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, 19 March 2014

WOYWW + Masking on a CAS card

Hullo there again everyone. Very sorry for long silence, have been unwell. I am now much better after a ten day trip to the big smoke five hours away. Saw Dr and had tests which ruled out nasties :D and treatment has helped wonderfully. I am very grateful to the LORD for His mercies in this and have been deeply encouraged by the prayers and thoughts of those in cyber-space, as well as in Oz.
First of all to the desk as it is Wednesday and we share over at Julia's place (aka the Queen of desks - click here) - just what we are up to in our part of the world! 
Here I am supposedly stamping and updating my stamp catalogue. Some I missed it when I did it last year, and some have somehow arrived "chez moi" since that time.. so much for my resolution that:"I had quite enough stamps, thank you"!
And yes have used some although they were not catalogued, so it means they arrived to purpose.
Second desk is two days ago when was stamping, yup! was masking and getting inky! Mask made with Spellbinder Classic Oval.
 First shot below is of laying down base colour - always find this helps with any sort of colouring for good blending have base colour, especially works well with brayering. Let base colour dry before next layer is added.

Then as colours are to my taste added the (SU Oriental set bird with Bamboo) stamp in Versafine Black ink. 
Remove mask and voilà!Alas the photos does not show the lovely shimmer of the Brilliance Dew drop inks. {I would like to link these cards up with Word Art Wednesday}.
Now for the Aussie shot of the day, here is one of our brommeliad in flower, a while ago now.
I do have some cards to share that I have made and also some real beauties which have been sent to me, so hope to sahre these in next few days.. 
Oh and just realised I need an 85th birthday card for Friday too, so going to have to get cracking :D Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be, 
Shaz in Oz.x PS it is good to be back :D 
A special welcome to two bloggers who joined whilst I was not posting for nearly a month to Pottersvilla (no blog link?) and creative Liz - blog here - a newbie - welcome!


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an interesting post. I have trouble masking, so this was a great lesson. And of course, I LOVE the brommeliad. Such a unique and lovely plant and even more so when it flowers. Happy WOYWW from #2.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

hugs Tamara

Robyn Oliver said...

Lovely cards Shaz, great colour blending and simple image, catches your eye. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#38

brenda said...

Sorry you have been under the weather again Shaz, sending your positive thoughts and prayers.

Super CAS cards as well.

B x

Eliza said...

I'm so pleased to hear you are on the mend. Beautiful cards and funny about the cataloging I still have some to do too.

Eliza & Yoda 14

Anne said...

Sorry you have been unwell. Lovely cards. Thanks for comment on yesterdays post. Happy WOYWW Anne x #46

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I hadn't realised you'd been so poorly...what a worrying time you must have had. I'm so pleased that you're recovering now after your test results. Onwards and upwards, eh girl?
I LOVE that oriental simple and elegant, it really floats my boat!
Hugs, LLJ 41 xx

Glenda said...

I'm so sorry you have been unwell. Your long absence just made me think you were super busy in other areas. Glad you are feeling better and it's good to see you again. Lovely cards...I love your stenciling! Glenda #54

glitterandglue said...

Hello Shaz. I had missed you, and am sorry you have been so unwell; I praise God with you that no nasties are revealed!! Good looking desk this morning - I like the masked cards - very simple look, clear space - good stuff!!! I prefer that style of openness myself - don't really do lots and lots of embellishing and frills.
Thanks for already visiting. The dress itself can't be revealed until after the ceremony - and that isn't until Sep - but it has to be made to go to Romania in May - hence the early work on it. The bride-to-be is part of our church, and is having two ceremonies - hence two dresses!!!!!
Have a great week with Jesus!
Margaret #35

fairy thoughts said...

good to hear there are no nasties with your health. I'm resting up after a nasty bout of bronchitis. glad to see you are back making again... its good therapy :-)
happy WOYWW day
janet #29

House of Bears said...

You can never have enough stamps! Glad to hear you are feeling better.

The bears @64

Unknown said...

Love your stamping and sooo glad you are doing better! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #21

Winnie said...

Such a beautiful card you made there by masking and stamping. Love the color combo. (That plant is fabulous you shared as well!) Hoping Spring is really on its way finally! Winnie#56

Gita said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors in the background. Brigita #75

Betsy said...

Hi Shaz! I've missed you and I'm sorry to hear that you have been unwell. I have kept you in my prayers though and hope that you are now on the journey to better health.

Di said...

Oh bless you Shaz - I'd just been wondering how you were due to the quietness. Hope you keep improving honey!

Gorgeous masking there! AND, I've been playing with paper clay again here - LOVE it, thank you for enabling :)

Love and hugs - and a little squishy hug from Parsnip!


Twiglet said...

Hope you are feeling much better - good health is worth everything isn't it. I love your little cards and the flower is stunning. x Jo

Nelle said...

Wishing you back to better soonest. I really like the nice clean look of your cards. They are eye-catching. all the same but not identical. Perfect.
Nelle 53 xx

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, lovely to see you back, and am very glad all is well with you now. How funny, both of us making masks with Nesties this week, and I see you too have been grabbed by Ryns stamps. I too need to update my stamp catalogue- I keep getting up to date, intending to add each one as it arrives, although, like you, I also tell myself I have more than I will ever use already!Then I forget to add them, and end up with loads uncatalogued. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #38 xxx

Christine said...

Cataloguing stamps - what a good idea, why didn't I think of that? I catalogued my punches ... doh!!!
Hope you complete them all.
Love the brommeliad , how marvellous to be able to grow them outside.
Bishopsmate #60

Caro said...

Sorry to hear that you have been poorly and very pleased that you are feeling a bit better now. Those CAS cards are simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#95)

Andrea said...

sorry to hear you have been poorly but good to hear you are well now and to see you back and taking part in woyww. thank you for your visit and helpful comment and suggestion will give it a go.your cards are simply stunning I love the ink colours used and that's a lovely stamp...its a sham ewe cant see the shimmer too.As always thank you for sharing your lovely Australian flora and today's is no exception crafty hugs Andrea #8 plant life and today's

sandysewin said...

Those cards are so lovely. I love the simplicity of just the two colors and the one stamps. Really nice work!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments about my kaleidoscope cane.

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #1

Helen said...

So good to see you and your desk again, and to hear the encouraging news about your health. The cards look fabulous, as always. Take care, Helen 8

Sandy said...

Your card looks great love how you masked it to do the oval must try that it looks really effective.
Thanks for visiting me
Sandy :)

April said...

Love the way you masked and inked. So pretty. I am very glad you are feeling better and bad things were ruled out. The Aussie shot of the day is gorgeous! April #18

MommaRock said...

Hi there, I came via WOYWW.... I am just starting this and having fun! Love your desk area and your blog! I am going to have to try that masking thing for sure!
Thanks for sharing!
hugs, kimmer #102 (currently last but not least.). LOL

Annie said...

Hope you're feeling much better now [wish I was :-( ]. Love your cards and that flower is just stunning.
Annie x #42

SarahGeorge said...

Sorry you've been unwell. The cards look beautiful and thanks for the pictures of the technique. I will try one and link to you:)

sharon said...

Shaz your cards are beautiful, I love the colours.
Sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I hope that you are on the mend

Shoshi said...

Beautiful examples of masking, Shaz. It's a simple way to make a lovely vignette! Sorry I didn't make it onto WOYWW proper this week - had a bad week health wise, and the only time spent in my ARTHaven was completely taken up with trying to get my poor old sewing machine working, without success, so it's now in for repairs.

Have a great week.

Nikki said...

Beautiful cards and may you be feeling better soon hugs Nikki 3

Mrs.D said...

what beautiful oriental bird cards. Hope you are feeling better now, good to see you back on WOYWW.
Chris #63

Neet said...

Glad the treatment has helped Shaz. Say well.
I love masking and I love those cards you have made. Super duper!
Hugs, Neet x

Anne said...

What lovely simple cards, full of colour and such an effective technique! I love those daubers you have!!!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Glad to see you back, and to know that the news was good. I just hope you get a good run at feeling better, enough to give you chance to really build on that good news. My stamp catalogue was doing well, until this last couple of weeks, when more stamps arrived here. Others helped me to get a grip on some of the other stuff that needed sorting so the stamps were just abandoned in my room, so I now need to re-sort and catalogue. The big craft show this week increased my stash too. You are so right about laying down a base colour before adding the main colours. Thank you for sharing your lovely flowers with us. Have a good week my friend. xx Maggie #76

Craftychris said...

These are stunning! The background colours are fabulous! xx

Jo Ann said...

Thia is a great card. Love the inking and CAS design. We are so blessed with your wonderful project and hope you join us again in this week's Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. I want to share this verse with you in Luke 1:37 which says, "For no word from God will ever fail." God bless, always!


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