Special Anniversary Card

Special Anniversary Card

Welcome! I’ve got something special to share with you. Today’s anniversary card is for my Mom & Dad. Want to take a guess how many years they have been together?  Are you sitting down? We are going to be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary June 1st. Nope, that’s not a typo, it truly is 70 years.

Mom & Dad, 70 Years Together, Susan Levasseur

Our family has been very blessed having these two to guide and lead us, setting this true positive example of dedication and love. That’s why today’s anniversary card is a special one. The flowers are definitely for Mom and the more masculine color palette and simplistic structure is for Dad. That’s what marriage is all about, right? A little give and take makes everyone happy and content.

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By choosing a monochromatic palette, I think the card depicts classic beauty. Pretty fitting for a 70th anniversary card, don’t you think? To create Mom’s little bouquet, I chose to work with the Cottage Rose bundle. 

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To make the center flower more 3D, I stamped the image 3 times and cut away petals from two of the images, creating a layered effect. Dad likes simplicity, so the card couldn’t be too fussy. I needed a focal image, and the new Fancy Frames dies did just the trick.

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To enhance things a little more, I also cut the large die from the Artistic die set for a backdrop and not too much frill.  Using the large leaf die, from the same set, I was able to create all the leaf sets for Mom’s flowers. Nothing left to do, but stamp a little greeting on the inside. I left a lot of room to write a message on this very special occasion.

70th Wedding Anniversary Card, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

In my video tutorial, not only will I teach you how to create this anniversary card, but I’ve got lots of tips and tricks along the way.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Basic White CS – 6″ x 12″, scored @ 6″
  • Mats – Basic Black CS – two @ 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Embossed Mat – Silver Foil – 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder
  • Accent Die Cut – Basic Black CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the largest die from the Artistic die set
  • Focal Image – Basic Black CS – 3 1/2″ x 5″, back the CS with adhesive sheet and cut the image with the die from the Fancy Frames die set. Silver Foil – 3″ x 4 1/2″, run embossing buddy over the surface, stamp the sentiment in Versa Mark, sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat set.
  • Leaves – Basic Black CS – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from the Artistic die set
  • Flowers – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, stamp the flowers in Memento Black. Stamp three medium and three of the larger images. Die cut the images with the dies from the Cottage Rose die set. Dissect the large flower as shown in the video. Run the versa mark pad over the edges of the petals. sprinkle with silver embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. Use Wink of Stella in the center of each flower.
  • Metallic Mesh Ribbon – 5″
  • Matte Black Dots – 3 large

Anniversary Card Product List

Thanks so much for stopping by and allowing me to share the great news. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Masking Paper Techniques

Masking Paper Techniques

Ready for some the techniques? Wondering how to use the new Masking Paper from Stampin’ Up! No worries, I’ve got you covered in today’s FREE card making class. I’ll show you three different way to use the masking paper, all in one card.

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Technique #1 will feature the large background die from the Organic Beauty die set. Use the die to cut the image from the Masking Paper.  Voila, you’ve just created yourself a custom stencil. I wanted the background on the card to look like a lattice. Do you think I’ve achieved it?

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using my Blending Brush I was able to blend Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.  Once blended, you just peel away the Masking Paper to reveal your pattern.  Break out all this large dies and have a play.

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Technique #2 is an oldie but goodie, You can stamp an image onto the masking paper, cut it out and use it to create lots of dimension on your projects.  Just remember, whatever you stamp first will come forward. 

Masking Paper Techniques, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I used this technique on both the focal image and the set of flowers on the inside of the card. Ready to learn these two techniques along with a bonus on the envelope? In my video tutorial I’ll show you all the tips and tricks.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Cajun Craze CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Technique Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Accent Band – Cajun Craze CS – 1″ x 6″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder
  • Focal – Vellum CS – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut with the largest circle from the Stylish Shapes die set
  • Leaves & Large Sprigs – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, stamp all images in Old Olive and die cut with the dies fro the Organic Beauty die set
  • Rose Focal Image – Basic White CS – 3″ x 5 1/2″, stamp the roses in Pumpkin Pie and the leaves in Old Olive
  • Sprigs – Old Olive CS – 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″, cut three with the die from the Organic Beauty die set
  • Masking Paper – cut one rose image on one of the large background die images
  • Envelope – Basic White
  • Heart Pearls – 1 large and 2 small

Masking Paper Techniques with True Beauty Product List

Hope you have some fun with this one. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Quiet Meadow with Techniques

Quiet Meadow with Techniques

Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve got a beautiful card featuring the Quiet Meadow Bundle and it’s filled with lots of techniques.

Quiet Meadow with Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Thank you to everyone that expressed concern and sympathy for my family’s loss. It was very much appreciated. By creating this card, I wanted to let you all know how much your prayers meant to my family. Please know that I’m thinking of you all and holding tight to your words. I needed to create a heart that made my soul happy. This one is for all of you.

Quiet Meadow with Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

A few years ago, I picked up some sweet acrylic frames that I knew I wanted to use in my card making. They were light weight and could be altered. By adding a couple of coats of paint, they are now a lovely shade of blue and the perfect “nest” for the butterfly.

Quiet Meadow with Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I cut some of the images from the Meadow die set from the In Good Taste DSP, it added lots of texture to the design. Inking in Bermuda Bay and adding pearls in the same color were the perfect touch.

Quiet Meadow with Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Quiet Meadow bundle is filled with the nature inspired images. The die set is versatile with a couple of sentiment dies and lots of foliage and butterflies. 

Quiet Meadow with Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Techniques included in my Quiet Meadow card include embossing, inking, distressing and masking. Check out my video tutorial for all the tips. Hope you learn a something that you would like to include in your next design. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Bermuda Bay CS – two @ 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP Mat – In Good Taste DSP – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Foliage – In Good Taste DSP two @ 2″ x 4 1/2″ and Basic White CS – 1″ x 6″, cut with the dies from the Meadow die set. Bermuda Bay CS – 1 3/4″ x 6″, punch two each of the images from the Bough Punch.
  • Focal Ephemera Backer – In Good Taste DSP – punch one scallop oval with the Double Oval Punch.
  • Butterfly – Basic White CS – 2″ x 2 1/2″ and Vellum CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Brilliant Wings die set.
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1″ x 4″, cut with the die from the Stitched Rectangle set
  • Ribbon – 3/8″ Sheer Pool Party – four 2″ pieces
  • Pearls – 6 small

Quiet Meadow Thinking of  You Card Product List

I’ve got 12 of those beautiful pieces of ephemera to share with the first 12 people that place an order in my online store. Would love to share these. 

Quiet Meadow with Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Lesson in Layering with Boughs & Blossoms

Lesson in Layering with Boughs & Blossoms

Woohoo, the new Boughs & Blossoms Bundle includes a punch. And not just any punch, a punch with pretty leaves and small flowers. This is fast becoming one of my new favorite punches in my stash. Today’s card is a lesson on layering.

Lesson in Layering with Boughs & Blossoms, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I love creating layers and by using a variety of circles, you can create a focal image on any project. Because I used the new Heart & Home DSP, I’ve created a lovely soft springtime look.  My color palette includes Fresh Freesia, Basic Gray, Garden Green and Basic White.

Lesson in Layering with Boughs & Blossoms, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because you can easily create botanicals to add to your cards, the Bough Punch is a must-have. You can create two distinct images to mix and match.

Lesson in Layering with Boughs & Blossoms, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By incorporating my Layering Circles die set, I was able to create a one of kind focal image with those beautiful DSP patterns. Not only that, I added even more texture with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder. That’s another new item in your January-June Mini.

Lesson in Layering with Boughs & Blossoms, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This card makes me happy with it’s layers and texture. I know you would love to see this one come together. Just click this link to head over to my YouTube Channel.  While you are there, I invite you to subscribe. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Fresh Freesia CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray, the leafy image in Garden Green and the floral image in Fresh Freesia
  • Mats – Basic Gray CS – one @ 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and one @ 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • DSP Mats – Heart & Home DSP – one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″ (woodgrain pattern) and one @ 3″ x 4″ (floral pattern)
  • Scallop Circle – Pale Papaya CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set
  • DSP Circles – Heart & Home DSP – Woodgrain pattern 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, floral pattern 2″ x 2″, green leafy pattern 1 3/4 X 1 3/4″. Emboss the green circle with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder and ink in Garden Green.
  • Accent Band – Fresh Freesia CS – 1″ x 5 3/8″, emboss with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Flower – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, stamps two images in Fresh Freesia. Apply Wink of Stella and fussy cut the images.
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 3/8″ x 2 3/4″, stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray. Flag the right side with the Tailored Tag punch.
  • Boughs & Leaves – Garden Green CS – 2″ x 8″, punch three sets of the leaves and one of the floral with the Bough Punch. Twist the leaves and ink all images in Garden Green.
  • Envelope – Basic White
  • Butterflies – Brushed Brass – 3 large 
  • Bling – Champagne Rhinestones – one medium and 6 small

Boughs & Blossoms Card – Product List

New Products – January-June Mini Catalog – Launching 1/4/22

  • #157712 Boughs & Blossoms Bundle
  • #157928 Heart & Home Designer Series Paper
  • #158136 Brushed Brass Butterflies
  • #157955 Hive 3D Embossing Folder

 

Start preparing your shopping list. Ordering, from the new January-June Mini and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs will begin January 4, 2022. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique

What can you do with the Ever Eden Cotton Paper? Well, that’s a great question and in today’s project I’ll show you a fabulous technique. Be sure to order the Eden’s Garden Suite, November 2, 2021. The gorgeous DSP, beautiful gems and lovely cotton paper are only available while supplies last. Don’t miss out!

Eden's Garden DSP & Gems, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Eden’s Garden Bundle will carry over to the soon to be released January-June Mini Catalog. If you’ve placed a minimum $35 order with me in the last 3 months, I will automatically send you the new publication. 

Eden's Garden Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to see how to use the Ever Eden Cotton Paper?  You’re not going to believe how easy it to create great texture and interest.

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The paper is sold in a 12″ x 12″ format and the package contains 10 sheets, 5 each of two colors, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent.

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

All you have to do is cut a piece and crumble it up, it’s as easy as that. The weight and texture is similar to tissue paper and is perfect for this linen look technique. 

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Look at those gems! Told you, you’re going to want a couple packages of those for sure.

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The large frame from the Eden die set fits perfectly on a card front, but it can also be altered into a oval frame with a little snipping. 

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used the border die, on my inside mat, I was able to create a pretty dramatic surprise for the recipient.  Watch how easy this card comes together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Evening Evergreen CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, cut the bottom edge with the border die from the Eden die set
  • Inside Accent – Ever Eden DSP – 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Front Mat – Soft Succulent CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Technique Mat – Ever Eden Cotton Paper – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Flower – Basic White CS – 3″ x 3 1/2″, stamped in Soft Succulent and fussy cut, apply wink of stella to the image
  • Frame – Evening Evergreen CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from the Eden die set
  • Leaf Sprigs – Gold Foil – 1 1/2″ x 5″, cut four with the die from the Eden die set
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, cut with the die from the Eden ie set, stamp the sentiment in Evening Evergreen
  • Envelope – Ever Eden DSP – 2 1/2″ x 6″
  • Bling – Garden Gems – three cat eyes and three small rhinestones

Ever Eden Cotton Paper Technique Product List

My team is preparing cards for a swap featuring this beautiful bundle. I hope to highlight many of those here on my blog. That will give you all lots of ideas and inspiration. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Techniques with Soft Pastels

Techniques with Soft Pastels

WOW Technique Time!! How would you like to learn some techniques with Soft Pastels? During this card making class, I’ll show you lots of ways to use the pastels and will also create 2 fabulous cards.

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Soft Pastel Assortment contains eight beautiful Stampin’ Up! colors, including one chalk each in Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Mossy Meadow, Gorgeous Grape, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to dive into some techniques? With technique #1, we will color with soft pastels and the water painter.  The best way to create a palette is to scrap some of the pastel chalk onto a block. Your Take Your Pick Tool spatula is the perfect tool for this. Because you can fill the water painter with water, you can squeeze the barrel to allow droplets onto the chalk. Create a slurry and color away. The image will have a chalky look at first, no worries, we will remedy that.

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

In both cards, I’ve used the soon to be released, Nature’s Harvest bundle. With the purchase of that bundle, during the period between August 3 and September 30, you will also earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item. 

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Once the image is totally dry, use a cotton ball and buff. Tadah, you will reveal all the lovely detail and achieve a soft coloring look. 

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve used the Ornate Layers die set for my focal image. Don’t you think it’s the best die cut to show off the colored image? In the second card, I’ve added a few more coloring techniques.

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Let’s break it down step by step. First, the embossed mat sets off the die cut images perfectly. I’ve embossed the mat with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder. Next, grab your versa mark and lightly apply to the embossed surface. You’ll want to scrap some of the Coastal Cabana chalk onto a dry block. I used an inexpensive makeup blending brush to apply to the soft pastels to the sticky embossed surface. Voila, you’ve stepped up the mat in no time at all.

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To color all the die cuts, I’ve used a couple of techniques. First, I applied dry chalk, from my palette, to the small flowers and leaves. On the coneflower, I used a sponge dauber to apply versa mark and then color each section with a q-tip.  

Techniques with Soft Pastels, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Both the sentiment and little flower cluster on the inside of the card were dry brushed with the blending brush. The soft pastels are so versatile. I invite you to tune into my video tutorial to see these in action.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card #1 – “Just Because”
  • Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Mossy Meadow CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Hand-Penned DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Die Cut – Basic White CS – 3 1/2″ x 5″, cut with the die from the Ornate Layers die set. Stamp the splotchy stamp in 2nd and 3rd generation Highland Heather.
  • Flower – Basic White CS – 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, after coloring and buffing, cut with the die from the Harvest die sest
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2 1/2″ x 1″, stamped in Gorgeous Grape with the stamp from the Lovely You set. Die cut with the die from the Harvest die set.
  • Ribbon – 3″ of Highland Heather Grosgrain
  • Pastel Pearls – 3 in Highland Heather

Card #2 – Soft Pastels – Thank You

  • Card Base – Coastal Cabana CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp the sentiment and flowers in Basic Gray with the stamps from the Nature’s Harvest set.
  • Mat – Basic Gray CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Embossed Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder
  • Focal Die Cut – Basic White CS – 3″ x 4″, cut with the die from the Scalloped Contours die set
  • Flowers & Foliage – Basic White CS – one @ 2″ x 7 1/2″ and one @ 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Harvest die set
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2 1/2″ x 1″, stamp in Basic Gray with the stamp from the Nature’s Harvest set
  • Bumblebee Trinkets – 3

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

Soft Pastels Technique Cards Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations