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, February 16, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 89 + Our Daily Bread Challenge x 2!

Well folks, here we are again! 
I did my calligraphy post as promised for last Friday you can view it here. : D , and now  I have been busy doing a couple of friends birthday cards (I seem have quite a few of them and there is quite a run of birthdays!!) And you cant see Nesties on this table 'cos they are tidied away.. and thanks to all folks who tipped me off on Nestie storage, I have bought the magnetic tape. A big thanks to Susan  @ Stamp on Me my Nesties are all nestled in their home nice and tight NOW! She told me in her comment of the magnetic tape you can buy from Spotlight so off I went and now they are all fixed up nicely.


 Once I complete two more birthday cards I will have to have break from cards and do some calligraphy and also do a chart for our church group I go to, I do one each year. It takes a few hours work, I have to print the photos off for that as well,.
Now today’s table shows some work being done - in right hand top-corner you can see I was playing with foil and embossing it and trying out method of colouring mostly without much success, the foil was strong sort, from a lid off a yoghurt container. Last week on WOYWW RosaC of Paperchase  told me she used metal wrapper saved from some bubbly bottles and put through the Cuttlebug. Not using wine myself I asked my family to save it for me, but they said no, in Oz we have gone over to screw tops as it seals much better than corks and foil. Mmm! So next best thing I came up with was the yoghurt top! The Perfect Pearls coloured it very well, as pictured in lovely turquoise, and so did the Rub On gold - see small squares on the half completed male card, but rub on gold was very messy to do, (the card is now finished and looks great will post later)...
My purple toned Distressed card ( posted below), is a challenge entry for OurDailyBread ODBDSLC47 "Have a H.E.A.R.T." recipe and also an entry in the Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time: On Assignment Challenge(SNTODBD28). The latter simply required to be distressed in some way and is made for someone who has been through stress. (Tick! times two!)
"Have a H.E.A.R.T." recipe.  You must use three of these ingredients.
H= Hemp
E= Embossing (tick)
A=Any Our Daily Bread Images or Sentiments (tick)
R= Ribbon or lace (tick)
T= Tearing or distressing (tick)


My card was not as distressed as I planned, ‘cos I was so stressed over not cutting mount straight and der! I forgot to stress edges with purple ink on pale bubbly background sheet, rather an irony that! :D
However I did distress the white core dusty mauve paper with the Cuttlebug Daisy pattern on it, so white daisies showed through. I like my new Stampin Up distressing blocks; they work wonderfully well. The card was to be made for someone who has felt the stress of life and my dear Jen really qualifies in this!
In case you can’t guess Jen loves purple, bling, flowers and ribbon (it is purple, but photograph looks pink!) so she had to have all four, of course. And I also used the ODB verse on the marbled brayer piece I did a few weeks back, see here if you want to see the method of marbling with brayer. So guess there is a bit more distressing there!
I used wavy rectangles in my Nesties and figured they were a good distressed shape too! 
 
 My other friend whose birthday card I have posted here as well loves pink and so I have used one of my teabag folding pieces. I love this one, cos it has gumnuts and gumleaves on it (found a sheet of Australian native flowers for teabag folding ). As Steph calls me Gumnut,  I thought it makes it doubly appropriate. The corners are Vintage corners from Cuttlebug, and the outer centre is my Blossom Nestie cut twice in different colours and interlocked and then another scalloped circle on the bottom, The Cuttlebug folder is “Kimmy Luvs".
Oh and to the observant among you, you will notice I have acquired a new watermark... thanks to Jocelyn for her wonderful emailed instructions which helped in applying it with Gimp (a free download) and to  Karen Giron a lovely design for very low price. Thanks so much ladies, not being really cluey on these things it is handy to have web friends who help you so wonderfully. God is good.

Oh and to join in the fun of WOYWW, make sure you drop by Julia's Stamping Ground! 

See I am learning lots of things with my weekly visits, and as I was told, warned, etc - it IS addictive! 

Oh and look see! my brand new ATG gun has just arrived, now off to play! yee harrr! 

Big thanks to Susan Maloney and butlersabroad Brenda of  WOYWW fame! 

Brenda told me Susan had one for Christmas sent to her here in Oz.. Susan told me where she had bought hers from a few weeks back.... ah, sooo spoilt! thanks to all, everyone etc, you are so much appreciated!!

64 comments:

MaggieC said...

You are seriously early this week, Shaz. It is still Tuesday afternoon here. Love the cards though.

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Oh my goodness, Shaz both of cards are true beauties!! I love your ribbon treatment and sweet little flower bouquet on the first one and the second one....well, it is just as beautiful!! Thanks for taking the time to play along in this weeks Shining the Light Challenger over at ODBD! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Betty Wright said...

Shaz, these are wonderful! Love the scripture card and the sprig of flowers is wonderful! Lovely cards! Thanks so much for playing ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge!

Shaz in Oz. said...

Hi Maggie was Wednesday when I posted here (we are 11 hours ahead of you over there) albeit very early Wed., I wanted to post it for my challenge card entries as they were related to my WOYWW post! lazy, huh?
love Shaz.x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i am in love with the sweet teabag card! what a great use for a yoghurt top! i love it when stuff that others throw away can be transformed into something beautiful.

HarmonySweetpea said...

Wow Shaz, so much beautiful work on your desk. Those cards are stunning and there is so much to learn from visits to your site because you are so skilled. Your friends will love the cards dearly! xo

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, Once again, your cards are beautiful! Instead of the bubbly bottle metal foil you can save the little piece of metal foil inside the Milo tin (if you have it, we don't, but I know it's in there!) (It's heavier than normal alfoil.) I've put the bit I had from the bubbly through the Cuttlebug and am very pleased with the effect. I'll try and do something with it and show next week.
And Maggie, I can confirm that it really is Wednesday here, hehe!

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous cards and a lovely busy desk x

voodoo vixen said...

Oooh, love your teabag folding card, it is a beauty! The cuttlebug and foil sounds like fun... I am sure I have both!!

Jennie said...

Great desk and cards :)TFS
Happy woywwing
Jennie #4

Chrissie said...

Lovely cards again Shaz... have a good week!
Chrissie #2

Nicky said...

Love your cards and your pink ATG gun. Totally understand about distressing as I am not very good at that either find it so difficult tp tear or not have straight lines lol

Andria said...

Hi Shaz, fantastic cards you have there I always admire tea bag folding.Happy WOYWW, What a lovely busy desk you have there.
Andria - 22

jude said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous love the teabag .One unfortunately havent got the patience for that one!
Have fab wednesday
hugs judex

peggy aplSEEDS said...

congratulations on being number 1 this week!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

ABsolutely stunning. Beautiful card/

Scrapcat 1 said...

a fabuously creative desk, let me lnow how you get on with the atg I am dithering about getting one.

Yenni Natalia said...

Hi Shaz...both card absolutely stunning..i do fall in love with the second one...love of things that i learn from you :) then the colour combo for both cards are totally perfect!
you table shows how busy and creative you are :)

hugs
yenni

Sue said...

Hi Shaz
well done on tip spot, lovely creative desk, most of our wine is screw top now, two gorgeous cards, have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

okienurse said...

Beautiful cards! I love your desk this week it is so busy! Vickie #30

Susan said...

Hi Shaz,

Awww! Your pink baby looks so cute on your desk...thanks for taking another photo for me! Gorgeous cards...especially the pink one!
Congratulations on the Number 1 spot! Glad to hear your nesties are all safe and sound. Love those Blossom nesties...they are on my wish list.

Susan xxox #13
http://stamponme.blogspot.com/

Helen said...

Lovely cards, Shaz!

Jinny Holt said...

Busy work desk and beautiful writing!

Thanks for sharing

Jinny#40

nerllybird said...

Your cards are all lovely and it's great to see your foil experiments! Glad you've been inspired by WOYWW
Helen S

Julia Dunnit said...

YOur watermark is gorgeous Shaz, well done you; I was made one for the Amber ink DT and between clicking and dragging it (all I had to do) I lost it!! Great investigation on the foil - would never have thought to try that.

sandra de said...

Congrats on No. 1. I find the time thing so confusing. You make the most gorgeous cards your friends must be thrilled. I also thought Roslyn's bubbly metal wrap a great idea. One more thing I now collect??
Sandra
#69

Karen said...

So much beautiful work happening on your desk, those cards are really stunning :)
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #59

sasa said...

Hi there - Thanks for visiting. Great work here today and a good read - the cards look just fab. If I forget to distress you can sometimes still do it by sliding some scrap paper in between the layers to protect the under lying card and attack the edges with the edge of a blade/scissor and ink them.

My tag was done using copper metal, run through an embossing folder, inked with 3 different alcohol inks, a few squirts of blending solution and then sanded down. Blending solution and/or sanding will always reveal a silver whatever base colour you start with as the core is always aluminium.

There are loads of tutorials on line on You Tube and the site of Ten Seconds Studio has a whole library of videos! I learn most things myself

Have fun,

Sarah

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, your post is a great read this morning with all the information you've included. I see that your Cuttlebug is well-used too and love the embossing on your cards and your experiments with foil. Your friends will be delighted with their very personally designed cards. Elizabeth x #61

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

beautiful cards

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Wonderful things happening here! Great cards going on.....looks very productive!

RosC said...

Hey numero uno!!!! Well done.
Love these cards of yours too. On the previous post, your caligraphy and illumination is truly beautiful.
Cheers,
RosC No 91.

Neil said...

Beautiful cards as usual. You were the early bird this week! Take care

JoZart said...

Beautiful cards, Shaz, and love the calligraphy too. Thanks for sharing
JoZarty x

Morti said...

Fab cards hun! Thanks for stopping by....

Kezzy said...

Wow I love the cards you've done there brill. Congrats on being number 1. I keep seeing these big guns around everyones desk but yet to see them in a shop. I'm forever using double sided tape. This would be ideal. Also I would love to learn how to do a watermark on my pics. May have to look into that.

Rebekah said...

Wow Shaz these are both so pretty fab colours hugs Rebekah xx (111)

butlersabroad said...

Ah, a girl and her glue gun, it's a beautiful thing! Well done on the number one spot, you must have stayed up all night!! Beautiful cards, and your calligraphy in the earlier post took my breath away!

Hugs
Brenda 100

karen said...

Your cards are all beautiful! And great idea to use the yogurt foil! Had a peek at the calligraphy and it is beyond belief beautiful! I never really thought of calligraphy as having so many colours! Wow! I have to go look some more!
xoxo Karen (#55)

Chelle said...

Gorgeous cards. Glad you found a storage solution for your nesties. 98

Minxy said...

busy desk and lovely cards,oh and your calligraphy is top notch

Scrapcollectr said...

Lovely cards and gorgeous calligraphy... You're a very talented lady!
Thanks for visiting me and have a nice WOYWW...
*smile*
#27

Dotty Jo said...

Lovely cards and a great, fun post - thanks for sharing! Jo x

SDCrafts said...

Well done Shaz - trying something new and then making lovely cards for 'old' friends. Please let me know about the ATG gun...and stop getting so dis-stressed. The pun available there...Shirl #122

Katie_Bolinger said...

lovely cards, love the hearty background

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, congrats on being first, and on such gorgeous cards. I love the Cuttlebug folder you have used, it is delicious! I don't think it is available over here, I haven't seen it anywhere, but I will be looking now :) Shaz xx

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Beautiful cards and a very busy desk.
A.xx

olive said...

congrats on being No 1..... I absolutely love the calligraphy. Hugs xx

Carola Bartz said...

Both cards are gorgeous, I love them!

Sheilagh said...

Gorgeous cards and calligraphy.
Great to "meet" you.

fairy thoughts said...

very pretty cards, love the colours.
well done on being the first on wwyw
i have made a magnetic folder too its brilliant if you have nestie you must make one
janet

Ohhh Snap said...

Wonderful cards! Lovely workdesk, yummy tools. I'm loving the heck out of my ATG, I'm thinking you will too :D. TFS! #120

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What beautiful cards!! I just love your colors, the embossing and designs!! The purple with the bouquet is gorgeous on the first. The pink and white is equally beautiful. Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week.

Spyder said...

Fabulous cards, love the heart embossing, still haven't got a gun, they do look very big!
Happy WOYWW! #66
(Lyn)

Maggie's Crafts said...

Wow! Fab creations. :)

Thank yo for sharing.

Maggie
x

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your wonderful comment and for following my blog. I have done the same for you. MagPie's Corner comes from my little Yorkie Maggie...we call her MagPie! She had a little corner of the room where I was before for her little bed thus MagPie's Corner.

lisa said...

Two gorgeous cards, Shaz. You have been busy. That heart embossing is gorgeous. I haven't seen that folder before.
Isn't Blogland a great place for help and advice. I don't know how we managed before, there are always some kind people willing to share and help out with things. Wonderful.
Hugs Lisax

Ciara said...

Yay for the pink ATG!! I couldn't face the yellow one either!

Loving your cards, the daisy embossing looks particularly effective, xx

Kerry said...

Great cards, so pretty.

Shari said...

Love your cards, all the details are gorgeous. Love your desk with so many fun things. TFS!
Shari #152

Sarah said...

love the cards - beautiful work, my favourite is the teabag folding - thanks for sharing

Gez said...

Stunning cards. Lovely to call by your blog. Happy crafting. Gez.

helksa said...

Very nice desk! Super cards!
xx helksa #105

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

My favorite is the one with the teabag folding- so intricate! Your friend will love it for sure!
Patsy from
HeARTworks

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