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, 11 December 2013

WOYWW Embossing tip + Flowering Mother-in-law Tongue

Hullo there everyone - YES! 'Tis Wednesday and desk showing/ sharing and all that  time again!! Pop over to Julia's to see what I am raving on about - we all join together to share and learn on a world wide desk hop. Here is my messy desk!!
As you can see I am making a card or two actually! One on right is the upcycled card with Tree verse and also poinsettias made with Britannia die. 
Also card on the left I am making a baby card for my sister but has come to a halt as she does not know middle name and want to put details on that scrappy piece (at the moment, which change it) on left of the card.

Here is my favourite tip this year .. to cut a fine edge around a die cut, simply emboss the piece you want to cut then use the very outside edge for your cut line.. and then sits nice and neatly on it too. Easy peasy! as you have embossing mat etc already from doing original dies cut it is quicker and more accurate than tracing around it.
Now quick show of cards made.. 
These were made same as the ones on last post - see below! Also on it is a poem if you want one to put inside your Christmas card free to use it.
 This one was made with same dies up above from Britannia - really love them! and thee snowy cottage image was a photo on a card of my friend's home in Nettleham (Lincolnshire). I made her this card with a image from photo, on fancy labels 8 spellbinder. The "Joy' was a Srapmatt's piece discontinued sadly as tried to buy some more. Snowflake EF is also Disc. was cuttlebug one.
Now for the Australian photo of the day the Mother-in-law's tongue is flowering again... has been from months tactfully this one was beauty though!!
Many thanks every one of you for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be! Shaz in Oz.x 
EDIT: Am sorry, commenting will be hindered a little as had a bit of fall this afternoon and laid up - am fine, but cant sit much on desktop. Will do best on mobile :D but it is an ancient model. (like me! *grin*)


Jo Ann said...

Wow, you've been busy...Wonderful designs and embossing. Very nice! Thanks for blessing us with your artwork this week at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with God's Word in Proverbs 18:10 which says, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." God bless, always!


Unknown said...

Beautiful cards! Have a great week
Lynda B #36

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

How gorgeous cards, love the embossing and your personal touch
hugs Tamara

Julia Dunnit said...

Don't worry about comments, just be careful with yourself! Poor you, falling as a grown up is such a shock. Feel better soon, huh. Love the cards, so thoughtful to include their house in your art. Never ever seen the flower on a MinL's tongue.. Fascinating, isn't it pretty!

Neet said...

Oh Shaz, so sorry to hear of your fall. Do hope that you have not done any damage to yourself - have you been checked out?
Lovely, beautiful cards and thanks for the tip.
Hugs, and thanks for visiting me earlier. Neet xx 14
will put you in prayer for healing

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh blimey, Shaz...are you all right? Falling shocks the whole system :-(
Your cards are so pretty, it makes me feel Christmassy just looking at them!
Hugs, LLJ 43 xx

brenda said...

Another beauty Shaz, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenges.

Thanks for your warm thoughts and words as well.
B x

Eliza said...

Gosh you have been productive and I love how you are always up-cycling. You turn your cards into such treasures, the receivers are really blessed.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 66

Christine said...

You just sit (lie) there and take it easy - bit of being waited on is good for the soul! Glad the fall didn't do any permanent damage. Love the frame on that tree.
Bishopsmate #73

Helen Gullett said...

You made pretty christmas card set! Love the poinsettia.
:) Don't forget to join us for January 2014 Challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles

MaryH said...

Hi SHaron, sorry to hear about the fall, and hope you mend up real fast. You have been one busy bee with all these lovely cards. I like how you made each of the Joy cards so different with your paper choices. Loving the snow-y cottage card, and thanks for the die cut trimming tip. We had MIL tongue plants in Fla, & honestly, I never saw one flower before. Of course ours were in maybe that's why???It's very pretty. Always enjoy your photos. TFS, Hugs & Merry Christmas.

Betsy said...

Ahhh Shaz, I'm sorry to hear of your fall. I hope that it wasn't serious and that you'll be on the mend very soon.
Your post is beautiful as always and I can't tell you enough how much I love the cards you sent to me. They are amazing. Thank you so much.

JoZart Designs said...

Oh Shaz, do take better care and I hope you make a good recovery with no lasting effects. Love your cards and such a thoughtful one for your friend.
So pleased to read that you to have past the tiny portal of Sarah Neilson's Gingerbread shop. It really is amazingly wonderful.
Love Jo x

Darnell said...

Well, first, my friend, I am terribly sorry to hear that you fell and I hope you make sure nothing popped, as it were. Rest up. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me on your mobile!

Your post is great today! I love seeing all your beautiful cards and thank you the reminder on embossing before cutting. I always forget about that!

Thank you, too, for showing the MIL flower! We had one in our house for 35 years, just slowing growing in a glass of water, without soil! I sure never knew they were an outdoor plant, but maybe our zones are different. Anyway, it was fascinating to see!!

Happy WOYWW and happy healing! Take care! Hugs, Darnell #22

Annie said...

I used to have a mother in law's tongue plant in our conservatory but alas it didn't survive the neglect I gave it :-(
A x # 41

Caro said...

Wonderful cards and I love the tip. Sorry to hear about your fall. I hope you make a swift recovery. Take care and God Bless. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#52)

Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. I hope you won't have any lasting effects. What a pretty card! I really like the decorative label 8 diecut you used. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday.

Mrs.D said...

Shaz, thanks for visiting me.
I love your red and gold cards, very stylish and to the point. Don't they look different in red compared to the blue ones in you previous post.
I think your poem is much nicer that my 'pome' but then yours has amuch more important message. I might just use it for next year's cards.
And the Mother in law's tongue with a flower is amazing.
Saw you have had a fall, hope you are not too badly bruised. I fell over the door of the dishwasher 10 days ago, some very spectacular bruises. Do take care,
Bless you
Chris #31

Unknown said...

Wow. your cards are stunning #12

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Beautiful card and embossing. Strange to say, I have never thought of a Mother-in-Law's Tongue being a flowering plant. It is obviously very happy where you have it. I love seeing your photos of your garden and lovely surroundings. I have a few boxes of plants to put in, when I get a chance and some wall flowers and bulbs too to give me some spring colour, hopefully. I am also expecting a delivery of fruit bushes to be put in as well to get them established before next year. I shall do photos and post them to show progression. Hope you are feeling well at the moment. have a good week. xx Maggie #23

Gita said...

Such pretty cards. I have a similar Christmas tree stamp. Brigita #74

Saints Rule! said...

Love the embossing! A wonderful project! Thanks for blessing us with your talents at Word Art Wednesday!

Di said...

FABULOUS Shaz - as you are of course!

Hugs, Di xx

Mrs A. said...

That's a really good tip. Not one you would think to do yourself. Simple but effective. After my initial not liking the Britannia dies (thought them a tad small ) I have since come round to using thm a lot and like them now! Hugs Mrs a.

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Beautiful cards Shaz!

And what a beautiful flower - I can only imagine how spectacular it looks in real life!

Sorry about your fall - hope you will feel better soon.

Jocelyn x

Sarn said...

Thank you for the top tip Shaz . . . will have to remember that one! LOL!.

Love your batch of red cards too.

I have NEVER seen a MIL's Tongue flower before. How exotic. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs, Sarn x

Nan G said...

Gorgeous cards! I've never seen a flowering Mothers in law tongue plant before! Thanks for sharing. Hope you're ll recovered from your mishap. WOYWW hugs! Nan G #69

Anonymous said...

Oh Shaz, hope you're able to rest and heal. Not nice taking a tumble. Lovely post, great Spellbinders tip and I love your cards. Talking of which, thank you for the beautiful one that arrived here yesterday. Yours is somewhere between here and there! Hope it arrives before Christmas. Never knew the MIL Tongue plant even flowered!

Brenda 4

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz
so many fab cards, well done
janet #39

Sally H said...

What fabulous cards, Shaz! That cottage looks gorgeous! Hope you are recovering after your fall and the bruises etc are minimal. Gentle hugs xxx Thanks for joining us at stamping sensations this month and good luck!

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