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Oct 29, 2022

Cats and Cake, and More Cats

Hello and welcome!

Well, apparently today (October 29th) is National Cat Day in the USA and since the Cat Lovers Hop is still going on (it's the last day) I decided to spend a little time making one more card for the hop. So this is my 3rd and final card for the hop. I wasn't able to complete all 5 cards (the maximum) but three is definitely better than 1 which was all I did last year for the hop. 

The cute image is from Penny Black set Happy Critters, stamped on Bristol Vellum paper and I used my Zig Clean Color brush pens and a Zig Detailer watercolor brush for coloring, then fussy cut.

For the card front I masked the edges of my card stock with washi tape then inked with Twisted Citron and Rustic Wilderness oxide inks and used  Penny Black's Hypnotic stencil too. I didn't bother fussy cutting around all the whiskers, instead stamped the image again directly onto the green background before adhering the fussy cut image onto it so all the cats could have their whiskers.  

The ticket sentiments and die are from Whimsy Stamps but long retired and no longer available. I added some green jute twine and stickles glitter to finish off the card.

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I had so much fun joining in again this year at the Cat Lovers hop, everyone shared such wonderful cat themed projects and loved playing in the daily games too! 

Below is a recent photo of my two cats. It's so rare to see them together like this, you would never guess that they barely tolerate each other but if you look closely you can tell Fussy has her eyes open and isn't really so sure about this situation or that it was caught on camera. Photo was taken by my cousin who was visiting from Germany last month. 

The photo below was taken when we first adopted them back in October of 2010. A rare picture of shy Fussy not hiding away (which was what she did for many years before she accepted us). Seeing both of these pictures you'd think they are inseparable but that's far from the truth LOL. 

By the way, this was my second card for today, if you'd like to see my "Pacman" themed card for Allsorts' special 700th challenge please click here

Just a few more hours before the cat lovers hop closes. You can find all the info on how to join in by clicking on the logo below or click HERE to visit Janis' blog who is hosting this wonderful event. 

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If you are interested in joining the end of year "Year in Review" hop where we share our favorite creations of 2022 please click here for all the details. 


  1. Ooooh, the photos of your kitties, just priceless. I know what you mean by just 'sometimes' they can be cosy up, mine are the same - one minute content, and the next one will swipe at the other. LOL. Your card is just stunning! (I mean that truly) The images of each cat is coloured so perfectly - just love the image! You are very talented! Happy hopping!

  2. Such a fun card with the PB Cats Ellie and great photos of your fury friends.

    B x

  3. What a lovely pair of cats - even if they are not generally friendly!! Love that sweet card Ellie - those Penny Black images are gorgeous and this one is beautiful.

  4. Always love PB cats, they are so fun and fat! I think they will eat all the cake! LOL :D Your fussy cut and colouring look awesome, you are very accurate! Love the whole design of your card!
    I managed to make five cards for CLH this year, but last year I made only one too!
    Love the photos of your cats, how cute!
    Happy Hopping!

  5. Und wieder einmal hast Du einen Penny Black Stempel so zauberhaft in Szene gesetzt!!!
    Und danke für die Fotos Deiner Katzen, wie hübsch sie sind!!! Mein Mann liebt ja ganz besonders die roten Katzen!!!

  6. Yay, Ellie! So happy you were able to make another card for the Cat Lovers Hop! It's such a cute birthday card! I enjoy the Penny Black kitties - they are adorable! I really enjoyed looking at your real-life kitties too! So cute! My kitties would never cuddle together like this either. You are blessed that your friend caught this photo! I caught a few pics of my two tabbies together as kittens but that didn't last long!

  7. My cats never cuddle. At least you've captured it in a photo. Fun birthday card. I just love the stack of kitties!

  8. Super cute stack of birthday kittys!! Love those real ones too!! 😻❤️

  9. super cute card thanks for sharing it with us at colour crazy

  10. I always think of you when I see PB stamps! This is such a cute card, so festive & colored to purrrfection! I esp. love the photos of your kitties - and the orange tabby looks just like my childhood kitty, Henry. ;-) And thank you so much for your kind words on my projects (for this hop & others!). Fills my heart with joy.

  11. Super stack of kitties - I love Penny Black cats.

  12. wow, this is such a beautiful design. Hello from the Cat Lovers Hop.

  13. those are some cute kitties (both on the card and photos)! Love your image, how you've colored it, and your color choices.

  14. Loving the birthday cats, Ellie, and the sparkle on the cake is wonderful ! Visiting from the Cat Lovers Hop again. :-D While I'm here, thanks for playing in our Crazy for Cats challenge.

  15. Fabulous card! Adorable image, beautifully colored!

  16. Such a fabulous cat card, love those PB cats and your design.

  17. Your kitties are so adorable!!! Great card! I have some of the Bristol Vellum paper, but I haven't tried it yet. Such a cute card design and great coloring! Enjoyed seeing the pics of your pretty kitties also!

  18. Those cats - so fun! Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  19. Cute card and cute photo of your kitties!
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn ❤️

  20. Another fabulous, adorable card!

  21. All of the kitties!!!

    Curated by Jennifer

  22. Popping over from the Cat Hop today to say hello! I totally love this card! Your coloring is beautiful, and I love seeing the pics of your fur babies!
    Love To Scrap 2

  23. Your kitty birthday card is so lovely and so much fun! Hopping in from the Cat Lovers Hop and Crazy for Cats Challenges, thank you for playing in our first challenge!
    Have a wonderful crafty day!
    Cat 🐱
    Crazy for Cats Challenges

  24. Love that image! Super colour scheme! Just hopping by from the Cat Lovers Hop!

  25. Fabulous trio of cute kitties! You have two wonderful cats!
    Popping in from the Cat Lovers Hop!

  26. Super cute card! I just adore the cats :) - Thanks for joining in at AAA Birthday

  27. I love cats !!! with these colors they are gorgeous! Thanks for playing AAA Birthday, I hope to see you participate in the next challenges!

  28. Your kitties are gorgeous, Ellie! I love it when they snuggle together :)
    Beautiful card - the Penny Black cats are among my favourites, but I don't actually own any yet. I need to sort that out by the next hop.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments - I really do appreciate your time. x

  29. so beautiful card!
    awww so cute cats!
    Hi from Cat lovers blog hop!
    Fiki from Bad Kitty's Craft Room

  30. Gorgeous photos of your kitties and I love your fun card. Your colouring is amazing! Love Penny Black stamps too!

    Thanks for participating in the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop! I'm hopping by to say hi to everyone and check out all of the amazing cat creations and inspiration.

  31. This is such a cute image. I like your coloring and the tickets.

  32. PURRfectly beautiful kitty card, I do love Penny Black kitties and your card with the green mat is so wonderful! Hopping in from the Cat Lovers Hop, thank you for visiting LeighSBDesigns Inspiration Blog and leaving us some love for the CLH, so much appreciated!

  33. Wonderful coloring on the trio of cats. Visiting from Cat Lovers Blog Hop.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  34. What a fun card! So glad you were able to make three of them.....that's more than I got done!!! :o
    Love this adorable stack of cats image! Such a fun BD card.
    Awwwww......your fur babies are so precious. You are right that we would never know they weren't best buds. I know that look of the one with her eyes open while the other looks very comfortable nestled alongside her. Things could erupt at any moment!! Ha.
    Thank you so much for your lovely participation in the #2022CatLoversHop!!!
    <3 J
    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  35. I love this happy cat birthday party! They seem as excited as I get about cake! Love it!

  36. Cute card. Awesome kitties and love seeing your family of kittens. So glad you shared over at Colour crazy, Crafty Catz.

  37. The kitty card is absolutely adorable!

  38. Cute cats, love the tags! Thanks for joining Colour Crazy Challenges, good luck! Dawn Dt


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