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, August 21, 2013

WOYWW, Coke Tin with Alcohol inks + Cuttlebug; Jemac stamps

{Warning - lo-n-ng post}
Hullo there everyone..
Welcome to WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - do pop over to Julia's *here* to the crafty learning zone).  I have been meaning to share this for ages now, but been absent due to being poorly (see previous posts).
 I had wanted a stamp for back of my cards to save me writing details all the time on the back. Saw one on Jocelyn's blog ages ago now, and contacted the Aussie company. Have a luffly new stamp made here in Oz at Jemac stamps - a wonderful company, who are very helpful. They offer to make a stamp to your order ( eg.here and here). I actually sent them one of my watermarks and they were willing to to do it, even sent me a sample image. It would have cost a little more. However chose a simpler design, used watermark lettering, but one of their images ('cos gumnuts & gumleaves are so Aussie). May post overseas too, just ask, their post here was very cheap.
Cuttlebug Clockworks folder + Alcohol inks.
Beautifully etched rubber, so easy to get right every time. Maybe wood mounted too, chose "easier to clean" plastic mount and handle. No discount for promo, just like to let others know.

The focal point of this week's card was actually started ages ago now on the April WOYWW post (see back here) with a coke can die cut embossed and coloured with alcohol inks - some of you might remember. Had the potential card element sitting on my desk for ages wondering just how to feature is as did not want to cover it up. Then one day the perfect scenario dawned on me. Clockwork folder means clocks, clocks mean passing of time and who do I like to rib the most about getting older? a certain family male member, of course! so perfect opportunity was Monday, this week - his 60th no less! 
Used Perfect Pearl and Versamark colour the clockwork pieces, and the 60 and then used Dimensional magic to gloss them up. The background folder is Tim Holtz Dot Matrix think it is and distressed a little too. Printed a coloured sheet of card first as did not have right shade, so I guessed a Photoshopped piece then deepened a little after embossing. The sentiment, an acronym, is computer generated and printed on background of clock faces. Used Spellbinder labels 8 and 4 think it is (?)
The poem written below was inside (always do this for special birthdays, write a poem). First part was written after walking on beach, had some grains of wet sand on my finger, studying them wet tiny but wonderful in sunshine, talking to LORD, and then it just rolled out:

 Grains of sand, wet,
 Gleaming, glistening, glittering,
 Glinting in the sunlight on seashore.
Beauty caught in single grain,
Individual glory sculpted by an Unseen Hand.
 Such are the sands of time present, passing!
Never to be caught again ....

SLG 12.8.13
(Edited out personal bit)

How precious are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them,
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
Psalm 139:17-18
 
A beautiful beach ten minutes north of here, on walk with my dad last week, he is going to paint it...

This is zoomed in ultra close to the headland in the far, far middle distance in shot above this one. So you can see what aview they have up there living on that headland. I have friends who live there.
Our front garden at  Honeybird Yellow Grevillea - best one you can buy, flowers all year around compact and birds adore it.
Happy WOYWW everyone - very sorry limited blogging as health allows - but thank you so very very much if you take the time to say hullo.
Your words really bless my heart, may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x
PS would like to link this up to:

41 comments:

glitterandglue said...

Hello Shaz. I was only thinking of you, and praying for you last evening. Trust the teaching is going OK - and that your health soon picks up. Lovely card from that cog image - it looks great. What an amazing blessing to live so close to all that beauty. Stunning.
have a special week.
Margaret #55

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

#83 before I forget....Lovely photos this week. Truly love the Signature piece you had made. And the 60 card is really unique, love the copper look.Wish him a Happy Day. Enjoy WOYWW, sending you well wishes too. Time wish we could capture it and safe some for a rainy day.

House of Bears said...

Cool stamp, what a great idea, maybe we should commission a house of bears stamp.

Bears @#99

Glenda Brooks said...

I'm a little lost as to your health issues. So sorry I have missed what is going on with you. I've had lower back issues for over two months now and not moving well yet. Hope you feel better soon! Love the pictures of the coast line! Amazing. Also love the 60 card!

Kim said...

Shaz, What a beautiful beach and great photos - I live near the sea but it's the North Sea and now quite so beautiful. Thanks for sharing

God Bless

Daisy 78#

Saints Rule! said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing this amazing project at Word Art Wednesday!

Neet said...

Just been reading back and so sorry that you have been feeling so ill Shaz. I always have you in my prayers though so whilst I have not been specific you have been there.
I will get an email off soon so I can chat more.
Love
Neet xx 32

peggy apl said...

sorry to hear you haven't been well, Shaz. i'm sending you healing thoughts and a prayer for your healing. i love that coke can piece that you made and it looks great on the card!
happy WOYWW! thank you for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS @ 12

Ann B said...

Sorry you haven't been well Sharon, missing myself for a couple of months so I didn't know. Sending prayers and good wishes and hope you feel better soon.
Love
Ann B
45

Chocolate Purples said...

Beautiful. I've never tried cutting the coke can but yours looks super cute. I've got to add this to my "to make list".

Twiglet said...

Such a lovely post this week Shaz. I love your Shaz in Oz stamp - great idea and so well done. Your card and the poem are really special and will be loved I am sure. x Jo

Winnie said...

Just awesome Shaz! I love that you embossed a coke can with that great folder. I have been wanting to try, but worry about my beloved machine! I had no idea who wrote poetry to boot! How thoughtful and special for the recipient! You rock! Winnie#89

Debs Willis said...

Hi Shaz, great 60th card. I really enjoyed playing with the cans and the cuttlebug!

Hope youur health improves soon

Debs #98

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Fantastic 60th birthday card and lovely new personalised stamp too.

Hope you feel better soon Shaz.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Gita said...

Hi Shaz! sorry about your health. :-( love the personalized stamp you had made. And the coke can cut out is awesome. Brigita #108

Monique said...

Great stamp and gorgeous card! Love that plant with the yellow blooms in your front yard.
Happy WOYWW Hugs Monique #110

Shaz Brooks said...

Gorgeous card Shaz, I really love how it turned out! Your stamp is fabulous- you've made me think that would be a good idea. I bought a stamp making kit a while ago at a craft fair- had to have it, haven't used it yet- I may just give that a go. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #50 xx

Karen Letchworth said...

This card is absolutely stunning, Shaz. How wonderful, and I'm SO glad you've shared it in our challenge this week. Also, those wonderful photos you've shared are such a special treat. Thank you so much for allowing us to share them with you. They're truly beautiful, and I'm SO grateful to have you share your talents with us. May God bless you today and always.
Your friend,
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Carole said...

A very beautiful interesting and textural card. Be well Snoop on! Carole #111

Neesie said...

I haven't visited you for so long Shaz so it's so good to catch up. Your stamp is gorgeous. How clever ;D
It was lovely to see your photos too...ahh...that beach and I don't remember the Honeybird Yellow Grevillea.
I hope your health improves :D
Neesie no number (I haven't entered WOYWW this week...I'm just visiting everyone)xoxo

Ria Gall said...

Hi Shaz
I love your personalised stamp it looks amazing stamped out great font as well.
I love the birthday card the inks on the embossed piece work so well looks fab
Have a really great WOYWW and enjoy the rest of your week
Hugs Ria #85

Mrs.D said...

Shaz
Thrilled to see you are back on WOYWW and feeling a bit better. All those pictures are wonderful especially the ocean one, I just love the powers of the sea, I feel very close to our Lord when I am by the sea.
And I love your cards, as ever, they are very special.
Don't work too hard, blessings
Chris No 83

MagsB said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful card! The soft colours are so beautiful!

Thank you, also, for the lovely pictures, what a beautiful part of the world you live in! How wonderful it is to see God's creation through pictures like yours!!!

God bless you!

love Mags B x

Betsy said...

Beautiful pictures Shaz. Thank you for sharing that marvelous bit of God's creation with all of us.
Blessings,
Betsy

Andrea said...

hi shaz hope you continue to feel well feel and your health improves love the new stamp its very well done and the embossing on the birthday card is fab what richness in the colours perfect for a special birthday as always thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us much appreciated that beach looks ace will we get to see the painting ?..am I being pushy now?... have great week and hope you keep well
hugs Andrea#51

Di said...

Beautiful card Shaz, and love the copper look, so different.

Such a super stamp for personalising your cards too.

Take it easy chick, don't overdo things.

Sending hugs, Di xx

brenda said...

Had a job to find this one Shaz as the Allsorts link throws a wobbly, anyhow found your beautifully rich embossed creation.

Thanks so much sharing your new crafty stash with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

Beautiful photos as always as well. Do take care my friend.

B x

MaryH said...

So very glad you are feeling up to posting some now, Sharon. So enjoyed your lovely patina on this beautiful card. Awesome verse inside too. How accomplished you are at so _many_ different skills. And as always, loved your photos. (another skill!) Continue to feel better, maybe this is meant as a "rest time" for you...we both understand that things happen in His time...not ours. TFS & Hugs

Nikki said...

What a beautiful card and that flower is just stunning it wouldn't be all year round here with our nasty winters but would love if it could :) hugs Nikki 22

Peg Robinson said...

Absolutely stunning. Love the steampunk look of this.

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Hi Shaz - thanks for the Jemac link - will check it out... Am playing catch up - Happy WOYWW - Mxx #138

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Shaz, so thoughtfully put together with your poem. Your personalized stamp is fantastic, TFS the link. Looks like you live in a gorgeous part of Oz too, hope your health improves and that you can continue to enjoy things at your own pace :) Cathy x

Craftychris said...

Lovely photo's and a fab new stamp! what a brilliant idea! Love your card, that technique is so cool! Take care of yourself xx

Anne said...

Great stamp, lovely photos and amazing card! Our prayers and thoughts remain with you dear friend.

fairy thoughts said...

hey shaz
sorry to hear that you have been poorly, but hopefully you are on the mend now and back crafting.
the stamp is amazing, I have a silicon stamp maker but have never really add good results with it .... you cant beat rubber can you. love the coke can embossing too.
janet

Fandhmum said...

Lovely copper look and what fabulous photos
Rosie x

Jani Lewis said...

Beautiful card. Love the colors you got on the embossed gears. The stamp is great too. Hope you are feeling better.

my craft cupboard said...

Shaz your card is fantastic, love the photo's that you have put on this weeks blog.
I do hope that you are getting better.
hugs
sharon:)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love your idea to add the agge jab to your fab metallic background- i do have a brother that is older that myself that I always seem to pick cards like this out for him...He will always be older than me! What a gorgeous group of pictures!

MagsB said...

What a wonderful and very special card! It's absolutely perfect! Thank you for sharing the verse, too - and those photos, what a beautiful place you live in!

I hope you are getting better, I am praying for you!

much love, Mags B x

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Beautiful card Shaz - wow!! Love your photos too.

So glad that you are happy with your Jemac stamp (thanks for the link to my post).

Jocelyn xo

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