Die Cutting Intricate Dies

Die Cutting Intricate Dies is what we have for you today. Do you worry about die cutting intricate dies and trying to get those little pieces out? Will you avoid those dies because they can be quite a pain? Well, we aren’t doing a project tutorial but we are giving a few tips on cutting intricate dies. I am also showing you one of my favorite tools and we have a giveaway too!

Above on the left you can see the intricacy of the die. The details are amazing but what a pain to try to get out all of those little pieces.

Well the purple tool above is AMAZING and IT is going to be a lifesaver!

Here is a close up of the die and the cut of the die.

This is a close up of the second die and a close up of the die cut.

This is the amazing Spellbinders Tool ‘N One. It has so many uses but we will show you that in a bit.

First, I wanted to let you know that there is another option other than the magnetic platform. You can get the precision base plate and use it as you would a clear platform. Use it with the standard platform and voila! It works with the thinner dies!

First, we are going to die cut one of the dies. Place your platform, precision platform and paper down.

Take your die and make sure that you place the edge side up so that it cuts the paper.

Place your clear platform on top of your die.

Run your die through the die cut machine fully twice. One pass each way.

This is what happens when you don’t do it thoroughly. Yep, I know. Frustrating but it happens.

This is what it looks like when it IS done correctly. The detail is AMAZING!

This is where the awesome tool comes in. You use the brush side and get to brush out all of the pieces from the die itself

as well as the die cut!

The detail is amazing and this is a close up of the die after it was just cut and the die cut.  Die Cutting Intricate Dies can really happen without too much effort. Especially with the Spellbinders tool.

The Tool ‘N One tool is awesome and there is so much it can do!

It has two other parts! They are easily removable as well! You simply pull down on the neck of the tool

and you can adjust or even remove the head of the tool.

Replace one side with the spatula or scraper tool.

Notice the notches?

 That gives you plenty of room to adjust how long you need the tool.

If you unscrew the tool in the middle you can store the other two pieces inside! Not only do you have a scraper tool but you also have a poker tool too! How cool is that? JUST in case your brush doesn’t get all of those tiny little pieces of paper out.

Both your poker and your spatula fit inside the middle of the tool. At the same time!

Screw your tool back together and you have exactly what you need for any crop or creative station!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!

The Spellbinders Tool ‘N One tool what we are giving away this week!!

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away the

 A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set!!

The winner is Nikki C!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Die Cutting Intricate Dies video!

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

 

Die Cuts Used as Masks

Die Cuts Used as Masks is what we have for you today.

How many dies do you have? How often have you used your die cuts for things other than what they are actually made for? Well, I have an idea for you! Why not try Die Cuts Used as Masks for your creation? Imagine how many things you can do with this!!

Supplies Needed

A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Tim Holtz Silver Adirondack Ink

Two Punches One size smaller than the other or die cuts

Die

Ink applicator

Removable Adhesive

Foam square

Scissors

Cereal Box or chip board

Paper to stamp and mat

Twine

Card Base

Protected work surface

Manual Die Cut Machine (Sizzix)

This is a close up of the A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set. It is wonderful for any celebration! You can make your own toast to celebrate!

This is the card I created. If you have watched my videos before, you would know that I like to show my mistakes so that you can learn like I do.

My tongue twisting and lack of speaking properly is for your entertainment! LOL

If you noticed, the middle diamond has a little bit of bleed over of the ink. The solution? Use adhesive and push down so that none of the ink will bleed through and also use LESS INK so it doesn’t pool. You can always add more in layers.

To begin, take out your cereal box or chip  board, die and your manual die cut machine.

This is a MAGNETIC platform by Sizzix. I can’t possibly do it justice. It’s awesome and I love it! I have the larger one as well as this one. Really, I don’t need two but because they came out with the first one which was smaller and then later came out with the larger one.

If you have a choice, purchase the larger one.

This platform keeps your dies in place while you are trying to cut. It is perfect when you are trying to use scraps on your creation and need to use a certain amount of space.

Start with your platform whether it is magnetic or not. Add your clear platform on top of it.

Place your cereal box or chip board down on the clear platform.

Using the cutting side of the die, be sure it is face down on the material you want to cut.

Notice the area where it is poking up? That is the cutting side so you want to put that face down.

Here your die is face down on to the material you want to cut.

Now you will place your second clear platform on top of your die cut. Place your items in the die cut machine.

Using the handle, rotate it so the die runs through the manual die cut machine.

This is the die and here are the die cuts I created using the cereal box for the Die Cuts Used as Masks.

Take out your card base and adhesive.

Place adhesive on the back of the dies. Be sure you place adhesive on the edges.

Press down on the die cuts to ensure their adhesion. You are now going to see how you will create Die Cuts Used as Masks.

Take out your ink and applicator. Add ink to your applicator.

Add ink to your card base.

Here is the finished inked card base. Set this aside.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set ink, stamp block and paper to stamp on. Place your sentiment on the block and ink your sentiment.

Place your foam square on the back of your sentiment. Mount your sentiment to the gray colored mat.

Take out your twine. Wrap your twine around your sentiment. Tie your twine in a knot and trim excess.

Here is where the magic is revealed! Remove your Die Cuts Used as Masks.

This is what it looks like without the masks!

If there is some adhesive residual, rub it off or you can use an adhesive eraser. If the ink is still wet, you may get some smearing.

Take out your adhesive. Place adhesive on the back of your sentiment.

Adhere your sentiment to the card base.

You have completed your creation for the Die Cuts Used as Masks!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!

The A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set  is what we are giving away this week!!

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away the clip die cut set and the embossing folder are what we are giving away this week!!

The winners are Sandy F for the die cut set and Patty C for the embossing folder!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Die Cuts Used as Masks!

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

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three

Scrapbooking Made Simple Craft Haul Part Three is what we have for you today and I think we saved the BEST FOR LAST!!! I am so excited to share what we have for today!

We don’t have tutorials we have TWO GIVEAWAYS!!! You are going to LOVE THEM!

I went shopping at Scrapbooking Made Simple’s AWESOME SALE! Sadly, it has ended but I have two prizes so you can feel like you went too! Are you ready?

For starters of the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three, we have these awesome dies. They could all work together and all work separately of course as well. Let me give you a little close up of what these beauties look like.

This set comes with seven fabulous dies that can be used together or separately.

I think I am going to use some twine and create a card with it.

What I really love is the way the holes are larger and will give great texture to your creation when you use some type of medium like thread or yard in the holes.

This set has very small holes to give great but SUBTLE texture. I really love it and there are a whopping 14 dies! I know… YOWSA! This sale goes on every year! How are you liking the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three so far??

When I saw this set I automatically thought of my sister. She is a Bee Keeper and I think I will have to create something fantabulous with it… What, well I am not sure.

Do you have any suggestions??

I really love this embossing folder… I loved it so much, I decided you would too sooooo…

This is one of the giveaways! You could use this with color and without. You could highlight the embossed design with ink or paint or you could lightly sand your paper to show the texture…

I really enjoyed this embossing folder. It would be great for a heritage page, masculine or feminine page or you could use it as a cool background as well!

I was so excited to see this set from Sizzix. I can’t wait to get started! This die set has so many possibilities. I love how you can use it to document your travel as well as maybe tell someone that lives far away that you miss them. There are so many more possibilities! What would you do with it?

This set is on the larger scale. Another reason why it appealed to me. The rectangle is approximately 5″ inches wide! How perfect is that?

Alright planners.. I didn’t forget about you! When I saw this set and immediately thought of you!

I can’t even imagine how many creations that can be made with this awesome die set. Don’t you LOVE IT?!

Whether you need a large or a small clip, you are covered with this die set.  You could even cut thin metal with it! Wouldn’t that be neat?

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAYS!

The clip die cut set and the embossing folder are what we are giving away this week!!

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away this embossing folder. You can use it with ink, paint, white core paper and SO MUCH MORE! It’s an awesome folder that has numerous uses! I love this texture!

The winner is Jean T!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Three!  Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two is what we have for you today. Today we have crafting goodies part two… If you liked last week…

THIS WEEK IS GOING TO ROCK YOUR SOCKS! You may even get to win something! This is only week TWO OF THREE!

Today is basically a Kaiser Craft day… Most of the items I picked for the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two are awesome dies but we also have embossing folders too!

The first item I have for the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two is this awesome embossing folder.

I love this one! There are so many creative ideas for this folder!!  I just can’t even stop thinking of the amazing possibilities! The words for this embossing folder you can highlight either on a card, project or behind a picture… LOVE IT! I will be creating items with this embossing folder in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

This tree bark embossing folder is really cute.. You can use paint, ink, emboss it, use white core card stock and sand it.. yes… I can go on and on and on.. LOVE IT!

Here is a close up of the actual embossing folder. I love the detail in it!

This die set goes perfect with the set I showed in my video and giveaway last week with the US map as well as the stamp and other dies. This set will really go well with our Spinner Greetings Stamp set. I am excited to create with both!

This die set is perfect for your Project Life creations, journaling, planners, cards and so much more.

I love the detail on the edges. It gives a little bit of texture with your die cut!

These beauties I fell in love with upon first glance. I just love these doily dies! You can use them to highlight a sentiment, a background texture for a creation or you can use ink or paint and use it as a stencil.

Here is a close up of the actual decorative die. It is called modern doily.

This is the detailed doily by Kaiser Craft. Isn’t it cool?

Here are the awesome items I have from Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two. Be sure to stay tuned for next weeks haul because we are going to have

TWO GIVEAWAYS NEXT WEEK and YOU WONT WANT TO MISS IT!!!

This awesome wood grain embossing folder is what we are giving away this week!!

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away this embossing folder. You can use it with ink, paint, white core paper and SO MUCH MORE! It’s an awesome folder that has numerous uses and can be used for both women and men! Multi -Use.. my kind of product!

The winner is  Mary Ann!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part Two! Be sure to stay tuned for Part Two and Part Three with awesome giveaways as well! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One

Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One is what we have for you today. Today we have crafting goodies not a tutorial so sit back, relax and enjoy my shopping spree…and it won’t cost you a penny! You may even get to win something!

I want to start off by sending my love, hugs and prayers to Stacey and her family, the owner of Scrapbooking Made Simple and the reason why I have the Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One today. Sadly, she had a house fire THE DAY HER AWESOME SALE STARTED! Unfortunately, her house is a total loss. Fortunately, everyone is OK but the devastation of years of memories gone has got to be horrible. Please says some prayers for her and her family while they go through this.

I don’t know about you but I really do still like the old fashioned dies. Ya know… the thick ones.

I  like to use them because unlike the wafer thin dies, I can make multiple cuts thru a larger quantity of paper which saves me time. I also have a Big Shot Pro which is a die cut machine that cuts dies that are 12″ x 12″ so that is awesome for scrapbook pages, larger cards and envelopes.

You can also use two of the Bigz Sizzix dies together at one time with it because of its larger machine format size.

For Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One, I am showing you the larger, thicker dies I purchased.

For this first die, I was really excited because it got me thinking of different ways I could use our stamp sets with these die cuts. They would be perfect for sentiments or even making a cool pattern with scrap pieces of paper! So many ideas!!

I love this die! Although I have a similar one that I have used with blue jeans, I have ideas on how I am going to use this one the same way! What a perfect way to dress up a gift card gift, right? Stay tuned because I will be doing a tutorial on it in one of my future Mondays with Melissa posts.

Another item for my Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One was this wallet die. I love all of the extra die cuts it comes with so you can really make it as fancy or plain as you wish. The buckles are adorable and can be used for other creations as well!

This is a Sizzix Big Shot Pro die. It is a 12 x 12″ die that is used with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Machine.

There are so many things you can do with this die.

You can use it as the envelope as  it was designed for or you can use it as an invitation using the inside of it as your area to write. You can also use it as a pocket and just cut off the one side! There are so many possibilities!

This is also another Big Shot Pro Die. I love the A2 card and that it has a way for you to add a die on the inside where you can create a cut out in the front of the card itself. It doesn’t have to be used but what a great addition to any creation!

I also purchased two of these embossing folders… Hmmm… what should I do? I guess you will have to wait until the end of this post to find out…..


For the awesome sale, Stacey had some awesome giveaways of her own! I wanted to be sure to show you them! First is the awesome glitter marker exclusive to Scrapbooking Made Simple. It is really cool and I can’t wait to use it!

You also get a scrapbook kit, pin, die and stamp set! This is just my Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One… we have two more to show you in the coming weeks!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY! I am giving away this embossing folder. You can use it with ink, paint, white core paper and SO MUCH MORE! It’s an awesome folder that has numerous uses and can be used for both women and men! Multi -Use.. my kind of product!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAY of the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set!

The winner is Sandy Fleming !

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Scrapbooking Made Simple Warehouse Sale Haul Part One! Be sure to stay tuned for Part Two and Part Three with awesome giveaways as well! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

Crafting with Cereal Boxes

Crafting with Cereal Boxes is what we have for you today. Did you know you can repurpose cereal boxes? Did you know they are cuttable not only by your punches but by electronic cutting machines? They really are and I am going to show you how easy it is! You will be asking people for THEIR cereal boxes!

Supplies needed for the Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set

Stamping Block

Adhesive

Ink

Cereal Box

Paper Clip

Foam Dots/Squares

Glue Dots

Here is the project we are going to create. It’s cute and is super quick BUT think about ALL OF THE AMAZING THINGS YOU CAN CREATE WITH CEREAL BOXES!!!  And your PUNCHES WORK TOO!!  YES! What great gifts you can make doing the Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project.

Here is close to the cereal box I started with.

I cut off the areas that would not be useful. Keeping the sides for me was a good idea for small punched or cut out items. 

You can also use your ELECTRONIC DIE CUT MACHINE! Above, I used my Brother Scan and Cut 2. When using your electronic die cutting machine, be sure to change the settings so that the machine and the blade are for a much more rigid item.

Check with your machine’s manual or the manufacturers website for further information.

YOU CAN ALSO USE your punches on your cereal boxes! Perfect for  your Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project! Now let’s start creating!

Take out your cereal box and punch. Punch your cereal box. Set box aside.

Take out your paper and punch out three pieces for your clip.

NOTE: If you are going to create this, I would suggest covering the inside back side of the clip so that the cereal box printing doesn’t show OR you can flip it over so it just shows the chipboard looking side. In my  video example, I covered both sides of the back which is why I punched three of the tag out.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set. Pick out the letters you wish to use for your clip. 

Place your stamps on your block.

Ink your stamp.

Stamp your image or images on your tag for you Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project.

Place your foam dots on the back of your cereal/paper covered tag.

Put your glue dot on the bottom of your Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project tag.

Using your paperclip, place it on the glue dot.

Be sure you are placing it low enough so that your clip can be used and is not blocked by the adhesive.

Place the stamped tag on top of your tag with the clip on it.

YOU ARE DONE with the Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project! Now what are YOU going to do with the cereal boxes you save? Please let me know what you create! I can’t wait to hear about it!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

 This week we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAY of the double embossing folder set from Tim Holtz!

The winner is  Tonya!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

Save Money Create Custom Ribbon

Save Money Create Custom Ribbon is what we have for you today. Do you ever want to have a specific color of ribbon for a project and don’t know what to do? NOW you have your answer! It is super easy and you can do multiple ribbons at a time so you can have some on hand!

Supplies Needed for the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project

Adirondack Ink

Protected Work Surface

Rubber Bands

Rayon Ribbon

Alcohol and Paper Towels or the like for clean up

This is just one example of what you can create with the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project!

Are you ready to get creative? LET’S GET STARTED!

Take your ribbon and fold it in whatever way you wish. I folded mine back and forth over itself so i had a stack of ribbon approximately 3 inches wide. Depending on how you fold it will depend on how the color creation turns out on your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project.

Take your rubber band and wrap it around your ribbon. Remember any place your rubber band is will have little or no color.

This is a close up of what I did when I wrapped my rubber bands around the ribbon.

Start your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project by adding the first color to your ribbon. I used aqua for my first color.

Here I added my second color Red Pepper.

For my third color, I added Sandal.

If you have any mess at any time while you are creating your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project, don’t forget your alcohol!

The alcohol takes any of your ink mess away in seconds!

Now we are going to re-create this beautiful custom ribbon for our Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project.

The three inks I used to create this ribbon were the raspberry, wild plum and purple twilight Tim Holtz Adirondack ink.

