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21 February, 2017

February 2017 Mini Challenge - LOVE

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

As February is traditionally the month of LOVE, we thought we 
would LOVE to see what you can create using this word!

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 USD 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.

Is this word inspiring you to make a mini creation? Here's what 
our Design Team came up with:

Nicole Doiron - Card

Di Garling - Card

Kareen Dion - Tag

Kavitha - Card

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

You have until 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday the 28th of February to get 
your entries in right HERE so get your crafting on!

14 February, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight on
Ingrid Gooyer

We are back today with yet another fabulous Guest Designer
whom we know you will absolutely love!

Ingrid Gooyer is a tremendously talented artist whose attention 
to detail is simply awe inspiring. Her romantic shabby style was 
the perfect match for this month's challenge board and 
we are so thrilled to have her join us as our February Special Guest! 

Learn a bit more about Ingrid as she introduces herself:

"Hello! My name is Ingrid Gooyer and I live in the Netherlands.
I am married to the best hubby and together we have two beautiful girls.
Thanks to my mom and dad, who were also very creative, I was always
busy throughout my life with artistic hobbies: knitting, painting, crocheting, 
calligraphy, making all of my kids' clothes and many many more.
In 2016, I discovered scrapbooking. It was a great way to showcase
all of my photos, another favorite hobby of mine! I fell in love with
lovely papers, but the last two years, I have really come to adore everything
that is mixed media.  There is nothing better for me than to be in my small
craft room, playing with all my paints!  Pure crafty heaven!"

You can visit Ingrid and see more of her art at the links below:

Here is a reminder of our February TOGETHER & AMPERSAND challenge
which inspired Ingrid to create the beautiful project that immediately follows:

Here is how Ingrid describes how she was inspired by our word
and how she incorporated our creative challenge:

"I was inspired by the word TOGETHER to create this piece featuring a photo
of our walking shoes.  My hubby and I really love to take long nature walks and
any days spent together this way are so special to us... precious time together, 
enjoying each other's company and all of nature's beauty!
So I came up with this layout including all that: together, love and nature.
And of course, I added an AMPERSAND in my title!"

We absolutely adore Ingrid's photo and how it embodies 'togetherness'.
As are all of Ingrid's creations, this one contains fantastic mixed media
techniques on the background with fabulous flower clusters!
Truly gorgeous!  

Here are some close-ups:

A big THANK YOU to Ingrid for agreeing to be our February Special Guest!

We have no doubt that Ingrid's beautiful creation will inspire you
to play along with this month's Main Challenge if you haven't already done so!!

Link up your project in our sidebar by February 28th!

08 February, 2017

Announcing our January Winners!!

What a wonderful 1st month of 2017!

We had so many of you participating in our CELEBRATE & BLING Main Challenge
and our ONE Mini Challenge, and we loved each and every project you shared with us! Thank you all so much for your support month after month!

We hope that you will continue to participate in such huge numbers
as we have more amazing challenges lined up for you this year!

As for every month, we wish we could award everyone of you with prizes,
but, as difficult as it was, we did vote, and here are our January winners!!


Congratulations Tatiana!  You are the winner of our Main Challenge!
Tatiana, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

(in no particular order)

OLYA KRAVETS (entry 8)
Olya, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

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

Marina, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

BADBARBIE (entry 46)
BadBarbie, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAGENTA.


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


RACHEL DUTKO (entry 34)
We were all smitten by Rachel's fabulous layout as it contains more BLING 
than we've ever seen on a single page!  The picture and overall theme are also 
a great interpretation of our word CELEBRATE.  
As the title says, we love the way that it 'sparkles and shines'!

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


Ольга, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.


Preety, please contact Caroline at creationselliam(at)yahoo(dot)ca
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV.

And lastly, these participants didn't quite make it into our prize winner list,
but having received a high number of votes in our Main Challenge,
we think that they very much deserve an HONOURABLE MENTION:

VÉRO GAGNÉ (entry 21)
PLUMO (entry 47)

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all our participants!

We encourage our merit winners, honourable mentions and participants
whose projects we have featured on our Facebook page throughout the month
to grab your badge from our left sidebar and proudly display it on your blog.
These badges have been made especially for you!

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


is currently under way and we are looking forward to seeing more
of your fabulous entries!  Link up by February 28th at 11:59 pm EST.

01 February, 2017

February 2017 Main Challenge

It is February 1st and that means a brand new challenge here
at More Than Words, and we know you are going to LOVE this one!!

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.
Make sure to read our instructions below carefully!

Word Inspiration - TOGETHER
Creative Challenge - AMPERSAND

What does the word TOGETHER inspire you to create?
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.

February is known to be the month of love throughout the world
and we want to celebrate this special month by focusing on the symbol
that brings us together, that connects us to one another... the logo of unity.
This symbol is called an AMPERSAND "&" and we would love to see
how you will use it on your project.

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 the More Than Words blog in your entry post.

Please check out our challenge rules in the RULES tab above.

Valerie: "I used the word TOGETHER as the title to my page because in my photo, 
my daughter and I play and laugh together. My AMPERSAND is between 
the words 'you' and 'me'.

Sanderijn: "My page is called: Ensemble. This is the French word for TOGETHER, or as we call it in Dutch: samen. The page is about my daughter and her friends who have been friends since they met at kindergarten, and still now (3 years later) they love to play together. I hope that they will be able to treasure their friendship for a long time! I added an AMPERSAND next to the picture."

Pamela: "I love this photo of my daughter and granddaughter. As a single mom, she carries the burden of raising a child alone and is doing a phenomenal job! Because of their situation, they share a special bond and are always TOGETHER. 
I have used the AMPERSAND in the title."

Nicole: "The word TOGETHER inspired me to create a layout about my very favorite scrapbooking subject: my boyfriend and I and the special love we share. We are
 'so happy together' as the chipboard titles says. For the creative challenge, I used 
a giant chipboard AMPERSAND that I found on my last stroll in the craft store. 
I knew it would be perfect for this challenge. I added another smaller ampersand 
in gold on top of the big one."

Lilibleu: "TOGETHER... this word immediately made me think about this photo of me and my two boys when they were very young.  This is a photo that I like a lot because it reminds me of a beautiful moment full of sweetness! I used an AMPERSAND chipboard to complete the 'You & ME' title sentence."

Kavitha: "For this month's challenge, I made a love themed canvas, using the word 
TOGETHER as part of my title. For the creative challenge, 
I used a wooden AMPERSAND."

Kareen: "TOGETHER... of course it's my family! We are, most of the time, together. 
They are the most important people in my life. For the AMPERSAND, I chose 
to create one using a die and added it as an embellishment. I find that 
it completes my layout perfectly."

Jennifer: "For me, TOGETHER is obviously my husband and I. This is my first love and he will remain as the last. For this page, I wanted to combine raw with bling which really represents our relationship. For the creative challenge, I inserted the AMPERSAND in my title... to add a softer side as our love is also."

Heather: "With Valentine's Day coming up I chose to use a photo of my husband 
and I for the TOGETHER challenge word. With AMPERSAND as the creative 
challenge, my title was almost predetermined! I loved working with these metallic 
coppery colours as they enabled me to create a romantic layout without being 
too over the top for my husband."

Elena T: "February is a great month in our family!  During this month of love, we celebrate my husband's birthday.  We have been TOGETHER for 20 years that have been the longest and best part of my life. The symbol of our creative challenge, the AMPERSAND, I've used as an embellishment in my composition."

Elena M: "This month, I was inspired to make a fun page for my art journal. The cat and mouse are an unlikely pair, but are best friends, and they travel the world TOGETHER. I added the AMPERSAND as the moon in the sky."

Ekaterina: "This page is about me and my muzhe. The photo was taken on 
New Year's Eve. This year, we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. 
We have been TOGETHER for 10 beautiful years! I incorporated the creative 
challenge on my layout by adding a few AMPERSANDS on stickers."

Di: "My February layout features myself TOGETHER with my two grandbabies. 
I love this photo and thought it was just perfect for this challenge. I think 
the whole layout is self-explanatory... Nanny & Grandbabies = Love.  
You also cannot miss the AMPERSAND!"

Caroline: "TOGETHER is all about me and my teen boy. This guy just turned 13 and we rarely take pictures of us as it is not considered 'cool' anymore! What a joy when he does accept to take a pose with me! I stamped a couple of 'together' words on my background and I added a badge with an AMPERSAND on it for the creative twist."

Anguree: "February is the month of love and holds some very special memories for me. Yes, I am one of those people who got married on Valentine's Day. Not because it was Valentine's, but because the day fell on the 14th and it was exactly a year after our engagement. It just happened to be Valentine's Day as well.  I was inspired by the AMPERSAND, my memories of this day and our life TOGETHER.  It will be 13 years, and I still love him to bits, maybe even more than all those years ago!"

Aga: "For this challenge, I made an art journal spread on which I used the word TOGETHER and the picture of a family to emphasize that my family is most important to me. I also used the AMPERSAND symbol on the background of my art journal to express my wish that my family will always be together, & forever."

What a load of amazing creations from our very talented DT
that are bound to inspire you this month.

What will also inspire you are these fabulous prizes up for grabs!

All our prizes include free international postage!!


a $50 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT

(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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 manufacturer 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, in no particular order, will each be awarded a prize, as follows:


a $25 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD

(Image below is for illustration purposes)


a $25 USD prize package from 49 AND MARKET

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a $25 USD prize package from 13 ARTS

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a $25 USD prize package from PION DESIGN

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


a $25 prize package from SCRAP & CRAFT

Each month we hand pick an entry 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, the most beautiful photo, etc.
We call it our... 


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 February blog posts.


a $25 USD prize package from COCOA VANILLA STUDIO

(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

We are looking forward to see your take on our
February Main Challenge TOGETHER & AMPERSAND!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by February 28th at 11:59 pm EST.