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, July 29, 2013

Down on the Farm Challenge at Exploring Cricut

Hello!  This week we challenge you to create a card, layout, or papercraft project that includes at least one farm animal.  One of my favorites is the cow from the Create a Critter cartridge.
The cute little barn is one of the related cuts; I just added the white strips to the door and a little bling heart inside the heart shape on the barn.  The flowers came from elsewhere in the same cartridge, one cut at 1 inch and the other at 1 1/2.  The grass is actually from the last page of Everyday Paper Dolls.  It's the grass with cattails.  I cut it at one inch, then trimmed off the cattails which leaves a nice grassy looking strip.
Please join us with your own design for this challenge at Exploring Cricut.  Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, July 22, 2013

My Day at Exploring Cricut

Hello!  It's been a slow week for me; the heat is taking all the 'oomph' out of me but I do have some cards to share.  A neighbor asked me to make some birthday cards for her grandsons, ages 3 and 5.  Here's what I did.
The first one is from Teddy Bear Parade. The letters for 'Hi' came from the Suburbia cartridge and the 'Happy Birthday' came from Create a Critter.

 The second card came from Paper Doll Dress Up.  I accidently cut the female cape but I liked the flowng look of it and kept it.  The 'superhero' sentiment came from the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge.

Cricut makes doing birthday cards so easy.  There are so many themes to pick from.  I hope you like them.
Have fun creating and, please, continue to check out Exploring Cricut each day for inspiration from out design team.
Rae Ann

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Christmas is July Blog Hop at Exploring Cricut

Welcome to our Christmas in July blog hop.  Our hop starts at Exploring Cricut so if you want to join in from the beginning, click here.  You should have arrived here from Georgiana's blog.

My card was created with the 'A Quilted Christmas' cartridge.
This cartridge can do phenomenal cut-outs at larger sizes.  For smaller cuts, like this 3 inch cut, the simpler version works well.  A hunt through Christmas paper scraps provided the colorful framing.

Please, join this challenge with your own Christmas in July project and enter it at Exploring Cricut.  Until then, enjoy the blog hop and the wonderfu projects created by each member of our design team.  You might find some blog candy along the way as well.

Your next stop is Emily.  Here is the list of the stops in case you get lost.

Rae Ann --- You are here

Thanks for stopping by.  Keep cool.  Enjoy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Card and Some Jumbo ATC's for my day at Exploring Cricut

Hello, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday week.  The hot weather is moving into my area these days so there is going to be a lot of staying at home.  The last time I did that I caught up with projects for the monthly swap group I belong to. 
Here's a card for the theme 'Wheels'.  I only slightly modified the card from the Just Because cartridge.
The next are jumbo ATC's with the theme, 'Manly'.  A jumbo ATC adds an inch to each side.
These came from the Art Deco cartridge, (although the word came from Forever Young), and the All Sports cartridge.
Thanks for stopping by.  Please continue to visit Exploring Cricut everyday to see more of the wonderful things that can be done with Cricut.  And, join us next Monday for a special blog hop.  Hope to see you there.
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Challenge for Celebrating at Exploring Cricut

Hello, everyone!

Today at Exploring Cricut our challenge is to create a card, layout, or paper project to Celebrate the 4th or Canada Day; it must include a flag.  Here's my card:
The Teddy, of course, is from Teddy Bear Parade, cut at 3 inches.  I cut out the flag at 4 inches, in white, and colored it in with markers. The word "celebrate" is from a roll of ribbon I forgot I had  The striped paper is a freebie from Free Vintage Digital Stamps; they have lots of neat stuff available there.  The stars were given to me and found in my stash.
Thank you for stopping by.  Please, join us with your project and continue to visit Exploring Cricut each day to see inspiration from our design team. 
Have a happy week and a happy holiday, everyone.
Rae Ann