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

Courage & Faith for the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop - February 2024 | Color Challenge


Courage & Faith for the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop Color Challenge | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

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

Hello and happy February!  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 love hopping 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.  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 challenge.   

Today's Project

My heart leapt with joy when I saw this picture for this month's color challenge... it took me to my childhood as I recalled the joy of Sunday mornings at church and seeing all the little ones grinning from ear to ear!  Actually, this little fella seems all decked out for Easter and reminds me so much of one of the pastor's kids that I so enjoyed watching grow up.

Stamping INKspirations Color Challenge - February 2024 | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
Misty Moonlight | Lemon Lolly | Soft Sea Foam | Real Red | Pretty Peacock

Here is what this fun challenge inspired me to create!

Stampin' Up! Courage & Faith Rays of Light card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

The Bokeh lighting in the picture inspired me to use the Rays of Light stamp set.  The background stamp was inked with Whisper White Craft ink and pressed with a Lemon Lolly Cardstock layer.  The Everyday Details circle die-cut was blended along the edges with a Small Blending Brush and Misty Moonlight ink.  Three strands of White Baker's Twine was stitched around the circle using a stitch that my paternal grandmother used for handstitching trims on pillowcases decades ago that I was blessed to receive.

Stampin' Up! Courage & Faith Rays of Light close-up details | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The Courage & Faith images were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Basic White cardstock.  Colored with Dark Soft Sea Foam, Light Pretty Peacock, Real Red Combo and Lemon Lolly Combo Stampin' Blends Markers the images were fussy cut and adhered with Mini Glue Dots onto the stitched circle.  The sentiment was white heat embossed onto Misty Moonlight cardstock, trimmed and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals onto the stitched circle.  The stamped Lemon Lolly cardstock layer was splattered with the Dark Misty Moonlight Stampin' Blends brush tip for quick drying before adhering to the Basic White Thick cardbase.  The assembled circle was adhered to the cardfront with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Inside the Stampin' Up! Courage & Faith Rays of Light encouragement card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was layered and stamped to compliment the card front.  The Hope & Prayer sentiment was white embossed to compliment the front sentiment.  The Basic White Medium Envelope front and flap were stamped and colored to complete the card ensemble.

Stampin' Up! Courage & Faith Rays of Light encouragement card with envelope | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

More Inspiration

I hope that you have enjoyed this color inspiration and will use it yourself to create some cards for friends and family.  Up next on the blog hop is Karen 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  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Leonie Stuart

Rebecca-Jo Unwin   ●   Aurélie Fabre  ●  Jill Chapman

Annette Ball  ●  Mo Rootes  ●  Shel Anderson

Tricia Butts  ●  Jan Musselman

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

Stampin' Up! Courage & Faith Rays of Light encouragement card supplies | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

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


  • Clear Blocks D, H; Grid Paper; Glass Mat; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Heat Tool; Mini Glue Dots; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals


  • Courage & Faith Cling Stamp Set; Rays of Light Cling Background Stamp; Hope & Prayer Cling Stamp Set


  • Uninked Classic Stampin' Pad and Whisper White Ink Refill; Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad; VersaMark Pad; Misty Moonlight, Soft Sea Foam, Lemon Lolly, Real Red and Pretty Peacock Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Lemon Lolly, Misty Moonlight, Basic White and Thick Basic White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Baker's Twine Essentials Pack; Everyday Details Dies

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!


  • Basic White - 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" for stamping, diecutting and fussycutting; inside panel was from scraps so you can make any size! 
  • Misty Moonlight - 3" x 5" for heat embossing   
  • Lemon Lolly - 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" (x2); 4" x 5-1/4" for layering   
  • Thick Basic White - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base)


  1. Beautiful card Angie, love the rays of light in the background and the stitching x

  2. Lovely card, Angie. Love the message!

  3. The use of the Ray of Light stamp is incredible! Always such an original and elegant way of tackling the challenges you set us!
    And the thread in the cut-out! I really love this card! Thanks for the inspiration Angie! xx

  4. Wow! Thank you for explaining what influenced your design choices - makes the card even more precious. It's absoloutely beautiful. Love the stitching with the focal point being so well highlighted by the Rays of Light.

  5. Wonderful card, Angie! I love the blanket stitch on the circle die cut. Thanks for sharing this!💕


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