Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Summer Break Extended

Hello there folks! I really hope that those of you living in the northern hemisphere are all enjoying your summer. For those of you in the southern hemisphere, I hope your winter isn't too brutal.

I'm popping in today to let you all know that we have decided to extend our summer break to now also include August. Sadly, I find myself buried deep under a pile of work that the negative side of me fears I may never get out from under. However, the positive side of me keeps pushing that it is only a matter of time and somehow I'll break through! Couple that with the fact that it is still summer time here in North America and that many of our players are out of the house and enjoying the warmer weather, we decided that it would be best to take August off as well.

I truly hope that you will all continue to support us when we get back. We have a special three month long theme planned and I hope that you will all enjoy something a bit different.

Take care everyone, stay walking on your own Path of Positivity if you can and we'll see you all again real soon.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Challenge #50--Optional Theme: FAITH, HOPE, LOVE…Midway

Hello folks. It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #50.

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:

Challenge #50

Optional Theme: FAITH, HOPE, LOVE...

Faith, Hope and Love,
but the greatest of these is Love. 
~1 Cor. 13:13
June is upon us and as we enter the summer months in North America, many venues will be preparing for the commencement of the wedding season. It is a time of year when we see a great number of couples, young and old alike, prepare to walk down the aisle. A time when two individuals come together to combine their lives and go forth with the hopes and dreams of living a fulfilled existence with another by their side or to renew said committent. It is truly a blessing to be able to witness the union of two beings coming together in faith, hope and love--the greatest of these being love.

Therefore, this month, in order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, we want to see you create a wedding card, an engagement card or even a wedding anniversary card that reflects the concepts of faith, hope and/or love. It is time to put on those rose coloured glasses and get a little mushy.

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 let us know how your wedding or engagement card relates to the concept of faith, hope and/or love, if it isn't readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post.
While you may easily see how the concept of 'faith, hope and/or love' 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 in a comment on this post or in your blog 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 three images from Pattie's Creations, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a scrapbooking kit from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month.

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 visit the individual sponsors themselves. Below you will find the watermarks for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway. Just click on any watermark to find that image's location in its respective store.

 Flower Power Kit Patterned Papers available
for sale on their own or as part the full Flower Power Kit
 in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it HERE.

Flower Power Kit Textured Papers available
for sale on their own or as part of the full Flower Power Kit
in the Scribbles Designs store. You can find it HERE.

Heartland Mini Kit available for purchase in the Scribbles Designs store.
You can find it HERE

Hearts & Swirls Patterned Paper 
from the future 'Love is in the Air' kit:

A Matter Of Time Pocket Watch Patterned Papers
 available for purchase in the Scribbles Designs store. 
You can find it HERE.

Clockwork Patterned Paper  
from the Multi-year November Kit: As Time Goes By
Freebie available HERE.

Glitteratti Set 1

Mommy Dearest Textured Papers available for 
purchase in the Scribbles Designs store. 
You can find it HERE.

One of the papers used in Pat's project (cranberry coloured plaid paper) is a freebie currently offered up on my blog. You can find it and some others HERE.

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 FAITH, HOPE, LOVE…, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Clicking on a team member's name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creation.

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 concept of faith, hope, and/or love, in various forms and manners 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 faith, hope, and/or love, 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. Also, don't forget to leave FT after your name so we know to include you in the running for the prize. 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. Wednesday to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #49.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #49 will be posted next Monday if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.


If you need some additional motivation to help inspire you, I've provided another sentiment on this month's theme (the first is available HERE), free for you to download.

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 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
This font was purchased with a premium commercial use license at the time of download. It can currently be purchased from the designer. Simply click on the font name above to be taken to where you can purchase it. It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use this font in my creations and offer said creations 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!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Challenge #49 Top Picks: Voting Open June 12th to 19th, 2017


Hello everyone! It is time to get on with showcasing the top picks for Challenge #49. This time around we had 13 entries. That means each entrant has the opportunity to be chosen as the Voter's Choice. We do this any time we have less than 14 participants. And, while we may not have enough participants to have a top seven, we certainly have enough to have a top three. Therefore, it is time to get on with showcasing the projects and/or write-ups that touched the team the most.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Picks for Challenge #49...

Congrats Mimi, Hélène & Sherry... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #49 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...


Now as I mentioned earlier, each of the participant's who entered Challenge #49 AND FOLLOWED THE  RULES is eligible to have their project and/or post voted on. 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 (order is reflective of how they entered the challenge and nothing else). Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

Voting open for 7 days:
June 12th to
June 19th

Path of Positivity--Challenge #49 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #49 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.

Good luck everyone!