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″

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00
Stamparatus

$49.00

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.

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

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.

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

So Many Stars Holiday Sneak Peek

So Many Stars Holiday Sneak Peek

Can you believe we need to start planning for the 2019 Holiday season? Lucky us, the new Holiday Catalog will launch September 4th. I am very happy to share a sneak peek of the So Many Stars bundle with you today. It’s one of my favorites. 

So Many Stars, Holiday 2019, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

You aren’t going to believe all the goodness in the So Many Stars bundle. And what says stars more than copper foil? The Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP is another fabulous new goodie we get to play with.

So Many Stars, Holiday 2019, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

My color combo for this gorgeous card is Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock and Copper.  How about that swoosh of stars? Isn’t it fabulous. Not only do you get the swoosh, but all the little stars as well. They make great embellishments.

So Many Stars, Holiday 2019, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

The Stamparatus will be your friend this Holiday season. Especially if you create multiple cards to send to family and friends.  And you know, stamping your envelope makes it extra special.

So Many Stars, Holiday 2019, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

I hope you can appreciate how beautiful all that copper goodness really is. In my FREE video tutorial, I’ll show you the Oh My Stars up close. You won’t want to miss it.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Pretty Peacock CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Copper Foil Sheets – 5″ x 3 3/4″, you will cut your die cuts from the center of this mat
  • DSP Mat – Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Focal Mat – Pretty Peacock CS – 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Inside Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Envelope – Very Vanilla

Product List

Paper Snips

$10.00
Stamparatus

$49.00

Thank you for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

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