Sunday, August 18, 2013

One-Layer Wetlands {PP159}

Hello friends!  It feels great to be back home and playing along with my friends at The Paper Players.  I managed to get my DT posts scheduled while we were on vacation but I've been remiss in commenting and visiting so I've got some catching up to do!  We just returned from an amazing 10-day safari in Tanzania to celebrate my MIL & FIL's 50th wedding anniversary--wow!  More on that later and I've got a project to show you from the trip too!  Today, however, the lovely and talented Ann has a Clean-and-Simple challenge for us:
I know I've been using it alot but I couldn't help pulling out the Wetlands set again--it seemed perfect for a one-layer card!
 Lots of stamping one this one!  The key to my design was a mask I created from cardstock cut to the same size as the front of the card (4.25" x 5.5") and cut with an Oval Framelit.  I attached the mask to my card front with removable snail which gave me an oval window through which I sponged and stamped!  So Saffron, Pool Party and Crumb Cake were sponged to create the sky, water and sand. 
For me, the tricky part to a one-layer card is creating dimension without adding layers!  The Gorgeous Grunge set helped add waves to the water, with Bermuda Bay ink (stamped off once), and texture to the sand, with Crumb Cake ink.  Piercing around the oval with the Occasions Paper Piercing Pack helped add even more texture. 
I switched things up a bit on the inside by using Pool Party cardstock instead of the usual white or vanilla.  Elements and stamps from the front were repeated on the inside and a sentiment from Blooming with Kindness coordinated perfectly.  
Oh my gosh--have you used the new Envelope Liner Framelits?!  I just got a chance to play around with them and they are fantastic!  So easy to make a coordinating envelope--love!
Before I go, I just have to share a couple photos with you...there will be more to come! 
This was on a game drive in Serengeti National Park and, yes, the giraffe was this close!!  He was right by the side of the road!  Lovely creatures, they are.  Can you see those little paths on the ground in the picture?  Those are wildlife "trails" criss crossed all over the park.  While it may seem to us that the animals walk all over the place, they actually follow an elaborate network of trails throughout their roaming areas.
Perhaps the highlight of the trip, was a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti on the morning of my in-law's actual anniversary.  It was a breathtaking experience.  Once back on the ground, we were treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush!  Some amazing moments that we will never forget!

So after all that, I hope you won't forget to check out the work of my mates on the Design Team and then play along with us before Ann's challenge ends on Friday, August 23rd at Noon (PDT).  Take care, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team
Stamps: Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, Blooming with Kindness
Ink: So Saffron, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Bermuda Bay
Paper: Naturals White and Pool Party CS
Extras: Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Ovals Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Envelope Liner Framelits


Brian King said...

Absolutely stunning, Nance! Lots of great texture and depth, along with gorgeous color. Welcome back!

stampwithsandy said...

Welcome back, Nance! You were missed! Wow, what a trip of a lifetime. I look forward to seeing more of your pictures. Your OLC is gorgeous! I love that stamp set, and the masking and piercing really make the images stand out.

Dawn Tidd said...

Love the card, Nance. I think the Gorgeous Grunge was a genius idea to add texture to the sand and water. I think I'm caving on the Wetlands set! Thanks so much for sharing your safari pictures and I'll be looking for more. Glad you had a fun and safe trip.

LeAnne said...

I am thrilled that you arrived home safe & sound...we missed you, but you really had an awesome adventure! I have to admit to being a wee bit jealous, seeing that giraffe! Anyway, your card is PERFECT...what an awesome way to use Gorgeous Grunge!! Love this little scene!

Marisa said...

Just love those sand pipers!! They are too darn cute and the water and background are fabulous!! Soooo jealous you got to go to Africa. On my bucket list. Can't wait to see more pictures!

RitaR said...

Really loved seeing your photos of Africa ... please post more.

I must comment on your use of the Gorgeous Grunge image to compliment the Wetlands design. What a wonderful idea! I just purchased both of these sets and am really inspired by your lovely card.

Mitzi Luttrull said...

I love your card, Nance. And the safari pics are priceless! I hope you had a great time.

Diane - said...

Nance love your one layer card and the set you chose is perfect! I just love that set and use it all the time... so cool.
Your dimension looks fabulous too.

Thanks for sharing the photos, what an experience! hugs.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Nance-and what an amazing experience :)
Nessa xx

Linda Callahan said...

Your card is a work of art! And your trip sounds amazing! Beautiful photos! Glad you are back!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Welcome back, Nance! Ok, I love everything about this one layer beauty! The sponging is absolutely stunning and as always the insides of your cards are such a treat. I had this set on my wish list, but now it is on my "must have NOW" list! Can't wait to see more photos from your trip, my friend. Hugs! :)

Mary Hogenmiller said...

So pretty and peaceful. Who needs layers when you can make a card this pretty!