Monday, October 27, 2014

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #18

It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #18.  It is a strange coincidence that all three of our winners happen to also be all three of our top three for this challenge.  However, I can assure you, it is strictly a coincidence.  So, without further ado, here are the choices...

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The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #18 is....
Julie, you will be getting a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #18.
In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is...
Stacy, you have won a prize package of a $7 gift certificate from Pickled Potpourri Designs, our guest sponsor during Challenge #18.
Stacy, you will also be getting a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #18.
The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is:
Teresa, you have won your choice of three images from Ike's Art.
Teresa, you will also be getting a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #18.
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:

Edwina with her comment:
I love the card with the words Go Forth Always on it by Stacy. I wonder if I thought this each time something came up if I could face it better. I hear determination in the words and in the card itself. Butterflies are very determined in their migration each year. I think Stacy caught the true meaning in her card.
Edwina, you have won a selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Big Congrats to...

Julie O., Stacy, Teresa A. & Edwina

Please click HERE to send us an email with the subject, "WINNER PoP Challenge #18" 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 #18 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 #18 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #20, which starts Monday, November 3rd, please click HERE to send us an email with the subject line, "PoP#18 Entrant Quote Request for #20".
You still have one week left to enter into our challenge on COURAGE.  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 Saturday for a special announcement and then again on Sunday for our DT Delights post.  Until then,  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Challenge #19--Midway Reflection & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #19. The theme for this challenge is all about COURAGE. 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.

Characteristics of Courage

According to Google, courage is defined as:
  1. the ability to do something that frightens one.
  2. strength in the face of pain or grief.
Now, I could get into a whole exposition of what true courage entails but really that would be how I see courage being put into action.

The real question is how do you see courage as it applies to your own life?  Is it:
  • Being afraid of something, yet choosing to act anyway?
  • Taking a stand when you know a cause is just?
  • Taking a risk and following the desires of your own heart?
  • Remaining steadfast in the face of adversity?
  • Listening to the guiding voice inside of you?
  • Facing difficulties in your life such as health problems and/or pain, with dignity, faith and strength?
You are the best person to determine how to be courageous in your own life.  Whether it is putting into action one or more of the above points or coming up with one of your own.

When I wrote this, I was at the Doctor's office waiting to be seen.  In my case it was just a routine appointment.  However, as I sat there I wondered about the people in the surrounding rooms.  Did they need courage to come out for their appointment today.  Were some afraid of what they might hear?  Were some already facing a battle?  It truly made me think about all the ways that we face courage in our lives.  Especially those who are facing illness.

While we may each approach courage in a different way, may each of us always have the courage to face all the challenges that may come our way.

To help inspire you down the path of courage, check out the wonderful projects a few of my Design Team had the opportunity to create...
Lynda has chosen to use the image called Daisies.

For Monica's midway project, she has chosen to work with Catherine Hat Lady.

Vicky decided to create a card this time around and chose Across The Miles. 

 Pat worked with the image called Danielle Hat Lady.
Sandy chose to work with the wonderful set called Wisps of Autumn.

Suze chose to work with the image called Feline Humour.
Finally, that leaves our...
Julie, from Muddy Paws, Inky Fingers, who is our guest designer this month, created this pretty card...
Julie chose to use the beautiful Nature's Butterfly image for her midway project.
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 courage, 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 #18.  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 #18 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 sponsor by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  This month Sparkle N Sprinkle , is our sole sponsor for all the main prizes...
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However, our regular sponsors would also love a visit from you too:

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!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ponderings Along the Pathway...COURAGE

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 COURAGE and PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject...
“One isn’t necessarily born with Courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.”
This quote from Maya Angelou struck me like an arrow shot to my heart. Everyone has the potential to be courageous. Everyone! It’s only a matter of believing in yourself, of taking that first step, offering that initial “hello” to a stranger, sending in that first manuscript to a publisher.
It’s only a matter of determination that convinces you that one failure doesn’t prove anything, that your first canvas doesn’t mean you haven’t got a masterpiece in you, that one unsuccessful job interview doesn't mean you’ll be unemployed all your life.
Life is full of stumbling blocks. Your attitude toward them will either keep you on the path or trip you up. By continuing the journey, by putting one foot in front of the other, you strengthen your courage. By remembering that the journey is as important as the end, you practice the art of positivity. By keeping positive, you will not only reach journey’s end, but enjoy everything life has for you along the way.

So take heart, tighten those shoestrings, and delve deep into the woods. Follow your own unique path, practicing kindness, honesty, mercy and generosity. I hope to cross paths with you along the way!
Please be sure to pop over to Pat's personal blog, Patacake Pages, for more inspiration.  That is it for today but please be sure to stop by on Monday when we showcase the midway projects for Challenge #19.

May you always find the courage to do what needs doing.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!