Look at these stunning Edens Garden and Ever Eden DSP designs made by my friend and Stampin’ Up upline Karen! In this latest instalment of Behind the Paper, An Interview with a Paper Crafter, we’ll learn a bit more about Karen and see her absolutely gorgeous cards!

I love this feature since it lets me, just like you, see how other paper crafters design. What they’re thinking about as they’re playing with stamps, ink and paper. How they pair up colours and stamps. And learn tons about some favourite tools or techniques.

Karen used to come teach classes for us when I owned Personal Imprintz in Red Deer, a stamping and scrapbooking store. She always had fabulous ideas and is so willing to share with everyone. She was one of the first to join Stampin’ Up! when they came to Canada over 20 years ago.

She also is the very first Canadian Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who reached $1 million in sales. An awesome – and so far, unsurpassed – feat!

I’m so glad Karen agreed to showcase the Eden’s Garden Collection for us all. Let’s take a peek.

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The Butterfly Brilliance Dies with the Ever Eden DSP and Ever Eden Cotton Paper

The green detailed butterfly is made with the cotton paper in the collection. It’s hard to tell here, but it’s so soft, it reminds me what the wings might feel like on this butterfly!

Karen’s definitely a card maker at heart and I know you’re going to love all her samples and a chance to learn more about her!

An Interview with a Paper Crafter

How long have you been crafting?

For over 40 years!

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

I don’t heat emboss as much as I used to, but I love adding texture with embossing folders and layers.  I don’t mind fussy cutting, but love using dies and love all the designer papers.

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Beautiful dies and papers are the cornerstones of the Eden’s Garden Collection

What are your favourite tools to craft with?

I couldn’t live without my Big Shot – or should I say the “Cut and Emboss” machine!  I would have a very hard time making a nice card if I couldn’t emboss some texture or die cut an image.

Where do you get inspiration for new ideas?

I don’t spend a lot of time on the computer, but I get inspiration from other SU demonstrators and their blogs.

I am definitely a “C.A.S.E.r”. And love to take an idea and run with it – change the colours, change the papers and add my own bling and maybe change the angle or layout.

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Karen CASEd this double tri-fold popup card from Dawn Griffiths

What – if anything – don’t you like about paper crafting?

The cleanup and looking for little misplaced dies and stamps LOL!  Always one little photopolymer stamp that blends in with the mess on my desk!!

How much time do you spend crafting?  When is your BEST time to craft?

There are days when I don’t turn a cog, but other days when I stamp all day and all night.  

I am definitely a night owl and do my best work between 11 pm and 2 am – no kids, no phone, no doorbell – just me and my stamps!

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Karen loved this design from Lisa Curcio called a spanner card
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And the middle flap lifts up too!

You can really tell Karen loves to create can’t you?

Look at everything you get in that collection. While the stamps and dies will appear in the next catalogue arriving in January, the Specialty DSP, cotton paper and the beautiful gems are only available now! Click here to order yours.

Which One Is Your #1 Fave?

If you had to pick only ONE design of Karen’s as your favourite, which one would it be? I’ll be sure to let her know!

Click here to leave a comment.

How about we finish up with three paper piecing ideas from Karen all made with this gorgeous DSP?

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Strip technique with 3 different sizes of strips

Here’s another version with different sized papers and the absolutely gorgeous die cut strip enhancing it.

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More of the strip technique with a beautiful die cut along the bottom!
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Believe me, this book fold strip quilting technique card is even better in person!

I always like to ask my featured paper crafters this question:

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

  1. Start small, SIP – Stamp, Ink, Paper.  
  2. Pick a stamp set with words AND images.
  3. Pick a group of colors and build up your supply.  The thing that attracted me to SU was that everything matched and it made it fool proof!  
  4. Anytime you have extra money, splurge on embellishments – they go a long way.  
  5. Invest in a good paper trimmer and
  6. Use layers on your card – takes a plain card to the next level!

Wow! Karen has all kinds of advice. And even if you’re not just starting, what great tips to keep in mind!

If you’d like to see a few other ideas from some of my featured paper crafters, click here to see Rhonda’s Whimsy and Wonder designs and here for Joanne’s Expressions in Ink cards.

I hope you enjoyed all of Karen’s stunning Edens Garden and Ever Eden DSP designs – and I’d love to have you check back next month to see who will be creating for you!

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