Monday, February 01, 2016

Challenge #35--DESIRE: February 1st to March 6th

It is the first Monday in February and that means it is time for the next challenge to start.  Before we do though, I have some sad news to share.  Unfortunately, one of our Design Team, Desíre, has to leave us unexpectedly.  I'm afraid that life had the nerve to interfere with her crafting time.  Desíre has been by my side since the start of this challenge, just three months shy of three years!  In fact she was one of 11 people that I consulted before embarking on this adventure.  As such, she will always be considered an Honourary DT Member, here in spirit if not body, along with four others who were with me from the start who also had to leave (Lisa M., Naomi, Ike and Vicky).  I hope that you will join me in wishing Desíre all the best as she moves forward in a new direction.

Now back to the challenge.  This time around, for Challenge #35 the theme is "DESIRE".  Show us your interpretation of what desire 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.

Ah...desire!  Such a rich word filled with so many possible meanings.  Of course, romantic love is the obvious meaning that most people first think about but other definitions of desire include simply a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.    For example, think about what you desire most, wish big, add in some hard work and all your dreams may come true.  What kinds of things do you desire?  Is it someone special or is it a closet full of shoes?!  Do you desire to travel and see the world or do you have a desire to explore the past?  Maybe your desires are for something a bit more meaningful such as a desire to have someone battling illness to continue to fight for their life?  Or perhaps you simply wish to make more out of life with the time that you have.  There are so many different avenues you could take.  As usual my team, has come up with some interesting ideas so be sure to pop over to their blogs and see how their creations connect with the concept of this challenge.  Whatever approach you take, we look forward to seeing your interpretation on this month's theme. 

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 desire 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 desire in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes.  While you may easily see how desire 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.  You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, if it would be easier.  We just need to know how your project ties into the theme.  Letting us know, clears up any ambiguity that may exist.

This month's guest sponsors...

This month we have two returning sponsors!

First up, we have Scribbles Designs.  Here is a refresher of  what Sandy's company is all about...
Looking for a unique image or sentiment? Well then! Head on over to Scribbles Designs and check out Sandy's world of her funky imagination and quirky characters. Sandy has loved art, drawing, water colouring and doodling for many years... and with the digital image world she can now share it with all of you. Brrr (Penguin) was her first main character and her other quirky images followed not long after. We hope you enjoy the endearing images available in the store and add Sandy's images to your digital stamp collections.
Check out the fun images the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge.  Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their location in the Scribble Designs store...

#940 TruLuv

#A 78 Always Kiss Me Goodnight

#890 Hearts Mason Jar

Next, that brings us to Ike's Art.  Here is a refresher of what Ike's company is all about...
Hi there – I am Ike……a nickname that I got hooked with many years ago due to my surname, and in my profession at that time, …… they just loved to give nicknames ☺.

I live in Greece and have a passion for kitties ☺

I am a complete nutter or should I say I’m ‘zany’ hahaha. I have a very strange/sick sense of humour and I must admit I spend a lot of time talking to myself. !! Well, I get more sense out of me.! I reckon in a few years I shall be known as the “crazy cat lady” ☺

I am an artist and have a strange mind when it comes to creating my art. I either go completely true to life… right down to the last hair… or I go totally surreal. I have a passion for all things horror/Gothic etc. I’ve always loved horror films and books and I guess that’s why it creeps into my stuff ! Had I been a bit younger I swear I would have been a Goth……luuuuuv it.  Next time around I am gonna be a witch or a cat ☺

I started my Blog a couple of years ago and although I love crafting, my real passion is drawing, and now I just love making digital images.

My SHOP is IkesArt found at
My Challenge Blog:
My Blog is Ikes World and is at
Exclusive designer for Smeared Ink
Below you will see the awesome images that team members used for their projects for the beginning of this challenge.  Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their section within the Ike's Art store...

Robot 2  (available in the 'my latest designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

With This Ring  (available in the 'people' section)!__digi-people

Shoe Loops from the Shoes Set(available in the 'my latest designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

 We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these awesome images this month.  Thanks so much to our fabulous sponsors.  Be sure to come back at the midway when you'll get to see more beautiful projects created with images from these wonderful companies.

Now check out what my amazing design team 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 Helen N., from Crafting Helen, as our guest designer for this challenge...
 My name is Helen and I live in a small town called West Kirby which is in the north west of Britain - the nearest big city to us is Liverpool.  I work for an organisation called The Abbeyfield Society which is a world-wide charity providing care for older people.  I'm an Activities Coordinator and I work in a care home and two sheltered houses providing activities for the residents.  We craft, play dominoes, do crosswords and do chair exercises as well as enjoying music and films together.  I've been making cards for many years and love stamping, working with digi stamps and colouring with Promarkers.
 Check out the pretty card she created....  

My fabulous guests and amazing design team never disappoint!  They each have their own unique styles and ideas.  As always I am blown away by the quality of their projects!  Each of these projects has showcased the concept of desire in various forms and manners and I hope we have inspired you.  Be sure to go and visit each of them so you can see how their projects connect to the theme.

So what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to desire, 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 next Monday when voting will start on the Top Picks for Challenge #34. 

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

Please be sure to click on it to bring it up into the lightbox in its proper size before saving it.

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 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.

Additional Credit and Font Information:

  • I have used an existing design element from Lisa Glanz (, in the creation of this sentiment.  These elements were purchased with an extended commercial use licence as part of a bundle through Design Cuts ( 
Fonts used 
  • Magallanes Extra Light font created by LatinoType
  • Fairy Dust font created by Marcel De Jong

Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  The first font listed was purchased with extended licensing. The second font was free and listed for commercial use at the time of this creation.  It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my creations and offer them to others for free or for sale.  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 February 1st to March 6th, 2016.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using Inlinkz. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on March 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.  You can simply add a sentence or two right next to the link for this challenge if you want.
  • Don't forget to come back throughout the month and visit others that have participated. 
  • You can link up a total of three (3) creations.
  • Voting for this challenge will begin once the top picks have been determined.  There will be a separate post detailing those picks.  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 picks.  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. 
  • For Challenge #35, prizes will be the following:
    • A $10 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art,, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on on posts published during the challenge time-frame.
  • 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!

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Teresa Arsenault said...

Great theme and fabulous makes by the DT. I hope to join in this time around.

ike said...

Such beautiful creations from the DT - awesome :-)
Thank you for having me as a Sponsor. It is always a pleasure to come here :-)

IKE xxx

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