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Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Hey All!

Happy Hump Day!  Hope your week is progressing nicely with no bumps in your road.  The heat here has been unbearable.  It is so hard on people and animals.  I think I hate super hot/humid weather as much as I hate the bitter cold weather we have.

Before I continue, I want to share a little exciting news with you. . .I've been asked to be a guest designer over at High Hopes Rubber Stamps!!!!!  My very good blogging buddy Karen over at "1 Wacky Woman" actually tracked me down and called me from Canada to ask!  I am so flattered.  I will design for a 3 month period starting in August.  I'm so very excited.  I hope you'll check in to see how I do.  I'm very nervous!

OK, on with the post.  I have to WARN YOU!  I have several things to show you as usual, but there is one very DISTURBING Halloween card that I made that might creep some of you out!  LOL  After all, isn't that what Halloween is all about???? hmmmm????  I've saved it to the last so be forewarned!  BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.

Now, the first card is a cutie.  I made this as a thank you card for a very talented and super nice neighbor lady named Nina here in my neighborhood.  She has a crafting room full of stuff to die for.  I went over to her house for the first time last week, and our intent was to just share ideas and have a look see at all of her wonderful supplies.  Well, almost 6 hours later, I couldn't believe how fast the time flew!  It was so much fun.  She had this stamp that I just fell in love with and she was nice enough to let me borrow it (she doesn't know how lucky she is that she got it back LOL!)  I stamped off several of the image to tide me over until the one I ordered arrived.  Here is the card I made with it:

Is he not the cutest???  His name is "Fuzz Butt" and he is from Bugawumps.  By the way, I called and placed my order and the lady that answered (owner) is one of the nicest people to talk with.  We share a huge love for Schnauzers, so you know I love her right?  LOL  This stamp was fashioned after their Miniature Schnauzer named BJ.  Their current Mini's name is Bella and she is adorable.  I stamped Fuzz on white card stock and colored him with colored pencil and oms.  I stamped paw pads on the background strip, added the ribbon loops (they remind me of leash material), and used a sentiment that was computer generated.  I can't wait to get him in the mail!
I also wanted to make her something to express my thanks for her hospitality.  I'd just seen this project on SCS as the project for the week and I thought I would give it a go.  It is called an accordion card holder.  Here is my attempt:

As you can see, you make little divider cards with labels for the types of cards you can store in it.  I put 10 cards in it and they held beautifully.  You can see the accordion sides there in the pic.  I deviated from the original design a bit.  It was supposed to have a flap lid that closed with a magnet in front.  However, I didn't have a magnet so I made a slide over box lid which works just as well (Keeps the dust out better).  The card stock I used was really heavy so the box was much sturdier than using standard card stock weight.  The card stock is by Gartner and it is called "Bon-Voyage Postcards". For the dividers, I used glossy photo paper and computer generated the index names.  If you would like the tutorial for this box see it HERE.  

OK, to the first of my 2 Halloween cards for this week:  Here is the first:

When I first saw this stamp, I immediately pictured the card I would make with it in my mind.  And sure enough, it is just like I pictured it.  The stamp is from Hero Arts and is called "Distressed Frame".  I stamped the image with Archival Jet Black ink.  I then sponged the background masking off the area for the big glowing yellow moon.  Stamped the spider and the bats, added bling to the spider, matted it and done.  The inside says "Hope You Have A Creepy Halloween".  I love it when cards turn out exactly like you pictured they would.  It doesn't happen often with me, but it did this time.

WARNING * * * WARNING * * * WARNING!  Here comes the disturbed, twisted mind card. . .

LOL  How sick is this?  ROFL  This card did not start out this way, I swear it.  I ran the piece of black card stock through my CB with the spider web folder.  I then used Kraft White ink from SU using the "pad to paper" technique to highlight the webbing.  I punched out the spider using a MS punch and used fuzzy brown flocking powder to give the spider some fuzz.  So while I was flipping through my stamp catalog deciding what else I could use for the card, my eye caught this butterfly from Stampendous and, as they say, the rest is history.  LOL  I used white embroidery floss to wrap around the butterfly.  The inside of the card says "HOPE YOU GET ALL YOUR FAVORITE TREATS - HAPPY HALLOWEEN".  LOL   I guess you have to have a twisted sense of humor to appreciate why I love this card!

Well, that's it.  I'm so glad you stopped by to visit.  I really enjoyed all of your creations that I viewed this week!  That is why I appreciate your stopping by each week.  I still can't believe that all you talented people take the time to stop by and look at my "stuff",  let alone comment on it.  I love you guys!

Have a great rest of the week.  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."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Hey All!

Happy Hump Day to each and every one of you!  Glad you stopped by for my Wednesday Evening Post!  I hope you find some inspiration and feel that it was worth your time to spend a little time with me.  On with the post!

I've been seeing a ton of Christmas cards showing up everywhere.  I honestly don't know how anyone can make Christmas cards in July.  Can't do it, can't do it, can't do it!  I know it's a great idea to have all your cards done before the holidays, but give me that last minute rush!  LOL  Must be the guy in me.  However, I don't think it is too early to start thinking about Halloween!!!!  My most favorite holiday of the year!  So, I thought I would start doing some Halloween cards for a change.  Here is my first:

I've hardly been able to wait to use these stamp sets from There She Goes.  Each component in the above scene was stamped separately and painstakingly cut out.  The fireplace, the skull candle, the basket of bones, the hat, the jack-o-lantern, the broom, the picture, well you get the idea.  I colored everything with a combination of colored pencils and Bic markers.  Everything but the spider and the sentiment (There She Goes) is set up on dimensionals for a 3-D look.  If you click on the picture you can see the detail and the shadowing from the popped up images.  I created the floor myself!  I took a piece of wood grain paper and used a ruler to create the planks.  Then I put little nail marks for detail.  I really do love how this card turned out.  Puts me so in the mood for more Halloween cards!

My next is this one:

I've wanted this stamp ever since I first saw it on Addicted to Rubber Stamps.  So I used some of my birthday money and bought it.  The stamp is by Heirloom stamps.  I colored it with colored pencils and Bic markers.  I cut out all of those strips you see behind the window and ran them through my CB to give them more of a wood look.  I then sponged them with distress inks to give them an old wood siding look.  I then taped them together making sure I left cracks to give it the look of an old house.  The sentiment is from a $1 stamp.  I love how this one turn out too!  I've got way more in the works so stay tuned.

I didn't want to leave you with all scary cards, so I included this next card in the post so that you wouldn't have nightmares from the above two cards  LOL!

I love this Happy Hoppers stamp.  I made some alterations to the image however.  The original image has another little bunny next to the one above asleep in an empty cone.  So I masked that one out.  Also, the original image only has one scoop on the cone.  I stamped two more cones and cut out the ice cream part to make it a triple scoop.  Who the heck only gets one scoop anyway???  Certainly not me!  LOL  I coated them with Liquid Diamonds to give a "wet" look to the ice cream, but the lights I used in the photo kind of bled out the color of the ice cream scoops.  I also made the tag using a small Nestie oval and punched two small slots with a slot punch on each side.  Slid the ribbon through and attached to the card.  The image is, of course, colored with my colored pencils and OMS.

I hope you've enjoyed your time here.  I love that you come by to see me and leave me such great comments.  I'll be coming by all of your blogs in the next couple of days to see what you have all created.  I love seeing your wonderful work.  You all so inspire me.

I hope you are all well and doing fine.  As always. . . .


Curt O'Brien

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

Monday, July 19, 2010


Hey All!

Can you believe that two Monday's have passed and it's time again for another House Mouse And Friends Monday Challenge?  Wow, the weeks are such a blur anymore.  I can't believe that July is already more than half over.

OK, on with the challenge. . . . .As my title indicates the challenge is to do a card that revolves around or has something to do with the letter "B".  This week it was my turn to come up with the challenge, and I thought just using a letter of the alphabet would not only be easy, but would allow for a whole range of ideas.  So, to get you started, here is my challenge card:

Can you find all 6 "B" tie ins?  Buttons, babies, blue, bunny, buggy, boys (I'm pretending all the bunnies are boys!  LOL)  This adorable image is called "Bunny Buggy".  I colored the image with my colored pencils and oms.  I paper pieced the buggy so that it matched the background paper.  The over-sized buttons I made from scratch.  They are really easy to make.  You simply punch out 5 or 6 scrap circles and 1 circle of the paper you want your button to be.  Then just glue all of the circles together and make sure the last circle glued on top is your colored/patterned paper.  Use a tool to punch the holes (I used a silent setter for mine).  Here is a close up of the buttons:

This technique gives you the ability to have "buttons" that match your card perfectly.  It is a fun idea that I saw somewhere on the net quite awhile ago but I can't remember where.

Anyway, there you have it!  I really do hope you take the time to play in the next couple of weeks.  At least run over and take a look at my talented teamie's challenge cards this week.  I've seen them, and they are amazing this week!  Take a look HERE.

OK, thanks for coming by and taking a look.  I'm always so grateful that you do.  I have a  great post coming up on Wednesday (I promise, God forbid anything unforeseen!)  So I hope to see you then.

I usually don't do the "PIC OF THE WEEK" on my HM post, but I couldn't resist this week because the picture fit so well with my card project this week.  GO TAKE A LOOK BELOW!  LOOKS LIKE ONE OF HER BABIES FELL OUT OF THE BUGGY!!!!  LOL  I took this photo through the glass at my front door.  This little one was munching leaves right by the porch.  Such a cutie!

Take care all!  Hope you are well!  See you on Wednesday!


Curt O'Brien

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

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Hey All!  Happy Hump Day!  I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  I took the boys and my Mom and her dog Chunk to the local fireworks here in Carmel.  They were spectacular.   The boys haven't ever been that close to fireworks before.  When they started with these huge BOOMS, Gunther crawled in my lap and Shotsy went behind me and leaned up against my back.  Eventually, they got bored and sprawled out on the grass.  Such goofy dogs!  LOL

This post is going to be picture heavy, so you'll have lots to look at.  I wanted to share with you a note card set that I've made.  Here is a pic of each of the cards in the set:

Here is the box I made to hold the set:

The stamp set I used for this set is by Stampendous.  I love these bright colors.  I was just going to do one of my standard note card holders, but this morning when I went to SCS, they had this box featured for the project of the week.  The box is super easy to make.  You can find the tutorial here: BOX TUTORIAL.  There is a written tutorial as well as a video tutorial.  I used Bazzill card stock for this project.  I stamped the fruit images with Versamark ink then embossed it with clear ep.  I added crystal glitter around each fruit to give it a "sugared" look.  I then cut each out and placed it on the card with a dimensional.  The base card is kraft card stock.

My next project is not a card but something for the boys.  It falls under the altered category.  Here is a pic of the project:

These are wooden letters with little metal hook thingies attached to the bottom.  I got them at Michael's for $1 each.  I used Staz-On black ink to stamp the bones and paws on the surface.  These make great leash holders for the boys.  I also made one for my Mom's dog Chunk.

Something really weird happened last week.  A beautiful hot air balloon made an emergency landing right next to my house in the middle of the street.  I grabbed my camera and took these pics:

I'm standing in my driveway taking this picture; my house is right there in the foreground.

Look at it right there at my house!!!

Here they are deflating it.  One eye witness said that before it landed there by my house, it hit the roof of the house across the street before landing.  No one was hurt, but the guy operating the balloon was acting like that was where he was intending to land.  Yeah, right.  But it made for an interesting evening.

And since we are talking about my house, I wanted to share a pic of the front of it with all of my flowers blooming.  Here it is:

I've never had this many flowers in bloom before!  I HATE gardening, but for some reason the flowers are doing it to spite me!  LOL  Thanks for indulging me on this.  But this is just not something I see every year!

OK, that's it for now.  I've bored you enough!  LOL  Thanks for taking time to look.  I'm working on all kinds of new projects so next Wednesday's post will have lots more to show you.  I'll be stopping by all of your blogs in the next couple of days.  As always, can't wait to see what you've been doing.  I hope all is well in your world!

DON'T FORGET THE PIC OF THE WEEK BELOW!!!  I got a great shot of a wonderful turtle in a pond at a local park the other day.  I was so excited to see how well the pic turned out.

Hugs to all of you!


Curt O'Brien

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

Monday, July 5, 2010


Hey All!

Today was a surprise challenge for our Teamie AMERICA KUHN.  America was born July 4th obviously making yesterday her birthday.  Mary (another Teamie) thought it would be fun to surprise America and make it a birthday challenge in her honor.  America is traveling across country to settle into their family's new home.  So she had no idea that we were doing this!  Surprise America!!!!  I hope you can play along with us at House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge.  If you don't play along, at least run over there and take a look at our tribute cards to America.  My Teamies did a fabulous job as always!

So this week's challenge is a birthday theme or project in honor of our very own America!  Here is my card for her:

This is a Gruffies stamp called "Beary Nice Celebration".  I colored it with my colored pencils and oms.  I used a star punch for the stars, outlined them with my Versamark pen, dipped them in silver tinsel embossing powder and heated them up for that glitter all around the edges.  The "happy" and "birthday" were stamped, and I computer generated the "America".  I attached them with foam squares so they popped of the card.  The "white" streamers were colored with a clear glitter pen as was the cake plate so the card really sparkles.

America, we love you and hope that your day was as special as you are.  It was wonderful to talk to you yesterday!  Again, Happy Birthday!!!!

Thanks all for coming by.  As you can see, I've finally gotten my blogger issues worked through.  I'll have a big post on Wednesday!  Hope to see you then!

Hugs to all!