Wednesday, May 6, 2015

When Nature Calls

The challenge at Cards in Envy right now is WHEN NATURE CALLS!  
These will be cards featuring things found in "nature" either living or 
inanimate objects. 

One of my favorite places to go is the ocean. I lived within an hours
drive of one until I was 36 and visited it often. For the last
16 years (yes, I know I just gave you my age haha) the ocean has
been almost 4 hours away. The Wetlands set from Stampin' Up! 
reminds me of White Rock beach and watching the birds along
the water's edge. Sometimes I'd get fish and chips (always tasted
better eating them at the ocean) and then the birds would be
very friendly. 

For this card I used my big shot and my circles framelits to create
a mask for sponging. I love this technique and am eager to try
it with some brighter colors and as a one layer card.

I wanted to keep this card flat enough to mail but still add a little
dimension. I've started using craft foam sheets cut about 1'8" 
smaller than the piece I am adding it to instead of dimensionals.
This ensures that the card will lay flat but since they are
only about 1/8" thick, they don't add bulk. I found a
pack of 50 for $3 at the dollar store. I've cut them
in half so I get 100 pieces for $3 - what a deal!!!

all from Stampin' up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, crumb cake, early espresso, pool party
stamp sets: Wetlands, Hardwood
ink: soft suede, pool party, sahara sand
big shot: circles framelits
embellishments: linen thread, sequins (dollar store), craft foam sheet (dollar store)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


  1. I love the clean and layered style of your card! You've used one of my favorite color combos in creating your beach scene. It's a super card for our "When Nature Calls" challenge! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Cards in Envy! I hope you'll join us again soon for another challenge.

  2. Love your layering technique and the fabulous ocean/beach scene! Perfect card for our Nature challenge! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

    Sandy’s Crafty Creations Blog

  3. This card is perfect for our "when nature calls" challenge! Love, love, love it!

    1. I love the card so much, I forgot to add: Thanks for joining us at Cards In Envy!

  4. Fabulous card Susan, the colours are beautiful. Carol x

  5. What a pretty card! Just got back from the beach, so your card is bringing some wonderful memories to mind... but, back to your card. I love your masking technique and am envious of your dollar store deal! Thanks so much for playing along at Cards in Envy. :)

  6. Just beautiful. The subtle background you created highlights the birds and the nature feel for the Cards in Envy challenge. Great work and much appreciated entry. Sure hope you'll come back and treat us to more of your creativity soon.