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

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Engagement card - House Mouse Wreath stamp + Cuttlebug Plus Folder

Hullo there everyone.
Here is my latest favorite method of a card make, as seen on Debby's wonderful blog.
I had been in correspondence with Debby of "A Scrapjourney", as she does these amazing 3D cards, beautiful they are - peek here  at her blog - and SEE how she does her 3D cards - here...
My cardstock I had was not the right weight, and so we worked out what I needed here in Oz was 160gsm card weight. I rang around local stores and finally tracked this one down (which is a dream to use) at a local office supplies. Okay was not cheap, but really was able to feel surface of card before bought it, plus helps local store! When used it for this card just fell in love with it is worth every penny, or cent - so silky and smooth and went well with Caran d'Ache pencils.. Curiously it is made in Austria. If you want to know how to work out paper weights in various countries this is good Wiki post here
The layers coloured as Debby does on her blog, I did three layers *bottom layer on lower left *the second layer cut around wreath edge on bottom right; then added *third layer of just the mice on top right. Adhered with Silicone Glue, as shown on her blog.

I also saw this method on Debby's blog, if you notice, a  lot of her card are inserts or used to mount on another layer with the same die. Used used this method with SB Beaded Ovals, 2nd smallest die on this card here - looks really great with any die but the key is to really just emboss as it is on the monkey card. 
The folder on the is card is a Cuttlebug Plus "He loves me" not sure if still available as had it for ages now. Used pearl paper for it, added rose lace edge and Martha Stewart Punch Shell (?) added with pearls.
 I have had this stamp and embossing folder for ages now and never known quite how to use them. I tried out but nothing more. And here they leapt together just beautifully and love them both wow! The stamp needed to be done in Versafine, as it is very detailed.
One thing that pinks that always puzzles me is how different they can photograph. I used the SU chalks (differing shades) on background, three different shades to especially to tone exactly with card I was using, yet on this photo they look like two different tones. As you can see added some ultra fine glitter to the image too.
Many thanks every one for popping over for a peek and chat, will return visit as able, and may God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz..x
Would like to link over with:
Pixies Playground - Snippety challenge  (pink snippets) woo hoo swings tis, for me!!


Rossella said...

What a beautiful card, lovely
Rosie x

Neet said...

Wow Shaz - this is such a beautiful card. Must have taken ages to produce and even longer to think up the design. Well worth the effort. Love the embossing, the lace/shell border - everything about it!
It really is a WOW card.
Hugs, neet xx

Di said...

Absolutely STUNNING Shaz - must have taken ages but so worth it for such a terrific result.

Hugs, Di xx

Gail said...

This is beautiful!
I'm going to check out Debby's blog when I get a minute!

Craftychris said...

ooh stunning card! Your colouring is fabulous and the embossing looks brilliant! xx

Monique said...

Ow, so sweet those mice!
xx Monique

glitterandglue said...

A lovely card, Shaz. How's things going with you? Sorry I haven't been I touch - finishing sorting dad's house. Done now!

debby4000 said...

Oh what a beautiful, adorable card.

Sarn said...

Absolutely gorgeous HM card here Shaz. I am a great fan of Debby's beautiful work and you've done a marvellous job using her techniques.

Often wondered how she manages to get such definition! Off for a nosey at the link you gave! Thanks for sharing.

Sarn xxx

Debs Willis said...

This is a real wow card Shaz! Absolutely lovely
Debs x

Carol Willis said...

Gorgeous card Shaz, love it.
Caz x

ike said...

Goodness - how divine is that little card ?!!!! So sweet. A wonderful creation :-D

IKE in Greece xxxx


Thank you for popping over to tell me about the 'Smacking' .... and excellent TuT Link :-D Did you see all those horrid anonymous crud messages she had on there though ?!! I hope they don't latch onto me from there too :-(

Betsy said...

Such a beautiful card and I'm sure it is destined to be a keepsake forever for this couple. You certainly are blessed with the imagination and talent to produce such works of art.

MaryH said...

Hi Sharon, Lovely card, love these little meecies! So perfect for the occasion you were making this card. Thanks for the link to Debbie's 3D technique, will check this out. Love that Plus folder too. I never knew how to use these either. (I took one apart, in ignorance, then had to retape it.) The plus CB's make great aperture cards. Enjoy your vacation. Rest up. Hugs & TFS

Anne said...

Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous card full of detail and beauty! Such caring and lovely work, a card to treasure a lifetime! Thanks for the tutorial guidelines as well. You are a gem!

Sally H said...

Gorgeous card, Shaz! LOVE it!

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Shaz, love all of the pretty details. TFS the link too, will check it out :) Cathy x

Mary said...

A very sweet engagement card. I really like the cut out with your graphic in the center. Very nice touch. Your cut out of the oval is so clean, you are quite the talent with that scissors, no jagged spots...I am impressed! So much to see on your card. Beautiful job!

Karen said...

Absolutely stunning Shaz, your colouring is perfect and everything about this card scream quality - I love it! hugs Karen

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card-what a fabulous effect :)
Best wishes,Nessa xx

MagsB said...

This is just wonderful! The embossing is gorgeous, and your decoupage is brilliant!

love Mags B x

jimlynn said...

Absolutely stunning!!!! So gorgeous!

scrappymo! said...

So pretty...the embossing folder is so pretty too!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, this is a stunning card - beautiful design, delightful mice and the embossing is lovely. I like the heart shaped aperture too, it's perfect for the occasion. I hope you are keeping well and enjoying some fine Aussie weather now. Elizabeth xx

Sarah C. said...

It's been a while since I've commented here, Shaz. I've always admired your cards, though. This is an especially sweet card! I love the little mice...they remind me so much of Beatrix Potter's little mice...really cute <3
God bless,

Mrs A. said...

I love those meeces to peeces! Have got some in stamp form and have just purchased 3 CD roms of the little perishers/sweethearts!!
Thanks for the link to the paper weights info. Hugs Mrs a.

Joanne said...

Love your card, aren't those mice so cute. Is the heart cutout in the middle part of the die ? I love the way the card turned out.

xx Joanne

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