Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Day #29 - The Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge, 2023 - It's a Wrap!

We've reached the final day of The Cat Lovers Challenge in memory of Janis. I promise this won't turn into an Oscar acceptance speech, but I do want to thank everyone who has been involved in making this a month of fun and memories to celebrate the life of our much-missed friend, Janis.

Thanks to our fabulous Sponsor Family, to the Design Team folk who played along, to our Elf, Gail and to Janis's Helpful Hoppers who crafted and commented and blogged their hearts out, and who have been such a huge and vital part of this challenge. Thanks also to all YOU amazing participants for your endless enthusiasm, creativity and kindness - you have all been amazing. Finally, I'd like to thank Janis's son, James, for giving his blessing to this challenge. It's been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to remember Janis in this way. 



The linky gallery closes today, but the comments will remain open for individual posts. Please note, any comments made on Game posts after today will not be included in the RANDOM DRAWS.

DID YOU THANK OUR SPONSORS???  Each daily post includes links for visiting the featured sponsor blogs, FB, etc.  Thanks to everyone who has expressed their appreciation to them on MY daily posts and that is wonderful, but unless you actually go over to THEIR webpages, our generous sponsors are unlikely to see your notes. 



If you manage to work your way through all the links in the gallery and comment on every single project, you can link up your name at the bottom of this post to be in the special drawing for the Super Commenter Prize

NOTE:  I realise that some are not members of all the different platforms (FB, IG, Flickr, SCS, etc.) where our participants may have posted and therefore you will not be able to comment on those projects.  You can still qualify for the Super Commenter drawing IF YOU MENTION IN THE COMMENTS BELOW which platforms you are not a member of, but that you commented on EACH of the other posts. 

VERY IMPORTANT:  To be eligible for the Super Commenter prize, you MUST comment on all the projects AND link up your name in the linky tool below.

Thanks so much for your participation in this challenge. I will now to work with Rudolph the Random Reindeer to draw our winners... it'll be quite a process with this many prizes, so please bear with Rudie and me. Hopefully, I'll get the Winners Post up in a few days time. See you then.


I wanted Janis to have the final say, so here's what her Cat Lovers Hops, 

and the community of cat loving crafters she formed, meant to her...

"It is sooooooo much fun!!! Your kind words and enthusiastic participation during our Hops bring me so much joy.  Our Cat Hop Family truly has become a warm fuzzy community, laughing (and sometimes crying) with each other as we share the stories of our cats.  We might not visit each others' blogs regularly throughout the year, but it is like a reunion each October when we are all back together again.  For this, I am so very grateful to each of you!!  These events are a way I can show my appreciation to you, my paper crafting, cat-loving friends all over the world.  I hope you enjoy the Hops as much as I do!"

Rest in peace, Janis, we will carry you in our hearts.

If you've just arrived you're joining the fun on Day #29 -  which is the 
FINAL DAY of The Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge. 
Please head here for the sign-in and the LINKY PARTY, 
but please note that this closes at 11.55 pm GMT tonight.  

Super Commenter Prize Drawing Linky.
This will remain open until Nov 7th at 11.55pm GMT.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, October 30, 2023

Day #28 - The Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge - The Penultimate Day of Our Challenge


Welcome back, it's the last-but-one day of our tribute challenge for our friend, Janis.

Gail's Tic-Tac-Toe closes today at 11.55 pm BST.

Our Challenge wraps-up tomorrow, and I very much hope everyone has enjoyed coming together to craft, chat about cats and have fun in memory of our dear friend, Janis. For me, there have been many joys in putting together this challenge, but I've especially enjoyed getting to know the wonderful team who helped Janis with her Hops and have helped make this memory challenge such a special event.

Let's hear it for Janis's Helpful Hoppers...

I think these gals deserve to take a bow, so I'm sharing some of the gorgeous cards they've made for this event! If you've not already done so, please drop over to their blogs and leave them some love.

And I hope Mandy won't mind me sharing this beautiful piece of art she posted in 2015 that I spotted when I was doing the Trip Down Memory Lane post.

Thanks are also due to Karen who helped with the preparation for the challenge, but wasn't able to play along.

Also, a big thank you to my blogging buddy Gail for all her 
help, encouragement and support.


Thanks again, guys, you have been amazing.


As I said above one of the joys of this challenge has been making new friends. The lovely Alice in Italy is one of those friends and she's kindly offering a sweet digital image for free for anyone who contacts her via the link in her post here. Thanks, Alice, that's so lovely of you. 


Next, here's some Rescue news...

Guess who went to her new home over the weekend - Paget did!
I've loved looking after this affectionate little girl.

It's ok, Puffin, you're safe now. We'll find you a wonderful fur-ever home.


  Beautiful Minnie is growing in confidence and has really warmed-up with the volunteers.

It's been 'all change' over the weekend at the Rescue with at least three emergency cases. I look forward to getting to know them all over the coming week.


Finally, Memes anyone?

If you've just arrived you're joining the fun on Day #28 of The Cat Lovers Christmas Challenge. Please head here for the sign-in and the LINKY PARTY.  

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