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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

22ND ANNIVERSARY & BLOG CANDY COMING!!!

Hey All! Today is kind of a special post because Jay and I are celebrating our 22ND Anniversary together! Wow how the time flies! I can't believe it has been that long. So, in honor of today, I'm posting the card that I made for him and gave him this morning. Here it is:





I love these colors together, and this stamp is from a new set that I just bought from Inkadoo. I used Versacolor ink for the image and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. You can see that effect in the photo below:



Added the bow, did the matting, stuck on the little "metal like" brads that I got from JoAnn Fabrics for a dollar a sheet, then raised it all with pop up squares. I don't know where I got the Happy Anniversary stamp, but I liked the script-like quality. Pretty simple card, but I do love how it turned out. Which brings me to something else. . .

I just want to thank everyone for their inspiration and ideas for techniques, because I am learning so much. I am inspired by everyone I visit, and I take away great ideas, tips and techniques. For example, I first learned the clean, professional looking multiple matting from Julie Koerber's blog. Her cards are absolutely beautiful. I learned that your stamped images look so much better if you emboss them with clear embossing powder, and I learned that from Jennifer Muraoka. Talk about great blogs, hers is AWESOME! I learned how to take your punches and use them in different ways to achieve other looks (like taking a flower punch and using it to get the ticket punch look). I learned that from Jennifer Young my big-hearted, super talented blog buddy. These people are just a few that I mention, but I've learned so much from everyone I visit; things like coloring techniques, card layout, etc. You all have amazing talent and I appreciate all of you so much. This blog thing is such a blast which brings me to . . . .

BLOG CANDY!!!! In an earlier post, I mentioned that I wanted to give some blog candy away, and so I shall. As soon as my counter hits 2,000 I will begin the give-away! I have a cool blog candy idea, so be sure to come back for the announcement. I don't think it should be too long now, my counter is getting there quickly!

Finally, thanks to Jen Young for "tagging" me - hence the "You Rock my Socks" up there. You rock too! Don't forget the pic of the week below. . .until next post! Take good care!

Best,

Curt O'Brien
"God help me be the person my dog thinks I am."

17 comments:

Julie Koerber said...

Thanks Curt! I hope you have a wonderful anniversary! 22 years! WOW! My hubby and I have only been married for going on 13. Cheers to you! Thanks too for the sweet mention. You are really just one big sweetheart! :-)

Jan Scholl said...

Curt-this is beautiful. With all the relationships never lasting anymore, it tugs at the heart to see one that does. In 36 years I have only recieved one card from my hubby and I had to give him paper and crayons to make it (he has no clue where the card shop is or how to pay with cash, I guess).

May you exchange many more cards and days of happiness.

DeeDee said...

WOW...22years....ME TOO...we just celebrated in March!!!! CONGRATULATIONS Curt!!! That card you made for your honey....COOL BEANS Man!!!! I love the whole look of it!!! THANK YOU so much for adding me to your list...that is such a HUGE compliment!! Oh and that Pic of the Week....WOW...that blue bird just pops right off the screen....that is so COOL!!!! HUGS!!!!

Sue said...

What a great card! I found your blog through Jen and really have enjoyed browsing...Happy Anniversary...on to your silver anniversary now!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Congrats to you and Jay on your anniversary! It's good to hear of a good, lasting relationship in this day and age! Awesome colors in your card, too! Hope your day was great!

Bunny B said...

Wowwee!! Stunning card! And Happy 22nd Anniversary!! :)

Lologrl said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! WOWZer 22 Years!!! That is longer than most straight people I know, Luv!!! You and Jay should teach a few things to some of them straight lines out there... =0) Well, you know if you were here you n' Jay would get a great big hug n' smooches from me. Keep going strong, and let that love shine through!!! Isn't Jan Scholl Hilarious?!?!? I love that woman to death!!!

I love your card and the color combo that you've chosen. You are right - they go great together, and I can see why you love them. It's so pretty, and I am so sure that Jay is proud that to have a creative BF like you!!!

Thank you for pointing to me in your post again... it's honor to be recognized in the same post as your Anniversary.

Well dahling... here's more to many more lovely years together.

Luv to you n' Jay,
Jen

P.S.>>>> Do you both eat chocolates?

WhimsicalThoughts said...

Wow 22 years, that's fantastic and so rare these days! Congrats and happy anniversary to both you and Jay. the card is beautiful and I love the colors you used!

Scossie Jane said...

Congratulations to you and Jay on 22 years together, quite an achievement in this day and age xx He will adore this card, not only is it stunning, but you made it for him xx

The Rubber Maid said...

Boy do I ever love your card and the photo of the week or day is just too beautiful for words. Happy Anniversary to you and Jay, that's great! Hope you have a nice dinner and a glass of your favorite
wine or bubbly. Hugs to you both, Pat
Don't forget to cast your vote for
DD in the contest.

Jennifer Muraoka said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! It is truly an amazing mile stone in your life together. Be proud of it. I can only imagine the bond that the two of you share as soul mates. You are lucky to have found him at such a young age! I hope for many more beautiful years to come. Cherish them as you cherish your memories. Thanks again for the mention...I'm inspired by you as well. You are really moving by leaps and bounds in your art! I can see the progression and I'm so proud of you. I am glad that you have found your hobby and that you are willing to share your beautiful personality and art with all of us. Mahalo, Jenn

twinkletoe said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. I love your cards and love to read your blog.

cardcrazy said...

Congratulations, Curt & Jay! What a beautiful card you made, Curt, I'm sure Jay was thrilled! I've been a "lurker" on your blog for a week or two, and love all of your cards! They are beautiful and a creative inspiration!

Enjoy your celebration! Happy Anniversary!
-Krissy

Susan (rainy) said...

Curt your card is absolutely gorgeous. The colors and layout are wonderful. The matting always adds such elegance.

Congrats on 22 years with your soul mate.

Mel M. M. M. said...

Many Congrats on your anniversary! What a lovely card to celebrate. The turquoise & white and black are so stunning! :0)

Jens Place in Space said...

I know this is late but Happy Anniversary!!! We are going on 20. I have gotten maybe one card lol. and I dont think it was even signed let alone made by him!

malieta said...

Happy Anniversary to you and yours Curt!
Your card is beautiful!!!