Sunday, February 23

The New & Improved CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

Winston Churchill once said,
To improve is to change;
To be perfect is to change often.

Well, I don't think we'll ever be perfect here at CAS-ual Fridays,
but there is always room for improvement!
After more than 2 1/2 years of continued CAS inspiration, 
I've decided to make a couple of changes that I do believe are
big improvements,
and I'm super excited to tell you all about
our new format!!

Let's start with what is NOT changing...
1. We are a Clean And Simple Challenge.
That will never change :)

2.  There are NO product requirements to play or win.
While we will be showcasing CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Fri-Dies regularly,
and we'd love to see you putting yours into action,
you are NOT required to use CFS products in order to play or win.
This challenge is designed to inspire your CAS mojo, so use whatever product you have in your stash :)

Our new format is designed to bring you MORE!
MORE playing time
MORE prizes
MORE recognition
which means...
MORE FUN!!
Sound exciting?
check this out...

MORE playing time means we will now be operating on a monthly format 
with at least 3 weeks of playing time per challenge.  
So our next challenge which begins on February 28 will last until March 21st.
You can play as often as you'd like, and link to as many challenges as you'd like.

MORE prizes means our winner will still receive an awesome prize from our sponsor,
but will also earn a guest spot on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store blog!
But wait, there's more...
Our 4 Favorites will be getting a prize too! 
They will win the CFS stamp or Fri-Dies of their choice!

MORE recognition means our Happy Hour will be even happier than before!
In addition to more prizes, our Happy Hour will begin on the Monday following the end of the challenge,
and last until the next challenge starts that Friday to allow true spotlight time, and
 MORE time for happy dancing.
We've got 3 brand new badges: 
Winner, Favorites and...Contenders!!
AND, our contenders will now have their projects featured in the Happy Hour post too!


Speaking of more prizes...
There will be 12 prizes up for grabs over the next 3 days!!
***yes, I did say 12!***
Join us at 6am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
as we introduce the new Girl Friday team,
and find out how you might win one of 4 prizes being offered each day!

There are 9 amazing designers 
who can't wait to spill the beans,
and I can't wait to introduce them!!

I hope you're as excited about our new format as I am, 
and I look forward to seeing you in the morning 
when I'll introduce the first 3 Girl Fridays!!

Yay!!
Aw what the heck...let's make it 13!
If you're excited and you know it, leave a comment right here and someone lucky will win a prize :)



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Hussena said...

WOW! This sounds really exciting. Can't wait to meet the new designers :)

Cindi said...

Yes, I'm excited and I know it! Looking forward to the changes!

Biggan said...

Love your challenges and the changes sounds interesting!!

Thanks for all!
Birgit

Tanvi Shah said...

Love the new format, waiting to meet the new team.

artyventure said...

Cool, more playing time is always welcome as life can be hectic sometimes! I hope I'll be able to play more often. Looking forward to seeing the beans spilled! :-)

Sindhu said...

WOW! So exciting! I can't wait to meet the new Girl Fridays!:)

Kate said...

I love the challenges here by far the funnest? is that a word? lol.
I will miss the weekly format but love the changes :)
Cant wait to see the new girl fridays.

Kate xx

Celise McLaughlin said...

Fabulous new format, I got up early this am to find out what you were planning. Oh boy, would I love to win!

Michelle said...

Michele, this sounds like all good news! As a crafter who often doesn't get time to play along, having a little extra time sounds AWESOME! I can't wait to see the next challenge. :-)

Suze Bain said...

Just what I need to get my mojo going! X

Jasleen said...

I always loved coming to the cas-ual fridays challenge blog for my dose of CAS goodness and with all the new ness, love it even more :) Sounds really exciting!

Stephanie Klein said...

Wow - these are great news! I'm looking forward to the new Design Team and to the next challenges!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Let the fun and games begin!

Kathyk said...

WOO HOO! I'm sooo happy, might just have to go and mix myself one of those Happy Hour cocktails!!!

Kathyk

Neets B said...

This sounds great, I'll be popping by over the next few days to find out more. The monthly challenge sounds great too, I sometimes struggle to enter when the challenges only last a week. Thanks for the chance to win :)

Brenda said...

Sounds great! Can't wait to play!

Grá O'Neill said...

Great idea :)

Nicky said...

Wow sounds great looking forward to meeting the new design team and challenges x

Birgit said...

Can't wait to see all of this put in action!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Sounds like some fabulous changes in store and loving it. x

Nancy Y said...

Very exciting changes! It's a Fantastic idea to reward the Top picks as well as a random winner! Can't wait to play along!

Kristie Goulet said...

This is so awesome! Looking forward to meeting the new designers! ♥

Kristen said...

I am definitely excited, sounds super fab!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Love your changes! More time, more prizes - what's not to love! I'm hoping to play along over here a lot more.

Laura said...

Yep, it does indeed sound super exciting! Bring it on!!
:)

Claire said...

Sounds great! Can't wait to see what you come up with for the new challenges and who's in the design team!

Kylie said...

Lookin' good!! Can't wait to meet the DT and be part of the fun!! xx

Terri E. said...

That sounds so exciting!

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Great blog post--you've got me interested in returning to see what other surprises you have in store. It all looks good and congrats on your new plan for fun!
:) Marie

Jo Nevill said...

So exciting ! I love to play along and having more time will be great ! Looking forward to seeing the new a Girl Fridays !

Theresa said...

Lotta of changes! Looking forward to the new challenges and new team.

Marianne said...

Although I'm generally not fond of changes, the changes to this blog sound great!

Kris B said...

Yes! So excited to have more time!! Love your challenges, now maybe I can join in more often!!

Michelle Reed said...

I've never played along with CAS-ual Fridays before, but it sounds like fun and I love the clean and simple style. Glad I found you!
Michelle

Dana said...

Awesome news!! I love that you extended the time to play!! Now I can get back to playing along!!

CinnamonSally said...

Looking forward to joining in your challenges, love the monthly format, more time to play along.

Deb Fortin said...

I love the new format. with three weeks to play it will give me time to create without rushing. I always seemed to miss the deadline before.
can't wait to meet the new crew.

Jenni's Jems said...

This is exciting ....longer to play more inspiration and even more prizes,you have the winning combination can't wait for it to start !!!!!x

Kim M said...

Very exciting, for sure! Great changes I think! Looking forward to meeting the new DT and the new challenges! :-)

~amy~ said...

Sounds like a week long party! So exciting!

Sandy said...

Yay, more time to play, plus a party!

Kelly Carden said...

I think this is great!!! Can't wait!

shirley-bee said...

More time to play, more prizes, more fun ... what's not to like? :))
Can't wait to see the Girl Fridays!

samantha's cards said...

I am happy there is more time! I always want to play ,but sometimes run out of time.

Sian Ridley said...

Goodness me you guys have been busy!! The changes sound fab and much more inclusive which can only be a good thing for all! ;)

I am looking forward to meeting the girls on the block and partaking in all the fun :) CAS-ual Fridays was the reason I started up my blog on the first place and I love it! ;)

Sandi said...

Can not wait! Sounds fun!!!

Leslie L. said...

Very excited - the more playing time will help me out. I always like the challenge but don't give myself time to complete it.

Brenda L. said...

I'm excited!! Can't wait!

Rosina said...

Great ... what a great new improvements you have to offer .... I've always been a big fan of your nice challenge blog ... and now for sure ...
Congratulations to all
lovingly Rosina

Kelly said...

Awesome news while watching the final men's hockey game of the Olympics! Go Canada!

Nancy said...

Great news! ! I love that you extended the time to play!! Now I can get back to playing along!! Looking forward to it!

JayTeeZeHang said...

Hooray! Great news! So excited with the new changes! Looking forward to it!

Kristin said...

Just what I need to get back some mojo back......can't wait to get started :)

Haley D. said...

Your excitement and enthusiasm is contagious! I can't wait to see all the great changes in store.

Gillian R said...

Sounds great, looking forward to the changes and meeting the new DT

Jen W. said...

Whoop whoop! It all sounds awesome! It's amazing to see how far CASual Fridays has come!

Susanne Vargas said...

Sounds all very exciting! Can't wait for tomorrow!

Michelle said...

Looking forward to the new format, and new DT!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

How fun! I hope I'll be able to play more often!

Cassie_lu said...

Sounds like fun and I am always inspired but the designers.

cm said...

You've been incredibly busy behind the scenes and the results: a series of changes that are nothing short of stellar! Looking forward to meeting the new DT; we know their inspiration with your products will be dazzling and delightful!
c

Anita in France said...

Great things to keep, fantastic changes ... what could be better? Excited to meet the new DT and to be inspired by their creativity! Anita :)

pcm said...

can't wait!

Kailash said...

Love this new format, change is good:-)!!!

Svetlana Fotinia said...

can't wait to see all this up-dates!!! and of coure wish you luck and lot of new inspiration and readers!

Chris D. said...

They say the only thing constant is change. Well, and laundry. Laundry is always constant! LOL! Sounds like your changes are for the good! Excited to see who the new design team members are!

Denisse said...

Yay! I really like the new changes! It will give me time to play! This is awesome!

Ria Montefalcon said...

Great news and great changes, for good definitely. I will have more time to play along and have the chance to do more than one entry. So fun. Congrats on these new changes and the team.

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Wow - those ARE exciting changes! Can't wait to play along with you!!

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Lysa said...

How exciting! I can't wait to play along!

lynda said...

It's nice to know that I might have a better chance to win a prize or be recognized!

Danielle Vincent said...

I think it sounds great! I love that you are extending the play time as I often miss the challenges that I love the most. Excited to meet the new DT. Congrats!

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

This is not what I expected. But I am even more thrilled now!!!

Karen said...

awesome...more time to play along would be great.

Kristina B. said...

Sounds good to me!

Jennifer said...

Wow! Super excited...love the extra playing time.

cissi said...

The new improbement sounds greta, love the extra time we get.

chrissy xx said...

New things in the pipe line!
So exciting.
Chrissyxx

Lisa Petrella said...

Girl, when you do something you do it up BIG! So many exciting and super fun announcements this morning!!! Can't wait to meet the new Girl Fridays! YAY!

Betty said...

my new year's resolution (in the card dept.)was to enter challenges - all the new additions look so fun and more time to play is great - so looking forward to joining some of yours.

Bridget said...

Sounds wonderful, I love the challenges and would love to play a lot more! I always gain so much inspiration from the other players! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

jayzor said...

So glad, you are allowing more time for the creative juices to flow...and find time to actually create something. Looking forward to finally participating.

Cristine said...

I love the new changes! The recognition will be so great for networking! Can't wait to start!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

How could you not be excited about this???? Wonderful changes !!! I can't wait to play along and to see what new desingers will inspire us for the upcoming months!

Rebecca said...

wow, that all sounds TOTALLY amazing! looking forward to the new challenge already! Rebecca x

Rebecca said...

wow, that all sounds TOTALLY amazing! looking forward to the new challenge already! Rebecca x

Anne said...

How exciting! Looking forward to lots of CAS-ual inspiration

Anne
x

Tiffany said...

I think this is an awesome idea! I always come here for inspiration but don't participate. I might have to start!

jimlynn said...

It's already a great challenge but looking forward to all the changes too now. Very exciting!
Lynn

Marsha J Reed said...

Love the CAS challenges and am looking forward to the changes being made.

Alycia said...

Congrats on your improvements towards perfection!! :) Love playing along and will continue to do so, "improvements" or not. :)

Lori said...

How exciting!!! Sounds like some awesome changes ahead :) xoxoxo

Deborah Frings said...

This sounds so exciting. Really looking forward to meeting the new team!

Ruza Rebel said...

Love the change Michelle! I see a challenge and then time flies and I miss a chance to join in! Looking forward to meeting the new designers!

thingie said...

Wonderful improvements! Can't wait to see the new team!

Linda said...

Sounds so exciting. Thanks for a chance to win.

natashakara said...

Sounds exciting... I've never participated in any challenges, but I'm excited to give it a try. Looking forward to seeing the team.

Sarah Gough said...

That IS a big announcement! Monthly format sounds fun, lots of time to play!

Crafters Guild Sisters said...

This is great! Love the new changes. Very excited for the monthly format to have more time to play!!

SueB said...

looking forward to the new format challenges; thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opps!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Yay!!! I am def. excited! Thanks so much for the fun!!!

Paula S. said...

The changes are definitely great for someone like me who has a hard time keeping up with all the great challenges. More time to play and more time to check out all the other entries...more prizes... More recognition for everyone... How can you go wrong? :)

mzjluv said...

Yes I'm excited. I can't wait to see the new design team and what you have in store for us next week. Bring it on!!!

Tracy Penney said...

This is so exciting. I have been really working on my CAS style, so I am really eager to have a bit more time to play along. I look forward to the changes and the new DT.

donna mikasa said...

Yes! Let the fun begin!

Ellen said...

WOW so much exciting news! As always, I look forward to playing in your challenges! Thanks for a chance to win!
Ellen

Mary said...

I've been following your challenge for a while but haven't had a chance to participate, so I'm excited about the longer playing time! A week goes by so fast, but I think with three I can probably make it. =) Looking forward to the fun!

Sue McRae said...

Sounds like a great plan with more time to craft.

Monika Reeck said...

It sounds that we will have more time to play yaaay...I am excited...thanks for the great Idea.... :)

Krisha said...

LOVE your new ideas!!
Oh ya, I want to win!

Daša said...

Great news. I love it! Now I'll be able to participate every 3weeks :)))

diana said...

Can't wait to see all the changes in place! ;-)

Greta said...

Sounds great! I'd love to start playing in your challenges as more CFS would be welcome in my collection!

Louise van Vuren said...

Sounds great! Can't wait to join in and going monthly means I won't be too late!
Louise xx

designbydonna said...

Sound like you have some very exciting things in store for us. Who doesn't like to win free products.

Julie said...

Love the new format! (I'm hoping I'll be able to join in all the fun more often!)

Tammy said...

Love the new format! Maybe I'll be able to join in the fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

Gerrina said...

After a hectic and fun Sunday first checking out what is going to change... Oh good, the base stays the same! And love it that I´ll have more time, ´cause I didnot liked it when I found out that there wasn´t enough time in the week to make a card for this challenge next to the DT-work I have... I´ll be back the next three days to see yhe new team! Inky greetings, Gerrina

wienerhoneymooners said...

Too exciting!!!! I am on pins and needles for the unveiling of the new DT and the changes too!!

Nelleke said...

Nou dat is leuk! Zeker ik blijf het blog volgen en meedoen. Ik ben heel benieuwd! Groetjes, Nelleke

Linda Keating said...

Change is exciting! Looking forward to it all!

Pamela Haskin said...

I love this new format! My favorite thing is having more time to play with each challenge. While I didn't have time to play every week, I think I could almost always play along with all the extra time. Can't wait to see who all is on the new team.

Kathy S said...

Sounds like fun!

Linda H said...

Sounds fun! Can't to begin!

D- said...

LOVE this new format.
What a BIG bunch of fun changes.
Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Samantha said...

Oh wow sound like we will have even more fun!! Yay!! Look forward to seeing what's coming :0)
Hugs me x

BElievablyMe said...

This is exciting! These challenges are what keep me crafting during the hectic work week! Can't wait for Feb 28th!

Cindy C. said...

Wow how exciting!! I think we all need some changes once in a while to keep thing interesting! And I especially like the fact that we have more time to play!! Yay!

hKetG said...

I'm excited!

Shona Chambers said...

No wonder you couldn't wait for Sunday morning to come around, what a fantastic announcement!! I've only just started playing along with your challenge and loving it. All these new improvements are fantastic and will make the challenge even more exciting!! I can't wait to see what the girls come up with tomorrow and what the challenge will be on the 28th!!

Cat Craig said...

How exciting, I always love something new. It revs up the mojo.

Angie Tieman said...

The changes sound awesome, Michele! Can't wait for all the excitement this week!

Bobby said...

Can't wait to meet the new designers and have more time to create.

Katherine said...

Wow! The changes sound fantastic! Can't wait to see the new designers and some new inspiration! :)

Jessica Strider said...

Change is tough, but I for one will appreciate having more time to submit projects. Life seems to get busier every year. :) Can't wait for the first new challenge.

Megan said...

So excited for the new changes!

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! I'm excited by all the new changes and look forward to seeing the new designers' creations!!

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! I'm excited by all the new changes and look forward to seeing the new designers' creations!!

Donna G. said...

How fun. I'm looking forward to the new format.

Ange Kelly said...

wow! big changes ahead, and it all sounds very exciting!

Lucy said...

How awesome! I like the extra time, since I sometimes forget deadlines. Extra prizes are good too.

Lilian YF said...

Yay! More time to play! Love the changes!

Yvette said...

Love your challenges and the changes sounds interesting!!

maria f. said...

The door stays open longer - yay! Can't wait to meet the new girls.

Cris G said...

So many news and so much fun! I love the idea of more time to play with challenges... Thank you!

Julie C. said...

Wow! These changes sound great! Can't wait to play and meet the designer team members. ^_^

Lizzy Hill said...

OMGOSH!!!! All these comments ...but the changes are FABULOUS:):) I've really only been playing a little on the margins but for certain to have more time... FAB idea!!!!!

Parker said...

A Baker's Dozen! I'm up with that. Thanks.

Ravengirl said...

Nice! Cool new changes!

Alyssa S said...

WooHoo! Loving the longer timeline! Great changes, Michele!

Pam said...

Awesome changes. Love having more time to play along.

Linda H said...

Your new format sounds great! I like change. ;)

Nicki S said...

Change can be can be tough but also good! Sounds great, and looking forward to seeing the new DT!

Deb said...

Michele, so excited to meet the new team, the extended playing time and more prizes!!!

Kimberly Clark said...

This is awesome! More time love it! I am always inspired by the dt! Love cas and your team can really rock it. I learn so much. Thanks for tha chance to win!

Marisa said...

Way to switch things up! Look forward to seeing who is on the team :)

Jackie said...

Yes I am excited! I can not wait to learn about your new designers! I do not receive your newsletter until later in the day but will be checking it out♥

Em Louise Fairley said...

I'm so excited! The new format sounds amazing and I can't wait to play! Good luck everyone! :)

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Yowza! Sounds like fun!!! Can't wait for the first new challenge :-)

donna said...

Change is good & let's hear it for "Lucky 13"!!
Donna K U

Ceal said...

Sounds like fun!!

Sonya said...

You're really outdone yourself!! It's going to be great!!!

miss jane said...

Sounds totally awesome. Can't wait :D

Katie Melhus said...

Sounds like a great bunch of updates, hooray!

Darnell J Knauss said...

You are so fun, Michele! Your post just exudes your excitement over all these happenings at CFC!! It's very contagious!! Hugs, Darnell

chera said...

Can't wait to join on in!!!! Thanks for always inspiring me!

Jen Carter said...

Sounds exciting!!

Lindsey said...

Great changes! Looking forward to the next challenge.

Gabby said...

Sounds like FUN! I especially like that I will have a lot more time to link-up. That in itself may result in more crafters linking up their projects, which will ensure more inspiration, all-around. :) Looking forward to "meeting" the new DT!

byheleng said...

Woah!! This mew format is awesome! I love the extra time to play :) and MORE prizes!! Can't wait to meet the new team.

Kristina said...

Wow- can't wait to play along!

Angela Boutiller said...

Always stop by this blog for great inspiration and ideas! Can't wait to see all the new DT members and maybe play along in a few challenges. Change can definitely be a good thing!

Karen said...

This is one of my favorite challenges. Even when I don't have time to participate, I love to come to look for CAS inspiration!

Lori said...

Sounds like some exciting changes are in store! Looking forward to the DT reveal and the first challenge!

Dorothy C. said...

This is one of my favorite blogs for CAS inspiration. Looking forward to the new Design Team.

LaurieJ said...

The changes sound great! Can't wait!!

Karen Schroeder said...

Like the new format...can't wait to see what the new DT comes up with!

Rose said...

super FUN changes!!!! YAY for more playing time :)

JoAnn said...

Sounds like fun. Love all the new ideas. Look forward to playing along.

akmoose said...

I love your new format. I am a full tome mom and 4th grade teacher. I. Don't get a lot of time to create. Having more time will be great! Thanks.

Reusing with Quilling said...

Wow ! The New format looks very interesting ..I am eager to meet the new team !

Kim Heggins said...

Love it and can't wait to see more, lots more!

Dena J said...

Always love your challenges, and more time is ideal for us still working crafters...Change is exciting. Look forward to the great new designers, too.

Harriet Skelly said...

I'm excited - I like having more time to be able to participate in the challenges!

Scrappy Géri said...

Wow How cool is that?! Can't wait for the new challenge and meeting the new team :)

McStamper said...

Looking forward to your new ideas.

sandie said...

Sounds like a lot of fun is coming our way!!

hellerlittle said...

The monthly challenge sounds great, I sometimes struggle to enter when the challenges only last a week. ...can't wait to see what the new DT comes up with!
CU hellerlittle

Miranda Mols said...

I'm excited and I know it! (and I did clap my hands too) Love the changes and can't wait too start. Finally more time for participating and even a better chances to be in the spotlight. whoohoo.

sally said...

WOW! Exciting news indeed...I've got to wait until some time in April before I can join in though :-( (this is due to the fact that I'm in a ski resort with virtually no crafting kit & also a husband stuck in a convalescence centre where he is recovering from a fractured pelvis!)

CAN'T WAIT TO JOIN IN WITH ALL THE FUN AGAIN.

Sally

Tania said...

Excited to have more time! Pleased to hear about the changes.

Leanne said...

Thats exciting. More time and prizes.

Leanne said...

Thats exciting. More time and prizes.

Leanne said...

Thats exciting. More time and prizes.

Susan (rainy) said...

Can't wait! I've learned so much about CAS design from all of you. Thank you for all the inspiration!!!

Tammy J said...

This should be fun and can't wait to see all the changes come about.

Amante del Papel said...

this is fantastic

Sandi said...

I am so excited to meet your new design team.

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