August 29, 2017


Are you a cat person? It is often said that either you are a cat person or a dog person. I personally can refute that statement because I love both cats and dogs. 

But, my persona as a dog person is fairly recent, oh, about 20 years, when Pebbles, a Lhasa Apso, came into our lives. Even though she ruined every single carpet in our house with her less-than-ideal potty habits, she was so lovable and turned me into a bona fide dog person. Then, of course, our Harley, our unforgettable Harley, who left our lives in December 2015, . . . well, because of him, I will forever consider myself a dog person.

However, a cat person? Yes! That's me. Furever and ever. Amen. As a kid, cats were part of our family on a few occasions. But, I always always loved kitties. Pretzel was my honey princess for 16 years, until she had to leave us about 3 1/2 years ago. Growing up with Pretzel, Fred, a stray, is still a part of our life. Remember Fred. At 11 years old, is our current -- and last -- resident kitty.

Anyway, being a furever and ever cat person, when I spotted the Cat Punch on page 53 of the Holiday Catalog (going live on September 1!), I had to have it. Even though I hadn't intended to purchase the coordinating stamp set on that same page, I just HAD to have the punch. The punched cat measures about 2" x 2".

When I first got the punch, I punched out a few cats from DSP, especially spooky Halloween type papers. Yeah. They were cute. But I KNEW I just had to do more <personal> things with punched kitties.

The photo below shows you my cat menagerie so far. I punch the cats from white cardstock. These white kitties can be facing either way. I start by penciling a design on the punched shape. I then spiff it up a bit with my Sakura Pigma pens. After that, I choose some of my Copic Markers, and go to work completing a unique original. 

So far, I have completed 11 cats that you won't find anywhere else in the world that make up my cat menagerie. I'd like to introduce you to them individually:

Bullseye Cat

Circle Cat

Bold Stripe Cat

Forget-Me-Not Cat

Triangle Cat

Checkerboard Cat

Diamond Cat

Big Square Cat

Wavy Cat

Starry Cat

Sunflower Cat

There! Now you have met what I've come to think of as my Doodle Cats. I hope you like them!

And here is the whole bunch one more time. I do have two more drawn, inked and ready to be colored. So this is not the end of this family. And I know many more will follow in their pawprints.

Now. I'd like to ask your advice. I get tired of using everything I create as part of a card. These Doodle Cats surely deserve a project all their own. Don't you agree? Do you have any ideas for projects where they would find a comfortable and suitable home?



  1. As soon as I can, I AM getting this punch and like you, I do not want the stamp set! I was thinking that I could use the punch with pattern paper and do similar to what you did. They will fit on an ATC, you know! I think a cute little ATC book would be PURRFECT for your lovely crew! They are all so WONDERFUL!

  2. The color from those pens is fantastic! The first cat I saw appeared to be painted ceramic. I would never have guessed it to be marker on paper.

  3. Aw, I see one with sunflowers :) Thank you Linda for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  4. Great gift idea for cat lovers :D

  5. I am more of a dog person, but I don't dislike cats, and I especially like your doodle cats, Linda. Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  6. They are just lovely. When I was growing up we had a dog and a cat, so I think I'm both a cat and dog person!
    Could you frame them, maybe specimen art style, or add them to note book covers somehow?
    Book marks? They could go on those little corner book marks you can make from envelopes to fancy them up.
    Or could they decoupage onto something, maybe a pen pot or vase? - I can imagine them all round the bottom of something.
    Or gift wrap, they could be attached in a row onto ribbon on a parcel maybe?
    Sorry that's a lot of maybes, I'm just thinking as I type!

  7. Linda, I think these would look lovely framed like prints and the purrfect gift for a cat lover. Thank you for linking up with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty and have a great week!

  8. Hi Linda! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #overthemoon link party. These cats look great!

  9. We are dog people who learned to also be cat people about six years ago when we adopted two Tabby cats, brothers. They stole our hearts. These are all really adorable and could be used as bookmarks or refrigerator magnets and even framed. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  10. I've never seen anything like this and I think your doodle cats are adorable! Thank you for sharing your links with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week

  11. Maybe a colorful cat garland? They are very pretty and eye catching! Thank you for sharing at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  12. These are adorable! I'm a crazy cat lady with just one cat!! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty