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Thursday, October 23, 2008


Hey All! Well, the time has come to stop production on the Halloween cards! I'm sad, because this is my favorite holiday, and it has been so much fun to make them! However, Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching, and I need to get on those! So, today's post has my last 2 Halloween cards and a new Thanksgiving card. I also have to thank a few folks too! So, on with the cards:

My first one is one I saw on SC. It's called a stair step card and I really think they are a cute idea. When I saw them, I knew I had to make one for Halloween. Here it is:

This was so much fun to make! I used a tag punch to create the tombstones which were punched out of cs from Daisy D's which had a great weathered stone look. Some I left in the original shape of the tag punch, others I rounded off. I decorated each with something different. The ghost and cat on the fence were pre-printed cutouts in a kit and the skull and witch were from the same set. The skeleton is an image from Inkadinkado. I stamped him with Versamark embossing ink, then embossed him with white detail ep and cut him out. The spider web and spider are from a bag of Halloween confetti. I hand made the Halloween sign and stamped the sentiment on orange cs. I used my Nesties to cut out the moon on sparkly yellow cs. I love the "3-D scene" look of these cards and have a ton of other ideas for them.

My second Halloween card was a quickie. Here it is:

I'm not too happy with how this one turned out. It is not what I had in my head and it took on a life of its own. I just wanted the owl, branch and moon for the card, but it didn't look very "Halloweenie". So I added the pumpkins, but that didn't help, so I drew the ghost and made him "hold" the sign with the sentiment. It turned out OK, but not what I intended. I drew and cut the branches out and colored them with a black marker. The pumpkins are from the new Magenta set that Karen sent me. The owl is a Martha Stewart stamp. I cut the moon out with my Nesites. I mounted it all on black cs and used a white pen to make the dotted stars for the background.

My last card for this post is one for Thanksgiving. Here it is:

I LOVE this stamp set! This is the stamp set that Karen sent me as a RAK last week. It is by Magenta and their stamps have such high quality. I stamped the images in jet black archival ink and colored them all with colored pencils and blended with oderless mineral spirits. I cut all of the images out and matted them with two different colors of cs. I then mounted those onto patterned paper (speckled). Some of the images are raised with foam tape.

Finally, this week I was given the same award by two different blogging buddies! Here it is:

It was given to me by Mada who is my blogging bud in Bucharest. She is so amazingly sweet, and leaves the most wonderful comments. I love visiting her blog. Hop over and take a look.

The second person that gave it to me is my newest blogging buddy Karen over at 6 Wacky Women. I highlighted her in my last blog for sending me the fabulous RAK! I hope you've had a chance to go see her work! I am proud to list her under my favorites. One thing though, I "altered" this award. Sorry, but I used to work with a group of editors at a publishing company years ago, and it is just a habit to correct things I see that are wrong. The original text said "I Love"You" blog instead of "Your". That would have driven me nuts if I posted it on my blog and had to read that every day! LOL I know anal, anal. . . . So, I took it on over to my Adobe Photoshop and did a little altering. If you guys would like to re-copy it from here, you are welcome to do so. Anyway, I love the fact that you both thought of me, and I will display it proudly on this blog! Thank you both very much! It was sweet of you!

Well, that is it for this post. I hope you know how much I appreciate you visiting! This blogging and card making can be so time consuming, and for you to take the time to come see me is so amazing to me. I so appreciate it! Don't forget the pic of the week below! I'll see you on your blogs!


Curt O'Brien

"God help me be the person my dogs think I am"


DeeDee said...

Oh Curt!!! GORGEOUS POTW!!!! I love it....and I also love your stair step card.....that is sooooo COOL!!! I will have to try one of those too!!! Be sure to hop on over to my blog and sign up for my BLOG's some yummy stuff!!!HUGS!!!!!!

Sue said...

Great cards Curt...I know you said you didn't like the second one as is the one that really caught my eye! Or should I say eyes LOL...speaking of typo's etc...there was a fun post on Allison's Stampin When I Can blog about having to have everything spelled just right, grammar etc...there are a lot of us out are not alone LOL!

6 wacky women said...

Hi Curt....
I was beginning to wonder where you went! lol. Your Halloween cards are wonderful. I love them both. You did a fabulous job of your autumn card. I love the blue you added...pops right off the page. Wish I had added some blue to mine.
Take care

Marie said...

Wow! I've seen a dozen of these 3d cards and yours is highly inventive! I really love your Halloween cards and the Thanksgiving card turned out great!

Jan Scholl said...

I love the sky behind the owl. Reminds me of some velvet fabric I have with tiny stars on it. WHen I enlarged the photo, I saw the sparkles on the moon too. It doesn't have to be scary to be Halloweeny.

jogjacartoonvisit said...

very creative, great artwork...

Michelle Ueligitone said...

Love the stair step card! Have to try one of these, just too cute! TFS!

Lauri said...

Curt I always love your cards! I really like how you designed the Halloween stairstep card...that design is perfect for Halloween!! oh..and thanks for fixing that typo! I received that award from Carol and the typo is killing me!! But I am not too proficient at PS so I was hesitant to try to fix it. Hope all is well, and you enjoy the last week to your favorite holiday!!

Denise said...

Love it all Curt! You always do such beautiful work. Have a nice weekend.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

WOW-- what a lot of good info in one post!!! I LOVE your stair step card -- I saw that on SCS as well and it really intrigued me, but I haven't tried one yet -- it's on the *list* -- LOL!!! Your Halloween card with the owl is fabulous -- I LOVE it -- you did a fantastic job!!! And I LOVE your autumn Magenta card -- I have never had a stamp by Magenta but I'm really liking what I'm seeing!!! Thanks!!! And your pic of the week is gorgeous!!! TFS!!!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Absolutely fabulous! That step card is so amazing. I have got to try one of those. Love the way you did the tombstones with a tag punch brilliant! And the witch against the moon (on that and the other card) looks incredible! Love the fall card too. That puzzle stamp looks stunning coloured and cut apart like that. SO Lovely! :O)

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Laura Davis said...

I LOVE your Halloween cards! just darling:)

Jodi said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your tag card!!! It's sooo festive for the season we both love!! Absolutely creative!!! =)

Judy said...

I love the stair step Halloween card. It is fantastic.

Catherine said...

just awesome, Curt. Just love coming over to see your gorgeous work :)

Janine said...

Fabulous cards Curt especially the step card!! Very nicely done!
Hope all is well with you and that you have a great week!!

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dpkennedy said...

Ha ha ha! It would have driven me crazy too-I am so glad you edited it! My hubby thinks I am too picky when I complain about grammar and spelling errors. I am far from having great grammar, but it still bugs me, LOL!

I love your Halloween cards. The step card of course is amazing! And I don't know what you don't like about the second one because I think it's great! I love the silouhetted owl and branch and the bottom images really make it fun!

Your coloring on the Magenta images are fantastic too! Beautiful work Curt!

Rita said...

Oh my you have been a busy beaver! Cute as always!