Kim Kesti: Graphic Gal Extraordinaire

Kerri Kim Kesti: Graphic Gal Extraordinaire

Kerri Miller, Managing Editor

It’s time again for the blog series “what I have learned from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal.” Today, it’s Kim Kesti who is upping the ante.

I’m always interested to see what Kim creates. She’s definitely got a finger on the pulse of what’s cool and what’s drool.  The always bright and cheerful Kim is a multi-faceted designer and can do just about anything from fun and cute to hip and graphic. If you’ve ever seen snippets of Kim’s home or revitalized camper from her blog, you know that Kim’s core aesthetic is a little retro, a little graphic, and a lot trendy.  Luckily for us, she shares these same artistic bits and pieces in her card designs as well.

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Kim Kesti, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

Here’s what I’ve learned from Kim.

1)      Retro is cool. Whether she’s using a polka dot pattern, a fun chartreuse and orange color combination, or a retro image, Kim infuses just the right amount of retro in her designs to make her card feel retro but fresh and current as well.

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Kim Kesti’s Best. Boss. Ever. Card p.30 of Card Creations for Him

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2)      When in doubt, go graphic. From her own words, Kim likes to use geometric shapes like arrows and hexagons as they are great for any recipient or occasion. I love tips like this!

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Kim Kesti’s Graphic Arrow card p. 42 of Card Creations for Him

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3)      Try something trendy. Kim is always in touch with the freshest trend and  Kim does a fantastic job of finding and using trendy items, colors, and techniques just like she did in creating this card featuring the constellation trend.

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Kim Kesti’s Loved the Stars Too Fondly Card p. 70 of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking January 2014

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Kim definitely ups the funky factor with her cards and I absolutely adore the results. I’ll continue to watch Kim’s work to see what she comes up with next. I’m sure it will be amazing!

Happy Crafting!

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P.S. I found this little retro paper package from October Afternoon that was just begging to be given away. Leave me a comment by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 3 and I’ll pick a winner to try their hand at a Kimmer-esque project.

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9 to 5 October Afternoon


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134 Responses to Kim Kesti: Graphic Gal Extraordinaire

  1. Carol Cook says:

    Super cute designs! I love all things retro.

  2. Mandi Holmes says:

    Cute cards. I love this collection.

  3. Maye M.L. says:

    Love Kim Kesti’s style. Following PC’s five for five challenge from the Dec issue, assembled a package to attempt while on work travel. Kim’s cards were fabulous. This 9 to 5 collection looks beautiful and very useful! Cheers! Happy crafting.

  4. Julie Shearer says:

    How fun!! Great Cards, thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

  5. Laurie B says:

    I love the retro style. Kim’s cards are fabulous!

  6. Lisa Norstrom says:

    Kim Kesti’s cards are great! Thanks for a chance to win a cool prize!

  7. kelan says:



  8. {vicki} says:

    thanks for the chance to win

  9. Cynthia Rose says:

    The boss card is great! I would love to receive that wonderful retro paper pack.

  10. Jenny McGee says:

    I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  11. cheryl R says:

    Retro is fun!!!!

  12. Katie B. says:

    Love all of these cards! The last one is really sweet, but I also love the graphic nature of the second card. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  13. Jacqueline T. says:

    I love your style and would like to give it a try. The collection is awesome and will surely start me in the right direction :)

  14. Lynne in NI says:

    Cool cards, I especially love the Best Boss card!

  15. Susie P. says:

    Clever lady! Thanks for introducing us to her unique style.

  16. Beatrice Lawson says:

    Love her sense of humour and mixing retro patterns with bold graphics is pretty awesome!

  17. Pirjo says:

    Love her cards!!!

  18. WOW!! I LOVE these retro cards!! They’re awesome!!

  19. Irma says:

    The cards are outstanding and bring such freshness! Thank you for sharing!

  20. DJ says:

    Cute cards! Thanks for a chance to win!

  21. Angie Hall says:

    Kim always surprises us with her retro themed goodies. I enjoy her blog with all the family doings. I admit I’m of a certain age that loves the retro supplies. Thanks for the goodies.

  22. Margaret Roberts says:

    Always so happy to see another person’s design style; I’m just figuring out what mine is!

  23. Loly Borda says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! And for the chance to win!

  24. Lynda says:

    My stash doesn’t contain a lot of retro supplies, so I’m up for winning this giveaway! Thanks!

  25. Susan S. says:

    Retro’s fun because to me it’s old and familiar.

  26. Helen Lebrett says:

    I love Kim’s style: she always rocks her designs!! Thanks for the chance at the delish products too!! :-)

  27. I LOVE the FUN Inspiration!! She makes things look so EASY and EFFORTLESS!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  28. Charmaine Kay says:

    Great project by Kim!

  29. I adore Kim’s style and every time I see a new card she makes, it’s almost like a new Christmas present.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a generous prize. OA is fabulous.

  30. What great cards, very striking visually.

  31. jengd says:

    What a huge variety in style just in these 3 cards! Fabulous!

  32. mimi r says:

    Fun collection just like Kim! thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Mai says:

    Love that hello card! Thanks for the chance!

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