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.



Birthday Basics

Concord and 9th Birthday Basics Turnabout and Dies Birthday Card Idea Michelle Gleeson C9

Happy Weekend! 

When I began card making several years ago I never imagined it would bring so many special people into my life. With each event I have attended those friendships have expanded. I have been adopted into a dear friend’s downline and will be attending a Copic Marker Boot Camp this next week with several of those gal pals. 

This card was created for one of the women I met at our last gathering about a year ago. She celebrates her birthday today and can’t be with us next week. She will be missed. So this is a big shout out to Mary Anne to have an amazing day.

Concord and 9th Birthday Basics Turnabout and Dies Birthday Card Ideas Michelle Gleeson C9

The Concord & 9th Birthday Basic Turnabout created the backdrop for this card. The colors are SU Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist (Retired), and Pumpkin Pie. A cheery Fall like color palette.

The coordinating Concord & 9th dies created the balloon and sentiment.

Happy Birthday Mary Anne, I hope you are having a fabulous birthday weekend.