2018 Cat Lovers Hop – Day 1 – Cat On a Fence Card

While I’ve been away chasing my tail, time has zipped by faster than a mouse running from a barn cat (waaayyy faster than running from a house cat!) and we’ve come ’round to my favorite time of year again…. The 4th annual Cat Lovers Hop has begun!

This year our fabulous hop hostess, Janis of HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com, has gathered a clowder of generous sponsors and prizes will be given among those who enter projects and those who comment on projects entered, so there are plenty of opportunities to win and to enjoy loads of feline crafting inspiration If you didn’t start at the beginning, you’ll want to click HERE to get all the details. (And don’t forget, to be a winner in her hop, you must also be signed in HERE.) The hop Guidelines & FAQs page is HERE.

To add to the fun, I am pleased to announce that there will be several blog candy giveaways on my blog during this year’s hop, starting with this very post! If you’re not already a subscriber, you will want to sign up so you don’t miss any posts and chances to win some fun crafty goodies.

My first card is this sweet Cat on the Fence from Cheapo Dies. They may be inexpensive, but they’re good quality dies… I have several of their dies and they’ve all cut well so far! You will want to stay tuned until the end as there will be a Cheapo Dies giveaway and discount code!! This die is made to cut completely out, but I covered both sides with some circle dies to frame it up and hold it in place for a see-through window.

I cut it out two additional times, One in white and one to back it. I used part of the one I cut out of the card for the envelope. I also cut the cat out again for the inside against the ‘sunset’.

Supplies:

  • Cheap-O Dies: Cat on the Fence
  • Spellbinders Tear Drop Circle, Large Classic Circles, Small Classic Scalloped Circles dies
  • Little B: Meow & Woof (just the paw print) dies
  • Recollections Elegance card pack – gold
  • Recollections white, brown & black cardstock
  • Copic Markers B39; C7, 13; E55, 71; R35, Y17; YG17, 63, 67
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue

 

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Now, for the news you’ve all been waiting for… the blog candy giveaway!

Cheapo Dies has kindly offered to give one commenter on this post (open worldwide) THIS darling cat die:

They are also generously offering a special discount code to all who are participating in this hop or reading this post: You can use the code  CAT for 10% of your  orders from Oct. 22, 2018 (that’s today!) until Nov. 7, 2018. Thank you, Cheapo Dies!!! There are at least half a dozen cat dies, all under $5 and oodles of other fun dies…. click HERE to check them out!

What do you have to do to be entered to win the above cute cat die from Cheapo Dies? Well, let’s show them some gratitude… First, go to their Facebook page HERE, like it and leave them a message thanking them for their generosity! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy. One entry per person. This giveaway is open worldwide. You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, 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, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

Well, we’re off to a roaring start! Let the fur fly (and craft scraps, too!) as you get busy cranking out those Cat Themed projects. I can’t wait to see what you create! I’ll be back later today with another kitty project to aMEWs you. Meanwhile, big, furry hugs & purrs to you all!

If you’re continuing on the hop, the next entry is the talented ionabunny HERE

~D.Ann

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Inky Paws Challenge #19 & April Showers Challenge

I needed a break today, so decided to do something just for fun.

Newton’s Nook is currently running the Inky Paws Challenge #19 – Use Watercolor:

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and Tombow is running the April Showers Challenge with this mood board for inspiration:

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So I decided Newton needed to be playing inside a yellow umbrella with a rainy watercolor wash background ( or is that blue skies?! *wink*):

Newton: The sun'll come out tomorrow!

Newton: The sun’ll come out tomorrow!

(click on picture to enlarge)

In case you’re interested, here’s how it was done:

I die cut some watercolor paper with Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor. I scribbled Tombow makers (195 Green; 243 Mint; 443 Turquoise & 451 Sky) onto an acrylic block and picked up the color with a Royal Langnickel Agua-Flo brush and brushed it over the inner part of the die cut watercolor paper.

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While that was drying, I die cut some black cardstock using Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles. I also cut some yellow cardstock using Spellbinders Umbrella trio and the tag from A2 Valiant Honor. I couldn’t find a sentiment I was happy with, so I hand wrote ‘The sun’ll come out tomorrow!’ with a Uniball micro pen. I colored around the frame and the handle of the umbrella with Tombow 025 Light Orange marker.

Next, I stamped Newton with the flower pots from the Naughty Newton stamp set and cut him out without the flower pots. I colored him using just Tombow 025Light Orange except for his ears and nose which got a shot of 942 tan and his collar which used 443 Turquoise and N65 Cool Gray 5. I love that the 025 Light Orange starts out a pale orange yellow and the more you go over it, the more orange it gets!

To attach Newton and the umbrella to the black tear drop circle and the label to the watercolor base, I used Tombow mono dots adhesive. I like using the dots on intricate dies. I then gently rub a rubber cement pick up square over the edges and it picks up any stray dots sticking out. I used Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to attach the black tear drop circle to the water color paper and to attach the watercolor paper to the turquoise card base.

Now it just needed a little something to balance the card out, so I used more Tombow Xtreme to attach the Prima Marketing Calypso Tin Teal flowers. To finish off, I attached three Queen & Co baby blue rhinestones and ran the Tombow 443 Turquoise marker over them, just in case it helped them match better.

Thank you for stopping by today!

-D.Ann

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Again, if you want to enter either of these challenges, the links are:

Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #19 – Use Watercolor:

http://www.newtonsnookblog.com/search/label/Inky%20Paws%20Challenge

Tombow April Showers Challenge:

http://blog.tombowusa.com/2015/03/30/april-showers-challenge/

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I’m also entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Pastels

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=2568

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* update 4/13/15:  Tombow winner… Thank you, Tombow!!!

http://blog.tombowusa.com/2015/04/13/april-showers-challenge-winner/