Friday, May 17, 2019

COPD and Pneumonia

We were down visiting my mother, sister, one brother from Wyoming and one brother from Arkansas May 1. 
We came home on May 2. I started feeling sick on the 4th of May. By the time Monday came I didn't have a voice. Dear hubby had to call to get me in to see our doctor. I got in that day. I was checked for flu. Doctor ask me to go to the hospital for test, I had X-rays, EKG, urine test, and blood drawn. The nurse had to poke me 5 times to draw blood. The next day I was told I didn't have the flu but blood was found in my urine. 
I was on a strong antibiotics for a week, coughing my head off the whole time. I started coughing up blood last week-end. I had another appointment Monday the 13th. He asked if I had been around someone smoking. My doctor called in for a pulmonary test and CT. I'm pretty sure I failed the pulmonary test, I couldn't stop coughing after each testing. After she gave me Albuterol to inhale, I started shaking (tremor). When I left the hospital I had to get in a wheel chair because I was shaking so much. When the doctors office called for the results the next day, they said I have Pneumonia and COPD. 
I'm on three medications now, coughing but not as much as I did last week. I'm dizzy walking and sitting. I haven't slept well since this all started. Hurts to take a deep breath. I haven't been out of the house that much, and if I do I wear a mask. I surely don't need someones germs. 

For years it takes my breath to be around someone smoking. It also takes my breath to smell hair sprays, cooking sprays or deodorizer sprays. I've had asthma most of my life. 

Birthday Card

 This is a guy card I made for our son. His birthday is May 21. Most of the cards I make have flowers.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Suede Leather Mini-Book

 This project was made using Eileen Hull scoreboard xl die. It takes 13" to make this book. 
This is another one of the books I made recently. I'm slowing getting the page covers finished and will share as I get them made. The suede is heavy but I thought it needed more body so I applied chipboard to the leather on inside. I bought the suede leather at Hobby Lobby. It came in a large bag for less than 10.00 and even less than that when I used the 40% off. In the bag I got a large piece of this grey suede, a large piece of mauve and a very large piece of black. I've made several little books from the grey and mauve suede leather. I'm keeping the large black to make a black handbag. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Making Mini-Journal Books

This is my mini-book using Sizzix Notebook die along with scrapbook paper by Prima.

I saw Kathy Clement's notebook, she has fabulous project ideas, I used some of her ideas to make this notebook. If you get a chance to see Kathy on Youtube or Facebook.

Note to myself: I learned a bunch making this mini-book, when I make another notebook don't use leather on the spine. Doing so I couldn't open the first and last pages that well. I had to use E-600 to get the leather to stay on the spine so that might be why it is so hard to open. 

I've made several leather and laminated mini-books recently using a sizzix L die by Katelyn Lizard. 
I purchased Katelyn's thinlits traveler's notebook inserts that can be used with journaling on her notebook as well as other notebook dies. 

Although Katelyn's page die didn't fit the new Eileen dies I purchased. 
I bought the passport die to make the booklet pages. 
But then found out I love the passport xl die for notebooks.

I had fun making the first journal die that I purchased more dies to make other books or journals.
I ordered two packages of thinlits die that works with journals or handmade books, a sizzix L notebook die, a sizzix passport xl die and sizzix wrapped journal scoreboard xl die.
This group of dies are Eileen Hull dies.

I bought a large bag of suede leather from hobby lobby. In the bag was large pieces of grey, mauve and black. I haven't cut into the large black piece. The grey and mauve was used to make several mini journals. I'll try to get those uploaded soon.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Seeing Double (Updates)

Dear husband was told to get an eye exam after his stroke April 3. One of our granddaughters recommended an optometrist she was going to. After his exam he said his left eye might come back to normal in a couple weeks, if not he would need Laser on his eye. 
I was in the room while he was getting his exam, when he finished dh's exam, I told him I was told I was going blind in my left eye, (he said I have a cancellation due to bad weather coming in) let me look at your eye, he ask his nurse to get photos to see what's going on. After he did a short exam and took photos he made me appointment down at Edmond. Its the same place I went last May but with a different eye surgeon.
It's been difficult  to see the last few years because I have a problem  with depth perception or double vision, it affects my stamping, walking, and doing artwork. If I close my right eye I see a blue blur. 
Update 4/18/19; after composing this blog post I got a phone call from the eye doctor office, they made an appointment for me. 
Since laser surgery, 2014, I have used clear lens or sunglasses with no prescription. 
Something has changed since July 2014 when I had laser surgery on both eyes. I was charged extra so I didn't have to wear glasses in the correction. 

Here is the blog post I made last May 2018:

Another Update: I saw an eye surgeon yesterday 4/29/19, he said he didn't want to operate on my left eye because it might not help my vision. I ask him would it be possible to get a pair of glasses so I can see better. He said; my good eye wasn't as good as it was last year. But he would contact my local eye doctor to fit me with a pair of glasses. 
I asked him if falling and hitting my head December 9, 17 if that would be why I'm loosing my eye site. He said he didn't think so. And he said I didn't have a stroke in that eye like I had been told by another eye surgeon. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Spiral Booklet

Spiral Booklet by Judy Cantrell
                                     Spiral Booklet
                                    by Judy Cantrell

I made this booklet for RRA; it was an online magazine that closed 2012. It was a lot of fun to make. 
My inspirations came to me when I saw a book that spelled out words. 
Each cover letter has its own pages behind it for jotting down notes or thoughts. I made this heart's gift using a variety of tools and supplies from my stash.

Finished size: 4” x 8”
Cuttlebug heart embossing folder 
Base Camp Font Cartridge 
Cricut Electronic cutter
Red Owires; ¾” 
Wire cutter
Perfect Pearl pigment powder 
Perfect Medium pad 
Detail and dusting brush
Red, black and white cardstock
White copy paper
Paper flower punch
Paper trimmer
Clear Gel tacky glue
1)    This small booklet comes together using four separate sections. Each letter has its on white pages.  
2)    Cut 8 precise pieces of red cardstock 
a)    2 - 2 x 4,” 
b)    2 – 4 x 4,” 
c)     2 – 6 x 4,”  
d)    2 – 8 x 4.” 
3)    Cut white pages slightly small for each 4 sets of red cardstock. I used 10 pages for each section. 
4)    Emboss front sections of each red cardstock with heart embossing folder.  
Designers Note: Emboss the red front sections V and E twice. 
5)    Use detail brush to apply Perfect Pearl pigment powder to each embossed red cardstock. Use dusting brush to remove excess powder. 
Designers Note: Perfect Pearls come in many fabulous colors; I used Perfect Pearl color for this project. Its luster was perfect for this project and doesn’t rub off because it has a binder in it.
6) Arrange red embossed front, white paper and red cardstock for each section.
7) Use Bind-it-All tool to cut holes in each section per instructions of this tool.
8) Use wire cutter to cut desired Owires. Apply per instructions of Owires to bind the booklet. 
9) Cricut electronic machine and Base Camp font cartridge was used to cut the word “LOVE” 2 ½.” Adhere the L to the 2 x 4” piece, O to 4 x 4,” V to 6 x 4” and E to 8 x 4” piece. These can be straight across or graduated as I did on this project. 
10) Use white cardstock to punch 3 flowers. Adhere to the letter O. 
11) I hope you’ll enjoy making this project. Other words and names could be made with a little adjustment. 

Mini-Book Pages

I used chipboard pages to make this journal. It was published on RRA online magazine 2012. I used printed card-stock, ribbon, fabric, stamps, inks, and die cuts to make these pages. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Rubber Stamp Madness has some of my Tutorials

Roberta ask me eight years ago to share a "how to" for inking and watercolor photo-stamps. My article is on her website.  This was done after she published my two page article, you can see it here:

 These are own thoughts through trial and error starting around Christmas 1993.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tulip Card

I purchased a package of JD tissue last year. I thought it was about time I tried using it. In the foreground; tulips stamp was inked with archival black and then watercolored using JD watercolors. It was trimmed and then added to the tissue background folded card. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine Card

Not the traditional type of Valentine Card but felt like it will pass as one. I bought the TH thinlits flower dies in 2017. Others stamps and supplies I've had for years. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

My New Floral Card

I made this card using a Sizzix XL ornate #3 die, TH Bigz dies, TH flower alterations thinlits dies and TH magnetic oval die I've had several years. 
 I used my Fiskars crimper on the white oval die-cut background, my crimper was purchased over 18 years ago and still works like new. The TH flowers dies cuts were painted with H-2 o's. The only new product was a distress oxide pad used around white oval die cut. 
Heavy duty 110 lb black, green and white scrapbook papers from Joann's.
This card fits A6 envelope.
(TH stands for Tim Holtz)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Handmade Card

This cute little stamped image was used to make my card. I used rubber stamps, thinlits flower dies, embossing folder, watercolors, archival inks and distress inks. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Cards






After making the 9" stuffed santa dolls I got busy making Christmas cards to send out to family. These are some of the card fronts I made using rubber stamps from my stash.
Each  image was inked with archival black ink on white cardstock and then painted with a variety of products from my stash. I used Tim Holtz distress crayons, Dina Wakley scribble sticks and Jane Davenport aquapastels with a paint brush or waterbrush.
Thanks for looking and have a nice day! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Handmade Santa

 If you looked at my previous finished piece on my blog you'll find the tapestry I just finished on the 17th of November. I planned on starting my Christmas cards but instead I purchased a Santa pattern to make some Santa dolls. These Santas are 9" tall.
 I started making Santa dolls the afternoon on the 20th of November and now 5 days later I have 5 dolls finished. Two of those days last week, I was gone all day.
 The dolls were made with good quality muslin. I had a piece of vintage red wool felt to make the coats and hats. I wish I had more of this vintage material.
 I looked at a few places to buy wool for the beard and hair but didn't find any at three craft stores. I know I have some but with my back like it is now, I didn't look through my stash.
I used double sided tape and glue to apply the yarn I found at Joann's for hair and beard for my Santa dolls.
 I painted the dolls arms, legs and face with gesso. A portion of the legs were painted with Dina Wakley Night paint to look like boots. I used a watered down Dina Wakley magenta scribble sticks over the gesso on face.
 I sewed on a small jingle bell on each hat, this size of bell was purchased at HL in Christmas area. White felt from HL was cut using a ruler and rotary cutter. I wish they had what I used years ago on my larger Santas.
 Everything was made using needle and thread except the beard. I have a Bernia sewing machine but it wasn't used to make my Santa Dolls.
Update: I finished a total of 9 Santa Dolls before Chirstmas. I've kept one for myself. The last 6 I tied a black ribbon around their waist to make it look like a belt.

                                                  Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Wool Tapestry Stocking For My Mother

I started working on this Bucilla stocking from a tapestry kit the first of August 2018. I didn't think it was possible to finish before Christmas this year. I was making the stocking for my dear mother. I was hoping to finish before October when we celebrated my mothers 93 birthday.
I took the first photo August 18, 2018, as you can see I hadn't added that much wool yarn. It's slow going. The finished stocking is 18" long. 
Mom said she didn't want her name on it. I worked on this stocking nearly every day. With my eyesite like it is now, I had to use a magnify glass for every stitch. This was my first tapestry. I had to purchase a stretching frame made for tapestry work. As I started working on the tapestry I noticed I would run out of some colors. I found a business in Oklahoma City for more yarn. I purchased two colors of red, two colors of yellow and two colors of green. I had some leftovers of green and yellow. 

November 17, 2018 I finished the stocking and took this finished photo. In a few days we will be taking the stocking to my mother. I lined the stocking with padding and black fabric. The back is black felt. I finished the stocking by hand stitching.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Have you ever seen something and thought I recall making something like that before

I've been crafting since childhood, the first thing I remember making as a small child was a movie reel using a matchbox, two small sticks and comic strips from news paper. I used my sewing machine to make dolls, bears and rabbits from early 70's, I poured and fired ceramics and enjoyed using barn wood to make planters and toys in the 80's and I started stamping 1993. I've been published on paper magazines many times but nothing recently because I haven't tried.
In 2004, I was asked to join SSReflections online magazine, I purchased some of the books and DVDs while others were supplied for me to do book and DVD reviews.
Some of the supplies were furnished to do monthly samples from each team member.
After SSReflections closed 2009, I joined Rubber Road Adventures where I did projects for online and major companies in industry. When they closed I didn't join another online magazine.
Although I have been a design team member for several stamp companies.

Moving on....
A couple weeks ago I saw someone show a project on Facebook. The comment was made; "you had to go to her class to see how she made the booklet"
Now, this is where it comes to my mind, I know that I've made that booklet in the past or something very similar to it.
I won't be showing how I made this booklet but will show the first two pages. I have four pages but this will be the only one I will share for now. Small tags come out through the top of each page.
Oh, by the way, this was made this week!
Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint and Stamps by Dina Wakley,
one stamp by Stampers Annoymous and
Archival jet black by Ranger Ink 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Handmade Bears

While recouping from pacemaker and other health issues I made these 11 plus 13 more June through July this year. Most of these bears have gone to family near and far. These bears are 5 inches tall if they could stand up. To make these tiny bears I have to use magnifying glasses because I can't see the stitches without them. 

The graduate bear (below) was made for one of our granddaughters that graduated from her two year college this year.
The last bear (below) was made for my 92 year old mother, I made her bear a dress and a red bow with white curls in her hair. 
It takes me 6-8 hours to cut-out and hand stitch the bears and longer if I make hand stitched clothing. 
I've made a bunch of bears in the last 2 months. They consist of blue, red, purple, burgundy, grey, beige, teal, cream, medium brown and dark brown. 

Update: It's now August 10, I finished my last bear (No. 25) to give to my husband he wanted a blue bear and then I shipped out two bears one to Arkansas and and one to Wyoming. They were just like the bear below. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Asthma and Sinus Problems

When we came home this past Tuesday, I wasn't feeling well. Before we left moms I was having sinus problems probably from the neighbors large cedar tree and cottonwood trees.
 By the time I got home I was having a full blown asthma and sinus problems. When I went to my local doctors appointment today for a routine pacemaker checkup, I told my doctor how I was feeling. He said as many things that is wrong with you; you'll needed medication.
He said I have sinus syndrome and asthmatic bronchitis.

He told me my heart doctor gave him the results why I needed a pacemaker. He said I had stopped breathing for 4 seconds on one occasion. At the hospital I heard an RN say I had three recent issues with my heart. I guess they saw the results from my loop recorder.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Back home with a Pacemaker

 My heart doctor said I had to take sponge baths for 10 days after surgery so I don't get my staples wet. Also, I can't raise my left arm the next 4 weeks. And wear a sling immobilization in bed for the next 4 weeks. No more MRI's!
I have another appointment next week to get my staples out.
We stayed a week with my mother. My youngest brother from Wyoming and oldest brother and SIL came in from Arkansas in at the same time I had my surgery scheduled. My youngest sister lives about a mile from my mother. If only my oldest sister had been at moms we would have all been together, my sister has heart problems and didn't want to fly.  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I didn't receive good news at eye surgeon

 Life has taken all sorts of twists and turns. I'm wanting to get back to using my stamping supplies! 
I thought my bad eye-site was due to having all the migraines and headaches that started December 2015.
Tuesday, May 15, I saw my eye doctor in our town, he tested my eyes for glasses because I was having trouble seeing. When he checked my left eye I couldn't see the screen, it was blue. He used a camera, he said it looks like fluid on the back on my eye. He didn't waste anytime and contacted a eye surgeon in Edmond, Ok so the next day, May 16 we drove down to see him. After filling out a bunch of papers, and then a bunch of photos on my eyes;  he said, there is nothing I can do for eye, I'm not keeping your records so don't come back. In left eye, I see a blue blurry blob in the center and only see a little of the outer perimeter. When I looked at eye doctors screens, all I saw was a blue screen or fuzzy screen when I was supposed to see a hot air balloon or black dots. 

My eye doctor checked me a few months after I was on life support April 2016. And a year after being on life support. Each time he would say, lets wait a little longer till you get new glasses. 
My right eye is 20/25, in my left eye 20/400. 
18 inches from computer is a blur to read. With my new pacemaker, I'm suppose to stay a safe distance away from my computer. I might have to change to a larger print on my computer. 

May and June 2014 I paid extra to get laser surgery so I didn't have to wear eyeglasses. Now with my eye site like it is, the surgeon said he can't correct or improve my eye-site with eyeglasses, surgery, or shots in my eyes. 

Update June 11, 2018, I will need new eye glasses when dear hubby has surgery. He ordered me new lenses for clear and sunglasses. On left eye, will be just a lens with no correction, on right eye was an older prescription lens he had done several years back. These glass don't help, when looking down the highway I see double of everything. I can see if its close but not with the glasses. I won't be going back to this eye doctor for that. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I just can't get a Break

I went to my eye doctor today after having months of flashing lights and small shining circles in my eyes. I thought it was due to having all the migraines since December 2015.  
It had got so bad I was having problems reading or typing. So if you see a typing mistake it's my crazy eyes showing a blank or looks blurry. 
I was run through several test before seeing my eye doctor. He checked my right eye and finally found one lens I could see pretty good but not perfect and then went to my left eye. All I could see was a big blue glob. He took camera shots of both eyes to look behind my eyes. My left eye is much worse. He said I have macular edema. I have a pocket of fluid behind my eyes and I'll need shots in my eyes. 

