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!

02 December, 2016

A Sad Goodbye

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Alda Stevens, the owner of The Flying Unicorn. Alda was killed in an industrial incident at her scrap store in the USA on Thursday the 1st of December.

Through her company, Alda has been a strong supporter of More Than Words, having been a sponsor since our inception. She was highly respected in the scrapping world and she will be greatly missed by many. The team at More Than Words greatly appreciate all she has done for us through her generous sponsorship and we will miss her greatly. We send loving thoughts and prayers to her family, friends and colleagues.

Rest in peace Alda.

01 December, 2016

December 2016 Main Challenge

Can you believe that 2016 is almost over?!

It's already December, the most festive month of the year for many,
and we are thrilled to celebrate it with you with a brand new 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 read our instructions below carefully!

Word Inspiration - TRADITIONS
Creative Challenge - HANDMADE

What does the word TRADITIONS inspire you to create?
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 this month, we would like you to go HANDMADE!
In this day and age, the stores are full of ready-made embellishments for all your crafting needs. But remember the good old times when you started scrapbooking and everything was Do-It-Yourself?  Take out your scissors, punches, stamps, scraps of papers, ribbons, etc and create your very own handmade embellishment. You can either create your own flower, a layered sticker or a special tag to add on your project.  Anything goes... as long as it was handmade by you!

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!

Valia: "Every year at Christmas, we have this TRADITION that all three kids prepare a treat for Santa and his deer which we place under the tree... cookies, milk and a couple carrots. They can't wait until the morning to see if Santa ate it!  For my HANDMADE embellishment, I punched three stars out of birch paper and used the negative part for my paper layering."

Rachael: "One of the few TRADITIONS we have going on around Christmas time is jumping in the car on Christmas eve and driving around our local town to check out all the Christmas decorations and lights. What a fun family time! For the creative challenge, I have added a HANDMADE tag to my layout."

Valerie: "I used a picture of my son with a cookie he made because that's a TRADITION we have in our family for Christmas.  I added my very own HANDMADE touch to the chipboard deer that I altered with some embossing powders.

Arantzazu: "On December 21st, we celebrate at a Christmas market, the market of Santo Tomas.  It is the TRADITION to buy the mistletoe there and meet in the company of friends and family.  Some of the flowers on my layout 
were HANDMADE by me."

Caroline: "One of my boys' favorite Christmas TRADITIONS is making gingerbread houses! They have fun decorating it year after year. I think that their favorite part of the process is eating the candies, but no matter, I love to see them working together on their houses. For the creative challenge, I added a HANDMADE paper clay 
mold deer in the center of the flower."

Nupur: "It's that time of year again - Christmas is here! The bells are ringing, the carols are sung, the gifts are wrapped and the tree is decorated. Happiness is in the air and a blanket of love spreads across the globe.  The magic wand has been waved and hearts are dancing, faces lit up with smiles. What a wonderful feeling it is to celebrate Christmas in all its TRADITIONS! I decorated my page with HANDMADE collage tags and enamel dots.  Merry Christmas!"

Pamela: "A TRADITION in our house is baking special cookie tins. Each tin has six different kinds of cookies, truffles and fudge, all homemade. They are the most sought after Christmas gift! As for my HANDMADE embellishments, well, I needed a poinsettia so I made one myself and I also made the stencil for my snowflake background. Since I didn't have one, I diecut a few pieces out 
and used the negative space as a stencil."

Di: "One of my family TRADITIONS every Christmas is to do a special Xmas photo shoot with my family, especially with the children. It is a wonderful way to track how much they have changed and grown from year to year. This was my granddaughter last Christmas! For the HANDMADE part of the challenge, I have made lots of my embellishments by die cutting, embossing some and colouring some!"

Ekaterina: "For this month's challenge, I created a canvas of our Christmas family TRADITION. Every year, we make with our child our very own tree ornament or decoration for the home. Last year, we did these little Christmas trees as on the picture. My son even won a school competition with these trees!  For the HANDMADE part of the challenge, I created this canvas from scratch 
and added some handmade red flowers."

Lilibleu: "It is a TRADITION in our family that children decorate the Christmas tree the first weekend of December. I love this moment when I can see in their eyes that which represents best for me the magic of Christmas. For the creative challenge, I chose to create a HANDMADE flower, which is the big purple flower 
to the right of the top photo."

Nicole: "I thought long and hard about the word inspiration this month as I was inspired to create a Christmas layout, but then several holiday traditions came to mind. Looking through my pictures though, I found this old photo of mini me on Santa's lap and it made me reminisce about this famous TRADITION of visiting with Santa before Christmas. For the creative challenge, I HAND MADE all the flowers on my page as well as the bow with my very useful 'handmade' wooden bow maker."

ELENA: "I chose this amazing picture to share our wonderful TRADITION to spend Christmas with our friends and children, when we all come together to celebrate and make little gifts to each other. How I love this majestic time! For the creative challenge, I've added HANDMADE flowers and molding on my page."

Heather: "When our children were younger, it was a TRADITION in our family to watch Doctor Who together every Sunday night. It was a fun family time for us! I HANDMADE the wire 'planets' and painted the 'cracks
 in the universe' with Liquid Pearls."

Helen: "Pomegranate for Greeks is a symbol of prosperity, fertility and good luck. Every New Year's Day, it's a TRADITION to break a pomegranate at the doorstep of our home as it is supposed to bring good fortune and good health! For the HANDMADE creative part of the challenge, I made those little 
red paper flowers to decorate my canvas."

Joyce: "I did not realize how important the TRADITION of popping English Crackers was to my nephews and nieces until I saw the look of disappointment on their faces when they learned one year that I had forgotten to purchase them for the holiday. Who would have thought that popping English Crackers, reading jokes out loud, getting a silly prize and wearing a tissue paper hat would mean so much?! My HANDMADE feature is the English Cracker."

We hope that our DT has inspired some TRADITIONS 
& HANDMADE ideas for your creations this month!

All our prizes include free international postage!!


a $50 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:
"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. You can find links to their website, blog and social media sits in the SPONSORS tab above."

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


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


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


a $25 USD gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN


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

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


a $25 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN

Each month, we hand pick an entry 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, the most beautiful photo, etc.  
We call it our...


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 December blog posts.


a $25 USD prize package from GRAPHIC 45
(exactly as shown below)

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

We wish you a fabulous month of December full of celebration and creativity!

We are looking forward to see your take on our
December Main Challenge TRADITIONS & HANDMADE!

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

28 November, 2016

Announcing Our New More Than Words Design Team!

We recently had a design team call-out and we were thrilled with the standard of applications we received. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderfully creative people who applied. Opening the Design Team applications was like opening Christmas presents - there were so many goodies inside! We only wish we could have each and every one of you on our team.  

Without further ado, we would like to welcome the new
More Than Words Design Team to our fold and introduce you to these 
super talented ladies who will commence with us on the 1st of January, 2017. Plus there are existing members who will be returning again for another term.
We do hope you will FOLLOW all these inspirational girls.

You can find Aga's blog here.

You can find Anguree's blog here.

You can find Elena's blog here.

You can find Jennifer's blog here.

You can find Kareen's blog here.

You can find Kavitha's blog here.

You can find Sanderijn's blog here.

Here are our super talented girls that are returning for another term. Click on their photos on our side bar to be taken to their blogs.


And our admin team:

With special behind the scenes contributions from:
We would like to express our special gratitude to Rachael Funnell who was one of our founding admin team members but who will sadly be leaving us at the end of the year. Rachael's bright and cheery contributions to the behind-the-scenes running of this blog were always appreciated by us all.

We would also like to thank those DT members who won't be returning, for all their wonderful work throughout their term. Their work was always amazing and inspirational.

We will see the inspirational work of the new ladies right here on our blog in our January 1st reveal. If you would like to leave them a comment or two to welcome them to our team, we know they will all appreciate it.

23 November, 2016

November 2016 Mini Challenge - DAY!

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

These Mini Challenges are so much fun. Seeing your creations 
all come in within such a short time is amazing!

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 USD 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

Lilibleu - Card

Di Garling -Card

Valia Katzaki - Card

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

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