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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Challenges: My Sheri Crafts, Fantabulous Cricut, Cardz TV #96, Robin's Creative Cottage, & Whimsical Designs

When I saw the theme for the My Sheri Crafts Challenge, (click here:), make a decoration, I started thinking of all the ways I would like to decorate in my small apartment.  While scanning the net I found a sample of a tee pee card and I knew that would be perfect to place on display as a decoration.  The video of how to make one is by thenorsugirl; :here is the link:

I had a lot of fun making this.  I used a variety of cartridges:  Forever Young, Graphically Speaking, Simply Charmed and Forever Young.  I have lots of glittery embellishments:(Robin's Creative Cottage theme, Let It Sparkle) paper with shine, glitter ribbon, shiny packages, glitter glue, metal brads, sequins.  And, (Fantabulous Cricut theme, A Holiday Card) the sentiment, of course, is Merry Christmas.  For Cards TV (Say It With 'S') there are stockings on the fireplace.  With all the things on this card it is quite appropriate for the Whimsical Designs theme of layers.

Here are the 3 sides of the card:

I am also entering this card in
the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge click here,
the Cardz TV #96 Challenge click here
Robin's Creative Cottage Challenge click here
Whimsical Designs Challenge click here.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

Rae Ann

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My First Easel Card

This card is being entered in two challenges (if their rules permit).  Crazy Challenge #94 wants a shaped card.  Cooking with Cricut #61 requires a Bible verse.  My shapes were found on the Cricut Graphically Speaking Cartridge except for the quote's circle which I cut out with decorative scissors.
Here are links to the challenges:
To go to the Crazy Challenge #94, click here.
To go to the Cooking with Cricut Challenge #61, click here.

The challenge at My Craft Spot inspired me to try the easel card.  I didn't get it done in time to enter their challenge.

Happy creating!.  I hope everyone's holidays were filled with blessings and joy.
Rae Ann

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Craft Spot Challenge #34 - Handmade Flower Power (Also, the Pile It On Challenge)

I'm intrigued with what can be done with paper to make such beautiful flowers.  I wanted to try poinsettias and I'm pleased with the result.
The flowers were made from the 5 petal flower on Cricut cartridge, George and Basic Shapes.  The bowl came from the Pagoda catridge; the leaves are all from the Picturesque cartridge.  I hope you like it.
Rae Ann

To visit the Pile It On Challenge, click here

To visit the My Craft Spot Challenge, click here:

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #87 - Thank You and Getting Cricky Challenge With K Andrews

I've made cards like this cutie as 'thank you's' for some friends and it's so easy to do.  The panda is from the Cricut Pagoda cartidge, of course.  The 'thanks' is from the cartridge, Just Because.  I used the emphasized word, 'thanks', from the 'thanks a melon' card.  Hope you like it!

Visit Getting Cricky here:

Visit Fantabulous Cricut here:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cricket Couple is Celebrating

Cricket Couple not only passed 500 followers, they passed 600!  To celebrate they are having a giveaway which will be awarded on Nov. 28th.  Click on the Celebration button to go to the site for all the info.

Happy creating!.  Rae Ann

Checking In

I won some blog candy for the Fantabulous Cricut Harvest Blessing Crawl Blog (what a mouthful!).  It comes from Scrap Queen at  What a nice surprise!

Since following the crawl blog I've found some wonderful sites and a bunch of neat challenges.  More of my entries will be shown here soon.

Happy creating!  Rae Ann

Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #35

I'm trying another challenge, this time at Birthday Sundaes.  Challenge #35 is to include a tree in the card.  I used a tree in the Cricut cartridge My Community to create this Cupcake tree.

Happy creating!  Rae Ann

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My entry for Fantabulous Cricut Harvest Blessing Blog Crawl

I never followed a blog hop (or crawl) before.  This is a great way to find inspiration and learn about other people who share the same creative joy.  For this week's challenge the requirement is red, orange and brown for fall.  Here's my entry:

My card is 6 x 6 inches.  I used the Picturesque cartridge for the fancy leaf and curlycue.  The small leaves and pumpkin came from accessories on Everyday Paper Dolls; I just used the real size button to make them 2 and 2 1/2 inches in size.
I look forward to these challenges.  They make me push my creativity in new directions -- and I love it.

Happy creating!  Rae Ann

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm an now a Cricut Lover!

It's been a long time since I've been able to blog.  I've been spending more time making things for my group, Inchies-1x1 and Paperfollies, and now, experimenting with my Cricut.

I love searching online for ideas and tutorials and found the site, Fantabulous Cricut.  They have a Monday Challenge and I've entered in two of them.

The first Fantabulous Cricut Challenge I entered was to make something containing a ghost.  I used elements from Simply Charmed and My Community.  Here's my effort...

My second entry in a Fantabulous Cricut Challenge  was called 'for the birds'.  I used the Pagoda Cartridge to create this...

Having the themes to provide a direction is fun and challenging. 

While experimenting with Cricut cardmaking I realized I have the perfect gift for my sister this year.  She gives a lot of Birthday and Get Well cards during the year so I am making her a collection of cards she can use.  Here are some of the easy designs I've come up with so far...

The words came from George and Basic Shapes.

This is a variaton of the card in Just Because.

The cake and phrase are from Simply Charmed.  One of the flowers is from George and Basic Shapes.

The scalloped background is from Just Because.  The words are from Simply Charmed; I punch a circle out where the little smiley faces are.

These are only a few of the items I've made.  More will be posted later but, as you see, I'm really enjoying my cricut.