Monday, 21 October 2019

* Cat Lovers Hop: Cat and Bird


Have you heard? 
It's the Cat Lovers Hop hosted by Janis at Her Peaceful Garden.
This year is the fifth hop and it's a crazy week filled with crafting, commenting and celebrating cats of all sizes. There are fabulous sponsors and prizes to be won, but best of all, friendships to be forged with like minded cat lovers from around the world. Why don't you come and join us?

Here is my first card:

I used a fabulous red rubber stamp from Lost Coast Designs called Cat and Bird.
I began by making the background. I used Distress Oxides and used the smoosh, dab, dry technique on each colour before adding the next. I used Vintage Photo, Spiced Pumpkin, Fossilised Amber and Fired Brick to give a fiery autumnal backdrop. I stamped some flower heads (from Antique Botanicals by Rubber Dance) into the background in Fired Brick and Vintage Photo. When this was dry I stamped the Cat and Bird directly onto the background and again onto white card. The Cat and Bird were fussy cut, ready to be adhered over the stamped image.
I decided to add some foliage around the edges of the background and settled on some Inkylicious stamps, using Daisy Fields around the base and Tumbling Vines for the top section. I finished the background by inking all around the edges in black archival ink.
The background was matted onto white card and then onto black card, then it was popped on a 6 x 6 inch card base.

That's all for now!
Pop over to see what the others cat lovers have been up to
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Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #31 25/10 (#3)
Sweet Stampin Feature A Creature 25/10
Crafty Animals #31 27/10
My Time To Craft #408 Halloween or Cats 30/10
Lost Coast Portal #86 Pets 31/10
Animal Friends Cat 31/10
Dare 2B Artzy Cute Animals 02/11
Lil Patch of CraftyFriends #116 AG 02/11
Ikesworld Challenge #125 J is for Jaffa (Colour Challenge) 04/11
SUYP #47 AG 04/11

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 


  1. it's a very beautiful card Carol great images

    Gr Karin

  2. Hi Carole this is a stunning card I love it. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Hi Carole, gorgeous background for this lovely stamp. I like the contrats between the black and white cat/bird and the bright background. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge. You get a bonus entry for using our stamps on your project. Good luck. Hugz

    1. Wonderful!!! Great use of all the stamps and fab colours!!The background looks amazing as well the cat and bird!!

  4. Wow! This is terrific. I love your background and color choices. I've hopped over from the Cat Lovers Hop. Can't wait to see what you post next.

  5. You had me with the birdie! lol I'm a birdie addict.
    Your background is gorgeous.

  6. Beautiful card.. Love the colors!

  7. WOW! Is that ever striking, Carole! Even more impressive to me because I sort of suck at real stamping. I do have some awfully cute cat stamps from Lost Coast though, so maybe I'll practice some during the Hop. xxD

  8. Fabulous cat and love your background for him. Hugs ValeryAnne.

  9. Ganz toll gemacht.
    Danke für die Teilnahme bei den Animal Friends.
    LG Dreja

  10. You are right....that is a fabulous cat image. Love how the bird is sitting on its head. :) You created such a beautiful background for it too!

  11. Brilliant background behind that super image!

  12. Wow, Carole! This is absolutely stunning! The kitty stamp is a beauty, and I love how you made your background! Your creativity is so impressive! I need to come to your house and learn how you make these gorgeous backgrounds! It's always a pleasure to visit your blog!

  13. Stunning background! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  14. What an amazing background you've created for the beautiful image! Super card, Carole! xx

  15. What a sweet pair. Love the background.

  16. Beautiful card, love the background!

  17. Oh, my goodness, Carole....this is absolutely fantastic!!! I LOVE the fiery colors behind that wonderful B/W cat and bird. Your background stamping and ink blending has given everything such depth and texture. I love that the bird has a crown!! This is a truly spectacular card. Thank you for playing along in the #2019CatLoversHop!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. Oh, fantastic. That is fur-bulous and that background work is outstanding ! :-)
    Thank you for purring along to play at SUYP Cats Challenges.
    Lovely to see you at the 2019 Cat Hop.
    IKE =^..^=

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    1. Thank you for playing at IKEsWORLD Challenges - J for Jaffa too :-) x

  19. An awesome card. All the different stamped images and colours add depth to the look of the card and the cat and bird images stamped in black really stand out from the background

  20. What a stunning card, I love your background with the contrast of the black and white cat and bird, beautifully striking.
    Jenny x

  21. Beautiful image and beautiful background, I love everything about this.

  22. Dear Carol
    Love teh majestic look on the cat and the color combo u have used. Blessings

  23. Your card is FABulous! I love the colors in the background and the image is wonderful.

  24. This is amazing. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  25. Such a gorgeous card - and as a crazy cat lady I need to go and check out this challenge - thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin with your lovely card

  26. love this stamp and how you have used it. your background is just wonderful as well. great, great card! thank for joining the lost coast design challenge.

  27. The colors make this card snap! It captures the brillance of an autumn day.

  28. This is so magnificent, Carole! Loving the autumn colors. Fabulous cat. It's great to see so many of us doing the Cat Lovers Hop. While I'm here - Thanks for playing at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this month.
    NanaConnie DT

  29. This image is so beautiful, and I need to put that one on my wish list soon! I love the rich fall colors in your background, and the mysterious mood that you achieved.

  30. I absolutely LOVE your kitty card! Your work never disappoints! 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

  31. Love your Critter card!
    Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, Good luck in the challenge and hope to see you again next time!
    Ine (DT)

  32. Fabulous background for your kitty card!

    Val DT LeighSBDesigns x

  33. Beautiful card, great image with lovely background and design. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin. Pat K xx

  34. Be still my beating heart! Love, love this card, fabulous design and pattern.

  35. A real "In your face" card (in a good way) with the image right up front. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

  36. What a stunner! Love the focal image and that glorious background, Jo x

  37. Awesome card! Beautiful colors and background design, and I love that sweet kitty!

  38. Wow! This card is stunning! I love how you created the background and left the cat in black and white!

  39. Really beautiful card (even though I am NOT a cat lover lol) Your background is so striking and the stamping beautiful.
    Hugs Monica

  40. Fabulous the background!

    Thank you for joining in at IkesWorldChallenges
    Val DT x

  41. Eine sehr schöne Karte. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei den Animal Friends.

    LG Heike

  42. Me again - this is totally awesome!
    Thank you for sharing with IKE'S WORLD Challenges!
    DT for IKE'S WORLD Challenges!
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  43. Fabulous card! Bravo!!!
    Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.
    Good luck!


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