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Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Hey All!  HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!  I hope the luck of the Irish has been with you all day and for the rest of the year!  I have a lot for this post tonight, so I'm going to get right to it!

I've been on a creative streak these past couple of weeks.  I'm still working on my "easel box" and will have it ready for next Wednesday's post.  However, there are other things that I have designed that come from my head and ready to share with you tonight.  Here they are:

Coffee Bag Holder

This is the front of it.  To give you an idea what it reminds me of, it's like a giant matchbook.  Here is the side view:

And here is the view when it is open:

You may notice that the "open" picture has a different punch border!  LOL  It is a picture of another one that I made that will be shared below.  Here are the other two that I made:

They are really quick and easy to make.  I simply measured the bag of coffee and then cut a piece of card stock to cover it with enough of a flap to bring over the front.  I then decorated the fronts, used various border punches to make the border on the flap, and then used a hole punch to punch a couple of holes to run a piece of ribbon through to keep them closed.  The coffee bag itself is adhered to the inside with glue dots to keep it in place.  I love how these turned out and how easy and fast they were to create.  These would make great items to put into a gift basket

The next project I wanted to share was a note card set I made.  Remember the physical therapist who sent me an email with help with Gunther's injury?  Well, I wanted to do something to thank her for her help.  She had mentioned in  a comment about how much she enjoyed my House Mouse colored images, so I decided to do a note card set with them.  Here is the set, the box, and each individual card in the set:

I did the card set in Spring colors.  Again, I used that "Memory Box" found on Gina K Designs' that I highlighted on a previous post.  This once again proves how very versatile this box is.  All four of the note card image panels are raised with foam tape.  So even with the thickness of the combined cards and envelopes, they fit perfectly.  Below is the card I sent along with this gift.  In it, I played on the image and said that it was thanks to her that Gunther was on the "Mend".

I just got an email from her that she received them and she was so pleased with them.  I was happy that she liked them.

That's it for now.  Next Wednesday, I'll be showing a ton more, including highlighting a very generous blog friend that blew me away with her generosity.  Part of what I have to show you next week is what I made for her, so until I know she has received them (should be tomorrow) I'll wait to do it all at once!

Again, thanks so much for coming by.  I love that you come here to see me.  I know how much effort and time it takes, and I am humbled that you think my stuff is worth it.  I'll be by to see what you've been doing in the next couple of days.  As always, I get my inspiration from all of your wonderful work!  Can't wait to see what you've done.  Don't forget the "Pic of the Week" below!

Stay well and take good care of yourselves!


Curt O'Brien

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


Gina said...

Everything is just gorgeous, but being a huge coffee love, I love those coffee bag holders.

Mandy said...

Hi Curt,
Sorry I've not been by for a while but I've had no internet which has been a real pain... It's about 3.45in the morning here and I couldn,t sleep so I'm blog hopping..You have such a fabulous talent....I love your coffee bags gorgeous images and I love the sentiment on the last one..Your notecard set is beautiful and I'm sure the lady who received it was pleased I know I would be,such a beautiful kind gesture...I hope your all well..Jack the Dog sends his usual to Gunther and Shotsy...Gorgeous pic of the week I am soo looking forward to spring....Best wishes to you all..Take care..
Mandy xx

Sue W said...

Love the coffee bag holders Curt - perfect image for the front of each!
Your gift set is awsome who wouldn't be thrilled to receive this set!!!! Great work as always!

Kimberly S said...

Hi there Curt! Lovely post, and WOW, what a great idea with the coffee bag covers! I've only made the little ones that hold chocolates, so this is just SO creative and cute. I'm just loving the gorgeous set of note cards and the holder! You simply have much more patience than I do that you measure and plan for these beautiful projects! :)

mudmaven said...

Fantastic projects - as always! I really have to try that folder - every time I see one that you have made I vow I'm going to do it - this week maybe I actually will! All the best to Jay and give those two cuties a big hug from me too! ~chris

Tertia said...

Love your photo. Looks like Spring has sprung. I was standing outside to wave my DH goodbye on his way to work when I noticed that the leaves on our trees are starting to change colour, so it looks like Autumn has arrived for us. I will have to wait for more light to take some pics.
Love your gift holder, definately one I will have to 'steal' from you.
The House Mouse set is adorable! I just love(what is it with me and the word 'love' this morning? Must be your creations!) those images. They make me smile every time. I think I will have to invest in some soon.

Mandi said...

Absolutely superb projects Curt
Love the gift wallet and cards, what a super gift

Have a good week
Fantastic pic this week too, that flower really pops out!

mandi x

Diane said...

You have been one busy and creative person!!!Those House Mouse are beyond adorable and beautiful, too! I LOVED the clever idea for the coffee...and where I have been...visited Mackinac Island many times (we were actually married on the island) and I have never seen that coffee...I will be looking for it in June!!!! Nellie says to tell the boys "hi guys"...but SHE is on my "list"....$45 for a haircut and a bath and she flattens herself out and crawls under the deck for "something"...ugh...what a muddy mess!!! Great pic of the all take care!!!

mochamama said...

OH MY WORD, where do I begin......first, I totally absolutely completely explicitly love that Mouse House Coffee holder Secondly,I totally absolutely completely explicitly love that Mouse House Coffee holder!!! and Thirdly, that card set is adorable. Curt, come to my house and I will feed you chocolate bon bons and coffee if you make me one of those House Mouse coffee holders!!!!!

Lorraine A said...

fantastic creations Curt ;-) I love the coffee bag holder idea and the gift set you made is gorgeous ,, I am sure she loved them !

I have a few new HM stamps ,,all I need is more time to ink them and now the weather is warming up here friends and family are all booking to come to stay ! ,, which is nice ,, but less time in my craft room :-/

lovely photo too , spring is here !! :-)

Lols x x x

Our Little Inspirations said...

Your coffee holders are so cool! I'll have to try that one of these days! And the note cards are just the cutest thing! I too love that GinaK memory keeper box and all it can be used for! I'm sure your HM cards will be treasured and enjoyed!
I'm lovin' the photo of the week, yay for spring!!

Jane Wetzel said...

WOW- I totally have to case this coffee bag stuff!! ha ha! What a very cool gift! I know several people I can give to! :)

Lorraine said...

Love everything Curt, I am sure the gift set will be well received. Hugs xx

Gina Wrona said...

Oh Curt,
You've truly continue to amaze me how talented you are with what you create! I loved the coffee and the hm gift card set is absolutely precious. I'm sure she'll treasure it forever and long remember it after she uses the cards.


Deanna C said...

Kurtis, that gift set is marvelous!!! I did something similar, but no where near as nice as yours! Thanks for sharing. I love the little House Mouse!!

berg4 said...

Beautiful flower - Spring can't get here soon enough. Love the coffee holders, great gift ideas! Thenks for introducing me to Gina K's memory make box - I love it. Mine are not as good as yours (or her's) but you are an inspirtaion!

Erin Morley said...


You made the cards in the gift set too nice. She won't want to give them away and will want to keep them for herself (or at least I would). Yay for spring!

Serendipity Stamping said...

Wow, great coffee holder, sure could use a cup right now. I adore the gift set and I am sure she will just love it. One of these days I just have to get some HM stamps. Hope you all enjoyed St. Paddy's Day. Dulcie says hi to the boys and hopes Gunther is coming along as well as she has done.

Macpurp said...

what beautiful gifts!
i really love the house mouse set, your colouring is so fab!

I love the picture you have taken, crocus flowers are sentimental to me,
love tina x

craft_princess said...

It all looks wonderful! I especially love the cards you did in the set...very pretty!

lisa808 said...

Your coffee holders are beautiful and such a cute idea. They look very elegant with the pretty borders. Will you be making them for the big craft fair?

Love the colors and images you chose for the note card set.

Happy (belated) St. Patrick's Day!

Sue said...

Hi Curt
wow you at your gorgeous creations, you have been busy, luv the coffe bag your colouring is just awesome. What a beautiful gift those note cards are, totally gorgeous, would luv to have a go at something like that. You are such an inspiration, just luv comming to see you, keep up the great work, hugs sue.xx

dpkennedy said...

Oh, these are so stinkin' cute! Great projects Curt!

Jackie said...

You are such a sweetie! Of course she loved the cards - they're gorgeous. Love the St. Pat's Day background and your photo of the day gives me hope that Spring will get here eventually!

Celeste said...

The coffee bag holders are great! You are so creative! I love the cards you are sending to the physical therapist too. The pic of the crocus is gorgeous. Mine are out too.

Percy said...

Curt, your projects as always are gorgeous! I love the cards you made for the girl who helped you with!. The coffee one is beautiful as well, even though I don't care about coffee!!! Keep up the good work, thanks for sharing.

Elaine M said...

