Hey paper crafter, let’s see some handmade cards with Turtle Friends stamps and punch for today’s Behind the Paper: An Interview with a Paper Crafter!
It’s your chance to take a little peek into a crafter’s room and find out a little more about what makes her tick!
I just know you are going to fall in love with these gosh darn cute designs made by my friend and fellow crafter and Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Carmen. Let’s see what she’s done with her bundle Turtle Friends.
Isn’t that just adorable? So colourful. And such a happy design with the coloured Pattern Party paper in behind.
Carmen’s shown us how to incorporate that great paper in many of her designs she’s sharing with us! Let’s take a peek into her colourful crafting world.
An Interview with a Paper Crafter
How much time do you spend crafting?
In a typical week I spend around 16-20 hours crafting or at least tinkering away in my craft space. Usually the weekends are the most productive for me since I work a full time job during the week.
What “hooked” you about making your own handcrafted cards and items?
I’ve always done creative things (including in my “normal” life I am an Interior Design Technologist) and paper crafting is something that allows me to create items and share them with others. I love seeing people’s reactions to receiving a handcrafted item, it is very gratifying when my creations are appreciated.
I also enjoy teaching others how to be creative in their own lives, it’s great to see their excitement when they’ve made a project on their own.
What are your favourites to craft with?
I use my Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine for almost every project. I love die cuts and also using punches. My essential must-have item though is Stampin’ Dimensionals. They are not really a tool but a type of adhesive and that was the product that got me hooked on Stampin’ Up! products.
What advice would you give to someone just starting to paper craft?
Start with products that are versatile – stamp sets that can be used for multiple occasions, variety packages of cardstock and a range of inks. From there you can build on what you are drawn to.
My first two stamp sets were an image stamp set that was pretty generic and a sentiment stamp set that covered all the basics – birthday, thinking of you, congratulations, best wishes, etc. And don’t forget the Stampin’ Dimensionals, those are a must!
Where do you get inspiration for new ideas?
I usually draw inspiration from other people’s creations, either from projects that I receive or most often I do a Google image search for the stamp set that I am wanting to use and find projects that spark my creativity.
Give yourself a fun crafting name.
I think I would have to go with “The Knitting Stamper”. I consider myself a stamper first but about 6 or 7 years ago I took a beginner knitting class with my aunt and one of my best friends and it has become an integral part of my crafting life since then.
Here’s a closer peek at the cuteness of this bundle.
What’s Your Favourite?
Since there are so many different designs here, I’ll showcase the stamps and bundle as well as a couple of the specialty items Carmen used. 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’re a turtle fan, you will love one more idea I made with this sweet Back on Your Feet critter.
Click on any of these items to add them to your own supplies for adorably cute designs.Product List
Would You Like to Be On My Blog?
Throughout this series, I’ll showcase lots of different crafters. Some I’ve known for years. Some I’ve only recently had the pleasure of meeting. And some I’ve yet to bump into!
If you’d like to see your designs here on my blog, contact me at [email protected]. I’d love to see your handmade artwork!
You can see all the folks I’ve featured so far by clicking here.
I’d love to hear which of Carmen’s designs is your favourite! Leave me a comment down below! (And I’ll be sure to pass on your kudos to Carmen!)
I always like to ask this question too…
What was your most recent favourite design you made? Why did you like it?
I recently posted a colour challenge in my Facebook group and the card that I came up with turned out better than I had hoped. It is a very simple design that uses blending brushes to create a sunset background and water with a lone sailboat.
Here’s that card for you to enjoy too!
I hope you enjoyed Carmen’s handmade cards with Turtle Friends bundle – be sure to check back again soon for my next featured artist!