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You are invited to share with me the Joy there is in creating Art. I mean the "I can do it" and "it's fun" and "it's beautiful" kind of art, whether it is "museum quality" or not. Here you will find some of what I like to do and, I hope, share some of your joy, too.

Welcome to my blog, Rae Ann.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Something New

Hello!
I haven't given up on cardmaking but I want to share the fun I'm having while trying mixed media.

When I was surfing pinterest I came across videos by Dina Wakley on drawing and painting faces.  I tried her tips and have been quite pleased with the results (since I couldn't do faces at all).  This led me to art journaling and mixed media videos.  I've always admired the way they look but didn't know how to find the freedom to create them.  Dina and Maremi's SmallArt have been inspirational and now I'VE CREATED MY FIRST MIXED MEDIA ART JOURNAL PAGE!  Hurray!
Here it is.
I painted, I stenciled, I highlighted, I drew, I stamped, I stickered---I had a ball!

The stickers say: and so the adventure begins, remember to play, and creativity takes courage.

I'm quite happy with it.  I had fun doing it, and I know I'll be experimenting and doing more.

Thanks for letting me share.  I hope to connect with you again soon.
Have a great day.
Rae Ann

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wedding/Anniversary Challenge

Bitten by the Bug 2 has a Wedding /Anniversary Challenge.  Recently I was asked to make an anniversary card for a neighbor's daughter.

I used the cricut Sweethearts cartridge for all the cuts.  The background is from a paper pad called Watercolor by Reflections, a Michael's brand.  Since it seemed to still need something I used a gold gel pen to do scribbles and dots around the card, then added some bling to finish it up.

Don't forget to visit Bitten by the Bug 2 to see designer's samples and other entries.

Wherever you are, have a great day.  I hope you are not in the midst of the rain and snow all over the country this weekend.
Stay safe.

Rae Ann

Monday, February 26, 2018

Home Sweet Home for Shopping Our Stash

Here I am again with another challenge.  It's so nice to have time to do this again.
Here is my entry for the Home Sweet Home challenge.
I 've always liked the look of window cards and wanted to try one.  My cricut Spring Cottage cartridge had the window element.  I found the shrubs and window box in the Freshly Picked cartridge.  
I hadn't been making much use of my embossing folders so I pulled out the worn brick wall and thought the dotted Swiss pattern would make good curtains.  This was a great card for using scraps.
I hope you like it; I think it implies a cozy home.

Please go to Shopping Our Stash to see the designer's ideas and other entries.

Have a great day!
Rae Ann 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sympathy-Challenge at Fantabulous Cricut

Hello, again.

The current challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is "Sympathy".

The card I made used the Cricut New Testament cartridge for the cross and the scalloped oval from the cricut cartridge Straight from the Nest. .
This is so easy to put together and looks so elegant with the right papers.  I used silver stickles to outline the inner oval.  The sentiment was part of a collection of phrases but I can't find the package.


Don't forget to visit Fantabulous Cricut to see the designers' examples and the other entries in this challenge.
Have a great day!
Rae Ann

Licensed Character Challenge at BBTB2

Hi!

For this challenge I have a card that I made for a big Disney fan.


The cartridge used was Cricut's Mickey and Friends.

Be sure to stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the examples and entries.

Thanks.
Rae Ann

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas

It's been such a long time since I've been able to blog.  Now that all the Christmas stuff is ready I have a minute to show some cards.
I love making box cards.  This one is made from bits from different cartridges and a stamp.  The girl is from a Quilted Christmas, the tree from (I think) Create a Critter, and the gifts from two different places that I don't remember. The cat is from an Ai cat set.

I think this card is a perfect summary of Christmas so I am entering it in the Fantabulous Cricut challenge, Christmas.  Please visit the other entries.

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone, and a very Happy New Year!

Rae Ann

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Sweet Thank You

Back again.

This card is being entered in the Paper Play Sketches Challenge.

The strawberry was cut at 2 1/2 inches from the Cricut Preserves cartridge; the word "sweet" came from the Summer Celebrations cartridge (1").

Here's the sketch:

 
This is another of their sketch ideas that I really like.

Don't forget to visit the Paper Play Sketches blog to see all the inspiration there.

Thanks for visiting.
Happy Creating!
Rae Ann