Moroccan Birthday Greetings

Stampin Up Moroccan Washi Tape Gorgeous Grunge Birthday card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup

I’m back! A quick shout out to Vicki H. who reached out this week saying she missed my posts. It made my day and nudged me to get back to posting on my blog. I have been blogging for several years and this is the first time I have gone longer than a week without a post.

So where have I been? We went to Chicago for Thanksgiving and had a blast. Then we came back to the whirlwind of the holiday season. Sound familiar? In addition, I have been creating projects and blog posts for another a high profile demonstrator since July which takes up time and creative mojo. Talk about pressure! And then of course my professional position, family needs and did I mention our house is for sale? Needless to say my blog has taken a back burner position. I have missed sending positive energy out into the blogosphere.

I hope each of you who follow me have been doing well. Let’s get onto the project.

This is a quick card that I CASE’d from Kimberly VanDiepen one of the Artisan Design Team members. I changed up a few things on the card.

I am always looking for ways to use the washi tape that seems to find its way into my cart. Then like Designer Series Paper, I “save it” rather than use it. Why do we do this?

The Details

  • The card is a standard 4 1/4″ x 5 1/5″ card base. I cut off 1/2″ along each side of the front of the card. Using my Stampin’ Trimmer I was able to easily slice right up to the fold in my card.
  • Add the Moroccan Designer Washi Tape on the inside of the card so the tape shows through with the top of the card closed.
  • Stamp the “splash” stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in Delightful Dijon all over the front of the card.
  • Add the washi tape to the front of the card.
  • The sentiment is from the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Stamp set. Stamp the sentiment in Emerald Envy ink on Emerald Envy card stock for a subtle message. Crop it with the Tags & Labels Framelits.
  • With a few strands of thread from a piece of burlap ribbon tuck it behind the sentiment and pop it up on dimensionals.

Thanks for coming by and I look forward to seeing you more often.


2017 Occasions Sneak Peak – Dragonfly Dreams


There is a new stamp set in the 2017 Occasions catalog that is sure to fly off the shelves; Dragonfly dreams. The Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies coordinate with the stamp set. I used one of the thinlits in Mint Macron for my card.

The bottom of the card was created using a stamp within the set. Then I spritzed it with water for a softer effect. A bit of watercoloring with So Saffron and Pool Party create a soft background.


The inside sentiment is from the new Balloon Adventures stamp set. The dragonfly under the sentiment was stamped in So Saffron after stamping off on another sheet of paper to create a softer image.


Do you agree that this stamp set will be a stampers favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!


Sneak Peak 2017 Occasions Catalog – Balloon Adventure


Birthday cards are the most common cards that I create. Therefore I LOVE when Stampin’ Up! comes out with new birthday stamp sets. The 2017 Occasions catalog has some wonderful birthday stamp sets. The Balloon Adventures set has great sentiments as well as balloons and confetti.


The balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch too.


The Designer Series Paper is called Party Animal and has fun patterns from small prints to larger prints.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this gets you excited for the new catty.



Sneak Peek from the 2017 Occasions Catalog!

This past weekend I went to Atlanta for the launch of the new Occasions catalog to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. It was a fun weekend and Stampin’ Up! did not disappoint us with this new catalog. Check out these Make and Take cards from the event.

This card trio uses the new Sending Love Suite. The Sealed with Love stamp set has coordinating framelits!



Then there is the Party Animal Suite which features this fabulous Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Die.


And the Sale-A-Bration catalog includes this fun Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper for more adult coloring and relaxation with our new Watercoloring Pencils!!!! We were able to use the pencils at the event and I can’t wait to order them. I did not get a chance to finish coloring my DSP but I wanted you to see it anyway.

I hope I got you excited about the new catalog. Thanks for stopping by!