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

Expressions in Ink 2 Quick & Easy Cards

Expressions in Ink 2 Quick & Easy Cards

Nothing makes creating cards quick and easy more than starting with beautiful paper, Expressions in Ink to the rescue. I’m convinced that this is one of the most beautiful paper packs I’ve seen in a while. I love everything about it, the color palette, the ethereal look, the bright shiny gold running throughout. Well, I could go on and on as you can see, but a picture is worth a 1000 words.

Expressions in Ink, 2 Quick & Easy Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Beautiful, right? This gorgeous 12″ x 12″ paper pack is filled with so much color; Evening Evergreen, gold, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Mint Macaron, Pale Papaya, Pear Pizzazz, Polished Pink and Shaded Spruce. Now that’s what I call a rich color palette. Let’s jump into the 1st of two cards I enjoyed creating for you.

Expressions in Ink, 2 Quick & Easy Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This card didn’t need much more than a sentiment and a couple of die images. If you look in the background, you’ll notice the first of the Expressions in Ink ephemera. It grounds everything in the design.

Expressions in Ink, 2 Quick & Easy Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By coloring the Very Vanilla Lace Trim with my Dark Magenta Madness Stampin’ Blend, it really dressed up the  sentiment. The gold metallic pearls were the perfect little something extra to finish things off. Ready for card #2?

Expressions in Ink, 2 Quick & Easy Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

WOW!! To tie in the watercolor look in the paper, I’ve used the water brush to add a little color to the sentiment. More of the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack added just the right amount of gold to enhance that gorgeous paper.

Expressions in Ink, 2 Quick & Easy Cards, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There are even 100 adhesive-backed sequins to use on your projects. Watch how quick these two come together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card #1 – Happy Birthday
  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 8 12/” x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Magenta Madness CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Expressions in Ink DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Floral Die Cut – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, cut with the die from the Artistic die set
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, stamped in Basic Gray, flag the right end
  • Ephemera – Large Gold Frame
  • Metallic Pearls – Gold – 6
  • Lace Trim – 3″

Card #2 – Thanks

  • Card Base – 
  • Thick Basic White CS – 8 12/” x 5 1/2″, scored @ 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Shaded Spruce CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Expressions in Ink DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Floral Spray – Just Jade CS – 2 1/4″ x 6″, cut with the die from the Artistic die set, apply wink of Stella
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2″ x 3″, cut with the die from Stitched So Sweetly. Wash with Just Jade ink and sentiment stamped in Shaded Spruce.
  • Ephemera – four images
  • Sequins – three

Expressions in Ink Product List

Grab a pack or two of that gorgeous paper, you’ll thank me later. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Techniques with the Hand Penned

Techniques with the Hand Penned

Are you ready for a batch of techniques with the Hand Penned bundle? Better yet, you can earn a FREE card kit from me. You’ll want to place this one at top of your shopping list for launch day, May 4th. Let’s jump in.

Techniques with the Hand Penned, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

What words come to mind? How about soft romantic, artistic, and hand drawn? Those are just a few for me. This two-step set is so easy to play with, you’ll be reaching for it a lot! Want a great way to start creating with the Hand Penned bundle right off the bat. Earn two free card kits from me.

Hand Penned Bundle Offer, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Hand Penned Bundle, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Now that’s what I call a real deal. I’ll pre-cut the kits and send them off to you. Then you’re ready to start creating all those techniques with the Hand Penned bundle. Right off the bat, I’m starting things off with a little gilded leafing.

Techniques with the Hand Penned, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

We’ll also do a cute trick with the new Simply Elegant Trim. Be sure to check that out on page 140. The trims come in a duo pack with both gold and silver. Can you imagine stepping up your Christmas cards? But wait, we aren’t done yet. I’ll even teach you a super easy little technique to dress up your sentiment.

Techniques with the Hand Penned, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The Double Oval Punch will carry over from the Jan-June Mini Catalog. Boy oh boy  that one with fast become a staple in my studio. Because I pierced each of the scallops, the oval now appears stitched. I love that!

Techniques with the Hand Penned, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Those sweet little bees are super cute. But, I’ve got a little confession. As of this writing, they are on backorder. But, no worries, Stampin’ Up! has over 13,000 packages on order and they are slated to arrive to the warehouse around May 31st. Don’t wait to order, get in line so that when they arrive, yours will ship out.

Techniques with the Hand Penned, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Ready to learn all those techniques with the Hand Penned bundle? I’m excited to share today’s FREE video tutorial with you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Pale Papaya CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Basic Gray CS – two @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Hand-Penned DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Horizontal Band – Pool Party CS – 4″ x 2″, embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • Scallop Details – Pale Papaya CS – two @ 1″ x 6″, cut with the die from the Penned Flowers die set.
  • Flowers – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Detail Flowers – Basic White CS – 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, cut with the die from the Penned Flowers die set.
  • Sentiment – Basic Gray CS and Basic White CS- one image from the Double Oval Punch each.
  • Simply Elegant Trim – Gold – 8″
  • Pearls – 3 medium, colored with the Dark Pale Papaya Stampin’ Blend
  • Bumblebee Trinkets – 2

Techniques with the Hand Penned Bundle Product List

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

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Quick & Easy Card with True Love DSP

Quick & Easy Card with True Love DSP

Ever need a quick & easy card? But, you still want to impress the recipient? I’ve got just the design for you today. The True Love DSP from Stampin’ Up! is a versatile package of 12×12 black and white designs. One of the best parts, you can make them any color you want, quickly and easily.

Quick & Easy True Love DSP, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because some of the paper contain images that are quick & easy to fussy cut, you’ll be making beautiful cards in no time flat. If you are tech savvy and have a fancy electronic machine, like a Silhouette, you can scan the whole sheet and have it do all the work for you. Me? I’m a fussy cutter and I enjoy it. It’s relaxing for me. 

Quick & Easy True Love DSP, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There are so many different coloring tools in our crafting arsenal, you choose the one you like best. The focal mat was colored with our spectacular Blending Brush. Our sponge daubers came in handy to color the gorgeous floral image.

Quick & Easy True Love DSP, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I wanted to add a little more interest to my flower, I’ve added a couple of die cut sprigs in Calypso Coral. I cut those with the dies from the Sunflowers die set. By the way, that’s one of my favorite bundles in the current Annual Catalog.  Watch how quick and easy this card comes together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Basic Black CS – one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″ and one @ 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • DSP Mats – True Love DSP – Polka Dot Pattern – 3 3/4″ x 5″ and Small Flower Pattern – 3″ x 4″. Color the smaller mat with the Blending Brush and Calypso Coral ink.
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS and Basic Black CS  – one each 1 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ , cut with the die from the Ornate Frames die set
  • Scallop Circle – Basic Black CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set
  • Circle – Basic White CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set. Emboss with the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder.
  • Flower – True Love DSP – fussy cut image – color with Sponge Daubers, flower in Calypso Coral, leaves in Old Olive.
  • Sprigs – Calypso Coral CS – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the dies from the Sunflowers die set.

Quick & Easy True Love Product List 

How about giving this one a try? Let me know if you enjoyed it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Dandy Garden Techniques

Dandy Garden Techniques

Welcome! Check out all my Dandy Garden Techniques. Hopefully, you will learn a new technique or two, that you can incorporate into your card making.

Dandy Garden Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

When designing today’s card, I knew I wanted it to have aged look. You know, like an old treasure map. Throughout the project, I’ve used Soft Suede to give that aged appearance. 

Dandy Garden Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Dandy Garden technique #1 is the use of Shimmery White Embossing Paste. The paste already has the glitter in it. Because I applied it to both floral images it gave them lots of texture and interest.

Dandy Garden Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Did you notice the stained glass look of the dragonfly? This is another fabulous technique with minimal effort. Stamp the image on vellum, allow to dry.  Then color on the back side of the vellum with your Stampin’ Blends. Tada, you’re a stained glass artist.

Dandy Garden Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using my blending brush, I was able to age the sentiment as well as the embossed circle. My suggestion would be to begin your blending brush collection. It’s the best way to achieve a soft blending on multiple projects.

Dandy Garden Techniques, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

By using one of the sheets in the Forever Gold Specialty Paper, I was able to give just enough shine and interest. It also anchors the design. Let me share with you how easy all these Dandy Garden techniques truly are.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Very Vanilla CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5/12″
  • Inside Mat – Very Vanilla CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp the sentiment and dandelion in Soft Suede. Color with Stampin’ Blends.
  • Mat – Pretty Peacock CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • DSP Mat – Forever Greenery DSP – 4″ x 5 1/4″, rough up the edges with the blade of your snips. Using the blending brush and Soft Suede ink, tone down the surface of the DSP.
  • Focal  – Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper – select the leafy image shown
  • Greenery – Soft Sea Foam CS – one @ 2″ x 5 1/2″ and one @ 3 1/4″ x 5″, cut with the dies from the Dandy Wishes die set
  • Scallop Circle – Soft Suede CS – 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set
  • Circle – Basic White CS 0 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″, cut with the die from the Layering Circles die set. Emboss with the Tin Tile 3D embossing folder. Using the blending brush and Soft Suede ink tone done and highlight the embossing.
  • Dragonfly – Vellum CS – 3″ x 3″, stamp the dragonfly in Soft Suede, color with the Stampin’ Blends. Punch with the coordinating punch.
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2″ x 1 1/2″, stamped in Soft Suede, cut with the die from the Stitched So Sweetly set. Using the blending brush and Soft Suede ink tone done the surface.

Dandy Garden Techniques Product List

I would be thrilled to hear if you give these techniques a try. Step outside your comfort zone. I’ll bet you will not only learn something, but enjoy it thoroughly.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations