Sentiments for all Occasions Card

Sentiments for all Occasions Card is what we have for you today along with a multi use die cut set.

What better way to maximize and utilize your supplies with multi use items!

I like to buy things that can be used for numerous things. For me, it allows me to explain the purchase better if they have multiple uses… at least in my mind! LOL

Don’t forget you can save 25% your order with the above coupon code. It expires today, Monday 12/18/17 so be sure to use it today. This is the last sale of the year.

This is the Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project we are going to create….. let’s get creative!

Supplies Needed for the Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project 

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set

Card Base

Patterned Background Paper

Paper for Deer

Sentiment and emblem paper

Paper for foliage

3-D Foam adhesive

Adhesive

Brown Ink

Spellbinders Tool or needle

Here are the dies that are in the die cut set. They aren’t super large but are perfect for any card, scrapbook or creation.

To begin your Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project, take out your cream colored paper along with the dies shown. Run your through the die cut machine forward and backward to ensure cut.

Separate the die from the die cut and set them both aside.

Take out the deer and the craft paper. Run your die through the die cut machine both ways ensuring the proper cut.

Separate the die cut from the die. This is what it will look like. Set both aside.

Take out the foliage die. This is a close up of what it looks like.

Run your die through the die cut machine both ways ensuring the proper cut.

Notice the holes in the back of the die? These will allow you to poke through the intricate dies that you may have trouble getting the paper out of.

Take out your Spellbinders Tool or needle.

Carefully remove your die cut from the die.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set.

Notice how a few of my stamps are stained. This was caused by me using a staining ink and also I sometimes don’t clean my stamps right away. Even with this coloring on the stamps, this will not hurt the integrity of the image at all.

Apply the sentiment to your stamp block. Ink your sentiment on your paper.

This is a close up of the stamped sentiment.

Take out your card base and your decorative paper. Add adhesive to the back of your patterned paper for your Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project.

Apply the patterned paper to your card base.

Add adhesive to the decorative piece and apply to card base.

Apply adhesive to both die cuts of foliage.

Place the foliage to the card base.

Apply 3-D foam adhesive to the sentiment and apply to the card base.

Place your 3-D foam adhesive on the back of your deer die cut. Apply to your card base.

Here are the cards done both vertically and horizontally. Your Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project is complete!

For this weeks giveaways we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set

and the Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set. These will be announced next 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!

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

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

Now we have a BUNCH of giveaways to announce from last week and the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! YAHOO!!

Now for last weeks GIVEAWAY, we are giving away the above A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

The winner is Creations with Kathryn.

For the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners we were giving away two stamp sets.

The first stamp set is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set  and the winner is Tracy Zahm

 A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set and the winner is Julie Prince.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

1.25″ Circle Punch

Sizzix Die # 660281 Box and Card Die

Sizzix or manual die cut machine

Scissors

Paper to stamp image on

Green Ink

.75″ x 12″ strip of patterned paper

Tim Holtz Coffee Cup Embossing Folder

Red Tape – Strong adhesive for the packaging

Adhesive for adhering paper to the box

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

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

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

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

Punch your snowflake images out with your circle punch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take out your red tape or other strong adhesive.

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

Remove the red protective piece revealing the adhesive.

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

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

Take out your strip of paper.

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

Trim excess paper off of your creation.

Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper.

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

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

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

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

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

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Create Patterned Paper using Stamps

Create Patterned Paper using Stamps is what we have for you today. How many of you have stamps that you love but don’t often think about what other things you could use them for? Yes! Me too! What better time than the present than to make some patterned paper?!Before we get started with the Create Patterned Paper using Stamps Project, I wanted to let you know we are participating in an awesome blog hop beginning this Friday! It is the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Be sure to come back and check it out as there are numerous prizes up for grabs not only from me but other sponsors as well. There will be LOTS of inspiration and you can join in on the fun and create to win prizes too!  Now, let’s get started on our creating!

Supplies Needed for the Create Patterned Paper using Stamps Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – Oh My! Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Paper to stamp on

Paper or protected area for stamping

Ink

Stamp Cleaner

Create Patterned Paper using Stamps is a super easy way to get really cool results by just using the stamps you have in your current supplies! I would suggest you take out scrap paper or a mat to protect your work surface. It gives a better look when you stamp on the edges and not just where the paper is. Looks like a real pattern as they don’t end at the edge of the paper.

Take out your paper, stamp block and your stamp. Place your stamp on the block.

Ink your stamp with the first of two colors. In this case, I used red. Stamp the images in a scattered pattern leaving room for you to stamp the other color as well.

This is what it looks like once the first color has been used.

Clean off your stamp. Ink your stamp with the second color, in this case I used green. Fill in the areas where you don’t have a stamp in a random pattern.

This is the end result. SUPER FAST AND SUPER EASY to Create Patterned Paper using Stamps.

For the second one, I only used one color  which was blue. I created a more of a specific pattern repeated. Either way you like to create will be fine and you can choose one, two or even three colors for your background. Have fun with it!

It’s not exactly perfect but much more specifically patterned than the first example.

Here is the second finished example of the Create Patterned Paper using Stamps.

Here are the finished background papers I created. What colors and themes will you create?

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the above A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – Oh My! Stamp Set.

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

Now for last weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set. 

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

Thank you for joining us for the Create Patterned Paper using Stamps Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be a tradition and keepsake for years to come! Please be sure to share what you come up with!

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

 

 

 

Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card

Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project is what we have for you today. This card is perfect for anyone that you want to share some holiday cheer with. We are having an awesome sale on our website too! Be sure to check it out as it is the best sale of the year and it ends soon!

Now that we got the shopping out of the way… Are you ready to get crafty? Let’s get rollin! This is the adorable project we are creating – Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project!

Supplies Needed for the Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Card Base (5.5″ square)

Patterned Paper for Card Mat (4.5″ square)

Memento Ink

Corner Rounder

Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight Die

Iridescent Sequins

3-D Foam  Adhesive circles

Clear Liquid Adhesive

Tape Runner (ATG)

Sizzix Die Cut Machine and Platforms

Red Spica glitter pen

White Twine

Scissors

Beginning with the Patterned Card Mat Paper and corner rounder, round the corners of all four sides of your paper.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set Acrylic Stamp Block  and Memento Ink.

Peel off your Seasons Greetings Stamp and adhere to your acrylic stamp block.

Ink your stamp and stamp your sentiment on your patterned mat paper.

      

Take out your Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight Die.

You will also need your Paper to die cut your reindeer as well as a Die Cut Machine and Die cut platforms. Place your paper on top of the die cut area on your die.

Using a clear platform, place one under your die and one on top of the paper you are cutting. Run the die cut “sandwich” through your die cut machine.

This is what the deer die cut will look like once cut for your Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project.

Take out your Red Spica glitter pen and color the end of the reindeer nose.

Take out your 3-D foam circles and place them on the back of the reindeer.

*Creative Tip: When you are finished using the foam circles, be sure to use the rest of the material as well. It works great for any area and you can cut it to any size or shape you need from what is left!

This is a perfect example of using the excess for a perfect shape of the head for the reindeer!

Remove the paper from the 3-D foam and place your reindeer on your stamped patterned card mat.

      

Place adhesive on your card front.

Place your reindeer card mat on top of the card front. Your Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project is coming along nicely.

Cut a notch out of the top of the card and on the bottom only the front panel. You are doing this for the white twine.

Push your twine from the back of the card through to the front and repeat twice.

Tie your twine in a bow as shown and cut off the excess twine with your scissors.

*Creative Tip: Rather than retie your bow, if you gently bend your paper you can adjust where your bow is by moving your twine. Once you have it where you want it, gently release the bend and you are ready to go!

Using liquid adhesive with sequins, you will want a precise applicator tip. This liquid glue is perfect for the sequin application.

Place a small dot of liquid adhesive on each sequin and place on the card front.

Here you can see on the left there is a more specific pattern for the Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project while the right card has a more scattered set of sequins on the card front.

For this weeks giveaway, we have the A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set.

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

Now for last weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away TWO STAMP SETS which means TWO WINNERS! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

The winners are Fit Kitty for the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set

and Melissa Lopez wins the A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

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

Thank you for joining us for the Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project . I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be a tradition and keepsake for years to come! Please be sure to share what you come up with!

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

Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition

Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition is what we have for you today. If you don’t already have a family tradition, no better time than the present to start one TODAY! This project is super easy and can be done every year for your tree, family, friends and even as gifts! Are you ready? Well, before we get started on the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project, we are having an awesome sale now through 11/30! Be sure to check it out and no coupon needed! Now, let’s get CREATIVE!

Supplies Needed for the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project

Crop A Dile

5- Patterned paper cut 1/2″ x 5″

5- Colored Paper without pattern cut 1/2″ x 5″

Red Twine 6″ long

Red Acid Free Pen

Scissors

2 Red Brads (mine have glitter to add a little sparkle)

This is a side view of the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project I created. I written five of things that I love.. This shows  I love our laughter… And I really do!

 

To begin this project, take out your non patterned paper and acid free pen.

Using my red pen, I wrote five different things that I love about our family. I also spelled silliness wrong even said it didn’t look right in the video but it happens… lol

Take the written papers and patterned paper and switch every other one as shown above.

Put them in order in a concise pile as shown.

Using your Crop A Dile, punch holes in one side of the pile approximately 1/2 – 3/4 ” from the end of the paper.

Flip one of the papers around and use it as a guide. Punch a hole through the other side of the papers.

Now, you only have one paper with one side that doesn’t have a hole. Match that one up and punch the hold in the remaining side.

Take your twine and tie a knot at the end of the cut pieces. Do not make it a tight knot.

Take one of your brads and place the feet of the brad (pointy leg part LOL) and place it inside the knot as shown. Pull the knot tightly to keep it in place.

Trim the excess twine relatively close to the knot without unraveling it.

Place your brad/twine into the side where the writing is showing like above.

Open up the brad legs to keep the papers held together. You do not need to have it super tight or else you will not be able to manipulate the paper into an ornament.

Put your second brad into the hold on the other side of the paper as shown. Make sure the top of the brad is on the same side as the other one with the twine. This will give a cleaner look on the outside of the ornament once it is complete.

Like the other brad, you will also open the legs on the brad up so it keeps the paper in place but not too tight or else again, you won’t be able to create the ornament.

This is what the back of the paper looks like once brads are placed.

Here is what the front looks like with the brads and twine showing.

For the design of the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project, you can either make a slight rounded look or you can fold in half gently to give the look that I used. Either way looks great!

Separate your papers like shown above, one paper at a time.

The best way to try to get it relatively even is to compress the ornament so that you can see how it lines up as shown. This will give you a much better visual to see where the papers align. You will NOT get it perfect. Trust me from experience LOL!

Now, take your ornament and squeeze it gently into a ball shape as shown. This gives a great rounded look as shown to the above left.

This is the completed Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project. You can see the top on the left and the side on the right.

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away TWO STAMP SETS which means TWO WINNERS! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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 last  weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the Chameleon Pen set! The winner is Sue D!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project . I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be a tradition and keepsake for years to come! Please be sure to share what you come up with!

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

 

Removing Color with Alcohol Markers

Removing Color with Alcohol Markers is what we have for you today. Normally I am telling you how to color with your Chameleon alcohol pens. Today, I am going to show you how to remove color to create a design, pattern or texture using alcohol pens.


Supplies Needed for the Removing Color with Alcohol Markers Project

Chameleon Pens (or any alcohol Marker)

Blender Pen

Paper

Protected area to work on or protective mat

Your blender pen is what you are going to use to take color away from your area. Think of it as almost the effect of a bleach on your colored area and it takes the pigment away.

Uncap your blender pen. To get the best effect of grass on your colored area, I would suggest you use the brush nib side of your pen.

Using a flicking motion, flick your pen from the bottom toward the top to create a grass look to your colored area. It will show less and less pigment as it dries.

I’m not sure  if you can see the green on the blender pen.  For the Removing Color with Alcohol Markers, this is what happens when you use the blender pen on a color.

If you do happen to get some color on it, use a scratch piece of paper and color off the marker. Basically you will write with it until the color comes off on the paper. This will ensure none of the previous color gets on the new project.

For this design, I decided to draw a simple smiley face.

For the Removing Color with Alcohol Markers Project you can see what the green looks like with the grass design. It is still drying but you can see the pattern.

Here you can see a slight smiley face pattern on the yellow circle. It is still drying so it isn’t as clear yet.

Just to make sure the smiley face is clear, I went over the smiley face a few times to show you the difference between when you do it once for the pattern versus a few times.

While the smiley face us drying and becoming more visable, I am coloring a square with the chameleon pen for the Removing Color with Alcohol Markers Project.

If you notice on the square I colored, the top has a little bit of color protruding from the main coloring. I am going to correct that by using the blender pen.

To correct the coloring of the square, color with the blender pen toward the color. This will move the color and almost work like an eraser.

As you can see, the blender pen used to erase some of the color worked! If you notice there is still a little bit more color that needs to be erased, repeat using the blender pen. The ore [pigment in the color the longer and harder it is to erase.

Now that the paper has had some time to dry, you can really see where the smiley face is thicker and more evident. The possibilities are endless, you can use dots, hashtags, stars, circles, squares, triangles, etc. You can make your own background using this technique as well!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the 5 Pen Pastel Tones Set of Chameleon Alcohol Pens

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.

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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 last  weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set!

  Judy H. you are the winner!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Removing Color with Alcohol Markers Project . I hope I have inspired you to create your own gift card holders and please be sure to share what you come up with!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder

SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder is what we have for you today. Can you believe Christmas is only 48 days until Christmas? Me either! I don’t know about you but more and more I end up buying gift cards for people because I really want them to get what they want. Between distance and different tastes it is hard to know if someone will truly enjoy what you have in mind so gift cards to the rescue. Although it can be a bit easier to give a gift card for a gift, why not add a little bit of personal touch to it and create a gift card holder? This project is not only really cute and versatile for any gift card need but it is a SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder!

Supplies Needed for the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

3 complimentary Ink Pads

Card Base

Paper to Stamp On

Scissors

Hole Punch

Corner Rounder

Adhesive

Twine

Fold your white card stock in half.

Trim one inch down from the top.

Cut into the crease of the paper as shown.

This is what the paper will look like once it is laying flat.

Pick out one of your snowflake stamps and place on your acrylic stamp block. Ink your snowflake stamp with the first color.

Stamp your snowflake on your paper. Repeat inking and stamping a few more times on your paper.

This is what the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder looks like with it done with the first color.

Clean off your stamp. Ink your stamp with the second color and stamp on your paper. Be sure to leave some space for the third color.

Remove your snowflake stamp and replace it with a smaller one from the set onto your acrylic block.

Ink your snowflake with the third color.

Stamp your third color on your paper and fill in any areas needed.

Using the corner rounder, round the corners of the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder.

This is the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder stamped with the three colors.

Take out your adhesive and place adhesive on the bottom and side of the gift card holder. Only two sides will have adhesive added to it otherwise the holder will be glued shut. Yes, speaking from experience LOL!

Take out your hold punch and punch two holes at the top of your card base for your bow.

Apply adhesive to the back of the gift card holder and place on the card base.

Take out your twine and put it into the hole to the right and pull out from the left. Tie your bow on the top of the card base.

Trim the excess twine from your bow.

For an additional creative design, stamp your envelope with one of the images to compliment your gift card.

This is what it will look like! Clean and Simple!

 Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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 last weeks winners of our 6 prize giveaway!

Our first giveaway is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 Stamp Set and the winner is Cheryl Gould.

For my second giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments Stamp Set and the winner is Kim Miller.

The third giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is this awesome textured embossing folder by Tim Holtz and the winner is Janis.

This giveaway is for the planners. You are going to LOVE this set!

It is not only filled with goodies, it is quite lovely too and the winner is Janice Ogata.

This awesome embossing folder is so much fun to work with an the winner is Sue P.

The last of the awesome 6 giveaways is this awesome wood grain embossing folder and the winner is Ava G.

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

Thank you for joining us for the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create your own gift card holders and please be sure to share what you come up with!

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

 

Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away

Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is what we have today. No tutorial today just giveaways… Sounds good right? You know when you get kind of in a funk and on top of it have a lot of stuff going on? It can get overwhelming, right? Yes! For me too! What better way for me to cheer myself up than cheer up someone else?! You got it!

We have 6 giveaways today! Be sure you check back to claim your prize otherwise it will go back into the prize bin for another giveaway.

Some of the prizes for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away are prizes that haven’t been claimed. I have giveaways every week so be sure to check back next week to see if you are a winner!

Our first giveaway is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 Stamp Set.

For my second giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments Stamp Set

The third giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is this awesome textured embossing folder by Tim Holtz. Definitely one of my go to embossing folders!

This giveaway is for the planners. You are going to LOVE this set! It is not only filled with goodies, it is quite lovely too!

This awesome embossing folder is so much fun to work with! You can ink, stain, paint, sand and water color the paper before or after giving your paper an awesome and beautiful look! You can even use it plain with paper and it looks very elegant.


The sixth and last giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is this lovely wood grain embossing folder. This folder would work great for a masculine background, behind a bird image, an outdoor scene and really just about anything! Seriously the possibilities are endless!

 Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away all of the AWESOME products above. There will be SIX WINNERS!

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.

Subscribe to BOTH with MATCHING NAMES to be eligible. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, 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 last weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the amazingly versatile A Creative Journey with Melissa Outside and In Stamp Set!

The winner is Lisa Maxner!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away. I already am cheered up and am thrilled there will be six winners next week! I hope I cheered you up too!

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

Die Cut Sympathy Card

Die Cut Sympathy Card is what I have for you today. Someone passing away is never easy, especially a parent so I wanted to create this lovely card for my friend Jackie that just lost her Dad. Jackie and Paul are friends of ours that used to live here in California but they got lucky and escaped LOL! When they lived here, we spent holidays together and Jackie is a fellow crafter so we would enjoy getting creative together. They are the family we chose as our family and it breaks our heart that we aren’t able to be there in person for them. Hopefully, this card will give her and her family some comfort.

Supplies Needed for Die Cut Sympathy Card Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Outside and In Stamp Set

Acrylic Block for stamping

Ink

Black Twine

Card Base Paper

Decorative Paper

White Paper to Stamp Sentiment On

Die Cut Set

Scissors

Manual Die Cut Machine

3-D Pop Dots

Adhesive

This is the Die Cut Set that I used for the Die Cut Sympathy Card Project. There is a bunch of different options with this set. I love having so many options.

 

Here is the Die Cut Sympathy Card Project.

This is what the Die Cut Sympathy Card Project looks like in action as a movable card and it has a 3-D sentiment.

Take out your Manual Die Cut Machine with platforms, paper for sentiment, and the die for sentiment. Place your paper and then your die on top of both your main platform as well as your clear platform.

Put your second clear platform on top of your die and then run it through the manual die cut machine.

Carefully remove the die cut from your die.

Place your decorative paper on top of your first clear platform.

Put your dies on top of the decorative paper. Place your second clear platform on top of your paper. Run your Paper and Die through the manual die cut machine.

**Project Tip** Dies for the Die Cut Sympathy Card Project must be put down with the cutting side down or else the paper will not get cut.

Place your card base paper on top of your platforms. Put your die on top of the paper and the clear platform on top of the die. Run it through the machine.

Notice how the die cut has the score line. It makes it so much easier to fold this project!

Fold the card on the score lines. I fold them both ways twice to ensure a good crease at the fold. Fold your card as shown above.

This is what it looks like one you have folded it in the proper places.

Take out your decorative die cut paper and apply adhesive.

Apply the first piece of the decorative paper to your card.

This is what it looks like with both pieces adhered.

Take out your die cut for your sentiment, sentiment stamp, ink and stamp block. Adhere your stamp to your block and ink your sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment on your sentiment die cut paper.

Apply your 3-D round adhesive dot to the back of your sentiment die cut.

Adhere your sentiment die cut to the middle of the card as shown.

Take out your twine and wrap your twine around one side of your card. I wrapped the twine three times around one side of the card.

Tie a bow or make a knot to finish the twine decor. Cut off excess twine and straighten on your twine on your card.

The Die Cut Sympathy Card Project is complete!!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the amazingly versatile A Creative Journey with Melissa Outside and In Stamp Set!

I have had a number of people say how much they use this stamp set as their go to set so I thought this would be the perfect prize for 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.

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

 Here’s the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post which is a $25.00 Store Credit to our store!

The winner is Annie!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Die Cut Sympathy Card Project.

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

How Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa

How Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa is the story we have today. We do have a giveaway but no tutorials. I have had a few people ask me why and how I got started doing stamps and thought others may want to know too so I decided to share this with all of you. Just about everyone has had to deal with Cancer in way or another whether it be oneself, a loved one, a friend a friend of a friend, etc. There really isn’t anything that is inspiring about it however Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa.

First, I should give you a little background on me. I grew up in Chicago and met my husband on a blind date in Chicago. We were introduced by my co-worker and Jon’s childhood friend that were dating. When we got married on June 18, 1994, I moved from Chicago to the St. Louis area where my hubby was from and living. We then ended up moving to California for my hubby’s work so that is how we landed here in LA.

Now.. back to Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa … and YES THIS IS REALLY HOW I TALK LOL More than likely it is my ADHD (Seriously, I am diagnosed and on meds and SOMETIMES they help. LOL) ANYHOW, my Uncle Herb AKA UH lived in San Diego, CA since before I was born. Even though he lived quite a ways away, UH would always come out for large events like my prom (pictured above is my Dad on the left and UH on the right. Yes that is me in the middle) wedding, graduation, etc. He visited me when I was pregnant and after I had my kids too.

UH didn’t have children of his own but he was quite the cool Uncle. Once we moved to California, we grew closer in proximity and our relationship grew as well. My kids really admired him and had a great bond with him too.

I am VERY blessed to have a number of amazing people in my life that support me. Of course “My Boys” are my top three (my hubby and my two sons) and had a lot to do with the actual name of the business. Their first names are Austin, Christian and Jon, and with that A Creative Journey with Melissa was born in February 2011.

I was also fortunate to have the support of a number of others as well. I am ever so grateful for the support, love and encouragement. For a long time I had wanted to start my own stamp line but was too scared of failure, putting myself out there and really causing a financial burden on my family. I was not going to take a loan, (I never did either) or use money that I didn’t have on hand so I decided to scrap the idea. (A little paper crafting humor! LOL)

Unfortunately, in August of 2012 UH was diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say we were heart broken and it wasn’t looking very good.

UH had a wonderful group of friends and support system. I would also come out to visit and stay with him for a few days or even a few weeks when he was having a procedure or when he needed me.

One day while I was sitting with UH chatting after he had been recently been going though chemo in passing I said, “Someday, I am going to start my own stamp line…” and UH said, “If not now, when?”

Well, needless to say that lit a fire under me.  Can’t really argue with someone that has stage 4 cancer throughout his body including his brain. He really encouraged me to be the best I can be and supported me regardless. The questions of if I am going to fail and being scared turned into CAN I REALLY DO THIS? With the support of “My Boys” and of course UH and numerous others, the adventure began. I had been creating handmade items for a few years as a business but wanted to expand it to stamps.

UH and Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa started with my first two set of stamps that I released. Specifically the second one. After he completed radiation, he was given a radiation diploma. He and I both thought it was cool how they tried to make a negative into a positive and with that the concept of Awareness Ribbon Stamp Sets were born. Awareness Ribbon #1 and Awareness Ribbon #2 were my first two stamp sets released and have since added Awareness Ribbon Stamp Set #3 – Ready for a Fight. UH lived in San Diego as I said and we live in LA. We would visit a few times a year but when he was diagnosed with Cancer, it was at least monthly if not weekly as time went on. My first stamp release was September 18, 2013. UH enjoyed watching me package my stamps and sending them out to my first set of customers! I was so excited and UH was too!

Sadly, the next day UH passed. I really think he waited to see the release and the success of the first day.

I have been inspired by numerous people in my Creative Journey in addition to UH.

Two friends of mine that have inspired me are Julie Gonzalez and Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs. They are amazing Moms that I have met. They are amazing, strong, intelligent women and they also have sons that have Autism. Julie’s son was diagnosed with Autism and she was participating in an Autism walk to raise awareness. This inspired me to create the above stamp set Awareness Ribbon Set #4 – Autism Awareness. A portion of this set supports the walk that Julie does every year in honor of her son Anthony.

I was inspired to create these two stamp sets Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart and Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism to raise awareness by Pinky. A portion of Angels with Autism is donated to a wonderful school program near and dear to Pinky’s heart. What amazing women they both are! I feel very blessed.


These cards were created using them!

Sign Language was spoken fluently in our home as my brother is deaf. My Dad and UH were brothers and both of their parents were deaf. It truly is a beautiful language and I thought what better way to inspire people to learn sign language then create stamps showcasing its beauty! I used the Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set to create the above sentiment “Remember” for the scrapbook page I made with UH’s picture above.

We also have Sign Language Sentiments and Sign Language Sentiments 2

as well as Sign Language Alphabet Numbers and a closer pic of the Sign Language Alphabet stamp set.

We also have some amazing alphabet stamp sets that work perfectly with planners, cards, scrapbooks, project life and just about everything!

I love to create clean and simple cards and what I use are the Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations and our Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp sets. Awesome for those creations needing a holiday sentiment.

Who doesn’t love coffee? I know I sure do and these stamp sets are perfect for your creations! We have the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy and the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp sets. They are so much fun to create with!

Here are close ups of two creations I made with them. I used recycled packaging for the left one and a penny for the slider on the right one! Be sure to check out my blog or YouTube channel to see how they were made!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away a $25.00 store credit to our store!!

I have had a number of people say how much they love these stamp sets for organizing, their planners, lists and just about everything else under the moon so I thought this would be the perfect prize for this week. You can pick out what YOU want!

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: You must be 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.

 Here’s the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post which is

 the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon stamp set  and the winner is Andrea G!

We are also giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set  and the winner is Melissa M!

Andrea & Melissa,  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 How Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa post and we hope you are inspired to do something you may not have the courage for. In the words of UH…. if not now, WHEN?

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