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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Hey All!

How is everyone????  Can you believe we are just about a week away from Thanksgiving???  OMGosh. . .it's like I was just swimming with the boys and now it is time for Thanksgiving!  Where does the time go???

Well, I know where some of my time has gone. . .into making more cards.  I decided to play along with the House Mouse Monday Challenge this week.  I did it for two reasons: 1) I thought I would get a start on my Christmas cards, and 2) It has been a while since I played with my House Mouse/Happy Hopper stamps.  The challenge this week is to create a card that depicts one of the many things you do to get ready for Christmas.  Here is my entry:
I know lots of people who bake Christmas cookies so I thought this image would depict that.  However, I didn't think that bunnies would make gingerbread "men" so I made a gingerbread bunny!  LOL  The image is colored with my cheap colored pencils and oms.

I also got stuck this week on making side step cards.  I love dimensional cards and this style lends itself to so many ideas I just couldn't stop.  Here they are:
While I was looking for an image for the challenge above, I saw this image in my collection and this card popped into my head.  I made the little bath mat by stamping the word "bath" on a cloth ribbon, then fraying it on both ends to create "fringe".  I made the side panel into a chest of drawers with a little lacy towel hanging out of a drawer and added the wine glass and bottle.  Again colored with pencils/oms.
I created this winter scene and made it even more dimensional by cutting out the tree and having the limb extend out into open space to allow the birdhouse to hang from a piece of twine.  I also added liquid applique for a "snowy" effect.  It is glittery too, but it doesn't show in the pic.   The stamp set used is by Crafty Lounge.  There is no name on the wood tree stamp I used for the background.

 I used this stamp set again from Technique Tuesdays to create this stair step card.
The pumpkins on this one were made with an oval punch and two different colors of card stock that had textured dots.  I used the single wheat stamp in multiple distress ink colors to create the background panel.
I've been wanting to use this giant pumpkin stamp for the longest time and finally did.  I'm not used to having such a large image dominate a card like this one does, but I LOVE pumpkins and I love the vintage look of this one.

OK, that's it for another Wednesday Evening Post.  I'm off to see what you have all been up to, so you'll be seeing a comment from me in the very near future.  Can't wait to see what you've been up to.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my crap stuff.  LOL

Pic of the Week
Hope you all are having a great week!


Curt O'Brien

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


Myrna said...

You really have been a busy guy. Love your HM cards and all the wonderful detail on everything.
Your pic of the week is so regal.
Such cool step cards. Love dimensional cards.
So nice to see all your great cards.

mudmaven said...

Such a fountain of creative energy!! Really gorgeous cards - love those sidesteppers! Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. Best to Jay and hugs to the boys. ~chris

Sue said...

Well, you have been a busy bee!!! Love your challenge card, so good to see you creating again. So many beautiful cards, love the giant pumpkin too!! The Gingerbread bunny is such a cute idea too. Glad your back to crafting, fun stopping by to see what you are up to.


Patti J said...

Look at you go! So good to see you back in the swing of things, my friend. Your cards are all wonderful. I know how much you love your House Mouse stamps, so was happy to see you using them. Clever bath mat - you always think of the most fun ways to embellish a card! The fall cards are beautiful, and who can resist a cute snowman? Have a good weekend :) Hugs...

Ted said...

Great cards as always, Curt! :) I especially like the side step card featuring the rake and leaves. :) Almost makes me wish I had a yard with leaves like that. Almost. ;) If I don't speak to you before then, I wish all you guys a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving! :)

Dawn's Craft Place said...

So thrilled to see you coloring so many fun image,always love the MH images.
Each one is cuter then the next.
As a baker I love the the gingerbread bunnie
Hope your doing well sweetie and taking care.

ursula Uphof said...

Good to see you are creating again Curt, you certainly have been busy. Love the bath mat. take care, hugs Ursula

The Rubber Maid said...

Your ambition is amazing and so are your great cards. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Pat

Jean McKenzie said...

Curt, you have bounced right back into your stamping!! What great cards - all so different and I love all your little details! What a character that little gingerbread bunny is!! Hugs

downrightcrafty said...

oh wow what a feast for ones eyes, love that gingerbread man and that super image of preparing for Xmas, wish that was me in the pink bath tub and love the draws, super use of the tree with the snowman, great Autumnal colours and love the leaf broom, could do with one of those here at the moment, love your pumpkin cards, and another great photograph, always a pleasure to hop over to see you, thanks for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Diane said...

Well, you sure have been busy fall and Christmas the gingerbunny...cute~cute idea!! Love the bath bunny with the added glass of wine...a happy scene!! Your pic of the week looks like here, we call the bird Big Bird, and Nellie goes bonkers whenever it appears in the creek, she hates that bird....too funny!! See ya later!!

tilly said...

Love all your new cards, what a clever idea with the bath mat.... the HM stamps are so cute... I also love the way you have cut your tree with the little birdhouse... the vintage pumpkin is great, happy thanksgiving
Tilly x

Christine said...

Hi Curt lovely to see you using your hopper stamps, great take on the chall theme at HM, the bunny gingerbread man very your dimensional card is great too..lovely selection of creations.. glad to see your enjoying your card making..

smiles Christine x

Alli said...

Wonderful cards Curt!

Jackie said...

It's so good to have you back! I love them all but my favorites are the side step cards and your gingerbunny! I hope all is well with you and yours, and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving next week.

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Awesome cards, Curt!i learned several new tricks!! You made me laugh out loud about the gingerbread bunnies! I also loved the bath mat - what creativity! Hugs!!

Soni B said...

Hey there ...I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to wake up and find you in my in box lol
Seriously, it is great to have you back...your cards are amazing~ as always ~

I love that vintage pumkin, I have a simialar one that was gifted to me, guess I should try using it ! lol
Bath the bath card is my fav... Oh I love to see you brain at work... you inspire me so much !...

Hope you all are doing good, hugs to you and Jay and scratches behind the ears for the boys...Do you put coats or sweaters on them in the winter?
My little Daisy is always cold

take care

Mary said...

Beautiful cards!

Leigh said...

Wow, you've been busy Curt. Great lot of cards and I love that pumpkin stamp too but unfortunately wouldn't use it. Hope you are keeping well.

Linda said...

OH my goodness your cards are amazing! Love all the side steps. So cool.
The Pic of the Week is wonderful. It is a picture I see when we are at the cabin.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

lisa808 said...

So many cards, where to begin...gingerbread bunnies-too funny. Love the 'bath' card. The image and colors are 'soothing.' Your Fall cards are fabulous. I especially like the one with the baskets.

Ellen said...

These are all fabulous cards Curt! You have inspired me to ply with my very hoarded HM stamps. Your bunny gingerbread is so creative! Made me smile! Have a great week!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous collection of cards Curt :-) the gingerbread bunny really made me laugh, what a cute fun idea and the drawers with the scrap of lace ,,, brilliant !! Very clever and original ideas ,, LOVE 'em :-)

it is lovely to have you joining us Curt and we haven't given up hope that you will rejoin the team !! :-)
Lols x x x

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Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Wow you have been busy! These are all wonderful creations, the HH are so darn cute! Thanks for joining us at House Mouse and Friends Blog Challenge this week.

Glittered Paws said...

AMAZING cards - so happy to see you creating like crazy "again" - love the side step cards. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving,

Gail said...

Hahaha, love the Gingerbunny!
You're so smart!
Just got home, have a ton of blogs to visit!
Talk to ya soon!

Lee said...

WOW,Curt you are the most talented man.LOVE ALL of your wonderful creations absolutely ADORE the side step card so clever.big Hugs to all xx Cuddles for the boys.xx

Celeste said...

Love the "ginger bunny"! You have been very busy! I love those side-step cards. I have made the one that looks like it has dresser drawers. It was a baby card. The images you used are so nice. I really need to start my Christmas cards. Thanks for the inspiration friend! You guys have a great turkey day :-)

Anonymous said...

What a hunka hunka pumpkin pie that handsome veggie will make! Thanks for taking time to showcase your large pukin' of days of yore delights. So glad not to be toting those heavy spheres these days! One day long ago those made dinner last longer into the dominate silence of winter. No matter a great pie is welcomed any time. Now, the pumpkin fudge sample in Cabelas wasn't as mind encompassing as the clerk had built up. Call me old fashioned! But your card, Curt, new and fresh in creative greetings wins the draw. mt23stamperatyahoo
Keep Looking UP!

Paper is BLISS said...

Hey Curt - how are you? You seem to have been really busy lately, the last time i managed to catch up with you, you were moving house!

I am really loving your recent creations, I particularly love your step cards and the box set cards with the mo manning dog image are just adorable! You're colouring is amazing. I had some House Mouse images but I could not quite get the right coloring affect with them so I gave up and sold them! I have improved a bit now so you've inspired me to maybe buy some again.

Hope you are keeping well and have settled in to your fab new home!

Take care
Zoe xxx