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31 May, 2016

Meet the NEW
More Than Words Design Team

As you know we recently had a design team callout & we must say we
were absolutely swamped with applications. We would like to take this
opportunity to thank all those wonderfully creative people who applied.
It was a pleasure seeing so many amazing applications & we only wish we
could have each & everyone of you on our team. You made our decision
 a very difficult one & we do hope you will apply again next time. 

Without further ado, we would like to welcome the new
More Than Words design team & introduce you to the following 
super talented ladies who will commence with us on 1st July as well
as those existing members who will be returning again for another term.
We do hope you will FOLLOW all these inspirational girls.


Returning DT members...

We will see all these wonderful girls right here on our blog with lots of
inspiration for you for our July 1st reveal. If you would like to leave them
 a comment or two to welcome them to our team, I know they will all appreciate it.

23 May, 2016

May 2016 Mini Challenge - TIME

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

We have continued to be delighted and amazed by your 
wonderful creations for these challenges. We can't get 
enough of your incredible designs, gorgeous 
colours and tantalising textures!

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.

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

Di Garling - Tag

Lilibleu - Tag

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

You have until 11.55pm EST on Tuesday the 31st of May to get 
your entries in right HERE so get your crafting on!

16 May, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on
Marta Lapkowska

We are back today with yet another fabulous Guest Designer
whose creative talent knows no bounds!!!

Marta Lapkowska has graciously accepted our invitation to come inspire you all this month, using the May Main Challenge as basis for her outstanding project.

Here is what Marta had to say about herself and her passion for creating:

"My name is Marta Lapkowska (Maremi's Small Art).  I was born and raised in Poland.  I am currently living in Ireland and have been for the last 10 years.  My inner soul is truly a creative person.  Ever since I can remember, I have loved arts and crafts and have a passion for innovative techniques.  I love playing around, experimenting and creating unique pieces... from cards and tags to layouts, assemblage art, mixed media canvases, art journals and altered objects.  I love sharing my passion through my YouTube channel where I regularly share new project tutorials.  Recently, I started my Art Vlogs where I talk about important and interesting scrappy news in addition to product introductions and reviews.  For the past 3 years, creating is my way of living.  So far, it's the best journey I could have imagined!   I am so happy and honoured to be the More Than Words Special Guest this month!  
Thank you so much for having me!"

Visit Marta here:

We urge you to go visit Marta as you will without a doubt find inspiration galore and see, as we do, how Marta is one of the sweetest and generous creators out there!

Let's take a look at this month's MOMENT & CLOCKS Main Challenge
followed by Marta's awesome interpretation:

Marta shares this about her beautiful layout:
"When I saw this challenge, I absolutely loved it... a wonderful theme that is perfect for everyone!  For some reason, the word MOMENT made me think about dreams that we have and how every moment is ideal to follow your dreams.  CLOCKS is about time, years, age...  You are never too young or too old to follow your heart and bring your dreams to life.  I added a chipboard clock to my page."

Marta was so kind as to also provide us with a video to see her creative process!


And here are a few close-ups:

We love how Marta used many layers of ripped patterned paper to create her background. This technique not only add depth and texture (with torn distressed edges), but also a variety of designs and colours to work with as a base.

Marta has added some beautiful touches as in twine wrapped around the base 
and several mists sprayed over flowers to create a most gorgeous smokey blue effect.

What a truly inspiring layout!  Totally exquisite!

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

If you haven't played along with our MOMENT & CLOCKS Main Challenge yet,
you still have 2 weeks to do so.  Watch Marta's video and get inspired!

08 May, 2016

Announcing our April Winners!

A big thanks to each & everyone of you who played along 
with our April Main & Mini Challenges!

 We have now tallied up the votes... 



Congratulations Nataly!  You have won our April Main Challenge! 
Please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au  
to claim your $50 USD value prize from 2 CRAFTY CHIPBOARD
(Please indicate that you are the MAIN challenge winner.)


KAVITHA (Entry 26)

Kavitha, please contact Alda at cs(at)flyingunicornllc(dot)com 
to claim your $25 USD gift certificate info from FLYING UNICORN



Nataly, please contact Aida at 13arts(at)wp(dot)pl 
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 13ARTS



Anastasia, please contact Camilla at camilla(at)majadesign(dot)nu  
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN


NUPUR (Entry 50)

Nupur, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindystampgang(dot)com 
to claim your $25 USD gift certificate info from LINDY'S STAMP GANG


Sara, please contact Anna at sklep(at)lemoncraft(dot)pl
to claim your prize of a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT



We were moved to read the story behind Asmah's layout.  What caught our eye especially was her personal take on the word ESCAPE.  It is special how such a beautiful layout could be inspired by a word reminiscent of hard times suffered by many. Truly inspiring work! 
Asmah, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 gift certificate info from FABRIKA DECORU


Mariela, 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.)


Heather, please contact us at
to claim your $25 gift certificate info from HEARTFELT CREATIONS

And last, but certainly not least, here are some 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, but very much deserved a mention:

MELODIE (Entry 1)
JOE (Entry 18) 
TANITA (Entry 70)
ANASTASI (Entry 43)
IKEMO (Entry 53)

A huge CONGRATS to all of the above!

We 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!

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

01 May, 2016

May 2016 Main Challenge

It's time to reveal a brand new More Than Words challenge with you all!
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 - MOMENT
Creative Challenge - CLOCKS

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

For this month's CLOCKS creative challenge, we ask that you use a clock or any part of a clock on your project.  You can choose from dials, hands, cogs and gears, pocket chains, pendulums or all of the above.

OK! No time to waste! We'll be counting the hours until we see what you create!

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 word or 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 in the RULES tab above.

Nicole: "Some of my favorite MOMENTs are the ones I spend with my boyfriend of 10 years, Yves! We always have the most wonderful time, whether we are out and about on some adventure or just at home doing absolutely nothing together.  My interpretation of the creative challenge is fairly obvious with over 30 CLOCK images on my project, from the many clock faces on my background paper to the chipboard stickers, brads, badges and metal trinket."

Rachael: "This MOMENT was just perfect for this challenge.  As my chipboard title indicates, my page is all about a special "father & daughter moment": the beautiful photo was taken on Father's Day 2015.  For the creative challenge, I have used numerous CLOCK images as well as hands/dials."

Valia: "There is beauty in time and there is time in beauty.  And a MOMENT may even last forever...  For the creative part of the challenge, I used 
a chipboard CLOCK and an empty hourglass."

Di: "I was inspired by the CLOCK images especially teamed with the word MOMENT.  It was just the perfect inspiration for me and all of which made this layout come together so easily.  I definitely had the whole 'time' thing happening in my layout."

Valérie: "It's important to create good times with our children because time flies! My layout documents a very special MOMENT with my little Princess. To incorporate the creative challenge, I drew a CLOCK on the background."

Helen: "The second girl on the right is my mother, just having fun with her friends on their last day as school students in 1968.  An unforgettable MOMENT for all of them!  For the CLOCKS part of the challenge, I used some metal elements 
from real clocks, gears and springs."

Julia: "This picture of me inspired me for the creation of this layout.  It shows one MOMENT of my life - they are dark or light, but always bright!  I added CLOCKs and gearwheels to accentuate the lifetime theme."

Elena: "I often look at the pictures of my children and realize that time is running so fast! All these special and happy moments are beautiful hours on the clock of my life. I used the word MOMENT in my title and some roman numerals inspired by CLOCKS."

Mona: "I used the word MOMENT in the sentiment 'Live in the moment'.  The creative challenge inspired me to create a steampunk style canvas 
featuring a variety of CLOCKS and cogs."

Heather: "Both the word and the creative challenge inspired me to create about a phase in my daughter's life when she was into dressing up into particular styles.  It's a MOMENT in her life that has already passed and is unlikely to ever return.  It was a fleeting phase and both the CLOCKS used and the word symbolize this."

Lilibleu: "I took this picture on Aix Island, a small island near the French coast, while my son was staring at the sea.  When I saw the challenge with CLOCKS and the word MOMENT, I interpreted it two ways... first, by using a photo that would make me feel like time had stopped (Axel seems so lost in his thoughts), then with an overepresentation of clocks, some with hands, some without, 
to reinforce the notion of frozen time."

Pamela: "Moments are a snapshot in time!  Time is fleeting - it goes by too fast.  This is the only photo of my father as a small child with his father.  He passed when my dad was twelve.  There are only ten photos of them together.  Time is precious and every MOMENT should be cherished.  I stencilled CLOCKS into the background as well as using hardware clocks to convey time passing so quickly."

Arantzazu: "When I saw this challenge, I thought about my childhood in those moments that have escaped me over time, but they are still alive within me!  I used the word MOMENT in my title and used several CLOCKS on my page, 
some stamped, some chipboard, some paper!"

Kareen: "Wherever you are on the planet during a trip, there are wonderful moments and others more 'ordinary'.  My picture reflects that, an ordinary MOMENT in the plane between Quebec and Paris. For the CLOCKS creative challenge, I have decided to add different cogs and gears mixed in with my flower clusters."

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 COUTURE CREATIONS

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

"The Couture Creations and Ultimate Crafts brands are owned and manufactured by Artdeco Creations Pty Ltd which also manufactures other leading craft brands.  Artdeco Creations is one of the world's great die manufacturers with a long history of quality products which are bespoke and boutique.  Our dies are very intricate with beautiful fine features and are of the highest quality.  We have a dedicated team of wonderful people who are crafters designing for crafters.  We love what we do and take pride in our designs and work."

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


a $25 USD gift certificate from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES


a $25 USD prize package from 7 DOTS STUDIO

(image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD prize package from STUDIO 75


a $25 USD store credit from THE DUSTY ATTIC

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


a $25 prize package from COLOUR BLAST

(exactly as shown below)

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 will we 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 May blog posts.


a $25 USD prize package from GRAPHIC 45

(exactly as shown below)

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

We cannot wait to see you interpretation of our 
May MOMENT & CLOCKS Main Challenge!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by May 31st at 11:59 pm EST.

PS: Remember our DT Callout 
for which you can find all the details HERE
We hope that you will apply!