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 28, 2014

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Exploring Cricut and More Christmas in July Blog Hop.  If you are following the Hop you should have arrived from Donna'a blog,   If you just happened by and would like to atart at the beginning go to Exploring Cricut and More for the Blog Hop list.
The theme, as I said, is Christmas in July.  There is blog candy available for some lucky winner along the way if you are a follower of Exploring Cricut and More.

I wanted to make a shaped card for my project.  Except for the words, everything was cut at 5 inches.  The papers came from a Recollections pack called 'Botanical Noel' which I bought at Michaels.
I used the following Cricut cartridges to made this card:  Small Talk, Frames and Tags for the background shape;  Winter Wonderland for the snowflake; and, 3 Birds on Parade for the words.  (I ended up cutting the words once at 1 1/4 inches and once at 1 inch and using the words of similar size for this card.  Originally, one is smaller than the other.)
There is a crystal rhinestone in the center and I added silver lines along the snowflake to glitz it up.  I wish it showed up better in the photo because it looks great.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the blog hop.  Your next stop is Emily at
Happy Creating
Rae Ann

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Cars Centerpiece for Exploring Cricut and More

Hello, again.  After the centerpiece I made with the Cricut Best of Pixar cartridge I thought of how cute the Disney Pixar Cars would look.  So, now I own that cartridge, too.  Here's what I made.
I try to use 4 inches as the size of the cuts for centerpieces (I have a Personal Cricut and the maximum cut is 5 1/2..  I think I had to reduce McQueen (the red one) to 3 1/2 inches because it cut so wide.  The road signs are 2 inches.  Some ultr-tiny pieces didn't get into the cut but it's not possible to see where and sometimes a fine marker can make up for it.  I love how this cme out.
Like the previous one, the long lollipop sticks come 20 to a pack at Michael's.  The pail and curly stuff came from the dollar store.
( I also made an Alice in Wonderland and a Nemo centerpiece.  These are so much fun to do.)
Thanks for stopping by.  Please, visit Exploring Cricut and More for new ideas each day.
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, July 14, 2014

Crafter's Choice Challenge at Exploring Cricut and More

Welcome to another challenge week.  This time it's totally up to you.  The only condition, besides using a cutting machine, is to use two cuts in your project (card, layout, or paper project).

I've been searching the web for inspiration and saw the centerpieces that are made with die-cuts.  I just got the Cricut Best of Pixar cartridge and I thought this would be a great project for the Incredibles.

.The figures are cut at 4 inches, except for Dash; I think I did him at 3 1/2 inches.  The sticks were bought at Michael's.  They are long lollipop sticks from the cake and candy section.  The glitzy red is a bow I bought at the dollar store.  Also at the dollar store were bags of marbles in those net bags.  I just dropped a bag in the bucket (also a bargain) and eased the sticks through the netting and between the marbles.  The weight of the marbles adds to the stability, too.

This was a fun project and, like the tissue box cover, I have so many other ideas of what I can do to make really cute (and cheap) decorations.  With so many cricut cartridges the possibilities are endless.

Please share the project you choose to make with us at Exploring Cricut and More.  Visit each day to see what our design team has been up to.

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Tissue Box Cover for Exploring Cricut and More

Hello!  Months ago I created some Alice in Wonderland cuts from the Cricut Disney Classics cartridge.  I said then that I would probably use them on a tissue box cover.  I FINALLY DID IT!  It seemed to take forever to make the cover and to cut the background sheets and the edgings.  But, now that I've done it I can go through the process fairly easily.

I used the directions and measurements from splitcoaststampers/.  That is a super website for all kinds of instruction.
The cuts from Cricut's Disney Classic cartridge (say that fast) range from 3.5 inches to 4 inches.  For the vertical edges I cut a strip of paper 1.5 inches wide and  used an edge punch on both sides of it.  I scored down the middle and folded it so it would 'hug' the corners of the bos.
On top of the box I used the top of an actual tissue box to trace the oval opening and cut it out by hand.  (Now I have an oval cutter.)  In the corners I put 1 inch corner designs that I made with the Cricut Picturesque cartridge.  I had the lace in my stash.

Now that I made this one I have all kinds of ideas.  Imagine a box with animals from Create a Critter for a toddlers room or the heads of princesses for a little girl.  There are so many possible figures in the Everyday Paper Doll cartridge - a pirate theme, sports. ...  Don't forget the Pixar cars for boys.
Oh, if only I had enough time.
I hope you like this and might try to do one of your own. It's addicting.
Please continue to check in at Exploring Cricut and More to see what the rest of the design team has been doing.
Happy Creating

Rae Ann