January 31, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Gray skies are gonna clear up,


Moxie Fabber of the Week: Carol Sheetz

A great big moxie welcome to Moxie Fabber of the Week, Carol Sheetz! Let's get to know her better, shall we?

What is your full name? What is your screen name? Do you have a blog or an on-line gallery?

Carol Sheetz
My Blog: Crazy for Crafting

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

I am so lucky and fortunate to be a wife to Dave, a mother to Emily and Jessica, and a crazy crafter! My family brings me so much joy, and I am happy and content in my constant state of imperfection!

How long have you been paper crafting? How did you get involved in paper crafting? What is your favorite aspect of paper crafting?

I have been a crafter pretty much my whole life, but I started with the serious hardcore scrapbooking and card making somewhere around 1998. I totally blame Lisa Bearnson and her QVC presentations for getting me involved in this crazy but totally worthwhile obsession. I am very tactile, so my favorite part of paper crafting is the STUFF! I love to touch it, feel it, and use it on my projects!

What do you like most about the Moxie Fab World? What is your favorite feature and why?

I love being a part of the Moxie Fab World, and Moxie Monday is my favorite! I love paper crafting products! I love new collections, fabulous color combinations, and wonderful manufacturers. Seeing them featured on the Moxie Monday makes me so happy!

We are all moxie fab in our own way. Name one thing that makes you moxie fab.

Wow, I should probably ask someone else this question about me! I guess I’m moxie fab because I know that paper crafting is something that fulfills me artistically and creatively, and I’m lucky enough to be able to spend time creating things that mean something to me and my family.

Name a paper crafter who inspires you. Why are you drawn to his or her work?

I am inspired by so many talented people out there, and it’s very hard to pick just one. I’m inspired by the well-known big names in the industry and by the everyday paper crafter like myself! Someone that really inspires me is Chris Severs. I love her style, and I love her as a person! She is genuine and real and always tells it like it is! She’s also the ultimate triple threat: an amazing scrapbooker, an extremely talented card maker, and her home d├ęcor projects are stunning! She has a distressed, grungy, primitive style that is uniquely Chris! I love her work, and I’m thrilled that we “met” over the Internet, and hopefully soon we’ll meet in person!

Who is your favorite manufacturer and why? What is your favorite all-time collection and why? Have you created a paper crafted project using this collection? If so, feel free to attach it.

I love and admire manufacturers so much, and I’m really a groupie of A LOT of them! It’s very hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to say that Cosmo Cricket is definitely a company that consistently thrills me with their amazing collections, and the fact that they are so warm and wonderful to their fans is pretty spectacular too! I feel like I know Julie and Lindsay, and their sense of humor is fantastic! Picking a favorite collection is also difficult, but I have to say that Wanted and Haunted remain at the top of my all-time favorite collection list!

I also just loved the Jolly by Golly collection. In this card, I couldn't decide which paper to use as my card front, so I used strips of a bunch of them! I love the patchwork feel!

Another one of my Cosmo Cricket favorites is The Boyfriend collection. This card is just fun to me! I love that "Howdy" piece that came from the Elements sheet.

Paper Crafts magazine has produced a great number of special issues over the years. Which has been the most inspiring to you and why?

Paper Crafting with Kids is a favorite because it’s the first and only publication where I have a published project!

I also love Paper Crafts Gourmet! I love food and I love paper crafting and combining the two and including recipes? Genius!

Do you consider yourself to be a card maker or a scrapbooker? If you are a card maker, why do you prefer it over scrapbooking? If you are a scrapbooker, why do you prefer it over card making? If you do both, what do you like about card making that is different from scrapbooking and/or vice versa?

I am first and foremost a scrapbooker! It’s my true passion! Card making came about because I had everything that I needed to make cards and I wanted to stop buying them! I remember when I went to my first Stampin’ Up! demonstration. It was at that demonstration that I saw heat embossing for the first time and I realized how amazing card making could really be! A new obsession with stamps and card making was born! I haven’t purchased a card in about ten years! So, I consider myself to be both a scrapbooker and a card maker. When it comes to scrapbooking, preserving our family’s memories means everything to me. I love knowing that one day my girls will own and possess these pages that I lovingly create, and my scrapbooks will live on because they capture moments in time that were definitely worth remembering!

For example, I love this photo of my husband and girls! He's so outnumbered in our house. Even our dog is a girl! He is an amazing dad, and I love this layout that I created pretty much using just paper scraps, but it really came together for me! Plus, it features lots of sewing, which I LOVE!!

Once again, this is a great photo, but more than that, I love my journaling. My girls: amaze me on a daily basis, are sweet, kind, and beautiful, make me so proud, make me smile, make me laugh, and most importantly . . . I am the luckiest mom in the world!

This one is silly. The story behind it is that my husband is the Slurpee man in this house! He takes the girls to get them quite often. While he was out of town, it was really hot, and the girls really wanted Slurpees. So, we got them, and we couldn't resist taking a silly self-portrait that we emailed to my husband. He thought it was hysterical, even though he felt a little left out! :)

Is there a paper crafted project (that you have created) of which you are the most proud or that means the most to you? Include a brief statement that explains why.

My oldest daughter Emily is 14. On her 14th birthday, I gave her an “Emily at 13” book. I created the book to capture the first year she spent being a teenager. I used a teen collection by American Crafts, and I cut a bunch of different shapes on my Expression. The book is very funky, and I love the way it turned out! I created this book for her, because the teenage years are definitely worth remembering. It’s a crazy, busy, and chaotic life that kids lead these days, and taking the time to capture a year in her life was so worthwhile for me, but hopefully so memorable for her! I hope she treasures this book and loves looking at it when she gets older. My youngest daughter Jessica will be 14 in 2011. I’ll be making another book for her!

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I'd like to thank Carol for taking the time to answer my questions for this interview today. Carol has been commenting on Paper Crafts Connection and playing in the Moxie Fab World since forever, and I have absolutely loved getting to know her better! I love that she does both card making and scrapbooking, and I am inspired by how completely jazzed she is about these similar crafts that have two completely different purposes.

Join me in saying "hello" to Carol, friends!

Moxie Fabbers rock,


Moxie Monday: The Classics from American Crafts

What's not to like about a truly moxie fab color palette, classic but updated patterns, and names from some of my most beloved books to go with? You be the judge when you scroll down to see American Crafts' delicious mid-release, The Classics. Check it:

I know. I'm drooling as well. Leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, February 6 that says what you like most about this line and why and I'll draw two luckies to win it!

I love the classics,


PS Today is the last day of CHA for me. I hope you'll join me on the Moxie Fab World Facebook Fan Page! I'll be posting live from the show from 10 AM to 6 PM PST. I've got a lot of ground to cover, and I hope to do it all with you! :)

PPS Today is also the last day to enter our Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week challenges. Click on each challenge located on the sidebar of this blog. Not only will I be selecting 12 winning entries to show on this blog--2 in each category--but the Paper Crafts editors will be choosing one overall winner who will be published in the July/August issue of Paper Crafts magazine and will win this prize worth over $1,000:


January 30, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Lemon perfection,


Simple Gifts

A Gang of Us at CHA Winter 2010

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.


I was lucky in that this job, in essence, chose me. I was blessed by the fact that it fit so many of my skill sets. I am grateful that it gives me the creative outlet that I need. I am amazed by the number of close connections to inspiring people that it has showered upon me. I never imagined that I could be this happy in my work.

Are you lucky enough to have a job that you love? You know my story. What's yours?


PS I'm live from the showroom floor again today and continuing tomorrow on the Moxie Fab World Fan Page on Facebook. This is a gig you don't want to miss!

January 29, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Cherry Blossom Art from Pottery Barn Kids

Dreaming of spring,


A Saturday Surprise

How fun are these gems from pistachiopress on Etsy?

I know, right?

Keep smiling,


PS Don't forget! CHA begins this morning at 10:00 PST. I'd love to bring you along! Tune in to the Moxie Fab World Facebook Fan Page today, tomorrow, and Monday to see all my favies from the showroom floor. I can't WAIT to see you there!

January 28, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Old Green Scale from simplyobjekts

Weighing in,


Posts from CHA Past

Get it? POSTS from CHA past? Instead of GHOSTS from CHA past?

I crack myself up sometimes. I really do. *Snort.*

Anyhoo, with CHA Winter 2011 beginning TOMORROW, I thought it might be fun to go down memory lane a little bit to get us in the mood for the big show.

Click HERE, HERE, and HERE to see my favorite products released in CHA Summer 2010.

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE to see the yummies from CHA Winter 2010.

Click HERE to see some of the people that make CHA so stinkin' fun.

Click HERE to see the Thanks for Coming With Wall of Fame.

And don't forget! You can come along with me on the Moxie Fab World Facebook Fan Page beginning tomorrow morning and ending Monday night. I'll be posting live from the showroom floor and showing you all my favies--products, people, manufacturers, the works! "Like" the posts and leave some comments and your profile picture will be featured on the Thanks for Coming With Wall of Fame!

I'm soooooo excited!


Five for Friday: CHA Starts Tomorrow!

Holy moly, friends! I sat down and figured out how many CHA and Memory Trends conventions I've been to since starting at Paper Crafts five-and-a-half years ago, and it looks like this one is #15.

I know. I'm a lucky, lucky girl. Here is what I'm looking forward to the most this go-'round.

Reconnecting with my fab friends, the Go-to Gals:

Seeing all the moxie fab product created by my favorite manufacturers:

Laughing, planning, collaborating, and laughing some more with these dear friends:

...and meeting people like you at our booth events:

Moving cross-country has put a perspective on my life that was not unexpected, but powerful just the same. Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder, and I have much more appreciation for the gifts that all of these people are to my life, and I couldn't be more grateful to have the opportunity to see them in the next few days:

Are you going to be at CHA? Be sure and stop by our booth #2566 Sunday from 2 to 3 PM and/or Monday from 11 AM to 12 PM and say "hello!"

Not going to CHA? No worries! I've got you covered on the Moxie Fab World Facebook Fan Page where I'll be showing you a photo of the best of the best in each booth I visit, not to mention photos of all the moxie fab peeps I encounter along the way. The fun begins tomorrow morning at 10 AM PST! I can't WAIT to see you there! ;)

See you from the showroom floor!


PS This is your last weekend to work on the Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week challenges. Remember, not only will I be selecting 2 winners from each category for a total of 12 winners, but the Paper Crafts editors will be selecting the most moxie fab project as well. The winner will be published in the July/August issue of the magazine AND will receive this prize worth over $1,000! The deadline for all six challenges is Monday at midnight.Time to get your game face on!

January 27, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Lovin' that purple ceiling,


Moxie Fab World Challenge: The Appearance of Cameos

When I was a little girl, I remember my grandmother wearing cameos. Pinned to the top of her white ruffled blouses, I would stare at the intricately carved reliefs with awe and wonder, the contrast between the white and, typically, coral colors, like a dream. I wondered who those ladies portrayed on the cameos were, and did they have a life similar to the life my grandmother lived, the one she told me about in our visits? I remember thinking all those years ago that cameos were old-fashioned, a part of a by-gone era, and here they are today, head and shoulders above the rest.

According to my good friend, Mr. Webster, A cameo is "a technique of engraving upon a gem or other stone, as onyx, in such a way that an underlying stone of one color is exposed as a background for a low-relief design of another color." Often profiles in silhouette, what a cameo can bring to the table that a silhouette can't is dimension. And while a cameo is typically a profile of people, by definition, it can also be simply a carving in stone where two contrasting colors are revealed. Interestingly, it can also be simply a profile silhouette that is contained within a frame. Check out these gorgeous examples of cameos, and then see how three moxie fab designers incorporated cameos into their projects for the January/February Moxie Fabs column.

Chocolate Profiles from Country Living

Misty Cameo from KatKuffs

Cameo Wedding Invitation from The Handcrafted Card Company

Cameo Choker from catsinthecradlesoap

Wall Displays from Country Living Magazine

Vintage Blue Cameo from prettyvintagejewelry

Beautiful Bride Card from Hello Lucky

Cameo Wallpaper from Anthropologie

Emma Cameo Necklace from outoftheblue

Butterfly Cameo Pendant from cameojewelryart

Little Houses Print from charmaineolivia

Cameo Screenprint from hhop

Lady of the Flowers Cameo Pendant from lovespelljewels

Enchanting Artwork from Country Living

Phoebus and the Hours with Aurora from W.H. Stark House

The Best Card by Danielle Flanders, p. 24

Happy Moments Card by Kim Kesti, p. 25

Krafty Be Mine Card by Courtney Kelley, p. 25

Inspired? I can't WAIT to see what you do with this fun challenge! Here are the details you'll need to give 'er a go:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a cameo/cameos 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 The Appearance of Cameos 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, February 14.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, February 16 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a moxie fab prize.
Cameo, Cameo, wherefore art thou, Cameo?

PS To see more cameo inspiration straight from the pages of Paper Crafts magazine, click here and/or turn to page 26 of the January/February issue.