Blue Bird of Happiness for PPA 311

Stampin Up, Best Birds, PPA311 - Michelle Gleeson, stampinup

We have a soft color palette from Lynn Hoyt for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge.


I was not sure what I wanted to do with this color palette. I wanted to ink up the Best Birds Photopolymer Stamp set so my StampinMojo began envisioning the branch in Smoky Slate and the bird in Marina Mist. At that point I knew I was on my way.

SU, Best Birds, PPA311 - Michelle Gleeson, stampin up

I am not artistic, at least not in the sense of manually coloring the bird. So I had to come up with how to add the Marina Mist to my bird. I took a piece of Watercolor Paper and created a Marina Mist watercolor wash, then I stamped the bird in Smoky Slate ink onto the watercolor wash and cut him out with the coordinating Birds & Blooms Thinlits. It did take a few tries before I felt I achieved the right depth of the Marina Mist I wanted as well as the placement on the bird.

The branch was stamped twice once in Smoky Slate and again with Old Olive. After cutting out the Old Olive branch using the coordinating thinlit I cut off the leaves and added them to the Smoky Slate branch. The Pink Pirouette blossoms are the perfect finishing touch to the scene.

The sentiment is from the Wetlands stamp set.

Stampin Up, Best Birds, PPA311 - Michelle Gleeson, Friendship, SU

Please head over to Pals Paper Arts and see what the other design team members did with this color palette.


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Happy Birthday Dear Friend

Stampin Up, Grateful Bunch, Floral Boutique DSP, birthday cards- Michelle Gleeson, SU

Today is the celebration of my dear friend Kathy’s birthday. We have been friends for over 40 years and my life is richer because she is in it. While distance keeps us apart geographically we have never been closer. I am sad we cannot be together for our birthdays. Someday!

I CASE’d (Copy And Selectively Edit) this card from another Pal Rosanne Mulheron where she featured the middle sized daisy from the Grateful Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set (one of my favorite sets).

Stampinup, Grateful Bunch, birthday card ideas - Michelle Gleeson, SU

The inside sentiment is from Avery Elle. I love the font she uses.

I hope this brings a smile to her face. Kathy always calls me first thing in the morning on my birthday to make sure she is the first to wish me happy birthday. Her hubby is away so I am hoping she gets to sleep in so I may not call first thing this year.


This is Kathy and I a few years ago at their Lake House. I treasure this photo and keep it in my office. It makes me smile every time I see it.

So Happy Birthday dear friend, the world is a better place because you are in it.


Stampin up, Grateful Bunch, Birthday card - Michelle Gleeson, SU

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Simply Saturday

Stampin Up, Touches of Texture, Encouragement card - Michelle Gleeson, stampinup

Today I bring you a clean and simple card using SU Note Cards & Envelopes. This is such a great deal you get 20 (heavy weight) note cards and envelopes for only $6.00! These note cards are 3 1/2″ x 5″ and perfect for a quick note or thank you.

The flower is from Touches of Texture and includes the splatter stamp that I used as well. The sentiment is from Here for You and contained great inside sentiments as well.

The sentiment is cut out with a framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Silver Metallic Thread was tied around the matted (Dapper Denim and Pool Party) focal point. It was popped up using the Foam Adhesive Strips.

Stampin Up, Touches of Texture, Friendship card - Michelle Gleeson, stampinup

The center of the flower was painted with clear Wink of Stella to add some subtle glimmer.

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A Sweet Hello

SU, May Fkiwers, Thinking of you, Michelle Gleeson, stampinup

This is a super easy card that packs a wow impression. My card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge. Maggie Mata created this fun sketch for us this week.

PPA 310

I used a note card from Note Cards & Envelopes as the base of my card. Then I added a piece of Fruit Stand DSP as my soft and sweet background.

Using the May Flowers Framelits set, I cut one flower from Rich Razzleberry card stock and another flower in Flirty Flamingo. Then I stamped a flower in Flirty Flamingo from the Falling Flowers stamp set onto Flirty Flamingo and cut it out with the coordinating May Flowers framelits.

The Fine-Tip Glue pen made gluing the intricate flowers down a cinch. The stamped flower is stepped up using a dimensional.

The sentiment came from the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set and I used the coordinating Duet Banner Punch. Purchase these as a bundle and save 15%. I used two stacked dimensionals to prop up the sentiment. White Perfect Accents were added to the center of the flowers.

SU, May Flowers, Friendship, Michelle Gleeson Stampinup

I hope you will play along with the Pals this week. Don’t forget head over and see what the design team members created with this fun sketch.


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