Watercoloring a Singing Merry Mouse – Create a Christmas Card

Watercoloring a Singing Merry Mouse For Christmas

Create a cute Christmas Card by watercoloring a singing Merry Mouse. This  watercoloring method is easy to create, but a little messy.   You can use this technique for card backgrounds and no two backgrounds will turn out the same.

I fell in love with this stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  There are 3 different images depicting these adorable mice.  Not that I am a huge fan of live mice. This stamp is part of the Good-bye 2016, Hello Sale.  Click the link to my ONLINE STORE

watercoloring a singing merry mouse


Stamps: Merry Mice.

Ink/Markers: Black StazOn, Real Red, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz.

Paper: Shimmery White, Real Red, Smoky Slate.

Accessories: Big Shot, Holly Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Red Ribbon, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Clear Block F, Spritzer.

How to Create the Watercolor  Background

  • Choose your ink colors, and cardstock.  I prefer to use watercolor paper or Shimmery White cardstock.  I have used Whisper White cardstock, but it will pill if you add too much ink and water.
  • Use one of your Clear Blocks to stamp the watercolor on the cardstock.  The size of your block will depend on the size of your paper and the look you want to achieve.
  • Use an Aqua Painter and ink or a marker and color on the clear block.  This background has 2 colors.  The Marina Mist is on the top portion and the Pear Pizzazz ink on the bottom.  Try not to mix the colors too much.
  • Spritz the block with water using a spritzer.  I found that the easiest way to transfer the ink to the cardstock, is to leave the inked block on your work surface and lay your cardstock on the block.  Gently press the cardstock into the ink and remove quickly.
  • You will be surprised at the outcome.  This type of watercoloring is not meant to be neat and tidy.  There could be blotches which adds to the uniqueness.
  • Dry naturally or use your Heat tool.  Once the ink is dry, stamp your image using StazOn ink.


Stamp another image on Shimmery White card and color with the new Watercolor Pencil Crayons (available January 4th, 2017). Fussy cut this image and layer on top of the original image with dimensionals.  The will cause the image to be raised and give a 3-D appearance.

Add a few embellishments from the Metallics Sequin Assortment to add some pizzaz.

Now it’s your turn to create a Christmas card by watercoloring a singing Merry Mouse.

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Three Christmas Mice Deck the Halls – Create a Christmas Card

Three Christmas Mice Deck The Halls

Why not have three Christmas Mice Deck the halls?  These cute little mice can hardly wait to decorate for Christmas.  You can join in the fun and check out the Year-End Closeout Sale.  Here’s a hint…the Merry Mice stamp set is on the list and many more stamp sets are on the list.

Three Christmas Mice

Before I give you the details on the Goodbye Sale, I want to give you details on the card.  I used a new product from the 2017 Occasions catalogue on this card.  Can you guess which one is the new product?

Three Christmas Mice


Stamps: Merry Mice.

Ink/Markers: Black StazOn, Real Red, Smoky Slate.

Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Real Red.

Accessories: Big Shot, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens.

The Watercolor Pencils will be available for order on January 4, 2017

This card is watercoloured using the new Watercolor Pencils in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. They are great to use and you can use them with your Blender Pens which have seen very little use lately.

The one thing to remember is use StazOn ink when stamping the images because this ink will not smear when you use water with it.  Yes, you will need to clean your stamps right away and if your stamps are photopolymer, you cannot use the StazOn Cleaner.  Another reason to clean the stamps right away.And yes, the ink will stain the stamps, however, it will not affect the stamped images.

Ok, here is the deal with the 2016 Close Out Sale

• Sale runs December 2s, 2016t to January 3, 2017.
• All products and the discounts can be found on my ONLINE STORE.
• Add year-end closeout items to all types of orders.
• Clearance Rack items are available while supplies last.
 At the end of the sale, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack.
•Any inventory items will discounted through January 3, beginning
January 4, they will be available at the regular price.

Retiring Holiday Items

  • •Rules for  Retiring products:
    • Retiring stamp sets will be available until December 21.
    After that day, they will be only available while supplies last.
            • Retiring accessories will be available while supplies last.
     Retiring items will only be available while supplies last.

    • After January 3rd, 2017, retiring items will be unavailable.
    • The lists will be updated Monday through Friday at 4:00 PM (MT).

• Year-End Closeouts are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
• New demonstrators may add Year-End Closeouts items to their Starter Kit.
• Items and discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.

Note: You will notice that the bundles are on the discontinued list and yet, some of the stamps and die cuts may be carried over seperately.  Bundles are only available in the current catalogue and will not be carried out.

Create this cute card with the three Christmas Mice decking the halls.

Hurry to the ONLINE STORE before items are sold-out.

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Wine Bottle Wraps for the Hostess – Create an Elegant Gift

Wine Bottle Wraps for the Hostess

Give the wine love with wine bottle wraps for the hostess.  How many of you have given your hostess a gift of wine?  Did you think about the presentation? Wine is like food, it’s all about the presentation and what is pleasing to the eye.

The Online Extravaganza promotions last until 11:50 PM Mountain Time tonight. Don’t miss out!  If you would like to WOW your hostess over the Christmas and Holiday season, then you really do need the Here’s to Cheer stamp set and matching Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies.  Right now, today, the framelits are part of the Online Extravaganza and they are 30% off the regular price.  The Holly Berry Builder Punch is 40% off and it one of tools used for the tags.

Wine Bottle Wrap


Stamps: Here’s To Cheer.

Ink/Markers: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Gold Foil. This is Christmas DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, 3/8” Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pack (Cherry Cobbler), 1/8” Gold Ribbon, Holly Berry Builder Punch.

The wrap on the bottle uses the This is Christmas Specialty DSP.  So often we are left with Designer Series Papers and it seems to multiply.  This is a great way to use up that paper.

Wine Bottle Wraps

I continued to create a few more tags.  Two of the tags can be used for any baking and/or food products that you may give as a gift.  You can also use the 6: x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane bags as part of the wrap.  These bags are food safe, so you don’t have to worry.

When you take a bottle of wine for a host or hostess this season, remember the wine bottle wraps.

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Create Handmade Christmas Cards With Online Extravaganza

Create Handmade Christmas Cards

Create handmade Christmas cards and surprise someone.  The Online Extravaganza sale products will help you create beautiful cards.  Create Handmade Christmas Cards

The Online Extravaganza sales is the biggest sale of the year and it only comes once a year.  So why not take advantage of the savings.  Products are discounted up to 40% for one week only.

There is one last Flash Sale on the 28th.  This flash sales features special products available for that day only.

You can save on products that will be on the future holiday catalog retiring list. I don’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save!

Click on this LINK to discover the products on sale.

Projects Created Using Products From the Online Extravaganza sale.

Create handmade Christmas cards using the Holly Berry Punch which is 40% off.
Create handmade Christmas Cards
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Project created using the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper which is reduced by 20%.  Also, the matching Washi Tape is available at 20% off.
Create handmade Christmas Card
Use this LINK for details on this card.
The Playful Palette Designer Paper Stack used to create this card and is part of the Flash Sale on November 28th.Shaker Card
Click HERE for more details.

 Sale Details

• Promotion period: November 21-28, 2016
Discounted items/bundles available on all order types
 Use the bundle item codes provided.
Some bundles have been created exclusively for Online Extravaganza and will not be available after the promotion ends.
 No minimum purchase required to receive the discounted price.
•Purchase  additional products from current catalogs on the same order.
• Discounts range from 10-40 percent.  

• During Online Extravaganza, a selection of past Paper Pumpkin kits and refill kits are available to both subscribers and non-subscribers.

You can email me your order, text or call in your order to 250-320-9160.

Great sale to create handmade Christmas cards – Give yourself a gift of products.

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Handmade Pine Boughs Christmas Card Celebrates a Tradition

Handmade Pine Boughs Christmas Card

Christmas in Canada is about the tradition and a handmade pine boughs Christmas card meets that  tradition. Most decorated homes will have at least one pine bough decoration.

When I was a child, I remember going out in the woods, knee deep in snow and cutting the Christmas tree down.  There is something about the smell of a  freshly cut tree.  Of course, today, going to the woods and cutting down your own tree does not happen often.

So why not create you own sense of tradition and use Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas Pines stamp set and the matching Pretty Pines Thinlits to create a Christmas card.

Handmade pine boughs christmas card


Stamps: Christmas Pines.

Ink/Markers: Soft Suede, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, Soft Suede, Copper Foil, Fancy Frost Specialty DSP, Presents and Pinecones DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Copper Embossing Powder, 3/8” Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pack (Cherry Cobbler), Mini Pinecones.

Unfortunately, you cannot see the intricate embossing on the strip of Fancy Frost Specialty DSP.   This is beautiful paper and I chose to use the white.  However, you can add colour by sponging on ink, using a spritzer and spraying on ink, and/or brayering ink on the paper.  These techniques bring out the design in the paper.

The copper embossing powder and copper foil paper adds just the right touch of shine and glitz.   Copper is one of the go to metals for the year.

While you may not be able to go to the woods and cut down your own pine boughs or Christmas Tree, you can bring these traditional elements into you crafts.  There a lot of people interested in the natural elements of Christmas.  If you want additional inspiration, use this LINK.  Create your own handmade pine boughs Christmas Card and celebrate tradition.

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Stamping Craft Mistakes – Opportunity to Learn And Improve

Stamping Craft Mistakes

I consider my stamping craft mistakes opportunities to learn and improve my stamping capabilities. This card does have a mistake and I will tell you about it and how I will improve on the next stamping project.

I created a shaker card using the Jar of Love stamp set and the matching Everyday Jars Framelits.  This stamp set has very cute sayings and the one I chose is “Best Fishes”, so of course I there is a  fish inside the jar and the blue beads depict the water.

First, let me give you some highlights of this card. The stamps and matching framelits really lend themselves to making shaker cards.  I love to create shaker cards as it adds an element of surprise for the person who receives it.

The blue shakers inside the card are beads that Stampin’ Up! carried in years gone by.  So you just never know when supplies that you have had for a long time will come in handy.  As you notice, the beads are lying up the side of the jar instead of resting in the bottom as the other beads.

Opportunity to Learn

So why did this happen? Foam Adhesives Strips were a new catalogue product this year. They can be used for 3-D items or where you need to pop- up a product like the Window Sheets.

Unfortunately, some of the sticky from the adhesive was exposed which caused the beads to float to the side of the jar when I shook the card.

Therefore, this is what I learned because of this mistake.  After applying the Foam Adhesive Strips around the outline of a framelit, take a Q-tip, pounce it on the Embossing Buddy and swipe the inside of the adhesive strips.  Be careful not to get any of the powder from the Embossing Buddy on the side that will be stuck to the Window Sheets or cardstock.  If you do, then the layers will not stick together.

Stamping Craft Mistakes


Stamps: Jar of Love.

Ink/Markers: Flirty Flamingo.

Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, 2016-18 In Color DSP Stack, Window Sheets.

Accessories: Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelits, Flirty Flamingo 3/8” Ruched Ribbon ,Foam Adhesive Strips,  Blue Beads.

To see another post using the Jar of Love Stamp set and coordinating framelits, use this LINK.

So, you make stamping craft mistakes, think of it as opportunities to learn and improve.

Good luck!

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Mason Jars Handmade Greeting Cards – Will the Trend Last

Mason Jars Handmade Greeting Cards

Have you seen the Mason Jars Handmade Greeting Cards?  Glass Mason Jars have been a popular trend over the past couple of years for fun gifts and home decor.  Now, with the introduction of the Jars of Love in the 2016/17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, the trend is continued to paper crafting.

I have no idea why it has taken me this long to purchase the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating framelits.  And, the best part is that, if you purchase the stamp set and framelits together, you receive a 10% discount for bundling the two products.

Mason Jars Handmade Greeting Cards


Stamps: Jar of Love.

Ink/Markers: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Sahara Sand.

Paper: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Blooms and Bliss DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Squares Framelits, Everyday Jars Framelits, Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon.

I used the blues and greens paper from the Blooms and Bliss designer series paper.  I have tended to go towards the pinks and plums paper, however, these colours are just as pretty and soft.

This a very easy card to recreate and yes, there is a framelit for the handle, bonus!  Create the water using Pool Party ink and stamp off once. Because the stamps are made from photopolymer, it is very easy to do 2-step stamping.  Just line up the water stamp with the bottom and sides of the jar.  With the many sentiments or greetings in this set, a variety of cards can be created easily.

To purchase any of the supplies to create this card, click on the images below or visit my ONLINE STORE.

Look for more card samples using this set, I know that you will have to have it to create you own mason jars handmade greeting card.


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Canadian Demonstrator Benefits with Stampin Up – Join My Team

Canadian Demonstrator Benefits

When I blog about Canadian Demonstrator benefits, it usually consists of the business end of becoming a demonstrator.  However, today, I am going to let you in on one of the fun benefits. You know the saying,“all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy”.

Canadian Demonstrator Benefits

Well, this weekend I am off to Vancouver to attend Stampin’ Up! On Stage Event.

What is the On Stage Event and how can this be a benefit?

Stampin’ Up hosts the On Stage Event and all demonstrators can join in this event.  Because Stampin’ Up!  is now a global company, it is important that the home office touch base with their demonstrators no matter where they live.  At one time Stampin’ Up! hosts a large event in various countries.  In the past I attended the convention in Salt Lake City Utah.  It was at that convention where new catalogues and new products were revealed to the attendees.  Now, all countries are on the same time frame for new catalogues and products, so Stampin’ Up! wanted to release them to as many demonstrators at the same time.

This year, the On Stage event is held in Queensland Australia.  However that is a bit far and costly for some of  the demonstrators.  So, I am attending the On Stage Local event in Vancouver. There a many On Stage Local events held throughout Stampin’ Up! world and you can opt in attend the one closest to you.

These local events consist of stamping, prize patrol, swapping, etc just like the main event.  It’s a time when like minded people come together to celebrate their love of stamping. Of course it’s not all fun.  There are talks related to running the business and how you can grow your business.

Here is a link to a post that I did in September that outlines ways to make money as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

To read what Stampin’ Up! says about becoming a Canadian Demonstrator click HERE

Are you interested learning more about Canadian Demonstrator Benefits?  Contact me EMAIL

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Christmas Elf Handmade Card – Make One For The Young At Heart

Christmas Elf

A Christmas Elf handmade card will delight the young ones and the young at heart.  Sometimes it is fun to create a whimsical card.  After all elves are popular at Christmas, for instance, the Elf on the Shelf.

Christmas Elf


Stamps: Jolly Friends, Holly Jolly Greetings.

Ink: Black StazOn, Garden Green, Real Red, Blossom Blush Marker, Chocolate Chip Marker.

Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red, Blush Blossom, Gold Glimmer, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, This Christmas Specialty DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Christmas Greetings Framelits, Jolly Hat Builder Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch.

Tips to Create This Card

Emboss the Real Red card stock with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is a new type of embossing folder which will give you a deeper impression on the card stock.  However, to get a real deep impressions, you need to break down fibers in the card stock.  You can do that by spraying your card stock with water, however, spraying with Rubbing Alcohol (97%) will also break down the fibers, but your card stock will dry faster than if you use water.

Stamp the elf’s head on Blush Blossom cardstock (retired) and colour his cheeks using the Blush Blossom Marker (retired), and his hair with the Chocolate Chip Marker.  If you are so lucky as to have these two products, great, if not, stamp the elf head on Watercolor card stock and colour the face using  Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, and blend with the Blender Pen.  It is important to blend well.  Don’t put too much colour on the face to start, you can also go darker.

Stamp the head and the scarf on Whisper White and when you have completed coloring his head, fussy cut and place on the Whisper White head and pop up with dimensionals.

Now, the Word Window and the Modern Label punches are also discontinued.  But, you can use the Tags and Labels Framelits to achieve the same effect.

There is a coordinating punch for the Jolly Friends stamp set.  BONUS!.  See THIS POST for the benefits of a coordinating punch.

Now that I have given you a few alternatives to the products that I used on this card, you can create you own Christmas Elf handmade card.

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Paper Crafting Trends and How To Keep Up – Sign Up Today

Paper Crafting Trends

Did you know that there is a thing called paper crafting trends?  Yes, just like trends in fashion, decor, vehicles, mobile devices, etc., there are paper crafting trends.

Paper Crafting Trends

Remember the eyelets attached with a tool to the front of cards as an embellishment. Then, the vintage look for cards with torn edges, wrinkled ribbon, lace, and stamps that depicted antique phones, apothecary jars, and ornate sofas. The geometric look with triangles, squares, quatrefoil and other motifs were around for a couple of years.

Yes, trends come and go in the crafting world.  So, how do you stay up to date with the latest trends?

There is a simple answer to that question.  You sign up for the Simply Said With Karen email list.

How to Sign Up

There are benefits to joining the list. Just for signing up you will receive a free gift.  You will receive the gift immediately in an email..  A video will lead you through the steps to create a luminary. Great way to start the holiday season..

You may have noticed a pop-up box if this is the first time you have visited the Simply Said with Karen Blog.  Just fill in your name and email address.  Of if you are looking around the blog and missed the pop-up box, look over to your right and at the top of the column, there is a sign up box.


THere are benefits to adding your name to the Simply Said with Karen Email List.  Currently the 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign is running.  Each week, for 12 weeks you receive an email with an exclusive Christmas or Holiday project.  The projects consist of beautiful Christmas cards, gifts for giving, and of course, the tags, bag and wrap for the gifts under the tree.

A list of benefits is also available.  CLICK HERE.

So, go sign up now to you receive the latest paper crafting trends.




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