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RETRO Design Creations Spirograph Embellishments

RETRO Design Creations Spirograph Embellishments is what we have for you today. I love creating with things outside of the box. If you saw last weeks video project, I showed you how to create some cards you can have on hand in case you need a card in a hurry. Now, I am going to show you how you could create some sentiment embellishments or just embellishments with an old creative toy I used to play with! How perfect would this be to create as a craft for spring break with your kids or grand children? Not only being crafty but sharing something you did when you were a kid!

I saw this Spirograph set at a garage sale this weekend. Although there are a few parts missing, would you believe it only cost me 50 cents! It inspired me for this creative post today, RETRO Design Creations Spirograph Embellishments and hopefully it will inspire you!

For this project, I used the Spica red lipstick pen, the spirograph set, paper and a hole punch. I really like the Spica pens because they have a beautiful glitter effect with the rich color and it was perfect for this project!

This is what I created for the RETRO Design Creations Spirograph Embellishments example.  I really love how the design looks and how simple it was to do!

This is what you will start with for the spirograph set. A small circle for inside and a larger one for the outside as an outside guide for your creation.

On the right is the spica pen I used. The left is the tip of a thin sharpie pen. When using pens with your spirograph for the RETRO Design Creations Spirograph Embellishments, be sure that you use one that has a thicker tip or else it will come out of the cirlce and not make a good creation. Trust me, this is from experience LOL

To begin, place your inner circle against the outer circle. Place your pen in one of the holes of the inner circle.

Here is a close up of the inner circle. It didn’t seem to matter where I was starting with my pen because it will all end up in the same place. I started the closest to the edge of the circle.

Start with your pen upright and allow the inner circle to flow in circles within the outer circle. It will make a repeated pattern a little off center from the last time you went around.

You could realistically use this the way it is as an embellishment for your RETRO Design Creations Spirograph Embellishments.

This is about two complete rounds before the completed circle. It still looks great and could use this as well!

Here is the completed pattern. I really like how it looks.

Now it is time to take out your punch. Punch a hole around your creation as shown.

This is what it looks like once it has been punched out. You did it!

For next weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for All Occasions 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 giveaway we are giving away another $15 store credit for anything in the store, including sale items!!!

 The winner is  Rosie M!

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 tutorial RETRO Design Creations Spirograph Embellishments Project. CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE IF YOU ARE A WINNER!

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

Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches

Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches is what we have for you today. Making sympathy cards are difficult so trying to make a card that is sensitive to your loved ones loss. Here I will show you how to do just that with a simplistic design but an elegant feel.

Supplies Needed for the Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments For All Occasions Stamp Set

Stamping Block

Card Base

Mat for butterflies

Embossing Folders

Paper to Emboss

Gray Ink

Twine

Paper to Emboss with

Punches

Die Cut machine

Scissors

Take out your mat paper, adhesive and your card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the mat paper.

Adhere the mat paper to the card base. Set aside.

Take out your paper to emboss and your embossing folders. Place your paper inside the embossing folder.

Run your paper through the manual die cut machine.

This is what t he paper for your Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project looks like once you have embossed your paper using your die cut machine.

Put the paper in the embossing folder…

Run your paper through the machine and…

PRESTO!  I love the texture of this one!

Pull out your embossed paper and punch for your Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project.

Punch your butterflies out of the embossed paper. You can use different embossing textures for each punched item or all the same. Mix it up!

Take out your paper to stamp on, sympathy sentiment, stamp block and gray ink. Place your sentiment on the block, ink and stamp your sentiment.

Here is a close up of the stamped sentiment for your Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project.

Punch out your sentiment. Using your white twine, wrap it around one end of the sentiment. Tie a knot.

Cut the extra twine off with your scissors. Place adhesive on the back of the sentiment and set aside.

Fold the butterfly like shown.

Round the wings of the butterfly like shown.

Apply adhesive to the back middle of the butterfly and place on your card.

Adhere the rest of your butterflies to the card front. I love the 3-D effect with the texture and punches!

Place the sentiment on your card. You are finished!

For this weeks giveaway we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments For All Occasions 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 giveaway we are giving away a $15.00 store credit to our store!

 The winner is Sue R!

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 Sympathy Card using Embossed Paper with Punches Project. I hope you take this time to enjoy and embrace your handwriting and be creative!! 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.

 

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.

 

Birthday Gift Thank You Cards

Birthday Gift Thank you Cards is what we have for you today. My son (MY BABY!) Austin just had his 17th birthday. My how time flies! He was fortunate enough to get some birthday gifts so you know that what means… Thank you notes!

I have always taught my kids if someone is kind enough to send you a gift, you can at least thank them with a card or a call.. or even both!

Well, today I have Birthday Gift Thank you Cards that are not only easy to make, they are super duper cute too! Are you ready to get CREATIVE? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Birthday Gift Thank You Cards

A Creative Journey with Melissa Sentiments for all Occasions Stamp Set

Stamp Block

Ink

1 1/4″ square punch

1 3/8″ square punch

Adhesive

3-D Foam Dots or Squares

Card Base

Paper to Stamp Sentiment On

Decorative Paper

Solid Color Paper for Mat for Sentiment

Solid Color Paper for Card Base

Scissors

Embossing Folder

Manual Die Cut Machine (Sizzix)

Twine

*Corner Rounder Optional

First you will need your manual die cut machine. I am using my Sizzix machine. I have the main platform on tab 1.

Take out your embossing folder.

Add your solid color paper to the inside of your embossing folder.

Close the embossing folder.


Place your clear platform on top of the tab 1 on the main platform. Place your embossing folder on top of the clear platform.

Take your second clear platform and place it on top of the embossing folder.

Using the handle, turn it so the embossing folder is run through the die cut machine.

Take out your embossing folder from under the clear platform.

This is what your paper will look  like once it has been embossed. Cool, right?

The sample Birthday Gift Thank You Cards that I have done opens horizontally which is the most common type of card from my experience.

For this Birthday Gift Thank You Cards tutorial I am going to do the same card only with the card opening up vertically like shown above.

Using the adhesive, put adhesive on the back of the solid colored embossed mat.

Adhere the paper to the card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the decorative paper.

NOTE: I had a scrap left over that happened to have the corners rounded. If you like the look, be sure you round your corners as well.

Apply decorative paper to the top of the solid colored paper as shown above.

Here are my very loved and USED stamps.

Later in this post I will show you how I used the stained stamps and how the stain doesn’t effect the integrity of the stamp or image. You can use your stamps over and over again even if they are stained. I use memento ink and sometimes forget to clean them.

I do not, however, recommend STAZON ink for our photopolymer stamps. It is not recommended for clear stamps as it can over time effect the integrity of the stamp as can the cleaner to keep it from staining.

I have pulled out the Thanks for being so generous stamps off of my stamp sheet. I have found an easy way to place my stamps so that it is almost fool proof! If you didn’t see my video last week showing you how, check it out here! I also do it below in this tutorial but not as detailed.

Place your stamp block on top of your sentiment and then lift up.

Here is a close up shot. You are ready to ink!

Ink your sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment on your paper.

Here is a close up shot of the stamped sentiment.

I have been asked if the stamps will work if they have stains on them. People have told me they don’t like it which is understandable and others thought they would mess up the image.

I wanted to show you how I will stamp with the stamps that have stains on them. This way you can see for yourself how the sentiment comes out.

I took off the Happy Birthday Sentiments from my stamp sheet. As you can see they are clearly stained.

Place your stamp block on top of the sentiment pushing down.

Here is a close up so you can the stained. You are ready to ink your stamp!

Apply ink to your sentiment.

Stamp your sentiment.

Here is a close up shot of both the unstained (on the left) and the stained stamps (on the right) As you can see, there is no difference in the image or the integrity of the stamp. YAHOO!  So mystery solved LOL!

Now to continue the Birthday Gift Thank You Cards tutorial, take out your 1 1/4″ square punch and punch out your sentiment.

Take out your 1 3/8″ square punch and punch out your solid color mat for your sentiment.


Adhere your sentiment to your punched out mat.

Place the 3-D foam dots on the back of the matted sentiment.

Place your sentiment on the front of your card.

Take out your circle punch (I believe it is 1/8″) and punch a circle on the left top of the card as shown.

NOTE: Card is upside down when punching so it shows on the right side bottom.

 This is what it will look like once you have punched the hole at the top.

Take out your twine. Going up through the middle of the card, push your twine up leaving some to tie at the end. Then you will wrap the twine around the card and go up through the card again. You will repeat this twice.

I found that if I held the extra twine on the back of the card, it didn’t get in the way of me trying to pull the other twine through the middle of the card.

Once you have wrapped twine around twice, you will pull it around to the front and then cut off any excess twine.

You will then cross the two ends together as shown.

Make a bow making sure it is tight.

Trim off any excess twine.

I really didn’t like where the bow was at so I wanted to move it up.

Here is a simple trick to do this. Gently bend your card. This will allow you more room to move your twine to adjust it.

Gently using your finger, move the twine where you want it to be. YOU GOT IT!

Now you can see the card on the left opens horizontally.

The card on the right opens vertically.

You did it!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Sentiments for All Occasions A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set again by popular request!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

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!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize and it will be placed back in the giveaway stash for a future giveaway. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog 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.  Your understanding is appreciated.

For last weeks giveaway of the

the Sentiments for All Occasions A Creative Journey with Melissa Stamp Set:

 Vanessa B is the winner!

Vanessa B, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate 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 Birthday Gift Thank You Cards Tutorial! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Four Minute Handmade Cards

Would you like to learn how to make cute and simple four minute handmade cards? Sounds interesting right? What about THREE four minute hand made cards? I can’t tell you how often I wish I had more cards on hand. Wish no more! With this fast and easy design, you will have plenty of time to have a stash of them! You can use this card idea as a base idea for your creation or you can re-create it exactly as it is shown. Let’s get started with the projects!

Here are the supplies you will need:

supply list w text

I like to create my four minute handmade cards in an assembly line so I create all of the card components and then put them all together. I think this makes it more time effective and if you choose to make more than the three shown, you can just add to your supplies and you are set!

Take out your paper to stamp on, stamp block, stamps and ink. Place your sentiment on the block.

place stamp on block

Ink the sentiment.

ink stamp

Stamp the sentiment on your paper. Repeat inking and stamping process for each one of the cards you plan on creating ensuring you have enough sentiments for each one of your cards.

stamp sentiment

Once you are done with your sentiment, wipe off block and stamp. You can use baby wipes, a damp cloth or a stamp cleaning pad.

Clean off stamp and block

Take out your punch. Punch out your sentiments. Repeat this process for each one of your cards.

punch out sentiment

Take out your twine. Wrap the twine around the punched out tag.  Tie in a knot or you can do a bow for your design. Trim excess twine. Repeat this process for each one of your cards.

wrap twine

Take out your foam squares. Place your foam squares on the back of your tags. Repeat this process for each one of your cards. Set aside.

add foam squares

Take out your card bases, adhesive and decorative paper. Add adhesive to the back of the decorative paper. Place the paper on the card base. Repeat this process for each one of your cards.

add adhesive to back

Take your tags and remove the adhesive backing from the foam squares. Repeat this process for each one of your cards.

remove foam square backing

Place your tags onto the cards. Repeat this process for each one of your cards.

put tag on card

Your cards are complete!

Three cards

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you will use this fast and easy four minute handmade cards guide in your future card creating. Please be sure to share and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Go Green! Reuse Bubble Wrap For An Awesome Textured Look PLUS Four Cards!

Do you like to GO GREEN? Do you try to reuse your supplies? I know I do! Often times when I receive products or when I am sending customers their purchases I use bubble wrap to ensure their package gets there safely and without damage. I don’t like to waste anything so I had some bubble wrap that was sent to me along with a product shipment so I decided to reuse it. I used it to create a beautiful textured background. In this video I will show you how to do that as well as create four cards. You can make the same card for sympathy as you can for a thank you card as I will show you just by changing the color scheme. We used the ever versatile Sentiments for All Occasions stamp set. We think you will really enjoy how we used the same idea four different ways. Whether you like to learn by video or pictorial we have you covered! Let’s get started!

Here are the supplies you will need

Supplies

To start, take out your card base, your ink for your background, bubble wrap and your brayer.

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Ink your bubble wrap. ink bubble wrap

 Place your bubble wrap ink side down on your card base. Use brayer to distribute the ink evenly. Be sure to hold onto the bubble wrap as you use the brayer.

use brayer on bubble wrap

  Notice the design will not be perfect depending on how much ink is on it as well as what shape the bubble wrap is in. Set aside to dry.

Results from bubble wrap

Take out your stamps, paper to stamp sentiment on, stamp block, black ink for sentiment and punch. Stamp sentiment onto paper.

stamp sentiment

Punch sentiment out.

 punch out sentiment

Take punched out tag with sentiment and twine. Wrap twine around tag (I do it three times) tie a bow and trim excess. Set aside.

wrap twine, tie bow and trim excess

Take card base, adhesive and colored strip of paper. Place adhesive on the back of the strip of paper.

 Apply adhesiveAdhere strip to the card base. Trim excess paper.

Adhere strip and trim excessKeep card base out and take out the tag. Place foam squares on the back of the tag.

Adhere foam squares

Remove backing on foam squares

Remove backing on foam squares

Place tag on the card base. Your project is complete!

Adhere tag and you have your finished 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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Pretty Polka Dots

Good morning! Today I would like to share with you a creation made by Raven on our Creative Crew with the Design Elements stamp set as well as the Sentiments for all Occasions stamp set. Look at these PRETTY POLKA DOTS!

I love how she created this beautiful bookmark using the stamps and amazing colors. What a beautiful gift for a loved one. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much wm Happy New Year! We are getting ready for CHA which is the Craft and Hobby Association’s HUGE winter show that showcases the latest and greatest in the creative community! Be sure to stay tuned beginning January 9th for sneak peeks of products, creations and MORE! We hope 2015 be all that you have dreamed of and more! Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to amazing things this year for all of us!