October 22, 2012

Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks Week: The Alphabet Stickers Challenge

All hail the latest and greatest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine! With its roots in the PC101 column found in every edition of the regular magazine, Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks gives you 6 moxie creative ideas on how to utilize products and techniques in your paper crafting and then shows you 6 additional ways to incorporate those ideas into actual projects.  All totaled, there are 252 inspiring ideas, and we're going to be celebrating along with Paper Crafts Connection all week long!

So let's get this party started, shall we?

Here in the Moxie Fab World, we're going to be celebrating with...you guessed it...five challenges to shake up your creativity, each coming from one of the sections in the issue. Today we begin with trendy alphabet stickers. Superstar designer Chan Vuong begins with these clever ideas on how to incorporate alphabet stickers into your projects, found on page 14. Check it:

Moxie Fab Alert: In this fun and cute technique square, Chan has emphasized a statement with bold alphabet stickers.

Moxie Fab Alert: Chan has created a ransom note look by combining different fonts and dimensional stickers.

 Moxie Fab Alert:  Here Chan has used alphabet stickers as a mask for dye ink spray.

Moxie Fab Alert: Have you ever thought of altering your alphabet stickers? Note how the doodling that was added to this letter sticker helps to focus our eye even more on the monogram focal point.

Moxie Fab Alert: What a fun way to create a border! 

Moxie Fab Alert: In this trendy typographical treatment, Chan has created a background with patterned paper and a combination of coordinating fonts.

And how about a project that incorporates these techniques? Well, in this Typeset Congrats Card found on page 15, Chan has focused on the ransom note look featured above:

Moxie Fab Alert: I just love the random nature of these fonts which give this masculine card a playful look. The plaid background helps to "standardize" the randomness, while the navy borders help to ground the entire design.

For the other 5 projects that incorporate these techniques, see pages 15-17.

Whaddayasay? Are you ready to use alphabet stickers in creative ways on a paper crafted project? If so, here's how to play:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates alphabet stickers 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 Alphabet Stickers 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, November 19.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, November 21 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Paper Crafting Tips & Tricks.
It's time to channel your inner "alpha"!


PS Be sure and tune in to our weekly Winnerday! post first thing tomorrow morning! In addition to announcing the winners of last week's comment-to-wins, I'll also be announcing the 10 random winners of our World Card Making Day Week challenges!


DebbieC. said...

These are wonderful cards and great ways to rethink my alpha's

judy said...

Great projects using alphas! I love letters and fonts but tend to hoard my alpha stickers; thanks for the great inspiration on how to use what I have.

Myoriah said...

Love the examples. I hate to admit it but I have alpha stickers which have been gathering dust in a drawer for a couple of years at least. Guess it is time to dust them off and use. Thanks for the inspiration.

Andrea Walford said...

I'm super excited about this magazine - I always learn so much from all the Paper Crafts magazines and special issues. Hope it's okay - but I created two different cards in two separate posts for this challenge.

Susan said...

I love Chan's work and she is such a great inspiration! Not only does she create amazing cards, she is also a champion of animals. She is definitely Moxie Fab and it was so nice to see her cards featured today!

Karenladd said...

Ooh, love these ideas..especially the ransom alpha card! What a great look, and I pinned it!

Cecilia Hsieh said...

Thanks Cathy for a great challenge!

Sherry Butcher said...

I love doing this ransom alpha on my card too. TFS.

Barb said...

Thanks for a fun challenge, Cath! I never use alpha stickers on my cards, so it was fun to give it a try! :)

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS for sharing and for the GREAT Challenge!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Jacquie Southas said...

Another terrific challenge!

Carole said...

Wonderful idea, had me routing through my stickers. Thanks for the fun challenge.

Kathy A. said...

We will soon be moving... and my alpha stickers are packed in a box somewhere! So, I made two cards with handmade alphas. One (for OWH) with fussy cut letters, the other, for fun, cut from magazines to look like a ransom note.
Can't wait to try this with my stickers someday!

Marlena M. said...

Yes, I need to use my letters~thanks Cath, for an inspiring challenge!

Pamela Haskin said...

Another great challenge! I just linked mine up.

Cindy C. said...

Hmm..this will give me a chance to break out of my comfort zone to doing something very different! Thanks for the inspirations!

Jackie Pedro said...

I didn't have letter stickers so I used die-cut letters! Super fun challenge!

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

Such a great challenge! Thank you for the inspiration - and the chance to use some odd sticker letters!

Michelle Looi said...

I had just linked up! Thanks for the inspirations!

Helen F. said...

Just added one card to this challenge, hope to link a couple more today :o) Thanks, Cath, for the challenges ~ which I obvious need to to get some cards created :o)

Jacquie Southas said...

I linked up another card - will probably add at least one more as I pull out more alpha stickers!

sanketi said...

Lovely inspiration and I have linked up mine too!Thanks!

Annette said...

Thanks for the fun challenge..I love trying new things like added alphabet stickers to my projects.. I really never have done it..I might just be addicted now..

Katy said...

Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Therese said...

I have so many alpha stickers. Glad I was able to use them for this fun challenge!

Sabrina Alery said...

I rarely use alpha stickers on my cards - thanks for the inspiration!!

Katy said...

I linked another project. Yay! And thank you! :)

Kanan Pandya said...

I was fun playing with this challenge. Linked my card.

Thank you. :-)

Skye said...

These challenges are always such great fun. Always wonderful inspiration

nancy jane said...

This challenge pushed me to try the masking technique I'd wanted to give a whirl. Thanks so much for that.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I hardly use alphabet stickers, but i've got plenty of them, thanks for encouraging me to get them out.

nancy jane said...

I had one last idea that I wanted to try for this challenge. Thanks for pushing me, Cath.

Deb Lorence said...

Great cards! I bought the magazine and some alphabet stickers the other day. Had the day off so I made a card for the challenge!

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