Monday, December 07, 2015

Challenge #33--BELIEVE: December 7th to January 3rd

Hello and welcome to the final challenge of the year!  It is amazing to know that almost another full calendar year has gone by.  Thank you for all of your support during 2015 and I hope that we'll see some of you more often in 2016!

This time around, for Challenge #33 the theme is "BELIEVE".  Show us your interpretation of what the concept of believing in something or someone means to you.  You can make any sort of project and/or post as long as it is positive in nature and relates to the theme.

It isn't important what you believe in, only that you believe in something outside of yourself.  The great thing about the concept of believing in something or someone, is that it can cover such a wide range.  You may simply believe in the immediate people around you.  Knowing that your family and friends are there for you and have your back no matter what.  Or, your beliefs could extend well beyond your inner circle to an acceptance of a higher power that takes care and watches over you and your loved ones.  Believe in the magic of Christmas or just believe in magic period!  Show us what you hold dear to you, what you trust as absolute in your life. 

Is there someone that you should be saying thanks to that has stuck by you, that believes in you unconditionally?  Or maybe you could let someone know that you believe in them and will stand by them through thick and thin.  Since the holidays are fast approaching, it is the perfect time of year to create a Christmas card focussed on the idea of belief.  Whatever route you choose to take, we look forward to seeing your interpretation on this month's theme. 

Don't forget when you link up your project and/or post, to please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of belief if it isn't readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post.  Remember, the creation must be positive/inspirational/motivational AND adhere to the theme of belief in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes.  While you may easily see how belief 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 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.

This month's guest sponsors...

This month we have two returning sponsors!

Here is a refresher on what  Pickled Potpourri Designs is all about...

Pickled Potpourri Designs ( began in 2013 as an offshoot of Red Rubber Designs (,  a rubber stamp company. But not all images are destined to become rubber stamps, so Pickled Potpourri was created to offer quality digital  papers, printables and stamp designs to inspire and enable everyone to create art!

We feature old favorites from The Angel Company (which closed its doors in August 2011), as well as new, original collage designs. You'll find a potpourri of images in a wide range of styles to enhance your papercrafting, scrapbooking and other artsy projects at Pickled Potpourri!
Check out the great image the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge.  Clicking on the watermark will take you to its location in the PPD store...

Christmas Collage
Christmas Collage

Next up, here is a refresher on what Fresh Brewed Designs is all about...

If you are looking for some freshly brewed inspiration, then you have come to the right place. Fresh Brewed Designs ( is a small on-line company that has been offering a wide variety of digital images and rubber stamps since November 2010, designed to meet the needs of paper crafting addicts everywhere. With over 30 categories to choose from and several new additions to the store monthly, our range of products is expanding all the time. Whether you are looking for one of our uniquely designed coffee inspired images or something entirely different, you are sure to find something to please. We'd also love for you to visit us over on our blog (http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot. com) where inspiration is always percolating. We have a digi release at least once a month and other events as well. Come see us on Facebook ( too. You never know what other goodies you may find there.

Owned and operated by Heather Dennis, loving wife and mother to two home-schooled children, you can always expect personalized service.

At Fresh Brewed Designs we always have a fresh pot of creativity brewing. So stop by and join us for a cuppa whenever you want!
Look at the beautiful images the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge.    Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their location in the FBD store...

#1779 Shepherd

#1779 Snowflake Mermaid with Baby

We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these awesome images this month.  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 the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

<<<coming soon>>>

We are very pleased to have Teresa, from Tickell Expressions, as our guest designer for this challenge...
Teresa Arsenault lives on Prince Edward Island in Canada with her husband of nearly 30 years, their grown son, three cats, two birds and a rabbit. Teresa has two blogs: Tickell Expressions ( and Tickell Expressions: A Closer Walk ( Tickell was the maiden name of Teresa’s Scottish mother, a very creative woman. Teresa shares many of her creations on her Tickell Expressions blog on a regular basis, and her faith art pieces on her A Closer Walk blog. Teresa is a self-taught, budding artist. She offers free digital images on both of her blogs every Sunday. 

Check out the amazing prayer box she created.  You can find it HERE.... 

My fabulous guests and amazing design team never disappoint!  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 belief 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 AND relates to belief, 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).

I hope to see you back next Monday when voting will start on the Top Picks for Challenge #32. 

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

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:
© 2015, 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:

I have used an ornamental header in the creation of this sentiment.  These elements were an exclusive freebie that I received through Deal Jumbo.  The original design was created by CruzineDesign and can be purchased HERE.  Items obtained from Deal Jumbo may be used for commercial purposes.

Font used:
  •  Beffle font created by David Rakowski
Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  This font was free and listed for commercial use at the time of this creation.   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 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. 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 December 7th to January 3rd, 2016.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using Inlinkz. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on January 3rd.
  • When you link up, leave a comment summarizing what it is about your post that you feel is inspirational  / positive / motivational and how it fits into the theme if you have not included this information somewhere within your post.  You can simply add a sentence or two right next to the link for this challenge if you want.
  • 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.  Be sure to leave a comment telling us what it was that inspired you or something in general if you uncomfortable disclosing any details of your vote. 
  • For Challenge #33, prizes will be the following:
    • A $7 gift certificate from Pickled Potpourri Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • Three images from Fresh Brewed Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on on posts published during the challenge time-frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

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:


Pippa said...

Love the design team samples and the theme is one I can go with too.

Teresa Arsenault said...

Gorgeous projects by all of the team. I feel so privileged to be designing with all of you talented people this month. Lisa, that sentiment is beautiful. Hugs! Teresa