Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cards Received From Stamping Friends

These are get well cards I received from my online stamping friends; "Altered Tattered and Timeworn" yahoogroups. I'll treasuring each one. 
They are from Cathy P., Martha S., Lisa B., Liz W., Margo S., Judith J., Laurel S., Karen C., M. J. S.
The third card on top was made that way on purpose. Liz W said she made is that way for me to finish when I felt like painting. 
A handmade card by Frances N. she has a yahoogroups HeartsinTouch.
I'll get it posted soon. 
I've also received get well cards from my daughter 
and my sister in Alabama. 

Also a get well card from Mercy Rehab Hospital; I was at Mercy rehab 15 days after leaving the Oklahoma Heart Hospital. I was at OHH six days for which four days I was on life support.
It's been three months and ten days since my life changed. 
Still not feeling well enough to get into my stamping room. Although I did die cut a few flowers the other day and then add color with distress crayons. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Headaches, Asthma and a Heart Attack

 For more than 97 days I was dealing with headaches and migraines. So far, I've had biopsy surgery, a CT scan, an ultrasound, an MRI, weekly steroid shots, pain pills and now I'm on blood pressure medications for the migraines. Still having round the clock migraines and headaches.
After months of test I found out from my doctor and a neurologist I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and Migrainous Cephalalgia. The medication they gave me in March; carbamazepine, propranolol and Lyrica, the neurologist told me when the weather changes or storms come in I would have bad headaches or aura migraines. Its true they have been bad. 

I had just started the new medication when I came down with asthma, the medication I usually take was not helping.
Dear hubby said I got so bad he took me to the ER April 10. I don't remember getting in the car. He said I walked into the ER and they rushed me back into a room where I stopped breathing. I went into respiratory arrest and then went into cardiac arrest. they gave me CPR compressions and then put me on a life support machine. They said I had pneumonia, and pumped one liter of fluid from my lungs. After they got me stabilized a rain storm came in and then the medical helicopter was grounded and ambulances were busy with accidents. After a few hours an ambulance came after me and started down the road to Oklahoma City. Another liter was pulled from my lungs on the ride down. When the ambulance got near the Oklahoma Heart Hospital they ran out of fuel and another ambulance came out to pick me up. My hubby, children and grandkids were driving down the same road on the way to the hospital. They said they drove through a horrible rainstorm. My son came along later, he passed the ambulance along side of the road and then saw a guy carrying a gasoline can, he picked him up, took him to a station and took him back to the ambulance. (My son was told about my health)

A few days before going to the ER April 10 and up until the evening of April 13 when they woke me up, I don't remember anything except when they woke me, I saw three angels up near the ceiling in my hospital room and then they moved to the left out of site. I've never seen them again. I guess it wasn't my time to go. 

After 6 days at Oklahoma Heart hospital, I was taken by ambulance to Mercy Rehab Hospital where I stayed 15 days. All the doctors, nurses, ST and PT were very kind at both hospitals. 

I'm back at home taking ST and PT. 

All my doctors told me not many live with all that was wrong with me. My heart doctor wants to know why I'm still alive. I had surgery May 11 and without sedation, he cut and installed a loop recorder in my chest. It has a battery life of 3 years. I'm so allergic to pain medications that he was afraid to give me any. 

And just when I started feeling better from chest pains from CPR, my headaches have returned. I guess my body could only handle one pain at a time. 

Today at PT, they saw I was in pain. I was taken back in a dark room. He massaged my head with cooling gel. It felt good but didn't take the pain away. I'm on 15 new medications since my asthma, pneumonia and heart attack. The heart doctor has taken me off my medication for headaches. The only medication he kept me for migraines; Sumatriptan. I only get 9 pills a month. 

Update; I've had an appointment scheduled to see a new neurologist 4 months ago, I saw him June 9, he gave me new headache medication. 

Thank you all for your prayers during my hospital stay and here at home! 
Thank you for visiting my blog while I'm recouping from all of this.
Just as soon as I can, I want to get back into my stamping room to play with my stamping supplies. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 March ~ Butterfly Duo

I kept the corrugated shipping box my distress crayons came in this past Monday. I followed Tim's tutorial with supplies I had in my stash and then finished it with metal word from my stash. 
I love Tim's distress crayons! 

 Click link to see Tim's March 2016 tag

Distress crayons, Butterfly duo bigz die, Distress ink and foam applicator, Thinlits alterations die, Tag and bookplate die, Vagabond, Idea-ology trimmings, Idea-ology tissue wrap, Dylusions spray inks, gesso, manila card stock, metal word, string and adhesive.  

Monday, March 14, 2016

Thinking of You

Making this card back in 2009 must have reminded me of springtime. I used a brayer with a variety of ink pads to make the foreground and background. Bird and quote are clear stamped image by inkadinkado.  

I hope you are enjoying the look back to some of my stamped images while I waiting for my muse to come back. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dylusions Tag

I made this fun tag September 2012 and its worth repeating since I get so many pins on Pinterest. I used Dylusions stamps, Tim Holtz stamps, distress markers, distress inks, archival black ink, sprays and more. When I made this my favorite distress markers were barn door, wild honey, crushed olive and faded jeans. Today, 2016, I like all of the markers.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Embossed Frame Technique

Embossed Frame Technique
by Judy Cantrell 
Card stock
Embossing Folder
Sizzix Scallop Oval Frame
Die Cutting Machine
Paper Trimmer
Distress Ink pad
TH Rubber Stamps
Blue tape
Cardboard or chipboard from
Cereal and snack boxes

This idea came about in 2011 when I wanted 
a embossed design with a plain oval center. 

The two pieces top left: chipboard from snack boxes, top right embossed card front. [see close-up below] Bottom left one cutting pad, die and embossing folder. Bottom right is my chipboard template I made with die cuts. 
1.        Use paper trimmer to cut a piece of white card stock 4 ¼” x 5 ½.” Set aside.
2.        Die cut 3 frames with thin chipboard. Stack and glue them together. Place something heavy on the die cut frames and set aside to dry. When dry they are 1/16” thick. 
3.        Place your white card stock inside an embossing folder. 
4.        Go near a window or door with the embossing folders, chipboard frame and two pieces of tape. 
5.        Hold the embossing folder with the card stock inside up to the light with the die-cut frame on back side of the embossing folder. 
6.        You are doing this to center the frame stack in the center of white card stock. Tape the frame to the back of the embossing folder
7.         Place solo platform down if using your Vagabond, one or two pieces of chipboard, then the die-cut chipboard frame taped to embossing folder, then one cutting pad. 

Note: only use one cutting pad with this technique. 
If using your Cuttlebug do a sandwich in this order:
 A plate, one or two pieces of chipboard, die cut frame taped to embossing folder with card stock inside and B cutting plate.
8.        Run this through your die cutting machine.
9.        You should have a border around the paper with a blank inside perfect for a stamped image.
10.   Stamp an image in center of card stock, embellish and then adhere to finished card.

Thanks for looking at one of my older projects. This one was published 
September 2011. 
Now, Tim has many of this type of embossing templates

Friday, March 11, 2016

Clear Film Stamped Card

Looking back from 2009 when I made this lovely stamped card. The heart and background behind the gold paper was made with the color pop tutorial. The girl stamped image was made on clear film using a Hearts in Touch image. The background stamp from Hero Arts, a heart punch from Sizzix. Button was painted using Metallic paint dabber. 

Have a nice day! Come back soon!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Tulip Tag

I started this little tag a few weeks ago and just now finishing it! 
 A vintage tulip stamp was inked with memento tuxedo black on neenah 110 lb card stock. Copic makers were used to color the tulips. Black card stock was used to add a border around tulips.
A vintage stamp was inked with archival black ink on a #5 manila tag and then distress inks were used to color on and around the edges. 
"Everything has beauty" small talk sticker from idea-ology was applied to tulips. Ribbon was inked with distress ink, heat dried and then applied to tag to finish. 

Have a wonderful day and come back soon! 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Joyful Noise ~ Coloring Challenge

 I used this stamped image today for The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge. 
Berol Prismacolor pencils were used to color the image and then inked with Gambol. 
(Little girl with duck stamped image 2 1/4 inches tall.) 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Beautiful Card ~ Coloring Challenge

Memento tuxedo black ink was used to ink tulip stamp onto solar white neenah card stock and then Copic Markers were used to color image. I used a Gelli painted piece for the background.
This is my day 19 of 30 day on The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge. The script was made with my Silhouette digital die cutting tool.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Beautiful Lady ~ Coloring Challenge

This is my card for day 18 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge!

My Grandmother wore a hat similar to this when she married in 1913. I wish she was still alive so I could give her this card. My grandmother was beautiful in every way. 
Yeah, I finished a card today instead of showing a stamped and color image. Copic markers were used to color image. I had previously made this Gelli prints background for card front. The word beautiful in a TH thinlits die. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cottage ~ Coloring Challenge

Today I'll share another  image from an etched stamp I purchased 20 years ago.
The image was inked with Memento tuxedo black onto Neenah 110 lb solar white card stock.
I used a simple watercoloring with Copic markers to color the image.
This piece will be added to a card or journal page.
I'm including this as my day 17 for the 30 day color challenge by Kathy on The Daily Marker.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Flower Card ~ Coloring Challenge

I have always loved coloring this stamped image by Magenta. Copic markers were used to color image. A sentiment was stamped inside the card.
I made this card for day 16 coloring challenge on The Daily Marker.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day ~ Coloring Challenge

Happy Valentine's Day!
I painted this cute little stamped image with Lyra watercolors this evening for day 14 coloring challenge. 
This year, I'm not going to put this type of stamps away. I need to make a journal book with my zutter tool. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Select Flowers ~ 30 Day Coloring Challenge

This is day 13 of 30 day coloring challenge. This is another etched stamps I purchased 20 years ago. The stamp was inked with memento tuxedo black on 110 lb solar white Neenah card stock and then markers were used to color image.

Kathy from The Daily Marker says, the challenge is for you to color (any medium of you're choosing) and be open to experimenting but most of all to have fun without any expectation or pressure.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Blue Door ~ Day 12 Coloring Challenge

  This is my piece for day 12 of the 30 Day Color Challenge by Kathy Racoosin.  
This stamp is called The Blue Door. This is one of my favorite etched stamps purchased 20 years ago. 
This stamp was inked with Memento black on Neenah solar white 110 lb card stock. 
These Copic markers were used to color the image: B21, C1, E31, G07, 09, 21, 24, C0, N1, R85

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Coloring Challenge ~ Birdhouses

Today, I made this piece for Kathy's 30 day Coloring Challenge. Three additional copic markers were used on this card; yg 03, yg 06 and yg 11 that was not included in the photo. My rubber stamped image was inked with black memento on 110 lb neenah solar white card stock. Later I'll make this piece into a card.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Coloring Challenge; You Make Life Sweet

I'm late getting started with Kathy's Coloring Challenge. This is the first piece to complete. I used two rubber stamps,  copic markers, watercolors, distress ink on edges and wink of stella on the wings.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Homemade Pen Holders

Something you might know about me, I was a seamstress long before stamping and when I saw Kathy share a post on cuffed fabric bins she liked, I knew how they could be made. In fact I didn't look on their website until today after mine where made.
I made mine with linen fabric and to keep the bags from collapsing I inserted an empty cardboard tissue roll. When dear hubby worked he would bring these empty rolls home to me.  These rolls measure 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" I've also made pencil holders from other cardboard cylinders.
I was inspired to make my pen holders from Kathy's blog post: 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 ~ February

This year Tim shares a "Technique Remix" for each of his 12 Tags of 2016. This month is a technique remix of monoprint and textured paste.
This tag was made over the last 6 days and I do believe it is finished now.
I used three original size TH stencils, TH molding paste, TH distress markers, TH movers and shapers heart die,  TH Distress inks,  TH Photobooth and Chit-chat ideology, TH manila tag, TH heat gun and other stamping supplies from my stash.
I had the photo Tim used but loved the little girl from pack for my tag.

Tim's tag:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

RSM New 2016 Spring Issue

Stampers created mini-movies for the Film Strip Challenge in RSM's new Spring issue. They also stamped endearing messages that say P.S. I Love You. RSM welcomes your stamp art for upcoming issues. This link takes you to submission guidelines 
By the way, a $50 award is given to a stamper in each issue who's artwork hasn't appeared in the magazine before. It could be you!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stamping All Year Long by RSM

 RubberStampMadness published a new rubber stamp art book called Stamping All Year Long
The book has over 100 examples of stamp art, including Valentine's, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. At 116 pages, the book is filled with inspirational artwork. To order a copy, go to and scroll to find the "New Book." Also,
can you do me a favor, please mention my blog Stamped Impressions in the "special instructions" section, when you order. Thanks so much for considering this when ordering your copy of this new rubber stamp art book.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Exploring Art Materials

I would like to share with you artwork from viewing;
Exploring Art Materials  DVD by Mary Jo McGraw How to get more from what you already have. The menu option plays each one of the segments in art materials and projects so you can stop and start as many times as you like. While I have never been in a class with MaryJo, this DVD is like getting a front row seat as she teaches how to do each one of these projects. This DVD is professionally done through PageSage.
MaryJo takes the mystery out of eight products and demonstrates different ways to use fine art supplies that you may have in your stash. Here is a list of materials that you will learn how to use:
Gel and Glazing Mediums
Gesso, Acrylic Paints
Glues, Wax and Polish
Dry Masking, Pigments
MaryJo shows seven projects and lots of variations are shown in a Mini Gallery after each project. Here is a list of the projects that she demonstrates.
Again Affects
Faux Burl Wood
Coasters Makeover
Textured Tissue Box
Alerted Book Cover
Veiled Illusions
Creative Layers
MaryJo's finale piece is a combination of all the projects shown on this DVD. I was in awe when I first saw this project she calls; "Creative Layers."
While MaryJo uses a vintage photo in her project, I used a copy of my mother and my brother. I made this piece for my mother when she celebrated her 80th birthday.
Here is my example:

MaryJo shares more than 50 wonderful photographs of her artwork on this DVD. When you see a project, you can jump directly to the technique or project that inspires you with a touch of the button. I really like how you can stop and start as many times as you like. I hope you will add this DVD to your library.
Thank you for stopping my blog. Have a Nice Day! 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gelli Arts Printing Envelopes

Last week I purchased "the Kreate-a-lope." I have a stash of Gelli Arts Printing papers and had fun making these envelopes.  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
You can move the template anywhere you want on the paper, it's easy to use since you don't need scissors, you just tear. 

Update January 3, 2016, with help from a stamping friend, Debbie she found me an online tutorial for a tried and true envelope glue.