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, 26 March 2014

Oriental Stamp Art Challenge + WOYWW

Yes! hard to believe but here we are again.. checking out desks of the world over at Julia's blog - because, believe it or not, another Wednesday is here! So it is time to link up for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday!
So here is my desk! As usual a number of things on the go! firstly getting ready to make a card on the left from wonderful Nicecrane images top set was very kindly sent to me for free by Ignacio after I made a comment on Ginny's post on how much I loved the images (- see here her cards with these Birds and Blossoms are just wonderful). 
I also decided to buy this Vintage Butterfly and Blossoms set so .. all being well! and am making a card on the right. 

You see, over at Oriental Stamp art there is a challenge to make a card using circles folded into squares as a card.. it was an idea from my birthday card by Joyce, see her card on left - she used circles folded into squares to make her cheery striking card. 
As I sent the idea in for the card I really thought I needed to make the effort - hence my punching and playing!! and here below is my humble effort. I used double sided paper for two reasons.. meant did not need to paste and as Joyce rightly said it was a problem on her card (mind you love here papers very much) and secondly my punch would punch this but not the washi paper.
I used some Artneko stamps (unmounted, and on sale - see links) on mine and handmade buttons, stamped with another AAA stamp. Happy birthday is also Artneko. This card is good way to use up snippets!
 Here is the Aussie shot of the day - a rainbow lorikeet spied through my kitchen window, nectar loving, they are enjoying the coral Bottlebrush blooms at the moment.
Must move along and try my hand at making the second card in between visiting folk with WOYWW - a learning zone! May God bless your day wherever you may be, and thanks fr popping over for a peek and chat!
Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join this card over with the following:
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Judys Lace Creations said...

Shaz, we have some visiting rainbow laurikeets in our front garden eating our Manchurian Pears.they are only tiny things- not real pears, just miniature versions, but the birds are loving them.
Great cards.
Judy #4

Helen said...

Wow, that looks so clever, love the effect. Hope you have a good week. Helen 11

Ann B said...

Good morning Sharon from a sunny Lancashire. No exotic parrots in my garden, just little brown birds with beautiful songs to sing. The card you made is very pretty, lovely shades of soft green.
Happy Wednesday
Ann B

Mrs.D said...

Morning Shaz,
what a lovely green oriental card. Those circles are very effective and the stamped images are beautiful. So is the bird in your garden, God's wonderful creation.
Bless you for showing us.
Chris #36

Craftychris said...

Your card is fabulous! As is the gorgeous bird, how wonderful to be able to see something so beautiful through your window! xx

Annie Claxton said...

Love the oriental vibe yo uhave going on this week, beautifully elegant card and another amazing photo - I realy don't think you'd be very impressed with the little brown birds I tend to get outside my window (although I still love to watch them!) :o) Annie C #74

Neet said...

Hi My Friend - love that idea of the circles that you showed us last week and must say you have made a stunning card with the same technique.
Those images you bought are beautiful - look forward to seeing your makes.
Take care
Love, Neet (ps the cats on the right always remind e of our day in Manchester for some reason.

My name is Cindy said...

busy desk and I love the idea od the circle squares. What fun to have such a pretty bird in the garden - we do get parakeets but they are just green. Not indigenous but they have settled here now in London and really part of the landscape. Have a great WOYWW, Cindy #59

Antonia said...

Love your circle squares how effective they look so pretty
happy woyww
Toni #57

Sandy said...

Had them in the garden yesterday too they are beautiful. Beautiful cards and Ignacio at Nicecrane so lovely to send you some free images..
Sandy #25

Anonymous said...

I love your finished circle/square card, the colours are really pretty. Lovely images from Nicecrance, they do have really nice designs that I've seen. Icy and frosty here this morning so it's a treat to see your blossom and the feeding birds!

Brenda 68

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

My bottlebrush plant seeds have arrived this week, so I hope to get some growing outside as I did for many years.We don't have birds like yours though, but I hope the flowers will encourage bees and butterflies to come for the nectar. That technique with the circle/squares is a new on to me but really looks great. Thank you for your visit, and you will be interested to know that the rest of my stash arrive this morning - the things they didn't have at the show, mainly things to finish off partial sets. Having spent this morning working hard with my daughter and granddaughter to sort out a load of paperwork and other rubbish, tomorrow is going to be my day to play. Hope you have a good week. xx Maggie #8

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ooh, those cards are pretty! Love the effect you've used, it reminds me of cathedral window patchwork :-)
The lorikeets is having a good old time there in the bottlebrush !!
Hugs, LLJ 27 xx

Krisha said...

Hi Shaz!
I follow an other blog that is also working with the circle squares. Your card turned out beautifully, well done!

Thanks for the earlier visit.
Krisha #12

sandysewin said...

I like your version of the folded circles card much better than the yellow & purple one. The softer color combination is so pretty and your composition is nicer. :-)

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

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #10

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

I can see why you fell in love with the bird images - very vintage looking. Also, the card you made using circles folded up into squares is great. Joyce did a wonderful job on your birthday card, by the way.

I'm not participating in WOYWW this week; thought I'd pop into a few desks anyway.


Betsy said...

That is a beautiful card Shaz. The greens are so soft and subtle. I admire you ladies who make cards. Your imagination is boundless, whereas I follow patterns that others write. The bird is gorgeous. Thank you for the picture.

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz....I love your card, and that's a great technique, might have to have a go myself. Love yours birds and florals, will make lovely cards..we have lorikeets too, noise birds but love them. We have butterflies at the moment, I changed my blog header for a bit. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#78

Robyn said...

Love! a busy desk! and the wildlife too!
so glad you like our stamps. Please post your creations!
thanks for visiting and the snoop around your place!
Robyn 6

Glenda said...

What a lovely bird! We don't have anything that exotic in these parts! So I always love seeing your pictures from outdoors. So many wondrous plants and critters! Beautiful cards this week!
Glenda #63

Daniella said...

I love that! I have to go and really check out the links you gave us! Happy Crafting!

Nicecrane Designs said...

I am loveing your wporkdesk Sharon,,,,,woww,wowww, ti is first time I am watching printed this sheet,, yeahh.....and what a creative idea the card wioth folded circles my friend,,,,, You are Rock.

Andrea said...

what a great card I love your take on the design and the pretty soft colours you have used a very pretty card indeed ..what a great photo you had your camera to the ready just at the right time thanks for sharing the wonderful natural world around you... have a great week ahead crafty hugs Andrea #20

Caro said...

Gorgeous cards and I love the photo of the rainbow pretty! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#55)

Deb said...

Your card is beautiful, I love that technique with the circles! Such a lovely bird in that photo, you are lucky having such pretty wildlife!
Have a great week, Debxx #9

Julia Dunnit said...

Well lovely girl, this lovely fiddly folding is a good sign of good hand health I hope? Love the patchwork effect this fold gives,,,reminds me of a quilt design called wedding rings..I think! We have woodpeckers which are a relatively rare sight for our Wiltshire garden, but em, like a burst of joy in flight.

Nikki said...

Your Circle card looks fantastic :) thanks for the visit hugs Nikki 5

April said...

Love the circle into squares. It makes for such a cool card element. And what you can see in your backyard - I have to go to the zoo to see. You are one lucky lady. thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. April #15

MommaRock said...

Happy WOYWW... Love your desk full of craftyness. Those cards are AMAZING!!See you next week.
Kimmer #91... last , but not least AGAIN.. LOL

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Those circles turned squares look very pretty and seems a great way to give a card some depth.
Wow, that is a lovely bird outside your window! We practically only have 1 kind of bird that flies around near our house so I get excited when I see any bird that's not that kind!
Happy WOYWW!
peggy aplSEEDS@3

Unknown said...

Hi Shaz
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Was great to see the Lorikeet, we lived in Oz for 2 years in NT and we had a bottlebrush outside our kitchen window...great memories. Happy WOYWW.
Dawn x #39

Shoshi said...

Shaz, I really love your "circles into squares" - I pinned this on Pinterest! I am glad we found each other on there, too. It's a great place, but highly addictive and you can find yourself wasting a whole evening on there just looking! I use it a lot for inspiration and just for the "feel good" factor of seeing the beautiful work people create. I love your lorikeet photo too. We have nothing like that here in the UK.

Thanks for your visit and your nice comment. I am really enjoying doing these tiny Zentangles on the stains left by drying teabags - I need a magnifier to do them. I love the subtle browns, well matched by my sepia pen.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #48

Tertia said...

Love the colours you used on your card.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #67

glitterandglue said...

Hello Shaz. What lovely cards today. Great fun, and a little different. Well done.
I've only ever seen a rainbow lorikeet in a pet shop - and always thought they look beautiful - but to have one in your own garden - how fantastic. God has a great sense of humour in His creation, doesn't He?!
Have a great week.
Margaret #85

Anne said...

Stunning! I LOVE your card! Superb!x

Shelly Schmidt said...

Shaz- love to stop by and see what you are up to! The card you have created is wonderful- love the soft colors and the way you added the images in each row- great flow to the card! The digi images look fab- cannot wait to see what you create!

Vikki said...

oooo...I really like your cards Shaz...might have to have a go at that too, so simple but so effective, very nice.
Thanks for sharing...
Vikki #93

fairy thoughts said...

thats a very different card,,love looks quite simple to do the folding but i bet its not
janet# 29 ish

Joyce across the Pond said...

Oh, Sharon what a lovely colour combination you did on your card and the placement of the squares is perfect, unlike mine!!! Well done...sorry about the finger must take better care of yourself, girl.
Lovely photo of your exotic bird too.....there is a sort of dearth of birdies at the moment...they must be sitting on eggs....only appear to be fed and then off again....plenty of nuts and fat balls still around as birdies are keeping their eggs warm in our bitterly cold winds these last few days.

Ginny Maxam said...

Shaz I just had to smile to see your beautiful work desk!! I loved you digi images! That was so nice for Ignacio to send you the images, aren't they awesome!!!
enjoyed reading your post a blessing as always!

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