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 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Less is More + Craft A Scene Challenge + PanPastel Challenge

 Hullo there everyone! Well, today I had to make some cards so decided to hit a few challenges with the cards.
First of it was Less is More that set me off – you see this week was to be a One layer card – with little or no embellishments with white areas is the criteria – and Title for this week - "Birds".
Here I decided to get inky! Out came the brayer, inks,Stampin Up black pen and few other tools. I Cuttlebugged a double mask (so no bleeding with just one layer) in Labels Four.
 I then used Tim Holtz inks (Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint) with the yellow/green end of Kaleidocolor “Calypso” plus Tim's Tattered Sparrow stamp in Archival black.

I did my brayer marbling method I developed and posted last year in full – here you can see it step by step. It looks dreadful to start with but love the effect myself. 
The idea came by looking at the lid of Tim’s inks (namely “Peeled Paint” online as did not have any then) and thought:
“Mm wonder how I could do that?”
I did not have any of his inks then only Stampin Up spots! The desk is shown set up with the mask to show anyone who is not familiar with this method.
Now either the very plain white card can be used for the Less is More challenge, or the one with two brads. I was not sure if two brads were ok?

If not then I will enter the totally plain one but I really like the two brads on the second card.

I also made third one with a black frame – just for a difference! I am going to enter this in the PanPastel Challenge – “Anything Goes”!
They are having their very first challenge and you don’t have to use Pan Pastels to enter. But – hey, the prize is some of them so then you could end up with some, couldn’t you?
I love Eileen’s entry, she is on the DT and I have followed her for years. 
She was my very first Wonderful Encourager. Her entry is so clever – deceptively simple and effective!
And lastly but not least, I will also enter this last card also in the Craft a Scene First Ever Challenge for my second entry (first entry here). Here also “Anything goes” as long as it is a scene – this is their very first challenge too so do join them also if you can! At least have a look and be inspired by the brilliant entries so far.
So thanks for popping over everyone for a peek and chat. And may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz. x
PS a big welcome to my new Wonderful Encouragers too! You and also those long-time ones are appreciated so much! take a peek at these bloggers and new wonderful encouragers -  Anne, Olga, Brenda, and Gay .


Victoria said...

Hi Shaz. Isn't it amazing how three cards can look totally different even though the basic principles are the same? I really like the colour though I don't usually go in much for green. Have to say the black frame one is probably my favourite as it is so striking.

Glenda said...

I have to tell you, I think your cards are wonderful! I really love the technique and will be playing with it soon! Have a great week dear one!

craftieodmae said...

all are fantastic, I like the 2 brads the best, good luck with the challenges!

Unknown said...

Really stunning project thanks for sharing it with us at PanPastel UK.

Kerry DT Leader

Sarn said...

Oooh lovely cards Shaz. Off to check out the marbling technique xxx

Eileen said...

Woohoo Shaz ... what super cards! sooo clever to 'copy' the lid from the Ink pad ! Love ya for the kind comments about me xxxxx and it's lovely to have you join us in the PanPastel UK challenge! xx Have a look at the challenge for next week on Sunday morning UK time .... but have your shades on for my card!!lol lol lol xxxxx

Eileen said...

BTW .... who will be your next 'wonderful encourager' 99 at the mo I notice!xxx

Mandi said...

That inked shaped panel is terrifric
I prefer the first....of course!

Many thanks
"Less is More"

NancyD said...

Shaz, thanks for sharing your marbling technique. I have never seen it before. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for joining us again at Craft a Scene. NancyD

G Peplow said...

Hi Shaz, Smashing cards, I love them both. Brayering is fun and can be very interesting I like the texture you have going on:0) Your card looks great layered as well as one layer, good job. Thanks for the shout out, have a wonderful week, Gay xxx

GinaA said...

All are great but I love the darker image of the first one, very striking.

lindyloo said...

oh i just love your card and the colours thank you for joining us at panpastel uk
linda x

Joyce across the Pond said...

Lovely cards...don't know which I like best yet but I do know that I want a personal tutorial....say no more......

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Gorgeous card, love that shade of green and the bird image makes such an elegant topper. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Brenda Brown said...

Super inking Shaz and gorgeous cards.
Thanks so much for linking it to the PanPastel UK 'Anything Goes' challenge this week.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Caroline D. said...

Beautiful cards... thanks for sharing the faux marbling technique!! It looks fun and has a cool effect... I'll try it soon!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, I like all three versions ... they are terrific. And I do like the brads, two doesn't seem to be overdoing it at all. I'll need to revisit your marbling technique and refresh my memory because it is very effective. See you tomorrow no doubt. Elizabeth x

Marleen said...

Heel mooi gedaan prachtig.

Claire said...

Hi Shaz, beautiful card, love the background you've created. Thanks for joining us at PanPastels UK and good luck
Claire xx

Unknown said...

OOOO, I like this look! I will have to go check out your tutorial. Don;t you love playing around with what you have to make s new look. I am starting to really embrace creative challenges because some of my best work is a result of overcoming or covering up a mistake :) I like the third card most of all. the colors are so striking.


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Thanks so much, Marleen - she said - "Very nicely done beautifully."

Chrissie said...

The two brads are just fine, in fact both LIM cards look great!
That's a super background!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Sheree said...

Gorrrrrgeous!! I LOVE the marbling effect you've created and will be checking out the 'how to' in a minute.
I always find my visits to your blog so inspiring! I've learned so much from you Shaz!
Thanks for playing along with us at Creat A Scene for our first challenge!

Viv said...

Lovely card, well done :O) Viv xx

Pauline said...

Gorgeous card, great inking.

Kathyk said...

Fabulous - I have Pan Pastels on my list - maybe I should enter this challenge!


stampinganja said...

THose cards are all great, now I have Pan Pastels on my list, I thought I didn't need them, what was I thinking??
Love the technique you shared, I have to try this, thanks,Anja

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, I love your card, I am one of those odd people who actually love green!Great to see your entries in the Craft a Scene challenge, I know you do some really awesome ones! love, Shaz

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