Nature's INKspirations

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

Abundant Beauty So Sincere for the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop - November 2023 | Color Challenge

Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop Banner | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Hello and welcome to my blog!  I'm so glad that you're here and hope you are having a wonderful day!  Today I am hopping with some of my talented stamping friends from around the world who love creating with Stampin' Up!® products as much as I do!  We usually hop on the second weekends of the month - Saturday or Sunday depending on where you are in the world - and love sharing lots of inspiration with you.  Last weekend was a big celebration for many of us as we enjoyed OnStage@Home where we got sneak peeks of what's coming in January thus our schedule change!  There are several of us hopping today - you will find the list to follow along towards the bottom of my blog post - so sit back and relax with your favorite cuppa as you peruse the hop.  

This month we are sharing projects based on our Color Challenge!  I am sure that you will find lots of different interpretations and inspiration from this fun palette.   

Today's Project

A special uncle earned his angel wings earlier this month as he defeated Parkinson's Disease.  This month's color challenge was the perfect inspiration for me to create some of the hardest cards, I've ever had to make.

Color Inspiration Challenge for the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop - November 2023
Crushed Curry | Early Espresso | Granny Apple Green | Crumb Cake | Azure Afternoon

Stampin' Up! Abundant Beauty Sunflower sympathy card with a little heat embossing | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

The challenge allowed us to throw in CAS (Clean and Simple) to give us double challenge so you know me... I love challenges!

The Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks has 4 different masks to create this beautiful sunflower.  It actually consists of three different sunflowers and three different leaves.  Keeping it true to the challenge, I chose one leaf and one sunflower.  For the simple cards, I used four of the colors (Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Early Espresso and Azure Afternoon) in the challenge blending them on Basic White Cardstock.  Layering them up on Crumb Cake was also keeping it simple with simple layers.  Both cards were adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stampin' Up! Abundant Beauty Sunflower sympathy card as a CAS | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The above card was a simple CAS with all the color blended softly onto one layer.  

The casual CAS card had a touch of white heat embossing for the sentiment which was fussy cut for a special touch.  The blending was done a bit heavier with this second card.  Each of the layers was edged along the sides with the broad tip of the Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker for a subtle hint of dimension.

Stampin' Up! Abundant Beauty Sunflower sympathy card with subtle dimension added by a Stampin' Write Marker | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

My personal favorite is the avid CAS.  The sunflower and leaves were fussy cut... the white heat embossed sentiment was die-cut... the bottom card layer was embossed with the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder and frayed along the edges with my Paper Snips... Linen Thread was wrapped around twice and tied off in a bow.  To sturdy the soft embossed and frayed layer, it was double layered with Crumb Cake Cardstock creating additional dimension to the card front. 

Stampin' Up! Abundant Beauty Sunflower sympathy cards | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

This card used four of the five colors from the challenge.

More Inspiration

I hope that you have enjoyed this color challenge and will use it yourself to create some cards for friends and family.  Up next on the blog hop is Leonie where you can continue along to see what she and all the others have created.  I am sure you will be filled with lots of inspiration!  And should you be inspired, please leave us a comment...  we love to hear from you. 


Angie McKenzie  ●  Leonie Stuart

Tricia Butts   ●   Mo Rootes

Aurélie Fabre  ●  Danielle Kassing

Karen Henderson  ●  Teri West

Judith Patterson    Jan Musselman

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!  
Have a blessed day!

You Can Make This Card!

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


  • Clear Blocks; Stampin' Pierce Mat; Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Heat Tool; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive


  • So Sincere Cling Stamp Set


  • Crushed Curry, Early Expresso, Granny Apple Green, and Azure Afternoon Classic Stampin' Pads; VersaMark Pad


  • Crumb Cake and Basic White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks; Small Blending Brushes; Autumn Leaves Dies (included in the Autumn Leaves Bundle); Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder; 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!

     PAPER CUTS (Square Card)

  • Basic White - 3-7/8" x 3-7/8"; 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" 
  • Crumb Cake - 4" x 4"; 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base); 4" x 4"

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  1. Gorgeous cards Angie and my favourite is also the avid card. I am sure your Uncles family were comforted by your thoughts and prayers x

  2. Beautiful cards for such a sad occasion. I am sure your family will love them. Thank you for sharing this!💕

  3. I love this card, Mo! The stenciled background is a lovely setting for the daisies. Thank you for sharing this!💕


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