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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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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.

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!

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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?

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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.

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Here is the creation we will be making.

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

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Place your stamp on the block.

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Ink your sentiment.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Place your paper inside the embossing folder.

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

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This is what the back looks like.

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

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Place your paper on the front of  your card.

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Take out your punched out sentiment and raffia.

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

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

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

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Remove the backing from the foam squares.

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

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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.

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2016 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

2016 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

If you are looking for our Instagram Hop, New Autism Awareness and Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Releases for the #ACJwMIGHop2, please join us HERE for further details.

Welcome to the 2016 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! If you happened to come by here by chance, you are in LUCK! We are taking part in an AWESOME Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #springclh and we are showcasing our love for Spring & COFFEE!!  Who doesn’t LOVE SPRING and COFFEE? Well that is EXACTLY what we are celebrating! Whether it is coffee, tea, or cocoa; you are going to LOVE this hop and be VERY inspired by the many AMAZING talented participants…. 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!!

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

The 2016 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, March 18 starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, March 25.

Winners announced on March 27th on the Coffee Lovers Blog HERE.

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 Brandie and Leticia on the A Creative Journey with Melissa Creative Crew!

First, we have Brandie’s projects. I love her sweet and simple design. The colors are so soft, sweet and reminds me of Spring! Using the sentiment as the main focus of the project works perfectly as well as the ink around the edges for added dimension.

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Here is Brandie’s second project. I love how she used the same paper but highlighted different colors in this project. She also stamped the word “Tea” in a matching color of the paper used! Great job Brandie!

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Now we have Leticia’s creations.  I love how she used the dual colored twine, flower and paper doily to accent the stamped image of the mug. The color scheme is so bright and cheery!
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For Leticia’s second project, she created this adorable card. She used the burlap for a banner look and then adding the yellow ribbon, white yarn and jute twine as the perfect finishing touch to her project. Great job Leticia!

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For our blog, we are giving away $25.00 credit to our store! This is in ADDITION to all of the other prizes that are to be given away! We will announce the winner from our blog on Monday March 28th. To be entered in the giveaway, all you need to do is post your answer to this question on this blog post: Do you like matching dies with your stamps, use SVG’s, none of the above or something else? We would love to hear form you! If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry. All comments are held for review.

Thanks for joining us and we hope the creations have inspired you to create something springy and coffee, tea or cocoa themed! Feel inspired? Why not participate?  Be sure to get your creative juices flowing and create something that is Spring coffee/tea/cocoa themed. You could link up to enter for some amazing prizes using the inlinkz link on the Coffee Lovers Blog. All of the info needed can be found HERE! If you post on social media be sure to use the hashtag #Springclh for all of your creations as well! Be sure to hop along to all of the other amazing creatives for inspiration and the opportunity to win great prizes along the way! Thank you so much for joining us!

Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques

 Today’s Monday’s with Melissa is Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques. If you are here to hop along on the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop go HERE but we would love it if you would stay and check out our video above or our tutorial below 🙂 Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel as well as our blog and other social media platforms above so you can be “in the know” on our latest products, creations, techniques and finds!

I am focusing today on Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques versus going step by step through the card compilation. I did however want to include directions on how to create this card in case you were interested so I will start with that first.

Supplies needed to create the card

Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set

Chameleon Marker to color Coffee Cup

Water based ink in various colors

Memento ink

Embossing folder

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Paper for embossing

Water filled spray bottle

Card Base

Paper towels or wipes

Twine

Needle or tool to poke holes for threading twine

Adhesive

Foam Squares

Directions for the card

For the card you will need to create the colored background with the directions below first. This will allow time for it to dry. One that is done, you will

1.  Stamp your coffee cup and sentiment

2. Color your stamped image with your Chameleon Marker

3.  Cut out your image and set aside

4. Place your inked background paper on your card base and adhere

5. Poke holes where you would like to have the twine on your creation

6. Thread your twine through your creation

7.  Stamp your coffee beans on the side of your background paper as shown

8. Add foam square to the back of your stamped image

9.  Adhere your stamped image to the card base

YOU ARE DONE!

Here is a close up of the finished card.

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Now… onto the tutorial for Ink & Water Play: Learning Embossing and Debossing Techniques.

For this you will need

Water based ink in various colors

Paper

Embossing Folder

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Water filled spray bottle

Paper Towels or wipes

First you need to decide whether your creation will be using the embossing or debossing side of the folder.emboss and deboss w t

 One you have that decided, ink the embossing folder on the appropriate side with the color combination you have chosen. For this one, it is the debossed side I have inked.

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I ran it through the manual die cut machine and this is the result

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For this one I used the embossed side, inked it and ran it through the manual die cut machine.

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For this type of effect you can ink whichever side. I chose to ink the debossed side so that more color would show in the background on my background paper. Ink the embossing folder side you wish to use

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I then added one spritz of water

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Then a second spritz

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And finally a third. You can do as many or as little spritzes or amounts of water you wish.

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I then ran it through my manual die cut machine and this was the result

close up debossed w waterI love how it looks like a watercolor effect. Really quite stunning. You can use this technique for any theme or creation you wish my adding the coordinating colors you need  for your creation.

If you happen to have some ink left over on your folder like I did in this case, grab another piece of paper add a little more water if you wish and emboss another piece. This is great to do for your stash so you can have something in case you are in need of a card background on the fly! It has less ink on it but really gives a wonderful look to the paper for a future creation!

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If you do not wish to have your colors mixed or wish to start fresh, be sure to wipe your embossing folder clean with a paper towel or wipe. This will keep the colors from getting muddled looking.

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If you are finished using your folder, I recommend washing your embossing folder off with warm water and mild soap to ensure the residue has been cleaned.

Thank you so much for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Have a wonderful day!

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Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Welcome! If you happened to come by here by chance, you are in LUCK! We are taking part in an AWESOME Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (#Fallclh) showcasing our love for  FALL & COFFEE!!  Who doesn’t LOVE anything WARM on a cool crisp fall day.. or in my case 95 in Southern California…lol.. Whether it is coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any other drink of choice, you are going to LOVE this hop and be able to stay snuggly in your PJ’s while participating…. Sounds great right? We are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS for this amazing blog hop!!

To start at the beginning of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE. The Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs from September 25th at 6:00 AM Pacific Time until October 2nd 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Winners announced on October 4th!

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 Leticia!

Hi Creative Friends! ACJwM Creative Crew member Leticia Arvizu here! I am so excited to share my creations with all of you today for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! If you love coffee as much as I do then I am sure you are using coffee mugs, coffee cups and coffee sentiments in all of your crafting! I personally love to use ALL of them! I used ACJwM Coffee Is My Liquid Therapy stamp set for the two cards I am sharing with you all!! I’ve really been on the snail mail kick lately. It really is nice to receive happy mail. I love when I receive a handmade card in the mail. One of my girlfriends and I have been corresponding via mail lately, and she’s as much as a coffee lover as I am. So for my first card I used the coffee mug and “hello friend” sentiment. Fall is in the air and pumpkin spice latte is my fave right now! Pumpkin everything, yes please!!

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My second card actually doubles as a gift card holder. I needed a thank you card for a great friend who has shown me so much kindness recently. I used the coffee cup and sleeve along with the “Thanks a latte!” sentiment stamp. I kept with the fall theme and used paper from Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice collection. I plan on slipping a Starbucks gift card into the envelope.
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Speaking of Starbuck’s…… Now for a GIVEAWAY!!
Here on our blog we are giving away the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set AND a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. That means one person can win one of the two prizes so we will have TWO winners just on OUR BLOG!!

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This is in ADDITION to all of the other prizes that are to be given away! To be entered in the giveaway, all you need to do is post your answer to this question on our blog: What type of stamp sets would you like to see-coffee, sentiments, characters, or have another idea? We would love to hear form you! If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry. All comments are held for review.Blog-Button-w-SL-and-Awareness-Ribbon-info

Thanks for joining us and we hope the creations have inspired you to create something lovely that is coffee themed! Feel inspired? Why not participate?  Be sure to get your creative juices flowing and create something that is Fall coffee themed. You could link up to enter for some amazing prizes using the inlinkz link on the Coffee Lovers Blog. All of the info needed can be found HERE! If you post on social media be sure to use the hashtag #Fallclh for all of your creations as well! Be sure to hop along to all of the other amazing creatives for inspiration and the opportunity to win great prizes along the way!