A Cajun Christmas

A Cajun Christmas

Bienvenue! So happy you are joining me for a taste of my Cajun Christmas in southeast Louisiana. I’ll bet each of us has a little history or tradition from our birth place. I was listening to stories from Germany, Spain and Russia a couple of days ago. Then I took a moment to reflect on traditions that I’m sure are very unique.

A Cajun Christmas, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Cajun Christmas traditions that mark the holidays always involve lots of laughter in the company of friends and family. Many holiday dinners include having seafood dishes like seafood gumbo and oyster dressing. Look for Cajun sausage and fried turkey—or a signature Louisiana Turducken! Bread pudding, pralines, fudge, pound cake and divinity are some of the desserts served.

Christmas Eve in Cajun country has a slightly different version of the “Night Before Christmas.” Sit back, relax and enjoy.

One other notable Cajun Christmas tradition is the lighting of the bonfires for PaPa Noel. Beautiful wooden structures are erected on the levee and set a blaze for all to enjoy.

A Cajun Christmas, Bonfires on the Levee

Now that we’ve had a little laugh together, I would love to hear what’s going on in your community. Are there any traditions you’d like to share? Be sure to leave a comment below. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas Prayer, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder

Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder

Are you going to be gifting some gift cards this holiday season? I think we can all say yes to that question. In today’s paper crafting class, I’ll teach you how to create a super cute Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder. Because I used the gorgeous Ever Eden DSP with the Christmas Season and Christmas to Remember bundles, I was able to make this gift card holder a little elegant, but with a sweet treat.

Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

As soon as the Ever Eden Designer Series Paper was released, I knew it would make the perfect backdrop for lots of Christmas projects. Today’s Hershey Kiss gift card holder is no exception. 

Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The nesting labels in the Seasonal Labels die set make creating a focal image a snap. Not only that, I’ve used one of the labels to cut the window, revealing the kisses.

Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The top section also has a pocket to hold your gift card. In the video tutorial, I’ll share some tips and tricks to help you knock these out quick and easy.

Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There is even a section on the back to add a “to/from” or a personal message. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Gift Card Holder – Soft Succulent CS – 9 3/4″ x 7″, on the 9 3/4″ side, score @ 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″ and 7″. Turn to the 7″ side and score @ 1″ and 6″. Trim as shown in the video tutorial.
  • Label – Soft Succulent CS – 2 1/4″ x 4″, cut with the die from the Seasonal Labels die set.
  • Stamped Images – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • DSP Mats – Ever Eden DSP – one @ 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and four @ 3/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Back Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Window – Window Sheet – 15/16″ , 3″

Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder Product List

Hope you give this a try, I think you will really enjoy it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Three Unique Christmas Treats

Three Unique Christmas Treats

Check that gift list because today, I’ve got three unique Christmas treats for you. Rush out to your favorite Dollar Tree to pick up the treats. You’ll want to make multiples of these. I know I am. I’ll even share some packaging ideas to step your treats up a notch.

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Let’s tackle these unique Christmas treats one at time. I’ll bet in the end you’ll be creating all three. First up, the new Kraft Treat Boxes are so easy to construct and decorate. Not only that, they are going to carry over!! Woohoo!!!

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The treat box will hold five of the little marshmallow snowmen. I’ve used the Snowman Season stamp set and coordinating Snowman Punch to start my decorating. 

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create the 3D Christmas tree, I punched two images with the Pine Tree punch and ran them through the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder for some texture. The pot is just the snowman hat, turned upside down. Great way to give your punch double duty.

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create the window, I’ve nestled the Stitched with Whimsy and Stitched Rectangle dies. I love how it turned out.

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t throw away the rectangle from the die cut, use it to mat your tag on the back. Time for treat #2.

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Hot Chocolate Bombs are all the rage in my neck of the woods. How about you? I picked up a few at my local Dollar Tree. 

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I embossed the treat holder with the Wintry 3D embossing folder I was able to add lots of texture and interest. 

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The die cut from the Encircled in Beauty die set made the perfect focal image. So what are you thinking about my unique Christmas treats so far? Well, I’m not done yet. We have one more to go.

Unique Christmas Treats, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This packaging was so cute, all it needed was a creative bellyband. I’ve used elements in both the Nothing’s Better Than and What’s Cookin’ bundles to create both the sentiment and the focal image. I’ve even filmed a FREE video tutorial for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

Treat #1 – Kraft Treat Box

  1. Box – Kraft Box
  2. Mats – Cherry Cobbler CS – two @ 6″ x 4 1/4″, emboss one with the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. Cut the other by nesting the largest Whimsy die with the Stitched Rectangle die to form the opening. Save the Stitched Rectangle to use as the mat for your tag on the back of the box.
  3. Sentiment – Garden Green CS – 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ and Basic White CS – 3/4″ x 3″
  4. Snowman – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Stamp the snowman in Tuxedo Memento Black.
  5. Snowman Arms – punch two from Kraft Paper
  6. Snowman Hat – punch one image from Basic lack CS. Cut a sliver of Cherry Cobbler CS for the accent on the hat.
  7. Snowflakes – Basic White CS – 3″ x 1 2/”, cut with the die from the So Many Snowflakes die set
  8. Christmas Tree – Garden Green CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, punch two images with the Pine Tree punch and run though the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder.
  9. Star – Gold Foil Scrap – punch two images with the Starlit punch
  10. Pot – Kraft Paper – punch one of the hats from the Snowman Punch
  11. Back Label – Basic White CS – 2″ x 3 3/8″
  12. Rhinestones – 2 large

Treat #2 – Hot Chocolate Bomb

  1. Treat Holder – Early Espresso CS – two @ 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, Score each @ 2 5/8″, 6 1/8″ and 7 1/2″.  Cut cut the opening in one with the 1 7/*” circle die from the Layering Circles die set.
  2. Accent Die Cut – Cherry Cobbler CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Encircled in Beauty die set. Cut the center from the die cut with the 1 5/8″ circle die from the Layering Circles die set. Emboss both pieces of the treat holder with the Wintry 3D Embossing folder.
  3. Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1″ x 2 1/2″, stamp the sentiment form the Christmas to Remember stamp set in Early Espresso ink. Fussy cut the image.
  4. Ribbon – 1/2″ Cherry Cobbler & Gold – 12″

Treat #3 – Chocolate Stirring Spoons

  1. Bellyband – Early Espresso CS – one @ 1 1/2″ x 11 and one @ 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Real Red CS – one @ 1″ x 11″ and one @ 1″ x 8 1/2″.
  2. Spoons – Early Expresso CS – 1 1/2″ x 5″, cut with the die from the Cookie’ die set.
  3. Steam – Basic White CS – Scrap – stamp the steam from the Nothing’s Better Thank stamp set in Early Espresso and fussy cut image.
  4. Cup – Garden Green CS – 2″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the die from the Loe You More Than die set.
  5. Sentiment Label – Basic White CS – 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ and Real Red CS – 2 1/2″ x 3″, both images cut with the dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set.
  6. Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2″ x 2″, cut with the die from the Tasteful Labels die set. Stamp the sentiment with the stamp from What’s Cookin’ stamp set in Garden Green.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope I gave you some good little treat ideas. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging

Handmade gifts are the best! Today, I’ll teach you how to create my Vintage Holiday Wallhanging. I’ll bet you have a couple of people on your list that would really enjoy and cherish this special gift.

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The backdrop for each panel was created with the Peaceful Place DSP. Oh my gosh, that paper is beautiful. It’s a specialty DSP with lots of silver foiling.

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Even if you don’t want to create the Vintage Holiday Wallhanging, you could use each panel for a 6″ x 6″ card. Just score a piece of 12″ x 6″ Basic White @ 6″ and mount the panel. Voila, instant Christmas card.

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used both the Christmas Season and Christmas to Remember bundles in my design, I was able to add beautiful sentiments and lots of leafy embellishments.

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create the “Merry Christmas” I cut three sets of the words using the Word Wishes dies. Just stack up the die cuts for a more substantial look. And I know you must have figured out by now, the Poinsettia dies make the most beautiful flowers. This time I’ve cut the pieces from Snowy White Velvet Paper.

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Just that little pop of red makes this piece so vintage in my opinion. Can’t wait to share all the tips and tricks in my video tutorial. In today’s video, I’ll also highlight the Riverbend Nursing Home project. A big thanks to all that donated monetarily to the cause. Here is a recap of the project.

Riverbend Nursing Home 2021

Ready to see who won the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine? I’ll announce that during my video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Bases – Chipboard – three @ 6″ x 6″
  • DSP Mats – Peaceful Place DSP – Pattern #1 – three @ 6″ x 6″, Pattern #2 – three @ 5″ x 5″, Pattern #3 – three @ 6″ x 6″
  • Sentiments – Basic White CS – one @ 2 1/2″ x 3″, one @ 4″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Flowers – Snowy White Velvet Paper – 4″ x 6″
  • Stamped Images – Smoky Slate CS – one @ 2 1/4″ x 11″ and one @ 1 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Pine Cones – Basic Gray CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and Smoky Slate CS – 2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Sprigs – Smoky Slate – 2 1/4″ x 6″
  • Pine Needles – Smoky Slate CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, trim as shown.

  • Merry Christmas – Basic Gray CS – back with adhesive sheet – 3 1/4″ x 6″, cut 3 sets
  • Ribbon – Smoky Slate 7/8″ Textured Ribbon – one @ 20″, one @ 8″ and one @ 10″
  • Metallic Pearls – 20 in silver

Vintage Holiday Wallhanging Product List

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you create one of these for someone on your holiday gift list. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Christmas Tags & Gift Box

Christmas Tags & Gift Box

Are you getting ready for the Holiday season yet? Do you need a few Christmas tags? I’ve got the perfect little gift box filled with 8 holiday tags. This project serves 2 purposes. It is oh so useful when wrapping your Christmas gifts but, it will also make a great little gift. Why not create a few sets and send them to family and friends?

Christmas Tags & Gift Box, Tidings & Trimmings, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Did you miss the Tidings & Trimmings bundle in the Annual Catalog? Well, break out that catalog and turn to page 89. Yep, that’s right we have holiday sets in the Annual Catalog! Because I needed some Christmas tags for my holiday gifts, I decided on this super cute set to get the job done.

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

But, while I was creating the tags, it dawned on me that my daughter would love a set as well.  So you know me, I had to create a gift box for them as well.

Christmas Tags & Gift Box, Tidings & Trimmings, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

You could decorate the Christmas tags and box with lots of different papers, but I decided on the Sweet Stockings DSP in the July-December Mini Catalog. Don’t you just love those light bulbs? They definitely brought back a childhood memory and made me smile.

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

I’ve created 4 tags in each of the two designs. Then I stepped things up with different elements from the Christmas Trimmings die set. 

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

The double oval punch was the perfect tool to create the “to/from” sentiment.

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

I think this Christmas tag would be the perfect touch on a bottle of wine or a baked goodie from your kitchen. 

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

Ready to create? Here’s another FREE video tutorial!

Here’s how the magic happens.

Christmas Tags Box
  • Box – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4 3/4″ x 8 1/4″, on the 8 1/4″ side, score @ 1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 4 3/4″ ad 6″. Turn to the 4 3/4″ side and score @ 1 1/4″. Trim the box as shown below.

Christmas Tag Gift Box Template, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

  • Handle – Cherry Cobbler CS – 8 1/2″ x 3/4″ and Sweet Stockings DSP – 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Mats – Evening Evergreen CS – two @ 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ and two @ 1 1/8″ x 3 3/8″
  • DSP Mats – Sweet Stockings DSP – two @ 2″ x 3 1/4″ and two @ 1″ x 3 1/4″
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS & Cherry Cobbler CS – one each @ 2″ x 2″, cut with the die from Ornate Frames. Stamp the sentiment in Evening Evergreen.
  • Leaves & Berries – Evening Evergreen CS – 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ and Cherry Cobbler CS – 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, cut the leaves and berries with the dies from the Christmas Trimmings die set
  • Ribbon – Cherry Cobbler w/Gold – 6″

You will be creating two designs, four tags of each.

Christmas Tags
  • Tags – Thick Basic White CS – eight @ 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from the Tailor Made Tags die set
  • Tag Hole Reinforcers – Evening Evergreen CCS – four @ 1″ x 2 1/4″, this will cut enough for all 8 tags
  • Mats – Evening Evergreen CS – eight @ 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
  • DSP Mats – Sweet Stockings DSP – Pattern #1 – four @ 1 3/8″ x 3 1/8″ and Pattern #2 – four @ 1 3/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • Stocking – Basic White CS – 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2″, stamp 4 in Evening Evergreen. Cut with the die from Christmas Trimmings.
  •  Leaves – Evening Evergreen CS – one @ 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 1″ x 5 1/2″
  • Sprigs – Gold Foil – 10″ x 1 1/4″
  • Berries – Cherry Cobbler CS – 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
  • Stars – Cherry Cobbler CS – four @ 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ and Gold Foil – Four @ 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – four @ 1 3/4″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the die from the Ornate Frames die set
  • Bow – Basic White CS – 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Back of Tags – Evening Evergreen CS – two @ 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and Basic White CS – two @ 1 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, punch eight scallop ovals and eight ovals with the Double Oval punch.
  • Ribbon – Evening Evergreen – eight @ 6″ each
  • Champagne Rhinestone – four small

I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you might need to complete the project.  It would be great, if you would use my current host code, UU7QJCBB.

Christmas Tags & Gift Box Product List

Hope to see you back here soon. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Legend of the Penguin Ornament Gift Box

Legend of the Penguin Ornament Gift Box

Have you ever heard about the Legend of the Penguin? Well, I didn’t either until I did a little searching for the perfect friendship ornament. After I found them, I designed a gift box to fit them perfectly. These would make the best classmate gifts for the holidays.

Legend of the Penguin Ornament Gift Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t forget to pick up a pack of the Penguin Playmates DSP to decorate your gift boxes. The best part of that is the DSP is a FREE Sale-a-Bration offering. Don’t let it slip away, Sale-a-Bration ends September 30, 2021. I’ve used the adorable Penguin Place bundle to create my little scene on the gift box. Here’s a template, so that you can start creating a batch of these for the kiddos in your life.

Legend of the Penguin Gift Box, Template, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Legend of the Penguin ornament also comes with the little gift card. The ornament itself is ceramic, and the quality was much more than I first expected. You can find the ornaments here

Legend of the Penguin, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

It was super easy to figure out all the dimensions for the gift box and then I tackled the decorating. Which we all know is our favorite thing to do.

Legend of the Penguin Ornament Gift Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I embossed the “snowbank” with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder, there was lots of texture to highlight with my Balmy Blue ink. 

Legend of the Penguin Ornament Gift Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

All that was left to do was to give my little penguin some cuteness and character. There are so many stamps in the set to do this, it makes creating fun. Get the kiddos involved, they will love it.

Legend of the Penguin Ornament Gift Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This little gift will be the hit of the holiday season. Sit back, relax and I’ll teach you how to easily create a batch in no time flat.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Gift Box – Soft Sea Foam CS – 10 3/4″ x 7 1/4″. Score as follows.
    • On the 10 3/4″ side – 3/4″, 5″, 5 3/4″ and 10″
    • On the 7 1/4″ side – 1/2″, 1 1/4″, and 6 1/2″
    • Trim the box as shown on the template above.
  • Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5″
  • DSP Mat – Penguin Playments DSP – 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • Snowbank – Basic White CS – 4″ x 1 3/4″, embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • Penguin
    • Basic Black – 1 1/2″ x 4
    • Basic White – 1 1/4″ x 4
    • Calypso Coral – Scrap
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″, cut with the smallest die in the Stitched Rectangles die set, stamp the sentiment in Fresh Freesia
  • Trees – Soft Sea Foam CS – 1″ x 3″, stamp in Soft Sea Foam, fussy cut images
  • Scarf & Hat – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″, stamp in Balmy Blue, fussy cut images
  • Snowflakes – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″, cut with the die from the So Many Snowflakes die set
  • Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack – 5 sequins

Legend of the Penguin Gift Box Product List

So happy you’ve stopped by today. Hope you give this a try, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations