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TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF

TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF. I think that says it all!

I am very fortunate and want to share the love today and give away four items. There will be four winners.  You just have to answer one question..

What one goal you have for 2019?

My goal is that I want to get back to scrapbooking. It seems like in two seconds, my kids have grown RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES. My oldest son just turned 21 and my youngest is 18 1/2.

I want to get the awesome stories that go WITH the pictures down so that they can share them for years to come. THAT is my goal.

I am not putting a number on it or pressuring myself completely. I just want to add more to their books next year. Anything has to be better than nothing, right? Now for the GOOD STUFF!

We will not have any tutorials or posts until January 7th so have a wonderful holiday and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

For the TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF giveaway,  we are giving away three dies and one stamp set. Here are the dies we are giving away above.

The first die I am giving away for the TIS THE SEASON TO GIVEAWAY STUFF giveaway is this beautiful cross.

 There are so many uses for this beautiful cross. You could use it for a Christening, Wedding, Sympathy, Easter, Confirmation, and the list is really endless. I love the detail!

This adorable die set is so cute with the candy cane, leaves and berries. I can’t wait to play with it and use different colors of paper!

This is a great holiday die set but also is a great masculine die set.

I create the card above using this die and I really liked it for a masculine card. What do you think?

Last but certainly not least, we are giving away the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set. It is one of our best sellers and I know you will be able to create some amazing things with it! I will have four winners for this giveaway. Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prize out to you!

For last weeks prize, we will be giving away a $15.00 store credit! That way you can decide exactly what you want!

The winner is JUNE B!

Winner, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT 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. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Have a wonderful holiday!

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Father’s Day Coffee Card

Father’s Day Coffee Card is what we have for you today. If you are here for the 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop be sure to click HERE to get to the first post however, be sure you read this one too because we have more prizes here.

I wanted to create something for the 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and so I tried to think outside of the box and create this Father’s Day Coffee Card. I used four different stamp sets and I love how it came out!

The stamp sets I used were the A Creative Journey with Melissa Photo Booth Fun Stamp Set, the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set, the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set.

Supplies Needed for the Father’s Day Coffee Card

A Creative Journey with Melissa Photo Booth Fun Stamp Set

Our A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set

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

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

Stamp Block

Card Base

Card Mat

Decorative Sentiment mat

Solid sentiment mat

Paper to stamp sentiment on

White twine

Scissors

Adhesive

Ink

Manual die cut machine

Embossing folder

Chameleon Pens

First, take out your manual die cut machine, embossing folder and solid color mat for your card base. Place your paper in your embossing folder.

Run your embossing folder through the machine.

How awesome is the texture on this paper, right?

Pace adhesive on the back of the paper and adhere to the card base. Set it aside.

Take out your paper to stamp your sentiment on, block, ink and the coffee cup from the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy set as shown. Place your stamp on your block and ink it. Stamp your coffee cup on your paper.

Take out your Sign Language Alphabet Stamp set and stamp DAD inside your coffee cup.

NOTE: I decided to use the sign language alphabet stamp set for the video instead of the Everyday Uppercase and Emoticon stamp set as used in above picture. They both work great but I wanted to show something different to encourage your creativity!!

Take out your Photo Booth Fun Stamp set and take out the hat. Ink the hat and stamp it on your sentiments paper as shown above.

NOTE: If you want a little different texture on the hat, swipe your stamp across your ink pad and it will give it this look. Pretty cool, huh?

This is the close up of the stamped images.

Take out your Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp set. Take out the sentiment needed and place it on your block. Ink your sentiment and stamp it on your paper.

Apply adhesive to the back of the patterned paper.

Adhere patterned paper to the card base of the Father’s Day Coffee Card.

Place adhesive on the back of the sentiment paper ad adhere to the blue mat.

Take out your white twine and wrap the bottom on your paper three times and then tie a knot.

Trim the excess twine.

Take out your chameleon pens and color your coffee cup and sign language letters.

Apply adhesive to the back of the sentiment paper and apply to the card base.

Here are both versions of the Father’s Day Coffee Card. I like them both!

For our giveaway we will be giving away a $15.00 store credit! That way you can decide exactly what you want!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT 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. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, unfortunately you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code SSCLB2018 to save 20% on your purchase!

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

We hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

If you happened to come by here by chance, WE ARE SO HONORED and thrilled that you did!! We are taking part in the AWESOME 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #winter2017clh and we are showcasing our love for Winter & COFFEE!! I LOVE Winter, the holidays and of course the cool crisp air.

I know this may sound crazy but I REALLY MISS SNOW AND COLD WEATHER. SERIOUSLY!

Being from Chicago I miss the REAL winter weather but now I live in California where I am still wearing shorts in December. Unfortunately, we were within a few miles of the #RyeFire you may have seen on TV which is very close to Magic Mountain. We are very fortunate that we are doing OK. Unfortunately, the winds are horrible until possibly as late as Saturday. Crossing fingers we stay OK. Now, are you ready for some cool stuff and giveaways? Let’s go!

Whether your drink of choice is hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even a blended drink (which is what I ALWAYS prefer); you are going to really enjoy the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are a number of companies participating and 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 for the details!

To start at the beginning of the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, December 8th starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, December 15th. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be announced on Sunday, December 17, 2017 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 Winter and of course… COFFEE! 

I’m not sure why but I have REALLY been getting into creating gift card holders. I have a number of them to give as gifts this year for the holidays and I thought I would share what I have created and various ways I do it.  We have a weekly YouTube video and Blog Post on Mondays. Ironic it is called #MondayswithMelissa.. maybe a bit too obvious? LOL At any rate, you will find a whole bunch of cool stuff, giveaways, tutorials and even recipes once a week so make sure you subscribe to both!

For my first creation and giveaway I used the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set  and

For my second creation and giveaway we have the

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

If you aren’t familiar with my style it is pretty simple…. clean and SIMPLE – CAS. I like to have things that look nice but I personally am not one for a bunch of different layers and designs.

For me it is too chaotic for my ADHD so I tend to design and gravitate to clean and simple.

This creation can easily be made with scraps of your favorite holiday paper as it is not a card it is made with a paper base and holder for the gift card. Simple, clean and bright! MY FAVORITE! Can you tell what kind of gift card is in this?

For this creation, I created another gift card holder. The first creation I wanted to show you was the plainer creation of the two.

It is really amazing how just two changes and one extra step can make that much of a difference in a creation.

I used a little bit of trim, read decorative paper, cream paper for the lid, craft paper card folded and corner rounded, coffee cup, lid and sleeve die, decorative paper and the sentiments are from the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set. I love how versatile the stamp set is and how cute the images are as well! You can create an entire Snow Family including Mom, Dad, birds, dogs, cats and of course KIDS!

Here is the SAME EXACT CARD. The only three differences are the green decorative paper, the smaller coffee cup die and I embossed the card base with a coffee bean embossing folder. THAT IS IT! Now for you to really see the difference.. I want to show them to you side by side…

   

Again, clean and simple with a little pop, right? Cute, Clean and SIMPLE!

Now for the fun stuff.. We have some giveaways for this blog hop and EVERY MONDAY we give something away!!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post and BE SURE TO READ IT 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. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, unfortunately you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

Our blog winners for this blog hop will be announced on our blog post on Monday Dec 18, 2017. 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 2017WCLBHop to save 25% on your purchase!

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.

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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.

 

 

2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop

The 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop is where you are! If you happened to come by here by chance, you are in LUCK! We are taking part in a PRIZE FILLED SUPER DE DUPER AWESOME (Did I just channel Barney? LOL) Spring Coffee Lovers Hop! The hashtag is #spring2017clh if you want to connect with us in the various social media platforms. Who doesn’t LOVE SPRING and COFFEE? Well that is EXACTLY what we are highlighting! Whether it is coffee, tea, or cocoa; you have come to the right place! Sounds great right? We are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS & FLASH PRIZE SPONSOR for this amazing blog hop AND we are also doing a giveaway RIGHT HERE ON OUR BLOG!

Be sure to subscribe to our blog post/newsletter list and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be eligible to win OUR 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop GIVEAWAY.

To start at the beginning of the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop runs

Friday, March 24 starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, March 31.

Winners for the Coffee Lovers Hop will be posted on Sunday, April 2nd on the Coffee Lovers Blog HERE.

Winners from OUR BLOG  for the Coffee Lovers Hop will be announced on our APRIL 3, 2017 on the Monday’s with Melissa blog post so be sure to check it out!

If you aren’t familiar with the Coffee Loving Paper Crafters 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 HOPS with SUPER SPECTACULAR PRIZES! We would hate for you to miss out!

Now onto some CREATIVE Fun stuff from Alena on the A Creative Journey with Melissa Creative Crew!

 

This creation from Alena was made using the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set and Doodlebug Designs Paper. Not only could you send this for a congratulations for anything exciting you would like to share, wouldn’t this be PERFECT for a NEW BABY CARD? I just love it!

This creation by Alena for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop is bursting with color just like spring flowers would be! She combined the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Sets.

 

This creation from Alena using the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set highlights one of my favorite quotes. I love how she used the awesome Doodlebug Designs Paper to add some COFFEE to the creation.

Now, we are going to show you the creations made by Leticia on our Creative Crew.

This planner clip made by Leticia was created using the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Set and a coffee die set. Your planner needs one of these! Mine TOO!

This lovely gift card holder is perfect to share with a friend. Who doesn’t love a coffee gift card and handmade creation?

This beautiful card just has springtime written all over it which is perfect for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop!

With the lovely bright colors, it looks like our flower beds are blooming! Perfect card for a friend for any occasion!

For our giveaway, we will be giving away both of the stamp sets highlighted in the creations above. We are giving away the the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy Stamp Sets. in order to qualify you need to be a subscriber to our blog post/newsletter list and subscribe to our YouTube Channel . If you want an extra entry, comment on this blog post with what you would like to see in our next coffee stamp set! That’s it!

Thank you for joining us for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Hop! We hope you are a winner and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.