Definition of MOXIE:
1: energy, pep; 2: courage, determination; 3: know-how

Definition of STAMPIN' MOXIE:
Using your personal energy, ideas, likes and loves to express yourself through the medium of stamping and crafting.

What's YOUR Stampin' Moxie style?

I believe we all have our own moxie. We each have a tune with which we march throughout our lives. Our moxie can change, too, as we change and grow through personal experiences and by witnessing the changes around us.

Part of the beauty of our moxie is being able to share it with one another. I enjoy sharing my moxie through crafting and have found that I can share a little something of me through the various projects I create. My desire is to share something I enjoy with others and allow them the opportunity to bring their own moxie out through crafting. Is your stampin' moxie style defined? Is it "vintage"? Is it "whimsical"? Is it something in-between or all of the above? Find out YOUR Stampin' Moxie style! Then, share with others...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Flower Fun for Everyone!

It's often that I see wonderful creations I love but not so often that I get to try my hand at making them so soon after seeing them. Today is an exception in that I was actually able to try out the awesome "Flower pot" card I first saw on Elizabeth's blog (she's in 'Surfin' Ocean's 11' group, so check her out!) She did such a fabulous job AND was so great at linking anyone interested to where she first saw them (which include a tutorial...are you seeing how I was able to try this out so quickly?) So, I just HAD to give it a go!

It's pretty late, so I'm not listing supplies now, but I'll try to come back tomorrow and jot a few down (all of the SU DSP is retired, though, and the other DSP is Making Memories.) Flower punch, Scallop punch, scallop sissors (I've GOT to get the SU scallop-edge punch!), RABOM and SU ribbon, brads, dimensionals, etc., etc., etc. LOTS OF FUN!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Late Night Date.........with Elmo!

So my youngest son turned 2 today and we had an Elmo theme for his party. After the boys were all asleep last night I tried to figure out what I could make to liven up our dining room a bit more (along with the regular streamers.) By 11:30pm I had finished, tired, but at least I felt like I was successful in what I was going for.
Most of Elmo was made with my Cricut and some other SU circle punches. I decided to layer him on some 6x6 cardstock to make it pop on the wall and coordinate with the tablecloth. I had some googly (sp?) eyes from a trip to Michael's awhile ago with the kiddos, and felt this was as good a time as any to use them up.

It's a simple layout, I know, but sometimes "more" is just "more work", you know? So I kept it simple and hoped he would like it. I used some tick-tacky stuff to adhere them to the wall so I could pull them down later without tearing the cardstock (and re-use them or offer them to someone else later who might need them.)

I even made a little headband/hat with Elmo on it for him to wear. Of course, getting him to actually keep it on... :)

When he got up today, he went straight to the wall and started squealing and pointing at Elmo - and mommy's heart did a little dance... :) Sometimes, you actually DO get to see your craftsiness appreciated!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Temporary difficulties...

Ok, so I'm trying to add both a background AND a 3-column AND potentially a 2nd page to my blog (in about that order) and I'm having some "issues". :) If you happen to swing by my site and can't read the words or something, hopefully it will be fixed soon! :) There are a few backgrounds I like, but I can't seem to figure out then how to change the color of the posts or the titles of people's blogs on the left so you can read them...if anyone has suggestions, feel free!

A big THANK YOU, too, to Katie over at Katie's Niche (who is in the Surfin' Ocean's 11 group with me, please check out all of the ladies' blogs) for sending me info on doing the above! Now I just need to make it work for me... :) I'm slightly computer non-savvy.

Hopefully I can also add a few of my recent creations - we'll see.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ocean's 11: CAS & Monochromatic Challenge

We received the 4th challenge in the blogger group I'm a part of, "Surfin' Ocean's 11" from PeggySue (check out her awesome blog!)
This week it was to do a CAS (clean and simple), small card AND do a Monochromatic theme to it.
Hopefully mine counts for both (I'm not sure if my hint of extra color is Ok!) It was a lot of fun and I really need to keep at the CAS - it's nice to not worry about the extra layering!

Supplies: 3x3 whisper white notecard; whisper white and basic black cardstock; black & white gingham ribbon; black brads; black Staz-on ink; summer sun & rose red SU markers; Studio G stamps ($1 spot @ JoAnn's!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

From 6 to 3...but that's Ok

I tried my first VSN (virtual stamping night) out at SCS and it was a lot of fun! As this was my first time "playing" I had to learn about the rules and how to do it, but it was worth the effort and I learned quite a bit. I had hoped to do all 6 of the challenges, but with the time frame and my 3 young boys, I was just happy to get through half of them! Here is a picture of the 3 cards I completed (you have to finish your project in 45 minutes - but you can upload them anytime before the deadline date. The challenges were on Saturday but you had to have them uploaded to SCS by Monday night.)
The top card (with the fish) was for the "Mandalay Bay" challenge and we had to use some sort of ocean theme or animal, and also the shape of a playing card (or an actual card from a deck if you wanted.) I went with the shape itself and also riffed on the slot-machine, three-in-a-row "jackpot" feel.
The lower right picture (with the little boy) was for the "Circus Cirus" challenge where we had to use the color orange and also fit some type of circus theme into the card. This was actually the first of the challenges that were listed and the first one I played. I didn't feel too creative with my version, but at least I did it. I thought of when I first went to Circus Circus myself, and had my oldest boy with me at the time (he was quite young, though) and how we enjoyed the treats there and the circus.
The final card on the left was for the "Luxor" challenge. This one had to use a triangle shaped card (like the shape of the pyramid) and also use the "faux felt" technique. As I'd never done either of these things, it was quite the challenge. I kept thinking of the phrase, "Vegas, baby!" and so I riffed on that with my little baby-theme (I figured it could be cute for someone announcing a birth or even having a baby shower in the NV area!)
All my supplies are listed in my SCS gallery, so instead of repeating them, I'll just post links to them. I'm sure the closer pictures there are a little better - take a peek if you'd like!
Whew! Now that I've got at least part of one SCS VSN under my belt, I'm looking forward to trying my hand at the next one! If you've never played, give it a try! I really enjoyed using my stash and trying to come up with stuff on my own within the challenge ideas given.