Monday, January 22, 2018

Challenge #55 Midway--Optional Theme: SHADES OF BLUE

Hello folks! It is time to present the midway for Challenge #55.

As we are a unique kind of challenge blog, please be sure to check out the START POST FOUND HERE, for all the rules and details you need to know in order to enter. There is also a more in-depth explanation of how colour impacts our lives in the start post if you are interested in reading about it. For now though, here is a refresher of what our current theme is all about:

Challenge #55

Optional Theme:  SHADES OF BLUE

What kinds of thoughts and feelings do you think of when you think about the colour blue? For some, the different colours of  blue evoke loyalty, trust, peacefulness and a state of calm. Then for others like my mother, the colour blue simply evokes the idea of sadness and depression. For others yet, blue has been known to arouse feelings of rigidity, deceit and passivity.

Blue is the colour of the sky, the sea and other bodies of water and is the colour that is often used to represent these types of images. According to some studies, blue is the preferred choice for many, and it is definitely the colour of choice for a great portion of the male population. Varying shades of blue are also quite popular among large companies, hospitals and airlines. It might have to do with the fact that the colour is known to also symbolize strength, stability, wisdom and confidence.

This challenge, our focus is on different SHADES OF BLUE. We want to see a project that is at least 51% of the overall colour scheme. Your project doesn't need to be completely monochromatic so a spattering of other colours is fine. Just be sure that if you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, over half of the colours in your project must be in the BLUE spectrum! The shades of blue can be in the colours you choose to fill in your images with, and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on the varying shades of the blue family of colours. We can't wait to see how you explore the theme in your designs!

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. While it isn't mandatory, we'd also love to find out how this month's colour makes you feel, if you'd like to share that with us. What kinds of feelings does the colour BLUE personally evoke in you? You can write a sentence or two in the body of your post, write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, or simply leave a comment on this post if you'd like.

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  of a $10 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of  the Naturally Cool Kit from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, the second of our guest sponsors this month, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Talking of our guest sponsors...

To learn more about this month's guest sponsors, be sure to check out the START post; and of course, also pay each of these generous companies a visit. Below, you will find the watermarks for the sets and/or images that the team worked with for the midway. For Scribbles Designs, just click on any watermark to find that image's location in the store. The main set used from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, is currently not available for sale in a store. If it is something you would be interested in purchasing, that can be arranged. Simply leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you and I'll get back to you about it.

#326 Carl Snowboarding

#240 Brrr Chillin

#876 Jack Frost

#131 Lori Aloha

#052 You Had Me At Aloha
Some designs available for purchase at:
Some designs available for purchase at:

For this challenge, DT members have mainly used elements from the Naturally Cool Kit. This is the kit that will be given out as a prize for the person chosen as Most Inspirational. Here is a preview of the different sections in the kit:

Thank you so much to these awesome companies for allowing us the opportunity to work with such incredible images throughout the challenge! Please pop over and pay a visit. You might just find the perfect image or set you are looking for!!!

To help inspire you further down the path of SHADES OF BLUE, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Clicking on each team member's name will take you to their blog where you can check out further details on their inspirational creations.

Thanks again to my incredible design team! As always, each of them have their own unique styles and ideas which amaze me to no end. Each of these projects has showcased the colour 'blue' splendidly and I hope we have inspired you throughout this challenge. Be sure to go and visit these talented ladies so you can see how their projects tie in to the theme.

Why not join us, if you haven't entered already? 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 shades of blue, for the chance to win the Most Inspirational prize, make sure that you add FT after your name so you can be included in the running for the prize. Remember, we'd also love to find out just how the colour blue affects you, so be sure to lets us know if you can, somewhere in your post or come over and leave a comment. 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!

Stand By...

I know that I'm working backwards again but I hope to publish the Top Picks post within the next 24 hours. At that time you will be able to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #54. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote when the chance arises. Winners for challenge #54 will be posted sometime next week. While Monday is our regular posting day, it will depend on when the Top Picks post is published to ensure that people have at least a few days to vote.


If you need some motivation to get you started, I've provided a quote for you, which you can find below. Please note that this is the same quote that was offered at the start of the challenge. Also note that the quote is being offered up with two different spellings. While I spell 'colour' with a 'u', my American friends, followers and readers are apt to spell it without one; so, I am providing an option to cover both spellings of the word.

British version:

American 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:
© 2018, 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 purchase location. The font family listed was purchased with extended licensing. 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 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). Additionally, you can find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the start post. 

 Click HERE to head to the current challenge post & link up!

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 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!

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