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

Around the World on Wednesday - August 2022 | Never Ever Grow Up


Elephant Parade for the young at heart!

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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 Never Ever Grow Up inspiration with you.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

The Toledo Zoo is so amazing and we have visited it rather often... as it's only a wonderful drive down the Anthony Wayne Trail.  Some of the most exciting times are when they announce the arrivals of babies and then there are contests to select names for them.  One such contest happened when my son was in primary school for the arrival of a baby elephant and, of course, we voted along with many, many other local citizens.  We frequented the zoo often during his early years just to catch glimpses of Lucas.  For this blog post, I'm totally relying on the internet for his pictures that remind me of my glimpses of him...  click here to see an adorable picture of him on Pinterest.  You can also click here to view several adorable videos of Lucas in action including the sad announcement by The Toledo Zoo of his death.

Elephant Parade stamp set allowed me to play with different colors inspired by the many adventures of Lucas the Elephant (2011-2021).

The inspiration for today's project is Lucas from the Toledo Zoo.  The Elephant Parade stamp set was perfect to reflect our love of Lucas!  Unfortunately, Lucas will never ever grow up as he died from an elephant virus in April 2021 at the young age of nine.  Lucas filled the lives of so many people who watched and cared for him with much joy.  The Toledo Zoo currently has two elephants Renee (Lucas' mother) and Twiggy.  

Elephant Parade cards for the young at heart (all) | Nature's INKspiratons by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

The Elephant Parade stamp set from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog was used for creating selection of cards inspired by the Tembo Trail backgrounds at The Toledo Zoo.  The Linen Specialty Paper was used as the backdrop for the draw attention to the texture of these wonderful creatures... wrinkly and soft.

Elephant Parade baby card (angled) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The linen was colored with a Blending Brush and Petal Pink ink using a circular motion for complete coverage of color.  The application was repeated numerous times to achieve the desired color.  The edges of the linen was frayed on all sides and adhered directly to Thick Basic White card base.  The Natural Prints wreath die was die-cut from Soft Sea Foam cardstock and trimmed a wee bit to offset on the linen.  The sentiment was stamped with Petal Pink ink and die-cut with the Tailored Tags die.  White Baker's Twine was doubled and tied off with a bow.  

The Gray Granite watercolored elephant was selected for this card front.  Don't you just love the softness created for this card for a sweet baby?

Elephant Parade Happy Day card (close-up) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The linen for the second card was colored with a Blending Brush and Calypso Coral ink.  Unfortunately, a big splat of ink appeared during the blending process, but alas, the problem was covered up with the Pear Pizzazz watercolored elephant leaves!  Such a fun fix, don't you think?!  The linen was frayed and adhered directly onto the Petal Pink card base.  The sentiment was heat embossed on Petal Pink cardstock to compliment the card base.  

The elephant watercolored with Basic Gray was chosen for this card.  And his little friend the mouse was watercolored with Gray Granite for the inside.  The leaves were stamped on Basic White and filled in with a Blender Pen drawing ink off of the lines... much like the technique used for coloring the elephant with the damp Fine Tip Water Painter.

The third card was created with the second blending of the Calypso Coral... meaning not much ink was added to the brush thanks to the darker application of the previous background.  This linen was not frayed... well, it was started until it was obvious the linen was cut off skew so it was adhered to a Petal Pink layer and trimmed to a clean edge.  The watercolored elephant leaves were arranged for the elephant to sit on... looking up at the watercolored butterfly.  The heat embossed sentiment was a perfect across the front of the linen layer.

The elephant watercolored with Smoky Slate ink was used for this card.  The elephant leaves and the butterfly were featured in the corners of the inside layer... once again relying on the detailing of the Blender Pen for the color application.

Should not wish to fussy cut these adorable images as I have, this stamp set has coordinating dies (which I do not have) to make life easier for you.  



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!  Eleven (11) of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends are joining me today in this worldwide hug that stretches all the way from Australia 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 for the young at heart.  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, Chris, as she shares her inspiring project, or scroll down the name list to follow along because you sure don't want to miss any. 

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Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - 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!
Elephant Parade cards for the young at heart (angled) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

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


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


  • Elephant Parade Cling Stamp Set (bundled savings with the Elephant Dies)


  • Basic Gray, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, and Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pads; VersaMark Pad; Bermuda Bay, Polished Pink and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Petal Pink, Basic White and Thick Basic White Cardstocks; Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper; Linen 12" x 12" Specialty Paper; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Water Painters; Blender Pens; Natural Prints Dies; Tailored Tags Dies; Baker's Twine Essentials Pack; 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.



  1. Adorable!! I love to see the colour comparison, each as lovely as the next and each card so beautiful x

  2. Love the use of the linen! The texture is a nice addition to your pretty card.

  3. This story is so sad and beautiful at the same time. This elephant deserved a card. Thank you for sharing Angie!


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