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!

World Card Making Day Creations and Specials! Oh My!

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Saturday was World Card Making Day! It was a fun day for many of us as we participated in card making events all over the world!

One of my customers hosted an event in Osage, Iowa (thank you so much Karen!) and we had a great time creating three Christmas cards. The cards were a perfect mix of easy and still looked wow!

Here is a look at our event and cards!

There were a total of twelve of us in the very nice room that Karen rented. We sat four to a table. Each table was set up for a specific card so we all got to get up and move a little bit during our stamping time.

Here are the three cards that we created:

Wonderful Year with Candy Cane Lane DSP and Cable Knit

Santa’s Sleigh with This Christmas DSP and Softly Falling
Greetings From Santa with Pine Bough and Pine Cones

If you would like to see a brief video of the packet that all the guests received you can check out my FB Live video at the bottom of this post.

Currently, Stampin’ Up! also has a B3G1 on designer series paper for the month of October that I wanted to share with you as well. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Click Here to See the B3G1!

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!

Playful Palette Party Cone Video How-to

This fun party cone was inspired in part by the fact that this is National Ice Cream month! Originally, I just wanted to make sleeves for ice cream cones…and then it developed into the idea as using the cones as party favors. These are stuffed with a little stamping fun for a stamping event…but think of how fun they would be stuffed with little treats for any kind of party! Think birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, even May Day baskets. They would even work for weddings! How fun would it be to fill them with bird seed to fling at a wedding? The ideas are probably endless and more than I could come up with – so be sure to share any different ideas that you come up with in the comments! The rest of us would love to hear them!

These were incredibly easy to make and no template is required! To see just how easy, hop on over to my Facebook Page to view a short FB Live video.

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies that I used in the creation of this project 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 so much for stopping by!

The Deer are Playing in the Meadow

This great swap card was created by fellow demonstrator, Nena Shaw. I love how she used the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper for her background, it’s perfect! Sadly, this paper was a free Sale-A-Bration reward so it is no longer available. However, you can get this same look with a fun technique called, Shaving Cream Marbling. This technique is very easy to do.

Here is what you will need:

  • Tip Top Taupe re-inker
  • Cake pan or something similar
  • Spatula
  • Cheap shaving cream
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Paper towels
The steps:
  • Cover the bottom of the pan with shaving cream
  • Add drops of ink all over randomly
  • Swirl ink with spatula (just like you would if you were baking a marbled cake)
  • Now you can lay your whisper white card stock on top of the shaving cream and press it in
  • Lift up the card stock and remove excess shaving cream with spatula 
  • Wipe off with paper towel
  • Set aside to dry
  • Stamp on it once it is dry!
Easy and fun! Make up a few while you are at it!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Supplies you will need from my 24/7 online store are pictured below, just click on any image and you will be transported right there! Thanks so much for stopping by!


I wish I was in the Tropics!

We are having a chilly day in Iowa. It really makes me wish I was in the tropics, somewhere, enjoying a botanical garden!

This beautiful swap card was created by fellow demonstrator, Donna Bamesberger.

The dies in this bundle are to die for! I love, love, love! The bundle pricing will be going away at the end of May – so if you want to save 15% don’t delay! Plus, those gorgeous, faceted vintage designer buttons will be going the way of the dinosaur too! (The bundle includes the stamp set, designer series paper, and the dies!)

Just click on any of the images below and hurry on over to my 24/7 online store and pick up this fabulous bundle and gorgeous buttons before the savings and buttons are gone! Thank you so much for stopping by!

You Are My Greatest Adventure

This is a swap card created by a fellow demonstrator. Unfortunately, if there was identifying information with it, it has somehow gotten separated from the card. If it is yours, please let me know and I will be delighted to give you credit!

The heart sentiment, “You are my greatest adventure” just hooked me! I absolutely adore that sentiment and heart! Jim and I have had many adventures in life together. We will be celebrating 37 years of them this month!

I also love to travel. Had I known being a travel writer was something that you could do for a career when I was young, I may have chosen to follow that path. But, then I may not have met my closest and dearest friend and married  him, so all is well!

I love how the creator of this card created a tag and wrapped the doily around it. It adds to the romanticism as does the little hearts in the designer series background paper.

This lovely set will be retiring at the end of May so you will need to hop on over to my 24/7 online store and pick one up before it is gone! To do that just click on any of the supply images below. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Mother’s Day Cards with Timeless Elegance

Creating the sympathy cards that I needed using the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper and Rose Wonder Bundle was so quick and easy that I decided to use the same idea for my Mother’s Day Cards. I usually make one for my mom, grandma, and daughter(in-law) but my grandma passed away a year ago this month. Having Mother’s Day roll around made me miss her so I decided to still make her card plus one more and share them with some other very lovely ladies. I did dig through my stash of retired stamps that I have squirreled away for just such an important occasion. A Mother’s Day stamp may not always be in the current offering and I have made a habit of collecting them! The font on this one made it dark enough to stand out on the background paper and the little fancy swirls fit in with the “fancy.” I love how both designs turned out! The Rose Wonder Bundle and Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper are both “must haves” for your stamping collection! For your convenience I have posted them below and clicking any fo the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you may add them to your collection today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sympathy with Timeless Elegance and Rose Wonder

Unfortunately, I had a need for several sympathy cards recently. I wanted them to be quick and easy to make and still be beautiful. I hadn’t really had much of a chance to play with my Rose Garden bundle and I still had this barely used package of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper which I loved as soon as my eyes saw it. Sadly, this beautiful paper is retiring and will be gone soon. Now that I have designed some really pretty cards with it, I will need to add to my stash and make up a supply of these cards to have on hand even though they are my least favorite card to send.

For your convenience, I have listed most of the supplies I used when creating this card. Clicking on any of the images below will whisk you away to my 24/7 online store where you can browse and purchase any of the items you need to CASE (copy and steal everything) this card. Thank you 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!