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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Hey All!  Two weeks have passed already and it is time for a new House Mouse Monday Challenge.  Sorry I'm late posting this, but as most of you know, my life is in "crazy mode" right now.  I actually didn't even think about what day it was and just realized that I missed posting it yesterday.  Sorry about that!

This week's challenge is by my teamie Lisa.  It is a recipe challenge.  You are to use your House Mouse image with 1 ribbon, 2 different papers, and 3 flowers.  Well, you know me, I am always challenged when it comes to using two different papers on the same card.  Add to that, that I rarely ever use flowers on my card, and well I was driven nuts.  Here is what I came up with:

I did a technique on this one that I love.  If you look at the image, you'll see that part of the image is outside the die cut, but still intact.  This is simple to do. . .you simply use scissors to cut out the part of the stamped image that doesn't fit inside the die cut area.  You then slide the die over the image and then pull the scissor cut area outside and over the die.  When you run it through your die cut machine, your image is still intact and looks like it springs off the die cut.  I colored my image with colored pencils and oms.  The flowers are Prima, but they were white.  I colored them with a marker, because I didn't have any purple flowers.  Popped the image up with dimentionals and done.  This is a Gruffies image.

There is also some exciting news over at House Mouse Monday Challenge Blog!!!  We are looking for new members of our DT!!!  So if you are interested get over and apply!

Jay update. . . Jay is still in the hospital.  He has some complications with an infection at the surgical site.  So we are dealing with that and not sure when he gets to come home.  On top of that, Gunther was injured at the groomers on Sunday and required medical attention.  It involved one of his claws and was very painful for him.  He is now running around with a bandaged paw and daddy is having to make sure he doesn't chew it off.  So far so good.  2 more days till we can take it off. 

So, that is what is going on.  A BIG THANK YOU to those of you that were so sweet to send Jay cards!  It was so thoughtful and they have brightened his days in the hospital.  He thanks you very much and can't believe how people that don't know him sends him cards.  

Hope you all have a great week.  Hopefully I'll have something to post later this week!  Don't forget the Pic of the Week below!



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


Christine said...

Hi Curt teamie stunning creation love your image & colouring fab card..hope Jay & Gunther got yer hands full at mo...take care.

Hugs Christine xx

Shirley-anne said...

What a wonderful piece of art you have shared tonight . Flowers are just right and I love the image and how you worked the overlapping bit.

mudmaven said...

I totally love this card Curt! Purple is my fave and this card really does justice to the color. Sad to hear about poor Gunther - like you needed one more thing! Hope Jay gets to come home soon. ~chris

Danielle said...

What a wonderful card Curt! Fantastic colouring of the image and the nestie is such a lovely one! I love that nestie 'secret' too - it works wonders!! Great job on using two papers - they're beautiful together!
I hope Jay heals up quickly and is able to come home soon - same with Gunther! Poor pooch - he's had a rough ride lately aswell!! Take care of yourself!
Hugs, Danielle

Sally Cicada's Designs said...

Hey Curt,
Thanks for explaining how to get the image outside the die--I have always wondered how people do that--mystery solved--thanks!! Love your card too! You got a lot of depth with the lilacs--I can almost smell them :)
Your picture of the week reminds me of a time when my hubby & I were watching some ducks eat corn someone had left behind for them. There were also some little river rats eating with them. All of a sudden one of the ducks got too close to one of the rats and the rat bit the ducks tail. When the duck realized that the rat wasn't going to let go it took flight with the rat still hanging on. It got about 10 feet vertically in the air before the rat let go and plunk right into the water went the rat!! My husband and I just stood there with our mouths open!! Wish I'd had a video camera with me at the time--I could have won $10,000 of AFV I'm sure!!
Who needs tv for comedy it's all around us!!
Sarah :)

Lisa Foster said...

Hi Curt!
This is a fantastic card! Thank you so much for explaining how to have your image pop off the die cut part. I've been cutting the whole image out and layering it on now that I'm "in the know":) I can't wait to try it.

Please give my best to Jay...I will put him him my prayers.

Hope Gunther's foot gets better quickly too! Poor doggie :(

Dawn said...

Oh I am so glad to see you post and get an update about you and Jay and the boys. I tried to send an email so I could get your address. I wanted to send a card for both of you. I didn't get a reply and am not sure I have the correct address.
Just know I am keeping you all in my thoughts.
Love the adorable MH image.

Helen F. said...

Love this Gruffies image, Curt! Great for your outside-the-frame technique. AND, your coloring, papers & flowers are perfect!
Best wishes and prayers for Jay (and Gunther) for their speedy recoveries! Take care and try not to stress out~I's not easy :o)

Sue said...

Hi Curt
lovely to see you, i think you did a great job with the challege,lu hoe th flowers pops out, gorgeous colours, Oh poor Gunther he is in the wars.

Hope Jay will soon be home sorry to hear he is still in hospital, big hugs to you both, hugs sue.x

craft_princess said...

Such a nice card! Great image!
Sorry to hear Jay is still in the hospital...I hope that the infection clears quickly and I also hate hearing Gunther got hurt again. Poor thing. Best wishes for all of you and I hope things return to normal shortly!
Take care!

Kimberly S said...

What a sweet image and I love that layout (looks like wallpaper)

Sorry to hear about the complications with Jay, hope it's sorted and has him back on the road to recovery soon.

Poor Gunther, just can't get a break right now. Hope he's good as new when that bandage comes off. :)

'Duck Butts'....too funny! Thanks so much for giggle. :)

scrapperjulia said...

I love that image and you colored it so beautifully! I like that technique too! Fabulous card! I hope that Gunther and Jay get feeling better soon!

Rica said...

Hi Curt, sorry I haven't been around much lately, life has been interfering again!!
Sorry to hear about Jay and Gunter, hope they are both progressing, sorry Jay is still in hospital.
Seeing as Emma, postponed the challenge until today it's perhaps for the best you forgot it yesterday - tee-hee.
Love your card, it is stunning!!! Great 'out the box' work on the cutting of your image, gorgeous colours, colouring and papers - love it.
hugs Heather xx

Patricia Rose said...

your card turned out beautifully, Curt.. Love the out of the box lilac and the nesty shapes. Thanks for sharing the tip on how you did it.
So sorry to hear that Jay is in the hospital... Hopefully it won't be for much longer... and poor Gunther with his sore toe...
hugs to all of you... Pat

Glee said...

Bless your heart, Curt....I was stunned to read about Jay and Gunther! I can see you taking care of both of these special loves in your lives. Be sure and take care of yourself, too.

I love this is beautiful, just so BEAUTIFUL!

Danni said...

Goodness, lots going on for you! I hope Jay heals quickly and Gunther too!!
Love your card, so sweet!

Sue W said...

Hi Curt, glad to hear your Jay update and wish him a speedy recovery! Poor Gunther is in the wars isn't he!! You must be hasing your tail over there with the dogs and hospital visits how ever do you manage to come up with these wonderful cards? Love the colours you chose for this one and that image is adorable!!! Thank you so much for explaining the right way to overlap a die!!!!!! I love the look and so far to get it cut out the whole image......der Thanks you've saved me lots of time......
Take care

mochamama said...

Awesome card Curt! So sorry to hear that Jay and Gunther have fallen under some more health issues. Be strong my friend, we need you to stay healthy!!

Bonnie Weiss said...

Love the Gruffie with the lilacs ... ohhh, I can hardly wait for them to be in bloom, for real.

As for the rest of your brood ... I send get well wishes to Jay and Gunther, as well. That poor puppy seems to have a dark cloud following him around.

Take card of yourself, Curt ... it's so easy to become overwhelmed at times like these.

Jane Wetzel said...

hi Curt...your card is lovely as usuall- hope your life gets back to normal soon! blessings to you!

Diane said...

Wonderful card the Nestie you used, too...very different! I have this stamp sitting on my craft table right now...had intended to use Flower Soft for the lilacs, but am afraid of messing it up (cuz I already did once) gave me courage to do it!! Sorry about Jay and Gunther ~ hopefully things will get better, they say they come in 3' have had yours thats for sure!! Love the duck picture...title should be "Bottoms Up"!!! Take care, and your package is still sitting here...I have had my own "issues" here! Will get it mailed this week!!!

Celeste said...

beautiful card as usual, you are so talented. So sorry to hear about Jay and Gunther. I'm praying your life gets back to normal soon.

lisa808 said...

Curt, I just love, love, love this card! Purple is my favorite color and the two papers you chose work so well together. The lilacs hanging over the die cut is such a great idea.

I am sorry to hear Jay isn't home yet. I hope the infection isn't too serious and clears up quickly. It is best for recovery to be in your own home.

Poor Gunther! How awful for him.

You take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...


Serendipity Stamping said...

Hey Curt, glad to hear Jay is doing well & will soon be home! Poor Gunther, he is having quite a time, bet he is now running around again. Love your card, especially as it is my favorite color - shades of purple. Take care of yourself and give everyone a hug. Dulcie says hi.

Janine said...

Hi Curt!! Give Jay my best and tell him to mend quickly!!
Love your HM card!!
Take care!!

Sharli said...

Great card Curt! I love how you let the image flow off the design circle - very cool!

I'm so sorry to hear that Gunther's is reinjured - that poor baby! He can't get a break, huh.

Sending up prayers for Jay for speedy healing. Prayers for you, too, Curt - you have your hands full these days.

mycardz said...

Hi Curt! Ugh, I'm so sorry to hear things are not getting any better for you. You and Jay are definitely in my thoughts and prayers! But, in the midst of all your strife, you've done an amazing job on this card!! WOW, I love, love, love lilacs AND the color purple, so this goes into my book of favorites! And, the flowers are perfect, I know how that is when you have to force yourself to use flowers on a card! lol Great job and all the best to you! hugz, Mary

Elaine M said...

What a GREAT card!! Wonderful colors and design. What was the die you used behind the bear? REALLY do like it! Your new picture "Duck Butts" is too too funny - love it! Take some time for just you - you have to recharge your batteries if you have patients to care for. You're all in my prayers and thoughts. Hugs

Lorraine said...

Super cards Curt so sorry to hear about the men in your life Jay and Gunther, hope they soon get well. Hugs x

Macpurp said...

i wondered how you did this cut out! hope Jay continues to heal and gets home soon!
poor Gunther!

love to everyone

Tina & pups. x

mochamama said...

Good morning Curt. I hope everything has been going well since Jay came home. Take care my friend.

Deb Neerman said...

Hey, Curt! LOVE the card ... it's one of my most favorite HM images ... and you've colored it so beautifully!!

Just wanted to say "hi" and let you know I'm thinking of you and Jay ... and hope all is going well. I MISS you!!!!!

Sending hugs, Deb

Celeste said...

I bought some House Mouse stamps today...see what you started? LOL I hope things have gotten better!

America said...

oh Cuurrrrttttt..........where are you buddy!? Is everything ok?? Im thinking of you and Jay and praying for the absolute BEST my friend. I LOVED you HM card here. Its an absolute beauty. Perfectly colored.

Remember that God only throws at us what we can handle. Life is Good and we must always only take one day at a time. Love ya!

Cardmaking Galore said...

Lovely card Curt - that image is coloured to perfection

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Curt :-) the image is adorable and the papers and flowers are perfect ! :-) I have never used that technique on a card but will have to give it a go ,,, lovely effect ! :-)

I am sorry to hear Jay and Gunther are both having a bit of a rough time ,,, hope everyone gets well soon x x

Lols x x x

Gina Wrona said...

OMG Curt,

I'm so very sorry for you and Gunther & Jay. I know this post is way late, but hopefully by now all is better with everybody, kwim?