Celebrating Success

Congratulations card created with Celebrations Duo embossing folder, Swirly Bird, and Bravo shared by Darla Olson at Inkheaven
Celebrating Success

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Our theme for this highlight is encouragement as we all need a kind word said to us to build us up.

Celebrating success feels good, doesn’t it? Sharing it feels even better! Sometimes the success of others becomes our motivation. This happened to me several years back and become the impetus for losing quite a bit of weight. I need some new motivation in that arena again! Anyone want to share their success with me?

Any who, if you are looking to share and celebrate in the success of others, here is an easy and fun card for you! This is another in my series of something new, something old, and something retired. This time I paired the new Celebrations Duo Embossing Debossing Folders with Swirly Bird (current) and Bravo (retired). I love how it turned out! The sentiments from Bravo were a perfect fit for the overall design, as was the circle stamp from Swirly Bird.

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!

Technique Wow With Cable Knit Dynamic Folder

Technique Wow With Cable Knit Dynamic Folder @ Inkheaven

This swap card was jaw-dropping! It was created by fellow demonstrator, Angie Brailsford using the, Ink Direct-to-Folder Technique. This made the texture in the Cable Knit Folder stand out in an amazing way!

I have to confess, I have not yet tried this technique with this folder, but it is on my radar! I will be sure to share a video with you when I get it accomplished!

Meanwhile, if you try this amazing technique before I do, I would love to see your creation, or hear your tips!

If you are not familiar with the Cable Knit Folder here is a video that demonstrates how to use it:

For your convenience, here is a list of most of the products that she used to create this amazing card. Tin of Tags is on the retired list and must be ordered by December 21st to guarantee availability. After that, availability is only while supplies last! Clicking on any image will take you to my 24/7 online store. Shop with me anytime at www.darlaolson.stampinup.net! Thank you so much for stopping by my Inkheaven.

Have You Hung Your Stockings, Yet?

Hang Your Stockings Bundle

Hello Stampin’ Friends!

This pretty swap card was created by fellow demonstrator, Teri Bean. It has a lot of design elements and yet, it is still simple. The embossed background brings a lot of visual interest to the simple layout. I love it!

For your convenience, here is a list of most of the items she 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 (please do!) Thank you so much for stopping by!


Wishing You A Joyful Christmas

Wonderful Year Stamp Set

Hello Stampin’ Friends!

I created this card using Wonderful Year. I am rather fond of sentiments with nice big interesting fonts because they make for quick and easy cards.

This card is simple; however, it is not as plain as it appears at first glance. I added wink of stella over the Joyful font and the banner under the Christmas fond. I also added some to the two stamped elements at the top and bottom of the card (which shows up in this picture a little bit).

Adding washi tape gave it a little more visual interest. This card has a somewhat masculine look which I like.

If you like creating quick and easy cards, then this one will make you happy!

The stamp set and the washi tape are on the retired list so don’t delay in placing your order!

For your convenience, I’ve listed the items I used creating this card below and clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can check them out along with all of the great year-end closeouts! Thank you so much for stopping by!


Naughty or Nice

I am trying to work through all my Christmas cards that I have not yet shared on my blog! This particular one was a make and take at my Grand Annual Open House(s) back in August! This was easy and fun. I love the fresh, modern look of the Santa!

One of the cool things about this Santa die that I have not yet tried, is that his beard will also make fun looking waves (water)! I simply just do not have enough stamp time on my hands!

This bundle is on the year-end close out and if you want to save 25 cents (Hey, every penny counts in my books!) you will want to order the dies and stamp set separate as the stamp set by itself is discounted!

If you like creating cards with a modern, sophisticated look then having this in your craft and stamping room will totally make you happy!

Stampin’ Up! even created a video to share some cute ideas using this bundle. If you haven’t seen it, take a look!

For your convenience, I’ve listed the items I used creating this card below and clicking any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can check them out along with all of the great year-end closeouts! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow!

Neighbor Gifts by the Dozen
Gifts for Nieces and Neighbor Girls
Under the Tree

Homespun Christmas

I have used the Gift Bow Bigz Die soooo much and have had so much fun with it! I really just can’t imagine anyone NOT wanting it! I know the the envelope punch board makes bows – but it is really not the same!

  • The bows are not as sexy
  • With the die you can cut bows of fabric and other material if you choose
  • Can you say volume? I can cut out several bows at a time with the die. Not so with the punch board – it is a laborious one-at-a-time process (for the occasional bow needed at a different size that’s great) but not so great for mass production!
How can you NOT NEED this die? I get so much mileage out of it at Christmas time and it really helps me use up Christmas background paper. 
I am so sad that it is retiring and going the way of the dinosaur. I hope these things are not breakable because I love mine and plan on using it forever! Some of these photos are linked to the original blog post where you can see more photos and more details! Hover your mouse over the photo to see if it is “clickable!”

Quick! Click on the image below to be taken to my 24/7 online store and snag this awesome die for only $23.10 while you still can! Thanks for stopping by!

Swing or Flip?

Whether you call them swing cards or flip cards; this die is a MUST have! It makes creating these cards a breeze! These types of cards are fun- but without the die – a lot more work! This fun die can also help you to create tent style cards. The tent cards will also fit in a standard envelope. Love that!

I have several examples for you below:

Swing (flip) card closed with belly band.

Swing (flip) card completely open.

This is a tent card (I wish I had taken a photo with a side angle so you could see the “tent.”

The inside of the Christmas tent card. The tent makes it really easy to have the card on display.

A tent card using the Wetlands stamp set (love this set!)

The inside of the tent.

A couple of the stamp sets used creating these cards are in the current (and the new 2016-2017) catalog. However, some of the papers, punches, dies, washi tape, etc., have long since been retired. I have a few more of these types of cards that I have done – but to lay my hands on them is an entirely different matter (if you could see my vast card collection…you would understand why)!

If you have not purchased this die it is available at the amazing price of $23.10!  (It is also retiring at the end of this month – I am so disappointed about this as I view this as a card making staple and made at least one swing (flip) card per year in my classes!) Place an online order with me for this die and I will make sure you know how to use it! Distance is no barrier! We can do a Facebook live, livestream or some other type of video to get you the training that you need to maximize this awesome die at this price! If you place an online order with this die message me so we can get a time set up for your training!

The two stamp sets that are still available are shown below along with the dies. Click any of the images below to be taken to my 24/7 online store today and purchase this great die today! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Simple But Colorful Botanical Gardens

This swap card was created by a fellow demonstrator but it either came with no name, or the information has become separated from the card. If this is your swap card, I will be happy to update this post to give you the credit you are due!

I really like the clean and simple look of this card. The designer series paper adds a little bit of interest to the flowers and the Hello Honey base is bright and cheerful!

The creator made this card without using the stamp set. However, I have listed all the supplies as a bundle and a few of them separately for your shopping convenience. The bundles at the awesome deal of 15% will be going away at the end of May so be sure to get them while they are a better bargain! Clicking any of the images below will take you to my 24/7 online store. 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.