DIY Business Card Holder

DIY card holders- so simple and fun!Your business card says a lot about you, but what about your business card holder? I've collected quite a few business cards this past summer and like to keep them by my computer for when I have time to look people up. Instead of buying a boring business card holder from a big box store, I thought I'd use up some clay I had on hand to make a couple of pretty ones. These card holders are great for photos, recipe cards, business cards, or anything small you'd like to prop up for display. Check out how simple they are to make!

DIY card holders- so simple and fun!Supplies:
-polymer clay
-polymer-safe paint (water-based) (I used Americana brand Burnt Orange and Soft Jade)

Tools:
-rolling pin
-square dowels (in the thickness you'd like the clay)
-parchment paper
-sharp blade
-paint brush
-baking sheet + oven-safe props
-oven

DIY card holders- so simple and fun!Step One: Warm the clay in your hands to make it soft and easy to work with. Then roll it out on parchment paper, using dowels to create a uniform thickness across the clay.

Step Two: Cut out the length of the card holder you'd like. If you end up not liking the design you cut out, just re-roll the clay and start over. I ended up liking the longer card holder I made with extra support better than the smaller one without as much support. The width of my clay ended up being about 2.75".

DIY card holders- so simple and fun!Step Three: Use the dowel to help bend the holder into shape. Make sure the bottom is as flat as you can get it. Smooth out any bumps and uneven spots with your hands.

Step Four: Place clay (on parchment paper) onto an oven-safe pan and use props to help it maintain its shape while baking. I baked my Sculpey brand clay at 270° for 25 minutes, but you should follow the recommendations on your clay packaging.

DIY card holders- so simple and fun!Step Five: After the clay has cooled, remove it from the baking sheet and paint with a few coats of polymer-safe paint. I used a glossy paint for mine and decided to do a two-toned look for each holder.

DIY card holders- so simple and fun!Fill the holders with cards and photos to fancify your workspace! Photos of Brigitte Bardot will make them even sexier.

DIY business card holders- so simple and fun!Now I have some pretty special card holders I can bring with me when I set up at events and craft shows. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the bit of style they add to my workspace! -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella and Valentine of the Signature Collection.

Top 5 Hollywood Makeup Tricks

Top 5 hollywood makeup tricksTop 5 hollywood makeup tricks I wanted to share some of my favorite secret weapons I keep in my kit for when I prepare a celebrity for a red carpet event. These are little tricks I do on almost anyone who's going to be photographed, and they really "add the magic" to a look. All of these tricks are finishing touches and can be added at the very end of your routine. 

Great beauty productsHere are a few of the products we'll be using. 

How to define eyebrowsHow to define eyebrows The perfect eyebrow trickTrick 1: Show off Those Brows

Defining and highlighting brows is a quick way to bump your look up a notch. Nyx makes a really cool pencil that has both products in one! Use the light pink on your brow bone (blend with your finger!), and then sketch in your brow lightly with the other end. Defined brows will instantly make you look more put together and polished.

ConcealerTrick 2: Look Refreshed

I love the tinted eye rollers from Garnier and L'Oréal. They're my absolute favorite drugstore products. They have a very thin formula with just a little light-reflecting tint that works wonders on dark circles. I roll it on right out of the tube and use a fluffy ponytail brush to buff it in. Set it with a tiny bit of translucent powder and you'll look totally rested and refreshed!

Tips for using highlighterBest makeup highlighterBlend highlighter with your fingersTips for using highlighter   Trick 3: Highlighter is Your Friend

Highlighter is the ultimate photo-ready secret. Watt's up by Benefit is a beautiful golden shimmer without being sparkly. I also love The Multiple by NARS. Highlighter is definitely one of those products where you get what you pay for. Drugstore brands tend to be too glittery or frosty, so I always splurge on a top brand for this one. You're going to want to hit the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and Cupid's bow. Then blend with your fingers. The warmth of your hand will help the product melt into your skin. Instant glow!

Best red lipstick trickBest red lipstick trick Best red lipstick trick  Trick 4: The Red Lipstick Trick

This is something I learned from a makeup legend who learned it from Marilyn Monroe's makeup artist! It's an awesome way to add depth to a red lip and makes your lips look fuller and more pouty. You can actually use this trick with almost any lipstick color, but I love the way it looks with red. First, line lips and apply red lipstick. Then, take a shimmery gold eye shadow, and using your finger, lightly press a little into the center of your bottom lip in the middle. Keep it away from the lip line. Last, take a champagne gloss and use it to blend the gold shadow. Keep the glossiness and shimmer in the center of your lips. You can smush them to blend it a little, but you want to make sure that it doesn't get too spread out. 

Add a little glitter liner to your bottom lidAdd a little glitter liner to your bottom lid Trick 5: Add the Right Amount of Glitter

A little glitter liner is a super fun way to add some sparkle to your look. To give it a fun grown up twist, I like to put it on the bottom underneath my lashes. It's very subtle but adds a lot of pizazz and is a great way to take your look from day to night in about 10 seconds. 

Top 5 hollywood makeup tricks  AnnaRose Kern for A Beautiful MessAll of these tricks are fun ways to add a little Hollywood glam to your look! You don't necessarily have to do them all at once. Try a few and find what you love! xo. AnnaRose

Credits// Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. If you use AnnaRosa's styling tips, feel free to tag her on Instagram or Twitter @theannarose. 

Our Carefree Housewarming Decor

How to style a front porchSmile and waveElsie and IQJeff and ChrisKatie and LauraAdam and JackiLauren SlaterA Beautiful Mess shoesJeremy and ChrisAs I mentioned last Friday while trying to convince you to give pavlova a try (did you do it???), we recently hosted a housewarming party so our friends could come by and see the nearly finished house. Our plan had been to host most of the party on our front porch and the back party alcove. We've been sprucing up those spaces this summer, so it was time to enjoy them! But then the weather got chilly. So we did spend quite a bit of time hanging out on the front porch and playing a few yard games. But, once the sun began to set, we all quickly headed indoors.

Elsie and JoshFunny how plans don't always turn out how you think. Or maybe it's just my luck? :) Honestly though, if you find yourself surrounded by good friends, it's hard to complain.

Balloons are always a good ideaDecor ideas for a front porch partyHow to style a front porch  Parties are the perfect excuse to buy fresh flowersLaura GummermanWe kept the decor pretty simple. We bought some balloons for the front entrance. I love balloons at a party because they can quickly signal to guests which house they are looking for. Have you ever almost walked into a house the first time you are going over to a friend's for a party, only to realize it's not the right house!? No, just me? Ok, well, it happens, guys. And balloons can totally solve this unless the whole neighborhood is having a party. Also you can send the balloons home with any little party guests at the end of the evening. :)

Parties are also the perfect excuse to buy yourself some fresh flowers. Do it. You know you want to.

Laura created that cute paper garland you see hanging up around the porch. She cut circles from paper in our party colors, and then sewed them together. Once the party was over, we took the garland indoors, and I'm pretty sure it's going to last for quite some time as long as we don't get it wet or let it fade in the sun. Easy, inexpensive, and cute—go, Laura!

How to style a front porch     How to style a front porch      How to style a front porch    How to style a front porch   How to style a front porch Outdoor pillowsHonestly, the reason I don't think we felt like we needed to go overboard with the temporary party decorations is because we've been sprucing up these spaces all summer. We added the swing, herb table, railing, house number, and bench on the front porch. Laura made tons of our outdoor friendly pillows. And Elsie created those colorful felt pillows (on the swing). Most of these updates were relatively inexpensive although certainly more costly than paper garland. But now these spaces feel like they are ready for guests to enjoy at almost any moment (provided we keep things picked up and clean). And that makes it a worthwhile investment. I mean, I don't know about you, but I'd rather spend some money on items I'm going to use again and again or that spruce up my space for years to come rather than spending tons of money on temporary decorations. Just my two cents. But what do you think? 

DIY felt pillowsDIY front porch rail Thanks for letting me share a little about our housewarming party. If you have any tips or housewarming party stories you'd like to share, let us know. xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited using A Beautiful Mess actions.

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