Monday, January 23, 2017

Challenge #45--Optional Theme: THE ROAD AHEAD...Midway

Hello everyone!  It is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #45. Just a reminder that our challenges have changed.  Don't forget:
  • ALL entries must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. 
  • Each month there will also be an *OPTIONAL theme to follow. Participants must follow the optional  theme in order to win the prize for Most Inspirational. If you choose to follow the theme, please follow the instructions below to ensure that you are considered for this prize. 
  • All entries that abide by the general rules of the challenge, will be eligible to receive the Random Prize.
  • For both prizes, you can make any sort of project you'd like (i.e., scrapbooking page, card, tag, mixed media, digital, etc.). In fact, you don't have to create a project at all. You may just have something to say that is motivational or encouraging in some way, or a written passage that expounds on the nature of the theme. Project, written passage or both! It is completely up to you.
Now that the basics are out of the way, how about we continue?! The theme for this challenge is THE ROAD AHEAD. Here is a refresher of what the theme is all about:

Challenge #45

Optional Theme: The Road Ahead

A brand new year stands before us with 365 days of possibilities. What will you do with this time you have been gifted? Will you plan your life and set manageable goals or will you take it one day at a time and simply wing it? It is also a great time to encourage those around you to think about their future and push them to forge new directions of their own. It is a new year filled with so many new possibilities and the road ahead is wide open. Which direction will your new discoveries take you?

In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, be sure to explore this idea of the Road Ahead. You could create Journalling Cards for yourself and tell us what some of your personal goals are for the new year. Perhaps, there is someone that you can encourage to move forward and start (or continue) to work on any number of goals. Receiving an encouraging card or even one that gives them a swift kick in the butt might be just what they need. Whatever direction the road ahead takes you, we'd love to be part of that journey.  If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational.  We also ask that you please let us know how your creation relates to the concept of the road ahead if it isn't readily clear within the design itself. While you may easily see how the concept of the road ahead 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 in your blog post or by leaving a comment on this post. 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.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you also want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a  a $10.00 gift certificate provided by Scribbles Designs.

Let's see how the team has interpreted this concept as we get on with our midway!

Below you will find the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

From Scribbles Designs...

 #919 Coffee Press

#A61 Dare to be Remarkable

#300 Carl

and #F12 Sun (Free) which can be found HERE.

From Ike's Art...

(located in the Other section)

Book of Dreams
(located in the My Latest Designs section)!__digital-art-stamps

Vintage Car
(located in the Other section)!__other

To help inspire you further down the path of THE ROAD AHEAD, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Clicking on the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

Uma, from Krafttime, who is our guest designer this month, created another beautiful card to share with us. Check it out....

So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for? Create a project and/or post that is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature and join our link up. If you've opted to follow the theme of the road ahead for the chance to win the Most Inspirational prize, 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!

Don't Forget...

You have until 11:55 p.m. tonight to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #44.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #44 will be posted next Monday if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.


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:
© 2017, 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.

Additional Credit and Font Information
Fonts used 
The first font was purchased with extended commercial use licensing. The second font was free and I have received permission from the designer to use it for extended commercial use. Click on the font name to take you to a download location. It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my designs and offer the resulting creations to others for free or for sale. Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using a font on something you sell. 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 find out the impetus behind why I started this challenge 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, though please note that the newest challenge details still need to be updated). Clicking HERE will to take you to the current challenge post where you can the link up and also 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 ongoing sponsor is...


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

We look forward to seeing you participate!


UMA IYER said...

Thanks a lot for inviting me as a guest designer. I had a blast with two posts and working with wonderful designs from Ike's Art and Scribbles Designs.
Here is my second post up on the blog!

Wishing you and the design team and everyone a wonderful year ahead!


Naomi Edwards said...

Awesome cards DT!!!!!! Love the theme, keep rockin it girls!!! hugs

ike said...

Fantastic creations from your Team and GDT. I have very much enjoyed Sponsoring you all again. Thank you.

IKE xxx

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