November 30, 2010

Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week--The Birthday Card Challenge


Who's having fun in Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week? I just love these week-long celebrations that we have here in the Moxie Fab World and on Paper Crafts Connection each time one of our moxie fab special issues goes on sale, don't you? It's such a fun way to get to know the issue and its purpose, the way it will inspire you, and to win some prizes along the way as well!

In our second of five challenges celebrating this gorgeous issue that highlights YOUR favorite occasions, today is all about the number one occasion for which you paper craft--birthday.

We all have one--whether we like it or not--each and every year. And as you know, handmade cards help to make each birthday special. Whether for a youngster, a midster, or an oldster; whether for a girl or a boy, a man or a woman, a grandma or a grandpa, birthdays are always cause for celebration.

Here's a cutie card from the issue that I moxie love, mostly for its simplicity. Since there are so many birthdays to celebrate, why not keep it simple? And you know me, I also love its moxie punniness. :)

Birthday Sweets Card by Kim Kesti, p. 44

Are you ready for the challenge? Do you think you can come up with a moxie fab birthday card (or two!) to share with us all? If so, simply follow these easy peasy instructions:
  • Create a paper crafted birthday card.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on your blog's title, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week Birthday Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Upload your projects by midnight MST on Monday, December 13.
  • Two winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, December 15 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Card Creations: Favorite Occasions.
Ready? Set! Let the birthday linking begin!

Hip hip hooray for birthday cards!

~Cath

PS To make room for Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week in our schedule, the Tuesday Trigger from last week continues until next week, friends. Click here to see how beautiful the world can be when it's snowing gingerbread!

PPS There's all kinds of fun going on on Paper Crafts Connection as CCFO Week continues! Click to see what inspiration Kelly has for you today!

Winnerday!

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The winners of the Modern Homemaker collection from October Afternoon in last week's Moxie Monday are:

Sandra who said...
first off - I have that book - one of the first books I owned - second love this set, the colors are wonderful! Sandra

and  Kelly S. who said...
Oh I love each and every print and piece of chipboard, button and stamp of this line! The colors are amazing! I am afraid I am not much of a homemaker, though my HAS husband recently deemed me "Kelly (Queen) Crockpot", ha! Okay, so I added the queen!!!

And last but not least, the winner of the comment-to-win in last Friday's Five for Friday--Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week Starts Monday post is:


Angela Fehr who said...
Amazing cards, all! I will be eagerly watching for that issue to show up in my grocery store!
Betsy's style always appeals to me - her card is my favourite...so far!


Congratulations to all these winners and thank to everyone who left comments last week!

Winners, please send me your addresses in an email to cedvalson@papercraftsmag.com with the prize you won or the name of the post in the subject line. I can't WAIT to hear from you!

I love Winnerday,

~Cath

November 29, 2010

Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week--The All Occasion Challenge

Are we so stoked for Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week, friends? I know I am! I've got a week full of challenges that will rock your world!

First up--our All Occasion challenge. All occasion cards are those cards that encompass occasions that don't fit anywhere else. Missing you, hello, friendship, encouragement, thinking of you, blank, etc. It's typically one of the largest sections in all of our card-focused special issues, and it is one of the top five categories for which you, our readers, paper craft.

Here's one of the 34 moxie fab all occasion cards from the issue that I wanted to share with you today. I love the play on the word "chick," and I love how Kristen has used soft and bold colors in combination with soft and bold designs. You get the sense that this little chickadee is going to be just fine when it is launched into the world.

Brave Chick Card by Kristen Swain, p. 8

Your challenge? Create an all occasion card. Give it your best shot. Bring your A game to the table. Have some fun. And since it's the holiday season, you may want to think about doing all five challenges and then giving your masterpieces away as a gift at the end! Here are the deets you'll need to enter the first of five:
  • Create a paper crafted all occasion card.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on your blog's title, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week All Occasion Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Upload your projects by midnight MST on Monday, December 13.
  • Two winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, December 15 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Card Creations: Favorite Occasions.
You game? It's easy peasy, tons o' fun, and I can't WAIT to see your moxie fab creations!

Want more Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week fun? Click on over to Paper Crafts Connection and see what's a-happenin' over there!

Loving all occasions,

~Cath

PS Don't forget! We've got another challenge going on in the Moxie Fab World! It's the All Zipped Up! challenge and I can't wait to see the innovative ways you incorporate trendy Wendy zippers into your projects! You've got until next Monday, December 6 to sink your "teeth" into it!

November 26, 2010

Five for Friday: Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week Starts Monday!

Our latest and greatest special issue, Card Creations: Favorite Occasions, Volume 2 is on the shelves of your favorite Paper Crafts magazine shop spot, friends, and we couldn't be more excited!


I don't know if you've had a chance to flip through this bad boy, but it is chock full--and I mean CHOCK full--of moxie fab cards for YOUR favorite occasions. In fact, in our recent post mortem of this issue (a meeting in which we evaluate each magazine we produce), we all agreed that this particular special issue is as gorgeous, slick, and inspiring as it ever gets!

I've chosen five of the trendies to share with you today to whet your whistle for Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week which starts next Monday here in the Moxie Fab World as well as on Paper Crafts Connection! Check it:

Vintage Thank You Card by Dawn McVey, p. 78

Moxie Fab Alert: Hello moxie fab color scheme! Oh my superb use of vintage products! Oh heavenly retro vibe! Nice to meet you excellent design (look where the design directs your eyes--focal point retro girls, ribbon to diagonal pattern paper, sentiment back to focal point retro girls)!

Zippy Hello Card by Kim Kesti, p. 15

Moxie Fab Alert: Remember our challenge from the November/December Moxie Fabs column on zippers (entries are due on December 6!)? Supah trendy, supah fun, supah easy--supah dupah!

Cool Promotion Card by Tiffany Johnson, p. 57

Moxie Fab Alert: When I first saw this card, I gasped with delight. Not only is this an amazingly fun stamp, but I moxie love the way Tiffany colored in just one window at the top and then echoed that same color in the sentiment. Oh my moxie fab!

Dad Birthday by Betsy Veldman, p. 42

Moxie Fab Alert: Shab for dad? Here's a great example of how to incorporate the shabby chic style for a man. It's not too frilly, not too feminine, but it definitely has that aged, sophisticated, and rustic look that any man would appreciate.

For the Bride & Groom by Kim Hughes, p. 67

Moxie Fab Alert: Hands down, this is my favorite card in the issue. Kim has chosen uber trendy icons with which to compose her design, and she has achieved an almost zen balance with them that is incredibly hard to do. Bravo, Miss Kim! Bravo!

You likey? Leave me a comment that says which card resonates with you the most and why by midnight MST on Sunday, November 28 and I'll draw one random winner to receive something yummy from my moxie magical prize drawer!

So excited for CCFO Week!

~Cath

November 25, 2010

A Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours


The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway -
Thanksgiving comes again!

~Anonymous


Love to you, my moxie fab friends,

~Cath

November 24, 2010

Moxie Talk: Go-to Gal Jessica Witty Crosses Over to Cross Stitch

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

A day of thanks. And turkeys. And tables. With friends and family sitting around them.

Warm gravy, warm fire, warm conversation. Home. Or somewhere that feels like home.

So it only seems right to focus today on something warm, cozy, and homemade. And so I bring you the trend of the moment...cross stitch.

Now, before you go all “WHAT? Seriously? Cross stitch? As in, the favored craft of super-awesome-but-not-so-hip grandma?” on me, let me reassure you...this is not your grandma’s cross stitch.

And just to prove my point, take a look at these:

Smiths Please Please Pleas by ChezSuucreChez on Etsy
So sweet. So hip.

Breakfast Club Cross Stitch by rubykhan on BuzzFeed

Wow. That totally makes me smile.

And how 'bout you click on this link to see the sweetest movie ever about two friends named Maggie and Mildred. All made from cross stitch. Amazing.

And that’s just a tiny fraction of what folks are doing with cross stitch today. But on to the real story.

About how cross stiching and the idea of cross stitch is inspiring other things:

Cross Stitched Blouse by Vilshenko on Trendhunter

Love this updated take on a peasant style blouse with a traditional meets modern style stitched pattern.


Super modern punched leather + stitching. New + old.


This would be the piece that stole my heart. There is no thread in that table. The stainless steel is cut with tiny little x’s to create the half transparent/half opaque design. Such an unbelievably fresh take on old school stitching. Can you even believe it?

It was this table that made me think...huh...x’s. I could totally stamp that.

And so I did:



For this more rustic version I pulled out my favorite item to use as of late – linen. I backed it with some kraft cardstock for stability and wrapped it around a chartreuse card base.

Do you have a clear alphabet stamp set? Pull the X out. That would be your needle and thread, so to speak.

In the interest of keeping my sanity while keeping this a fun project to execute, I went patternless. (Call me crazy, but the thought of trying to come up with the perfect pattern felt a little more old school cross stitch than new, fresh, hip cross stitch.)


So, hey, look at me...no pattern. I just used my "little X" stamp and stamped away using some hybrid inks and a few chalk inks. Both seemed to work just dandy.

I added the sentiment and stitched around the edges to finish it out. Slightly rustic, but still clean.


For this one, I wanted to go even more clean and simple so I went straight up cardstock and stamping. (Hey, a girl has a comfort zone for a reason. It’s comfortable. And this is Thanksgiving. Therefore, I am allowed. Stuffed and allowed.)

This took me approximately 6 minutes. I’m a fan. It feels fun to take such a structured inspiration and go loose and free form with it. Seems wrong, but right.


I have to say...I am totally into my little faux cross stitch! Cross stitching was arguably the first true craft {you know...outside of macaroni patterns and pipe cleaner flower art} that my mom ever taught me. It was possibly her attempt at keeping me busy on long car rides in the backseat with my brother and while visiting Grandad’s house where things moved at a slower pace.

Taking this trend and putting my own spin on it both takes me back and lets me appreciate how my creativity and evolved since back in the day. It gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Which feels perfect for Thanksgiving.

I’d love to see your take on cross stitching in paper crafting. I can totally see lots of X’s creating colorful stripes or intricate patterns. Stamped X’s mixing with stitched embroidery floss accents. I could go on and on...but why don’t you? Leave me a link so I can stop by and see your take on a cross stitched inspiration!

Happy Thanksgiving,

~Jessica

November 23, 2010

Tuesday Trigger: It's Snowing Gingerbread!



It's Tuesday Trigger time! Load up your approaches to this festive Trigger following these fun-tastic deets:
  • Create a paper crafted project that is inspired by this week’s Trigger and post it to your blog by Sunday, December 5. (It's a two-weeker!)
  • Then, click on the title of your blog post, copy the URL at the top, and link it using Mr. Linky below.
  • Please show the Trigger on your blog and link back to the Tuesday Trigger to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • Please include a statement as to how and why you were inspired as sometimes it isn't easy to tell. :)
  • If you don't have a blog, post your project to this flickr group and link it to Mr. Linky as soon as you've grabbed the URL.
Easy peasy and TONS o' fun!

Congrats to this week's Trigger Targets! Make sure you check out their projects and leave them some love on their blogs!






Targets, please send me an email at cedvalson@papercraftsmag.com requesting the Trigger Target badge:
...and I'll tell you how to get all linked up! If you've already received a badge, feel free to add this one to your list!

Congrats also to this week's random winner:


Karin, send me an email with your address and I'll hook you up with a moxie fab prize from my moxie magical prize drawer!

Ready? Set! Let the linking begin!

~Cath

Winnerday!

Ready? Set! Scroll!

The winners of the Savor collection from Little Yellow Bicycle in last week's Moxie Monday are:

Eli who said...
I really love these gentle colors. Homey look is always beautiful :)


and theCook who said...
Love the collection! I have a cooking blog so of course this theme looks right to me!!!

Congratulations to these winners and thanks to everyone who left comments last week!

Winners, please send me your addresses in an email to cedvalson@papercraftsmag.com with the prize you won in the subject line in order to claim your prizes. I can't WAIT to hear from you!

I *heart* Winnerday,

~Cath

November 22, 2010

Moxie Monday: Modern Homemaker from October Afternoon

With Thanksgiving on Thursday and an upcoming move on the not-so-far-away horizon, I've definitely been thinking about homes and houses, and what they mean to me. I even waxed poetic about the topic in last week's Five for Friday.

The Modern Homemaker collection from October Afternoon seems moxie perfect for this week, as so many of us are preparing our homes for our guests, and still others will be going "over the river and through the woods" to break bread with loved ones and count our many blessings.

What I love most about this collection is its quintessential October Afternoon retro style and color scheme and the flash back to a cherished past that only October Afternoon seems to be able to capture so adeptly. And when I saw the die-cut papers, I was catapulted back to countless hours spent looking at my Richard Scarry Best Word Book Ever and the page that shows a cut-away of a house and the activities going on inside.


True, there are rabbits inside, brushing their teeth, preparing meals in the kitchen, and going about their daily business, but I just love this "doll house" concept that OA has adapted for this line. Check it:




























You likey? Leave me a comment by midnight MST on Sunday, November 28 that says what you like about this line and why and/or whether or not you consider yourself to be a modern homemaker and why and I'll draw two lucky winners to receive everything you see here today!

I love Suppertime,

~Cath

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