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