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.

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

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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