November 1, 2017

Challenge # 8 Sponsored by Sparkle n Sprinkle

     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.