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.

SUPER EASY Craft Project – Planner Pom Pom Clip

SUPER EASY Craft Project – Planner Pom Pom Clip is what we have for you today. You can use this clip not only for your planner but also as a book mark, scrapbook marker, gift for a friend and so much more! I was reintroduced to the Pom Pom when I went to a crop hosted by my friends Esther and Leticia. I remember making them when I was younger and LOVED THEM! Leticia is on our Creative Crew and I along with Brandie and Rhoda on our Creative Crew were thrilled to support such an AWESOME crop. Esther did the demonstration of the Planner Pom Pom Clip.

If you are in the Los Angeles, California and are interested in going to one of their crops, send me a message and I will get you in contact with them!

Now, do you want to make your own? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed

Twine or Yarn

Scissors

Paper Clips

Cut off a 4-6 inch piece of twine or yarn and set aside. You will use this to tie your Planner Pom Pom Clip.

Hold out your two fingers. Holding them apart approximately a quarter to a half of an inch apart. Starting at the bottom of your fingers as shown, wrap your yard around your fingers.

Wrap around your fingers with the yarn.

I wrapped the yarn twenty five times around my fingers.

If you want the Planner Pom Pom Clip to be more full, you would want to add more times wrapped with your yarn.

Cut off the yarn on the bottom once you have finished wrapping it to your desired thickness.

Take out the yarn piece you set aside. You will want to push the yarn piece in between your fingers as shown above where it is wrapped with the yarn.

Once you have pushed the yarn through, pull the yarn half way through so that there is yarn on both sides.

You will then take the ends of the pushed through yarn and tie them.

Remove the yarn from your fingers.

Pull the yarn tightly ensuring the yarn is in place securely.

You will then want to tie it again making a knot.

Once this is complete, take out your paper clip. Bend out your paper clip a little so you have a little bit of room between the outside edge and the inside.

Insert your paper clip either through the knot in the pom pom or behind it.

I chose to place the paper clip behind the knot. I feel like it is more secure this way.

Once it is securely attached, slide the paper clip around a full 360 degrees around the paper clip so that the paper clip is facing the correct way.

This is what the Planner Pom Pom Clip should look like once the paper clip is fully in place.

Now it’s time to trim your Planner Pom Pom Clip! It’s just like giving your clip a hair cut. Trim it to your liking whether it be short, long, even or uneven, it’s all up to you!

Here is my completed Planner Pom Pom Clip!

Here are the three Planner Pom Pom Clip creations I made! Aren’t they adorable? The possibilities are endless!

Again, a huge thank you to Esther and Leticia for inspiring my creativity today!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set shown in the video above which will work GREAT with your planner and NEW Planner Pom Pom Clip.

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 Karen Ladd !!

Karen, 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 Project Life Pocket Page Scrapbooking product overview. Have a wonderful week 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:

You’re Snow Wonderful ACJwM Stamp Set

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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Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash and Giveaway

Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash and Giveaway is what we have for you today. I don’t know about you but I vowed I was going to be done early for the holidays. First of all, I would like to say I am super proud of myself! I am 75% done shopping and am THRILLED! Creating this easy to create gift card holder is a great way to create something handmade because you want to show your loved ones you care. It is super fast too!  I came up with this quick idea and thought I would share it for those of you that want to plan ahead of time. I have a CAS way to create something from the heart but doesn’t take hours and hours to do SOOOOO let’s get started!

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Here are the items you will need for the Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash:

Stapler (I used the mini stapler by Tim Holtz)

Stickers in your stash

Fall & Winter Holiday Sentiments

Washi Tape,

Adhesive

Card base

Paper for sentiment

Scoring Board

You can also add Bling, twine and whatever embellishments you wish.

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For the Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash,

this is the first one I made as a sample. It took me about 30 seconds but this is because I did have the card stock pre cut. If you needed to cut the card stock, it would probably take about 3-4 minutes because it is pretty simple to cut a standard piece of paper in half.. If you know you are doing multiple ones, I would suggest you cut multiple ones so you have them on hand. It saves time!

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Take your paper (Cut 4.25″ x 11″) and place it on your scoring board.

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Score your paper at 5″ because you will need to fold this for your card to fold in half.

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Score your paper at 10″ because you will need to fold this so that it holds your gift card.

