Do You Have An Incredible Everyday Hero In Your Life?

Here is a fun card for the incredible everyday hero in your life shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Here is a fun card for the incredible everyday hero in your life.

I love swapping with other demonstrators. Let’s face it, we look at everything through our own filters, which can be very limiting! Take my stamping filters for instance: nature, flora, sentiments, these things make up the bulk of my stamping collection! Then along comes an amazing swap card like this one created by fellow demo, Kendra Richardson and I have to stop and examine how I ran this stamp set through my filters. To be honest, I think my filters didn’t even put it on my radar screen! So, bad, I know! I can honestly say I know several people who truly are incredible. I know quite a few moms who are raising children with special needs. They are amazing everyday heroes who, for the most part, go unnoticed in our world. They, themselves, do not consider themselves heroes, and yet there they are, everyday, fighting battles that many of us cannot even imagine. I think of the pressures in my life that cause me to buckle and I am, well, humbled, to say the least. Yes, this swap card changed my perspective and stood me on my head. Even if you don’t use the Everday Hero stamp set, I hope you will join me in remembering an everyday hero in your life today.
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!



Do You Dream of Romantic Mediterranean Moments?

This beautiful card depicts a romantic, Mediterranean Moment and has been shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

This beautiful card depicts a romantic, Mediterranean Moment and has me dreaming of one!

This dreamy card is a swap card created by fellow demo, Anita Watson. 
I have to confess that as pretty as the Mediterranean Moments stamp set is, all I could think of when I saw it was, “Wow, that’s a lot of coloring!”
Most of my stampin’ friends know that a lot of detailed coloring is not my thing! However, Anita managed to pull off this fabulous card with just a wee bit of watercoloring, changing my perspective just a bit! Plus, she pulled in the Brick Wall embossing folder, which is perfect! I know that the sentiment points to Valentine’s Day, but to be honest, this card has the potential to be so much more than a Valentine’s Day card. Don’t you agree?
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 have fun shopping for your creative supplies! Have fun shopping 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, share, and repeat!

Avant Garden Circle of Happiness Card

Stampin' Up's Avant Garden Create a Circle of Happiness shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Avant Garden Flowers Create a Circle of Happiness.

This pretty card was created by fellow demo, Kendra Richardson. The florals in this set are so pretty and I really like her color scheme. Her flowers are arranged in a circle which immediately made me think of a circle of happiness!
Being around my stampin’ friends is one of my happy places. I love being with them, stamping, laughing, and having a good time! The pretty Avant Garden set is a Sale-A-Bration set, which means you can get it for FREE! To learn more about Sale-A-Bration, click here.

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that Kendra 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, share, and repeat!

Custom Tee Birthday Boy Card

Birthday Boy Card created with Stampin' Up! Custom Tee Bundle and Urban Underground shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

This Custom Tee Birthday Boy Card is Only One Reason to Own the Custom Tee Bundle!

This fabulous swap card created by fellow demo, Susan Barron confirmed two things for me; purchasing the Custom Tee Bundle and the awesome suite of Urban Underground products were very good choices! 
I love that the Custom Tee and Nailed It Bundles are so different and unique. I have a tendency to get stuck in a floral rut! 
This is a great card and I intend to make a few just like it!

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!

Hope Tomorrow Finds You Feeling Better In Kylie’s International Blog Highlight

Hope tomorrow finds you feeling better card created with Stylish Stems Framelits 

Hello Stampin’ Friends! I am excited to be highlighted in Kylie’s International Stampin’ Up! Blog Highlights, again! You will be able to VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be a part of an international blog hop, so please VOTE for my project! I would love to be a part of this special blog hop!

Our theme for this highlight is Get Well Soon! This theme worked out perfectly for me as I have a special stampin’ friend who has been ill and had surgery recently. I really needed a get well card! This card was quick and easy (my favorite kind) and I plan to make up a few to have some ready for the next time (even though I’m hoping I don’t have a next time! I really don’t like for my friends and family to not be well.)

Hope tomorrow finds you feeling card created with Stampin' Up! Stylish Stems, vote for Darla Olson at inkheaven

While pondering ideas for my get well card, I took a visual stroll through my supplies and this pretty sheet of butterflies from the Falling In Love DSP caught my eye.

Being a nature lover, and quite fond of sunny days, I couldn’t think of anything more cheerful than flowers surrounded by masses of beautiful butterflies, so that settled it!

I also knew that the easiest way to achieve that look would be to use the new Stylish Stems Framelits Dies as their special design would allow me to die cut the flowers right into the paper, immediately surrounding them with butterflies!

I took another visual stroll and the sentiment, “Hope Tomorrow Finds You Feeling Better,” from the My Hero stamp set caught my eye. Perfect! I have to put a plug in here for this very special set! When you purchase this set, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a very worthy cause! I can’t think of a more worthwhile purchase to add to your crafting supplies!

I finally landed on using a banner from the Bunch of Banners Framelits for the sentiment. To help the sentiment “pop” just a little more and not be obscured by the butterflies, I layered it over another banner cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock and then accented it with a Falling In Love Embellishment. The floral jewel is pretty and adds a bit of sparkle. The only thing that I did not add (only because I discovered that all three of my tubes where empty, gasp!) was a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the flower petals.

My goal was to not only provide you with a visually pretty card, but to also make it a card that could be easily duplicated. If you think that I have presented a visually pretty card that can be easily duplicated please go VOTE for me!

 Vote For My Project, Darla Olson at inkheaven!
If you are visiting my blog from the USA you can order any of the products that I used in creating this card from my 24/7 online store which is located at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net.
For your convenience, I have provided links to the products below which will take you directly to my online store. 
Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me (and for voting)! See you next time as we create, have fun, and repeat!

Lift Me Up Puts Love In The Air For Valentine’s Day

Handmade card created with Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up Bundle shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Stampin’ Up! Lift Me Up Bundle puts love in the air! 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This was a fun card to put together. The different levels of layer and texture give it great visual interest and except for placing the balloon basket, very easy! (And that really wasn’t hard, it just required a few extra steps.)
It is difficult to see in the photo but the balloon is cut out of the Real Red and recessed into the Whisper White. The clouds add another dimension as they are cut out with the dies and layered on top of the card. And, with the Falling Petals Folder adding “hearts” to the Real Red layer it looks great! 
To get the basket placed, I lightly tacked down my Real Red layer and lightly penciled in where the basket needed to be stamped. Then I removed the Real Red layer and stamped my balloon basket over my outlined area. This is one place where photopolymer would have appealed to the lazy side of my stamping! However, I have this set in clear mount so I had to pull out my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the proper placement (woe is me, right? I’m such an eyeball-er! ha ha). Once the basket was stamped the Real Red layer could be permanently applied to the Whisper White card base. (Note: The balloon was die cut prior to being ran through the Falling Petals folder.) 
After the Real Red layer in set in place, it’s pretty easy to center the love heart in the center of the balloon.  
Since the clouds are die cut and added on top those are pretty simple. I did have to stamp the sentiment on Whisper White prior to die cutting my cloud. It.Just.Fits! I layered those with glue dots. I wanted just a “little” pop-up.
Have I mentioned before how much I love the Falling Petals embossing eolder? I love how it looks like hearts and can’t wait to start playing with it more as a floral texture later. It’s been a great texture add to those Valentine Cards! 
Did you know that just purchasing the Lift Me Up bundle and the Falling Petals embossing folder earns you a free Sale-A-Bration set? That alone puts my heart up in the air! Check out the fantastic Sale-A-Bration items:
Click here to see the FREE Sale-A-bration items!
For your convenience, I have provided links (just click either image below) to these two fabulous items that will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can put them in a shopping cart and get your FREE Sale-a-Bration item! Don’t miss out on the hours of fun having these in your craft room will bring! Sale-A-Bration will be over before we know it!
Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me! See you next time as we create, have fun, and repeat!
  

Carried Away With A Lift Me Up Card Bonanza!

How would you like to get carried away with a lift me up card bonanza? Get a free supply packet with your $150 order by February 20, 2017 from Darla Olson at inkheaven.

How would you like to get carried away with a Lift Me Up Card Bonanza?

Have you seen this great video tutorial shared by Stampin’ Up! showing how to create these 12 awesome cards?

Wasn’t that just totally fabulous? I know what I am going to be doing for my next batch of birthday, thinking of you, and just because cards!

To make it easy for you, I have posted all the items that you will need to have to create these fabulous cards at the bottom of this post. (Please note that the bundle isn’t necessary, but you save 10% with the bundle and get the fabulous Up and Away Thinlits, so why wouldn’t you?) Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can place your order. Did you know that the Carried Away Designer Series Paper and the Card Tin are both Sale-a-bration items that you can get for FREE with a $100 order! You will want that card tin to put all of your fabulously handcrafted cards in! The tins also work well for embossing folder and die storage as well!

However, if you place a $150 order with me by March 31st, you will receive $15 in Stampin’ Rewards and 3 Sale-A-Bration items of your choice from Stampin’ Up! AND

To sweeten the pot, if you place your order of $150 by February 28th with me, here is what you will get from me!

  • You will receive all the pre-cut supplies you need to make all 12 cards, plus the envelopes! How sweet is that? When you place your online order make sure that you DO NOT select *no contact* or I will not know where to send your FREE packet of supplies to create these 12 fabulous cards!
  • Your FREE Packet will be postmarked no later than March 15th, depending on when you placed your order. For those of you attending my Open House in Cedar Falls or Charles City, Iowa; you will receive your packet at my Open House!

In addition, if you order the Lift Me Up bundle through me, you will also be given an added BONUS for my upcoming Lift Me Up Online Class complete with Videos and tutorial sheets! My online class will consist of 4 Lift Me Up cards that I created as a Display Stamper for OnStage 2016 Kansas City. This online class will be offered for the one time BONUS PRICE OF $15 (valued at $25) to those who purchase the bundle through me and will be available in March! Remember, only those who order the bundle through me will be receiving the BONUS price on their class! You will receive a special link via email to order at the BONUS price! So, don’t delay! Click on any of the images below to be taken to my 24/7 online store to take advantage of these special offers! The clock is ticking! You can be a happy shopper with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net.

If you are not familiar with my tutorial sheets, you can see one and download it from HERE.

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

Sealed With Love Stitched Shapes Framed Hearts Card

Stampin' Up! Sealed With Love, Hearts Framed by Stitched Shapes Square Framelits Card shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Sealed With Love, Hearts Framed by Stitched Shapes Square Framelits for Valentine’s Day

This card was also a fun card that we created in my Sealed With Love class.

This card has a little bit of recessed layering which adds a little bit of interest to it. It was still an easy card. Getting the images centered can be a little tricky. We eyeballed it in class. However, if you want nothing off center even just a bit, I recommend the stamp-a-ma-jig!

For your convenience, I have posted a list of most of the supplies I used creating this card. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can purchase the supplies that you need to re-create this card. Don’t forget that it is Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year! You can choose free items for every $50 that you spend! You can learn more by clicking here. You can be a happy shopper with me at inkheaven anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net

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

Sealed With Love Pierced Layered Hearts Valentine Card

Sealed with love, arrow pierced, layered sweet and sassy hearts Valentine card shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Sealed With Love, Arrow Pierced, Layered Sweet & Sassy Hearts Card

This was such a fun card to make! We made this card in my Sealed With Love Valentine’s Class here in Le Mars. Looks fussy, but it was pretty easy! Mostly layering, with a wee bit of stamping! I love that narrow ribbon! Due to the demand being higher than anticipated, the Love Note Framelits that are a part of this bundle are on backorder and are not anticipated to be back in the warehouse until 10 days after Valentine’s Day! I can see why! I can’t express enough just how much fun I have had playing with this great bundle!

For your convenience, I have posted a list of most of the supplies I used creating this card. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can purchase the supplies that you need to re-create this card. Don’t forget that it is Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year! You can choose free items for every $50 that you spend! You can learn more by clicking here. You can be a happy shopper with me at inkheaven anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net

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

Send A Card To A Friend Day

Handmade card created with Stampin' Up! Avant Garnden and Delicate Details shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Today is send a card to a friend day!

There are a lot of “silly” days or holidays created for different purposes. There are days for celebrating coffee, popcorn, loving your pets and more! Some of them are fun, and let’s face it, in today’s world, light-hearted and fun is a very welcoming thing!

However, I really like today’s designation; Send a card to a friend day. Good friends can be hard to come by and for the most part, we only have a handful in our lifetime, so I think this a great day to celebrate!

I managed to get this card done before leaving on quick road trip to help out our youngest son, so I won’t be able to send this card to all of my friends, but I do have a friend in mind.
I want to encourage you to take some time today to get a card sent off to a friend. It may just be the encouragement they need! 
I had this simple design in mind, and it turned out fantastic. The embellishments of ribbon, lace, and the card jewel give its simplicity a little punch and the Clear Wink of Stella highlights and spatter give it a pretty shimmer. Seeing this in person is really the only way to truly appreciate that shimmer. My photo just does not do it justice!
I used Avant Garden and Delicate Details to create this card. Both of these sets are free Sale-A-Bration sets. Both sets are so beautiful! 
Are you new here today and wondering what Sale-A-Bration is? It is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year, with several different ways to earn free products from January 4th – March 31st, 2017. Here are the details:

shop!

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 some fabulous new crafty products and earn products for free while you do it! Click here now for some shopping fun and free stuff! Shop anytime at my 24/7 online store at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net

host!

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! Just click here to learn more and contact me to host!

join!

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! Join my Inkheaven Stars today and take advantage of the opportunity to start a great business, support your hobby, and shop with a discount! Click here now to learn more and sign up! I will be here to support you all the way! Have questions? Just contact me at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net
Thank you for stopping by to create and learn with me!