I told my eye doctor if they wanted to do an MRI, it would have to be soon as I'm having a pacemaker on the 24 of May 2018. He made the appointment for the next day in Edmond, Ok near the Oklahoma Heart hospital when I was on life support (April 2016) and then stayed 15 days across Memorial at Mercy rehab.
After I got home from eye appointment, I read up on macular edema, it says it might have come due to the laser surgeries. I had laser surgery on left eye May 2014 and laser surgery on right eye June 2014 or they said it could be due to a recent fall. I fell December 9, 2017, when I tripped over a cord and fell down hitting my back and head hard on an oak floor. I have daily headaches and back pains and need more surgery on my back. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Things I started working on

While recouping I've been doing things that doesn't take much energy. I found a few planners at less than I could buy the round disk that holds the planners together.
 I bought new covers on some, others looked like new. I pulled out all the 2016 and 2017 papers, but kept some the monthly pages. And then added white or colored card stock. I'm going to use them as a journal to add stamped images, paint, gel prints and more.
 I made one for Madison, she is our youngest granddaughter in college. She wanted blue card stock for her papers. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Working Through the Pain

I've dealt with pain in my head since December 2015 and doesn't seem to get any better. I've taken two sets of Botox shots with no results, no medication helps.

Then moving into December 7, 8, and 9 I had a garage sale in our rental that we had up for sale. The last day of the sale, an old man came in around noon he was not steady on his feet carrying a cane, he stopped in the living room to buy some ornaments, he didn't come up to my table to purchase them, he pulled out his money and looked over at me. I got up to take his money and sat down. He picked up another item in the living room, and this time he pulled out his money again. I got up and tripped over an extension cord I had running to my cash drawer. I fell down hard hitting my right hip on some metal and plastic boxes near my table, I hit my  back and head on hard wood floor. It didn't knock me out but as I was laying down on the floor the old man was standing on my hair, I ask him twice to get off my hair. Two nice ladies came up to help me, they ask him to get away from me. They took his money and took it to the cash register. They called my dear hubby to come help me. Dear hubby called our son, they both helped me off the floor. (yes, I know I should have called an ambulance.) Our son and hubby closed down my sale and went to ER. This happened on Saturday, on Monday I went to my local doctor, he said you will feel better in 6 weeks, just take the pain medication and let it heal. I ask my pain doctor for a surgeon that might help me. I went in to see the surgeon about three weeks after falling. He said he could have helped me sooner, if I had come in right after it happened. (Of course I didn't know him then)

On February 14, he operated on my back at T 12 with cement. I was put of Norco for pain.

I was still in chronic pain 7 weeks after surgery so I called my surgeon back and got an appointment April 5, he ordered X-rays, CT and MRI that day since we were two hours from home.

April 6, I stopped cold turkey taking Norco. It took a week to get over that medicine. I had been on Norco since  I fell December 9. I didn't like having claw marks on my skin from the itchy feeling and I couldn't tell it was helping me any longer.
April 10, 2018 we drove back to Norman, OK to see the surgeon. He said I need surgery again on T10, and T11 and L-2 and L-3 with pins and screws in my back.

On Friday, April 19, 2018, I went to a Medtronic guy to check my loop recorder in my chest, he said you need a pacemaker. He took his records to my heart doctor across the hall, they gave me an appointment that same day to come back to see the heart doctor. She agreed with the medtronic guy and I needed a pacemaker, she said she will put it in soon.
I called the doctor that was going to operate on my back and told his office I had put my back surgery on hold.

I'm in pain 24/7 sitting while riding in a car, walking, standing, cooking, bending down and now trying to sleep. I haven't found anything that helps that I can take. I'm allergic to what others take for pain.

All this time I've been in pain with my upper and lower back and still have daily headaches and migraines. I see flashing like many times everyday.

When will this night-mare end!

Sorry Bloggers, it has been a rough year! I'm off my venting now!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Botox isn't for Me

I stay indoors as much as I can due to my headaches.
I had Botox March 20 and July 17. 2017 hoping they would help my headaches.  My neurologist at Baptist hospital said the first shot of Botox might not help. Well, the second one didn't help either.
He gave me around one hundred shots in my head and neck first time with a whole bottle of medication, the second time he only filled one needle full Botox with about 25 shots. I made the mistake telling them I didn't want anymore shots, he told me he couldn't help me any longer. I guess it was all about the expensive Botox.

My doctor that retired before this doctor told me I had several kind of headaches and migraines and my life is not going to get any better than it is right now.

I started on a downward spin with Trigeminal Neuralgia December 2015 but wasn't diagnosed until March 2016.
And then my heart/asthma/pneumonia health issues came in April 2016 when I was dealing with pain from CPR, it rained many of the 15 days stay making my headaches and migraines really painful.
What happened to me April 10, 2016 with my health and heart has affected my health.

Since December 2015; I go to bed with pain and wake with pain in my head and now in my back. My face on left side continues to be numb, my teeth hurts with TN and my head hurts constantly. I can't stand loud noise.

This time of the year with the weather changing makes the headaches especially bad.

Flower blooming! Leaves on trees and weeds are coming up.

I don't feel like doing a lot of stamping like I did years ago.