Monday, May 18, 2015

Challenge #26-PERSEVERANCE-Midway Reflection & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #26. The theme for this challenge is all about PERSEVERANCE.   As usual, I am going to share a little introspection with you all that I am also presenting on my own personal blog in my "Motivational Monday" feature.

 Don't Give Up Hope

So many people around me are dealing with very difficult issues in their lives right now.  Some are battling depression, some are battling pain and other illnesses, some have family members they are extremely worried about.  When living with these stressors, day in and day out, one can start to feel the world crashing in on all sides.  Hope seems elusive at best.

I've been there.  I know just how dark things can get.

We are quick with words of encouragement like, 'don't give up hope' and 'hang in there friend'.  We certainly mean the best when we say them and while the person on the other end of these phrases may need to hear them, don't fret if the immediate response isn't an encouraging one.  It is easy for us to spout these aphorisms but we have to be ready to acknowledge that the individual on the receiving end may not be in the best place to accept them.  It is easy to say 'everything is going to be fine', but when a person feels like they are hanging on by their fingernails, in no way do they believe everything will be fine.

Just as it is important that our friends and loved ones experiencing anguish don't give up, it is even more crucial that we don't give up on them.  Keep reaching out.  Keep trying to connect with them.  Sometime it feels like they are pushing us away but that is when we must dig our heels in and fight all the more.  True friends stick around through the really bad times just as they stick around through the really good ones. 

Whether you are the person facing the difficulty or trying to help someone dealing with one...

As much as you may want to give up the fight...
Keep Going
Keep Trying

Don't let anything or anyone sway you from your goal...
Be Determined
Be Stubborn

When you feel like giving in...
Stand Firm
Stay Resolved

When you are your most afraid...
Hang In There
Hang On

When everything is at its darkest...
Reach Out
Hold Fast

Stick With It
Stay the Course
There really is light at the end of the tunnel.  You just have to hold on long enough to see it again.

Here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

Please note that some individuals may be uncomfortable with the content of one of the images and its accompanying creation, in this month's posting.  It is not our intent to make you uncomfortable.  However, please note that everyone is welcome on the Path of Positivity, no matter their nationality, ethnicity religion or sexuality.  We are a place of tolerance and positivity for all. 

From Ike's Art...

I Do - Female (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)

The Wind (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)

 My New Shoes (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)

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If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
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If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
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We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these fabulous images during the midway.  Thanks so much to our amazing sponsors.
To help inspire you down the path of perseverance, check out the wonderful projects most of my Design Team had the opportunity to create.  I even had the chance to participate as well...
<<<coming soon>>>

Finally, that leaves our...
Once again that should technically say Guest Designers plural!  This month I'm pleased to showcase several different samples from each of the Sponsor's Designs Teams at both the start and midway.  To make it easier, I'm going to include the watermark of the image the GDT used beneath each of their projects.
First up we'll check out creations from some of the members of Ike's Art team...
Samara from Samara's Sanctuary...
Brides Set of 4 (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

Sall from Crafty Giggles...

Cuckoo Clock (located in the 'Other' section)!__other/productsstackergalleryv21=0

Christine from Angel Arts Cards...

BORED NOW (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

 Ike from Ike's World ...

 Female Troops Set (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

Next up, let's check out the creations from some of the members of the Deedee's Digis team...

Faith from Daffodil Cards...

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Pippa from Views from the Craft Room...

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Stephanie from Steph's Scrap Happenings...

 sentiment is from...
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ribbon is from...
This set is in the 'Try Before You Buy' section.   
Please click HERE to find this image in the store.

Clicking on the team members name (or in the case of our GDT, the blog name) will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations!
So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to perseverance, 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!  You can enter our latest challenge by clicking HERE.

Also, I know that the participants would love for you to go and pay them a visit.  Remember we're creating a Path of Positivity to follow one project at a time and we'd love to see you somewhere on that route even if it is just by leaving a comment on an entry from someone who has touched you somehow with their project and/or post!

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).

Don't Forget...

 You still have until 11:55 p.m. tonight, to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #25.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already.  Don't forget, if you leave a comment after voting, you have the opportunity to walk away with a selection of digital papers created especially with your interests in mind. To check out all those eligible and cast your vote, click HERE.  Winners for challenge #25 will be posted next Monday.

If you need some additional motivation to help inspire you, I've provided another sentiment on this month's theme (the first is available HERE), free for you to download.

 Left click to bring the image up into the lightbox in its full size and then right click and scroll down to 'save as'.

Credit Notes For This Creation:
© 2015, 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 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. 

This word art creation is in png format and published at 300 ppi. It is quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with.   If you are a card maker you can always resize it smaller without distorting the quality.

Font Information:
  • Odalisque font created by Nick's Fonts
  • Forum font created by Denis Masharov
Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  These fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time this project was made.  As such, it is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my creations and offer them to others.  Please refer to my full terms of service for what you can and cannot do with this digital creation.

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. You can enter the challenge by clicking HERE to take you to the current challenge post where you can also find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the post. 

Please show your support to our wonderful guest sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  As mentioned above, this month our guest sponsors are...
Our regular sponsors include...

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

We look forward to seeing you participate!

1 comment:

ike said...

FANTASTIC creations - thank you very much for having me as a Sponsor and for having us come over to be Guest Designers. :-D

IKE xxx

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