Monday, November 07, 2016

Challenge #43--APPRECIATION...November 7th to December 4th

Hello everyone! It is the first Monday in November and it is time for the next challenge to start. This time around, for Challenge #43, the theme is "APPRECIATION". Show us your interpretation of what appreciation 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.

There is so much in our day to day existence that we should be showing appreciation for. We are often grateful for the big things, but it is important to remember to appreciate the little things too. Additionally, along with our gratitude for things in general--our health, home, job, financial means, etc., it is also important that we remember to show how grateful we are for the people in our lives as well. Anytime someone does a kindness for us, whether big or small, we should always show our appreciation. Whether we show our gratitude in words or deeds, it is important for the people around us to know just how grateful we are for their gift of love and friendship in our life.

This month, think of all the family and friends who would love to receive a card letting them know just how you appreciate them.  Given that Thanksgiving is coming up in just a couple weeks in the United States, I'm sure there is someone out there you could design a thank you card for. Thanksgiving or not, let the important people in your life know just how much they mean to you. 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. What direction will you go in? 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 appreciation 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 appreciation in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes. While you may easily see how appreciation 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 one returning sponsor and one brand new one!

 First up, it is A Day for Daisies Let's get to know the company a bit, shall we?

A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 3000 digital illustrations and a fast growing line of new clear polymer stamp sets, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!

ADFD WEBSITE: www.adayfordaisies.com
ADFD BLOG: http://adayfordaisies.blogspot.com
ADFD FACE BOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Day-For Daisies/142905905744876?ref=ts
ADFD ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/shop/adayfordaisies

Check out the fabulous images that the team worked with this month for the start of the challenge. Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their page in the A Day for Daisies store where each of these images can be found.


Garden Dreams
Garden Dreams



Sunflowers in Mason Jar
Sunflowers In Mason Jar


Daisy Window
Daisy Window



Next that brings us to Kitten ScrapsHere is a refresher of  what this company is all about...

My name is Nathalie and I design under the name of KittenScraps.  I began scrapping as a way to fill in my spare time while learning Photoshop and was quickly hooked on creating kits to scrap my photo’s.  I enjoy offering S4H/S4O kits that are family friendly and easy and fun to use.  My online store offer’s a variety of digital scrapbooking kits, Commercial Use Templates, Elements and Clip Art and coming soon SVG Files for your cutting machine. 

In my spare time I enjoy knitting, and embroidery,  gardening and travelling.  I’m the mother of 4 grown kids and 3 also, grown step kids as well as Aunt Nathalie to 3 adorable-yet mischievous, little boys whom I love to scrap.  Scrapbooking for me is not just a business-I feel each memory that is scrapped is it’s own treasure and strive to offer quality digital products that will help you create the perfect layout for your photo’s. 

Come check out my blog and Facebook page  where I offer layout idea’s and the occasionally a freebie and while your there stop by my store to check out the latest kits, CU items and SVG Files.
Blog Link:  http://www.kittenscraps.com/blog/
Store Link: http://www.kittenscraps.com/store/
FBhttps://www.facebook.com/Kittenscraps-252473318242218/

Check out the great kits the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge. Clicking on the watermarks below will take you to their location in the store.


I Love Books DigiStamps {CU}
I Love Books DigiStamps {CU}



Colour Basics Set 2- Papers
Colour Basics Set 2- Papers


Patriotic Kids ClipArt {CU}
Patriotic Kids ClipArt {CU}


This Year Boy Kit - November
This Year Boy Kit - November


Spring Cleaning Digi Stamp
Spring Cleaning DigiStamps {CU}


Spring Blooms Add-On Decorative Frames
Spring Blooms Add-On Decorative Frames


Sunny Funny Fish
 Sunny Fish Fun Kit

As always, 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 each team member's name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...


patacakespages.blogspot.com/


http://muddypawsandinkyfingers.blogspot.ca/




http://scrappyhorses.blogspot.ca






My amazing design team never disappoints! 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 appreciation 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 appreciation, 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 #42. 


MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE ON APPRECIATION
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:
 
Fonts used
Click on the font name to take you to a download location. The first font listed was free and the next two were purchased as part of a limited time bundle. If you are interested in them, each can be purchased individually from their font designer. All of these fonts were listed for commercial use at the time of this creation. As such, 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.


CHALLENGE DETAILS SUMMARY
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 November 7th to December 4th, 2016.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using Inlinkz. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on December 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. 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 #43, prizes will be the following:
    • A $12.00 gift certificate from A Day For Daisies, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A $20.00 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, 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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