Card Making Inspiration

Card Making Inspiration

I’ve got lots to share with you all today. Are you ready for lots of gorgeous card making ideas and inspiration? In my video, linked below, join me for some happy mail and an Annual Catalog Card Swap from my WOW Team. But first, I’ll teach you how to create the card that was my contribution to the swap. It’s an easy accordion fancy fold that can be adapted to lots of occasions. Be sure to stay to the end of the video for an important announcement.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I love incorporating fancy folds into my card making? How about you? The best part about this fold is that you can show off lots of designer series paper. And you know we all have those scraps laying around. This fold is a perfect way to show those off.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’ve used two new bundles from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog on this one. Be sure to add the True Beauty and Charming Sentiments bundles to your card making arsenal. Ready to open up this accordion fold to reveal all those lovely papers.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Textured Chic Specialty DSP package is filled with lovely patterns, highlighted with gold foiling. Lots of choices for some masculine cards along with a lovely Christmas option as well.

Accordion Fancy Fold, True Beauty, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

In today’s video tutorial, I’ll show off all the other cards from my WOW Team Swap. Be sure to stay to the end of the video. I’ve got some important news to share. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Petal Pink CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Base Mat – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
  • Accordion – Petal Pink CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 3″, 5 1/2″, 8″ and 9 1/2″
  • Bellyband – Petal Pink CS – 1″ x 9 1/2″, scored @ 2 3/4″ & 7 1/8″, embossed with the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
  • Stamped Images & Stitched Circle – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Stamp the flower in Petal Pink, two sets of leaves in Soft Succulent, thank you sentiment in Evening Evergreen. Cut the 2nd to largest stitched circle with the die from the Stylish Shapes die set. 
  • Sprigs – Evening Evergreen CS – two @ 2″ x 3 1/2″. Gold Foil – two @ 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″. Cut the images with the dies from the Organic Beauty die set.
  • Envelope – Basic White
  • Pearls – 3 small, colored with the Dark Soft Succulent Blend
  • Butterflies – Brushed Brass – 1 large and 2 small

Card Making Product List 

Thanks again for following my work during my Stampin’ Up! journey. I’m ready for my new beginning. If you happen to be at a crossroads and need a prayer to help guide your decision, here is the prayer that I shared at the end of my video.

New Beginnings Prayer, Susan Levasseur

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful,

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Heartfelt Vintage Thanks

Heartfelt Vintage Thanks

My Dad asked that I create a thank you card for some special people. That’s when I was inspired to create this  heartfelt vintage thanks. The color palette of Highland Heather and Blushing Bride with a hint of Mint Macaron and Pool Party is so soft and soothing.

Heartfelt Vintage Thanks, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using the large die in the Floral Heart die set I was able to create a lovely focal image. If you need more inspiration with this die set, check out this post. One of my favorite things to do is to create my own flowers for my projects.

Heartfelt Vintage Thanks, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

For today’s Heartfelt Vintage Thanks, I’ve used a collection of punches to shape the images and create this flower.  

Heartfelt Vintage Thanks, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

If you love the Hand-Penned DSP, be sure to stock up when the retirement list is published in April.  Papers and inks sell out super quick.

Heartfelt Vintage Thanks, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Be sure to watch to the end of my video tutorial where I will share a mailing tip for a dimensional card. 

Heartfelt Vintage Thanks, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

In the beautiful Encircled in Friendship stamp set there is an alternate sentiment for the inside of the card.  Because I created this card for Dad for a specific reason and group of people, I created my own sentiment. By using the die in the Encircled in Beauty die set, I’ve added that to the card.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Highland Heather CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Inside Mats – Basic Black CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Basic Black CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP Mats – Hand-Penned DSP – Pattern #1 – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, rough the edges with the blade of your scissors; Pattern #2 – 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • Large Heart – Highland Heather CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, cut with the die from the Floral Heart die set
  • Small Heart – Hand-Penned DSP – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the die from the Floral Heart die set
  • Flower – Basic White CS – 1 3/4″ x 11″, punch one small flower with the Strawberry Builder Punch and4 large and 1 small flower with the Flowers & Leaves Punch. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist, crumble. When dry open the petals and ink in Blushing Bride ink.
  • Sprigs – Mint Macaron CS – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, punch two leaf and two bough images with the Bough Punch. Pool Party CS – 2″ x 3″, punch two images from the Sprig Punch.
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″, stamp the sentiment in Highland Heather and die cut with the die from the Stitched Rectangles die set.
  • Bling – Iridescent Rhinestones – 1 large and 3 small

Heartfelt Thanks Product List

Everyone that places an order with me during March 2022, will have their name placed on my prize drawing. I’m giving away two of the Calming Camellia stamp sets.  Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Ranunculus Romance Customer Thank You

Ranunculus Romance Customer Thank You

So happy to see you stopped by today. Flip that Spring Mini open to page 54 and take a peak at the Ranunculus Romance bundle and the pretty samples created with it. The images in this set definitely lend themselves to creating one-sheet wonders. 

Ranunculus Romance Customer Thank You, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Ranunculus Romance Bundle is a 10-piece red-rubber stamp set with an 8-piece coordinating die set. It’s the perfect set for thank you, sympathy, thinking of you and so much more.

Ranunculus Romance Customer Thank You, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

One of things I love to do is to create lots of texture and interest in my card making. Because I embossed my designer series paper mat with the Ornate Floral embossing folder, I’ve done just that. 

Ranunculus Romance Customer Thank You, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I’m lovin’ the Watercolor Shapes stamp set so much I’ve used it on my focal image. It served two purposes on this card. One, I was able to achieve a watercolor wash look and two, I didn’t need to color the floral image. That made creating multiples super easy.

Ranunculus Romance Customer Thank You, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Be sure to check out my video tutorial. There you’ll see a sneak peak of the one-sheet wonder I created with the Ranunculus Romance set. Be sure to cast your vote in the comments.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White cS – 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored @ 5 1/2″. On the inside of the card, stamp the long accent image in Evening Evergreen, the watercolor oval in Bumblebee and the sentiment in Evening Evergreen.
  • Mat – Evening Evergreen CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Pansy Petals DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder
  • Accent Band – Bumblebee CS – 1 1/4″ x 4″, stamp the images in Bumblebee
  • Scallop Circle – Evening Evergreen CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set
  • Circle – Basic White  CS – 3″ x 3″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set. Stamp the watercolor circle in Bumblebee and the floral image in Evening Evergreen.
  • Sentiment – Evening Evergreen CS – 1/2″ x 1 1/8″; Basic White CS – 1″ x 2″, stamp in Evening Evergreen and cut with the die from the Ranunculus die set
  • Sprig – Bumblebee CS – 1 3/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Ranunculus die set
  • Leaf Set – Bumblebee CS – 1 3/4″ x 3″, punch one image with the Bough Punch
  • Ribbon – Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check – 5″
  • Baker’s Twine – White – 8″
  • Butterflies – Brushed Brass – 1 large and 2 small

Ranunculus Romance Thank You Card Product List 

Remember, everyone that orders from me during the month of March will have their name placed on my prize wheel. The winner will receive the Calming Camilla stamp set. Be sure to use my host code, PXSSBR7A, if your order is under $150. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Mass Produce Layered Cards

Mass Produce Layered Cards

I needed to create a BIG batch of customer thank you cards. It was the perfect opportunity to share with you, how to mass produce a beautifully layered card. I’ll take you step by step through the process. You’ll be creating batches of pretty layered cards in no time flat.

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Who says you can’t mass produce a beautiful layered thank you card? I’ll show you how the Stamparatus can tackle this job and make it quick & easy. One star of the show is the lovely You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper. The patterns are so versatile and can be used with all types of cards.

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Two other tricks I’ve used to achieve a quick layering effect, was to use our Square Vellum Doilies as a backdrop for my sentiment. It can mimic the look of an intricate die-cut, without all the die cutting. 

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used our Sprig Punch for my leafy images, I was able to punch out a big batch of those in just minutes. Punches always come in handy and are true staples in your craft room.

Mass Produce Thank You Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t waste any of the DSP scraps. Why not dress up the inside of your card. You will take your design to the next level.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Early Espresso CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – You’re a Peach DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Mat – You’re a Peach DSP – 3″ x 3″
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 1 3/4″, cut with the die from the Stitched Rectangles die sset
  • Sprigs – Pear Pizzazz CS – punch 2 images with the Sprig Punch
  • Inside Accent – You’re a Peach DSP – 5 1/2″ x 1/2″

Mass Produce Layered Thank You Cards Product List

No more excuses on sending out those beautiful thank you cards. The Stamparatus will be your card making friend for a long time. Why not order yourself an early Christmas gift. I would appreciate you shopping my online. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Very Vintage Shabby Chic

Very Vintage Shabby Chic

Welcome!! So happy you could join me today. I’ve got two very vintage shabby chic cards to share. This is my favorite type of card to create. Each card was created with a specific person in mind, so that makes them extra special to me. Hope you agree.

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The first one I worked on was the beautiful monochromatic Butterfly Brilliance card. Soft Sea Foam is fast becoming on elf my favorite greens, right behind Old Olive.

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Butterfly Brilliance, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This one is for my daughter, Jennifer. Her birthday is this weekend. She loves to garden and likes things more on the elegant side. Her back yard is a haven for butterflies, birds and her new little squirrel. There are flowers everywhere. It’s a very English Cottage Garden look. So it was quite easy for me to choose the Butterfly Brilliance bundle to start things off.

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Butterfly Brilliance, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

One of the elements of vintage shabby chic design is the use of layers. At least, I think so. So, I pulled out my Ornate Layers dies and began that process.  The soft green of Soft Sea Foam really brought the elegance factor to the card.

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Butterfly Brilliance, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The sweet little butterflies needed a landing area. I used our Heart Punch Pack to punch the images, but the white layer needed some texture. Because I embossed them with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, I achieved just the right amount of texture.

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Butterfly Brilliance, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Keeping it simple, on the inside of the card, gave me lots of room to write a little note to Jennifer. I love the font in the stamp from the Best Year set. Ready for the second shabby chic design? This one is totally different with handmade flowers and an enchanted color palette.

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Believe it or not, this card started with the selection of the designer series paper. The In Good Taste Designer Series Paper has many great background textures to choose from. I decided on the one that looks like stucco. Kicking it up a notch, I used the soon to be released Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I LOVE this folder and will be using it a lot. 

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Bringing in a little pink with the Hand-Penned DSP tied the design together, just like a present with the perfect bow. Did I mention both DSP packs are on sale? Scoop up a pack of each by August 2nd. Next in the design process, was creating a couple of handmade flowers. Yes, that is one of my favorite things to do. 

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I used the Poinsettia die set to create my handmade flowers. I’ve spritzed the petals with a concoction of 7 drops of Blushing Bride ink refill and rubbing alcohol. It gave the flower a dusty pink look, with some of the white still showing through.

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The design is anchored with the gorgeous die cut from the Encircled in Beauty die set. There are so many possibilities with that one. 

Very Vintage Shabby Chic, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Sit back, relax and let me teach you the techniques I’ve used. I sure hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card #1 – Monochromatic Butterfly Brillance
  • Card Base – Basic White CS – 6″ x 12″, scored @ 6″
  • Inside Mats – Soft Sea Foam CS – 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and  Basic White CS – 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Embossed Mat – Soft Sea Foam CS – 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″, embossed with the Parisian 3D Embossing Folder
  • Accent Mats – Basic White CS – 2 @ 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and Soft Sea Foam CS – two @ 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, cut with the dies from the Ornate Layers die set
  • Focal Mats – Soft Sea Foam CS – 2 1/2″ x 3″.  Basic White CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″, embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Hearts – Soft Sea Foam CS and Basic White CS – one each 2 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, punch two scallop hearts and two plain hearts. Emboss the white hearts with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Butterflies – Basic White CS – 2″ x 4″, stamp two of the butterflies from the Butterfly Brilliance set in Soft Sea Foam and die cut with the Brilliant Wings die.
  • Detail Butterflies – Vellum CS – 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″, die cut with the Brilliant Wings dies. Color with the Dark Soft Sea Foam Blend.
  • Sprigs – Basic White CS – 3″ x 5 1/2″, cut 3 single and 2 double images with the dies from the Sunflower die set.
  • Small Flower and Leaves – Punch images with the Strawberry Builder Punch. Basic White CS – 3 flower images, Soft Sea Foam CS – 1 leaf image.
  • Basic Pearls – 12 small, color three with the Dark Soft Sea Foam Blend.
  • Sequins – 6 clear from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack.
  • Ribbon – Basic White Crinkled Seam Binding – 3 loop bow, about 30″

Shabby Chic Card #1 – Supply List

Shabby Chic Card #2 Forever Grateful

  • Card Base – Basic White CS – 6″ x 12″, scored @ 6″
  • Inside Mats – Blushing Bride CS – 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and  Basic White CS – 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Focal Mat – Basic White CS – 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mats – In Good Taste DSP – 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″, embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Hand-Penned DSP – 5″ x 5″, rough the edges with the blade of your scissors.
  • Circle Die-Cut – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the dies from the Encircled in Beauty die set
  • Flowers – Basic White CS – 6 1/2″ x 5 3/4″, cut with the dies from the Poinsettia die set. Cut 2 medium, 3 small and four centers. Spritz all with a spritzer filled with 7 drops of Blushing Bride ink refill and rubbing alcohol. Shape flowers as shown in the video.
  • Leaves – Soft Sea Foam CS – two @ 3″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from Forever Flourishing die set
  • Vines – Soft Succulent CS – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, cut two with the die form the Grapevine die set.
  • Sprigs and Hearts – Gray Granite CS – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, cut one tall sprig with the die from the Poinsettia die set. Cut three small sprigs with the dies from the Forever Flourishing die set. Cut two flower centers with the die from the Poinsettia die set. Cut the hearts with the die from the Floral Heart die set.
  • Copper Swirls – Copper Foil – five @ 3/4″ x 1 3/8″, cut with the die from the Grapevine die set.
  • Loops – Gray Granite CS – 8 1/2″ long, cut 4 or 5 slivers
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1 1/4″ x 2 1/4″,cut with the die from the Stitched So Sweetly die set.
  • Brushed Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots – one medium and one large in copper.

Shabby Chic Card #2 Product List

Which one is your favorite? I can’t choose because each one is special in it’s one way. I hope you give one or both a try. Would love to hear from you if you did. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

You’re Sweet as a Peach

You’re Sweet as a Peach

Welcome! I hope you enjoy this FREE card making class. We will be creating two fabulous cards with the Sweet as a Peach Bundle from Stampin’ Up! It’s a super cute 20-piece photopolymer stamp set with a 17-piece die set. Join me to learn how to achieve a very realistic image and an awesome fancy fold.

Sweet as a Peach Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Let’s start things off with a traditional fold thank you card. I love the font in this set. It’s a fun crisp script.

Sweet as a Peach Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I embossed the You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper with the Bark 3D embossing folder, I was able to create lots of texture on the base layer. One of the best parts about that, the DSP is currently on sale. 

Sweet as a Peach Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t my peach look realistic? That’s really to achieve by using two colors of ink in the stamping process.

Sweet as a Peach Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By adding a little Linen Thread and few Genial Gems it brought the design to the next level. 

Sweet as a Peach Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready for a fancy fold?

Sweet as a Peach Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

OK, this card just makes me happy. I love everything about it, the fold, the colors and of course that gorgeous designer series paper. 

Sweet as a Peach Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To achieve that very realistic look on the peaches, I inked up the stamp in Mango Melody first. Then with a sponge dauber, I added Calypso Coral ink. Once the image was die cut, I used a little more Mango Melody in the center with a dauber. Inking the edges in Calypso Coral eliminated the white edge on the die cut.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Sweet as a Peach – Card #1
  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Pear Pizzazz CS – two @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – You’re a Peach DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, embossed with the Bark 3D Embossing Folder
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Stamped Images – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1/2″ x 4″
  • Flower Centers – Basic White CS – scrap
  • Basic Pearls – 6 small, color with the Light Calypso Coral Blend
  • Genial Gems – 3 in Pale Papaya
  • Line Thread – approximately 8″

Z – Gatefold – Sweet as a Peach

  • Card Base – Mango Melody CS – two @ 8″ x 5 1/2″, score each @ 2″ and 4″. Marry the two center panels. Place a tick mark on each end @ 2 5/8″. Cut from the tick to the score where the panels meet.
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • DSP Mats – You’re a Peach DSP – Pattern #1 – two @ 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″. Pattern #2 – two @ 1 3/4″ x 3 7/8″. See the video on cutting the angle on the DSP.
  • Focal Mat – Mango Melody CS – 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″. Basic White CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″.
  • Stamped Images – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Ribbon – Pale Papaya – approximately 20″

Sweet as a Peach Product List 

Hope you give this fun bundle a try. Don’t forget to add a couple packs of the You’re a Peach DSP to your order while it’s on sale. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations