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28 December, 2019

Reminder about our December Challenges

It's getting close to the end of the month....
Don't forget about our Main and Mini Challenges!
See the Main Challenge details here.

See the Mini Challenge details here.

16 December, 2019

December 2019 Mini Challenge - PEACE

Due to this being such a busy time of year,
we're running our Mini Challenge early!

During this holiday season, 
however you celebrate and wherever you celebrate, 
we at More Than Words hope that you will:
Be filled with wonder!
Be blessed with PEACE!
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!

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PEACE be with you!  
We hope you are inspired to play along with the challenge this month!

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

12 December, 2019

Special Guest Spotlight on

We are a bit early on this busy month with our Guest Designer Spotlight.
Take note that our Mini Challenge will be early as well. 
Come back on the 16th to check it out!

Our special guest designer this month has been wowing us with
her gorgeous creations the last few months, and we are absolutely
thrilled to have her join us to inspire you using our December challenge!
Let's learn a little more about Anastasia through her own words:

My name is Anastasia Tveritneva and my pseudo on YouTube is 'Asia Koliasina'. I'm from Russia (with love), but the last several years I have lived with my family in New Jersey, USA. I'm a book specialist by education, so paper and paint have always surrounded me. I've tried different styles and projects in scrapbooking, but lately I really like pop-up and layered designs as well as mixed media. There is so much passion and desire in me for mixed media! Making video tutorials for YouTube is one of my strengths. I have had a scrapbooking channel for more than 4 years and have gained a lot of experience during this time (and 12,000 subscribers).

You can visit Anastasia at the following links:

Here is a reminder of our December Main Challenge
followed by Anastasia's gorgeous creative interpretation.

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

I REJOICE in art! Nothing brings me greater joy than to create and share with you my process of creating. The word 'rejoice' can be found on my canvas.

The first idea that came to mind when I saw the December challenge board and the ANYTHING GOES creative challenge was to use a palette and my old brushes in my work. In the process of selecting materials, I found playing cards, and the famous Queen of hearts became the starting point in the colour combination of my work - yellow, red and black. Then came a I played with layers and textures to create my canvas, as I love to do. My imagination was as free as never before. 

Thank you MTW for the inspiration for such an amazing task!

You can see a video tutorial on my creative process on my YouTube channel.

Let's take a look at some details:

How brilliant is Anastasia's project!? 
She has once again outdone herself and has succeeded 
in creating a masterpiece of colour, uniqueness and pure artistic genius!

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

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

You have until December 31 to link up!

08 December, 2019

Announcing our November WINNERS!!

Oh, what a gloriously happy day it is!

We are so excited to announce our November winners,
and we won't keep you in suspense any longer!!!

Winners, in your email to the sponsors, please clearly indicate:
(ex: November - Main / Runner Up / Mystery / Mini, etc)

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Marie, 
you are the winner of our November Main Challenge!
Marie, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

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

GLENDA (entry 6)
Glenda, please contact Jennifer at dustyattic(dot)hq(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

VEANA R (entry 12)
Veana, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

Shwetha, please contact Bhavani at expressionscraft(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from EXPRESSIONSCRAFT.

SHWETA KHODE (entry 16)
Shweta, please contact Nicolle at nicolle(at)creativeembellishments(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS.

(selected via

LIZZY C (entry 15)
Lizzy, 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)

We chose this layout as obviously it is absolutely gorgeous, but also because it represents so well our word. Amanda and her sister were SUCCESSFUL that day in climbing the Kotor wall, 2 months after an injury. The attention to details is impressive and the metal KEYS are perfectly layered on the page.
Amanda, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

We love this bold and beautiful design from Natalja who explained in her post that SUCCESS is bright just like her layout, and we agree! She has added a sparkling metallic KEY which goes perfectly with her colour palette and the sentiment behind her project.
Natalja, please contact Aga at shop(at)agabaraniak(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

eMKa (entry 9)
eMKa, we will be thrilled to have you join us
as our Special Guest Designer for the month of January.

(as voted by our DT)

Elly, please contact Jennifer at dustyattic(dot)hq(at)gmail(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 merit winners' list, but who we feel deserve to be highlighted:

Main Challenge
MOGIART (entry 27)
HEMA (entry 13)
KIRTI GUPTA (entry 8)
PRIYA SATISH (entry 4)
Mini Challenge

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 December Main Challenge REJOICE & ANYTHING GOES
is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by December 31 at 11:55 am EST.

01 December, 2019

December 2019 Main Challenge - REJOICE & ANYTHING GOES

"When you appreciate the blessings in life, your soul rejoices."
Lailah Gifty Akita 

This month, share with us how the word REJOICE inspires you!

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

Word Inspiration - REJOICE
Creative Challenge - ANYTHING GOES

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

REJOICE!  It's December, and ANYTHING GOES at More Than Words!  

Yes - create anything you like so long as you are inspired by the word 'Rejoice', and you create a layout, canvas, art journal page or planner page.  Set your imagination free!

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

Now let's see what our fabulous DT has come up with, 
inspired by the REJOICE & ANYTHING GOES Main Challenge!

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FRANCE:  REJOICE! Traveling the world is what brings me the most joy. I love seeing the architecture, exploring the culture, and discovering new food. For ANYTHING GOES I have chosen to stencil my background with modelling paste, using mandala and honeycomb stencils.

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ROSALIE:  REJOICE ‘in the small things in life’!   A beautiful picture of my son and granddaughter Amelia, building sand castles, brings me joy.  
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge, I chose to use a mixed 
media beach theme.

DI:  Although there are many ways to interpret the word REJOICE, 
I was inspired to create a Christmas themed layout.  
For me, Christmas is a time for family and celebrating health and happiness.  
This is a photo of two of my grand babies taken last Christmas.  
I have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to scrap it, 
and I think this is the perfect opportunity to do so!  
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge, I chose to use traditional Christmas colours and embellishments & I even added a couple of little pinecones to keep with the whole festive vibe.

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DAISY:  For this challenge, I was inspired by a photo of my nephew Nolan. 
 I REJOICE greatly in being an aunt again!   
For the ANYTHING GOES creative part of the challenge,
I stayed in my comfort zone and made my background 
using a 13 arts stencil and 3D matte gel, 
Lindy’s sprays, and my favorite stamps... Design by Valerie.

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HEATHER:  Thinking about what makes me REJOICE, I realised how much I have enjoyed working with Nicole Doiron at More Than Words for the last four years.  
She is taking a break next year and I will miss her enormously.
For ANYTHING GOES I based my page around a scrap piece of paper that 
I used to clean my gelli plate with. I loved it so much 
that I pulled it out of the rubbish bin and used it!

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 DARIA:  Free creativity inspires me, and makes me REJOICE!  
For the ANYTHING GOES creative part of the challenge, 
I let inspiration flow through me and onto my page to share with you! 

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ANAT:  To REJOICE is to Celebrate! 
I’ve chosen to celebrate life with this fabulous picture I found. 
The butterfly reflects tenderness and strength at the same time.  
That will be my inspiration for 2020!
 This month, the creativity challenge is ANYTHING GOES.  
I decided to use a wooden block, instead of a canvas, to create my project on. 
I am looking forward to seeing all of your creations xoxo  

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ALICJA:  For the word REJOICE, I choose a photo of magical, holiday time 
that always brings much happiness to me. 
For the ANYTHING GOES challenge,
I created a festive layout with many details and shiny embellishments.

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CAROLINE:  Christmas is a season to REJOICE to me, 
and it begins with decorating my home.  
We take a day in early December 
and decorate our home together with our children.
I love how placing our decor starts the 
Christmas spirit!
For the ANYTHING GOES creative portion of the challenge, 
I chose to do stenciling and watercolouring in the background, 
and added thread for texture.

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EDITH:  Spending time with the girls in my life, 
is the real reason to REJOICE for me.
For ANYTHING GOES I created a background using watercolor, 
a little texture, and lots of my favorite color... pink!

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NUNEKA:  Winter is my favourite season of the year.  
I love the cold air and the snow falling on my hair. 
It makes me feel as joyful as this little fox 
who is clearly full of REJOICE at the moment!
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge 
I decided to use natural elements on my project.

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PRIYA:  This has been an amazing year for me 
and it has given me great REJOICE! 
I am so thankful for everthing that has happened to me 
and my layout was inspired by this.  
I look forward to the future with a great deal of positivity!  
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge, 
I chose to use combinations of the rose and mocha colours in the texture, 
Lindy's sprays, flowers, and embellishments.

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NICOLE:  The word REJOICE (and it being December), 
made me think of Christmas.  
For me, Christmas is definitely 'the most wonderful time of the year'!
It is a time for families to take joy in spending quality time together...  
a time for peace, love, and harmony.
For the ANYTHING GOES creative part of the challenge, I decided to create a canvas using a snowflake shaped wooden plaque.  
The plaque is 10x10 inches in diameter.  
I added lots of sparkly snowflakes and festive poinsettias as embellishments.

Our design team has shared beautiful projects inspired by the word REJOICE!
We hope that they will have inspired you to play along 
and share with us how the word 'Rejoice' resonates with you!

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS

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

$25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY
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$25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS
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$25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
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$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from THE VINTAGE CHICKS CLUB

(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
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One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our February 2020 Special Guest Designer.

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 our
December Main Challenge REJOICE & ANYTHING GOES!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter