Monday, June 30, 2014

Time for a Challenge!!!!

Welcome to another challenge here at Exploring Cricut and More. This is a "Vacation" challenge.  You are to create a card, layout, or paper craft related to the vacation theme, but you must include a sign.(stop, beach, gas etc)  Link your project by Saturday, July 5 10 pm eastern time.  We can't wait to see your creations.  Just remember to use any die cut machine, svgs, dies, or cartridges permitted.  See rules on sidebar.  We will pick the Top 3 Crafters by random.org.  Take a look at what our talented design team has created for your inspiration!
Silhouette Cameo-Silhouette Software images
Silhouette Cameo-Miss Kate Cuttables svg files Fun at the Beach, A Splashing Good Time
Cricut Machine-Campin Critters
Cricut-3 Birds on Parade, H20, Paper Doll Dress up. Accents Essentials
Cricut Explore-Design Studio Iron On Palm Tree, Campin Critters
Cricut-Campin Critters
Cricut -Outdoors Man, Campin Critters, Doodlecharms, CM Stork's Delivery
Cricut -Mickey and Friends, Summer Celebrations
Silhouette Cameo-Peachy Keen file #61543

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sad Goodbyes and Wonderful Hellos!

Sadly, it is time to say farewell to Julie and Shawn. We will miss the beautiful projects Julie brought to us and will miss all the great Cricut Search Tips that Shawn gave us. She will be moving so taking off some time and hopefully she will join us again. I am please to introduce 3 new members of the Exploring Cricut and More Design Team and you will be seeing all their projects starting in July. First is Amanda, aka Mandy and here is a little bio on her.
"Hi my name is Amanda but most people call me Mandy I am 24 and live in Dublin Ireland. I started crafting about 7-8 years ago and at first it was just making a few cards for friends birthdays but my passion has grown over the years and I now create cards for all occasions as well as candles for weddings, christenings and lots more. I work full time as a Montessori teacher so when I'm not in work I am in my craft room and when I'm not making commissioned orders I love nothing more then playing in my craft room and creating cards and projects. I love glitter and most of my projects will have some form of glitter somewhere :)"Stop by her blog at www.mandysparkles.blogspot.ie and now meet Christi!

"After graduating from Texas A&M University, I commissioned into the US Army where I met my wonderful husband, Matt.  Together we have two sweet dogs and one mischievous cat.  Now I work at Mayaluna Yarns, our local yarn shop in El Paso, TX.  I love to crochet, sew, woodwork, and most of all, paper craft!" Visit her blog at www.tidbitoftexas.com  Now meet the last member of our team, Tina.
"Hi! My name is Tina and I am a wife, a music teacher, and a mom to a teen and a tween. I love critters and I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I have been crafty since I was a kid and enjoy all types of art. I started scrapbooking in 2006 when I got my first Cricut. I was an independent consultant for Top Line Creations and Creative Memories. I have recently joined on with Close to My Heart. My relatives have dubbed me "our family historian" and I have taken on the task to photograph all our events. I enjoy both paper crafting and digital scrapbooking. I joined the blog world a couple years back and love making handmade cards for my friends and family. I am excited to be participating for the first time as a Design Team member for Exploring Cricut and More. I look forward to sharing my projects as well as seeing what you all create. www.TheScrappinRabbit.blogspot.com"  Please stop by and welcome them.  Join us tomorrow for a new challenge!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Faith!

Welcome to our Saturday project. Today Faith has this adorable card she created with her Cricut Explore and a Make It Now project in the Design Software.  I love this card and those little bees are so cute!!  Be sure to stop by her blog for the details.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Fantastic Friday with Donna

Happy Friday all!!! Today Donna is sharing this fantastic idea for a summer party. She has made these adorable flip flop goodie bags using the Life's a Beach cartridge.  Aren't they so cute!!! Stop by her blog for all the details.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday with Emily

Welcome to our Thursday project. Today Emily is sharing some graduation cards she created using her Cricut Expressions and the cartridges Art Booking and Everyday Paper Dolls. Stop by her blog for the details.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday with Michelle N

Welcome to the Wednesday daily project. Today Michelle N is sharing her tray for June and National Great Outdoors Month.  She used the cartridges Campin Critters and Plantin Schoolbook.  Love this!! Head over to her blog for all the details.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Terrific Tuesday with Liz

Today my friend Liz has created this beautiful books for her nieces 1St Communion. I love the details and the love you can see has put into these.  She used her eBosser machine and Spellbinder dies.  Stop by her blog for all the details.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Marvelous Monday with Rae Ann

Happy Monday!!!Hope your weekend was a great one!  Today Rae Ann has created an adorable card for you using the cartridges Small Talk and Frames and Teddy Bear Parade.  Head over to her blog for all the details.  Tell your friends about our blog and join our Facebook and Pinterest too!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Wedding Challenge Top 3 Crafters!

Thanks to all that entered our Wedding challenge.  We know summer is a busy time and know we really appreciate you joining us.  The winners picked by random.org are:

#4  Carol    www.4evercarolcreations.blogspot.com
#1  Sharon  www.sharonscreative.blogspot.com
#5  Martha  www.marthacreatescards.blogspot.com

Congrats to all!!!!  Join us tomorrow for another great project!!!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Happy Saturday! Hope you all have had a wonderful week! Today Sharon is finishing up with fantastic wedding card. She used her Silhouette Cameo and svg file #8579 from the Silhouette Store.  Stop by her blog for the details.  Today is the last day to enter our challenge so get your entry in before link closes!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fantabulous Friday with Michelle S!

It's Summertime and the time for all those picnics, pool, and beach! Today Michelle S is sharing this fabulous layout that you could use for any of those Summer activities.  She used the cartridge CM Cheerful Seasons. Totally love this layout!  Stop by her blog for all the details.  You still have a couple days to enter our challenge...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday with Annette

Hope you are enjoying the summer so far.  Been really hot here in Kentucky but I am not complaining after the cold winter!!! Today Annette is sharing this beautiful card she created using the Cricut Expression and the cartridges Elegant Edges and Flower Shoppe.  I love everything about it!  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Just a few more days to enter our challenge.  We all need to have a few wedding cards in our stash!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday with Julie

Our Wednesday project from Julie goes right along with our theme this week.  This would be a great thank you for those wedding gifts.  I love how she embossed the background and the champagne is sparkling!!!  She used the cartridges Stretch Your Imagination and Paper Lace.  Be sure to head over to her blog for the details.  You have a few more days to enter our challenge!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday with Diane

Welcome to our Tuesday daily project. Diane here with a two page layout. I used the files from PPBN Designs. I used just part of the files and made my own title, but one is included in the original designs.  It is called "The Doc Is In".  Stop by my blog for all the details.  Be sure to enter our challenge this week. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Time for a Wedding Challenge

Welcome to a new challenge at Exploring Cricut and More. Our challenge this week is a "Wedding" challenge.  You can create a card, layout, or paper craft for a wedding using the colors black and white with a splash of one other color!!!  Get those creative juices going and enter by Saturday, June 21 10 pm eastern time.  Our DT has come up with some great inspiration for you!
Cricut Expressions-Everyday Pop Up Cards
Cricut Expressions-Sweethearts

Silhouette Cameo-Snapdragon Snippets file #58772 Mr & Mrs, file#6599 cake
Lori Whitlock-flower flourish file#44748
Silhouette Store

Cricut machine-CM Divine Wedding, Elegant Edges

Cricut Expressions with SCAL2-Wedding Cake by Bird
Cricut Machine-Tie The Knot
Cricut Machine-Sweethearts, Picturesque
Silhouette Cameo-File 43538 Silhouette Store

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Join Us Tomorrow!

Hope you enjoyed our great projects this week and be sure to join us tomorrow for a new challenge and see what our DT has to share with you!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Faith

I hope you have enjoyed our week of projects. Today we finish the week with this adorable card created by Faith. When I saw this card, I had to laugh and thought immediately of someone who would totally love it! She used her Cricut Explore and svg file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon.  Be sure to head over to her blog for all the details.  Join us Monday for a new challenge!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fantastic Friday with Donna

It might be Friday the 13th, but only good luck here!  Today we have another great project!!! Donna is always coming up with these wonderful projects and today she is sharing another.  She created this Sea Decor cupcake wrappers and picks.  She used her Cricut Expressions and the cartridges Life's a Beach and Cupcake Wrappers lite.  Be sure to stop by her blog for all the details.  Don't those cupcakes look yummy!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday with Emily

Welcome to our Thursday edition of project sharing. Today Emily is sharing a graduation card which is not the typical, but yet very nice card.  She used the cartridges Art Philosophy and George.  Stop by her blog for all the details.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday with Michelle N

Lots going on this month with Father's Day, weddings, and graduations. Today Michelle N has this fantastic graduation card that she is sharing with us today.  She used her Cricut Expression with SCAL2, Miss Kate Cuttables Graduation file,CCR Classroom June and July images.  Be sure to head over to her blog for all the details. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Terrific Tuesday with Liz

Today Liz has a great clean and simple card to share with you. I love how it is simple, but yet extremely elegant.  She used her eBosser and Spellbinders, Lifetime Crafts and My Creative Time Dies.  Stop by her blog for all the details.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Marvelous Monday with Rae Ann

Time to start another week of fantastic projects and inspiration. Today Rae Ann is keeping your ideas flowing for the guy birthday cards with this great card she created using the Cricut machine and cartridges Small Talk and Frames and Suburbia.  This card could easily be turned into a Father's Day card too if you haven't got one ready yet!!!!  Join us tomorrow for another great idea!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Time for a Search Tip and Winners of Challenge

Welcome and hope your weekend is awesome.  Beautiful here in Kentucky.  Today Shawn has another great Cricut Search Tip.  Today she will be showing you "How to Search for a Cartridge"
Head over to her blog at www.craftychicsblog.blogspot.com  Be sure to check out all the greats searches at www.mycutsearch.com  

Thank you to the 5 ladies who entered our "Father's Day Challenge"  Please know that my team and I really appreciate that you take the time to enter our challenge and I will be sending all 5 of you our Top 3 Crafter Buttons to add to your blog.  Please visit the blogs of these talented ladies:

www.katiescorner19.blogspot.com
www.michellescricutfun.blogspot.ca
www.miislucky.blogspot.com
www.classiccreationsbyshawn.blogspot.com
www.sharonscreative.blogspot.com

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Today Sharon has a special little card for you! She has created a shaker card using her Silhouette Cameo and the svg file#59922 3d Shaker card from the Silhouette Store.  I love this card and look inside the shaker and see that cute bee!!!  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Today is the last day to enter our challenge!!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fantastic Friday with Michelle S

Happy Friday!!! Today Michelle S has this fantastic 2 page layout.  She used it for pictures of the Aquarium, but could also be used for Sea World.  I love this!  She used the cartridges Pack Your Bags, Animal Kingdom, Mickey Font, and CM Cheerful Seasons.  Be sure to head over to her blog for all the details.  Still time to enter our challenge!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thursday with Annette

Happy Thursday!!! Today Annette is sharing this wonderful birthday card.  I love this clean and simple style and yet it has the details that make it pop!  She used the cartridges Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art and Plantin School book.  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Just a few more days to enter our challenge.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday with Julie

I am totally loving Julie's project today! She created this fantastic name plaque using the Varsity Letter cartridge. I love the animal print and think of the ideas you can come up with on this project.  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Be sure to join us this week for our Father's Day challenge.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday with Diane

Welcome to our Tuesday project. Diane here today keeping in our challenge theme with another Father's Day card in a box. I love these cards and they are so easy to make. For the regular cricut users, I bet you will see a cartridge soon with these on it.  This is a file from the Silhouette Store from Lori Whitlock file # 60656.  I just used some scraps for this one and stop by my blog for details.  We hope to see your projects so link them to our challenge!!!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Father's Day is Coming Soon!!!

Time for another challenge here at Exploring Cricut and More. Since Father's Day is coming soon, it is time to get those cards and gifts ready and while you are making them, join in our challenge!  This is called "Father's Day" and you are to create a card, layout, or paper craft for Father's Day.  So simple, just use a die cut machine and include what machine and what cartridges or files you used!!!  Enter your project by Saturday, June 7 10 pm eastern time.  Our DT has some great projects to share with you all today!!!
Silhouette Cameo-File#43936 Silhouette Store
Silhouette Cameo-Snapdragon Snippets File#60277 Silhouette Store
Cricut Machine-Create a Critter 2
Cricut Machine-From My Kitchen
Cricut Machine-Cricut Craft Room File
eBosser, eCraft Machines-MCT & svg files dad & me
Cricut Expression with SCAL2-Fun inSun, Artiste
Cricut Machine-Celebrate with Flourish
Cricut Machine-Father's Day
Silhouette Cameo-File#60669 Silhouette Store