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Karen Ostergard

Cardmaking Joset Designs

Valentine’s Gnome

January 15, 2022

Karen here today, sharing a card that would be totally appropriate for Valentine’s Day using the adorable Gnomes Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This gnome is too cute!

I just love that sweet little Gnome girl. To create this card, I started by cutting an 8-1/2″x11″ sheet of 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock in half. I folded one side to create a top fold card base. I cut the other side in half and cut the Gnome pieces. The pieces that are “on top” have 101mm Double Sided Adhesive on the back to make assembly a breeze.

I used mostly Distress Inks to color the sweet Gnome. The clothes are Blueprint Sketch and Kitsch Flamingo. The hair is Mustard Seed. I used a Copic E00 for the skin, G43 for the flower center and E53 for the flower.

I adhered the patterned cardstock as in the left-hand side of the picture above before cutting it with the Fitted Rectangles on the right-hand side. I then layered it up on a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of blue cardstock. Then I put the Gnome on the card and added some gems and a sentiment from the Bear Hugs set.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Inks, Copic markers, patterned and plain cardstocks

Cardmaking Joset Designs

Happy 2022!

December 30, 2021

Karen here. 2020 and 2021 have been challenging and somewhat crazy years, so I’m here to post a Happy New Year card with hopes that 2022 will be looking up. The adorable Parrot is one of my favorite die sets, so I decided to highlight it for today’s post.

I love creating these fun little critters designed by Joset! It reminds me of putting together paper dolls as a child. So relaxing.

After cutting the pieces out with 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock, I put them roughly how they will be when I put them together. It helps me to try to figure out which pieces will be which colors.


I then colored the pieces with these colors of Distress Ink and put them together using some fun googly eyes.

From there, I just put it on a card. 🙂 The sentiment is part of the Cozy Days stamp set. I cut it out with a Stitched Circle and hid part of it behind the look up panel that is part of the G45 paper set I used.

Wishing you all the very happiest and healthiest New Year!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Patterned Cardstock, gems, black ink, distress inks, googly eyes

Joset Designs Planner Essentials Uncategorized

December Daily with Critters

December 19, 2021

Karen here today sharing days 7 and 8 of my December Daily album. I love making these albums each year. This year, I’m using many of Joset’s critters to embellish my pages. Seriously so sweet.

Day 7 includes the fun new Planner Essentials 48 – Forest Tree Page. (The Joy die is also in this set!) The page base is Planner Essentials 4. To apply the tree to the base, I used 101mm Double Sided Adhesive. I love the tree with the sweet Reindeer! The number is stamped from the Calendar Numbers set and the little “Peace on Earth” Sentiment is from the Cozy Days set. This page highlights a few ornaments on my tree that include pictures of my kids. I treasure those ornaments, for sure.

I just HAD to use a close-up of that sweet Reindeer. I love putting together these critters! It’s so relaxing, like when I used to play with paper dolls as a kid!

On the back of Day 7 is Day 8! I used the very sweet Penguin die to embellish this page. I added a couple Fitted Circles (and chopped them off at the edge. No page is complete (for me) without adding some fun reinforcements!

And finally, I couldn’t be done without a close-up of the ADORABLE Penguin. Once of my favorites! Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Kraft and Patterned Cardstock, Black Ink

Joset Designs Planner Essentials

December Daily

December 6, 2021

Karen here. Each year, I have such fun with the Planner Essentials line creating my December Daily. This year, I wanted to incorporate the incredibly cute designs from Joset’s line of critters and fun. Today’s post shows the start of several of my pages. I will be out for a few days this month with a minor procedure, so I created these pages in advance, and I love how sweet they are! When I get some pictures, I can add them and will likely add some stamps here and there.

I’m doing my whole album this year with a Kraft cardstock base. The page itself is cut from the Planner Essentials 1 die. I added some Stitched and Fitted Squares for the pattern and decided that the Holiday Elf-Hers was the perfect addition. As always, I added reinforcements from either the Reinforcement Variety Pack 1 or 2 (that I backed with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive before diecutting!)

Seriously, could the Sheep be any cuter. This set was released in the Life is Better on the Farm collection, and I just LoVe LoVe it. The page base on this one is from the Planner Essentials 6 set.

On the flip side of the Planner Essentials 1 page is this fun page with the new Train Carts. I did a page on a previous post using the Holiday Train and thought this would be cute right across from it. For this page, I took a piece of green patterned paper and adhered it diagonally before die cutting.

And finally, on the flip side of the Planner Essentials 6 page, I added the Dog. I’m sure I’ll have lots of pictures of my sweet doggie during the holiday times, so he’ll need to have his own page. At the bottom, is a couple Fitted Circles that I added to frame the sweet Dog!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Kraft and Patterned Cardstock

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Gnomes and Holiday Trains

November 29, 2021

Karen here. I’m having so much fun with the new release from Joset. Today I made a couple simple and sweet holiday cards using the Gnomes and the Holiday Train die sets. Love putting together these designs from Joset. It reminds me of playing with paper dolls when I was a kid – so fun and relaxing!

To start these cards, I cut two card fronts from 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. I also cut a 6″x6″ piece of patterned cardstock in a 4″ inch strip and a 2″ inch strip. I adhered them to the card fronts in a diagonal way. On one of them, I also cut a 3/4″ strip of Soft Finish Cardstock and stamped a sentiment on it from the stamp set in the Classic Christmas Set. For the other, I stamped the sentiment right on the card front. Then I die cut one with a Stitched Rounded Rectangle and the other with a Stitched Indented Rectangle die.

For the Gnome girl, I cut her dress and hat with red cardstock, and her shoes, collar and bows with green cardstock. I colored her skin with a Copic E00 and her hair with a Copic Y23. I added a few presents as embellishments. The hearts are also in the Gnomes dies, and I thought they were the perfect little addition in the corner.

The Holiday Train is cut with a combination of 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock, green cardstock and Kraft Cardstock. (The darker brown has Distress Ink in Tea Dye added to it. The fun “trick” to making assembly easy is to add 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to the pieces that are on top. What a great way to turn the die cut into a sticker.

So easy; so fun. Thank you for stopping by today.

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Patterned and colored cardstock, black ink, half pearls in gold and silver, Copics

Joset Designs Planner Essentials

Gnomes for the Holidays

November 20, 2021

Karen here today! I absolutely adore Joset’s new release! They are available NOW at your local craft store and should soon be available on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. So fun for holiday projects. In the past couple years, I have really enjoyed doing a December Daily Journal using the Planner Essentials line, so I decided to combine the two for today’s post.

The first page I made will be the cover page for my December Daily album. It uses the Planner Essentials 4 for a page base and the Planner Essentials 37 for the Stitched Letters (love this alphabet). I used the new Gnome for the centerpiece of this page. Could he be any cuter?! Of course, no page is complete for me without some reinforcements that come from either the page die sets or the Reinforcement Pack 1 or Pack 2. I always use the 101mm Double Sided Adhesive with the reinforcements as it makes them into stickers – so easy to use. The “December” is from the Planner Months set.

The next page uses the adorable new Holiday Train die set. How sweet! The page base on this one is Planner Essentials 39. The red paper is also cut with a die from the 39 set and has a great little slot for sliding in pictures or another element. The silver frames are also dies in the 39 set. (I didn’t tack them down yet as I’ll wait to add some pictures.)

I wanted to add a close-up of both the Gnome and the Holiday Train just to give you another peek at their cuteness!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Kraft, Patterned and Silver Cardstock, Silver String

Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Sidekick Essentials Uncategorized

Some Sidekick Fun!

November 7, 2021

Karen here today. I’ve been documenting the adventures that me and my guy have been having in a Sidekick journal. Sharing today a couple of recent adventures. I’ve created quite a few of these pages since we started dating seven months ago, and it’s already so fun to look back through the FuN!

A couple weeks ago, we flew to Vegas for a couple days. One of the outings we had while we were there was to see a Rod Stewart concert. Omigosh, he is SO good. The page base here is from the Sidekick Essentials 7 set. Those fun stitched letters are from the Planner Essentials 37 set, and the arrow is from the Planner Essentials 41 set. On the front here, I also also used reinforcements that are either in the Reinforcement Variety Pack 1 or 2 or were a fun surprise in another set. The “Amazing” at the top is from the Pieces of Life 3 – Quotes stamps.

This is the backside of the “Rod” page. The sentiment at the bottom is also from the Pieces of Life 3 stamp set. The “beautiful” flag is in the Sidekick Essentials 7 die set.

Next up was a FuN adventure we had to see our local professional basketball team. My guy works for a company who was able to get him front row seats. Wow, those basketball players are SO tall. And our team won! The page base here is from the Sidekick Essentials 2 set, and the “Remember This Day” frame is from the Planner Essentials 42 set. Adding that to a picture was so easy since I added 101mm Double Sided Adhesive before sticking it down. How fun! To add interest to the picture, I die cut a few stacking Stitched Rounded Squares and added some white dots around it. (Our team colors are purple and white!) The “ribbon” on the page was the wrist band to get onto the floor of the game.

I realized in creating my page that I had more pictures that I wanted to add than I had space. I decided to cut a square in half to add a small triangle corner pocket. (I edged it with more of the wristband…)

This was a fun way to add just a few more pictures. The pic in the middle was sitting in my seat (not zoomed in). What a fun adventure!

Thank you for checking out my journal pages today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Dymo labels, card stock, white gel pen, enamel dots, black ink

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Happy Halloween and Thanksgiving!

October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween, ECD Fans! Karen here today. To celebrate Halloween, I made a card to celebrate the next big thing – Thanksgiving here in the U.S. And there’s an ADORABLE Turkey now in the critter collection! I also used the new Hay Ride dies to create a cool cart. FuN!

I love creating the critters that are in Joset’s Design Collection. To start, I cut the pieces (using 101mm Double Sided Adhesive for the pieces on top. I then arrange them in the order that they will end up as it helps me to figure out what colors to use. For the Turkey, I used Copic markers: YR02, R14, G82, E13, E23 and C7. Then I put the critter together. For this particular critter, I decided that google eyes would be best!

I created the Hay Ride cart in the same way. I used Copic markers: Y26, E41, E44, YG63, YR04, YG17, YG07, YR24, Y06 and G40. I love the Fall colors.

I wanted to have a Stitched Circle on the front of my card, so I cut the background for my card front and then cut a Stitched Circle out of the middle. Since this piece is behind the patterned paper, it saves another chunk of paper!

And finally, I put it all together using some old Basic Grey paper from my stash. So fun! The sentiment is from the Autumn Words Sentiment Set. Thank you for stopping by today.

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

BG Paper, Copics, Black ink, Nuvo drops, Twine

Cardmaking Joset Designs

Playing with Vellum

October 25, 2021

Karen here today, sharing a couple cards I made using wet emboss technique on vellum. I know that this technique has been out there forever and ever, but I just forgot how pretty it can be.

My first card uses one of my favorite dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs – the Penguin. So cute, and so easy to make! He is cut with black cardstock and 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. The feet and nose are colored with YR14 Copic marker. I used a hat from the Santa die and colored it with R37. I cut the pieces with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive just to make things simpler to assemble. I also backed the Vellum panel with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to turn that panel into a sticker. (Then you can’t see the adhesive!) The sentiment (from the Classic Christmas Special Kit) is wet embossed with black. Some black Nuvo drops finished up this card.

For this second card, I used the snowflakes from the Classic Christmas Special Kit (and the sentiment too, embossed in gold). Again, I added 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the vellum before cutting it with a Fitted Circle die. It made adding it to the larger circle so easy. I added a Bead String with some White Craft Drops. I added some Gold Craft Drops to the snowflakes too.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Patterned paper, lace, Nuvo drops, Versamark ink and embossing powders, vellum, plain and gold cardstock

Cardmaking Joset Designs

Fall Fun

October 11, 2021

Karen here today. I’ve been having fun with the new Happy Harvest collection. For today’s cards, I tried to make cards with non-Fall colors just to see how it would turn out, and I really love it. The paper is from a collection that has been in my stash forever.

Omigosh, how cute is this Scarecrow! I absolutely adore him! I kept my card sketch pretty simple just adding a strip across the middle to add that sentiment from the Autumn Words Sentiment Set.

When I create these dies, I lay them out first just so I have an idea of where things go. (At the bottom of the first pic, it took me a few minutes to realize that was the sleeves and not a base!) The Copic colors I used were: Straw-Y21, Y23; Face-E000, YR14, C7; Shorts-BV31, BV34, Top-R81, R83, R21; Hat-E21, E23, G00; Birds-E44, and Stick-E25. The paper is 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock.

Super fun Turkey too! He is colored with E41, E43, YR65, R81, E33. I added a Stitched Rounded Square offset just slightly to frame him a bit.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Half beads, Patterned Paper, Black Ink, Lace

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