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Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Hey All!

Come on and get in here!  It's cold outside!  Here, have a cup of freshly made hot chocolate and go sit over there by the fireplace.  Gosh, it's so nice of you to drop by!  I've got some stuff to show you!

Well, I can finally show you something I've been working on for a couple of months!  And it's in VIDEO FORM!!!  Two first here. . . I made my first paper bag album and my first video showing you a project!!!  So you ready???  Here is the video. . .it explains it all. . .
Bonnie loved it, and I'm so glad.  She has posted still pics of it on her blog HERE.

Here are my cards for this post:
A left over Thanksgiving card that I did not show you.  I love creating my own background paper and I made this using a stamp by Basic Grey.  I stamped the images with Forest Moss and Rusty Hinge distress inks.  The acorn image is by Inkadinkado and I covered the acorn caps with copper colored Stickles.  Added the wood grain ribbon and brads and done.

This started out being a Thanksgiving card and ended up as a thank you card.  I really like this bird stamp from Paper Girl clear stamps.  It actually stamps the gingham pattern.  Again I used distress inks for the bird images, cut them out, and popped them up on dimensional tape.  The wings are actually from another set and is actually a leaf!  LOL  I just thought they needed wings and the pattern on the leaf looked good with them so I went with it.

Now, my first Christmas card!!!!  Can you believe it?  Nor can I. . .
I've always liked this simple Santa hat image from Stampabilities.  It's colored with markers and then the white areas were done in Liquid Applique for texture.  The sentiment is Hero Arts.  I matted them onto red, sparkly paper for a little pizzazz.

OK, that's it for another visit.  Can I get you some more hot chocolate?  I've still got the "Pic of the Week" to show you and the "Video of the Week".

Video of the Week

Pic of the Week

OK, if you must go, I understand. . .here's your coat.  It was so nice that you popped by.  Hope you enjoyed the visit.  I know I certainly did.  Take care of yourself and I'll see you soon!



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


Gail said...

I saw the album on Bonnie's blog....wonderful job! Thanks for the video, made me smile!
The boys look wonderful, I see you have snow.
Great cards,hahahaha, can't believe that's your first Christmas card!
Thanks for the visit & pic of the week!

Myrna said...

Oh my Curt you are a man of many surprises. Wonderful post.

Sue from Oregon said...

oh my what inspiration! I have an album I have been working on for 2 months for my daughter who lost her beloved pug this point it may be another month...but your outstanding inspiration may get me motivated to finish mine up! Such a treasure Curt!

Jackie said...

Thank you for your hospitality, and for the video. What a sweet and thoughtful gift. The magic video is too cool, I love things like that and this one was awesome. I wonder whatever happened to David Copperfield. Hmmmm.


I loved your dog album. Love all the cards you did too! Great magic trick and that horse picture is too cute! Thanks for the video :O)

Carmen O. said...

What a wonderful thing to create a paper bag album for Bonnie! Teared up watching the video. I've never made a paper bag album, but now I'm really inspired to. Maybe, that would be a good gift for my mom since they lost their black lab. Wow inspiration and a good gift idea just by stopping by! Your cards are fabulous as well. I love all of them. Thanks for the cocoa and the warm fire :). Take care and have a wonderful week!

ahlers5 said...

Love the album. What a wonderful idea!

tilly said...

Always a pleasure to visit and see what you have been doing, I love your albumn and all the work that went into it. how cute is the horse with his hat on! LOL
you need to get busy with more Christmas cards now
Hugs Tilly x

Bonnie Weiss said...

Just when I was able to look through my Gadget book without tears, I hear your voice as you explain the process of the book, and I am reduced to tears once again. This gift was truly from the heart and I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for it, Curt. It is one of those treasures that I will hold close to my heart and will think of you each and every time that I show it to others or sit quietly with it, by myself. You have touched my heart, Curt.

Dee in N.H. said...

Wow Curt! The album is fabulous!! What a special way for you to be there for your friends! I am touched by this! Great cards too! I have you beat on the Christmas cards, I have 5 complete! LOLOL! Have a great week!

scrapperjulia said...

Thanks for making that video, I really enjoyed it. You did a wonderful job with the paperbag album! I will have to try it one day, I have 2 grandbabies coming this spring so it would be great for that!

Heide said...

I also saw the post on Bonnie's blog, and was amazed by the thought and care that went into making this lovely gift. Great video! Cute cards too.

Celeste said...

Thank you Curt for being such a great host. Next time I will bring a what's your favorite kind? Love the cards, cute how you used the leaf as a wing! Acorns are my favorite! I'll have to watch the video at my sister's house. I have dial-up...grrrrr!

Soni B said...

OH I just left a long post but it did not take AARRGGHHH... Iloved this today I need to go pick up my car I will try again later...hugs Sonja

Marianne said...

I made a paper bag album once. It was not nearly as cool as yours. Makes me want to do one for my daughter in law who just lost her cat yesterday. great video, too! I hope you do more of them!

Lee said...

hi Curt,i love the way you make us feel as if we have just walked into your lovely home for a visit.

I saw that amazing album in Bonnie's blog Fantastic Gift.

Love the boys in the snow sooo cute and that horse lol what a character,great pic.

Oh yes your creations LOL,of course they are ALL STUNNING.Love the birdi one and the santa hats.

Got some news so gonna email you quickly now.Hugs to all xx

Patti J said...

Curt, you never cease to amaze me. Seeing this in the video makes it even more wonderful than seeing Bonnie's photos of it. What a kind thing to do for a friend. The book is phenomenal - you rock! Gosh, your cards are all great! Glad that you shared them with us. The photo of the week is perfect for this time of year! Thank you SO much for sharing the video! I enjoyed seeing all of the little pockets and secrets! Gadget's photos will have a beautiful album to live in! Have a great day!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh Curt this is such a wonderful gift and so special to give to Bonnie. I would have cried! lol
I loved the dog collar closure!
Aleene's make a fabric stiffener and then you could use Mod Podge to adhere-I did an Easter one like that.
As always you have so many beautiful designs to share and always inspire me.
The boys look adorable in the winter pic.
Thanks for always hosting a fun visit

Lauri Ingram said...

Curt what a wonderful, thoughtful gift for Bonnie! your attention to detail is amazing...I have never made a paperbag album but may just have to try now!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Oh wow!! What a fantastic paper bag...I have always wanted to make one! Love the design and all the cool pockets, tags and neat ideas you came up with...great video!!

Such a pretty Thanksgiving card! Great colors!

Your so creative to think of using a leaf for bird wings! I couldn't even tell it was a leaf!

Oh man....your Christmas card reminds me that I NEED to get on the ball and start making them! I can't believe it is already December!

....yes please, I would love more hot chococolate! HEHE!

I LOVE magic! I went to see David Copperfield once and it was unbelieveable!!!

Hope your doing well! I feel like it has been ages since we chatted!

Audrey Frelx said...

Curt, I just love your heart, my friend!!! What a wonderful gift for Bonnie!!! And all your cards are just as wonderful as I expected them to be!

Curt, you amaze with your videos and pics of the week; you seems you go totally out of your way to make certain to please us! Actually, and I don't remember what show, but I've seen the magician perform before and it's just too amazing!

Hugs, my friend, and thank you for always making it a pleasure to come here!!!

P.S. Over the holiday with family here, I shared your videos of the "boys" with my family. We all love fur-babies and I knew they'd get a kick out of them!!!

Miranda said...

Curt, it was great to hear your voice. LOL Your album is adorable, I may have to give that a try! You are such a thoughtful friend! Your cards are awesome as usual! Thanks for having me over!
Miranda :)

Mary said...

Great video! Cute album for her to put her memories in of her Gadget.

Soni B said...

Well, I am back home, have some hot tea and ready to try this again
: )

the boys look so handsome dressed for winter : ) the pic of the horse makes me smile...thank you

the video was amazing...
Now onto your talents...

the tutorial was great, the album was superb... love love love it, now if I can figure out how to put one together, I will try to attempt it

the cards were both great I am a SPARKLE kind of gal, : ) and to use leaves for wings, yep only you : )

thank you for the hospitality, the fire was cozy... I hope to create soon and up date my blog , it will not be as great as yours, but hey... I can try...
hugs to you and Jay...

Sue said...

Hi Curt, first, the boys look especially handsome in their winter scarves and the snow!
Secondly, aren't you just Mr. Smooth on that video....your first one, no way....and what a beautiful project, Bonnie has to be so overwhelmed by your sad to lose a beloved pet, but now she can make this scrapbook a treasured memory.....
Thirdly, you sure have been busy. Love the cards, all three.
Fourth, the horse picture is wonderful, great Christmas card photo.
Fifth, the magic trick was awesome, how do they do that!!!!!
Thanks for your hospitality, always good to visit and catch up.
Have a great week.


lisa808 said...

Curt, thanks for making your first video! It was nice to hear a voice to go along with the face and talent.

Love your paper bag album! The bone pulls on the inserts are darling. This is such a thoughtful and loving gift for your friend. I know she will treasure it as she does the memories of her fur baby.

Lorraine said...

Great post this week Curt sat with my cup of tea and watched. Your first Christmas card I am ahead of you mine have been posted. Take care love to the boys Hugs Jersey.U.K.

Becky said...

What an entertaining post this week :)

Love the photo of that horse, he is so cute. And what a fabulous album and wonderful video. You are so sweet and thoughtful.
Your cards are great, love the birds.
Great magic act, thanks..

Rita said...

OMG Curt...what an awesome gift, she will cherish it forever! Your so sweet & so very thoughtful & you did a fantistic job! I love it!!! You need to start selling some of your projects & cards...I'm not kidding! I think you could sell them with no problem. Loved the video too, great job...we need more videos so I can get my Curt fix every week. Loved all your cards & I got a Big kick out of your photo of the week. Luv ya! Hugs Rita

Linda said...

You are so kind. That is a wonderful thing to do for a friend. I love the cards and the video too.

Susan said...

I really enjoyed your video. I hope that I wasn't too distracting with all of my "ooohing" and "aaahing"! What a sweetheart you are to do that for a friend. Thank you, also, for sharing your lovely cards. What wonderful inspiration I get from your "homey" blog. I hope that you, Jay, and the boys are adjusting to winter! Sue from Kansas

Ted said...

You're such a wonderful man, Curt! :) Very thoughtful and kind. I am now wanting to learn how to make one...when, you know...I have time! ;)

Scossie Jane said...

A beatiful and thoughtful album for Bonnie, one she will treasure I'm sure... Loved the video, nice to hear your voice, very well done too! Great cards as always, and I love the photo of the horse, he looks rather bemused don't you think - too cute.... Hugs x

Anonymous said...

You are so hilarious Curt!You actually had me believing I was sitting by your fire while I was drinking my Creme Brule coffee and watching your video.....AWESOME that album!! I was thinking, man, if I had more time and supplies i would make one of those for Harley for Christmas!
Love the other cards as well but the album stole the show.
BTW... I think I left my pink and blue scarfe in the big chair by your fireplace.

ursula Uphof said...

Hi Curt, been such a hectic week almost forgot to pop in. Glad I did though, No thanks... too hot for choc at the moment. Love the birdy card and the Christmas one. Will pop back later if you don't mind to watch the videos. Don't wait for me...I'll just sneak in. Take care.

Beate said...

Curt, you are such a sweet man to create that album for Bonnie. I already oogled it at Bonnie's blog.
Your cards are beautiful. I think the bird one is my favorite. I LOVE bird images and dies.
Have a wonderful weekend and week.
Hugs and smiles

Ann Schach said...

Hi, Curt...thanks for the offer of hot chocolate. What? Oh...yes, I would love marshmallows with mine. Do you mind if the Twins join us? a dog lover, where do I even begin! Your album for Bonnie is fabulous, and I know it will become a cherished treasure. And your cards are awesome this week! I LOVE the bird has such a unique country feel to it. Of course the Santa hat one is adorable, as is the picture of the horse with hat! I hate to go, but it is getting late, and I need to head off to visit some of my other blogging friends this evening. Thanks for getting my coat, and for letting me and the Twins warm up by the fire. Oh, are a couple of treats for the Boys. Once again, Curt, I thank you for your hospitality. See you again next week!

Beth Norman said...

Good golly, what a fabulous present to Bonnie. Your detailing is amazing, and so is your thoughtfulness.

The magic trick was indeed an awesome one.

have a terrific week Curt.

I'm still hanging in.

Janine said...

Hi Curt! What a fabulous gift!!
Hope all is well with you and Jay...

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
better late than never, luv the way you have written ya post, tis cold here so thanks for the cuppa.
Great video of your book, beautiful work, fabulous cards, luv the santa hat, amazing magic trick, great piccie, hugs to all, thank you, sue,xx

Joan Ervin said...

WOW!! Your album is sooo awesome,'s a true labor of love!! I'm sure Bonnie was blown away!!! Thanks for the great video and the magic video was amazing!!! Your cards are all beautiful, too...such pretty papers, colors, and images!!!! Now, about the horse photo....I can only imagine what that poor horse was thinging with that Santa hat on his head...tooo funny!!!

Erica said...

Whow...fantastic paperbag album. I too am fascinated by the whole process and I'm making one with a tea theme for a girlfriend. Hope mine turns out half as good as yours. Would love to see a video tute on how you have put the bags together. I made a mistake with mine, but "carriend" on with it as is. Since the receiver is not crafty, she probably won't notice.
Thanks for the inspiration Curt.

Shirley said...

A great paper bag album and a wonderful video. I need to do a video. Did you use your Digital camera or a video cam? I love your cards as always. The magic video is something out of this world! And it really is looking a lot like Christmas. Make merry, my friend! Hope all is well with you and yours!

Colleen Dietrich said...

I *thought* that looked like my new gingham bird stamp from Girls' Paperie! I bought the kit - with stamp set - at Tuesday Morning while on vacation in North Carolina. I was tickled! (great prices there, you know)

Thanks for the inspiration on how to use this birdie, too. :) I like how he's dressed in these warm colors.