Monday, May 26, 2014

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #13

It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #13.  Things are a little bit different this month because our guest sponsor is generously sponsoring ALL three main prizes.  Thank you so much to the amazing

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You can find Sparkle N Sprinkle on line at:

So, without further ado, here are those lucky winners...

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The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #13 is....
Vickie, you have won your choice of three images from Sparkle N Sprinkle and will also be getting a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #13.
In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is once again...
Shona, you have won your choice of three images from Sparkle N Sprinkle and will also be getting a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #13.
The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is:
Julie, you have won your choice of three images from Sparkle N Sprinkle and will also be getting a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #13.
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:

AJ with her comment:
They are all lovely cards. Vickie's stood out for the sentiment and the image - very peaceful and calming.
AJ, you have won a selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Big Congrats to...

Vickie, Shona, Julie O. & AJ

Please click HERE to send us an email with the subject, "WINNER PoP Challenge #13" 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 #13 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 #13 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #15, which starts Monday, June 2nd, please click HERE to send us an email with the subject line, "PoP#13 Entrant Quote Request for #15".
You still have one week left to enter into this month's challenge on WISDOM.  Click HERE for details.  If you haven't linked up already, I hope that you will consider coming over to play with us.  Currently, we only have four entries and since we give out three main prizes, your odds of winning are pretty good.  And of course, as always, we'd love to have you join our Path!
Also, don't forget to join us this Sunday for our DT Delights post for Challenge #13.  Until then, 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Challenge #14--Midway Reflection & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #14. The theme for this challenge is all about WISDOM. 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.


Knowledge, Intelligence, Wisdom.  While these words are often used interchangeably, they really mean different things.  Knowledge is the body of facts that we look to obtain through study or experience.  Intelligence is the capacity for being able to learn, reason and understand the body of facts before us.  Wisdom is the ability to make good judgements based on what you have learned from the knowledge you have gained.  

There are some important distinctions to note.  Just because someone is intelligent, does not necessarily mean that the person will be wise, and on the flip side, just because someone is wise, does not necessarily mean that the person will be intelligent.  I have often been baffled by the fact that with many of the people I have met, it seems that the higher a person's IQ, the less wisdom they seem to display.   While their minds may be filled with knowledge, they often don't seem to have the ability to discern that information in order to make wise choices and decisions.  On the other hand, I have met people who never finished grade school, that happen to be among the wisest individuals I know.  Maybe it is because the person with the higher level of intelligence has only studied the possibilities whereas the wiser person has learned through their experiences and is thus better equipped to put their knowledge to use.  Being able to process through a large storehouse of facts, analyze that information and then utilize it effectively is definitely a skill that needs to be developed through time and experience.

Now to be fair.  There are people out there who display both a modicum of  intelligence and wisdom at the same time.  This certainly would be the ideal to strive for.  However, what if you could only choose to be one or the other.  The debate has raged on through the years as to whether it is more important to be intelligent or more important to be wise.  I don't think it will be settled any time soon.  Personally, I think that wisdom is more important than intelligence. Just having knowledge is not enough, one must be able to know what to do with it.  Of course, I've just covered the surface of this vast topic.  It would take years to fully research and delve into the roots of the subject.  Maybe if I ever get the opportunity to continue my degree in psychology, it is a subject I can further explore.  In the interim, I'd be interested to know your thoughts on the subject.  Intelligence or wisdom--which would you choose?

Author Unknown. (2011). Difference Between Wisdom And Intelligence. Available: Last accessed 17th May 2014.
Brown, P.R.  (2013). The Difference Between Being Intelligent & Being Wise . Available: Last accessed 17th May 2014.
Graham, Paul. (2007). Is It Worth Being Wise?. Available: Last accessed 17th May 2014.
Horowitz, Eric . (2012). ‘Tis Better to Be Wise Than Intelligent. Available: Last accessed 17th May 2014.

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To help inspire you down the path of wisdom, check out the wonderful projects a few of my Design Team had the opportunity to create...
Vicky has chosen to use Mother's Day 2, from Ike's Art.  Such a beautiful portrait of a mother and child.  It was offered as a limited time freebie and is not currently available in the store for purchase.
Pat decided to use Sherlock, also from Ike's Art.  Sherlock is definitely a symbol of wisdom if there was ever one!  If you are interested in purchasing this great image, click on the watermark to head over to its location in Ike's store.  It is currently located within the  'People' section.!__digi-people/productsstackergalleryv21=59
For Monica's midway project, she has chosen to work with Pocket Watch, also from Ike's Art.  Another fabulous image!  If you are interested in purchasing it, click on the watermark to head over to its location in Ike's store.  It is currently located within the 'My Latest Designs' section.!__digital-art-stamps/productsstackergalleryv20=83
Lynda has chosen to use New Baby, also from Ike's Art.  This isn't the first time one of the team has chosen to use this image and I am sure it won't be the last.  If you are interested in purchasing this precious image, click on the watermark to head over to its location in Ike's store.  It is currently located within the 'My Latest Designs' or the 'People' section.!__digital-art-stamps/productsstackergalleryv20=75
Sandy decided to use the same image she worked with for the start of the challenge, Dozy Owl.  You can find this fabulous image in the DS4J store by clicking on the watermark below.
Finally, that leaves our...
For the second half of the challenge we have Julie-Ann Perry, also a designer with DS4J, as our guest designer...
My name is Julie-Ann mum of 4 and nanny to Charlie. Lucky to be married to my best friend Bob. I love cats nearly as much as my children. I am very honoured to be on one of the best creative design teams – Digistamps4Joy - and work with some extremely talented people. I hope you enjoy my creation using a DS4J digistamp, and more info can be found on my blog “Hand crafted by Charlie's nanny”--
Check out the wonderful card she created...
Julie-Ann used the image, Misteri's Mystery, for her project. You can find this wonderful image in the DS4J store by clicking on the watermark below.
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 wisdom, 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 #13.  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 the Top Seven and cast your vote, click HERE.  Winners for challenge #13 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:

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 Digistamps4Joy, our guest sponsor for the month...

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We look forward to seeing you participate!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Challenge #13 Top Seven: Voting Open May 12th to May 19th, 2014

Welcome to the Challenge #13 PoP ToP!

Hello everyone!  It is time to bring you this month's edition of the PoP ToP.  Last month our numbers took a significant down turn as we only ended up with 19 participants.  The concept of peace would have been the perfect opportunity for people to get some of their holiday cards completed, whether Easter or Christmas.  Peace would have also been a good concept for a sympathy card.  So while it is a shame that there weren't more entries, I do have to say that the ones we did receive were lovely.   Additionally, a handful of you talked to us about what peace means to you and it was wonderful to read your thoughts on the subject.  Of course, the quality of your thoughts and projects have once again made choosing the top seven a rather difficult task; but, choose a top seven we must.

Thus, it is time to get on with showcasing the seven projects that the team feels were the best of the bunch.  In case you are new and wondering why seven and not the typical three, four or even five?  Well, we strive to be different over here on the Path of Positivity.  Additionally, seven is a spiritual number and thus right in the wheelhouse of the vibe we are looking to project; so, seven it is.  Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Seven for Challenge #13 (in no particular order)...


 Congrats Ladies...

As a participant who has been chosen in our Top Seven, each of you is entitled to a special Top Seven badge. Please send an email to popwinners {at} gmail {dot} com, or by clicking HERE to bring up the address in your email program, with the subject "Challenge #13 Top Seven" and I'll email your badge to you.  Please note that it may take me several days to get back to you, so I really appreciate your patience.

Have Your Say!

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 peace.  Therefore, 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:
May 12th to May 19th

Come have your say in determining the Voter's Choice for Challenge #13!  Don't forget to leave a comment after you have voted.  There will be a prize for one lucky voter who leaves a comment (chosen randomly).  If you haven't had the opportunity to visit each of the top seven choices 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!

Important Note:

Please note that in order for this to work, I must add all the entries but I can only do this AFTER I have published this post.  So there will be some overlap time between when this post is published and when you will be able to vote.  Once I have uploaded the entries there will be a total of seven images below on which to vote.  As soon as all seven are uploaded, I'll enable voting to begin. If there are less than seven, it means that I am still in the process of adding the images and you should come back in a little while to make your vote.  Thank you for your patience!

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