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Thursday, December 24, 2009


Merry Christmas Eve Everyone!  I hope this post finds you all in good spirit and surrounded by all those that you love.  I waited to post my "Wednesday Evening Post" until today because I wanted to post the last of my Christmas cards of the holiday and wanted to send you all holiday wishes.

So not a lot of gabbing on this post.  Here are my cards:

Made with Artful Inkables tree stamp and Martha Stewart Cardinal punch.

Stamp is from the dollar stamp bin at Michael's.  Sentiment is computer generated.

This is a Mo's digital image from Digital Pencil Too.  Reminds me of Gunther.  I can't color things that are supposed to be black!  Does anyone have a tip for me?

This is my first easel card.  Jay has a friend that loves cats, so he asked me to make her a Christmas card with a cat on it.  This is the only cat image I have (Mo's digital).  This easel has a surprise on it. . .take a look:

I hid the sentiment under the image.

That pile of peppermint candy gave me a fit!  LOL 

This is originally a birthday stamp, but a change of colors and presto! a Christmas card.

Love those mouse cookies!

I love the look on the one startled bear's face.  LOL

This is the Christmas card that I made for my Mom.  I hope she likes it.

Well those are the cards.  I'll be making a bunch more over the coming months for my inventory to sell next fall at the big craft fair.  I have a feeling that I'm going to be really sick of Christmas cards by next Christmas!

I want to thank you all for being such wonderful blogging friends.  I've received cards from several of you and they are just so special!  I'll be highlighting them on my next post.  Thank you so much for them, I treasure each of them!

I want to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and the best that the new year has to offer.  On the Christmas Eve night, I'm going to have some hot cocoa and sit here to visit each of your blogs to leave you each an individual message.  So I'll see you later!



Curt O'Brien

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


stampinfrog said...

Curt the Christmas cards are gorgeous! Your Mom is going to love hers!
I wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a bless,healthy and peaceful NEW YEAR!

Danielle said...

Absolutely beautiful cards Curt - your first easel card is gorgeous!! And I love how you hid the sentiment!!
I wish you & Jay a very Merry Christmas and every blessing for the New Year. Have a wonderful time and stay safe!
Hugs, Danielle

Lorraine A said...

Oh wow Curt ,, these are all fabulous ! I love how you hid the sentiment under the image ,,, brilliant idea ! and I am sure your mum will love that card ! bet it makes her cry :-)

All of them are Absolutely Fabulous :-) I have never seen that Gruffies stamp either ,,,, what a lovely image :-)

No tips on colouring black ,,, I am rubbish at it lol :-)

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas Curt :-)

Luv Lols x x x

p.s that stamp is just GORGEOUS ,,, I am itching to ink it ,,,, :-) Thanks so much, and for it to arrive on Christmas Eve it feels like a Chrismas pressie ,,, :-) x x x

Jackie said...

Merry Christmas to you both, and to the boys! {{HUGS}}

Sara said...

i love your cards curt! you do such an awesome job coloring :)

i wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and safe holiday!


Leslie said...

Your artwork is fantastic. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Becky said...

Boy you sure have been busy :). These are fabulous. Love the first card, simple but very pretty, love the sentiment of the little elf, don't you just love a bargain.. I use color pencil and gamsol when working with black. I haven't heard of an easel card?? Where the heck have I been. But this looks fabulous. Those house mouse stamps do take a lot of coloring, and these are just gorgeous. Well you and your family have a Merry Merry Christmas.

Michelle U said...

Merry Christmas Curt! Hope you and your family have a wonderful one!

The Rubber Maid said...

Love all the cards and you did fine with the coloring on the black. Hope you and your boys...all of them have a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2010.
Hugs dear friend from Pat

Rita said...

These are all so very beautiful Curt! Now I just love that dog with the bone called Bismark so I went over to Mo's & got him & a few others, hehehe, you are an enabler buddy!!! Merry Christmas!


Rita said...

Oh I forget to add a tip on coloring black. I remember somebody somewhere saying to use different shades of grays & blend (of course that was copics) but I imagine it would work with pencils too using 1 or 2 deep dark grays. I have not tried it yet but let me know how it works for you. I'm in the process of buying some copics a few at a time. Good luck

cara said...

Great cards Curt you have been busy All the best to you and your family for the holidays and the new year.

Diane said...

Wow, you sure have been busy!! Love all those fun to see all the great detail...and to see some house mouse stamps I hadn't seen before...I need to do an easel card...maybe a Valentine one....I still have Christmas cards to finish up, so will work on mine all year, too...well have yourself and Jay too a Merry to see what "santa" left!!

Tonniece said...

The cards are all stunning Curt.

From my family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas


Scossie Jane said...

Wow, love all these cards Curt, especially the first one, that tree is beautiful. Your colouring of the HM images is great, as always xx

Wishing you and Jay a very Merry Christmas from Oz xx

Sue from Oregon said...

Merry Christmas my friend! I am so jealous of all your wonderful Christmas images...outstanding job on all these cards! Thanks for the "Curt" original! LOVE IT! Enjoy your holidays!

craft_princess said...

Wonderful cards! Especially love the image you used on the card for your sweet! :)

Merry Christmas!!

Juls~ said...

Dear Curt, Jay, Shotsy & Gunther!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and holiday season!

Love the photo here with, I can't tell who, in the snow! Texas got a little snow, my daughter Jessi got in a fender bender on her way to church but is ok, car isn't! Everyone is on their way over to open gifts this morning. Then, off to my bro and his family's house where my mom and dad will meet us all.

You are a special blogger buddy, Curt! I cannot believe how many cards that you created for Christmas! You amaze me and they are all so cheerful and festive.

Hugs to You All,



christina d said...

Your card are so cute. Love those mousies! Hope you and Jay are having a great Christmas Day!

Celeste said...

Merry Christmas to you, Jay, and the boys. I loved your cards. The one you made your Mama is great. As far as coloring with black, I think it looks great! Love, love, love the elf card. He is adorable and the sentiment is so cute.

Jane Wetzel said...

hey Curt..cute cards..try using diff shades of gray for your black..check out the copic creations blog..I am on the dt and we did a challenge on coloring "black" will find the deets there and mite help even if you dont use copics...Best wishes for the New Year! :)

lisa808 said...

Merry Christmas Curt!

As always, your cards are amazing. The 'Gunther' card is just darling.

I wish you, Jay, and your moms a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

As usual your cards are exquisite! Also, love your sure have a way with animals & nature. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
nancyk in WI

Elaine M said...

Merry Christmas dear friend! Thank you for all the love and inspiration you've shared with us this year. Be blessed!!!!!
Elaine Moore

Shirley said...

It's still Christmas!! I love your cards and the unique stand up fold too! All very creative and beutiful A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthier New Year for you, Jay, and your mom too!

Leigh said...

Fabulous cards Curt. Hope you have a safe and happy Christmas.

scrapperjulia said...

Love your cards, especially the first one with the red birds on it. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas, Curt!

Erica said...

I tried to pick my favorite...really I did, but I just couldn't 'cause they're all so lovely.

Gina said...

All your cards are great, no way to pick a favorite! I love the HM ones though.

Benjaman said...

First visit, but had to say how wonderful your work is. Love the coloring job on the doggie card, really excellent. TFS!

Anonymous said...


Deb Neerman said...

Oh, Curt, your holiday cards are drop-dead-gorgeous!!! LOVE every single one of 'em!

I totally know what you mean about coloring in black images ... I usually cheat and start with my gray markers and slowly build up the grays 'til they get dark enough. But no, nothing ever is REALLY black, LOLOL!

Thanks so much for all your sweet and inspiring notes and posts. You are someone who truly personifies the spirit of Christmas! I'm so proud and happy to call you my friend!

All the best to you and Jay for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

~Big Hugs, Deb

Jenny Gropp said...

What eye candy you have posted!! Love 'em all -- but my fave is that Mo kitty with her ball of string!! love it done up for the Holidays in red and white!!!
Hope your Chrismtas was MERRY and wishing you and yours a FAB 2010!

Jamey said...

as always - these cards are delightful!
Just looooove the little elf card though...think he's just the cutest little elf around!

Mandi said...

FABULOUS cards Curt

Hope you had a good holiday/Christmas

Happy New Year
mandi xx

Sharli said...

Wowie, Curt! Awesome work!!! I could never get tired of your cards - they are so inventive and fun! I love the easel card (and the hidden sentiment - gotta do that!) and the mice are so sweet (all of them!) but the one for your Mom probably the sweetest of all!

Merry Christmas, dear friend! I'm so glad I found you this year!

Percy said...


I love your cards, all of them!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG they are beautiful, those images are to dye for, and you color them so well, and use the right colors all the time. The one with your doggie,i think it is WOW too, I think the coloring looks great! I would not change a thing.

Thanks for sharing, yeah and I am happy too I found your blog this year!!!!

Merry Christmas and Blessings for you and your family in the New Year!



Helen F. said...

Hey Curt, These cards are Fabulous! Love the awesome card you made for your Mom and your coloring techniques are just amazing. Wishing you and yours much joy, peace and happiness in 2010!

Laura Lipe, Pisgah Forest, NC said...

I love all your Christmas cards, Curt, and know your recipients will love them, too. I hope you and your guys had a great Christmas. Here's wishing you the happiest of new years, too!! Thanks for your compliments and well wishes on my blog, too!! Smiles, Laura

Nina said...

Curt all of your cards are truly beautiful and fun! I love how you hid your sentiment on the easel card, I will have to keep that in mind! I also, thought that image looked like your handsome dog as well. Tip when coloring in black,use other colors, If you look at your dogs you see lots of colors not just blacks, I see golds, rusts and there is always, most likely blues when coloring black dogs, use those colors as the highlights and under tones, but personally, I think you doggie looks wonderful! :O) but you did ask! :O) teehee! Love all your cards and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a Safe and Happy New Year! Wishing you the very best for 2010! Sure do miss you over at TMITA! :O)

Jodi said...

WOWZERS!! I am loving all of your fabulous creations dear Curt!! I must say that I am so loving the very adorable cat card!! I think you have made the best easel card by far when you added that circle to lift up for the sentiment! Wonderful creativity!! I'm so glad that we got to meet through blogging and wish you all the best for 2010!! =)
Big Hugs,
Jodi =)

Denise @ Paper Gems said...


Just found you and I see that you are a fan of the MACABRE, and Stephen King.


This is Barb's site and you will see some "wicked CARD talent"
ENJOY!..Tee Hee

dpkennedy said...

All of your cards are wonderful! I especially love the adorable elf and the simple and elegant tree and cardinals! I hope your Christmas was wonderful! Have a happy New Year!!

Gina Wrona said...

Hi Curt,

I must say my favorite card at first was the dog card until I got to all the HM cards. I LOVED THEM ALL OF COURSE!

Happy New Year, my friend!