Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. I will be back to blogging soon and will catch you up on the big hiatus from crafting and blogging.

May your day be filled with peace and wonder.

Cheers, Michelle


Thankful Birthday Blowout

Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout Masculine Birthday Cards Michelle Gleeson

Today’s project was created for my brother who celebrates his birthday today. 

The card is 7″ x 4 1/4″ something between a slimline and standard A2 card. Since I still have my SU Envelope Punch Board I can create an envelope for almost any size card!

Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout Masculine Birthday Card Ideas Michelle Gleeson

The colors used are true Fall colors highlighting the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout stamp set. Love this set for fall. The card base is retired Baked Brown Sugar (I love this color and am so glad I bought an extra pack before it retired).

The leaves panel is 3″ by 5 3/4″ and it sits on a 3 1/4″ x 6″ panel brushed metallic copper paper. The leaf was die cut with Concord & 9th Autumn Harvest Dies from the same copper card stock. 

Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Turnabout Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout Masculine Birthday Card inside peek Michelle Gleeson copy

The sentiment on the front and inside of the card is from Birthday Blowout from Poppy Stamps. I love the clean craftsman style font.  A few leaves from the Thankful Leaves Turnabout stamp set frame the inside of the card well and add a splash of color.

The sun kept playing peek-a-boo behind the clouds leaving it difficult to get good photos. I was super happy with the card just not the photography. LOL

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.



September 2020 PALS Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects where “It’s the Sentiment that Counts.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Let’s take a look at my project and how it was created.

Stampin Up PALS Blog Hop Sept 2020 Guilded Sutumn DSP Arrange a Wreath Dies Birthday Card Ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP) is the backdrop for the project which is glued to a standard A2 Thick Whisper White card base. Using the Stitched Rectangle Dies cut a piece of Whisper White card stock and mount to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then using the Wreath Builder Dies cut three wreaths in Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider, and Gilded Autumn DSP and glue them to the rectangle offsetting them slightly. Add the glue to the thin continuous “branch” the leaves branch off of, then fluff up the leaves for dimension. 

Stampin Up PALS Blog Hop Guilded Sutumn DSP Arrange a Wreath Dies Birthday Cards Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Now it is time to focus on creating the sentiment. The Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set has big sentiments perfect to create a focal point for your card or project. The sentiment was heat embossed on vellum using Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then die cut with one of the Stitched Rectangle dies. I LOVE these dies.

The sentiment was adhered to the  wreath using Mini Glue Dots. Roll them and hide under the embossed sentiment.

Then a piece of gold metallic trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack was tied in a bow. A retired copper acorn embellishment was tied to the bow and then added to the wreath with a mini glue dot. A few Gold Glitter Enamel Dots were added to the wreath as a finishing touch. 

Stampin Up PALS Blog Hop Guilded Sutumn DSP Arrange a Wreath Dies Birthday Card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

A peek inside the card…

I love to carry design elements from the outside of the card to the inside. Here I simply die cut another wreath and cut it to drape layers across the top. It really adds a festive feel to the card.

Stampin Up PALS Blog Hop Guilded Sutumn DSP Arrange a Wreath Dies Birthday Card Ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

The Gilded Autumn DSP mixes metallics and is so on trend. The copper and gold work beautifully together.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on October 14th when our theme is “Tag, You’re It!” Participants will showcase tags or 3D items that will be great for gifts for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.


Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  4. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  5. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  6. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  10. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  11. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  16. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  18. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  19. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  20. Christine Eck at Dances With Hooves Paper Design
  21. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  24. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Pinwheel Party for FMS450 and FabFriday196

FabFriday196 FMS450 Anytime card ideas Michelle Gleeson The Greetery Pinwheel Party

The Pinwheel Party collection from The Greetery is fun, festive and perfect for the Freshly Made Sketch this week.


The color palette from Fab Friday Challenge is oh so very fall and perfect for this masculine card.

We have two adult sons living in cities 1,000 miles away, it will be a perfect to include in a Fall care package I am working on for each of them.

FabFriday196 FMS450 Anytime card idea Michelle Gleeson The Greetery Pinwheel Party

The card begins with simple layering of the Gilded Autumn DSP onto Basic Black card stock each being cut using the Stitiched Rectangle Dies.

The Pinwheel stencils were used with the first round of sponging using a heavy hand while the second round was a light touch of color. Each Pinwheel was then cut using the coordinating dies. 

Then sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers was heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder on Basic Black card stock and then hand cut.

FabFriday196 FMS450 Anytime card Michelle Gleeson The Greetery Pinwheel Party

A gems from my stash add the finishing touch.

It is so hot and humid here that I am using fall colors to bring on cooler temps. If only it was that easy.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay well and safe.