3 in 1 Fancy Fold Sympathy Card

3 in 1 Fancy Fold Sympathy Card

Fancy Folds are my weakness, I must admit. This fabulous 3 in 1 Fancy Fold was the brainchild of my WOW Team Member, Helene Hebert with As You Wysh Designs. She sent me a gorgous get well version during my recent surgery recovery. The more I looked at it, the more I knew I just had to create one of my own. When I asked if I could make a version of her card, Helene’s reply was, of course, sweetheart.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because we are card makers, we always want to send a really meaningful card to those that have suffered a loss. Sympathy cards can be tough. I had two dear friends that lost a family member. I knew I wanted them to feel all the love I could possibly send in a card. That’s why I used Helene’s 3 in 1 Fancy Fold to create those cards.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

My color combination was inspired by the lovely Woven Threads Designer Series Papers. The soft Seaside Spray looks lovely with the rich Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile. By opening the first fancy fold, the accordion, the first of two tranquil, calming scenes is revealed.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Then to make it even more extra special, open the main card base to reveal a lovely tunnel fold. This one was created by stamping on our vellum cardstock. That’s such a lovely look. I’ve got to remember to do this more often.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using a variety of die cuts and stamp sets, I also created a couple of sweet accents for each of the two side mats.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Even if you don’t want to recreate this 3 in 1 Fancy Fold as is, I’ve given you so many design ideas. You can incorporate a couple into your next card easily. I’ld love to hear about that.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This beautiful card is so dimensional, it needed it’s own special envelope.  This one is so much easier than I thought it would be. I can see creating a stack of these to have on hand. Here is the template so you can see the layout easily.

Custom Envelope, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

There is so many possibilities with this 3 in 1 Fancy Fold. I’ve filmed a video tutorial for you. But, I know we have lots of visual learners as well as those that love the written word. So, under this video tutorial, you’ll also find a link to my FREE PDF Tutorial.

Click the link below to download my FREE PDF Tutorial

3 in 1 Fancy Fold PDF Tutorial

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3 in 1 Fancy Fold Product List

Paper Snips

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Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans

It’s  Fat Tuesday, February 25th, so that must mean it’s Happy Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Have you ever been to the Mardi Gras? It’s an all day event. Who am I kidding? It’s been going on for a couple of weeks.  

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

A few years ago my WOW NOLA Club group asked me to create one of my very popular designs. A sampler to celebrate our Mardi Gras holiday.  Since Stampin’ Up! didn’t have a Mardi Gras set, I needed to improvise. But, we did have some fabulous papers, punches, cardstock and dies that I could adapt.

Happy Mardi Gras, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

As you can see Mardi Gras has regal colors of purple, green and gold.  If you are interested in creating a Mardi Gras themed project, our Crushed Curry, Gorgeous Grape and Mossy Meadow are the perfect color combination.

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

One thing you’ll hear along the parade route is “throw me somethin’ mister”. So in that vain, let’s have some fun. I’ll be “throwing” a lucky winner a little somethin’. Let’s play a little game. If you could visit the Mardi Gras, what costume would you wear? Comment below for a chance to win the prize. Deadline to comment will be Midnight tonight (CST), February 25, 2020.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

New FREE Products! Let’s Sale-a-Brate

New FREE Products! Let’s Sale-a-Brate

Woohoo, new FREE products coming soon. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Stampin’ Up!  is realeasing more goodies. You can earn these new FREE products beginning March 3 through March 31st.

New FREE Products, Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Click the link below to open the new Sale-a-Bration Brochure.

New FREE Products, Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin’ Up!

WOW, right? Let’s see if you can guess which one I had to play with first. I’ll give you a couple of hints. First, I love a product that can be used in lots of different ways. Second, anything rose gold, I just melt. I’ll bet you guessed it. It’s that fabulous Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. 

New FREE Products, Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because the Parisian Beauty set is so fabulous, I paired that bundle with this gorgeous new paper right off the bat.

Flowering Foils, Parisian Beauty, New FREE Products, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using my sponge brayer, I was able to add color to the Flowering Foils DSP. I love the Blushing Bride, Basic Gray color combo.

Flowering Foils, Parisian Beauty, New FREE Products, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Once you add the color, be sure to buff the surface with a clean, dry paper towel. That will really make the foiling pop. This sheet has silver foiling, perfect for that Basic Gray card base.

Flowering Foils, Parisian Beauty, New FREE Products, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t you just love that sentiment? Perfect for lots of occasions. 

Flowering Foils, Parisian Beauty, New FREE Products, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

But, remember, this beautiful foil paper is only one of the five new FREE products in the 2020 2nd Sale-a-Bration Release. I think this one will go fast.  Be sure to add it to your first order, March 3rd.

Flowering Foils, Parisian Beauty, New FREE Products, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

How do you like all that dimension? It’s easy because Stampin’ Up! products all coordinate. No more searching for the perfect ribbon or embellishent.

Flowering Foils, Parisian Beauty, New FREE Products, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t forget to dress up those envelopes. You’ll even impress the postal worker. I’ld love to share my video tutorial with you.  Enjoy!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Basic Gray CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, score @5 1/2″
  • Mat – Blushing Bride CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Flowering Foils Specialty DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 5 1/2″ x 5″
  • Swirl – Silver Foil – 1 3/4″ x 3″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Envelope – Whisper White
  • Noble Peacock Rhinestones – Pink – 3
  • Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon – 6″

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Susan’s WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog

Susan’s WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog

One of the best ways to get lots of cardmaking ideas is through my WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog. I always host a swap with my WOW Team each time we launch a new catalog. This time was no exception. And wait until you see these fabulous cards.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap

Because I always want to add even more to my swaps, I’m going to recreate one of the cards at the end of this post. But first, let’s take a look at all these beautiful creations. First up, Klarissa Nightingale and a waterfall fancy fold.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Klarissa Nightingale

Just pull the pretty ribbon and reveal the waterfall. Klarissa used the Dressed to Impress bundle and the beautiful Best Dressed DSP.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Klarissa Nightingale

Tropical time and a beautiful card from WOW Team Member, Lisa Lepine. I love the shabby chic look of this card. Lisa used the Timeless Tropical bundle. and the Tropical Oasis DSP. Don’t you just love all that layering? I know I sure do!

