Sunday, March 31, 2013

Winner, Goodbyes, and Welcomes.....

Welome and Happy Easter from Exploring Cricut. Today we have lots of news for you. First, the winner of our Easter challenge picked by is #23 Jennasa from the blog Congrats to Jennasa and thanks to all your wonderful crafters for such great projects!!

Now we say goodbye to two of our DT members Jessica and Ian. Thanks for your wonderful service and good luck with your next ventures. We are also saying Hello to 3 new team members. Here is a little bio from each of our new DT members.

Donna Leib
 As a homeschooling mother of 5 and a darling grandson too (3 grown, two left at home), I have always sought to preserve memories and make occasions special. I do what I do each day with the thought in mind to make someone feel loved in some way or another. My crafty side started out pretty basic with construction paper creations for the kids, homeschool group and/or church, cards using mostly stickers and doodles, holiday crafts and homemade gifts. My scrapbooking journey began in the 90's and consisted of fancy edge scissors, stencils, a few stamps and some colored paper. Wow have times have changed!! I just love my Cricut machines as they have opened up a whole new world with countless options and combinations to make a project just right. Being creative has never been more fun! Although my style is pretty traditional, I love to dabble in the shabby chic, retro and vintage themes. Having a large family, extended family and wonderful friends leaves me with many occasions to celebrate and the challenge to make them special and memorable. I love to learn new techniques and try new ideas. I am really looking forward to being part of the Exploring Cricut team where the inspiration, encouragement and crafty goodness is always a treat.

Kathy Unger
I have been doing some kind of crafts since I've been a young girl. I am married, mother of two and waiting on my first granddaughter to be born. I used to take our family photos and stuff from around the house and put pages together. I even did some journaling back then. I then got interested in baking and decorating cakes and took a bunch of classes and learned to “art” of cake decorating. I even got into air brushing on the cakes. I did this and some paper crafting and scrap booking while my children were small and growing up. I love going back and looking at all the special days we put in our scrapbooks. It's been an awesome journey through all of my art. I only started blogging about a year ago. I opened my blog last year with no idea what I was doing. I had lots of help from other fellow bloggers. Lots of email back and forth. I started out with the Cricut Imagine. That was a hard place to start I think. There is so much to learn on that machine. For Christmas my husband surprised me with the Pink Cricut Expression. I just love it!!!! I get in my craft room and just loose track of time. Just recently I started to remodel my sons room into my craft room. At Christmas my husband took me to IKEA and we bought a couple of the large long desks and a couple of the drawer units. Wow, I am so excited. I have my own space now. It's not finished but I'm working on it. I am looking forward to being a part of this design team.

Liz Ortiz 
...Hello friends my name is Liz, a recent transplant to the Midwest (KS). A Stay at Home Mom in love with her family and all things crafty including but not limited to jewelry, soap and candle making,cross stitching, crocheting, one stroke painting, etc..I am a continuous learner so more often than not you will find me trying a new stamping technique or craft form. My growing addiction to paper crafting has taken center stage since I got my Cricut and Gypsy ( almost 2 years ago). I can lose myself in creating for hours with the Gypsy and Cricut Craft Room. I enjoy joining challenges and using sketches to spark my creativity. My style is eclectic and influenced by everything around me. I am beyond ecstatic for the opportunity of joining Diane and the Exploring Cricut crew! Keep on crafting and have a wonderful day!..

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Sharon is rounding out our week with this adorable shaped card she created using the Easter 2010 cartridge. I love that silly ole bunny! Be sure to check out her blog for the details and today is the last day to enter our challenge. Join us Sunday to announce the winner, and say goodbye and meet some new DT members. Lots of information for you!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Fantastic Friday with Michelle

Happy Good Friday. Today Michelle S is sharing the wonderful layout that she created using the cartridge Quarter Note.  The font in this cartridge is one of my all time favorites and I love her pages.  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Be sure to get that entry into our challenge this week.  I have a box of goodies for the winner picked by

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Terrific Thursday with Annette

Today Annette is sharing a great project! She has repurposed an altoid tin using the cartridge Paisley. I love what she has done with this. I can see putting money or a gift card in it. Can you think of some other things you can alter? Head over to her blog for all the details. Just a few more days to enter our challenge with your Easter projects.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Woo Hoo it's Wednesday with Jessica

Welcome! Today Jessica is sharing some of the party decorations she is making for a 50th birthday celebration that she used the cartridge Groovy Times. I love that cartridge and need to get it out myself and she is inspiring me to try something. Be sure to head over to her blog for the details and be sure to enter your challenge project before Saturday.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Daily Project with Diane

Happy Tuesday! Hope you are having a good start to the week and getting ready for Easter. Today, Diane here sharing this banner I made using the cartridges Artiste, Simply Charmed, Create a Critter 2, and Easter 2010.  You can say that I love using multiple cartridges in my projects and that way I get the most out of them!  Stop by my blog for all the details and be sure to enter our challenge this week too!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Time for a Challenge!

Welcome to another challenge at Exploring Cricut. This week our challenge is called "Happy Easter". You are to create a card, layout, or papercraft using a Cricut machine and Cricut cartridges in any colors, designs, or patterns celebrating Easter. The challenge ends Saturday, March 30 at 10 pm eastern time. Please no backlinks, but enter as many times as you like. Because of the price of shipping, we can only send in the states, but please enter regardless. We will be changing things soon so everyone will be able to win.  We are anxious to see what you create and now our DT is sharing lots of inspiration with you!
Elegant Edges, Create a Critter 2, Paper Doll Dress Up
Create a Critter 2
Paper Doll Dress Up, George, Everyday Paper Dolls, Simply Charmed, Doodlecharms, Easter 2010
3 Birds on Parade, Birthday Bash

Sports Mania, Create a Critter, Art Philosophy, Easter 2010, Pooh Font
Simply Charmed
Elegant Edges, Nate's ABC's
Spring Cottage, Create a Critter, Phrases

Baby Steps, Kate's ABC's
Doodlecharms, Easter 2010
George, Elegant Edges, Christmas Cheer

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Time for another challenge!!

Well it is time for another challenge at Exploring Cricut. This time the prize is going to be a surprise! You will receive a box of goodies just picked for you. It will be up to you to show what you won. Be sure to head over to the blog tomorrow to see what the DT has in store for you.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's Saturday with Georgiana

Welcome to our Saturday post. If you are like me, you have a hard time coming up with male birthday cards. Georgiana has created the perfect card using the Camp Out cartridge. I love the background paper she picked and the fish is perfect.  Stop by her blog for all the details and come back tomorrow for news about our next challenge that starts Monday, March 25.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fantastic Friday with Ian

Happy Friday to all! Today Ian is trying to get us in the warm weather mood with this wonderful card he created using the Summer Celebrations cartridge. I am with him and tired of this winter!  I love the embossing in the tree he did.  Stop by his blog for all the details and be sure to come back tomorrow for another great project.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Terrific Thursday with Emily

Today Emily is sharing this adorable baby card she created using the cartridgesElegant Edges and Something to Remember. Be sure to stop by her blog for all the details. Something to Remember is a Cricut Circle cartridge you can get when you join the circle and now you can join with those reward points from the cartridges.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday with Diane

Welcome to another daily project. Diane filling in today with a fast and easy card using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. This is a cartridge that we can always go to for any shape and it is good to pull out the old ones sometime. Stop by my blog for the details.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Terrific Tuesday with Michelle

Welcome to our Tuesday daily project. I am totally in love with this adorable card that Michelle P is sharing today that she created with the cartridges Doodlecharms and Create a Critter. This card would absolutely cheer up anyone who was feeling down!   Be sure to head over to her blog for all the details and directions.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Marvelous Monday with Rae Ann

Welcome to our Monday daily project. Rae Ann has created this wonderful card using the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge. She made the people to look like people at her doctors office! Be sure to head over to her blog for all the details and come back here tomorrow for another great project.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Luck of the Irish Challenge Winner

Thanks to all the wonderful entries in our Luck of the Irish challenge.Happy St. Patrick's Day! The winner picked by is #15 Lorraine from the blog We really appreciate all the great entries and Lorraine please email me at with your mailing information. Please stop by tomorrow for a great daily project.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Welcome to our Saturday daily project. Today Sharon is sharing this adorable Easter card she created using the cartridge Easter 2010. I love the egg with the chevron pattern.  Be sure to stop over to her blog for all the details and today is the last day to enter our challenge. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fantastic Friday with Michelle S!

Welcome to our Friday daily project. Michelle S. is sharing this fantastic 2 page layout that she created using the cartridges Mickey Font and Creative Memories This and That. I love this layout and will be snagging her idea myself! Be sure to stop by her blog for all details and materials and create one yourself!  Have you entered our challenge yet?  If not, only have a couple days to get your entry in.  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Terrific Thursday with Annette

Happy Thursday! Today Annette is getting us in the spring mood with this adorable tulip card. I love that happy face which makes me long for spring to come soon!  She used the cartridges Birthday Bash and Simply Charmed.  Be sure to stop by her blog for all the details and be sure to enter our challenge this week too!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday with Jessica

Happy Wednesday! Boy is this week flying by! Today, Jessica is sharing this adorable Easter card she created using the cartridges Just a Note, Cricut Craft Room Basics, and Cricut Font and Shapes. Time to get those Easter cards ready so stop by her blog for all the details and join me here tomorrow for another great project.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Daily Project

Welcome to our Tuesday daily project. Diane sharing with you today. I created a couple quick and easy treat containers since Easter will be upon us before we know it. These are great for school, church, or just some little friends. I used the cartridges Art Philosophy, Create a Critter 2 and Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2. Stop by my blog for the details.

Monday, March 11, 2013

"The Luck of the Irish" Challenge

Welcome to another challenge here at Exploring Cricut.  This challenge is called "The Luck of the Irish".  You are to make a card, layout, or papercraft celebrating St. Patrick's Day and try using a shamrock for luck!  Be sure to link your project by Saturday, March 16 10 pm eastern time.  Please no backlinks, but have a great time crafting.  You must use a cricut machine and cricut cartridges.  This is a Cricut only challenge.  Take a look at the great inspiration our design team created for you.
St.Patrick's Day digital, Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art
Spring Holiday Cards
Give a Hoot
Create a Critter 2
Designer Calendar
Create a Critter 2
Teddy Bear Parade, Graphically Speaking, A Childs Year
Paper Doll Dress Up, Phrases, Picturesque
Plantin Schoolbook, Paper Doll Dress Up
Celebrate with Flourish
Paper Doll Dress Up, Elegant Edges