Nature's INKspirations

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

Changing Leaves (SNEAK PEEK) for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - June 2024 | The Adventures of Benji

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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 Adventures of Benji Challenge.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

Two years ago, I promised my Shih Tzu, Benji, that I would take him on a trip around the world with me.  And like any other mom, you know I can't break a promise.  Benji gets to travel around the world with us this month along the blog hop!  But before he starts off on his way, he had do what he does best for me... and that is help find inspiration along our walks.

Benji showing me what he found as inspiration for this month's challenge | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

  Here is a better picture of what he was showing me:

Benji's inspiration for today's project | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

If you look close enough, you might notice the bee he was lucky enough to miss. 

And here is what Benji inspired me to create...

Stampin Up Changing Leaves thank you card for Benji | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

The July Online Exclusive Changing Leaves Bundle is the focus of the design.  The leaves were stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink on Basic White Cardstock.  

Each leaf was colored by dotting a Light Mossy Meadow and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Markers to create the Garden Green leaves.  A gentle swipe of the Dark Granny Apple Blend was added for a more realistic look with shading.

Dotting with Stampin' Blends to create a textured leaf | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The diecut leaves were watercolored by dabbing a damp Water Painter with the watered ink over the textured surface (thanks to the amazing Changing Leaves Hybrid Embossing Folder).

Garden Green ink was sponged lightly over the colored leaves to create a bush effect.

Stampin Up Changing Leaves thank you card (angle) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The Lemon Lime Green leaves were adhered over the stamped leaves with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Splatters of the Lemon Lime Green watered ink were added for a special touch.

Stampin Up Changing Leaves thank you card (with envelope) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The white heat embossed sentiment was adhered with a strip trimmed from my Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins were added as a finishing touch.

Stampin Up Changing Leaves (SNEAK PEEK) thank you card (inside view) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was layered and stamped to compliment the card front.  The 1-1/2" strip was stamped and blended along with the card front panel.  

The sentiments were selected with Benji in mind thanking him for the inspiration though the card is perfect for so many people in my life.  Needless to say, this card will be sent to a special friend in the mail!  

The Basic White Medium Envelope front and flap was stamped to complete the card ensemble.

Benji is ready for his next adventure in Minnesota!
Benji is ready for his next adventure in Minnesota!



This is Us - The AWOW Team as of 120123

We are such a diverse and fun group of stampers from all over the world!  Ten (10) of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends are joining me today in this worldwide hug that stretches all the way from Australia to Canada across ten 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 ways you can find inspiration in nature to create cards to share with someone to make them smile.  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 see Benji's next adventure in Minnesota with Chris as she shares her project, or scroll down the name list to follow along because you sure don't want to miss any.

Stampin Up Changing Leaves thank you card supplies | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

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


  • Clear Blocks C, E; Stampin' Clear Glass Mat; Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Heat Tool; Paper Snips; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals


  • Changing Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set (SNEAK PEEK of the July Online Exclusive Bundle featuring a coordinating Hybrid Embossing Folder and Dies)


  • Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pads; VersaMark Ink Pad; Granny Apple Green and Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Garden Green, Basic Black and Basic White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Changing Leaves Hybrid Embossing Folder (includes Coordinating Dies) (SNEAK PEEK); Adhesive-Backed Shiny Sequins; Water Painters; Small Blending Brushes; Basics WOW! Embossing Powder

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 - 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" (x2); 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" (for stamping); 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (x2) (for die-cutting)
  • Basic Black - 3-3/4" x 5" (x2); scraps for heat embossing
  • Garden Green - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base)


  1. Wonderful project created by the cute little Benji, Angie! I hope he has had a ton of fun travelling around the world with the AWOW team. xxxx

    1. He had so much fun visiting everyone on the team! And he felt so at home with your girls! xxxx


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