Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I'll truly miss my friend...

A Tribute to Charley Narcomey

Written By: Date: June 28th, 2010. Topic: Spirituality.

Josie and Jim Herndon would like to honor their dear friend and brother in spirit, Charley Narcomey, who God took for His own Sunday, June 27, 2010.
J. Charles Narcomey (Citizen Band Pottawatomi/Muscogee Creek) honored his heritage by incorporating traditional ways into every aspect of their lives.  Charley and his wife, Sparrow, were called upon many times to open conferences and offer blessings on behalf of the people as well as facilitating their “Healing the Circle” workshops.
The Shinnyo-en Foundation, of San Francisco Ca., recently invited Charley and Sparrow to share in prayer and blessings, at the 2010 Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony, in Honolulu, Ha.,  led by Her Holiness Keishu Shinso, the spiritual head of Shinnyo-en.
As recently as 2008, Charley was invited to Washington D.C., and recognized by the “Universal Peace Federation” founded by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, as an Ambassador for Peace.
Sherman Indian High School, Riverside, Ca. have bestowed upon Charley and Sparrow the “Golden Eagle Award” in recognition of their support, work and generosity that has benefited the lives of young Native Americans.
They are the founders of YvHv NeNe (Wolf Road). For over 20 years they have developed their workshops for both Native and non-Native communities that assist adults and adolescents,  affected by drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and mental illness,  by incorporating traditional arts and spirituality as tools for change, growth and recovery.  Charley and Sparrow have both been trained in White Bison’s “Fire Starters” program, “Daughters and Son’s of Tradition” as well as Coalition Building using Clan Knowledge.
Charley was recognized by his peers for his business development techniques and consulted on many Native American projects throughout the United States. He was chosen to serve as a part of the ‘head staff’ at Pow Wow’s throughout the Southern California area and currently is the Secretary/Treasury for the Golden State Gourd Society, a Kiowa warrior society established in 1971.
They conducted ”Healing the Circle” workshops which include drum circles, talking circles and medicine wheel teachings that present the 12 steps of recovery regularly at a variety of treatment facilities throughout the Southwest, as well as Sherman Indian High School, the San Diego American Indian Health Center, and Conferences that are wellness and spirituality based.
They also facilitated workshops in Cultural Diversity training, focusing on working with the Native American population.
Many corporations brought Sparrow and Charley in for staff development, offering a reprieve from the daily grind, thereby relieving burnout.
Charley will be missed by all.

Friday, June 25, 2010

VC_Rocks Summer Blog Hop #2

Good Morning Bloggers. I hope this post finds you all well and happy! Today is a really special day because we start our 2nd Blog Hop of the summer with VC_Rocks. I think there are 29 of us this time so it should be really fun to see what everyone came up with. The other good news is I get to earn a Blog Hopper Badge today. Yippee, as this is my second VC Blog Hop of the summer. Collecting badges is always a good thing!!! Big Smile :)
Now on with the tour- If you got here today you most likely came from Brenda Hugar's blog

When you finish checking out my Blog you will be able to see what Angela Khan made for us next.
I can't wait to take the whole tour myself. If you want to start at the beginning just click on the following link and it will get you straight  to the VC_Rocks Blog Hop.

Here is the Envelope Card and tutorial I made for this Hop. A friend of mine Gail Reid from San Diego sent me a card several months ago showcasing her design. I asked her if I could CASE it because it was so cool. I kept the basic envelope design as it is a really cleaver one, but made the rest of the card my own. I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Please leave me a comment, as I would love to know what you think of my blog and this card.

Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, Adhesive, Personal Cutter with Scoring Blade, Shimmer Mist, 1 Misc Brad.
Bone Folder, 4 pieces 1/6th size sponges, 1 Medium 1/2 Vanilla Pearl from the Pretties Kit.
1 SU Vanilla Envelope 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 . 1 piece 10 1/2" Vanilla Satin Ribbon, 3 Scallop Circles-1 each in Rose Red,
So Saffron & and Pumpkin Pie.

Classic Ink - Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard & Certainly Celery.

Card Stock:
2 pieces Very Vanilla- 1 - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2,  1 - 2 1/4 x 3 3/4.
4 pieces Rich Razzleberry- 1- 4 x 5" , 1 - 2 x 9 1/2, 1 - 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 , 1 - 2 1/2 x 4".
1 piece Specialty DSP -Presto Pattern 2 1/4 x 2 1/4. 

Stamp Set:
Elements of Style- Swirl and Life is a matter of moments.

Fold envelope in half lengthwise. Cut flap lengthwise at fold to the top of the opening to the envelope. Seal left side shut (looking from the back of the envelope) Use sponges to distress all sides, front and back as well including remaining flap with Soft Suade, More Mustard and Rich Razzleberry classic Inks. Trim away theh little piece of excess fold on the right hand of the envelop, set aside.

Stamp swirl image with VersaMark all over the  2 x 9 1/2 piece of Rich Razzleberry CS in a random pattern. Once piece is dry distress the long edges only. Score at 4 3/8 & 8 7/8 this should leave a little extra at the bottom 5/8 or so. Lightly spritz with Shimmer Mist. Attach the Very Vanilla Ribbon length wise to this piece and wrap the entire  piece around the left side of the envelope tucking in the ribbon at the bottom, set aside.
Distress the 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 piece of Very Vanilla CS with Classic Inks. Stamp "Life is a matter of moments" at the top center of the CS. Attach the stamped image to the 2 1/2 x 4" Rich Razzleberry CS, set aside.
Color the Specialty DSP piece of CS with Classic Inks using the sponge pieces  & the Resist Technique. Once dry attach this piece to the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece of Rich Razzleberry CS & attach both pieces to the front of the top of loose envelope flap.

Make a Scrunched Scallop Flower and secure it with a brad . Use a lg Glue Dot to attach the flower to the front of the DSP piece.
Insert the " Life is a matter of moments" tag into the envelope. Lift the flap with the flower on it and close the left hand side of the envelope. Flip the flap with the flower on it over the outside of the folded envelope. There you have it. Send me pictures of what you come up with OK.

Hi my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy. I have been having so much fun in my little patch of dirt lately & I thought I would share  something with you. One of the gladiolas bloomed and is showing its pretty face. I planted 18 bulbs a few months ago so we will just have to see what else comes along :) I see about 6 more stems working their way to the sun too. They should start to bloom sometime next week. I try to plant something new every year and if it does well then I'll plant a bunch more the next year. Being a new garden I am not sure what is going to take or not. For me that's the fun part. I always get excited when something takes off and I get a pretty blossom or two.

I have also been stamping up a storm in my little studio and have a few new cards to show you.

Don't forget to stop by again tomorrow as the VC_Rocks Bolg Hop #2 will be on and I don't want you to miss visiting my sister rockers blogs and all the amazing cards and projects they have made for you. See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hi Blogger's how are you today? Well I hope! I have been busy making some great new background paper for two  cards I made. They are very different in style yet similar because I used the same background type of background technique. I really enjoyed making my own background paper for these cards. Don't quote me on it, but I think it is called the Resist Technique. What do you think of these two cards?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hello my blogging friends, I hope this note finds you all well and happy! Well let's see where to begin. I have been creating a lot lately and that is a wonderful thing, I'll show you a card or two in a bit. I also have some new garden pictures to show ya too. This will be a short post because I have to start making my Blog Hop project for this weekend and a special surprise for Amy ha ha you'll have to wait a month before you get it :). Enjoy the flowers and the new cards OK.
I can not believe we grew grass in this heat. It looks so nice or it will once it comes in all the way :). Do you see how big the grapes are getting since the post in May.

  Does anyone else get Chrysanthemums in the summer? I don't think they know they are supposed to grow in Oct/Nov. So far I have gotten 1 1/2 dz strawberries- 2 at a time he he he. I have grown this garden for 3 years now from scratch, are home and property is new so it delights me to see the fruits of my labor. I tried to plant so that something new is in bloom every month. The Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) will be in bloom in July so I'll show those to you next month. I guess working summers at the High School garden paid off. August and September are our really hot months my job will be just to keep things alive YIKES! I don't know what will bloom by then. I love flowers as much as I do paper crafting!

Here are a few cards that I have made lately. The first one is a Tent Card- Bear and Marley gave Jeff a Fathers Day Card. The second is a Hostess Level 1- Because I care Stamp Set. I really like this set. How about this cute Hanging Goody Cone filled with loads of candy and the last one is a sample from last months Stampin' Success Magazine. Anyone want some yummy Chocolates?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Where has time gone to?

Hello Friends, I hope you all are well and happy today!
Happy Fathers Day to my Honey Jeff. He got some new Cigars so he is in heaven :) I see a road trip in our future.
I can not believe it has been almost a month since I wrote last. As you know from the previous post I joined up with VC_Rocks again this summer. For those of you who do not know what VC_Rocks is (besides a whole ton of fun) it is a virtual convention composed of 100 plus Stampers, Scrapbookers and Paper Artists. VC_Rocks is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary and things are moving fast as usual. Last month I completed 7 swaps, I was a hostess for another one. I did 2 SU workshops and got my garden under control. So you can see I was really busy.
June is no different. I only had one workshop this month, but it was a really good one, thank you ladies! I cut back a bit on my swaps with only 5 lolol. This month was Anything But A Card. The swaps that I chose to do were; Bookmarks, Mr. Big Shot, 1/2 sheet backgrounds, ABP & ATC's. Those are all done and in the mail. I also sent out 12 RAK's, We ere assigned a Roommate for the virtual hOtel and I am getting to know my new Roomie Amy H from Florida. Amy is an amazing stamper and I am really happy to have the opportunity to get to know a new friend, Hi Amy!
Oh and I did somemore work on the garden. Boy having a garden is a ton of maintenance. Here is a picture of one of the swaps I did. The theme was a Movies. Can you guess which one :) lololol
I've got some great pictures of my garden to share with you but I'll have to do that tomorrow.

I took this great picture of my boys. I was taking swap photos and they were under foot, literally, so I snapped a quick photo of them. What do you think?

One other quick note before I close. If you ever need any Computer Assistance please contact Mary Nunaley. Mary is amazing and very patient and worth every penny. Hey Mary! Please go to her link on the left hand side of this page.