Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pretty Little Beach ~ CCMC428, NAC182

Hey stampers!  Look at this gorgeous color combination we've go for you at Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge this week!  So fun!  I also used the sketch from Nacho Average Challenge 182 to help me along with my design.
I SOOOO wanted to go Christmas with these colors like a few of my fellow designers did (and all their cards are gorgeous, BTW!) but I was itching to use the palm tree out of the new {Totally Trees} set.  I must confess that this tree is the one and only reason I wanted this set.  The other images are fantastic, but the palm tree stood out to me right away.  I don't believe I have any other sets in my possession that include a palm tree.  
I figured these colors would lend themselves nicely to a beach scene.  Who doesn't love a pink sunset, right?  Gorgeous!  Someday I'm actually going to see a beach sunset in person.  For now, I'll settle for looking at them in pictures and keep dreaming!
I sponged the colors on for the sky and water, using a circle mask to make the setting sun.  I also used the long "ground" image from the tree set to add waves into the water.  I really love the way it looks, too!  For the sand, I punched an oval out of Crumb Cake cardstock, crumpled it up and distressed it until the layers of cardstock started to come apart.  I carefully peeled them apart and what was left was a smoother side and a textured side that looks a little like suede.  I sponged some Crumb Cake ink onto the suede side, which I thought nicely reassembled sand.

I stamped the tree in Chocolate Chip ink and the leaves in Pear Pizzazz.  I fussy cut it out and gently bent the trunk of the tree as the image is pretty straight up and down.  I like the slightly bent look.  
I layered on some Botanical Builder framelits flowers in the coordinating colors to add to the tropical feel.  
for the vertical panel I finally got a chance to use my Irresistibly Floral Specialty DSP!  I sponged some pool party onto the paper and magically watched the flowers appear!  How fun is that?!?!!
Lastly, I layered the whole thing on a base of white cardstock that I embossed with my Petal Burst EF.  The petals kind of mimic the leaves of the palm tree.  

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Totally Trees
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Chocolate Chip, and Crumb Cake
Paper: Irresistibly Floral DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake, Pool Party
Accessories: Botanical Builder Framelits, Petal Burst EF, Rhinestones, Oval punch

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


  1. This card is SOOOO awesome! I love the beach reminds of our stay in Hawaii last year! Great take on the color challenge this week!

  2. I love your card and techniques used!

  3. This is so pretty!! Love the serene beach scene!!!

  4. I can feel the ocean breeze! Great card and use of the color combination. Aloha!

  5. What a gorgeous card, Jenny! I love the background you created!! Thanks for joining us at Nacho Average Challenges!

  6. Your scene is breathtaking! And the addition of the tropical flowers and the background just take this card over the top!! Beautiful!

  7. Now this card Jenny is INSPIRED - awesome doesn't come close! That beach scene, with the sunset over the water (very clever use of that stamp btw) and the tropical flowers - I could be in the Caribbean! I'm so glad you didn't get to make a Christmas card this week!!

  8. Brilliant card. It's so different. I love it. Such a clever way to use the colours this week!

  9. Oh how fun! I love this beachy card! This is fabulous!