2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party

2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party by Stampin Up is what we have for you today !! Yes! You read it right!

My awesome friend and previous Creative Crew member has moved on to a new adventure which is being a Stampin Up Demonstrator!

I am so excited for her and of course want to support my friends with their passion. I wanted to share with you what I got at my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party ! As you probably know, I have my own stamp line so I don’t typically use other stamps as I prefer to use my own. Did you know that Stampin Up has a number of amazing products besides stamps? YES THEY DO!

Between the Project Life kits, dies, paper, stamp cleaner and so much more….OMG!

I have so much to show you from my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party, I have to do it in two videos! Be sure to come back next week for the second half too! Are you ready? Here we go!

In years past I typically would do a large party at my house with four make n takes along with food and fun all day long. I really miss those days.

It usually would last from around 10-6:30.. Yes it was an awesomely fun all day event. This year it is just not in the cards for us so I was able to do a much smaller version and just purchased what I had saved up for. After my order, I ended up getting the benefits for my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party ! Any of the items you see in my video are available for purchase through Brandie. The 2017 Sale A Bration ends I believe March 31st.

Any questions or orders, please go to Brandie’s Website HERE and I KNOW she will take very good care of you!

We, A  Creative Journey with Melissa, do have a number of stamp sets that work perfectly with Project Life, scrapbooking, Pocket Page Scrapbooking, Card Marking, etc. Specifically for this video, the stamps below would work great with the products reviewed.

        

Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers      Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon

Design Elements Stamp Set       

Design Elements                                        Photo Booth Fun

              

Speech Bubbles Mini                                            Speech Bubbles Large

            Sign Language Numbers - American Sign Language Stamp Set

Sign Language Alphabet                                    Sign Language Numbers 

So let’s get started… 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party starts with the Stampin Up project life card kits come in the cutest little box! I love it!

You can reuse it as well as bring it along on a crop and have all of your cards in a protected perfect fitting place!

As you can see here, it has a different spaces to hold your project life cards as well as a place for a journaling pen.

You know how I feel about journaling so YOU HAVE to do it!

This awesome project life kit is called

Moments like these.

I love the color palette as it is perfect for not only masculine but feminine creations.

There are so many journaling prompts to pick from something is bound to inspire you to share your story!

The cards here are 2 x 3″ in size and really great for your Project Life album as well as using any extra for a greeting card to send a little hello to a loved one.

Here are the 4 x 4″ cards which are also included in the kit.

I love the variety of words as well as designs so that you really have a great variety to pick from for any occasion.

Here with the 4 x 6″ cards, you can use these as a photo mat, design element, or a page title! Look at the designs and the rich watermelon color to add a beautiful pop to your page!

Now, the second Project Life Kit I purchased for my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party is the

Good Vibes Project life kit.

I love the rich dark colors and Good Vibes is exactly what it gives me as I look at it!

This kit also comes in it’s own little box holding the 2 x 3″, 3 x 4″ and 4 x 6″ cards.

Its so compact and convenient which makes it perfect to bring along while you are waiting to pick up kids, waiting for an appointment or watching your favorite show. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some of the 4 x 6″ Project Life cards that come in the kit. I love how the titles can really be used as a journaling prompt.

As you can see here, the 2 x 3″ cards from this kit is full of words of inspiration.

Wouldn’t this card be perfect for a quote to be used along with the Speech Bubbles Mini and Speech Bubbles Large A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp sets? We thought so too!

Here are some of the 4 x 4″ Project Life Cards. I could really see some great stories to be told on those!

Now we have to talk about necessity for our 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party too.. Customers and friends have asked me how I clean my Clear Photo Polymer stamps.

I use the Stampin Up Scrub pad and Stampin Mist. In addition, I have the Stampin up mist refill just in case I get low!

I love how it works and how it doesn’t dry out my stamps like some cleaners do.

The Stampin Scrub is something that I have owned for years and years. I own two of them. I use them so often, I have one in each of the areas I craft in because it is my GO TO item in my crafting tool box!

One of the best things about the Stampin Scrub

is it is durable and washable! I love it! You can remove the scrub pads and wash them!

There are a number of products out there to clean your stamps whether it be for rubber or clear photo polymer. I have been using Stampin Up products on all of my stamps for YEARS.

Here are some of the products I love from Stampin Up. I was fortunate enough to get enough so that I am going to make another video for you for next week! Be sure to check out next weeks too! You are not going to want to miss it!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers and Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon Stamp Sets shown in the video above. These stamp sets will work wonderfully with any of the products that have been shown in my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party !

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!!

The WINNER IS  Jean Bullock!!

Jean, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website and I will get your prize out to you! If for some reason, you don’t get a response within 48 hours, please contact me. I have had e-mail issues in the past and would hate to have this happen again and not realize you have tried to contact me. Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

We hope you enjoyed our 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party. Be sure to contact Brandie on her website if you would like to have your own! You can even have an online party too!

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

 

WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway

Today we have a GREAT WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway! Our video and post is SHORT and SWEET! We are having a GREAT sale on our website so be sure to check it out! If you have been holding off on buying anything, this is the time to do it! Saturday was my birthday and I went shopping on Thursday to spend some of my birthday money I was blessed to have been given. BOY did I SCORE! What better way to celebrate than do a giveaway? So that is what I am doing! I wanted to share my awesome haul with you and also do a giveaway!

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For the WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway,

The first thing I wanted to cover is our sale!! We are having it through 11/30 so be sure to pick up those stamp sets you have been eyeing before they are out of stock and we are excited it’s been a HIT SO FAR 🙂

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For the WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway, next I wanted to show you the craft haul!

This is almost all of the craft haul. I have some hidden surprises under the paper that is A D O R A B L E, don’t you think? The plan is to use the paper for holiday thank you notes for the boys. While shopping, I bought a crafting cart and I do not have my crafting cart in here because I don’t have enough room to put it in the camera! Do you see a video in the future? SO DO I!!

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Here is what was underneath the paper! YES WASHI WASHI WASHI! I love making things with washi tape and I will be doing a few videos showing you awesome ways to make items with washi!

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I loved these two washi tapes I picked up

The pattern and solid colors are so versatile and I am going to get SUPER creative with them!

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I picked up this set of washi tape with weddings and celebrations in mind. You can purchase a number of stamp sets that we carry that would work wonderfully with this set while also creating something for a wedding, anniversary and so many other things! I was truly inspired!

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I had to give you a close up of this amazing washi tape collection! OMG! I thought of all of the projects I can use with these and I am excited to make some cool and colorful things!

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It’s a new mod melter! I love creating with the Mod Podge products. My friends Cathie & Steve have created amazing products and they are coming up with more all of the time! This was one thing I HAD TO GET! I can’t wait to use it!!

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Now if you have watched any of my videos you know one of my favorite things to do is custom color items…

Well, I bought some rhinestones to play with! If you haven’t checked out my video on how to color your own embellishments, you can check it out here. That is my haul and I hope you liked checking out the crafty goodness 🙂

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Now for the giveaway!

The winner of last weeks blog giveaway is Samantha Houp!

Samantha Houp says:
Fabulous card! Thank you for the awesome video!

Samantha, you are the winner of last weeks giveaway of the Snowflake Beauty 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 🙂

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This week for the WEBSITE SALE + Michaels Craft Haul + Giveaway, we are giving away another set of the Snowflake Beauty stamp set. This stamp set is very versatile with religious and non religious sentiments. You can even use the snowflakes for a background design.

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!

Thank you so much for sharing in my excitement of my website sale and haul! I hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa!

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Hot Pick: Hot Glue Gun Helpers

Hot Pick: Hot Glue Gun Helpers is what we have for you today.

Do you use hot glue guns? Have you ever touched the hot glue?

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So have you burnt yourself? Yes?

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This is NO LONGER something you need to do! I have the perfect product that will save you a lot of time and your finger prints! Sharing products that I love is one of my favorite things to do and this one is no different. As I was about to start a project with my hot glue gun, I realized I don’t think I have ever let you in on one of the biggest crafting inventions of all time and so here we are!

If you would like to get your very own set or two (Like I did) of Hot Glue Gun Helpers,

be sure to go to Cathy and Steve’s website to purchase them right from the inventors! They have amazing products including molds, the mod melter, their own craft sticks to be used to create amazing things and so much more! Check out their shop HERE. They also have amazing tutorials and so much more! Be sure to visit their website and take a look around! Their products are also available at multiple big box stores like Michael’s if you can’t find what you are looking for be sure to check out this list and you can find a store that is near you.

The Glue Gun Helpers:

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The set includes:

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Press Wand

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Pointed Paddle

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Non Stick Tweezers

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Here are a few of the numerous uses you can use this set for:

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If you happen to spill some of the glue on the mat, no worries!Hot Glue Gun Helpers j

You just peel it right off the mat. NO FUSS OR MESS!

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You can even put hot glue directly on the finger caps but be mindful of the temperature of the glue so you don’t burn yourself for those that are sensitive to heat.Hot Glue Gun Helpers l

You can even put your fingers together as you can see the glue is still warm as it is sticky and stringy.

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As I keep touching my fingers together, the glue pulls away from the glue caps and basically clean themselves off!
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You are covered! Just use the pointed tip on the area you need and you are set!

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What if you want to stick material to an area? Simply place glue on the surface and press down on the material.

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That worked perfectly but what if you end up getting some glue and material on your mat?Hot Glue Gun Helpers t

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It’s JUST THAT EASY!

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Use the pointed paddle! Simply spread the glue!Hot Glue Gun Helpers x

You realize you have some on the mat? No problem! Use the non stick tweezers and pull the hot glue right off!

It’s JUST THAT SIMPLE!

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Who wants to have a burn like this? NO ONE! Just get your own Hot Glue Gun Helpers and use your hot glue gun for hours on end easily and safely WITHOUT BURNS!

As you can tell, I love this product. I love Cathie and Steve and their amazing inventions for us crafty people and I can’t share this enough so please be sure to save your friends some frustrations and burns and share it as well!

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoyed the product overview and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Awesome Deals Shopping Haul: Scrapbooking Made Simple and Daiso

Awesome Deals Shopping Haul : Scrapbooking Made Simple and Daiso is what we have for you today which means once again no projects. I do plan on doing projects with my amazing finds but I thought I would be sure to show you what I got! I knew you would want to be “In the know” so better to be safe than sorry right? What kind of crafting sister would I be if I kept all of this awesome information to myself… NOT A GOOD ONE!

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First, I want to show you the FREEBIES my son and I received for waiting in line

at Scrapbooking Made Simple’s Shop that didn’t Hop and Sizzix Warehouse Sale and for the Shop that didn’t Hop…. My son came with me in the wee hours of Friday morning… He is pretty cool, isn’t he! The line was pretty long by the time they opened the doors but well worth it! I know I am going to go back especially since the sale doesn’t end until July 31st! You can also shop online so be sure to check out my friend Stacey’s website and you can order online HERE or you can go in and meet her yourself! If you order online, please be sure to be familiar with her shipping policy as it takes a while with this huge awesome savings event!

Our first free gifts were

two rolls of netting; one that is a spider web weave for Halloween and another that is a gold weave that will be perfect for the holidays!

Next we received this sticker sheet perfect for Christmas cards and also a cute little paper set for cards or to dress up a candle. Can’t wait to play with all of it!

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We also received an adorable package for the Shop that didn’t Hop…

The pin that was specially designed for this is A M A Z I N G!!! I mean seriously how cool is this?

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Last but not least if you visit.. THE SCRAPBOOK PAGE!!

Quantities may be limited, you can get an adorable Shop that didn’t Hop pin with the Phantom of the Opera theme, an adorable scrapbook layout to commemorate the event. Are you ready for some more of my Awesome Deals Shopping Haul?

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To add to this awesome package,

you are given awesome glitter glue especially for SMS (Scrapbooking Made Simple) and

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Last but not least…

an awesome chandelier stamp and die set! All of that just for heading over there… TRUST ME! You want to go..

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Here are the awesome items I purchased at Scrapbooking Made Simple Sizzix Warehouse Sale!

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I am really excited about the four dies I purchased here. The two card ones, the gift card holder and the easel. I can’t wait to create!

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Here are some awesome dies that can be used for project life, planners and pocket page scrapbooking … the possibilities are endless. There is also another step card that I purchased that has a little bit different configuration.

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Here are some awesome dies and embossing folders I purchased.

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Now onto the Daiso Store Haul

So now we are onto the Daiso part of the Awesome Deals Shopping Haul. If you haven’t been to a Daiso store and you have one in your area, you will want to go. Go here to look for a store in your area. If not for anything else, go for the experience. I went to the Diaso Store in Gardena, California. From what their website said, they were the largest store in the Los Angeles area with 1415 square feet. They have so many cool things and not all from the Daiso brand in Japan although most are. I love their products and the versatility their products provide. This is definitely a think outside of the box type of place!

Here are the items we purchased on our Daiso part of the Awesome Deals Shopping Haul!

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There are chair feet pads, adorable erasers, a huge water bottle and a scrubber for washing wheels on cars.

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I also purchased a sealer and I am hoping it works on paper! My hubby bought a micro usb cord. I also purchased file tabs for my boys as well as some magnets for me!

Now for the pictures of the Diaso store…

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These items were located in what I would call the housewares section.

They had everything from hooks, felt pads for chairs (which I bought!), laundry bags, shoes that looked like crocs both with and without furry lining, chair pads and so much more.. and that is just in this aisle!

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This was the cleaning and storage area items were.

It was located at the back of the store. They had everything from mops, brooms, mini trash cans, and just about every storage container size you could imagine!

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Here are some towels, sponges and a number of different cleaning products but you could use these beautifully colored towels for a covering for a scrapbook, accent for a card. die cut some shapes… the possibilities are endless!

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All of these items appear to be meant for cooking items and decor when doing so. Some really cute items as well as some things that I think would be great for paper crafting…  Let’s take a closer look..

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I saw these and although they are meant to be used with seaweed sheets for sandwich and food decoration, why not try it with paper? Yes, it’s how I think 🙂

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PERFECT FOR COOKING!

I love these items! I love how there are tiny ones and larger sized ones… I’ts pretty cool!

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I love the bright colored cooking utensils! As I look at this picture, I need to go back and get some grabbing tongs… I really need a pair! LOL

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Containers Containers Containers with color!!! YAHOOOO!!!  So many ideas! Look at those cute little jars with straws! SO CUTE!

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Here are some amazing dishes of all different colors!

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Here they had a whole bunch of double sided tape… all different kinds and sizes!

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Did someone say Silk Tape?

I don’t know how different silk tape is versus washi tape but hold on.. we have washi tape too!

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They had all different kinds of washi tape. I didn’t find them to be inexpensive as most of them were $1.5o per roll. Some of them had sets of three which would be more worth it but the singular rolls looked like they were $1.50 each. Beautiful colors though!

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I LOVED the chalk items..

They had labels, tags, markers and so many awesome things! Yes, I know.. I need to go back already!

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Here is some of their yarn and string items.Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale and Daiso Shopping Haul ap

Here are some twine and more string items as well.

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Here are some paper and material items… I seriously have so many ideas for this stuff… I had to walk away! lol next time paper… next time!

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Here are some beads and trim.

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They even had items for PETS! YES!! All different kinds of brushes, nail trimmers, bowls, collars and more!

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Here are some ADORABLE ceramic mugs… OMG! THEY ARE ADORABLE AREN’T THEY?

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Here are some adorable clips, frames and little chairs that would be perfect for a doll house!

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You can STAMP ON YOUR TOAST!

You stamp the impression of these stamps and then you toast your bread! How cool is this? Wouldn’t this be fun for some little ones?

I hope you enjoying the sharing of our Awesome Deals Shopping Haul. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! We appreciate you taking the time to visit and hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa Awesome Deals Shopping Haul!!

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Craft Haul Part 2

Craft  Haul Part 2 is what we have for you today. This is the second video of my swap meet Craft Haul. If you want to check out my Craft Haul part 1 click HERE. Today, I wanted to share the rest of my craft haul from the swap meet I bought last week.  I had gotten such a great haul I had to split it into two videos. I know… rough problem, right? It was so much fun I am going to have to go again soon.. when I can afford it!

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First we have some awesome Sizzix Embossing Folders here.

I LOVE THEM! So excited to create with them! One of the greatest things about them is that they are the larger size 5″ x 7″.

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The first embossing folder is the Kitchen Weave pattern. I love it! I think it is really versatile as you can use it for both male and female creations!

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Here is the Honeycomb embossing folder. This works great with our Design Elements stamp set.

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This is the Old Paris embossing folder. The detail is awesome!

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Here is a full picture of the embossing folder.

You can use this for a driving creation, travel, map, and so much more!

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As you can see here, the paper is an A2 size and the embossing folder is 5 x 7 so you can see how much more paper you can use with this folder. AWESOME!

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Now we have some banner dies. I love this set because it has various sizes that are perfect for matting or for creating multiple sizes for different uses.

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This is another awesome set. I love the example creation on here!

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Here is the back of the packaging so you can see how many dies come with this set! What a great deal!

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Here we have three different card sets.

These die sets have not only the card die but so many embellishments and other goodies for you to create with!

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Here is the first die. I love all of the different elements you can create!

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Here is the back of the set showing you all of the amazing dies that are in this set.

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Here is another amazing card die set. I love how cute the scalloped edges are!

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Here is the back of the envelope showing you all of the dies included in this awesome set.

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Here is the third card die set.

I love how many elements and how adorable the creation is on the front!
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I have taken out the dies for a closer review of the die set. This is the die for the card. It folds as shown above so that it is a moving card. Once folded properly, it will be an A2 card.

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Here are all of the dies included in this set. All of the circle dies can be nested in one another. I LOVE that! You also don’t have to worry about fussy cutting the mat for the base of the card. you have dies to do that for you! HOW EASY IS THAT?!

We hope you enjoyed checking out our craft haul! See anything you like?

Let me know and I hope to do a giveaway soon with one of my craft haul finds! Thank you so much for joining us today and for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Craft Haul Part 1

Craft Haul Part 1 is what we have for you today! We do not have a tutorial however we do have some WONDERFUL FINDS I want to share with you today. I was fortunate enough to go to the swap meet this morning. It has been SOOOO HOT I decided I was going to leave early. The cool thing is, my son Austin and his two friends wanted to go as well so we made a morning of it! I loved all of the items I bought and I bought so much that I really need to do another video showing you the rest of my crafty haul purchases so be sure to subscribe so you can check it out!

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This is the first half of my Tim Holtz craft haul. I can’t even tell you all of the amazing ideas I had when I was going through picking out items! I am going to be a very busy girl!

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This stencil or mask has not only the alphabet but the second mask has a ruler. You can mask off certain letters with post it notes if you don’t want them on your project to spell something specific if you wish too!

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This set works perfectly with the previous set. It has numbers and arrows. Wouldn’t this be great for a birthday card with someone turning a certain age and have the arrows point to the number? LOVE IT!

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This is perfect for just a little bit of background color on your creation or you can use this multiple times for a number of different colors on one project too!

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With two boys and a hubby you KNOW I am going to be using these masculine greats up FOR SURE!

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Here is a set of mini gears perfect to go with the previous set!

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These are the cutest little paper clips in my Craft Haul! Really great for those planners out there that love to have the small items in their smaller planners.

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I don’t know about you but I literally have three pair of these scissors. Well, I have them in certain areas where I create and I always find that on my main craft table they go missing and inevitably my oldest son takes them. Well today.. I bought these for FIVE DOLLARS.. BRAND NEW!  YES!!!  So I am have given him my old ones and now I get a new pair! YAY!

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This is the second set of Tim Holtz I am sharing with you today.

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We have this mask or stencil that looks like cheese cloth to me… I love how you get the look of old fabric.. I can’t wait to use it on a creation!

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Now we all know how much I love coffee.. ESPECIALLY when it comes to crafts so what better way to celebrate that than to buy a stencil with a coffee cup mark and splatter? EXACTLY! For my Craft Haul, I also bought an extra so that I can give one away for our next Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! That will be coming up in the fall!

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 I really enjoy the lines with this stencil. It gives an old look but what a great background it could be for any project!

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OMG! I love these! Perfect for our Spinner Greetings stamp set! Of course I definitely need more brads.. A shame there aren’t any eyelets in there too! LOL

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Here is another crafty find from my Craft Haul is perfect for those planners out there. These are adorable, smaller and sturdy! I can’t wait to use them!

Thank you so much for stopping by today to enjoy my swap meet Craft Haul! I hope I have inspired you to be creative and as always we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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COOL STAMPING TOOL REVIEW – MISTI

COOL STAMPING TOOL REVIEW – MISTI is what we have for you today. I am so excited to show you this tool! I think there are a million ways to use this tool for your creations and here I have one way to use it. If you didn’t know, MISTI stands for Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented. It is made by www.mysweetpetunia.com. If you are someone that likes to stamp multiple items, two or more stepped stamping projects, or to use multiple stamps on one creation.. THIS TOOL IS FOR YOU! We have a few pics below to show you how the MISTI works but I would recommend that you watch the video in order to see it in action!

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This is the MISTI. There are a few different sizes so be sure to check out their website to see which one would best suit your needs.

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Here is the front of the box that it came in.

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The one I have used in the demo is 8 1/8″ x 10 1/2″. The box also has directions on the outside of the box as a guide for use.

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As you can see, the MISTI comes with very clear markings so that you can use specific measurements to align your project just right.

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For this demo, I am using the Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart Stamp Set.

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To use this with photo polymer stamps, be sure the black foam insert (as shown) is at the base of the MISTI. This ensures proper pressure for the perfect stamped image.  Take out your stamps and place them on the foam for placement.

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Arrange your stamps so that they look how you want them to on your creation.

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Press down so that the acrylic back sticks to the photo polymer stamp.

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This is how it looks once it has stuck.

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Here is a close up of the back of the acrylic.

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Ink your stamps and place your paper down on the foam pad at the base of the MISTI.

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Once inked, close the acrylic sheet.

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Your stamped image is complete! Now you can stamp this one more time or hundreds and get the same exact effect! Be sure to ink properly and you are set to create away!

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoyed our product tutorial and going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway

It’s a CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway!! Today we are going to do a new product review of Becky Higgins amazing new 2016 Winter catalog I received at the CHA Show! First I want to announce the WINNER of last weeks giveaway. It is Eileen Fields! She will be receiving an awesome Mod Podge gift pack courtesy of Cathie and Steve and Plaid. Eileen please contact me with your mailing info and I will get your prize out to you this week! YAHOO!!!! Thank you for participating!

Now, onto this weeks fun and GIVEAWAY! I will be giving you a first hand look at the new 2016 Winter catalog as well as a wonderful prize ONE OF A KIND Becky Higgins Autograph prize that is up for grabs that any Scrapbooker, Creative, Memory Keeper and of course Project Lifer, would be THRILLED to have! This is her signing one right here! A keepsake to truly treasure!

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Sooooooo I went to the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Show last weekend and it was a blast! Be sure to stay tuned as I have a number of prizes up for grabs that I received there from some great vendors. One person that I adore and is just as sweet as you would expect her to be is Becky Higgins AKA the Project Life creator. She is so sweet and I asked her if she would be as so kind to give me an autograph for one of her fans and she graciously obliged. The CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway is a wonderful keepsake for your very own Project Life book!

In order to qualify to win you need to:

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

Subscribe to my blog on Blog Lovin’

Comment on this post if you are a Traditional Scrapbooker, Card Maker, Project Lifer, Love Planners, Smash Booker, all of the above or whatever your favorite form of memory keeping is and why.

For additional chances to win, follow me on Instagram. If you do so, please be sure to let me know in your comment here on the blog so I can be sure to count it in the comments when answering the question. I will be double checking so please be honest or you will be disqualified. Unfortunately, dishonesty has happened before. Due to shipping prices this offer is only open to United State Residents. We appreciate your understanding. Winner will be announced 1/25 on my blog so be sure to check back!

Now for the fun stuff!

As I said before, Becky is UNBELIEVABLY gracious. I went to CHA with a few of the Creative Crew members as well as my hubby and oldest son. Christian is 18 so fortunately, he was able to attend this year! Christian was a great sport and he was my “poser” for pictures. Don’t you think this picture is great? I love how it turned out!

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If you haven’t heard of Project Life it is a simplistic way to do scrapbooking by having pre printed cards and layouts that are easy to follow and do. You can embellish as much or as little as you want! Here are a few pictures of my favorite sets although I LOVE THEM ALL, I had to pick just a few.

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I love bold colors and I love this line. The bold colors, sayings and cute designs really will be useful for me in my creations. Most of all I like versatile designs. I have two boys but don’t want all masculine products either so a versatile set that can be used for multiple things is what I look for and THESE ARE AWESOME! I am really excited! For the names of the collections, check out my video for more details!

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I LOVE the doodle edition and the all seasons edition.. AGAIN THE COLORS ARE FABULOUS! Really versatile and adorable! Did you ever think to use your extra cards to create a greeting card or use it for a cover page of your Project Life book? Words that are important to you? Just a thought.. The possibilities are REALLY ENDLESS!

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With the above set there are some really cute coffee items as well as home doodles… its just all around so cute!! LOVE IT!

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However above all else, I think my favorite is the Explore Edition. This would be great for my boys between dirt bike riding, going camping, etc. The colors are perfect for that as are the embellishments. TOO DARNED CUTE! I see an increase in spending with the economy… UH-OH!

You may also want to check out our stamp sets. Our alphabet stamp sets as well as our Sign Language Alphabet stamp sets are great for any Project Life, Journal, Pocket Page Scrapbooking, Planner or anything you creative and crafty you come up with!

Here is a close up of the autographed card you will be getting if you are the winner. So excited to share the CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway with you!

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Be sure to follow the directions of the giveaway and come back next Monday to check out if you are the lucky winner!

Thank you so much for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Be sure to follow the instructions on this blog post in order to win a one of a kind autograph from Becky Higgins! Thank you for participating in the CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway!

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CHA 2016 Going on A Creative Journey with Melissa Part #2

I am baaaaaaaaccccckkkkk from CHA 2016!!!  I have returned from CHA 2016 and am overwhelmed, thrilled and exhausted! I have a lot to show you and will be showing it to you over the next few weeks as well as having GIVEAWAYS TOO!! Today’s focus is on We R Memory Keepers products. I do not have any affiliation with them, I just love their products and own a number of them. I am thinking about carrying them, what do you think? Would you like me to carry them and if so, what would you like to see? Comment on this post and answer this question and you will be entered to win one of the CHA prizes I have. I have a number of them thanks to the generosity of some of the manufacturers like items from  Tim Holtz, Simple Stories, Cathie and Steve with Plaid Industries, Sizzix to name a few. I will be picking a winner at random on Sunday January 17th and will announce the winner on Monday January 18th as well as what they have won and will have one of my sons pick the winner. This is a tradition I started when I started blogging and have continued it throughout the years. After all, they are the A and the C of the ACJwM! The above video is a sneak peek at that alphabet punch board by We R Memory Keepers. It’s really cool and I think it would be great for teachers that do bulletin boards. I thought you would like to see it as it is not even on the market yet. How cool is that? If you want to learn more about CHA and read my first post, please go here. Now, onto the products. I loved this display it was clean, colorful and most of all filled with fun items to play with! They were wonderful and the gentleman was more than happy to do an impromptu demo video for little ole me! I was and am VERY THANKFUL!

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These above are shadow boxes, cork boards, chalk boards, peg boards, wire hanger and picture frames. They all look so wonderful and when I saw them I thought HMMMMM…. PAINT!

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Here is a CLOSER VIEW of the rail system. It’s pretty cool!

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The above has various punches and decor for party decor making!  They are all so useful! This display is also including  punches to make the alphabet punch board that is featured in the above video 🙂

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Here are some awesome flower kits, various punch boards as well as embellishments PERFECT for a PARTY!!!

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And of course for all of you Project Life Lovers… We have a similiar type of item that would work great with Project Life which is Albums Made Easy. We also have the FUSE that allows you to make your own sized pockets along with a bunch more fun stuff for Pocket Page Scrapbooking!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as well as the products included in the review of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA 2016! Thank you so much for stopping by and going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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CHA 2016 – Going on A Creative Journey with Melissa

Hi All,

I AM AT CHA 2016 I am having a great time and wish you were all here to be able to experience this first hand at least once. But before I go on, I would like to apologize because I said I would be giving you sneak peeks and of all times, my website has been down since Thursday. Needless to say, I haven’t been able to post anything to my website so I apologize for this being late. What a nightmare that was! I have however, posted on my Instagram as well as my Facebook business page if you would like to check those out. Those would be more timely than my blog posts as I do my blog posts once I am home to recap my day.

Sooooo if you weren’t able to come to CHA 2016 or haven’t been to CHA at all or don’t know what it is, here is an explanation in a nutshell. CHA is the acronym for the Craft and Hobby Association. It is an organization where creatives, manufacturers, designers and more :),  of all different areas of crafts whether it be paper crafts, knitting, painting, jewelry and basically anything crafty and creative, come together from ALL OVER THE WORLD. They hold various conferences throughout the year. This specific show is one of the largest of it’s kind and for the last year it is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Next year, it will be held in Arizona. In order to be a member there are certain prerequisites. To find out more information if you qualify, please go here. If you happen to sign up, tell them I sent ya!

Part of being a CHA member and it’s membership cost includes education. They are really great about offering education classes for people that want to learn more about the industry, mentoring from fellow creatives in your field and getting you in contact with who you need to talk to if you have questions. The wealth of knowledge in the CHA organization as a whole is vast and wonderful to have when you are a new business starting out or an established business looking to boost your sales to a higher level. I have been a member for a number of years taking classes as well as enjoying the show. I went on Thursday and Friday for classes and the show floor opened yesterday. The classes are great for business owners like myself where you can learn things that you normally wouldn’t be able to do so. For example, I have a stamp line and would be able to ask questions to fellow stamp line owners, manufacturers, designers, web designers, attorneys, etc., questions about my personal situation and be able to get real answers as they are all within the industry that I am. It is UNBELIEVABLY instrumental in my business adventure. I have met a number of what I call lifetime friends too!

Yesterday I took a bunch of pictures at CHA 2016. have consolidated them down to a few below. I went to CHA this year with my awesomely supportive husband and son. I was excited that my son was old enough to be able to attend. It is cool to show him this side of things and that I am NOT the only one that is creative minded. Although to be honest, he is too so he TOTALLY gets it! As you will see, we got the “C” (Christian) and the “J” (Jon) of ACJwM (A Creative Journey with Melissa) in on the action. My hubby and son were my “posers” in pictures! LOL I also was fortunate enough to have a few of my AMAZINGLY talented Creative Crew along to check out the new things and see what THEY would like to work with next year as well as ideas and trends that are going on in the industry. Leticia, Marie and Rhoda are joining me this year. Unfortunately, Brandie is unable to attend due to a health issue so we DEFINITELY want to wish Brandie to feel better and be back on her feet soon.

First, I want to share with you a few things I learned in my classes. Here are a few DID YOU KNOW…. Please feel free to share!

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In a class that my husband took, they said at least 500 words. Sounds to me if you stick between 500-3000 you will have it covered varying between them throughout your different blog posts. This is what my plan is.
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Now for some pictures. One of the amazing creatives that I love to see is Tim Holtz. He is so kind, amazingly creative and very good to his fans. He truly appreciates our admiration. Here he was showing his distress crayons. They look FABULOUS!!! A must have for sure!

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We took a very inspirational class from Kathy AKA Crafty Chica. She is so wonderful, kind and inspirational. Her story is amazing and really goes to show that hard work, dedication and perseverance pays off.

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I of course stopped by Doodlebug Design because I LOVE THEIR COLOR PALETTE! ALWAYS. PERIOD! Adorable designs with awesome colors. Can’t go wrong with that!

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And of course there is PLANNER AWESOMENESS with Heidi Swapp... I love her, her creativity and her spirit.

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And more planner excitement with Marion Smith! Isn’t Christian a great “poser” LOL!

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I will have a bunch more pictures in my next post but I have to run for now as we are about to get to the convention center. Don’t forget to connect with us on your favorite social media platform above. Thanks for stopping by and as always, we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa!

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