Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder

Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder is what we have for you today. I love to reuse packaging for my crafts. This is a tutorial on how to do just that!

Supplies Needed for the Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

1.25″ Circle Punch

Sizzix Die # 660281 Box and Card Die

Sizzix or manual die cut machine

Scissors

Paper to stamp image on

Green Ink

.75″ x 12″ strip of patterned paper

Tim Holtz Coffee Cup Embossing Folder

Red Tape – Strong adhesive for the packaging

Adhesive for adhering paper to the box

IF YOU ARE HERE FOR THE 2017 WINTER COFFEE LOVERS BLOG HOP PLEASE CLICK HERE. You are of course welcome to check this post out too and enter to win the prize on this post as well! If you aren’t.. Be sure to check it out as you can see lots of coffee project inspiration as well as win a number of prizes from some great sponsors!

To begin the Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder project, Take out your paper to stamp on, your acrylic block and your A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

Adhere your stamp to your acrylic block. Take out your green ink.

Stamp your snowflake onto your paper. I made a few extra so I can have them on hand in case I need to create an extra card.

Punch your snowflake images out with your circle punch.

This is a die inside it’s clear plastic packaging. When I get dies like this, I take them out of their packaging and cut the parts of the packaging that could be used in a die cut machine at a later time and set them aside. You would be amazed at how many times I have used them on my projects.

If you haven’t heard of this before, search in the box above or click on the menu for the icon and search for packaging and you will  find a few tutorials for some other ideas.

Here is a piece from a longer die that I have kept. This is what we are going to use to die cut our Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project. Sometimes you may have some blemishes on the packaging. You can solve that issue by embossing it!

Take out your manual die cut machine, two clear platforms and your die. Place a clear platform down on the base of the die cut machine. You will then place your die, clear recycled sheet of packaging and then your second clear platform. Using the handle, run your packaging through the die cut machine.

This is what it will look like once you have done that.

Take out your coffee cup embossing folder, regular platform, two clear platforms and your die cut machine. You can emboss just one side of your box like shown or you can do the entire box by folding your clear sheet in half and placing it in the folder.

This is what it looks like once it has been embossed!

Fold your box where all of the creases are from the die cut.

Take out your red tape or other strong adhesive.

Cut two pieces and adhere the two pieces of adhesive to the side of the box.

Remove the red protective piece revealing the adhesive.

Press firmly on the side of the box to the adhesive side ensuring its adhesion creating the box. You may lightly see some of the adhesive. If you do not care for that look, you can place paper on the outside of the box to cover it if you think it is too obvious. I personally thought it looked fine.

This is the die cut and embossed box before it has been put together completely and decorated.

Take out your strip of paper.

Using the gift card holder, measure how large of a piece you will need to wrap it around so it overlaps a little bit.

Trim excess paper off of your creation.

Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper.

Wrap your paper around the box ensuring the paper has adhered to the gift card holder.

Take out your stamped image, 3-D foam piece and box. Remove the adhesive back to the foam piece.

Place the foam piece on the back of the stamped image. Place the stamped image on the Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project.

Your Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project is complete!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the above A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

BE SURE TO check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, you will not be eligible.

Now for last weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – Oh My! Stamp Set.

Jaratzed. you are the winner! Please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

Thank you for joining us for the Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be a tradition and keepsake for years to come! We will be announcing the winners from the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop as well as this weeks giveaway next Monday. BE SURE TO CHECK BACK!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

 

 

2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

If you happened to come by here by chance, WE ARE SO HONORED and thrilled that you did!! We are taking part in the AWESOME 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #winter2017clh and we are showcasing our love for Winter & COFFEE!! I LOVE Winter, the holidays and of course the cool crisp air.

I know this may sound crazy but I REALLY MISS SNOW AND COLD WEATHER. SERIOUSLY!

Being from Chicago I miss the REAL winter weather but now I live in California where I am still wearing shorts in December. Unfortunately, we were within a few miles of the #RyeFire you may have seen on TV which is very close to Magic Mountain. We are very fortunate that we are doing OK. Unfortunately, the winds are horrible until possibly as late as Saturday. Crossing fingers we stay OK. Now, are you ready for some cool stuff and giveaways? Let’s go!

Whether your drink of choice is hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even a blended drink (which is what I ALWAYS prefer); you are going to really enjoy the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are a number of companies participating and we are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS & FLASH PRIZE SPONSOR for this amazing blog hop! We also have our own giveaways right here on our blog! Be sure to read the WHOLE POST for the details!

To start at the beginning of the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, December 8th starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, December 15th. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be announced on Sunday, December 17, 2017 HERE.

If you aren’t familiar with the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Group and would like to learn more, be sure to join their Facebook Group HERE to ensure you get the latest info on all of their blog hops! The group is SUPER fun with awesome creativity and inspiration throughout the year and of course.. GREAT SEASONAL HOPS with WONDERFUL COFFEE inspiration! We would hate for you to miss out om the inspiration and possibilities!!

Now, onto the projects we have for you today! The theme is Winter and of course… COFFEE! 

I’m not sure why but I have REALLY been getting into creating gift card holders. I have a number of them to give as gifts this year for the holidays and I thought I would share what I have created and various ways I do it.  We have a weekly YouTube video and Blog Post on Mondays. Ironic it is called #MondayswithMelissa.. maybe a bit too obvious? LOL At any rate, you will find a whole bunch of cool stuff, giveaways, tutorials and even recipes once a week so make sure you subscribe to both!

For my first creation and giveaway I used the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set  and

For my second creation and giveaway we have the

A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set.

If you aren’t familiar with my style it is pretty simple…. clean and SIMPLE – CAS. I like to have things that look nice but I personally am not one for a bunch of different layers and designs.

For me it is too chaotic for my ADHD so I tend to design and gravitate to clean and simple.

This creation can easily be made with scraps of your favorite holiday paper as it is not a card it is made with a paper base and holder for the gift card. Simple, clean and bright! MY FAVORITE! Can you tell what kind of gift card is in this?

For this creation, I created another gift card holder. The first creation I wanted to show you was the plainer creation of the two.

It is really amazing how just two changes and one extra step can make that much of a difference in a creation.

I used a little bit of trim, read decorative paper, cream paper for the lid, craft paper card folded and corner rounded, coffee cup, lid and sleeve die, decorative paper and the sentiments are from the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set. I love how versatile the stamp set is and how cute the images are as well! You can create an entire Snow Family including Mom, Dad, birds, dogs, cats and of course KIDS!

Here is the SAME EXACT CARD. The only three differences are the green decorative paper, the smaller coffee cup die and I embossed the card base with a coffee bean embossing folder. THAT IS IT! Now for you to really see the difference.. I want to show them to you side by side…

   

Again, clean and simple with a little pop, right? Cute, Clean and SIMPLE!

Now for the fun stuff.. We have some giveaways for this blog hop and EVERY MONDAY we give something away!!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post and BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, unfortunately you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

Our blog winners for this blog hop will be announced on our blog post on Monday Dec 18, 2017. This is open to everyone, not only the US! 

We are honored you have come to visit today. Don’t forget to use the

coupon code 2017WCLBHop to save 25% on your purchase!

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

Happy Hopping and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project

You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project is what we have for you today. Did you know Autism Awareness month is April? What better way to bring awareness than to create the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness project! This is such a cool card. Like last weeks it is a slider card however this one is a little EASIER! I am really excited to show you this project and I love the way it highlighted the stamp image in the creation.

Supplies Needed for the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness project

Manual Die Cut Machine (Sizzix Big Shot)

A Creative Journey with Melissa’s Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Ink

Card Base

Yellow Card Mat

White Card Front Cover

Glue Dots

Adhesive

Red Sequins

Circle Pop Dots

3-D Adhesive lines or Squares

Two Pennies or Washers

Stampin Up Sliding Star Framelit Die

This is the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project we are creating. I love the way it moves and is such a motivating energized card. Exactly what you would want to bring awareness, right?

To start the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project you will need to take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa’s Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart Stamp Set your ink, stamp block and stamping paper.

Ink your stamp thoroughly.

Stamp your image on the stamping paper. You can make a few extra so you have them on hand for your next project.

Take out your Chameleon Pens RD4 and BL6. Using the BL6 color in the puzzle piece in your image.

Using your RD4 Chameleon Pen, color in the cape on the image.

This is what your image will look like once it has been colored in.

You will now be cutting out the front of the card where you will be creating your slider. Take out your white piece of paper and manual die cutting machine for the for the front of the card.

Place your base platform, clear platform, paper and die on the die cut machine.

Be sure to center your die where you want it on the card so that it cuts properly.

Place your clear platform on top of the paper and die.

Run your die and paper through the die cut machine.

This is what it will look like once you have done this.

Take out your stamp sentiment, ink and stamp block. Stamp the sentiment as shown above.

Using your Glue dots, place your sequins on the glue dots.

Place your sequins on your card front for decoration.

This is what it will look like once you have done this. You don’t have to do it exactly as I have, this is just for a reference for placement. It’s your creation so make it your own!

Take out your circular pop dot. Be sure that it fits in the channel for your slider card. If not, be sure to trim it down and round the edges. This will help with the flow of the slider card.

Place your pop dot on your penny as shown above.

Take your other penny and place it on the top of the penny like a sandwich with the pop dot in between both pennies.

Put adhesive on the back of the colored image. Place the colored image on the back of the penny.

This is what it will look like once you have done this.

Carefully place one side of the penny on one side of the channel as shown.

Place the other half of the side under the other side of the paper like shown.

Moving your card left to right, watch your image flow across your card. If you are having issues with it. Guide your image back and forth a few times in the channel to ensure it’s ease of movement.

This is what your You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project will look once it is done!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away a $15.00 gift certificate for our store!!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.  

 Now for last weeks WINNER of the Chameleon Pastels 5 Pack of pens shown in the video above valued at $24.99!!!

The WINNER IS  T. Hall  !!

For the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop the winners are:

Debbie Wilson is the winner of the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set and

Theresa G is the winner of the Coffee,Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set.

 Winners, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

We hope you enjoyed You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Coffee Spinner Slider Card

Coffee Spinner Slider Card is what we have for you today. This Coffee Spinner Slider Card is a fun moving card that ANYONE would love to receive! It is super easy and you will have so much fun creating it! I am so excited and inspired and hope to do the same for you!

If you are here for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, go here but be sure to read this post because this coffee card is too awesome to miss!

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Coffee Spinner Slider Card

A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set

Manual Die Cut Machine

Adhesive

3-d Foam Squares and small dots

Paper to stamp sentiment on

Twine

Two pennies or washers

Ink

Stamp Block

Scissors

Punch

Jelly Roll Clear Star Pen

Rhinestones

Glitter Pen

141820 Big Shot Framelits Sliding Star Die Set *

Patterned Paper

Card Base

*If you are interested in purchasing the Stampin Up Sliding Star Die set to create this Coffee Spinner Slider Card, please go to Brandie’s Website HERE and I KNOW she will take very good care of you!

For the spinner card, you will need to take out your Stampin Up Sliding Star Framelits Die Set.

Using the circle die as shown above in the set, be sure that the cutting part of the die is face down on the paper.

Put the cutting part of the die face down and centered where you would like it on your paper.

Place your paper and die on your platform and clear platform where you would like it cut.

Once you are ready to cut it, place the second clear platform on top of the die.

Run your die through your manual die cut machine.

Here are the parts you keep to use for your Coffee Spinner Slider Card. Take out your card base as well.

You will need thin foam strips and foam squares for the next part to put your card together.

This is how I placed my foam squares and strips. It is important to place the thin foam strips on the top of the circle and the sides so the item that is spinning doesn’t get stuck on the adhesive strip.

Adhere the die cut patterned paper on top of your card base.

Cut one of your foam squares in half.

Place two foam squares and two halves on the back of the circle from die that was cut from your patterned paper.

Make sure the foam squares will NOT be int he way of your spinner or else it will get hung up and not spin properly.

You will place the circle in the center of the cut out circle on your card base.

BE SURE IT IS CENTERED or else it will not spin properly.

It is MUCH EASIER if you use a patterned paper for this part as you can line it up to ensure it is centered.

Take out your SMALL foam dots. I did try the larger foam dots. They did not work. They got hung up in the track for the spinner and it was not flowing properly. These foam dots work PERFECTLY so I am sticking with the smaller ones.

Place your foam circles in the middle of your penny or washer. These foam dots were thin so I stacked three together.

They aren’t exactly perfectly lined up but it still works perfectly!

Take your other penny and squish it so it is like a sandwich so it looks like a penny sandwich with your dots inside.

This is what it will look like once it is stuck together.

Now you are going to take  your card base and place your penny sandwich with one side of the penny under the patterned card base and one side of the penny on top of the card base.


This is what it will look like once you have put the one side under the card base.

Now you will take the right side of the penny and inside circle and gently place it inside the penny sandwich as shown.

This will allow you to have the item around the circle spin. Move your card around to be sure that the spinner is working. If it doesn’t work check to be sure both sides are even, your foam dot isn’t too large and the penny’s are both centered. You should be good to go!

Stamp the image you want to place on your spinner. This image stamped out and had cut it out with my Brother Scan and Cut 2. HOW COOL IS THAT? I will be showing you how to use it in future posts.

Since I didn’t need to fussy cut my image, I just took out my Chameleon Pen and colored my image.

I placed adhesive on the back of my image.

You will then want to adhere your image to your penny so that your image will be the spinning part of your project.

Next, take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set.

You will also need your stamp block, ink and paper to stamp sentiment on out. Stamp your sentiment.

Punch out your sentiment.

Using your twine, wrap your sentiment and tie it in a knot.

Cut off your excess twine.

Take out your rhinestones and place one on either side of your sentiment as shown.

Take out your Jelly Roll Clear Star pen.

Using your Jelly Roll Clear Star pen, outline your coffee cup stamped image to give it a little bling.

Using the pen gives a subtle glimmer effect to your image.

Place foam squares or dots on the back of your sentiment to give a 3-D effect.

Adhere your sentiment to your card.

Your card creation is COMPLETE! YOU DID IT!!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastels 5 Pack of pens shown in the video above valued at $24.99!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.  

 Now for last weeks WINNER of the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set !!

The WINNER IS  Vanessa Black !!

Vanessa, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

We hope you enjoyed our Coffee Spinner Slider Card Tutorial. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Be sure to come back Monday as we announcing our winners of the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop as well as having something fun to share!

 

2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop

The 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop is where you are! If you happened to come by here by chance, you are in LUCK! We are taking part in a PRIZE FILLED SUPER DE DUPER AWESOME (Did I just channel Barney? LOL) Spring Coffee Lovers Hop! The hashtag is #spring2017clh if you want to connect with us in the various social media platforms. Who doesn’t LOVE SPRING and COFFEE? Well that is EXACTLY what we are highlighting! Whether it is coffee, tea, or cocoa; you have come to the right place! Sounds great right? We are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS & FLASH PRIZE SPONSOR for this amazing blog hop AND we are also doing a giveaway RIGHT HERE ON OUR BLOG!

Be sure to subscribe to our blog post/newsletter list and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be eligible to win OUR 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop GIVEAWAY.

To start at the beginning of the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop runs

Friday, March 24 starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, March 31.

Winners for the Coffee Lovers Hop will be posted on Sunday, April 2nd on the Coffee Lovers Blog HERE.

Winners from OUR BLOG  for the Coffee Lovers Hop will be announced on our APRIL 3, 2017 on the Monday’s with Melissa blog post so be sure to check it out!

If you aren’t familiar with the Coffee Loving Paper Crafters Group and would like to learn more, be sure to join their Facebook Group HERE to ensure you get the latest info on all of their blog hops! The group is SUPER fun with awesome creativity and inspiration throughout the year and of course.. GREAT HOPS with SUPER SPECTACULAR PRIZES! We would hate for you to miss out!

Now onto some CREATIVE Fun stuff from Alena on the A Creative Journey with Melissa Creative Crew!

 

This creation from Alena was made using the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set and Doodlebug Designs Paper. Not only could you send this for a congratulations for anything exciting you would like to share, wouldn’t this be PERFECT for a NEW BABY CARD? I just love it!

This creation by Alena for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop is bursting with color just like spring flowers would be! She combined the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Sets.

 

This creation from Alena using the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set highlights one of my favorite quotes. I love how she used the awesome Doodlebug Designs Paper to add some COFFEE to the creation.

Now, we are going to show you the creations made by Leticia on our Creative Crew.

This planner clip made by Leticia was created using the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set and a coffee die set. Your planner needs one of these! Mine TOO!

This lovely gift card holder is perfect to share with a friend. Who doesn’t love a coffee gift card and handmade creation?

This beautiful card just has springtime written all over it which is perfect for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop!

With the lovely bright colors, it looks like our flower beds are blooming! Perfect card for a friend for any occasion!

For our giveaway, we will be giving away both of the stamp sets highlighted in the creations above. We are giving away the the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Sets. in order to qualify you need to be a subscriber to our blog post/newsletter list and subscribe to our YouTube Channel . If you want an extra entry, comment on this blog post with what you would like to see in our next coffee stamp set! That’s it!

Thank you for joining us for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop! We hope you are a winner and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

Coloring 3D Embellishments by using Chameleon Pens on Mod Melts

Coloring 3D Embellishments by using Mod Melts and Chameleon Pens is what we have for you today. I love to color and create. Coloring my own embellishments are a plus. How can you go wrong with creating it yourself and saving money! If you missed our blog post and YouTube video on how to create the mod melts, please check it out here.

What you will need for Coloring 3D Embellishments by using Chameleon Pens on Mod Melts:

Chameleon Pens

Mod Melt Creations

Scissors

This is a creation I made in my previous video. Once you have created your mod melt, you will want to wait until it has cooled.

Once it has cooled, you can remove your mod melt from the mold. It comes out very easily as the mod melt mold is made of silicone.

Once you have taken out the mod melt creation, you may want to trim the excess areas if you have them. This will give your creation a cleaner look.

Here are some samples of what you can use for Coloring 3D Embellishments by using Mod Melts and Chameleon Pens.

I colored these tree mod melts with Chameleon Pens. I love how they came out!

Here I colored the flower and slowly graduated the color to make it look like a daisy.

To start Coloring 3D Embellishments by using Mod Melts and Chameleon Pens, I am going to color the reindeer’s body with the Chameleon Pen BR5.

Here is the close up of the colored reindeer. When coloring, be sure you color the edges too so that it gives a clean completed look.

Now, I take out my RD4 Chamelon Pen so I can color the nose of the reindeer to look like Rudolph.

Take out the GR3 Chameleon Pen and color the bow on the reindeer. I love the bright green color next to the brown.

Next, I took out my Chameleon BK5 Pen. I outlined the eyes of the reindeer.

Following the outlining of the eyes, I used the NU1 Chameleon Pen to color the tail of the reindeer.

This is the reindeer close up shot of it colored.

Here are both of the reindeers that I colored. One I colored a little bit darker than the other. I like how they both came out.

This week for our Giveaway, we are keeping with the holiday season and giving away our You’re Snow Wonderful ACJwM Stamp Set 

This stamp set is what we used for our tag on the Creative Gift Idea as well as a number of our other tutorials. This set is versatile and can be used for a background design on your planner, journal, card or scrapbook pages!

To qualify to win, you must be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY you subscribed with as I don’t want you to get spam or have your comment go to spam. Just enough for me to match you will work perfectly. Thank you for your understanding.

Now for last weeks WINNERS!!

BOY! Do we have winners!!! We have four winners total. For the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog hop winners from our blog we have THREE WINNERS!

The winner of the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set commented

Mayra says:
These are super cute ! Great designs !

The winner of the You’re Snow Wonderful stamp set commented

Teri W. says:
So adorable! You’ve inspired me to make the cocoa holder. Thanks, as always, for being a Super Sponsor.

                                                               The winner of the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set commented
                                                                               Ann says: P.S. Thanks for being a Super Sponsor.
                                            The winner of the You’re Snow Wonderful stamp set from our A Creative Gift Idea blog post is
                 Sarah Biswabic says: These look like they will be so fun to make. You could also decorate the bag too. I can’t wait to make some.

Winners, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your prizes out to you! Thank you so much 🙂

 

We hope you enjoyed Coloring 3D Embellishments by using Mod Melts and Chameleon Pens. We hope you have a fantastic holiday and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

 

A Creative Gift Idea for the Holidays

A Creative Gift Idea for the Holidays is what I have for you today. Last Fridays post for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop you had a peek of this creation! I am going to show you how to create one yourself! It is a really cute little gift holder for hot chocolate in the example but you can use it for anything! Whether you use it for gift cards, coffee, tea, or treats… the possibilities are really ENDLESS!

Check out the awesome Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop we are participating in, check out my blog post HERE for all of the info and projects too! Lots of prizes, creations and amazing inspiration to see! The hashtag is #winter2016clh

The supplies that you will need for the Creative Gift Idea are:

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Decorative paper (cut to 7″ x 11.5″ – snowflakes)

Paper for the topper for the gift holder (cut to 3.5″ x 5.25″ – purple))

Paper to be used for the tag placed on top of the topper  (3 x 5″ (white)

Corner rounder

Scissors

Ribbon (White)

Ink (Black)

Stamp block

Hot chocolate packet

Scoring Board

1/8″ hole punch

Adhesive

This is the Creative Gift Idea that we will be making today. Doesn’t look like much, does it? When you take the bow and lift the topper off…..

You get an awesome hot chocolate holder!

I just love it. It is really easy and can be replicated for teachers, friends, neighbors, birthdays and so many other things!

So let’s get started. Take out your decorative paper, scoring board and topper paper.

You will be scoring the decorative paper with the long/wide side at the top of your scoring board. Score your paper at 3.25″ and 7.75″. Set aside.

Take your topper paper for the Creative Gift Idea and score it at 1.75″. Take out your decorative scored paper.

Fold your papers at the score line ensuring they are even and folded so they meet up to the edge of the paper.

Take out your adhesive. Be sure to use a strong adhesive. Many have heard and use what crafters call red tape. This would work great as well as what I used which was the Scotch ATG tape. Starting in the center of the bottom of your paper going to the right, place adhesive on half of the bottom of your decorative paper adding adhesive to only the bottom .75″.

Fold your paper in toward the center of the paper to the left and adhere to the bottom of the paper creating half of your holder.

Place adhesive down the left side of your paper from the edge to 1″ toward the inside of the paper. Place adhesive from the center to the left (at the bottom part where it wasn’t glued) ensuring you are not gluing the holder to itself.

Press down on all edges ensuring the adhesive has stuck properly and set it aside.

Take your other scored paper, the Topper, and fold it at the score line ensuring it is folded in half equally. You will then take out the sentiment paper and use the corner rounder on all four sides of the topper paper and two bottom sides of the sentiment paper. Take out your

Take out your ink, stamp block and You’re Snow Wonderful ACJwM Stamp Set.

Peel off the To: stamp and the From: stamp from the You’re Snow Wonderful ACJwM Stamp Set. Place the To: stamp on your block and ink it then stamp the sentiment on the left bottom of your sentiment paper to be placed on the Topper. Clean your stamp and place back on your stamp sheet. Take out your From: stamp , ink and stamp your sentiment onto the bottom middle of the paper to be placed on the Topper. Clean your stamp and place back on your sheet.

Use your stapler and staple on the left and right side of the Topper paper ensuring the opening is at the bottom and you are stapling the sides. You will want to staple at least .25″ – .50″ in but making sure there is enough room for the topper to fit over the gift holder.

Make a hole with your 1/8″ hole punch in the top middle of the topper paper.

Roll your ribbon small enough so it will fit through the hole on the top of the Topper paper. Pull it through so it is about half in front and half in back.

Carefully open the Topper so you can see the ribbon. Pull the ribbon through so it looks like this.

Using whatever item you are using on the pulley, measure to ensure that the ribbon is long enough and will fit the item you intend to use.

Once you have figured out the size of the item you wish to include, you will tie the ribbon. *Note: Be sure to hold onto the ribbon so that you don’t make it tighter for your item. If you do, you can always untie it and start over again. Trust me, I have done it a few times myself before 🙂

Tie a bow on your topper. I use the two rabbit ear way to do tie the bow with the ribbon because always turn out much better for me rather than the other way.

Trim your ribbon so that the excess is cut without any area hanging over your package.

This is what it will look like once completed but without your item placed in there.

This is what both sides will look like once you have created them completely.

Now  you will be putting your gift holder together! Take both the topper and bottom and place your hot chocolate packet in the Creative Gift Idea!

Your gift is ready for sharing with a loved one, friend, neighbor, teacher or whoever you feel you would like to put a smile on their face!

The winner of last weeks blog giveaway is Becca Yahrling!

Becca Yahrling says:
These look so fun to make and what endless possibilities.

Becca, you are the winner of last weeks giveaway of the Spinner Greetings Stamp Set.

Please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your set out to you! Thank you so much 🙂

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away our You’re Snow Wonderful ACJwM Stamp Set 

This stamp set is what we used for our tag on the Creative Gift Idea. You can even use the sentiments for cards and the images for a background design on your planner, journal, card or scrapbook pages!

To qualify to win, you must be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY you subscribed with as I don’t want you to get spam or have your comment go to spam. Just enough for me to match you will work perfectly. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial of the Mod Melts and Melter today and I hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa!

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2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Welcome to the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

If you happened to come by here by chance, WE ARE SO HONORED and thrilled that you did!! We are taking part in the AWESOME 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #winter2016clh and we are showcasing our love for Winter & COFFEE!! I LOVE Winter, the holidays and of course the cool crisp air. Although I miss the snow and all of the fun that comes with it. Being from Chicago I miss the REAL winter weather but now I live in California where I am still wearing shorts in December. It is supposed to be 80 next week. No, I am not kidding.

Whether your drink of choice is hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even a blended drink; you are going to really enjoy the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are SO many AMAZING companies participating! We are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS & FLASH PRIZE SPONSOR for this amazing blog hop! We also have our own giveaways right here on our blog! Be sure to read the WHOLE POST to qualify to win!

To start at the beginning of the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, December 9th starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, December 16th. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be announced on Sunday, December 18, 2016 HERE.

If you aren’t familiar with the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Group and would like to learn more, be sure to join their Facebook Group HERE to ensure you get the latest info on all of their blog hops! The group is SUPER fun with awesome creativity and inspiration throughout the year and of course.. GREAT SEASONAL HOPS with WONDERFUL COFFEE inspiration! We would hate for you to miss out om the inspiration and possibilities!!

 

Now, onto the projects we have for you today! The theme is Winter annnnnd …… Yep! YOU GUESSED IT! COFFEE! 

First up is the AMAZINGLY talented Alena on our Creative Crew. She has created a lovely ornament using the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set. I love the colors, bling and of course her love for Christmas!

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Hi A Creative Journey with Melissa Friends,

this is Alena with the ACJwM Creative Crew. My creation is a Christmas paper ornament. This creation is a combination of my love of Christmas and coffee. I just love that the sentiment from the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set created by ACJWM is just the perfect sentiment for my ornament!

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This is my first of two creations. The first creation is a card I made using the Winter Wishes from our You’re Snow Wonderful stamp set. I used the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy  stamp set for the coffee sleeve and liquid therapy sentiment on the wooden coffee cup embellishment. I love how the wooden coffee embellishment works perfectly with the coffee sleeve! The paper was from my awesome haul from Michael’s on Thanksgiving.

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My second creation is perfect for this time of year. GIFT SEASON… right?

I don’t know if this applies to you but as a creative Mom of two, I was ALWAYS looking for something fun and creative to do with my kids. I was the room parent for my kids classes. In doing so, I liked to change it up so it wasn’t always the same thing when we had parties or crafts, etc. I was always looking for different gift ideas for teachers and faculty for gifts too. This is a great gift that won’t break your wallet. It’s a WIN/WIN! I will be doing a tutorial on the above creation on my Monday’s with Melissa videos so be sure to come back to learn how I made this super cute and EASY gift! Yes, I said gift… You say… WHAT GIFT? Well, that is the fun part!

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If you lift up the topper of this adorable creation, you can put a packet of hot chocolate, tea, or anything you can imagine!

FUN RIGHT? The ribbon is holding in the hot chocolate packet! You can create this too as it is perfect for those gifts for teachers, friends, co-workers and loved ones… And what about SECRET SANTA? YES! IT DEFINITELY works for that too! Do you want to see the tutorial on this project? Check out my video and blog post HERE.

The GIVEAWAYS…

I am doing three giveaways on my blog! I will be picking three winners as I am giving away the three stamp sets used for the creations above; Coffee is my Liquid Therapy , You’re Snow Wonderful stamp set and the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp sets.

To qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, unfortunately you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

Our blog winners will be announced on our blog post on Monday Dec 19, 2016.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and our blog/newsletter to qualify to win and to find out if you are a winner!

This is open to everyone, not only the US! 

We are honored you have come to visit today. Don’t forget to use the

coupon code wclh2016 to save 25% on non sale items!

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website! Happy Hopping and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners

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So grateful to all of you that participated in the hop, sponsored, organized, created and so much more! You are greatly appreciated! Please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel & blog/email list for giveaways, product reviews and so much more! We have Mondays with Melissa so be sure to stay tuned for that tomorrow! We have an awesome giveaway as well as a creation in honor of Breast Cancer Month which is October.

SOOOO back to business….we have our 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners! If you are looking to see if you won prizes for the hop, please go here and they will be posting some time today all of the winners! For our winners here on our blog, we wanted to say we are so honored to be participating in such an awesome hop with such amazingly talented people! WOW! I loved reading your stories and when you do your holiday cards… Sounds to me like I need to get on the ball.. SO many of you are almost done! So I am excited to announce the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners of the two coffee stamp sets we are giving away: Coffee is my Liquid Therapy as well as Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY!

The first 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winner is:

Janet Ingraham says:
September 24, 2016 at 10:55 pm
Well first thank you for offering your two prizes. I try to start making Christmas cards in October.

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A Creative Journey with Melissa says:
September 25, 2016 at 11:20 am
Thank you for hopping and we are honored to be participating!

The second 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winner is:

Maja says:
September 24, 2016 at 9:18 am
These are awesome!!!! I’m trying to work on my holiday cards through whole year, but I make most from September til December.

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A Creative Journey with Melissa
A Creative Journey with Melissa says:
September 25, 2016 at 11:26 am
Hi Maja, That is me… Always thinking I will get them done but it never happens!

2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners, Congratulations and please be sure to send me a message ASAP so that I can get your prize out!

Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Coffee Crafts using Scraps

Coffee Crafts using Scraps is what we are doing today! Who doesn’t have a TON of scraps and who doesn’t LOVE COFFEE CRAFTS? So we combined the two for Coffee Crafts using Scraps! I love all things coffee so why not create some adorable cards with that theme? I thought it would be perfect to Coffee Crafts using Scraps because the creation is really a cute generic card that can be used for just about anything! A great way to utilize your scraps as well as get a stock pile of some cards to keep on hand! Let’s get started!

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In addition to your manual die cut machine (I use my Big Shot by Sizzix), Here are the items you will need to create the card. I suggest you cut multiple pieces so that you can make more than one. It is always helpful to have a few cards on hand, don’t you think?

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The sentiment for this card comes from the the Fall & Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set. We have an awesome discount coupon code for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Hop. Be sure to use fclh2016 at check out to save 25% on all non-sale/bundled items.

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Here is the creation we will be making.

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You will need to take out your Fall & Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set, ink, punch, card stock and stamping block.

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Place your stamp on the block.

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Ink your sentiment.

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Stamp your sentiment on your paper. Take out your punch.

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Using your punch, punch out your sentiment. Set aside your punched out sentiment.

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Here are the coffee cup die cuts we will be using for a background pattern on our paper.

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Take out your coffee cup die cut. Notice the side that has the ridges for the embossed lines.

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Take out your paper, sizzix die cut machine, platform and two acrylic clear plates. Place your platform on tab 1. Then place one clear plate and a piece of paper down on your sizzix machine. Place your coffee cup die with the ridges facing down on the paper you want to cut as shown.

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Place your second platform on top of the sandwich of platform, clear plates and paper.

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Using the handle, turn the handle so that the die cut “sandwich” gets rolled through the sizzix machine.

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This is what it looks like once the paper has been cut by the die. Repeat die cutting so that you have enough of the die cuts for your project.

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Take your die cuts and place adhesive on the back and adhere to your patterned paper as shown.

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This is what it will look like once you have placed the on the paper. I purposely put the coffee cups hanging off of the edge so that you can get the feeling like it is a repeat patterned paper.

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Trim the excess coffee cup image so that it no longer hangs over the edge.

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This is what the base patterned paper looks like without embossing (left) or with embossing (right). You can leave the paper like this and use it but I prefer embossing it as I really like the texture and the look of the embossed paper with the die cuts.

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We are going to emboss your patterned paper. Take out your sizzix platform placing it on tab 1. Then place your clear platform on top as shown.

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Take out your patterned paper with the adhered die cuts and your embossing folder.

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Place your paper inside the embossing folder.

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Run your embossing folder through the die cut machine and take it out of the folder. This is what the front looks like.

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This is what the back looks like.

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Take your adhesive and place adhesive on the back of the embossed paper.

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Place your paper on the front of  your card.

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Take out your punched out sentiment and raffia.

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Take the raffia and wrap it around the end of the sentiment as shown.

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Tie a knot with the raffia and trim off the excess.

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Place your foam squares on the back to add dimension to the sentiment.

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Remove the backing from the foam squares.

coffee-crafts-using-scraps-jkPlace the sentiment on your card.

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You have completed your card!

If you are here for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Hop, please check out the original blog hop post and be sure to answer the question to qualify to win HERE.

Thank you so much for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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