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 11 June 2014

Artneko Large Cranes flying over Water, WOYWW + NBUS Challenge

Edited 13.6.14 - Julia had had keyhole surgery in Spain, hopes to be home by next week.. pray for her for great recovery.. have heard the hospital system there is very good "
Edited 11.6.14  There will not be a WOYWW link today,  Julia, she has been taken ill whilst on holiday and is in hospital. Not life threatening but she is not well. PLEASE do not email her, if you want to send a message, then do it through me.(Jan) May not be WOYWW next week either... Jan xx "
QUOTE OFF Lunch Lady Jan's Fabric Frenzy blog.. see HERE!
 Hullo there everyone..

Welcome to some new friends, to Antoinette, Angela Radford, Gran Margaret, and Louise Ellen. I cant link over to last one, have trouble doing it - is why have not done it for ages -  so sorry. I am sure links are there, but often not straight forward with Google+ etc. - if you kindly join this blog please let me know so can link over.. ta!
 First of all to my desk for WOYWW or What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday, at Julia of the Stamping Ground - do pop over, learn from all around the world!
Left to right: Seagull image ready stamped + watercoloured for card, then in CENTRE is Garfield card made for my nephew a Garfield fan.. See his other cards here . This year decided to do random strips at an angle of orange and black for mounting the comic strip on - saved from Garfield's own birthday which happens last same time each year as Michael's. (have two atc's not shown, sorry! must try and remember for next week forgot to photograph them, from Neet and Margaret - thank you!)
Gift from neighbour, an unwanted CD shelf, now storing stamps and inkpads, all coded and labelled.. Nice!
Finished Garfield card...Stamp HB is SU one + banner die, also with two embossing folders, "Happy Birthday" in blue + orange and black, it kind of looks like tyre tracks is Chevron EF, received as a RAK from our extra generous Maureen, aka Scrappy Mo! thanks dear friend.
This card is for Oriental Garden Mingle with Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group.
   I embossed the beautifully etched stamp { A1490007 - Extra Large Cranes flying over Water} **(see tip below) unmounted (NBUS) rubber stamp by Artneko first with black ink with embossing powder. Then water coloured it with Distress inks. Cut it out and mounted on embossing stencil Butterflies. It is an embossing stencil (did it on CB with rubber mat). Hand cut it out (Butterflies by Marianne Design NBUS) after I had inked up with Opalite "Glacier blue". Mounted on Washi (NBUS) paper and blue card, tried to match the paper colours in water colouring of stamp.
 Over at Darnell's playhouse, she's hosting a brand new NBUS challenge. As used NBUS, three lots in fact, am going to enter this card in it.. for those who dont know Darnell's blog NBUS stands for "Never Before Used Schtuff" to encourage us to use up our stash! you have till June 27th to join in! NBUS Challenge #1"Anything Goes" Friendship Theme (card for Mingle for OSA friend so should qualify)
Well, thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek an chat.. will return visit as soon as able... am bit better :D thanks for those who popped over last week...
and may God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x
**(tip from Annette of Artneko) and I find it works a treat:Too many unmounted stamps and not enough Ez mount to mount them?? Use a glue stick on back of plain trimmed rubber stamp, and glue it to an acrylic block (or to a taped down lid of stamp pad if you dont have an acrylic block) and stamp on a firm foam mat .. instant success! so no more Ez mount for me! yesss more money for stash!
.. then write name of stamp on back of rubber and put them in file for ready identifying and ready access after I stamp them in my folder of "What Stamp Is That?" (see here for this, must say it is a fav. tool now!).
Also want to join over with:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
3.Stamping Sensation.. 
Animal antics - second card with cranes in flight, and Garfield has stamped emobssed birthday greeting so just qualifies. :D


Betsy said...

As always your cards are beautiful and what a good idea it is to use the cd tower for your stamping supplies. I wish I was good at thinking outside the box like that.

Chrysalis said...

