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

Cheerful Basket for Around the World on Wednesday - Let's Hear It for the Boys

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Basket Let's Hear It for the Boys Masculine Card 

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Hello and welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  We are glad you have joined us and look forward to spending time with you as we share Let's Hear It For the Boys inspiration with you.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

As of last week I continue to be the only female here on the pond.  Those close to me know that since last November our property was selected by a momma cat to be where she was comfortable enough to raise her kittens.  The hubby and son have been the ones that helped train them enough to be touchable so we could do the community thing to keep the population down.  Seems that we were not the only ones with this situation as it took us months to get in for the big day... so last week was when we found out the kittens were all males!

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Basket masculine card (angle) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

So it was only fitting that this month's theme was all about the boys... lol, so yes, I am loving the kittens that we have grown to love. 

Project Details

The Cheerful Basket Bundle was the first set that I fell in love with from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog as it featured one of the kittens.  And the basket reminds me of the handmade maple baskets that I love made here in the heart of the Ohio.  The New Horizons DSP (now retired) makes the perfect backdrop resembling a common view from our kitchen every day.

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Basket masculine card (front details with Blends) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The black kittens were stamped with Memento ink onto Basic White Cardstock.  One of the images was stamped with the Stamparatus to create the reverse image using the Silicone Craft Mat.  Both images were colored with the Light Basic Black Stampin' Blends Marker leaving the markings specific to each of them.  The calico kitten was stamped with Memento ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The image was colored with Light Basic Black and Light/Dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers.  The commonality of the three are the green eyes so the Dark Parakeet Party Stampin' Blends Marker was the perfect match.  

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Basket masculine card (basket details) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The basket was die-cut with the coordinating dies and Crumb Cake Cardstock.  The handle was die-cut from Basic White Cardstock and colored with the Bronze and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.  The Bone Folder and Stampin' Dimensionals helped to create the three-dimensional look of the basket and the kittens.
Stampin' Up! Cheerful Basket masculine card (front with envelope) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The sentiment was heat embossed and die-cut with the Stylish Shapes banner die.  The Bone Folder was used to add the curves to the banner while Stampin' Dimensionals made for the sound center lift.

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Basket masculine card (inside details) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was stamped and layered to compliment the card front.  The Home and Garden sentiment was heat embossed on the die-cut that coordinates with the stamped image of the basket.  And, yes, it has indeed been a joy to watch these kittens grow and hopefully, they will continue to love living here with us on the pond.

Speckles, Socks and Tiger with my son after their surgeries | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie



This is Us - Around the World on Wednesday Team Members | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

We are such a diverse and fun group of stampers from all over the world!  Fourteen (14) of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends are joining me today in this worldwide hug that stretches all the way from New Zealand to Hawaii across twelve different time zones.  We love sharing sunshine with you through projects from our individual parts of the world on these second Wednesdays of the month.  I hope that you are being filled with lots of inspiration. 

More Inspiration

I hope this project has helped you imagine different ways you can create cards using this amazing masculine theme.  Now, hop along with me, Angie McKenzie, to see more Wednesday inspirations from my amazing friends Around the World.  Just click the daisy below to go to my friend, Wendy, as she shares her amazing project, or scroll down the name list to follow along because you sure don't want to miss any. 


Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Chris Smith - US

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!
Have a blessed day!
Cheerful Basket masculine card (supplies) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

Here's What You'll Need to Get Started...


  • Clear Blocks C, D, H; Stamparatus; Small Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Heat Tool; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Bone Folder


  • Cheerful Basket Photopolymer Stamp Set (bundled savings with the Full Basket Dies); Home and Garden Cling Stamp Set


  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink; VersaMark Pad


  • Evening Evergreen and Basic White Cardstocks; New Horizons 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (retired too soon!); 2021-2023 In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (for the envelope liner); Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Full Basket Dies; Basics Embossing Powders

You can purchase any of these supplies from my online store if you live in the USA and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.

Time to Use Your Paper Trimmer!


  • DSP - 4" x 5-1/4"; 3/4" x 5-1/4" 
  • Basic White - 4-1/16" x 5-5/16" (x2) 
  • Evening Evergreen - 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base)


  1. What a fun card!! I love the basket bundle, too!! And my house seems to have a lot of cats around... My husband says he's not a cat person, but they seem to love him! He always has a cat or two on his lap.

  2. First words that came to my mind when I saw your card as "awwwww". I LOVE It

  3. Great project with the sweetest story.


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