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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Flowers are So Lovely Inside & Out

Yesterday I participated in the International Random Acts of Kindness Blog Hop which showcases an incredible card group on Facebook that I am actively participating in.  It is such an AWESOME group of crafters who love making and sending cards with current Stampin' Up products.  And for me, participating in the RAK Blog Hops are just an extra special added bonus to the fun!

APMCreations | Handmade cards by Angie McKenzie

During June, I kept seeing this wonderful technique being done that was referred to as "watercolor smooshing" with inks and acrylic blocks.  So I gave it a whirl with an Angie flair!

APMCreations | Handmade cards by Angie McKenzie
A special card for a special RAK friend
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All of my RAK cards were going to be color variations of this special card, but the creator in me got a bit bored imaginative and took it a step further.  This fabulous stamp set has a contemporary, modern feel with some incredible sentiments that I love so I "Angied it"...  and, once I started, I couldn't stop.  So if you're ready to try it yourself, here goes!

My modern azalea cards!
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I started off by cutting the Shimmery White cardstock to the sizes for the card fronts that I wanted.  I worked on each card front individually but in assembly line fashion to allow for drying time.  Berry Burst was my first pick as it reminded me of Amen Corner on the Augusta National Golf Course.  I stamped the "flowers" and then inked an acrylic in the same color and spritzed it with water enough to form droplets that wanted to run and then I placed it on top the stamped images and "smooshed" the acrylic block across the cardstock.  I continued this same process until I achieved the look I wanted.  CREATING NOTE:  I did this technique on top of a double folded paper towel to help keep my workspace dry.

After the flowers were completely dry, I added the Olive Green leaves that were stamped off several times around the flowers.  I did the same "smooshing" technique for the leaves as I did previously with the flowers.

Because of the number of cards I prepared with this technique, by the time I finished the first step on the last card front, the first card front was dry and ready for the second color.  So I highly recommend making multiples while working with this technique!

APMCreations | Handmade cards by Angie McKenzie
"Red roses" with linen bows for some special RAK friends
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APMCreations | Handmade cards by Angie McKenzie
I had fun making a variety of card shapes with my modern "yellow roses" and "yellow daisies"!
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APMCreations | Handmade cards by Angie McKenzie
A fun twist to a card fold that actually allowed for more inside writing room!
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APMCreations | Handmade cards by Angie McKenzie
Roses are red, Violets are blue...
hmmm, think I'll call them "blue roses"!
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APMCreations | Handmade cards by Angie McKenzie
The inside of a card is just as important as the outside!
Those of you who love Stamping' Up! as much as I do... did you notice where my color inspiration came from?  Yes, you're right - the new Color Theory Suite!!! The next flowers I make with this set will be a shade of purple for violets!  Can't wait to get started to get my fingers inky!  

I hope these cards have inspired you to get your fingers inky, too.  Happy crafting!
-Angie  xx

Recipe for "Special" Card:
Stamps:  Lovely Inside & Out, Rose Wonder (sentiment)
Inks:  Berry Burst, Old Olive
Papers:  Shimmery White, Berry Burst, Old Olive and Whisper White cardstocks
Other:  Lovely Words Thinlits dies; Acrylic Block; Stampin' Spritzer; Glitter Enamel Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Snail Adhesive; Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive; Sponge

Recipe for "Flower" Cards:
Stamps:  Lovely Inside & Out
Inks:  Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive
Papers:  Shimmery White, Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Whisper White cardstocks
Other:  Lovely Words dies; Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Standard Cutting Plates; Magnetic Platform; Standard Platform; Linen Thread; Paper Snips; Acrylic Block; Stampin' Spritzer; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Stampin' Dimensional; Snail Adhesive; Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive; Sponge; Classic Label Punch; Glitter Enamel Dots; 5/8" Burlap Ribbon; Tear & Tape Adhesive


  1. Oh Angie, I can not thank you enough for my gorgeous RAK Card that I have just opened. We have just arrived home from our family holiday with mixed feelings. We are sad to have left behind the beautiful sunshine and scenery of Portugal, pleased to be home to our own beds, but sad to be returning to a family Funeral, following the passing of my Sister-in-law whilst we were away ... so have opened your beautiful card with such sunshine colours and heart warming words, lead me to switching on the computer to send you this message immediately. Thank you so very much ... this really is what RAK Cards are all about. You really have touched my heart today and I can't thank you enough. Thank you so much for your continued following and support, it means a lot to me to hear that my creativity gives inspiration and believe me ... yours has in return. I shall be creating something that your card will have inspired me to do .. so thank you. Best wishes from the UK, Mikaela xx

    1. My pleasure, Mikaela! So sorry for the sadness linked with your lovely family holiday. Comforting hugs and prayers to you and yours as you continue to mourn the loss of your Sister-in-law. It's amazing how our RAKs always seem to arrive just when we need them most - it's almost like they are special delivered by a messenger angel across the waters. Continue shining brightly, Mikaela! (((HUGS)))


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