November 18, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small

For the November Challenge, click here.

"All things bright and beautiful"  is the first line of a favourite hymn, the next line, I am sure you all know is "all creatures great and small".  That's what our blog challenge is all about, all kinds of creatures as the main feature on your card.  Everybody has a favourite creature, I would have a houseful of different creatures if I could, going away with the caravan however, is not ideal if you can't take your pets with you.  The dogs come with us of course and I have seen people with cats and birds.   So what would be the smallest creature - not counting insects and micro organisms!

The Etruscan shrew weighs only 1.2 to 2.7g so could be considered the world's smallest mammal.   Slightly bigger is the Pygmy Marmoset, one of the smallest primates and the smallest true monkey, with a body length - not including tale - of 14 - 16 cm and a birth weight of 15g.



Or how about this tiny Bee Hummingbird who measure 5.7cm and weighs 1.8g 


My daughter's Miniature Poodle has just had puppies averaging 200g, which are huge compared to these tiny creatures.   Now I have nothing against small dogs, in fact I have always wanted a chihuahua, but I am against breeders trying to miniaturize further, like teacup puppies for example, as they can end up with all sorts of health problems.

Finally, Teresa did a bit of drawing while she's been on leave and she's offering this freebie of a Betta Fish for all who visit.  Right click the image and Save.



So over to you, show us your pets or favourite animals - great or small.




November 1, 2017

Challenge # 8 Sponsored by Sparkle n Sprinkle

     The DT Call has Closed and applicants will be notified within a day or two.  Thanks to all who applied.  :-D

     Before we get to this month's challenge, we want to announce a DT CALL!  We're looking for 3 or 4 (or 5?) new DT members to start in January.  Your commitments would be to do one card or other project per month using sponsor images or products, to comment on entries (10 to 20 entries per month), and to uphold our firm commitment to all artists by not ever sharing the images you receive from sponsors for our use.  We're really very absolute about this last one!  We support artists!!

     If you think you might be interested, please send an email to 2craftycrittercrazies@gmail.com, giving us a link to your blog, telling us a little bit about your DT experience (if any - none is required since we all started with no experience), and why you'd fit in with this wonderful bunch of critter-crazy ladies.  :-D  We can't wait to hear from you.



NOW, THIS MONTH'S CHALLENGE!

     Welcome to our 8th Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  We're a monthly challenge; we have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time as the next challenge goes live.   Anything Goes in our challenges:  cards, scrapbook pages, journals, fabric arts, mixed media, painting, needlepoint, tapestries, any other craft projects you might love!

     We start a new challenge on the 1st of each month and end the day before the last day of the month.  However, we have one requirement for every project submitted in our challenges -- they MUST feature a creature!  Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Fins, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured and not just a teeny, tiny bug hidden in a corner somewhere.  Sorry, if we can't see the critter as the obvious focus, it probably won't qualify as an entry.  :-D 


     You may enter as many other challenges as you like and you may enter our challenge up to 5 times per month but each entry must be a different project.  We have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time as the next challenge goes live.

     We will also be inviting Guest Designers to join us each month so if you think you might be interested in being our Guest Designer in December, please add GD after your name or leave us a comment on this post saying you'd like to be a Guest Designer.  If you forget to do that, one or more of the DT members will be choosing possible Guest Designers.

     OK, let's get right to what you all want to know - our winner of the prize offered by MHK Designs for our October challenge is:



with these stunningly simple cards.



     Woohoo, Christi!  Congratulations!  Please email us at 2craftycrittercrazies(at)gmail(dot)com  
so that we can arrange to get your prize to you.

     In addition, we've chosen Edwina of Edwina's Creations to be our Guest Designer in December.  


     We're sponsored this month by Sparkle N Sprinkle and here's a little bit about them.






"Sparkle N Sprinkle has been in business for over 20 years, with a huge following.  Our popular YouTube channel features a new technique video every week!  In 2017, we initiated exciting changes to the company which have been well received.  In addition to an eclectic mix of digital and rubber stamps, we offer hundreds of other fine products for your crafting pleasure."  

     Here's a little inspiration from our team to encourage you and this month, we are delighted to welcome our Guest Designer, Lisa Furbush.  Here's her fantastic card. 





Now, from the team...

Angela using "Welcome Autumn"









NanaConnie using "A Puppy's Halloween"
(I know it's Nov. 1 and Halloween is over 
but I just had to share my last Halloween card. :-D)





Teresa  (still on leave)




     You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on November 29 to enter your project.

     GUEST DESIGNER:  One or more of the DT Members are now selecting possible GDTs for the month after the announcement.  If you are chosen, please respond by sending us an email (see sidebar for address) to let us know if you are available.  Thank you.  :-D

    If you have any problems with the Inlinkz, please leave us a comment or send an email and let us know.


October 1, 2017

Challenge #7 Sponsored by MHK Designs

     Welcome to our 7th Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  We're a monthly challenge; we have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time as the next challenge goes live.   Anything Goes in our challenges:  cards, scrapbook pages, journals, fabric arts, mixed media, painting, needlepoint, tapestries, any other craft projects you might love!

     We start a new challenge on the 1st of each month and end the day before the last day of the month.  However, we have one requirement for every project submitted in our challenges -- they MUST feature a creature!  Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Fins, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured and not just a teeny, tiny bug hidden in a corner somewhere.  Sorry, if we can't see the critter as the obvious focus, it probably won't qualifry as an entry.  :-D 


     You may enter as many other challenges as you like and you may enter our challenge up to 5 times per month but each entry must be a different project.  We have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time as the next challenge goes live.

     We will also be inviting Guest Designers to join us each month so if you think you might be interested in being our Guest Designer in December, please add GD after your name or leave us a comment on this post saying you'd like to be a Guest Designer.

     OK, let's get right to what you all want to know - our winner of the prize offered by Fabrica Fantasy for our September challenge is: Nancy Brown

#77
with this fab card: 



     Congratulations, Nancy!  Please email us at 2craftycrittercrazies(at)gmail(dot)com  so that we can arrange to get your prize to you.


     In addition, we've chosen Lisa Furbush to be our Guest Designer in November.   She really does some great designs!  Check out her blog by clicking on her name.



     Before we go any further, we really want to welcome a new member to our team!  Helen Niles has joined us and here's a bit about her:

My name is Helen and my blog is Made by Helen which you can find here.  I live in the north west of Britain and work for a charity called Abbeyfield as an Activities Coordinator.  I also teach card making classes part time for Little Claire Designs.  I love stamping, using digi stamps, papers and my trusty Promarkers.


     We're sponsored this month by MHK Designs and here's a little bit about them.



MHK Designs

MHK Designs is a shop filled with vintage and unique images plus
modern sentiments and digital papers.   MHK Designs also has a challenge blog 
and playing in the challenges will allow you the chance to win even more
MHK Designs sets.  A browse through the shop will give you an insight
into the genre and quality of everything available.

     MHK Designs gave this fun "Pet Puns" set to the DT and we all used images from it for our inspiration cards.   This fabulous set will also be the prize this month plus a set of digital papers chosen by the winner.
     
     
     Here's a little inspiration from our team to encourage you and, this month, we are delighted to welcome our Guest Designer, Lori Kobular.  Here's her fantastic card. 

Lori using "Jack Russell from Pet Puns"




Angela using "Fish Bowl from Pet Puns "

and "Jack Russell" from Pet Puns


Donna using "Fish Bowl from Pet Puns"
(Editor's Note:  All this creativity from Donna while she was hunkered down, seeking safety from the worst of Hurricane Irma!)




Helen using "Cat from Pet Puns "


NanaConnie using "Cat from Pet Puns"


Teresa (on leave)


     You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on October 30 to enter your project.

     If you'd like to be a future Guest Designer, don't forget to please tell us in a comment, or put GDT next to your name on your entry, or even send us an email (see sidebar for address.)

    If you have any problems with the Inlinkz, please let us know by leaving a comment or sending us an email.


September 15, 2017

Anxiety

If you're looking for the September Challenge, click HERE.


This is Holly, her mother was a cocker spaniel/collie cross and her father a terrier.  She is a strong determined lady and she is in her 13th year.  Unfortunately the last few years she has suffered from anxiety.  Some dogs are born anxious, but it is also common for them to start getting anxious in old age.  This type of anxiety generally gets worse each year.  Loud noises including thunder and fireworks  caused her to wreck things if we were not home.  We tried calming tablets which had some effect, but not entirely,  so we bought her a Thunder Jacket.   Designed to act similar to swaddling clothes on a baby, it wraps around the dog and has a high success rate.  Then, last year when we were away, Holly decided she would not be left in the caravan for longer than a minute!  She wrecked tea towels, towels, 2 quilt covers, and a mat before we got a cage for her.  We had one at home, but home was several hours away.  Once left in the cage Holly tried to wreck the cage.  She was so obviously distressed we decided that she had to come with us wherever we went, which made life a little difficult.  Our other three dogs were fine left in the caravan.   We consulted a vet and found  it was an old age/dementia problem.  Once back at home it was as if the behaviour had never happened.  

This year we were worried.  Before we left home we bought a calming collar and a calming spray.  We decided on the Adaptil make (very expensive), but it worked a treat.  We have been away for 3 months and have since tried a much cheaper make which works just as well, but smells horrible!  We still took her everywhere with us if we went out, which meant we didn't go many places, but she was happy.  I would encourage you to try these products if you have an anxious animal - not just for dogs!

Thunder Jacket

Calming collar.


 If you have an anxious pet, let us know.  We love to see your pictures too.



September 1, 2017

Challenge # 6 Sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy

     Welcome to our Sixth Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  If you're new to our challenge, we're a monthly challenge and we have a sponsor each month.   We choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner on the same day the next challenge goes live.


REMEMBER, you have to be a follower to win!

     So, the winner of the prize offered by SheepSki Designs for our August challenge is:

with this fab card.


     Congratulations!  Please email us at 2craftycrittercrazies(at)gmail(dot)com  so that we can arrange to get your prize to you.

     In addition, we've chosen Lori Kobular to be our Guest Designer in October.  She left us a comment that she'd love to be a GDT and we're thrilled that she did.  :-D  


     We're sponsored this month by Fabrika Fantasy and here's a little bit about them.


We are a small creative team writing and illustrating fantasy adventure and children's books. We love to draw fun and amusing characters, and are happy to offer them to you as digital stamps. We hope you like these digital images and they help make your creations bright, interesting and memorable!


     We start a new challenge on the 1st of each month and end the day before the last day of the month.  However, we have one requirement for every project submitted in our challenges -- they MUST feature a creature!  Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Fins, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured and not just a teeny, tiny bug hidden in a corner somewhere.  :-D 

     You may enter as many other challenges as you like and you may enter our challenge up to 5 times per month but each entry must be a different project.  We have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time as the next challenge goes live.

     We will also be inviting Guest Designers to join us each month so if you think you might be interested in being our Guest Designer in November, please add GD after your name or leave us a comment on this post saying you'd like to be a Guest Designer.

     Here's a little inspiration from our team to encourage you and, this month, we are delighted to welcome our Guest Designer, DebiB.  Thanks, Debi, and here's her fantastic card. 



DebiB using "Champion Eagle"






NanaConnie using "Winter Games 3"

and using "Betta Fish - Crowntail
for Teresa who is on leave.



Teresa  - On Leave 



     You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on September 29 to enter your project.

     If you'd like to be a future Guest Designer, don't forget to please tell us in a comment, or put GDT next to your name on your entry, or even send us an email (see sidebar for address.)


    PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER TO BE A WINNER OR GDT.  THANKS.  :-D


August 15, 2017

Summertime Living

If you're looking for the challenge, scroll down one post or click HERE.

Hello Friends,

Summertime and the living is easy. It sure is for a certain pussy cat on Prince Edward Island, Canada, ever since my husband finished renovations on our new outdoor pet shelter.
Plussette has enjoyed it almost every day and doesn't mind sharing it with some of my other pets. Emma and Malu (guinea pigs) had a couple of turns. My rabbits - Ricky and Jelly Bean were out twice as well. Unfortunately, they cannot be together because they fight and have many battle scars to show for it. Our other cat, Mineau, was out once, but she complained until I brought her back in. She hates being outside.

We have a padlock on the door so if I have to be inside for a while, the pets are secure. I wouldn't leave them in there unless we were home. Many outdoor cats around here (and even small dogs) have fallen victim to coyotes, foxes or eagles. It is nice to sit outside, enjoying the weather and watching my little critters getting to do the same, without risk to their well-being.

Yup. Summertime and the living is easy, thanks to my handy and handsome husband. He is my very most favorite critter.
Thanks for stopping in. I hope you will show us pics of your pets by using the Inlinkz below. Do you have special shelters, furniture or toys that you have made or bought for them? We would love to see those too.



August 1, 2017

Challenge #5 Sponsored by SheepSki Designs


      Welcome to our Fifth Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  If you're new to our challenge, we're a monthly challenge starting on the 1st of each month and ending on the day before the last day of the month. We have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time as the next challenge goes live.

 So, our winner of the prize offered by Limited Runs for our July challenge is:





#124 HeikesArt
with this fab card


  Congratulations!  Please email us at 2craftycrittercrazies(at)gmail(dot)com  so that we can arrange to get your prize to you.
     In addition, we've chosen DEBI BRILE to be our Guest Designer in September.  Here's her fab card from last month's challenge:





   


     We're sponsored this month by SheepSki Designs.



     We start a new challenge on the 1st of each month and end the day before the last day of the month.  However, we have one requirement for every project submitted in our challenges -- they MUST feature a creature!  Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Fins, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured and not just a teeny, tiny bug hidden in a corner somewhere.  :-D 

     You may enter as many other challenges as you like and you may enter our challenge up to 5 times per month but each entry must be a different project.  We have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time as the next challenge goes live.

     We will also be inviting Guest Designers to join us each month so if you think you might be interested in being our Guest Designer in October, please add GD after your name or leave us a comment on this post saying you'd like to be a Guest Designer.

     Here's a little inspiration from our team to encourage you and, this month, we are delighted to welcome our Guest Designer, Doris .  Here's her fantastic card. 

Angela using "Bee n Blossom"




Teresa, using "Mel's Crow"



     You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on August 30 to enter your project.

     If you'd like to be a future Guest Designer, please tell us in a comment or put GDT next to your name on your entry, or even send us an email (see sidebar for address.)


PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER TO BE A WINNER OR GDT.  THANKS.  :-D


    

July 15, 2017

Tortoise or Turtle?

According to Britannica.com

"All tortoises are in fact turtles—that is, they belong to the order Testudines or Chelonia, reptiles having bodies encased in a bony shell—but not all turtles are tortoises.  The most important thing to remember about tortoises is that they are exclusively land creatures.However, not all land turtles are tortoises; thus, box turtles and wood turtles have been called tortoises, though they are not considered tortoises today. But that’s a matter for another day."



Now for a funny story :)  My daughter in law knew I wanted a tortoise, a friend of a friend had two for free!  I jumped at the chance!  This person asked if I was sure I wanted them as she didn't want them back.  My daughter in law was going to collect them as we were going to be away, I assured her tortoises were easy to look after especially in summer.  I talked to my son about making a pen in the back garden for day time and my grand daughter was so excited.  My son phoned to say they had set everything up in my house, then my daughter who was looking after my plants, phoned me and said "It's not a tortoise it's a turtle!"

According to Pet Education

"The terms 'turtle,' 'tortoise,' and 'terrapin' are often used interchangeably, and depending on which country you are in, may describe a completely different type of 'turtle.'


For most Americans, the term 'turtle' describes the Chelonians that are aquatic or semi-aquatic. The term 'tortoise' describes a Chelonian that lives primarily on land. 'Terrapin' can describe some freshwater or saltwater turtles, but is not often used.

If you were in Australia, you might call all of the turtles 'tortoises,' and in Britain, a 'turtle' would mean a saltwater species and a 'terrapin' would be a freshwater species. Are you confused yet? "

The Polish language only as one word  also, hence the confusion.  I now have a turtle (one died before they were collected), which I hope to find a good home for.

If you have a tortoise or turtle or any other kind of pet we would love to see some photographs.

We are going to try something new this month. You can vote for your favourite pet pic on this link-up.

July 1, 2017

Challenge #4 Sponsored by Limited Runs

     Welcome to our Fourth Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  If you're new to our challenge, we're a monthly challenge starting on the 1st of each month and ending on the day before the last day of the month. We have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner each month.

     So, our winner of the prize offered by Sparkle n Sprinkle for our June challenge is:

with this fab project:




     Congratulations!  Please email us at 2craftycrittercrazies(at)gmail(dot)com 


so that we can arrange to get your prize to you.

     In addition, we've chosen Kleido (Doris) to be our Guest Designer in August, if she's willing and available.  Here's her fab card from last month's challenge.  We'll be in touch with you shortly, Doris.








     We also have a fabulous announcement to make!  Our little team is growing.  :-D  Donna, from Creative Smiles, will be with us as a part-time DT gal from now on.  She'll be inspiring us with projects as often and as regularly as possible given her schedule.  She's also the lady who designed the fantastic banner at the top of our blog.  We are so looking forward to having her with us, hopefully as soon as next month!  Welcome, Donna.  :-D

     We're sponsored this month by Limited Runs.  They have some of the cutest digital stamps anywhere.  :-D



Limited Runs Digital Stamps

     Remember, we start a new challenge on the 1st of each month and end the day before the last day of the month.  However, we have one requirement for every project submitted in our challenges -- they MUST feature a creature!  Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Fins, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured and not just a teeny, tiny bug hidden in a corner somewhere.  :-D 

     You may enter as many other challenges as you like and you may enter our challenge up to 5 times per month but each entry must be a different project.  We have a sponsor each month and we choose a random winner on the last day of the month, then announce the winner at the same time the next challenge goes live.

     We will also be inviting Guest Designers to join us each month so if you think you might be interested in being our Guest Designer in July, please add GD after your name or leave us a comment on this post saying you'd like to be a Guest Designer.

     Here's a little inspiration from our team to encourage you and, this month, we are delighted to welcome our Guest Designer, Helen.  Here's her fantastic card. 



Angela using "Birdhouse2 "





Teresa, using "Cuddles"



     You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on July 30 to enter your project.

     If you'd like to be a future Guest Designer, please tell us in a comment or put GDT next to your name on your entry.