Christmas Will Be Here Before We Know It

One Thing Is For Sure – Christmas Will Be Here

Ready or not, Christmas will be here!.  It comes the same date every year and every year we tend to get highly stressed about what it is we need to do.  Why is that?

Over the next several posts, I will be identifying ways to help you reduce the stress that the holiday period can bring.

Here is one area that usually cause stress for us over the holidays.

Gifts – Do we really need to do all that shopping for gifts, decorations, food, etc?  Some of the questions we need to ask ourselves are:

  • Do I really want to head out there in the hustle and bustle of the crowds?
  • Do the people that I am buying the gifts for really need what I am buying? Or will they display them and/or use them for a couple of months and then put them away somewhere never to be seen again?
  • Maybe this year, we could put some of that money that we normally spend to other uses and try to come up with ways to make this time of year less commercial.  A couple of suggestions are to donate to a favourite charity on behalf of the person, or perhaps create your own gifts.
  • Maybe a really special Christmas card for that special family member will work. Create a card from the heart and put a special verse inside.

So to start this series off, I have a Christmas card that I created.  Yes, one Christmas card that will go to a special friend.

Christmas Will be Here


Stamps: Bright and Beautiful.

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark.

Paper: Kraft, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Under the Tree DSP, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Rhinestone Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

This card utilizes that Under the Tree Designer Series Paper.  It is heavier that the regular cardstock and is a great product for making gift boxes as well as cards.  One side of the paper is colored using Cherry Gobbler, Garden Green, Early Espresso and the other side, the designs are printed in white onto Kraft coloured.  So, you can use both sides on 1 project and it all goes together.

The star framelits make the cutting out of the stars so easy and then layering them gives real dimension to the card.

The sentiment was stamped in black onto the DSP and then stamped again on Whisper White with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The words “Christmas & a New Year” were cut out to resemble a banner and layer over the black words.

Finally, the rhinestone jewels were coloured with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and they really had the sparkle to the card.

This card is very easy to recreate and yet it is very effective.  The card will be suitable for someone who likes sparkle and glitz.

So get yourself started on your Christmas gifts and cards because Christmas will be here.



Christmas Planner Book – A Way to A Stressless Christmas

A Christmas Planner Book  – Relieving the Christmas Stress

A Christmas Planner book is a great way to help you relieve Christmas stress that so many of us start getting at this time of year.

Why is it that the Christmas stress descends upon us? Often it’s because we are juggling many things during the lead up to Christmas, andt we forget what our priorities are or we haven’t even prioritized what we need to be doing.

One way to lessen that stress is to get organized with a Christmas Planner book.  The Christmas planner is a place to record your gift lists, your Christmas card lists, keep receipts, plan meals with the grocery lists and of course house that calendar that we need to keep track of all our activities.  We can see at a glance what has been organized and completed and what activities we still need to do.

Christmas Planner Book


Christmas Planner Book


Christmas Planner

Inside Fully Opened

Christmas Planner

Lists and Calendar


Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Good Greetings, Seasonally Scattered.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green,Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, Red Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Washi Tape (retired), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Little Labels Punch Pack, Rhinestone Jewels, Note Pad, RSVP Pen.

As you can see, the front of the Christmas Planner book is made to look like a door and it welcomes you to help keep your sanity over the Christmas season.

The door knob is hidden by the ribbon but it is a piece of Red Glimmer paper held in place with a brad – just another bit of sparkle.

The 2 pages on the outside of the inside (hope that makes sense) have pockets so that you can keep receipts, house your lists and anything else you might need to make your holdiay move along sanely.

The pen is housed on the outside spine of the book so you don’t loose it.  It also has been decorated with matching dsp.  And the best thing is that you can scoop it up, tie up the ribbon, stick it in your purse or shopping bag and take it with you.

While the Christmas Planner book is not going to relieve all your Christmas and Holiday stress, it will go a long ways to making it less of a stressful season.


Christmas Planner – A Way to A Stressless Christmas

A Christmas Planner  – Relieving the Christmas Stress

A Christmas Planner is a great way to help you relieve that Christmas stress that so many of us get starting at this time of year.

Why is it that the Christmas stress descends upon us? Often it’s because we are juggling so many things during the lead up to Christmas that we forget what our priorities are or maybe we haven’t even prioritized what it is we need to be doing.

One way to lessen that stress is to get organized with a Christmas Planner.  The Christmas planner is a place to record your gift lists, your Christmas card lists, keep receipts, plan meals with the grocery lists and of course house that calendar that we need to keep track of all our activities.

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.




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.