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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

THE WEDNESDAY EVENING POST FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2011

Hey All!


How the heck are  ya????  Hope you all are in the middle of a wonderful week.  I know it will be a little better for one of you, because I have a winner of my blog candy to announce.  Now, I was going to make you wait until the end of the post, but who the hell am I kidding?  You'd scroll right past everything to the bottom to see if your name is there.  So, drum roll please. . . . . . . . . . the winner of Curt's Playhouse blog candy is. . . . . . . .Gina Wrona!!!  Congrats Gina, I'm very happy for you!  Please email me with your snail mail address (to confirm you saw this post) and I'll get your package right out to you!  For all of you who didn't win, I'm sorry. . .I truly wish I could send you all a package.  I'll be having another blog candy soon. . .so stay tuned.

On with the post. . .


A couple of weeks ago, Splitcoast Stampers had their weekly project.  It was a quilt card.  I'm not a quilter, but the lady across the street who always looks after us (last big snow she called and said she had an extra rotisserie chicken in case we needed it!) is a great sewer and has a beautiful quilt hanging in one of the rooms in her house.  So, I decided that was reason enough to make her a note card set.  Here are the pics:


This is the box that I made to hold the cards.  I made a quilt for the top of the box as a hint of what is inside. . .here are the individual cards:


And all of them together. . .




I thought that these would be difficult, but they were pretty easy once you got a system going.  To make the patterns easier to place, I cut a square the size of the finished "quilt" (4" X 4").  I then covered the square in a tight grid of strong tape.  Once that was ready, I slid the square into the left hand corner of my Score Pal.  Then starting at the top, placed each piece based on the pattern I was following.  If you go to the quilt card tutorial HERE, they supply you with a website with tons of different quilt patterns.  I really had a blast making these though it got tedious by the box lid quilt!  LOL  My neck was getting stiff.  All the squares are 1".  Since this is a "note card" set, I did not use sentiments, plus I didn't want sentiments to detract from the pattern.  Hope you enjoyed these and try one or two.


I have just a couple other quick cards I wanted to share. . .


This is a sympathy card I made for my blogging friend Audrey who recently and sadly lost her very young nephew.  I wanted to send my condolences because she is such a wonderful blogger and such a wonderful friend.  Again Audrey, I am so sorry. . .


The last card was a combo attempt at "clean and simple" and a "man" card. . .


Good "man colors", but I was bound and determined to use a ribbon on it.  So I did one of those neat folded styles.  The Fleur de lis  bottom part is done in gold embossing.  Simple yet manly wouldn't you agree???  LOL


OK, that's it for another Wednesday post.  Still working on organizing some fun new changes that are coming for my blog.  I want to keep it fresh and fun for you so you keep coming back.  I want it to be fun and interesting and hopefully I've shared something that inspires you or I've shown you a new technique that you would like to try.  Whatever the case, I just want it to be worth your valuable time to come here.


PIC OF THE WEEK


FROSTY FEEDER
OK, I thank all of  you for stopping by and visiting me.  You know how much I love having you here and I so appreciate all of you!  Hope you all have a good rest of the week, and I'll be seeing you on your blogs in the next few days!


Love you guys!


Curt


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

69 comments:

Ted said...

Curt, this has to be my favorite blog post of yours since I've become a friend and follower! :)

Those quilt cards are nothing short of awe-inspiring and now you've made me want to try the tutorial. Simply beautiful creations!

I love the subdued sympathy card as well as the Fleur de lis masculine card.

Well done, artist! :)

Sue from Oregon said...

oh my goodness...(I think that I start out saying that every time) ALL your cards are so amazing and so very different. Love the quilt cards...just outstanding! I must try some of those too! A great gift for your neighbor for sure! Your CAS and elegant card is so pretty with that ribbon treatment as well. Love the white on blue as well...all are just perfect Curt!

Patti J said...

Okay, first time for everything. I'm speechless. Really. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWEEE! I love your quilt set. I have two very good quilting friends that really need a set of these! Beautiful. Your man card is fabulous - someone will be very happy to receive it, and the sympathy card is gorgeous. Audrey, if you are reading, I am so sorry for your loss. Gina, congratulations to you - enjoy your blog candy! Okay, Curt, can't wait to see what you do next week to top this! Wowzers, you have your work cut out for you for sure! Have a great weekend, sir!

mark said...

a box of handmade cards makes a great gift - always appreciated! i hope this will inspire others to do the same!

