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23 March, 2018

March 2018 Mini Challenge - WARM

There's only but one week left in a very long month of March.
And that means that it's time for another fun Mini Challenge!
The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for:
 cards, tags, ATCs and postcards only.  

ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches
 or 64 x 89 mm. Postcards are usually an A6 size, which is a quarter
 of an A4 ie, around 4 x 6 inches or 105mm x 148mm. If your postcard
 is bulky, you could always pop it in an envelope to mail it. 

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!





MARTINA STOYCHEVA - tag (LINK to tutorial video)



Now that you've seen this fabulous inspiration from our DT,
we really hope that you will join us for our mini challenge!

We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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

16 March, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

This month we are so happy to put the spotlight on a very special manufacture that has been a premium sponsor on the More Than Words since our very start, sponsoring both our Main Challenge and our Mini Challenge.

Let's learn a little more about THE DUSTY ATTIC through their own words:

 The Dusty Attic is an Australian owned and operated laser cutting business, which designs and manufactures craft items and embellishments. Founded in July 2009 and located in Perth, Western Australia, we are proud to be able to make our mark on the scrapbooking and craft industry with our great range of products. We are continually designing so we can bring our customers new and fresh designs. We love seeing what beautiful creations our customers have made with our products!

You can find more about each designer showcased below as well as 
all the Dusty Attic product line by visiting the following links:

This is but a small sample of all the fabulous chipboard and stencil designs
that The Dusty Attic creates and offers on their website. 
They also have other fabulous products like flowers, paints, sequins and accessories.

Here is a reminder of our March Main Challenge
 followed by projects designed by some fabulous Dusty Attic designers: 

Jennifer: I love this month's inspiration word. Like most of us, I don't normally like photos of myself, but I have now realized that this is me! I am now totally COMFORTABLE in my own skin. I'm nowhere near perfect, but I'm perfect for me. The COLOUR COMBO fit the theme of my page perfectly. I used the 2 shades of purple as well as a lot of white. I actually kept all the chipboard white to better enhance the multiple photos. The Dusty Attic chipboard used include 
the new Impact Titles, Foliage #10, Viewfinder and Little Love Hearts.


Jen: When I saw the word COMFORTABLE, I immediately thought of my bedroom which actually matches the creative challenge's COLOUR COMBO of dark purple, lilac pink, white and teals. (I'm very lucky that my truck driving husband lets me have such a shabby chic room!) I have used Dusty Attic chipboard all through my layout including the Iron Garnish #2, Vintage Keys, Page Pebbles #3, as well as Botanical Blooms, a title and some alphabet. There is such a huge range. 
I have used a little heart punch and left over photos to embellish my layout as well. 
I hope that you'll give this challenge a go; it was so much fun!

Michelle: It's funny how one looks at their beloved pets sleeping and think 'how COMFORTABLE can that be!?' This is my baby boy who sleeps in funny positions all the time. I took this picture of Mac fast asleep on my lap snoring with his little mouth open. To me, he looks so uncomfortable, but he seems happy and quite comfy! 
Mac is a silver/black miniature Schnauzer and has a aqua green collar, all of which just lend themselves perfectly to the COLOUR COMBO creative challenge.
I used many beautiful Dusty Attic pieces such 

Patricia: Whilst looking for a photo for this layout, I came about this photo of myself at age about five. Seeing as it is my birthday week, I thought about words of wisdom that 55 year old me could have told 5 year old me, and one of the most important is this... Learn to be COMFORTABLE about who I am and what I can do and not be too concerned about how the rest of the world sees me. It proves to be a very tough lesson and one that I am still not very comfortable with! I absolutely loved all the colours of the COLOUR COMBO. I opted to use aqua blue, white and pinkish purple. From my Dusty Attic stash, I used Elegant Chain, Leaves #3 and Mini Scrolls
I also used Dusty Attic/49 and Market's 'Happy Moments' Designer Cuts.

Rachelle: Where I live, we get Winter, cold and Brrr, so you have to layer up to go outside. I was inspired by the yarn image which made me think of sweaters, scarves, hats and mittens that we wear at this time of year to get COMFORTABLE. In contrast to the cold, I loved the warm feel of the COLOUR COMBO and absolutely enjoyed creating this soft purple, lilac and white page on which you can see all these Dusty Attic pieces: ATC Frame Set #2, Ornate Frame #1, Elegant Frames, Antique Frame, ATC Frame #4, Baroque Corners, Decorative Flourish Set, Laurel Sprigs, Word Tags #1, Mini ABC Lower and Teeny Tiny ABC, as well as some White Sunshine Sequins.

Nadia: I was inspired by this challenge to create a soft and light project with pictures of a cute kitten laying on a pillow and looking quite COMFORTABLE. I had fun with the creative challenge and used all the colours of the COLOUR COMBO. I kept my composition very subtle and soft against a white background decorated with the Lace Stencil design. I used the Iron Garnish #2 and Heart Attack Border #2 chipboard sets as well as Play with Green Sequins.

Here is a collage of just some of the Dusty Attic chipboard used in
these gorgeous layouts from the DA designers:

Check out the Dusty Attic Website to see all their products!

Thank you so much to The Dusty Attic
for joining us our Special Guest this month!

We have no doubt that they will have inspired you to play along
with the March Main Challenge for which The Dusty Attic
is sponsoring the 1st place prize with a $50 USD value prize package!

There are many other fabulous prizes up for grabs 
so make sure to join in!

You have until March 31st to link up! 

08 March, 2018

Announcing Our February WINNERS!!

WOW! We had so many entries in our February challenges!
We were thrilled by the response and needless to say it was a very
'heart-wrenching' vote as there were so many beautiful projects worthy of a prize.
 Our DT put their judging caps on and we now have got a final tally!

So let's not wait one second longer... here are our February winners!

(as voted by our DT)

LISA AMIET (entry 62)
Congratulations Lisa, 
you are the winner of our February Main Challenge!
Lisa, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotstudio(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

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

HADAS RAVIV (entry 37)
Hadas, please contact Helene at helene(dot)magenta(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 CAD value prize from MAGENTA.

PEARLINE ALEX (entry 47)
Pearline, please contact Anna at anna(at)piondesign(dot)se
to claim your $25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN.

SZANDRA (entry 6)
Szandra, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD.

JONNA (entry 45)
Jonna, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindysgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S GANG.

(selected via

SNEHAL BORADE (entry 20)
Snehal, please contact Janene at janene(at)49andmarket(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

JULIA COTRIM (entry 49)
Our Mystery Winner this month is Julia as her layout has beautiful, 
heartfelt journaling and an amazing background. Also, Julia 
has managed to get 4 stunning photos onto her page. 
The choice of just one winner was difficult though as so many other projects 
caught our eye this month, most especially Bec Genet for her stunning photo 
and Judy W for her gorgeous hand-made hearts.

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

(as voted by our DT)

Sarah, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(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:

OLGA BIELSKA (entry 25)
CAROLINE S (entry 61)
LIZZY CRUST (entry 38)
SCRAP BY ESZTER (entry 40)

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 March 31st at 11:55 pm EST.

01 March, 2018

March 2018 Main Challenge

Another month, another fabulous challenge at More Than Words! And this month we have some fun new changes to our rules! Please see below.

We were thrilled there were so many entries for our February challenges,
and we hope that you will all play along again this month!

Here is our March Main Challenge board:

Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - COMFORTABLE
Creative Challenge - COLOUR COMBO

What does the word COMFORTABLE inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since 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 if it isn't obvious in your work.

This month, we offer you a beautiful COLOUR COMBO as the creative challenge. Your task is to use at least 3 colours from our cozy colour palette. You can combine with any neutral colour like white, black, ivory or kraft. So snuggle down, get comfortable and start creating!

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

Now let's see what our amazing DT have come up with !

Sivan: My family is totally what makes me feel most COMFORTABLE. They make me feel important and essential; they need me and give meaning to my life. This COLOUR COMBO so suited me in creating this layout because the colours are so calm, pleasant and embracing, all of which really connected me easily to my family.

Anguree: Lots can be said about everyday pleasures, but few things work in so many situations. For me, it's coffee... and ok, chocolate too, but with coffee, you can have more of it without the guilt. Whether I need to wake up, stay awake longer, take a breather or just enjoy a little quiet moment, coffee always makes me feel a little better, a bit more COMFORTABLE. And as much as I love coffee, I love the COLOUR COMBO creative challenge. I used all of the colours offered.

Martina: This month I decided to use 2 of the darker colours in the COLOUR COMBO challenge and 1 of the light shades. I chose a beautiful photo of a beautiful woman to match. The sentiment behind the face is about me though. Even if not all the time, I do feel COMFORTABLE with who I am and I think every 
one of us should the same way.

Mary: The word inspiration brought to my mind a cozy morning in the lounge with a warm blanket. So with that in mind, I used a photo of a cat wrapped with a blanket and feeling so COMFORTABLE and happy. For the COLOUR COMBO challenge, I used the purple and blue/green shades along with some white.

Heather: One of my most striking memories of comfort was the rooms at the pubs and B&Bs in England. Many of them were so snuggly and COMFORTABLE, especially when it was cold and wet outside! I chose to use the teals and the white colour which proved to be a challenging COLOUR COMBO for me.

Nicole: Sugar the cat has the habit of getting COMFORTABLE in the most inappropriate places, like a basket of freshly washed sheets which we were too lazy to fold and store right away. She looks so cozy and cute that we let her be, knowing that the sheets would just have to be washed again. I really loved the COLOUR COMBO... so warm and inviting. I do believe that I have managed 
to incorporate all 5 of the colours unto my page.

Janice: This quote inspired me to create a layout about my beautiful daughter... 'Always be you, be beautiful and be COMFORTABLE in your own skin. Embrace yourself for all you are.' I chose the purple tones from the COLOUR COMBO 
and added a touch of gold.

Anat: Art journal is usually a COMFORTABLE media to create in, but for me, as I left it behind for a while, it is not my comfort zone anymore. That's why I decided to use it as my inspirational project together with the brilliant quote I found: 'Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Get confident with being uncertain. Don't give up because something is hard. Pushing through challenges is what makes  you strong.' I incorporated the COLOUR COMBO by playing around with purples, lilacs and white.

Heike's: I am COMFORTABLE with who I am. I have a healthy and happy family, a husband I love more than anything. I am healthy and I can spend my days doing what I love. For that I am unspeakably thankful and happy. I wanted to express this artistically on my art journal page. The COLOUR COMBO was perfect 
for the sentiments expressed.

Asia: To me the word COMFORTABLE means staying in my comfort zone and creating what I love the most, art journal pages. It's also showing a little bit of my soul and all the things that I love, like flowers, circles and wire. This is my comfort and this page brings me peace. For the COLOUR COMBO I used purple, 
light aqua green, grey and black.

France: COMFORT to me is cozying up to a warm fire with some warm socks and a hot tea or coffee. Oh, how I wish I could spend my days in my PJs! When I get home from a busy day at work, I just love my wool socks and relaxing while I read a good book. I chose the grey, light and dark teal greens in the COLOUR COMBO because it was taking me out of my comfort zone. I never play with these colours 
and enjoyed the challenge.

Pamela: What's more COMFORTABLE than snuggling? On the photo is my granddaughter Lilly snuggling our boy Flash while watching cartoons. These 2 were inseparable until Flash passed away. For the COLOUR COMBO, 
I used purple, green and white.

Caroline: There's nothing more COMFORTABLE than a family cuddle on a snowy lazy Sunday. I used some badges that remind me of those moments that I cherish. The COLOUR COMBO was easy to use for me as these are colours that make me happy.

Daisy: When I see Madie, the little puppy we adopted, lying in her big bed, I think she looks COMFORTABLE. She seems physically comfortable to be in a soft bed, but she also seems to be comfortable with her new family. One thing is certain, she will have a comfortable life with us. I chose white as well as light and dark purple from the COLOUR COMBO to create a soft and cozy layout.

Valerie: I used a picture of my son with his cat. The photo shows cat hugs are the most COMFORTABLE. I used the turquoise and green shades of the COLOUR COMBO.

Rosalie: This is a picture of my little dog, Serge. We adopted him through an organisation that rescue dogs from the pound. My aim is to provide him a safe home with lots of comfort. That's his favourite spot in our lounge, in his COMFORTABLE blanket. I added some purple flowers and paints to my page, 
inspired from the COLOUR COMBO.

Aga: My big cat is always looking for a COMFORTABLE place to sleep. When my children go to school, he hops on the couch and sleeps throughout the day. From the COLOUR COMBO, I added lots of white and some lighter shades of purple and green.

Torsa: To me, being on my own with a cup of coffee is the most COMFORTABLE thing in this world. I love to be with myself! I chose purple, white with 
little touches of green from the COLOUR COMBO.

How can you not be inspired by these fabulous projects from our DT!?

Now, let's 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 DUSTY ATTIC
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

$25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY


(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$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

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