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23 June, 2022

Introducing the More Than Words 2022 Design Team

Hello friends!

Today we are announcing our new Design Team for July-Dec 2022! We have added some fabulously talented artists to our team and we hope they will inspire you for the rest of this year and beyond. We are very excited to introduce you to them all in more detail soon.

First of all though, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who took the time to apply to our recent Design Team Call. We were truly impressed with all the talented applications we received. We do hope that those of you who missed out will apply again at the next Design Team Call. Thank you SO MUCH for your support of our challenges!

And now, meet the new team...


New Design Team Members:

ANN CHUANG - Taiwan
HELEN HOLLINGER - Canada
MATILDE FAB - Poland
RACHEL MARTIN - Canada
ROX BOYCE - Australia

These six new design team members will be joining our existing design team, who are...



Returning Design Team Members:

ELLE WILSON - United Kingdom
HEATHER MCMAHON - Australia
KAT PALECZNY - Poland
LISA OXLEY - Australia
SARAH DORGERE - France

Please join us in welcoming our new Design Team members. They will be creating inspiring projects for our challenges starting from next month.  Meanwhile, don't forget to enter our June challenges - just one week left to enter our 150th Challenge celebration!





12 June, 2022

Celebrating 150 Challenges With Special Guest Designer Yulia Popkova

 This month, we are very pleased to feature some special guests who are all former More Than Words Team members!  Our third featured guest is our lovely friend, Yulia Popkova from My Hobby Scrap.

We invite you to get to know Yulia a little better through her interview below.  Please also visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.



Artist Bio 

Hi friends!  I'm glad that I was invited to do a project for the 150th anniversary challenge:)  My name is Yulia Popkova (Krestnikova).  Scrapbooking is my favorite hobby and way of life:)  I live in the suburbs of the wonderful city of St. Petersburg. My family is a beloved husband and three mischievous fluffy chinchillas.  I love art in its various manifestations - scrapbooking, mixed media, altered-art, decor, artbooks.  I like to make cards, decor, layouts and my favorite art techniques are mixed media and stamping


Social Media Links:



Q & A with Yulia

How long have you been creating art?
I have been doing paper art since 2013.  

What is your favourite type of art supply or product?  
Favorite materials - sprays, paints, watercolor, chipboard, stamps, scrapbooking paper 

What's your favourite colour palette to use? 
Favorite color mint, all shades of lavender, pink

Our very first challenge was in January 2016 - how has your art changed since then and how have you grown as an artist? 
I was a member of the design teams of scrapbooking materials manufacturers.  Now I am a designer-photographer in my dream team - Polish manufacturer of creative materials.

What's your favourite thing about More Than Words Challenge?  
The MTW blog and Challenges are real art, interesting creative tasks.  I'm glad I was a member of this wonderful team of artists!  Thanks!:)


Yulia's Interpretation of our June Mini Challenge



My postcard about the fantasy world.
We dream, we go to our dream. 
150 - this is probably how many cards I made during my hobby for scrapbooking:)






Thanks for sharing your gorgeous postcard with us Yulia - those colours are amazing!  We hope that Yulia's take on the Mini Challenge inspires you to enter this month.


Here's a reminder of our current Mini Challenge which you can enter in our Facebook group:




10 June, 2022

Celebrating 150 Challenges With Special Guest Designer HEIKE'S AUGENBLICK

 This month, we are very pleased to feature some special guests who are all former More Than Words Team members!  Our next special guest is our fabulous friend, Heike from Heike's Augenblick.

We invite you to get to know Heike a little better through her interview below.  Please also visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.



Artist Bio 

I am Heike aka Heike 's AugenBlick.  I was born and raised in Germany.  I live with my hubby Joergen in the oldest city of The Netherlands.  Together we have four grown up kids (two daughters and two boys).  One daughter in law, one son in law and three grand kids.  I am an early morning crafter, that means I spend my creative hours mostly before lunchtime. My other hobbies are gardening, painting, cycling, reading books, Tai Chi and snorkeling. Yes that is a lot, I know!!  I am a vegetarian, no fish, no meat, no alcohol.  I love 80% dark chocolate and a cup of Earl grey with almond milk. Yummy yummy!!  I like red and blue clothes and I wear always chunky jewelry.  

So that is enough from me. If you are interested to follow me on my social media accounts. You can find me always under:  Heike 's AugenBlick ( by the way AugenBlick means = moment)

Thank you MTW for the opportunity to be a guest designer.
Happy creating everyone and good luck with the MTW challenge.
Xoxo
Heike 

Social Media Links:
Blog



Q & A with Heike

How long have you been creating art?
Actually, I've been creating all my life.
Painting, knitting, cross-stitching, sewing and and and... I started paper crafting 2010. I started with cards, tags and mini books Four years later 2014 I included 30cm x 30cm mixed media scrapbooking pages, art journaling and junk journaling to my creative paper work.

What is your favourite type of art supply or product?  
I don't have to think long about it, black gesso or black acrylic.

What's your favourite colour palette to use? 
Actually I am not afraid of strong colours.
But my two favourite palettes are: 
1. Cadmium red, orange, ultramarine blue and a little bit of light turquoise. 
2. Pastel pink, gold, white, black and a touch of dark green.

Our very first challenge was in January 2016 - how has your art changed since then and how have you grown as an artist? 
I think at the beginning of my scrapbooking time I let myself be influenced a lot by trends and other crafters. Which was absolutely okay for me and I learned a lot.   After I think a couple of years  of practicing with others style, the time came when I had enough confidence in myself to spread my wings and find my own style.  As I said I started with simple cards (a word and one stamp image on a white card) mini books where I used paper kits, no mediums.  Scrapbooking pages with one photo and a little bit watercolour.  

In 2014 I started with experimenting on white background paper with stamps and stencils. This is still my favourite thing to do.  A little bit later I also dared to do mixed media backgrounds.  Today I can say I have my own style.  I still grow as an artist.  Now I am teaching scrapbooking in mixed media style in classes and online workshops.  At the moment I design for the companies:  13arts and Scrap Fx.

What's your favourite thing about More Than Words Challenge?  
MTW is not only a challenge site for crafters, it is also a big community. I think MTW is the only challenge site where crafters around the world come together.  That makes MTW so beautifully unique.


Heike's Interpretation of our June Main Challenge



Enchanted flower nr. 150...

I started my art journal page with lots of BOTANICALS stamp images
in green colour shades.  After that I added some numbers to my background. A little bit colour splatters also in green colour.  The next step was adding black gesso and black stamping images.  For my focale point I added a fussy cut rose and I painted a black frame for the flower.  My title " ENCHANTED Flower nr. 150" which is written with a white gel pen as finale touch.  







Thank you Heike for sharing this beautiful art journal page with us!  We love how you incorporated the bonus challenge into the title of your project "Enchanted flower nr. 150". We hope that Heike's take on the Main Challenge inspires you to enter this month.


Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge which you can enter here on the blog or in our Facebook group:






08 June, 2022

Announcing our May 2022 Winners

 Hello everyone and a big thank you to all who entered our May challenges!


Before we announce the winners for this month, we wanted to remind everyone that we have suspended prizes due to the current world situation.  We hope to resume prizes as soon as the conflict has ceased and peace has been resumed. 

We enjoyed seeing all of your entries and of course we also enjoyed creating projects for our challenges!  Thank you also to the Design Team for all of your inspiration.  
And now let's take a look at our winners for May...  

 

>>MAIN CHALLENGE WINNERS<<

We now have THREE winners for the Main Challenge.  In addition, we would like to invite our Main challenge winners to be Guest Designers in a future challenge.  Please see the end of the post for more details.

Thank you all for entering your wonderful projects!


Regional Challenge Winner 



Regional Challenge Winner

Regional Challenge Winner



>>MINI CHALLENGE WINNERS<<

As this challenge is now held in our Facebook Group, the links below will take you to the group, if you wish to view more photos.

Thank you for entering your wonderful mini projects this month!


Mini Challenge Winner





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 runners-up to grab your badges from this post and proudly display it on your blog or social media. 





Share Your Winnings

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 ***


We would like to invite all of this month's winners to be Guest Designers in a future challenge.  If you are interested, please leave a comment below with your contact details and we will get in touch (your details are safe as the comment will not be published and will be deleted later).  Alternately, send us a message us via More Than Words Facebook Page


AND FINALLY...

Since we are celebrating our 150th challenge this month, it would be remiss of me not to mention it here and to remind you all to join in this month's Main and Mini Challenge.  Also we would like to remind all our readers that our DT Call is open till June 22nd!




06 June, 2022

Celebrating 150 Challenges With Special Guest Designer DANA TATAR

 This month, we are very pleased to feature some special guests who are all former More Than Words Team members!  First to feature is our wonderful friend, Dana Tatar from They Call Me Tatar Salad.

We invite you to get to know Dana a little better through her interview below.  Please also visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.



Artist Bio 

Hi friends! I'm so excited to be the Guest Designer this month! I currently live in the USA with my husband and two teenage children. I started paper crafting about 15 years ago and have an eclectic style in terms of what and how I design. I love to mix and match products to keep things interesting. I'm a tactile crafter and I enjoy playing with texture and layers. I also like to add a touch of whimsy to my projects. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry, and pop culture. When I'm not creating art, I enjoy baking, reading, listening to music, and spending time outside with my family and basset hound Peach.

Social Media Links:



Q & A with Dana

How long have you been creating art?
I've always been crafty, but I hadn't made any serious commitments to creating art until after the birth of my first child nearly 16 years ago.

What is your favourite type of art supply or product?  
I'm a major collector of patterned papers from all over the world.

What's your favourite colour palette to use? 
I use a lot of teal and orange in my art. I do have the general opinion that more color is better!

Our very first challenge was in January 2016 - how has your art changed since then and how have you grown as an artist? 
I started my adult adventures in art with scrapbooking to document major milestones in my children's lives. Now, art has become a hobby that I also use to express myself.   I have greatly expanded my art supply from patterned paper and cardstock to a little bit of everything including stamps, stencils, tools, and mediums.

What's your favourite thing about More Than Words Challenge?  
I love a good challenge! I tend to get stuck in certain creative lanes and designing for a specific challenge makes the creative process fresh and exciting. Challenges are a fun way to try something different that I may not have created otherwise.


Dana's Interpretation of our June Mini Challenge





Like so many of my projects, this artist trading card started with inspiration from a song, DAYDREAM by The Lovin' Spoonful. I created a colorful background for my card using collage paper that I doodled on. I managed to include the bonus challenge and stamped the number 150 along the bottom edge of the card.





Thanks for sharing your amazing, colourful ATC with us Dana and we love how you incorporated the bonus challenge!  We hope that Dana's take on the Mini Challenge inspires you to enter this month.


Here's a reminder of our current Mini Challenge which you can enter in our Facebook group:









03 June, 2022

June 2022 Mini Challenge - Daydream {Celebrating 150 Challenges}

Hi Mini Challenge lovers! Welcome to this month's Mini Challenge a little earlier than usual because this is a very special month for us here at More Than Words as we are celebrating our 150th challenge this month! As the June Mini Challenge is technically our 150th challenge, we wanted to give you more time to enter this month and of course, more love to the Mini Challenge!

Here are the challenge details! Word inspiration: Add the word DAYDREAM on your mini projects. Extra credit:  add the number "150" on your project! We need to see the actual word DAYDREAM on your postcards, cards, tags and ATCs.

 PLEASE NOTE:  We have relocated our mini challenge to our new Art Cafe Facebook Group where you can now enter your project in the relevant album.   Please make sure to add your project to the album so that we don't miss it when it comes to picking our winners!  Also please remember to add your country to your entry!



HEATHER MCMAHON


Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM


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ELLE - EOTC


Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM


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How to enter

The Mini Challenge runs in our Facebook group 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.

Please remember to add your country to your entry!

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

Please read the rules before entering.



As previously mentioned in the Art CafĂ© Facebook Group, we have suspended all prizes until further notice due to the current world situation, however since this is a special challenge we do have some special prizes for you!


Special Guest Designer

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


You have until end June 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 in our Facebook group!


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02 June, 2022

Design Team Callout 2022

 


Hello wonderful fans and artists! 

We are looking to add new Design Team members to our amazingly talented team for the second half of 2022!  Could you be who we are looking for?



WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • You enjoy art journalling and/or making small art like cards, tags, ATCs
  • You are a team players who enjoy being part of a team
  • You can work to a deadline and submit projects on time
  • You can describe your process and your projects
  • You have an active social media presence with a good following

WHAT IS REQUIRED

  • Make one art journal page per month for our Main Challenge
  • Make one project per month for our Mini Challenge
  • Share your MTW projects on social media to promote the challenge
  • Be able to understand and communicate in English (with the team and about your projects)
  • Be active and engaged in our Art Cafe Facebook group
  • Other (see form for details)

The term is for six months only, from July to December 2022, however the right team members may be offered the opportunity to stay on for longer.


HOW TO APPLY

Please complete the application form below or follow this link to the google form

Applications are open worldwide and close 22nd June 2022

We look forward to hearing from you!