Sunday, August 31, 2014

Design Team Delights for Challenge #16

It is time for my Design Team to share their favourite entries for Challenge #16.  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 July for Challenge #16.  While it is always a difficult decision, each team member managed to find a particular entry that really caught their attention.  Take a look... 
Deanne--chosen by Vicky...
Vicky had this to say:
"My DT Delight choice is Deanne - I really love how she found 2 very inspiring quotes to go with her card!  And I do believe that this little  ballerina would achieve her dream.  My favorite quote of the two mentioned would have to be":
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." --Harriet Tubman.
 To see the details of Deanne's creation, click HERE.
Donna--chosen by Desíre...

Here is what Desíre had to say:
"My DT Delight choice is Donna.  Not only is her card beautiful, but  she has captured the meaning of DREAMS so beautifully in this paragraph":
"Instead of viewing stumbling blocks as obstacles, those "blocks" may actually be BUILDING blocks to bring us to a different place, fulfilling an "UNKNOWN DREAM" which has always resided in our hearts."
To see the details of Donna's creation and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Teresa--chosen by Monica and Sandy...

Here is what Monica had to say:
"My DT Delight choice is Teresa.  The overall card is just stunning with her coloring and choice of colors. I instantly LOVED it!" 

Sandy said this:
"My DT Delight choice is also Teresa... I LOVED LOVED LOVED the colors!  It is a fun fun card!"
To see the details of Teresa's creation, click HERE.
Carmen--chosen by Pat...
This is what Pat had to say:
"My DT Delight choice is Carmen whose pink & grey color combo, along with my favorite Disney quote, won me over."

 To see the details of Carmen's creation and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Julie O--chosen by Lynda...

Lynda had this to say:
"My DT Delight choice is Julie.  I love how her photos and the layout design are so full of color.  The heart cutout is awesome.  I love that she focused on the powerful connection between a dog and human.  Sophie the dog connects with the residents of the nursing home.  I love that she says in her post that she (Sophie) is the 'maker of dreams and fulfiller of dreams'...truly warms my heart."

 To see the details of Julie's creation and read more of what she had to say, click HERE.
Judith H--chosen by Lisa (that's me)...

My DT Delight choice is Judith H.  Disney definitely influenced a couple of our participants as Judith also used the same quote that Carmen did.  This quote really speaks to me.  It doesn't matter how old or young we are--laughter, imagination and dreams are things that we can, and indeed should, experience throughout our entire lives.  There are no age limits on using our imagination or coming up with new dreams to explore; and of course, laughter should be part of every single day.

Now while I like Carmen's card as well, as she too made the Disney quote the focus, I am drawn more to Judith's card.  She has done such a lovely job framing with beautiful diecuts and embellishments.  There is something about the horizontal symmetry and the way she reflected her diecuts.  It just really draws me in.  I also like the greens and lilacs coming together for a subtle blending of colour.  It is a beautiful card to encourage anyone who may have forgotten the important points stressed in the quote or to simply serve as a reminder for how we should live.

To see the details of Judith's card, click HERE.

 Creative Congratulations to all of you!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge... 

Deanne, Donna, Teresa, Carmen, Julie O. and Judith H.
  You are all entitled to one image of your choice from our on-going sponsor...

Please head to the Creative Bug Digital SnapShots store:  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.  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 #16 DT Delight Badge. To claim both your digi and the badge, 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#16--DT Delight Badge and 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 tomorrow as we will be back with the start of Challenge #18.  We hope that you will join us then to learn what the newest theme will be.

Until then, have a blessed day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #16

It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #16.  Once again, the same person has been chosen by both the people and the Design Team. So, without further ado, here are the choices...

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The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #16 is....

Julie, you will be getting a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #16.
In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is also...
So Julie, that means that you have won a £15 voucher from Scribble & Scrap, our guest sponsor during Challenge #16.
The Scribble & Scrap Shop
Julie, you will also be getting a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #16.
The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is:
Carmen, you have won your choice of three images from Ike's Art.
Carmen, you will also be getting a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #16.
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:

Regina Easter with her comment:
awesome work Julie's cute
Regina, you have won a selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Big Congrats to...

Julie, Carmen & Regina

Please click HERE to send us an email with the subject, "WINNER PoP Challenge #16" 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 #16 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 #16 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #18, which starts Monday, September 1st, please click HERE to send us an email with the subject line, "PoP#16 Entrant Quote Request for #18".

You still have one week left to enter into this month's challenge on POSSIBILITIES.  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.  Until then, 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Challenge #17--Midway Reflection & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #17. The theme for this challenge is all about POSSIBILITIES. Today 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.

The possibility of it all

Life is all about possibility.  Every single decision we make stems from an array of possibilities.  This or that?  These or those?  We are presented with endless possibilities each day.  Some are very simple in nature and others are more involved.  It is up to us to make a decision and choose a pathway.  Sometimes though, we may have difficulties getting our bearings.  Is there something stopping you from taking off in a new direction?  Whatever it is, if you want it badly enough, you can find a way.  I've included three steps to help get you started.

Eliminate Fear
One of the things that gets in the way of us opening up to new possibilities is fear.  We're afraid we'll fail, embarrass ourselves, make a wrong decision.  Fear robs us off so many things.  It is limiting and keeps us stagnated.  If it helps, know that you aren't the only one afraid.  Many of us are but we need to make a concentrated effort to shrug off those fears and allow ourselves the opportunity to grow.

Eliminate Negative Self Talk
Along with getting rid of fear we also need to extinguish the negative self talk that goes on in our mind:  "I won't be good enough"; "It's too expensive"; "It will take too much time"; "I never make the right choice".   Keep saying you "won't" or "can't" enough and that will become your reality.  Words have extreme power and we need to turn any negative self talk into positive talk.  If you find yourself going back into old habits and let a negative statement slip from between your lips, then be sure to counteract it right away with an opposite statement.  Turn, "I can't" into "I can".  Say it until you believe it!

  Try, Try and Try Again
Whatever you decide, starts with a first step.  You'll never make it outside if you don't first open the door.  In order to grow and turn a possibility into a reality, you are going to have to try new things.  The only thing holding you back is yourself.  You'll come up with a whole bunch of excuses to not try something if you allow yourself, so just don't go there in the first place.  Remember the old expression, 'where there is a will, there is a way'?  Well if you truly want to expand your mind and your world, you will find a way.  Want it enough and well...anything is possible!

So, where will your road lead you?  Do you have the strength to seek a new direction?  If you do, I wish you luck as you open up your world to the infinite realm of possibilities!
To help inspire you down the path of possibilities, check out the wonderful projects a few of my Design Team had the opportunity to create...
Lynda has chosen to use the image called Can't Wait from our second regular sponsor, Creative Bug Digis.  Lots of possibilities for this one!  If you are interested in purchasing this cute image, click on the watermark to head over to the 'Girls' page in Naomi's store.

For Monica's midway project, she has chosen to work with Muse 7, from Ike's Art.  If only we could read the mind of this lovely lady...yes, the possibilities indeed!  If you are interested in purchasing it, click on the watermark to head over to its section in Ike's store.  It is currently located within the 'People' section.!__digi-people
Pat decided to use Magician's Hat Bunny, from Ike's Art.  This image is all about believing in the possibilities.  If you are interested in purchasing this cool image, click on the watermark to head over to its section in Ike's store.   It is currently located within the 'People' section.!__digi-people
Vicky has chosen to use She Who Paints the Forest...Fairy Digital Stamp, from our guest sponsor for the month, The Stamping Boutique.  Such a beautiful image full of possibilities. If you are interested in purchasing this image, click on the watermark to head over to its location in the store.
Sandy chose to work with Krazee Katz, from Ike's Art.  This is such a cool image that I've been fortunate enough to use myself.  If you are interested in purchasing it, click on the watermark to head over to its section in Ike's store.   It is currently located within the 'Animals' section.!__digi-animals
Finally, that leaves our...
Donna, from Creative Smiles, who is our guest designer this month, created this stunning card...

Donna chose to use the image called Twigs also from our second regular sponsor, Creative Bug Digis.   I just love this wonderful snowman and since our GDT last month, Edwina, used him as well, I'm getting to see him on lots of different cards.  If you are interested in purchasing this cute image, click on the watermark to head over to the 'Seasonal' page in Naomi's store.  Twigs can be found up in the first section under 'Winter'.  (He can also be found under the holidays page in the Christmas section). 
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 possibilities, 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 #16.  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 #16 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.  It is a two part sentiment to use on the front and inside of a card:

 *Note:  While the writing appears to be different sizes it was all made with the same size font and published at 300 dpi.

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 fabulous sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  In addition to The Stamping Boutique, our guest sponsor for the month...
 ...we also have our regular sponsors:

That is me and I'd love for you to visit me on my personal blog.

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

We look forward to seeing you participate!