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

New at SU! - June 2024 | A Sketch Inspired Thoughtful Journey

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note preview | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
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Hello and welcome to my blog!  Today I am hopping with the New at SU! Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who are full of creative paper crafting ideas to share with you and get you crafting!  Today we are showcasing the sketches found on page 22 of the 2024-2025 Annual Catalog.

Today's project is all about Sketch Inspiration!  The 2024-2025 Annual Catalog has a little gold mine to inspire you all year long.  When you need some inspiration to fuel your creativity just open up to page 22 and pick one of the sketches to get your mojo going!

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note Sketch Inspiration | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Creating my own graphic of the sketch was a fun squirrel moment for me.  This sketch is the last one of the grouping of 22 amazing sketches.  And this is what it inspired me to create.

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Creating this card was a challenge... as it started with an idea that ended up being changed along the way.  I am sure that you may have had a similar experience yourself.  So just continue creating and step away for a bit and it will all come together. 

Project Details...

The card began with the Lost Lagoon card base and the lovely Lost Lagoon watercolored background from the Thoughtful Journey 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.  

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note original design | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The main focus of the sketch image for my card was die-cut from Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper using the Nested Essentials Dies.  

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note with inspiration DSP | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Inspired by the coordinating Thoughtful Journey DSP, the Thoughtful Wishes rubber stamp image was colored with the brush tips of my Petunia Pop and Mossy Meadow Stampin' Write Markers.  The colored image was then stamped onto a water spritzed die-cut.  Once dry, the rubber stamp image was recolored, breathed on (aka the Huffing Technique) and stamped over the watercolor image.

The watercolored background was colored with Peach Pie ink leaving a halo around the images to keep the colors true to themselves.

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note close-up | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

White heat embossing this new upcoming Online Exclusive Changing Leaves sentiment on a Stylish Shapes banner is the reason the DSP was not used.  I felt that there was not enough contrast for the overall design.  Do you ever have those moments while you're creating?

So after a much needed break, I came back and pulled out a this new upcoming Online Exclusive Changing Leaves Hybrid Embossing Folder.  Using the debossed side of the Basic White cardstock was the perfect mix to not take away from the watercolor focal points.

The 2024-2026 In Color™ Shimmer Gems were added as a finishing touch.

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note - an inside look | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was simply layered and stamped to compliment the card front leaving plenty of room to correspond to the recipient.  The Basic White Medium Envelope front and flap were also stamped to complete the card ensemble.

Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note with envelope | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

More inspiration is just around the corner.  I hope you have been inspired to create some cards using these amazing sketch images to share with someone to get them smiling.  Now it's time to continue along the blog hop - you're currently with me, Angie McKenzie, at #6 - to get more inspiration from the others... so look at the list below and continue along.  But before you do, please take a moment to leave a comment before you hop along to the next post.  We love reading your comments!

New at SU! Blog Hop - Catalog Sketch Inspiration

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Stampin Up Thoughtful Journey Note supplies | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

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


  • Clear Block G, H; Stampin' Glass Mat; Paper Trimmer; Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine; Heat Tool; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tear & Tape Adhesive


  • Thoughtful Wishes Cling Stamp Set (part of the Thoughtful Journey Suite Collection); Changing Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set (new, upcoming July Online Exclusives)


  • Peach Pie Classic Stampin' Pad; VersaMark Pad; 2024-2026 In Color™ Stampin' Write Markers; Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers


  • Lost Lagoon and Basic White Cardstocks; Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Nested Essentials Dies; Stylish Shapes Dies; Changing Leaves Hybrid Embossing Folder (part of the new, upcoming July Online Exclusives that comes with Coordinating Dies); Water Painters; Stampin' Spritzer; Basics WOW! Embossing Powder; 2024-2026 In Color™ Shimmer Gems

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

  • Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper - 2" x 5" (for diecutting and watercoloring) 
  • Basic White - 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" (x2) 
  • Lost Lagoon - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base); scraps for heat embossing and diecutting


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