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

Simply Zinnia for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - May 2024 | Sketch Challenge

Stampin' Up! Simply Zinnia 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 from our Sketch #106 Challenge.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

This month's sketch was just the inspiration that I needed to create a special card for one of my cousins who has an upcoming milestone birthday!  Sketches are always fun to use as there are so many ways to interpret them.  Here is our sketch for this month:

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - Sketch 106 | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

And here is what I was inspired to create...

Stampin' Up! Simply Zinnia birthday card with envelope front | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

My cousin loves flowers as much as I do, so it wasn't too hard for me to select this amazing Online Exclusive Simply Zinnia Bundle as the focus of the design.  The zinnias were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Basic White Cardstock.  The images were colored with Melon Mambo, Granny Green Stampin' Blends following the sketched shading as coloring guides for the dark vs light coloring.  After using the coordinating die to die-cut the image, it was adhered to my favorite Spotlight on Nature circle die with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stampin' Up! Simply Zinnia birthday card - close-up details | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The Melon Mambo cardbase was scored and folded to create a fun-fold!  The assembled circle was adhered with a tad of glue on Stampin' Dimensionals onto three embossed 5/8" Basic White Cardstock strips.  TIP:  The Zinnia 3D Embossing Folder includes stems so make sure they are going in the direction that you wish on your cardstock... something I noticed while photographing my card! **WINK**  

Simply Zinnia and Sentimental Park combined to make the perfect birthday sentiment for my cousin.  with a little stamping, fussy-cutting and adhering with strips cut from Stampin' Dimensionals edges.  Basic White Baker's Twine was doubled, tied into a bow and adhered to the circle with a Mini Glue Dot. 

Stampin' Up! Simply Zinnia birthday card - DSP panels | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

A sheet from the Flowering Zinnias 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper is the anchor design of the card.  It is cut and adhered to two panels of the fun-fold leading to the inside of the card.

Inside the Stampin' Up! Simply Zinnia birthday card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The zinnia image was stamped and colored on the inside panels to compliment the card front.  The Basic White Medium Envelope front and flap were stamped and embossed to complete the card ensemble.

Stampin' Up! Simply Zinnia birthday card with envelope | 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.  May you find  lots of inspiration as we share our love of stamping! 

More Inspiration

I hope this project has helped you imagine different ways you can interpret a sketch to create cards to share with someone.  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 Kelly as she shares her  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 E, H; Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Paper Snips; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots


  • Simply Zinnia Cling Stamp Set (Bundled Savings are available with the Coordinating Dies); Sentimental Park Photopolymer Stamp Set


  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad; Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lolly Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Melon Mambo and Basic White Cardstocks; Flowering Zinnias 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Simply Zinnia Dies (included with the Simply Zinnia Bundle); Spotlight on Nature Dies; Zinnia 3D Embossing Folder; Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

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

  • Basic White - 5/8" x 5-5/16" (x3); 2-3/8" x 5-5/16"; 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" (for die-cutting); 4-1/16" x 5-5/16"; 3-15/16" x 5-5/16"; 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (for stamping, coloring, die-cutting and fussy-cutting) 
  • DSP - 2-3/16" x 5-5/16"; 3-7/8" x 5-5/16"
  • Melon Mambo - 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" scored at 4-1/16" and 8-5/16" (card base) (folded card will measure 4-1/4" x 5-1/2")


  1. Gorgeous card Angie ... stunning colours and so much texture with the embossed strips. The large tone on tone zinnia paper is perfect foil for your beautifully coloured feature zinnias. xxx

  2. Love your interpretation of the sketch Angie with the 3 embossed panels. Love me some embossing!
    The white against the beautiful flowers looks lovely. x

  3. WOW, Angie! There's so much to love about the way you interpreted this sketch AND your focus on Melon Mambo and the embossing.

  4. This is so pretty Angie! I love what the fun fold adds to this beautiful card.

  5. Well now, I thought this was a stunner of a card and that was before I realised you'd sneaked in a fancy fold as well! Then it just went stratospheric! Great job, team leader :-)

  6. Gorgeous! Love the colors, the fold, the embossing, the stamping, I guess to put it simply I love it all!

  7. Wow Angie! That crease! And the alcohol marker work! There's a lot I like about this card: the bright colors, the surprise of the fold revealing the worked interior.... I'll end up taking the Zinnia lot ^^. Thanks for sharing!


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