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

Wednesday 14 November 2012

WOYWW! Wow, is the year flying or what?

Ah here we are everyone ~ another Wednesday!
Suddenly realised yesterday it was six weeks to Christmas!
Happy WOYWW everyone!! (WOYWW = What is On your Workdesk, Wednesday?) Do join us learning as we lean over desks and work spaces around the world! Pop over to Julia's hosting blog - Stamping Ground!! 
Now to matter in question the desk!
It looks much busier than reality as have been away for two weeks from WOYWW. Until the last two days this room has been totally neglected. However some things are afoot (YAY)!
Top right: Quite a few weeks ago you saw the start the Gumblossom Card   (see this post here). Images were sent to me by Ros.A. of WOYWW! it's peeking out at top right of photo, (along with one of my coloured poppy ATC from Artneko, yet to be finished properly).
Well, Ros and all, have posted the Finished card few days back now - see here for the details. 
On that post (one below) you will see the photos of visit to Annecy in France. It was a thank you card for the friends of my family we saw there, as Annecy is the City of flowers - hence a flower card.
Some amazing shots!
It is sooo beautiful, and I feel so very blessed of God to have actually been there. You see these places when you watch Le Tour de France and so such things.. and yet never dream you will end up going there..

Top left on desk shows some Stampscapes I had been playing with - one was new stamp from March purchase, not used. Was practising the overlapping techniques Kevin shows on his videos (see here).
Lower left shows a card finally finished posted below (was on desk two weeks ago).
 Centre shows brayer resist, with two "Stampin' up" stamps, still wet that is why it so vibrant.
It is done with the same stamp pad which I used for hummingbird card. I  called the pad Calypso but want to correct it - it is Kaleidocolor  - "Riveria"! so apologies, I think someone said they were going to hunt it up.
This card is an image from Elusive images, inked up on watercolour paper and coloured with Promarkers, and tiny bit of iridescent medium you dont see this. Cutting embossing folder is Cuttlebug Plus, a2 "Carly" bought on eBay, they are too dear anywhere else.
Inked it whit chalk pad while still in folder to make raised bits pop.
As this is snippets (done in two separate bits last year), and dark pink is also from my snippets drawers, I would like to enter in Di's Snippets challenge - please Miss, please!

Below is the very favourite scene of mine where I live - and looking toward the little island not far from where I live. Such lovely weather at the mo. Don't you love the sea grass on the sandhills? God beautiful creation..

One very sodden Rainbow Lorikeet, after a bath in our bird bath! They are so funny they go in and out, and in and out then nearly cannot fly away they are so sodden!
Please dont forget to enter in my thank you to all my encouragers second anniversary candy (CLICK HERE)!
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat, and may the Lord bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x 

PS A big welcome to this blog's lovely new encouragers ~ Arty Andrea, and Ali of Teddy Bob crafts, 
 Shelly of My Creative Rumblings and also Ginny of Maxam Made :D 

PPS. I maybe a bit slow coming around to comment!
After doing this post, I left for the skin specialist and came back with 5 stitches in right hand (skin cancer, an SCC)- so will reply as able :D 


Words and Pictures said...

Love the delicately shaded lilac cards, though I don't think of myself as a pink/purple person, but that row of silhouetted trees, and the branches in the top corners all sing to me!! Love the bird bath pics too, thanks for sharing them. Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

Lindsay Weirich said...

Love your brayer work, you have a knack for it! Happy WOYWW! Lindsay #29

Joynana said...

Soo much creativity, I have only used my brayer to make my adhesive stick all over. I love what you have done. #22

Spyder said...

Yes time is whizzzzing by! Pictures are great Parrots look well washed! and the monkeys look very happy too!!
Have great week, thanks for my snoop!! Happy wOyWw
((Lyn)) hugs! #21

Sandie said...

Always enjoy popping in when I can and seeing what you have been up to Shaz, amazing card, so love the colours! Its fantastic to be able to snoop around your desk and see what you are and have been creating. Not sure I want to do this, mine is always a mess... LOL

trisha too said...

You are SO right, this year is flying by! Thank you for sharing the lorikeet photos, amazing!

#41-ish this week

peggy aplSEEDS said...

oh yes, that is exactly how i feel, the year IS flying! arghhh, so much i want to do, so little time!!! i enjoyed my visit today, lovely lovely pictures and projects. how wonderful for you to spend some time in France. it's such a beautiful place, isn't it? but then, that scene of the beach near where you live looks wonderful too! happy WOYWW!
thank you for sharing!
peggy aplSEEDS

HeARTworks said...

Hi Shaz, you are simply bubbling today! And so you should be! A trip to France, my my! A wonderful place to visit! My favorite picture is the colorful lorikeet! How amazing to have birds like that in your garden! All we have are brown birds, mayas and bulbuls,etc. all brown! I love looking at birds, they are such beautiful creations of God! I get so distracted following their flight when I go to mass and there are birds flying inside the church. patsy

Sandy said...

Your lilac card is beautiful.. Love that embossing.. Lol at the Lorikeet they are so funny when they are in and out of the birdbaths.. Sandy :) #50

okienurse said...

beautiful cards! I love the brayered cards the color is so vibrant! Great pictures of the beach and the Lorikeet! My grandbird loves to take a bath and will ask 'wanna bath' and then gets into so deep that I sit and laugh at his antics. Thanks for sharing and have a great week! Vickie #63

Neil said...

Morning Shaz. Great things happening on your desk this week. Love the vibrancy of the images you are working on; they remind me somewhat of the bird!
Have a lovely day.

Helen said...

Such beautiful cards, there is so much to look at on your desk today. Have a wonderful week. Helen #3

Tertia said...

Love that inkpad. How I wish I could find it over here in South Africa. Your desk looks very productive, I am afraid mine is very neglected at the moment.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #40

Julia Dunnit said...

France? How marvellous, Annecy looks quite beautiful isn't it. No place like home though, and I could very easily adopt your favourite view! Your cards are beautiful, I can't resist a Kaleidacolour inkpad.
Girly, I offer congrats on your anniversary, but won't enter your sweet blog candy - I hope you don't gets a bit political if I put links in my sidebar!! Oh the emails!! Anyway, good to have you home!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

What a lovely card, Shaz, beautifully done. I do love all your photos too,it cheers me up after looking out through our window at the moment. Have a good week. xx Maggie #24

JoZart Designs said...

Such a range of beautiful makes there Shaz. So lovely to share, thank you! The lorikeet really made me smile and it's so different from all our plainer tiny birds we see daily!
Stay well and take care ..
Love Jo x

Cardarian said...

You are making lovely are lucky to live so close to the sea...I have always wanted that but it won't happen I think...When I went to Australia I thought it was so wonderful to just go anywhere and see such lovely colorful birds...our birds are mostly brown.....
Lots of hugs,

MiniOwner said...

Oh my goodness time is flying! So much to do! Your cards are gorgeous especially the trees. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOnwer @85)

Jenny Marples said...

So much gorgeousness going on here hun!! And as for that view of the beach - anyone got a spare transporter? I could do with some time out there:) Happy WOYWW, hugs Butttons #64

Unknown said...

I don't know how you drag yourself away from that wonderful view Shaz. The most colourful bird in our garden is a Robin! He is cute but how wonderful to have such exotic birds flying about your garden. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 30

Nan G said...

Times flies, so true! Love the brayer card starts. And what a joy to be able to see such a magnificent bird out your window!! Me, I have alligators in the lake down the road! Happy WOYWW! Nan 103

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love those bright blue-green cards with the white negative images - gorgeous!! As is your beach, I have one like that in Wales :)
Hope you are ok - sending hugs,
LLJ #68 xx

Bridget Larsen said...

You've been watching Survivor-somethings afoot-LOL.Ole sock monkey is still surviving and getting cuter each day.
Those brayered backgrounds are coming along beautiful
Bridget #33

SandeeNC said...

I just love the Lorikeet, it's such a pretty bird. Wish we had some over here, he does look like he had a royal fun time in the bath! Drinking egg nog and waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Ali H said...

Hi Shaz so lovely to see you back! Monkey looks very cute in his Christmas top! Love the scene cards in particular - will check out the website that you suggested. Have a great week!

Laurart said...

Beautiful cards! Happy WOYWW! x Laura #116

fairy thoughts said...

hi Shaz
gorgeous colouring on your desk this week, the poppy card on the right is lovely too.
have a good week
janet #26

Karin said...

Beautiful cards, I love those Stampscapes stamps.

Jules said...

Fabulous use of your brayer .. .. that is a technique I haven't mastered yet!! Must try harder!!

Great finished card too.

Fabulous use of your snippets and really lovely embossing.

Love your photographs. What beautiful views and colourful birds .. .. but was sorry to read about your hand. Hope all goes well.

Take care

Love Jules xx

Andrea said...

hi shaz sorry im late I had no time to visit anyone yesterday so doing a bit of hopping this morning what a post your photos are stunning and I love the colours of of your current work its so vibrant i've not tried brayering yet. your work is stunning. re monkey I have his brother he lives in my fruit bowl likes to steal my bananas he is a bit naughty at times !!!.. have a fab week and thank you for the lovely welcome x Andrea #60

Neet said...

Oh Sharon, what on earth have you done to your hand, or has he done to it?
Thanks for the lovely array of cards, I especially like the Stampscape ones and wish I could do them as well as you do. How do you do your backgrounds on them?
Glad to see Monkey and Monkey are keeping an eye on things. They need to keep an eye on you I think. Can't have aur Shaz ill in any shape or form.
Love the brayered cards.
Sent with Love
Neet xx 15

Anonymous said...

Those lovely mono chrome cards are stunning as are the vibrant blue green ones in the fore ground. Love the view of the sea too, looks very peaceful and tranquil. Lucky you to have something so good near by.
Tricia #95

Anne said...

Oh gosh time is flying isn't it. Your desk is absolutely gorgeous such a lot of lovely colour and creativity. Anne x #126

Di said...

Hi Shaz - such a colourful desk! Your card is really fabulous and the birdie in the birdbath just blew me away! Waiting for Len to come out of the shower so I can show him - amazing. Hugs, Di xx

sharon said...

Shaz, I just adore the Stampscape they look amazing. The photo's are delightful, you are so lucky to live so close to the ocean.
Enjoy your week.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, your desk is just bursting with colour and I love everything on it. The photos in your previous posts are fabulous - I loved scrolling through them ... my favourite is the stall with all the punnets of strawberries for sale - love strawberries :) I hope your eyes are now working well again and that your hand is healing nicely. Have a great weekend. Elizabeth x #43

Sarn said...

Fabulous pictures, as ever Shaz. Love that cute Lorikeet - amazing colours.

REALLLLY love your pink card too!

Sarn xxx

MaryH said...

Lovely embossing folder, and the oval floral image is so soft & delicately colored, goes perfectly with the elegant folder & matting. Enjoyed the pics of your dune grass & sea & sky. Truly God's Masterpiece. As is your rainbow birdie. How marvelous to see these things in nature. Good luck on your healing. This stuff is no fun, but I'm glad you got it taken care of. Visit when you can. It's called Priorities!!! Hugs & have a great weekend.

Anne said...

I love all your stamps scenes and the resist techniques. Beautiful! It's wonderful to see your part of the world and I enjoy looking at yur pictures! Aren't those wee lorikeets gorgeous? :O) TFS! xxx

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Hi Shaz, I am absolutely fine thanks. It is a combination of visitor, going for the flue jab and trying to track down a strange (unpleasant) smell in the living room. We are gradually working round the room, moving all furniture and shampooing thoroughly etc to try to track it down. It smells like cat wee, but we don't have cats, and why would that come overnight anyway? It is only in that room, but now I can smell it all the time - paranoia setting in. Must get rid of it before more visitors on Tuesday. I must get down to answering all my comments, though tomorrow. xx Maggie

Bernie said...

Love your brayer work, a skill I've totally given up on. Everytime I try it ends up in the trashy. Lovely cards.

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, Those brayer backgrounds look soooo professional! Do you need to practise for ages to get them that good? (No, really, do you?) And your local scenery just leaves me pining for the beach!

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