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25 April, 2016

"More Than Words"
Design Team Callout 2016-2017

We are inviting applications from papercrafters who would
like to join our design team. If you are a skilled papercrafter with
 a strong online presence, we would love to hear from you.

#1.   The term is for six months with an option for an additional six months,
commencing 1st July 2016.

#2.  You will be required to create one layout per month and assist 
with commenting and voting duties.

#3.  You must have the ability to take great photos and have
strong photo editing skills.

#4. You must have an active blog and be active on 
various social media, especially Facebook.


Send us...

***  Three recent layouts that show us your style & skill. 

***  Links to your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram,

You Tube etc.

***  A short biography including your name, where you live,
what DT's you are currently on & when they are due to
finish & what experience you have in general.

Applications close 21st of May 2016.

Send your application to:

We look forward to hearing from you!

23 April, 2016

April 2016 Mini Challenge - FLY

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

We've loved what you have been creating for these challenges - 
the variety of stunning work has been amazing!

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 mojo fired up, here is what some of our Design Team created!

Valia Katzaki - ATC's

Di Garling - Tag

Lilibleu - 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 Saturday the 30th of April!

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 April, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on
Athanasia Papantoniou

Oh, do we have a special treat for you this month in our Special Guest Spotlight!!

You have no doubt seen this very talented lady's name and beautiful creations before! Athanasia is a true artist and we are so thrilled to have her join us this month in inspiring you to play along with our ESCAPE & MOOD PHOTO challenge.

"Hello! Thank you so much for the invitation. It is really a great honour for me to be here with you today! My name is Athanasia which means 'immortality' in Greek. As a musician, I love all kinds of arts. When I am not playing the piano, I find myself at my scrappy desk making art journal pages, layouts, canvases, tags, ATCs, altered objects and more. I get inspiration from almost everything like colours, nature, flavours and smells and of course my music! I like the vintage look as much as a more modern style, which depends on my mood. I love the limitless choices and combinations of mixed media techniques, not only for documenting memories of my life and my family, but also for expressing emotions and ideas that I have in my head that must come out. I currently design for Finnabair, ColourArte, 2Crafty Chipboard. I enjoy making videos and I hope that I will inspire you with my projects!"

Visit Athanasia here:

We urge you to go see more of Athanasia's creations as they are absolutely amazing!

Let's take a look at this month's challenge followed by Athanasia's interpretation.

Athanasia shares this about her magnificent project:
"I decided to create a canvas inspired by the lovely April challenge board and using the word ESCAPE on it. I got inspired not only by the beautiful colours of the MOOD PHOTO, but also the flowers and the black and white tree and I tried to incorporate all these elements on my project. I therefore used flowers in many colours, a chipboard tree which I painted black and white, wooden sticks as well as a keyhole out of which all the flowers escape."

We can all hear you gasping for breath at the beauty of this canvas and you no doubt want to see more!  Well, Athanasia has also provided us with a video to see her creative process and learn more about all the products and fun techniques she used.


And here are a few close-ups...

It is absolutely brilliant to make the flowers peek through the rusty metal keyhole, as to represent the beauty of  nature escaping from an enclosed secret garden.

Athanasia used many mixed media techniques on her canvas to make the background crackle and shimmer, layers upon layers of different colours and products to add depth and texture.

A masterpiece through and through!

Thank you so much Athanasia for joining us this month as our Special Guest!

If you haven't played along with our ESCAPE & MOOD PHOTO Main Challenge yet, we hope that you will do so!

You have until April 30th to do so!

08 April, 2016

Announcing our March Winners!!!

WOW! Another awesome response to both of our March Main & Mini Challenges!
Thanks to each & everyone of you who played along!
It was fun seeing all those fabulous BLISS & GESSO projects.

 We have now tallied up the votes..... 


MELENIA (entry #60)

Congratulations Melenia!  You have won our March Main Challenge! 
Please contact Tenisha at 
to claim your prize of a $50 USD prize package from COLOUR BLAST
(Please indicate that you are the MAIN challenge winner.)


SOONJULEE  (entry #29)

Soonjulee, please contact Kerrie at 
to claim your $25 value prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS



 Ekaterina, please contact Janene at 
to claim your $25 value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES


TANYA KALININA (entry #78)
Tanya, please contact Tusia at 
to claim your $25 value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO


Jessika, please contact Aneta at 
to claim your $25 value prize from STUDIO 75



Caroline, please contact Jen at 
to claim your prize of a $25 store voucher from THE DUSTY ATTIC
 (Please indicate that you are the random winner.)


JACQUI HUNT (entry #11)
"First of all, Jacqui's layout is super pretty with a beautiful blue and yellow palette and awesome stencilled gesso on her background. What caught our eye especially is the fact that Jacqui's page is about her daughter whose nickname, she explains, has been Miss Blissy since she was a toddler!  How truly special is that?"
Jacqui, please contact Tanya at 
to claim your $25 gift certificate info from FABRIKA DECORU


 Vera, 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.)



Kate, please contact Anita at 
to claim your $25 value store voucher from FLUTTERBY DESIGNS

And last, but certainly not least, here are our 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:

HANDMADE by NNN (entry 18)
BADBARBIE (entry 25)
LOUISE TURNER (entry 71)
KRIPA KOUSHIK (entry 86)
KAVITHA (entry 48)

A huge CONGRATS to all of the above! WELL DONE!

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 April challenge 
with more awesome prizes up for grabs!!  Details are HERE!

01 April, 2016

April 2016 Main Challenge

Happy April Fool's Day!

Yes, it is April 1st, but this is no joke... 
it's time for another awesome challenge at More Than Words!
Our Main Challenge is based on a Word Inspiration & a Creative Challenge.
This challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.

Word Inspiration - ESCAPE
Creative Challenge - MOOD PHOTO

Use the word ESCAPE as inspiration for your project. You can choose the 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 it's not obvious.

Our creative challenge this month is a MOOD PHOTO. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so for this challenge we offer you not just one word as inspiration, but a thousand with this image! You can use any part of the scene as inspiration - rainbow, tree, white 'frosted' leaves, sky, horizon, fields, wild flowers, grass texture, birds, swirling smoky clouds, etc.  Show us how it inspires you!

VERY IMPORTANT! You have to incorporate both parts of the challenge, the word inspiration and the creative challenge, on your project to be eligible to win. 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 example.

Remember that you must include our board image and a link to our blog in your entry post. Please check out our RULES!

Rachael: "Once again, I have used the word inspiration in my title 'ESCAPE'.  The colours in the rainbow was the first thing that stood out for me from the MOOD PHOTO.  The bold black from the tree trunk also grabbed my attention so I added some black stamping and accents on my page."

Di : "I have called my layout "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in dedication to my
 beautiful "Poppy" girl who sadly passed away back in 2012. The word ESCAPE is
 what she did...she escaped her poor old tired and sick body. As evident from my
 title, I was inspired by the rainbow in the MOOD PHOTO and the overall peaceful 
heavenly feel of the scenery."

Kareen: "The word ESCAPE inspired me to scrap a picture of my little goddaughter because when I am with her, it's like an escape from the adult world. I think it's pretty clear how I've been inspired by the MOOD PHOTO. The colour palette was my first inspiration, and you can see that I have created my background to mimick the same shades of colours as in the sky of the photo."

Julia: "The word ESCAPE inspired me to make a page with a picture from our holidays in Cyprus. Here we escaped for the whole day away from civilization. We biked along deserted spots where there is only boundless horizon, blue sky with little clouds, along with stone fields... all included in the MOOD PHOTO."

Valia: "My wish for my youngest boy is to ESCAPE the boring reality, dare to dream big and chase his dreams and to live life to its fullest. The MOOD PHOTO inspired me to use some bright colours which is not usual for me.  The trunk of the tree inspired me to also use lots of black colour."

Nicole: "I used the word ESCAPE in my title and found a nice quote to go along with this sweet picture of my niece Ella taking a little break from a day of fun at the park to daydream at the bottom of the slide. There were many elements from the MOOD PHOTO that inspired me, but my main focus was to try and reproduce the same colour palette. So I played with my purple, blue and pink mists with a touch of gold to create my background, and then followed suit with my embellishments. I also added flowers and frosted my entire layout with touches of white paint
 just as the frosted leaves on the tree."

Helen: "For me, ESCAPE means only one thing... traveling! I used two photos of me and my husband from a trip to a lake in northern Greece.  I added the birds, inspired by the ones in the MOOD PHOTO as they are a symbol of freedom and traveling."

Mona: "Painting is my creative ESCAPE! I painted a bright and cheerful canvas inspired by the rainbow of colours in the MOOD PHOTO."

Elena: "My layout is about our ESCAPE from the big city in a fairy tale like setting... to the sea coast! It was a big adventure filled with bright colours and positive emotions just like the MOOD PHOTO makes me feel!"

Arantzazu: "When I read the word ESCAPE, the first thing that came to my mind was the plight of the refugees who have had to flee from their hometowns in search of hope.  The MOOD PHOTO to me displays a land of hope.  I have used the colour palette that appears in that peaceful scenery."

 Lilibleu: "I took this picture of my little guys in front of a Winter sea during one of our breaks at Les Saintes Maries De La Mer (a French seaside town) when the day was particularly sunny. I mainly picked the birds and the flowers 
as inspiration from the MOOD PHOTO."

Valérie: "The word ESCAPE was my main inspiration. I tried to illustrate how it feels when we pass some time in the woods to escape from our everyday life.  You will find on my page the same colours as in the MOOD PHOTO 
as well as flowers and an overall happy feel."

Heather: "My inspiration for this layout came from the word ESCAPE and the wide open spaces of the MOOD PHOTO. I felt that you can't really escape much further into wide open spaces than in outback Australia! My brother works in stunning remote areas like these and I love this photo that he took 
while driving between destinations one day."

We hope that you are inspired by all these beautiful creations from our DT!

All our prizes include international postage!


a $50 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD

(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

"2Crafty is an Australian wholesale manufacture of laser cut chipboard, with thousands of designs, diverse in nature and always up to date with market trends. We pride ourselves on our reliable and quick turnaround of jobs, both large and small, and high quality products as well as unbeatable customer service. We cater to both local and international markets and are happy to quote on personalized jobs, whether it be a single title for a customer or large jobs for retreats, classes, etc."

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


a $25 USD gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN


a $25 USD prize package from 13ARTS

(image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN


a $25 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG

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


a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT

(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Each month we hand pick a winner from all participants who have not 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, etc. Who knows what we will be looking for?
That's why we call it our mystery winner!


a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

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


a $25 USD gift certificate from HEARTFELT CREATIONS

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

We cannot wait to see your interpretation of our 
April ESCAPE & MOOD PHOTO challenge!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by April 30th 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 do not accept entries via Facebook, Tumblr, Flicker or other.)