Monday, June 22, 2020

Winners & Design Team Delights for Challenge #80-Opt. Twist: FURRY OR FEATHERY FRIENDS

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 #80. 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 their choice for Challenge #80 is…

Monica, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #80. Please feel free to copy your badge below...

In the category of Most Inspiring, our winner is…

#31. NanaConnie

NanaConnie, 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.

NanaConnie, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #80 which you can find below...

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

Amy, you have won a $10 gift certificate from Oddball Art, our guest sponsor during Challenge #80.

Amy, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #80 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 #80" 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 May for Challenge #80. Out of the 43 entries linked up, check out the ones that really caught our attention...

Elle--chosen by Katrina and Carole…

Katrina said this:
"My DT Delight is Elle (#42). What fun and inspirational journaling! Love the texture and reminiscence of the childhood story!"

Carole said this:
"My DT Delight is Elle as well (#42). I love this journal page made with love and nostalgia for the poem. An incredible amount of detail and patience has gone into making this page and I especially love the textures of the fur and feathers and the cat's eyelashes. Beautiful work, Elle."

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

Shell--chosen by Suze…

Suze had this to say:
"My DT Delight is Shell B (#16). I really like the colour combination. I also appreciate that while she wasn't initially happy with it she didn't discard it but came back to it and tweaked it until she had something she was happy with.""
To see the details of Shell's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.

Rachelle--chosen by Lisa (me)…

My thoughts:
My DT Delight is Rachelle (#37). Such a sweet Christmas card. I just love how Rachelle crafted that adorable mouse. I also like that his tail hangs over the edge of the matting on the left side and the gift hangs over the edge of the right side. It gives the illusion of him coming up off the paper."

To see the details of Rachelle'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 May. As always we greatly appreciate you sharing your incredible talents with us.

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

  Elle, Shell and Rachelle

  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#80-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 #80 DT Delight Badge which you can find below...

Well, that is it for this one. Don't forget that we are taking a break for the summer so will be off for the month of July. If everything goes according to plan, we'll be back with a new challenge on August 3rd.

I hope that you all continue to stay healthy and positive and we'll be back before you know it!!!

Until next time,

Monday, June 15, 2020

Challenge #81--Opt. Twist: SUCCESS...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 #81. 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. 

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 #81

Optional Twist: SUCCESS

If you decide to follow the optional twist for this challenge, we want to see a project with a focus on SUCCESS. Whether you are congratulating someone on an achievement in their life or praising a person for their triumph, success is the name of the game for this challenge.

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 Ike's 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 Ike's 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 SUCCESS, 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 Independence from Ike's Art


using #400 Nimble Puss and #043 I Can Quote from Scribbles Designs

using Peace Dove Freebie from Ike's Art

using #244 Penguin Pyramid from Scribbles Designs


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 SUCCESS 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 SUCCESSES of your own to share? Is there someone in your life that could do with a little praise over a recent achievement? Anyone you would like to congratulate for a unique triumph? Many students graduate around this time of year so a graduation card would be a great choice. Heck, even getting through a two month lockdown with one's sanity in tact is a success all in itself and deserves some cheer! If you'd like to tell us about a success of your own or of someone you know, 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 Ike's 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 (June 15), to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #80. Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already. Winners for challenge #80 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!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Ponderings Along the Pathway...Success

Hello folks! It is time for another edition of Ponderings Along the Pathway, an exclusive feature over here on the Path of Positivity. We're in luck as Pat's writing muse is with her again this month. 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: SUCCESS

How long did it  take you to learn to ride a bike? Did you start with training wheels? When they came off, did you have any problems steering or braking?

How many...
  • times have you tried to whistle before you mastered it?
  • mini M&Ms did you try to swallow without chewing to go from liquid/chewable pills to the real deal?
  • images did you color with alcohol markers before succeeding in blending and highlighting until you were satisfied?

Very few people master something without failure. Practice makes perfect may be a cliche, but cliches are made from real experience. I wonder how long it took somebody to make up that cliche??

Success doesn't happen immediately; it may not happen for a long time. But people who do succeed have built their success on past failures, learning something new, but most importantly, they keep trying.

Every time I pick up a paintbrush, my mind and my hand will use every lesson learned from the previous canvas. In fact, I still toss or scrape clean a canvas when things go the wrong way. Yet I continue to paint, not knowing if my canvas will be successful or not. And that's the secret to SUCCESS. Perseverance is an attitude one needs in order to complete the race, master a skill or just plain get to the completion of your goals.

There used to be a sports show called The Wide World of Sports in which the narrator started off with something about "...the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."  Defeat might be an agony, but it's also a spring board toward that thrill you get when you accomplish your goals, create an awesome card, and succeed where you previously failed.

Personally, I journal my "thrills and agonies" almost daily. I keep a to-do list and when I manage to tick off several things on that list, it goes right next to the water color that turned into an ugly gray glop and had to be thrown away in my journal. Success is just the culmination of many small and large failures. Then I can track all the failures in it that led up to my successes. It empowers me to know that I stayed the course and didn't stop trying.

Another thing I do to keep me focused on success is to find affirmations and encouraging quotes on Pinterest. Here is one of my favorites that I hang next to my bed so that it's the first thing I see:

Finally, don't dwell on your failures. Think of them as notes taken in school before the big test. Learn from them, because we all may be on different paths, but Success is always there. It's just a little further down the path. So keep walking. I believe in you!! I believe our paths may intersect and we can stop and share our success stories before going our own ways. Keep positive!


Success is something that we all strive for. Good luck on your journey of discovery to make each of your own endeavours successful ones! As you learn and grow, may your Path be strewn with many successes along the way.

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

Monday, June 08, 2020

Ch. #80 Top Picks: Voting Open June 8 to June 15, 2020


Hello folks!  Even though we continue to face difficult times, I hope that your Path this past week has included several positive moments along the route and that you and your families are all doing your best to stay healthy.

It is time to present the top picks from the last challenge. Since we had an incredible 43 entries in Challenge #80 (click HERE to see the original challenge with the theme of Furry OR Feathery Friends), 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 #80

Congrats Ladies... 

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick in this challenge, 
you are entitled to a special Challenge #80 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 June 8th 
through June 15th

Path of Positivity--Challenge #80 Top Picks
Please click "like" to vote for your favourite entry for Challenge #80 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: