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, 28 December 2011

Sunshine, Hunca Munca and WOYWW!

Bit late for WOYWW today as had not time before heading up the coast 30 mins to spend the day with Brisbane rellies who were down – and great time was had by all! now after 7pm here!
 For anyone who may not know what WOYWW is please head across to our gracious hostess, Julia’s, blog for a great viewing world wide of desks on display!
Now to the business end and my desk – here you can see it is quite littered and is even more than this but there are things for viewing later so I’ve cut them out.
There is card in lower left almost completed from the lovely papers, bling, lace, ribbons, buttons etc. from Elizabeth’s amazing bounty shown here on right. I decided to save it for Christmas morning as knew most of my gifts and so very nice to get a surprise – here it is in all its beauty!
Here is the card which have made from it – first one and sending it to my dear friend in Wollongong, who loves Beatrix Potter – this is Hunca Munca the ever so cute mouse for those not familiar with it. I have seen Miss Potter's farm up in the Lakes District, a beautiful part of UK. One stunning clear autumn day in 2009. Had a pork pie sitting on the seat outside her wee farmhouse – loved her bedroom, and bay window with seat – what was so lovely they had the pages of her books open at the parts of her home which featured in the  pictures of the books – spent ages in there drinking it all in! For those wanting to know, the Fleur de Lis Spellbinder is the mount for Hunca Munca.
So thanks very much dear friend Elizabeth  - and anyone who wants to see her amazing card it is on the bottom of this post here.
And yes! here is the weather in Oz, where I live – lovely sunny weather for each of the days. Here is my beach walk or part thereof with folks enjoying a late afternoon on Boxing Day. In top shot it is people swimming in the water not ducks!

Thanks for popping over every one for a peek and chat – may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz. x

PS. For all those who love doing scenes like with Stampscapes or any other such scene stamps there is a new place to share - a new challenge blog called Craft A Scene and it's now up and running!
Head on over for a visit.  They are currently looking for Design Team members and followers that will actively participate in challenges, tutorials and more. 


sandra de said...

You certainly did get some beautiful things from Elizabeth and the card is as always stunning. Lovely to see everyone out enjoying themselves on boxing day. Have a lovely new year and I look forward to many more woyww in 2012.

Neil said...

Hi Shaz, a beautiful card you've shared as always and I love the pictures of your walk. I've really enjoyed "meeting" you via WOYWW this year; your blog and comments have been a blessing to me and I do hope and pray that 2012 brings many blessings and joy to you. God Bless you richly and I look forward to your company again in the coming year!

May said...

Such a beautiful card, thanks for the link, Happy 2012, Hugs May x x x x

Bridget Larsen said...

Can you keep the weather beautiful while we drive through this week on our way to Brisbane and Gold coast. Last year we hit those awful weather from the cyclone. Your card is in the mail
Bridget #14

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Some lovely items in that box!! The generosity of folk on WOYWW is wonderful and is proof that not all is terrible with the world these days. Your beach is beautiful, I can;t wait to go in the water at 'my' beach, but that won't be for a few months yet, lol!!
Thank you for your friendship and support, I really do treasure it :)
Hugs, LLJ #35 xx

Elizabeth said...

What fabulous colours you have to work with there! I love it. :) I wish I could email you some cake, hehe! Happy WOYWW! Tango, #37

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, your photographs show us how beautiful your country is- how wonderful to live close by such stunning scenery. I love the colours in your card, by the way. And thank you for the link to the Craft a scene site, I've just joined up & posted my link for the DT call. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and wish you a very Happy New Year, Love Shaz xx

Glenda said...

I can't imagine having such a beautiful walk so close by! That must be wonderful! Love your desk and your card is so pretty. I love the image and how you used different mediums to finish it! Just lovely!

Ann B said...

Lovely present there Shaz and a pretty card. I have been to the Lake District many times but never to Hill Top but I did see some of Beatrice's original watercolours in the museum at Hawkshead.
Hope you have had a good Christmas and wishing you and yours all the best for a happy and peaceful new year.
Ann B
PS thanks for dropping in on me and for your good wishes for Sorrel. Been to the vets and she has had antibiotic injection and we have some 'special' food to help her tummy get back to normal.

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Thank you for all the encouraging messages throughout the past year. I have loved reading about all you do, and admiring so much your wonderful inspiring calligraphy. I look forward to reading much more from you in 2012. Have a wonderful creative New Year. Hugs xx Maggie #50

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, you've been crafting already while I'm still getting over Christmas and haven't done a thing - I'm such a slouch :( Love the card, the image is beautifully coloured and I love that die. And the background story too - I just love the thought of having a window seat looking out on to the beautiful Lakes views. Another must to add to the bucket list - I've been to the Lakes many times but yet to visit Hill Farm. Swimming on Boxing Day - now there's a thought! I wouldn't even dip a toe in the sea here at Ayr - too cold by half :)) Hope you had a good time with your rellies today - we can't go anywhere as there's a gale and we've been warned to stay at home. Might just find some time to craft after all ;) I'm off to look at this new challenge blog, thanks for the link. Hope you enjoy the New Year celebrations and that 2012 will bring health, happiness and prosperty to you and yours. Elizabeth x #65

Karen said...

What a beautiful card, I love the colours you have used :)

Have a great WOYWW and a very Happy New Year, I hope 2012 is a good one for you :)
Luv Karen #41

Julia Dunnit said...

I don't have my own beach of course,but when my parents lived in Sydney they had a flat overlooking the water and my then 4 year old used to refer to it as Granny's opera upside... Happy memories! Would love a warm beach Christmas, how nice! Lovely surprise from Elizabeth..and all beautifully colour co-ordinated.

bohemiannie! art said...

Happy Merry Christmas season and here's to a wonderful 2k12 with lots of card making involved!

ScrappnBee said...

Beatrix Potter was one of my favorites growing up! Love the card! It turned out positively darling!! Hope that you are enjoying the Holidays and have a Fabulous New Year! -Amanda #9

fairy thoughts said...

oh to have a beautiful walk like that on your doorstep and swimming. great card as usual, all that new stash too.
happy new year to you and yours

Shaz said...

Such a pretty gorgeous card. love your photo's. Would love to visit OZ one day, but unfortunately i can't see that happening. Hope you had a lovely christmas Shaz and all the best for 2012. xx

Hettie said...

That is a gorgeous Beatrix Potter image. I have the Tailor of Gloucester stamp as it is my favourite.
Lovely scenery you are showing.
Happy New Year and thank you for all your visits and encouragement since I joined the blogging world.

sandysewin said...

Oooo, what a gorgeous card, the coloring is lovely.

Happy WOYWW and Happy New Year!

Sandy #73

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh to see sunshine! It has been raining for several days straight here(guess that is better than SNOW!)Lucky you to have such lovely weather! My best to you in 2012!

Anonymous said...

Lovely gifts from Elizabeth there Shaz, what an ambassador for friendship Julia is!! I love Beatrix Potter's house and have visited it twice but it gets so incredibly packed with visitors these days, especially after they made that film about her life. Love the calm blue waters there, I'd be in that lagoon swimming too! Have a wonderful New Year, and I'll see you in 2012.

Brenda 58

505whimsygirl said...

Hello dear Shaz,
It sounds like you had a nice visit with you family. Your weather looks so nice and warm, wish I had some of that here!!

The Thank You card looks great. May 2012 be a wonderful and crafty year!

Kay aka 505whimsygirl #72

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Hi Shaz,

Your desk looks so neat compared to mine - I shall have to find the energy to clean my desk.

Such lovely, peaceful photos and it must be lovely and warm up where you are.

LOVE your Hunca Munca card - I do so love Beatrix Potter images and I am sure your friend will love her card very much.

{{hugs}} and blessings

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, must be the year for us & DT's. I also have been offered one to start in January, like you I am waiting for the details, so haven't siad anything yet! Good Luck to both of us, eh? Love Shaz

shazsilverwolf said...

Me again, just found your next post- the glue does get quite hot,but it is the metal nozzle at the front that you are much more likely to get a burn from. Having said that, there are cool melt glue guns available,which work exactly the same, but the glue stick melts at a much lower temperature. Hope this helps Shaz, Love Shaz

Squirrel x said...

Thank you for the warm WOYWW welcome hun! Wow, that is an interesting work space - I could be happy there for hours. Hugs Sxx

:)) ...Вика said...

Все равно мне не все понятно с переводом, но очень понятно, что ты замечательный и добрый человек.
In top shot it is people swimming in the water not ducks! :))))
Было смешно читать... не утки )))
Для меня необычно видеть, что люди купаются, тогда когда у нас снег и холодно...

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Good luck with your DT work. You and Shaz look like being very busy people. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Good luck to you both. xx Hugs Maggie #49

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Vika Dolya (above in Russian) said ...

I still do not understand everything in translation, but it is very clear that you are a great and good woman.
In top shot it is people swimming in the water not ducks! :))))
It was funny to read ... not duck)))
For me, unusual to see people swimming, then when we have snow and cold ...

JoZart Designs said...

oooh! such weather! I Skyped Perth on Christmas day and they couldn't believe it was 11C here and were shivering at the thought. That's mild for us this time of year.
I'm just back home from the South Coast of England visiting my family so quick catch up to thank you for all your lovely comments and fun and inspiration on your blog!
Here's to a great New Year 2012!! Health, Happiness, Peace & Joy,
Love JoZarty x

Unknown said...

Happy New Year Shaz!! What a lovely card you made from your goodies!
Thanks for mentioning about our new scene challenge blog!! It is going to be so much fun learning from people around the world. We each see nature in a different light...thank goodness, or all art would look the same!
I do hope you have a wonderful New years and hope you are blessed with good health and prosperity! I look forward to another wonderful year of your incredible artwork.

Morti said...

Just a quick Hi as I'm late getting around to everyone - will pop back tomorrow after you've linked up your post (otherwise I'll just get confused!)... Happy new year etc!

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