Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge – November 2016

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #49! Every month, Paper Sweeties features a photo and color palette to inspire you to create something beautiful. We love to see what you create! You can see more great ideas, get all the details, and link up your Hello Fall card over at the Paper Sweeties blog right here: http://papersweeties.com/category/blog/

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I used a few of my favorite Paper Sweeties Sweet Cuts to make a fall themed tag! I’m going to try a new gingerbread recipe soon and I’m going to attach this tag to my gift batch! It feels warm and sweet to me!

I used SC-180, Sweet Borders, to create the “wooden” boards for the background. I first cut the shape, then embossed each piece with a woodgrain embossing folder to make it look like wood. It reminds me of an old country barn. I then added die cuts from Thankful, Sugar and Spice, Thinking of You, I Love Summer, and With Love!

Take a look at what the design team has created for you this month!
There’s so much going on over at Paper Sweeties this month, you won’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Happy Halloween!

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Hello Everyone!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Crimson Owl Creations! Today, I am playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes!

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You can get all the details and play along right here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

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Get your treat on! Simon Says Stamps is also featuring products from Lawn Fawn, and if you look closely, you’ll see one of my favorite Lawn Fawn dies, the largest square from the Small Stitched Square Stackables!

Thank you for joining us all year long!

Live your life in color!

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Our Family: Cat Lovers Hop

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Hello Everyone!

Today is the last day of the Cat Lovers Hop AND it’s World Cat Day! What a great time to celebrate kitties! There’s still a little time to play along over at Her Peaceful Garden blog right here: http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-2016-cat-lovers-hop-is-here.html

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This week, I have shared the adoption stories of our current kitties, Max, Omar and Fuzzie! Today I am introducing you to our senior kitty, Felix!

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I adopted Felix and his twin brother Big Max 16 years ago when I lived in Philadelphia! When I was younger and single, I wanted to adopt a kitty, so I went to the Animal Shelter in South Philadelphia. You could look at all the kitties, but you weren’t allowed to touch or play with any of them until your application had been approved and you paid your fees. I saw a big round cage on the floor, and about 8 tiny black kitties were all inside, and it was adorable! But I had spotted an older tortoiseshell cat that I had planned to adopt that Wednesday. When I returned on Friday, she was gone, and all but two of the black kitties were also gone. I decided to take a look and when I opened the cage, which was even with my head, both black kitties raced up to me and snuggled against my neck. I took them both home!

I had Big Max for 10 years, and in April, Felix will be 17 years old. He has been with me through many moves, many boyfriends, and one good husband! Felix loves to sleep – -all day, and it always has to be on a towel or a shirt, or as I found him here, on the Krispy Kreme doughnut box on the counter!

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Most of the time though, he likes to sleep in the sun anywhere in my work space!

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From our furry family to yours, Happy World Cat Day!

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It’s World Cat Day! Any other celebration would be illogical!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Kitty Don’t Care: SPDMIU20

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my Kitty Don’t Care card! Have you ever tried to play with your kitty when he simply isn’t interested? Ho hum, he’d rather stare out the window. This CAS card was easy breezy to make too, on my incredibly busy morning!

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I’m sharing this card on SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge #20! You can get all the details and play along right here: http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/2016/10/26/mix-it-up-challenge-20/

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I’m also sharing it on the Cat Lovers Hop! All week long, it’s Kitties Galore! You can get all the details and play along right here: http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-2016-cat-lovers-hop-is-here.html

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Today’s kitty reminds me of our third kitty, Omar Kitty! The other day, I mentioned that we had adopted Max after the big storm in Tuscaloosa. Max was a rambunctious kitty who had WAY too much energy for our 10 year old (at the time, now he’s 16) cat Felix! Poor Felix would run and hide and Max had no one to play with. So, we went back to the Cat House and found THIS guy, who was so gentle and sweet he fell asleep in Mr. Crimson Owl’s lap.

Omar Kitty at the Cat House.

Omar Kitty at the Cat House.

Omar Kitty was so tiny he could fit in the palm of my hand! We wanted to take him home that day, but they told us he had a little cold. He was on antibiotics, then he had ringworm, then he had some other problem, and we really thought he wasn’t going to make it! They even told us they would waive his adoption fees for us too. Every Saturday we would go to the Cat House and play with him until about one month later, he was in his new forever home! Omar Kitty loves to cuddle and snuggle, and he made a great playmate for his brother Max, who is only a few months older than he is.

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Omar Kitty LOVES boxes, and biting on plastic wrappers too! Here he’s in kitty heaven! Today he is our BIG BOY and we mean BIG!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Cat Lovers Blog Hop

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Hello and meow, friends!

Today I am playing along with the Cat Lovers Hop! Have you been enjoying all the purrrrrfect kitty inspiration so far this week! If you haven’t joined in yet, you can get all the details and link up your kitty creation right here: http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-2016-cat-lovers-hop-is-here.html

In honor of all things “kitty” I have created a Christmas Kitty Pocket letter! This is the front of my Pocket Letter. By the time the Cat Lovers Hop is over, and I get this in the mail, Christmas will be closer than you think! Take a look!

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Pocket Letters are a really fun way to be creative! I love the idea of making NINE (good number for a kitty) little cards with decorations and prizes, and exchanging them with another crafter. If you’ve never made a pocket letter before, no worries mate! Some people are very formal about the pocket letter “rules,” and others, like me, have taken the original idea and made it their own, filling the pockets any way they like!

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This is the back of my EMPTY Pocket Letter. When I make Pocket letters, I like to make each little square like it’s own separate art card, and I always add a little something so the back of the cards are not blank. Then you can fill the pockets in a number of ways. There are tons of great sites about how to correctly construct a pocket letter, which include a letter, tea, embellishments, questions to ask the recipient, and so on. For my Pocket Letters, I make and decorate tiny envelopes that I can fill with surprises!

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I filled the first envelope with sequins! SURPRISE! What is in the other eight? I’ll let the cat out of the bag, it’s BLOG CANDY!

That’s right! Today I have Blog Candy for all my Cat Loving crafty friends! All you have to do is leave a comment AND your email and I will randomly select one lucky recipient to win this Christmas Kitty Pocket Letter and all the wonderful kitty themed prizes inside at the end of the Cat Lovers Hop! The winner is NOT expected to do a Pocket Letter exchange with me, although I would certainly love it if you did!

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Today’s featured kitty is Fuzzy! Currently Mr. Crimson owl and I have 4 feline sons, and we really don’t plan on any more! Yesterday, I introduced you to Max, who we had adopted right after the Storm of 2011. A few years later, we moved into our current place out here in high cotton and horse ranch country. The neighbors had a teeny, tiny little kitty about two months old they had brought home for their little toddler daughter. They didn’t even have a name for him, and they kept him outside. Every time we came home, this little guy would run into our house and make himself at home, and we would have to shoo him out. One day he ran in the front door, and I told the neighbor, Sorry, he does that all the time, and she said “Oh, I don’t care.” The next day was Halloween, and it was a dark and rainy night, so when this guy ran inside, we let him stay. We named him Fuzzy and he has been a part of our lives for two years! He’s our baby! Fuzzy loves to make himself at home all over my crafty space too!

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Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Kitties! Over at Poppystamps

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Hello Everyone!

Today I’m over on the Poppystamps blog with this Autumn kitty card! You can check out my card, play along with our current challenge, Back in Black, and get plenty of inspiration and ideas over at the Poppystamps blog right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2016/10/kitty-by-michele-k-henderson.html#comments

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This kitty reminds me of my cat, Maxwell Henderson! Max is six, and is unbelievably strong, muscular, curious, and adventurous, which gets him into all kinds of odd situations. We adopted Max from the Tuscaloosa Humane Society after a F4/F5 tornado destroyed much of our city. Over 4000 dogs and cats were homeless, and every day, we would see ads asking people to adopt a pet who needed a home. Max was about 6 months old, and belonged to a family whose house was completely destroyed by the storm. We saw his photo in the paper and I somehow knew he would thrive in our home.

We met Max and his foster mommy at the House of Cats! That’s right, there is a house here in Tuscaloosa where all the cats waiting adoption are cared for by volunteers from the Humane Society. The volunteer brought Max from her home to the Cat House and after meeting him, we decided we would adopt him. She told us that Max’s former owners were probably not ready to care for an adult cat after the tiny kitten stage, and then the tornado destroyed their home and Max was just left at the pile of rubble to fend for himself. It took a lot of time and love, but now Max knows he can love and trust us, and has become a cherished member of our family.

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Max loves jumping on to your back whenever you are bent over, cleaning, dragging out the heavy crock pot from the bottom shelf, trying to find your shoe in the back of the closet, whenever you least expect it. Here he decided to jump on Mr. Crimson Owl’s back right after he emerged from the shower. This is about the only time he will sit still long enough to get a photo!

There are all sorts of reasons why cats come into our lives, our homes, and our hearts. Adopting a cat will change your life!

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Today I am also playing along with the Cat Lovers Hop on Her Peaceful Garden blog! You can get all the details and link up your own cat creation right here: http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-2016-cat-lovers-hop-is-here.html

Poppystamps is a GREAT place to find adorable cat themed dies and stamps! Check them out right here: http://www.poppystamps.com/

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Tag You’re It Challenge #58

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am playing along with Challenge #58 at Tag You’re It! I am just crazy about this pretty color combination from Leigh Penner, one of my favorite designers! You can see Leigh’s tag, and more great inspiration from the TYIC design team right here: http://tagyoureitchallenge.blogspot.com/2016/10/tag-youre-it-58.html

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I loved Leigh’s bright color palette, and the autumn leaves. This feel like the perfect autumn color display to me! Those bright colors really pop against the dark gray.

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I wish I could see more bright fall color where I live, but warm temperatures keep the leaves green much longer down here! Then they sort of dry up and blown away in a big wind. But the tall wild grasses are absolutely spectacular!

Thanks for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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