95 posts categorized "Shelby"


Tue 26

Whirling Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning Memory Box fans!  I have an easy peasy card (I promise) for you today.  I love when the dies are meant to be used for the entire front of an A2 card.  It makes designs easy and production even easier


The Whirling Butterflies fits perfectly on the front of an A2 card.  One die cut and voila, almost a completed card.  I was practicing using less water with my watercolor paints to work on my control and blending of colors and actually liked how this panel turned out.  I die cut the panel and then trimmed to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8" and added a light blue layering cardstock to the back of the panel. The panel was then mounted on the A2 card base with foam tape.


I opened all the butterflies (the butterflies are meant to stay in the paper) though it looked great when only a portion of the butterflies were open.  If you use watercolor paper, I would recommend using a tool to open the butterflies before adhering the panel.  It just makes manipulating the paper a little easier to get to the wings.  I used small dots of wet adhesive on the backside near the butterflies so the watercolor paper would bend and distort the shape of the card.


The Butterfly kisses sentiment is from last year's Simple Pleasures exclusive and stamped in blue versafine ink.

Glad you could pop by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fantastic.





Tue 19

English Rose Collage

Good morning everyone!  I hope your week has been off to a wonderful start.  I had a fun play yesterday with the new dies and pulled out some of my pan pastels and got busy.


This gorgeous die is called English Rose collage and I love the versatility of this one.  This die is meant to be a "negative" cut in the paper instead of a positive one.  I first colored up the front panel with blue, yellow and white pan pastels and blended them together.  The layering cardstock was also colored with yellow and light blue pan pastels to create more of a lime color.


It's hard to see in the photos, but I spritz both panels with Ranger buttercup Mica Spray (previously known as perfect pearls).  I stamped a sentiment and then added some flat backed glass beads for the flower centers.


I adhered with foam dots to give some dimension on the card. 

While I had all of my stuff out and had already made a mess, I just continued playing to make a second card.


This time I used the English Rose Collage die cut as a stencil.  I place the "stencil" over top of my mixed media paper and used pan pastels to create different colors throughout the stencil.  I then used translucent paste (matte) over top of the stencil and pan pastels to create dimension but also to seal the pan pastels.  The paste in the pictures isn't completely dry, but it was still workable to put on a card.  When completely dry, the milkiness of the paste will disappear.


I spritz the panel with prima mica sprays for some glimmer and a touch of color.  I think next time I do this technique, I will spritz the paper first to have a more even coverage of the color and then do the pan pastels and paste with the stencil.

That's it for me today.  I hope the rest of your week is wonderfully creative and thanks for stopping by for a visit.




Tue 22

Elliana Border and Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone.  Shelby with you today to bring hopefully just a little cheer to your day.


I pulled out my distress inks (again) to create the background.  The colors used were Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke.  The texture was added with a stencil and distress paint (antique linen) applied through the stencil.  The birds (trio of doves) was cut from watercolor paper using the same colors, but I used the refills instead of the pad which with the same amount of water creates a strong color.


I die cut the Elliana border on some shimmer white linen paper and on top I layered a couple of different butterfly dies.  I love to look to see all the different ways I can use the dies and often time, cutting elements from the die gives a lot more flexibility in the use of the die.  The sentiment was stamped with Ranger Archival black ink.


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






Tue 15

Happy Easter Shaker Card
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans.  Easter, for those who celebrate, is just around the corner, and I'm finally on time for a Holiday!  I've made a shaker card with the wonderful "Happy Easter" die.  I cut the "egg" out of the white panel for the main shape (negative part of the die) and then cut again on paper colored with distress inks for the positive portion of the die.


The shaker portion was created using the Fuse tool from We R Memory Keepers and then filled with various shaker elements.  I cut the Prairie grass twice for a layered look and then placed the eggs and chicks within the grass.  The paper behind the shaker element was created using distress ink refills and an acrylic block.  The distress colors were peacock feathers, squeezed lemonade and mowed lawn.  The grass was also cut from watercolor paper colored with distress inks using the refills and blocks using mowed lawn and twisted citron.


Thanks for swinging by today for a visit, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! 






Tue 08

Oh Hello Spring (maybe!)
by Shelby Thomas

I'm getting a little tired of winter dragging on, and Spring can't get here soon enough.  To put me in the mood of the beautiful colors of spring, I pulled out my Distress Stains and got busy making my own kind of Spring.


Doesn't this just scream we are almost done with Winter and bright warmer days are ahead?  The card base is A2 and each layer is 1/8" smaller than the preceding layer.  To create the front panel, I pulled out my Distress stains (Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry).  I used a water wet 6 round brush to create the pattern I wanted to stains to follow and then laid in the stain with a wet flat brush.  I dried each color with a heat gun before laying down the next color.  I'm sure it would work just fine if the colors weren't dried in between, but I guess I'm a little bit of a control freak! Here is a link to a video showing both the painting technique and inlaid die cuts, though the colors used in the video are different.