Oh My Curt!! These are all so luscious!! Adore the little matchbook type cards for giving packs of coffee - what a great idea! And the set of cards you sent your friend is soooo sweet. You have outdone yourself today my friend. Hugs

Sue from Oregon said... are a stampin' machine! Such great creations!!!

Deb Neerman said...

Someone's been busy! And WoWzA, what beautiful busy-ness it's been!

LOVE that HM gift card set ... what a fabulous gift!

And the matchbox-style project is just adorable ... and so beautifully colored! You're on a fabulousness roll, Curt!

Hope all is well with you and Jay ... and the boys, of course!

PS: LOVE the pix of the week!

Jen Tapler said...

Ok, I just have to tell all of your readers that although I think you're an AMAZING photographer that those photos do NOT do my absolutely STUNNING gift set justice!! Seriously people. The note holder and set of cards is unbelievable!! Curt is way too modest and I always thought his work looked wonderful on his blog, but it is NOTHING compared to actually holding those beautifully crafted and exquisitely colored images in your hands!!! THANK YOU so much again Curt - you really shouldn't have!!! (but I am so glad Gunther is feeling better!).

Lauri said...

Hey Curt!!! LOVE your projects this week! That coffee holder is so cool! Gives me a bunch of ideas....and the notecard box is so sweet and thoughtful of you! I love stopping by not only to see your creations but to see how you have dressed up the boys ! They are SO cute!!! hope Gunther is feeling better!!

Juls~ said...


You are *THE HOUSE MOUSE KING OF CARD MAKING EVER!* Love every single one of those little babies you crank out! And, I agree, the coffee idea is really, really great. I can see making something like that! I bought a few Martha Stewart punch borders that I used on engagement album just gettin' dusty. Like all my paper stuff! This project you did is inspiring!

You have so many terrific gift ideas, Curt! Bravo Dude! ;)



Nancy said...

Hey Curt! I had a good giggle over your boys in their Easter 'hats'! Your pic of hte week is exquisite!
I love your card set you made for your physical therapist friend. They are perfect. Your little maxbook covers are a great little gift presentation. You did an oustanding job on every one of these projects!!

Rita said...

I'm lovin' all your cards Curt...I'm a coffee lover & these are right up my alley!

Luv the new pic of boys in their bunny ears!

Sharli said...

Coffee, coffee, coffee!!! I love your coffee gifts! How wonderful they are! Thanks for the great idea, Curt!

Wow - the cards you sent to Jen are really beautiful - what a nice thank you gift!

I love your photo of the week, too - so striking against the soil and such a hopeful blossom!


Mary J said...

Hello Curt! I've only just found your blog and I think you're very talented! Great set of cards and projects, look forward to coming back and browsing some more!

I love your dogs - we have Yellow Labradors who I absolutely adore!

Carmen O. said...

Curt your cards are just fabulous! (like that is any surprise!) I always come here to get ideas, especially for note cards. You definitely have such a great eye for putting cards together. Thanks for always stopping by! Take care friend!

Chrissy said...

How lovely these are. I haven't pulled out my house mouse stamps for ages, you have given me a reason to do so :-)

Shirley-anne said...

WOW . Lovely Blog great photos and the first thing that came to mind when I saw those with the dogs was ..." A dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do" HA HA
seriously great cards . Love the coffee bag . All your creations are amazing , the colouring , the layouts and inspiring .

Janine said...

Great projects Curt!! Have a wonderful week!!

Becky said...

My goodness you have been busy. These are all fabulous.

Lorelie Kim said...

I'm loving all your wonderful House Mouse cards! Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment...truly warms my heart! I hope you will become a follower: )

I'll be sure to stop by often to see more of your fabulous creations!

Chris said...

I always feel so good when I see your pics, the doggies in the spring bonnets are so happy.
As always I am amazed at your House Mouse work. You must spend hours doing them and they are beautiful.
Glad to hear the doggie is doing well.

Sally Cicada's Designs said...

Yes Curt--you do have the cutest dogs on the planet!! I wish I could dress my cats up like that!! Your coffee card is just amazing--I had to click on it to enlarge it to make sure the bag was coloured and not actual burlap!! WOW!!! Fantastic job! Love your other projects as well--so nicely done!! BTW I have left you a blog award on my post today with a link back to your site!! Thanks so much for being an inspiration to me and for always leaving me such kind, encouraging comments!!
Sarah :)

Helen F. said...

Ohhh My! I love these project of yours, Curt!
Note to self: go to Curt's Blog next time you need a GIFT idea!!!