Autumn Inspired W-Fold

Autumn Inspired W-Fold

Today’s Autumn inspired W-Fold is a reflection of this quote I saw on Pinterest. I was drawn to all the gorgeous foliage. That’s what inspired my W-Fold card. Beautiful jewel tones, falling leaves, a crispness in the air, I’m ready, how about you?

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Here’s my interpretation of the color palette in the quote. I started things off with an Early Espresso card base. Then throwing in some Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and a little Crumb Cake set the stage for my fancy fold.

Autumn Inspired W-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW, look at all that stitching on those leaves. I’ve used the Love of Leaves bundle in a few Autumn inspired projects this season.  I just can’t seem to get enough.

Autumn Inspired W-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to see the fancy in the fold? Here it is, and believe me this one is really quick and easy.

Autumn Inspired W-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

What I love most about this fold is that you can adapt it to whatever type card you need. You can change the sentiments, papers, even the width of the “W” that holds the panels. 

Autumn Inspired W-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I needed a few sentiments, with the same theme, I chose two sets from my stash. The beautiful Country Home set has been with us a while. It has a number of fabulous sentiments and some country style images.

Autumn Inspired W-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

His Love is another great set with a number of positive, uplifting messages and images. I hope you give this Autumn inspired W-Fold a try. Watch how easily it comes together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Early Espresso CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • “W” – Early Espresso CS – 1 1/2″ x 11″, scored @ 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, and 8 1/4″
  • Front Mats – Cajun Craze CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″ and Gilded Autumn DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Inside Large Mats – Very Vanilla CS – two @ 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
  • W-Fold Mats – Cajun Craze CS – four @ 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. Very Vanilla CS – two @ 2 1/4″ x 3″ and Gilded Autumn DSP – two @ 2 1/4″ x 3″.
  • Leaves – Crumb Cake CS – 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the dies from the Autumn Essentials die set. Crushed Curry CS – 3″ x 3″, Cherry Cobbler CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″, Cajun Craze CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Stitched Leaves die set.
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the die from the Rectangle Stitched die set.
  • Faux Suede Trim – 10″
  • Artistry Blooms Sequins – three

Autumn Inspired W Fold Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

WOW Mystery Stamping

WOW Mystery Stamping

It’s WOW Mystery Stamping time!! What’s that? Well, it’s a little stamping game, something my WOW Club and Team Members had some fun with this week. I have to admit, I spoiled everyone just a little. I cut their kits and sent them off for delivery. Then we solved the WOW Mystery Stamping together.

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Would you like to play? I’ve got all the clues listed below. Here are the measurements and supplies you’ll need to play along.

To get things started, we need to gather our stamping goodness. If you don’t have the leaf set I used, no worries. Just chose any set you have with various leaf images, in different sizes. Some suggestions on a leaf set would be Rooted in Nature or you could give Love of Leaves a try. For the sentiment on the card, I used the Beautiful Autumn set. Don’t have that one? Just chose a sentiment that will fit on a 1/2″ x 4″ strip.

WOW Mystery Stamping Product List 

Pieces, Parts and Pretties

  • Cut your kit for our WOW Mystery Stamping as follows:
    • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
    • Mat – Mango Melody CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
    • Stamped Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Leaves – Granny Apple Green CS – two @ 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, I cut two images of the bough image in the Forever Flourishing die set.
    • Banner – Whisper White CS – 1/2″ x 4″

Ready to solve the mystery? Follow the clues for some stamping fun.

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Here’s what mine looked like. You might be thinking, Susan, that looks like a hot mess. Trust me, it’s going to be beautiful! I promise. 

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because we added that layer of clear embossing, you’ve got more of an embellishment that makes a statement on your card. Set those aside and let them cool.

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Which sentiment did you choose? Did you need a birthday, thinking of you or just because card? Here’s mine, I think I could send this card along to so many of those on my list.

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

 

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

It’s a little tough to see your pattern at this point, but believe me it’s there. Double check to be sure all your embossing powder is melted and shiny. If you inspect it under a light, that would be helpful.

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Here’s a closeup of how mine turned out. The gorgeous Joseph’s Coat is a fabulous technique. You can use lots of color combinations, but this one is so rich and Fall inspired. I love how it turned out.

WOW Mystery Stamping, Joseph's Coat, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

You’ve all beeen such good stamping detectives. Ready to put it all together and solve this little mystery?

WOW Mystery Stamping, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW Mystery Stamping, Joseph's Coat, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

What could be better? It’s simple, elegant and fun. Now that you know how to create the Joseph’s Coat Techique, I hope you use it in future projects. You could chose stamps from multiple sets and make a very unique design. I even filmed a tutorial for you to follow along if you like.

Was that fun? I sure hope so. I know I had a blast with both my Zoom classes. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Quite Curvy Fancy Fold

Quite Curvy Fancy Fold

Welcome! Have you seen the new Quite Curvy bundle sneak peeks? I’ve got another one for you today an it’s a fancy fold.

Quite Curvy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

As soon as I saw the curvy leaf die, I knew I wanted to create a card using the Forever Greenery DSP. Did you know the DSP is currently on sale until October 31, 2020.  It’s such a pretty, and very versatile, paper pack, you’ll want to have a couple of packages on hand.

Quite Curvy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I nested two of the curvy dies, I was able to achieve this unique edge detail on my Quite Curvy fancy fold. And all those little leaves that fall out, keep them. They will make fabulous shaker card bits. I’m storing mine in a empty embellishment container. Here’s a cute trick and technique to use with that curvy leaf die. Create a stencil, so that you can embellish your cards and envelopes.

Quite Curvy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By spritzing my cardstock with Champagne Shimmer Mist, I killed two birds with one stone. After the cardstock dried, I cut the image in the center. The bits that fell out were ready to use as shimmery little images scattered about my card. And now I had a stencil for decorating my envelope. I’m going to store the stencil in my stamp case for furture projects.

Quite Curvy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I love that the Quite Curvy stamp set has lots of sentiments to coordinate not only with the curvy dies, but just like this sweet little Hello.  And did you notice that stinkin’ cute little bird. There are three bird images in the set, each with a different profile and look.

Quite Curvy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because the stamp set is photopolymer you can bend and straighten the curvy stamps to fit your need. You know I’ve got you covered with a free video tutorial, right? 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 10 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, cut the edge with the Curvy Dies, then trim to 10″, score @ 4 1/4″ and 8 1/2″. Voila, you have your fancy fold card base complete with a fancy curvy edge. Stamp the outside and inside sentiments in Pretty Peacock.
  • Mats – Pretty Peacock CS – one @ 5 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ and one @ 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • DSP Mats – Forever Greenery CS – one @ 5 1/2″ x 2″ and one @ 5 1/2″ x 1 1/4″
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 3″, stamp the branchy image, bird and Hello greeting in Pretty Peacock. Die cut the greeting with the die from the Stitched So Sweetly set. Color the branchy image and bird with the Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce and Soft SeaFoam Stampin Blends. Die cut with the dies from the Curvy die set.
  • Small Leaves – Pretty Peacock CS – 3″ x 6″. You will use this piece of cardstock for your stencil as well. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist, allow to dry. Cut with the die from the Curvy die set. Save the small leaves to decorate your card. Use the stencil to roll Pretty Peacock ink onto your envelope.
  • Sprigs – Pretty Peacock CS and Soft SeaFoam CS – one each @ 1″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the die from the Curvy die set.
  • Gold Leaves – Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper – three elements
  • Envelope – Whisper White
  • Ribbon – 3/8″ Reversible Ribbon – Pretty Peacock/Old Olive – 2 1/2″

Be sure to order your Quite Curvy bundle November 3, 2020, Item #154430.

Quite Curvy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Quite Curvy Fancy Fold Product List

I think you will really enjoy this unique new bundle. Be sure to check back soon, I’ve got a vintage version coming.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Curvy Christmas Celebrations

Curvy Christmas Celebrations

It’s Curvy Christmas Celebrations time! WOW, Stampin’ Up! has done it again. The fantastic Quite Curvy Variety Bundle will be available for purchase beginning November 3, 2020. Today’s card is filled with new items from the bundle. And of course, I’ve added in a couple of tips, tricks and techiques.

Curvy Christmas, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Before we get into my Curvy Christmas card, let’s take a look at all the beautiful things included in the bundle.

Curvy Celebrations!, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW, two stamp sets, a pack of fabulous 6″ x 6″ DSP and a unique curvy die set. And the best part, some of the elements of the bundle will carry over to the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. Woohoo!! Because the Curvy Christmas stamp set and the Classic Christmas DSP will be a seasonal offering, I thought I’ld play with that first.

Classic Christmas, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

What do you think about the color palette? I’m lovin’ the Cherry Cobbler with the Shaded Spruce and Sahara Sand. You can use this papers for lots of other type of cards long after the Christmas season has come and gone.

Curvy Christmas, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Throwing in a little gold heat embossing really stepped things up a bit. I’ve also used the Hippo & Friends dies for my sentiment. Be sure to check out that set in the annual catalog on page 176. There are three types of nesting labels in the set. 

Curvy Christmas, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using the little speckled stamp in the Curvy Christmas set, I was able to add a few Christmas decorations to my trees. Those were cut with the die from the Pine Woods die set.

Curvy Christmas, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

A little more stamping on the inside of the card and voila, you’re done! I’ld love to share the process with you through my video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Classic Christmas DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • DSP Slope – Classic Christmas DSP – 5″ x 1 3/4″, cut with the die from the Curvy Dies set.
  • Trees – Shaded Spruce CS – 3″ x 2″, cut with the die from the Pine Woods set.
  • Sentiment – Cherry Cobbler CS – 1 3/4″ x 3″ and Whisper White CS – 1 1/2″ x 3″, cut with the dies form the Hippo and Friends die set.
  • Bow – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 1 1/4″
  • Envelope – Whisper White

Curvy Christmas Product List

Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing another card this week with the Quite Curvy stamp set from the bundle.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Quick & Easy Celebrate Sunflowers

Quick & Easy Celebrate Sunflowers

Welcome! Ready for a quick & easy card? Today’s very happy Celebrate Sunflowers card was designed by my WOW Team Member, Klarissa Nightingale. Every month, I host a Team Challenge on our exclusive team Facebook page. It’s so much fun. We enjoy everyone’s enthusiasm and creativity.  Our September challenge was make a card, send a card. But, the creator had to share the story of who would be receiving it. After the challenge concluded, all names were placed on the prize wheel and Klarissa’s won.

Quick & Easy Celebrate Sunflowers, Klarissa Nightingale

So, today, I will be featuring her card here on my blog and in my video tutorial. I love it when a card packs the WOW factor, but is still quick and easy to recreate. I didn’t have the same sheet of DSP that Klarissa used, so I chose another gorgeous sheet from the pack. Here’s my rendition.

Quick & Easy Celebrate Sunflowers, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Did you know that there really is a quick & easy way to adhere intricate dies without getting glue everywhere?  Because I backed my Whisper White CS with Stampin’ Up!’s adhesive sheet, I was able to create a sticker. Peel off the protective backing and voila, you are ready to adhere to that gorgeous DSP.

Klarissa stepped things up by embossing her Whisper White mat with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Embossing folders are such an economical way to enhance your cards. This one is worth it’s weight in gold.

Quick & Easy Celebrate Sunflowers, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

After trimming up the largest sunflower on the upper left, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away the offcuts. No worries, I’ve added them to inside of the card. But wait, there were more lovely cards in our challenge. I would for you to see and enjoy them.

I’m so proud of everyone. And I’ll bet that the receipients of these cards were thrilled.  Here’s Klarissa’s card in detail. Hope you give it a try.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Juse Jade CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Magenta Madness CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Sunflowers & Leaves – Flowers for Every Season DSP – 6″ x 6″, cut with the dies from the Sunflower set.
  • Detail Sunflowers & Leaves – Whisper White CS – 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, back the CS with Adhesive Sheets before running through the die cutting machine with the dies from the Sunflower set.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1″ x 4 1/4″, stamp the sentiment from the Celebrate Sunflowers set in Magenta Madness. Hand-cut the image.
  • Flower Center – Bumblebee CS – 2 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, cut two with the die from the Sunflower set.
  • Ribbon – Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Pack – 5″

Quick & Easy Celebrate Sunflowers Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Faux Linen Very Versailles Vintage Card

Faux Linen Very Versailles Vintage Card

I’m excited to share another technique with you all today. This time it’s the Faux Linen Technique, vintage style. This is another oldie, but goodie, one I love to create with. All you need is a little tissue paper, stamps and ink. Let’s get started so I can share this fabulous technique with you.

Faux Linen Technique, Very Versailles, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that stamp set yummy and oh so vintage? It’s the Very Versailles set from the Annual Catalog. My color palette is Whisper White, Sahara Sand Pear Pizzazz and Rich Razzelberry.  

Faux Linen Technique, Very Versailles, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I hope you can see the faux linen technique on the stamped mat. I’ve stamped the images on tissue paper. Yep, that’s right. You know, that tissue paper you use to wrap presents with. How economical is this technique? 

Faux Linen Technique, Very Versailles, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Creating handmade flowers is another one of my favorite things to do. I’ve created these with the Small Bloom Punch and a little Rich Razzelberry ink. That gorgeous flower center is one of the Frosted Expoxy Droplets.

Faux Linen Technique, Very Versailles, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create the faux linen technique, just stamp on the tissue, allow it dry and then crumple it up to create all that lovely texture and interest. Then apply wet glue to your card stock mat and mount the tissue paper to the mat. It’s just that easy. In today’s video tutorial, I’ll teach you, not only the technique, but the flower shaping as well. Enjoy!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Rich Razzelberry CS – two @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Technique Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Sentiment Label – Rich Razzelberry CS – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from the Ornate Frames set.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the die from the Ornate Frames set.
  • Flowers – Whisper White CS – 1″ x 7″, punch six images with the Small Bloom Punch. Ink with Rich Razzelberry ink.
  • Leaves – Pear Pizzazz CS – 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, punch six images with the Apple Builder Punch.
  • Branches – Vellum CS – two @ 2 1/4″ 4 1/4″, cu with the die from the Birds & More die set.
  • Enevelope – Whisper White
  • Ribbon – Snowflake Splendor – 6″
  • Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets – 3 large frosted

Faux Linen Technique Versailles Card – Product List

Break out that tissue paper and give this one a try. I think you will enjoy it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations