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Friday, July 18, 2008


Hey All! I've been so excited to do this post today because I get to announce my first winner of my first blog candy give away! Try not to cheat and scroll down to look. Savor the moment! I've posted a new card today as well as a new picture of the week! Today's card is a thank you card that I did in black and silver. Here it is. . .

This was my second use of my Cuttlebug. I did the butterfly with it, and I love how it turned out! The stamped image is from Stampendous, and it has three flower heads. To get this image, I simply stamped the image 3 times at different angles. I used Versamark embossing ink and then used silver embossing powder on the stamped image and the sentiment. You can see a close up below:

The Cuttlebug cutting die set consists of a die to cut the butterfly, and then 4 embossing sleeves to emboss the cut out. I chose the scrolly one, but the others are beautiful and I have card ideas to use them on for later. I then put a few bling crystals on the butterfly and tied the bow. The ribbon is actually silver and black (doesn't show that well in the photo below).

There you have it! I'm going to give it to a local artist here in Carmel. She has a shop on the main street, and when she closes her shop at night, she leaves two bowls of water out in front of her shop along with a jar full of dog treats for all of us who walk our dogs past her shop in the evening. She is so cool!

OK! OK! OK! Here is the winner of my first blog candy give away! Remember, I entered all the people who left comments on that post onto Random.Org (by the way, thanks so much for the supportive, sweet, kind words that you all left! Hugs to all of you!) and then hit the randomize button. The winner was the person who actually came out last on the list. And the winner is . . . . .Deb Neerman! Congrats Deb! Please send me your snail mail address so that I can get you your prize! The list is below showing where everyone fell:

Jen\'s Place in Space
Monika Reeck
Stampin Cats
Julie (Canada)
Jan Scholl

Jennifer Muraoka
Bunny B
The Rubber Maid
Sue at Stampndaly
Gina Wrona
Jane Scossie
Jacy\'s Mom
Deb Neerman

Thanks again everyone! I wish I could give everybody something. However, I plan on having more of these, and I have lots of fun ideas to do it too, so keep checking back!

Well that's it for this post! Don't forget the pic of the week below. I took this a couple of mornings ago while walking the boys in a local park. Isn't he/she adorable?

Take care all! Thanks again very much!


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


Deb Neerman said...

Wooohooo, Curt!!!! I'm a winner, yay!!!

Thanks soooooo much; I'll shoot you an email with my addy.

I wanted to mention that Julie Koerber and I have a new challenge blog. You HAVE got to check it out: HERE.

~Huglettes & thanks, Deb

Deb Neerman said...

Omigosh, in all my excitement about winning the candy, I forgot to mention how much I lurve this card!!!

Love the color combo ... very classy and elegant. And your embossing is absolutely perfect-amundo! It's really beautiful, Curt, I love it!

Which Cuttlebug die set did you use here? I'm not familiar with a set that comes with a butterfly die and embossing folders. Course, you made it look so fantabulous that now I have to have one too, YKWIM?!? I'm sufferin' from tool envy here ...

WoWzA, love how the artist you'll be gifting with this treasure leaves out water bowls and treats for the dogs! What a kewl thing to do!!!


Bunny B said...

Gorgeous card! I love it! And congrats to Deb!! :) So happy she won :))

Annapurna said...

Lovely card. I passed on those butterfly dies, but now you are making me rethink my decision. Cool embossing and colors.

Deb has been on a lucky streak lately, winning all kinds of candy.

a portland granny said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your silver card. Your photography is outstanding! What fun to be able to stay home and enjoy your dogs and your photography. I love your part of the world. I used to spend time there as a girl as I had an uncle who lived in one of the fancy neighorhoods---but that was long ago.

I'll enjoy keeping up with your posts.


Lologrl said...

what a gorgeous creation, my friend! i love your cards that are made with black and another color!! that owner of the shop is pretty cool for doing that, she's going to appreciate you even more with this beautiful card coming her way. I bet she is going to show it off and let all her customers know. Watch them come your way for MORE!!!!


Claire Brennan said...

Hi Curt -fabulous card - I love the black and silver - real WOW factor. - Also thank you for stopping by my blog - wish you well.

Sue at StampnDaly said...

Very cool card. For a moment I thought your butterfly was a soda can embellishment.

Janine said...

This is a fabulous card Curt!! I love that image as well. I have used it many times.

Juliann said...

Congrats to Deb!!!

Gorgeous card Curt!
Love the silver on black embossed flowers!
I almost bought that butterfly cuttle bug that I see it on a card I like it even more!

BTW, man that lady is so nice to leave out treats and water for the neighborhood dogs! You sure don't find many people like that anymore!
Enjoy your weekend!

Glee said...

Okay, I cheated, Curt; I just had to go see who won. Congratulations, Deb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, back to your card -- it is just so lovely, soft, soothing, beautiful and downright GORGEOUS!

Did I make up cheating with those words? I sure hope so. Your photo is just precious!

Jodi said...

Hey Curt! What a beautiful butterfly!! Love the way you gave it some texture, it really brings it to life!!! =)

Scossie Jane said...

Lovely card Curt, love the colours and the ribbon is gosh!!
Congratulations to Deb on winning your candy, I'm not a bit jealous, honest!! Came close but, didn't I, 3rd from bottom - never thought I'd be pleased to say I was 3rd from the bottom xx

crazed lunatic said...

i followed you over from Jamie's blog because it said Carmel...I live in Carmel, IN, too. :)

am loving your work! will be back, for sure!

Adrienne said...

Yay! Congratulations on your first blog candy give away! :D What fun that was! :D

Your butterfly is adorable!

Rita said...

Congrats Deb!

Curt you have out done yourself with this beautiful amazing card!!! Wowzer it's GORGEOUS!!! She's going to luv it!!! I luv it & you did a fantastic job, I think I'm going to case this card & make one for myself sometime!

Jamie Martin said...

Beautiful card, love how you used the cuttlebug on the butterfly :)
I also love your pictures.

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WhimsicalThoughts said...

I LOVE the card! it's so elegant, great job!

Jennifer Muraoka said...

OMG!!!!!! This is gorgeous!!!!!!! You have such an elegant touch. Amazing. I just love what you're doing with your new toy! The butterfly is out of this world. And you know how I'm into my butterflies now! I feel a CASE coming on. OK, couple things. First, I loved the card you sent me! I was just dying I laughed so hard. It was the cutest card I have EVER received. You're so creative. Moe and Joe were soooo cute. You have a knack of just saying the right thing. You're such a blessing in my life. Number 2 ~ If you don't mind I left a link to you on my blog. Hover your pointer over your name to see what I wrote about you. Number 3 ~ I left you an award on my blog!! Okkie dokkie... Love and hugs to you and your beautiful family. Remember to give those furry babes of yours a hug from me. Love you! JennJenn

Julie Koerber said...

Gasp. Seriously. This card is a real stunner! Love the black and silver combo! Can't wait to hear what the reaction is when you give it to the shop owner! How neat. You are just too thoughtful for words -- aren't you! :-)