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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."


Dawn said...

Holy man Curt, that wedding couple card is spectacular! I have been looking for some ideas. Now you know I am in love with your mouse card, love those cuties!
Should I say a Happy Early birthday and that is some serious candy. I would be thrilled to win.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Happy Birthday Curt! And thanks for the chance at some candy!

sandyh50 said...

I love BOTH CARDS! They are spectacular! I do love the patriotic mouse card, it just made me SMILE!♫
Thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy. I do hope you have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ♫♫♫

Leslie said...

Curt, love the wedding card. That tux is great, love the pearls around the waistline of the dress. You really know how to accessorize. House mouse stamps are darling. Being the patriotic, red on Friday gal that I am, this card is right up my alley.
Super blog candy!

Shirley-anne said...

WOW! Thank you for chance to win your Candy . Happy blogaversary, happy birthday and happy celebrating July 4th . That Wedding/ shower card is so stylish , very professional .
And that mouse card is a great fun card but message not lost at all.

Sue from Oregon said...

wonderful creations..I have always wanted to make one of those wedding cards! I so love this HM image too...counted my HM stamps after you mentioned how many you have...I had 103 not counting HM sentiments! We are crazy or more so than me because I have been collecting for more years than you LOL! Hope you have the best of birthdays!

Lisa Summerhays said...

Great cards! Love the tux.

I think I'll click my heals three times just for luck. ;) Great candy. Happy Birthday!!

6 wacky women said...

Fantastic cards, Curt
I just love the wedding's brilliant. Of course you know how I love your HM cards...they are always awesome!!
Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday on Saturday...I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Big Hugs
Karen x

Sheng said...

Oh Curt, these are wonderful cards. Your friend will love the wedding card and the patriotic card is so cool. Nice job.

Thanks for this awesome chance at your yum yum candy.

Patti J said...

What a wonderful card! You have outdone even yourself on this one, birthday boy!!! You deserved a new House Mouse stamp, for sure!!! I love how it looks in the pic where you are beginning to open the 'doors'!!! Great job, my friend! Happy Birthday early, just in case I am not online on Saturday! You rock! Sweet candy, sir, but not as sweet as you!!! Hugs to Jay, the boys, and momma's!

Becky said...

You sure have been busy..Gorgeous Wedding card, I love the paper of the dress and love how you did the tux. What an awesome 4th of July card, I just love this stamp, yes it is on my wish list :) love the background paper.
What delicious candy you are serving, I don't want to sound greedy :) but I hope I win this hehehe.
Happy Birthday and may it be your best.

Sue said...

Hi Curt
two gorgeous cards, luv the wedding shower card,of course the HM was is sooo cute, awesome colouring as always.
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday hope you have a great day.

Wow awesome candy Curt, thank you for the chance, i will have everything crossed!! so no card will get done till after sunday! lol

Stunning photo of the butterfly, beautiful detail. Have good day, sue,xx

Suzi said...

Hi Curt, love your sophisticated wedding card, so elegant. Now that little HM image is delicious, love the colouring, very clever with the glittery background and bow. May I wish you a very Happy Birthday for Saturday, I hope it's a wonderful day for you. Thank you for the opportunity of winning this gorgeous candy.
Suzi x

Jessie said...

Curt both your cards are just stunning as always and I totally love your patriotic mice! Thanks for the chance to win your amazing candy, you're so generous! Happy birthday and happy belated blogaversary!

Bonnie Weiss said...

OK, so you managed to make yet another unique card ...the wedding card is so cool and not "gushy". And the house mice, celebrating their patriotism is just too adorable! Best Wishes for a wonderful Birthday, Curt ...hope you have a great celebration on Saturday.

BTW: your "sign of summer" photo is amazing. Look at the way the butterfly is casting shadows on the flower petals.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Curt :-) The wedding dress is absolutely stunning ! fabulous card and am sure the happy couple will LOVE it :-)

Gorgeous 4th July card too ,, such a cute image and the red glitter stripes are fab :-)

Love the pic of the week ,,, beautiful flutterby :-)

AND the candy !! wow !! such alot of lovely goodies there Curt :-) I will be keeping everything crossed ,, you never know maybe I can get lucky twice lol :-)

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and hope you have a wonderful day :-)

Lols x x x x

Diane said...

Perfect wedding shower card.....lots of elegant detail here...and thanks for sharing the link for the template! The little "house mousers" are all the glitter details...pic of the week...lovely....I still say you need to publish a picture book of all your photo's...I would be your first a great week...Happy Birthday...40 right...LOL!!!

Sara said...

Happy Birthday! I love the wedding card and fourth of July card- amazing.

Heide said...

What a beautiful shower card, the dress is so elegant. Perfect pick of paper!
Of course your HM card is super cute, your coloring is flawless.
Who doesn't like Blog Candy??? Hee, hee.

lisa808 said...

Happy Birthday!!! I wish you a wonderful day.

Your wedding shower card is absolutely magnificent! What a wonderful keepsake for the bride-to-be.

Gina Wrona said...

I absolutely love everything you posted and the pic of the week rocks!
I made your birthday card last night, but I'm not going to post it until your birthday so hopefully you get it before you read the post, promise not to peak, okay?


PaperAddictJenn said...

I've been so behind on my blog reading but I'm glad I made it back here in time for your birthday! The wedding card is beautiful but the House Mouse is my favorite. The sparkly red paper is awesome!

Wilfreda said...

Your cards are very pretty. I love the stripes and of course the stamp :) on the second card.

Michaela said...

Curt I love to read your blog. I have gotten some great ideas. Wishing you and yours all the best

Serendipity Stamping said...

Curt, awesome wedding card, who knew you were a designer also. I love what you have done with the House Mouse, I have started to order this stamp several times and talked myself out of it, BUT NOW...
Have a great birthday and here is a hug from me.

Elaine A said...

Hi Curt -

Love the wedding card, it is just so elegant and the paper is perfect for the dress. Just beautiful! And I adore the House Mouse card (who doesn't like House Mouse)! Your colors are just so vibrant.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday Mr. Gemini! Your birthday is the same day as my sister Kasey. Mine was this past Saturday on the 12th. Yeah, I know, my Mom and Dad seemed to be very busy in the fall - LOL! We are a year and a week apart and because they dressed us in the same outfits, people would ask if we were twins. Anyway, in my opinion - Gemini's are such very interesting people, and you my dear, prove my point!

Happy Birthday!!!!

Elaine Allen

christina d said...

I don't comment too often but I love looking at your blog. Have a very Happy Birthday. Your cards are so neat too, the mousies are my love too. Your pics are always so pretty too.

Carole RB said...

Hi Curt,
My friend Gina sent me over here to discover your beautiful blog.

Happy birthday for sunday!

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this great blog candy.

Juls~ said...

Hiya Curt!

Doin' my *Happy House Mouse* dance! ;)

Happy Birthday and congrats on your Blogaverary! I've enjoyed every one of your posts.



Rita said...

First of all your wedding card is amazing...luv it!!! That DP looks awesome & I luv what you did in the inside. I've already saved the link on my computer so I can make one in the future, thanks for sharing that link.

Your Fourth of July card is too darn cute!

Awesome blog candy, that is so sweet & thanks for the chance.

Hope you have a fantastic day & get to do everything you want on YOUR day! Happy Birthday don't look a day over 25!!!

Deb Neerman said...

Love your cards, Curt! That wedding card in particular is just stunning!

Hope your birthday is wonderful! Eat lots of cake and open lots of presents!

Sending hugs to you and ALL the boys!!

Macpurp said...

what beautiful cards! I love the wedding card, so classy.

the house mouse card is beautiful.

hope you have a happy birthday!!!
what generous blog candy my dear! oh I have clicked my heels for luck! hehe

love to you all

Tina & Co x

Mary said...

Hmm...what yummy candy you have to tempt us all with! I'm already a follower, love seeing your cards too!

Kathleen said...

A co-worker of mine showed me your blog because of your beautiful cards. I really enjoyed your wedding card and each weekly post.

Cindy Adachi said...

I love the card. Will be making a couple this coming year and will definately use this as inspiration for at least one of them.
Love your photos. You have an excellent eye.

Celeste said...

Have a great birthday (from one June baby to another!) I adore the wedding card you made. It is gorgeous! What can I say about the mice wrapped up??? Too Cute Curt!
Love you Sign of Summer pic too.

Donna said...

Thanks for such a generous gift. Although I'm not one that usually comments, I do want to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and your cards.

Cara said...

Hi Curt...Love everything about your post this week..the awesome wedding/anniversary card...your cute July 1st...errr July 4th card and your awesome blog candy give away, that is very generous of you!! Love to win that! And your photo of the week is spectacular!!
Have the bestest birthday celebration ever this week-end

Nicole Brenna said...

Happy Birthday... I love your cards and thanks for the great giveaway... it really is so nice of you!!!!

Our Little Inspirations said...

Happy Birthday Curt, and thanks for sharing the birthday party goodies with your readers! The bride & groom card is gorgeous and I love the dress! The meeces wrapped in the flag is too cute and I love the red & white stripes. Perfect for July 4th! The picture of the week is just amazing! What a beautiful butterfly photo!

craft_princess said...

Happy Birthday!!!! And also a Happy 2 Year Blogaversary!!! YAY!!

Your cards are fantastic!! Love the elegant look of the first one!

Oh and such wonderful blog candy! Thanks for a chance to win!

I know you like dogs but not sure about other animals...I have pics on my blog that you might like a few posts back and also a recent storm that hit our town a few days ago. You might of heard about it on TV or the radio Tuesday night.

Take care and thanks for a chance to win and for sharing all your fab inspiration on this blog!


downrightcrafty said...

Hi Curt
wow love your dogs they look so tidy and dressed perfectly to match those tulips. Thank you so much for the comment on my House Mouse entry, I adore the whole range. I love your wedding card, and that dress is a dream for most brides (wedding coming up next year for a special lady, so becoming a follower and may have to adapt for her, thanks for sharing). Love the July celebration card and of course the image.

Thank you for the opportunity of the candy fingers crossed for little old me but good luck to everyone else.

Well off to browse more of your wonderful work and posts as they are interesting reading

Hugs Kate xx

Myrna said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY from one Gemini to another (june10).
Thank you for the wonderful tut on the wedding dress and tux. I have some white and black handmade paper that has just been crying out to be made into something. Now thanks to you it will get done.
Love your card and also the house mouse is adorable.
I know a person shouldn't envy but I am drooling over your blog candy. I would love to have a house mouse stamp and a nestabilitie and the other stuff would be great too. :)
Love your site.
p.s. sent another lengthy comment but somehow I don't think it got on. lol

catdidit said...

Omg, I love your dog Gunther! How adorable is he?!! And your wedding card is just AWEsome! It's been awhile since I visited your blog, used to come to see the pic of the week, such gorgeousness!

Deanna C said...

Wow, Kurt! I love that wedding card so much. I am so impressed with all of your work. Here's wishing you a Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance at that wonderful Blog Candy!!!

Judy said...

As always, your cards are just fabulous. I especially like the
4th of July card.

Happy Birthday! Your blog candy is to die for.


Samanta/Sammy said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!!!I will cross my fingers hihi


Christine said...

Hi Curt hope your having a great Birthday?? your wedding card is a stunner, gorgeous dress papers great layout & the look of this wowzer celebraiton candy..

Hugs Christine xx

Christine said...

Me again how rude of me to miss out your wowzer HM creation of course its amazing

Hugs again Christine xx

ps. you'll be coverd in brusies all these hugs ya know..LOL

mochamama said...


Sharli said...

Happy Birthday Curt!! I'm glad to know the actual day now - I'll have to make a note. I love your cards - the shower one is very interesting and pretty! Perfect sentiment! I {{{Heart}}} the Patriotic Wrap - you are such a master at coloring - these mice look SO GOOD! Hugs, dear friend.

redstampinsam said...

Happy Birthday and Blogaversary (sp?) Curt!!! I love your wedding card and am forwarding a link to my friend who is looking for all sorts of card and decor ideas for her son's wedding next year. I love House Mouse everything but own none of them so do hope I win the little bunnies in your blog candy give-away. You have such a talent for photography -- beautiful butterfly! Sandy

Krissy said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Curt! I really enjoy checking out your blog - not only to be inspired by your beautiful creations, but to read about what is going on in your life. I have a cousin with MS, so I'm always interested to read about Jay.

Thanks for the opportunity to win your very generous blog candy. Hope you're having a very Happy Birthday!

Sue C said...

What a fun blog you have! I'm glad you left a comment on one of mine so I could come visit! I appreciate your comments, and thought I'd repay the favor... Happy belated birthday, by the way, and I'll have to come back and snoop around some time when I have more time to fully enjoy all your photos and cards. Take care, and thanks again!

Bev said...

Your cards are just awesome. You pay such close attention to the "little" details and that really makes for a fantastic card. Thanks so much for a chance to win your candy...Happy Birthday and Happy Blogaversary!!!!!

Helen F. said...

WOWZA, Curt that wedding dress and tuxedo gate card is gorgeous! AND the 4th of July HM card is so awesome~deserves another WOWZA! Love the oh so cute image with your homemade background paper.
Congrats on your 2years blogging and Happy Birthday to you~we share the month, but I'm certain NOT the year ~I'm older :( Thanks for thanks for the chance to win your super great candy.