Bed of Leaves Birthday


Today at the Pals Paper Arts we have a color challenge by the very talented Peggy Noe. Peggy’s soft romantic style certainly influenced her color choice for us this week.


Participating in color and sketch challenges has taught me to push my creativity. I love the color green however I have struggled with the strong deep color of Emerald Envy. So this week’s color palette pushed me as I tried to do justice to this color combination.


In the end I used three stamp sets and two sets of thinlits to create my card.

I began with cutting out four leaf branches* using the Flourish Thinlits. Then I stamped on of the trees (focusing on only stamping the leaves portion of the tree) from the new Totally Trees Photopolymer stamp set. And then I selected the branch of leaves from Love & Affection Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp in Emerald Envy.

I added Ruched Ribbon in Flirty Flamingo and the sentiment is from Rose Wonder stamp set using Rose Garden Thinlits to cut it out.


*The color palette calls for Flirty Flamingo and I accidentally used Watermelon Wonder for the Flourish leaf branches. The ribbon and ink used for the sentiment are both Flirty Flamingo. I think it coordinates beautifully.

I hope I inspired you to participate in the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week. Let’s go check out what the other design team members did with the challenge.


Here are the SU products used to create my project.


Floral Stylized Birthday Greetings


This is a eye catching super easy card to create. It starts with the layout which was provided by the uber talented Beth Beard for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This layout is a go-to layout and I encourage you to Pin-it to refer to regularly.


Creating the WOW factor is easy with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. I remember turning the page to the Floral Boutique Suite in the annual catalog and being blown away by the crisp dramatic look of every element in this suite. This DSP is so versatile as it has floral patterns as well as small prints that can be used for masculine cards.


The Flourish Thinlits are key to adding texture and a festive flair to this birthday greeting. I used two of the flowers and layered them using Stampin’ Dimensionals. A Night of Navy (Regals Collection) Enamel Shape is the exclamation point to my flower and pulls everything together.

The font of the Stylized Birthday stamp makes any card fun and sassy. This single stamp only comes in wood. I don’t mount the stamp on the wood block. I place the clear label onto the stamp and then add a thin layer of Multipurpose glue to make it sticky to adhere to my clear block.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please hop over to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge and see what the design team members created for this sketch challenge. We would love to see your creativity too. You don’t need a blog to play. Post your card on Pinterest and link it up!


Here are a few of the products used to create my project.


Moroccan Nights for Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge

stampin up Moroccan Nights PPA317 Michelle Gleeson stampinup

I am in love with the yummy fall colors chosen by Michelle Quinno for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge.


While a card filled with fall leaves would be stunning I wanted to stretch my creativity. I have heard some people say they don’t get the Moroccan Nights stamp set. I fell in love with the gorgeous medallion as soon as I saw it. And then last week Marissa Gunn of the SU Artisan Design team created this stunning card using the lanterns. I could not wait to try creating one of the lanterns myself.

Stampin Up Moroccan Nights PPA 317 - Michelle Gleeson Stampinup

The medallion was inked using sponge daubers starting with the lightest color on the inside and working out. The lantern was stamped with Versamark on vellum and embossed with the Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder. The powder melted to a smooth finish. Then I colored in the lantern with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker.

I created a banner that says Happy Birthday for the front to send to a special friend. This card could be used for almost any occasion so I left the sentiment off the card to share with you.

In the photo below I have highlighted some of the products used for the project. I hope I have changed your mind on this stamp set. I really think it has some wonderful artistic elements.

Stampin Up Moroccan Nights PPA317 - Michelle Gleeson SU

Don’t forget to check out what the other Pals Paper Arts design team members did with this color palette. Thanks for stopping by.


Santa’s Sleigh for PPA 316

Stampin Up Santa's Sleigh Christmas Card Idea - Michelle Gleeson Stampinup

This week’s PPA hostess is Patti McLeith and she has given us a fun sketch for this week’s challenge.


I went vertical with my card as I wanted to feature a couple new products from the Holiday catty which went live TODAY! Let’s start with the Christmas Tree that takes center stage on this card. I used the new Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder which makes the tree glisten. This is the third tree that I created for the card. I wanted to share what I learned.

Stampin Up Emerald Envy Emboss Powder Techique Michelle Gleeson

Tree using Versamark and Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder




After generously wiping my card stock with the Stampin’ Buddy, I stamped the tree using Versamark ink. Then I sprinkled the Emerald Envy Glitter over the stamped tree, tapped off the excess powder and using a fine paint brush removed traces of glitter on the card stock.

Then I heated up my Heat Tool then brought it over the tree to melt the embossing powder. This is where the trouble began. The glitter started to fly off the card and I burnt the card stock in my desire to “see” the emboss powder melt.

I love a clean crisp image when I stamp and this certainly did not fit the bill.




Stampin Up Emerald Envy ink and embossing powder technique Michelle Gleeson

Tree created with Emerald Envy ink and Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder




Again I generously wiping my card stock with the Stampin’ Buddy, then I stamped the tree image using Emerald Envy ink. Now I sprinkled Emerald Envy Glitter over the stamped tree, tapped off the excess powder and using a fine paint brush removed traces of glitter on the card stock.

This time I heated up my Heat Tool then heated up the embossing powder from underneath the card stock. This melted the embossing powder without losing the glitter. I did finish it off by heating it from the top. I also did not burn the paper!

This is a much better image of the tree. The Emerald Envy ink filled any gaps when heating the emboss powder.

The only difference between this tree and the one that ended up on my card is that I used Garden Green ink with the Emerald Envy Glitter to coordinate better with the Garden Green card stock used when building the presents along the side of the card.



I hope these tips assist you when using the new Emerald Envy and Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder. The result is beautiful and will add a WOW factor to your cards this holiday season. Here is a close up of how the tree glistens (this is super hard to capture in a photo) with the Emerald Envy Glitter Embossing Powder.

Stampin Up Emerald Envy Embossing Powder Christmas Card idea - Michelle Gleeson Stampinup

And now to see the inside of the card.

Stampin Up Wonderful Year Christmas Card idea - Michelle Gleeson Stampinup

Below I have listed the products used on my card, click here to purchase any of these items now.

Stampin Up PPA316 - Michelle Gleeson Stampinup

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to visit to see what the designers did with this sketch.