Nature's INKspirations

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

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - September 2022 | It's A Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood

Fond of Autumn tribute (banner) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Fond of Autumn and Nuts About Squirrels

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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 a fun inspiration about it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood!  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood... that starts right outside my door every morning.  I have always enjoyed the outdoors since childhood with nature walks being my favorite thing to do.  No matter where I am, it always feels good and "just like home".  So today I'm sharing a part of my wonderful neighborhood with you through my eyes.

It's currently festival time here in the Toledo area...  local festivals are running almost every weekend now through December (click here to see the list).  Lots of amazing food, crafts and fun!  Last weekend was the Greek-American Festival.  I personally am looking forward to the Apple Butter Festival next month.

Today's project is inspired by this wonderful time of year... as the outdoors are enjoyed in our neighborhoods and the festivals.

Fond of Autumn tribute (angle) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Acorns and leaves every where makes for lots of squirrels | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzieA young acorn... right outside our garage door! | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

One of the old oak trees on our property | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzieAmazing sunset and sunrise views through the oak trees on our property | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

The Autumn Bouquet Dies were used to highlight this project reminescent of all the woodwork that I love seeing in many craft booths at the festivals.  The large detailed die was used twice to create the Crumb Cake background which was embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder for additional texture.  The layer was adhered to a Very Vanilla card layer and double wrapped with Linen Thread.

Fond of Autumn tribute (close-up) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The large Fond of Autumn image was stamped with Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The images were colored with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends Markers.  The images were die-cut with the coordinating die and arranged as shown.  The Nuts About Squirrels image was colored with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Stampin' Blends and fussy cut with a slight border to compliment the other die-cuts.  The sentiment was stamped with Crumb Cake ink onto scraps and die-cut with the curvy banner die.

Fond of Autumn tribute (holding) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Rustic Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots were added as a finishing touch.  The inside was left blank for correspondence while the remaining colored die-cut was used as a focal point.  The Very Vanilla Medium Envelope was stamped on the front and flap with coordinating images.

Fond of Autumn tribute (inside) | 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!  Twelve (12) 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 these fall products.  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. 

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Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Chris Smith - US

Tricia Butts - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!
Have a blessed day!
Fond of Autumn tribute (supplies) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

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


  • Clear Blocks A, D; Stamparatus; Small Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Paper Snips;  Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Mini Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Bone Folder


  • Fond of Autumn Photopolymer Stamp Set (available with the Autumn Bouquet Dies for bundled savings); Nuts About Squirrels Cling Stamp Set


  • Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad; Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and So Saffron Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Very Vanilla Thick Cardstocks; Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes


  • Autumn Bouquet Dies; Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder; Linen Thread; Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots

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!


  • Very Vanilla - 4" x 5-1/4" (x4) 
  • Crumb Cake - 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Very Vanilla Thick - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base)



  1. What a beautiful card Angie. I particularly like the die cut AND embossed background panel that has created real texture. I'm loving the sound of the Apple Butter Festival, I think I need to pay you a visit ... enjoy! xx

    1. Thanks so much! The Apple Butter Festival is amazing... would love you to visit. xx

  2. You know what Angie? I never noticed that background die until I saw your card - STUNNING! Your idea of embossing the die cut looks fabulous. Beautiful project. The Apple Butter Festival sounds very interesting!

    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle! It was a joy to create for sure. You would love the festival, I am sure of it! x

  3. Love how you captured the nature of the season around you. Great idea to emboss the die-cut background. It adds so much great texture.

  4. Love your card!! Enjoy the Apple Butter festival!!

  5. An apple butter festival? Really? It is SO delicious, I'd be looking forward to it too. I love the way your card recreates the colours and textures of your outdoors - a great way to show off the theme.

    1. It smells delicious, too, with all the delightful smells of apple butter, apple cider and maple syrup permeating the air! Thanks so much, Jan. x

  6. Wo... reading the comments I see that I am not the only one... An apple butter festival? How does this happen? Do you eat apple pies? It looks so fabulous I want to know more! Otherwise your creation is very pretty. I like walking in the forest and touching the bark of trees and your article moved me a lot.


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