June 11, 2012

Moxie Fabber of the Week: Virginia Lu

Our Moxie Fabber of the Week, Virginia Lu, is a very special lady. Ever since she first started hanging around the Moxie Fab World, I could sense what an out-going person she is. As my contact with her grew over time, I learned how active she is in the paper crafting community and what a fervent cheerleader she is for all who are a part of the many paper crafting circles that orbit this connective industry of ours.

And while I remain amazed at the way she reaches out to people (including arranging this lovely blog hop with Lorena Canto for little old moi), what I have loved the most about Virginia is watching her card designs evolve, grow, and change. She loves to try new things and you can tell that this eagerness enhances her approach to card design as she learns from each new challenge she jumps into.

I'm very excited for you to read her interview today, friends, as another thing I have learned about Virginia is that she is full of surprises!

Take it away, Virginia!

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

My name is Virginia Lu and my Flickr name is Virginia L. The idea for my blog name, Yes, Virginia…, came from the famous saying “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

I was born and raised in Taiwan but I have now lived in Canada for over half of my life. I am blessed with two wonderful children and a loving, supportive husband. When NOT working at my hubby’s medical office, I love creating cards, layouts, and making yummy food.

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

As a young girl growing up in Taiwan, I was always fascinated with stationery stores. One of my favorite pastimes during my university days was to browse these stores and all the beautiful paper products they would carry. I never considered myself a crafty person but more of a language person (I can speak four languages!), so it wasn’t until my second child, David, was born that I started making cards.

My cards were very simple back then. I only had a few stamps and some paper from the LSS. Since my son was a fussy baby, card making became my “therapy”. I never took the hobby seriously until my oldest child, Stephanie, left for university in 2009. It was during that fall when I joined the Hero Arts Flickr Group after buying my first stamp from them. Since then I’ve been an active member. It was those weekly challenges that got me hooked on card making!

What I love about paper crafting is the process of self-learning, experimentation, and sharing the experience with fellow card makers. It is great that we can get the instant gratification that comes with uploading a new creation and getting feedback from online friends/bloggers.

What do you like most about the Moxie Fab World? What is your favorite feature and why? Do you have a favorite all-time post? If so, list the URL and tell why you like it so much.

Everything in the Moxie Fab World inspires me! I particularly like the Tuesday Trigger feature. After taking part in numerous Tuesday Trigger challenges, I realized how much I love the photo inspirations. I take every chance to enter the challenges as they help me stretch my creativity.

This recent post is one of my favourites!  I think Cath made some really excellent points about creating and designing. No matter what your level is (whether you are a beginner or more experienced), we all have so much to learn from these insights. I guess I like this post even more because Cath used one of my cards as an example!

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

I am always learning new things about paper crafting and I am not afraid to make mistakes. Some of my cards do not turn out so great, but that’s OK. It’s all part of the creative process! I literally pour my heart out to share my work and I love to give my fellow paper crafters positive feedback and encouragement whenever I can.

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

I am still finding out about having a signature style as I honestly think I do not have a distinctive one. BUT I do know that I tend to make simple, fun, and creative kinds of cards. I strive to make cards that will have both a WOW factor and something to make the receiver smile.

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 go-to manufacturers for my paper-crafting are Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, BasicGrey and SRM Stickers for the amazing selection of sentiments and journaling. These projects show just that:




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 more of a card maker than a scrapbooker because I make way more cards than layouts. I do love both though for different reasons. Card making is fun because in such a small space you can design a theme, stamp the images, and add embellishments. It’s very liberating. For scrapbooking, I often make layouts for my own family photos. By keeping the photo the centerpiece of my page, I am reminded of all the blessings in my life. In that sense, scrapbooking helps keep me “grounded”!

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


I am sharing this card from last year’s Stamp It! Week Challenge. It was my first challenge win in Moxie Fab World. I was absolutely thrilled about this win because it shows how far that I had come.

Where do you get most of your paper crafting inspiration? Why do you find so much inspiration there? If there is a link, please provide it.

Like most paper crafters, I love browsing through Etsy and Pinterest. Ordinary, everyday things though are still a constant and readily available source of inspiration to me. For example, sometimes I am inspired by cookies I have made or a simple salad I’m eating. The window displays I see when I’m shopping are also a good source of inspiration. This is a photo of a salad that I made:


It inspired me to make this card:


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Isn't Virginia just lovely, friends? How cool would it be to be able to speak four languages? And I just love that Virginia finds inspiration all around her, proving that even something as ordinary as a salad can be the inspiration for something as pretty as the birthday card she shared above.

Join me in congratulating Virginia for being featured here today by leaving her some love in the comments. :)

Moxie Fabbers ROCK!

~Cath

117 comments:

Colleen Dietrich said...

Hooray, Virginia! You are DEFINITELY Moxie Fab, and I couldn't be happier for you!

Miriam Prantner said...

Virginia is totally Moxie Fab! What a great pick for this week! She is a constant source of inspiration, and a HUGE encouragement too! Congrats Virginia!

Donna Bowman said...

Congrats Virginia!! You are so Moxie Fab my dear friend!! I'm very happy for you!

pcm said...

Yay Virginia!!!!!

Kerry said...

Excellent choice. I have been encouraged personally by Virginia many many times. I can't believe she hasn't been featured yet, and I'm glad you did today. She is very Moxie Fab.

Isha said...

Huge congrats GF. You totally deserve to be here at the Moxie World...cos you are so fabulously Moxie Fab:))

Avital said...

Virginia Lu rocks! Yay for being featured on Moxie Fab World - well deserved feature!

Craftilicious said...

Virginia is definately Moxie Fab! I'd love to find inspiration in salad!!!

Laura B. said...

Virginia is totally moxie fab! So happy to see her here today!!! She's the sweetest!

Lori Barnett said...

YAY Virginia!!! You ROCK GF!

Mirta Sanchez said...

YES, Virginia is WONDERFUL! I recently reached out to her and her response was so charitable and kind. I am a FAN!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Congrats Virginia! great to see you featured here!

Cheryl W said...

Your creations are fantastic, Virginia! I love how you combine colors to make them bright,upbeat and just plain fun. TFS

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous Virgina, Congratulations on being featured!!

Debstamps said...

So fun to see you featured on Moxie Fab today Virginia! You picked another real peach Cath!
[Hope you're feeling better too!]

Nancy said...

So happy for you, Virginia! So enjoyed your interview too! I have been a logtime fan of your work! I love that salad and the card:) Have a great week!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Yay, Virginia! It's so fun to read and learn more about you. Congrats. So well deserved! Hugs.

Carolyn King said...

Love the amazing Moxie Fab Virginia!!

Rochelle said...

Completely and Totally well deserved! Congrats Virginia!

Jingle said...

YAY!!!! Virginia ROCKS!!!!

k2designsnyc said...

VIRGINIAAAAAAA!!!
CONGRATS on being Moxie Fab!!! You are an OUTSTANDING artist and I am so HAPPY for you!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Congratulations Virginia!!!!! I am an avid follower of your work and I could not be happier than to see your name on here! You are def. Moxie Fab!
Hugs!
Lisa

donna mikasa said...

Virginia is my cardmaking idol and I'm not going to be surprised at the number of comments she receives. She's everything you said and more. Congrats, Virginia! You are Moxie Fabulicious!

Linda Beeson said...

I just love checking in when she has created something new! Always fun stuff.

Julie Day said...

Yay Virginia! Congrats on this uber special Mocie Fab title :)

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Congrats Vi! so excited to see you on here today. You are definitely one of the most Moxie fab people around!

Anita Rex said...

Absolutely BEYOND thrilled to see Virginia here! She is such an inspiration and I am blessed just to call her my friend! :> So talented I also love how she tries new things, how she puts her heart out there and how she is a cheerleader! You are so talented Virginia I am always inspired by you! :>

Deirdre said...

Woohooo.. so thrilled to see Virginia featured. Love what she creates - so delighted that I have gotten to know her through HA Flickr Group - She is a great lady.... CONGRATS VIRGINIA.

Lisa Arana said...

Yay... Virginia is so Moxie Fab!!! So excited to see her featured this week!

Annette said...

aww so excited to see Virginia as this weeks Moxie Fabber...she truly is an amazing women filled with amazing creativity...Congratulations Virginia..

diana said...

Congrats, Virginia, for being moxie fab! ;-)

Maureen Morton said...

Ah, Cath - you couldn't have done better than spotlighting this wonderful gal. Not only is she a brilliant talent, she is so darn good to so many of us....always with a word of encouragement, tips of the trade, funny family stories and pix, even sharing her "mistakes". She makes us all feel like we are best buddies! Congrats, dear Virginia!

walchowDesign said...

Congrats, Virginia! Great to see you here! Have always admire your creativity!

Lin said...

A fantastic choice, Cath! Virginia is a true ambassador in our industry and she is so deserving of this honor! Yay, Virginia, so glad to call you my friend!

MarcyK924 said...

Congrats Virginia! It was awesome reading all about you! You have always been an inspiration to me and now you are Moxie FABULOUS!!

Nina Yang said...

The paper pieced ornaments card is what got me remember Virginia's Name :) She is so creative and fun! Puffy heart!

flowerdisco said...

yes virginia, i love your salad inspired card, so very creative.
have fun!

Kara Lynne said...

Yes, Virginia, you are a Moxie Fab hero of mine!!!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Virginia is an excellent pick! She's definitely a moxie fab card maker and a great friend! Congrats Virginia! You already know I think you rock! :)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations, Virginia -- one of my favorite crafters, for sure!! :)

Vic Lau said...

Congratulations Virginia!! It was so nice to read the interview about you. I also love that you find inspiration in everything and that has helped me look for inspiration and make cards in a different way.

Jean said...

Congrats Virginia!! Wonderful projects!

Vicky said...

Congratulations Virginia!!! You so worth being a Moxie Fab !!! I've been expecting this for some time now!

~amy~ said...

woot woot...big fan of Virginia's! Love to read about her and all that FAB eye candy!

Eveline said...

Hi Virginia, congratulations on being Moxie Fabber of the Week.
Eveline.

Agata said...

Yes, Virginia! How great to read something more bout you! How delightful to see your talent being highlighted on MFW!!! Huge congrats my friend!

KC said...

Nice Virginia. Congrats to you! You certainly deserve a spot here. Thanks for sharing a little about you and especially for sharing your projects.

Lalo said...

THE BEST MOXIE FAB PICK!!

Handmade Cards by Archana said...

Congratulations Virginia!!Happy to see you here and you are truely a Moxie Fab!!

Helen F. said...

Great interview with the lovely and talented Virginia! I've been a fan for quite some time now~~definitely Moxie Fab :)

Rachel W K said...

yes, she does rock!!! way to go, V!!

-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Julie Ranae said...

Congratulations Virginia! You are definitely Moxie Fab!!!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Virginia is BEYOND lovely - she is one of the most talented and kind-hearted women that I've ever been lucky enough to "know." She is forever leaving the sweetest comments on my projects, and is forever inspiring me to keep on trying. I adore her perseverance and couldn't imagine my crafty life without her in it!! Congrats, Ms. Virginia - you ARE the Moxie Fabbest of them all!! XOXO

Deb said...

Congrats, Virginia!!! Way to go girl!!!

Debby said...

Yey Virginia you so belong as a Moxie Fabber!

Barb said...

I am one of those lucky people who shares the joy of having Virginia as a friend! She is a constant source of inspiration for me and so many others! She's there to talk to whenever you have a question, and always leaves the sweetest comments on my cards in Flickr, and on my blog!

What a perfect choice for Moxie Fabber of the Week, Cath! Loved your interview, Virginia! You've shared some of my favorite cards and I could not be more thrilled for you! Huge congrats and hugs! :)

Romaine said...

What a great interview, Virginia! Virginia is such a kind and genuine person. I love that she takes the time to stop by blogs to give a boost or some positive feedback! I love her work and her sense of humor she shares on her blog!
She really is a moxie-Fabber!

Susan said...

Congratulations Virginia. It was great to learn more about you and your love of paper crafting. Your projects are fabulous!

Deb Lorence said...

Yes Virginia, you are fabulous!

Cindy C. said...

Huge congrats Virginia! So happy you're Moxie Fabber this week. You so deserved this!

Wida said...

Virginia is my mentor, my friend, and my cheerleader. I bet a lot of us can say that too. I like the title AMBASSADOR that Lin gave her. so true! congrats V!

Tammy said...

Well deserved Virginia!! Congrats! Great interview!!

Barbara said...

You at so Moxie Fab ! You are so creative!

susanne said...

Wonderful Virginia! Congratulations, I am so happy for you!!

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susanne said...

Wonderful Virginia! Congratulations, I am so happy for you!!

Gilda said...

Congratulations, Virginia! This is a wonderful achievement for you.

yyam said...

Woohoo for Virginia! She's amazing! :)

Aixa M. said...

Congrats on being Moxie Fabber this week! Thank you for sharing your story in paper crafting. : )

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HOOOORAY! Virginia is SOOOO Moxie FAB!!! Great interview:) Super happy for you, Virginia!!! <3

Alice Wertz said...

YAY!!! Congratulations, Virginia!! You are definitely one of the best! So very happy and excited to see you featured. You ROCK, girl! =)

Linda R said...

Congrats Virginia.. What an awesome interview.. It was fun to learn a bit more about you..

Hugs~

stamplover2011 said...

Congrats Virgina!!! You are definitly Moxie Fab in my world!! Great interview!!

Jinny Newlin said...

HUGE congrats, Virginia! You're such a deserving designer!

alexandra s.m. said...

CONGRATS!!
Virginia is FABULOUS!!!

Simone said...

Yay! Such an excellent choice! Virginia is one of the sweetest people i've met through this wonderful hobby of ours and her amazing creative cards always provide inspiration :) Way to go Virginia! :)

Emily Keaton said...

Congratulations, Virginia! I loved reading all about you. Enjoy your time in the spotlight!

Arlene said...

Virginia is SO talented and I love her style - bright, cheery and effervescent! So glad you were featured here, Virginia.

Piali said...

YAY Virginia!!!!! She is totally Moxie Fab-ulous!!!
Congrats my talented friend!!!XOXO

Nona said...

Woot woot! HUGE congrats, Virginia! Such a well-deserved honor. I am absolutely thrilled for you :)

Dawn said...

thrilled to bits to see Virginia here. She is such a lovely lady... so inspiring and also a very special person who always leaves delightful comments on your cards and blogs. Way to go Girl!!!!

Chris Millar said...

So lovely and well deserved to see you in the spotlight here V! You are a friend to all and we all treasure you! xo

Linda said...

You deserve this, Virginia! I adore your cards and you are a moxiefab person!

Lynn said...

Oh how I adore Virginia..loved reading more about her here! Thanks Cath for highlighting such a wonderful person.

maria f. said...

Yes, Virginia... you are moxie fab. One of the nicest blog visitors out there in blogland.

Donna said...

Hi Virginia! Beautiful creations! LOVE the Live - Laugh - Love card.

joy said...

Virginia, you are definitely moxie fab in every way! Loved reading your interview, too. Way to go!!!

Karen said...

Great interview...wonderful to read and find out more about her.

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Congratulations to Virginia! I love to see when my friends 'hit the big time':) She is everything you described, sweet, fun, engaged and full of creativity!

Cristina said...

Yay for Virginia!!!! She's awesome!!

Die Cut Lady said...

Fun learning more about you!Enjoy being Moxie Fab!!

Renee said...

Congrats Virginia! I am a subscriber to her blog because of her creative artwork and fun attitude! Plus, she's so sweet and supportive of everyone in the papercrafting community! Way to go :)

Melissa Shea said...

Whoot! Whoot! Yay Virginia! Loved reading your interview! You're one classy lady! I admire you as a crafter & a person. Whenever I see your creations, I always smile :)

Mary-Anne V said...

I love Virginia's style. she is so sweet whenever I have asked her for help about card making. Congrats Virginia!

Virginia L. said...

Thank you so much, Cath, for featuring me this week. I am deeply honored and will cherish this moment forever. Big thanks to my fellow card-making friends and bloggers, YOU make me want to be a better stamper/card-maker/blogger. HUGS!

cnelson said...

Virginia is ABSOLUTELY MOXIE FAB!!! Soooo EXCITED to see her featured here!!! Keep INSPIRING us ALL Virginia!!

Angie Tieman said...

Whoo! HOo! Virginia! You are truly, MOST Moxie Fab!

Trinh said...

A huge congrats, Virginia! You are so moxie fab and we are all blessed to know you!

Cathy A said...

Congratulations Virginia, I have had the pleasure of meeting Virginia and her family and I can say with out a doubt that she is as wonderful in person as she is in blog land.

bjmartin said...

Congratulations Virginia!

Angi said...

Virginia is FABULOUS! I'm such a BIG FAN of hers. :)

ScrappyV said...

Yes, Virginia (ha ha) is a wonderful choice for Moxie Fabber of the week! She is genuinely kind, open, caring, talented....she is amazing. A real classy lady!

ScrappyV said...

Yes, Virginia (ha ha) is a wonderful choice for Moxie Fabber of the week! She is genuinely kind, open, caring, talented....she is amazing. A real classy lady!

ScrappyV said...

Yes, Virginia (ha ha) is a wonderful choice for Moxie Fabber of the week! She is genuinely kind, open, caring, talented....she is amazing. A real classy lady!

Kary said...

Hei Virginia!! Congrats!! So lovely to read more about you. Your creations are always Fabulous!! And so are YOU!! {hugs}

Tenia Nelson said...

I just LOVE this lady!!! She has to be one of the most sweetest ladies around!!!!! Yay!!!!

Robin K. said...

I'm finally catching up on blog posts and was so thrilled to see Virginia recognized as Moxie Fabber!! I first "met" Virginia in the Hero Arts flickr pool and have been inspired by her work ever since! I am always amazed at the way she can take a stamp and use it in an extraordinary way! She is also a tireless cheerleader to the rest of us :) Moxie Fab indeed!

Larissa Heskett said...

YEAH!! CONGRATS Virginia!! =) I LOVE your creations and your FUN Design Style!! THANKS for sharing with us and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Kelly Griglione said...

Yay, hooray, so excited to see Virginia spotlighted here! I love her commentary on her blog, and her spirit. She always sounds like she's having so much FUN! Well, of course her cards are always super-inspiring too. Fantastic pick, fun to read more about her!

Marlena M. said...

Wow, four languages AND so creative! You are definitely Moxie Fab Virginia. ;)

Mei Ann Guerrero said...

Woot woot! You inspire me in so many ways Virginia! Congratulations. Love your interview too!

Mei Ann Guerrero said...

Woot woot! You inspire me in so many ways Virginia! Congratulations. Love your interview too!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Virginia's awesome!! :)

coco said...

Virginia, your generous, willing, and encouraging spirit is such a gift, and you share it so readily--such Moxie...so Fab!

Susan said...

So thrilled to see Virginia as the Moxie Fabber of the Week. She so deserves it. What a talented paper crafter! And so glad that she's hooked on SRM Stickers. We loved having her on our design team and still love seeing her make lots of projects with SRM! Hug Virginia! So proud of you!

JJ Bolton said...

Virginia is a truly special crafter and person! She's a real inspiration! Love her enthusiasm and positive spirit!

Mariana Grigsby said...

Congrats Virginia! You are Moxie Fab!