November 26, 2012

Moxie Fabber of the Week: Richard Breaks

I'm sure that our Moxie Fabber of the Week, Richard Breaks, would not mind me calling attention to the fact that he is, indeed, our first male card maker spotlighted in this much beloved feature that highlights the inspiring Moxie Fabbers in our midst. I moxie love that we have a handful of gentleman Moxie Fabbers--but given Richard's amazing approach to card making; his upbeat, inspiring, humorous, and super fresh blog; as well as his insightful commenting; I certainly do wish we had more like him contributing to this little ol' world we've all come to know and love so much.

For Richard is one of those rare gems. He approaches our craft with a great deal of purpose--lovingly making cards for friends and family, all the while being mindful of his budget which means choosing his materials carefully. He has a joy for this craft that is utterly delightful, as you will see here in this interview, and in every single one of his blog posts. Trust me, read just one and you will be hooked for life!

And now, without further ado, take it away, Richard!

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

My name is Richard Breaks, aka Mr. Cardmaker on my blog.

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

I am a semi-retired hairdresser, actor, and artist living in Bloomfield Hills, MI with my partner of 21+ years. I am always looking to involve myself in artistic and forward-thinking endeavors (trying to stave off early brain issues!) I am a big animal lover, and I am one backyard fence away from acquiring more dogs.

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 for about 4 years now, having been introduced by a dear friend at an at-home crop. It took me about 3 hours to become absolutely HOOKED! I am primarily a card maker, but I will also enjoy a 3D project every now and then. Paper crafting takes me out of my self and out of the world, and lets me recharge. I couldn’t be without it.

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

I am always so inspired by Moxie Fab World, either by finding new blogs and ideas via Out & About in Moxie Fab World, or by whetting my crafty appetite at Oh My Moxie Fab!, and I just love the way Cath shows us all of the wonderful new products hitting the market in Moxie Monday and Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval posts!

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

AM I moxie fab? If I am, it’s due to the support of all the wonderful crafty people I come across on a daily basis, either in person (which happens too little, for my taste) or in the blogisphere. There are simply no better folks around, anywhere! If I am moxie fab, it is on THEIR say-so!

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.

Ok, I have to say I have TWO favorite manufacturers, and for two distinct reasons.

Papertrey Ink has some of the best artwork around when it comes to their stamps. They use iconic images, have fresh outlooks on their subjects, and they cover a variety of styles. They are almost never too fussy or cheesy. And, their coordinating DIES open a world of possibilities! Their papers are beautiful and are super competitively priced. Can’t say enough good about them (and will keep my very few criticisms to myself for the moment.) I am a big fan of the Rosie Posie stamps and dies. I made this with them—


Gina K. Designs, and especially founder Gina Krupsky has GOT to be the most generous outfit around. There is NOTHING that she learns that she doesn’t share with her customer. Her video tutorials are informative and fun, and they cover just about every technique known. GKD stamps are beautiful and really good quality, and they also have beautiful paper goods; the heavy-weight card stock is the BOMB! The very best set I have from GKD is my first one, Gifts from the Sea, by Melanie Muenchinger. I made this with it—


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 definitely a card maker, and NOT a scrapbooker. I have SO MANY photos; I just find it too overwhelming! This is really sort of funny, because these photos are mostly sent/given to me. I guess the real reason is I just don’t care enough about my photos to make the effort. To be honest, I rarely take photos of anything other than my CARDS!

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 card set project was one that I was really happy with. I had never seen a card treatment done like this anywhere, and while I am sure I had not invented it or anything, I thought it was clever, and I liked how it had the shape of a full sized card with mini card writing space.




I write about this project in more detail on my blog.

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?

Trend watching. Okay, here’s my thing about trend watching. Yes, I notice them. Yes, I appreciate them, and am often caught up in them. However, in the grand scheme, I really study the new trends, and I try to decide which ones of them will become STYLE over time, and which ones are going to fade. It helps that I am a particularly FRUGAL shopper. I can often pass up a trendy item at the paper store, and stick to my staples! I do like though, when Paper Crafts magazine can help you achieve a trendy look on a budget! Now THAT I like!

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After reading this interview, I feel like I've known Richard all my life. I just love the ease with which his voice comes through, and I wish that I could invite him over for dinner sometime soon. I just adore his card making style, and I really admire the fact that he plays so much in an industry that is typically populated by an overwhelming female majority. In fact, I was deeply struck by this comment that Richard left on a blog post I wrote about the connectivity of card making for World Card Making Day Week over on Paper Crafts Connection:

As a male card maker, it is not always easy for me to make crafty friends. I have more than once been given a look of “What are you doing here?” by women at craft fairs, shops, and even at the home of a fellow lady crafting friend of mine (though not by her.)

HOWEVER!! There have been some AMAZING women in craftland who have RUSHED to welcome me into their folds, and the support and friendship found with them has been more than priceless. I am so grateful and constantly heartened and inspired by my friends, whether they be bloggers or people I have met in person. I could NOT do without them!

Richard is one class act, my friends, and I encourage you to leave him some love before you go about your day, Moxie Fabber style!

Moxie Fabbers ROCK!

~Cath

61 comments:

richardbreaks said...

Wow. Just wow. Cath, your wonderful words just leave me speechless. I could not be more honored, or more grateful. Thank you just doesn't cut it here, but Thank you, thank you, thank you just the same. All best.

Casandra Bennett said...

Congrats to a fellow Michigander on being Moxie Fab this week! My favorite cards displayed on this post are the ones with the fruits and veggies. Just too cute! Great style and artistry.

Michelle Hanway said...

fabulous interview! Love the cards & off to check out your blog, Richard!

maria mcclure said...

What a wonderful interview, Cath! Thanks for bringing our attention to another talented paper crafter. I'm so looking forward to visiting his blog and hope he'll check out the Hero Arts flickr group. It's one of the most welcoming around and we'd love to see some of his work in our photostream too!

Love those full size/mini cards, Richard!!

Virginia L. said...

How refreshing and wonderful!! So happy to know more about Richard and his card-making blog! Congrats, Richard!

Helen F. said...

Great interview, Mr Cardmaker!
I have been a fan of Richard's cards for some time now, but really enjoyed getting to know him a little better here as a Rockin' Moxie Fabber:o)

Eveline said...

A male cardmaker, great! I wish my DH showed more interest :(
Good to get to know you Richard. I took a hike over to your blog and liked what I saw.
Congratulations on being Moxie Fabber of the week.
Eveline.

Jingle said...

Richard is awesome!!! He does such great work and is just a great guy, overall! I'm so excited to see him featured here today!

MarcyK924 said...

Richard, I would LOVE to hang with you and make cards ANY day! What a FAB interview! Your cards are fun and colorful - much like you, I'm sure! Kudos and congratulations!

Stephanie said...

Congrats to Richard on being Moxie Fabber of the Week. His work is lovely and I like his sensibility. Thanks for bringing his talent forward, Cath!

Darlene Satkewich said...

It:s so nice to see a male be Moxie Fabber of the Week! Congrats to Richard and I'M on my way to check out his blog. Beautiful cards!

Debstamps said...

I really enjoyed this interview Cath! You do know how to pick them, and I laughed out loud while reading--I resemble many of his remarks! It's all about the Moxie-enjoy the spotlight Richard!

maria f. said...

Go blue! (You Michiganders out there will know what I mean.) Nice to meet ya, Richard.

Rachel W K said...

a great post, i enjoyed reading the interview. congrats to richard!!
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

bzyPTmom said...

So nice to meet you! Love your cards-and great interview! Love to meet other crafty folks from other places.

bzyPTmom said...

So nice to meet you! Love your cards-and great interview! Love to meet other crafty folks from other places.

Dee in N.H. said...

Great interview! and nice to meet you! Love your cards and I'm off to nose around your blog!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Thanks for introducing Richard - I checked out his blog and love his work.

Katy said...

Congrats on being the Moxie Fabber of the Week! I love the cards featured here and the interview! I will go check out your blog! :)

Inkfanatic said...

Congrats Richard! Well done! Great pick Cath!!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Congratulations Richard!!!! What a great honor to read about you today. Hope to see more of you.

Kelly Griglione said...

Really enjoyed reading about Richard and his creations. Thanks for spotlighting him, Cath!

Susan said...

How wonderful to get the male perspective on this addictive hobby. Congratulations on being this week's Moxie Fabber Richard!

Glenda J said...

A big congrats to Richard! A well deserved honour.

Katie said...

Your Make A Wish card is so bold and bright and beautiful, and almost has a 3-d look about it! Also loved your fruits and veg. set! Great interview, liked getting to know you! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

coco said...

Yay, Richard!!! It's great to meet you and see some of your beautiful, colorful work. Thanks, Cath, for introducing us!

tina said...

Welcome, Richard, and congrats on being Moxie Fabber of the week! Your work is great.

Tina
aurathentic@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

Thanks for introducing us to Richard -- and his cards! What a fun interview!!! :)

donna mikasa said...

Very happy to meet Richard and learn about his cardmaking style. Will hop over to his blog....Congrats, Richard!

Maryann said...

Congratulations to Richard for being chosen as the Moxie FAbber this week. So great to see, that there also is men out there who likes to make cards. An exelent interview, that´s for sure. This is so cool.

terisplace said...

Hi Richard! What a delight to read about you today! Such a treat! I enjoy your work and your outlook on card making. Keep up the great work!

Teri

Jennifer said...

Such great work, so very happy to meet you Richard! I'm excited to check out your blog an recommendations fOr frugal finds.

Lisa Arana said...

It was fabulous meeting you Richard! I thoroughly enjoyed your perspective of the card making world. Way to go on being Moxie Fab!

Cindy C. said...

Nice to meet your Richard! Interesting interview, it's nice to see the perspective from a male crafter in card-making world.

cjgusloff57 said...

Hello Richard...nice to meet you! What a fun interview to read this morning. PTI and Gina K are my two favorites also. Your cards are great!

Jennifer Scull said...

just so thrilled to see Richard here in the Moxie Fab pages! will most certainly go check out his blog, as his cards and words are so inspiring!

thanks so much for bringing this talented crafter to our attention! :)

Susan R. Opel said...

How great to get to know Richard. Hey, Cath - if you have him over for dinner, I wanna come, too!

PS - Shout out to Michigan, Richard! :)

Theresa Momber said...

Congrats, Richard! I knew you were FAB!!! Gorgeous cards!

Gina K. said...

Richard- Congratulations! We always knew you were Moxie Fab! What an honor to be on Cath's Moxie Fab World blog! You made the big time! Way to go!

Melanie said...

Yes, he is, great interview!I have an Richard original and it is one of my favorite handmade cards anyone has ever sent me. Thanks, Richard, for the "Gifts from the Sea" love! :) mwahhhh!

AJ said...

congrats Richard- you ARE MF!!! :)

Lee said...

Richard!!!! You deserve the honor....you are amazing both as a crafter and a friend!! You touch so many that you don't even know....big HUGS to you my friend!!

P.J.R said...

I wish my DH took an interest in my papercrafting addiction.Your cards are FABULOUS.

Laurie H. said...

Wow! Fabulous to get to know another fellow paper crafter/card maker. I think was a wonderful interview. TFS!

Mary Gillmarten said...

I loved learning in the interview Cath that Richard is "semi-retired" and relatively new to paper crafting - I can't wait until I'm there! I know what he means about budgetary restrictions -- more time to do something expensive is dangerous! :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations Richard..what a great interview.

Jayne said...

Thanks for showcasing Richard. I just signed up to get updates to his blog. Lots of crafty inspiration there, from a different point of view.

Char said...

Nice work, Richard, and great interview!

Carolyn King said...

Great pick, Cath! I have seen Richard's work and love it---so nice to learn more about him!

Kim Marie said...

WONDERFUL interview!!! I feel like we've met Richard in person! And he and I both have a love for the same stamp companies and ideas on a budget!:)
Thanks for sharing Richard's crafting life with us...more interviewS, please!! :)
Kim Marie

Kim Marie said...

WONDERFUL interview!!! I feel like we've met Richard in person! And he and I both have a love for the same stamp companies and ideas on a budget!:)
Thanks for sharing Richard's crafting life with us...more interviewS, please!! :)
Kim Marie

Patti J said...

Congrats again, Richard! SO proud of you, dear friend! Loved reading your interview, and learning more about you. Great projects! See you in blogland :)

Izzy Anderson said...

Great interview and a great pic for Moxie Fab. Wonderful to meet you, Richard. Off to check out your blog!

Mirta Sanchez said...

O wow, it's a boy!! Ok, a man who crafts! And loves it! I had no idea! Let's be friends!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Richard, congrats on being Moxie Fabber of the Week, and it is SO GOOD to meet a male crafter here! I love those produce cards you featured. :)

Anonymous said...

What a great interview.I believe that making cards is something almost everyone can do, so why aren't there more men making cards?

Blessings,
Kat

JJ Bolton said...

How wonderful to see Richard featured as Moxie Fabber of the Week! So much to fun to hear his perspective on being a man in the mostly female world of cardmaking:)

Richard, it's so nice to get to know you better! Keep on being awesome!

judy said...

Congrats, Richard on being featured on the Moxie Fab blog! I thoroughly enjoyed learning about you and your work from this. I agree with Cath, your voice really shines through in this interview.

Donna Nuce said...

Wow Richard your cards are amazing. I love to see creative men doing their thing!

Trinh said...

So wonderful to meet Richard! Great interview and cards. Congrats, Richard!

Sherri Q said...

I just read Richard's commentary, and I have to say he has inspired me. I personally find it interesting to get a fresh perspective from men who enjoy a primarily female hobby. While I must admit it usually does come as a surprise to me in card making and in crochet, another craft I enjoy, to find men who enjoy it as much as I do... there is just so much to learn from someone else who has a different take on something you enjoy. Kudos!