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01 March, 2021

March 2021 Main Challenge - CARPE DIEM and MARKMAKING

 Hello again and welcome to our March Main Challenge!  

This month, we are challenging you to Carpe Diem or Seize the Day! 


As always, our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.  The word inspiration can appear on your project or not but you must show that you have been inspired by it.  The creative challenge must be used on your project!

                    
Word Inspiration - CARPE DIEM
Creative Challenge - MARKMAKING

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

Carpe Diem means Seize the Day! How do you or your friends or family make the most of life's opportunities? Does your child love school? Is someone starting a new job? Or maybe you're simply enjoying what life has to offer like taking a walk in the sunshine or a swim at the beach. For an extra challenge, add some MARKMAKING to your project. Add lines, doodles or hand-drawn stars. We don't mind what it is so long as you make some sort of hand-drawn lines on your project!


Design Team Inspiration

And now let's look at our first DT Inspiration for this month:

Heather:  I love the saying 'CARPE DIEM'. I believe we should make the most of every opportunity life presents us with. We should get out and explore this amazing world.
For my MARKMAKING, I drew a tree based on one near us at our favourite beach destination. I drew lots of tiny branches and roots, making many marks in the process!


ELLE WILSON

Elle:  I found this woman in a magazine and I knew I had to use her to express Carpe Diem on my art journal page. I also used a handwritten quote from a poem by Mary Oliver that seemed to fit with the theme. For my markmaking I used pencils and crayons to scribble on the painted background and made small marks in groups of threes.

JINAL SAVLA

Jinal:  At first I didn't understand the term "Carpe Diem" fully only until few years ago, when I experienced life at its fullest when I had my very first Bungee Jumping..
Well, this quote explains well the exact understanding...  “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Using a black marker, I have doodled around the border of the journaling card as my markmaking.
Kat: CARPE DIEM is a slogan that should be repeated to ourselves at every moment, there are so many wonderful moments in our lives. In my work, I wanted to show that we can free ourselves from the cages that limit us and be free.
For the MARKMAKING, I created background work with my black marker with stamps and stencils. I was fun working on this project.


LISA OXLEY



Lisa:  Inspiration comes from capturing the joy of each day, being open to fresh experiences, new people and eternally seizing inspiration.  Filling ones cup everyday, with a colourful light of hope.  
Repeated mark making reinforces my signature style while creating interest and detail.


MARIE JOHANSSON



Marie: I took this photo an early morning at work. I was ending my night shift, exhausted and suddenly I saw this piece of paper flying around the floor, sun shining on it. Felt like someone was telling me something. There just as the day was starting. It fit so well with the quote. Making marks is something I do on always every project I create. It do it because it add a personal touch - one of the things I ”mark” with is straight lines & circles. As on this page I also added scribbles and arrows. 


OLYA RAGOZONI

Olya: Hello everyone! Carpe Diem means seizing the day! I really miss my russian village, warm winter evenings and hot tea from a samovar. I created a photo frame with a picture the other day! "Carpe Diem" - live this moment, take care of it in your heart!
For my MARKMAKING, I sprayed the foliage on the background, hand-painted the paper cut, wetting my finger in wax.



SARAH DORGERE
I wanted to represent CARPE DIEM with poppies. The poppy is an ephemeral plant and for me it is necessary to enjoy the moments of life even if they are ephemeral. listen to them and take the time to enjoy them.
Heure the MARMAKING are all the poppies that I made with a black felt. I also brought out the outline of my journal art with a black line and some zigzag to represent the heart rate


VIDHI JADEJA

Vidhi:  I have altered a cover and back side of my art journal book of 2021! Carpe Diem means “ live in this moment “! I guess butterflies are perfect example of this wonderful meaning ... through their journey is short from caterpillar to butterfly but they know how to live that moments the fullest.  Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over she began to fly ...  You will never have this day again so make it count and live happily to enjoy all wonderful days.  
I have added tagline and my name sign with a marker to add my mark



  
This year we have changed to a Regional Prize structure, whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more for each Region.  The number of Winners/Prizes for each Region is dependent on the number of Sponsors for that Region.  Some of our Sponsors remain as International Sponsors but many are now Region specific. It is now more important than ever that you add your NAME and COUNTRY to your Inlinkz entries!   

For our March Main Challenge, here are the prizes that you can win. 

Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC


Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU


Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 
USD value prize from ITD COLLECTION

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 
USD value prize from 13@RTS


Regional Challenge Winner - USA


(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from DECOUPAGE QUEEN 



Regional Challenge Winner - International 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT

Regional Challenge Winner - International 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value from FABRIKA DECORU



Regional Challenge Winner - International 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value from 3QUARTER DESIGNS




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.

Special Guest Designer

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


Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

24 February, 2021

February Prize Winners Gallery

  Welcome to our February Prize Winners Gallery!


Have you ever wondered just what you might receive as a prize in 
one of our challenges? 

Thank you Marina Smn for sharing your prize from 2020 sponsor 49ANDMARKET.


Thank you to Julia Dudnik for sharing her winnings from 2020 sponsor THOMPSON'S CRAFT SUPPLIES.



Thank you to Mónica Andrés García for sharing her prize from FABRIKA DECORU and her beautiful prize winner make!



Thank you to Vidhi Jadeja for sharing her prize from FABRIKA DECORU!


Thank you Rituparna for sharing your prize unboxing from MINTAY PAPERS!



There are a number of ways you too can be featured on
More Than Words' social media:

SHARE YOUR WINNINGS

SHARE YOUR UNBOXING  
We would love to see your unboxing photos  or videos! Share with us using the hashtags #MTWPrizeWinner and #MTWPrizeUnboxing on Instagram when you receive your prize or by tagging the sponsor plus 
More Than Words Challenges on Facebook.

SHARE WHAT YOU MAKE
We'd also love to see what you make using your prize products, so please show us by using the hashtags #MTWPrizeWinner and #MTWPrizeWinnerMake on Instagram and the same tags as above
on Facebook.

SHOW SOME LOVE FOR THE SPONSOR OF YOUR PRIZE -
Add their hashtag to your "share".

13@rts - #13arts
2Crafty Chipboard - #2craftychipboard
3Quarter Designs - #3quarterdesigns
AB Studio - #abstudio
ArtStacks Designs - #artstacksdesigns
Darkroom Door - #darkroomdoor
Decoupage Queen - #decoupagequeen
The Dusty Attic - #dustyattic
Fabrika Dekoru - #fabrikadecoru
Gecko Galz - #geckogalz
Gypsy Soul Lasercuts - #gypsysoullasercuts
Itd. Collection - #itdcollection
Lemoncraft - #lemoncraft
Maja Design - #majadesign
Mintay - #mintaypapers
Scrapmatts - #scrapmatts
Stamperia - #stamperia

We'd love to share your good news, so also tag your pics with #MTWShare for permission to be featured on More Than Words' social media. 
We will spotlight the projects you have made with your winnings, on a blog post every month! They will also be pinned to a Prize Winners Gallery board on our Pinterest site, and shared on our Facebook and Instagram sites. 
Now off you go...get busy creating and sharing!!

Don't forget about entering our current challenges. You have until the end of the month, February 28th at 11:55am EST to submit your entries. 

21 February, 2021

Special Guest Spotlight on Matilde

Hello again everyone!  This month we have great pleasure to introduce you to Matilde, our February Guest Designer!

We invite you to browse through her blog and get to know her better through her beautiful work.  I hope you enjoy her romance-inspired project and please leave her some love in the comments!



Hello everyone! For most of my virtual friends I am known as Matilde and my place in the network is craftowanie.blogspot.com. I'm really happy living in Poland/Europe. My adventure with scrapbooking started 11 years ago and it doesn't want to finish :) You can find among my works mostly tags, ATC's, layouts, art journal pages and albums. I'm constantly looking for new methods of expression and discovering that paper and media bring various possibilities to create. Besides scrapbooking I like reading books and gardening. I really love all my hobbies and they make me happy every day :)

You can see more of Matilde's beautiful work on her blog or Facebook, just click the links below.


BLOG  FACEBOOK

Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:



Word Inspiration - ROMANCE
Creative Challenge - ROSE

And now, let's enjoy Matilde's interpretation of our challenge:





Matilde:  My project for the challenge Romance & Rose is an album for romantic photos. Always when I think ROMANCE, I think about everyone who I love. So that album is the best way to keep the memories alive. I decorated the cover with a stamp of wild roses from AB Studio Aga Baraniak. I painted them in watercolours. They're pink, because this colour is associated for me with romance and roses :)

Hugs,  Matilde

Here are some closer looks at Matilde's project...




And since the project is an album, here also is a look at the back of the project...



A huge THANK YOU to Matilde for joining us as our 
Special Guest for February 2021!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

We hope that Matilde's beautiful romantic album project inspires you to join us 
in our February Main Challenge.

Engage with us!

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

16 February, 2021

February 2021 Mini Challenge - ADORE

 Love is in the air this month!  Who or what do you ADORE?  Show us on your mini project!

Just a reminder that our mini challenge has relocated from Facebook to our blog so now you can enter the Mini Challenge by using the inlinkz below.  Now both of our monthly challenges are held on our blog!


How to enter

The Mini Challenge runs on our blog from today until the end of the month.

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 two weeks - until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Please read the rules before entering.

Design Team Inspiration


SHARON FRITCHMAN (TAG)

Sharon:  I ADORE flowers and butterflies! I used images from the "Anemones and Friends" CoreStack from ArtStacks to help make my tag!




AGA MIRKOWSKA (TAG)

Aga:  A transparent tag with AB Studio heart-shaped stencil


Asia:  I made 4 ATC cards.  Everyone of us ADORE something else, everyone create in different style. We're unique after all.
I used papers from AB Studio:
1. Vintage ATC - Love for the old things
2. ATC with an intense background - Find me collection, Working places, Independent woman
3. Elegant ATC: The Versailles collection
4. ATC with poppies - Magic poppies, Find Me (paper 1), Independent woman


Emma:  I created ADORE ATC's featuring 2Crafty Chipboard







PRIYA MISHRA (CARD)


ELLE WILSON (ATCs)
Elle: I made a trio of ATCs using watercolour paper and collage techniques.



Olya:  Hi, everyone! This card was inspired by our designer Sharon. Her tag's palette is warm and sunny, and I also created with the same palette. I used the word ADORE and these old paper cuttings. Video tutorial in my youtube channel.



LISA OXLEY (TAG)














Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from DARKROOM DOOR


Regional Challenge Winner - Europe/UK

(as voted by our DT)

$25 USD value prize from ITD COLLECTION

Regional Challenge Winner - International

(as voted by our DT)

$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT

Thanks to our Sponsors

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


You have two weeks to enter below

We hope that you feel inspired by our challenge word and our DT inspiration this month and look forward to seeing your Mini Challenge projects!

Entry for the Mini Challenge is NOW held on our blog using the inlinkz below.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter