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Saturday, July 18, 2009

NOTE CARD SET

Hey Kiddos! Happy Weekend to all of you. I hope you had a great week and you are planning to have a great weekend.

Today's post is short and to the point today. I have a note card set to share with you today. I made this for another neighbor who I talk too every so often when I'm out walking the boys. I have found that she had a very similar past life that reflects so much of what I am going through with Jay now. Her husband was very ill, in a motorized wheelchair, and eventually passed. I could not get over all the things that she went through that I'm going through now. It's nice to find someone who actually understands the frustrations of taking care of someone and to be able to just "talk" about it sometimes. She has been a great help to me in that respect, and I wanted to show her how much I appreciate it. She also has a wonderful sense of humor and drops some "hard" language sometimes which always makes me laugh. The funny part is that she is an English teacher by trade.

Did I say this was gong to be short??? LOL OK, on with the card set.



OK, I know this was not the best choice for ribbon. HOWEVER. . .I tried 8 different ribbons trying to match the "overall" color of this card stock. I found one that was almost "perfect", but it was majorly wrinkled. So, I tried to iron it, and it shriveled up and melted! So, this was the only one that didn't look totally horrible.

I made four cards for the set. Here is the first one:


This is a Gruffies stamp from Stampabilities. The paper is from The Paper Studio. I used my cheap colored pencils and OMS to color it, and cut the image out with my Nesties labels die.

Here's the next one:


This is a House Mouse image from Stampabilities. Again, pretty much of the same info on the supplies as the first one.

Next:

This is a Happy Hoppers image from Stampabilities. Colored pencils & OMS, blah blah blah. Accept on this one, I sponged the sky background with Colorbox ink (much darker IRL, sun washes it out), and I did something I've not done before on the balloons. First, I double stamped them, but before I added them on the card, I tried a technique that I've seen on several blogs that I never think of doing. I turned the cut out balloons over in the palm of my hand and used an embossing tool to "round them out" and poof out more. I LOVED how they turned out. So 3-D!! I then attached them with foam squares. I also coated them with Diamond Glaze for the shine factor. I again also added cotton batting for his little fuzzy tail!

Last card in the set:


Another Gruffies image. How sweet is that face!?! Again, colored pencils/OMS. I used a new product (new to me) that I got at JoAnn's called "Fabric Tac" to make the ribbon loops. This stuff is great! Tiny drop on one side, lightly touch the other side to stick, and tah dah. . .ribbon loop to add. (I know, little things like this seem to amuse me.) LOL

Here is the whole set all together:


So, that's it. She loved them and I was glad for that. However, she said she didn't think she could send them to anyone, because she wanted to keep them for herself. LOL

OK, that's it for this post. 9 more days until the DT announcement. I'll have one more post before it's announced.

Thanks again for taking the time to look at my stuff! I still can't believe that people come to see me! I'll be seeing you all on your blogs! Don't forget the pic of the week below!

Best,


Curt O'Brien

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

42 comments:

mudmaven said...

Curt I just love these cards and I think that ribbon is perfect! You are so thoughtful. ~chris`

Marie said...

Love it all! The cards are really amazing and loving all the coloring you did. My ultimate favorite is the Lavender Dreams, simply because it's my favorite color. I'm really excited to hear about your DT announcement, and will be looking forward to it! Hugs, Marie.

Sue from Oregon said...

A gift set anyone would treasure Curt...and all wonderful images too! I esp love the lilac gruffie...darling!

Michelle Ueligitone said...

What a sweet gift and I agree, I wouldn't be able to use them either. Love that purple one, just too cute! Well hope things are getting a little easier with Jay, and that he is feeling better these days. Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Michelle

Becky said...

What adorable cards, I know how she feels, I hate giving away gorgeous cards also :). It is always good to have some to talk to especially some one who has walked in my shoes. Say hi to Jay for me, and you take care.

Anonymous said...

SHUCH BEAUTIFUL "NOTE CARDS", CAN'T EVEN PICK ONE THAT IS A FAVORITE.....THEY ALL ARE. LOVE THE "PIC OF THE WEEK", WISH I HAD LEGS LIKE HIM...LOVE YA, MOM

Patti J. said...

Oh Curt, you are so thoughtful! You are always making things for others. There's a special place in heaven just for you, my friend! These are all just beautiful. I think I would want to keep them all for me too! Lol... Can't wait for your announcement! Great job on your cards, hugs to Jay, and have a good weekend.

Lauri said...

Curt you always crack me up! Hate when ribbon melts! Those balloons! How cool!!!!! So nice of you to make this for her..and it is nice that you have someone to talk to!! okay...9 more days!! can't wait to hear your news!

Jackie said...

I think your cards are just wonderful and not a melted ribbon on a single one! You are so thoughtful and kind...we need more people like you around. But quit teasing with the DT thing - it's killin' me!

Danielle said...

Adorable set of cards Curt - you've done an awesome job! I'm not surprised she doesn't want to part with them - I don't think I would want to either!!
Hugs, Danielle

Anonymous said...

