Monday Morning & Coffee – The Perfect Blend

Stampin Up Coffee Break DSP Sugar Pea Design The Perfect Blend Coffee Addict Thinking of You card idea Michelle Gleeson

If you are like me the weekends fly by seeming like it is Monday morning in the blink of an eye. I am an early riser and the first thing I do is grab my cup of coffee. This is a cherished bit of quiet before my day begins.

The background for today’s card is SU Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, isn’t fun? The stamp set is from Sugar Pea Designs and it’s called Coffee Addict. I got to meet the owner and creator of Sugar Pea Designs in April which makes using her stamps even more fun and rewarding. After stamping the coffee cup and steam in Early Espresso onto Soft Sky card stock I used my Paper Snips to cut it out. I used a Blender Pen to add a bit of dimension to the cup and used my Watercolor Pencils (Early Espresso and Black) for the coffee in the cup. The steaming cup of coffee was then mounted to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Sugar Pea Designs The Perfect Blend Coffee Addict Thinking of You Michelle Gleeson

The inside has the perfect sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs stamp set called The Perfect Blend.

The Urban Dictionary defines Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups. I never knew we needed a term for this. I thought it was just growing up and never thought of it in a negative manner. I do chuckle at this because it is hard sometimes!

Stampin Up Coffee Break DSP Sugar Pea Designs The Perfect Blend Coffee Addict Thinking of You card Michelle Gleeson

Of course I added more Coffee Break DSP to the envelope flat to coordinate with the card.

I hope you have a GREAT Monday and may you get to enjoy your coffee in quiet.





Merry Little Birthday Wishes for TTTC011

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I love the options available in this week’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge grid.

I chose the bottom row – Leaf, Free, Splatter. I decided to use the leaf pattern from the upcoming Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, available September 1st as the background to my card. I splattered Gold Wink of Stella (retired but available at big box stores) all over the base of the card.

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Then I brought in Fresh Fig to coordinate with the Old Olive leaves. I created a 2″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Fresh Fig and layered a piece of Color Theory DSP 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″.Then I wrapped 1/8″ Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon around the panel and drew it together with another piece of ribbon and tied a bow.

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The panel was mounted to the base of the card with Stampin’ Dimentionals. The flowers from the Background Bits stamp set were stamped using Stampin’Write Markers onto Whisper White card stock. The stamped image and Old Olive card stock were cropped using the Layered Circle Framelits the glued onto a Fresh Fig circle cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. This was then mounted with dimensionals to the panel on the card.

The happy birthday sentiment stamped in Basic Black Archival ink is from Big on Birthdays and was cropped using a non-SU banner framelit then glued onto the circle.

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Since I had no idea where I was going with this when I started I am very happy with the result. Sometimes you just need to start creating…

I hope I inspired you to play along with the Tic Tac Toe challenge as well.



The Elegance of Flourish Thinlits

Stampin Up Daisy Delight DSP Flourish Thinlits Stitched Shapes Framelits Symaphty card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Stampin’ Up!’s Flourish Thinlits provide an elegant backdrop to this clean and simple sympathy card.

The colors used are Certain Celery (retired), Old Olive and Very Vanilla.

Side note: When I was a new demonstrator I did not understand that colors were retired. I loved Certain Celery so I purchased two packages of card stock only to find out a few weeks later the color was retiring. While I don’t like to feature items that are retired I knew you could easily see how you can substitute your favorite color palette using this design. 

I used the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets when I created  the Flourish Thinlits. If you have not used them before it is super easy…You take the adhesive sheet and adhere it to your card stock. Then you place your thinlit on the card stock and run it through your Big Shot like you normally do. Only now when you want to place the die cut onto your project you simply peel away the adhesive backing and add it to your project without the mess of glue! The only issue I have is remembering to use it, old habits die hard.

Stampin Up Flourish Thinlits Jar of Love Sympahty card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SUYou can see I added a piece from the Flourish thinlits to the inside of the card and added flowers from the SU Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating dies.

The sentiment on the front and inside of the card are from the My Favorite Things – Deepest Sympathy stamp set.

The sentiment on the front was cut out with a Stitched Shapes Framelit. Then mounted on an oval cut from Certain Celery with the Layering Ovals Framelits and that was mounted to an Old Olive Stitched Oval Framelit. The Ovals were mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin Up Flourish Thinlits Sympahty Card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Pearl Basic Jewels are the finishing touch to beautiful and elegant sympathy card.

It is going to my sister-in-law who just lost her brother. To protect the pearls I will add a piece of card stock that I embossed with a textured embossing folder. Embossing the card stock just adds a bit more flair than just adding the card stock.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post.


Handwritten Happiness Birthday Wishes

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My card today features current favorites and soon to be favorites. I have been showcasing the new Painted Autumn DSP this week. Do you agree that this will be a favorite item in the new holiday catalog?

I paired it up with a current favorite Daisy Delight stamp set and the coordinating Daisy Punch. So easy to create and looks fabulous every time! I mounted the daisy to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added coppery Stickles as the center of my daisy. You could use SU Copper Emboss Powder as well for a fun finish to the daisy.

I snuck three springs of greenery under the daisy. The greenery was crated with the new Leaf Punch available in the holiday catalog. I punched the leaves out in Lemon Lime Twist and using a Sponge Dauber inked them with Garden green to mimic the leaves in the DSP.

Another current favorite Copper Ribbon was wrapped around the bottom of the focal point twice.

Next I stamped and heat embossed the birthday wishes sentiment in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Handwritten Happiness. After heat embossing it, I cut it out with my Paper Snips and mounted it to the card with dimensionals.

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I have been having a difficult time getting my creative mojo going. The new Painted Autumn DSP really jump started my creativity. I hope it has inspired you as well.