Monday, December 31, 2012

Last Challenge in 2012!

Welcome to the last challenge in 2012!  What better way to end the year by doing a challenge welcoming the New Year!!  The challenge is to make a card, layout, or papercraft welcoming in 2013.  You can do anything you would like that goes along with a celebration of the New Year as long as it includes cricut machine and cricut cartridges.  Please only current projects and link your creation no later than Saturday, January 5  10 pm eastern time.  We can't wait to see what you create and our design team has lots of inspiration for you!!
Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art
Wrap It Up
Teddy Bear Parade
Stone Script, Celebrate with Flourish
Elegant Edges, Nifty Fifties
Ashlyn's Alphabet
Art Deco, Phrases, George and Basic Shapes
Celebrate with Flourish, Designer Calendar
Create a Critter 2

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Welcome our new DT member and prize for next challenge

Welcome!  Exploring Cricut would love to introduce a new member of our DT to you today and no better person but Rae Ann herself!
Rae Ann OhlingerI am now retired but I had two careers; one as a teacher of math and science, grades 7 and up, and one as as art therapist in a variety of settings and many age groups. I've always loved crafts. My Christmas was never complete without some kind of activity gift to paint or put together. I first got interested in papercrafts through ATC's, then inchies. A group I belonged to also traded cards. Cardmaking was new to me and I felt like a fish out of water. Wow, has that changed. Now I'm doing more cards than anything else and occasionally mini-albums. Things zoomed to a higher level when I got my cricut. I now own 28 cartridges and continually find items I never noticed before that I can incorporate into my projects. I enjoy combining items from many cartridges to use in one project. I'm looking forward to joining the talented DT at Exploring Cricut
 Welcome to Rae Ann and we can't wait to see all the projects you contribute to our blog! You can check out her blog at   Now for some other business, we have a new challenge starting Monday, Dec. 31 to end a great and fabulous year!  Be sure to stop by for all the details and our prize will be this 2013 calendar kit for you to keep all those inportant challenge dates on! 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sensational Saturday with Georgiana

Happy Saturday!  Today, Georgiana has created this cute card using the cartridges Campin Critter, Hoot n Holler and Birthday Bash.  Be sure to stop by her blog today for all the details and a new challenge starts Monday so be sure to stop by tomorrow for the next prize and to meet our new DT member.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fantastic Friday with Michelle

Welcome to our Friday daily project.  Michelle has created this adorable birthday card using the cartridge Teddy Bear Parade.  I love this adorable card and now I know I need this cartridge.  Check out all the details on her blog.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Terrific Thursday with Emily

Welcome to another daily project at Exploring Cricut.  Emily is sharing a card she created with the cartridge Christmas Noel.  Be sure to stop by her blog for all the details and be sure to come back tomorrow for another great project!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday with Diana

Hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of goodies!  Today Diana is sharing this adorable project that she created using the cartridge Doodlecharms.  Even though Christmas is over it is never to soon to start your list of things to make for next year!  I know this is on my list!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas From Exploring Cricut and daily project with Kim

Merry Christmas from our entire DT of Exploring Cricut.  We hope your season will be filled with love and joy!  Today, Kim has created this beautiful poinsettia shadow box using the cartridges Flower Shop and Joys of the Season.  Be sure to stop by her blog and get all the details.  I know this is a must for next year for me!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Welcome our Guest Designer this Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve!  Today we are luck to have a guest designer join us.  Donna from the blog  She has created this wonderful advent calendar using the cartridges Tablescapes Fall and Winter, Gingerbread, Cindy Loo, and Storybook.  Please stop by her blog for all the details and leave her some love in thanks for joining us today!!!  Come back tomorrow for another fabulous project.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winner of our Christmas Challenge

Wow did we have some fabulous entries in our "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" challenge.  Thanks to all that submitted their projects and I know that I got lots of inspiration from you all.  The winner picked by is #13 Jenny.  Please email me at with your mailing information.  Next challenge starts December 31.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Happy Saturday!  I am sure everyone is busy with the last minute details for the big day, but thanks for stopping by for our daily project.  Today, Sharon has created this adorable card using the Teresa Collins December 25 cartridge.  This cartridge is full of wonderful images!  Stop by her blog for the details.  Today is the last day to enter our challenge too!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fantastic Friday with Lori

Yea it is Friday and Lori has this adorable shaped card that she created using the cartridges Winter Woodland and Simply Charmed.  Stop by her blog and check out the details.  Just a couple more days to enter our challenge!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday with Annette

Well I am sure this week you are all very busy getting ready for the holidays and doing the last minute shopping and baking.  Be sure to take some time and check our little blog out daily for some great inspiration!  Today, Annette is sharing this adorable thank you card.  We need to make those to send to friends and family for the wonderful gifts we receive over the holidays.  She used the cartridge 3 Birds on Parade.  Check out all the details on her blog today!  Just a few more days to enter our challenge for a chance to win a great prize package.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday with Jessica

Just time for a little more decorating and Jessica has created this adorable hanging from the cartridges Cricut Font and Basic Shapes and Imagine Christmas Wish.  She created her design in Cricut Craft Room.  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Be sure to get your entry in our challenge this week too!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday Daily Project with Diane

Welcome to the Tuesday daily project.  Diane here with some non traditional tags that I made for my granddaughters packages for Christmas.
They love the Princesses and the little one just went to Disney last week and had breakfast with the Princesses in the Castle.  I knew she would love them and my oldest granddaughter will too! I have a little girl I pick up from school once in awhile and I know she will love them too! I used the Disney Happily Ever After and Dreams Come True cartridges.  Details are on my blog.

Monday, December 17, 2012

New challenge starts today!

Welcome to another challenge at Exploring Cricut.  Today our challenge is called "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year".  You are to create a card, layout, or papercraft celebrating Christmas.  It is unlimited what you can do!  Just remember to use your Cricut and Cartridges!  Please link project by Saturday, Dec. 22 at 10 pm Eastern time.  Please no backlinks. I know the next few days are busy, but some of you are probably finished and so lets get crafting!
A Quilted Christmas, Paper Doll Dress Up, and Teresa Collins December 25
A Quilted Christmas
Artiste, Sophisticated, Jolly Holidays
Birthday Bash, Once Upon a Princess, Create a Critter 2
Winter Frolic
Joys of the Season
Cricut Basic Font and Shapes, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
Accents Essentials, Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More
Teresa Collins Dec. 25, Christmas

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Challenge Starts Monday

We have a new challenge starting Monday, December 17 and we hope you will join us.  I know this time of year is busy, but maybe you are one of those who have everything ready! (not me for sure!) This is the prize package I will be giving for this challenge.  You only have to enter and maybe will pick you!  See you back here tomorrow.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sensational Saturday with Georgiana

Today, Georgiana is exploring another great older cartridge. She created this adorable first Christmas card using the cartridge Joys of the Season.  Stop by her blog today for all the details.  Stop by tomorrow and see the prize we will be giving for our next challenge that starts Monday, December 17.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fabulous Friday with Ian

Happy Friday!!  I am sure many of you will be heading out to the malls and department stores to get some of that shopping finished, but take a moment and look at this great card Ian is sharing with us today.  He used the cartridge Doodlecharms.  This is one of those great oldies, but goodies and one most of us pick up.  If you have not had a chance to see some projects with this cartridge, check under the labels and see what was created with this cartridge.  Join us tomorrow for another fantastic share!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Terrific Thursday with Emily

Today Emily is sharing a card she made using the cartridge Very Merry Tags.  I love that little seasonal cartridge and it has so many super cuts.  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for another great project.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday with Diana

Hope you all are getting your Christmas shopping done and ready for the big guy to come!  While your relaxing, take a look at this great card Diana created today using the cartridges Base Camp and Doodlecharms.  Be sure to stop by her blog for all the details today!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday with Kim

Today Kim is sharing this very clever and handy idea of making ribbon holders.  For this project she used the cartridge Artiste.  We all could use some of these so be sure to head over to her blog for all the details.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome our Special Guest Designer

We would like to welcome our special Guest Designer Evelyn from the blog Blearyeyedcrafts. . She created this adorable frame using the cartridges Alphalicious and Simply Charmed.  Head over to her blog by clicking her name above for all the details and be sure to thank her for joining us!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge Winner

Thanks to all that entered our Christmas Card Challenge.  We had some really fabulous cards and I have to say that you all inspired me to get in gear and get my cards ready.  The winner of our challenge picked by is #12 Alice B.  Congrats Alice and please email me at with your mailing information so I can get your prize in the mail.  Our next challenge is December 17 and I hope to see all of you enter.  Get that shopping finished so you can craft!!!!  Be sure to come by on Monday for a special guest designer.  Would you like to be a guest designer, if so, shoot me a email.  We would love to see the layouts, cards, and papercrafts you create with your Cricut.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Woo Hoo it is Saturday!  Today Sharon is sharing this great card she make using the Teresa Collins December 25 cartridge.  This is becoming one of my favorites because it has so many great cuts!  Be sure to stop by her blog for the details.  Today is the last day to get your entry in our "Christmas Card Challenge".  We have had some wonderful cards so far!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fabulous Friday with Lori

Happy Friday!  Lori has created this cute card using the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.  I love the embossing she did too.  Stop by her blog for all the details of this great card.  Be sure to enter our Christmas Card Challenge.  Ends on Saturday!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Terrific Thursday with Annette

Happy Thursday!!!  Today Annette is sharing these great pillow boxes she made using the cartridges Plantin Schoolbook, Elegant Edges, and Joys of the Season.  How great are these for treats or small shiny presents!  I might make a couple of these to leave hints for my hubby, I love shiny diamonds lol.  Be sure to stop by her blog for all the directions!  Be sure to join our challenge this week too!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Woo Hoo Wednesday with Jessica

Welcome to our Wednesday daily project.  Jessica is sharing a great project she made for her brother and future sister in law that just got engaged!  She used the cartridges Tie the Knot and Art Philosophy along with Cricut Craft Room.  Stop by her blog for all the details.