We are a papercraft challenge blog offering a monthly Main Challenge based on a Word and a Creative Challenge,

open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages. PLUS we host a word-based Mini Challenge

on the last week of each month for cards, tags and ATCs. There is definitely something for everyone!

16 November, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight on
KEREN TAMIR


We are thrilled to showcase the amazing work of yet another
Special Guest Designer here at More Than Words!


Keren Tamir is very well-known in the scrapbooking community as, 
a very talented designer for several prominent manufacturers
as well as a Prima Marketing Educator, title to which so many of us aspire.
She travels the world spreading to others this special passion that we all share!

When we thought up our November challenge, we immediately thought
of her as our Special Guest to bring forth our word and creative challenge combo.

Let's learn a little more about Keren through her own words:

Hi everyone! My name is Keren Tamir and I live near Toronto, Canada.
I am a wife to a wonderful husband who is very supportive of my art
and a mother of two amazing kids, a 16 year old boy and an 11 year old girl.

I've been scrapbooking for 15 years and I've loved art since I was a child.
I love to create an experiment with many different mediums and techniques.
My style is always evolving and that's one of the things I love about this art.

One of the main reasons I started scrapbooking was to preserve memories 
and photos of my children. However, over the last couple of years, I've diverted
myself into the mixed media world and love combining them together.
I've developed my own mixed media style which I love sharing with my students.
I love to create and I'm passionate about what I do and that's why I love
to teach techniques of mixed media and art.

You can visit Keren at the following links:
WEBSITE  -  YOUTUBE  -  INSTAGRAM 

Here is a reminder of our November OUTDOORS & WOODGRAIN Main Challenge followed by Keren's gorgeous project which was inspired by it.




Read below as Keren describes in her own words how she was inspired
by our word and how she chose to incorporate our creative challenge:

I am delighted to be a guest designer for the More Than Words challenge blog.

For me the OUTDOORS always remind me of nature and so I wanted to incorporate 
nature into my canvas. I used flowers, butterflies and real natural objects to give
it a natural feel. I'm very thankful for everything in my life so I wanted to 
incorporate that into the sentiment of this canvas.

I also loved getting inspired by the challenge board and the creative challenge 
as I love using WOODGRAIN patterns in my projects. 
I used the woodgrain pattern as the background to my canvas.

Below is the video tutorial on how I created this project:


How fabulous is Keren's shaker mixed media canvas!?
The WOODGRAIN background is absolutely stunning
and all the natural elements that Keren has added as
embellishments evoke so well the whole OUTDOORS feel.

Let's take a look at some details:




A big THANK YOU to Keren for joining us 
as our November Special Guest!

We hope that you will take inspiration from Keren's creation
and that you will play along with our November Main Challenge.

You have until November 30th to link up! 


13 November, 2017

More Than Words 2018 Design Team


We all know that you have been waiting for it, and we apologize for the delay, 
but we had so many great applicants to our 2018 DT Call that we had to make sure
 to view each and every one very carefully before being able to make 
our final decisions on who would be our new designers for 2018!

First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you who applied!
We wish we could have accepted all of you as you all impressed us
by your talent and dedication. We know that it's never easy to be turned down
after putting yourself out there and waiting and hoping to be chosen 
(we have all been there more than once and we know the feeling),
but we hope that you will continue to create, play along to all our challenge
and apply again next time!

With no further ado, here is the complete More Than Words DT 
who will be creating for us and inspiring you all in 2018!!


(7 new creating members)


(12 staying creating members including the Admin Team)


VALIA KATZAKI will not be creating, but she is staying on 
as an original MTW co-founder and a very trusted Admin Consultant.

Sadly, as you all know, new DT members mean departing DT members.
have decided to step down at the end of December 
as they have new creative opportunities to explore.

We want to thank them for having been such loyal and dedicated MTW members
this past year and we wish them nothing but the best in 2018!

BUT... 2017 is not over yet!!
We still have the December main challenge reveal as well 2 mini challenges
in which to showcase our 2017 DT's amazing work so stay tuned for those!

We will make sure to do a formal introduction to all our DT
during our January 2018 Main Challenge reveal.


08 November, 2017

Announcing Our October Winners


Yes! It's that day once again where we make some very talented people happy!


We have had a fabulous response to our October challenges.
We loved to see how you were inspired by the word DELICATE (not an easy word!)
and how you thought to incorporate the FABRICS creative challenge.
And of course, we always adore seeing your cards, tags and ATCS
inspired by our mini word.  All the October entries were especially 'FINE'.

Thank you so much to all of you who have participated in either of our challenges.

You don't have to wonder any longer on who the lucky winners are!


MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

KRIPA KOUSHIK (entry 19)
Congratulations Kripa, you are the winner of our October Main Challenge!
Kripa, please contact Anna at info(at)piondesign(dot)se
to claim your $50 USD value prize from PION DESIGN.


RUNNERS UP

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

SHERENE WOODARD (entry 50)
Sherene, please contact Aneta at scrapandcraft(dot)co(dot)uk(at)gmail(dot)com
 to claim your $25 USD value prize from SCRAP AND CRAFT.


MELISSA LARSON (entry 21)
Melissa, please contact Anna at skelp(at)lemoncraft(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT.


PLUMO (entry 18)
Plumo, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD.


OLGA RAVENSKAYA (entry 57)
Olga, please contact Janene at janene(at)49andmarket(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET.


RANDOM WINNERS
(selected via Random.org)


RUTHI KAMPLER (entry 30)
Ruthi, please contact Aida at 13arts(at)wp(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 13ARTS.



SANDRA BRIMELOW (entry 32)
Sandra, please contact Caroline at creationselliam(at)yahoo(dot)ca
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV.


MYSTERY WINNER
(hand picked by our Admin team)

PEARLINE ALEX (entry 38)
We chose this gorgeous canvas of Pearline's as our Mystery Prize winner
because we loved how she incorporated so many lovely FABRICS in 
her mixed media composition... lace, tulle, burlap, crochet, cheesecloth, etc
Pearline titled her canvas DELICATE as our word which goes perfectly
with the photo that she chose of two beautiful babies.

Pearline, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.


MINI CHALLENGE WINNER

Dutt Preety, please contact us at mtwchallenge(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.


Lastly, here are a few HONOURABLE MENTIONS who have not made it 
into our Top 5, but who received a high number of votes from our DT:

TILIA (entry 58)
SIVAN AMEDI (entry 56)
KATYA KORN (entry 28)
AMY VOORTHUIS (entry 55)
ANAT WEKSLER (entry 10)
LENET (entry 59)
PÄIVI J (entry 41)
JULD HANDMADE (entry 49)

Congratulations to all our winners
and again a huge THANK YOU to all our participants!

We encourage all you merit winners, honourable mentions and participants
whose project was featured on our Facebook page throughout the month
to grab your badge from our left sidebar and proudly display it on your blog.

To learn more about all our wonderful and generous sponsors,
click on the SPONSORS tab above.

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is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by November 30th at 11:55 pm EST.




01 November, 2017

November 2017 Main Challenge
OUTDOORS & WOODGRAIN


It's November already and time for a new Main Challenge!

Whether you're right in the middle of Autumn or Spring,
you no doubt enjoy spending as much time outside as possible
to take in Nature's beautiful scenes and plenty of of fresh air.

Well, that means that you will also enjoy this challenge...

Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.
The challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.
Make sure to carefully read our instructions below.

Word Inspiration - OUTDOORS
Creative Challenge - WOODGRAIN

What does the word WOODGRAIN inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since, as you are aware, words 
are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know 
how this month's word stimulated your creative process, 
so please do explain in your blog post how it inspired you!

One of the many scrapbooking trends of the past couple years 
that doesn't seem to get old is WOODGRAIN patterns. 
We thought that it would go perfectly with our word 
inspiration this month. So, whether you use patterned paper, 
a stamp, a stencil or the real thing, it doesn't matter. 
Show us your woodgrain!

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT MTW RULES!
To be eligible to win, you have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, 
the word inspiration and the creative challenge.
Just look at our designers' projects and descriptions as examples.

You must also include our board image as well as a link to our blog in your entry post.  AND you may combine our challenge with no more than 2 other challenges.

Please check out all our challenge rules in the RULES tab above.


Now let's see what our amazing DT have come up with
to showcase this month's word and incorporate the creative challenge!



 Mary: The word OUTDOORS inspired me to scrap with a romantic photo by the sea. For the creative challenge, I used a WOODGRAIN patterned paper 
and some wooden embellishments.


TORSA SAHA
Torsa: Inspired by the word, I have used an OUTDOORS picture of the beautiful season of Autumn. For the WOODGRAIN creative challenge, I have used paper with a wooden texture as well as some wooden embellishments.


Aga: Today I share with you an art journal page whose background I have painted in a WOODGRAIN pattern with my watercolours to match the creative challenge. The word OUTDOORS made me think of how human beings were created to travel, discover and learn by experiences through his or her whole life. It is our destination. A walk can be around the park or around the world... or whichever way it may lead you. You don't need eyes to see, you don't need vision.


Di: This month's challenge inspired me to scrap these photos of my grandson playing OUTDOORS on some play equipment. I just loved these pics of him playing that I couldn't decide which one to use, so I used them all. I have inserted some brown WOODGRAIN paper in behind the photos which 
I think makes a nice contrast on my layout.


KAVITHA
 Kavitha: The beach is my most favourite OUTDOORS spot so I made a tropical beachy layout. I used WOODGRAIN patterned paper as part 
of my background for the creative challenge.


LILIBLEU
 Lilibleu: Inspired by the OUTDOORS, I used a photo of my son, then aged 5, who climbed for the first time a playground in the trees. For the WOODGRAIN creative challenge, I used this very nice wood patterned paper with its slightly time-worn aspect and its green touches which inspired the overall colour and theme of my page.


NICOLE DOIRON
Nicole: My favourite season to spend OUTDOORS is the Fall. This couple selfie was taken in October a couple years ago during a beautiful stroll on our hometown ocean boardwalk in the crisp cool Autumn air. Along with many elements inspired by the outdoors like trees, branches nest and birds, I used a beautiful WOODGRAIN background to respect the creative challenge. If you look really closely, you can even see some woodgrain pattern on a badge used behind my little tree.


 Caroline: Fall is the greatest season to have OUTDOOR walks to see the gorgeous colours that Mother Nature brings to our eyes! For the creative challenge WOODGRAIN, I chose a lovely wood paper background as well 
as wood leaves and a woodgrain looking badge.


HEATHER MCMAHON
 Heather: It's always fun to explore OUTDOORS. You never know what you're going to find! One day, I saw this grumpy cat sitting outdoors on a balcony, scowling at everyone. It was so funny! I used a WOODGRAIN paper behind the photo and you can see the woodgrain of the balcony railings in the photo itself.


PAMELA ELLIS
 Pamela: One of the many things I share with my grandchildren is a love for the OUTDOORS no matter what the season is. My sweet granddaughter Emily enjoyed a fall romp in the leaves here. For the WOODGRAIN element, I chose 
a background paper that looks like wood.


VALERIE OUELLET
Valerie: I used a picture of my daughter playing outside. We love outdoors activities! I created my layout on a soft WOODGRAIN pattern that I love.


 Anguree: I loved creating on WOODGRAIN and this design from an old Riddersholm collection inspired me to use this photo of a gorgeous friend and I. The woodgrain was perfect for our photo against the tree trunk. We spent a beautiful afternoon OUTDOORS and having fun doing a friendship shoot to celebrate our friendship.


ELENA MARTYNOVA
 Elena: I am very glad that I have my own garden. There, I can do OUTDOORS pictures like this one with my daughter. You can see our gorgeous wood fence behind her. I used a piece of WOODGRAIN paper that matches it perfectly.


HEIKE'S AUGENBLICK
Heike: The word OUTDOORS inspired me to make a minimalistic layout with the theme from my second hobby, gardening. I found a WOODGRAIN paper which was perfect for the November creative challenge.


Janice: We love the great OUTDOORS, especially Summertime and going to the beach. A walk up the jetty at picturesque Tumby Bay is a must! I have used a WOODGRAIN patterned paper which matches the colours of the jetty planks.


What wonderful outdoorsy looking projects from our DT!

Now, let's take a look at the prizes up for grab this month!


All our prizes include free international postage!


MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Here is more information about this month's 1st place sponsor:


For 20 years, Lindy's has been a trusted manufacturer of quality mixed media, arts and crafts products all made in the USA.  Often imitated, but never duplicated, Lindy's is a leader in glorious shimmer sprays and products.


4 RUNNERS UP
(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

$25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC


$25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN



$25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES


2 RANDOM WINNERS
(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 CAD value prize from MAGENTA


$25 USD value prize from COCOA VANILLA STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


MYSTERY WINNER
(hand picked by our Admin team - an entry not in our Top 5, 
but that has that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

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

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
November Main Challenge OUTDOORS & WOODGRAIN!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by November 30th at 11:55 pm EST.



23 October, 2017

October 2017 Mini Challenge - FINE


The month of October is almost over, can you believe it?!
There is only 1 week left, so you know what that means!  
You have 1 week to play along with our brand new Mini Challenge!

Here's how it works:

The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for cards, tags and ATCs only.  (ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of heart, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm). This challenge requires you to use a specific word on your project. We must see the actual word. You have only one week - until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Entry for the Mini Challenge is only 
via our Facebook page under the relevant post.

The winner, as voted by our DT, will receive a $25 USD value prize
from THE DUSTY ATTIC, our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor!

You can see all our rules under the RULES tab above.

Is this word inspiring you to make a mini creation? We sure hope so!






DI GARLING (card)








MARY CATT (tag)




TORSA SAHA (tag)






We're sure that you will be inspired to play along after seeing 
all these fabulously FINE mini projects from our DT!

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, October 31st
to share your entry right HERE on our Facebook page.