Monday, May 21, 2018

Challenge #59--Optional Theme: CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR(S)...Midway

Hello folks. It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #59.

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 fifth 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 #59

Optional Theme:
CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR(S)


So far in our exploration of colour this year we've spent some time working with shades of blue, red and yellow. We've also explored the colour grouping of pastels. Later in the year we'll continue our journey by delving into oranges, greens, purples, along with the colour categories of neutrals and metallics. However, for this challenge, we're leaving it all up to you.

What is YOUR favourite colour or are there a combination of colours that you really like? If you're anything like me, choosing your favourites might just be harder than you think! Depending on the day or even my mood, my favourite colours might change. One day I'm passionate about red and the next day I might be jonesing for purple. Talk to me later in the same week and I might just be seeking out shades of blue. When it comes to combinations of colours, I have the same problem. I love the stark contrast of black and white with some red thrown in. However, I also love deep shades of pinks and yellows together and there are so many more! Are you like me, changing your favourite depending on your mood or do you have a consistent favourite colour or combo? Perhaps, you are passionate about a particular palette!

This challenge, you get to Choose Your Favourite Colour(s) to work with! Whether you choose to work with a single colour, a duo or maybe even a particular palette, it is up to you. You can also use some different colours if you'd like but please 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 based on your Favourite Colour(s)! You can choose to fill in your image(s) with your favourite colour(s), and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on the colour(s) that you love the most. 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. Please note that you will also need to let us know somewhere in your post (written in a sentence right next to the link up for our challenge is fine) exactly what your Favourite Colour(s) happen to be. Without this information, you won't be eligible to qualify for the MI prize. Additionally, though completely optional, we'd also love to find out how your Favourite Colour(s) make you feel, if you'd like to share that with us. What kinds of feelings do these colours 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 three images from SheepSki 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 a $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, 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 collage sheets or images that the team worked with for the midway. Just click on any preview to find that item's location in its respective store.


From Lunagirl
http://www.lunagirl.com/


Sassy Flappers #1
Sassy Flappers #1 Digital Collage Sheet - Lunagirl


Floral Labels
Floral Labels Digital Collage Sheet - Lunagirl


Cowgirls & Cowboys

Dominoes (1x2) Cowgirls & Cowboys Digital Collage Sheet - Lunagirl







Morpheus


Butterfly Curls


Baby Feet
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/290294801/baby-feet-image-no-31?ga_search_query=baby+feet&ref=shop_items_search_2

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 Choosing Your Favourite Colour(s), 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.


http://muddypawsandinkyfingers.blogspot.ca/

Julie's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Pinks





Pippa's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Red & Purple




http://scrappyhorses.blogspot.ca

Katrina's favourite colour combo for today's project is: Blues & Browns




patacakespages.blogspot.com/
 

Pat's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Pastels





Suze's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Yellow & Orange




http://craftinghelen.blogspot.ca/
Helen's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Pinks & Kraft

 

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 team's Favourite Colour(s) 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 Choosing Your Favourite Colour(s), 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 Your Favourite Colour(s) 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!


Don't Forget...

You have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 27th, to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #58. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. If everything goes according to plan, the winners for Challenge #58 will hopefully be posted sometime before the start of the next challenge. If you'd like to vote for your favourite entry in Challenge #58, you can find the Top Picks post HERE.



MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE ON COLOUR...
If you need some motivation to get you started, I've provided a quote for you, which you can find below. I've also added the same quote to the start post.



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:

Graphic Image
I have used a graphic image in the design of this word art creation. Image is courtesy of OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay. This image is licensed under CC:0 which means that it is in the public domain and can thus be used for commercial purposes.

Fonts used
Click on the font names to take you to a purchase location. These fonts are part of a font family I 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.

Interested in the full set?
I've created a set featuring four different variations of this month's word art. If you are interested in purchasing the set, please let me know and I'll make arrangements to get it to you.




SUMMARY
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!



GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY...
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...


http://www.lunagirl.com/

http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/index.html
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!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Challenge #58 Top Picks: Voting Open May 20 to May 27, 2018

WELCOME TO THE CHALLENGE #58 POP TOP!

Hey there folks! I'm finally here with the top picks for the last challenge. While I had managed to catch up with everything over here, my hubby and I sadly had to put our cat to sleep on May 9th. As such it has been a rather difficult time and I am back off track.

We managed to gain a few more entries during April with a total of 15. Once again several of you forgot to add FT after your names when in fact many of the projects did in fact use pastels throughout the majority of the creation. Thankfully, with the colour challenges, it is a bit easier to figure out who followed the theme with a quick glance. However, it is still important to get into the habit of letting us know whether or not you followed the theme when you link up so that you can be included in the draw for the Most Inspirational Creation. We would hate to see you miss out on the chance for the prize and honour; so, be sure to add FT after your name if you in fact followed the theme.

