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12 September, 2022

Special Guest Spotlight on HEIDI MATTESSICH September 2022

 This month, we are very pleased to welcome back Heidi Mattessich, who is Guest Designing for us for a second time after being one of our July 2022 winners

This time, Heidi has created something special for both our Main and Mini challenges so we hope you enjoy her take on our September challenges and do please visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.



Artist Bio 

Hi guys!

My name is Heidi. I live in sunny Florida with my handsome hubby, my youngest kid (the older 2 are in college) and our sweet little dog. I work as a physical therapist and group fitness instructor, but you can find me crafting in my free time. 

 I love creating art journal spreads and mixed media projects and, every once in a while, a scrapbook layout. Over the past year I have had the honor of being a Guest Designer for More Than Words Challenge in April and being on the design team for Miniature Luxuries and Papers. 

My style is always evolving as I spend more time getting my hands dirty in paints and inks and seeing others' artwork online. I hope you like the projects I made for the September challenges!

Social Media links:
YouTube: Art with Heidi
Facebook: Heidi Mattessich

Q & A with Heidi


What's your favourite September memory?
For me, September is the start of fall and going back to school, so I have many fond memories of getting my kids ready for their first day and taking pictures of them. Also, my birthday is in September and last year my husband and sister threw me an amazing surprise birthday weekend with my parents and all 3 of my kids in town to celebrate. I'm pretty sure there is video of me crying happy tears.

What usually inspires your journal pages?  
I am definitely inspired by nature, but I also love a great color palette.

What's your favourite way to break a blank page?
I like to start with building a background with either collage papers or a basic patterned paper and white washing it with a heavy bodied white gesso.

What's your favourite journal?
My favourite is the first journal I started.  I love looking back to see my progression.


Heidi's Interpretation of our September Main Challenge


Heidi says:  Playlist is the word for the main challenge.  I started by thinking of my own playlists and how I feel when I listen to them.  This process helped me come up a color scheme and I looked for ephemera that went along with playlists and the colors.  Once I had everything collected, I just played around with the layout and layering, and then it all came together.

Heidi's Interpretation of our September Mini Challenge



Heidi says:  Song is the word for the mini challenge. I had recently gotten some items from Stamperia's new line Desire which is inspired by Tango and Flamenco and I thought this fit perfectly with this mini challenge.  In my ephemera collection I found a black and white picture of this lady in a fancy dress that worked well with the theme.  Once I was found a quote using the word song that matched my tag, it all flowed together.




Thanks for sharing your September memories, interview answers and of course your beautiful journal spread and your tango inspired tag with us Heidi!  We really enjoyed interviewing Heidi this month and hope that Heidi's beautiful work inspires you to enter September challenges!


Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:


Word Inspiration - PLAYLIST
Creative Challenge - EPHEMERA


and
our current Mini Challenge:




Don't forget that you can find all of our challenge details and extra information, as well as Heidi's published interview in our new magazine Artful Pages.






08 September, 2022

Announcing Our August 2022 Winners

 Hello everyone,

Today we are excited to announce our August winners!  We really loved looking at all of your projects and how you interpreted our August challenges.  
 Don't forget to enter our September challenges!  Now let's see who our winners are...

 

>>MAIN CHALLENGE WINNERS<<

We have THREE winners for the Main Challenge.  We would like to invite our Main challenge winners to be Guest Designers in a future challenge. Your Guest Designer feature would appear on our blog, social media and in our Artful Pages magazine. Please see the end of the post for more details.

Thank you all for entering your wonderful projects!


Main Challenge Winner 



Main Challenge Winner

Main Challenge Winner







>>MINI CHALLENGE WINNER<<

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.  We would like to invite our Mini challenge winner to be Guest Designers in a future challenge.  Your Guest Designer feature would appear on our blog, social media and in our Artful Pages magazine. Please see the end of the post for more details.

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. 




*** Be Our 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 after we have read it).  Alternately, send us a message us via More Than Words Facebook Page

05 September, 2022

September 2022 Mini Challenge - SONG

 Hi Mini Challenge lovers! Welcome to this month's Mini Challenge in its new earlier spot! From now on the Mini will run from the 5th till the end of the month which will give you even more time to enter!

Here are the challenge details!

Word inspiration: Add the word SONG on your mini projects. We need to see the actual word SONG on your postcards, cards, tags and ATCs.

 HOW TO ENTER:  You can enter our Mini Challenge in our private  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!  

Or, you can enter on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtags: #mtwminisong and #mtwminichallenge.  

Also please remember to add your country to your entry!  


As mentioned last month, we are excited to announce our new magazine - Artful Pages - which is a new way of looking at our challenges and inspiration, as well as being able to add more value for our readers which we are not able to do in our current formats.  Our latest issue is now available to flick through online just like a real magazine.  The magazine contains more about our challenges this month, plus DT inspiration, Guest Designer interviews, studio spaces and more!  Check it out and see for yourself - we would love your feedback!








Let's see what our lovely Design Team have created this month for our Journey prompt...

ANN CHUANG




Ann says:  I created a card for the mini challenge. I added a sentiment "every bird loves it's own song".

Visit Ann:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC





Elle says:  For this month's challenge I made a tag using lyrics from one of my favourite Fleetwood Mac songs - Songbird. More photos and info on my blog.

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON



Heather says: "Sing the SONG in your heart'. I think we should all aspire to express ourselves as our heart desires. I used a character from the amazing new release "All Dressed Up" from ArtStacks. I love this expressive little guy!

Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HELEN HOLLINGER




Helen says:
 My little ATC... always sing like no one can hear you! It's good for the soul!

Visit Helen:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM 



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MATILDE FAB




Matilde says:  For the mini challenge I created a tag with the statement "They were ready to sing the new song". These two girls (from Tim Holtz paper dolls) are so charming and happy. For me they look as if they were dancers or singers in a cabaret.

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN




Rachel says:  Can you hear the song in my head?

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE




Rox says:  For the mini challenge using the word “song” I created a vintage inspired postcard. ” Sing your Heart Songs” is a layered postcard that certainly makes my heart sing.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SHARON FRITCHMAN




Sharon says:  The word song brings to mind one of my favorite children's SONGS, “Sing a Song”which was sung by the Muppets!

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN




Sunila says:  For the mini Challenge, I've created a banner style vintage tag. I've added musical elements, and used the word Song as well.

Visit Sunila:  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.

Or you can now enter on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtags: #mtwminisong and #mtwminichallenge.  

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 Café Facebook Group, we have suspended all prizes until further notice due to the current world situation.


Special Guest Designer

This year we invite our winners to be our Special Guest Designers. If you are one of our winners this year, please contact us for more details.



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01 September, 2022

September 2022 Main Challenge - PLAYLIST and EPHEMERA

 Hello everyone! Are you ready for another month of wonderful challenge fun from More Than Words?

This month we want you to be inspired by your favourite PLAYLIST and to add EPHEMERA to your pages. As you will see from our Design Team inspiration, there are many types of Playlist and it doesn't have to mean music playlists!

We also are excited to share the third issue of our new digital magazine - Artful Pages - more details below!

But first, let's look at this month's art journal challenge!


Helpful Tips For The Challenge


We would like you to be inspired by both parts of our challenge
- our word inspiration PLAYLIST and our creative challenge - ADD EPHEMERA.
We can't wait to see what you do and if you need more inspiration, you might find our new magazine useful!

As mentioned at the top of the post, we are excited to share the latest issue of our new digital magazine - Artful Pages - which is a new way of looking at our challenges and inspiration, as well as being able to add more value for our readers which we are not able to do in our current formats.  So here's a look at our latest issue which is available to flick through online just like a real magazine.  The magazine contains more about our challenges this month, our Design Team inspiration, Guest Designer interviews, studio spaces, arting in the wild and more!  Check it out and see for yourself - we would love your feedback!






Let's see what our lovely new Design Team have created this month - we have a variety of Playlist ideas to share with you...

ANN CHUANG


Ann says:  My page has a playlist of my favorite insects. I want to make all my favorite insects into insect cards.


Visit Ann:  
BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC


Elle says:  My playlist is my list of audiobooks for August (at the time of creating my page) inside a library setting with lots and lots of lovely books.  I am a bit of a bookworm and hoarder of books, and as a librarian, have always liked the idea of having my own secret library, so my playlist had to be books! The books on the sides are flaps that fold in to hide the secret library. Please visit my blog and instagram to see the secret library in action!

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON

Heather is on vacation

Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HELEN HOLLINGER



Helen says:  I love music! All kinds, all the time! I don't have a particular favourite playlist, as I play what strikes my fancy at the time! I do sing out loud but I wouldn't recommend being in the same room when I do! LOL! (ask my family!). This fun art journal page represents what music means to me today!

Visit Helen:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM 



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KAT PALECZNY



Kat says: The theme of my art journal is music! I love all kinds of music, so I don't have a favourite playlist. I think music is a great bridge for different nationalities and generations. It is important that we ONLY - LISTEN TO OUR HEART. I am very interested in your works.

Visit Kat:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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LISA OXLEY



Lisa says: When an art exhibition hits Sydney, its like a calling to one's creative spirit. My playlist includes just a few of the artists I have been fortunate enough to peruse in the past few years. My ephemera comes from the gift shop of the galleries hosting the event.

Visit Lisa:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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MATILDE FAB


Matilde says:  My page has a vintage look and a playlist of my favourite books. I love reading books and here are only five which I've chosen. It's so relaxing to sit at a comfortable armchair and read favourite story

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN


Rachel says:  The soundtrack of my summer is my fantastic love story. Our love story is my favorite playlist!

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE


Rox says:  Blackbird singing in the dead of night…. by the Beatles is definitely a song on my playlist…. and was the inspiration for my art journal page.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SARAH DORGERE

Sarah is on vacation


Visit Sarah:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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SHARON FRITCHMAN



Sharon says:  I made my PLAYLIST about my favorite songs from my childhood up to the 80's. ("Strike a Pose" is a line from the song "Vogue" by Madonna!) I typed my playlist of on a tag and tucked it behind the image. I used some of my favorite EPHEMERA from my stash around the page. This was so fun to make!

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN


Sunila says:  This was such a fun spread to create. I went retro here, creating a vintage page, with a list like appearance on the right incorporating the essence of Time. For my Playlist, I created an envelope vellum pocket and inserted it. I've giving a tribute to by favourite songs by Juice Newton, and I felt it apt to use the face of a woman on the page on the right. I've added ephemera bits on the page.

Visit Sunila:  FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM


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As previously mentioned in the Art Café Facebook Group, we have suspended all prizes until further notice due to the current world situation.


Special Guest Designer

This year we invite our winners to be our Special Guest Designers. If you are one of our winners this year, please contact us for more details.


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Tell us what you think in the comments below!  Please leave your comments at the end of this post.  
Are you entering the challenge?  
Do you feel inspired by our fabulous DT this month?
Did you enjoy our new magazine?


Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.  You can join the challenge using the inlinkz below 


Or in our Facebook Group, using the September Main Challenge Album!  

Or you can enter on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtags: #mtwmainplaylist and #mtwmainchallenge. 

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