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23 September, 2016

September 2016 Mini Challenge - ENJOY

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

We love seeing your amazing creations roll in for these 
challenges. We love each and every one of them!

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:

Nicole Doiron - Card

Di Garling - Card

Pamela Ellis - ATC

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

You have until 11.55pm EST on Friday the 30th of September to get 
your entries in right HERE so get your crafting on!

16 September, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on

To go along with our delicious recipe challenge this month,
we knew we had to have the most exquisite Guest Designer join us,
who would be able to wow all of you with her delectable talent!

Without further ado, we are thrilled to present to you this month...

STACEY YOUNG is renowned among the online scrapbooking community for her shabby chic style and so much more!  She produces the most scrumptious creations with lots of busy layers of yummy embellishments and lovely happy colours.  One word comes to mind when looking at her work... DELIGHTFUL!

Let's learn more about Stacey from her own words:

"My name is Stacey Young.  I am Mum of 4 little boys and wife to Tim.  I have been scrapbooking for probably 12 years now and crafting and painting my whole life.  I love everything about this craft, the products and the creative process.  As a busy Mum of 4, I don't get to sit in my studio as much as I would like to these days but when I do it's a wonderful place to relax and let my creative soul take over.  

I would consider my style a mix of many things: shabby chic, fun, playful, romantic... but a few things are for certain, you will always find colour and layers upon layers in my creations.  I absolutely adore mixed media and squeeze in as many elements as I can on one page, always something to look at and find in my creations.  I don't just stop at scrapbooking pages; I also love creating cards, tags, canvas pieces and the odd off the page project and mini album.

I am currently on the Design Team for Prima Marketing, my most favourite brand ever.  I am a Prima flower girl and always will be.  Over the years I have been involved in so many different design teams, too many to list, which have all shaped me to be the crafter than I am today."

You can visit Stacey at the links below:

Here's a reminder of our September DELIGHT & RECIPE challenge
followed by Stacey's beautiful interpretation.

Here is what Stacey has to say about her layout:

"I really loved this "recipe" challenge.  I'm not much of a cook in the kitchen, but I love to cook up some creations in my craft room! :)  I loved adding all of those elements from the art RECIPE: the die cuts, flowers, mist and the flair button.  And the word DELIGHT was a perfect title for my picture.  This little man of mine brings me so much joy, and he is such a delight to be around!  We have loads of fun together.  Thank you for having me share in the fun 
of this fantastic September challenge!"

Now let's take a look at close-ups of Stacey's many layers of goodness:

This layout is so sweet!  Every single added detail, from the stenciled and misted background to the ink-stitched edge, is truly beautiful.

Are you hungry for some more?  Well, we urge you to visit Stacey's blog now!

Thank you so much to Stacey for being our Special Guest this month!!!

Now, it's your turn to cook up something tasty inspired by 

08 September, 2016

Anouncing Our August Winners!!

A BIG THANK YOU to all who were inspired to play along with
our August MAIN & MINI Challenges!
We saw many WONDERFUL creations & as usual it made it hard for our DT to vote!

We have tallied up the votes & here are the results...


GEORGIE C  (entry 76)

Congratulations Georgie! You have WON our August MAIN challenge!
Georgie, please contact Aida at 13arts(at)wp(dot)pl
to claim your $50 USD value pack from 13ARTS


PADORIAA (entry 86)

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


MARTA DEBICKA (entry 61)

Marta, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindystampgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S STAMP GANG


eMKa (entry 67)

eMKa, please contact Anna at sklep(at)lemoncraft(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT


JO TRITTON (entry 24)

Jo, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(au)
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 2 CRAFTY CHIPBOARD


HANNAH ZHENG (entry 73)


Hannah, please contact Alda at cs(at)flyingunicornllc(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FLYING UNICORN


ROMY VEUL  (entry 72)

We love that Romy has scrapped about a friend that cheered her up when she was having a difficult day. We think it's so important to scrap about memories like these. Romy has also incorporated cool circles into her project making it a fantastic interpretation of the challenge!
Congratulations Romy!

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


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


Mona, please contact Pamela at langeheart(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, having received a high number of votes on the MAIN challenge, we think that they VERY MUCH deserve an HONOURABLE MENTION: 

NATALKA (entry 71)

SARA K (entry 59)

PLUMO (entry 34)

BADBARBIE (entry 12)

 LETIKE (entry 52)

AMELIE JUTRAS (entry 51)

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

We encourage our merit winners, honourable mentions and 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!
These have been made just for YOU!

Lastly, a friendly reminder that we are well under way with our September 
MAIN challenge and we are loving your projects so far. We can't 
wait to see many more, so please keep them coming!!
The details for our DELIGHT & RECIPE challenge are HERE.

Link your project using the Linky Tool in the right sidebar
by the 30th September at 11:59 pm EST.

Once again, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners 
and THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for playing along!!!

01 September, 2016

September 2016 MAIN Challenge

It's September already and time for another MAIN challenge over
at More Than Words, and this one we guarantee you will find very yummy!

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.

Word Inspiraton - DELIGHT
Creative Challenge - RECIPE

What does the word DELIGHT inspire you to create?
You can choose to use 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.

Are you good in the kitchen? Well, it doesn't matter because for our RECIPE creative challenge, the cooking will be done mainly in your scraproom or craft corner!  
Please read carefully!!

On our board, you will find 2 options:

Option A is to scrap about your favorite family recipe.  
You can use whatever products you want when doing so.

Option B is to follow our "Art Recipe" which is listed on the right.
If you decide on option B, you can scrap any theme you want (as long as you are inspired by the word, of course), but you must incorporate items from the list of ingredients provided.  For example, you can choose to add a tag, a few pieces of flair, a button or two, and some mist. OR you can opt for a die cut, a badge, some flowers and lots of microbeads. No matter the combination you choose, we have to be able to taste our art recipe ingredients on your yummy creations!

So whether you share with us a special recipe as the theme of your project
or follow our own art recipe, or decide to combine both, we are looking
forward to see what you cook up! 

VERY IMPORTANT!  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 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 rules in the RULES tab above.

Nupur: "A recipe is believed to be a story that ends with a good delicious meal! I couldn't agree with it more. Delicious yummy vegan dessert it is... a pure DELIGHT! This month's RECIPE creative challenge has inspired me to document one of my all time favorite foods. I have also incorporated many ingredients from Option B as in a tag, buttons, mist... and I must say, it truly is a treat!"

Nicole: "I think it is very obvious this month how the word inspired me! My layout is an homage to my favorite Summer treat... delicious field berries that are a pure DELIGHT for me! I decided to go with Option B for the creative challenge and followed the art  RECIPE by adding a tag, some flair, lots of flowers and some red and pink microbeads.  I made sure to garnish with lots of creativity!"

Ekaterina: "This month I added the word on my page.  I decided to scrapbook about my favorite cocktail - the Mojito! This refreshing and invigorating drink is such a DELIGHT on a hot Summer day! I used the art RECIPE and added a tag, a die cut, flowers, a dash of of mist and a pinch of beads as my ingredients."

Pamela: "You can see the DELIGHT in my granddaughter's face.  It was her week with grandma for Summer vacation at the beach! For the creative challenge, I think I've covered all the ingredients from the art RECIPE, and then some!"

Lilibleu: "When Spring comes back every year, I always enjoy seeing flowers and their delicious colours. I chose to illustrate the subject with a bright pink tulip; this flower is a DELIGHT to my eyes. For the creative challenge, I went with the art RECIPE in Option B and used a tag, a badge, flowers and a dash of beads."

Di: "I was inspired by both the word DELIGHT and the RECIPE to scrap about my scone recipe. Let's face it, there is nothing so delightful as scones with jam and cream. Mmm... so yummy! For the creative challenge, I used both the recipe (Option A) which I have included on my layout as well as the art recipe (Option B)."

Rachael: "The first thing that came to mind when I thought of this month's word inspiration was my daughter. She can be such a DELIGHT to be around! I've gone with Option B in the RECIPE creative challenge, working in a tag, a flair, 
some flowers and a dash of beads."

Joyce: "I took the creative challenge literally and designed an art journal entry with Grandma's Southern Potato Salad RECIPE. As a kid, I'd watch Grandma, mom, my aunts prepare the salad in the kitchen because I enjoyed eating it so much. Adding a written recipe in my art journal will remind me of the fun and DELIGHT at past family reunions with people who are no longer here to share the salad with us."

Valerie: "DELIGHTful as an apple! I love this time of year when I go out with my family to pick some apples. The art RECIPE I used: die cuts, flair, buttons 
and a dash of mist."

Caroline: "It's a pure DELIGHT to me when I grab my kobo and spend a couple of minutes reading outside while the kids are playing. I cherish every one of those little moments. I chose to use the art RECIPE to make my layout. I used a tag, badges, flowers and I sprayed my cheesecloth with mist for the win!"

Helen: "My son's greatest DELIGHT and joy is playing at the sea! Nothing in the world makes him happier. I chose Option B and added these art RECIPE ingredients: a tag, a flair, paper flowers and some beads."

Wilma: "DELIGHT means for me nature, abstract and colour. I combined those things on this layout. For my creative challenge, I added ingredients from the art RECIPE, such as a tag, flair, flowers, mist and beads."

Valia: "My everyday DELIGHT is my coffee! I am addicted to it and I only drink coffee I make - I have the most specific recipe.  I even carry my own Nespresso machine with me on holidays. For the creative part, I opted for art RECIPE, using a die-cut from rice paper, melange pebbles instead of flair buttons, watered mist for a watercolour look and lots of micro-beads."

Arantzazu: "For me, there is no greater DELIGHT that to savor a piece of chocolate! Any dessert which contain chocolate is my downfall. Yes, I'm addicted! haha! This photo clearly reflects what I mean. I followed the art RECIPE and added ingredients such as flowers, die cuts, microbeads and mist."

Heather: "I rarely take selfies, but I was having such a DELIGHTful time at an old fort on top of a mountain that I actually remembered to take one! I've used the art RECIPE for this layout with die cuts, flair, flowers and mist; it was so much fun!"

Elena: "My project is about the first day of school. Meeting with school friends, new experiences - it's always such a DELIGHT! That is the recipe of life - be brave, be enquiring, be good!  I combined ingredients from the art RECIPE to my own - die cuts and mist with gesso, sprays, stamping and a lot of good mood!"

Now you must be salivating after seeing all these delicious creations
from our delightfully creative designers!

Well, now be ready to drool some more because here are our fabulous prizes!!

All our prizes include free international postage!


a $50 USD prize package from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:
"7 Dots Studio is a European manufacture specializing in scrapbooking collections, owned by Tusia Lech whose passion for paper crafts knows no bounds. Tusia's dream is to support and inspire her fellow scrapbookers' creativity and 7 Dots Studio achieves that perfectly. Our paper collections as well as our stickers, stamps, chipboard and stencils are designed by renowned and very talented artists and inspire people around the world to create beautiful projects of all kinds."

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


a $25 USD prize package from STUDIO 75


a $25 USD store credit from THE DUSTY ATTIC


a $25 USD prize package from COLOUR BLAST
(as shown below)


a $25 USD prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS

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


a $25 USD gift certificate from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

Each month, we hand pick a winner 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, most beautiful photo, etc. Who knows what we will be looking for?! We call this our...


$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 September blog posts.


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

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

We cannot wait to see what you cook up this month
for our September MAIN challenge DELIGHT & RECIPE!

We will be getting our taste buds ready so better make it especially yummy!!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by September 30th at 11:59 pm EST.