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23 April, 2018

April 2018 Mini Challenge - WILD

It's time once again for a Mini Challenge! 
Are you as ready and excited as we are?!

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!




MARY CATT - card



Are you WILD with inspiration after seeing all these fabulous mini projects?
We sure hope so and are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Monday, April 30
to share your entry right HERE on our Facebook page.

16 April, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

We are thrilled today to put the spotlight on
another fabulous sponsor at More Than Words!

Let's learn a little more about MAGENTA through their own words:

Magenta is a Canadian company founded in 1991 by Daniel Tate, Hélène et Nathalie Métivier.  It was first born out of a passion that turned from small to a medium-sized enterprise. Today the passion is still alive and it is always with renewed pleasure that we release new collections one after another.  In the past year, a new product line was added to our already popular stamps and stencils... Nuance, a range of 20 colours of water soluble powders that can be easily used to create beautiful watercolour effects.  We hope that you will check our fine range of products and that you will enjoy!

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

If you love stamping, then you will want to check out Magenta's store as their collection is one of the most extensive ones out there.  But Magenta is not only about stamps - they have lots more products to offer! We are very grateful to have their support and to be able to promote them through their sponsorship.

Here is a reminder of our April Main Challenge
 followed by projects designed by some fabulous Magenta designers: 

Ellie: Nature, yes... that is mostly what I get inspired by. It never fails to give me new ideas and inspiration to create. Think of all the texture and shapes, of leaves, flowers and trees or the beauty of the atmosphere and the gorgeous shades of green... and animals, of course! To incorporate the ANIMAL creative challenge, I added several animal images from Magenta stamps.

Ellie used these Magenta stamps, among others,
to create her fabulous art journal page:


Mariette: I adore butterflies, so what a perfect match to combine the NATURE word inspiration with images of butterflies as the ANIMAL creative challenge. And lucky me, Magenta carries lots of butterfly stamps and stencils in their product collection. I have worked on this art journal page to create a colorful background with Nuance powders and Magenta stamps and stencil. The stamped and cut-out butterflies are also coloured with the Nuance pigment powders.

Here are just a few of the pretty stamps that Mariette added to her stunning page:

Jane: I am thrilled that this challenge is all about NATURE. I am fortunate to live in a lovely area surrounded by forests and wildlife. My many gardens attract butterflies, dragonflies and birds of all varieties. My dearest furry ANIMAL friend, Sally, loves to wander through our paradise as much as I do. You can tell by the smile on her face! 

To create her beautiful nature-inspired background, Jane used different shades of Magenta Nuance powdered dyes with various Magenta foliage stamps. 
Overall, some of the many stamps that Jane used are: 

Bird on Branch (37.285)

Fern (0416)

Carole: The word NATURE represents for me the calm, the beauty and the tender gestures of the animals that surround us on this planet, however wild they may be. The polar bear is one of my favorite ANIMAL. I absolutely love this photo and was inspired by the word to create this layout with it. On my page, I d chose earth tones with some green that to me are synonymous with life and nature.

Magenta has an extensive collection of stamps, as seen by the projects above, but they also have a very impressive amount of gorgeous masks to choose from. Here are just a few, including the first that Carole has used on her awesome layout:

Check out the Magenta website to see all their products!

Thank you so much to MAGENTA
for joining us our Special Guest this month!

We have no doubt that they will have inspired you to play along
with the April Main Challenge for which Magenta
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 April 30th to link up! 

08 April, 2018

Announcing our March WINNERS!

Yes, it's that time of month when we make lots of scrappers happy!

We loved seeing all your cozy colourful Main Challenge projects
and our Mini Challenge once again was fun and full of beautiful entries.

Thank you so much to everyone for your support
and inspiration each and every month! 

Now, are you ready to find out who are our March winners?!

Here goes...

(as voted by our DT)

VRENCHANTED (entry 27)
Congratulations VREnchanted, 
you are the winner of our March Main Challenge!
VREnchanted, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

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

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

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

TILIA (entry 6)
Tilia, please contact Karola at info(at)mintaypapers(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS.

SMOKASCRAP (entry 31)
Smokascrap, please contact Nicolle at nicolle(at)creativeembellishments(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS.

(selected via

CINDY (entry 19)
Cindy, please contact Caroline at creationselliam(at)yahoo(dot)ca
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

WANDA HENTGES (entry 33)
We love this quote that Wanda used on her project that used our word COMFORTABLE - so very true! We also think that she interpreted our COLOUR COMBO perfectly, using all the colours included to create this gorgeous and classy mixed media canvas! As they say, sometimes less is more!
Wanda, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

(as voted by our DT)

Mysza, 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:

PLUMO (entry 34)
CRAFTY RENEE (entry 43)
PREETI DATTA (entry 45)
RENIFEROVE (entry 32)
KATYA KORN (entry 20)

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 April 30 at 11:55 pm EST.

01 April, 2018

April 2018 Main Challenge

We are excited about a new month which means a new Main Challenge
 starting today and we think that you're going to love it!

Let's not waste any time and see what we have in store for you!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - NATURE
Creative Challenge - ANIMAL

What does the word NATURE 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, our creative challenge is to use either an ANIMAL IMAGE or an ANIMAL PRINT on your project. You can scrap about your special pet. You can add a sticker or flair depicting a bird or a bear. Or maybe you have a gorgeous zebra print paper in your stash or a paw print punch 
in your punch collection that you've been waiting to use. 
Follow your animal instinct and let your creativity go wild!

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

Now let's see what our fabulous designers have come up with!

Anat: I took this peacock photo the first time I took my daughter to the place I grew up in. This guy and his friends walk and fly around the houses, stop and pause on the grass without any fear. That's how green, beautiful and full of life this place is, a real NATURE's paradise. When I saw the ANIMAL creative challenge, I immediately was inspired to feature this majestic bird on my project. 


Martina: This month my inspiration came from a singer and her song. The girl on the picture is Juliet Simms. I was inspired by her the moment I saw this month's board because, as she sings in her song, she is a 'wild child' and that is her NATURE. I chose to go with a leopard print patterned paper as my background, also inspired by Juliet since she is wearing leopard printed leggings in the video for this song. The ANIMAL print challenge was perfect for this layout about her.

Heather: This challenge inspired me to scrap about a stunning NATURE walk we did in some mountains. Not only were we surrounded by natural beauty, but some butterflies joined us for part of the walk. I used these butterfly photos for the ANIMAL part of the challenge. This walk was an amazing experience!

Janice: This month's word inspired me to scrap these photos of Tessie taken outside. We adore our little grand fur baby. Puppy-sitting is so much fun! She is such great company and a wonderful little walking companion. She loves being outside in NATURE, digging holes, chewing her bone and playing with her toys. She will find a random spot in the garden, lay down, sun herself and sleep/doze. When she wakes, she has a twitching moment and does laps of the garden as fast as she can...  it's so funny to watch. For the creative challenge, we could use either an animal image or animal print on our creation so I opted for the ANIMAL image. The board also inspired me to use a cluster of photos on my page.

Sivan: For me, NATURE symbolizes freedom and breath of relief. I therefore chose to make a layout with pictures of butterflies which I really love because they are amazing creatures of the ANIMAL kingdom. They have always intrigued me. How from their cocoon they become so spatial and beautiful. How is it that even though they are considered 'bugs' in nature, it is very rare that people are disgusted by them. Do you know that they usually only live for 3 weeks? But, they go through so much in that short period of time. They go through a special process that gives me a lot of inspiration in life. 

Valerie: The word NATURE inspires me a lot. I added some fussy cut of foliage and flowers on my layout. I chose to use an ANIMAL image in this photo of my son at the zoo with a goat. It's a very beautiful memory for me!

Asia: To me NATURE is my inspiration! It's as simple as that. In general, I don't use photos of my family in my creations, so I often use images of nature itself. The colours, the unspoiled beauty of it, the feeling peace it gives me are the main sources of what i create. I can't live without nature. I seem to be lost in big cities. I need green around me... animals, birds singing, smell of flowers. This is my heaven on earth. I used a photo of an elephant on my project because to me he is the king of all ANIMALS... proud, strong and beautiful.

Aga: This month's challenge has inspired me to make a full colour layout which is something totally different than my usual style. I used watercolour paper and was inspired from NATURE in the colours, flowers and leaves with which I decorated my page. I added a beautiful watercolour flamingo to represent the ANIMAL creative challenge. I hope that my composition will inspire you.

Pamela: I always relate NATURE to exotic animals. Since I was a child, I have loved flamingos! I could never figure out how those skinny legs held that body up, and of course, their pink coloring is sublime! They are definitely my favorite feathered friend so it seemed perfect to use this ANIMAL photo as the central focus for my page.

Torsa: To me, NATURE is an immense source of beauty... beautiful flowers, beautiful birds, beautiful animals and so much more! My layout has all of it! For the ANIMAL creative challenge, I have used a picture of a horse, 
and on my badge there is also a horse image.

Anguree: I was inspired by this photo of us with our chocolate Labrador on the beach. It reminds me of how NATURE provides a pleasurable escape from everyday life. The sea and the beach always have the ability to calm my soul and allow me to breathe and smile even when things are hectic or stressful. Since my dog is my favorite ANIMAL, the creative challenge inspired me to use this photo.

Nicole: Of course, the obvious thought that comes to mind when one thinks of NATURE is our wonderful outdoor world of fauna and flora. However, I was inspired by the other definition of the word. A person's character is called his or her nature, and this layout is a tribute to my oldest niece's beautiful nature. She is funny, happy, kind and carefree, and I hope that she continues to be. I opted to go with ANIMAL print for the creative challenge, extending the zebra print in the photo to the patterned paper on the page, as well as on the gems.

Heike's: I took this photo in the wild NATURE of South Africa which I found was perfect for the ANIMAL creative challenge. I also used a butterfly stencil with modeling paste on the background. I used the word inspiration 
as my title on a chipboard from Scrap FX.

Caroline: My favorite way to enjoy NATURE is clearly at the beach. This is the only place where I can forget everything else and just enjoy the moment. I had this cute picture of my niece to represent this challenge. For the ANIMAL creative twist, I added a badge depicting a crab image as well as a seahorse ornament.

Rosalie: I love the hidden NATURE in our backyard and the beauty of the Christmas beetle with its glorious iridescent colour. I have built up the page with layers so that the photo was the main feature in all its bright colours 
in order to best spotlight this intriguing ANIMAL.

France: My son is a NATURE fanatic, especially when it comes to animals. Ever since he was young, animals have been his passion. During our vacation last Summer, we were able to get this precious moment captured. Funny how ANIMALS are! Here, the monkey is playing in my son's hair, just as they do in nature.

Daisy: This picture reminds me of all the good moments we spent, Kimo and I, playing in NATURE. Kimo is crazy in love with the woods and the creek that cross my backyard. On my layout, I used roots, art stones, flowers, foliage and butterflies to complement my photo of this sweet ANIMAL. All these elements of nature recall this environment where we experience a lot of pleasure, me and my best friend. 

Mary: NATURE is full of miracles, and one of them are butterflies which I love so much. Their life is a huge miracle of nature! I decided to add a photo depicting lots of them as well as a few chipboard butterflies for the ANIMAL image 
part of the challenge.

What an amazing reveal from our just as amazing 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 CAD value prize from MAGENTA

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

$25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN

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

$25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(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 7 DOTS STUDIO
(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
April Main Challenge NATURE & ANIMAL!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by April 30th at 11:55 pm EST.