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

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Embossed Vellum + PanPastels + WOYWW

Hullo there everyone. First of all a big welcome and thank you to my new Encouragers - that is just what you do, encourage, thank YOU! unhappily they dont have blogs so cant join theirs and link over. 
For those who may have arrived here from elsewhere – WOYWW is the most amazing blog hop on the planet and hosted by our marvellous Julia at her blog here. Please do join peeking at the desks of the world, and learn much! Nothing to do with being a sticky beak - mm, well, mostly not!
Ah, here is my desk this morning... a card finished and one on the make.. For 2014 the motto a little adapted from Darnell is to use NBUS - ie use "Never Before Used Schtuff"! or my adaption "Not Much Used Before Schtuff". Top drawer is opened cos sometime back, Maggie C. asked show inside set of drawers. (and happened to be open anyway)
Top drawer: left to right - small white gel pens, glue pens, etc., fine point pens eraser brushes of varying sizes, scissors, bone embossing tools
Below it is Wave card (already posted this afternoon to nephew) made with Artneko stamp given, but never used before (will blog it later). On right is Manhattan Rose folder in PanPastels and vellum, a NBUS too. Other needful tools scissors, (red ribbon on scissors to see them easily) ATG and 7" guillotine. 
Now at bottom front - right are some dominoes I think?? triangle ones given by a crafter but have no idea why or what you do with them??
Here using the three colours to get shade I want with PanPastels, red, mauve, and white.. learnt they mix well and can make endless shades so get the basics and you are right...
Carded up Manhattan Rose EF with vellum; on back have coloured with ink dauber the shades wanted. Cut out and glue down. Card is Strathmore and two piece top has the vellum and the MS Layered Arches Punch, masked off and coloured it, as well as deckle edge of card. Already posted off to Japan. Verse is a Word Art Wednesday free digi, die is Spellbinders Petite Ovals.
Here is the Australian shot of the day.. a bottle brush in soft salmon pink (Callistemon Pink Champagne) sooo pretty. Have shown our white one before - and fixed link now: White bottlebrush (and other fauna)
Many thanks for popping over for a peek and chat.. and will comment as able (no WOYWW number, I'm not able)! Happy WOYWW every one  and may God bless you wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz. x
PS have the Magical Mica's Tissue method on post below see here or scroll down.. showed beginning on WOYWW in 2011 :D
Would like to join these over with the following:
1 Di's Snippetty challenge - Used snippets on card.
2 Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
3. Pan Pastels Challenge Anything Goes or use a Stencil


Sandy said...

I peeked at last week too and yes I brought the same cutter at Aldi isn't it wonderful. I love that embossing folder Manhattan flower it is my most used so versatile but have not used them with pan pastels before it is very soft the colouring so pretty..
Sandy :) #32

Darnell said...

Hi Shaz,

Love your rendition of my NBUS and thank you for the shout out! Either way it's a good way to commit to using that schtuff!!

Your vellum card is feminine and absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the coral bottle brush, too! (The link to the white just brought me back to this post.) Around here I've only ever see them in red, so this was a treat!!

Enjoy your week! Hugs, Darnell (Not WOYWWing.)

Ann B said...

Good morning Sharon, what a beautiful pale pink rose, stunning. I don't use my Pan Pastels much, can't get into them at all but your colouring is perfect. Want to come and give me a lesson?

Happy Wednesday.
Ann B

Claire said...

I've missed your busy, creative desk...
I had a bottle brush in my garden in Kenya - they are fun plants!!
Lovely to catch up with you again - it's been a while :)
no. 34

JoZart Designs said...

Lovely to see your beautiful card in it's making and completed. Your cutter looks just like the one I have so no doubt at Aldi prices it will be great. Love the bottle brush plant.
Love jo x

Anonymous said...

Gosh there is a lot to see - I love browsing back. And I love the mica scrunch card. And now I need to go find an Aldi...but much as I love it I can honestly say I am in no way tempted to take up parchment craft! I'm way to ham-handed for such delicate work LOL!

Seriously, WOYWW is bad for my purse...
Getting an early start for a change....
Happy WOYWW Day!
Mary Anne (4)

lisa said...

Oh wow, Shaz, the pastels on vellum look amazing. I haven't even opened mine and I've had them about 6 months!!
Love the Bottlebrush. Lost mine in the hard winter a couple of years ago.
Hugs Lisax #54

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love both cards...the wave one is lovely because I adore all sorts of Japanese part, especially Hiroshige. And the roses are all soft and dreamy, a really clever technique!
Hugs, LLJ 33 xx

sandra de said...

Love your card and as I have that embossing folder I am bursting to try some colour. Very clever and very beautiful.
Sandra @59

Anne said...

Hi there and I love the rose card. I have that folder and have also just purchased my first ever pan pastels. Not those colours but I wanted to try them in my journal and wanted something bright!!!
Also like the tissue idea so will pop over to the blog you mentioned.
DH was given a 'bottle brush' plant when he retired but sadly it did not last. Maybe our climate? Happy WOYWW Anne x #63

Bridget Larsen said...

Wow love your vellum card, love working with vellum, its so versatile. I have not played desks for awhile but I have a good excuse, we are moving to Brisbane and will be stopping over in Sawtell to break the journey. Are you near Sawtell? Just wondering if its close enough for us to catch up for a cuppa. Let me know, its around 27-28Feb.

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh lawks, you've given me the guilts! I have that eF and I love it..but haven't quite got round to using it! You've done a beautiful job with it.
Love too the tissue scrunched soaked mica in your previous post, you are a clever stick.

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh lawks, you've given me the guilts! I have that eF and I love it..but haven't quite got round to using it! You've done a beautiful job with it.
Love too the tissue scrunched soaked mica in your previous post, you are a clever stick.

Peggy Lin said...

This is a beautiful card ,I love it!! Happy WOYWW ~
Peggy x #69

Christine said...

Hail to Darnell!!! Wordmaster General!
Love the card and thanks for sharing the technique but sorry ... Bottlebrush photo wins today.
We had one in the garden but it 'went' through the Winter even though we thought we had it protected ... so lovely ...
Bishopsmate #71

Eliza said...

Oh my your card is amazing I love it, but anything with roses on I love. Another thing that I love is the bottlebrush but they cause me to have the most horrendous asthma attack, I used to have 9 different colours in my yard and had to have them all taken away boo hoo. so I can enjoy them on the web. Thanks for sharing and have a great crafting week.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 12

sharon said...

Beautiful card I am thinking of buying a few of the pan pastels, where do you buy your ones from?
Glad that you like your new cutter.
It is so lovely to see the bottle brushes out, our ones have now finished flowering :( although it will not be long until the next show.
Take care

J said...

Beautiful card lovely soft colour.
We had a bottle brush, they are so beautiful, unfortunately we had to take it out, the leaves and flowers made too much mess in the pool.

Jan 75

Gail said...

This is a beautiful card - like the color choices very much - you did a nice job - thank you for entering it at WAW this week - have a blessed day - Gail WAW February Guest Designer

Ginny Maxam said...

Hi Shaz, Beautiful card!! I love the pan pastel look! I have yet to find those locally! That is probably a good thing too. I also saw your card at WAW. Always a blessing to visit your blog. I love you Oz Photography too, especially today, we've got another huge storm dropping white stuff!
Ginny #36

Di said...

Gorgeous card Shaz and that bush is just stunning too.

The 'dominoes' on your desk are 'tri-ominoes' - I used to have a set. A trickier game than dominoes but I used to love playing it! Maybe you could alter them and make into pendants?

Happy WOYWW!

Hugs, Di xx

Betsy said...

Good morning Shaz. We're deep in the throes of winter with cold, cold, cold and snow so your bottle brush is extra special to me. It hints of springtime to come eventually. :-). Love your cards as always. You have a beautiful talent my dear.

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, I love that little drawer unit, how brilliantly useful! Your card is gorgeous, the shade of the roses is beautiful. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #42 xx

trisha too said...

Oh that card is gorgeous, but you won't mind my saying that the bottle brush flowers are even better--wow!

Happy woyww to you!
#86 this week with
tiny books and snow

Robyn said...

Shaz, the Lord has allowed you to become a wonderful Christian cyber sister and supporter. You are faithful to offer encouragement. I thank God for you and will lift your health needs to the throne. Thanks for your kindness and faithfulness. Blessings.

By the way I adore the pretty pink!! A near perfect reflection of your photo!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful card!! I really like the way you colored your rose. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Word Art Wednesday.

Helen said...

gorgeous cards, they are stunning. Hope you have a good week. Helen 7

MaryH said...

Loved seeing your messy desk, Sharon, made me feel right at home! I want to come play & scrounge around your desk!! Loved your use of the pans. Perhaps I missed this in your how-to, but did you color both the card front & back of the vellum with the pans? It's a beautiful effect! I need to work more with vellum, as it's just so darned beautiful. Loved your bottle brush pic too. We had a magenta/red color one at our house in Fla. Yours is a lovely color...TFS & Hugs (and doncha just love all these new vocabulary words Darnell is teaching us???) :-)

Sharon Madson said...

I agree that your vellum rose card is absolutely gorgeous! And so is your photo of the day! Wow! we have 8.7 inches of snow right now, so that really looks wonderful! :) Thanks also for sharing your testimony of salvation. :) Happy WOYWW! Sharon #27

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, busy productive desk, love your slim drawers and your soft rose card is gorgeous. Have a great Aussie flowers Cheers RobynO#16

sandysewin said...

That rose card is utterly gorgeous, and hey, it matches your bottle brush flowers! :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #2

Shoshi said...

Beautiful work with the pan pastels, Shaz. I'm ashamed to say I've had mine for months and have never even opened them yet! I've got so much unused stuff in my ARTHaven. Still, it has been quite a year and my creativity has had to take very much a back seat, but I'm hoping to rectify that soon!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #100

Art Joy of Sharing with Peg and Shel said...

Beautiful card I guess I'll be inspired and get my pan pastels out. I don't reach for them often enough. Peg r 25

Glenda said...

I'm sorry to be so late in commenting. Love the panpastels on the vellum! Your coloring is just very pretty! Happy WOYWW!
Glenda #74

Sian Ridley said...

Well, firstly I can't believe I've not come across your blog before now. I am so impressed by your calligraphy! I have become a lazy Calligrapher and it's just not good enough! These days I tend to only use it to write on the inside of cards although, I have set myself the task of using it more and for decorative purposes as it should be! I love you illuminated pieces - I gave that a go once a long time ago and should really do it again because it's very rewarding :)

Your cards are beautiful too, and not in second place to your Calligraphy, but on a par! I love this gorgeous, feminine card :) I'm also going to have to try my hand at the tissue scrunching technique, that looks fab!

Thank you for the inspiration and I hope you have a wonderful week :)

Sarn said...

Hi Shaz . . .super card and lovely photo. xxxx

Caro said...

The card is stunning...I love the way you have put it together! Thanks for sharing....I have missed popping by and hope to do so more regularly. Happy belated WOYWW. Caro x (#57)

scrappymo! said...

Posted backwards and you have some wonderful creations this year. \tThe tissue scrunched paper technique looks wonderful and this velum is beautiful!
You are very talented with vellum!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, Shaz, I learned SO much from this post. I had no idea you could mix those pan pastels. I just smear them. Not good with them at all. Love what you made, though. Also like the mica and tissue piece from below. Yep, I peeked. Another way to use up all those old mica powders.

I haven't seen a bottle brush since I was in CA a few years ago. I love them, but of course, they are quite tropical and my snow is NOT.

Thanks for visiting me earlier. I appreciate it. Happy belated WOYWW from #1.

fairy thoughts said...

Hi shaz a busy desk again. It sound like a good challenge to try and use shtuff I haven't used before, trouble is I wouldn't know where to start.... look out for it next week... or maybe the week after... or well you know how it is. have a great week
janet #8

Claire said...

Wow those roses are stunning, beautiful blending with your PanPastels. Gorgeous flowers too, so pretty. Thanks so much for joining us at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Challenge this week
Claire xx

Kathleen said...

Totally adorable card, love the flowers and your use of Pan Pastels. I have bought some and still on a learning curve, find they make more mess than they say they do, or is it me.

Kath x

Debs Willis said...

Hi Shaz. Love this card, the colours are so soft & look fab in vellum. Not tried pan pastels yet, on my wish list!
Debs x

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