Karen Margotta - Art Deco Diva
Oronoco, MN
Hello Friends. My name is Karen. Here on Splitcoaststampers I am known as Art Deco Diva. I am as far from a diva as you can get, but I could not come up with another word to go after Art Deco, so Diva it was. Well, maybe Diva is accurate because my creative side has very diva-like behavior because she comes and goes and flounces around in a fit at times. This does cause me some frustration and embarrassment at times.

I have lived and worked in Minnesota for 38 years. I have been married to my husband Mark for 30 years. We were not able to have children so we have furry "kids" instead. We currently are the humble humans who serve 4 very spoiled cats who bring us a lot of joy. We live in the country and enjoy many different types of wildlife including bald eagles, wild turkey, deer, fox and coyotes.

I have always been a crafty person as far back as I can remember. Like most of us, I loved coloring and was always pretty good at it, even at a very young age. Then I moved on to knitting, crocheting, sewing, cross stitching, macrame, and finally, paper crafting. In 1994 I was invited to a StampinUp party. I did NOT want to go and I was very firm about not going. However, the gal hosting the party wore me down. It meant working all day, coming home and making dinner, then driving 20 miles to this gal's house in the dark to go to a party I wanted nothing to do with. Well, long story short, I am still stamping and this gal gave it up 20 years ago.

I really enjoyed stamping for 10 years, but then considered quitting because I had reached a plateau where there was no where for me to go with it. I wanted to do more, but how? Remember, Google was just coming up about this time. In 2004 I started a new job, and I noticed a gal there with a StampinUp catalog. We started talking and I mentioned how I just was not sure if I could keep stamping anymore because I was tapped out. Then she said the magic words, "you know about Splitcoaststampers, right?" No, I have never heard of this,and what word did you use? As soon as I got onto Splitcoaststampers I was in heaven, and tears were running down my face. Finally, I found a community of super talented people and a community where I felt I really belonged for the first time in my life.

I am naturally quite shy so it took me from 2004 until 2013 to begin uploading cards, even though I was making cards all the time. Also, I am not the most tech savvy person. I used a computer all day long at work, but when I am at home, I tend to leave the electronic stuff alone. I really am not sure what got into me the first time I uploaded a card, but getting a few comments made all the difference because I was hooked. To have someone I have admired for years on scs comment on a card I just uploaded meant the world to me and gave me the encouragement I needed to keep wanting to do more. I did not participate in any of the challenges until the last 3 or 4 years because I was intimidated by all the talented artists out there. Then one day DellsDani invited me to join the Alphabet Team. What? I was floored. Joining this team of talented ladies gave me the courage I needed to start participating in more challenges. If I could, I would play in all of the challenges. Currently, I play in the Alphabet, CAS, Teapot Tuesday and Featured Stamper challenges, but am still hoping to play more in the other challenges too.

Looking back to 2013 when I first joined splitcoaststampers, I am astounded by all of the techniques I have learned, and how much I have learned about inks, paper, tools, stamps, etc. in those years. I think what I am most impressed by is how everyone shares their talent and knowledge so freely on Splitcoaststampers, and how encouraging everyone is too.

I have to say, getting the email from Lydia inviting me to be a Dirty Girl was so surreal. It is everything I have ever read about from other peoples' bios, and more. I am truly honored to be asked, and humbled too. These are big shoes to fill, and something I am super excited about. So many have gone before me and have inspired me for many years so now is my chance to return that favor in some small way. Please do not underestimate your contribution to scs. Regardless of our skill level, everyone makes an important contribution. It may be years before you find out how much you have affected someone with what you do so know what you do is truly important. Thank you Lydia, and the SCS Team, for giving me this amazing opportunity to give back a little of what has been given to me. I truly appreciate it.