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 October, 2016

October 2016 Main Challenge

Another month, another exciting challenge at More Than Words!

Before we announce our October challenge, we have a special farewell message to make to a designer who has had to step down from our DT to pursue a wonderful creative opportunity.

Wilma Voermans was an incredible asset to the team and her presence will be missed.  However, we know that she will continue inspiring us in the pursuit of her art.

Best wishes to you Wilma!

Now let's take a look at this month's 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.

Word Inspiration - CHANGE
Creative Challenge - OMBRE

Use the word CHANGE as inspiration for your project.  You can choose to add the word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired to create from it.  Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you, if not already obvious.

For our creative challenge, we want to see an OMBRE or shaded effect on your project.  Ombre is the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.  Take a look at our DT work for some very shady ideas!

VERY IMPORTANT! You have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, the word inspiration AND the creative challenge, on your project to be eligible to win.  Just look at our designers' creations and descriptions as example.  Also, remember that you must include our board image and a link to our blog in your entry post.

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

Valerie: "The word CHANGE reminds me of my son who is growing up too fast and becoming a teenager too soon!  To incorporate the OMBRE creative challenge, I made my background with a spray and I added water to create a shading effect."

Elena: "I've used the word CHANGE in one beautiful phrase 'Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.'  I really had fun playing with the OMBRE effect on my layout.  I've used shades of the terracota color - it harmonizes perfectly with the skin."

Heather: "The biggest CHANGE in my life lately has been when I lost weight by joining a gym and participating in the 12 week challenge.  I'm very proud of what I achieved! The only colour on my page, apart from the gold, 
is the OMBRE colours on the feathers."

Arantzazu: "Sometimes you have to CHANGE your way of thinking, take risks and get out of your comfort zone to see what you can do!  I used different shades of my favorite colour, turquoise, to give depth to the layout with an OMBRE effect."

Valia: "The word CHANGE reminded me of the famous Buddha quote, 'Everything changes, nothing remains without change', keeping in mind at the same time how difficult it can be to actually embrace changes in life.  For the creative part of the challenge, I used a paper with an OMBRE effect and chose various shades of lilac flowers.  I also made a smooth transition of colour on my chipboard embellishments."

Helen: "This photo was taken in 1923, a year of huge CHANGES for Greece, and those troubled times are reflected in the innocent eyes of these boys.  For the OMBRE part of the challenge, I used various shades of black and grey blending with each other, as I think they match both my photo and the captured moment."

Caroline: "I chose this picture for the challenge because of its natural OMBRE sky.  This view is magnificent and it is only a 2 minute walk from my home.  We are so lucky!  I love so much this sightseeing spot near the river where we can observe the day CHANGE into the night."

Joyce: "The CHANGES in the colours of the leaves from green, yellow, orange and red are spectacular during the Autumn months.  As a kid, and even now, I'd walk on dried leaves just to hear the crunchy sound they made under my shoe.  My OMBRE take on the challenge was used to emphasize the encased, bejeweled leaf by cutting out various sized leaf shapes on several book pages and painting them in different hues of the colour green."

Rachael: "My love will never CHANGE for my family.  I incorporated the OMBRE creative challenge by working with shades of purple, purple being one 
of my favorite colours." 

Lilibleu: "For this new challenge, I chose a picture of me... but younger.  I must have been 6 or 7 in this picture, and I think I've CHANGED quite a bit since!  Concerning the OMBRE technical challenge, I tried to create both a shadow and a shading of some gauze that I coloured with several shades of green."

Di: "I really had fun creating the OMBRE effects on my layout.  I used sprays and powders on everything from the background to the flowers, leaves and chipboard too, carrying the colours through everything, just in different combinations.  I really enjoyed creating this and am really happy with my end result.  The word CHANGE inspired me to use the quote 'Don't ever change... Just be you' 
because I think this sums it all up."

Ekaterina: "The October challenge inspired me to create an art journal page.  My project is about the CHANGE of seasons.  Autumn comes to replace Summer in a magical OMBRE palette.  Green leaves on the trees are transformed into a heap of colourful rustling underfoot."

Pamela: "The word CHANGE inspired me to use this beautiful quote, 'Use your smile to change the world.  Don't let the world change your smile.'  I incorporated the OMBRE creative challenge on my background by going from light shades of yellow to darker shades ending up with gold.  It was a different experience for me."

Nicole: "The word CHANGE brought to my mind children and how fast they grow up!  These gorgeous little girls are my friends' daughters, two very close sisters who are constantly changing but at the same time staying consistent in their love for one another.  As far as the creative challenge is concerned, I picked a turquoise blue and created an OMBRE effect using mists of different shades of this beautiful colour on embossed die cut shapes and on my left border edge.  There is also a gradient of greyish blue on my tag and even the girls' dresses are ombre."

Nupur: "It is believed that there is nothing permanent but CHANGE.  We have to cherish every bit of that change.  If you change the way you look, the things you look at change... and there you begin to embrace the beauty and live!  Change is also the OMBRE effect which I've used on different elements of my page, like the different shades of the rose petals."

Kristina: "This is a wonderful challenge that inspired me to create a motivational page for my son.  The headline is a quote by Gandhi that reads: 'You must be the CHANGE you wish to see in the world.'  I used a sheet of watercolour with resist effect from a collection called Salvage Districts by PM and used spray and 
a brush to make the OMBRE effect."

What beautiful inspiration from our very talented designers!

All our prizes include free international postage!


a $50 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month.

"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 colour 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!"

Next, 4 runners up will be each awarded a prize, as follows:


a $25 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG


a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN

In addition, we will draw one random winner from all eligible entries.


a $25 USD prize package from 13ARTS
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

Each month, we hand pick a winner who has not made it into our Top 5, but who has captured our attention someway, somehow.  We might pick a project due to its original use of a certain product, the cleverest title, most beautiful photo, etc.  
Who knows what we will be looking for?


a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And lastly, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our October blog posts.


a $25 USD gift voucher from KREATIVE KORNER
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

We cannot wait to have you wow us with your projects inspired by our 
October Main Challenge CHANGE & OMBRE!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by October 31st at 11:50 pm EST.

23 September, 2016

September Mini Challenge - ENJOY

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

We love seeing your amazing creations roll in for these 
challenges. We love each and every one of them!

Here is our new 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 89mm). 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 will receive a $25 voucher from Dusty Attic, 
our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor.

And just to sweeten the deal, all our prizes 
include free shipping to anywhere in the world!

You can see all our rules under the Rules tab at the top of this blog.

Are delicious creative ideas running through your mind? Here's what 
our Design Team came up with:

Nicole Doiron - Card

Di Garling - Card

Pamela Ellis - ATC

We hope this inspires you to give the challenge a go!

You have until 11.55pm EST on Friday the 30th of September to get 
your entries in right HERE so get your crafting on!

16 September, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on

To go along with our delicious recipe challenge this month,
we knew we had to have the most exquisite Guest Designer join us,
who would be able to wow all of you with her delectable talent!

Without further ado, we are thrilled to present to you this month...

STACEY YOUNG is renowned among the online scrapbooking community for her shabby chic style and so much more!  She produces the most scrumptious creations with lots of busy layers of yummy embellishments and lovely happy colours.  One word comes to mind when looking at her work... DELIGHTFUL!

Let's learn more about Stacey from her own words:

"My name is Stacey Young.  I am Mum of 4 little boys and wife to Tim.  I have been scrapbooking for probably 12 years now and crafting and painting my whole life.  I love everything about this craft, the products and the creative process.  As a busy Mum of 4, I don't get to sit in my studio as much as I would like to these days but when I do it's a wonderful place to relax and let my creative soul take over.  

I would consider my style a mix of many things: shabby chic, fun, playful, romantic... but a few things are for certain, you will always find colour and layers upon layers in my creations.  I absolutely adore mixed media and squeeze in as many elements as I can on one page, always something to look at and find in my creations.  I don't just stop at scrapbooking pages; I also love creating cards, tags, canvas pieces and the odd off the page project and mini album.

I am currently on the Design Team for Prima Marketing, my most favourite brand ever.  I am a Prima flower girl and always will be.  Over the years I have been involved in so many different design teams, too many to list, which have all shaped me to be the crafter than I am today."

You can visit Stacey at the links below:

Here's a reminder of our September DELIGHT & RECIPE challenge
followed by Stacey's beautiful interpretation.

Here is what Stacey has to say about her layout:

"I really loved this "recipe" challenge.  I'm not much of a cook in the kitchen, but I love to cook up some creations in my craft room! :)  I loved adding all of those elements from the art RECIPE: the die cuts, flowers, mist and the flair button.  And the word DELIGHT was a perfect title for my picture.  This little man of mine brings me so much joy, and he is such a delight to be around!  We have loads of fun together.  Thank you for having me share in the fun 
of this fantastic September challenge!"

Now let's take a look at close-ups of Stacey's many layers of goodness:

This layout is so sweet!  Every single added detail, from the stenciled and misted background to the ink-stitched edge, is truly beautiful.

Are you hungry for some more?  Well, we urge you to visit Stacey's blog now!

Thank you so much to Stacey for being our Special Guest this month!!!

Now, it's your turn to cook up something tasty inspired by 

08 September, 2016

Anouncing Our August Winners!!

A BIG THANK YOU to all who were inspired to play along with
our August MAIN & MINI Challenges!
We saw many WONDERFUL creations & as usual it made it hard for our DT to vote!

We have tallied up the votes & here are the results...


GEORGIE C  (entry 76)

Congratulations Georgie! You have WON our August MAIN challenge!
Georgie, please contact Aida at 13arts(at)wp(dot)pl
to claim your $50 USD value pack from 13ARTS


PADORIAA (entry 86)

Padoriaa, please contact Camilla at camilla(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN


MARTA DEBICKA (entry 61)

Marta, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindystampgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S STAMP GANG


eMKa (entry 67)

eMKa, please contact Anna at sklep(at)lemoncraft(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT


JO TRITTON (entry 24)

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


HANNAH ZHENG (entry 73)


Hannah, please contact Alda at cs(at)flyingunicornllc(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FLYING UNICORN


ROMY VEUL  (entry 72)

We love that Romy has scrapped about a friend that cheered her up when she was having a difficult day. We think it's so important to scrap about memories like these. Romy has also incorporated cool circles into her project making it a fantastic interpretation of the challenge!
Congratulations Romy!

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


Nadia, please contact Pamela at langeheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD promo code from THE DUSTY ATTIC


Mona, please contact Pamela at langeheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD promo code from MAGENTA

And lastly, but certainly not least, these participants didn't quite make it into our prize winning list, but, having received a high number of votes on the MAIN challenge, we think that they VERY MUCH deserve an HONOURABLE MENTION: 

NATALKA (entry 71)

SARA K (entry 59)

PLUMO (entry 34)

BADBARBIE (entry 12)

 LETIKE (entry 52)

AMELIE JUTRAS (entry 51)

To learn more about all our VERY generous sponsors,
click on the SPONSORS tab above!

We encourage our merit winners, honourable mentions and participants who have 
had your project featured on our Facebook page to grab your badge 
from our left sidebar and PROUDLY display it on your blog!
These have been made just for YOU!

Lastly, a friendly reminder that we are well under way with our September 
MAIN challenge and we are loving your projects so far. We can't 
wait to see many more, so please keep them coming!!
The details for our DELIGHT & RECIPE challenge are HERE.

Link your project using the Linky Tool in the right sidebar
by the 30th September at 11:59 pm EST.

Once again, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners 
and THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for playing along!!!