June 15, 2018

Pigs in the Garden

Pigs in the Garden 

by Cheryl Morgan

So I'm thinking now might be a good time to tell you all about the little people in the shed at the bottom of the garden.

Ruth, my daughter, thought that it would be a great idea to have guinea pigs. I was not so sure. I knew how to look after rabbits, as I had several when I was a child but guinea pigs are completely different and I wasn't so sure.

Anyway, Ruth did tonnes of research about what they eat, how to care for them, and where the best place was to get them. We ended up driving an hour away to a guinea pig rescue. So cute, all the little piggies squeaking and squawking when we went in the sheds. Ruth (and I) fell in love with them. The lady who looked after them had 105 piggies the day we went. We stayed about 2 hours and came home empty handed. But that was good. We had a couple of weeks to purchase homes and runs and find a good place to get the dust free hay we needed  - then back to the rescue.

Another couple of hours and we had found Choco and Latte.
Ruth is so happy with them.

Choco is the quiet one. He's small and like a little teddy bear. He loves to have his fur brushed backwards. He is always first to the food, first for cuddles, and last back into his house when its time for bed. 

And this is Latte, twice the size of Choco, with one pink ear. He never wants a cuddle, or a brush, and always stays longest at the food. His belly is huge. But he will sit for hours and let you tickle him under his chin!

I love these little guys, and I wonder how long it will be before we have a trip back to the rescue!


June 1, 2018

Challenge #15 Sponsored by Sparkle n Sprinkle

Welcome to our 15th 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 Rick St. Dennis for our April, 2018 challenge is:


Sheryl #9   
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 - #118 Dreja
I love the sweet bird with the lavender wings, the beautiful roses, and the lovely floral die cut across the top of the card.

CarolG - #41 Christi at Art-without-anxiety
One layer cards are difficult to make and this card managed to stick in my mind long after I saw it.  I like the simplicity, the way the colouring makes the cats so individual, and that sentiment just made me laugh.


NanaConnie - #46 Rosina
I love the way she used that die to frame the image
and the glowers and butterfly are marvelous!  Wonderful fancy folds
and the color combo is delicious.

Donna - #132 Chrissy
Great Grandma Chrissy!  Cute baby themed critters who always seem to play a part in folklore the world around! The details in her card from tiny die cuts to darling papers, to special inking, and an elaborate scene just say “sweetness and love” for this special occasion. Thanks for a wonderful card, Chrissy.

Ine - #50 Marlene
Such a nice card with lovely colours that really good match, and I love the butterflies.


Cheryl - #122 Katrina
This is the first time I have noticed a tag on the blog and I loved this one. Totally love the sentiment on it.


Helen - #88: Kleido (Doris)
I love the shape of this (have always wanted to try 
making one of these cards!) and the cute image

Teresa chose this beautiful creation by Andrea. It is her own image - SheepSki Designs - and I absolutely LOVE her bumblebee with its transparent wings.


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

    
Now, the June Challenge!


 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 more inspiration from our team to encourage you.  

Cheryl using "Bugs in a jar "

CarolG using "Cool Chicks"

NanaConnie using "Sitting Pretty Kitty"


Teresa using "Ice Cream Dog"


     
You have until 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on June 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.



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.

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


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)