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12 October, 2022

Special Guest Spotlight on MANU CURE October 2022

 This month, we are very pleased to welcome Manu Cure, who was one of our July 2022 winners

We hope you enjoy her take on our October Main Challenge and do please visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.



Artist Bio 

I started scrapbooking in 2010. My main projects were pages, layouts with pictures of my two kids. Now, they are teenagers and they don't let me take picture of them anymore! In addition, the pandemic shutdown in March 2020 changed my vision of scrapbooking. I really needed to create and express myself. That's why I found art journaling. I went from three or four creations of art journal pages to more than a hundred since the first shutdown. I love to explore and use different mediums. It's a therapy for me after a long day or a hard week of work. I like a phenomenal amount of designers and artists who inspire me and teach me their knowledge. Sometimes my style is colorful, sometimes it's vintage and sometimes it's simple or complicated but I always have joy and fun when I crafting. You can now join me on my instagram at manu_curett

Social Media links:


Manu's Interpretation of our October Main Challenge

Manu says:  Strange in my head instantly made me think about Deb Weier's wonky face!
Inky for me is definitely this mixture of colors applied from sprays that flow and give us an unusual diffusion of new colors.

My challenge was to realize a fusion of this colorful background  with the muted colors of the wonky face. That's why I put some scraps of paper under my subject.

What I liked about this challenge was to create a background with sprays, a medium that can't be controlled. I'm pretty happy about the result. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.



Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal spread with us Manu!  We hope Manu's beautiful work inspires you to enter the October challenge!


Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:


Word Inspiration - STRANGE
Creative Challenge - GET INKY


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






08 October, 2022

Announcing our September 2022 Winners

 Hello everyone,


Today we are excited to announce our September winners!  We really loved looking at all of your projects and how you interpreted our challenges this month.  
 Don't forget to enter our October 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. 




Honourable Mention goes to...

We also wanted to recognise this fab journal page and playlist by Ginny who entered our challenge for the first time - what a great take on our challenge!

Ginny A Roth








*** 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 October, 2022

October 2022 Mini Challenge - MAGICAL

 Hi Mini Challenge lovers! Welcome to this month's Mini Challenge in this magical month!

Word inspiration: Add the word MAGICAL on your mini projects. We need to see the actual word MAGICAL 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: #mtwminimagical and #mtwminichallenge.  



As mentioned previously, 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 Magical prompt...

ANN CHUANG



Ann says:  I made a Birthday card using Distress Ink. I used a stencil to make the polka dot effect.

Visit Ann:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC



Elle says:  I made a tag this time using recycled cardboard and acrylic paint and markers.  I found this anon quote online that I liked "You are made of stardust and wishes and magical things" and drew some magical black cats and bats on, finishing with some black netting.

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON

Heather is on vacation this month.

Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HEIDI MATTESSICH


Heidi says:
 Where there is kindness there is goodness.
Where there is good there's MAGIC
Be magical!

Visit Heidi:  BLOG - INSTAGRAM -  YOUTUBE



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MATILDE FAB




Matilde says:  Hello! Here is my tag with the word MAGICAL. I'd like to make some piece of art work with energetic and positive vibes. I used some magical powders, LOL

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN



Rachel says:  My card is all about magical love.

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE


Rox says:  Spending time creating is a “magical” experience, a way to escape the everyday.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SHARON FRITCHMAN




Sharon says:  When making my tag, I continued with the Halloween theme because for me, trick-or-treating was always magical! The figure of the boy and his wings are from the ArtStacks "All Dressed Up" and "Wings and Things" stacks. He's all ready to trick or treat with his skeleton costume and pumpkin bag!

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN




Sunila says:  For the mini Challenge, I created an Index card with all things magical. The colours that speak to be of magic, the little fairy and the quote. I've captured the magical vibe of the universe on this one.

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: #mtwminiMAGICAL 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.

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

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



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03 October, 2022

Artful Pages Magazine - October 2022


 


The October issue of our magazine has been published and is now available to read online.  Just click on the large cover below to reveal the navigation panel, and use it to move back and forth through the magazine.



Artful Pages October 2022 by EOTC

01 October, 2022

October 2022 Main Challenge - STRANGE and GET INKY

  Hello everyone and Happy Halloween!

This month we are inviting you to get into the Halloween mood and be STRANGE and GET INKY.

We are also saying goodbye to our lovely DT member Helen and welcoming new DT member Heidi on board.

We are excited to share the latest issue of our new digital magazine - Artful Pages - more details below! But first, let's look at this month's art journal challenge!

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

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

Helpful Tips For The Challenge


We would like you to be inspired by both parts of our challenge
- our word inspiration STRANGE and our creative challenge - GET INKY
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, 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...

ANN CHUANG



Ann says:  My Strange Halloween page. I made the background using Distress Inks and added a lot of Halloween designer paper and elements to this page.


Visit Ann:  
BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC



Elle says:  I used acrylic inks for the background and Distress inks for the pumpkins. The pumpkins are made from book paper and then I drew some of my cats popping out from behind them. My quote "I myself am strange and unusual" seems to fit.

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON



Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HEIDI MATTESSICH



Heidi says:  Happy Fall, Y'all!! This page was a lot of fun to put together and definitely getting me ready for Halloween. For my inky inspiration I used Lindy's Starburst Spray (pigment ink) and some Distress ink from Tim Holtz. Hopefully, the only inky darkness I will get lost in is in my art 

Visit Heidi:  BLOG - INSTAGRAM -  YOUTUBE 



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KAT PALECZNY



Kat says: On my page I used the word Strange in my quote 'Somewhere there is someone looking for the strange you are' and was inspired by the layers of ink to create my background with Distress Inks.

Visit Kat:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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LISA OXLEY


 
Lisa says:     INKY backgrounds in vibrant neon.  Allow for the STRANGE, to get their freak on.

Visit Lisa:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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MATILDE FAB




Matilde says:  I'd like to make a page with positive message. Many people are scared to be themselves. Don’t try to be someone else, just be yourself! I used my favourite distress INKS for the background and for stamping.

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN



Rachel says:  Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE



Rox says:  I created a collaged art piece for the October challenge using some ArtStacks papers.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SARAH DORGERE


Sarah says: I was inspired by the colors of fall and the weirdness of this season. For that I worked my background with Lindy’s spray INK and used the word STRANGE in a quote.

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



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SHARON FRITCHMAN


Sharon says:  When I think of October, I always think of Halloween!  I used pink,orange, and yellow INKS from my stash to make my background. The image of the woman and her black wings are from the ArtStacks "All Dressed Up" and "Wings and Things" stacks. I completed my page with a STRANGE and eerie quote!

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN



Sunila says:  It's good to be weird, and like the strange things. For my page, I was inspired to use Ink layers using Distress Inks and Acrylic Ink. I've used the word Strange in my quote, and created a scene inspired by Halloween and Harvest. It's time we honour the strange little things we love.

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

One or more participants, handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designers.


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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?  
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 October Main Challenge Album!  

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter