Dashing Deer Z-Fold

Dashing Deer Z-Fold

When I found out that the Dashing Deer stamp set was going to carry over to our new Annual Catalog, I think I squealed! I love not only the stamp set, but the dies are the bomb. I thought it was time for a fun fold. This time a little twist on the traditional Z-fold.

Dashing Deer Z-Fold

Sometimes people are intimated with a fancy fold. I promise this one is easy. When you order your Dashing Deer stamp set, be sure to add the Detailed Deer dies. You’ll want those to die cut that gorgeous copper foil deer.

Dashing Deer Z-Fold

I didn’t have any Christmas DSP. But, no worries, Perennial Essence DSP to the rescue. One of the sheets has a fabulous green foilage image. That design is the perfect backdrop for my Dashing Deer.

Dashing Deer Z-Fold

The z-fold is perfect for display. With just a few score lines and a couple of pieces of cardstock, you’re on your way.

Dashing Deer Z-Fold

Because I embosssed everything in Copper, the card really says Christmas to me. And that Woodland Embossing Folder helped to make my Dashing Deer look right at home.

Dashing Deer Z-Fold

Lucky me, the set contains some lovely “innie” and “outie” sentiments. Don’t you just love that? Let me show you how quick and easy this card really can be.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • Z-Fold – Crushed Curry CS – 4″ x 10 1/4″, scored at 2 1/2″ and 5″
  • DSP Mats – Perennial Essence DSP – one @ 3 3/4″ x 5″ and one @ 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, ink the edges in Mossy Meadow.
  • Focal Image – Scallop Oval – Crushed Curry CS – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″; Whisper White CS – two @ 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. All images cut with the dies from Layering Ovals. Emboss one of the Whisper White ovals with the Woodland Embossing Folder.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from Rectangle Stitched set, stamp in Versa Mark, sprinkle with copper embossing powder, heat set with the heat tool.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White cS – 5 1/4″ x 4″, stamp in Versa Mark, sprinkle with copper embossing powder, heat set with the heat tool.
  • Deer – Copper Foil – 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the die from Detailed Deer.
  • Flourishes and Flowers – Copper Foil – 2″ x 3″, cut with the dies from Detailed Deer.
  • Pearls – 5 small

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Punch Art Reindeer Making Christmas Bright

Punch Art Reindeer Making Christmas Bright

Your kiddos are going to love these punch art reindeer. Punches make card making quick, easy and fun! Today I’ve combined two of our punches to create these stinkin’ cute punch art reindeer.

Punch Art Reindeer

You’ll want to add the Christmas Bulb Builder and Sprig Punches to your next order. You can even get the young ones involved. The punch art reindeer would be perfect on Christmas treat holders for their classmates.

Punch Art Reindeer

The Swirls and Curls embossing folder gives the perfect snow swirl pattern. A fabulous background for your reindeer.

Punch Art Reindeer

Because I colored the rhinestones with our fabulous Stampin’ Blends, you can still enjoy the sparkle along with the color. 

Punch Art Reindeer

I hope you can see the sparkle on the antlers. I created that with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. It was the perfect “bling”.

Punch Art Reindeer

To finish up this card, I’ve added a sweet string of colored lights (vintage style) and a friendly sentiment. Don’t forget the inside of your card. The Making Christmas Bright set has loads of images to make this a breeze. Want to learn how to create the punch art reindeer. Sit back and relax with your cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Real Red CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Garden Green CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Embossed Mat – Whisper White CS – 5″ x 3 3/4″, embossed with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder.
  • Label – Garden Green CS – 5″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the die from Stitched Nested Labels
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 5″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the die from Stitched Nested Labels, stamp the sentiment in Real Red
  • Deer – Crumb Cake CS – 1 1/2″ x 3″, punch 3 lightbulbs with the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch; Early Espresso CS – 2″ x 5″, punch 3 antlers with the Sprig Punch. Apply Wink of Stella to the Antlers.
  • Flowers – Whisper White CS – 3/4″ x 3″, cut with the dies from Detailed Deer.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″, stamp the string of lights in Garden Green, color the bulbs with the Dark Real Red and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. Stamp the sentiment in Real Red.
  • Ribbon – Silver Metallic Edge – 6″
  • Rhinestones – six – colored with the Dark Basic Black and Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends.

Product List

Sprig Punch

$18.00
Paper Snips

$10.00

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Merry Christmas to All with Christmas in July

Merry Christmas to All with Christmas in July

Baby it’s hot outside! But, not too hot to celebrate my 2019 Christmas in July series. Let’s kick things off with my Merry Christmas to All card.

Merry Christmas to All Card

When designing my Merry Christmas to All card, I started things off with the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper. The finish on the paper is so elegant and really had that Christmas look and feel. But, you know me. I had to step it up a notch. Embossing with the Tin Tile 3D embossing folder added so much texture.

Merry Christmas to All Card

My color palette is Very Vanilla, Pretty Peacock and Old Olive. A little non-traditional, but I just love it. Because I colored the pearls with the Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blend, they match perfectly.

Merry Christmas to All Card

The Merry Christmas to All set contains fabulous words, sentiments and even swirls in different sizes. I’m lovin’ that.

Merry Christmas to All Card

I just couldn’t waste any of that fabulous specialty DSP, so I added a strip to the inside of the card as well. I’ve even filmed a video for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Very Vanilla CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Pretty Peacock CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Embossed Mat – Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Scallop Square – Pretty Peacock CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the die from Layering Squares
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″, words stamped in Pretty Peacock and flourishes stamped in Old Olive, cut with the dei from Layering Squares.
  • Inside Accent Strip – Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper – 4 1/4″ x 1″. Words stamps in Pretty Peacock and swirl in Old Olive.

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes

Are you rushing about?  Trying to get those presents wrapped and cookies baked? Don’t forget to take a moment to slow down and enjoy the festivities around you. I appreciate each and every one of you, more than know. I’ve got some Christmas wishes for you.  Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Christmas Wishes

Thank you all so much for allowing me to be a part of your life through my crafting. Teaching and sharing makes my heart happy.  Reading your comments, receiving your cards and sharing in your excitement, over a completed project, is extremely important to me. In the spirit of that sharing, I’m including the recipe to my Christmas Cranberry Chutney. Hope you decide to give it a try and include it on your holiday table. My family thinks it is the BOMB!!

Susan’s Christmas Cranberry Chutney

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  • 1 Cup fresh squeezed orange juice (mine comes from our farm, of course)
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 Cup pulled and chopped apples (I like to use Fuji or Honeycrisp)
  • 3/4 Cup of fresh chunks of Pineapple
  • 1/2 Cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 Cup toasted pecans

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the orange juice and the coconut sugar.  Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Be sure all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the cranberries and allow them to start popping before adding in the next batch of ingredients.
  3. Add the apple, pineapple, raisins and spices. Bring to a boil, then lower the fire and simmer gently for about 10 minutes stirring often. Your kitchen will smell so wonderful.  The sauce will become thick.
  4. Add in the chopped toasted pecans and stir them through the sauce. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. You can serve warm or cold.  Both temps taste fantastic.  

Some of my family members not only put this on their entree plate to enjoy with their turkey, but they also love it on top of my Dad’s homemade cheesecake.

Do you have some Christmas Wishes you’ve been thinking about? Don’t forget to share them with those around you. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Christmas Keepsake Ornament 2018

Christmas Keepsake Ornament 2018

My Annual Christmas Keepsake Ornament is one of my favorite projects of the year.  I love thinking about it, letting the ideas spin in my head. This year when I saw the Santa’s Workshop Designer Series Paper I knew that the Christmas Keepsake Ornament would contain some of those little characters.

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I love the way the cute little elf is peeking out wishing us all a Happy Christmas. Snow globes are so Christmas, and I think the ornament depicts that.  Finding the ornaments was a little challenge.  I bought one at the Dollar Tree and waited too long to get the ones I needed for my sold out class. Ouch!!! Thank goodness I found a replacement at Factory Direct Craft.  If you’re on the hunt for one, it’s item #30006631.

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Lovely as a Tree is the oldest stamp set we currently have in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. That’s the one I used to stamp the tree. It was the perfect size and shape to fill in behind Santa and his Sleigh.

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The sweet little snowflakes are from the November Snowflake Showcase promotion. And sadly that promo is over.  But, if you want to create this one, you can substitute any snowflakes you have in your stash.

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Our silver metallic edge ribbon looks lovely sitting atop Santa’s snowy scene.  I promised I would give everyone the measurements of my bow maker.  That little tool makes creating bows a breeze.  

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Here are the measurements for this handy little tool,

  • 2 1/4″ wide and 3 1/2″ tall – cut a piece of heavy chipboard
  • Cover the chip board, front and back with your choice of designer series paper
  • Each post is 3/4″ wide and 1″ deep.
  • The vacant space between the posts is 3/4″ wide
  • Once you’ve cut the posts, you can put a couple of coats of decoupage on the front and back. This will help keep the DSP in tack and the ribbon to slide off the posts a little easier.

Would you like to see this little tool in action.  And not only that, get a FREE tutorial on the Christmas Keepsake Ornament.  Merry Christmas, here you go.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Santa’s Workshop DSP – One Santa in a Sleigh and one Elf carrying a gift
  • Snowflakes – Silver Foil
  • Springs – Silver Foil – punch four using the Sprig Punch
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Braces – Thick Whisper White CS – 1″ x 3″ score on the 1″ side at 1/2″, cut four braces for the characters
  • Base inside bottom of ornament – Whisper White CS – punch one 2″ circle
  • Ribbon – Silver Metallic Edge – 1 yard
  • Faceted Gems – Clear, one small
  • Pearls – White, 5 small

Here’s a list of the supplies used in the project.  If you need anything, I would appreciate your business.

Sprig Punch

$18.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00

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

Candy Cane Candy Bar Wrap

Candy Cane Candy Bar Wrap

Today’s project will insure that you have lots of hostess treats on hand, all during the holidays. The Candy Cane Season bundle includes a super cute photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch. Nothing says easy like a punch.  It makes creating multiples a breeze. 

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I found the candy bars at my local Dollar General.  They were $1 and what a value.  The sweet little gingerbread man was crying out to be dressed up.  Doesn’t it look like he’s holding that sweet little candy cane?  

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By using my layering oval dies, I cut a window in my All is Bright DSP so our little guy could shine through.  Nothing went to waste, while cutting out my pieces parts.  I used the extra bits to create the tag on the back of the candy bar.

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Most importantly, stamping and punching the candy cane and bow is super simple.  Just grab a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, Cherry Cobbler and Tuxedo Memento Black inks and you’re ready to go.  I’ld love to share my FREE video tutorial.  Remember to visit my YouTube Channel to subscribe.  Hit the little “bell” to be notified of all my future videos.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Wrap – All is Bright Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 8″
  • Window Ring – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 6″ x 2″
  • Scallop on Back Tag – Blueberry Bushel CS – 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

Place a $50 order in my online store (before tax and shipping) and use the hostess code 6YQUHSHP. As a thank you from me, you’ll  get to chose an embellishment pack ($5 value).

Big Shot

$110.00

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