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, June 22, 2011

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 107

 Well, hi everyone ... Here is some great news! my pIf from Jozart finally made it to Oz on Monday and put a post on it here!  Just a peek of it allowed – do take a look at Monday's post and see how she wondrously spoilt me! 

I love it to bits! A VERY big thank you, Jozart (you can check out her gorgeous blog here!), for all the love and attention which went into making this incredibly gorgeous pIf!!
Here is my desk for this week and you will see I have made some progress on my text for this week. I have begun the paintwork (I use mainly Gouache but also some watercolours), but you will also see there is a very long way to go. The verse is from Psalm 62 vs 8 "Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." ("Meditate" in Hebrew). I have finished Morti’s mother’s piece, but I won’t show you it till it is safely in England. I have not mailed it yet as gold leaf takes a few days to dry properly. I am not sending framed and so there is no glass to protect the surface and don’t want it to be damaged in transit.

The main reason I have not done as much as intended on calligraphy is because of card making.
I know! I said last week I was not going to be making any cards for a while but concentrating on my calligraphy! 
 So much for that, I have made three in the past week. The first two were a very quick and easy - one for my nephew (whose birthday, 22nd June, crept up on me – funny that!) the other will be a spare, never have too many of those. For this card I recycled a card given to my brother in law, cut out the black & silver “happy birthday” greetings into two pieces and then triple mounted them, embossing on the last one with Domino Cuttlebug folder. Hey presto! simple masculine cards. I am not too proud to recycle in this way if I end up with good results!

The next card was yet another engagement card. I was asked to do some cards for this event. When I delivered them I found I was one short on the number required so off home again to make another.Here is the last one ( I hope I have it right this time).

I have used Craft Concepts embossing folder – Budding Vine – really love this one (with extended embossing method, as have actually embossed it twice of length on cardstock – i.e .in one way till centre edge reached, reverse it out. Then turn it around and emboss into other till centre edge is reached and reverse out again, for details - see here). Then used Cuttlebug Vintage corners, Shapeabilities from Spellbinder – Pendants – Lattice, with labels 4 with the computer generated greeting, and the Olivia alphabet. I used Mirri card in iridescent shade and the ivory card for bottom layer.

If you want to enjoy a snoop at desks around the world, and learn sooo much, please join in the fun and pop over to Julia’s blog, Julia's Stamping Ground! for the best blog hop around!
And may God bless your day wherever you may be 
Shaz in Oz.x


43 comments:

Sal said...

Stunning cards Shaz! I love popping over on a Wednesday and there's a new project for us to watch grow as well!
*hugs* Sal x

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, I love, love, love recyling "old" cards to make new ones! That's a good one you have made. My nephew's birthday was 16th and I haven't made a card yet! (Bad aunt.)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Great post. Love the PiF, it is beautiful work. Glad it finally arrived. Summer and the desks are neat and tidy. Enjoy WOYWW

Neet said...

Love both of your cards and, as always, your calligraphy. Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet #9

Hels Sheridan said...

beautiful cards... and I love that calligraphy! I have a little giveaway on my desk today :O))

Helen said...

Your cards are fantastic! Off to check out your PIF in full now...

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i am all for recycling! i love that you can make different styles, masculine and so sweet. and of course your calligraphy is amazing. i'm still waiting for my PIF. i hope it comes soon!

jude said...

Gorgeous cards ,just love the calligraphy.I used to do that sometime ago but couldnt get the hang of it.Still have the pen set somewhere .you never know one day when the mojo returns may give it agao.Have fab creaqtive week
hugs judex 10

alexa said...

The embossing looks wonderful - I really like your 'recycled' card in particular! Your calligraphy is beautiful - great to see it as it unfolds.

Neil said...

I always enjoy seeing your work your calligraphy is beautiful and I always find the scriptures uplifting. Lovely cards too. Well recycled and I love the elegance of the engagement card.
Have a wonderful day.

kath said...

gorgeous pif shaz...and wow love your calligraphy text...one talented lady....hugs kath xxx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous cards and I love the calligraphy. Off to see what your PIF was.
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

NatashaMay said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the recycled idea. :) Happy WOYWW!

Bella said...

Beautiful as always, love the recycled card. I have a pile collected to recycle too. Great PIF!

sandra de said...

Your cards are gorgeous, beautiful, brilliant and amazing. Now ...I have to check out that embossing folder it is stunning.

sandra de said...

Ohh... forgot to say how lovely your pif is from Jo.

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Wonderful work in progress! I especially love that white on white card. Just lovely!

minnie_mac said...

Love your cards.

Marilyn

Anonymous said...

As always your Calligraphy just amazes me and your cards are lovely too.
Happy WOYWW
Tertia
http://tertia-craftinggran.blogspot.com

Kathleen said...

You have a fabulous Pif Shaz so worth the wait. Your cards are looking pretty good too and what can I say another wonderful piece of calligraphy.
God Bless
Kathleen x

JoZart said...

Hi Shaz
Back from Derbyshire so catching up and pleased to see more wonderful work here. You do some quality crafting. Exquisite.
JoZarty x

MaggieC said...

Had a look at your pif. It is lovely. Your cards are so fresh as usual, really pretty.

Shazsilverwolf said...

Lovely cards as usual Shaz. My Beloved Husband was having a look at your calligraphy last week, and asked me to tell you he was very, very impressed. He thought your use of colour & shading was gorgeous, and was amazed that you draw it all out by hand first.Consider him one very stunned Hubby, lol. Love, Shaz

Sue said...

Hi hun
your pif from Jo is gorgeous, beautiful calligraphy as always, fabulous cards, thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

okienurse said...

Love the cards! That's the way my projects are going right now too! Life tends to inject itself into whatever I am doing and pulls me away from what I really want to do! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #107

SueH said...

What an amazing PIF, there’s so much work gone into making that…….it’s fab!

Your cards are stunning, especially the embossed one at the end and I see you have another piece of wonderful calligraphy on the go……….beautiful!

Happy Crafting
Sue
x

lisa said...

Nothing wrong with a bit of recycling, Shaz, your cards are great. Good Luck with your beautiful calligraphy.
hugs Lisax

Sam said...

I am a big fan of recycling so cards are fine in my book! Lots of loveliness on your desk today!
Hugs
xx

The Crafty Elf said...

I truly enjoy visiting your blog! Such wonderful inspiration and your calligraphy is stunning! I especially love the kittens and giraffes too! So cute! Happy WOYWW ;)

fairyrocks said...

Great card work, I don't do cards so hats off to you!! Keep smiling and creating, I couldn't play this week, but watch for my post next Wednesday for sure!!

Angie said...

What great cards ....love them for all different reasons. Re your last post ...what an amazing craft fair ...loved seeing all the wonderful work ...all of it stunning.thank you

Morti said...

They're lovely cards Shaz - and recycling really nice cards in the way you have is nothing to sniff at - it's great! We need to recycle our resources in this day and age. I've just treated myself to the Fleur de Lys pendant/motif set, so I found your white card interesting...

angelfish said...

Your engagement card is just beautiful and a great bit of recycling! I'm all for that:)

butlersabroad said...

Oh the lure of the card maker and the instant gratification, lol!! Loved the pif gift from Jo, really beautiful, and your craft day was interesting too. Were the items for sale or was it more to showcase what people can do and encourage others to join in?

Hugs
Brenda 81

nerllybird said...

What a brilliant idea to recycle cards like that, the one you've made is really nice, and so is your engagement card. And more lovely pifs! :D
Helen S

Spyder said...

love your cards and a great PiF too! Happy Crafting! HapPy LatE WoyWw!!
((Lyn))

Nan said...

Beautiful work...your calligraphy is stunning. I have been bitten bythe cuttlebug too!

Eileen said...

Beautiful, beautiful work Shaz... I am in awe x So proud to be one of your longest encouragers!

Hugs.... Eileen xxx

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Hi Shaz

Fantastic calligraphy and great cards. You've been busy!

Thanks for visiting me.

Hugs, Sandra

RosC said...

Thanks for your visit Shaz. It's been frustrating off the air for a while, and it will be a while longer. Really appreciate you connecting.
Best to you,
Ros.

Joyce across the Pond said...

Agh - we are two of a kind.....I can't get my long calligrapy piece started either due to an influx of card orders but it has to be started very soon so I get it finished for middle of July....it's all ahead of me....love your cards too..all the best.

Elizabeth said...

Sorry I'm late responding this week - it's been a busy old week here at Chez Worthington! And it looks as though you've been keeping busy too. Your cards are both lovely, I like how you have recycled in the first and the embossing you've incorporated on both is very nice. Saw the post about your brilliant pif from Jozarty - a great keepsake. Elizabeth x #74

Anonymous said...

Both cards are fabulous Shaz! To recycle is great and you'd never know you did! I tried to check out the link to extend embossing but couldn't get anywhere. My Stampscape cards are usually 5 X 7 and this technique would be perfect!
Hugs,
Sheree

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