Weathered Wood Frame in Minutes using Alcohol Ink Part 2: Personalize it with Love

Weathered Wood Frame in Minutes using Alcohol Ink Part 2: Personalize it with Love is what we are doing today. If you haven’t seen our first video on how to make your own weathered wood frame please go here to check it out. Today, we are going to put the word LOVE on your frame with jute twine. If you haven’t done this before, it is easy with fabulous results! You can check out our video above or our step by step instructions below or BOTH! Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed


Jute Twine

Liquid Adhesive


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To start Weathered Wood Frame in Minutes using Alcohol Ink Part 2: Personalize it with Love, get out your jute and liquid adhesive. I used Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue.

Aleenes Glue

Take your jute twine and be sure to leave enough on the ends so that you can have some play if you wish to embellish more on your frame. For every letter, be sure you do a practice run to see how it will look before applying adhesive.

figure out first letterApply your adhesive to your first letter “intersection” or where the jute crosses for the letter.

apply glue to twineCreate your letter and press down on the area where the adhesive was placed. Get out a pair of scissors or an item you can use to place pressure safely on your twine.

use scissors or an object to press the twine together with the adhesiveI used the back of my pair of scissors or you can use any item that you can place pressure on the area safely in which the adhesive was applied. This will help to get the adhesive in the fibers to ensure adhesion.

use the back of the scissors

Apply adhesive to the second area of the letter “L”. Apply pressure as instructed above. This is what it looks like once that is done.

the first letter is complete

Repeat the gluing process for all of the letters.

letter o

For the letter “V” I pinched the areas simply with my fingers to create the angular areas for the letter.

pinch the v areas together for a better angle

Once all of the gluing is done (or you can do this after each letter is glued) place paperclips on the areas that were glued to ensure pressure on those areas. Set aside to dry for 1-2 hours or more depending on how much glue you have used and how much time you have.

Paper clip all areasTake out your frame. Take out all of the inside pieces and glass so that you are left with only the frame.take all of the inside glass and mats out of the frame leaving the frame by itself

Take out your jute twine word creation. Check to see if dry. If it is, remove the paperclips from the twine.
remove paper clips

Loosely place the word on the frame to check out the placement of where it will go.

place twine on frame to layout placement

Take the adhesive and place some on the back of the word “intersections” where it had been glued previously. Press down on the letter onto the frame.

apply pressure to l onto frame

Continue to adhere the letters onto the frame holding it in place to ensure its adhesion.

apply adhesive to the e

Take the ends of the twine and trim so that it fits for your end result. I wanted the word to end on the side of the frame so I trimmed accordingly. Spread the ends of the twine so that there is a little bit more for the adhesive to adhere to. Place adhesive on the first end and adhere to the side of the frame.

adhere the twine to the side fo the frame

Adhere the other side of the twine to the other side of the frame.

other side of the frame

Apply pressure to any areas that may come loose. Add more adhesive where necessary. Your project is complete!

finished frame

Set aside to dry for 1-2 hours or longer as you feel necessary.

Here are the frames I made for my sister. I totally forgot to take pics so she was sweet enuf to send them to me.



Thank you so much for joining us today for Weathered Wood Frame in Minutes using Alcohol Ink Part 2: Personalize it with Love. We hope you enjoyed the project today and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well as our blog. You will want to stay tuned as we will be reporting on our visit to CHA next week and will be having giveaways as well!

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Planner Clips, Hair Clips, Book Marks, OH MY!

Planner Clips, Hair Clips, Book Marks, OH MY! This is EXACTLY what I thought when I was creating these clips and I have since come up with more ideas as well! Would you like to learn how to create a clip that can be used for multiple purposes? In this video, I will show you how to easily make these clips that have a number of uses. You can make Planner Clips, Project Life Clips, Hair Clips, Pocket Letter Clips, Book Marks, Money Clips, OH MY! The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Whether you prefer to learn by the video above or the pictorial below, we have you covered so let’s get started!

Here are the items you will need to create this project:

Hair Clips

Grosgrain Ribbon ( 1/4″ thick which is what I used)

Beacon Fabri-Tac Glue

Sharp Scissors


You will want to use your ribbon to measure exactly how much you will need to cover the inside top, top and back area of the clip. This should be done each time you use a different sized or brand clip, as they can vary. It is the same exact way you would create your clip with adhesive.

Collage for Measuring

Now, for the project! Take your measured ribbon and run a line of adhesive on one side of the ribbon (not the patterned side) leaving a small area on each end empty for overage.Apply adhesive to the back side of the ribbon

To assemble, you will start with the inside top of the clip. You will have the pattern of your ribbon facing down (as you have just placed your glue facing up.)

close up of adhesivePlace the ribbon on the inside of the clip so that the glue is facing up and will adhere to the top part of the inside of the clip.

place ribbon on the inside of the clip glue facing up

 Wrap the ribbon around so that you cover the top of the clip.

One the inside of the clip and the top of the clip are done, you now have to cover the back side of the clip

Take the remaining part of the ribbon and wrap it around the back to hide the spring area.

adhere the ribbon to the back of the clip

Add adhesive sparingly as needed in areas where necessary.

add adhesive sparingly where needed

Adjust your ribbon so that they line up and are centered.

Look over the ribbon and adjust so that it is even and centered

Take your project one step further! Add embellishments like rhinestones, flowers, more ribbon and whatever you choose!

Add embellishments

You are done!

clip close up

We hope that you enjoyed our project today. We would love to hear what type of uses YOU come up with for this adorable project.

Thank you for joining us and for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


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

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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)



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:





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

Father’s Day Card – Think Outside of the Box – Fun w Shapes

Father’s Day is coming and we as creatives we HAVE to make a Father’s Day card, right? Many of us have a bunch of supplies. Did you ever try to think outside of the box with your supplies? Thinking maybe you could use one supply to create something that you may not normally? Use a holiday paper for something different? Today I am going to show you my inspiration and how I simply used my corner rounder to achieve the same look as the inspiration die set. I also used Christmas paper that I LOVE for an awesome masculine Father’s Day card. Whether you like to learn by video (above) or pictorial (below) you are covered!!! Let’s get started!

Here are the items you will need to create this Father’s Day Card. 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 Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set for the outside sentiment. Would you believe this awesomely versatile stamp set is only $7.95? Yes, it’s TRUE!


First you need to take out your card base, sentiment mat, corner rounder and sentiment paper. Corner round the top left and bottom right of all of your papers EXCEPT for your sentiment – if you make a mistake like I did in the video, you can’t turn it over to use it; background, sentiment mat and card base. If you can’t punch your card base due to thickness, try to so that you at least have a guide with the impression left from your corner rounder so you can cut around it with your scissors.

Corner Rounder


Apply adhesive to the back of the background paper. Adhere the card background paper to the card base.

Apply Adhesive

Ink and stamp your sentiment onto your sentiment paper. Corner Round your paper once happy with your stamping. (You can do it before but when I made a mistake, I couldn’t turn it over and had to use a new piece of paper.)

Stamp Sentiment

Apply adhesive to the back of the sentiment paper. Adhere the sentiment to the sentiment mat paper.

Adhere sentiment mat to sentiment

Take out white string. Wrap string around matted sentiment (I wrapped it five times for my design.) Tie a knot and trim excess string.

Apply string and trim

Adjust string to your liking.

Adjust string

Adhere foam squares to the back of the matted sentiment.

Apply foam squares

Apply matted sentiment onto your card.

apply matted sentiment

You have completed your Father’s Day card!

Father's Day Card Pic

Thank you so much for joining us today! If you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment! We would love to hear from you.

We hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


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


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

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Saran Wrap and Paint Technique

Do you want to learn a cool technique today? Thanks for joining us for Monday’s with Melissa. Today I am going to be showing you how to use acrylic paint and saran wrap (plastic wrap) for a really neat background effect for your creations. We are going to use the background creation to create a birthday card. Whether you learn better by video or a pictorial, we have both! Let’s get started!

Here is a list of the supplies you will need to create this:

Baby wipes

Paper for paint technique

Saran/Plastic wrap

Paper for sentiment


Twine or ribbon

Adhesive and foam squares

Paint and palette or plate

Sentiment for card


Stamping block




Gather saran wrap in a loose

put paint on palette and gather saran wrap

With the paint, you may have to blot (pat) off a little bit of the paint to get the desired look because you don’t want too much on your creation or else you will miss the texture of the plastic/saran wrap.

dab saran wrap in paint

Pat paint onto paper

clean off your work area

Gather your sentiment paper, stamps, stamp block and ink.

peel ink and stamp sentiment

punch out sentiment

Take your twine or ribbon and wrap around punched out tag.

Take your twine or ribbon and wrap around punched out tag.

If you watched the video, you will see that I didn’t like where the knot was for my tag sentiment. This is a quick tip on how to solve that problem so that you don’t rip your paper while trying to move your knot or bow to the place you wanted it to be for your project.time saving tip

Add foam squares to the back of the punched out sentiment

Adhere dry painted paper to your card base.

Take paper off of the foam squares and adhere to your card.

The Result:

finished product

We hope you enjoyed this technique and creation today. Please be sure to subscribe to our blog and YouTube channel to keep up to date with our tutorials and products! Have a great day and we hope you enjoyed taking A Creative Journey with Melissa.


Quick and Easy! Letterpress technique using an embossing folder and ink!

Letterpress technique using an embossing folder and ink sounds interesting, right?

Well, today I am showing you a letterpress technique using an embossing folder and ink to create a faux letterpress look! The technique is really easy but it gives an appearance that truly looks as if you spent hours doing it. Best of all, I not only have a video here for you but I also have a pictorial for you to enjoy if that is the way you prefer to learn. Let’s get started!

Here are the supplies you will need:

Punch of your choice

Paper for sentiment

String or Ribbon

3-D Foam Squares and Adhesive

Card for base of creation

Paper for embossing (best if cut to fit the correct size you want for your creation to avoid having to cut it later)

Manual Die Cut Machine & Platforms/Accessories

Embossing folder

Ink for embossing folder (I used Tim Holtz’s distressed ink to get that look. It gives a distress look by design so it is not a clear, crisp stamped image.)

Block for stamp sentiment

Stamp sentiments – We used the Sentiments For All Occasions Stamp Set

Ink for sentiment (Yes, I do use two different inks for the effect I am looking for.)

Scissors if you need to trim your ribbon or string after tying it on your punched out sentiment


To begin the letterpress technique, I used Tim Holtz distress ink. It really gives the worn distress feel by design and I thought it would be perfect for this sympathy card.Ink embossing folder

Place paper on inked surface

Close folder place it in between platforms

Run folder through Machine

This embossed inked look really replicates what a letterpress would do however this letterpress technique not only saves time but quite a bit of money buying the equipment needed to re-create this look.

Take out embossed paper

Glue embossed paper onto card

Place sentiment on block

Ink and stamp sentiment

punch out your sentiment

wrap string around tag

adhere foam squares

adhere sentiment to card

And HERE is the finished product!

Sympathy Card

There are numerous other things you can do with embossing folders. I hope to show you a whole bunch of other ideas and creations with embossing folders and MORE! If you have any questions or suggestions for future videos, please feel free to leave a comment. We would love to have your input! Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you had A Creative Journey with Melissa.