2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners


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SOOOO back to business….we have our 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners! If you are looking to see if you won prizes for the hop, please go here and they will be posting some time today all of the winners! For our winners here on our blog, we wanted to say we are so honored to be participating in such an awesome hop with such amazingly talented people! WOW! I loved reading your stories and when you do your holiday cards… Sounds to me like I need to get on the ball.. SO many of you are almost done! So I am excited to announce the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners of the two coffee stamp sets we are giving away: Coffee is my Liquid Therapy as well as Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY!

The first 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winner is:

Janet Ingraham says:
September 24, 2016 at 10:55 pm
Well first thank you for offering your two prizes. I try to start making Christmas cards in October.


A Creative Journey with Melissa says:
September 25, 2016 at 11:20 am
Thank you for hopping and we are honored to be participating!

The second 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winner is:

Maja says:
September 24, 2016 at 9:18 am
These are awesome!!!! I’m trying to work on my holiday cards through whole year, but I make most from September til December.


A Creative Journey with Melissa
A Creative Journey with Melissa says:
September 25, 2016 at 11:26 am
Hi Maja, That is me… Always thinking I will get them done but it never happens!

2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners, Congratulations and please be sure to send me a message ASAP so that I can get your prize out!

Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


Coffee Crafts using Scraps

Coffee Crafts using Scraps is what we are doing today! Who doesn’t have a TON of scraps and who doesn’t LOVE COFFEE CRAFTS? So we combined the two for Coffee Crafts using Scraps! I love all things coffee so why not create some adorable cards with that theme? I thought it would be perfect to Coffee Crafts using Scraps because the creation is really a cute generic card that can be used for just about anything! A great way to utilize your scraps as well as get a stock pile of some cards to keep on hand! Let’s get started!


In addition to your manual die cut machine (I use my Big Shot by Sizzix), Here are the items you will need to create the card. I suggest you cut multiple pieces so that you can make more than one. It is always helpful to have a few cards on hand, don’t you think?


The sentiment for this card comes from the the Fall & Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set. We have an awesome discount coupon code for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Hop. Be sure to use fclh2016 at check out to save 25% on all non-sale/bundled items.


Here is the creation we will be making.


You will need to take out your Fall & Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set, ink, punch, card stock and stamping block.


Place your stamp on the block.


Ink your sentiment.


Stamp your sentiment on your paper. Take out your punch.


Using your punch, punch out your sentiment. Set aside your punched out sentiment.


Here are the coffee cup die cuts we will be using for a background pattern on our paper.


Take out your coffee cup die cut. Notice the side that has the ridges for the embossed lines.


Take out your paper, sizzix die cut machine, platform and two acrylic clear plates. Place your platform on tab 1. Then place one clear plate and a piece of paper down on your sizzix machine. Place your coffee cup die with the ridges facing down on the paper you want to cut as shown.


Place your second platform on top of the sandwich of platform, clear plates and paper.


Using the handle, turn the handle so that the die cut “sandwich” gets rolled through the sizzix machine.

coffee-crafts-using-scraps-pRemove the plastic plate then taking out your die and paper.


This is what it looks like once the paper has been cut by the die. Repeat die cutting so that you have enough of the die cuts for your project.


Take your die cuts and place adhesive on the back and adhere to your patterned paper as shown.


This is what it will look like once you have placed the on the paper. I purposely put the coffee cups hanging off of the edge so that you can get the feeling like it is a repeat patterned paper.

Trim the excess coffee cup image so that it no longer hangs over the edge.


This is what the base patterned paper looks like without embossing (left) or with embossing (right). You can leave the paper like this and use it but I prefer embossing it as I really like the texture and the look of the embossed paper with the die cuts.


We are going to emboss your patterned paper. Take out your sizzix platform placing it on tab 1. Then place your clear platform on top as shown.


Take out your patterned paper with the adhered die cuts and your embossing folder.


Place your paper inside the embossing folder.


Run your embossing folder through the die cut machine and take it out of the folder. This is what the front looks like.


This is what the back looks like.


Take your adhesive and place adhesive on the back of the embossed paper.


Place your paper on the front of  your card.


Take out your punched out sentiment and raffia.


Take the raffia and wrap it around the end of the sentiment as shown.


Tie a knot with the raffia and trim off the excess.


Place your foam squares on the back to add dimension to the sentiment.


Remove the backing from the foam squares.

coffee-crafts-using-scraps-jkPlace the sentiment on your card.


You have completed your card!

If you are here for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Hop, please check out the original blog hop post and be sure to answer the question to qualify to win HERE.

Thank you so much for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – fall2016clh

2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop banner

Welcome to the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! If you happened to come by here by chance, WE ARE SO LUCKY and thrilled that you did!! We are taking part in the AWESOME 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #fall2016clh and we are showcasing our love for Fall & COFFEE!! Fall is my FAVORITE TIME of the year.

It’s when you bring out your colder weather clothes and get to snuggle up on a cold crisp day… Well, that is unless you are in California like I am… Then you have to wait for what they call “Winter” here. I am from Chicago so winter isn’t quite the same here as it is in the Midwest. Whether it is hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even a blended drink; you are going to really enjoy the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are SO many AMAZING talented participants…. Sounds too good to be true, right? IT ISN’T! It is REALLY HAPPENING! We are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS & FLASH PRIZE SPONSOR for this amazing blog hop! We also have our own giveaways right here on our blog! Be sure to read the WHOLE POST!

To start at the beginning of the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, September 23 starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, September 30. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be announced on Sunday, October 2, 2016 HERE.

If you aren’t familiar with the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Group and would like to learn more, be sure to join their Facebook Group HERE to ensure you get the latest info on all of their blog hops! The group is SUPER fun with awesome creativity and inspiration throughout the year and of course.. GREAT SEASONAL HOPS with WONDERFUL COFFEE inspiration! We would hate for you to miss out om the inspiration and possibilities!!

Now, onto the projects we have for you today! The theme is Fall annnnnd …… COFFEE! First up is the AMAZINGLY talented Alena on our Creative Crew. She has created a coffee themed pocket letter using the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set. I LOVE how she used the phrases in the stamp set as an embellishment to her pocket page.2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop a Wait….You haven’t heard about a pocket letter? Let’s fill you in!

Pocket letters are a new and creative way of being a Pen Pal. Rather than a traditional letter in an envelope, you use 8.5″ x 11″ page protectors with nine equally sized pockets as shown.  There are a number of ways you can create a pocket letter. You would include some of your Pen Pal’s favorite items as well a handmade note and some creative sweetness.

It’s like getting a little present with every pocket letter!

Some are really elaborate, others not as much but the great thing is and you can decide however you want to create it because it is YOUR DESIGN! I hope Alena has inspired you to be CREATIVE and try it out yourself! I know she has inspired me!

Now, we are moving on to our awesomely talented Creative Crew Member Brandie and her beautiful coffee card. Don’t you love the color scheme, design and finishing touches?2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop b I love how CREATIVE she was by using the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set. That along with the coffee themed embossing folder on her gray paper is amazing. Brnadie sanded the gray paper allowing the white core of the gray paper to show through! WOW!

2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop cShe used her Chameleon Pens (alcohol markers) to color in the coffee cup. Love it!

Here we have the first creation created with Coffee is my Liquid Therapy.


I used Simple Stories paper along with my Chameleon Pens (alcohol markers)

to color the image. I added a little raffia and a button and here we have it!!

My second card was made using the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set.


For this creation I used Simple Stories paper along with my Chameleon Pens (alcohol markers) and

to color my image,  I used raffia making a bow for an embellishment.

I am doing two giveaways on my blog! I will be picking two winners as I am giving away the two stamp sets I used for my creations above; Coffee is my Liquid Therapy and the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp sets.

All you need to do is answer our question – When do you start creating your holiday cards? With your answer, comment below and I will pick three winners!

Our winners will be announced on our blog on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Be sure to ANSWER THE QUESTION to qualify to enter.

This is open to everyone, not only the US! We are honored you have come to visit today. Don’t forget to use the

coupon code fclh2016 to save 25% on non sale items!

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website! Happy Hopping and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.