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Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Hey All!

I hope your week is progressing nicely!  This is the last day of Summer!  Can you believe it???  Fall starts tomorrow and I am so happy!  So long Summer. . .Hello Autumn!!!!

Today is Tuesday so that means it is High Hopes Stamps challenge time!  This week's challenge is "Country, Farm, etc."  I couldn't wait for this one to come around because of the stamp I bought just for this challenge.  It has to be one of my all time favorite images.  I like it because it is cartoonish and whimsical, and just plain adorable!  LOL  It make me grin and snicker every time I see it.  Here it is on the card I made for this challenge:

OMG is this hysterical or what????  The stamp is called "American Cowthic".  I had a blast with this image!  Isn't that what stamping is all about???  The entire image is colored with Ranger Distress Inks (black soot, victorian velvet, barn door, and brushed corduroy).  OK, I fibbed. . .the cow bell was colored with a colored pencil because I have no yellow in the distress inks.  The barn window was made by cutting strips from paper that had weathered woodgrain on it.  I distressed it again with distress ink.  I popped the cow's heads up with dimensionals for a little depth.  The background red card stock was ran through the CB with a distressing folder to give it a red barn look.  I finished the card off with red gingham ribbon for that country feel.  The inside of the card says "Cows by you?"  LOL  It is computer generated.

I hope you get a chance to play with us this week!  Head on over to the High Hopes Stamps blog to see what the Diva's did with this one and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be posting my Wednesday Evening Post tomorrow with lots more to share with you.  I'm excited because it will be the first post of the Autumn season!!!!  Can you tell I'm a Fall nut????  Can you tell that I'm ready for Summer to go bye-bye!?!?  LOL  Until tomorrow. . . .

Hugs to all of you!


Curt O'Brien

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


Macpurp said...

Oh I love this card!!! It made me smile!
I am an Autumn nut too, my fave time of the year, picking wild fruits and making jams....sigh happy happy x
love to you and yours xx

Shirley-anne said...

oh Curt , how moo..velous!
Love it . We are only just into our Spring here in Australia so we are looking forward to sunny days .

Dawn said...

This is so darn hilarious, love the cows, that pitch fork is just to much reminds me of the famous picture.
Love all the details, you always do such a great job making everything perfect.
Thamks for all your visits and kind words lately I so appreciate your visits.
I am with you and LOVE fall.

Lorraine said...

Love, love, love the card made me giggle. Hugs xx

Becky said...

I just love this image, so cute and love how you made that distressed frame, it looks like real wood.

Cathy's Rubber Room said...

Hi Curt
This is so cute. Your colouring is fantastic. Don't you just love working with this kind of image.
Great job, I love it.
Cathy x

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
lol what a fun card, great image, the woodgrain looks brill. I will make a deal with you, you send me your summer i will send you my winter!! im a summer gal, need me sunshine, i get grumpy bum in the dark days, boo hoo. hugs to all,sue,xx

Lee said...

Oh Curt,you do make me laugh.I love this stamp and the way you have done the layout.Great colouring.Lee x

6 wacky women said...

Awesome card, Curt
The way you made the frame is looks like real wood!!! I love it.

Karen x

mudmaven said...

So adorable Curt! Love the "window" and as always your coloring it wonderful. All the best to Jay and give those cuties a hug from me! ~chris

ps - still working on the blog issues - hang in there - don't give up on me - I'll get it sorted out

Carmen O. said...

OMGosh Curt this is just so fun and I can see you snickering every time you look at it.

I'm trying to hang in there. I have a job and it starts Oct. 4. Hoping that I can move before the end of the year. I want to be in Eau Claire as it is a city and offers so much more than a town of 500+.

My spirits have been low won't go into details, that's why I haven't been so good at responding.

Hope all is well at your place!


Heide said...

I have this stamp too, it always cracks me up.
I love what you did with this, and they are colored perfect.

Thanks for the help with the HM challenge!

Crissy Armstrong said...

Hi Curt; Crissy here, the artist who penned your fav. HH stamp! It happens to be one of my personal top three fav's that I did for HH too. I was blessed to read your enthusiasm for the image and how happy it makes you. Same here. I giggled all through drawing it!
I love love love your layout with this image; its perfect. The barn window - awesome. and the gingham ribbon - just the right accent. Thanks for featuring this image so beautifully! Its great to see!

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh my Gosh...I get to leave a comment after Crissy cool is that!!!! She is so talented and you have made an awesome card. These lil cows really have the funniest look on their face...kind of like a "Cow caught in the headlights" look! LOL
Very the wood framing!

Wendalyn said...

Your card is a hoot I love it.

Clare said...

Hi Curt!!! sorry i have been MIA for a while but life does seem to get in the way at times hey!. Just been catching up on your gorgeous blog and my you have been busy!!!. Such wonderful creations and lovely pics. I did LOL when i saw Gunther and loving your new header of the boys. Promise to return to regular bloggy updates. Big hugs Clare xxx

Jackie said...

Too cute! American Cowthic - LOL! The weathered wood paper for the barn door is perfect. I am right there will you about Fall - I am SO ready for it! I love the colors, the cool, crisp air, longer's all good!

Cheryl said...

This is moo-velous! Okay, bad pun but I couldn't resist. I love your card. What a fun image! Your card is perfect.

Anonymous said...

Awesome card Curt and I love those cows. I hear you on the 'summer over let the Fall begin' thing!!!
The babies look adorable in their fall attire.'Hugs

Bonnie Weiss said...

That image is just too stinkin' cute! And of course, you made it even better with your techniques of coloring.

We are happy to welcome Fall too ... this has been a summer of unbearable heat and humidity and this cooler, fresh air is a welcome sign of things to come.

PS. Nice "TWILIGHT" photo.

Judy said...

This card is just great...sure to bring a smile to anyone who sees it.

Jane Wetzel said...

Adorable Curt! Cracking up over here drinking my tea! I also love Fall and when it is over I find myself waiting for it to start again! PERFECT card!

campbelljudy1228 said...

I just love this card. The color's are awesome. The paper looks so real! I love the cows,
my Aunt use to collect cows, before she passed! She would of love this card. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

Linda said...

Oh now this is adorable! I love the American Cowthic. Living in Wisconsin I can really appreciate it. Wonderful card Curt!

Gina Wrona said...


lisa808 said...

As soon as I saw your new image I thought of Green Acres. Thanks for the memory and for sharing your fun card.

Anonymous said...


Lorraine A said...

fabulous card Curt :-) This image is brill !! I love Cows :-)

Lols x x x

Lynn said...

How cute are these fun cows, reminds me of the cows in my backyard :) And I mean real cows (lol)
Anyway love the card and especially the wood frame:)
Lynn xx

Celeste said...

This image is a great spoof on the famous painting for sure! I love it! The wooden "frame" around it is great! I can't believe you didn't use your pencils and oms! Are you stepping out of the box or what?
The ribbon really ties it all up. (No pun intended).

Patti J said... cute! Love it!

Nilla said...

Curt, loved talking to you and do I love this card or what!! It got everything! Now I will browse around for the rest! Hugs Nilla

Audrey Frelx said...

This is such a funny card and so darn cute!