Monday, April 16, 2018

Challenge #58--Optional Theme: PASTELS...Midway

Hello folks. It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #58.

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 fourth 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 #58

Optional Theme:  PASTELS

Where does your mind go when you think of pastels?

Maybe your thoughts go to Easter, spring and nature with all the lovely shades of new greens and violets. Possibly the soft colours of the new speckled eggs in the nests, the light fur colours of new baby animals or dream sickle skies enter your imagination.

Pastels seem to evoke feelings of new life for many. Maybe that is why baby clothes and nursery items seem to be so popular in those colours.

Even the world of fashion chooses pastels for their spring lines, and 2018 is highlighting pastels with the colours being displayed as the “Sundae Style” and “ice cream colours trend”! What is prettier than a dish of orange, lime or raspberry sherbet or a lovely cup of strawberry ice cream in that delightful pink?

This challenge, our focus is on different shades of PASTELS. We want to see a project that is at least 51% of the overall colour scheme. 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 in the PASTELS spectrum! You can use the pastel colours to fill in your image(s) with, and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on different pastel shades. 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. 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 PASTEL shades 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.

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 Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor 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 for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Talking of our guest sponsor...

To learn more about this month's guest sponsor, be sure to check out the START post; and of course, also pay this generous company a visit. Below, you will find the watermarks for the images that the team worked with for the midway. Just click on any watermark to find that image's location in the store.

From  Sparkle N Sprinkle...

Pool Friends

Emily Showers of Love


Dream Catcher Maiden

Garden Silhouette
Garden Silhouette Digital Stamp Set [Digi600B]

Thank you so much to this awesome company for allowing us the opportunity to work with such incredible images during the midway!

To help inspire you further down the path of different shades of PASTELS, 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.

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 different shades of PASTELS 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 PASTELS, 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 the different shades of PASTELS 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 Friday, April 20th, to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #57. 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 #57 will hopefully be posted sometime before the start of the next challenge. If you'd like to vote for your favourite entry in Challenge #57, you can find the Top Picks post HERE.

If you need some motivation to get you started, I've provided a quote for you, which you can find below. Please note that the quote is being offered up with two different spellings. While I spell 'colour' with a 'u', my American friends, followers and readers are apt to spell it without one; so, I am providing an option to cover both spellings of the word.  Please note that this is the same quote that was offered at the start of the challenge.

British version:

American version:

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:

Fonts used
Click on the font name to take you to a purchase location. This font family was 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.

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 sponsor by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance. As mentioned above, this month our guest sponsor is...

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!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Challenge #57 Top Picks: Voting Open April 13 to April 20, 2018


Hey there folks! I'm finally here with the top picks for the last completed challenge. Given that April has five Mondays, I just might actually get back on track over here on this blog at least!

Unfortunately, our numbers were back down again in March with only 12 entries. Once again several of you forgot to add FT after your names when in fact many of the projects did in fact use various shades of yellow in the majority of their 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.

As we only had 12 entries this time around, each of the entrants have 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--well actually in this case a top four. We had two cards that were tied and while normally, I will come in and be the tie-breaker, in this case, I liked the two cards so much that I just couldn't decide between them; so, we have a tie for one of the spots. And on that note, 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 #57...





Congrats Ladies... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #57 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...


Now as I mentioned earlier, each of the participants who entered Challenge #56 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:
April 13th to
April 20th

Path of Positivity--Challenge #57 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #57 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. 

***Please note that I had trouble grabbing the snapshot of entry #9--NannaConnie. Her project is a pretty card but for some reason, the link up won't let me grab a pic of it so instead I've linked up using her avatar. To ensure that you have given all entries an equal chance, please be sure to click on the link to check out what her card looks like before placing your vote. Thank you.***

Good luck everyone!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge #56--Opt. Theme: SHADES OF RED

Hello folks! In my continued effort to try and catch up I am bringing you the winner announcement for Challenge #56. Now if I could just get the Top Picks published for Challenge #57, I'll be back on track--for this particular challenge blog anyway. Hopefully, I'll be able to accomplish that goal in the next day or two.

Right now though, it's time to present the winners for Challenge #56.  Thanks to Pat for helping get the ball rolling on this post. First we'll share the names of the Voter's Choice, the Most Inspirational and the Random Winner and then we'll move on to showcasing our DT Delights. Who are all the lucky peeps? Well, let's find out.

Without further ado, here are the choices...

Drum roll, please....BBBbbbrrrrrrrrr pish

 The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #56 is once again....

Priya, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #56. Please feel free to copy your badge below...

 In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is...

Sunila and Adita, you have won three (3) images from Pattie's Creations, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #56.

Sunila and Adita, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #56 which you can find below...

The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is:

Mia, you have won a $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #56.

Mia, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #56 which you can find below...

Big Congrats to...


If you have won a prize during this challenge, please send your message to popwinners {at} gmail {dot} com (be sure to replace 'at' and 'dot' with the appropriate symbols), or click HERE to bring our email up in your program, with the subject heading, "WINNER PoP Challenge #56" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that I am rather behind these days so it may take me a while to get back to you but I promise I will. Thank you for your patience.

Now it is time to announce our DT Delights from this challenge. As always, in each challenge you, the readers, get to voice your opinion by voting for your favourite and so it is only fitting that my Design Team get to do so as well.

Thanks to the 29 people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of February for Challenge #56Check out the entries that really caught our attention...

Veronika (Cheiro Urgia)--chosen by Julie...

Julie had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Veronika. I love the iris folding on this dress! It's awesome!""

To see the details of Veronica's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.

Dots to Lines--chosen by Pippa & Katrina...

Feb Lindy 1

Pippa said this:
"My DT Delight is Dots to Lines. That journal is just fantastic, the uplifting quotes to look back on again and again and the amount of work in it, amazing. I love it."

Katrina had this to say:
""My DT Delight is also Dots to Lines. This beautiful journal is so full of gorgeous color, texture, shine and dimension! The sentiments are so encouraging and uplifting! I especially loved the quote about falling in love with as many things as possible; so perfect for February! There are also so many lovely thoughts written about loving yourself in her post!"

To see the details of Dots to Lines's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.

Deonna B --chosen by Pat...

Pat said this:
""My DT Delight is Deonna. I love a good, thrifty mixed media canvas. It’s eye candy."

To see the details of Deonna's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.


Karen Varley (Donemark Papercrafts)--chosen by Helen...


Helen said this:
"My DT Delight is Karen. This is one of my favourite Stampin' Up stamp sets. A beautiful CAS card and very encouraging sentiment too."

To see the details of Karen's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.

Priya --chosen by Suze...

Suze said this:
"My DT Delight is Priya. Love the message on the canvas and that it is the top layer. Beautiful colour choice too."

To see the details of Priya's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.

Creative Congratulations to you all!

Thank you to those who played on our Pathway during the month of February. As always we greatly appreciate you sharing your incredible talents with us.

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

Veronika, Dots to Lines, Deonna, Karen and Priya

  You are entitled to one image of your choice from our on-going sponsor...

Please click HERE to check out the image previews. They are arranged into general categories; although, due to the nature of some of these images, they have been repeated in certain applicable categories. If you are interested in claiming a digi, please send me the name of the one image you want and let me know which section it came from. Send your request to popwinners {at} gmail {dot} com (be sure to replace 'at' and 'dot' with the appropriate symbols), or click HERE to bring our email up in your program, with the subject, "PoP#56-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated.

Additionally, you are entitled to the special Challenge #56 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...

As mentioned above, I hope to return in the next couple of days with the Top Picks from Challenge #57. We'll also be back on Monday with midway for our current challenge.

Until that time, may your Path be an easy one to travel and if it isn't, may you find the strength to deal with the obstacles in your way!