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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."


Elaine A said...

Hi Curt -

I love how this card came out, it is so adorable. And what a sweet face on that flower.

Elaine Allen

Patti J said...

Good morning, sunshine! (I just couldn't resist...) Your card is wonderful! Love your coloring, your sponging, and that bright and happy sunshine! Glad you had a good birthday - you deserve it! Have a great week! BTW...I meant to tell you last week that your butterfly photo is gorgeous!!! You should be entering these photos in contests!

America said...

HEY Curt,
Im soo sorry I missed it my friend. Hope it was WONDERFUL!

I love this card --> SO BRIGHT AND HAPPY!!! fab coloring!!!!

Heide said...

Your card is just great! I also love how versatile that images are.

Becky said...

What a great retirement card. Love the colors. Hope you had a great Birtday, hope you enjoy the card I sent :).

Jessie said...

Awww, what a sweet card!

craft_princess said...

Such a great card! I actually JUST bought this stamp! I love that sun and the papers too!
Oh and fingers crossed I am the winner! :) HEHE!
Take care! Hope you had a great birthday weekend!

Macpurp said...

i love this sunny card! great stamp, and beautifully coloured.

The butterfly photo is simply stunning too.

love to you all

Tina & Co x

Helen F. said...

Fabulous image! This is such a versatile card to give. Love your great coloring and the sunny smile face embelly :o) Gonna try to get in on this one. Just getting back from a 10 day trip to CA and barely making the cards I NEED to get out this week. Arghhhhh! Where's my mojo?

Sue said...

Hi Curt
hope you had a lovely birthday, awesome card,beautiful colouring, luv the sunflower. i'm still sat with everything crossed! lol. scoopy,x

downrightcrafty said...

Hi Curt
Pleased to hear you got so many wishes for your birthday.

I just love the interpretation on this image and the wax resist looks great

Hugs Kate xx

Christine said...

Hi Curt love this image brill idea for the sun sure is cute...stunning creation, great take on the challenge,

Hugs Christine xx

Rica said...

Gorgeous Curt, love your colours and papers - they scream 'summer', adorable image, beautifully coloured and I just adore that cute sun.
hugs Heather xx

Anonymous said...

Hey, Curt! Happy week into the 'new' birthday blog - challenge something new. Looks great, Gruffie on a string hammock.
Keep Looking UP!

Sue from Oregon said...

What a fun Gruffie are right, this image can be used for so many different occassions!

Rita said...

Wish I was this bear right now, all comfy in his hammock enjoying the good life! Luv that sun Curt...too darn cute & perfect for this card!

So glad you had a good birthday weekend so deserve it!


scrapperjulia said...

I love this! Great idea for a retiree card! I love that poly resin sun too!

Leslie said...

Great "Grumpie" card. Hope your birthday was as special as you are. Thanks for the close up of the sun. I was admiring it on the card and then right before my eyes you have a close up for us. What a guy!

Leigh said...

Belated birthday wishes Curt. Fabulous card and I love the way the image so matches the greeting.

Natascha (nata1984) Germany said...

Hi Curt!
Your card is great. Love this awesome image and your layout.

Hugs, Natascha

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous card :-) I do love gruffie ,, such a cute bear and the sunny paper you used is perfect LOVE the smiley sun ,,, very funny :-)

Lols x x x

oohh wonder who the lucky winner is :-)

Bonnie Weiss said...

That hammock looks so comfy ... makes me wish I could curl up and have a nap too! As usual, your coloring is done to perfection and that blue sky really makes the card feel more complete.

Shirley-anne said...

Yes happy belated Birthday wishes sent . Love the card . delightful image which you have coloured wonderfully . Thanks for the tip about using pencils .

lisa808 said...

Such a cute image. The paper and sun are perfect with it.

Celeste said...

I love it!!!
The sun is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Love your coloring and the image is great! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card with us. Hope all is well!

Anonymous said...

Hi Curt! What a fun, sunny card. That dp is perfect and that smiley sun is soooooooo adorable! Awesome coloring and layout too, just an all-around GREAT, feel good card. Hope your birthday was wonderful! hugz, Mary

Gina Wrona said...

Hi Curt,

Love that sunflower face! I wish I could be like that Gruffie just relaxing away without a care in the world or responsibilities.

Hope you got your bday card okay and you liked it.


Susan (rainy) said...

This is adorable! Your coloring is always so so beautifully done, Curt. That sweet happy little sun is the perfect embellishment, too.

Sharanda said...

Wow, this is an AWESOME card!! You did a great job with the details, and that sun embelli is the CUTEST!! (Thanks for commenting on my blog!) TFS :)

Serendipity Stamping said...

This is a special card. I love how happy it its, especially with the sun. Now I know what is missing from my retirement - my hammock. Glad you got so many happy wishes (sorry I was remiss). Will tune in later tonight to see who the lucky person is to receive your speciall gifts.

Cathy's Rubber Room said...

Hi Curt
What an adorable card. Beautiful.
Cathy x

Danielle said...

What a super card Curt! Sorry I'm late wishing you a Happy Birthday (it's been crazy busy around here) - I hope you had a wonderful celebration!
And I LOVE this retirement card - how cute! I'd love to be lying in a hammock with the sun shining - maybe something to look forward to in my future retirement, LOL!!!
Take care,
Hugs, Danielle

Diane said...

FAB card.....makes me want to take a nap myself (and I just got up)....that little sun is cute!!! Finally have power back, but lost it twice yesterday during the two storms...freaked me out...hope those nasty storms have missed the Indy area, but I think you got nailed as well...more storms on Sunday...will it ever end??

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