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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Hey All!

How the heck are ya???  Come on, get in here and come in out of that cold.  I have a fresh pot of coffee on, want some?  Have a seat, it's always good to see you here.  You know how much I love having you drop by.

I hope this post finds you all well and happy.  I have worked on a few cards this week, so I do have a few things to show you.  Wanna see 'em?  OK!

I was browsing all the newly uploaded cards and I found one that I just had to case!  Here is the card I saw.  I happened to have stamps that were almost identical and I also had a background stamp with writing.  I changed several things like the color (I'm not fond of lavender), changed where the sentiment went, added a porcelain brad in the center and changed where the butterfly was.  I really like the cut panel look.  I made this for my Mom's best friend's birthday.

I've always wanted to try a "wiper" card and have so many floating in my head that I want to make.  This one became reality:
This is one of my most favorite Gruffies stamps.  I colored it with my colored pencils and oms.  I pictured in my head the musical notes coming up on the wiper when you pull the card.  You can find the tutorial on SCS HERE.  You will be seeing more of these in the future.  You know how much I love interactive cards and these are really very easy to make!

My last card for this post is one that I made after watching a video on Gina K. Designs Stamp TV website.  You can find the video HERE.
You have to click on the photo to really see that the penguin's scarf is paper pieced to match the plaid background paper.  Gina's card uses a snowman and her flourishes are made using a die.  Since I had no snowman stamp the right size I chose my little penguin, and I stamped the flourishes.  I also went over them with a silver glitter pen which gives them lots of sparkle not seen in the photo.  If you've not seen Gina's videos, you really should.  She is really professional and produces great stuff.

Pic of the Week
I love this photo, but it always makes me sad when I look at it.  These footprints/paw prints are mine and my boys'.  Shotsy's are the far left prints, Gunther's are in the middle, and then of course the right side prints are mine.  It makes me sad I think because it is one of those photos that makes you realize that whomever was there is no longer there and the footprints are but a memory captured for a brief moment.

OK enough of that. . .I hope you've enjoyed your visit as much as I enjoyed having you here.  I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.  I look forward to popping in on you in the next several days to see what you've been up to.

Love you guys!


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


mudmaven said...

Oh Curt - all of these are amazing, but the flower panels are simply gorgeous! Love the footprint photo to - so sweet and poignant! Hope you are all staying warm and dry. All the best to Jay and big hugz to the darling boys. We are better and moving on! ~chris

Patti J said...

You have been quite busy this week. Each card is wonderful. Love the first card - so elegant. The piano-man is awesome - love the wiper notes! And that penguin? Cute as can be! Thanks for sharing another fun photo. Hope you are staying warm (it's to be 10 here again tonight!) and will look forward to next Wednesday night's post! Hugs...

Ted said...

I brought some chocolate/walnut brownies! :) Fresh out of the oven! I have to say that first card is just awesome! :) I love the composition. You always inspire me, Curt! :)

Sue from Oregon said...

Amazing the different cards you make each week! I really like the added brad in the middle of your first card. Added that special touch! Stay warm dude!

ursula Uphof said...

Love all your cards this week Curt. You have given me an idea with your first one. I love the elegance and need o make a card today for my DIL's Mom. This is justperfect, so going to hunt for a suitable stamp. The wiper card is gorgeous with your music notes. I haven't made one of these in ages, so again thanks for jogging the memory. Have missed watching Gina K the last while so maybe need to make THAT my resolution for this year.
Today and tomorrow we are having 33 and 34 deg.C, so will be inside staying out of the heat....a bit different from you. Thanks for popping by and your photo is so meaningful with the footprints. Take care, loved popping in for some coffe, but it was a bit early...hope I didn't wake you..LOL
Take care, hugs, Ursula

Myrna said...

Gorgeous cards as always.
The penguin is so cheeky and I love his paper pieced scarf.
Such an adorable gruffie with his sliding music notes.
Your panel card is wonderful. I love that technique.
Footprints in the snow........brings so many things to mind.
Coffee and Teds brownies.....who could resist?
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such great comments. This week I hope to have something posted.

Sue said...

Hi Curt, love your elegant first card. Reminds me of looking out a window. The wiper card is wonderful, you should enter it in the current HMFMC, the theme is new beginnings, and learning to play the piano is a new beginning, and the girls would all love to see it. Your little penguin is so cute too.
Really cold here too, staying in when we can and enjoying the fact that we don't have to go out if we don't to. Enjoy the rest of the week. Love the picture of the footprints......

Becky said...

Hey Curt!
All your cards are fabulous.
love that first card, just gorgeous, love the colors and very creative putting that brad in the center.
What a cute wiper card, the musical notes are so perfect with this image.
You have a great week and thanks for stopping by leaving love on my blog.
Hugs :)

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt, The idea of the flowers on the panels is a great one, love the cute wiper card and also that very cute penguin. You have been very busy - alas I haven't! Almost have a card finished for Leigh's birthday though.
Love the footprints photo - how crisp and clean those footprints come up - Gunther must drag his feet!! All the best to Jay and hope you and the boys are well! Hugs

Krissy said...

Great cards, as usual! I really love the first card- I think I'll have to dig out my Stampendous Agapanthus stamp and have a go at it.

I'm embarrassed to say that it's been over a month since I blogged - time for me to get my act together!

Hope all is well in your world - stay warm! It's c-c-c-cold here in Chicago!


Beth Norman said...

Terrific cards. I really like the four panel card and I know it's going to be well received. How kind of you to make a card for your mom's best friend. It's a cold 2 degrees here. -16 degrees C for my Cdn friends.