Right now, it is time to get on with showcasing the seven projects and/or write-ups that touched the team the most. In case you are new and wondering why seven and not the typical three, four or even five? Any time that we have more than 14 entries, we have a top seven. We have always strived to be a bit different over here on the Path of Positivity and this is just another way to do so. Additionally, seven is a spiritual number and thus right in the wheelhouse of the vibe we are looking to project; so, seven it is when enough people join in.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Picks for Challenge #58...






















Congrats Ladies... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #58 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...



HAVE YOUR SAY!

Now the really hard work starts. It is time for you, our readers, to vote for your favourite entry. Which participant most inspires you? Remember, you are not necessarily voting on a creation that was made. You might simply find what the person had to say in their post to be inspiring and optimistic. Please be sure to go and check out the entries first and not just make your choices off of the thumbnails. Then, let us know who your favourite choice is by placing your vote below using the Linky Tools feature. Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

 Good luck everyone!


Voting open for 7 days:
May 20
through May 27

Path of Positivity--Challenge #58 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #58 out of the entries listed below. One vote per IP address please. Please note that you can get a better idea of what the project/post looks like by visiting each participant first. To do so, simply click the names below the thumbnails to be taken to the person's blog.

Vote Below:

Monday, May 07, 2018

Challenge #59--Optional Theme: CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR(S)...May 7th - June 3rd

Hello everyone and welcome to the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog! It is the first Monday of the month and time for our new challenge to begin.

We have just entered the fifth month into our year long study of colour. Every challenge we have in 2018 will be dedicated to the theme of colour. Each month we will focus on a particular individual colour grouping (blue, red, yellow, etc.) or on a specific colour collection (pastels, metallics, etc.). Since colour is so important to our everyday lives, we thought this would be an interesting Path to explore.

In January, I presented a brief essay on how we are affected by colour, its impact on us, the symbolism of it, and the psychological effect it has on our everyday lives. If you are new to this series and would like to review this essay, or you would simply just like to refresh yourself on its details, you can find it by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the Title, "Theme Ideas for 2018".

Right now, it is time to get on with the details of our newest challenge. This time around, for Challenge #59, the optional theme* is that you get to Choose Your Favourite Colour(s) to work with! Here is what you need to know...


The Basics

While you can 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 for Challenge #59.



Challenge #59

Optional Theme:
CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR(S)

So far in our exploration of colour this year we've spent some time working with shades of blue, red and yellow. We've also explored the colour grouping of pastels. Later in the year we'll continue our journey by delving into oranges, greens, purples, along with the colour categories of neutrals and metallics. However, for this challenge, we're leaving it all up to you.

What is YOUR favourite colour or are there a combination of colours that you really like? If you're anything like me, choosing your favourites might just be harder than you think! Depending on the day or even my mood, my favourite colours might change. One day I'm passionate about red and the next day I might be jonesing for purple. Talk to me later in the same week and I might just be seeking out shades of blue. When it comes to combinations of colours, I have the same problem. I love the stark contrast of black and white with some red thrown in. However, I also love deep shades of pinks and yellows together and there are so many more! Are you like me, changing your favourite depending on your mood or do you have a consistent favourite colour or combo? Perhaps, you are passionate about a particular palette!

This challenge, you get to Choose Your Favourite Colour(s) to work with! Whether you choose to work with a single colour, a duo or maybe even a particular palette, it is up to you. You can also use some different colours if you'd like but please 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 based on your Favourite Colour(s)! You can choose to fill in your image(s) with your favourite colour(s), and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on the colour(s) that you love the most. 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. Please note that you will also need to let us know somewhere in your post (written in a sentence right next to the link up for our challenge is fine) exactly what your Favourite Colour(s) happen to be. Without this information, you won't be eligible to qualify for the MI prize. Additionally, though completely optional, we'd also love to find out how your Favourite Colour(s) make you feel, if you'd like to share that with us. What kinds of feelings do these colours 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 three images from SheepSki 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 a $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, the second of our guest sponsors this month, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Talking of our guest sponsors...

This month we have one returning sponsor and one brand new one! It is time to refresh ourselves with the details of the second, but first, let's get to know the newest one, shall we?!

First up is SheepSki Designs
http://www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/index.html
Hi I'm Andrea Norris, creator and owner of SheepSki Designs - living in Leeds, Yorkshire in the UK, working full time as a Management Accountant, currently working on 4 design teams and an obsessive crafter and creator of cards. I love anything arty. I've always drawn stuff, for as long as I can remember. In my younger days I sold a few watercolour paintings. I love creating canvases mixed media canvasses with flowers.

I finally found software I could gel with in December 2015. January 2016 a challenge team I worked on was short of a designer's images to create with so I drew some. I opened my shop a month later so I could sponsor challenges and give something back to the crafting world, to the lovely ladies who have supported me on my journey.

I've a Facebook group and blog where I hold challenges and I'm now starting to look at inviting guest designers.

Welcome to my world!
Andrea xx



Check out the awesome images the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge. Clicking on the watermarks will take you to their location in the store.


Flower Bouquet


Morpheus



Butterfly Curls






Next, that brings us to

http://www.lunagirl.com/
My name is Karen, owner of Lunagirl Images. In 2004, after collecting vintage ephemera for most of my life, I started digitizing and restoring images and designing digital supplies for artists and crafters (my husband collected antique books and prints, so we had quite a house full!) We are proud to have been the first company to offer digital vintage image collections of this size and quality at prices affordable to the home crafter.

At Lunagirl.com (and in my etsy shop) I currently offer you several hundred unique digital collage sheets and dozens of themed craft CDs -- over 30,000 images so far! They are a great resource for card making, scrapbooking, jewelry making, and much more, easy to use, carefully researched and curated, all thoughtfully organized and lovingly cleaned up, ready to you to use in your projects. I love altering and embellishing these beautiful and fascinating images and seeing what my customers create with them.

In addition to digital art and design, I enjoy painting on wood, creating assemblage icons and shrines, reading history books, bellydancing, cooking, and sewing with my vintage Singer. I'm also blessed to be the mom of two teenaged boys.

If you're looking for something in particular in vintage style, feel free to email me at info@Lunagirl.com!

Main Bloghttp://www.LunagirlMoonbeams.com
Pinterest:    https://www.pinterest.com/lunagirlart/
Store:         http://www.lunagirl.com/
Etsy:          https://www.etsy.com/shop/Lunagirl

Below you will see the fabulous collage sheets that team members used images from for their projects for the beginning of this challenge. Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their location within the LG store...


Meet Me in Paris
Meet Me in Paris Digital Collage Sheet - Lunagirl


Flowers Line Art Digital Collage Sheet
Flowers Line Art Digital Collage Sheet - Lunagirl


Pastel Mason Jars 2
Pastel Mason Jars #2 Digital Collage Sheet - Lunagirl


Victorian Rose Digital Collage Sheet
Victorian Rose Digital Collage Sheet - Lunagirl

We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these awesome items for the start of this challenge. 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 items from these wonderful companies.


Now 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...

http://muddypawsandinkyfingers.blogspot.ca/


Julie's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Pinks




Pippa's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Red



http://scrappyhorses.blogspot.ca

Katrina's favourite colour combo for today's project is: Blues & Browns



patacakespages.blogspot.com/

Pat's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Pinks & Green





Suze's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Yellow and Orange




http://craftinghelen.blogspot.ca/

Helen's favourite colours for today's project are: Shades of Pinks

 

My amazing design team never disappoints! 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 their various Favourite Colour(s) splendidly and I hope we have inspired you. Be sure to go and visit each of them so you can see how their project further connects to the theme.

So 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 to 'Choose Your Favourite Colour(s)' 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 AND also be sure to let us know somewhere in your post WHAT your favourite colour(s) are. Remember, we'd also love to find out just how Your Favourite Colour(s) 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!

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 (hopefully) start on the Top Picks for Challenge #58.



MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE ON COLOUR...
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:
© 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:

Graphic Image
I have used a graphic image in the design of this word art creation. Image is courtesy of OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay. This image is licensed under CC:0 which means that it is in the public domain and can thus be used for commercial purposes.

Fonts used
Click on the font names to take you to a purchase location. These fonts are part of a font family I 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.

Interested in the full set?
I've created a set featuring four different variations of this month's word art. If you are interested in purchasing the set, please let me know and I'll make arrangements to get it to you.




CHALLENGE DETAILS SUMMARY

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 May 7th to June 3rd, 2018.
  • 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 June 3rd.
  • If you have chosen to follow the optional theme, you will need to add 'FT' after you name so we know which creations to add to the draw for the sponsor's prize for Most Inspirational AND also let us know somewhere in your post WHAT your favourite colour(s) are. 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 do your favourite colours 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.
  • 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 #59, prizes will be the following:
    • A $15 gift certificate from Luna Girl, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • Three digital images of winner's choice from SheepSki Designs, the second 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.

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:
If you have any problems linking up, please be sure to let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

Challenge #57--Optional Theme:  CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE COlOUR(S)
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 June 3rd at 11:59 pm. Be sure to add FT after your name if you followed the optional theme AND also let us know somewhere in your post WHAT your favourite colour(s) are. 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.