Copy That Card In The Catalog, Please!

Copy Stampin' Up! catalog samples for fun and easy card making! Tutorial shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Have you really looked at your Occasions Catalog and noticed how many great card samples there are to copy?

Balloon Adventures has a wonderful display of cards to copy!

I have copied this card. A bunch! I have all my February birthday cards made and except for the hand-written message, they are ready to send out!

My photography skills are not quite up to par with the creatives at Stampin’ Up! But I will share my card rendition all the same! Here it is! Aren’t you impressed? Since I have done all the leg work of figuring out supplies and dimensions, I have put together a tutorial with all of that information for you! Use the supply list on the tutorial to help you place your order.
You can click here to download!

Quick & Easy Balloon Adventures card copied from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog by Darla Olson at inkheaven

If you need a little more than a tutorial, I did stamp this card on FB Live (I had some difficulties in the beginning with my FB App. It “quit working unexpectedly” and closing on me so forgive the beginning, it has a rough start as I went live on my tablet to let everyone know I was having tech difficulties!)

Don’t forget that you can always use the layout and switch things up a bit! Different color combinations give different looks to the same layout! Check out this great switch shared by Shannon West of Stampin’ Up! It is the same card but the switch gives it an amazing look!

A color scheme switch shared by Shannon West of Stampin' Up! using the Balloon Adventures set shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

How fabulous is that? I plan on taking some fun adventures in stamping with this amazing bundle! I hope you will take the adventure with me! The Balloon Adventures bundle is perfectly priced for Sale-A-Bration! To get started on this fun stamping adventure, you can click the Balloon Adventures image below to be taken to my 24/7 online store where you can purchase the Balloon Adventures bundle and choose a free Sale-A-Bration item! I will be here to take the adventure with you! Thank you for stopping by to create and learn with me!

Sealed With Love Valentine Card In Non-Traditional Colors

Valentine card created with Sealed With Love, Stampin' Up! in non-traditional colors shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven

Valentine card created with Sealed With Love in non-traditional colors.

This card is a spin off of the card layout that I used for the remARKable sale-a-bration hop here. (There is also a tutorial there which contains instructions for this layout).
I wanted to try to do a card with non-traditional colors. I love reds and pinks, but some of the modern looking elements of this bundle were just begging for a different look; so I gave it one!

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies 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 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!

Free Inkheaven Colorcast Download!

Color Schemes download for the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven

Click to Download and Print Chart

Hello Stampin’ Friends!

I have a free download for you today! This download is a quick and easy reference to all the wonderful color schemes contained in the 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure Designer Series Paper!

No more flipping through the catalog to find the color schemes! Just click on the image above to download and print this handy reference chart!

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

Picture Perfect Framed Floral

This elegant and simple swap card was created by fellow demonstrator, Nancy Endwright. I love the color combo. I have some of the same color scheme on my blog!

Nancy was so kind, she sent it to me as an extra when she found out I was trying to fill up my display boards for my first Sale-a-bration Open House here in Le Mars launching my business here on the new home front. Stampers are just the nicest people you will ever meet; don’t you agree?

I have listed most of the supplies Nancy used creating her card below. Click any of the images below to visit my 24/7 online store and purchase what you need to create this lovely card, today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Picture Perfect Thank You

This pretty swap card was created by fellow demonstrator, Debra Brown. I really don’t think this picture does the color combination of Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, and Elegant Eggplant on the roses justice. It’s way prettier in real life. You will just have to try this color combo yourself so you can see it!

For your convenience I have shared a list of most of the supplies used in the creation of this card. Clicking any of the product images below will take you to my 24/7 online store so you may purchases any of the items you need to recreated this lovely card. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Going Retro With the Love Bug!

Beautiful Ride Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Back to the 60’s! 

This fun retro throw back swap card was created by fellow demonstrator, Anita Watson.

Yeah, I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s so Anita’s card makes me just a little nostalgic. It was an interesting time; hippies, tie-die, flower power, peace signs, rock and roll, “The Love Bug,” and so much more!

I love how she gave the bug a “tie-die.” To do this she used what is called the Baby Wipe Technique. This technique is very easy, all you do is take a few baby wipes and turn them into an ink pad of sorts! Re-inkers are used to randomly create a pattern of ink on the baby wipes after which you lay your card stock over the top (or vice-versa) and pick up the “tie-die” color from the baby wipe!

Anita picked her colors from the designer series paper (this particular paper was a Sale-a-bration reward so it is no longer available but any colorful, flowered paper will do, as long as it is Stampin’ Up!, of course!) Just follow her lead and use the colors from whatever designer series paper you use!

It is hard to see in the photo but the entire bug has a metallic flake in the paint job thanks to our awesome Wink of Stella pen! Plus, the windows have window sheets behind them giving them a real look of glass!

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that Anita used in creating her card below. This fun, retro style stamp set called, Beautiful Ride is on the retired list and will be leaving us soon so don’t wait – click any of the images below to be taken to my 24/7 online store and get yours now before they are gone for good! Thanks so much for stopping by!

6 Easy Cards You Can Make in an Hour!

Actually, you can probably whip out 8 to 12 of these cards in an hour! (Scroll down to see the other 5.) But, to be safe, I went with claiming six. Remember the line from the commercial, “It’s so easy even a caveman can do it?!” That pretty much describes this layout.

Another plus: It really stretches out a favorite piece of Designer Series Paper (hereinafter called DSP). One 12×12 sheet of DSP should yield 24-26 cards. To get 26 cards you will make your first cut at 5 1/4″, the second cut at 5 1/4″ again. This will leave you with a 1 1/2″ strip at the end. Trim down your 1 1/2″ strip to 1″ and then cut it into two 5 1/4″ pieces (you will have a small piece that you can save or discard). Then cut your two 5 1/4″ pieces of DSP into 24 1″ strips. You now have enough 1″ x 5 1/4″ strips of DSP to make 26 cards using this layout! But, I digress a little…

The 1″ x 5 1/4″ of DSP is layered on the bottom of a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ Whisper White card stock. After this step is done, then you can stamp your flowers off to the right. Then stamp your BIG & BOLD greeting/sentiment to the left of your flowers. Once the sentiment is placed, you can stamp the butterfly. The flowers and butterfly color with just a few strokes of the markers so that goes pretty quick (confession: I’m not a big fan of sitting and laboring over coloring). It is hard to see in the photo, but after coloring the butterfly, the small part of the wing has been highlighted with a touch of gold using Wink of Stella.

Once your cards are all colored, you can layer this on a piece of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ coordinating card stock which can then be layered on a whisper white card base of the same size. I haven’t really referenced colors here too much, as this can be done with any DSP and the colors may be different. The beauty of using DSP is you can pull the color combo right out of the DSP and all of our DSP has its color combo listed in the catalog and has a coordinating card stock pack adding to the convenience.

Below are all the other different cards that I made in one quick sitting:

As you can see, I have covered 4 different occasions with 6 cards made from one easy layout!  For your convenience, I have listed the products that I used below. (Please note that the items priced at 0.00 are Sale-A-Bration items. A $100 order placed by March 31st will get you both of these items for FREE! The Happy Birthday set is a Stampin’ Rewards set and may be purchased at the bargain price of $9 with a $150 order! A $150 order would also allow you to select one more FREE Sale-A-Bration item!) If you purchase the suggested items shown below, you will have an $150 order!

Clicking on any of the images below will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can purchase what you need to make your own 6 (or more) easy cards in an hour! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Calm and Bright

When I saw the Wonderland Stamp Set and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits I was smitten! I love Christmas and all the nostalgia of Christmas Past. I also love nature so I just had to try this color combo with two of my favorite stamping supplies to see what it would look like! The color combo is Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, and Basic Black (Archival). This was also a Make & Take at my Grand Annual Open House this year! In case you missed it, I posted a video about the Sleigh Ride Edgelits here.




For your convenience I’ve included a product list of the items used to create this card below. To add any of these items to your stamping collection you may click on one of the products or the Shop Now tab above to be taken to my 24/7 online store! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Gorgeous Color Combos Create Impact

Color combinations can make or break your crafty creations. Even a soothing color combination like this one can have big impact. Color can evoke feelings, memories, stimulate, etc. There is a whole physcology of color! I love nature; it soothes me. This color combo “spoke” to me. I wanted to use it in my card making. Check back in a couple of days and I will show you how I used this color combination! Thanks for stopping by!

You’ve Got This with Archival Ink

You’ve Got This with Archival Ink
You’ve Got This Stamp Set • Kraft and Shimmery White Cardstock • Cherry On Top Designer Washi Tape • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad® • Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Soft Sky and Tangelo Twist Classic Stampin’ Ink® Refills • Linen Thread • Aqua Painters®













Archival Ink is permanent and perfect for watercoloring techniques. Use archival ink pads to stamp your images, and then use Blender Pens or Aqua Painters® to add color.  Our new Basic Black Archival Ink Pad will be available to order on September 1st!

What is Archival Ink?

Archival ink is an ink which is designed to resist fading and weathering. In order to endure over time, an ink must have two main properties. One is the ability to resist fading. Over time, many inks start to slowly fade away, first turning brown and then later almost disappearing completely. Remember the difficulty we had with our past Basic Black ink changing color so fast and not looking black?  Secondly, an archival ink must also remain fast to the page so that exposure to moisture will not cause the ink to run. This is what makes an archival ink ideal for watercoloring.
Archival inks can be dye inks or pigment inks. Pigment ink is permanent, colorfast, stays bright, and is durable, but does not dry quickly making it necessary to heat dry with our embossing guns in our card making. Our new archival ink is dye based and will dry quickly on your card. Dye based inks will remain colorfast for only so long, but most are strong enough to last a few generations so you won’t have to worry about your creations fading into oblivion right away! They will bring pleasure to your recipients for many years to come!
To purchase any of the items to make this card, click on the Shop Now button to be taken to my online store!
Thanks for stopping!