Morning, Shaz - the Garfield background is so effective, and I love the oriental card, too. Well done on getting the CD rack - a girl can never have enough storage! Have a great week, Chris (Chrysalis - no no. yet) x

glitterandglue said...

Your cards are lovely, Shaz. Well done - I like the Garfield one - just what |I need right now - some zzzzzs! Glad the ATC arrived Ok.
Have a special week.
Margaret (no number yet)

Annie said...

Busy busy the cards Shaz.
Annie x

okienurse said...

Nice cards! Desk looks rather busy and the monkeys are keeping track of all that is going on! I am always happy with the repurposed things like you new storage shelf. Found a wooden cassette storage rack at a sale but my stamp pads didn't fit in it so I gave it to my daughter who hung it on the wall and put her pads in it. Have a great week. Vickie aka Okienurse no number yet.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, thank you for the welcome. My blog is nearly one year old so am still getting used to all this and slowly building up my own followers, I guess it takes time.
Still no Mr Linky and no sign of Julia but we will manage I'm sure.
Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

Neet said...

I love Garfield and that card is superb. he will love it!
Great artwork as always on your desk dear Shaz, and I love the cd tower - useful.
Don't worry about the atc - I don't have to have a return, honestly.
Hugs, Neet (hope dad is ok)
(also hope Julia is ok, am getting worried now)

brenda said...

You look well organised with the rack Shaz and loving both your cards.

Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations, it's perfect for our theme.

B x

Jasleen Kaur said...

Fabulous cards Shaz.So vibrant and cheerful. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm happy to follow you too :)

Eliza said...

What fabulous cards you have created and a fantastic idea for the CD rack. Thanks for sharing, I am doing the rounds without the linky, don't know what has happened there.

Hope you have a wonderful week
Eliza & Yoda

Saints Rule! said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing your crane image with us at Word Art Wednesday!

Angie said...

Love the Garfield card, that's a blast from long ago for me! Nice way to store those stamps!
Angie (no number yet)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Lots of fun photos...I love the cd storage, I have one from moms and sure could use another. Your cards are always so unique. Have a fun day and thanks for the peek !

scrappymo! said...

Garfield is so darned cute. This will be so appreciated by your nephew and so glad the EF worked out.
We are just getting the larger size (5x7) over here now...Even saw some square ones yesterday! Only 3 but still...change is coming!

The flying cranes are superb. Beautifully coloured and gorgeous design!

scrappymo! said...

Garfield is so darned cute. This will be so appreciated by your nephew and so glad the EF worked out.
We are just getting the larger size (5x7) over here now...Even saw some square ones yesterday! Only 3 but still...change is coming!

The flying cranes are superb. Beautifully coloured and gorgeous design!

Debbie Rock said...

Hello Shaz ... thanks for popping by my blog earlier today ... you have made me giggle! Bluebottles are huge great big MASSIVE flies!
Am loving seeing your desk today ... Happy WOYWW'ing! Love Debbie (tatteredrocks) xXx

Carolyn said...

Beautiful oriental garden card for the lucky recipient.

Your wedding cards are stunning!

JD/ Jill said...

Great cards, and interesting post! Hope you have a great week...found your blog through Darnell's blog!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Apart from the lovely cards, I really love that picture of the tree on your wall, the sort of picture I could live with very happily. Hope you have a good week. xx Maggie

Nikki said...

Great Garfield comic strip card what a blast that will be and I stay away from EZ Mount to I'm always trying to keep all I own in a tiny space. I use tacky Glue on some and let it dry then they will attach to my acrylic blocks or just double sided tape under neath my desk cover is a large piece of felt so I just stamp right on my desk. I have 2 half sheets of ez foam I haven't even cut into yet lol
hugs Nikki
My Desk

Linda said...

Shaz, your card is beautiful. Wonderful watercoloring. Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.

Darnell said...

Thanks for the UM tip, Shaz, and I'm glad to hear you are doing a bit better!

Your Garfield card turned out so great with all those bright colors and embossing! Your nephew is going to treasure this! Love the CD for storage (and happy wallpaper!), too.

Your NBUS card blew me away! A lot of work and love went into that card and it shows! It's gorgeous! Thank you so much for entering my NBUS challenge with this, putting the button on your side bar, and spreading the word to your readers! It means a lot to me!! Have a great day! Hugs, Darnell

Anne said...

Love your cards Shaz you are so imaginative!! Great idea for storage you have there. Anne x

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz
Great cards as usual, really love the Garfield one, the background reminds me of hazard tape. I sometimes wish I could sleep through my birthday too

Jennifer said...

Wonderful colouring on your crane image and the frame is lovely! Thank you for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!

Di said...

Two fabulous cards Shaz! The crane one is absolutely divine!

I read what you said about EZ mount and the alternative. Over here in the UK (and in the USA) you can get Tsukineko Tack 'n Peel. It's gets stuck to acrylic blocks and then has a 'tacky' side allowing you to adhere rubber unmounted stamps with ease. I have a whole set of blocks with it on now. Here's a quick link I found which possibly shows it off better.

Even Julia of WOYWW hadn't heard of it before I gave her some a good while ago - so possibly it's a bit of a secret in the craft world.

Hugs, Di xx

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowwwww Shaz, love these flying cranes,,,,,,yeahhh, so fun colors,,

Irish Cherokee said...

Two great cards. Especially like the oriental card.

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous cards, not been around for a while, busy with dad and life in general but, I have had to close Memories to keep due to a hacker. Have a new blog and a great candy with three may want to rejoin and put your name down in the candy...luv aNNie
The Journey is the Start

Andrea said...

Thanks for visiting earlier in teh week Shaz and your kind coment. Apoligies it's taken me a few days to get back to you, love your cards they are always so unique and tailored for the individual I really like that you dont have one clear style and can create so many different looks my favourite is the cranes as I can't resist anything with flowers . the new NBUS challenge looks fab not abel to take part myself thsi time and I wish Darnell well although I'm sure it will be a great success. No number this week as found out julia is unwell ...hopefully its nothing serious and has a speeedy recovery and back soon fit and well, I hope you have good weekend and very best of wishes to you Andrea x

oh nearly forgot great new storage you sometimes cant beat what someone else no longer needs and its the perfect size for inkpads etc

Alanna said...

What a beautiful card. I love the image. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog.

Karen Letchworth said...

Your art, as well as your comments, are always such a blessing to me, Shaz. It always brightens my day and i thank you for being such a blessing to me, and to our challenge blog. Thanks for sharing, and may God bless yoU!
Word Art Wednesday

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz - I love them both! I am a Garfield fan so I LOVE that card particularly and I am sure it will be loved by the recipient.

Great cabinet for storing your ink pads. I am in the process of getting some more shelves put up in my Craft Room as you can never have enough storage LOL!

Jocelyn x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Happy WOYWW even with no linky, Shaz! Lots of great cards today, you are always so productive! That CD shelf caught my eye, how nice to get something that someone doesn't want anymore and have a great use for it!
Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

Sally H said...

Wow Shaz! Such a wonderful card - very elegant! Thanks for joining in with our animal antics theme at stamping sensations this month and good luck!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love peeking in on others desks.....and it is fun to see what you are working on. Your Garfield is lovely, and love the Crane card- just fabulous!!!

stampingbowd said...

Agh!!! I am not sure if my comment went thru! Just delete one if you have 2! I love your beautiful cards! So many pretty things to look at! Love your busy desk too! I had visitors too last week and I haven't been playing along with WOYWW very long! The crafting community is made up of some of the best people! Happy WOYWW! Angie#56

Eret said...

Love your Garfield card. It's so ceative. Thank you for sharing this fantastic card with us at Stamping Sensation.
Eret x

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