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Thursday, July 10, 2008

This One Bugged Me!!

Hey All! We are almost there! As of this post, my blog has had 1,923 hits! I am going to bet that in the next couple of days and by my next post it will be BLOG CANDY time!!!! Check back in a couple of days, or subscribe so you know when it is happening!

Now on to the card for today's post. As the title of this blog entry suggests, this card drove me absolutely out of my mind! I'm OK with how it turned out, but I'm not sure I'm going to go to this length again for a get well card! If I do, I'm afraid I'd need a get well card for me! Here it is. . .


I was at the grocery store the other day waiting in line, and a couple of women in front of me were talking about a friend of theirs who was sick and "had caught a nasty bug". That phrase made me think about the stamp I had bought but hadn't used yet. So, I got it out and came up with the above. Inspiration comes from everywhere, doesn't it? This one took me forever! I stamped the main image (the jar) on white cs and then I stamped just the lid of the jar on silver metallic cs and cut it out. Then, using an Exacto knife, I cut out the center of the jar. I had a piece of acetate and I pasted it behind the cut out to give the jar a "glass" look. Of course you can't see it from the photo! errrrrr! I used another set of stamps that had several other types of bugs and stamped the background in a slightly darker shade of green (see pic below).
I then picked the caterpillar to be the main bug in the jar, colored him with markers and cut him out. I poked "air holes" in the lid with a paper piercing tool and then poked a hole on each side for the raffia ribbon for the bow.
Remember, you can click on all the pictures for a larger view. As I was putting it all together, the plain, white card stock just didn't look right. . .it needed something. So I got a lime green marker out and started dotting the cs. I had to keep cleaning the acetate to get the finger prints off. I also raised the jar section with foam squares so that it gave it more of a 3-D effect. The sentiment I created on my computer and printed off on cs.
There you have it! Honestly, it took me over an hour to make this card! That stupid paper raffia that I used for the bow kept ripping every time I would poke it through or try to tie it. That took me 5 tries and about 3 feet of raffia! LOL Oh well, somebody has to be really sick to get this one!
Thanks for stopping by! Next post will have the details for BLOG CANDY! So let your blogging friends know! See ya next post! Thanks again for all of your wonderful comments! I'm also having a blast visiting all of your blogs!
Best,
Curt O'Brien
"God help me be the person my dog thinks I am."

13 comments:

Lologrl said...

LOL!!! Great creation, Curt. You crack me up about that raffia. It sucks when it rips doesn't it? Well, your creation turned out rather cute... so it was all worth it. =0)

smooches!
Jen

Sharon Caudle said...

Well, it might have driven you crazy, but I love it!!! Great details!!! Had to chuckle at the comment about this card taking you an hour to make. :) I'm always tickled pink to get a card done within an hour.

Tammy Hershberger said...

LMBO!!! "Oh well, somebody has to be really sick to get this one!" They better really appreciate it too, because it's fabulous! Great job!

Scossie Jane said...

Brilliant card!! All that effort was definately worth it, you certainly gave me a laugh describing your antics.
I can sympathise with the raffia, I have the same problems with self adhesive felt flourishes, beautiful effect, but drive you insane getting there xx

Anonymous said...

I WOULD LOVE TO "CATCH THAT BUG"...ANOTHER WINNER.......LOVE, MOM

Julie said...

So cute, love this card.
Keep up the great work.
Julie

Jens Place in Space said...

First of all thanks sooooo much for the nice comment on my card!!! And your blog is awesome, love the dogs, love the bug card and your picture of the week!

Penny said...

Hi Curt! I think this is pretty inspired - how clever is the silver lid with the air holes and the acetate jar? Yep, I hope someone DOES appreciate it!

Penny x

Janine said...

FAbulous card Curt!! Love that bug!!

Juliann said...

hahah cute very cute!

malieta said...

Very cute card and I love extra details!! One thing about making cards that require a lot of time, if you decide to make another one...it gets easier:)

Rita said...

Wow Curt, what a great idea for a get well card! Inspiration...amazing the strange places where you can pick up on an idea! This was brilliant & you did a fantastic job, I luv it! You made me laugh out loud, but it was well worth the fuss, I think!

Belas Creating Place said...

Curt, I love your style. The cards are exquisite. Your photos amazing. I didn't make the blog candy but that's okay, I will visit often, you ROCK>