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Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE

Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE is what we have for today. Our A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You Stamp Set can cover any configuration of love for your card including Female & Male, Female & Female, Male and Male or any variation you choose to celebrate.

Supplies Needed for the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Red Ink

Gray Ink

White card base

Gray Card Mat

Red Mat for stamped images

Paper to stamp images and sentiment on

White Twine

Scissors

To start, take out your gray ink, white paper and stamp block. Choose the stamp images from your A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

For the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project video I chose a female and female for my best friends that have gotten engaged! I am so excited for them! This stamp set is super versatile for any couple!

Ink your female image with the gray ink. Stamp as shown above.

Place ink on your female image again. Stamp next to your other stamped image leaving room for a heart by the hands.

Clean off your stamp and place back on your sheet. Take out your heart image and ink it with red ink. Stamp the heart in between the hands as shown above.

Ink the love sentiment with red ink. Stamp the sentiment on the side of the women images as shown.

This is what it will look like once the stamping has been completed. Place adhesive on the back of the stamped paper.

Adhere your paper to the red mat.

Take out your white card base and your gray mat. Place adhesive on the back of the gray mat and adhere to the card base.

Put adhesive on the back of your red paper and images. Adhere to the gray mat on your card base.

Take out your white twine. Wrap it around your card three times.

Tie a bow with the twine and trim off the excess.

Adjust the twine on  your card as you wish.

This is what the Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project looks like completed.

Cards are complete!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set. Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

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 your name being picked, 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.

 For last weeks giveaways we are giving away the

A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

 THE WINNER IS   Marybeth

Marybeth, 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 Handmade Love Card for ANY COUPLE Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

I Just Love You Gift Card Holder

I Just Love You Gift Card Holder is what we have for you today. I realize we just barely celebrated the new year and now I am talking about Valentine’s Day. If you have watched any of my recent videos I am clearly on a gift card holder kick. I thought what better way to continue the trend than to create one for a loved one!

Supplies Needed for the I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set

Acrylic Block

Tag Die

Paper for Tag

Paper for Hole on tag

Card Base Paper

Card Mat Paper

Red and Gray Ink

Adhesive

Tim Holtz Die

Sizzix Die Cut Machine

Scissors

First, take out your Tim Holtz Sizzix Die TAG & BOOKPLATES Movers And Shapers Die #656938.

Cover the Tag part of the die with white and cover the hole reinforcement die area with red.

Here is a close up of the paper that is needed for the I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project.

Place your die with the paper on top of your clear platform on your Sizzix Die Cut Machine.

Run your die through your die cut machine.

The tag and hole protector is what you will need for your I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project.

Add adhesive to the back of the hole protector and place on the die cut tag.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set.

Remove the stamps you need for the I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project.

Fold your tag die up from the bottom 2.25″ as shown.

Add adhesive to the left and right side of the folded area of the tag.

Press the adhesive down on both sides to ensure adhesion for gift card placement.

Stamp the love sentiment on the folded up part of the tag as shown above.

Stamp hearts around the sentiment for decor as you feel necessary.

This is what the stamping looks like once it has been completed.

Take out the card base and mat for your I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project. Apply adhesive to the back of the card mat.

Adhere card mat to the card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the gift card holder tag. Adhere the tag to your card mat as shown.

Take out your twine. I used twine with a little bit of silver for a bit of bling for the creation. Wrap your twine around your project. I wrapped it three times.

Tie a bow on your I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project and cut off the excess twine. Adjust your twine on your creation as you prefer.

I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project is complete!

 

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa I Just Love You stamp set. Winners announced next week so be sure to check back!

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 your name being picked, 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.

For last weeks giveaways we are giving away both the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set 

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon

 THE WINNERS ARE   Eileen F and KT Fit Kitty

Winners, 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 I Just Love You Gift Card Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget

Currently I am an organized mess but am looking to improve that and soon! One of the things that I do is create numerous cards. I don’t really have a great sorting or organizational system that has worked well so I started thinking… Thinking… I know it’s a scary thought but someone has to do it. I don’t like to spend excess money to organize so I thought what would be the best way to organize on a budget? This is what I came up with.

It’s fast, inexpensive and best of all you probably have all of the items or the like in your home right now!

Supplies Needed for the SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasions Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer with scoring and cutting blades

Black Ink

Before we get started on the SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project, I wanted to let you now a few things I am using in this video. I use the Ikea boxes to store my cards. They weren’t really organized but at least they were stored. Figured I was at least a quarter of the way there! We call that progress. The boxes come flat and you put them together if I remember correctly.

The cool thing about these besides the large size is that you can decorate them with the kraft paper looking box. It’s a cool way to get crafty and you could also use these as memorabilia boxes. I am not sure if you can still get them however you can use regular photo boxes that you can purchase at stores as well.

Even if you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Trimmer and have a trimmer in your tools, you can still use it to score paper if you have a bone folder, embossing tool or a dull pointer. Measure where you want to score your paper using the trimmers measurements. You can see where the score line will go because it is where the crevasse is. Press the bone folder or tool of choice and slide it down with pressure. Don’t be too forceful or you will rip the paper.

Once folded, you will have the same result as if you used a scoring blade. You can also use a straight edge and a dull knife too. An easy fix for those on a budget!

While I am thinking about it, I also wanted to show you how the back of the Stampin’ Up! paper trimmer and many others out there as well. It has a swing arm underneath that you can pull out to measure those larger papers. Perfect for me and the scrapbooking I do!

The other awesome thing about this trimmer is that it doesn’t just measure to 12″ which is a problem for people like me that scrapbook in 12 x 12 sizes. It goes past 14″! AWESOME, right?!

To get started on the SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project, take out your 12.’ 25″ x 8.5″paper and your paper trimmer. Score your paper at 5 3/4″. If your paper is larger or smaller, add or subtract the same difference from my measurements to get the same result.

This is what the scored line looks like from the paper trimmer.

Fold along the scored line. Repeat for however many folders you will need for your SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project.

This is a sample of what we will be making.

I really like the folder idea to store your cards. This way if you are looking for a certain themed card, you can pull it out and thumb through them to find which one you are looking for.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasions Stamp Set, Acrylic Stamp Block, paper and ink.

Pick the sentiment that best fits what you would like to have for a folder from your stamp set and place it on your stamp block.

You may notice that the stamp has some stain on it. This will not effect the integrity of the image of the stamp or sentiment. Sometimes I forget to clean my stamps when I am doing a project which can cause this along with using different types of more permanent ink.

Ink your sentiment and stamp your sentiment.

If you notice, the stamped sentiment is clean and clear without any issue and will continue to be.

When you are done you are SUPPOSED to clean off your stamps. I use the stampin up stamp cleaner and scrub pad. Honestly products I have used for numerous years and have continued to on my own stamps.. when I remember.

When I get my stamps, I also store the in envelopes. I write the name on the top and store them in alphabetical order. Having the ability to be able to carry them around in a small box and not have to worry about binders is something I prefer. This also works great for me when I go to crops.

Now, we are going to stamp the second sentiment for our SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project. Place your stamp on the stamp block and ink.

Stamp your file folder with the sentiment you have chosen.

This is what the second stamped sentiment looks like. Works great! I realize this is probably just the beginning of your list of folders you may want to make but you can get it done! I believe in both of us!

For this weeks giveaways we are giving away both the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set 

and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Upper Case and Emoticon

Winners announced next 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!

BE SURE TO check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the your name being picked, 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.

For last weeks giveaways we are giving away a $15.00 store credit to our store! The winner is Janie R!

         Janie, 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 SUPER EASY – Organizing Handmade Cards on a Budget Project. I hope I have inspired you to organize yourself even if in just a small way! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

 

 

DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder is what we have for you today.  This is the perfect project for you to create to tuck in your purse, backpack or briefcase. With all of the pictures you take from the holidays, this would be a great way to send those wonderful memories to your friends and loved ones. EASY RIGHT? Let’s get started!

This is our project we are going to create. Super simple and cute as well as versatile!

Supplies Needed for the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project

12 x 12″ piece of paper (I used double sided card stock)

Stampin Up Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade

Scissors

Coordinating Ribbon

Bone Folder

Take out your decorative paper and paper trimmer.

Line up your paper to 4″ on the paper trimmer.

Score your paper at 4″ with your scoring blade.

Take your paper out from the trimmer and fold at the score lines.

Pull out your bone folder.

