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Oct 12, 2023

The Cat Lovers Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Tis The Season (Plus Papercrafters Year in Review 2023 Hop Info)

Hello everyone! Every October Janis Woolbright would hold the Cat Lovers Hop and I was so happy when I discovered the hop a few years ago and had been taking part in it. Sadly, in January Janis passed away and in her honor the Cat Lovers Christmas Kickstart challenge was created. So today I am sharing a card made for the challenge.

To make my card I also followed one of the "game" challenges on the Christmas Kickstart blog and that is a tic tac toe game created with Janis's favorite techniques and themes in mind.
I went with diagonal left top to right bottom (die cut, tag, stamp) but it also fits the top row (die cut, ribbon, patterened paper) and second row (glitter, stamp, scraps).

 Christmas Kickstart Tic Tac Toe

I used some cute cats from the Penny Black set Deck the Halls and a mix of distress inks/Zig Clean Color markers for coloring. The die cut pine branches are also from Penny Black and the bauble tag is an oldie from Whimsy Stamps. Found the perfect red gingham ribbon scrap in my ribbon drawer and tied some jute twine around it. Striped and red paper are also both scraps. I used Penny Black's background stamps Christmas Story before adding the die cuts/papers/ribbon to the top. To finish it off I applied Stickles glitter to the lights. 

The sentiment "Tis the Season" is from another PB set - Holiday Snippets.

Besides the Cat Lover's Christmas Kickstart challenge and Christmas Kickstart Tic Tac Toe I'd also like to share my card here:

Snippets Playground - Use Snippets
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas
Peace on Earth - Christmas
Fab n Funky - Coloring

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Papercrafters' Year in Review 2023 Hop Sign Up

Before I let you go, I wanted to mention that I am once again planning the "Year a Review" hop where we will feature our favorite creations of the year and looking for a few co-hosts. As always, you may choose how many project you will feature. It could be a top 5 or top 10. Maybe you have just one you are especially fond of having created. I usually go with a favorite of each month to make the choice easier. 


  • Create a blog post featuring YOUR OWN favorite creations of 2023 to be scheduled on your blogs for Friday December 29th 6am CST (12 noon UK time)
  • I will provide the html code for the linky tool to each person signing up as a co-host. It would be great if you included this in your post on your own blogs but not neccessary as long as you post a list of each participant.
  • Your blog followers are welcome to link up their own favorites during that time period should they decided to create their own "year in review" posts. The linky tool will be open for one week.
  • You must have a blog to participate.
  • This will be a blog hop, so please plan on visiting and commenting on each participant's "Year in Review 2023" post when time allows during hop week.
  • This sign up is for any paper crafter with a blog. You don't have to have a papercraft only blog - as long as you have some favorite handmade cards to share in your review post you are welcome to sign up. 
  • Optional: You are welcome to offer a small prize to a winner selected from those who commented on your post (including other co-hosts) but that is totally up to you and it is absolutely not needed to offer a prize in order to be a co-host. 
  • The blog hop will run for one week (December 29th - January 4th)
  • To get an idea of how it works you can click here to see last year's hop.

I will close the sign-up linky tool on December 9th (may close sooner if enough sign up before that date), then I will message everyone with the hop list by December 15th so everyone will have plenty of time to prepare their posts even before Christmas should you want to work ahead on it. 


mandysea said...

What a jolly pair of kitties working out the lights! Your colouring shading is purrrfect in the images. The foliage and bauble frame the scene beautifully. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining in on Tic Tac Toe Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge and remembering Janis xx

Carole J said...

Utterly adorable, Ellie - I love your colouring on these little cuties. Your design is beautiful and is perfect for the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. Thank you, once again, for joining the special Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge in memory of our dear friend, Janis Woolbright. x

Deborah Hellman said...

Wonderful card

brenda said...

A fun PB Cats Ellie and the whole design very nicely balances, many thanks for sharing at We Love Stamping October challenge.

B x

kiwimeskreations said...

Ellie this is absolutely gorgeous - loving those wee cats, and the layers across the top are perfect behind the beautifully coloured branches and bauble.
Thank you for sharing this with us at We Love Stamping
Maxine WLS DT

Sarn said...

Hi Ellie

Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground with this gorgeous PB cat card. Love the stamping and die cuts you have chosen - all of which work so well together. Great Christmas card and lovely tribute to Janis. Meet to in the treehouse for a nice mug of hot chocolate later! Xxx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Awwww.... Just adorable!! LOVE those PB cats with the lightbulbs, the bauble with greenery and the gorgeous bow! Amazing design as always!
So glad you partecipate in the Christmas Cat Lovers hop in Janis' honour :) thanks for your lovely comments on my blog
Thank you so much for joining us at We Love Stamping October challenge!!!

Jennifer said...

This is so cute!

Curated by Jennifer

Kate said...

What a cute pair of kitties and the layout of your card is fabulous - so many lovely details! The Year in Review sounds like fun so I've signed up! Hugs, Kate!

Suzanne H said...

I think you've won at the Tic-Tac-Toe game :)! Super cute card. Thanks so much for playing along at the Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge. Helpful Hopper-Suzanne

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is so cute, Ellie! I adore Penny Black cat stamps - they were some of the first stamps I bought many years ago, and I still have them. I don't own this particular set, but it's such a joy to see these kitties here, and you've coloured them beautifully! I like your added die-cuts, ribbon, twine, etc., everything goes together so well to create this gorgeous card! Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Kickstart's Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge! I hope you will be back again this month with some more adorable cards! Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

Darlene said...

Oh Elllie, this is so so cute ... love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

Becca Yahrling said...

Hi Ellie! So happy to see you here honoring our friend Janis with your beautiful card! I always love your awesome designs. The stickles are the purrrfect touch to add some glitter. Love this beautiful design.

Di said...

Such a fun card Ellie - PB images always make me smile! Loving the sparkle too!


Di xx

papierelle said...

Deine Karte ist ganz bezaubernd und so süß!!! Und ich freue mich, das so viele dabei sind unserer lieben Freundin Janis zu gedenken!!! LG Gundi

Anonymous said...

Adorable card.
Thank you for joining in with us at Fab’n’Funky challenges
Buffy (DT) x

coldwaters2 said...

Love this card Ellie the stamp is ACE and I love the card design thank you for joining us at We Love Stamping
lolo x

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Such a darling kitty pair, Ellie! Gorgeous coloring!!

lichazul said...

Absoluty gorgeous cats cardπŸ˜»πŸ˜»πŸ˜»πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ congrats
Happy day

Dotty Jo said...

This is so lovely! I'm really getting into PB images this year - especially their cat stamps as they are so characterful and beautifully drawn. I must pop back for your review of the year challenge - hope it goes well. Thanks for sharing your lovely card at The Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge where we're remembering our dear friend Janis, Jo x

Pat K said...

Awe...this is adorable. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K x

Trina P. said...

What an adorable pair. Beautiful colouring and a fun scene.

Bunny said...

If this card was in a line up of ten cards I would have known it was yours. This is very cute. Love the great image. [Bunny]

Fikreta said...

this is super cute card!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous and cute card! Thanks for sharing at We Love Stamping.
Once again trying to comment here, let's see if it works now! X Mervi

Sue from Oregon said...

Such a fun challenge and a great way to honor Janis's memory! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge! πŸ’• Sue Kment

Helen said...

So cute - love the layout too!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x