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Thursday, April 14, 2011


Hey All!

I so apologize for the lateness of this post.  As some of you have asked me, yes "life got in the way".  I won't whine about what is going on, but I'm OK.  Thanks again to all of you who emailed me to make sure everything is alright.  I love you guys!

So, the poll results last week surprised me just a bit!  Over 72% of you voted that you RARELY use digital images.  Only 12% use them a lot, and everyone else was in between.   Yes, I'm in the rarely category, but I was sure that more people would use them sometimes.  I'm learning a lot about you guys!  Don't forget to vote in this week's poll!

OK, on with the post.  I have a 3-D project to share with you and two cards.  Here is my 3-D project first. . .It was a bear to photograph it.  So here it is:

With all the white, it's hard to see the sheep!  But this is a card set of 4 sheep in a little pen I made for them.  Each has one of these sentiments:

Love Ewe
Happy Birthday to Ewe
Thinking of Ewe
How Are Ewe?

Here are all the sheep let out of their pen:
These sheep are all over SCS, so they are nothing new and certainly nothing unique.  However, I did make the pen from scratch a well as the envelopes.  Speaking of envelopes, here is what the sheep look like sitting inside:
I used the MS scoring board to create the envelopes to fit.  The sheep are "clam shell" type cards that open from the top.  I used the largest scalloped circle to cut them out.  I also used the smallest scalloped oval for the "hair", and regular oval Nestie for the face and ears.  Ran 'em through a cuttle bug folder for the embossing.

Here is my second card:
This is one of those reverse image cling stamps from Hero Arts.  I've been having an issue using them until now.  I finally had an "Ah Ha" moment.  I had been trying to emboss them with white ep on white cardstock and then trying to color or paint them but with not much success.  Then I thought "why not just use white ep on colored cardstock and call it a day?"  LOL  It worked.  I used linen white ep on black cardstock to create this image.  Matted it several times and added a sentiment on the bottom.  Really was quick to do.

Last card for the post is an Easter card using a Prairie Fairy (Thanks Sue for the reminder!) digital image:
The inside sentiment says "Sending Love at Easter Time".  I love that squiggly big smile on his little face.  I did the cut out of the image so his ears are sticking out of the die cut.  He's colored with colored pencils and oms.

OK, that's it.  Hope you liked what you saw tonight.  I appreciate you coming to look and also your concern when I come up missing.  Thank you so much for caring.  I've been remiss in visiting your blogs last week as well, so I'll be catching up as usual.

Here is the Pic of the Week:              SPRING CROCUS
 I do hope you are all well.  Can't wait to see what you've been up to.  Thanks to my new subscribers.  Welcome!


Curt O'Brien

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


mark said...

well i rarely get to compliment someone on their sheep but.....
nice sheep!
hope all is well!

Patti J said...

Ewe are a great 'pen maker' my friend! Great job on the sheep cards, but that pen is too much fun! The envies look awesome, and the sheep are cute peeking up out of them! The last card turned out very pretty - those aha moments are fun, aren't they??? What a pretty photo of the week! Vivid color! Bet the boys are eager for Easter to come and go so they can put on some new hats! lol... Thinking of you my friend! Have a good weekend, and hope that next week is better for you.

Sue from Oregon said...

Great how you made the sheep into a "herd"! I think that bunny is really Prairie Fairy though. Your black and white/red card is so striking! I bet the embossing is beautiful IRL!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Curt! That pen for those peeking sheep is the best! What a sight at lambing time on the eastern Rocky Mountain front~craft on good man.
Keep Looking UP!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ovals to sheep flip open card general ingredients list. Helpful! What a whimsical plan, Curt!
Keep Looking UP!

Leigh said...

Glad you are ok Curt. Love those sheep. Really excellent.

Diane said...

Nice cards.....and love those you need to make a black one to go has a black sheep in the "flock" and I hadn't seen them before....I have a reverse stamp, too...and hadn't much luck in figuring out what I wanted to do with will try your method...thanks! The poll isn't working right will come back later to see if it is....figured you got tied up in family life...but am glad to hear all is well...not usual for you not to keep on schedule...hey I took word ver. off my far so good, only a few idiots trying to mess with me...hah!!!

Lorraine said...

Sheep gorgeous, black and white card love it you have done it again you very creative man you.Big hugs from Jersey.U.K. XX

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt! Gosh you are so creative!! I would never think of doing things with those sheep like you did!! They look so great!! Love the other cards too. You always make such special cards - always look forward to seeing what you have been doing!!
Hope all is OK at your house!

Lee said...

As always Curt,amazing imaginative and interesting creations.Love the pic of the week.Thinking of you.Huggles to all.Big Cuddles to the Big Furry Boys.xx

Lauri said...

Those sheep are SO SO cute!!!! I have to make some...hope you and yours are all well!

Bonnie Weiss said...

STINKIN' CUTE!!!!! Those sheep are absolutely too cute and the way they peek out of the envelope would make even a grump like Donald Trump smile! The pen is so typical of you ... creative!

Of course black and white and red ... always a classic ... always will be.

The bunny with the big smile looks like he has been up to no maybe he forgot the chocolate Easter eggs and is trying to make up for it with a 'heart' letter!

Ted said...

Curt, glad to hear you're safe. Those sheep cards are adorable. :) I think I like the heat embossed the card the most... so striking. Have a wonderful weekend!

Gina Wrona said...

TGIF Curt!

OMG, I loved everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are so awesome & creative!
I just might have to case that sheep idea for my 2nd grade students, I hope you don't mind.

Jane Wetzel said...

that sheep peeking out of the envelope is just adorable curt! what a cute set- as to visit here! have a great weekend!

lisa808 said...

Curt, your lamb cards are just so very cute. Love how they peek out when the envelope is open. Cute packing for them too.

Oh yes, we just love those aha moments! Very striking with the white flowers on the black card stock.

Cute digi image.

Jackie said...

I need some of your mojo to rub off on me! Love, love, love those adorable sheep and their little pen. That is so creative! I have seen the sheep on SCS here and there, but never in their own little pen. Great job on the reverse image card, too. I have had the same problem with those - I will give this method a try. Maybe even on some patterned paper...hmmm. Your little Easter bunny is too cute.

I'm glad you are doing ok and hope things, whatever they may be, settle down for you soon.

Debbie B said...

Hi Curt!! Glad to hear you are okay. I really like your cards. The sheep are great! I love your embossed card. The bunny is cute too!
What is a reverse stamp?

Linda said...

Great cards. That is the first I have seen of the sheep. He is adorable. I love all the sentiments. The second card is beautiful and the Easter card is fun. You may get hooked on digi. They are fun to color. I am having trouble answering this weeks question. I have to say a smudge can make me nuts but I am learning that a flower or embellishment can hide most of them. What really make me nuts is if I have spent time coloring and then cut it wrong.
Thanks for asking and sharing your beautiful cards.

Myrna said...

Stunning black and white with red. Loving it.
Your sheep and how ewe used them are absolutely darling.
The rabbit has such a mischievous face on him.
Oh such a lovely flower.
I posted a pic on my blog too re nature. lol
Glad you are back with us and hope all goes well for you and yours.
Hugs to all

Anonymous said...

Ewe are just so talented!!!!!!! Those sheep are the ultimate!!!!
I sure hope life gets out of your way soon!

Ann Schach said...

Adorable sheep, Curt! Cute and clever! Your reverse image card is classy and elegant! Treats to the boys from The Twins!

Anonymous said...

Wow!! I'm surprised as you are about the digital images!! I do love my rubber/clear stamps...I am a STAMP gal for sure!! :)

To your creations Curt, they're ALL amazing hun!! LOVE the fun sheep cards...the embossing is perfect!! The elegant black and!! I adore the little bunny too!! Fantastic post and hope all is well with you in your world!! BIGGEST HUGS AND SMILES!! Vicki

Gail said...

Glad to see 'ewe'!
Awesome sheep!
The black & white card is elegant!
Love the bunny!
Pic of the week is great!
We're getting snow today, so if there were crocuses they're under the snow!

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
lovely to see you, better late than never my friend, i adore your little sheep set, a fabulous creation,brill idea.
Beautiful flower card, striking design, super cute easter card, pretty crocus dont ya luv this time of year with all the spring flowers, take care, hugs, sue,xx

Susan said...

Oooh! I love those funny sheep! The embossing is perfect for them. The white embossing on color for the flower card is gorgeous, and gives me so many ideas - you have a real knack for that! And that adorable bunny just made the corners of my mouth curve up! Thank you, once again, for sharing your wit and wisdom with us. And I hope that things are going well for you and Jay, and will continue to keep you both in my prayers.

Audrey Frelx said...

Curt, the cutest sheep and amazing projects! I too have either gotten caught up in life or it's caught up with! So I know what you mean.

I'm not having a great time right now with things going on but trying to keep my head above water (so to speak). I know you're probably doing the same, so you have some prayers headed in your direction from me to stay strong -- ...and this too shall pass!

Hugs, my friend!

Glittered Paws said...

I was getting worried about "eye" then I saw your post and knew u were okay - what cute sheep cards and the pen is just darling. Cute envies to go with them too. Love the reverse image card - it is totally stunning and the crooked smile bunny is just too cute. Great job this week (as always), and hope you have a very good week.

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Glad your okay! Cute sheep cards...such a fun flock! :)

LOVE the reverse image stamp...I really should get one someday!

And the big cheesy grin on that bunny sure made me smile! HEHE!

Have a great weekend....amongst all the rain! BLAH! I know I shouldn't complain...atleast there is no more snow!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Oh my, where do I begin? Every card is wonderful. The Ewe set is adorable! I love how the little guy is peeking out of the envelope! The second card is so elegant. I'd make a stack of those to send out. So beautiful. And the bunny is so hug-able looking. Really very sweet! Have a good week ahead.

Elaine M said...

Love-love-love how the little sheep's face peeks out of the envelope - so stinken cute! All your cards are great - thanks for sharing with us. Hope everything is going well - hugs

Hey Jude said...

Curt, EWE are SO talented!! Love your sheep in their little pen. Very creative. Also love the embossing that you've done with the reverse image stamp - very classy. And last, but not least, the Easter Bunny's smile is sweet and perhaps a little "sheepish" as well? Keep that creative mojo of yours flowing!

Becky said...

I never noticed you were late, .. I have been in Va. with no computer :).

I just adore those sheep, what a great gift set.
Great idea on the second one, which looks fabulous..
What an adorably zany bunny..:)

Anonymous said...


Serendipity Stamping said...

Oh Curt, I have gone amiss on checking on you for the past couple of weeks. Don't know where my head is these days. Love the wonderful little sheep! The last two blog entries have been fantastic, but no more then I have come to expect from you. Take care! Love the survey questions by the way.

Celeste said...

The sheep are adorable in their pen. I love the red,white and black card. Those 3 colors are the rage now together. Love the bunny, he's so cute.

mudmaven said...

As always - your true genius shines through! Love all of your creations! I've been a bit out of the loop myself lately - life and all that - you know how it is. Don't want you to think that you are not in my mind and heart though. Got a chance to meet up with Pat Adam last week - what a treat! All the best to Jay and big, big hugs to you and the boys! ~chris

Sonja said...

I am sorry I am here so late...just could not do it last Thursday... but wow I love the card with the sheep...but then I love everything you do... : )
I hope to get things settle soon so I can try to play... til then I will just enjoy all you do..

Paper is BLISS said...

Hi Curt
Your reverse cling stamp card is beautiful! Really clean, crisp and elegent.
Hope you are well.
Zoe x

America said...

Oh goodness those sheep are Da' BOMB!!!!!! LOVE your creativity my friend. I MISS YOU!!!!!!!! Come back home to HM&F soon, ok???