Celebrate Summer & Sunflowers

I saw a card on Instagram @NorineHope and immediately wanted to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) it using Stampin’ Up! products.

Stampin Up Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle Anytime card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Using (retired) Neutrals DSP I covered my Thick Whisper White card base using the polka dot DSP and then cut a 2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of the stripe DSP. Note that the stripes on the DSP were diagonal so I cut it to achieve the horizontal stripe. 

Then I began making the sunflower.

Stampin Up Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle Anytime card idea Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

The base of the sunflower was stamped in Bumblebee ink onto Bumblebee card stock using the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. The outline was then die cut in Daffodil Delight card stock and t adhered using liquid glue. 

The leaves were stamped in Mossy Meadow ink onto Granny Apple Green card stock. One leaf was stamped in Granny Apple Green onto (retired) Lemon Lime Twist card stock. Then the outline was die cut using the Sunflowers Dies in Mossy Meadow card stock and adhered with liquid glue. 

Stampin Up Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle Embellishments Anytime card ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

The sunflower was mounted to the card using Stampin Dimensionals to allow the leaves to be tucked underneath. Keep your dimensionals toward the center of the follow to allow you to tuck them under easily.

The center of the sunflower was painted with a generous application of clear Wink of Stella. Once it dried I added tiny drops of Nuvo Drops. This adds beautiful texture to the sunflower.

A bow of Gold cording from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack was added along with a few Wonderful Gems (Holiday Mini Catalog).

Stampin Up Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle Anytime card ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

I had so much fun that I created a second oversized card 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″. 

The products used can be purchased here at my online store.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend.



Floral Essence Mixed Media Challenge

My recent Stampin’ Up! order contained the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks so I had to get out my Shimmery White Embossing Paste and create. I also pulled out an older stamp set – Floral Essence. I was in a creative mood so I stamped onto Bristol smooth watercolor paper to take on some watercoloring.

Watercoloring is a challenge for me.  It is an imperfect process where you must let go and let the color flow; this is hard when your natural tendency is alignment, symmetry, and okay I will say it perfectionism. It also takes patience as you need to let each layer dry to achieve the layers of color.

To watercolor the flowers I wet each petal and then added a bit of color using Karin Markers then worked it out to the petal tips. To add depth I would touch my wet paintbrush to the marker tip and then add color. I love the vivid color that I was able to achieve. I have a LONG way to go but I am happy with this outing.

Each flower was easily cut out using my paper snips and then mounted onto the completely dried embossed panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love how the dried paste shimmers in the light which you can’t capture in a photo.

The embossed panel was layered onto a piece of Bumblebee card stock that was dry embossed using the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. That was mounted onto Blackberry Bliss card stock. I love this color combination.

The sentiment was created using Spellbinders Hot Foil system and then cropped using Rectangle Stitched dies.

Then I saw the Just Add Ink Challenge #515 – Mixed Media and feel my card is perfect for this challenge.

I hope you are having a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Dandelion Birthday Wishes

Stampin Up Just Jade Monochromatic Dandelion wishes Happiest of Birthdays Birthday Card Ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going well. 

I have a quick and easy card for you using the new In-Color Just Jade. When I first saw the new colors truthfully I was underwhelmed. The only color that spoke to me was Cinnamon Cider probably because I LOVE fall and this is such a fall color.

However Just Jade and Misty Moonlight are growing on me especially when paired with other colors in the Stampin’ Up! color collection.

I decided to play with Just Jade and make a monochromatic card.

Stampin Up Just Jade Monochromatic Dandelion wishes Happiest of Birthdays Birthday Card Idea Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Stampin’ Up! does an amazing job of creating coordinating color elements to their collection. Here I used the ink, paper, ribbon and embellishments. They look stunning together.

The Dandelion Wishes stamp set was stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed in white directly onto the Just Jade card base. The sentiment is from the new Happiest of Birthdays stamp set. The large sentiments and fun fonts made this a must have set for me.

Stampin Up Just Jade Monochromatic Dandelion wishes Happiest of Birthdays Birthday Card Ideas inside peek Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

As always the theme of the card was carried through to the inside and envelope for the recipient. 

I hope you can see that I enjoyed playing with Just Jade and am glad to have it as part of the color collection. What was your first impression of the new In-Colors when you saw them? I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by.


Just a Little Note to Say HELLO

Stampin Up A Little Lace Just Add Ink #514 Anytime Card Ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

When I saw the color palette over at the Just Add Ink Color Challenge this week I had to participate. 

Isn’t this color palette soothing? 

The silver background element is from the Gold Laser Cut DSP in the Forever Greenery Suite. The backside of each laser cut element is white which allows you an entirely clean slate to create on. I dabbed my Versamark ink pad over the  piece and then sprinkled Silver Embossing powder all over it. Then the magic happens when you bring in your heat tool to melt the powder. No matter how often I heat emboss it is so cool watch every time.

Stampin Up A Little Lace Just Add Ink #514 Anytime Card Idea Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

The image from A Little Lace stamp set was stamped in Smokey Slate ink and then colored with Pool Party and Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends. Colors blend so well together. 

Wink of Stella (clear and silver) was added for some sparkle. Unfortunately I could not pick up the sparkle in the photos. UGH

A Pretty Peacock Rhinestone (retired) was added. You could also use your Stampin’ Blends to color a basic rhinestone.

Then the banner was added using a sentiment from A Little Lace. This card is so pretty in person I wish I could capture the sparkle of the silver embossing and Wink of Stella splatters. 

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!