A Fond Farewell

By November 14, 2018General

Faces come and go, especially in this industry.  Nevertheless, it is always very sad to see someone go, particularly this someone…  We will miss you more than you will ever know.  Not just as a designer or design team member, but as a friend.


We want to express or sincerest thanks to you for all of your hard work and dedication over the last 11 (and some) years.  Your amazing contributions have helped shape Papertrey Ink into being one of the top stamp companies today.  We feel so blessed to have been a part of your life and wish you every success wherever life takes you.  And don’t ever forget, you always have friends here at Papertrey Ink.


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  • 1
    Sallie says:

    Heather, I am TRULY sad to see you go. Your use of many stamp/dies really inspired me. I was always drawn to your color choices and sense of design. Beautiful and creative…….and inspiring work. I’ve also enjoyed your family accounts and watched your two girls grow. Best wishes and thoughts to you and yours in the future.

  • 2
    SherryG says:

    Heather, thank you for sharing your beautiful artistry, your time and energy in creating the new blog, and the delightful little glimpses of your wonderful family. I have admired you for all you do, and although we will deeply miss seeing you and your kraft-y designs each month, I know you will be a blessing to those around you. May God bless you with joy in this next season of life.

  • 3
    see mary stamp says:

    The first stamps I ever bought from PTI were Heather’s designs. She had a distinctive style and was so generous in creating and sharing tools to help us in our creative journey. Thank you Heather. You will be missed. Wishing you and your family all the very best.

  • 4
    tallgirly says:

    Heather, you are one talented girl. I loved seeing all your designs every month. And seeing your sweet girls grow up. I wish you the best in your new endeavors. You will be missed in many ways.

  • 5
    Adele Holcomb says:

    Seasons change and nothing stays the same, but you will be missed a lot! Your designs on kraft always stand out and I have pinned countless ones to inspire me later. I wish you the best, not only this holiday season, but in the future.

  • 6
    Sandy Dayhoff says:

    Oh Heather, I will miss you so! I love what you do with paper. You have been a rock at PTI, and always so gracious and kind and helpful! I hope to still see you around. I know you have a lot on your plate. Blessings to you and your family!!

  • 7
    April Zderad says:

    Heather, I am so sad to see you go! Your talent will truly be missed. I’ve always been drawn to your style and have appreciated your creativity. I wish you all the best in your new endeavors and in appreciation of you, I will make sure to use some Kraft cardstock today! Thank you for sharing so much for all these years.

  • 8
    Karen Rose says:

    Wow Heather! I’m so surprised by this news today. I have always been amazed with everything you do with kraft cardstock. You have inspired me to try it more frequently. Best wishes for all future endeavours!

  • 9

    Wow that’s a bummer.. I come here often to see Heather’s beautiful cards, and I have to say it – for the Kraft inspiration! Thanks for all the years of inspiration, I hope you will still make cards on your blog.

  • 10
    LindaCC says:

    The sentiments are special and needed for so many times of remembering. Beautiful projects with gorgeous color!

  • 11
    Natalie Winterstein says:

    Heather, you will be greatly missed. Your kindness was felt by all and I am so sad to see you leave.

  • 12
    jengd says:

    Simply said, you’ll be missed Heather. Thank you for your hard work and sharing the beauty you’ve created over the years.

  • 13
    Luanne Ford says:

    This breaks my heart Heather! I will miss your wonderful designs, the amazing blog and all you’ve done for PTI. I was so happy to get to know you a little more at SAF, and am thankful to call you friend. Many blessings to you and your sweet family.

  • 14
    Marcia Hill says:

    You will be SO missed Heather! I have always loved your creations on your signature kraft…you always leave me inspired! Seasons do change, and I hope you will be happy in whatever new directions you follow. God bless!!

  • 15
    Tina B. says:

    Heather, thank you for sharing artistic gifts with us! Good luck with the next part of your journey.

  • 16
    Jeannine j. says:

    I am so sorry to see you leave PTI, your designs are among my favorites. Best wishes to you & your family! You are so talented I’m sure you will succeed at whatever you do.

  • 17
    Ruth Gauss says:

    Heather, you’ve shared so much here I know you have so many other ways to give! Best of everything on the road ahead. I know you’ll continue to be successful in whatever you do!

  • 18
    Diana K says:

    So sad. Miss you already.

  • 19
    Betty says:

    i am so sad to see you leave the team – your cards have always been my favorites with your CAS style and muted colors – i will miss you.

  • 20
    Jan Metcalf says:

    Heather, your krafty works of art will be truly missed, always look forward to seeing your designs and learning new tricks for kraft papers!! I hope the future is your chosen path and you flourish!!!!!!! Hugs, Jan

  • 21
    Aunt Min says:

    Heather, thank you for brightening many of our days with your Kraft Creations and presence on the forum. I wish you all the best life has to offer in your future endeavors. Enjoy your family and make time for fun1

  • 22
    Donna Gourley says:

    Heather, I appreciate your unique style and have enjoyed your stamp sets a lot. You will be greatly missed. I wish you all the best in whatever the next steps in your life might be. All hail the Queen of Kraft!

  • 23
    Elizabeth McGregor says:

    Your Kraft-y projects and style have been some of my favorites. You will be greatly missed! Best of luck in whatever is next 🙂

  • 24
    Cindy says:

    Big changes are always hard. Please know that you will be sorely missed! I wish you many blessings as you begin a new season.

  • 25
    Pat Ackley says:

    So very sad to hear of your leaving, but wish you the very, very best.

  • 26
    Sharyn Polesel says:

    Heather this makes me so sad. You will truly be missed. I love all of your beautiful creations on Kraft…you always inspire me! Best of luck to you!

  • 27
    merryf says:

    Oh Heather. This is truly sad news. I’ve loved seeing your beautiful creations over the past 11 years (!!) and you have given me so much inspiration. You’ve done such great things with the blog and have taken it to another level. You will definitely be missed — I will miss seeing you in my feed and in the forum and on the blog. Best of wishes to you for whatever is next on your Path!

  • 28
    JanetS says:

    Heather, I’m so sad to see you go! I’ve been here since you started with PTI and have loved seeing your girls grow up. I’m going to miss all your inspiration. Take care of yourself and your family. We love you!

  • 29
    Suzanne A. says:

    PTI is really hitting the mark with all of the beautiful caring sentiments being released this month!

  • 30
    Janelle says:

    Heather, you are such a talent and you will be missed by all of us. Wishing you many blessing in your future endeavors.

  • 31
    Diane says:

    Heather – I’m so very sad to hear this news. You have been an inspiration to me with your designs and creativity. I’ve learned so much from you. Wishing you the very best in whatever is on the horizon for you.

  • 32
    Denise Perhay says:

    I have watched you grow into an amazing stamp artist and designer since We met at the Rooster retreat, many years ago. You have been the heart and consistent rock of this company. Will miss you and your gifts.

  • 33
    Terri Bills says:

    I have always been a huge fan of Heather’s work and style. I will miss seeing her projects here. I hope she will continue to craft and blog.

  • 34
    Lori B says:

    Oh goodness, I am so sad to read this. Heather, you will be so missed. Your crafting style & projects are what first drew me to PTI many years ago. You’ve inspired me & taught me so many things over the years. Wishing you & your family the best!

  • 35
    Becky says:

    I will truly miss you, Heather. You have always been a go to designer for inspiration! I will continue to love what you have done and wish you the best.

  • 36
    Nancy M says:

    What?! Heather will be missed on the DT and as a product designer. So sad for us. I hope that it is for an amazing reason for Heather.

  • 37
    Noreen says:

    I will miss your distinctive style on Papertrey Ink. Good luck with your next creative endeavor.

  • 38
    Donna K says:

    Heather – Having recently retired I can understand the excitement and anxiety of making a big life change. You have been one of my favorite designers over the past 10 years that I have been following PTI. I can’t imagine not seeing your kraft-y goodness and gorgeous traveler’s journals. I’ll miss you so much but of course only wish the best of things for you and your beautiful little family. Take care and I hope we may see you somewhere in the craft world in the future.

  • 39

    Heather, I’m going to miss seeing your amazing stamp designs and projects at Papertrey Ink! You are such an incredible artist!!! Wishing you the very best in the future 🙂 HUGS!!!!

  • 40
    Kathy Mc says:

    What? Heather, you are the last person I expected to leave Papertrey. Hope you are going to find more time for yourself and family. You gals have a grueling schedule. Know you will be truly missed and so will your gorgeous Kraft creations. It just won’t be the same without you, and I’m already sad. ☹️

  • 41
    Teresa C says:

    Oh my goodness, Heather!!
    I want to send along A HUGE THANK YOU for all the wonderful stamp sets you have designed and for all the terrific projects you have made and inspired us with through the years. Your work is WONDERFUL!!
    You, your style and your many many delightful contributions will be SO GREATLY MISSED.
    It is with a full heart that I wish you and your family all the best.

  • 42
    Helen F. says:

    Oh Heather, you will be missed so very much! I have always been inspired by your amazing designs and creative talent ~ I do believe you are the inspiration for the multiple packages of Kraft c/s I have stockpiled!
    I certainly hope you will be happy and fulfilled in your new ventures and the next chapter of your life. Wishing you many blessings!

  • 43
    Tosha says:

    OH NO NOT Heather! Your talent will be missed. I wish you most success in your future endeavors and many blessings in your family life.

  • 44
    Lynda Marquez says:

    Heather, I am so happy for you, but will miss your beautiful work! I am glad I got to meet you and your sweet daughter at Stamp-a-faire this year! Many thanks for all of your inspiration, and God bless you and your family! Much love to you all ❤

  • 45
    Barbara M says:

    I so sad to see you leave…I love your work and creative processes! You will be missed. I own your stamp sets and you have given me new life on kraft paper and that will be missed. You are one of the big mamas at PTI and those shoes will be hard to fill. I wish you the best in what ever you do!

  • 46
    Betty Sue says:

    Heather, Best wishes for the new adventures whatever they are! You will me missed!

  • 47
    Sue N says:

    Heather, it’s hard to imagine Papertrey without you! You are the reason I love using kraft cardstock now! Your CAS approach to cards is always lovely and speaks volumes! Thank you for all of your inspiration over the years! Best of luck in your future endeavors!

  • 48
    Anna S. says:

    Heather, I’m so, so sad to see you go. You’ve been such a rock for PTI since the beginning, and I will always cherish your designs. I’ll be making Christmas cards with your Sprig Wreath and Twig Wreath and Christmas Faith sets this year and thinking about how grateful I am for all the inspiration you’ve given us over the years. I really hope we’ll still be seeing some of your wonderful work somewhere in the future, you’ve got too much talent to give it up completely! Many blessings to you and your family.

  • 49
    Greta H says:

    Oh no–I will miss you so much, Heather. PTI will not be the same without you, but I wish you only joy in what is ahead for you. Thank you for all the inspiration you’ve given me. I’m always drawn to your work, including what you’ve made for this release. Wishing you & your family a blessed holiday season.

  • 50
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Oh my Heather, I just read the post that you’re moving on from PTI. I was surprised and sad because I will miss YOU. I’ve admired your beautiful cards and designs that are unique in all the industry. You took the blog reins and did a beautiful job. You have a generous heart and have given all of us and your friends at Papertrey, so much. (While wearing many hats). Whatever endeavor or direction you take, I wish you and your family every HAPPINESS. And I want to thank you for many years of joy. Sincerely, Stephanie. 🙂

  • 51
    Diana F says:

    So very sorry to see you go, Heather. You are one of the PTI designers identified with most. Love your style and use of kraft
    card stock. I wish you the best in your future endeavors and hope you will still share your inspiration and creativity on your blog.

  • 52
    paula e. says:

    So sorry to hear you are leaving, Heather. Through your blog and design work, I feel I know you… Wishing you and your family all the best. You will be missed!

  • 53
    April C says:

    I’m sad to see you go, Heather, as you’ve been such an inspiration from the very beginning of PTI. Thank you for your wonderful creativity and the products you designed along the way – you designed many of the favorites in my collection. You’ll be missed. Best wishes to you and your family!

  • 54
    Kristin says:

    So sad to see our Minnesota girl go… I love how you put craft paper and white ink together – I use it often now because of you. Wishing you all the best and thank you for all the inspiration you have provided!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 55
    Lisa K says:

    Oh…such a sad post. I do so hate to see you go Heather. You have given me a love of kraft paper. I never look at anything in a “kraft” color and not think of you. You will definitely be missed. I sure hope that you pop in once in a while on the forum or maybe as a guest designer. I hope you will continue with your blog so we can keep track of you and your creations. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors. All the best!

  • 56
    Rebecca Attwood says:

    Sad to see Heather moving on from PTI – my first ever PTI stamp purchases were Pine-feather designs & I’ve always found her style inspiring. Sending Heather best wishes for whatever comes next.

  • 57
    Sharon D says:

    Oh Heather, I will miss you so much! You have brought me so much joy since I discovered PTI 10+ years ago. Thank you for that! Even though I love white and not kraft (gasp!), I still have always loved your designs! And you have been such a friendly, helpful presence on the forum–I will miss you there. I wish you all the best. Thank you for how much you have enriched my life for so many years.

  • 58
    Charity Chamberlain says:

    Thank you so much Heather for sharing all your creations! You will be greatly missed that’s for sure! Best wishes to you on all your future endeavors!

  • 59
    D.Ann C says:

    Best wishes wherever your path takes you! Thanks for bringing so many cool ideas and tools to my work!!

  • 60
    net says:

    Wont be the same without u there. U will be missed big time

  • 61
    Kathleen says:

    Heather, I am so sad to see you go. You have such talent and are truly a rock. Look forward to continuing to hear the progress of your family. Wishing you every good thing in the future. You are amazing and solid. Much love.

  • 62
    Sue says:

    Oh my we will all miss your wonderful ideas.
    So sorry to see you go

  • 63
    Kim S. says:

    So sad to see you go. Good luck in the future, whatever you do. God speed.

  • 64
    Terri W says:

    I am going to miss your krafty projects during release and throughout the month. Good luck in whatever you do.

  • 65
    Jackie W. says:

    Like someone else who said the same thing in one of these comments, it was one of your designs which inspired ME to buy my first Papertrey Ink stamp set, which was the very first stamp set Papertrey came out with! I will absolutely miss your amazing cards and projects – I love them all!

  • 66
    Anna M says:

    Sad to see you go. Best wishes on your next endeavor.

  • 67
    Catherine Milne says:

    Things change, people come and go, how fortunate we all were to our time with Heather. Thank you for so many lovely cards and endless inspiration.

  • 68
    Lee Winemiller Cockrum says:

    Wow, did not expect to see this today. So very sad to see you go. Your designs and creations are always inspiring. I have felt like I “know” you a little bit because of following your blog, and especially your IG! So cool to see a few other aspects of your life, like your knitting! Wishing you and your family all the very best.

  • 69
    Mary W says:

    Each release I waited excitedly to see Heather’s kraft inspiration. She warmed my heart with amazing talent and I will miss her so much. Best wishes for peace and joy while settling into a new path in your life. I’ve just said a little prayer for your success. May you find inspiration in a new way so that the talent God gave you will shine even brighter.

  • 70
    Maryrose says:

    So sad to read this news. Heather and her krafty goodness have been such an inspiration for me all of these years. She’s a big reason why I loved PTI. Her style, her designs, all of it. Hoping and praying fof big and exciting things ahead for Heather in the future.

  • 71
    Donna Oates says:

    I”m sad to hear that you are leaving, Heather. I have enjoyed your work since finding Papertrey Ink several years ago. I wish you well in whatever new endeavor has you leaving and moving forward. I do look forward to seeing you still on social media like Instagram!

  • 72
    Birgit A Norton says:

    Oh my sadness! I’m so sorry to hear that Heather is leaving the team. She’s been to me, the icon of PTI, especially after Nichole left. You’ll be sorely missed Heather. :0(

  • 73

    The very best of luck to you Heather for all your future endeavours. You will be sorely missed I can tell you. I always look forward to seeing another brilliant creation from you using kraft cardstock. Cheers.

  • 74
    Annette Gordon says:

    All of my original and most favorite stamp sets were designed by Heather. I am so sad you are leaving. Best of luck in whatever direction you are going.

  • 75
    Laura says:

    I am so sad, I never imagine you would leave papertrey ink! I am already missing you. I hope the best to you and your family and I will be always checking your blog for inspiration. Thank you for all that you gave us during your time in papertrey ink!

  • 76
    Jo Ann Mooney says:

    Dearest Heather, so sad to see you are leaving. I will certainly miss your beautiful additions each month on the PTI blog. You have contributed such incredible ideas & I love all the inspiration you have given us over the years. May God bless you & your sweet family!

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