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22 February, 2016

February 2016 Mini Challenge - MAGIC

Hello and welcome to our February Mini Challenge!
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 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.

To get your creative juices flowing, here is what some of our Design Team created!

Arantzazu Sangrador - Tag

Lilibleu - Card

Julia Kissel - Tag

Di Garling - Card

Are you going to give the Mini Challenge a go this month? You can enter it HERE, but be quick - you only have until 11:59pm EST on Monday the 29th of February!

Our Main Challenge closes at the same time. It isn't at all necessary to enter our 
Main Challenge as well, although you are more than welcome to!

16 February, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on
Gabrielle Pollacco

It's time for another post full of inspiration where we showcase 
the creative genius of a SPECIAL GUEST who has made her/his mark
in the scrapbooking world straight through to our hearts!

In the spotlight this month is none other than:

"Hi! My name is Gabrielle Pollacco. I've always enjoyed working with a variety of art mediums and in recent years have enjoyed incorporating them in my scrapbook pages and mixed media projects. I've been on many of the industry design teams including Bo Bunny, Dusty Attic, Shimmerz Paints, Maja Design and The Scrapbook Diaries, among others. I've recently designed stamp sets for The Scrapbook Diaries as well as stencils for The Crafter's Workshop. I also enjoy sharing techniques and step by steps in the form of video tutorials. I'm delighted to be the Special Guest this month for More Than Words. It was so much fun designing a page using the gorgeous February challenge board!"

Visit Gabrielle here:

We are sure that most of you are familiar with lovely Gabrielle and her
shabby chic style and we know that you will absolutely adore her fabulous take
on this month's challenge!

Here's a reminder of our February Main Challenge board
followed by Gabrielle's interpretation!

Here is what Gabrielle has to say about her layout:
"I saw the SPARKLE creative challenge and ran with it big time! I used on my page everything from Perfect Pearls liquid medium, sequins, glitter glass to shimmery micro beads and gold embossing powders. When looking at close-ups, you can't help but see the "glitteryness" of it all!  It sparkles and shines all the way through!  I chose a photo of a mermaid, playing on the word 'wonder' in WONDERFUL which is what mermaids are to me... full of wonder!"

Gabrielle has provided us with some close-ups of her stunning page:

The microbeads, glitter glass and sequins, in beautiful aqua blues
and soft golds, shine off the page, giving the effect of crystal waters!

The word WONDERFUL is emphasized by a intricate metal frame
and the gorgeous chipboard piece, seen below, gives off some more metallic sheen.

Thank you so much Gabrielle for accepting to be our February Special Guest!

If you haven't joined in yet in our WONDERFUL & SPARKLE Main Challenge
we are sure that you will be inspired to do so after seeing the masterpiece above!

You have until February 29th to link up!

08 February, 2016

Announcing Our January Winners!!!

We couldn't have asked for a better response to our first challenges.
With 128 Main Challenge entries and 59+ Mini Challenge entries, each one as fabulous as the next, we had our work cut out for us when it came time to vote!  

But vote we did, and here are the results!


Congratulations Nastya!! You have won our January Main Challenge!
Please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com 
to claim your prize of a $50 store voucher from THE DUSTY ATTIC
(Please indicate that you are the MAIN challenge winner.)


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


Tartine, please contact Kerrie at kerrie(at)artdecocreations(dot)com(dot)au 
to claim your $25 value prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS.


Vera, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com 
to claim your $25 value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.


Helen, please contact Tusia at tusia(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.


Karolina , please contact Aneta at studio(at)studio75(dot)pl
to claim your $25 value prize from STUDIO 75.


We have chosen Lizzy as our Mystery Winner firstly because of all the effort and attention to details that she has included in her layout, but most importantly because of the way she has journalled about her personality.  She tied each personality trait into an element on her page.  We found this to be such a creative way to be inspired by the word and to tell us about herself!
Lizzy, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 gift certificate from FABRIKA DECORU.


Yulia, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your $25 store voucher from THE DUSTY ATTIC,
(Please indicate that you are the MINI Challenge winner.)


Rosemary, please contact us at mtwchallenge(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 value prize package from GRAPHIC 45.

And last, but certainly not least, here are 5 HONOURABLE MENTIONS 
from the Main Challenge who have received a high number of votes, 
but who didn't quite make it into our prize winning list:

A huge CONGRATS to all of the above!

We would like to encourage our merit winners, honourable mentions as well as participants who have had your project featured on our Facebook page to grab your badge from our left sidebar and proudly display it on your blog!  They were made just for you!

 Thank you so much to all who have participated!
You are all winners in our eyes and we wish we could award each of you a prize.

We hope that you will play along with the February challenge 
with more awesome prizes up for grabs!!  Details are HERE!

01 February, 2016

February 2016 Main Challenge

Here we are sharing with you our 2nd Main Challenge reveal already!

We could not be more thrilled at your amazing response to More Than Words in just a little over a month! With over 500 blog followers, almost 1500 followers on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram combined along with more than 150 entries to our January challenges (Main & Mini), we are extremely happy and grateful to be part of such a talented and inspiring community of artists!

We know you all are wondering what our February challenge is, so here goes...

Our Main Challenge is based on a Word Inspiration and a Creative Challenge.
This challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.

Word Inspiration - WONDERFUL
Creative Challenge - SPARKLE

Use the word "WONDERFUL" as inspiration to create your project!
You can chose to use the word somewhere on your project or to simply be inspired by it.  Please explain in your blog post how it inspired you if it not obvious.

Our creative challenge is "SPARKLE".
We want to see projects that sparkle and shine! Add some subtle shimmer to your project or some serious bling - it's up to you. Anything that shines is fine!

VERY IMPORTANT!!!  You have to incorporate both parts of the challenge, that is the word inspiration and the creative challenge, on your project in order to be eligible for a prize.  Remember that our challenge concept is all about a WORD and more (thus our name More Than Words)! :)  When we vote, we specifically look for projects that display BOTH requirements, and not just the creative challenge.  Just look at our DT members' interpretation, as described underneath their project, as example.

Please check out our RULES to make sure that you are eligible for one of our prizes! 
We have kept these rules very simple for you to play along.  One of them is that
 you must post our board image and a link to our blog in your entry post.

Before we get to our DT Reveal, here is one more important announcement...
We are happy to introduce a new addition to our Design Team this month!

"I am Arantzazu! I live in Bilboa, in Northern Spain. I am one of those people who thinks that knowledge does not occupy place so I'm still learning new things in my daily life and in the scrap world! I love to mix styles and am a huge fan of mixed media."  Arantzazu's Blog 

Welcome to the team Arantzazu!!

Arantzazu: "I am very positive and just wanted to capture my optimism in this project.  I know that 2016 is going to be a WONDERFUL year. We are masters of the blank canvas that is our life... and we must paint it as we want it to be! 
I chose lots of gold SPARKLE!"

Valerie: "When I think of the word WONDERFUL, I automatically think of my son. Life is not always easy, but he certainly makes it better and truly full of wonder! I've incorporated the creative challenge SPARKLE in my layout by adding a lot of glitter and shiny embellishments.  

Rachael: "As you can see, I used the word WONDERFUL in my title.  To add SPARKLE to my layout, I have added rhinestones and used sterling glass glitter!"

 Valia: "What shines better than gold? And the contrast of gold against a black background makes it SPARKLE even brighter! I chose to scrap a photo of a ladies' night out. After all, best friends always have the most WONDERFUL time!"

Pam: "This layout is of my WONDERFUL mom. My mother was not only a wonderful person but she gave me a wonderful life.  I photographed my page in -30 degrees celsius Canadian weather, trying to get the sun to set off all the glitter I used, but it doesn't show.  I was inspired by my fellow DT member Di Garling's Smile tutorial and, believe me, the page is full of SPARKLE!"

Nicole: "I absolutely had to create a Winter layout for this challenge. Being Canadian, I have experienced all sides of Winter, and usually the bad outweighs the good! But I have to admit that the best part of this season is being able to take WONDERFUL pictures such as this tree covered in shimmery snow! I have added a lot of Winter Wonderland SPARKLE to my layout using glitter, shimmer paint, silver metal trinkets and several rhinestones."

Mona: "I used the word WONDERFUL as my title. To make my layout shine, I added lots of rhinestones, a shimmery embossed wooden snowflake, glittery kissed flowers and the shimmery die cut word 'SPARKLE'.

Lilibleu: "When I discovered the challenge, I was instantly inspired by the WONDERFUL world of fairies, goblins, elves and other magical creatures who immediately brought me back to my childhood. I used many SPARKLE elements like glitter, microbeads and shimmer to make my layout shine in order to recreate this wonderful world from my imagination!"

 Kareen: "February is the month of love so I chose to work with a photo of my mom and I. I've used a sparkling turquoise paper and some stickles for the SPARKLE creative challenge and the word WONDERFUL as inspiration for my title. White, black and one punch of colour is a always a good combo!"

Helen: "This little girl in the photo is my mother in law, a WONDERFUL woman, as indicated in my journaling, who I love very much!  To incorporate the SPARKLE creative challenge to my project, I used black gesso on my background and lots of glitter to make my page extra shiny.

Julia: "My layout reminisces about childhood, a beautiful and carefree time to which we all sometimes dream to return... where every moment was filled with new emotions.  I used a photo from the 1970s that shows my husband as a little boy with his little girlfriend.  His face is just so full of expression, a WONDERFUL moment captured.  To make my page SPARKLE, I applied texture paste through a stencil and covered it with glitter. I also added dots of Stickles here and there."

Heather: "My three beautiful nieces have just visited us so I had no doubt what my subject matter would be for this challenge. I used the words 'simply WONDERFUL' on my page as that is what they truly are! For my SPARKLE, I added a Metallic Melts to my Dusty Attic chippies.  This is a super sparkly combo that I use a lot."

Elena: "My layout is all about true love and special friendship between two people which is what makes life WONDERFUL! I added lots of glitter and shimmery accent to my page to make it shine and SPARKLE."

Di: "I used the word WONDERFUL in a little quote on the left side of my photo that says 'some kind of wonderful'.  My layout is super SPARKLY although it doesn't really show in the photo. It has sparkles and glitter everywhere!!"

Hoping that all these WONDERFUL creations from our DT
will SPARKLE your creativity and inspire you to play along this month!

All our prizes include international postage!

$50 USD worth of products from LEMONCRAFT

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:

"Lemoncraft was born from a passion and desire to fulfill your creative dreams! We are a Polish manufacture of products for all paper craft artists who share our passion for beautiful artistic designs.  In our product selection, you will find a wide range of scrapbooking papers, ribbons, flowers, buttons/badges (flair) as well as other useful items for scrapbooking, card-making, decoupage and many other 
areas of creativity and inspiration!"

Next, 4 runners up will each be awarded a prize valued at $25 USD.

a prize package from 2 CRAFTY
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

a gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN

a prize package from 13ARTS

a prize package from MAJA DESIGN

In addition, we will draw 1 random winner from all eligible entries.

a gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG

Because we LOVE giving away prizes, we have added a new one to the mix!

Each month, we will hand pick a mystery winner from all entries received who hasn't made it to 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, most beautiful photo! Who knows what we will be looking for?! That's why we call it our MYSTERY PRIZE!

Sponsorship of this prize every month comes from
a brand new sponsor added to our lineup!
a prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And last, but certainly not least, we will randomly award a prize to
1 lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our February BLOG posts.

a $25 USD gift voucher from THE KREATIVE KORNER

To learn more about all our generous sponsors, click on the SPONSORS tab above!

We look forward to seeing your interpretation of our 
February WONDERFUL & SPARKLE challenge!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by February 29th at 11:59 pm EST!!

(Please note that you need to share your entry for our 
main challenge via a blog post to be eligible!
We unfortunately cannot accept entries via Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr or other.)