February 28, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Roberto Cappuci Dress via Pinterest

Fashion as art,


Moxie Fabber of the Week: Lea Lawson

Three cheers for this week's Moxie Fabber of the Week, Lea Lawson! Let's give her a moxie warm welcome and 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?

Lea Lawson
Cupcakes and Sunshine

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

It may take me a bit to open up, but I am fiercely loyal and forever a friend after my trust is earned. I am a photographer by profession, a card maker the rest of the time, and I love the amount of creativity that encompasses my life. I love coats, boots & scarves, and have a fabulous winter wardrobe…but I hate the cold, go figure.

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 paper crafting in some form my whole life, but was formally introduced almost 13 years ago when I graduated from high school. My aunt Amy gave me a scrapbooking kit, and I scrapbooked my entire summer as it happened. I have been hooked on paper crafting ever since.

My favorite aspect of paper crafting is the product, and what you can create out of it. From childhood I have had a love of pretty stationery papers and stickers, and I used to create paper crafted items from those when I was young. Now I have all these amazing papers, stamps, embellishments, ribbons…{the list could go on} to create from, and I can just get lost in all of it for hours on end.

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

I LOVE Tuesday Trigger! The most amazing inspiration photos are always picked for it, and I just love the challenge of creating something inspired by it! I really loved the Winter White Tuesday Trigger from a few weeks back. For one…the cake in the inspiration photo was the most moxie fab cake I have ever seen. It made me want to get married again (to the same guy!!) just to have that cake! And second, it really brought out the creative side in the crafters who participated in the challenge…I loved seeing what everyone came up with!

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

I think the fact that I am a professional photographer, and can bring that aspect to my blog and galleries makes me pretty moxie fab. I always get complimented on my images, along with my projects!

How would you describe your style? Provide an image of a paper crafted project that illustrates that style best.

I chuckled a little when I read this question, because I think I have multiple personalities when it comes to my style. I love clean & simple, I love classic & elegant, I love shabby chic & romantic, and I love whimsical & fun….I do all of it! Some more than others, but I enjoy dabbling in all different styles of card making. So, I can’t pick just one style, but here is a card that I made that I feel showcases what you will normally see when you head over to my blog!

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.

My favorite manufacturer is Glitz Design, and not just because I am on their design team. I love Glitz Design because while they are always coming out with new amazing collections that get better every single time…they also always have a consistency. You know that along with some amazing papers, you are also going to get fabulous cardstock stickers, clear stamps, and matching embellishments. As of right now, my favorite collection is called “Love Nest”…but I think that might change with their latest release of product! Here are two cards I created with Love Nest that I just adore:

Name three non-paper crafting blogs/websites that you find to be inspiring. Include a statement that describes why you keep returning to each site for inspiration.

Being a professional photographer, I am so inspired by photographers and their images, and people who make product for photographers. I am sorry that I can only provide images for one of the links, but I promise that the other links are worth seeing. As a paper crafter, look at their images and see how much you can be inspired by them! The themes, the colors, and the artistry of them…it is just amazing.

Hailey King Photography: I went to photography school with Hailey, and I find her perspective when taking photographs so inspiring. She is an amazing photographer, and captures pieces of her life so artistically and beautifully--and she does the same for her clients. But Hailey isn’t just an amazing photographer, she is an amazing person…and I am inspired just as much by her words and her thoughts, and I am happy that I can consider her my friend.

Jasmine Star Photography: This woman is an amazing wedding photographer. I aspire to be just like her someday, with my own style of course. Her success in weddings is what I work towards every day in my corner of the country. She does an amazing blend of portrait, photojournalism and macro/detail shooting for all of her weddings. She creates beautiful vignettes, but most of all….you can tell that she just loves her couples and wants to create the most beautiful images for them. You really have to love weddings to photograph them well, and I feel that really shows in her images.

Florabella Collections: She makes beautiful actions and textures for photographers, and she takes pretty amazing photographs herself! If you are a scrapbooker that dabbles in amateur photography…I think you will love her product as well. So, be sure to check it out!

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

I love one of the latest special issues, Color Inspiration for Card Makers, SO much! And it’s not just because I have cards in the issue…I am a lover of colors. There isn’t a color that I don’t love to use in some form, and I just found this entire issue so inspiring. I flip through it pretty much daily, and can’t wait to try out the colors that I didn’t get a chance to when submitting for it. I really hope that there will be another Color Inspiration issue in the future, because it is a really fabulous special issue.

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 started out as a scrapbooker, but I now consider myself a card maker. I don’t scrapbook much any longer since attending photography school, and I don’t know if it is because I have different ideas about images and such now. Occasionally I get the urge to want to scrapbook, so maybe I will start it again at some point. But, I am seriously addicted to card making, and I don’t foresee that ever changing. I like the smaller canvas to create on, and I love the fact that these little pieces of creativity can grace the pages of a magazine, and at the same time put a smile on the receiver’s face.

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Wasn't that a fun interview, friends? Not only am I a super fan of Lea's work, but I just love that she's a very well-published designer and yet you see her everywhere in the blogosphere playing in the various challenges and commenting on everyone's blogs. It seems like every time I go to comment on someone's blog, Lea's already been there. I love her sense of community, her inspiring contribution to paper crafting in general, and the positive influence she has on us all. Go Lea!

Friends, join me in leaving Lea some moxie fab love today!

Moxie Fabbers rock,


PS Speaking of playing in challenges, We've got FOUR--count 'em-- FOUR fun challenges going on in the Moxie Fab World as we speak. Click on the links for the Get Daring with Decorative Tape Challenge which is taken directly from the January/February PC 101 column; the Stamping with Markers Challenge, the Stamping with Shimmer Sprays Challenge, and the Paper Piecing Challenge all of which celebrate our latest and greatest special issue, Stamp It! TechniquesI can't wait to see your approaches to any and all!

Moxie Monday: Fun House from GCD Studios

One of the most prevalent--and FUN--trends from the CHA Winter show was the circus theme. Elephants, tents, trains, targets, clowns, spinners, award ribbons, and mustaches called out to grab my attention as though I were really at the circus as I walked down the aisles and aisles of booths. My absolute favie of them all is this one. Step right up, friends--Fun House from GCD Studios is taking the center ring! Check it:

Can you hear the calliope? Smell the popcorn? See the dazzling costumes, the trapeze overhead, and the Ring Master with his handle-bar mustache himself? I'm right there with you, friends and it is quite a show.

Leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, March 6 saying what you like most about this line and why and I'll draw two luckies to win it!

Fun is in da house,


February 27, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Image via Pinterest

When one door closes,


Simple Gifts

Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.

 Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

What are you most looking forward to this spring, friends?

I am looking forward to:
  • Seeing what comes up in my new yard
  • Going outside with just a jacket
  • Visits from my mom and my daughter
  • Sitting in the sun like a lizard on my new deck
Waiting for spring,


February 26, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Bursting with color,


A Saturday Surprise

Get your vintage on with these oldie-but-goodies from sldirks on Etsy:

Happy Saturday,


February 25, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!



Out & About in the Moxie Fab World

I was out and about, stopping by some Moxie Fabber blogs this past week and found these gems:



PS Is your blog URL on our list? If not, click HERE and add it! Who knows? Maybe I'll be by to visit sometime soon! :)

Five for Friday: Spring Cleaning

It's the last Friday in February which means that March--and spring--are just around the corner. And like many of you, I've got a bit of spring cleaning to do. You know, clean out the ol' cobwebs, so to speak. For today's Five for Friday, I've got some spring cleaning tips that will help us all maximize our experience here in the Moxie Fab World. Sound good?

Ready? Set! Let's clean house!


Spring Cleaning Tip #1: Did you know? All the prize-winners in the Moxie Fab World are announced in our weekly Winnderday post--always on Tuesdays. In order to claim prizes won in our comment-to-wins, you must send me an email with your address within two weeks of the Winnerday post. So be sure and check each Tuesday to see if you are a winner!

Spring Cleaning Tip #2: I just love how many of you play in our trendy challenges. However, many of you are linking to your general blog URL, and I can't always find your project. I do scroll down through the first page of posts, but if I can't find it by the end, I need to move on. So, when you upload a project for a challenge using Mr. Linky, please be sure that you link to the exact URL to the blog where your challenge project has been posted. 

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Here's another tip that has to do with challenges. When you enter a Moxie Fab World challenge or Tuesday Trigger, please list the name of the challenge somewhere in your post, and link back to the challenge itself to encourage others to play. Also, for me to do my job well, it is tremendously helpful if you can mention how you've incorporated the challenge into your project. When I look at as many projects as I do in each challenge, it's sometimes difficult to identify how you've interpreted the challenge. Thanks so much from me to you. :)

Spring Cleaning Tip #4: As announced in our 2010 Blogiversary post, the Moxie Fab World has a blog roll. I'd love to stop by and say "hello" from time to time. There is now a link on the right hand sidebar of this blog so that it's quick and easy to get to. If you haven't already done so, please add the URL to your blog so I--and other Moxie Fabbers--can get to know you better!

Spring Cleaning Tip #5: Did you know? The Moxie Fab World is posting 2-3 times per day and has been doing so since January 1. We will also be expanding in social networking circles and would love to know which venues you use. Please take a moment to take our poll on the top right-hand sidebar of this blog by midnight EST on Sunday, February 27 and let us know if you use Twitter, Facebook, both, or none at all.

I just love a clean house, don't you?


PS Do you have some spring cleaning tips for the Moxie Fab World? I'd love to know what I can do to make your experience here better as well!

February 24, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Cure for the blues,


Moxie Talk: Go-to Gal Maren Benedict Tools Around with Tulle

I went to my local craft store the other day and saw an abundance of colorful tulle. Yep. That stuff that I use to wear around my waist to dance practice is now among the paper that I love.

And it isn’t just in white and pink and purple anymore either. There were spools of yellow, hot pink, orange and bright green. So fun!

Just look at the rainbow of tulle surrounding this cute baby girl:

Tulle is such a trendy alternative for ribbon. Tying off tulle instead of grosgrain gives your card some extra dimension and texture without giving it the bulk of a big bow. You can also purchase handcrafted tulle flowers (or even make your own) and of course don’t forget those lovely tulle bloomers and trims!

 Image from Glitz & Glamr

I used some Glitz Design tulle on my card below. Just a strip of yellow and brown rolled up a bit. Super simple.

Have you been using tulle, too? I would love to see your creations! Be sure to link them up below!

Toolin' around with tulle,