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February Stamp Release and Instagram Hop

Welcome to our blog. We are honored to have you here. Today we are doing something different. We are going to have our very first New Stamp Release for 2016 AND our VERY FIRST INSTAGRAM HOP ever! We are excited and a little nervous because we haven’t done this before but what an AMAZING CREATIVE CREW WE HAVE! The awesomely creative Brandie came up with the idea and EVERYONE was graciously on board! These ladies are amazing and I know their creations are going to KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! Good thing you can sit comfortably in your home to join in if  you wish! We have FOUR new stamp sets being released for the February Stamp Release and Instagram Hop. Here they are 🙂

Sign Language Sentiments 2

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Everyday Alphabet Outline Lowercase and Numbers Large
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Everyday Alphabet Outline Uppercase and Symbols LargeEveryday-Alphabet-Outline-Uppercase-Large-Stamps-wm

Spinner GreetingsSpinner-Greetings-wm

Now don’t forget! We have projects EVERY DAY! Be sure to hop for all three days! It starts at 8:00 AM Pacific Time and runs from (2/10 – 2/12) Each day we will have a new creation for you to check out! For the details and directions, please check out our Instagram page for all of the details! Look for #ACJwMIGHop and be sure to follow the directions to be eligible to win!

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What’s New Wednesday – Blog Hop, Releases, Giveaways!

Welcome to What’s New Wednesday!!

Hi There! I am Melissa Mueller, the owner of A Creative Journey with Melissa . Welcome to the monthly NEW PRODUCT RELEASES for A Creative Journey with Melissa. We will be introducing new products EVERY SECOND WEDNESDAY of the month. We are also having a blog hop this month so be sure to follow along for an opportunity to win one of FIVE PRIZES! The best way to ensure you are alerted to our latest and greatest info is to subscribe to our E-mail Updates to get the most up to date info! If you didn’t know, I also have a Mondays with Melissa which is a YouTube series. I have videos every Monday showing some type of design preference and/or a tutorial on how to do something you may not have done before. Sometimes we even have sneak peeks! We would love it if you connected with us and followed along! You can check out the latest video below but be sure to connect with us above at the top right where you can go directly to our social media areas. We would love to connect with you!

Now.. onto some fun! If you came here  by chance, you are in luck! We are having a blog hop with awesome creations as well as giving away five prizes!

Here are the three new stamp releases and I am thrilled to be able to share these new products and some great creations along this hop with you today.

Speech Bubbles Mini

Speech Bubbles Mini stamp set

Speech Bubbles Large

Speech Bubbles - Large Stamp Set

Sign Language Sentiments

Sign Language Sentiments  Stamp Set

I would like to show you this amazing creation done by a friend of mine Raven. I love her style, color choice and well.. I just love her! She is an amazing Mom, supporter of mine and really did an amazing job with the Speech Bubbles Mini Set and I thought you would like to check it out!

Here is my Monday’s with Melissa video if you didn’t catch it before and my card creation using the Sign Language Sentiments stamp set.

I would love it if you would check it out and see what you think!

Below is a list of the Blog Hop Line-Up participants. All you need to do is click on the blog hop participant’s picture (don’t click on me because you saw my post above and my video- you are already here:) ) and then follow the directions on their blog post. You must comment on all blogs and follow all directions to be eligible. If you do so, you will be entered in to win one of five prizes!

Melissa

 Alena

Brandie

Rhoda

Haidee

Giveaways

Speech Bubbles Mini Stamp Set

Speech Bubbles Large Stamp Set

Sign Language Sentiments Stamp Set

TWO $10 gift certificate for Joann’s

Thank you for visiting and please be sure to hop along the blog hop to all of our other amazingly talented Creative Crew Team Members and follow the directions on each blog and become a follower if you aren’t already. If you qualify, you will be entered in the giveaway for one of the FIVE prizes if you do so! Entries for this blog hop will end Friday 4/10/15 at 8 PM Pacific Time. Winners will be announced on Saturday, 4/11/15 on the A Creative Journey with Melissa’s blog HERE . The post with the winner information will not be live (active or available) until Saturday. You must contact Melissa with your shipping information via Facebook PM, comment on her blog or e-mail me within three days of the winning announcement blog post or your prize will be forfeited. At this time, only US Residents are eligible. Thank you for your understanding.

Next up on the blog hop is Alena and I know she has some really cool creations using the Sign Language Sentiments set and more… Check it out HERE

Be sure to check back to see if you are a winner on Saturday. Thanks so much for hopping along with us!

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What’s New Wednesday – New Stamp Release, Giveaways and MORE!

Welcome to What’s New Wednesday

Wow! Do we have a lot of new stuff to share!We appreciate your patience as we make some awesome changes and additions and are so excited to share what’s new! We are unveiling the new website, we have four new stamps sets, six giveaways and some AMAZING creations from our awesomely talented Creative Crew! We hope you like the new website, its ease of functionality, organization and MORE PRODUCTS.. and MORE COMING!

We appreciate your patience as we make some awesome changes and additions and are so excited to share what’s new! We are unveiling the new website, we have four new stamps sets, six giveaways and some AMAZING creations from our awesomely talented Creative Crew! We hope you like the new website, its ease of functionality, organization and MORE PRODUCTS.. and MORE COMING!

Here are the AMAZING new stamp sets!

We have Hello Spring

Hello Spring

Photo Booth Fun

Photo Booth Fun

Spring and Summer Celebrations

Spring and Summer Holiday Sentiments

Weather Related

Weather Related

   We are trying something a little different this month. We are not doing a blog hop as we have done in the past. We had some concern that people were having quite a time and some got confused. It was suggested that it was easier to just go to a central location and then go back and forth from there so that is what we are doing. We are doing a giveaway on each of the Creative Crew Team Members Blog as well as ours here! Yes, that’s right! SIX GIVEAWAYS! Be sure to follow the directions on each blog to qualify!

Click below on each of our awesome Creative Crew Members button to see their amazing projects and the giveaways that are being offered. Don’t forget to come back and be sure to check out all of them!

Alease

Brandie

Leticia

Rhoda

Haidee When you are all done looking at the awesome projects created by the Creative Crew, I would love it if you would leave a response as to what type of stamp sets YOU would like to see? We always love getting input from those that inspire us! On our blog, one lucky fan will win THIS prize package from Scrapbook Adhesives! A HUGE thank you for their support!

 

The giveaway will end on Friday at 8 PM PT. We will announce the winners on Saturday here. Be sure to check back to see if you are one of the lucky ones!

We have started a series – Mondays with Melissa. If you aren’t connected to us on social media, be sure to click on the upper right corner and you will be able to connect with us. If you would like to check out our Mondays with Melissa series, click on the YouTube icon at the top right above and it will take you right to our videos! If you subscribe to our channel as well as our blog you won’t miss out on anything! We hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa and the Creative Crew!

Use Your Paper Scraps, Favorite Embossing Folder & Make Quick and Easy Cards

Here is a great tutorial on how to use up your scraps as well as give a little texture to your creation! Use Your Paper Scraps, Favorite Embossing Folder & Make Quick and Easy Cards is a quick video to give those visual learners (I am one too) a short and sweet tutorial that can help you use up your stash. I learned this technique from one of my best friends Sharon. She is amazingly creative and always inspires me! She taught this in a class a number of years ago but I have always loved the result and wanted to share it with you. The video has more detail or you are welcome to check out the instructions below. You are also getting a sneak peek at ONE of the FOUR stamp sets that we will be releasing on Wednesday-Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set.

Supplies

Coordinating color/designed craps

Your favorite punches

Card Bases

Trimmer

Adhesive

Foam squares

Manual die cut machine and appropriate platforms

Embossing folder

Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set (Coming out this WEDNESDAY!)

Ink

Directions:

Pick out the card base you would like to use for this creation.

Decide what color mat you would like for your design on your card base.

Cut out a size that will look good on the card base you have chosen. I used an A2 card base and cut my paper mat at 3.5 x 4″ Some were varied a little due to the size of the scrap.

Punch out your favorite shapes.

Arrange and adhere your punched shapes on your selected color base piece of paper.

Place your colored mat piece of paper with the adhered shapes inside your embossing folder. DO NOT EMBOSS THE CARD BASE.

Emboss it with your manual die cut machine.

Take out your creation and adhere it to the card base.

Stamp your sentiment on a piece of scrap paper that will coordinate nicely with your creation.

Cut or punch out your sentiment using a complimentary cut or shape to the creation. I used a dog tag punch and cut out a rectangle with my trimmer for mine.

Use your 3-D foam squares to adhere the sentiment to your card.

Your creation is complete! Now you have created some Quick and Easy Cards using your scraps!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial featured on Mondays with Melissa. Please be sure to check back for our new releases on Wednesday and for more projects!