Monday, November 28, 2016

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #42

Hello everyone!  I hope that you have all enjoyed your weekend. For those of our readers living in the States, it has been a rather nice long one as my southern friends just had Thanksgiving. In a month of appreciation, I'm so thankful for all my friends from so many different parts of the world!

Right now, it is time to announce the winners from Challenge #42. Thanks to those who took the time to vote. Once again, our Voter's Choice and Most Inspiring Choice turns out to be the same person. Who are all the lucky peeps? 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 #42 is....

Donna, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #42.  Please feel free to copy your badge below...

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

Donna, you have won $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #42.

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Donna, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #42 which you can find below...

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

Shona, you have won $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #42.

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Shona, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #42 which you can find below...

We also have a prize available for a voter who left a comment. Anyone who left a general comment on all the posts related to Challenge #42 (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 #42, Pat's Pondering on Friendship, or on the Top Picks post for #42, you are eligible. The more you comment, the more the chances of winning!

Our winner, who was the only individual (other than a team member) to leave a comment during this challenge is...

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

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

ALL entrant's in Challenge #42 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 #42 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #44, which starts Monday, December 5th, please send us an email (link or address above) with the subject line, "PoP#42 Entrant Quote Request for #44".

There is still one week left to enter into our current challenge on APPRECIATION. 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 next Sunday for our DT Delights post. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ponderings Along the Pathway...APPRECIATION

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 APPRECIATION and PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject...

Walking through the forest recently, I was about to pass a fallen tree when I paused to really look at this unexpected gift of nature. The trunk was massive, lying like a submarine lying stealthily along the ocean's bottom. Covered with thick moss, what little sunlight that fought its way through the partly cloudy skies and the bare branches of the trees pulled a host of colors from the tree's coarse bark. The longer I looked at this fallen soldier, the more he revealed to me. Colors, shading, insects scurrying along its spine, old cuts long healed...Some time later, I left the forest with a smile on my face. I felt blessed to have stumbled upon such beauty on my walk in the forest. I left with a better appreciation for the planet and how connected we all are.

It's difficult to really appreciate things if you don't take the time and energy to do so. Appreciation takes time. If you go through life at the speed of a bullet, you won't be able to see things that make that life valuable. If you live in the past, which, let's face it, is history; if you angst and anticipate the future, which is not guaranteed for you, then you will have wasted the amazing and unique present.

Appreciation takes awareness. Be mindful of the wonders that surround you. Open your eyes and fill them with the dazzling colors and fluid movement of what you see. Taste the puckering zing of a dill pickle, the burst of tartness from your apple, the frozen sweetness of your ice cream. Run your fingers through the silkiness of your cat's fur and the warm scratchiness of its tongue. Open your ears to the tinkling of a child's laughter and the noisy knocking of a neighboring woodpecker. Breathe in the crisp Autumn air and the pungent spiciness of mulled wine.

Live in the moment, because that's all we really have. Don't text while walking your dog - do look around you. Don't use the TV as your grandchildren's babysitter - do get down on the floor and play with them. Don't rush through your lunch to get back to work - do savor the taste of each bite. Appreciate your life along the path with all its pleasures, discoveries and mysteries, as I appreciate mine and the bits of time we share together along the way.

There is so much in life to be thankful for and it is important that we actually take the time to do so. As you walk your own unique Path every day, try to pause and think about what you most appreciate.

Well folks, that is it for today but please be sure to join us on Monday when we'll be back with the winner announcement for last month's challenge.  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Challenge #43--APPRECIATION...Midway

Hello everyone!  It is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #43. The theme for this challenge is APPRECIATION.  For those of you living in the States, Happy Thanksgiving to you all this coming Thursday.  This is the perfect month to create a card and show your appreciation to someone you care about.

Let's see how the team has interpreted this concept as we get on with our midway!

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

From Kitten Scraps... 

 Thankful Moose Clip Art {CU}
Thankful Moose Clip Art {CU}

Happy Fall Friends ClipArt {CU}
Happy Fall Friends ClipArt {CU}

Love U 2 Pieces Bundle
Love U 2 Pieces Bundle

Family Feast
Family Feast Kit

 At the Sea with Sister
At the Sea with Sister

Mr Right
Mr. Right

Butterfly Harvest
Butterfly Harvest
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 APPRECIATION, check out the wonderful projects most of my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Katrina was inspired to make multiple projects! Clicking on the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

<<<coming soon>>>

 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 appreciation, 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 have until 11:55 p.m. tonight to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #42.  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. Winners for challenge #42 will be posted next Monday if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.


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
Design Element
I have used an existing design element from Lisa Glanz (, in the creation of one of these sentiments. This element was purchased with an extended commercial use licence as part of a bundle through Design Cuts (

Fonts used 
  • Amtenar font created by Groen Studio
  • Alchimique font created by Design TNT (limited time bundle purchased through Inky Deals=Ext. Lic)
Both of these fonts were purchased with extended commercial use licensing. Click on the font name to take you to a download location. It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my designs and offer the resulting creations to others for free or for sale. Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using a 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!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Challenge #42 Top Pick: Voting Open November 14th to 21st, 2016


Hello everyone! It is time to get on with showcasing the top pick for Challenge #42. This time around we had  six entries. So once again, each of the entrants have the opportunity to be chosen as the Voter's Choice. We do this any time we have less than 14 participants. And, while we may not have enough participants to have a top seven, we certainly have enough to have a top three. Therefore, it is time to get on with showcasing the projects and/or write-ups that touched the team the most.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Pick for Challenge #42...

Congrats Donna, Uma and Shona... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #42 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...

Now as I mentioned earlier, each of the participant's who entered Challenge #42 AND FOLLOWED THE THEME & RULES is eligible to have their project and/or post voted on. Here is a list of those participants. Each of the entrant's names is linked up to their blog post (order is reflective of how they entered the challenge and nothing else).

Susan R.
Uma I.
Shona E.
Donna E.


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 and in line with the concept of FRIENDSHIP. Please be sure to go and check out the entries first and not just make your choices off of the thumbnails. Once you have checked all the entries out,  let us know who your favourite choice is by placing your vote below using the Inlinkz feature.

Voting open for 7 days:
 November 14th to
November 21st

Come have your say in determining the Voter's Choice for Challenge #42! Don't forget to leave a comment after you have voted. There will be a prize for one lucky person who leaves a comment on one of this month's posts (chosen randomly from a selection of posts related to Challenge #42). If you haven't had the opportunity to visit each of the entries already, please go and check them out a little more closely before placing your vote. Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

Good luck everyone!

Link Up below: