95 posts categorized "Shelby"


Tue 13

Millbrook Ornament
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans.  Well the time has come for me to start doing Christmas cards.  I try to put this off as long as possible, but with Christmas seemingly just around the corner, it's time to get busy!


I've use the Millbrook ornament die which makes for the perfect focal point for this A2 card.  I cut out the snowflakes and the top of the ornament separately using shimmery holographic paper which it appears the camera caught the pattern of the paper perfectly on the top of the ornament!  I layered the snowflakes over top of the existing snowflakes to add some color, pattern and dimension.  The background was completed by layering distress inks and paints (picket fence paint and candied apple stain). 


I cut out the background paper and the red layer with the stitched rectangular die set and used my perfect layers tool to add the black layer of cardstock.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fantastic.




Tue 06

Happy Fall
by Shelby


Good morning everyone!  I hope those who celebrated Labor Day yesterday had a wonderful day.  Today's card is perfect for the wonderful Autumn season and all of the beautiful colors.


The background was done by blending various distress inks on mixed media paper.  The sky was done with tumbled glass, salty ocean and chipped sapphire while the ground was done with scattered straw, fossilized amber and mowed law.  For the trees I used distress inks again but use the marble technique on my craft mat.  The colors were festive berry, dried marmalade, and mustard seed.

The trees were cut with Torrance Tree and the leaves on the ground were cut with Autumn Birdie die set and a few of them were stamped with festive berries distress ink.


I layered the largest of the trees with foam tape to add a some dimension to the design.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today, and I hope the rest of your week is wonderful




Tue 30

Autumn Bird
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and found some crafting time.  I had some time to experiment with some acrylic paints and embossing and voila, today's card.


On black cardstock, I stamped Drifting Oak Leaves with versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used yellow acrylic paint and brushed over the cooled embossing and allowed it to dry to the touch. The cool thing is the yellow paint took on a greenish shade when paired with the black cardstock.  With a slightly damp cloth, I removed some of the paint from the embossed areas and from the black cardstock.  This technique also worked well with several different colors, but the paint needs to air dry between each coat for the best results.


I used distress paints (squeezed lemonade and dried marigold) and the marbling technique and cut out the Elodee Bird and then slightly inked over the bird with Hickory smoke distress ink to tone down the bright colors.  Adhered the Elodee Bird to the coordinating background and placed it on top of the Wild Prairie stems.

Super fun and easy technique and would look great with lots of different colors too.  Thanks for stopping by today.




Tue 23

Swirling Ghost
by Shelby


Good morning everyone!  The nights are definitely getting cooler and the days just a little shorter which means Fall is definitely on the way with Halloween right around the corner. I love the warm colors of Fall and used them for today's Halloween themed shaker card.


The background was done with Distress Paints (barn door, mustard seed and carved pumpkin) and water creating a marbling effect.  I inked up the edges with Black Soot to tone down the colors.  The Swirling Ghost Circle die is a die whose cut is meant to stay in the paper so I used that for my shaker window.  I then cut another Swirling Ghost Circle from white paper and cut out the ghost portion and adhered to the in the paper cut. I discovered a whole bin of googly eyes I had stashed away in a dark corner of my craft room and popped some on the largest ghost to increase the cuteness factor!


I added a few more of these stinkin cute ghosts from the Swirling Ghost die and then stamped the word Boo over top with black archival ink to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!





Tue 16

We Wish You
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans!  It's the best day of the year (besides Christmas morning)...the first day of school.  The summer was great, but now it is on to Autumn and the Christmas season


For today's card I used the gorgeous new We Wish You Elegant Script.  The background is more simple than it appears using just some distress paints, stains and embossing folder. The below video is step by step and organized by card section...so speed up or slow down to get to the part which strikes your fancy.



Distress and Embossing from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!  See y'all next time





Tue 12

Mara Bird
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  Isn't the new holiday release wonderful!!  Lots of goodies to be had.

I had a play last night with some acrylic paints for today's card which used the new Mara Bird die.


I pulled out some mixed media papers and various colored acrylic paints from DecoArt.  I applied white gesso first and then some magenta, white and pink acrylic in random patterns.  I used my newest fav mixed media product called weathered wood also from DecoArt on top of the paints and allowed it to dry.  Next came the light blue paint over top of the weathered wood medium which causes the top paint (the blue) to randomly crack for the appearance of weathered wood.  I used the magenta, white and pink paints for the Elodee Bird background.


I cut the Mara bird die twice and trimmed off the snowflakes and layered them with the primary die cut to add additional length and height to the snowflake branch.  The last step was adding in some Liquid Glass (glossy accents from Ranger would give the same look) all over the bird background for shine and dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with Azure Stazon (acrylic paint creates a non-porous surface) using the Frosted Christmas stamp set.

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






Wed 06

Let it Snow
by Shelby Thomas

Let it snow 2

Welcome back to this afternoon's post.  I hope everyone has been enjoying the fabulous new release dies and stamps and checking out the wonderful makes from the DT!!  I have a wintery themed card for you today.  On days like today when it's 90+ degrees it's hard to believe that snow and cold will arrive again.

Let it snow

The card base is 5.25 x 5.25 which shows off the wonderful Snowflake Ring.  I cut out the snowflake ring twice and snipped one of the rings so I could have the interlaced.  The background for this card was done with watercolors and some bubble wrap which created the dots you see.  The "snow" on the card was done with UTEE heated from the backside so all of the embossing powder didn't fly all over my desk.  I used a  stipple brush and white acrylic paint to lightened up the edges of the panel.

And finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set in blue stazon ink.

For a chance to win the Snowflake Ring, leave a comment to be entered into the random drawing.  Good luck to everyone and don't forget to come back and visit tomorrow to see more more wonderful inspiration and another chance to win!!




Tue 28

Love Grows
by Shelby Thomas


Happy Tuesday morning everyone!  I hope all is going well.  I pulled out one of my favorite MB clear stamp sets for today's post.  I love the versatility of this set and how I can use it all year round.  I mean who couldn't use a little love all year?!!


I used just a couple of stamps from the set to create today's card.  I stamped the pot, then masked the pot with Inkadinkadoo masking paper and stamped the flowers so it appears as though they are coming from the pot.  The seed packets were stamped while the pot was still masked just in case my eyes were playing tricks on me, and I hadn't lined everything up like I intended.  Everything was stamped with MFT hybrid ink in black licorice.


These stamps make for easy and fast coloring with Copics (or any medium actually).  I popped on a few bits and bobbles as I'm still trying to get comfortable with clean and simple design!!

I added a popped of color to break of the white and white with purple card stock and placed the panel on an A2 card base.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit and hope the rest of your week goes well.




Tue 21

Dizzy Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas


Welcome to the 2nd day of summer!  I had a fun play with some deli paper and the Ranger Distress Crayons to create a unique effect for today's cards.


The Dizzy Butterflies die was cut from deli paper which had been colored up with the distress crayons and then die cut.  The background paper was created with Distress Inks (peacock feathers and Squeezed lemonade) with a water technique and the edging was done with the same DI colors sponged onto the cardstock.


Same technique and design elements for this card.  I just changed up the colors to Seedless Preserve and Festive Berries for the Distress Ink Colors.


Popped on some flat back clear glass embellishments to finish the card off.  If you've not played with deli paper, it's fun and relatively easy and the look is different every time!

Here is a tutorial showing how I created the design of the card using the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade color palette.


Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit!!





Tue 31

You're one in a melon!
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you're enjoying the new release and getting a little inspiration! On June 4th, 5 random people (from the comment sections) will be chosen to win their choice of one of the new releases.  So the more comments you leave this week on the posts, the greater your chances are of winning....easy peasy:)


For today's card I used the stamp set, Thanks a Melon and the coordinating die set, to great a fun summery shaker card.  The watermelon pieces were stamped with MFT hybrid ink and then colored with Copics.  The background was created using distress inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn and spun sugar).  I created the shaker element using the FUSE tool from We R Memory keepers.  Love that tool and how easy it is to make the shaker elements.


The sentiment, also included in the set, was stamped with versafine in black using the MISTI.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today, and don't forget to visit later today for another fabulous creation by Melissa.