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.

 

 

Stampin Up Trim Your Stocking Outside of the Box

Stampin Up Trim Your Stocking Outside of the Box is what we have for you today. We have a die that we figured out how to use it for something outside of the box..

I made what you would expect, a Christmas stocking, with the die set. As you can see, this die is a nice size. It is approximately 6″ in length.

After making the Christmas stocking, I then thought why not think outside of the box? We created A Breast Cancer Awareness Gift Card and thought you would want to check it out too! Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October and what better way than to bring awareness to Breast Cancer than to put together a gift card holder for a loved one that is battling this horrible disease?

Supplies Needed for the Stampin Up Trim Your Stocking Outside of the Box Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set

Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up!

Acrylic Block for stamping

Adhesive

Black Memento Ink

Pink Ink

White card stock

Pink Paper (I used suede paper)

Place the awareness ribbon stamps on your stamp block. Ink your stamp block with pink ink and stamp on your white paper using a varying pattern.

This is how I made my own background paper for this creation.

Take out your manual die cut machine, base platform and clear platform.

Get your stocking die out from the set.

Place your awareness ribbon background paper down on your clear platform. Put your die on top of that cutting side down. Place your second clear platform on top of the die.

Run your die through the machine and set the die cut piece aside. Set the stocking die and the leftover paper aside as well.

Take out your plain white paper and place pillow box die on top of it. Place your clear platform on top of the die. Run your pillow box die through the die cut machine.

This is what your cut pieces from your dies will look like.

Using the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set, take out the sentiment of your choice. I chose I love you for the sentiment.

Ink and stamp your sentiment on your pink paper.

Using the stocking trim dies, cut your stocking top, toes and heal parts from your pink paper. Center your sentiment in the top of the stocking die.

Here are the cut out pieces for the stocking. Set these pieces aside.

Take out your pillow box die cut. Fold in the tab at the bottom of the die. This tab will hold in your gift card once it is placed inside.

Fold in the two sides toward the center of the die. This is where you will be gluing it to the stocking.

Here it shows what it will look like once you have finished folding the pillow box for the Stampin Up Trim Your Stocking Outside of the Box Project.

Apply adhesive to the tab as well as the two sides you folded in.

Line up the sides to the back of the stocking die. The stocking die and the pillow box die will not line up at the bottom.

Here is a side view of what it will look like once you have lined up the sides and them are compressing the two sides together.

Be sure to push down on all areas that were glued to ensure its adhesion.

This is the gift card holder once it is glued.

Place adhesive on the back of the three pink pieces for your stocking.

Notice the embossed curved line here? You will use this as a guide.

Line up the top of the stocking with the sentiment to the embossed curved line.

Place the larger die cut piece on the toe of the stocking.

Put the smaller remaining piece on the heal part of the stocking as shown.

They are complete! Isn’t it amazing what you can do if you just think outside of the box? If you are interested in any of the die sets or the paper trimmer from Stampin’ Up, check out Brandie’s Website Here and you can order your own!

 Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon stamp set

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set

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. TWO winners – one for each 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: 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 A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers Stamp Set.

The winner is Verna A. AGAIN!

Verna,  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 Stampin Up Trim Your Stocking Outside of the Box post!

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

 

How to Store Thin Dies

Do you struggle with how to store thin dies? How to Store Thin Dies is what we have for you today. I like to keep the sets together so I wanted to show you what I do. I will show you what I do, use and how it works. Pretty fast and simple! Just like I like it!

All you need for this project is a paper trimmer, your stamp set and magnetic vent covers! Pretty simple!

I love the dies but I DO NOT LIKE the sheets they come on. They have double sided tape and REALLY STICK and when you pull them off, the rip the paper and almost feel like it would have bent the die if I wasn’t careful.

Here’s the solution! Store thin dies on a piece of magnetic vent cover! YES! I KNOW! I have done it with other sheets of magnet but this seems to be the most economical and perfect for die sets!

This is the kind I use but I am sure there are more out there. I don’t recall which Home Improvement store I bought this at but it was either Home Depot or Lowes.

So here is another set of dies that I received and as you can see, it also has the double sided tape.

To store thin dies, I carefully and I mean CAREFULLY pulled off the dies. This wasn’t as sticky as the other. My guess is it is because it didn’t have as many small parts in this set.


I took the magnetic vent cover and using my trimmer, I cut it to the size of the paper insert from the stamp set. You can obviously measure it too however Just one little 1/16″ off and the envelope may not close properly so I just used the insert as a guide. Worked like a CHARM!

The vent cover has the black magnetic side and the white side. Stick your dies on the black side and it actually made it easier to see the dies as well.

This is what it looks like once they have been placed on the magnetic vent cover. When you store thin dies and use these, you get three to a pack and they are 8 x 15″.

Even on their side they don’t fall off. They are not SO magnetic that they are impossible to get off (you know what I am talking about) but are strong enough to keep everything in place.

When I am done using my dies, I store them back in the insert that they came in.

I then place the insert inside the envelope. This way all of the pieces are in one place and I don’t have to worry about losing any. THAT IS ANNOYING and yes it has happened before!

Doesn’t it look nice? Now you can either place your die envelope in a filing drawer, bin or whatever process that works best for you! What do you do with your dies? I would love to see your ideas and have your input! If you are interested in any of the die sets or the paper trimmer from Stampin’ Up, check out Brandie’s Website Here and you can order your own!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon stamp set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers Stamp Set.

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. One winner and both sets!

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.

Here’s the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post which is the  A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set

The winner is Verna A. !

Verna,  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 to Store Thin Dies post!

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

 

Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging

Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging is what we have for you today. The holidays are coming!! A great way to get prepared  for the holidays is to make some great packaging for your gifts! Whether you are making your own brownies, fudge, scarves or giving any type of gift, you can create Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging! You can make these in mass quantity so you have them on hand during the busy time of the season! Are you ready? Let’s go on a CREATIVE JOURNEY!

Supplies Needed for Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging

A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Die Cut

Sizzix Manual Die Cut Machine & Platforms

Chameleon Alcohol Pens

Detail Pen

Corner Rounder

Paper to Stamp on

Paper for gift topper

Strong Adhesive

This is a cute little treat bag I made and it includes pencils. This type of gift is perfect for kids to give at school to friends and teachers. You can use this type of creation as a tag for a large gift as well as a card or package.

Take out your die.

Stampin Up retired this die. If you don’t have a die, you can always just use a rectangle and round the edges for both the stamped area as well as the bag topper.

Place your paper to stamp on over the cutting side of the die. Put the die and paper down on the clear cutting platform.

Place your second clear platform on top of the die and run the die through the machine.

I made the tag for the Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging.

For the bag top, you want to be sure that the tag you create fits on its base. There is plenty of room on the sides so that it will fit quite nicely once folded.

Fold your bag top paper in half.

Using the corner rounder, round the corners of your bag top.

This is what it looks like after you have rounded the corners.

Take out your bag and the contents for it. Place your contents inside the bag ensuring there is enough room at the top for the bag topper.

Put your bag top paper over your bag and contents and align it so it is even on both sides. Using your stapler, staple your top over the clear bag.

The bag top has been stapled and this what it looks like after you have finished the stapling.

Fold over your die cut and set it aside.

With the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set, you have numerous choices for your Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging. Not only do you have a Snow Mom and Snow Dad; you also have the ability to create snow people and even snow kids. You can also add pets for the family such as snow dogs and birds as well as snowflakes, snow balls and other decor for your creation. What would you make?

I chose the words to and from as well as the small snow person. This snow person can be a boy or a girl and you can decorate it with various extras in the stamp set. This is a different way to line up your stamps to stamp with. The awesome thing about clear stamps is you can see exactly where you are putting them. I place my stamps down exactly how I want them to be stamped, alignment and all.

Place your acrylic stamp block on top of the stamps.

Look how awesome the stamps look and are ready to go by using this method!

Ink your image and sentiment for your Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging.

Stamp your image and sentiment on your bag top paper.

Sentiment and image has been stamped.

Using the stick arm, ink and stamp it on either side of the snow person image on your bag top.

I stamped the stick arms.

Since I did not have my orange stamp pad to stamp a carrot nose, I used my orange Chameleon pen. Using the brush nib, I just used a small flick and made a carrot nose.

Your carrot nose completed!

Using the blue chameleon pen, color the scarf on the snow person.

Take out your gray chameleon pen. Take off your cap on the bullet nose nib and place the blending solution chamber on top of the gray bullet nib and hold upright for 5-10 seconds. The blending solution combined with the pigment will make it lighter. Now, color the snowman on the side to show some shadowing and highlight.

Using your detail penand your stamps and create the face as well as place the buttons on the snow person.

Here I used the detail pen to create the eyes, mouth, buttons and names for the gift bag top.

Here is a close up of the front Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging.

Apply strong adhesive the the inside of the stamped sentiment bag top paper.

Place the stamped sentiment tag on top of the mat for the sentiment as shown.

IT’S COMPLETE! Now imagine all of the different things you can do with this!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful 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.

Here’s the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post which is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Petals for You Stamp Set

The winner is Janice O !

Janice,  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 Simple Handmade Holiday Gift Packaging post!

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

 

Water Coloring Fun – Lessons Learned

Water Coloring Fun – Lessons Learned is what we have for you today. We have pencils and water color paints and what works and WHAT DIDN’T.. Yep, you guessed it! Lessons learned! The good news is, you will learn from my mistakes and we can learn together. I also have a few explanations to keep you from doing the same thing I did. If you have any input or suggestions, I would love to hear them. Not just with this but any video or idea you have!

Supplies Needed for Water Coloring Fun

A Creative Journey with Melissa Petals for You Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Water Color Pencils

Paint Brushes

Paper for water coloring (or your paper may warp)

Water Color Paint

Memento Ink

Water

First, you will need to take out your stamp block, ink, stamp from your A Creative Journey with Melissa Petals for You Stamp Set and water color paper.

Here is a close up of the awesome Acrylic Stamp Block we have. They even have grid lines to help you line up your sentiments and images!

Place your first stamp on your acrylic block and ink your image.

Stamp your image on your water color paper ensuring you are on the less textured side. This will help to avoid irregularities in your stamping due to the texture.

Remove your stamp and place it back on your sheet. Place your second image on your stamp block and ink it

Stamp your image on your water color paper.

This stamp set also allows you to stamp inside of the image to get a different look and effect. You have a number of choices with this set so be sure to check it out! Now you are ready for some Water Coloring Fun!

Here is a close up of the double stamped image.

Take out your water color pencils.

I NOW INTERRUPT THIS REGULARLY SCHEDULED BLOG POST TO TELL YOU HOW COOL THIS RE-PURPOSED/RECYCLED PACKAGING IS! It came with the magnets on the right and I just had to save them for painting.. Can you believe these weren’t made for this? Now, you may just look at packaging in a different way! NOW BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED BLOG POST.

To start some Water Coloring Fun, outline the inside flower with the darker of the two orange colors.

You can even exaggerate your colored lines to give a darker effect on the edges.

Outline the outside flower with the lighter orange.

The flower is outlined in exaggerated color with my water color pencils. Are you having Water Coloring Fun yet?

Take out your paint brush and place some water on it. Using the water color pencil color, pull it into the blank area with the water creating your water color effect.

Here is a close up before I really get started. As you can see, I wasn’t clean with my lines but it still turns out OK!

In between colors unless you want a very blended color, clean your brush. This will keep your creation from having a muddled look.

Here is a close up. I SHOULD HAVE STOPPED HERE, CUT IT OUT AND HAD MY IMAGE. Here comes the mistake.. creative mistake but mistake just the same. Imagine how bored you would be though if I wasn’t here to entertain you?

I wanted more color in the middle of the flower. I picked up my water color pencil and added a little squiggle of color in the middle.

It wasn’t working so I dabbed it with a paper towel and added more water. I added too much water and the paper started to flake a bit. Again, lesson learned.

Previous water color pencils I have used were quite a bit more expensive but with that, you also get a smoother creamier texture and result. I am not sure if my pencils are dried out or just older but I wasn’t able to move much around in the middle. I did press down harder than I should have though so maybe I will try it again and just use the pencil lightly?

Probably because I can’t leave well enough alone, I wanted to have more Water Coloring Fun and I thought why not try to see if it was the pencils that may be a bit harder giving a harsher look. I lightly colored some squiggles on the flower.

I cleaned my paint brush and then used the squiggle lines and water and pulled the color throughout the image.

This is what it looked like so what did I learn? Don’t do that again! LOL Be sure I am outlining images or areas that I don’t mind if there is a visable line. I do know that these pencils are a number of years old and definitely not super expensive so the creaminess in the texture of water color wasn’t there. So what do you do when you make a creative mistake? Enjoy it if you like it or what? FIX IT!

I took out my water color paints, cleaned off my brush and re wet my brush. There is more pigment with these and as long as I don’t water them down too much I should be able to salvage my mistake! I will show you that in a minute but first, let’s try another flower with the orange!

I colored the entire flower with just my water color paint. Can you feel the Water Coloring Fun in the air?

Here is a close up of the last two I did. I like the orange one but I want a little bit more color. One would have thought I learned last time and I DID!

I added more orange to my brush and painted some on in the middle of the flower image.

This is a close up of the added color. Nothing like using Water Coloring Fun to make a little bit of a mess!

I took a dry brush (no water) and brushed it across to get a more even look as well as a little bit of the texture from the bristles. I love how it came out!

Now to fix that mistake. Take the red with a bit of water.. I know it looks pink but it is definitely filling in the color nicely.

Add more color as you feel necessary as well as more water. It looks like it is working!

How do you like that? FIXED!

What did we learn? Don’t scribble in the middle of your image or press hard with your water color pencils. If the water color pencils are older and less expensive, they may not blend as well so know your material and project. Most of all HAVE FUN and make those mistakes as they are meant to happen so you LEARN!  Don’t ever give up and keep on being creative… You can do it!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Petals for You 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 GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers Stamp Set.

The winner is Kim Miller !

 Kim,  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 Water Coloring Fun – Lessons Learned post!

Please be sure to continue to keep all of those suffering from the horrific damage they have had due to the hurricanes.

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

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board Review

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board Review is what we have for you today. I was super excited to get this new tool and used a coupon! YAY ME! In the video, I literally just opened this 1o minutes ago so I am going to show you how it works and what I have found in my short time using it!

Here it is! The We R Memory Keeps Tab Punch Board. I was so excited about the THOUGHT of it but to own it… well, I am pretty darned excited about that too!

This is a tab done in light weight card stock.

This is a tab made with a recycled clear packaging piece from a die I purchased.

Here I have made a tab with the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board using a recycled cereal box which is similar to chip board.

One of the awesome things I love about this tab punch is that you can put a tab on a page up to 12″ and isn’t Isn’t that great for scrapbooks? I am really excited to use it for my scrapbooks. How cool would it be to use it for a 2017 scrapbook and tab it for each person’s year? I love it!

For this piece of card stock, I am going to place the tab in the middle of the paper. I have lined up the left side of my paper to the line that is approximately the size of the width of my paper which is 8.5″.

This is what it looks like once the right size has been punched out using the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board .

Now I want to punch the other side of the tab. I will flip my paper over and line up the tab side I have already punched up to the size tab I want for my paper. The choices are small, medium and large.

I lined it up to the small tab and was curious to see the result.

For some reason when I punch the second side of the tab, I have to use both hands. I am not sure why but this is consistent with all of the tabs I have created so far. This would include the chip board, clear packaging and the card stock.

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This is what the tab looks like once it has been punched and it looks so clean.

Now on the other side of the punch board we have the trimmer! It’s a one stop shop! This is the blade and although it really is self explanatory, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to use the trimmer side. As you can see above, there is a blade side and a guide side. Yep! You guessed it! The round part goes in the guide because it is a guide! I know… I know…

One of the awesome things about this blade on the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board is that it has a holder so it not only doesn’t get lost but the bottom part is solid so your blade isn’t exposed for potential injury!

To trim off the excess sides, you want to be sure the bottom of the tab is lined up to the cut line shown above.

To cut your sides, make sure your paper is butted up all the way to the top as shown. Slide your trimmer blade and trim off the excess piece and as you can see here I am trimming the left side piece.

This is a close up of  is what it looks like once it was trimmed.

Using the same method, line up the right side and trim the excess paper.

Here is a close up shot of the finished tab on light weight card stock and I love the way it looks.

Here is a sample of the tab I made on the side of the cereal box.

Since we are creating a side tab and not a tab in the middle of your material, we have to do a few things differently. The above guide will need to be placed in the holes shown under the punch button.

For the corner rounder, you will place the guide in the far left hole. This allows the punch to round the corner of your paper and not create a tab.

Make sure your material is touching the top guide and the left side of the punch.

Once lined up, push the punch button on your We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board.

This is what it looks like once the corner has been rounded.

Now we are going to create a tab. Remove the guide from the right holes and replace it in the left holes as shown. Push on the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board punch and remove the guide as done previously. Flip your paper over and line up the tab to the size tab you would like for your material and punch

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This is what it will look line once you have punched your tab on your cereal box chip board.

Line up your tab to the line and butt it up against the edge. Using the trimmer blade, slide it across to trim off the excess chip board from your tab.

This is what your tab looks like using the cereal box chip board.

If you chose not to  have the rounded corner, this is what it would look like.

This is the clear packaging tab I created with the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board  but trimmer on the tab punch doesn’t work very well at all with this.

Here, we are doing the same as we did with the chip board but we are using the packaging material.

This is what the corner looks like once it has been punched.

This is what the clear packaging looks like once the tab has been punched. This looks much better than it did when I did it the first time.

Here is a close up and there is an extra punched area when I did the small tab punch the first time.

Here I tried to show how the trimmer side of the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board works. It did not do very well so I would suggest you use your normal trimmer and it worked fine.

After you use the punch board, the extra punched pieces fall out of the bottom. It makes it super simple to clean up your mess and easy to find!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers Stamp Set. One winner TWO STAMP SETS!

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. We are giving away the Chameleon Pen set of 5 Pen Pastel Tones!

The winner is Judy H !

 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!

 We hope you enjoyed our We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board Review!

Please be sure to continue to keep Texas in your thoughts and prayers with the horrific damage they have had due to the hurricane.

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

 

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Card is what we have today. I was on Facebook a few days ago and saw this incredible video by a Mom of a son, Mason, that passed of Cancer.

To watch her video and learn about her story go to Baby Mason’s Mom’s video.

It moved me to tears and educated me. I was surprised I didn’t know these statistics. They are staggering. Did you know that every day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer? Of those children diagnosed, 12% do not survive! Cancer remains the number one death by disease for children. Although there have been great advances in the last five decades the number of diagnoses has not reduces in the past twenty years.

For more information on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and what you can do, please go to Cure Search for Children’s Cancer.

Now that I have helped to educate you about Childhood Cancer, now I am going to educate you on how to create this cool card. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Card Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #2 

Acrylic Stamping Block

Card Base

Paper to Stamp Sentiment

Paper to Mat Sentiment

Y03 Chameleon Pen

Adhesive

3-D Foam Square

Memento Ink

Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer

This is the card we are creating. We used the sentiment from the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #2 

This is a close up of the stamp set. As you can see, there are multiple creative uses for this awesome stamp set.

This is the awesome Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer we are using for the background on the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Card Project.

As you can see in the chamber of the tool, it is adjustable by using the screw on the side to tighten the pen or marker you place inside.

One of the amazing things about this tool is that it is adjustable for just about any pen or marker size. It has a removable chamber that allows you to use larger markers!

This is the Chameleon Pen we are using for this project. Next to it on the right is a thick marker used for elementary schools. This awesome tool will work with THOSE TOO!!

For this project you will not need the blending solution cartridge so you can set it aside.

Take your Chameleon Pen and slide the marker, tip first, into the pen holding chamber.

You will want to make sure that the pen is lined up so that you can get the air to splatter the ink. The above close up is a great example of how to do so.

The bulb on the end is what you squeeze to get the air to blow onto the ink causing your splatter effect.

With just a few squeezes, this is how it looks! You can add additional colors for other projects to add a really cool multi color effect.

This is what it looks like when it has been completed.

You can see the difference in how much I used the background color on the first versus the second background. This is where your creative input comes in. There isn’t a wrong way!

Now to start putting together the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Card Project, take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #2  stamp set.

Ink your sentiment,

Stamp your sentiment on your paper and set it aside.

Place adhesive on the back of your mat paper.

Adhere your mat paper to your card base.

Place your 3-D foam squares on the back of your stamped sentiment. Put your sentiment on top of the mat paper as shown.

You did it! You created this adorable CAS (Clean and Simple) card for your Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Card Project.

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!

The Chameleon Pen set of 5 Pen Pastel Tones 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. We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set!

The winner is  Esther Saldana !

 Esther,  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 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Card Project!

Please be sure to continue to keep Texas in your thoughts and prayers with the horrific damage they have had due to the hurricane.

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

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Set and Card

Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Set and Card is what we have for you today.

Did you know that approximately 1 out of 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime? This is approximately 12% of women in the US.

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have someone they know or a loved one that has Breast Cancer or Cancer in one way or another. Both my Paternal and Maternal Grandmothers had breast cancer and sadly numerous people effected with other cancers as well. PLEASE get your yearly mammograms and go to your doctor regularly for your yearly check ups.

It really makes a difference.

OK, now I am off of my soap box… onto the creativity.. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Breast Cancer Awareness Card

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Manual Die Cut Machine

Doily Die By Kaiser Craft

Rectangle Stitched Die by Kaiser Craft

Black Ink

Scissors

Corner Rounder

Adhesive

3-D Adhesive

3 in 1 Tool by Spellbinders

White Twine

Chameleon Pen PK3

Pink Paper for Doily

White Card Base

White Paper for Sentiment and Gloves

I use this precision platform to help me with the intricate dies.

Previously I had thought it was magnetic, it is not. The magnet I used to test it was though.. Yeah.. I am serious. It has been a fun couple weeks.

Anyhow, this platform has helped with the detailed dies but I am still having to run it through a few times to be sure it has cut. I do seem to have better luck with my magnetic platforms.

First, we are going to use our Sizzix manual die cut machine and die cut with our two dies. Place your standard platform on your machine and then place your precision platform on top of it.

Put the paper you are going to use for your Breast Cancer Awareness Card and place your die cut down on top of the precision platform.

Place your die on top of the paper.

Put your clear platform on top of your die.

Run your die through your machine.

Run it back through your machine just to ensure proper cutting.

This is what the doily die looks like once it has been cut and removed from the machine.


Here is a close up of the amazing detail of this die. LOVE IT! This will be perfect for your Breast Cancer Awareness Card

Take out your rectangle die with stitching.

Place your paper under your die, making sure it is centered. Put it on top of your base platform and precision platform on your machine.

 

Place your clear platform on top of your die.

I love the stitched look. The detail is so cool and perfect for your Breast Cancer Awareness stamped images!

Take out your doily die and your 3 in 1 tool by Spellbinders. use the brush side and clean out the pieces from the die.

I was able to get most of the pieces out.

Using the poker part of the 3 in 1 tool, poke out any of the extra pieces you weren’t able to get.

 

Take out your stitched die cut paper, the gloves and sentiment from your A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set

Place your stamps on your stamp block

Ink your stamp and stamp your images and sentiment on your paper.

Take out your Chameleon PK3 Pen.

  

Take off the lid to the nib side of your pen and place your blending solution cartridge on so the nibs are touchign as shown.

Hold the pen so the blending solution cartridge is on top. Wait 5-10 seconds.

Color the lightest part or light source area of your image first.

Fill in the rest of your image. Color over the lines to highlight the shadowing.

Take out your twine and tie a bow.

Trim off the edges and cut so you can place on the stamped paper.

Add adhesive to the bottom of the glove where you are going to place your twine.

Add the twine to the colored image.

Here is a close up of it after it has been added.

Take out your card base. Using the corner rounder, round all four sides of your card base.

This is what it looks like once it has been done.

Take out your detailed doily die cut.

Add adhesive to the back of the doily die cut.

Place your doily die cut in the middle of your card base as shown.

Place your 3-D foam squares on the back of your stamped and colored image.

Remove the paper on the back of the foam squares and adhere your image to the middle of your doily on your card base.

Your creation is complete!  Your Breast Cancer Awareness Card using the  A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight 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 Spellbinders Tool ‘N One tool!!

The winner is Kim Miller !

 Kim,  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 Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Set and Card video!

If you watched the video, you probably heard me mention we might have just had an EARTHQUAKE.  WE DID! It was a 3.5 and we are fine. Please be sure to keep Texas in your thoughts and prayers with the horrific damage they have had due to the hurricane.

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

Die Cutting Intricate Dies

Die Cutting Intricate Dies is what we have for you today.

**NOTE** The Precision platform IS NOT MAGNETIC. THIS was an ERROR on my part. I had used a magnet to check it and it worked but the platform was not magnetic, the magnet was. How embarrassing! My apologies for the confusion.

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!

NOTE: The Precision platform IS NOT MAGNETIC. THIS was an ERROR on my part. I had used a magnet to check it and it worked but the platform was not magnetic, the magnet was. How embarrassing! My apologies for the confusion.

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 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

 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.