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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

THE WEDNESDAY EVENING POST FOR DECEMBER 5, 2012

Hey All!

Can you believe it is DECEMBER already???  And that Christmas is just 20 days away!!!!  I've been producing cards like a crazy person.  I was up until almost 2 AM this morning working on cards.  I figure if the end of the world is going to happen on the 21st, then that leaves me even less time to get these in the mail!  LOL  Great, just what we all need, more pressure!

Here are my cards for this week:
Is this little guy the cutest snow person ever???  This is a new image from artist Stacey Yacula in red rubber.  This one I colored in with water color pencils, but I've done several versions of this card also using markers too.  He's fast and fun to color and just puts a smile on my face.
Another new Stacey Yacula image.  I have a new found favorite artist for sure.  This image was colored with my colored pencils and oms.
Yes, this too is a Stacey Yacula image.  The sentiment is computer generated and I used this line from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas because it is what came to mind the first time I saw the image.  I created the brick background using an embossing folder then rubbing it with Fired Brick Distress Ink.  The image is colored with a combination of markers and colored pencil.
My last card was unfortunately necessary this week.  A friend of a friend of mine suffered a very sad, and tragic loss.  I have never met this person, but was touched by the tragedy of her situation so I felt compelled to make the card.  It was also nice to be able to get away from red/green/white/blue for awhile.

Well, that's it for yet another post.  I hope you are all well, warm, and happy and that your excited about the holidays.  Every since my heart attack, I view many things differently.  For example, I really didn't get excited about Christmas, but now it is fun and I realize that every holiday is a milestone in our so very short lives.  They should all be celebrated. . .

Pic of the Week

Hugs to all of you!

Curt

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

43 comments:

Jackie said...

Wonderful cards! A friend of mine is also in love with the snowman stamp you used on the first card, he's adorable. I love the brick background with the stockings! I hope all is well with you, Jay and the Boys!

Ted said...

I always look forward to your posts, friend. :) Glad to hear you've been busy...but remember to take time to rest that ticker of yours, too! I like the chimney/stockings card...such a cool look to it! :)

Myrna said...

Curt
Great cards as usual. I particularly like the brick one. I keep thinking how much mileage I could get out of that folder but never seem to get around to getting it. lol
Love your pic of the week. So peaceful.
Myrna

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

What a great bunch of cards! Your Christmas cards are terrific! Your coloring is wonderful and I really like the brick wall on the 3rd one. Thanks for visiting my blog! Love those Deadbeat newsletters...a guy w/ my an ironic sense of humor like mine, lol. Every time I'm in TX, I look for a few new Deadbeat images.

mudmaven said...

These are all just gorgeous Curt. I love, love, love that snowman and that Santa is too cute! Things are crazy as ever around here, but I'm hanging in. All the best to Jay and big hugz to those darling boys too! ~chris

Jean McKenzie said...

Love the cute Christmas cards Curt. Especially the one with the bricks background - looks great! Such a nice soft Sympathy card too - I am sure it will bring comfort to your friend's friend.
Take care, hope the boys are well too! Hugs.

Patti J said...

It's so much fun to see your posts pop up on Weds. nights again! Those handsome boys steal my heart in their winter finery :) Great cards, my friend - my favorite is the Santa, but all are wonderful! The sympathy card is beautiful, and I'm sure it will be much appreciated. Sorry you had need for it. Hope that you and Jay are well, and ready for the holidays - hope to see photos of your place all ready for Santa! Thanks for sharing :)

ursula Uphof said...

Love all your cards Curt.....I forgot about the 21st, so maybe I can slow down on the baking, won't be able to eat it all before then..LOL...
It is great to see that you are back to your card making. Have a good time and take care. hugs Ursula

tilly said...

You have been busy again with some great cards, I love the grin on that snowman lol.....pleased you are enjoying crafting again, I am away from Monday so Best wishes and good health to you, Jay and the boys for the new year...
Hugs Tilly x

Beth Norman said...

Love your cards. You're getting quite the collection now. The snowman is very cute; I can see why you like he artist.

Bonnie Weiss said...

Well, you certainly have been busy creating. Great cards ... different style stamps ... kinda funky ... love 'em!

OMG ... the world is ending ???? Why didn't you tell me sooner? I still want to plan a vacation at your new home. Will next week fit into your schedule? FYI ... I don't cook but I will do dishes and groom the puppies.





Jean S said...

Curt ~
All GREAT cards, but I have to say that is the most adorable Santa evah!
TFS, Jean

Alli said...

SO inspiring Curt!
TFS!
You have 'mad' colouring skills, NICELY done!
Hope your week is as terrific as your cards!
The sympathy card is lovely.

richardbreaks said...

Super cute, Curt! Those stamps are so adorable.

Soni B said...

Yep, those are all Curt cards ...lol The first three are ever so cute, great choice in stamps and artist... your work is perfect, I can never get a brick wall to look like that !

Oh I love Christmas, when I can do it it with out the stress... But I agree every Holiday is a great time to celebrate... actually every day is important, we should do some thing we love every day !... and give it back to GOD...as he gave us LIFE...

Merry Christmas to you , Jay, your mom and sister and the boys... hugs ~

stamponamous said...

As always Curt you are so tallented. Wishing you and all an extra good Christmas and a wonderful New Year LOL

Miranda said...

As usual your cards are AMAZING!!!! I wish I could color like you. LOL
Can't wait to see what you create for next week!
Miranda :)
www.nanasscrapspot.com

Gail said...

Awesome cards!
If you'd make them all year like someone you know, there'd be no mad dash in December. Just sayin!
Stay warm....was -34 here this morning, -42 with the windchill.
Where's the snow in your pic of the week? I'm gonna see about sending you some!
Stay well, hope everything's wonderful in your corner of the world....oh, and I'm coming with Bonnie! I cook!

Mary said...

Your cards are really great, love your coloring! Sorry to hear about your friend, have a blessed day.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOUR NEW XMAS CARDS...MY FAVORITE IS THE SANTA ONE...THE "PIC OF THE WEEK" LOOKS LIKE A ROAD/PATH TO HEAVEN. YOUR POST THIS WEEK IS VERY UPLIFTING... LOVE YA, MOM

Margaret said...

I love your picture of the week. I used a picture similar to that for a couple of retirement cards. :) I really need to get moving on my Christmas cards.It's slow going since there are so many other things that need my attention right now. I really like the card you created using the wall with the stockings.

Gina Wrona said...

I agree all holidays should be celebrated for the reason of the season.

Great cards & love that pic of the week very peaceful.

Hugs,
Gina

lisa808 said...

Three fun christmas cards. Love your coloring and the brick background. So sorry you needed to create a sympathy card.

Glittered Paws said...

Amazing creations - love love love the snowman card and love the brick bg too. The sympathy is so beauiful - I am sure it will bring peace and comfort. Love your pics of the week and always love your narrative - how wise you are.

Leigh said...

What fun Christmas images you've used for your cards Curt. I'm in the same boat, madly making Christmas cards so I can get them in the mail early this year.

Linda said...

I was getting so I didn't want to decorate. Haul it all out for a couple of weeks. Then put it all away. But You are right. They should be celebrated. Thanks for the reminder and for sharing your lovely cards. I hope you got to sleep in after staying up so late making cards. I know when you are on a roll it is hard to stop. I got in the Merry Monday challenge last year and I hope I have enough made. I should check.
Have a wonderful week!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Some great cards and luckily we've still had some lovely weather too! I want snow for Christmas, but it can wait until Christmas Eve to come! Happy Holidays to you!

Lorraine said...

Great lots of cards Curt love the images, you have been busy. Hugs Jersey Channel Islands U.K.

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Curt!!! Your cards are as incredible as they always are, and love the "pic of the week" -- beautiful!!!

It was wonderful to hear from you, I'd worried when you hadn't posted for awhile. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back here but I'm been going through quite a situation myself! As for you, I hope you're taking care of yourself -- don't think you should be up and not getting the rest you need...

I'll be back soon as I think I'm going to have to keep a better eye on you... lol!

Hugs, my friend!

maryr917 said...

Two really cute Christmas cards Curt-the Santa is so sweet-you sound like me-I find myself up until 2:00 a lot this time of year. Can only do it for a few days then I need my sleep (lol)

Anonymous said...

That's the caregivers' and teachers' way of covering'down time' in solo work environment...midnight to two: one last project. Been there! Hope you shag some sleep dear friend. Tonight is the night here with yet much to accomplish. Off to the P.O. soon. Had to let you know how much the brick wall impressed me with a joyful feeling of variety when flashing back at all the times a print/ embossing just like that would have been 'just so'. Thank you for telling the 'How tos' along with your card description. Helpful!
Keep Looking UP! mt23stamper

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous cards Curt :-) I love the images ! am going to google her :-)
your sympathy card is gorgeous too and such a lovely thought :-)

don't be overdoing things ,, making cards till 2 am ,,, tut tut ,, we all need our beauty sleep Curt ! LOL :-)

You are so right about enjoing holidays and milestones, we only have one life and need to make it a good one ! :-)

luv
Lols x x x

Christine said...

Hi Curt lovely to see your still busy with card making..even if it is needs must..lol great fun colours & images.. norty norty staying up late bad boy..lol if your a few cards short so what..am sure your health comes 1st..take care & enjoy your festive hols with the ones you love,

smiles Christine x

Ann Schach said...

Adorable cards, Curt! I love how the button on the snowman looks a little like an "innie" belly button. lol Plus I love those pointy toe stockings! I'm sure that the lovely sympathy card brought peace and serenity to the recipient. Take care, and hugz to the Boyz!

Leah Ann Gast said...

Oh these cards are amazing! I love them all but the snowman is my favorite, what a cutie! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. My daughter is having health issues, and it's got me a bit out of sorts. She has to have her thyroid removed, both sides and we do not know if the verdict is good or bad as of yet. The biopsy did not show yeah or neigh, so I'm worried sick :( I so appreciate your concern. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! Hugs! Leah Ann

Carmen O. said...

Hi Curt! I just love coming to visit you and see what your creations are for the week. You always inspire me and lately I've been having a hard time with getting my mojo going. Each weekend I hope to get my Christmas cards started but have such a hard time. Also, I know you liked the tea holder card so I thought I would post the link here, since I'm not sure when I'll be posting to my blog. The only thing I changed up from the tutorial is the tea pockets, I trimmed out the top half of the scored edges to make it less bulky. If you're not sure what I'm saying just shoot me an email. :O) Here is the link: iwannabuildamemory.blogspot.com/2011/09/tea-bag-holder-card-tutorial-for-kraft.html I hope it works as my mouse has decided to die and new batteries aren't reviving it. Have a great week and I'm looking forward to your tea holder card(s). Hugs, Carmen

Tertia said...

Love the cards. So sorry I only get to visit today, but my life is spiraling a little out of control at the moment. Thankfully school is out and I am on holiday, so maybe I will have a little more time for regular visits.
My DH had a heart attack last year and it has changed the way he lives his life completely, no more chasing after who knows what. Suddenly things that seemed so very important, appears to be so trivial and thing we take for granted, becomes precious.
Have a great week and stay warm, from a very hot South Africa.

Ellen said...

Hello Curt!
Your blog is looking so festive! Your cards are fantastic!Love that fun snowman image, he does put a smile on my face and so does Santa! Love the brick wall and those stockings! I concur a fabulous artist! Beautifully done sympathy card, sure to bring comfort to your friend! Thanks for the inspiration! Hope all is well with you! Have a great week!
Ellen

Serendipity Stamping said...

Love ya Curt!

Serendipity Stamping said...

Love ya Curt!

Tanya said...

What cute cards. I love your coloring. I need to finsh my cards too. Since losing my job maybe i will have more time to do it. But making cards doesn't pay the bills.
Have a great holiday season.

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Wow Curt - your cards are gorgeous! LOVE that snowman - he is so adorable!! LOVE how you did the brick background - looks so fab!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your concerns re my loved one. They are doing pretty well now - just taking a long time to recover from treatment as they have very little energy and tire so easily. Very full-on with caring and not much time for anything else - but I cherish our time together.

Sending lots of {{hugs}} to you, Jay and the boys. Take care of yourself :-)

Jocelyn XO

Kristen said...

Great Cards! Thank you for commenting on my blog because now I have found your blog - Love your work.