Sunday, January 31, 2016

Design Team Delights for Challenge #33--BELIEVE

First up I want to apologize for the fact this post is coming out later than I'd normally publish it.  Sadly, I have been trying to get to it since 3:30 this afternoon (it is now 5:47).  Every time I'd think, "oh, I've got to go and get that done", something else would distract me and I'd get waylaid.  Now with just 10 minutes left before it is supposed to be posted, I'm in a bit of a time crunch.  Man, I'm apparently the queen of procrastination today, on a day where I can't afford it--I've still got three posts due tomorrow to get done.  What do they say about the 'best of intentions'?  Oh well, I am here now so let's get on with it! :) 

It is time to share our favourite entries for Challenge #33.  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 December for Challenge #33Check out the entries that really caught our attention...
AJ--chosen by Pat...

This is what Pat had to say:
"My DT Delight is AJ.  I love that side easel card and her design and coloring are fabulous."

To see the details of AJ's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
NanaConnie--chosen by Katrina, Desíre and Julie...

Katrina said this:
"My DT Delight is NanaConnie. Those mice are delightful skating around and the sentiment "Believe the Christmas Magic" is so perfect with the sparkle!"

Desíre had the exact thing to say as Katrina did, only adding this statement:
"...And of course the traditional red and green Christmas colours is very striking."

Julie had this to say:
"My DT Delight is NanaConnie as well. Her card is delightful. She wanted to make it look like a package, and she definitely accomplished that. Plus, her image is adorable!"

To see the details of NanaConnie's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Helen--chosen by Suze...

Here is what Suze had to say:
"My DT Delight is  Helen. I love that the traditional image is centre of the card and then framed to highlight the image. A beautiful CAS card."

To see the details of Helen's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Steffi--chosen by Sandy...

Sandy said this:
"My DT Delight is Steffi.  Her card has a spirit feel to it and brings a smile to one's face."

To see the details of Steffi's creation click HERE.
 This time around I personally didn't have a favourite--it was too hard choosing among the four entries so they are ALL my favourites!  Each one has something unique about it that I love.

NanaConnie's card is just so cute and I love her sentiment.   Christmas is definitely a magical time of year where one can easily believe in so much beyond the ordinary.

AJ's card is lovely too.   Her inside sentiment reads, "It was the simple gift of love that changed the course of the world." These beautiful words that expound on what Christmas is really about, touched me.

Helen's card may be clean and simple but it is still impressive.  I love the focus on the image and of course her great sentiment.  Can you imagine a world with peace?  Even for just one day?  What a glorious world that would be.

Finally that brings Steffi's card.  I love the fun and festive design and of course the red, white and touch of gold--perfect for the Christmas season.

Creative Congratulations to all of you!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

  AJ, NanaConnie, Helen, and Steffi

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

If you are familiar with the Creative Bug Digital SnapShots store, PLEASE NOTE THAT THINGS HAVE CHANGED.   Unfortunately, the website is no longer available.  As such I created a page on the originating blog that lists all of the images available.  Please click HERE to check out the image previews.  I have tried to arrange them into general categories.  Due to the nature of some of these images, they have been repeated in certain applicable categories.  Be sure to click on the watermarks to bring them up into the lightbox for better viewing.  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 #33 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#33--DT Delight Badge and/or Digi Request".   I'm always running rather behind these days, 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 2016.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope to see you all tomorrow on February 1st, when we will be back with the start of Challenge #35.  We hope that you will join us then to learn what the newest theme will be.

And look at that--thankfully I'm not too late getting the post out, just 45 minutes ish.  It could have always been much later so that is a positive blessing in itself!  See you again soon!

Monday, January 25, 2016

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #33

Hello everyone!  It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #33.  Once again we have a tie for Voter's Choice.  Who are all the lucky winners?  Well, let's find out.

Without further ado, here are the choices...

Drum roll, please....BBBbbbrrrrrrrrr pish

 The people have spoken and their choices for Challenge #33 are....


AJ and NanaConnie, you will both be getting a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #33.

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

Helen, that means that you have won a $7 gift certificate from Pickled Potpourri Designs, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #33.

Helen, you will also be getting a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #33.
The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by, based on all eligible participants is:

Steffi, you have won three images from Fresh Brewed Designs, another of our guest sponsors during Challenge #33.

Steffi, you will also be getting a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #33.
We also have a prize available for a person who left a comment. Anyone who left a general comment on all the posts related to Challenge #33 (excluding winners post and DT Delights post) is eligible to receive the prize. So, if you have commented on the start or midway posts for Challenge #33, or on the Top Picks post for #33, you are eligible. The more you comment, the more the chances of winning!

Unfortunately, only members of the team and our GDT left comments this month so there will be no prize. :(

Big Congrats to...


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 #33" 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 #33 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 #33 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #35, which starts Monday, February 1st, please send us an email (link or address above) with the subject line, "PoP#33 Entrant Quote Request for #35".

There is still one week left to enter into our challenge on PROSPERITY.  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, January 18, 2016

Challenge #34--PROSPERITY: Midway & Voting Reminder

Hello everyone! We have reached the midway point of Challenge #34. The theme for this challenge is PROSPERITY.

It is the start of a new year and the perfect time to reflect on the concept of what prosperity means to each of us.  In Pat's Pondering this month (which you can find HERE), she uses the quote, "An Attitude of Gratitude invites Abundance and Prosperity".  I love this quote because it hits the head on the nail--before we can have a life filled with abundance and prosperity, we must first adopt an attitude of gratitude.  One of the proponents of positive thinking is that like attracts like.  In other words, the energy that we send out, we get back so if we focus on the positive, we'll attract that in kind.  When we demonstrate just how grateful we are through words and deeds, we are opening ourselves up to live in abundance and prosperity.  That sounds like a pretty good way to live, don't you think?!

 Anyway, it is time to get on with our midway!
Here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

#297 I Love You This Much Cynthia Fairy

#GB021 Clipboard

#GB805 Tender Heart Bear
Tender Heart Bear Digital Stamp

From Limited Runs...

Catching a Snowflake (category: Christmas, section 11-20)

Swimming Turtle ( New Digital Stamps to Play with)
Wedding Mice (category: Critters, section 41-50)
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 PROSPERITY, check out the wonderful projects most of my Design Team had the opportunity to create.  I even had time to create one although sadly it will be late appearing on my own blog <sigh>...

Deanne, from Little Bit 'O Paper, who is our guest designer this month, shared this sweet card 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 the idea of prosperity, 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 #33.  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 on a selection of the active posts from this month, you have the opportunity to walk away with a small selection of digital papers. To check out all those eligible and cast your vote, click HERE.  Winners for challenge #33 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.

Additional Credit and Font Information:

  • I have used an existing design element from Lisa Glanz (, in the creation of this sentiment.  These elements were purchased with an extended commercial use licence as part of a bundle through Design Cuts ( 
  • I have also used an existing design element picked up from Inky Deals.  The original design was created by Design TNT and can be found HERE.  Items obtained from Inky Deals may be used for commercial purposes (with extended licensing).
Fonts used 
Click on the font names to take you to a download location.  The first font  listed was free and listed for commercial use (with extended licensing) at the time of this creation.   The second font listed was an exclusive freebie that I received through Deal Jumbo.  It may also be used for commercial purposes (with extended licensing).  It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my creations and offer them to others for free.  Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using the font on something you sell.  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!