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, September 30, 2013

Headstart on Christmas for Exploring Cricut

Hello, again.  Last week I was sharing cartridges with a friend and my cartridge "A Quilted Christmas" came to my attention.  I decided to try some of the cards.  I don't usually like to use a card option because I'm bored if every detail is already planned for me, but I enjoyed these.  I have a Personal Cricut so the maximum cut size is 5 1/2 inches.  That worked out well for standard A2 cards.  Four pictures follow.
I did these the way the cartridge cuts them.  The gold paper I used under the cuts is very sparkly so I didn't think it needed anything else on the outside.

With each of these I did a little touch-up to make it more 'mine'.  On the reindeer I added diamond stickles to the design on the banner;  It changed the color of the underlayer and added some contrast.  I also added a stick-on star, also coated with diamond stickles.
The little shepherd is also pictured below.  I added a touch of  stickles to the rim of his hat and added the computer printed sentiment.
The star looked really plain to me until I outlined each triangle with stickles.  It's not really visible in the photo but in person it is quite majestic looking.

The 'merry Chrismas' card beow is made with the poinsetta edge from 'A Quilted Christmas'.  The sentiment was cut from the Phrases cartridge.
After all the cut-out cards I wanted to do a  'real' Santa; he's from the same cartridge.  The letters are from Suburbia (I love that font!)
Each card has a computer printed sentiment inside.  I found a book online, "Say It With Style 2" edited by Tnaya Fox.  It is FILLED with sentiments for using in cards, all occasions, and I found some lovely ones to use for Christmas.

I hope this inspires you to get a head start for the season.  I hope to sell some at an upcoming sale in our apartment complex.  Have fun.  Keep creating.  And, keep looking in at Exploring Cricut.
Have a great week.
Rae Ann

Monday, September 23, 2013

What's Cooking Challenge at Exploring Cricut

Today's Challenge at Exploring Cricut is "What's Cooking"  Create a card, layout or paper craft with something from the kitchen.  It can be a recipe book, cards, or anything kitchen related.

For today's challenge I used Everyday Paper Dolls and the alphabet from Suburbia to create an A2 card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) that will hold a recipe.

I put small slits in the corners so a recipe card could be slipped in.  I printed out a 3x5 recipe for 'Slow Cooker Pot Pie Stew'.  I got it from which is a great place to search.  Check it out.

Join us with your entry at Exploring Cricut.  We love to see what you do with the challenge.  You might be our prize winner.
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Exploring Cricut Monday is a Disney Day

Whenever there has been a challenge calling for something Disney I was limited to my one Disney cartridge--Tinker Bell and Friends.  Well, thanks to some recent sales I have a lot more to work with.  Now I have Disney Classics and Mickey & Friends.  Of course, I had to try them out right away.

These Alice in Wonderland characters are on the Disney Classics cartridge.  I plan on putting them on a tissue box cover, one on each side.  When I get that done I'll post it., but here are the cuts.
I found the Mickey & Friends cartridge very easy to work with.  Here are the ones I made into cards but I also made Goofy, Pluto, and Mickey hugging Pluto.  I sit and make figures while watching TV so I have them ready to be made into cards.  The sentiments on these cards were found free on the internet.  The Happy Birthday was found at Nettys Cards.  I'm sorry to say I don't know the source of the circular sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please check Exploring Cricut each day to see what the design team is doing.
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, September 9, 2013

Back to School Challenge at Exploring Cricut

Where did the summer go?  A whole new season goes into swing with back-to-school time.  For this challenge, participants are asked to make a card, layout, or paper project with a 'Back to School' theme and including the colors red, green, white, black, orange, and yellow and a ribbon.

I decided to make a 5x7 step-card for mine.  The teen has 2 tiny books in her bag; the concept of school is shown in the little red schoolhouse and the apple tree beside it.  (You can't miss that it's not a modern school. LOL)

The teen is from Paper Doll Teen Scene; the tiny books are made from 3 Birds on Parade.  The school is from My Community.  The apple tree is from Freshly Picked.  The greenery is from Everyday Paper Dolls.

The yellow in mine is more of a mustard yellow.  The orange is the bow in her hair.  That was a lot of colors to account for

Let us see your interpretation of this challenge at Exploring Cricut and visit each day to see what design team members are doing.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Cook-out Invitation for Exploring Cricut

I hope everyone is enjoying this last holiday of summer.  What better card than a invitation to a cook-out.  I used the Block Party cartridge for most of it.  The bush peeking over the wall and the cloud came from Everyday Paper Dolls.
The card is a 5 x 7, a little bigger than I usually make.  This way I was able to cut the chef at 4 inches and the tiny details were easier to work with.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please, check in at Exploring Cricut each day to see what the design team has made to inspire you.

Enjoy the holiday.
Rae Ann