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:
|Bold Stripe Cat|
|Big Square Cat|
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?