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 27, 2012

Di's Snippets again + of course WOYWW!!

Hullo there everyone! another Wednesday is in view :D 
 So time to peek at desks around the world courtesy of our hostess and originator of this fun blog hop our Julia of Stamping Ground blog.          Here first of all is my desk...

 You see last week Bridget asked me where my calligraphy was? well, the answer is plodding along in the background. I have no major project on at present. I was re-enthused to do some extra practice whilst visiting my calligrapher friend, Joyce, in Northern Ireland, so here you see my practising. Yep boring,rote practice of alphabet - simple one, ie gone back to basics. It is called Foundational - did it really large, in pencil skeleton outlines, then onto large nib and  pen; then smaller after quite few hours of practice.Oh and Bridget, thank you! see your atc has arrived - to see how gorgeous it is look here! 
And if you can see what I have have written on the page - it is Iris's 80th birthday today so singing her happy birthday - this is lady in question for those of you who may remember - see my gift for her here.

 My nephew's birthday card - the  sketch  was on last week's desk about to be made. Used a scanned copy of the Garfield comic in our local paper. He is a huge fan of Garfield, and even though in his twenties now it still gives him a chuckle. The best bit is Garfield's birthday is the same time of year so there are always appropriate ones to use for a card if  I get organised. The greeting is a rub-on I happened to have that matched perfectly. :D, and the scallop comes from the Nellie Snellen Multiframe die adapted a bit, and Cuttlebug vintage corners. DP is a freebie from Far Hill Freebie papers.
 



At last you cry, it has taken me two weeks to finish this card - stamping first shown two weeks ago. Di here is my entry for this week's Snippets Challenge. The mauve swirls base was done years ago with my friend's cuttlebug before I had even bought mine. The paper is old photo paper stamped with SU discontinued set - see the method here (Lindsay's blog is simply fantastic well worth a visit - she is a WOYWW-er too). Cut it with Nellie Snellen Oval die and Spellbinder Petite Scallops underneath. The purple mount it is on was a base I ripped off a card cos decided it was wrong shade.
And a very big welcome to my newbie Encouragers - I always find it a blessing when someone cares to encourage in that way! :D

Well that is enough from me today - if you like teabag folding take a peek at the post below - really love it and these two cards below came it all okay which made me very happy. Funny isn't it how you literally wrestle sometimes to create a decent one!??

Happy WOYWW everyone and thanks so very very much for popping over for a peek and a chat. May God bless your day wherever you may be!.
Shaz in Oz.x

35 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

gosh, looks like you really are spending lots of time perfecting your calligraphy..have fun with it too!
have a great week.
ps i have some nearly a year anniversary blog candy! trace x 58

Ali H said...

Hi loads of fun things on your desk this week ! Hope you enjoy a crafty week ! Ali #66

Susan Flynn said...

Lovely cards Shaz and what a brilliant idea to use Garfield like that - he will love it! Hugs Susan x

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy WOYWW. My first visit to you, and I love your calligraphy (something I have always wanted to do). The Garfield card is fab. Ali x #70

Neet said...

Hi Shaz - love the Garfield card - am a bit partial to Garfield myself. In fact a small one resides on my bed at this moment.
Good to still practice your calligraphy and glad to see Monkey is supervising it all and keeping a watchful eye on your beautiful card.
Thanks for sharing my friend, Hugs, Neet #20 xx

Helen said...

One day when I am old and grey (ha!) I want to learn calligraphy... till then I fear there isn't time. Have a great week, loads of love Helen, 26

Bridget Larsen said...

hahaha I am glad I goaded you into bringing out the calligraphy. glad my atc arrived safely, hahah to linking back to my picture, thought the link was taking me to another place in your blog
Bridget #28

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Now you see, I love those practise sheets and could happily live with them on my wall!! Maybe it's because I don't see the individual letters but the pattern as a whole. Dunno, but I really like it. I know, I'm weird....
Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comments - you are duly entered into the Bling Bin Bonanza :)
Hugs, LLJ #3 xx

Victoria said...

Who is monkey's little teddy friend? Only just noticed him/her!
I have never done any calligraphy bar what we did at school (which wasn't really calligraphy - they just called it that) but you always make me want to try! More time needed!
Love the Garfield card - orange and blue are fabulous together and hurrah for the snippets card! Time to play on the swings for you!

craftymonki.com said...

Beautiful cards, and I love your calligraphy. I wish I had the patience to learn.

Happy WOYWW

Zoe #54

lisa said...

Your practice sheets look beautiful in themselves, Shaz. I remember doing sheets of these when I started taking Calligraphy lesson a few years ago. The class closed after a few weeks as there weren't enough students so that's all I've got, a folder full of practice sheets. Maybe I'll get back to it one day.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #98

Ann B said...

I know they say practice makes perfect, but your practice sheets look pretty perfect to me. Lovely work Sharon.

Ann B
#71

Hazel said...

Always a pleasure to visit and see your fab crafting and your beautiful calligraphy. Thanks for letting us have a peep into your workspace today. Hope you have a good week. Hazel, WOYWW #27 x

Twiglet said...

Busy desk today Shaz - I love the teabag cards below too. x Jo

Sandy said...

Oh I admire your patience to be able to practice like that. Love your garfield card. Sandy :) #51

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Shaz . . . super cards. Well done on finishing the snippet one.

Happy WOYWW.

Hugs, Sarn #79

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz. I think even your calligraphy practice is just beautiful! What a steady hand you must have.

I just love the purple card - so very pretty.

Yes, you beat me visiting you this week! haaaa

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay

butlersabroad said...

Practice makes perfect my friend, lol! Love that Garfield card, very amusing! Nice to see the snippets card finally finished too. Have a wonderful week.

Hugs
Brenda 5

fairy thoughts said...

Love the garfield card, made me laugh i am sure he will love it
janet #11

Bella said...

I only got as far as foundation phase...and your ATC is still on my desk though I am one step further to posting it as I got the stamps the other day...one step at a time at the moment in my life.

Mrs F said...

Happy WOYWW, busy desk this week. Love your Garfield card, my youngest has been watching the film this week and thinks he's great too.

Well done on your calligraphy practising, I was bought a starter set once but never gave it a try :(

Have a lovely evening x

Mrs A. said...

Wow shaz, your tea bag folding below is exquisite. The second card really does pop out at you.
Love the purples on your snippet card. Beat you to the swings. Hugs Mrs A.

sandee said...

Love both your cards ( partial to the Garfield one ) and I adore your calligraphy, you must have a ton of patience!! waving the #47 from the hills of North Carolina :)

Lisa said...

Great calligraphy work. Love the Garfield card, wow haven't seen him in years!

Lisa#9

Di said...

Great post Shaz - so much going on! Laughed at Garfield, one of my fave films and am not even keen on cats, but most of all - brilliant snippets card! Love it, so pretty. Belated Happy WOYWW :) Di xx

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Practice makes perfection! I know I've tried, bought books, pens, but I have not been happy with the results! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Spyder said...

I Love Garfield, he is the best cartoon cat ever...(although Simon's cat is catching up!) Bit late, as no internet much yesterday! HaPpY WoYwW ((Lyn)) #32

CraftygasheadZo said...

Wow that's some fine lettering skills you have. Super work. Take care & enjoy the snooping this week, am determined to get round everyone even if it takes me till next week! Zo xx 70

Glenda said...

Sorry to be so late visiting this week. Love Garfield! lovely cards and hope the rest of your week is wonderful! Glenda 103

peggy aplSEEDS said...

happy WOYWW! well, i guess it really takes a lot of practice to perfect calligraphy. but then, the results are worth it. your little assistants in your desk are so cute!
thanks for sharing!
hugs,#23
peggy aplSEEDS

Bernice said...

Lovely cards! Yes I need to practice my calligraphy everytime I'm asked to do a project - and even then I managed to write 2001 instead of 2011 on a presentation Bible last year - oops!
Bernice (21)

Samantha Elliott said...

Pretty cards there Shaz. Well done on your patience of calligraphy!
Hugs
Hettie
x

Shoshi said...

I really love your calligraphy, Shaz - practice makes perfect! I remember doing the same "lines" like old fashioned school, lol! when I was learning Hebrew - practising the letters till I was satisfied - and my teacher said I had a lovely script!

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. At last I'm starting to feel better so I thought I'd have a go at reducing the number of unanswered comments on my blog! It's been a rough week but I didn't expect much else really, after all I did over the past fortnight.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi

Amanda said...

WOW, lots to look at here, love the calligraphy that certainly takes a lot of patience. Garfield always makes me chuckle too, hope your nephew loved the card, and finally gorgeous snippet make, I have lots of those lets try the folder on this card bits to use up, maybe it is time i did. Hugs, Amanda x

MaggieC said...

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, Shaz. Roxio Photosuite is just one element in a much larger package - Roxio Creator 2012 (I have the Pro version). It deals with all the media I need, video, including BluRay, music, photos etc. I tried Nero, but hated it, and found it did not do all I wanted. A lot of people will use Photoshop, but that does not suit me as it will not do music or video. The Photosuite element does all I need to manipulate photos and printing them. Hope that helps. xx

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