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23 December, 2016

December 2016 Mini Challenge - JOY!

Hello and welcome to our December More Than Words Mini Challenge!

We know this is such a busy time of year so maybe a quick 
Mini Challenge could be just what you're looking for!

Here is our new challenge board:
Here's how it works:

The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for
cards, tags and ATCs only. (ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89mm). This challenge requires you to use a specific word on your project. We must see the actual word. You have only one week - until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Entry for the Mini Challenge is only via our Facebook page 
under the relevant post. 

The winner will receive a $25 USD voucher from Dusty Attic, 
our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor.

And just to sweeten the deal, all our prizes 
include free shipping to anywhere in the world!

You can see all our rules under the Rules tab at the top of this blog.

Are delicious creative ideas running through your mind? Here's what 
our Design Team came up with:

Caroline Elliam - Tag

Nicole Doiron - Card

Heather McMahon - Tag on Gift Envelope

Valerie Ouellet - Tag

Di Garling - Card

Lilibleu - Tag

Pamela Ellis - Card

We hope this inspires you to give the challenge a go!

You have until 11:55 pm EST on Saturday the 31st of December to get 
your entries in right HERE so get your crafting on!

16 December, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on
Aida Domisiewicz

It is mid-month already and we hope that you are busy creating
and will link up your December project soon.
In the meantime, we are back with another Special Guest feature
 to get your creative juices flowing and inspire you all!

Our Special Guest this month is none other than...

Aida Domisiewicz is not only the owner of one of our loyal sponsors, 13 arts, 
but she is also a very well respected and talented artist who is known 
for her busy mixed media style and her constant devotion to teaching others 
her craft.  We are honoured to have her among us today as our Special Guest! 

Let's learn a little more about Aida, through her own words:

"Hello, I am Aida Domisiewicz, also known as Ayeeda in the scrapbooking world. 
I'm a Polish scrapbooker, mixed media artist, designer, teacher 
and owner of 13 arts company.  

My biggest passion is creating with mediums; I love to experiment
 and search for original effects.  I create mostly layouts, canvases and art journal 
pages, but I also love to create on bigger surfaces and alter home decorations.  
My works are recognisable as a bit messy, rich in textures 
(especially with microbeads), mediums and many layers and details.  

I don't have as much time for crafting as I would love to, but creating is my life, 
my getaway!  Over the last few years, I have been a designer in international teams 
and cooperate with stores, kit clubs and challenge sites.  Currently, I mostly teach 
mixed media techniques, design paper collections and mediums and make videos 
and live shows with online classes."

You can visit Aida by clicking on the links below!

Here is a reminder of our December TRADITIONS & HANDMADE challenge
followed by Aida's gorgeous take on it:

Here is how Aida describes how she was inspired by our word:

"My layout is inspired by Christmas TRADITIONS, and of course the Christmas tree is one of the most important traditions of all.  The photo shows me as a little girl standing near the Christmas tree in my old house. Time flies! The next generation is growing and, by looking at this photo, I still feel like a little girl waiting for Santa!"

And this is how Aida interpreted our creative challenge:

"As for my HANDMADE element, I have created a tree and a little wreath, using different dried plants and adornments."

We absolutely adore Aida's layout!  The way she hand crafted the tree and wreath with dried plants is the perfect take on our creative challenge.  It is also very reminiscent of the Christmas tree tradition in itself.  Aida's attention to details is amazing and she has even provided a video for us 
so that we can take a better look at her creative process!

Here are some close-ups of this gorgeous layout:

Aida, thank you so much for agreeing to be our Special Guest 
and inspiring us today... and every day!

Now that your creativity has no doubt been awaken, we cannot wait to see what 

Link up your project in our sidebar by December 31st.

08 December, 2016

Announcing our November Winners!!!

We had a FANTASTIC response to our November challenge.
Once again we like to thank you all for playing along!
We had so many brilliant entries again this month that it was a difficult vote.

We have tallied up the results and here they are!


Congratulations Julia! You have WON our November main challenge!
Please contact Aneta at studio(at)studio75(dot)pl
to claim your $50 USD prize package from STUDIO 75  


Nadya, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com 
to claim your $25 USD promo code from THE DUSTY ATTIC


MARY CATT (entry 53)

Mary, please contact Tenisha at scrapelegancescrapbooksupplies(at)hotmail(dot)com 
to claim your $25 USD prize package from COLOUR BLAST


Galina, please contact Kerrie at kerrie@artdecocreation(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $25 USD prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS


AGA BARANIAK (entry 43)

Aga, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com 
to claim your $25 USD prize package from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES  


YVONNE YAM (entry 49)

Yvonne, please contact Tusia at tusia(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD prize package from 7 DOTS STUDIO


GINGER  (entry 72)

 This beautiful layout caught our eye for this month's mystery winner. Ginger mentions in her blog post about how fun and personal this layout of her grandmother is. Her grandmother is 104 years old, still lives alone AND still drives!!  A SPECIAL tribute page indeed!

Ginger, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD valve prize from FABRIKA DECORU


Karen, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com 
to claim your $25 USD promo code from THE DUSTY ATTIC


We have chosen Heather for this month's winner. Yes, she may have already won the lucky commenter prize before, but we felt she was VERY worthy of receiving this again. Month after month, Heather has been a great supporter with her comments on both our blog and our Facebook page and we think that is AWESOME! :) 

Heather, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com 
to claim your $25 USD promo code from MAGENTA

And lastly, but certainly not least, these participants didn't quite make it into our 
prize winning list, but received a high number of votes in the MAIN challenge and we think that they very much deserve an HONOURABLE MENTION: 

NINA ROGANOVA (entry 56)

ELENA MARTY (entry 46)

LYDIA GUIJT (entry 7)

IRENA MACIAG (entry 47)

To learn more about our very generous and fabulous sponsors,
please click on the SPONSORS tab above!

We also encourage our merit winner, honourable mentions and participants who have has their project featured on our Facebook page to grab your badge from our left sidebar and PROUDLY display it on your blog! These have been made just for YOU!

Lastly, we know it a busy time for us all this month, but this is a friendly reminder that we are well under way with our DECEMBER Main Challenge. We are loving your projects so far! We can't wait to see many MANY more, so please keep them coming!!

The details on our TRADITIONS & HANDMADE challenge are HERE.

Link your project using the linky tool in the right sidebar by 
the 31st December at 11.59pm EST.

Once again, a big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners and THANK YOU to each and every one of you for playing along!

02 December, 2016

A Sad Goodbye

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Alda Stevens, the owner of The Flying Unicorn. Alda was killed in an industrial incident at her scrap store in the USA on Thursday the 1st of December.

Through her company, Alda has been a strong supporter of More Than Words, having been a sponsor since our inception. She was highly respected in the scrapping world and she will be greatly missed by many. The team at More Than Words greatly appreciate all she has done for us through her generous sponsorship and we will miss her greatly. We send loving thoughts and prayers to her family, friends and colleagues.

Rest in peace Alda.

01 December, 2016

December 2016 Main Challenge

Can you believe that 2016 is almost over?!

It's already December, the most festive month of the year for many,
and we are thrilled to celebrate it with you with a brand new challenge!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.
The challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.
Make sure to read our instructions below carefully!

Word Inspiration - TRADITIONS
Creative Challenge - HANDMADE

What does the word TRADITIONS inspire you to create?
You can choose to add the word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired to create from it. Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you,
if not already obvious.

For our creative challenge this month, we would like you to go HANDMADE!
In this day and age, the stores are full of ready-made embellishments for all your crafting needs. But remember the good old times when you started scrapbooking and everything was Do-It-Yourself?  Take out your scissors, punches, stamps, scraps of papers, ribbons, etc and create your very own handmade embellishment. You can either create your own flower, a layered sticker or a special tag to add on your project.  Anything goes... as long as it was handmade by you!

You have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, the word inspiration AND the creative challenge, on your project to be eligible to win. Just look at our designers' creations and descriptions as example.  Also, remember that you must include our board image and a link to our blog in your entry post.

Please check out our challenge rules in our RULES tab above!

Valia: "Every year at Christmas, we have this TRADITION that all three kids prepare a treat for Santa and his deer which we place under the tree... cookies, milk and a couple carrots. They can't wait until the morning to see if Santa ate it!  For my HANDMADE embellishment, I punched three stars out of birch paper and used the negative part for my paper layering."

Rachael: "One of the few TRADITIONS we have going on around Christmas time is jumping in the car on Christmas eve and driving around our local town to check out all the Christmas decorations and lights. What a fun family time! For the creative challenge, I have added a HANDMADE tag to my layout."

Valerie: "I used a picture of my son with a cookie he made because that's a TRADITION we have in our family for Christmas.  I added my very own HANDMADE touch to the chipboard deer that I altered with some embossing powders.

Arantzazu: "On December 21st, we celebrate at a Christmas market, the market of Santo Tomas.  It is the TRADITION to buy the mistletoe there and meet in the company of friends and family.  Some of the flowers on my layout 
were HANDMADE by me."

Caroline: "One of my boys' favorite Christmas TRADITIONS is making gingerbread houses! They have fun decorating it year after year. I think that their favorite part of the process is eating the candies, but no matter, I love to see them working together on their houses. For the creative challenge, I added a HANDMADE paper clay 
mold deer in the center of the flower."

Nupur: "It's that time of year again - Christmas is here! The bells are ringing, the carols are sung, the gifts are wrapped and the tree is decorated. Happiness is in the air and a blanket of love spreads across the globe.  The magic wand has been waved and hearts are dancing, faces lit up with smiles. What a wonderful feeling it is to celebrate Christmas in all its TRADITIONS! I decorated my page with HANDMADE collage tags and enamel dots.  Merry Christmas!"

Pamela: "A TRADITION in our house is baking special cookie tins. Each tin has six different kinds of cookies, truffles and fudge, all homemade. They are the most sought after Christmas gift! As for my HANDMADE embellishments, well, I needed a poinsettia so I made one myself and I also made the stencil for my snowflake background. Since I didn't have one, I diecut a few pieces out 
and used the negative space as a stencil."

Di: "One of my family TRADITIONS every Christmas is to do a special Xmas photo shoot with my family, especially with the children. It is a wonderful way to track how much they have changed and grown from year to year. This was my granddaughter last Christmas! For the HANDMADE part of the challenge, I have made lots of my embellishments by die cutting, embossing some and colouring some!"

Ekaterina: "For this month's challenge, I created a canvas of our Christmas family TRADITION. Every year, we make with our child our very own tree ornament or decoration for the home. Last year, we did these little Christmas trees as on the picture. My son even won a school competition with these trees!  For the HANDMADE part of the challenge, I created this canvas from scratch 
and added some handmade red flowers."

Lilibleu: "It is a TRADITION in our family that children decorate the Christmas tree the first weekend of December. I love this moment when I can see in their eyes that which represents best for me the magic of Christmas. For the creative challenge, I chose to create a HANDMADE flower, which is the big purple flower 
to the right of the top photo."

Nicole: "I thought long and hard about the word inspiration this month as I was inspired to create a Christmas layout, but then several holiday traditions came to mind. Looking through my pictures though, I found this old photo of mini me on Santa's lap and it made me reminisce about this famous TRADITION of visiting with Santa before Christmas. For the creative challenge, I HAND MADE all the flowers on my page as well as the bow with my very useful 'handmade' wooden bow maker."

ELENA: "I chose this amazing picture to share our wonderful TRADITION to spend Christmas with our friends and children, when we all come together to celebrate and make little gifts to each other. How I love this majestic time! For the creative challenge, I've added HANDMADE flowers and molding on my page."

Heather: "When our children were younger, it was a TRADITION in our family to watch Doctor Who together every Sunday night. It was a fun family time for us! I HANDMADE the wire 'planets' and painted the 'cracks
 in the universe' with Liquid Pearls."

Helen: "Pomegranate for Greeks is a symbol of prosperity, fertility and good luck. Every New Year's Day, it's a TRADITION to break a pomegranate at the doorstep of our home as it is supposed to bring good fortune and good health! For the HANDMADE creative part of the challenge, I made those little 
red paper flowers to decorate my canvas."

Joyce: "I did not realize how important the TRADITION of popping English Crackers was to my nephews and nieces until I saw the look of disappointment on their faces when they learned one year that I had forgotten to purchase them for the holiday. Who would have thought that popping English Crackers, reading jokes out loud, getting a silly prize and wearing a tissue paper hat would mean so much?! My HANDMADE feature is the English Cracker."

We hope that our DT has inspired some TRADITIONS 
& HANDMADE ideas for your creations this month!

All our prizes include free international postage!!


a $50 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:
"For 20 years, Lindy's has been a trusted manufacturer of quality mixed media, arts and crafts products all made in the USA. Often imitated, but never duplicated, Lindy's is a leader in glorious shimmer sprays and products. You can find links to their website, blog and social media sits in the SPONSORS tab above."

Next, 4 runners up will each be awarded a prize, as follows:


a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN


a $25 USD prize package from 13ARTS
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

In addition, we will draw one random winner from all eligible entries.


a $25 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN

Each month, we hand pick an entry who has not made it into our Top 5, but who has captured our attention someway, somehow. We might pick a project due to its original use of a certain product, the cleverest title, the most beautiful photo, etc.  
We call it our...


a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And lastly, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower 
who has commented on any of our December blog posts.


a $25 USD prize package from GRAPHIC 45
(exactly as shown below)

We are so very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these amazing prizes!
To learn more about all of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We wish you a fabulous month of December full of celebration and creativity!

We are looking forward to see your take on our
December Main Challenge TRADITIONS & HANDMADE!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by December 31st at 11:50 pm EST.