Monday, March 07, 2016

Challenge #36--BEAUTY...March 7th to April 3rd

It is the first Monday in March and that means it is time for the next challenge to start.  This time around, for Challenge #36 the theme is "BEAUTY".  Show us your interpretation of what beauty 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.

Our world is filled beauty.  Whether we see it in the people around us, in the animals that populate the planet or in the wonder of nature, beauty can be found everywhere we look.  Once again, this month's theme can take you in so many different directions.  As usual my team, has come up with some interesting ideas so be sure to pop over to their blogs and see how their creations connect with the concept of this challenge.  Whatever approach you 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 beauty 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 beauty in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes.  While you may easily see how beauty 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!

 First up, we have Lunagirl.  Here is a refresher of what Karen's company is all about...
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 (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!

Main Blog
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...

Vintage Romance #2

Flowers Line Art

Next, that brings us to Sami Stamps.  Here is a refresher of what Sami's company is all about?!

Hello! I'm so happy to be here as a Sponsor for The Path of Positivity! Sami Stamps provides a variety of high quality Digital Stamps in both JPEG and PNG formats. I hope you enjoy crafting with Sami Stamps images as much as I enjoy illustrating them!
If you're having fun here, please feel free to come check us out!
Main Blog:
Blog Shop:
Etsy Shop:
Check out the lovely 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 category page they can be found on in SS store...

Wild Flower Beauty (available in the Flowers & Spring category)

I love The Rain (available in the Flowers & Spring category)

My Sister's a Princess (available in the Boys & Girls category)

 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...

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 the concept of beauty 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 beauty, 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 #35. 

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:
Fonts used
Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  These fonts were 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 March 7th to April 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 April 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 #36, prizes will be the following:
    • A $12 gift certificate from Sami Stamps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, 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!

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Teresa Arsenault said...

Beautiful projects by the DT. Thanks for this challenge. For my project, I combined the beauty of zen-doodling with that of one of God's majestic creatures - a tiger.

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Gorgeous creations by the DT. Thanks for the wonderful, positive, uplifting challenges Lisa. Here is my paragraph from my post on beauty - I am entering this card in "The Path of Positivity Challenge - Beauty". I think these little chicks are just beautiful; as are all the critters in the world. I also think this paper with all of its bold colors is beautiful and it makes me feel happy. I created this card for my mother, who is in the nursing home; in hopes that it will cheer her up. These colors are also beautiful together; so it is one beautiful card. LOL! I hope you enjoy it and that it makes you smile as well. Hugs. Gloria

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

No. 5 entry - I believe that all of us are one of a kind; and that we need to cherish our uniqueness as well as cherish each other. I am not sure who this card belongs to yet; but I am sure it will be for the right person. For someone who needs to hear that they are beautiful; and one of a kind. Everyone needs to be themselves and not try to be like someone else. It is hard sometimes, to let go of what others think of you or expect of you. We have to accept ourselves first; before anyone else will accept us; exactly as we are. Thanks for the fabulous challenges. Hugs. Gloria