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2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Whether your prefer hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even a blended drink (which is what I ALWAYS prefer) and of course CREATIVE AWESOMENESS; you are going to really enjoy the 2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are a number of companies participating  in the 2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 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 also right here on our blog! Be sure to read the WHOLE POST for the details!

To start at the beginning of the 2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, November 30 starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, December, 1st. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be posted on the blog Sunday, December 9th 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 on the inspiration and possibilities!!

Now, onto the projects we have for you today! The theme is Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa with a Winter and Fall theme! 

 

 

I used the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! , A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet stamp sets on my projects.

My style is Cute, Clean and SIMPLE. I like to create things that look cute but I LOVE spending time with my family. I try to create things that can be done expeditiously and often times in mass quantities. The easier, the better!

When I created these projects, I had small gifts in mind for teachers, friends, neighbors or anyone that you would like to show them you care by giving them a handmade gift but also fits in my budget.

This cute little gift holder works perfect for Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate or any little gift you would like to dress up. I used our A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet tp create the letters for this creation. I love how adding sign language to a creation really brings me joy! My brother and both of my paternal grandparents are/were deaf. Such a BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE!

Do you want to see how this is made? Be sure to come back on Monday for my #MondayswithMelissa and you will see how I made this creation step by step. Not only will you have a video to refer to, you will have step by step instructions with pictures. Whichever way you prefer to learn, we have you covered! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter  so you don’t miss it!

Here is the surprise! You have a little packet of Hot Chocolate inside! You could add your homemade popcorn, chocolates, tea or anything else that you would like! SO CUTE!

This adorable creation has a surprise as well! I used the cup and tea bag label from the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set.  I used the heart for the tea bag label from the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set.

I used the ribbon as a pulley. This pulls the tea bag out for use! Cute, simple and fast, right?! Just the way I like my crafts and I hope you do too!

For our giveaway for this hop on our blog we will be giving away two $15.00 store credits for two winners! 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 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.

For our blog winners for this blog hop will be announced on our blog post on Monday December 10, 2018. This is open to everyone, not only the US! 

Don’t forget to use the coupon code CoffeeLover2018 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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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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2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Creatives!!!!

It’s the 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

If you haven’t read our Mental Health Awareness Month post, check it out HERE as I share a VERY personal and A Creative Journey about mental health and depression.

It’s a MUST READ.

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 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #springsummer2018clh and we are showcasing our love for Spring, Summer and of course COFFEE!!

Today, May 25, 2018 my baby boy graduates from high school. He is beautiful, sweet, loving, caring , funny, handsome and unbelievably SMART! I am so SUPER DUPER proud and excited for what amazing things will happen in his future! AWESOME JOB AUSTIN!

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 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are a number of companies participating  in the 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 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 also right here on our blog! Be sure to read the WHOLE POST for the details!

To start at the beginning of the 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

The 2018 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, May 25th starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, June, 1st. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be posted on the blog Sunday, June 3rd 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 on the inspiration and possibilities!!

Now, onto the projects we have for you today! The theme is Spring … Summer …. COFFEE …. Tea…. COCOA… OH MY! 

We have some amazing projects from two of our Creative Crew Members Alena and Leticia. They are super talented and I love their creations!

Alena used 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. 

Leticia used our two coffee sets as well as the A Creative Journey with Melissa Weather Related Stamp Set.

Alena made this lovely shaker card. She used distress oxide inks, the new versafine Claire ink pads and foam adhesive sheets to make the shaker card! I love how she added a little bit of sequins to bring out the beautiful colors of the paper and the ink on the shaker card. Super springy!

I love how Alena used the wood embellishment to stamp her sentiment on! The texture of the wood and the ink on the coffee cup are FABULOUS!

Leticia made this awesome card.  I love how springy and summery her creations are! She also is an amazing crop hostess! She has amazing crops with SUPER GIVEAWAYS that she hosts so if you are interested and you are in Southern California, be sure to like her Facebook page HERE and follow when her next event is!

These lovely little embellishments are so perfect for a planner, bujo, journal or really anything! Aren’t they adorable!

Here is a close up one of her adorable embellishments! AWESOME RIGHT?!

For our giveaway for this hop on our blog we will be giving away two $15.00 store credits for two winners! 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.

For our blog winners for this blog hop will be announced on our blog post on Monday June 4, 2018. This is open to everyone, not only the US! 

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!

Happy Hopping and 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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Create Patterned Paper using Stamps

Create Patterned Paper using Stamps is what we have for you today. How many of you have stamps that you love but don’t often think about what other things you could use them for? Yes! Me too! What better time than the present than to make some patterned paper?!Before we get started with the Create Patterned Paper using Stamps Project, I wanted to let you know we are participating in an awesome blog hop beginning this Friday! It is the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Be sure to come back and check it out as there are numerous prizes up for grabs not only from me but other sponsors as well. There will be LOTS of inspiration and you can join in on the fun and create to win prizes too!  Now, let’s get started on our creating!

Supplies Needed for the Create Patterned Paper using Stamps Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – Oh My! Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Paper to stamp on

Paper or protected area for stamping

Ink

Stamp Cleaner

Create Patterned Paper using Stamps is a super easy way to get really cool results by just using the stamps you have in your current supplies! I would suggest you take out scrap paper or a mat to protect your work surface. It gives a better look when you stamp on the edges and not just where the paper is. Looks like a real pattern as they don’t end at the edge of the paper.

Take out your paper, stamp block and your stamp. Place your stamp on the block.

Ink your stamp with the first of two colors. In this case, I used red. Stamp the images in a scattered pattern leaving room for you to stamp the other color as well.

This is what it looks like once the first color has been used.

Clean off your stamp. Ink your stamp with the second color, in this case I used green. Fill in the areas where you don’t have a stamp in a random pattern.

This is the end result. SUPER FAST AND SUPER EASY to Create Patterned Paper using Stamps.

For the second one, I only used one color  which was blue. I created a more of a specific pattern repeated. Either way you like to create will be fine and you can choose one, two or even three colors for your background. Have fun with it!

It’s not exactly perfect but much more specifically patterned than the first example.

Here is the second finished example of the Create Patterned Paper using Stamps.

Here are the finished background papers I created. What colors and themes will you create?

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the above A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – Oh My! Stamp Set.

 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 of the announcement of winning, you will 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.

Now for last weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set. 

Frances A. you are the 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 Create Patterned Paper using Stamps Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be a tradition and keepsake for years to come! Please be sure to share what you come up with!

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.

 

 

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.

2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Welcome to the 2016 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 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #winter2016clh and we are showcasing our love for Winter & COFFEE!! I LOVE Winter, the holidays and of course the cool crisp air. Although I miss the snow and all of the fun that comes with it. Being from Chicago I miss the REAL winter weather but now I live in California where I am still wearing shorts in December. It is supposed to be 80 next week. No, I am not kidding.

Whether your drink of choice is hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even a blended drink; you are going to really enjoy the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are SO many AMAZING companies participating! 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 to qualify to win!

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

The 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, December 9th starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, December 16th. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be announced on Sunday, December 18, 2016 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 annnnnd …… Yep! YOU GUESSED IT! COFFEE! 

First up is the AMAZINGLY talented Alena on our Creative Crew. She has created a lovely ornament using the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set. I love the colors, bling and of course her love for Christmas!

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Hi A Creative Journey with Melissa Friends,

this is Alena with the ACJwM Creative Crew. My creation is a Christmas paper ornament. This creation is a combination of my love of Christmas and coffee. I just love that the sentiment from the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set created by ACJWM is just the perfect sentiment for my ornament!

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This is my first of two creations. The first creation is a card I made using the Winter Wishes from our You’re Snow Wonderful stamp set. I used the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy  stamp set for the coffee sleeve and liquid therapy sentiment on the wooden coffee cup embellishment. I love how the wooden coffee embellishment works perfectly with the coffee sleeve! The paper was from my awesome haul from Michael’s on Thanksgiving.

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My second creation is perfect for this time of year. GIFT SEASON… right?

I don’t know if this applies to you but as a creative Mom of two, I was ALWAYS looking for something fun and creative to do with my kids. I was the room parent for my kids classes. In doing so, I liked to change it up so it wasn’t always the same thing when we had parties or crafts, etc. I was always looking for different gift ideas for teachers and faculty for gifts too. This is a great gift that won’t break your wallet. It’s a WIN/WIN! I will be doing a tutorial on the above creation on my Monday’s with Melissa videos so be sure to come back to learn how I made this super cute and EASY gift! Yes, I said gift… You say… WHAT GIFT? Well, that is the fun part!

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If you lift up the topper of this adorable creation, you can put a packet of hot chocolate, tea, or anything you can imagine!

FUN RIGHT? The ribbon is holding in the hot chocolate packet! You can create this too as it is perfect for those gifts for teachers, friends, co-workers and loved ones… And what about SECRET SANTA? YES! IT DEFINITELY works for that too! Do you want to see the tutorial on this project? Check out my video and blog post HERE.

The GIVEAWAYS…

I am doing three giveaways on my blog! I will be picking three winners as I am giving away the three stamp sets used for the creations above; Coffee is my Liquid Therapy , You’re Snow Wonderful stamp set and the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp sets.

To qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be 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!

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 will be announced on our blog post on Monday Dec 19, 2016.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and our blog/newsletter to qualify to win and to find out if you are a winner!

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 wclh2016 to save 25% on non sale items!

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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2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – fall2016clh

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Welcome to the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! If you happened to come by here by chance, WE ARE SO LUCKY and thrilled that you did!! We are taking part in the AWESOME 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hashtag is #fall2016clh and we are showcasing our love for Fall & COFFEE!! Fall is my FAVORITE TIME of the year.