Susan Hogan said...

Curt, those quilt cards are stunning! And yes, the man card is very manly -love the folded ribbon aspect of it - very smart. I really enjoy reading your blog, as it reminds me that there are good people out there who care for their neighbours and fellow humans - there is so much negative stuff on radio and TV these days one can forget that. Keep warm and love that photo of the snowy feeder - our weather has been a bit cold and autumnal, despite it only being February!

Becky said...

Curt, those quilt cards are just fabulous! You are so thoughtful, kind and generous. You put me to shame.

Your Sympathy card is so delicate and lovely.
I love that manly card in which you just had to put that fabulous ribbon, :).

You truly are a blessing.
hugs :)

Leigh said...

Oh my....I'm scrolling through your quilt cards with my mouth open Curt. These are absolutely fabulous. I'm gobsmacked. From one who used to quilt and do patchwork, I reckon you wouldn't have a problem if you decided to take it up as an extra hobby.
The other two cards are lovely as well. I'm still awed by your quilt cards though.

Audrey Frelx said...

Curt, I just absolutely love the quilt cards, they're just awesome!!! And, of course, it should go without saying I love the sympathy card you sent me. I'll have it always!!! Thank you so much again -- you just don't know what your kindness has done for me -- and my brother who I emailed a copy of the card to. We are both so appreciative that you took the time and concern!!!

Awwww, I like the pic of the week but it looks so lonely; as though it's been deserted. Hope the poor little birdies are finding food!

Hugs and love to ya, my friend!

Audrey Frelx said...

Almost forgot, I want to congratulate your winner!!! Hope you have fun with your candy!!!

Moz said...

Curt, are you sure you are not a quilter?? These cards are delightful and your colour selection, superb.
Your sympathy card is worth casing, if you don't mind, and the fleur-de-lis card so elegant and unisex.
Thanks for the blog visit, was delighted you popped in.
Hugz

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
as ever gorgeous cards on show, your quilt cards are beautiful, the lady will luv theme, should be framed not used. Luv the sympathy card, lovely image & design,striking male card fab ribbon detail,great piccie of the week.
Congratulations to Gina.
have great day, hugs sue,x

downrightcrafty said...

thank heavens for holiday days, which allows me more time for hopping, sorry I have not been by for some time, however so pleased I did today.

Love those quilt inspired cards, you did an amazing job with all of them and think that will inspire so many people to have a go (including me)
so thank you
Kate xx

Katie said...

Your quilt cards look amazing, I like all of the different patterns (seriously, my mouth was hanging open, I don't think I have seen anything like it), especially the box lid--that is beautiful! I also really loved your sympathy card. Amazing work! Thank you for sharing.

Katie

Dee in N.H. said...

Wow! Great cards! The receivers of these beauties will truly know that you had them in mind when you were creating them! That is always so important to me. I love it when a person can tell that a card or gift was made especially for them. Bravo!

Diane said...

OMG Curt, what a stunning post!!! I just love how you always try a new challenge and do your own thing and it turns out a masterpiece!! Those quilt cards are fab-u-lous!!!! The idea for the man card is great.....love it and the sympathy card is gorgeous as well.....you have inspired me my friend!! Congrats to the winner of your candy.....and to Audrey...so sorry for your loss!

Shirley-anne said...

As usual your post is inspiring , interesting and well worth the visit .
All the cards you shared are truly amazing .

Bonnie Weiss said...

Your neighbour is going to love that set of quilt cards and if she is anything like me, she won't want to use them but instead, keep them for herself to admire when she wants to! You worked your magic and completed the set meticulously.

The guy card is definitely that ... the ribbon actually reminds me of a bow tie ... quite fitting!

Loss is such a horrible thing but to be remembered by a friend with a hand crafted card, somehow makes things better for the moment.

And finally, I'm sure I speak for many of your blogging friends ... even if you don't post any of your creations, you will still have many friends who will visit you just to share your quirky sense of humour. You are special.

Jane Wetzel said...

holy smokes Curt! these are incredibly beautiful....wow! I think I have some ideas coming on! :) How nice of you to make those for your neighbor..darn..I wana live on your street!

tilly said...

congrats to the winner.... wow, your quit cards are fab, I will have a try at these as my friend next door is a quilter also......beautiful sympathy card
Tilly

Sonja said...

And Good Morning... I am so happy I had time to stop in this morning, and even happier to fin you had been here : )
OH wow, the quilt cards are awesome, my oldest daughter wants to quilt, but not enough room, money or time in her life...maybe this would be a great project for her and I , thanks so much !

The sympathy card is so nice, love those stamps... and the masculine card is just the right thing!...
I am so inspired by your work, and your words, oh and your pictures are so fabulous! Thank you for sharing your amazing abilities with us, as well as your time and life !...I want to really gey a structure of some kind for my blog ( which has been neglected , due to a new experience in our house ) so after seeing how important your blog is to me, maybe I can get better...

Have a great week and I will be here next week to say hi

DeeDee said...

Oh Em Gee! I have NEVER seen more work in a set of cards....EVER! Your neighbor is one lucky lady Curt! You are such a sweet person! Of course your other cards are wonderful as well! You do lovely work Sir! HUGS!

Jackie said...

Oh, Curt, those quilt cards are fabulous! I'm sure your neighbor loved them, especially if she is a quilter. I must have missed that SCS tutorial, I will have to go back and check it out.

Linda said...

Oh my those quilt cards took my breath away. They are so amazing. I have to try some. I love all the cards. The ribbon on the "man" card looks great. Have a great week. Looking forward to what you have next.
Congratulations to lucky Gina.

Lee said...

Oooooooh WOWEEEEEE.All your cards are FANTASTIC as always ,but those quilting notes are just AMAZING,now i know what you mean't in your email lol.Absolutely STUNNING Curt,your talents are wasted you really should be making a living with this talent.I love pic of the week soooo pretty.Love the Big Furry Boys at the top.Don't change those pics will you i would miss them.Take care hun.Hugs to all.x

PaperAddictJenn said...

Gorgeous!!! I love every single one of your new cards but I am especially drawn to the quilted set.

Betsy said...

Good luck on next weeks cards. There is no way you can do better than the quilt gift box and cards. Today is my day off from work and housework is on the back burner. I have to try to make a set of these cards, just love them. I really enjoy your cards, keep up the good work.

Kelly said...

WOW! Curt, those quilt cards are stunning. As a quilter, I've been wanting to try this tute. I don't think mine will come anywhere near the beauty yours are. The box is the perfect touch!

Audrey... so sorry for your loss. Isn't it awesome to know you have friends like Curt to turn to?

Gina, congrats! I hope you'll link me to your blog so I can see what you do with all your new toys!

Drippy, wet in the Ozarks. Writing most of the day. Hope your day is full of sunshine!

Carmen O. said...

OH Curt! Your quilting cards are fabulous! You've certainly inspired me to give them a try. Back when I first started scrapping I picked up a how to book on making scrapbook pages look like quilting. I've made a few quilt tops in my life, however, only one got completed as a full quilt. Ok enough blabbing... I love your sympathy card I found a clear stamp similar to that, so I'm so glad to see how you used it. Your manly card is fantastic as well! Always happy to stop here as I get so much inspiration! Congrats to the Blog candy winner. It's so fun to get goodies in the mail and even more so when you can use them to create more goodies with! Hugs, Carm

Myrna said...

Curt
You are amazing.
Your quilt cards are so stunning. Lucky neighbors to have you for a neighbor. The sympathy card makes me think of how like a dandelion flower we are. Just a little breeze will blow it away. It is a comforting card. Your b-day card is so elegant.
That little froze up bird feeder looks like it belongs here in Alberta. Cold, cold, and more cold. lol
Myrna

Ink Bug said...

Curt your 'quilts' are fabulous I love them all and I have always been fond of that dandelion stamp! It looks so cold at the feeder, keep your woobies handy!

Ann Schach said...

Your quilt cards are nothing short of a masterpiece! They are indeed the best examples of quilt cards I have seen! Your other two cards are beautiful, too. I love the "manly" ribbon treatment! Well, we are in for another 7" of snow this afternoon. Arghh! So I will cut my visit short today. I need to run to the pet store and pick up food for the Twins! Have a great remainder of the week and a fabulous weekend!

Terry said...

Curt...you are so AMAZING!!!
Thank you for this wonderful blog today ~ every week is a treasure load of eye candy!!!
BIG hugs for you, Jay and of course your fur children.

campbelljudy1228 said...

Curt,
I love all your cards, those quilt cards are so beautiful. You just inspire me so much, you just don't know! It's so much fun coming to your blog. I did try the dresser card you showed. I just love seeing picture's of your dogs also!
Have a blessed week!

Ila said...

What a Wonderful post!!...I love these quilt cards!!..I'm going to have to try this. You are truly inspiring!! Beautiful sympathy card..and a Terrific man's card!! Fabulous photo too!..Have a Great Day!!

Gina Wrona said...

OMG, Curt YOU ARE THE BEST EVER!

THANK YOU
THANK YOU THANK YOU
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
THANK YOU THANK YOU
THANK YOU

DID I SAY THANK YOU?
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Especially since I woke up with another migraine and couldn't function to get into the office until 10:30.

Luv ya,
Gina

Tertia said...

Those quilt cards are awesomw! Love the manly card too, I battle with those. My favourite is the blue one, I think its fantastic.
How is the new meds working out for Jay?

Dawnll said...

Wow Curt these are fab! What a great gift for your dear neighbor.
You really have the nicest neighbors.
I know Audrey will love your card also because she is such a dear person isn't she?
Always enjoy popping in for LOTS of inspiration.

maryr917 said...

the quilt cards are gorgeous-I saw one of them on scs had to jump over to your blog to catch the rest

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Everything is so astonishing!! WOW WOW and WOW!! :) Would love to give the quilted look a try....jotting it down amongst my ever growing "must try" list!

Congrats to the winner!

lisa808 said...

And you say you aren't a quilter!!! he he. Your quilt cards are magnificent. Loved seeing the different patterns you created. What a fabulous gift for your lovely neighbor.

Mary said...

Your quilt note cards are wonderful!! Your neighbor will love them, tfs! Mary

Gail said...

Holy Moly you've been busy!
Things must be going better for you this week!
The quilt cards are just stunning!
Gonna be trying that.
The Sympathy card is outstanding, Sorry for your loss Audrey.
The man card, well what can I say...RIBBON?!
JK, I think I've made my son a card or 2 with ribbon!(And he loves them!)
Pic of the week is great!
Talk to ya soon!

Anonymous said...

Amazed and inspired! thanks for sharing. The quilt set is charming and I will be checking out the tuts to make some of my own...esther

Anne Marie said...

Curt, I am seriously sitting here with my jaw dropped! Your quilt cards are Gorgeous (with a capital "G")!! Each and every one is so unique and your color choices are awesome. I keep scrolling back to the red, black and white one...WOW! I have wanted to try this technique for a while now and you have completely inspired me. It is so great to pop in and see what you have created each week. You do NOT disappoint, that is for sure! Big hugs to you, Jay and of course, the Schnauzers. :)

Anonymous said...

How fun and totally skill techinque energizing your blog has been this midnight! We wisk in from hundreds into the over half K roadtrip for medical so as not to have to mess with blizzard roads and sub zero temps. Hey! heartwarming quilt cards. Now, for zzzzzs! in warm woolies.
Good to see the candy is finding a happy home! Congrats!Wrona.
Keep Looking UP!

Percy said...

WOW!
What great cards Curt!!! I know I always say the same, but you keep amazing me with what you come up with next!!!
All of them are beautiful, but the quilt ones are amazing...!
Thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful week.

Beate said...

Curt, I have gorgeousness overload. Oh my goodness. Your quilt box and every single one of those quilt cards are amazing! I bet your neighbor almost swooned.
Your other cards look just as fabulous.
Hugs and smiles

samara Rachel Navi said...

absolutely fantastic cards! I am so glad ann picked you as her stylish blog! now i am subscribed to you. Whoop whoop! The quilting is very cool. Any tutorials for it or is it the best kept secret? lol I am SO excited to see what is next!!!! Squishy-Bi Hugs, Samara

McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Curt, All of your cards gorgeous, but the quilt cards are simply fabulous, I love all of them, I must try making one, thank you for inspiration.
Kevin xx

Shirley said...

Where to start? The quilt cards are outstanding and so pretty. The sympathy card is so precious and special too. The simple is wonderful and that picture of the snow covered bird feed is real beauty in its own way. I think Spring may be on the way here in southern NC.

Rita said...

Wow Curt, you have blown me away with these beautiful quilt cards! You never cease to amaze me...well done!!! Beautiful Birthday & Sympathy cards too! Have a great weekend!

AuniLeigh said...

Um....amazing! I love the quilting cards, I've done scrap pages before sort of like that before. I love your style of cards. Just great!

Congrats to the winner of the blog candy as well!

Lauri said...

Curt GORGEOUS quilting cards!! They look so difficult and yours are perfect!! So looking forward to seeing a pic of your dogs in the spring!!!

Kathy said...

I found your blog through Ann Schack's blog -I am just in amazement -first with the beautiful babies on your blog header. Then your creativity is so inspiring -I bet your neighbor lady did a flip right there when you gave her these cards -

Glittered Paws said...

Oh my - do I see a new hobby in your horizon??? Beautiful, stunning, amazing, well I could go on and on but...the quilt cards are just stunning. I know your neighbor is going to LOVE them. What a nice neighbor you must have but I am thinking she thinks warm thoughts of you too. The sympathy and man card were equally as amazing. I look forward to Thursday mornings so I can check out your new posts. (I know it isn't Thursday but... got a wee bit behind this week!!).

Erica said...

Oh MY GRACIOUS! You have totally outdone yourself with these cards and the box. Please let us know how your neighbor likes them. Uh, in case she doesn't like/want/need them, you have my address.
Cyber hugs,
Erica

Sharli said...

Curt,
Your quilt cards are amazing - absolutely wonderful!!! I love the sympathy card too, conveying both peacefulness and hope.

Hugs!

Elaine M said...

Incredible blog Curt!! Every single card is fan-tab-u-lous!!

Susan said...

Wow, Curt! I was a quilter before I was a scrapbooker. Your cards sure grabbed my attention, and I love them (perfectly matched corners - a quilter's great accomplishment). I am once again inspired to create, and, as usual, have more ideas than time. Thank you for sharing so much with so many of us - you are amazing (go ahead and blush).

Gina said...

WOW! My great grandmother taught me how to quilt. Even though it is not something I do very often, I love seeing the different patterns and especially the colors. Your card set is just amazing and I am sure would be treasured. I think I would have to frame them though!!

Janine said...

Hi Curt!!!
Love your projects this week...
Hope all is well with you!!!

Chanda Stehlik said...

These are the BEST quilt cards I have ever seen! You have such a keen eye for color and your cuts are outstanding! What a nice thing to do for your neighbor! I'm a new follower of your blog!

Chanda Stehlik
www.onecraftymommy.com

Chanda Stehlik said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you...I LOVE the videos of your dogs! So cute! I love the moonwalking! Adorable!

mudmaven said...

OMG Curt - those quilt cards are totally awesome!!!! Your neighbor is one lucky lady and I am certain that she will absolutely love these. All of the other cards are equally wonderful - such art you are cranking out!!!!! All the best to you and Jay and hug those darling boys too! ~chris

Lorraine said...

Hi Curt I have just started my first quilt, your cards are just amazing, also the two below. Wow what a guy. Hugs from Jersey.U.K.

Sally Cicada Designs said...

Hiya Curt!! Just stopped in to see what you have been working on lately!! WOWZERS are your quilt cards ever amazing!! Thanks too (as always) for the tutorial link!! Love the sympathy card and your "man" birthday card too!! Hope you are well!!!
Big Hugs,
Sarah ☺

Linda McClain said...

Curt - I was visiting Deadbeat Design and saw a comment you left and hopped here. So glad I did. These quilting cards are amazing. You make it look so easy, but I've tried to do this and the math is frightening. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards.

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Curt! Ohhhh, I finally got to use my stamp!!! LOVE IT!!! Hope you can get a chance to stop by to see my cute little project I'll be post a bit later today!!!

Hugs, my friend -- and if I don't get the opportunity to tell you before, have a safe and wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving holiday!!!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog while looking for quilt cards! I am glad I did!
I will be a regular follower from now on!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Mary Ellen