February 22, 2015

It's SO Hard to Say Goodbye

Today's post comes with a very heavy heart. I have made the difficult decision to step down from the My Favorite Things Design Team. MFT has been a HUGE part of my crafty life for so many years so this decision was not an easy one. 

After 15 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I made the decision to go back to work this past December. I am really enjoying my new job, but found that the demands of a design team just didn't fit into my life anymore. I also want to spend more time with my girls who are (almost) 16 and 13. Before I know it, they will be off to college so this time is important to me. 

I have to admit that I won't miss the deadlines, but I WILL miss being part of the amazing MFT team. How lucky am I to have designed for Kim van der Sanden and her amazing company for as long as I have. I will continue to cheer MFT on from the sidelines and will anxiously await all of the new goodies each month!

Before I go, I wanted to share a few of my favorite cards I've made with MFT stamps. When you see these cards you'll see a running theme: KRAFT card stock. It's truly one of my faves ;)

Thanks for much for stopping by!



Shelly G said...

OMGosh I will miss your creations so much. I just LOVE the way you create with background stamps and layers. You have a fabulous style all your own and have provided so much inspiration. I understand your decision and most definitely the importance of time with family. Blessings in all you do!

Alina said...

I couldn't wait to visit your blog for inspiration, every new release!!!!!!!!!! :( you're one of my favourite MFT designers!
I'm sad, but happy for you that you have a job and you enjoy it! good luck!
I love these cards, as much as I love every single card you share with us! thank you again for the inspiration! I'm still a follower, a big one!!! :)

Lyn said...

So very sad to see you leave the team but totally understand.......love your work <3

Gabby said...

SO sad to see you go but so glad you like your new job and that you will have more time to spend with your girls. You have inspired me for years. I LOVE your style and creative designs. These few favs you have shared in this post are fantastic. I too adore kraft and I have liked the many cards you have crafted with it. ALL THE BEST, Jackie! :D

Kristie W. said...

I am so sad to see you leave! I always look forward to seeing what you do with the new products each month. Best wishes with your new job and I hope to still see some cards from you once in a while!

Celeste Goff said...

Jackie, you will be sorely missed on the MFT design team! I've always loved your amazing cards but I think we all understand that you have to do what's best for yourself and your family.

Emily said...

I will sure miss you. I hope that you will continue to create and post. You have helped me grow in my card designing.

Terry said...

I have loved to look at all the wonderful cards that you have created! You will be missed, but wish you luck and happiness in your new endeavor!

Susi said...

The MFT team will definitely feel your loss, Jackie, and I personally will miss seeing your lovely MFT creations during release time. Good luck with the new job and I'm sure we'll be seeing future lovely creations on your blog.

Tricia T said...

Oh, Jackie! I will miss your cards SOOOOooooo much! All the best in your new job and in this before college time with your daughters. I do hope you'll keep stamping occasionally!!!! : )

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wow - what a hard decision this had to have been! Good luck and know that your cards will be missed....

JoAnn said...

Oh Jackie, I am so sorry you are leaving the MFT DT, but completley understand. Family comes first. I am glad you are enjoying your new job. I will miss your beautiful creations on MFT, especially the way you make your lovely flowers. :)
I hope you will continue to post when you can.

Kristie Goulet said...

You will be missed, but completely understand. Enjoy your family and your new job!! Sure hope you will post when you have some extra time. Hugs!

creatingincolors said...

I have visited your blog daily and will sorely miss it. I love your style. Your cards have been an inspiration to me. I do understand your decision, though, and wish you all the best in the future. Who knows, maybe you'll be back someday..... hope, hope.

The Crafty Den said...

Oh Jackie, that is sad news. I think most of my pinned cards on pinterest are yours for MFT :) I wish you well in your new job and of course will still visit your blog to see your amazing creations x x

Nancy Thomas said...

Jackie - I will miss your beautiful cards for sure but totally understand the need to balance your life. Thank you so much for years of inspiration.

Marisa said...

Your creations with MFT have always been amazing (and anything else you create with for that matter!) and I know you will be dearly missed. With that being said, good for you for your decision. Family first is always the way to go. The time flies by and our kids are just a blink away from being gone so enjoy the time you have with them to pour into their lives :) They are too special not to! Glad the job is going well :) I started PT work and LOVE it - and yes, it definitely cuts into crafty time but so far just cutting back on daily posts makes it manageable.

Vicki Burdick said...

Hugs Jackie, I am sure it was a hard decision to make. I know how much you have inspired me so I know you will be so missed on the team. You are such a sweetheart!!!

granny2annie said...

You are my favorite design team member. Your cards are always so fun to see. They are simple, clean and lovely. Your talent will be missed! Enjoy your time with your family. You will never regret that decision to spend more time with them while they are still home!

BJ Searcy said...

Dito to all the nice things the people before me said. I wish you the best and I will miss you. Don't give up on your talent, you are awesome.

Connie said...

I'm sad for me! Happy for you! You're the first one I look for on the DT updates! I love your style and techniques. You have shared SO much inspiration! I know
these decisions can be difficult but in your heart you know when you've made a wise one. Please keep sharing on your blog from time to time. That would be a delight. From your Willow Glen friend who now lives in Nebraska!!!!

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous cards Jackie!!! So sad to see you leave MFT but, can understand the need to step back!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh this is such sad news, I very much enjoy your designs each month. But I understand work and family must come first. Looking forward to seeing what your "not deadlines" creations will be.

Betty Wright said...

Jackie, I always look forward to seeing your amazing creations each release. You designs will definitely be missed! I totally understand, though. Congrats on the job! Enjoy your time with the family! (((HUGS!)))

Erica said...

Dearest Jackie,
I've been following you for over a decade. I will miss your creative talent, but you are so right to take time for your daughters. Mine are 46 and 41 and I still can't get enough of them. I know that the time I "took" (cause sometimes you have to grab and fight for those opportunities) has made that special difference to our relationships. God Bless You.

Anonymous said...

Pedro?!?!?! I don't know what to say than I get it! But I am going to miss all your amazing work! You are the one I go to first when I need some inspiration! I wish you nothing but the best and please stay in touch!!! Bond will always be here for ya!

Sarah said...

Wow I'm really gonna miss your gorgeous projects! Good luck on your new adventure. Please don't be a stranger!
God's blessings,
Sarah :)

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Awww... Jackie P... I know this was a very hard decision for you. Still, there are times in life when something has to give, and we can either recognize it or run ourselves ragged trying to do it all, making ourselves and those around us miserable. And who wants that? You can make beautiful creations on your own time, and we will still be here to appreciate them! :) Love & hugs to you, sweet friend.

Unknown said...

I'll miss you! Your style and use of all the MFT products is what attracted me to the company. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creativity. Hope your not a complete stranger and you will still post some. Best of luck!

Angel said...

Wow, how in the world did I miss this?! I'm sure it was a tough decision. I will truly miss your work - you know I've been a LONG time fan! :) I wish you much success in whatever you do!!! HUGS!

Susies Cue said...

Family is the most important part of life.

joy said...

Today's kraft cards are such beauties, Jackie. I know MFT has been very fortunate to have you on their team for so long. But, family priorities must come first and you won't regret your decision. The kids won't be kids for long and you will be happy to have spent more time with them. All the best to you!!

wanda50 said...

OMG!!! I for one will miss your awesome creations...But I truly understand your decision...God bless your next journey....Hugs, Love & Prayers

PJH said...

I'm so sorry to see you leave but I would be the first to stand behind you. My girls are 30 and 32 yrs old. Things have changed recently and I would give anything to go back to re-do the past if I'd have known it was going to impact our relationship today. As you well know, family is priceless. Invest in your family! I will miss you and your beautiful work :( Many blessings!

Mary Kay Ross said...

I have waited to comment on your decision until now. I will definitely miss seeing your cards during release time with MFT. Your cards were the reason I found MFT and started purchasing their products. You said that Kraft was your favorite. Before you said that I was getting ready to say it was the Lemonade pink. I love those combinations in your work. Good luck with your job and you are right that you need that time with your girls. I have an 18 yr old getting ready to go off to college and a 21 year old in college. Life definitely changes once they leave.

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