Sunday, December 28, 2014

Design Team Delights for Challenge #20

It is time to share our favourite entries for Challenge #20.  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 everyone who took the time to join along our Path during the month of November for Challenge #20.  While it is always a difficult decision, several team member managed to find a particular entry that really caught their attention.  Take a look... 
Mimi----chosen by Vicky...
Vicky had this to say:
"My DT Delight choice is Mimi.  I never thought of sympathy cards as a thank you for the memories and it really touched me! This is a quote from her blog":
"I don't know about you, but I find, when somebody who has left an impression on you during their time on earth passes you are left with some wonderful memories to carry you through with your journey here on earth. That is the basis of this card, 'Thank you for the memories'".
To see the details of Mimi's creation and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Jo Ann--chosen by Pat...
This is what Pat had to say:
"My DT Delight choice is J Atterbury. She has a grateful soul and is appreciative of all she has, even when things aren't going her way."

To see the details of Jo Ann's creation and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Stephanie--chosen by Desíre...
Here is what Desíre had to say:
"My DT Delight choice is Stephanie.  She had this to say, which I am sure will resound with most of us":
"It's so easy to take those closest to us for granted. Our words have a tremendous power to encourage or discourage our loved ones. Just a simple, "thanks for taking out the trash" or "I appreciate all you do to provide for us" or "thanks for listening" can mean so much. It doesn't matter if it's their "job," appreciation is like food for the soul. This year, let's make a point to let our loved ones know that we do notice and appreciate the little things (as well as the big things) they do for us."
To see the details of Stephanie's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Hanne--chosen by Penny...
Penny said this:
"My DT Delight choice is Hanne. The card itself is a fabulous design; I love the neutral palette, the die cuts, the papers, the image, and the coloring. I think the sentiment, (I am grateful for my morning coffee!), is perfect for Hanne's feelings toward gratitude. To quote her":
"I personally try to be grateful every day all year round and I'm grateful for both the big things and smaller joys in life."
"What's not to love about that?  :^) "
To see the details of Hanne's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Donna--chosen by Suze...
Here is what Suze had to say: 
"My DT Delight choice is Donna. I love the thought and effort she has put into recycling the container and her comments regarding gratitude summed up in this sentence":
"WE ARE GRATEFUL for all the people who have sacrificed and served in some capacity to help others and/or to serve our country."
To see the details of Donna's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Ike--chosen by Lisa (that's me)...
My choice this time around is Ike.  I really love the tribute that she made for her dad whom she has recently lost.  This beautiful memoriam is not only in tribute of the man himself but also of the service he did for his country.  There are so many service men and woman who put their lives on the line daily to protect us.  Many we have lost.  It is important that we show just how grateful we are to these incredibly brave individuals, any way that we are able to.

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

Creative Congratulations to all of you!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge... 
  Mimi, Jo Ann, Stephanie, Hanne, Donna and Ike

  You are all entitled to one image of your choice from our on-going sponsor...

Please head to the Creative Bug Digital SnapShots store:  Click to enter the digital snapshots area.  Once you are on the homepage for the digis, scroll down a little bit and you'll see a brown banner on the left hand side that says, "looking for digis".  There will be a Polaroid image right underneath it that says SnapShots (Digital Images).  Click on this.  You'll be taken to a page that lists all the categories of images available for you to choose from.  If you need to see the image a bit closer, just right click and choose 'view image'.  Once you've made your decision, please send me the name of the one image you want and let me know which section it came from.

Additionally, you are entitled to the special Challenge #20 DT Delight Badge. To claim both your digi and the badge (or just one or the other), send your requests to popwinners {at} gmail {dot} com (be sure to replace at and dot with the appropriate symbols) or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject, "PoP#20--DT Delight Badge and/or Digi Request".   I'm always running a bit behind these days, so your patience is appreciated.

Our special yearly prize package will also still be taking place.  Remember, if you are chosen as a DT Delight during any of our challenges, your name will be entered into a draw for some digital goodies.  You get one entry per choice; so, if two members picked your card, you will earn 2 entries, three members 3 entries, etc.  The winner at the time will be notified by email.   The next draw will occur sometime in the summer of 2015.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope to see you again on January 4th when we will be back with the start of Challenge #22.  We hope that you will join us then to learn what the newest theme will be.

This will be the last post until the new year.  On behalf of all of us here on the Path of Positivity, may you all have a blessed new year!

See you next year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #20

It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #20.  This was a tight race for both the Voter's Choice category and the Most Inspirational Choice.  One vote separated the Voter's Choice from the two projects tied in second place.  Just one more reason it is so important to vote. Every single one can help your favourite project.  Additionally,  the team also found it very difficult to decide on just one for the Most Inspirational category.  Three were running neck in neck there too, with our final choice edging out on top with just one vote as well.  So, without further ado, here are the choices...

Drum roll, please....BBBbbbrrrrrrrrr pish

The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #20 is....
Stephanie, you will be getting a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #20.
In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is...
NanaConnie, you have won a prize package of a $10 worth of images from DigiStamps4Joy, our guest sponsor during Challenge #20.
NanaConnie, you will also be getting a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #20.
The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is:
Sarah, you have won your choice of three images from Ike's Art.
Sarah, you will also be getting a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #20.
We also have a prize available for a random voter who left a comment.

