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

Attention Shoppers (Sneak Peek!) for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - April 2024 | This or That

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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 "This or That" Challenge.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

Today's project is inspired by my niece's special day happening today!!!  Happy birthday, sweet Maddie!!!  Over the years, her favorite colors have been pink and purple... and she even went through a black and white phase.  I hope that you enjoy this SNEAK PEEK of products that are featured in the upcoming 2024-2025 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.

Stampin' Up! Attention Shoppers birthday card ideas | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

The number of candles on the cards was a must for this fun challenge... afterall, you only turn 21 once!  The Attention Shoppers Bundle cake image was stamped seven times on a 2" strip of Basic White Cardstock.  The decorative icing was colored with the new Pretty in Pink and Petunia Pop Stampin' Blends Combo Packs.  The candle flames were colored with the new Light Peach Stampin' Blends Marker.  After the colored images were die-cut with the coordinating die, the real "This or That" challenge began!

Stampin' Up! Attention Shoppers birthday card with cakes -- vertical or horizontal - which would you choose? | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Hmmmm, which would make more of a statement?  Which would be more fun?  Should the cakes be on a vertical card or a horizontal card?  When in doubt... create both!  Then the next question was where should the sentiment go?  Along the bottom or across the center of the cakes?  So I did one of each!  Also, putting the cakes on an embossing layer that complimented the cake icing was a must!

Stampin' Up! Attention Shoppers birthday cards - cake or gift bags - which would you choose? | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

And then, I noticed the adorable gift bags.  Wouldn't it be fun to do a card with 21 gift bags?!?  Of course, it would, but I opted to keep with the seven theme so the fun SNEAK PEEK of the Dotted Circles 3D Embossing Folder would still be seen and not almost completely covered.  What is so nice about this embossing folder is that it is huge (6" x 8-1/2") and embossed this slim line layer completely with one pass through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine.  The classy feeling of the colorful pink and purple gift bags called for a classy sentiment... so the Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder was a must.  Coordinating 2024-2026 In Color™ Shimmer Gems were the perfect finishing touch for all three slim line cards.

No card is complete without completing the inside... so enjoy the ideas for gifting cash, checks or gift cards with the Mini Envelope Pocket Dies pocket which can be used for so many occasions!

Inside the horizontal Attention Shoppers birthday cake card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzieInside the vertical Attention Shoppers birthday cake card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
Inside the horizontal Attention Shoppers birthday gift bags card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

TIP for the pocket envelopes:  Be sure to use Tear & Tape Adhesive to assemble the mini envelopes.  Secure them to the inside likewise unless you wish the recipient to remove the pocket.  Removable double sided tape is perfect for this option!  

Do you have a favorite?  Or are you torn like me?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.  



This is Us - The AWOW Team as of 120123

We are such a diverse and fun group of stampers from all over the world!  Fourteen (14) 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 fun challenge.  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 "this or that" projects, or scroll down the name list to follow along because you sure don't want to miss any.

You Can Make These Cards!

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


  • Clear Blocks B, C, G; Stampin' Glass Mat; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Heat Tool; Bone Folder; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Tear & Tape Adhesive


  • Attention Shoppers Photopolymer Stamp Set (Coordinating dies are available for Bundled Savings)


  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad; VersaMark Pad; Pretty in Pink, Petunia Pop and Peach Pie Stampin' Blends Combo Packs; Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker


  • Basic Black, Pretty in Pink and Basic White Cardstocks; Slim Line Envelopes (retired)


  • Dotted Circles 3D Embossing Folder; White Stampin' Emboss Powder; 2024-2026 In Color™ Shimmer Gems; Attention Shoppers Dies (included in the coordinating Bundle); Thoughtful Moments 3D Hybrid Embossing Folder (includes the coordinating Die); Mini Envelope Pocket Dies

Product List

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 per card

  • Basic White - 8-1/4" x 3-1/2" (x2); 2" strips for stamping and die-cutting 
  • Basic Black - 8-1/2" x 7-1/2" scored at 3-3/4" (card base); scraps for heat embossing


  1. Wow Angie!! These are all stunning cards. What a fun idea. I love the gift card holders inside too. Fabulous idea. I really love the birthday cakes on the horizontal ... although deep down I would have loved to see you put 21 gift bags on the front of a card!!! ;-)

    1. LOL Cheryll, I quickly scrolled to see if Angie had put 21 gift bags!

    2. All are just so beautiful Angie but oh the gift bags - LOVE. You have convined me that I need this bundle. I've got a 21st coming up and I just may have to work on putting those 21 gift bags on my card!

  2. Cute, cute, cute! I didn't think I needed this stamp set, but you have convinced me otherwise! These are all so adorable, but I do love the landscape slim-line!

  3. Ohw Angie these three cards are amazing. Happy birthday for Maddie. Did she like her card?

  4. So darn cute!!! I have to say I LOVE those little shopping bags! They are going on my next order!

  5. These are all great cards. Like Bree, I didn't think I needed this set either... but maybe I do. :-) I like the dark base over the light and I like the vertical one best because it shows off the circular nature of the embossed piece better.

  6. These cards are amazing! I also love that new embossing folder, can’t wait to play with it. For some reason I’m drawn to those shopping bags!


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