Friday, October 25, 2019

Cats & Bats & Christmas Bags!

I wanted to make one more card to enter into the Cat Lovers Hop, so I looked through my digi collection. This little cutie just begged to be colored and shared. She's a freebie that you can find HERE.  (Actually Angelique, the artist that created this image, has five cats and offers many adorable images on her blog. Stop by and I think you’ll fall in love with all the little furballs!) I usually used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, but decided to use colored pencils for this image. I like the soft look they provide this cute feline. The inside sentiment is from a wonderful, and funny, set of clear donut themed stamps from The Project Bin named “Hole Foods” (see… I told you… FUNNY!)
Entered into:  
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #480
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- #31                                                      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Oct                                   

I also wanted to make one more card to enter into the current Double D’s Challenge named “Silhouette.” I looked through my files and found a template for an Origami pop-up bat I used a few years ago… and decided to make a very special Halloween card for my hubby with it. (After spending 45 Halloweens together, he knows that I prefer cute cards. So… I think he’ll appreciate getting a creepy one this year!)  You can find the template and a picture tutorial that walks through the 27 step Origami process HERE. I took a close up of the critters creepy face so that you can see that I even punched beady little eyes and taped a piece of red paper behind them. (I was once terrorized by a bat that flew into our home and circled the lamp next to me, whizzing past my screaming face several times. So… so it was kinda fun to literally punch this guy in the face. Twice!!) The sentiments are computer-generated.  Am entering the card into a few other challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge (Orange, yellow and blue with a twist of terrifying!) and Outlawz Twisted Thursday (Twist=creepy!)  
Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Silhouettes            
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Spooky                                                 
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Make It Spooktacular!
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge (Mood Board)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Fall/Autumn Colors                        

I decided to make a small gift bag to use as a table decoration. Plan to set it on a silver tray and set holly sprigs at the base. (I have silk holly, but might try to find some real sprigs at the local florist.) The background stamp, embossed with white pigment ink and embossing powder, is one that I removed from its wood base many years ago. (I think it might be from Biblical Impressions or maybe Judikins?) The sentiment “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is a freebie from and the sparkly holly sticker is from a pack I recently picked up at Hobby Lobby.
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #410-411 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #605 Sparkles
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 43 Anything Goes                                  


  1. Such wonderful projects! The cat card is adorable, the bat one really cool and the gift bag is so pretty!

  2. My first thought when I saw the kitty card was..." cute!" My second thought was, "No...not on the donuts!!"..haha!

  3. Fabulous the kitty card!

    Val S - LeighSBDesigns DT
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  4. Each card is just perfect, loving each one, hugs, Lori m

  5. Beautifully done love the cat ...thanks for sharing with this week, good luck Nelly DT X

  6. I love each and every one of these! They are all very special and will be loved by the recipients!
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  7. Another fab group of cards, Kathy! That kitty up top is ADORABLE and the sentiment is purr-fect! Thanks for reminding me of Angelique's site. Great job with the pencils. Love that you've torn the edges to keep up that soft feel. Gotta check out that bat origami, too. WAAAY cool! xxD

  8. I love origami! All of your cards are terrific and I've popped over from the Cat Lovers Hop so I have to comment on that sweet kitty with donuts. It just had be colored.

  9. Super gorgeous cat card and I really love the Halloween one with pop-out bat :-)
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  10. All your projects are really amazing!!! I'm melting down for the cuteness of your kitty card. Sentiment is so sweet!

  11. Such fun projects. Love the kitty and all her doughnuts. I hope she's in a sharing mood. lol

  12. I love you kitty card. hugs ValeryAnne.

  13. Oh, what a fabulous group of projects!!! Of course I love the kitty one the best, but special mention to that awesome bat pop-up card!!! I love bats! This is just amazing.

    Back to the kitty.....
    What a sweet image. I am so glad you colored it up for us to see. Snoozing off the sugar coma in the donuts...oh, dear....naughty kitty. I will volunteer to wipe the cat hairs off and eat them anyway. :) Love the donut hanging on the kitty's ear!! What a fun sentiment set. Thanks for the photo of it, too. What a hoot! HOLE foods!! Bwahaha!!

    Thank you so much for playing along in the #2019CatLoversHop!!
    <3 J

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  14. How clever. I love your pop up bat, very creative. Great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Silhouette Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
    {Judy's Happy Place} Stop by and see me!!!!

  15. Ooh!!! Donuts and kitties- can’t go wrong!!!

  16. These are all gorgeous but the kitty is sooooooo cuuuuuute! I thought I had all of sleikje's images so I'll be looking to see if I have this one - it's really precious!

  17. OMG what a fun 'batty' card design! Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Silhouette’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
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  18. This is an absolutely adorable image. Thank you for the link to the blog where you got this from, Debbie! I have one for myself and left a thank you note. The Hole Foods stamp set is hilarious! Love your card and the fact fold! xx

  19. So lovely projects and just love that cute kitty with the donuts!! So sweet!!!!!

  20. This is just so adorable! I love it, I must check out the digi stamp so cute.
    Jenny xx
    Visiting from the Cat Lovers Hop

  21. These are all wonderful creations! Love those sentiments in the first, the bat is amazing, the Christmas bag is cute!!

  22. Love this sweet cat image and the donuts.

  23. Love the kitty and donuts, and your bat card is awesome too!

  24. Wow, what beautiful cards! The Halloween Design looks amazing both inside and out - fabulous 😁. Thanks so much for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge again! Happy and creative wishes, Jo x

  25. Love the bat flying out when you open the card, so creative!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  26. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at crafty Catz Callange blogg/Zora

  27. No way! Your bat card is amazing! Your kitty card is cute, too. You are just way too clever, Kathy! Thank you for sharing with us at Double D in our Silhouettes challenge!

  28. Great cards. Try work with photos. Thanks for playing with us at Polkadoodles. DT Beata


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