Thursday, December 24, 2009

Why, That Looks Just Like Me!

Remember my pal, Santana, who dressed up as Skelekitty for Halloween this year?

Look what she made for Krissi - it's ME, all decked out with some holiday spirit!  And let me say again, this little figurine was hand sculpted and hand painted by Santana herself.  Now THAT, my friends, is what we mean when we say "GIVE HANDMADE" for the holidays! 
Skelekitty Santa by Santana P.

She even hand delivered it in this super cool hand decorated, glittery (yay!) mini-tote. It's just the right size for a kitty toy and some catnip (just for medicinal purposes only, you know).
Skelekitty Santa by Santana P.

As always, if you have some Skelekitty fan art to share, please send pics and I'll post it.

Much Skele-love,


Friday, December 18, 2009

Last Skelekitty Stamp of Approval of 2009

Anything I say about my final SKSoA recipient of the year will only dilute her awesomeness, so just check her out the super cute, Jack Russell Terror loving, pink wearing, B-Movie watching, tiki cocktail drinking, subversive embroidering, retro, craftiness of Pam Pedersen yourself.

You will SO thank me!

Blog - Faster KittyKill! Blog! Blog!
KittyKill's photos on Flickr

I'm giddy just thinking about hitting the "publish post" button.

Oh, and if you have any SKSoA nominees for 2010, please drop me a note and let me know, won't ya?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Give Handmade This Year

One of the silver linings of the bad-economy-storm-cloud has been a resurgence of handmade gift giving.  People have more time to spend than money, so they are actually putting thought into meaningful gifts rather than simply spending a large amount of cash on "something."

Personally, I've always preferred gifts that required more thought than cash.  Then again, I'm a cat.  I'd rather sleep in a cardboard box than a $100 pink leopard print bed, so I don't know how much weight my opinion carries there.

So, y'know, if you're giving gifts this season, drop by a local indie/handmade show (there are TONS OF THEM this weekend) or browse through Etsy and Artfire, and give something handmade. 

Oh, and if you're looking for the perfect FREE downloadable gift tags, this kitty has got your back.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

FREE Skelekitty Gift Tags!

Just click, print, etc.

Happy holidays to you all, and remember to give handmade!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Friend Prices on Rubber Stamps

Yep, I've completely lost my little kitty mind.

I think that these little red rubber babies will make SUCH great stocking stuffers** that I'm offering "Friend Prices" to everyone on the Skelekitty rubber stamps in stock.  "Friend Prices" means you get 20% off  every single stamp you purchase before midnight on Friday (Krissi usually only offers 10% off when you purchase 4 or more - shhh!  Don't tell!).

Our cyber Monday 20% off deal has also been extended through Friday or until the stamps are gone (and the stock is runnin' mighty low, too)!

Just use coupon code "CYBER09" at checkout, and enjoy your new stamps.

Oh, and don't forget about the Buy-One, Get-One deals on all of my prints through the end of the year!  They're selling like hotcakes, so get 'em while the gettin's good!

** And no, you don't have to give them away - keep them for yourself and make your own unique holiday gift tags!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holideals on ArtFire

Because I love my fans SO much for the support they've given over the past year, everything in the Skelekitty & Friends shop is a "Holideal" through the end of 2009.

Check out the shop for BOGOs, coupons and free gifts with purchase. Artfire has even flagged our photos so you can spot the deals at a glance.  The details for each "holideal" are in the description of the item - just look for the heading, 
in my listings.

Skelekitten sez: GIVE HANDMADE!
And remember, whether your make it yourself or purchase it from another indie vendor, please give something unique, personal and handmade this holiday season.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Want to know what success is?  It's when someone you know dresses up as you for Halloween!  Our neighbor 'Tana made her very own Skelekitty costume this year, with a skelanimals hat and the help of her mom in the makeup department.

Of course you KNOW this earns her a most sincere SKSoA!  Ya hear that 'Tana?  You have Skelekitty Stamp of Approval bragging rights!

I wonder if there are more SK inspired costumes to come next year.  Oh, and I'm still waiting to see that first Skelekitty tattoo (though Santana isn't allowed to get one for at least another 7 years).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Skele-Networking Made A Little Easier

Hi there Skele-Folks!

You know, there's a lot of crazy social networking those crazy kids are doing on the interwebs these days. The way I figure it, if sometimes it's enough to ruffle the fur of a skeleton cat (that's pretty bad!), then maybe you need a little help and understanding too (of course, I'm talking to my fans over the age of 25 here).

That's why I wanted to post and let you know that IF you are on "the facebook," you can read my blog posts right on your facebook news feed!   All you have to do is go to my Fan Page and click the Become A Fan button.  The button will appear to the right of "Skelekitty" at the top of the page.

Not only will blog posts show up in your news feed, but any time you visit me on facebook, you can easily access my blog, contact info and artfire store right from the tabs at the top of the fan page.  Oh yeah, and my fan pages is totally separate from Krissi's personal facebook profile, so you don't have to add her as a friend or be approved as a fan.  Any facebook user can join.

So once you're a fan, you can suggest the page to your friends.  No spamming, please!  However, if you think someone is or would be a fan and doesn't know about the page, let 'em know.  The "suggest to friends" link is under my profile pic.

If you forget and decide to become a fan later, there's a link in the sidebar of this here blog.

Now, for those of you who don't have a facebook profile, DON'T PANIC!  Nothing will change here - facebook just has a gadget that pulls these posts into their site.  Neato, huh?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Too many prints!

That's right kids. Krissi and I have some "extra" prints on hand here at La Casa de Kitty and we just hate to see 'em sitting around without anywhere to be this close to the most skellified holidays of the year!

Therefore, if you buy ANY print from my Artfire store today or tomorrow, you can choose a free print from this pile! Just use the coupon code PRINT2FER at checkout and you'll have two skellicious prints in time to add to your All Hallow's Eve decor or to place on your Dia de los Muertos shrine!

No kidding though - the coupon expires at the end of the day on Saturday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

LIVE on "Live Wire" Sacramento

Krissi and I will be appearing on Live Wire (Sacramento Comcast Channel 17 or streaming online) at 5pm tonight, Wednesday, October 21st with some of the chicas from the Scary-Art Collective!

We hope you'll tune in!

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Website Design and Content!

I've been a busy kitty cat reworking my website at

I hope you like the new layout and all the content Krissi and I will be adding over the next week!

Until then,



Friday, October 2, 2009

More Ghoulish Goodies

The Artfire Ghouls Guild TRICK OR TREAT 2009 continues today with coupon codes and sales from 13 of our members (how lucky is THAT for you?), a scavenger hunt and two more featured artists, Huckleberry Arts and one of my new favorite crazy girls, Christine St. Onge of 2 of Mind and Spirit.

Annette Gambrel

I don't recall a time in my life where something was not being created. I don't ever see not having time in the day where something isn’t made.

Being an artist has been a gift I couldn't be more proud of, the people I have met each one touches me in their own little way, some more than they know. I enjoy the process of meeting new collectors that enjoy my lil creations. It’s a wonderful gift to be given and to be able to share with others, and hopefully bring a smile into another’s life along the way.


and a very creative (and all around fun) person,

Christine St.Onge

I love to create all kinds of things. I've tried so many crafts at least once just to see how they're made. I make one of a kind items because we are all one of a kind.

Just remember.. You are unique! Just like everyone else! Revel in your individuality!


The lucky winner of yesterday's prize giveaway was Drucilla!  She won this awesome set of handmade mini Halloween cards by She's Batty Designs.

Stay tuned for another prize giveaway tomorrow - this time it will be a free digital Halloween party invitation custom created by Rouxbee Design Studio.

Oh, and have I mentioned that yours truly will be giving away a hand embellished 8x10" print of "Goin' Batty" soon.  When?  Well, that would be telling....

Bugs & Hisses,


Thursday, October 1, 2009

13 Days of Treats (it's no trick).


Presented by the Ghouls Guild
October 1 - 13

13 lucky days of deals, prizes, and spooky fun
from Artfire's creative creatures of the night!

codes valid 10/1 - 10/13/09 

(unless otherwise stated)

Shop: Morgaine-du-Mer
Coupon Code: 10HALLOWEENIE10
Details:10% off all shop categories except original ACEOs

Shop: House Morbid
Coupon Code: ANABEL LEE
Details: 20% off your total order. One use per customer.

Shop: Rsisland Crafts
Coupon Code: Ghoul's Guild TrickorTreat2009
Details: 20% off (this coupon code is valid for the whole month of October)

Shop: Kaotic Ekkos Curiosities
Coupon Code: TRICKORTREAT2009
Details: 13% off

Shop: She's Batty Designs
Coupon Code: GHOULS
Details: Free Shipping on all Canadian and US orders.

Shop: JenniferLynn Productions
Coupon Code: halloween13
Details: Free shipping

Shop: Simply Smiss
Coupon Code: n/a
Details: Buy 2 get items and get free US shipping or 1/2 off international shipping. Will refund the difference or post a custom listing (no coupon code required). Simply Smiss is closed until Oct 5th.

Shop: Debvandet Designs
Coupon Code: debvandet15
Details: 15% off

Shop: A and M Boutique
Details: Free shipping on Halloween and Wiccan Items

Shop: Mad Science Creations
Coupon Code: GHOULS09MSC
Details: Free Shipping on US and Canadian orders (coupon code is valid for the entire month of October)

Shop: Rouxbee Design Boutique
Coupon Code: n/a
Details: Rouxbee will be having "sneaky sales," and randomly putting everything in her shop on sale by either 5%, 10%, or 15% sporadically for a total of 30 minutes-2 hours on a DAILY basis.

and, last but not least, yours truly

Shop: Skelekitty & Friends
Coupon Code: GHOULSGUILD13
Details: 13% off original art


Coupon Code: GHOULSGUILD666
Details: 66.6% off prints (Dude, that's almost free!)


Here are a few of the prizes you could win during Trick or Treat 2009!

Info, updates and giveaways are on the Ghouls Guild blog

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

An Old Friend

For those who haven't heard already, Krissi lost her 20 year old kitty, Finnegan, last week.  She and Ron are doing much better now, though, and the other critters in the house are giving them extra fuzzy love.  Thanks also to everyone who sent nice notes, 'cause they certainly helped a lot.

Finnegan Francis O'Malley 1990-2009
"Finnegan Francis O'Malley" (1990-2009)

If you'd like, you can read her posts about the decision to put him to sleep and coming to terms with the loss.



Sunday, September 6, 2009

Skelekitty as a Fitness Model!

I made my debut as the representative for Body Tribe, Krissi's favorite gym / art gallery / dog park. I had a complete BLAST participating as a chalk artist in my very first Chalk-It-Up to Sacramento fundraiser, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding children's art in our region. Check out the rest of the photos from Saturday.

I had tons of fun, despite Krissi's initial nervousness, having NEVER worked in the "chalk on sidewalk" medium. However, our sidewalk neighbor and new pal, Emily Elders, sure helped to get her drawing and kept us laughing all day long. Thanks to Darby Flynn for all the work she did (and for "volunteering" my services), to Body Tribe for letting us represent them and, most especially, to Krissi's long-suffering husband Ron for shuttling us around and lugging stuff across Fremont park (several times).

Friday, August 28, 2009

Yours Truly on Crafty Chica's Inspiration Friday

Guess WHO was featured on Kathy "Crafty Chica" Cano-Murillo's blog today?? She even "outed" Krissi (about her unnatural relationship with glitter).

Diary of a Crafty Chica: INSPIRATION FRIDAY: Skelekitty!

I've noticed a new kitty on the crafting scene - and she literally is...a kitty! This friendly feline has her own web site, a blog and gobs of personality. I was recently able to grab hold of her and ask her a few questions before she sprang out of my hands to go back to her owner's art room. Can you say finicky? By the way, her owner is the talented Krissi Sandvik. Tell me how you came to be, Miss Skelekitty? Did you get shortchanged from your nine lives?

Skelekitty: Heck no, my nine lives are just beginning! I was introduced to the world in the summer of 2006 when Krissi donated the very first Skelekitty piece a local kitty rescue's annual fundraising auction. Krissi has always loved animals and became fascinated with the Day of the Dead celebration when she lived in San Francisco's Mission District. She thought the spirit of Dia de los Muertos (that is, celebrating the lives of loved ones) fit in perfectly with a kitty adoption organization. Pretty soon, people started asking to see me in more art, so Krissi created a whole line featuring me and my skelecritter pals called Skelekitty and Friends.

Q: And now you are a rockstar kitty - you have a line of stamps in your likeness! Tell me, how did you decide on the poses for the stamps? Did you get final say?

A: Well of COURSE I have final approval on all of my images - I'm a kitty who's definitely not shy about speaking her mind! The stamps were chosen by the nice lady who runs Stampa Fe art stamps in Santa Fe, New Mexico - she picked her four favorites to start off with. The response to the stamps has been so positive, you may be seeing some brand new Skelekitty stamps (and maybe some other skelecritters) soon.

Q: Tell me about your owner, I hear she is very crafty!

A: She sure is - she's always gluing something to something else and started Sacramento's coolest FREE craft night, Scary CRAFT's Night of the Creators. Even her MAIL is crafty! Here is a tutorial!

In addition to her paintings, she makes quilts, reconstructed clothing, shrines, jewelry. Krissi has always loved language and writing and has started to play with photography too! She especially enjoys a challenge where she has create outside of her comfort zone.

Q: How does having a pet helps a person's creativity?

A: Animals are wonderful muses because they are so loving and funny. One of the most popular pieces was inspired by a hungry kitty rubbing against her human's legs when they come home at night.

The antics of Krissi's kitties and dog are often the inspiration for paintings. Anyone who has ever lived with a cat or dog (or small children) will be able to relate to "The Two Sides of Skelekitty."
Q: Will you share your favorite pieces by your owner and how she made them - I'm sure you sat and watched every moment of their creation, right?

A: I imagine everyone expects the portraits of me are my favorites, but they'd be wrong! Like Krissi, my favorite pieces tend to be ones where she experimented by using her favorite imagery within a not-typically-Krissi themes. Painting The Roses Red, which was created for an Alice in Wonderland themed show, is a good example.

I also like the pieces she makes with a real sense of irony, like her "Diet Shrine" art quilt.
Krissi Sandvik. I must share that she told me she never was a fan of glitter until she went on the Crafty Chica cruise and became converted. I think this picture proves that! Krissi is a mixed media artist based out of Sacramento, CA. Visit her blog to see more of her work at

Would you like to submit an article for Inspiration Friday? Click HERE for the guidelines. -SUBMIT your piece with INSPIRATION FRIDAY in the subject line and email to kathy[at]craftychica[dot]com

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)

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