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.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Paris ATC's at Vintage Graphics

I participated in a swap at Vintage Graphics.  I entered the Paris theme.  Go take a look here.
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a marvelous holiday.  It's time to look forward to a New Year and great things.  I am now honored to be a part of the Design Team for Exploring Cricut.  The perfect place for me because that's what I love to do - explore cricut and its great potential.  Here's my first card for the New Year.

I used stamps for the chandelier and the timepieces on the side panels.  The dancers are from the cricut Art Deco cartridge.  "Happy New Year" was made from the Phrases cartridge, and the balloons were made from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.

I wish you all many blessing this New Year and a world filled with more peace and joy.
Happy Creating!
Rae Ann

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Tag

Christmas is getting closer and I'm still having fun with holiday projects.  Here is a tag that I made to enter in Twisted Tuesday Challenges and the Crafter's Cafe Chalenge.

The Twisted Tuesday Challenge calls for a tag with something that 'makes you smile'. My cat certainly does that and this stamp makes me smile whenever I see it. I got it at a Paper and Scrapbooking show; the vendor was Outline Rubber Stamps who said they were thinking of closing. They had some great stamps.

I added some gold snowflakes and dots all over the tage (that are hard to see so I took the photo you see next).  I used 'Snow Writer' by Darice and the dots came out a beautiful snow white, but then they dried clear and you only see the glitter.

Please go to these challenges to see other entries:
For Twisted Tuesday Challenge, click here.
For The Crafter's Cafe Challenge, click here.

Happy Holidays, everyone.  May you all be blessed this season and into the New Year.

Rae Ann

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Top Tip Tuesday - 2 Entries

Here are a couple more cards that I made.  I've made lots of Christmas cards this year.  It's been fun.  Both of these are being entered in Top Tip Tuesday.

This was made with a stamp I bought at a Paper and Scrapbooking Show.  Unfortunately, the vendor said they were soon going out of business.  Too bad, they had really cute stamps.  I love this one.

I made this card by mistake.  I was aiming for the Digi Darla Challenge; this is one of their images.  However, I forgot to emboss the red sheet before I glued it down so I couldn't enter it there.  I'm glad it qualifies for Top Tip Tuesday.

To see other entries in the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, .
Merry Christmas!
Rae Ann

Digi Darla Challenge - with Embossing

I decided to put this cute bear in her holiday finest for this challenge.  I actually made 2 cards because I glued down the paper in the first one, forgetting to emboss it.  Here's the correct version for this challenge:
There is snowy glitter on the ruffles at the ends of sleeves and pants.  The card's quite simple but she is definitely in the holiday spirit.

To see the entries in this challenge at Digi Darla's Challenges, click here.
Happy Holidays, everyone.

Rae Ann

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Shaped Card for Christmas

Two challenges this week call for shaped cards so I put on my thnking cap and this is what I came up with.  I'm very happy with it.

This cute little bird has lots of stability because I used the shadow cutout, made from a manila folder, for both the front and back.  Then I added the snow to stand in on the front.  The green scarf was embossed with the dotted swiss pattern, although the photo doesn't show it.  The bird, of course, is from the 3 Birds on Parade cricut cartridge; the snow is found on the last page of the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.

I am entering this in the following challenges that both asked for shaped cards:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenges
My Craft Spot
I am also entering it in Exploring Cricut for the theme 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year'.

Please stop by these sites to see their DT projects and challenge entries.

Happy holidays, everyone.
Rae Ann

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Mini-Album for Multiple Challenges

Hello, everyone.  I made a paper bag matchbook album based on the tutorials by Kathy Orta on You Tube.  I made it for my sister who will be spending her first Christmas in her new home in Florida with her 16-month old grandson nearby.

I am entering this album in the following challenges.  Click on the challenge to go to that site and see other entries.
Pile It On - Theme: embellishments.  My album has glitter and ribbon and a poinsetta I made and borders and cricut cut additions ...  I think this fits.
Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Challenges - A Bingo challenge.  I used a flower, red/green, and ribbon.
Little Scrap Pieces - Theme: A Holiday Project.
Come and Get It Chalenges - Theme: Anything Christmas.
Cupcake Inspiration - I focused on the red, green, and white cupcake.

Please visit these sites.

Here comes a number of photos to show different views of the album.

This is the front of the album.  Note the tiny string of light I put around the tree trunk.

This is the first page you see when you open the matchbook flap.

As you flip sections forward you have room for pictures and/or journaling.  Note the tag on the top of the insert.  I cut 2 designs from one of the cardstock papers and glued them back-to-back at the top of the insert.

Another view of inside.

I put the album on its side to show the 6 bags, each with an insert.  The front flap is the red to the right of the picture.  Each section was made from a black bag bought at Michael's.

This shows one of the inserts and the tag I put on each one.  I alternated red and green designs for the inserts.  I placed the tags left, middle, right, left, middle, right in the 6 bags.

I wanted to show the glitter on the flower but it was hard to photograph  Here you see some of the diamond stickles on the flower as well as the green studio g glitter on the curls and as seams in the palm tree.

Because of Kathy Orta's tutorial this album went together easily and quickly.  It was the decorating that took the time.
Product info.:  I used Recollections Winter Whimsy collection and PebblesInc. Welcome Christmas for my cardstock.
Cricut cartridges that I used: Flower Shoppe, the flower, of course; Paper Doll Dress Up for the palm tree and little plant next to it; Holiday Cakes for "Christmas" on the cover and "Merry" and "Happy Day" on inner pages.  The numbers came from George and Basic Shapes.  I always seem to use Picturesque for the curls.  The tiny string of lights is in the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge.
Other than a few index cards, the journal cards and tags were found at free sources on the internet; I'm sorry I didn't write down their names.  I just searched for 'journaling tags'.
Wow!  This is a long entry for me.  I hope you like it.
Happy creating and Happy Holidays.
Rae Ann

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Created With Love - Birthday card w/ wings

I had just made this little fairy to try out my new Tinker Bell and Friends cartridge so this challenge came at just the right time.  The flowers came from this cartridge, too.

I added glitter to the filligree wings and glued them on top of the white wings.  They look lovely in person.  There are touches of glitter on the flowers, too.

Check out Created With Love Challenges to see more entries of Birthday cards with wings.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bugaboo Stamps Christmas Giviing

Link on the badge in the right column to see what's going on at bugaboo stamps!
Happy creating.
Rae Ann Ohlinger

Saturday, December 1, 2012

An Unusual Christmas Card for DL.ART's Linky Party & Go Fish Challenge

My chiropractor loves Hawaii so I made this card especially for him.

I used an accessory key in Cricut's Paper Doll Dress-up cartridge to make the palm tree.  I cut it once in each color and pieced it: sand, trunk, and foliage.  Around the trunk are colored lights from the 'Deck the Halls' page in the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge.  I cut it at 2 inches to get the lights small enough.  Of course, the little hula bear is from the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge.  She's on a home-made wobble so she can really hula.  Luckily, the internet provided the correct spelling for 'Merry Christmas' in Hawaiian.  I'm tickled with it.

Please go to DL.ART and Go Fish Challenge Blog to see more entries.

Happy holidays and happy creating.
Rae Ann