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, October 23, 2013

WOYWW + Black Silver Oriental Card + NSW Fires

{Warning picture heavy post.}
Hullo there everyone, time for WOYWW - DO  hop over to What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's blog HERE....
 I am working on a card. You know when you get an idea in your head, which doesn't quite work, but you don't want to ditch it, so you attack it from another angle? 
 Well, that is what I am doing today. It is the first bit of play for this month actually as I was away then the room was all packed up (and still not totally unpacked. Oh, and the NBN went in eventually and works just wonderfully!). Over at OSA (Oriental Stamp Art) they are having a Black and silver mingle so making a card for that .. with silver, black card and black ink.
 Saw a  video by Jani Lewis of Paper Compulsions a while ago now. I used that method here but the first folder had too much open space to work successfully, so decided to cut around the image outline and glue it onto another folder from the set, also embossed the inked over with Jet Black Staz-on. Embossing folders are from Oriental set of four by Cuttlebug called "Oriental Weave".
The stamp Kanji also did not co-operate and was revamped. It was supposed to be a framed "Tranquility" kanji like this one from Artneko, but on the slippery silver card it smudged a tad on frame and the English word so trimmed these off and re-framed it - waste not, want not - again!! here tis finished..
  
Here is another part of my rearranged craft room ~ the embossing/ cutting station, positioned behind my desk, near the doorway .. with dies, folders, unmounted stamps in large folder, colouring items etc.
Note the three tools next to Cuttlebug, which  are always handy: 1. the candle end to make it easy to remove tricky dies (just give the rub over the die before cutting) 2. the green handled tool to lift dies when cut off plate, and 3. the invisible tape to attach dies while cutting. Have a Big Shot as well as Cuttlebug because I thought the bug was broken! and bought the Shot! then someone on WOYWW (about two years ago) suggested it was probably a loose screw and it was :D so use one for cutting and the other for embossing.
 
Also today my thoughts and prayers are with the "Firies" (our brave firefighters) down south - we have really had bad bushfires this year - and it is not even summer! There are over 60 fires burning across NSW, too many of which are out of control. A dry warm winter -> lots of fuel!
The real area of concern especially today, Wednesday, is the Blue Mountains townships (surrounding Sydney), where they have lost over 200 homes already and about half that damaged badly.
 I took these with my camera from the ABC news - so heartbreaking to watch.

Dear LORD, may you watch over them all today - those who are fighting and those who are waiting to see what is going to happen to their homes and livelihoods, may You give wisdom and grace and mercy where needed to all concerned, keep them safe and meet every need, In Jesus name, amen.

Thanks so much if you have read this far down, and if you join in with me in this prayer .. and for popping over for a peek and chat.
May the dear LORD bless your day where ever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x
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39 comments:

Betsy said...

I hadn't heard of your fires but now that you've told me, I will definitely be praying for the firefighters and the people who are in danger of losing property.
Blessings,
Betsy

Regina Hamilton said...

Your card is stunning. I haven't heard anything about the fires, but I'll add everyone to my prayer list. Happy crafting #4

Nan G said...

Preserverance pays off....a gorgeous card! Just read about the fires on Sentient blog by Heather Telford. Prayers for all in the area.

Robin Spitzer said...

Love the Candle Tip! I can't wait to try that. I use wax paper right now...going to try the Candle.


Hugs, Robin #22

Janene McAnally said...

Thank you for the prayers for the fire fighters and for all the people that have been affected by these horrific fires. My son is an ag-pilot and he is fire bombing on these fires, the prayers are really appreciated. I have been busy rearranging my craft room too, must be the spring air :-). Have a great week and happy WOYWW.
Janene #5

Andrea said...

Great tip re candles I use wax paper which is expensive!. As with others my thoughts and prayers are with everyone near and in the fire zones and those brave Fire-fighters, such harrowing images hopefully they will be under control soon hugs Andrea #31

Di said...

Lovely card Shaz, and I do love how you rearranged your craft room. Makes perfect sense!

Those fires look awful - wish I could send you the monsoon rain we've had here overnight.

Hugs, Di xx

peggy apl said...

That's a great card!
My heart goes out to those people who are affected by the fires, both those fighting and those whose homes are being threatened by them! Saying a prayer for them!
Happy WOYWW!
Hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS@11

Helen said...

Have just been watching the news here in the UK about the fires, it looks awful, I hope they control them soon... Congrats on your up-coming blogaversary. Happy WOYWW Helen 20

Mrs.D said...

Shaz, it is good to have you back on WOYWW. Your card looks great, but I am encouraged to find it is not just me who has those cards which refuse to be completed easily.
I was worried that you might be near the fires, (my geography of Australia is not great) but I will join you in prayer for those affected by them.
Heavenly Father we ask that you will comfort all those people in Australia who are affected by these fires. That they will find safety from the dangers, that they will soon be able to return and begin to rebuild their lives. Please send the rain, that is so desperately needed in that area, to quench the flames and put out the smoldering undergrowth.
Lord Jesus we ask in your precious name, Amen

Hope you are now fully recovered,
Blessings
Chris #45

Krisha said...

Hi Shaz,
Beautiful card, and yes we all have "those" cards ideas that can be fleeting.
Krisha #44

RosC said...

G'day Shaz,
Lovely work with your oriental theme with a great piece of fussy-cutting there. I have a Japanese style of card on my post this week which you might enjoy.
We surely watch and hope all is well for these folk in the Blue Mountains. We are putting some more thought into our fire plans this year. The fuel is plentiful after all the rain. Just hope the neighbours do the same.
All the best,
Ros. #43

fairy thoughts said...

It's tricky when an idea doesn't work but it looks great now so well done for going with it , thinking of the firefighters such a brave thing to do
Janet

Belinda Basson said...

I love your cutting station and the stamp you are fussy cutting is lovely. #57

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I'm sending all my prayers to those brave fire fighters...there has been a lot of footage on our news about it. Those poor folk who have lost everything...I hope that the area receives some rain soon.....
I adore that oriental card, goodness it's elegant and lovely. Black on silver is not something you see that often, but I LOVE it!
Hugs, LLJ 7 xx

Neet said...

So sad to hear (and read) about the fires. The Blue Mountains is where mum and sis used to go for many a holiday. I am joining you in prayer.
Now to your crafting - Shaz - that is utterly gorgeous! Must go and look at the link as I cannot get over just how stunning your card is.
Take care my friend and thanks for all the die cutting tips.
Hugs, Neet 24 xx

BJ said...

So glad the card got there in the end. Like the black staz-on over silver card effect, must try that. Thanks for the visit this week BJ#26

Christine said...

I shall print out your prayer as I have friends there, I am crying for every person and animal in this area....so sad

Bishopsmate #77

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Shaz

Belated Happy WOYWW.

Great oriental card. TFS the technique.

Sorry to learn of the fires.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Debs Willis said...

Hi Shaz, so glad you're not affected by the bush fires & my heart goes out to those who are.
Hugs
Debs x

butlersabroad said...

So sad to see all the destruction from fires, floods and typhoons, and so brave of the people who risk their lives to battle it all. Great save on the card, love how it turned out. I love using self patterning wool, half the fun is seeing how it turns out!

Hugs
Brenda 1

Gita said...

Very pretty card!

And these fires are just horrible! Living in Southern California for 20 years I've seen some nasty fires. So scary! I hope they get it under control soon. Brigita #84

famfa said...

That card looks amazing. Impressive. Yes it is awful regarding th bush firs. I have family in Sydney. Scary
Famfa 2

lisa said...

We've been seeing the awful bush fires on our news here in the UK, they are truly terrible.
Love your oriental card, well done for persevering.
Thanks for stopping by already, I've never been called a Vegemite before, lol.
Hugs Lisax #56

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, indeed, watching the news about the wildfires is horrifying.
I love the Oriental card you've done, and love how you include what went wrong & how you fixed it. I always try to do that too- always good to know how to get out of a jam, lol. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #34 xx

Robyn said...

My oldest is a wildfire fighter, so prayer for all!
I'm a calligrapher too, and work for Quietfire Design, hand lettered fine rubber stamps and digital files. I hope you will check us out, and maybe want to be a guest blog designer ! message me if you are interested.
thanks for visiting
Robyn 10

Caro said...

The card is stunning. I have been and will continue to pray for the firefighters and those affected by the fires. God bless you. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#74)

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah Sharon, the fires are on our national news too, so frightening for sydneysiders. We were in katoomba years ago, so hard to see it threatened. the fire boys and gals are incredibly brave.
Like your oriental card, especially as it's come together from rescue and retry. The silver card is very effective..worth the slippery factor!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Good for you for persevering on that stubborn card, Shaz, because it turned out so beautifully!! Love the organized cutting area you've made and I appreciate the tips on the tools to keep handy!

I, too, am keeping Oz in my thoughts and prayers. Those fires are so devastating. It's been a bad year for them all over the world.

Happy WOYWW! Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by to visit me! Darnell #12

MaryH said...

Beautiful card, Sharon, and I enjoyed reading about your salvage efforts. I'll be checking out that video too, so thnx for the link. You ended up with a super stunning card. Prayers going out to you & your countrymen with these awful fires. So scary, and no one knows the long-range damage..not just to 'things & possessions', but also health issues. God Bless & TFS = Hugs

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

So beautiful card
hugs Tamara

Donna Wheat said...

love your oriental card, great save! Thank for my earlier visit, Donna #52

StampinCarol said...

I really like the Asian-themed card you ended up with. Very elegant. I'll have to try your candle idea. Some dies are just horrible to get the paper out. I've heard about the fires. Dreadful. I'll join in your prayers. Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #86

Danie May said...

Such a beautiful oriental Card Shaz and I love the effect of that technique using your embossing folders. My thoughts are also with the fire fighters and all those effected by the current fires across NSW. Some of my family were evacuated last week as it came very close to their home. They were one of the lucky ones thanks to the fabulous efforts of the RFS. Hopefully the weather conditions change and they will all be brought under control soon. Have a great week! Danie #25

Spyder said...

Love your card, I know I have some of those bamboo stickers, or something like them some where! The fires look very frightening and I hope everyone is okay over them
Happy WOYWW
#59
((Lyn))

Jani Lewis said...

Beautiful card Shaz. Glad you liked the technique and thanks so much for linking to my video. Love how you cut around the bamboo too.

Sad to hear about the fires.

Your craft room looks great. Have fun unpacking the rest. :)

glitterandglue said...

Hello Shaz. Thanks for visiting earlier - yes, the calendar did take rather a long time - but it has certainly been worth it. Can't wait for December 1st!!
Your country is certainly struggling with these fires. We see the news website (we don't have tv), and the destruction is so very bad. I trust Father God will show you His mercy, bringing rain, helping the struggling fire fighters, and giving peace to those who have lost so much.
God bless,
Margaret #64

Anne said...

Stunning! Wow!

scrappystickyinkymess said...

What a study in contrasts - beautiful cards and photos of devastation. I saw a bit on the news about this and it looks awful. May the rain come soon

Busy with DS's visit yesterday so Happy (late) WOYWW!
Mary Anne (12)

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