Year-End Close Out Reminder!

Year-End closeouts December 1, 2016-January 3, 2017 available while supplies last at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net

Well – tonight we usher out the old year and bring in the new! I thought this might be a good time for a friendly reminder that the Year-End close outs will only be available for a few more days! All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3rd. The items that are currently being discounted due to high inventory during this sale will default back to regular price on January 4th! Please remember that all available products can be viewed on the online store. If they are not on the online store, they are no longer available!

One of my favorites from this Holiday Catalog was Santa’s Sleigh so I thought I’d share this card with you today. This images in this great bundle are timeless and will be perfect for so many projects in the years to come! Be a happy shopper with me at inkheaven anytime by clicking here www.darlaolson.stampinup.net

Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

Handmade card with star-studded, rustic, snowy trees created with Santa's Sleigh shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven
Star-Studded Rustic and Snowy Trees

Happy Hello For Those Times When You Just Want to Say Hello

Handmade card created with Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder, Gorgeous Grunge, and Hello shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder

Hello! I am so happy to see you here! This is yet another installment of my something new, something old, and something retired!

These Celebrations Duo Embossing Debossing Folders are so much fun! I love how you can change up the look just by changing what you stamp over the top of the debossed image! For this card, I paired up the new Celebratins Duo Happy with Gorgeous Grunge and last years Sale-A-Bration Hello set. I love how it turned out! I really like taking a black marker to the raised center of the letters in HAPPY and making them POP! A few color coordinated Enamel Shapes add some more dimension to the card.

It’s been a while since I created this card, so I can’t remember which Designer Series Paper I “stole” my color combo from, but it is bright and cheerful, just perfect for saying a Happy Hello!

This is the last of my series of Something New, Something Old, and Something Retired with these amazing folders so I am going to share Stampin’ Up!’s video with you so you can actually see how these amazing folders work! Plus, it introduces you to the amazing coordinating stamp set which will exponentially increase your fun and the amazing looks that you can create with these wonderful embossing/debossing folders!

For your convenience, I have listed most of the current supplies that I used creating this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can be a happy shopper! Be a happy shopper anytime with me here at inkheaven by clicking here www.darlaolson.stampinup.net.

Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven!

How to Celebrate a Year of Birthdays!

Birthday card created with Celebrations Duo and Birthday Adventures shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder & Balloon Adventures Bundle

How to celebrate a year of birthdays? Send a card! I know that is a simplistic answer…and maybe not quite what you were looking for. However, this past year there was a campaign started, by a sweet gal named Shannon, dubbed, “I’m Bringing Birthdays Back. The response was amazing! I think the response was amazing because:

  • Sending a card is easy
  • Everyone loves getting fun mail
  • The giver felt the joy of giving
  • Birthdays truly are special as they are limited
I joined the campaign and made the commitment to be better about sending birthday cards. I will admit, it was a challenge! Some were “belated.” But you know what? It felt great! Wouldn’t you like to feel great, too? I am making the same commitment for 2017. I hope you will join me! As nice as it is to get the “Happy Birthday” wishes on our Facebook pages; it is even nicer to open up the mailbox to see a bunch of cards! I know this from personal experience. I received quite a few cards from others who joined the challenge. To be honest, I kept mine on display for awhile! It was so nice to have my birthday be remembered in such a special way! You see, the sender had to make a personal investment to make it happen. That’s a big deal and a priceless commodity. I didn’t take it lightly!
This card is another one created with something new, something older, and something retired!  I used last year’s retired Sale-A-Bration set, Just for You (love that set!) for the …on your special day sentiment. Oh, and I swiped the color combo from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper. Ha ha! The Celebrations Duo Embossing Debossing Folders, Balloon Adventures Bundle, and Party Animal DSP will be available on January 4th! I am tons of excited! How excited are you? I will be showing cards with the coordinating stamp set for the Celerations Duo Folders eventually – but I want you to also see how well they will work with what you may already have! 
 
For your convenience, I have listed most of the current supplies that I used creating this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can be a happy shopper! Be a happy shopper anytime with me here at inkheaven by clicking here www.darlaolson.stampinup.net.
Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven!

Celebrating Success

Congratulations card created with Celebrations Duo embossing folder, Swirly Bird, and Bravo shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven
Celebrating Success

Thanks for coming to my blog today! We are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci and you are able to VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop so please vote for my project. VOTE HERE

Our theme for this highlight is encouragement as we all need a kind word said to us to build us up.

Celebrating success feels good, doesn’t it? Sharing it feels even better! Sometimes the success of others becomes our motivation. This happened to me several years back and become the impetus for losing quite a bit of weight. I need some new motivation in that arena again! Anyone want to share their success with me?

Any who, if you are looking to share and celebrate in the success of others, here is an easy and fun card for you! This is another in my series of something new, something old, and something retired. This time I paired the new Celebrations Duo Embossing Debossing Folders with Swirly Bird (current) and Bravo (retired). I love how it turned out! The sentiments from Bravo were a perfect fit for the overall design, as was the circle stamp from Swirly Bird.

For your convenience, I have listed most of the current supplies that I used creating this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can be a happy shopper! Be a happy shopper anytime with me here at inkheaven by clicking here www.darlaolson.stampinup.net.
Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven!

I Love When Your Birthday Comes Around

Side Step Card created with Carousel Birthday shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven
Carousel Birthday

Side Step cards look hard, but they are fairly easy to do! I am looking forward to showing you how to create this fabulous card!

I created this card using the fun new set called, “Carousel Birthday.” I absolutely love the Carousel Horse! I wanted the horse to have that gilded in gold look that you see on so many of the ornate Carousel Horses so I used the Gold Wink of Stella to color in all those little detailed areas. I even have a few enamel shapes (3) for a little more texture, shine, and dimension. The prettiness of this card gets a little lost in my photography skills…but have you noticed that I have been getting better! I’ve been putting those things that I have learned in my classes to work. I hope it is making your viewing more pleasant!

I have a sister (in-law) that collects Carousel Horses, this will make a fabulous birthday card for her! The new 2017 Occasions Catalog goes live on January 4th! I am so excited! Not only do we have that new catalog, but is it our biggest sale of the year! Have you heard of Sale-A-Bration? Sale-A-Bration is just that – a sale with lots of celebrating!

Here’s the deal: for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Need another excuse to get together with friends? Just host a qualifying party with at least $250 US/$330 CAD in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 USD/$35 CAD more in Stampin’ Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD/$135 CAD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

 Click here to contact me today!
Click here to go to www.darlaolson.stampinup.net


Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

A New Year Means Another Round of Birthdays!

A birthday card created with Stampin' Up! Celebrations Duo Folder shared by inkheaven
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders

Are you ready for the first birthday of the New Year? Birthdays are those little things that sneak up me! So, I thought that I would try to get a head start on some of my birthday cards. Plus, I wanted to do something a little different.

As a demonstrator, for the most part, I only show new or current products on my blog, classes, and other events. However, when I saw these fun embossing debossing folders, my mind immediately jumped to a few of my favorite retired sets and I wanted to play with them and see how they looked! And, since I believe in sharing my toys when I play, that means that I had to have a little mindset change about sharing “just the new stuff.” But, since many of you have retired stuff as well, this will be good creating inspiration for you as well!

For this card I used the retired set, Bring on the Cake. I love the “birthday” and think it is a great combo. Next time I think I will go ahead and mask off the happy. I left it for my first take because Happy, Happy Birthday isn’t necessarily a bad sentiment…I just think it will be more pleasing to my eyes to have it just be Happy Birthday since the 2nd happy is so small.

For your convenience, I have listed some of the other supplies that I used in the creation of this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can check out the details regarding the product.

Shop with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net. Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

Fa La La La Llama Shaker Card

Shaker card created with Fa La La La Friends and Birthday Fiesta shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven
Fa la la la llama – what a hoot!

Some things just bring a smile to your face! This shaker card has put a huge smile on my face, it is such a hoot! It’s pretty to boot! I wish I could tell you who the creator is or was. There were no attached identifiers. If it is your card and you would like credit, please contact me!

If you would like to create this wonderful shaker card and put a smile on someone’s face, I have listed most of the supplies used in the creation of this card below. Clicking on any of the images below will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can be a happy shopper. Be a happy shopper with me at inkheaven anytime by clicking here www.darlaolson.stampinup.net
Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

Star of Wonder, Star of Light

Christmas card created with Star of Light shared by by Darla Olson at inkheaven
Star of Wonder, Star of Light

This beautiful card was created by fellow demonstrator, Olive Barnes. I love how she used both white and silver embossing powder. It really pulls all the elements of the card together.

For your convenience, I have shared a list of some of the supplies that Olive used in creating her card. Clicking any of the images below will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can check out all the details.

Shop with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net. Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

Flurry of Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

Circle Slider Card created with Flurry of Wishes and Mountain Adventures shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven

This circle slider card created by fellow demonstrator, Cindy Walters is ah-mazing! I love how she combined Flurry of Wishes and Mountain Adventures to make this scenic interactive card! It transports you right to a ski lodge in a heart beat! Plus, since the snow flake moves amazingly well around the ski lodge, it is free entertainment for hours. (Yes, I know, I am easily entertained!)

If you would like to see how a slider aka spinner card works. Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! that shows the process:

Cindy did not provide a list of supplies used with her swap card so I am uncertain where those pretty background snowflakes come from. However, for your convenience, I have provided a list of most of the supplies she used creating this awesome card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can be a happy shopper. Be a happy shopper with me any time at inkheaven by clicking here: www.darlaolson.stampinup.net.

Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

Sending a Little Christmas Magic

Christmas card created using Christmas Magic shared by Darla Olson @ inkheaven
Christmas is Magical!

This magical Christmas card was created by fellow demonstrator, Elaine Lampropolos. I love the look of this stamp set. It has an old-fashioned vintage appeal.I like how Elaine added the little extra torn layers at the bottom to add dimension to her snow and card.

For your convenience, I’ve listed most of the supplies Elaine used in creating her card below. Clicking  any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can check out the details.

Shop with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven.