Monday, December 31, 2018

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge #63--Opt. Theme: SHADES OF GREEN

Thank goodness December has an extra Monday in it to help me catch up from missing posting on Christmas Eve! I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday week so far!

Today, I'm going to present the winners for Challenge #63.  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.

So, without further ado, here are the choices...

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 The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #63 is…

Judy, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #63. Please feel free to copy your badge below...

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

Cass, you have won a $15 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #63.

Cass, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #63 which you can find below...

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


Lise, you have won a $10 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #63.

Lise, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #63 which you can find below...

Big Congrats to...

  judy, cass & lise

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

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 14 people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of November for Challenge #63Check out the entries that really caught our attention...

Judy--chosen by Katrina and Pippa...

Katrina had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Judy. Wow, there were so many beautiful entries this month! Green must be very inspiring. I was really taken with the beauty of Judy's peaceful, woodsy scene. Her background technique is stunning; I'm appreciative of her sharing how she created it!"

Pippa said this:
"My DT Delight is also JudyI love the simplicity of the design and yet using so many different techniques: mono printing, stamping, die cutting and embossing."

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

Koushiki Art World--chosen by Pat and Suze...

 Pat and Suze shared the same thoughts:
"Our DT Delight is Koushiki Art World. The dresses are simply gorgeous. They invoke thoughts of travel to other countries."

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

Cass--chosen by Helen...

Helen had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Cass. A beautiful picture and a great peaceful surrounding to set it off."

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

Creative Congratulations to you all!

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

Judy, Koushiki Art World and Cass

  You are 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. 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#63-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated.

Additionally, you are entitled to the special Challenge #63 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...

Well, that is it for this one. If you haven't joined us already, there is still one week left in our current challenge. The theme of SILVER, GOLD & OTHER  METALLICS. Click HERE for all the details.

We'll be back next Monday with our first challenge of the new year. Happy New Year everyone!

Until next time,

Monday, December 17, 2018

Challenge #63 Top Picks: Voting Open December 17 to December 24, 2018


Midway post out? Check. Winner Announcement from last month completed? Check. Top Picks post from last challenge? Finally, check! Let's hope that the winner announcement gets a check as well next week so that I can enter 2019 completely up to date on this blog!!!

It is time to get on with showcasing the three projects and/or write-ups that touched the team the most. Since we only had fourteen entries in Challenge #63 we unfortunately do not have enough entries to have a Top Seven; however, we certainly have enough to have a Top Three.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Picks for Challenge #63...


Congrats Ladies... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #63 Top Pick Badge.
Please feel free to grab a copy for your blog...


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. Please be sure to go and check out the entries first and not just make your choices off of the thumbnails. Then, let us know who your favourite choice is by placing your vote below using the Linky Tools feature. Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

 Good luck everyone!

Voting open for 7 days:
December 17
through December 24
Path of Positivity--Challenge #63 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #63 out of the entries listed below. One vote per IP address please. Please note that you can get a better idea of what the project/post looks like by visiting each participant first. To do so, simply click the names below the thumbnails to be taken to the person's blog.

Vote Below: 

Challenge #64--Optional Theme: SILVER, GOLD & OTHER METALLICS...Midway

It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #64.

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.

This is the tenth and final month into our year long study of colour. If you are new to the blog or this series, and you would like to review a more in-depth explanation on how we are affected by colour, its impact on us, the symbolism behind it, and the psychological effect it has on our everyday lives, you can find it by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the Title, "Theme Ideas for 2018".

For now though, here is a refresher of what our current theme is all about:

Challenge #64

Optional Theme:

This month we wrap up our series on colour with the colour grouping of metallics. These sheens are generally associated with wealth, prosperity and success. Gold and silver are both precious metals, associated with riches and expensive jewellery. When a touch of glittering metal is combined with black, it can immediately give off a sense of glamour. Gold, silver and bronze are colours that are often found in competition medals characterizing first, second and third place respectively, representing an athlete's success. Gold being a warm colour is related to yellow and as a result it shares the same attributes of being bright and cheerful. Silver is a cooler colour, and while it is a little less luxurious than gold, coming in at second place it still represents grace and elegance. Bronze, the metal often associated with third place accomplishments, captures the qualities of brown giving it a more earthy, natural and cultivated sense.

Many companies that produce luxury products often incorporate these metallic shades into their design. While metallic effects can be hard to recreate online since they are more like materials or textures than they are colours, one can still suggest metallic tones on a website or in a logo. Gold is primarily a shiny yellow, silver is shiny grey, and bronze a shiny brown. The use of shading and highlighting can help to achieve the approximated look of metallic sheen.

With the holidays are right around the corner it is the perfect time of year to focus on all the different metallic colours that we see around us. While silver and gold feature prominently this time of year, you can also find other metallic shades as well. Coppers, greens, blues, wines and purple metallic shades show up too. Everything from Christmas ornaments to the glittery tinsel and garland that adorn many Christmas trees showcase these unique metallic finishes.

Therefore, this challenge, our focus is on SILVER, GOLD & OTHER  METALLICS. We want to see a project that prominently features this range of colours in your creation. If you don't have metallic markers to create the effect, consider using shades of grey to imitate silver, shades of richer yellows to serve for gold, or shades of browns to embody copper. These suggested shades can help to represent the range of metallic shades. Additionally, you could add metallic embellishments to your project. Many brads have metallic rims around them. You could also add glitter which by its nature appears shiny.  Even glitter papers would be considered fine. Since the inclusion or use of metallics might be a little bit difficult to manage, we certainly don't expect half of your project to feature this colour grouping. Just be sure that if you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, your use of SILVER, GOLD & OTHER  METALLIC shades should be at least noticible! We can't wait to see how you explore the theme in your designs!

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 Inspirational. While it isn't mandatory, we'd also love to find out how this month's colour makes you feel, if you'd like to share that with us. What kinds of feelings do SILVER, GOLD & OTHER  METALLIC colours evoke in you?  You can write a sentence or two in the body of your post, write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, or simply leave a comment on this post if you'd like.

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 guest sponsor this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of a $15 gift certificate also from Sparkle N Sprinkle, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

Talking of our guest sponsor...

To learn more about this month's guest sponsor, be sure to check out the START post; and of course, also pay this generous company a visit. Below, you will find the watermarks for the images that the team worked with for the midway. Just click on any watermark to find that image's location in the store.

A Peppermint Christmas Digital Stamp Set [DIGI3148M]
A Peppermint Christmas Digital Stamp Set [DIGI3148M]

Wilson Digital Stamp Set [Digi746b]
Wilson Digital Stamp Set [Digi746b]

Life Is Better Digital Stamp Set [Digi712B]
Life Is Better Digital Stamp Set [Digi712B]

Camera Life Digital Stamp Set [Digi620J]
Camera Life Digital Stamp Set [Digi620J]


Rustic Flowers Snapdragons Digital Stamp Set[Digi816J]
Rustic Flowers Snapdragons Digital Stamp Set[Digi816J]

 Milton Giraffe Catching Snowflakes Digital Stamp Set [Digi787b]
 Milton Giraffe Catching Snowflakes Digital Stamp Set [Digi787b]

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

To help inspire you further down the path of SILVER, GOLD & OTHER  METALLICS, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Clicking on each team member's name will take you to their blog where you can check out further details on 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 different SILVER, GOLD & OTHER  METALLICS sheens splendidly 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 SILVER, GOLD & OTHER  METALLICS, for the chance to win the Most Inspirational prize, make sure that you add FT after your name so you can be included in the running for the prize. Remember, we'd also love to find out just how the different METALLIC sheens affect you, so be sure to lets us know if you can, somewhere in your post or come over and leave a comment. 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...

I am hoping that I will get the Top Picks Post for the last challenge posted in the next 36 hours  (if I am really lucky, I just may get it done before I have to leave for an appt. later tonight). Edit: I managed to get the post done with 4 minutes to spare before I have to leave the computer. Thus, you can now vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #63. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote. Winners for challenge #63 will be posted before the end of the year if everything goes according to plan. If you would a say in who is chosen as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #63, you can find the Top Picks post HERE.

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). 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...

Our ongoing sponsors include...

If you ever have any questions be sure to leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!