Monday, December 05, 2016

Challenge #44--BLESSINGS...December 5th to January 1st

Hello everyone! It is the first Monday in December and it is time for the next challenge to start. This time around, for Challenge #44, the theme is "BLESSINGS". Show us your interpretation of what blessings means to you. You can make any sort of project and/or post as long as it is positive in nature and relates to the theme.

We are surrounded by blessings both big and small. Those fortunate enough to have a roof over their heads, food on their tables, friends and family to share it with and good health to enjoy it all, are truly blessed indeed. This is also a time of year when we count our blessings, think of the sacrifices made by others and begin to immerse ourselves in the holiday season--a very blessed time of year.

This month, think of all the family and friends whom you are blessed to have in your life. How about sending them a card to let them know. For anyone who has had a child come into their lives recently, that is definitely a blessed occasion that deserves being recognized. For those that celebrate the holidays, Christmas blessings abound, so why not send a Christmas card that touches on the blessings of the season.  As usual my team, has come up with some interesting ideas so be sure to pop over to their blogs and see how their creations connect with the concept of this challenge. What direction will you go in? Whatever approach you take, we look forward to seeing your interpretation on this month's theme.

Don't forget when you link up your project and/or post, to please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of blessings if it isn't readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post. Remember, the creation must be positive/inspirational/motivational AND adhere to the theme of blessings in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes. While you may easily see how blessings 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 or in your blogpost. 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.

This month's guest sponsors...

This month we have two returning sponsors!

First up is Imagine That! Digistamp™.  Here is a refresher of what Kristy's company is all about...

Shop Our Digis!
Imagine That! Digis by Kris™ is a mother/daughter team bringing you our cutest hand-drawn images that you can flip, re-size, re-color, print & use in your crafting creations!  Almost all our digi sets include both color & outline formats & include sentiments for a great value.  In addition to carrying family-friendly digi stamps, we also offer digital papers and KD-Kits, all available as instant downloads!  You may want to check out our Free blogwear category, as well as find freebies on our Facebook Page and join in our monthly progressive challenge where everyone who plays, Wins!  You can read more about us here on our 'About the Arists' page.
Check out the sweet images the team worked with for their projects for the beginning of this challenge. Clicking on the watermarks will take you to their location in the store.

Elegant Ornaments (coloured version)

Little Blessings

Next, that brings us to our second sponsor--ME--Décosse's Dynamite Doodles. Here is a refresher on what my design company is about...
Are you interested in digital sentiments, papers and other embellishments?  How about a badge made especially for your blog?  If these are items you are interested in, you are going to want to check out Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  My name is Lisa and with over 200 + posts of  freebies to choose from, and new ones added often, I just might have what you are looking for.  Along with the freebies I offer, I also create blog badges and am in the process of putting some kits together.  Additionally, I'm so excited to now be sponsoring giveaways and challenges at other blogs. 

So, if you have the time, come and take a look.  There is always inspiration to be found among my many different features.   I'd love for you to pop by and visit me.  I hope you have a blast! 

Main Blog: (Design Previews can be found HERE.)
Some designs available for purchase at:
                                             Some designs available for purchase at:

I've included previews of the sets that team members used elements of for their designs.

Katrina and Pippa used various items from the Holiday Hoopla Kit.
Cick on the preview to find it in the Scribbles Designs store...

Katrina also used a sentiment from this set.
Cick on the preview to find it in the Imagine That! Digistamp store...

Pat used the following paper which is a freebie still available on my blog.
Click on the preview to find it on my blog...

Pat also used a paper from the following set...

Additionally, Pat has used a doily, a textured paper and a bow from the this kit
 which is available for purchase by clicking HERE.

Pat also used one of the flowers and the leaf spray from this kit 
which is available for purchase by clicking HERE.

  Finally, Pat has used a brad from this kit
 which is available for purchase by clicking HERE.

As always, we are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these awesome images this month. Thanks so much to our fabulous sponsors. Be sure to come back at the midway when you'll get to see more beautiful projects created with images from these wonderful companies.

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...

My amazing design team never disappoints! They each have their own unique styles and ideas. As always I am blown away by the quality of their projects! Each of these projects has showcased the concept of blessings in various forms and manners and I hope we have inspired you. Be sure to go and visit each of them so you can see how their projects connect to the theme.

So what are you waiting for? Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to blessings, 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. Easy, peasy!

If you have some time, please visit other people participating throughout the month. I've included the summary of the challenge details below. If you are new to this unique challenge, you can find out the impetus behind why I started it 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).

Now normally, this is where I'd ask you to join us next Monday for the voting for the Top Picks for Challenge #43. Unfortunately, we had no entries; thus, there will be no Top Picks post.

If you need some motivation to get you started, I've provided a quote for you, which you can find below.
 Since it is the holiday season, I've also included a coloured version:
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:
© 2015, 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:
Design Element
I have used an ornamental header in the creation of this sentiment.  This element was an exclusive freebie that I received through Deal Jumbo.  The original design was created by Cruzine Design and can be purchased HERE.  I have permission from the designer to use Cruzine Design elements for extended commercial purposes.

Font used
  • Beffle font created by David Rakowski
Click on the font name to take you to a download location. This font was free and listed for commercial use at the time of this creation. It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use this font 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 always find out everything you need to know in order to enter this challenge in the 'Challenge Details' tab at the top of the page. I've provided a quick summary below. Please note that dates and times listed below are for this particular challenge only:
  • Each Path of Positivity challenge will remain open for approx. a full month.  Entries for this challenge will be accepted from December 5th to January 1st, 2016.
  • Link up your inspirational post below using the link up below. You will be able to submit your link up to 11:55 p.m. on January 1st.
  • When you link up, leave a comment summarizing what it is about your post that you feel is inspirational  / positive / motivational and how it fits into the theme if you have not included this information somewhere within your post. You can simply add a sentence or two right next to the link for this challenge if you want.
  • Don't forget to come back throughout the month and visit others that have participated. 
  • You can link up a total of three (3) creations.
  • Voting for this challenge will begin once the top picks have been determined. There will be a separate post detailing those picks. You will then have the opportunity to vote on the creation or post that you have found to be the most inspirational of the chosen picks. Be sure to leave a comment telling us what it was that inspired you or something in general if you uncomfortable disclosing any details of your vote. 
  • For Challenge #44, prizes will be the following:
    • EITHER the Holiday Hoopla Digital Scrapbooking Kit OR five different mini kits (of six papers each) from the Christmas and/or Winter section from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
    • A $10.00 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on on posts published during the challenge time-frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

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:
Please note that I am trying a new link up. I hope there are no problems but if you have any, please be sure to let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

Challenge #44--BLESSINGS
This is the place to link up something that you have created during the month that you consider motivational in nature following the theme of BLESSINGS.  You will be able to submit entries to this collection up until January 1st at 11:59 pm.  If you would like to be a Guest Designer in a future challenge, please add the letters GDT after your name.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Design Team Delights for Challenge #42--Friendship

Hello to you all on this rather dark Sunday evening! As I start to type this post it is 5:22 p.m. and it is already pitch black out there. But enough about that, it is time to share our favourite entries for Challenge #42. 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 six people who took the time to join along our Path during the month of October for Challenge #42. Check out the entries that really caught our attention...

Shona--chosen by Katrina and Julie...

Katrina said this:
My DT Delight is
Shona.  I absolutely love all the shine and texture in this card. The image reminds me that a fun friendship can be enjoyed by all ages! That's an inspirational and uplifting thought!!"

Julie had this to say:
"My DT Delight is also Shona. I love the image of the two friends, the leaves are absolutely gorgeous, and the tutorial is wonderful."

To see the details of Shona's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Uma--chosen by Suze...

Suze said this:
"My DT Delight is Uma. 
I love that she has made matching wall hangings for her friends. And the layout is wonderful too."

To see the details of Uma's creation and read more of what she had to say click HERE.
Donna--chosen by Lisa (that's me)...

My DT Delight this time around is Donna. This woman has the particular talent of turning 'boo boos' into absolutely gorgeous works of art and this particular card is no exception. It is coloured beautifully and the layout which apparently turned out to be an accident, is simply wonderful. All that sparkle and the addition of the feather adds the perfect touch.

However, it isn't only Donna's card that drives me to choose her as my choice, it is also what she has to say on the theme of friendship that moves me.  Donna talks about what friendship means to her--how it is important to love and care for oneself before befriending another. She also talks about how friendship is a selfless act, freely given without any thought of reciprocation. She then goes on to expound further, defining her friendship with nature and Creation. Donna always has incredible words of wisdom and I invite you to click the link below and read what has said for yourself. I'm sure you will find it as enriching as I did.

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

For our DT Delights chosen for this challenge...

Shona, Uma and Donna

  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 by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program, with the subject, "PoP#42-DT Delight Digi Request". I'm always running rather behind these days, so your patience is appreciated.

Additionally, each of you are entitled to the special Challenge #42 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.

Please join us again tomorrow, December 5th, when we will be back with the start of Challenge #44. We hope that you will join us then to learn what the newest theme will be. Have a great night everyone!

Monday, November 28, 2016

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #42

Hello everyone!  I hope that you have all enjoyed your weekend. For those of our readers living in the States, it has been a rather nice long one as my southern friends just had Thanksgiving. In a month of appreciation, I'm so thankful for all my friends from so many different parts of the world!

Right now, it is time to announce the winners from Challenge #42. Thanks to those who took the time to vote. Once again, our Voter's Choice and Most Inspiring Choice turns out to be the same person. 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 #42 is....

Donna, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #42.  Please feel free to copy your badge below...

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

Donna, you have won $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #42.

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Donna, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #42 which you can find below...

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

Shona, you have won $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, our sole guest sponsor during Challenge #42.

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Shona, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #42 which you can find below...

We also have a prize available for a voter who left a comment. Anyone who left a general comment on all the posts related to Challenge #42 (excluding winners post and DT Delights post) is eligible to receive the prize. So, if you have commented on the start or midway posts for Challenge #42, Pat's Pondering on Friendship, or on the Top Picks post for #42, you are eligible. The more you comment, the more the chances of winning!

Our winner, who was the only individual (other than a team member) to leave a comment during this challenge is...

Donna, you have won a small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.

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 #42" 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.

ALL entrant's in Challenge #42 are entitled to a special digital sentiment based on the theme for the upcoming challenge. So, if you were one of the individuals who entered Challenge #42 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #44, which starts Monday, December 5th, please send us an email (link or address above) with the subject line, "PoP#42 Entrant Quote Request for #44".

There is still one week left to enter into our current challenge on APPRECIATION. Click HERE for details. If you haven't linked up already, I hope that you will consider coming over to play with us. As always, we'd love to have you join our Path!

Don't forget to join us next Sunday for our DT Delights post. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.