ETA: I mistakenly wrote $40 as our grand prize, and it was supposed to be $60. I've made the change below!
It's finally that time of the year... we're all finished our challenges here at Festive Friday for 2013 (we'll be back, don't you worry!), and it's time to pick our winners!
We are still working our way through your entries... we had a record breaking number of participants this time around, and as you can appreciate, the design team is also very busy with holiday preparations... so please be patient while we work our way through your beautiful creations!
Now, let's get to it, since we know why you're really here!
The WINNER, chosen by random.org for the $20 Gift Certificate to an online craft store of their choosing is...
#11 - Sandy!
And the GRAND PRIZE, chosen by random.org from our faithful players (who entered at least 15 of our challenges throughout the year), winner of a $60 Gift Certificate to an online store of their choosing, is...
#83 - Anja Curvers!
Congratulations ladies, we are thrilled for you! Please email Meredith at email@example.com so we can work out your prize details.
Now, I must take a minute and thank my amazing Design Team... I had this little idea a year ago, that maybe I could take this little weekly post I did on my personal blog and turn it into a challenge. I thought for sure that no one would be interested, so I reached for the stars and asked a group of designers, whose work I loved, if they'd even consider working with me. I can't even tell you the disbelief when they all said yes! I wish I could properly articulate how I feel about them working so hard to see this challenge blog grow, and giving me their amazing creations to share with you each week.
And even though she'll give me grief for it, I must give an extra shout out to Geri, my wonderful friend, who has been my top cheerleader throughout this entire experiment, and who is such a constant source of support and encouragement. She also contributed to the prize amounts given out today, and for that, I can't thank her enough! Geri was the first person I approached to say "Do you think this is crazy?" and she never let me look back - for that I am so grateful!
To the rest of the ladies, including Amber, who has moved onto to new adventures, I am still constantly in shock that you're all with me on this ride, and that you thought my little idea was worth your time and efforts. Ardyth, who is always a great sounding board, and works so hard to make sure all of our players know we're watching them. Sarah, who sends me cards in the middle of the night because she squeezed in crafty time just for our challenge, after her family all went to bed. Melissa, who is always so sweet and insanely humble for being so amazingly talented. THANK YOU!
There are some changes coming to the challenge in the New Year, and we can't wait to share them with you! Until then, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
MERRY CHRISTMAS from us to all of you!
See you in 2014!!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Welcome back Festive Friday fans!
We can't believe it, but the time has already come to launch our final challenge for 2013! It seems like just yesterday we were announcing a new kid on the challenge block, and that we were making our team introductions to you, and here we are, closing in on the Holidays! 21 challenges later, and we are ecstatic to see that our players are all celebrating their stash of cards, enjoying the lack of stress to get them made and mailed. Our goal at Festive Friday is to help you stay on top of your Christmas cards so you can relax and enjoy the season, rather than one more thing to tackle on the already demanding list of to-dos... and we're thrilled that so many of you are reaping the rewards!
Since it's our last challenge, we want to go out with a bang before taking a break until the New Year... so we're offering up some prizes! There are two prizes up for grabs:
For one of our faithful players, we are offering up a Grand Prize of a $60 gift card to your favourite online shop! You must have participated in at least 15 of our 20 previous challenges to qualify for this prize - we had so many regular and devoted players, we really wanted to extend our gratitude to you!
For all of the players of this final challenge, we are offering a Top Prize of a $20 gift card to your favourite online shop! Anyone who participates in the final challenge is qualified to win the prize!
This time around we're doing things a bit differently - instead of posing a challenge to you, we're asking you to pick your favourite challenge from the past year, and create something new! That's the only rule; you must upload a *new* project! You can find the graphics from all of the challenges under the tab at the top of the page!
Each of the Design Team ladies has created something with their favourite challenge from the year, and we'll just run this post for 2 weeks (no mid-week inspiration this time), so it's easy for you to enter as many times as you like!
Sadly, this is Amber's last post with us... she's been on hiatus for the past few months, as she took a break from blogging, but she's back to say farewell with one last challenge. She won't be back with us in the New Year, and we'll miss her, but it's so exciting to see the path she's taking!
Here are our favourite challenges from this year:
Ardyth also combined the Kid's Theme, and Merry Trigger challenges on her card!
Geri also included inspiration from our Bird Element Challenge and the Star Element Challenge as well!
Now that you've seen our favourites, we want to see yours! Link up your NEW project, and be sure to include the graphic so that we know what challenge you loved! You can combine our challenge with your other favourite challenges, and enter as many times as you like. This challenge will run until December 4, 2013 at 11:55PST.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Just a few more hours until our final challenge! Jumping in quick to share our winners from the last challenge... we had more players than ever, and picking our favourites was next to impossible... but we did it!
We loved Kristie's striking CAS design, and how she added small pops of each of the colours from the challenge!
The bold, layered snowflakes combined with the glittery accent made us fall in love with Kylie's card!
We thought that the paper piecing that Jinny used for her poinsettia was perfect!
After contributing so many beautiful entries to this challenge, how could we not choose one of Debbie's beautiful cards as our winner? The tough part was deciding which one!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Welcome back players! We're gearing up for our final challenge of the year, which starts in only one week! Hard to believe we're nearing the end of the year so quickly, but we hope that you're feeling nice and relaxed about your holiday card stash by now!
In the meantime, we've got some more inspiration for you for the current colour challenge:
And here are a few more projects for you, including a second card from our Guest Designer, Anya Schrier!
You have until Wednesday to link up your project, and you can find out all the details on this post!
And, we're a little late, but here are the winners for our Wreath challenge!
We loved this striking design by Janet.
Toni used such a *cool* technique, she left the whole team inspired!
We loved the different shades of green that brought Christine's wreath to life!
We loved all the layers of texture on Melody's card, and what a fun layout!
Congratulations ladies! Please email Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org for your blog badges!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Welcome back to another new challenge here at Festive Friday! This is our last challenge before our Grand Finale Challenge of 2013, can you believe it? We hope that at this point you're feeling well stocked and ready to start sending out your cards!
Before we get started, I'll just quickly let you know that we're behind with our Winners' post... I am heading into a weekend full of renovations, so it will be delayed until sometime next week - please forgive me! We had a record number of players last week, and we are loving visiting so many new players' blogs!
Onto this week's challenge. It's time for a Colour Challenge!
And here is some inspiration from our Design Team:
And this week we're joined by the wonderful and sweet Anya of Life is What You Make It!
Now that you've seen what we did with the challenge, it's your turn! Create any holiday themed project using the colours, and link us up below! You can combine our challenge with your other favourite challenges, and enter as many times as you like. This challenge will run until November 20, 2013 at 11:55PST.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Hello players! Halloween took over, and so I am late with this post! I had two very exhausted little clowns to deal with, so the computer took the backseat!
I am back to share some new inspiration with you for our current challenge. As a refresher, here's the graphic for you:
And here is some new inspiration from a couple of our designers:
You have until Wednesday to link up your own creation, and you can check out all the details, and a quickly growing gallery of beautiful entries here!
Friday, October 25, 2013
Welcome back to another new challenge! It's time again for an Element Challenge... this means that somewhere on your creation we want to see this week's element - doesn't have to be a focal point, we just want to see it on there!
Here is this week's graphic:
And here are some samples from a few of our Design Team members:
This week we're so excited to have the amazing Lynn Mangan from The Mango Boys and Me as our Guest Designer!
And here is her beautiful creation:
Now that you've seen what we did with the challenge, it's your turn! Create any holiday themed project using the colours, and link us up below! You can combine our challenge with your other favourite challenges, and enter as many times as you like. This challenge will run until November 6, 2013 at 11:55PST.