Carina has a Ph.D. in Design from the University of Minnesota. She taught design at the University of Minnesota for five years before starting Carina Gardner, Inc. She has taught Graphic Design Foundations, Typography, Design Theory, and Packaging Design at the University of Minnesota.
She designs fabrics for Riley Blake Designs and is the Creative Director for Carta Bella Paper Company. She manufacturers and designs a line of sewing patterns that can be found in quilt shops around the world.
She has designed wallpaper and dishware/jewlery/home decor for Deseret Book. She currently designs digital scrapbooking products(snapclicksupply.com) and digital die cuts (Silhouette and DigiPlayground). She also teaches Illustrator, Silhouette and design courses (visit the shop!).
Carina is originally from Clarksville, Tennessee. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three children.