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Karen Ostergard

Paper Flowers

Fun with Flowers

September 21, 2020

Hi there! Karen here today. I only recently got my hands on the amazing new flowers here at Elizabeth Craft Designs. They are so much fun to play with! In my post today, I show two fun examples of cards using the new flowers.

Here’s how I created this fun card.

  • Cut a 8-1/2″x11″ piece of Soft Finish Cardstock in half length-wise and score/fold in the middle to create a top-fold card base.
  • Die cut a card front using the Stitched Rectangle Dies (Patterned orange cardstock)
  • Cut two strips of green paper at 1/2″ and 3/4″ by 5″ and add them to the left side of the card front. (I adhered mine just inside the rectangle stitching)
  • Die cut a large Fitted Circle and trim a bit from one side, and layer it over the green strips.
  • Die cut a small and medium size of Florals 1 from light yellow cardstock and ink edges with Dried Marigold Distress Ink. Die cut the leaf from the Florals 1 from light green cardstock and ink the edges with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.
  • Shape the flower and leaf. (For the flower, I use a simple foam pad with a stylus and shape in circular motions on the back-side and then “punch” into the middle on the front. I then work the flower and leave a bit with my fingers until I like the look of it.)
  • Add the flower and a sentiment to the card front.

As a fun embellishment, I put some of the White Craft Drops on a piece of “waste” release sheet from the Double Sided Adhesive. When dry, I color them with a Copic Marker, and then they can be glued onto the project – either as a flower center or just an embellishment.

The next card was made with a FuN sentiment stamp, For You.

On this card, I stamped that amazing sentiment and cut it out with Fitted Circles. In this card, I added the circles and strips before die cutting the card front, and I did not shape those fun flowers from the Florals 3 set. I think these flowers are super cute just flat as embellishments too.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Pattern and Plain Cardstock, Black Ink, Distress Ink, Copic Markers

Art Journal Collection Summer Journal Special

Relax and Enjoy

September 7, 2020

Karen here today. I am loving the fun of mixed media projects created with the Art Journal line. I haven’t actually started my Art Journal (yet), but the products are fund to use in cardmaking too. Like today’s project!

The background for this card was made by using the following steps:

  • Cut a piece of 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
  • Cover the cardstock with Faded Jeans Distress Oxides
  • Smear some Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide on craft mat, spritz with water, and dip the cardstock into the puddle a few times.
  • Using the round dots pattern stencil from the Summer Journal Special, add some white ink to the corners.
  • Using the odd circle stencil from the Summer Journal Special, add some clear Distress Embossing Ink. (Comes in a dabber for ease)
  • Pour some Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder onto the cardstock, remove excess and heat emboss. (I absolutely love that it stuck to some of the small circles, but not all of them!)
  • Cover the cardstock with Distress Glaze. The picture below is before application (and bad lighting). Love how it brightens up!

Add a piece of ripped Kraft cardstock to the bottom (for the sand). Next, cut the card-front with the Stitched Rectangles. Die cut and color the palm tree, clouds and starfish from the Summer Journal Special. (I used: Wild Honey Oxide for the starfish, Vintage Photo and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink for the tree, and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide for the clouds.

Stamp the sentiment from the Beach Sentiments Set and die cut with the Stitched Circles. Stamp a bit of the bubble stamp from the Water Creatures Stamps – using the Tumbled Glass Oxide ink. Finally, finish off with a few random Craft Drops in White.

FuN! Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Distress Oxide and Distress Inks, White Ink, Black Ink, Kraft Cardstock, Embossing Powder

Just Smile

August 30, 2020

Karen here today sharing a card I made with some of the fun, new products from the Art Journal line. This beautiful line of products is terrific for cardmaking, scrapbooking and – of course – art journaling!

I started this card by first cutting that pretty border from 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock using one of the dies from the Journal Edges set. I placed it on a piece of green cardstock and added another small strip of green cardstock just above the die cut part. I left a small part at the top with no glue, so I could tuck flowers in. I then cut the whole thing with a Stitched Rectangle Die. See below.

Next, I used the Watercolor Palette to paint beautiful flowers cut using 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock from the Flower Power Dies and from the Floral Insert Dies. I love the vibrant colors!

I added the flowers using Kids Choice Glue leaving the tops not fully glued down. I also added the “Smile” sentiment (from the Zen Sentiments Clear Stamps) to the card front. To finish off this card, I added some pink bakers twine.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Pink bakers twine, black ink and green cardstock

Cardmaking Paper Flowers

Live in the Moment

August 25, 2020

Karen here today sharing a card that was very fun to make as I got to get all inky to make it. The sentiment “Live in the Moment” seems to be excellent advice these days!

To create the background for this card, I used 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock. I smeared some Distress Oxide in Spun Sugar on my craft mat and added some water and smooshed my paper into it. Then I did the same with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide. I finished it up with some splatters of Picked Raspberry. I cut this piece with a Stitched Rectangle die.

Then I colored up another piece of Soft Finish Cardstock with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, add Double Sided Adhesive (101mm) and die cut the Symbol Background Die and stuck that to the card front.

Next, I die cut the flowers from the Cherry Blossom Branch with another piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock colored with Worn Lipstick. For these, I also dabbed them straight onto a Picked Raspberry Distress Ink as shown below then shaped the flowers a little.

For the leaves, I used Lucky Clover Distress Oxide. Then I dabbed them with Embossing Dabber and added some Weathered Wood Embossing Glaze. I also shaped the leaves just by pinching them together.

The branch is colored with Vintage Photo Distress ink. For the flower centers, I used Craft Drops in White. The sentiment is from the Zen Sentiments set and is die cut with a Diagonal Stitched Fishtails die.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Supplies from my stash

Distress Inks and Distress Oxides, Distress Dabber and Glaze

Uncategorized

So Fairy Much

August 10, 2020

Karen here from Craftily Yours. I’m excited to show you another card I made using Joset’s new release! I adore this collection with cute fairies, princes, princesses, a frog and some amazing background dies. So much fun!

For this card, I decided to color the Fairy 1 die pieces with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Watercolors. The colors in this palette are vibrant and gorgeous…

After assembling the fairy, I cut one of the Leaf Pattern Background from 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock. I also cut a purple frame using the Stitched Indented Rectangles and the Fitted Rounded Rectangles dies. I adhered the two together and then used my scissors to trim away the part that stuck out.

I adhered this piece to a piece of green patterned cardstock from my stash. I added the fairy and the sentiment from the Once Upon a Time Sentiments. I die cut the sentiment with a Diagonal Stitched Fishtails Die.

That’s it. Easy and adorable! See below for my list of supplies, check out the new collection, and have a fairy wonderful day!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Supplies from my stash

Green pattern and purple cardstock, black ink

Joset Designs

Fairy Kisses

July 28, 2020

Karen here from Craftily Yours. I’m excited to show you some cards I made using Joset’s new release! So many cute fairies, princes and princesses. She also threw in an adorable frog, some background dies and some great sentiments. So much fun!

These new items aren’t on the website yet – but they will be VERY soon! You can find them now by contacting your local craft store that carries our wonderful products!

This first card using the Fairy 1 dies. How cute is that sweet girl!?! She is colored with Copic markers. I used the Organic Triangle Background Die. I love the look of using the “waste” in this die. The sentiment is from the Once Upon a Time Stamps.

To do it, first colored the background with three colors of Distress Oxide inks and covered the back of a piece of 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock with 101mm adhesive. Then I ran it through the die cutting machine. Next, I cut another die cut to use as my template and pieced back in the “waste” part of the die. There is probably an easier way to do this, but I actually found it to be very relaxing like putting together a puzzle!

And there’s a new accessories set – called Once Upon a Time Accessories. Adorable little flower, butterfly, clouds, mushroom, etc. Love it. I used the die cut from my first card as a background for this one. Sweet. Again, I colored with Copic Markers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours, Karen

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials

Oh Happy Day

July 13, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! When I sat down to craft today, I decided I just wanted to craft something FuN and positive. There’s so much craziness in the world, and crafting gives me my sanity breaks. I’m sure it’s the same for many of you.

I started off with two Stitched Rectangle Die cuts (2nd largest size) of 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. On the left, I used Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans and the Dot Dot Dot stencil. On the right, I used Distress Oxide in Speckled Egg and the Make Your Mark Stencil.

Love those fun stencils. I also mixed up a bit of Wilted Violet with some water and splashed it with a paint brush here and there.

I took another two pieces of 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock and inked one up with more Faded Jeans, Speckled Egg and Wilted Violet. On this one, I stamped from the Garden Flowers and First Sights of Spring stamps and fussy cut out the flowers. On the second piece, I inked it up with Mowed Lawn and Iced Spruce and die cut the Blooming Branches dies. Finally, I stamped two sentiments on pieces that were left over using the Pieces of Life 4 – Retro stamps. I die cut them with a small circle I found in the Planner Labels set.

I had a bit of this fun lacy paper in my stash, so I also die cut this piece using the Planner Patterns dies. I cut it in half so I’d have enough for two cards. Each half is tucked behind a piece of the Reminiscence paper that I cut a few strips of for each card.

Finally, I assembled it all and added a few diamond dots and then added it to a card base. I love how my arty cards turned out and am grateful for you stopping by to take a look!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other Supplies:

Lacy White Paper, Distress Oxides, Diamond dots

A Way With Words

Trying New Things

June 29, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! One of the most fun things for me to do in crafting is to try out new techniques. I love cruising You-Tube to find out new things to try. In today’s post, I’m trying stamping with a stencil using water on distress oxide inks.

My first card using the super fun new stamps from Sue. This one from the For You Stamps. I stamped it in black ink and then moved it just slightly and stamped it again with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. It is die cut with a Stitched Circles Die. I adhered the circle to a piece of blue cardstock and fussy cut the border. Then I die cut a Mandala Die using 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock and 101mm Double Sided Adhesive and stuck that to the background and added a few White Craft Drops.

For that fun background, I applied Distress Oxide ink (Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and Candied Apple) on 90lb White Soft Finish Cardstock. I think spritzed lightly the Dot Dot Dot… template with water and laid it over the rainbow of ink and pressed it in with a paper towl. After heat drying, I got the last image to the right. It’s so pretty! I then die cut it using the Fitted Indented Rectangles Dies.

I decided to try it again with lighter colors. Here I used Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistaschio and Speckled Egg. I love the look of this softer version too. The background is cut with a Fitted Rounded Rectangle. I love that stamp from the Pieces of Life 4 – Retro Stamps. (Hint: lots of good sentiments in that set!) I die cut it with the Stitched Circles die and added a Blooming Branches die cut that I’d colored up with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron. To this card, I also added a smidge of lace and some Silver Craft Drops.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Distress Oxides, Black Ink, Lace, and blue cardstock

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