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June 27, 2009

GSG Swap

Hi there!  I am feeling pretty horrible.  I didn't have any posts scheduled so I decided I would go ahead and post this card.  It was due in to the swap coordinator today, so if you want a surprise (you're in the GSG Catty Preview Swap) - don't look all the way down.  I have a horrible cold/virus (not sure which) that is making my sinuses burn and I've had a headache for going on 3 days along with a cough that makes me wonder if my lungs might be coming up.  Not to mention my husband is deployed and I've got 3 little kiddos who want me 100% of the time (that's their job, right!?! LOL)  and other obligations (which include getting some Stamps in the Mail kits mailed today if at all possible) and you will see that I'm going a little crazy at the moment.  It's hard to function when your face is burning and your head is about to crack open.   Anyway...all this rambling is because I'm trying to eat up some space so that the whole card at least won't show on the screen for anyone wanting a surprise in our GSG group.

Speaking of the GSG group - you can check out the blogs of all of the fabulous ladies who are members of it by clicking HERE.  I think that in the near future the two groups are being merged into one, so keep your eyes peeled for that, too.

I signed up for 2 spots in the swap and this card front uses Kind and Caring Thoughts (go figure, huh?  I love this set!).  I think it's a typical "Marie" card - pretty CAS.  I hope the gals in the swap like it because I always adore their cards.

I used my lovely new Stampin' Write marker in Melon Mambo and my trusty Old Olive marker to ink the flower.  The sentiment is stamped directly on to the Textured Melon Mambo CS in Melon Mambo classic ink.  I did some distressing of that Old Olive CS layer with my fingernail, and also some paper piercing.  The Old Olive CS is torn using the tearing edge ruler.  I love that tool because when I tear, my CS tends to look uniform in the tear and not random and pretty.  The DSP peeking out is some of the new Raspberry Lemonade DSP.  I used my well-loved Scallop Edge punch to create the scallops on the Old Olive CS that's along the side of my image and that ribbon is the new Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon.  I am really loving this new ribbon!!!






Stamps:  Kind and Caring Thoughts
Paper:  Old Olive and Whisper White CS, Melon Mambo Textured CS, Raspberry Lemonade DSP
Ink:  Melon Mambo and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers, Melon Mambo classic ink
Accessories:  Scallop Edge punch, Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, Tearing Edge, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercing Template, Paper Piercing Pad



  1. Marie, Sure hope you get feeling better soon! Your card is great! I love the beautiful colors! TFS!



  2. Very very pretty. I love the simplicity of it. I am so sorry you are feeling so bad, wish I was closer to help you out. If you are not already taking anything, try Zicam, the disolveable ones, they seem to work anytime I get to feeling sinusy. Get better soon, my thoughts are with you.

  3. Beautiful Card, Marie! I'm so sorry you don't live across the street so I could run over and take your kiddos for the afternoon so you can get your stuff done and take a nice long nap. Things are so much harder without our hubbies. Best wishes for feeling better soon!

  4. Beautiful swap card Marie! Love all the new colors and that polka dotted ribbon is so yummy!

  5. Very pretty! Wishing I had joined that swap now!

  6. Your card is beautiful! Love the scallops peeking from behind! So sorry you are not well!! I hated being sick with little ones-my hubby was never deployed but he worked 12-14 hour days so I remember trying to juggle it all!!! Ok-you didn't hear this from me but I used the tv or video games to entertain my little ones when I was sick. Once when I was sick my 6 year old son made lunch for himself & his 3 year old brother. It was a sandwich with ham, saltine crackers and soy sauce. The 3 year old brother said it was really good!!

  7. This was the first card I saw in my pack and I squealed! it is darling, Marie. I really like how you are using this set. great work, girlie!


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Marie :)