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January 29, 2009

Great Swaps Girls Challenge #13


I feel so lucky to be a part of both of the Great Swaps Girls groups and was excited when Kristen posted the first challenge of 2009!!  You can check out GSGC13 HERE and hopefully you will see how the design on the jacket inspired me.  The sketch for this card came from the SCS Card Sketch Challenge for this week.  You can check out SCS SC213 HERE

I used the Vanilla base of the jacket as my background color - instead of my usual Whisper White base.  I also mimicked the shading of the flowers on mine, but it's kind of hard to tell in the photo of my card.  I used my Apricot Appeal marker and a Really Rust re-inker and my Aqua Painter to color the flowers and then I painted over them with my Shimmerz "Gold Glimmer Blingz" paint to add some shine. 

DSCN5968 Boy, let me tell you - Shimmerz is like liquid glitter...I'm IN LOVE!!!!!  It's easy to put exactly where you want, so much less messy than glitter, and oh, so sparkly!! I tried to get a good shot of the Gold Glimmer Blingz and how not only did I paint it on the flowers and buds, but also on the piece of Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP that is layered behind the main image.  Can you see it?  A little bit of Shimmerz goes a LONG way!!!   Did I mention that I love Shimmerz?!?!?  I got three colors of Shimmerz: Gold Glimmer and Pixie Dust Blingz and Angel Wings Shimmerz.  I can't wait to use the other two colors!!  If you're interested in checking out Shimmerz, check out THIS post I made about them previously.

Well, I hope you enjoy my card and have a wonderful day!!

Stamps:  Sweet Stems, Sincere Salutations, Best Yet
Paper: Very Vanilla and Kraft CS, Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP, Bella Birds DSP
Ink:  Timber Brown StazOn, Really Rust classic ink re-inker, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Summer Sun markers
Accessories:  Designer Label and Scallop Edge Punches, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Shimmerz Gold Glimmer Blingz pain, Piercing Tool and Template, Stampin' Dimensionals, paint brush


  1. I see your inspiration. What a pretty card. I long for the days when the kids were little and I had more time to craft!

  2. Hi Marie!
    What a gorgeous card! So pretty and dainty. :)

  3. Cute card! Thanks for pointing me towards the Shimmerz site. I've been back and forth on getting some and wanting it locally but took the plunge and ordered it. Holy super quick shipping!!! I ordered Sunday and got it yesterday.

  4. Hi there. Popped in for a look around your blog, which by the way, is awesome! You sure look to have 'boots' of talent! Love your card.

  5. yeah! so glad to see you join the group. love this card, Marie! you nailed the inspiration piece perfectly! and yes, shimmerz is awesome stuff! (not to enable you anymore, but Limelight sells it (if you need/want more), along with other amazing products,and they have a 15% off sale right now! the link is in my sidebar. )TFS!

  6. Ooh this is so nice! I love that you tied in some of the yellow and kraft always looks awesome! Thanks for playing along!!

  7. Very pretty!! Love that shimmerz and how it looks. I don't have any yet but I am a magpie (attracted to things that sparkle!) Your layouts are fabulous!

  8. I love this card! I can definately see your inspiration.


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Marie :)