I HAVE to share this story. As many of you know, my Mom has been pretty sick. I mentioned on the blog the other day that she's developed these mysterious tremors -- not shaking like Parkinson's, but full blown weird snake like tremors that left her unable to walk safely. Her doctor and a neurologist were coming up empty. I was beside myself as she really couldn't be left alone at all and couldn't go anywhere without assistance. Major bad development. Stamper to the rescue! I got a message from a total stranger who explained that her Mom developed similar symptoms due to KIDNEY issues. Duh! MY Mom has KIDNEY issues! I think the mystery is solved -- as my Mom's medication was adjusted, her kidney function improved and the tremors are GONE. [Don't even go there and ask me why the doctors didn't figure this out...I literally could write a book....] I can't begin to explain what an amazing act of kindness this simple message was -- I was on the verge of quitting my job or placing my Mom in a nursing home and a stamper took the time to write to me with what in all likelihood is the cause of these tremors. Amazing. Speaking of amazing, Mike and I have been married 17 years. Good grief, he must be old! This is the anniversary card I made for him. How I made this card: Stamped the fish from Stampin Up's Very Punny (omitted the saying) once in Memories Black ink on Shimmery White paper. I wanted two fishes looking at each other. So, I inked up the stamp again, stamped it onto a solid stamp and then took the solid stamp and stamped it onto the paper. Voila! Two fishes swimming towards each other. (If you look closely you'll see that the fish on the right is not as crisp an image as the one on the left. Have to work on that.) The rest of the layout is obvious. I used SU markers to color in the fishies, spreading the ink around with an aquapainter, and adding some "waves" underneath the fish. I also added a couple of Amuse Arts Mini Heart Twinkles from Ellen Hutson's store to the bubbles. (Have I mentioned how great Ellen is??] You can see those here: Other supplies used: Marvy scallop punch; Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White cardstock from SU; Pumpkin brads from SU; Rob and Bob patterned paper; non SU grosgrain ribbon; and a black SU marker to hand write the saying "Wanna Swim?".