Faith & a Moxie Fab Lady

It’s a sad post today as I join several hundred card makers who are celebrating the influence of a very special lady in paper crafting, the one and only Miss MoxieFab Cath Edvalson. <– surprise for Cath ~ the hop starts there, but you may have hopped here from my friend, Becky Olsen. Either way, I’m glad you are here.

Cath has been the trends editor at Paper Crafts Magazine and the Moxie Fab World blog for many years, and our paths have always crossed at CHA and across the internet in all things paper crafty. On top of her eye-for-paper-pizazz, Cath is just about as sweet as they come.

The card I’m sharing today is one that I created back in 2011 as part of Cath’s Tuesday Trigger challenge, and she called this one Moxie Fab, quite an honor. It features Accent Notes and Hebrews 11:1 both from Verve Stamps.

Thank you, Cath, for always having your eye on fun trends in our industry and your heart aligned with the so many amazingly creative ladies that this profession  abundantly affords. We will certainly miss your presence, insight and sharing!

As I mentioned above, there are hundreds of ladies involved in this special hop for Cath, and your next stop if you are staying in order is the talented Crafty Girl, Tessa Wise.

Thanks for stopping by and have a moxie*fab weekend!

Friendship & 2014 Copic Classes

I thought I would share a Copic Mixed Media project that I created for some store owner classes that I taught last month in Houston. I really loved using my Copic Markers and Various Ink refills for something a little different.

All of the color you see here was either painted, dyed or hand colored with Copic. I painted my 6″ x 8″ canvas with Various Inks, and then went from there. The white is Opaque White applied with foam brush through a Square Motif stencil from MFT. Other MFT stencils were used with the Copic Airbrush System. Love that look. The Zinnia Bouquet image was colored with Copic Sketch, masked with Mask It film and then airbrushed. I know it looks intimidating, but really an easy piece to pull together. We did this in a 2 hour class. :)

In other Copic news, the first certification classes and new workshops of the 2014 calendar are being offered in Anaheim in conjunction with CHA this coming January. I have a brief outline on my Copic Marker Classes page. To see the full schedule and class description, look HERE. Be sure to peek at our new workshop classes HERE. The classes will be lots of fun and so informative. I hope you have the opportunity to take one or three! They are going to be a lot of fun!

Back soon with more paper goodies. I’m thinking about trying December Daily this year. Anyone else have ideas, feedback or tips to share about that?

  • Stamps: Zinnia Bouquet – Taylored Expressions & Typewriter Alphabet – MFT Stamps
  • Paper: 6×8 art canvas – Hobby Lobby, ledger paper – Doodlebug Designs, old hymnal – thrift store
  • Ink: Espresso Truffle Memento Ink – Tsukineko
  • Copic Products: Opaque White, Various Ink refills & Markers (R35, R39, YR15, YR18, Y32, Y35, Y38, E33), Copic Airbrush System
  • Accs: burlap trim – Maya Road, sequins, twine, button, foam brush, glitter

People Who Love to Eat

We’re getting ready for Halloween night here at the Craig house, and there are a few people here who LOVE to eat…candy. To me…they are the best people! My daughters cannot wait for tonight. We have a busy trick-or-treater street, so we’ll see lots of family friends. It’s a good time.

Michele and I were chatting about some new Stamping Bella images that we both ordered from the last (killer) release that Emily had in September, and we thought it would be fun to share a really cute one… Chanel  the Chef! So we are each sharing a Chanel card today. You can see Michele’s card here.

I colored Chanel with Copic Markers while I was watching a Texas Tech football game, and I made a quick card this morning for Jennifer’s sweet Hope You Can Cling To challenge, Put on Your Brave Girl Boots. I paired my image with Doodlebug Paper and a few Doodlebug Sprinkles.

We are in the last day of cancer awareness challenges for Hope You Can Cling To at Splitcoaststampers, but you still have until midnight on November 7th to finish your cards and upload them to be eligible for prizes. I hope you’ll carve out a few minutes over the next week to participate with us, if you haven’t already. The MD Anderson Center sure loves working with us!

I can’t wait to see Michele’s card. It will be super cute! I hope you’ll check it out!


America the Beautiful

Seeing the ‘sea to shining sea’ this week and finishing off my travels for the year with some 2014 Copic planning meetings in the Pacific Northwest.

This is a card that I made for Kittie’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge this week, Scene of Serenity. I tore this page from an old, falling apart hymnal that I bought at the thrift store. I’ve enjoyed using up the pages over the last month or two. This single stamp image is from Hero Arts Silhouette Grass, and I bought it from our fabulous sponsor Simon Says Stamp!

Hope you are having a crafty, crafty week! I’ll be back soon with another Hope You Can Cling To card! Thanks for stopping by!

Thank You Very Much!

Today’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge had me be-bopping weeks ago when I saw the challenge concepts! I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of different stamps over the years, and one thing that always makes me smile is digging out my Elvis stamps from my days at Cornish Heritage Farms. (They are now retired, and whenever I use them, I’m asked about where to find. I have no idea or connection, so I’m apologizing now.) This one is still my favorite:  Jumpsuit Elvis.

I went the thank you route because when a family goes through a difficult time, thank you notes are always needed… Since it’s October, I went all pink and paired Elvis with Raspberry Clearsnap ink and KneeHighs paper from Basic Grey. Pretty clean and simple. :)

Still plenty of month to join us in our Hope You Can Cling To card drive for the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Have I mentioned that there are over $5,000 in prizes that will be awarded at the end of the month to challenge entries? What are you waiting for? If you need a little help getting started, here’s an FAQ thread from the HYCCT forum. Link me to a few of your entries in the gallery in the comments below. I’d love to see!

I’m on my way to Portland to meet up with the Copic instructor team to discuss 2014 classes and curriculums. It’s going to be a great week. Lots of fun challenges coming up this week, so I’ll definitely pop in and share as the days go by! Have a good one!

May the miracle…

I  had a marathon of crafting over the last few days. I’ve been busy with Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast. Such a great cause for a card drive, and over $5,000 is up for grabs from some fabulous incredible sponsors, like Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps – the maker of this image and sentiment, Born This Day.

This card is for Teresa’s Stand Tall challenge. My image is colored with Copics. Add a few fun dies and some Xpress It Double Sided adhesive paper (to cut and glitter the star), this one was easy! This die/stamp combo cut better than anything I’ve ever tried before. I was able to line it up perfectly – easy. I am even considering a batch of these for Christmas, especially since I can have my daughters do a lot of the tag and star die cutting! Other than the manger scene, all of the other dies are Die-namics Blueprints 8 and Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics and Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics from MFT.

Please check out the challenges. Participate if you can! You’ll have a good time and feel great supporting the MD Anderson Cancer Center!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun sample! Can’t wait!

You’re a Classic!

I made this card for the “It’s a Cover Up!” Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoast! Had a lot of fun with my Taylored Expressions stamp of the month, Instant Love and the Joy Fold technique. The papers are from a Crate 6×6 pad that I had in my drawer.

Over $5,000 in prizes (see the list HERE!) are up for grabs during the Hope You Can Cling To campaign at Splitcoast – I’m not eligible to win… You might as well join us and give it a shot! There is a new challenge posted everyday during the month of October. Find the details HERE.

Be back tomorrow with another sample! Thanks for stopping by.

Go stamp something!

  • Stamps: Instant Love – Taylored Expressions
  • Ink: MFT Electric Red, MFT Gumdrop Green, MFT Kraft – My Favorite Things
  • Cardstock: Kraft and Crate Paper 6×6 paper pad
  • Accs: Take Note Frame die – Taylored Expressions and sequins

Rewind: Laughter and Cheer

I’m just getting back from an incredible set of Copic classes in Austin, Texas. Since this was my last set of classes until January, I’ll be going fingers-first into Christmas crafting over the next few weeks!

The MFT team and I are sharing our favorite stamps and dies again as we REWIND back to last week’s release and create just a few more favorite things.

I had such a good time working with all of the new sets and dies. Things just really clicked for me with this set of products, and I loved getting back to my roots with a clean and simple cream cardstock and ink.

For this card, I paired the new Ornament Banner Builder and Banner Builder Die-namics with Lisa Johnson’s Grand Holiday Greetings for a festive and fun card that will be easy to mail. My ink colors are MFT Sno Cone, MFT Gumdrop Green and MFT Kraft. My card stock is MFT Whip Cream. A few added sequins give it just a little bit of glitz.

I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the team’s rewind projects. I know it will give me a whole host of new ideas to try. You can find a lot more inspiration at the MFT Blog.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Hope You Can Cling To! Have a terrific Tuesday!

MFT New Product Tour: Merry Christmas

It’s release night at MFT! Thank you so much for all of your visits and kind comments over the last week. I have enjoyed being their October guest designer so much!

Tonight I have two very similar cards to share with you using Mona’s new set Starry Christmas. It is a fabulous Christmas set with coordinating dies. The sentiments are sized perfectly for card makers and in such a beautiful script. I think for the first time during this release, I went traditional red and green with my projects.

First, I cut two tags from kraft cards stock – one from Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics and a second the coordinating size of the new Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics. this pairing of dies is one of my *very* favorite things about this release. I sponged the edges of each tag with MFT Whip Cream ink, and then I used the new Fleur-de-lis Stencil and a sponge dauber to accent my tag background. My tree was cut from kraft with the coordinating tree die and then stamped with MFT Gumdrop Green Premium Dye Ink.

A few itty-bitty banners from Die-namics Blueprints 8 accent the top left corner (see that new Music Backgrounder?). The whole ensemble is paired with some MFT twine and button, pretty Simple Stories paper, a little stitching and a piece of a white doily that I airbrushed with an E43 Copic Marker.


I have started trying to make two cards at a time when I am cutting up patterned paper for a card base. (These pieces were cut with Die-namics Blueprints 6.) I’ve found that I rarely go back to the scraps, and it just makes sense to do double duty when I’m in the zone. ;) The only thing different about this card from the first is that sweet reindeer image and die in the new MFT Paver Red Premium Dye ink.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the release! and I hope you’ve found a few products and ideas that will make you Christmas card season very merry!

You can find the entire new release HERE. Merry Christmas to you!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more Hope You Can Cling To goodness!
Have a great night!

MFT Previews, Day 7: Deck the Halls

Day 7 is here, and all MFT fans should know that it means release is today! Tuesday, October 8th – party starts HERE at 8:00 PM EST.

Today, I’m showcasing  the new Ornament Banner Builder and the coordinating Die-namic with this sweet little Pure Innocence Trim the Branches Snowman. The Banner Builder set and Die-namic were so easy to use! My banner ornaments are stamped with MFT Blu Raspberry and MFT Gumdrop Green Premium Dye Inks.

Mr. Trim the Branches was stamped on XPress It Blending Card with Espresso Truffle Memento and then colored with Copic Markers. I layered the colored panel on Sno Cone Cardstock, added a little stitching and the banner on snippets of XPress It Foam Tape.

Make sure you stop by the MFT blog for all of the release and teaser prize info. Lots of prizes up for grabs! I appreciate you stopping by!


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