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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.

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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Simple Joys of the Christmas Season Perhaps We Can

Simple Joys

To enjoy the simple joys of the holiday is to stay sane.  With all the shopping, baking, sending cards, inviting people to events, going to events yourself can be nerve racking.  So how do you prevent yourself from becoming a zombie and enjoying the holidays.

Even now, I can hear your big sigh as you begin to think of the things you need to do. Don’t you think that Christmas in the stores is earlier every year?  I have to admit that I did pick up a decoration in Costco this week.  What was I thinking?  Good marketing Costco.

Here is a 3 tips for you so that you can enjoy October, November and December.
  1. Make lists for everything you want to accomplish.  No, you don’t have to make every single list at one sitting, but do try to get them finished by the end of October.  There are the Christmas gift lists for family and friends.  I don’t rely on myself to determine what to get for everyone.  I have help from parents, children and grandchildren.  Just ask!
  2. Source out the dates of the events and get them on your calendar.  Are you planning on hosting an event?  Get your invitations out early because everyone’s calendars fill up.  Realize too,  that the date you choose will not be good for everyone.  But if you plan early enough and contact the people you have a better chance of getting the date you want.
  3. Take time for yourself.  So often we forget to do this and it is so important.  Do something you enjoy, like a manicure, pedicure, maybe a massage.  If these aren’t for you, get together with a few girlfriends or boyfriends and go out for an evening.  Or, there is your craft room where you can create, get ink of your fingers and make a mess.


Which brings me to this card. This card is a reminder about the simple joys of the season.  I did CASE the catalogue for this card.  At first I was unimpressed with Emerald Envy. This colour has definitely grown on me and I think it looks beautiful with the Cherry Cobbler.

Of course, the Copper Foil paper is beautiful along with the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. To top everything off, the Copper Mini Pine Cones is the added touch.

Simple Joys


Stamps: Christmas Pines.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark.

Paper: Whisper White (Thick, Regular), Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Presents and Pine Cones DSP, Copper Foil, Red Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Lots of Labels, Layering Circle Framelits, Copper Emboss Powder, Linen Thread, Mini Pinecones.

Do you have tips to enjoy the Simple Joys at Christmas?  I would love to read them.  Tell me about them in the comment section.
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How Do You Decorate a Christmas Pine Tree? Many Choices.

Decorate a Christmas Pine Tree

Do you decorate a Christmas Pine Tree?  How do you decorate it?  Trees can be big, small, tall, short.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to selecting your pine tree. Do you decorate a real tree or an artificial tree.

There are so many ways to decorate a tree.  Decorations can be natural, themed with certain colours, or characters, or traditional, victorian, or contemporary.  Do you put lights on your tree or is it a fibre-optic tree with changing colours.  No matter how you decorate, what you decorate with, all Christmas trees are beautiful.  There is something magical and mesmerizing about a decorated tree.

Did you know that the first Christmas Tree. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther is said to have decorated a small Christmas Tree with candles.  He did this to show his children how the stars twinkled through the dark night.

Christmas Pine Tree


Stamps: Peaceful Pines.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Real Red, Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Pines Framelits, Pine Bough Embossing Folder, Gold Emboss Powder, White Emboss Powder, Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (Gold, Garden Green).

Two pine trees on this card are decorated with white embossed solid circles and the focal tree is heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder. Of course the trees would not be complete with a gold start on the top. The tree theme of this card continues with the use of the PineBough Embossing Folder.  To tie it all together (no pun intended), gold and garden green Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack finish off the card.

Leave a comment and tell me how you decorate your Christmas Pine Tree.


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Fallish Birthday Card Uses Serene Scenery Paper

Fallish Birthday Card

Today, it’s a fallish birthday card.  “Fallish” is not a word you hear often, but it does conjure up a feeling about this time of year.

The focal image from the Remarkable You stamp set is watercoloured, but not the watercolour technique that you have come to know. This watercolour techniques uses stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set and ink pads.  Love that Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and try to stamp with it as much as possible.

The Other Watercolour Technique

On a piece of Watercolour paper, stamp various stamps using the Old Olive , Delightful Dijon and Tangerine Tango Inks. Try not to over stamp the colours too much because you want to distinguish the different colours.  Once you have stamped, spritz a bit of water on the stamp images so that they get the watercoloured look..  Once the ink is dry, and if you can’t wait, you can use the Heat Tool, stamp the flower from the Remarkable You stamp set using Stazon Jet Black ink.

Stamp the leaves in Stazon ink on the Serene Scenery DSP Stack.  This gives a look of texture to the leaves.

Now, it’s fussy cutting time.  Cut the flower and the leaves and attach to the Very Vanilla card stock which has been embossed with the Brick Wall Emboss Folder.  Use the Sponge Dauber and the Soft Suede ink to highlight the bricks.

Layer the panels, attach the flower and add the Burlap Ribbon to one side.  Stamp the leaf in VersaMark, heat emboss with Copper Emboss powder, and die cut with matching Leaflet Framelits. Attach to Burlap Ribbon and tie a piece of Linen Thread around the stem.

FInally, stamp the sentiment on Very Vanilla with Soft Suede ink and punch with the Duet Banner Punch.

Now you have a fallish Birthday Card.

Fallish Birthday Card


Stamps: Remarkable You, Gorgeous Grunge, Thoughtful Banners, Vintage Leaves.

Ink/Markers: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Stazon Black, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon, Watercolour, Serene Scenery DSP Stack

Accessories: Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Copper Embossing Powder, 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sponge Dauber, Duet Banner Punch.

Have you enjoyed hearing about a new Watercolour Technique? Leave me comment to let me know if you enjoyed this card.

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Home Based Business – Can I Do It? Yes You Can!

Home Based Business

Can I run and manage a home based business?  Have you ever asked yourself that question?

All you need is a “Yes I Can” attitude and believe in yourself.

There is work to run and manage a business, but I have three mechanisms you can put into play.

To some people, manage your business means that you need to work 24/7 to make it a working business.  You don’t have to work 24/7.  Organization, commitment and systems are three necessities to managing a successful business.

Home Based Business

The first thing you need to do is determine what you want to achieve in your business.  These are you goals.  You can have long-term goals and short-term goals.  A long term goal is something you want to accomplish in the future. These goals take time and planning to accomplish . You cannot accomplish these goals in a week or two. Write down this long term goal and hang it on the wall of your office.

Once you have decided what you want to achieve in your business, you must decide how you are going to achieve this goals.

Achieve Your Long Term Goal

For example if your long term goal is to take your family on a holiday, you need to decide how much money you will require for this holiday.  Then chunk out your path to complete your goals.

Here’s your business opportunity. Join my team and become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Here are some ideas to help you with chunking your goals.if you decide to take the business opportunity that I offer you:

  • Hold workshops – contact friends, family, and co-workers that like papercrafting and introduce them to products that are colour coordinated. Workshops are an easy way to touch many people in a short time and introduce them to fun and creativity.
  • Hold classes – teach technique classes and show people how they can use the tools to create beautiful cards and scrapbooking pages.
  • Develop online classes to reach people that are unable to attend a class.  These classes can live on forever if you concentrate on techniques rather than the products themselves.


Business Opportunity


Now that I have whet your appetite to manage a home based business find out more by contacting me and/or visiting this LINK.  On this page you will find information on the value of the starter kit, demonstrator benefits, and a step-by-step guide to becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

YES, You Can!

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Can You Create a Simple Yet Elegant Card?

Simple Yet Elegant Card

Words that describe simple yet elegant are restrained, graceful, refined, tasteful. It’s using the various elements in harmony with each other. It’s also timeless.  So often we use elements that are the in vogue and will not stand the test of time.

So that is what I set out to do.

Create a simple yet elegant card with these hints. To get started decide:

  • The main colour.  In this card, my main colour was Sweet Sugar Plum. Rich Razzleberry and Emerald Envy are strong colours that compliment the Sweet Sugar Plum.
  • The stamp set. The only stamping on this card is the sentiment.
  • How much and where to position the focal point or, in other words, where does your eye go first..  The focal point on this card is the group of flowers and leaves cut with the Flourish Thinlits.
  • Finally, decide on embellishments, if any.  The embellishments are simply the strip of natural trim with silver accents and the very vanilla lace.


Simple yet Elegant


Stamps: Floral Phrases

Ink/Markers: Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Whisper White, Sweet Sugar Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Emerald Envy, Silver Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Tags and Labels Framelits, Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine, 1/4” Silver Natural Ribbon, Very Vanilla 1/2” Lace Trim.

What are the steps you follow when creating a design? What is your style?  Is it simple yet elegant, or do you like to incorporate many elements into your card?

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Awesomely Artistic Soft and Peaceful

Awesomely Artistic

This stamp set will make you awesomely artistic!  Of course, you are probably wondering why I think that a stamp set can make you artistic.

Use this stamp set to create a variety of cards using different techniques.  Can  you spot the techniques?  No? Well, the techniques used are: watercolour, heat embossing, die cutting, splatter, and emboss resist, But, you think, I use those techniques how does that stamp set make be artistic.  Because it’s not what you use, but how you use it.

It’s about placement of the stamps, layers, embellishments, to die cut, embossing, watercolour or not, In other words, what I am saying is, just by picking up a stamp and stamping with it makes you artistic in the world of paper crafting.

Can you see what I am saying?  I always say that “creativity and artistry” is in the eye of the beholder.  What one person thinks about a piece of art can can differ drastically from another person.  The art may be pleasing to their eye for a number of reasons, such as, placement of the different elements.

So, never let anyone tell you that you are not artistic.  And never self-talk yourself into believing that you are not artistic.Awesomely Artistic


Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Basket of Wishes.

Ink/Markers: Soft Sky (ink pad and marker), Pool Party (ink pad and marker), Basic Black Marker, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick and Reg, Pool Party, Soft Sky.

Accessories: Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlits, Mint Macaron 3/8” Sheer Linen Ribbon, Very Vanilla 1/2” Lace Trim, White Emboss Powder, Clear Emboss Powder Aqua Painter Brush.

This card is commonly known as a collage card because of all the different elements that are blended into each other.

First the main image was stamped in VersaMark and embossed with White Emboss Powder. Don’t  forget to use your embossing buddy. Then, using the Aqua Painter Brush, wash the over the embossed image with Soft Sky ink mixed with a bit of water.  Stamp the ferns, the splatters and circle image with Pool Party.

Using the Soft Sky and Pool Party markers, colour the dragonfly wings and colour the body with the Basic Black marker.  Lay the dragonfly image in the VersaMark Pad and emboss with Clear Emboss Powder.  Finally, cut out the dragonfly with the Paper Snips.

Stamp the bottom layer with the dotted stamp and Pool Party ink.  Attach the different layers and embellish with the ribbon and lace trim.

For more ideas using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, click on these links:

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It’s easy to be Awesomely Artistic?

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Girl Power On Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Girl Power

Santa’s making a change this Christmas Eve, he will be using girl power to pull the sleigh. Some of the female reindeer have been complaining to the elves about staying in the barn on Christmas Eve.  They feel that they need to be given a chance.

Of course, this is all “tongue-in-cheek”.  I think this stamp set with it’s matching punch is so cute. But, only if you like”cute” for Christmas.  There are a number of cute stamp sets in the new 2016 Holiday Catalogue.  For instance, there are the Merry Mice on page 23, Jolly Friends with the matching punch, on page 29.Fa-la-la-la Friends on page 20, with coordinating framelits from the Annual Catalogue.

While there are these cute stamp sets, there are the traditional stamp styles for those that enjoy the traditional.Basically, there is something for everyone’s tastes.

Girl Power


Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Hardwood.

Ink/Markers: Early Espresso, Basic Black Archival, Real Red Marker, Soft Suede.

Paper: Real Red, Soft Suede, Champagne Glimmer.

Accessories: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Banner Triple Punch.

This card is quick and easy.  You could create a number of these for you Christmas Card List.

Stamp the reindeer on Soft Suede using Basic Black Archival ink and punch out. Before stamping the reindeer with the red nose, remove the Basic Black Archival ink from the stamp and replace with the colour from the Real Red marker. Stamp the bows in Real Red ink and punch out.

Finish off the card with  a combination of the red twine from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine and Whisper White Baker’s Twine wrapped around the front of the card and tied in a bow.

Girl Power

Starting today, you can order from the Holiday Catalogue.

Check out the new 2016 Holiday Catalogue

Start shopping today.

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Subscribe, Be Surprised Each Month


When you subscribe to my email list you will get a surprise in your inbox each month.  Sometimes you will more than one surprise.

Each month, the Simply Said with Karen newsletter goes out to each subscriber and it’s jammed packed full of good stuff. What kind of stuff?  Well, there is card projects with a supply list and detailed instructions on how to create the card.  Perhaps there may be a scrapbook page, or a project that is neither a card or a scrapbook page.  Again, there are detailed instructions along with a supply list.

In addition to the projects, there are techniques that you can try, tool tips, and questions and answers to questions that I have been asked by my customers.

And there is still more…. For example, class schedules, any Stampin’ Up! and Simply Said With Karen limited promotions that occur, and maybe a little about what I am doing.

How to Subscribe

It’s very easy to subscribe to the Simply Said With Karen email list.  Go to this link HERE, put in your Name and Email address and you are on your way.

You will receive a message with a link to my Thank You gift, a request to complete a small survey and the latest Simply Said with Karen monthly newsletter.

From time to time you will receive other projects such as the 12 Weeks of Christmas Newsletter. Each week of 12 weeks you will receive a project such as a card, gift, or bags and tags to make your busy season easier.

When you subscribe, your privacy is protected at all times.

Here is a sample of the types of projects that may be in the newsletter.



Stamps: Floral Phrases, Flourishing Phrases.

Ink/Markers: Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White (regular), Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder.

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Banner Triple Punch, Night of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine..

You will do yourself a great service by subscribing to the Simply Said With Karen Email List.  Subscribe Now

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