Friday, June 17, 2011

Cat Photo Art Note Cards By “Joy’s Barn Lions” Guest Blog By Joy DeLisle


Barn Lions
cat photo art note cards



I am an amateur photographer; I started photographing my barn cats for fun four years ago when they were just kittens.  I love snapping photos of cats outdoors in their natural surroundings.  Then, with my computer as my “dark room”, I add my own artistic style.  I work with a cat photo until a glimpse of their soul is revealed.  Sometimes it’s already there without any searching on my part.  I try to add a bit of fancy to the cat picture to make it appealing to send as a card.  I print my cat images on 4.25 x 5.5” blank note cards.  I gave boxes of my cards as gifts, now I offer them for sale.  I thought it would be a good way to raise money to help cats.  For every card sold, the profit is used or donated to help with cat spay/neuter needs.  I dedicate my time and resources for this cause. 


My goal is to help neighbors with spay/neuter costs for feral or barn cats by coordinating efforts with “Kat Snips” or the “Forgotten Felines” program.  We help provide information, applications, contacts, traps, fees for those seeking help, as these programs are usually not advertised.  Past recipients of donations were Faerie Tales Cat Rescue & Kat Snips. 

My website is www.barnlions.com where you can learn about our progress, sign up for our newsletter, request a brochure, and find contact information.

My cards are for sale on line from my Etsy shop, “Joy’s Barn Lions” at www.etsy.com/shop/joysbarnlions.  I also will take orders by email, mail or phone and I accept all major credit cards.  My email address is barnlions@hughes.net.

“The Barn Cat News” email newsletter is sent twice a year to announce new items.  I’m always adding new cards, new prints, and special holiday box sets.  If you are interested please send me your email address. 



In the works, a new size (5x7) blank greeting card with an actual photo adhered to the front of the card.  The cards will feature unique 4x6 prints on metallic paper.  By the way, boxed assorted cards make great gifts.



Recognition in the Community
Barn cat photo art prints were exhibited at The Filmore Art Show, Stockbridge, MI and at the Art Exhibition & Wine Tasting Fair at Our Lady of Fatima, Michigan Center.  Both exhibits brought a big increase in card sales and awareness to available cat programs in the area.

I plan to select four such selling venues each year.  I am still researching the shows that will benefit the cats the most.  Your input is welcome.  Those announcements can be found on my website or in the email newsletter.



Barn Lions is located in Grass Lake, Michigan, in the Waterloo Recreation Area. 


DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation for featuring Joy on Cat Chat. I happily stumbled upon Joy on Twitter. After meeting her there I visited her website and completely fell in love with the quality of her work and asked her if I may feature her on Cat Chat. The information packet Joy had sent to me was charming and highly professional. Her love of cats and photography is superbly conveyed by the quality of her work. Please visit her site, you will not be disappointed!




23 comments:

  1. Awww, the pictures are so beautiful! Joy is so artistic and creative too. It's very kind of her donating the profit to help with cat spay/neuter needs. She's an angel!

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  2. Very interesting post,,,thank You very much for sharing...

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  3. WOW - she certainly does do quality work. Thanks for the intro. I'll book mark her Etsy page.

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  4. @Amin you are welcome! Glad you liked it!

    @Mario, she truly does. The packet she sent me was quite impressive. So glad you are bookmarking her page! ((((hugs))))

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  5. That's terrific! Kudos to Joy for using her amazing talents to help so many. :)

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  6. You just can't help but like someone who loves barn cats!

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  7. They are wonderful!
    Paul W

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  8. Thanks Caren -- I took a peek at her shop, and her photos are great.

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  9. yep they are wonderful and Julia I am sooo glad you like them!

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  10. This House Panther totally approves of Barn Lions, LOL!

    Im going to send my Human to check her out ;-)

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  11. Lovely pics and a really nice charity.

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  12. @Spitty, whew!! Thank goodness!!! I couldn't handle it if you didn't approve!! (((((hugs))))

    @Au and Target, yep, they are and it is!

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  13. Hi Caren
    I absolutely LOVE this feature! I've thought of doing something similar here in Greece for the neutering programmes we run here. I'd so love to get my mind and artistic head around that. I for sure will go visit her pages.
    Hugs
    P.S. She looks so eerily much like my friend who is in charge of the netuering programmes here in Greece (she has a colony of 30 cats!)

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  14. These pictures are beautiful!! And they are for helping kitties...how wonderful!

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  15. @Gods Little People I am sooo happy you liked it! With your love of photography that is no surprise at all! OMG you would be WONDERFUL at this with your superb photos! You really should get involved in something like this for sure!
    Isn't it funny that she looks like your friend? They say everyone has a twin!
    xoxo

    @Tamago I am so happy you like them! Yep! The bonus is that they help the kitties!

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  16. Best Cat Card because It's Tuxedo..heh..heh
    I will tell mom to check her website , Thank you Cody
    xoxo

    PS : I post the meme you passed on to me, Today ( Sunday ) ; )

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  17. Puddy I KNEW you would like them!!! I am sooo happy! Ohhh good! I am going to check your blog right now! I wasn't going to visit any blogs tonight (I had a TON of magazines that were accumulating that I subscribe to that I hadn't been reading) so I did that. Plus I am feeling really burned out with trying to keep up with reading the blogs, etc so I am trying to take a break from them on the weekends whenever possible, but YOURS I will go over to for sure! thanks for telling me! xoxoxo

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  18. These are really lovely. I don't understand how I keep finding my self -not following you. At least I do get your RSS feed. You should take a break from reading blogs- I' not sure more reading is a break though. ;)

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