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Oh Curt...these are wonderful. It's been a long time since I've done something similar to the first card and when I saw your card I ood and ahhhhhed...then I giggled when you said you CASEd but then described all the things you changed....a good little laugh with my morning coffee. To the second card...I've been working with cards for 5 years and shame on me for not ever seeing this cool idea....hooray for you bringing this to my attention...I too love inner -action cards. The photo is awesome and then I read your comment...I'm going to think of it has friends have a wonderful day walking and being together enjoying the beauty of a first snow....haha Have a great week!

Bonnie Weiss said...

You've a busy boy, Mr. Curt ... great creations. Make sure that when I come to stay for a month with you this summer, that you keep all of these cards aside so I can see them in person.

And don't be sad about the footprints in the snow but rather be happy that you shared that time in time with your boys and have a photo to remember it by.

Hugs to all and an extra little one to Shotsy.

Sonja said...

And good morning~ thank you for starting my Thursday off with smiles ~ I so needed that : )

I love the first card, I can do that one , YIPPEE I too love interactive cards, a bit tricky for me so I will just look at yours : ) and oh the picture, well it reminded me of a saying "Do not be sad it is DONE, be Happy that you did it " The love you and the boys share is special~ in my opinion, there is never ENOUGH of that : )

Ok off to run errands , oh I left you some warm banana bread to go with your coffee

Gail said...

Your cards are always so great!
I haven't had time to craft, between shoveling & snow blowing! OMG!
I love the footprint/paws picture!
It just makes me smile!
Good job, might 'borrow' an idea or 2!
Stay warm!

Jackie said...

Thanks for the coffee, it is freezing out here! I'll have mine in front of the fireplace, please. All of your cards are just beautiful but I really like the first one. I rarely think of using the scripty background stamps that way but it looks so pretty. Stay warm!

Glittered Paws said...

Amazing cards this week - love the wiper card but all 3 are great - I have to make a sympathy card today and I think I am casing the first one. Love your footprints in the snow - amazing picture and the words are so true. Keep the coffee hot for a while - COLD here in MO. and I know it is cold in IN. Have a daughter that lives in South Bend.

Christine said...

Hi Curt wow you have been busy since my last visit..the 1st card is so clean & crisp might need to borrow that idea..& of course the cute gruffie learning to play the piano..we need to see ove a HM & F chall..the last card made me smile too this penguin has a cute & your foot prints piccy kinda sad but true.. had lots of the white stuff where I am in the UK..seems to be going till it falls again..stay well & warm. friend..

smiles Christine x

Ann Schach said...

Such wonderful cards this week, Curt! The tile card is gorgeous, and the wiper card is too cute! But what I love the most about this week's post is the photograph. What a poignant reminder of the beautiful relationship that exists between you and your boys! I would have it enlarged and framed for sure. Enjoy the rest of your week...

Anonymous said...


Alli said...

Great cards Curt!!!
So lovely!!!
I haven't been playing with too much paper lately...well, not that is bloggable anyhow!
LOL...soon I hope!
I have been trying to get healthier and am DOWN 13 lbs!!!!
SO excited about that!
I shall return to paper play sooon!
Thanks for always being so inspiring!!!
Have a wonderful week!
Love the footprints pic!

Linda said...

Oh I think our spirt is always there. Our spirit is much bigger than the moment we are there. I had to tell you that because I hate to think you are sad, ever.
Love the cards and I may have to try the card you cased. Very pretty. I alway love your work. That bear is adorable.
Have a wonderful week.

Mary said...

Boy a cup of "joe" sounds really good on a COLD day. Both of your cards are so cute, you really have a good eye for color and placement, thanks for sharing.

Tanya said...

Hello i would love a cup of joe. Its freezing here in NY.

Your cards are wonderful. i really love the gruffies card. its cute.

I hope you are well, thanks for inspiring me.

Dawn LL said...

We have no snow in our area but it is -10 and {{{COLD}}}
Loving the cards especially the mouse and piano...those are some of my favs.
Glad your doing well and hugs to you and the boys

lisa808 said...

Love the first card! What?!?!? You are not fond of lavender??? It is my favorite color! Actually, I love any shade of purple. I have never tried a wiper card. Yours is absolutely adorable. That image is so cute. Paper piecing is tedious, but fun. I wish you a great week with lots of crafting time :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Wonderful cards, Curt. LOVE the elegance of the first. And of course the other two are so sweet.

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Hi Curt! Your art is wonderful this week! I love the Gruffies one with the music notes - very clever!! What I saw in your photo were three sets of footprints made by creatures who obviously love each other very much. See how the track together? A little curve for one is a curve for all three! A sweet reminder in the snow . . .

Tertia said...

Its weird to see the footprints in the snow when we are really melting in the heat over here. I find it beautiful and nor sad at all, more like proof that you were there in the first place and you were not alone, you had somebody to share that walk with.
Love all your cards. I really love Gina's videos and her stamps and papers are great too.
Sorry I am so late visiting this week.

Lorraine said...

Hi Curt your cards as always gorgeous, I have the stamp on your first card and it is one of the favorites. Snow here for one day which is unusual for Jersey U.K. Keep warm hugs xx

Lee said...

Hi Curt,Wonderful Wonderful creations as always.I LOVE them all.Do hope you are all well,how are those gorgeous boys doing.

I was moved to tears when I looked at that pic of the week.hugs x

Diane said...

some great always do the neatest interactive cards and are always thinking outside the box....that little penquin is the music notes one, too...well I always like them it snowing is here like crazy and we have a lake effect snow warning.....well, late as usual, and am heading to bed...see ya!!

Susan said...

Hello, my friend! I am just checking in to be sure that you are okay. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself!