Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Moxie-Fab Marathon!

I do love the Moxie Fab World for inspiration, and right now there are a big bunch of challenges happening there. I've got entries for 4 challenges, so I thought I'd combine them all into one gigantic Moxie Fab love-fest!

First up, this edition of the Tuesday Trigger: Happy Happy Joy Joy! It ends tonight, and the challenge is to create something inspired by this:
Credit: Orla Kiely
I knew instantly I had to use a particular stamp for this challenge - 

Supplies: papers from Basic Grey "Oxford;"
'happy' stamp from Daisy Bucket;
puppy & sentiment from Inkadinkado;
Palette Noir ink;
Versamark & black detail EP (for 'happy' sentiment)
bone flatback buttons from Dress it Up!
Mesh tape from Barb
Next up is the Fascination with Feathers challenge that ends tomorrow (April 2) - I have had a pile of feathers sitting on my desk that I swear I have tried to put on every.single.card. I've made since the challenge was issued. No dice. There was no forcing it.

Supplies: papers all from MME (from Emily!);
owls & sentiment from Pink Cat Studio;
feather from stash;
circle & lacey circle Nesties; toothpick
Turns out the feather 'bouquet' was just waiting for the right card! The polka-dot feather on top wanted to be on this card so badly ;) 

The Household Items challenge is open for another week (until April 9) and had me stumped! I've been inspired by other crafters, but of course the idea is to try doing something unique. One of the featured cards on Cath's post is a flower made with paper towel tube (by Teri Andersen) and I thought "OK, I could try SOMETHING with a paper towel tube." I tried stamping with the 'open' end, and thought before starting that it would make a neat background. Instead, what I noticed was that since my paper towel tube was a bit dinged up, the resulting stamped look was more like a coffee stain...and BAZINGA! Lightbulb! I poured some black coffee into a shallow dish, dipped the tube in, and went to town. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I flicked a couple of extra splashes on. 

Supplies: papers from the following Basic Grey packs:
Manila Basics; Little Black Dress; Nook & Pantry; Marjolaine;
teacup & sentiment stamps from Market Street Stamps;
Vintage Photo distress ink;
paper towel tube; coffee!

Black coffee ink!
What I learned? It dries lighter than I would have thought. Also, the watery nature of the coffee (as compared to ink) means that the paper warped quite a bit. Next time I would try drying with a heat gun to speed up dry time & hopefully avoid some of the warping. Still, I totally love how this turned out!

And, finally (for this post, anyhow!) is the DIY Embellishments challenge (also ending April 9). I have a feeling there will be another post or two from me for this challenge, because it's something I do all the time. 
Supplies: papers from Basic Grey "Sweet Threads;"
sentiment sticker from Doodlebug;
Spellbinders Butterfly die, standard small circle Nestie & lacey circle Nestie;
crocheted mat by me
The crocheted mat is one of my favourite embellishments - quick & easy to make, and it adds so much texture without adding a lot of weight or bulk. The butterfly is made from a cardboard box. A 'Kool-Aid Jammers' box, actually. I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the butterfly die four times, and still it was too thick to get a complete cut. I peeled off a bunch of the printed side of the box, ran it through again, and wah-la. I even like the distressed look the partial peeling made. 

Thanks for visiting!!
xoxo,
Jessi

20 comments:

Angela Fehr said...

You are a card-making machine, lady! My favourite hands-down is the coffee cup - I love the way you did the stamping with coffee - genius!

Dana said...

WOw!! You are amazing!! stamping with a paper towel tube... awesome!!

Marlena M. said...

wow, you've been busy Jessi! I'm curious, can you smell the coffee after it dries? It is such a great design. All of your cards are fantastic. What a blessing to be able to crochet!

Theresa said...

Hi Jessi, these are awesome. I love all of them, the owls are just too sweet. I love the simplicity of the happy b-day one too. Lovely job!!

Emily Keaton said...

All of these are fabulous, Jessi!! And I recognize some of your pretty papers ;). Wishing you the best of luck on all of these MFW entries--I've got my fingers crossed for you!!! Hope you had a great weekend. :)

Jenny said...

Wow where to start..... A the beginning is good...
1st card- love the choice of papers?..this card is so different from all the other subs I've seen and it is just so cute!
2nd card-So glad you got to use those feathers, They definitely chose the right card to jump on :0)
3rd card-This bkgd could be our kitchen table after breakfast!!!! Brilliant idea for the challenge..love the 'out the box' thinking :0)
4th card-Homemade crocheted embellies are cool!

Love all the moxie fab goodness going on.
Jenny x

~Tammy~ said...

These are all fantastic entries!!!! I love the embellishment you made! I am awe that you can make these! So beautiful! These are things I love love to put on my cards!!!!

Jen W. said...

You're taking over the Moxie Fab World! I really struggle with MF challenges. I always choke on them (just like with pub calls). Not sure why they intimidate me so much...
Anyway, you have rocked these. That little pup is so cute and the sentiment is awesome. The feather is perfect with those cute owls. The crochet mat is such an awesome touch on the card. And finally - your cardboard tube stamping ROCKS!! Love how it came out and the papers you used are perfect! :)

lostinpaper said...

MORE fantastic cards! Love your TT pup and those fun feathers and cute owls... actually, they are ALL great!!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

I am AMAZED at your creativity AND productivity - wow - I agree with Angela - you are a fabulous cardmaking machine!
Your cards are so you - super sweet and fun - love them all, Have a wonderful week, hugs, Karin

Cath said...

Hey Jessi! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

kingstonmama said...

What a great set of cards. I love the colors of the last one and your crocheted embellishment. Fabulous! Ann Y.

Lindsey said...

This is one impressive post! These four projects are all perfect for their respective challenges. And I'm totally impressed by the coffee-made coffee rings. And hey, coffee must be a household item too! :P

walchowDesign said...

Fabulous cards and totally impressed with your coffee technique, Jessi! I love coffee!

Cath said...

Hey Jessi! Thanks also for linking this up to the Fascination with Feathers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Wendy ten Hove said...

Oh, cool! These make me so happy! Especially that first one, that doggie is soooo cute!! Love it!!
Hugs, Wendy

Cath said...

Hey Jessi! Thanks also for linking this up to the Household Items Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Marie said...

Golly gee, Jessi, I sure do love a person who knows how to recycle paper tubes! This looks like it was a lots of FUN. The feathers make me giggle, they perfect for this card. The eclectic card is super...must CASE this for my 'men's' basket!

Lisa Arana said...

k... i am speechless. i don't even know where to begin you are so darn amazing. I love all your found items that you created such amazing cards with. that is pure genius and then your feathers and super cute puppy card are fabulous. you ROCK!

Cath said...

Hey again, Jessi! Thanks also for linking this up to the DIY Embellishments Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you've been so inspired! :)