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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.