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Friday, April 10, 2009

HUGE SURPRISE COMING!!!


BE SURE TO READ THIS FIRST PARAGRAPH!

Hey All! Hope your week is progressing nicely! Along with today's cards/project, I'm going to tease you with some exciting information. As most of you know, my 1 YEAR BLOGAVERSARY is in 4 days! I've also went over the 20,500 mark on my counter. Naturally, I want to celebrate because I think this is a very special occasion (at least to me) so I'll be offering blog candy. However, it isn't just any blog candy. . . and when I announce what it is in four days, you will be thrilled. But at the end of this post, I'll give you a photo clue as to what the prize is going to be and I think that you will be quite excited. Some might even drool. . .LOL

So on with the cards. . .



I had this sunflower paper for quite awhile and when I saw this House Mouse stamp, I knew it would be perfect with the paper. I love everything about sun flowers, and I love how well the image and the paper went together on this one. You know how when you just take some time to relax and let your mind wander? And sometimes you think of people you haven't thought of in awhile? That's what this image brings to mind for me. The card stock is by Bazzill and the paper is by The Paper Studio. The sentiment is a $1 stamp I picked up at Michael's.

Below is a close-up of the image:



The next item I would like to share with you is another one of my famous Spam can note card sets LOL. I made this for my friend Bonnie. She is a huge dog lover like me and she also is a professional groomer. Here is the set:


The theme of the set is the sentiment which reads "Dogs Leave Paw Prints on our Hearts". Here is a close up:


There are six cards in the set and each has a matching envelope with the paw print, as well as the paw print appearing on the inside of the card. The ribbon already had paw prints on it so it was perfect for this note card set. I now have a collection of 5 more Spam cans, so more note cards sets are in the pipeline. I'm currently working on some that I am using my own original photography. I've selected some floral shots and have turned them into "Artsy" watercolor pieces using Photoshop. The images turned out beautifully and I think the note cards will be very unique. So stay tuned.

OK, so now for the tease for the upcoming blog candy give away announcement in 4 days! Below is your hint:



Now, if you know what that is, sssshhhhhhhhh. Don't put it in your comment. You CAN tell me in the comment that you know and how excited you are, but don't let it out of the bag when you leave me your fabulous comment! LOL

So, here is the scoop. . .On Monday, April 13Th (ooohh a lucky number!) I will be posting my Blogaversary Celebration post with all the details and the actual prizes that will be given away. You will find out how to win and it should be a lot of fun! So don't forget to come back on the 13Th for your chance at this very special prize!

Thanks for stopping by today and looking. I love reading your comments. They give me such a lift! I'll be seeing you on your blogs!


Best,

Curt O'Brien

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

41 comments:

Danielle said...

AAAAAHHHHHHH Curt - you're unbelievable!!! OMGoodness - I'm sooo looking forward to your candy - yep, I know, and I can hardly keep my butt on the chair, lol!!!!
Fabulous sunflower card - just adore how the image and paper work so well together! And more cute 'doggy' projects - wonderful work!
Have a fantastic Easter!
Hugs, Danielle x

Anonymous said...

OMG! OMG! I know! I know! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I am soooooo excited Curt. Your blog is candy enough for me, but I certainly am going to try for your "other" candy. I'm one of your biggest fans, but I certainly don't post comments as often as I should. I SO LOVE YOUR WORK, and the card and note card set today are both so gorgeous! You are one great guy, you know that???? I can't wait for Monday! Thanks Curt! Mary Ann, Flint, MI

Jackie said...

Your House Mouse card is too adorable. I have to admit I was never a very big House Mouse fan, but you really bring them to life with your coloring skills. The recycled Spam can is fabulous! What a great use for those cans and I'm sure she loved those cards - who wouldn't?? I won't give the hint away, but let's just say I am excited!!! You're the best :-)

Margie said...

OhMYCurt!!! I adore your lil doggie spam note card set! Those lil paw prints kill me! LOL! Great color combo too! It's perfect!
My fave flowers are sunflowers (and daisies) too! You are sooo talented, perfect coloring! You always amaze me!
Even though I don't always leave comments, I always come by and see what you have been up to! You are a great source of inspiration - always make me smile ;)
Well, I have absolutely no idea as to what you are hinting at darling ;) I guess I'll just have to wait for it! hee, hee!
Thanx Curt!!!
{{hugs!}} margie

Ann said...

Oooooh, oooooh, I know! I know! But I won't ruin the surprise! ;)

I LOVE your Spam can set!

Gina Wrona said...

Ok, ok, I guess I'm clueless in Seattle, oops, I mean Center Line.

Love all your house mouse cards & dog creations, of course.

Take care & Happy Easter!

Hugs,
Gina

Susan (rainy) said...

Absolutely NO IDEA what that is! You're a tease!! lol

Your HM card is adorable and beautifully colored as always. And I love the Spam doggie set!

Juls~ said...

Hi Curt!

Great idea for the Paw Prints stationery sets! It's adorable. I love the House Mouse card too. They are so cute.

Hmmm ... I have no idea what you have in store for us! Counting down till your Blogoversary! 4 More Days!

U Rock,

Juls~

Macpurp said...

i love the paw prints set! and the sunflower card is just beautiful!
I have no idea what the clue is...will be back to have a look again.
love to you Jay and and your woofie boys.
Tina & Poppy xx

Claire Brennan said...

Oh Curt - congratulations on your blogoversary!! Many more to come too! I absolutely love you spam can note sets!! and the wee mouse definitely tickles!!! Hugs.

The Rubber Maid said...

I'm a real ditz because I am not at all even close to a guess. Could be the old age setting in, but your sunflower house mouse card is very cute and I wish you a happy blogoversary in advance. Hug, Pat

Katherine said...

Beautiful Sunflower card! That is my favorite House Mouse stamp design!

Happy early Blogoversary!

Percy said...

Curt, congratulations on your blogoversary!!! I love your blog, and your creations...that mouse card is gorgeous..I love the set you created to... About the price I think I have an idea....not sure though! Keep it up Curt!

dpkennedy said...

Oh wow, now that does make one drool...

Your HM card is just adorable and the sunflower paper is gorgeous! The Spam note card project is fantastic! What a great gift! Your friend will love it!

Rita said...

OMGosh I'm so excited!!! I can't believe it's been one year already, boy time sure does fly when your having fun!

Luv you spam cans with your special cards, these are so darn cute, she is going to luv them!

Your House Mouse card is so adorable & I luv how you colored it! Have a great Easter Curt!

mudmaven said...

Love those spam can cards! So cute and the hm and the sunflowers - perfect! Unfortunately, I am not one of those who knows what that cute little tease image is. Just have to chomp at the bit and wait till Monday! Congrats on a wonderful first year! Your blog, your work and all the wonderful things you share with us is most appreciated! ~chris

Angie said...

Oh I definitely know what it is!!! Congrats on your blogaversary and your hits. I hope to make it that high some day... Great cards too. That sunflower paper is great and I love your Spam can sets! Can't wait to see the rest.

mochamama said...

Oh Curt I am in love once again, the little sunflower mouse makes my heart pitter patter! Those note cards are super, wow, what you do with recycables!!!! My guess, I haven't the slightest idea, you truly are teasing me!!!!
Big congrats on your Blogaversary, Here's to another successful year, one that will be calling you as a House Mouse Design Team Member!

Sue said...

Hi Curt
your cards are stunning as always the luv the sunflower and papers, fabulous colouring,luv the spam cans they are gorgeous what a lovely gift.
Congratulations on your blogaversary and all your hits, its a great blog.
Yummy scrummy candy will keep zipped though!! lol, have great weekend, sue.x

Erin said...

Love your house mouse cards and I love the note card set you made. So very very cute as always....

Love the blog candy also..Yeah..

Hope you have a great easter.
Erin

Jane Wetzel said...

OMG!!! i am totally excited!! ha ha !! I have this HM stamp AND this dp...wow..why didnt I think of this???maybe cuz I am not Curt..oh well...Wish I was the dog groomer getting this set also!! Have a GREAT Easter Curt and thank God..for your talent!! You are the best!! :) Jane

lisa808 said...

How cute is that sunflower card!?!?!?! And, the paw print cards! Oh my. But, do you eat the Spam? Maybe the boys get it as a treat. Happy Easter and 'see' you on the 13th!

Scossie Jane said...

Hi Curt, what are you up to now? You have such original ideas my friend.

And, nope, I have no idea what it is, bet I'm gonna feel really stupid on the big reveal....

Love your spam can set, again original...

and the House Mouse card is adorable!!

See you on the 13th...

Wishing you and Jay a happy and peaceful Easter xx

Scossie Jane said...

Ooooooops....happy Easter to the boys as well xx

Can you buy special doggy chocolate Easter eggs for them? I know dogs can't eat our chocolate.

Just a thought...

1CardCreator said...

Hey Curt, Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Anniversary a few days early. I love your Spam Can notes. Have you ever considered listing a few of your items on Etsy? I know the folks there would just eat your stuff up. The cost to list an item is .20 cents for 3or 4 months, and the commission is only a small percentage (I pay .11 cents on a $3.25 card). They have the shopping cart and all you have to do is set up an account at Pay Pal and you are in business. I have a shop there, please use me as a referral if you do decide to venture in. 1CardCreator.etsy.com

Tara said...

I just found your blog today from card of the week.com, and I LOVE it! Of course, as the mom to two big hairy dogs (clumbers) how could I not? Those notecards in a spam can are awesome, I love the pawprints and the color scheme. Off to add you to my google reader right now! Take care.

America said...

Wow! I have absolutely no clue! But officially teased!!! :). Wonderful HM creation & awesome spam projects! Love your blog Curt! A big congrats on your accomplished hits & blog-AVERSARY!!! Tts

America said...

Wow! I have absolutely no clue! But officially teased!!! :). Wonderful HM creation & awesome spam projects! Love your blog Curt! A big congrats on your accomplished hits & blog-AVERSARY!!! Tts

Barbara M said...

I do not know what that tease is! I was hoping that one the people in comments would reveal the secreat... It is more fun to play along. I will be back for sure. Love the sunflower card and card set. I will be looking foward to the post. The picture of the bird on the perch ( end of that branch)you posted made me inpired to my hero arts stamps for a card.That was fun shot you took!!

DeeDee said...

Neato Frito!!!! I know what that is!!! Whoa buddy...you are such a good Blog-Candy-Giver-Outer!!! Hee hee hee! I LOVE that spam can set...too stinkin' adorable! Can't wait now! HUGS!

Janine said...

Hi Curt!!! Looking forward to the fun!! I love your sunflower card too. My best friend who lives in Montreal LOVES sunflowers...
Have a great day!!!
Janine

Etha said...

ohhh I think I know :) took me a while staring at it though LOL..

Great sunflower mouse, her face is just sooo serene!

6 wacky women said...

Gorgeous HM card, Curt.
I just love how you colored the adorable image. Fabulous!!
Your spam can cards are wonderful, love this idea.

I can't wait to see what the suprise is...I have absolutley no idea!!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family.

Karen x

Robb_eeie said...

Your ~HouseMouse~ creation, along with your new SPAM-can addition is adorable. Now I just need to figure out who is going to EAT the SPAM, so I can borrow this idea :)

OHHH and just an F.Y.I ~~~> I'm drooling ..... ok, seriously, I'm really drooling to the point of needing one of those Lobster Bibs you wear while dining in a seafood restaurant! Haaa ! LOL

Patti J. said...

Ha!!! Spam is now a staple on my grocery list! Love your projects-you are amazing! Can't wait to see what you do next (just found your blog today!)....

Happy Monday from Missorui!

Nina said...

Curt, your sunflower card sure is cute and I love your sunflower pp, it is georgous.... nice job. And what a great gift that spam card set is too, LOL, I always forget to buy spam at the store, I am bound to make one of these!! Now, on to that green thingie????? I too, am clueless, but that is not surprising, just ask my kids, they will tell ya, "yah, she's clueless!" BUT from reading the other posts, I CAN tell it is quite the exciting blog candy!! I can also tell, that maybe it holds something? rotflmbo!! Truly I don't have a clue, except that is is GREEN! I can also see that I must have missed the chance of even winning!! LOL.. what can I say that is ALWAYS my luck too, clueless and unlucky!! can't wait to see what it is!! HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY!

Nina said...

YAH!! THANKS for replying to me and letting me know, that even though I am clueless, I didn't miss out!! LOL.. I also like green, is that a good thing? hehe... can't wait to see... but all I know is others are fallin off their chairs and lovin the sneak peak... lol... I will be excited just to know what it is!! :O)

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Love that Sunflower house mouse. Your shading on it is beautiful, and that paper could not be more perfect!! And your spam-box gift set is so cute!

Congrats on your one year of blogging...goes by quick, don't it?? I'm so glad I came across your blog - it is such a blessing to know you!!

hugs, Jami

Diane said...

I am leaving a comment now, I subscribe to your blog, for for some unknown reason this post never came thru to me, and so I missed it :(
Love that sunflower card, that is another House Mouse one I have to have, and the spam containers...what a great way to recycle...love the doggie cards..perfect! My "Nellie" is laying here "sighing" as I type this, poor baby wants out...so gotta go (no pun intended)...bye!

Shirley said...

I would stop by, blog candy or not! Who could miss one of your posts. It's not just the great cards, Curt, but you really have such a wonderful outlook on life that you bring smiles to anyone who reads. Either your comments or the beautiful cards and most of the times both! Just like these treats and eye candy here. I love how you do the House Mouses (mice)/

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a great set! Love the color combo! Thanks for sharing!