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Friday, September 5, 2008

A CONTEST ENTRY

Hey All! As you can see, my blog is all dressed up for Fall! My favorite Fall picture of the boys, Fall colors, Fall leaves. . .can you smell the cinnamon? LOL Now that Labor Day has past, I consider Summer officially over and Fall has begun! Yahoooo! Can't wait for the cooler weather and the color and smells of Autumn to begin! My post today has to do with three things. One, my card has a Fall theme; two, my card is an entry into the You Know You Rock contest sponsored by the ever talented and ever beautiful Julie Koerber and Deb Neerman; and three, I have another surprise in store. . .so, let's get to it!

The card below is my entry into the "heavy metal" contest at the above. The challenge was to make a card using metal. Here is my entry:



I used several pieces of metal on this card. First and most obvious is the copper sheet with the embossed pumpkins and vines. This is actual copper sheeting that I bought at Michael's over a year ago intending to use it for embossed images. It comes in a roll and it is pretty heavy. I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder for it, and then cut it to size. I then used brass square brads to attach the stamped image to the matting. I then added more metal by attaching the heavy metal leaves right under the matted image. And I'm thinking this counts too, because even the ribbon has wire in it! LOL You can see all the detail in the two photos below:





This is one heavy little card! I weighed it on the food scale and it comes in at a whopping 1.5 ounces. The stamp is by paper inspirations, and I colored the image with markers. It was stamped on water color paper and then embossed with clear ep. And there you have it! I have to get this posted and up on their blog by 10:59! It is now 10:32. . .Yikes!

If you like it, I would certainly appreciate you going over to vote for me. You can click here to do so! Thanks in advance!

Lastly, I can't believe I have already hit over 5,000 on my blog counter! It just seems like yesterday that I was celebrating 1,000! Anyway, the announcement is BLOG CANDY to celebrate! My next post will have the pic of the goodies and what you need to do to enter to win! So come back in a few days to see what is up!

Don't forget to look at the picture of the week! The local water park here in Carmel hosts a dog swim for all the local dogs after their official close. The boys went, and I took lots of shots, but this was a fun one! There were over 380 dogs this year. It was so much fun for them and such a magical time for me.

Take care! Thanks for stopping by and for all of your support. I'll see you on your blogs!

Best,

Curt O'Brien
"God help me be the person my dogs think I am."

38 comments:

Sue said...

My goodness, this is a stop me in my tracks type of card, that cb folder did a wonderufl job on the metal! Love how you put it all together...oh I took my dog for the season ending pool romp on Tuesday...he wasn't too sure about the whole thing!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful card, Curt! I'm going to have to look for some metal like that and give it a try. Might be neat for a class at the store!

LOVE the Olympic Diver picture! What a great chuckle! Judging by how wet that pooch is already, I'd say they must have had fun!

Margie said...

Oh my! This is stunning!!! I could never attempt such a beautiful creation :) I love your ideas - they are so unique!
xo, Margie

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for a couple of months now, and I had to finally comment. Your cards are amazing, and this one is fantastic! You are so creative, and I always look forward to a new post from you! Thank you for sharing such wonderful creativity! Your photography is also amazing! I can tell you are a very special person! Keep up the wonderful job you are doing! Your dogs are awesome too! Is there anything about you that isn't awesome??? LOL Betty

Rita said...

OMGosh, WOWZER!!! This is the most beautiful card I have ever seen Curt...really!!! This is the bomb, I luv everything about it & that embossed copper sheet is amazing! Great job on this challenge, I hope you win, you deserve it!

I luv that pic of your diving dog!

6 wacky women said...
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6 wacky women said...

Absolutely fabulous card Curt! One of the best cards with metal I have seen. Good luck with the contest.
Karen

Marie said...

Phenomenal job on the card! I haven't found the courage to play with some serious metal. Quite an inspiration! I'd love to try it out one day. I also love your color scheme. Your card was made with love! Hugs, Marie.

Deb Neerman said...

Oh. My. Gosh!!! This is simply fabulous, Curt!! I love this card and everything about it!

Thanks so much for honoring us with your entry; you KNOW YOU rock!!

~Hugs, Deb

Lauri said...

WOW! What a gorgeous card! That metal work is stunning. Good luck over at You.Know.You.Rock! I will head over there right now and vote! Rememeber, vote early and vote often! haha!

Joan Fricker said...

Curt,
You certainly have my vote with your beautiful metal card. What a great and creative idea. I have some metal laying here just waiting to be used too.

Looks like you are in the lead, good luck to you.

Thanks for visting my blog and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it!

Joan

The Rubber Maid said...

Your card is definetly a heavy metal card and is totally awesome,what a beautiful job on the coloring. I might just have to give you a vote but let's face it
"YOU ROCK" already. As I said before good buddy, you have certainly come a long way in your artistic endevors. Great Work! Pat

Erin said...

I love this card. I am thinking of getting a Cuttlebug and your card has sealed the deal.

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Very lovely card! I don't remember seeing that Cuttlebug embossing folder...great for fall! I love fall also, so it especially nice and all that metal...WOW! I voted for you and wish you the best of luck. Your pups are so sweet looking!!

WhimsicalThoughts said...

OMG, after reading your post I voted for your right away! I love the card. Love the Olympic Diver pic too, he looks like he was having fun!

Rhonda said...

Fabulous card! Good luck on the contest, your entry is definately a winner. Thanks for sharing. Love your dogs too, they are CUTE!

Glee said...

WOW, Curt, I really mean, "WOW!!!!"
I just can't get over how fabulous this card is....the metal embossing is so, so cool! You just amaze me with your work! AWESOME!!!!!

The photo is just perfection! I love it!

Janine said...

THIS IS SIMPLY AMAZING!!! I love it!! The background is fabulous.
Just arrived back home from Ohio. Moved my older son home to Ontario. New job!!
Tired and going to relax now!!
Take care!!

Denise said...

Curt,

This card is amazing! Very creative.

Hugs

Judy said...

OMG, Curt. This card just absolutely took my breath away. It is stunning. I even had to call my DH to come see what you did with the copper sheeting.

The Olympic diver pic is wonderful.

Judy said...

I went over and voted for you.

shel9999 said...

WOW! I love what you did with the metal! Gorgeous!

The Country Rose said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the embossed metal- great idea!!

twinkletoe said...

Lovely card my friend. I am off now to vote for you - good luck. What a great picture of your dog.

Scossie Jane said...

G'day Curt, you've done it again my friend, fantastic card, and of course you have my vote.

Good job you don't have to post it somewhere far away, like, say, Australia, you'd probably cripple the national debt in postage.

Thank you for all your gorgeous comments on my blog, love your visits, you always perk me up xx

PS - I have removed WV from my blog due to all the campaigning doing the rounds, which I totally agree with. I notice you have already removed it, I didn't realise you could remove it (duh!!), and wondered why you didn't have it and I seemed stuck with it. Sorted now.

PPS Love the autumn (fall!!) (Americans!) colours (colors!!) on your background. Will have to tackle that next. Took me all my time to work out how to get the tickers on my blog - go look see - I'm going home soon YAY!!! xx

Love ya xx

Scossie Jane said...

Voting done, good luck, good luck, you're certainly in the running xx

PS Definitely the best card there xx

Julia Aston said...

Wow - love the embossed copper on this - what a wonderful card Curt! good luck in the contest - I love Deb Neerman too! she's such a hoot!

Amanda said...

What a wonderful card! I love everything about it, especially the metal. I am now hooked to your blog, can't wait to read and look more!!! I am also going to be proactive with your coaching from the other day of course, to keep up my own blog. I will let you know when I have something interesting to post! Amanda, from Archiver's!

Cindy Haffner said...

Wow Curt, super card, love it.

Anonymous said...

The only things more awesome than your cards are your boys (and your best friend, of course!)
Hugs to the boys from their Aunt Kenny!!

Susan (rainy) said...

Absolutely stunning, Curt! The embossed copper sheeting background is a total WOW!! And I love that you added even more metal leaves on top of it all. The wire in the ribbon should definitely count, too!! lol

Catherine said...

Curt, your card is gorgeous and I have to say your boys are ready for Fall...too cute! and love your shot with your olympic diver =)

dpkennedy said...

Wow Curt, fantastic card! Copper for the fall and the pumpkin image is just gorgeous! Great design! I am headed over to vote-good luck!!

Jodi said...

Hey you!! What an awesome looking blog and pic of the boys for fall!! I love it!! The pic at the end is a full on action shot! =)
Looks like the boys had a blast. I love your metal card, where did you purchase the metal from? I know it's not really metal, but looks like it. =)

DeeDee said...

WOW, Curt that's a beautiful card...How ever do you come up with these gorgeous cards...I voted for ya...I got my fingers, toes and eyes crossed for ya!!! Oh and the POTW...cool how his collar caught the camers's "eye"...LOVE it!!! CONGRATS on hitting 5K...WOW...you keep this up and you're gonna run outta blog candy!!! HUGS!!!

Bunny B said...

Woohoo!! I've voted for you! You need more people to go vote for you fast!! :))

Ooo... could I ask a small favor from you (and any of your readers whom are reading this)? Could you please vote for "The Chocolate Conspiracy' over HERE? I'd really appreciate it!

Thank you SO much!
xxx

acreativeneed said...

Hi Curt! I'm new to your blog, but I saw your card on Y.ou K.now Y.ou R.ock and I wanted to come over and say that it's fabulous! Love that embossed copper sheeting! Great idea!
smiles,Deena

Jennifer Muraoka said...

My, my, my...Curt this card is stunning! I think you're doing such an amazing job of putting your cards together. And I'm just wiping the drool off my face in amazement...you're photography is just gorgeous! I love all your flower shots. Beautiful. I hope you and your family are doing well. Hugs to you and the babies and Jay!