Monday, April 07, 2014

Challenge #13--PEACE: April 7 - May 4, 2014

I apologize for the delay.  Microsoft's decision to no longer support Window XP nor Office 2003 as of tomorrow, has left me in quite the pickle and it has been extremely difficult to deal with the incredible ramifications of this issue while still getting all my work done on time.  I apologize to my DT members and to anyone else delaying the posting of this challenge, may have inconvenienced.

It is the first Monday in April and that means it is time for the next challenge to start.  This time around, for Challenge #13 the theme is "PEACE".  Show us your interpretation of what peace 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.  Peace is something so fragile but so important for our co-existence in this great beautiful world of ours.  Peace in our families is as important as peace in our countries and sometimes just as difficult to achieve.  How will you interpret the idea of peace?  We look forward to seeing your projects and/or passages. 

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 peace 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 peace in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes.  While you may easily see how peace 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...
SNS Blinkie

Sparkle N Sprinkle is a small company with a big heart owned and operated by Margaret Myers.  SNS specializes in hand-mixed embossing powders and glitters. Our quality, deeply etched rubber stamps are closely cropped on Cling Mount Cushion ready for your acrylic block. Produced in our local Shoppe in Ruskin, Florida, the stamps are already indexed on a laminated color storage sheet for your convenience. SNS sells a variety of other paper crafting tools and products, including a new line of digital stamps and many other exclusive products.   You can find Sparkle N Sprinkle on line at:

Now normally at the challenge start, I would list the images that we got to work with.  However, Sparkle N Sprinkle has very generously allowed the DT to pick whatever image(s) they wanted to work with.  Therefore, I'll provide the image watermark and store link under each card to keep things organized.
Time to 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...
Desíre chose to work with two images.  The main image is called Chickadees which has been in the store for a while and the artist is not know.   Desíre also worked with the Dahlia Leaf created by Rosiland Solomon and used it as an accent piece.
Lynda chose to work with the lovely image called Calliope Hummingbird also created by Rosiland Solomon.

Vicky decided to create a card this time around and chose A Winter Wonderland  also created by Rosiland Solomon.

Monica decided to work with the pretty image called Bahama Woodstar also created by Rosiland Solomon.

Pat went with the image called Workbench created by Penny Lane.

Sandy worked with the same image as Desíre, Chickadees.

We are very pleased to have Annie, from Memories to Keep, as our guest designer this month...
Hello, aNNie here from New south Wales, Australia. I live in an old mining town called Newcastle after moving here from South Australia. A great place to live in and we have the best beaches and climate in Australia. Crafting of any kind is what I love, though I have lately been making cards and try to finish my scrapbooking. My favourite markers are Copic, but I also use Pro and Flexi and Spectrum Noirs. Lately I have been playing with pencils. Two years ago I retired from my beloved nursing career to care for my dad who is now 101, and recently I had to put him onto a nursing home due to his failing health. My visits to him range from 3-4 hours a day...I have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Most of my time is now spent working on my laptop creating and chatting with all of my gorgeous cyber buddies. My Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Expressions are my friends along with my hubby and dog...I am also an addict of dies....
Here is the wonderful card she came up with...

Annie worked with the set called Chick.

Gosh, I really do have the best team and guests, don't I?  These are all unique creations and interpretations of the concept of PEACE.  Now if we could only carry this feeling around with us all the time, how much happier we would be.
So what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to peace, 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, April 14th when voting will start on the Top Seven for Challenge #12.  That is of course if Microsoft hasn't won and I survive having to start over from scratch basically.  

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  April 7th to  May 4th.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using Inlinkz. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on May 4th.
  • 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 the three main prizes are being provided by Sparkle N Sprinkle:
    • Three digital images for the person out of the top seven who receives the most votes during voting week.
    • Three digital images for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • Three digital images for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • There will also  be:
    • 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.
If you ever have any questions be sure to EMAIL ME or just leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Link up below:


Donna Ellis said...

PoP designers, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for so creatively using the SNS digitals to promote different ways of promoting Peace. You have done a beautiful job - Lisa, as always, the write up is wonderful. hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Fabulous designs by everyone. Love the variety of images and details on each one..very inspiring!!!

Desire Fourie said...

Once again my team mates have outdone themselves with bringing the images to life so beautifully. Also thank you Annie for being our wonderful GDT - your creation rocks the theme.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Berina RGA said...

very nice creations by the DT and GDT... I have linked up my butterfly and flowers baby mobile... The pleasant colors, the beautiful butterflies and flowers bring a sense of happiness and calmness and peacefulness in the baby as well as me...
Moxie Craftie

Holly said...

I just discovered this challenge blog today, and it's wonderful! I added my card to your challenge because I created it as a sympathy card and I wanted it to give the viewer a sense of peace and acceptance. I kept it rather monochromatic with some soft blended edges, and I stamped off the music background as well as the flowers so they would not be so bold.

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

I almost forgot I planned to enter card No. 16 in this Peace challenge. Thanks for the fabulous DT inspiration and the wonderful challenges. This young lady has such a peaceful look on her face. She is looking at the beautiful butterfly; which made me think of the feeling of peace; when I saw her. I love butterflies; which also remind me of the many blessings we have in our lives. This sentiment and the inside sentiment; remind the giver and the receiver how much it means to count our blessings. "Blessings Brighten When We Count Them". I have always been told that if I am discouraged, feeling sorry for myself or feeling depressed; to write down what I am grateful for; and as you write; you will feel a sense of peace. It works for me; so give it a try. There is always something to be grateful for; even if it is just that the sun is shining or that it is raining. I hope to encourage the person who receives this card; to feel a sense of peace when they read the sentiments and see all the gorgeous butterflies. Thanks again Lisa and your DT. Love your challenges. Have a great day! Hugs, Gloria

Linsey R said...

I'm so happy to have found your wonderful challenge blog (I came from Playful Paper) Your blog name captured my attention immediately and I LOVE this challenge! I think I'm gonna like it here! :) I made a vertical banner with a simple and wonderful Gandhi quote. Thank you for the fabulous challenge and for your blog! I hope to play often!