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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Hey All!

This is going to be a VERY short post because I'm having blogger issues!!!!  So, instead of making you wait while I work through the problems (picture uploading problems) to announce the winner I thought I would go ahead and do that now and then hopefully post later (hopefully tomorrow).

OK, the winner is. . . . . . . . .(gotta scroll down) LOL

DAWN LOTHARIUS of Dawn's Craft Place!  Congrats Dawn!  You are the first person I've drawn in a Random.Org draw that was 1.  Please email me with your address so that I can get your prize package out to you right away!

I'm sorry you all couldn't have won!  There will be more candy coming!  OK, until I can get this stupid problem figured out. . . .Thanks for coming by!

Hugs to all of you!

Curt O'Brien

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

Monday, June 21, 2010


Hey All!  Happy Monday to everyone!  Hope everyone is doing well and had a great weekend.  Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes I received this weekend!  More on this on my Wednesday post!

Today starts a brand new House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  This week, Christine has challenged us with the theme of "New".  New house, new baby, new job. . .you get it.  So here was my take on it:

This is a Gruffies stamp called "Hammock Hibernation".  The great thing about the House Mouse stamps is that they include the Gruffies and the Happy Hoppers which gives you so many wonderful images to use for every theme under the sun.  I chose to make this a retirement card, but wouldn't this make a great Father's Day card or guy birthday card?  I colored it with colored pencils and oms.  The sky was sponged AFTER THE FACT with light blue ink.  That is another great advantage of coloring with colored pencils!  The wax in the pencil resists ink.  I just color the image and then sponge the ink, not worrying about getting the ink on colored areas.  I then use a paper towel to wipe over it.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The paper is from the Paper Studio.  The sun embellishment is made of poly resin  and was bought a couple of years ago from a store that has gone out of business.  Here is a close up because it is so cute:

I really hope that you will play along with us this week.  I'd love to see what you guys come up with.

Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope you come back on Wednesday to see if you are the lucky winner of my blog candy!  I'll be posting the winner on my Wednesday Evening Post.  I already know who the winner is. . . .LOL!

Hugs to all of you and wishes for a great week!


Curt O'Brien

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

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Hey All!!!!  Happy Hump Day, and welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Evening Post.  As I explained to you all in last Wednesday's post, I'm celebrating a birthday on Saturday, and in honor of the occasion, I thought it would be fun to give YOU a chance to win some blog candy.  I also missed my 2 year Blogaversary in April, so I'm celebrating that too with this post and candy give-away.  The blog candy that I'm giving away is valued at about $85.00!!!!  So read through the blog and see what you can win and all the details regarding my birthday give-away!

I'd like to start the blog as I always do by sharing a couple of cards with you.  Besides June being the month of my birth, it is also known for the "month of weddings".  I have a friend that said she needed a wedding shower card so I made her one.  This is what I came up with:

I got this great dress and tux template from Lynn Pratt's blog HERE.  She is so talented and was so kind to share a downloadable template.  As with her card, mine is a gatefold too, but as you can see I altered mine to have a sentiment on the front and the card is square and bigger than hers.  I bought the wedding dress paper special for this card.  It is by The Paper Studio and you can see the beautiful scrolling which is done in silver.  The paper itself is sort of like felt, but it is a really gauzy see through material.  So see through that I mounted this paper onto white card stock so that it was really white.  It really does feel like cloth.  The front flaps are separate pieces and attached with dimensionals so they stand out from the dress.  I added a small ribbon to the waist and added a row of pearls for more detail.  For the tux, I simply added white pearls for the buttons that I colored black with a marker.  Here is the inside:

The sentiment was computer generated and the scrolly brackets on the inside were stamped with Versamark and then embossed with Silver Tinsel ep.  It sort of matches the dress scrolls.  This was a fun card to make and I plan on making more variations of it in the future.

June is also followed by July, and July 4th will be here before you know it.  So I thought I would get a jump on those cards.  Here is my first for the holiday:

Aren't they adorable???  This is a birthday present to myself.  LOL  This, of course, is a House Mouse stamp and it's called "Patriotic Wrap".  I made the red and white background paper by cutting strips of white card stock and glittery red card stock and piecing them together and securing them to another piece of card stock so it became one piece.  The glittery red really makes the card pop.  I colored the image with my colored pencils and oms as usual, but colored the background stars with a silver glitter pen and then added little lines coming from each star as if they are exploding behind them.  You can see them better if you click on the picture.  I added a bow and done.  The background paper is really dark navy blue IRL but in the picture it looks black.  The sentiment is inside on this one and simply says Happy 4th!

OK, now for the blog candy . . . . . .drum roll please. . . . . . . . . . .

Here is what's included:

Stampabilities Happy Hoppers Stamp (Buzzy Friends)
325 sheets of 6 X 6 papers! (big block with the bow on it)
1 bottle of Robins Nest dew drops
1 package of square metal embellishments
3 packs of mini brads in taupe, turquoise, and yellow
1 package of Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large (valued at $25.00)
1 package of Nestabilities Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large (valued at $25.00)
1 Rubber stamp from Paper Pretties

How's that?  Would you like to be the lucky winner of this loot?  As I told you in my last post, I'm not going to make you jump through hoops to win it.  All you need do is leave me a comment on this post.  That's it, NO posting a pic on your blog, NO becoming a follower, NO clicking your heals three times, NO standing on your head and reciting poetry.  LOL  Although, I would love to see a pic of that!  LOL  There will also be no long wait either.  You will have until MIDNIGHT (EST) Sunday, June 20th to get your comment posted to be eligible for the drawing.  A winner will be randomly selected by Random.Org, and I will post the name of the winner on next Wednesday Evening's post.  Good luck to all of you!  I wanted to do this to say thank you for all the wonderful support that you all have given to me over the past two years.

Don't forget the pic of the week below!  I hope you are all feeling good and doing well.  I'll be seeing you on your blogs this week!

Love you guys!


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

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Hey All!  Happy Hump Day!  It's Wednesday and time for another Wednesday Evening Post.  I have a couple of cards to share with you tonight, along with the ANNOUNCEMENT of my upcoming BIRTHDAY BLOG CANDY!!!  So read on for all the details:

My first card is an original design born out of trying something that I'm not good at.  That would be called a "NO LAYER CARD".  Well, I thought I would go out of my comfort zone and try one.  Well. . . . . . .I have to tell you I had to cheat!  LOL  I couldn't help it.  I just didn't know what to do with the sentiment so I had to pop it up.  Here it is:

See what I mean????  There was no room on the card to put it.  Besides that, it was computer generated so what the heck!  The tree is a huge background stamp from Hero Arts.  I stamped it directly onto Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120# card stock with forest green Staz-on ink.  I then went over parts of the main trunk and some branches with a dark brown Sharpie.  I used a MS punch for the little birds, punching each from a different colored scrap piece of card stock.  I really like how this turned out.  With the birds being just a punched out little blob, I had to draw beaks and eyes on them to make them look a little more like birds.

My second card is a case of a card I recently saw on Splitcoast.  I cased this card:  Here is my version:

I believe I followed the "rules of casing" by changing at least three things about the card.  My first change is the orientation of the card from vertical to horizontal.  I changed the colors from yellows and oranges to greens and whites, and I gave each leaf a pattern.  I really do like this card and its theme can be used for so many things.  The leaves are actually the "negative" of the punch.  Once I punched the leaves out, I cut the negative into squares and then mounted the square onto the patterned paper.  I like the effect it gives.  The scalloped bottoms are done with an EK Success border punch.  The sentiment is from a set that I have no idea who makes it.

OK, now for an announcement for my upcoming blog candy.  I will start the blog candy on next Wednesday's Evening Post.  I'm NOT going to make you jump through hoops to win it either.  This is in celebration of my birthday this month and the fact that my blog turned 2 a couple of months ago and I missed it!  So I'm combining both celebrations!  So be sure that you come back on June 16th to enter.  I'll be drawing a winner on my birthday, which is JUNE 19TH!  So no long wait.  It is going to be a really nice prize pack too!

OK, that's it.  Thanks so much for coming by.  I love that you visit me, and I can't wait to see what you have all been up to.  I hope you are all well and having a wonderful week!  Don't forget the "Pic of the Week".  It is updated with every Wednesday Evening Post.

Hugs to all of you!


Curt O'Brien

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

Monday, June 7, 2010


Hey All!  I'm so sorry that this post is up so late, but Blogger was having problems nationwide, and it has just now gone back up.  Have no idea what the issue was, I'm just glad that I can get this posted.

We have a new challenge this week and I'm also announcing the WINNER of my hidden blog candy for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog's Blog Hop.  The winner is listed at the end of this post and also on the main challenge blog along with the rest of the winners.

This week's challenge over at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is "Sweets".  Pretty self explanatory huh?  If someone says "sweets" to me I already start drooling!  LOL  So, here is my card for this week's challenge:

This is exactly what I look like after polishing off a handful of donut holes!  LOL  This House Mouse image is called "Donut Bliss".  It's colored with colored pencils and oms as always, and the sentiment was created in word using Word Art.  I added diamond glitter to the frosting of the donut and the brad, but it doesn't show up too well in the photo.  I hope you play along with us this week!

Now for the winner of my part of the blog hop blog candy. . .the winner was selected by and the lucky person is. . . .BECKY from A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH!!!!  Congrats Becky, here was my hidden prize:

This is a gorgeous ceramic tall mug perfect for both coffee and tea.  The picture is not that great, but the outside of the mug says "Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself."  The word "create" is also on the inner rim of the mug.  The colors of the mug are turquoise and brown.  Perfect for drinking your favorite coffee or tea while "creating"!  Congrats Becky!  Please send me an email ( to give me your address so I can get this out to you right away.

Again, thanks everyone for making our first blog hop so terrific, and congrats to all of the winners!  If you don't know if you won something, be sure to run over to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog to see!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll see you on Wednesday for the Wednesday Evening Post!


Curt O'Brien

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

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Hey All!  How are ya???  I want to apologize first and foremost for being a horrible blogging friend.  I have neglected so many of you.  I have not meant to, but my time taking care of Jay has been so much more in demand, it has been hard to keep up with all the blogs I regularly visit.  HOWEVER, things have been getting better slowly but surely, and I am now pretty much back on schedule.  So I WILL BE SEEING YOU IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS!  Thank you for being so supportive and understanding.  You have been wonderful!

As I stated above, I'm finally getting back on track hence my Wednesday Evening Post is on time!  LOL  I HAVE A WONDERFUL TECHNIQUE TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY!!!!  Take a look at this:

The sky and grassy hill is done with a technique called MELTED CRAYON.  This was such a blast for several reasons.  First, doesn't it have a Van Gogh feel to it???  Can you believe that sky and hill were done with ordinary crayons and a travel iron????  Take a look at the close up below:

If you click on the pic above, you'll see the texture (which looks like paint) and the glossiness of the finished background.  The "trees" are actually a two-step leaf stamp from Memory Box.  The scale of the leaf made it a perfect tree stamp for my scene.  I stamped the "trees" with Staz-On ink because the finished surface is slick.  I also stamped the sentiment with Staz-On as well.  I just can't believe that you can get this effect with a travel iron!  Look at these great backgrounds I created for future use:

Doesn't this look like granite?  I used brown and pink for this one.  Here is another:

I think this looks like a piece of jade.  The other thing that was fun about this project was going out and buying a big box of Crayola 64 Crayons.  Boy did that bring back memories for me.  When I opened the box and smelled that unmistakable smell of crayons, I was immediately transported back to my childhood.  Wow, the memories that crayons brought back to me.  It was like opening a magical time machine.  Some of the images and memories that it invoked were so vivid and fresh and not thought of in many, many years.

If you are interested in learning this fun technique, check out the great tutorial complete with a video HERE.

The next card I want to share is a card I made for ME!   LOL  I'm always making note card sets for others, and when I saw this stamp, I knew that this would be used for the following note card for me:

I love this Gruffies stamp!  The way the card turned out is exactly what I had pictured in my head when I saw this stamp.  I colored it with my colored pencils and oms.  The paper is by The Paper Studio.  I got another stamp that is nothing but piano keys, and I plan to make a different one using that stamp to create a background paper.

The final card I want to share is on a sadder note.  One of my teammates on the HM design team has a sister who is terminally ill.  She asked if we would send her a card.  She said that she loves frogs.  I don't have many frog stamps, but I did have this one from Anna Wight's "Fish Friends" by Whippersnapper Designs, so I made this card for her:

This was marker colored and the sentiment was computer generated.  I used a CB folder for the background because this one reminded me of frog skin!  LOL  I hope it cheered her.  I also enclosed a small frog charm inside the card for her.

Well, that's it for this post.  Can't believe it is June already!!!!  HEADS UP!!!!  My birthday is this month and to celebrate, I'm going to have a blog candy give-away!!!!  I think I've got some great stuff to offer up, so keep checking back!

Hope you enjoyed the post.  I'll be seeing you on your blogs over the next few days.  BTW, you still have time to enter for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog Hop blog candy give away.  So click HERE for the details!

Take care all!  I love you guys!  Don't forget the "Pic of the Week"!


Curt O'Brien

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