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23 October, 2019

October 2019 Mini Challenge - TRICK and/or TREAT

Will your Halloween be full of TRICKS... or TREATS?  

Show us in our Mini Challenge this month!

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 Wednesday, October 31,
to share your entry on our Facebook page.

21 October, 2019

Design Team Callout 2020


More Than Words is changing! With a new administration team in place we are looking to expand our challenges across more social media sites. There will be small but significant changes to the way we run our challenges with the aim being to make them more accessible to all.

We are looking for new Design Team members to help carry out our expansion in 2020. Ideally, they would be:
ü  Great designers of scrapbook pages, art journals and/or off-the-page items
ü  Active on social media
ü  Able to submit projects on time
ü  Able to work within a team environment

Design Team members are required to:
·         Create a project for our Main Challenge each month
·         Create a project for our Mini Challenge approx. every second month
·         Comment on entries
·         Be actively involved in team discussions and decisions

The term is for 12 months, starting January 1st, 2020.

If this sounds like you, please message us on, simply telling us you are interested and providing us with an email address that we can contact you on. Entries close October 31st.

16 October, 2019

Special Guest Spotlight on

We have one fabulous guest designer to introduce to you today,
and we know that you will love her and her creativity!

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

Hi everyone! It's Anastasya here! I live in a beautiful little Ukrainian village with my lovely husband and the best in the world big black dog. I have one big love and passion in my life, and it is scrapbooking. I love all styles and materials. I can create complex canvases and simple cards in the same day. I think it's an incredible form of art in which I can express my creativity fully. I am so happy to be the guest designer this month at More Than Words and want to say thank you to all the MTW team for this opportunity!

You can visit Anastasya's Instagram account right HERE.

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

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

For this fabulous challenge, I created a textured canvas. This project is about a lady who has a main passion in life. Her passion is 'haute couture' fashion, so of course COSTUMES are what she dreams, designs and creates!

For the creative challenge, I created a BLACK BACKGROUND full 
of different textures and added bright touches of white gold 
and rose gold using Finnabair's metallic waxes.

Let's take a look at some details:

What a wonderful interpretation of our word COSTUME! We also absolutely love the pink and red hues that Anastasya chose to combine with her BLACK BACKGROUND. It is a stunning project that we are sure will inspire you to get creative too!

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

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

You have until October 31 to link up!

08 October, 2019

Announcing our September Winners!!

It's WINNERS' day here at More Than Words!

We thank everyone for their constant support and their participation
in our main and mini challenges.  We absolutely love seeing your projects every month and we are thrilled to be able to award you some prizes,
thanks to all the wonderful sponsors that we have on our team!

Well, you don't have to wonder any longer!

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

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Anastasia, 
you are the winner of our September Main Challenge!
Anastasia, please contact Janene at janene(at)49andmarket(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET.

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

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

LYDIA GUIJT (entry 3)
Lydia, please contact Jennifer at dustyattic(dot)hq(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

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

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

(selected via

LINDA PEKRUL (entry 13)
Linda, please contact Nicolle at nicolle(at)creativeembellishments(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

PAYAL MITTAL (entry 20)
We found that Payal has done a fantastic job in representing her country of ORIGIN, India, onto this fabulous layout. She has incorporated the Indian FLAG COLOURS as well as the flag itself and many other elements native to her land.
Payal, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

On her canvas, Crystal astonished us by using a very old photo, over 100 years old, of her ancestors to represent her Cherokee ORIGINS. We loved reading about her family history and learning more about the COLOUR representation and meaning behind the Cherokee nation flag and seal.
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)

SMOKASCRAP (entry 9)
Smokascrap, we are thrilled to have you join us
as our Special Guest Designer for the month of November.

(as voted by our DT)

Marina, 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
VEANA R (entry 16)
GLENDA (entry 8)
LISA (entry 15)
ELLY BOOIJ (entry 12)
KAREN S (entry 10)
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 October Main Challenge COSTUME & BLACK BACKGROUND
is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by October 31 at 11:55 am EST.

01 October, 2019

October 2019 Main Challenge

October is here, and with it comes a brand new More Than Words challenge!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - COSTUME
Creative Challenge - BLACK BACKGROUND

What does the word COSTUME 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.

We want to see your dark and mysterious side by using 
a BLACK BACKGROUND on your project. Whether your costume 
is a Halloween outfit, a wedding dress or a work uniform, 
the theme is up to you, but your background must be black!

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 COSTUME & BLACK BACKGROUND main challenge!

Priya: I love COSTUMES with lots of drama like heavy warrior suits or big head gears. On this page I used a photo depicting my favorite kind of costume. BLACK BACKGROUNDS are great to work with. Everything you add to it just pops up!

France: Venice masks were my COSTUME inspiration for this layout. I enjoyed seeing many decorative pieces during our vacation in Italy last fall. I made my BLACK BACKGROUND on a piece of 12x12 cardboard with a coat of black gesso. A bit of stenciling with white gesso, gold modeling paste and touches of a white spray give this page an artistic feel, just like the mask.

Nuneka: When I think of COSTUMES the thought comes to mind how sometimes we are afraid of showing ourselves as we truly are. My page incorporates this theme. Using a BLACK BACKGROUND allows me to show how we can glow, even when just being true to ourselves.

Nicole: Being the month of October, I was inspired by the word to create a Halloween-themed layout. This was my niece's first Halloween way back in 2005, and she was dressed up in the cutest witch COSTUME. For this kid's page, I decided to use a fun  BLACK BACKGROUND with white polka dots and added lots of bright colours to contrast with the dark base.

Daisy: For this challenge I used a photo of a cosplay Sakura in her wonderful COSTUME as she is one of my favorite characters of the Naruto manga. To get a BLACK BACKGROUND I used heavy black gesso on a thick 12x12 chipboard. To work my background I used the watercolor Metallic Accent from Prima because it comes out well on the black as well as silver modeling paste from TCW.

Daria: When I reflected on this month's word, I came across this photo of a friend in a red chic COSTUME. This lady is fond of astrology, so I created a layout in her style. I really like working with a BLACK BACKGROUND although I rarely do it. I love how this turned out.

Anat: We often use COSTUMES to explore a fantasy world where magic happens to everyone. And a BLACK BACKGROUND is the perfect base for a magical project. In my 3D art journal spread, I tried to get into this atmosphere.

Di:  I have to say this challenge really pushed me out of my comfort zone as I didn't have a photo depicting a COSTUME. I therefore decided to find one on the internet and create a real fantasy page featuring this one I found. I have gone with all metallics and shimmers as they really pop against the BLACK BACKGROUND.

Edith: To represent this month's word, I chose a picture of one of my favorite superheroes, Aquaman. Most would agree that his COSTUME is very eye-catching! I loved using a BLACK BACKGROUND with accents of aqua and white to create my page.

Mary: For the word inspiration COSTUME, I chose a photo of a lady in a red and black mask which I love. I decided to give a mysterious feel to my page as on the photo. I love working on BLACK BACKGROUNDS so this creative challenge was definitely one of my favorites.

Hina: The word COSTUME inspired me to create a journal page about the life of a Queen, her royal status and how she perfectly needs to carry herself all the time. Whatever the circumstances, she has to dress up for the show! I thought that gold on a BLACK BACKGROUND would embody perfectly this page fit for a queen.

Rosalie: I love the thoughts evoked by the word COSTUME... the drama, colours, textures and layers which is what I tried to create on my page. I wanted to dress up my simple BLACK BACKGROUND like I would dress up in a costume.  I used a black and white photo of a child playing on the beach which I found complemented the dramatic concept of my creation.

Alicja: For this month's challenge I've not only created a layout using a black base, but I've also used a photo with a BLACK BACKGROUND. In this case, the word COSTUME brings to mind personalities and people's different natures and personas. We can change them more or less to find the balance in life.

Heather: The powerful makeup of my child caught my eye in this photo. She was acting in a friend's movie at uni and was wearing a borrowed COSTUME. I added movie-themed elements to the page such as the lights around the frame and the old movie camera. The trail of stars across my BLACK BACKGROUND added movement and a touch of fun!

Caroline: As a mother of 3, Halloween and COSTUMES have a big place in our hearts when October arrives. It is my favorite holiday. Each year I find the perfect disguise for my boys. This one is a mad scientist that my oldest one wore a few years ago. We love to go in the neighborhood to collect treats. I used a solid BLACK BACKGROUND for the creative challenge.

Oh, we don't think we've ever had such a dark reveal before!
But what brilliantly stunning projects and ideas our DT have come up with.
We hope that they will have inspired you to play along.

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from THE VINTAGE CHICKS CLUB

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

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

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

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

$25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(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)

One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our December 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
October Main Challenge COSTUME & BLACK BACKGROUND.

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