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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!

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!

WINNER – Summer Coffee Lovers Hop

Did someone ask if we have a blog hop winner – Summer Coffee Lovers Hop?? WE HAVE A WINNER for the amazing Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Monika Reeck is the winner!

Here is her comment:

Monika Reeck says:

I am not fav to drink coffee but hot choco I love much also I am sorry that my answer not answer your question Melissa

A Creative Journey with Melissasays:

Monika, your answer is perfect! I love cocoa too! Thanks for hopping along :)

Thank you so much Monika for hopping along and congrats on being the winner of the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set! Once I get your info, I will get it mailed out to you!

Sadly, I haven’t been able to enjoy the amazing projects so I hope to be able to go through next week as I have had some stuff going on as well as getting ready for a garage sale. Anyone who has ever done that KNOWS it’s a lot of work so I am going to be a busy girl!

Have a WONDERFUL day all and thanks for hopping! If you are like me and haven’t hopped through all of the amazing projects.. be sure to check them out!

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Summer Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog Hop

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog HopWelcome! If you happened to come here by chance, you are in LUCK! We are taking part in the wonderful Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (#summerclh) showcasing our love for what you ask? COFFEE!!  Who doesn’t LOVE that? We are really honored and excited to be one of the SUPER SPONSORS for this amazing blog hop with this awesome group.

To start at the beginning of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE. The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs from June 5th at 6:00 AM Pacific Time until June 12th 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Winners announced on June 14th!

If you would like to check out the main Coffee Lovers Blog CLICK 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, inspiration and of course.. GREAT HOPS with SUPER DUPER PRIZES! We would hate for you to miss out!

Now onto some CREATIVE Fun stuff from Raven!

Hey beautiful crafters! Creative Crew member Raven Baca here for A Creative Journey with Melissa. How are you doing on this beautiful summer day? Well if you are in the United States, it’s summer. Abroad you are in the middle of winter. How cool is that?

Today I have a little something to share with you that will keep you warm. It’s a Pocket Letter. If you don’t know what a pocket letter is, it is a way for people to exchange letters like pen pals in a page protector format with nine pockets that easily fits into a standard binder for you to keep. You include a personal note, some fun creative goodies as well as some of your pen-pals favorite things. In this case – COFFEE of course! I have really thrown my creativity into pocket letters and I JUST LOVE IT! I love being creative and I also LOVE Pen-Paling so Pocket Letters are the best of both worlds! It’s just fabulous and I hope I will inspire you to be creative by the project I am highlighting today.

For today’s post I made a coffee themed pocket letter for one of my dear friends. I asked her if she liked coffee. We were great friends in High School and she has since moved out of state so unfortunately, we don’t get to spend much time together. Her response to me was,”only with my oxygen.” Kinda love that so I’m using that as my new saying lol.

This was her little gift and I’m sharing with you all for inspiration. I hope you love it and you find some ideas that inspire you to pay it forward!

For the pocket letter creation the stamps I used were from the Coffee is My Liquid Therapy Stamp Set.

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This was her envelope that I just had to decorate using the same color scheme and stamp set. I LOVE that large coffee mug. Isn’t it just the cutest thing? I also decided to use a few more stamp sets that I love from A Creative Journey with Melissa and I love how they all worked together!

For the Pocket Letter Envelope, the stamps I used were

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Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon Stamp Set

Everyday Alphabet Lower Case and Numbers Stamp Set

Speech Bubbles Mini Stamp Set

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Feel inspired? Be sure to get your creative juices flowing and create something that is summer coffee themed. You could link up to enter for some amazing prizes using the inlinkz link on the Coffee Lovers Blog that can be found HERE! If you post on social media be sure to use the hashtag #summerclh for all of your creations as well!

Here on our blog we are giving away the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set in addition to all of the other prizes that are being given away! All you need to do is post your answer to this question on our blog: What is your favorite type of coffee? If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry. All comments are held for review.

Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed my creation today. Be sure to hop along to all of the other amazing creatives for inspiration and the opportunity to win great prizes along the way!