Thursday, September 15, 2016

Challenge #21 Midway: Optional Theme--The NATURE of Christmas

Hello there folks! It is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #21. Just a note before I start: It has been one of those months and I still haven't finished the winner announcement. I'm hoping to get to it in the next few days; so, if you are waiting, I really appreciate your patience!

Right now though, it is time to see what the Merry Maidens have been up to with their images from  Sparkle N Sprinkle, our guest sponsor for this month!

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Check out the beautiful images that the team worked with this month for the midway of the challenge. Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their page in the  Sparkle N Sprinkle store where each of these images can be found.

Christmas Doves
Christmas Doves - Digital Stamp Set 649

Holiday Cheer
Holiday Cheer - Digital Stamp Set 747bb

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While team members had the option of working with any of my Décosse's Dynamite Doodles papers, I did create a special set The Nature of Christmas.  Check out the preview...

Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of September will earn ONE of the digital papers from this set. The specific paper up for grabs will be shown during the winner announcement post. Additionally, one random winner will earn the full set of papers.

Have your say in determining which paper will be offered to those who link up a minimum of two cards this month by completing the poll in the sidebar on the top right hand side.

Now check out what the Merry Maidens and my Co-coordinator Pat came up with to inspire you. Clicking on the names will take you to the individual blogs where you can check out the details for all these wonderful cards.

So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for? It is time to link up your Christmas and other holiday cards for September. Whether you choose to link up two Anything Goes themed cards simply to earn your free paper this month, or you choose to also follow the optional theme to have a chance at the sponsor's prize, it is completely up to you! 

Here is a refresher of the details for this challenge...

Please remember that this is a CARDS ONLY link up. While we've had some lovely tag entries in the past, we've sadly had to disqualify them.

Challenge #21

Optional Theme: The NATURE of Christmas

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places”
~Roald Dahl

Before Christmas came in a box—store displays going up in August, made-for-TV movies with frequent holiday-themed advertisements, online shopping—before the commercialization of the holiday… 

…there were family outings in search of the perfect pine tree, strings of popcorn and cranberries ready to hang on that perfect tree, and decorations made from holly leaves and pine cones. Sometimes the best way to capture Christmas is to turn your face away from the TV, the computer, your phone, and watch the magic of Christmas unfold outside your windows. We’d like you to remember the Nature of Christmas with our newest challenge. Show us woodland scenes, snowfall, winter animals—whatever flora or fauna brings out the natural beauty of the holiday and inspires you to create. 

In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, make sure that your card has some sort of outdoor nature element in the design. Examples include: scene of trees, forest, river, birds, woodland animals, etc. Whatever element you choose must be flora or fauna (i.e. botanical or animal related). 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.

Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate to the Sparkle N Sprinkle store.

If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab.  As this is a unique kind of link up where we have both an anything goes Christmas option and an optional theme to follow, be sure to read all the details and rules you need to know in order to participate, by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab (both tabs located at the top of the blog).

You can find the Challenge Details Summary along with the link up for Challenge #21 by clicking HERE.

 Don't Forget, if everything goes according to plan...

  • Stay tuned for the winner announcement for Challenge #19.
  • Be sure to join us on September 23rd when Pat will be here to share a Christmas Tradition with you all.
  • Next up it will be time for our new challenge to start on October 1st.
  • Then, the winners from Challenge #20 will hopefully be posted on October 8th.
  • Other special posts may be published throughout the month.  Be sure to sign up to have our posts delivered by email or follow us through Bloglovin' so you don't miss a thing!

We look forward to seeing you participate!

1 comment:

Pat said...

awesome cards by the DT!