3 in 1 Fancy Fold Sympathy Card

3 in 1 Fancy Fold Sympathy Card

Fancy Folds are my weakness, I must admit. This fabulous 3 in 1 Fancy Fold was the brainchild of my WOW Team Member, Helene Hebert with As You Wysh Designs. She sent me a gorgous get well version during my recent surgery recovery. The more I looked at it, the more I knew I just had to create one of my own. When I asked if I could make a version of her card, Helene’s reply was, of course, sweetheart.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because we are card makers, we always want to send a really meaningful card to those that have suffered a loss. Sympathy cards can be tough. I had two dear friends that lost a family member. I knew I wanted them to feel all the love I could possibly send in a card. That’s why I used Helene’s 3 in 1 Fancy Fold to create those cards.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

My color combination was inspired by the lovely Woven Threads Designer Series Papers. The soft Seaside Spray looks lovely with the rich Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile. By opening the first fancy fold, the accordion, the first of two tranquil, calming scenes is revealed.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Then to make it even more extra special, open the main card base to reveal a lovely tunnel fold. This one was created by stamping on our vellum cardstock. That’s such a lovely look. I’ve got to remember to do this more often.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using a variety of die cuts and stamp sets, I also created a couple of sweet accents for each of the two side mats.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Even if you don’t want to recreate this 3 in 1 Fancy Fold as is, I’ve given you so many design ideas. You can incorporate a couple into your next card easily. I’ld love to hear about that.

3 in 1 Fancy Fold, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This beautiful card is so dimensional, it needed it’s own special envelope.  This one is so much easier than I thought it would be. I can see creating a stack of these to have on hand. Here is the template so you can see the layout easily.

Custom Envelope, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

There is so many possibilities with this 3 in 1 Fancy Fold. I’ve filmed a video tutorial for you. But, I know we have lots of visual learners as well as those that love the written word. So, under this video tutorial, you’ll also find a link to my FREE PDF Tutorial.

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3 in 1 Fancy Fold PDF Tutorial

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Lasting Lily Thinking of You

Lasting Lily Thinking of You

The fabulous Lasting Lily stamp set is one of Stampin’ Up’s! new DistINKtive sets. And this is the first catalog where they are being offered in photopolymer.  The Lasting Lily set includes 16 stamps, including 10 sentiments. This is one of our Level 2 FREE Sale-a-Bration sets. Place a $100 order and you can choose this one for FREE!!

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The subtle color palette of Petal Pink, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White are perfect for this card. The addition of Basic Black makes everything pop.  You could use this card for sympathy or thinking of you. The sentiments in the set are so versatile.

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Lasting Lily would be a great addition to your stamp collection. The flowers can be stamped in any color combination to give your card just the right look for all occasions. Because I cut the ovals with or Layering Oval Framelits, it made creating the focal image quick and easy.  Those dies are a go-to for me.

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The set include a fabulous grunge stamp that I used to create the frame around the flowers. By stamping off twice in So Saffron, I think I achieved just the right amount of color.

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The lovely die cut from the Petals and More Thinlits is another one of my favorites. By using that one, the sentiment is really grounded. I’ve got a few tips to share with you.  Sit back, relax and view my FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Petal Pink CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Focal Mat – Basic Black CS – 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Stamped Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 1/2″ x 3″
  • Small Bottom Mat – Basic Black CS – 3 3/4″ x 1 3/4″
  • Embossed Mat – So Saffron CS – 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, embossed with the Tufted embossing folder
  • Accent Die Cut – Basic Black CS – 4 1/4″ x 1″, cut with the die from Petals & More Thinlits
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ and Pear Pizzazz CS – 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the dies from Layering Oval Framelits.

I’ll bet you can’t wait to create one of these cards for someone special.  If you need any supplies to complete the job, I would very much appreciate you shopping my online store.

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Create Something Beautiful!

Hold on to Hope Inspirational Card

Hold on to Hope Inspirational Card

We all have rough patches in our lives from time to time and need a little hope and inspiration.  All of us have a friend or relative that might need that little seed of hope.  This gorgeous stamp set, Hold on to Hope, is perfect.  You can create beautiful cards for so many occasions, Thinking of You, Easter, Sympathy, Hope, Encouragement, Baptism and so many more.

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My color inspiration came from the gorgeous designer series paper Whole Lot of Lovely. Using Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Whisper White and Basic Black really bought out the elegance in this design.  I think everyone should have those Layering Ovals Framelits and Stitched Shapes in their stash.  They are so versatile and for sure some of my go-to design elements.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Hold on to Hope, Stampin' Up!

With the framelits, you can create five different shapes/sizes of crosses.  You can layer them, stamp them or highlight them solo.  I did use the framelit from Petals and More to cut out the sentiment, but if you don’t have that one you could always use just a strip of Whisper White and slant the ends on an angle.  The stamp set has beautiful larger sentiments that you can use on the inside of the card as well.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Hold on to Hope, Stampin' Up!

Did you notice the hint of the designer paper at the bottom of the inside of the card?  I couldn’t bring myself to waste one little piece of that gorgeous paper.  Be sure to add a package or two to your next order.  I’m sure it will probably retire when the new catalog goes live in June.  You won’t want to miss out on these lovely papers.

Would you like to create this one right along with me?  Here you go.

I’ld love to share with you how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Designer Paper – Whole Lot of Lovely DSP – 3 1/2″  4 3/4″
  • Scallop Oval – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 3″
  • Stitched Oval – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, stamped randomly with the flourish in Pear Pizzazz
  • Intricate Cross – Basic Black CS – 3 1/4″ x 2″
  • Small Cross – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the die from Petals and More, sentiments stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Inside Trim – Whole Lot of Lovely DSP – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • Inside Card Stamping – Pear Pizzazz – Flourish stamped off twice; Memento Tuxedo Black – Sentiment 

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Marbled Background Card Series

Marbled Background Card Series

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Don’t you just love it when you purchase a new stamp and learn multiple ways to use it?  That’s what I’ll be showing you in this marbled background card series.  The star of the show is our Marbled Background stamp from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  This is the first of three cards in the series and this one showcases a great technique, emboss resist.

The beautiful swirly background is very easy to create.  All you need is the marbled background stamp, clear embossing powder, an embossing buddy, heat tool, a couple of sponge daubers and two color inks of your choice.  In this case, I used Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz.  And presto, you get this lovely effect.  You could use this technique on any type of card.

I’ve published a how-to video on my YouTube Channel, WOW NOLA Creations.  My channel is fast approaching 4000 subscribers and I would love to have you join in the fun.  When I hit that magic number, I’ll be having a fantastic giveaway and by subscribing you’ll be notified of all my latest video posts.  You won’t want to miss out on the giveaway.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Heavy Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Early Espresso CS – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Embossed Mat – Blushing Bride CS 5″ x 3 3/4″, embossed with the Layering Leaves Embossing Folder
  • Focal Mat – Early Espresso CS 4 3/4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Marbled Background Mat – Whisper White CS 4 1/2″ x 2″
  • Sentiment – Scallop Oval – Pear Pizzazz CS 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; Stitched Oval – Whisper White CS 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″
  • Leaves – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″

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