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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Mardi Gras!

Well it's Fat Tuesday, and would you believe I have a card that fits the occasion? True story: I've been working on this card in bits and pieces over the past few nights. Tonight I thought "hmm, when is Mardi Gras anyway?" and Googled it - and found out it's NOW! Eeek! So then I *had to* finish this card and get it posted!! It was now or never!! LOL. This gorgeous image is part of the Italiano stamp set from FireCracker Designs by Pamela. I just loooooove this set, I wish I would have had it when I made my Italy scrapbook! This image is a Venetian mask - but it looks Mardi Gras-ish to me! Especially when paired with the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green & gold. I sooooo wish you could see the image in person! I embossed it in gold, and then used all kinds of glorious Shimmerz paints on this baby. It sparkles and shines like you wouldn't believe! And of course that is impossible to capture with the camera. Here's some trivia for you, do you know what the Mardi Gras colors are supposed to mean? Purple = justice, green = faith, gold = power. Who knew? I didn't. I just learned that when I was doing a little web search for the sentiment - which I could only partially remember - "laissez les bons temps rouler!" It means "let the good times roll!". :-) I did something that typically makes me cringe on my cards - I used my own handwriting for the sentiment! Ack! But actually, I don't mind it so much this time (a first!). The layout for this card came from a whole line of inspiration - I saw it when Sue posted her link to this week's FCCC card. She was inspired by Julie Masse, who was inspired by the SCS February DD sketch. It was all sweet serendipity for me, because I had punched out and colored the image on that circle but had no idea where to go from there...! :-) Ok y'all, I better hit post and then hit the hay! Enjoy your Mardi Gras (but not TOO much, LOL!)! I'm suddenly craving some crawfish etouffee washed down with a nice, big Hurricane. Yummm. Happy stampin', thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Italiano by FireCracker Designs by Pamela, French Script from Stampin' Up!
  • Paper: Garden Green, Basic Black, Gold, Purple from Bazzill I think?
  • Ink: Encore Gold, SU journaler for the sentiment, Versamark
  • Accessories: Gold EP, Shimmerz paints, gold brads, ribbon, rhinestones, Fiskars effervescence punch


  1. Such a FUN card -- LOVE those stamps -- so great! :)

  2. Libby, thank you for showing me Shimmerz. I've been using Twinkling H2O and as most of you know they are going out of business. Shimmerz looks like a great product to try with my Texana Designs stamp line. Problem is, there are so many great colors to choose from! Oh my!

    Love the card!!! Always do love what you make!!

    Jimmye Sue

  3. Love that card! Very pretty and that looks like a great stamp set.


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