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01 October, 2021

October Main Challenge - WRITE and Use MAGAZINES

 Hello everyone and welcome back to our regularly scheduled Main Challenge! 

This month, we have made some changes and we want you to use our challenge board to create an ART JOURNAL PAGE!  


Our challenge has two parts, please use both prompts to inspire you:

Word Inspiration:  WRITE
Creative Challenge:  use MAGAZINES



Helpful Tips For The Challenge


This is an art journaling challenge so you could use the word WRITE on your page or you could just WRITE something on your page using your own writing! Use any old magazines that you have already, they don't have to be new or expensive or bought specially. Rip them up or fussy cut them and add them to your page. Use the text or the images in part or in full, it's up to you! Check out our Design Team Inspiration below...





YULIA POPKOVA
 

Yulia:  For our challenge, I took the magazine of my favorite brand and when I saw a photo of flowers, I immediately decided to use this palette and floral mood in my project. The phrase in the artbook is a quote from a French writer Sidonie Gabrielle Colette.


SHARON FRITCHMAN

Sharon:  I love the C.S. Lewis quote "You can make anything by WRITING" and used it here. In addition, I found some old Mary Engelbreit "Home Companion" MAGAZINES (from 2000) and fussy cut the paper doll, desk, and easel to complete my page.


LISA OXLEY

Lisa: "Write your truth"Using magazines in journal play is always a super fun way for me to capitalise and create with bold focal points. Fashion magazines are fabulous for image transfer techniques, because of there high ink content or just straight cut and paste like this piece. Including hand written elements is an essential detail on my pages. Usually a final detail where I instil my unique mark upon my page.

KAT PALECZNY

Kat:  The courage to WRITE.
I think today we must have courage to write true. Always found someone understand you.
I used old magazines, I glued it onto a background and covered with white gesso. Then I used a stencil with a modeling paste and I painted the background using color mists. I also glued some paper leaves, chipboards and did some splashing.


HEATHER MCMAHON


Heather: I used the WRITE theme as inspiration for my title. This tissue title from ArtStacks was perfect! I also wrote some journaling at the bottom of the page.
I made an image transfer from a MAGAZINE, then cut words from the same magazine to describe my girl's story plus I used some paper from the same magazine as backing for my page.
I can't wait to see what you create!


AGA MIRKOWSKA


Aga:  Everyone has their own story WRITTEN behind their eyes. If you look into eyes deeply, you may read this story. I used a female portrait from one of my old MAGAZINES. I glued it onto a page and covered with gesso clear. Then I used a stencil with a modeling paste and I painted the background using color glows. I also glued some paper butterflies, sequins and did some doodling and splashing.

ELLE - EOTC


Elle:  I found my magazine images - the woman and the face value words - that I wanted to use and then made my background with paper towel and acrylic ink.  I wrote the rest of the quote in my own writing around the magazine words.


SARAH DORGERE


Sarah:  I am so happy to continue this great adventure in a new format. To make this Art Journal page I used a page from a very old MAGAZINE then applied white gesso. I draw a pen that is WRITING. Taking her first steps is also writing a new page like a girl learning to do her dance steps.

  
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!   


Our Fabulous Sponsors this quarter include:


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23 September, 2021

Introducing Our New Team

 
Hello Friends!

We are pleased to announce that we will be re-starting our challenges soon and so we would like to introduce our Design Team for the rest of 2021!  We have made some changes to our challenges and also to our team though I'm sure they will all be familiar to you.

Say hello to...



You can read more about our team by clicking here or on the Design Team page where they have each written an introductory bio.  Please welcome them aboard and feel free to follow them on socials.


01 September, 2021

September Main Challenge - Ahoy and Splash of Blue

 

Summer/Winter Break

For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, we are taking a summer break, and for those of us in the Southern hemisphere, we are taking a winter break, for the months of July and August and September while we plan our future.  However, we don't want to leave you without a challenge to keep you inspired, so we will continue to post our challenges, just for fun, and would love it if you joined in.

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September Main Challenge

*just for fun - no prizes*

This month, we are challenging you to use our inspiration word Ahoy and add some Splash of Blue to your project.  




As usual, 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 - AHOY
Creative Challenge - SPLASH OF BLUE

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

AHOY there me hearties! Did ye know that Sunday the 19th of September is International Talk Like A Pirate Day? Shiver me timbers! So share your best pirate pics with us. But if you're not into pirates then maybe the word reminds ye of a cruise, a fishing trip or just a stroll along the beach. Anything that you landlubbers want to create about the sea is fine with us buccaneers! Add A SPLASH OF BLUE to finish off your seaworthy project or we'll make ye walk the plank!


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 and remember, this month it is just for fun and there will be no prizes!  You can join the challenge using the inlinkz below.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

01 August, 2021

August 2021 Main Challenge - Zen and Mandala

Summer/Winter Break

We work very hard here at More Than Words to ensure MTW is one of the best challenge sites around.  We’ve been doing this for a long time and we’re now at a point where we need to take a break and take time to reassess our future.  For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, we are taking a summer break, and for those of us in the Southern hemisphere, we are taking a winter break, for the months of July and August.  However, we don't want to leave you without a challenge to keep you inspired, so we will continue to post our challenges, just for fun, and would love it if you joined in.

Engage with us!

Tell us what you think in the comments below!  Please leave your comments at the end of this post.  
Are you entering the challenge?  


August Main Challenge

*just for fun - no prizes*

This month, we are challenging you to use our inspiration word Zen and add some Mandala to your project.  




As usual, 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 - ZEN
Creative Challenge - MANDALA

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

How do you find your Zen? Do you find peace in your garden, at the beach or in a good book? Maybe you meditate or play sport for a little relaxation. We want to see a Mandala on your project.

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 and remember, this month it is just for fun and there will be no prizes!  You can join the challenge using the inlinkz below.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

08 July, 2021

Announcing our JUNE Main & Mini Challenge Winnners

   Thank you to everyone who entered our June Challenges!   As previously announced we are on a break so we have combined our June Main and Mini winners posts into one post.  So let's get started!

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.


 

>>MAIN CHALLENGE WINNERS<<


Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

#16 Lizzy Crust - Australia


Congratulations Lizzy, you have won a $25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD




Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 1

(as voted by our DT) 

#18 Mogiart - Ukraine


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


Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 2

(as voted by our DT) 

#Gosia Du - Poland


Congratulations Gosia, you have won a $25 
USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN



Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

#19 Irena M - Poland


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


Regional Challenge Winner - International 1

(as voted by our DT) 

#2 Laura - Canada

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


Regional Challenge Winner - International 2

(as voted by our DT) 

#17 Marina Smn - Argentina

Congratulations Marina, you have won a $25 USD value *DIGITAL* prize from GECKO GALZ

Regional Challenge Winner - International 3

(as voted by our DT) 

#21 Adriana A - Argentina

Congratulations Adriana, you have won a $25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO




>>MINI CHALLENGE WINNERS<<


Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

#7 Michelle - Australia

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


Regional Challenge Winner - Europe/UK

(as voted by our DT)

#5 Marie-Christine - France

Congratulations Marie-Christine, you have won a $25 USD value prize from ITD COLLECTION

Regional Challenge Winner - International

(as voted by our DT)


#10 Marina Smn - Argentina


Congratulations again Marina, you have won a $25 USD value prize 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:

Main Challenge

#6 Marie-Christine France
#12 Senna Germany


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.


01 July, 2021

July 2021 Main Challenge - And Special Announcement

  Hello again and Happy July!

This month we have some important announcements to make ahead of our usual challenge announcement.  

Summer/Winter Break

We work very hard here at More Than Words to ensure MTW is one of the best challenge sites around.  We’ve been doing this for a long time and we’re now at a point where we need to take a break and take time to reassess our future.  For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, we are taking a summer break, and for those of us in the Southern hemisphere, we are taking a winter break, for the months of July and August.  However, we don't want to leave you without a challenge to keep you inspired, so we will continue to post our challenges, just for fun, and would love it if you joined in.


Join our new Facebook group

We have created a new Facebook group for all our fans and followers to have a creative space to connect and create together and have fun.  
As soon as the group is available we will add a link here, watch our Facebook page for announcements


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July Main Challenge

*just for fun - no prizes*

This month, we are challenging you to use our inspiration word Complete and add some Watercolour to your project.  



As usual, 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 - COMPLETE
Creative Challenge - WATERCOLOUR

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

What makes your life COMPLETE? Is it family, a partner, a friend or a beloved pet? Or have you completed a project or a difficult job? We want to hear about it so tell us about your inspiration! To complete your page we need you to add WATERCOLOURS. Perhaps paint your whole background with watercolours, or just add some splashes and splatters, it's up to you! Use them in any way you like so long as we can see them! Please feel free to enter the challenge as many times as you like. This month's challenge is perfect for celebrating the joy of watercolour with World Watercolor Month, why not join in that 30 day challenge with hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth.

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 and remember, this month it is just for fun and there will be no prizesYou can join the challenge using the inlinkz below.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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.

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Tell us what you think in the comments below!