Monday, January 15, 2018

Challenge #37 Midway: Optional Theme...A Touch of FROST

Hello and happy Monday folks!

Just before we get on with today's post, I wanted to let you all know that this will be Granmargaret's last month with us. Granmargaret has been an integral part of this design team going on two years now. She started out as a participant over on my blog where the 12 Months of Christmas first originated and then she migrated over here in 2015 when the Link Up got its own home. I asked her to join the team in 2016 and was thrilled when she agreed. She has been an important part of our 12MoC family since the start and will continue to be so even though she is leaving the team!

Please join me in wishing Granmargaret the absolute best as she moves on to new adventures in her life. Her talents and beautiful spirit will most definitely be missed around here.

Now it is time to continue with our midway. We are halfway through the month of January already, and that means it is time to see what the Merry Maidens have been up to with their fabulous images from Scribbles Designs, our guest sponsor this month!

Check out the fun and quirky images that the team worked with this month for the mid-point of the challenge. Clicking on any of the image watermarks will take you to their spot in the Scribbles Designs store.

#251 Three B's Trio
***Please note that this image is part of a larger set***

#243 Snow Kisses

#0153 Let it Snow

#325 Carl Snowman

Thank you so much to this month's generous sponsor for providing such fabulous images for the team to work with! Please pop over and pay Scribbles Designs a visit when you have the chance! You are sure to find something to add to your wish list while you are there!

While team members had the option of working with any of my Décosse's Dynamite Doodles digital paper sets, I did create a special set called A Touch of Frost: Rich Colours Collection. Check out the preview...

Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards during the month of January 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 below.

Please click "like" to choose the ONE paper that you would like offered up to participants who link up a minimum of two cards during the month of January. Poll will be open until January 31st, 11:59 p.m. EST. Please note that you can get a better idea of what the actual paper looks like by bringing the preview ABOVE up in the lightbox.

Now check out what the Merry Maidens 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 January. Whether you choose to link up ANY type of Christmas or holiday card you've made for a chance to win this month's Paper Kit, or link up two of them 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 #37

Optional Theme: A Touch of FROST
Happy New Year! If you happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere of this beautiful planet, January is one of the coldest months of the year. If you live in a place like I do, then you may have woken up on the first day of 2018 to a frosty, snow covered scene as well. The ground is still layered with snow, icicles remain hanging from the eves and the windows continue to be nice and frosty. In fact, we're having an extreme deep cold snap here in many provinces of Canada. The temperatures were soooooo frigid at the end of December and start of January that many of the planned outdoor New Year's Eve celebrations and concerts were cancelled! It was so cold that they even ended up bringing the Penguins indoors at the Calgary [Alberta, Canada] zoo!!! Now it if is too cold for the penguins to be outside, you can only imagine how frigid it is for humans!!! We'll have to see if the deep freeze continues throughout the remainder of January! For the sake of anyone living in these frosty areas--people and animals alike--let's hope not!!!
So to commemorate this cold snap, in order to have a chance to win the prize from our guest sponsor, be sure to have some sort of frosty element on your card (for ex. icicles, snowflakes, snow, frost, etc.). It can be the image itself or in the paper(s) you use, or even in your embellishments but it must be featured prominently. 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 or for the chance to win the featured digi paper set. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $10.00 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs.

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 different kind of link up where we have both an Anything Goes Christmas or other December Holiday 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 #37 by clicking HERE.

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

  • If I can pull it off, I'll try and get another winner announcement done before the month is out. 
  • Pat will be here on January 23rd with something special for you to try.
  • Our new challenge will start on February 1st.
  • 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!

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