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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Hey All!

OMGosh where has this week gone!?!  Gosh I'm glad to see you.  It's like having family stop by and check in on me.  I love having you here!

I have some fun things to share with you tonight.  I'm going to start with a "anything but a card" project.  The idea for this project came from candy!  I thought the candy was so much fun that it deserved a box made especially for it.  Take a look. . . .
This is the top of the box.
Here is a side view. . .
As you can see now, part of the top is a tag that is pulled out of the little holder on the front.  The harlequin paper was black and white, but I used my distress inks to color it using a sponge.  I also colored the ribbon so it would match.  Now for the candy that inspired this box:
Aren't they fun!?!  LOL  Who wouldn't want to receive a nicely boxed 1/2 dozen eye balls for Halloween???  These happen to be chocolate with peanut butter filling.  I created this box from scratch including the little tray that holds the eyeballs.  If you would like the dimensions for this, I'll be glad to send them to you.  Just shoot me an email.  I had a blast working this one out, and it was exactly what I had in mind when I saw this bag of candy eyeballs.

My next card is a card is a thank you card for dinner.  We have been so blessed with people here in the neighborhood making us dinner and looking out for us, that I needed to come up with a card to say thanks.  I wanted the front of the card to resemble a place setting at a table.  Here is what I came up with:
The silverware stamp is another one of those wonderful $1 stamps I picked up at Michael's a few weeks ago.  I stamped it in Versamark then embossed it with silver ep.  I made the plate by first using my Nestie circle dies.  I cut out the "plate" then, I cut out a smaller circle out of chipboard.  I placed the small chipboard circle in the center of the white circle then put that onto my rubber embossing mat.  Ran it through the CB and it made an impression for dimension on the plate.  I used a grey colored pencil and oms to shade it a little more so that it stood out.  Then I created my own "china pattern" by using a tiny little leaf stamp.  I ran the green cardstock through the CB with an embossing folder from SU because it makes it look like fabric to me.  I did the edges with a MS punch to give it a lacy look like a place mat.  The "napkin" is actually made from a corner of a paper towel with a ribbon around it to look like a napkin ring.  To give even more dimension I popped the plate up with dimensional tape.  After making this card, I started visiting blogs and low and behold, my sweet blogging friend Sharli made one too!!!  Great minds huh Sharli???  LOL
My last card for the post is a birthday card that I made for my Aunt:
As most of you know, I love the red/white/black combo.  I wanted the sentiment to read "Celebrate You", which I thought I had, but I didn't.  So I went to a standard Happy Birthday sentiment.  You can't really tell in the photo, but there are 18 punched out butterflies there.  Each butterfly is sitting on another butterfly.  The upper one is glued to the top and the wings of each stand up.

Pic of the Week
This is a pumpkin I carved a few years ago.  I liked the photo effect I got on this one.

OK, that's it for another Wednesday post.  Hope you enjoyed yourselves while you were here.  I know I sure enjoy you visiting.  I hope this post finds you all well and happy and safe.  Thanks to those who have sent me cards!  I am so very honored and I love your creations.  I'm one lucky guy!

Love you guys!


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


Susan said...

Oh, what fun! I love Dracu-dog! And the candy box is wonderfully disgusting! The butterfly card is so sweet. Ahhh, and that dinner card - how creative and fun is that. Thank you, once again, for the fun and inspiration. Take care, my friend.

Jackie said...

You are rockin' the Halloween goodies. Those eyeballs are too cool. I love Count Dogula, he's so adorable. Can a vampire dog be adorable? Yes, I think he can. Your other cards are wonderful...thanks for sharing your talent. I might even have a few Halloween cards to blog about soon. I have been working the Silhouette pretty hard today.

Myrna said...

What a great post. Shotsy is sooo patient. ( I see you and I share a love of dolphins.)
The place setting is just superb.
I did check out the butterfly card at close range. Love it. (another love of mine)
Your eye balls are perfectly set up in their own little box. You creative man you.
Good shot of the pumpkin.
One of these days I will be first to comment. LOL

Gail said...

Oh, how cute!
Love the box of eyeballs!
The Thank You for dinner card is wonderful!
The butterfly card is amazing, so is the pic of the week!
Just when I think you got blow us out of the water again!
Great visiting you!
Hope all is well in your household!

ursula Uphof said...

You are just so creative Curt and such patient doggies. The eyeball box is beautifully "disgusting", love what's inside it though. Your place setting is absolutely super. Love your carved pumpkin photo. Reminds me of 4 years ago I carved one with my DIL in the Netherlands, She runs a few classes every year. That year we did several and put them outside their house, lit up at night. It was the talk of the town, with folks coming by. It was a great time. Take care Curt keep well, thanks for popping by my place.


I love your candy box. I bet Halloween is awesome at your house :O)

Leigh said...

Oh my goodness, look at the wonderful costume on Shotsy (I think it's Shotsy). I'm not into Halloween Curt but you've done some fabulous work for it. I absolutely love your place setting card...that is fabulous.

Audrey Frelx said...

OMG, Curt, I'm so excited about all these projects!!! I love-love the box - oh my goodness!!! I think I'm going to lift that one for sure!!! And the harlequin paper is just a "must have" too!

AND the race is ON to find that silverware stamp at Michael's. Oh, I'll be soooo disappointed if I don't; Curt, I think you're turning into an enabler!!!

Yes, I'm loving the butterfly card too!!!

Oh, don't think I noticed your fur-baby at the top of the page either -- all decked out as Dracula; how adorable is that!!! I just love him.

Great job on the pumpking, great picture!!!

What a wonderful visit I've had, soooo worth the "teeny-weeny" wait... lol!

Hugs, my wonderful friend!

Tanisha said...

Oh wow, I just love that awesome box! That would make a very cool gift for my kids teachers! Love your blog and all your projects!

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt, I just love the photo of Shotsy! That is a great pic! I am not a Halloween fan but I can really admire your beautiful work. It is always just so interesting and I look forward to your post each week!
I have made no cards for so long - must get my act together!
Hope all is well at your place! Hugs

Lorraine said...

I cannot choose my favorite this week they are all fabulous like you my darling. Love the photo of Shotsy and the super pumpkin you carved. Hugs to you and your family from Jersey U.K.

luvthatstampin said...

What a great costume for your dog, and how sweet of him to be so nice about it, LOL.

Heide said...

I love your project. The eyeballs are a hoot and such wonderful packaging. I Love, love love the new blog topper that you put up, it put a big smile on my face. I love coming over to your blog on Thurs mornings, you are so creative.
Hugs, Heide

richardbreaks said...

These are great fun, Curt! Thae box is so beautiful and so creepy on the inside! LOL, LOVE it!!

I have been a fan of that cutlery stamp for a while, but I was unsure what I would ever do with it. Your tablescape is beautiful!!

Great to read all about you, as usual. Have a great week!

Patti J said...

Ha ha...Bonnie is SO not going to like your pic of the week! certainly carve a scary pumpkin! Once again, I'm amazed at your wonder dogs and their willingness to ham it up for the camera! I just wanna hug that creepy critter! Your projects are so perfect. The eyeballs in their little tray make me smile, the box is fabulous! You know you are going to have about 100 emails wanting dimensions! And that place setting looks like Martha Stewart put it together. Really. Great job again this week, sir!!! Love it all :) Have a great weekend, hello to Jay and the boyz and the momz. Hugs!

maryr917 said...

Hi Curt-love your dinner card and all the details-yourown dinnerware pattern-how creative-and the silverware looks awesome
your butterfly card great color combo-looks like a lot of work lining up the butterflies straight(lol)-yours is perfect

Miranda said...

Great Projects! I love the box with the eyes! Thanks for taking the time to share your talent with us! Until next time, have a great week!
Miranda :)

Rita said...

Curt...I just LOVE the picture of Count Drac-do-gula!!! He looks Awesome & sooo handsome!

You did a great job on that "oh so cute box"...I luv it! Could you please send me the measurements, I would love to make this for the Lindts chocolates for Christmas. You are an AMAZING crafter kiddo!

Your thank you place setting is a brilliant piece of art & they will LOVE it...I know I would!

Your Aunt is going to love her special birthday card, it's beautiful!

Thanks Curt for inspiring us all. Hugs Rita!

Glittered Paws said...

Wow - what a creative week you have had - love all the projects but especially the butterfly card - absolutely stunning and beautiful. The candy box is truly too cute - and the thank you card will surely be a keeper for the hostess. Another great week for you.

Anonymous said...

Hello there friend!! :) Oh my to say something about your banner....LOVE that photo!! Your doggie is so cooperative!! Mine's not!! She's such a Diva!!

Your "eyeball" box is soooo awesome!! I love your creative design and spooky details!! All of your design are fabulous!! Thanks for sharing these goodies with us!! Take care!! HUGS

Soni B said...

Good Morning, oh what a great surprise to wake up and find your new blog update...and to find it was extra special too ...wowzers, we are the LUCKY ones !

Oh my goodness, the picture is absolutely too fun... and well the box is phenomenol ( sp ? ) oh you always go that four or five extra steps, like dyeing paper and ribbon and heat embossing ... : )

the cards were both great, the dinner place was perfect and so thoughtful sure would look great framed ! and the card, well my fav color combo is red black and white too,so you know I loved that one ! I think I need that butterfly punch !
I am so over whelmed as usual... thanks for all you share ...hugs to both of you !

Alli said...

Love that eyeball box!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Love the count picture with your cutie dog- (I think he is a count)I really can't tell them apart- but they sure are so darn cute!
As usual you have blown me away with the projects.
Who wouldn't want a box of eyeballs?
Love the place setting as well, how fun with the paper piecing.
The butterflies are right up my alley also. Oh how I love to paper piece.
Thanks sweetie for always inspiring me-you are amazing.
Hugz to you and the boyz

mudmaven said...

Love the header pix - very scary! Great projects as always Curt - not sure I want a box of eyeballs but chocolate and peanut butter would be really hard to pass up in such cute packaging! Love the birthday card for your aunt too, but how could I not love it with all those wonderful butterflies. Gorgeous! All the best to Jay and give those boys a big hug from me! ~chris

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
your are the king of Halloween, i just luv to see all your spooky makes, luv the box of eyes.
Fantastic card with the table setting, that is so clever, looks fabulous, very pretty butterfly card, fab colour combo.
Awesome piccie of the week luv ya pumpkins, hugs to you both, sue,xx

Lee said...

Oh Curt i can't stop laughing ( in a nice way of course ),Shotsy looks sooo cute in his Halloween outfit,love the pumpkin.

All your creations are AWESOME,wish i lived near you lol,you could teach me so much.That pic of the week is sooo scary Lol,brilliant i LOVE it.

lisa808 said...

Love your new Halloween banner!

What a fun Halloween box of eyeballs! I would very much appreciate the measurements (lisawhs808 at aol dot com). Exquisite dinner thank you card. Great china pattern! Love the napkin! Red/White/Black is a fab color combo. Happy Birthday to your aunt.

Mary said...

Love your table setting, what creativity you put into that card!

Love your eyeball candy and the cute box too! Your butterfly card is so pretty, your aunt will really like receiving it! Take care!

Linda said...

Oh my goodness those eyeball are so funny! I love them. The Count Dogula at the top is wonderful! You can get your boy to do more for you than I would ever get my sons to do. LOL I love that Halloween Countdown thing. That is very cool. Did I already tell you that? Oh I really love the dinner card. Thank is so clever! You are so amazing!

Sharli said...

Hi Curt!
Awesome photo of "Dracula" - weren't you afraid?!

I love the box - that is over-the-top and then, you showed it open! I nearly screamed! PERFECT!!! How fun.

The dinner setting is so cool - much, much better than mine and you were too kind to link back to my page - I had nothing compared to your creation (napkin with napkin ring and all!!).

Hugs! Stay wonderful -

Krissy said...

Curt! Every week you blow me away with your creativity! The box-o-eyeballs is so fun! My niece and nephew would love to receive that! And I Love love love the table setting card! So creative! I think you may have a future in china pattern designing. It would make a great invitation for a dinner party, also. The butterfly card is so elegant!

Have a great week!

Becky said...

Just love the custom on your baby :).

What fabulous creations this week, just love that box with the eye balls and what an awesome card with that dinnerware.

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Such spooky eyeball candy! EECK! I do love how you have packaged them up!

The dinner place setting card is marvelous! Your so clever coming up with how to do that plate!

I also love the classic black/red combo. These butterflies are beautiful...the red one really pops!

Hope you have a great rest of the week. I plan to hopefully post something crafty this has been almost 3 weeks since being in my craftroom! YIKES!

~Tammy~ said...

Curt, first off you always blow me away with your fabulous creations, and today is no exception, and I love love that box of eyeballs! I mean really that is just pure awesome! Your other projects are fabulous! I love your photo of the pumpkin you carved a few years ago! Spooky and cool all at the same time!


Ann Schach said... are so insanely creative and talented! The cards and candy box are fabulous! I love how you changed the color of the harlequin paper. And I love how you gave the butterflies so much depth and dimension. But I must say that Shotsy steals the show! Giants must have similar temperments to their Boxer cousins...because the Twins love getting dressed up! Have a great week!

The Rubber Maid said...

Love your eye ball box it is too cute~!Who doesn't love chocolate eye balls. Great project for Halloween which I know you love. Pat

Bonnie Weiss said...

OK, so the chocolate box is cute ... the eyeball chocolates ... NOT SO MUCH! Who would even think about making chocolate eyeballs??? They serve to support my new mission ... "PUT AN END TO HALLOWEEN". Only 11 more sleeps until Halloween is over!!!!!

You had me fooled with the cutlery. I had to enlarge the photo to get a closer look. I really thought they were tiny cutlery replicas not stamped images.

Love the black/white/red combo ... classic, just like you!

And poor Shotsy ... I hope you took him out for a donut as a reward for his hard work in adorning your blog this week! (although I must say that the black cape is very slimming!)

Well, enjoy your last few days of pre-Halloween festivities because once November 1st is here, it's Christmas only!

Shirley-anne said...

Hello Curt , as always I'm happy I called in .have seen some fab creations ...But EYEBALLS !!You actually eat them?? LOL .Love the container you made for them never the less.
The table setting card is such a work of art , love it .
The butterfly card effect is very dramatic .
hugs Shirley-Anne

Macpurp said...

you really love Halloween don't you! LOL.
these are fab, I adoe the eye ball box....( never thought I would be saying that today!)

which one of your boys is the scary vamp???

love it!
much love to you all
teen xx

Sue said...

Curt, I see you had a very creative week! First off, when I opened your post and saw DracuDOG, I laughed right out loud and had to show my husband!! Such a great picture. Your Halloween box project is fantastic, love the eyeballs, your thank you for dinner card so unique and creative, and your Aunt's birthday card with the butterflies, so lovely, sure she is going to love it. Only one more post before Halloween, WOW, that went fast!

Have a great week.


Lindsay M. said...

Whoa!!!! so many amazing crafts on here!!! LOVE them all!!!!! That box is amazing!!!! I would love to make it!!! That butterfly card is gorgeous!!!!!
And me being a pet sitter/ dog walker, I am in love with your pups!!!!! Soooo adorable!!!! :)


Lorraine A said...

I LOVE the piccy of gunther or shotsy ( don't know who is who ,,, sorry !) at the top of your blog ,, he really made me smile ,, sooo cute :-)
the box of eyeballs is fab and the cards are gorgeous as always !
LOVE the pumpkin too ,, REALLY scary !! wooo hoooo :-)

hope all is well with you xx
Lols x x x

Sue Ann said...

That pup is a HYSTERICAL!!! The box for the eyeballs is wickedly fun ......... love the green and black with the tag on the front .......... YIKES that is AMAZING!!! I am making cake balls for a Halloween party we are going to. White cake balls and then I will do the red down the side w/ a blue iris and black pupil ....... I hope they turn out the way I have them planned out in my head!!! I have been crazy busy since school started ~ I am the chair for the hospitality committee for the elementary school ...... no I am not allowed to serve or offer alcohol I thought that is why they choose me LOL I am making Anton's Batman costume at the moment but I had to take a few minutes off to check in on my buddy before you post again tomorrow!!! All is well here and SUPER BUSY!!! And now off to find some thing tacky for Emma to wear to school tomorrow ~~ Thursday she is suppose to wear PJ's to school but she also has a Halloween party so I am going to wear my PJ's too when I go for the party ......... she has a Zesty mommy :) xoxoxo

Celeste said...

Love Count Dogula! Great eyeball box. I really like the yellow and black better than the white and black would have been. Your cards are gorgeous too. You are so talented Curt. I miss having my computer going so I can get on every Wed. to see what you're up to.

Shirley said...

You are so clever and creative! Your gift box is awesome and your thank you card is out of this world! Beautiful butterflies and great prep for Halloween mood too!!