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01 October, 2016

October 2016 Main Challenge

Another month, another exciting challenge at More Than Words!

Before we announce our October challenge, we have a special farewell message to make to a designer who has had to step down from our DT to pursue a wonderful creative opportunity.

Wilma Voermans was an incredible asset to the team and her presence will be missed.  However, we know that she will continue inspiring us in the pursuit of her art.

Best wishes to you Wilma!

Now let's take a look at this month's challenge...

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 Inspiration - CHANGE
Creative Challenge - OMBRE

Use the word CHANGE as inspiration for your project.  You can choose to 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 not already obvious.

For our creative challenge, we want to see an OMBRE or shaded effect on your project.  Ombre is the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.  Take a look at our DT work for some very shady ideas!

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 and descriptions 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 challenge rules in our RULES tab above.

Valerie: "The word CHANGE reminds me of my son who is growing up too fast and becoming a teenager too soon!  To incorporate the OMBRE creative challenge, I made my background with a spray and I added water to create a shading effect."

Elena: "I've used the word CHANGE in one beautiful phrase 'Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.'  I really had fun playing with the OMBRE effect on my layout.  I've used shades of the terracota color - it harmonizes perfectly with the skin."

Heather: "The biggest CHANGE in my life lately has been when I lost weight by joining a gym and participating in the 12 week challenge.  I'm very proud of what I achieved! The only colour on my page, apart from the gold, 
is the OMBRE colours on the feathers."

Arantzazu: "Sometimes you have to CHANGE your way of thinking, take risks and get out of your comfort zone to see what you can do!  I used different shades of my favorite colour, turquoise, to give depth to the layout with an OMBRE effect."

Valia: "The word CHANGE reminded me of the famous Buddha quote, 'Everything changes, nothing remains without change', keeping in mind at the same time how difficult it can be to actually embrace changes in life.  For the creative part of the challenge, I used a paper with an OMBRE effect and chose various shades of lilac flowers.  I also made a smooth transition of colour on my chipboard embellishments."

Helen: "This photo was taken in 1923, a year of huge CHANGES for Greece, and those troubled times are reflected in the innocent eyes of these boys.  For the OMBRE part of the challenge, I used various shades of black and grey blending with each other, as I think they match both my photo and the captured moment."

Caroline: "I chose this picture for the challenge because of its natural OMBRE sky.  This view is magnificent and it is only a 2 minute walk from my home.  We are so lucky!  I love so much this sightseeing spot near the river where we can observe the day CHANGE into the night."

Joyce: "The CHANGES in the colours of the leaves from green, yellow, orange and red are spectacular during the Autumn months.  As a kid, and even now, I'd walk on dried leaves just to hear the crunchy sound they made under my shoe.  My OMBRE take on the challenge was used to emphasize the encased, bejeweled leaf by cutting out various sized leaf shapes on several book pages and painting them in different hues of the colour green."

Rachael: "My love will never CHANGE for my family.  I incorporated the OMBRE creative challenge by working with shades of purple, purple being one 
of my favorite colours." 

Lilibleu: "For this new challenge, I chose a picture of me... but younger.  I must have been 6 or 7 in this picture, and I think I've CHANGED quite a bit since!  Concerning the OMBRE technical challenge, I tried to create both a shadow and a shading of some gauze that I coloured with several shades of green."

Di: "I really had fun creating the OMBRE effects on my layout.  I used sprays and powders on everything from the background to the flowers, leaves and chipboard too, carrying the colours through everything, just in different combinations.  I really enjoyed creating this and am really happy with my end result.  The word CHANGE inspired me to use the quote 'Don't ever change... Just be you' 
because I think this sums it all up."

Ekaterina: "The October challenge inspired me to create an art journal page.  My project is about the CHANGE of seasons.  Autumn comes to replace Summer in a magical OMBRE palette.  Green leaves on the trees are transformed into a heap of colourful rustling underfoot."

Pamela: "The word CHANGE inspired me to use this beautiful quote, 'Use your smile to change the world.  Don't let the world change your smile.'  I incorporated the OMBRE creative challenge on my background by going from light shades of yellow to darker shades ending up with gold.  It was a different experience for me."

Nicole: "The word CHANGE brought to my mind children and how fast they grow up!  These gorgeous little girls are my friends' daughters, two very close sisters who are constantly changing but at the same time staying consistent in their love for one another.  As far as the creative challenge is concerned, I picked a turquoise blue and created an OMBRE effect using mists of different shades of this beautiful colour on embossed die cut shapes and on my left border edge.  There is also a gradient of greyish blue on my tag and even the girls' dresses are ombre."

Nupur: "It is believed that there is nothing permanent but CHANGE.  We have to cherish every bit of that change.  If you change the way you look, the things you look at change... and there you begin to embrace the beauty and live!  Change is also the OMBRE effect which I've used on different elements of my page, like the different shades of the rose petals."

Kristina: "This is a wonderful challenge that inspired me to create a motivational page for my son.  The headline is a quote by Gandhi that reads: 'You must be the CHANGE you wish to see in the world.'  I used a sheet of watercolour with resist effect from a collection called Salvage Districts by PM and used spray and 
a brush to make the OMBRE effect."

What beautiful inspiration from our very talented designers!

All our prizes include free international postage!


a $50 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN

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

"Maja Design is a Swedish manufacture of craft paper.  We are dedicated to create unique and very high quality papers for scrapbooking and crafts.  Our papers, that are really thick and easy to work with, always follow a tasteful and matching colour theme, even between the different collections, perfect for mix matching.  Every collection is designed by the company's founder, Marie Janson, and are created with a unique story in mind.  Our vintage inspired collections are created to be long lasting and timeless, but yet still modern.  Today, we are proudly shipping our products to more than 30 countries worldwide, and we hope that our beloved designs 
will inspire your creativity!"

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


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


a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN

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


a $25 USD prize package from 13ARTS
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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?


a $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 October blog posts.


a $25 USD gift voucher from KREATIVE KORNER
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

We cannot wait to have you wow us with your projects inspired by our 
October Main Challenge CHANGE & OMBRE!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by October 31st at 11:50 pm EST.


  1. Awesome contest and ideas!!! So inspired to play along :)

  2. All More Than Words reveals are awesome but this is one of my favorites so far! Fantastic creations from the DT... and awesome prizes as always! :)

  3. Great challenge and wonderful creations!

  4. What an amazing reveal! Stunning one and all!

  5. Amazing challenge ladies, can't wait to show you what I have in mind for this one.

  6. Only just discovered this site, the team's work is breath taking, wow!

  7. Fabulous creations by DTs. Thanks for all the inspirations, ladies!!

  8. This reveal is fabulous ladies, so much beauty and inspiration all rolled into one. 💞💞💞

  9. Beautiful creations, a great inspiration por me. Tnx😘

  10. Beautifull projects ladies :)

  11. Amei o desafio e me encantei com todos os projetos!
    Obrigada pela inspiração maravilhosa!

  12. SO cool, prizes greate, DT is fabulous!

  13. Amazing inspiration! Can't go by as usual ))

  14. I absolutely loved the challenge, and inspiration from DT is breath taking...
    Finally I participated and this was my first attempt :) Glad I did

  15. Wow ladies ! You are all so talented and amazing. Love all of your projects!

  16. Oh, so beautiful work by the DT!
    I just found this blog now - why WHY not earlier?? 😂 So inspired to play along :)

  17. I am very much inspired by the word Change and the theme. The Talented DT's work are so gorgeous and inspirational and motivated me to create, Love all the projects!

  18. Wow what a amazing inspiration challenge all creations r so beautiful n inspiring

  19. Hi, just found you and am your newest GFC follower. Not sure I can compete with these gorgeous LO's but will definitely be having a go at the mini challenge. What fun. Hugz

  20. yay! got an entry in and had so much fun playing along!!


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