Magnolia Wreath Birthday Greetings

Concord&9th Magnolia Wreath Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages Birthday Card ideas Michelle Gleeson

My mistake turned into creativity…this autumn wreath started out with dimension and definition. I stamped this Magnolia Wreath from Concord & 9th in SU Crushed Curry and then added the highlight leaves in Cajun Craze. Then I thought I would add Nuvo Copper Drops as accents. Well I did not like the Copper drops on the card. So I tried to quickly scrape them off but it left a smear of copper. I took a slightly damp baby wipe and dabbed the spot. That lead to the ink bleeding and loss of the definition of the stamped image.  UGH!

Then I stepped back and looked at it. I decided to dab other spots with the baby wipe, what could I lose at this point. Eventually I dabbed the entire wreath. Then I felt it looked bland (and I still had some of the copper smear coming through) so using another stamp from the set, I stamped the magnolia leaves in Fresh Fig and them cropped using the coordinating dies. I draped the leaves around the wreath and that pop of color did the trick.

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Because I could not help myself I added more of the Nuvo Copper Drops. This time I loved them. I created a double bow using Stampin’ Up! 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Fresh Fig and added to the wreath for the finishing touch.

The sentiment was embossed using SU Copper Embossing Powder.

Often the creative process is not straightforward. Not all techniques work and sometimes with nothing to lose you you create something you are happy with in the end. Don’t give up too early!

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Count My Blessings

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These past few weeks we have truly been counting our blessings. Yesterday on the corner of a busy intersection there were people holding signs that said “Honk for the Electrical Linemen” and “Honk if you’re Thankful”. The horns are honking all over the place. The remarkable part is this is at the corner of where some of the worst flooding has occurred from Hurricane Irma. It is a wonderful reminder that there is always something to be grateful for.

The Count My Blessings stamp set has beautiful images. It is a year-round stamp set to add to your collection. My card is a CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) from CardiologybyJari that I found on Pinterest.

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The inside of the card was adorned with more of the acorn and leaf image which I love. The sentiment on the front of the card and the inside come from Special Celebrations. This stamp set has sentiments for the outside and inside of your card. Another must have. Don’t you love the fonts too?

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Renovation Celebration Sale!

We are finally entering the final week of our home renovation project. While the project has moved swiftly we are not use to living in such disarray. We cannot wait to get order back in our lives!

As part of the renovation I had to move everything in my craft room. Next weekend we will need to move it all back. So I am having a Renovation Celebration Sale – when you buy one item you can purchase a second item at 50% off. More stamp sets have been added. Check out my Retired Product For Sale page for some of the items available. Don’t see what you are looking for? Then email me.

This is a great opportunity to find some great gifts for your stamping friends. I always include a fun stampin’ surprise when you purchase from me.

I hope you are having a great weekend.



Recovering from Irma and Painted Harvest

My last posts were made over Labor Day weekend when my husband and I were in Chicago to help our youngest son move. We flew back from that trip on Tuesday to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Two weeks ago today we sat in our home experiencing the wrath of Irma. It was very stressful as we watched this storm shift further and further west bringing the storm to hit head on where I live in Naples Florida. While the damage was significant in many areas, we were so fortunate we did not experience the storm surge they predicted even as the storm was hitting. A second eye wall saved our community.

Beautiful Sunrise on Felicita Court

The photo above was captured on August 24th from our backyard. I love this vista with our beautiful oak tree framing the sunrise and the small lake. Unfortunately we lost this majestic tree to Irma. Overall we lost 8 large beautiful trees. They all miraculously fell away from the house minimizing our damage from the storm.

Irma during the eye of the storm

Here is the tree in the lake as the eye of the storm went over us. You can see here the sun trying to shine through. It was the most surreal experience – total calm as we waited for the back end of the storm. We were in the eye for about 45 minutes.


And this was us working today to take apart the big oak tree one branch at a time. #irmarecovery. We were without power for a week and had a boil water and water conservation order for 11 days. This experience reminded us of how fortunate we are to live with the luxuries of electricity, A/C, clean water and sewer systems. There were convoys of electric power trucks coming down from the north to bring millions of customers back online. So grateful to all these men and women who came to our aid.

Shutters up!

Here is the back of our home with all our shutters up prior to the storm. During the storm we stayed in my closet which is the most inner place in the house. When those winds were gusting I was very glad to be there. To add to all this craziness we are in the middle of a renovation in our home. I have never lived in such chaos!

Did I mention I work in the insurance industry?! It has been an incredibly stressful and crazy few weeks. Recovery in our community will takes months and even years for some areas. Well now you know what I have been up to…

A quick card created with the Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp Set. This stamp set is wildly popular and creating with it is very fun. I have seen Christmas Wreaths made with this set as well. It is a very versatile stamp set.

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The white dots are created with White Nuvo Drops.

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The sentiment is from the retired set Thoughtful Branches. Can you see the fru-fru bow? It was created with Crushed Curry Thick Bakers Twine.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.