Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 Final Challenge WINNERS!

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 for the $20 Gift Certificate to an online craft store of their choosing is...

#11 - Sandy!

And the GRAND PRIZE, chosen by 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 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!!


Geri said...

WoooHooo!!! Congratulations, ladies! And, thanks so much to ALL the participants!!!

Marlou McAlees said...

Huge congratulations to the winners :) :)
and I wish you all a very blessed Christmas and peaceful new year ♥♥

cm said...

Congrats to the winners, and a standing ovation to you and your team, Lesley. I was a 'late comer' to FF, having discovered it just this fall, but in that short time: wow! Creative inspiration, always and in all ways! Looking forward to what you bring for us in 2014! Merry Christmas!!

stampwithsandy said...

I'm Sandy #11, woo hoo! Very excited, I'm one of those people that never wins anything!

Though I discovered your blog late in the year, I've enjoyed playing along when I can and look forward to new challenges in 2014.

Thank you!

wienerhoneymooners said...

It has been a fun run for 2013!!!

The ENTIRE Design Team deserves a bow, round of applause, and bouquets and if you like---Chocolates all around!
Thanks for all of the lovely creations and inspirations that has made my every day crafting very, very, merry indeed. Cheers to a bright NEW Year for 2014, Happy Holidays ladies!!!

anja curvers said...

Wowie is it really my name I read there!!!!!!!! Can't believe it you just made my day and guess what I have my birthday this month what better present could I wish for.
But first of all i would like to thank Meredith and the team for all their inspiration this whole year had so much fun making all the beautiful challenges and thanks to you guys I have a big stash of christmascards.
I would also like to thank Ardyth for het sweet comments on all the blogposts they mean a lot to us.
I'm defianetly going to play in 2014 and can't wait what you guys have in store for us next year.
I wish you all a very merry christmas and a happy, creative 2014.

Christine M said...

Congratulations to the winners ....
I discovered this challenge very late in the year but loved playing along ....
Thank you ladies for all the inspiration and encouragement ... you are a wonderful team and I look forward to seeing what is in store for 2014!!
Have a wonderful holiday season everyone :)

Ruth S, said...

Well done to the winners! And thank you so much to Meredith and her lovely team, who tirelessly worked to make this one of my fave challenges to play with in 2013... I enjoyed it throughout and for the times I didn't get chance to take pics and enter the cards I made, well, let me tell you I was there in spirit and always inspired ;)
Can't wait to see you for more next year! Rx

Deborah Frings said...

Many congratulations to Sandy and Anja - enjoy!

Meredith and team - this is a fun challenge, and I hope to play along a bit more next year! Wishing you all a Happy Holiday!

Nancy Penir said...

Just wanted to give a big thank you to Meredith and the team for all the wonderful weeks of challenges. Joined in mid stream, but loved every one! So glad to have found you. Can't wait to get started next year!

Jill Norwood said...

Merry Christmas to all of you and I have to thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful challenge and all of the inspiration it provided me throughout the year! It is the first time that I have not been scrambling to make cards for gift giving and it made my Christmas easier and more fun! Plus it kept the spirit of CHRISTmas in my heart all year long which is also a lovely gift!
I look forward to next year with jingle bells on! :)