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!

01 May, 2017

May 2017 Main Challenge
MOTHER & FLOWERS


Hello everyone! We are ready to share a brand challenge 
with you here at More Than Words!

During the month of May, in most parts of the world, we dedicate one 
specific day to honor very special women in our lives... mothers!
So this month we are offering you a challenge honouring them too!

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 you carefully read our instructions below.

Word Inspiration - MOTHER
Creative Challenge - FLOWERS

What does the word MOTHER inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project
or simply be inspired by it. Please explain in your blog post how the word
inspired you, if not already obvious. We love to read about your inspiration!

Most undoubtedly the #1 gift given to mothers on Mother's Day are FLOWERS.
So our creative challenge is very easy... just add at least one flower to your project.
Or you can add an entire bouquet... whatever your fancy!

VERY IMPORTANT!  In order to be eligible to win...
You have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge,
the word inspiration (MOTHER) and the creative challenge (FLOWERS),
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 blog challenges.

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



Caroline: "My MOTHER is my best friend.  She's always there, and I know she always will be. Our relationship is precious and I cherish every moment that I have her by my side. For the creative twist, I added a lot of different types of FLOWERS like paper, resin, stenciled and stamped. I used beautiful new flower stamps designed by my friend and MTW team member, Valerie."


Nicole: "It was obvious seeing this month's word inspiration that I had to pay homage to my MOTHER. She has always been the most important woman in my life.  Generous, sociable, strong, funny... those are just some of her qualities that I strive towards every day. The picture was taken back in October when my brother and I threw a big party to celebrate her 65th birthday. The creative challenge wasn't that much of a challenge as I use FLOWERS on pretty much all my creations. For this page, I especially chose these gorgeous blooms from the Prima Rossibelle collection which I had in my stash for a while, saving them for a very special layout."


Di: "I was inspired by our challenge this month to scrap a layout using this photo of my MOTHER and myself as a baby. It was a wonderful walk down memory lane. The creative challenge was easy as I normally love to use FLOWERS on my projects."


Aga: "Today, I would like to present you this layout of my younger son. Inspired by this month's challenge, I wanted to show you how happy I am to be his MOTHER. I hope by looking at the whole page and the numerous FLOWERS, which I usually avoid since I don't feel comfortable with the flowery style, you will feel my blossoming happiness too. This page was created to show my deep love for my children."


Elena M: "I made a project with a photo of my grandmother and her son, my dad. She was a beautiful, caring and loving MOTHER and grandmother.  I added a lot of FLOWERS on my layout because of the creative challenge of course, but also because my grandmother loved and grew them in her garden."


Ekaterina: "This month, the very special word 'Mama' (MOTHER) is the inspiration, so I made this canvas with a photo of my mother-in-law. I love her very much; she is like a second mother to me! The FLOWERS used in my work are stamped images 
painted with Magicals from Lindy's."


Jennifer: "This month, I chose to use this picture of my youngest baby boy. He is a miracle baby as I waited 4 years for him to be conceived. He was born with a lot of health problems, and I am so proud of the path traveled with my baby. In a way, with my page, I decided to celebrate the dedicated MOTHERS of sick children. 
I incorporated a lot of FLOWERS as usual, as they are easily 
my favorite scrappy embellishments."


Lilibleu: "For this month's challenge, I wanted to use a vintage photo to illustrate the MOTHER theme. The meaning of this special word has stayed the same through the test of time. I also placed the word directly on my page. FLOWERS being my favorite embellishments, I always like to put a lot on every project, 
so this one was no exception."


Elena T: "I chose for our May challenge an old photo of me with my MOTHER. This photo inspired me to create a blooming page with a light vintage look. FLOWERS! Yes! I love flowers very much and I often use them on my projects. They are my favorites! In this project, I incorporated different types: chipboard, handmade, fabric, printed. Let us all make our memories bloom!"


Valerie: "The meeting with this little being who has been living inside your belly for 9 months is a moment of pure happiness for a MOTHER. This is a memory that I will cherish forever. I followed the creative challenge by adding 
many FLOWERS on my page."


Sanderijn: "I was inspired by this month's word to use this brand new gorgeous picture of my daughter because I cannot begin to describe how proud I am of her and how she manages to make my MOTHER's heart jump up and down from joy constantly. For the creative challenge, I don't need much explanation, right?
 'Let's make your project bloom'... well, that's exactly what I did! I took this picture last week, in Springtime, so that's why I decided to use a Spring theme in combination with the FLOWERS. 
My daughter makes my life bloom in every way!"


Kavitha: "A MOTHER's love is timeless and stays the same forever, so I added a clock and the title 'Forever' on my layout. For the creative challenge, I decorated my page with several FLOWERS, of all kinds and sizes."


Kareen: "The day I became a MOTHER was 6 years ago. Time goes by so fast! It was the most beautiful day, and I still remember it as if it was yesterday. I added a lot of FLOWERS on my layout, as a celebration of that day!"


Anguree: "This layout is all for you, Mum! You are beautiful, amazing, one of a kind and the best MOTHER anyone could ever ask for.  But God gave you to me! You love purple and so I faced my greatest scrap nemesis... the colour purple!  I created a layout with purple hibiscus FLOWERS. They are not your beloved Christmas roses or agapanthus, but I reckon you will love these too! xxx"


What a lovely set of DT projects!
We cannot wait to see what you will be inspired to create!

And now let's take a look at the fabulous prizes up for grabs this month...

NOTE: We have decided to make a slight change in our prize listing in order to
 be able to grant more wonderful Main Challenge entries a chance to win a prize. 
From now on, we will offer not 1, but 2 RANDOM PRIZES each month!
As a result, we will unfortunately no longer have a monthly Lucky Commenter prize.
We do truly appreciate your feedback and encouragement 
and hope that you will continue sharing your comments with us! <3



All our prizes include free international postage!


MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

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

"Maja Design is a Swedish manufacture of craft paper. We are dedicated to create unique and very high quality papers for scrapbooking and crafts. Our papers, that are really thick and easy to work with, always follow a tasteful and matching color theme, even between the different collections, perfect for mix matching. Every collection is designed by the company's founder, Marie Janson, and are created with a unique story in mind. Our vintage inspired collections are created to be long lasting and timeless, but yet still modern. Today, we are proudly shipping our products to more than 30 countries worldwide, and we hope that our beloved designs 
will inspire your creativity!"


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


$25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES


$25 USD value prize from MAGENTA


$25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


$25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC


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

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


$25 USD value prize from COLOUR BLAST


MYSTERY WINNER
(one entry hand picked by our Admin team which has not made it into our Top 5,
but that has captured our attention someway, somehow)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

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 above.

Here's to hoping that all of you will play along with our
May Main Challenge MOTHER & FLOWERS!

Link up your project using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by May 31st at 11:59 pm EST.


23 April, 2017

April 2017 Mini Challenge - FREE


Hello and welcome to our April More Than Words Mini Challenge!

Last month, we saw a wonderful response from you
and are hoping to see as many beautiful entries this month.
Do feel FREE to share with us your mini projects!!

Here is our new Mini Challenge board:
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 art,
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 - tag
Di has created a creative process video about her tag. 
View the video by clicking on the image below.











LILIBLEU - card








Now that you've been inspired by our fabulous DT,
we hope that you will give our Mini Challenge a go!

You have until 11:55 pm EST on Sunday, April 30,
to share your entry right HERE on our Facebook page.


16 April, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight on
JAYA RAGHUVANSHI


This month's incredibly talented Special Guest Designer will be sure 
to inspire you, and with no further ado, here she is!!


Jaya Raghuvanshi is well known in the international scrapbooking community 
for her gorgeous mixed media style and use of stunning images
and creative compositions filled with lots of beautiful embellishments.
We all have been admiring her work for a while, and we are 
absolutely thrilled that she agreed to be our April Special Guest!

Let's learn a bit more about Jaya as she introduces herself:

Hello friends! My name is Jaya Raghuvanshi from Mumbai, India. 
I am a mixed media style scrapbooker and I love playing with colours,
textures and different mediums. Mixed media gives me the freedom to go wrong, 
make mistakes, learn and create... and that is why I am so hooked on it!

I am currently designing for some wonderful papercrafting teams
including my all time favorite... Prima Marketing Inc.
Apart from papercrafts, I also love travelling and photography.
I would like to thank More Than Words for having me!

You can find my work here:
BLOG  -  FACEBOOK  -  INSTAGRAM  -  YOUTUBE


Here is a reminder of our April DREAM & BLACK/WHITE +1 challenge
followed by Jaya's wonderful layout inspired by it.



Below Jaya describes in her own words how she was inspired
by our word and how she incorporated our creative challenge:

I was really inspired by this month's challenge image.  
The zebra stripe pattern is one of my favourites and I love how well 
it goes with my cute black and white baby photo.  This was my primary
inspiration for this page.  I love the word inspiration for the month, DREAM,
and I used it as my title as it goes perfectly with the adorable sleeping baby.

I incorporated tons of Prima Marketing flowers and media. Teal is my favourite colour
so I used it as my extra to the BLACK/WHITE creative challenge palette.
I added a little teal on the background as well for some contrast.
The white flower centers have been misted with the same colour.
I love how this page turned out and I hope you like it too!

Oh, we do not only like Jaya's layout... we adore it!
She has captured the black and white contrast brilliantly
and couldn't have opted for a more beautiful colour accent.
Plus, that sleeping baby photo is just perfect for this month's word!

Here are some close-ups:




A big THANK YOU to Jaya for joining us as our April Special Guest!

We hope that you will take inspiration from Jaya's creation
and you will play along with our April Main Challenge if not already done so.

You have until April 30th to link up!



08 April, 2017

Announcing our March Winners!!


It's time to make a lot of people happy
by revealing our winners for the month of March!


We are thrilled to say that March was another record-breaking month here 
at More Than Words with over 160 entries in our Main and Mini Challenges combined.
We cannot thank you all enough for your support and we are so very 
grateful to be part of this amazing scrappy journey with you!

We had to pick some winners, however hard it may be, so here goes!




MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER

TRUDI HARRISON  (entry 109)
Congratulations Trudi! You are the winner of our March Main Challenge!
Trudi, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.


RUNNERS UP
(in no particular order)

SIVAN AMEDI  (entry 97)
Sivan, please contact Camilla at camilla(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN.


Julia, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.


MARIE-JOSÉE HAMEL  (entry 12)
Marie-Josée, please contact Hélène at helene(dot)magenta(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAGENTA.


ANNA MARKOVSKA  (entry 64)
Anna, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindystampgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S STAMP GANG.


RANDOM WINNER



PLUMO  (entry 121) 
Plumo, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your 25$ value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.


MYSTERY WINNER

CARRIE WILLIAMS  (entry 40)
This fun and colourful design sure captured our eye,
but what captured our heart was most especially Carrie's heartfelt journaling!
In her own handwriting, Carrie explains what is 'true beauty'.  
We all agree that inner beauty is most important and we love how 
she chose to express these words of wisdom amid a truly fabulous piece of art!

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


MINI CHALLENGE WINNER

Katja, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your 25$ value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.


LUCKY COMMENTER


Ola, please Anna at anna(at)hobbyandyou(dot)eu
to claim your $25 USD value prize from SCRAPBERRY'S.


Lastly, these participants didn't make it into our prize winning list,
but having received a high number of votes from our DT in our Main Challenge,
we think that they very much deserve an HONOURABLE MENTION:

DARIA MAKAROVA  (entry 47)
LEMON CREATION  (entry 67)
EIRINI TSAIMA  (entry 104)
ANASTASI KUZNETSOVA  (entry 68)
NOURA POMPILLA  (entry 116)
TORSA SAHA  (entry 22)


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

We encourage all our merit winners, honourable mentions and participants
whose project we have 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!

***
is currently underway and we are looking forward 
to seeing more of your fabulous entries!
Link up by April 30th at 11:59 pm EST.