Grassy Grove Shadowbox Fancy Fold

Grassy Grove Shadowbox Fancy Fold

My Dad is about to celebrate his 91st birthday. Time for a special card, don’t you think? My Grassy Grove Shadowbox Fancy Fold is so Dad. He loves everything outdoors and nature inspired. A farmer his whole life, there’s no big surprise about that.

Grassy Grove Shadowbox, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

My color combination for today’s project is a bit Fall inspired. We’ve got Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Old Olive and Basic White. To achieve both the detailed trees and the blue sky background, I’ve used the fabulous new Sale-a-Bration item, Simply Marvelous DSP. 

Grassy Grove Shadowbox, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Even if you don’t want to kick it up a notch with the Grassy Grove  shadowbox, you can create this lovely card front and have a fabulous masculine card design. But, as you know, you’re only 91 once. And Dad loves it when I create interactive cards for him.

Grassy Grove Shadowbox, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using my handy Stampin’ Write Markers in Old Olive and Cinnamon Cider, I was able to ink up the tree stamp. That way, I could easily achieve two colors in the image.

Grassy Grove Shadowbox, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Is that die cut not gorgeous? I love the way the deers are nestled up behind the trees. It looks like they are taking a walk in the forest.

Grassy Grove Shadowbox, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used all but one die from the set, this card gives you a true feel for what you can create when you purchase this new bundle.

Grassy Grove Shadowbox, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

That lovely sentiment is from another new Jan-June Mini Catalog offering. The Flowering Tulips Bundle is another great set. When I saw that sentiment, I knew I wanted to use it in Dad’s card. 

Grassy Grove Shadowbox, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Grassy Grove Bundle can be found on page 47. It’s a 9-piece cling stamp set with a 10-piece coordinating die set. Not only for masculine card designs, I can see this one used in your Christmas card making too! 

Creating the Grassy Grove shadowbox fancy fold isn’t difficult. With just a few easy score lines, you’re on your way. Click here to view my FREE video tutorial filled with all the tips and tricks.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – one @ 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″, scored on the 10 1/2″ side @ 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″ and 8″. One @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Embossed Mat – Cinnamon Cider CS – 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Inside DSP Mat – Simply Marvelous DSP – Coastal Cabana – 5 1/2″ x a smidge less than 3 1/2″
  • Inside Die-cut Mat – Simply Marvelous DSP – Bumblebee – 5 1/2″ x a smidge less than 3 1/2″
  • Die-cut Deer – Cinnamon Cider CS – 2″ x 3″, cut with the dies from the Grove die set
  • Inside Accent Band – Bumblebee CS – 5 1/2″ x 1″, embossed with the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder
  • Inside Sentiment – Basic White CS – 4″ x 3″, cut with the die from the Scalloped Contours die set. Stamp the sentiment from Flowering Tulips in Cinnamon Cider.
  • Front Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, stamp the sentiment from Sweet as a Peach in Cinnamon Cider.
  • Small Leaves – Old Olive CS – 2″ x 2 3/4″, cut two sets with the dies from the Grove die set
  • Stamped Images – Basic White CS – 3 1/2″ x 11″, stamp images as follows:
    • Deer – Cinnamon Cider
    • Large Mound – second generation Bumbleebee
    • 2 sets of Trees – Stampin’ Write Markers in Cinnamon Cider and Old Olive
    • 2 Small Mounds – Old Olive
  • Clouds – Simply Marvelous DSP – two @ 1″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from the Majestic Mountain die set

Grassy Grove Shadowbox Fancy Fold Product List

  • New Jan-Jan Mini and Sale-a-Bration Products
  • #157845 – Grassy Grove Bundle
  • #157672 – Flowering Tulips Stamp Set
  • #158128 – Simply Marvelous DSP – FREE Sale-a-Bration Item

Let me know if you decide to give this one a try. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Daffodil Daydream

Daffodil Daydream

I’m writing this post on a very gloomy, cold December morning. And yes, a Daffodil Daydream is swimming in my head. I’m so excited to share today’s card with you. It features lots of new product in the upcoming January-June Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. Both publications will launch January 4, 2022.

Daffodil Daydreams, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Springtime is right around the corner and dancing daffodils will be visible soon. I couldn’t stop smiling while creating this card. It made me think of this quote. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful, they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

The Daffodil Daydream bundle features a 7-piece cling stamp set with a 24-piece die set. Pick up this bundle in my online store and you can choose the fabulous Daffodil Afternoon DSP for FREE!

Daffodil Afternoon, Sale-a-Bration, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This paper has dramatic, bold botanicals on one side and a more neutral pattern on the reverse. For my card, I decided to use that bold collage pattern as a backdrop for my daffodil.

Daffodil Daydreams, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE word dies. And the “Amazing Thanks” die set is no exception. Did you notice the shadowing effect?  The dies are part of the Amazing Silhouettes bundle. Word combinations include, thanks, thank you, amazing you, and you are amazing. The stamp set has beautiful watercolor wash images.

But in my humble opinion, the Daffodil Daydream bundle is the star of this show.

Daffodil Daydreams, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve got lots of ideas of how to use those intricate dies to create 3D daffodils with leaves and stems and so much more. Be sure to stay tuned. For now, let’s get back to today’s project.

Daffodil Daydreams, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Have you started your Stampin’ Blends collection? The Stampin’ Up! Blends are a fabulous coloring medium and will have you looking like an artist before you know it. To color my glorious daffodil, I’ve used Daffodil Delight (of course) and Mossy Meadow.

Daffodil Daydreams, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t waste a smidge of that beautiful paper. I’ve used my scraps to cut the two bitty butterflies on the inside of the card. And did you notice that sentiment inside the card? Be sure to check out the fabulous sentiment set you can earn for FREE during Sale-a-Bration. Break out that brochure and turn to page 14 for the Special Moments stamp set. By placing a $100 order, you can earn this 21-piece set for your very own.

Special Moments Stamp Set, Sale-a-Bration 2022, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

What an amazing set! Sentiments for all occasions and in fonts that will match any style. Ready to see this new goodies in action?

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Pale Papaya CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Basic Black CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Inside Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Daffodil Afternoon DSP – 5″ x 5 1/4″
  • Focal Die Cut – Very Vanilla CS – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, cut with the die from the Scalloped Contours die set
  • Stamped Images – Very Vanilla CS – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, stamp the Daffodil and 2 butterflies in Tuxedo Memento ink. Color with the blends. Die cut with the dies from the Daffodil die set.
  • Words – Basic Black CS and Pale Papaya CS – one each 5 3/4″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Amazing Thanks die set.
  • Inside Accent Band – Daffodil Afternoon DSP – 1/2″ x 4″
  • Inside Butterflies – Daffodil Afternoon DSP – 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, cut two butterflies with the die from the Daffodil die set.
  • Genial Gems – 3 small in Pale Papaya

Daffodil Daydream Products coming January 4, 2021

  • #157795 Daffodil Daydream Bundle
  • #157819 Amazing Silhouettes Bundle
  • #158081 Special Moments Stamp Set – FREE Sale-a-Bration Option
  • #158127 Daffodil Afternoon DSP – FREE Sale-a-Bration Option

 

So glad you took the time to join me today. I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Hello Ladybug Sneak Peek

Hello Ladybug Sneak Peek

It’s 2022 sneak peek time!! That’s right, new catalogs are right around the corner. I’ld love to share the new Hello Ladybug bundle with you today. A new year also brings another round of Sale-a-Bration. Time to earn FREE products with your qualifying purchases.

Hello Ladybug, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Happy mail alert!!!! If you are a customer of mine, I’ve mailed out all my new January-June Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. Woohoo, some of you have messaged me that you’ve already received them and are in love.

2022 Jan-June Mini Catalog and Sale-a-Bration, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

If you don’t receive your copy by January 1st, please contact me so that I can get another package out to you. Once you’ve received your copy, skip to page 20 where you will find the super cute Hello Ladybug bundle.

Hello Ladybug, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Hooray, a punch bundle at a very affordable price that also coordinates with two punches for the annual catalog. The small flower stamp coordinates with the Strawberry Builder and the daisy coordinates with the Medium Daisy.

I wanted to share a card with my Team Members who cashed in their WOW Bucks Coupons. The Hello Ladybug images would bring a smile to their faces for sure. Rewarding my WOW Team Members makes me super happy. In 2021 alone, my Team enjoyed over $2,000 in rewards from me. Keep in mind, that during Sale-a-Bration, you can join and select $125 of products for only $99. On top of that you’ll also get your choice of two stamp sets for FREE! 

Hello Ladybug, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The beautiful Daffodil Afternoon DSP, a FREE Sale-a-Bration item, inspired by color palette.

Daffodil Afternoon, Sale-a-Bration, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Just place a $50 order, from any Stampin’ Up! publication or even the Clearance Rack to earn your package of this beautiful 12×12 paper pack. just 1 1/2 sheets to create 16 cards for my Team.

Hello Ladybug, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

My #1 tip, when stamping the Hello Ladybug images, is that your Stamparatus will produce the best results. That way you can achieve rich deep images.

Hello Ladybug, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

For my card base, I created a little peek-a-boo feature by cutting away 1″ on the front flap. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Mint Macaron CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″. Cut away 1″ from the front of the card base.
  • DSP Accents – Daffodil Afternoon DSP – one @ 1 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ and one @ 1 3/4″ x 3″
  • Embossed Mat – Pear Pizzazz CS – 3″ x 5 3/8″, embossed with the Gingham Embossing Folder
  • Scalloped Circle – Mint Macaron CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set
  • Circle – Very Vanilla CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set. Stamp the large leaf from the Hello Ladybug stamp set in Pear Pizzazz. Ink the edges of the circle in Pear Pizzazz.
  • Ladybug – Very Vanilla CS – 2″ x 5 1/2″, stamp the body of the ladybug in Tuxedo Memento, the wings in Real Real and the dots in the wings in Tuxedo Memento. Punch the images with the Ladybug Builder Punch.
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 1/2″ x 3″, stamp the “hello” in Mossy Meadow. Flog the right-side end of the tag with the Tailed Tag punch.
  • Lace Trim – Very Vanilla – two pieces @ 3″ each

Hello Ladybug Sneak Peek Products

  • #157699 Hello Ladybug Bundle
  • #157627 Gingham Embossing Folder
  • #158127 Daffodil Afternoon – FREE Sale-a-Bration Item

I can’t wait to share lots of new projects with you featuring all the fabulous products in the January-June Mini Catalog. Start working on that wish list and if you need any help, contact me. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Mass Produce Layered Cards

Mass Produce Layered Cards

I needed to create a BIG batch of customer thank you cards. It was the perfect opportunity to share with you, how to mass produce a beautifully layered card. I’ll take you step by step through the process. You’ll be creating batches of pretty layered cards in no time flat.

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Who says you can’t mass produce a beautiful layered thank you card? I’ll show you how the Stamparatus can tackle this job and make it quick & easy. One star of the show is the lovely You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper. The patterns are so versatile and can be used with all types of cards.

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Two other tricks I’ve used to achieve a quick layering effect, was to use our Square Vellum Doilies as a backdrop for my sentiment. It can mimic the look of an intricate die-cut, without all the die cutting. 

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used our Sprig Punch for my leafy images, I was able to punch out a big batch of those in just minutes. Punches always come in handy and are true staples in your craft room.

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t waste any of the DSP scraps. Why not dress up the inside of your card. You will take your design to the next level.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Early Espresso CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – You’re a Peach DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Mat – You’re a Peach DSP – 3″ x 3″
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 1 3/4″, cut with the die from the Stitched Rectangles die sset
  • Sprigs – Pear Pizzazz CS – punch 2 images with the Sprig Punch
  • Inside Accent – You’re a Peach DSP – 5 1/2″ x 1/2″

Mass Produce Layered Thank You Cards Product List

No more excuses on sending out those beautiful thank you cards. The Stamparatus will be your card making friend for a long time. Why not order yourself an early Christmas gift. I would appreciate you shopping my online. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Eden’s Garden Team Swap

Eden’s Garden Team Swap

Are you ready to see all the cards from our Eden’s Garden Team Swap? My WOW Team never disappoints. There are quite a few fancy folds I’m sure you will enjoy.

Eden's Garden Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

If you haven’t scooped up the gorgeous new goodies in the Eden’s Garden Suite, you are missing out.  Let’s jump in, I’ve got lots to share. First up, we have June Hay’s fancy fold.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, June Hay, Stampin' Up!

I love the way June framed her focal image with the die cut from the Encircled in Beauty dies. Take a really good look and you’ll also notice she used a vellum doily in the background to create another layer of beautiful texture. Wait until you see the side view.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, June Hay, Stampin' Up!

Way to geaux June! Who wouldn’t want to display this beautiful card? Next up, we have a pocket card designed by WOW Team Member, Kathy Docen.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Kathy Docen, Stampin' Up!

Because Kathy used the more neutral side of the Ever Eden DSP, she created fabulous background texture for her card front. I love the die cut accenting the fold-over. 

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Kathy Docen, Stampin' Up!

Just pull of the ribbon tab to reveal your insert. Clever, right, yep that’s my team they are pretty awesome. Laura Carpenter is a brand new team member and jumped right into the Eden’s Garden Team Swap. Her card really shows off the beauty of the DSP.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Laura Carpenter, Stampin' Up!

Laura’s design is one that lends itself to multiples. Don’t forget to order yourself a couple packs of that lucious paper before it sells out. It’s available while supplies last only.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Laura Carpenter, Stampin' Up!

Love the ink blending Laura did both on her sentiment and the inside panel. It gives the card a very vintage feel. Ready for another fancy fold? The next one is designed by WOW Team Member, Denise Walker.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Denise Walker, Stampin' Up!

I’m lovin’ the angle cuts, embossing and of course that gorgeous belly band.  What a neat design. I’ll have to give this one a try soon.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Denise Walker, Stampin' Up!

That little frame is worth it’s weight in gold. I can see myself using it in lots of upcoming designs. Denise’s card would be great for lots of occasions; birthdays, graduation, new job/house and so much more. Can you believe it, I’ve got another fancy fold to share. This time, WOW Team Member, Nancy Sanders, has designed two folds in one card.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Nancy Sanders, Stampin' Up!

The book fold is perfect for what’s about to happen on the inside of this card. I love it when you can design a card that can be displayed. 

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Nancy Sanders, Stampin' Up!

I’ll bet you weren’t expecting that! WOW, Nancy, everyone is going to enjoy CASEing this one. My card was highlighted in my previous blog post. If you missed it, here’s the link. I’ve used the Ever Eden Cotton Paper to create a linen technique. 

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Last but not least, WOW Team Member, Paula-Kay Bourland has designed another fabulous fancy fold. Not only that, her card will be highlighted in today’s video tutorial.

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Paula-Kay Bourland, Stampin' Up!

It’s a double box pop out card. Not sure if that’s the technical name, but that’s what I’m calling it. 

Eden's Garden Team Swap, Paula-Kay Bourland, Stampin' Up!

I love that the backside of the card has lots of room for a message. And Paula-Kay showed off that border die-cut as well. It’s so versatile, you’ll be pulling it out for lots of designs. Ready to see how easy this one comes together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Evening Evergreen CS – one @ 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 1/2″, 2″, 4″, 51/2″ and one @ 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, scored @ 1/2″ and 2″.
  • Back Panel – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/2″, cut one edge with the die from the Eden set.
  • DSP Panels – Ever Eden DSP – one @ 4″ x 4″, one @ 4″ x 1 3/4″ and one @ 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Flower – Basic White CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Frame & Leaves – Gold Foil – 2″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the dies from the Eden set.
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2″ x 4 1/2″, cut with the die from the Eden set.
  • Envelope Basic White
  • Bling – three small Garden Gems

Eden’s Garden Team Swap – Paula-Kay’s Card Product List

 

Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed our swap.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique

What can you do with the Ever Eden Cotton Paper? Well, that’s a great question and in today’s project I’ll show you a fabulous technique. Be sure to order the Eden’s Garden Suite, November 2, 2021. The gorgeous DSP, beautiful gems and lovely cotton paper are only available while supplies last. Don’t miss out!

Eden's Garden DSP & Gems, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Eden’s Garden Bundle will carry over to the soon to be released January-June Mini Catalog. If you’ve placed a minimum $35 order with me in the last 3 months, I will automatically send you the new publication. 

Eden's Garden Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to see how to use the Ever Eden Cotton Paper?  You’re not going to believe how easy it to create great texture and interest.

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The paper is sold in a 12″ x 12″ format and the package contains 10 sheets, 5 each of two colors, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

All you have to do is cut a piece and crumble it up, it’s as easy as that. The weight and texture is similar to tissue paper and is perfect for this linen look technique. 

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Look at those gems! Told you, you’re going to want a couple packages of those for sure.

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The large frame from the Eden die set fits perfectly on a card front, but it can also be altered into a oval frame with a little snipping. 

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used the border die, on my inside mat, I was able to create a pretty dramatic surprise for the recipient.  Watch how easy this card comes together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Evening Evergreen CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, cut the bottom edge with the border die from the Eden die set
  • Inside Accent – Ever Eden DSP – 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Front Mat – Soft Succulent CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Technique Mat – Ever Eden Cotton Paper – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Flower – Basic White CS – 3″ x 3 1/2″, stamped in Soft Succulent and fussy cut, apply wink of stella to the image
  • Frame – Evening Evergreen CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from the Eden die set
  • Leaf Sprigs – Gold Foil – 1 1/2″ x 5″, cut four with the die from the Eden die set
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, cut with the die from the Eden ie set, stamp the sentiment in Evening Evergreen
  • Envelope – Ever Eden DSP – 2 1/2″ x 6″
  • Bling – Garden Gems – three cat eyes and three small rhinestones

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique Product List

My team is preparing cards for a swap featuring this beautiful bundle. I hope to highlight many of those here on my blog. That will give you all lots of ideas and inspiration. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations