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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.)


  1. What a wonderful challenge! I have ideas immediately! And the sponsors are amazing! So cool! I love what the design team has made, all pages are just gorgeous, I can look at them for hours! Very inspiring!

  2. Fabulous reveal by all the DT and thanks once again to all our "wonderful" sponsors for their generosity. :)

  3. Wow gorgeous projects of your team... This challenge is inspiring thanks.

  4. Ooops I forgot to say a big welcome to Arantzazu. It is so lovely to have you as part of our team. :)

  5. I have a question please, I haven't a blog only a Facebook account and instagram so how I can entry to the challenge ?

    1. Hi Razzia,sorry about this but it does say in our rules (at the top of our blog in the RULES tab) that you have to enter via a blog & show our challenge board with a link to our blog along with your creation when you enter. It is too hard for judging when we cannot access your creation easily. I am sorry for this but I cannot see a way around it. You could start a blog. They are free & so very easy to create, then you could enter lots of challenges. Hope you find a way around this problem because we would love to have you join in again. :)

    2. Razzia you can enter our Mini Challenge with a Facebook account if you like!

  6. I am so inspired...amazing works & challenge! :)

  7. Oh, you never said it couldn't be entered by Flickr before. Suppose this means I wasted my time entering for January...Well, I can't enter any other way, so I won't be able to enter again. Why must we have a blog to enter please?

    1. Hi Lucretia,sorry about this but it does say in our rules (at the top of our blog in the RULES tab) that you have to enter via a blog & show our challenge board with a link to our blog along with your creation when you enter. It is too hard for judging when we cannot access your creation easily. I am sorry for this but I cannot see a way around it. You could start a blog. They are free & so very easy to create, then you could enter lots of challenges. Hope you find a way around this problem because we would love to have you join in again. :)

  8. Love the wonderful DT inspiration! Fab challenge :)

  9. Another wonderful challenge! Just love the inspiration from the creative team! Putting this in my list for sure!

  10. brilliant reveal!!!all proyects are so inspiring!!!
    so glad to be here!!!

  11. An exciting challenge with inspirational examples from the Design team. :)

  12. So inspiring! Who doesn't love sparkles? Thanks for all the fabulous inspiration this month.

  13. Beautiful projects from the DT and very interesting challenge!

  14. Great challenge! So many wonderful things to scrap, and who doesn't love a little sparkle in their life. Amazing inspiration ladies!

  15. awesome reveal girls, nice challenge!

  16. What a wonderful challenge. And the amazing work of the DT, Im so inspired. Thank you all.

  17. I LOVED!!!!!! This time I need prepare one project...because I'm Queen of Shine!!!!kkkkkkk Thanks ladies for all inspiration!!!!xoxo

  18. Wonderful challenge and wonderful inspirations ladies!



  21. I just happened to find your blog and I am blown away by the talent!! LOVE the inspiration and looking forward to getting messy playing the challenge! Thanks!

  22. Awesome challenge this month :) Wow what wonderful :) inspiration from the Design Team :)

  23. Wow! Such Fabulous, sparkly fun challenge with loads of inspirations! Wonderful job done by all!

  24. Wow... first Congratulation to Arantzazu :) what a wonderful challenge blog! full of super talented ladies ! not enought time to see all amazing DT works ! so inspiring and I try to my self to make better ;)

  25. WOW! These are truly amazing projects!!! I'm so glad I found y'all!!

  26. So inspiring Dt work!!!Lost last month but i'll try to catch up...Fantastic prizes ladies!!!Good luck to all!!!

  27. Fantastic work everyone! So inspired by all of you!

  28. Can't wait to make a sparkly page!!! Thanks for the challenge..

  29. All done! Here is my submission.

  30. Such an amazing challenge this month, so inspiring !

  31. Are we allowed to Submit 2 entries? Lol

    1. Of course you can submit more than one entry Jessica, the more the merrier. :)

    2. Yay!!! Thank you :-) This is a very uplifting challenge. I like it.

  32. Love the green-pink fable by LILIBLEU:)

  33. I love all the proyects, all are spectacular

  34. Fantastic challenge :) I would like to try :)

  35. The creative team have done a fabulous job with this challenge. It'very insipiring..

  36. I love this challenge! !!!!I love the DT creations! !!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration ladies!!!!

  37. Sparkle, shine, all wonderful stuff... might be enough for me to participate and submit a creation.

  38. Fun challenge and fabulous DT examples!!

  39. Great challenge idea and amazing inspirational layouts!!


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