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16 July, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight on

Are you ready to be wowed by yet another fabulous Guest Designer
here on the More Than Words blog?!

This artist's creations are bold, bright, whimsy, fun.
She loves playing with paints, watercolors, gelatos
and has the midas touch when die cutting patterned papers.
We know that you will absolutely love her!

So with no further ado, here she is...

We are so happy to have Missy Whidden with us this month,
because the moment that we thought up our EXPLORE & ARROWS challenge,
we knew that we wanted her to be our Special Guest.  It is a perfect match!

Let's learn a little more about Missy through her own words:

Hello fellow scrappy friends! I'm Missy Whidden from sunny Florida, USA.  
I've been married to Marshall for over 17 years, and we have 2 silly little girls. 
 I've been scrapbooking for over 10 years, and I dearly love it!  I love incorporating 
mixed media products and techniques to my layouts.  Watercolors, gelatos and 
paints are my favorite. I also love using my Silhouette Cameo 
to create fun die cuts and sewing on my projects. 

When I'm not scrapping, I'm a fitness instructor.  I love helping people get 
and stay healthy through exercise.  I also love to travel, read 
and spend time with my family.  

Thank you so much for having me as a Guest Designer!

You can visit Missy at the following links:

Here is a reminder of our July Main Challenge EXPLORE & ARROWS
followed by the beautiful layout that Missy has designed for us!

Read below as Missy describes in her own words how she was inspired
by our word and how she chose to incorporate our creative challenge:

I was inspired by both the word EXPLORE and the ARROWS 
creative challenge for this project. 

I immediately thought of creating a travel themed layout, and I wanted to incorporate a fun arrow cut file that I've been itching to use for a while. 
My husband and I were out exploring St. Maarten during vacation, 
and the arrows were the perfect design element.  The cut file is 
from the Just Nick store, and I cut it on a colorful 
Simple Stories patterned paper.  I went with this collection 
because it matches my photo perfectly.  

I used some gesso and watercolors on my background to give 
some depth and more color.  I had a white puffy sticker in my stash
 for the title, so I used it up.  I embellished with lots of die cuts, 
stickers, enamel dots, sequins, wood veneer and thread.  I love 
being inspired by challenges, and this one was a lot of fun!

How wonderful and pretty is this layout?
We agree with Missy that the arrow cut file that she chose turned out 
to be the perfect focal point for her page and our creative challenge.  
Her combination of colours go so well with the photo
of Missy and her hubby EXPLORING the world!

Here are some close-ups of Missy's page:

A big THANK YOU to Missy for joining us as our July Special Guest!

We hope that you will take inspiration from Missy's creation
and that you will play along with our July Main Challenge.

You have until July 31st to link up!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous page Missy! Thank you so much for joining us as our Special Guest this month!!

  2. Very beautiful!!! I love your style! Very inspiring. Thank you xx

  3. This is a fabulous take on the challenge Missy, so glad you accepted our invites!

  4. Wow such a brilliant interpretation of our Challenge Missy. Thanks so much for being our guest designer this month. Love your work.

  5. Wow Missy - this is amazing! I love your bright interpretation of the challenge! So glad you could be our guest designer this month :)

  6. This looks loving all the arrows and the wonderful colours. Love your work. :)

  7. Wow so beautiful. So happy to have you as our guest this month ❤❤❤


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