Birch Background meets Fall and Christmas

Birch Background meets Fall and Christmas

Welcome! Today’s cards, one Fall and one Christmas, both started with the Birch Background stamp.  I love the texture it created. It was the perfect backdrop for both cards.

Birch Background, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Since Fall is right around the corner, let’s kick things off with my Gather Together card. The Birch Background was stamped, tone on tone, in Crumb Cake.  That’s a classic look and easy to pair with lots of rich fall colors. I chose Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze, two of my favorites.

Birch Background, Gather Together, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I know it’s tough to appreciate, but I inked the gorgeous embossed leaves with our new Delicata Gold Ink.  Gotta get you some of that, it’s fabulous.

Birch Background, Gather Together, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Did you know you can emboss and cut those lovely Fall leaves in one pass through the die cutting machine? You sure can! Be sure to spritz your card stock first. I spritzed mine with the Champagne Shimmer Mist. That made it nice and sparkly.  Then run it through and you’ll get that deeply embossed finish.

Birch Background, Gather Together, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Just adding a little stamping on the inside of the card base makes things extra special.  I stamped the large leaf in Crushed Curry. Ready for the Christmas card?

Birch Background, Tidings All Around, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Have you seen the new Tidings All Around bundle. It’s not just for Christmas.  The beautiful Birch Background was stamped, tone on tone again.  This time I chose Gray Granite. That new color is a great neutral.

Birch Background, Tidings All Around, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The wreaths were cut from Old Olive and Mossy Meadow and inked with the Delicata Copper ink. I think you can really see it on this one.  

Birch Background, Tidings All Around, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Just that little bit of glitz really sets off the colors and elevates your design to the next level.  Who knew, just a little ink could make such a difference.

Birch Background, Tidings All Around, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The color palette of Merry Merlot and Gray Granite goes well for Christmas. It’s rich and earthy and highlights that gorgeous birch background. I’ve got some tips and tricks I would love to share with you through my video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Fall Card
  • Card Base – Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Cajun Craze CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Stamped Mat – Crumb Cake CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Large Leaf – Crushed Curry CS – 3″ x 3″
  • Embossed Leaves – Cajun Craze CS – 2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 2 1/4″ x 2″, cut with the die from Ornate Frames
  • Magnolia Lane Ribbon – 5″
  • Linen Thread – 12″

 

  • Christmas Card
  • Card Base – Merry Merlot – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Stamped Mat – Gray Granite CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Wreaths – Old Olive CS and Mossy Meadow CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 1″ x 3″, cut with the die from Ornate Frames
  • Sprigs – Copper Foil – 2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Inside Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Snow Globe Shaker Card

Snow Globe Shaker Card

Stampin’ Up! recently launched the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Hooray!! Creating a snow globe shaker card just became a very easy thing to do. Why? We have the Still Scenes bundle at our creative fingertips.

Snow Globe Shaker Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Recently, I hosted my Holiday Team Card Swap. I’ll be sure to share all the swap cards in a few days. Wait until you see the cards! They all are over the top fantastic. For my swap, I chose the Still Scenes bundle to create my snow globe shaker card. 

Snow Globe Shaker Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Here’s a glimpse into my studio during swap prep. I had to be sure I had enough of that yummy designer series paper.  Whew, I had just enough. But wait, I could always order more, right? I’m giving myselft permission to do just that.

Snow Globe Shaker Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I wanted the snow globe to appear 3D, I used the set a little differently.  This time, it’s a stand alone element. 

Snow Globe Shaker Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The sweet little scene in my snow globe shaker card was created with the Feels Like Frost Specialty DSP. You’re going to want to order multiples of that paper pack. It is fabulous. One side has photographic imagery. On the opposite side, you’ll enjoy hand-drawn silver foil.

Snow Globe Shaker Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To finish off the inside of my card, I punched the corners with our Detailed Trio Punch. That one has three images in one punch. Gotta love it!  Then, I stamped the lovely sentiment from the Still Scenes stamp set in Night of Navy. I love the font.

Snow Globe Shaker Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Look how fabulous the 3D globe sits on the card base. But, it’s not too high, just the right size. We have the fabulous Snow Globe Shaker Domes in the new catalog. They have adhesive on the front and back lip of the domes. That makes it super easy to create shaker cards. What to learn how? Here’s my video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Night of Navy CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Silver Foil – 4″ x 5 1/4″ *Note – use this mat to cut the ring needed for your snow globe. All the details are in the video. Use the cirdle dies from the Layering Circles set. Dies measure 3 1/8″ and 2 5/8″.
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder.
  • Sentiment – Night of Navy CS – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, treat with embossing buddy. Stamp the sentiment from So Many Stars in Versa Mark ink. Sprinkle with silver embossing powder and heat set with heat tool. Flag the right end. Trim the left end close to the “s”.
  • House Scene – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 3″. Stamp the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Color the Stampin’ Blends. Cut the image with the coordinating die. Apply the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint. Heat with the heat tool to activate the puff paint.
  • DSP – Feels Like Frost Specialty DSP – 3″ (W) x 3 1/2″ (T).
  • Snow Globe Stand – Night of Navy CS – 1 3/4″ x 3″. Silver Foil – 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Cut both the the dies from the Snow Globe Scenes set.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, punch each corner with the Detailed Trio Punch. Stamp the sentiment from Still Scenes in Night of Navy.

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Snowman Season Let it Snow Viewfinder

Snowman Season Let it Snow Viewfinder

Ok, who’s ready for Snowman Season? Well, in New Orleans, I’ll have to settle for the Snowman Season bundle!  But, that’s ok,  it’s super cute. I’ve been wanting to create a viewfinder card for a while. When I saw the Snowman Season set, I invisioned the cute snowman juggling the snow. 

Snowman Season, Viewfinder Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Snowman Season bundle comes with a punch. Gotta love that. It makes creating your holiday cards quick and easy.  Be sure to check it out in the Let it Snow Suite, page 19. That suite includes so many fun little items to further enhance your designs. More great news, this bundle will be my November WOW Class to GO!

Snowman Season, Viewfinder Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Be sure to add a couple of packages of the Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper to your first order. One side is all sparkley!! And don’t forget the embellishment kit. Can you believe it, it includes 60 stitched felt accents.

Snowman Season, Viewfinder Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The viewfinder mechanism allows the wheel to spin and the snow to appear.  What kiddo wouldn’t love this one? Did you notice the glistening snow on the sentiment? Two new products make that possible. It’s the new Shimmery Crystal Effects and Ice Stampin’ Glitter. Those can be found on page 41. 

I know you’re itching to create this card, right? In today’s FREE video tutorial I’ll teach you how to not only create this card, but a template for future use.

Wasn’t that fun? Let me know what you think. I love reading your comments.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Shaded Spruce CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Coastal Cabana CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Let it Snow Specialty DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the Stitched Rectangle die.
  • Snowman – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 3″. Stamp the snowman in Basic Gray. Punch with the Snowman builder punch. Color the nose with the Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend. 
  • Snowbank – Sparkle Glimmer Paper – 1″ x 5″, free hand cut a curve
  • Viewfinder Scallop Circle – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the largest scallop circle in the Layering Circle die set.
  • Viewfinder Accent Scallop – Coastal Cabana CS – 3″ x 1 3/4″, first punch with a 1″ circle, then hover over the negative and punch with the 1 3/8″ scallop punch. This will form your accent ring.

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Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”. -Albert Camus. How true is that with my Gathered Leaves card.  I wanted the leaves to shine, to take center stage, to ring in the Autumn season.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous die set, Gathered Leaves, are fantastic. The cut and emboss at the same time!! As an avid card maker, I know I love that.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I spritzed my Crushed Curry card stock, before die cutting, it further enhanced the embossing. But, you guys know me, I couldn’t stop. Breaking out the new Delicata Metallic Ink Pad was a great decision. Look at al that glimmer. We have three new colors, copper, silver and gold. This time, copper of course.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Let’s take a closer look at yet another technique. That sparkle texture on the larger leaf. I created that with our Shimmery White Embossing Paste. Coloring it with the our Cajun Craze ink refill gave it the perfect Fall color. All I had to do was spread it over our new filigree mask.  Voila, instant interest and texture. Not to mention, a fabulous shimmery finish.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There’s one more new product in that lovely focal mat. It’s the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate. WOW, just WOW!! I backed it with a piece of the Come to Gather DSP.  I think that tied everything together. Don’t you?

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Moving on to creating the panels, for the Gathered Leaves card, I continued my shimmery leaf theme. Did you know that you can stamp with the metallic inks? Subtle, shimmery and beatiful, what a great trio.

Gathered Leaves Double Z-Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

It was easy to choose a color palette. If you’re ever stumped, check out the colors on the back of the DSP. For my Gathered Leaves card, I used Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla. Want to see me put this card together? 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Pretty Peacock CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, on the 11′ side, score @ 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
  • Z-Fold  Crushed Curry CS – 3 1/4″ x 9 3/4″, on the 9 3/4″ side, score @ 3 1/4″ and 6 1/2″.
  • DSP Mats – Come to Gather DSP – two @ 4″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 5 1/4″ x 4″. Emboss with the Subtle Embossing Folder. Ink the edges in Cajun Craze.
  • Focal Mat – Come to Gather DSP – 3″ x 3″, Mercury Glass Acetate – 3″ x 3″.
  • Inside Mats – Very Vanilla CS – two @ 3″ x 3″.
  • Leaves – Crushed Curry CS – one @ 3″ x 3″ and one @ 2″ x 3 1/2″, die cut with the Gathered Leaves die set.

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Did you enjoy that? I would love your comments. Feedback is always helpful and appreciated.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Gather Together Fall Card

Gather Together Fall Card

It’s coming! The Fall season is fast approaching. Today’s card features the Gather Together bundle. That’s a new bundle in the Holiday Catalog. September 4th will be launch day. After you see my Gather Together card, I think you’ll want to add this to your wishlist.

Gather Together, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Break out those Stampin’ Blends! Did you know you can color designer series paper? That’s just want I did on the beautiful Come to Gather DSP. Because the Blends are alcohol based, blending is a breeze.

Gather Together, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

A rich Fall color palette was perfect for my Gather Together card. I chose Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock and Whisper White. Stamping with hints of Early Espresso enhanced the richness of this card.

Gather Together, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! knows that we all love twine. I’m so glad they threw in some Cajun Craze this time. Be sure to catch all the tips and tricks in my 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 – Cajun Craze CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP – Come to Gather – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Mats – Cajun Craze CS – three @ 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Stamped Mats – Whisper White CS – three @ 1 1/4″ x 1 1/14″
  • Leaf – Pretty Peacock CS – 2″ x 2″
  • Pumpkins – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2″
  • Twine – Come to Gather

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Very Versailles One Sheet Wonder

Very Versailles One Sheet Wonder

Welcome! So glad you’ve dropped by today. I’m happy to share one of my favorite stamp sets, Very Versailles. Because, I love all the images in this set I’ve decided to create a one sheet wonder. That’s one of my all-time favorite techniques.

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Creating your own designer series paper is easy, doesn’t have to be intimidating and you can customize it for your project. The fabulous images in the Very Versailles set also have a vintage vibe. Again, one of my favorites. So, today is a win, win, win for me!

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Where did I start? My color combo started things off. Deciding to go with a subtle palette reinforced the vintage look. I chose, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Petal Pink. When creating a one sheet wonder, you can keep all the cards the same or mix it up like I’ve done. My hope is that I’ve given you lots of ideas with the Very Vintage set.

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Very Versailles, One Sheet Wonder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Here’s my cut sheet in case you’ld like to create the cards I’ve designed.

I’ve filmed a video to take you step-by-step through the process of creating my own designer series paper with the Very Versailles set.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card #1 – “Have a Beautiful Day” with large Detailed Band
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card Mat – Soft Suede CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Detailed Band – So Saffron CS – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, cut with the die from Detailed Bands. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 1 1/2″, stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede. Stamp off, 2nd generation in Pear Pizzazz with the large leaf stamp.

 

  • Card #2 – “Have a Beautiful Day” with Tulle Bow
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card Mat – Soft Suede CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sentiment Accent – So Saffron CS – 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from Detailed Bands. Stamp 2nd generation in Pear Pizzazz with the leaf stamp. Ink the edges in So Saffron.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 1 1/2″, stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede. Stamp off, 2nd generation in Pear Pizzazz with the large leaf stamp.
  • Whisper White Tulle Ribbon – one @ 6″ and one @9″. Ink both with the Petal Pink ink.

Two more fabulous cards!

  • Card #3 – “Always Thinking of You” 
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card Mat – Pear Pizzazz CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Stamped Mat – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Flower – Whisper White CS – 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2, cut with the Magnolia Memory dies. Ink the edges in Soft Suede and centers with Petal Pink. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer. Twist the petals of the two smaller images with tweezers. Pull the petals of the other images with the bone folder.
  • Flower Stamens – So Saffron CS – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut one small and one large stamen with the Magnolia Memory dies. Ink the tips in Soft Suede.
  • Leaves – Pear Pizzazz CS – 1″ x 5 1/2″, cut two large and two small leaves with the Magnolia Memory dies.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, stamp in Soft Suede, flag on the right end.
  • One small gold faceted gem.

 

  • Card #4 – Thank You
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″.
  • Mat – Pear Pizzazz CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″, emboss with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Frame – So Saffron CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from Heirloom Frames. Emboss with the Heirloom Frame Embossing Folder. Ink lightly with Soft Suede.
  • Stamped Accent – Very Versailles Custom DSP – 2 3/8″ x 3 3/4″, punch all corners with the Detailed Trio punch.
  • Sentiment Flourish – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 3″, stamp the flourish in Soft Suede and the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz. Fussy cut the image.

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations