I’m excited to share my Blessed Encouragement Sampler with you guys today. One of my lovely students will be hosting her party this week. My club members give me some input on the project they would like me to design for their special night. This month, I was challenged to create a project with these parameters: “Something to celebrate a dream, a wish, a milestone in my life that I can add to a scrapbook page. Elements to go on a page to celebrate this time in life and all the hard milestones in the last few years. Encouragement for the future.”  With that, I started with her favorite color palette and created the Blessed Encouragement Sampler.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Blessed Encouragement Sampler, Stampin' Up!

If you guys visit here often, you know I LOVE texture and layers. Our fabulous embossing folders and dies made that easy with this design. You’ve got to have the Tin Tile and Country Florals embossing folders in your stash of art supplies. They are fabulous! Then, by rubbing on a little Petal Pink ink, over the embossed image, it really made all that texture pop off the page.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Blessed Encouragement Sampler, Stampin' Up!

Sometimes, as women, we forget how much we matter. I wanted Connie to know that in a special way. So, I included that message in the 1st block of her sampler. That very important “You Matter” is from the Around the Corner set. And, did you know that butterflies are a deep and powerful representation of life? Incorporating that symbol in the first block of the sampler was extremely important.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Blessed Encouragement Sampler, Stampin' Up!

In the second block, I thought I would give a little encouragement with the sentiment from Ribbon of Courage. So sad that set will retire. It can be found on page 114 of the current catalog. But hurry, it will be gone by June 4th. You won’t want to miss it.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Blessed Encouragement Sampler, Stampin' Up!

We all need to seize the moment and the sentiment in the third block of my Blessed Encouragement Sampler reminds us of that very important message. This one too, comes from the Ribbon of Courage set. See, I told you that you should scoop up this set.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Blessed Encouragement Sampler, Stampin' Up!

Last, but certainly not least, we could all use some beautiful flowers in our lives. Nature is so inspiring. Flowers symbolize things like beauty, hope, patience and joyfulness, just to name a few. The flowers in this block are from a brand spankin’ new set. The Floral Essence set will be offered in a bundle format. Don’t we all love punches? Yes we do! And of course I know you’re asking, where does that beautiful “Blessed” come from. Yep, that’s another new set, To a Wild Rose. It’s becoming one of my favs. Those two will be available beginning June 4, 2019.  Be sure to request your new catalog here

I was happy to create a video tutorial so that you can replicate this one.  Sit back and enjoy! Please let me know if you create my Blessed Encouragement Sampler for someone special in your life. It would make me very happy!!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Large Mat – Calypso Coral CS – 12” x 12”
  • Center Mat – Petal Pink CS –  8” x 8”
  • Floral Edge Die Cuts – Whisper White CS – 5” x 7 ½”, cut with the die from Springtime Impressions. Using a sponge dauber, lightly ink the elements in the die cut with Petal Pink, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz inks.

Block #1

  • Mat – Sahara Sand CS – 5” x 2 ½”
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 4 ¾” x 2 ¼”, embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder and lightly inked with Petal Pink ink.
  • Butterfly – Petal Pink CS – 4 ¼”  x 3”, cut with the die from Springtime Impressions, ink in Petal Pink ink.
  • Spiral Rose – Calypso Coral CS – punch one 1 ½” circle, spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist. Cut a spiral and roll with a tweezer, secure closed with wet blue. Pear Pizzazz CS – 1 ¼” x 1 ¼”, cut with the die from Springtime Impressions.
  • Small Flowers – Petal Pink CS –  2 ½” x ¾”, punch three flowers using the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack. Pear Pizzazz CS – ¼” X 4”, punch six leaves using the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1 ½” x 1 ½”, stamp the image from Around the Corner in Calypso Coral ink. Fussy cut the image.

Assembly Block #1

  1. Wet glue the mats together.
  2. Wet glue the spiral rose to the pear pizzazz flower.
  3. Wet glue the unit to the center of the butterfly.
  4. Wet glue the butterfly body to the center of the embossed mat.
  5. Create the three small flowers, gluing two leaves to each flower. Wet glue the flowers to the embossed mat. Adhere the pearls to the center of the flowers.
  6. Pop the sentiment to the lower right hand corner with mini dimensionals.

Block #2

  • Mat – Sahara Sand CS – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and lightly inked with Petal Pink ink.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 ½” x 2 ½”, stamp the sentiment from Ribbon of Courage set in Calypso Coral. Die cut the image with the die from Smooth Sailing.
  • Sentiment Accent – Calypso Coral CS – 2 ½” x 2 ½”, cut with the die from Smooth Sailing.
  • Ribbon – Calypso Coral 3/8” Satin Ribbon – Approximately 11”
  • Embellishment – Frosted Flower – one clear – color with the Light Calypso Coral Blend

Assembly Block #2

  1. Wet glue the mats together.
  2. Cut the Sentiment Accent die cut in half, lengthwise. Wet glue to the back of the sentiment, forming a frame at the top and bottom.
  3. Apply three strips of tear and tape to the center of the embossed mat. Loop the ribbon over the tape, securing it to the embossed mat.
  4. Pop the sentiment.

Block #3

  • Mat – Sahara Sand CS – 5” x 2 ½”
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 4 ¾” x 2 ¼”, embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder and lightly inked with Petal Pink ink.
  • Heart – Calypso Coral CS – 3 ¼” x 4” – cut with the die from Be Mine Stitched
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 ¼” x 4” – stamp the sentiment from Ribbon of Courage in Calypso Coral, cut the image with the die from Be Mine Stitched.
  • Small Hearts – Petal Pink CS – 1 ½” x 1 ¾” , cut a section of the border die from Be Mine Stitched, isolating 3 different sized hearts on the die. Spritz the hearts with Champagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Ribbon – 5/8” Organdy Striped Ribbon in Petal Pink – 6”

Assembly Block #3

  1. Wet glue the mats together.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the mat securing to the back with scotch tape.
  3. Pop the sentiment to the Calypso Coral Heart. Pop the unit to the center of the mat.
  4. Wet glue the small hearts to the sentiment heart.

Block #4

  • Mat – Sahara Sand CS – 5” x 5”
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” – embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and lightly inked with Petal Pink ink.
  • Focal Squares – Calypso Coral CS – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” – next the largest and next to the largest stitched squares from the Stitched Shapes set and run through the die cutting machine. Keep both the frame and the center die cut to form the focal image.
  • Sprigs – Sahara Sand CS – 2 ¾” x 3 ¼” – die cut two images with the die from Frosted Bouquet. Spritz the images with Champagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Flowers – Petal Pink CS – 8 ½” x 2 ½”, stamp four flower images in Calypso Coral from Floral Essence set, punch the images with the Perennial Flower punch.
  • Leaves – Pear Pizzazz CS – 2 ¼” x 11” – stamp six leaf images in Pear Pizzazz from the stamp in the Painted Harvest set. Punch the images with the Leaf Punch. Twist the petals with tweezers.
  • Banner – Petal Pink CS – 1” x 5”, punch one edge with the Triple Banner punch, run through the die cutting machine with the Subtle Embossing Folder. Whisper White CS – 1” x 5”, punch one edge with the Triple Banner punch. Stamp the sentiment from To a Wild Rose set in Calypso Coral.
  • Banner Accent – Calypso Coral CS – 3” x 1”, cut with the die from Be Mine Stitched.

Assembly Block #4

  1. Wet glue the mats together.
  2. Off set the squares and wet glue together.
  3. Adhere the sprigs to the back of the square with scotch tape.
  4. Create two flowers by offsetting the images. Pop the images together with a dimensional.
  5. Wet glue three sets of leaves to the back of each of the flowers.
  6. Wet glue the flowers to the solid square.
  7. Wet glue the banners together.
  8. Wet glue the accent to the bottom of the “Blessed” banner.
  9. Secure the banner to the offset squares with scotch tape.
  10. Pop the entire unit to the block. **NOTE – do not pull the back off the banner at this point. You will do so later.

Final Assembly

  1. Wet glue the 8” x 8” mat of Petal Pink to the center of the 12” x 12” Calypso Coral mat.
  2. Dry fit all the blocks to the Petal Pink mat. Adhere each to the mat with dimensionals.
  3. Wet glue the floral die cuts to the upper right and lower left of the Calypso Coral mat.
  4. Frame in a 12” x 12” shadowbox frame.

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Leaf Punch

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Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations