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, January 30, 2013

Winter Birthday Card

It's still winter and several challenges have themes of snowmen, snow, and winter celebrations.  This card looks simple, although it did take a bit of work, and I like how it came out.

The snowman was cut from Cricut's A Quilted Christmas; the  Birthday sign was cut from the Phrases cartridge and modified slightly so it would look like it was flying from the pole (toothpick).  The large snowflakes are from a Martha Stewart punch and they are decorated with some rhinestones and diamond stickles.  The stickles also add touches to the snow.  The background paper is a leftover from some Christmas paper.

I am entering this little guy in the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations - snowmen
Bitten By The Bug 2 - Frosty the Snowman
Whimsical Wednesday at Whimsical Designs- Winter Wonderland - Sparkle and 1 or more snowflakes
Crafts with Cutters at My Papercrafting - Chilly Celebration

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You Did It! Card

I was busy last night.  Here's another card I got made.  Our Creative Corner has a challenge to use woodgrain and a button on a card.  Woodgrain, hmmmm?  I happened to have a beaver ready from the cricut Create a Critter cartridge and I found woodgrain paper in my stash.  Eureka!


I imagined this little scene and found pieces for it in several carts.  The tree stump, believe it or not, is the cavegirl's dress from Paper Doll Dress Up.  The leaves on the stem are from that, too.  The clouds and the grass are from Everyday Paper Dolls.  The beaver and the fallen part of the tree are from Create a Critter.  The flowers are pieces of stickers from my stash, except for the one he is holding -- that's a button.  It's one of the cutesy buttons from Dress It Up; it has a shank on the back and instead of breaking it off I added the twine which evened the back to make it easier to glue down.  The sentiment was made on a Brother labelmaker.  Some distress ink and a leaf touch-up with colored pencil and it was done.  I really like it.
Please visit Our Creative Corner to see all the entries.
I am also entering this card in the Die Cuttin Divas challenge - Anything goes.  Visit that blog by clicking here.
Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Welcome Baby with Lots of Love

The challenge at Created with Love Challenges is to make a Baby Shower card.  Meljens designs is sponsoring so I decided to use a digi of theirs.

The framework and sentiment were cut using the cricut Phrases cartridge.  Everything else came from my stash.  I am also entering this in the Digi Makeover challenge, Hearts Galore.
Be sure to visit both challenges to see all the great entries.
For the Created with Love challenge, click here.
For the Digi Makeover challenge, click here.

Happy Creating, everyone.
Rae Ann

Monday, January 28, 2013

Exploring Cricut Challenge - Cricut Choice

Exploring Cricut has a great challenge this week.  The challenge requires at least 1 embellishment, 2 patterned papers, and 3 cricut cuts.
Since I became a member of the Exploring Cricut Design Team I've tried to go beyond my comfort zone into types of projects I don't usually do.  This challenge is perfect for a decoration for my apartment door.  I photographed it on a closet door because I never get good quality pictures in the hallway.  The doors are metal; I found magnet hooks that work well.

The 3 cricut cuts are the Queen and King of Hearts from Teddy Bear Parade and the banners from the Phrases cartridge.  The 2 patterned papers are a pink and light green background paper for the Queen and King and the pinkish-red patterned paper on the center triangle.  That pinkish-red pattern is also used in the Queen's skirt and crown and the King's jacket and crown.  The embellishments are the red glittered hearts on the center triangle.  I stamped Happy Valentine's Day with a $1 stamp from Michael's onto white paper I cut for it.
Check out what the other members of the Design Team did and join us in the challenge at Exploring Cricut.

I am also entering this is in DL.ART Thankful Thursday - Red or Pink and
In The Pink - Distressed ( I used distress ink to edge the clothing so the patterned paper would stand out better.)

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Digi Desserts at Paper Crafting World

I won this little guy not too long ago and I love him.  Inside I used a stamp that says "Birthdays were made so we would eat more cake."  The 'happy Birthday' came from the cricut Create a Critter cart.
Make sure to stop by Paper Crafting World to see all the Digi Desserts entries.
I am also entering this in the  Birthday Challenge at  Little Scrap Pieces and the red or pink challenge at DL.ART.  Make sure you visit them to see those entries, too
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Red, White, and Black at Cardz TV

The title says it all --- red, white, and black.

I used the cricut Create a Critter cartridge for the Love Stamp image, and the Phrases cartridge for the phrase.  It came together so easily. I love the way the phrases print out with that cartridge.

Go to  Cardz TV where you'll see many more entries.

Happy Creating
Rae Ann


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Digi Darla 46 - Feeling Sentimental

I don't have any Digi Darla sentiments so I used this cute Digi Darla birdhouse with a favorite quote of mine by e.e. cummings.

Please visit Digi Darla's Challenge to see all the entries.

Happy Creating.
Rse Ann

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bugaboo Bingo

Hello!  Bugaboo Stamps is having the January Bingo challenge at the Catch the Bug Blog.  I could enter in two different ways:  Sentiment, Bugaboo image, and Ribbon is my first idea, but if  'You're HOW old?' isn't considered a sentiment I think I also qualify under Flower, Bugaboo image and Pink.


This little guy looks startled so I thought the question was appropriate. LOL
Check out Catch the Bug Challenge Blog  to see all the entries in their January Bingo challenge.
Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Saturday, January 19, 2013

What a day!

I just did some of my usual blog following and guess what?  I was a Top 3 Pick at Digi Darla's Challenge blog and the Winner and a Top 3 Pick at Twisted Tuesday Challenges (I had 2 entries).  Yahoo!!  That gave a boost to my day.  I hope yours is just as good.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Monday, January 14, 2013

Exploring Cricut Challenge

The theme this week at Exploring Cricut is 'Baby, It's Cold Outside.'  Think snow, winter, fun ...

My choice for this theme is from the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.  I love how bundled up they are to have fun in the snow.

Head on over to Exploring Cricut  to see the projects made by the other designers and to enter your project by Jan.19, 10 PM eastern time.  See you there.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Little Miss Muffet Challenge

This will be an 'Anything Goes' entry because I'm using one of their stamps but not following the current theme.


This sweetie looked like Valentine material to me.  I used colored pencils, which is why the colors are so soft.  Everything, but her, I found in my stash and put to good use.
Be sure to visit Little Miss Muffet Challenges to see all the great entries.
Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Friday, January 11, 2013

Color Blocking - Thank You Card #2

This is my second entry in the Twisted Tuesday Challenge, color blocking with at least 3 colors.

For this card I printed the same image on 3, 3-inch strips of cardstock.  Then I cut them each into one inch pieces and rearranged their parts so that one complete image is made of 3 different colors.  I like how it came out.
Make sure your visit Twisted Tuesday Challenges to see all the entries for this color blocking challenge.
Happy Creating.
Rae Ann


Color Blocking - Thank You Card #1

Twisted Tuesday has a challenge to use color blocking with 3 colors.  After refreshing my memory by following their link to examples I decided to make 2 cards using the 2 styles that caught my eye.  Here is the first.
The color blocks on this card were made by pressing an ink pad directly onto the card.  The image and sentiment were stamped on afterward.
Sorry for the poor lighting in this picture.
Visit Twisted Tuesday Challenges to see all the other card entries.
Happy creating.
Rae Ann



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Digi Darlas Fairies or Angels Challenge

Hello, again.  I used this cute little fairy for this challenge.  I thought she was a Digi Darla design but I couldn't verify it at the Digi Darla store (I found out she IS.)  If she is from elsewhere I apologize for forgetting the source.  I believe no wing is complete without diamond stickles.  She looks quite pretty with her sparkling wings.

I cut the scalloped circle from the Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge and the sentiment is from the Tinkerbell and Friends cartridge.  A Martha Steward punch was used for the edges of the white paper.  The flowers are from Special Moments and were another dollar store treasure find.

Before you take advantage of this nice day for flying, visit Digi Darla's Challenges.

Happy Creating.
Rae Ann

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Manly Card

While doing some blog hopping I discovered  Tammy's Scrapin Corner.  The challenge there is a manly card and I have one ready for it.

The motorcycle is in the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  I cut it out several times and paper pieced it to get the different color layers.
Visit Tammy's Scrapin Corner Weekly Chalenge and see other entries for these 'manly' cards.
Happy creating.
Rae Ann O.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hot Tea Month

Hello!  This is my first individual posting as a member of the Exploring Cricut design team.  I am thrilled to be a part of this team.  To get an idea for something to make I looked up crazy holidays for January.  It turns out that January is hot tea month so that is my theme.
I used the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge for the tea set and the George & Basic Shapes cartridge for the oval they sit on.  The white piece was edged with a Martha Stewart punch.  The flowers were a great deal one day at the Dollar Tree; the company is Special Moments.  The sentiment is a Papertrey stamp.  All the papers I found in my scrap stash.  I hope you like it.  Now sit and relax with a cup of hot tea and be sure to visit Exploring Cricut again, tomorrow.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Saturday, January 5, 2013

An Envelope Mini-Album

I'm beginning to think I'm psychic.  This is the 3rd time recently that I've been working on a project and it turns out to perfectly match a current challenge theme.  This one will be entered in the Fantabulous Cricut 'Get Organized' challenge.  (I'M ALSO GOOFY! I NAMED IT INCORRECTLY.  I USED GREEN BAGS I BOUGHT AT MICHAELS, NOT ENVELOPES.  ENVELOPES I'LL USE IN MY NEXT ONE. Sorry.for the error.)

My sister moved to Florida last summer.  Every so often she emails me pictures which I save on the computer or sometimes print out.  They're not too handy to look at that way so I decided to make a place to collect them.  I used the envelope mini-album demonstrated by Steph Miller on You Tube.  It's definitely a work-in-progress because I have more to add and more will be coming.

Jennifer Rzasa was kind enough to explain how she created a picture collage for her site (Our Change of Art) so I can save you from scrolling through 10 photos.  I didn't want to display faces on the internet without their permission so I made little post-it-note cover-ups.

I'm finding wonderful phrases appropriate to pictures throughout the cricut cartridges.  So far, I've used Phrase, 3 Birds on Parade, Graphically Speaking, Holiday Cakes and Picturesque.
I had a lot of trouble getting these pictures in here today.  But, here they are.  Please go to Fantabulous Cricut to see the other great organizational projects being entered in this challenge.

Happy creating.
Rae Ann

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Winter Friends

Hello.  I hope everyone enjoyed bringing in the New Year and that it will be filled with blessings for all of you.

This card was made to be entered in a number of challenges.  I love it!
I was at AC Moore's to buy paper and this stamp was on the Christmas clearance shelf.  It's so cute I couldn't pass it up, and now I had a chance to use it.  There are stickles on the hats and ground snow which add just the right touch of sparkle.

I am entering it in:
Anything Goes Challenge - theme 'Just Friends'
Little Scrap Pieces - theme 'Winter'
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - theme 'Anything Goes'
Try It On Tuesday - theme  'New Stash'
Go Fish Challenge - theme 'Winter'

Click on the challenge name to see other entries.

Happy Creating!
Rae Ann

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Sweet Card

Red Carpet Studio is presenting a challenge based on the theme "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".  This one tickled my imagination.  How could I make a card that actually paid homage to Willie Wonka?  Here's my attempt.

To make this I used a number of cricut cartridges: Art Deco for the frame; Teddy Bear Parade for the hat, Just Because for the word, ice cream and drink, and Holiday Cakes for the peppermints.  It took quite a while to gather all the elements.  I like how it turned out.

Visit Red Carpet Studio to see entries for this challenge.

Have a blessed and peaceful Happy New Year, everyone.
Rae Ann