Country Home Hello

We are in the dog days of summer here in SWFL. The humidity is stifling and we are counting down the weeks until we begin to feel some hints of cool air. So it seemed fitting to pull out a fall inspired stamp set.

I love the Woven Threads Trim. It adds fun soft texture to the project without getting too frilly.

Here is a close up of the focal point. I had colored the berries in yellow then added the Gold Metallic Pearls over them. I really like the result. The Linen Thread ties in the Woven Threads Trim nicely.

I hope you are having a great week!


Magnolia Wreath for GDP #201 Color Challenge

This week’s Global Design Project is hosting a Color Challenge with the rich jewel tone colors of Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot and Pretty Peacock. 

I am eagerly awaiting my Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog pre-order due to arrive tomorrow. So I dug into this Concord & 9th Magnolia Wreath Bundle for the challenge.

I used retired Wood Textures DSP for the backdrop; I would love to see this DSP return. The wreath is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink. This unique set includes dies for extra magnolia leaves to add layers and depth. You can see that in the photo below.

There are “evergreen” sprigs of Pretty Peacock card stock and berries in Merry Merlot. The ribbon is retired SU ribbon from last year’s holiday catty.

I don’t usually create holiday cards this early however the GDP #201 color challenge seemed to call for something Fall or Holiday centric.

I hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying some creative time.


Beautiful Washi Tape Flowers

When I saw the Floral Essence Washi Tape in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog I was intrigued and added it to my first order. 

When it arrived I immediately opened it and placed the petals on the corner of a A2 card. It was super fun to see the flower come alive. And then I put the card to the side because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it.

Over the weeks I continued to add petals and play with that initial card…

Stampin up Floral Essence Washi Tape Anytime card idea Michelle Gleeson Stamping SU

… I am pleased with the result. The Floral Essence Washi Tape includes the vintage washi that is on the outer border of the card. Then I added a thin strip of Rich Raspberry card stock followed by a retired washi that also uses Soft Suede.

The dots from the Painted Harvest stamp set were added in Soft Suede ink and add a fun element tying in the Soft Suede border nicely.

Stampin up Floral Essence Washi Tape Anytime card ideas Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU.jpg

Here you can see that I repeated the border on the envelope flap.

Stampin up Floral Essence Washi Tape Anytime card Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

After creating the first layer of petals add the second layer only adhering two-thirds of the petal. On the top third use your Stampin’ buddy to remove the stickiness on the top third. This gives the flower the dimension you see here. I added retired Very Vanilla Enamel Dots to the centers of the flowers.

A few Nuvo Dots were added to the card to mimic the flower centers.

I hope I have inspired you to give this Floral Essence Washi Tape a try. It is a very unique product and fun to create with.

Thanks for stopping by!


Good Morning Magnolia

Stampin Up Good Morning Magnolia Floral Essence DSP Birthday Card Idea Michelle Gleeson Stampinup SU

Today I am sharing a card created for my sister-in-law. I feel very fortunate to have a sister-in-law I call my friend as well as my family.

Her birthday always makes me chuckle as she LOVES to celebrate it for as long as she can. Sometimes it is a week and sometimes it is the entire month of July!

This year her birthday is taking the backseat to moving their oldest to Minneapolis where he is taking on a new job. We are all very excited for this new chapter in his life. Of course it is never easy having a loved one move farther away so it is bittersweet for my sister-in-law.

Let’s get to the project…

This card was CASE’d from Teneale Williams. I loved the layout and simple elements used in her project.

I used a sheet Perennial Essence DSP. I stamped, colored (with Stampin’ Blends) and cut out the magnolia buds from the Good Morning Magnolia Bundle. The sentiment from Stitched All Around was heat embossed in White Embossing Powder. Then I sponged on White Craft ink to soften the Crumb Cake card stock. I used Retired SU Project Life framelits to cut out the sentiment.

The scallop edging was created from the SU Be Mine Framelits. A bit of Linen Thread and Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins provide the finishing touches.

And the inside of the card was also stepped up. This sentiment is from SU Beautiful Bouquet. The font used in this set is so pretty and I love the sentiments.

I hope you are having a great week. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers, Michelle