March 16, 2012

The Fascination with Feathers Challenge

TGIF, Moxie Fabbers! I hope you've had a good week! I thought I'd send you off on your way to a fun weekend with a challenge straight from the Moxie Fabs column of the March/April issue of Paper Crafts magazine.

If you're a subscriber, you know that the trend we featured in that issue on pages 30-32 is feathers. And oh la la, are they all the rage! Check it:

The trend gets even trendier when you consider that feathers are at the end of archery arrows, like these:

Take a look at how these talented designers approached this trend for the column:

Feathered Birthday Card by Windy Robinson, p. 31

Moxie Fab Alert: I don't know when I've seen such a gorgeous card, and because they are so popular, feathers are now being incorporated into all kinds of accents and embellishments (these are from Webster's Pages.)

The Sparrow Card by Betsy Veldman, p. 31

Moxie Fab Alert: Betsy took this trend to new heights by expertly stamping with an actual feather! Get outta town!

Sending Happiness Card by Kim Kesti, p. 30

Moxie Fab Alert: In this bold and bright card, Kim chose to focus on the arrow adaptation of this trend as we discussed above. And the sentiment? Just think of all the clever possibilities when you consider the movement of arrows, flight, and the light, "uplifting" nature of feathers in general.

Whaddayasay? Are your ideas taking flight? I sure hope so! When you're ready, here's how to join in on all the fun!
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover,etc.) that incorporates feathers and/or archery arrows 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 Fascination With Feathers 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 EDT on Monday, April 2.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, April 4 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!


PS To see two more inspiring cards that feature feathers as their focal points, turn to p. 32. There's one from Go-to Gal Teri Anderson, and another from Maile Belles. And while you might notice that none of the cards in the column incorporate beautiful peacock feathers, that's because we called that trend out way back in the November/December 2008 issue in our article entitled Pretty as a Peacock. See projects from that issue by clicking here. And go here to see the winning challenge entries.


Colleen Dietrich said...

Lucky timing! I just received my Peacock set from Blockheads which features - of course - feathers!

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! These are ALL AMAZING!! I have ALWAYS loved feathers and I am looking forward to everyone's take on this challenge!! =)
THANKS for sharing all of the Moxie Fab Cards!! I REALLY like how Betsy took a real feather and stamped with it!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Nina said...

Thank you for the great inspirations Cath!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...
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Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

I'm also creating Peacock feather inspired projects by Blockheads! Thanks for the heads up Colleen :0)
Also check out the one I posted March 15 ;0) Thanks for this challenge!

Moosisk said...

Fun! I actually have very short hair and my hairdresser puts short 3-4 inch feathers in my hair. This month I have some green ones for St. Patty's Day. This challenge sounds fun so I might just have to make the time to participate. :D You can see my feathers on my pics on my FB page - Janet Thompson Sisk.

NinaN said...

Another fun one! I think it is safe to say that Moxie Fab World is my new favorite place for inspiration!

Gabby said...

Cool challenge! If it weren't for Moxie Fab, I would have missed this trend! Hee! :) Checked Teri's and Malie's blogs ... can't find any samples using feathers. Hmmmm.

Vivian Keh said...

Love those peacock stamps that were used in some of these beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration, Moxie Fab!

Julie S. said...

This was a fun challenge!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

I've entered another card in the challenge - this time it's an Art Deco Peacock inspired one...hope you like it ;0) Have a super weekend everyone!

Clare D. said...

I had several ideas going through my head for this challenge, so I have entered again. Thanks!

Cissy Prestage said...

Hi Cath!
Thanks so much for the opportunity to play and sharing so many beautifully created cards. I always find someting fun going on here at Moxie Fab World!
Have a great day.

Tracey said...

i love all things to do with birds, so feathers too!!! thanks for the challenge!

Annette said...

what a fun first time adding feathers to a card...I think I like it...thanks Cath...

Cathy A said...

What gorgeous photos, wish I could try that dress on!!!! Fabulous card inspiration from the team too!

Denise said...

Ooooo Fun ! I have to join in .Just need a couple of days.Hope I go through with it.Sometimes I get distracted or lose the blog.TeHe old age! Denise

Angela Fehr said...

I had fun playing along and feeling a little "punny" with my take on the challenge.

Carole said...

I love all the inspiration the DT created. I couldn't wait to play along.

JJ Bolton said...

So much fun! Hope I can get one more card in for this challenge:)

Gayatri said...

I made two cards for this challenge. Had heaps of fun :0 Thanks for the challenge, Cath!

Chriss Blagrave said...

This was a really fun one Cath!
Thanks for the challenge!

lucretia said...

What a brilliant wedding bouquet and a wonderful lush blue feather dress.

cheiron said...

Very fun challenge! Love all this inspiration!

sanketi said...

It was fun ..Thanks!

Carole said...

My imagination did take flight...I posted another entry ;)

SusanB said...

This challenge spoke to me because we currently have wild turkeys roosting in our very tall pine trees at night. I used real turkey feathers that I gathered from the yard on my card - they are beautifully iridescent & give the card great texture.

Holly said...

love all the wonderful creations

Maureen Morton said...

Love all the pix you provided, Cath! Your boa inspired my card.

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Awesome challenge! Finally inked up my Hero Arts peacock set. Thanks Cath!

Spotofteadesigns said...

thanks for the challenge cath!

Celeste B. said...

Great challenge..I finally used some feathers I've had for a year of so.

Bethany said...

thanks...this was alot of fun :)

Laura (Wheeze) said...

I had so much fun with this challenge! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

angelabranon said...

This was so much fun.

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

I couldn't resist entering another peacock feather card in your challenge ;0) This one features a faux embossed metal feather embellishment!

Amanda said...

This was fun and challenging! Thanks again, Cath!

Marlena M. said...

I love the challenge. I'm so happy I could participate. Thanks Cath!

Shirley said...

Lots of great inspiration in this post!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Another fabulous challenge, Cath!! You always know how to tax my brain and crafting skills . . . thank you for that!! LOL

Dotukas said...

Thanks for great inspiration and challenge!

lynda said...

Great challenge....I LOVE feathers on my cards. I made two! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lori Barnett said...

YAY!!! I took time to play the challenge! :) so fun!

Bethany said...

thanks for the fun challenge!

sanketi said...

I posted another entry!..thanks for the inspiration!

Keith and Kim Kesti said...

Playing along just for the fun of it! Thanks for the great moxie talk, Cath!

Keith and Kim Kesti said...

Playing along just for the fun of it! Thanks, as always, for the great moxie talk, Cath!

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

A fabulous challenge - with so many gorgeous inspiring entries!

Mandee said...

I had so much fun participating in this challenge!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

I'm having so much fun with this feather challenge and have entered a Square Domino Pendant necklace too ;0)

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Hi Cath and everyone! Thanks for your comments on my other entries, I really appreciate them! Ok, I've got one more feather inspired project and this is the last...I promise ;0)

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