Monday, October 15, 2018

Challenge #62--Optional Theme: SHADES OF PURPLE...Midway

Hello folks. It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #62.

As we are a unique kind of challenge blog, please be sure to check out the START POST FOUND HERE, for all the rules and details you need to know in order to enter.

This is the seventh month into our year long study of colour. If you are new to the blog or this series, and you would like to review a more in-depth explanation on how we are affected by colour, its impact on us, the symbolism behind it, and the psychological effect it has on our everyday lives, you can find it by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the Title, "Theme Ideas for 2018".

For now though, here is a refresher of what our current theme is all about:

Challenge #62

Optional Theme:  SHADES OF PURPLE

Purple is a blend of two colours bringing with it the energy of red and the stability of the blue. What kinds of thoughts and feelings do YOU think of when you think about the colour purple? Throughout history the different shades of purple have been associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. As such, it is a colour that is often seen in the robes worn by royalty and the clothing of people of authority or high rank. However, the power of purple doesn't stop there, it is also associated with a variety of effects on the mind and body. Purples have been know to uplift one's spirits, enhance the sacred, create feelings of spirituality, and also encourage the imagination and creativity. Another colour bearing interesting characteristics and influences!

When delving into the colour psychology of purple, we find that it can provide a calming balm to the the mind and nerves, promoting harmony of the mind and emotions. All of these factors can aid toward creating mental balance, stability, and peace of mind. Additionally, purple inspires unconditional love. It can increase a person's nurturing tendencies, encouraging sensitivity and compassion.

As purple is a great colour for channelling imagination and creativity, like the colour orange, it is suitable for use in both professional and personal projects. Designers often use bright purple in designs of a feminine nature and it is a very popular colour among teenage girls. The use of lighter purples along with the colour yellow are commonly used in advertisements for children’s products as it gives the viewer an impression of something that is fun and easy to deal with.

Taken to extremes though, too much purple can stir up irritability, impatience, and arrogance.  Another negative quality of having too much purple in one's environment is that it can result in a person becoming rather moody. On the flip side of things, too little purple brings out feelings of powerlessness, negativity, and apathy. As always, it comes back to finding the right balance when adopting this vibrant colour into your life.

This challenge, our focus is on SHADES OF PURPLE. We want to see a project that is at least 51% of the overall colour scheme. Your project doesn't need to be completely monochromatic so a spattering of other colours is fine. Just be sure that if you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, over half of the colours in your project must be made up of SHADES OF PURPLEThe shades can be in the colours you choose to fill your images with, and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on the varying shades of purple. We can't wait to see how you explore the theme in your designs!

If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational. While it isn't mandatory, we'd also love to find out how this month's colour makes you feel, if you'd like to share that with us. What kinds of feelings does the colour PURPLE evoke in you? You can write a sentence or two in the body of your post, write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, or simply leave a comment on this post if you'd like.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $10 gift certificate from Limited Runs, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of a $12 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, the second of our guest sponsors this month, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Talking of our guest sponsors...

To learn more about this month's guest sponsors, be sure to check out the START post; and of course, also pay each of these generous companies a visit. Below, you will find the watermarks for the images that the team worked with for the midway. Just click on any preview to find that item's location in its respective store.

Bulb Window
Bulb Window

Christmas Shopping
Christmas Shopping

Hepburn Dress
 Hepbern Dress

From Limited Runs...

Scarecrow Girl (Category: Halloween; Section: 11-20)

Noelle (Category: Seasonal Christmas; Section: 31-40)

Monster 5 (Category: Monsters & Dragons; Section: 21-30)

Thank you so much to these awesome companies for allowing us the opportunity to work with such incredible images during the midway!

To help inspire you further down the path of SHADES OF PURPLE, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Clicking on each team member's name will take you to their blog where you can check out further details on their inspirational creations.

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Thanks again to my incredible design team! As always, each of them have their own unique styles and ideas which amaze me to no end. Each of these projects has showcased the different  SHADES OF PURPLE splendidly and I hope we have inspired you throughout this challenge. Be sure to go and visit these talented ladies so you can see how their projects tie in to the theme.

Why not join us, if you haven't entered already? Create a project and/or post that is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature and join our link up. If you've opted to follow the theme of  SHADES OF PURPLE, for the chance to win the Most Inspirational prize, make sure that you add FT after your name so you can be included in the running for the prize. Remember, we'd also love to find out just how the different SHADES OF PURPLE affect you, so be sure to lets us know if you can, somewhere in your post or come over and leave a comment. 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!

Don't Forget...

You have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #61.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #61 will be posted next week if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.

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 find out the impetus behind why I started this challenge 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). Additionally, you can find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the start post. 

 Click HERE to head to the current challenge post & link up!

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 ongoing sponsors include...

If you ever have any questions be sure to leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Challenge #61 Top Picks: Voting Open October 14 to October 21, 2018


Good thing this month has five Monday's in it. At the rate I'm going, I'm going to need them all!

It is past time to get on with showcasing the three projects and/or write-ups that touched the team the most. Since we only had twelve entries in Challenge #61 we unfortunately do not have enough entries to have a Top Seven; however, we certainly have enough to have a Top Three.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Picks for Challenge #61...


Congrats Ladies... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #61 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...


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. Please be sure to go and check out the entries first and not just make your choices off of the thumbnails. Then, let us know who your favourite choice is by placing your vote below using the Linky Tools feature. Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

 Good luck everyone!

Voting open for 7 days:
October 14
through October 21

Path of Positivity--Challenge #61 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #61 out of the entries listed below. One vote per IP address please. Please note that you can get a better idea of what the project/post looks like by visiting each participant first. To do so, simply click the names below the thumbnails to be taken to the person's blog.

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    • your name and/or possibly your blog name
    • the blogpost address of the project that you linked up
    • a copy of the image that you originally linked up
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Vote Below:

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge #60--Opt. Theme: NEUTRALS

Oopsies. It has been a crazy busy couple of weeks. It is amazing how quickly time passes. Even more so when one is behind. Thankfully, I had some time to get this done before heading to work on the Top Picks post that is due out in the next couple days if I can pull it off!

Oh and happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all my fellow Canadians!

Now, without further ado, here are the choices...

Drum roll, please....BBBbbbrrrrrrrrr pish

 The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #60 is... 

Natasa, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #60. Please feel free to copy your badge below...

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

Monica, you have won the same three digital images that the team used from Mari Digis, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #60.

Monica, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #60 which you can find below...

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

Bernadet, you have won a $12 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #60.

Bernadet, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #60 which you can find below...

Big Congrats to...


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 #60" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that I am rather behind these days so it may take me a while to get back to you but I promise I will.

Now it is time to announce our DT Delights from this challenge. 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 the 12 people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of June  for Challenge #60Check out the entries that really caught our attention...

Natasa--chosen by Katrina and Pippa...

Pippa said this:
"My DT Delight is Natasa. Her card and box are so classy with a fantastic neutral palette. I am sure the newly weds will cherish it for some time."

Katrina had this to say:
"My DT Delight is also Natasa. This wedding box/card set is just gorgeous in its neutral color palette! The flowers are lovely and the papers beautiful! Perfect for a neutral challenge during the summer wedding months!"

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

Christi--chosen by Julie...

Julie had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Christi
. I just loved those sheep! I thought she used all her dies so well, and those sheep just made me smile on a day that I really needed one."

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

Bernadet--chosen by Suze...

Suze said this:
"My DT Delight is Bernadet. This is beautifully crafted with a gorgeous pastel colour scheme."

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

Creative Congratulations to you all!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

Natasa, Christi and Bernadet

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

Please click HERE to check out the image previews. They are arranged into general categories; although, due to the nature of some of these images, they have been repeated in certain applicable categories. If you are interested in claiming a digi, please send me the name of the one image you want and let me know which section it came from. Send your request 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, "PoP#60-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated.

Additionally, you are entitled to the special Challenge #60 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...

Well, that is it for this one. Please pop by later this week so that you can check out the Top Picks for Challenge #61 and to also have a say in who is chosen as the Voter's Choice.

Until next time,