Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

WOW, where in the world is 2018 going?  Can you believe the holiday season is here.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  

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As some of you know, I grew up on a farm, still there by the way.  Our family tradition is to have Thanksgiving dinner in the Barn.  We all gather together and my Mom and Dad still do ALL the cooking.  At ages 88 and 86, they just keep going, just like the energizer bunny. There will be about 30 of us there, eating, sharing, praying and making memories.  

What’s your favorite family tradition? How many do you have at the table? I hope each and every one of you have a Happy Thanksgiving. Be sure so share what you love with those you love.

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I’m thankful and blessed for each of you that take time to visit here, or on my YouTube Channel or my Facebook Page.  I love hearing your comments, suggestions and feedback.  By the way, leave a comment here on the blog today to be entered in a drawing for prize from me.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Country Home Fall Card

Country Home Fall Card

It’s Fall Y’all, and nothing says that more than the Country Home stamp set.  The images in this set remind me of sweet Fall floral arrangements.  I love walking the levee behind my house, during this season of the year, picking Fall wild flowers.  I just wish I had one of the metal cans to arrange them in.  I’m drawn to the old farmhouse look.

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What says Country Home better than a metal milk jug, chicken wire and beautiful Fall colors?  Stampin’ Up! has made creating lovely cards like this one so quick and easy.  The products in the Country Lane Suite include that fabulous stamp set along with the chicken wire elements, and the fantastic County Lane Designer Series Paper. And wait, did you notice all the texture in the background?  That was created with the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. That one is a must-have. It reminds me of the tin tile ceilings in lots of the old buildings here in New Orleans.

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Stampin’ Blends will make you feel like an artist. These high-quality alcohol markers come in both a light and dark shade of the color offered.  In my Country Home card, I’ve used dark Blackberry Bliss, light and dark Smoky Slate, dark Old Olive and light and dark Calypso Coral.  The color goes on so smooth and even, you barely have to touch the paper and the color just glides!

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Did you notice the splatter around the focal image?  I did that using my Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker.  Just use the cap on the brush tip and flick the color on.  Instant texture!

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To accentuate the texture on the Tin Tile embossed mat, I just sponged on a little Smoky Slate ink.  It really made things pop.  I’ve got a FREE video tutorial for you, to show you how I can created this Country Home card. Hope you enjoy!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Embossed Mat – Smoky Slate CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder
  • DSP – Country Lane – 2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Accent Band – Crushed Curry CS – 5 1/4″ x 3/4″, embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder
  • Focal Mat – Cajun Craze CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • Stamped Image – Thick Whisper White CS – 4″ x 2 1/4″

Stamping/inking/coloring:

  • On the piece of thick Whisper White, stamp the image in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Color with the Stampin’ Blends markers. Flick the color on the image with your Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Sponge Smoky Slate ink onto the surface of the Smoky Slate embossed mat.
  • Wet glue the Smoky Slate mat to the card front.
  • Wet glue the DSP to the card front.
  • Adhere the chicken wire to the card front, attaching with scotch tape.
  • Wet glue the accent band to the seam of the DSP.  This will also help to secure the chicken wire to the card front.
  • Pop the stamped image to the Cajun Craze mat.
  • Pop the focal image to the card front. 

If you need any supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online store.

Stamparatus

$49.00
Big Shot

$110.00

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

World Card Making Day First Frost

World Card Making Day First Frost

Hooray, it’s World Card Making Day!! It’s not too late to get in your craft room and #makeacardsendacard for someone special. Handmade cards are unique, one of kind, treasures.  The cards reinforce how much one person loves another.  On this World Card Making Day, set aside some time to give a part of yourself. Your creation will be cherished and kept forever.

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For my World Card Making Day card, I used the First Frost bundle.  It’s not just for Christmas and I really wanted to show the versatility of this set. I needed a swap card for my WOW Team Swap, It’s Fall Y’all was the theme and I thought this would be a great opportunity to shake things up and use this set. Choosing my color palette was the first step. Warm colors speak Fall to me and so I chose Cajun Craze,Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss with hints of all things copper.  

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The absolutely fabulous DSP background is from the Frosted Floral Specialty pack.  Talk about yummy!! This DSP has a shimmery, frosted look.

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Look at all that texture on the roses. And it’s so easy to do.  Just ink, stamps and paper and you’ll look like an artist. The beautiful copper accents were created with the sprig die from the First Frost set.  The Seasonal Layers Thinlits have so many fantastic dies, but I was drawn to that gorgeous leaf. I cut two of those for this design.

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When choosing the sentiment for my World Card Making Day card, I knew I wanted something that spoke to thanks and being grateful.  I knew we had just the right words with the lovely sentiments in Country Home.

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To me, a really special card isn’t complete until you’ve dressed up the inside.  It’s another little something that you can add to your card making to make the recipient feel truly special.

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I just love this card and I hope the person that will be receiving it will know how much they mean to me. Stamping the envelope will even make the postman take a second look and admire the gift I’m sending to my friend.

My World Card Making Day card has lots of layers and may look a little intimidating to some.  But, no worries, I’ve published this FREE video tutorial in case you want to create that special someone a WOW card.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mat – Gray Granite – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • DSP – Frosted Floral Specialty DSP – 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, stamped in Blackberry Bliss with the stamp from Country Home.  Rich Razzleberry CS – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  Both pieces cut with the die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. All images are from the First Frost set.  Stamp three large roses in Crushed Curry, 2 large roses in Cajun Craze, 2 small roses in Cajun Craze and 3 accent flowers in Blackberry Bliss.  Die cut all with the dies from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits.
  • Leaves – Joyous Noel 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper – Copper – 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, cut two leaves with the die from Seasonal Layers.
  • Sprigs – Joyous Noel 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper – Copper – 6″ x 1 3/4″, cut three sprigs with the die from Frosted Bouquet Framelits.
  • Inside Accent Band – Frosted Floral Specialty DSP – 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. Stamp the spring st and 2nd generation in Cajun Craze.

I’ll bet you’re itching to create one of these cards.  If so, I would appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you might need.

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

Thank you so much for joining me today.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Seasonal Layers  Fall Holiday Gift

Seasonal Layers Fall Holiday Gift

I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy gift giving ideas.  Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I knew I wanted to use our Seasonal Layers framelits.  I love the leaves in that set. And what says Fall better than rich colored leaves?

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Lucky me, I found these cute mugs at my local Dollar Tree.  As soon as I saw the leaf design, I knew they would compliment the leaves in our Seasonal Layers set.  And to make matters even better, I scooped up some of the Fall Taffy. I think that’s a match made in Fall heaven. 

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It was easy to pull the perfect color combo for my Seasonal Layers holiday mug. Stampin’ Up!’s color palette is so versatile and trendy. I found the perfect color match, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Garden Green. I wanted the tag to be over the top pretty, so Tin Tile Dynamic Textures Embossing Folder to the rescue.

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Be sure to lightly spritz your paper with water before running it through the Big Shot with this folder.  It really makes the embossing pop.  I cut a scallop circle with our Layering Circles Framelit and then highlighted the raised areas with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Next, my Seasonal Layers leaves; one each in Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Garden Green created the perfect focal image.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Seasonal Layers Holiday Gift

Did you notice the polka dot tulle is tinted in Pumpkin Pie?  That’s an easy technique I can teach you now to do in my FREE video tutorial.

Are you making your gift list?  Who are the lucky ones that will receive one of these?  I know you just can’t wait to create some of your own.  

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Tag – Scallop Circle – Thick Whisper White CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the Layering Circles framelits and embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.
  • Leaves – Cajun Craze CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, Pumpkin Pie CS – 2″ x 2 1/2″, and Garden Green CS – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the dies from Seasonal Layers. Stamp tone on tone, on the Cajun Craze and Garden Green leaves with the stamp from Touches of Texture. 
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1/2″ x 3″, stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Pumpkin Pie. Dovetail both ends.
  • Ribbon – Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle – 2 pieces at 8″ each
  • Linen Thread – approximately 30″
  • Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets – 1 small
  • Cello Bag – 6″ x 8″

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

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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

Tropical Chic Gatefold Card

Tropical Chic Gatefold Card

Aloha!  I’m in a tropical state of mind creating all the projects and goodies for my 2018 Tropical Chic WOW Team Retreat.  The bundle in our Annual Catalog was sending me Tropical Vibes!! Oh my, the colors in this suite, Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce, are just down right relaxing.  

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Have you seen the suite on page 121?  There is a fabulously yummy stack of designer series paper, Tropical Escape.  It’s a 6×6 format pack with forty-eight sheets.  You can create lots and lots of cards, treat holders, and even accents on scrapbook pages. There is even some Tropical Elements that are stinkin’ cute.

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The focal image along with the flowers and tropical leaves were created with dies from the set. I love the way Stampin’ Up! products all coordinate. Finishing off the inside of the card was quick and easy because the Tropical Chic set has not only beautiful tropical images, but sentiments as well.

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I can’t wait to show my card to my Team Members and create along side them this week.  It’s going to be so much fun.  Stay tuned, I’ll bet I’ll have a recap post coming soon.  

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To really make the flowers pop, I highlighted them with wink of Stella and colored those cute little pearls with the Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.  Those alcohol markers come in so handy.  Here’s my FREE video tutorial so that you can create one of these too.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Blushing Bride CS – 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 2 ¾” and 8 ¼”
  • Mats – Whisper White CS – two @ 2 ½” x 4”, Basic Black CS – two @2 ¼” x 3 ¾” and Tropical Escape DSP – two @ 3 ½” x 2”
  • Focal Image – Granny Apple Green CS – 3” x 3” and Tropical Escape DSP – 3” x 3”
  • Leaves – Tropical Escape DSP – 4 ¼” x 1 ¾”
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 ½” x 1 ¾” and Shaded Spruce CS – 2 ¾” x 1 ¾”
  • Flowers – Whisper White CS – 2 ¾” x 3 ½”
  • Inside Mat – Whisper White CS – 5 ¼” x 4”
  • Stamping/Inking:
  • Sentiment– On the Whisper White CS stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce
  • Flowers – On the Whisper White CS stamp the three flower images in Blushing Bride
  • Inside Mat – On the Whisper White large mat stamp the sentiment at the top in Shaded Spruce and the accent band at the bottom in Granny Apple Green
  • Color three pearls with the Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.
  • Die Cutting:
  • Die cut the sentiment with the layering oval framelit.
  • Die cut a scallop oval from the Shaded Spruce CS with the layering oval framelit.
  • Die cut the detail image from the Granny Apple Green CS for the focal image.
  • Die cut the stamped flower images.
  • Assembly:
  • Using your bone folder crease the card front on the scorelines
  • Adhere the inside mat to the inside of the card.
  • Adhere the front mats together with wet glue.
  • Adhere the front mats to the card front with wet glue.
  • Adhere the detail die cut to the 3×3 piece of Tropical Escape DSP.
  • Adhere the focal image to the left flap of the card.
  • Pop the sentiment to the scallop oval.
  • Adhere the sentiment to the focal image with wet glue.
  • Adhere the leaves and pop the flowers.
  • Adhere the pearls to the center of the flowers 

I would appreciate you shopping my online store for any supplies you might need.

Big Shot

$110.00

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Accented Blooms Thank You

Accented Blooms Thank You

Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I’m very excited to share today’s project with you.  I’ll be using the beautiful Accented Blooms stamp set.  One of the best features of this set is that there is a coordinating punch.  That makes creating with Accented Blooms quick and easy.

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WOW, do you just love that background paper?  Accented Blooms is just that. A set you can use to accent all your die cuts, pretty papers and techniques with.  My Brushos were calling my name.  I hadn’t used them in a bit and knew I wanted my backdrop to be bright, vibrant and colorful.  I used both the Yellow and Gamboge to create my Accented Blooms background.

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My color combination highlights lots of our new colors, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Shaded Spruce. Aren’t they yummy?

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Accented Blooms, Stampin' Up!

I used one of my favorite die sets, Foliage Frames, to create all the wonderful accent pieces. Stamping the Thank You, from Accented Blooms, in Poppy Parade started things off.  I love the font. This card is really quick and easy, uses minimal supplies and still packs the WOW factor. Would you like to create along with me.  Here’s my latest 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 – Poppy Parade CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Shimmery White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″, create the background with brushos, as shown in the video
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2″ – stamp the image in Poppy Parade and punch with the Tailored Tag punch.
  • Accent – Shaded Spruce CS – 4 1/4″ x 3″ – cut the image with the die from Foliage Frames
  • Sprigs – Mango Melody CS – 2″ x 1 3/4″ and Poppy Parade CS – 2″ x 1 3/4″, cut the 2 leaves in each color from the dies from Foliage Frames.
  • Ribbon – Whisper White classic Weave – 15″

If you need any supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online store

Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!