Joni, you aren't alone. I spent most of the morning messing around with this challenge too. My profile says that I am a "Pearl-Expert", but that's not true. I have pearls, but haven't learned much about using them. I wanted a Pearl-Ex card today, so I spent most of the morning playing with them and learning the different pearl-ex techniques.
I'm not entirely happy with my card, but it turned out better than I thought it was going to. There is a big glitter swirl but it doesn't show well in the scan.
Rose and Pearls
This card/challenge was hard for me because I am definitely NOT a pink person. Right now I feel like I've got pink all over me. I need to go do something in earth elements to get the "pink" off--LOL!