Monday, July 05, 2021

Summer Break Reminder

Hello there folks! I'm just popping in with a reminder that we are taking the month of July off. I mentioned it during the posts published in June but figured it would be best to remind everyone in a separate post as well.

Over the last few years, we have made the decision to take time off in the summer and thus will be off for the month of July. We take a break for the following reasons:
  1. Since it is summer time here in North America, Britain, Europe and other locales in the northern hemisphere, many of our players are out of the house and enjoying the warmer weather;
  2. My hard working Design Team deserves a little bit of time off; and 
  3. It gives me the opportunity to do some catching up with everything I'm always so far behind on by mid year.
Now if you are waiting on the Top Picks and Winner Announcement from our June challenge, we'll be back with those posts in August, taking place during the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month in their regular spots.

I truly hope that you will all continue to support us when we return on August 2nd (as long as everything goes according to plan) for our next challenge.

For the time being, I really hope that those of you living in the northern hemisphere are all enjoying your summer and for those of you in the southern hemisphere, I hope that your winter isn't too harsh. I know that while this year is a better year for some, it is still posing certain challenges for others; so, it is my fondest hope that you are able to make the most out of it!

Take care everyone, stay walking on your own Path of Positivity if you can and we'll see you all again real soon.

 

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge #91 -- Opt. Twist: Change Your ENVIRONMENT

 
 
Hello to all our wonderful crafting friends! Sorry for the delay in publishing the winner announcement. Jeepers, that is two months in a row that I'm late with this particular post. Our summer break couldn't have come at a better time, as it will allow me to catch up.
 
And on that note, it is time to present the winners for Challenge #91. I hope that you all continue to stay safe out there in whichever corner of the world you are located!
 
First we'll share the names of the Voter's Choice, the Most Inspirational and the Random Winner and then we'll move on to showcasing our DT Delights. Who are all the lucky peeps? Well, let's find out.


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

Drum roll, please....BBBbbbrrrrrrrrr pish

 The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #91 is…
 
 
Astrid, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #91. Please feel free to copy your badge below...
 
 

In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is…

#16. VERONIKA (cheiro urgia)

Veronika, you have won ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, our on-going sponsor providing a prize for the project chosen as Most Inspirational for each of our challenges in 2021.

http://buyscribblesdesigns.blogspot.ca/

Veronika, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #91 which you can find below...



The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by Random.org), 
based on all eligible participants is…


Lynn, you have won TWO images from All Dressed Up Stamps, our guest sponsor during Challenge #91.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/alldressedupstamps

Lynn, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #91 which you can find below... 
 
 

Big Congrats to...

astrid, veronika & lynn

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 #91" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Let me know which category you won (Most Inspirational or Random Winner) and also the prize value and sponsor. 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. I am currently caught up with any mail received in this account.

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 people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of May for Challenge #91. Out of the 31 entries linked up, check out the ones that really caught our attention...
 

Astrid--chosen by Katrina…

Katrina said this:
"My DT Delight is Astrid (#05). This is would be such a fun way to change your environment! First off the fantasy of this trip would change things up for most then having this card sitting in your home would bring tons of smiles! Such an adventure here!"
   
To see the details of Astrid's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
 
 
Ellie--chosen by Carole…

Carole had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Ellie (#08). Ellie's image and sentiment are perfect together. Such a fun card with those kitties playing the piano so hard, the keys are flying off. Beautifully coloured and with a pretty stencilled background." 

To see the details of Ellie's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
 
 
Ma-Mi--chosen by Suze…
 
Suze said this: 
"My DT Delight is Ma-Mi (#28). I like the balance of the card with the beautiful scene on the right and the white space broken with the sentiment on the left. The paper strip separates the two spaces beautifully."

To see the details of Ma-Mi'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 May. As always we greatly appreciate you sharing your incredible talents with us.

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

   Astrid, Ellie and Ma-Mi

  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#91-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated. I am currently caught up with any mail received in this account.

Additionally, you are entitled to the special Challenge #91 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...
 
 
Well, that is it for this one. Don't forget, we are going on summer break. I'll actually be posting a reminder in just a few moments. Then, as long as everything goes according to plan, we'll be back on Monday, Aug. 2nd with our newest challenge.

Do your best to continue stay healthy and positive during this crazy time in our lives and hopefully we'll see you all again soon!!!

Until next time,


Monday, June 21, 2021

Ch. #92--Opt. Twist: Try Something NEW...Midway

 
 
Hey folks! Welcome back to the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog! It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #92. Before we start, I just want to say that I hope that each of you continue to stay well in your own little communities across this world.  

As we are a unique kind of challenge blog, it is important for you to understand how things work in order to be sure you are eligible to win any of the prizes offered. Please be sure to check out the START POST FOUND HERE for the specific details related to this month's challenge, and you can find out all the general details you need to know in order to participate, by clicking on the 'Challenge Details' tab (located at the top of the blog). For your convenience, a summary of the most important rules can now be found in the right sidebar under the heading 'General Rules'.
 
Right now, it is time to continue with our midway. Here is a refresher of the details for our current twist:
 

Challenge #92

Optional Twist:  

Try Something NEW

Continuing with the idea of bringing more positivity into your life this year, this month we want you to design a creation that focuses on TRYING SOMETHING NEW. This could be trying a new craft technique, or designing a journal/scrapbook page sharing a new experience. Reach out beyond your comfort zone to feel proud and rejuvenated! We could always use New Techniques on any image; or, maybe colouring an image we might not normally choose would be a new experience. If you typically make cards and stick to basic rectangle and square shapes, you could always try a new card shape or be really brave and try a fancy-fold! Then of course, there is the idea of trying something new in your life and then creating some sort of project to reflect that experience, like Carole has done with her start project. Which ever direction you lean towards, this month it is time to have a new experience one way or the other!
 
In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, remember that general types of projects/posts will not qualify for the prizes UNLESS they are also positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Additionally, even if a project may qualify as positive, if your post promotes negativity, hatred or anything of an abhorrent nature, your project will be disqualified. Prizes this month include:
  • THREE images from Pattie's Creations, our guest sponsor for this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
 

Talking of our sponsors...


To learn more about Pattie's Creations, this month's guest sponsor, be sure to check out the START post; and of course, also pay this generous company a visit.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/pattiescreations





http://buyscribblesdesigns.blogspot.ca/

During the midway, you will also be seeing projects from half of the team using images from Scribbles Designs, one of our on-going sponsors. Scribbles Designs will be providing the prize for the Most Inspirational choice during each challenge in 2021. Please be sure to pop over and check out the amazing images offered up by Sandy Sommerfeld, the designer behind Scribbles Designs.

 
 
To help inspire you further down the path of TRYING SOMETHING NEW, 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 the details for their inspirational creations. If you are interested in purchasing the image featured in a particular creation, you can click on the link indicated below the project…
 

http://scrappyhorses.blogspot.ca
 
using Three Birdhouses from Patties Creations


 
 
 
using  #129 Carla Diet Queen Diva from Scribbles Designs



 
using Hot Air Balloon Ride from Patties Creations
 
 

Thanks again to my fabulous design team! As always, each of them have their own exceptional approaches and concepts which impress me to no end. Each of these creations has demonstrated the theme of TRYING SOMETHING NEW admirably and I hope we have encouraged you throughout this challenge to come up with your own piece of handiwork. Be sure to go and visit these talented ladies so you can see just how their projects tie in to the twist.

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. How about stretching yourself by also opting to follow the twist?! While it isn't mandatory, we'd also love to find out how this month's twist affects your own life. Sometimes we get in the habit of just doing the same things over and over again, whether in our lives or in our crafting. However, it is important to stretch ourselves every so often and Try Something NEW. It can be something big like taking a class in a subject that has always interested you but you've never had the nerve to do. It could be something as small as simply trying a new technique in regards to your crafting. The act itself isn't important, it is stepping out to try something out of your comfort zone that counts. Growth is an important part of our lives so this month take the opportunity to Try Something NEW and do a little growing of your own. If you'd like to tell us about the NEW experience you undertook this month, we'd love to hear it. 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.

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! You can find our list of participants and enter our latest challenge yourself by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the bottom of the post.



GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY…
Please show your support to our wonderful sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance. You may also just find an image or two to add your your collection!

Along with Pattie's Creations, our guest sponsor this challenge, and Scribbles Designs, one of our on-going sponsors, we also have two additional ongoing sponsors including...



Thank you so much to all these awesome companies for their
continued support of this challenge blog!



Don't Forget...

You have until 11:59 p.m., ET, tonight (June 21), to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #91. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #91 will be posted next week if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.
 


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



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

We look forward to seeing you participate!