Monday, October 15, 2018

Challenge #62--Optional Theme: SHADES OF PURPLE...Midway

Hello folks. It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #62.

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.

This is the seventh 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 #62

Optional Theme:  SHADES OF PURPLE

Purple is a blend of two colours bringing with it the energy of red and the stability of the blue. What kinds of thoughts and feelings do YOU think of when you think about the colour purple? Throughout history the different shades of purple have been associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. As such, it is a colour that is often seen in the robes worn by royalty and the clothing of people of authority or high rank. However, the power of purple doesn't stop there, it is also associated with a variety of effects on the mind and body. Purples have been know to uplift one's spirits, enhance the sacred, create feelings of spirituality, and also encourage the imagination and creativity. Another colour bearing interesting characteristics and influences!

When delving into the colour psychology of purple, we find that it can provide a calming balm to the the mind and nerves, promoting harmony of the mind and emotions. All of these factors can aid toward creating mental balance, stability, and peace of mind. Additionally, purple inspires unconditional love. It can increase a person's nurturing tendencies, encouraging sensitivity and compassion.

As purple is a great colour for channelling imagination and creativity, like the colour orange, it is suitable for use in both professional and personal projects. Designers often use bright purple in designs of a feminine nature and it is a very popular colour among teenage girls. The use of lighter purples along with the colour yellow are commonly used in advertisements for children’s products as it gives the viewer an impression of something that is fun and easy to deal with.

Taken to extremes though, too much purple can stir up irritability, impatience, and arrogance.  Another negative quality of having too much purple in one's environment is that it can result in a person becoming rather moody. On the flip side of things, too little purple brings out feelings of powerlessness, negativity, and apathy. As always, it comes back to finding the right balance when adopting this vibrant colour into your life.

This challenge, our focus is on SHADES OF PURPLE. 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 made up of SHADES OF PURPLEThe shades can be in the colours you choose to fill 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 purple. 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 PURPLE 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 $12 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, 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 preview to find that item's location in its respective store.

Bulb Window
Bulb Window

Christmas Shopping
Christmas Shopping

Hepburn Dress
 Hepbern Dress

From Limited Runs...

Scarecrow Girl (Category: Halloween; Section: 11-20)

Noelle (Category: Seasonal Christmas; Section: 31-40)

Monster 5 (Category: Monsters & Dragons; Section: 21-30)

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 PURPLE, 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 different  SHADES OF PURPLE 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 PURPLE, 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 different SHADES OF PURPLE affect 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!

Don't Forget...

You have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #61.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #61 will be posted next week if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.

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 leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!

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