February 29, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Poetic quilt,

~Cath

Party Ensembles Week: Day 3

The parade of pretty parties continues, my friends, as we celebrate the release of Party Ensembles, the 288-page book filled with 138 parties and over 1,000 projects from all your pals here at Paper Crafts magazine!


For today's moxie fab sneak peek, check out this stylish approach to a book club gathering, the Jane Austen Book Club Party by Angie Tieman, found on pages 160-161:


Of course, it's perfect for all us Jane Austen fans, and yet, I'm also thinking about how easily could it be transformed into a Downton Abbey party! Or a sweet sixteen birthday party. Or a retirement party. Or a Mother's Day luncheon. The possibilities are simply endless when it comes to the jumping-off points that the parties in this book have to offer!

As you can see, the adaptability factor in this book is as high as the sky, and when you think of it that way, 138 parties becomes...well, you do the math!

For a chance to win a copy to ooh and aah over yourself, simply leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, March 4 and I'll draw one lucky to do just that!

This book is a party in and of itself!

~Cath

PS Be sure and stop by Paper Crafts Connection today for yet another sneak peek and a chance to win over there as well!

February 28, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Snow friends,

~Cath

Party Ensembles Week: Day 2

Welcome to the second day of our week-long party in celebration of the release of the moxie-tacular 288-page book, Party Ensembles!


With an inspiring paper crafted party ensemble for every holiday, occasion, and event you could ever imagine, this robust volume has over 1,000 projects to help you get your party on, including this moxie gorgeous and oh-so-trendy Sew Much Fun Party created by Julia Stainton on pages 162-163.


I mean, just look at that banner with its sewing pattern lace! And the place setting spools? The tape measure napkin rings? The pinwheel centerpiece? The invitation with its die-cut flower made of yet even more sewing pattern?

Oh my moxie to the fab! And this is just one of 138!

You likey? Leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, March 4 and I'll draw one lucky to win a copy of this project-rich book to dog-ear and dog-ear and dog-ear!

Party hearty!

~Cath

PS Be sure and stop by Paper Crafts Connection where Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Schaerer tells how we prepared for such an epic project--AND you'll have another chance to win!

PPS Don't forget to check to see if you are a winner in last week's comment-to-wins. Click here for our weekly Winnerday! post (or scroll down to see the post just below this one.)

PPSS You may or may not have noticed, but I had to alter the deadline for the Cure for the Winter Blues Challenge by one day. The new deadline is Sunday, March 11. Hope to see you there!

Winnerday!

Ready? Set! Scroll!

The winners of the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection from American Crafts in last week's Moxie Monday are:

.:| Angela |:. who said...
Love the cameras and stickers! All so cute and colorful. 

and Katie who said...
I love anything Amy Tangerine! I would love to get my hands on all of that fun paper and the ribbon is to die for!

And last but certainly not least, the winners the Jane's Doodles stamps in last week's Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval post are:

Sheri who said...
These are adorable. I love the worm coming out of the apple.

and Amanda West who said...
I absolutely love the Pretty Peonies stamp set! They are all so cute. Thank You 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,

~Cath

February 27, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Complete and utter sweetness,

~Cath

Party Ensembles Week: Day 1


They just keep on coming, friends!

Paper Crafts magazine just keeps pumpin' out rock star special issues, one after the other after the other! And this yummy of a book, Party Ensembles, with 138 completely different paper crafted parties totaling over 1,000 projects, is, quite simply put, TO DIE FOR!

I mean, page after page after page, this book has more inspiration than you can possibly imagine! With a party for every occasion, holiday, style, and event under the sun, this 288-page book with a CD full of supply lists, patterns, and digital design elements is a paper crafter's dream!

And what's more--all this week I'll be sneak-peeking a party as well as give you an opportunity to win a copy of your own!

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

Our first glimpse into this book chock full of trendy sweeties is this Picture Perfect Party by Go-to Gal Windy Robinson, found on pages 174-175:


With nine different paper crafted elements, this hip and colorful party has everything you need to celebrate your girlfriends in style! And not only would all of this create a supah fun party atmosphere, but just think of all the inspiration it could provide for handmade cards, gift tags, home decor, and more!

Ohmyohmyohmy! I just can't WAIT to put this hefty book in the hands of one random lucky! Simply leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, March 4 and I'll do just that!

There's a serious party goin' on!

~Cath

PS Be sure and stop by Paper Crafts Connection where you will not only have another opportunity to comment-to-win this amazing book, but you'll get to go behind-the-scenes with creative editor Susan R. Opel!

February 26, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, Spain,

~Cath

February 25, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


A-maze-ing,

~Cath

February 24, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


To light up your weekend,

~Cath

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 links with you! Check it:

A sweetly bright birthday card.

Some lattice and lace and a cameo, too!

Some masculine cards promoting a moxie fab stamp set that you will just love.

A treat bag that is sweet, fun, and stripey!

A gorgeous head wreath made from handmade paper roses, plus a tutorial.

A pretty inspired by an equally pretty pretty.

An eggs-celent Easter card to help you start thinking spring.

A beautiful card in one of my all-time favorite color schemes.

A blue card for baby that is as sweet as the coming of spring.

Happy last weekend in February, Moxie Fabbers!

~Cath

PS Would you like me to stop by your blog sometime and say "hello"? I know I'd love to. Simply click on this link to our Moxie Fab World Blog Roll and add your blog's URL (that is, if you haven't done so already--please, no duplicate links), and I promise to stop by sometime real soon!

February 23, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Sense by Tono Stano,

~Cath

Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval: Jane's Doodles

Fun and cute, sweet and pretty, our Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval goes to Jane's Doodles this week, my friends. Owned by Moxie Fabber Jane Beljo, who is best known by her blog moniker, Plain Jane, these stamps are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. Check it:

Party Time

Garden Friends

Big Sentiments

Pretty Peonies

Little Miss Mia

Aren't these just so adorable? Wouldn't you moxie love to add these to your collection? If so, leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, February 26 and I'll draw two luckies to win everything you see here today. And remember, you've got to tune in for our weekly Winnerday! post on Tuesday mornings to see if you are a winner.

Stamp me happy,

~Cath

February 22, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


The ultimate in cable knit,

~Cath

The Cure for the Winter Blues Challenge

There's something just so lovely about timing a trend perfectly. For just as the January/February issue of Paper Crafts magazine hit the newsstands with its drop-dead gorgeous feature entitled Cure for the Winter Blues, many manufacturers at CHA Winter showed they were just as nuts over navy as we are.

Paper crafting trend-watchers from far and wide touted the predominance of this stately color in CHA reports all over the blogosphere, including our own editor-in-chief Jennifer Schaerer, creative editor Susan R. Opel, and Go-to Gal Windy Robinson. And me? Well I've been chomping at the bit waiting to bring you this challenge, because I know how much you will rock it!

Here's some inspiration to help you start finding a cure for the winter blues. Check it:












And if that isn't enough inspiration for you, take a looksee at these delights from the issue itself:

True Blue Card by Betsy Veldman, p. 34

Love You More Card by Windy Robinson, p. 40

Medallion Congrats Card by Maile Belles, p. 41

 Patchwork Card by Emily Branch, p. 39

Frosty Blue Wedding Card by Ulina C. Tauer, p. 40

Can you believe how gorgeous these cards are, friends? Are you ready to start paper crafting your winter blues away? If so, here's all the information you'll need to fill your prescription:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates navy blue in an innovative way. (In other words, design your cards so that navy blue is the star of the show!)
  • 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 Cure for the Winter Blues 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 Sunday, March 11.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, March 14 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 your personal cure,

~Cath

February 21, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Meet my new friend,

~Cath

Tuesday Trigger: Home Sweet Home


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, March 4. (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, Chiclectic! Make sure you check out their projects and leave them some love on their blogs!






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:


Susan, 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!

~Cath

PS I'm sure you've noticed, and I'm sure you'll agree, Blogger's new word verification is a total and complete pain in the you-know-what. In response to your requests, I have disabled it here in the Moxie Fab World. However, if I find that I am having a problem with spam, I will need to reconsider. And turnabout being fair play, I would appreciate it greatly if all y'all did the same. It took me so much longer to go through the Tuesday Trigger entries because of the new, cumbersome system. Anyone care to join me? Click here to see how easily it's done.

Winnerday!

Ready? Set! Scroll!

The winners of the Western Romance collection from Webster's Pages in last week's Moxie Monday are:

Karin Hoag who said...
Wow, the soft colours really appeal to me! And that photo you posted of the feathers has me drooling! 

and Carol who said...
So totally love this line! Carol B ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com 

The winner of a copy of Cool Tools from the comment-to-win in last week's The Cool Tools Challenge Winners post is:

Colleen Dietrich who said...
I am blown away by the ingenuity of these ladies' creations! Love Virginia's umbrella/paper clip, and the toothpick knitting needles, and Joan Ervin's amazing creation.

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

Carol W. who said...
I absolutely love PTI! They have the most amazing stamp sets, I just love all of the inspiration that Nichole and the design team give us each and every month. Would love to win these sets!

and Donna VW who said...
Yes, I totally agree!

And last but certainly not least, the winners of the comment-to-win in last week's Five for Friday: Your March/April Sneak Peek is:

veggiegirlRD who said...
some fresh inspiration and some new tips to improve my masking technique - what's not to love?!

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,

~Cath

February 20, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Good for what ails you,

~Cath

Moxie Fabber of the Week: Vera Yates

I'm very excited to present our Moxie Fabber of the Week, Vera Yates. I have been a fan of Vera's clean and graphic style for a long time now, and I can't wait to show her off here in the Moxie Fab World.

Whether fun and cute or classy and elegant, Vera's cards bring clean lines, gorgeous color, and a sense of sweetness that is unsurpassed in the card making world. And not only is she an amazing paper crafter, but she has one of the kindest hearts of anyone I have ever met. 

See what I mean by reading further. Take it away, Vera!

What is your full name? What is your screen name? Do you have a blog or an on-line gallery?
My name is Vera Wirianta Yates or Ling. I answer to both. Growing up in Indonesia with a Chinese heritage, it’s normal for us to have 2 names. :) You can find me blogging at Ling’s Design Studio.

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

I am a girl who loves and adores her family very much, who loves reading, movies, traveling, animals, everything Harry Potter, and everything cute, soft and fuzzy (my hubby always jokes that I can’t pass a stuffed animal aisle without touching them). I often think I have a bit of a Peter Pan syndrome because part of me still is very kid-like. My family and close friends would say that I am someone who tends to think with her heart, someone who is sensitive, loving, creative, goofy, cheesy, loyal, fiercely protective of her loved ones, and knows where to find a good bargain.

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

I was invited to a scrapbook class back in 1996 and I’ve been addicted to scrapbooking ever since. Soon after I branched out to card making.

There are so many aspects of paper crafting that I love. I love it when I get to teach classes as it lets me share my love of paper crafting and helps me overcome my fear of public speaking. I love that it helps me unwind after a busy day. Love the friends I met. But, the most important aspect is that through card making I have been able to give back to the community. For the past couple years I did a card drive (in 2011 I teamed up with the fabulous Jennifer McGuire) during the holiday season where we collect holiday cards to bring joy for the elderly that live in nursing homes. It’s a cause that’s close to my heart and I feel it’s been possible and successful because of all the wonderful people that I met through card making.

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?

What’s not to love?? I love that Moxie Fab provides so many inspiring pictures and projects. I always look forward to the Oh My Moxie Fab! posts, where Cath posts random interesting pictures. They’re always fun and inspiring. I don’t have any particular favorite all-time post because I love so many of them, but I do have one post that really stands out in mind.

A tribute post to Cath’s friend titled Simple Gifts. Two days after Cath posted this tribute, my foster dad passed away and the beautiful poem on this post helped me in dealing with my grief. I felt like I found that poem at the right time, to remind me that my loved ones always close with me, no matter what.

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

One day when I was feeling very average, I asked my mom if she was proud of me and if she was, what made her proud. And she said, as a mother nothing makes her more proud than to hear that she has raised a loving, kind-hearted girl. She said having a kind heart is just as important as having other achievements, because with a kind heart you can make a difference in someone’s life whether you know it or not. So, I guess I’ll go with that. I am moxie fab because I have a kind heart and I love making people smile.

