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, October 28, 2013

My Monday for Exploring Cricut - Some Thank You Cards

My birthday is tomorrow.  I won't tell you my age but this joke applies:  seniors should enjoy junk foods - they need all the preservatives they can get. LOL
I noticed my supply of 'thank you' cards was low so I designed a few while watching Halloween movies this week.
This first one came from the Art Deco cartridge; the letters were cut from the Suburbia alphabet.  I had to make this card a 5 x 7 to have room for the 1 inch letters.  This took longer to make because of all the small pieces and layers - but they look so good it's worth the effort.
This next one is all from the Cindy Loo cartridge.  The design was cut at 3 inches, the 'Thanks' at 1 1/4 inches.  It's a standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 card.

I really like this one.  The rose is from the Quarter Note cartridge, cut at 2 inches (the width of the flower).  I'm not crazy about the red and black color scheme the patterns use so I cut out an extra base in green, cut off the flower from the dard red cut and glued it on.  Then I just added the lighter red layer.  The word is from the Cindy Loo cartridge.

It was easy to made a couple at a time so I have a good supply now.  I hope these give you some ideas; the last two were definitely quick and easy and look good.
Please continue to visit Exploring Cricut each day to see the great ideas our team comes up with.  And, please join our challenges every other week.  We love to see your work, too.
Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Challenge at Exploring Cricut

Our challenge this week is to make a card, layout, or any paper project with a Halloween theme, using 2 cuts.

My neighbor was wondering what kind of card she could send her nephew.  He's a pre-teen, very science-minded and loves birds.  I told her about the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge and here's what I came up with.

My 2nd cut on the front was the corner design from picturesque.  Inside I made a 1 inch bird and used 2 kinds of paper tape I got at Michael's, the sentiment and the fancy side edge.  I used 3 colors of Tim Holtz distress inks rubbed over a stencil to create the background color on the front.

My neighbor laughed hysterically when she saw it.  I giggled while making it.  I hope you like it, too.

Please join our challenge by sharing your creation with us at Exploring Cricut and keep visiting each day to see what our design team is doing.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, October 14, 2013

Another Christmas card for Exploring Cricut

After playing with the A Quilted Christmas cartridge I splurged on the new Winter Wonderland cartridge with designs by Anna Griffin.  I ended up making several of this card.  I love it !!
Each design is planned to work with 4 colors.  This has 2 shades of red, the green and the yellow.  I added leaf veins with a distress marker and accented with gold stickles.  I'll be making more of these.

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to visit Exploring Cricut each day to see what the design team is doing with the fun and versatile cricut. I really love playing with all the possibilities.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, October 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Exploring Cricut Blog Hop

We're celebrating!  Exploring Cricut is 3 years old.  Celebrate with us by visiting all of our design team and then entering your design for this challenge.  Create a card, layout, or some papercraft that celebrates a birthday event.  Include at least one button, brad, or jewel.

I chose to use the  great cake in the Everyday Pop-Up Cards cartridge.  I made the cake at 4 inches, added stickles to the drapes and mini jewels between the drapes.  The word 'Celebrate' came from the Phrases cartridge; that was the hardest part of the card.

I love when you leave comments and it would be great to have you as a follower.  Thanks for stopping by.   To start at the beginning of our blog hop go to Sharon, otherwise, your next stop is Emily

Here is our blog hop line-up.  After visiting everyone, be sure to enter your project at Exploring Cricut.

Rae Ann  <--- You are here
Michelle N
Michelle S
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Red Carpet Studio Pretty in Pink Challenge

It's been a long time since I've entered a challenge but I knew right away the image I wanted to use for this one.

Isn't she adorable.  She's a Sherri Baldy image and she seems just right for this challenge.  To me, this image shouts out 'taking care of yourself' which I think is very appropriate for a challenge honoring Breast Cancer awareness.
See all the entries at Red Carpet Sudio
Happy creating.
Rae Ann