I die cut the word "hello" directly from the front panel.  I then adhered the word to double sized adhesive foam, put the die back over the word (make sure it is lined up perfectly) and ran it through the die cutting machine again.  This applies a thin layer of foam all over the back side of the word so there is a perfectly even layer of foam.  I then placed the word back into the panel.


The Calais butterflies were cut from another piece of watercolor paper using the same colors just lighter because I used more water.  Add a few sequins or bling bling and tada an fun springy card all ready to go!

Thanks for stopping in today, and hope the rest of your week is amazing.










Tue 09

Watercolored Billowing Flowers
by Shelby Thomas

Hello everyone.  We had a fun filled day of Memory Box dies at Simple Pleasures on Saturday.  Lots of wonderful creations by everyone.  One of the cards in the classes used the Billow Flower (small and large) dies. 


We used the clean color II real brush markers to color up a piece of watercolor paper and then cut out the dies.  The wonderful thing is these pens are so easy to use that everyone was able to use the colors most appealing to them and no two cards were identical...whoohoo!  I think the pop of color against the textured white background and the white card base is just right. 


The mini butterflies were cut from the same paper as the flowers and a separate piece of watercolor paper was colored green for the leaves.


When I was coming up with class ideas, I was playing around with different color combinations and how to arrange the leaves and how many leaves to use. I love to give people different ideas and ways of creating something different using the supplies available in class.


The mini butterflies again were cut from the same watercolored paper.  The front panel was adhered using foam tape which gives a some dimension to the card.

Thanks for popping by for a visit today!





Tue 19

Sketch Rose
by Shelby Thomas

Good Tuesday morning to everyone.  I hope your week has been going well.  I have a clean and simple card today, ok it's relatively clean and simple at least for me!


I'm definitely  learning to enjoy more "white" cards with just a little pop of color.  The color was created with the Hero Arts Ombre pad (Navy to Pool).  The Sketch Rose and Butterfly Trio were all cut from white card stock.  To make sure everything coordinates...make sure to use the same white cardstock.  It's amazing how many different shades of white exist!


The sentiment was also stamped in the ombre ink pad and that particular stamp is from last year's exclusive for my LSS Simple Pleasures.  I can't wait to see what is in store for this year's exclusive set!!


This is the second card created with the exact same design except put the cut pieces back in.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.





Tue 12

Foil Butterfly Frame
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone!  Isn't the new release full of gorgeousness?  Today's card is showing off another die from the new release called Hovering Butterfly Frame.


I was playing around with the MINC and trying out different color combinations and seeing if I liked foiling the entire paper first and then die cutting or visa versa.  In short, for me it didn't make a difference in the outcome of the final card, but of course everything comes down what works best you!  I used Distress Stains (Tumbled Glass and Milled Lavender) for a softly colored background.  This die is a meant to cover a full A2 card front.  I did trim the background paper about 1/16" on each side which worked perfectly.


I popped up the small butterfly wings so the sentiment could be fully seen by the recipient since it was just a wee bit too wide.  Check out the embossing portion of this die.  I added a metal shim and then a thinner card stock shim to cut and emboss at the same time.  And for those who are local to Colorado Springs, we will be making a version of this card in the Feb. 6 Springtime and Butterflies class at Simple Pleasures.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!




Tue 05

Marielle Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning Memory Box fans.  I hope you enjoyed yesterday's beautiful creations from Laura and Anne and got a glimpse of the gorgeous new dies.  Welcome to day 2 of the blitz, and I'm kickin' it off this morning with some butterflies.


What better way to start off a winter day in January than to see some butterflies.  The main die is called Marielle Butterflies, and I used my MINC to foil it with Rose Gold foil.  The smaller butterflies, also foiled with the MINC, are called Mini Butterflies.  The background uses the Distress grid stencil which was used dry and heat embossed the panel for some extra texture to the design.


Here you can see the foil's actual color and not distorted from the angle of the picture.  The background colors were sponged in with various Distress Inks using a damp foam applicator.  The die Paintbrush Happy (love me some word dies) was sponged with the same Distress Ink colors just more intense.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit.  For a chance to win the Marielle Butterflies leave a comment here on the blog, and you'll be entered into the draw!  Good Luck





Tue 15

Oh Hello Again
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning and Hello again!  Any time is a good time for butterflies, and I was in a butterfly type of mood yesterday. I pulled out the gorgeous Reverse Butterfly collage and some new water soluble oil pastels to create a water color effect on an A2 card


I scratched the oil pastel crayons on my craft mat and then diluted with water and did a wet to wet technique for a softer appearance of the colors.  I spritzed the dried panel with Pearl Pearls for some shimmer which is so hard to capture on camera but looks perfectly shimmery in person.  I die cut the Reverse Butterfly collage and then adhered to vellum to create a glass type of look


I cut the Cascadia Butterfly trio twice from vellum and used one of the "Hellos" from the Open Studio die set called Oh Hello Again.  This particular die is great for shaping the word into a slight arc.  I added a few crystals and glass beads to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back later for Lindsey wonderful Christmas card.