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 23, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 90 + Jude's candy!


Well not much on the work desk this morning, as you can see.. quite a barren landscape. Zero, zilch, zip in craft has been done since last post in cards, and I have not even my attacked my calligraphy, however can show you a few things which I have finished off last week..

You will see two cards and the printouts of DP from a great new free digi site I have found love this blue set they are from Far Far Hill .
There are vintage ones and also florals - a good variety to check out!
This week at classes with calligraphy we are doing cartouches as we are doing Egyptian script in this term along with Carolingian, so in weeks to come may show you my own cartouche as we have to design our own ( definition of cartouche -  An oval or oblong figure in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that encloses characters)!

I have posted here my brother in-laws card which I started on last weeks post.
His was made with the foil from the top of the Cottage cheese, finger-rubbed (messy, huh!) with Gold rub and Cuttlebugged with two different folders (Textile and Argyle ).The brown folder underneath is the Distressed Timber one from Cuttlebug and also the punched out motif was edged in perfect pearls,



 I have made a baby card (below) for some friends, which has the baby Cuttlebug folders on it and rubbed with chalk pad to emphasise the writing as I love it so much and did not want to cover it up; checked ribbon down side + Nellie Snellen die on edge and a vellum cut out of Jemima Puddleduck from a book of Vellum pictures of Beatrix Potter - I picked up at throw out price at Spotlight. I do so love Beatrix Potter, and very happy to have been to her farm, one superb day of joy in 2009!














The last card is another of my teabag folding cards and the colour in the teabag folding (also Australian flowers on this one) dictated what colour I would use on it. So orange, lime green and black it was and made for a very different look! I used ribbed cardstock for the base and black vintage corner by Cuttlebug and the Nesties in a round and scallop in the centre. Fancy labels for the sentiment. ;also used a  Cuttlebug folder Bubbles to cuttle the centre piece, upon which the folded piece sits.




Thoughts and prayers of all of us are with the folk in Christchurch, I know folk over there and dad has cousins but think (and pray) all are safe.. Praying for those who are helping over there, too, skill and wisdom in the task!

And in case you dont know what WOYWW is drop over to our hostess Julia and join in the fun of WOYWW, drop by Julia's Stamping Ground! 


PS Awesome candy (see above!) over at Jude's - check it out!

46 comments:

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, The cottage cheese foil worked just as well as champagne foil! Good thinking! You can also highlight the raised areas with something like a contrasting acrylic paint, but you have to use your finger tip (yuk). There is no other effective way. (And then you might have to use a heat gun to dry it, and then, if you are fussy like me, you might have to coat it with a varnish!)

HarmonySweetpea said...

Looks like your cuttlebug is very busy. I love the look of the different textures on your brother in laws card. And how I wish my desk had clean space like yours does. Have a great week.

Holly x

oneoff said...

Thanks for the link to the digi set; I've just started using digital stuff, so your timing is perfect! ;-D

Your cards are very crisp and elegant, and Jemima is so sweet on the baby card - love it.

Bernie x

Nicky said...

Oh will have to look at the digi site thanks for sharing. Love your cards very stylish Nicky no.4

Holly Jones said...

Lovely cards :) I love the baby card-very cute :)

Holly #14

jude said...

Wow some lovely creations here .Happy Wednesday have candy up for grabs so please pop by
hugs judex 7

Minxy said...

Super selection of cards, love the brown textured one.
Happy Wednesday
hugs Minxy #2

Neet said...

Great cards and I just love how you photograph them against the pebbles. Thanks for sharing. #27

Doone said...

OOH can't wait to see the cartouches, think I spelled that wrong?

lovely cards,

Dx

Helen said...

You have been busy, love your cards.

karen said...

Lovely cards you have finished! I especially love the baby card! The embossed writing on that card is beautiful!
xoxo Karen (#44)

Sue said...

Hi Shaz
you have been a busy bee, gorgeuos cards, luv the Beatrix Potter one,look forward to seeing ya cartouche when its done, have good day, happy WOYWW, sue,x (18)

Julia Dunnit said...

So you've done nothing but finished off stuff - that's an achievement! Cards are fab..the cottage cheese card is fab - the foil worked a treat.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

How wonderful that you were able to use the cottage cheese foil! I always keep things and forget to use them! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Dee . . . . . said...

Lovely cards! Great use of the foil from the cottage cheese - I do love to recycle!

Happy Wednesday!
Dee #51

Neil said...

Hi Shaz. Now my desk is a mess everyone elses so far today has been suspiciously neat!!!!! Hmmm, I definately move to my own drumbeat....
Love your cards, especially the one for your brother. Hilltop is beautiful, isn't it. We go up to the lake district regularly as my cousin has a holiday cottage nearby-ish. Have a lovely day

Mandy aka Crafty Angel said...

beautiful cards, love how you photograph them :)

Wipso said...

Gorgeous cards.
If you haven't been yet please pop over to our blog shop, leave us a comment and be in with the chance to win a crafter's apron.

http://sisterscraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Good luck.
A x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

thanks for the link to far far hill. they have some lovely images to download. i really love the teabag folding cards you make!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What beautiful cards this week. I am thinking about Christchurch, too. Sorry this is brief, but wanted to let you know I was here.

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous cards! TFS :D #67

Angie said...

LOVE your BiL's card ...how clever to use the metal from a cottage cheese pot ...must save mine in future.

sasa said...

Thanks for the visit and kind words - loving your papers - they look like lovely antique tiles! Will check them out...
Sasa at 11

Mrs A. said...

Wow. Mrs Puddle duck is so cute. Love how you have made the card. Can't wait to see the cartouche that you make.
Hugs Mrs A. #76.

Karen said...

Lovely selection of cards, they are all really gorgeous.
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #91

Carola Bartz said...

I love your cards, but I'm even more intrigued by you doing Egyptian script - will you post it here? Are you doin hyroglyphs? That's interesting! Would love to see more.

butlersabroad said...

Great desk with lovely projects. Thanks for the link too, off to have a peek. Terrible scenes from New Zealand, hope your family are safe and that they can still find survivors in the buildings.

Hugs
Brenda 103

Serendipity Stamping said...

Lovely cards. Will check out Far Far Hill. Thanks.

SDCrafts said...

HI Sharon - really admire the card for your B-in-L - it is so masculine and yet still very art-led. Strikes me you've been busy indeed ...Shirl #106

Trish said...

Ooooh i love what i see,fantastic cards,it will be great to meet you,Trish

Trish said...

Oooooooh i love what i see,fantastic cards

okienurse said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the freebie download URL!
Vickie #148

sandra de said...

Such beautiful cards I really like the baby card. how lovely to have been to Hilltop farm.
Sandra

Susan said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz. I think I am a bit obsessed with the copics and stamps from The Greeting Farm! What do you think?
Susan xxox #16
http://stamponme.blogspot.com/

RosC said...

Hi Shaz, love the brother-in-law's card. I've got some foil from the butter box that I want try with embossing, too. If it's half as good I'll be happy. My heart goes out to the NZ cousins across the ditch too.

MaggieC said...

Love the Beatrix Potter card especially. I am collecting the Crafters Companion sets of her work, and the Flower Fairies too - I love those type of images.

butlersabroad said...

Hey Shaz
The Penny Black stamp is called XMouse Ornament (1873H). I can always stamp some images and send them to you if you'd like?

Hugs
Brenda

S said...

Pretty cards.

lisa said...

You have been busy, so many beautiful cards and i love all the different techniques you use.
I adore The Lake District and as it's only about and hour and half from us we go a lot but I've never been to Hilltop, think it's time to put that right.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch.
Hugs Lisax

Jo said...

Gorgeous cards, I especially love the one with the teabag folding....beautiful.

You said you loved the name of my blog and asked if I lived near the palace, I do, about 20 minutes away but I picked my blog name because that's my surname :)

Looking forward to seeing what you have on your desk next week. x

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz! I adore your BIL's card - such a great use of the folders. The teabag one is WOW - the black diecuts look fabulous with the soft green! And the baby card is so sweet and adorable.

{{hugs}} Jocelyn

Tracey Brossart said...

Gorgeous cards and love that beautiful DP too!

Happy be-lated WOYWW and
Thanks for sharing! :D
#152

ƸӜƷ...x♥Tracey♥x...ƸӜƷ

Tertia said...

Not much crafting happening on my desk either, its silly season at school, so I am super busy there. Happy belated WOYWW

Ciara said...

Some great cards there and I'm loving the pebble backgrounds :-)

Sorry I'm late, xx

Samantha Ball - aka (Craftychick74) said...

Great Cards!

Happy WOYWW
Sam # 24

www.craftychickcards.blogspot.com

Spyder said...

love the embossing on the pink card, although it might not be pink! I love the picture with the stones to, very textile! Thank you for your lovely comments over on my blog, so kind of you! And don't forget, if you make a alien card I'd love to see it! (He's had just uder 2,000 page views but I haven't see him coloured up yet, except for mine own.I made him purple and green!)
(Lyn)
Happy very late woyww...although I have been in but the comment box was being silly!!

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