Curt's Best Shots Slideshow

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Hey All! It has been a busy couple of weeks for me. I celebrated a birthday, Shotsy celebrated a birthday, planting flowers, lawn work, etc. This is going to be a long post but only because it is going to be loaded with pictures! I finally got the pics of the cards that you sent off of the memory card. I've also got a few new cards and a project to share with you as well. By the way, did you all notice my new "blog pet" over there to the right in the sidebar? As you can see, his name is "Cardstock". You can feed him treats from the box, and if you click on the little white space that says "more", you will find a ball there that he loves to play with. If you throw it, he'll catch it and wait for you to take it from him to throw it again. OK, so on with the post:

I'll share my new cards here first.

This is a card I made for a friend who isn't feeling so well:

This is a Happy Hoppers image that was sent to me by my very sweet blogging buddy America. I colored it with colored pencils and OMS, matted it up with Bazzill card stock, and then attached it to DP from The Paper Company. I thought the basket weave paper was perfect for this image. The sentiment is from Artful Inkables and I stamped it out and cut it out with my Nesties. I sponged around the image and the tag with Tim Holtz distress ink. I attached the sentiment tag to the ribbon with a gold jump ring. Below is a close up of the thermometer to show how I made it look like glass with Diamond Glaze.

The next card is the card that went with the card set I showed you in the last post. Don't know how I forgot to include it in that post. Here it is:

How cute is that bunny??? Again, another Happy Hopper image, and again, colored with colored pencils and OMS. The background paper is from the "Summer Stack" from DCWV which is an actual photo of water in a pool. I added glitter to the ripples in the water of the image which you can see better in the close up below:

The next is my project to share. I did another tile coaster set. This time I did it for another neighbor who also brought us over food. I made this one a little different from the first one by using the DIY Topiary set from Flourishes. I chose this set because the neighbor this is for is way into gardening. Here is the box I made to gift them in:

This is an origami box. Bottom was made from an 11 3/4 X 11 3/4 piece of card stock, and the lid card stock was 12 X 12. I forgot to look who the paper was made by before I finished folding it. But it is very thick paper.

Here is the box open:

And here is the full set:

The background stamp is from Inkadinkado. I used Staz-On ink for the whole project because it is totally waterproof. I found these cool sponge daubers at Achievers that come in about 12 different sizes. They are attached to long skinny wood pieces and are perfect for daubing in different color to smaller areas. I don't know what set the small butterfly came from.

She really loved them and was just amazed that I had made them and the box. LOL It was so fun to give.

Here is the card I made to go with the coaster set:

Again, a Flourishes image from the DIY set. I cut out the image and did the embossed edge with my Nesties as well as the scalloped part. I did something a little different on this one. I used a colored pencil and OMS to also color around the embossed edge. I kind of like how it turned out. I created the background paper by using a small leaf stamp with Versamark ink to create a tone on tone look.

The final card I made was for the 4Th of July. I wanted something fairly simple because I wanted to make 5 of them to send to a few friends for the 4Th. Here is the card I made multiples of:

The image is from Stampendous. I created the background by embossing the fireworks with red and silver embossing tinsel. It is so sparkly. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

OK, now for the cards from all of you who sent Jay a card:

Karen Goguen

Sharon Caudle

Claire Brennan

Shirley Ross (card for me - so sweet of you!)

Shirley Ross #2

Sharli Fredericksen

Lauri Ingram (and a sweet little summer stamp set tucked in for me! Thank you so much!)

Susan Roberts "Rainy"

Pat Gilliam

Judy Gordon

Percy Zabata

The cards below were sent to me for my Birthday (Thanks so much!)

Jen Young (LOVE this sentiment!)

Gina Wrona

Becca Aitken

Wow! Such gorgeous cards from such wonderful, talented people. I am so lucky to know all of you! Cards or not, I have so appreciated the cards, the well wishes, the thoughts and prayers, emails, and touching comments from all of you in regards to Jay. I know that you certainly helped in his recovery, because every time I would bring in the mail, he would smile seeing that he had cards. You guys are the best, truly you are!

Well, that's it (if that isn't enough! LOL) I hope all is well in your worlds! I wish you all a happy 4Th of July. May it be safe for all of you, and may you be surrounded by those you love most. Remember our Service men and women who fight hard and sacrifice so much for us to be here safe and able to celebrate this day!

Don't forget the "Pic of the Week" below! Take good care of yourselves!


Curt O'Brien

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


Sue from Oregon said...

wowser, a whole lot of stamp "stuff" going on at your place! Wonderful cards and a great project too! Hope your won big bucks on your birthday!

mudmaven said...

WOW - so much eye candy in this post! Glad things are going well, you are both still in my thoughts! ~chris

Anonymous said...

OMGosh Curt, your coasters are amazing! It is so difficult to get details and color like you did only using Staz-On! What a talent you are! Your sick bunny card is precious and the 4th of July card is so cute! I just love coming here to see what you do! Happy Belated Birthday by the way. Hope it was happy! Tina, Billings, MT

Patti J. said...

Curt, What a wonderful post! Your coasters are just delightful! I'll bet your neighbor was so thrilled! Anyone would be happy to receive a gift like that one. It's strange looking on YOUR blog and seeing MY card! lol... Sorry I missed your birthday! Wonder how that happened? Anyway, happy belated birthday - hope it was as special as you are! Glad Jay is feeling better, and am still praying for you both! Take care! Oh...I love your new 'pet'!!!

6 wacky women said...

Fabulous cards, Curt.
Your coloring of those adorable HM images is totally amazing!! Love the coaster set, beautiful.
Sorry I missed your birthday, so Happy Belated Birthday to you and
Happy 4th of July too.

Karen x

Becky said...

Wow--so many cards, love hoppers and house mouse and you color them so well. The coasters are fabulous, havent tried that yet. And all the cards sent are treasures. And the photo of the week is fabulous.

Lora said...

Wow you have been busy stamping!
Love all the cards and the coasters are amazing. Love those Happy Hoppers, don't have any of the stamps yet but think I will be saving up for some, they are sooo cute. As always your colouring is fantastic!
Hugs Lora x

Macpurp said...

wow! you r cards and your gifts that you made & received are all stunning!
Hope Jay is much better now.
happy belated Birthday wishes.
love to you both & your boys
tina x

Joan Fricker said...

Curt, belated Happy Birthday. Your cards are beautiful as usual!
Happy 4th to you too!!!


Diane said...

You have been busy!!! Love the Hopper cards, they are so dang cute! The coasters are a really neat project, and the stamps from Fourishes are perfect for them! Glad all is well now and how nice to share all the cards you all received, was fun to all the work everyone is is doing!

BJ Smith said...

I love how your posts inspire me in ways I don't expect. Your coaster tiles are out of this world! (Good thing your world is bigger, teehee). I so need to try making these now. I have seen coasters off and on and now I am really itching to try. Thank you for sharing. I wish you a happy belated birthday as well. So sorry I missed it. :( Thank you for a fantastic post!! Have a very Happy Fourth of July!!

Danielle said...

wow Curt, you've been so busy! What wonderful cards and projects you've done - I really love your stamped tiles - they turned out beautifully! And a very Happy Belated Birthday - so glad you've been spoiled with all those beautiful cards! Wishing you a Happy 4th of July! We're celebrating Canada Day today so maybe I'll get some stamping time in!!
Hugs, Danielle

Angie said...

Wow, lots of stuf to catch up with! I hope you, Jay and your boys have a fabulous 4th also. Happy Belated birthday!

christina d said...

I love all the cards you sent and received lately. Your cute little furries are colored beautifully. If I forgot a belated Happy Birthday to you and Shotsie.

Gina Wrona said...

So glad you liked the dog birthday card. I wanted to try the new technique I saw Dawn Griffith demonstrate on her blog.

And, give Shotsie a big hug & birthday kiss from me and my puppies! Mwah!

Kindest Regards,

Lauri said...

Wow!!!!! You are so busy!!! Love love love the coaster set! After I saw your card set with the topiaries I just had to buy the set and some flowersoft! Can't wait to try it out!! and thanks for the pic of the card! Jay got some wonderful cards!!! oh and happy belated birthday!

Sharon Caudle said...

Curt your bunnies are just too precious and I am LOVING that coaster set! Beautiful, beautiful work! Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a fabulous one! So happy Jay enjoyed all his cards and that they made him smile. That's what it's all about...bringing just a little cheer into someone's day. Big hugs!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Hi Curt! Sorry I haven't been by recently - and I'm so sorry to hear about Jay. I hope that he is doing much better now! My thoughts and prayers are with you both!! Your hoppers are gorgeous as always, and I just love what you did with those coasters!! Hugs...

lisa808 said...

Curt, your 'Get Well' and 'Pool' cards are adorable. The images and coloring are gorgeous, as are the background papers. The coaster set in the origami box is beautiful. What a nice gift for your neighbor. Glad you are posting again--you've been missed!

lisa808 said...

I just gave Cardstock some treats. He's such a good puppy.

Glee said...

Oh my, Curt, this post is a feast for my old eyes! Happy Belated Birthday, my Friend! The cards you created, your generosity and the cards created for you and Jay are each in their way, just "AWESOME!" The flower photo is AMAZINGLY beautiful!

Anonymous said...


Rita said...

Oh no Curt...I didn't know it was your birthday!!! Well Happy belated Birthday! I was so busy with shower stuff for Sarah I just haven't been on the ball, so sorry!

Your cards are so beautiful & those coasters are so gorgeous, you did a fantastic job! I luv all the get well wishes & birthday RAK's & so well deserved too, you rock my friend! Happy 4th to you & Jay!

Anonymous said...

wowsers Curt, first, you have been megga busy creating up a storm and second, awesome RAKS!! So glad things are going better with Jay!! Hope your birthday was a great one.

dpkennedy said...

Wow, your coasters are lovely! Your neighbor is going to love them and the beautiful card you made to go with it! Love your HM cards! They are so sweet and your coloring is wonderful! You and Jay really received some fantastic cards! Glad he is feeling better and hope you had a very Happy Birthday! Have a happy and safe 4th!!

Scossie Jane said...

Hi Curt, just popped by to say Happy 4th July from Down Under.

Your coaster set is magnificent, well done, I love the origami box too.

Hope Jay is keeping well, Happy
4th to you both my friend xx

The Rubber Maid said...

Happy belated birthday whenever it was. Great cards and I love your picture ...looks like Spider Wart which is a gorgeous flower. Happy
4th. to you and yours. Let's Barbie-Q. Pat

catdidit said...

Oh I so wish I was that bunny in the tube! LOL! Such awesome creations in this one post! LOVE those coasters! Must check into daubers like that, using Q-tips is a pain! LOL!

Ila said...

Your cards and coaster project are all Fabulous!! The cards you and Jay recieved are Gorgeous as well....I had a blast playing with the puppy..So Cute!!!...Beautiful photo of the flowers!!...Happy 4th!!..and a Belated Happy Birthday!!...I hope your day was filled with all things Wonderful!!..Hugs, Ila

Jenny Gropp said...

Wow -- a packed full post-- lots of goodies to see -- and what mailbox candy has come your way!!!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, Curt, your latest cards are da bomb! LOVE that basketweave paper with the basket stamp ... perfection!

AND, your new photos are stunning. That's the word: stunning!

So fun to see all the great cards you and Jay rec'd ... and so glad to know he's feeling better!

And last, but not least, I LOVE the adorable 4th of July card!

Shirley said...

What great cards, Curt. Yours are always such a pick me upper~! You rae more than welcome for the cards to you and yours!