Magic of the Holiday Season Handmade Christmas Card

Magic of the Holiday Season

When I was a child, I loved the magic of the holiday season.  I remember the Christmas tree with the twinkling colourful bulbs 9 (no LEDs then).  When 1 light on the string went out, the whole string went out.  How many of your have spent time chasing the elusive burned out light.

My Mom and Dad always put the tree up after us kids had gone to bed, so when we got up in the morning, there it was.  Some other magic of the holiday season was the Christmas concerts at school and church, the visiting friends and relatives, and the Dads playing with my brother’s new train.  Yes, the big boys like to have fun on the floor too.


Magic of the Holiday SeasonRecipe

Stamps: Cozy Christmas.

Ink/Markers: Mint Macaron, Real Red Marker, Mossy Meadow Marker.

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Real Red, Home For Christmas DSP.

Accessories: Banner Triple Punch, Real Red Pompom Trim.

This card is a case of a card in the 2015 Holiday catalogue – page 8.  All the catalogues are a great source of inspiration.  You can copy them exactly or you can change up some of the elements.

For this Magic of the Holiday Season, I copied most of elements, except for some of the embellishments.  You have to go with what you have.  Has this happened to you?  You want to make a card like one you have seen but you don’t have all the products.  Well, I bet your card looks just as beautiful as the one you were inspired by.

Instead of the button in the corner, I used the Real Red Pompom Trim across the strip of DSP.  This trim is so cute and can be used on packaging, tags and yes, even scrapbook pages.  Did you notice the cute little deer?  He, or maybe it’s a she, was fussy cut from a sheet of the Home for Christmas DSP.   On these papers, there are a number of different poses that you can incorporate into your Christmas crafts.  Actually, there are several pieces of the DSP that you can fussy cut and use…Santa and Christmas trees.  I love this paper.

What for you makes the magic of the holiday season? Leave me a comment.  I would love to hear.


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Poinsettias – The Christmas and Holiday Flower

Poinsettias For The Holidays

Poinsettias just say Christmas and Holidays.  I can’t seem to keep them going until the end of the holidays but every year I have one.  One can’t say I give up!

In the 2014 Holiday Catalogue, there is a new stamp set called the “Reason for the Season”  This stamp set has two versions of Poinsettias.  One version is requires the 3-step stamping method and the other version is an outline for petals and leaves.  With this version, there is a matching punch called the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  These two products are available as a bundle and you save 15% off the price of the items individually.

Of course, the punch is not just for Poinsettias and can be used to create other flowers. Using this punch, you could create a sunflower just by using So Saffron card stock or Daffodil Delight card stock.  Punch the center in Soft Suede or Early Espresso and you have a sunflower.

Here is the poinsettia I did using the punch.


Stamps: Reason for the Season.

Ink/Markers: VersaMark, Pear Pizzazz.

Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Vellum, Gold Glimmer, Home For Christmas DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes, Christmas Greeting Thinlits, Festive Flower Builder Punch, Gold Emboss Powder, Gold Sequin Trim.

Because the punch has multiple shapes, I would suggest that you punch out the petals and/or leaves and then stamp.  This is not difficult because the stamps are Photopolymar and you are able to see through them.

The petals were stamped using VersaMark on Vellum and then heat embossed using Gold Embossing Powder.  The leaves were stamped on Pear Pizzazz card stock using Pear Pizzazz ink.  This provides a tone-on-tone effect.

The center was punched from Gold Glimmer paper and adds that WOW factor. To finish off the card, the word “Peace” was die cut from Whisper White using the Christmas Greeting Thinlits.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you will be making any Poinsettias for this coming holiday season.

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Be Your Own Boss -Start A Business and Satisfy Your Inner Desires

Be Your Own Boss

To be your own boss could be one of the most important thing you do for yourself. If you have that dream, then make it a reality.  Yes, to be your own boss may seem over whelming in the beginning, however as you grow in your business, you will find the satisfactions in your daily life start to form.

Be Your Own Boss

In this post I will share 5 reasons to be your own boss,

So let’s get started.

  1. You will be in charge of your own income.  While that may be scary at first, you need to remember that the sky is the limit.  Yes, you may not have as much income as you did working a 9-5 job, but you are in control. No one can put a ceiling on your income potential.
  2. You are in control of every aspect of your business.  You make the decisions about your business and there is no one to tell you what to do.  Of course there could be downsides of this as you must be disciplined so that you can achieve your goals.
  3. You are the one responsible for your own success.  There is no passing the buck here.  You will need to show up every day to “take care of business”.
  4. You can set your own hours.  For some, this is  a huge goal for someone that wants to be their own boss.  You may only want to work your business 2 or 3 days a week, or perhaps you need some time off, you can take it.  Maybe you are still working your 9 – 5 job and you can only devote so many hours a week to your business.  Whatever your life looks like, you are in control of your business.
  5. You will be challenged.  When you work a regular job, often you will find the work not to be challenging and pushing your limits.  In order to grow as a person, you need to be challenged.  Owning a business will challenge you on may fronts during start up and as you grow your business.  However,that is where the satisfaction comes from.

Remember “you can do it.”

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I live the 5 reasons for owning my business.  If you have the desire to be your own boss and own a business, then I can help you out.

Read about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and joining my team by going HERE.  I am here to help you become successful. If you have questions about becoming a demonstrator email me and I will answer your questions.

All I can say is that I am so glad that I got to be my own boss.


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Exploding Box Card – September Class Project

Exploding Box Card

Have you ever created an exploding box card?  I have always had this project in the back of my mind to do for a class.  It finally happened for this month’s class.

There were 5 ladies at the class and they did a fabulous job of creating their exploding box card.

Yes, it takes a bit of time but it’s well worth the time and effort.

For this exploding card box, I chose the 2015-17 In colors of Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macron, along with  Mossy Meadow, a 2014-16 In Color.  All the ladies were happy with their project and there were ohhhs and awwwws once they were finished.

So, I am thinking that you are thinking where are the pictures for the box card.  Well, here they are!

Exploding Box Card Box Card 2 Box Card 3  Box Card 4 Exploding Box CardRecipe

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Watercolor Wings.

Ink/Markers: Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, English Garden DSP, 2015-17 In Color DSP Stack (polka dots – Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe, Window Sheets, Silver Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Tags and Labels Framelits, Metallic Foil Doilies, 3/4” Circle Punch, 1” Circle Punch, Mint Macaron 1” Dotted Lace Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

You can use this type of card for so many occasions and it also doubles as your gift box when you place your gift inside.  If you wish to extend your congratulations or send a message, you can attach a white piece of card stock on one of the flaps and write your message on that.

So next time you want to try something new, try the Exploding Box Card.

Sign up for one of my Fancy Fold and Wow Classes.  See the details HERE


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Craft a Creative Christmas with the 12 Weeks of Christmas

Craft a Creative Christmas

You can craft a creative Christmas and I am going to help you!  The 12 Weeks of Christmas will soon be coming to crafters inboxes – but only if….they have signed up and confirmed on the Simply Said With Karen email list by 1:00 pm PT on September 30th. Are you signed up?

You will receive 12 beautiful  projects that you can create complete with a supply list and step by step instructions to complete each project. You will receive 5 card ideas, 4 gift  ideas and 3 ideas for gift packaging and tags.  Woo Hoo!, you’re set.

Sign up Here so that you don’t miss a single project and you can craft a creative Christmas.

Today, I am sharing a project that you will not see in the 12 Weeks of Christmas emails.  The projects that come to you are exclusive and will not be on my blog, Facebook Page, Twitter or any other Social Media sites. So go ahead and craft yourself a creative Christmas with this card.

Craft a Creative ChristmasRecipe

Stamps: Happy Scenes, Guy Greetings, Snow Place.

Ink/Markers: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, VersaMark, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Basic Grey, Whisper White Craft.

Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Real Red, Whisper White Thick, Tip Top Taupe, Home For Christmas DSP, Window Sheets.

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Softly Falling Emboss Folder, White Embossing Powder, Silver Cording Trim, Snowflake Elements, Ice Rhinestone Embellishments, Dazzling Diamonds, White Gel Pen.

Here are some tips for creating this card:

  • To create the scene, mask off the lower portion of the Whisper White card stock. Tip a Post-it Note for the masking.  Include the gluey part so that your mask will stick to the card stock.  Using Sahara Sand, sponge a line across the top of the post-it note to create a horizon, then sponge the next layer up using Marina Mist ink and finally finish off the top with Island Indigo ink.
  • When you rip the note for masking, rip for that there are up and downs because you are going to use this for creating snow banks.
  • To create the snow banks, move your mask down a bit and sponge with Sahara Sand ink.  Move the bumps to different places on the card stock so that they are not in an up and down row.
  • Stamp the card from the Guy Greeting stamp set in Basic Black ink and fussy cut.
  • Stamp the trees in Basic Grey near the horizon and then stamp a little lower down.
  • Using the snow flake stamp, stamp snow flakes in the sky using Whisper White Craft ink.  Add snow to the trees using the White Gel Pen.
  • Using Multipurpose  Liquid Glue, spread a thin layer along the tops of the snow banks. Cover with Dazzling Diamond. Attach the car in the lower right hand side.
  • Now build your window using window sheets, the window frame and border,
  • Put a thin layer of glue on the Snowflake element and cover with Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Cut the window frame and window box from Tip Top Taupe using the thinlits.  Cut a piece of the Home For Christmas DSP using the thinlit and attach to Tip Top Taupe.
  • Die cut the window frame and attach the window sheet.  Finally attach to your happy scene,
  • Stamp the “LET it Snow” sentiment on Real Red cardstock with VersaMark. Heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.
  •  Loop the Silver Cording a couple of times and layer the Snowflake Element and the Iced Rhinestone Embellishment.  Place on the window.
  • After dry embossing the Marina Mist layer with the Softly Falling Emboss Folder, the outside edges were sponged with Marina Mist.  Likewise, the window frame was sponged with Tip Top Taupe.
  • Attach the sentiment underneath the Snowflake.

You have now created a beautiful and cute Holiday card.

Make sure that you are signed up for the Simply Said with Karen email list.

Now you can craft a creative Christmas.


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Making Spirits Bright At Christmas Time

Making Spirits Bright

Making spirits bright is something that I like to do at Christmas.  This is not to say that I don’t try to make spirits bright all year. The holiday season can be really a tough time for some people and it is uplifting to be able to provide a bit of cheer for them.

In Canada, we start the Holiday season in October with Thanksgiving, followed by Halloween, Christmas and New Years.  These holidays are normally spent with family and friends, however, there are many people that are alone.

We, that have so much, need to share with those that do not. Here are some ways that we can go about making spirits bright:

  • Volunteer at one of the dinners that various organizations put together for those that have no place to go for a warm, hearty meal.
  • Donate to a charity that assists people who need the help around the holidays.
  • Support you local food bank.

Making Spirits BrightRecipe

Stamps: Among the Branches, Jingles All the Way.

Ink/Markers: Real Red, Garden Green, Versamark.

Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Home for Christmas DSP..

Accessories: Big Shot, Banner Framelits, Clear Embossing Powder, 2-1/2” Circle Punch, Silver Sequin Trim, Silver Thread, and Metallic Foil Doilies.

The creation of this card is very easy.  To emboss the focal image, I first inked the image in VersaMark and then inked with Real Red ink and stamped the image.  Heat emboss your image   with Clear Embossing powder.  Using this technique is an easy way to emboss your images in any colour.

Making spirits bright for others will make your spirit bright as well.  What will you do this holiday season to get this feeling? Leave a comment to tell me about your commitment to help others.

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Stamp Out Breast Cancer – Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin

Stamp Out Breast Cancer

Help stamp out Breast Cancer by subscribing to Paper Pumpkin.  Yes, Stampin’  Up! has announced a campaign to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Stamp Out Breast Cancer

Did you know that Breast cancer is a complex disease that will affect 1 in 9 Canadian women during their lifetime?

According to the latest statistics, it is estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease in 2015.

How can you help to stamp out breast cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Paper Pumpkin is going PINK . . . or at least the October boxes are! And because we know that subscribers to Paper Pumpkin want to share the love too, Stampin’ Up! will be making a donation on your behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Stampin’ Up! will donate

  • $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
  • Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.

Together, we can make a difference!

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Subscribe! If you’re new to Paper Pumpkin, click HERE to get started. Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you’ll want to hold onto forever-and we’ll donate $2 because you’re new!
  2. Stay active if you’re a subscriberStampin’ Up! will donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.
  3. Spread the word! Every current subscriber adds $1 and for new subscribers it’s doubled, so let’s get the word out and raise as much as possible.

Stamp out breast cancer by subscribing to the October Paper Pumpkin kit and you will be donating to a good cause and getting a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box!

You won’t want to miss it!!!!

More About BCRF

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $550 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year BCRF has invested $58.6 million in research, to support over 235 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit:

Additional Details: 

  • New subscribers are those who signed up between September 11 and October 10, 2015 and have not been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber at any time in the past.
  • Mini spoiler alert! The October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but we should probably let you know that it is not a pink project.

Don’t miss out on this worthy fundraiser to stamp out breast cancer.  Subscribe now to Paper Pumpkin.

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Christmas Wish Made Simple – You Can Make It

Christmas Wish

Giving someone a Christmas wish during the holidays can be quite heart warming for you and the person receiving the wish. This Christmas Wish handmade card is very easy to create with a few products.  It’s easy but still elegant.

Christmas WishesRecipe

Stamps: Cozy Christmas.

Ink/Markers: Real Red, Versamark.

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Red Foil, Gold Glimmer, Home for Christmas DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Tags and Labels Framelits, Delicate Ornament Thinlits, Gold & White 3/8” Glitter Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Precision Plate.

This card would also be great if you were to create several at a time for everyone on your Christmas card lit.  You could do an assembly line.

Here are a few features of the Christmas Wish card that I would like to point out to you.

  • The bells from the Cozy Christmas stamp set were randomly stamped on the Real Red card base using Real Red ink.  This is an easy way to create a unique background for your card.  The image looks like a watermark.
  • The sentiment “Christmas Wishes” was stamped using VersaMark on Whisper White card stock and then heat embossed using Gold Embossing Powder and the Heat Gun.
  • The sentiment was die cut using the Tags and Labels Framelits and then the next large die was used to cut a frame from Real Red card stock and then the two were layered together.
  • The Gold Glimmer Ornament was cut from Gold Glimmer paper using the round ornament from the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits die.  Here is a tip: turn the Gold Glimmer paper over so the you are die cutting through the white side of the paper.  This make the bits and pieces easier to remove from the ornament.  There is a waxy paper between the glimmer and the white backing that often will not cut if you layer the glimmer paper gold side up.
  • Using  the Precision Cutting plate (new product) to cut delicate and intricate dies also helps. When using the Precision Cutting plate, use with the regular platform, do not use with Magnetic Plate.
  • For the remainder of the card, all you have to do is layer and adhere the pieces together.

If you need any of the items to create this Christmas Wish card, contact me through EMAIL or shop my ONLINE STORE.


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Happy Wedding Day Using Monochromatic Colours

Happy Wedding Day

A Happy Wedding Day is something that the bride and groom look forward to for their big day.  It’s a day that can be filled with excitement and joy.  However, the little slip up can become a source of frustration for the day.  While we try to plan for each and every event, sometimes things just slip through the cracks.

Because the wedding day is filled with hopes and dreams, the happy couple want everything to go perfect and according to the plan.

The happy wedding day is most about controlling the nerves.  To help with that day, I made a monochromatic colour wedding card.  Monochromatic colours can be soothing and so I choose to use Whisper White and Sahara Sand with a touch of gold.

Happy Wedding DayHappy Wedding DayRecipe for the Happy Wedding Day card

Stamps: Beautiful Bunch, Flower Shop, Petite Petals, For the New Two, Kinda Eclectic.

Ink/Markers: Sahara Sand, Versamark.

Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Gold Glitter, Something Borrowed DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lots of Labels Framelits, Elegant Dots Embossing Folder, Fun Flower Punch, Pansy Punch, Petite Labels Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, White Jute 1-1/4” Jute Ribbon, Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, Sahara Sand 7/8” Lace Trim, Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder, Metallic Foil Doilies, Pearl Jewels.

I had so much fun making this Happy Wedding Day Pop Up Card.

Click on the link below for a tutorial to make the cuts for the cake:

2015-09-09 Pop Up Card

To finish the cake, I cut pieces of Whisper White card stock the same size as the cake layers.  Emboss these pieces with the Elegant Dots Embossing Fold and decorate with Gold Glitter hearts.

For the front of the card:

Stamp the leaves from Kinda Eclectic on the Whisper White card stock using Sahara Sand.  I stamped off once before stamping on the card stock.

Stamp the flowers using Sahara Sand ink and punch using the matching punch.  Curl up the petals a bit before layering together with Dimensionals.

Place a small Metallic Foil Doily behind the flower using Glue Dots.

Pull strands from the Jute Ribbon to create the whispies behind the flower.  Attach using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Loop a length of Metallic Gold Baker’s Twine and attach over the Jute Ribbon. Place a length of Tear and Tape tape to hold the ribbon and the twine and attach the flower using glue dots.

The last step was to create the sentiment:

Stamp with Versa Mark and emboss with Gold Emboss Powder on Whisper White card stock. Die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits.  I trimmed off the top and bottom of the framelit to make the sentiment a little smaller.  Finally, attach the flower to the bottom of sentiment and add Pearl Jewel.

What do you think of this Happy Wedding Day card?  Leave me a comment. I welcome all comments – good, bad and the ugly.

I was inspired by “creative stamping” to make this card.


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12 Weeks of Christmas Coming to A Newsletter Near You

12 Weeks of Christmas

12 Weeks of Christmas?  What is that?  Well, the 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletters are only for the subscribers to the Simply Said with Karen email list.  If you are not on the email list, you are unable to receive the cute projects that are delivered to your In Box for the 12 weeks prior to Christmas. These projects include a supply list and details instructions on how to create the project.  All the projects in the 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletters are exclusive and you will not find them on my blog, facebook, Pinterest and/or twitter.

How do I make sure that I receive the 12 emails with Christmas projects?  The only thing you need to do is sign up for my mailing list.  One form is located on the top right hand side of this blog post, or if you are new to my blog, a pop-up sign up form likely appeared for you to fill in.

Once you have confirmed your sign up, you will receive the link to my free gift, a link to an opportunity to save $s on a video tutorial that takes you through all the steps of making a cute card, and a link to the latest newsletter.

Read more about the advantages of becoming a subscriber to the Simply Said with Karen email list HERE.

Here is an example of a Christmas greeting card made with products from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue.

12 Weeks of ChristmasRecipe

Stamps: Jingle All the Way.

Ink/Markers: Basic Black.

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party, Garden Green, Winter Woodland DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Edgelit Dies, Circle Collection Framelits, 1/2″ Circle Punch,  Snowflake Elements, Gold Cording Trim, White Perfect Accents, Gold Glitter, Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I had so much fun creating this card.  I managed to use all 3 of the Sleigh Ride Edgelit Dies and yes, it did take some scratching of the head to get them to look like I wanted.

The rest of the card was fairly simple.  To make like easier, I adhered the DSP to a piece of WHisper White cardstock and then die cut the circle.  I started of with the piece of Pool Party card stock and worked my way down  placing the edgelits where i want them to appear.  Once I had the circle cut, I went about placing the die cuts.

To frame the image, a border circle was die cut from Gold Glimmer paper using the same die as the original circle was cut and then the next one up.

Finally I add the Gold Glitter to the art image using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Sign up for the Simply Said with Karen email list and you are sure to receive the 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletters.

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