Monday, July 27, 2015

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #27

It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #27.  This time around we had a tie in our Voter's Choice category.  Who are all the lucky winners? 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 #27 is.... 

Katrina and AJ, you both will be getting a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #27.

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

Gloria, that means that you have won a $10 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digis by Kris™, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #27.
Gloria, you will also be getting a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #27.
The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is:


Patty Sue, you have won Five images from Sentimental Susan, one of our guest sponsors this month.

Patty Sue, you will also be getting a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #27.
We also have a prize available for a voter who left a comment.  As I mentioned last month, I have opened things up so that anyone who leaves a general comment on all the posts related to the specific challenge (excluding winners post and DT Delights post) will be eligible to receive the prize.  So, if you have commented on the start or midway posts for Challenge #27, Pat's Pondering on Happiness, or on the Top Picks post for #27, you are eligible.  The more you comment, the more the chances of winning!

Our winner this challenge chosen by is...

się błyszczy who left this comment on the Challenge Start post:
I'm adding my card. Love the motivational quote, both the form and the content. Greetings from Poland for the whole team :)
się błyszczy, you have won a selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Big Congrats to...

Katrina, AJ, Gloria & się błyszczy

Please click HERE to send us an email with the subject, "WINNER PoP Challenge #27" to make arrangements to receive your prize and badge (where applicable).  Please note that it may take me several days to get back to you.  Thank you for your patience. 

All entrant's in Challenge #27 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 #27 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #29, which starts Monday, August 3rd, please click HERE to send us an email with the subject line, "PoP#27 Entrant Quote Request for #29".

There is still one week left to enter into our challenge on SHARING.  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.  We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Challenge #28-SHARING-Midway & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #28. The theme for this challenge is all about SHARING.   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.

A Joy That is Shared Is a Joy Made Double

In this month's Pondering Along the Pathway,  Pat made reference to the idea that:
"The universe moves towards maintaining balance, so what you give to others eventually comes back to you. In fact, if you want to multiply the things in your life that matter—health, balance, happiness—you need to share what you already have!"
This is a concept that I learned about many, many years ago but I think I lost track of it for a while.  It was nice to be reminded again of how important it is share what you have with the rest of the world and if you are lucky enough, you'll benefit from the effort that you yourself have put out.

Now I know that many of us are not in a position to share too much of our money these days with the financial woes that affect people across North America and beyond.  However, it isn't always about sharing our money.  The simple act of sharing a smile with a stranger can potentially help lift that person's mood.  Can you imagine if the smile you shared ended up resulting in 1000 more smiles shared due to the ripple effect it caused?!  How wonderful would that be to know that a simple act could create so much happiness.

Or how about sharing a bit of our time with someone in need?  Whether volunteering with a charitable organization or simply spending time with someone who is going through a difficult patch, taking some time out of our busy schedules to come to the aid of another is definitely another way we can share ourselves with the world around us.

As card makers, we have the ability to do so much more sharing.  Our talents can help to lift someone's spirits with a simple 'thinking of you' card.  Sending a 'get well' card to someone recovering from illness may be just the medicine they need to give them that final push back into wellness. Sharing 'birthday wishes' with someone you normally wouldn't think to send a card to may help to bring just a bit of happiness to that person.  The simple act of creating and sending a card to someone shows that person that someone cares and that they are not alone.

Whatever it is that you share--your time, your money, your talents--remember that "a joy shared is a joy made double" (Proverbs).  If you are lucky, some of that goodness will be doubled back on you.
Here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

#3009 Owl Share My Ice Cream  

From Limited Runs...

Tea Party 
(Girls category, section #1-10)

Mouse & Big Cupcake
 (Furry Critters category, section #41-50)

Sleeping Mouse 
(Furry Critters category, section #51-60)
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 sharing, check out the wonderful projects most of my Design Team had the opportunity to create.  I even had the chance to participate as well...

<<<coming soon>>>

Asmah, from Qinaahana Arts and Crafts, who is our guest designer this month, shared this awesome journal page with us...

So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to sharing, 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 #27.  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 leaving a comment on a selection of the active posts from this month, 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 #27 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:
© 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.

Font Information:
Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  Odalisque is a free font and was listed as free for commercial use at the time this project was made. Kathya Script is one I purchased as part of a bundle.  You can buy it through the designer by clicking the link above. This font was purchased with a commercial use license.  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 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!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ponderings Along the Pathway...SHARING

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 SHARING and PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject...

From the time we start to understand concepts, our parents teach us to share - share with our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our classmates. Sharing was a quality to be strengthened. If you didn’t share, you were looked upon as selfish and immature.

I have tried to live by the qualities my parents instilled in me and my sisters. I even went so far one year as to “move” over a box of Girl Scout cookies I had sold so that (Jean) another girl who was just two boxes shy of my total could share in winning the “grand prize” with me (It was a Kodak Instamatic, my first real camera).

Throughout life, I have shared my money, my groceries, my car, even my house. My husband used to laugh at what he called my habit of “bringing home strays,” only I brought home stray people, not pets! This habit brought us many adventures, many life lessons, a multicultural perspective and an international friendship that is still going strong, having been passed down to my kids. In fact, Tio Tony, who at 18 was one of my “strays,” flew up from Mexico with his wife so that he could stand with my son as his sponsor when he was Confirmed. I was never so proud as when Tony told me that when it came time to look for a wife, he used his mother and me as his examples of the type of woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life.

If sharing doesn’t come easy to you, think of last month’s theme on the Path of Positivity- Happiness. I believe that theme segues smoothly into this month’s theme of SHARING. It is easy to share happiness by giving up a smile, a compliment, a joke, a handmade card. This doesn’t cost a penny, yet you may feel a flush of pleasure immediately. If not, you won’t have to wait long. The universe moves towards maintaining balance, so what you give to others eventually comes back to you. In fact, if you want to multiply the things in your life that matter—health, balance, happiness—you need to share what you already have!

Really! Just try it! Take that $2 you were planning to buy your diet Coke with and stuff it into the Juvenile Diabetes fundraising can. You’ll end up with the same or more money sooner than you realize, and get a bonus of “good feels” along the way. Think of it as paying it forward. If you believe that something good is coming your way, pave its path by doing something good for others before it happens. Not only have you smoothed the way for another person’s path in life, you’ll have made your own path easier to walk. You may even find a spring in your step you hadn’t had before.

Just think, if we shared justice, good fortune, opportunities, tolerance and love with others; if everyone shared, we could cure famine, wipe out homelessness and unemployment—dare I say it -- even put an end to wars!! All from very small acts of sharing that multiply progressively. Think of the Path we could walk on together!! Mind-blowing, isn’t it? And what a wonderful world we would encounter at the end of our journeys!

Please be sure to pop over to Pat's personal blog, Patacake Pages, for more inspiration.

Well folks, that is it for today but please be sure to stop by again on Monday evening when we post the midway for Challenge #28.

May you share a little bit of yourself each day and may your blessings be returned to you ten fold!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Challenge #27 Top Picks: Voting Open July 13th to July 20th, 2015


It is time to get on with showcasing the top picks for Challenge #27.  This time around we had 26 entries.    It was wonderful to see so many projects and see how they all connected to last month's theme of HAPPINESS.

 Well, it is time to get on with showcasing the seven projects that the team feels were the best of the bunch.  Any time we have over 14 entries we choose a Top 7.  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 #27 (in no particular order)...

Congrats Ladies...

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick, each of you is entitled to a special Top Pick 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 #27 Top Pick" 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 happiness.  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:
July 13th to July 20th
Come have your say in determining the Voter's Choice for Challenge #27!  Don't forget to leave a comment after you have voted.  There will be a prize for one lucky voter who leaves a comment on one of this month's posts (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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