It’s when you bring out your colder weather clothes and get to snuggle up on a cold crisp day… Well, that is unless you are in California like I am… Then you have to wait for what they call “Winter” here. I am from Chicago so winter isn’t quite the same here as it is in the Midwest. Whether it is hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or even a blended drink; you are going to really enjoy the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There are SO many AMAZING talented participants…. Sounds too good to be true, right? IT ISN’T! It is REALLY HAPPENING! 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!

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

The 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs Friday, September 23 starting at 6:00 AM Pacific Time thru Friday, September 30. This allows you PLENTY of time to participate by hopping, creating or BOTH!

Winners for the entire hop will be announced on Sunday, October 2, 2016 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 Fall annnnnd …… COFFEE! First up is the AMAZINGLY talented Alena on our Creative Crew. She has created a coffee themed pocket letter using the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set. I LOVE how she used the phrases in the stamp set as an embellishment to her pocket page.2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop a Wait….You haven’t heard about a pocket letter? Let’s fill you in!

Pocket letters are a new and creative way of being a Pen Pal. Rather than a traditional letter in an envelope, you use 8.5″ x 11″ page protectors with nine equally sized pockets as shown.  There are a number of ways you can create a pocket letter. You would include some of your Pen Pal’s favorite items as well a handmade note and some creative sweetness.

It’s like getting a little present with every pocket letter!

Some are really elaborate, others not as much but the great thing is and you can decide however you want to create it because it is YOUR DESIGN! I hope Alena has inspired you to be CREATIVE and try it out yourself! I know she has inspired me!

Now, we are moving on to our awesomely talented Creative Crew Member Brandie and her beautiful coffee card. Don’t you love the color scheme, design and finishing touches?2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop b I love how CREATIVE she was by using the Coffee is my Liquid Therapy stamp set. That along with the coffee themed embossing folder on her gray paper is amazing. Brnadie sanded the gray paper allowing the white core of the gray paper to show through! WOW!

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Here we have the first creation created with Coffee is my Liquid Therapy.

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I used Simple Stories paper along with my Chameleon Pens (alcohol markers)

to color the image. I added a little raffia and a button and here we have it!!

My second card was made using the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp set.

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For this creation I used Simple Stories paper along with my Chameleon Pens (alcohol markers) and

to color my image,  I used raffia making a bow for an embellishment.

I am doing two giveaways on my blog! I will be picking two winners as I am giving away the two stamp sets I used for my creations above; Coffee is my Liquid Therapy and the Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! stamp sets.

All you need to do is answer our question – When do you start creating your holiday cards? With your answer, comment below and I will pick three winners!

Our winners will be announced on our blog on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Be sure to ANSWER THE QUESTION to qualify to enter.

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 fclh2016 to save 25% on non sale items!

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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Create your own Cork Wreath: What you Need

Create your own Cork Wreath – What you Need is what we are getting ready for today. I am going to show you what you need to prepare to create an awesome cork wreath. With a little time and patience, you will be ready to create an awesome creation that you can give as a gift or keep for yourself!

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What you will need

LOTS OF CORKS! (It obviously depends on how big your wreath is. I have about 500 or even more but you would rather have more than less!)

Hot Glue Gun Helpers Kit

Protected work surface or a Hot Glue Gun Helpers Craft Mat

Glue Sticks

Wreath ( I used straw but DO NOT USE FOAM or it will more than likely MELT with the hot glue)

Hot Glue Gun

Wire

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First, you will want to get your wreath out.

Unwrap your wreath. Mine came with plastic wrap around it. You will want to carefully take of this wrap making sure you don’t cut any of the wreath. Once you have take off the plastic, you will want to look over your wreath to ensure there aren’t any huge pieces of straw or areas where it may need a little clean up. Remember, you will be covering this wreath so not need to make it look perfect.

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Once you have looked it over, you are ready to add your wire. Be sure you have plenty of wire just in case you will need more wire to hang it wherever it may end up.

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Stick one end through the wreath making sure where it comes out will be a good place to use for it to be hung.  If it isn’t, carefully remove it and redo it. You do not want it in an area where it won’t lay flat on the hanging surface or it will show unless you are using a decorative wire. Create your own Cork Wreath - What you Need j

Once it has been poked through, wrap it in a circle so it stays out of the way when attaching the corks to your wreath. Don’t cut your wire until you give it or hang it. This allows the person hanging it to have plenty of options and length of wire.

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There are two sides to your wreath. The matte and flat looking side would be the back.

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The glossy rounded side is the front. You want the flat side for the back of the wreath so it lays flat where it is placed.

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You are ready to Create your own Cork Wreath!

Stay tuned for our next video showing you how to put it all together!

We hope you enjoyed our video today and appreciate you going on A Creative Journey with Melissa!
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