Strong & Beautiful Fancy Fold

Strong & Beautiful Fancy Fold

What happens when the Strong & Beautiful stamp set and the Happiness Blooms suite meet? Something really happy and colorful happens.

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I’ll bet all these happy colors brought a smile to your face. The Happiness Blooms suite of products is filled will lovely bright colors and a variety of coordinating products.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Strong &  Beautiful Fancy Fold

Because I had so many goodies to play with, I knew I wanted to create a fancy fold to show them all off. My color combo is Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover. Some of my friends call these primary colors. I just call them happy!!

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The Strong & Beautiful set not only has sentiments for the outside of the card but great inside sentiments as well.  I’ll bet you have a family member or fabulous friend that this card applies to. 

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Strong &  Beautiful Fancy Fold

The fancy fold closure fits on the card just right.  You won’t see the inside sentiment until you open the card. What a lovely surprise, right? Would you like to join me to see how I created this one.  Here’s my FREE video tutorial to show you how.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ then cut at 6 3/4″
  • Card Mechanism – Thick Whisper White CS – 3″ x 6″, score at 3″
  • Inside Mats – Lovely Lipstick CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″ and Whisper White CS – 5″ x 3 3/4″, punch each corner with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  • Mats – Lovely Lipstick CS – one @ 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and one @ 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mats – Happiness Blooms DSP – one @ 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 2″ x 5″
  • Sentiment – Pineapple Punch CS – 3″ x 3″, cut the scallop circle with the Layering Circle Framelit. Whisper White CS 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, stamp the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick, punch with the 2″ circle punch.
  • Flourish – Call Me Clover CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut two with the die from Well Written die set.
  • Flowers – Scraps of Calypso Coral, Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch CS. With the punches from Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, punch three flowers, three centers and six leaves.

I’ve compiled a supply list for you in case you need any goodies to complete your card.  I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store. Click any item below to start filling your cart.

Big Shot

$110.00

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Fable Friends Gatefold Card

Fable Friends Gatefold Card

As crafters, we are always looking ahead to the next holiday to create something beautiful. Easter will be here before we know it. That’s why I chose the Fable Friends stamp set to kick off the season.The images are so cut, easy to color and the set has a variety of sentiments.

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Stampin’ Up! makes creating quick and easy. You can select on project from one suite and it will match or coordinate with those in another. So, using an embossing folder for my Fable Friends duck image I selected new “Dot to Dot” folder. I though it gave just the right amount of texture.

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My coloring medium was watercolor pencils They are easy to use and blend beautifully. For the mother duck I used Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green. Because I used the aqua painter to blend, it gives a soft look to the card.

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Finishing off the inside of the card, I chose the row of baby ducks stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. Aren’t that just too cute? To ground them I just added a few scribbles of the Granny Apple Green and blended with the aqua painter.

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Did you notice the stitching around the embossed mat? That’s because I cut the rectangle first with the Rectangle Stitched framelits. So much texture and interest, right up my alley. I would love to teach you how to create this card.  I’ve filmed a FREE video tutorial for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White cS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/5″ scored at 2 1/8″ on each side.
  • Mat – Pineapple Punch CS – two @ 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Gingham Gala DSP – two @ 1 5/8″ x 5″
  • Focal Mat – Pineapple Punch CS – 3 1/8″ x 4 1/2″ and Granny Apple Green CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit and then embossed with the Dot to Dot embossing folder.
  • Scallop Oval – Pineapple Punch CS – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the Layering Oval Framelit.
  • Oval – Whisper White CS – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″,  cut with the Layering Oval Framelit. Stamp the image in Memento Tuxedo Black. The color with the medium you choose. Back the image with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2″,  Stamp the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black. Cut the words apart and back with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Flowers – Scraps of Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple Green. With the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, punch 3 flowers, 3 centers and six leaves. Build the flowers with the wet glue.  Pop dot just one of the flowers. Apply wink of Stella to the center of the flowers.
  • Stamp the row of ducks on the inside of the card and color each.

I would love to pamper as one of my customers.  Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need for this card.

Big Shot

$110.00

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Incredible Like You

Incredible Like You

Oh my goodness, don’t miss the Incredible Like You stamp set on page 21 of the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  This set has lovely sentiments and a 2-step flower that I am dying to ink up.  But, in today’s card I needed to keep it simple.  Why? This is one of the cards that I created for our “Cards for the Troops” drive.  We needed to create cards that were fabulous, but flat. Too much dimension causes extra postage. Be sure to check out my previous post where I showed the other card I created for the cause.

Incredible Like You Amazing Card

See, you can create a card with a couple of layers that will not require additional postage.  Be Mine Stitched Framelits to the rescue.  Not to mention, our Tin Tile Embossing Folder added the WOW factor.

Incredible Like You Amazing Card

This card is simple and easy to mass produce. With only one ink color, one stamp set, an embossing folder and one set of dies, I think we nailed this one.

Incredible Like You Amazing Card

Because the Incredible Like You set has so many fabulous sentiments, it was hard to choose which one to use. But, I settled on this one. I thought it was versatile and could be used for lots of occasions. While you are looking at the catalog and placing your order for the Incredible Like You stamp set, don’t miss the project kit. Those cards are FABULOUS!! The kit is easy to create and when you’re done you’ll have 16 cards ready to send.

Incredible Like You Amazing Card

And did you know that when you cut that heart border die all those little hearts fall out.  Talk about Lagniappe!!!! I keep them all in little zip locks, they come in soooo handy.

How about a video tutorial so you can see how quick and easy this one comes together.  Hope you enjoy it and decide to create a few of your own.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Powder Pink – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Embossed Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder
  • Heart – Powder Pink CS – 4 1/4″ x 4″, cut with the largest heart from the Be Mine Stitched Dies
  • Heart Border – Silver Foil – 4″ x 2″, cut with the die from Be Mine Stitched

Pick up your Incredible Like You stamp set in my online store. Don’t forget, for each $25 in your order (before tax and shipping), you’ll earn a WOW Customer Loyalty Point. Collect 12 and you’ll earn $25 FREE from me.  

Big Shot

$110.00

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Lasting Lily Thinking of You

Lasting Lily Thinking of You

The fabulous Lasting Lily stamp set is one of Stampin’ Up’s! new DistINKtive sets. And this is the first catalog where they are being offered in photopolymer.  The Lasting Lily set includes 16 stamps, including 10 sentiments. This is one of our Level 2 FREE Sale-a-Bration sets. Place a $100 order and you can choose this one for FREE!!

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The subtle color palette of Petal Pink, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White are perfect for this card. The addition of Basic Black makes everything pop.  You could use this card for sympathy or thinking of you. The sentiments in the set are so versatile.

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Lasting Lily would be a great addition to your stamp collection. The flowers can be stamped in any color combination to give your card just the right look for all occasions. Because I cut the ovals with or Layering Oval Framelits, it made creating the focal image quick and easy.  Those dies are a go-to for me.

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The set include a fabulous grunge stamp that I used to create the frame around the flowers. By stamping off twice in So Saffron, I think I achieved just the right amount of color.

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The lovely die cut from the Petals and More Thinlits is another one of my favorites. By using that one, the sentiment is really grounded. I’ve got a few tips to share with you.  Sit back, relax and view my FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Petal Pink CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Focal Mat – Basic Black CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Stamped Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 1/2″ x 3″
  • Small Bottom Mat – Basic Black CS – 3 3/4″ x 1 3/4″
  • Embossed Mat – So Saffron CS – 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, embossed with the Tufted embossing folder
  • Accent Die Cut – Basic Black CS – 4 1/4″ x 1″, cut with the die from Petals & More Thinlits
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ and Pear Pizzazz CS – 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the dies from Layering Oval Framelits.

I’ll bet you can’t wait to create one of these cards for someone special.  If you need any supplies to complete the job, I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00

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Polished Stone Technique Climbing Roses

Polished Stone Technique Climbing Roses

Have you heard of the Polished Stone Technique? It’s an oldie, but goodie and so quick and easy you’ll want to crate a whole batch of backgrounds for your next card making session.

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My color combo is Highland Heather, Pool Party and Blackberry Bliss.  By heat embossing the gorgeous floral image from the Climbing Roses set, it took this card to the next level. Because each card is different, you’ll really have fun with this technique.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Polished Stone Technique, Climbing Roses, Stampin' Up!

Why is it called polished stone? Doesn’t the finished product remind you of a slab of marble? I think so. And this is yet another way of “coloring” that big floral image without using markers, making it very quick and easy.

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I love finishing off the inside of my cards.  The trellis die cut was trimmed and used both on the front and inside of the card. That’s the perfect way to use up every smidge of your die cuts.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Polished Stone Technique, Climbing Roses, Stampin' Up!

I hope you can see the sparkle on both the butterfly element and the leaves under that lovely little bow.  I used Wink of Stella to add just the right amount of bling.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Polished Stone Technique, Climbing Roses, Stampin' Up!

The little detail on the sentiment was done with a 1/2″ circle punch.  You can use that little technique on any size sentiment. Would you like to learn more about that and the polished stone technique?  I’ve filmed a video tutorial to show you how.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blackberry Bliss CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Polished Stone Mat – Glossy White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Trellis Die Cut – Blackberry Bliss CS – 2 1/2″ x 5″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 1″
  • Leaves – Pool Party CS – 1 1/2″ x 2″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Small Rose – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2″
  • Ribbon – Highland Heather 1/4″ Organdy – about 8″

If you need any supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online stone.

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00
Blender Pens

$12.00

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Wishing You Well Simple Stamping

Wishing You Well Simple Stamping

Have you ever challenged yourself to use only stamps, ink and paper to create a card? It’s a little tougher than you think.  Especially when your style is lots of dimension and layers. But, in my Wishing you Well birthday card I did just that. Let’s all take part in the #simplestamping revolution!!

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A lovely friend and fellow talented card maker asked if I would rally my local crafters to create Cards for the Troops.  We got together to create over 130 cards in just one afternoon.  One of the rules was that we couldn’t use too many layers or dimension.  That would cause the soldiers to have to add extra postage and we didn’t want that to happen.

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But, of course, we all wanted to produce beautiful cards for them to share with their family and friends. The Wishing You Well stamp set is one of our DistINKtive sets. In just one stamping motion you get both highlights and low lights and look at all that dimension with just ink. My color combo was Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Suede.

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The super cute bee comes from the Touches of Texture set that you can find in our Annual Catalog.  Coloring him in with our Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker added just the right amount of color to make him pop off the page. Just another little trick to give your card dimension without adding layers.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Wishing You Well, Stampin' Up!

To give my Wishing You Well birthday card a little more interest and dimension I used a thumping technique with the stamp from Timeless Textures.  Would you like to learn how to do that?  Here’s another one of my FREE video tutorials for you. Not only will I teach you this little technique but also some tips for using our Stamparatus to make creating multiples a snap!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Bermuda Bay CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″

Here’s a supply list. Just tap on any image to start filling your shopping cart.

Stamparatus

$49.00

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