Card Making Inspiration

Card Making Inspiration

I’ve got lots to share with you all today. Are you ready for lots of gorgeous card making ideas and inspiration? In my video, linked below, join me for some happy mail and an Annual Catalog Card Swap from my WOW Team. But first, I’ll teach you how to create the card that was my contribution to the swap. It’s an easy accordion fancy fold that can be adapted to lots of occasions. Be sure to stay to the end of the video for an important announcement.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I love incorporating fancy folds into my card making? How about you? The best part about this fold is that you can show off lots of designer series paper. And you know we all have those scraps laying around. This fold is a perfect way to show those off.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve used two new bundles from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog on this one. Be sure to add the True Beauty and Charming Sentiments bundles to your card making arsenal. Ready to open up this accordion fold to reveal all those lovely papers.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Textured Chic Specialty DSP package is filled with lovely patterns, highlighted with gold foiling. Lots of choices for some masculine cards along with a lovely Christmas option as well.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

In today’s video tutorial, I’ll show off all the other cards from my WOW Team Swap. Be sure to stay to the end of the video. I’ve got some important news to share. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Petal Pink CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Base Mat – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
  • Accordion – Petal Pink CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 3″, 5 1/2″, 8″ and 9 1/2″
  • Bellyband – Petal Pink CS – 1″ x 9 1/2″, scored @ 2 3/4″ & 7 1/8″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
  • Stamped Images & Stitched Circle – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Stamp the flower in Petal Pink, two sets of leaves in Soft Succulent, thank you sentiment in Evening Evergreen. Cut the 2nd to largest stitched circle with the die from the Stylish Shapes die set. 
  • Sprigs – Evening Evergreen CS – two @ 2″ x 3 1/2″. Gold Foil – two @ 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″. Cut the images with the dies from the Organic Beauty die set.
  • Envelope – Basic White
  • Pearls – 3 small, colored with the Dark Soft Succulent Blend
  • Butterflies – Brushed Brass – 1 large and 2 small

Card Making Product List 

Thanks again for following my work during my Stampin’ Up! journey. I’m ready for my new beginning. If you happen to be at a crossroads and need a prayer to help guide your decision, here is the prayer that I shared at the end of my video.

New Beginnings Prayer, Susan Levasseur

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful,

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Special Anniversary Card

Special Anniversary Card

Welcome! I’ve got something special to share with you. Today’s anniversary card is for my Mom & Dad. Want to take a guess how many years they have been together?  Are you sitting down? We are going to be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary June 1st. Nope, that’s not a typo, it truly is 70 years.

Mom & Dad, 70 Years Together, Susan Levasseur

Our family has been very blessed having these two to guide and lead us, setting this true positive example of dedication and love. That’s why today’s anniversary card is a special one. The flowers are definitely for Mom and the more masculine color palette and simplistic structure is for Dad. That’s what marriage is all about, right? A little give and take makes everyone happy and content.

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By choosing a monochromatic palette, I think the card depicts classic beauty. Pretty fitting for a 70th anniversary card, don’t you think? To create Mom’s little bouquet, I chose to work with the Cottage Rose bundle. 

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To make the center flower more 3D, I stamped the image 3 times and cut away petals from two of the images, creating a layered effect. Dad likes simplicity, so the card couldn’t be too fussy. I needed a focal image, and the new Fancy Frames dies did just the trick.

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To enhance things a little more, I also cut the large die from the Artistic die set for a backdrop and not too much frill.  Using the large leaf die, from the same set, I was able to create all the leaf sets for Mom’s flowers. Nothing left to do, but stamp a little greeting on the inside. I left a lot of room to write a message on this very special occasion.

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

In my video tutorial, not only will I teach you how to create this anniversary card, but I’ve got lots of tips and tricks along the way.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Basic White CS – 6″ x 12″, scored @ 6″
  • Mats – Basic Black CS – two @ 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Embossed Mat – Silver Foil – 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder
  • Accent Die Cut – Basic Black CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the largest die from the Artistic die set
  • Focal Image – Basic Black CS – 3 1/2″ x 5″, back the CS with adhesive sheet and cut the image with the die from the Fancy Frames die set. Silver Foil – 3″ x 4 1/2″, run embossing buddy over the surface, stamp the sentiment in Versa Mark, sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat set.
  • Leaves – Basic Black CS – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from the Artistic die set
  • Flowers – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, stamp the flowers in Memento Black. Stamp three medium and three of the larger images. Die cut the images with the dies from the Cottage Rose die set. Dissect the large flower as shown in the video. Run the versa mark pad over the edges of the petals. sprinkle with silver embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Use Wink of Stella in the center of each flower.
  • Metallic Mesh Ribbon – 5″
  • Matte Black Dots – 3 large

Anniversary Card Product List

Thanks so much for stopping by and allowing me to share the great news. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Masking Paper Techniques

Masking Paper Techniques

Ready for some the techniques? Wondering how to use the new Masking Paper from Stampin’ Up! No worries, I’ve got you covered in today’s FREE card making class. I’ll show you three different way to use the masking paper, all in one card.

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Technique #1 will feature the large background die from the Organic Beauty die set. Use the die to cut the image from the Masking Paper.  Voila, you’ve just created yourself a custom stencil. I wanted the background on the card to look like a lattice. Do you think I’ve achieved it?

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using my Blending Brush I was able to blend Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.  Once blended, you just peel away the Masking Paper to reveal your pattern.  Break out all this large dies and have a play.

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Technique #2 is an oldie but goodie, You can stamp an image onto the masking paper, cut it out and use it to create lots of dimension on your projects.  Just remember, whatever you stamp first will come forward. 

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I used this technique on both the focal image and the set of flowers on the inside of the card. Ready to learn these two techniques along with a bonus on the envelope? In my video tutorial I’ll show you all the tips and tricks.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Cajun Craze CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Technique Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Accent Band – Cajun Craze CS – 1″ x 6″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder
  • Focal – Vellum CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the largest circle from the Stylish Shapes die set
  • Leaves & Large Sprigs – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, stamp all images in Old Olive and die cut with the dies fro the Organic Beauty die set
  • Rose Focal Image – Basic White CS – 3″ x 5 1/2″, stamp the roses in Pumpkin Pie and the leaves in Old Olive
  • Sprigs – Old Olive CS – 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, cut three with the die from the Organic Beauty die set
  • Masking Paper – cut one rose image on one of the large background die images
  • Envelope – Basic White
  • Heart Pearls – 1 large and 2 small

Masking Paper Techniques with True Beauty Product List

Hope you have some fun with this one. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Double Column Card with Cottage Rose

Double Column Card with Cottage Rose

Welcome everyone! So happy you dropped in to learn how to create this double column card featuring the new Cottage Rose bundle.

Double Column Fancy Fold, Cottage Rose, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

A huge shout out to Sam Calcott with Mixed Up Crafts for teaching me the double column fancy fold.  I used her card as inspiration, but I’ve changed the measurements. It’s a very versatile fancy fold that you can alter to all sizes using lots of different sets. But today, I would love to feature the new Cottage Rose bundle and Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper.

Double Column Fancy Fold, Cottage Rose, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Nothing makes a card fancier than heat embossing. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I’ve used gold embossing powder on all the card’s stamped images.  It gives the card an elegant look and feel.

Double Column Fancy Fold, Cottage Rose, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

One of the other new products in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog is the Distressed Gold Paper. YUMMY!!!! The pack includes two 12″ x 12″ sheets and is super easy to either punch or die cut. It will give a vintage vibe to your projects. I just love it.

Double Column Fancy Fold, Cottage Rose, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The double column fancy fold was a mystery to me, until I realized it’s just two bridge folds married together.  That was very clever of Sam to figure out. This is my daughter, Jennifer’s, birthday card. I know exactly where she will have it on display. That will make my heart very happy.

Double Column Fancy Fold, Cottage Rose, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The two diamond shapes give the card stability and makes it easy to fold over and fit into your envelope. I did create a custom envelope for this one and extra postage will be needed. But remember, this is for my daughter. I hope you have someone just as special in your life to create this card for.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Very Vanilla CS – two @ 4 1/4″ x 8″, score each @ 1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 5 1/2″ and 6 3/4″
  • Columns – Thick Very Vanilla CS – two @ 4 1/4″ x 5″, score on the 5″ side @ 1 1/4″ on each end
  • Diamonds – Thick Very Vanilla CS – two @ 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, tick the top and bottom of the 4 1/4″ side @ 2 1/8″ and the top and bottom of the 5 1/2″ side @ 2 3/4″. Connect the ticks and cut away the excess to create the diamond. Emboss one of the diamonds with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder.
  • Mats – Early Espresso CS – eight @ 1″ x 4″, two @ 2 3/4″ x 4″ and two @ 2 1/4″ x 4″
  • DSP Mats – Abigail Rose DSP – eight @ 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, two @ 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ and two @ 2″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Petal Rose CS and Distressed Gold Paper – punch one each with the Label Me Lovely Punch.
  • Stamped Flowers – Petal Pink CS – 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Leaves – Mossy Meadow CS – 3″ x 6″
  • Flowers & Leaves Die Cuts – Distressed Gold Paper – 2 3/4″ x 4″
  • Envelope – Very Vanilla CS – 10″ x 10″, punch and score @ 3 3/4″. You will need an envelope punch board to create the envelope as I have.
  • Bling – Brushed Brass Butterflies – two large and one small

Double Column Fancy Fold Product List

Hope you give this one a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Sending Smiles with a Twist

Sending Smiles with a Twist

Welcome back everyone! Ready to create a sending smiles joy fold with a twist? That’s right, we will be combining the new Sending Smiles and Sweet Songbirds bundles for a fun, happy card. Join me in my studio to learn an easy fancy fold with a twist.

Sending Smiles with a Twist, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Right off the bat, are you lovin’ the very happy color palette? It sure did make me smile.  I pulled the colors from the soon to be released Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper.  

Sending Smiles with a Twist, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Sending Smiles bundle can be found on page 14 for the brand spankin’ new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.  Don’t have a copy or a demonstrator you are working with? Send me a message here and I’ll get one out in the mail to you.

Wait for it….. here is where the twist comes in. Open the flap, and reveal the inside of this very happy card. 

Sending Smiles with a Twist, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve used the Sweet Songbirds bundle on the inside. That one includes a punch you’ll want to add to your very 1st order.  

Sending Smiles with a Twist, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This card is going to my daughter. I’ll be sending smiles to her for completing another school year.  If you know a teacher or have one in your life, be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them.

Sending Smiles with a Twist, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t that little bird look like he is about to take flight? In the bundle you’ll find lots of sentiments and 2 bird images.  I decided to just use the punch for the bird, so that you can see how easy he comes together.

Sending Smiles with a Twist, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

And a little sentiment on the opposite side and your joy fold is done. Watch how easy this one comes together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Daffodil Delight CS – one @ 4 1/4″ x 8 1/4, scored at 5 1/2″. One @ 3″ x 8″, scored @ 4″
  • Mats – Granny Apple Green CS – one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″, one @ 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and two @ 4″ x 2 1/2″
  • DSP Mats – Hues of Happiness DSP – Pattern #1 – one @ 3 3/4″ x 5″ and one @ 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″. Pattern #2 – one @ 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 3 3/4″ 2 1/4″
  • Inside Mats – Basic White CS – two @ 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Words – Melon Mambo CS – 1 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ and Flirty Flamingo CS – 1 3/4″ x 4″
  • Flowers – Hues of Happiness DSP – fussy cut 3
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3 1/2″
  • Bird – Coastal Cabana CS – 2 1/4″ x 3″, scraps of both Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody CS
  • Bling – Glossy Dots Assortment – 3 small in Daffodil Delight

Friends, I invite you to shop my online store for all your crafting needs. Please use my current Host Code, FNRJJ9BX, for orders under $150. That really helps me out and I appreciate it very much.

