Monday, May 04, 2015

Challenge #26--PERSEVERANCE: May 4th - May 31st, 2015

It is the first Monday in May and that means it is time for the next challenge to start.  This time around, for Challenge #26 the theme is "PERSEVERANCE".  Show us your interpretation of what perseverance 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.

To succeed in life you need perseverance.  Even when facing difficulties, one needs to stay slow and steady and stay on course.  Encouragement cards are a great way to show someone you care about the importance of never giving up.  Perseverance can also be shown in graduation cards as the graduate themselves will have needed great perseverance in order to succeed.  There are also situations where people in minorities have needed the strength to continue to fight for their simple basic rights.  However you interpret the concept of perseverance, we'd love for you to join us this month.  Whichever path you take, we'd love to see what you come up with and a few words on how you got there!

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 perseverance 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 perseverance in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes.  While you may easily see how perseverance 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 one returning sponsor and a brand new one!

First up is our newest sponsor, Deedee's Digis.  Let's learn a lit bit about Deedee's company shall we?!
Deedee's Digis offers wholesome digital "stamps" and printable digital papers that are the original creations of Deedee Anderson. All of our sets include both outline and pre-colored images, in both JPG and PNG formats. Our products are offered in high 300dpi resolution so that they are fully resizable to meet your crafting needs. We are a Christ-centered company, and you will find that many of our sets include KJV Scripture verses, in addition to encouraging sentiments of all sorts. We feel very blessed to be part of such a talented community of paper crafters, and thank you for allowing us to sponsor this challenge!

Main Blog:

Check out the sweet images the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge.  As Deedee's has had to divide the store into two sections in order to accommodate the new EU VAT regulations, there are two sections to shop in.  Please be sure to click on the appropriate link below the images.

 If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

 If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

Next, that brings us to Ike's Art.  Here is a refresher of what Ike's company is all about...
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 ☺

I 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 a couple of years ago and although I love crafting, my real passion is drawing, and now I just love making digital images.

My SHOP is IkesArt found at
My Challenge Blog:
My Blog is Ikes World and is at
Exclusive designer for Smeared Ink
Below you will see the awesome images that team members used for their projects for the beginning of this challenge.  Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their section within the Ike's Art store...

Bak 2 Skool KT (located in the People section)

 Beauty The Beast (located in the People section)

 Flower Square (located in the Other section)

Once again, we are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these amazing 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.  I even had the time to create a project for the start of the challenge.  Clicking on the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

Technically that should say Guest Designers plural!  This month I'm pleased to showcase several different samples from each of the Sponsor's Designs Teams.  To make it easier, I'm going to include the watermark of the image the GDT used beneath each of their projects.

First up we'll check out creations from some of the members of Deedee's Digis team...

Carol from Our Little Inspirations...

 If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

Stephanie from Steph's Scrap Happenings...

 If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

Kathy from Dunnit Again Designs...
Kathy also used the 'Congratulations Graduate' set that Stephanie used (watermark and link above).

Next up, let's check out the creations from some of the members of the Ike's Art team...
Ginny from As.I.Do.Rodos. ...

PROF. OWL (located in the Animal section)!__digi-animals/productsstackergalleryv21=1

Black Dragon from Black Dragon...

COGNITIVE THOUGHTS (located in the People section)!__digital-art-stamps/productsstackergalleryv20=54

Shell from Happy Crafter Shell...

MUSE 6 (located in the People section)!__digi-people/productsstackergalleryv21=19
We are extremely blessed this month to have so many amazing guest designers joining us, each with their own unique styles and ideas.  As always I am blown away by the quality of projects from my amazing design team and wonderful guests!  Each of these projects has showcased perseverance in various forms and manners and I hope we have inspired you.

So what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to perseverance, 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 on Monday, May 11th when voting will start on the Top Picks for Challenge #24.

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.

Font Information:
Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  These fonts were 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.  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 May 4th - May 31st, 2015.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using Inlinkz. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on May 31st.
  • 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 #26, prizes will be the following:
    • A $10 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A $25 gift certificate from Deedee's Digis, 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:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment.
  • 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!

Link Up Below:


Teresa Arsenault said...

What a great lot of inspiration in this post. All of the projects are lovely. I have just the thing for this challenge.

D- said...

Thanks everyone for sharing your wonderfully inspirational projects.
My entry #8 is a card for my daughter. I wanted to let her know that her hard work has not gone unnoticed.
Crafty hugs,

D- said...

My entry #9 card is for a co-worker who was hired on a a temp {in a job that wasn't a temp job} and now has to reapply for the job. She has been doing the job wonderfully.
Now there is another co-worker who wants to apply, too. The chance is 99.9999% it will go to the other person.
She is continuing to do the job as she has done all year long and her perseverance has encouraged me a lot.
I didn't add all the details to my post since my co-workers might read it.
Crafty hugs,