Thank You Cards Made Simply and Easily

Thank You Cards Made Are Simply and Easily

How often do you need a Thank You card and you don’t have the time to make one that has a lot of layers, embellishments and stamping.

Well, I have one for you and this card can be created in about 15 – 20 minutes.  Not a lot of time to create a Thank You card.

Actually, this is the 3rd card that I have to show you that was created by the participants of the Crohn’s and Colitis fundraiser last Saturday.

Thank You Cards Made Simply and EasilyRecipe

Stamps: Happy Watercolor (c-133191, w- 133188, p22 2014 Occasions Catalogue.

Paper: Smokey Slate, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP.

Ink: Smokey Slate, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight.

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Garden Embossing Folder, Scallop Label Topper Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Gumball Green Marker, Daffodil 1/4” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine.

Tips for this card

  1. The Watercolor flower was stamped with Smokey Slate ink on to the Whisper White Scallop Tag.
  2. The large watercolor stamp from the set was inked in Calypso Coral and inked on a piece from the Watercolor Wonder DSP.
  3. The flower was then stamped on the piece of Watercolor Wonder DSP, fussy cut with scissors and laid on top of the Smokey Slate stamped flower and attached with Dimensionals to give the flower some depth.
  4. Off center the flower a bit to provide a shadow.

To see the other cards, click on these 2 links.

Card #1

Card #2

Thank you to all the participants and here are the last pictures of the event.

Thank You Cards Made Are Simply and Easily

Thanks to Sue for Making Sure We Had Enough to Eat and Drink

Thank You Cards Made Are Simply and Easily

Dodie and Maryann creating hard so they can get to lunch

Thank You Cards Made Are Simply and Easily

Gloria, Elaine, Anne and Diane taking a break

Thank You Cards Made Are Simply and Easily

If you are interested in support Cards for a Cause – Kamloops, come and like our Facebook Page

Look for our next event to support the Investor’s Walk for Memories – Alzheimer Society of BC in October.

Happy Stamping

Cards for a Cause Fundraiser- Supports Crohn’s and Colitis

Cards for a Cause Fundraiser

The Cards for a Cause Fundraiser in support of Crohn’s and Colitis of Canada was held on Saturday and it was a success.

17 diligent card makers spent the day making 9 “All Occasion Cards”.  Mary Jane, the president of the local chapter, spoke to us on what Crohn’s and Colitis is about and gave us a rundown on future activities.  Currently there is no cure for Crohn’s and Colitis, it can only be managed, so the funds from the event will go towards research and education.

One interesting fact is that children as young as 2 are being diagnosed with this disease.  This disease is not high profile as people don’t like to talk of their “gutsy” problems.  I am so glad that we were able to raise the profile of this organization.

Here is another card that we created on Saturday.  To see the previous card I posted use this LINK

Cards for a Cause Fundraiser

Mosaic Flowers


Stamps: Mosaic Madness (c-130249, w- 130246, p123 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Lacy and Lovely (c-122887, w- 132025, p117 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Naturals White, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette.

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Old Olive.

Accessories: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic, Square Collections Framelits, Mosaic Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Rhinestone Jewels, Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Ribbon.

Did you know that you could create a flower using the Mosaic Madness stamp set?

For this flower, 4 “leaves” were stamped and punched, 8 “petals” were stamped and punched and attached to the leaves in 2 layers.  The first layer has 5 petals and the second layer has 3 petals.

To achieve some dimension, the bottom layer of petals were curved downward and the top layer curved upwards.  Of course you need some sparkle, so Rhinestone Jewels were attached to the top layer of petals.

Here are some candid shots of the event.

Cards for a Cause Fundraiser

We had door prizes for everyone – thanks to those who donated

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Registration Table – participants welcomed and picked up their bags of supplies

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Busy! Busy!

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Getting that last Rhinestone

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Supporting Crohn’s and Colitis of Canada

As we wind up this Cards for a Cause fundraiser, we will start planning for the Walk for Memories  – Alzheimer Society of BC event in October.

More details will follow in a couple of months.

Come and “LIKE” our facebook page – Cards for a Cause – Kamloops  to stay up to date on our activities.

In the meantime, Happy Stamping!

Handmade Cards For Community Service Work

Handmade Cards Give Back to the Community

Handmade cards for community service work, created 1 at a time can, and do, provide support in the community for those who need it.  Yes, Cards for a Cause – Kamloops, is on the move again.

This Saturday, April 12, 2014, we are once again creating cards as a fundraiser to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Currently, there is no cure for those suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the funds raised from this fundraiser will go towards research and education.

We have called this event “A Card for All Reasons” and can you guess why?

The participants will be making 9 beautiful All Occasion Cards.  Who hasn’t needed a card at the last minute?  Well, now you will have 9, ranging from Birthday cards, Sympathy cards, Thank You cards and Just Because cards.  These cards were designed by 3 stampers and stamping business owners and who believed that we could make a difference in the community with our talents.

Last fall we held our first event and the participants made 9 Christmas cards and we were able to donate over $1,000 to aid the Alzheimer Society of BC.  We were very pleased by the support we received from card makers and scrapbookers in Kamloops.

Here is one of the cards that will be made on Saturday.

Handmade Cards Give Back to the Community

Cards for All Reasons


Stamps: Flower Shop (c-130942, w- 130939, p94 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Label Love (c-130622, w- 130619, 33 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Cardstock/Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Primrose Petals Core’dination, Garden Green, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight.

Ink: Primrose Petals, Wild Wasabi.

Accessories: Big Shot, Beautifully Baroque, Starburst Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Pansy Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pearl Jewels, Stampin Sanding System.

This cards was inspired by Kay Kalthoff.

Handmade Cards For Community Service

2012-2014 In Color Core’dination Card Stock

The Core’dinations Cardstock can give a different look to your cards.

You can create an antiques, distressed, color-popping look by revealing the inside layer of the card stock by sanding, tearing and or distressing.  The Stampin’ Sanding System is one tool that is complimentary to the Core’dinations Cardstock.

So, tomorrow it will be a fun-filled day as we create handmade cards for the community and to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Contact me to find how you can create handmade cards for community service work. EMAIL.

Happy Stamping

Heartfelt Sympathy Cards with Simply Sketched

Heartfelt Sympathy Cards with Simply Sketched

Heartfelt Sympathy cards can be therapeutic for the one creating them and the one receiving them.  Why, you ask.  Of course this is just my opinion.  For the one creating them, it is a time of reflection on the life of the one you are celebrating.  For the one receiving them, it provides a sense of peace knowing that someone is taking the time to create in their loved one’s memory.

These 2 cards are the last of the ones I did to celebrate a cousin’s life…one that was taken from his family due to a tragic accident.

You can see the other cards HERE.

Both of the cards on this post were created using the Simply Sketched stamp set, a hostess reward for holding a workshop and/or class.  This probably has been my favourite hostess set due to the number of times I have used it.  I love its simplicity and the 3 sentiments contained in the set.  This set has become my go to set.


Heartfelt Sympathy Card


Stamps: Simply Sketched (c-129672, w- 129669, Hostess Reward p205 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Sweet Sorbet DSP (2014 SAB).

Ink: Black Stazon.

Accessories: Big Shot, Needlepoint Border, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Large Scallop Edgelits, Markers: Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Whisper White 1/4” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon.

Heartfelt Sympathy Cards


Stamps: Simply Sketched (c-129672, w- 129669, Hostess Reward p205 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Sweet Sorbet DSP (2014 SAB).

Ink: Black Stazon.

Accessories: Big Shot, Needlepoint Border, Adorning Accents, Markers: Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Whisper White 1/4” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Markers: Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight.

These 2 cards use straight forward techniques as I like to keep sympathy cards simple and clean.  You could easily step up both these cards by adding jewels, buttons, adding sponged backgrounds, etc.


Heartfelt Sympathy

Simply Sketched Hostess Set

The only way that you can acquire this set is to host a workshop or a class.  Once the 2013/14 Annual Catalogue expires on May 31, 2014 you will not be able to receive this set as a hostess reward.

So what are you waiting for?  Contact me today and book a class or a workshop so that you can access this versatile stamp set.  Here is my email

Happy Stamping

Handmade Sympathy Cards Only Mean One Thing

Handmade Sympathy Cards – So Difficult to Create

Creating handmade sympathy cards, usually means only 1 thing…someone you know and love has been taken from you and there is now a void.

I like to create sympathy cards as I need them and over this past month I have made 4 of them.

Creating a sympathy card it is a great way to think about the person who that has passed away and the grieving family and friends that are left behind.

Sponging and masking techniques were used to create a background of these cards.  However, with changes in the colors used, the focal art piece, and the use of framelits, the overall cards are quite different.

Handmade Sympathy Cards


Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (c-127324, w- 132073, p64 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Loving Thoughts (c-1125845, w- 128436, p106 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Naturals White, Whisper White Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Sweet Sorbet DSP (2014 SAB).

Ink: Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Pistachio Pudding, Old Olive, Black Stazon.

Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder, Sponges, Sponge Daubers.

Handmade Sympathy Cards


Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (c-127324, w- 132073, p64 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Loving Thoughts (c-1125845, w- 128436, p106 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Naturals White, Whisper White, Basic Black, Soft Sky.

Ink: Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette, Black Stazon.

Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder ,Labels Collection Framelits,  Clear Embossing Powder, Sponges, Sponge Daubers.

The masking on this card to create the silhouette for the birds in the tree branches was accomplished by punching out a circle using the 1-3/4 Circle punch from a sticky note, attaching it to the Whisper White card stock and sponging around the circle using a sponge and Island Indigo ink.

Handmade Sympathy Cards

Serene Silhouettes #127324


The Serene Silhouettes stamp set is a great set to have if you are making handmade sympathy cards.  Just the images themselves say “serene”.

Happy Stamping

Good bye Sale-a-Bration – It’s Been Fun

Good Bye Sale-a-Bration- It’s Been a Fun 3 Months

Good bye Sale-a-Bration for another year.  But wait, you have 1 more day to order and take part in Stampin’ Up!’s sale of the year.

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in the Sale-a-Bration, now would be a good time.  And, it’s easy!

All you have to do is place a minimum $60.00 order and you can receive a FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

Here is one of the FREE products – It’s the Good as Gold card kit.  In this kit, you receive everything you need to complete 8 cards.  But the good thing is that you can add other stamps, punches and papers to change the cards up.  You also receive 8 envelopes with gold foil liners.  What a deal and did I say FREE?

I completed the set to use as Thank You cards for my customers and yes, I did add my own things.

Good bye Sale-a-Bration

Good As Gold


As you can see, I added Tangerine, Basic Black, and Bermuda Bay card stocks as well as  Gold embossing and the flowers and elements from the Sweet Sorbet accessory pack.

For these types of kits, you are only limited by your imagination.

So what can you order that would make up your $60.00?  Stampin’ Up! even provided suggested bundles at $65.00 and up.

Good Bye Sale-a-Bration

Click on the Celebrate image to see the bundles

An if you are a digital scrapbooker and/or card maker, there is a digital bundle as well as FREE digital downloads.

So, there is something for everyone needs and tastes.

Before we say “Good bye Sale-a-Bration”,  take advantage and order from my ONLINE store.

Happy Stamping!

Special Birthdays Get More Special When You Are 99

Special Birthdays Call For a Celebration

I would call your 99th Birthday one of those special birthdays.

Yes, one of my uncles is turning 99 this month.  It can’t get much more special than that.

Can you imagine the changes that he has seen in his world?  When he was growing up, there were 2 world wars, the horse and buggy were a way of life, you were lucky to hear news on a radio, and there was no such thing as getting on a jet plane for a vacation.

What about all those modern conveniences or in some cases nuisances? There is the speed in which we now communicate with cell phones, the internet, texting and the like.  Who ever thought that you could cook your dinner in 3 minutes by taking it out of the freezer and popping it in the microwave?

Things that we now take for granted such as electricity, indoor plumbing, going shopping at the grocery store.  I could go one but I won’t.

Yes, my uncle turns 99 years old and he was a good Canadian farmer, living on a farm, growing the wheat, then harvesting it and sending it off to be milled for flour.

We need to celebrate those special birthdays.  Here is the card that he received.

Special Birthdays


Stamps: Clockworks (c-127292, w- 131973, p 109 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Off the Grid (w- 130736, p108 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Naturals White, Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Gold Foil, Well Worn DSP (retired).

Ink: Black Stazon, Early Espresso, Gold Metallic, Versamark.

Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder,  Die Cut Letters (retired), Espresso Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder,  7/16” Trim.

  • I choose the Clockworks stamp set as I felt that it depicted the passing of time and 99 years is a lot of time passing.
  • The Naturals White panel was stamps with the various cogs in the stamp set.  The stamps were inked in Early Espresso and stamped off on a scrap on paper before stamping on the card stock.
  • The image of the watch is embossed with Gold Embossing powder as are the hands on the watch face.
Special Birthdays

Clockworks Stamp Set

Are you looking for a stamp that depicts the passing of time?  You can order it from my ONLINE store.

So if the birthday is for a 1 year old all the way to …who knows.., celebrate those special birthdays.

Happy Stamping


Crafting Information – Are You Up To Date with the Latest?

Crafting Information – Do You Have the Latest and the Greatest?

Crafting information is valuable as the art, products, techniques and many other variables keep changing.  We all have a repertoire of crafting information stowed away in magazines, Pinterest Boards, Blogs, Google searches and so much more.  Have you tried them out?  Do you know how to incorporate all this information into your crafting?

Here is one thing you can do to have all that information in one place.  Sign up for my emails.  You will get greeting cards to make, techniques to try, scrapbook page samples, 3-D gift items, tips on how to use the products and of course there is always a Q&A section.

You can file these emails away and refer to them at your leisure.

When your sign up for my emails, you will also receive a free gift.

Sign Up HERE

I have an example of the type of card that you will see in the Simply Said with Karen newsletters.  You will not find these projects anywhere else as I don’t post them to my blog, Pinterest boards or Facebook.  The projects in the newsletter are exclusive! You will receive a listing of the products used to create the project as well as detailed instructions.

Crafting Information


Stamps: Happy Watercolor (c-133191 w- 133188, p 22 2014 Occasions Catalogue), Simply Sketched (c-129672, w- 129699, Hostess p 205 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Watercolor, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Watercolor Wonder DSP, Calypso Coral.

Ink: Black Stazon.

Accessories: Markers: Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand, Blender Pen, Natural 5/8” Chevron Ribbon, Pearl Jewels.

A few details if you wish to recreate this card:

  • Watercolor paper is ideal when colouring with markers or inks as it will not pill when you are coloring.
  • The flowers are colored using markers along with Blender pens so that you can get the shading right.
  • The image was outlined with the Sahara Sand marker so that the image is intensified and looks like a Drop Shadow.

Make sure that you receive the newest newsletter coming out the first week of April.  You must me on the mailing list to receive the latest crafting information.

Sign Up Now using this LINK.

Happy Stamping!

How Does Your Garden Grow Now That Spring Has Arrived?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How does your garden grow now that the calendar says that Spring is here?

For some of us winter is fading away, hopefully, for others, winter is yet to come.  It seems like it has been a long winter for many of us, so I bet that you are looking forward to more daylight, blue sky, green grass and beautiful color in your garden.

Ok, I confess, I am not a gardener.  I do love the beautiful colors so I do container gardening so that I can enjoy the beauty and smells of summer. I also love to watch the honey bees collect their nectar and the butterflies perching on the edge of the flowers.

Usually I can get my plants to last the summer, if I remember to water them.

So, because it is still about 6 weeks before I can plant my containers, this will be my garden.

How Does Your Garden Grow

Cascading Card


Stamps: Flower Shop (c-130942, w- 130939, p 94 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Daydream Medallions(c-126467, w- 131976, p 115 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Mixed Bunch (c-125537, w- 128442, p 89 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Papillion Potpourri (c-123759, w- 132085, p 90 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Four Frames (c-123442, w- 128589, p 66 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Betsy’s Blossoms  (c-126006, w- 131955, p 87 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue).

Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Gumball Green, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Gingham Garden DSP, Window Sheets.

Ink: Black Stazon, Versamark, Gumball Green, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Raspberry Ripple, Coastal Cabana.

Accessories: Big Shot, Floral Frames Collection Framelits, Circles Collection, Autumn Accents BigZ Die,  Punches: Decorative Label, Scallop Edge Border, 7/8” Scallop Circle, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly, Bird Builder, Blossom  Builder, Blossom, Pansy, Embossing Powders: Pool Party, Melon Mambo, White, Clear, Rhinestone Jewels, Miscellaneous Buttons and Brads, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Envelope Punch Board.

Here are a few details on this card.

  1.  How does your garden grow? Use your imagination as to how you would like your garden to grow…mix colors, papers, inks, texture and stamp sets.
  2. Finish the back of your card with card stock – I used Whisper White as a topper with the Day Dreams Medallion stamp set and cut it out with the Floral Collections Framelits.
  3. Stamp a sentiment in the middle of the Medallion before attaching to the card.  It is difficult if you do it at the end of attaching the flowers.  Ask me how I know.
  4. Start at the back and work forward placing the flowers and the leaves.
  5. Embellish the flowers with various embellishment, – buttons, jewels, brads, punched card stock – the sky is the limit.
  6. Have fun with this card.

Need product to make this card?  Order through my ONLINE STORE.

Don’t forget Sale-a-Bration…It ends in just 10 short days.

So, how does your garden grow?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Happy Stamping

Feminine Birthday Cards – Soft Colors and Flowers

Feminine Birthday Cards Using Soft Colors and Flowers

Feminine Birthday cards created using soft colors and flowers are so pretty to create and gift.  Do you like to make these types of cards?  I do, however, I to step outside my comfort zone to create other types of cards as well.

Being uncomfortable, creates an opportunity to stretch ourselves and learn something about what it is we like and don’t like.  It’s like folding your arms in the opposite direction to what we normally do.  Yes, it’s uncomfortable at first, however, if we do it enough times, it becomes comfortable.

So, here is my card – yes, it’s flowers and soft colors.  Add in some pearls and it really says feminine.

Feminine Birthday Cards


Stamps: Chalk Talk (c-130634, w- 130631, p 12 2013/2014 Annual Catalogue), Petite Petals (c-133155, w- 133152, p 33 2014 Occasions Catalogue).

Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Sweet Sorbet DSP, Fancy Foil Designer Vellum – Silver, Silver Glimmer Paper.

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Marina Mist.

Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, 1-3/8” Circle Punch, Ticket Duo Builder Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Silver 1/8” Ribbon, Silver Bakers Twine, Pearl Jewels.

Do you use your punches in different ways?

You will notice that the corners of the Marina Mist panel is punched like the corner of a ticket.  However, Stampin’ Up! no longer carries this punch, so I had to improvise.  I used the Ticket Duo punch and sliding my card stock into one corner of the punch, I was able to create the look.  Do you use your punches in other ways?


Feminine Birthday Cards

Item # 126883


Try using your punches in a different way the next time you make feminine birthday cards.

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you use your punches in different ways.  I would love to hear from you.

Happy Stamping