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Lisa Lepine, Scrimper Scrapper

On of the most popular suites in the 2020 Mini Catalog has been Peaceful Poppies. Team member, Nancy Sanders, has incorporated elements from both the Painted Poppies and Peaceful Moments bundles in her gorgeous card. The layering and touches of gold foil really make this card shine.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Nancy Sanders

Ready for another fancy fold? This one is not just a card, but a very useful desk calendar and post-it-note holder. Created by WOW Team Member, Tonia Cooley, I think this is super clever. Tonia used those gorgeous papers from the Peaceful Poppies DSP.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Tonia Cooley

The easel feature on this card is fantastic.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap. Mini, Tonia Cooley

Next up, Helene Hebert has knocked it out the park with a unique fancy fold. It’s all about the layers, texture and fabulous stamping. Helene used her favorite Forever Blossoms bundle and the stunning Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Helene Hebert

By opening the first layer, you reveal the first of 2 sentiments.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap, Helene Hebert

But wait, there’s more. By opening the final front panel you get a second surprise.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Helene Hebert

Rounding out the 2020 WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog, we have Molly Downing.  Molly too, has turned to the very popular Peaceful Poppies Suite. By using lots of the die cuts and traditional poppy parade color, she created a card with lots of interest and dimension. Doesn’t that poppy bouquet look real?

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Molly Downing

Last, we have my card, which features the Honey Bee bundle. I’ve already published a blog post and video for my card. Hope you enjoyed it. 

Honey Bee Scene Stepper, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

For our 2020 WOW Team Card Swap Mini, I thought I would try something new. By adding another feature to the card swap, I hope more of you will give these fabulous cards a try. I’ve placed all participating team member names in a hat. Then I drew a name and set to CASING her card.  This time, it’s team member, Molly Downing. But, with a twist, I’ve changed the color scheme.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap

Be sure to check out my WOW Team Card Swap video so that you can appreciate lots of details in these fabulous creations.

Want to create that sweet poppy card?

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Gorgeous Grape CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Accent Bands – Basic Black CS – one @ 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • DSP Accent Bands – Lily Impressions DSP – one @ 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Poppies – Gorgeous Grape CS  and Highland Heather CS – one each 3″ x 5″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
  • Leaves – Old Olive CS – 4″ x 3″ and Mossy Meadow CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
  • Stamens – Basic Black CS – 1″ x 2″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
  • Noble Peacock Rhinestones – 3 purple

Poppy Card – WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog Product List

Stamparatus

$49.00
Paper Snips

$10.00

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time. Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

 

Parisian Gift Bag Amour

Parisian Gift Bag Amour

Need a gift bag for a special event? Why not create your own? Share your special papercrafting skills with those you love. This beautiful Parisian gift bag would be perfect for your next wedding gift.

Parisian Gift Bag, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The gorgeous papers in the Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP started things off. The color palette of Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party and Petal Pink was perfect for my Parisian gift bag.

Parisian Gift Bag, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Stamping the gorgeous cherry blossom branch in Basic Gray gave the gift bag a vintage look. And I’m all about that. I used my Stampin’ Blends to color the image. To build your stash of blends, why not add a combo pack to each order. You’ll have your collection built in no time flat.

Parisian Gift Bag, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

That gorgeous swirl is one of my favorite dies in the set. By cutting two from champagne foil, I really added a lot of texture and shine to my Parisian gift bag.

Parisian Gift Bag, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To give the word, amour, a little more depth and dimension I used some sticky back fun foam. By offsetting it with a cherry cobbler die cut, it really helps to pop the word on the gift bag. 

Parisian Gift Bag, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Combining elements from both bundles in the Parisian Blossoms Suite made my Parisian gift bag extra special.  And that fabulous Eiffel Tower, cut from basic gray cardstock is definitely the star of the show.

Parisian Gift Bag, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Pool Party banner really ties everything together.  And I couldn’t resist stampomg that beautiful verse.

Parisian Gift Bag, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to create this one? I’ld love to share my video tutorial with you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • White Gift Bag – PaperMart – 8″ x 10 1/4″
  • Banner – Pool Party CS – 3″ x 9″
  • Mats – Petal Pink CS – 7″ X 7″ AND Cherry cobbler CS – 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • DSP Mat – Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP – 6″ x 6″
  • Banner Accent – PetalPincl CS – 1″ x 3″, cut with the die from Painted Labels die set.
  • Swirls – Champagne Foil – two @ 2″ x 3″, cut with the die from Parisian die set.
  • Eiffel Tower – Basic Gray CS – 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from Parisian die set.
  • Flowers – Pool Party CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the dies from the Cherry Blossoms die set.
  • Leaves – Old Olove CS – 2″ x 2″, cut with the dies from the Cherry Blossoms die set.
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Amour – Cherry Cobbler CS and White Fun Foam – one each 1 1/2″ x 4″, cut with the die from Parisian die set.

Parisian Gift Bag Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations