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 26, 2014

A Useful Sketch for Exploring Cricut and More

Welcome.  A couple of years ago I saw a YouTube clip about making a composition notebook into a craft inventory book.  I adapted it and included sketches and samples of cards I liked (my own portable pinterest).  As I looked through it I decided to use one of the sketches to create an easy backdrop for all kinds of cards.  Here's the Get Well card I made.


For this sketch you need 3 compatible papers - here it's the one with circles, the one with varied stripes and the solid across the bottom.  Any kind of 'divider' can be used between the top and bottom - a ribbon, an edged strip, even a straight strip.  A scalloped circle, which I cut from Cricut's Forever Young cartridge, looks good in an accent color.  The inner circle and the strip seem to look good when they are the same color.

At this point, any focus design and any sentiment can turn your card into the theme of your choice.  I cut a spray of flowers from the Cricut Cindy Loo cartridge in white and used markers to color the flowers and greens.  Since this greeting was so centered I added the bling to fill in the space.

This is a great recipe for lovely cards.

I hope you like this idea.  Please continue to visit Exploring Cricut and More each day for ideas from our design team and, don't forget, there will be another challenge next Monday.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, May 19, 2014

Here Comes Summer Challenge at Exploring Cricut and More

Welocme to a fun challenge.  Create a card, layout, or paper project that celebrates summer.  Include the colors red and blue.

My first thought was something related to swimming but then I looked through my newly purchased Cricut Summer Celebrations cartridge.  I live quite near an amusement park that gets jammed filled in the summer so this was perfect.

The riders were cut at 3 1/2 inches and came out around 4 inches when I added the shadow.  The background coaster was cut at 2 1/2 inches and still came out great even though it is so intricate.  Since I wanted it to be background I didn't include the shadow and other little pieces for that cut.  The phrase 'Happy Summer' came from another scene in that cartridge.  Sorry, I don't remember which cartridge I used for the clouds. ( It might have been in the same one.)

Overall, I am very happy with this card.

Please, add your creation to our challenge at Exploring Cricut and More.  We love to see other ideas for the same theme.
And, please stop by each day for samples from our design team.

As always, Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Bon Voyage Card at Exploring Cricut and More

Hello, again.  My doctor takes the most interesting vacations.  This year he's going to China so I made him this card with the message 'Bon Voyage' stamped inside.

Both cuts came from Cricut's cartridge, Pagoda.  I cut the pagoda at 4 inches and trimmed the edge of the roofs with gold glitter.  I love this Panda.  He was cut at 3 inches.  I ran off one of the branch sprays in the cartridge in white, selected a piece and colored it eith markers to make the flower.  A tiny rhinestone is in its center.

The doctor loved it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Visit Exploring Cricut and More every day to see all the design team ideas.  And, join us there next Monday for another fun challenge.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day Challenge at Exploring Cricut and More

Welcome!  This week's challenge is to create a card, layout, or paper project with a Mother's Day theme.  Include at least one ribbon.

For this card I used Cricut''s Suburbia cartridge for the silhouette and the Cindy Loo Cartridge for the curly decorations.  I had cut out an oval for another project using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge and this piece was left, so I used it.  Some glitter gle accents the oval and fills the holes in the edging.  My ribbon is the little bow.
The stamp is part of a set called 'Greeings Galore" which I purchased from Impression Obsession.
I don't recall the brand of edger this is; I cut it too wide so the left-over pink strip broke it up and added just the right visual balance.

Please join our challenge with your Mother's Day creations at Exploring Cricut and More.  We love to see your ideas.  And, drop by everyday for samples from our design team.

Thanks fo atopping by.  Happy Creating.
Rae Ann