Birthday Gift Thank You Cards

Birthday Gift Thank you Cards is what we have for you today. My son (MY BABY!) Austin just had his 17th birthday. My how time flies! He was fortunate enough to get some birthday gifts so you know that what means… Thank you notes!

I have always taught my kids if someone is kind enough to send you a gift, you can at least thank them with a card or a call.. or even both!

Well, today I have Birthday Gift Thank you Cards that are not only easy to make, they are super duper cute too! Are you ready to get CREATIVE? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Birthday Gift Thank You Cards

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for all Occasions Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Ink

1 1/4″ square punch

1 3/8″ square punch

Adhesive

3-D Foam Dots or Squares

Card Base

Paper to Stamp Sentiment On

Decorative Paper

Solid Color Paper for Mat for Sentiment

Solid Color Paper for Card Base

Scissors

Embossing Folder

Manual Die Cut Machine (Sizzix)

Twine

*Corner Rounder Optional

First you will need your manual die cut machine. I am using my Sizzix machine. I have the main platform on tab 1.

Take out your embossing folder.

Add your solid color paper to the inside of your embossing folder.

Close the embossing folder.


Place your clear platform on top of the tab 1 on the main platform. Place your embossing folder on top of the clear platform.

Take your second clear platform and place it on top of the embossing folder.

Using the handle, turn it so the embossing folder is run through the die cut machine.

Take out your embossing folder from under the clear platform.

This is what your paper will look  like once it has been embossed. Cool, right?

The sample Birthday Gift Thank You Cards that I have done opens horizontally which is the most common type of card from my experience.

For this Birthday Gift Thank You Cards tutorial I am going to do the same card only with the card opening up vertically like shown above.

Using the adhesive, put adhesive on the back of the solid colored embossed mat.

Adhere the paper to the card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper.

NOTE: I had a scrap left over that happened to have the corners rounded. If you like the look, be sure you round your corners as well.

Apply decorative paper to the top of the solid colored paper as shown above.

Here are my very loved and USED stamps.

Later in this post I will show you how I used the stained stamps and how the stain doesn’t effect the integrity of the stamp or image. You can use your stamps over and over again even if they are stained. I use memento ink and sometimes forget to clean them.

I do not, however, recommend STAZON ink for our photopolymer stamps. It is not recommended for clear stamps as it can over time effect the integrity of the stamp as can the cleaner to keep it from staining.

I have pulled out the Thanks for being so generous stamps off of my stamp sheet. I have found an easy way to place my stamps so that it is almost fool proof! If you didn’t see my video last week showing you how, check it out here! I also do it below in this tutorial but not as detailed.

Place your stamp block on top of your sentiment and then lift up.

Here is a close up shot. You are ready to ink!

Ink your sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment on your paper.

Here is a close up shot of the stamped sentiment.

I have been asked if the stamps will work if they have stains on them. People have told me they don’t like it which is understandable and others thought they would mess up the image.

I wanted to show you how I will stamp with the stamps that have stains on them. This way you can see for yourself how the sentiment comes out.

I took off the Happy Birthday Sentiments from my stamp sheet. As you can see they are clearly stained.

Place your stamp block on top of the sentiment pushing down.

Here is a close up so you can the stained. You are ready to ink your stamp!

Apply ink to your sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment.

Here is a close up shot of both the unstained (on the left) and the stained stamps (on the right) As you can see, there is no difference in the image or the integrity of the stamp. YAHOO!  So mystery solved LOL!

Now to continue the Birthday Gift Thank You Cards tutorial, take out your 1 1/4″ square punch and punch out your sentiment.

Take out your 1 3/8″ square punch and punch out your solid color mat for your sentiment.


Adhere your sentiment to your punched out mat.

Place the 3-D foam dots on the back of the matted sentiment.

Place your sentiment on the front of your card.

Take out your circle punch (I believe it is 1/8″) and punch a circle on the left top of the card as shown.

NOTE: Card is upside down when punching so it shows on the right side bottom.

 This is what it will look like once you have punched the hole at the top.

Take out your twine. Going up through the middle of the card, push your twine up leaving some to tie at the end. Then you will wrap the twine around the card and go up through the card again. You will repeat this twice.

I found that if I held the extra twine on the back of the card, it didn’t get in the way of me trying to pull the other twine through the middle of the card.

Once you have wrapped twine around twice, you will pull it around to the front and then cut off any excess twine.

You will then cross the two ends together as shown.

Make a bow making sure it is tight.

Trim off any excess twine.

I really didn’t like where the bow was at so I wanted to move it up.

Here is a simple trick to do this. Gently bend your card. This will allow you more room to move your twine to adjust it.

Gently using your finger, move the twine where you want it to be. YOU GOT IT!

Now you can see the card on the left opens horizontally.

The card on the right opens vertically.

You did it!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Sentiments for All Occasions A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set again by popular request!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize and it will be placed back in the giveaway stash for a future giveaway. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

For last weeks giveaway of the

the Sentiments for All Occasions A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set:

 Vanessa B is the winner!

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

We hope you enjoyed our Birthday Gift Thank You Cards Tutorial! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

SUPER EASY Stamp Straight Tips

SUPER EASY Stamp Straight Tips is what we have for you today. I don’t know if you have a problem with stamping straight on your projects but I sure do. I love stamping with our clear stamps but even with a grid and being able to see where they are going doesn’t mean I can always line it up properly. Maybe it is a little OCD on my part but it can be daunting if you are trying to get something really straight by looking at it upside down. Well, I have a few tips for you.. Hopefully, these will help you as they have  helped me AND encourage you to get your craft on! Are you READY? Let’s get Creative!

What you will need

Sentiments for All Occasions A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set

Paper

Ink

Stamp Block

My stamps are stained. This will NOT effect the integrity of the stamps or the image that is stamped. They are just well loved with pigment ink.

Solvent ink is NOT recommended for clear stamps on a continual basis as they will degrade the stamps over time. Pigment ink is fine however some of them can stain the stamps as shown above.

For SUPER EASY Stamp Straight Tips, you will want to place your stamps as if they are already stamped. Normally you would place them backwards but for this tip, you will place them readable as seen above.

Using whatever stamps you want to use on your project, arrange them on a piece of paper or even grid paper if you wish.

Using the grid on the blocks work very well but sometimes it’s hard to line up when the words are upside down.

I think I have the sentiment pretty close.

Here is a close up. The words thanks and generous need a little arrangement. Once you have straightened it out to the way you want it, you are set!

For the SUPER EASY Stamp Straight Tips, take your clear stamp block and place it on top of the arranged stamps.

This is what it looks like. I think I turned my hand a little when I picked it up so I corrected the generous stamp and we were set!

Ink your sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment on your paper.

I typically will stamp a few extra so I can have them on hand when I am creating. You can never have too many thank you sentiments on hand, right?

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Sentiments for All Occasions A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set.

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize and it will be placed back in the giveaway stash for a future giveaway. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

  

For last weeks giveaway of the Posh Carpe Diem Planner set.

Jiji J is the winner!

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

We hope you enjoyed our SUPER EASY Stamp Straight Tips! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card

Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card is what we have for you today. This is a really cute way to add a little bit of movement on a card for Autism Awareness Month. This card technique can be used over and over again to create all different occasion cards. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Set

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #4 – Autism Awareness

Scissors

Hole Punch

Stamp Block

3-D Foam Dots

Chameleon Pens

Adhesive (I also used my ATG Gun)

Black Ink

Punch

Ribbon

Card Base

Paper to Stamp on

Phrase paper Mat

Paper to mount sentiments on

Back Mat of the red paper for ribbon flow

Embossing Folder

Manual Die Cut Machine

This is the creation we are making today. The Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card is movable by pulling the ribbon up and down.

You can grab it from one end at a time and pull so that you can see the “Autism Angel” flying.

Take out your manual die cut machine, platforms, paper and embossing folder.

Place your paper inside the embossing folder.

Sandwich your embossing folder in between the two clear platforms and on top of the sizzix main platform.

Turn the handle and run through the embossing folder through the die cut machine.

This is a close up of what it will look like once it has been run through. I love the texture on this!

For the next step in creating your Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card, take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Set, stamp block, ink and paper to stamp on. Place the puzzle piece with wings on your block.

Ink your stamp image and stamp it on the paper.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #4 – Autism Awareness. Take off the connected puzzle pieces image and place them on your stamp block.

Ink and stamp the image on your paper.

Take out your BV4 Chameleon Pen.

You will color the puzzle piece on the puzzle piece with the wings image blue. Color the puzzle pieces on the connected puzzle pieces blue.

Take out your RD Chameleon Pen.

Using your RD4 Chameleon Pen, color the puzzle pieces on the connected puzzle pieces red.

Take out the YL2 Chameleon Pen. Color the angel wings yellow.

Color the remaining puzzle pieces with the YL2 Chameleon Pen.

Here is a close up of the finished coloring.

I used my Brother Scan and Cut 2 to cut out my images. If you do not have one or another electronic die cut machine that you can cut your images out with, fussy cut around your image and make a matching set for a duplicate piece.

Take out your embossed red piece of paper and punch one hole on either side or the right side of your paper as shown set aside.

I used approximately 10″ of ribbon for an A2 card. I did end up cutting some off but better to be safe than sorry.

Using my ATG gun, I applied adhesive to the two puzzle piece collections – front piece and back piece.

Place the back piece underneath the ribbon so the ribbon is showing on top of the cut out paper.

Now, you will put the puzzle piece collection colored image on top of the ribbon to make a “sandwich” of the two pieces of paper and the ribbon in the middle.

This is a close up of what it will look like once it is done.

**HELPFUL TIP**

Be sure when you are hole punching your bottom white paper that you don’t punch the hole too far off toward the middle or the ribbon will not pull correctly and you will have to re punch it with a new piece. Lesson Learned… LOL!

Punch holes in your white paper that will be used as a mat for the red embossed paper.

Carefully add adhesive to the red pieces of paper. DO NOT PRESS FIRMLY OR IT WILL STICK AND YOU WILL HAVE TO START OVER.

Take your ribbon that has the puzzle pieces attached to it. Starting at the top hole at the back of the white paper, feed your ribbon through the back and through the red embossed piece of paper.

Pull your ribbon through so it is on the outside of the red paper then to through the red paper.

Take the ribbon and continue it through to the bottom hole down on the white paper and push through.

Line up the paper ensuring the adhesive is not on the ribbon and the ribbon  moves freely.

 

Adhere the red paper to the white paper taking extra caution for the sides of the red paper and it’s adhesion.

Take out your puzzle piece with wings and back piece.

**TIP**

I cut off the head part of the back pieces of the stamped image. This will allow the puzzle pieces with wings to move all the way to the top. Be sure whatever image you use, it doesn’t interfere with where you are going to be putting your ribbon.

Apply adhesive on the back of the colored image and the front of the copy. Place your image under the ribbon at the bottom. This will give you an approximate idea how it will look. Once you are comfortable with it, adhere it to the back side of the blue ribbon as shown above.

Adhere the front of the image making a sandwich of the two images with the blue ribbon in the middle.

Pull the ribbon up and down ensuring that it flows properly.

**THIS IS OPTIONAL** Apply adhesive to the back of the colored puzzle pieces and the front of the copy. Adhere the front of the puzzle pieces to the back of the blue ribbon as shown. Above you can see both ways I made it.

Apply the colored puzzle pieces to the front making a sandwich with the blue ribbon in the middle.

If you would like to have the ribbon end sandwiched between the two papers, trim the ribbon so it does not continue through the image. Make sure you pull it all the way up before cutting to ensure plenty of ribbon for the Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card creation.

This is what it will look like once it is done.

Take out the phrase from the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Set.

Place it on your stamp block and ink it.

Stamp your phrase on the paper.

Using your choice of punch, punch out the phrase.

Mat the punched out phrase on a pieces of paper. Cut around it so it shows a little bit larger punched shape for a mat of the phrase. Take out your 3-D foam dots and adhere to the back of the phrase.

Apply your phrase to your mat paper.

Apply adhesive to the card front and apply your matted sentiment on the card front.

 Check to be sure your ribbon moves freely on your Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card creation.

You are finished creating your Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the American Craft Creative Zen markers from last weeks haul!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize and it will be placed back in the giveaway stash for a future giveaway. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

 

For last weeks giveaway of the Elizabeth Craft die set

Jean Truchan is the winner!

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

We hope you enjoyed our Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card tutorial! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card Tutorial

Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card Tutorial is what we have for you today.

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?

It is! This month we have been highlighting our Autism Awareness Stamps along with some really cool cards that move and grove! Today is no different! This one is really simple and you can use this as a template to create cards over and over again! Are you ready? Me too!

Supplies Needed

Scissors

Quick Stick

Awareness Ribbon #6 – Angels with Autism

Strong Adhesive

Tape Runner

Circle Punch 2 1/2″

Tag Punch

Twine

Foam Squares

Rhinestones

Chameleon Pens BV4

Card Base

Paper to stamp image on

Yellow Card stock

Red Card stock

Here is the awesome card we will be creating!

This is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Angels with Autism Stamp Set that I used to create this project.

To begin this project, take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Angels with Autism Stamp Set, stamp block, BV4 Chameleon Pen and your paper to be stamped on. Place your stamp on your stamp block.

Take out your ink. Ink your image on  your ink pad ensuring full coverage.

Stamp your image onto your paper.

Using your BV4 Chameleon Pen, color your image.

With this image, I chose to only color the puzzle piece in blue.

I used my Brother Scan and Cut 2 to cut out my images and had them on hand. I cut out the colored stamped image as well as a reversed image to be used for the back of my interactive piece.

Using the sentiment Thank You For Being You, ink your stamp.

Stamp the sentiment on your yellow paper.

With the punch of your choice, punch out your sentiment.

TIP: For rhinestones, I love to use my Quick Kuts Quicker Poker Picker Upper! It is a must in my tool bag.

Whether you use your finger or a tool, place rhinestones on your tag to add a little bit of sparkle to your creation.

This is what it looked like once I was done placing my rhinestones.

Take out your BV4 Chameleon Pen.

You are going to create a custom colored rhinestone for your project. Color the rhinestones on your tag with the B4 Chameleon Pen. You now have your very own custom colored bling!

This is what the rhinestones look like before and after coloring them with Chameleon Pens.

Using your removable adhesive, place a small amount on your red card stock.

Adhere your red card stock to your card base.

Grab your 2 1/2″ circle punch.

Punch your card base ensuring it goes all of the way through your card base and red mat on the front of the card.

Carefully remove the red card stock and set it aside.

For your Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card Tutorial, use strong adhesive while placing two lines below and one above the punched out circle.

Place your twine in the center of the circle.

Cut off any excess string.

Add adhesive to the entire back of the red card mat ensuring it will stick holding in the interactive string with the stamped image.

Make sure you have your card so it is centered over the hole in the card base.

Take out both of your images – the front and the back.

Using some of your strong adhesive, place a strip of it on the front side of the back image and the back of the front image. Adhere the back image to the twine. Press the twine into the adhesive ensuring it has stuck firmly.

Adhere the front colored image to the string ensuring it is secure. This is what makes your Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card interactive.

This is what it looks like once you have adhered the front and back image to the string.

Take out your tag. Place foam squares on the back of the tag. Remove the paper from the foam squares.

Adhere your tag to the front of the card.

You have completed the Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card Tutorial! How do you plan on using this card base for future creations? The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away a $15.00 gift certificate for our store!! This allows you to pick what you want!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

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

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

For last weeks giveaway of the $15.00 gift certificate for our store….

 Cheryl G is the winner!

Cheryl G, 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 the Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card Tutorial. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project

You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project is what we have for you today. Did you know Autism Awareness month is April? What better way to bring awareness than to create the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness project! This is such a cool card. Like last weeks it is a slider card however this one is a little EASIER! I am really excited to show you this project and I love the way it highlighted the stamp image in the creation.

Supplies Needed for the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness project

Manual Die Cut Machine (Sizzix Big Shot)

A Creative Journey with Melissa’s Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Ink

Card Base

Yellow Card Mat

White Card Front Cover

Glue Dots

Adhesive

Red Sequins

Circle Pop Dots

3-D Adhesive lines or Squares

Two Pennies or Washers

Stampin Up Sliding Star Framelit Die

This is the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project we are creating. I love the way it moves and is such a motivating energized card. Exactly what you would want to bring awareness, right?

To start the You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project you will need to take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa’s Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart Stamp Set your ink, stamp block and stamping paper.

Ink your stamp thoroughly.

Stamp your image on the stamping paper. You can make a few extra so you have them on hand for your next project.

Take out your Chameleon Pens RD4 and BL6. Using the BL6 color in the puzzle piece in your image.

Using your RD4 Chameleon Pen, color in the cape on the image.

This is what your image will look like once it has been colored in.

You will now be cutting out the front of the card where you will be creating your slider. Take out your white piece of paper and manual die cutting machine for the for the front of the card.

Place your base platform, clear platform, paper and die on the die cut machine.

Be sure to center your die where you want it on the card so that it cuts properly.

Place your clear platform on top of the paper and die.

Run your die and paper through the die cut machine.

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

Take out your stamp sentiment, ink and stamp block. Stamp the sentiment as shown above.

Using your Glue dots, place your sequins on the glue dots.

Place your sequins on your card front for decoration.

This is what it will look like once you have done this. You don’t have to do it exactly as I have, this is just for a reference for placement. It’s your creation so make it your own!

Take out your circular pop dot. Be sure that it fits in the channel for your slider card. If not, be sure to trim it down and round the edges. This will help with the flow of the slider card.

Place your pop dot on your penny as shown above.

Take your other penny and place it on the top of the penny like a sandwich with the pop dot in between both pennies.

Put adhesive on the back of the colored image. Place the colored image on the back of the penny.

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

Carefully place one side of the penny on one side of the channel as shown.

Place the other half of the side under the other side of the paper like shown.

Moving your card left to right, watch your image flow across your card. If you are having issues with it. Guide your image back and forth a few times in the channel to ensure it’s ease of movement.

This is what your You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project will look once it is done!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away a $15.00 gift certificate for our store!!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.  

 Now for last weeks WINNER of the Chameleon Pastels 5 Pack of pens shown in the video above valued at $24.99!!!

The WINNER IS  T. Hall  !!

For the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop the winners are:

Debbie Wilson is the winner of the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set and

Theresa G is the winner of the Coffee,Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set.

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

We hope you enjoyed You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Coffee Spinner Slider Card

Coffee Spinner Slider Card is what we have for you today. This Coffee Spinner Slider Card is a fun moving card that ANYONE would love to receive! It is super easy and you will have so much fun creating it! I am so excited and inspired and hope to do the same for you!

If you are here for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, go here but be sure to read this post because this coffee card is too awesome to miss!

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Coffee Spinner Slider Card

A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set

Manual Die Cut Machine

Adhesive

3-d Foam Squares and small dots

Paper to stamp sentiment on

Twine

Two pennies or washers

Ink

Stamp Block

Scissors

Punch

Jelly Roll Clear Star Pen

Rhinestones

Glitter Pen

141820 Big Shot Framelits Sliding Star Die Set *

Patterned Paper

Card Base

*If you are interested in purchasing the Stampin Up Sliding Star Die set to create this Coffee Spinner Slider Card, please go to Brandie’s Website HERE and I KNOW she will take very good care of you!

For the spinner card, you will need to take out your Stampin Up Sliding Star Framelits Die Set.

Using the circle die as shown above in the set, be sure that the cutting part of the die is face down on the paper.

Put the cutting part of the die face down and centered where you would like it on your paper.

Place your paper and die on your platform and clear platform where you would like it cut.

Once you are ready to cut it, place the second clear platform on top of the die.

Run your die through your manual die cut machine.

Here are the parts you keep to use for your Coffee Spinner Slider Card. Take out your card base as well.

You will need thin foam strips and foam squares for the next part to put your card together.

This is how I placed my foam squares and strips. It is important to place the thin foam strips on the top of the circle and the sides so the item that is spinning doesn’t get stuck on the adhesive strip.

Adhere the die cut patterned paper on top of your card base.

Cut one of your foam squares in half.

Place two foam squares and two halves on the back of the circle from die that was cut from your patterned paper.

Make sure the foam squares will NOT be int he way of your spinner or else it will get hung up and not spin properly.

You will place the circle in the center of the cut out circle on your card base.

BE SURE IT IS CENTERED or else it will not spin properly.

It is MUCH EASIER if you use a patterned paper for this part as you can line it up to ensure it is centered.

Take out your SMALL foam dots. I did try the larger foam dots. They did not work. They got hung up in the track for the spinner and it was not flowing properly. These foam dots work PERFECTLY so I am sticking with the smaller ones.

Place your foam circles in the middle of your penny or washer. These foam dots were thin so I stacked three together.

They aren’t exactly perfectly lined up but it still works perfectly!

Take your other penny and squish it so it is like a sandwich so it looks like a penny sandwich with your dots inside.

This is what it will look like once it is stuck together.

Now you are going to take  your card base and place your penny sandwich with one side of the penny under the patterned card base and one side of the penny on top of the card base.


This is what it will look like once you have put the one side under the card base.

Now you will take the right side of the penny and inside circle and gently place it inside the penny sandwich as shown.

This will allow you to have the item around the circle spin. Move your card around to be sure that the spinner is working. If it doesn’t work check to be sure both sides are even, your foam dot isn’t too large and the penny’s are both centered. You should be good to go!

Stamp the image you want to place on your spinner. This image stamped out and had cut it out with my Brother Scan and Cut 2. HOW COOL IS THAT? I will be showing you how to use it in future posts.

Since I didn’t need to fussy cut my image, I just took out my Chameleon Pen and colored my image.

I placed adhesive on the back of my image.

You will then want to adhere your image to your penny so that your image will be the spinning part of your project.

Next, take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set.

You will also need your stamp block, ink and paper to stamp sentiment on out. Stamp your sentiment.

Punch out your sentiment.

Using your twine, wrap your sentiment and tie it in a knot.

Cut off your excess twine.

Take out your rhinestones and place one on either side of your sentiment as shown.

Take out your Jelly Roll Clear Star pen.

Using your Jelly Roll Clear Star pen, outline your coffee cup stamped image to give it a little bling.

Using the pen gives a subtle glimmer effect to your image.

Place foam squares or dots on the back of your sentiment to give a 3-D effect.

Adhere your sentiment to your card.

Your card creation is COMPLETE! YOU DID IT!!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastels 5 Pack of pens shown in the video above valued at $24.99!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.  

 Now for last weeks WINNER of the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set !!

The WINNER IS  Vanessa Black !!

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

We hope you enjoyed our Coffee Spinner Slider Card Tutorial. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Be sure to come back Monday as we announcing our winners of the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop as well as having something fun to share!

 

Coloring with Chameleon Pens Showing Highlights

Coloring with Chameleon Pens Showing Highlights is what we have for you today. I don’t know about you but I always have a hard time showing the light source and highlights in my coloring. I truthfully think it is a struggle for me just because I get anxiety over it. Although I am a bit insecure and don’t feel I am good at it. If I took a deep breath and just focused, I would be fine… but I psych myself out most of the time.

Today I am going to show you a shortcut I use for Coloring with Chameleon Pens Showing Highlights. It has helped me and I hope it helps you too!

Supplies Needed

Ink

Stamp Block

Chameleon Pens

A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set

Paper

Stamp your images on your paper and take out your RD4 Chameleon Pen.

Remove the blending solution cartridge revealing the pen cap.

Take off the pen cap revealing the nib of your choice.

Place your blending solution cartridge on your pen.

Hold your Chameleon Pen upright for 10-15 seconds.

Notice how the tip of the nib is much lighter in color than the base of it. This is where the blending solution has been placed from the blending solution cartridge.

Color the area where you think the light would hit the stamped image in the picture. This will be very light in color therefore highlighting the area.

Continue to the handle of the cup which will also highlight that area.

Outline the image with your Chameleon RD4 Pen.

By using a flicking motion, color the image from the outside to the inside flicking toward your lightened area.

I am now doing the other side of the cup toward the lightened area.

Here i have colored the whole cup and the highlighted area is obvious but could be even more so.

Here is a close up. You could leave it like this but I don’t care for it. I think it needs to have a more finished and uniform look.

Place your blending solution cartridge on your pen nib again allowing the blending solution onto the tip of the pen nib.

Starting with the lightened area, color the cup over all of the areas you had previously starting with the lightest area first.

Here you can see there is a more uniform colored look and you can also see the highlight.

Here is another way to show the highlight even more. Add the blending solution cartridge on top of the nib.

Once you have had it upright for 5-7 seconds, go over just the area where you were highlighting the coffee cup.

Notice how it is blended however still shows the highlighted area a little more intense now that we have added more of the blending solution to the cup.

Now I am going to add just straight blending solution to the image on the cup to make the highlight even more intense.

This is what it looks like using the colorless blender after the previous steps we have taken.

Now I am going to show you what it looks like if you color the image without blending solution.

Now I am going to use the Colorless blending pen to highlight the area directly without any other addition of blending solution.

Here is a close up of the image once this has been done. Notice how light it is with just the colorless blender at the bottom versus the top right where there were layers of color placed on the cup.

Now you have three different ways you can show Coloring with Chameleon Pens Showing Highlights. I hope I have encouraged you to try to face your fear and just DO IT! YOU CAN!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set shown in the video above.

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The WINNER IS  Denise Bryant!!

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

We hope you enjoyed our Coloring with Chameleon Pens Showing Highlights. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Be sure to come back Friday as we are participating in the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop where there are lots of amazing inspiration as well as prizes up for grabs! 

2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party Part Two

2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party HAUL Part Two is what we have for you today. I am so excited to show you the second half of my awesome haul from my Stampin Up Party!

If you didn’t get a chance to see Part One, Check it out HERE.

I am so excited to show you my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party Part Two. The dies I received and the extras I received are awesome! I can’t wait to show you how I am going to use them in future blog posts and videos so be sure to subscribe so you can check the project out in the future too!! Are you ready? ME TOO!

For my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party Part Two,

I am going to show you the three framelit die sets that I purchased. I am so excited about these that I had to be sure you knew about them too. As you probably know, I have my own stamp line however, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate awesome products that would work perfectly WITH my stamps, right? Well, when I saw these die sets, that is exactly what I had in mind.

This is from the Framelits Sliding Star Die set. Here you can create cards with moving elements. The bottom die is used to have an item floating on a card giving you a cool 3-d moving effect. I will be creating items using this die so be sure to subscribe for future video and blog posts!

The top die is a circle which is prefect to have something floating around in a circle while you have an item in the middle. The circle die cuts not only the area where you would have something floating, you would also be able to cut the circle that would be inside the floating area.

This is the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits die set.

I love how it will not only cut your 4 x 6 items for Project Life but it will also cut your 2 x 3 cards as well!

This awesome set is the Thinlits Project Life Paper Clips Die set. Not only can you create 4 x 4 and 2 x 2 items using the larger dies, you can also create the adorable clips with the clip dies.

Here is a close of up the clips so you can see how large they are in relation to ones hand. SUPER CUTE RIGHT?

Here are all of the dies I showcased for my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party Part Two. I hope you will be sure to stay tuned to see what I create with my new dies!

Here is the complete list of items I showcased in my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party Part Two and a few extras I didn’t in case you want to check them out too!

Free Gifts

133719 Paper Glimmer Gold

135314 Paper Glimmer Silver

135315 Paper Glimmer Dazzling Diamonds

143831 Glimmer paper Assortment Pack

Project Life

141666 Project Life Card Collection Good Vibes

138454 Project Life Card Collection Moments Like These

135707 Framelits Project Life Cards and Labels

138284 Thinlits Project Life Paper Clips

141820 Big Shot Framelits Sliding Star

Coordinating Cardstock for Project Life Kits

100867 Night of Navy 8.5 x 11″

121044 Basic Gray 8.5 x 11″

138336 Tip Top Taupe8.5 x 11″

138334 Watermelon Wonder 8.5 x 11″

141415 Emerald Envy 8.5 x 11″

138340 In Color Collection 2015-2017 12  x 12″

Accessories

102394 Stampin Mist

101022 Stampin Mist Refill

If you have any questions about the items I have described in my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party Part Two, would like to order or any other questions, please go to Brandie’s Website HERE and I KNOW she will take very good care of you!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Stampin Up Glitter Paper Pack shown in the video above. These stamp sets will work wonderfully with any of the products that have been shown in my 2017 Sale A Bration with Brandie Party !

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The WINNER IS  Jessica Marshall!!

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

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

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

 

SUPER EASY Card combining stamps with Punch Art Fun

SUPER EASY CARD combining stamps with Punch Art Fun is what we have for you today. Would you like to make a SUPER EASY CARD? Do you have a HEART PUNCH OR DIE? Then YOU ARE IN LUCK! Maybe even FOUR LEAF CLOVER LUCK? Yes, we are going to create a really cute and simple St. Patrick’s Day card. Are you ready for some creativity? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the SUPER EASY CARD

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

Stamp Block

Card Base

Patterned Mat for card

Paper to stamp sentiment on

Scissors

Foam Squares

Twine

Paper to punch out hearts

Heart Punch

Ticket punch

Adhesive

Rhinestones

Ink

This is the SUPER EASY CARD creation we are going to make today.

This is the perfect card to bring to a corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Wouldn’t this be perfect to bring along with a nice bottle of wine? YES!!

First, you will want to take out your heart punch as well as your paper.

Using your punch with the shape side facing you, punch out your shapes from your paper.

Cut out a stem for your four leafed clover from your paper.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa’s Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set, ink, Stamp Block and paper to stamp your sentiment on.

Peel off your Happy St. Patrick’s Day sentiment off of your stamp set sheet and place it on your stamp block.

Ink your Happy St. Patrick’s Day sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment on your paper in the left upper corner. This will allow you plenty of space for your four leafed clover.

Take out your adhesive and four leafed clover pieces. Place adhesive on the stem of your four leafed clover.

Put adhesive on the hearts for your four leafed clover.

Place the pieces of your four leafed clover on your sentiment paper.

This is what the four leafed clover looks like close up once the pieces have been put together.

Take out your rhinestone and place one in the middle of your four leafed clover.

Take out the ticket punch and punch the left side of your paper.

Using your ticket punch, punch your base card on the left side of the card.

Be sure to punch both the front of the card as well as the back of the card. When it is closed together it will be punched through on the right side of the card.

Place foam squares on the back of the mat for the card base and remove the protective paper.

Adhere your decorative paper on your card base for your SUPER EASY CARD.

Place your foam squares on your sentiment paper and remove the protective paper backing.

Put your sentiment paper with your four leafed clover on your card base of your SUPER EASY CARD.


Take out your white twine and wrap your twine around your SUPER EASY CARD. I wrapped it around the card three times.

Tie a bow with your twine and cut any excess twine off.

Here are the completed creations of your SUPER EASY CARD!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa’s Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set shown in the video above which will work wonderfully with your SUPER EASY Card combining stamps with Punch Art Fun!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The WINNER IS Terri Burson !!

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

We hope you enjoyed our SUPER EASY Card combining stamps with Punch Art Fun tutorial.

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

 

SUPER EASY Craft Project – Planner Pom Pom Clip

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

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

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

Supplies Needed

Twine or Yarn

Scissors

Paper Clips

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

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

Wrap around your fingers with the yarn.

I wrapped the yarn twenty five times around my fingers.

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

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

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

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

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

Remove the yarn from your fingers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is my completed Planner Pom Pom Clip!

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

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

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.

Now for last weeks WINNER!!

The WINNER IS Karen Ladd !!

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

We hope you enjoyed our Project Life Pocket Page Scrapbooking product overview. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.