Sunday, May 31, 2015

Design Team Delights for Challenge #25--GROWTH

It is time to share our favourite entries for Challenge #25.  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 everyone who took the time to join along our Path during the month of April for Challenge #25.  While it is always a difficult decision, most of the team members managed to find a particular entry that really caught their attention.  Take a look...
Penny--chosen by Vicky...

Vicky had this to say:
"My DT delight would be Penny. She totally got growth in my point of view when she mentioned: "We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges", it's so very true!"

To see the details of Penny's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Create with Joy--chosen by Suze...

Here is what Suze had to say:
"My DT delight is the second entry from Create with Joy.  I love her choice of colours, the layering and the sheer femininity of this creation."

To see the details of Create with Joy's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Donna--chosen by Desíre...
Here is what Desíre had to say:
"My DT delight is Donna.  Her creation is just so amazing, colourful, sparkly and pretty with the pink and green. And has so many wonderful little details to feast on." 

To see the details of Donna's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Asmah--chosen by Pat, Penny & Monica...

This is what Pat had to say:
"My DT delight is Asmah.  Wow! I love this mixed media piece! I love the raw texture and the colors and all the elements which combine to one cohesive and beautiful page." 

Here is what Monica had to say:
"My DT delight is also Asmah.  The Art Journal was so beautiful and really a nice piece of Art!"

Penny said this:
"My DT delight is Asmah as well. Absolutely love her artistic creation! It makes me smile. :^)"

To see the details of Asmah's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Hanne--chosen by Lisa (that's me)...
My DT delight is Hanne.  Not only do I love the sentiment that she used on her card, but I really liked what she had to say regarding how the sentiment related to the concept of growth.
"In my opinion it's the hardships in life that often offer the best possibility to grow as a human being. You may not always see the growth when it feels that everything is falling apart, but without all the experiences - both positive and negative - a person wouldn't be the same as she or he is today. I think the biggest wisdom in that quote is especially the positive attitude towards the future. There is always hope."
These are definitely words of wisdom!  We sometimes forget that we don't just grow through positive events but through negative ones as well.  True growth is achieved through the compilation of ALL the experiences we undergo.  When we go through the dark, if we can hang on long enough, we eventually come back to the light. Hanne's belief that there is always hope is an important one.

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

Creative Congratulations to all of you!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge... 
  Penny, Create with Joy, Donna, Asmah and Hanne

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

Please head to the Creative Bug Digital SnapShots store:  Click to enter the digital snapshots area.  Once you are on the homepage for the digis, scroll down a little bit and you'll see a brown banner on the left hand side that says, "looking for digis".  There will be a Polaroid image right underneath it that says SnapShots (Digital Images).  Click on this.  You'll be taken to a page that lists all the categories of images available for you to choose from.  If you need to see the image a bit closer, just right click and choose 'view image'.  Once you've made your decision, please send me the name of the one image you want and let me know which section it came from.

Additionally, you are entitled to the special Challenge #25 DT Delight Badge. To claim both your digi and the badge (or just one or the other), send your requests to popwinners {at} gmail {dot} com (be sure to replace at and dot with the appropriate symbols) or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject, "PoP#25--DT Delight Badge and/or Digi Request".   I'm always running a bit behind these days, this month more than usual, so your patience is appreciated.

Our special yearly prize package will also still be taking place.  Remember, if you are chosen as a DT Delight during any of our challenges, your name will be entered into a draw for some digital goodies.  You get one entry per choice; so, if two members picked your card, you will earn 2 entries, three members 3 entries, etc.  The winner at the time will be notified by email.   The next draw will occur sometime in the summer of 2015.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope to see you again tomorrow, June 1st, when we will be back with the start of Challenge #27.  We hope that you will join us then to learn what the newest theme will be.

See you again soon!

Monday, May 25, 2015

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #25

It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #25.  We had another great turnout with our voting during this past challenge and once again it was a landslide victory in the 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 #25 is.... 

Asmah, you will be getting a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #25.
In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is...

Edwina, you have won $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #25. 
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Edwina, you will also be getting a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #25.
The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is: 

Donna, you have also won $15 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #25. 
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Donna, you will also be getting a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #25.
We also have a prize available for a voter who left a comment.  Now in the past, I have limited the winner to someone leaving a comment specifically on the 'voting post'.  However, after much thought since sometimes the comments on that post are limited to one or two, 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 #25, Pat's Pondering on Growth, or on the Top Picks post for #25, you are eligible.  The more you comment, the more the chances of winning!

Our winner this challenge chosen by is...

Sandra van Blaricum who left this comment on the Top Picks post:
Just love Asmah's Art!! The sentiment is also very beautiful!
She definately inspires me to do some of this Art/Mixed media projects!

Sandra, you have won a selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

Big Congrats to...

Asmah, Edwina, Donna E. & Sandra

Please click HERE to send us an email with the subject, "WINNER PoP Challenge #25" 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 #25 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 #25 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #27, which starts Monday, June 1st, please click HERE to send us an email with the subject line, "PoP#25 Entrant Quote Request for #27".

There is still one week left to enter into our challenge on PERSEVERANCE.  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, May 18, 2015

Challenge #26-PERSEVERANCE-Midway Reflection & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #26. The theme for this challenge is all about PERSEVERANCE.   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.

 Don't Give Up Hope

So many people around me are dealing with very difficult issues in their lives right now.  Some are battling depression, some are battling pain and other illnesses, some have family members they are extremely worried about.  When living with these stressors, day in and day out, one can start to feel the world crashing in on all sides.  Hope seems elusive at best.

I've been there.  I know just how dark things can get.

We are quick with words of encouragement like, 'don't give up hope' and 'hang in there friend'.  We certainly mean the best when we say them and while the person on the other end of these phrases may need to hear them, don't fret if the immediate response isn't an encouraging one.  It is easy for us to spout these aphorisms but we have to be ready to acknowledge that the individual on the receiving end may not be in the best place to accept them.  It is easy to say 'everything is going to be fine', but when a person feels like they are hanging on by their fingernails, in no way do they believe everything will be fine.

Just as it is important that our friends and loved ones experiencing anguish don't give up, it is even more crucial that we don't give up on them.  Keep reaching out.  Keep trying to connect with them.  Sometime it feels like they are pushing us away but that is when we must dig our heels in and fight all the more.  True friends stick around through the really bad times just as they stick around through the really good ones. 

Whether you are the person facing the difficulty or trying to help someone dealing with one...

As much as you may want to give up the fight...
Keep Going
Keep Trying

Don't let anything or anyone sway you from your goal...
Be Determined
Be Stubborn

When you feel like giving in...
Stand Firm
Stay Resolved

When you are your most afraid...
Hang In There
Hang On

When everything is at its darkest...
Reach Out
Hold Fast

Stick With It
Stay the Course
There really is light at the end of the tunnel.  You just have to hold on long enough to see it again.

Here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

Please note that some individuals may be uncomfortable with the content of one of the images and its accompanying creation, in this month's posting.  It is not our intent to make you uncomfortable.  However, please note that everyone is welcome on the Path of Positivity, no matter their nationality, ethnicity religion or sexuality.  We are a place of tolerance and positivity for all. 

From Ike's Art...

I Do - Female (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)

The Wind (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)

 My New Shoes (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)

 If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

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 perseverance, 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>>>

Finally, that leaves our...
Once again that should technically say Guest Designers plural!  This month I'm pleased to showcase several different samples from each of the Sponsor's Designs Teams at both the start and midway.  To make it easier, I'm going to include the watermark of the image the GDT used beneath each of their projects.
First up we'll check out creations from some of the members of Ike's Art team...
Samara from Samara's Sanctuary...
Brides Set of 4 (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

Sall from Crafty Giggles...

Cuckoo Clock (located in the 'Other' section)!__other/productsstackergalleryv21=0

Christine from Angel Arts Cards...

BORED NOW (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

 Ike from Ike's World ...

 Female Troops Set (located in the 'My Latest Designs' section)!__digital-art-stamps

Next up, let's check out the creations from some of the members of the Deedee's Digis team...

Faith from Daffodil Cards...

If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

Pippa from Views from the Craft Room...

If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

Stephanie from Steph's Scrap Happenings...

 sentiment is from...
If you are a Non EU Resident, please click HERE to find this image in the store.
If you are an EU Resident, please click HERE.

ribbon is from...
This set is in the 'Try Before You Buy' section.   
Please click HERE to find this image in the store.

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 perseverance, 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 #25.  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 #25 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:
  • Odalisque font created by Nick's Fonts
  • Forum font created by Denis Masharov
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.  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!