Designers on our Go-to Gal Creative Team are naturally among the most talented paper crafters in the community. And it’s no surprise to us when they continue to blossom during their term with us, and are selected for other design teams or even end up with their own companies along the way. Nichole Heady was one of the original Paper Crafts Pros before stepping away in 2008 to start Papertrey Ink, and Kim Hughes was one of the first Paper Crafts Go-to Gals over five years ago before doing the same thing with Paper Smooches.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, Betsy Veldman has begun designing the wildly popular new MakeIt Market kits for Papertrey Ink.
So you can probably guess what’s coming, right? Yes, much to our bittersweet delight, Betsy’s work with Papertrey Ink has become all-consuming and she’s decided it’s time for her to focus her attention fully on that part of her creative life. She’ll be stepping away from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-to Gal Creative Team shortly, but because of the magic of Magazine Time you’ll see her in our regular issues through next March.
Psst…she’s already taken on a few project assignments for issues after that, so stay tuned!
Betsy is an original in so many ways – often emulated but never truly duplicated – and we’ll miss her as a talented and valued member of our editorial team. Each editor here has worked with Betsy on many different levels, and we thought today is the perfect day to share with all of you what we love so much about this lovely and creative crafter.
Teri, Kim, Heather, Laura, Laina and Kimberly are sharing their thoughts on Betsy in a mini-hop celebrating her creativity as well, so be sure to stop by their blogs today, too.
Jennifer Schaerer, Editor in Chief
She’s one of the most gracious and delightful people I’ve ever met and has more talent in her little finger than I’ll ever have in my whole body! She’s a trend-setter and a technique-developer, and has always led the way when it comes to breathtaking card and project designs. Her stamping skill is off the charts, and I’ve picked my jaw up off the desk many times as project photos from her have come in for review. Like the one below, where she used a stamp over patterned paper and then heat embossed it. She’s truly one of a kind, like everything she creates, and I’ll really miss her. –Jennifer
Kerri Miller, Managing Editor
I don’t know life at the magazine without Betsy as a Go-to Gal! She has been around for as long as I’ve been here, and I’m going to miss having her as a part of our team. Betsy is so full of talent and I always love to see what she comes up with for her projects. One of my very favorite cards of Betsy’s is her Touch of Gold Thank You Card from our March 2014 issue. I love the color combination, the inlaid die-cutting, and the mixing of patterns – all things Betsy excels at with her card making. I can’t wait to see what the clever girl does next. Good luck with your new adventures Betsy! –Kerri
Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Betsy for many years and have loved watching her designs evolve. But I think what I love most about Betsy’s cards is her sense of design and awareness of trends. She has an incredible eye for color combinations, which I absolutely adore. Her Happy Triangles card from Card Creations, Vol. 12 is one of my favorites! The sequins combined with the triangle shaker windows are so lovely, but I think the color combination is what really speaks to me. And the best part about Betsy’s work is that she can easily go from beautiful to masculine to graphic or shabby at the drop of a hat. I will truly miss working with her on a regular basis but couldn’t be happier for her and the creative path she is on. Whatever she touches will turn to gold, if not pretty pastel sequins. Good luck sweet Betsy! –Stacy
Holly Anderson, editor
It is simply impossible for me to pick a favorite project of Betsy’s–there are just too many. But her ideas in Paper Crafting 101 in the July 2014 issue are truly fabulous; the woman can work wonders with transparencies. On this stunning card, she colored a sheet of transparency blue, then embossed and die-cut it to create a glass jar. With those cute flowers and a coordinating sentiment, it makes the perfect birthday card for a sister, mom, or girlfriend. Plus, notice the twine wrapped around one of the jars. Betsy always knows how to add just the right finishing touch to her designs. We’ll sure miss her on our Creative Team! –Holly
Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor
Betsy is amazing and totally awesome. She’s inspiring, kind, and wildly talented. Her designs are gasp-worthy, trend-setting, colorful, and gorgeous. Betsy Veldman is truly one of a kind, and I am blessed to call her friend. One of my very favorite Betsy cards is her You Are No.1 Card from the September/October 2013 issue of Paper Crafts magazine. Her exquisite and sophisticated take on Tiffany blue and gold in this chic card is nothing short of divine. I also want to give Betsy a shout out on her Scrap Basket Challenge that she posted on our blog over three years ago. It inspired me to do a follow-up blog and clean up my own scrap stash. Her original post is one of our most pinned blog posts. God’s richest blessings to you, Betsy, as you continue to share your remarkable gift with the paper crafting world. –Susan
So, Betsy, I think what we’re all saying is you’re such a good friend…
…we care about you…
…because you’re one of a kind…
…and we’ll always treasure the scraps in your creative quilt, wherever and however they come together.
From the bottom of our hearts…with affection and very best wishes,