365 Projects in 365 Days

My previous New Year's resolution was to be creative everyday with my Cricut, but since I've started my blog 2 years ago I have come across so many new exciting things like stamps, digi stamps, non-Cricut projects using chipboard, stickers, etc. and now my addition is the Silhouette Cameo. I will be posting many pictures and tutorials of all my projects. I will be making scrapbook layouts, cards, tags, embellishments and altered items. My goal is to create 365 projects in 365 days.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

#194 The Digi Bistro New Release and Halloween Layout

Hi everyone! For this week's challenge #3 at The Digi Bistro we were asked to make a Halloween layout using this fabulous SVG set called HALLOWEEN TOWN! I was super excited when I was downloading them to my computer because this set has 17 items for only $5 how cool is that!!! For my layout I did NOT use not one Cricut cartridge to create my masterpiece LOL! I actually used as many SVG's as I could fit on one 12x12 layout so I was able to squueze in 6.... 3 pumpkins stamped with PKS faces, 1 spider, marquee shape, and "Spooky"title. The other font is called "Carbon Type" font that I downloaded for free somewhere on a free font site (I'm sorry I couldn't remember which site!)

For all of my SVG files I cut them out on my Cricut Expression 2 using SCAL 2. I added tons of Black Soot Distress ink, and Timeless Lilac Glimmer Mist Spray.  I also added some Stickles and 2 very large purple pieces of bling.... LOL so me haha!

I made the chick pumpkin stand out by stamping the sentiment "I Don't BITE...but HE does!" with Crafty Sprouts MONSTER KISSES stamp set and placed a VERY spooky spider on her head. That girl pumpkin is scared of spiders just like me haha! This is how I look at all spiders.... like they have bloody fangs and they are all out to get me haha I'm serious! My hubby makes fun of me all the time because I SCREAM when I see ANY spider ANY size lol!! I placed a pop dot under the spider too!

Here's a closeup of the spooky title!

New Release HALLOWEEN TOWN SVG set:


If you would like to purchase this NEW RELEASE SVG set called Halloween Town please check out  THe Digi Bistro Shop, 17 files in one!!

If you would like to enter our Halloween Layout challenge please enter your project HERE, you have 1 week to enter the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to THE DIGI BISTRO! You do not have to use The Digi Bistro files to enter the challenge, just use what you have and have fun!

If you would like to purchase this adorable sentiment stamp I used here please check out http://www.craftysprouts-shop.blogspot.com/ you will NOT be dissapointed!! I love this stamps, they are perfect for Halloween and Non-Halloween Monster stuff!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

#193 Summer Halloween Blog Hop

Hi everyone welcome to the Summer Halloween Blog Hop hosted by ABBY if  you are here from Raven LOVE 4 STAMPS then you are in the right spot!  I was so excited to be in this hop because I am so ready for Fall and Halloween to be here and to start making Halloween projects all the time LOL!!! They are just so fun I can't resist!!! I like to make anything from Cutesy to really scary, creepy Halloween stuff so be sure to check out my blog from now until Halloween for some SPOOKY inspiration!!!

For my Halloween card I knew I wanted to make something with a witch on it, so I busted out my all time #1 favorite cart.... Paper Doll Dress up Cricut cart! I got the witch along with her accerories and the witches brew pot from that cart. I stamped her face with Peachy Keen Stamps- Retro Faces, and the pot with PKS Monster faces.  I added bling to her hat with my i-rock and added green Stickles on her hair. I stamped the sentiment with CRAFTY SPROUTS Monster Kisses Stamps and then embossed in my Cuttlebug. I made a green slimey border with my MS Drippy Goo punch and added ribbon and buttons. I found this awesome sketch from Peachy keen Stamps Tuesday Sketch



Blog Candy!!! I am giving away 1- Crafty Sprouts "ARE YOU READY TO ROCK"  stamp set to one follower who leaves me a comment here. Since I am in a blog hop pretty much every weekend for the next 2 months I've decided to start combining my blog candy for the next 3 weeks in a row, so I will announce the winner of this Crafty Sprouts "ARE YOU READY TO ROCK" stamp set on Monday Sept. 12th be sure to include your email. Feel free to come back and leave me a comment on my next 2 hops for more chances to WIN!!!!

NEXT STOP is Xochitl


Friday, August 26, 2011

#192 U Rock B-day Card


Hi everyone!! Here's a sweet lil' card I made for CRAFTY SPROUTS DT day, Erika asked us to make a project with the theme "Are you Ready to Rock!" anyone can enter the challenge HERE. For this cute critter I cut him from the Birthday Bash Cricut cart, the scallop shapes are from Lovely Floral Cricut LITE cart. I added some twine and buttons an stamped the sentiment using 2 different stamp  sets from CRAFTY SPROUTS called Monster Kisses and Text Talk. I stamped the face with PKS Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed Assortment.
Here's the 2 stamp sets I used for my card:


I am also entering my project in a few challenges:
Sassy Lil Sketches- August week 4 Card sketch
FANTABULOUS CRICUT- Birthday project
PEACHY KEEN STAMPS- Furry Friends (I used Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed Assrt)

***If you would like to come win some Simply Betty Stamps click HERE***

Blog Hop Just a friendly reminder that the Summer Halloween blog Hop starts tomorrow 8/27 at midnight PST starting on Abby's Blog!! I hope you can hop along with us! I can't wait for Halloween time, I want chocolate LOL!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

#191 Side Step Card for The Digi Bistro Challenge

Hi everyone! I have something to show you all.... something I've never made before.... its a Side Step Card!!! I was very intimidated when Cher the owner of The Digi Bistro Store asked the DT to make Side Step cards for the challenge, but I was up for the challenge LOL! I had fun making this card with the very pretty FLOWER FRENZY SVG set.  I cut everything out using SCAL 2 with my Cricut Expression, then I stamped the sentiment using Hampton Art stamps from Michael's and added buttons and green Stickles to the leaves.

 If you would like the enter the Side Step Card challenge you have 1 week to enter your project HERE and be sure to check out the rest of the Dt's amazing projects!! Good luck with the challenge there will be 3 winner's this week!! 




Monday, August 22, 2011

#190 Girly Ghost Card

For today's project I made a quick and simple Halloween card using A Child's Year and Mini Monsters. I stamped a Peachy Keen face on this cute girly ghost and added chalk around her eyes to make her look a little more spooky. I stamped this adorable sentiment with Crafty Sprouts MONSTER KISSES stamps and added twine from the Twinery and used my white gel pen from Sakura gel pens.  This is our last challenge for Scrapbookaholic By Abby, the challenge is Anything Goes and we have some amazing sponsors and prizes from The Twinery and Sakura Gel Pens so be sure to come and enter our last challenge HERE!!!!

Here's the cute MONSTER KISSES STAMP SET I used!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

#189 Hawaii Blog Hop Day1 Note Card Set

Hi everyone welcome to the Hawaii Blog Hop hosted by Nicolette Beyond Scrapin if you are here from Pam Scrapbook Flair then you are in the right spot! This hop is all about Hawaii! I decided to make a set of 4 matching notecards;

All stamps are from The Greeting Farm stamps which I colored with markers. I stamped all sentiments with the brand new CRAFTY SPROUTS "TEXT TALK" stamp set! I embossed with my Cuttlebug and used a border punch on the edges.


I also made envelope to go along with the cards and stamped the sentiment which is also from CRAFTY SPROUTS "TEXT TALK" stamp set. The envelopes are from Slumber Party LITE Cricut cart.

Here I added some adhesive tabs on the envelope.

I bundled all of the cards and envelopes together and added twine to tie them all together.


NEXT STOP is LISA

Friday, August 19, 2011

#188 Princess Penelope Guest Designer scrapbook page!

***This is my 2nd post today please scroll down for my CRAFTY SPROUTS project***

Hi everyone!! I am super excited because I was asked by  THE SCRAPBOOKING QUEEN herself to be a Guest Designer on her new blog which is PRINCESS PENELOPE! Princess Penelope will have a Guest Designer making a dog themed project every Friday.

 For my project I decided to make a scrapbook layout about my son and one of our dogs named Littlefoot aka Boots! My son loves playing with Boots a lot and stealing his ball away from him it's pretty funny watching them play together, but sometimes I gotta stop my son from being too rough with my furbaby!

For my layout I decided to break out an older cart which is A Child's Year for the boy and dog silhouette, the title  I Love My Dog is from the Car Decals cart. All of the papers and little tag embellishments are from SEI At the park paper pack that I got on clearance at Michaels for $5 score!!

I didn't get a chance to get my pic printed at Walgreen's so here it is....Aidan and Boots best friends forever!!! I am so in LOVE with this picture it looks like my dog is striking a major pose and they both have big huge smiles!! I have so much love for my babies.....my son and my 2 furbabies. I hope my other dog won't be mad at me because I didn't feature him on today's layout... I still love you Blackie Bear LOL!!!


Here's a lil' closeup for you, the thick brown ribbon is actually clearance Christmas ribbon from last year! I love a good deal haha!

Inside the title I stamped the sentiment with a Scrappy Moms new release stamp it says 'You had me at Woof' isn't that cute! LOL! When Boots barks it sounds like he says "Woof" or "Bow wow"!! And when my other dog barks it sounds like "Arf Arf" LOL!! Ok I'm nuts, I love my dogs so much they always cheer me up when I'm sad, and they are little "BIG" guard dogs they are both under 15 pounds but they have big attitudes!!

Thank you so much for checking out my layout today, I hope I was able to inspire you to scrapbook your fav dog picture! Please make sure you got check out PRINCESS PENELOPE'S BLOG!!

P.S. Be sure to check out my blog tomorrow for the Hawaii Blog Hop 

#187 Crafty Sprouts Are You Ready to Rock Challenge

Hi everyone! Today is Design Team day and a brand new challenge over at the CRAFTY SPROUTS BLOG! This week's challenge is "Are You Ready to Rock" you can enter the challenge HERE. our sponsor is SIMPLY BETTY STAMPS , they are giving away 2 stamps to a challenge winner! Our design team is showing off their fab projects with the Everyday Jude and the Rockers and the stamp I used is called Ali Clear Stamp isn't she cute!?!

I colored Ali with Prismacolor pencils and cut the bat background and shape from the Happy Hauntings cart and stamped the sentiment with Crafty Sprouts MONSTER KISSES and embossed the background with my Cuttlebug. 



If you would like to play along with the challenge please click HERE and to check out the stamp set I used click HERE

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

#186 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! New Design Team!! Hop WINNERS!! and Beach Bum Layout




 Hi everyone!! I am beyond excited to announce with you all that I am on a new Design Team all about SVG files at this cute store called THE DIGI BISTRO where we will be posting new projects every Tuesday with a brand new challenge. If you are interested in becoming a DT member please contact Cher at Cher's Studio Blog for more info!!

I feel so honored to be part of the DT with several talented ladies whom you may be familiar with! Here's a list of our designer's so far, be sure to stop by all of the blogs to see this week's SVG projects:


Melanie
Sandra (That's Me!)
Cher (Digi Bistro Owner)
So for our first project we were asked to create something with this fabulous color scheme and my first thought was.....the beach!! 


For my layout I decided to make something for my son's beach pictures, ok he hates going to the beach he won't go near the water but he loves playing in the sand LOL! I cut the title, wave, and the boy from the Digi Bistro Beach Bum Collection with my SCAL 2 in my Cricut Expression. I added stickles to the sun and embossed the title with my Cuttlebug and inked it up. I also added ribbon and buttons to the wave.

I plan on doing my journaling in the sun

This sweet little boy reminds me of my son so much because they both have long hair!


Here's the SVG set I used called the BEACH BUM KIDS COLLECTION
Click here to purchase the BEACH BUM KIDS COLLECTION!!

Now onto some hop Winners!!

I love my teacher hop winner is: Sunshine Honeybee
Birds and Birdcages Hop winner is; Jessica

Congrats Ladies!!! I will be contacting you shortly, please email me at critterbugg365@gmail.com to claim your prizes!

#185 World's Best Kid gift card holder


Hi everyone! Here's my gift card holder that I created with our sponsor this week at Paper Playtime which is http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/. They were so generous and sponsored our DT with several awesome Digi's please be sure to check out all of the fabulous creations the Dt created HERE the challenge is Anything goes!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

#184 I love my teacher blog hop

Hi everyone, welcome to the I Love My Teacher Blog Hop hosted by Abby if you are here from Michelle Scrappin With My Bug then you are in the right spot! This hop is going to be great there are so many prizes up for grabs so be sure you check out all of the stops you don't want to miss a thing!

For my project I had such a hard time figuring out what to make especially since my son isn't in school yet and I haven't been to school in a very long time! Well after searching through my Cricut carts and doing many google and blog searches I was still searching to get inspired. Then I came across this teacher website and BOOM!!! I found my inspiration...hello CAR DECALS cart here I come LOL!! I was super excited when I found that picture it's like it just fell into my hands tonight at 10:30pm...talk about waiting to the last minute right girls LOL!

So for my teacher card I used the Car Decals cart and found this cute little guy that actually looks a lot like my 11th grade math teacher he was a short lil' guy with glasses and white hair, I remember him being so sweet like a great grandparent and he was so patient! I had such a hard time with math in H.S. and failed Algebra and got a D in Geometry and then finally I got into this glass in 11th grade called Business Math and it was a perfect fit for me!! I don't remember my teachers name but I remember he was a cool teacher, so thanks teacher!! I got the apple from the Locker Talk cart, which was free with my Cricut rewards, created my own stamp sentiment and did faux stitching. I was going for a chalk board look.

Blog Candy! I am giving away this Me and my big Ideas glitter school sticker set to one lucky follower, just leave me a comment about one of your fav teachers! I will choose a winner on Monday!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

#183 Crafty Sprouts Stamps Sneak Peek

**Click HERE for the 2 day Birds and Birdcages Blog Hop that I am hosting**

Hi everyone!! I am so excited to share with you the sneak peek from Erika's Crafty Sprouts NEW stamp line!!! For my project I got to preview the TEXT TALK stamp set which has some really cute sentiments and even a Smart Phone!! I used 3 of the stamps LOL, Call Me, (Anytime)

I made a phone & address book from a Cocoa Pebbles cereal box yum, love that cereal it's like a bowl of chocolate LOL!  The paper is from DCVW All Dressed Up stack. The phone is from the From My Kitchen Cricut  cart and the stamp is called Cheeky Chat from The Greeting Farm Stamps. The best part of all I added tons of bling and stickles to the phone!! I got huge bags of larger bling pieces from the Dollar Tree for $1!! I bought 5 bags LOL, gotta stock up!

I colored the stamp with Zig markers and added Stickles and pop dots!

Here's the inside of my phone book, I found the address book pages for free online and printed a total of 8 of them. The total size of my phone book is 5x5.5 inches.




Giveaway!! Please be sure to check out Crafty Sprouts Stamps and leave a comment on both of our blogs to qualify for this Text Talk stamp set! The stamp quality is amazing nice clean stamp images!

Also,  These stamps will be available for pre- order along with 3 other sets starting on Friday 8/12! HERE

#182 Day 2 of Birds and Birdcages Blog Hop today!



 
Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 2 of the Birds and Birdcages blog Hop hosted by yours truly! In case you missed yesterday's post be sure to click HERE to see my scrapbook layout!
 
For today's project I decided to make something completely different and get a head start on Halloween cards!!

For my card I was going for a bloody birdcage look LOL! The bloody birdcage/ AKA frame is from the Happy Hauntings cart, the owl with branch is from the October 31st cart. I stamped the face with PKS Bird Faces and More and colored her eyes red...spooky!! I also stamped the sentiment with Scrappy Moms Halloween Stamps.

Blog Candy!! I am giving away 1- Peachy Keen stamps Bird Faces and More stamp set!!! It's the same exact stamp set I used for today's project!


To qualify for the prize you must be a follower and leave me a comment today and on yesterday's POST , you won't want to miss a thing!!!
I will choose a random winner on Friday 8/12 good luck!

Here is my fabulous lineup:

1. Sandra http://365daysofcricut.blogspot.com/ ME
2. Ashley http://theglamoroussideofscrapping.blogspot.com/ NEXT
3. Nadia http://www.nadiasbeautifulmess.blogspot.com/
4. Yolie http://www.justyolie.com/
5. Celeste http://touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com/
6. Mel http://scrappymel.blogspot.com/
7. Monica http://simplycricutting.blogspot.com/
8. Amy http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/
9. Corri http://www.buglvr.blogspot.com/
10. Sylvia http://www.bellascrapbookdesigns.blogspot.com/
11. Jess http://www.kinderstampo.com/
12. Pam http://www.pammejo-scrapbookflair.com/
13. Laura http://www.makinprettythings.com/
14. Dee http://deesdesignsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/
15. Blue Crayons http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com/

NEXT STOP is ASHLEY


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to hop with us and to everyone who shared their beautiful projects with us! Thanks ladies!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

#181 BIrds and Birdcages Blog Hop Today!!




Hi everyone!!! Welcome to the Birds and Birdcages Blog Hop hosted by yours truly, this hop is all about birds and birdcages..... 2 of my favorite things! A special thanks to Yolie for creating this beautiful hop button for me.... Thank you so much Yolie I love it!!!
 




For my bird themed project I decided to make a layout about mine and my hubby's 6 year anniversary which was last year 2010 and we went on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera.... Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. We loved it so much, Puerto Vallarta was my favorite it reminded me so much of Hawaii because it's tropical.
 
For my layout I chose to go with the vintage theme and chose a patterned paper from Autumn Leaves that has a lot going on but I made it work LOL! It had words, flourishes, roses and birds. I made my own 3D flowers by layering 3 different sizes and spraying with 3 different colors of Glimmer Mist and added bling. I also added lace and more blig with my i-rock. The font and flowers are from the Stamping Solutions Cricut cart, and the bird is from Florals Embellished.
 

Here's a close up of my flowers and the title "Love you forever and ever" I placed the title in my Xyron machine upside down and added blue Micro Beads from Martha Stewart.

I was so happy to see that this bird had a silhouette cut on it since this cart has sooooo many layers. The less layers the better for me sometimes LOL! I also added some Stickles to the bird and bling.

Ok so I just figured out a new technique!! Here's a regular piece of bling that I glued on the lace with some extra hold adhesive, well after it was done drying it had this nice crackle effect that I've never seen when using another kind of glue. The glue smells very strong and it works on any fabric or surface and it stays put and best of all it's acid free! I purchased mine at my local JoAnn's store with a coupon, they sell it in the paint section it's called E-6000 Adhesive. I've also seen it at Big Lots and Walmart. Just had to share that with you guys!!




Blog Candy!! I am giving away  1-  Peachy Keen stamps Bird Faces and More stamp set!!!

To qualify for the prize you must be a follower and leave me a comment today and tomorrow, you won't want to miss my post for tomorrow I will be using this same exact set for my project!!!
I will choose a random winner on Friday 8/12 good luck!

Here is my fabulous lineup:



1. Sandra http://365daysofcricut.blogspot.com/  ME
2. Ashley http://theglamoroussideofscrapping.blogspot.com/ NEXT
3. Nadia http://www.nadiasbeautifulmess.blogspot.com/
4. Yolie http://www.justyolie.com/
5. Celeste http://touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com/
6. Mel http://scrappymel.blogspot.com/
7.  Monica http://simplycricutting.blogspot.com/
8.  Amy http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/
9. Corri http://www.buglvr.blogspot.com/
10. Sylvia http://www.bellascrapbookdesigns.blogspot.com/
11. Brynn http://flairandfrillscreativity.blogspot.com/
12. Jess http://www.kinderstampo.com/
13.  Pam http://www.pammejo-scrapbookflair.com/
14.  Laura http://www.makinprettythings.com/
15.  Dee http://deesdesignsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/
16.  Blue Crayons http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com/

P.S. Be sure to come check out these blogs again tomorrow, because some of us will be posting on both days!

NEXT STOP is ASHLEY

Birds and Birdcages Blog Hop Tomorrow!!


Hi everyone I just wanted to remind you that I am hosting the Birds and Birdcages Blog Hop at midnight (PST) 8/10 and also on 8/11 and of course it's all about Birds and Birdcages!!!

Here's my fabulous lineup!

1. Sandra http://365daysofcricut.blogspot.com/  
2. Ashley http://theglamoroussideofscrapping.blogspot.com/
3. Nadia http://www.nadiasbeautifulmess.blogspot.com/
4. Yolie http://www.justyolie.com/
5. Celeste http://touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com/
6. Mel http://scrappymel.blogspot.com/
7.  Monica http://simplycricutting.blogspot.com/
8.  Amy http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/
9. Corri http://www.buglvr.blogspot.com/
10. Sylvia http://www.bellascrapbookdesigns.blogspot.com/
11. Brynn http://flairandfrillscreativity.blogspot.com/
12. Jess http://www.kinderstampo.com/
13.  Pam http://www.pammejo-scrapbookflair.com/
14.  Laura http://www.makinprettythings.com/
15.  Dee http://deesdesignsfrommyheart.blogspot.com/
16.  Blue Crayons http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com/

Can't wait to see you all there!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

ATTN: I have some EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good afternoon everyone! I am dying to tell you all my exciting news!!!! I have 3 things to tell you...........


First thing is.......................



I am now a Designer for ERIKA @ CRAFTY SPROUTS and she is coming out with her very own stamp line!!!! Woo-hoo congrats Erika and congrats to me and the rest of my DT sister's, Abby, Raven, Roberta, Zeni, and Jess. I am so excited for this brand new journey and I wish Erika the best of luck!! You go girl!!!

We will all be doing sneak peaks of the stamps starting tomorrow on Erika's blog, and also the stamps will be available for pre-sale starting this Friday 8/12 isn't that exciting??

Second thing is...............................



I am hosting another fabulous hop this week on Wed/Thurs 8/10-8/11, yes I know it's kind of a random day for a hop, but I figured that a lot of us get so busy on the weekend's (including me) and sometimes you don't have enough time to do a hop!

Third thing is...........(saving the best for last!)................

I'm PREGNANT!!!!!!  Yep, I just found out that I am pregnant with my 2nd child yay!!! I am so excited and I'm not as scared as I was the first time I was pregnant LOL! So I am just hoping and praying that I have an easy and  healthy pregnancy and baby, and keeping my fingers crossed for a girl haha! but would be happy to have another boy! 

Ok so that's enough news for today, please be sure to congradulate my sweet friend ERIKA on her new stamp line!!! Congrats Erika!!

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