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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Halloween is Coming!!!!

Hey All! Hope your week is going well! As I've been visiting your blogs and other blogs near and far, I have noticed a lot of people starting to post Halloween cards and Christmas cards. While I'm not inclined at the moment to even think about Christmas, I am getting so excited about Fall and my favorite holiday of the year - Halloween! As a kid, I loved spooky things and always had a fascination with ghosts and scary things (I know, most of you are thinking "Hmmm that explains a lot!") HA! My fondest memories as a kid revolve around Halloween! So, today's post is a Halloween card. This was definitely a project for me. I wanted something 3-D. I love dioramas and 3-D cards. I found a stamp at a used stamp sale that I thought had so many possibilities. It is a giant stamp that is nothing but 9 squares on it. It became the basis of my idea for this card:

As you can see from the photo, I cut out all 9 squares with an Exacto knife to form the window panes! Behind it, I placed black card stock and sponged the moon with Colorbox yellow ink using a circle mask. I then stamped the tree branch, colored it with markers, and attached it to the window itself after punching out little leaves and gluing them to the branch. I then stamped my ghost. Onto the window I folded and taped card stock to form the "sill" for the cat to stand on. I then attached the whole window to the card with foam mounting squares to give it the 3-D effect from behind. You can see it better in the closeup photo below:

I love how it turned out, though it was a lot ow work and cutting again! The sentiment will go on the inside, because I didn't want to ruin the "window in the wall inside the house" effect by putting a sentiment on the front under the window.

I'm going to do another Halloween card using this same 9 square stamp in a totally different way to show its potential for some many uses.

So, there you go. I'll post the next one in a couple of days, and then I will have one more Halloween card not using this stamp.

One last thing. . .My blog was featured on "Card of the Week.Com" this week! I didn't even know it untill my bloggin buddy DeeDee sent me an email to let me know. So I got to post that cool icon up there to the right! Thanks DeeDee for letting me know!

Hope all is well with you! Thanks again for stopping by! I love it when you leave comments, because I truly value what you have to say! So please, as one visitor put it "I need to leave more comments instead of lurking around your blog!) LOL Lurking is a good word for this post, huh?
Don't forget the Pic of the Week below: See you on your blogs!


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


DeeDee said...

Ooooh ME first!!! LOL!!! You are very welcome Curt...I love that you get to use her little icon to show everyone you were featured there!!!

Okay now...Dude!!!! This card is way too COOL for words!!! What a neat idea...dontcha love it when you see stuff in a stamp and you just keep creating till you get it outta your system?? Oh now I can't wait to see what you are up to next....I'll be back!!! HUGS!!!

Adrienne said...

I love the card!

I love the pic of your two dogs their hair cuts to me seem like the one on the right is he "Younger, rambunctious one" And the one on the left is the "Older, calmer, wiser one"... Is that true? lol. How neat. I also love how you have the bandannas on them that are close to the same colors as the flowers. What great subjects to photograph!

WhimsicalThoughts said...

OMG, that card is AWESOME! you are so talented!

Rita said...

Wow! You out did yourself with this card Curt, Iluv it!!! Kool idea for the cat sitting on the sill! I can't wait to see the next one!

Congrats on being featured you deserve it!!!

Sue said...

Oh you have so much patience...that is what makes your cards so awesome!

Juliann said...

Your Halloween card is just fabulous!
I love the soft yellow moon! You have the patience of a saint, all that cutting...I am not allowed to have exacto knives...while trimming the rubber of a stamp I cut my hand and needed 6 stitches...hey I thought that story was Halloween aproppriate!lol!

OK so your 2 beautiful dogs look like they love to pose...they are cute in every picture you show, love their bandanas!
Congrats on card of the week!

Paula said...

What a great Halloween card,well done and very clever use of the stamp.

Janine said...

What a great card Curt!! and congrats on being featured*** That's just fabulous!
Have a great weekend.

Gina Wrona said...

Congrats on being featured!

Love the window card, very clever!


~amy~ said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog:) Congrats on being featured!! FABulous halloween card!

Teri said...

Ooh! Halloween is my favorite holiday too!! I just LOVE this card! You cut out the windows so perfect! Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday!!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, love this Curt!! Very creative!

Love it!!

Congrats on the Card of the Week thing; good on you!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Curt, that's just too cute! I LOVE the window scene you created!

Since you love Halloween so much, I think maybe I have a little something-something to send you! When you have time, could you email me your address? :)

My Paper World said...

It's fabulous Curt! I really do admire your patience and creativity!
You spend so much time adding all the perfect little touches like the leaves and the folded window sill! and It's soooo worthwhile, because you create masterpieces!
Thanks so much for sharing! I LOVE your blog!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Nicola xx
P.S and your boys are adorable! Love the pic!

Anonymous said...

your dogs are just too cute! They were the first thing that grabbed me about your blog. :) I love schnauzers and my mini is the queen of the house here. I came across your blog from KiyomiKrafts and will check you out more often. Oh, and your card is awesome too!

The Rubber Maid said...

Very cute card and I can see you were definetly patient in doing it. I hate using an exacto knife so I'll leave the cutting to you. Have a great weekend. Pat

Glee said...

Congratulations, Curt! What a fabulous honor for you and I must say, "you so deserve it!"

Now to this card....WOW, Curt, I mean, "WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" What an artisan you are!

Jodi said...

Hey you! I love your card! one of my favorite holidays is Halloween! I love it.. dressup,parties, decorations, you name it. I have tons of halloween stamps!! Check your box next week!

Julie Koerber said...

Too cute! It is a lot of work, but the results are fab!!! I love Halloween too. You should see our house-- I decorate more for halloween than I do Christmas it seems! I have the tombstones and tons of pumpkins -- I just love it! Glad I am not alone! :-)

Carolyn Bounds said...

Your card is spooktacular!!! I LOVE it and EVERY intricate detail. Halloween is one of my fave times of the year too:o) DH's b'day is Halloween, and we are tossing around the idea of a costume party. I may have to case your card for the invitations. Hope you don't mind.

Congratulations on being featured on "Card of the Week.Com"!!! Can't wait to see your next Halloween creation:o)

Jennifer Muraoka said...

Yipee!!! Well done Curt! You deserve this recognition! Again, it's that photographic eye of yours that keeps your cards so beautiful and well balanced!
I love this card. Is it almost Halloween, already? My, time has gone by so fast, hasn't it!? Anyhoot, this card looks like it took literally hours to create. Amazing!!! Hugs to you and your family, Jenn

Catherine said...

hey! thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your halloween card and I'll make sure to stop by again and check you the pic of your dogs =)

Marge said...

Wow, a lot of work, but well worth it! This card is amazing!!!