Handmade Sympathy Card For a Friend

Handmade Sympathy Card – Life Sometimes Changes in a Moment

Having to make a handmade sympathy card is not something I like to do as it only means one thing.  Someone has lost a person they love.  In my case, it is a friend and former coworker.  She lost her Mother in a tragic accident and it is so sad.  It makes us think about how fragile life is.

My friend retired a couple of months ago and she was planning to spend more time with her parents and now her Mom is gone.  The tribute to this woman was incredible.  She made friends wherever she went and her house was open to everyone she knew and in some cases to those she didn’t know.  She would cook for 2 or a 100, it just didn’t matter.  Everyone was always welcome.  She was a wife, mother, grandmother or as her grandchildren called her “granny”, a sister , and an aunt.  She was this loving person who had a beautiful smile and a heart of gold..  She will truly be missed by all those that knew her.

Here is the handmade sympathy card that I created in her memory.

Handmade Sympathy CardRecipe

Stamps: You’re Lovely, Bloom with Hope.

Ink/Markers: Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green Marker, Blushing Bride Marker.

Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Flowerpot DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Striped Scallop Thinlit, Deco Labels Collection Framelit, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, 1-3/4” Circle Punch, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Pearl Jewels.

This is the first time I used the Striped Scallop Thinlit and when I ran it through the Big Shot, the first time, I had trouble getting the paper out of the Thinlit.  However, I did it again and this time used wax paper between the die and the card stock.  The paper came away like a dream.

Creating a handmade sympathy card allowed me to reflect on the family and all that they are going through right now.  It is important to let the ones you love know how much you love them.  When is the last time you have said “I love you” to someone who is near and dear to you.  Yes, life can change in an instant.


Grateful For You Fall Card – It’s In The Box

Grateful For You Fall Card All in a Box

I am grateful for you, my blog followers.  This card I am sharing today is from the stamp set For All Things and yes, it’s a card in a box.  This is the first card in a box that I have created.  I know that they have been out there for some time.  I guess I am just a little slow.

The original tutorials that I found created a larger card than the 5-1/2″ X 4-1/4″ size.  However I wanted to be able to put it into a standard size envelope, so had to do some modifications to the box base.

This was a fun card to make and I used it for my monthly card class.  The ladies were very pleased with the results.

I do love the Fall season with all its majestic colours of brilliant reds, oranges, yellows and purples.

The Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper came in very handily as I cut some of the leaves, acorns, and pine cones from the paper.  I did say to the ladies that they would either hate me for love me for making them fussy cut so many leaves.  However, the saving grace was that we did use the Big Shot and the Autumn Accents Bigz die to cut some of the leaves.

Grateful For You Fall Card

Grateful For You

Side View


Stamps: For All Things.

Ink: Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Color Me Autumn DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Autumn Accents Die, Project Life Cards & Labels, Linen Thread, Gold Basic Buttons, Sponge Daubers.

I cut a number of leaves using the Autumn Accents die from the designer papers – the ones that look like watercolor and then sponged around them with a complimentary colored ink.  The sponging brought out the colour of the papers. The leaves and elements that were cut from the Blackberry Bliss colors added some pop.

I did CASE this card from someone on the internet, however, I am sorry that I have forgotten where I saw the card.

So once again I am grateful for you and your visits to my blog.  When you stop by, please leave me a comment.

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects Coming Your Way

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects

Yes, I know it seems a bit early, but starting Oct 1st, the 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign is starting.

What is the 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign?  Well, I would be delighted to tell you.

Each week, starting Oct 1st, you will receive a project that is Christmas or Holiday related.  There will be cards, gifts, and bags, tags, and wrapping that you can create for family and friends. Each project will have the full list of items and instructions needed to complete the project.

However, you must be subscribed and confirmed to my mailing list by October 1st at 1:00 PM PST.  This is my Christmas gift to my subscribers and a way to “thank you” for your support.

How do I make sure that I am on the mailing list?

    • Fill in the form on the right side bar and click submit
    • You will receive a message to confirm that you have signed up for the Simply Said with Karen Email List.
    • Click “confirm” and you will receive a couple of messages.
    • You will start to receive the 12 Weeks of Christmas emails and from time to time other  types of emails.

Use this LINK for more details.

It’s that easy!!!

Today, I will leave you with a project to get your creative juices flowing.

12 Weeks of ChristmasRecipe

Stamps: Cheerful Christmas, Good Greetings.

Ink: Real Red, VersaMark.

Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock, Nordic Noel DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Filigree Frame Embossing Folder, 2″ Circle Punch, White Embossing Powder, Nordic Designer Buttons, White Bakers Twine.

This is a simple card that can be created in very little time.

The Filigree Frame sets of the Nordic design of the stamp set.  The image is stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  Attach the Vellum to the center of the DSP circle using a glue dot.  The adhesive can now be hidden  with the beautiful Nordic buttons which adds the final touch.

Don’t forget to sign up for my Mailing List and receive the 12 Weeks of Christmas projects

Most Wonderful TIme of the Year is Coming

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Has the song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” started going through your head?  It seem a bit early to be singing and thinking about Christmas and the Holidays.  It seems to me that this time of the year goes so fast and before we know it….it’s hereeee.

Why do we call it the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” when we get so busy and sometimes we just don’t enjoy the holidays.  Is it because we want everything to be perfect? Do we take on too many things and don’t leave ourselves enough time to just sit back and enjoy the season?

Maybe it’s time to get back to the simpler things in life and enjoy what we have (friends and family) and forget about the extraneous things.

Ok,, so I have started early with the Christmas cards and I think this card reflects the simpler things.  There are limited layers, no heat embossing, no designer papers, a bit of bling, and a touch of ribbon.

Most Wonderful TIme of the YearRecipe

Stamps: Ornamental Pine.

Ink: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Gold Metallic Encore.

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock.

Accessories: Big Shot, Project Life Cards & Labels Thinlets, On Point Embossing Folder, Gold Sequin Trim, Cherry Cobbler 1”Sheer Linen Ribbon.

Here are the ways I will keep things simple this year, and enjoy the season:.

  • use a holiday planner
  • shop early and wrap the gifts as I get them.
  • keep my cards simple and get them done early.
  • say “no” if my schedule starts to get unbearable.
  • be good to myself and get lots of rest.

How will you make your holiday and Christmas season easier for you?

Leave me a comment and give me your ideas for the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Simple Stamping

Happy Anniversary – 69 Years And Going Strong – WOW

Happy Anniversary to My Mom and Dad

I would like to wish my Mom and Dad a Happy Anniversary today.  They have been married for 69 years. What a milestone!

We, as a family, are so grateful to have our parents, who are also grandparents and great-grandparents able to celebrate this milestone.  Lloyd and I were celebrated with them yesterday to give them our wishes.

This is the card that I created for this Happy Anniversary.

Happy AnniversaryRecipe

Stamps: Bloom with Hope, Memorable Moments, I Love Lace.

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, VersaMark, Blendabilities: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie.

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Color Me Autumn DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Project Life Cards & Labels Thinlets, Clear Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Pear Pizzazz 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, White Gel Pen, Pearl Jewels.

To create a subtle background for this card.  I stamped the I Love Lace stamp set, inked with Versamark on the Pear Pizzazz card base.  The Clear Embossing Powder was sprinkled over the image and heat set.

The flowers were coloured with the Blendabilities, and the white Gel Pen was used to add some interest around the flower stamen.  The pizzazz came from 2 pearls that were coloured with Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities and applied to the middle of the flower.

Enjoy the day Mom and Dad and Happy Anniversary.


Sending Good Thoughts Your Way – Makes You and Me Happy

Sending Good Thoughts

Sending good thoughts to someone is a way to make us feel happy, fulfilled and a friend.  We don’t need to be friends in the literal sense as the “friend” could be family, teachers, nurse… just about anyone.  It’s the thought that counts.

This is a card that I did for one of my fancy fold class and it uses the scallop tag punch for the closure.  Love that punch…actually, I love all the punches.  The scallop tag punch along with the Tea Lace Paper Doily makes this card soft and feminine.  Another interesting feature of this card is the 2-step stamping method.  This method allows you to add features to images, perhaps in a different coloured ink as I did here.  Aligning the stamps to get a nice image is easier when you use the  Stamp-a-Ma-Jig tool.

Sending Good Thoughts

Sending Good Thoughts Inside



Stamps: Stippled Blossom (c-126747, w- 132076), Perfect Pennants (c-133230, w-133227).

Ink: Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi.

Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Crisp Cantaloupe, Sahara Sand, Lullaby DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon, Tea Lace Paper Doily.

If you want to send someone an interesting card, this could be one.  Sometimes it feels good to do a card that is not the standard “fold in half”  Although the card ends up being 4- 1/4″ x 5-1/2″, it is how you get there that makes it fun.

I hold regular classes that focus on the unique.  There is another class that is coming up on September 26th – 12:30 – 3:30 and 6:30 – 9:30..

If you live in the local Kamloops area, I encourage you to give these classes a try.  REgister before September 19th and the fee is $15.00.  The registration fee after that date is $20.00.

Email me for more details.  karen@simplysaidwithkaren.com




Spooky Halloween Home Scares the Unsuspecting

Spooky Halloween Home

Create a spooky Halloween home card to give to someone who likes to be spooked on Halloween. With all those ghosts floating in the black sky, the bats being silhouetted in front of the moon, and the spider handing from the window of the house someone is sure to be spooked.

The clouds in the sky were created using a scallop circle template and Whisper White craft ink.  The template was turned in lots of directions and sponged with the Whisper White ,

The grass was created with the watercolor mossy meadow DSP.  The DSP was torn along the top edge, and sponged using the direct to paper technique with Mossy Meadow ink.


Spooky Halloween HomeRecipe

Stamps: Holiday Home.

Ink: White Craft, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist,  Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Smokey Slate Blendabilities.

Paper: Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Basic Black, Color Me Autumn DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Homemade Holiday Framelits, 1-3/8” Circle Punch.

If you create this card, make sure you give it to a spooky friend.

Happy Spooky Halloween.

It’s A Fall Thank You From the 2014 Holiday Catalogue

Fall Thank You with Color Me Autumn Paper

Create a Fall Thank You with simplicity using the Color Me Autumn Designer Paper and the For All Things stamp set.  What could be easier?

Sometimes simple is best – Have you noticed the trend in paper crafting is going in that direction?  Not so many layers, not so many embellishments.  In this card it’s the message that stands out – a huge “THANK YOU!”

I was rather quiet last week and did not post often.  I was reorganizing myself after my Shop and Play Open House.

Thank you to all of you that came, saw the new products, and gave a try at the Blendabilities (aren’t they just great).  I appreciated all of you for attending.

Here is the Fall Thank You card that I have created to show my appreciation.

Fall Thank YouRecipe

Stamps: For All Things, Another Thank You, Hello Darling.

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede.

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Color Me Autumn DSP.

Accessories: Linen Thread.

The stamp set Another Thank You is a great set as there are many “thank you” sentiments in different fonts, different sizes and some embellishments.  This has become my go-to stamp set for Thank You cards.

The For All Things stamp set continues with the watermark theme and there are so many ways that this stamp set can be used.  How about using it as a Thanksgiving table decoration (yes, in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October).

Another way to use this stamp set is to color the “hello” in the “hello fall” sentiment with a marker and decorate a tag for some Thanksgiving goodies.

What would you do with this stamp set.  Leave a comment and let me know.

Get going on your Fall Thank You


Celebrate a Birthday with a Blended Beverage

Celebrate a Birthday

Sit back, relax and celebrate a birthday with a refreshing beverage.  What could be better?  Ok, maybe celebrate a birthday with family and friends over a delightful beverage.

I really like this stamp set, Perfect Blend and don’t seem to use it often enough.  Maybe too many stamp sets?   Hmmm, I wonder.

Celebrate a BirthdayRecipe

Stamps: Perfect Blend, Gorgeous Grunge, Perfect Pennants.

Ink: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tuxedo Black Memento, Basic Grey.

Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Moonlight Paper Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, Whisper White Stitched Ribbon (retired), Essentials Wooden Elements, Plastic Stir Stick.


Have you used the Essentials Wooden Elements?  They are so stinking cute.  I sponged Basic Grey around the outside of the heart to give it a bit of dimension.  There are 32 pieces with 4 each of 8 designs.  See the image at the bottom of the post to get an idea of what the elements are.

The straw from a coffee packet, you know those ones with the sugar, creamer and napkins that you get in a hotel room.  I cut a piece off the straw and slid it through a slit in the lid.  Looks pretty authentic and the straw adds a fun element.

So, celebrate a birthday with a wonderful beverage.

Do you have a Big Shot?   Well, we do have a deal for you.  Until August 31st, Stampin Up is offering with the purchase of a big shot, a stamp and framelit bundle absolutely, positively free.  This is a great deal and you will never be disappointed with the Big Shot.

Autumn Leaves Card and A Matching Gift Box

Autumn Leaves Remind Us of Fall

Yes, it’s inevitable, the autumn leaves with shades of gold, rust, red, yellow and orange.  While we don’t want summer to end, autumn comes eventually, especially when you live in an area where you get all four seasons.  Actually, I love Fall and all the colors that Mother Nature shares with us.  They are simply stunning…not only that, the trees need a rest like all of us.

Yes, the Holiday Catalogue will be going live on August 28th and all I can say is WOW!  Love, love, love this one.  Did I say I love it?

There is something for everyone in this catalogue so I am sure you will enjoy the products and the projects that you can create.

Today, the sneak peek is the For All Things stamp set and the matching Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper with the rich tones of Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze.

Autumn Leaves Card and A Matching Gift Box

For All Things


Stamps: For All Things (c-135155, w-135152, p 41, 2014 Holiday Catalogue), Gorgeous Grunge (c-130517, w-130514, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar, Versamark.

Paper: Cajun Craze, Naturals Ivory, Naturals White, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Color Me Autumn DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Natural 5/8” Chevron Ribbon.


Autumn Leaves Card and A Matching Gift Box

For All Things Gift Box and Tag


Stamps: For All Things (c-135155, w-135152, p 41, 2014 Holiday Catalogue), Gorgeous Grunge (c-130517, w-130514, p 165, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).

Ink: Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar.

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Naturals White,  Color Me Autumn DSP.

Accessories: Gift Box Punch Board, 1-1/4” Burlap Ribbon, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Angled Tag Topper Punch

To keep the rustic theme of autumn leaves, the burlap ribbon is frayed and tied around the box.  The bow is strands of the burlap, tied with linen thread after the tag is attached.

It’s only 6 more days until the 2014 Holiday Catalogue goes live and I will have number of posts featuring the new products.

Keep coming back to see w hat’s new.

In the meantime, Happy Stamping.