Using your bone folder, push down on the crease to ensure a crisp fold on your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

You can then either turn your paper 1/4 of the way and score your paper at 6″ or you can just fold your paper in half as shown above.

Once again, use the bone folder and press down on the fold to ensure a good crease.

This is what the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project looks like once it has been folded and creased.

Check to see where the fold is. You want to be sure you punch a hole above the folds.

Punch the hole in your paper through all four layers.

This is what it looks like once all holes are punched through.

Take out your ribbon and trim off approximately 8-12 inches for your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

Put the ribbon in through the first hole,

Pull the ribbon all the way through all four layers.

Tie your ribbon in a bow.

You have completed your project! Think of the endless possibilities! You can use this creation for different themes, celebrations, holidays and so much more!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away a $15.00 credit to our store! Winner announced next 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!

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.

For last weeks giveaways we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set

and the Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set.

The winners are  Kim Miller and Malika!

Winners, 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 DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be given as a gift or used for yourself! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK!

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

Sentiments for all Occasions Card

Sentiments for all Occasions Card is what we have for you today along with a multi use die cut set.

What better way to maximize and utilize your supplies with multi use items!

I like to buy things that can be used for numerous things. For me, it allows me to explain the purchase better if they have multiple uses… at least in my mind! LOL

Don’t forget you can save 25% your order with the above coupon code. It expires today, Monday 12/18/17 so be sure to use it today. This is the last sale of the year.

This is the Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project we are going to create….. let’s get creative!

Supplies Needed for the Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project 

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set

Card Base

Patterned Background Paper

Paper for Deer

Sentiment and emblem paper

Paper for foliage

3-D Foam adhesive

Adhesive

Brown Ink

Spellbinders Tool or needle

Here are the dies that are in the die cut set. They aren’t super large but are perfect for any card, scrapbook or creation.

To begin your Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project, take out your cream colored paper along with the dies shown. Run your through the die cut machine forward and backward to ensure cut.

Separate the die from the die cut and set them both aside.

Take out the deer and the craft paper. Run your die through the die cut machine both ways ensuring the proper cut.

Separate the die cut from the die. This is what it will look like. Set both aside.

Take out the foliage die. This is a close up of what it looks like.

Run your die through the die cut machine both ways ensuring the proper cut.

Notice the holes in the back of the die? These will allow you to poke through the intricate dies that you may have trouble getting the paper out of.

Take out your Spellbinders Tool or needle.

Carefully remove your die cut from the die.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set.

Notice how a few of my stamps are stained. This was caused by me using a staining ink and also I sometimes don’t clean my stamps right away. Even with this coloring on the stamps, this will not hurt the integrity of the image at all.

Apply the sentiment to your stamp block. Ink your sentiment on your paper.

This is a close up of the stamped sentiment.

Take out your card base and your decorative paper. Add adhesive to the back of your patterned paper for your Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project.

Apply the patterned paper to your card base.

Add adhesive to the decorative piece and apply to card base.

Apply adhesive to both die cuts of foliage.

Place the foliage to the card base.

Apply 3-D foam adhesive to the sentiment and apply to the card base.

Place your 3-D foam adhesive on the back of your deer die cut. Apply to your card base.

Here are the cards done both vertically and horizontally. Your Sentiments for all Occasions Card Project is complete!

For this weeks giveaways we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasion Stamp Set

and the Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set. These will be announced next 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!

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 we have a BUNCH of giveaways to announce from last week and the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! YAHOO!!

Now for last weeks GIVEAWAY, we are giving away the above A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

The winner is Creations with Kathryn.

For the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Winners we were giving away two stamp sets.

The first stamp set is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Coffee, Tea and Wine – OH MY! Stamp Set  and the winner is Tracy Zahm

 A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set and the winner is Julie Prince.

Winners, 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 Sentiments for all Occasions Card. I hope I have inspired you to create thinking outside of the box!

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

 

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

IF YOU ARE HERE FOR THE 2017 WINTER COFFEE LOVERS BLOG HOP PLEASE CLICK HERE. You are of course welcome to check this post out too and enter to win the prize on this post as well! If you aren’t.. Be sure to check it out as you can see lots of coffee project inspiration as well as win a number of prizes from some great sponsors!

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card

Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project is what we have for you today. This card is perfect for anyone that you want to share some holiday cheer with. We are having an awesome sale on our website too! Be sure to check it out as it is the best sale of the year and it ends soon!

Now that we got the shopping out of the way… Are you ready to get crafty? Let’s get rollin! This is the adorable project we are creating – Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project!

Supplies Needed for the Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

Card Base (5.5″ square)

Patterned Paper for Card Mat (4.5″ square)

Memento Ink

Corner Rounder

Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight Die

Iridescent Sequins

3-D Foam  Adhesive circles

Clear Liquid Adhesive

Tape Runner (ATG)

Sizzix Die Cut Machine and Platforms

Red Spica glitter pen

White Twine

Scissors

Beginning with the Patterned Card Mat Paper and corner rounder, round the corners of all four sides of your paper.

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set Acrylic Stamp Block  and Memento Ink.

Peel off your Seasons Greetings Stamp and adhere to your acrylic stamp block.

Ink your stamp and stamp your sentiment on your patterned mat paper.

      

Take out your Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight Die.

You will also need your Paper to die cut your reindeer as well as a Die Cut Machine and Die cut platforms. Place your paper on top of the die cut area on your die.

Using a clear platform, place one under your die and one on top of the paper you are cutting. Run the die cut “sandwich” through your die cut machine.

This is what the deer die cut will look like once cut for your Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project.

Take out your Red Spica glitter pen and color the end of the reindeer nose.

Take out your 3-D foam circles and place them on the back of the reindeer.

*Creative Tip: When you are finished using the foam circles, be sure to use the rest of the material as well. It works great for any area and you can cut it to any size or shape you need from what is left!

This is a perfect example of using the excess for a perfect shape of the head for the reindeer!

Remove the paper from the 3-D foam and place your reindeer on your stamped patterned card mat.

      

Place adhesive on your card front.

Place your reindeer card mat on top of the card front. Your Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project is coming along nicely.

Cut a notch out of the top of the card and on the bottom only the front panel. You are doing this for the white twine.

Push your twine from the back of the card through to the front and repeat twice.

Tie your twine in a bow as shown and cut off the excess twine with your scissors.

*Creative Tip: Rather than retie your bow, if you gently bend your paper you can adjust where your bow is by moving your twine. Once you have it where you want it, gently release the bend and you are ready to go!

Using liquid adhesive with sequins, you will want a precise applicator tip. This liquid glue is perfect for the sequin application.

Place a small dot of liquid adhesive on each sequin and place on the card front.

Here you can see on the left there is a more specific pattern for the Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card Project while the right card has a more scattered set of sequins on the card front.

For this weeks giveaway, we have the A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments 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 TWO STAMP SETS which means TWO WINNERS! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

The winners are Fit Kitty for the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set

and Melissa Lopez wins the A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set.

Winners,  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 Seasons Greetings Rudolph Card 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.

Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition

Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition is what we have for you today. If you don’t already have a family tradition, no better time than the present to start one TODAY! This project is super easy and can be done every year for your tree, family, friends and even as gifts! Are you ready? Well, before we get started on the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project, we are having an awesome sale now through 11/30! Be sure to check it out and no coupon needed! Now, let’s get CREATIVE!

Supplies Needed for the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project

Crop A Dile

5- Patterned paper cut 1/2″ x 5″

5- Colored Paper without pattern cut 1/2″ x 5″

Red Twine 6″ long

Red Acid Free Pen

Scissors

2 Red Brads (mine have glitter to add a little sparkle)

This is a side view of the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project I created. I written five of things that I love.. This shows  I love our laughter… And I really do!

 

To begin this project, take out your non patterned paper and acid free pen.

Using my red pen, I wrote five different things that I love about our family. I also spelled silliness wrong even said it didn’t look right in the video but it happens… lol

Take the written papers and patterned paper and switch every other one as shown above.

Put them in order in a concise pile as shown.

Using your Crop A Dile, punch holes in one side of the pile approximately 1/2 – 3/4 ” from the end of the paper.

Flip one of the papers around and use it as a guide. Punch a hole through the other side of the papers.

Now, you only have one paper with one side that doesn’t have a hole. Match that one up and punch the hold in the remaining side.

Take your twine and tie a knot at the end of the cut pieces. Do not make it a tight knot.

Take one of your brads and place the feet of the brad (pointy leg part LOL) and place it inside the knot as shown. Pull the knot tightly to keep it in place.

