Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches

Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches is what we have for you today. Making sympathy cards are difficult so trying to make a card that is sensitive to your loved ones loss. Here I will show you how to do just that with a simplistic design but an elegant feel.

Supplies Needed for the Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments For All Occasions Stamp Set

Stamping Block

Card Base

Mat for butterflies

Embossing Folders

Paper to Emboss

Gray Ink

Twine

Paper to Emboss with

Punches

Die Cut machine

Scissors

Take out your mat paper, adhesive and your card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the mat paper.

Adhere the mat paper to the card base. Set aside.

Take out your paper to emboss and your embossing folders. Place your paper inside the embossing folder.

Run your paper through the manual die cut machine.

This is what t he paper for your Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project looks like once you have embossed your paper using your die cut machine.

Put the paper in the embossing folder…

Run your paper through the machine and…

PRESTO!  I love the texture of this one!

Pull out your embossed paper and punch for your Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project.

Punch your butterflies out of the embossed paper. You can use different embossing textures for each punched item or all the same. Mix it up!

Take out your paper to stamp on, sympathy sentiment, stamp block and gray ink. Place your sentiment on the block, ink and stamp your sentiment.

Here is a close up of the stamped sentiment for your Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project.

Punch out your sentiment. Using your white twine, wrap it around one end of the sentiment. Tie a knot.

Cut the extra twine off with your scissors. Place adhesive on the back of the sentiment and set aside.

Fold the butterfly like shown.

Round the wings of the butterfly like shown.

Apply adhesive to the back middle of the butterfly and place on your card.

Adhere the rest of your butterflies to the card front. I love the 3-D effect with the texture and punches!

Place the sentiment on your card. You are finished!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments For All Occasions Stamp Set!!

 Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away a $15.00 store credit to our store!

 The winner is Sue R!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project. I hope you take this time to enjoy and embrace your handwriting and be creative!! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

 

Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal

Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal is what we have for you today. I saw this kit at Target at a reasonable price and I thought I would check it out and show you what it has! I thought it was a pretty good kit with a number of possibilities so before you buy it, why not see it first hand right?

First for the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal, I want to mention I said it was between $18-$25 fortunately, I was wrong. I looked it up on the internet and saw it was $13 at 25+ stores so it is even more reasonable than I thought!

I do NOT have any affiliation with Crayola. During my visit to Target (also no affiliation) I thought it was a cool set. This set comes complete with dual tipped pens, writing practice sheets, and so much more!

Here are all of the pens that are in the kit. I was pretty impressed for such a reasonably priced kit. The pens are dual tipped with complimentary colors so it really takes the guess work out of creating.

For the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal, the color chart shows you what both sides of the tip colors are and really gives you a visual of what you are working with. PERFECT!

Here is a close up of the pen and how the colors are complimentary to increase your creativity without the guess work!

The instructional packet with the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal really gives you a good basic variety of what you can do with this set. I am really excited to use it!

In the instruction booklet, it shows you the different tips on the markers.

Here, you can see how you can really get more creative with different accents and pen work.

PRACTICE MAKES IT BETTER… DO IT!!

Here are the different strokes you will want to practice to master the different ways to write your lettering.

Using the grid paper, you can have a better idea as to how straight you are with your lettering.

The grid paper will also help you with placement and fluidity.

Here is the entire set! Pretty cool huh?

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away a $15.00 store credit to our store! Did I inspired you? Get crafty with our amazing creative products!

Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away the  A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Large Uppercase and Symbols Stamp Set!

The winner is Heather M!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Crayoligraphy Kit Reveal. I hope you take this time to enjoy and embrace your handwriting and be creative!! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook

Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook is what we have for you today. I love planners, being organized and of course on schedule. I also love journals and doodling too. Today, I am going to show you how to create a budget friendly planner, journal or notebook. This is so simple you can have a child do it! They will love it too!

Supplies Needed for the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Large Uppercase and Symbols Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Ink

Scissors

Composition Notebook,

STRONG adhesive

Pentel RSVP Pens

Paper for Pen

Ribbon

Paper for stamping

Decorative Paper for covering

(I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut my alphabet images but you can also fussy cut them)

To begin your Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project, take out your paper to stamp your letters on, your stamps, ink and stamp block. Peel off your stamps and place them on your stamp block.

Ink your stamps.

Stamp your images on your paper. I have already pre-cut the letters to save some time. Put all of this aside for now.

Get your adhesive, composition notebook, scissors and decorative paper.

Place adhesive on your composition notebook front cover.

Put your decorative paper on the front of your composition notebook.

Push down and rub to ensure the adhesive adheres to the notebook. Repeat this for the back cover.

Open the notebook. Take out your scissors and trim the edges of the notebook for both the front and the back.

Cut a piece of paper approximately 2″ wide. This will make a great binding cover for your book. If you wish it to be larger, increase size to your liking.

Cover the binding paper with STRONG adhesive. Be sure you cover the edges to ensure adhesion.

Once you have applied adhesive, place the paper adhesive side up.

Take your composition notebook and place it in the middle of the paper, binding side down as shown.

Push down on the middle of the binding and roll the book toward you as shown above.

Lift back up again and roll the opposite way to adhere the other side of the binding away from you.

Push down on all sides of the binding to make sure it has adhered to the composition notebook.

This is what the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project looks like with just the covering. Pretty easy, right?!

Apply adhesive to the line where the binding and paper meet.

Apply a piece of ribbon to over the binding area.

*When I went to pull a little thread, I started to unravel the entire ribbon.. yes my luck. What do I do? Show you how to fix it! Gently pull the ribbon off. Yes, you do take some of the paper with it but your ribbon will cover it up once you replace it so DON’T WORRY!

Reapply adhesive over the area it was before.

Cut your ribbon and make it even so you can line it up to the end of the notebook.

Adhere the ribbon all of the way up the notebook. Press down to ensure adhesion.

Cut the ribbon a bit longer allowing room for a bow to be tied.

Bring the ribbon to the inside of the cover.

Tie a bow at the bottom of the ribbon.

Take out your letters. Place adhesive on your letters.

Apply your letters to the outside of your notebook.

Take out your insert paper for your pen. Unscrew the cap off of the pen and set aside.

Roll the paper to make sure it fits in the end of the pen. Push the paper inside the open end of the pen. You may need to use scissors to push the ends in the rest of the way.

Here is a close up of the custom pen you made for the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project.

Here are the two different finished Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Projects.

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Large Uppercase and Symbols Stamp Set!

Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set

The winner is MARY D!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Create Your Own Personal Planner, Journal, or Notebook Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself, be creative and maybe even write some of your favorite things for the day!! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

Chameleon Pen Colored Wedding Card

Chameleon Pen Colored Wedding Card is what we have for you today! I love creating cards and love even more to give them! I love having a lovely card to give but sometimes time isn’t in the cards so to speak … Yes pun intended.. LOL This is why I like to create CAS – Clean and Simple cards. You can get the look of an elegant handmade card that only takes minutes! Ready to get CREATIVE? Let’s do this!

Supplies for Chameleon Pen Colored Wedding Card Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Blocks

Gelly Roll Star Dust Glitter Pen

Chameleon Pen NU1

Corner Rounder

Black Ink

Card Base

Mat

Paper to stamp sentiment on

Adhesive

Scissors (optional)

Twine (optional)

Take out your paper to be stamped on. Using the corner rounder, round the corners of only two sides.  I chose the opposite sides as shown.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set. Place the glass along with two of the bubbles.

Ink your stamps for the Chameleon Pen Colored Wedding Card.

Stamp your images on your paper as shown above.

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Place your sentiment on your stamping block. Ink your sentiment and stamp your sentiment on your paper.

This is what it will looked like once stamped.

Take out your NU1 Chameleon Pen to get ready to color your Chameleon Pen Colored Wedding Card.

Remove off your pen cap from the bullet nib side. Take off the cap from the blending solution chamber. Place your blending solution top on to the pen so the nibs are touching as shown above.

Wait approximately 5-10 seconds with the pen upright. This will allow the blending solution to combine with the pigment side.

For your Chameleon Pen Colored Wedding Card, color the area where you want it lightest first. I chose the top part of the liquid. Be sure to fill in the color completely. Using a flicking motion upward from the bottom of the liquid, I colored to show the bottom was a little bit darker in color.

This is what it looks like once I finished coloring the liquid.

Take out your Star Dust Gelly Roll Pen. Here I have colored in one of the bubbles to show you the difference between the coloring and not. I prefer it with the glitter, what do you think?

I colored both bubbles in with the glitter pen. Now, take out your adhesive and place adhesive and apply adhesive to the card mat. Do this in case your gelly roll glitter is still wet. Place your stamped and colored image paper onto the mat. Be sure it has adhered.

Apply adhesive to the card base and adhere the mat. This is what it looks like once this is done. If you notice, I changed the design a little bit from my first example. I moved the mat and image to the right bottom corner.

I also got an idea to add a little silver and white twine to the side of the card. Thought I would dress it up a little. I wrapped the twine around the card three times and tied a bow.

Trim off the excess twine.

Here are your finished cards! Both CAS but one with a little extra sparkle!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set

Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set to Rita W

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set to Lisa B!

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

Thank you for joining us for the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips

DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips is what we have for you today. What better way to get organized for the New Year than to create your own clips to get organized with crafty dollar store finds! I love to create new things that inspire me. January usually inspires resolutions, organization, and creativity. What better way to be creative but combine the two!

Supplies Needed for the DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips

A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set

A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon

Acrylic Stamp Block

White paper to stamp on

Scissors

Paper Trimmer

Binder Clips from Dollar Store

Clothes Pins from the dollar store

Washi Tape from my stash

Adhesive

Ink

Here is a sample of the DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips we will be creating with washi tape.

If you aren’t familiar with washi tape, washi tape is a thin paper tape that is removable and super easy to work with! You can even rip it with your fingers!

Here is a close up of one of the clips and how simple and easy it can be to create!

This is what I got at the dollar store… It cost me $3.00 plus tax and I had enough to create 56 DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!

For the clothespin clip I used a thinner washi tape. It just so happen to fit perfectly on this clothespin size!

Here is a close up using the washi tape of the first DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips.

It is super simple to use the washi tape and you can just rip it with your fingers. It also is super easy to remove and place back on!

Here is the side profile of the DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips with washi tape.

Use your scissors and trim so the edges are even for your DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips.

Now you will place your washi tape on the other side and rip off the excess.

Use your scissors to trim off the excess more precisely.

Take out your binder clips and your washi tape. Be sure that the washi tape fits well on the binder clip and use the best size fit for the look you are creating it for.

Place your washi tape on your binder clip as shown above. Rip off the side. leaving a little bit excess.

If you slowly rip off the sides of the tape using the binder clip, you can get a really nice finish.

It doesn’t always work perfectly as you can see but it was still usable so I kept it.

If you aren’t sure or want to be sure, just use your scissors for a more precise trim.

Now we are going to create some binder clips with stamps using the A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set.

Take out your stamp block, Jan stamp and ink. Place your stamp on your block and ink. Ink your stamp.

Stamp Jan on your paper for your DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips.

The first time I stamped Jan, I pushed too hard so it was a bit blurry. I turned over my paper and re-stamped on the other side and pushed a bit lighter and it came out perfect as you can see above.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set.  Take off your M A I L stamps off of your stamp sheet. Place them on your block and ink your stamps.

Stamp your word MAIL on your paper. Apply adhesive to the back of the paper and adhere to your binder clip.

Place adhesive on the back of your JAN paper and apply to a binder clip to add to your DIY Dollar Store Planner Journal Organizational Clips!

Here are some of the clips I have created! Super simple, inexpensive and will help you organize! ITS A TRIPLE WIN!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa A Date to Remember Stamp Set

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set. Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

For last weeks giveaways we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

 THE WINNER IS  Jessica M

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

Thank you for joining us for the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

 

Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE

Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE is what we have for today. Our A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You Stamp Set can cover any configuration of love for your card including Female & Male, Female & Female, Male and Male or any variation you choose to celebrate.

Supplies Needed for the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Red Ink

Gray Ink

White card base

Gray Card Mat

Red Mat for stamped images

Paper to stamp images and sentiment on

White Twine

Scissors

To start, take out your gray ink, white paper and stamp block. Choose the stamp images from your A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

For the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project video I chose a female and female for my best friends that have gotten engaged! I am so excited for them! This stamp set is super versatile for any couple!

Ink your female image with the gray ink. Stamp as shown above.

Place ink on your female image again. Stamp next to your other stamped image leaving room for a heart by the hands.

Clean off your stamp and place back on your sheet. Take out your heart image and ink it with red ink. Stamp the heart in between the hands as shown above.

Ink the love sentiment with red ink. Stamp the sentiment on the side of the women images as shown.

This is what it will look like once the stamping has been completed. Place adhesive on the back of the stamped paper.

Adhere your paper to the red mat.

Take out your white card base and your gray mat. Place adhesive on the back of the gray mat and adhere to the card base.

Put adhesive on the back of your red paper and images. Adhere to the gray mat on your card base.

Take out your white twine. Wrap it around your card three times.

Tie a bow with the twine and trim off the excess.

Adjust the twine on  your card as you wish.

This is what the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project looks like completed.

Cards are complete!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set. Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

 For last weeks giveaways we are giving away the

A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

 THE WINNER IS   Marybeth

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

Thank you for joining us for the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

I Just Love You Gift Card Holder

I Just Love You Gift Card Holder is what we have for you today. I realize we just barely celebrated the new year and now I am talking about Valentine’s Day. If you have watched any of my recent videos I am clearly on a gift card holder kick. I thought what better way to continue the trend than to create one for a loved one!

Supplies Needed for the I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set

Acrylic Block

Tag Die

Paper for Tag

Paper for Hole on tag

Card Base Paper

Card Mat Paper

Red and Gray Ink

Adhesive

Tim Holtz Die

Sizzix Die Cut Machine

Scissors

First, take out your Tim Holtz Sizzix Die TAG & BOOKPLATES Movers And Shapers Die #656938.

Cover the Tag part of the die with white and cover the hole reinforcement die area with red.

Here is a close up of the paper that is needed for the I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project.

Place your die with the paper on top of your clear platform on your Sizzix Die Cut Machine.

Run your die through your die cut machine.

The tag and hole protector is what you will need for your I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project.

Add adhesive to the back of the hole protector and place on the die cut tag.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

Remove the stamps you need for the I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project.

Fold your tag die up from the bottom 2.25″ as shown.

Add adhesive to the left and right side of the folded area of the tag.

Press the adhesive down on both sides to ensure adhesion for gift card placement.

Stamp the love sentiment on the folded up part of the tag as shown above.

Stamp hearts around the sentiment for decor as you feel necessary.

This is what the stamping looks like once it has been completed.

Take out the card base and mat for your I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project. Apply adhesive to the back of the card mat.

Adhere card mat to the card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the gift card holder tag. Adhere the tag to your card mat as shown.

Take out your twine. I used twine with a little bit of silver for a bit of bling for the creation. Wrap your twine around your project. I wrapped it three times.

Tie a bow on your I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project and cut off the excess twine. Adjust your twine on your creation as you prefer.

I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project is complete!

 

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set. Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon

 THE WINNERS ARE   Eileen F and KT Fit Kitty

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

Thank you for joining us for the I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget

Currently I am an organized mess but am looking to improve that and soon! One of the things that I do is create numerous cards. I don’t really have a great sorting or organizational system that has worked well so I started thinking… Thinking… I know it’s a scary thought but someone has to do it. I don’t like to spend excess money to organize so I thought what would be the best way to organize on a budget? This is what I came up with.

It’s fast, inexpensive and best of all you probably have all of the items or the like in your home right now!

Supplies Needed for the SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasions Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer with scoring and cutting blades

Black Ink

Before we get started on the SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project, I wanted to let you now a few things I am using in this video. I use the Ikea boxes to store my cards. They weren’t really organized but at least they were stored. Figured I was at least a quarter of the way there! We call that progress. The boxes come flat and you put them together if I remember correctly.

The cool thing about these besides the large size is that you can decorate them with the kraft paper looking box. It’s a cool way to get crafty and you could also use these as memorabilia boxes. I am not sure if you can still get them however you can use regular photo boxes that you can purchase at stores as well.

Even if you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Trimmer and have a trimmer in your tools, you can still use it to score paper if you have a bone folder, embossing tool or a dull pointer. Measure where you want to score your paper using the trimmers measurements. You can see where the score line will go because it is where the crevasse is. Press the bone folder or tool of choice and slide it down with pressure. Don’t be too forceful or you will rip the paper.

Once folded, you will have the same result as if you used a scoring blade. You can also use a straight edge and a dull knife too. An easy fix for those on a budget!

While I am thinking about it, I also wanted to show you how the back of the Stampin’ Up! paper trimmer and many others out there as well. It has a swing arm underneath that you can pull out to measure those larger papers. Perfect for me and the scrapbooking I do!

The other awesome thing about this trimmer is that it doesn’t just measure to 12″ which is a problem for people like me that scrapbook in 12 x 12 sizes. It goes past 14″! AWESOME, right?!

To get started on the SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project, take out your 12.’ 25″ x 8.5″paper and your paper trimmer. Score your paper at 5 3/4″. If your paper is larger or smaller, add or subtract the same difference from my measurements to get the same result.

This is what the scored line looks like from the paper trimmer.

Fold along the scored line. Repeat for however many folders you will need for your SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project.

This is a sample of what we will be making.

I really like the folder idea to store your cards. This way if you are looking for a certain themed card, you can pull it out and thumb through them to find which one you are looking for.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasions Stamp Set, Acrylic Stamp Block, paper and ink.

Pick the sentiment that best fits what you would like to have for a folder from your stamp set and place it on your stamp block.

You may notice that the stamp has some stain on it. This will not effect the integrity of the image of the stamp or sentiment. Sometimes I forget to clean my stamps when I am doing a project which can cause this along with using different types of more permanent ink.

Ink your sentiment and stamp your sentiment.

If you notice, the stamped sentiment is clean and clear without any issue and will continue to be.

When you are done you are SUPPOSED to clean off your stamps. I use the stampin up stamp cleaner and scrub pad. Honestly products I have used for numerous years and have continued to on my own stamps.. when I remember.

When I get my stamps, I also store the in envelopes. I write the name on the top and store them in alphabetical order. Having the ability to be able to carry them around in a small box and not have to worry about binders is something I prefer. This also works great for me when I go to crops.

Now, we are going to stamp the second sentiment for our SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project. Place your stamp on the stamp block and ink.

Stamp your file folder with the sentiment you have chosen.

This is what the second stamped sentiment looks like. Works great! I realize this is probably just the beginning of your list of folders you may want to make but you can get it done! I believe in both of us!

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

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon

Winners announced next week!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

For last weeks giveaways we are giving away a $15.00 store credit to our store! The winner is Janie R!

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

Thank you for joining us for the SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

 

 

DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder is what we have for you today.  This is the perfect project for you to create to tuck in your purse, backpack or briefcase. With all of the pictures you take from the holidays, this would be a great way to send those wonderful memories to your friends and loved ones. EASY RIGHT? Let’s get started!

This is our project we are going to create. Super simple and cute as well as versatile!

Supplies Needed for the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project

12 x 12″ piece of paper (I used double sided card stock)

Stampin Up Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade

Scissors

Coordinating Ribbon

Bone Folder

Take out your decorative paper and paper trimmer.

Line up your paper to 4″ on the paper trimmer.

Score your paper at 4″ with your scoring blade.

Take your paper out from the trimmer and fold at the score lines.

Pull out your bone folder.

Using your bone folder, push down on the crease to ensure a crisp fold on your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

You can then either turn your paper 1/4 of the way and score your paper at 6″ or you can just fold your paper in half as shown above.

Once again, use the bone folder and press down on the fold to ensure a good crease.

This is what the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project looks like once it has been folded and creased.

Check to see where the fold is. You want to be sure you punch a hole above the folds.

Punch the hole in your paper through all four layers.

This is what it looks like once all holes are punched through.

Take out your ribbon and trim off approximately 8-12 inches for your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

Put the ribbon in through the first hole,

Pull the ribbon all the way through all four layers.

Tie your ribbon in a bow.

You have completed your project! Think of the endless possibilities! You can use this creation for different themes, celebrations, holidays and so much more!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away a $15.00 credit to our store! Winner announced next week!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

and the Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set.

The winners are  Kim Miller and Malika!

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

Thank you for joining us for the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be given as a gift or used for yourself! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK!

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

Sentiments for all Occasions Card

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

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

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

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

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

Supplies Needed for the Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project 

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set

Card Base

Patterned Background Paper

Paper for Deer

Sentiment and emblem paper

Paper for foliage

3-D Foam adhesive

Adhesive

Brown Ink

Spellbinders Tool or needle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take out your Spellbinders Tool or needle.

Carefully remove your die cut from the die.

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

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

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

This is a close up of the stamped sentiment.

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

Apply the patterned paper to your card base.

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

Apply adhesive to both die cuts of foliage.

Place the foliage to the card base.

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

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

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

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

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

 To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

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

The winner is Creations with Kathryn.

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

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

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

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

Thank you for joining us for the Sentiments for all Occasions Card. I hope I have inspired you to create thinking outside of the box!

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