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Hello my lovelies! 

If you saw my latest poll you know that I was considering beginning a monthly challenge where I would randomly choose an image from my gallery and give you guys one month to create something absolutely wonderful with it. The results of the poll were positive so I have decided to start the first challenge on October 1st! And what a better month than to choose one of the many pumpkins in my gallery for a Harvest/Halloween/Samhain/Hop-tu-Naa themed challenge. Pumpkin  

Seth has chosen the conjoined pumpkins for you guys to whet your appetites with; he says it looks like a big butt... gotta love kids!

Required Stock

Conjoined Pumpkins 4 by DamselStock


:bulletgreen: You must use the required image listed above in your artwork. It must be used so that I may easily distinguish it from the other elements in your artwork. (Obviously this does not apply to Literature but you must describe or mention it so that I know you are referring to my stock.)
:bulletgreen: You can use the free download of the required image, you are not required to purchase the Premium Content version. That is only if you wish to make a book cover and sell it, or the like. 
:bulletgreen: You must state that your piece is for this challenge and include a URL/Thumb code of this journal in your Artist Comments.
:bulletgreen: You may use other stock from my account, or other deviants accounts as long as you follow any Rules or TOU posted. You may NOT use images found through Google Images or any other non-legitimate sources. If you question whether your source is legitimate or not you may ask me via note.
:bulletgreen: You may use premade backgrounds but please note that I prefer you to challenge yourself and will always go with the artist who made their own background in the event that I am tied on who should win.
:bulletgreen: I allow horror/macabre art so feel free to get bloody, however, absolutely no sexual themes will be allowed as some of these challenges will more than likely include my nephew's images.
:bulletgreen: The challenge will run for exactly ONE MONTH and a new challenge will begin immediately on the 1st of the next month so there will be absolutely no extensions. 
:bulletgreen: Any medium will be accepted, YES EVEN LITERATURE! You are more than welcome to enter a poem or short story if the stock inspires you. 
:bulletgreen: You may enter as many times as you wish, but you can only win one prize (either my choice or Watcher's choice.)
:bulletgreen: To enter post the URL or thumb code to your artwork/deviation to this journal. 


:bulletgreen: Challenge runs from October 1, 2014 thru October 31, 2014
Due to nature of "monthly challenges" there will be no extensions. There will always be the next challenge if you cannot make this one!


:bulletgreen: My favorite will receive 500 dA points and the Watcher's favorite will receive 250 dA points. The  top 5 favorites after those two will receive 100 dA points.
:bulletgreen: The Watcher's favorite and top 5 will be determined via the poll system. I expect you guys to be fair and honest. NO ASKING FOR VOTES! If I find out you have asked for votes then you will be disqualified from this challenge. If you do it a second time you will no longer be allowed to enter the monthly challenges. The winners will receive points which cost me money. I will not pay for cheating. You may vote for yourself but if you have multiple accounts please only vote with the account your art is posted on. I know I cannot stop you from cheating but I am trusting you guys to abide by the Honor Code.
:bulletgreen: I will add more prizes if we end up with more entries than 15 entries.
:bulletgreen: Exclusive stock to all winners from EveLivesey.

If you wish to support the monthly challenges in terms of prizes please donate any points you are able or willing  to my Donation Pool on my profile page or by clicking here. I have a feeling this will become more expensive as the challenges grow. I do not want to have to quit the challenges due to not being able to afford giving out prizes.


The Terrible Twosome by Nejija
Conjoined by amethystmstock

*** UPDATE: As of April 30, 2014 the older URLs appear to have been fixed by the dA developers. Please check your URLs to be sure yours are working once again, if not you may want to submit a ticket with the Help Desk. ***

Attention Stockers

It has recently come to my attention that the URL to my stock rules which is on all 2,013 of my deviations, no longer points to the stock rules journal.  For some unknown reason, deviantART staff has changed the method of identifying our individual journals. Instead of our older URLs pointing to a specific journal, they lead you to your journal homepage. 

I am not the only person affected by this change. I scoured my extensive watch list and looking at every stocker I personally watch and many of them have the exact same thing happening.

The following stockers may want to update their rules on their deviations:













I am sure there are many, many more, so please, if you come across a stocker whose rule URL leads you to their journal homepage, please let them know!! You may send them this journal for explanation. 

A Quick Fix Until You Can Update Your Deviations

If you are a stocker who has had your URL changed, add a new journal with your rules so that it is the very first journal in your journal homepage. 

Not All Are Affected

It seems that if you posted the thumb code to your journal in your Artist Description then you were spared this major inconvenience. 

Christmas Elf Contest - WINNERS

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 1:08 PM

1st Place

Tangled Up by SleepyHeadKL

Tangled Up by SleepyHeadKL
More from SleepyHeadKL

A Crown for His Queen - Elsa and Jack Frost by SleepyHeadKL BANANAS BANANAS BANANAS BANANAS BANANAS BANANAS by SleepyHeadKL Speed Paint, Concepting- Crystal Tunnel by SleepyHeadKL

2nd Place

Stables in the North ACEO by Keyshe54

Stables in the North (ACEO) by Keyshe54

More from Keyshe54

Rising Red Song by Keyshe54 Celestial Tag (Moon side) by Keyshe54 Celestial Tag (Sun side) by Keyshe54

3rd Place

Surfer Elf by hyenacub

Surfer Elf by hyenacub

More from hyenacub

Elvin Child by hyenacub The Surrender by hyenacub Hakuna Matata - 6 by hyenacub

Honorable Mention from DamselStock/ADamselinDesign

Wish I Could Ride With Santa by MataHari22

Wish I Could Ride With Santa by MataHari22

Honorable Mention from SewfulCreations

Glowing for Christmas by AmbrosePhoenix

Glowing For Christmas by AmbrosePhoenix

Honorable Mention from SethMJones

Christmas Elves by ShawnaMac

Christmas Elves Contest Entry by ShawnaMac

Congratulations to all the winners! I will contact you each regarding your prizes in the next few days! 

You should be receiving your prizes from our very generous donors shortly, as well.

Thank you to all who donated prizes, I sincerely appreciate it!



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First, I created a new folder for contests so if any of you are hosting contests you can now submit the journal with the details to the "Contests" folder.

Second, I am now allowing Premium Content stock to be uploaded to the regular folders considering so many stockers are going all premium. Donation, prize and exclusive stock packs, however, should still be submitted to the "Premium & Exclusive Stock" folder.

And finally, I would love to be able to upgrade this group to a super group so we can use a custom journal skin, add group subfolders, use polls and many of the other super group perks. I have set up a separate group donation pool account where anyone can donate to, but this way it keeps group points out of my personal points.