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01 February, 2021

February 2021 Main Challenge - ROMANCE and ROSE

  Welcome to our February Main Challenge, and since this month is usually associated with love and romance and St Valentine's Day, we have a beautifully romantic challenge board to inspire you.  We also have a special offer from one of this month's sponsors, so keep reading to find out what that is!

This month, we ask that you think about ROMANCE and to add ROSE to your project.

As always, our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.  The word inspiration can appear on your project or not but you must show that you have been inspired by it.  The creative challenge must be used on your project!

Word Inspiration - ROMANCE
Creative Challenge - ROSE

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

February is the month for ROMANCE! How will you share your feelings about that special person? Or maybe you'll choose to create about a famous romantic relationship or the long marriage of your grandparents. Or maybe you're inspired by artists of the romantic period or even by a photo of a couple dancing.
Whatever you decide, we need to see a ROSE on your project. Or maybe you'll add the colour ROSE instead? It's up to you!

Design Team Inspiration

And now let's look at our first DT Inspiration for this month:

ROMANCE and flowers always go hand in hand so I made that the title of my page and flowers the focus of my art journal spread using collage, paint, ink, etc. The bouquet of ROSES for the rose requirement came from a magazine, and then lots of blossom around the rest of the page using a paper serviette. 

The word ROMANCE inspired me to create about the fun my husband and I still have after being together for 37 years.
I cut circles from the ROSES paper from ArtStacks and featured a large rose on one of them.


For me when I hear the word Romance... it means countless cuddles and snuggles, uncounted hugs and kisses, entangled fingers, cheering for your victory or just being beside you in your low times... Romance has inspired me to create this layout using my wedding pictures.. the unforgettable memories I shared with him..

For this month's challenge, I created romantic canvas ROSES. For the Word Inspiration ROMANCE I used wedding photograph of a couple surrounded by paper roses.


"The essence of romance is uncertainty"
My partner missed the relationship romance memo in life, so its been my job for many years, that is wearing thin now.


This was a really hard challenge for me. I consider myself a not so romantic person, and my partner is even worse than me. So maybe the lack of roses in my life is the reason why this was so much trouble.... Well, sometimes you just need to go with the task given - and who is not up for a challenge? Again I ended up making a Art Journal spread. I find that a perfect media to just try out my skills and dare to fail. I picked up what rose themed papers I could find, fussy cut them and added to the pages. I picked up the colors from one of the roses and gave the pages a soft tone of pink. I could not resist adding a bit of gold - that feels romantic too.... I'm actually really happy with how this turned out and maybe there is a string of romance hidden somewhere in me .... 


Olya: Hi, everyone! I love mixed media and I like to create altered scrap.
I added the lettering "Holiday ROMANCE" for my mixed media photo frame about my niece. She is young and pretty! And she has everything good and romantic ahead! I used ROSES on my photo frame, painted them.  Sponsor topping 13Arts
Video tutorial in my youtube channel  You can watch Olya's video here.

The word ROMANCE immediately made me think of my wedding and our exchange of rings. Anyway who thinks about marriage, thinks flowers and ROSE especially.  I find that this collection of AB Studio paper lends itself wonderfully to this theme.


Hello!  February is a month of love. For February the main challenge word inspiration is ROMANCE and the creative challenge is ROSE!  I am inspired by both challenges and I always believe if you can first love yourself then only then can you give true and pure love to others ...

“ TO LOVE ONESELF IS THE BEGINNING OF A LIFELONG ROMANCE !” As at the end all we need is love. I have used die cuts of roses and even flowers in my shadow boxes.  Hope you like it

Just a reminder that there will no longer be Runner Up, Random, or Mystery winners for our Main Challenge.  This year we have changed to a Regional Prize structure, whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more for each Region.  The number of Winners/Prizes for each Region is dependent on the number of Sponsors for that Region.  Some of our Sponsors remain as International Sponsors but many are now Region specific. It is now more important than ever that you add your NAME and COUNTRY to your Inlinkz entries!   

For this February Main Challenge, here are the prizes that you can win. 

Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 2

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from STAMPERIA

Regional Challenge Winner - USA

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS

Regional Challenge Winner - International/Rest of the World 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value *DIGITAL* prize from GECKO GALZ


Gecko Galz have also generously offered a 50% discount to our followers during this month for all orders of $10 or more!  This offer is valid until the end of February by using the coupon code: MTW50FEB during checkout at Gecko Galz shop

Regional Challenge Winner - International/Rest of the World 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from DECOUPAGE QUEEN

Regional Challenge Winner - International/Rest of the World 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO

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.

Special Guest Designer

One participant, handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designer.

Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.

*** remember February is a short month, so you have only 28 days to enter!  ***

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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