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This is how the Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash looks once it is scored.

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Take the smallest area (1″ end) and fold up.

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Use your finger or scoring tool and reinforce the scored area on your Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash creation.

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Fold the area where it is scored at the 5″ mark and push down on the fold.

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This is what the Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash creation looks like once it has been scored.

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Take our your stapler and staple on both sides of the 1″ scored area.

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Take out your stamps or your stickers and your paper mat for the Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash creation.

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Adhere your sticker or stamp your sentiment on the white paper.

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Apply adhesive to the back of the paper mat and adhere to the card base.

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For your Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash creation,

take out your washi tape and rip off pieces for the front of your card. I used three. You can pick how ever many you want.

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Adhere your washi tape to the card front.

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Take out any other embellishments. I chose to add some rhinestones. Adhere your embellishments.

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This is what the two Gift Card Holder Using Your Stash creations look like.

CAS – Clean and Simple! My favorite!

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Last week, our giveaway was a set of 5 chameleon pens!

The winner is:

                                                 Dee Earnshaw!!

She commented:

October 24, 2016 at 8:23 am
These Chameleon pens look awesome – love how easy it would make creating shadows and getting different tones using the same pen!!!! I would love to win one of these sets:) Please send me a message with your contact info and I will get your prize out to you!

Now, for the giveaway this week!

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Be sure to sign up for our Newsletter/Blog Posts and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for a chance to win this awesome stamp set! If you want to be entered in for an extra chance, please leave a comment on this blog post!

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

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Create your own Cork Wreath Part Three: Technique and Finishing Touches

Create your own Cork Wreath Part Three: Technique and Finishing Touches is what we have for you today. We are going to clean up our wreath to get rid of our little glue strings that tend to happen when using hot glue and create a bow to finish off your wreath! If you haven’t seen our other posts in this series of three, please check out PART 1 HERE and PART 2 HERE.

But first… before we get started with the Create your own Cork Wreath Part Three: Technique and Finishing Touches,

I have an awesome tip for you thanks to my friend Sheila!

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You know how when working with hot glue you have those pesky little strings… Well my friend Sheila told me of an awesome tip! Use a hair dryer or heat embossing gun and you will heat those little buggers away! I used mine (shown above) It works perfectly!

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A BONUS TIP!

If you plan to have your wreath for a variety of themes like holiday, birthday, summer, etc. I would suggest you place some velcro at the top of the wreath so you can change the bows out rather easily. Using velcro will not only make it easier it will allow you to change them out without much fuss and make your wreath more versatile throughout the year! Now…. Onto the bows, shall we?

technique-and-finishing-touches-d There are a number of bows you can make. Here I am going to just show you three of them and another technique with mesh ribbon. Here are three of the ribbons I am using for my project. You can always double or triple the amount of ribbon you use for your bow creation as well as add multiples together for a thicker more full looking bow.

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For the Technique and Finishing Touches, you want to start with wired ribbon. It makes it easier to bend and adjust and it will stay. You can use ribbon without wire but it does make it a little more difficult to keep the bow in place.

To start, you will want to take out the ribbon of your choice.

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First, you will want to take the ribbon and make a loop like shown, This will be the front of the ribbon.technique-and-finishing-touches-g

You will then fold three loops, each being a bit larger than the next for the ribbon. Be sure that the design is facing outward so the ribbons decorative appearance is on the visable part of the creation. technique-and-finishing-touches-j

You will repeat this three or more times. For video and creation purposes, I only did this three times. If I was to make a large bow for a larger wreath, I would probably make at least six or more for a fuller bow. technique-and-finishing-touches-l

Cut the end of the ribbon just a little bit past where you have it held in the middle of the bow.technique-and-finishing-touches-m

This will be how it looks.
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This is what it will look like once you have placed the wire around the ribbon center. technique-and-finishing-touches-rNow for the fun stuff! You get to fix the bow to make it fancy! You can puff it out or adjust it to your liking.

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Now for the second bow Technique and Finishing Touches…

You will want to start with at least three different sizes of ribbon one larger than the other. The sizes I used are approximately 30″, 24″ and 12″. The fuller the bow, the more sizes and variations you will want to use. You will want to place your ribbon on a sturdy surface and folded in an awareness ribbon shape like shown. technique-and-finishing-touches-t

Take the ribbon and pinch the center. Take out the second piece of ribbon.

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Fold the second piece of ribbon and gather in the middle.

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Place a small amount of hot glue to the gathered two pieces of ribbon. This will be used to hold the third piece of ribbon in place.

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Take the third piece of ribbon and wrap it around the center of the ribbon holding the gathered area in place. Apply hot glue to the end of the ribbon to secure it in place.

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Trim the ribbon and adjust to beautify the ribbon for your creation,

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This is the completed ribbon.

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On the third bow Technique and Finishing Touches,

take the ribbon you are going to use. Make two “rabbit ears” like you would for tying your shoe laces.

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Cross one of the ears over the other.

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You will then fold one of the ears over the other and push it through towards you .

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Pull tightly to secure your bow. Adjust your bow to the desired look you want for your creation.

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For this creation, we are going to use glittered mesh.

You can make a number of things with this amazing material but what you may not know, you can use a heat gun on it and give it a different look.

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It will melt the material and make it curl up at the ends. It really gives a great look for your creations. Play with it!

YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Thank you so much for joining us today for Create your own Cork Wreath Part Three: Technique and Finishing Touches. We hope you will be sure to stay tuned as we are going to be participating in an amazing coffee lovers blog hop with amazing prizes and awesome inspiration you will not want to miss!

We hope you enjoyed our bow creations and going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Create your own Cork Wreath Part Two: Putting it Together

Create your own Cork Wreath Part Two: Putting it Together is what we have for you today. We have a tutorial on video above as well as the pictorial below.

The original video was over an hour and a half long (1:48 to be exact).

In the editing process I sped up the time so that all you actually have slowed is when I am speaking with tips, techniques and suggestions. Everything else is sped up to not make the video longer. I really wanted to do this video so that you can see from beginning to end what is needed to be done. As I said in my video the wreath is not a difficult project.

It only takes about two hours of time for the larger wreath.

A little under an hour and a half for the smaller one. To find out exactly what you need to create one of the smaller wreaths, go to my first Create your Own Cork Wreath blog post here for info. Hopefully this will give you the courage to try it out! There are so many wine drinkers out there that this could be a great gift or even a great craft fair product to sell! Be sure to ask your friends to save their corks and you can TRY IT! Sooo… let’s get started!

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Here is the first of two wreaths that I have made. There are two different types of patterns I used to place the corks her

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We are going to recreate this one again for this pictorial and the video.

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First, be sure you have your wire or whatever you plan to use to hang your wreath in place before you start to apply your corks. This will ensure it’s usability as well as ease for the person you are either gifting it, selling it or even for yourself!

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The first thing you are going to want to do for the Create your own Cork Wreath Part Two is get out your hot glue gun, corks and a protective mat (Hot Glue Gun Helpers set including the protective surface Mat) Place your protective mat down. I placed my corks on the inside of the wreath for visibility. Plug in your hot glue gun approximately twenty minutes before you plan on starting. What I did was I got my glue gun plugged in and then I pulled everything out and got situated to get ready to create. It worked out perfectly!

*NOTE* You will  want to be sure that you have gone through your corks and made sure that you have enough to do this project.

I was so fortunate to have one of my BFF’s which I am also lucky enough to have as my next door neighbor, give me a whole box of corks that had been collected over some time. I was so excited I thought of a few ideas and here is one of them!

A HUGE thank you to ROBIN for the corks for these wreath projects!

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Once your glue gun is heated properly, you will want to take out your unwrapped wreath with the flat part on the work surface. The flat side will be the back of the wreath. It is important that you use the flat side so when someone hangs the wreath, it will lay flat on the surface.

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You will want to adhere corks to the wreath to essentially cover the wreath. There are a few different ways to do so. This is the first one. You can use this by itself (I would have been a little more careful, lined up the corks better and closer together so it was covered more had this been the final look of the wreath.)

The other way you can do it is the way we are going to show you in this tutorial.

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The three ways I have done in this video are zig zag, directly on the corks and a long line. I have found the line isn’t the most effective when gravity is involved. The corks will slip down and I ended up doing more redo’s with that.

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If you use the hot glue line technique, it works great for when you are doing the circle around the top of the wreath when the cork is supported like shown. This was very effective.

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I would suggest the following as the best two to techniques to use for the majority of the corks.

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The first is using a zig zag line approximately two to three inches wide and almost as tall as the corks that you are using. This works well as long as you make sure you have enough glue on the area where the corks are going to go.

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Another other way you can adhere them is to place the hot glue directly on the cork in a thick line.

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You are going to start gluing the corks on the top part of the wreath going all the way around. Once you have used either of those techniques, you will then press your corks on the desired area. Complete putting on corks all around the top of the wreath.

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Next, you are going to put glue on the inside of the circle of corks you just placed.

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Place them all of the way around the wreath.

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The next layer so to speak of corks you are going to place is the inside of the wreath layer.

For this, you will want to turn your wreath upside down so that the back of the wreath is facing you. You can place a line of glue or I would suggest gluing each cork individually for the best adhesion.

Create your own Cork Wreath Part Two qYou will then place your corks vertically along the inside of the wreath as shown.

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This is how it looks once completed.

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Just to be sure that all of the corks have adhered properly, gently run your fingers around the corks. If any feel loose or fall off, reapply them. It can happen so just be sure before you start your final layer that all of the corks are in place.

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Now for my favorite part!

Turn your wreath back around so that the front of the wreath is facing you. Now you will be gluing corks in a random order to cover the top to give it a more 3-D decorated look for the Create your own Cork Wreath Part Two project. I have found it is best for you to individually apply hot glue to each cork. It helps with the random placement.

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Apply glue and place the corks in random order on the wreath, filling areas where the base wreath may be showing through.

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Add more to fill up the wreath to add more fullness to the desired look you are aiming for. Once you are done, this is where you would clean up any extra glue, glue strings, etc to give your wreath a great finished look. It is easier to clean up the excess glue once it has cooled.

Here are full pictures of the cork wreaths I created.

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Wreath I made in the video (larger wreath)

Once you are done, you can add ribbon, berries, themed decorations for fall, Christmas, birthdays, even wine bottles and glasses! There are a number of things you can do. For next weeks tutorial I am going to show you how to tie and create a ribbon that will work perfectly for your wreath. I realize it may seem silly but there are different ways to tie a ribbon and they can have all of the difference in the world when creating a gift for someone. You will be able to use this technique not only for your wreath but for cards and future gifts too!

Thank you so much for joining us today for the Create your own Cork Wreath Part Two tutorial.

We are honored you took the time to visit and hope you will create a cork wreath yourself! we hope we have inspired you to get creative and appreciate you going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Create your own Cork Wreath: What you Need

Create your own Cork Wreath – What you Need is what we are getting ready for today. I am going to show you what you need to prepare to create an awesome cork wreath. With a little time and patience, you will be ready to create an awesome creation that you can give as a gift or keep for yourself!

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What you will need

LOTS OF CORKS! (It obviously depends on how big your wreath is. I have about 500 or even more but you would rather have more than less!)

Hot Glue Gun Helpers Kit

Protected work surface or a Hot Glue Gun Helpers Craft Mat

Glue Sticks

Wreath ( I used straw but DO NOT USE FOAM or it will more than likely MELT with the hot glue)

Hot Glue Gun

Wire

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First, you will want to get your wreath out.

Unwrap your wreath. Mine came with plastic wrap around it. You will want to carefully take of this wrap making sure you don’t cut any of the wreath. Once you have take off the plastic, you will want to look over your wreath to ensure there aren’t any huge pieces of straw or areas where it may need a little clean up. Remember, you will be covering this wreath so not need to make it look perfect.

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Once you have looked it over, you are ready to add your wire. Be sure you have plenty of wire just in case you will need more wire to hang it wherever it may end up.

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Stick one end through the wreath making sure where it comes out will be a good place to use for it to be hung.  If it isn’t, carefully remove it and redo it. You do not want it in an area where it won’t lay flat on the hanging surface or it will show unless you are using a decorative wire. Create your own Cork Wreath - What you Need j

Once it has been poked through, wrap it in a circle so it stays out of the way when attaching the corks to your wreath. Don’t cut your wire until you give it or hang it. This allows the person hanging it to have plenty of options and length of wire.

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There are two sides to your wreath. The matte and flat looking side would be the back.

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The glossy rounded side is the front. You want the flat side for the back of the wreath so it lays flat where it is placed.

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You are ready to Create your own Cork Wreath!

Stay tuned for our next video showing you how to put it all together!

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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..

For our Awesome Deals Shopping Haul: Scrapbooking Made Simple and Daiso

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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2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog HopWelcome to the 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

If you happened to come by here by chance, you are SO LUCKY!! We are taking part in the AMAZING 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #summerclh and we are showcasing our love for Summer & COFFEE!!  Summer is a wonderful time where my kids are out of school, our pool is open for swimming, schedule is a bit less hectic and of course THAT leaves time for what you ask? MORE COFFEE!! Whether it is coffee, tea, or cocoa; you are going to LOVE the 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and be VERY inspired by the many AMAZING talented participants…. Sounds great right? We are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS & FLASH PRIZE SPONSOR for this amazing blog hop!

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

The 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, June 17th starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, June 24th. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be announced on Sunday, June 26th 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!

Now, onto my projects! The theme is summer and of course… COFFEE!

I am a Midwestern girl that now lives in Sunny California…. One would think I would LOVE it because it is sunny 98.9% of the time… Well, I am from Chicago so I like four seasons… not one and half LOL! For me, one of the things I miss most of all is RAIN. I know I know but I REALLY DO! Anyone who really knows me, knows I like to dance around in my shorts in the rain. The thing is for me, summer DOES include rain and often times it does for most states throughout the US as well as some other countries. This is what inspired me to create with these stamp sets.

Thinking about my possible creations,

I knew I had an idea. I hoped it would work but couldn’t put it together. Often times I will ask my sons what their thoughts are.. well, I can thank my youngest, Austin, for this one! He verbalized what I was trying to do only MUCH BETTER! It really is a family business! If you want to read more about our story, go Here.

For my first 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop creation,

 I used the cloud, rain drops and sun from the Weather Related stamp set. I used the coffee cup from the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set and the word Coffee from the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY stamp set. For the stamp images and sentiments, I used Memento ink. To color the clouds, sun and coffee cup I used my Chameleon Pens. The light colors yet also the dark colors of gray making up colors of the clouds. AMAZING RIGHT.. all with ONE PEN! Those are the Chameleon Pens!! If you aren’t familiar with them, they are alcohol based pens/markers like Copic, Pro Markers, etc. but you can get multi colors from just ONE PEN! Check out my YouTube channel to see them in action!wm sunshine white

For my second 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop project,

I used a sizzix embossing folder on some left over die cut packaging. I cut it to ensure it would fit through the Big Shot, placed the acrylic sheet inside and away I rolled… And this is what you have! I love it and it is one of my FAVORITE techniques to do so I save ALL of my clear packaging. SO MANY USES! I made this card because I think we all can agree there have been NUMEROUS times that people have lived another day because someone has gotten their coffee. As the card says… Coffee  It saves lives. AND BOY DOES IT! To see a tutorial on this project, please go to my blog post here. We have both a pictorial and video!

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For my last 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop project,

I created a quick and cute coffee clip for a planner, journal, smash book, calendar, composition book and whatever use you would need it for! It is super easy to make and you can make numerous ones all at the same time! It’s a great idea for a gift! Everyone loves coffee, right? I used a cool product that I fortunately had some left as it is no longer made. It is called sparkle and fluff. That is what is coloring the coffee cup. It reminded me of some beautiful summer green grass…  and AGAIN IN THE MIDWEST and definitely opposite to here in SUNNY CALIFORNIA..  Where the grass is B R O W N! LOL Of course any cup of coffee whether visable or not always has a few little hearts above it, right? At least mine do!

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 I am doing three giveaways on my blog! I will be picking three winners. I am giving away the three stamp sets I used for my creations; Weather Related, Coffee is my Liquid Therapy and Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY!. All you need to do is answer this: What electronic die cut machine do you have if any and why did you choose it? With your answer, comment below and I will pick three winners! They will be announced on our blog on Sunday, June 26th. Be sure to ANSWER THE QUESTION to qualify to enter. This is open to everyone, not only the US. The winners from our blog giveaway have been announced . Click HERE to see if you are a winner! 

We are honored you have come to visit today. Don’t forget to use the coupon code SCLH20 to save 20% 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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