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.  

Crafting with Cereal Boxes

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

Supplies needed for the Crafting with Cereal Boxes Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set

Stamping Block

Adhesive

Ink

Cereal Box

Paper Clip

Foam Dots/Squares

Glue Dots

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

Here is close to the cereal box I started with.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Place your stamps on your block.

Ink your stamp.

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

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

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

Using your paperclip, place it on the glue dot.

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

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

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

The winner is  Tonya!

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

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

 

Save Money Create Custom Ribbon

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

Supplies Needed for the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project

Adirondack Ink

Protected Work Surface

Rubber Bands

Rayon Ribbon

Alcohol and Paper Towels or the like for clean up

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here I added my second color Red Pepper.

For my third color, I added Sandal.

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

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

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

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

Add the ink in various places to create your design.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

The winner is Robyn T!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

 

Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream

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

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

Supplies Needed for the Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2

Hazelnut, Oregano and Mushroom Tim Holtz Adirondack Ink

Shaving Cream

Paper Towels and lots of them

Platter or tray

Toothpicks

Popsicle sticks

Photo Paper/Glossy Paper

Isopropyl Alcohol for clean up

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

Take out your platter and shaving cream.

Put shaving cream all over your platter.

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

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

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

Add Mushroom to your shaving cream.

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

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

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

Mix it up to your liking!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open up the paper towel.

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

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

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

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

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

 We hope you enjoyed our Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE MONEY: Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos

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

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

A Creative Journey with Melissa For My Boys Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Embossing/Heating Tool or Hair Dryer

Scissors

Memento Ink

Inexpensive Candle

Scotch Tape

Tissue paper

Wax Paper

Copy Paper

Candle

This candle was created with out using stamps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Place your tissue paper image on your candle.

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

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

Roll up the other side of the wax paper.

Gather the wax paper at the top.

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

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

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

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

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

Take special care of the edges of the tissue paper.

You want to be sure it is heated thoroughly.

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

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

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

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

 

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 We hope you enjoyed our SAVE MONEY: Create Custom Candles using Stamps and Photos Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.