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.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Different Kind of Project for My Exploring Cricut Day

Hello, again.  Sometimes I get a little quirky and this has been one of those times.  I love it.  For months I've been telling my doctor's receptionist that I was going to make something out of all those appointment reminder cards I've accumulated.  Guess what!  During the last few weeks when I wasn't exactly up and running I, instead, sat and played.
One day I sat and used the Tim Holtz technique of rubbing distress ink pads on a craft mat, spraying it with water, then sliding the paper through the wet inks. (Tim's blog has videos if  you are not familiar with it.)  These wonderful colors are the result.  I decided to make each card a little inspiration - word, quote, etc., and to decorate them with whatever I could find - stickers, glitter, cricut cuts, stamps. Yahoo!  There are SO-O-O-O many cricut cuts that come out so cute when done at one or one-and-a-fourth inch.
Jhere's some close-ups of some of the cricut cuts used.

Bottom center "enjoy" (Graphically Speaking)- The front of the card is the title I gave my pack - Mini Meditations.  The back tells me to enjoy them

Left "thanks thanks thanks" (I don't remember which cart- these were lying in my box of extras/and errors) The front of the card is a favorite e.e.cummings quote "I thank God for most this amazing day ..." and on the back, many "thanks".

Top center On the front I have a stamped quote "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Picasso" so on the back I made one inch letters with the Art Deco alphabet to say "CREATE"

"Believe" - this and the star were cut from the Tinker Bell and Friends cart.  On the back I used a stamp that says "You are the Magician.  You have the Hocus Pocus."  With it, I cut out a one inch cauldron from Paper Doll Dress Up and have red glitter bubbles coming up, out of it.

"enjoy life" (Graphically Speaking) and a curlycue from Picturesque, cut to curl off both edges are on the front.  On the back I have the quote "Life is what we make it; always was, always will be. - Grandma Moses" with some stickers to decorate.

On some others I have tiny butterflies from the Picturesque cart.  I have a teeny Tinkerbell silhouette with a Walt Disney quote: "It's fun to do the impossible."  After this bad med interaction I had, my doctor said "Pharmaceuticals are wonderful - if they don't kill you."  I'm going to put a little skull and crossbones from Paper Doll Dress Up with that one.

If you haven't caught on yet -I AM HAVING FUN DOING THIS.  Ten of 29 are done, 5 or so are in progress, and since I have another doctor's visit tomorrow, I'll have a couple more cards to paint and add to the mix. I think this will be in progress a long time.

Thanks for putting up with all the verbage.  Keep checking it with Exploring Cricut for daily inspiration and find some fun challenges.
Have a great day and have fun with whatever you are crafting.
Rae Ann

Monday, May 20, 2013

Exploring Cricut Challenge

Welcome to another challenge.  This time, create a card, layout, or project that shows something you are looking forward to this summer.  I love going to a pool, relaxing, refreshment nearby, so ...
I made the lounge chair, table, glass and pitcher from the Block Party cartridge.  The bathing beauty is from Suburbia.  I did some strips of grass for a little variety using Everyday Paper Dolls.  The rest I just played around with to appoximate the look of a pool and patio.

What do you look forward to this summer?  Check out other inspiring projects at Exploring Cricut and enter your project to join in the fun.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Day at Exploring Cricut and my blog hop winner

Hello everyone.  I have so many great Cricut cartridges that I don't really need any more but when I see them at a great price, I can't resist.  One of my newest purchases is the Country Life cartridge.  I thought the pitcher of flowers would be a great focus for a card so I tried it out in 2 versions.  On the first one I used the George and Basic Shapes cartridge for the word.

This card goes together quickly and makes a lovely card for many sentiments. I'll be making more of these.
(Sorry for the delay.  Trying a new prescription was disastrous and had me sick for several days so I'm a little late with posting the winner)

Now, for the winner of my blog candy from the Exploring Cricut Mother's Day Blog Hop.  My winner is:  Mary Ann (#14)

Please contact me at with your full address info. so I can get the stamps and embossing folder in the mail to you.

Please visit Exploring Cricut each day to see your daily dose of inspiration from our design team.
Thanks for stopping by. 
Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, May 6, 2013

Exploing Cricut's Mother's Day Challenge & Blog Hop

Welcome to our Eploring Cricut Mother's Day Challenge and Blog Hop.  This is the first time I'm participating in one as a member of team and I'm looking forward to it. If you have not arrived here from Georgiana's blog, go to Diana's blog to begin the hop  so you won't miss any of the inspiration and prize possibilites.

My card is a litle different from usual Mother's Day cards.  For my contribution I was thinking of  the old show, 'Queen for a Day' (Am I dating myself or what?)  The retro look of the cut in Suburbia was just right.  I made the crown from the Create a Critter cartridge (the frog's crown) and the phrase came from Holiday Cakes.  The swirls were from a die cut I was trying out. Some red Studio-g glitter gives the impression of flowers.  I love how the silhouette looks against the floral paper.

Please join in this week's challenge by entering your Mother's Day card, layout or paper project at Exploring Cricut.  We look forward to seeing your entry.

I am so glad to have you stop by that I am offering some blog candy: a set of Inkadoo Celtic stamps, a set of clear journaling stamps called memory boxes,, and a Darice embossing folder called Swirls and a Bird.

To win, you do NOT HAVE to become a follower but I would be very happy if you would.  Just leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.  I'll announce the winner of my blog candy next Monday when I have my day at Exporing Cricut.

Here's our blog hop list.  Your next stop is Emily.  Thanks for coming; enjoy the hop!

Emily ---NEXT STOP
Michelle P
Michelle S

Happy creating.
Rae Ann


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Layer's Challenge at Tammy's Scrapin Corner

This is my second entry for today.  Another card I made for the fun of it was this one using a Bugaboo image.
I just tore most of the edges to give the impression of a landscape and used them for my layers.  My new Country Life cricut cartridge has an image of a horse by a fence.  I cut out the horse and used the 2 ends of the fence here.  I REALLY like this one.
Visit other entries at Tammy's Scrapin Corner.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

My Besties Challenge - Punches and/or Dies

I finally got some time to make cards for fun and challenges.  Here's the one I made with a Sherri Baldy image.

The pink edging at the top and bottom was made with an edge punch.  The flowers were also made with a punch and the swirls were made with a die.
I like this image; she's a cutie.
You can see other entries for this challenge at My Besties Challenge

Happy creating.
Rae Ann