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 3 April 2013

Alcohol Inks + Metal Embossing, Oriental Black + Green mingle, WOYWW 200!

Hullo there again everyone!
Yes, it is time for the 200th (wow, Julia dunnit, truly she did!) WOYWW, or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - or floor, or wherever you work?! 
Please take time to share your creative space, at our honorable leader's blog, Julia Dunnit @ the Stamping Ground!
My desk ~ playing with inky joy! Saw on a WOYWW desk (Debs ~ see here) two weeks ago about tins and the embossing thereof.
Next day at a friends house and having a teeny tin of coke (200ml size) and much finer than normal cans of drink. I struggle with my hands and have never tried cutting up bigger ones but thought would give these a go..
Voilà! the results, using Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder, blending fluid, alcohol inks - Brass + Pesto from Adirondack.

The Oriental Stamp Art Mingle "Black + one colour - Green" is the colour choice for April, here is my offering.
Artneko ATC stamp set - Chrysanthemum, and these are on half price sale the moment!

To see other cards using these ATC look here and here.

 The image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, and PanPastels for background. 
Mounted on Couture creations Victorian rectangle with embossed foil and black  outline. Used brand new Craft Concepts embossing folder called "Silver fern" + wiped it over lightly with white chalk pad, to highlight embossing.. 
{wow! actually found we had a newsagent with a good array of crafty goodies - embossing folders, cardstock, stamps, few dies as well, came out with nice goodies about 15 mins south of here, which is probably just as well :D}  
Added ribbon and two small brads.
I will close with few images of Oz, the first is a beautiful tree in flowering around town, for our autumn.

Golden Penda Tree (see link here) , a native street tree, in flower at the moment.
Very popular and you can see why!!
Sunset at the harbour last week, still folk about in boats it was so lovely.
For those who like illuminated posts there is one down below (or click here). I am the  monthly SAM ( Stamp Artist of the Month ~ click here) over at the Oriental Stamp Art, which was a total surprise! There are so many wonderful stamp artists in the international Yahoo group.
A special welcome to my wonderful new encourager who is also is from Oz - Annette from Oz, a newbie on WOYWW last week!!
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
PS Stickeroo blogger who guess correctly was Mrs A. a big congrats will email you asap - see post here .


Darnell said...

Holy macaroni, Shaz, what you did with that Coke tin is nothing short of AWEmazing!! Thank you for sharing the beautiful tree and harbor pics, too! Have a wonderful week!

Sandy said...

Was that a coke tin wow it looks so great.. Congratulations on the stamp artist of the month..
Sandy :) #18

Chrysalis said...

Morning, Shaz - thanks for the WOYWW visit and encouragement. You must let us know when you have your second op so we can be praying for you. The harbour & Penda look fab.

Do you have tomato puree in tubes in Oz. I've used them (empty!) to cut up for cards. Soft & have the most gorgeous coppery colour inside.

Happy WOYWW xx

Ali H said...

Hi your metal work is looking brilliant - it's so effective !
Love that tree - so fluffy & vivid ! Have a fun crafty week ! Ali #20

The Taming of the Glue said...

WOW...almost makes me want to drink Coke!! The metalworks is just fab. We're still waiting for Spring so it was lovely to see a tree in full bloom. Happy WOYWW.

Unknown said...

Yes WOW, love what you did with the coke can and how it turned out..beautiful! I am hoping to get a cuttlebug soon so that I can do these things too :-). Your cards are always beautifully done and a pleasure to see. Happy WOYWW.
Janene #13

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I adore that steampunky clever thing, it's brilliant and I wouldn't have guessed in a million years that it started out as a Coke can!!
I also love that green card...we need fresh green colours in this prolonged grey winter in the Uk and that just fits the bill!
Hugs, LLJ 36 xxxx

Helen said...

love your recycling of the coke can!! I agree with Jan, the green card is very welcome and springlike! Helen, 4

Belinda Basson said...

love the metal embossing. That tree makes me want to sneeze just looking at it! LOL! #45

ria gall said...

your reused coke can looks amazing, I have never tried using drinks cans or any other cans come to that but looking at your can I really want to have a play.
What a fantastic result and I like your black and green card very pretty

Enjoy your WOYWW sunny day today
Ria #33

Neet said...

How strange, metal embossing is my next workshop, lovely shape you cut and I do like the top folder. Never heard of the other one but it is lovely.
Love the tree, wish we had such a bright sunshine yellow in our streets. We have a lovely cherry blossom but it doesn't last long.
Thanks for the harbour pictures, I so look forward to seeing a beach scene from you.
Just read your post about the eagles, thank you! So interesting, and with a lesson for us.
Neet xx 6

Di said...

WOW, what you did to that coke tin is amazing! Super photos too - not a peep of any blossom here right now needless to say!

Happy WOYWW, have fun! Hugs, Di xx

brenda said...

Beautiful photos as always Shaz and a lovely card as well and pleased to see the PP in action again.

I am off to Paris tomorrow so will catch up with you again when we get back next Tuesday,

B x

Julia Dunnit said...

Yep, genius with the coke tin, and am delighted that your hands could erm, handle it! No just to decide which project deserves such a well worked background! Loving the Panda Tree, so aptly named of course, how could you not smile to see it!

Jackie said...

Wow what you did with the coke tin looks really great!
Your lovely warm weather produces such nice flowers and plants
Jackie 8

Eliza said...

That Coke can is wow incredible you are one tallented lady. I also love that tree it is so beautiful, ah we do have an amazing country.

Eliza 41

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, that coke can turned out fabulous. Its another technique I keep meaning to try, definitely going to have a go now. Congrats on being the Stamp Artist of the Month, its very well deserved, your work is always awesome. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz.xx

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi again SHaz. Glitter- anything labelled as Ultra Fine- I have bought lots from e-bay. comes in little plastic bags, so its a good idea to have a look for little storage pots too.Although, I have seen a lot of people using salt/pepper shakers for it. When I'd emptied the bags into pots, I found there was often glitter still stuck to the inside of the bags. I'd put them all to one side, then cut them open & wiped all the residue onto a sheet of paper, all mixed together. I got about half a pot of 'rainbow' glitter out of that! As for the glue, any clear drying PVA. Thats the only important bit, it must dry clear. I'm currently using Anitas brand, but I've used lots of others too. Hugs, Shaz xx

House of Bears said...

Cutting a coke tin into something different is yet another project we've wanted to try for a while but not got round to. See your creation inspires us though, it's lovely.

Waving hi from the bears @#69 this week.

glitterandglue said...

Beautiful work, Shaz. Was that REALLY a can of coke in a former life??? Amazing.
Wonderful pictures, too. You live in a very beautiful part of God's world.
Thanks for visiting my site last week.
Margaret (glitterandglue 78)

Twiglet said...

I love the steampunky metal work Shaz and well done on the SAM. x Jo

Cardarian said...

Your idea with the can will help me with a birthday card - thank you for sharing! The flowers are amazing and the seaside photo too! We are having such bad weather - not even a ray of sunshine!
Lots of hugs,

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous work, thanks for sharing,
hugs Tamara P.

Nan G said...

Cool tin! And I see a sponge dabber? Do you put the ink on it or on the tin then dab it around? Love the effect and would like to emulate too. I have tin that's flat already so no cutting soda cans for me. The green card is fab! Happy WOYWW! Nan #19

Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful flowering tree. wow! Gorgeous colors.

Annie said...

Fab crafting show and tell and wow to your pics of Oz.
A x # 46

Kelly said...

Great pics. I may never look at a mini-Pepsi can the same way again. Love the card. Creative Blessings for a great week! Kelly #103

Anne said...

Wow the metal piece is gorgeous. Lovely photos as well. Anne x # 50

Debs Willis said...

hi Shaz, your coke can looks fab with the alcohol ink! Now all you have to do is decide where to use it :-)

Happy woyww, and thanks for the mention

debs #63

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

I would never have thought of using coke cans in my crafting, but that is such an impressive piece of work. That tree is so beautiful. does it have a perfume? It looks as though it should do, if you know what I mean. Thank you for your visits today and your lovely comments. Have a good week. xx Maggie #16

Bridget Larsen said...

I dont drink enough canned drinks to be able to do this,must find someone else who drinks it to save them for me
Bridget #47

Anne said...

I shall never look at a drinks can in the same way again....:O) Your card is gorgeus, such a clever use of the two colour combos and I love all the textures. That fern E-folder is lovely! I always like to see what's growing in Oz and your tree is stunning.Wow God is so imaginative!!!!!! what a super post to enjoy all these delights! Thank you!

Spyder said...

I quite often emboss glue tubes (with out the glue!) I save them all up,and they look fabulous embossed! must show a few of the cards, but I never seem to have time these last few months!
Your card is lovely! Have a great crafty week!
HaPPy WoYwW!!
((Lyn)) #52

DebC55 said...

WOW those cards are amazing!!! I'm new to the desk hopes via WOYWW gang but sure am having a grand time visiting!! Thanks for taking time to share!!!

Be blessed!
Debbie @ Daylee's Creative Doodling ( #140)

fairy thoughts said...

Hi shaz
well it is worth buying coke for, I really must have a go at this... recycling at it's best. I love the cogs I have a folder very similar. the tree is beautiful have you ever tried to dry the flowers ... if you are allowed to pick them, sadly am I thinking Christmas decs here?

MaryH said...

So many different goodies to drool over on your blog today. Your metal embossing was 'to die for'. I always fall for patina stuff, and you did a great job on this one. Loved your green card too, and terrific work with the EF. Really set off your focal image, which was colored so marvelously. And always enjoy seeing what is going on in your area. So strange, you are getting ready for autumn, and we are waiting on Spring to finally arrive! TFS such a fun & interesting post. Hugs

Mrs A. said...

Your play with the can of coke tin looks fantastic. The colours are lovely. Those yellow flowering trees are pretty. Are they from the Bottle Brush family?
Really chuffed you pulled my name from the bag.
Hugs Mrs A.

Shelly Schmidt said...

I LOVE your amazing soda can project- such a beautiful background! Gorgeous card!

Unknown said...

The metallic backgrounds look great. Shaz. I need to play around with these colors. I seem to keep using the same color combo of Stream, Wild Plum, and Purple Twilight. I really need to get out of that rut and your cards are inspirational. TFS

Unknown said...

Coke tins are great to work with, lovely.
Karen #192

Anonymous said...

I never would have guessed that that amazing piece of art was actually a coke can!! Beautiful. Love all your piccies of Australia too and have scrolled down to see what I've missed. Hope you're well, swimming in the warm sea must do wonders for your soul.

Brenda 87

Zue said...

I really like your 'green' for April. The chrysanthemum
Is beautiful. Thanks for visiting me.

Ginny Maxam said...

Great Post Shaz!! What a great idea using a coke can! I can't wait to try it out!!
Thank so much!


Hi Shaz
I'm late again LOL...I think I may have to give up my Thursday evening shifts so I can play better in WOYWW LOL. What time was it here when Julia put the link up? OH my thanks for the welcome too. Love the tin work!! I have done that in the past but not for awhile...I suspect it shall come up in my weekly Tuesday tip or technique at some stage. I miss the Eastern Ocean so much...I'm so glad you do beach photos.
Annette Inj Oz #74

KatzElbows said...

Your coke can is amazing. I'd frame it just as it is and gaze at it adoringly.

Happy belated WOYWW.
Cheers, Rachel #34

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting me this week! SueC#94

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, great post - love your embossed metal. I never have any drink cans around - we generally chose bottles of pop - so I haven't tried this but it looks super.

Love your green/black card - Silver Fern is one of my favourite folders. The Chrysanthemum topper is beautiful.

And aren't you lucky to have such beautiful native street tree - it's surely guaranteed to brighten up any street.

You mentioned Beadazzles in your comment so, just for you, I've put a pic on my most recent post with an explanation of what exactly they are.

Elizabeth xx

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful card. I love that fern EB folder...wiping it with the whitish wash looks great.

Amazing that you could create that wonderful tin piece from a coke can!!!

sara j said...

Hi Shaz - It's official: I've adopted better late than never as my personal creed. Somehow the week just slipped away from me.
What a treat to see a step by step on your calligraphy...which is just gorgeous. And as always I appreciate your stunning pictures. Especially because there is no snow in them. April really is still winter here (although we are loathe to admit it) and it has been snowing for 3 days now. Sigh.
All the better to stay in the art room and play I say!
See you again in a couple of days.
Sara j #29

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