Trim the excess twine relatively close to the knot without unraveling it.

Place your brad/twine into the side where the writing is showing like above.

Open up the brad legs to keep the papers held together. You do not need to have it super tight or else you will not be able to manipulate the paper into an ornament.

Put your second brad into the hold on the other side of the paper as shown. Make sure the top of the brad is on the same side as the other one with the twine. This will give a cleaner look on the outside of the ornament once it is complete.

Like the other brad, you will also open the legs on the brad up so it keeps the paper in place but not too tight or else again, you won’t be able to create the ornament.

This is what the back of the paper looks like once brads are placed.

Here is what the front looks like with the brads and twine showing.

For the design of the Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project, you can either make a slight rounded look or you can fold in half gently to give the look that I used. Either way looks great!

Separate your papers like shown above, one paper at a time.

The best way to try to get it relatively even is to compress the ornament so that you can see how it lines up as shown. This will give you a much better visual to see where the papers align. You will NOT get it perfect. Trust me from experience LOL!

Now, take your ornament and squeeze it gently into a ball shape as shown. This gives a great rounded look as shown to the above left.

This is the completed Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition Project. You can see the top on the left and the side on the right.

Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away TWO STAMP SETS which means TWO WINNERS! We are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa You’re Snow Wonderful Stamp Set and the 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!

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, 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 last  weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the Chameleon Pen set! The winner is Sue D!

Sue D,  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 Yearly Handmade Ornament Tradition 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.

 

SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder

SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder is what we have for you today. Can you believe Christmas is only 48 days until Christmas? Me either! I don’t know about you but more and more I end up buying gift cards for people because I really want them to get what they want. Between distance and different tastes it is hard to know if someone will truly enjoy what you have in mind so gift cards to the rescue. Although it can be a bit easier to give a gift card for a gift, why not add a little bit of personal touch to it and create a gift card holder? This project is not only really cute and versatile for any gift card need but it is a SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder!

Supplies Needed for the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Snowflake Beauty Stamp Set

Acrylic Stamp Block

3 complimentary Ink Pads

Card Base

Paper to Stamp On

Scissors

Hole Punch

Corner Rounder

Adhesive

Twine

Fold your white card stock in half.

Trim one inch down from the top.

Cut into the crease of the paper as shown.

This is what the paper will look like once it is laying flat.

Pick out one of your snowflake stamps and place on your acrylic stamp block. Ink your snowflake stamp with the first color.

Stamp your snowflake on your paper. Repeat inking and stamping a few more times on your paper.

This is what the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder looks like with it done with the first color.

Clean off your stamp. Ink your stamp with the second color and stamp on your paper. Be sure to leave some space for the third color.

Remove your snowflake stamp and replace it with a smaller one from the set onto your acrylic block.

Ink your snowflake with the third color.

Stamp your third color on your paper and fill in any areas needed.

Using the corner rounder, round the corners of the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder.

This is the SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder stamped with the three colors.

Take out your adhesive and place adhesive on the bottom and side of the gift card holder. Only two sides will have adhesive added to it otherwise the holder will be glued shut. Yes, speaking from experience LOL!

Take out your hold punch and punch two holes at the top of your card base for your bow.

Apply adhesive to the back of the gift card holder and place on the card base.

Take out your twine and put it into the hole to the right and pull out from the left. Tie your bow on the top of the card base.

Trim the excess twine from your bow.

For an additional creative design, stamp your envelope with one of the images to compliment your gift card.

This is what it will look like! Clean and Simple!

 Now for this weeks GIVEAWAY we are giving away the 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!

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, 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 last weeks winners of our 6 prize giveaway!

Our first giveaway is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 Stamp Set and the winner is Cheryl Gould.

For my second giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments Stamp Set and the winner is Kim Miller.

The third giveaway for the Six Giveaways Chase My Blues Away is this awesome textured embossing folder by Tim Holtz and the winner is Janis.

This giveaway is for the planners. You are going to LOVE this set!

It is not only filled with goodies, it is quite lovely too and the winner is Janice Ogata.

This awesome embossing folder is so much fun to work with an the winner is Sue P.

The last of the awesome 6 giveaways is this awesome wood grain embossing folder and the winner is Ava G.

Winners,  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 SUPER EASY Holiday Gift Card Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create your own gift card holders and 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.