Saying Goodbye

It’s never an easy thing, is it?  But today is even more bittersweet as we must say goodbye to someone who has been a part of MFT for many years.

Joanne Basile has accepted a new position that will take her away from her role with MFT and (temporarily) away from papercrafting in general.  While I wish her well, it will definitely feel odd to not have her as part of MFT any longer.

I first met Jo in January of  2008 at the CHA show in Anaheim, CA.  She was attending with a company she designed for, but stopped by my booth and brought me a little mailbox she’d created using the Be Mine stamp set. She filled the mailbox with Hot Tamales, and with that, she had my heart.

Not too long after that I invited Jo to be on the MFT design team, and she’s been with us ever since.  She’s had many varied roles during her tenure, most recently as the video specialist that records all of our product videos.

Here’s a look back at some of my fondest Jo memories:


Jo was my right hand at my annual Rep show in MA each year.  Here’s a pic of her teaching a sample frenzy project.

Below are CHA photos from 2009 through 2012.

jo 2009

jo 2010

Jo 2011

jo 2012-1

And here is a photo from 2013 at our MFT Management Retreat.

We have had many great adventures and memories together, too many to recount, but each one precious.

While I know that my friendship will remain, I will still miss her, as will the rest of the MFT family.

Big hugs and lots of love, Basile!


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17 Responses to Saying Goodbye

  1. 1
    Gabby says:

    Nice farewell tribute to Joanne, Kim. Good luck in your endeavors, Joanne! I’ll sure miss seeing your projects and videos. :D

  2. 2
    JanetG says:

    Will miss you Joanne.

  3. 3
    Amante del Papel says:

    wow you really enjoy this travel! congrats!

  4. 4

    Good luck with your new job, Joanne! Will miss seeing your MFT videos and creations!

  5. 5
    joni says:

    Good luck to you Joanne!

  6. 6

    So sorry to see Joanne go and Kim, I know your heart is just broken, as everybody is on the MFT is sad today. I wish Joanne the best and I will miss her voice with new product introductions. Joanne, I wish you the best in this next chapter in your life. You just never know where God is going to take you and sometimes he takes you right back to where you should be, which would be MFT. So no tears yet anybody. Hugs to all of you.

  7. 7
    Jean Bullock says:

    Best of luck with the new job.

  8. 8
    Tracey says:

    Nooo!! Say it ain’t so!!! It will be so strange to not see Joanne’s beautiful projects! :(

    I wish her all the best with the job though!!

  9. 9

    What a hard decision this had to have been for you, Joanne and what a loss for the MFT team! Wishing you all the best in your new endeavor, and I’ll look forward to seeing your creations again!

  10. 10

    Awe, so sorry to hear Joanne won’t be with MTF anymore :( I firmly believe the Lord has a plan for us all and so maybe one day he will guide her right back to MFT ;) I wish Joanne all the best, many blessings, and much happiness on her future endeavors.

  11. 11
    Judith says:

    Oooh, that’s no good news )=
    sorry hearing Joanne is leaving MFT.
    Joanne, I wish you good luck!

  12. 12
    Angela R. says:

    Oh wow, I can’t believe this! I wish you the best in your new endeavors, Joanne! And Kim, I can’t imagine how you feel… Will be so strange not having Jo around here :(

  13. 13
    Kelley_R says:

    A sad time for all! :( Well, except Jo, who has something exciting to look forward to.

  14. 14
    JoAnn B. says:

    So sorry you are losing Jo. She has done many fantastic projects for MFT. Best of luck to her in her future endeavors.

  15. 15
    Sarah says:

    Wow, not the post I was expecting to see today. It’s sadness and excitement all rolled into one. Prayers of blessings and comfort for Joanne and the entire MFT family! Love ya gals!!!
    God’s blessings,
    Sarah :)

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    christel says:

    I shall miss her!

  17. 17
    AngieB says:

    We will miss you Joanne! Wishing you all the best in your new endeavor!