Thursday, July 31, 2014

Terrific Thursday with Annette

We have the sweetest layout today from Annette She did a layout of her puppies first birthday and you just have to scrap that event!!She used her Silhouette Cameo and various  svg files that comes with the software.  Love the colors and how it turned out!  Stop by her blog for the details.  We have a few more days to enter the challenge and to do the blog hop.  Who doesn't want presents??

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday with Christi

Happy Wednesday all! Today Christi is sharing this fabulous card with you all.She used her Cricut Explore and the Create a Critter cartridge and a Sizzix bird branch die .  She also created her text in the Design Studio.  Head over to her blog and she is going to show you just how she created this!!!  Did you have time to visit our hop yet?  If not, you still have plenty of time and you can click on the challenge link and go to it.  Just remember to link your project by Saturday.  We love seeing what you create for our Christmas in July challenge.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday with Diane

Hello! Did you get a chance to join in our Christmas in July Blog Hop? If not, you still have time to check it out and leave us some love! Diane here today filling in for Mandy. My sister has a birthday this coming week and since I had to go back home for a funeral, I decided to take her birthday with me.  I love the box cards and this is the second one I have done now since I had my Cricut Explore for a few days.  I used the SVG Cuts file Florals Box Card from the Boxed Card collection.  Stop by my blog for the details.  Be sure to enter our challenge this week for lots of goodies!!!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Time for a Blog Hop and Challenge

Welcome to Exploring Cricut and More. We are having a Christmas in July Blog Hop and a Challenge.  We hope you will visit each of the blogs this week and check out what our talented design team has created for you!  You will want to check them out because I hear that some of them will be offering blog candy and we know that we all love free stuff!  Ok, the challenge is to created a card, layout, or any craft project using a die cut machine of your choice and any images.  Simple and this has to be Christmas related.  You have all week.  We have a few rules which are on the side bar and to qualify for the prizes, you must be a follower of our blog and make sure that we have an email to contact you.  Sorry, only in the US can win the prizes because of the shipping. Link your project by Saturday, August 2 10 pm eastern time.  Don't do challenges, well we have a prize just for you too! Be sure to read on. We want to see what you make!!!!


The winner #1 picked by random.org from the challenge entries will win this Winter Collection Gingerbread Cricut cartridge .
The winner #2 picked by random.org from the challenge entries will win this set of CTMH stamps.
The winner #3 picked by random.org from the challenge entries will win this set of Love is in the Air cuttlebug folders.
The winner for this set of CTMH stamps will be picked from the comments left on this main post all week and will also be picked by random.org.  We have something for everyone!  Now it is time to start the hop and you will start at Annette's and when you have left my blog, Diane, come back and leave us a comment on how you liked what you saw!!! If you get lost along the way, come back to the list.

Annette   www.mymindsdustbunnies.blogspot.com

Sharon    www.meemeescreations.blogspot.com

Faith        www.thecraftingprofessor.blogspot.com

Donna     www.wwwkindredkreations.blogspot.com

Rae Ann   www.joyinart.blogspot.com

Emily       www.emilyqueenofallthingscrafty.blogspot.com

Michelle N  www.justanutterpapercrafter.blogspot.com

Christi      www.tidbitsoftexas.com

Liz             www.unikbyyes.blogspot.com

Tina          www.thescrappinrabbit.blogspot.com

Katrina    www.scrappyhorses.blogspot.com

Michelle S www.cricutcrazyscrapper.blogspot.com

Diane      www.happyscrapperdiane.blogspot.com



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Meet Our New DT Member and A Sunday Project

Welcome to our Sunday project. Now that we have a full team, we will be bringing you projects 7 days a week!!! Diane here sharing today with you, but before I show you my project, I would like to introduce the newest member of our team. Katrina is joining us and she has been a loyal follower and has been participating in the challenges for awhile now.  I will let her share a little information about herself and I hope that you will stop by her blog and welcome her to our little family. 

"I am so excited to be a part of the Exploring Cricut and More Design Team!  I hope to share some of my “scrappy” ideas with you and maybe give some inspiration as so many have inspired me here!
“Research,” as my son and husband call it, is one of my favorite pastimes.  I am entertained and inspired by paper crafting videos.  I especially enjoy the mixed media projects.
My favorite thing about Cricut dies is I get to control the size and choice of my die cuts.   Working in some mixed media, as well as cards, it is so wonderful to create what I want and not design around the size of the dies that come in a package or from a punch
I adore my family, friends, photography, horses, music, and paper!  When I can combine two or more from that list, I’m ecstatic!
My favs:  periwinkle, bread, ice cream, coffee, flip flops, jeans, Brahms, Donny Osmond, and a day without a clock! 
"My blog is located at www.scrappyhorses.blogspot.com

Welcome Katrina!!! Now for a Sunday project to share with you.  Ok, I got a Cricut Explore this week.  I figured since my friends liked it so well, I would give it a try.  I made this card with my Cameo first and then went back and remade it again with the Cricut Explore.  I have to admit I like it and it cuts good.  I think there is lots that could be done to improve the software, but I am sure it will come in time.  For this card, I used files from SVG Cuts Box Cards and this is the Strawberry card.  I totally love it and all the details are on my blog.  Be sure to join us here first thing in the morning for the start of our challenge and blog hop.  We can't wait to show you all the things we have in store this week for you.  Prizes and lots of cool projects to share.  It is not too early to start thinking about those presents and what is better than homemade......nothing, cause it comes from the heart.  See you then!!!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Faith!

Welcome and Happy Saturday! Today DT member Faith is sharing this super card she created using her Cricut Explore and svg files from Designs on Cloud 9. Love the bright colors and love that cute plane!  Hope over to her blog for all the details and join me tomorrow for a project and meet the newest member of our DT. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fantastic Fabulous Friday with Donna

It's Friday and we hope you have had a crafty week. Do you like fun and prizes??? Well you will want to join us on Monday!!! Today Donna is sharing another fantastic idea for those wonderful parties we like to have and attend!  She has created this adorable gift bag using the Cricut machine and the Create a Friend cartridge.  This is one super hero!!  Stop by her blog for all the details.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday with Emily

Welcome to our Thursday daily project. Today Emily is sharing a card she create using her Cricut machine and the Wild Card cartridge. Head over to her blog for all the details.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday with Michelle N

Welcome to another great project day! I love that we can bring you a variety of different die cut machines now and today Michelle N is sharing a card she created using the Cuttlebug and the Garden Gate Die.  I have not seen this one, but will be looking for it now!!!  So beautiful.  Head over to her blog for all the details.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Terrific Tuesday with Liz

Welcome to another project at Exploring Cricut and More. Today Liz is sharing a pocket scrapbook page she has all ready to pop her pictures on! I am doing a few of these myself lately since I am so far behind!!! She used her Cricut and CCR Basics and Zoo Day cartridge. Head over to her blog for all the details.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Marvelous Monday with Rae Ann

Welcome to a new week full of wonderful Exploring Cricut and More projects. Today Rae Ann is going to show you how to get ready for a party with this wonderful table decor!!!She used her Cricut and the Disney Pixar Cars cartridge.  This is fabulous and the boys and girls would love it!!!  Stop by her blog for all the details and join us tomorrow for another great inspiration.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday with Tina...........and challenge winners!

Happy Sunday! We are so pleased that we can bring you projects everyday now since we have added some new designers to our team. Our goal is to continue to inspire and share. Today Tina is sharing this adorable card she created with her Cricut machine and the Paper Pups cartridge. I love how she also incorporated her embossing in this card.  Head over to her blog for all the details and join us tomorrow for another fabulous project.  Below the picture are the Top 3 Crafters!!!!
First, thanks to all you fabulous ladies who entered our challenge.  We really appreciate it so much.  Now for the Top 3 Crafters picked by random.org......

#4   www.jrugg.blogspot.com

#7   www.whodatscrapper.blogspot.com

#5   www.purpleglocreations.blogspot.com
I will be sending your Top 3 button later today.  Be sure to mark your calendar for our next challenge which will be Monday, July 28........lots of cool things will be happening with this one, details later!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Welcome to our Saturday post. Today Sharon has another fantastic card in a box project.  I love these cards and they are so easy to make.  She used her Silhouette Cameo and file #59704 Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette store.  Head over to her blog for the details.  Today is the last day to get your project in for the challenge!!!  Join us tomorrow for another fantastic project and the Top 3 Crafters.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fantastic, Fabulous Friday with Michelle S

Welcome to the Friday post. Today Michelle S is showing you why we love summer!!! She has created this fantastic layout using her Cricut Machine and Fun in the Sun cartridge.  These pictures are so perfect and I love all the colors.  Head over to her blog and get the details and leave her some love!!!  Just a couple more days to enter our challenge, so hurry up!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Terrific Thursday with Annette

The week is flying by and it is Thursday already so that means it is time for Annette to bring you a great project!!! She used her and the  cartridge to create this fun birthday card.  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Just a few more days to enter our challenge and we have some really great ones entered so far!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Witty Wednesday with Christi!!!

Welcome! Today we have another new DT member joining us. Christi is sharing  a 12 card set with the crest of her husband's unit, 4-17 IN, mounted on front.  This is going to be a gift for his new battalion commander's wife.  The crest was cut out by converting a digital image into a cut file with the new Cricut Explore Design Space  software. Her post will include a full tutorial on how this was done so be sure to head over to her blog.  I know I am interested in seeing how this is created, might make me purchase the machine!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Terrific Tuesday with Mandy!

Happy Tuesday to everyone! Today, another of our new DT members Mandy, is sharing this adorable card.  She used her Cricut Explore and the svg files from- Miss Kate Cuttables, Jelly Fish and DanceYour Heart Out, and from SVG Cuts Baby Moon and Star.  Head over to her blog for all the details of this cutie!  Be sure to enter our Crafter's Choice challenge this week!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Time for a Challenge!

Welcome to another challenge at Exploring Cricut and More. This week our challenge is called "Crafter's Choice" or "Anything Goes".  You are to create a card, layout, or paper craft using any die cut machine but must include at least two die cuts! Super simple and we are looking forward to seeing your projects.  Link by Saturday, July 19 10 pm eastern time.  Our talented DT has created some fabulous projects for your inspiration!
Silhouette Cameo-Lettering Delights Merci Bear Coup SVG
Silhouette Cameo-My Scrap Chick Quick Daisy Page set
Cricut Machine-Life's a Beach
Cricut Machine-Paper Doll Dress Up
Cricut Explore-SVG file from My Scrap Chick
eCraft Machine
Cricut Explore-Miss Kate Cuttables Love and Bugs in Love SVGs
Cricut Machine-Celebrations, Chalkboard Font, Summer Celebrations
Cricut Machine-H2O, CM Traveler, Robotz
Cricut Machine-Best of Pixar
Silhouette Cameo-Lori Whitlock file#60419 Silhouette Store
Cricut Explore-CTMH Art Philosophy, Designs on Cloud 9 SVG

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Little Frozen Sunday!

Happy Sunday! Diane here with a gift bag and card today. My little granddaughter Peyton recently had her 5th birthday and her theme was Frozen so the good Nana I am, I decided to stay with her theme!  I made a gift bag and a card in the box.  I used my Silhouette Cameo and several svg files.  I used Snapdragon Snippets July 4th card in the box, file#61113 and the envelope file#60587 that you can buy in the Silhouette store, from PPBN Designs, I used characters from the Let It Go Set and From the First Time and from Little Scraps of Heaven, I used files from their Ice Princess set.  Details for this project on my blog.  Sorry for the bag picture so hard photographing a shiny bag!!! Be sure to join us tomorrow for a new and fun challenge!!!!



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Faith

Welcome to our Saturday post. Today Faith has created this adorable card in a box.You pet lovers are going to love this one for sure!!! She used her Cricut Explore along with a free svg file, Southwest Short Font and Life's a Party cartridge.  She made this for a friend and I know they are going to love it!!  Head over to her blog for all the details.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fabulous Friday with Donna

Summer is the time for fairs and amusement parks and that is a perfect theme for a party too!!!Today Donna has created this fantastic goodie bags using the Cricut Machine and the Carousel Lite cartridge.  These are great!!!  Stop by her blog for all the details.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday with Emily

Welcome to our Thursday project. Today Emily is sharing a card she created using Cricut Machine and the Art Philosophy cartridge. Stop by her blog for all the details and be sure to join us tomorrow for another daily inspiration.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday with Michelle N

Welcome to our Wednesday daily project. Today Michelle N has a fantastic tray design that she created using the Formal Occasion and Artiste cartridges. I love how she decorates her tray monthly and each month I look forward to her design!!! Be sure to stop by her blog for all the details and make a tray for yourself.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday with Diane

Diane here today with a quick and easy card. Today I am using a svg file from SVG Cutting Files and my Silhouette Cameo. I loved this file because you can make it of your favorite team in any colors. Since the Cincinnati Reds are favorites here, that is what I did my design for.  Just some cardstock and whatever you want to add to this fun card.  What team would you make??  Join us tomorrow for another great project.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Marvelous Monday with Rae Ann

Happy Monday all!!!! Today Rae Ann has a cute and useful project for you! She made this wonderful box and added her die cuts to create this fantastic cover for her tissue box. (please note I corrected my mistake, sorry to Rae Ann)  She used her Cricut machine and Disney Classics and Picturesque cartridges.  Be sure to head over to her blog for the details.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday with Tina and Winners!!!!

Welcome to our Sunday post. Today another of our new DT members is sharing a super card. Tina is joining us with this adorable card she created using the Create a Critter, Camp Out and Pack Your Bags. She also used a Cricut machine. I love this adorable card.  The cat and mouse going swimming is too funny!!  Be sure to head over to her blog for all the details. 
***Now for the winners of our "Vacation" challenge. Since we only had 4 enter, I know holiday week and everyone was busy, that we are going to send all 4 our Top 3 Crafter Buttons. We want to thank them for taking the time to enter.  They are:***

Katrina  http://scrappyhorses.blogspot.com

Jill         http://jrugg.blogspot.com

Cocoas Mom  http://iamcocoasmom.blogspot.com

Kim James   http://dolphin6859.blogspot.com

I will be sending you the Top 3 Button later today.

***Now for the winner of my Tuesday contest for the $25.00 gift certificate from Expressions Vinyl is:***


Mama Sonshine!!!!  Please email me your information and you will receive your gift certificate from Expressions Vinyl and thanks to all that visited and joined our blog!!! Big thanks to Expressions Vinyl for supporting our blog.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sensational Saturday with Sharon

Welcome to our Saturday project. Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Today Sharon has created this adorable card in the box from SVG Cuts called Festive House from their Summer Box Cards. She also used her Silhouette Cameo.  I love these cards and I purchased this file and can't wait to make them now!!  Stop by her blog for all the details.  Today is the last day to enter our challenge and also make sure you check out Tuesday's post and leave me a comment and follow our blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Expressions Vinyl.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Happy 4th of July from the Exploring Cricut and More Design Team!!! Today team member Michelle S has a great layout for you today! She used her Cricut machine and the cartridge for this fantastic layout.  She is all ready for those pictures from today! Head over to her blog for all the details.  Still time to enter our challenge and if you have not seen my Expressions Vinyl post from Tuesday, be sure to go and check it out and leave me a comment for a chance to win a great prize!!!!