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Thursday, April 18, 2013

THE WEDNESDAY EVENING POST FOR APRIL 17, 2013

Hey All!


Sorry I'm a day late (and $1 short too after tax day).  I've just been consumed with the coverage of all the horror that is going on in our world.  For my readers in Boston particularly, I'm so sorry that your beautiful city was touched by such darkness and evil.  Those of you in West, Texas I can't tell you how saddened I am over the loss of life there.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers. . .

I've only created a couple of cards this week and here they are. . .


I made this for Joan Fricker. . .Some of you might know Joan from Joan's Gardens.  She lives here in the northern part of the state of Indiana.  She has a fun blog and runs challenges too.  Joan just had a complete knee replacement (which went well I read on her blog) and I wanted to send her a card wishing her a speedy recovery.  I thought this House Mouse/Happy Hopper was perfect because of the leg cast (and they threw in an ear cast too! LOL).  Of course, it is colored with my pencils and oms.  I drew all the stuff on the cast because the cast is blank when stamped.  Hope Joan is back to normal in no time!

My next was created using a die which I've had for a few weeks.  I was sitting looking at all of my paper and saw a sheet that made me think of how I could use the die. . .take a look:


The paper had these wonderful tie die patterns on it and I thought sure they would fit inside the hot air balloon die and they did.  It made a fun design on the balloon.  I embossed the clouds for more texture and used distress ink to sponge the background sky.  The sun was created from a die as well.  I freehand cut the "hills" and finished it off with a computer generated sentiment.

Pic of the Week
The Perfect Symbol of Spring
That's it for another post. . .I have now officially gone over 100,000 views on my counter and my 5 year anniversary will be next week, so be sure that you tune in next week for my celebration give away!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be getting to all of your blogs sometime this weekend!  Hope you are all well and safe.  Take good care. . .

Hugs,

Curt

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

30 comments:

Elaine M said...

Congrats on the 5 yr anniversary - can't believe it's been that long. Wahoooo on the 100,000+ views - doesn't surprise me though - you've got a fantastic blog and it's been fun to watch your growth over the years. Here's to many many more yrs to come. Hugs and blessings --
mtn(dot)moven(dot)faith(at)comcast (dot)net

tilly said...

Hello Curt

It is so sad to see such violence all over the world, if only we could all live in peace.

I love your mouse with his plastered leg and bet your friend did as well.What a good idea you had with the balloon and your punches.
Hope you and Jay have a good week
Tilly

Diane said...

What a wonderful card for Joan...I know her and I know she will soooo appreciate receiving it!!! Cute card and perfect, too!! Clever way to use the dies!! Imagine you are busy outside with your new home and flowers....just waiting for it to warm up (and dry out), so I can get outside here...soon I hope...take care and have a Happy Spring!!!

Marianne said...

OK, it's been driving me crazy for a while now. what are OHMS? I love all your cards and look forward to your creations every week. you really inspire me!

Bonnie Weiss said...

Starting backwards, that pink tulip is absolutely gorgeous. Mine should be poking through soon.

Joan will love your "boo boo" card...it's like those HM/HH stamps were made for you. And how creative you were with your new die. Creating scenes has always illuded me creatively but you certainly have mastered it.

richardbreaks said...

Fun cards, Curt! I'm sure Joan will love hers. Your "kids" sure look mighty cute in their Easter Bonnets!!!LOL!

Krissy said...

As always, great cards this week! The bunny image is so stinkin' cute! And I LOVE the 2nd card! That patterned paper is one of my favorites and is perfect for that balloon!

Finally found some mojo this week - even stepped out of my comfort zone and made a Project Life scrapbook page for our Stampendous blog hop. Will have more cards posted over the weekend. Hopefully Mr. Mojo is here to stay this time!

Have a wonderful week! Get inky!

Mary Ann said...

Love your cards,Super cute!Love the image of your frist card,Have a good weekend...

Rita said...

Love the House Mouse card & Joan will too!

Your hot air balloon card is awesome...love the whole design Curt!

Things are still unfolding here in our beloved city of Boston. I live 45 minutes away, it just makes me cry like everyone in our country. What has been unfolding since the early morning hours today is so unreal to all of us...what is this world coming to today. I pray that all will be safe in the Watertown & surounding communities today. Hugs to you my friend.

Gina Wrona said...

I love how you make your cards come to life with your pencils. You should so do a video demonstrating your fabulous technique!

Take care,
Hugs,
Gina

Myrna said...

Curt
Your HM card to Joan will be much appreciated. Love your little designs on the cast.
Great hot air balloon card.
Tulips are such a beautiful color. If I had any they would still be under 6 inches of snow.
Myrna

Mary said...

Love the picture of your dogs, they are good sports to wear the flower headgear! Your House Mouse card is adorable, and I like how you die cut out the design on your ballon too! Thanks for sharing your creations, have a wonderful weakend too!

mudmaven said...

Such wonderful cards, as always, Curt. Your coloring skills are great. Hope you are staying warm and dry. We have had nothing but winter so far this spring. I guess we're paying for having so much spring through the winter! All the best to Jay and hugz to those darling boys. ~chris

lisa808 said...

Love that House Mouse image! Your coloring is fabulous and the doodling on the cast so cute and fun.

Beth Norman said...

Five years. Wow. Congratulations! Your cards are adorable. You are so versatile. Drawing on the cast was a cute idea, and so thoughtful. You are a dear friend to people.

Gail said...

Holy Moly! Congratulations!
Great cards! Love the Hopper, poor little feller!
Snowed again today, I ordered some Spring bulbs from the dance club.....Spring better get here!

Sonja said...

I was late in finding you .... Great cards as always
yes the sadness all around is so overwhelming
we are dealing with flooding my daughters hose has a foot of water in the basement...yep craft room was there along with pool table air hockey and life long belongings
central Illinois is in sad shape floods everywhere, roads washed out, and just so sad...

woo hoo on next week...

Sue from Oregon said...

Yes, it has been a sobering week for sure. Makes my heart ache with all this sadness...
Your cards are wonderful, but esp fond of the get well card-what a great image!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the coloring on your get well card! I'm not a fan of the mice, but your card is totally adorable. Your hot air balloon card is great, too. Thanks for the tulip photo. It gives me hope that spring will eventually arrive here, too. nise

Becky said...

Can you believe it has been 5 years!! Time sure does fly, especially after you turn 21 :)

I just love that house mouse stamp, and what a fabulous card, this will put a smile on her face I am sure.
Love the scene you created with the fabulous design paper, awesome sun and balloon.

Well congrates on the 5 and hope your around for many more.:)

Glittered Paws said...

Awesome cards this week - love the HM card and how you put your own design to it - I am sure Joan will love it. and the hot air balloon is totally cool too - great pattern paper to use for this die cut (and I'm thinking I have this die cut in my drawer). As always love your pic of the week - love tulips - they just don't last long enough. TFS this week.

Patti J said...

Curt, you are one of the most thoughtful people I know...always doing something kind for friends and neighbors. You rock, Mr. O'Brien! The boys are so festive in their finery, and that tulip in your pic of the week is gorgeous! Your yard must me like walking in a park! The cards are wonderful, as always. You know that your HM cards are my faves - seems like you just love working with those images! Hope your weekend has been full of fun and blessings. Have a good week...toodle-ooo!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

I'm with you, all I could do was watch in horror this week and even though I am releaved the brothers were found, it's still so much to process, those poor people in Boston and in Texas, wow.

Your card for Joan is so fabulous and perfect for her, she is going to love it.

I like having something new as a muse to motivate me to make a card too, love how you used your die.

Linda said...

Love your cards as alway Curt. It has been a very sad week, but the amazing spirit and the way the majority of people pull together and help and support each other far out way the the bad. That is what I try to focus on. It does my heart well to know there really is more good than evil in the word. I just pray that good can change the heart of evil.
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs,
Linda

Bobbkat said...

Love the coloring on the bunny! I'm sure she loved getting this card.

Candy said...

Beautiful cards and your picture of the tulip is amazing! The daffodils are up here in northern Indiana and the tulips should be popping open soon!

Jackie said...

Those are wonderful! My favorite is the hot air balloon, it's gorgeous. Congrats on 5 years, too! Wow!

mochamama said...

Well hello my sweet stranger, it seems like it's been forever.(hehehe, where have you been all my life?) Your post is very touching Curt and I think reflects the voice of so many of us!!
Love the cards, especially your House Mice and hope all is well with you, Jay and the kids.
Hugs

Tertia said...

Lovely cards as usual, That photo is just awesome! It is rapidly getting colder and colder over here and I am not looking forward to winter at all. I always feel a little depressed at winter time, I need the sunshine. to function at my peak!
The Boston marathon bombings has shaken all of us, I feel so sad that the world has come to this.
Lots of hugs from South Africa,

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

I always write too much on your blog but it's your falter....you do amazing, fun, and enlightening work...cards and photos so what is a gal to do....it can't go uncommented (gosh, that's a word). I know Joan's Garden and have been lucky enough to win once and buy some things. A lot of wonderful coloring going on. A house mouse stamp got me hooked on cards years ago and the rest is history. I'm late commenting...was at the beach for some rest and then those horrible events happened. The flower....devine....great photographer and card designer. Have a wonderful weekend Curt!