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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Make Crafting Easy with Stamps and Matching Punches

Make Crafting Easy with Stamps and Matching Punches

Do you look for ways to make crafting easy?  We look for ways to make a pretty card or a scrapbook page with not a lot of time.  Life is busy and yet many of us still find time to craft.

This Christmas Card absolutely fits the “make crafting easy” criteria.

Make crafting easy


Stamps: Holly Berry Happiness.

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Emerald Envy.

Paper: Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Mint Macaron, Red Glimmer, This Christmas Specialty DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Labels, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Holly Embossing Folder, Holly Berry Builder Punch, Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Jewels, Wink of Stella Brush – clear.

As a part of a fundraiser, this card was 1 of 9 cards that the participant would create.  For the participants it was a time to get together with like minded crafters and meet new people, chat and get a head start on their Christmas card.

The Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and coordinating Holly Berry Builder Punch fit the bill.  And, what is even better is that if you purchase this stamp set and coordinating punch as a bundle, you can save 10% on the purchase price. WOW!

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if you are really short on time, eliminate the pine boughs and the cording behind the sentiment. The card will look just as beautiful without them.

Here’s a tip.  To add dimension to your bow, punch one bow, stamp and punch another bow and layer on the top of the previous bow with dimensions. 

The punch will punch the bow, single larger and small holly leaves and single berries or a group of three berries.

What are you waiting for?  There a many coordinating products in the Holiday catalogue that will make crafting easy.

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Fall Birthday Card with Unique Ribbon Treatment to Make at Home

Fall Birthday Card With Unique Ribbon Treatment

Use Fall images and colours to make a fall birthday card.  Most birthday cards that you find to purchase do not use of Fall icons.  Let’s look at two possible reasons.

First, while fall colours can be beautiful and rich for some people, the card of choice for a female is a pretty card with flowers. Of course, the colours would be vibrant or soft.  What colours and images are you attracted to when creating a birthday card for a  female.

Number 2 is that fall birthday cards tend to be more masculine than feminine.  Fall colours do lend themselves to masculine cards.  Some people do not give handmade cards to males because they see or feel that the cards are not appreciated and valued.  Ever read the book “Men are from Mars and Women are From Venus” by John Gray?  The emotional makeup of men and women are quite different.  Actually, this book is very interesting and gives insight into the differences between men and women.

Fall Birthday Card


Stamps: Basket of Wishes, Vintage Leaves.

Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Black StazOn, Crushed Curry, Versa Mark, Markers: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango.

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Crushed Curry.

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain Emboss Folder, Tags and Labels Framelits, Leaflets Framelits, Copper Embossing Powder, 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Sponge Daubers.

A few details on this card:

  • Emboss the Tip Top Taupe layer with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and sponge with Tip Top Taupe ink to bring out the grain.
  • Stamp the basket and the gourds on Very Vanilla using StazOn ink. Allow to dry before colouring will Stampin Write Markers.
  • Measure out enough ribbon to make the diagonal ribbon banner. Stamp circles on the 5/8″ Burlap ribbon with Sponge Dauber and Crushed Curry.
  • Heat Emboss one of the leaves with Copper Embossing Powder and die cut with matching Leaflet Framelits. Tie the stem with a strand from the Burlap Ribbon.
  • Attach the ribbon to the Tip Top Taupe woodgrain layer in a zig-zag pattern.
  • Lastly, attach the art piece of the Old Olive layer and layer on the ribbon.


Your Fall Birthday card is completed.  Require products to complete this card? Click on any of a the images below and you will be taken to my ONLINE STORE


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Three Stamping Mistakes I Will Never Make Again

Three Stamping Mistakes I’ll Never Make Again

Today, I am writing about three stamping mistakes that I have made and why I will never make them again.

Have you made stamping mistakes?  I will take you from this

Three Stamping Mistakes

to this.

Three Stamping Mistakes

When I began to rubber stamp, there were lots of mistakes.  However, I am a firm believer that you turn mistakes into opportunities to learn.  So therefore, mistakes happen, fix them, and move on.

Here are the three stamping mistakes that I have made.

  • In the beginning, often my stamped images would not be clear, or they would be blotchy.   This problem can happen when you stamp with solid stamps. That is, stamps that have no design etchings.  To correct this issue, use a white eraser to rough up the stamp a bit.  Often stamps have a finish on them that prevents the ink from fully adhering to the stamp surface.  Be sure to clean your stamp to get rid of the eraser residue.

Example of Solid Stamp



  • Purchasing too many stamps and never having the right one is another common problem for beginner stampers. When starting out on a new hobby, it is tempting to purchase stamps for every occasion, with or without the sentiments.  Many stamps can suit various occasions, and it is the sentiments stamps that often throw us off.  It is best to purchase stamps with images that can be used for many occasions.  These could be flowers, butterflies, balloons, etc.  Now purchase you sentiment stamps separately.  Usually sentiment stamps will have sentiments for various occasions. And, yes, you may have to “think outside the box“.

Example of Sentiment Stamp Sets


  • Lastly, we run out of ideas.  In this situation, we really need to stretch ourselves and try something new. There are many different mediums that you can use for stamping. Did you know that you can use your stamps on fabric, or polymer, or wood.  You may have to change the type of ink you use, for example using a permanent ink such as StaZon instead of water based ink.

Click Here for More Information on Stamping on a Different Medium

Finally, when you make any of these three stamping mistakes, try one or two of the options above.


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Cookie Cutter Santa Card Ready For Christmas Eve – Are You?

Cookie Cutter Santa Card

Do you know someone that would be delighted with this cute Cookie Cutter Santa card?  I can think of a few people, such as children, grandchildren, and yes, some adults would love this card.

Santa is ready for Christmas Eve.  He has a lot of work to do before Christmas Eve to keep the little ones happy.  You could use this card as a cute tag for a Santa parcel.

Cookie Cutter Santa Card


Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Peaceful Pines.

Ink: StazOn Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Markers: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, This Christmas Specialty DSP, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Perfect Pines Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (Red).

This card is easy to create and you could make multiples in no time. Santa is stamped with Black StazOn ink.  This ink is a must if you plan to colour your  stamped image with water based ink.  In this case, Santa is coloured using Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler markers.  Santa is punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  Create the tree using Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the Perfect Pines Framelits.  I choose to use the framelit that has tiny holes looping down the tree.  To give the illusion of tree lights, the underlay is cut using Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Of course, the tree needs to be decorated with Christmas ball and no tree is completed without presents under it.

Finally, the Very Vanilla is cut with the Lots of Labels framelits, textured with the Brick Wall embossing folder and sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  Kind of looks like the chimney Santa would use on Christmas Eve.

Now it’s your turn to create your own Cookie Cutter Santa card.  Need supplies to create the card?  You can purchase the items by clicking on the link which will take you straight to my ONLINE STORE 

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Make Beautiful Handmade Christmas Cards For Your Christmas Card List

Make Beautiful Handmade Christmas Cards

You can make beautiful handmade Christmas cards for your friends and family.  All you need is some imagination and card making products.  While you do need some imagination, there is a word that we use in the crafting world to make our life easier.  That word is CASE.

CASE is an acronym for “copy and share everything” , which tends to be a mantra for a lot of crafters.  When I first get a new stamp set, sometimes I don’t have a clue what to do with it.  For me, it’s getting to know your stamp.  Where do I go?  To the catalogue.  Sometimes, I will copy the card exactly and sometimes I will use some of the same elements but mix up the colours and thinlits.  No matter what, it’s your card.

Make Beautiful Handmade Christmas Cards


Stamps: Holly Berry Happiness.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive,

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Champagne Glimmer, This Christmas Specialty DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Labels, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Christmas Trinkets Embellishments, Holly Berry Builder Punch.

This card is similar to the one in the catalogue, however, there are some elements that I chose not to use.

For example, the holly is stamped on Crumb Cake card stock with Old Olive ink.  One of the pinecones is die cut using Crumb Cake cardstock and the other pine cone is die cut from Very Vanilla and sponged with Crumb Cake ink to bring out the texture of the pine cone.

So, if you don’t know where to start to make beautiful handmade Christmas cards, the catalogue will help you out.

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Walt Disney World Celebrates 45th Anniversary – WCMD

Walt Disney World Celebrates 45th Anniversary, October 1, 2016

Who will be there when Walt Disney World celebrates 45th Anniversary? Mickey Mouse of course.  It’s hard to believe that Walt Disney World opened it doors that long ago.

October 1st was also World Card Making Day, so I created a Happy Birthday Mickey card.  This card uses some creative licence and it was just me having fun.  And that is what creating is all about, having fun. I used the Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles thinlits to create Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney World Celebrates 45th Anniversary


Stamps: Swirly Bird, Crazy About You, Labeler Alphabet.

Ink: Tuxedo Black.

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Red Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Bow Builder Punch.

Mickey’s face and ears are created with the largest swirl and the ears used the medium sized swirls.  I didn’t like how the face looked with such a large white space behind the large swirl.  To fill in the face a bit, I used the the medium circle stamp with the swirls.

The red bow tie was created with the Bow Builder Punch and Red Foil Paper.

If you ever need a stamp that can be used for many different celebrations or to create phrases, the Crazy About You stamp set will meet that need. The “Happy” and “Birthday” are stamped on separate card stock pieces .  This way of creating sentiments is a trend that is occurring in paper crafting right now.

Finally, the Labeler Alphabet stamp set can be used to create many words and phrases by combining the different letters, numbers and symbols. There are more than 1 stamp for some of the letters to make it easier to create custom sentiments.

Now we know who will be there when Walt Disney World celebrates 45th Anniversary.

How did you celebrate World Card Making Day?  #WCMD

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Awesome Hand Crafted Christmas Projects – Get On The Mailing List

Awesome Hand Crafted Christmas Projects

Do you want to create awesome hand crafted Christmas projects this year?  Yes, Christmas is just a short 3 months away and I know that you know that this time goes very quickly.  But, I’m here to help you out.


Awesome Hand Crafted Christmas Projects

The 12 Weeks of Christmas begins October 5th at 1:00 pm (Pacific Time).  But, to receive these beautiful, sparkly and awesome projects, you need to be on the Simply Said with Karen email list.

It’s very easy to get on the email list.  All you have to do is follow the arrow at the bottom of this post and enter your name and email address into the boxes.

How Does The 12 Weeks of Christmas work?

Each week for 12 weeks, you will receive an email from me.  In this email you will find an incredible Christmas project to create. You will have a detailed list of supplies required to make the project, plus you will get step-by-step instructions.

The first 5 weeks will have a Christmas card to create, the next 3 weeks there will be cute gifts, and then the last 3 weeks will be devoted to wraps and tags to create remarkable parcels for under the tree.

In addition to signing up to receive the 12 Weeks of Christmas projects, you will receive the following benefits.

  •     Exclusive content
  •     Suggested projects with supplies required and the instructions
  •     Stuck for Scrapbook layouts? – you will find layouts as well
  •     Techniques that will make your projects WOW
  •     Notification of limited opportunities
  •    …and more


So what are you waiting for?  You have everything to gain and nothing to lose!

Follow the red arrow and you will receive 12, count them, 12 awesome hand crafted Christmas projects.

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Create Thinking of You Card and Show Care For Someone

Show Care For Someone

Once in awhile we need to show care for others.  There are many different ways that this can be accomplished.  One of the ways is to send, mail and/or hand deliver a card.  What’s even better, is to hand deliver the card, maybe the person will be up for a chat.

This card needed to be cheery, with bright colours.  So, that is what I set out to create. All the image outlines are stamped with Tuxedo Black ink and then stamped with either Watermelon Wonder ink or Cucumber Crush ink or Delightful Dijon ink.  The bumblebee trail is created using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

The Whisper White layer is mounted on Basic Black cardstock.  Before mounting on the Watermelon Wonder panel, the Watermelon Wonder Mini Striped Ribbon is attached to the Watermelon Wonder panel. Finally, all panels are mounted on the Basic Black card base. Basic pearl jewels at place in the center of the flowers to provide from bling.

Show Care


Stamps: Garden In Bloom, Basket of Wishes.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Tuxedo Black, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

Paper: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black.

Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Watermelon Wonder 5/8”Mini Striped Ribbon.

Take time to show care to someone.  It will not only lift their spirits, but you will get a good feeling as well.


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