Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap

I am so excited to share our 2020-2021 Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap. Boy, oh boy, do I have some talented artists on my team. Every time I host a swap I can’t wait to receive all the fabulous creations. As usual, each WOW Team Member has knocked it out the park. 

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW, right?  Let’s take a closer look at each card and get a little more detail. But wait, be sure to stay with me all the way to the end, because one of the cards will be highlighted and featured for you in my YouTube Video Tutorial. My entry for the swap was featured in a previous post here

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In that blog post, you will find a free downloadable PDF, along with an added extra and a video tutorial. Would love to hear if you give this one a try. Now let’s dive into my team members creations. First up, we have Klarissa Nightingale.

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Look at that vibrant color combination. Klarissa used the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle along with the Birch background stamp. Embossing the flower centers with gold embossing powder added a distinct richness to her design. Because she used the new Just Jade in-color, for her background, those flowers pop off the page. Next up, we have another sunflower design. This time a fancy fold.

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Denise Walker designed this sweet corner flip fold. The clean palette of Whisper White and Bumble Bee really make for a crisp summery design. I’m lovin’ the die cut leaves that accent the sentiment. Let’s switch sets and go to a couple of masculine designs. We all need those! Molly Downing featured the Beautiful World bundle in her fabulous fancy fold.

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because she used lots of the World of Good Specialty DSP, Molly’s card is extra special. Did you notice that she used both hemispheres of the globe on the stands? She’s one smart cookie! Let’s see what Dawn Galland has in store using the same bundle.

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Yep, that’s right another fancy fold. This time it’s the double dutch door. Dawn included some coloring on the globe featured on her focal mat. Surprise! Open the doors of the card to reveal a fabulous sentiment.

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One of the most popular bundles during the demonstrator preorder was Forever Fern. Paula-Kay Bourland highligthed the elements of the Forever Greenery Suite. And guess what, she created a swing fold to boot!!

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Forever Greenery DSP is the star of this fancy fold. Did you notice the sparkle in those beautiful gems? That’s another super popular item. Don’t miss out on adding a couple containers of the Flowers for Every Season Gems to your order. You’ll love using them like Paula-Kay did or in your next shaker card. Nancy Sanders designed the next one.

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Nancy used the Blossoms in Bloom bundle. Look at all that painstaking piecing she did. She loves us lots. Creating custom sentiments just got a lot easier.  The new Lovely Label Pick a Punch is six punches in one! Two designs, three widths, any length. It’s convenient, versatile and a Stampin’ Up! exclusive!

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Nancy even included a partial die cut on the inside and one more for good measure on the envelope. Ready for another fancy fold? Let’s see what Helene Hebert has in store for us.

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Another gorgeous design that features lots of the die cuts from the Forever Fern bundle. Helene added in some vellum butterflies as well. I love the softness of that with the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle. And that fold, WOW!! I’ve got to give that one a try soon. She even included a special packaging for her card.

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

That’s right, it’s in one of our acetate card boxes. Wouldn’t it be great to invite a friend for a coffee and present them with this card? I think I would feel super special. Last, but certainly not least, we have Lisa Lepine’s Third Fold Fancy Fold.

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Lisa’s card was chosen to be featured in my video tutorial. For each swap, all the swapper’s names are placed in the drawing. I spin the wheel and that card is the one I try to recreate and feature. This one was so much fun.  Lisa featured not only the Forever Fern set, but the Birds & Branches bundle. 

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Open up that fancy fold to reveal a large mat that you can use for a greeting or message.  And Lisa didn’t stop there, she gave us all a template to follow in case we wanted to recreate the fold. Here you go, we are also sharing it with you guys.

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve got a treat for you as well. Sit back, relax and take another closer look at all these designs. On top of that I’ll recreate Lisa’s card in my video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Pretty Peacock CS – 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″, score and fold as indicated on Lisa’s template.
  • Large Mat – Soft Sea Foam CS – 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mats – Soft Sea Foam – one @ 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • DSP Mats – Forever Greenery DSP – two @ 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Stamped Mats – Whisper White CS – two @ 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Stamp the nest in Crumb Cake. Stamp the bird in Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, with the wing in Pretty Peacock. Stamp the eggs in Soft Sea Foam, speckles in 2nd generation Crumb Cake. Die cut the images with the dies from the Birds and More set.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from Tasteful Labels.
  • Branch – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, die cut with the die from Birds and More set. Color the branch with the Stampin’ Blends.

Annual Catalog WOW Team Card Swap

Card designed by Lisa Lepine, www.lisalepine.stampinup.net

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Wasn’t that a great swap? How would you like to be a part of our next one? If you would like to chat about becoming a part of the WOW Team I would be thrilled. Contact me today and we will set that up. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

 

WOW Team Easter Card Swap

WOW Team Easter Card Swap

Welcome! It’s almost Easter, can you believe it? I know we are all going through a tough time right now. But today, I’ve got a fabulous WOW Team Easter Card Swap to share with you. Some of my team members were able to participate and I’ve got all the scoop on their cards. Hope this beautiful eye candy cheers you up. First up, we have Nancy Sanders. You can find Nancy’s site here.

Nancy Sanders, Stampin' on Sanders Pond, Susan's WOW Team Easter Card Swap

Nancy chose the Easter Promise set for her fabulous fancy fold. Because she included the gorgeous Peaceful Poppies DSP, she was able to create a lovely springtime color palette. And of course you want to see the inside, right?

Nancy Sanders, Stampin' on Sanders Pond, Susan's WOW Team Easter Card Swap

How beautiful is that? Nancy has definately inspired me to try this fold. Next up, we have team member Lisa Lepine. You can find Lisa’s website here.

Lisa Lepine, Susan's WOW Team Easter Card Swap

Lisa chose not only the Beautifully Braided bundle, but also tied in the sentiment from the Easter Promise set as well.  I love the idea of stamping that big bold flower as the focal image. Lisa then stamped it again to fussy cut some of the blooms. By doing so, she was able to add lots of dimension to her WOW Team Easter Card Swap entry.

Lisa Lepine, Susan's WOW Team Easter Card Swap

She finished things off with the pretty image from the Braided Border Punch. Lightly inking the cross was a brilliant little detail. The next card in our Easter card swap is mine.  I’ve already blogged this card and featured it on my YouTube Channel. Here’s a photo and link to the blogpost in case you missed it. 

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the super stinkin’ cute card by Dawn Galland. Dawn featured the Fable Friends set from the annual catalog.

Dawn Galland, Susan's WOW Team Easter Card Swap

As soon as I saw that background techique, I knew I wanted Dawn to teach me how to achieve all that texture. It’s quite easy and I’ll show you how in the video tutorial below.

Dawn Galland, Susan's WOW Team Easter Card Swap

Because the Fable Friends set has so many little critters, it’s super easy to finish off the inside of the card as well.  I know you’re anxious to see that background in action. Here you go.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Calypso Coral CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Sentiment – Calypso Coral CS – 3/4″ x 2″
  • Bunny – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 3″
  • Envelope – Whisper White

Fable Friends – WOW Easter Card Swap

 Card designed by Dawn Galland

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Hope you enjoyed the WOW Easter card swap. I sure did. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Stamps Ink and Paper Voila

Stamps Ink and Paper Voila

WOW Team Card Challenge time!! This month, it’s all about stamps, ink and paper. That’s right #simplestamping. By challenging my team to step outside their typical stamping styles, I think they surprised themselves. Because we got back to basics, I think the entire WOW Team used this to their advantage and rocked this challenge.  Let’s take a closer look to see how you can incorporate the stamps, ink and paper challenge into your card making. First up, we have Tonia Breland Bates.

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Isn’t this just brilliant? I love the technique of repetitive stamping. Tonia stepped it up by adding a new color each time. So cute!  She used a retired set, it’s an oldie, but goodies. And I’m sure she stamped and fussy the birthday cake. Next up, Eva Hibbing and another Happy Birthday card.

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Using the stamp from the Sale-a-Bration set Thoughtful Blooms, Eva created a fabulous diagonal focus.  I’m lovin’ all the colors and patterns. WOW Team Member, Margaret Savage, used the same set. But look at the different look she achieved.

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Her color palette is soft and sophisticated. Because the So Sentimental set, in the mini catalog, has a fabulous array of sentiments, Margaret included one of those for her inside greeting. Let’s see what Molly Downing has in store using only stamps, ink and paper.

Simple Stamping Team Challenge, Susan's WOW Team, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this fun? Molly’s color choice is right on point. She’s used the Wish For It All set from the Annual Catalog. That set has a gorgeous set of coordinating dies. Certainly, you can see too, that Molly used multi colors on her sentiment. Just fabulous and a great use of color. Next up we have a little fancy fold from Helene Hebert.

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WOW, a true star of the show on this card, the Morning Star set. That one too has a set of coordinating dies, the Stiched Stars set. It’s a carry over from the Holiday Catalog. Most noteworthy, you could change the sentiment on this one for a beautiful sympathy card. Let’s change gears to a more masculine theme with Paula-Kay Bourland’s creation.

Simple Stamping Team Challenge, Susan's WOW Team, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because Paula created a lovely watercolor wash backgound she was all ready for this stamps, ink and paper challenge. Her card features the fabulous Sailing Home set. That’s another Annual Catalog set. Next up we have another fun fold. This time Lisa Lepine used one of my favorite sets, Positive Thoughts.

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Lisa actually won the challenge this month. Everyone that participates, gets their name in the drawing for the prize. Each month, the challenge, gives us all so many ideas and inspiration. Lisa’s easel card really shows off the incredible possibilities with this set. Last, but certainly not least, we have Klarissa Nightingale.

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Klarissa too used one of my favorites, Beautiful Friendship. Her fabulous use of color and assortment of stamps created a beautiful background for her sentiment.  This set is truly a winner and a must-have staple in your craft stash.

Can you belive it, just stamps, ink and paper. Finally, since Lisa was the winner this month, I’m featuring her card in a video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

Didn’t they all do a fabulous job? I hope you enjoyed this month’s WOW Team Challenge. You could be a part of this fun too. Thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!? I would love to have you on my WOW Team.  Contact me today so we can get you started.

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Susan’s WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog

Susan’s WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog

One of the best ways to get lots of cardmaking ideas is through my WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog. I always host a swap with my WOW Team each time we launch a new catalog. This time was no exception. And wait until you see these fabulous cards.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap

Because I always want to add even more to my swaps, I’m going to recreate one of the cards at the end of this post. But first, let’s take a look at all these beautiful creations. First up, Klarissa Nightingale and a waterfall fancy fold.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Klarissa Nightingale

Just pull the pretty ribbon and reveal the waterfall. Klarissa used the Dressed to Impress bundle and the beautiful Best Dressed DSP.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Klarissa Nightingale

Tropical time and a beautiful card from WOW Team Member, Lisa Lepine. I love the shabby chic look of this card. Lisa used the Timeless Tropical bundle. and the Tropical Oasis DSP. Don’t you just love all that layering? I know I sure do!

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Lisa Lepine, Scrimper Scrapper

On of the most popular suites in the 2020 Mini Catalog has been Peaceful Poppies. Team member, Nancy Sanders, has incorporated elements from both the Painted Poppies and Peaceful Moments bundles in her gorgeous card. The layering and touches of gold foil really make this card shine.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Nancy Sanders

Ready for another fancy fold? This one is not just a card, but a very useful desk calendar and post-it-note holder. Created by WOW Team Member, Tonia Cooley, I think this is super clever. Tonia used those gorgeous papers from the Peaceful Poppies DSP.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Tonia Cooley

The easel feature on this card is fantastic.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap. Mini, Tonia Cooley

Next up, Helene Hebert has knocked it out the park with a unique fancy fold. It’s all about the layers, texture and fabulous stamping. Helene used her favorite Forever Blossoms bundle and the stunning Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Helene Hebert

By opening the first layer, you reveal the first of 2 sentiments.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap, Helene Hebert

But wait, there’s more. By opening the final front panel you get a second surprise.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Helene Hebert

Rounding out the 2020 WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog, we have Molly Downing.  Molly too, has turned to the very popular Peaceful Poppies Suite. By using lots of the die cuts and traditional poppy parade color, she created a card with lots of interest and dimension. Doesn’t that poppy bouquet look real?

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap Mini, Molly Downing

Last, we have my card, which features the Honey Bee bundle. I’ve already published a blog post and video for my card. Hope you enjoyed it. 

Honey Bee Scene Stepper, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

For our 2020 WOW Team Card Swap Mini, I thought I would try something new. By adding another feature to the card swap, I hope more of you will give these fabulous cards a try. I’ve placed all participating team member names in a hat. Then I drew a name and set to CASING her card.  This time, it’s team member, Molly Downing. But, with a twist, I’ve changed the color scheme.

Susan's WOW Team Card Swap

Be sure to check out my WOW Team Card Swap video so that you can appreciate lots of details in these fabulous creations.

Want to create that sweet poppy card?

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Gorgeous Grape CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Accent Bands – Basic Black CS – one @ 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • DSP Accent Bands – Lily Impressions DSP – one @ 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Poppies – Gorgeous Grape CS  and Highland Heather CS – one each 3″ x 5″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
  • Leaves – Old Olive CS – 4″ x 3″ and Mossy Meadow CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
  • Stamens – Basic Black CS – 1″ x 2″, cut with the dies from the Peaceful Moments die set.
  • Noble Peacock Rhinestones – 3 purple

Poppy Card – WOW Team Card Swap Mini Catalog Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

 

WOW Team Holiday Card Swap

WOW Team Holiday Card Swap

Woohoo, time for another Team Card Swap. Our Holiday Card Swap is over the top fantastic. Let’s start things off with my contribution. You’ve already seen my Still Scenes snow globe card. Because, in an earlier post, I showcased this one.  Don’t you just love snow globes?

Snow Globe Shaker Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Next up, we have Nancy Sanders, Stampin’ on Sanders Pond.  Nancy chose a set from the Annual Catalog, Winter Woods.  There is also a coordinating die set, In the Woods. I love all the texture and interest Nancy created with the embossing folder. The focal image is just everything!

WOW Team Holiday Card Swap, Nancy Sanders

Heaux, Heaux, Heaux, time for Santa. Team member, Molly Downing, Crafting Memories with Molly, designed this one. It’s fun and filled with lots of techniques and layers. It’s also a fabulous fancy fold using the Holly Jolly Christmas bundle.

WOW Holiday Team Card Swap, Molly Downing

Two Team Members chose the Toile Christmas bundle, for their entry in the Holiday Card Swap. But, each of their designs is unique. And you’re not going to believe this when I tell you. Both of these lovely ladies are NEW to my WOW Team. First up, Amy Long used both the Toile Christmas Bundle and the All-Around Wreath Dies.

WOW Holiday Team Card Swap, Amy Long

Ready for another card with this gorgeous set. Tonia Cooley is an accomplished artist. Her skills are evident in this fabulous design. Which, by the way, is a fancy fold.

WOW Holiday Team Card Swap, Tonia Cooley

Let’s switch gears for a moment and take a look at a Thanksgiving card created by team member Margaret Savage. Get ready, it’s going to make you smile. She used the fun set, Birds of a Feather.

WOW Holiday Team Card Swap, Margaret Savage

Remember, I mentioned earlier that there are some fabulous sets in the Annual Catalog. Denise Walker, took full advantage of the Making Christmas Bright set. This one coordinates with the Christmas Bulb Builder punch.

WOW Holiday Team Card Swap, Denise Walker

Last, but certainly not least, our very talented team member, Lisa Lepine, designed a gorgeous card. Because she created a diorama fold, you can display the card all season. Lisa chose the Frosted Foliage bundle.

WOW Holiday Team Card Swap, Lisa Lepine

I think you need a better, up close and personal look at these fabulous cards. I’ve filmed a video, highlighting each of the designs. I hope you enjoy it.

How would you like to be a part of our next WOW Team Card Swap? I would love to have you join the Team. Contact me today to learn how you can have the time of your life. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

WOW Steel Magnolia Team Retreat

WOW Steel Magnolia Team Retreat

Woohoo! I’m back from my WOW Steel Magnolia Team Retreat and it was a BLAST!! The creativity in one room was so fabulous, second only to the amount of sharing that was going on. To start things off we all gathered at the Tangi Retreat House in Independence, Louisiana.  It was a very comfortable sweet house that can house 14 creative souls.  The workroom was fabulous and I decorated in Steel Magnolia Pink Fashion.

This was the welcome to everyone that attended, a fabulous laminated grid sheet, agenda, gift and a cute mason jar drinking glass with a magnolia corsage. I was very humbled by the outpouring of love and generosity. Here are photos of the gifts from my team.

This beautifully decorated box contained my gorgeous magnolia necklace.

Members of my team and their guests created magnolias for my wreath that I am proudly displaying in my studio.

The over the top card, created by team member Lisa Lepine, was absoulutely gorgeous and so thoughtful. We had so many activites, sharing and caring, shoebox kits, decorating southern belle hats, team building activities, and so much more. Here are a few snapshots form my WOW Steel Magnolia Team Retreat.

At our WOW Steel Magnolia Team Retreat I hosted a card challenge. They had limited supplies, everyone had to use the same set, Good Morning Magnolia.  Please visit my WOW NOLA Creations Facebook page for photos of all these gorgeous cards.

The team card swap was fabulous and a highlight of the WOW Steel Magnolia Team Retreat.  Here is a video featuring all the team swaps. Caution – They are over the top fabulous!!!!

Because it’s just too hard to capture the beauty, creativity and thoughtfulness we all shared this weekend, I tried to highlight some of it in this video.

Are you just simply blown away? Would you like to take part in my next WOW Team Card Swap. Let’s get you signed up, so you can be the next member of Susan’s WOW Team.

We concluded the weekend with our Sunday lunch and our Southern Belle Hat Show.

This weekend was an absolute pleasure to plan, organize and execute for my team. Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations