Monday, November 30, 2020

Challenge #86--Opt. Twist: REJOICE...Nov. 30─Jan. 3

Hello everyone and welcome to the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog! We hope that you all continue to find positive moments and occasions of joy during a very difficult time in our world. It has been quite the year, hasn't it?! While our world continues to struggle with the events of the past 12 months, it is important that we push to strive for positivity in our lives. If our thoughts become reality, it is important to try and make them as positive as we are able to under the trying circumstances that the world continues to face on a daily basis.

Typically, our challenges do not start until the first Monday of the month. However, as mentioned previously, due to the approach of the Christmas holidays, we are taking advantage of there being five Mondays in November and posting the start of our challenge today. This will allow us to wrap everything up by December 21st and give myself and the team a couple weeks off during Christmas and New Year. 
This of course means that there will be a one week overlap between challenge #85 and challenge #86. Players will still have one week in order to link up any cards to our GRATITUDE challenge if they would like (entries for challenge #85 will be accepted until Dec. 6th as originally scheduled) plus start linking up to new challenge during this same week. 
As we are moving up the start of the challenge, this means that the rest of events will move up one week as well. Here is the full schedule. All times are Eastern Standard Time:
  • Participants can continue to link up any projects for Challenge #85, with the opt. twist of GRATITUDE, until Sunday, December 6th, 11:59 p.m.
  • Challenge #86 starts Monday, November 30th, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Top Picks for #85 will be posted Monday, December 7th, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Midway for #86 will be posted Monday, December 14th, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Winners for #85 will be posted Monday, December 21st, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
I hope that this change (for the upcoming challenge only) will not be too confusing. If you have any questions, please be sure to leave a comment.
Since we are not your typical 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. If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it under the 'Introductions' tab and you can find out 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). For your convenience, a summary of the most important rules can also be found in the right sidebar under the heading 'General Rules'.
Right now, it is time to get down to the business of our latest challenge. Here is what you need to know...

Challenge #86

Optional Twist: REJOICE

This challenge, our optional twist is REJOICE. For many, this time of year is an occasion for happiness. While the pandemic makes this year harder to get together with those you may normally spend time with during the holiday season, there are still many reasons we have to rejoice. Thus, we want you to create a project that reflects the JOY of the holiday season.  
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. Additionally, even if a project may qualify as positive, if your post promotes negativity, hatred or anything of an abhorrent nature, your project will be disqualified. Prizes this month include:
  • A $10 gift certificate from Limited Runs, 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 guest sponsor...

We are very pleased to have Limited Runs join us as this month's guest sponsor. It is time for us to refresh ourselves with the details of this awesome company!
Limited Runs is a great little shop for all your digital needs. We have tons to play with and even better, they are all set up for those on a budget, with almost all images for only $2.00 and lots of hidden sets and deals in the shop to save you money!!! Who doesn't like to save $$$. We have a huge Collection for the Holidays and also lots of other cuties and not so cute images. We also have cupcakes, coffee, and for those that like the darker side, monsters and even a eyeball cupcake.

Limited Runs is now on Facebook  too with a Freebie for every 50 Followers.
We also have a Monthly Progressive Challenge running as well. Read all about it here:

The Challenge itself is on Facebook but don't worry if you don't have Facebook. You can email me a link to your site showcasing your project using the image and I will add you into the challenge so you can win too. The Progressive challenge works in 3 rounds; so, there is a freebie available every 1st round. Just email me if you want to play.

Now check out what my amazing design team came up with to inspire you. 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 to head to the page in the Limited Runs store where it can be found…

using Santa Headshot (Category: Seasonal - Christmas)

using Christmas Carolers (Category: Seasonal - Christmas)

using Gnome 1 (Category: Seasonal - Christmas

using Noelle (Category: Seasonal - Christmas)

My wonderful design team continues to outdo themselves time and time again! They each have their own style and clever interpretation of the twist. Even after all this time, I continue to be astounded by the scope of greatness in their work! Each of these artful conceptions has showcased the notion of REJOICING exceptionally and I hope we have inspired you. Be sure to go and visit each team member so you can see how her project further connects to the twist.

So what are you waiting for? 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. While this year has been a hard one for many, there are still things out there that can be bring joy and happiness to your life. If it is difficult to think of the big things that make you joyful, try to think about the small things. What do you have in your life to REJOICE over? Do the people in your life help to bring joy during the difficult times? What little routines do you have that help to make you happy? If you'd like to tell us how the concept of REJOICING impacts your life, 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. Finally, remember that we're trying to create a Path of Positivity so if you have some time, please visit other people participating throughout the month.

I hope to see you back next week when voting will [hopefully] begin on the Top Picks for Challenge #85. There will be a separate post detailing those picks where you will have the opportunity to vote on the creation or post that you have found to be the most positive, inspirational or encouraging of the chosen picks.

Then, be sure to join us again on December 14th when we'll be back with our midway featuring more great projects made with designs from  Limited Runs along with projects made with images from Scribbles Designs, one of our on-going sponsors.

If you ever have any questions be sure to EMAIL ME or just leave me a comment.

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Link Up Below:
If you have any problems linking up, please be sure to let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

Ch. #86--Opt. Twist:
This is the place to link up something that you have created during the month that you consider positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Entries for this challenge will be accepted from Nov. 30th until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 3rd, 2021

SEVEN entries MAX. Please click on the 'Challenge Details' tab located at the top of the blog to see all the rules. A summary of the most important rules can also be found in the right sidebar under the heading 'General Rules'. If you would like to be a Guest Designer in a future challenge, please add the letters GDT after your name.

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