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

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!

They Say its Your Birthday

This is another card from my Swirly Bird class. This is a very basic and simple card. So basic and simple that there are probably hundreds of different, but similar, variations floating around on the world wide web! However, with most of the class cards using one or more die cuts – I needed at least one card for a cutting break!

The Bonus Days coupon offer ended yesterday so I hope you were able to place your order for your coupon(s)! You will be able to start redeeming coupons tomorrow! I have 3 coupons that I will be redeeming! Woo hoo!

For your convenience, here is a list of most of the items I used in the creation of this card. Clicking on any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can shop to your hearts content. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Draped Floral Phrases Thank You Card

I love the texture and interest that the drapery technique gives to cards and when I saw the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper in the Floral Boutique Suite, I knew that I wanted to try one with it and do it in my Floral Boutique Suite Classes.

I love how it turned out! I especially love this paper design with the floral stamp. However, I ultimately will not be using it to many drapery cards just because I can only get one card with the floral design in the paper right-side-up. Not a big deal to some, but it messes with me and I just can’t do it! lol!

However, I did find another sheet in the Floral Boutique Designer Series that worked out really well for me and my sense of “right-side-up” and I even have a tip for you to help you cut your paper correctly on the diagonal every single time! Here is the card:

I have a FB Live video on my FB Page for you sharing my little tip for cutting the paper correctly on the diagonal every time when creating these fun skirted cards! You can check that out by clicking my facebook link:

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that I used in the creation of this card below. Clicking on any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online page where you will want to add them to your cart so you can have them delivered right to your door (and earn those $5 Bonus Coupons!) Haven’t heard about those coupons? Check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

So Many Stamps, So Little Time

Sometimes you just need a quick card without a lot of fuss! When I held my Birthday Blooms classes we did two rather complicated cards and I knew I was going to need a quick and easy card for the sake of time. This was the result.

I used Timeless Textures to color my Birthday Blooms. There is a hint of shimmer on the rose petals with Wink of Stella clear, and Dazzling Details was still in play because this class was in May (why they would retire Dazzling Details is beyond the scope of my imagination, I had to stock up!), so we used a touch of that on 3 of the larger spatters and dotted it on the stamen. There is also a hint of the Mint Macaron lace which is now retired…but if you are lucky enough to have some in your stash…it is a great addition to the card!

Some of you may wonder why I used both Stella and Dazzling Details – well the Dazzling Details also gives a bit of texture – so it looks different!

This was all stamped on Shimmery White, too! I wish you could really see all that in the photo. Someday, when I grow up, I am gonna be a photographer…meanwhile….back in my playroom (er, stamp room) this was all done monochromatic with Mint Macaron. I simply love that color, I can’t help myself!

For your convenience, most of the supplies that were used in the creation of this card (not all are still available) are posted below. Click on any image to be transported to my 24/7 online store where you can add all the stampin’ happiness you need to your shopping card and send it to yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Dainty Drapes with Birthday Blooms

Good morning! I don’t have a lot of time to be chatty – I have to be on the road in an hour to get over to Waverly, Iowa today for my Swirly Bird Bundle class – I am so excited – it is going to be awesome! I just know that everyone will totally love the cards! (I totally love the cards! lol!)

Speaking of classes, this is a card from my Birthday Blooms May classes. Everyone loved learning how to do this dainty drapery fold. I don’t always advertise techniques or ideas that will be in class…I don’t always know what they will be that far in advance! I may be a planner, and quite frankly, can plan things to death…but I also create my best works under pressure (which is a nice way of describing my procrastination skills, ha!)

If you haven’t been to a class yet – you should join us – I have some of the most wonderful peoples in my classes and we have a great time!

The pretty designer series paper on this card is retired, but this card can be easily recreated with some of our new designer series paper. I bet it would look awesome in the new Night of Navy paper from the Floral Boutique Suite! I will have to give it a go and share it!

Okay – I have to roll! For your convenience I have listed most of the supplies used in the creation of this card and thrown in a few new suggestions! Clicking on any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can pull these awesome items off the shelf and throw them in your cart and check out! Get a box of stampin’ happiness delivered right to your door! Thanks so much for stopping by, see you next time!

Happy Flag Day!

This is a fun card that I made for my Swirly Bird/Scribbles June Class display board. It’s one of those perfect cards! Simple, clean, easy to do and looks great! I actually had the 4th of July in mind when I made this card…but it’s Flag Day now…and maybe I will come up with another fun card by the 4th of July! I am really looking forward to my Swirly Bird/Scribbles classes in June and July! This stamp set and coordinating dies are so much fun to work with! If you haven’t signed up for one of the classes, sign up now!

For your convenience, most of the supplies that I used in creating this card are listed below. Clicking on any of the images below will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can purchase this awesome bundle! (I just used the dies on this card – but you definitely want to get the bundle!) Thank you so much for stopping by!

Top Five Benefits of Attending Classes

Some of you may be wondering why I would blog about the Top Five Benefits of Attending Classes. As someone who loves learning and teaches classes regularly this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart and not just because it helps to provide me with an income! So here are my top five:

  1. How else do we get better at what we do? Learning hones us and sharpens our craft.
  2. Valuable feedback, tips, ideas, and help from others in the class.
  3. Helps us make new friends and develop relationships which enriches our social life.
  4. Real, practical, and hands on use of the tools and techniques.
  5. Motivation, inspiration and retention We learn better from other people and we also remember it better!
The best thing about the top five is that it is also true for the instructor! My students motivate me to come up with more ideas. I learn as much from them, if not more, than they learn from me. I also get to make new friends and develop relationships when someone new attends class. It’s really a win win for everyone! 
This card was a card that we created in a recent class. The picture really does not show all the dimension and sparkle that this card has. Everyone loved the card and the technique. Sign up for classes to learn tips, techniques, create beautiful cards, and make new friends! Thank you so much for stopping by!

You Send My Heart Spinning!

You Send My Heart Spinning

This card was sooo much fun to create! The sentiment is not a stamp, however, so I am providing a FREE Download (click the enjoy button below for the free download) for you so you can create this card! I know that many of you do not know how to use RGB codes and create files like this – so I have done it for you!


The inspiration for this card was our 37th wedding anniversary! Look how young we were! I just realized that this year I have officially been a demonstrator more than half of my married life! My sweetheart is my #1 fan!

For your convenience the most of the items I used in creating this card are shown below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you may purchase what you need to recreate this fun card! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Dashing Thru The Snow

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Dashing thru moonlit snow in a one horse open sleigh sounds so very romantic, doesn’t it? In my imagination I am surrounded by warm cozy blankets and filled with anticipation of a warm destination filled with family, love, and laughter!

The snowflake vellum (Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum) layered over the black gives a dusky night sky feel to the background; the focal point created with the Lots of Labels dies gives a snapshot of depth to the scene with a dark sky illuminated by snowflakes (Winter Wonderland DSP) and Silver Foil Paper giving a sheen to the trees (Sleigh Ride Edgelits) in the background while the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper anchored by one rhinestone studded snowflake (Winter Wonderland Embellishments) creates the imagery of the one horse sleigh (Sleigh Ride Edgelits) in moonlit snow. The imagery is so strong that no sentiment is needed on the front of the card.

This was one of the cards we created in my October Card Making class and my classmates were delighted with it! You, too, can delight your family and friends with this gorgeous, handmade card this Christmas! Imagine their delight when they open up the envelope and they pull out this beauty!

For your convenience I’ve included a product list of most of the items used to create this card below.  Get started on this lovely Christmas card now by clicking on one of the products below or the Shop Now tab above to be taken to my 24/7 online store! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Living Happy

Simplicity, the key to living happy.

I love the simplicity of this card! The older I get, the more convinced I am that simplicity is one of the keys to living happy. When I was looking through my Color Coach for a color combo for this card layout, I went to the the In Colors first because I wanted to use the newer, thicker Baker’s Twine. I was surprised to see Crisp Canteloupe paired up with Pink Pirouette; but there it is; an unlikely pairing with amazing results! I loved it immediately! I really like the heavier weight Baker’s Twine and am excited that there will be more of it in the new catalog! For this layout I used what I call the, “Window Relief Technique,” the top layer with a framelit creates a raised window and the image is stamped inside giving the impression of low relief. These are all sculpting terms – but I am sculpting in paper! Click any of the images below to be taken to my online store where you can add any of these amazing products to your crafting collection! Thanks for stopping by!