Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament 2020

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament 2020

I am so excited to share my Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament for 2020. This is one of my favorite projects of the year to design. When I saw the Peaceful Nativity Bundle in the Aug-Dec Mini Catalog, I knew that I would be creating a manger inspired ornament. If you would like to start this tradition or carry on from previous years, I invite you to sit back, relax and watch as I create a lovely reason for the season keepsake ornament.

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To start things off, I want to alert you that the Nativity Dies will go on sale beginning December 8th. So, if you’ve fallen in love with my Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament and don’t have the dies yet, pick them up during the sale. Okay, with that said, let’s get back to Creating Something Beautiful!

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create the manger, it took a little math, but no worries, I’ve done all that for you. Once I fugured out the structure, the rest was pretty easy. A little stamping and die cutting and you’ll be on your way.

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used our fabulous watercolor pencils for my coloring medium, I achieved a nice soft look on all my figures to place inside the manger.

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The “straw floor” was created with snippets of raffia. That’s just a suggestion on my part. I think it gave the scene a rustic, realistic look.

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Thank you all for following my blog, supporting my online store and website and subscribing to my YouTube Channel.  I wanted to give you all a little gift of appreciation.  If you are ready to create my Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament for your tree or a gift for a special someone, download the FREE PDF below.  Merry Christmas.

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament – FREE PDF

Not only that, I’ve recorded a video tutorial for all my visual learners. But, I have to say, viewing the video will be helpful when constructing the ornament.

Peaceful Nativity Keepsake Ornament Supply List

Thank you all so much for stopping by. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament Riverbend 2020

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament Riverbend 2020

So excited to unveil our 2020 Riverbend Nursing Home Poinsettia Christmas Ornament. This will be our 8th year creating handmade Christmas ornaments for each of the residents. I’ve made it simple and elegant in hopes that others would copy and share with nursing homes all over the country; maybe even the world! It’s been such a difficult year for everone. But nursing homes, in my opinion, had the worse of it. Let’s spread some joy!

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament, Riverbend Nursing Home, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used the Poinsettia Dies to cut that gorgeous bloom, it was very easy to create lots of dimension. Did you notice how sparkly it is? I spritzed it with Champagne Shimmer Mist.  By doing so, it also helps the flower keep it’s shape. Not only that, you can emboss the petals in one pass on your die cutting machine.

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament, Riverbend Nursing Home, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up’s! new Celebration Labels made the perfect backdrop. Embossing it with the Parisian 3D embossing folder gave it some depth and richness.

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament, Riverbend Nursing Home, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To cover up and secure my ribbon hanger, I cut the smallest die in the set and glued it in place. After I receive the roster from Riverbend, I will create a file with the names and punch them out with a 1 1/2″ circle punch. That way each resident will have their very own personalized gift from us.  Next, it was time to make our Poinsettia Christmas Ornament even more special. We needed to create some festive packaging. The gold mini pizza boxes in the annual catalog did the trick. 

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament, Riverbend Nursing Home, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Looks like the box was made for the ornament. And the best part, no gluing and the boxes are all cut and scored for you.

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament, Riverbend Nursing Home, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I needed a way to package the Christmas card with the Poinsettia Christmas Ornament and have them secure during the quarantine process.  Creating a bag topper was quick and easy. The cello bags were ordered from Amazon, here.

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament, Riverbend Nursing Home, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Would you like to participate in our service project? We are in need of a few Christmas cards.  If you’re interested, please send your handmade cards to Susan Levasseur, 105 Riverview Drive, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 by November 24, 2020. Write an uplifting message on the inside and be sure to sign it before placing it in an unsealed envelope. They would love to hear where you are from as well.

How about starting your own service ripple. I’ve even filmed a video tutorial, filled with tips and tricks to make the process easy.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Ornament Base – Bumblebee CS – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the second to smallest die from the Celebration Labels die set. Emboss with the Parsian 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Poinsettia – Real Red CS – 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the dies from the Poinsettia set. Spritz with the Champagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Leaves – Shaded Spruce CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, cut with the dies from the Poinsettia set.
  • Sprigs – Whisper White CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4, cut with the die from the Poinsettia set.
  • Silver Sprigs – Silver Foil Paper – two images punched with the Sprig Punch.
  • Back Ornament Label – Real Red CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the smallest label die from the Celebration Labels die set.
  • Beaded Pearl – 1
  • Silver Metallic Ribbon – 8″

Presentation Box and Topper

  • Box – Gold Mini Pizza Box
  • Mat – Shaded Spruce – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • DSP Mat – Toile Tidings DSP – 3″ x 3″
  • Flower – Real Red CS – punch one flower with the Small Bloom punch
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – punch one label with the Rectangula Postage punch. Stamped in Shaded Spruce with the stamp from the Wrapped in Christmas set.
  • Gold Glitter Enamel Dots – 1 large
  • Bag – from Amazon 6″ x 8″ Cello Bag
  • Topper – Real Red CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 2 1/8″
  • DSP Mat – Toile Christmas DSP – 5″ x 1 3/4″
  • Sentiment – Very Vanilla CS – 1″ x 3 1/2″, stamped in Shaded Spruce with the stamp from Poinsettia Petals set.

Poinsettia Christmas Ornament Product List

Even though I couldn’t invite the masses to my house this year to create, I had a lovely group of my WOW Club Members step up and help me complete the 120 ornaments.  Why not start your own group and spread the Christmas spirit. I would love to hear about it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Fall Y’all Frame with Celebration Tidings

Fall Y’all Frame with Celebration Tidings

Time for the Fall Y’all finale’. I’m over the moon excited to share my Fall Y’all Frame with you guys. Wouldn’t this look super cute on your holiday tablescape. It would also make a great little hostess gift. I’ll be giving one to my daugther for her desk at school. I think the kids will get a kick out of it.

Fall Y'all Frame, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

First up, I know you’re asking THE question. Where did you get the frame? Well, believe it or not, my local Dollar General. Yep, and it was only $3. It’s a 5″ x 7″ frame and I love the barnwood look. If that’s not Fall Y’all, I don’t know what is.

Fall Y'all Frame, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Creating my lettering was a breeze with the Playful Alphabet die set. First, I backed my Basic Black card stock with our adhesive sheets to create alphabet stickers. No messy glue and very forgiving as you are planning the perfect placement. 

Fall Y'all Frame, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

All the dimension and stitching created by the dies made this project super special. The stitched leaves die set is a must have. It’s a very unique set, that can be purchased as a bundle. That will save you 10%.  Because the stamp set is photopolymer, you’ll achieve fabulous distressed fall images with each stamping.

Fall Y'all Frame, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Our fantastic focal image was created, yet again, with the Celebration Labels die set. Be sure to check out day #1 and day #2 in the Fall Y’all series. You’ll fast discover you’ve got to have these dies in your crafting stash. 

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Frame – 5″ x 7″ – Dollar General
  • Mat – Cherry Cobbler CS – 5″ x 7″
  • Focal – Mango Melody CS – 5 1/2″ x 7″, cut with the largest die from the Celebration Tidings die set. Plaid Tidings DSP – 4 1/4″ x 6″, cut with the second largest die from the Celebration Tidings die set. 
  • Pumpkins – Mango Melody CS – one @ 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, cut three ovals with the layering ovals die set. Mango Melody CS – one @ 3 1/2″ x 2″  and Cajun Craze CS – 3 1/2″ x 1 3/4″, cut the dies from the Autumn Essentials set.
  • Letters – Basic Black CS – 3″ x 3 1/2″, back with adhesive sheet, cut with the Playful Alphabet dies.
  • Stalks – Cinnamon Cider CS – 5″ x 3″, cut with the dies from the Autumn Essentials set.
  • Leaves – Cinnamon Cider CS – two @ 3″ x 3″. Mango Melody CS – one @ 2 1/4″ x 3″ and one @ 3 1/2″  x 1 1/4″. Cajun Craze CS – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Cherry Cobbler CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. Pretty Peacock CS – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. Die cut the images with the dies from the Stitched Leaves set. Brushed Metallic CS – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, punch the images with the Autumn Punch Pack.
  • Acorns – Very Vanilla CS – 5 1/2″ x 2″. Stamp the outline in Early Espresso, the cap in Crumb Cake and the bottom in Cajun Craze. Punch the image with the corresponding punch.
  • Tall Pumpkin Leaves and Stem – Using the Apple Builder Punch, punch the needed images from the scrape above.
  • Bow – Copper Ribbon – two loop bow, about 18″

Fall Y’all Frame Product List

Did you enjoy Fall Y’all week? I sure hope so, because I know I enjoyed bringing all these fall inspired proejcts to you. I would love to earn your business and ask that you shop my online store for your crafting supplies.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Heartwarming Hugs Mini Coffee Carrier

Heartwarming Hugs Mini Coffee Carrier

The Heartwarming Hugs Suite is all about treats and gift giving. Capture the feeling of sitting inside on a wintry day alongside a warm cup of cocoa. You’ll love the packaging possibilities of the mini coffee cups and carriers.

Heartwarming Hugs, Mini Coffee Carrier,  Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Creating this sweet little carrier was so quick and easy. I’ve used a little of almost all the elements in the Heartwarming Hugs Suite. 

Heartwarming Hugs, Mini Coffee Carrier,  Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The pre-scored mini coffee carriers are sold in packs of 8. Each carrier fits two mini coffee cups. But, if you watch my video, you’ll see some other suggestions on how to fill your carrier.

Heartwarming Hugs, Mini Coffee Carrier,  Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Need a little gift for a teacher, your nail tech, hairdresser or postal worker? The mini coffee cups are a very generous size and are sold in packs of 8 cups with lids, and they are food safe. Wouldn’t it be cute to fill one with mini marshmallows and the other will hot cocoa mix? 

Heartwarming Hugs, Mini Coffee Carrier,  Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There are two stamp sets that coordinate with the Warm Wraps die set. I’ve used the Wrapped in Christmas set to create my tag. Watch how easy this little carrier comes together.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Carrier Wrap – Heartwarming Hugs DSP – one @ 1 1/2″ x 12 and one @ 1 1/2″ x 6″
  • Tag – Real Red CS – 2″ x 5 1/4″, punch with the scallop tag topper punch
  • Tag Mat – Heartwarming Hugs DSP – 1 3/4″ x 4″
  • Tag Banner – Mossy Meadow CS – 3/4″ x 4″, punched with the Banners Pick a Punch and embossed with the Wrapped in Texture embossing folder.
  • Stitched Circle – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 2″, cut with the die from the Warm Wraps set
  • Sentiment – Pear Pizzazz CS – 2″ x 2″, cut with the die from the Warm Wraps set. Stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.
  • Cup Wraps – Mossy Meadow CS – four @ 5″ x 2 1/2″ and Real Red CS – four @ 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, cut with the die from the Warm Wraps set.
  • Bow – Real Red CS – 1″ x 1″, cut with the die from the Warm Wraps set.
  • Mini Coffee Cups w/Lids – 2
  • Mini Coffe Carrier – 1
  • Glitter Star Ornament – 1
  • Gold Glitter Enamel Dots – 1
  • Braided Linen Trim – 12″
  • Diagonal Stripe Mossy Meadow Ribbon – 10″

Heartwarming Hugs Mini Coffee CarrierProduct List

Cute right? Hope you give it a try. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Gift Wrapped Christmas Treat

Gift Wrapped Christmas Treat

Let’s switch gears a bit. Today, let’s create a quick and easy gift wrapped Christmas treat. There’s a couple of reasons this one can be easily massed produced. First, the Gift Wrapped Bundle includes a punch. Second, the mini pizza boxes are all cut and scored, ready to decorate.

Gift Wrapped Christmas Treat, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I punched a couple of bow images, I was able to create a very dimensional embellishment for the treat box. By running it through the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder, it was easy to add lots of great interest and texture. Not only that, spritzing the embossed images with the Champagne Shimmer Mist made the bow very festive and sparkly.

Gift Wrapped Christmas Treat, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

A bellyband is alwasy a great way to not only hold your treat box shut, but to decorate it to your heart’s content. 

Gift Wrapped Christmas Treat, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

And what says Christmas treats more than custom wrapped candy? It’s so easy to wrap Hershey Nuggets with a 1″ x 3″ piece of DSP. I’ve used the Tis’ the Season DSP pack to choose my candycane pattern.

Gift Wrapped Christmas Treat, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

The mini pizza boxes come 8 to a package, making them a very economical option. The Gift Wrapped Bundle should be one of the first things on your holiday craft supply list. You’ll thank me later.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • White Pizza Box
  • Mats – Shaded Spruce CS – one @ 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and four @ 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • DSP Mats – Tis the Season DSP – one @ 3″ x 3″ and four @ 1/2″ x 3″
  • Hershey Nugget Wraps – Tis the Season DSP – six @ 1″ x 3″
  • Bellyband – Real Red CS – 1″ x 11″
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce and the stars in Real Red. Cut with the die from the Stitched So Sweetly set.
  • Box – Real Red CS – 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, punch two images with the Gift Bow Builder. Emboss with the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder. Spritz with Chamagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Sheer Ribbon – Real Red – 10″
  • Beaded Pearl – 1
  • Hershey Nuggets – 6
  • Shred – Red Metallic

Gift Wrapped Christmas Treat Product List

I’m going to be creating a few more of these. Hope you join me in the fun.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Halloween Candy Cone

Halloween Candy Cone

Booing is a Halloween tradition of surprising neighbors with treats during the month leading up to the holiday. Families sneak special treats onto neighbors’ or friends’  or kiddos’ porches after dark. I think my Halloween Candy Cone is the perfect treat for just that.

Halloween Candy Cone, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

There’s lots of reasons you’ll want to create multiples of my Halloween Candy Cone. First, it’s easy. Second, it’s large enough to fill with lots of treats. Third, you can hang it on the door handle, ring the bell and BOO!

Halloween Candy Cone, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

My plan? Hang a couple of these on my grandkids door, ring the bell and hide. When they open the door, let them know they have been BOOED!!  

Halloween Candy Cone, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

To create both the ruffle and the rosette, you only need a 6″ x 12″ piece of DSP. In today’s video tutorial, I’ll show you a shortcut  to get all your scoring done at once. Sharing little tips and tricks with you makes me happy.

Halloween Candy Cone, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Don’t let the rosette scare you. I’ve got some tips on creating that as well. Be sure to have a silicone craft sheet and hot glue gun and you’ll be set. Here’s how my Halloween Candy Cone will look on the door.

Halloween Candy Cone, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Cute right? This one is for my grandson. It’s filled with Reese’s Franken-cup treats.  We refer to my granddaughter as a chocoholic. Hard to believe that when whe she was little she hated it. Now, she’s a purist and the more milk chocolate the better.  In today’s video, I’m switching up the papers and creating one for my sweet girl.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Halloween Candy Cone – Magic in this Night DSP – 12″ x 12″
  • Handle – Basic Black CS – 1″ x 11″ and Magic in the Night DSP – 3/4″ x 12″
  • Ruffle & Rosette – Magic in this Night DSP – 6″ x 12″, on the 12″ side score every 1/2″. Cut into four equal strips of 1 1/2″. Ink the strips in Blackberry Bliss.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4″ x 1″, stamp the senitment in Cajun Craze.
  • Bats – Black Glitter Paper – 2″ x 1 1/2″, cut with the die from Halloween Magic set.
  • Circle for Rosette – Basic Black CS – 2″ circle.
  • Ribbon – 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon – 8″
  • Iridescent Pearls – 2

Halloween Candy Cone Product List 

Paper Snips

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Okay that one was fun. Hope you give it a try. Let me know if you do. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations