Fall Is Here

CardMaker - - Contents - By Brooke Smith

Take a look in­side al­most any is­sue of CardMaker and chances are you’ll find one or more cards from de­signer Karin Åkesdotter. Her clean and sim­ple style, of­ten fea­tur­ing adorable lit­tle an­i­mals, is a fan fa­vorite. Not only is Karin skilled at cre­at­ing cards, she’s also a gifted wa­ter­col­orist, a tal­ent she of­ten in­cor­po­rates into her card de­signs. Karin has been in­volved in a va­ri­ety of crafts for her en­tire life and be­gan her jour­ney into card mak­ing nine years ago. Since then, she has been on sev­eral dif­fer­ent de­sign teams and has had her cre­ations pub­lished in nu­mer­ous mag­a­zines. You can visit Karin at her blog (pep­per­mint­pat­tys-pa­per­craft.blogspot.se) and fol­low her on In­sta­gram (@pep­per­mint­patty42). Let’s lean more about this mul­ti­tal­ented artist.

Please tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self and how you got started cre­at­ing cards: My name is Karin Åkesdotter and I’m from Gothen­burg, Swe­den, where I live with my hus­band and our 8-year-old son. I have been sewing, draw­ing, wa­ter­color paint­ing, pa­per craft­ing and

Join us as we chat with de­signer Karin Åkesdotter! I loved hav­ing a theme or pic­ture to in­ter­pret and a new, fun rea­son to craft.

more for as long as I can re­mem­ber, so it’s no sur­prise that I chose that path for my ca­reer and stud­ied arts and crafts with a fo­cus on tex­tiles for five years at the Univer­sity of Gothen­burg. I have been teach­ing tex­tile crafts and lan­guage full time to 7th and 9th graders for 20 years.

I en­joy spend­ing time with my fam­ily, trav­el­ing, wa­ter­color paint­ing, read­ing, ex­er­cis­ing and be­ing out­doors.

I started mak­ing cards more se­ri­ously in 2008 when I found out that there were card-mak­ing chal­lenges. I was look­ing for a pat­tern on­line and stum­bled upon a card chal­lenge. At the time, I didn’t have a blog or own any Amer­i­can stamp sup­plies but was in­spired to play along. I im­me­di­ately started a blog and man­aged to find some stamps on eBay. I loved hav­ing a theme or pic­ture to in­ter­pret and a new, fun rea­son to craft. I will never for­get the first com­ment I got—some­one had seen what I had made and said some­thing nice about it. Thanks to the sup­port­ive and friendly card-mak­ing com­mu­nity, I was hooked. It was and still is so fun to see what oth­ers cre­ate and to share what I’ve cre­ated. I guess I did well in the chal­lenges be­cause I soon got the chance to de­sign and guest de­sign for some on­line stores and stamp com­pa­nies and have my cards pub­lished in mag­a­zines.

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