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23 September, 2018

September 2018 Mini Challenge - BRIGHT

Are you up for a Mini Challenge?!

We are happy to be revealing to you a brand new mini word
to showcase on your mini project this last week of the month!

Here goes...
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 BRIGHT projects
will inspire you to play along with our September Mini Challenge!

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

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, September 30,
to share your entry on our Facebook page.

16 September, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

It's time to spotlight another one of our great sponsors!

This manufacturer is fairly recent, but has already won our hearts
with its gorgeous intricate designs and carefully put together collections.

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

The creative concept of the Mintay brand and its products are the projects of Karola Witczak - a well known designer, craft teacher and craft industry consultant, both in Poland and all over the world. Karola has been cooperating with many craft brands over the past 11 years. What is so special in our paper collections? They are versatile, and designed in such a way as to squeeze out from them as much as possible! Someone creative once said: 'Give me a sheet of scrapbooking paper and I'll do anything!' And so is our philosophy. Mintay collections feature versatile motifs that work well for a variety of applications. We want to limit you in your creative work as little as possible. The multitude and design of detailed graphic elements that you can cut and apply as an embellishment or layer, illustration arrangements or color palettes - everything is well thought out. Our collections are not only about high quality paper, print or original design, but most importantly, the products are created by enthusiasts for passionate crafters.

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


We are so very proud to spotlight the following gorgeous projects from 3 very talented designers, including the owner, from the Mintay team which feature their chipboard and have been inspired by our September Main Challenge

Karola: Inspired by the word SUNSHINE and the colour YELLOW, I recalled beautiful memories of sunny Spain and decided to create a layout with a photo of me 
and full of sunshine, in a marine theme.

Yes! You guessed it! Karola is the owner and designer of Mintay Papers, and we love that she has chosen to join us in this GDT reveal with a very beautiful page inspired by the seaside and, of course, sunshine. 
The Marina collection is full of Summer delights.

 Anna: SUNSHINE & YELLOW is a perfect match! I love scrapbooking Summer photos so I didn't have any problems with finding inspiration. I took the guidelines very literally by using a very limited colour palette - mostly YELLOW - 
and the word SUNSHINE in my title.

We are totally in love with Anna's layout. It couldn't be more perfect for our challenge! She has used the very sunny Farm Life collection from Mintay.

 Cathy: Inspired by this month's word, I chose to document daily moments in the SUNSHINE between two people in love. YELLOW is a wonderful colour and perfect to highlight these beautiful moments and feelings.

As Anna above, Cathy has opted to use the Farm Life collection to create this absolutely stunning page with loads of yellow goodness.

Let's take a look at several other paper collections from Mintay!
You can see all these collections in their entirety on the Mintay website.

And here are 3 more collections newly released, each as fabulous as the next! 
Which one is your favorite?

Thank you so much to Mintay
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 September Main Challenge for which there are many other fabulous prizes up for grabs so make sure to join in!

You have until September 30 to link up! 

08 September, 2018

Announcing our August WINNERS!

Do you know what time it is!?  It's winning time here at More Than Words!

If you are wondering too, you won't wonder for long...
as here are the winners of our August Main and Mini Challenges!

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Noura, 
you are the winner of our August Main Challenge!
Noura, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $50 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD.

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

EMKA (entry 21)
Emka, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindysgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S GANG.

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

CINDY (entry 18)
Cindy, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

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

(selected via

Maggie, please contact Anna at anna(at)piondesign(dot)se
to claim your $25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

PATRICIA (entry 6)
Patricia's layout showcases lots of VINTAGE patterned papers; it's like walking into a Victorian sitting room plastered in beautiful intricate wallpaper. The photo of her grandmother dates back more than 90 years - now that is many YESTERDAYS away! We believe that Patricia strongly deserves one of our mystery prizes this month.
Patricia, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

DOLLY B (entry 4)
We love how Dolly incorporated on her page a beautiful quote inspired by the word YESTERDAY. It goes perfectly with the photo of her great grandfather whom she had never seen in picture until she saw this one posted on a heritage FB group of her hometown. How so very special that is! Also, Dolly has done a great job including many VINTAGE elements to her layout with paper and die cuts.
Dolly, please contact Aga at shop(at)agabaraniak(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO.

(as voted by our DT)

Ksenia, 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:

LISA-MARIE (entry 12)
VEENA (entry 54)
MINA JUVELER (entry 39)

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.


is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by September 30 at 11:55 am EST.

01 September, 2018

September 2018 Main Challenge

September is here, and for some in the Northern hemisphere,
it means the imminent end of Summer and for others in the South,
it means that Summer is just a few months away.

Wherever you are, we are absolutely sure that you will love this brand
new challenge up for reveal today!

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

Word Inspiration - SUNSHINE
Creative Challenge - YELLOW

What does the word SUNSHINE 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.

We're challenging you to pour some sunshine onto your project by adding YELLOW this month! Yellow is associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy. You can use it in any way you like and you can combine it with any other colour. You can go bright and bold or, if your prefer, you can go mellow with your yellow. We don't mind how you use it, 
as long as we can see it!

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

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

Sivan: SUNSHINE inspires me to think on the best and most beautiful days, those days that nothing but goodness happens when the weather is perfect, the mood is high and you feel motivated to do everything! This theme inspired me of course to use a lot of flowers and happy embellishments on my page. I also made a big YELLOW background that symbolizes for me those shiny days that I love so much.

Rosalie: I was inspired by the warming SUNSHINE coming through the window on a cold day. The vision of the YELLOW flowers outside on the window ledge led to a creation of bright floral yellows and oranges that had a warm, happy 
and comforting cottage scene.

Daisy: For this challenge I was inspired by a picture of my niece because she is a little ray of SUNSHINE in my life. Being the only girl among my nephews, her arrival put a little sweetness in my heart. I used a YELLOW paper for my page background and I also used a yellow embellishment as well.

Aga: The sun is the main factor that gives me power in life. SUNSHINE gives me energy and with energy I can do anything! The colour YELLOW has the same effect on me. I used some yellow paint to highlight some areas of my art journal page.

Anat: For our SUNSHINE word inspiration I knew I had to use this picture of me, wearing YELLOW, and my sunshine enjoying a beautiful sunny day at the end of Autumn. I just love these days when the sun warms everything up and everything is bright again. I used a stencil with some yellow paste on my background 
as well as some yellow blooms.

Martina: This month I created a soft coloured layout with a photo of my little miss SUNSHINE. I also used YELLOW flowers and butterflies.

Nicole: SUNSHINE to me means happiness, energy, positivity. We all need it to survive and thrive and we should all want to spread a little bit of it around, in our life and in others'. YELLOW is not my favorite colour to scrap in, but I really enjoyed this creative challenge as it took me out of my comfort zone. It also enabled me to use some lovely yellow flowers from my stash as well as this gorgeous photo taken in my mother-in-law's garden this Summer.

Asia: SUNSHINE brings a lot of happiness to me. I am definitely a sun person. I love when it's warm and I can enjoy the rays of sunshine on my skin. I had no second thoughts while making this canvas. YELLOW, definitely not my favorite colour, had to come with the sun motif. I look at it and I am instantly happy!

Anguree: I was very inspired by the sunflower image in the challenge board. They reminded me of this beautiful day that two of my friends and myself spent a day outside for a photoshoot to celebrate our friendship and collect memories of the time we have together. SUNSHINE and happiness truly marked the day's adventure. I used a lot of YELLOW on my background to incorporate the creative challenge.

Caroline: For our SUNSHINE challenge I took a gorgeous picture of a relaxing moment at sunset. The sky is gorgeous and and the sun is giving out a beautiful light to the ocean view. I used a lot of YELLOW ink and a bit of 
lemon paste over my background.

Janice: When I saw this month's challenge I was inspired to scrap this photo of my sweet little girl with her yellow plaster cast. It is not the best photo, but scrapping to me isn't always about having the perfect photo; it's about the memory. She is our little ray of SUNSHINE, always putting on a brave face and smiling even though at times it was hard having the plaster on and having to miss out on fun things. For the creative challenge I used YELLOW, yellow and more yellow. We hope you will play along and share your creations with us.

France: 'Mon rayon de soleil' in French means my ray of SUNSHINE. This is what the challenge inspired me to create. I love this picture of my friend's daughter; it is so radiant. You can see sunshine beaming down on her. I added YELLOW flowers, butterflies and paint on my page for the creative challenge.

Valerie: I was inspired by the creative challenge with the YELLOW acrylic paint. I created a sun on my background to represent the inspiration word SUNSHINE. I added the French words 'Détente sous le soleil' 
which means 'Relaxing under the sun'.

Mary: Sunshine and yellow is such a perfect combination to me. Even though I don't use very often the colour YELLOW on my projects, I can say that it's one of my favourites. For the word inspiration, I used a stick with the word SUNSHINE on it.

Heike: This was the perfect challenge for this photo of my son Joshua. He is the happiest from our four children, always smiling, always happy go lucky... our little SUNSHINE! The YELLOW colour spray and ink on the background looks stunning with the black ink stamped sunflower. Have a beautiful day!

Torsa: SUNSHINE means to me happiness, joy, positivity and freedom. It's like embracing life and leaving all negativity behind! I have used the word in a quote and lots of bright YELLOW on my project.

Di: This month's challenge word inspired me to create my layout about this little ray of SUNSHINE, my granddaughter Mia. She truly is our ray of sunshine 
and YELLOWS are just the perfect way of portraying this sentiment.

You will certainly agree with us that our designers have created 
some brilliant SUNSHINY layouts 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!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from MINTAY

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


$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)

$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

(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 more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into out
September Main Challenge SUNSHINE & YELLOW!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTook in the right sidebar
by September 30 at 11:55 pm EST.