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Karen Ostergard

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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

Planner Essentials Stamping Watercolor Palette


April 13, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I hope everyone is finding reasons to stay positive during this difficult time. Scrapbooking good memories is a great way to do just that. Today’s Planner Essentials page is about a great time I had meeting an online crafty friend during my trip to DC last Winter. She and I had known each other for many years but had never met! On top of thinking about that fun memory, I used the new Art Journal line by Ilse and Charlene to make the page extra pretty!

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Craft Drops Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Documenting Life

March 17, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I absolutely love the Planner Essentials Line from Elizabeth Craft Designs for documenting special occasions, travel and other bits of life. Today, I am showcasing a page that I created documenting a visit to the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC. I’d like to say that I planned my “green” page for St Patrick’s Day today – but that was really just luck!

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