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, 8 January 2014

Prismacolor + Frangipani + WOYWW

Hullo there everyone .. yes another Wednesday again the second time this year.. really makes me want to pinch myself, when realise it is 2014, seems this decade is flying too .. 
For those not not the know today and every Wednesday rain, hail or shine is WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday?" The international learning centre is over at Julia's Stamping Ground!
Without any further ado here is the desk/ table (or you can share the bench/ floor etc.).
Well here tis!! ... am working on a really quick image as was waa-ay behind on a card. These amazing set of pencils {which are enough to make anyone drool} are a set of Prismacolors from my sister for Christmas. On this post way back here borrowed my sister's smaller set and admired them then.. but somehow when she offered this set for a pressie did not realise just how big they were .. and are they beautiful to use??.. they are thrilling! I adore colour pencils - right back since third grade when I was given my first tin of Lakeland pencils. :D Seem to remember Maggie.C talking about her's too!
So here is the card I made with the large sunflower wreath stamp ( ©1995 PSX, Made in USA, no name) - most of card had been done ages ago for a sixtieth card, which I made a mess of the image. Re-did image differently and re-cut numbers, and greeting. Ideally if time had permitted I would have hand cut out the image and layered several times to 3D it, but this needed finishing quickly! Used were Spellbinder circles, Petite ovals and CB Swiss dots folder with Olivia CB numbers, and CB Vintage corners {Oh, and of course, the yellows are matching but dont photograph that way :D curious that}.
 Next are two belated Christmas card received - more below this post .. belated because mail from USA can take a month to Oz! Aren't they beautiful?
To close, I will share the Oz shot of the week - seems to be a tradition now! Wish
we had smell-a-vision for this! It smells so beautiful!
Franginpani from circa 1974

My parents built the home in 1973, some trees on fence line were planted in 1972, but think this one probably was 1974 (forty years old). Was not living here then, so dont know. I adore frangipani (see here) and as you can see this one is taller than the house next door, and our house! It flowers for eight to nine months of the year, like our roses, which are also partly in view. I love the carpet of flowers underneath which forms till lawn is mowed again. :D
I really appreciate all who faithfully come and visit me on this little blog.
A special warm welcome to Sarah (she does some beautiful quilling along with other things) and to Susie , and Annie, who is a WOYWW-er. These are all pretty new bloggers, so do pop over and say hi!
Have noticed this blog's Wonderful Encouragers are getting near 200 mark, which is pretty amazing .. and humbling too.. so am praying about having something to celebrate it, to thank ALL my Wonderful Encouragers. .. maybe a small piece of calligraphy of your choice?..
Well, happy WOYWW everyone! May God bless your day wherever you maybe! and thanks so much for popping over (and even more if you stay for a chat :D)!
Shaz in Oz.x
I would like to enter my sunflower card into:
1. Di Snippets Challenge -  all of card bits in snippet pile .. it nearly was thrown out :D
3.   Closes 13/14th Jan. 
4. This month's Challenge at Stamping Sensations is Ribbons, Buttons and Bows - just one or all three. :D


Unknown said...

Beautiful cards. Wonderful present. Enjoy the new craft goodies.

Claire said...

wow what a wonderful gift from your sister and you're certainly using them to good effect on that pretty image! What a lovely tree you have in your garden, those flowers are so pretty - a lovely change from the grey days and rain we seem to be having here in the UK
Claire xx

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful coloring- I do not use my pencils enough! My work desk is too big of a mess to join in the fun...hahahaha

Andrea said...

Beautiful card I love the bright sunny colours and your colouring is fab ...I have a very small set of pencils which I haven't used very often; but they are lovely to colour with when I when I have done so. I'm sure you will get so much enjoyment from them. I love flowers and the frangipan is stunning...thanks for sharing them with us all and I hope you have a wonderful week crafty hugs Andrea x

Ginny Maxam said...

Fun post, I love the pencils, I still use mine (mixed makers) and love them! YOur card is so pretty, I miss PSX stamps!! Your photography is just what I needed to see, somewhere on the planet it is warm and sunny and I know I am whining!!
God Bless Shaz and have a great week! Ginny no # yet!

Anonymous said...

I never seem to use my pencils anymore - the kids co-opted them for art classes in school and they are just not up to it anymore. with so many other option I never get around to replacing them. But I do love the softness of pencil sometimes instead of the more intense Copics, for example. Maybe one day. and oh that flower! So very lovely and so crisp looking, the edges. It could be a paper sculpture. Just stunning.

Happy WOYWW day!
Mary Anne (3)

Carole Z said...

Hi I just popped over to have a nose at your desk! Love your card..I love to use pencils too..very relaxing! Happy WOYWW, Carole Z #28

Anne said...

Hello Shaz beautiful cards and love the colouring on the 80th card. What a wonderful present.
Always love seeing your photos and the frangipani is exquisite. Thanks for visiting me and your encouraging words on my blog. Hugs Anne x #41

Annie Claxton said...

Hi Shaz, love your beautiful sunflower card and very jealous of your huge collection of pencils! I can smell the frangipani in my mind's nose - what a wonderful photo.
Thanks for the warm welcome and for following my blog - I'd love if you would join me for my latest adventure "Show 'n' Tell Mondays"

Let me know what you think ... :o)

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Fascinating post this week, Shaz, taking me right back to my childhood, talking about the Lakeland Pencil crayons. All mine now are from the same company, Derwent, who are the English company who make Lakeland. Your post also sent me searching round the internet to see if we can grow frangipani in this country. Sadly, not outside but only as an indoor plant. As I will have enough to do to plant all my seeds this year to fill my new raised beds, I will forget indoor plants for a while. Thank you for your visits and lovely comments. Hope you have a good week. xx Maggie #24

Sarn said...

WOW - you did a great job with your pencils. Fab card.

Love the look of the Frangipani flowers too.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Twiglet said...

Beautiful cards and I can almost smell that frangipani - what a lovely photo. x Jo

ria gall said...

Hi Shaz
now that is what I call a tin of wonderful pencils you must be thrilled to have such quality and so many colour choices.
Love the card you made and those flowers look amazing
Have a great WOYWW today and enjoy the rest of your week
Hugs Ria #6

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ooh, look at that rainbow of pencils...goodness, I love them. I was one of those children who had to put them back in the box in colour order, sad I know!!
You've received some lovely cards there and I could smell the frangipani from here!! ;-)
Hugs, LLJ 2 xx

Unknown said...

Your card is absolutely fabulous! But then, I so partial to sunflowers. I did pop over to your Christian page and love it! I should consider that myself. Thanks for sharing! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N # 67

famfa said...

Lovely sunflower card and that Franginpani is gorgeous. So big
Famfa #68 I think

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz yes I'm drooling at the pencils there is something very relaxing about colouring that's why I like the zentagles too. I had seen that the other Shaz was doing the documented life as well and now Annie it's an interesting challenge the only problems is that it is posted via Facebook and there is Soooo much on there I don't know how long I will continue. Does a frangipani tree smell of almond looks gorgeous
Janet #11

Unknown said...

Nice Nice I love them all! And pens pencil and markers are some of my favorites things, cause I can take them with me. Thanks for a peek and bright blessing to you and yours. Roberta 47

Unknown said...

Nice Nice I love them all! And pens pencil and markers are some of my favorites things, cause I can take them with me. Thanks for a peek and bright blessing to you and yours. Roberta 47

Unknown said...

Nice Nice I love them all! And pens pencil and markers are some of my favorites things, cause I can take them with me. Thanks for a peek and bright blessing to you and yours. Roberta 47

Krisha said...

I LOVE my Prisma pencils and have had them for years, wouldn't trade them for any other brand.
Your card is beautiful and that tree really does make me want smell-a-vision! LOL

Will definitely pop by the newbies and say hi
Krisha #85

Stephanie said...

Hello lovely Shaz! Your cards are always so beautiful! I love the first one with the beautiful colors - it brings a smile to my ace :)

Hugs to you!

Di said...

Gorgeous Shaz - and I think we have the same set of pencils, like the FULL one?! How lucky are we then?!

Ah, from my days living in Singapore I can almost smell that fabulous Frangipani all the way over here.

Hugs, Di xx

Di said...

Ooops, I lied - I got the full set of Polychromos pencils - but whose arguing huh :)

Glenda said...

Beautiful cards and the flowers are simply gorgeous! Happy WOYWW!
Glenda #43

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

love it
my heart is singing
hugs Tamara

Laura said...

Yep, definitely drooling over the pencils! :)
The flowers are gorgeous - I'd be out there with the pencils... best of both worlds!
Happy Wednesday

Laura said...

Yep, definitely drooling over the pencils! :)
The flowers are gorgeous - I'd be out there with the pencils... best of both worlds!
Happy Wednesday

lisa said...

Happy New Year, Shaz. It seems an age since I visited last but am so glad I found you today to enjoy that stunning tree. I bet it smells just beautiful. How lovely to see Summer again!!
Your card is beautiful too. Your Sister knew perfectly what to get you for Christmas didn't she??
Hugs Lisax #17

Anonymous said...

Woot, woot for Prisma's! I love mine! Pretty card and I can imagine the smell from the Frangipani too.

Brenda 66

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

What a beautifully colored card! I'm sure your friend will cherish it -- 85 years old! Lucky you to receive all - those - pencils!! Yay!

The tree is absolutely amazing. The blooms remind me of some earrings I bought in Hawaii years ago.

Hmm, I'm wondering if I bought the right kind of pen to use with the inks. I will have to check. I had four nibs that came with it and I think you load it up through the nib? Yep, I'll have a learning curve for sure and thank you for the tip!

Peace, Kay (42)

Christine said...

Wow! love those pencils! what a super present ... and sunflowers .... what a great time you're having with the both.
thank you for sharing your flowers - that tree is amazing!
Bishopsmate #240

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Shaz and what a fabulous pressie to have all those gorgeous coloured pencils! Happy colouring :) Cathy x

Gita said...

Such a bright and cheery card. And the frangipani tree....OMG! Gorgeous!! Yes, I wish I could smell it. Of course, with my cold at the moment, I probably couldn't anyway. Brigita #80

MaryH said...

Ah Sharon, what a wonderful visit tonight, when I finally had a chance to sit down & think about enjoyment, not all the 'fixit' stuff we had today! Lucky you to get this crafty large set of pencils. I know you will do awesome work with it. Loved the PSX stamps...oh my, those are always my fav stamps. This one was gorgeous, and what a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your Christmas blessings too, and good luck on the goal. Only 2 more for you, and I'll check the links of your new followers. As always, so enjoy seeing the awesome scenery around your area. Can't even begin to imagine what the lovely smells must be from this stunning looking tree. TFS, Hugs & see ya again soon.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Beautiful sunny card! I LOVE your Frangipani Tree - what an amazing treasure! Such a beautiful photo, too! You should see how it looks in NJ right now - icy cold, patches of snow.... doesn't compare, although we did have sun today!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for stopping by, and I love the beautiful photos of your cards. They are beatuiful. I've no patience for admire this work a lot. The flowers on this tree are like perfect shape. I marvel at other areas beauty. Guess I take ours for granted. Thanks for shairng, have a lovely week.

Nan G said...

Beautifully colored image made a very pretty card! Your card matches the frangipani :) What a gorgeous flower on that tree. Have a wondrous New Year! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #76

Betsy said...

Oh I love your flowering tree. It's huge and I think I can smell it clear over here in Spokane! :-). Thank you for sharing it and the beautiful cards with us.

Nan G said...

Thank you Shaz! My link to Julia had dropped off. Your eyes can rest easy..they weren't seeing what wasn't there. :)

Tertia said...

You make it sound so easy to put that card together! Its lovely and those pencils? Man, do I have pencil envy right now!!! Don't you want to share your sister with me?
Love the Frangipani trees, we have them over here in South Africa too, sadly not where I live, more in the tropical areas, but my DS has a very old tree in his new garden.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #50

SarahGeorge said...

What a sweetheart you are!! I've never seen anyone giving links of the new followers! So happy for you dear Shaz :). And what a lovely gift your sister has gifted you! You've done a beautiful card with them :)

sharon said...

Beautiful cards Shaz, maybe I should get some pencils and give it a go.
The frangipani is awe-some we have 3 big ones out the back although not nearly as big as your one. I have a red one and also a apricot one although they are only small.
Enjoy your week

Unknown said...

Hi Shaz, just had to pop in briefly and see what you been up to...working on some awesome cards I aNNie

ps have candy

Hristovica said...

What a beautiful wreath and fabulously colored. Bravo. I love it.
Thank you for participating in the Creative Card Crew challenge. Adriana DT

Francesca said...

Very pretty card, Thanks for joining us at stamping sensations

Francesca x

Cazzy said...

Hi Shaz, Happy WOYWW for yesterday. Great present, they cost a bomb too!

I love mine, tend to reach for the Promarkers more but I have used them a few times last year, what really upset me was that the Post Office put a card through so they had to be collected, and I asked my son to do it for me - he said "oh by the way I dropped the parcel, hope it doesn't matter", what could I say, could have killed him! So all the pencils are broken, I have to sharpen some until they are nearly gone, it is hard work to use them in that respect!
Your card is beautiful, do you also use Sansador or similar with the pencils? It blends beautifully, makes my colouring actually look good and brings out the colours.
Cazzy x #88

Jean said...

Hi Shaz, I love your pretty card, a lovely stamp and coloured so beautifully with your gorgeous new pencils. I like colouring with pencils too.
Your tree looks fantastic, the flowers are so pretty.
Jean x

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Thanks Shaz. Glad you like my individual candles. No-one has any like them. As far as the tech stuff, I just hate being beaten. Hope you are having a good week. xx Maggie

Neet said...

Beautiful cards as always and thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. I have never seen these in real life but I have always enjoyed the photographs. ours seem more real somehow.
Blessings, Neet xx
Hope you are well.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year :)
Beautiful card-and those pencils.. WOWser!! Lucky you :)
Have a lovely day,
Hugs,Nessa xx

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year :)
Beautiful card-and those pencils.. WOWser!! Lucky you :)
Have a lovely day,
Hugs,Nessa xx

Vikki said...

Hi Shaz, lucky you to get such a big set of pencils. I only have a small set and have thought about it a few times as to whether to invest in a larger set. I also love frangipani trees. My neighbour has planted a row of them down their fence line (on acreage) and planted two different colours together so that as they flower there are contrasting colours. It looks very effective. Have a great weekend. Vikki #108

Stampsnob. said...

I love prisma pencils and gamsol but this beauty you did would not be quick in my hands Beautiful job....................Lis

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz. Late commenting this week - a bit chaotic here. Lovely cards - and that frangipani is stunning. The flowers look like wax. They are so rich. It's a very popular flower for making in Britain for cake decorating - I see why!
Have a good week with God!
Margaret #45

scrappymo! said...

Your card is beautiful...thanks to your sister and her wonderful present!
Layered or not, that is a pretty image and looks great on your card.

brenda said...

Sunflowers make such a happy and cheery card Shaz, thanks so much for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

Apols I am so late getting here, what with hospital visits and no internet for four days I am all behind.

B x

Darnell said...

I'm sorry I'm so late getting around this week, Sharon! Now that I can finally visit, Blogger is messing around with my comments, grrr!

You did an amazing job coloring and making that beautiful card! Your sister is a doll to give you that set, which you obviously know how to use very well!

Thank you for sharing the frangipani photos, too! Sensational! It's like paradise in your backyard!

Happy Belated WOYWW and enjoy the rest of the week! Hugs, Darnell #12

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Beautiful cards Shaz - I esp. love the PSX stamped one - so gorgeous! Some PSX stamps sell for crazy prices on EBay. I am probably sitting on a gold mine LOL!

Ohh, I LOVE your Frangipani tree - I can only imagine how gorgeous it smells. I once smelled one on Rottnest Island in Qld when I went there for a holiday many, many years ago. It was just divine!

Sorry haven't visited recently - been moving Craft Rooms so it is rather chaotic here. Plus medical appointments for my loved one - just routine but keeps me busy!

Jocelyn x

Lynne K said...

Love those gorgeous sunny sunflowers, Shaz! Such a pretty card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations this month.

You're so lucky to have a frangipani tree in your garden. When my late parents-in-law used to visit my brother-in-law in Fiji they would bring me back some frangipani perfume, which smelt gorgeous, but how much nicer to have the real thing growing in your garden!


Sally H said...

A gorgeous card and what a great present from your sister! I WANT SMELLYVISION!!! I have never smelled Frangipani but would dearly love to, especially such a fantastic specimen as yours! Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

pinky said...

What a perfect present for you Shaz and you have used them to their best. Stunning creations! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

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