Hello Festive Players!
You must be wondering what has happened to us this last few weeks! Usually we are back at our challenges by now, ready to tackle another year of Christmas cards.
Well, there have been a few changes and some difficult decisions needed to be made. A few of the ladies decided it was time to step down from the team, including Ardyth who was the one who swooped in and saved me last year when I needed to step away. We still have some renovations waiting for us, so I was left debating how to move forward.
Within a week of getting the email from a few of the girls telling me it was time for them to say goodbye, I had some news of my own... my husband and I are expecting our third baby this summer! Our two girls are older - my littlest (now middle) will be starting school in the fall, so in so many ways we are starting over again. So I knew right away I couldn't devote myself to this challenge the way it needs in order to run smoothly.
So for now, I have decided to put Festive Friday on hold. I'm not shutting it down and walking away because I really love what this challenge is growing into, and I know so many of you have shared with us that this is your favourite. Your enthusiasm and support means the world to me, and I couldn't just walk away from that.
So at this point, my plan is to take 2015 off from Festive Friday, and come January of 2016, when I (hopefully) have a baby who sleeps through the night (I'm an optimist, aren't I?), we'll start again. I imagine I'll be hosting a design team call later in the year, as I rebuild the team to start fresh. So be on the lookout for that!
I can't leave you without anything pretty to look at, so here is one of the cards I made for Christmas of 2014. I used one of my newest sets from Papertrey (I seem to be hooked on Poinsettia stamps), and some gold glitter - simple, but I still enjoyed the results!
Thank you so much for your faithful participation and I really hope you understand my decision to put things on hold for a bit. I may still check in on you guys here and there as the year goes - it's likely that I'll keep producing holiday cards through the weeks, so I'll keep sharing them if you'll have me!
I'd love your feedback on this decision, good and bad, and for you to let me know how you feel about all of this. I really do value you guys and I'm so grateful for each and every one of you who has hit that 'follow' button!