Spring Fling On Line Class Has Arrived

Spring Fling On Line Class

The Spring Fling On Line Class has arrived!!! It`s been a bit of a process, and I am so happy to be able to unveil this class for you.

Spring Fling

Click On Image To See The Spring Fling Class

I have been holding traditional classes for many years now and I would like to explain the difference between an online class and a traditional class.

The main difference is the convenience.  You can take this class on your own time – how convenient is that!

The classes are technique based and you can use these techniques on many different projects.  In a traditional class, I teach you a technique and unless you write down how to do it, you may forget the process.  Not so with an on line class.  You have access to this class any time you want- you pick the day and the time.

During a traditional class, I am there is guide you, however, there are likely several people in the class so my attention is divided.  With the online class, you have me right there to guide you through all the steps of the project.  The videos and PDFs are detailed and guide you step by step through the creation of the projects. And, as soon as you purchase the class you have immediate access to the projects.

Now that I have told you a bit about the class, you can check it out HERE.  Click on the link and find out what this class is all about.

If you have any questions, leave it in the comments section and I will respond.


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Why I Love What I Do! and Do What I Love! You Can Too

Why I Love What I Do!

Today, I want to share with you why I love what I do and do what I love!

why I love what I doSix years ago, I signed up with Stampin’ Up! to become a Demonstrator and I am so glad I did. When I first signed up, yes, it was to get my products at a discount and just dabble in making greeting cards, creating scrapbook pages and 3-D items such as gift boxes, quilted hangers for photos, etc.  However as I neared retirement from 9-5 job, I started to contemplate what my future would look like, and I envisioned a business.

One of my passions was creating with any type of medium, and when I was introduced to rubber stamping to create beautiful cards and scrapbook pages, I was definitely hooked.  In days past, I had even dreamed about what it would be like to be able to just create.  Now, I had never considered myself to be an artist.

So here I am, loving what I do.

I would like to share 3 reasons why I love what I do:

  1. I am able to share my passion for paper crafting and teach others how they can become a paper crafter.  Sharing my knowledge about rubber stamping, techniques and tips that you can try and carry with you forever  are gifts that I can give to others.
  2. I am able to devote as much time as I want to running my business. While I do have set office hours, I am able to decide when and where those office hours will take place.  Depending upon what I have scheduled on my “TO DO” list, the hours can fluctuate from day to day.  Who is able to do that in a 9-5 job?
  3. This reason is probably my biggest reason. One of my biggest fears about retirement was not to have that day-to-day contact with people. Working on establishing my business has allowed me to develop and maintain relationships that may not have been possible if not for my business.

Do any of these 3 reasons of why I love what I do resonate with you?  If so, than there is a solid business opportunity for you during SALE-A-BRATION.

During Sale-a-Bration, you can become a Stampin’ Up!demonstrator for $125.00.  You choose $155 worth of product and because it’s Sale-a-Bration time, you can choose $40 more in product.  You can get started in your business with $195 in product for $125.00.  Plus there is no tax on the kit and it ships for free.

There is only one caveat.  To become part of my downline, you are required to live in Canada.

If you would like to become a part of the Stampin’ Up! family, then email me and we can have a discussion.  In the meantime, check out the information on my Demonstrator Website. 

Check out the Flexibility for Small Business Owners Post for additional information.

You too, will be able to give reasons as to “Why I Love What I Do”.


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Lost Without You Valentines or Anniversary Card

Lost Without You!

The words, “lost without you” will have a special meaning for your Valentine.  While this is a great Valentine card, it would also make a great Anniversary card for someone to give your special partner.

Using the Going Global stamp set is a great compliment to the Sky Is the Limit stamp set. I love the colours in the designer series papers which allow you to draw on so many colour combination.

The Going Global stamp set has so many possibilities in addition to an Anniversary or Valentine card.  What are some of the possibilities?

  • Birthday card for someone who is into astronomy. You could also combine it with the Stars Collection Framelits.
  • Father’s Day card.
  • Bon Voyage card for a traveler.
  • Use the stamps and DSP on a Project Life scrap album to create memories of your travels.


Lost Without YouRecipe

Stamps: Going Global, Sky Is The Limit.

Ink/Markers: Mossy Meadow, VersaMark, Pacific Point Marker.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow Going Places DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, World Traveler Embossing Folder, Circle Collection Framelits, 2” Circle Punch, Gold Thread, Silver Brads, Black Embossing Powder.

The World Traveler Embossing Folder makes a great background for the place and compass.  To give the illusion of the plane doing loops through the air, the Gold Thread was looped behind the plane.

To receive the Sky is the Limit stamp set for FREE, by purchasing the entire suite of products and adding the Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow ink pads.

Just one word of caution though.  The Sky is the Limit stamp set is only available until February 15th.  This stamp set will then be replace by another stamp set that will be available until the end of March when Sale-a-Bration ends.

Create a Lost Without You card or another type of card using this set, leave me a comment and upload the card and I will display on my blog.


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On Line Classes Relaunch and I Am Super Excited

On Line Classes Relaunch

On Line Classes

On Line Classes program and I am super excited!!!!  I have been working on this relaunch for sometime now and the date is getting closer.

Here are some of the feature of the new and improved on line classes:

  • You will be able to create stunning greeting cards and gifts.
  • Classes will be delivered by PDFs and/or videos in each class.  All supply details and any templates required will be available in PDFs.
  • These classes will be available to you immediately after purchasing – No waiting for 24 or 48 hours.
  • Classes will be available to you 24/7/365 so you can take the class when and wherever you want.
  • There is no expiry to the class time frame.  It’s yours to use for as long as you like.

The unveiling will be soon so check back often.

Check My Blog, Facebook and Twitter for further updates.


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Botanical Gardens Stamp Set With Endless Possibilities

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens stamp set offers endless possibilities for creating beautiful cards, scrapbook pages and gifts.

You probably want to know why I said “endless possibilities”?  Here are my reasons:

  • The colours in the DSP is a good jumping off point to get your creative juices flowing.  Even though the suggested colours are Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Hello Honey, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White, you can use complimentary colours such as Cherry Cobbler and Delightful Dijon (which I used in this card).  These colours work because the DSP I used was the neutral colours on a Whisper White background.
  • Use of negative space from using the Botanical Builder Framelits.  On this card, I die cut the long leaf on both sides of a piece of Mossy Meadow and layered it in the center of the card .  It reminds me of a vase as the piece really stands out on the DSP.  How about die cutting various leaves from a piece of card stock and then placing the negative space over one of the colourful sheets of DSP.  You could use Cajun Craze card stock and place the negative leaves over the Mossy Meadow geometric design DSP.
  • Create a decor item.  How about a pot or a vase filled with flowers made from card stock and die cut.  Curl up the petals to distress a bit, layer a number of the flowers together and choose the center from the various die cuts that are available.  Use various lengths of floral wire and attach your flowers. If you give this as a gift, you won’t have to worry about the person having allergies to the smells that come from real flowers.



Botanical GardensRecipe

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Endless Birthday Wishes.

Ink/Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Chocolate Chip, Old Oliver, Mint Macaron, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Botanical Gardens DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Botanical Gardens Washi Tape.

The stamp set, papers and Botanical Builders come as a bundle and can be purchase from my ONLINE store at 15% off the individual item prices.

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Floating Heart Just For Your Valentine

Floating Heart

Creating a floating heart card is much easier that it looks.  It’s an illusion or sometimes called smoke and mirrors.

Why did I call this card an illusion?  It’s because the floating heart appears as though it is floating when really it is anchored on a layer of Window Sheet.

Indulge me for a moment while I talk about Window Sheets.

Window sheets are also called acetate sheets.  Remember the overhead projectors that would project images and words on a screen? The acetate sheets are clear and the light below the sheet would project the image that was on the acetate sheet onto the screen.  I just dated myself!!!

However, as technology evolved these overhead projectors were phased out.  But there was still a need for the acetate sheets in the land of the crafters.

Stampin’ Up! renamed the acetate sheets to Window Sheets and there are many different ways they can be used.  For example:

  • Stamp images on the window sheet using Stazon Inks.
  • Heat emboss images using VersaMark and Embossing Powder.
  • Put a stamped panel behind the Window Sheet and create a scene to appear as though you are looking through a window.
  • Make clear boxes or punch or die cut on the box top and lay a piece of window sheet underneath the cutout to create a see through..
  • Support cut outs so that they appear to be floating.
  • Create shaker cards.

For this floating card, I used the Bloomin’ Love Bundle in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.  This set is so pretty with the matching Love Blossoms DSP Stack, which by the the way is gorgeous.

The card takes a bit of care as you don’t want any of the adhesive that you use to show through the Window Sheets. It is important to construct the card with the a couple of panels in the inside cover any of the adhesive and seams.

The sentiment “Friend” is attached to the inside back panel along with a few Blushing Bride sequins. You can see them through the window sheets.

Finally, be careful that you don’t get any adhesive or smears on the window sheets.  If you do, you can remove them with a bit of rubbing alcohol.


Floating HeartFloating HeartRecipe

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love

Ink/Markers: Rose Red, Blushing Bride.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Rose Red, Garden Green, Love Blossoms DSP Stack, Window Sheets.

Accessories: Big Shot, Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Pearl Jewels, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon.

Create your own floating card for Valentine’s Day, or try this technique using another stamp set along with the Window Sheets.

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Blue Valentines Day Card For Blue Monday

Blue Valentines Day Card

Who says you can’t have a blue Valentines Day card? Not only that but this card doesn’t even have a heart anywhere near it.  Sometimes, it’s good to go outside the box.

This blue Valentines Day card is great for a Blue Monday.  Apparently, the third Monday in January is considered the most depressing day of the whole year.  Why is that?

There are several contributing factors to Blue Monday such as:

  • Coming down from the celebrations of Christmas and New Years
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter with it short days light and often it’s difficult to get outside because of inclement weather.
  • The Christmas bills are starting to come in.
  • New Year’s resolutions are starting to go by the wayside.

So what do you do to counteract Blue Monday? Here are some ideas:

  • Get outside and go for a walk around the block.
  • Get together with friends and family for a lunch date.
  • Go shopping as the stores are starting to display their spring fashions which are usually colourful and just by looking at them, you will feel your mood improve.
  • If you can, book a holiday to somewhere warm and sunny.


Now if we talk about the bluest day of the year, we have to talk about the happiest day of the year.  Usually, most people will feel the happiest around Christmas Day.  It is a day filled with excitement, joy as we spend time with family and friends, and enjoying great food.

So, let get on with the Blue Valentines Day Card.Blue Valentines Day CardRecipe

Stamps: What I Love.

Ink/Markers: Lost Lagoon, Versamark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Soft Sky.

Accessories: White Emboss Powder, Sponge Dauber, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

This card is very simple and easy to recreate.  Actually, I cased the Sale-a-Bration catalogue for this one.

You can earn this stamp set by purchasing $60 of products from any of the catalogues or clearance rack. Sweet deal! That should counteract Blue Monday.

The flower from this stamp set can be stamped 3 times to give shading to the flower, However, I only stamped the outline flower, the leaves and tiny flowers in Versamark, heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and sponged them using a sponge dauber and Lost Lagoon ink.  I also added a bit of Wink of Stella Glitter to the flowers.This is a great card if you are going to send it in the mail.  No extra postage!!!!.

I hope that you do something to help with Blue Monday.  Perhaps, create a blue Valentines Day card.  Leave a comment and let me know what you did for Blue Monday.

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Ice Cream Birthday Card For the Birthday Girl

Ice Cream Birthday Card

Why not celebrate a birthday with an ice cream Birthday card.  This card I created for my DGD for her 9th birthday and she loved it.

The products are from the 2016 Occasions catalogue and uses the sweet Honey Comb Embellishments. Not only that, but if you purchase the suite of products on page 9 of the catalogue, you have made a purchase that will get you a FREE product for the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.   How sweet is that.

There is also a product in the Sale-a-Bration catalogue that goes so nicely with the Honey Comb embellishments. With these items you can create a few Ice Cream Birthday cards for the young and the young at heart.

Ice Cream Birthday Recipe

Stamps: Crazy About You.

Ink/Markers: Pool Party.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Labels, Large Numbers Framelits, Hello You Thinlits, Decorative Dots Emboss Folder, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Tree Punch, Honey Comb Embellishments.

To create this card, I used the Tree punch for the ice cream cone and trimmed off the stump,embossed using the Decorative Dots Emboss Folder and added the white Honey Comb embellishment to the top of the cone. Instant Ice Cream Birthday!

Of course a birthday card for a 9 year old girl wouldn’t be complete without a bit of glitz.  I used the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper (new in the Occasions catalogue) and the Hello You Thinlits to die cut the word “happy”.

Here is a peek at the Sale-a-Bration item that goes fantastic with the Honey Comb embellishments.

Ice Cream BirthdayThe Honey Comb embellishments can also be spritzed with reinker and a spritzer to add more colour.

Click on any of the images below and you can view and order them on my ONLINE STORE

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Join the Simply Said With Karen Email List

Join My Email List?

Join the Simply Said With Karen Email List and have current information delivered straight to you Email In Box. However, you may ask, “Why would I do that?”.

Join My Email ListWell, I am so glad you asked!  I will give you my top 3 reasons to join my email list.

Reason #1

Inspiration when you need it.  Sometimes we get into a funk with paper crafting and we search for new ideas on the internet, Pinterest or anywhere else we may think we can find ideas.  Each month the Simply Said with Karen newsletter comes straight into your email inbox.  You can grab a coffee or a tea, sit back and relax in your favorite chair and see what inspires you.  Each project in the newsletter comes with a full list of supplies and step-by-step instructions needed to create the project. And of course, if you get stuck, I am as near as your email.

Reason #2

Do you like gifts?  Upon signing up for my email list, you will be taken to a page where you can down load a a free gift.  It is a project created in video that guides you step-by-step to make a luminary.  Even if you don’t have the products that I use in the video, the project can be made with any products that you choose.  Plus, you will get other free gifts during the year to show my appreciation for you.  One of these free gifts is the 12 Weeks of Christmas series which delivers to your inbox, beautiful Christmas cards, gifts and wraps and tags that you can create.  As well, there may be other gifts that you receive throughout the year.

Reason #3

You will be notified of any Stampin’ Up! promotions, Simply Said with Karen classes and events, questions and answers and various techniques. The questions and answers come from real people just like you and I publish these because I believe that if one person has a question that they need answered then there are others that need the answer as well.

What Do I Have To Do?

You can sign up by using the form on the top right hand side of the page.  All you are required to do is enter your name and your email address. Once you have hit “SUBMIT”. you will receive a message asking if you really did sign up for the email list.  This is my way of protecting your privacy and preventing SPAM emails.  Once you have validated that you did actual join the Simply Said with Karen email list, you will be taken to a page where you can down load your FREE GIFT.

As I value the people on my list and I don’t want them to wait a month to get their first newsletter.  The next day you will get an email with the link to the latest Simply Said with Karen Newsletter.

If you wish additional information regarding the Simply Said with Karen email list, use this LINK

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Fun Four Year Old Birthday Handmade Card

Fun Four Year Old Birthday

What is better than a fun four year old celebrating their birthday with a fun card? You can create this fun card using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, colourful papers from the Cherry On Top DSP stack.  This birthday card is for a four year old who lives in Japan.  This guy usually has a happy smile on his face and is a bit impish.  I think he will give his Dad a run for his money just as he gave his Dad.  You know the saying “What comes around goes around”.

Here is a photo taken of him doing gym at kindergarten.  Yes, they do start kindergarten when the kids turn 3.

Look closely at this picture because one is not the same as the others. That’s the birthday boy.

Fun Four Year Old BirthdayThe Sprinkles of Life stamp set is Stampin’ Up!’s Ronald MacDonald stamp for 2015/16.  A portion of the sale of each stamp set goes to the Ronald MacDonald House Charities.  This is such a worthy cause for families that need to be away from home because of treatments for their children.

Fun Four Year Old BirthdayRecipe

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life.

Ink/Markers: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush, Chocolate Chip, Cherry on Top DSP Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Letter Thinlits, Little Number Thinlits, Tree Builder Punch, Cherry On Top Washi Tape, Brights Candy Dots, Candy Dots, Brad Bases.

To create the sentiment on this card, I used the negative space from die cuts created using the Little Letter and Litter Number Thinlit dies.  Watch the video at the end of this post.


Watch this video to see how to create the negative space using these 2 die sets.

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