Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge #79--Opt. Twist: STYLE

Hello to all our wonderful crafting friends! It is the fourth Monday of the month, that means that it is time to present the winners for Challenge #79. I hope that you all continue to stay safe out there in whichever corner of the world you are located!

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 this month there is a tie for Challenge #79. 
Your choices are…


Repolainen and Mandy, you are both entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #79. Please feel free to copy your badge below...

>>>psst...be sure to left click the badge to bring it up in its full size before saving. <<<

In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is…

#5. JAN R.

Jan, you have won ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, our on-going sponsor providing a prize for the project chosen as Most Inspirational for each of our challenges in 2020.


Jan, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #79 which you can find below...

The Random Winner for this challenge (chosen by Random.org), 
based on all eligible participants is…

Elle, you have won a $10 gift certificate from Lunagirl Images, our guest sponsor during Challenge #79.


Elle, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #79 which you can find below...

Big Congrats to...

Repolainen and Mandy, JAN & ELLE

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 #79" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Let me know which category you won (Most Inspirational or Random Winner) and also the prize value and sponsor. 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. I am currently caught up with any mail received in this account.

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 people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of April for Challenge #79. Out of the 42 entries linked up, check out the ones that really caught our attention...

Repolainen--chosen by Katrina and Suze…

Katrina said this:
"My DT Delight is Repolainen (#37). Wow, I find this piece very creative, clever, and ingenious! I so appreciate this style as I read how she designed her own house pieces, upcycled bottle caps, wrote a little book, and researched some old included pictures! This is a treasure sure to be cherished by her mother and then passed down! So many memories in one little space! What an incredible style! "

Suze had this to say:
"My DT Delight is also Repolainen (#37). There is a lot of detail in this beautiful piece."
To see the details of Repolainen's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.

Veronika--chosen by Carole…

Carole said this:
"My DT Delight is Veronika (#42 Cheiro Urgia). An intricate, elegant card with paper pierced holes and stitching. The stitched panel and added pearls makes a beautiful focal point. The gorgeous background papers makes this card a mini masterpiece. I love that the crafter got lost in the lengthy process of making this lovely card and that she looked upon it as a form of meditation - definitely something we should all consider to calm our minds in these troublesome times."

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

Julia A.--chosen by Lisa (me)…

My thoughts:
My DT Delight is Julia (#35). Given our current situation, I thought that the cute cards that Julia created were so appropriate. I also really resonate with the sentiment."

To see the details of Julia's 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 April. As always we greatly appreciate you sharing your incredible talents with us.

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

  Repolainen, Veronika and Julia

  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#79-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated. I am currently caught up with any mail received in this account.

Additionally, you are entitled to the special Challenge #79 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...

Well, that is it for this one. as long as everything goes according to plan, we'll be back next Monday, June 1st, with our newest challenge.

Do your best to stay positive during these unprecedented time in our lives and hopefully we'll see you all again soon!!!

Until next time,

Friday, May 22, 2020

Ponderings Along the Pathway...Attitude is Everything

Hello folks! I know it has been a while since we had an edition of Ponderings Along the Pathway, an exclusive feature over here on the Path of Positivity but Pat's writing muse is with her this month so we're in luck. 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, is one way of achieving this goal.

This month, PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject: ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

These are some tough times the world is facing. Besides the spread of COVID-19, the stay-at-home and isolation measures are taking a toll on people. Small businesses and people are hurting.

More than the physical and financial issues are that peoples’ energy, their attitudes, even their spirits are being stretched to the limits. People who are normally good-natured are cranky and scared. Salespersons are tired of impatience and rudeness they encounter.

EVERYONE IS ON EDGE. Our whole way of life has changed, and it’s no wonder everyone can get prickly. And yet…

...life can be so much better and less stressful by how a person acts with others. Attitude is everything. When someone complains about conditions, can you smile and say to them, “I can’t imagine how you’re managing. You must be a very strong person. I hope you and your family stay healthy”?

When you come against a prickly person, can you remember that this is only temporary, and he or she isn’t always cranky but is just feeling the stress especially in that moment. If she’s a friend, can you ask her how you can help? If a stranger, can you leave with a compliment and a wish for health and happiness in the near future?

Me? I made a list of the Pro’s and Cons of this enforced “stay-at-home” order. We all share a lot of the same Cons, but here’s my list of Pro’s:
  • More time to craft, paint and create art.
  • Enough time to go through my whole house and de-clutter.
  • Time to finally transition my craft room to a guest bedroom and take the crafting downstairs.
  • Time to clean out, sort, organize and label my crafts.
  • Spring cleaning is finished.
  • The garage is cleaned out.
  • Bonding with my adult daughter who lives with me.
  • Finding creative ways to make my mom’s and sister’s birthdays a celebration (nailed it).
  • Spending less money.
  • Air pollution is down.
  • When I go out for supplies, there is less traffic and less road rage.
  • Having time to get my garden ready.
  • Taking longer walks with my dog.
  • My house has never been cleaner.
  • Time to try new art techniques.
  • Time to get on my Bike, exercise, dance & do yoga.
  • My journal is filling up fast.
  • Neighbors are more friendly than ever (at a distance).
  • My gratitude list gets longer with each passing day.
  • I’ve started to pray again.

Go ahead, make a list. I hope you’ll find your Pros are longer than your Cons. Give encouragement and acknowledgment wherever you go. And when you need that same encouragement and some help remembering there is hope, come back here and see and read all the lovely, positive things we can look at, and look forward to on the Path of Positivity. Stay healthy, everyone.

