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Sunday, August 3, 2008


Hey All! We have a winner of my set of Hummingbird note cards from the last post. Thanks so much for the wonderful tips you all left! I expected no less from all you talented people! Some of them I'm adopting right away! Also, thanks so much for the nice comments about the cards. Speaking of cards. . .today's post (I know, you want to know the winner. . .if you can't wait and savor the moment, scroll down to the bottom and take a look to see if it is you!) LOL Now, for those of you who are going to wait, back to today's post. This card was made with another stamp set from Artful Inkables. This one is from their Bloomin' Beauties set. Take a look at the card:

I just love these stamps! I colored the flowers with colored pencils and cut each one out. I stamped the vine part in Colorbox Canary multiple times in opposite directions, cut them out and pieced them together. I then wove the vine thingies into the trellis, then mounted the flowers on with foam mounting squares for depth. The trellis thingies are a border die cut from my Cuttlebug as is the embossed background which I thought went perfect with this. Ever since I got this Cuttlebug die, I kept thinking it looked like a trellis. Then when I got this stamp set I thought the two would be perfect together. A detailed shot is below:

The stamp set came with the sentiment "Bloom where you're planted", but it was a bit small for this size card. Besides, I have a friend that has a birthday coming up soon, so I thought this would make a good birthday card for her.

So, there you have it. Now, shall I announce the winner? OK, OK! For Those of you who waited, the list is below. Remember, the winner was the one who came out 13Th on the list as determined by There were a couple of you who commented after the deadline date, so I'm sorry that I did not include you on the draw. There were also a couple of anonymous comments who did not leave a name, so I could not put them in for the draw. So, here is the list:

1. sue-oregon
2. mary ellen eidle
3. babs w/8
4. cardcrazy
5. denise
6. judy
7. the rubber maid
8. scossie jane
9. jodi
10. jennifer muraoka
11. gina wrona
12. rita
13. deedee
14. radiogirl
15. carole beath crayola58
16. mary ann-anon
17. adrienne
18. juliann

Congrats DeeDee! I'm so glad you won! Send me an email with your address and I'll get these right out to ya! DeeDee wrote: "OMG!! These are WONDERFUL Curt!!! are so awesome to give them away Mama LOVES hummingbirds and I may just need to go purchase that stamp set just to make cards for her!!!!Okay....hmmmm....a tip....did you know you can drop a few drops of food coloring in some shaving cream...give it a slight "mix" then lay your cardstock in it and make your own patterned paper??? Look here: FUN!!!! HUGS!!!! Oh jeepers...I almost forgot...I love your pic of the week...that is so COOL!!!!"

I always love hearing from you DeeDee, thanks for all the wonderful comments you have left! And that goes for all of you! I love to hear from all of you, and I love coming to your blogs! You guys are the best! I'll be having some more fun stuff to play in the future with some more ideas I have, so keep coming back, you never know what is coming next! Don't forget the pic of the week below! She is a beauty! I've been waiting all summer to get a photo of a tiger, and a few days ago, there she was! Have an incredible week all! See you on your blogs!


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


Julie Koerber said...

OH MY goodness! This coloring and all this detail is to die for! What patience you have. Seriously, my jaw dropped when I saw this beauty! AWESOME is the only word I could come up with! Have a great week Curt! You rock!

Adrienne said...

Awesome congrats DeeDee!

That card Curt, I think it surely is one of you best cards that I have seen ever yet! :D I love it, and I love what you did to the flowers! What kind of colored pencils do you use? Prisma? If not Prisma are one of the best!:D Love ya! Love your work, and your gorgeous butterfly!

Jen Young said...

Curt, what a gorgeous creation... don't cha just love cutting out? Then you can add where ever you want it's dimensions!!

Congrats to Dee-Dee.


Scossie Jane said...

Congratulations to DeeDee on winning your awesome cards, lucky girl xx

This card you have made is brilliant, you must have an awful lot of patience, you really are a talented guy, I take my hat off to you - excellent xx

DeeDee said...

OMG!!! I won....I won....I won....I can't believe it...THANK YOU Curt....OMGoodness, this is such a wonderful way to start my day off! Okay, now this card is absolutely GORGEOUS...the colors are just so bold and fresh...your friend will love this card!!! WOW!! Oh and the pic of the week...another WOW...that is sooooo wonderful and amaze me every time Curt!!! THANKS again and BIG HUGS to you!!!! YAY!!!

Rita said...

Drats i was # 12 close! Hehehe!!! Congrats DeeDee!

Curt this card is sooooo beautiful, I luv that trellis thingy (what's the name of this die?)! You did an outstanding job with this & your friend is going to luv it!

Julia Aston said...

I love what you did with this stamp set Curt! I'm on the DT for AI so it caught my eye immediately! I found you through Deb Neerman

You have wonderful cards here!

Denise said...

Wow, such intricate detail to the card, love the coloring too. Great job Curt.

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, Curt, this card is awesome!!! Stunning. Beautiful. And all kinds of other flattering adjectives!!! Love it!

BTW, did you happen to notice on my blog the "Summer" card you sent me?!? Scroll down ... it's there!

Thanks again ... and, frame this card!!!


Judy said...

Your card is amazing. You certainly have a lot more patience that I have to create something so stunning.

Congratulations, DeeDee. OMG. Have you looked at that video on using the shaving cream? It's unbelievable what you can do with it.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Gorgeous card, Curt! I love the colors and all the cutting you did looks amazing! I do NOT have that much patience! :)

Janine said...

Oh my!!! Your card is awesome!!
I love all the coloring detail and the cutouts. Simply beautiful!!

Janine said...

Oh my!!! Your card is awesome!!
I love all the coloring detail and the cutouts. Simply beautiful!!

Susan (rainy) said...

This is jaw-dropping beautiful!! Oh my look at all the cutouts... And I LOVE the way you wove them through the trellis. This is FABULOUS!!

Mada said...

I am speechless...AWESOME CARD! I've rarely seen a card so beautiful, if ever. Great work Curt! :)
I have just found this marvelous place coming from Joanne's blog (Mainly Flowers) and I am in awe of the beauty I see in here.
Your photos are fantastic and your cards are all works of art.

I simply have to add a link to your blog on mine. Hope you won't mind.

Congratulations Deedee for winning a small treasure. You lucky girl! :)

My Paper World said...

Wow! Such a stunning card Curt!
I love how you combined the stamping with the die cuts! they look perfect together!
Great cutting out too, and the colours are GORGEOUS!
Nicola xx

Glee said...

Curt, you have left me speechless with this card! Gracious, it is absolutely GORGEOUS! I so wish I could do fine detail like you do!

Jennifer Muraoka said...

OMG!!!! You gotta send this card to Kristin at Artful INKables! She's gonna love it!! I love the way you colored it and designed the card. It's like nothing I've seen...and I've seen my share of cards with this set! Haha. Great job, Curt!

Kristin said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! I this a breathtaking creation!!! I've got goosebumps, it is so beautiful!! I wish I had found the time to come and visit you sooner so I could drool over your lovely creation! Would you mind if I featured this card on my bloog or in my store gallery? I'd be sure everyone knew you are the artist!!