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 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Friday, 28 January 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge 82 *Male Birthday Cards* - always a bit tricky!!

Well here we are with another Lili of the valley Challenge (see here) , I am not very good at doing challenges but thought I would have another go… and when I read it I thought of my little man..called - Lazy Afternoon

I do so like him, I only have two stamps from the wonderful array at Lili of the Valley, one day will treat myself to some more but I decided to try this little man out in the watercolour paper, Distress inks with the watercolour pens I had seen on You-tube. Always fun trying out new methods and did it tapping the stamp pads on the acrylic blocks and mixed away with the brush as demo-ed.
Now for me watercolour paper is new medium too so it was new in many aspects, and the lady for whom this card was ordered was very, very pleased with it for her husbands 85th birthday too. I write poems for my cards as well and she was so pleased over all she promptly ordered some more cards.
I loved the way the shades of the paper picked up the Broken China and other colours of the distress ink ( I have a thing about stripes).
I do hope you enjoy seeing this too, and may God bless your day wherever you might be,

Shaz in Oz. x


lisa said...

What a gorgeous card. He's my favourite LOTV chappie too and I love using him. You did brilliantly with the distress inks if this is your first attempt. You'll be hooked with this kind of colouring now.
Hope you are having a good day.
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

The challenge is 'Anything but a Square' so I don't know where you got that from!!!????

Anonymous said...

Sorry - should have said, it's a gorgeous card though and you've definitely picked up watercolouring with distress inks quickly!!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

That is really a lovely card, Shaz, especially for something like that birthday. I am not surprised that the lady ordered more cards.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

To dear anonymous..
I could see this has a square on it but the stamp is on watercolour in a circular cut out mounted on scallop and figured this would make it okay if you are not super fussy, and to be perfectly honest I did not really care about winning, I just wanted to use my man, and liked this layout with the dies I do have.. I dont think even if I kept the rules perefectly in every single aspect I would have a hope of winning all the way over here, so did not bother.
A BIG thanks for your kind addition and to all the dear other folk, you really make my day with your kind words,
love Shz in Oz.x

okienurse said...

Hey Shaz love the card! I can see that it would fit in an anything but square challenge. I am impressed with the colors and the fact you stepped out of your comfort zone to use a new medium. Thanks for sharing with us. OBTW...on my blog you left a message about the hot doesn't get all gunked up because it is burning off as you go along. It cuts smoothly and doesn't leave little tags around. I use it for cutting anything that is difficult for scissors and won't ignite. paper will burn...learned that one the hard way. They are about $25 in the states.

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie i love you card, thank you for joining us at LOTV this week hugs pops x x

Kenneth Copeland said...

Lovely card, Shaz. Hope you are having a good day.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, love this card, The stamp is beautifully coloured and I particularly like how the colours of the stripes are reflected in the colours on the image. Elizabeth x

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