Hey crafter, I’ve got a new feature called Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter! Don’t you all just love to hear what gives other crafters a creative charge? What stamps and inks she reaches for the most?

Wouldn’t you love to know where her inspiration comes from? What techniques she likes the most? How long she’s been creating?

I thought so!

This series will introduce you to some of my crafting buds! And lets them show off just a smidge with a fun stamp set they absolutely love!

So first out of the starting gate, please welcome my friend and fellow crafter Leslie. And her stamp bundle, Beautiful Autumn.

Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter

Pretty. Classy. Colourful.

Like a lot of the designs Leslie creates! Let’s get to know her a little bit more.

An Interview with a Paper Crafter

How long have you been crafting?

Since I was young. I started card making about 35 years ago, when I found my first rubber stamp!

What “hooked” you about making your own handcrafted cards and items?

Being creative! My Mum was very artistic and painted, so I did a bit of that. I love sharing handmade cards and gifts too.

Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter

Are there certain techniques you use more often in your handmade items?

I enjoy making backgrounds with paints, watercolours and stencils. And blending with ink pads is fun, and I have been doing more of this lately. Also enjoy masking.

What type of space do you craft in?

I have a large room in the basement dedicated to my stamping. (It’s a bit like a small stamp store 😊 )

Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter

How many cards do you send out in a week/month/year?

I send out one or two a week, but there are times when I may send out over 20, just for fun. (Everyone likes to get mail)

I also belong to a challenge group of 6 ladies. At the beginning of the year we each chose 2 months and issued a technique challenge (like flocking, stickers, or ink lift). And we send out happy mail to each other twice a year.

We have members here in Red Deer, in Calgary, in Airdrie and one in Bancroft. So we take a picture of our creation and send to the others. (My grandkids love to get mail!)

What advice would you give to someone just starting to paper craft?

Take some classes! Or have a stamp party (whenever this might be feasible again). It’s the best way to see what you need to get started.

Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter

Doesn’t it look like Leslie has a ball creating? So much variety!

Here’s a closer peek at that bundle.

Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter

What Will You Make First?

Since there’s so many different designs here, I’ll showcase the stamps and bundles as well as a couple of the specialty items. And if you’d like to know any more details, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

And if you’d like one more idea check out this autumn design I made with another of Leslie’s favourite stamps, Life is Beautiful.

Click on any of these items to add them to your own supplies for gorgeous designs.

Supplies

Can I Feature YOU?

Throughout this series, I’ll bring you both new and more *ahem* elderly craft pals. Many I’ve known for years. Some I’ve only recently met. And some I’ve yet to meet!

If you’d like to see your designs here, contact me at [email protected]. I’d love to see your handmade artwork!

How about we finish up with a couple more ideas from Leslie and this wonderful bundle?

Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter

I’d love to hear which of these designs was your favourite! Leave me a comment! (And I’ll be sure to pass on your kudos to Leslie!)

This was the last question I asked Leslie.

What was your most recent favourite design you made?  Why did you like it?

A thank you card. It was made by using ink spot pads to put colour on a long rectangular acrylic block and spritzing it with water. Then I stamped it on shimmer white card stock.

When it dried, I stamped leaves using one of the same background colours. I loved the simplicity of it.

Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter

So do we Leslie!

I hope you enjoyed my first Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter Leslie – drop back again soon for my next featured artist!

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