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Monday, October 26, 2009


Hey All!  As my post title indicates, this is my last post for There's Magic in the Air.  I only committed to be on the team until the end of October (so it's not like she threw me out or anything like that!  LOL).  It has been so much fun working with Nina May and with her images.  She is such a wonderful person and an all around sweet human being.  I have loved being a part of her team and am very honored to have worked with such great talent.  Thanks Nina for including me in your aspirations!

OK, so here is my last card for Nina.  The image is called "Autumn Splendor" and the challenge was to be inspired by this photo:

Here is my card:

This is such a great image for the Fall season, and versatile too!  I think it would be a great image for a Thanksgiving card too.  I colored it as usual with my ccp/oms.  I sponged the coloring around the image for a golden Autumn sun look.  I used a small circle punch to achieve the "ticket punch" look at each corner (I learned this trick from my blogging buddy in Hawaii - Thanks Jen!)  I colored the white pearls with a Bic marker to get the shiny brown look to them.  The sentiment is computer generated and it, as well as the image panel, are attached with foam squares for dimension.  The background paper is from a DCWV stack from last year.  I decorated the inside too, but forgot to take a pic of that!  What a dork I am. . .


I wanted to take this opportunity to convey my very heartfelt thanks for all of your encouragement and wishes of good luck for my trying out for the House Mouse design team.  As I've read each comment, I just shake my head and wonder how I got so lucky to get the bunch of you.  You are wonderful people and it always gives me faith when reading your comments that there are still so many wonderful people in this crazy world we live in.  OK, enough of my gushing mush, but I just can't get over how wonderful you all are!

Also, I wanted to apologize for not getting around to your blogs lately.  I'm truly sorry about that.  But there have been a few things going on that has needed my attention and has taken me away from visiting.  But everything is back to normal and I'll be visiting you all soon to catch up!  I also need to come see some of my new followers too!  I can't wait to come see you all.

That's it!  I'll be back on Wednesday with a Wednesday evening post.  I'll also let you all know as soon as I know whether or not I made the team!  Until then, take good care of yourselves and have a wonderful week!


Curt O'Brien

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


Gypsy said...

Oh wow--I run over every Monday morning to see what you make--seriously. I just like you alot.
I will totally miss you over there-but now I'm a follower of your blog--so I'll be running over here! LOL
I totally hope you make House Mouse and will say an extra prayer for you about it. You deserve it.

scrappin' gypsy

DeeDee said...

Oh so pretty Curt! What a great image too! Gosh, it seems like just yesterday you joined the team and now...on to bigger, better and FUN stuff! You are just too sweet! HUGS!

Nilla said...

I love your card, Curt and will truly miss having you in Nina's team. But, hey, you are still here so be sure that I will come visiting you all the time! Best of luck!! Hugs Nilla

Patti J. said...

Oh Curt, I don't know what to say. I, too, am one that runs over every Monday a.m. to see what you have created at TMINA. I will greatly miss having you there. However, I have faith that you will soon be 'someplace else', and I will still get to wake up to your creations! Best of luck to you, and I will patiently wait for the Wednesday Evening Post!!!

craft_princess said...

Love the sponged background...really makes it all come together. Also like the use of marker on the pearl...very clever!


Nina said...

Curt, you certainly are a jewel and a precious one at that! I truly will miss you on team (tear-tear), but hey I knew you before team and I am certainly going to maintain your frienship after team. Only seems appropriate that house mouse is where you will be since that is were we metand I know how you just love those mice, heck I love 'em too. I am pretty positive you will be on team there, they would have to be blind not to realize the talent that is within you and your genuine heart as well!! Thanks soo much for sharing your time, talents and of course your wonderous lively stories with us all that make up giggle... I am certainly not going anywhere and I will continue to look forward to visiting your wonderful blog here! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING.. you truly are one of the BEST!

Carmen O. said...

What a beautiful card Curt! I love it! You really know how to show off an image without taking away the focus. I love that!

