Monday, April 25, 2016

The People Have Spoken: Winners From Challenge #36

Hello everyone!  It is time to announce the winners from Challenge #36.  Who are all the lucky peeps?  Well, let's find out.

Without further ado, here are the choices...

Drum roll, please....BBBbbbrrrrrrrrr pish

 The people have spoken and their choice for Challenge #36 is....

Gloria, you are entitled to receiving a cool and awe inspiring personalized badge for your blog as the Voter's Choice for Challenge #36.  Please feel free to copy your badge below...

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

Vickie, you have won $12 gift certificate from Sami Stamps, one of our guest sponsors during Challenge #36.

Vickie, you are also entitled to a lovely, one of a kind personalized badge for your blog as the Most Inspiring choice for Challenge #36 which you can find below...

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

Teresa, you have won a $15 gift certificate from Lunagirl, another of our guest sponsors during Challenge #36.

Teresa, you are also entitled to a neat and unique personalized badge for your blog as the Random Winner for Challenge #36 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 #36 (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 #36, Pat's Pondering on Beauty, or on the Top Picks post for #36, you are eligible. The more you comment, the more the chances of winning!

Our winner this challenge chosen by

who left this comment on the Top Picks post:
Thanks so much for choosing my card as a Top Pik. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Gloria
Gloria, you have won a 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 #36" to make arrangements to receive your prize. Please note that it may take me several days to get back to you. Thank you for your patience.

ALL entrant's in Challenge #36 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 #35 and would like to receive a free sentiment based on the theme for Challenge #38, which starts Monday, May 2nd, please send us an email (link or address above) with the subject line, "PoP#36 Entrant Quote Request for #38".

There is still one week left to enter into our challenge on GRACE. 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 this coming Sunday for our DT Delights post. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Challenge #36 Top Picks: Voting Open April 18th to 24, 2016


Thank you so much to Pat for getting this post ready!  Pat is a true blessing in my life and I don't know what I would do without her!  Thanks to her efficiency, we can get this post out much quicker than I anticipated.  And on that note, it is time to get on with showcasing the top picks for Challenge #36.  This month we had 10 entries!  Thus, we will be opening things up so that those 10 entrants have the opportunity to be chosen as the Voter's Choice.   We do this any time we have less than 14 participants.  And, while we may not have enough participants to have a top seven, we certainly have enough to have a top three.  Therefore, it is time to get on with showcasing the three projects that the team feels were the best of the bunch.

Thus, without further ado, please let me introduce you to the Top Picks for Challenge #36 (in no particular order)...

Congrats Ladies...

As a participant who has been chosen as a Top Pick, you are entitled to a special Top Pick badge.  Since I can never seem to get over into my email account for PoP these days, I'm going to add the badges here for download.

Asha, Gloria &Deb
Please feel free to grab a copy of the following Challenge #36 Top Pick Badge
for your blog...

Now as I mentioned earlier, each of the participant's who entered Challenge #36 AND FOLLOWED THE THEME & RULES is eligible to have their project and/or post voted on.  Here is a list of those participants.  Each of the entrant's names is linked up to their blog post (order is reflective of how they entered the challenge and nothing else).

Tickell Expressions 
Gloria Shirr
Gloria Shirr #2
Vickie O'Dell
Dawn S
Carol S


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 and in line with the concept of BEAUTY.  Please be sure to go and check out the entries first and not just make your choices off of the thumbnails.  Once you have checked all the entries out,  let us know who your favourite choice is by placing your vote below using the Inlinkz feature.

Voting open for 6 days:
 April 18th to
April 24th

Come have your say in determining the Voter's Choice for Challenge #36!  Don't forget to leave a comment after you have voted.  There will be a prize for one lucky person who leaves a comment on one of this month's posts (chosen randomly from a selection of posts related to Challenge #36).  If you haven't had the opportunity to visit each of the entries already, please go and check them out a little more closely before placing your vote.  Once you have made your decision, why not go back and let them know how they inspired you.

Good luck everyone!

Important Note:
Please note that in order for this to work, I must add all the entries but I can only do this AFTER I have published this post. So there will be some overlap time between when this post is published and when you will be able to vote. Once I have uploaded the entries there will be a total of 10 images below on which to vote. As soon as they are all are uploaded, I'll enable voting to begin. If there are less than 10, it means that I am still in the process of adding the images and you should come back in a little while to make your vote. Thank you for your patience!

Link Up Below:

Challenge #37--GRACE: Midway

Hello everyone! Before I start I need to apologize.  You will have probably noticed that the Top Picks post for Challenge #36 was not posted last Monday.  Unfortunately, I became rather ill from a virus and was effectively sidelined off the computer for over a week.  I'm just getting back on track with things and hope to post the Top Picks post later this evening if I can manage it.

However right now it is time to get on with the midway for Challenge #37. The theme for this challenge is GRACE. Grace is such an interesting concept and one that we often try to aspire to in our daily lives.  Need some motivation to get you started?  Be sure to check out Pat's Pondering this month (which you can find HERE) for some words of inspiration on the subject.  

 Anyway, now it is time to get on with our midway!
Here are the watermarks and links for the wonderful images that the team worked with for the midway.

  Just Dance


Hearts Forever

Julie used a couple of the patterned papers from this set and Katrina used
several of the frames, turning them into flowers...

Katrina also used a patterned paper from this set...

Finally, Katrina also used one of the papers from this set...

Suze used two of the papers from this set along with a quote I made...

We are fortunate and blessed to have the chance to work with all these fabulous images during the midway.  Thanks so much to our amazing sponsors.
To help inspire you down the path of GRACE, check out the wonderful projects most of my Design Team had the opportunity to create.  Clicking on the team members' name will take you to their blog where you can check out the details for their inspirational creations...

So if you haven't entered already, what are you waiting for?  Create a project and/or post that is positive AND relates to the idea of grace, 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!  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!

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).

Don't Forget...

Please come back later tonight to vote on your favourite entry for Challenge #36.  Voting is quick, easy and painless so I hope you will consider casting your vote if you haven't already.  Don't forget, if you leave a comment on a selection of the active posts from this month, you have the opportunity to walk away with a small selection of digital papers. Winners for challenge #36 will be posted next Monday if everything goes according to plan.

If you need some additional motivation to help inspire you, I've provided another sentiment on this month's theme (the first is available HERE), free for you to download.

 Left click to bring the image up into the lightbox in its full size and then right click and scroll down to 'save as'.

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 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 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. 

This word art creation is in png format and published at 300 ppi. It is quite large in order to accommodate different programs that people work with.   If you are a card maker you can always resize it smaller without distorting the quality.

Additional Credit and Font Information

Fonts used 
  • Tatianna Heavy Shadowed font created by Design TNT
  • Raleway font created by Matt McInerney, The League of Moveable Type
The first font listed was purchased as part of a limited time bundle through Inky Deals and may be used for commercial purposes.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it for sale on any site.  If you are interested please contact the designer (webpage can be found HERE).  The second font listed was free and listed for commercial use at the time of this creation.  Click on the font name to take you to a download location.  It is my understanding, that I am within my rights to use these fonts in my designs and offer the resulting creations to others for free or for sale.  Always check to make sure the terms haven't changed before using a font on something you sell.  Please refer to my full terms of service for what you can and cannot do with this digital creation.

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. You can enter the challenge by clicking HERE to take you to the current challenge post where you can also find a quick summary of the details related to this challenge, towards the bottom of the post. 

Please show your support to our wonderful guest sponsors by going over and checking out their work and saying hi if you have the chance.  As mentioned above, this month our guest sponsors are...

Our regular sponsors include...


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

We look forward to seeing you participate!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ponderings Along the Pathway...GRACE

Welcome to this month's edition of Ponderings Along the Pathway, an exclusive feature over here on the Path of Positivity.  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 on the themes we cover each challenge period, is one way of achieving this goal.

This month it is all about GRACE and PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject...
"Grace is meeting those moments on the journey, 
then picking yourself back up, being humble enough to learn, 
and not being too hard on yourself. -Michelle Peluso

Grace is an attitude and a virtue we can all cultivate. It is how you handle yourself on your path. If you stumble, recover and keep moving; if you fall flat on your face, get up and keep moving.
As we traverse the Path this month, we can walk with Grace by making the journey a little easier for those who follow behind us. This month's journey can be as simple or as complex as you wish. For example, you can:
share a smile or give a compliment to someone whose pace seems slower than usual,
send a handwritten note or handmade gift to someone needing a little re-energizing,
be grateful for what you have by giving anonymously to those who do not,
try to picture walking in someone else's shoes before judging them,
forgive those who may push their way down the path, heedless of others,
realize that what seems an easy pace for you may be too difficult for others 
before opening your mouth, and finally,
learn to laugh at yourself and learn from missteps.
Walking with Grace makes the path less wearisome, for you and for others.
Walk with Grace and maybe we can share some time together on the Path.

Well folks, that is it for today but please be sure to join us on Monday for the midway.  Enjoy your weekend everyone!