Monday, June 27, 2016

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #38

Hello everyone!   It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #38.  Once again, one individual placed in two different categories.  Who are all the lucky peeps?  Well, let's find out.

Without further ado, here are the choices...

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 The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #38 is....

Jennifer, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #38.  Please feel free to copy your badge below...

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

Jennifer, you have won $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #38.

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Jennifer, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #38 which you can find below...

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

Deb, you have won $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #38.

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Deb, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #38 which you can find below... 

We also have a prize available for a voter who left a comment. Anyone who left a general comment on all the posts related to Challenge #38 (excluding winners post and DT Delights post) is eligible to receive the prize. So, if you have commented on the start or midway posts for Challenge #38, Pat's Pondering on Empathy, or on the Top Picks post for #38, you are eligible. The more you comment, the more the chances of winning!

Our winner this challenge chosen by
who left this comment on the Challenge start post:
Thank you for the challenge. My sentiment shows empathy and encouragement for the recipient - some one who may be going through a rough patch.
Dorothy, you have won a small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Big Congrats to...

  Jennifer, Deb & dorothy

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 #38" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that it may take a while for me to get back to you but I promise you that I will. Thank you for your patience.

ALL entrant's in Challenge #38 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 #38 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #40, which starts Monday, August 1st (we're taking the month of July off), please send us an email (link or address above) with the subject line, "PoP#38 Entrant Quote Request for #40".

There is still one week left to enter into our challenge on ACHIEVEMENT.  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!

Also, please join us for our DT Delights post this coming Sunday.  I look forward to seeing you all again then.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Challenge #39--ACHIEVEMENT: Midway

Hello everyone!  It is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #39. The theme for this challenge is ACHIEVEMENT.  We are a people driven by achievement.  These achievements, big and small should be celebrated.  Right now we have only one card linked up to our challenge.  With all the graduation cards out there right now, I'm rather saddened that we don't have more participants joining us for this challenge.  If you are reading this, I really hope that you'll be able to join us this month.  Need some additional motivation to get you started?  Be sure to check out Pat's Pondering this month (which you can find HERE) for some words of inspiration on the subject.  

 Anyway, now it is time to get on with our midway!

Here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

From Kitten Scraps...

Retired Life DigiStamps {CU}

This Year Boy Kit-May

This Year Neutral Kit-May

This Year Neutral Cardboard Papers

At the request of Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps, I have been asked to not display the watermarks of the images the team used.  Instead, please click on the links to view the images in the store.

We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these fabulous images during the midway.  Thanks so much to our amazing sponsors.
To help inspire you down the path of ACHIEVEMENT, check out the wonderful projects most of my Design Team had the opportunity to create.  Katrina had so many grads in her family that she created three different projects to share! Clicking on the team members' 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 the idea of achievement, 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 #38.  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 on a selection of the active posts from this month, you have the opportunity to walk away with a small selection of digital papers. Winners for challenge #38 will be posted next Monday if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.

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:
© 2015, 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.

Additional Credit and Font Information

Fonts used 
  • Clicker Script font created by Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute
  • ONE DAY font created by Nawras Moneer 
The first font listed was free and listed for commercial use (may be used on goods sold with restrictions) at the time of this creation.  I have received permission from the designer of the second font listed to use with extended licensing. Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my designs and offer the resulting creations to others for free or for sale.  Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using a font on something you sell.  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 guest sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  As mentioned above, this month our guest sponsors are...


Our regular sponsors include...


  If you ever have any questions be sure to EMAIL ME or just leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ponderings Along the Pathway...ACHIEVEMENT

Welcome to this month's edition of Ponderings Along the Pathway, an exclusive feature over here on the Path of Positivity.  The purpose of this column is to continue with the goal of this blog which is to create a space "designed to inspire, nurture and provide support for the soul by creating a positive path to follow, one project or post at a time".  Providing some motivational introspection on the themes we cover each challenge period, is one way of achieving this goal.

This month it is all about ACHIEVEMENT and PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject...
Have you ever noticed a person who ignores or argues a compliment? …a student not satisfied with the good grades he or she is getting? …a woman who sees herself as fat no matter what she weighs or how much she’s lost? We’ve all met people like this; in fact, we may be a person like this! All these beautiful achievements being ignored or denied through a lack of self-love!

It’s time to give yourself a big hug. It’s time to celebrate your achievements instead of refusing to acknowledge them. It’s time to step onto the path of positivity, setting a pace of self-forgiveness and self-love. Of course, taking that first step seems almost impossible, but a body (and a mind) in motion tends to stay in motion. All you need is a little push. So today, think of me as your trainer.

According to Gabrielle Bernstein, a New York Times best-seller, she insists that we all must witness our fears, be willing to change our perceptions, be grateful, forgive ourselves, and expect miracles. (Bernstein, Gabrielle. May Cause Miracles: A 40-day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. New York: Harmony, 2013.)

By witnessing our fears, we understand why we don’t love ourselves. My own fear is that I may sound too prideful or arrogant, an attitude learned as a child. We learn as children to be humble, but often that can morph into self-effacement.

I want to change my perception of the way I see my achievements. I can do this by listening to the people I love. They can identify and applaud those accomplishments I deny. Do I feel they’re lying or just being nice? No, I think they love me more than I love myself! That has got to change!

Gratefulness is something everyone needs to practice. I have gone to bed counting my blessings for years, but it wasn’t until last summer that I realized that the some of the things for which I am grateful are gifts I was given, whether it was written in my DNA or a skill or talent that I (me, myself) worked to become proficient at. In other words, an achievement I did not give credence to until then.

Every master was once an apprentice. I read that some famous artists used to paint over more canvases than they showed. I am learning how to water color, and for every painting I create, I throw at least one away (hey, just like the masters!) It used to dig at my self-confidence, but by forgiving myself for failures, I can become more successful.

I believe in miracles—they happen every day! In fact, I look for signs of miracles all the time. It could be a sunny day when a picnic is planned, or a job hire when you thought the odds were against you. Personally, my husband lost his job just before Christmas, and a couple months afterwards, he received a diagnosis that ended his ability to work again. In researching his illness, I have read stories of survival well past the “normal time you have” prognoses given by his doctors. I expect a miracle in that I can enjoy my life past our fortieth anniversary this year. Regardless if this comes true or not, I will live and love him every day I have left with him.

No matter where your life has led you and continues to lead you, you have worked at and achieved things in your life. Don’t deny them, don’t unconsciously call your friends liars by refuting their compliments, don’t live an unhappy life when you can take charge and realize your strengths, your courage, your talents and your achievements. You deserve it! You are worth the effort! Go for the gold!

What achievements will you realize as you journey along life's Pathway?  I hope they are numerous and more importantly make a positive difference in your life.
Well folks, that is it for today but please be sure to join us on Monday for the midway.  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Challenge #38 Top Picks: Voting Open June 13th to 20th, 2016


Hello folks.  It is time to get on with showcasing the top picks for Challenge #38.  Sadly, this month we only had six entries!  Empathy could have been shown in many different ways so it is too bad that people didn't try and relate their project to the theme.  With so few entries we will be opening things up so that those six 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 three projects that touched the team the most.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Picks for Challenge #38 (in no particular order)...

Congrats Ladies... 

Jennifer, Deb & Susan K.
As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #38 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...

Now as I mentioned earlier, each of the participant's who entered Challenge #38 AND FOLLOWED THE THEME & RULES is eligible to have their project and/or post voted on.  Here is a list of those participants.  Each of the entrant's names is linked up to their blog post (order is reflective of how they entered the challenge and nothing else).

Dorothy S.
Jennifer S.
Susan K.
Susan K.


Now the really hard work starts. 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 and in line with the concept of EMPATHY.  Please be sure to go and check out the entries first and not just make your choices off of the thumbnails.  Once you have checked all the entries out,  let us know who your favourite choice is by placing your vote below using the Inlinkz feature.

Voting open for 7 days:
  June 13th to
June 20th

Come have your say in determining the Voter's Choice for Challenge #38!  Don't forget to leave a comment after you have voted.  There will be a prize for one lucky person who leaves a comment on one of this month's posts (chosen randomly from a selection of posts related to Challenge #38).  If you haven't had the opportunity to visit each of the entries already, please go and check them out a little more closely before placing your vote.  Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

Good luck everyone!

Link Up Below: