Hello everyone! Welcome back to a brand new year of challenges over here on The Path of Positivity.
Yesterday, I posted about some rather significant changes that are occurring with our challenges. If you haven't had a chance to read about them yet, I would encourage you to do so before continuing with today's challenge. You can simply scroll down one post or click HERE
to open the page up in a new tab. I will also be adding this information to the Challenge Details
page at the top of the blog, as soon as I have the chance (hopefully in the next few days). Additionally, the most important notes will also be featured during every challenge so that participants are sure to see them.
You also may have noticed that we're a week late getting started this month. I had wanted to give the team an extra week off during the holidays and since January has five Mondays, it worked out perfectly. So, for the month of January the structure will be as follows:
--Challenge #45 Start
--Top Picks and Voting for Challenge #44
--Challenge #45 Midway
--Winners Post (Including DT Delights) for Challenge #44
Starting in Feb. we'll go back to the same regular posting schedule, with our challenge start occurring on the first Monday of the month.
Right now, it
is time for the
next challenge to start. This time around, for Challenge #45,
the optional theme*
"THE ROAD AHEAD"
. Here is what you need to know...
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 #45.
Optional Theme: The Road Ahead
A brand new year stands before us with 365 days of possibilities. What
will you do with this time you have been gifted? Will you plan your life
and set manageable goals or will you take it one day at a time and
simply wing it? It is also a great time to encourage those around you to
think about their future and push them to forge new directions of their
own. It is a new year filled with so many new possibilities and the
road ahead is wide open. Which direction will your new discoveries take
In order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation
, be sure to explore this idea of the Road Ahead.
You could create Journalling Cards for yourself and tell us what some
of your personal goals are for the new year. Perhaps, there is someone
that you can encourage to move forward and start (or continue) to work
on any number of goals. Receiving an encouraging card or even one that
gives them a swift kick in the butt might be just what they need.
Whatever direction the road ahead
takes you, we'd love to be 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 please let us know how your creation relates to the concept of the road ahead if it isn't readily clear within the design itself.
may easily see how the concept of the road ahead
relates to your creation, it may not be as
apparent to me or the DT members. That is why we ask that you
it somewhere, whether in your blog post or by leaving a comment on this post. 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 $15 gift certificate from Ike's
Art, one of our sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme
if you also want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a a $10.00
gift certificate provided by Scribbles Designs.
Talking of guest sponsors...
This month we have two returning sponsors and it is time to refresh ourselves with the details of each of these companies.
Hi there – I am Ike……a nickname that I
got hooked with many years ago due to my surname, and in my profession
at that time, …… they just loved to give nicknames ☺.
I live in Greece and have a passion for kitties ☺
am a complete nutter or should I say I’m ‘zany’ hahaha. I have a very
strange/sick sense of humour and I must admit I spend a lot of time
talking to myself. !! Well, I get more sense out of me.! I reckon in a
few years I shall be known as the “crazy cat lady” ☺
I am an
artist and have a strange mind when it comes to creating my art. I
either go completely true to life… right down to the last hair… or I go
totally surreal. I have a passion for all things horror/Gothic etc.
I’ve always loved horror films and books and I guess that’s why it
creeps into my stuff ! Had I been a bit younger I swear I would have
been a Goth……luuuuuv it. Next time around I am gonna be a witch or a
cat ☺I started my Blog 5 years ago and although I love crafting, my real
passion is drawing, and now I just love making digital images.
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 proper section
within the Ike's Art store...
(located in the Other section)
(located in the People section)
Gene and Fred
(located in the My Latest Designs section)
Looking for a unique image or sentiment?
Well then! Head on over to Scribbles Designs and check out Sandy's world
of her funky imagination and quirky characters. Sandy has loved art,
drawing, water colouring and doodling for many years... and with the
digital image world she can now share it with all of you. Brrr (Penguin)
was her first main character and her other quirky images followed not
long after. We hope you enjoy the endearing images available in the
store and add Sandy's images to your digital stamp collections.
Check out the fun 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 Scribble Designs store...
#134 Carrie Summer Diva
#953 Emily's Trailer
#919 Coffee Press
No watermark available as this is a free image. Click link above to find it.
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.
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...
We are very pleased to have Uma, from Krafttime
, as our guest designer for this challenge. Check out the wonderful card she created....
My amazing design team and wonderful guests 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 the road ahead in various forms and manners and I hope we have
you. Be sure to go and visit each of them so you can see how their
projects connect to the theme.
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 the road ahead
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!
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 #44.
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE ON THE ROAD AHEAD
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:
© 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
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 a brush in the creation of this design. This brush was designed by Marisa Lerin (Pixel Scrapper) and was purchased with a commercial use license.
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 this font
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.
CHALLENGE DETAILS SUMMARY
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 later this week). 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 January 9th to February 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 February 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 #45, prizes will be the following:
- $10 worth of digital stamps from Scribbles Designs, one of
our guest sponsors this
month, for the post or project that deems most inspiring of the bunch.
To be eligible for this prize, you must follow the optional theme
- A $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art, 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.
Link Up Below:
If you ever have any questions be sure to EMAIL ME
or just leave me a comment.
We look forward to seeing you participate!
If you have any problems linking up, please be sure to let me know by leaving a comment
on this post.
Challenge #45--Optional Theme...THE ROAD AHEAD
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 February 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.