Party Animals For Your Birthday

Use these cute trouble-free party animals to help celebrate birthdays.

Use these cute trouble-free party animals to help celebrate birthdays!

This cute swap card was created by fellow demo, Selene Kempton. This card is another great example of using the Balloon Adventures stamp set with the Balloon Bouquet Punch.
I love the fun, playful look of the party animals of the animals in the Party Animal Designer Series Background. I think it’s perfect for kids cards and I am pretty sure that there are a few adults (like me) who are just fine with receiving a card created with these fun-loving animals! Plus, these party animals are completely trouble-free! 
I love how the silver glimmer balloon jaunts off on its own. Isn’t it just like a balloon? Now that’s trouble! ha ha
I’m nearing the finish line for available prep time for my first upcoming open house this weekend – so I am going to hop off and get back to prepping! I’ll be loading my car up early to make my trek to Cedar Falls so I won’t have a blog post for you tomorrow so take some time to catch up on any back posts you might have missed and I will see you again on Monday!
Thank you so much for stopping by to learn and create with me. See you next time as we create, have fun, and share! Remember, you can be a happy shopper with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net. 

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!


Tips On How To Use the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies As A Card Front

Tips on how to use your balloon pop up thinlit as a card front

Quick video with tips using the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies as a card front!

I have been creating and having fun using my Balloon Adventures Bundle so I thought it was time to share!
Last year I made a decision to be better about sending out birthday cards and I have been using this bundle to help me do just that! 
While I was preparing for my card making class featuring the Balloon Adventures Bundle I decided to attempt using just the balloon bouquet and banner from the pop-up die to create a card front without the “frame” created by the die. This meant some snipping and fussy cutting had to take place. Uh, oh! Right? Sometimes, it can be challenging to fussy cut things out and still have them look nice!

This die does create some score marks that outline the banner making the banner portion easy to cut out so the biggest challenge was cutting out the balloons. I shared my tips for cutting out around the ballooons on FB Live but have edited it and am giving you the short and sweet version (less than 10 minutes!) that you can watch here:

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

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!

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!

How to Celebrate a Year of Birthdays!

Birthday card created with Celebrations Duo and Birthday Adventures shared by Darla Olson at inkheaven
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder & Balloon Adventures Bundle

How to celebrate a year of birthdays? Send a card! I know that is a simplistic answer…and maybe not quite what you were looking for. However, this past year there was a campaign started, by a sweet gal named Shannon, dubbed, “I’m Bringing Birthdays Back. The response was amazing! I think the response was amazing because:

  • Sending a card is easy
  • Everyone loves getting fun mail
  • The giver felt the joy of giving
  • Birthdays truly are special as they are limited
I joined the campaign and made the commitment to be better about sending birthday cards. I will admit, it was a challenge! Some were “belated.” But you know what? It felt great! Wouldn’t you like to feel great, too? I am making the same commitment for 2017. I hope you will join me! As nice as it is to get the “Happy Birthday” wishes on our Facebook pages; it is even nicer to open up the mailbox to see a bunch of cards! I know this from personal experience. I received quite a few cards from others who joined the challenge. To be honest, I kept mine on display for awhile! It was so nice to have my birthday be remembered in such a special way! You see, the sender had to make a personal investment to make it happen. That’s a big deal and a priceless commodity. I didn’t take it lightly!
This card is another one created with something new, something older, and something retired!  I used last year’s retired Sale-A-Bration set, Just for You (love that set!) for the …on your special day sentiment. Oh, and I swiped the color combo from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper. Ha ha! The Celebrations Duo Embossing Debossing Folders, Balloon Adventures Bundle, and Party Animal DSP will be available on January 4th! I am tons of excited! How excited are you? I will be showing cards with the coordinating stamp set for the Celerations Duo Folders eventually – but I want you to also see how well they will work with what you may already have! 
 
For your convenience, I have listed most of the current supplies that 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 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!

A New Year Means Another Round of Birthdays!

A birthday card created with Stampin' Up! Celebrations Duo Folder shared by inkheaven
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders

Are you ready for the first birthday of the New Year? Birthdays are those little things that sneak up me! So, I thought that I would try to get a head start on some of my birthday cards. Plus, I wanted to do something a little different.

As a demonstrator, for the most part, I only show new or current products on my blog, classes, and other events. However, when I saw these fun embossing debossing folders, my mind immediately jumped to a few of my favorite retired sets and I wanted to play with them and see how they looked! And, since I believe in sharing my toys when I play, that means that I had to have a little mindset change about sharing “just the new stuff.” But, since many of you have retired stuff as well, this will be good creating inspiration for you as well!

For this card I used the retired set, Bring on the Cake. I love the “birthday” and think it is a great combo. Next time I think I will go ahead and mask off the happy. I left it for my first take because Happy, Happy Birthday isn’t necessarily a bad sentiment…I just think it will be more pleasing to my eyes to have it just be Happy Birthday since the 2nd happy is so small.

For your convenience, I have listed some of the other supplies that I used in the creation of this card below. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can check out the details regarding the product.

Shop with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net. Thank you so much for stopping by to create and learn with me!

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!


One More of My Birthday Cards

I wanted to share one more card that I received for my birthday as part of the #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign. This card was created and sent to me by fellow demonstrator, Nancy Endwright. The little star punch she used is retired but I thought that various sizes of stars from the Confetti Stars Border punch would work just as well. This card features the Balloon Bouquet Punch which made it into the new catalog! I also think it would be cute with a birthday greeting stamped on a banner from our new Duet Banner Punch.

Here is a list of most of the supplies that she used creating this card. Clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can see these products along with all of the other new products in the catalog! Be sure to check them out! Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Blooms For You

This pretty card is another make and take from my Sale-A-Bration Open House.

I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! brought back the Softly Falling Folder. It just makes a really pretty textured background. Don’t get stuck thinking that it has to be used as snow!

To color this floral image I chose to use sponge daubers and ink. I really miss the soft muted look of coloring with chalks and this is a close second! plus, I am not a big fan of coloring large areas with markers.

I just trimmed the top of the label cut from the label die to give it a little different look and topped it with some Metallic Glitter Tape daubed in Mint Macaron. This tape was a free Sale-A-Bration reward so if you missed out, you can substitute Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I did the inside of this card too, you can take a peek at it here:

It’s kind of fun to jazz up the inside of your cards and do a little something to the envelope to make it all coordinate!

For your convenience I’ve listed most of the products that I used creating this card. You may click on any of the images below to be taken to my 24/7 online store to purchase what you need to create this card. Thanks so much for stopping by!