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23 October, 2017

October 2017 Mini Challenge - FINE

The month of October is almost over, can you believe it?!
There is only 1 week left, so you know what that means!  
You have 1 week to play along with our brand new Mini Challenge!

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 heart, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm). 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, as voted by our DT, will receive a $25 USD value prize
from THE DUSTY ATTIC, our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor!

You can see all our rules under the RULES tab above.

Is this word inspiring you to make a mini creation? We sure hope so!




We're sure that you will be inspired to play along after seeing 
all these fabulously FINE mini projects from our DT!

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, October 31st
to share your entry right HERE on our Facebook page.

19 October, 2017

More Than Words Challenge

We are inviting applications from papercrafters who would
like to join our design team. We have a few positions 
available for 2018, so if you are a skilled papercrafter with
 a strong online presence and would love to be part of our
 amazing team, then we would love to hear from you.

#1.   The term is for twelve months, commencing 1st January 2018.
(We would however expect you to start creating a bit earlier,
just in time for our January Main Challenge reveal on the 1st)

#2.  You will be required to create one layout per month and assist 
with commenting and voting duties.

#3.  You must have the ability to take great photos and have
strong photo editing skills.

#4. You must have an active blog and also be active on 
various social media, especially Facebook.


Send us...
*** Three recent layouts that show us your style and skill.
*** Links to your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, etc
*** A short biography including your name, where you live, what DTs
you are currently on and when they are due to finish as well as
what experience you have in general.

Applications close 5th of November 2017.

Send your application to:
Put "name, country & DT Callout" as the subject.

We look forward to hearing from you!

16 October, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight On

It's time for us to introduce to you another fabulous
Special Guest Designer, not that this lady needs any introduction!

Her work never ceases to amaze and her style inspires many.

With no further ado, our October Special Guest is...

Marta Turska-Grochocka is certainly one of the best in the scrapbooking industry.
Her art is known throughout the world and has been published more times 
than one can count. We are absolutely thrilled to have her join us today
with her gorgeous take on our October Main Challenge.

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

Hello everyone! I'm Marta Turska-Grochocka, known as JaMajka, 
a scrapbooking artist from Poland. I create scrapbooking layouts, 
mixed media art journal spreads and pages, as well as Artist 
Trading Cards, cards, off-the-page projects and altered art projects. 
I love colour, texture and unusual embellishments like threads and buttons. 

My work has been published in Somerset Apprentice and Art Journaling, 
American magazines by Stampington, in French Scrap Magazine 
and Carnet de Scrap and Scrap n' Art Magazine. 
I am thrilled to be part of many creative and design teams: 
Finnabair, Lindy's Stamp Gang, scrapki-wyzwaniowo, 
Pion Design, Retro Kraft Shop and a few other teams. 

You can visit Marta at the following links:

followed by Marta's stunning project which was inspired by it.

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

The word DELICATE inspired me to create an art journal spread full of layers 
in an old book. I love to create unique altered art pieces. The word was my main 
inspiration tip when I was picking out colours, thus why I chose to create 
with very soft shades of beige (using real coffee), gold and a drop of very pale pink. 
I added very fine stamping and tiny drops of liquid pearl as well as 
embossing powder on the background. The old vintage picture of a beautiful 
classy lady completed my delicate composition. 

To incorporate the FABRICS creative challenge, I used many fabric elements 
such as cotton lace, cotton fabric tape, guipure flowers and a big fabric flower. 
I tried to evoke the same textures in the gorgeous images of the challenge board.

We are absolutely stunned at Marta's beautiful spread! 
From the gorgeous ivory/beige lace to the big fabric flower to the pieces 
of thread, this piece of art perfectly captures the essence of our word 
and all the delicateness of our creative challenge.

Let's take a look at some details:

A big THANK YOU to Marta for joining us 
as our October Special Guest!

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

You have until October 31st to link up!

08 October, 2017

Announcing Our September Winners

You know what day it is!  It's the day where we get to make some people happy!

We are so very pleased with the turn out of our last challenges
and we thank everyone who played along with us.
The vote was once again not an easy task for our DT as there were 
so many awesome takes to our FEARLESS & GRUNGE main challenge
as well as for our mini challenge BRAVE. You are ALL winners in our eyes!

Here are the lucky ones who will be taking home the prizes this time...

(as voted by our DT)

DAISY RAMSAY  (entry 30)
Congratulations Daisy, you are the winner of our September Main Challenge!
Daisy, please contact Helene at helene(dot)magenta(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from MAGENTA.

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

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

ALICJA  (entry 37)
Alicja, please contact us at mtwchallenge(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

SARA K  (entry 13)
Sara, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

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

(selected via

JUDY W  (entry 16)
Judy, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

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

CATHY  (entry 4)
Cathy, please contact Marie at
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CANVAS CORP BRANDS.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

Debbie's project caught our eye because first and foremost it is gorgeous!
But we also were moved by her story as described in her blog post... 
Debbie explains that she has Asperger's which means that she is organized 
to a fault, she hates heights and almost never designs in black.  
She therefore showed FEARLESS creativity when she took a leap of faith
and created this very dark and grungy mixed media canvas
with a photo of a cat sitting on the handrail of a balcony, her greatest fear!

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


Shalhev, please contact us at mtwchallenge(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

Lastly, here are a few HONOURABLE MENTIONS who have not made it 
into our Top 5, but who received a high number of votes from our DT:

OLYA KRAVETS  (entry 26)
TARU JEHKONEN  (entry 17)
RACHEL DUTKO  (entry 28)

Congratulations to all our winners
and again a huge THANK YOU to all our participants!

We encourage all you merit winners, honourable mentions and participants
whose project was 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 generous sponsors,
click on the SPONSORS tab above.

is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by October 31st at 11:55 pm EST.

01 October, 2017

October 2017 Main Challenge

Happy October everyone!

This month is normally all about scary things that go bump in the night!
Well, we thought that we would go against the grain 
and offer you something totally different as a Main 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.
Make sure to carefully read our instructions below.

Word Inspiration - DELICATE
Creative Challenge - FABRICS

What does the word DELICATE inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since, as you are aware, words 
are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know 
how this month's word stimulated your creative process, 
so please do explain in your blog post how it inspired you!

For our creative challenge this month, we ask that you incorporate on your project some type(s) of FABRIC! You can decide to either do some lacing with your favourite satin ribbon, include a lovely piece of vintage lace, decorate with some burlap or even go trendy by adding a touch of denim. Dress up your project in whatever textile your creative heart fancies!

To be eligible to win, you have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, 
the word inspiration and the creative challenge.
Just look at our designers' projects and descriptions as examples.

You must also include our board image as well as a link to our blog in your entry post.  AND you may combine our challenge with no more than 2 other challenges.

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

Now let's see what our amazing DT have come up with
to showcase this month's word and incorporate the creative challenge!

Janice: Sarah's wedding dress was layered with fine, delicate and intricate lacework. The straps were made by sewing a few pieces of the delicate lacework together, thanks to a very clever dressmaker. The dress was gorgeous, as was the bride. The chipboard pieces resemble the very delicate gypsophila, baby's breath, which the girls wore in their hair and had in their bouquets. I have added pieces of the lacework to my background and added a fabric bloom.

Valerie: My boy is super active, but he is also a very DELICATE boy. He can be so sweet and affectionate. I used a photo on which he makes his most delicate adorable smile. I added some FABRIC doilies and flowers.

Lilibleu: To illustrate this month's theme, I wanted to create a very feminine page, as DELICATE as the dress on the picture that flows slightly in the wind. I also used flowers and arabesques to reinforce this impression of delicateness. To represent FABRICS, I chose to add to my page two different types of laces, a pretty crocheted lacework under the photo and a cotton lace that I tied in a bow.

Elena: What is the most DELICATE in the world? Of course it is flowers and little girls! I really like both. I incorporated on my project these types of FABRICS: gauze, lace, ribbon and pieces of pretty fabric with beautiful roses.

Kavitha: What is more DELICATE than a little girl and flowers? I made a canvas with a beautiful little girl and lots of flowers. For the creative challenge, 
I used some lace bits and FABRIC flowers.

Heather: Butterflies are so DELICATE and fragile. When I took this photo I noticed that one of the butterfly's wings seemed to be crooked, but it still could fly ok and this inspired my journaling. I used some FABRIC under my photo 
which gave the art journal page more texture and depth.

Mary: The word DELICATE brought to my mind the day that every woman dreams of since she's just a little girl. On this special day, she gets dressed in a delicate wedding dress with her hair embellished with flowers and a beautiful veil... so soft and romantic... so delicate. For the creative challenge, I used two different 
laces and some cheesecloth behind the photo.

Aga: With this month's challenge I wanted to show that my journals could be DELICATE. I used a lace napkin (doily) and beautiful 
delicate flowers for the FABRICS creative challenge.

Di: I wanted to create a layout that was all soft and feminine. I have used a little quote that says 'a DELICATE thought is a flower of the mind' for the word part of the challenge. I have included some lace, a ribbon and some lovely 
feminine mesh for the FABRICS creative challenge.

Heike: The word inspiration for this month's challenge, DELICATE, inspired me to create with some beautiful and delicate laces on my page. Also the taste of strawberries is delicate to me, so I stamped some strawberries on my background. For the creative challenge, I framed one side of my photo with a beautiful ribbon.

Pamela: Nothing is more DELICATE and fragile than new life which is why I chose this photo of my newest grandson Hudson hours after his birth. I used lace in the background and Prima lace with bling alonside the photo 
to represent the FABRICS creative challenge.

Torsa: A girl in a lacy beautiful pink dress with ribbons and ruffles is holding some beautiful pink flowers. What could be more DELICATE than this beautiful combination!? Here I am inspired by our challenge board image 
and created some FABRIC lacing pattern with ribbon.

Caroline: What is more DELICATE than Hibiscus petals? This flower is so soft, beautiful and feminine. This is surely one of my favourite flowers. It reminds me of vacations and Summer. For the FABRICS twist, I used two kinds of laces 
behind my picture to add depth.

Nicole: The word DELICATE brought to mind the sweet and beautiful spirit of a child. My niece Ella is such a special girl who is growing up into a one of a kind young lady - kind-hearted, funny, intelligent, brave and imaginative. I hope that her spirit never fades! I incorporated the FABRICS challenge by adding strips 
of beautiful lacy ribbon and a crochet doily.

Anguree: The word DELICATE evoked in my mind this beautiful poem from Ben Littlechild: 'Love is like a DELICATE flower. But no water is needed for its existence, only gentle words to feed its roots, and passion to help it grow, trust to help it stand against the breeze and kindness to carry its pollen far. And as this flower grows, so does the wonder of life. Never alone will one soul be, as long as the flower blooms, no frost to shatter its fragility.'  I added pieces of gorgeous lace ribbon
 as part of the FABRICS creative challenge.

Now that you have been wowed by our designers,
it's time to take a look at the prizes up for grab this month!

All our prizes include free international postage!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from PION DESIGN

Here is more information about this month's 1st place sponsor:

Pion Design is a manufacturer of high quality scrapbooking papers designed and printed locally in the north of Sweden. The company was established in 2009 and today we are releasing several paper collections every year and our papers can be found in stores worldwide. Our unique paper collections are of a timeless design with a romantic and vintage feel. The standards of Pion Design are impeccable, all the way from design to delivery, to ensure that our customers are satisfied. As a Pion Design customer, you can be sure that attention has been paid to every little detail. Since Pion Design has a true passion for paper crafting, our main goal is to provide you with inspiring products and endless possibilities!

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

$25 USD value prize from SCRAP & CRAFT

$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from 13ARTS
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(hand picked by our Admin team - an entry not in our Top 5, 
but that has that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

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

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
October Main Challenge DELICATE & FABRICS!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by October 31st at 11:55 pm EST.