Curt you outdid yourself! Your coloring is so amazing. The bear carrying the cake looks so real. You work such magic with those colored pencils. Your such a great guy to do things for people. I love coming here because it makes me smile. Tina, Billings, MT

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

She will love these. What a sweet thing to give her. I think this is just an awesome gift. Great job...P.S. I love your blue herron on your roof. We have them here in NC too.

Scossie Jane said...

Oh Curt, you soooo crack me up, I can imagine your face when the ribbon melted....

Love this note card set, it is beautiful, you are so generous. I can appreciate your neighbour not wanting to give them away, I still treasure the Hallowe'en card you sent me last year, I own a Curt O'Brien ORIGINAL - LOL.....

9 days to go..........

Hugs my friend xx

Lora said...

Oh Curt these are all beautiful. You colouring is amazing! Love the way you did the balloons, very effective.
I can't pick a favourite this time, they are all stunning.
Hugs Lora xx

christina d said...

I love your card set. I feel like your neighbor, I sure couldn't give one of the cards away either! Love the heron on the roof. Still waiting to hear on the DT.

Jane Wetzel said...

Awesome job on this...love your cards! and pics! :)

Angie said...

Of course we keep coming back to see you Curt! You're a sweety and you produce fabulous projects! And I love your photos. What is with that Blue Heron? That's quite a sight for me since I've never seen one in real life.

Juls~ said...

Curt! I always adore those little House Mouses you dew!~

So funny about the ribbon - I try to force things too - but actually, I think the ribbon looks terrific with it! I've even made things go from bad to worse {ie. like your ironing for instance!}.

Hope you are having a great weekend! That is one brave stork! How cool is that!

{xoxo} Juls~

p.s. Like my new *nerdy* photo?

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous set of cards Curt have a nice weekend Hugs xx

lisa808 said...

How sweet of you. You are always so thoughtful. I don't blame your friend for wanting to keep those lovely cards for herself!

"Tillymint" said...

Great gift pack - love your cards - I'm sure your neighbour will cherish them as a gift made by hand is worth so much more!!! Sending hugs from Sydney Australia xXx

Diane said...

Beautiful card set! You do amazing work. Hope all is well with you and Jay. I am busy packing and getting ready for my wedding so I am not around much. Have been thinking about you guys and hope all is well.
Diane

Susan (rainy) said...

What a wonderful set of darling cards. Gotta say those balloons are fabulous! Thanks for sharing how you created that beautiful 3-D effect.

Judy said...

Great set of cards. I know your neighbor loves them.

Janine said...

Hi there!! Fabulous card set Curt!! Hope you are well...

Missyterry said...

Curt....
you are JUST TOO ADORABLE.
Your cards are too!!!
Can I move to your neighbourhood?

Rita said...

You are so sweet Curt! This set of cards are all so adorable, I'm sure she appreciated them & I can't say that I blame her for wanting to keep them for herself!

Rita said...

Oh by the way I meant to comment on your pic of the week...I luv that picture!!! Was he on top of your house when you went outside? You take the most beautiful & clear pictures, I really enjoy them, thanks for sharing!

Jodi said...

I love your cards!! Very pretty coloring and all the cute cute house mouse stamps!!
Hope you are doing well!! Miss you!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Denise said...

Hey Curt,
Hoope all is well with you & Jay. I love this set of cards, those stamped images are so cute!
Hugs~

mochamama said...

what a beautiful fun set of cards, but then again, it's exactally what I would expect from you!

6 wacky women said...

Gorgeous note card set, Curt.
I just love the cards, everyone of them is fabulous. Your coloring of the HM images is just awesome!!

Love the pic of the week too, you take the best photos!!

Take care
Karen x

Belas Creating Place said...

Curt: these are adorable...love your cards and the doggies are so cute.

dpkennedy said...

These are all wonderful! Can't wait for your announcement!

Joan Fricker said...

Great card set Curt. Your coloring is wonderful. Cute stamps too.

Thanks for visiting me on my blog and you are right we aren't that far apart.

Joan

Jodi said...

These are just so cute! I love when you make cards with these images, you know just how to use them so perfectly!! I know exactly what you mean when you have someone to talk to about something that you've been needing to for so long. Glad that you have that closeness with her!!
You are such a sweetie!
Hugs and take care of you too!
Jodi=)

Jamie Martin said...

Wow, your cards are amazing and so many of them. The all look great.
I got your e-mail asking about where I've been and my MIL was in the hospital for a month and a half and almost died. She has been out for 3 weeks now and doing well. But that has really seemed to have thrown me into a stamping slump! I really do need to get back to it, this is the first slump I've had in 13 years, time to get over it :)
Thank you for your concern, you are very sweet!

Becky said...

I am going to beat you to it :)! Congratulations....yahooooooo, Do you believe in Magic :)

Deb Neerman said...

LOVE this set, Curt ... and your coloring and 'plumping' on your stamped images are simply gorgeous! Who wouldn't love to receive this beautiful set?!? And I wouldn't part with 'em either!

Dawn said...

Absolutely gorgeous and the colouring is fantastic - love them...


Dawn
x

Shirley said...

What wonderful cards and I know she loved them too! How nice it is to have someone to share things that you have in common. Caring for someone who is ill is not easy and can be very stressful for both.

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