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Thursday, November 22, 2012


Hey All!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  I hope you find yourselves tomorrow surrounded by those you love.  I'm having seven for dinner tomorrow with all the trimmings, turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, home made dressing, etc.  And those of you who don't splurge or who have excessive will power, think about this. . .if the world is supposed to end on December 21st this year, then technically this is the last holiday forever!  So splurge!!!!  LOL  (Hey, it is a great excuse huh?)

I have 6 more cards to share with you today.  All Thanksgiving.  The top two are my favorites:

This is the card I made for my Mom.  It is made with a die cut from Memory Box.  I cut the image from 3 different papers, added the ribbon, stamped the sentiment, and done.
I'm never comfortable mixing patterns, but I like these together.  One fun thing I discovered when making this card. . .see the dots on the pumpkin image?  That was strictly by accident!  I stamped the image on the back of a "dotted" paper by Bazzill.  The front has raised dots on it, but the back seemed smooth.  When I started coloring with my colored pencils, the dots appeared.  How fun!
This is the card I made for my sister.  Another side step.

I saw this sketch where they used various pennants so I tried it out and ended up making 3 more cards.  You can't see it in the photo, but the one with acorns has dark copper glitter on top of the acorns, and I went back after the photo of the one with the pumpkin and added glitter to the swirl patter on the pumpkin.  The other, of course, is a House Mouse image that is actually a Halloween stamp, but worked well for this card.

Well, that's it for this edition.  I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and I want you to know that as I think about all of the things I am thankful for I certainly count you all on the top of that list.

Pic of the Week


Curt O'Brien

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


Ted said...

Curt! Praying that you and your loved ones have a most blessed day of thanks! I consider myself blessed to have "met" you online and to know our friendship will only strengthen... well, until December 21 if the Mayans have any say. ;) God bless!

Anonymous said...

Blessings, Curt! Happy Thanksgiving! Such a fine idea in your mother's card. Running the stems off into 'space' gives the mind's eye a chance to travel and go places only experienced in the joy of the receiver.
Smart use of Halloween mouse for a Thankful image! Multitasking provides a hit once again!
How lovely the copper glitter makes each highlight you enlighten! Ha! We are up for some glitz every happy card.
Your banner work is so fun. Making use of the paper treasure bank is such a creative harvest move when cardmaking, esp. Harvest / Thanksgiving cards.
Blessings be to you and yours this Thanksgiving season, all year 'round.
Keep Looking UP!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Curt! Those shadows on pumpkins have such stories to tell! I have imagined what was the item between the punkin and the sun! Those classically display a handsome part of your courtyard decor. Great captured in photo moment, Curt. Keep Looking UP!

ursula Uphof said...

Ccurt just love your cards..they are all so beautiful..I would hate to have to choose one. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate it here in SA, but we can still be thankful for so many Blessings. I am especially thankful for all my lovely blogging friends that I have made all over the world, you are all very special in my life. Take care, hugs, Ursula

tilly said...

Wishing you a wonderful and happy thanksgiving day. is there room for a little one to even up the numbers lol....I love all your cards and your Mom will be delighted with hers, such a pretty card and I love the banner cards as well.
Love to you all

Anne Marie Hile said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Curt! Hope you have a wonderful day! Great cards, too. I love all of the fab fall colors and those banner cards are really fun. I love the layout and mix of patterns on the pumpkin card. How cool are those polka dots. Great inspiration, as always! Hugs! :)

Myrna said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
You have done some really fine cards.
I am so glad you think outside the box sometimes because then you come up with more gorgeous cards.
Your mom and sisters cards are lovely. I like how you did mix patterns.
Of course HM always makes me go aaah.
Cool use of pennants.
The shadows on your pumpkins intrigue me, especially the grassy one.

Jackie said...

Lovely cards, all of them. The first and last one are my favorites. I am not comfortable with mixing patterns either, but you did a wonderful job. Maybe I should give it a go. Happy Thanksgiving to you all - eat healthy!

Gail said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!
Have a great day!
Love the cards!
They're all my favorite!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Happy Thanksgiving sweetie! A blessed day for you and your family.

Lorraine A said...

Happy Thanksgiving Curt :-) I hope you have a wonderful evening with your guests ,, I can just imagine you being an excellent chef with everything planned and cooked to perfection :-) Wish I was there too,,, I could do the washing up !! :-)

Gorgeous cards Curt, all of them are fabulous ,, love the spotty pumpkin but my heart belongs to the mouse :-) soo CUTE :-)

Lols x x x

Leigh said...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Curt. Your cards are excellent.

Bonnie Weiss said...

Well, by the time you read this, I'm sure you are just as stuffed as your turkey was a few hours ago! Hope you and your dinner guests had a nice time.

Your cards are amazing and I especially like the turkey card. It's amazing how far your cards and creativity have come over the years ... You are the Man!!!!!

Soni B said...

Awesome, I love them all...Such great cards but not over done at all... I am happy to read that you were with loved ones on Thanksgiving, In my heart it is a day to be with Family ...
I love how your mixed patterns turned out , looks wonderful ans the sketch with pennants is so versatile... that was a great choice : )
Hugs for the season

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Ellen said...

Fantastic cards Curt! You have been busy! Such a happy accident to create your polka dotted pumpkin! Awesome mix of patterned papers! The card for your Mom is my favorite! Hope your Thanksgiving was full of blessings!

Sande said...

It sounds like you and Jay had an amazing feast and were surrounded by those people you love and cherish. How can one not be thankful.

Spent another wonderful day with my family and I didn't have to cook this year, how sweet was that. I swear the food always tastes so much better. I can't even think about eating today...I am still stuffed. Hopefully this won't be are last holiday but you never know.

I adore your cards and can't decide which one is my favorite but I love those "accidental" dots on your pumpkin. Don't you just love when something like that happens.

I'm thankful that you are back to blogging and my online friend.

Mary said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and your family, hope you had a wonderful time! As always, your cards are lovely, blessings to you!

Sue said...

WOW, you are on a roll. So good to see you blogging again and making beautiful cards. Love them all, each an every one, but the Turkey one is my fav....hard to choose just one though. Hope you had a great holiday.


Alli said...

Nicely done Curt!
Hope u had a loverly Thanksgiving!
SO glad ours was in October!
I need to snap & blog the cards I've been doing lately...
So many little time!

maryr917 said...

hope you had a great Thanksgiving Curt-we had 13 at our gathering-lots of good food and family time-love the cards you are showing-the 1st one is my fave-just love those memory box dies

Susan (rainy) said...

My goodness! What a wonderful selection of cards, Curt. Love how you used the MB die on your Mom's card. And the mix of patterns on the second looks fabulous. The dots are such a happy accident. What a fun design on your sister's card! And I LOVE that sketch with the three pennants. Always love the HM images, too. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Thanksgiving at Curt's this year was one of the best I've ever had. Lots of good food and so much fun with my best friend and family!
Hope everyone who reads his blog had an equally great day!!

Linda said...

I cooked for 9 too but 5 ate. Two showed up the next day. Some drama but not too much so all and all it went well. LOL Crazy me I cooked a 22 lb turkey and made two apple pies plus the extras. Oh then I have to take it to the in-laws house to serve it. So I don't get to decorate my table. They are 92 and 96 and don't leave their house. I think they are afraid we won't take them home. They should be in an apartment not their big old house but we can't talk them into it now. I am happy to do it and they appreciate it. (Sorry about all that)
I love your cards and the one with all the patterns is my favorite. I have a hard time doing that and when it works it is great.
Ok now on to Christmas.

Ann Schach said...

What fabulous Thanksgiving cards, Curt! I definitely love the mix of patterns on your mom's card! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The Twins and Lexi enjoyed their time with Brady. If they could count, I am sure they would be counting down the days to Christmas break! Enjoy your week, and tell the Boys "hi" from the naughty Boxers!

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous as usual Curt, your cards. I also love the Memory Box die used on your mum`s card. Happy Thanks giving Hugs from Jersey U.K.

Diane said...

Sounds like you had a great feast...we did, too however, just the 2 of us, well 6 if you count the cats and cards...couldn't pick one if I had bet you are starting your xmas ones...wonder if I should wait to shop til after the I NEED your address to send you a xmas card this year...PLEASE!!

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt, What a great variety of Thanksgiving cards here! I know how much Thanksgiving time means to you. My favourite card would be the one with the cute little turkeys but also love the one you made for your Mum as I have that Memory Box die - it is a beauty!!

lisa808 said...

I think the top two are my favorites too!

Happy belated Thanksgiving! I'm sure your meal was enjoyed by all.

Jean Staples said...

Curt ~
All the cards are great as usual, but my faves are the 2nd & 3rd. I also love love love the pic of the week. It's so bright and warm. It just speaks fall harvest. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving and are ready to enjoy the Christmas season now.
Stay well my friend, Jean ~

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