 The random winner for this challenge (chosen by Mini Web Tool), based on all eligible participants is:

Karen with her comment:
For some reason, there is no "little grey heart" appearing for me to click on and vote. Is there any chance that I can just tell you I'd like all my votes to go for Stephanie Wright's cards. Not only are her cards always BEAUTIFUL, but she is such an encouraging and beautiful servant of God who is always blessing others with her kind words and sweet spirit. She gets my votes!
Karen, you have won a selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Big Congrats to...

Stephanie, NanaConnie, Sarah & Karen

Please click HERE to send us an email with the subject, "WINNER PoP Challenge #20" to make arrangements to receive your prize and badge (where applicable).  Please note that it may take me a few days to get back to you.  Thank you for your patience.
All entrant's in Challenge #20 are entitled to a special digital sentiment based on the theme for the upcoming challenge.  So, if you were one of the individuals who entered Challenge #20 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #22, which starts Monday, January 5th, please click HERE to send us an email with the subject line, "PoP#20 Entrant Quote Request for #22".
Since December has five Mondays, you still have two weeks left to enter into our challenge on FAITH.  Click HERE for details.  If you haven't linked up already, I hope that you will consider coming over to play with us.  As always, we'd love to have you join our Path!
Don't forget to join us this coming Sunday for our DT Delights post.  And, from all of us here at the Path of Positivity, we wish you happy holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Challenge #21--Midway Reflection & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #21. The theme for this challenge is all about FAITH.   As usual, I am going to share a little introspection with you all that I am also presenting on my own personal blog in my "Motivational Monday" feature.

Have a Little Faith

According to the Google dictionary, the definition for faith is as follows:
  1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
  3. a strongly held belief or theory. 
Faith like love, is something that must be experienced. It is not something that you can touch or hold. While faith doesn't necessarily have to with spirituality alone, there is a quote in the Bible that describes faith quite succintly, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is an acceptance, a belief, a hope--the complete trust in someone or something, even though there is no visible proof for it.

Now that we've looked at what faith is, let us briefly explore why it is important.  You may not realize it but you experience a type of general faith,  many times over, every single day.  Right from the get go each morning, many have faith that their alarm will go off on time to allow them to get a start on their day.  Then it is having faith that their car will start or the bus will be on time, to get them to where they need to be. Most have faith that the people around them know what they are doing.  Trusting everyone from the doctor making a proper diagnosis to trusting that the pharmacist knows one medication from another relies on faith.  Trusting that people are competent in their various roles and duties so that society will run efficiently, runs on faith as well.  Without faith in yourself and those around you, you would more than likely have difficulty getting anything accomplished.

Though secular faith might be more prevalent in one's day to day life, it is spiritual faith that most people generally think of when they hear the word “faith.” We are surrounded in our lives by people belonging to a variety of religions and spiritual groups, each having a system of beliefs that they hold to.  Adhering to religious doctrines and values can be very important and life changing for those people involved.  For many individuals facing challenges in their lives, turning to the faith of their religion can help them believe that things will work out the way they are supposed to even if the road there is an arduous one.  Spiritual faith helps to keep people moving.

Whether looked at from a general perspective or from a spiritual one, faith allows us to exist, believing in the wise words of Bob Marley, that "every little thing, is gonna be alright."  It allows us to push forward through each day with a sense of peace if we allow it.  There is a really great quote that I found that exemplifies this ideal, "Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith" (Author Unknown).  I know which handle I am grabbing.  Do you?

Dobrin, Arthur. (2012). Why Faith Is Important. Available: Last accessed 14th December 2014.
Harmon, Beau. (2008-2014). Secular Faith Vs. Spiritual Faith. Available: Last accessed 14th December 2014.
Maly, Laura. (2010). How Does Your Faith Affect Your Personality?. Available: Last accessed 14th December 2014.
As a reminder, here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

Christmas Candle

Wish You a Merry Christmas

Christmas Candles

 Jesus is the Light
We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these fabulous images this month.  Thanks so much to our amazing sponsors.
To help inspire you down the path of faith, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create...

 <<<coming soon>>>

Finally, that leaves our...
Sue K., from Sue's Paper Crafts, who is our guest designer this month, created this pretty card...

Clicking on the team members name (or in the case of our GDT, the blog name) will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations!
So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to faith, 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!  You can enter our latest challenge by clicking HERE.

Also, I know that the participants would love for you to go and pay them a visit.  Remember we're creating a Path of Positivity to follow one project at a time and we'd love to see you somewhere on that route even if it is just by leaving a comment on an entry from someone who has touched you somehow with their project and/or post!

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).

Don't Forget...

You still have until 11:55 p.m. tonight, to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #20.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already.  Don't forget, if you leave a comment after voting, you have the opportunity to walk away with a selection of digital papers created especially with your interests in mind. To check out all those eligible and cast your vote, click HERE.  Winners for challenge #20 will be posted next Monday.

If you need some additional motivation to help inspire you, I've provided another sentiment on this month's theme (the first is available HERE), free for you to download.

 Left click to bring the image up into the lightbox in its full size and then right click and scroll down to 'save as'.

Credit Notes For This Creation:
© 2014, 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 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 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. 

This word art creation is in png format and published at 300 ppi. It is quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with.   If you are a card maker you can always resize it smaller without distorting the quality.

Font Information:
Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  These fonts were listed as free for commercial use at the time this project was made.and as such, it is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my creations and offer them to others.  Please refer to my full terms of service for what you can and cannot do with this digital creation.

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. You can enter the challenge by clicking HERE to take you to the current challenge post where you can also find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the post. 

Please show your support to our wonderful sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  This month our guest sponsors are...

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We look forward to seeing you participate!