Thinking outside the box, that's something I'm not very good at. But there are so many clever stampers out there that can look at a stamp set or craft item and use it very creatively. Well, that's what happened with the Work of Art stamp set. It makes a great sand and sea background for Wetlands. No water coloring or special paper needed. Maybe you have some sandpipers (the birds) from an old Stampin' Up! set - dig it out and use it. I'm not a bird person, but I like the sandpipers (on paper, anyway!) The greetings in the Wetlands set are the bomb! I use just the greetings more than I do the images.
Stamp sets - Wetlands, Work of Art
Cardstock - Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink - Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Large Oval punch, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals