Sep 29, 2008

Cattitude Monday - Learning To Trust

Remember this post from a couple of weeks ago:  http://faithartistry.blogspot.com/2008/09/cattitude-monday-introducing.html  - What a difference two weeks has made.  Our,
"Mystery" kitty is now quite at home on my mom's porch and will even allowed a few photo's to be snapped (he doesn't like the sound the camera makes though.)

Last week I took him out some Tuna Fish and the water off of the tuna and made a friend for life!  He's allowed us to even pet him and while this isn't the greatest photo I've ever taken (I had to put the camera on timed photo) I did get a picture of him letting me pet him.  See that chair behind my big butt?  That's my mom's lawn chair on her porch and now if I sit in the chair he'll hop up on my lap and let me pet him and oh can he purr.  The problem now is that he has claws and likes to "kneed" them into my knees (not so good when you're allergic).  So this morning I took a folded blanket out with me so he could hop on the blanket without doing damage to my legs.  He of course wants to stay on my lap and while that would be nice I had to eventually get up (He's quite heavy) so I ended up having to just stand up holding him on the blanket and setting the blanket down in the lawn chair with kitty still on the blanket.
He loves attention but just had to gain trust in the fact that we weren't going to hurt him.  I think he'll be sticking around now as he's there every morning and every night regular as clock work for his food, water & "lovins". 

Sep 27, 2008

Spooky Sketch - TECC35

I got to play with Taylor's Cupcake challenge today.  I just love her Cupcake Friday cards and now that she has sketch challenges it's doubly fun!  This sketch looked like a lot of fun so I thought I would give it a try.
I chose to use a set that I've had for some time (a year in fact) and create a Halloween card.  The set I used is from Papertrey Ink and can be found here:  http://www.papertreyink.com/stamps_spookysweets.html It's called, Spooky Sweets.  I stamped the Jack-o-lantern in Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss ink (SU).  Then I stamped just the pumpkin portion again and cut it out and stamped the face with Palette Noir Black ink.  I went over that with a Black Spica Glitter pen for some shimmer (which really doesn't show well in the scan) cut it out and raised it up with foam mounting tape.  I added some webbing to the corners of the Whisper White panel using the Cheesecloth Background Stamp (SU-retired) and Black ink.  I mounted this piece to Kiwi Kiss distressed with KK ink as well. 
The Card Base is Kiwi Kiss layered with Pumpkin Pie that I stamped the Spooky Sentiment on and then ran through my Cuttlebug with the Spiderweb Embossing Folder.  I distressed the edges with Basic Gray ink and added a row of Orange and Black mini brads (Queen and Company).  I also added Googly Eyes to the centers of the "O's" for a bit of whimsy.  My 4 panels were done using Basic Black CS and Ghostly Greetings DP (SU).  I stamped the Spider with a Versamark Pad and Embossed it with Black EP and then cut it out and mounted it with foam mounting tape to complete my card.
There you have it a Spooky Sketch for your viewing pleasure.  Check out Taylor's blog if you haven't already.

Sep 26, 2008

Awards and Tags


If you are like me life sometimes gets away from you and you often just don't have the time to do everything that you'd like to do. Lately that has been the case for me. Sometime back I was given this award from Amy (Partners in Crimp) and I just was so bogged down with things that I had to hold off putting this on my blog and thanking her as well for nominating me.
There are "rules" with this award and while I don't normally do this today I am "breaking the rules" because there are just so many great blogs out there it doesn't seem fair to only pick 7. Instead I am sending you to this blog: http://stampinwhenican.blogspot.com/ and asking that you visit some of the Blog Finds she has posted. I've visited a number of times and have found some really wonderful blogs through this feature on her blog.
Also my new friend, Elena (The Red Haired Girl) tagged me. Again I am not tagging other bloggers but instead ask that when you visit a new blog you leave a nice comment as you never know just how much that will mean to the person. I know I always appreciate it when people stop by and leave comments on my blog.
As for the 7 Random Things about me...This is always a hard thing for me as I don't think I'm all that interesting but I'll give it a try.
1. I love to bake and of course eat what I bake...One time I made one of those Cherry Cheesecake Pies (from a mix) and ate the entire thing myself (took me 2 days) and afterwards I felt pretty sick but it was sure yummy while I was eating it.
2. Sometimes when I watch a scary movie I will squint my eyes or peek through my fingers when it starts to get really suspenseful. I guess I feel safer that way. 3. I don't know if I've shared this or not before but I've been told that I'm "gullible" and was once asked what time it was in the Metric System and my reply was, "How Would I Know?" - There's no such thing as Metric Time by the way.
4. I hate spiders..that's probably not a secret but did you know that my sister-in-law gave me one for a "Pet" once as a joke. Plus Tarantula's do not scare me. They are so HUGE that they just don't creep me out as much as smaller spiders do.
5. If I could travel anywhere in the world I want to visit, Ireland and I really have no clue why other then the fact that I love the John Wayne classic, (The Quiet Man) which was suppose to be set in Ireland and I've just always had a fascination with the idea of going there.
6. I stink at sports of all kinds. I can't swim (even though I took beginners lessons), I'm horrible at Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Archery, can barely Ice Skate, Couldn't master the Hula Hoop, Monkey Bars etc...but I can Bowl or at least I make an attempt and carry about a 150 average.
7.Everyone knows I love cats but I can name every cat I've ever owned: Boots, Tiger, Paws, Muttonhead, Rocky, Tumbleweed, Sagebrush (he got stolen) Spooky, Pumpkin, Trouble, Nuisance, Mischief, Snickers, Dottie, Blackie, Callie-Jo, Harley.
Okay hopefully if you read this you weren't to bored with my Random Facts...Now go find someone to tag or cheer up by leaving a comment on their blog.

BC Wk. 66 - Andy Warhol Does Halloween

" In The Future Everyone Will Be Famous For 15 Minutes."  - Andy Warhol
Happy Friday! - For this weeks Blogger's Challenge our challenge was to create a card/project using the art style made famous by Andy Warhol.  -  What I know the most about Andy is the famous quote above and this painting of a Campbell's Soup label:
Of course his art work was quite colorful and I've included a couple of samples of the type that I chose to try and imitate with my card above:

I decided to do a Halloween card just because I love Halloween and it lends itself to some really bright bold colors so well.  The Skeleton image is by (Inkadinkado).  I stamped the image seveal times on,
Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Gable Green and Orchid Opulence card stock.  Then I punched out squares and lined them up on a piece of Basic Black Card stock.   For some extra fun I added some bright orange rickrack to the sides.
My card base is Basic Black layered with Orchid Opulence that I distressed with OO ink and layered with this wild Halloween Plaid designer paper by ,
(Karen Foster) that I stamped the "Boo" sentiment (Papertrey Ink) in Palette Noir Black ink.  Then I punched out some 3/4" circles of Tangerine Tango and layered them with 1/2" circles of Orchid Opulence and a Black Brad.  My focal image was mounted with foam mounting tape.

Now be sure you check out all the other Warhol creations by clicking on the Blogger's Challenge Icon on my sidebar.  I'm sure they will all be really fun and creative projects. 

Sep 25, 2008

Thankfully - Under The Wire


If you haven't been to Carolyn's Blog you really missed out on something BIG...See this post:

http://myblogbycammie.blogspot.com/2008/09/heart-to-heart-blog-candy.html What a wonderful tribute to her Grandma. While I don't know anyone personally who has suffered from this horrible disease I know that it can be very devastating to loved ones when something like this happens to their loved one.


I have been trying all week to get my card posted and finally got it done today. Being sick hasn't helped any with time management but I'm feeling better so here is my card. I will be sending this to a lady that heads up an Organization called, Mail For Cheer. My mom is a volunteer for this. Basically they send out cheer cards to people who need them for various reasons, (ie: Death in the family, health issues, depression) to help Cheer them Up. I think this is a real blessing and I know my mom enjoyed receiving cards when she had her Knee Surgery and she loves being able to brighten up someone else's day.
For this card I used: Thoroughly Thankful (SU). I embossed the image with Gold EP and watercolored with ink pads and the Aqua Painter. I highlighted the Pumpkins and Sunflower with Spica Glitter Pens for some shimmer. The Designer Paper is from the Haiku Series. Card colors: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla. I stamped the sentiment with Palette Noir Black ink. The shiny leaves at the bottom are from Creative Imaginations (Debbie Mumm) collection. I also added some ribbon (May Arts).
Well I am thankful that I managed to get this card completed even if it is "under the wire" for the Blog Candy Giveaway. The real purpose for making the card will not be to win (although that would be cool) but rather to help brighten up someones life a little.
Thanks Carolyn for being a such a caring person.

Sep 22, 2008

Is It Monday Already

Oh my I am so not ready for today...I hit a button before I was suppose to and immediately posted a blank (I just typed plank at first.) page that I had to go in and delete.  I wonder if it says the page has been published and I delete the post do you still get the original boo boo page?  I need more coffee!
So it's Monday and once again no Cat Card to show for "Cattitude Monday"  -  Trust me it probably wouldn't have looked that great anyway since I'm still recovering from my (whaever it is) illness.  I had a cold that went into my lungs and with Asthma it just makes things miserable.  I've been on antibiotics and such for a week now but still feeling run down, irritable and generally just not up to par. So I haven't really done much stamping.
I'm sharing some photo's though of our two newest furry friends.  Harley on the left in the nice clean blankets (what cat can resist warm blankets fresh out of the dryer) and Callie-Jo on the right having a really good stretch by the look on her face.
And finally....I give you our DOGS!  The one on the right is our Chow,
Angel and the one on the left looks suspiciously like our granddaughter, Coleen but I might be mistaken.
Notice how the tongue is even hanging out of her mouth!  She loves to pretend she's a cat or a dog (doesn't matter to her as she loves both)so much to the point that when you talk to her while she's being one of them she only barks or meows at you in reply.
Have a great day.  I'm going to try and get some stamping in today of some kind.  Off for another cup of coffee now.

Sep 19, 2008

BC65 - Create, Inspire and Be Yourself

HAPPY FRIDAY! - For our Blogger's Challenge this week we were assigned,  "Watercoloring".  Now as many of you know that technique is not exactly one I excel in.  I have tried watercolor pencils, crayons, working with reinkers and an Aqua painter and let's just face it,  I'm "Challenged" when it comes to watercoloring.  I have the worst time working with an Aqua Painter and always get way to much water out of the darn thing no matter how much I try not to. 

So for today's challenge I took the "easy" way out (At least for me) by using Watercolor Crayons and coloring directly on the stamp and misting with water.  Since I was out of Watercolor paper (except for a cheap brand that really stinks) I decided to go with Whisper White card stock instead.  I still think it came out pretty decent even if it didn't bleed as much as it would have on watercolor paper.

My stamp is from (Penny Black - Carnation) Carnations happen to be one of my all time favorite flowers so I had to have this particular image.  I colored it with Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive and Garden Green crayons and then lightly misted the stamp a few times before stamping it on the card stock.  Then I stamped my sentiment (Hero Arts - Treasure the Moments) in Palette Noir Black ink.  I added 3 Dew Drops (Island blossoms) and some Rose Red Grosgrain ribbon and a Prima Flower with a Rose Red Brad. 

The background paper reminds me of a "watercolor wash" even though it's pre-printed it still has that effect. It's from http://www.-cut-it-up.com/   I added a strip down the side of Regal Rose & Rose Red.  I used my crimper on the Regal Rose (does anyone use a crimper still?  Well obviously I did but I mean is that really out of style now?) The focal piece was mounted with foam mounting tape.

This is another card being sent to a fellow stamper that inspires me.  She's known as Debbie Olson of Thinking Inking.  I love her cards so much.  She has a real elegant style of stamping so I hope she enjoys this card.

That's it for today.  Be sure to check out all the other wonderful watercolor creations by clicking on the Bloggers Challenge Icon.  You won't be disappointed.

Sep 18, 2008

Something to Crow About

I found this "funky" rooster on a recent visit to a Stamp Store and immediately though of Anna Wight (Sweet Miss Daisy) who lives on a farm in Texas with lots of different animals including chickens and of course Roosters.  I decided that I wanted to send her a card using this Rooster and this is what I came up with.

The card base is Pumpkin Pie layered with Close To Cocoa that I distressed with CTC ink as well.  Then I added a strip of DP (Provo Craft - Apple Harvest Scrap Pad) and a scallop punched strip of More Mustard. 
For the focal image (Judith - I-33) that's the name on the side of the stamp. I stamped the Rooster with Palette Noir Black ink on Whisper White card stock. Colored it with Prisma Colored Pencils blended with Gamsol.  Then I masked him and sponged an oval using a punched template and So Saffron and More Mustard inks.  I added Crystal Effects to his top notch and whatever that funky chin thing is called (Anna will know) I also highlighted his beak with an Orange Spica Glitter Pen. (Here is a close up so you can see the detail a little better.)  I cut the image out with my Rectangle Nestablities and mounted it on a So Saffron Rectangle distressed with More Mustard Ink.  Then I added a piece of Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon and a cool button I got from my mom's button stash (thanks mom) and frayed some of the ribbon to tie on the button.
For the sentiment (Hero Arts) I colored directly on the stamp with Basic Gray & Pumpkin Pie markers, cut it out with the Lg. Oval punch (SU) and added 2 orange mini brads (Queen and Co.).  The sentiment and focal image were mounted with foam mounting tape.

Anna is such a creative person and has a unique and fun style of stamping.  She always makes me smile with her wonderful creations and this is my way of saying, "Thanks for the inspiration and the smile you put on my face with your wonderful cards."  - Anna if you read my blog this is on it's way to you.

Sep 12, 2008

Grinning Bat - BC Designer Paper Challenge



SMILE! - That's what this little bat just seems to be saying.

For today's Blogger Challenge we were to use Designer Paper on our cards/projects. I hadn't planned on participating this week not because I didn't have any designer paper but more because I've been sick (boo hoo) all week with a bad cold, I had a Stamp Club to prepare for which was last night and today is my daughter's birthday. So much going on and I just didn't think I could fit anything more in. Then "inspiration" hit and I just had to come up with a card. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays an I just couldn't resist creating this card for this weeks challenge.

My little bat is one I picked up several years ago. The label says, Carson-Dellosa Publ. CD-8534 on it. I colored him with Copic Markets and an Only Orange marker. Then I cut out the Bow Tie from a second image and added Orange Peel Stickles to the tie for some sparkle and raised it up with foam mounting tape.

My card base is Old Olive and then I layered a piece of the Ghostly Greetings DP (SU) that I distressed with Pumpkin Pie ink. I stamped the sentiment (Inkadinkado - Ghouls and Goblins) with Palette Noir Black Ink. Next I added a strip of DP with the Pumpkins onto Basic Black card stock that I cut with Fiskars Notch Paper Edgers (I need to use my scissor more often).

I cut out a piece of the Bat patterned paper using my Nestablities Dies and a piece of Basic Black. Then I mounted the Bat image with Foam Mounting Tape and added 3 mini orange brads (Queen and Company) to complete the card. I also highlighted the bats toes with a Yellow Spica Glitter Pen for a little more glitz.

I had FUN with this card and hope you enjoy it too. Be sure to check out the other projects by clicking on the Bloggers Challenge Icon on my side bar.

Sep 10, 2008

You Are Always On My Mind

I saw a card using the Pocket Silhouettes stamps set that I liked and decided to create a card based on it for my upcoming Stamp Club meeting.
Here is the link to the card I originally found:

http://haman.us/blog/2008/09/silhouette-spots/

For my card I changed the layout so it would appear at the bottom of the card.  I also wanted to incorporate the Upsy Daisy stamp set so I used it as a background stamp,  "pretty cool" huh!

My card base is Whisper White followed by a layer of Chocolate Chip that I stamped the Upsy Daisy flowers with a VersaMark pad.  Then I embossed the sentiment with Winter White EP.  I recommend embossing the sentiment first and then stamping the flowers.  I did it the opposite way and my flowers hadn't dried enough before I put the EP down and I had to use a small paintbrush to get rid of the excess powder where it wasn't suppose to be.
I added a piece of Chocolate Chip Designer Paper and Kiwi Kiss that I used the Scallop Punch and Paper Piercing Tool.  Then I stamped the flowers from Pocket Silhouettes using Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point Blue on Whisper White and punched them out using the 1 1/4" Circle punch and layered them on the 1 3/8" Circle in the matching color.  I also punched smaller circles using the 1/2" circle punch.  I glued the smaller circles down and raised the larger ones up using foam mounting tape to complete the card.

Sep 8, 2008

Cattitude Monday - Introducing....

You may have noticed if you read my blog on a regular basis (and I hope that you do) that I've neglected the "Cattitude Monday" feature for a few weeks now.  Sometimes I just don't seem to find the time to get an entry in or I don't have a card made etc...but I will try to post as often as I can when I have something to post.
This week I am featuring some photo's of our cats.  This first picture is an Introduction to,  "Mystery Kitty."
Last winter when it was cold and we actually had snow on the ground we noticed paw prints going into our back storage shed.  I got the idea to leave food and see if it would be eaten.  Sure enough it was but we never saw who was eating the food so we named the cat, "Mystery Kitty."  Eventually we discovered who the cat was and decided to just keep the name as it fits him.  He seems to be sadly a "homeless" cat that wanders the neighborhood looking for food where ever he can find it.  Lately we've started leaving food for him on my mom's front porch and he's decided that our house is the house to come to for his meals now as he knows he's going to get fed regularly.  He's becoming a bit braver now as he use to run every time he saw you but now he'll come up on the porch and eat while you are standing there.  He got close enough to me the other day that I thought I would try and pet him.  BIG mistake,  I ended up with some nice puncture wounds in my wrist for my efforts.  He also doesn't like his picture taken and runs when he sees the camera.  I managed to get this photo of him hiding in the back fence.  I really like it as it shows his wisdom and it gives him the air of "mystery" that his adopted name suggests.  It always makes me sad when people get pets and then don't take care of them or dump them off somewhere to fend for themselves like this old cat has to do.  I feel better knowing though that he's getting fed now and hopefully someday he'll trust me enough to allow some human contact.

Here we have Callie-Jo who decided that Coleen's little toy doll carrier was the perfect place for a nice little "cat nap."  Doesn't she look sweet.  Lastly there is an very UNUSUAL cat in our house at times.  This one look suspicious like our little granddaughter, Coleen (she loves pretending she is either a cat or a dog) she won't even talk to you when she's in pet mode.  She either meows or barks at you.  Her she's of course getting a drink of water from the cat's water bowl.  (She put her own water in the bowl incase your freaking out about her drinking out of the bowl after the cats have drank in it.)

Sep 7, 2008

Swimmingly Fun

Well the Stamp Girls Gone Wild (SGGW) group just finished up another round of the now famous (well if it isnt it should be!) Mystery Image challenge.  This time our hostess was, Judy Huettel and she chosse this adorable little Changito image by Stampendous. 
For my card I chose to use some Designer Paper from DCWW (Die Cuts With A View) that came on one of those huge mixed packets.  I based my Color Scheme on the paper and away I went.
My card base is: Chocolate Chip layered with Cool Carribean (now retired - insert sad face) that was distressed with CC ink as well.  Then I layered the striped designer paper.  I added a piece of the Polka Dot dp that I added scalloped strips of Creamy Caramel card stock and pierced holes in the scallops.

My focal image was watercolored using the ink pads and an Aqua Painter.  Again I'm not all that great at watercoloring but I gave it the old "college try" as they say and it didn't turn to bad.
For some added fun I used Crystal Effects on the flippers and snorkle.  I also used a Clear Spica Glitter pen to add some shimmer to the polka dots on the inner tube.  The sunglasses have foil tape on them so they look pretty authentic.  I added 3 tan brads (Queen and Co.)  to the side of the cirlce as well and then mounted it to Cool Carribean and Close To Cocoa using my Nestabilities Dies and the piercing tool.  The sentiment is from one of those rolling stamps that has several sentiments on it and I picked it up at JoAnn's.  I stamped it with Chocolate Chip ink and mounted it onto the Cool Carribean.  They were punched using SU Oval punches.  I added 2 small mini brads from Queen and Company and mounted the sentiment and focal image with foam mounting tape.

Sep 5, 2008

BC Wk 63 - You're A Blast

"Got Sunglasses!" -  For this weeks Blogger's Challenge Group we had a Color Challenge using some of the new "In-Colors" from Stampin'Up! -  The colors were:  Kiwi Kiss (Love it), Tangerine Tango (Another favorite), Pacific Point and Red Ridinghood Red - These are all gorgeous colors but they are quite bright so I was leary about pairing them together.  In the end I chose to just use a "tad" of the Ridinghood Red and Tangerine Tango and went with the bolder Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss as my main colors.
I chose to use the Rocket from Pun Fun as the starting point for my card.  Rockets can pretty much be any color you want and sine these were (out of this world) what better image to use then a rocket!  My card base is Pacific Point Blue and I layered that with Kiwi Kiss which I stamped with the Paisley Print BG (retired). It sort of reminded me of swirling things in outer space for some reason.  I added 3 punched stars in Pacific Point with Orange brads (Queen and Co.)  The focal image was watercolored with the color scheme and raised up with foam mounting tape.  I highlighted portions with Spice Glitter pens.  I stamped the sentiment in Palette Noir Black ink and mounted it onto a piece of Ridinghood Red card stock.  I couldn't resist using a piece of the Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, it's just so pretty.  I added a small punched star (source unknown) and a mini orange brad. The main panel was also raised with foam mounting tape.
So there you have it a bright, cheerful card to send to someone that I find a real "blast" to be around. - Now don't forget to check out how the other members interpreted this color challenge by clicking on the Bloggers Challenge Icon on my sidebar.  -  Off to Bed for me now...5-4-3-2-1  Blast Off!!!

Sep 4, 2008

Upsy Daisy Friendship

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)   What a powerful and thought provoking verse.
For this card I used the new, Upsy Daisy stamp set from Stampin'Up! -  Isn't it GORGEOUS!  I've seen so many fantastic cards already and just had to ink mine up yesterday.  Due to the fact that I was on a trip last week I wasn't able to participate in Taylor's Cupcake Friday challenge but I liked the sketch so much I decided to use it for this card.  If you haven't visited her blog lately I suggest you do as she has some super adorable stamps that are going to be released tonight at midnight EST.  I can't wait to get them.
For my card I started with a base of Tangerine Tango (one of the new "in-colors" for this year) and layered that with So Saffron distressed with So Saffron ink.  Then I added a piece of Haiku designer series paper. One thing I really like is that this year SU included the color combo's that match the Designer Paper which makes it so much easier to coordinate your projects. 
For the focal image I colored directly on the stamp with markers (More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive) and then misted the stamp with water and stamped it on Whisper White card stock.  Then I used a 2-way Glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to add some sparkle to the flowers.  I added two Old Olive brads and mounted this to a piece of Old Olive card stock that I distressed with OO ink and the distressing tool.  I punched a slit using the Horizontal Slot punch and added Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon.  The sentiment was stamped in Old Olive and mounted on a piece of  Tangerine Tango that I raised using foam mounting tape.  I just love how this card turned out.  We will be doing this at my Stamp Club meeting on Thursday of next week.

A Windy Wedding

Last week Ihubby and I  left on Thursday from Walla Walla, WA (no we don't have an Acme Mail Order Company here)* to attend my stepson's wedding in Crescent City, CA.  The trip was 571 miles and we wanted to take plenty of time since we had both our mothers and Coleen along and didn't want anyone to get to stiff and sore from riding in a car all day long. 
The wedding took place on the beach (South Pebble Beach) in front of that large rock you see in the photo.  That was the first place where Erick told Elaine he "liked" her and kissed her way back when he was only 17, he's 25 now.  It's been a rather rocky romance for the two of them over the years and they've split up and gone back together several times.  It was good though that he finally decided to marry her. The wedding was short and sweet and very WINDY! - We all sat on logs and had sand blowing in our faces and even though the sun was shining the wind made you feel extremely cold.  I will share nicer and better pictures once we figure out how to down load them off my husbands camera onto the computer.  For now though this will have to do.
They had a Black n White color scheme for the wedding party so I wanted to coordinate that into the card we gave them with their wedding cash.    The card base is Basic Black which I layered with Shimmery White that I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Textile Embossing Folder.  Then I added a strip of Black and White Polka Dot designer paper,(http://www.oneheart-onemind.com/)  I embossed the heart from Always-SU with Black Diamond EP-JudiKins and cut it out.  Then I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) with Palette Noir Black ink nad layered it to the Shimmery White card stock.  I added the Heart Charm (which I happened to find one day in a parking lot at the grocery store) and added a tiny black brad from Queen and Company.  I mounted the sentiment and the heart with foam mounting tape. 
Here is a close-up of the heart so you can see how sparkly the embossing powder turned out.

We hope they have a long and happy marriage.  It's going to be a long haul for them in the next year as Elaine is expecting a baby in December and Erick will be heading back to Afghanistan for another tour of duty (He's in the National Guard) so he will pretty much miss the first year of his child's life.
We made it home safe and sound late Monday night and I will try to share more about our trip later on.
*For those of you who aren't familiar with the Bugs Bunny Cartoon the Coyote always bought stuff from the Acme Company to try and catch the Road Runner.  At some point in the cartoon it was shown that the Acme Company was located in Walla Walla, WA! -  We've also been mentioned in a few other movies,  "The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Stake Out to name a couple.