It’s Your Day!

This Fall we are experiencing unusually cold and snowy weather in the Midwest and Northeast. The result is we are having gloriously cool temps in Southwest Florida. This weekend we are having temps in the 60’s so our house is open to bring in the fresh air. These are days you wish you could stop time in order to enjoy it more.

Today’s project is a masculine birthday card that was quick easy yet striking in its simplicity. The DSP (Designer Series Paper) does most of the work. The layout was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches this week.

The images are from Concord & 9th’s Just Because Stamps and Dies. I love leaves and foliage type sets and this is no exception. This set can bring texture to a project as it did here to the inside of the card as well as the envelope flap.

The sentiments are from Avery Elle Banner Bits; I love this font. A few Nuvo Drops are the finishing touch to the front of the card.

The color palette is Stampin’ Up! Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz.

The lighting was not great for the photos due to overcast skies leaving the White card stock to have a bluish tint.

I hope you are having a great weekend. And stop over to see the great projects by the design team at Freshly Made Sketches.

Thanks for stopping by.


Happy WISHes Birthday

When I was in Phoenix a few weeks ago I attended Jennifer Dove’s Copic Boot Camp with friends I met through this crazy paper crafting hobby of ours. I love these gals and we had a great time. Jennifer Dove is an incredibly talented artist and amazing to learn from her.

During that week my dear friend, Susan Itell, celebrated her birthday and I created this card for her. I had forgotten to photograph it at home and had to do it on the fly in the hotel room. So the lighting is not great.

The color combo is SU Pool Party, Granny Apple Green and Pretty Peacock. The flowers are from WPlus9 Happy Wishes stamp set and the sentiment is from Honey Bee Designs Wish Stamp Set and Dies. This card was inspired by a card from Shannon Jaramillo from a few years ago.

I was pleased with the result.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to do something creative today.


Daisy Lane Birthday

Most of you know I work full-time and paper crafting is my creative outlet and beloved hobby. While that has not changed I recently changed jobs which is changing my world dramatically. It was time for a new adventure and I have certainly achieved that goal. I went from a position I have been in for many years (19 years with the company) and was very comfortable to a new role with regular travel requirements. It is pushing me in new ways taking me out of my comfort zone.

Learning the role, many new people, and navigating the nuances of traveling regularly is limiting my creative time for now. 

The card I am sharing today was created for my “aunt” who turned 85. She really is not my aunt however she and her husband have been friends of my parents my whole life. I was in Phoenix visiting my dad a couple of weeks ago and was able to have dinner with her and her husband to celebrate this special birthday. She continues to be vibrant, fun, loving and someone I aspire to be as I age. You would never believe she is 85. 

The Daisies were created using Mango Melody card stock and Cajun Craze ink. The credit for this color combination came from Cindy Schuster of the Crafty Carrot Collective and as artistic designer for Stampin’ Up!. She is so talented!

The gold frame and gold sentiment were created using the Spellbinders Hot Glimmer system and dies. The system is easy to use and delivers such dramatic professional finishes.

I hope you have time to be creative today.


Fall Foliage Birthday Celebration

Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Bundle Perennial Birthday Birthday Card Ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

As we approach the middle of October I can’t help but think of the parade of colors nature provides us this time of year. It is the time of year I am most homesick for Chicago. Cooler temps, cozy sweaters, football, falling leaves and oh the smells of autumn; the best.

So it is no wonder I keep grabbing Fall color combinations these days. Here I used Terracotta Tile, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight. To add a bit of glam factor I added watered down Frost White Shimmer paint, Wink of Stella, and Gold elements.

This card went out to another crafty friend who celebrates her birthday today. 

Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Bundle Perennial Birthday Birthday Card Idea Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

I love the detailing in the stamped leaves. It looks so real.

Happy Birthday Nancy! Wishing you a wonderful day.