Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Welcome! Stopping by wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2019,Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

This post will be a short one,  I’m typing with one hand.  In case you haven’t heard, I had an accident. Because I don’t bounce anymore, my recent fall caused lots of problems. One of which is, my right hand in a cast. I hope to be back to myself soon.  (fingers crossed) Lots of doctor’s appointments after Christmas. Ok, time for some good news.

We’ve got a new catalog and Sale-a-Bration extravaganza beginning January 3rd! Be sure to download and print this shopping list so you can plan those orders. My Host Code for the first 1/2 of January is 4DXZJPCS. Place a minimum $50,(before tax and shipping), use the host code and I’ll send you a package of the gorgeous new Champagne Rhinestones. 

2020 Mini Catalog Shopping List, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Stampin' Up! 2020 Mini Catalog, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Depending on my recovery, here is a list of my WOW Classes to Go! for the next few months.

  • January – Heartfelt Bundle, page 9.
  • February – Painted Poppies Bundle, page 25.
  • March – Dressed to Impress Bundle, page 55

Stay tuned for more info coming soon.

In closing, I can’t tell you all how much your friendship means. Thank you for your support and the wonderful comments and feedback you leave both here and my YouTube Channel. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Merry Cristmas, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Quick Easy Christmas Gift Card Holder

Quick Easy Christmas Gift Card Holder

Need a quick and easy Christmas Gift Card Holder? We all do! Grab your cup of hot cocoa, sit back, relax and we can conquer this task together.

Quick Easy Christmas Gift Card Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Gift cards can be a boring gift, so why not jazz things up.  I love it when Stampin’ Up! offers a bundle that includes a punch. This one is even more special, it has two punches in the bundle.  But, this is one you don’t want to wait on. The bundle pricing, with the 10% discount, will end January 2, 2020. 

Quick Easy Christmas Gift Card Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create my quick and easy Christmas gift card holder I didn’t even use Christmas paper. That’s right, that pretty designer series paper is from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. The lovely Garden Lane DSP pack is a great neutral that you will be using for all seasons.

Quick Easy Christmas Gift Card Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There is even a special place on the inside of the gift card holder to write a message and sign your name.  Can’t get too much better than that. Here’s a quick video to help you get these done in no time at all.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Quick Easy Gift Card Holder – Real Red CS – 6 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″. Punch the top two edges with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  • Belly Band – Real Red CS – 1″ x 7 1/2″
  • Stitched Oval – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the second largest stitched oval from the Stitched Shapes die set.
  • Ornament – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 5 1/2″, stamp 3 ornament images, from the Christmas Gleaming set, in Real Red. Punch with the coordinating Gleaming Ornament Punch.
  • Designer Series Paper Mats – Garden Lane DSP – one @ 4″ x 2″, punch two top edges with the Detailed Trio punch. One @ 4″ x 1″.
  • Inside Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 2″. Stamp the sentiment, from the Christmas Gleaming set, in Real Red.
  • Ribbon – Garden Green Double Stitched – one @ 6 1/2″ and one @ 8″. Tie a bow with the 8″ piece.

Quick Easy Christmas Gift Card Holder Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Christmas Snowflake Bow

Christmas Snowflake Bow

Ready to do some Christmas gift wrapping? Need a special topper? Grab a piece of 6″ x 6″ double sided designer series paper and I’ll teach you how to create my Christmas Snowflake Bow in no time flat. For mine, I’ve used the gorgeous Brightly Gleaming Specialty Desiger Series Paper.

Christmas Snowflake Bow, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve got some good news and little not so good news news to share though. This gorgeous paper has currently sold out. But, and here is the great news, it’s coming back. This fabulous paper pack will return in our 2020 Holiday Catalog. Now is the perfect time to learn how to create my Christmas Snowflake Bow so that you can hit the ground running. Better yet, if you’ve got some of this paper in your stash, break it out and join me!

Christmas Snowflake Bow, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

You’ll need minimal supplies and it’s a great “TV watching” project. Cut that 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP into twelve 1/2″ x 6″ strips. You’ll wind up with 12 pieces. Next, you’ll want to cut your scallop circle. Mine is Copper Foil and really makes the sentiment pop.

Christmas Snowflake Bow, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve even copper embossed the lovely sentiment from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. Even more good news! That set will carry over, as will the coordinating punches. We’ve got it in a bundle format currently. Don’t wait, order now and save with the 10% bundle pricing . That savings will go away once this Holiday Catalog retires on January 2, 2020.

Ready to start creating the Christmas Snowflake Bow?

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Snowflake – Brightly Gleaming Speciality DSP – 6″ x 6″, cut into 12, 1/2″ x 6″ strips.
  • Scallop Circle – Copper Foil – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the 2 1/2″ scallop circle die from the Layering Circles die set. **NOTE: When measuring the die, measure from outside edge to outside edge.
  • Circle – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Run the embossing buddy over the surface. With the stamp from the Christmas Gleaming set, stamp the image in Versa Mark, sprinkle with Copper Embossing Powder and heat set with the heat tool. Die cut the image with the 2 1/2″ circle die from the Laying Circles die set. **NOTE: When measuring the die, measure from outside edge to outside edge.

Christmas Snowflake Bow Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder

Strolling the aisles of my local Dollar Tree, I spied an absolutely stinkin’ cute hot cocoa holder. I scooped up a few and continued my search.  In the candy aisle, I came across a box of six, individually wrapped, peppermint spoons. SCORE!! Once I got home, I knew I wanted to use my Cup of Christmas bundle to create my hot cocoa holder.

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Be sure to add the Cup of Christmas bundle to your next order before it retires. This one is being offered while supplies last. The Holiday Catalog will retire January 2, 2020. I’ve created this alternative treat holder for another gift giving idea. Need a gift card holder? I’ve got an idea for that one too! 

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Color palette for my hot cocoa holder is Call Me Clover, Real Red and Whisper White. You will need a piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock to create the box. But, that’s easy with Stampin’ Up!’s 2018-2020 12″ x 12″ In Color Paper Pack.

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

And what’s hot cocoa without some whipped cream. To create that detail I used the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint that will also be retiring. Grab a bottle or two, it will be great to put some puffy fur on your little lambs this Easter.

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Did you notice that little stitched detail on the accent bands of my hot cocoa holder?  Those were created with the die from Stitched Labels. That one is an oldie, but goodie and can be found in the Annual Catalog.

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I stamped the sentiment on a Retangle Stitched die, cut in Whisper White, I decided to color the sprigs and berries with our Stampin’ Blends. Here’s how it all came together. Hope you give it a try.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Hot Cocoa Holder – Call Me Clover CS – 9 1/2″ x 9″, on the 9″ side, score @ 1/2″, 1″, 8″ and 8 1/2″. Turn to the 9 1/2″ side and score @ 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 5″ and 9″
  • Trim the scored cardstock as shown below. Once trimmed, cut the window. On the 9 1/2″ side, line up the right edge @ 1″, cut from 2″ to 7″. Slide down to 5 1/2″ and cut from 2″ to 7″. Turn to the 9″ side. Line up at 7″, cut from 1″ to 4″. Slide down to 2″, cut from 1″ to 4″.

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

  • Decorative Accents Bands – Real Red CS – two @ 1/2″ x 4″, cut with the die from Stitched Labels.
  • Cup & Bow – Real Red CS – 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the dies from Cup of Cheer. Spritz both with Champagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Cup Detail – Whisper White CS – 2 3/4″ X 3 1/4″, cut with the die from Cup of Cheer.
  • Whipped Cream Foam – Whisper White CS – from a scrap, punch a 1 1/2″ circle. Apply the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint to the top half of the circle and heat set with the heat tool.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 2 1/2″, stamp the sentiment from Cup of Christmas in Memento Tuxedo Black. Die cut with the die from the Rectangle Stitched set. Color the sprigs with the Call Me Clover Stampin’ Write Marker and the berries with the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Snowflakes – Sparkle Glimmer Paper – punch three images with the punch from the Every Season Punch Pack. Psst….. That punch pack is retiring too.

Cup of Christmas Hot Cocoa Holder Product List

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Create Somthing Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Peaceful Boughs with WOW Card Sketch #2

Peaceful Boughs with WOW Card Sketch #2

By popular demand, I’ve designed WOW Card Sketch #2 to share with you. Creating Christmas cards just got a whole lot easier with the Peaceful Boughs bundle.  This beautiful set, with coordinating dies, can be found in the Holiday Catalog on page 15. Only a month left to order, but items are while supplies last. Don’t miss out.

Peaceful Boughs with WOW Card Sketch #2, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I received so many requests to incorporate a card sketch series both here and on my YouTube Channel. So, here’s our WOW Card Sketch #2.

WOW Card Sketch #2, 2019, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Just remember, the sketch is to inspire. You can tweak it, add a layer, or you can use as is.  Be sure to post your creation on my WOW NOLA Creations Facebook Page. Your name will be entered on the prize wheel. Be sure to read the post for all the rules. Now, let’s take a closer look at the sweet Peaceful Boughs Christmas card created with this sketch.

Peaceful Boughs with WOW Card Sketch #2, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Once I had the sketch nailed down, my next decision was a color scheme. I choice colors from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Because I love rich warm colors, my palette includes Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Gold and a bit of Whisper White.

Peaceful Boughs with WOW Card Sketch #2, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Dry embossing adds so much to a project. This time, the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder added just the right amount of texture to the Shaded Spruce mat. I think it really made the boughs pop. Next step was to complete the inside of the card.

Peaceful Boughs with WOW Card Sketch #2, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Having fabulous large greetings, like the one in the Peaceful Boughs set, helps to finish things off.  I stamped it in Night of Navy and added just a strip of the Wrapped in Plaid DSP. I’ve got a video tutorial for you as well. Enjoy!!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Night of Navy CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″. The card will fold on the left.
  • Designer Series Paper Mat – Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP – 4″ x 4″
  • Accent Band – Gold Foil – 4 1/4″ x 1/2″
  • Focal – Night of Navy CS – 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and Shaded Spruce CS – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. Emboss the Shaded Spruce mat with the Subtle 3D Embossing folder.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 1 1/2″, stamped in Night of Navy. Cut the image with the die from the Beautiful Boughs set.
  • Boughs – Gold Foil – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut one medium and one small bough with the dies from Beautiful Boughs.
  • Banners – Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP – three @ 3/4″ x 2″, punch one end of each with the Tailored Tag punch.
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy.
  • Inside Accent Strip – Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP 3/4″ x 4″.
  • Metallic Pearls – three gold

Peaceful Boughs Christmas Card with WOW Card Sketch #2 Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Interlocking Treat Box with Fancy Christmas Chocolates

Interlocking Treat Box with Fancy Christmas Chocolates

Welcome! Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family and friends. Time to switch gears and get into Christmas gift mode. This fabulous interlocking treat box will make any one smile. Why? Who doesn’t love fancy chocolates?

Interlocking Treat Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

My dear sweet team member, Helene Hebert, shared this fabulous interlocking treat box with me. She is so talented. As soon as I saw it, I asked for the details, so that I could share it with you guys. Because Helene is such a generous paper crafting artist, she granted me permission. Are you ready to be blown away?

Interlocking Treat Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW! Okay, first, it’s not hard. I promise. Get out your score board and paper trimmer and of course that gorgeous Christmastime is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.  If you haven’t added that to your stash, be sure to do so before November 30. 

Interlocking Treat Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This one really packs that WOW factor. Just lift the box lid, slide the front panels open and the interlocking treat box is revealed. The box holds six of these very fancy Ferrero Rocher chocolates. This would make a great hostess gift. What about your hair dresser, nail tech, UPS driver, teacher or special friend? 

Interlocking Treat Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Can you see how the smaller top boxes slide over the bottom box to create that interlocking feature? By using thick Whisper White card stock for my base, my box is super sturdy and ready to decorate.

Interlocking Treat Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Using multiple patterns from the Christmastime is Here paper pack, made my box super special. Did you know the papers include gold foiling. Can’t get too much fancier than that. Time to tie things up with the pretty Cherry Cobbler ribbon. Coordination is never an issue with Stampin’ Up! products. No worries, everything matches!!

Interlocking Treat Box, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Last, but not least, I wanted to add a greeting. This one is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and cut with the dies from the Christmastime is Here Bundle.  The fancy little detail accents were perfect to step my greeting up a notch. Are you ready to create one? I’ve made it super easy for you, with my video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Box Lid – Thick Whisper White CS – 5″ x 5″, score on all sides at 1″
  • Lid Mats – Christmastime is Here DSP – one @ 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and four @ 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Center Box – Thick Whisper White CS – 6 7/8″ x 6 7/8″, score on all sides at 2″
  • Center Box Mats – Christmastime is Here DSP – three @ 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Box Wrap – Cherry Cobbler CS – 3 1/2″ x 12″, score @ 1 5/8″, 4 1/2″, 7 1/2″ and 10 1/2″
  • Box Wrap Mats – Christmastime is Here DSP – two @ 1 3/8″ x 3 1/4″, two @ 3 1/4″ x 2 5/8″,  two @ 1 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and four @ 3 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Small Top Boxes – Thick Whisper White CS – two @ 3 7/8″ x 5 3/8″, score on the portrait side at 1 1/4″ and 2 5/8″. Turn and score on the landscrape side at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/8″.
  • Small Box Mats – Christmastime is Here DSP – two @ 1″ x 2 5/8″ and two @ 1″ x 1 1/8″
  • Sentiment – Thick Whisper White CS – two @ 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the die from Roses Dies.  On one of the die cuts, stamp the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.
  • Sentiment Accents – Mossy Meadow CS – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut two with the dies from Roses Dies.
  • Cherry Cobbler Ribbon – about 26″
  • Rhinestones – three medium

Interlocking Treat Box Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations