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Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card

Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card is what we have created for today. Autism Awareness Month is April so we created another AU-SOME card with our AU-SOME Autism Awareness Stamp Sets! What’s different about this card? It moves and gives you a little surprise! Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card

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

Stamp Block

Card Base

Patterned Paper for Mat

Solid Paper for blind and valance

White paper for stamping

Chameleon Pens YL2 and BV4

Technique Tuesday Shade Die

Black Ink

Adhesive

Foam rectrangles

Scissors

Twine

This is the Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card we are creating today!

To begin, take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Set. Place your ribbon puzzle piece stamp on your stamping block. Ink your stamp.

Stamp your image on your paper. Clean your stamp and return your stamp to your stamp sheet.

Take out your sentiment from your stamps. Ink your sentiment and stamp your sentiment on your stamp paper for your Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card.

Take out your Chameleon Pens YL2 and BV4. You will use these to color your Autism puzzle piece with the ribbon through it.


Color your ribbon yellow.

Color your puzzle piece blue for your Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card.

Take out your card base and your patterned paper. Place adhesive on the back of the patterned paper and adhere to the card base.

Take your stamped and colored image and out adhesive on the back of it. Adhere it to the card base.

Take out your dies and run them through your manual die cut machine.

This is what the shade looks like for your Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card once it was cut (and folded a few times.)

The die cut creates the score lines. This is what the die cut looks like once it has been folded.

This is what it looks like once it is done with the string. You just fold the paper and put the string through all of the holes on one side and all of them on the other. Both strings should end up at the top of the shade.

Place adhesive on the middle of the shade ensuring there isn’t any where the strings would need to be.

Here is a close up of what it looks like once you have placed it on your card.

Place foam on the valance as shown. You are to leave a little area where the adhesive will not be so it allows the twine to move freely.

Line up to be sure that the adhesive will not touch the string causing it not to work properly.

Place the valance on top and pull the string to ensure it has not gotten caught on any adhesive.

It worked! You have completed the Autism Awareness Peek a boo Card!

Now for this weeks giveaway! I am giving away a $15 store credit to our store to help you get creative!!

Be SURE you are a subscriber to our YouTube channel and to our Blog/E-mail list and make sure your names are matching so I can verify you are subscribed to both to enable you to be eligible to win! Winners announced next week so be sure and check back! 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, you forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Now for last weeks giveaway! I am giving away the Autism Awareness set of your choice!!

The winner is Robyn!!!

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 Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview – Superhero Autism Awareness Card Revisited. CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

 

Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark

Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark is what we have for you today. This project is fun and can be done with any age! You can create this bookmark for anyone and for any reason but April is Autism Awareness Month so it is important to celebrate and educate those with Autism making a difference.

Supplies Needed for the Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark

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

Stamp Block

Adhesive

Black Ink

2 Magnets

Paper to stamp on

Book Mark Paper folded

Red mat paper

Chameleon Pens

To start your Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark, I started with an A2 Card. I cut it in half so I had two bookmarks ready to go!

Take your red piece of mat paper and put adhesive on the back of it.

Adhere your red mat on your Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark.

Place your sentiment on your stamp block. Ink your sentiment and stamp on your red mat paper. Clean off your stamp and return it to your stamp sheet.

Place your image on your stamp block and ink it. Stamp your image on your stamp paper. I always suggest doing a few extra to have on hand.

Take out your BV4 and your YL2 Chameleon Pens.

Color the cape on your image with the YL2 Chameleon Pen.

Color your puzzle piece with the BV4 Chameleon Pen.

Cut out your image. I used my Brother Scan and Cut 2 to cut my image out.

Put adhesive on the back of your image and place it on your Autism Awareness Magnetic Bookmark.

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

Take out both of your magnets.

If your magnets don’t have adhesive, be sure that you place some on the outsides of them. Keeping them together, place the magnets on the one side adhesive side down. This will leave the other side showing adhesive as well.

Place the top of the book mark down firmly ensuring the adhesive for both of the magnets. This is what it will look like once you have opened it. Each side will have the magnet stuck on eithe rside of the paper.

Take your image and place adhesive on the back. Adhere your image to the front of the bookmark.

You did it! You have created a magnetic bookmark!

Now for the giveaway!!!!! We are giving away the Autism Awareness stamp set OF YOUR CHOICE!

Be SURE you are a subscriber to our YouTube channel and to our Blog/E-mail list and make sure your names are matching so I can verify you are subscribed to both to enable you to be eligible to win! Winners announced next week so be sure and check back! 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, you forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Now for last weeks giveaway goodies!!!!!!!  I will be giving away the above Carpe Diem planner, Simple stories pocket packs AND a $15 store credit to our store for some stamps to help you decorate your new planner!

The winner is Sue 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 Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview – Superhero Autism Awareness Card Revisited. CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

 

Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview Part 2 – Autism Awareness Interactive Card Revisited

Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview Part 2 – Autism Awareness Interactive Card Revisited is what we have for you today.  This is part 2 so if you missed last weeks video and post, please be sure to check the post out HERE.

This is an awesome Autism Awareness Interactive Thank You Card  I created. If you haven’t seen the blog post and video tutorial, please check it out HERE.

Before I get rolling on the Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview Part 2, I wanted to tell you what is going on with me. My sweet baby boy Austin is graduating this year from high school. This weekend he went to prom which means the senior festivities have begun. Hard to believe these pictures are 7 years apart. It seems like yesterday he was a baby in my arms. It’s a tear fest.. and will be for at least 6 weeks for sure…

Now for the fun Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview Part 2! I was really impressed on the awesome door prize gift that was given by the scrapbook expo this year! This card stock is awesome and I can’t wait to play with it!

I really loved these dies, water brushes, paper tape and of course the AWESOME CREATIVE SCRAPBOOKER MAGAZINE!! I was so grateful to see the Creative Scrapbooker magazine there! They had a wonderful deal and I just really miss the feel of a real magazine. Digital is easy and all but the real magazines are what I miss so I am excited to get my subscription!!

I was really excited about these dies and impressed at the price. This has multiple dies in just one set! PERFECT for creatives!

I saw this and immediately thought of my oldest son. He is studying to be an auto mechanic and I can think of a million things to make with these dies for a scrapbook, card or… the ideas are really endless!

This beautiful paper was a MUST HAVE as part of my Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview Part 2! I purchased this for my youngest sons senior pictures. Joanie Vance of Joanie Vance Photography who does all of our family pictures here locally in So Cal ,took some awesome pictures with great texture and color. These papers are going to be PERFECT!!!!

These were perfect for my boys albums and even for some great masculine cards. I can’t wait to play with them!

I bought three of these as part of my Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview Part 2… ONE FOR THIS WEEKS GIVEAWAY. So many ideas for a planner, scrapbook, card, journal… Seriously my creative mind is going WILD!

There is nothing like emoji’s to make someones day and THESE MADE MINE! They made me giggle and made me think of my boys so I am sure I am going to enjoy creating with these!

Now for the giveaway goodies!!!!!!!  I will be giving away the above Carpe Diem planner, Simple stories pocket packs AND a $15 store credit to our store for some stamps to help you decorate your new planner! Be SURE you are a subscriber to our YouTube channel and to our Blog/E-mail list and make sure your names are matching so I can verify you are subscribed to both to enable you to be eligible to win! Winners announced next week so be sure and check back! 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, you forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

For last weeks giveaway we are giving away the TWO prize packages!

The winners are Jessica Marshall and Karen Kochjar!!!

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 Scrapbook Expo Class Haul Overview Part 2 – Autism Awareness Interactive Card Revisited. CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

You’re My SUPERHERO Autism Awareness Stamp Set Creation

You’re My SUPERHERO Autism Awareness Stamp Set Creation is what we have for you today. Autism Awareness is imperative to get answers and proper help for those affected. We are creating a a card that can be used to show someone you admire them not just for their bravery in their Autism journey but for any reason!

Supplies needed for the You’re My SUPERHERO Autism Awareness Stamp Set Creation

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #5 See Autism with your Heart

Stamp Block

Black, Red, Blue and Yellow Ink

Corner Rounder

Adhesive

Paper For Stamping

Blue paper to mat sentiment

Card Base

Scissors

Ribbon (optional)

For your 00You’re My SUPERHERO Autism Awareness Stamp Set Creation, take out your stamping block, A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #5 See Autism with your Heart stamp set, black ink, and your paper to stamp sentiments on.

Peel off the sentiment of your choice and place it on your stamp block. Ink your sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment on your paper for your You’re My SUPERHERO Autism Awareness Stamp Set Creation. Return your stamp to the stamp sheet.

Peel off the heart stamps of your choice. Take out your red, blue and yellow ink.

Place your solid heart stamp on your block. Ink your stamp.

NOTE: When I used this ink, I noticed it did a lot of resisting on the stamp unlike when I use memento ink. I didn’t care for the dotted look so I decided to do something a little different.

Lightly after tapping the ink onto the stamp, swipe the stamp across the ink pad. This is what it will look like on the stamp.

Stamp the solid heart image onto your paper.0

This is what it looks like stamped. I love the texture of the ink on the paper. This occurred just by simply swiping the stamp across the ink pad which looks pretty cool, huh?

Once you have stamped your image, be sure to clean off your stamps. I use Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ mist. I love how it cleans without residue. I use this for all of my stamps. My friend Brandie is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator so if you are interested in some, go to Brandie’s website HERE. They also have an awesome scrubbing pad thingy that I use. Like them so much I have two!

Place your dotted heart on your stamping block. Using the dotted outlined heart from the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #5 See Autism with your Heart stamp set , ink your stamp with blue ink.

Stamp your heart on your sentiment paper and clean off your stamp.

Place your third heart stamp on your block and ink with your yellow ink.

Stamp your heart image on your sentiment paper as shown. Clean off your stamp and return it to your stamp set sheet.

Take out your blue mat paper.

Using your adhesive, run your adhesive on the back of your sentiment stamped paper.

Adhere your paper to the blue mat paper.

Place adhesive on the back of your blue mat paper and adhere it to your card base.

Be sure to place adhesive to the left of the mat and sentiment paper.

Take your pleated yellow ribbon and adhere the ribbon down the side of the mat and sentiment paper.

This is what it will look like. You would be perfectly fine to leave the card just like this but I decided to take it two steps further.

Take out your corner rounder. I chose to only corner round two of the four corners of my card.

This is what it looks like with the ribbon and corners rounded on the right and without that on the left.

Although I do like the way it looks, I decided to add a few more solid yellow hearts.

I thought it need a little something extra and I think it worked! What do you think?

For this week, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #5 See Autism with your Heart. Winners announced next week so be sure and 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, you 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 Sentiments for All Occasions Stamp set!

 The winner is  Debbie H!

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 You’re My SUPERHERO Autism Awareness Stamp Set Creation. CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

How Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa

How Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa is the story we have today. We do have a giveaway but no tutorials. I have had a few people ask me why and how I got started doing stamps and thought others may want to know too so I decided to share this with all of you. Just about everyone has had to deal with Cancer in way or another whether it be oneself, a loved one, a friend a friend of a friend, etc. There really isn’t anything that is inspiring about it however Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa.

First, I should give you a little background on me. I grew up in Chicago and met my husband on a blind date in Chicago. We were introduced by my co-worker and Jon’s childhood friend that were dating. When we got married on June 18, 1994, I moved from Chicago to the St. Louis area where my hubby was from and living. We then ended up moving to California for my hubby’s work so that is how we landed here in LA.

Now.. back to Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa … and YES THIS IS REALLY HOW I TALK LOL More than likely it is my ADHD (Seriously, I am diagnosed and on meds and SOMETIMES they help. LOL) ANYHOW, my Uncle Herb AKA UH lived in San Diego, CA since before I was born. Even though he lived quite a ways away, UH would always come out for large events like my prom (pictured above is my Dad on the left and UH on the right. Yes that is me in the middle) wedding, graduation, etc. He visited me when I was pregnant and after I had my kids too.

UH didn’t have children of his own but he was quite the cool Uncle. Once we moved to California, we grew closer in proximity and our relationship grew as well. My kids really admired him and had a great bond with him too.

I am VERY blessed to have a number of amazing people in my life that support me. Of course “My Boys” are my top three (my hubby and my two sons) and had a lot to do with the actual name of the business. Their first names are Austin, Christian and Jon, and with that A Creative Journey with Melissa was born in February 2011.

I was also fortunate to have the support of a number of others as well. I am ever so grateful for the support, love and encouragement. For a long time I had wanted to start my own stamp line but was too scared of failure, putting myself out there and really causing a financial burden on my family. I was not going to take a loan, (I never did either) or use money that I didn’t have on hand so I decided to scrap the idea. (A little paper crafting humor! LOL)

Unfortunately, in August of 2012 UH was diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say we were heart broken and it wasn’t looking very good.

UH had a wonderful group of friends and support system. I would also come out to visit and stay with him for a few days or even a few weeks when he was having a procedure or when he needed me.

One day while I was sitting with UH chatting after he had been recently been going though chemo in passing I said, “Someday, I am going to start my own stamp line…” and UH said, “If not now, when?”

Well, needless to say that lit a fire under me.  Can’t really argue with someone that has stage 4 cancer throughout his body including his brain. He really encouraged me to be the best I can be and supported me regardless. The questions of if I am going to fail and being scared turned into CAN I REALLY DO THIS? With the support of “My Boys” and of course UH and numerous others, the adventure began. I had been creating handmade items for a few years as a business but wanted to expand it to stamps.

UH and Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa started with my first two set of stamps that I released. Specifically the second one. After he completed radiation, he was given a radiation diploma. He and I both thought it was cool how they tried to make a negative into a positive and with that the concept of Awareness Ribbon Stamp Sets were born. Awareness Ribbon #1 and Awareness Ribbon #2 were my first two stamp sets released and have since added Awareness Ribbon Stamp Set #3 – Ready for a Fight. UH lived in San Diego as I said and we live in LA. We would visit a few times a year but when he was diagnosed with Cancer, it was at least monthly if not weekly as time went on. My first stamp release was September 18, 2013. UH enjoyed watching me package my stamps and sending them out to my first set of customers! I was so excited and UH was too!

Sadly, the next day UH passed. I really think he waited to see the release and the success of the first day.

I have been inspired by numerous people in my Creative Journey in addition to UH.

Two friends of mine that have inspired me are Julie Gonzalez and Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs. They are amazing Moms that I have met. They are amazing, strong, intelligent women and they also have sons that have Autism. Julie’s son was diagnosed with Autism and she was participating in an Autism walk to raise awareness. This inspired me to create the above stamp set Awareness Ribbon Set #4 – Autism Awareness. A portion of this set supports the walk that Julie does every year in honor of her son Anthony.

I was inspired to create these two stamp sets Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart and Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism to raise awareness by Pinky. A portion of Angels with Autism is donated to a wonderful school program near and dear to Pinky’s heart. What amazing women they both are! I feel very blessed.


These cards were created using them!

Sign Language was spoken fluently in our home as my brother is deaf. My Dad and UH were brothers and both of their parents were deaf. It truly is a beautiful language and I thought what better way to inspire people to learn sign language then create stamps showcasing its beauty! I used the Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set to create the above sentiment “Remember” for the scrapbook page I made with UH’s picture above.

We also have Sign Language Sentiments and Sign Language Sentiments 2

as well as Sign Language Alphabet Numbers and a closer pic of the Sign Language Alphabet stamp set.

We also have some amazing alphabet stamp sets that work perfectly with planners, cards, scrapbooks, project life and just about everything!

I love to create clean and simple cards and what I use are the Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations and our Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp sets. Awesome for those creations needing a holiday sentiment.

Who doesn’t love coffee? I know I sure do and these stamp sets are perfect for your creations! We have the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy and the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp sets. They are so much fun to create with!

Here are close ups of two creations I made with them. I used recycled packaging for the left one and a penny for the slider on the right one! Be sure to check out my blog or YouTube channel to see how they were made!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY! We are giving away a $25.00 store credit to our store!!

I have had a number of people say how much they love these stamp sets for organizing, their planners, lists and just about everything else under the moon so I thought this would be the perfect prize for this week. You can pick out what YOU want!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

 Here’s the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post which is

 the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon stamp set  and the winner is Andrea G!

We are also giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set  and the winner is Melissa M!

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

 We hope you enjoyed our How Cancer Inspired A Creative Journey with Melissa post and we hope you are inspired to do something you may not have the courage for. In the words of UH…. if not now, WHEN?

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

 

 

Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card

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

Supplies Needed

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

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

Scissors

Hole Punch

Stamp Block

3-D Foam Dots

Chameleon Pens

Adhesive (I also used my ATG Gun)

Black Ink

Punch

Ribbon

Card Base

Paper to Stamp on

Phrase paper Mat

Paper to mount sentiments on

Back Mat of the red paper for ribbon flow

Embossing Folder

Manual Die Cut Machine

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

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

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

Place your paper inside the embossing folder.

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

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

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

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

Ink your stamp image and stamp it on the paper.

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

Ink and stamp the image on your paper.

Take out your BV4 Chameleon Pen.

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

Take out your RD Chameleon Pen.

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

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

Color the remaining puzzle pieces with the YL2 Chameleon Pen.

Here is a close up of the finished coloring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**HELPFUL TIP**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Take out your puzzle piece with wings and back piece.

**TIP**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Place it on your stamp block and ink it.

Stamp your phrase on the paper.

Using your choice of punch, punch out the phrase.

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

Apply your phrase to your mat paper.

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

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

You are finished creating your Autism Awareness Ribbon Interactive Card.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

 

For last weeks giveaway of the Elizabeth Craft die set

Jean Truchan is the winner!

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

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

Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card Tutorial

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

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?

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

Supplies Needed

Scissors

Quick Stick

Awareness Ribbon #6 – Angels with Autism

Strong Adhesive

Tape Runner

Circle Punch 2 1/2″

Tag Punch

Twine

Foam Squares

Rhinestones

Chameleon Pens BV4

Card Base

Paper to stamp image on

Yellow Card stock

Red Card stock

Here is the awesome card we will be creating!

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

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

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

Stamp your image onto your paper.

Using your BV4 Chameleon Pen, color your image.

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

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

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

Stamp the sentiment on your yellow paper.

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

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

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

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

Take out your BV4 Chameleon Pen.

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

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

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

Adhere your red card stock to your card base.

Grab your 2 1/2″ circle punch.

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

Carefully remove the red card stock and set it aside.

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

Place your twine in the center of the circle.

Cut off any excess string.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adhere your tag to the front of the card.

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

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

 Cheryl G is the winner!

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

We hope you enjoyed the Autism Awareness Interactive Thank you Card Tutorial. Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

You’re my Superhero Autism Awareness Project

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

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

Manual Die Cut Machine (Sizzix Big Shot)

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

Stamp Block

Ink

Card Base

Yellow Card Mat

White Card Front Cover

Glue Dots

Adhesive

Red Sequins

Circle Pop Dots

3-D Adhesive lines or Squares

Two Pennies or Washers

Stampin Up Sliding Star Framelit Die

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

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

Ink your stamp thoroughly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Run your die and paper through the die cut machine.

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

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

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

Place your sequins on your card front for decoration.

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

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

Place your pop dot on your penny as shown above.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

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

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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

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

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

The WINNER IS  T. Hall  !!

For the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop the winners are:

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

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

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

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