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23 March, 2017

March 2017 Mini Challenge - SWEET

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

We were blown away by the number of entries we had for the
February Mini Challenge. We sure hope you find
the March 
challenge just as SWEET!

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:

Kareen Dion - Tag

Pamela Ellis - Card

Lilibleu - Card

Di Garling - Card

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

You have until 11:55 pm EST on Friday the 31st of March to get 
your entries in right HERE so get your crafting on!

16 March, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight on

It's time to showcase another fabulous designer here
at More Than Words with a brand new Special Guest Spotlight!

Tina Ollett has no doubt already wowed you with her gorgeous elegant style!
She is a scrapbooking pro at romantic shabby chic designs and
she has the midas touch when creating fabulous flower clusters
and beautiful soft and whimsical compositions.
We thought that she would be a perfect match with our March challenge!

Learn a bit more about Tina as she introduces herself:

Hello!  My  name is Tina Ollett, but my friends and family call me Teen! 
I live in beautiful sunny Queensland, Australia with my husband,
our 3 children as well as 2 furry and 6 feathered friends. My family 
is my ultimate inspiration for everything creative that I do. 

I am for the most part a scrapbooker, but on occasion 
I have been known to do smaller off the page projects. 
I love to use patterned papers, lots of layers, dimension, chipboards 
and of course flowers... lots of flowers with small amounts of media 
in a vintage/shabby chic style. My aim when scrapping is to keep 
the focus on the photos and to celebrate the memories that they represent.

I am currently part of some wonderful design teams, and in my other 
spare time, I share my love of scrapbooking through teaching
at workshops and classes around my hometown.  
To see more of my work, you can visit me here:


Here is a reminder of our March BEAUTIFUL & BUTTERFLY challenge
which inspired Tina to create the exquisite layout that follows:

Here is how Tina describes in her own words how she was inspired by our word
and how she incorporated our creative challenge to her project:

The word BEAUTIFUL in my mind is a word that gives me great pleasure
to see or think about.  When I am scrapbooking, I love to create something
to represent memories of photos in a beautiful way. And for the most part
I find that using gorgeous blooms, clusters of embellishments and 
stunning patterned papers allows for this to happen! But, I also find that
to complete this, the photo must be special to me, able to evoke a wonderful
memory that I wish to recreate in a layout.

For this layout, I have used the word BEAUTIFUL in a quote which
is an old favorite. It adds to the memory of the photo of my daughter
who was catching butterflies in our backyards one day many years ago.

The creative challenge of adding a BUTTERFLY (or more!) was easy for me 
as butterflies are pretty my go to embellishment for many of 
my shabby chic layouts. I find that butterflies help with the flow 
and guide the eye to the focal point of the page.

There are no words to express how much we love Tina's layout!
The gorgeous papers, fussy cut and added in between layers of chipboard and lace,
as well as numerous delicate butterflies fluttering about the page,
are absolutely the perfect mix to showcase the beautiful photo of her daughter.
Tina has definitely created a masterpiece!

Here are some close-ups:

A big THANK YOU to Tina for joining us as our March Special Guest!

With Tina's stunning page in mind, we hope that you will be inspired
to play along in this month's Main Challenge, if not already done!

You have until March 31st to link up!

08 March, 2017

Announcing our February Winners!!

Are you ready for some winners!?!

Every month, we are thrilled at the huge response to our Main and Mini Challenges!
But last month, we actually beat a record with the Mini Challenge 
with over 50 entries! We loved seeing all your gorgeous cards, tags and 
ATCs using the word LOVE.  And at the Main Challenge, we didn't beat a record, 
but the high participation and the amazing level of talent was amazing.  

As always, it was a very difficult vote!


ANNIE SAMSON  (entry 28)
Congratulations Annie! You are the winner of our February Main Challenge!
Annie, please contact Anna at skelp(at)lemoncraft(dot)pl
to claim your $50 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT.

(in no particular order)

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

Marie, please contact Janene at janene(at)49andmarket(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET.

AMY VOORTHUIS  (entry 35)
Amy, please contact Aida at 13arts(at)wp(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 13ARTS.

Lisa-Marie, please contact Anna at info(at)piondesign(dot)se
to claim your $25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN.


MEZZANOTTE  (entry 86)
Mezzanotte, please contact Aneta at scrapandcraft(dot)co(dot)uk(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from SCRAP AND CRAFT.


We absolutely love Alena's amazing stitched canvas! 
She has added a whole new dimension to the term 'mixed media'. 
The bright colours and unique design are wonderful and she incorporated
both challenge requirements perfectly!
Alena, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.


Aleksandra, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.


Nora, please contact Sue at marketing(at)cocoavanilla(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $25 USD value prize from COCOA VANILLA STUDIO.

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

KARINE GAGNON  (entry 87)
NOURA POMPILLA  (entry 11)
NADYA DROZDOVA  (entry 60)
PAIVI JANKALA  (entry 47)

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

We encourage all our merit winners, honourable mentions and participants
whose project 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.

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


is currently underway and we are looking forward 
to seeing more of your fabulous entries!  
Link up by March 31st at 11:59 pm EST.

01 March, 2017

March 2017 Main Challenge

Happy March 1st, everyone!

A new month means a new Main Challenge, and we really hope that
you will enjoy this one and participate in huge numbers!

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 carefully read our instructions below!

Word Inspiration - BEAUTIFUL
Creative Challenge - BUTTERFLY

What does the word BEAUTIFUL 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 many, butterflies are the emblem of beauty and freedom. There are over 20,000 species in the world and each one is as pretty as the next. For this month's challenge, we ask that you add a BUTTERFLY, 
or as many as you wish, 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.

Heather: "I found this gorgeous photo of my daughter and her bestie, and they definitely are two of the most BEAUTIFUL young women I know. I went crazy with the BUTTERFLY theme - there are die-cut butterflies everywhere! 
The stunning Dusty Attic flourish adds that something special to the page."

Jennifer: "The word BEAUTIFUL made me think of this picture of my little boy, also my youngest child.  He and I have such a merging relationship. He was born with health problems, and I find beautiful that despite all this, he is so very strong. I used BUTTERFLIES in my cluster of embellishments - I love butterflies!"

Nicole: "This month, I decided to do a mixed media canvas. The word BEAUTIFUL made me think of my favorite movie, the Italian drama 'Life Is Beautiful', and so I have used the title of the movie as the title of my project. I added one single chipboard BUTTERFLY amid a cluster of flowers, embellishments and microbeads."

Pamela: "Love to me is the most BEAUTIFUL thing. There are so many kinds of love, and people show it in so many different ways. That's why I chose the title 'Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful'. For the creative challenge, I stamped several BUTTERFLIES on my background and added some fussy-cut ones here and there on my page."

Caroline: "BUTTERFLIES are certainly one of my favorite embellishments to add to a layout! I don't mind adding flowers and butterflies, even on a boy's page. I used the word inspiration BEAUTIFUL in my title as a pun, 'be-you-tiful, to describe my sweet little boy who also has a big temper!"

Di: "The softness and prettiness of the board image, as well as the word BEAUTIFUL, inspired me to create a baby layout. I have added my BUTTERFLY tucked in underneath the top edge of the photo. I have used these little words 'beautiful moments' because that truly says it all."

Kareen: "BEAUTIFUL - simply because my little girl is beautiful! She is the sweetest and most amazing daughter! I have also used a flair with the word on it. For the creative challenge, I added some BUTTERFLIES to embellish my layout, 
perfect for a feminine page."

Elena T: "My children are the most BEAUTIFUL part of my life, and I always feel greatly inspired to create projects about them. The pictures are from our vacation by the sea. The BUTTERFLIES are tender creatures - I added them to show my tender feelings of love for my kids."

Lilibleu: "I found on Pinterest this BEAUTIFUL photo which I find illustrates perfectly this month's word. I even chose to use the word as my title as it fits so well with the photo. In addition to the BUTTERFLY in the picture, I added several 
paper butterflies as embellishments."

Kavitha: "A baby's smile is the most BEAUTIFUL thing, so I decided to make a soft and pretty baby page. I have added a printed BUTTERFLY among my floral arrangement."

Elena M: "I think all babies are BEAUTIFUL! So I chose to document a photo of me as a child on this layout. Here, I am 2 or 3 years old and I'm walking in our family garden at the time. Unfortunately, this garden is now owned by another family, as my father had to sell it because he couldn't take care of it anymore. I still have a lot of fond memories of it. I added lots of BUTTERFLIES on the page as I just love them! They add lots of lightness and freshness to the layout."

Aga: "I think that the vintage scrapbooking style is very BEAUTIFUL - I love all the layers and metal decorations. When I create in this style, I feel like a BUTTERFLY which flies higher and higher on the wings of imagination and nothing can stop me! I have added a metal butterfly trinket on top of my classic photo."

Valerie: "I used the word BEAUTIFUL as the title because my little boy is to me the most beautiful boy in the world! I printed BUTTERFLIES that I glued on my background before adding my ink spray and created 
a lovely mixed media base for my layout."

Sanderijn: "I made a mixed media canvas this month, and this challenge was so not difficult for me as I love butterflies! I use them on so many projects, and I usually love them stamped or embossed, and that is what I did here too. The word BEAUTIFUL is one of my favs too! Lucky me, I had one in chipboard in my stash. I love any word with a hashtag with it. I therefore created a soft and delicate canvas, and the BUTTERFLIES went along with it perfectly."

Anguree: "This layout was inspired by my love for flowers and the beauty of nature. In fact, this photo was inspired by sunflowers that I saw growing alongside on the road during my last visit to South Africa. I happened to have booked a fun photoshoot with two of my best friends on the following Monday, so I went and bought two bunches of sunflowers and a big bright bouquet of of roses, lilies and and daisies to use in the photoshoot.  I had no idea how I would use them all, but the thought of it made me happy! So, to me, this is a reminder of how BEAUTIFUL life really is because it's so easy to forget in the daily rush.  And where there are flowers, 
there are of course BUTTERFLIES!"

We are sure that you will agree that our designers have created 
some outstanding work here, each beautiful and unique... as a butterfly! :)

And now let's take a look at the prizes that are up for grabs this month:

All our prizes include free international postage!


a $50 USD value prize 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, in no particular order, will each be awarded a prize, as follows:


a $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN


a $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES


a $25 USD value prize from MAGENTA


a $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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


a $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC

Each month, we hand pick an entry that has not made it into our Top 5,
but that 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 value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

And lastly, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower
who has commented on any of our March blog posts or Facebook posts.


a $25 USD value prize from SCRAPBERRY'S
(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 greatly look forward to seeing your takes on our
March Main Challenge BEAUTIFUL & BUTTERFLY!

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