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 27 March 2013

PanPastels, Brenda of Floral Fantasies + WOYWW

Hullo there everyone - well here we are at WOYWW once more!
What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday. For link over to look & learn here is our wonderful Julia's blog - the Stamping Ground for one big, exciting blog hop! 
The other day was over at one of my favourite blogs - B.'s blog, or as most know her, Brenda of Floral Fantasies.. and saw this lovely card, on this post here!
Isn't it just the loveliest image?Brenda is such an inspiring, creative lady lady as well as being very kind, generous and caring. She does not keep good health, but does so much in spite of it all.
I thought, "Mm, well I could try that!" You see 'cos I had been categorising my stamps I knew I had one sort of like it - a Hero Arts one (inked up on desk). 
So off I went to play, as you can see on my desk! practise piece on back of envelope, with stamps and ink and....

Some of you know there was big birthday this year (yes! you guessed 21, well done :D) - and so some delicious PanPastels arrived here in Oz. Ooo- yum.. and here I am doing some learning. I can do it after all!! 
Wow, they are so easy. I finally have found a paper I like to use with them. I had tried several different ones but have found some smooth ones do not work well. Linen are great + paper card with tooth. These somehow were not my cup of tea. Brenda had suggested the one she used, but it is not available here. I found one in my craft cupboard (*huge grin*) worked just beautifully. Called X-Press It - A4 Blending card it is great for use with Copic or  alcohol markers - in fact that it is made to be used with them.
I am going to enter the competition B. has this month at her blog ( see here) where you can submit any card which is an inspiration of her blog.
At first I thought poppies, I had not fixed on anything till saw her card the other day - so here B. am dedicating these two cards to you!  Thank you so very very much for all your help over the Panpastels, you are greatly appreciated!
 I will close with two photos taken on phone from my beach walk, late in the afternoon, on Monday. Yesterday I enjoyed a swim down at the jetty beach which was simply lovely....we are so blessed at the moment. The water is finally clean after all the floods, so lovely the temperature for swimming.
 I am sending all over blogland heaps of Aussie sunshine (oh how wish I could)!

Thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek and chat; also a big welcome to my latest Wonderful Encourager - Debs Of Debs' Designs!
Happy WOYWW and may God bless your Easter time, where we remember the death and resurrection of our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ - He is not here - He is risen, as He said,
Shaz in Oz.x 
Cards recipe: 
Hero Arts Delicate Leaf Cluster stamp
Panpastels - lemon, blue and grey (okay not good on correct shades yet)
Sage Mellow SU card on both, first one with Bubbles embossing folder, second is Herringbone.
Corners on second one are Fleur de Lis Square, cut into four and attached as a corner.
Ribbons assorted, brad etc. 

Entering card 1 or 2 in:
 Word Art Wednesday weekly Challenge - anythings goes (1)
Lets craft and create - One for the boys - card 2 is birthday card for male in our family (fortnight ->31.3)
Challenges for everybody-  Anything  goes card 2 (end 29.30.13)
Stamping Sensations Monthly Challenge- Great Outdoors! (card 2)


Betsy said...

Shaz, As usual your cards are beautiful. The photos make me wish I was visiting you and could join you on your walks. You live in a beautiful place.

Neet said...

That's a lovely card Shaz. Followed the link to your friend's blog and I love love love her header. Poppies! Oh my favourites.
If you went for a swim you must be feeing better and I do hope all the prayers have helped. Thanks for the photos, always a pleasure to see.
Take care y friend.
Neet xx

Ginny Maxam said...

Shaz, What beautiful cards, I love Pan Pastels!! You have used them so beautifully!! The colors, images and textures!! And your photos! They just make me sigh! I am 84 miles from the New England coast, that is 82.5 to far for me!
Hugs and have a wonderful day!!
Ginny now#21

sara j said...

The pan pastels are lovely, but the beach, ah, the beach and being able to go swimming....ah. So inviting. We had a snow storm yesterday. Lol. But today it was crisp and cold and there was light in the sky until almost 9:00 in the evening...
Happy Belated Birthday - fab present all those lovely colors of pan pastels. Such fun...I have about three but they are so smooth. Interesting it took a while to find the proper paper. I tried one in my sketch book and it worked well and come to think of it, there was teeth to the paper. Thanks for the hint, and the little journey to warmth. Have a good week.
sara j #18

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Really pretty card and photos,
have a great day,
hugs Tamara P.

scrappymo! said...

Your Az photos are fab as always!

Glad to hear you got your pan pastels...that card is perfect for Brenda's contest. It is so inspired by her style...I recognized it right away!
Crafty hugs
Scrappymo 29

Unknown said...

Lovely cards, Shaz. Have fun playing with your pan pastels :)

Spyder said...

The pastels are fabulous, never make them look as nice as you do though, I'm still up...think I'd better go get a nap!! Happy Easter for this week end!! Happy WOYWW #10

Words and Pictures said...

What beautiful cards - Brenda's work is so inspiring - love what you've created... And thank you so much for sharing some of your sunshine with us - we're under about 8 inches of snow today... so much for Spring! Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

Ann B said...

Wish I could get to grips with my pan pastels, just don't get them at all. Love both of your cards though - maybe you can pop over and give me a lesson, I'll put the kettle on and you can bring some of that sunshine. Bitterly cold here.
Thanks for visiting this morning.
Ann B

Eliza said...

Shaz just stunning and yes that blending card is good. I hope you have a beautiful Easter and lots of Aussie sunshine for its duration.

Eliza 8

The Taming of the Glue said...

The card is beautiful and the photos are stunning. Love your use of Pan Pastels, haven't tried them yet but they're on my list! Pam #21

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thanks for the sunshine! Believe it or not, it made it here this morning but some of the heat has got lost on the least it's not grey skies though, hooray :)
That's a very elegant card you've the colours and the oriental look of it all.very swish indeed!!
Ad I'm not jealous of your sir... Wish I could have a go. My family were great sea swimmers, I still love it :)
Hugs, LLJ 59 xxxx

Redanne said...

Oh how lovely to be able to have a swim...still snowing here alas! Went over to see B's site, her card is lovely and I really love yours, love that Hero ARts stamp too. Hope you have a happy Easter. Hugs, Anne x #33

Di said...

Oh wow Shaz, you have Pan Pastels?!?! Here's me just getting to grips with the brayer and then you run ahead once again :) Your cards are absolutely gorgeous - and those two photos of the sea make me sigh for my beloved Northumberland.

Have a happy WOYWW, hugs, Di xx

Helen said...

The cards are delightful, and yes, Brenda is a lovely lady (not that I've met her, we keep missing each other at craft shows!) and her work is amazing. Hope you continue to enjoy the pan pastels - I must use mine more.....oh where have we heard that before... thanks for stopping by. Helen. 12

Andrea said...

hi Shaz fab card I love that pretty stamp and the colours of the pan pastels used,and what a lovely stash of them you have they always look great on cards iv'e seen and yours is no exception and blue is my favourite colour great photos took looks so beautiful and sounds like you've had a great meal too,good nothing beats having a nice treat. I hope you have wonderful week and happy woyww Andrea x #64

brenda said...

Good Morning Shaz,

I will pass your message about the surf onto my son, I know he will be envious of the waves and warmth as it's be so cold here despite is supposedly being Spring.

I am so pleased you are getting to grips and liking your Pan Pastels, just as I knew you would as they are perfect for your style of crafting. And pleased you found some cardstock that works for you, I think it's very much a personal thing.

And of course I love what you have created here using them, the soft blends of colour with that lovely Hero Arts image are beautiful and so delicate looking.

Thank you so much for creating such special pieces to join in my blog celebration and for your friendship which is always much appreciated.

BTW - I have one of those special 21st coming up so your not alone.

B x

Andrea said...

as always ignore my dizziness of mixing up post again !! re reference to meal wrong post again lol x

glitterandglue said...

Well, Shaz, as you know, coveting is wrong.... but....have to say I am somewhat envious of your walk along the beach! Hubby and I have not managed that for AGES as it is still far too cold for him to be out, here in North Wales. Here, near Llandudno, most of the snow has gone - and I have to say, it does look simply glorious, and we have had a little sun this morning - but the night temperatures are still 0 degrees, and the daytime nowhere above 5 - so with major chest issues, hubby simply can't go out in that. This time last year we were out each day in temperatures of 20plus - no coats, no cardigans.
Your cards are beautiful - well done, mastering the pastels.
glitterandglue #92

Heathers Inspiration said...

Fab photos and card, I really Love the embossing and colours of this with the delicate detail x
Happy WOYWW heather #86

House of Bears said...

The pan pastels look like fun, your card is lovely. Happy Easter from the bears @#96 this week.

Roudi said...

Oh Shaz, you live in such a beautiful place! I love seeing your photos every Wednesday. :)
You did a marvelous job on that card. I really like it.

Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW for you.
Hugs from Egypt. xx
Roudi #102

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Thank you for the thought of all that lovely warmth - don't we need it? Global warming seems to be working in reverse round here, we need blankets and hot water bottles etc. Your cards are so delicate and pretty, a real joy to behold. I do agree about Brenda,especially having worked with her on DT work recently - her work is special. I am delighted by how many people have said they agree with my efforts to buy locally, hard though it is. Hope you have a good Easter, and maybe some warm swims in the ocean, lucky girl. xx Maggie #17

Glenda said...

Here in East Tennessee we long to see the sun. It has been a long winter with lots of rain and a little snow but little sun! We are so ready for Spring but Winter has reared it's head once again. Maybe next week! Love your pan pastel piece. It is absolutely gorgeous!
Glenda #66

Sandy said...

I love your cards they are so pretty. I have been looking at pan pastels something I will try in the future.. I am focused on learning mixed media and painting at the moment and don't want to get side tracked which I so easily do when I see something I so want to try..
Love the beach pictures.
Happy Easter
Sandy :) #7

ria gall said...

a couple of beautiful cards, thank you for the heads up on the right card to use we all struggle to find what is right for each product.
Your use of the pan pastels is really lovely they are so nice to use
Have a really great WOYWW day, and Happy Easter to you and yours
Ria #94

Angie said...

I don't know what's prettier the cards or the beach! Oh you make me long for a vacation of creativity and sun and surf! Thanks for sharing! Happy Belated Bday!
Angie #109

famfa said...

Beautiful cards. So jealous of you swimming. We still have snow here!!
Famfa 111

susibee said...

Looks like you had a great play the resulting card is gorgeous.

Happy WOYWW Susi #74

Unknown said...

Absolutely love your photos! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #28

Anonymous said...

Great blending skills! Very pretty cards. Hugs, SueC#137

Stephanie said...

Delightful cards and beautiful pictures, Shaz :)

Have a blessed day!


lisa said...

I'm sitting basking in your sunshine, Shaz. Thanks for sending it over, just a pity it's not melting the snow though!!
How wonderful that it is warm enough to be able to swim, I envy you.
Love your beautiful card. I have been pondering about trying panpastels for a while, they give such a beautiful subtle finish.
Happy WOYWW and Happy Easter.
Hugs Lisax #60

Anne said...

Absolutely beautiful cards, I love them both! The colours are so gorgeous...bravo! So glad you have had a play with your new pastels and I am not envious one little bit about your warm, sunny weather, sea and swim...not one bit....excuse me while I get back under the duvet...with a hottie...and a hot cuppa tea....brrrr!

shazsilverwolf said...

I keep thinking I NEED some Pan Pastels- then I tell my sef I have too much stuff already. :) I know I will cave in sooner or later though.Your cards are lovely though, and are tipping the scales in favour of sooner! Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #144xx

Caro said...

Gorgeous cards and thank you so much for sharing your sunshine with us. happy to share our snow with you if you want! LOL! I hope you have a very happy Easter. God Bless, Caro xx (#73)

Anne said...

Lovely, lovely cards Shaz. Oh how I wish you could send us some warmth and sunshine. Wishing you a very Happy and Peaceful Easter. May God Bless you. Anne x #84

MaryH said...

Sharon, talk about inspiration! Did you ever inspire today!!!I have that particular stamp you showcased, and what a wonderful effect you created with it. Lovely soft blues. (also have some pan pastels...never opened! An impulse buy). I am going to try that stamp with the technique MaggieC so kindly sent directions, which you have shown here too (brayering,plastic wrap), with that stamp! Lovely lovey card, thanks to Ms. B as well, and as always, loved your pictures. Hugs & have a grand day.

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow Shaz, you've got those Pastels in hand alright - beautifully blended - I'm sure B will be knocked out by her inspiring such lovely cards. So glad you're still enjoying beach walks and swimming weather, am really hoping to sustain you through Autumn and winter with news of our balmy summer days, jsut as you've done for me!

fairy thoughts said...

Hi shaz, oh how I wish you could send us some Aussie sunshine too... we really need it. That aside i had a look at the floral fantases, gorgeous but sadly I dont have time to enter at the moment. Your cards are lovely especially the pan pastels, which I dont have but lots of blogger rave about, I just wish my handyman read the blogs, oh well
have a great week
janet #16

Nan G said...

Beautiful cards. Especially love the second one! Well done with the new pan pastels! Goegeous pics too. Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter and Happy WOYWW! Nan #115

Lisa Richards said...

I really love the foliage stamp. The card is beautiful! You are blessed to live in such a gorgeous part of the world! We're beginning to see signs of warmer weather in northern Minnesota.
Have a blessed Easter!

Debs Willis said...

Lovely card Shaz, and I think that last photo itself is worthy of a card!

happy woyww

Debs #90

Ohhh Snap said...

Beautiful cards! I've no experience at all in blending, but it looks gorgeous. Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for visiting : D #13

Karen Letchworth said...

Amazing textures, Shaz. That embossed background looks so much like the smooth stones in your photo. It's really great. Thanks for sharing with us again this week. You are a blessing and encouragement, and I am so very grateful for you.
Word Art Wednesday

pinky said...

Its is so beautiful Shaz and I am sure Brenda will love it as much as me. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

Lynne K said...

Wow, how gorgeous are they, Shaz?! I have that HA stamp but have hardly used it. You've inspired me to look at it in a new light. Perfect tribute to Brenda, and also ideal for our Great Outdoors theme at Stamping Sensations, So thanks for sharing them with us, and good luck.

Lynne x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, love your pan pastel pieces and the finished cards are lovely - backgrounds are beautiful and I'm sure Brenda is going to like them too. Sending the sun might just have worked - it's been sunny here today and the temperature has finally risen above zero again and one brave daffodil has spread its petals just in time for the clocks to go forward and bring on British summertime. Oh, and we've booked our summer holiday today too - we're off to the Highlands in June - yippee :) I wish you a happy Easter and an enjoyable weekend. Elizabeth x #45

Craftychris said...

ooh what a gorgeous card! i haven't tried Pan Patels yet, maybe I should! xx

Ann said...

Beautiful, love the various shades. Thanks for joining us this week at WAW.

Darnell said...

Beautiful cards, Shaz! You did a wonderful job being inspired by Brenda. And thank you so much for sharing your sensational ocean photos. Blessings abound indeed!! Happy Easter to you!

Unknown said...

The cards are BEAUTIFUL.
Thank you for posting with us at Word Art Wednesday; we love seeing your wonderful work and we appreciate you taking time to join us.
I pray abundant Easter Blessings for you and your loved ones.
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday


Hi Shaz
I'm new to WOYWW and am slow at getting around to visit but I am enjoying looking in on others creative spaces like yours :o). I grew up on the Central Coast of NSW and miss living near the ocean like you wouldn't believe. love your card...I have lusted after pan Pastels for ages...must google them next pay day.
Annette In Oz (Humpty Doo NT)#132

scrappymo! said...

Cann't remember if I have replied on this post or not...oh well, I am sure you won't mind an extra comment!

Gorgeous take on Branda's style...perfect for her contest. I really enjoyed seeing the Fleur de Lis square cut into corners like is so effective.

I hope to get something made on Easter Sunday. We are usually away at Easter but home this year. The kids are busy throwing a 25th wedding anniversary party for my son-in-law's parents so no family celebration for us...

Instead, we have Little Miss C and Little Mr P tonight (Good Friday) and keep them until supper tomorrow on Holy Saturday. My daughter will pick them up at 4 pm...we will have an early supper as they will go straight to church for the Saturday vigil..such a blessed time of year.

We have made a card each for them to give their parents and are off tomorrow to ride the little train at Stanley Park...our beloved huge, park, right within the city of Vancouver. They have a special Easter TRain so hope it will be fun!

Sally H said...

Thanks for the sunshine, Shaz! Much appreciated - it is still trying to snow each day here! Such beautiful cards! I love the colours, and you are certainly taking to those pan pastels - beautiful blending. Thanks for joining in our 'Great Outdoors' challenge at Stamping sensations and good luck!

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Gosh Shaz, what beautiful cards! I love how you have blended the colours so well - stunning!

And I love your photos of course - such beautiful scenes which I would LOVE to be in right now. We are so tired after having broken sleep for over a year now caring for our loved one. It will be wonderful to go on holiday later on this year if we can.

{{hugs}} and blessings to you Shaz
Jocelyn XO

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