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21 June, 2021

Special Guest Spotlight on Mariela Papeletas

  Hello again everyone!  This month we have great pleasure to introduce you to Mariela, our Guest Designer for June!

We invite you to browse through her blog and social media and get to know her better through her beautiful work.  I hope you enjoy her hero-inspired project and please leave her some love in the comments!


Hi! I'm Mariela Papeletas, (papeletas are like small pieces of papers spread out on the table you know?) I'm from Argentina, and really believe in the healing power of scrapbooking and mixed media.

I begin to teach in 2014, but since 2017 some wonderful women have invited me to travel to several other countries to teach how "to play" with mixed media because I love to play with textures and some freaky shapes to develop creativity, and only a pandemic stopped me from doing this now.

In my classes, videos or training courses you're going to hear a lot about composition, focal point, theories and techniques to work in many formats, because the inspiration can come in many shapes and we have to be ready!

So, I hope you are ready for some lovely projects and with the idea that they inspire you to bring out your "brilli brilli" -the glow within you- always with journaling, texture and bright colors!

I see you soon in my social networks!

You can see more of Mariela's beautiful work by visiting the links below.


BLOG    INSTAGRAM   MIXED MEDIA ONLINE CLASS (in Spanish)

Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:


Word Inspiration - HERO
Creative Challenge - PAINT

And now, let's enjoy Mariela's interpretation of our challenge:




Mariela:  When you invited me to be Guest Designer in this particular month, my mind, in a second, flew towards my "old" dad... in all my childhood, he was always my support, my guide and my wings. My hero!

He made me not conform, but at the same time he kept me safe in a protected bubble... nothing bad would happen if he was around.

In this work I tried to expose those two ideas... the idea of a bubble... something free but that keeps protected inside; what makes it fly but is invisible.

Here are some closer looks at Mariela's project...







A huge THANK YOU to Mariela for joining us as our Special Guest for June 2021!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

We hope that Mariela's gorgeous project inspires you to join us 
in our June Main Challenge which is open until the end of the month.

Engage with us!

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

16 June, 2021

June 2021 Mini Challenge - IDOL

 Hello everyone!

Welcome to our June Mini Challenge where we are asking you to use the word IDOL in your mini projects. 

This year our mini challenge has relocated from Facebook to our blog so now you can enter the Mini Challenge by using the inlinkz below.  Now both of our monthly challenges are held on our blog!


How to enter

The Mini Challenge runs on our blog from today until the end of the month.

Enter your 
cards, tags, ATCs and postcards ONLY!

You MUST include the challenge word on your project! 

*ATCs. or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art,
about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm.

You have two weeks - until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Please read the rules before entering.

Design Team Inspiration






AUDE DEMANNEVILLE (TAG)


Aude:  Hello. here is my "bat" tag in honor of my mixed media idol, did you recognize her? Our dear Finnabair!


AGA MIRKOWSKA (TAG)
Aga: Don't look on the others - be your own IDOL! A card full of colors with motivating sentence made of our sponsor paper collection AB Studio 'Love on top' 



Asia:  Who as a child did not dream of being an IDOL? I wanted to sing, and you?


DANA TATAR (ATC)

Dana:  This artist trading card is a companion piece to a design I created last year using a pop art image and Billy IDOL song lyrics. I used the same song, but different lyrics, and a different image, for this card. It was fun trying a variation on a theme using different mediums and techniques.





Heike:  You`re still my IDOL". Salvador Dali one of my favorite ARTIST. I created a TAG with a stamp image of Dali. I used Deco Art paint and 13@rts Acrylic Ink.


ELLE WILSON (ATCs)


Elle:  I made an ATC based around the idea of cats being worshipped as gods (as they should be lol).  I used a piece of watercolour paper, painted with metallic acrylic, and then I drew an Egyptian cat god (Bastet) and put it on a pedestal of watercoloured offcuts in lapis blue to continue the theme. 



HEATHER MCMAHON  (TAG)


I made a tag using the quote, "Luck is the IDOL of the idle". I used a tissue palmistry hand from ArtStacks as my feature. It's so cool!


SHARON FRITCHMAN (TAG)

Sharon: I love all things vintage and couldn't wait to use these 2 fashion models from the ArtStacks' "Dressmaker" Stack. James Darren is pictured here on TV starring as the women's idol.







Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from DUSTY ATTIC

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe/UK

(as voted by our DT)

$25 USD value prize from ITD COLLECTION

Regional Challenge Winner - International

(as voted by our DT)

$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT


Thanks to our Sponsors

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes. To learn more about any of them, click here or on the SPONSORS tab above.


You have two weeks to enter below

We hope that you feel inspired by our challenge word and our DT inspiration this month and look forward to seeing your Mini Challenge projects!

Entry for the Mini Challenge is NOW held on our blog using the inlinkz below.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

12 June, 2021

June 2021 Main Challenge 2nd Reveal - HERO and PAINT

Welcome to the 2nd reveal of our June Main Challenge! This month we ask you to use the inspiration word HERO and to add PAINT to your project. We also have a special offer from one of our sponsors, so keep reading to find out what that is!


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 - HERO
Creative Challenge - PAINT

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

Not all heroes wear capes! Who is your HERO? Is it your father, a child or a friend? Maybe your hero is a sportsperson or an artist. Perhaps your hero really does appear in a comic book or on a screen. Whoever it is, we want to hear about it! For the creative challenge you need to add PAINT to your project. Any paint is fine!


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




DanaI'm very fortunate to have descended from an amazing group of strong women. I'm celebrating the HEROINES on the Paternal side of my family on this art journal page. My Great Great Grandmother was born in Algeria and went on to give birth to two daughters in France. They eventually emigrated to the USA after my Great Great Grandmother was widowed. Who knows where I would be without their courage! I used watercolor PAINT to color the background of the page and gold spray paint on the chipboard globe.



Emma: 'This is the Way' - My newest HERO is The Mandalorian! The picture actually depicts 2 heroes to me, a silent one and a cute one. The PAINT element is all over my page using acrylics with a palette knife for the desired effect for this layout. The 2Crafty chipboard is also painted in delicious acrylics.


Heikes: For the June challenge I decided to make a layout with my HERO from childhood. Who hadn't dreamed in childhood of having the powers of a "super-HERO". I dreamed that I am very strong and brave without fear. My super hero was "Batman." I created my page from the "Young and Free" paper collection from 13@rts. I used for the creative PAINT challenge also 13@rts products, mostly Color Glow.
 


SharonI have always taught my daughters to believe in themselves. When I heard the Mariah Carey song "HERO"(released in 1993) I knew that I would sing it to my daughters (before they were even born) and tell them to always remember that "A HERO lies in you!" In making my page, I used acrylic PAINT in the background to enhance the beautiful patterned paper and show off this favorite photo of my daughters, Katie and Anne.


Aga'We are the HEROES of our times' - this is a sentence from a song by Mans Zelmerlow and it is very adequate for this pandemic, really difficult times. I used a rice paper from collection 'Young and Free' by 13 Arts (our sponsor) and I added some acrylic PAINTS using a spatula to prepare a really textured and colorful background. I also added some acrylic PAINT though a stencil and white embossed stamps - also from the 'Young and Free' collection.
 
 

AsiaThe task of a HERO is to distinguish good from evil. What appears to be bad is not always an evil. I'm a huge fan of fantasy, so it wasn't difficult for me to find an idea for inspiration for this topic. Whoever has read or watched "The Witcher" probably understands the message of my project. From the HERO, light shines, dispersing dark thorns. I used PAINT to emphasize the black background and create the effect of a black fog that symbolizes the darkness.

 

PriyaThe true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred. A true hero is not someone who thinks about doing what is right, but one that simply does what is right without thinking! In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. That kind of a person is my HERO and I dedicate my page to that person. I used teal, black and white PAINT with burgundy in the background and on the chippies.



Aude: My super HERO is a Spiderman cat. I used a lot of cogs. I used emerald green spray PAINT.



  
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 our June 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) 

$25 
USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 
USD value prize from STAMPERIA


Regional Challenge Winner - International 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from DECOUPAGE QUEEN


Regional Challenge Winner - International 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value *DIGITAL* prize from GECKO GALZ


*** SPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR FOLLOWERS ***

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 June by using the coupon code: MTW50JUNE during checkout at Gecko Galz Shop.

Regional Challenge Winner - International 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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

08 June, 2021

Announcing our MAY Main Challenge Winners

  Thank you to everyone who entered our Faces and use Kraft Challenge!    

We really enjoyed each and every project!  We are very pleased to announce our winners for this Main Challenge.  As a reminder, we are now offering regional and international prizes so it is more important than ever, that you include your name and country on your entries when you enter our challenges, both of which are now held on our blog!  



How to claim your prize


Winners, please contact the prize sponsor within 30 days, and in your email to the sponsors, please clearly indicate:
** YOUR FULL NAME
** YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS
** THE MONTH AND PRIZE WON

(ex: January - Australia / Europe / USA / International etc)
Prizewinners:  Please also refer to this handy guide.






Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

Rachel #16 Australia


Congratulations Rachel, you have won a $25 USD value prize from DUSTY ATTIC



Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 1

(as voted by our DT) 

Jonna #4 Norway



Congratulations Jonna, you have won a $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU


Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 2

(as voted by our DT) 

Irena #28 Poland



Congratulations Irena, you have won a $25 
USD value prize from ITD COLLECTION

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

Cyrille #1 France 



Congratulations Cyrille, you have won a $25 
USD value prize from 13@RTS



Regional Challenge Winner - USA/Canada


(as voted by our DT) 

Laura #19 Canada



Congratulations Laura, you have won a $25 USD value prize from DECOUPAGE QUEEN 






Regional Challenge Winner - International 1

(as voted by our DT) 

Vaishali #20 India



Congratulations Vaishali, you have won a $25 USD value prize from 3QUARTER DESIGN


Regional Challenge Winner - International 2

(as voted by our DT) 

Ujjwal #11 India



Congratulations Ujjwal, you have won a $25 USD value from ARTSTACKS



Regional Challenge Winner - International 3

(as voted by our DT) 

Marina #22 Argentina



Congratulations Marina, you have won a $25 USD value from LEMONCRAFT



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.


Honourable Mention

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:

Iris #26 Argentina
Julia #43 Ukraine


Congratulations to all our winners

Congrats once again to all our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the challenge. We encourage all merit winners and honourable mentions to grab your badge from this post and proudly display it on your blog or social media. 


If you were featured on our Facebook page throughout the month, we have a badge for you too!



Share Your Winnings

SHARE YOUR UNBOXING - We would love to see your unboxing photos or videos! Share with us using the hashtags #MTWPrizeWinner and 
#MTWPrizeUnboxing on Instagram when you receive your prize or by tagging the sponsor plus More Than Words Challenges on Facebook.

SHARE WHAT YOU MAKE - We'd also love to see what you make using your prize products, so please show us by using the hashtags #MTWPrizeWinner  and #MTWPrizeWinnerMake on Instagram and Facebook.

PERMISSION TO SHARE PHOTOS - We'd love to share your good news so please also tag your photos with #MTWShare for permission to be featured on More Than Words' social media.

Special Guest Designer

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