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

I have quite a few favorite paper crafters who inspire me all the time. I love Kryssi Ng's designs. In my eyes she is the queen of CAS. I love how her designs might be CAS but still very eye catching. And Teri Anderson because her designs always so fun. I look at her works and would say wow that’s so cool.

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

I think my design style is CAS, sweet & cheerful. Is sweet and cheerful a style? I like to use bright colors and make cards that convey cheerfulness. Some people say they could usually spot my cards because of my style.





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.

Oh this is hard. I am all over the place when it comes to favorite manufacturer. There are just so many awesome companies out there that have fabulous collection. If I have to pick one, I’ll go with Bella Blvd. I love their fun patterns and colors. I’m loving the American Crafts' Amy Tangerine line as well, although so far I only use it for my scrapbooks.

Here’s a card I made using Bella Blvd Mr. Boy collection:


Name three non-paper crafting blogs/websites that you find to be inspiring. Include a statement that describes why you keep returning to each site for inspiration.

Print & Pattern. The name says it all. They always have super fun stationery, prints, or patterns that make you go wow. You never know when a plate or calendar design could inspire you. :)

Jerry Aurum. He’s one of my favorite photographers and graphic designers. I am not just saying it because he’s my brother, but he really does awesome work. I love his nature photography, especially the underwater ones. I find his pictures inspiring and he captures many things that many of us just pass without thinking. He makes me think and pay attention to the non-obvious stuff.

Dwell Studio. This is an interior decorating blog that offers so many awesome ideas and beauties. I often can get inspiration from the beautiful pillows or rugs, etc., that they showcase on their blog.

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


This card was the card I made for Gallery Idol Top 5 back in 2010. I am proud of it because for the final challenge of the competition I was able to combine all the previous challenges into 1 card. But what makes it means the most to me is because it represents everything that I love, from the bright colors to my love for animals, to my favorite technique of coloring and fussy cutting, and I used stamps and tools from all my favorite companies.

The dog on the scene represents our dog, Hank, who just went to doggy heaven a few months before, the 2 squirrels represent the 2 that our family used to have when we’re growing up, the tree with the swing represents the house that I grew up in, which on the backyard we have this tree with tire swing that my uncle made for us. I mean when I made this card, I really put all the things I love into it and loving the whole process as well.

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?

Yes, definitely. I love watching what’s trendy and what’s not. Although, I don’t necessarily follow all the trends as I think it’s also important to stay true to your own unique style. For me trend watching is something that’s fun to do. It opens my eyes to other possibilities and often gives me the inspiration to try something new.

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It doesn't get a whole lot more moxie fab than this, friends! I'd like to thank Vera for taking the time and trouble to answer my questions today, for her kind words about me and the Moxie Fab World, and I'd like to invite you to leave her some love today in the comments, Moxie Fabber style!

Moxie Fabbers rock!

~Cath

Moxie Monday: Amy Tangerine Sketchbook from American Crafts

Straight from the CHA Winter showroom floor, the latest and greatest line from Amy Tangerine via American Crafts is in da house, my friends! I am a HUGE fan of pretty much anything Amy Tangerine (are you following her on Pinterest?) and this line, Sketchbook, simply edifies my fascination with her and her uncanny ability to capture and create trends.

In the case of this particular collection, we're talking hand-drawn doodle-esque watercolors in saturated hues with splashes of popular icons such as her signature cameras, frames, and lace all grounded in nature itself. All combined, it makes for one delightful line that I can't stop drooling over. Check it:

Harper's Hue

Sienna Spirit

Bailey's Brush

Gwyneth's Graph

Charlotte's Shade

Cindy's Sketch

Carmine Collage

Kristi's Crafts

Sydney's Snapshot

Paige's Portraits

Lily's Landscape

Stickers

Ribbon

Stickers

Brilliance Delights

Stamps

Supah fun, stuff, eh friends? If you agree, leave me a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, February 26 and I'll draw two luckies to win this happy, happy collection! And don't forget, you need to tune in for our weekly Winnerday! post--always on Tuesdays--to see if you are a winner.

Have a great Monday!

Feeling sketch-a-licious,

~Cath