Christmas Community Service Project

Christmas Community Service Project

Time to spoil our friends at the Riverbend Nursing Home.  This year’s Community Service Project is going to be fabulous.  I have gathered a very talented group of volunteers who will be helping me with this project.  We will be creating 146 ornaments this Saturday, along with Christmas cards and gift boxes for each of the residents at the Home.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Community Service Project, Detailed Baubles Ornament

Every year I can’t wait for the Holiday catalog to debut.  The first thing I look for is a bundle that I can use for our Community Service Project.  This year, I was lucky enough to win the Detailed Baubles set during a prize patrol on the Stampin’ Up! Alaskan Cruise.  That did it for me, it was so beautiful. I knew I could design an ornament that would make a fabulous show on their tree.

To start things off I selected my color palette, Call Me Clover, Real Red, Whisper White and Gold.  To give the leaves a little more texture and depth, I inked them in Call Me Clover.  Then I stamped them in Call Me Clover with the flourish stamp from Timeless Textures.  To give the leaves a little more sense of movement, I twisted each petal with my tweezers.  I love that look.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Community Service Project, Detailed Baubles Ornament

I just have to share a cute story from my WOW Club Ladies.  They all love the new Sprig Punch.  And after punching almost 600 images for this project, they have nicknamed the punch, spriggy!  I think that is so stinkin’ cute.  My Club Members, as well as some of my WOW Team Members are some of my volunteers for this project. I appreciate each and every hour they dedicate to this Community Service Project. We punched two gold and two red sprigs for each ornament, along with four leaf sets from the leaf punch.  I thought that combination made a lovely focal image at the top of the ornament.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Community Service Project, Detailed Baubles Ornament

To be sure the detailed red ornament would spin in the center of the ring, we had to cut two of each element. But, before we cut those detailed ornaments, we made sure to back the card stock with our multipurpose adhesive sheets.  In that way, we wouldn’t have to worry about getting glue all over that beautiful gold foil paper. Now we had stickers!

Would you like to create one of these lovely ornaments for your tree this year?  I’ld love to teach you how to do just that.  Here’s my FREE video tutorial, early Merry Christmas!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Rings – Call Me Clover CS – 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the die from Detailed Baubles
  • Detailed Ornament – Real Red CS – 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, back with multipurpose adhesive sheets and cut with the two with the die from Detailed Baubles.
  • Sprigs – Gold Foil Sheet and Real Red CS – punch two each from each paper with sprig punch
  • Leaves – Call Me Clover CS – punch four with leaf punch
  • Circles – Gold Foil Sheet – punch two with the 2 1/4″ circle punch
  • 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon – 8″
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon – 10″
  • Rhinestones – four large and 3 small
  • Clear Faceted Gem – one large
  • Metallic Gold Thread – 6″

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Big Shot

$110.00
Sprig Punch

$18.00
Leaf Punch

$16.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I’ll be sure to publish a blog post with photos of the tree.  Our Tree Trimming Celebration will be December 1st.  Wish us luck.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Service Project Time

Service Project Time

I’m not sure we should really refer to this event as a service project because it’s more of a pleasure.  Vising our local nursing home, Riverbend, is something we all look forward to.  We get to spend time with twenty of the most lovely, sweet people I’ve had the privilege of getting to know.  I’m always reminded of a quote about service that really touches my heart.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Service Project, Riverbend Nursing Home

We visit the nursing home on a quarterly basis to create a project with our friends.  To make it even better, I group of dedicated volunteers join me to make this day very special.  This time, I designed a sweet little framed piece they can place on their bedside table.  Hopefully it will remind them that we are thinking of them and that they are near to our hearts.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Service Project

I started this project by visiting my local Dollar Tree to get some inspiration. I needed to prepare 20 kits and design a project that isn’t too challenging for our friends at the Nursing Home.  I noticed the 5 1/2″ x 7″ frames and my creative wheels started to turn.  I remembered the sweet sentiment in the Hold on to Hope stamp set and thought I could design a bedside frame featuring that sentiment.  I knew the beautiful stitched frame from the Stitched Labels set would make a great focal image.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Service Project

The background for each of the frames will be a little different because I used the the beautiful papers in the Garden Impressions DSP stack.  This helped to bring some color to the project.  Then I knew I wanted to accentuate the focal image.  The beautiful large flourish from the Flourish Thinlets set was perfect. That is one of my all time favorite sets and I use it all the time.  I also cut the frame accent piece using the same set.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Service Project

To make it a little easier for our friends to adhere those intricate pieces, I backed the cardstock with our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  That way, it’s just like a sticker.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Service Project

Everyone there loves flowers and little bling.  So, I broke out my new Four-Petal Flower Punch and my Leaf Punch to start creating flowers from the Garden Impressions DSP.  The leaves, punched from Shaded Spruce CS, needed some texture, so running them through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder did the trick.  The flower center was cut from the die from the Springtime Impressions set.  And of course, I had to add some “diamonds” as the ladies at the home call it.

Would you like to create these with some friends at your local nursing home?  I sure hope so.  Just in case, here is an easy how-to video to help you out.  If you decide to do this, I would love to hear about your visit.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Inside Frame – Night of Navy CS – 7″ x 5″, cut the center out using the cardboard template that comes inside the purchased frame.
  • DSP – Garden Impressions – 6″ x 4 1/4″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink.  I did use my Stamparatus to do this step, since we had to prep 20 kits.
  • Fourish – Blushing Bride CS – 4 3/4″ x 3″, back the cardstock with the multipurpose adhesive sheets, cut with the die from the Flourish Thinlits set. 
  • Heart – Blushing Bride CS – use a scrap – cut the small stitched heart from the die in the Stitched Labels Framelits set.
  • Frame Accent – Melon Mambo CS – 5 1/4″ x 1″, back the cardstock with the multipurpose adhesive sheets, cut with the die from the Flourish Thinlits set. 
  • Flowers – Garden Impressions DSP – punch four images with the Four-Petal Flower Punch.
  • Leaves -Shaded Spruce CS – punch four images with the Leaf Punch and run them through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst embossing folder.
  • Flower Centers – Blushing Bride CS – use scraps to cut two of the small flower images with the die from the Springtime Impressions set.

If you need some supplies to complete this project, I would appreciate you visiting and shopping my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Leaf Punch

$16.00
Stamparatus

$49.00

 

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

Valentine Decor Stampin’ UP! Style

Valentine Decor Stampin’ UP! Style

I love it when I come across a Dollar Tree find and turn it into a home decor project or gift.  This Valentine decor piece was designed for the Residents at our local nursing home.  We will be visiting them this week and they each get to create with us.  This is a truly rewarding experience. We laugh, create, and share throughout the afternoon.  We’ve made friends with so many of the lovely ladies and gentlemen.

WOW NOLA Creations, Susan Levasseur, Stampin’ UP!, Valentine Decor

The color palette for this piece is Daffodil Delight, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Pink Pirouette.  I was amazed how closely our Stampin’ UP! colors matched this sweet little hanger.  I replaced the original ribbon hanger with a 15″ piece of our beautiful Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon.

WOW NOLA Creations, Susan Levasseur, Stampin' UP!, Valentine Decor

By punching nine images from Daffodil Delight with the Daisy Punch, I was able to create three of these lovely flowers.  The center was cut from Cherry Cobbler, using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and the faceted gem really makes it pop.  The Leaf Punch is one of my new go-to punches.  I used Always Artichoke and punched six images, two for each flower.

WOW NOLA Creations, Susan Levasseur, Stampin' UP!, Valentine Decor

The Sweet and Sassy framelits came in handy to create the trio of hearts.  And I just knew it needed some texture, so I used the Quilt Top Embossing Folder to do that. I love that stitched Daffodil Delight ribbon and thought it added just the right touch to the hearts.  

WOW NOLA Creations, Susan Levasseur, Stampin' UP!, Valentine Decor

To finish things off, I used the Bow Builder Punch and created the bow from Pink Pirouette card stock.  Be sure to check out my video tutorial and create one of these for someone special in your life.  

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Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

5th Annual Community Service Project

5th Annual Community Service Project

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I am so proud to host this annual community service project that benefits the residents of our local nursing home.  Being a Stampin’ UP! demonstrator has given me the opportunity to meet so many lovely, talented and generous crafters in our community.  All of whom have given so much to the project.  For the last 5 years we have gathered as a crafting community, created 120 handmade Christmas ornaments and cards, one for each resident at the home.  It’s tradition to then meet at the home on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to gather together at the tree trimming celebration.  

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This year our theme was childlike and playful. We wanted our friends at the nursing home to recapture those childhood Christmas memories.  What better way than with personalized stockings all decked out on their dining room tree.  The Tags and Trimmings Bundle was the perfect suite of products to use for both the stockings and the cards.  One of my sweet volunteers even cut out and painted that sweet gingerbread man we used as the tree topper. I told you I had some really talented ladies in my crafting circle.

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The highlight of the day is visiting with the wonderful residents at the home.  We’ve been around for a few years now and they know and love us.  This is a feeling that cannot be described.  I am humbled by their gratitude and sheer joy when they see us enter the building.  During the tree trimming celebration, we trimmed the tree, sang Christmas Carols, visited with each resident in the facility and I might add shed a few tears of joy.  My father, a local citrus farmer, even donates bushels of Satsumas for us to pass around to each of the residents.  They couldn’t wait to peel the juicy locally grown oranges and taste all that Plaquemines Parish sweetness.

At the end of the holiday season, when the tree is dismantled, each resident receives their ornament as a little keepsake.  I can’t begin to tell you how many rooms we’ve visited and have seen all the past ornaments on display.  We are making a difference, hopefully a very positive one.  

christmas, tree, service project, staimpin up

I don’t know where to start in thanking the scores of volunteers that helped with this year’s project.  Hours upon hours of designing, cutting and assembling had to take place before we could give this last hooray.  I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.  Stay tuned though, because we will be visiting the home again next week to create a hands-on holiday wall hanging with our friends that they can proudly display in their rooms.  They love when we visit the art room and they are able to create with us.

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!