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

3rd Thursdays Blog Hop - April 2020 - Encouraging Colors

I'm miss my walking companion so much! | By Angie McKenzie for 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the 2018-2020 In Colors from Stampin' Up!; #stampinup #naturesinkspirations #lossofmansbestfriend #thirdthursdaysbloghop #photosforscrapbooks #photosforjournals  #illmissyou20182020incolors

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Thanks for visiting the April 2020 edition of the Third Thursdays Blog Hop!  So how are you doing with all the #stayhome safe distancing?!?  Our family has done well with it until the past two weeks... so today's blog hop is just perfect for what I'm needing to share!  So sit back and enjoy the inspirations on today's blog hop for those of us who are saying Good Bye to some In Colors, Hello to the amazing New Ornate Gardens Suite while wishing to spread some sunshine with some much needed Encouragement cards!!!  

As many of you can gather by the name of my blog and website, I love nature... and with nature comes the love of a very special and dear old friend, Spot.  Spot has been my walking companion and protector for nine years and yesterday God called him home...

My favorite picture of Spot taken on the day we brought him home...  he LOVED the snow!

Nine years ago, this special dog came into our lives as a rescue...  in more ways than one.  We rescued him and he rescued us!  The story of our life with Spot is for another day; however, today I am sharing my favorite In Colors that are going away in June...  that will be greatly missed as they are PERFECT for scrapbooking and journaling!  And I must say, I will miss every single one of them!!!

By Angie McKenzie for 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Happy Tails stamp set, the Puzzle Pieces Dies, Ornate Layers Dies and 2018-2020 In Colors from Stampin' Up!; #stampinup #naturesinkspirations #ornatelayersdies #handmadecards #encouragementcards  #lossofmansbestfriend #thirdthursdaysbloghop #photosforscrapbooks #photosforjournals #illmissyoublueberrybushel #illmissyou20182020incolors

My hubby has always thought that his dad, God rest his soul, sent Spot to us...  in fact, he shared with me last night, that he thought his dad's dog, Victor, was Spot.  If you look closely at the center picture surrounded by the new amazing Ornate Layers dies, you just might see a resemblance!  Mark's dad grew up on a farm in nearby Indiana and we frequent that area fairly often for family reunions, etc.  Thus the fun picture of Spot watching his dad plowing gravel to put around our barn.  **warm fuzzies**

By Angie McKenzie for 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Ornate Layers Dies from Stampin' Up!; #stampinup #naturesinkspirations #ornatelayersdies #handmadecards #encouragementcards  #lossofmansbestfriend #thirdthursdaysbloghop #photosforscrapbooks #photosforjournals

These two have always had an amazing connection...  almost as much as our son and Spot!

By Angie McKenzie for 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Happy Tails stamp set, the Puzzle Pieces Dies, and 2018-2020 In Colors from Stampin' Up!; #stampinup #happytailsstampset #naturesinkspirations #puzzlepiecesdies #handmadecards #encouragementcards  #lossofmansbestfriend #thirdthursdaysbloghop #photosforscrapbooks #photosforjournals #illmissyoublueberrybushel #illmissyou20182020incolors

The Happy Tails stamp set and Puzzle Pieces dies were just perfect for a card that I made earlier today for my boy...  something special to always remember his buddy by.


Our son never got to meet his paternal grandfather so this grouping of three generations was a must have during the photoshoot this afternoon...  three McKenzie men with their dogs!  

By Angie McKenzie for 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Happy Tails stamp set, the Puzzle Pieces Dies, Ornate Layers Dies and 2018-2020 In Colors from Stampin' Up!; #stampinup #happytailsstampset #naturesinkspirations #puzzlepiecesdies #ornatelayersdies #handmadecards #encouragecards  #lossofmansbestfriend #thirdthursdaysbloghop #photosforscrapbooks #photosforjournals #illmissyoublueberrybushel #illmissyou20182020incolors

My walks with Spot must have been God's way of nudging me to get outside of my comfort zone with stamping and creating cards.  So many of our walks inspired so many of my RAK cards before I became a demonstrator.  And it was always on those walks that I always talked with God, Spot and the surroundings of nature that seemed to always welcome us into their daily lives.  

My last picture of Spot taken just hours before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Benji misses you!!!  

Best buddies and brothers - Benji and Spot | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Thanks for all the love of nine years, my dear boy... Mommy will always love you and hold you dear.  I'm so thankful that you are with Grandpa, Victor, Brittany, Maggie and Tiffany over the Rainbow Bridge.  Have fun running in the snow and thank you for the snowflake kisses this morning!!!  Just remember to meet me by the Oak tree by the river as I've always told all of my loved ones who have passed before you as we will all see each other again one day in Heaven.   Thank you God and Dad for sending him to us...  we just didn't expect to have to him return to you so soon...  take good care of him!  We miss him dearly...

A morning walk with my walking companion along the trail behind our house two years ago...  this is how I imagined him crossing the Rainbow Bridge | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

I hope that my project has inspired you in some way today.  Please continue along the blog hop for additional inspiration!  
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Thanks for hopping by my little corner of the world and I'm looking forward to seeing y'all again soon!!

Have a blessed day!
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By Angie McKenzie for 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Happy Tails stamp set, the Puzzle Pieces Dies, Ornate Layers Dies and 2018-2020 In Colors from Stampin' Up!; #stampinup #happytailsstampset #naturesinkspirations #puzzlepiecesdies #handmadecards #encouragementcards  #lossofmansbestfriend #thirdthursdaysbloghop #photosforscrapbooks #photosforjournals #illmissyoublueberrybushel #illmissyou20182020incolorsBy Angie McKenzie for 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Ornate Layers Dies from Stampin' Up!; #stampinup #naturesinkspirations #ornatelayersdies #handmadecards #encouragementcards  #lossofmansbestfriend #thirdthursdaysbloghop #photosforscrapbooks #photosforjournals

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About the May Kit
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A Kit In Color
  • Kit contains supplies for 12 cards and envelopes
  • 8 cards are traditional size
    • Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
    • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • 4 cards are note card size
    • Notecard size: 5" x 3-1/2" (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
    • Envelope size: 5-1/8" x 3-5/8" (13 x 9.2 cm)

Coordinating Colors: Four NEW In Colors plus Purple Posy from the 2019–2021 In Color collection. (The new In Colors will be introduced on April 24.)

                                                   

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  1. Such sweet memories - thanks for sharing your sweet pupper with us in the hop today. So sorry for your loss. Sending love and comfort to you and your family. 💕

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    1. Thanks so much, Kimberley! The elements of the hop today were just perfect timing. Definitely something heartfelt for me. (((HUG))) xx

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  2. Angie, that is such a wonderful tribute to such a sweet friend. Thank you for sharing your memories with us too.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Definitely the hardest blog post I've ever written... xx

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  3. Sorry for your loss Angie. Love the red card! So perfect!

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    1. Thanks so much, sweet friend! It's definitely helped my boy! (((HUGS))) xx

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  4. Sorry for your loss. I just lost a pet rabbit, so i appreciate the scrapbook layout ideas.

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    1. Thank you, Colette. So sorry for your loss, too. It's amazing how finding memories and being able to document them through scrapbooks can help heal our hearts and continue our fond memories. xx

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  5. Angie, my heart just aches for you right now. Losing a furry family member is SO tough. We lost our Ozzy in December and I still mourn him. I love all of the photos you shared and yes, I think that Victor sent Spot to you. I truly believe that our rescue pets find us for a reason. Your sweet boy had a wonderful life with you. Keep those happy memories close to your heart my sweet friend. Sending you the biggest hugs!

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    1. Oohhhhhh, thank you so much, Anne Marie! This means the world to me. (((HUGS))) across the miles xx

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