May 15, 2018

Togetherness

If you're looking for the May Challenge, please scroll down one post.

Hello Fellow Crafty Critter Crazies,

This is our mid-month post, where someone on the Design Team gets to share some pics of her pets.

We have a multi-pet, multi-species household. Not all of our pets mix. We don't let the cats or dog into the aviary with our birds, but you can find all kinds of videos on You Tube of prey animals co-habiting with natural predators. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it unless closely supervised.

Here are a few pics of my pets enjoying each other's company.
 Cats generally are tolerant of each other, but they usually have to work through some issues before becoming friends. Even then, there can be the occasional tiff. Since all of our cats are neutered, the arguments are never serious and always about one cat (the youngest) wanting to play and the older cats being annoyed by his playfulness.
 Samson (dog) and Sebastian (cream cat in previous pic) were babies that we got around the same time. I expected that they would become friends, but Sebastian only tolerates the big guy. Our 14-year-old cat, Plussette, is the one who regularly cuddles up with Samson.
 Guinea pigs can be territorial, especially the males, and need time to acclimate to each other. Emma and Malu are both females. Malu was only a month old when I got her and Emma was about nine months, so they became friends pretty quickly. I gave a temporary home to two brother GPs when I first had Emma. Even though the boys had grown up together, they were ready to kill each other once they got a whiff of a female. I needed three separate cages until I found a good home for the brothers. They are happily co-habiting again.
 I have a large, mixed-species aviary with Doves, cockatiels, budgies and finches. For the most part, everyone gets alone well. My male budgie was flirting with one of my female finches the other day, even though he has three female budgies from which to choose. Go figure. One of my cockatiels is enamored with the doves.
Some of you read about my adventures in trying to find a friend for my little rabbit, Ricky. I tried for 3 months with another neutered male, a very sweet-natured bun. It ended with both rabbits having battle scars and Jelly Bean returning to his previous home. Then I brought a neutered female home for one night only. Ricky was curious, but her aggression was explosive. Finally, I brought home Petunia, a Flemish Giant. It took almost a week of regular, supervised "date nights", but now the two are a very happy couple. Petunia was not yet spayed when I got her, and females are usually the more territorial of the sexes, so this is a testament of the gentleness of the breed.

Thanks for stopping in for our mid-month post. I don't have a digi for you this month, but you never know when one will pop up, so be sure to check every month.

Hugs & smiles,
Teresa

May 1, 2018

Challenge #14 - Sponsored by Rick St. Dennis

Welcome to our 14th Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  Please do not forget to check our rules. Thanks!

     OK, let's get right to what you all want to know - our winner of the prize offered by Linda Simpson for our April, 2018 challenge is:  

Jennifer H # 75
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.

We've also chosen these as our
DT Favorites:

Lori - #12 Jose

The papers are so cheerful and I love all the pink and yellow and all those baby chicks!
CarolG - #1 Kuni
I like #1 because it feels like a party is happening - the smooth background and colouring is fabulous and so are those party piggies!

NanaConnie - #85 - Crafty

I love the coloring and the pinpoint die cut around the image.  Adding the paw print dp and the bones for the sentiment were brilliant touches.


Donna Ellis - #137 Katrina Brown Scrappy Horses
Most difficult challenge EVER to choose only ONE favorite? Yikes! Katrina's amazing horse journal is chock full of textures, details, flavors, all centering around the love for horses. It's a beautiful creation. Check out the video at her blog for design ideas. Fantastic journal, Katrina!


Helen - #54 America

Love the sentiment and all the different little House Mouse characters.


Karen - #116 Maria
 So glad Maria kept it simple so the focus is on this fun lady and the sweet kitty.
Lovely color choices and beautiful coloring

Lisa Furbush - #87 Kathy

It is bright and cheery and adorable!


Cheryl - #127 Donna M
I love that there is so much black in this, the colouring is fabulous.  It's just so different !

Teresa - #104 Grandma Bonnie
I love the dimension and texture in her design, especially the inclusion of the twig.

Favorites Ladies, please take this badge and add it to your blog.  


    
Now, the May Challenge!

 We're sponsored this month by Rick St. Dennis and we had so much fun using his images!  You can find his Zibbet store here:

https://www.zibbet.com/rick1949


Here's a little more inspiration from our team to encourage you.  

Cheryl using "Carmen Burlesquephant"

CarolG - using "Anastasia"


Ine using "Rare Turtle"


Karen using "Bootsie"

 Lisa using "Bootsie"


NanaConnie using "Dragon"

Teresa using "Goat "

     
You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on May 25 to enter your project.

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April 15, 2018

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Mid-April Post

Ine and her dogs:
Last September (2017) our lovely dog Amigo died.  He was almost 14 years old and a very good and kind dog. We miss him every day.
This is one of the last photos with my friend J.
As of October 2017, we have a new little puppy in our home and hearts. Her name is Sky.
 Sky is 5 months old now and is a really naughty girl sometimes.

We hope she will be with us for a very long time. We enjoy having her around.

Bye, Ine (and a paw from Sky)


April 1, 2018

Challenge #13 Sponsored by Linda Simpson Designs

Welcome to our 13th Challenge here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  Woohoo!  We've been around for an entire year now and plan to keep going strong!  Please don't forget to check our rules. Thanks!

       OK, let's get right to what you all want to know - our winner of the prize offered by 
Limited Runs for our March, 2018 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.


We've also chosen these as our
DT Favorites:

CarolG  #73 KT FitKitty

I liked the detailed spontaneous and arty look of all the materials, and that fabulous kitty!

NanaConnie - #145 Sue Kment

Aside from loving the purple, I adore the hedgie in the image
and the simple design which lets the image do all the talking.  :-D

Nancy's delightful bunny is surrounded by hand-made flowers, beautiful bows, sweet layers and shapes, and colored oh-so-delicately! You made my heart happy, Nancy!


I love the little mice and the coloring with matching papers.



Loved everything about this card!
Lovely background die, and stitched, blue clouds
Darling elephants, beautifully colored, cut, and popped for dimension and movement.

Cheryl - #59 Amelia B
 
I love the colour tones, the simple, playful bunnies, and the femininity and dimension on this card. 


Teresa - #38 Carol Gill

This whimsical design is like something straight out of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.


Lori - #48 Julie T

I love this card for two reasons, first is because it reminds me of my daughter and her parakeet Lucky.   She used to take him out in the yard and talk to him. The other reason is I love the added flowers and ladybugs; I adore ladybugs so this card spoke to my heart and soul!! Love it!


Favorites Ladies, please take this badge and add it to your blog.  

    
Now, the April Challenge!

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

My name is Linda Simpson and I am based in the UK. I have been crafting for over 20 years and been on the design team of many UK and US companies in the past.
In 2017 I decided to design my own bespoke designer papers and ephemera and was overwhelmed with the response at these papers.  They have proved really popular.  I then decided to branch out into designing my own stencils. 
When I was approached by Nana Connie, who is a very good friend, to sponsor this challenge blog I, of course, had to say yes!
I wish you all good luck in the challenge and am delighted with the projects that the design team have created using my papers and ephemera.

Here is the link to the website.  http://www.lindasimpsondesigns.com

Linda also did a project as a Guest Designer 
using "So Cute Ephemera"
and we're excited to share it with you.




     Here's a little more inspiration from our team to encourage you.  





Donna using "Les Beaux Oiseaux Bird Ephemera" Birds on Branch


NanaConnie using "So Heavenly"




Encaustic (wax) Paintings with Collage



     
You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on April 25 to enter your project.

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