95 posts categorized "Shelby"


Tue 21

Dragonfly and Antilles
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your long weekend was a good one and found time to play in your craft place.  We had a wonderful Memory Box class last week at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking classes.  This is one of the cards everyone made!


I love the new Color Burst colors especially Cerulean Blue.  I decided to use the Color Burst as a watercolor "paint" for today's card.  Mix the Cerulean Blue with water so the crystals are dissolved.  I also mixed the Chartreuse in a different palette until the crystals were dissolved.  Wet the paper to create a wet on wet technique.  Randomly brush the colors on the paper and spritz lightly with water to have the colors run in a random pattern!  Makes for a fast and easy watercolored design to die cut.


I die cut the small Antilles Florals right corner from the watercolored paper and adhered into the right corner of the white paper cut from the Stitched Rectangle frame.  The Dragonfly was cut from the same sheet of watercolored paper.  Fun and easy card to put together with wonderfully bright spring colors!

Thanks for swinging by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fabulous






Tue 31

Masculine Happy Birthday
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning everyone!  Have you checked out the dies from the latest release to help with those "challenging" masculine cards?


Most of us are much more comfortable with the pretty flowers and butterflies and toss in a few sequins and life is good.  That is until we need a card for the men in our lives.  Now if they would just like all the aforementioned things...life would be good.  But alas, the men in my life don't like those pretty sparkly things so I need to create differently.

I pulled out my new Ken Oliver color bursts to create the background.  I sprinkled the dry colors onto my craft sheet and added water.  I dragged my water color paper through the mixture and then sprayed the paper more to get the colors to blend and run even more.  The edges were inked with distress inks (forest moss, black soot and gathered twigs).  Faded stencil technique creates the corners.


The sentiment was created using the die Happy Birthday upright script cut twice and layered.  The focal point is the workshop border die cut from copper metallic paper.  You can barely see in the picture, but I carried through the design to the inside of the card with the same colors of color burst crystals and the Workshop border die.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today and hopefully, you're inspired a little bit to get creating for the men in your lives!!




Tue 24

Happy Valentine's Day
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you've been stocking up on the gorgeous new release dies.  I finally had a play date with my paper and dies in my craft room today and realized Valentine's day is just around the corner.  Thank goodness for the new Valentine dies:)


I had several of my zig clean color markers sitting on my desk from another project and of course they kept calling my name.  I pulled out some acetate and gave the pinks and a purple a good scrubbing onto the acetate.  Then they got a cool misting shower from the water bottle and found a home on the Fabrano hot press watercolor paper.  They proceeded to do their thing...trying to travel as far and as fast as the water would allow them.


They then called up their distress ink buddies to help get the edges filled in so not as much off-white paper was popping through.  All that was left was to die cut the Elegant Script Happy Valentine's Day and the Heart Connection die from water paper with Stick It adhesive on the back of it.  Add a few sequins in random places (or to hide any oops) and a colorful and Happy Valentine's Day card is ready to go!  Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.




Tue 20

Merry Christmas
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning!  One final Christmas card for 2016.  All of the Christmas cards are done, decorating done and Christmas shopping completed.  Time to relax a little bit and enjoy the season.


I've used one of my favorite dies this season called the Millbrook ornament.  Simple yet able to use as the focal point of a card beautifully.  I was trying to do a gradient background with greens though I realized, oh darn must go shopping at my favorite LSS for a lighter shade of green to complete the look for next time!  Any excuse to shop in a crafting store!

The ornament was cut using gold color papers, I stamped a small snowflake in gold pigment ink and then added white liquid pearls to the center of the snowflakes and on the centers of the snowflakes on the ornament.


A fast and easy card that you can whip up this week if you realize you forgot someone on your Christmas card list!  I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has a joyful and very Merry Christmas!




Tue 29

Playful Merry Christmas
by Shelby


Good morning everyone.  I hope all who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday.  And now onto the mad slide into the Christmas season!


I pulled out my distress inks today in various green (mowed law and shabby shutters for the background and Forest Moss for the stamp) and paired it up with the Playful Merry Christmas die.  I inked up the plain white cardstock with antique linen and walnut stain and then cut the die.  The great thing about these phrase dies is the ability to curve them or change the shape of them to fit your design.  For today's card, I curved the phrase up so it wouldn't be so boringly straight and also so it would fit better on the front of the A2 card.


For the snow effect, I used UTEE and melted it from the backside so it didn't blow off the paper.  I glued on a few white sequins for a little more texture and voila, another Christmas card done!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fantastic.




Tue 22

Radiant Poinsettia
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  For those celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving and may your day be filled with love, family and friends. 

For today's Christmas card, I used the gorgeous Poinsettia Pillar and the Radiant frame die.  I wanted to go with a different color scheme than my usual so opted for black cardstock as the background and lighter colors on the foreground.  And I finally used my fancy expensive paper, you know the ones we all hoard because it's so shiny and pretty we just want to stare at it and never use it?  Come on admit, you have a stash of these papers somewhere!!

The Radiant Frame fills the front of an A2 sized card.  I put 2 sided adhesive on the paper before running it through the die cutting machine to keep myself from fighting with the paper and glue while trying to put it on the cardstock straight.


I cut the frame of the Poinsettia Pillar with silver metallic paper first to get the frame portion of the candle.  The cut the white and green papers to make the candle and the leaves.  For the frame cut (silver portion) I would recommend using 2 sided adhesive sheets on the paper first and then die cutting so your adhesive is already attached which will make adhering to the cardbase easier.  The berries were made with red stickles and gray liquid pearls.


I used the extra frame from the white card stock and popped it into the inside of the card....see I didn't waste my pricey fancy paper afterall!  Thanks for swinging by today and have a great Thanksgiving.






Tue 18

It's a White Christmas
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I have a quick and easy, yet elegant Christmas design for you today.


For today's card I went with a monochromatic white on white card using 3 dies and a stamp!  This would be very easy to replicate for multiple cards...and who doesn't want that for their Christmas mailing list.  I used the hexagon stitched dies and layered them and on top I used the Deer in the Tree Silhouette.  I added dimension to the deer die using foam dots and stamped the sentiment using pigment Ombre ink from Hero Arts and then embossed in clear embossing powder.


A couple of tips when doing monochromatic cards...make sure you are using the same cardstock for all of the components of your card.  You think white is white until they are together on a card and then all of sudden you realize there are tons of different shades/tones of white:)!!  Also, for this particular die, which has an embossing component to it (the deer), I run the die through the machine twice.  The first time is using the thin metal sandwich and then the second time, the sandwich is set for embossing.

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope the rest of your week is wonderful.




Tue 11

Mighty Oak
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I love the rich colors of Autumn and decided to incorporate the richness of the season into a perfectly masculine card.  Even guys enjoy receiving cards (even if they don't admit it)!


I used the wonderful die called Mighty Oak Frame and put the die Small Deer behind the tree.  2 perfectly paired dies = a fast easy card and perfectly masculine card.  Remember this video from a few months back using deli paper and distress crayons?

Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Well instead of using distress crayons to create the color on the deli paper, I used DecoArts Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle and Black Shimmer.  I applied the medium in several different ways.  For a thin coat, I used a paintbrush loaded with a lot of water and then lessened the amount of water to increase the opacity.  For the heaviest coverage, I applied the medium directly to the deli paper with my finger.


The sentiment is from an exclusive Memory Box set available from Simple Pleasures Stamps and Scrapbooking which was stamped in Versafine and then embossed with Copper embossing powder.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today!  See you next week:)!!





Tue 04

Joy and Peace
by Shelby


Good morning!!  I'm just loving the new release and spent some time playing around with the word dies.


I wanted to create a Christmas card that I could easily make multiples of without being laden with ink or paint techniques.  I went with a simple inlaid technique using the word die Peace.  I cut the word peace in the blue cardstock multiple times creating the "negative" in the blue.  I cut the Peace die again this time using silver cardstock and kept the "positive".  I laid the silver "positive" Peace in the "negative" blue card stock, turned the cardstock over and taped the words on the backside.


I cut the die Joy Snowflake from self adhesive glitter fun foam (found at Michael's) and adhered to the blue/silver cardstock.  The "snow" was created using embossing powder and heated/melted from the backside so as not blow the embossing powder everywhere!

Thanks for swinging by for a visit today!





Tue 27

Love, Hope and Joy
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you had a wonderful time last week looking at all of the wonderful new dies and the fantabulous creations from the design team.  Today I'm using the new stamp set made exclusively for the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration called Love and Laughter.


I pulled out and dusted off my Copic airbrush system to create the background.  Of course the lamp and wreath were masked before laying down the background.  The simple, yet beautiful lamppost and wreath were colored with Copics.  I stamped the snowflakes with versafine and embossed with fine white detailed embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts ombre pigment inks and then heat embossed.


The front panel was cut to 4x5.25 and adhered to the A2 cardbase.  The airbrush system definitely makes for a quick yet dramatic background!  Of course the same background can be created using distress inks or other inks that lend themselves to blending.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today.