November 4, 2011

The Championing Award Medallions Challenge

I'm not gonna lie, some of the most fun I ever have as trends editor for Paper Crafts magazine is putting together the content for the Moxie Fabs column. Nestled between the Go-to Sketches and Color Play columns, this column usually starts right around page 24, and hopefully makes trends approachable to you, our readers. The best part? Not only do I get to pick a trend to feature (with the team's approval, of course), but I also get to work with some of the most talented designers in the industry. They take my concepts, adapt them to something practical, and make it their own.

The fun thing about the trend we featured in the November/December issue of Paper Crafts magazine is that it isn't necessarily a trend that I'm seeing in the big, wide world, but it's a paper crafting trend that I've been noticing for quite a while now.


Maybe you've been noticing them yourself? I'm speaking of three-dimensional paper medallions. Whether fashioned as an award medallion, with two tails and the connotations of "prize," "congratulations," "winner," and "super-star" that go with; or as a folded and layered element that serves as the focal point on a card, layout, garland, or banner, these accordioned morsels are currently all the rage. Check it:




















See what I mean? Here are some examples from the issue to give you some ideas to get your creative juices flowing even further:

Right on Target Card by Courtney Kelley, p. 25

Moxie Fab Alert: Not only is this a trendy wendy award medallion, but I love the way Courtney has made it extra trendy by making the center of the medallion a target. And the play on words? Divine!

Grow with Love Card by Kim Kesti, p. 25

Moxie Fab Alert: I just love the idea of using an award medallion for a baby card. After all, it's quite a big accomplishment to enter the world of parenthood!

All the Trimmings Card by Windy Robinson

Moxie Fab Alert: What do you get when you forego the award medallion streamers and layer them like so? A prize of a card that is absolutely perfect for Christmas!

So whaddayatink, friends? Are you ready to start folding up some fun? If so, here are all the deets you need to gitterdone:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a three-dimensional medallion or award medallion in an innovative way.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on the title of that post, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Championing Award Medallions 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 EST on Monday, December 5.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, December 7 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a truly moxie fab prize.
I can't WAIT to see what you do with this one, friends!

Searching for some "prize-winning" projects,

~Cath

46 comments:

fatmi said...

This is so wonderful ideas, can't wait to make them.

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Lucy said...

I "need" this magazine!
Where can I get it?

Kary said...

What fabulous creations!! Love the challenge idea and can't wait to play along.

richardbreaks said...

Just left my entry! How fun!!!

Cyndi S said...

Thanks for the challenge. I posted my Halloween Wreath. Can we post more than one project? I have also made a Thanksgiving card using the medallion. Thanks.
cstephenson at q dot com

Anne said...

thsese are some awesome inspirations... thanks ...

Rachel W K said...

i do love love love these things, i've been a ton of them lately!

Sarah Bennett said...

I am so glad a friend suggested I enter this challenge after she saw my card. It's so fun seeing what others are doing with these fun medallions. This was the first time I have made one. It ended up being a great "centerpiece" to my Thanksgiving card, and I am planing on making many more to use for Christmas. If it's okay to enter more than one project to your challenge, I just may be back to add another! Thanks for a super fun challenge!

Cath said...

It's always A-OK to enter multiple entries to any of the challenges in the Moxie Fab World. I'll try to make that clear in the instructions in the future!

Have fun! :)

Noddy said...

Hi,

I make a medallion envelobox. Come visit me to view what I've made.

Linda said...

truly WONDERFUL examples Cath-I LOVE those leaves and Windy's card especially!

Marlena M. said...

Gorgeous inspiration, Cath! ;)

Clare D. said...

Thanks for another great challenge! I have several idea and hope I have time to try them all!

Clare D. said...

Sorry posted correct link the second time.

Radha said...

Thank you!!! For the inspiration! These were my very first "FANS" Love making them... gosh there are so manny idea... that came in my head... and there is so less time...!! Hugs ladies and have a great day!

Jen said...

So fun..I love making medallions and just don't do it often! Thanks for reminding me to make one! The inspiration pieces are fabulous, and I made a little 'hanger/wall hanger' for one of my Christmas decorations.

Clare D. said...

I had time for a second entry! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration. Now if I can just find time for all my ideas!

Lorrinda said...

I hardly ever make medallions, glad to have this challenge to motivate me!

Linda said...

Cath...Thanks for the challenge!

debb said...

Thank you for the great inspiration!

Wendy Coffman said...

Love making medallions - thanks!

Miriam Prantner said...

Always such great inspiration here! Thanks!

Radha said...

#25 & 48 is mine!! THANK You so much!!! Happy Thanks Giving!

Clare D. said...

Oh, I am being a challenge hog! But, it's all Moxies fault for providing such wonderful inspiration!

Annette said...

Thanks for all the inspiration and fun challenge...

Danielle Schoenlau said...

I love the way the medallions give a card or project depth and dimension. They give cards richness and make the card "pop."

T to the Essa said...

I utilized mr linky link

INKpressive said...

Hi!
I'll be joining soon :-) I blogged about this challenge in my blogsite
http://rightbrainglitters.blogspot.com/2011/11/medallion-challenge.html

rush said...

hope to post many more for the challenges. thank you for making this so fun!

Nancy said...

Wonderful inspiration from all of the entries thanks for the challenge. As I mentioned in my blog this is my first successful "lollie", rosette or whatever they're called, but I love 'em!

wearestampers said...

This is my first entry for any of your challenges. So glad I came across your blog! There is SO much inspiration here!!
Pam

cheiron said...

Very fun! I never think to make medallions, but they are pretty easy!

JJ Bolton {Ribbon Girls} said...

Thanks for the fun challenge! Rosettes are some of my favorite homemade embellishments!

Lenet said...

Great challenge ! I just love those medallions or rozetten as we call them. I use them a lot

Mabel said...

Thanks for all inspiration, love to play with medallions.

Clare D. said...

A forth entry as I felt inspired by Moxie again! Thanks!

Katy said...

Thank you for the inspiration!

Maria Stanley said...

what fun! love all the ideas as always :)

INKpressive said...

Wow, I'm glad I was able to catch up! What a fun project!

Anonymous said...

Super fun challenge. Love medallions and I love all of your photos. The leaf medallions are fun!

Cindy Holshouser said...

Ha ha. I accidentally submitted without my name and just hate to be 'anonymous' so I'm re-posting. Sorry:)

Super fun challenge. Love medallions and I love all of your photos. The leaf medallions are fun!

INKpressive said...

Hello! I have a new entry at
http://rightbrainglitters.blogspot.com/2011/12/non-traditional-christmas-cards.html
Thanks for the challenge!

Maureen Morton said...

This was such fun, Cath, and a nice break from holiday cards. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration.

Marcie S. said...

Great challenge idea, and so much fun! I loved the way my card turned out and can't wait to use more medallions on my projects in the future!

Trinh said...

Fab inspiration, Cath!

Emily said...

Loved this one. Very challenging as I haven't made medallions before, so I learned quite a bit. Thanks!