Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Our Billy is in print

Our Billy has a lot of fans here and has featured in many of my blog posts. He really is as gorgeous a boy as he looks in all the photos. He is funny, gentle, so well behaved and such a wonderful cat to share our home with.
He has the freedom of outside and indoors and is very much a fair weather cat. With all the recent torrential rain he would much rather be indoors and his favourite place to sleep is on our green rocking chair. In fact I think we will have to call it Billy's chair as he does not like us sitting there at all.
This is how he spent a lot of the very wet weekend we had. He loves to lie upside down and makes us laugh with his antics.


















He is such fun to watch.


Last month I had an email from one of my American artist blogging friends, Jane Tentas. Jane and I met via Illustration Friday...I have some really great ladies I  through this; hello Michele, Linda, Shirley and Bethanie. They all create the most fabulous work and although we live thousands of miles away I count them as good friends.



Jane wrote to say how she loves seeing Billy in my blog posts and that as he is such a good model she had created a block print of him. This is the photo she used for inspiration which was on my blog a few months back.
She asked if she could send me a print and I sent her my address. After a week a package arrived and look what it contained.
How amazing is that!!  My gorgeous boy in print.
We showed the print to Billy




He had a good sniff and a look.....






















Then he decided to try to re create the pose ;0)















He then had a game of peek a boo.



















He took a bow....















and after all that energetic work he decided it was time to settle down again and have a snooze.

So thank you Jane from Billy and me. We love his print  and I am in the process of getting a frame so that it can sit on the bookcase above the green chair and look down at our Billy. What a wonderful place the blogging universe is!


So on to today's card challenge. This is slightly tongue in cheek as I know that cats do catch birds. Now our Billy is far too well fed to bother. He does occasionally watch them and he is good at shooing away some of the occasional pesky pigeons who try to invade my tiny garden.


This is a sweet Stampendous stamp called "Girlie Chick". I hand coloured the image using my trusty Promarkers and highlighed using my Prismacolor pencils.



I added some little gems to the centres of the flowers on the parcels. I used silver backing card and placed white and silver velum on top. I really like blue and silver as a colour scheme. I also used some pretty blue ribbon, blue pearls and one of my LOTV round sentiments.








I hung a little bird house charm from the die cut. This was a card I made for my parents' wedding anniversary and my Mum has put the little bird house charm onto a chain as a keepsake.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.

Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes #118 Ribbons and Pearls
Joanna Sheen Flower Power
Make It Monday Link up party 87
Party Time Tuesday #66 two or more ribbons I not only have 2 ribbons on my card but ribbons in my stamped image too ;0)
Sunday's with Crissy Things with wings #29
Secret Crafter Cute and fluffy #183
Creative Craft Crew #9 ribbon
Just Tracey's Craft Challenge Anything goes

Today is the first day of May and here in the South East it has been a gorgeous blue sky and sunshine afternoon and is warming up nicely. We have had the most torrential rain for the last few weeks, especially  over the weekend, and we have been told it has been the wettest April since records began. Some parts of the country are sadly now on flood alert while here in the South East we still have a hose pipe ban in force - the weather is really upside down.

Keep dry wherever you and  let's hope we all start to see some more warm May weather soon.

Bye for now,

Jane (and Billy ;0)
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60 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous thank you for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge for our Cute and Fluffy Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

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  2. Billy really is a sweetheart, I just love cats and have two rogues of my own!

    The print is gorgeous, you must have been so pleased to receive it.

    Helenxx

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    1. He really is Helen...I am such a cat girl; glad to hear that you have 2 sweeties of your own. I was so thrilled to get the print. Enjoy your evening,
      Jane x

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  3. What a perfect likeness of Billy!! Well Done, Jane Tentas. I'm sure this print will be framed and treasured always.
    Thanks for sharing this print and your latest anniversary card.

    Anne
    PlumCreek22

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  4. It's brilliant isn't it Anne. I have actually bought a frame this afternoon which it will look super in. Thanks for visiting,
    Jane x

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  5. Gorgeous card, love the cute image and great colouring, love the charm..and love your kitty cat, he does look like he has a fabulous personality, and to think he is a celebrity.

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

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  6. Thanks Chrissy, Billy says hi too! I have already visited some of the other entrants of MIM;lovely work out there.
    Jane x

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  7. What a great post Jane and what a gorgeous print of Billy, it is just 'him'!!! :)
    I love the way he's looking at himself and then trying to recreate the pose, just brilliant!
    Beautiful colours in your card and the little charm is such a lovely idea.
    Enjoy the rest of the week,
    Vivienne x

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    1. He is such a hoot Vivienne, it's hard to keep him in one place for photos as he is always trying to purr and cuddle! The charm worked well I think. Wednesday already, enjoy the rest of it.
      Jane x

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  8. So lovely! That was so nice of Jane to share her creation with her inspiration. I really like the pics of Billy admiring himself in print too :) Even though I'm an absolute dog person, I do enjoy seeing Billy in your posts, and that's another beautiful card! I value our friendship too. Who knew the computer could help us make friends all over the world?!

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    1. I was very touched Linda and I really treasure Billy's print. I know you love your dogs as much as I love my cats ;0) I do so enjoy our friendship via the internet, who would have thought this would happen - it is a very positive part of the www.
      Jane x

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  9. I love, love, love the block print! My kitty, Mr. Bernard, is also my frequent assistant. Anyone who features their kitties in their blog has a fan in me :)

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    1. A fellow cat lover, hi and welcome!
      Jane x

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  10. Oh my goodness, Jane.. how lucky are YOU to get a special artwork of your beloved Billy! What a wonderful friend you have! I would love to have a print of my beloved pets. I also adore the card you made. You're a great artist.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. It is a lovely gesture isn't it Teresa. Thanks for liking my card ;0)
      Jane x

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  11. Aw Jane the card is beautiful me darlin and your car, cant believe it, hes th e imag of a cat I had called Tigger!!b aw hes so beautiful or should I sayhandsome, don want to insult him, aww the picture is fantastic what alovely gift! yes the blogging world sure is full of lovely pals, have a lovely day me darlin xxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks June, that is a real compliment considering the quality of the cards you make. Billy is a very sweet handsome boy and I do enjoy blogging so much,
      Jane x

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  12. Hi Jane and Billy! That print of Billy is fantastic! How wonderful surprise!
    Billy is so sweet and I'm always happy to see what he's up to! Your new card bacame beautiful and that little house is so nice!
    x Teje

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    1. It was a real surprise Teje. Enjoy the end of your trip home, I am sure you can't wait to see your dear pets again.
      Jane x

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  13. Jane's print is wonderful...Of course, you know that I have long since been aware of Billy's star quality, don't you Jane?...Beautiful card...I love all the little details that make them so special...
    The sun is shining here today Jane..fingers crossed that it stays that way!
    Susan x

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    1. He is a little star isn't he Susan ;0) Yesterday we had more sun here than today but a least it has been dry again. Fingers crossed for the upcoming bank holiday weekend,
      Jane x

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  14. HI lovely Jane, That card is so amazing and just the perfect gift! What a lovely and talented friend! Billy certainty loved it and recreated the pose so well and a few new ones. Your card challenge is great. Love the added charm too.
    Have a great day! xoRobin❤

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    1. Hi lovely Robin, you are so sweet. Hope you are enjoying the Big Apple...can't wait to hear all about it.
      Jane x

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  15. Great likeness of Billy!

    Your card is adorable! I love the sweet image you used.

    I’m stopping by from MIM. (I’m numbers 107 & 109)

    ~Cheryl~

    **I am having a couple of give-aways on my blog. Feel free to stop by if you are interested.**

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    1. Hi Cheryl, lovely to see you here..I shall hop straight off to your blog to see your cards and say hello,
      Jane x

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  16. Oh dear what a wonderful post! You know, Jane, that I love your sweet boy, and a whole post just about him, wow! And that print is simply stunning, and I loved to see how B inspected it very carefully before deciding that he could share his chair (you see, it's HIS chair for all of us!) with it. It'll be lovely once framed.

    Your card is so pretty too, I can't understand how you get everything done!!! Is there more hours in your day, dear? How many days until the W?

    Have a wonderful start for May!

    Yours,
    Mia

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    1. I thought you would enjoy this post Mia as I know how much you love my sweet Billy. I am always wondering if there could be an extra few hours put into a day...I have to craft in my snatched spare moments. Luckily now I have my studio I can leave work in progress out and just do snippets when I can. It's only 86 days til the wedding...so exciting. Have a lovely Thursday my dear,
      Jane x

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  17. My two fur babies Willow & Yuki frequently join me while I craft! Your kitty is adorable!! So is your sweet card! Thanks so much for joining us at Sundays With Crissy!!
    Hugs,
    Sarah :o)

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    1. I am glad there are so many lovely cats out there in blog land Sarah....Billy sends a purr,
      Jane x

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  18. Such a pretty card and I love your gorgeous cat. Thanks for joining us at Just Tracys. Jill

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  19. Thanks for both those kind comments Jill,
    Jane x

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  20. The print of Billy is gorgeous, Jane, he is a handsome cat and his good looks have been perfectly captured in the wonderful illustration! He must be rather proud I think! I like your sweet little card design too. Have a happy day...hope the sun is out!
    Helen x

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    1. It's a great likeness Helen. Today as been very dull and damp here sadly. let's hope we can see some sunshine over the bank holiday weekend.
      Jane x

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  21. This is great, TFS the adorable Billy, Thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan

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    1. Thanks for visiting Jan,
      Jane x

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  22. Oh my goodness, JANE! Jane's work is FABULOUS!!! What a gorgeous print of your sweet Billy. I'm really really impressed and so delighted to see this lovely post. Your photos of Billy's reaction are priceless. I am "waving" to you here..thank you for mentioning me..it has been so wonderful getting to know you via the internet world and yours is one of my favorite places to visit.

    And goodness, that is one adorable card! Have a lovely weekend coming up!!

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    1. It's brilliant Shirley isn't it. Billy was impressed too! I really enjoy our friendship via the internet it certainly makes the world a smaller place. Have a great weekend too.
      Jane x

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  23. I always knew your Billy was photogenic, but now he's an international model? Woo-wee! So beautiful in print, too!
    Love this most recent card- your personal touch is so appreciated in all that you do. I know your parents are going to treasure this one! You have been so generous with all of us- Bless you, Jane! :o)

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    1. Hi my friend, great to see you back again. The print really is terrific from Jane and is now standing in it's new frame looking down at Billy on the green chair! Thanks for your sweet comments, have a lovely weekend,
      Jane x

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  24. Billy is looking very handsom in the photos and the print is AMAZING! My cat keeps bringing in baby rabbits and mice at the moment, she brings them to me as 'gifts', she does well for the old lady she is but I do wish she wouldn't, on the plus side, she hasn't caught a bird for some years. Beth (the linen cat)x

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    1. I am biased but I will agree I think he is a very handsome boy Beth ;0) He also brings us mice gifts and I quite appreciate that he keeps that population down! Have a lovely bank holiday weekend,
      Jane x

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  25. Very pretty floral card, (and gorgeous cat) thank you for joining us at Joanna Sheen 'Flower Power' challenge hugs Teresa xx

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  26. Billy is a cutie! And what a wonderful gift. Your card is darling. That chick is adorable and the papers are wonderful!

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    1. He is a cutie Lori and I think knows it! Thanks for you lovely comments,
      Jane x

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  27. Awww...such a sweet card!
    Thanks for playing with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

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    1. Glad you liked it Helen,
      Jane x

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  28. Love the silver and teal in this card - so rich! Sweet pictures of your kitty too! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

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    1. I love silver with blues Emma, one of my fave colour combos. Thanks for visiting,
      Jane x

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  29. Billy certainly is gorgeous! Love the print.

    Your card is so sweet, I really like the addition of the charm.

    Thanks for partying with us at Party Time Tuesdays!

    ~Melissa, PTT DT

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    1. He is shouting as I type this Melissa! Thanks for the PTT fun,
      Jane x

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  30. Fabulous card,love the sweet image and your colours are lovely....Thanks for joining in with us at Just Tracy's....
    Mandy x

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  31. Hi

    wow, what a great post, I really enjoyed the photos of Billy.

    Your card is fabulous too, a really lovely layout that is perfect for this sweet little image.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

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    1. He is a very popular boy here Michelle,
      Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.
      Jane x

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  32. Such a cute image, I love it!! Love the colours you've used too! Saw you on MIM, thank for visiting me too! x

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    1. Good to see you on my blog Steph,
      Jane x

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  33. What a gorgeous post - I loved seeing Billy and your beautiful gift! Your card is so sweet... I love the aqua and silver together and that charm is the perfect touch! So glad you joined our Sundays with Crissy Challenge this month! Hugs, Shannah xox

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  34. Hi Shannon thanks for visiting and your kind comments.
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x