Susan R. Opel

Remember in 1985 when we all marveled at the famous group of people who sang We Are the World? A-list singers, comedians and stars joined hands and voices to aid African famine relief. Today, we’re joining our hands in celebration of the Moxie Fab World’s one year blogiversary! So I’m pulling out my microphone to sing the praises of one of the coolest, trendiest and funnest places in the blogosphere.

The Moxie Fab World blog is the brainchild of Paper Crafts magazine’s very own creative editor Cath Edvalson. Inspired by her trend-watching column Moxie Fabs, Cath saw the need to share trends, teach trendiness and show the non-trendy that they really, truly CAN be (and often are) on-trend.


Ms. Moxie Fab herself

None of us knew how far this new blog would go, but little by little the readership grew. Sure, Cath gives away pretty cool stuff on Moxie Mondays, and there are tons of great interviews with top designers of product and projects. And definitely, her Five for Fridays leave us drooling with inspiration. Her Moxie Fab World Challenges get designers flexing their fingers to try something new, and those special issue weeks knock our socks off. Cath went all over the world (via blogs) finding card-making talent from every corner of the planet for her World Tour of Card Making. Holy cow – I don’t think any of us can wrap our heads around the hours of work that must have taken.

But in my eyes, none of those things are what REALLY make the Moxie Fab World so moxie fab. It’s Cath. Her voice. Her sense of fun. Her connection to the readers. Her obvious love of what she does. Her insistence on making everyone feel like her contribution matters. She pours her heart and soul into each and every post, and it must be said that being as cute, witty and bippy as Cath is in each post isn’t simple. She works hard, and she deserves a standing ovation. She spends many of her waking hours cooking up the fabulosity that is this blog, and it must be working because she’s got one heck of a loyal following and a growing Facebook fan page.

I think we knew that the Moxie Fab World had “arrived” when Nichole Heady dubbed it the Design Sponge of paper crafting, and at CHA summer when people clamored for Moxie Fab World buttons, and recognized Cath as the Moxie Fab lady telling her, “I read your blog every day!”

So happy birthday to you Moxie Fab World!

Happy Bird Day Card by Betsy Veldman

Betsy’s card appeared in the May/June 2009 Moxie Fabs column dedicated to woodgrain which spurred on one of my favorite Moxie Fab World Challenges – Wood You? We’re feeling festive around here and want to give three fabulous stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms (including the Wood Grain Backgrounder used on Betsy’s card) to three fabulous commenters. And we’re throwing in one of those coveted Moxie Fab World buttons for each winner as well! 

Three lucky winners will take home these Cornish Heritage Farms stamps and the coveted Moxie Fab World button!

Leave a comment and tell us what you love about the Moxie Fab World blog! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Friday, Nov. 13. If you’ve never visited before head on over for a look and come back with your first impression – today Cath is showing all of the moxie fab banners from the last year and you can vote on your favorite. And apparently there’s a prize involved there as well. 😉

We Are the (Moxie Fab) World!

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Brandy’s These Are the Days of Our Lives post!

Karin (Nov. 10, 4:15 p.m.)

Congrats, Karin! You’ve won K&Company’s new Evergreen collection! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!