Monday, April 24, 2017

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge 47--Opt. Theme: BIRTH OF NEW BEGINNINGS

Hello and happy Monday to you all. It is time to present the winners for Challenge #47. 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.

Without further ado, here are the choices...

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 The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #47 is....

Diane, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #47.  Please feel free to copy your badge below...

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

Naomi, you have won a $20 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #47.

Naomi, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #47 which you can find below...

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

Marlene, you have won a $10 gift certificate from Limited Runs, the second of our guest sponsors during Challenge #47.

Marlene, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #47 which you can find below...

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 #47" 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.

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 22 people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of March for Challenge #47. Check out the entries that really caught our attention...

Donna--chosen by Katrina...

Katrina said this:
"My DT Delight is Donna. This card is so beautiful with all the layers and color, but even more I love the story Donna shared!"

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

Gail--chosen by Helen...

Helen had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Gail. She has used a beautiful and very peaceful image and her sentiment goes perfectly with it. It's a very calming design and a good reminder to all of us too."

To see the details of Gails creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE

Jo Ann--chosen by Pippa...

Pippa said this:
"My DT Delight is Jo Ann. The image and the verse could have been made to go together. The joy on the girl's face echoing the joy to come expressed in the Bible verse."

To see the details of Jo Ann's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE

Naomi--chosen by Julie...

Julie had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Naomi. I love her canvas and her T.S. Elliot quote, "Every moment is a fresh beginning". She said in her blog post that she doesn't usually make canvases. This one is beautiful and very inspiring!"

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

 Paper Mona--chosen by Pat & Suze...

Pat said this:
"My DT Delight is Paper Mona. I love her exploding box!”

Suze had this to say:
"My DT Delight is also Paper Mona. I Love the construction and colour scheme of the project."

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

Creative Congratulations to all of you!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

  Donna, Gail, Jo Ann, Naomi and Paper Mona

  You are all 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. Be sure to click on the watermarks to bring them up into the lightbox for better viewing.

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#47-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated.

Additionally, you are all entitled to the special Challenge #47 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...

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 or fall of 2017.

Be sure to join us next Monday to learn what the optional theme for Challenge #49 will be. Right now though, there is still a week left in our current challenge with the optional theme of THE BEAUTY OF NATURE. Click HERE for details. I hope that you will consider coming over to play with us. As always, we'd love to have you join our Path!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Challenge #48--Optional Theme: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE...Midway

Hello everyone! For those of you who celebrate Easter, I wish you a glorious Easter Monday and hope that you had a great weekend with your loved ones. Right now, it is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #48.

As we are a unique kind of challenge blog, please be sure to check out the start post found HERE, for all the rules and details you need to know in order to enter. For now, here is a refresher of what our theme is all about:

Challenge #48


As spring unfurls, we are starting to see the majesty and beauty of our surrounding environment take shape. Whether we live in rural areas or more urban ones, nature exudes its divine beauty in a torrent of textures and colours. There are so many elements in nature that have the ability to delight and tantalize the multitude of our senses: glorious sunrises and sunsets or even the simple artistry of a cloud-filled sky; the rich hues of horticulture; enchanting birdsong; and the scent of blossoming flowers and freshly growing grass on the wind to name but a few.

Do you feel blue on a dreary day? Does the bright sunshine and warmth of a spring day renew and revitalize you? Whether we admit it or not, we are definitely affected by our outdoor environment. That is why this month, in order to have a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation,we want to see the beauty of nature reflected in your design work. Whether you choose to draw or colour a landscape; focus on flowers; spotlight animals coming out of hibernation and/or the baby animals to follow; concentrate on the birds returning for spring; or even showcase the thawing world around you as the snow melts and the creeks and streams flow once again, it is totally up to you. Just be sure that your project contains some element of nature in a prominent manner. Whatever direction you take the beauty of nature in, we'd love to be part of that journey.

If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most InspirationalWe also ask that you let us know how your creation relates to the concept of nature if it isn't readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post. While you may easily see how the concept of nature relates to your creation, it may not be as apparent to me or the DT members. That is why we ask that you clarify it somewhere, whether here in a comment on this post or in your blog post. You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge if it would be easier. We just need to know how your project ties into the theme. Letting us know clears up any ambiguity that may exist.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $15 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win the second $15 gift certificate for the Most Inspirational prize.

Talking of our guest sponsor...

To learn more about this month's guest sponsors, be sure to check out the START post; and of course, also visit the sponsor. Below you will find the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

SNS Blinkie

Dahlia Set
Dahlia - Digital Stamp Set 500r

Rustic Flowers
Rustic Flowers - Snapdragons - Digital Stamp Set 816J

Mushrooms in the Forest

Mushroom in the Forest - Digital Stamp

April Showers
April Showers - Digital Stamp Set 555J

Pansy Ring
Pansy Ring - Digital Stamp

Fancy Butterflies
Fancy Butterflies - Digital Stamp Set 542jj

Thank you so much to this wonderful company for allowing us the opportunity to work with such incredible images during the midway!

To help inspire you further down the path of the THE BEAUTY OF NATURE, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Clicking on the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

Thanks again to my incredible design team! As always, each of them have their own unique styles and ideas which amaze me to no end. Each of these projects has showcased the concept of the beauty of nature in various forms and manners and I hope we have inspired you throughout this challenge. Be sure to go and visit these talented ladies so you can see how their projects tie in to the theme.

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. If you've opted to follow the theme of the beauty of nature for the chance to win the Most Inspirational prize, 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. Also, don't forget to leave FT after your name so we know to include you in the running for the prize. 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!

Don't Forget...

You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #47.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #47 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.

Please be sure to click on it to bring it up into the lightbox in its proper size before saving it.

Credit Notes For This Creation:
© 2017, 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 or my personal blog, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, 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(s) 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.

Additional Credit and Font Information:
Fonts used
Click on the font names to take you to a download location. These fonts were free for commercial use at the time of download. It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my creations and offer them to others for free or for sale. Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using the font on something you sell.

You will notice that the sentiment may appear huge depending on what software program you download it into. You can always reduce the size without distorting the overall look.

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 find out the impetus behind why I started this challenge 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, though please note that the newest challenge details still need to be updated). Additionally, you can find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the start post. 
 Click HERE to head to the current challenge post & link up!

Please show your support to our wonderful guest sponsor by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  As mentioned above, this month our guest sponsor is...

SNS Blinkie

Our ongoing 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!