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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!

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.

Pocket Letter

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

Coffee is My Liquid Therapy

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!