Sunday, October 4, 2015

♥ Shabby Pumpkin Shaped Card ♥

Hope you all are enjoying your Sunday! Just stopping in with a little shabby pumpkin shaped card made with some sweet papers and tag from the iralamija shop on Etsy. Made this cute little pumpkin card in minutes! I just die cut some ovals using the Large Oval Dies by Spellbinders and the Harvest Collage by iralamija. Such pretty fall papers included in this collage! 4 different images in all!

I then simply hot glued the ovals together to form a pumpkin shape. For the back of the card, I die cut 2 of the ovals using the same orange paper used on the ends in the front but for the middle of the pumpkin, I die cut ovals using white cardstock. This way when you open it the inside of the card is white, so it can be written in. I just hot glued the very top edges together to form a card base.

I then added some mini wood spools and twine to act as the stem of the pumpkin as well as some die cut leaves, twine bow, a pearl and a cute image from the Spooky Tags Collage set.  

Hope you stop by the iralamija shop to see all of the beautiful shabby chic and vintage collages that can be used over and over again! :)


Have a sweet day!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

♥ Simon Says...Anything Goes! ♥

It's that time again! Time for a brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog! It's every one's favorite...ANYTHING GOES!!
This week the Simon Says DT are showcasing products by Clearly Besotted! I chose this super cute "In Stitches Autumn" Clear Stamp Set. Love those stitched leaves and the big, beautiful quote!

The leaves were stamped in inks by Simon Says Stamp...Lipstick Red, Catkin, Melon and Duckling. The acorn was stamped in Walnut Stain Distress Ink and sentiment in Black StazOn. I finished it off with some May Arts Natural Twine and a pearl. The kraft colored cardstock is by Neenah called Desert Storm.

And don't forget, the super sweet and generous Heidi will give the random winner of this challenge a $50 Credit Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Superstore! Good luck everyone!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so, please add #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too. 

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

♥ Shabby Chic Button Card Shaker ♥

Happy Sunday! What a wonderful week we have had here in the U.S. with the Papal Visit! Just finished watching the Mass from Philadelphia. What a wonderful Pope we have! Such a beautiful, loving, caring yet simple man. We should all take lessons. Love that he can throw some humor in there as well! :)


Right before Mass started, I finished another shabby card made with some sweet collages from the iralamija shop on Etsy. This time I made a sweet shaker card out of a vintage button card.

Here's how to make your own.

Step 1. Cut out 2 of the same button cards from the Vintage Buttons No. 2 Collage Sheet. Then using a craft knife, cut out the center panel of 1 of the cards, leaving a "frame".

   Step 2: Add foam squares or tape along the center square of the 1st card. Trim squares to fit around, making sure they don't overlap the edges.  

Step 3: Adhere a piece of acrylic to the back of the cut out frame. I used a thin line of hot glue to adhere it.

Step 4: Add buttons, sequins, pearls, glitter or whatever you like, to the inside of the button card.

Step 5: Add the "frame" over the top of the button card, making sure you line it up correctly. Once it hits the tape, it will be hard to remove it without bending or breaking your frame piece.

Next just add to your card front! The background paper is from the Pastel Rose Collage and the beautiful butterfly is from the Pretty Finds Collage.

The sweet sentiment is from the Expressions No. 2 Collage.

Don't forget to stop by the iralamija shop for some super sweet shabby chic and vintage images and papers!


Hope you have a wonderful week!


♥ Vintage Butterfly Card ♥

Happy Sunday to you! Stopping in with a sneaky peak of a brand new Shimmerz Card I have up on the Shimmerz Paints Blog! This one uses a simple water color effect. And all you need are a couple Shimmerz products and your finger! :)

Would love for you to stop by the Shimmerz Blog and check it out. I have a simple tutorial up for you to see how to make it. And I would appreciate it if you left me a comment here and there! I just may pick a random person to send something to! hint hint!

And don't forget, when you place your order for Shimmerz, make sure to mention my name, Melissa B, in the "Notes to Merchant" Section of your PayPal checkout. You will receive a FREE Shimmerz Product with your purchase! ;)

Have a blessed day!


Friday, September 25, 2015

♥ Photography Tent Giveaway Winner! ♥

So sorry I am late with this! I have had a tooth abscess this week and the pain has made my mind all mush! LOL


The Winner of my Photography Tent is Lori Aragon! Lori, please shoot me an email ( with your snail mail addy! :)

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! I will be having another giveaway very soon! :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

♥ Simon Says...Make your Own Paper ♥

Happy Wednesday!! It's that time again...time for a brand new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog! This week's challenge...No Patterned Paper!
This week the Simon Says DT are showcasing products by Taylored Expressions. I am using the Winter Flurry Embossing Folder on my card. Using some Glossy Accents, I added lots of white chunky glitter to each of the embossed snowflakes.

The sentiment is from the Big Scripty Greetings Holiday Stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of  Tim Holtz Frosty Film and then backed it with a piece of blue cardstock.

I finished it off with some die cut SSS Alexis and Abby Snowflakes and some more glitter and white pearls.

And don't forget, the super sweet and generous Heidi will give the random winner of this challenge a $50 Credit Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Superstore! Good luck everyone!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so, please add #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too. 

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

♥ First Shimmerz DT Post and a GIVEAWAY! ♥

♥♥ Please scroll down for newer posts! Thank you! ♥♥

Hello there!! Today is my first Shimmerz Paints DT post! I am super excited to be back with Shimmerz! I was one of the first DT Members for Shimmerz back in 2009 but due to personal reasons have to leave. I was so excited when Stacey, the owner of Shimmerz Paints, asked me if I would come back. Thank you so much Stacey!! I am thrilled! :)


Here is one of the cards I made using a few Shimmerz products. For all of the details and products used as well as a tutorial on how I made this, you can visit my post at the Shimmerz Blog HERE.

And next up is a Christmas card I made using several Shimmerz Products! Love the fun, snowy look you can get by using some Tidy Widy Texturez!

For today's Giveaway, I am giving away something every card maker needs! A Photography Tent for taking great photos! It is a 17" Soft Box Photography Tent. It comes with 4 backdrop colors, white, red, blue and black. And it pops up in just seconds. I use the same exact one when I need something quick and it works great! I use mine with natural sunlight.

So all you have to do to win it, is simple! 1. Leave me a comment on this post! And 2. Leave me a comment on my Shimmerz Blog Post HERE! Easy Peasy! I will pick a Winner on September 22nd! Good Luck!

And remember, if you place a Shimmer Paints Order, just mention my name on the "Notes to Merchant" section of your Paypal checkout, and you will receive a FREE Shimmerz Product!

Have a fabulous day!