Monday, March 19, 2018

Challenge #57--Optional Theme: SHADES OF YELLOW...Midway

Hello folks. It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #57. A quick thanks to Pat for helping me get this post out on time!

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. For now, here is a refresher of what our theme is all about:

This is the third month into our year long study of colour. If you are new to the blog or this series, and you would like to review a more in-depth explanation on how we are affected by colour, its impact on us, the symbolism behind it, and the psychological effect it has on our everyday lives, you can find it by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the Title, "Theme Ideas for 2018".

For now though, here is a refresher of what our current theme is all about:

Challenge #57

Optional Theme: SHADES OF YELLOW

What kinds of thoughts and feelings do you think of when you think about the colour yellow? For some, the different colours of yellow bring thoughts of warmth, light, happiness, and hope. Did you know that the sunflower is the official symbol of ALS? After my husband passed away, my daughter got a sunflower tattoo on her ankle in her dad's memory.

In studies, the colour yellow has been shown to resonate with the left or logic side of the brain challenging our mental capabilities and creating mental alertness and awareness. It is also associated with learning which is most likely why it is often used in children's toys since it inspires thought and curiosity.

It is also know to create a jubilance for life and can help to awaken greater confidence and optimism. That is probably why yellow gemstones are believed to boost confidence and clarity in making decisions. I'll have to remember that the next time someone want to buy me a diamond ring (make it a yellow one, honey).

As yellow is the most visible of all the colours, it is great for attracting attention. Most taxi cabs, school buses are yellow for this very reason. It is also why it is used in pedestrian crossings and in other areas of warning such as traffic signs. Due to its eye drawing nature, the colour is also effective for highlighting certain passages in text and in design. See how easily the eye is drawn when highlighted with a bright yellow?! It is definitely a compelling colour for focusing the eye.

On the other side of things, the colour yellow can evoke thoughts of sickness, weakness or jealousy in some people. Too much yellow disturbs calmness in others, especially babies. Infants cry more in rooms painted yellow (weird but true). If you are going through a lot of change in your life, you may find it difficult to tolerate the colour yellow very well. As it is a fast moving colour, it can cause certain levels of anxiety which can result in feelings of agitation. Yellow is also sometimes associated with being scared, with being a coward, or with the feeling of envy. You’ve probably heard of the expressions, 'yellow bellied coward' , 'yellow with envy', 'mellow yellow' and 'feeling yellow'; all deriving from these negative connotations.

In terms of design, one has to be careful with yellows. They are difficult to see against white. Additionally, certain shades of yellow can become visually unappealing because they loose their feeling of cheerfulness and become dingy. As it approaches even darker shades it can become dirty and unpleasant. As with everything in life, it is all about balance.

This challenge, our focus is on different SHADES OF YELLOW. 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 YELLOW spectrum! The shades of yellow 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 yellow 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 YELLOW 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 a $10 gift certificate from Limited Runs, 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 a $10 gift certificate from Imagine That Digistamp, 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 images that the team worked with for the midway. Just click on any watermark to find that image's location in its respective store.


Chalkboard Art - Create Your Own Sunshine

From Limited Runs...

Spring Flowers (Category: Flowers, Section: 1-10)

Little Chicken With Heart (Category: Birds , Section: 21 -30)

Sun Loving Sue (New digi Stamps, 21-25)
Thank you so much to these awesome companies for allowing us the opportunity to work with such incredible images during the midway!

To help inspire you further down the path of SHADES OF YELLOW, 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 YELLOW 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 YELLOW, 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 yellow 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!

If you need some motivation to get you started, I've provided a quote for you, which you can find below. Please 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.  Please note that this is the same quote that was offered at the start of the challenge.

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 names to take you to a purchase location. The first one listed is a font family I purchased with extended licensing. The second was a freebie that I picked up and wrote the designer to ask for permission to use it commercially and was granted said permission. 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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