Monday, February 06, 2017

Challenge #46--Optional Theme: AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE...February 6th to March 5th

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Path of Positivity.

As this is only the second month that we have implemented a series of new changes, I thought that I should once again include the link for those of you who haven't had a chance to read about them yet. If you haven't, I would encourage you to do so before continuing with today's challenge. You can click HERE to open the page up in a new tab. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to add this information to the Challenge Details page at the top of the blog, but will do so as soon as I can manage it. The most important notes will also be featured during every challenge so that participants are sure to see them.

Right now, it is time for the next challenge to start. This time around, for Challenge #46, the optional theme* is "AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE". Here is what you need to know...

The Basics

While you will SOON be able to find out ALL the information you need to know in order to participate in the challenge by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page (or by clicking HERE), here is a refresher of the basics.

  • 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 get on with the details of Challenge #46.

Challenge #46


How do you express love to those people most important to you? There are so many different levels of love and there are even more ways to express it. Do you tend to show your love in small simple heartfelt gestures or do you happen to go the extravagant route? It doesn't really matter how you express love, only that you do! Love is what connects us to others in this world.

In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, be sure to explore this idea of An Expression of Love. One way you can show your love is by sharing a card with your partner, your close family members and/or your special friends. Perhaps, there is something you can make by hand to express your love. One Valentine's day my hubby and I exchanged a list of the things that we loved most about each other. Whatever direction your expression of love takes you, we'd love to 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 let us know how your creation relates to the concept of love if it isn't readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post. While you may easily see how the concept of love 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 in a comment on this post 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.

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 $10 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of the same three digis used by team members, provided by Mari Digis.

Talking of our guest sponsors...

This month we have one returning sponsor and one brand new one! It is time to refresh ourselves with the details of one of these companies and time to get the know the other.

First up is Mari Digis...

My name is Maria Emilia and I love to draw. I live in Goiânia, a busy City in Brazil. Now I provide some artwork for you, who are looking for beautiful pictures and even a little " fashions", suitable to their projects scrap and artistic creations! On digital stamps.

Main Blog

Below you will see the awesome images that team members used for their projects for the beginning of this challenge. Clicking on the watermarked images will take you to their location in the Mari Digis store...


 M23 – Amigas

Next, that brings us to Imagine That! Digistamp... 
Shop Our Digis!
Imagine That! Digis by Kris™ is a mother/daughter team bringing you our cutest hand-drawn images that you can flip, re-size, re-color, print & use in your crafting creations!  Almost all our digi sets include both color & outline formats & include sentiments for a great value.  In addition to carrying family-friendly digi stamps, we also offer digital papers and KD-Kits, all available as instant downloads!  You may want to check out our Free blogwear category, as well as find freebies on our Facebook Page and join in our monthly link up!  You can read more about us here on our 'About the Arists' page.

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

Puppy Love


 Love You 2 Pizzas

We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these awesome images for the start of this challenge. 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...

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 an expression of love 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, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature and join our link up. If you've opted to follow the theme of an expression of love 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!

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--though the new deets need to still be added).

I hope to see you back next Monday when voting will start on the Top Picks for Challenge #45. 

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

 I've offered it up with hearts in red as well as a plain black version...

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:
© 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 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:
Design Element
  • I have used a brush in the creation of this design. This brush was designed by Heather Green (HG Designs). I have purchased a special license that allows me to use her products commercially.

Fonts used
Click on the font name to take you to a download location. This font was purchased with a premium commercial use license. It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use this font 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 (recent updated changes will be added soon). 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 6th to March 5th, 2017.
  • Add your inspirational project or post using the link up below. You will be able to submit your entry until 11:59 p.m. on March 5th.
  • If you have chosen to follow the optional theme, you will need to let us know what it is about your project or post that you feel is inspirational  / positive / motivational and how it fits into the theme. Please include this information somewhere within your post. You can simply add a sentence or two at the bottom of your post right next to the link for this challenge if you want. Or, if this isn't possible, come over and leave us a comment on the start post. You must also add 'FT' after you name so we know which creations to add to the draw for the sponsor's prize for Most Inspirational.
  • 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.
  • For Challenge #46, prizes will be the following:
    • $10 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project deemed most inspiring of the bunch. To be eligible for this prize, you must follow the optional theme (details above).
    • The same three digis used by team members, provided by Mari Digis, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.  To be eligible for this prize, entry must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
If you ever have any questions be sure to EMAIL ME or just leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Link Up Below:
If you have any problems linking up, please be sure to let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

Challenge #46--Optional Theme...AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE
This is the place to link up something that you have created during the month that you consider positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You will be able to submit entries to this collection up until March 5th at 11:59 pm. Be sure to add FT after your name if you followed the optional theme.  Please see above for all the rules and details. If you would like to be a Guest Designer in a future challenge, please add the letters GDT after your name.


Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Hi Lisa, it's been a while I play along in your fab challenge and joining in today. I was so excited pressing the button I forgot to add FT after my name ...ooppsie. Can you please remove my #9 entry so I can upload again with FT this time? Thank you so much in advance. Have a good day and thank you for the challenge. Hugs xx

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Sorry I haven't been on here for a while. Life gets busy; and we just forget. I love this blog and what it stands for. I was excited to see this topic; so I entered two of my recent cards to this challenge. Thank you so much for your fabulous positive challenges. I love all the fabulous inspiration by the DT. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Gloria

DonnaMundinger said...

Hi Lisa, just like Asmah, I was so excited to link up that I also forgot to add FT after my name. Could you please add it of delete my entry so I can link up again. I'm lucky #13. xxD

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Asmah and Donna--no problems at all, I've updated your entries and added FT by your name.

Lisa D.

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Thank you so much Lisa. Big cyber hugs :)

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