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, August 31, 2011

WOYWW What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 117

Well here we are another week and another Wednesday and for the curious among you, I have the cards today with the last two weeks experiments - the Magical Micas on tissue, and the Dreamweaver Embossing paste, plus a ring-in as it was for an order and so whipped up a favourite of mine, a brayer card. 
However I am running ahead of myself! 
On my desk you can see that I am not really doing anything terribly interesting. I buy large sheets of cardboard (ie poster size at local Newsagent, etc.) and then use my "T" ruler to divide it into 4 sheets then cut it up with my roller cutter (on the left). It means I get nice colours  for backgrounds mounting mainly, at a reasonable price


On the right of the desk are two book marks made by my calligraphy students, one bookmark peeking above the other. They are to be trimmed, mounted and laminated.

The first card is one of my Embossing paste cards. The rest in Christmas Stencil on my desk last week are on the post below or click HERE. This rose  is made using an el-cheapo stencil I bought for $2 years ago in 1990's at a $2 shop, it was in early days of card making. That shop closed long ago. Also used pre-embossed cardstock, and cut Nesties labels 9 to make a frame around it, plus green cardstock.


 For those of you who missed the tissue with Magical Mica post, see here. I  thought it would card up well and pleased with the result if not with the photo. Unhappily you simply cannot see the sheen of actual micas on the tissue in a photo - however the shimmer of micas is lovely IRL. I have used Crafty Individuals Discovery Ship with this and Curvy Rectangle Nesties. The brass coloured photo corners led me to colour the image the way I have. Also have used some of the micas on the webbing on the card and in the picture - and did 3D with another ship on top and used Dimensional Magic on it as well (not that this is really visible!).  

The brayer card is using Stampin' Up Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue - you load both up on brayer and ink up the Kromcote glossy cardstock (for brayer tips see early Brayer links on sidebar, under Brayer). Used Stamping Up discontinued stamp set (from eBay) Asian Artistry, and also Stamping Up embossing folder, Lattice, plus a K Kingdom Dragonfliy. I inked the lattice pale blue cardstock with slightly darker blue shade and distressed the dragonfly folder on white core cardstock to make the embossing pop. 
Then added two brads. These were the wrong colour so used a black Texta to change them. Used labels 4 Nestie to frame it. However I forgot to mount it properly so it was not finished quite how I meant it to be - too late once taped down though, so will make it again properly another day.

For those of you not in the know – this is the day of the week when folks from all over the world take a peek at one another’s desk to see just what we are up to – a great time of learning and fun, so do hop over to our wonderful hostess’ blog, at Julia's Stamping Ground!

Happy WOYWW everyone and may God bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz. x

38 comments:

Cathy said...

Thats a tidy. organised desk Shaz, and a fab set of makes.
happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

voodoo vixen said...

Beautiful cards as always... the first one is my favourite with the gold roses shining among the embossed exterior.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow Shaz, these are gorgeous cards. I'm in love with them. And I see you made it to number 1 again this week.

Dragon said...

OOO lots of lovely yumminess here today... it's all very interesting and your desk looks great... have a great week
Frankie
xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Am awake with the lark this morning, so I thought I'd get on with desk-peeking while my menfolk are still asleep! You've had a productive week, haven't you!! Great cards, all different but equally fab. As a non-cardmaker though, I haven't a clue about all the techniques you decribe - but I really love the results!! My fav is the oriental card with the little bird and dragonflies - I've always loved Japanese and Chinese Art. I took Son No 2 to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford recently - the stuff in their oriental section was stunning. I could have taken a few things home, only my handbag wasn't big enough....darn!! Have a great week :D

jude said...

Gorgeous card this week shaz,my you have been busy have fab wednesday
hugs judex20

Sue said...

Hi Shaz
i have lots of coloured card, but always seem to use black! lol, great looking desk, gorgeous cards,luv the birdie & dragonflies, thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Tertia said...

Your desk is filled with wonderful things, I wish I could come for a play date! Love the cards, the brayer one is my favourite!
Happy WOYWW.

Bella said...

Good idea to use cheaper card stock for mats etc, means you can spend you money on other toys... I love the dragonfly card and the way you distressed the embossing and repeated the little black ones with a punch. Your students look like they are doing really well, they must have a good teacher! Congrats to you!

Ta Da! Crafts said...

I love that brayer card, so simple and elegant. Happy WOYWW! Mel x18

Helen said...

Oh, Shaz, you can't say there is nothing interesting here! Love your cards.... so pretty!
Have a good week.

Julia Dunnit said...

That Mica did 'card up' well - the texture and 'atmosphere' it gives the card is lovely. Whenyou say you have calligraphy students - do you have to mark them? How? I understand the svaings in buying a big piece of card, but am in awe at your being able to cut straight. Or indeed, in my case, make a straight line with a ruler!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Good morning Shaz! Look at you #1 here at Julia's! I didn't get to post for this today, but should be back next week...love all your projects and am so glad to see a little corner of the bookmarks your students made. Have a great day girl!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What fun, love the ideas and the photos of the cards are beautiful. Sounds like you have lots to keep busy with. Enjoy WOYWW

NatashaMay said...

That's really a good ide to cut up large sheets. But you need to have the tools for it or you'll end up like mine all crucked. :) Great stuff!

angelfish said...

Beautiful cards and congrats on the top spot this week xx

Sam said...

Love your desk - alot to look at - as usual!!
I would so love to be a student of yours!
Love that card. Looks like I know what set of Nesties I want next!! Like the Christmas card below too.
Hugs

Theresa Plas said...

Great Tip and lovely cards!

Sarah Anderson said...

Love your embossing paste pieces :)

Elizabeth said...

Lovely cards, Shaz. Like all the embossed card, especially the dragonfly one on the brayered card which is just lovely - love the the little bird stamp. The ship and mica card is just beautiful - I find photographing shiny stuff really difficult too. You've clearly had a busy week and I look forward to seeing what you make this week. Elizabeth x #51

Kirsty.a said...

Some beautiful cards. Sorry I haven't visited for a while, I've been away with limited internet access. Back to reality now though
Kirsty#58

The Crafty Elf said...

Such lovely cards Shaz and your students have done a wonderful job as well! You sure do keep busy, don't you? Happy WOYWW have a great day!

Shazsilverwolf said...

Great cards as always Shaz, and congrats at being Number 1, Shaz

Rebekah said...

Aww look at the cute little bear on your desk! Happy WOYWW hugs Rebekah (95) xx

Alisonw30 said...

Great cards, thanks for sharing! I'm off for a peek at your embossing paste tips - I did Christmas Cards using embossing paste and glitter last year and am looking for inspiration using the paste again this year as it was so quick, easy and effective! x

JoZart said...

Just popping in quickly before I'm off to Germany in the morning and pleased to see such beautiful cards from your very neat desk.
Lots of love joZarty x

fairy thoughts said...

your desk is very tidy but I bet it wasn't earlierwhile you we making those beautiful cards. Top quality as usual
thanks for sharing
janet

Neil said...

Hi there. Lovely to see all the creativity this week, Never managed to visit last Wednesday and I missed it! Hope you have a lovely blessed week!
Love the first card!

Mrs A. said...

Well I could have been no 1 spot as I was still up at the witching hour finishing off the dresses!
Love the finish of your cards. Hugs Mrs A. #102

okienurse said...

great looking desk and so busy and creative. Love those cards! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie

RosC said...

Hi Shaz,
I've had lots of attempts to leave a message. Blogger is giving me Grief! Here's hoping.
Good to be back to my blog and Julia's crowd :-)
My favourite here is the card with bird and bamboo - very simple and elegant.
All the best,
Ros.

Penni said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for the peek of your workspace.

Hugs
Penni
X

Lizzybobs said...

great cards and lovely desk thanks for sharing ((HUGS))

Sarah said...

Gorgeous cards

karen said...

Gorgeous cards you have created! I especially love the dragonfly card! It is such a calming card, I think the colours are perfect! I like that you coloured the dragonfly brads to get the colour you wanted!
xoxo Karen

Spyder said...

Beautiful makes as always, fab boat. Love the little love bear! Have a great week
(Lyn)
Sorry if there's any spelling mistakes, my auto spell check isn't working, wihich is why I'm so late doing my rounds!
Happy WOYWW

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Wow Shaz - all your cards are gorgeous! The rose looks really amazing too - so stunning with the gold. I always learn something new - some new technique or some new products that I have never seen before - every time I stop by your Blog. Always something wonderful to see. And I always appreciate the links so I know where to go to find out more info too.

Never thought to colour brads with a texta - what a great idea!

{{hugs}} and blessings
Jocelyn

MaggieC said...

Long time, so speak. I love that card with the roses, so fresh and classy. Sorry I have been missing so long and I am seriously late getting round this week too.

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