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

Lovely and Sweet for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - March 2024 | Monochrome Color Challenge

Stampin' Up! Lovely & Sweet birthday card preview | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

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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 inspiration with you about our March Blues Monochrome Color Challenge.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

March can often be a solemn month full of rollercoaster temperatures as the weather comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb here in the USA as we get ready for April showers and May flowers.  It will be interesting to hear how the weather is in other parts of the world!  

From another vantage point, let's think of jewels... birthstones in particularly.  The aquamarine is the March birthstone and it is a beautiful clear, pale turquoise... like the color of the sea.  Doesn't that just make you relax and smile as you picture yourself stepping into, standing or walking in this beautiful cool, warm water?  Ahhhhh.... right?!? 

Well, I hope you're relaxed and smiling right now as you enjoy our color challenge image.

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - March Blues Color Challenge 2024
Pool Party | Balmy Blue | Boho Blue | Misty Moonlight | Night of Navy

And this is what these colors inspired me to create.

Stampin' Up! Lovely & Sweet birthday card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

The Lovely & Sweet almond blossom was stamped in Night of Navy onto a Basic White square.  The image was colored with Light Boho Blue and Light Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Markers.  

Close-up of the Stampin' Up! Lovely & Sweet birthday card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Shading was simply created by layering on the colors.  The coordinating die was used to cut out a mask from Stampin' Up!® Masking Paper.  Inspired by Van Gogh's Almond Blossoms, Pool Party ink was softly blended with a Small Blending Brush over the masked image.

Stampin' Up! Lovely & Sweet birthday card - layering details | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Notes of Nature images were stamped in Night of Navy onto a second square.  The ledger image was die-cut on the left margin with the coordinating ledger die and torn along the perforation.  The journal title image was distressed with paper snips and a bone folder.  The sentiment was die-cut with the Lovely & Sweet tab die.  The blended square layer was adhered to a second Basic White square creating a subtle lift over the collage of items adhered to the Timeworn Type 3D embossed layer.

Inside the Stampin' Up! Lovely & Sweet birthday card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was layered and stamped to compliment the card front allowing plenty of room to celebrate the birthday recipient.  The Courage & Faith sentiment was a used to compliment the almond blossom from the card front.  The Basic White Medium Envelope flap was decorated an embossed piece of Basic White cardstock adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue to complete the card ensemble.

Stampin' Up! Lovely & Sweet birthday card - bird's eye view | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie



This is Us - The AWOW Team as of 120123

We are such a diverse and fun group of stampers from all over the world!  Fifteen (15) 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 March Blues color palette.  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, Kelly, as she shares her amazing project, or scroll down the name list to follow along because you sure don't want to miss any.

You Can Make This Card!

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


  • Clear Blocks B, C, D, E; Stampin' Glass Mat; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Paper Snips; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive


  • Lovely & Sweet Cling Stamp Set  (Bundled Savings are available with the coordinating dies); Notes of Nature Cling Stamp Set (Bundled Savings are available with the coordinating dies); Courage & Faith Cling Stamp Set


  • Pool Party and Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pads; Boho Blue and Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Night of Navy and Basic White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Lovely & Sweet Dies (included with the Bundle); Notes of Natures Dies (included with the Bundle); Thoughtful Expressions Dies; Masking Paper; Small Blending Brushes

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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 - 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" (x3); 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" (x2); 4 x 5-1/4" (x3)
  • Night of Navy - 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base)


  1. Gorgeous Angie ... I love all the elements peeking out from behind the main floral feature! And so lovely to see this set in blues. xx

    1. Thanks so much, Cheryll! Loved making this special card for my dad's birthday. xx

  2. Love all the elements to this card! Beautiful!

  3. Angie! I love this idea of using the negative of a cutout to get a mask!
    It makes the stamp stand out so much! It's just amazing! Thanks for sharing! xx

    1. Using the masking paper definitely helped with achieving this fun effect! Glad you liked it! xx


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