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.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Song Inspired Card

I searched the web for song titles to get some ideas.  I found this picture of the songsheet cover with the words to the song.
The Eiffel Tower is from Free Vintage Digital Stamps; I hand cut it.  The face is a HamptonArts stamp.  For embellishment, I punched small circles in floral and white, cut out wedges, off-set them, and put them each on a red circle. Then I added a rhinestone in each center.  The roses are embellishments from Special Moments; I found them on sale at a dollar store.

I like the way it turned out.

This card is being entered in the Spring Song Inspired Challenge at Paper Crafting World.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Funny Birthday Card

I won some stamps from Tradefish Designs and knew they would be the best sentiments for this card.

The (not-so-old) lady was cut from the Cricut My Community cartridge.  Behind her, in a subtle way, is a cut of 6's from the Graphically Speaking cartridge.  I wanted to suggest an age range in the 60's.
I'm entering this card in two challenges: Cooking with Cricut - Make me laugh, and Birthday Sundaes - numbers.

Happy Creating
Rae Ann

Easter Card for Multiple Challenges

Wow!  It surely is the season.  Everyone is focusing on Spring/Easter.  Here's one of my contributions.

To simplify things I'll name the challenge, what it's theme is, and provide a link.

Die Cuttin Divas - Rosettes, Ribbon, and Rhinestones - click here.
Made Especially For You - Use distress inks (Each part of the bunny baby is edged with distress inks.) - click here.
Krafty Girls - Easter - click here
Anything Goes - Easter - click here.
Top Tip Challenge #73 - Easter and/or animal - (Tip - using distress inks on edges makes a big differnce in the appearance of a cut.) - click here.
Getting Cricky with K Andrews - An Easter Blessing - click here.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Card with a flourish for Bitten by the Bug 2

Both the butterfly and the flourish come from the Cricut Picturesque cartridge.  I love these images.  I don't own the Cindy Loo cartridge.

To see other entries at Bitten by the Bug 2, click here.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Fairy and Buttons

I won this digi and couldn't wait to put it to use.
This is a Digi Darla image and is being entered in their challenge with buttons.  The Flutter By challenge calls for a butterfly, fairy, or angel with a good will sentiment (which came from Papertrey).

To see other entries for these blogs, click here to go to the Digi Darla Challenge.
Click here to go to the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, March 26, 2012

Celebrate Spring at Whimsical Designs and Exploring Cricut

I just received my new Spring Cottage Cartridge and these lovely spring flowers wanted to be seen.  They are edged with metallic gold which isn't very noticeable but looks good in person.  The pieces are edged with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The sentiment is a free digi from the Digi Doodle Shop.
I'm pleased with the light and springy look the card has.

To see other entries at Whimsical Designs, click here.
To see entries at Exploring Cricut, click here.
Happy creating.
Rae Ann

"Welcome" at Bitten by the Bug 2

It's been days since I've had a chance to make something and post, but I'm back now.

When I first read the "Welcome" theme I immediately thought of 'welcome home'.  And who more appropriate to welcome home than our servicemen so that's what I decided to make.

This is a 5 x 7 card.  Most of the cuts comes from the Cricut Lite cartridge, Handy Man.  The home I modified by adding the window treatments.  The words were both part of other phrases but I cut them off to use them here.  The tree I also modified by cutting it down a little.  It comes from the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.

Although I have a nephew in the service he is in the States at this time.  I feel for those whose loved ones are far away and missed.  I think the yellow ribbon, the flag, and the child peeking out the window summarize the pride and longing families have for their loved one to come home.  I hope they all come home safely.

To see more entries at Bitten by the Bug 2, click here.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Friday, March 16, 2012

Word Verification Apologies

I apologize for the word verification being on.  I didn't even realize it since I couldn't see it.  It's only because I was emailed and made aware of it that I know all of you have been struggling with it.  I REALLY DO NOT LIKE THAT VERIFICATION and was glad I didn't have it (so I thought).  For anyone else like me, go into your blog dashboard, select settings, and look under comments.  There you have the option of setting verification to 'no'.  Thanks to all of you who struggled through to leave comments.
Rae Ann

Chicks/Bunnies at Bitten by the Bug 2

I'm still enjoying my new cartridge, 3 Birds on Parade, so I had to include the bird-bunny here.

I used 4 cartridges to create this.  I love these chicks from Simply Charmed.  The bird-bunny, of course, is 3 Birds on Parade.  The phrase is from Holiday Cakes.  The grassy areas are from Everyday Paper Dolls.  You can hardly see the green glitter glue but it really brightens up the scene.

To see more entries in this fun challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2, click here.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Big Blog Candy Giveaway at Candy's Craft Corner

Candy is having this great giveaway to celebrate reaching 400 followers (although now it's more like 500).  The prize will be awarded on March 19.  Check it out.
Candy's Craft Corner 400 Follower Giveaway

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Animals Challenge at Digi Doodle Shop

This little bunny was a freebie from the Stamping Boutique.  I'm ready to look ahead for spring and Easter.

To see other entries at Digi Doodle shop, click here.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, March 12, 2012

Die Cut Flowers - Paper Playtime Challenge #69

I enjoyed making this card.  Take a look and then I'll give you details.
From the bottom up:  The checked area is actually duct tape.  There were some fancy designs and colors on sale and I knew it would look good in something like this.

The 'basket' is woven using a craft yarn I bought at A.C.Moore.  It's like a loosely crocheted tube that flattens out.  I wove it around a piece of cardboard.  (I saw a card where someone used twine to create a basket look.  I'm sorry I don't remember who.  But, that was my inspiration.)

I wanted to do something non-Flower Shoppe.  All these flower cuts are from the Cricut Forever Young Cartridge.  I mixed colors and shapes and even stamped some print on a few.  Then I added pearls and rhinestones as centers.  All the leaves and curls were cut from Cricut's Picturesque Cartridge.  Everything was distressed with Tim Holtz's vintage photo distress ink.

If I remember correctly, the 'hello' sentiment came in a set of Papertrey stamps.

Other flower die-cut entries can be seen at Paper Playtime.

Thanks for looking.  Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Easel or Step Card at Little Miss Muffet Stamp and Release Challenge

Not long ago I was lucky enough to win blog candy from Leah Ann, The Hoosier Stamper.  It was the set of 4 Petites Dames by Little Miss Muffet Stamps.   I chose one for this challenge and colored it in with colored pencils, using the picture that came with them as a guide for shading.  I'm very happy with my result.

I used the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge to make the roses and the Picturesque cartridge to make the flourishes.  The sentiment is from Papertrey.  Those are all French stamps.

To see other easel or side step cards that were entered at Little Miss Muffet, click here.

Happy creating!

Rae Ann

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pirate Theme at Getting Cricky with K Andrews

I was shopping today at A.C.Moore's and I was surprised to see that they had some Cricut cartridges on sale.  Only two of them interested me; I decided on '3 Birds on Parade.'  I wasn't familiar with this cartridge although I have seen a couple of cuts from it that I thought were cute.  When I saw all the costumed birds in this cartridge it made me laugh; this was the one.

So, I get home and think, "Hmmm, there's a pirate themed challenge:

I found a map facsimile among some travel themed paper.  I used the Best of 2007 Cartridge for the ship and the skull (It has the pirate from the Everyday Doll Dress Up Cartridge).  The pirate bird and the phrase are, of course, from 3 Birds on Parade.  And, the land is from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge. The road, land, grass, and water that are included near the end of the choices really come in handy.

Visit Getting Cricky with K Andrews to see more of the entries in this challenge.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I love this theme that Cooking with Cricut came up with.  I want to make more.  The possibilities go on and on.
Since I don't have any Seuss character cuts I decided to use a quote and select an appropriate cut to go with it.

I found the quote by looking through Dr. Seuss images online.  The blue background piece was cut from the Cricut 'Just Because' cartridge.  The sneakers came from the 'My Community' cartridge.  I tried to keep to bright colors like the Seuss books.  I had fun doing this one..

To see other entries at Cooking with Cricut, click here.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

St. Pat's Again - Mojo Monday / Whimsical Designs

I liked the look of this sketch and immediately thought of it as another St. Patrick's Day card.

I made the rose from the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge and the leaf spray from the Picturesque cartridge.  The image came from the 'Go Make Something" site.  They have a wonderful selection of free printables.  This one came from Collage Printables-Postcard Sheets.  (A link to this site is on my sidebar.)

I am entering this card in:
Mojo Monday #231 - sketch 
Whimsical Designs - a card with green.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Card - My Sheri Crafts and other Challenges

Many times when I see a challenge my mind starts composing a layout and working it out before I even touch paper.  That DID NOT happen here.  Instead, I looked at various challenges and decided how I could make a card that would fit in to them.  I'm not as happy with the result.  I definitely believe that letting the card guide me, instead of me guiding the card, works best.  Anyway, here it is, along with the challenges it is being entered in.

Click on the name of the challenge to see other entries at their site.

Pile It On  -  theme: spots and stripes.  Although it's hard to see the twine wrapped paper is dotted.

Fantabulous Cricut  -  shamrock and green.  The leprechaun is cut from the Simply Charmed cartridge.
The word 'celebrate is from the Holiday Cakes cartridge.  Since I don't have a shamrock cut I used a heart from George & Basic Shapes to make the 4-leafed clover and the shamrock.

Bitten by the Bug 2  -  include a shamrock and a cricut cut.  (described under Fantabulous Cricut.
Made Especially for You  -  use twine and a St. Patrick's theme.  I made my own twine by using permanent marker on cord, then tried entwining it around the dotted paper.  I think I would have liked it better if I just wrapped it vertically.

My Sheri Crafts  -  make an easel card, include a shamrock.                                                 

Be sure to visit these challenges and see other entries.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann


Think Spring at Digi Darla's Challenge

I'm getting the hang of working with digi's thanks to this challenge.  Here's my Think Spring card made with one of Digi Darla's Freebies.  (Thanks for making them available.)

To see other entries at Digi Darla's Challenge, click here.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Saturday, March 3, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Approaches

This little cutie was made with the Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge.  I'm entering him in the Krafty Girls Challenge which can be visited by clicking here.

Happy Creating!
Rae Ann