Monday, March 03, 2014

Challenge #12--THOUGHTFULNESS: March 3 - April 6, 2014

It is the first Monday in March and that means it is time for the next challenge to start.  This time around, for Challenge #12 the theme is "THOUGHTFULNESS".  Show us your interpretation of what being thoughtful means to you.  You can make any sort of project and/or post as long as it is positive in nature and relates to the theme.  Being thoughtful can be as simple as holding open a door for someone, paying somebody a compliment or doing something extra special that a person wasn't expecting.  There are so many ways we can be thoughtful to those around us, strangers and loved ones alike.  Make a concentrated effort this month to do even more thoughtful acts than you normally would.  If everyone were more thoughtful, can you imagine the difference it would make in our world?!

Don't forget when you link up your project and/or post, to please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of thoughtfulness if it isn't readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post.   Remember, the creation must be positive/inspirational/motivational AND adhere to the theme of thoughtfulness in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes.  While you may easily see how thoughtfulness relates to your creation, it may not be as apparent to me or the DT members.  That is why we ask that you clarify it somewhere, whether here or in your blogpost.  This way it clears up any ambiguity that may exist.

Now it is time to meet our guest sponsor for this month.  We have someone brand new joining us for this challenge.  Please welcome...

Pickled Potpourri Designs ( began in 2013 as an offshoot of Red Rubber Designs (,  a rubber stamp company. But not all images are destined to become rubber stamps, so Pickled Potpourri was created to offer quality digital  papers, printables and stamp designs to inspire and enable everyone to create art!

We feature old favorites from The Angel Company (which closed its doors in August 2011), as well as new, original collage designs. You'll find a potpourri of images in a wide range of styles to enhance your papercrafting, scrapbooking and other artsy projects at Pickled Potpourri!
The design team got the opportunity to work with one of the following two images this month. 

First up we have the beautiful set called, Today...

This set is simply lovely.  With two different images to choose from and three different sentiments, it is the perfect way to show someone that you are thinking of them.  The images themselves are so pretty.  I love how they have a grungy border surrounding them, yet a small section on each image hangs over the edge to create a really neat effect.  These images would be perfect for other occasions as well, including birthdays, Mother's Day or even on a sympathy card.

Some of the DT also got to work with this pretty image called Dahlia...
This pretty floral image would also be great for use on cards of many different occasions.  Three flowers provide a perfect balance and focal point to your card.  Not only are the ideas for use endless but so are the colour combinations.  From bold shades of deep purples and hot pink to more subtle shades of soft yellows and white edged in peach, Dahlia's showcase them all.

If you are interested in purchasing either of these beautiful images, clicking on the watermarks will take you to their location in the Pickled Potpourri store.
Now check out what my amazing design came up with to inspire you.  Clicking on the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

We are very pleased to have Mandy, from Made By Mandy, as our guest designer this month...
 Hi.  My name is Mandy.  I am 42 been with the love of my life for 25 years and very happily married.

Been crafty since I could cut with a pair of scissors, love creating things and this has been a saviour through some very dark times in my life.  Love working with digi stamps and have a 'thing' for pretty papers that talk me into buying them....

Not bought a card from a store for over 12 years and love any excuse to add a bit of twinkle to a card.
Here is the fabulous card she came up with...
Wow and simply wow.  My design team and our guest have really created some amazing cards.  They are all just wonderful examples of THOUGHTFULNESS.  Hopefully they will brighten the day of each of their intended recipients.
So what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to thoughtfulness, provide an explanation of how your project and/or post relates to the theme somewhere in your post or come over and leave a comment with the explanation.  Easy, peasy!

If you have some time, please visit other people participating throughout the month.  I've included the summary of the challenge details below.  If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab and all the details you need to know in order to participate, in the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).

I hope to see you back on Monday, March 10th when voting will start on the Top Seven for Challenge #11.

If you need some motivation to get you started, I've provided a quote for you, which you can find below.

Credit Notes For This Creation:
© 2014, Lisa L. Décosse. PUO. However, you are allowed to use the sentiment on handmade projects that you intend to sell on a small scale basis provided credit is given. You also need to include a credit note and a link to this blog or my personal blog, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, should you use any of my images in your creations and post them on your blog. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with my full terms of use found in the 'Download Instructions & T.O.U.' tab at the top of this page. Of important note:  Please do not share my images with family, friends, etc. Additionally, do not post any images to file sharing services like Box®, 4-Shared®, etc. Instead, please direct people to my blog(s) so they can grab the image for themselves. If you would like to post a watermarked version of the image, please contact me to obtain one.

Font Information:
Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  Both of these fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time that this sentiment was created.  Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using the font on something you sell.

You will notice that the sentiment may appear huge depending on what software program you download it into.  You can always reduce the size without distorting the overall look.

Whether you are new and need to familiarize yourself with all the details,  or a returning participant and just need to refresh yourself, you can always find out everything you need to know in order to enter this challenge in the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page. I've provided a quick summary below.  Please note that dates and times listed below are for this particular challenge only:
  • Each Path of Positivity challenge will remain open for approx. a full month.  Entries for this challenge will be accepted from March 3rd to April 6th.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using Inlinkz. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on  April 6th.
  • When you link up, leave a comment summarizing what it is about your post that you feel is inspirational  / positive / motivational and how it fits into the theme if you have not included this information somewhere within your post.
  • Don't forget to come back throughout the month and visit others that have participated.
  • Voting for this challenge will begin once the top seven have been determined.  There will be a separate post detailing the top seven.  You will then have the opportunity to vote on the creation or post that you have found to be the most inspirational of the chosen seven.  Be sure to leave a comment telling us what it was that inspired you or something in general if you uncomfortable disclosing any details of your vote.
  • This month, prizes will be the following:
    • Ten digital images from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for the person out of the top seven who receives the most votes during voting week.
    • Three digital images from Ike's World  for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A prize package of a $7 gift certificate from Pickled Potpourri, this month's guest sponsor for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital designer paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
    • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
Please show your support to our fabulous sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  In addition to Pickled Potpourri, our guest sponsor for the month, we also have our regular sponsors:

If you ever have any questions be sure to EMAIL ME or just leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!


Red Rubber Designs said...

Wow! You guys did a fabulous job with these images! These projects are just beautiful! Thanks so much for allowing Pickled Potpourri Designs to sponsor this month's challenge.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wonderful sponsor images used this month...fabulous projects by all the designers!

Dawn said...

Great DT samples! I have just discovered your challenge blog & will be back to share a thank you card that I made with you!
Dawn xx

Mynn xx said...

Thank you for the fun and unique challenge and the beautiful DT work for added inspiration! :) Mynn xx

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! What beautiful images! I've never heard of this company before - and their images are wonderful! Lovely inspiration pieces from the DT! hugs, de

Unknown said...

Beautiful and stunning work again DT, very inspirational..x

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Wow! I love the creations by the DT. Thanks Lisa for the challenge for thoughtfulness. Our lives are busier than ever and I think we all need to be reminded to take time to stop and smell the flowers. The sentiment inside is all about wishing someone a wonderful life of flowers and songbirds serenading them. I love flowers and I love listening to the birds sing. What a wonderful gift to have those two things in your life. And of course, the little mouse is just so cute with his bouquet of flowers. LOL! I loved the post that Pat wrote March 7th and the fabulous article from the father to his daughter. So very touching. Have a wonderful week to all the DT and Lisa. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness. Hugs, Gloria

Stacy's Paper Crafts said...

Fabulous job design team!!! Love each and every creation.

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

No. 18 - Read more on my blog post. One of the definitions on the Internet for "Thoughtfulness" - "Having or showing heed for the well-being or happiness of others and a propensity for anticipating their needs or wishes." Isn't this one of the main reasons we create cards? We want to share our creativity and let others know we are thinking of them; whether it is a birthday, anniversary, holiday card or a Thinking Of You card. I try to create cards that either fit the person's personality or ones that I know will bring them great joy! My cards normally let me know who they are going to before I finish them; but this one I am not completely sure of yet. I think it goes to one of my granddaughters; but we will see when the time is right to give it away. I created it with a lot of love and thoughtfulness for just the right person to receive it when the time is right.

Unknown said...

Always gorgeous DT Creations!! Thanks for another fantastic challenge!

- Susan
{Scrap A Thousand Words}
{Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

No. 30 - Thanks again ladies for another wonderful challenge and such fabulous creations to inspire us. I created this card with love, positive energy and wanted it to mean a lot to the friend I am giving it to. Wishing someone Happy Birthday and to have a grand year; is being thoughtful for that persons well being. I love giving cards to family and friends. It is my way of sending them love all year long. What better way to cheer someone up then sending them a card to let them know you are thinking of them. Have a great day! Hugs, Gloria

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