Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WOYWW + Stamping on vellum

Well, this is going to be one licketty-split post today!!
As not much time for the craft room or the computer for that matter.. the garden beckons and will for another week or so until the roses are done. Took delivery this morning of the annual mulch and food for the three dozen roses out the back. It is winter here. They have been pruned, weeded dug over and sprayed with lime sulphur for black spot. Now wait all the bags of food and the wet newspaper and mulch on top to impede the growth of weeds and keep the water in  the soil. Costs a small bucket of money or two at this time every year. Now to my desk... for it is WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over at world wide desk hostess Julia’s blog - here!

Okay - card started on last weeks desk is in cellophane bag at back, with NOT any more done on it!! flat out since last Wednesday, out every day till yesterday, plus weeding garden. Had started another card .. an 18th birthday one (hence test run with die cuts with scrap card). I have stamped on vellum with music background stamp (with Versamark and ultra fine Ranger gold Embossing powder). I love the Victorine Original stamp bought on eBay .. beautiful etched and a delight to use! The colours requested were mauve, light green, or yellow and orange. Used the Riveria Kaleidocolor to brayer two pieces of gloss for the die cuts. The plan is to make it like this last  music card on this post here.
Finally sharing a card and atc received some weeks back but kept forgetting to share it .. aren't they lovely? both atc and card made by Robyn of Waterlily cards - thanks dear friend! :D
Now for the photos of Oz today.. am sharing some play with camera - first one is called Reflections and second one is Fragmented (think it kind of does your eyes in  this one). Last one is as the eye sees it.
 
We saw two whales breaching the water, about half way out to the skyline from waves breaking. They were having fun on their way up north to warmer waters. This view is from my sister's verandah.
Happy WOYWW everyone!
I will comment as able but time online needs be limited, I will do my best, may take me while to get back to you :D However I really want to thank you so very much for popping over for a peek and chat. May God bless your day wherever you maybe.
Shaz in Oz.x

31 comments:

Helen said...

Sounds as if you have your work cut out, but the results will be worth it I am sure, next summer. (still seems weird writing that from here in my part of the UK where we are roasting at present!) Great desk, though - love that Riveira pad, I'd forgotten about them... Helen 4

Lynda Beazley said...

Beautiful photos Shaz. I bet your roses are stunning when they bloom. Worth all the hard work and expense. Glad to see the monkeys again this week!
Hugs
Lynda B 5

Anne said...

Hi Shaz beautiful view. Very green eyed with envy. Look forward to seen g your roses in future. Happy WOYWW Anne x #20

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Well, you don't see a much better view than that very often! It is one of my most cherished memories going whale watching out in Hervey Bay. We saw loads... I will never forget those majestic creatures leaping so high out of the water and the sound of the tails slapping the water. Magic......
Hugs, LLJ 15 xx
PS if you want to enter the tote bag draw, I'm prepared to post any where in the world!

Belinda Basson said...

I don't use vellum much. I do like the stamp you used though. Great view your sister has. #27

glitterandglue said...

Wow. You HAVE been having fun, Shaz. That music stamping looks great. Trust the card gets there in the end. You have been really enjoying plying with camera effects - done on the computer?? or the camera?? I rather like the shattered one - it's very effective.
Hope you get all the gardening done - all that work with the roses will certainly pay dividends. We always used newspaper and mulch, too, when we had an allotment. It works really well.
Take care. God bless you, my friend.
Margaret #13

Shoshi said...

What beautiful photos, Shaz, and I am intrigued by the stamping on vellum. After Julia's beautiful efforts last week with the alcohol inks, I think I must explore vellum further - I know I've got some somewhere but haven't used it much.

Many thanks for your visit and your lovely comment. Yes, my new church is great - the lion's share of the service is taken up with the preaching which is absolutely excellent, and we have wonderful worship, too. It's a lovely fellowship consisting of all ages and quite a lot of kids, which is encouraging. I still can hardly believe such a church is right on our doorstep!!!

Solar panels are taking off in a big way here in the UK. They are so advanced now that they work without the sun shining directly on them - just daylight will do it, but direct sun is best. So far we are more than satisfied with the result.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #30

Annie said...

Good morning. I'm just doing a quick run round my favourite blogs before starting my sewing...and boy have I got some to do today :-)
I enjoy my pics from the other side of the world every week and these ones are simply stunning today.
Hugs,
Annie x #25

Mrs.D said...

Morning or Afternoon or whatever time it is down under when you read this.
I can't wait to see a picture of the roses next summer when they show how they have appreciated all your love and attention.
That card on your desk looks as if it will be beautiful when it is finished, as are all your cards.
Bless you
Chris #32

Angela Radford said...

Thanks for popping over to see me Shaz. I fully understand about the gardening as we are doing a bit of alterations to an area where a large tree was removed.
It all takes time but it has to be done.
Have a great week and Happy crafting, when you get the chance,
Angela x #42

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Funny -= I dragged out a ton of coloured vellum I have had for more than 10 years - bought it for scrapping then used just little bits of it ever (except the light pink - I have none of that anywhere LOL!) and used it just recently now both you and Julia have been using vellum as well. Funny how it comes and goes in cycles....

Yes, that one photo does my eyes in as well - like the telescopic vortex I posted a couple of weeks back. Give me a headache!

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (2)

Neet said...

Lovin' the camera play!
Not to worry about the craft desk, Monkees are keeping an eye on it for you. Wish I could help with the garden tasks.
Hugs, Neet 29 xx

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I always feel roses are well worth the expense and work involved! Also I love to see the pictures of the beautiful landscape in your part of the world! Just beautiful!
Glenda #48

sandra de said...

gorgeous view from your sister's verandah. You live in such a wonderful part of Australia and I am surprised you have to do such much for your roses. Now I know why mine don't bloom as well.
Sandra de @54

Twiglet said...

Oh what a view - I would just love to see whales! x Jo

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, Happy WOYWW, been busy in the garden, it's a great feeling when the job's done. As for my card this is the post to tell you how I did it. http://waterlilycardsbyrobyn.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/where-flowers-bloom.html
Have a great week, lovely your gorgeous photos, fancy seeing whales. Cheers RobynO#41

Winnie said...

Your cards turned out fab! Love the use of the buttons. I love your photos, never seen one done witht he fragmented look. So very cool! Enjoy your garden! I know I love sitting in mine. I figure all the work I do, I need to enjoy it too! Winnie#46

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, beautiful cards, and love the brayered vellum. What great pics this week, love how we can manipulate pictures like experts in these digital days!Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #64 xx

Sandy Leigh said...

Love that gorgeous photography! Your card is so pretty with those tones of blue. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #60

Mariane C said...

Amazing to think that the weather is different where you are on the Mother Earth - It is Summer here but not that hot as other places because we live that high up in North.
It is a wonderful card and sure wonderful photos with play and all. Thanks for sharing
Kind regards
Mariane

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Sharon Madson said...

Amazing photos! TFS Love your die cuts, and they are goinng to make a great card! Thanks for your wonderful comments and stop at my place earlier! #34

Sharon Madson said...

Shaz, there are two of you, the other one already visited me! Sorry! #34

Lisa-Jane said...

Thanks for the tip about the mists - I had no idea. I think I'd be worried about them leaking though! #31

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz...... busy busy busy.... again. how did you get the photo to look like that its great ... very unusual too. thanks for sharing
janet #11

StampinCarol said...

WOW! Love the photos!! Never seen one like the "fragmented" before. You are definitely very busy! Bet your roses love you with all the care you give them. Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #62

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your vellum music card is going to be colorful and beautiful, Shaz! And what interesting play with the camera. I'm lucky if I can get just a normal shot off!! Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by the Playhouse! Hugs, Darnell #18

RosA said...

Hi Shaz,
My few roses get no TLC at all :(
I love my camellias which totally look after themselves though :)
And yes, I absolutely must have something "to do" when away for a whole week, even though I intend to get as much skiing as possible in! And I have a (very good) new phone so am hoping for some better photos than usual, because it is rather difficult to carry a phone and a camera when skiing, so, yes, look out for snow photos soon :)
Thanks for dropping by too,
RosA # 1

RosA said...

Oh and the view from your sister's is spectacular! I'm green with envy :)

Betsy said...

Gorgeous views! I would never get a thing done if I had a view like that. :-). I think I prefer the last picture as the eye sees it.
Blessings,
Betsy

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Hello from rainy Philippines, Shaz! I remember being in Australia in June and I was already feeling cold.
What a beautiful view. Whales?! I would be so excited to see whales in the ocean!
Happy WOYWW!
Hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS@73

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Fabulous card.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Challenge, welcome again;-))m

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