Happiness Surrounds Meets Snowfall Thinlits

Happiness Surrounds Meets Snowfall Thinlits

Happiness Surrounds, what a perfect name for this stamp set. It contains so many versatile sentiments and images.  It makes me happy! This set is part of the Snowflake Showcase promotion that is available through the end of November or while supplies last. In this project, I wanted to show you how you can create a beautiful card with the set and the Snowfall Thinlits dies.  And if you know me, you know I love techniques and threw in a few.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Happiness Surrounds, Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t this card remind you of a snowy wintery morning?  In southeast Louisiana, those are far and few between, but when it happens, this is the look I remember.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Happiness Surrounds, Stampin' Up!

I started things off with a piece of watercolor paper, 3 3/4″ x 5″.  Then I dropped about 3 drops of our Balmy Blue ink refill in a little dish and watered it down with my aqua painter.  Be sure to lightly wet the backside of your watercolor paper to help it from curling too much while you are working. Next, you will really need to saturate the front of the paper.  Pick up some color for the dish and drop it on, watch the magic happen.  Each panel will be different, but that’s the fantastic part.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Happiness Surrounds, Stampin' Up!

I wanted the card to be more of a generic wintery card, that’s why I chose the Happiness Surrounds set.  I knew I wanted to create a cool snowy look, that’s where the watercolor wash techniques came in. After the watercolor paper dried, I wanted it to sparkle a little, so I watered down a couple drops of our Vegas Gold Shimmer paint in a small dish.  Then the fun part, splatter it on. Once that was dry, I ran my embossing buddy over the surface, stamped the “Hello Friend” from the Happiness Surrounds set in Versa Mark and sprinkled with gold embossing powder.  Then, melted the powder with the heat tool. 

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Happiness Surrounds, Stampin' Up!

In this photo, I think you can almost see that the large snowflake has a “puffy” sort of dimension.  That’s because I cut it from the limited edition White Velvet Sheets.  It is very light weight and easy to cut and really packs a WOW factor.

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The next technique was to custom color our beautiful Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle.  I just cut a strip and put it into the dish that contained the leftover watered down Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint.  Now I’ve got gold polka dot ribbon, but with a shimmer, FANTASTIC!!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Happiness Surrounds, Stampin' Up!

I couldn’t stop there.  I had to see what else I could do with the white velvet sheets.  So, I cut a 3″ x 3″ piece and dropped on quite a few drops of the watered down Balmy Blue ink refill.  Letting it dry and absorb into the paper, before cutting the smaller snowflake is very important.  Once that happened, I created a 3″ x 3″ gift card. I love the look.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Happiness Surrounds, Stampin' Up!

You could add as much or as little of the color to make your own one-of-a-kind snowflake. I thought it might be easier for you to see some of these techniques in action, so here is my FREE video tutorial.  Let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Balmy Blue CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Gold Foil Sheet – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Focal Mat – Watercolor Paper – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Image – White Velvet Paper – 3 1/2″ x 4″, cut with the die from Snowfall Thinlits
  • Small Snowflake – Gold Foil Sheet – cut from the center of the gold mat with the die from Snowfall Thinlits
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle – 5″
  • Gem – Gold Faceted Gem – 1 small

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Heat Tool

$30.00
Big Shot

$110.00

 

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Snowflake Showcase

Snowflake Showcase

Me oh my, Stampin’ Up! has done it again.  The Snowflake Showcase Suite is fabulous. And today is the big day, you can order it now!!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Showflake Showcase, Stampin' Up!

I know it doesn’t snow everywhere, and you may be reluctant to get the products.  But, wait, they are more than just for Christmas and it doesn’t just have to be snowflakes. The Snowflake Showcase promotion includes two stamp sets, a fabulous collection of versatile dies, gorgeous velvet paper and some fun metal embellishments.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Showflake Showcase, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! has also released a YouTube video that highlights the products up close and personal.  Be sure to take a peek so you can see just how fun the Snowflake Showcase product line truly is.

It’s easy to place your Snowflake Showcase order.  Just click any of the links below and it will bring you to my shopping page.  I would love to earn your business.

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

 

Christmas Community Service Project

Christmas Community Service Project

Time to spoil our friends at the Riverbend Nursing Home.  This year’s Community Service Project is going to be fabulous.  I have gathered a very talented group of volunteers who will be helping me with this project.  We will be creating 146 ornaments this Saturday, along with Christmas cards and gift boxes for each of the residents at the Home.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Community Service Project, Detailed Baubles Ornament

Every year I can’t wait for the Holiday catalog to debut.  The first thing I look for is a bundle that I can use for our Community Service Project.  This year, I was lucky enough to win the Detailed Baubles set during a prize patrol on the Stampin’ Up! Alaskan Cruise.  That did it for me, it was so beautiful. I knew I could design an ornament that would make a fabulous show on their tree.

To start things off I selected my color palette, Call Me Clover, Real Red, Whisper White and Gold.  To give the leaves a little more texture and depth, I inked them in Call Me Clover.  Then I stamped them in Call Me Clover with the flourish stamp from Timeless Textures.  To give the leaves a little more sense of movement, I twisted each petal with my tweezers.  I love that look.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Community Service Project, Detailed Baubles Ornament

I just have to share a cute story from my WOW Club Ladies.  They all love the new Sprig Punch.  And after punching almost 600 images for this project, they have nicknamed the punch, spriggy!  I think that is so stinkin’ cute.  My Club Members, as well as some of my WOW Team Members are some of my volunteers for this project. I appreciate each and every hour they dedicate to this Community Service Project. We punched two gold and two red sprigs for each ornament, along with four leaf sets from the leaf punch.  I thought that combination made a lovely focal image at the top of the ornament.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Community Service Project, Detailed Baubles Ornament

To be sure the detailed red ornament would spin in the center of the ring, we had to cut two of each element. But, before we cut those detailed ornaments, we made sure to back the card stock with our multipurpose adhesive sheets.  In that way, we wouldn’t have to worry about getting glue all over that beautiful gold foil paper. Now we had stickers!

Would you like to create one of these lovely ornaments for your tree this year?  I’ld love to teach you how to do just that.  Here’s my FREE video tutorial, early Merry Christmas!

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Rings – Call Me Clover CS – 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, cut with the die from Detailed Baubles
  • Detailed Ornament – Real Red CS – 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, back with multipurpose adhesive sheets and cut with the two with the die from Detailed Baubles.
  • Sprigs – Gold Foil Sheet and Real Red CS – punch two each from each paper with sprig punch
  • Leaves – Call Me Clover CS – punch four with leaf punch
  • Circles – Gold Foil Sheet – punch two with the 2 1/4″ circle punch
  • 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon – 8″
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon – 10″
  • Rhinestones – four large and 3 small
  • Clear Faceted Gem – one large
  • Metallic Gold Thread – 6″

I would love earn your business and invite you to shop my online store 24/7.

Big Shot

$110.00
Sprig Punch

$18.00
Leaf Punch

$16.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I’ll be sure to publish a blog post with photos of the tree.  Our Tree Trimming Celebration will be December 1st.  Wish us luck.  Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Timeless Tidings Christmas Cards

Timeless Tidings Christmas Cards

We really need to get back into sending handmade cards during the Holiday season.  The Timeless Tidings Project Kit will make it quick and easy.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Timeless Tidings Project Kit, Stampin' Up!

These elegant cards will make you look like a professional cardmaker in no time at all.  The Timeless Tidings Project Kit makes 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs, one more beautiful than the next.  The kit includes 20 printed card bases and envelopes with gold foil edges.  You can’t get any more professional looking than that. I remember when I was a little girl and we received a Christmas card in a fancy gold edged envelope, I knew it was extra special.  

The Timeless Tidings Project Kit also includes lots of beautiful gold foil and printed die-cut accents and backgrounds.  You will even receive 80 green and champagne rhinestone jewels to give your cards that extra special sparkle. 

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Timeless Tidings Project Kit, Stampin' Up!

Ok, aren’t these just gorgeous?  The four designs are elegant, yet just take minutes to stamp, assemble and embellish.  Pair the Timeless Tidings Project Kit with the Timeless Tidings stamp set and you’ll have all you need to get these done.  But, wait, you can also step them up with a few die-cuts and punches, if you so desire.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Timeless Tidings Project Kit, Stampin' Up!

These are my stepped up versions using the same kit.  That’s right, I started off with the Timeless Tidings Project Kit and Bam! stepped it up.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Timeless Tidings Project Kit, Stampin' Up!

I’m loving how this one turned out.  I added a die cut in the background from the Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies.  Adding the scallop circle of Cherry Cobbler really made the sentient pop.  And our Gold Metallic Thread added just the perfect bit of wispy goodness.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Timeless Tidings Project Kit, Stampin' Up!

Our Merry Christmas to All Bundle has big beautiful words and die cuts that are easy to use and incorporate into your card making. I used the bundle to die cut the “Merry”. The sprig punch made it quick and easy to add just a little something to bling it up.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Timeless Tidings Project Kit, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t it funny how a little piece of ribbon can dress things up.  And it’s not really Christmas without at least one snowflake. I love the way Stampin’ Up! products all coordinate.  Makes creating very quick and easy.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Timeless Tidings Project Kit, Stampin' Up!

This one has to be my favorite.  I punched a starburst from our gorgeous Gold Glimmer paper, added a strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock to the main image and dressed things up with the Merry Merlot ribbon.  But the star of the show, in my opinion, is the beautiful die cut from our Delicate Lace Edgelits.  

I’m happy to show you how I put these together in my FREE video tutorial.

Still quick and easy with a big WOW, right?  Here is a list of the items I used in each of the stepped up versions

Card #1 – May the Warmth of Christmas…..

  • Die Cut – Very Vanilla CS  – Detailed Baubles Thinlits
  • Scallop Circle – Cherry Cobbler CS – Layering Circles Framelits
  • Metallic Gold Thread – about 25″

Card #2 – Merry Christmas

  • Merry – Gold Foil Paper – Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies
  • Sprigs – Gold Foil Paper – punch 2 sets with Sprig Punch

Card #3 – Hoping Beautiful Moments & Happy Memories……

  • Snowflake – Gold Foil Paper – Seasonal Layers Thinlits
  • Sprigs – Gold Glimmer Paper – Spring Punch – 1 image
  • Ribbon – 3/8″ Gold Metallic Edge – about 10″

Card #4 – Sending Good Tidings……

  • Starburst – Gold Glimmer Paper – punch one with Starburst punch
  • Mat – Cherry Cobbler CS – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Accent Piece – Gold Foil Paper – die cut one from the Delicate Lace Edgelits die

Need some supplies?  I would appreciate you shopping my online store.  Here are the supplies you’ll need to complete the Timeless Tidings Project Kit in the original version.

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

 

 

 

Copper Shimmer Paint Technique

Copper Shimmer Paint Technique

Copper Shimmer Paint – YUMMY!!!!! Wait until you see all the fabulous things you can do with this pot of shimmery goodness.  The Dashing Deer was calling out to me, please make me shimmer.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Copper Shimmer Paint Technique, Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up!

I recently participated in a Holiday Catalog Card Swap and received a fantastic double z-fold card from a fellow demonstrator, Julie Mannino.  Lots of folks that saw it on my Alaska Achiever’s Card Swap video, asked that I demo the card.  I loved Julie’s card, but I also wanted to put my spin on the design elements.  I want to thank her so much for the fantastic fold and inspiration.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Copper Shimmer Paint Technique, Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up!

Remember, the Copper Shimmer Paint was calling my name.  I broke out my Stamparatus, stamped that fabulous detailed deer in Soft Suede.  Then, shook up my copper shimmer paint, uncapped it to reveal some of the paint in the cap.  I dipped my dauber into the cap and randomly dabbed it on the stamp.  Closed the Stamparatus door once more to stamp.  Opened the door and voila, copper shimmer paint stamped onto my dashing deer.  I LOVE it!!!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Copper Shimmer Paint Technique, Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up!

I know it’s really tough to see in the photographs. But, trust me, it’s fantastic and you gotta try it.  It’s one of those ah ha moments.  To give my copper shimmer paint dashing deer even more texture, I embossed the Whisper White mat with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  Next, I wanted to stamp those sweet little smaller deer images.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Copper Shimmer Paint Technique, Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up!

Can you see that yummy shimmer on the ground?  First, I stamped the images onto the Whisper White cardstock in Soft Suede.  The Softly Falling folder was used again, but less snow this time.  Washing on some Shaded Spruce ink with my aqua painter gave a ground for the little deers to stand on.  But, since it was snowing we needed some shimmer on the ground.  So instead of the copper shimmer paint, this time I used our Frost White.  Painting in on with a small paint brush gave me the control I needed to get the effect just right.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Copper Shimmer Paint Technique, Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up!

The double z-fold looks dramatic, but is really very each to put together.  I would love to teach you how in my FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Merry Merlot CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Z-Fold Panel – Shaded Spruce CS – 3 1/8″ x 10″, scored at 4 1/2″ and 7 1/4″
  • Front Mat – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 7/8″, embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder
  • Center Mat – Joyous Noel Specialty DSP – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″
  • Bottom Mat – Whisper White CS – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″, stamp deer in Soft Suede, then run through the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.   Wash Shaded Spruce color on with an aqua painter.  Highlight the ground with a paint brush and Frosted White Shimmer Paint.
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 4″; run embossing buddy over surface, stamp the sentiment in versa mark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Punch out the image with the Everyday Label Punch.  Merry Merlot CS – punch one image using the Everyday Label Punch.  Cut the image in half, lengthwise and set glue the sections to the top and bottom of the sentiment.
  • Deer – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ – Using the Stamparatus, stamp the large detailed deer in Soft Suede.  Ink up a sponge dauber with the Copper Shimmer Paint and dab the shimmer paint onto the stamp.  Stamp again.  Cut out the image with the coordinating die.
  • Flower – Copper Foil Paper and Merry Merlot CS – scraps of each.  Cut one detailed flower from Copper Foil an done solid flower from Merry Merlot. Offset and adhere
  • Refer to the video tutorial for card assembly.

Need supplies to complete the project?  I would appreciate you shopping my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Heat Tool

$30.00
Stamparatus

$49.00

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Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Oh, my, I was a lucky lucky girl to win the Beautiful Baubles stamp set in a prize patrol on our Alaska Trip Achievers Cruise.  I just knew, as soon as I could, that I would be ordering the matching Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies.  I recently hosted our WOW Team Holiday Swap and this was my card.  I’ld like to take a moment to brag, if I may.  I have the most talented, creative awesome team EVER!!!!  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Before I get into the details on my card.  Check out my Team Members creations.  But wait, before you do, beware, they are going to make you want so many new products in our Holiday Catalog, you might need to grab another wish list.

Nancy Sanders, Stampin' on Sanders' Pond, WOW Holiday Card Swap

First up, Nancy Sanders, Stampin’ on Sanders’ Pond, created this fabulous Fall card using the products in the Country Lane Suite.  The chicken wire and Tin Tile Embossing Folder give this elegant card lots of texture and dimension. One of the best parts, she didn’t have to fussy cut the flowers! Brilliant!!!

Molly Downing, Creating Memories with Molly,  WOW Holiday Card Swap

Molly Downing, crating Memories with Molly, used two suites in her spectacular creation.  The Joyous Noel and Peaceful Poinsettia just can’t be missed. I absolutely love the inlay technique she used. And did you see all that yummy glimmer paper in new colors?

Lisa Lepine, Stampin' Up!, WOW Christmas Card Swap

Lisa Lepine is one of the newest members of my team and one talented lady.  She used lots of the Dashing Deer DSP that you can earn for free, with a qualifying order/workshop, during September. Doesn’t this one remind you of a Christmas present, all wrapped up and ready to share.

Helene Hebert, Stampin' Up!, WOW Christmas Card Swap

WOW, Helene Hebert, used the products in the Frosted Floral Suite. Wait until you see the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper in person.  They are all shimmery, yummy sheets of 12×12 goodness.  This bundle will take your card making and memory creating past the holidays.  

Told ya, talented right?  I can’t wait for our next swap to see what these ladies come up with.  In the meantime, let’s get back to my Beautiful Baubles card.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

I wish I could have captured the detail, shine and dimension in this card better. The gold embossing of the beautiful baubles really pops.  But, I wanted to step it out a notch and make the ornaments look like glass.  So, I applied a layer of sheen with our Fine Tip Glue Pen.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Those sweet little leaves are fantastic Sprig Punch!  That’s right, quick and easy.  And that absolutely gorgeous gold foil “merry”, is from the set Merry Christmas to All.  We’ve been needing those larger die0cut words for a while now.  Check it out on page 5 of the Holiday Catalog.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Beautiful Baubles Christmas Card

Want to see how I created this card?  Guess what, I’ve got a FREE how-to video for you.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Thick Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Mats – Shaded Spruce – 4″ x 5 1/4″ and Dashing Deer DSP – 3 3/4″ x 5″, ink in Cherry Cobbler
  • Focal – Gold Foil Paper – 3 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ and Whisper White CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 5/8″
  • Accent Piece – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from Beautiful Baubles
  • Banner – Whisper White CS- 1/2″ x 3 1/3″
  • Merry – Gold Foil Paper – Back a piece 3 3/4″ x 2″ onto Adhesive Sheet and cut with the die from Merry Christmas Thinlits.
  • Sprigs – Shaded Spruce CS – Punch 3 to 4 sprigs from scraps.
  • Inside Mats – Cherry Cobbler CS 5 1/4″ x 4″ and Whisper White CS 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Accent Strip – Dashing Deer DSP – 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, ink in Cherry Cobbler 
  • Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon – 5″
  • Linen Thread – about 20″
  • Gold Faceted Gem – one large and one small

All the supplies can be found in my online store.

Big Shot

$110.00
Sprig Punch

$18.00
Heat Tool

$30.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time, Create Something Beautiful.