Believe me, I had a LONG shortlist, but I had to whittle it down, so here they are... and I promise you every single one is worth visiting for a closer look - just click on the links.
Our August Words, Words, Words challenge winner is -
No.153 Manu - Vintagesavonette
Manu's amazing altered box is simply beautiful - and I particularly loved that all the objects and decorative features were so clearly inspired by the words of the poem (also lovely), even down to the delicate yellows of the colour palette. Just a wonderful creation, inside and out.
Thank you so much, Manu, and congratulations on being our winner this month.
We can't wait to see what you come up with for your Top Talent feature,
and look forward to getting to know you better then.
So, now for the top 3, and this is in no particular order...
No.80 Joycekers - Scraps of Elegance
This trio of ATCs is stunning - so beautifully composed and full of dimension and texture, but my imagination was immediately captured by the words. They make me want to know the full story behind such bitter-sweet thoughts. Raw and beautiful.
No. 118 valerie-Jael - Bastelmania
A fantastic trio of canvases, with such depth in the layers of colour, and those dramatic silhouettes. But the real texture and depth of meaning for me comes from those fragments of actual 1940s airmail letters - preserving the words of the past in these works of art.
No. 147 Susan Janicula - klistersøster
There's just something so delightfully simple and fresh about this journal page. I love the two different kinds of text in the background - the script sky and newsprint landscape - and the handwritten quote framing the whole piece is absolutely wonderful.
So there you have it... an eclectic collection, but all with words at the heart. Congratulations to all our winners! Please feel free to grab your respective badges from our sidebar.
And thank you again to all those who took part - I could have had a list of Honourable Mentions as long as my arm.
I hope you'll be able to come along and play in this month's Forgotten Things challenge, hosted by the lovely Anne. You'll find the challenge details and rules here, along with some stunning inspiration from my team-mates, and I'll be back with the rest of the team on the 15th of the month to give you another nudge. And don't forget there'll be another Top Talent revealing all on the 22nd too!