Happy New Year With Love!

Valentine's Day card shared by inkheaven created with new 2017 Occassions Catalog product available soon at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net
Love You!

I’ve been preparing for the new year by busily creating lots of swaps so I have plenty of fun ideas to share with you!

I thought it would be appropriate to start off the New Year with a little love! Valentine’s Day will be here in just a few short weeks so the window of opportunity will open and close fast!

This fun card is created using new products that will be going live in my online store at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net on Wednesday, January 4th! Since this is a sneak peek of items from the 2017 Occasions Catalog, I’ll give you a bullet list of the new items I used to create this fun, not-too-sappy Valentine’s Day Card:

  • Custom Tee Bundle
  • Love Notes Framelits Dies
  • Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
For your convenience, I have listed some of the current products below. Clicking on any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can be a happy shopper! Shop with me at inkheaven anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net.
Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

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!

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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!

Carousel Birthday Party Favors

Birthday party favor created using Carousel Birthday and Envelope Punch Board by Darla Olson at Inkheaven

This is my sixth installment of my 2016 OnStage Kansas City Display Board Stamper Samples.

Carousels and merry-go-rounds are attractive to most children. My inner child is still attracted to them! Carousels are ornate and fascinating with coordinated movement and cheerful music! I’m sure the designer of carousels engineered them so as to attract attention! With that in mind, as I looked at at this set, colorful and bright birthday party themes came to mind so I set out to create a little party favor box.

I used the envelope punch board to create the little favor box and decorated it with a fussy cut out of the carousel horse. The favor box is not too large so the sweet treats will be minimal (need to watch that sugar intake!)

I can’t wait to share a tutorial for creating this little party favor box with you!

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

Love is in the Air International Project Highlights

Welcome to our International Visual Blog Hop using current Stampin’ Up! Products. We have all created this *gallery of projects (*please note that if you are on your phone – you might not be able to view the gallery. I apologize! Hopefully, I will be able to install some code to rectify that in the future!)  for you to be inspired by! We would love it if you could visit every one of our blogs and see a close up of our projects. Our theme this month is LOVE because as card makers we love spreading the love! You can see the gallery below and this will be on every blog that you click on so you will never be lost!

I am so excited to be able to participate in this International Project. I was invited last month but I was struggling to keep up with everything as I was preparing all my samples as a Display Stamper for On Stage 2016 in Kansas City right up until it was time to travel! Which, of course, meant that I had a lot of catching up to do when I got back home! When I saw the theme I knew I had to share my 3rd installment of my Display Stamper projects. It’s a perfect fit for our love theme!

I created this fun card using the Lift Me Up Bundle that will be arriving in the new 2017 Occasions Catalog. To create my card I created the background by repeatedly stamping the floating love hearts around my pre-placed sentiment. To add all the detail to my hot air balloon I die cut the balloon and then embossed it with the Happy Heart Folder. I then placed hearts punched from the Confetti Hearts Border Punch (which is at 30% off right now during Online Extravaganza!) in each heart. I gave each heart a little sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. I then placed my love-filled hot air balloon in the sky of floating love hearts with dimensionals. Other supplies that I used are are pictured below the card gallery and clicking on any one of them will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can shop for what you love until your heart is content!

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. We know that you will love our gallery of projects made from Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators around the world! Please show your love by leaving a comment on my blog today!

Just a Note to Lift Your Spirits

Lift Me Up 2017 Occasions Catalog, Stampin’ Up!

Second installment in my series of sneak peaks from the 2017 Occasions Catalog as a Kansas City Display Stamper! I have to confess that this die from the Lift Me Up bundle is my favorite. I had to literally force myself to try to use other things in the bundle! One would think that with all the intricate detail that it would be a difficult die to use and clean out. It is not! This card is easier than it looks and I think it will be a card in my Lift Me Up class! I love the bright colors.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying the sneak peeks!

Hope Your Day is on Cloud Nine

I am thrilled to present you the first installment of my sneak peeks from the 2017 Occasions Catalog! It was my honor and privilege to be a Display Stamper for On Stage 2016 in Kansas City.

I will have to come back and re-share after the catalog goes live so I can share the supplies that were used on this pretty card.

Maybe my next photo will be better. I had a nice demonstrator join me in the hotel lobby one morning and shared some information for me to look up for improving my photos. For the sake of time, we will go with getting it done instead of perfection!

The 2017 Occasions Catalog is filled with amazing stuff and once again I find myself struggling to decide what to order. Sigh.

When I received my goodies to work with, I thought, “Oh, no! I would never have ordered this!” Guess what? I love this new bundle! Yep, sometimes you just have to be forced out of your comfort zone!

I will be sending all my customers, who have ordered this past year, a copy of this amazing 2017 Occasions Catalog. Want your free copy and haven’t ordered yet? Place an order of any amount before November 18th and I will add you to the mailing selector!

Request your free catalog using the link below! Be sure to not mark your order No Contact or I won’t know who to send the catalog to! Thanks for stopping by!

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