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Sunday, November 23, 2008


Hey All! Hope you have had a wonderful weekend, and for those of you who haven't been feeling well (there are several of you!) I hope you are much better! Well, we have a winner of my blog candy. But like all of my other contests, I've put the winner's information at the end of the blog. I've also got a new card to share with you. So no peeking until the end! Let the excitement last just a bit longer. . . LOL Here is my card if you haven't already whizzed by it to see if you're the winner!

I am so in love with the House Mouse stamps! Thanks to Juliann at Pixieshire Too, I happened to stumble onto such a deal. She had made this adorable Christmas card with a House Mouse stamp on her blog, and I just loved it! She was so kind and sent me a Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon to use. Well I went rushing over to Hobby Lobby to buy the stamp and was happily surprised to find all of their Stampabilities stamps were 50% off! I didn't even need the coupon and got a better deal! But because she sent it to me I probably wouldn't have gone until later in the week and the sale would have been over. So, I ended up buying 3 different House Mouse stamps. Thanks Juliann! So this card I made with one of them. . .

I made this for our next door neighbor who was kind enough to make Jay and I a homemade Pumpkin Nut Roll. It was wonderful. I made a second one of these cards that is identical accept I switched the color of the critters. The rabbit is brown and the mouse is grey. I made that one for another sweet neighbor across the street who gave us the most wonderful homemade beef stew. So on the front of the cards it says "Thanks" and on the inside it says "That Was Yummy!". I thought this stamp was so perfect for that. I stamped the image in black Archival ink, colored the image with colored pencils and blended them with OMS. I mounted the image on Bazzill card stock, and then mounted that on printed paper (I don't know who makes it). Added the little dew drops from Impress Rubber Stamps, and raised the sentiment (computer generated) with foam squares. Added the satin orange ribbon and done!

OK, now to the winner. . . shall we have a drum roll please . . . .(Large and deep announcer voice here) and the winner of Curt's fabulous 10,000 hit celebration blog candy is. . . . . . . . . Joan Fricker!!!!! Joan wrote: "Curt, Congratulations on your 10,000 visits. Isn't this fun?? Great cards today and I love all your little details. Your gift is extremely generous and will be great for the lucky winner. Great job as usual! Joan" Congratulations Joan, YOU are the lucky winner! Please email me with your home address and I will get your gifts out to you right away! Below I published just the top 12 so you can see if you even made it into the top 12:

1. Joan Fricker
2. Sue
3. Marie
4. Scossie Jane
5. Sena
6. Catherine
7. Julie Koerber
8. Sue
9. DPKennedy
10. Deb Neerman
11. Ila
12. Jamie Martin

It was weird, I put my "regular commenters" in twice as stated in the "rules", but not one of them had their name show up in the top 12 twice. For example, Julie Koerber was entered twice, and she came out #7 and #49Th on the list. I just think that Random.Org is so cool.

Anyway kids, that's it for this post. Again, congrats to you Joan and I hope you enjoy your goodies!

Don't forget the pic of the week below. The color of these leaves with the berries was so unusual, they really made an odd color combo. Also, I'm going to be posting a lot more frequently in the next few weeks! I'm in a card making mode, and I have several lined up ready to share! Hope you come back to see them.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I'll be seeing you on yours!


Curt O'Brien

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


Margie said...

Love the pic of the week! I've never seen anything like that!
Cute card - that lil' stamp is so adorable - all House Mouse stamps are so cute!
Congrats to the winner!!!
{hugs}, margie

Mada said...

Congratulations Joan! You'll be spoiled rotten once the candy reaches you :)

Curt, I haven't been around too much lately [lots of 'stuff' to deal with :( ] but I was catching up a bit today and I am again in awe of your creativity. Your cards always have something different - can't explain it but it shows in each and every one of them.

Love your card! The colouring is so great and I love how you matched the ribbon with the carrot. And with the pumpkin cake you were telling about. :)

The photo of the day is GORGEOUS!!


Jami {sgtStamper} said...

I love your house-mouse card!! the sentiment is just perfect, and your coloring is fabulous!!

Big congrats to Joan - lucky duck you!!
hugs, Jami

DeeDee said...


Hi Curt!!! How the heck are ya guy? I just love coming by ALWAYS make me SMILE!!!! I love that sweet little house mouse ADORABLE!!! I sure wish I were your neighbor!!!! The POTW is so COOL...I love how nature thinks...don't you!!! HUGS!!!

Katherine said...

Congrats Joan!
Thanks for the opportunity Curt! Love the House Mouse card! Just can't get enough of those adorable animals!

The pic of the week is amazing! Thanks for sharing that with us!
-Katherine M.

Sue said...

Great cards Curt! And what wonderful neighbors! Oh and this image has a carrot in it...several years ago I had a thing for carrot stamps...I still love them..but my friends harrassed me so much about it, it became a standing joke!

Joanne said...

I really like your HM card! It makes a perfect thank you note. What a sweet image. Great job!

6 wacky women said...

Very beautiful card, Curt.
I love the way you colored it and the colors of the paper are gorgeous.

Pic of the week is great! I have never seen anything like that. Must be native to Carmel...haha!

Have a great day
Karen x

Juliann said...

AAHHH!!! ADORABLE! Good choice!
Hey I want to live in your neighborhood...geesh you are all so friendly, presents to this one and that one, dinners and sweets! My goodness! How nice!

Love your card!
Love your picture of the week!!! Love it love it!!!
What I don't love is that I didn't win!!! Not even top 12 {{wwaaahhh}}
Congrats Joan, you are getting such a nice goodie!

Lastel said...

Cute cute card ! Congrats to the winner !

Nancy said...

Great card, Curt! That is such a cute image!

Wow, those berries really pop against those yellow leaves.

Congrats to Joan for winning the candy!

Tonniece said...

Love the HM card Curt, very cute.

CONGRATS JOAN, What a fab pre-Christmas surprise for you.

Happy Monday

Scossie Jane said...

Congratulations to Joan, what a cool winter prize to win - I was happy to note I was 4th - thanks for the chance Curt.

Love the HM card, all the HM stamps are gorgeous, I adore them. Your colour combo is perfect.

And what a strange colour combo in your pic of the week - never seen that before - is the tree/bush native to America? Pretty cool though - I can see a layout in those colours materialising!!

Looking forward to you posting more often, love your stuff. I'm hoping to get my wee problem sorted soon, so I can get back to regular blogging again, it's driving me NUTS.

Love and hugs
Jane xx

Becky said...

Don't you just love house mouse stamps??? They are so cute, and so isnt your card, it is just adorable.

mochamama said...

sweet card Curt. Thanks for sharing your pics with us, they are awesome!


I adore this house mouse card. Such a gorgeous image, these mice are so adorable aren't they? You have some lovely cards on here. Linda x

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh Curt!! I love House Mouse stamps, too. This is just SO sweet. And your coloring and shading is perfection. Wonderful card.

And congrats to the winners!

Ann said...

Gorgeous card Curt - I love thos lil House Mouses - they're so cute!! Beautiful colour combination xxx

Well done to comp winner & runner up peeps too xx

Macpurp said...

i love your card Curt!
just discovered house mouse stamps too! they are so cute!
And what a beautiful photo you have taken again!

You have such an eye for taking fabulous photos!

love Tina x

Jodi said...

You did great with the house mouse card, and such a lucky lady to win your blog candy!! =)

Janine said...

Hey Curt how are you!! Love your card and isnt it wonderful that Joan won... She is a great lady!!

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Catherine said...

very cute, Curt. I just love HM :)

Rita said...

Beautiful card, love those colors & that ribbon is so beautiful!
Congrats to the winner!

Joan Fricker said...

Oh my goodness Curt, I never win any thing. Wow I am so excited!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
I am emailing you my address.

What a great way to start the day and again congratulatins on your success!


"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Hi Curt. Your HM card is adorable. I love participating in HM Monday Challenges. I don't think I've missed one. They are just too cute, and I'm all about cute. I learned that you designed the blog award that I was so graciously given, so thought I'd come see who this designer is. Great job on the award. I'm just learning that HL carries HM stamps. I have been ordering all of mine from the HM site. Whoever sells them, they're just darn cute! Happy Thanksgiving.

dpkennedy said...

Oh that new house mouse is so cute! I collected House Mouse many years ago, before I even heard of rubberstamping, and I was pleasantly surprised to find them in rubber! You colored it beautifully!

Congrats to Joan on that awesome winning!!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Oh that card is SO cute & how perfect for the thank yous you're sending out, especially with the "...that was yummy" part of the sentiment! You have fabulous neighbours (glad they appreciate you. I wish you were my neighbour!) Congrats to Joan! :O)