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Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder

Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder is what we have for you today. I love to reuse packaging for my crafts. This is a tutorial on how to do just that!

Supplies Needed for the Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

1.25″ Circle Punch

Sizzix Die # 660281 Box and Card Die

Sizzix or manual die cut machine

Scissors

Paper to stamp image on

Green Ink

.75″ x 12″ strip of patterned paper

Tim Holtz Coffee Cup Embossing Folder

Red Tape – Strong adhesive for the packaging

Adhesive for adhering paper to the box

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To begin the Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder project, Take out your paper to stamp on, your acrylic block and your A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

Adhere your stamp to your acrylic block. Take out your green ink.

Stamp your snowflake onto your paper. I made a few extra so I can have them on hand in case I need to create an extra card.

Punch your snowflake images out with your circle punch.

This is a die inside it’s clear plastic packaging. When I get dies like this, I take them out of their packaging and cut the parts of the packaging that could be used in a die cut machine at a later time and set them aside. You would be amazed at how many times I have used them on my projects.

If you haven’t heard of this before, search in the box above or click on the menu for the icon and search for packaging and you will  find a few tutorials for some other ideas.

Here is a piece from a longer die that I have kept. This is what we are going to use to die cut our Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project. Sometimes you may have some blemishes on the packaging. You can solve that issue by embossing it!

Take out your manual die cut machine, two clear platforms and your die. Place a clear platform down on the base of the die cut machine. You will then place your die, clear recycled sheet of packaging and then your second clear platform. Using the handle, run your packaging through the die cut machine.

This is what it will look like once you have done that.

Take out your coffee cup embossing folder, regular platform, two clear platforms and your die cut machine. You can emboss just one side of your box like shown or you can do the entire box by folding your clear sheet in half and placing it in the folder.

This is what it looks like once it has been embossed!

Fold your box where all of the creases are from the die cut.

Take out your red tape or other strong adhesive.

Cut two pieces and adhere the two pieces of adhesive to the side of the box.

Remove the red protective piece revealing the adhesive.

Press firmly on the side of the box to the adhesive side ensuring its adhesion creating the box. You may lightly see some of the adhesive. If you do not care for that look, you can place paper on the outside of the box to cover it if you think it is too obvious. I personally thought it looked fine.

This is the die cut and embossed box before it has been put together completely and decorated.

Take out your strip of paper.

Using the gift card holder, measure how large of a piece you will need to wrap it around so it overlaps a little bit.

Trim excess paper off of your creation.

Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper.

Wrap your paper around the box ensuring the paper has adhered to the gift card holder.

Take out your stamped image, 3-D foam piece and box. Remove the adhesive back to the foam piece.

Place the foam piece on the back of the stamped image. Place the stamped image on the Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project.

Your Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project is complete!

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

Jaratzed. 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 Quick and Easy! Coffee Cup Embossed Recycled Packaging Gift Card Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be a tradition and keepsake for years to come! We will be announcing the winners from the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop as well as this weeks giveaway next Monday. BE SURE TO CHECK BACK!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Set and Card

Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Set and Card is what we have for you today.

Did you know that approximately 1 out of 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime? This is approximately 12% of women in the US.

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have someone they know or a loved one that has Breast Cancer or Cancer in one way or another. Both my Paternal and Maternal Grandmothers had breast cancer and sadly numerous people effected with other cancers as well. PLEASE get your yearly mammograms and go to your doctor regularly for your yearly check ups.

It really makes a difference.

OK, now I am off of my soap box… onto the creativity.. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Breast Cancer Awareness Card

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Manual Die Cut Machine

Doily Die By Kaiser Craft

Rectangle Stitched Die by Kaiser Craft

Black Ink

Scissors

Corner Rounder

Adhesive

3-D Adhesive

3 in 1 Tool by Spellbinders

White Twine

Chameleon Pen PK3

Pink Paper for Doily

White Card Base

White Paper for Sentiment and Gloves

I use this precision platform to help me with the intricate dies.

Previously I had thought it was magnetic, it is not. The magnet I used to test it was though.. Yeah.. I am serious. It has been a fun couple weeks.

Anyhow, this platform has helped with the detailed dies but I am still having to run it through a few times to be sure it has cut. I do seem to have better luck with my magnetic platforms.

First, we are going to use our Sizzix manual die cut machine and die cut with our two dies. Place your standard platform on your machine and then place your precision platform on top of it.

Put the paper you are going to use for your Breast Cancer Awareness Card and place your die cut down on top of the precision platform.

Place your die on top of the paper.

Put your clear platform on top of your die.

Run your die through your machine.

Run it back through your machine just to ensure proper cutting.

This is what the doily die looks like once it has been cut and removed from the machine.


Here is a close up of the amazing detail of this die. LOVE IT! This will be perfect for your Breast Cancer Awareness Card

Take out your rectangle die with stitching.

Place your paper under your die, making sure it is centered. Put it on top of your base platform and precision platform on your machine.

 

Place your clear platform on top of your die.

I love the stitched look. The detail is so cool and perfect for your Breast Cancer Awareness stamped images!

Take out your doily die and your 3 in 1 tool by Spellbinders. use the brush side and clean out the pieces from the die.

I was able to get most of the pieces out.

Using the poker part of the 3 in 1 tool, poke out any of the extra pieces you weren’t able to get.

 

Take out your stitched die cut paper, the gloves and sentiment from your A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set

Place your stamps on your stamp block

Ink your stamp and stamp your images and sentiment on your paper.

Take out your Chameleon PK3 Pen.

  

Take off the lid to the nib side of your pen and place your blending solution cartridge on so the nibs are touchign as shown.

Hold the pen so the blending solution cartridge is on top. Wait 5-10 seconds.

Color the lightest part or light source area of your image first.

Fill in the rest of your image. Color over the lines to highlight the shadowing.

Take out your twine and tie a bow.

Trim off the edges and cut so you can place on the stamped paper.

Add adhesive to the bottom of the glove where you are going to place your twine.

Add the twine to the colored image.

Here is a close up of it after it has been added.

Take out your card base. Using the corner rounder, round all four sides of your card base.

This is what it looks like once it has been done.

Take out your detailed doily die cut.

Add adhesive to the back of the doily die cut.

Place your doily die cut in the middle of your card base as shown.

Place your 3-D foam squares on the back of your stamped and colored image.

Remove the paper on the back of the foam squares and adhere your image to the middle of your doily on your card base.

Your creation is complete!  Your Breast Cancer Awareness Card using the  A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!

A Creative Journey with Melissa Awareness Ribbon Set #3 – Ready for a Fight Stamp Set is what we are giving away this week!!

 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: Be sure you are 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.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away the Spellbinders Tool ‘N One tool!!

The winner is Kim Miller !

 Kim,  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 Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Set and Card video!

If you watched the video, you probably heard me mention we might have just had an EARTHQUAKE.  WE DID! It was a 3.5 and we are fine. Please be sure to keep Texas in your thoughts and prayers with the horrific damage they have had due to the hurricane.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Die Cutting Intricate Dies

Die Cutting Intricate Dies is what we have for you today.

**NOTE** The Precision platform IS NOT MAGNETIC. THIS was an ERROR on my part. I had used a magnet to check it and it worked but the platform was not magnetic, the magnet was. How embarrassing! My apologies for the confusion.

Do you worry about die cutting intricate dies and trying to get those little pieces out? Will you avoid those dies because they can be quite a pain? Well, we aren’t doing a project tutorial but we are giving a few tips on cutting intricate dies. I am also showing you one of my favorite tools and we have a giveaway too!

Above on the left you can see the intricacy of the die. The details are amazing but what a pain to try to get out all of those little pieces.

Well the purple tool above is AMAZING and IT is going to be a lifesaver!

Here is a close up of the die and the cut of the die.

This is a close up of the second die and a close up of the die cut.

This is the amazing Spellbinders Tool ‘N One. It has so many uses but we will show you that in a bit.

First, I wanted to let you know that there is another option other than the magnetic platform. You can get the precision base plate and use it as you would a clear platform. Use it with the standard platform and voila! It works with the thinner dies!

NOTE: The Precision platform IS NOT MAGNETIC. THIS was an ERROR on my part. I had used a magnet to check it and it worked but the platform was not magnetic, the magnet was. How embarrassing! My apologies for the confusion.

First, we are going to die cut one of the dies. Place your platform, precision platform and paper down.

Take your die and make sure that you place the edge side up so that it cuts the paper.

Place your clear platform on top of your die.

Run your die through the die cut machine fully twice. One pass each way.

This is what happens when you don’t do it thoroughly. Yep, I know. Frustrating but it happens.

This is what it looks like when it IS done correctly. The detail is AMAZING!

This is where the awesome tool comes in. You use the brush side and get to brush out all of the pieces from the die itself

as well as the die cut!

The detail is amazing and this is a close up of the die after it was just cut and the die cut.  Die Cutting Intricate Dies can really happen without too much effort. Especially with the Spellbinders tool.

The Tool ‘N One tool is awesome and there is so much it can do!

It has two other parts! They are easily removable as well! You simply pull down on the neck of the tool

and you can adjust or even remove the head of the tool.

Replace one side with the spatula or scraper tool.

Notice the notches?

 That gives you plenty of room to adjust how long you need the tool.

If you unscrew the tool in the middle you can store the other two pieces inside! Not only do you have a scraper tool but you also have a poker tool too! How cool is that? JUST in case your brush doesn’t get all of those tiny little pieces of paper out.

Both your poker and your spatula fit inside the middle of the tool. At the same time!

Screw your tool back together and you have exactly what you need for any crop or creative station!

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY!

The Spellbinders Tool ‘N One tool is what we are giving away this week!!

 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: Be sure you are 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.

Now, for the GIVEAWAY from last weeks post. I am giving away the

 A Creative Journey with Melissa Wedding and Celebrations Stamp Set!!

The winner is Nikki C!

Nikki C,  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 Die Cutting Intricate Dies video!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

 

Love-ly Die Cut Happy Birthday Card

Birthday Cards are a must to have on hand. Would you like to see a Love-ly Die Cut Happy Birthday Card? Well look no further Here it is! In this video, you will see how to die cut, stamp and construct an adorable birthday card with a little twine too! I have a wonderful friend Deanna that has really been put through the ringer lately. She doesn’t need anything else to happen so I thought I would send her some love with this birthday card. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and whether you learn better by video or pictorial, we have you covered. Let’s get started, shall we?

Here are the supplies you will need:

Birthday Wishes Stamp Set

Cascading Hearts Die by Spellbinders

Card Base

Paper for Die Cut Design

Mat for the Back of the Die Cut Design and Label for Sentiment

White twine

Ink

Stamp block

Manual Die Cut Machine and platforms

Adhesive

Scissors

Foam Squares

supplies labeled

For your birthday card, you will need to take out the paper for your project, your manual die cut machine, platforms, and die.

take out paper, platforms and die

Starting from the bottom up, place your platform (magnetic or the non-magnetic that came with your machine), clear platform, and decorative paper.

PicMonkey Collage step 1-3 650

Then place your die on top of the decorative paper (inside has design and outside for border cut) and then the clear platform to create your “die cut sandwich”. Run your die cut “sandwich” through your manual die cut machine.

PicMonkey Collage 650 4-6

Carefully remove your decorative die cut paper from the die.

carefully remove from diePunch out any pieces that have not come off when removing. You can use the spellbinders tool as shown or really anything that has a point to it – but not too sharp of a point. Even a pen cap! Set aside.

remove pieces from cut paper

Get your solid color mat piece of paper. Repeat above steps 1-6 with your colored mat paper. To do this, you will start from the bottom up. Place your platform (magnetic or the non-magnetic that came with your machine), clear platform, and solid color mat paper.Then place your die on top of the decorative paper (outside for border cut only) and then the clear platform to create your “die cut sandwich”. Run your die cut “sandwich” through your manual die cut machine.

run mat through machine

Remove from the sandwich. Set aside.

decorative and mat

Punch out label for sentiment with punch. Set aside.

punch out label for sentiment

Take out stamps, ink and stamp block. Place sentiments on the stamp block.

adhere sentiments to block

Stamp birthday card sentiment on punched out label.

ink and stamp sentiment

Wrap twine around label.

wrap twine around label

Tie a bow and trim excess twine.

tie bow and trim excess twine

Place foam squares on the back of the label. Set aside.

apply foam squares to the back of the label

Place adhesive on the back of the decorative die cut paper.

Apply adhesive to the decorative paper

Adhere decorative paper to the solid colored mat.

adhere decroative paper to mat

Adhere the mat with decorative paper to the card base.

adhere to card base

Remove the paper from the back of the foam squares.

remove foam square backing paper from foam squares

Place the label on the card base.

Adhere label sentiment to card

Your project is complete!

Card Close Up

We hope you enjoyed the tutorial today. I love creating things for my friends and this card is perfect for my friend Deanna. Hopefully it will cheer her up 🙂 Thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

melissa-written-signature

 

 

Go Green! Reuse Jeans for an ADORABLE Pocket using a Die Cut!

If you are here for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, Please go HERE

Go Green and reuse jeans for an adorable pocket using a die cut? Did you really see that? YES YOU DID! Who doesn’t love to create something cool and with texture? I know I sure do! In this video I will show you how you can use your everyday old pair of jeans through your manual die cut machine! Yes you really can AND you can create this adorable pocket which would work perfect for a gift card,  business card or so many different things! I love how this came out and wanted to show you how cute it was not decorated and just plain all by itself. If you are anything like me, you are looking at this thinking of all of the wonderful things you can make with it!

Now whether you learn better by video or pictorial, we have you covered so let’s get started!

The supplies you will need are:

Jean material (or your material of choice)

Manual die cut machine and platforms

Die (Sizzix Die #659768 Pocket with Scalloped Edge by jillibean soup)

Fabric Glue (I use Fabri-Tac by Beacon)

Scissors

Supplies

Take out your jean material and scissors. Cut the material on the inside of the seams so that you have a piece of material that will fit on your chosen die.

Cut on the inside of the seams the size you need for your die

Take your material, die cut machine, die and platforms out. Starting with the bottom going up place items in this order:

platform

die

material

platform

What you need

Run the “sandwich through your manual die cut machine.

run die supplies through the machine

Take out your die cut material. Notice the creased lines from the die. This is where you will fold your material. I personally fold it in the opposite way of the fold as I feel it gives a better crease. so for this picture, you would fold your creases to the back.

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Fold the material on the three crease lines.Fold creases with finger

Take out your fabric adhesive (Fabri-Tac) and glue on the two folded in edges.

Apply glue to the  bottom of envelope and side

Fold over the flap and press the edges to make the envelope paying close attention to the corners so that they are folded in.

Fold over flap and line up edges of folded material

glue the last side of the pocket down

Press down on the edges squeezing out excess glue. Remove excess glue.

Squeeze edges you glued to be sure proper adhesion

Place on flat surface reinforcing the edges by pressing firmly down on the folded areas.

press down on all glued edges

Set aside and let the pocket dry.  Now your pocket is complete!!

finished project

finished envelope

Quick Thank You Note with Washi, Twine, Stamps and Die Cut!

My son’s birthday was last week and I wanted to create some quick thank you notes for him to send to those who generously sent him gifts. I know that most of the time people don’t keep handmade cards but even still, I like to create so I thought I would create this quick card and share it with you. This design is really simple and the possibilities are ENDLESS! If you would like to create a quick thank you note and a really cute one, this project is for YOU! Whether you like to learn by video or by pictorial, we have you covered so LETS BEGIN!

Here are the items you will need to create this exact quick thank you note. Remember, you can mix and match options and design ideas to your liking. This is YOUR creation so make it the way YOU want to! We used our Outside and In stamp set for the outside sentiment. If you would like to check it out, you can find it hereSupplies

First, you will need to take out your manual die cutting machine, die cut, appropriate platforms and the paper you are cutting. Roll the die through the machine and remove the die cut you need for your creation. Set aside.

die cut shape

Take out your card base, ink, stamp and stamp block. Place your stamp on the block and ink it. Stamp your sentiment on your card base. Set aside.

stamp sentiment

Take your die cut shape, twine and foam squares out. Wrap your twine around the die cut shape and tie in a knot. Cut off excess string. Place your foam squares on the back of your die cut. You can take off the backing of the foam squares at this time or wait until you are going to place it on your creation. Either way is fine. Set aside.

put twine on die

put on foam squares

Take your stamped card base along with your washi tape. Place a piece of washi tape on your card where you would like it to be for your design.

apply washi tape

Take your die cut and place it on your card on top of the washi tape. Be sure the foam squares are placed firmly on your card base.

Apply die cut to card base

Your creation is complete!

Project

Thank you so much for joining us today for this creation. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and YouTube channel for tips, techniques and more! We hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa today!

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