Just Breathe

Stampin Up Colorful Seasons Just Because cards Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

I was trying to get my creative juices flowing one evening last week and started with three favorite colors Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. Using my Sponge Brayer, if you have not yet tried these brayers they are the bomb, I rolled the ink on my card front until I obtained the depth of color I wanted.

With each color the card became more soothing to me. At that point I knew I needed to heat emboss this sentiment in its beautiful font in Silver. A few “dew drops” with Crystal Effects and the card was complete.

I love the simplicity of this card. I am at a place in my life with a lot of disruption and stress. This card brought me a quiet peace and reminded me to “Just Breathe”. I may just keep this in my planner.

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Happy Father’s Day


Stampin Up TTTC002 Pinewood Planks Eastern Beauty Bundle Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SUMy Father’s Day card was inspired by the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week.


I chose the far right column Wood-Yellow-Embellishment for my inspiration. I started with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock and ran it through my Big Shot using the new Pinewood Plank Textured Embossing Folder. This folder provides deeper impressions.  I spritz a few drops of water on the card stock before embossing it to loosen up the paper fibers and the result is fabulous.

Then I lightly tapped my Early Espresso ink pad on the embossed card stock to bring out the wood texture. So easy and I love the effect.

Stampin Up Eastern Beauty Bundle Pinewood Planks TTTC002 Masculine card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

The Eastern Beauty Bundle made creating the handsome embellishment a cinch. Using three Eastern Medallions Thinlits I cut the designs. The bottom medallion was stamped with small flourishes in Crushed Curry ink. The top medallion has a sticker from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Sticker pack. A 1/2″ circle was punched out in Early Espresso  card stock and then topped with a Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dot to add the finishing touch to the embellishment.

Stampin Up MAsculine card TTTC002 Eastern Beauty NAiled It Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

The inside of the card carries my father’s day sentiment from the retired Nailed It stamp set. I stamped the bottom corner with a medallion from Eastern Beauty stamp set to carry the design from the front of the card. The envelope was jazzed up with a piece of retired Moroccan DSP.

I hope you enjoy your Father’s Day.




Pretty Petals by Concord & 9th


Stampin Up Concord and 9th Pretty Petals Stamp and dies Birthday card Michelle GleesonThe photo cannot do this card justice. The card stock is Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate. The flowers were created with a Concord & 9th stamp set and coordinating dies called Pretty Petals. The flower is a two stamp process. The base of the flower was stamped in Wisteria Wonder and then the detailed veins of the flower are Elegant Eggplant. The center of the flowers are SU Silver Glimmer paper cut using the Concord & 9th dies.

Don’t you love that font for the sentiment? ♥ It  is part of the Pretty Petals stamp set. It was stamped using SU Basic Black Archival Ink.

Concord & 9th Pretty Petals Stamp Set and dies Birthday card Michelle Gleeson Stampinmojo

A few Pretty Posh sequins provide the finishing touch.

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Masculine Birthday Card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #001

Stampin Up Coffee Break DSP Celebrate You TTTC001 Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Today I am participating in the NEW challenge Tic Tac Toe that was created by friends and fellow demonstrators. The talent on this design team is over the top so you will need to check it out. Here is the first challenge and I chose to go straight down the middle with Circle-FREE-White as my challenge. Click on the image to go to the challenge site.


Using the new Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (DSP) as my palette I used Garden Green card stock as my base and then framed the DSP with Soft Suede. I tied Linen Thread and added a (retired) Garden Green button to add texture to the card.

Stampin Up TTTC001 Coffee Break DSP Celebrate You Masculine Birthday card.Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

The sentiment from Celebrate You was stamped with Stampin’ White Craft Ink and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Embossed Powder.

I love carrying design elements from the front of the card to the inside as well.

Stampin Up Coffee Break DSP TTTC1 inside card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

I hope you will play along with me at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!