Lorraine A said...

gorgeoius card Curt :-) Fabulous image and your colouring is fab !

I hope the HM&F DT don't keep us in suspenders too long ,,:-) I would love to know ,, one way or the other :-)

Lols x x

Susan.... said...

Thats a stunning card Curt ! Another "Beautiful" image from Nina
May too !
Susan X

Juls~ said...

Yola, Curt!

We obviously love you too! And I think you are an absolute sweetheart!

Love your Autumn card, so perfect, and the image is adorable. Your colorizing technique is perfect!

Okay, off to digital scrapbook-land. I'm behind on my class project!

Dawn said...

I am always just amazed at your eye for detail-coloring, inking,distressing !!! Sorry it is your last for the team but know you are still sharing with all of us.Hugz and blessings

Danielle said...

What a beautiful card Curt - I just LOVE that bluebird!! Your colouring is amazing and adds so much depth to this gorgeous image! It's so sad to read this is your last week at TMITA but I'm positive HM will be your next exciting adventure!!
Keep up your amazingly inspirational creations!!
Hugs, Danielle

dpkennedy said...

This is such a lovely card! Your inspiration photo is gorgeous too! This is just the beginning of many adventures of design teams for you I am sure!! Have a great day!

Leigh said...

Great card Curt. Here's hoping you make the DT over at House Mouse Challenge Blog.

Gina said...

That is so pretty. I love the colors you did a great job capturing the feel of the inspiration photo. Good luck with the HM DT!

Kimberly S said...

Your card is lovely, and I sure will miss seeing your projects at TMITA! I'm looking forward to seeing where your creative future takes you. :)

Sue from Oregon said...

a great fall card Curt!

Sue - 'TILLYMINT' said...

Ah Curt I will miss your Monday post for TMITA!!!
I don't always join in as like you thinkgs seem to get in the way!!! I do love seeing how you work with Nina's images though - hope you'll keep posting on Mondays' you're the best way to start the week!!!
Take care.

lisa808 said...

Curt, you will definitely be missed on the weekly TMITA posts. This card is magnificent.

Judy said...

A really great card using Nina's image. I will miss you being on the DT. But good luck on the house mouse DT. Hope you make it.

Gina Wrona said...

Hi Curt,

Let me just say, if it wasn't for YOU, I wouldn't have known about Nina' Magical Mondays and been blown away by your talents as well as the team as a whole.

I can't wait to see what you come up with for HM, cause ya know they'll be snagging you up in a heartbeat now that you are available, kwim?


Lora said...

OMG I just went to check out the HM blog and saw you had made the team!! Way to go Curt, I knew they would pick you, they would of been mad not to!!
Congratulations, you truly deserve it.
Can't wait to see the cars you make for them!!
Hugs Lora x

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful card, Curt! Love the image and your wonderful coloring! You are such a sweetheart and I love visiting you and looking at all your fabulous creations, and reading your posts. I always leave with such a warm and cozy feeling. AND OMG! I just read the post right above where I was typing this and you made the HM team??? I mean I'm not one bit surprised, but I'm so happy for you!! CONGRATS CURT!!!!! YAY!!! I'm doing my happy dance for you! Can't wait to see all your amazing creations! hugs!

Sue said...

Congratulations Curt just seen you got on the house mouse DT, so well deserved,sue.xx

Ila said...

Totally Gorgeous card Curt!! the image and your coloring is Amazing!!...
Looks like you made the HM team!!!...Yay..doin' the happy dance!!...Congratulations Curt!!..they are so lucky to have you on their team!!...Hugs, Ila

The Rubber Maid said...

Well how awesome to read in above posts that you made the HM team. I know you really wanted that so badly and am glad your dream came true. Lucky ducky ! Pat

Rita said...

Beautiful card!

Hey Curt, luv the new picture of you on your sidebar...what a handsome fella! Hope all is well with you & Jay, have a great weekend!

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