June 30, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


If fish could smile,

~Cath

June 29, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Chalking it up,

~Cath

Stamp It! Cards Week: The Birthday Card Challenge

It's the truth. We all lurve to make handmade birthday cards. I know this because according to Paper Crafts magazine's annual Readers' Survey, birthdays are consistently the #1 occasion for which we enjoy making cards.

By the same survey, I also know that stamping is our favorite technique. That's why I've saved the best challenge for last in our week-long celebration of the release of Stamp It! Cards, the Birthday Card Challenge.


Check out these moxie-tacular birthday cards from the issue itself:

Every Single Day Card by Betsy Veldman, p. 46

Moxie Fab Alert: The trend factor in this colorful birthday card is high--from the subway tile background to the hand-lettered-looking chalkboard foreground, it's a stamper's dream!

Birthday Bubbles Card By Laura Bassen, p. 41

Moxie Fab Alert: Can you stand these fun circles, reminiscent of bubbles blown on a hot summer day? I moxie love!

Cuckoo Clock Card by Clare Pressia, p. 39

Moxie Fab Alert: If I didn't know any better, I might think this cuckoo clock was hanging on my grandmother's kitchen wall. Trendy-cute and whimsy-wonderful!

Just think of all the stampy birthday cards you could put in your stash by entering this contest, friends! Here's how to join in on all the fun:
  • Create a birthday card in which stamping is the primary technique.
  • 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 Stamp It! Cards Birthday 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, July 23.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, July 25 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Stamp It! Cards, Volume 9.
Who doesn't love a handmade stamped birthday card?

~Cath

PS This is your last (of many!) weekend to work on our Card Creations Week challenges.  I hope to see you there, that is, if you aren't there already!

PPS Who is the 2012 Gallery Idol? Click HERE for the big reveal!

June 28, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


To catch a dream,

~Cath

Stamp It! Cards Week: The Love Card Challenge


It's Day 4 of our week-long celebration of the release of Stamp It! Cards, the latest and greatest 164-page special interest publication from your friends at Paper Crafts magazine, and I tell you what, we are having ourselves one moxie fab time!

With 295 inspiring ideas for beginners to intermediates, Stamp It! Cards is everything you need to get your stamp on. And since there's so much to love, I thought it only appropriate that we include a little love challenge in this week's array of ways to play. Check it out these love-lies from the issue itself:

You + Me = Together Card by Lisa Arana, p. 102

Moxie Fab Alert: The play on formulas combined with that 3-D heart element attached with paper surgical tape is an equation for greatness!

 
Heart You Card by Angeline Yong Jeet Leen, p. 100

Moxie Fab Alert: These trendy cross-stitch hearts have my own heart going pitter patter!

 I Love You This Much Card by Emily Branch, p. 103

Moxie Fab Alert: It's "clear" to see that the maker of this card is overflowing with love!

Are you in the mood for love? Stampy love, that is? If so, here are the deets you'll need to join in on all the fun:
  • Create a love card in which stamping is the primary technique.
  • 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 Stamp It! Cards Love Card 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, July 23.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, July 25 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Stamp It! Cards, Volume 9.
I "love" a good challenge,

~Cath

PS Be sure and pop by Paper Crafts Connection as Stamp It! Cards Week continues!

June 27, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Oar house,

~Cath

Stamp It! Cards Week: The Hello Card Challenge


Who's having fun in Stamp It! Cards Week? I know I am, and I can't wait to introduce you to today's challenge, the Hello Card Challenge. Check out these yummies from the issue itself:

 Modern Hello Card by Mary Dawn Quirindongo, p. 97

Moxie Fab Alert: Simple and fun, trendy and awesome, this mod-tastic card makes me smile.

Hello Typewriter Card By Kalyn Kepner, p. 96

Moxie Fab Alert: Say no more. This card is a vintage classic.

Mod Hi Card by Karolyn Loncon, p. 95

Moxie Fab Alert: I love the mod apartment scene Karolyn has created in this hip card. And is it just me, or is Megan Draper about to greet me at the door with a high ball G&T?

I know you're just dying to play. Here's the 411 on how:
  • Create a hello card in which stamping is the primary technique.
  • 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 Stamp It! Cards Thank You 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, July 23.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, July 25 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Stamp It! Cards, Volume 9.
You had me at "hello,"

~Cath

PS Be sure and stop by Paper Crafts Connection today for even more fun as we continue to promote Stamp It! Cards!




June 26, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Let the sunshine in,

~Cath

Stamp It! Cards Week: The Congratulations Challenge


It's true. This is one moxie-tacular stamping issue. I know I say this all the time, but it just doesn't get any better than this, friends.

Yesterday I showed you some amazing thank you cards from the issue, and today I'm sharing some of my favorite congratulations cards in our second day of our week-long celebration here in the Moxie Fab World. Check it:

Retro Great Job Card by Teri Anderson, p. 56

Moxie Fab Alert: Simple and fun, I adore the color scheme, the movement, and the sparkle this card gets with a few well-placed gems. "Great job," Teri!

This is BIG Card by Cheiron Brandon, p. 58

Moxie Fab Alert: Moxie fab colors, moxie perfect font choice, and a moxie play on size makes this one moxie inspirational card!

Rooster Congrats Card by Linda Beeson, p. 58

Moxie Fab Alert: How perfect is this design for a congratulations card, friends? I just love the trendy award medallion on that weathered wood patterned paper, and if you've ever taken a gander at my I'm Stricken with Chickens Pinterest board, you know I adore that rooster stamp focal point!

Who's ready to play? If your hand is in the air, then read on to join in on all the fun!
  • Create a congratulations card in which stamping is the primary technique.
  • 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 Stamp It! Cards Congratulations 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, July 23.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, July 25 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Stamp It! Cards, Volume 9.
I congratulate you on giving this a go!

~Cath

PS Don't forget that our Card Creations Week challenges close on next Monday, July 2!

PPS Stamp It! Cards Week continues over on Paper Crafts Connection! Be sure and stop by to see what Holly has up her sleeves for you today!



Winnerday!

Thank you for your patience with me, friends. Since we didn't have any comment-to-wins last week, and since I was out last week, these are for the week prior.

Ready? Set! Scroll!

The winners of the PB&J collection from BasicGrey in the June 11 Moxie Monday are:

Juicebox who said...
LOVE LOVE LOVE everything BasicGrey! The buttons have my heart in this collection. Also, what a great website :)

and mommyabbytommy who said...
So beautiful!! I *heart* basic grey

The winners of the Taylored Expressions stamps in the June 14 Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval post are:

xiumaiyuki who said...
These are fabulous!! Thanks for the chance to win.

and Tracey who said...
Oh wow!! I am LOVIN' all these stamps from Tayored Expressions!!!

And last but certainly not least, the winner of the Mr. Linky drawing in the June 15 post, It's YOUR TURN to Go Out & About in the Moxie Fab World is:

Julie S/Three in the Nest Creations
 
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

June 25, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!



Rainy days and Mondays,

Note: In Cath's absence, the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals are sharing inspiration from their Pinterest boards over the next several days.

Stamp It! Cards Week: The Thank You Challenge

Hello my moxie fab friends! I'm so glad to be back! After five weeks of being in a post-operative fog, I can't tell you how excited I am to be back in action. To be honest, I'm far from being 100%, but I'm good enough to post some inspiration right here in my favorite blog! Oh how I have missed you!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your concern and well-wishes. All y'all have helped me get through this difficult challenge with a great deal more strength and a much more positive attitude than ever would have been possible without you. You guys are the best of the best!

A huge thanks also to my moxie fab co-workers who have jumped in to help out when I needed it the most. It's well-documented that I love my job to pieces, but Jennifer, Kerri, Susan, Kelly, and Holly are the best reasons why that is so true.

And now, without further ado, let's talk Stamp It! Cards, shall we?


Hot off the presses, this ninth incarnation if its kind will quickly become your go-to stamping inspiration. Covering all your favorite occasions, this 164-page beauty is nothing short of spectacular. Page after page, I find myself ooh-ing and ah-ing, and I'm sure you will be, too!

To celebrate, I'd love to invite you to participate in our customary week of challenges, beginning with today's challenge, the Thank You Challenge. Check out these trendies from the issue to stoke your stampy fires:

 Medallion Thank You Card by Natasha Kara, p. 141

Moxie Fab Alert:  The beauty of this card lies in its simple complexity, if you will. It is simple in its color scheme and design, and complex in its texture and pattern. A perfectly executed combination, if you ask me!

 Merci Card by Jennifer McGuire, p. 148

Moxie Fab Alert:  The stamping in this gorgeous card is wonderfully done. From the repetitive stamping in the background to the embossed focal point in the foreground to the spritzing that gives this card its all-over colorful shine, this card is moxie to the ever livin' fab!

Little Things Card by Heidi Van Laar, p. 146

Moxie Fab Alert: Not only do I love this mixxy-matchy stampy-stamped card, but I love the technique that was used to create it. Heidi stamped and embossed the leaves on kraft cardstock, trimmed away a select few of the leaves and adhered different patterned papers behind them. Pretty cool, huh?

Are you inspired to create a stamped thank you card after having seen these great examples? If so, here's the low-down on how to join in on all the fun:
  • Create a thank you card in which stamping is the primary technique.
  • 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 Stamp It! Cards Thank You 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, July 23.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, July 25 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Stamp It! Cards, Volume 9.
Don't you just love it when you have an excuse to get stampy?

~Cath

PS Thank you so much for your patience on the Card Creations Week challenges. You have until next Monday, July 2 at midnight to upload your approaches. I'll announce the winners next Wednesday, July 4. Please be aware that because my shoulder is still quite tender, I won't be leaving comments on your entries, but I will be delighting privately in each and every one.

PPS Who will be this year's Gallery Idol? The Top 5 have been announced and their Round Four cards will be posted at noon MDT! Be sure and click on over to Paper Crafts Connection to see how to cast your vote for this year's winner!



June 24, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


Happy here in my busy little hive,

Note: In Cath's absence, the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals are sharing inspiration from their Pinterest boards over the next several days.

June 23, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


When breaking the rules looks fabulous,

Note: In Cath's absence, the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals are sharing inspiration from their Pinterest boards over the next several days.

June 22, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!


I feel a card coming on,

Note: In Cath's absence, the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals are sharing inspiration from their Pinterest boards over the next several days.


Five for Friday: I'm a fan!


Susan R. Opel
I’m a Five for Friday fan.

The alliteration. The visual feast. There’s something (as Cath would say) moxie magical about it! It’s a veritable fanfare for the weekend ahead.

I love the posts where Cath uses her teacher skills, like this encouraging one – 5 Moxie Fab Reasons to Audition for Paper Crafts’ Gallery Idol Competition (June 3, 2011) and this one  - 8 Tips on How to Create a Challenge-Winning Project (April 27, 2011). 

Two Five for Fridays dedicated to my two favorite colors are awfully fun -- Going Green (March 6, 2009) and Orange, You Are… (October 8, 2010). 

These two posts seem fitting for summertime – Wishing You (May 27, 2011) an homage to summers past and You’re a Grand Old Flag (June 12, 2009) set to the rousing tune by George M. Cohan. 

And finally, I love it when Five for Friday is a love note to her lovely daughters, Nicole and Beccah – The Road Less Traveled (August 27, 2010) when Nicole moved to Toronto and I’ll Drink to That (December 11, 2009) when Beccah turned 21.

 Source


Cheers to your recovery, Cath! I’ll DEFINITELY drink to that!

June 21, 2012

Oh My Moxie Fab!



Taking chevron to new heights,

Note: In Cath's absence, the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals are sharing inspiration from their Pinterest boards over the next several days.

Challenges - Moxie Fab style!


Holly Anderson
Who doesn’t love a little challenge, especially a Moxie Fab one?

I think it’s so neat that these challenges are provided, showing a trend and giving a challenge—double inspiration!

So here are a few of my favie-faves. First the chevron challenge! What a fun trend, and here are the winners! Oh, and here’s the oh-so-inspiring borders challenge and its winners. (Seriously, I’ve got to try some of those ideas.) And since I’m a sucker for the color blue, I have to add the Cure for the Winter Blues Challenge. You can view the gorgeously amazing winners by clicking here

Then there’s a challenge based on Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters! Here’s Virginia Lu’s card—one of the winners from the household items section!

Bring on the Happy by Virginia Lu
 
And you can check out the rest of the Practical Solutions Challenge winners here

What has been your favorite challenge?

Thanks for checking in and have a Moxie Fab kind of day!