Add the ink in various places to create your design.

The more you add the darker or more colorful your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project will be.

Once you have finished adding the ink, you will want to set it aside to dry. As you can see, the newly inked ribbon on the left is darker than the dried one on the right. Once it dries, the colors will be similar to the right side.

This is what it looks like when it has dried and comparing both the dried one and the newly inked one after 10 or so minutes. Crazy how just a little drying time changes it, right?

Here I had created ribbon using military colors. I went a little bit darker than I would have liked but it still came out pretty cool. What do you think?

When I moved the ribbon, I saw this beautiful color! What a perfect time to grab another piece of ribbon and take advantage of the situation and create more!

The ink on the table just screamed to me that it needed ribbon to clean it up!

I also added some additional color to make the ribbon a little less dark for my military creation. I love the colors!

Here the rubber band ribbon creation has had a little time to dry. I am going to take out the rubber band.

This is what it looked like once I took off the rubber band.

Here are the various color creations I made for the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project! The possibilities are endless!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

 This week we are giving away a double embossing folder set from Tim Holtz!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed with matching names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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

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Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAY the  A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 !

The winner is Robyn T!

Robyn, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate 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 Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

 

Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream

Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream is what we have for you today! This technique is not only cool but has awesome results! Great ready to get creative and messy!

This is the creation I made. We will be creating the Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream background paper.

Supplies Needed for the Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2

Hazelnut, Oregano and Mushroom Tim Holtz Adirondack Ink

Shaving Cream

Paper Towels and lots of them

Platter or tray

Toothpicks

Popsicle sticks

Photo Paper/Glossy Paper

Isopropyl Alcohol for clean up

You can use regular card stock for this technique (on the right) however, I prefer the glossy paper (on the left) because I think it looks more vibrant.

Take out your platter and shaving cream.

Put shaving cream all over your platter.

Spread the shaving cream on  your platter all over the bottom of the tray. I used a popsicle stick to spread the shaving cream. This will allow for two pieces of paper to fit onto the tray at the same time.

Add the hazelnut ink to the shaving cream. I added lines of ink to the left side and dots on the right to get two different looks in the same tutorial.

Oregano is the second ink you will add to your shaving cream.

Add Mushroom to your shaving cream.

Using a popsicle stick, spread the ink so it is mixed up. You can do this as much or as little as you want depending on the look you want.

On the right I used the toothpick to give a different look and texture to the shaving cream mix.

I decided to add a little more ink for my Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream project so if you choose to do the same, YOU CAN!

Mix it up to your liking!

Take out your glossy paper. Place your paper on top of the right colored area.

In this case, we had two areas I wanted to focus on. Place your second piece of paper in the area in which you want the color from.

Push the paper into the shaving cream to get a little more color and effect to the paper.

This is what it looks like once you have removed the paper from the shaving cream. You see why it’s messy now right? LOL

I decided I am going to add even a little more color so here I go adding some dots of alcohol ink!

This is what it looks like after I have added more ink with the shaving cream!

NOTE:Typically, I will do a lot of these at once so I only have to clean up once. If you are doing multiples, I would suggest you do all of the shaving cream and then go back to each step all at once for each creation.

Now it is time to clean off the paper. Place a few paper towels on your work surface. Place your shaving cream colored area face down on the paper towel. Fold the paper inside the paper towel to cover the whole thing.

Starting from the inside toward the outside, smooth out the paper allowing the shaving cream to go to the outside edges.

Open up the paper towel.

This is what it looks like once removed from the paper towel.

Wipe off any excess shaving cream or ink from the back of the paper as well.

I love how the paper that I added more ink to turned out. This looks like a piece of granite to me!

You have finished the Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream project! Here are all of the varieties I create using the same ink and shaving cream. All I did was create different patterns! Pretty cool, huh? What do you plan on creating using this technique?

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

 This week we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 as featured in this post and the above video!!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed with matching names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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

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Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAY the A Creative Journey with Melissa For My Boys Stamp Set ! The winner is Angie!

Angie, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate 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 Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE MONEY: Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos

SAVE MONEY: Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos is what we have for you today. Have you ever seen an awesome candle with a picture on it and thought WOW! That is cool? Well, you are going to learn not only how to do it but how simple it is too! Ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the SAVE MONEY: Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa For My Boys Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Embossing/Heating Tool or Hair Dryer

Scissors

Memento Ink

Inexpensive Candle

Scotch Tape

Tissue paper

Wax Paper

Copy Paper

Candle

This candle was created with out using stamps.

I used the A Creative Journey with Melissa For My Boys Stamp Set for the sentiment on this candle.

To begin the Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos Project,

take out your scotch tape, copy paper and tissue paper. Cut a piece of tissue paper that will fit on the copy paper and in the area in which you wish to print.

Use the copy paper as a guide to where your picture will print and place your tissue paper accordingly.

sing the scotch tape, tape the edges of the tissue paper to the copy paper. specifically the corners and in between the corners.

This is the tissue paper I used. This is not fancy tissue paper. This was generic white tissue paper and nothing fancy about it.

Double check to be sure that the edges of the tissue paper are not sticking up. You do not want them to get caught in the printer.

I used a rear feeding printer. My Epson 3640 feeds either way and this is not a fancy printer.

I believe I got it on sale for under $150.00 and I love it! The normal settings for general printing is what I used. I did not set it to the picture settings. The concern I had was that my front loading printer would rip the tissue paper or get caught. When the paper goes through the printer, it looks like the above picture which could cause more issues.

Now I am ready to print! I placed my paper in the printer facing up in the rear feeder. I simply used Microsoft word to print the picture.

This is what it looked like once it had been printed.

If you look closely (look at the circle) there is a little splotch of ink from the printer. I have no idea why but don’t worry! We will be cutting that area off so it won’t end up on the candle.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa For My Boys Stamp Set for the sentiment for the Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos Project. Place your sentiment on your acrylic block.

Ink your sentiment and stamp it where you would like it on your tissue paper.

Well, I don’t like what it looks like.. It is a little crooked.

Well, if this happens to you, don’t worry! Improvise for your Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos Project!

The good news? I can stamp it on the top of the picture and I actually think I like it more!

Take out your scissors. Trim the tissue paper so that it will fit on your candle only keeping the areas in which you want to end up on your candle.

This is what I ended up with. You can see how transparent it is.. you can even see my fingers through the picture! Pretty cool, huh?

Now for the fun! I used an Ikea candle but you could really use any candle. Dollar store candles would work fine.

Take out your wax paper. I used wax paper I had in the house. Again, nothing fancy. Cut a piece that will fit around your candle with a little extra. This helps to hold the candle when using the heating tool.

Place your tissue paper image on your candle.

I used scotch tape to line up the image on the candle and then removed it before I went any further.

Take out your wax paper. Carefully, roll the candle with image so that it stays in place.

Roll up the other side of the wax paper.

Gather the wax paper at the top.

Fold over the wax paper as shown. This helps to create a small handle for you to hold onto.

This is a top view to show you how it looks once folded.

Take out your heating tool and turn it on. Moving the heating tool back and forth with some space between it and the candle, begin to heat the image. Notice how dull and how it looks like it has a matte finish.

As you heat the image, it starts to look shiny and almost 3-D of color compared to what it looked like in the beginning. Look at the difference between the top and the bottom of the image on the candle.

Make sure you heat the entire image. This is what allows the image to embed in the candle.

Take special care of the edges of the tissue paper.

You want to be sure it is heated thoroughly.

Once you have finished heating the image completely, slowly and carefully take off the wax paper.

This is what it looks like as it is coming out of the wax paper. PRETTY NEAT, HUH?

Here is a close up of what the candle looks like once it is complete.

Whether you like the SAVE MONEY: Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos Project  with a sentiment, a picture, stamped images or a combination of all of it, the possibilities are ENDLESS!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

 

 This week we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa For My Boys Stamp Set as featured in this post and the above video!!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed with matching names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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.

Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAYS! We are giving away TWO STAMP SETS!

The winner of the A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set is Babe O!

The winner of the A Creative Journey with Melissa Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set  is KT!

Babe O. and KT, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate 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 SAVE MONEY: Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card

Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card and two new products is what we have for you today! We hope you had a fabulous Father’s day and we are excited to show you this CAS Father’s Day card and how you can use the two featured stamp sets for multiple reasons and multiple way

Not only was it Father’s Day yesterday, it was also my beautiful sisters birthday as well as my 23rd Wedding Anniversary! What better reason for a great sale, right? Be sure to use the coupon code above to save 23% off  your order! Are you ready to get CREATIVE? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card Tutorial

Acrylic Stamping Block

A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set

A Creative Journey with Melissa Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set

Desert Sand Memento Ink

Toffee Crunch Memento Ink

Rich Cocoa Memento Ink

Adhesive

3-D foam square or dot

1 1/4″ circle punch

Paper to stamp sentiment on

Card base

Card Mat and matching 1/4 – 1/2″ matching strip of paper

Paper to stamp background design on

Scrap Paper to stamp on or protected work surface

This is the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card we are making. I used neutral colors but you can use any color combo you wish. I love how versatile this set is. There are numerous ways to create with it! I will show you some examples later in this post.

To begin, take of the three splatter stamps from their storage sheet. You are using all but the smallest one in  your set.

Here we have two new products! I always try our products out first so when I say I like something, I REALLY DO! I use them myself! We have two new stamp blocks and I LOVE THEM! I love the grip, the smoothness (is that a word?) and comfort of the block! We have others as well if you would like to check them out here.

Although I don’t need to use one block per stamp as one block is enough, I am using them for demonstration purposes.  You will either want to place whichever stamp you wish to work with first or you can utilize the blocks you may have in your stash and use three of them. I am using my 2.5″, 3.5″ and 4.25″ Inch Round Acrylic Stamping Block with Alignment Lines and Finger Grips as well.

For this example of the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card,

we are making a smaller version of it. Instead of using the entire stamped image on the paper, I am using smaller amounts of it. This still allows me to create the same color effect but we don’t have as much paper area to work with.

We are going to start with the Toffee Crunch Memento Ink. Place your stamp on your acrylic block and ink  your stamp. As you can see I placed the stamped image a little off the edge of the paper. This will give a great effect of the color but not overload the paper with one image.

When I am creating with repeating images, I like to create in odd numbers. Here I used three because it is a larger image.

Now we are going to be using Desert Sand Memento Ink for the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card.

Place your stamp on your acrylic block. Ink your stamp and stamp your image on your paper.

As you can see, I didn’t place my stamp on my ink completely. I am going to show you how I fixed it. It’s not perfect but it does the job 🙂

I reinked the image and restamped it on top of the image that was missing ink.

It worked out pretty well. Still a little lighter on the inside than I would like but it looks OK. Repeat stamping the same image five times in various locations on the paper. I could have restamped it again but was afraid it would look a bit too much so I am happy with it like this.

Place your smallest stamp on your acrylic block. Ink your stamp and stamp your image on your paper. I stamped this image seven times in various places.

This is what it looked like once I was finished with the three colors. What do you think?

Now we are taking out the Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set. We are using the Happy Father’s Day stamp.

Place your sentiment on your block and ink it. Stamp your sentiment on your paper. I usually do a few extra so I have them on hand when I may need them.

Take out your 1.25″ circle punch and punch out your sentiment for the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card.

Remove one side of the protective paper on your foam square or dot. Place your foam dot or square on the back of your sentiment and set aside.

Add adhesive to the back of the background stamped paper.

Adhere the background stamped paper to your solid colored paper mat.

Place adhesive on the back of the solid colored mat.

Adhere the mat to the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the mat strip of paper.

Adhere to the card front approximately 2/3 down on the card as shown.

Take your sentiment and remove the protective back paper from the foam square or dot. Adhere the sentiment to your card front as shown.


Here is the A7 amd A2 version of the same card! You are done with the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card!

Here is another card I created using the

A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set. If you would like to see the super easy blog post and tutorial, check it out here.

For this festive Halloween card I used the A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set.

Now, for the GIVEAWAYS!

This week for our Giveaways, we are giving away TWO STAMP SETS so we will have TWO WINNERS NEXT WEEK!!

First we are giving away the

A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set

Next we are giving away the

A Creative Journey with Melissa Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed with matching names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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.

 For last weeks giveaway of the Oxford Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Heather W. is the winner!

Heather W., please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate 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 Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.