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Karen Ostergard

Cardmaking Joset Designs

Believe – Santa and his Penguin

November 28, 2022

Karen here today sharing a couple Christmas Cards! Christmas is less than a month away. Do you have all your cards done? Ya, me neither – but I am making them with these fun new and older designs from Joset. In today’s cards edition, I used the new Santa Claus from the Warm & Cozy Collection and the Penguin from an older collection (still relevant and fun!).

First up is the fun new Santa Claus! He is carrying his bag full of toys for kids and adults who believe! I used red, black and 90 lb white Soft Finish Cardstock (from ECD) to create him. All of the pieces “on top” were backed with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive before cutting to make it so much easier! The face is colored with Copics E00 and R20, the beard and other gray features with Copics C1 and C3 and eyes with Copic C7. The glasses and buckle are die cut with gold cardstock. For the Sentiment, I used the new Holiday Treats Sentiment Set on top of Santa’s list that is colored with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink.

And one of my older favorites – the Penguin! Again, I used black, green and Soft Finish Cardstock to create this sweet little guy. The feet are colored with Copic YR14. I just love him! He is on top of a Stitched Circle as is the sentiment. The cardstock on all of these are a combination of TH and G45 that I had in my scrap pile!

That’s it for me today. Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Copics, Distress Inks, Patterned and plain colors cardstock, red dots, lace

Cardmaking Joset Designs Uncategorized

Feel the Warmth

November 11, 2022

Karen here! I usually make at least 100 Christmas cards and send them out. I’m SO far behind and so glad that I have Joset’s new collection to help and inspire me. Today’s cards use the adorable new Mrs. Claus and the Sweater Season set.

How sweet is this sweater from the Sweater Season set with a bear on it?! The background papers are all from the Christmas Lives Here paper collection. (I added a Fitted Square a bit crooked just to frame the sweater a bit. I created the sweater from a green dotted G45 scrap along with sleeves that are 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock with Copic G46. Of course the waist and collar are also Soft FInish Cardstock. The sentiment tag is from the new Nested Tag set and the sentiment itself is from Holiday Treats.

I absolutely love Mrs. Clause! It’s like putting together a paper doll from when I was younger. She is so super sweet. Her feet and dress are cut from the same G45 dotted paper I used in the sweater. The rest of the pieces are cut with 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. I used a Copic E00 on the skin, the Copic G46 for the collar and bottom of the apron, and the C1 for the hair. I cut her sweet little glasses with gold cardstock and added some lace and twine. Cutting the pieces on top with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive makes it so much easier to put together!

Thank you for stopping by!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Kraft & green cardstock, Copic Markers, red jewels

Joset Designs Planner Essentials Scrapbooking

Santa Loves Sadie

October 28, 2022

Karen here. Many of you have seen some of my scrapbook pages for my boyfriend’s dog, Sadie. Using the Planner Essentials for scrapbooking is so much fun! Today’s page also features part of Joset’s new Warm & Cozy Release (that is available now in your local and many online stores).

To start this page, I put together the FuN and NeW Santa Claus. I cut the pieces using a combination of patterned cardstock, 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock, and black cardstock. For the eyes/eyebrows/etc piece, I first applied 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to make these pieces easier to apply. I added color to the beard (distress ink in Hickory Smoke), face (Copic E00, R20), glasses (Copic C5), eyes (Copic C7), nose (Copic E11), and list (Antique Linen). I love putting together these dies. It reminds me of the fun of playing with paper dolls as a child 🙂

The page base is from Planner Essentials 13. The cardstock is from the Christmas Lives Here set. On the front I added a tag under Santa that is also from the Christmas Lives Here set. I wanted to make it a different shape, so I cut the top with a large Fitted Circle Die and cut the bottom with a corner rounder punch. I edged this piece with distress ink in Walnut Stain. I added the “Santa” letters die cut from Planner Essentials 23. I ended up printing LoVeS and Sadie on my printer and re-cut the list.

On the inside, I added another tag from Christmas Lives here, a reindeer from the NeW Holiday Stocking and the holly from the NeW Cozy Fireplace.

And finally, on the back, I added a tree that I cut from 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock backed with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive. (Unfortunately, the tree is from an older set and is no longer available – it was there when I started the page!) And of course, no page is complete without some fun reinforcements!!

Thank you for stopping by. The products currently available from Elizabeth Craft Designs are linked up below!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Black cardstock, inks, Copics

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Uncategorized

Sneak Peek of Holiday Fun

October 14, 2022

Karen here. I’m jazzed today to be sharing a fun sneak peek of a amazing new collection from Joset – coming SOON to online and brick-and-mortar stores near you! It’s a fun new holiday release that’ll surely make you warm and cozy as you create holiday projects!

I absolutely love this new Fireplace set. I added a sentiment from the new set and though “believe” said it all as Santa Claus attempts to make his way into the house through the fireplace. The Fireplace and Santa Claus legs are mounted on a Rounded Stitched Rectangle.

I used 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock to create this card. The fireplace on top cardstock was dipped in Distress Oxide Inks of Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick. Then I added 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to another piece of cardstock dipped in Fired Brick and Vintage Photo to create the brick around the fireplace. Having the adhesive on the back sure makes adding the pieces to the fireplace easy! After I started this, I re-did the mantel to be all Vintage Photo.

Eek, I love this new Cook Stove! Again, I used one of the new stamps for a sentiment. I cut the brown and black pieces from other cardstock. The doors of the stove were cut from grey cardstock with double sided adhesive. Easy to put together and warm and cozy. Perfect!

Thanks for checking out these cards. Can’t wait for you all to see the whole collection. It’s so fab!

Craftily yours, Karen

Joset Designs Planner Essentials Scrapbooking

Chickens, Chickens, Everywhere

September 27, 2022

Karen here today sharing a couple “scrapbook” Planner Essentials pages where I added elements from the Joset Designs and Art Journal lines. So fun to mix up these products; they go together so well. My guy and I went to Kauai earlier this summer. Because of Hurricane Iniki many years ago, there were some chicken rance fences that blew down, and now there are wild, free chickens pretty much everywhere on the island. I created a Sidekick Essentials page for my “him n me” album and a Planner Essentials page for my “places I’ve been” album.

First up is the Planner Essentials 6 page. This is a great base for pages; I love the chevron pattern up the side. The letters are from Planner Essentials 23. I added the Rooster from the Hen & Rooster set as an embellishment to this page.

On top of adding a hen to this page, I also added a palm tree from the Summer Journal Special. How fun of a combination (i.e. the chicken and the tree!!). I also added some reinforcements from the Reinforcement Variety Pack 1 and/or 2.

For my Sidekick page, I used the Sidekick Essentials 6 set for the page base and adhered the Sidekick Essentials 18 to it by cutting it with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive. The sentiment at the top is from the Vacay Phrases set.

The Sidekick Essentials 18 set is awesome for having an extra pocket for storing several pictures. FOr these, I just put them on a lighter version of my rainbow patterned paper and then rounded two of the corners.

On the back, I added a couple large leaves and flip flops from the Summer Journals Special.

Thank you for checking out my pages today.

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Copic Markers (for coloring the rooster parts), Kraft Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Black Ink

Cardmaking Joset Designs

Christmas Monsters

September 9, 2022

Karen here. I’m full on into Christmas Card making mode! I love creating them and love sending them, but if I wait until the last minute, it’s all too much! I used the Birthday Flip Card dies to create these fun and interactive gift card holders for the holidays!

I love how the Birthday Flip Card die makes an easy and interactive card. (The die cuts and scores for you!) The base is cut from 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. I also used the Monster 2 without his bottom oval. I added the little monster embellishments on his tummy and then edged it a little bit with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The sentiment is from the Cute Winter Sentiments set.

On the inside, the die set will cut the gift card holder piece to make gift giving easy!

On the second card (also cut from 90 lbs Soft Finish Cardstock on the base, I used the Monster 3 die. In both of my monsters, I cut the top pieces (like the eyes and teeth) with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive on the cardstock first. How sweet is he!?

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Pattern and plain cardstock, distress ink, white gel pen for eyes

Cardmaking Joset Designs Pop it Ups

Monsters at Christmas

August 26, 2022

Karen here. I absolutely love the Monster Party dies designed by Joset. I am showcasing a holiday card made with the monsters and the pop-up dies.

On the front of the card, I created a mixed monster. Most of it is from the Monster 3 set, but I added an extra set of eyes from the Monster 2. I cut darker blue parts from a dark blue and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The feet and arms were cut with 90 lbs Soft Finish Cardstock and then I daubered them with both Salty Ocean and Vintage Photo distress inks. On the eyes and teeth, I added 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to make them easy to apply. The hat is from the Gnomes dies. On the front, I also used Fitted and Stitched Circle dies.

On the inside, I added a Garbage Can die cut (that I cut a bit shorter to fit) with a Monster 1 coming out of the top. On both of my monsters, I modified the teeth to be less teeth by cutting them before putting them in. Of all the fun elements of these monsters, I love that you can really get creative with them to create all sorts of options. The tree is from the Sleigh dies, and this monster has a hat from the Winter Accessories set. The sentiment is from the Cute Winter Sentiments and is cut with a Stitched Rounded Rectangle. I also used the new General Pop Ups to create dimension.

How fun are these pop-ups!?! That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other supplies

Patterned and solid cardstock, inks

Cardmaking Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Monster-fied Critters

August 12, 2022

Hi, Karen here today. For today’s post, I decided to “monster-fy” a couple of Joset’s other critters. I made the funniest dog and a very unusual elephant as the centerpieces for some fun cards.

First up, I used the Dog die set to create this funny little critter. The face is from the Monster 2 set. I put the head with the eyes, nose, ears and body from the Dog. I love how silly he looks. I used Kraft cardstock for most of the pieces (except the eyes and teeth which are 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. The dog is framed by a Stitched Circle Die. Using 101mm behind pieces like the eyes before diecutting makes them so easy to adhere.

The face, ears, legs and body are edged with a tiny bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink. The collar is colored with a Copic Marker as is the tag and eyes.

I used all of the pieces of the Elephant die except I turned the body sideways to make him unusually skinny. haha I also used the head and horns from the Monster 1 die set.

I cut most of the pieces with very light grey cardstock and edged them with a bit of Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The ears are cut from 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock and are colored with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Ink. The eyes and ears are cut using 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to make them easy to put together! I used the Monster Hugs stamps on both cards.

Thank you for stopping by!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Kraft and Grey cardstocks, inks

Joset Designs Planner Essentials Uncategorized

Splash Attack

July 29, 2022

Karen here. I am having such a fun time with the Monster Party dies and decided to recreate the Whale as a monster as an embellishment to my splash attack day scrapbook/planner page. My boyfriend’s dog loves to bite at the splashes and has a really sweet underbite, so I thought this whale monster fit perfectly.

First thing I did was create the waves and this sweet monster. For all of it, I used 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. The monster is a combination of the Whale (body and fins) and the Monster 1 (face). I used Black Soot distress ink to color him up and cut the teeth in “half” and turned them upside down to create the underbite. The cut the eyes and teeth with the 90 lb Soft Finish Cardstock backed with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to make them easy to adhere. The waves are cut from the Ocean Edges dies after coloring up the paper by smooshing it into distress oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon. The waves crashed over the whole on the planner page, so I just repunched it after attaching them in layers.

I added my splash monster and wave embellishments to a Planner Essentials 2 page cut from dark blue cardstock. The letters on this page are from Planner Essentials 37. I used scrap pieces I had from the Mystical Winter paper to add a bit of pattern to the page. The page tab is from the Planner Essential 4 set and are stamped with a stamp from the Moods set.

More fun on the back of the page. For the journaling here, I printed the journal and cut with a die from the Planner Label set. And, of course, I had to add some fun reinforcements to finish up my pages.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Blue cardstock, inks

Cardmaking Joset Designs

My Eyes on You

July 15, 2022

Karen here with a super fun creation using dies from the new monster designs by Joset. These monsters are SO fun, and the sentiments to go with them are just perfect!

I die cut the Birthday Flip Card from 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock. The die cuts and scores in all the right places to make the rest of the card so easy to make. The green flower cardstock are also cut with dies that are part of the set, and I just taped them to some pink cardstock and fussy cut a tiny edge.

All of the eyes are different eyes from the monsters. I cut them with 90 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock and colored the “black” in with a very dark grey copic. To make them easy to apply, I cut them all out with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive. I sometimes added a white or black gel pen dot to the middles of the eyes.

on the inside of the flip, I put one of the Monster 1s. How cute is he? The sentiment from the new Monster Hugs set, I thought, was perfect with this card!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Patterned and solid cardstock, inks, Copic

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