interactive papercutter).Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.



3.  Would you like to be in the running to win one of the above enamel pins?

Please let me know the letters of the ones you’d like to win (in order of preference) and I’ll use Random.org to pick winners.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your e-mail to me at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com). Sometime during the next week, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!! Sorry I can’t be more specific on the date, but everything is up in the air as dad just got home from the hospital and starts chemo Monday. Thanks for understanding!

Thank you, Rubeena and The Gray Muse, for your generous support of this crafty Cat Lovers Hop!! Your goodies and discount make this event even more fun!!

Phew! I’m ready for a cat nap after this!! I look forward to seeing all of your crafty projects but I may not get around to commenting on them all as I have done it the past. Hopefully, next year I can be back with you all in full force! Have fun hopping!!



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39 thoughts on “2019 Cat Lovers Hop Crafty Cat Card and The Gray Muse Enamel Pin Giveaway

  1. Hello, D.Ann! So happy to see you at the Cat Lovers Hop! Sounds like your Dad has a tough road ahead of him. My brother just got through chemo for colon cancer (12 rounds over 6 months; it was brutal, but it worked, so far, so good). Stay positive and keep encouraging your Dad to stay positive as well. It makes a difference. Please give your Dad my well wishes; I will be praying for him. Your kitty card is gorgeous – I love how you’ve decorated the inside with so many encouraging words. I know your Dad will appreciate it, and it will lift his spirits. The kitty stamps are adorable! Those crystal pawprints are purrfect!

    I just thanked Rubeena on her FB page and liked it as well (Karen Garber on FB). Thank you for the pawesome giveaway!


  2. Oh, DAnn! So sorry to hear about your Dad but I’m sure your adorable card will cheer him right up. Sending prayers and healing thoughts to you both. Love the creative way you used Rubena’s cute stamps. And what fabulous pins! Liked her FB page and sent a message, followed on Instagram and did sign up for her newsletter. Really cute stuff! xxD


  3. I have your dad in my prayers, D Ann, and send the best wishes of a fellow cancer survivor. 😀 So good to see the Cat Lovers Hop on again. I’m off to visit Rubena’s Facebook site.


  4. So good to see you, D.Ann!! Your card for your Dad is pretty paw-some and love all the encouraging sentiments inside. Of course, the kitty peeking in is pretty cute, too.


  5. Sending good thoughts to your Dad and you. Your card is so cute and does want you to open it right up. I’m off to Rubena’s Facebook page and Instagram.


  6. I commented on The Gray Muse Instagram page for both pins, liked her FB page and signed up for the newsletter. I was so happy to found her through you. These would be great for Christmas. Take care and thanks so much for the chance to win one.


  7. Love your sweet card! I really like that cute little kitty butt on the card front!
    Sending good thoughts for your Dad! He’ll love your card!
    Love all the fun pins! I thanked Rubeena on FB.
    Also will thank her on IG, but I somehow ended up in IG Jail and can’t seem to post without getting an error message! Will keep trying though!


  8. Hi, D.Ann!! For someone who is in a time zone 3 hrs ahead of me you either stayed up very late or got up very early to be the first one linked up!!! Many thanks for your support and encouragement by jumping in that #1 spot!!

    I love this super-sweet kitty card you made for your Dad. So sorry he is ill. My continued prayers for him and your family. Your card is just fabulous. I was instantly curious to find out what that kitty on the front was looking at inside!! Oh….a kitty has jumped into the crafts box. (Ha…….no P allowed in the crafts box. I see what you did there!!!)

    What a fabulous stamp set by Rubeena….totally LOVE it and had not known she designed stamps until you told me recently. I do love her enamel pins, also. I visited her on IG, liked, commented, etc on the pins!!

    You have all sorts of super contests and activities to do here, D.Ann. THANK YOU for helping make our Hops soooooooo much fun for all of us!!! You are the best!!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


  9. Visited Rubeena on FB, liked, followed, and also sent her a message of thanks!!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


  10. Hello, D.Ann – it’s great to see you at the Cat Lovers Hop again! I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, but I’m sure your delightful peeking kitty card will help to bring a smile and cheer him up.


  11. Dear D. Ann
    Love your card and I am sure it will cheer your dad. This is the first time i am seeing so many sentiments in one card.I know that it is hard but dont give up. Your dad will be in my prayers and you know that prayers can do wonders. I know how you feel as a daughter as we daughters love our fathers very much. Stay positive and I join you to pray for your dad. Blessings to your family from mine.


  12. It’s so good to see you joining in the Cat Lovers Hop D.Ann, and this busy kitty is sure to bring a smile to your dad’s face. Love all the thought bubbles letting us get a peek into her process!


  13. I absolutely LOVE your kitty card! Great attention to detail! This is my first year participating in the Cat Lovers Hop – we have eight fur babies (Poopie, Molly, Jack, Walter, Tigger, Milo, Dusty and Mocha Latte) that we love to the moon and back! I’m so happy to see you here also and have the chance to visit your blog!
    Love To Scrap 2


  14. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your father D.Ann. I know that he’ll love this card, and will be praying for him. This is so cute, with the busy little kitty and those rhinestone paw prints on the front


  15. Thank you so much for participating in the Cat Lover’s Hop! I love your card! It is so cute and I love how you have it peeking inside. My prayers go out to you for your dad! I know exactly how you feel as my dad, father-in-law and now my uncle have all undergone chemo. My uncle is still in treatment. All are doing very well so there is hope. My father-in-law has stage 4 liver cancer and was only given 6 months to live. That was 8 years ago and he is still going strong and enjoying life. We call him the miracle man.

    If I am lucky enough to win one of your pins I would love to win C as I make a lot of cards.
    Order: C, E, A, F, B, D


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