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, June 30, 2013

Last day before Google Reader is no more

I'm glad I realized that time is running out.  I managed to import all of the blogs I follow to Bloglovin so I can stay in touch with all of you.  But, PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ME by using Bloglovin.  I know many people don't like to use Facebook for this, neither do I.  I only signed on with email and it works so those of you who are not signed on via bloglovin, please do so.  If I knew how to import followers I would but I can't find anything like that.


Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Some Cards and ATC's

Wow! It seems like such a long time since I've posted. How does so much fit into so few days?
I finally had a chance to catch up with things I need for a Yahoo group swap that I'm in.  Here's a look:
This swap is anything with butterflies on it.  I made good use of my cricut , Picturesque and Phrases, to create this one.
This next card needed to use watercolors on it.  I rubbed distress inks on a sheet of plastic and used them as watercolors with a wet brush.
And, last but not least, these ATC's are based on a favorite quote as a focus:
If felt good to be working on these.
Thanks for stopping by.
Rae Ann

Monday, June 24, 2013

Some Tree Cards for Exploring Cricut

Hello, again.  As I've shown in recent posts, I really enjoy making cards for people's preferences.  It's a fun challenge for me.  One of my friends told me she loves trees and she wished she could find more cards with trees on them.  Here's what I came up with, and they were so easy to do.

The tree cut came from the Tinker Bell and Friends cartridge.  I only did 2 cuts and used a different shade of green marker around the edges of the foliage cuts.  A background stamp with script worked very well behind the tree.  On the 2nd card, "Thinking of You" is a cut I love from George & Basic Shapes.  I thnk I cut it at one-and-a-quarter inches.

These cards can be adapted to so many needs depending on the sentiment and so many looks are possible with a change of paper or stamp.  (My friend loved them.)

Please, continue to visit Exploring Cricut each day to see the great ideas our design team continues to produce.  Keep an eye out for our challenges, too.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, June 17, 2013

Exploring Cricut goes "For the Man"

Welcome.  Out theme today is "for the man in your life".  Create a card, layout or project that fits this theme and share it with us at Exploring Cricut.
I haven't been feeling well lately so I did a quick Father's Day card.  The sentiment comes from the Father's Day cartridge.
The car and corners come from the Art Deco cartridge.  The corners aren't really corners.  They are the hair pieces from the tragedy mask, cut at real size 1 inch.

 Take a look a what others on the design team have done at Exploring Cricut and please join us with your creation.

Have a great day.
Rae Ann

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Exploring Cricut Monday again

Hello, everyone.  Is this summer off to a quick start or what?  Time seems to be flying and there never seems to be enough of it.

I'm going to share some cards I made for specific requests.
The first was for a birthday card for someone who had a background in dance.

The cake came from The Best of 2007 Cartridge.

The little Dancer is from the Ole Cartridge and the lettering is from the Suburbia Cartridge.

The next request was for a man who just had knee surgery and owns a shop known for trophies, awards, etc.  I knew I had just the thing.

The little guy is from Everyday Paper Dolls; the crutches and wheelchair, and the trophy for the inside of the card were in the accessories sections.  "Built Tough" is a cut from the Graphically Speaking Cartridge. The medal came from the All Sports Cartridge.

I love the challenge of matching up cuts for the person who will be getting the card or layout.

There is so much available in cricut cartridges that can be used to "spice up" a card.  Many are tiny items that get overlooked so I occasionally look through handbooks just to see what items are included.  I find a lot a little treasures this way.

Have some fun of your own using accessory cuts and keep on visiting Exploring Cricut for lots of inspiration.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ice Cream Month Challenge at Exploring Cricut

Welcome.  Our challenge this week is based on the fact that it is Ice Cream Month.  Create a card, layout or project that fits the theme.

I remembered a shop that used to make "the kitchen sink".  It was a sundae for a party served in an actual kitchen sink-lots of flavors, toppings, fruit;  I think it served 25 people.  My sunday isn't that big, but big enough.

I used the Pagoda cartridge for the bowl (love this one) and the cutouts from it for a little decoration on the side.  I couldn't find the ice cream I wanted so the scoops, believe it or not, are turtle shells from Create a Critter.  The bananas came from there, too; I just trimmed off the sides that made it look like a peeling banana.  The 'whipped cream' is from the top of an ice cream cone in the Best of 2007 cartridge; and the spoon is from the baker accesories in Everyday Paper Dolls.  Some goodies from my stash (I forgot I had this ribbon) and here's my yummy celebration of Ice Cream Month.

Please come join us at Exploring Cricut to see more inspiration, then enter your interpretation of the theme to join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by; keep cool.
Rae Ann