Party Animals For Your Birthday

Use these cute trouble-free party animals to help celebrate birthdays.

Use these cute trouble-free party animals to help celebrate birthdays!

This cute swap card was created by fellow demo, Selene Kempton. This card is another great example of using the Balloon Adventures stamp set with the Balloon Bouquet Punch.
I love the fun, playful look of the party animals of the animals in the Party Animal Designer Series Background. I think it’s perfect for kids cards and I am pretty sure that there are a few adults (like me) who are just fine with receiving a card created with these fun-loving animals! Plus, these party animals are completely trouble-free! 
I love how the silver glimmer balloon jaunts off on its own. Isn’t it just like a balloon? Now that’s trouble! ha ha
I’m nearing the finish line for available prep time for my first upcoming open house this weekend – so I am going to hop off and get back to prepping! I’ll be loading my car up early to make my trek to Cedar Falls so I won’t have a blog post for you tomorrow so take some time to catch up on any back posts you might have missed and I will see you again on Monday!
Thank you so much for stopping by to learn and create with me. See you next time as we create, have fun, and share! Remember, you can be a happy shopper with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net. 

When Is A Pop-Up Not A Pop-Up?

When the balloon pop-up becomes a card front!

When the balloon pop-up becomes a card front!

This swap card by fellow demo, Bobbie Ganley is a great example of using the balloon pop-up die as a card front.
I really love the versatility of the Balloon Adventures Bundle which is part of the Party Animal Suite. 
Bobbie really showed off the great coordination of the Party Animal Designer Series Background Paper on her card as well!
I have another idea for this pop-up die that I can’t wait to try! 
In the meantime, I am very busy preparing for my upcoming last chance Open Houses for Sale-A-Bration! Did you know that there are only 25 days left of Sale-A-Bration? If you don’t know what Sale-A-Bration is all about, you can read about it by clicking here.
This bundle is the perfect item to purchase for Sale-A-Bration:
  • It’s $53 so you automatically get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.
  • It’s all about birthdays and celebrations (the older I get the more I like to celebrate birthdays!)
  • It has great coordinating product that you can add to your order so you can choose additional FREE Sale-A-Bration items! (Who doesn’t like FREE?
For your convenience, I am sharing a link to the bundle below. Clicking the image will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can have fun shopping! I hope you will add this fabulous bundle to your cart along with coordinating product so you can have even more fun picking out FREE stuff!

Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven. See you next time as we create, have fun, share, and repeat!

Use Punches And Dies To Add Dimension To Your Cards

punched or die cut images and shapes layered on your cards add interest and dimension shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Punched or die cut images and shapes layered on your cards add interest and dimension.

I wish I could tell you who created this card. It is a nameless swap card. If this happens to be your card and you would like credit, just let me know!
This card is a great example of how punches and dies add dimension to your cards.

The creator of this card used a punch to create a color tag from background paper which grounds the focal point of the card. The sentiments are either punched or die cut with a circle, which is then surrounded by balloons that have been stamped and punched out and layered at various heights around the sentiment. 
The Balloon Adventures stamp set and Balloon Bouquet Punch were used to create this card. Balloon Adventures also has a coordinating die set, Balloon Pop-Up thinlits, which can be purchased with the stamp set using the bundle and save feature. I love how Stampin’ Up! provides so many different coordinating punches and dies to add dimension to our card making. 
For your convenience, I have listed the stamp set, bundle and save option for the dies, and the punch used in creating this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can have fun shopping for your own creative supplies! Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven. See you next time as we create, have fun, share, and repeat!


Muted Dragonfly Dreams With A Pop Of Copper

Vellum mutes soft suede background dragonflies while detailed dragonfly stands out in front with a pop of copper shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Vellum mutes Soft Suede background dragonflies while the Detailed Dragonfly stands out in front with a pop of copper.

This lovely Dragonfly Dreams card was created by fellow demo, Donna Bamesberger. Donna created it for our Diva swap but she credits the original idea to Jan Clothier. Since I don’t peruse the internet or Pinterest a lot, so I had not seen this card idea. I am very happy that she decided to CASE (acronym for copy and share everything) this card.

I have not pulled out the vellum for awhile so I am thinking it may be time!

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that she used creating this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can purchase what you need to recreate this lovely Dragonfly Dreams card.


Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven. See you next time as we create, have fun, and repeat!

Sealed With Love Anytime Card

Sealed With Love doesn't have to be just for Valentine's shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven.

Sealed With Love doesn’t have to be just for Valentine’s.

I adore this soft and pretty card created by fellow demo, Maria Pobre. Her intent was to create a card that could be used for any occasion; birthday, anniversary, just because, Mother’s Day, etc. I think she did good!

Did you notice that she stamped the heart from theĀ Sealed With Love stamp set on the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper? It’s so subtle that I almost missed it! It really adds a nice touch to the card.

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that she used creating this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can purchase any of the items you need to create this card.


Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven. See you next time as we create, have fun, and repeat!

Tips On How To Use the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies As A Card Front

Tips on how to use your balloon pop up thinlit as a card front

Quick video with tips using the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies as a card front!

I have been creating and having fun using my Balloon Adventures Bundle so I thought it was time to share!
Last year I made a decision to be better about sending out birthday cards and I have been using this bundle to help me do just that! 
While I was preparing for my card making class featuring the Balloon Adventures Bundle I decided to attempt using just the balloon bouquet and banner from the pop-up die to create a card front without the “frame” created by the die. This meant some snipping and fussy cutting had to take place. Uh, oh! Right? Sometimes, it can be challenging to fussy cut things out and still have them look nice!

This die does create some score marks that outline the banner making the banner portion easy to cut out so the biggest challenge was cutting out the balloons. I shared my tips for cutting out around the ballooons on FB Live but have edited it and am giving you the short and sweet version (less than 10 minutes!) that you can watch here:

For your convenience, I have listed most of the 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 have fun shopping for your own creative supplies! Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven. See you next time as we create, have fun, share, and repeat!

It’s A Pluming Hey Chick Card!

Take a look at the unique card front on this pluming hey, chick! card shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Take a look at the unique card front on this pluming Hey, Chick! card.

This unique card with Hey, Chick! was created by fellow demo, Maria Pobre.
It’s no secret that I love this chick with the crazy plume in the Hey, Chick! Sale-A-Bration stamp set so it was pretty easy for me to fall in love with this card! It doesn’t hurt that she used Watermelon Wonder, either. I love that color and will hate to lose it!

This card front is unique and adds interest to the card. The card opens up by lifting up from the bottom. The focal point is attached to the flap at the top and the bottom is attached to the focal point which allows the inside of the card to peek through to the front and be part of the layered look adding a little more depth without extra thickness. Very nice!

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that she 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 Sale-A-Bration shopper! 


Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven. See you next time as we create, have fun, and repeat!

Hooray In Dapper Denim Reverse Words

Stampin' Up! Reverse Words looks fabulous in Dapper Denim ink shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Look at how fantastic Reverse Words looks in Dapper Denim! 

When I first break open a stamp set, I don’t always create a card right away. Sometimes, I like to just “warm up” to the stamp set. Many times my warm ups end up creating inspiration for my cards. Warm ups are a fun way to get familiar with your stamps and not feel any pressure to create a card.
When my 2nd release Sale-A-Bration order came I had intended to come up with a card or two for my FB Live but as luck would have it, I was otherwise occupied and did not have time to prepare one. So, as unnerving as it was for me, I decided to do a warm up on FB Live! It ended up being kind of fun once I got going! This card ended up as a result of my warm up that night! You can watch that video here:

Reverse Words is a 2nd Release Sale-A-Bration set and is FREE with a $50 order! Place your order today to get your FREE Reverse Words stamp set and help support my creative sharing here at inkheaven.

For your convenience, I have listed most of the 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 have fun shopping for your own creative supplies! 

Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me at inkheaven. See you next time as we create, have fun, share, and repeat!

Building A Thank You Card For The Guys

A fabulous thank you card for the guys created with the stampinup nailed it bundle shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

A fabulous thank you card for the guys created with the Stampin’ Up! Nailed It Bundle.

This thank you card is a swap built by fellow demo, Phyllis Strickland. 
She pretty much utilized most of the items in the Urban Underground Suite workroom to build this fabulous card. She added a pop of red to the Urban Underground color scheme which really makes the focal point stand out. It’s really quite stunning (in a masculine kind of way, of course!) Sometimes, building a thank you card for the guys can be daunting. But Phyllis knocked it out of the ball park using the Nailed It Bundle and Urban Underground suite of products.
For your convenience, I have shared her toolbox containing most of the supplies that she used building this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can be a happy Sale-A-Bration 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. See you next time as we create, have fun, and repeat!


Beautiful You Reflection

This card created with Stampin' Up! Beautiful You has a reflection! Shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

This card has a beautiful reflection!

I have another jaw dropping swap share for you today. This gorgeous card was created by fellow demo, Nancy Endwright.
I have to tell you that the reflection created with the reverse image, window sheet and silver foil paper looks incredibly real. This was one of those swaps that keeps words tumbling out of your mouth after you open the envelope: WOW! Would you look at that? What a unique idea! How cool is that? I could go on, but you get the idea!

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that she 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 Sale-A-Bration 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. See you next time as we create, have fun, and repeat!