Saturday, December 16, 2017

Challenge #53 Top Picks: Voting Open December 16th to 23rd, 2017

WELCOME TO THE CHALLENGE #53 POP TOP!

Oh dear! Apologies for the lateness of this post. I've been under the weather the majority of the week and as a result haven't had a chance to publish the Top Picks post until now.

Only six of you joined us during the past challenge. Now while nobody stated that they followed the theme, the majority of entries did in fact connect to music somehow. Remember, it is really important to let 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 six 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. Therefore, 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 #53...




Congrats Nancy & Debi... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #53 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...

HAVE YOUR SAY!

Now as I mentioned earlier, each of the participants who entered Challenge #53 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:
December 16th to
December 23rd

Path of Positivity--Challenge #53 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #53 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. 


Good luck everyone!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Challenge #54--Optional Theme: FESTIVITY...December 4th to December 31st

Hello everyone and welcome to the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog! It is the first Monday of the month and time for our new challenge to begin.

This time around, for Challenge #54, the optional theme* is "FESTIVITY". Here is what you need to know...


The Basics

While you can find out ALL the information you need to know in order to participate in the challenge by checking out the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page (or by clicking HERE), here is a refresher of the basics.
  • ALL entries must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. 
  • *Each month there will also be an OPTIONAL theme to follow. Participants must follow the optional  theme in order to win the prize for Most Inspirational. If you choose to follow the theme, please follow the instructions below to ensure that you are considered for this prize. 
  • All entries that abide by the general rules of the challenge, will be eligible to receive the Random Prize.
  • For both prizes, you can make any sort of project you'd like (i.e., scrapbooking page, card, tag, mixed media, digital, etc.). In fact, you don't have to create a project at all. You may just have something to say that is motivational or encouraging in some way, or a written passage that expounds on the nature of the theme. Project, written passage or both! It is completely up to you.
Now that the basics are out of the way, how about we get on with the details of Challenge #54.


Challenge #54

Optional Theme:  FESTIVITY

As one looks around, it is plainly visible that the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season is most decidedly here! Whether you celebrate Chanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus or another holiday or occasion celebrated during the month of December, the feeling of festivity is definitely in the air; and, it is that feeling of FESTIVITY that we'd like you to capture on your creations this month. With the joy and wonder of the holiday season surrounding us, it is the perfect time to apply that to your designs.

If you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, the challenge this month is to create something FESTIVE! Whether you choose to create a Christmas or other holiday card, decide to design some gift tags or boxes, or choose to create some sort of holiday decorations, it is totally up to you. We can't wait to see how you explore the theme of festivity 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. Remember, we also ask that you please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of festivity, if it isn't clearly written somewhere else in your post. While you may easily see how your creation ties into the theme, 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 or paragraph 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.

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 $20 gift certificate from NS Designs (aka Kitten Stamps), one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of a $12 gift certificate from Bugaboo Stamps, the second of our guest sponsors this month, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Talking of our guest sponsors...

This month we have two returning sponsors! It is time to refresh ourselves with the details of these wonderful companies.

First up is Bugaboo Stamps
Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About
Bugaboo Stamps: A Short Essay
As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was seven years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing!  From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects.  Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!



Check out the awesome images the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge. Clicking on the watermarks will take you to their location in the store.


Peace Love Joy Angel
Word art/ Sentiments,Digi Singles,BUGSPLJANGEL,Bugaboo Stamps,


 Two Snowmen
Digi Singles - Digi Stamps


JJ Xmas Cheer - Deck the Halls
Digi Singles,JJ Xmas Cheer - deck the halls,Bugaboo Stamps,




Next, that brings us to NS Designs 
(aka Kitten Scraps)...
My name is Nathalie and I design under the name of NS Designs and KittenScraps.  I began scrapping as a way to fill in my spare time while learning Photoshop and was quickly hooked on creating kits to scrap my photo’s.  I enjoy offering S4H/S4O kits that are family friendly and easy and fun to use.  My online store offer’s a variety of digital scrapbooking kits, Commercial Use Templates, Elements and Clip Art and coming soon SVG Files for your cutting machine.


In my spare time I enjoy knitting, and embroidery,  gardening and travelling.  I’m the mother of 4 grown kids and 3 also, grown step kids as well as Aunt Nathalie to 3 adorable-yet mischievous, little boys whom I love to scrap.  Scrapbooking for me is not just a business-I feel each memory that is scrapped is it’s own treasure and strive to offer quality digital products that will help you create the perfect layout for your photos.

Come check out my blog and Facebook page  where I offer layout idea’s and the occasional  freebie and while your there stop by my store to check out the latest kits, CU items and SVG Files.

Check out the great kits the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge. Clicking on the watermarks below will take you to their location in the store.

Winter's Playground Bundle
Winter's Playground Bundle



Baby's First Christmas
 Baby's First Christmas ClipArt {CU}

We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these awesome images for the start of this challenge. 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. Clicking on each team member's name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...


http://muddypawsandinkyfingers.blogspot.ca/


http://scrappyhorses.blogspot.ca






http://craftinghelen.blogspot.ca/


My amazing design team never disappoints! They each have their own unique styles and ideas. As always I am blown away by the quality of their projects! Each of these projects has showcased the concept of 'festivity' in various forms and manners and I hope we have inspired you. Be sure to go and visit each of them so you can see how their projects further connect to the theme.

So what are you waiting for? 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 'festivity' for the chance to win the Most Inspirational prize, 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 next Monday when voting will start on the Top Picks for Challenge #53.



MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE ON FESTIVITY...

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:
© 2017, 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 names to take you to a download or purchase location. The first font listed was purchased with extended licensing. The second font is free and may be used for commercial purposes. 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.



CHALLENGE DETAILS SUMMARY

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 December 4th to December 31st, 2017.
  • Add your inspirational project or post using the link up below. You will be able to submit your entry until 11:59 p.m. on December 31st.
  • If you have chosen to follow the optional theme, you will need to let us know what it is about your project or post that you feel is inspirational  / positive / motivational and how it fits into the theme. Please include this information somewhere within your post. You can simply add a sentence or two at the bottom of your post right next to the link for this challenge if you want. Or, if this isn't possible, come over and leave us a comment on the start post. You must also add 'FT' after you name so we know which creations to add to the draw for the sponsor's prize for Most Inspirational.
  • 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. 
  • For Challenge #54, prizes will be the following:
    • A $12 gift certificate from Bugaboo Stamps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A $20 gift certificate from NS Designs, the second 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.

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:
If you have any problems linking up, please be sure to let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

Challenge #54--Optional Theme: FESTIVITY
This is the place to link up something that you have created during the month that you consider positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You will be able to submit entries to this collection up until December 31st at 11:59 pm. Be sure to add FT after your name if you followed the optional theme.  Please see above for all the rules and details. If you would like to be a Guest Designer in a future challenge, please add the letters GDT after your name.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge #52--Opt. Theme: SURROUND YOURSELF...with LITERATURE

Hello and happy Monday ummm...Saturday! Yeah...so things obviously didn't go according to plan. I got a little derailed this week but I am getting back on track.

So, it is finally time to present the winners for Challenge #52. 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 #52 is....


Sanja, you are entitled to receive a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #52. Please feel free to copy your badge below...


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



Darlene, you have won a $15 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #52.

https://sparklensprinkle.net/

Darlene, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #52 which you can find below...


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


Donna, you have won a $15 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #52.

https://sparklensprinkle.net/

Donna, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #52 which you can find below...


Big Congrats to...

  sanja, darlene & donna

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 #52" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that I am rather behind these day 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 eight people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of October for Challenge #52. Check out the entries that really caught our attention...

Sanja-chosen by Pippa and Julie...

Pippa said this:
"My DT Delight is Sanja. A great idea for bookmarks, with amazing colouring on small images and fantastic sentiments. I just love her projects."

Julie had this to say:
"My DT Delight is also Sanja. I love her coloring and the use of bookmarks for the literature theme. It's a great project!"

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

Deanne--chosen by Suze...

Suze had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Deanne. I love the colour combination and the touches of glitter added to the image. And such a gorgeous bow accented with the flower."

To see the details of Deanne's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
 Jane (Mistyblues Creations)--chosen by Katrina...


Katrina said this:
"My DT Delight is Mistyblues Creations. I just adore Jane's mixed media canvas! So many lovely textures and colors. The coloring on her focal image is absolutely stunning! This piece tells a story of its own!"

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

Creative Congratulations to all of you!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

Sanja, Deanne and Jane

  You are all 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. Be sure to click on the watermarks to bring them up into the lightbox for better viewing. Now, I apologize but unfortunately, the owner of CBD is MIA right now and her blog background needs some serious updating as her images are all out of Flickr 3rd Party Hosting.  As such it is extremely difficult to see anything on the blog. However, the jpgs themselves are fine and the name of the image is written right on the jpg so you should be able to see the names without a problem.

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#52-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated.

Additionally, you are all entitled to the special Challenge #52 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...


Be sure to join us on Monday, December 4th, to learn what the optional theme for Challenge #54 will be. There is still a little over 24 hours left to link up your projects in our current challenge, with the optional theme of SURROUND YOURSELF WITH MUSIC. Click HERE for details. I hope that you will consider coming over to play with us. As always, we'd love to have you join our Path!