*****New Product – Release Date – May 3, 3022*****

  • Sending Smiles Bundle – #158707

  • Sweet Songbirds Bundle – #158727

  • Hues of Happiness DSP – #158822

  • Glossy Dots Assortment – #158827

Remember, Tuesday, May 3rd is the big day. That’s catalog launch day. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Nature’s Prints Multi-Diamond Panel Card

Nature’s Prints Multi-Diamond Panel Card

Not only is it fancy fold time, it’s new product sneak peek as well. Join me today to learn how to use the new Nature’s Prints bundle while creating a multi-diamond panel card. This card is beautiful as is, but could easily be adapted to a lovely Mother’s Day or birthday card.

Nature's Prints Multi Diamond Panel Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

 I spotted this “new to me” fancy fold on Sam Calcott’s YouTube Channel, Mixed Up Crafts.  She is a very talented artist that I admire very much. Her fancy folds always intrigue me. So, when I saw this one, I just had to give it  try. Because I’ve used the new, soon to be released, Nature’s Prints bundle, I could also offer you a little sneak peek.

Nature's Prints Multi Diamond Panel Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This fancy fold is a little different. The card front is created onto a base of window sheet. Some of you crafters out there also refer to it as acetate. That’s a little unique and a great surprise for the recipient. 

Nature's Prints Multi Diamond Panel Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’m in love with the images in the Nature’s Prints stamp set. It’s no surprise since I’m a nature girl. By using my blender pen on a couple of the stamped images, I was able to add a little shading. That’s a quick and easy way to get around coloring the entire image.

Nature's Prints Multi Diamond Panel Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Some of the diamonds highlight the new Pretty Prints DSP and some are embossed with the new Fern 3D embossing folder. You’ve gotta add that one to your shopping list for sure. 

As a little added feature to this card, it’s always on display. That’s thanks to little stopper/brace added to the inside. That means you have the entire back of the card to decorate and write a heartfelt note.

Nature's Prints Multi Diamond Panel Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to learn how to create this multi-diamond panel card?  Sit back, relax and grab a beverage. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 6″ x 6″; Window Sheet – 6 1/2″  x 6″, score on the 6 1/2″ side at 6″. 
  • Stopper/Brace – Thick Basic White CS – 2 1/2″ x 2″, on the 2 1/2″ side, score @ 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ and 2″.
  • Large Mats 
    • Blackberry Bliss CS – 6″ x 6″, this will be your back mat
    • Shaded Spruce CS – 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″, embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder. This  will be your inside mat
    • Basic White CS – 5″ x 5″, this will be your back mat for your sentiment and handwritten note. Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss and the fern images in 3 generations of Evening Evergreen
  • Diamond Mats – Thick Basic White CS – eight @ 2″ x 2″ and one @ 3″ x 3″
  • Diamond DSP Mats – Pretty Prints DSP – four @ 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″  and one @ 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Embossed Mats – Blackberry Bliss CS – four @ 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″, embossed with the Fern 3D Embossing Folder
  • Stamped Images – Basic White CS – one sheet – once stamped cut all images with the corresponding die
    • 2 large leafy images in Shaded Spruce
    • 3 flowers in Blackberry Bliss
    • 3 fern images in Evening Evergreen
    • 4 sprig images in Soft Sea Foam
    • Sentiment in Blackberry Bliss
  • Envelope – 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ – I get mine on Amazon
  • Opal Rounds – 3 small
  • Brushed Brass Butterflies – 4
  • Ribbon – Evening Evergreen – two @ 3 1/2″

New Soon to Be Released Products – 5/3/22

  • Nature’s Prints Bundle – #158801 – Page 91

  • Pretty Prints DSP – #159245 – Page 133

  • Fern 3D Embossing Folder – #158804 – Page 176

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek and the fancy fold. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations