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Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Hey All!  I hope you are doing well on this wintry Hump Day!  Sorry I have been missing for the last several days.  It has been a combination of computer problems, a little bit of burnout, and a little bit of the blahs.  But, here I am, back on schedule with this edition of The Wednesday Evening Post.  I also wanted to THANK ALL OF YOU WHO CHANGED YOUR BLOG FORMATS!  Wow was it so much quicker to visit you last week and a breeze to leave you comments.  I thank you and I know others who visit you thank you!

The first thing I want to point out to you is the NEW FEATURE I've added to the right sidebar!  VIDEOS!  I've  added two this week of Gunther.  One is of him doing one of his favorite things. . .SLIDING, and one when he was a little younger doing the MOONWALK!  Gunther is my little clown and he is all boy.  I took these videos with my regular camera.  It does a pretty good job considering it is first and foremost a digital camera.  So, if you'll take a couple of minutes to watch them, I'm sure they will make you smile.

On to my cards.  I have three to share with you in this post.  And I just realized that they are all digital images.  I'm very selective when it comes to digital images, and I rarely use them.  But some come along that are just exceptional or catch my eye and I just have to have them.

The first card is using a digital image from Nina May who, as you might remember, I used to be on her design team.  When I first saw this image on her post last Monday, I thought that this would be a perfect image for a new baby card:

Isn't this a cute image?  Nina calls it "Painted Pony".  I colored it with colored pencils and oms, matted it in navy blue with Nestie scallops, added a button and ribbon/bow on simple striped paper and done.  It was a simple and easy card to do.  And, all I have to do is change the colors to pink and I have a little girl's card!  Thanks Nina for this great image!

My next two cards are made with digital images from a digital artist I recently found, and I truly love her work.  Here is the first card using the first of two of her images:

This polar bear mother and her baby just grabbed my heart when I saw it.  The beauty of this image is that there isn't much that needs coloring.  I only had to color the green pine boughs behind her.  I then went around some of the snow with some MS glue and added glitter.  Here is a close up:

I matted the image on metallic pale green card stock and then onto silver card stock.  I then attached that with foam tape to super sparkly card stock that I found at Hobby Lobby.  This is a 5.5 X 5.5 card.  Simple, but really pulls an emotional response when you see the image.  Inside the card it simply says "Dream".

My 2nd card using another of her wonderful images is here:

Isn't this image gorgeous?  Another that needed little coloring for a dramatic effect.  What I love most about this image and what I think sets it apart from most wolf scenes I've seen is the frosted breath.  You can almost hear it calling out to the moon.  I added glitter to the tree behind him, dotted all of the stars with a glitter gel pen as well as using the same pen to outline the moon.  I also added a hint of glitter to the frosted breath.  Here is a closer look:

I simply matted this image with a simple black matte and attached it to some DP and then attached that to the card base.  This image is so perfect for "male cards".  The artist's name is Teresa Sherman and you can find her blog HERE.  Take a few minutes to go take a look at her work.  It is really versatile and ranges from simple line drawings to the beautiful images above.  She has a great variety and very reasonably priced.

Well, that's it for this post.  I hope I made up for the absence last week.  I also hope that you enjoyed Gunther's videos.  From time to time, I will share new videos with you of their antics.  I hope you don't mind indulging me.

Again, thanks for coming by.  I love that you do and I love that you take the time to leave me such great comments.  They really do brighten my day.   My next post will be Monday for the HM  Monday Challenge.

Take good care!  I'll be seeing you on your blogs!  Don't forget the Pic of the Week below!



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


Sue said...

Hi Curt!
Just found your post~~~ Not sure what I've done on my blog seem to have lost a few people I thought I was following!!!
Love your card with Nina's Painted Pony - this looks so cool in blue's and perfect for a new baby boy!.
Your two cards with Teresa's digi's are just outstanding ~~ the second one is my favourite.
Off to watch the video. x

Juls~ said...

Hiya Curt!

YES YES YES!~ I saw Gunther's videos last nite - He is a *super-stah*!!!

All the cards you've designed are wonderful. I especially love the polar bear. And I like the wolf one with the glitter you added. You're right about seeing his breath in the air. Looks so real!

My doggie, GiGi, is on top of my desk laying on a pillow. And now she's gnawing at her back ... hmmm... fleas?? ;) I adore her ... she's my baby dog.

Okay, enuf gushing over her. What's so great about dogs anyway!? ;)



Patti J said...

Yippee Skippy - these are SO SO good!!! First though, I have to say that I adore Gunther! I cannot believe how photogenic he is in all of your photo's, and now he is a movie star with the lead role! How cool is that? Your, wow, wow! Love what you have done with Nina's pony! What a great statement doing it monochromatic! Wow wow wow! The artwork by Teresa is fabulous. I am going to have to check out her site. You have outdone yourself this week dear sir! Great job! Give Gunther an extra treat tonight! BTW...Glad you are back!

Jan McConnell said...

Hi Curt, wonderful job with the digi cards! And who wouldn't love the pony! Can't wait to see what you have in store for House Mouse on Monday.

Danielle said...

Oh my goodness Curt, these are simply amazing cards! I LOVE your Painted Pony image - you've made the cutest baby boy card ever! And the wildlife images are the most gorgeous I've ever seen - what an incredible artist! And you've done theme so much justice with your cards! Fantastic work my friend!
Hugs, Danielle

stampinfrog said...

Gunther's videos are fantastic!
All three of your cards are beauitful!Love Teresa Sherman's polar bears and the wolves images!They look so real!

margie c said...

GO Gunther!!! Love those videos! Such a cutie :)

Your cards are stunning, Curt! You always have the right touch to make your cards stand out to perfection!
Beauftiful creations :)

Stay warm!
hugs, margie

craft_princess said...

All very wonderful cards!

Mandy said...

Hi Curt,
Wow Wow Wow!!!! you have the most beautiful cards...I love everything about these three cards they are just perfect...and your video and piccs are fabby...I so love dogs..if you get chance pop over to my blog and check out my mad border collie called "Jack the dog" my daughter has put a slideshow in the sidebar of him in the snow here in the uk...Take care..
Mandy xx

Dawn said...

I am so thrilled I stopped in to check out your recent posting.I am still laughing at your Gunther, he is just a stunning schnauzer! I love how well he listens.
Oh by the way I love your coloring on your cards, I am practicing and only hoping I do half as well.My fav is the bear scene but I love wolves because of their beauty.
Hugz to you

Sue from Oregon said...

Wonderful cards Curt...those digi's are fantastic...esp the cub peeking out! Love the moonwalk video too!

mudmaven said...

I wish there were more ways to say INCREDIBLE! These are just gorgeous, thanks so much for introducing me to the most Delicious Doodles! I love Nina's image too and grabbed that as soon as I saw it - perfect for any occasion - just at appropriate colors! Love the videos of Gunther too! Such a cutie pie! All the best to Jay and the boys. ~chris

Becky said...

I had to watch the video before I looked at the cards :), Gunther is so sweet. These cards are just adorable, I love the polar bear one it does have such an emotional pull, and it is one fabulous card, I loved them all but this one is my favorite :).

Sue said...

Hi Curt
missed you this week, glad your back. Your cards are stunning as ever, being an animal lover i LUV the polar bear and wolf gorgeous images you have coloured them beautifully, they would stunning in a frame on the wall.

aww great videos of the doggies, hugs sue.x

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt, Great to see a post from you again!! Love all three cards - gorgeous images and they are coloured beautifully.
Gunther is sure a character with his moonwalking and love the photo of the week too. You can't help but love the furbabies can you?

Hope you feel 100% again now - cheers, Jean

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Curt ,, all these digi images are gorgeous and your delicate colouring is superb ! :-)

I love the video's too ,, your dogs do have a lovely loved life :-) I love the pic of the week too ,,, awww cute ! :-)

Lols x x x

Leigh said...

Stunning cards Curt. Love them.

Mandi said...

Hi Curt
Hope you are now over the blahs....dont ya just hate them! Good to see you :)

Your cards are amazing, the polar bear is incredible! what a fantastic digi. The wolf is pretty awesome too, you have made them both look spectacular

Keep smiling petal
mandi xx

Nilla said...

Everything is just beautiful, just beautiful! Hugs Nilla

scrapperjulia said...

Great cards, Curt! The painted pony does make a great baby boy card and I love the nature cards! I enjoyed watching your dog do tricks! He is very smart!

Diane said...

Fun video of are right, he is a clown!!! When he was barking my Nellie barked back...too funny! Love~love those images...the polar bear is beautiful, and you know I would love the wolf, right!! Will check her site out...see you on House Mouse Monday! Take care!

Scossie Jane said...

Hey Curt, loved watching the video's of Gunther, I was in stitches when he "ran" down the slide!!!! I honestly thought he was going to come down on his tummy - but then I don't know the first thing about dogs, having never had one....

Love your cards - I've just been over to Teresa's site, her digi stamps are great, you have done a lovely job with the two you purchased....

As for the picture of the week - it looks too darn cold for me - we are sweltering at 36 degrees, it's to be 44 on Sunday, a record for Perth if it gets there, but the boys do look cute - have their beards froze? Looks like it....

Love and hugs my friend xx

Gina Wrona said...

Hey Curt!

Love today's post and everything about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Little K Smith said...

Hi Curt
Love your cards, especially the polar bear one, sooo adorable. LOVE your videos too, made me giggle!
Take care.

lisa808 said...

Hi Curt,

You are so right--Painted Pony is perfect for a new baby card. Your polar bear and wolf cards are breathtaking. Wow!

I'm off to watch the videos...

The Rubber Maid said...

Love the digi images...super. Love your Gunther video doing the moon walk. How come a dog can do it & I can't ...heck I'm lucky to just plain walk. Fun ! Pat

6 wacky women said...

Gorgeous cards, Curt
The images are amazing, the papers you used are just stunning.

Great job with the videos, your boy is so adorable, love the darn cute!!

Great pic of the week too.

Karen x

Sharon Caudle said...

Hi Curt! LOVE your cards! the baby card is just precious with that adorable image! And wow are those digital images gorgeous! You did a beautiful job featuring them on your cards and enhancing them perfectly! I'll have to check out your videos as home. I'm at work right now (shhhhhhhh) LOL! Hope you're doing well and have a fabulous weekend my friend! hugs!

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America said...

oh my goodness! Ive missed soooooo much!!! Love your stunning detailed beautifully cards here Curt! Those videos are incredible!!! And your new pics and the new blog look..... WOW!!! WOW!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!

Kimberly S said...

I did have to watch your adorable puppy in action before checking out the gorgeous cards! He is so cute, and what a ham. :) Great idea on the painted pony as a new baby card, so pretty in the blues! The Polar Bears and Wolf cards are simply stunning, wow! Thanks so much for another inspiring post, I'm always amazed by your beautiful cards. :)

Rita said...

Wow Curt....these are amazing & so darn beautiful! I luv how you add that extra detail on your cards, you have a good eye for that & I luv it.

Luv the videos of Gunther...he's so darn cute! Thanks for sharing & I look forward to seeing more!

Lisa said...

Curt I'm loving the videos ! My chihuahua is jealous! She thinks Gunther is a sexy dude!
Now about these cards...they are stunning! I'm speechless....

Debby said...

OMGoodness your art is breathtaking. This is my first visit here and your dogs caught my eye immediately! How big are they? I have two schnauzers myself. One is a toy, shes black and weighs about 14 lbs. We also have a mini white schnauzer and he weighs about 22 lbs. How fun! Love the moonwalk!

Jan McConnell said...

I forgot the Pic of the Week. One of the boys is so proud of what they have done and the other says he is glad they finally finished the job. LOL They certainly are a joy to you!!

Deb Neerman said...

Awww, the pups are incredible! Such fun to watch.

LOVE the cards Curt! From the sweet Painted Pony card ... perfect for a l'il one ... to the incredible digi-images! Omigosh, they are simply stunning ... looking at these, I felt cold! So realistic and so beautifully colored. Gorgeous, Curt!

Okay, what did I miss about changing our blog formats? I looked around the blog for the answer but couldn't find anything. So, please tell me if my blog format needs changing as I'm clueless! As usual ...

Hope you and Jay are both well and in good spirits. Can't wait to see what you create next!

~Hugs, Deb

Nina said...

Hi Curt!! love all your cards here! Love what you did with the Painted Pony!! Just fab! and I just love this image, it really is very versitile and he is stunning in all the blues, beautiful! Teresa's images are stunning and I if I recall I remember anothe wolf one you did. Both just beautiful. I love that you kept the sentiment simple on the bear one with just "dream" so perfect! and oh my that Gunther, is he a ham or what?? I just love him is so has such personality!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations this week and hope you are out of your funk of the blahs; heaven knows we all can relate to that!! ((big hugs my friend!)) :O) OH, and love that big ole snowball with the boys... did that roll that themselves? or did dad help a bit! LOL looking at their pride, you would think and be assured they did it all themselves!! hehehe

Ila said...

Somehow..I didn't get the email update for this post...yet I got one today..oh well...These cards are all Gorgeous...I totally love the bears..and the details surrounding these images are Fabulous!!...Gunther is a star!!..I so enjoyed this video!! Last summer I tried to get my furkid to go down the slide by himself...but he said "No Way" this year...Thanks for sharing!...Hugs, Ila

dpkennedy said...

The new baby card is adorable and the other two are just stunning! Love how simple yet elegant they are with just a hint of color and glitter! Gunter is so cute!!!