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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Winner of Blog Candy, News of the DT, and Some Cards to Share

Hey All! Happy Hump Day! Hope you all are having a wonderful week so far! Let me get some not so good news out of the way right off the bat. The House Mouse Monday Challenge made their decision for their design team members, and I was not selected. They even added a surprise extra position, but they did not select me. I have to admit that I am super disappointed and was really depressed about it last night, but hey what the hell! You can't win 'em all. . .I do though appreciate all the kind things you all said about what I submitted and how supportive you all were. How can I say I lost when I have such support from all of you. Thank you so much. They did choose another good blogging buddy of mine, Jami of I am so happy for her! Congrats Jami - Im very proud of you!

So on with better news! We have a winner in my blog candy give-away. There were almost 70 entries which I entered onto Hit the button and the winner is Cheryl of Cheryl's Stamping Corner! I have already notified her of the win. Congratulations Cheryl, the package is on the way! I listed the top 10 below as they came out on the list. Thanks to everyone who entered, and a ton of thanks to all of you who contributed cards to Pat's cause. It is my understanding that she had way over 3,100 cards and ended up giving some to another hospital! You all did a wonderful job!

1. Cheryl
2. Whimsical Thoughts
3. Diane
4. Terri E.
5. Shirley
6. Spark of Whimsy
7. Cheryl Koskakura
8. Six Wacky Women
9. Paper Addict Jenn
10. Julia Aston

OK, a couple of cards to share. The first is a card I sent to my good blogging friend Karen's dog Layla. Karen was sweet enough (or shall I say Layla) to send "my boys" a wonderful Christmas card. So, I (the boys) sent Layla not only the Valentine card below, but I enclosed a hand stamped paw print bandanna that I made for her. Here is the card:

I forget what this type of a card is called, but look below at the picture of it opened:

Karen sent one like this to "the boys" at Christmas, and I loved the card design. See the sentiment says "Yappy Valentine's Day"? LOL The sentiment is computer generated. I stamped the bone frame on the two black panels and then embossed them with white ep. The dog is my "altered" stamp from I believe "Inkadinkado" (as well as the bones). This time I drew in some eye brows to make him look even more like a Giant Schnauzer. Added some ribbon, brads, and bling and done. I even added a bone shaped paper clip at the top left corner which holds the little ribbon. Karen, you will probably see this before it arrives, so don't tell Layla! LOL

My next card is an anniversary card I made to send to a really nice person. This is one of those cards that started one way and ended up totally different. It turned out with a Art Deco style. Here it is:

It did not photograph well, because it has a lot of shiny copper. I stamped the flower image twice, once in black ink on the copper paper and once on black paper in black and then embossed both with copper ep and black ep. I used a 1 inch square punch to do the "notches" where I added the copper square brads. The dots on the flower petals don't look like they are all the same color, but they are. It's just that the light hit some of them and reflected light make them look different. I mounted the flower onto the card with a foam square. The ribbon is shiny copper too.

Couple of final things:

1. If you scroll down, you will see that I have added a video of a very young girl. I found this really fun/cool website called sing snap ( It is where you can go and record yourself singing karaoke style and then post your performance for all to see. I was dying laughing at some of these poor souls, but then I found this little girl who just blew me away. Be sure to click on the play button and give her a listen. The last half of her video will blow you away. She will give you goose bumps.

2. The picture of the week is of a weird plant that I photographed this week in a park where I was walking the boys. I have never seen anything like it. It looks to me like something from a different planet. If anyone knows what it is, would you let me know?

Thanks again for coming by! After being rejected (sobbing) LOL your comments mean more than ever. I appreciate you guys so much!



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


Michelle Ueligitone said...

I love that tri-fold doggy card! So adorable!

Anonymous said...

Oh Curt, I'm so sorry you didn't make the DT. They are crazy not to have picked you! What is wrong with them???? Anyway, their loss for sure. Your cards are gorgeous on this post! I adore both of them! And that video of that little girl at the bottom, OMG I just can't get over her! Thanks for sharing such wonderful stuff! I so love your blog! Shelly in MT.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Curt, they're crazy not to have chosen you! Not many people have as much enthusiasm as you do for certain products, and the work you've done with their images has been fabulous. They don't know talent when they see it!

Love the doggie card! Too cute! Layla will love it!

Sue said...

Hi Curt
im sorry you didnt get picked your cards were stunning, i would have given you the job, Luv your cards, the doggie was is fab, chin up chuck, off to listen to the little girl, sue.x

PaperAddictJenn said...

Wow--I can't believe you're not the captain of their design team. I just assumed you'd make it after seeing your submissions. Maybe you intimidated them. Oh well, you still have your adoring public.

Julia Aston said...

Hey - you know there are a million reasons why people aren't chosen for DT's - there are 0nly so many spots and lots of applicants - it doesn't mean you aren't good - there were just too many good people applying! keep trying Curt - you'll get there!

Love your two cards - the dog one is adorable - love the black and red - and the flower is just super!

6 wacky women said...

So sorry to hear about the DT spot. I was soooo rooting for you...their loss! We all LOVE your cards and projects, so we will just keep you for ourselves!!

The card for Layla is so awesome. I can't wait for her to get it. When I was at the store today, I looked at that very set and almost bought it... I thought it would make an awesome step card.

Your other card is just fabulous. I really, really love it. The color/combo is stunning. The flower is a beautiful focal point and such pretty detail with the brads and ribbon.

Take care
Karen x

Sharon Caudle said...

Well, all I can say is....I think they either need glasses or longer arms! But that's ok. It's their loss! So sorry you didn't make it! big hugs to you, but don't you dare let that make you feel bad cause your work is gorgeous!

LOVE your cards! They're both beautiful (as always). that poochy card is beyond adorable!!! Love how you added the eyebrows! Too, too cute and creative!!

Now I'm off to check out that video! Big hugs!!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Curt...You know I am such a HUGE fan of yours!!! You ROCK those HM images and I'm so sad you didn't make the team this time!!! I hope you go for it again next time cause you're AWESOME!!!!

Love your cards...That schnauzer card is so the Yappy sentiment too!!

That is one funky looking idea what it is. If you find out, please tell as I am now very curious!!! And what a talented young singer...perhaps a future American Idol!

big hugs...J

Claire Brennan said...

Yep Curt - it was their loss!! I absolutely love your cards - the doggie one is such fun!! Hugs from Ireland.

V Colbourne said...

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA- "Yappy Valentine's Day"...I'm still What a great card!!
Sorry you didn't make the team, not that you creations are great, don't get too down over it. I'm sure the people who chose just had a personal preference to style and I guess yours just didn't match up at the time. You creations are always super wondering.
Chin up and keep smilin' :)

Oh, and Yappy (almost) Valentines Day!!

Lauri said...

We still love you Curt and keep keep trying!!!!!! I love your cards and your posts; your love of stammping just shines through and through!!!!

Erin said...

Curt I am so sorry. Keep trying. You are such a talented guy.... Don't let it get you down....


JULS~ said...

Uhm, Curt? .... Do I need to call someone????? {preparing to do audit @ House Mouse ...} *tapping foot* *crossing arms*

Okay, that plant?? I think that you should organize your own Curt's Rockin' World Challenge based upon it. It looks like it needs a hat & maybe cig to smoke! ;) Think of ALL the fun we could have with it!

{Hugs} U ROCK!

Margie said...

Cute cards Curt!!! Especially the Yappy one ;) Adorable!
I'm sorry you didn't make the HM team, they're missing out on someone very special :) Next time!!!
Scary plant! Are you sure it's a plant? The boys and I think it's an undercover alien! ;)
{hugs} xoxo, margie

lisa808 said...

I'm so sorry you weren't chosen. It's their loss.

Love Layla's card!!!

Ila said...

Sad you weren't picked this time...their loss for sure. Keep trying though...Do not let it get you down!! I wasn't picked up the first time either.
Both of your cards are Fabulous!! I must admit ...I love the dog card!!...
Hmmm...strange looking plant!!...
I agree the little girl is Amazing!!...Hugs, Ila

Danielle said...

Great doggie card Curt! So sorry you didn't make the DT - can't win 'em all - but your work is amazing and I love coming to your blog to see it!
Chin up! Hugs,

Macpurp said...

sorry you didn't get DT spot!
your cards are just stunning!

what a great result on teh valentine cards!
love tina xx

Gina Wrona said...


This always makes me fb:



In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." Since today is his 200th Birthday Anniversary.

Judy said...

Your doggie card is just absolutely out of this world!!

I'm sorry you didn't make the design team. You certainly would have been my pick but you need to keep trying out for DT's 'cause your cards are always just fab.

Your pic of the week -- that's some wierd looking plant!

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh Curt I'm sorry you didn't get picked for the DT... THIS time!! Keep on trying. With your creative talent it is just a matter of time before it happens. Your cards today are wonderful. That doggie card is darling. The copper card is very cool. I made a couple of copper cards and was afraid to send them to anyone due to the very sharp edges that the cut copper ended up having. Did you have that, too? Just wondering if I did something wrong or if there is something I forgot to do like sanding them down or whatever. I listened to the young girl.. WOWZA! American Idol step aside!

Elaine M said...

Oh hon - I'm so sorry they didn't choose you. But know what? It just means you'll be available when a better opportunity comes along. Everything you do is great - so you just keep on keepin' on. We all love you!!!

Carolyn Bounds said...

I hate that you didn't make the DT this go round...It defintiely makes me heart sad:o( I hope you will try again because your HM, HH and Gruffies cards are second to none!!!! I hope you know that I am one of your BIGGEST fans...and I don't mean in weight;o) Could be though:o) Please don't let this get you down.

As for the cards you showcase on this post, they are exceptional!!! You know how much I love your altered Schnauzer stamp!!! I love it A LOT!!! The eyebrows are a nice touch:o) Layla is going to love it!!! I know she will also enjoy wearing the bandana you made especially for her!!!

Now, the 'art deco' card is a showstopper!!! It took my breath away!!! I love the copper against the black...exquisite!!! You make the most elegant creations!!!

Now, I am going to hear the little songbird:o)


Lorraine said...

I love your `Boys` send cards I thought it was only me that did that sort of thing with my Schnauser Daisy (15 years old).
You make super cards.

Etha said...

Oh wow the doggie card is just awesome! I'm sure the dog will love it LOL ;)
Sorry about the DT position, but there are so many reason why or why not one might or might not get chosen, don't despair, if there is an opening again, just re-apply! You know your stuff is good, they probably do too! it may not have been the right fit at the moment.

magic boxes said...

Don't be disheartened Curt.

Know this - your work is fabulous!!!

Think of it this way, as one door closes another door opens. There will be plenty more opportunities for you - of that I'm sure!


The Rubber Maid said...

I don't know what that card fold is called...perhaps accordian? Love your card, it's so perfect. My goodness that little girl is simply amazing, she should be recording. I was stunned by her tone and quality. sorry about the DT oppertunity but keep trying. Pat

dpkennedy said...

Sorry Curt...disappointment sucks! I guess that's why I never try for these things...and that's bad! But I am always it keeps my mind off of it!

Your card is so sweet with the doggie on it...Layla will love it! The anniversary card is so elegant-love it!

And last, that plant almost looks like milkweed pods but then the top...I just don't know!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...


Jamie Martin said...

The tri-fold card is great and the flower one is oh so pretty. Sorry to hear about the DT but keep on trying!

Barbara said...

I have been looking at your blog and it is great! Love yor dogs and your cards. You deserved to be on that design team and it really is their loss. Keep trying your work is good.

Nancy said...

I was sooo rooting for you to be picked for HM DT, was disappointed you weren't picked. Don't let that stop you...try again next time. In the meantime, keep turning out those great creations!
Love the card for Karen's Layla! So cute. The Deco card is gorgous, love how that flower turned out.
What the...I've never seen anything like that...plant...thing. Let me know if you ever find out what it is; just morbid curiosity now. :)
Thanks for your e-mails of encouragement and well wishes. Very much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Curt I am soooooo disappointed for you but your chance will come!!!! Love the cards, the dog one especially!

Glee said...

I am so sorry that you did not make the DT! I like your attitude about it all, however, I feel your disappointment in my heart! Your cards are always so beautiful and a feast for the eyes, Curt! Love that dog card; you are such a sweetie!

Rita said...

Luv, luv, luv your cards & that dog card is my fav...too darn cute!!! So sorry about the DT but better things are in store for you my friend I just know it in heart! Extra hugs & kisses for you!

Happy Valentine's Day Curt!!!

America said...

Smile & be proud of your super talents. Your time at HM&F is coming up... Your work is truly outstanding and your HM coloring amazing. It's NOT going un-noticed. Hope you know how much I LOVE your work. (Im probably your biggest fan). Thanks for sharing so much of your life and talents with us. Your photography skills blow me away. That talented little girl's voice knocked my socks off. Look out world...... :)

Thanks for bringing me big smiles Curt! AND *ohmygosh* those DOGS of yours are super ADORABLE!!!! :)
BIG Hugs to you my friend! America

Liz said...

Oh my goodness... your cards are fabulous! And oh how I adore your dogs, they're so precious. There is just something about a schnauzer's face, just breaks my heart. :)

Joan Fricker said...

Curt, I cannot believe they did not pick you. You truly deserve it with all the beautiful things you do.

I love your cards. I am very fond of the anniversary card! It is truly beautiful!!!!

Of course, you know how I love your doggy cards. It is adorable!!!


Jennifer said...

Hi Curt! I've been following your blog for some time now and your work is outstanding. I understand your disappointment in the DT as I too had really set my hopes on being chosen too. It was quite a letdown, but we go on and continue to create what we love.

I love the Valentine your pups sent out. EXCELLENT. I have three Newfoundland dogs and they are known to send card frequently. :)

Your cards are outstanding and I thoroughly enjoy visiting your blog. I am confident too that if you apply to the HM&F DT in the future you'll hold a place of honor on the team.

Thank you so much for the kind comment you left on my blog. It means the world to me!

Jennifer W.

Scossie Jane said...

Hi Curt, sorry you didn't get the DT call - your turn WILL come, of that I am sure - keep applying. There are so many talented people out there - you just gotta get noticed.

I am proud to say I am the friend of someone who I know WILL be famous one day!!

Your cards this post are all awesome, you rock!!

And that little girl is AMAZING. What a voice - she is set for stardom one day - watch out American Idol 2014!!! yes, it did send shivers down my back listening to her - what a voice!!

Love ya mate xx

Janine said...

Hi Curt!! So sorry they didn't select you!! Their loss.. Your work is fabulous and these cards are no exception!! Love the new pic of the dogs too.
Hope you are well and that you have a great weekend.

Shirley said...

Well, Curt, there are two things in life I truly believe. When someone doesn't pick someone else, they might not have been happy being picked. I feel bad you weren't picked. I would have picked you for sure. Second, one only fails if one doesn't try. Hugs to you on your success.

The card for the dog is adorable and I bet the scarf was a work of art~ The second card is a really beautiful Art Deco with a male and sophistocated flair.

That girl's voice is jsut stunning and she is either a wonderful actress or has experienced some really mature life emotions early in life. She is incredible. Thank you for sharing.

Now for that weird plant. The poor thing is kind of ugly! I have to know what it is and so I will let you know if I find an answer.

Thanks for the visit and hugs to you and yours!

Ashley said...

What fabulous cards! Don't get too down about the DT, try out again, your time will come soon. You are amazing!

Anonymous said...

I keep coming back to visit your sweet dogs. They make me smile so and I love to see what their new wardrobes are going to be......your so funny Curt I just luv ya!