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!


I’m Celebrating 1,000 Blog Posts With A Gift Tag!

Gift Tag shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven to celebrate 1000 blog posts

Gift Tags, parties, and celebrations all go together!

Wow! A thousand blog posts! I can hardly believe it! I am thrilled that you are here to celebrate it with me!
All journeys start with just a step and while we may know exactly what our destination is, we don’t always know the path that we will take to get there. Many times we encounter road blocks and detours or, take a wrong turn and need to adjust our course. Sometimes, we even decide we need to change our destination! I would say that I have experienced all of this as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator at inkheaven over the last (almost) twenty years.
My inkheaven blog was a course correction. Prior to my blog, I had a website. My website was even featured in Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator magazine, Stampin’ Success. However, time has a way of bringing about change and websites were not as fashionable in the creative world. Blogging was where it was at! So, in April of 2009, I started blogging here at inkheaven. That means that on April 30th, inkheaven will be 8 years old! Can you believe it? I’m pretty close to having 100,000 visits to my blog as well!

To create my celebratory gift tag I used products from the Party Animal Suite (one of my favorite suites!) The nifty little die from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits that I highlighted below creates the top of this tag:

click photo to purchase gift tag die at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net

Your gift tag can be any length, but it will have to be two inches wide. My favorite thing about this gift tag die is that it creates a topper for a tag that opens! It does this by creating the score for the fold. Plus, it creates the holes for the ribbon or baker’s twine, whichever you choose to use. I didn’t take a photo of the inside, but there is a piece of Whisper White card stock adhered to the inside where you can put a to/from and a little note or or greeting!

I did use the coordinating Balloon Bouquet punch for my balloons. The balloons are the smaller of the two which are a great fit for the two inch tag. If you would like to create your own gift tags with the Party Animal Suite, just click the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits photo to be taken to my 24/7 online store. If you have questions or need assistance, contact me anytime here at inkheaven!

I have shared several fun cards created with products from the Party Animal Suite. You can click the links below to see them:

Tips on how to use the Balloon Pop-Up Die as a Card Front

Copy That Card in the Catalog, Please!

Hooray in Dapper Denim Reverse Words

How to Celebrate a Year of Birthdays

If you would like to learn more about the Party Animal Suite, sign up for my newsletter using the form in the side bar! After you sign up, you will receive an invitation to subscribe to a week long Occasions Catalog Tour; 7 daily emails, each day featuring a suite! (There are 7 suites in the 2017 Occasions Catalog).

I would love it if you would leave a comment and let me know how long you have been a part of my inkheaven journey! Years? Months? Days? First visit?

Thank you so much for stopping by to learn, create, and have fun with me! Be sure to come back and repeat the process as I will be sharing a few more cards with product from the Party Animal Suite over the next few days!

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 the 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!

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!

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!