Curt's Best Shots Slideshow

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Hey All!!!

Is that you who is wearing that amazing perfume???  You smell great!

There will be no video tonight. . .For some reason, my video is taking way to long to upload to YouTube.  So it's the old format for tonight.  Can you tell I just don't have the patience to deal with technical problems tonight?

Here are my cards that I would like to share with you.
Remember the card I made with the fireplace that used a battery operated tea light?  Remember the little tiny portrait of a little black pug above it?  Yep, this is another card for that neighbor lady.  I made this card for her to give to her from her beloved Marley.  She is kind of alone and I wanted to be sure that she got a Valentine.  This is a Mo Manning image and it so looks like her little Marley.  It's colored with my colored pencils and oms.  I put on some gloss on her nose for a shiny, wet look.
I made this thank you card for a very sweet neighbor who just gave me two giant grocery sacks full of stamps!  She is giving up stamping for now and wanted me to have them.  I am so grateful and wanted to make a thank you card to let her know.  The image is from Hero Arts colored with Bic markers with glitter added for sparkle.  I USED MY SEWING MACHINE AGAIN!  Simple straight stitch, but I think it looks pretty good for only my 3rd time using it.
This last card is for her sister who lives just a couple of houses down from her.  I watched her sweet dogs for her while she was away for a few days, and she was very generous with compensation.  I just wanted to let her know how much I appreciated it.  This card is out of my comfort level because I combined 3 different patterns of DP (all The Paper Studio).  I added liquid pearls to the image for texture.  The ribbon used to be black and white, but I "dyed" it with Antique Linen distress ink to go better with the color scheme of the card.

Well that's it for now. . .I've had to stop several times in typing this because typing makes my forearm feel like it is on fire.  The elbow is better (for the most part), but it is taking a lot of time to heal because my care for Jay requires me to lift him out of bed to get him into his chair each morning, and other various uses during the day.  So it is slow, but I'm going to keep going to see if I can't do this on my own without another shot.

Pic of the Week
This sweet little fox is new to the neighborhood.  This was taken in my side yard this past weekend.  It is hunting voles.  From his size and face, I can tell he is a young pup and still hasn't learned to fear humans as much as he should.  He has certainly made himself famous around the neighborhood.  He drives my boys nuts!  LOL

Well, thanks so much for stopping by.  I'm SO SORRY that I haven't made it to everyone's blogs in the last couple of weeks, but I swear I'm working on it.  It just kinda hurts (it has taken me over two hours to type this!)  It is all YouTube's fault!!!  Anyway, I will be catching up with all of you in the coming week!  Promise!

Hope you are all doing well.  Hugs to everybody!

Love you guys!


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


Krissy said...

Curt, beautiful cards as always! Take care of your arm and don't push yourself too hard -- let your body heal itself!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I so appreciate your kind comments!

Have a great week!

Ted said...

Love the cards, Curt... that purple and green always gets me. :) And I adore the picture of the pups wishing us all a happy Valentine's day. :) Your blog changing always makes me smile. :)

Patti J said...

I've decided that you live in the best neighborhood in the whole world! And you are probably the best neighbor ever! Each card is wonderful, and I know that they will be appreciated by the recipients. Bet it felt like Christmas getting those bags of stamps! lol... The boys look great all decked out for Valentine's Day! Your little fox is so sweet. When we were in Colorado last weekend, we had a small fox run out in front of us. The amazing thing was that it was also in an area with lots of homes, traffic, pets, etc. I find myself worrying about Great sewing! I still have never sewn on a card - must give it a try as I love how it looks. Take care of yourself, dear friend!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh I feel bad that your arm is still hurting.So glad you got to share so many beautiful designs.
I agree with PattiJ that you must live in the best neighborhood. i think your picture should be the poster pic for neighborhood watch!
Love the new pic of the boys ready for V-day.
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment about my daughter's pic on my made me cry what you said...she is as beautiful in the inside as she is on the outside.
Can you guess I am a proud mom?
Hugs to you and the boys.

Sue said...

First, I received your beautiful card yesterday and you know I appreciate the sentiment so much, you are a very thoughtful guy!
Love your cards, and no surprise that you are sending them out to people who need some love. Great idea about coloring the ribbon to match and I love the three papers you used. Dog is adorable and of course he needs a wet nose.

Take care of your arm, blogging is second to healing. We have a red fox in our neighborhood too, love the tail....take care get better.

Big Hugs


All your cards are wonderful! Everyone you made cards for will be delighted! Hope you feel better soon!! Hugs! Leah Ann

Gail said...

Thanks for coming by and spitting at my blog!
I'm not going to mention any names....but I won't be whining about NOT having my Christmas cards done!
Sorry to hear the arm still gives you grief!
Listen to your body!
Help Jay, then quit!
Or use the other arm!
Ha! Easier said than done!
Cards are wonderful...the fellers look smashing!
Love the fox pic!
Godd job, again my friend!
Talk to ya!

Myrna said...

Such wonderful cards. You have such a wealth of ideas.
Oh such a sweet little fox. Seldom do you see them that close and that fearless.
Take care of yourself.
p.s. love your pink background

Myrna said...

P.s. Forgot to mention how great the boys look all decked out for Valentine Day.

Becky said...

Awww that little dog with the heart is so cute! I just love that image on the second card, beautiful stitching too. My fav this week is this last one, I love the image and the different design papers you used.,
Love the photo of your babies up top with the rose in his mouth, just to stink-en cute.

Hope your tech. problems get resolved this week.
Have a fabulously creative week.

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
lovely to see you this morn, gorgeous cards as always,cute doggie fab colour combo, luv the thank you cards, how lovely of the lady to pass on her stamps to a good home.
Awww adorable piccie of the week, take care Curt, hugs to you both, sue,xx

Jean S said...

The cards are all wonderful (as usual), but I especially like the purple Hero Arts card. I LOVE everything about it, colors, layout, image, coloring AND the sewing.
Sorry you're still hurting. Try not to aggravate it anymore than absolutely necessary. Hope you feel better soon.
Jean S ~

Bonnie Weiss said...

Marley's big brown eyes are certain to bring tears to your neighbour lady's eyes ... I'm sure she misses her little Marley very much.

Looks like you are mastering the sewing machine. Your thought behind the card is probably the reason she was generous to you in passing along her stamps ... YOUR kindness has come full-circle.

And the final card is SOOOO nice! Love the layers and texture ... looks like you should venture out of your comfort zone more often!

Miss your voice from your video posts (I've been having a lot of trouble with YouTube lately too). Sending well wishes that you are gaining strength with each new day.

PS ... love the Boy's Valentine attire.

Diane said...

Nice to see you back in blogland...great cards that I am sure will be appreciated....and how fun to get a bag full of your layered card...I am hoping to get some Valentines out this week...remember the site I sent you for "stuff"??...I ordered from her and was very pleased...she is behind though, as since she put in the shopping cart, she is the Valentine pic of the boys!!

Rita said...

Beautiful cards as always! I love this card design by the way...too cute!

So glad that your elbow is feeling a little better. I had that years ago & it does take a long time to get back to normal. I had bought this little blow up pillow thing that I got from Walgreens to wrap around my elbow, someone at work told me to get it. I used it mainly at work while on the pc but that thing was anoying. After a week or so of using it I finally gave up & let it heal on its own. Good luck & be patient, it WILL heal. Hugs Rita

Sonja said...

And good morning to you, I started checking to see if it was me that you were smelling... whew...nope

Those ladies around you sure do love you... That purple and green card makes me think spring... very very pretty... the doggie card, well perfect for what you were going after... and the last one is too awesome... I can only imagine how long it took you ti color that ribbon... Does it hurt as much to play and create these beautiful cards as it does to type this up??? We may need to all chip in and buy you a voice program...hmmm : )

Wow I am impressed, Thursday morning and I had a great surprise to start my day... Hope your weekend can have some rest, and healing time... Tell the boys they look so handsome... Til next time...hugs with healing my grand kids call it
" Magic Powder "


Lee said...

Oh Curt,so good to see you.I adore your creations as always.Love how you have done the butterfly,all the cards are Beautiful.Oooh that cute lil fox pup hope he will be ok wonder where his mum is.

Shotsy n Gunther look sooo gorgeous in their Valentine scarves soooo cute how could anyone not love them.Take care of your arm,rest it as much as you can ya hear me.Big Hugs to all.xx Cuddles for those boys xx

Miranda said...

Lovely cards! Your work is always so beautiful! Have a great week!
Miranda :)

Jackie said...

Your cards are beautiful and I think you did a great job combining the different patterns on the last one. It can be difficult for me at times, but others seem to do it so easily. I'm so sorry you are still in pain, you just take it easy and don't worry about commenting on blogs, we all know you care and just want you to get better!

Gina Wrona said...

darn, darn, darn, I was all set to eat my lunch at the office while watching your video. anywho, love all your card creations, and when I opened your blog page, was able to see thru my blury migraine eyes your beautiful baby boys!


Alli said...

Wonderful cards again Curt!!!
I think the thank you one is my fave!
I hope you can find some relief soon!
Chin up Mister!

Beth Norman said...

I'm sorry to hear your arm isn't healing to well. Your cards that you made under the pain are gorgeous. I particularly love the bottom one. Thanks for sharing the pic of the fox too.

Brenda & Ian said...

God Grief, Charlie Brown, ooooops Curt. Please slow down and rest your arm. A couple of sentences to let us know you are alive is more than sufficient!

Do what you must do. The rest of the world can tread water till you are better!!!!!

Maple Ridge

Mary said...

Oh, how sweet of you to send a Valentine to your neighbor, I bet she really appreciated receiving one from her little friend! Take care and rest your arm/elbow.

Anonymous said...

Curt, straight stitching adds to the straight lines in thestem, spine, and elongated stamped flower petal to carry the viewer's eye around the card's face and sentiment. How sentimental! Two bags of stamps! What an occasion! What a card of multilayer and textures! Good going, guy! Warm pak, cold pak for your elbow this evening while browsing blogland.
Blessings, mt23stamperatyahoo Keep Looking UP!

Linda said...

Hi Curt I thought it was mechanical thing you didn't have patience for not technical. I remember when the sewing machine was new. You really are doing a great job with your sewing.
I love all your cards but the one outside of your comfort zone it the one I love best. Those papers look amazing together.
I hope your video problem gets worked out and that your arm gets better soon. It is so hard to rest your arm. Try to take it easy!

Tertia said...

Love the little fox! So cute.
Your cards are amazing, as usual! The last one is mt favourite one. Love the colours and dying the ribbon like that - beautiful!
Have a great week.
Hugs from sunny South Africa

Leigh said...

G'day Curt,
I'm sorry your arm is still not good. I do like all of your cards this those thistles. What a great picture of the fox. You take fabulous photos. Take care and look after yourself.

Cut n Paste said...

Hi Curt! I came upon your blog via Mark's blog at Deadbeat Designs....and I must say it has been a joy to see your gorgeous cards and your photography! Today was no exception! I love all the cards...but I'm really tempted to CASE the last one...looks so elegant!

Take care of your arm. I know it's hard to not use it.

Have a great week and I will check on you next week! Happy Valentine's Day!

Lorraine said...

You are such a lovely neighbour wish you were mine. Love the cards great trying the sewing again just love the effect on cards. Hugs from cold Jersey U.K.

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Gosh...your so sweet!! Those cards are so gorgeous and I know each recipient will be happy to get them! :) Take care of your elbow/arm as much as possible! Hugs!

Donna said...

Curt, Beautiful cards, I just discovered your blog and really enjoy it. Wishing you quick healing.

Ann Schach said...

Curt, you are so sweet to make certain that your neighbor receives a Valentine. And what a sweet Valentine it is, too! Your stitching is wonderful. I can't sew a stitch...crooked or otherwise! I love the layout on your thank-you is a gorgeous card. Take care!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

I'm always delighted by your creations when I come to visit. I especially like the first Thank You card with the little butterfly on it. Your 'boys' are adorable in the banner all decked out for Valentine's Day. REST that arm! Be well. Hugs!

lisa808 said...

The 'Marley' card is so sweet. Love the purple card (my favorite color). How very thoughtful and generous of your neighbor to give you her stamping supplies. They will definitely be put to good use in your craft room. You sure did a great job going out of your comfort zone. The different PPs look very nice together.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards! Love the fox photo too! How fun is that to have around to photograph though I am sure the boys think otherwise. They look stunning in their new bandanas. Please rest your arm - like someone else said just a quick sentence to say hi and if there is a bonus of some cards and photos - we will cherish them as always. You have to be the best neighbor ever! Hugs to all.

Chris R. from Iowa

Deb Neerman said...

As usual, fabulous projects to admire, Curt!

And that l'il fox is adorable!

Hope all is well with you, Jay, and the boyz!!

Audrey Frelx said...

As always, Curt, your cards are fabulous!!! Sorry to hear you're not doing as well as you should and I'll make certain to keep you in my prayers that all your pain will just disappear, my friend!


ursula Uphof said...

Curt sorry to hear that your arm is still not better. Your cards are really good again. I haven't popped in much still being on holiday, but when I get home next week will be a more frequent visitor. Please take care

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Your cards are so gorgeous. Love that Mo's Digital doggy & the florals are both so stunning. I need to make flower cards.

That is no fun that your arm is bothering you. I fractured my elbow, so I know how you feel. It makes things so tricky! Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

Sue from Oregon said...

First of the pic of the boys in their Valentine get up! Great cards this week. You know I am partial to the this image! Take care!!!

Susan said...

Welcome back, Curt. I hope that you are continuing to heal. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration that your blog and cards bring. And thank you for the sweet "Valentine boys".

~Tammy~ said... are blessed to have such wonderful neighbors and wonderful of you to make a Valentine card for your neighbor.

Thanks for sharing!

Love the fox photo!

Anonymous said...

These are all beautiful cards Curt! A shopping bag full of stamp, you must have felt like you died and went to heaven!! I have been getting deep tissue massage done on my arms, wrist and thumbs and my pain is gonnnnnne!! And believe me, the pain was excrusiating. Hugs my friend

Juls~ said...

Hi Curt!

Hope you are having a nice weekend! Enjoyed catching up on your blog and seeing your beautiful work. I think the black and creamy gold card is fantastic! And always love your doggie cards :)

Have you tried Fish Oil supplements to see if it will help your elbow? I'm wondering if there are alternative ways of lifting. My daughter is studying to get her doctorate in PT and talks about moving patients quite a bit. There are techniques that may make it easier for you to do :)