Happy crafting!

While it has been a rough road these past few months, there truly are many things that we can be thankful for and activities we can do that we generally put off, neglect or just straight up don't generally have time for.

I hope that you have had the opportunity to think about your own list of Pros that have come out of this time at home as you've been walking a different Pathway. As always we need to make the best with what we have in front of us!

Stay healthy and we'll see you on Monday when we'll be back with the winner announcement.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Challenge #80-Opt. Twist: FURRY OR FEATHERY FRIENDS...Midway

Hey folks! Welcome back to the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog! It is the third Monday of the month and that means that it is time to present the midway for Challenge #80. Before we start, I just want to say that I hope that each of you continue to stay well in your own little communities across this world. There is hope on the horizon for our economy as our world starts to open up again though we need to continue to be cautious as the virus is still out there. Now more than ever, we must persist in our fight to be vigilant by keeping up with hand hygiene, keeping our mouths covered in public and with physical distancing.

Now it is time to continue with the reason why you are all here today. As we are a unique kind of challenge blog, it is important for you to understand how things work in order to be sure you are eligible to win any of the prizes offered. Please be sure to check out the START POST FOUND HERE for the specific details related to this month's challenge, and you can find out all the general details you need to know in order to participate, by clicking on the 'Challenge Details' tab (located at the top of the blog). For your convenience, a summary of the most important rules can now be found in the right sidebar under the heading 'General Rules'.
Right now, it is time to continue with our midway. Here is a refresher of the details for our current twist:

Challenge #80

Optional Twist:


This challenge, our optional twist is a focus on FURRY OR FEATHERY FRIENDS. Animals can be such a comfort in our lives--especially during this time when so many of us are isolated from our extended family and friends. This month create a project that honours the furry or feathery friends that surround you, whether in your home or in nature.

In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, remember that general types of  projects/posts will not qualify for the prizes UNLESS they are also positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Prizes this month include: 
  • A $10 gift certificate from Oddball Art, our guest sponsor for this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

Talking of our sponsors...

To learn more about Oddball Art, this month's guest sponsor, be sure to check out the START post; and of course, also pay this generous company a visit.



During the midway, you will also be seeing projects from half of the team using images from Scribbles Designs, one of our on-going sponsors. Scribbles Designs will be providing the prize for the Most Inspirational choice during each challenge in 2020. Please be sure to pop over and check out the amazing images offered up by Sandy Sommerfeld, the designer behind Scribbles Designs.

To help inspire you further down the path of FURRY OR FEATHERY FRIENDS, check out the wonderful projects my Design Team had the opportunity to create. Pat who is currently on leave, had some time to get creative this month so she is joining us for the midway.

Clicking on each team member's name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations. If you are interested in purchasing the image featured in a particular creation, you can click on the link indicated below the project…


using #417 Dog Bone and #842 Dog House from Scribbles Designs
along with Scribble Doodle Designs Puppy Power Papers


using Digi Stamp Cute Whimsical Christmas Cat Scrooges Kitty Image No. 491 
from Oddball Art and #0107 Purrfect Day from Scribbles Designs  


using  Hedgehog from Creepy Cute Chronicles #42 (newsletter freebie)


Thanks again to my fabulous design team! As always, each of them have their own exceptional approaches and concepts which impress me to no end. Each of these creations has demonstrated the theme of FURRY OR FEATHERY FRIENDS admirably and I hope we have encouraged you throughout this challenge to come up with your own piece of handiwork. Be sure to go and visit these talented ladies so you can see just how their projects tie in to the twist.

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. How about stretching yourself by also opting to follow the twist?! While it isn't mandatory, we'd also love to find out how this month's twist affects your own life. Do you have any FURRY OR FEATHERY FRIENDS that are important in your life? It is incredible how much a cuddle with an animal or stroking their fur can help to calm ourselves and bring joy. If you'd like to tell us about the animals in your own life or how you are affected by animals in general, we'd love to hear it. 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.

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! You can find our list of participants and enter our latest challenge yourself by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the bottom of the post.


Please show your support to our wonderful sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance. You may also just find an image or two to add your your collection!

Along with Oddball Art, our guest sponsor this challenge, and Scribbles Designs, one of our on-going sponsors, we also have two additional ongoing sponsors including...

Thank you so much to all these awesome companies for their
continued support of this challenge blog!

Don't Forget...

You have until 11:59 p.m., ET, tonight (May 18), to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #79. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #79 will be posted next week if everything goes according to plan. You can find the Top Picks post HERE.

Click HERE to head to the current challenge post & link up!

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

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Ch. #79 Top Picks: Voting Open May 11 to May 18, 2020


Hello folks!  Even though we continue to face difficult times, I hope that your Path this past week has had at least one or two positive moments along the route.

It is time to present the top picks from the last challenge. Since we had an incredible 42 entries in Challenge #79 (click HERE to see the original challenge), it is time to get on with showcasing the seven projects and/or write-ups that touched the team the most. In case you are new and wondering why seven and not the typical three, four or even five? Any time that we have more than 14 entries, we have a top seven (with 14 entries or under we just have a top three). We always strive to be a bit different over here on the Path of Positivity and this is just another way to do so. Additionally, seven is a spiritual number and thus right in the wheelhouse of the vibe we are looking to project; so, seven it is when enough people join in.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Picks for Challenge #79

Congrats Ladies... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #79 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 May 11th 
through May 18th

Path of Positivity--Challenge #79 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #79 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: