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, 20 March 2013

WOYWW - Brayer Resist Stamping, Oriental theme.

Hullo there again everyone!
Yes, it is time for WOYWW, or for the uninitiated it is: What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - or floor, or wherever you work?! Be game - show us your creative space - a bit of "Look-see" over at our honorable leader's blog - Queen Julia, of the Stamping Ground!
Okay not much going on here, "post-cleaning-day" an' all! Floor and space is pretty spotless. It happens but once a fortnight, makes me tidy up. :D 
To right are two cards waiting for me to finish inside, one is shown below the other peeking out is my father's birthday card. It'll be shown soon, has a new method on it.
Also is a small drawer of stamps to left. Trying to sort and catalogue my stamps, so sheets with stamped images on top of the small folder in centre of desk.
 I am following the example of other WOYWW-ers as thought I really need it.Do you know what I  have found the hardest? How categorise some of them. I seem to have a number of what I call odd-sods :D When compete will do a big reveal(?). I never realised just how many I have accumulated in 20+ years of stamping, and so varied as well.
Here is the latest piece of work done for OSA - or the Oriental Stamp Art group (link here) a Blossom Mingle, stamp some blossoms in Oriental theme; send it off to partner - you get one in return, lovely!
The blossom stamp (Unknown, unmounted stamp bought years ago) inked in Versamark, white embossing powder, heat set. Brayered gloss card stock with SU Lavender lace ink pad, sprayed diamond glimmer mist + glitter touches. Labels 8 Spellbinder die cut, hand-cut edged in black, mounted on Washi paper. The Haiku poem, the Kanji (signature chop) are from Artneko stamps. Found it very hard to photograph with glimmer mist and glitter. Edged at the bottom with EK Arrow border punch border and ribbon. Two butterflies were die-cut from scraps of gloss card with Marianne die, some bling added.
Here is my Aussie photo of the day. Rainbow lorikeets are very prolific and noisy as usual; here is one greedily collecting the nectar from the grevillea blossoms in the backyard.
I have been remiss of late in welcomes! So a big welcome to the new Wonderful Encouragers of my blog - Sue.C, a brand new WOYWW-er, of Sue's Crafty Corner

Thanks so very much everyone for popping over for a peek and a chat - thank you especially if you do say hullo! 
And may God richly bless your day wherever you maybe,
Shaz in Oz.x


Ginny Maxam said...

Hi Shaz!! What a beautiful Blossom mingle card! It is so Pretty!! I missed getting on the blossom mingle list! But I will enjoy everyones posts! I think you will enjoy having an index, it is a lot of work but for your unmounted's and essential or even for the WM's if they aren't readily available for veiwing. I always enjoy your photographs especially now, I am so ready for spring!!
Thanks for stopping by my spot, I won't have a number till I get up at 2am to link up!! Have a blessed day! Ginny

Marianne said...

I have always wanted to organize and catalog my stamps. But the thought of it makes me ill. I admire anyone who can tackle the task.

Myrna said...

Loving the blossom card.
Pretty little bird and like I say you live in the most gorgeous place on earth.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Amazing card,love the colours and your picture of parrot is fabulous,
hugs Tamara

okienurse said...

nice card! I decided I was going to do all the cataloging on the computer and assign numbers to the stamp sets and not break up sets. I want to cross reference elements in each set so I know where to go to get that stamp. Will let you know how it works. SIL says that there are programs available to do what I want to attmept! Have a great week. Vickie #5

Andrea said...

beautiful card I love the colours and embossing is ace not tried that .My as always you are busy looks like the stamp sorting is quite a task would be easy for me dont even have a small drawer full of stamps yet !! but then i've not done a year yet.. what will I have in 20 mmm! I haven't forgotten about he lebeister award and was very happy and pleased to have received it again,still deciding who to pass onto its soooo difficult. have a fab week and good luck with finishing the the sorting
hugs Andrea x #20

Andrea said...

oops sorry I realised I was looking at the wrong post/cards!!!doh ... they are all ace the blossom card is beautiful and what a great idea of exchanging cards I love the white embossing and now that im getting over my fear of the heat gun my list of wants is growing and top is white embossing powder it looks fab and on your card it is stunning .Have a great day and next time I will make sure Im commenting on the correct post...if I wasn't so nosey wanting to look at everything I wouldn't get muddled LOL ! Andrea x

sara j said...

The blossom card is many layers and colors and so much texture, but so subtle. It's really rather spectacular. Of course I love purple, but I'm pretty sure that's not the reason I like the Twenty years of stamping is a long time; I bet your catalog will be brimming with wonders. Don't know if I would ever have the patience to do that, but how nice to have them all in one place. Sadly I forget some of mine, although I have to admit that doesn't keep me from buying new ones. Hope you have a lovely week and thanks for your kindness last week on my blog!!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love all things oriental when it comes to art and that paper is not pretty!! As is the lorikeet......I could do with the sort of weather he likes right now! Brrrrrrrrrrrrr....
Thanks for the visit :)
Hugs, LLJ 45 xx

Di said...

Beautiful blossom card Shaz! Love ly photo of the lorikeet too.

My stamp cataloguing is still going on, very much stop/start mode though :)

Happy WOYWW dear Shaz, hugs, Di xx

Helen said...

Fabulous cards, and efficient filing system!! Have a fabulous week. helen 8

Julia Dunnit said...

Love the snippets cards too - you've been busy. Can't begin to contemplate categorising, am super impressed by your patience! Like the colours you've used with your brayered card, such a striking technique, I really like it.

Neet said...

Love the lilac'ness of your desk Shaz. Great book page you have there and what a pretty card.
Look forward to seeing what you are doing for your dad, I bet it is quite special.
Good luck with the cataloguing.

Hugs & Blessings
Neet xx

Jenny Marples said...

Most impressed! So organised! Love the lorikeet in that lovely sunshine. Happy WOYWW, hugs Jenny #92

ria gall said...

your card for the swap is beautiful and such lovely colours. I have a cherry blossom stamp set and love using it.
You are doing well with your stamp indexing I am half way through mine and I have a box of stamps headed odds and sods!
Wishing you a Happy WOYWW

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Lovely blossom card. Sounds like a fun exchange. Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful photo of the bird. The variety and beauty amaze me.
Congrats on your attempt to sort, organize whatever. I've a few clear stamps yet to decide on "HOW-WHERE" but I've accomplished a lot and it's paid off. LABELING was the most helpful thing for me.
Enjoy your week, I really want spring, but wind, snow and drifting are what's here once again.

Debs Willis said...

Hiya shaz! Loving the blossom card - and the stamp cataloguing is a labour of love, but SO worth it in the end! I have done all my clear stamps (11 ringbinders full - gulp!) and only have my wooden stamps to de-mount, that will need a deep breath before I start!

Keen to know how you do the text on the bottom of your blog photos - can you email me when you have a mo???

Happy woyww
debs #85

Lindsay Weirich said...

Love you blossom mingle card! I need to scrool down your blog to catch up! Good luck with the stamp reorganize:) Happy WOYWW! Lindsay #95

Hettie said...

Hello Shaz
That blossom mingle card is gorgeous, as are the stampings on your desk. I see a few stamps that I would like in my collection!
That Lorikeet has stunning colours!
Good luck with the stamp reorganisation. I think I will leave mine well alone. I like to have a rummage and find things I forgot I had!! Tee Hee!

Vikki Jo said...

I would say come categorize my stamps next, but since you'd be leaving a warm and sunny beautiful bird filled area, to come more than a few inches of snow and below zero F temps.. probably get told no uh! lol
Beautiful cards, I hate to cover up embossed fronts too. Great job!!

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

Another beautiful card! Hmm, and how to categorize stamps. I mostly have SU sets and keep them together. I've seen how some people put all their sayings together, Christmas stamps, Floral stamps, etc. Let us know what you end up doing.

The bird is absolutely stunning. I have a yellow sided green cheek conure. She's now saying her name (Poppy) and sweetheart. I'm trying to teach her to say "Come here."

Thanks for visiting me already!

Kay (48)

lisa said...

I see you have caught Di's bug of organising, Shaz!! You have some beautiful stamps there and I love that Oriental card you've made. White embossing is just beautiful.
Thanks for the Aussie photo. I love seeing them. Brightens up our dull weather!!
Hugs Lisax #71

Rossella said...

Hi Shaz
I love your project and the others you have shown today, you have been very busy.
Have a great week
Rosie x

famfa said...

Lovely desk, loving the purples. That bird is gorgeous, so colourful.
Famfa 113

Unknown said...

Love all the projects I've seen on your blog. #110

Stampin Boots said...

Beautiful work! Good luck with the stamp cataloging!!

Happy WOYWW!

StampinBoots x #144

Caro said...

I am so impressed with the organisation of your stamps. That Lorikeet is so pretty. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro xx #81

fairy thoughts said...

Hi shaz
lovely desk with a very pretty card.... stamp cataloging is really hard so many types. I keep mine in those plastic folders.
have a good week
janet #28

Anne said...

Oh such lovely things on your desk and your next post.I too need to catalogue my stamps I spend far too long looking for what I need. Happy WOYWW Anne x #161

SandeeNC said...

Beautiful Lorikeets, even if they are noisy. Our Blackbirds are noisy and not even pretty to look at! Love the sock monkeys on your desk, they look like they are waving hi to all the WOYWWers! Thanks for visiting me today, waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

RosC said...

Hi again Shaz,

Great to see the desk. How very disciplined of you to clean up every fortnight. I have just done my own room and it's such a pleasure to walk in there.

Love your catalogue book - I have that problem of how to categorise too, and occasionally I have one design appearing in two different places.

The little rainbows are so lovely. Yesteray, there was a young one on the road, maimed and flapping one wing. I ran over him in the car to stop the pain then went back for him to bury him in the garden. Floods of grief for a while about the cycle of life, and how beautiful these creatures are.

The journey continues - enjoy it.
Ros. #47.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, so glad I'm not cataloguing 20+ years of stamping - the few I have under my hat have seen me accumulate far too many as it is!!!

I, too, find it difficult to categorise some and so far I've chickened out and left the difficult ones until I've finished with the rest ... hoping I'll have worked it out by then :)

Love the cards in your most recent post - super embossing and the baby hedgehog is so cute.

Hope you have a great week. Elizabeth x #55

Gibby Frogett said...

Hi Shaz.. great desk and cards. Wish I knew the best system for keeping a check on stamps, I've been stamping since about 1995 and every so often try to get my stamped list up to date but doesn't seem any nearer to being completed - good luck! LOL Happy WOYWW Gill x #41

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

This is my third attempt to leave you a message, but my Kindle died and I have been away from my PC. It looks as though you are doing well with your cataloguing. Well done. By the way, I put up a post yesterday which, at the end, explains a little fo what the Splodge mat does and why it is so good. Hope that will help you. There are copies of the original about at the moment, much cheaper, but the general opinion is that they do not do what the original does. I tend to do most of my printing out on supersmooth card or neenah card or the Clarity card. If I am going to use watercolours, then I use watercolour card. The photographic paper works well for decoupage, though, but I do need to just colour up the edges before assembling it otherwise they show up white. Your embossing has give me ideas of using parchment to get that delicate quality. Must try that one. have a good week, and please send us some of your sun, it is freezing over here. xx Maggie

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