Monday, May 05, 2014

Challenge #14--WISDOM: May 5 - June 1, 2014

It is the first Monday in May and that means it is time for the next challenge to start.  This time around, for Challenge #14 the theme is "WISDOM".  Show us your interpretation of what wisdom 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.

Wisdom comes from experience.  We are not born being wise.  Yes, it is true that some individuals are born with larger brain capacity and will have larger IQ's.  However, brain power on its own does not guarantee that a person will act with wisdom.  It is only by living and gaining experience that we can truly become wise.  How will you interpret the idea of wisdom?  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 wisdom 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 wisdom in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes.  While you may easily see how wisdom 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.   Once again I am pleased to have with us... 

South African crafters are new to the digital stamping world, with the first South African online digital image store launched in 2010 – Digistamps4Joy (or DS4J) http://www.digistamps4joy. (clicking on the logo will take you to the store as well) .  In May 2012, Margy Kieser took over ownership of DS4J, and there are now two South African artists who contribute to the more than 600 images available. Margy has taken the store to new heights and the store now stocks digis that are cute, whimsical, artistic, sometimes serious, and sometimes humorous. The store has PAYPAL and EFT (South African) facilities.  Digistamps4Joy offers a monthly freebie on the first Friday of every month, and holds regular bi-weekly card challenges on our BLOG ( that draws entries from all over the world. We are also active on Facebook ( and Paper Craft Planet (
The design team got the opportunity to work with one of the following two images this month.   First up we have the totally fabulous Dozy Owl...
Hee, hee.  I just love this image.  Owls are often portrayed as a symbol of wisdom so Dozy is a wonderful choice for the team to work with.

Some of the DT also got to work with the image called Gramps...
If wisdom mainly comes through experience, then an image of an aged individual is another great choice to showcase the concept of this month's theme.

Now our Guest Designer this month is on the DS4J team so she chose a different image to work with.  This image is called Cherry Blossom Time...
While the image itself isn't a typical symbol of wisdom, it still works for the theme.  You'll just have to check out the card to see how.  But that is what is wonderful about our individual creativity!  Themes can be interpreted in such a variety of ways.  It is all how you, yourself, work it out, which is why we always ask for clarification if it isn't apparent. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these incredible images, clicking on the watermarks will take you to their location in the DS4J 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 Jackie, from the DS4J design team, as our guest designer this month...
Hi, My name is Jackie Cornfield. I am a happily married mother of two and grandma of one. All girls and we adore them!

I manage two craft shops and card making/papercraft is a massive passion of mine. I try to do it daily!

I am on three Design Teams and just love it, blogging has become my major addiction! There is no cure!!
To visit Jackie's personal blog, Get the JC Look, click HERE.

Here is the pretty card she came up with...

As always, my design team and our guest have come through with gorgeous creations all conveying a sense of WISDOM within them.
So what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to wisdom, 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, May 12th when voting will start on the Top Seven for Challenge #13.  Also, be sure to check out the next Ponderings Along the Pathway post, coming out at the end of this week.

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 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 are free for commercial use.

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 May 5th to June 1st.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using Inlinkz. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on June 1st.
  • 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.
    • Five images from Digistamps4Joy, 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 Digistamps4Joy, 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!


arlsmom aka Lynda said...

What wonderful projects created by all the designers!!

Unknown said...

The DT work is gorgeous!! LOVE Vicky's card!!! Love that amazing ribbon, the metal owl is fantastic :o Love it!!! Gorgeous coloring as always!! And she is definitely the Queen of All Dies LOL Love it!!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

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

Zella said...

Fab cards from the DT!!! Amazing artists!!!! Thanks for a great challenge - a time to reflect - for me - about my dad. What a wise man! I am blessed to have been his daughter and honored that he chose me to be his own (I was adopted). He didn't have lots of letters after his name(degrees), but he taught me about being "human" - about caring for people, about God, about family, about working hard, and about what is important in this life. I am truly blessed because even though he passed away in 1991, he continues to influence me every day of my life - he was a wonderful father and a great man of God. Thanks for allowing me to participate in this challenge...and to reflect on what wisdom really means.

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Thanks for the fabulous creations by the DT and for your awesome challenges. I used one of the three wise men created by Margy at Digi Stamps 4 Joy. It is a free Digi for the month of May with their monthly Christmas challenge. I think wisdom comes with age; but some people are wise beyond their years; which describes my daughter. Read more on my blog. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Gloria