Saturday, 1 October 2016

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy!

Apart from a couple of days & nights of the wind howling down the chimney, it's been a quiet week this week. 

The weather has settled down again, it's actually quite sunny today - well, sort of, when it's not cloudy. I've just been out to check the bird feeder and make sure it's got enough in it, I swear the birds around here are lucky they can get off the ground let alone fly - that's at least 12 fat balls & two lots of mealworm they've gone through since Thursdays & I've just filled it again! Yesterday it was like a scene from "The Birds".  When Jack went out for a nose around the garden they scattered.  They then started gathering on the old telephone lines, in the trees and on roof top aerials.  Once the dog came back in the birds started coming back and were queueing up to get at the feeder - then the squabbling started as to who was next - what a racket! If they are like this in the warm weather I think I better get well stocked up for the winter.

It's only been about 3 months since we started trying to persuade our teenage son to get a haircut, I'd been threatening to get him a couple of barrettes to keep his hair out his eyes! Yesterday, he finally gave in!  He has been asked to give a presentation on the "Career Ready" programme he's been taking part in for the last year or so.  It's to be given at a reception for new participants, local employers & various VIPs at a local 5 Star hotel so he needs to look the part! Oh, and it's school photo time - he's to be in three photos: solo, class & the Senior Prefect Team.  We don't have a photo of him in that school uniform & he's been there over 5 years!  He says he's camera shy but I'm hoping I'll have something for the family album.

Sketch Challenge

When I saw the sketch for this weeks  Freshly Made Sketches Challenge I decided that as it was a simple sketch I should perhaps make a card that was also something quite simple. 

There was a stamp in Crafty Impressions "In the Dog House" set that I had been puzzling over how it could be used so I decided to have a little play with that, and came up with this - I think this is the quickest card I've ever made!:


Thank you Kim for the Honorable Mention in this week's Challenge!

I Used

White 300gsm - Fabriano
Black 300gsm - PayPer Box
Other Colours - American Crafts

Dies & Stamps
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats, Crazy Dogs - Stampers Anonymous
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats, Crazy Dogs - Sizzix Thinlits
"In the Dog House" Dog - Crafty Inspirations

Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ranger
Smokey Grey - Memento
Midnight Blue - Versafine
Onyx Black - Versafine

Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats, Crazy Dogs 

I'd ordered a couple of new sets of Dyan Reavely stamps but although only one set, "Ugh, People!" has arrived it's still been time to play.  I do like them using them with the Tim Holtz Crazy sets - only two complete for now:

I still had some of my coloured Crazy Dog die cuts to use up & decided to team them with some backgrounds I'd put away for future use:


  1. what a fantastic collection of cards, you have been so busy. Love love the dogs so cool, brilliant colouring and backgrounds.

  2. What a fun mix of cats and dogs!! You've created a great scene for each, although I have to admit the simple black/white with the dog barely hanging on is my favorite. Love where he ripped the paper! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

    1. Thank you! My son says that every time he looks at the monochrome one it makes him smile.

  3. Congratulations to your husband on the anniversary bash!
    Very much like the dog and tree images.
    Best wishes from Knockanboy dervock CO Antrim
    Denise Gault