July 31, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

I'm thinkin' this Icelandic ice cave would feel pretty good right about now,


July 30, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Fresh as a,


July 29, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

A bouquet in dramatic,


Out & About in the Moxie Fab World

I've been out and about in the Moxie Fab World, friends, and can't WAIT to share these inspiring posts with you! Check it:

An inspiring post that reminds us that attitude makes all the difference

A lovely card with a thoughtful sentiment

A studly card using one of my favie stamps from CHA Summer

A baby card that's got some copious cute goin' on

A bright and fun card that will, indeed, make you smile

A clean and graphic lovey card with a nice splash of red
A poignant post that reminds us that a little splurge means so much more when you've been trying to cut back

 A "sweet" card for National Lolipop Day--a "holiday" that was celebrated here as well

A clever paper crafted nod to the final installation of the Harry Potter movies

An absolutely gorje layout showing off a new dress to introduce a fun challenge

Have a moxie fab weekend!


PS Would you like me to stop by your blog and say "hello"? I know I'd love to! Simply add your blog's URL to our Moxie Fab World Blogroll (that is, if you haven't already), and I promise to stop by sometime soon! :)

PPS CHA Week begins on Monday, friends! Stay tuned for collage after collage of all my favies from all the booths I went to, day by beautiful day! Hope to see you then and there!

July 28, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

This is SO Barcelona,


Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval: Papertrey Ink

It doesn't happen very often. But when it does, joy wraps its arms around us like sunshine on a chilly day.

That's right, friends. This week's Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval goes to one of my favorite stamp companies, Papertrey Ink, and myohmy do I have some yummies for you today! Check it:

You know the drill. Leave a comment by midnight EDT on Sunday, July 31 and I'll draw two luckies to win everything you see here today. And don't forget! I always announce the winners for all the week's comment-to-wins in our Winnerday post on Tuesdays. Be sure and check back then to see if you are one of the luckies!

Stamp me happy,


July 27, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Defying gravity,


I'm Just Sayin'

...that these photos from BHLDN, a wedding shop with its roots in Anthropologie, will inspire your paper crafting, sprinkle magic into your dreams, and offer a kind of visual poetry that will reside within you much longer than the time it takes to scroll through this post. Check it:

July 26, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

I dream in cookies 'n cream,


Tuesday Trigger: Squares to Cherish

It's Tuesday Trigger time! Load up your approaches to this moxie fab 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, August 7. (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 who posted their interpretations to last week's Trigger, Perty & Flirty! Make sure you check out their projects and leave them some love on their blogs!


Stephanie Washburn

Melisa Waldorf

Lynn Put

& E. T

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:

Michelle, send me an email with your address and I'll hook you up with a moxie fab prize from my moxie magical prize drawer as my thanks to you for playing along!

Ready? Set! Let the linking begin!



Ready? Set! Scroll!

The winners of the Countryside collection from Studio Calico in last week's Moxie Monday are:

Lilian who said...
i do likey!! i love "grove" the colors are so soothing and of course the fun notions embellies. :)

...and Amber who said...
Very cute collection! I think Wildflower is my favorite and I love those tags! Thanks for the chance to win!

The winners of the Flourishes stamps in last week's Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval post are:

Kelly Massman who said...
they are very elegant!

...and  Julie S. who said...
I love these stamps, and Zinnias happen to be my favorite flower. Have a Moxi Fab Day at CHA !!

And last but certainly not least, the winners of the comment-to-win in last week's Moxie Talk: Go-to Gal Julie Campbell says, "Bovines are Divne!" is:

Cathy Weber who said...
This stamp set is the cutest thing! I love those farm animals and the little sheep is so adorable. Thanks for the chance to win.

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

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

Have a winner of a day,


July 25, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Call me!


Moxie Fabber of the Week: Sarah Jay

Bring your hands together for this week's Moxie Fabber, Sarah Jay! Sarah has been playing in the Moxie Fab World as long as I can remember. She brings a fun, no-nonsense approach to design which I personally find quite refreshing, and she sprinkles her supportive, endearing brand of joy quite generously over all aspects of our little world. Her challenge projects quite often make me gasp out loud, and I'm pretty sure that if we ever had a chance to meet over coffee, we wouldn't stop talking even once.

Let's get to know Sarah a little better, shall we?

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

I’m Sarah Jay, but I’m known as CriminalGrace online. I’ve been keeping a blog for almost ten years.

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

I live in New Hampshire with my supportive husband and precocious 2-year-old son. I make web pages for a living, but I live to make things with my hands. My MBTI personality type is INTP, which is a fancy way of saying that I’m reserved, independent, easy-going, and incredibly curious.

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

I’ve been dabbling in all kinds of crafts since I was a child, including paper crafting and rubber stamping. I still have one of the first stamps I owned more than 25 years later. I didn’t get into it seriously until my college roommate invited me to a Stampin’ Up! party her family was hosting in 1999. I got hooked on the feeling I got from putting together an attractive card with my own hands.

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

I like all of the fresh ideas and products Cath shares with us in the Moxie Fab World. The challenges, like the Tuesday Trigger are my favorite because I can learn so much from the different interpretations we have of one image. I’m really starting to look forward to the Out & About feature every Friday though.

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

My relentless imagination. I have to keep little notebooks and post-its around to jot down ideas as they come. Still, I forget more awesome project ideas than I actually make.

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

Susan Raihala’s cards are all about minimalism and boiling things down to their essential elements. Her one-layer challenges have really made me work to find balance and get my message across with less stuff.

Julie Ebersole somehow manages to make card-making look easy. Her cards are effortlessly elegant and an inspiration to clean and simple paper crafters. And her zest for life makes reading her blog an absolute joy.

Ali Edwards is probably best known as a scrapbooker, but her fresh take on story-telling, emphasis on everyday creativity, and focus on the essentials is inspiring to any paper crafter. She makes me want to get into my studio and create.

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

I hate being pinned down, but almost everything I make is clean and simple. I may try something vintage or elegant, but I always end up reinterpreting it in a more simple way.

Attach an image of a paper crafted project of which you are the most proud or that means the most to you. Include a brief statement that explains why.

This is the very first card I ever submitted for publication. It’s also the first to be published. After years of agonizing over calls and deadlines, I was amazed at how simple it really was.

I still remember the rush I felt after finishing this card last fall. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to turn your ideas and sketches into something tangible.

Do you consider yourself to be a trend-watcher? Why or why not? Do you feel that trend-watching is important to your creativity? Why or why not?

I’m totally a trend-watcher. Even if I don’t follow every one of them, I think it’s valuable to be familiar with them. Kind of like knowing the rules so that you can break them. You have to know what the trends are in order to ignore them. As someone who thrives on learning new things in all aspects of my life, following trends is an easy way to feed that thirst for newness.

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Oooo! Don't you just love this sentence: Kind of like knowing the rules so that you can break them. I love the motivation in that statement, and I love that it can apply to much more in life than just trend-watching. There's food for thought in that one, friends. Lots to munch on.

I'd like to thank Sarah for taking the time to answer my questions today, and for validating in me that the thirst for new and challenging is the thrill that it is, because lately I've been a tad overwhelmed by it. Thanks, Sarah!

How has Sarah inspired you today? Be sure and let her know, Moxie Fabber style!

Moxie Fabbers rock,


Moxie Monday: Odds & Ends from Cosmo Cricket

With CHA Summer a part of history, I'm collecting myself, my notes, and my inspiration, and getting ready to wow you with what I saw. CHA Week will begin next week in the Moxie Fab World, friends, and I can't WAIT to show you all my moxie fab favies in true Moxie Fab World style!

In the meantime, and speaking of moxie fab, I've got a jaw-dropping mid-release to share with you today, friends, replete with all the nostalgic warmth, vintage goodness, and trendy timelessness that one can possibly stand. Let's pass some time with the delightful Odds & Ends collection from Cosmo Cricket, shall we? Check it:

Let me see...the colors, the cross-stitch, the vintage childrens' patterns, the little roses, the medallion-esque motifs...I'm absolutely lovin' this line. If you are, too, leave me a comment by midnight EDT on Sunday, July 31 and I'll draw 2 random luckies to win it!

I'm all about the odds and ends,


July 24, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Natural stone + sterling silver + 24K gold = one stunning hors d'oeuvres plate,


July 23, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Turn me,


July 22, 2011

Oh My Moxie Fab!

Something blue,


Moxie Talk: Go-to Gal Julie Campbell Says, "Bovines are Divine!"

We are right in the thick of summer, and just about this time in the midwest, where I happen to live, everyone starts talking about the festivities of the state fair. The kids can’t wait to pet the farm animals and the adults all want to know what crazy fried concoction they’ll find at the fair this year.

I’m a country girl and grew up showing animals at the fair. My grandparents had a cattle farm and I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for cows. I must not be the only one, because lately I’ve been spotting cows all over the paper crafting market! And, before you become alarmed, no – the cows haven’t broken through any fences. Let me show you what I mean:

Here’s a project I made using some of my favorite cow-themed products:

I don’t know about you, but I could look at these products until the cows come home! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) If you’d like to see more bovine-themed projects today, please visit my blog.

I’d love to hear what you think about this new trend! One lucky commenter on this post will receive the new Critters on the Farm stamp set by Lawn Fawn!

All comments must be received by midnight EDT on Sunday, July 24.

On the bovine cloud nine,