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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Christmas + Snippety Challenge and Inkadinkado Standing Seagull

Well, rushing in just before the end of June here with a post for Sarn's Rudolph Day Challenge which runs from 25th of each month to months end ..
I have been rather bad at making Christmas cards this year and so determined that would get in again this month even if it is last minute before the gates close over there .. thankfully in Oz we are 11 hours ahead of them so gives me bit more time. :D
Here are my two for this month as one of the requirements are that we make two. Tis one was in my Pinterest page,  pinned it from this blog here... this lady (Dutch so need to translate it) makes wonderful cards. Anyway as it turned out had five strips of the vellum already done in gold of this die- started with the vellum snippets (right card) first, then found some more gold snippets for second one.. various punches and dies used also, stamp is an Itty bitty stamp from years back. I like my Christmas cards to reflect the reason for Christmas somewhere hence "For unto us a child is born". Was good to dust this "JOY! Christmas tree border die" off, as had only made a few cards with it. But to be honest they take a while to cut five for each card and glue down - would not want to make half a dozen of cards with them.
 This is the second of the five cards for Lee. I have posted the first one (a brayer Stampscapes card with interesting layout.. it was very popular, was tickled at comments) on post below. Decided to share them in bits, not in one batch as before - with details, will do combined post at end for summary.
This is similar to ones done before see here and was cased from Jobear's card ... here. Stamp is Inkadinkado Standing Seagull INKA-99205-DD wood mounted stamped on snippet of watercolour paper and Versafine Black + embossed. Used watercolour pencils and framed with with spellbinder circles, and coloured ordinary pearls with solver paint to match the embossed mock porthole. White core card was scored at 1cm intervals and distressed to give appearance of timber. The snippet at side was embossed in CB Bubbles folder.  Have used my Xcut scalloped rectangles to make a fine scallop edge. You have to shift them a number of times to extend the die, and only cut one side at a time, but worth it, I think. Maybe one day might shout myslef a fine scallop dies as seem to use them a lot! The knot is sailors knot and pinned it on my page see here. White string was snippet saved from parcel. Corners are a die cut up from set of CB Vintage corner dies.
Well, thanks so much every one for popping over for peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be. Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:
 1. Sarn's Christamassy Challenge .. Rudolph day make two cards - http://stampingforpleasure.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/rudolph-day-june-2014.html
 2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
3 .Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au
4. Penny Black and more June Challenge - Use a favourite stamp.. Second card - this one has become a favorite for men's cards. http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/june-challenge.html
5. Second card - for the Simon says Anything goes  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-5/ 
6. For once my card suits Hazlenut's Christmas Challenge which is "sentiments" card 1 http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/chnc-challenge-183-lets-get-sentimental.html
and extra Challenge http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/  

15 comments:

brenda said...

So impressed seeing you get ahead with your Christmas cards Shaz, really need to take a page out of your book.

Both cards are lovely with the lush gold on the first and the nautical feel on the second.

Thanks so much for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Stunning cards
hugs Tamara

aussie aNNie said...

Great cards Shaz, cold one here today in NSW...♥aNNie


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Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Beautiful cards!! Wonderful designs! So pretty!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

scrappymo! said...

Great Christmas cards for Rudolph Days! They are lovely but I would find cutting and gluing down the border hard work too.

The seagull card is fabulous. Love that porthole and love the paper with the lines...it looks like a dock.And loce the embossed paper at the end too!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

The knot ties everything together. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art with us at Word Art Wednesday.
Many Blessings,
Carole Robb Bisson

Debs Willis said...

Lovely cards,the seagull is great!
Debs x

linda said...

a very elegant christmas card and i love the colours and patterns of the nautical themed card; the knot is perfect. thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more.
linda

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Great cards and so early for Christmas! How impressive!
Thank you for visiting me, Shaz!
Happy WOYWW!
Hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS@6

Di said...

Lovely cards Shaz! Well done on reducing the number of Christmas ones to be made - and the seagull is also one of my fave stamps here!

Hope all is well, playing catch up on commenting.

Hugs, Di xx

JD/ Jill said...

Both very nicely done cards...The first one is a great job casing your inspiration card.
and the second makes me wish I could get to the beach...been a long time. Very nice.

Cornelia W said...

Hi Shaz - wonderful cards - your Christmas cards are so festive! And the one with the sea gull - well - that's just perfect for summer! And that cool knot - love it!

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely card - hope to see you again soon. x

Irene said...

Great Christmas cards Shaz, hard work and very detailed but beautiful.
Love the idea to put the seagul in a port hole, the knot is the perfect finish.
luv
irene
xxxx

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Beautiful Christmas cards Shaz - they look so elegant. Have only just started mine too.

And I love your seagull card (thanks for linking to mine and I feel humbled that you were inspired by my card *blush blush*). Isn't the sailor's knot just so cool for this type of card? I had never done one until I did my seagull card but I think it's great for masculine nautical cards.

Jocelyn x

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