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Thursday, August 12, 2010


Hey All!

Sorry this is several hours late, but I've been working on a project that I wanted to post to this post.  I finally finished it this morning, and I'm so excited to show it to you.  I am saving it as the last project I'll show you on this post!

I've got 3 more things to show you this post.   The card I want to start with is my first card for High Hope Stamps as a guest designer.  The challenge over at High Hopes is to use ribbons or bows on your card.  Here is mine:

Is she not the cutest????  Her name is "Oops Ellie".  I am so in love with the High Hopes stamp lines.  I can't wait to do more for them on their challenges, but on the new releases and blog hop.  Stay tuned for more info on those upcoming events.  In the meantime, why not jump over there and have a look at the challenge this week?  You can find the blog HERE.  

My next card is for a friend who recently got a new house.  Here is the card I'm sending her:

Honestly, this has to be one of my favorite stamp sets.  It is the Beams and Boards from Papertrey Ink.  Sponged the sky, colored the images with colored pencils and oms, cut everything out, grass was made with paper from The Paper Studio, created the scene, and then used Flower Soft there for the flower beds in front of the house.  Here is a close up:

Flower Soft is the coolest product, and I wish I used it more.

OK, now for the Grand Ending of the post.  This has to be one of my MOST FAVORITE PROJECTS ever!  LOL  Are you ready????  I've taken several shots of it here is the front shot:

OMGosh I had so much fun making this!  This was made from a template from PTI.  It comes as a plain house template that you print out, put together, and decorate however you want.  You know me and Halloween, so when I bought it online ($5 what a steal!) I knew the first type of house I was going to create was a spooky house for Halloween.  I LOVE how this turned out!  Here are some other shots:

This little project took me about a total of 6 hours to put together.  But you know me and details. . .I went online to find printable windows, doors, roof patterns, etc.  I saved them to Word and then sized them to the size I needed.  I printed them out colored them and attached them to the house.  You can see from some of the photos that I scored the main part of the house to look like siding.  I placed the whole thing on some sturdy chip board then decorated it with paper and the MS punched out fence.  Now, here's a great little surprise. . . . . . . .

It's a treat box!!!!

How cool is that?  This is a great size too!  It measures approximately 4.5 inches across the front, 3.5 inches across the side, and from the bottom to the top of the roof is 5 inches.  It is really roomy inside too.  You could get loads of stuff in it.  I'm going to use this one as a decoration on my entry table for Halloween.

Boy do I have tons of ideas for this too.  I'll be showing you all of the ideas I have for this template in the upcoming posts.

OK, that's it for now.  Hope you enjoyed the post as much as I enjoy your comments.  You are all such a boost for me.  I still need to catch up on some of your blogs, and will be visiting as usual everyone else's in the next couple of days.

Hope all of you are well!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Don't forget the "Pic of the Week" below!

Hugs to all of you!


Curt O'Brien

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


Dawn said...

Oh my word!!!
I am still sitting here with my mouth open...Curt that house is over the top! I purchased a chipboard one that I have on my list to decorate but this is beyond what I ever dreamed of doing.
I also think both of your cards are spectacular...that oops Ellie is to cute. I am still in love with they PaperTrey set also, I have seen you do so many things with it.
Great post, thanks so much for sharing!

Jackie said...

Your cards are wonderful but that house - it fabulous!! If you didn't use it as a treat box you could put yellow vellum on the windows and put one of those battery operated flickering candles inside for a spooky haunted house effect. I really love the Flower Soft as the flower garden on your house card, too. I have Flower Soft but don't use it much either. That is a good use for it!

Clare said...

OMG Curt!!!! that halloween house is amazing!!! wowsers it is sooooo cool!!! i sat here agape for several minutes too!!! i love it. I also love the house stamp set for your second card it is gorgeous, will have to have a look into that one! little Ellie is the cutest too with that ribbon on her nose!!!.
Do hope Gunther & Shotsy are well, and of course yourself. Thankyou for making my evening!!! big hugs and love to you, Clare xxx

Sue from Oregon said...

So totally love your High Hopes card...I love their stamps! and the PTI set is still one of my faves and it haunts me because I still want it...oh it would definitely make a cool haunted house too! You have so much patience on you house! So very cool and such fun details! Trick or Treat!!!

6 wacky women said...

Your colouring of Ellie is fantastic!! You are the master of those pencils.
Love the flower soft you added to the garden, great card.
NOW...your haunted house is
absolutely amazing!! I just love it.
I can't get over the fact it's a treat box...what a creation!!

Karen x

Wendalyn said...

I love all your projects. The house is completely amazing. I've often thought about doing something other than cards but I just never get around to doing it. LOL .. Your cards are fabulous also.

Shirley-anne said...

Hi Curt , That house is amazing . A great centre piece for a table setting .
Love the ' oops Ellie ' that you have coloured so well and your new home card scene is so well constructed and I am sure it will be appreciated.

Tertia said...

Its very early in the morning here and I am so glad I came to read your blog before I get ready for work! How cute is that elephant!? I HAVE to get me one of those.
Your house treat box is a real treat - I love it. Wish Halloween was more of a thing here in South Africa.
Have a great week, I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Becky said...

I knew it had something to do with Halloween:)..This is one fabulous haunted house, I just love it, it looks like it has lights in some of the windows, great colors and textures. I just love all the fabulous details of this. Now let's get to the cards :)
I just love "Oops Ellie" is is adorable and you colored her beautifully, love the little pearl on the bow.
Love the the "Beams and Boards, this is a fabulous image, I may have to get this stamp. The colors are gorgeous and love the touch of flower soft.
Cant wait till your next Wednesday post..
Have a great weekend.

Rita said...

All of your cards are awesome as always & I luv that you added the flower soft to the house card.

OMGosh Curt, you did an awesome job on your spooky house, I luv it!!! Luv the attention to the detail. It's so funny, I'm laughing because you & I are on the same page of sorts. I just finished a house for my DIL's mother who is a realtor & I'm also making cards to put inside for her to give to her clients, will post that soon, still working on the cards.

Serendipity Stamping said...

Wow Curt this post was certainly worth waiting for. It is 3:26 a.m. and I cannot sleep so here I am at the computer again. I just love sweet little Ellie and her bows, High Hopes stamps are so great. What a cute little house card and the flower soft really stands out on your card. BUT, the Halloween House is awesome!!! Have been working on my H.M. images, but they are no match for yours, but not too bad. I know the OWH people will love sending them home to their kids and wives. Well guess I will try going to bed again. See ya later.

Bonnie Weiss said...

WOW, WOW, WOW ... that house is ... WOW!!! You must have gone crazy with ideas, judging how it turned out! Ellie is just too stinkin' cute, too! And of course, your new home card is perfect too.

As for your "Pic of the Week" ... that's either just a snippet of bread or else that's one HONKIN' BIG TURTLE!

Anonymous said...

Oh my word........I am speechless!!!!!!!!!.......and that doesn't happen often! TOTALLY LOVE THAT HOUSE!!!!
The elephant is a real sweetie!!

Sue said...

Hi Curt
sorry for the delay, had Mandi here, taking pics of her wdding stationary for her web site,so her fault! lol.

Gorgeous cards, luv the new home card, awesome colouring as always. That haunted house is something eles, what an awesome creation, it looks like it has lights in it, you are so very talented. Brill post. Have great weekend, hugs to all, sue,x

craft-princess said...

I saw your elephant card over at High Hopes...thought she was adorable! That house card for your friend is really nice! I LOVE flower soft! And WOW OH WOW on that Halloween box! You are the master of details for sure! I would say 6 hours well spent because it turned out fantastic!!
Also wanted to say thanks for the early birthday wishes! My actual birthday is August 22nd. :)
Take care!

Anonymous said...


Sue W said...

Hi Curt, great cards but you left the best till last!!!!
Love the haunted house! It is going to look amazing stacked full of goodies!!
How clever you are!

lisa808 said...

Well, I don't know where to begin or what to say first! Congrats on being guest designer for HHS. Your 'new home' card is gorgeous and the flower soft looks so pretty. I may move in the hopes that I would get a card like that! Love, love, love your spooky house!!! Your detail is over the top fabulous. What a special treat holder. It definitely deserves a place of honor for Halloween.

Jane Wetzel said...

Holy smokes! This is totally awesome! Cards are adorable too but the house knocked me out this morn! tfs! Looking forward to what u do next with it!

Gina Wrona said...

What a perfect post for me to read on Friday the 13th!

I am just speechless!

Zorro ended up with 17 seizures this week over 4 days. We saw the neurologist today and she is increasing his Potassium Bromide to 5ml/twice a day then retest blood level in 8 weeks. During his physical she also found a pea size lump on his rear upper thigh. She says nothing to worry about for now, but keep an eye on it and have his regular vet check it when he gets his shots next time. Oh, and my little boy weighed in at 110lbs. Needless to say, his food will now be measured and he is only allowed 1 1/4 cup for breakfast and dinner. I need to get him down to 80lbs. Guess who's gonna get walked double?
Oh, and I'm down to only 1 pupply left who turned 12 weeks old today from starting with 16.


Sorry I rattled on, but I couldn't help myself. lol

Lisa T said...

Great projects! My husband LOVES Halloween so I will have to go check put that PTI template.

Lelia Pierce said...

Curt, you are amazing! I love the elephant soft and pretty! The house card is beautiful and I love the flower soft flower beds! The 3D Halloween house is too cool! I {heart} this!


Sharli said...

Hi Curt! I agree - the Halloween house is amazing!!!! EXCELLENT work! I kept thinking it was lit from inside - but I guess it's just the effect of the yellow paper in some of the windows. Really COOL!

Your Oops Ellie is so sweet - so nicely colored, and the little dot in the center of the bow is adorable!

The new home card is amazing, too - you've just blown me away this week!!! I love flower-soft, too, and like you, don't use it as much as I should! The effect on your card is just perfect! It's a perfect card - makes me want that stamp set!!!

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

Celeste said...

That house is adorable. You should send a pic to Barb at Haunted Design House. I've gotta order one of these! I love the elephant, so cute but I really adore the house! I need that stamp! Great work as always Curt, have a great week.

Diane said...

Another great post Curt!!!The Haunted House is awesome!!! I actually have the template and have never even tried it the way you did yours!! Little Ellie is the cutest little elephant ever! The house card for your friend is neat, the flower soft around the house fromt...fantastic idea!!

Lauri said...

OMG! What a GREAT project!! are seriously one busy guy! and congrats on the high hopes diva spot! So well deserved! thanks for stopping by my little neglected blog!