Sending Hugs Swap Card

Sending Hugs Swap Card

Welcome!! My WOW Team had a swap and I decided to use the Sending Hugs Bundle for my contribution. It was so easy to make a dramatic card, with lots of texture. I needed some relaxing time, coloring does that for me. If you haven’t tried the Stampin’ Blends, you’re missing out. 

Sending Hugs, WOW Team Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used my Stamparatus, I was able to get a deep black image to color with my Stampin’ Blends.

Sending Hugs, WOW Team Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’m so happy that Stampin’ Up! designed the Sending Hugs bundle with so many layers. You can use that large detail die in so many ways. I’m thinking about dissecting it or substituting another label die in the center. Who knows, I may do both!

Sending Hugs, WOW Team Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

We’ve got so many greens in our color arsenal, it was super easy to pick a fabulous vibrant palette for all the greenery in this image.

Sending Hugs, WOW Team Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I love the message this card relays; Hugs & Kisses…. Thinking of You! To give the inside of the card some great texture, I decided to stamp, color and die cut those sweet little single flowers. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mats – Calypso Coral CS – two @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Stamped Front Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Die Cut – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • “HUGS” – Soft Succulent CS – 2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Sentiments – Soft Succulent CS – 2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Inside Flowers – Basic White CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″

Sending Hugs WOW Team Swap Card Product List

Be sure to let me know if you need any help with your order. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

In May 2021, my WOW Team had a challenge. They were to create a card displaying the theme April Showers Bring May Flowers. Everyone that participated in the challenge had their name placed on my prize wheel. I will be CASEing Eva Hibbing’s card today. But, as always I’ll share a photo of each card entered in the challenge.

April Showers Team Challenge,  Susan's WOW Team, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!First up, we have a new team member, Amber Fite. Amber jumped right into the challenge after joining the WOW Team. She has used the very popular Artistically Inked bundle and coordinating products. Did you know that originally this was not designed as a suite. Rather than that, it was a kit design. I’m so happy Stampin’ Up! decided on the suite option.

April Showers Team Challenge, Amber Fite

Next up, we have a fancy fold from Denise Walker. Denise used the most popular selling bundle in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. What’s that you ask? It’s the fabulous Pansy Patch bundle. Because Denise used the Pansy Petals DSP, she was able to highlight her color palette of Fresh Freesia and Pale Papaya. That’s two of our five new In-Colors.

April Showers Team Challenge, Denise Walker

Team Member, Tonia Cooley designed an entire collection of cards for our April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge. Tonia’s designs are filled with all things Art Gallery. I love the way she used the same layout in the top three cards, just changing the design elements, gave each one a different look.

April Showers Team Challenge, Tonia Cooley

Lisa Lepine designed a very sweet Mother’s Day card with the Pansy Patch bundle. Did you know that you can die cut those sweet pansies from the designer series paper. Yep, not only that, but the leaves as well. And guess what I spy with my little eye? The Bumblebee Trinkets are back in stock! What a sweet addition to this beautiful card.

April Showers Team Challenge,  Lisa Lepine

Quite Meadow is one of my favorite bundles in the Annual Catalog. Paula-Kay Bourland has designed a very vintage style card with that set. It just so happens that vintage is my favorite style as well. I love everything about this card; the distressed stamping, the torn edge, the vellum butterfly and the fantastic layers of elements. 

April Showers Team Challenge,  Paula-Kay Bourland

Ready to see Eva’s card? This is one that I’ll be CASEing today. Eva has used two bundles, Color & Contours along with Quite Meadow. It’s a little marriage made in heaven as far as I’m concerned. Here is Eva’s design.

April Showers Team Challenge, Eva Hibbing

By incorporating the DSP from the Hand-Penned collection, she was able to achieve a very soft and spring like color palette for her April Showers card. Here’s my take on her design.

April Showers Team Challenge, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA  Creations, Stampin' Up!

It’s amazing what you can achieve with stamps, ink and paper. Not to mention, that awesome scallop trim die in the Scalloped Contours die set will take any card to the next level.

April Showers Team Challenge, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA  Creations, Stampin' Up!

To bring in that May Flowers part of the theme, Eva stamped those lovely flowers in Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather. A little stamping and coloring on the inside, and Voila, you have a fabulous card.

April Showers Team Challenge, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to see how easy this one comes together?

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Scalloped DSP Mat – Hand-Penned DSP – Pattern #1 – 5 1/2″ x 4″, cut with the die from Scalloped Contours.
  • Scallop Trim – Highland Heather CS – 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the die from Scalloped Contours.
  • DSP Mat – Hand-Penned DSP – Pattern #2 – 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, fussy cut image
  • Butterly – Daffodil Delight CS – 1″ x 1 1/4″, cut with the die from the Meadow die set. Ink edges in Tuxedo Black and apply Wink of Stella.
  • Focal Images – Basic White CS – three @ 1 3/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Stitched Rectangle die set. Stamp the flowers from the Quite Meadow set in Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather.
  • Scalloped Rectangles – one each @ 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ in Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight and Highland Heather, cut with the die from Scalloped Contours.
  • Rhinestones – three small

April Showers Bring May Flowers Team Challenge – Eva’s Card Product List

Let me know what you think about the cards in the challenge. I loved them all, but I’m a little biased. My team is so very talented. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold

I love a fancy fold that allows lots of real estate to decorate. When I came across the Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, I knew it was the next card on my list. By using the Pansy Petals DSP, I was able to utilize multiple paper patterns with a great color palette. But, this card fold is so versatile, you will be pulling lots of sets and color combos.

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

It’s pretty easy to pinpoint that pinwheel tower design. When you first look at this card your first thought might be “it’s too difficult”. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There’s a total of 8 panels you can decorate to your heart’s content. I just love that.  I’ve chosen a birthday themed card, but you can adapt this one to any occasion you like. Let’s take a look at each of the four sections of the card.

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

My WOW Club is a special group of ladies and I knew I wanted to share this design with them. I needed to cut quite a few kits. After die cutting all my pieces, I had almost 400 die cuts. How long do you think it took to cut the kits? I’ve got a system, and it really only took me an afternoon. Ok, let’s get back to the card so you can see how I decorated all the panels.

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By keeping this panel on the simpler side, I was able to have a place on the card for a hand-written message. And did you know that the Pansy Petals DSP has images that can be die cut? This paper is amazing. You can die cut both large and small pansies as well as multiple leaves.

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To decorate this panel of my pinwheel tower, I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies for my sentiment. Love all the stitching and the ability to layer. Turn the card again and you have room for one more sentiment.

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to learn how to create the pinwheel tower fancy fold? No worries, I’ve got you covered with my FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blackberry Bliss CS – one @ 7″ x 6″, score on the 7″ side @ 1″, 2″, 3″ and 4″. Blackberry Bliss CS – three panels @ 3″ x 6″.
  • DSP Mats – Pansy Petals DSP – Pattern #1 – four @ 2 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and Pattern #2 – four @ 1 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.
  • Sentiments – Basic White CS – one @ 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, one @ 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″, one @ 2″ x 4″ and one @ 2″ x 3 1/2″. 
  • Labels – Pale Papaya CS – one @ 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ and one @ 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.
  • Butterflies – Pale Papaya CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • DSP Accent Bands – Pansy Petals DSP – four @ 3/4″ x 5 3/4″
  • Heart – Pansy Petals DSP – punch one with the heart punch
  • DSP Leaves & Pansies – Pansy Petals DSP – 1 large and 2 small pansies; two leaves.
  • Focal Pansy – Blackberry Bliss CS – 2 3/4″ x 31/4″, Basic White CS – 3″ x 4 1/4″, Soft Succulent CS – 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Evening Evergreen CS – 1 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ and Bumblebee CS – 3/4″ x 1 1/2″.

Pinwheel Tower Fancy Fold Product List

I think you will enjoy creating one of these for someone special. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

What’s Cookin’ Trip Achiever’s Swap Card

What’s Cookin’ Trip Achiever’s Swap Card

Hey good lookin’, what’s cookin’? Every time I hear this phrase it makes me think about my Dad. He LOVES to cook and he says this all the time. Dad loves to explain every little element of the dish. I designed today’s Open Book Fold Easel Card with him in mind the entire time.

What's Cookin' Open Book Easel Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This card was created for a swap I’m in. It’s the Stampin’ Up! Trip Achiever’s Swap. I wanted to design something a little of the top and very detailed. There were 15 swappers in my group. So, I had to create 16 of these. 

What's Cookin' Open Book Easel Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

And I did. It was so fun and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. Ready to learn how to create the Open Book Easel Fold? First off, a big thanks to fellow demonstrator Tina Zinck from Ontario, Canada.  I learned the fold from a video on her channel. So, thanks Tina, I’ll be using this fold again.

What's Cookin' Open Book Easel Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used the papers in the In Good Taste designer series paper pack, I was able to add lots of texture very easily. That package is a carryover and certainly an oldie, but goodie, in my book.

What's Cookin' Open Book Easel Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The What’s Cookin’ bundle contains a super cute 13-piece red rubber stamp set with a 11-piece die set. I can’t wait to pair these dies with another set I’ve got in mind. More to come on that one.

What's Cookin' Open Book Easel Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’m so excited to share this fold with you. I launched a Premiere on my YouTube Channel. What’s a Premiere? Well, by launching the video in this manner I can Live Chat with the audience at the time of the launch. I love that. Not only that, the replay is up and available for future viewing and reference. It’s the best of both worlds in my opinion. In order to chat with me, during the Premiere, you must be logged into your gmail account on YouTube. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Gray Granite CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″. **Note: You will also fold back the top panel in 1/2.
  • Mats – Basic White CS – one @ 2″ x 5 1/4″ and one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mats – In Good Taste DSP – two @ 5 1/8″ x 1 7/8″
  • Accent Band Stopper – Gray Granite CS – 5 1/8″ x 3/4″ and In Good Taste DSP – 5″ x 5/8″
  • Sentiments – Basic White CS – one @ 2″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Kitchen Utensils – Gray Granite CS – one @ 1 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″
  • Book – Basic White CS – one @ 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ and one @ 4 5/8″ x 3 3/8″. In Good Taste DSP – one @ 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ and one @ 4 3/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • Baker’s Twine – One each in Vanilla and Gray Granite – 8″ each
  • Opal Rounds – 2 medium

What’s Cookin’ Open Book Easel Card Product List

Wasn’t that fun? Let me know if you give it a try. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

More than Father’s Day

More than Father’s Day

My #1 request, from my followers, is for more masculine cards. Well, today I’ve got one for you. Mine is for Father’s Day, but the sentiment can be changed and adapted to birthday, get well, congratulations and so much more.

Father's Day Card, Susan's Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Yes, I am one lucky lady. My Dad of 90 years is still with us. So this Father’s Day he will be receiving this card. Dad’s been on the farm his entire life and loves nature. The papers in the Beauty of the Earth set drew me in and the rest is history.

Father's Day Card, Susan's Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

If you guys know anything at all about me, you know I LOVE texture and layering. I knew I wanted to use some foliage on the card, but I didn’t know how beautiful the texture could be when using the Linen Specialty Paper. First, did you know you could stamp on it? Yep, but wait there’s more. You can die cut it too. 

Father's Day Card, Susan's Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Do yourself a favor. Break out the catalog and turn to page 14. That’s where you will find the A Wish for Everything set. And boy or boy is that really a set for everything. The sentiments will take you through the entire year. 

Father's Day Card, Susan's Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Not only that, you can pair it with the Word Wishes die set as well. Check that one out on page 166. Watch how easy it is to work with the new Linen Specialty paper. You’ll be stamping and die cutting it right away. I promise.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Early Espresso CS – Two @ 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Beauty of the Earth DSP – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Words – Merry Merlot CS – 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, back the CS with Adhesive Sheets then cut with the dies from the Word Wishes die set
  • Foliage – Bumble Bee CS – two @ 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from Forever Flourishing. Cinnamon Cider CS – 4″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Stitched Leaves die set. Merry Merlot CS – 5″ x 1 3/4″, cut with the dies from the Forever Flourishing die set.
  • Linen Leaves – Linen Specialty Paper – Linen Paper – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and Basic White CS – 1 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. Stamp two of the leaves in Cinnamon Cider and the larger one in BumbleBee. Apply the Linen Paper to the Basic White CS. Die cut the leaves with the dies from the Stitched Leaves set. Ink the edges, tone on tone.
  • Inside Accent Band – Beauty of the Earth DSP – 1/2″ x 4″
  • Plaiyng with Patterns Resin Dots – 1 medium – Yellow

Father’s Day Card Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

All Squared Away 5 Easy Cards

All Squared Away 5 Easy Cards

You are going to the love the All Squared Away Bundle. The possibilities are endless. We will also be playing with four of the 5 new in-colors. They are all so yummy!

All Squared Away, Quick & Easy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This sweet little set of cards would make a fantastic gift. Let’s see which color is your favorite. First up is the very vibrant Polished Pink. 

All Squared Away, Quick & Easy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I embossed the mat with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder it was easy to create lots of interest in texture. I’ve finished off the inside of the cards in the same manner.

All Squared Away, Quick & Easy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Where’s all my purple lovers? Fresh Freesia is a soft purple, perfect for the Spring.

All Squared Away, Quick & Easy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Need a new dramatic green for Christmas? Evening Evergreen is going to be that perfect shade.

All Squared Away, Quick & Easy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

If you’re like me, you love those soft greens. Well, we have a new one, it’s Soft Succulent.

All Squared Away, Quick & Easy, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to step things up a notch with the All Squared Away Bundle? Of course, you knew I had to do that, right?

All Squared Away, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

How cute is that? Not only have I used some of the die cuts to enhance the flowers, but I’ve added some watercoloring as well. By cutting the little square frames from Shimmery White card stock, I’ve added a subtle sparkle to the card. Also, that card stock holds up well to water and techniques.

All Squared Away, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The designer series paper I’ve used in the background is from the Hand-Penned pack. So many color combos in that one, you’ll love using it.

All Squared Away, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Be sure to use those Stampin’ Blends to their fullest potential. I’ve used the Dark Highland Heather to color the pearls.

All Squared Away, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Just a little baker’s twine really dressed up the sentiment. Our new essentials pack is filled with 5 neutral tones. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Set – Featuring new In-Colors
  • Card Bases – Thick Basic White CS – four @ 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Embossed Mats – Basic White CS – Four @ 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder
  • Inside Mats – 1 each in Fresh Freesia, So Succulent, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Inside Stamped Mats – Basic White CS – four @ 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Image – 1 each in Fresh Freesia, So Succulent, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen – 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″
  • Focal Die Cut – Shimmery White CS – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the dies from the All Squared Away die set
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – four @ 3/4″ x 3″, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut with the die from the Stitched Rectangles die set
  • Pearls – 4 small, 2 medium
  • Sequins – 12 Clear
  • Ribbon – 5 1/2″, 1 each in Fresh Freesia, So Succulent, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen

All Squared Away Birthday Card

All Squared Away, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Highland Heather CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP Mat – Hand-Penned DSP – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Frames – Shimmery White CS – 1 @1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ and 1 @ 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • Embossed Mat – Highland Heather CS – 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″, embossed with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder
  • Small Flowers – Pale Papaya CS – 1″ x 4 1/4″
  • Small Flowers – Highland Heather CS – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Sentiments – Basic White CS – 1 @ 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ and 1 @ 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Sentiment Banner – Highland Heather CS – 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Inside Accent – Highland Heather CS – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ and Hand-Penned DSP – 1/2″ x 4″
  • Pearls – 6 small
  • Baker’s Twine – White, 7 1/2″

All Squared Away Product List

Hope you enjoyed it, Until Next Time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations