Hot Air Balloon Rose

Hot Air Balloon Rose

Hi, Everyone! Yep, you don’t need to adjust your glasses, or rub your eyes, it’s paper and it’s a rose. A Hot Air Balloon Rose to be exact. The first time I flipped through the 2019 Annual Catalog and spied the new Hot Air Balloon Punch, the image reminded me of a flower petal. At that moment I knew I wanted to create a 3D rose.

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Well, I figured it out and would love to share the details with you. My WOW Team saw this first hand during our monthy Team Meeting. They loved it and I hope you do too. At the end of the meeting, everyone was throwing out color combinations.  One of my favorite suggestions was a Tropicana inspired color palette. Can’t wait to try that one. Want to join my WOW Team? We have so much fun together. Would love to have you as a part of my team.

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By decorating one of our new little Mini Shipping Boxes, it gave me a gorgeous platform for my Hot Air Balloon Rose to shine. My daughter’s birthday is coming up. I think I’ll fill this little gift box with goodies for her. She’ll think her Mom is so clever. hahahaha!!

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Be sure to order your Hot Air Balloon punch today so you can start creating your own roses. Here’s what you need to punch to create the rose as I’ve designed it.

Creating the Hot Air Balloon Rose

  • Base – One 1 1/2″ Circle 
  • Petals – You will need a total of 17 images. Divide as follows.
  • Row #1 – 6 Hot Air Balloon Images
  • Row #2 – 5 Hot Air Balloon Images
  • Row #3 – 3 Hot Air Balloon Images
  • Row #4 – 2 Hot Air Balloon Images
  • Center – 1 Hot Air Balloon Image

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Of course, I wanted to dress up the little mini shipping box. Tasteful Textures is the lovely stamp set I used to create that vintage inspired image. Be sure to stamp first, then emboss with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.

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There’s a trick to creating those fabulous veined leaves. I hope you enjoy my free video tutorial that will show you this technique and all you need to know to create the rose.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Base for the Rose – one 1 1/2″ circle. Be sure to punch the circle from the same color you are using for your petals. In this case I’m using Real Red CS.
  • Petals – Real Red CS – approximately 1 sheet – punch 17 Hot Air Balloon images.
  • Leaves – Garden Green CS – two @ 2″ x 5 1/2″, each scored at 1″, place folded strips in the Corrugated Embossing Folder, run through the die cutting machine. On the fold of the strip, cut 1/2 moon shapes. I cut five for this rose.
  • Box – Mini Shipping Box
  • Mats – Garden Green CS – two @ 3 3/4″ x 2 3/8″, two @ 2 3/4″ x 2 3/8″
  • Embossed Mats – Whisper White CS – one @3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, two @ 3 1/2″ x 2 1/8″, two @2 1/2″ x 2 1/8″

Ordering in my online store is quick and easy. Just click any image below to begin filling your cart. During the month of June, my FREE Thank You gift for all orders $50 or more (before tax and shipping), is a package of the Noble Peacock Rhinestones. Please use the Host Code, YX3GQD2F, to qualify.  

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Magnolia Gift Set

Magnolia Gift Set

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Today’s project is very exciting. It’s a very sweet Magnolia Gift Set that I created for my WOW Team Retreat, WOW Steel Magnolias. As you are reading this, we are wrapping up our final day of a four day Team Retreat. Hoping to share lots of photos and highlights from the weekend soon. But, in the meantime, my Magnolia Gift Set is just one of many projects we completed this weekend.

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All my WOW Team Members and their guests created the Magnolia Gift Set. During our retreats, team members volunteer to teach a project. My contribution was this lovely Magnolia Gift Set. This sweet, very easy to assemble, box will hold at least three to four of the cards and envelopes shown. 

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The Magnolia Lane DSP is the star of the show. One pattern is just as lovely as the next. It made it hard to choose which one to use. But, as you can see I finally decided.

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To make the sentiment really stand out, I decided to incoporate some heat embossing. I just love that technique. It’s really quick and easy, but packs a WOW punch.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Magnolia Gift Set

The Magnolia Gift Set is easy to create and once you view my FREE video tutorial, I’ll bet you’ll want to create a few of them. I invite you to not only view the video but consider becoming a WOW Team Member. Contact me today for all the info on how you can enjoy a 20% discount on all your Stampin’ Up! products. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Gift Box – Thick Whisper White CS – 8″ x 11″, on the 8″ side score at 1/2″, 1″, 7″ and 7 1/2″, turn to the 11″ side and score at 2 1/2″, 3″, 7 1/2″ and 8″. Trim as shown in the video above.
  • Mats – Petal Pink CS – one @ 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and one @ 5 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
  • DSP Mats – Magnolia Lane DSP – one @ 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ ad one @ 5 1/2″ x 2″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1 1/4″ x 3″
  • Magnolia – Shimmery White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Card – Thick Whisper White cS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Petal Pink CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″, embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder
  • DSP Mat – Magnolia Lane DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, cut the edge with the edge die from Magnolia Memory set.
  • Horizontal Accent Band – Basic Black CS – 4″ x 1 1/4″
  • Flowers – Whisper White cS – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Inside Accent Strip – Magnolia Lane DSP – 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Lace – 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim – 10″
  • Pearls – 5 Small
  • Magnolia Lane Twine – 3 loop box, about 27″

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Easter Gift Bag and Card

Easter Gift Bag and Card

Welcome! So glad you stopped by. Hope you are looking forward to the Easter weekend.  I’ve got a sweet Easter gift bag and card for you. These feature the Hold on to Hope stamp set and Cross of Hope dies.  Both projects are pretty quick and easy. But, let’s start things off with the card.

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Little supplies are needed for this Easter card; mainly stamp, ink and paper. I did use the Tin Tile Embossing Folder to give the card a little texture. I’m so happy that this set and the coordinating dies will carry over to our new Annual Catalog.

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My color combination for both the Easter gift bag and card is Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Merry Merlot and Soft Suede.  The softer tones definitely remind me of Spring.

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I used a masking technique to be sure the cross came forward with the sunburst in the background. Not sure how to do that? No worries, I’ve got a video tutorial for you.

Next up, we have the coordinating Easter gift bag. Be sure to add your design to the bag with dimensionals. In that way, you can clip the dimensionals away and salvage the creation for an Easter scrapbook page. I love it when a project can serve double duty!

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Stamping the edge of the large Soft Sea Foam mat really brought my Easter gift bag to life. The image comes form the Beautiful Promenade set. That one is currently offered in a bundle format. It will carry over to the new catalog, but if you wait, you’ll loose the 10% discount. So, if this one is on your list be sure to order it soon.

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I just love that Stampin’ Up! offers so many lovely dies to dress things up. The two die cuts on the focal image are from the Flourish set. That is one of my favorites and lucky me, it’s going to carry over.

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The gorgeous die cut at the top of the mat is from the Delicate Lace set. And hooray again, this one will be an offering in the new catty.  This time I spritz it with our Champagne Shimmer Mist to give it a little sparkle.

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Using my paper piercer, I even decided to give the scallop oval even more texture by piercing each of the scallops.  I just think that adds so much. What to create an Easter gift bag?  I’ve got a video tutorial for you. Enjoy.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Easter Card 
  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Soft Sea Foam CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Embossed Mat – Merry Merlot CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder
  • Focal Mat – Soft Sea Foam CS – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
  • Stamped Image – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 4 1/4″
  • Stamp the images as follows:
    • Grassy Mound – Stamp the image from the Waterfront set in Soft Sea Foam.
    • Cross – Stamp the image from Hold on to Hope, second generation, in Soft Suede.
    • Mast – Stamp the Cross image on a sticky note in Soft Suede. Fussy cut the mask.
    • Apply the mask to the cross image.
    • Sunburst – Stamp the sunburst image from the Bouquet Blooms set in So Saffron.
    • Remove the mask.
    • Sentiment – Stamp the sentiment from Hold on to Hope, over the cross in Merry Merlot.
  • Easter Gift Bag
  • Mats – Soft Suede CS – 6 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ and Soft Sea Foam CS – 6 1/2″ x 8 1/4″. Stamp the image from the Beautiful Promenade set around the perimeter of the Soft Sea Foam mat in Soft Sea Foam ink.
  • Top Flourish Die Cut – Merry Merlot CS – 6″ x 2″, cut with the die from Delicate Lace. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist. Allow to dry.
  • Focal Mats – Soft Suede CS-  4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.
  • Title – Soft Suede CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and Merry Merlot CS – 2″ x 5″, both cut with the Rectangle Stitched dies.
  • Banner – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2″, stamped in Soft Suede with the stamp from Hold on to Hope. Cut with the die from Cross of Hope.
  • Flourishes – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ – stamp the images form Hold on to Hope in Soft Sea Foam and cut with the die from Cross of Hope.
  • Scallop Ovals – Merry Merlot CS – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut the large and small ovals from the Layering Ovals dies.
  • Crosses – Soft Sea Foam CS – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and Soft Suede CS – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut the images with the dies from Cross of Hope.
  • Focal Image Side Die Cuts – Merry Merlot CS – two @ 1″ x 6″, cut with the die from the Flourish set.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 3″, stamp in Soft Suede with the stamp from Fable Friends. Die cut with the die from Layering Ovals.

I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you might need.

Big Shot

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Hope you stop by again soon, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Amazing Gift Bag

Amazing Gift Bag

Do you want to be the hit of the party? When you present your gift in this amazing gift bag, you sure will be. And the recipient will feel so special because you took the time to create it. They could even cut the lovely amazing bag mat from the bag and frame it!

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My sister, who by the way is one of my WOW Club Members, is having a party next week. And hooray for her, she is the hostess. She asked that I design a gift bag and card for her club night projects. I know her favorite color is purple.  I also knew that Mother’s Day is fast approaching and she loves to give special things to our Mom. That’s where my inspiration started. All of the sentiments in the Strong & Beautiful set spoke to me, so creating this amazing gift bag was a true pleasure.

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Beauty Abounds bundle in our Occasions Catalog. The large butterfly dies don’t always have to be used in one piece. Here, in this amazing gift bag, I cut them apart and used them throughout the design. Pretty nifty, if I say so myself.

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The large swoosh in the set is easy to color. You can use watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Blends or Stampin’ Write Markers.  Since I’m doing this on a club night, and I know everyone doesn’t have one color medium, we are going to use a blender pen with our ink pads.  See, that’s what makes Stampin’ Up! products so great.  Everything coordinates!!!

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Wondering what my color palette is? I’ve used Gorgeous Grape, Pool Party, Garden Green, Early Espresso and Whisper White. And of course, you know me, we have to have some texture. That’s where I brought in a few embossing folders. Remember, that’s an inexpensive way to make things beautiful.

What makes the project even a little more special is that if you don’t want to decorate the bag, with all these wonderful pretties, there is an alternative. You could use the pieces you’ve created to make cards. 

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Now what could be better than that? I know, a FREE video tutorial.  Here you go.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Base – Gorgeous Grape CS – 6 ¾” x 8 ½”
  • Large Butterfly Die Cut  – Garden Green CS – 5 ½” x 4 ¼” – cut with the thicker large die from the Butterfly Beauty set. Pool Party CS – 5 ½” x 4 ¼”, back with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – cut with the thinner large die from the Butterfly Beauty set.
  • Large Butterflies

    • Adhere the large butterfly die cuts together. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist.
    • Cut the die apart, isolating each of the butterflies.
    • Block #1 – Smaller butterfly to the largest butterfly.
    • Block #2 –Next two smaller butterflies – adhere one of the small Gorgeous Grape butterflies to the center of each.
    • Block #3 – Side-view butterfly
  • Block #1
  • Mat – Early Espresso CS – 3 ¾” x 5 ¼”
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 ½” x 5”, embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder, spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist
  • Scallop Oval – Garden Green CS – 3 ¼” x 4 ¼”, cut with the largest scallop oval from the Layering Oval Framelits. You will cut the oval in half vertically to frame the Gorgeous Grape Oval.
  • Oval – Gorgeous Grape CS – 3 ¼” x 4 ¼”, cut with the largest oval from the Layering Oval Framelits. Emboss with the Lovely Floral embossing folder.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1 ½” x 2 ½”, Stamp set – Strong & Beautiful – stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso, quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Cut the image with the die from Stitched Labels. Gorgeous Grape CS – 1 ½” x 2 ½”, cut the same image to back the sentiment.
  • Small Butterflies – Gorgeous Grape CS – 1” x 1” – cut two of the mini butterflies with the die from Butterfly Beauty.
  • Block #2
  • Mat – Early Espresso CS – 5 ¼” x 2 ¼”
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 5” x 2”, Beauty Abounds stamp set – stamp the flourish in Early Espresso, quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Color the image with a blender pen and ink from the pad as follows: Striped Swirls – Highland Heather, Leaves – Garden Green, Flowers – Gorgeous Grape, Base of Flowers – Highland Heather
  • Stamp the large Bokeh stamp, from Beauty Abounds, in the upper left hand and lower right hand corners in Highland Heather.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3” x 1 ½”, stamp set – Strong & Beautiful – stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso, quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Punch the image with the Classic Label Punch.
  • Gorgeous Grape CS – Punch one Classic Label to back the sentiment.
  • Small Butterflies – Gorgeous Grape CS – 1 ½” x 1 ½” – cut two of the small butterflies with the dies from Butterfly Beauty.
  • Block #3
  • Mat – Early Espresso CS – 6 ¼” x 2 ½”
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 6” x 2 ¼”, embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.
  • Stitched Rectangle – Gorgeous Grape CS – 4 ¼” x 2 ¼”, cut with the die from Rectangle Stitched framelits.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 ¼” x 2 ¼”, stamp set – Strong & Beautiful – stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso, quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool, cut with the die from Rectangle Stitched framelits.
  • Heart – Gorgeous Grape CS – 1” x 1”, cut the heart with the die from Stitched Labels dies.
  • Flower – Whisper White CS – 2” x 2”, stamp set – Incredible Like You. This is a two-step stamp. Stamp the detail stamp in Gorgeous Grape, stamp the fill in with Highland Heather.  Fussy cut the image and ink in Gorgeous Grape.
  • Leaves – Garden Green CS – Scrap – punch two sets of leaves with the Leaf Punch. Cut the leaves apart , crimp with a tweezer.  Adhere two sets of two together then to the back of the flower.

When’s your next party? Want to create this amazing gift bag? Be sure to pick up all your supplies in my online store. Thanks for shopping with me, I truly appreciate it.

Big Shot

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Leaf Punch

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Heat Tool

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Blender Pens

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Easter Gift Bag Fable Friends

Easter Gift Bag Fable Friends

Need something to present all your Easter gifts? I’ve got the perfect idea. A sweet Easter gift bag featuring the Fable Friends stamp set. You’ll be able to put these together in no time at all.  

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I was lucky enough to find my gift bag at the Dollar Tree. The color reminded me of our Pineapple Punch.  I know it would be a great beginning to my Easter Gift Bag featuring the Fable Friends set. 

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This sweet Easter Gift bag has lots of texture and interest and really shows off the sweet bunny. I colored him with water color pencils as follows: inside ears – Melon Mambo, Jacket – Pacific Point, Bunny – Early Espresso, Buttons – Basic Black.

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Because I love the Stitched Labels dies, I incorporated three of them.  I like the soft stitching and the curvy detail.

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And don’t you think the Gingham Gala DSP and Florentine Thinlit are the perfect backdrop.  I also used a masking technique to achieve the look of the sky and grass behind the bunny. By masking off the bunny, you can avoid getting ink where you don’t want it.  Want to see how I did just that? Here’s another of my FREE video tutorials.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Bag – Purchased at the Dollar Tree. They come three to a package. (51/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Background Mat – Gingham Gala DSP – Balmy Blue – 6″ x 4 1/4″
  • Accent scallops on the DSP – Whisper White cut two @1″ x 6″, cut two with the die from Be Mine Stitched.
  • Background Die – Granny Apple Green CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, cut with the Florentine Thinlit Die.
  • Focal Image – Balmy Blue CS – 3 1/2″ x 3″, cut with the die from Stitched Labels.
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Stamp the bunny and greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black. Die cut the bunny with the Layering Oval frame lit. Die cut the sentiment with the die from Stitched Labels.
  • Sentiment Accent – Balmy Blue CA – 3 14″ x 1 1/4″, cut with the die from Stitched Labels.
  • Use the masking technique shown in the video to add color to the bunny.

Assembly:

  • Pop the bunny image to the large label.
  • Pop the sentiment to the small label.
  • Wet Glue the scallop trim to the upper and lower part of the DSP. Trim as needed.
  • Adhere the DSP mat to the bag.
  • Wet glue the Florentine die cut to the DSP.
  • Pop the bunny/label to the DSP.
  • Pop the Accent piece and sentiment to tDSP.
  • Apply two of the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins to the accent label.
  • Apply a pearl to the center of each of the sequin.

Are you in need of supplies?  I would appreciate you shopping my online store.  Just click any image below to start filling your cart.

Big Shot

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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.