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Monday, November 3, 2008


Hey All! Hope your week has started off well! Today is a very short post, but it contains a very special request at the end. So please take a minute or two to read the last part of this post if you would. On with the post.

Since I only started doing this card making "thing" in April, I realized that as I progress through the holidays of the year, they are first for me as far as making cards for them. So, this is my first "winter" card. It really can't be considered a Christmas card (those will be coming!) it is just a "pre-Christmas" card! Here it is. . .

I apologize for the picture. I could not get a good shot in the direct sunlight. The snowflakes are super sparkly because they were done with silver tinsel embossing powder. The snowman is sparkly too and was done with white ep that has holographic sparkles in it. The snowflake stamps are from a set of six clear stamps that I found at WalMart in the sewing department! I have looked all over the package for a company and there is none listed! So I don't know who makes them, but all six are beautiful designs. I stamped them on navy blue Brazill cs, cut them out with scalloped Nesties, added a silver brad to the center of each and then attached them to the cs with foam dimensionals. The paper is from Hobby Lobby, and the other side I ran through my CB using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The snowman stamp is from Stampology and the sentiment is from Martha Stewart. I stamped the image on navy blue Brazill cs and the cut it out with my nesties and matted it with another Nestie scallop. Matted it with foam squares and then added a silver metallic ribbon. I'm still in search for the perfect snowman stamp. I like this one, but I'm not crazy about it. I have looked at several company's stamps, but have not found one I like yet. The search continues. Anyway, this is my first cold weather card. I wanted it to keep it simple.

Now on to something important. I was on Sharon's blog No Time To Stamp. She has a plea for help for a family who's 18 year old son enlisted in the Air Force. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with leukemia and was discharged. As you can imagine, the family is devastated with this news. To make it worse, the high cost of his treatment is hanging heavy over this family. There is going to be a benefit and a friend of the family has asked for prayers for this young man and his family. She also is asking that if you have some spare cards to send for a prize basket to be offered during this benefit. I have sent off several cards in today's mail. If you can help, please consider doing so by sending off your cards right away. The cards need to be received by November 8Th. Sorry for the short notice, but if you can help, please do so. Please click here to read more and for the email address to write to if you want to help. Please keep this young man and his family in your prayers.

OK, that's it. I'm working on more cards so I'll be posting again in the next couple of days. Hope you are all well, and as always, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my stuff! I certainly do appreciate your support! You are all the best! I'll see you on your blogs! Don't forget the pic of the week below. I just had to take this picture not so much because of the subject matter, but how the beam of light was illuminating it. It just looked magical to me. Take care!


Curt O'Brien

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


6 wacky women said...

Beautiful card, Curt! I just love the layout and all the details. It is really striking.
I can't get over your pic of the week. FANTASTIC!! It would look fabulous as a pic on the wall. I keep looking at it...still can't get over it.
Take care

Jan Scholl said...

no snow please. It was low 70's today here in mid MIchigan. can I keep this? Tomorrow the same and maybe warmer. I know, the calm before the crap. Maybe if we make Easter cards, it will show up faster? please???

Michelle Ueligitone said...

I love your card, especially the blinging snowflakes! Your picture of the week is wonderful too. I miss the seasons, don't get much here in Hawaii. Would love to wear a sweater during the day without sweating to death, lol. Thanks for your sweet comments too!
Hugs and aloha,

Teri said...

What a beautiful card! I love all of the pretty details you put on this card!! Awesome picture of the week!

Joan Fricker said...

Curt, isn't it amazing what blue does for a winter card. I just love it. Great job! Joan

twinkletoe said...

I love your blog. I forget you are new to stamping as you make such lovely cards but I have been reading you almost since day 1 (when ever jen gave you as a link)

DeeDee said...

GORGEOUS card Curt!! I love using the darker blues for winter cards....this is really pretty!! That POTW is so dang COOL!!! WOW, you get the most wonderful photos!!! HUGS!!

Catherine said...

Way to go on your first winter card and will be looking forward for more :) and love, love your Pic of the Week!

Off to Sharon's site.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Gorgeous card, Curt! Those snowflakes are COOL! What a lucky find at Wally World!

Denise said...

Love your snowman card, wish we had snow here in Hawaii!!

Juliann said...

Beautiful card Curt!
Your Picture of the week is magical!!!
What a great shot!

Rita said...

I luv the embossing you did on this card & the color choices, great card Curt!

Ann said...

Curt - I just love this card, it all comes together beautifully!! Love the swiss dots & nesties, I must make more use of my CB!! Take care.
Ann xx

Barbara said...

I was cruising blog sites and I was lucky enough to find yours!!
I love this card and I love your blog site.
I have a question ....... in your "picture of the week" what is the name of that plant that's growing up the side of the tree? I'm just curious because I have that on my fence and have pulled up TONS of it....What is that thing?!? LOL
I'll be dropping in again, Curt....Your creations are gorgeous and your pup-pups are precious!
Barb in SC

Scossie Jane said...

Hi Curt

I've returned from Scotland, having not frozen to death, nearly!!!

I must admit I don't miss the snow living here in Oz, you're welcome to it. Though Christmas in the middle of summer still feels a bit strange!!

Love your winter card. Navy does make it look really cool, love the sparkly snowflakes.

You mentioned the snowman, I have found a really nice one by Inkadinkadoo (isn't that name gorgeous).

He's a bit whimsical, as oppose to 'real', with a scarf, twigs for arms with a robin sitting on one, a hat, earmuffs and a lovely face.

It's a package called 'HOLIDAY clear stamp set' - 'Sketchbook Snow', number 97190. There are a total of nine stamps in the set, including stars, snowflake,
'Silent Night' 'Merry Christmas' and a Noel decoration. I like it, check it out.

Thank you sooooooo much for the Hallowe'en card, what a lovely surprise. I saw it on your blog when you made it, and boy, was I shocked when it arrived in the mail - totally unexpected. I've got it sitting beside my computer and can't stop admiring it. I am so chuffed to own one of your cards. Thank you xx

And thanks also for your lovely comments about my family. I am so proud of them. I never imagined when they were rowdy teenagers that they would become such responsible beautiful adults and parents. Life is good.

So, Curt, take care, 'talk' soon

Luv ya xx

6 wacky women said...

Hey Buddy, where are you? I have left something on my
blog for you.
Take care

The Rubber Maid said...

Yes, your picture of the week is absolutely gorgeous. I'm still fighting with all the leaves on the ground. What a job to rake and blow them into the ravine. Great card for the coming winter season.
Take care, Pat

Marie said...

Your creations are fantastic! Just wanted to let you know that I've left something for you on my blog!! Please come check it out!!

Jen (Little C's) said...

Great start on your winter card Curt!! Thanks for sending me that super cute Halloween card, I'm posting it to my blog today.

Will keep your friend's son and his family in my thoughts, prayers n' heart.

Love to you,

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

You only started in April!?!?! Get outta here! I am floored. You are dangerously good. This card is super sweet. I love that snowman and the sparkles look great. I'll have to try that tinsel ep out. So let me get this straight. This is Winter card number one and number two is your divine dioramas in cards! WHAT! no way. Ok you need to write a book already! How inspiring! :O) on another note, Thank you so very much for sharing the request for that family. I think the card raffle is a great way to help out and can't wait to pitch in. :O) Okay...fin de novella

Gina Wrona said...

oh my, so very sorry to hear the sad news about your friend. hopefully another door, if not a window will open and show the way.