Curt's Best Shots Slideshow

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Hey All!

I swear to you that I must have this mental ailment where you have blackouts and days pass without you being aware!  Where does the time go?  Honestly, the only excuse that I have for this post being late were my priorities for last week.  I helped my Mom move last week, and when you add a major item like that to your already hectic schedule, something has to give.  Anyway, enough whining!

Now, instead of "whining" how about some "winning"?  I have a WINNER for my blog candy which I had posted last week.  Only I'm going to make you work to see if you are the winner. . .I'm such a brat aren't I???  I'm hiding the name of the winner somewhere in this post!  LOL  Since I didn't really make you work to enter, I'll make you work to find out if you won.  When you find your name, send me an email ( with your snail mail address and I'll get your prize right out to you.  You have 4 days from the date of this post to respond or I'll have to choose another winner.  And to all those who didn't win, I'm sorry and I wish you could all have won.  OK, on to the post (happy searching)!

First card to share:
The only thing stamped on this card is the sentiment on the mat (Waltzing Mouse).  I needed a "new home" card, and was looking for inspiration and this is what I used (CLICK HERE) I didn't want to do the standard "little house" stamp and I thought what a great idea to just do a "door".  I made it kind of "rustic" looking.  The "siding" was strips cut out and ran through my CB.  Everything on the door (except the brad for the door knob) was either hand cut or die cut.  I made the flower pots from scratch, and all those little flowers are hand cut from some printed paper I had.  Talk about my fingers hurting!  But I do like how it turned out.  I'm not a big fan of "punch out" cards, but sometimes they can be cute.

Second card:
This is quickly becoming one of my most favorite color schemes.  On the left panel, I heat embossed the feather image after stamping it with Versamark and using clear ep.  The right panel I dry embossed with my CB.  Colored the bird image with my pencils, added a ribbon and made a double bow with my Bow Easy.  The feather and bird image are both by Inkadinkado.  I made this for a young neighbor woman's 81 year old Mom who broke her femur!  Ouch!

Last card to share. . .
As any of you who have been following me for awhile know, I'm a HUGE Fall/Halloween fan.  So I'm thinking that since time seems to be flying by so quickly, it is time to get a jump start on the Fall season cards.  I sponged the background after stamping and embossing the wheat image in clear ep.  That way, the wheat resisted the ink and maintained the original color.  The little "strap thingies" came out of my head. . .(well, not literally!)  I used the SU word window punch and just wrapped them behind the card after putting a little dark copper brad in each.  I kinda like 'em. . .

One quick project:

Don't forget you can turn the above into this:
I made this little recycle project for my friend Nina here in the neighborhood for her birthday.  It was filled with Ghiardelli (sp?) chocolate squares.  I just wrapped the can in dp, cut the top panel with a circle (Cardscrapper you are the winner!!!!  Congrats!!!!!) with my Nesties, added a ribbon and bow, done!

Well, there you have it.  I didn't take the time to take pics of my craft room.  I need to clean it up first before I let you see it, so that will be for next week!  Congrats to the winner!!  After taking out the one multiple comment and the one's that said to exclude them I ran and the winning number was 36.

Hope you are all well!  Thanks for visiting me.  I'm on my way to see what you've been up to.  I always enjoy my visits with you!  Hope you had a safe and happy 4TH!



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


Gail L. said...

Yay! It's WednesdayThursday!
Love all the cards!
You just get better&better!
Glad to see you!

Ted said...

Wow, have been busy! :) That harvest card is beautiful. I love the warmth of it. :) But not eager for fall... I want to enjoy my school-less summer weeks a bit longer, thank you! ;)

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Fantastic cards and decorated nut can! I really like the embossing resist...have yet to try that. I think I must have the same ailment as you because I don't know where the time goes?!

Hope your mom got settled in to the new place.

Take care!

Patti J said...

Whew....I was getting worried about you, but didn't want to nag! Your house card is awesome, and will be so appreciated! I really, really love the bird card! The fall card is beautiful! I was thinking that you'd soon be posting some BOO cards! Hope that your mom got moved okay...what a job! I can't believe you did that in addition to your regular day!!! You are amazing, dear friend! OH....congrats to your winner!!! Have a great week - see you next Wednesday!

Jackie said...

You've done it again - that first card is just awesome. The other ones are beautiful, too and I really like the embossing on the second one and the colors on Happy Harvest - perfection! Thanks for the reminder and recycling the cans, too. I tend to save those things forever, then I get into a cleaning frenzy and thrown them all out. And the cycle starts over again in a few weeks....

Jackie said...

One question...on the card with the bird - what's the name of that embossing folder you used?

Diane said...

Whoops...just noticed I never commented on your last is a zoo here....all the cards are fantastic as the fall one...its so peaceful...and I love fall the best anyhow!! Glad all is well......and hope things slow down...seems like the fourth was weeks ago....haven't spent much time on my blog lately...well not since I was introduced to pinterest ... that seems to take up waaaaaaay too much time...LOL....see ya later, and love seeing pics of the "boys"!!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards and choccy tub Curt ,, all of them are fab :-)

Hope your Mum likes her new home and is settling in well xx :-)

Congratulations to the winner of your fabby candy ,,, not sure who it was but know it wasn't me :-)

Lols x x x

Tertia said...

I think I am going to go mad! Mr. Blogger is really being trying! First he posts a comment meant for somebody else on your blog (I think thats what happened!) and then tells me that I left conflicting messages!!! GRRRR.... if I get my hands on that man!
Your cards are fantastic as usual, but the bird one is my favourite.
I agree with you about the speed at which time seems to fly - its only 7 more sleeps before I am heading to Chicago!! Can't wait to go somewhere where it is warm, we are freezing over here!

Anonymous said...

I love the pic of the dogs so much personality...
I was disapointed early today, as your post was not up and no notification either so I checked as soon as I got home from a trip to the ZOO and I found you : )

Woo Hoo as always , I love them all... thanks for sharing... but the second card is my favorite : )

hey I did up date my blog, no crafting, just pics ... but I have been busy making cards too
take care, and I will be looking for you next week Soni B

nise said...

Even if I'm not ready for fall, I sure do like that card. Need to try that technique. You can never go wrong with little copper brads and "strap thingies", either. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

Sue said...

Wow, a lot of fussy cutting, snip snip on the adorable door card.
The bird card is lovely, love the two embossings side by side and the fall card, so pretty. Love the picture of the boys....don't you just love when they tip their head when you talk to them, so cute. Glad all is well and you got your Mom moved..


Renee M said...

Howdy from Texas! Found my way here via Mark's Deadbeat blog. I sure did enjoy watching your slideshow just now. You have some amazing photos. Love the expressions on your dogs' faces. We had mini schnauzers years ago, Schotzie and Simon. I couldn't stand to have Schotzie's ears trimmed and they grew to be ginormous and they stood straight up--the vet said she had some seriously strong cartilage in her ears! So she was always a quirky-looking pooch :) Enjoyed your cards--especially the autumn one since that is my favorite season (lasts about a whole week here in Texas, ha ha!).

Anne Marie said...

Hello Curt! Speaking of time getting away from is about time I popped in to say hello to you. Glad to hear that your are doing well! Love your creations, as always, especially that fabby "new home" card! Such great details. The shot of the boys on your blog header is soooo stinkin' cute, I can't stand it! Please give those sweet faces a hug from me (and my much smaller Schnauzer, Emmitt!) Have a happy day! Big hugs! :)

Becky said...

Hi Curt;
I love the new header, they are so adorable.
Loving this card with the door, so creative, and your fall card is beautiful, I don't do Fall, I love Summer and Spring. Your little can is lovely.
It's late and I got to go to bed. Have a wonderful week.

ursula Uphof said...

Love all your cards and the tine as well, but your get well little bird is my favourite today. Great idea. Hope the coming week slows down a little for you.

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
wow you have been busy, hope your mum has settled into her new home ok. Gorgeous cards as always, luv the new home card,fabulous design, very pretty get well card,beautiful bow detail,luv the colours on your harvest card,the corn is gorgeous. Fabulous gift tin, luv the piccie of the boys on your header, congratulations to the winner, have lovely weekend, sue,x

Amelia said...

Hi Curt, your cards are lovely as always. The door card is so pretty with its lively colours, I love the softness of the bird card and the fall card ia a stunner with the warm autumn colours. Have a lovely weekend.

Bonnie Weiss said...

Looks like you found your groove again, Curt ... some very nice creations. It also looks like you found a good groomer too (for the puppies) ... they look terrific.

Sue Ann said...

Okay you might not know if it is Wednesday or Thursday but I do not know my kids names on days :)

All your projects are of course fantastic and the fact that you get all this done and all the other "stuff" you have going on amazes me!!!

I love the Get Well Soon card with the 2 panels and that beautiful ribbon and the embossed blue ....

Always beautiful work Curt!!

TRACIJD said...

You know Curt, life gets in the way of our cardmaking sometimes but we enjoy your post no matter what day of the week you get to it. I just love the photo of your dogs on the tree stump. Is that for real or photo shopped? It's darling! Your cards are awesome this week, I'm not sure which one is my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing!

Susan said...

Once again, you have set the bar with your gorgeous and fun cards. And your blog is always fun to read. I look forward to WednesdayThursdays (as Gail called it). Love the new pic of the Boys! My best to you, your mom, and Jay.

Linda said...

Congrats to Cardscrapper!
Love the cards and I really like the way you rethink a weed. I am going to start calling all of them Summer Fuzz Balls. That will make me think of them in a whole new light. Hee hee
Have a wonderful week!

Krissy said...

As always, I love all of your cards! Very clever "strap thingies" - I've wanted that SU punch forever! Now I HAVE to get it!

Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

Gina Wrona said...

Congrats to the #36 winner! I just missed it, at least I think, but anyways congrats to the winner on the fab candy!

Great projects, love them all and the new pic of the boys as well.
Take Care,

maryr917 said...

great trio of cards curt and the altered can is a great idea-love yourembossed resist technique-I have yet to try that one-maybe for my stamp club sample card next Saturday

Shirley said...

Yikes, we just had a thunder strike that made me think I was too too close! Hah! I love all of your cards. Each one has a great technique that really starts you thinking how you can use it too! I really love the wheat, and the next one with the colors you like too! BTW, your Dandelions look a lot healthier and prettier than mine! Have a great weekend!

cardscrapper said...

Wow! Thanks so much Curt. I just found my name as the winner. I know I will have so much fun using the We Are Memory Keepers Sew Easy prize package. I love the little bird card! It is so simple, yet very elegant. The door card is so cute and I love your photo, the puff balls are so cute. As always I love the Boys picture. Glad you got your Mom moved okay, hope she is settling in happily! Don't feel bad about the memory lapse. I have those all the time. Love your work, keep on posting.

lisa808 said...


Your New Home card is so Sweet! Love all the little details. Great coloring of your birdie. Fall & Halloween will be here before we know it! Awesome card. Such a cute little gift tin. Gotta love recycling!

Congrats to Cardscrapper.


btw, love the new pic of the boys.

Myrna said...

Great cards!!! Loving all of them and your pic of the week is so cool.

Celeste said...

OMG Curt, these cards are gorgeous! I love the house one and the bird is so adorable BUT....the fall type one took my breath away....awesome!

Ann Schach said...

The boys are looking fabulous, Curt! Yes, life does get hectic and time certainly flies by! Your cards are wonderful. I love the "home" card...such a clever design! And the embossing on the bird card is exquisite! Have a great week!

DeeDee said...

Aaaah, so good to see your loveley work Curt! You know you rock...right? HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Oh cardscrapper won - I thought Summer Fuzz Balls would be such a cute name I was ready to adopt it as my name and claim to be the winner! Yes, I am a little silly this morning. Love the boys up on that big stump! Also, the craft room photos with your sidekick to help out. Yeah, I am behind on my blog reading and going backwards. Anyway, love the cards today and the fuzz balls! I think everyone is wondering where the time is going.

Chris R. from Iowa

P.S. did you work out the kinks in the sewing machine? Sure hope so, though I enjoyed your post and hissy fit (since it wasn't me)!

richardbreaks said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE....Love houses,ALWAYS need a good new home card, love that ribbon treatment on the get well card, love Autumn, love that can.....AWESOME!!