Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christmas, Stamping Ground and other non related stuffs...

Okay then...been a while since I participated in WOYWW with Julia and the rest of the gang.  I have been looking at posts but not doing much else if anything to write posts or leave comments.  It has been a year of chaos and pain in my house for various and sundry reasons.  I think I may have that under a small amount of control...not holding my breath though!  My desk this week!  Too junked up to do much with!

I haven't felt like crafting much and try to get out to a group about once a month and crop...I am making a few cards along and have to break up my time between sitting and standing otherwise I get nothing completed.  I started doing Christmas cards a couple months ago and they are the perfect medium for me to be able to sit and stand and still get stuff done!  I joined a Spellbinders club and they send a card kit every month and this is some the cards I made from the October kit.

I will post more later but this is about all my back can handle right now.  Hope everyone has a great week!

My health has been a problem for over two years now...well actually since I broke my knee and infect went untreated for 6 months.  I am happy to say some of that is on the mend and I am definitely getting around better and with less pain.  I have found pain pills don't do too much for me and just cause mind problems so I have started a program marijuana and don't laugh my pain doctor is amazed and has started prescribing for others!  Luckily in Oklahoma marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes even though it continues illegal in most states.  I make up cookie or edibles and take them as needed like a pain pill!  Now the tequila has taken over my G and T consumption because I don't get the same effects from it!...I know (((giggle))) it is fun!

Friday, November 29, 2019


Today is the day after Thanksgiving and I thought since I am up and running early I would publish a few photos of some fall cards and projects I have done... I really miss not writing on my blog like I used to do...maybe I will start again...Always to tired, to sick, too something here lately!  

I participate in two calendar swaps each year with my online friends.  This year the month of July was my choice for the calendar tag swap on Creative Block StampersAnonymous group...the requirement is to use at least one stamp from Stampers Anon on your tags.  This #8 size tag has a background stamp and several die cuts and stencils from the Tim Holtz collection used to give a multilayer textured look.  I love bright colors and this worked for me.  I decorated the backs of all my tags with fun retro looking cut outs, We made twelve tags!
calendar tag backs
The second calendar swap was for the All Things Tattered and Timeworn group on IO...used to be yahoo groups but things change...  My month for this swap was the month of November!

A Halloween tag I made for a swap on the CreativeBlock StampersAnon group on Yahoo groups.  I love doing tags and cards with this group so many really talented people!
Cards I made to send to people then didn't get them sent out...  Oh well I am ahead of the game for next year!!

 So still not really tired but think I will go lay down on the sofa and see if I can get the TV to lull me back to sleep.  Enjoy your holiday weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving

WOW!  Another year almost done!  We went over to Heathers house yesterday for an awesome dinner and sat around talking with family!  When I was a kid I can remember a house full of people coming in for dinner but now days families are smaller and scattered all around the world...Chad, Candice and their kids are in New York now and it is a bit far to travel and they were home for a summer visit this year!
 Heather has a huge table she bought that will seat 12 people but the 6 of us spread out all the good foods and ate till our hearts content!
My full plate of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, fried okra, green beans and roasted carrots.  Yummy!  I am going back today for some left overs!  

It is 0400 and I am awake sitting here at the computer wondering why I am awake...went to bed at 10:30 and slept a good 4-5 hours and woke up with heart burn...I love sage and cornbread dressing but I think I am beginning to realize what the older folks meant about its after effects...

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

WOW! Time flies when you are having...

fun or in pain and sick so you can't do much else.  It takes a lot of energy to just get by and when you add in feeling sorry for yourself on good days...well that's life!

I haven't been doing a lot of anything crafty the past year!  I try to get to a crafting group once a month with a group I have been crafting with over the years.  Paperdolls are a fun group!  Everyone knows I am a Stampin' Up! Demo right?  I have a site online where you can check out all the good stuff!  You can visit the site by clicking on the Okienurse! 

Each month Stampin' Up! has a kit that comes out around the 15th of the month called The Paper Pumpkin.  It is a no brainer and contains everything you need to make the cards/kit that month including ink, glue dots, twine etc!  This past month I did a card kit from Stampin' Up! called Sentimental Rose.  It was Aprils kit...  I really enjoyed putting this together.   It made 9 cards and there were some preprinted elements but just enough stamping I felt like I was doing something not just sitting!
 There were 9 cards to be made with this kit and a clear poly box to store them in...
 The box presentation vertical or horizontal looks good huh!
 I love the color combo of pink and minty green...I know but memory is faulty now days too!
I had post op anoxia and nothing works as it should anymore!  I stamped these roses and leaves but...
 these roses came preprinted and you just had to layer the card!  I hear some saying cheat but hey I made these!  I love being able to say I did something again!
the last set of cards are vertical and while I can't tie twine I had fun making them!  

Okay done deal!  Going to try and post again sooner then a year out!  I really have missed it!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Yearly tag swap!

I belong to a group on Yahoo groups called CreativeBlock-Stampers Anonymous!  We make all sorts of fun tags and stuff for group swaps.  I love all the tags and cards I have received in swaps over the years!  The moderator gives us a prompt each month to make whatever and we send them to her and she swaps them out and mails them back.  The only requirement is that you use Stamper Anonymous stamps on your items but sometimes I forget.  Every so often Stampers Anonymous sends Sandy some of their stamps to give out to the group.  I have received several wood block Tim Holtz stamps from the swap.

I just made up some tags to swap and not only did I forget I had to make 12 tags but I also I forgot I was suppose to use SA stamps!!!  I don't know how many years I have participated in the calendar tag  swap and that was a first!  I am going to blame it on my really poor memory caused by the anoxic injury from the surgery!!!

Be Thankful!

I thought I should share a group photo too!  They are all so pretty grouped together!
I don't remember the name of the technique but I took a piece of Cut-n-Dry stamp pad felt from Inkssentials and stamped the mandala on it in archival black ink.  To get the variegated ink I used a combination of Tim Holtz Distress inks and Stampin' Up! inks and dripped them around the stamped image making a variegated stamp pad I can use again and again.

Products Used

Day of Gratitude stamp set
Petal Palette stamp set die
ink refills in various 'fall' colors

Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry

Ranger Ink:
Distress Ink in various 'fall' colors

Out of my stash:
fall leaves
gold pumpkins
fall wash tape

Thursday, August 30, 2018


I find it amazing that time flies by like it does.  I have been so busy and gone so much since my last post I wasn't really aware how fast it has flown by.

I have been busy crafting and doing fun things.  I took and online class with Stephanie Barnes from The Stamps of Life the beginning of the month called Under the Sea.  WOW! Lots of fun and I could do it at my own pace.  I have yet to finish my cards because of some video issues but should be getting them done soon.

I also attended a class with Dyan Reavely of Dylusions and Ranger Ink at the scrapbook store called Paper Arts in Edmond, Oklahoma July 21 and 22. I learned so much and had so much fun learning different techniques that I was so juiced up to start doing all sorts of art journaling but...  Life intervened and it was put on the back burner!
This group of women were a lot of fun to take a class with but Dyan was awesome.
 I love her honesty about her mental issues and her life.  I hate thinking I am the only one with issues!

I left on July 24 and flew to Phoenix AZ for the Origami Owl conference! What an awesome event!  I had so much fun interacting with other designers from around the states that I am already making plans on going back!
SO much fun!  Everyone was up dancing in the aisles while these people walked across stage for an award.  Heather, my daughter got a couple awards.  I really surprised her cause she got #1 in the whole USA!
Heather got to get up on stage to receive her award with all the company founders and executives.  

 Don't I look like and angel in this photo?  The Swarovski crystal people had a photo booth where they had these wings that were covered with all sizes of crystals and talk about AWESOME!  They were!

I love this picture of Heather and I even if it is a little dark!
On the 29th July Heather and I flew out of Phoenix to Pittsburgh, PA for Pennsic Wars...good thing too cause I was really starting to feel the heat.  Most days it was 112-116 degrees and figuring in the concrete and tall buildings it was miserable there!

I didn't take a lot of photos of Pennsic this year.  We got there a few days late and got settled in the tent when Heather got sick and we ended up going to a hotel for the next 3 days and Heather ended up in Urgent care for a particularly virulent case of sinuses.  
What a horrible Mom I am taking a photo of her at the Urgent care.   Thought I would share a few photos of friends from the war that I hadn't seen in a couple years!

Bethany and a faithful friend who picked us up at the airport and took us to site.  Bethany's husband was just recently transferred from the OKC, OK area to Italy!  I am really going to miss her being around!
The ladies of the Lanai!  Our last night in camp!

Getting ready for the bardic and chocolate fest!  Every year our camp hosts a campfire bardic get together with hot chocolate and boxes and boxes of chocolates from around the world!

The tent with the light on and flaps open behind Elaine is our tent.

Friend chatting with Heather.  She has had a lot of medical problems and couldn't come to Pennsic except this one day!

Heather and I sharing fried rice for lunch!  That thing was a huge serving!

I made it back home around the 12th August.  Heather drove me home then drove herself from here to San Jose!  Michael had so many meetings that he couldn't drive with her all the way but caught a plane out of St. Louis to home.

I think this is enough for now.  I will post again soon some of the cards, tags, and stuff I have made soon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Thought I would do a quick checkin and let people know I am doing okay.  I have been busy with life and it seems that is about all the energy I have to spare now days.

First off my desk for all the deskers out there...Check out Julia's blog and WOYWW for more info!
 What absolute about a depository for anything and everything sundry...WOW!  You think that is bad check this is a partial side view...the floor is covered with paper packs and whatnot...a mess!

Now that I have that out of the way I will show you a few cards I have managed to make since I last posted!
a image challenge!  The group leader sent two building layout schemes she found on the internet and we made cards!
the second card!

Pineapple fun from a kit!

The card kit from The Stamps of Life last May were this cute wheelbarrow and I had fun making cards with it!
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 I made some 4th of July cards to take to the kids when I went for a visit last week...I put $5 in each and they thought I had given them a mint!

Okay that is it for me for today!  Hope everyone has a great week!  I will post again soon pictures of my Caribbean cruise and the visit to the grand babies!