Magazine Monday – Meet Becky Oehlers

 Magazine Monday   Meet Becky Oehlers

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I don’t know about you, but here at Paper Crafts we’re in full Christmas countdown mode. Today we’re decorating our hot pink, lime green and ruby red tree for the Festival of the Trees, a fundraiser that benefits Primary Children’s Medical Center. Make sure you stop by the Paper Crafts Facebook fan page to see pictures of our tree in all its yuletide glory.

If some of you are still needing a little push to get you in the holiday spirit, I thought I would bring in an expert on all things Christmas. She had so many gorgeous cards in Holidays Cards & More, Volume 4, I just knew she would be the perfect designer spotlight for this most festive time of year.

Grinches beware…let’s get to know the talented Becky Oehlers!

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Becky Oehlers

1. Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Bryn Athyn, PA , which is right outside of Philadelphia.

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?

I am a professional opera singer and sing in many ensembles both in Philadelphia and New York City. I am also on the voice faculty at Drexel University.

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?

Judy Garland, if she were still alive. 

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?

This is a hard one for me…I love all types of music from Bach to Alison Krauss to newly composed music, but I would have to say that Beethoven’s 7th Symphony would be a pretty great theme song. 

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?

That I was a double major in college for both voice and french horn performance.

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?

Nichole Heady. It was her blog that started it all. 

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?

I think my challenge and my strength at the same time is trying to be innovative and really mold myself to the design of each stamp set that I work with. I try to let the style of the set dictate the art that comes from it.

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Jingle All the Way Card by Becky Oehlers

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?

A well-designed stamp set and Copics. You are only as good as your tools.

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?

That’s easy! Christmas. Definitely. I love getting the house all cozy and dramatic, and I think that comes across in the work I create. I think I always do my best work around Christmastime. 

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Warm Winter Wishes Card by Becky Oehlers

10. How would you describe your style? 

Whimsical elegance

11. When is your favorite time to craft?

Very late at night. I have been guilty of staying up until 3 a.m. several times in my crafting life.

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?

None. It actually distracts me. 

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?

My girls Emma (11) and Sophia (9) have often had card making sessions with me on the side. They have a little table in my studio. They even have their own small set of Copics!

My husband is too busy collecting his own stamps. He is a philatelist.

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?

This is a weakness of mine. I am learning to print out all assignments and keep them in a book. I have gotten much better, but organization is a learned task for me.

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?

Yes! It was Paper Crafting with Kids, 2008. I have become more consistent in my style since then.

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Season's Greetings Card by Becky Oehlers

16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?

I am currently on the senior design team at Papertrey Ink. I have also worked for Kitchen Sink Stamps, Starving Artistamps and Inque Boutique.

17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.  

  • Debbie Olson – She is a true artist. My husband even says he wants to be like her when he grows up! 
  • Julie Ebersole – I really like her simple and playful approach to card making. That really appeals to me.
  • Jeffrey Rudell – He doesn’t stamp, doesn’t have a blog, but what this man can do with paper completely inspires me and blows my mind! Google him!

18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?

I think in any situation like this fear is the only thing that will hold you back. Don’t be scared. Submit and submit. If you never try, you will never succeed. The worst thing that they could say is ”no”. Oh, well! Try again!

19. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.

I do have a blog ( Please hop on over!

Thanks, Becky! I’m definitely in the Christmas spirit now! Leave a comment for Becky here and one lucky winner will take home all of Becky’s Holiday Cards and More cards (pictured above), plus two other surprise gems! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Happy Monday!

P.S. Since we know all of you like a good deal, make sure you take advantage of our huge Warehouse Blowout Sale at! From now until midnight tonight, save 60% off select product, PLUS get free shipping and handling (on U.S. orders only) if $25 or more is spent. (Hint: The delicious–and I do mean delicious!–Paper Crafts Gourmet cookbook is only $17! Buy one for you and one for a friend!)

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from my Black Freebie Friday post!

1. Chris S. (Nov. 27, 9:54 a.m.)
2. rap (Nov. 27, 7:40 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Holiday Cards and More, Volume 4 and Making Memories Flowers stamp set. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

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0 Responses to Magazine Monday – Meet Becky Oehlers

  1. Hi Becky! I love your blog and read every post.

  2. Dana F. says:

    Fabulous Christmas cards from Becky! I love her inspiration and stalk her blog regularly :-) Well, except for today – I think the attention of your spotlight in addition to her regular readers has somehow crashed her blog!! Whoops!

  3. Heather Garl says:

    Very cute, Becky! I really like the Season’s Greetings card with the tree branch and Christmas ornaments.

  4. Carol M. says:

    Opera?? That is something I’ve never experienced! It must be very time when do you find time to craft…let alone be so talented at it?!?!! You are my idol !!! Plus a family?? OMG!!! Thanks for sharing, Becky!

  5. Helen F. says:

    Love this interview with one of my fave PTI designers. Her whimsical style cards always make me smile. Thanks for letting us get to know you better, Becky!.

  6. AnneSATX says:

    Great interview with a wonderful card designer! I love Becky’s work and visit her blog regularly. Thanks so much for the chance to get to know Becky even better.

  7. Pamm says:

    Yeah! I am so glad that you chose Becky to interview! She has been one of my favs for a long time. Becky you are a great inspiration to a LOT of people. Thanks for sharing your self and your life with us!

  8. Jody M says:

    I love Becky’s style. I have been a big fan of her’s since she started on Papertrey’s design team! Thanks for highlighting her and her work.

  9. Sheila D says:

    A great interview from a great artist. I love everything Becky does. I’ve been following her around for ages. Thanks, Becky, for sharing some of your unknown facts with us. An Opera singer….man, you’ve got talent. And a “thank you” to PaperCraftsConnection for highlighting her.

  10. Jane T says:

    How fantatic to win some of Becky’s cards. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. Pam Herold says:

    Hi Becky,
    Thanks so much for sending me over here. This is a neat site.
    Couldn’t get on your site but fortunately feedblitz was able to send the text. Still want to see your other things. The cards here are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your work.

  12. carol h says:

    Love your style Becky. How nice to get to know you–where do you find the time to do all you do? Never mind–just keep doing it.

  13. I first “met” Becky on SCS when I pm’d her after seeing a card she made with PTI and told her she needed to submit it to GSS. LOL….it’s funny because now I feel like Becky completes my PTI world and I just love her to death. Hi BFL (heehee).

  14. Amanda H says:

    Love reading about other crafters! What a precise, clean looking style Becky has. Love the green and black color combination, too.

  15. Jeanne says:

    Love the work of Becky. Her cards have such a fresh, clean and classic style.

    I always want to find her projects when there is a challenge.

  16. Victoria S. says:

    Love your cards becky!

  17. Gwen Y. says:

    Great interview! What an interesting gal and really enjoyed seeing her designs!

  18. Brenda L. says:

    Becky, I really like all of your cards, but I especially love the “Jingle All the Way” card. It is so bright and clean looking. Good job!!!

  19. Charlene says:

    HI Becky! I love your use of buttons and bells! You’re not scrimping and it looks just fantastic! :)

  20. Bonnie says:

    Oh I love Becky’s creations and sooo nice to get to know her abit better! :) Bonnie x

  21. LindaH says:

    I also follow Becky’s work because of PTI..and I love her style. What a fascinating career to have to be a opera singer…both that and stamping are right up my alley.

  22. Wahinelei says:

    I’ve also gotten to know Becky thru PTI and the forum. Im in love with her style – classic and elegant! Her warm and caring personality definitely comes thru in her work. It’s great to learn a little more about her!

  23. love the polka dot card!

  24. Wow, Becky! Your work is fantastic!!! It was fun getting to know you through the Paper Crafts interview!! Thanks!!

  25. Lindzie H says:

    I love the colors on the lime green and black cards. So cute!

  26. rap says:

    I missed the end of this message and seeing I’m a winner! Thanks Paper Crafts!

  27. Wendy says:

    Beautiful work

  28. charlene says:

    Nice to meet you and read more about you–plus these are the cutest cards!

  29. Nancy in Baltimore says:

    I love Becky’s cards! I can not comprehend how creative and talented she is. The intricate details are amazing! What an inspiration!

  30. barbara says:

    well deserved recognition for Becky. I love her work

  31. Liked the interview. Nice to get to know you.

  32. I also liked to read about what inspires you. I’m going to check out copics…

  33. You are so lucky to be a great singer. My kids put their fingers in their ears when I sing, and say,”Mom, please stop!” Like you, I also get distracted by music when I’m making crafts. I like silence…

  34. Sharron says:

    Wonderful interview–so good to learn a little more about you. I got interested in stamping through Papertrey also and am always blown away by your awesome creations. You always add so much to the Papertrey team.

  35. Barbara M says:

    I love her style. It always fun to read her blog!

  36. jen shears says:

    I’ve been following Becky for awhile now- love her style! :)

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  38. Debbie Olson says:

    It’s delightful to see Becky profiled here–and so deserved too! Love your STYLE, Beck!

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