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23 July, 2018

July 2018 Mini Challenge - RELAX

There's one week left in the month of July and
that means that it's time for a brand new Mini Challenge
here at More Than Words!

And here it is!

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!








We hope that our designers' fabulous mini RELAX projects
will inspire you to play along with our July Mini Challenge!

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

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

16 July, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

Our special guest sponsor this month will be sure to spark your creativity
with their beautifully designed paper collections, beautiful bloom sets,
custom stamps, pretty embellishments and much more.

We are so happy to have them be a part of our sponsor lineup!

Let's learn a little more about 49 AND MARKET through their own words:

49 and Market is your premium scrapbooking wholesaler of paper and products.  We are a B-to-B store that sells exclusively to retail businesses. With 15 years experience in the scrapbooking business, we have seen many trends come and go. We believe that beauty transcends the test of time. Our collections range from shabby chic to boho fabulous or romantically vintage, but in the end we believe the allure of 49 and Market products will appeal to those seeking quality.

You can find more about each designer showcased below as well as 
all the 49 and Market product line by visiting the following links:


We are thrilled to have 5 very talented artists from the 49 and Market DT
showcasing their fabulous products on gorgeous creations
that have been inspired by our July Main Challenge

 Anguree: I was inspired by this photo of my husband and I walking on the BEACH. We asked our wedding photographer, Jan Theron, to do a shoot to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Since our wedding photos were also at the beach, it was the perfect setting. We love taking walks along the ocean when we are on holidays and gathering SEASHELLS, just like the ones I've used to decorate my page. I think this photo illustrates the free and beautiful childlike happiness we still share. 

Anguree, who is also one of our More Than Words designers, has combined a gorgeous background paper from the Sweet Reflections collection, as seen below, along with Burlap Ribbon and lots of flowers including Garden Seeds - Bluebell, Blossom Blends - Linen and Botanicals Potpourri - Snow.


 Hetty: My inspiration for this layout came mainly from the fantastic BEACH themed papers from 49 and Market. Combined with the criteria for this month's challenge, the gorgeous beachy colours and of course the SEASHELLS chipboard, this layout came together pretty easily.

On her beautiful page, Hetty used the Sand and Sea paper collection and decorated with 6x6 Archive Board - Escape, coordinating chipboard designed by
The Dusty Attic to go along with the 49 and Market collections.

 Julia: The word BEACH inspired me to create this layout of a great Summer holiday memory by the sea. Children are definitely the best part of our lives and we always want to keep the most memorable moments alive in our hearts. This time that we spent at the beach, I was able to take this gorgeous photo to make the moment last. For the creative challenge I added some SEASHELLS and many other sea elements.

Julia's layout is stunning, and no doubt, thanks to the fact that she used many of the Sand and Sea Layered Embellishments to decorate it. These plastic stickers are perfect to bring layering and depth to any page. And of course, all 49 and Market flowers are a must have! On this page we see the Vintage Shades Botanical Blends - Sage, Botanical Blends - Navy and Vintage Shades Cluster - Yellow.



 Pascale: When I saw this challenge, I immediately thought of the Coral BEACH that I visited last month in Ireland. It is a small beach where the sand is made of tiny pieces of coral. I have even added some coral bits on my layout along with real SEASHELLS for the creative challenge.

The beautiful papers that Pascale used for this page come from the Captured Adventures line, the 12x12 as well as the coordinating 6x6 version. 49 and Market has a vast product line including many wonderful stamp sets, some of which have been designed by Pascale herself. On this page, she used
the Tickets and Numbers and the Formula stamp sets.


Tina: The word BEACH brings much inspiration since we live in Sunny Queensland and our weekends often consist of a trip to the beach. The beach brings about a sense of freedom and relaxation. It is also the time when I take copious amounts of photos and long walks along the shoreline collecting pieces to help embellish those 'beachy' pages that I create. I have used a photo of my son fishing for the first time many years ago. I included in the layout cheesecloth representing the water and waves along with a handful of SEASHELLS found at one of our favorite holiday spots.

Take a closer look at the gorgeous flowers that Tina used on her wonderful page. These sets are called Garden Seeds - Cotton and Seaside Blooms - Sandcastle.


And just because we cannot get enough of their stunning paper collections,
here are a few more from up close and personal.

And we have a very special treat for you... a sneak peak of their newest collection,
to be sent out to stores on August 1st... Island Paradise!

Check out the 49 and Market website to see all their products!

Thank you so much to 49 AND MARKET
for joining us our Special Guest SPONSOR this month!

We hope that you will take inspiration from their designers' take on our challenge and you will play along with the July Main Challenge for which there are many other fabulous prizes up for grabs so make sure to join in!

You have until July 31 to link up! 

08 July, 2018

Announcing Our June WINNERS!

It is a WINNING day once again at More Than Words!

We thank all of you who have participated in our June challenge,
and for those who support our challenges but just didn't get the chance,
we hope that you will be playing along this month.

You could be one of our lucky winners, just as these fabulous people below!

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Phyllis, 
you are the winner of our June Main Challenge!

Phyllis, please contact Anna at anna(at)piondesign(dot)se
to claim your $50 USD value prize from PION DESIGN.

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

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

JUDY W (entry 24)
Judy, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindysgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S GANG.

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

SHARON ZIV (entry 28)
Sharon, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

(selected via

Heather, please contact Helene at helene(dot)magenta(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 CAD value prize from MAGENTA.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

We love that most people have created travel-theme projects, quite obviously inspired by our word and creative twist, but we also adore how some of you have interpreted our word a little differently... just like Papierowe. She has decided to document the beginning of a couple's JOURNEY on their wedding day. We absolutely love her layout and all the MAP elements that she added to her page.

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

(as voted by our DT)

Arpita, 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:

RIDDHI JANI (entry 1)
TILLIA (entry 33)
PAYAL BHALANI (entry 16)
DOLLY BEE (entry 7)
EDITH C (entry 6)
DEBBIE (entry 2)
SIMONA (entry 3)
SABRINA (entry 14)

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 lean more about all our wonderful and generous sponsors,
click on the SPONSORS tab above.


Our July Main Challenge BEACH & SEASHELLS
is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by Jully 31 at 11:55 am EST.

01 July, 2018

July 2018 Main Challenge

We are thrilled today to reveal to you our brand new Main Challenge!

We know that you will absolutely be inspired by this one,
and we cannot wait to see how you will interpret the word
and incorporate the coordinating creative challenge.

First, though, we have some exciting news to share...
We have added an extra prize to our already extensive prize listing.
We will now award not one, but TWO mystery prizes!!

Of course, with a new prize comes a new sponsor, and we are so happy 
to introduce to you AB STUDIO who has agreed to join our sponsor lineup. 
You can find out more details about this new company by clicking on 
the SPONSORS tab above. We love all our sponsors!

And now, with no further delay, here is our July Main Challenge:
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - BEACH
Creative Challenge - SEASHELLS

What does the word BEACH 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.

It's time to get some sand between your toes and get inspired by the beach! To help make your creativity sea-worthy, we want you to add SEASHELLS on your project. Those who look for seashells will find seashells; those who open them will find pearls... of inspiration! If you can use real seashells that you collected from a walk on the beach, awesome! If you find a seashell in your stash, whether it be chipboard, resin or depicted on a badge or a sticker, fabulous! Every seashell tells a story.

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

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

Heike: The word BEACH inspired me to make this art journal spread. The beach, the sun, the sea... all this I associate with holidays. Lying in the sand and looking at the seagulls, this is what I love and need for relaxing in the Summer. For the creative challenge, I added lots of stamps depicting SEASHELLS.

Anat: I love the BEACH, even in the Winter, and I so miss the incredible Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! You can see by this picture how beautiful and unique it is. I added some icons that represent the Rio de Janeiro scene like coconut water, a delicious treat that everyone has at the beach, and Flamengo's (my favorite Futeball team) Havaianas. I always lived by the sea, like now, and I have added on my layout some SEASHELLS that I found and kept throughout my life.

Nicole: This month's word was fairly easy for me to scrap as I am lucky enough to live about a 5 minute drive from the Atlantic ocean coast, so you can say that the BEACH is almost at my doorstep. It's a place where I seek peace, harmony and sunshine. I incorporated the creative challenge on my layout by adding 
some Dusty Attic chipboard SEASHELLS.

Janice: A favourite and happy place for us is this beautiful little BEACH. We have so many wonderful memories of time spent together at this little spot. No matter the weather, we always look for seashells. For the creative challenge, I have added SEASHELLS to my layout including one of our favourite shells, the Cowrie shell.

Mary: My family vacations are totally connected with the BEACH. Here in Greece, we have some of the most beautiful beaches, and in the Summertime we love to spend our free time there. I used a photo of a beach for the word inspiration and added lots of SEASHELLS for the creative challenge.

Torsa: To me, BEACH means lots of fun and freedom... barefoot, sandy toes, salty hair and the blue sea! I have used a photograph of a lady on a beach to represent the word inspiration and I have incorporated a few SEASHELLS 
among my flower clusters.

Martina: Inspiration this month was easy for me. I live in a town on the Black Sea coast, so the BEACH theme is actually my whole life! I can't imagine living in a town with no water near. I used a picture of a beach that I took 5 years ago and everything else just fell into place. I also used lots of real SEASHELLS 
and other sea-inspired pieces on my layout.

Di: I really enjoyed this challenge as there were so many fabulous options. For the word inspiration I have used a BEACH photo and for the creative challenge I have used several different SEASHELLS to decorate my layout.

Valerie: I really love the BEACH and the sun. I made this layout using a photo of my daughter at the beach. For our creative challenge I added some little SEASHELL plastic buttons on my design.

Asia: The word BEACH always brings to my mind the hometown of my husband in Bretagne. His family lives so close to the sea and every Summer we go there to spent quality time together. The walks on the beach are everyday's pleasure and a must, even in the windy weather! I together with my children and even my husband and his parents are always on the lookout  for unusual SEASHELLS, stones and pieces of mica which I have added to my page. Those times represent to me pure happiness and a break from work and hectic life. 

Rosalie: I thought I would go with soft BEACH colours to complement my photos of Goa, India that I took when I spent a wonderful day with my friends, near the gorgeous Arabian Sea. I have used chipboard SEASHELLS as part of the layout which I painted then distressed with oxide ink.

Daisy: I have not traveled much in my life, but I dream of it! Among the destinations I want to visit, there is the Elafonisi Beach in Greece. This beautiful BEACH is known for its pink sand. When my children are older, I will definitely travel, and this beautiful pink sandy beach will be one of my first holiday destinations. For the creative challenge I used paper cut outs of SEASHELLS.

Pamela: This has to be one of the most beautiful BEACHES I have ever seen! The Inverness Beach in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada is a stunning place to visit. The colours are breath-taking, and this is one of my favorite photos from our entire trip last year. There are SEASHELLS from that coastal trip on my page.

Anguree: I really loved our theme this month. My layout was inspired by this photo of my husband and I on Blouberg Beach in Cape Town. I love the times we walk on the BEACH and picking up tiny shells. For the creative challenge, I included some of the pansy SEASHELLS and other small white shells 
which we have gathered on a local beach.

Sivan: The challenge this month is so perfect and enjoyable for me because I really like to design things related to the BEACH. There is something so pleasant and beautiful in the sea, in the colours and atmosphere that appeal to me very much. For me, the beach symbolizes freedom and magic of creation. It's fun to use SEASHELLS as elements and I used a lot of different sizes and shapes. It just reminds me of what an amazing world there is underwater and the seashells are only a tiny bit of it!

France: It's simple... my favourite family vacations over the years are the ones spent at the BEACH, catching waves and collecting seashells. I made this layout using one of our old Virginia Beach vacation photos. A few times we thought we would lose our son in the massive waves, but he absolutely loved it! This was nearly 17 years ago now and it still is one of my favourite vacation spots. On my layout are some SEASHELLS that we've collected during our travels.

Caroline: This month's challenge was easy because BEACH is my happy place. Nothing relieves stress like the sound of the waves and a good book! To fit into the theme and the creative challenge, I added a few SEASHELLS 
molding I made with paper paste.

Aga: This month, I have an art journal page where as a focal point I painted a large watercolour SEASHELL. I was inspired by the word BEACH to create this project, thinking of our family holidays which we love to spend by the seaside where my thoughts find peace. I wanted to express that peace of mind and body in the creation of this page.

You will certainly agree with us that our designers have created 
some dreamy BEACHY designs inspired by this new challenge,
and we hope that you will be inspired to play along!

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 THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

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

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY


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

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

(one entry picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

(hand picked by our Admin team - two entries not in our Top 5, 
but that have that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

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

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
July Main Challenge BEACH & SEASHELLS!

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