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23 March, 2019

March 2019 Mini Challenge - FANCY

Hello everyone!

We have a fabulous new Mini Challenge for you this month,
and we hope that you will all join in on the fun.
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 are looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge!

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

16 March, 2019

Special Guest Spotlight on

We have another wonderful Guest Designer this month,
 a brilliant artist who has won our challenges numerous times
and whose work we always love and admire.

We are thrilled that she has accepted to join us as our March Special Guest!

Let's learn a little more about SaraK through her own words:

Hello! First, I want to thank the More Than Words team for the GDT opportunity as it is such an honour. I'm a frequent participant in the challenges, 
and it's always fun to see all the interpretations.

My name is Sara Kronqvist or just SaraK for short. I live in Finland, in northern Europe, with my husband and two children. I work full time, but I try to squeeze in some creative hobbies on a regular basis. I have been scrapbooking for the past 10 years, mostly layouts. I enjoy seeing how the industry and my own projects are constantly evolving. My style is very versatile; sometimes I go for mixed media, sometimes not. However, I'm almost always drawn to bright and fun colours on my projects. Other than scrapbooking, I stay creative with modern crochet 
and the occasional DIY.

You can visit SaraK at the following links:

Here is a reminder of our March FANTASY & WINGS Main Challenge
 followed by SaraK's fabulous layout which was inspired by it.

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

When I think of FANTASY, I think of fairy tales, and that inspired to create a page about our family trip to Italy last fall. The surroundings were truly fantastic, as from a fairy tale. The word also reminded me that everyone should pay attention to their fantasies and dreams, whether it is traveling or something else.

For the WINGS creative challenge, I made a large butterfly as the main focal point on my page, plus some smaller stamped butterflies. 

Let's take a look at some details:

This month's challenge is whimsical in itself and SaraK has been able 
to express this quality beautifully on her page with her soft colours and
those pretty butterflies with their fluttery wings. Gorgeous work!

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

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

You have until March 31 to link up!

08 March, 2019

Announcing our February WINNERS!

Thank you so much to all our participants in February!

We so love to see your creations based on our main and mini challenges,
to view the many different takes and interpretations,
and every month we are totally amazed by the creative talent out there.

Once again, we have put it to a vote and here are the results...

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

And now, without any more delay...

(as voted by our DT)

TONE K (entry 37)
Congratulations Tone, 
you are the winner of our February Main Challenge!
Tone, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $50 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY.

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

EMESE SCHUTZ (entry 34)
Emese, please contact Elena at contact(at)koraprojects(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS.

SATHYA KALA (entry 11)
Sathya, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindysgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S.

MILA AYDINA (entry 8)
Mila, please contact Marie at marie(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN.

Phyllis, please contact Linda at thevintagechicksclub(at)yahoo(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE VINTAGE CHICKS CLUB.

(selected via

AISHA (entry 24)
Aisha, please contact Karola at info(at)mintaypapers(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

RIMA (entry 16)
With this fabulous page, Rima was able to make us also want to explore more! Inspired by the word ALWAYS, she decided to create this layout using not 1 but 10 (10!!!) travel-themed QUOTES to encourage her in her goal to travel the world.
Rima, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

We fell in love with Crystal's love-themed layout and her interpretation of our challenge, using the word ALWAYS as her title and and a very touching QUOTE by Helen Keller. We adore the softness of the background and the heart-framed photo.
Crystal, 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)

Papierowe, we are thrilled to have you join us
as our Special Guest Designer for the month of April.

(as voted by our DT)

Shalhev, 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 still received a high number of votes:

Main Challenge
DOTS TO LINES (entry 29)
TRACEY B (entry 33)
TIPHANIE B (entry 15)
AUSSIE ANNIE (entry 2)
AISHA (entry 24) also our random winner
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.


is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by March 31 at 11:55 am EST.

01 March, 2019

March 2019 Main Challenge

We are extremely excited to share with you today
our brand new main challenge for March!

First, as much as it saddens us to do so, we have to say farewell
to Torsa Saha who has decided to leave the DT to pursue
other life opportunities. We will greatly miss her beautiful projects
and ever so helpful spirit here at More Than Words. 
Thank you Torsa for always giving your all! We wish you all the best!

And now, without further ado, here is our March main challenge!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - FANTASY
Creative Challenge - WINGS

What does the word FANTASY 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.

Angels and fairies, butterflies and dragonflies, pegasus and birds of fancy... what better way to express this month's challenge word than to include a winged creature on your work? Spread the WINGS of your imagination and show them off on your project!

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 FANTASY & WINGS main challenge!

Priya: To represent this month's word I was inspired by the FANTASY world of fairies and created a fairy door in the trunk of a tree. For the WINGS creative challenge I added a lot of butterflies.

Mary: The word FANTASY inspired me to create a layout with a magical touch. I believe that if you can see the magic in a fairy tale, then you can face it in your life too. So I made a layout based on that thought and I used the perfect photo to express it. For the creative challenge I added WINGS and butterflies.

France: In my FANTASY world I have time, lots of time. The challenge inspired me to create this 12 x 12 watercoloured and stamped layout. I am the fairy enjoying time, relaxing and smelling the flowers. For the WINGS part of the challenge, I added a layer of wings made of chipboard, altered with black gesso and Prima wax. I hope you enjoy my fairyland! I am ready to go there right now 
and get away from the cold Canadian Winter.

Caroline: The word FANTASY reminded me of the Harry Potter universe that I loved so much. This story is so imaginative, filled with magical and fantastic ideas to keep us at the edge of our seats. I found the perfect picture to make it match 
with our WINGS creative challenge.

Rosalie: I always think of nature as being part of the wonderful FANTASY world. I have included insects and butterflies as part of the embellishments 
and the WINGS creative challenge.

Nuneka: To me FANTASY is an open door to other worlds, worlds where you can go if your imagination is boundless. I chose an image which recalls the symbiosis between darkness and light that we all have inside because even the darkest stories have some beauty in them. I incorporated WINGS by adding 
lots of beautiful butterflies to my page.

Di: I love the whole FANTASY of the world of steampunk. I found this gorgeous photo of a steampunk lady with beautiful feathered wings that I thought was just perfect for this challenge. As you can see I have also added chipboard WINGS tucked in behind the photo, along with lots of other steampunk fantasy elements like the torselette, cogs, clocks, hot air balloons, etc. I really enjoyed creating this fantasy layout and thought that it was a different take on this theme.

Edith: To represent FANTASY, what better than my bearded dragon named Norbert, like Hagrid's dragon of the Harry Potter world. I used butterflies t
o illustrate the WINGS creative challenge.

Nicole: I think that this has been my favorite MTW challenge so far! The word FANTASY seems to be the synonym of inspiration... there are so many creative possibilities! I was also inspired by the board image to create this round fairy canvas. I just love this tiny whimsical creatures in which we all secretly love to believe. It doesn't hurt that they have the most beautiful WINGS.

Anat: I love everything about fantasy, fairies, butterflies, etc. I used them all in my layout which was a huge fun to create! For me FANTASY looks like that: bright colours and many beautiful embellishments. I found this gorgeous picture that I absolutely love and which features well what fantasy is all about. Needless to say, my page also has lots of WINGS mixed in.

Daisy: Reading is a window open to worlds. I like to read, and FANTASY novels are my favorites! I love stories with magic and mythical creatures like elves and dragons. I framed my picture with WINGS which remind me of the wings of a fairy.

Daria: I was inspired this month to create this layout of a forest fairy. It seems to me to symbolize the awaking of nature. After all, many of us will soon enter Spring. Fairies are my favorite FANTASY creatures and I have added beautiful 
chipboard WINGS to represent them.

Alicja: With my project I wanted to show the natural beauty of the FANTASY world hidden in the grass. It is full of dreams, fairies and friendly animals. It couldn't be complete without these lovely butterflies... which made so many 
beautiful WINGS appear on my layout.

Hina: As an artist, my life itself is a FANTASY. Based on this thought, I created a mixed media canvas with a winged heart as I believe that art gives WINGS to your feelings and imagination. Art truly sets you free!

Jess: When I saw the word inspiration, FANTASY, I immediately thought of dreams! I'm a huge daydreamer and can quite often get caught in my own little world. I used butterfly WINGS for the creative challenge to represent my dreams taking flight.

We are sure that you will agree...
What absolutely stunning and inspiring creations from our fabulous DT!

We really hope that you will play along with us this month.

Here are the prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

$25 USD value prize from EXPRESSIONSCRAFT


$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

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

(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)

One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our May 2019 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
March Main Challenge FANTASY & WINGS!

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