What Happened on April 22, 1975 – Happy Birthday

What Happened On This Day In 1975?

What happened? My DSL was born, and that is pretty exciting.  Yes, he is forty and when we look at what has happened over 40 years, it’s pretty astounding.

It’s always fun to look back and see what happened on this day, what music was popular, which books, etc.

Here is some of those items:

  • Famous people born – besides my SIL

Greg Moore: Canadian race car driver (d. 1999).
Brian Manning;: wide receiver (Miami Dolphins).
Stijn Haeldermans;: Belgian soccer player (MVV).
Carlos Sastre: Spanish cyclist.

  • Top 5 Songs:

Tony Orlando and Dawn – He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).

Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom.

Freddy Fender – Before The Next Teardrop Falls.

Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You.

B.J. Thomas – (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

  •  Top Movies:

Death Race 2000 – David Carradine and Sylvester Stallonne.

Capone – Ben Gazzara.

The Passenger – Jack Nicholson.

  • Books Released:

The Moneychangers by Arthur Hailey.

Curtain by Agatha Christie.

Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner.

  •  As we are into the Hockey Playoff season, here is 1 more piece of trivia:     Penguins 2-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-2 lead.

Here is the birthday card that I created for him.

What HappenedRecipe

Stamps: Just Saying.

Ink/Markers: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey.

Paper: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey, Sweet Dreams DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, Banner Framelits, Arrows Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits, Natural 5/8” Chevron Ribbon, Essentials Wooden Elements.

The next time that someone has a birthday or another significant event in their life, find out what happened on that day.

It’s rather fun to find trivia.

Have you tried using the Sweet Dreams DSP for projects other than “for Baby”.  I was rather iffy when I first saw this paper in the Occasions Catalogue, however, I have fallen in love with it and I am trying to use in in every way that I can.

Do you find that the first time you see something, you go…well, I don’t know.  Then after a while, it becomes like an obsession and you have to use it on and in everything.

Leave a comment and tell me your…well, I don’t know story or what happened on the day of your birthday.

Comfort For Loved Ones With a Handmade Sympathy Card

Comfort for Loved Ones Left To Carry On

After the loss of someone near and dear, it is important that comfort for loved ones be given to support them.

Grieving for a loved one is so difficult and it is comforting to them that someone has acknowledged their loss.  Friends of mine lost their grandchild last week.  It doesn’t seem right that a young person cannot fulfill their hopes and dreams.  He was taken at 13 having battled the c-word for 5 years.  We have no answers as to why he would be picked to battle such a dreaded disease.

Saturday is the Celebration of Life service and I am sure that there will be a lot of people there to celebrate his life.  The people surrounding his family are sure to give comfort to the family.

Comfort for loved ones Recipe

Stamps: Bloom with Hope.

Ink/Markers: Stazon Black, Markers: Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals.

Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Water Color.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Collection Framelits, Lovely Lace Emboss Folder, Modern Label Punch, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Pearl Jewels, 5/8” Organza Ribbon, Blender Pens.

I hope that when my friends receive this card, they will know that I am thinking of them and providing a bit of comfort during their grieving process.

This is a wonderful stamp to use for a sympathy card and will provide the comfort for loved ones.  The one way that you can get this stamp set into your hands is to host a workshop or a class.  This is a hostess set and only hostess are entitled to it.

The stamp set is great for coloring and if you want to read about “Adult Coloring” use this link.

For coloring with markers and the blender pens, Stazon Black ink is the best.  The reason?  The ink will not run once it is dry when you use water based medium.  You can still get the depth and the dimensional feeling using markers and blending.  So even though Stampin’ Up! has discontinued their Blendabilities product, you can still achieve the same effect.

So, if you want to get into colouring, contact me today and find out how you can achieve this.

Photopolymer Stamps Make Me A Better Stamper

Photopolymer Stamps – My Go-To-Stamp Sets

Photopolymer stamps help me to become a better stamper.  Why do I think that?  My business coach issued a challenged to write a post about exactly this topic.  I really had to think about the one product that does help me be a better stamper and it took me awhile to decide which one filled the bill.

Here are my 4 reasons:

  • the stamps sticky extremely well to the acrylic block.  The stickiness prevents the stamps from falling off the block and ruining my project. Having a big ink splotch on your project is no fun.
  • the stamps are clear which allows the 2-step stamping process to be very easy.  When trying to position your stamps, you know exactly where the image needs to be to complete the 2-step process, and you don’t have to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, thus eliminating a whole step.
  • The photopolymer stamps are deeply etched and therefore will make a clear, crisp image on your project. All types of inks can be used, for example, pigment and water based inks, Versamark, however, I don’t used Stazon inks because you need a harsher cleaner to remove the ink.
  • These stamps do not cloud over time.  However, they will stain if you are using a deep colour such as Blackberry Bliss or Real Red.  The staining on the other hand, does not impact their ability to give clear images.

Here is a card that I created using Photopolymer stamps.

photopolymer stamps


Stamps: Sheltering Tree.

Ink/Markers: Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist.

Paper: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist.

Accessories: Linen Thread, Gold Metallic Metal Buttons.

The background for this card uses the bokeh effect, using watercolor paper, various colours of ink that have been mixed with water and finanlly white craft ink to complete the effect.  For a tutorial using this technique use this link.

 Bokeh Effect Technique

There was some 2-step stamping going on in this card and it was easy to do with the photopolymer stamps.  First the tree was stamped using Baked Brown Sugar ink and then I was able to layer the leaves stamp over top of the tree to see where I needed to stamp the green leaves.  I then reinked the stamped to stamp the leaves in Tangelo Twist ink to make the tree look like it was fall.

There are many stamps in the Annual and Occasions catalogue to suit everyone’s needs.


Easter Berry Baskets – Great Gift Packaging

Easter Berry Baskets

Easter has come and gone and I hope that you had a great weekend celebrating with family and friends.  This weekend, at least for me, really starts spring.

I created Easter Berry Baskets for my Grandchildren to hold their goodies, however, the Berry Baskets can be used to package many other gifts.


Stamps: Everybunny, Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Ink/Markers: Memento Tuxedo Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry Blendabilities: Skin Tone: Bronze, Nude, Pink, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder.

Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Crisp Cantaloupe, Lullaby DSP, Irresistibly Yours DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Ovals Collection Framelits, Berry Basket Bigz Die, Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper, Angled Tag Topper, Project Life Corner, Large Oval, 2” Circle, Bow Builder, and Note Tag  Lost Lagoon3/8” Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Trim Ribbon, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, 2014-2016 In Color Clothespins, sponge daubers.

To Create the Easter Berry Baskets:

  • Cut 2 from card stock and 2 from designer series paper.  The DSP was glued to the card stock to create a liner and also to make the basket a little sturdier. The liner also creates some contrast.
  • The tags are layered – punch a 1-3/4″ tag from Whisper White and the card stock measures 2″ wide.  Remember to cut the card stock about a 1/4″ longer than the DSP.
  • The Irresistibly Yours DSP was sponged using Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon and Daffodil Delights ink pads.

The Berry Basket is useful for other packaging:

  • a birthday basket to hold a small gift
  • a Mother’s Day or Happy Spring gift with a small plant – African Violets for example.
  • a Father’s Day gift with some fishing gear – flies, weights, spinner.

Again you are only limited by your imagination.

Try out the Berry Basket for other gifts now that Easter is behind us.

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Sympathy Card Assists in The Grieving Process

Sympathy Card

Sending a sympathy card to someone who has lost a dearly loved person can help with their healing. Grief is difficult, however, to experience grief is a part of the healing process. Everyone experiences grief differently.

Sometimes the person will try to remain stoic and carry on with life, some will display their emotions outwardly.  However a person chooses to grieve is their own personal preference and we should not judge them in any way.

Nothing can replace the loved one who is gone, however a sympathy card can provide strength and comfort when dealing with this difficult situation.  Although many sympathy cards have a greeting already on the inside of the card, it is important that you add a few words expressing your condolences.

The inside verse reads: “As time and memory bring healing, may comfort and hope bloom in your heart”.  This verse conveys my thoughts, however I will add something in my own words.

I created this sympathy card for a friend’s daughter-in-law, who lost her dear Grandmother.  My thoughts go out to her and her family.  They have lost the matriarch of the family.


Sympathy CardRecipe

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Bloom with Hope, Papillon Potpourri.

Ink/Markers: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Ovals Collection Framelits, Circle Card Thinlit, 1/8” Silver Ribbon, Bitty Butterfly Punch, White Embossing Powder, Pearl Jewels.

I stamped the image in VersaMark and embossed with White Embossing powder.  After heat setting the embossing powder, I shadow stamped the image using Elegant Eggplant.

When shadow stamping:

Stamp 1 image in your choice of ink.

Clean the stamp and ink again in another color.

Move the stamp over a smidge (is that a legal measurement) and stamp again.

Finally, I used a sponge and Wisteria Wonder ink and sponged the whole panel.  The sponging will made the embossed image more prominent.  This technique is known as embossing resist.

This Serene Silhouette is my “go-to” stamp when I need to create a Sympathy card.

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3 Reasons to Join the Email List – Simply Said With Karen

3 Reasons to Join The Email List

There are more than 3 reasons to join the Simply Said with Karen email list, however, today I will give you 3.

  1.  The Simply Said with Karen Newsletter (published monthly) is a great source of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.  Inspiration abounds with cards, scrapbook/project life layouts, 3- D projects,  techniques that you can try, and question and answers to questions that we are asked.  New products are show cased and reviewed.  When a new product comes online, we all want to know about it and how it works.
  2. Information on up-coming classes and events.  We schedule and plan classes 3 months in advance so that you can plan to attend and be creative.  It’s always a good thing when we can clear our calendars and do something we enjoy.
  3. New and exciting promotions that Stampin’ Up! is providing us.  We always endeavour to give you the opportunity to take part in these promotions whether they are new products, exciting challenges, new clearance rack items and/or new catalogues.

Now that we have given you the 3 reasons to join the Simply Said with Karen  email list, here are the steps you need to complete.

  1. Use this link to the “subscribe” page where you can find out additional information on the Simply Said with Karen email list.  “SUBSCRIBE”or use the form to the right and insert you name and email address and click “Submit”.
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  3. 2 things will happen next, you will be taken to a “ONE-TIME Offer Page” where you have the opportunity to purchase a tutorial at a very low price.  Lower than what this tutorial would normally cost.  The second message you will receive is a “Thank You” for signing up for the email list along with the link to the “FREE” gift.
  4. Shortly after, you will receive a copy of the latest Simply Said with Karen newsletter, so that you can get started creating beautiful projects and enjoying you creativity.

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Time is Running Out – Only 5 More Days

Time is Running Out

Time is running out for Sale-a-Bration 2015.  There only 5 more days to take advantage of the Free products available to you.  Yes, spend $60.00 and get a free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

Stampin’ Up! added 4 news products for you to choose from:

  • Thanks for Being You stamp set
  • The In Color Accessory Kit
  • Nature’s Perfection stamp set
  • Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack

All the Sale-a-Bration products are only available until March 31, 2015 or until inventory is depleted. Time is running out on the products as well.

See pictures below.

The Birthday card for you today uses the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum stack.  The design is printed on the vellum paper and you can color on the back with markers, sponge it, layer it on colored paper, etc. I am sure you get the idea.


Time is Running OutRecipe

Stamps: Petite Petals, Four For You, Four Frames.

Ink/Markers: Night of Navy, Basic Grey.

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Bird Builder Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pearl Jewels.

Just a few things:

  • The frame for the sentiment was done using the Decorative Label Punch and punching 2 labels from Night of Navy.  1 label was cut in half lengthwise and the other label cut in half crosswise.  The labels were attached with adhesive to the stamped and punched sentiment.
  • The butterflies were layered in Night of Navy and Crisp Cantaloupe and a series of Pearl Jewels were attached to emphasize the butterfly’s body. The layering really makes it seem like the butterfly is gliding over some of the bushes in a garden.

Time is Running OutTime Is Running OutYes, time is running out and you don’t want to be like the Rabbit who runs down the rabbit hole saying, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date”.

Call me, email me to get those free products.



Spring Cleaning Your Paper Crafting Supplies

Spring Cleaning – Organize Your Craft Supplies

Ah-spring cleaning, that time of the year is upon us. Spring is a great time to renew, reuse or recycle.

I know that spring cleaning your craft supplies can be daunting.  So here are a few tips that you may be able to use in your quest to organize your craft supplies.

4 Tips to Organize Your Craft Supplies

  1. Store you craft supplies by grouping like products.
    1. Use bins, baskets, shelving, cabinets and craft organizers that are available in retail store.
    2. Use items that you have in your home.  Did you know that toilet paper rolls in a box make great storage for you markers, crayons and pencils?
    3. Here is one on-line store that will help with ideas for your storage needs The Container Store.
  2. Declutter your craft supplies.
    • When setting up a designated area for crafting, it is a great time to get rid of supplies that you haven’t used in the last 2 years.  Often these supplies have moved to the back of the newer ones and if you haven’t used them in 2 years it’s unlikely that you will make use of them.
    • Throw out the ones that are broken or in bad shape.
    • Advertise in your local on-line community boards.
    • Donate the gently used ones to local senior homes or schools.  Someone will be very appreciative of these supplies.
  3. Decide on a designated space.
    • It is no fun to have your supplies scattered amongst your home as you will spend more time searching for what you need rather than using what you have.  The best place for storage is a designated area whether it’s a large area or an area that is part of another room. Having a designated area for your crafting supplies will make creating those projects much easier.
  4. Label the storage solutions.
    • Create labels for your storage solutions.  There is nothing more annoying than not being able to remember when you put that ribbon, punch, or other supplies.
    • Having the storage solutions labeled will also help you to remember that you do have those supplies and you won’t duplicate them.
    • Simple labels like handwritten, downloadable printables or labels made using a labeler like one by Brother.


  • Spring Cleaning

I hope that you have found these spring cleaning tips valuable.

Here are a sample of my storage solutions.

Spring Cleaning






Adult Coloring – Why It’s Good For You!

Adult Coloring

Did you know that adult coloring is good for you?  Yes, the same type of coloring that we learned at a very early age.  As a child it helped to develop our fine motor skills, determine which colors looked good together, boosted our creativity and gave us a sense of satisfaction.

However, as we moved toward adult hood, somehow we stopped the practice of coloring.  There now are studies that show the adult coloring is good for many things.

The benefits of adult coloring:

  1. Relieve stress – when we color, we let the busyness and frustrations of the day slide away.  How can one be stressed when they are coloring?
  2. Exercises the mind – as we get older we know that it is beneficial to exercise the mind.  Diseases, like Alzheimer, can often be delayed. Even if a person has Alzheimer, exercising the brain is still beneficial.  Coloring exercises the left side which is the creative side of our brain.
  3. Allows self-expression – even in this day, some adults have difficulty dealing with self-expression.  Usually the difficulty has arisen from some past event.  When they are given a coloring page and crayons or pencils, they can often express their feelings.

As paper crafters and scrapbookers, we usually love to color.  Here is a card that was colored using the blendabilities product.

Adult ColoringRecipe

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Lotus Blossom.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana Ink and Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities and Ink, Crumb Cake Blendabilities, Pear Pizzazz.

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Irresistible DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Whisper White 5/8” Organza Ribbon, 1-1/4” Circle Punch, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine.

So, get out your markers, pencils, crayons and do some adult coloring.