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 6 August 2014

Nicecrane Bird Blossoms, Oriental Quilting card + WOYWW

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Hullo everyone .. yes another middle of the week has whooshed into view! It seems to have come extra fast this week cos extra busy... for the uninitiated Wednesday means WOYWW ~ or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over at world wide desk hostess Julia’s blog - here!
Well this desk shows evidence of trip to the big smoke . alias Sydney for the doctor on Monday flight down and back in one day (with awesome test results, so praising God for that!!). Amongst tests and appointments managed to literally squeeze in bit of shopping at two craft stores in the city. The washi paper + Mizuhiki cord were a great find, but rather expensive sadly so restraint was the order of the day.. under the 3 sheets of washi are quite a few sheets of shimmery card 12 x 12" , yum! + not so expensive so heaps more... some stamps at reasonable prices too. At left back are two cards supposed to be mailed today.. shown below.
Desks below show the making of the Oriental card.. a type of Quilting with washi. You can see my mobile opened at my Pinterest to copy the card. A fan pattern made with a scalloped Spellbinder circle cut in chipboard card. Cut some thin foam to fit also, see below.

I should have cut the washi a bit bigger but made it fit, although not good all the way around.. was not going to cut it again and waste it.
Inked up embossing folder (Sizzix - Retro Circles) in gold with snippets of red and black. Centre panel is basket weave stamped in gold embossing powder on gold card, used washi paper on the die cut of scalloped circle section of chipboard (as shown above). Kanji is chop from Artneko.
Had real fun making this card I was given ages ago this set by Ignacio of Nicecrane designs cant find the link cos the site is down for maintenance but it called Birds and Blossoms set so check it out when they are back online. I added a Bible verse from Word Art Wednesday on it. They are meant to be used for calling cards etc but I tried three with a Bible verse inserted in a Word text box - loved how it worked! :D I spritzed Perfect Pearl on the image, the snippetty backing card is Blossoms folder and the white card is a CB Caramello left over from making the third of these cards here. The side peach ribbon is adorned by edging die from Nellie Snellen "Ribbons" die. For Betsy's friend, an encourager of this blog, but doesn't make cards so offered to make one for her, she has cancer.
Late afternoon clear lights of  winter down at my spot... wonderful wonders of Gods creation!!!
I will comment as able but time online needs be limited, I will do my best. However I really want to thank you so very much for popping over for a peek and chat. May God bless your day wherever you maybe.
Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both.

2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes (both cards)


Helen said...

Love the cards - and of course you had to visit the shops especially after good news - so pleased for you. Have a good week Helen 2

Tertia said...

Your cards are always so lovely! The view is magnificent, if I ever get the opportunity to come to Oz, you will have to show me around.
Thank you for the early visit.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #15

Lunch Lady Jan said...

So please to hear that you had good news about the tests..excellent! lovely cards, I really love the red and black Oriental fan example :-)
Hugs, LLJ 26 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

I have only ever seen washi paper in small 6 x 6 packs, so to see a glorious 12" sheet really was a lovely surprise - it really is beautiful stuff. So So glad that your trip to Sydney was so positive, keep it up!

Chrysalis said...

Hi Shaz - a lovely haul of loot there, girl! Have fun playing. I love the fan card, and your view takes my breath away. Enjoy! xx

Diana Taylor said...

Beautiful washi paper - I've never seen the larger sheets here. I love the red and black fan card, it's absolutely stunning. Hope you have a great week,
Diana #36

Mrs.D said...

Oh lovely goodies there, and the card is gorgeous. Glad the trip to the docs was reassuring.
thanks for visiting me and the lovely comments, and your concern for my safety. Have edited post to show how sturdy the desk is so not risks in climbing on it.
bless you
Chris #6

Kate said...

That washi paper is really nice and loving your view!
~Kate~ #39

Laura said...

WOOHOO! to the good results :) Super news.
Happy Wednesday

Anonymous said...

Nice timing :) While TRYING to tidy up I unearthed a lovely pack of origami papers from DH's Japanese clients wife. Now I know just what to do with them. Lovely cards, ever...

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (1)

Anonymous said...

Nice timing :) While TRYING to tidy up I unearthed a lovely pack of origami papers from DH's Japanese clients wife. Now I know just what to do with them. Lovely cards, ever...

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (1)

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, lovely black, red and gold card. Glad your Sydney trip was positive. Would love to know which shops you visited. I had planned to meet my sister in the city on Monday but she's not well so we've had to put our outing off. Glad you like my knitting. Are you cold enough to need beanies where you are?

Marit said...

Oooh, that paper is to drool over but I'll keep my lips together... it might get wet ;) And what a beautiful photo at the end of your post - it's summer at the beach in my part of the world, red-burned tourists all over the place... can't wait 'till the seashore will be quiet and 'mine' again. Happy woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #56

trisha too said...

So happy to hear the news was good, Shaz! Your cards are beautiful, the Oriental themed one, those papers are absolutely lush. And the photograph--you are so right, a beautiful reminder of the wonders of God's creation!

Happy woyww to you!
returning to the WOYWW fold
#62 this week

Marilyn Mathis said...

Beautiful Oriental fan card. Also love the Birds and Blossoms card with the scripture for it surely is true. So glad your tests turned out well. Lovely photo of your winter scene. Here in Florida we could do with a little of the cool weather. TFS

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Gail said...

Glad the news was good at your appts!
Your desk looks like mine!
Except for the pretty shiny stuff!
Oriental card is beautiful!
Awesome Nicecrane card too!
Have a great day/evening where you are I think!

Neesie said...

Wow you crammed in a lot Shaz, on your day trip to Sydney.
All that in a day! So glad the tests were good and can understand that you'd want to celebrate the results with lots of goodie shopping ;D
Your desk looks fantastic with so many lovelies all waiting for you to have fun ;D
The cards are so pretty. Gorgeous in fact and that beach looks devine. So peaceful
Happy WOYWW Neesie #48

Betsy said...

Good Morning Shaz, what a lot of "pretties" you've found on your trip. You always make such lovely cards and I am so thankful for you offering one of your creations for Marilyn. I know she will be very thankful for it.
Hoping you have a wonderful day my friend.

Eliza said...

So pleased to hear you got some good results with the doctors and that quick shopping trip found you some awesome papers. Beautiful cards created with it too.

Happy Crafting & Happy WOYWW
Hugs Eliza & Yoda 66

glitterandglue said...

Two gorgeous cards there, Shaz. Well done. The photo of the sea is beautiful - the reflections, the clouds, the colours. God is pretty brill! Thanks for already visiting - and for your prayers re the dress. I need them!!
Take care my friend. God bless.
Margaret #10

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Love the cards Shaz and all the new goodies. Just the process of shopping is enough to cheer you up Lol! especially when you bring back such a great collection of stuff.
Happy crafting, Angela x # 38

Unknown said...

Such happy news about your tests! Great way to celebrate by going to craft stores and getting some fun stuff to play with! And wonderful cards! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #53

RosA said...

Hi again Shaz,
You asked about the tree stamp/s. The pine tree ones are Stampscapes and the one in the bottom left hand corner is by Crafty Individuals.

Amy E said...

Washi paper?!?! Wow! I've never heard of that's gorgeous. And your cards are incredible!!

Congrats on your great news!!

Amy E. #7

Bridget Larsen said...

Love those Japanese papers, I will never fall out of love with them.
Bridget #46

Di said...

Two fab cards Shaz! I especially love the Washi tape one.

And what brilliant medical news - am so happy for you!


Di xx

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, love the card, and how you made it. Brilliant idea to use a scalloped circle, I shall try to remember that. I probably won't though, lol.I shall be pinning it for inspiration, maybe that will help. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #17 xxx

fairy thoughts said...

It sounds odd to me that you had to fly to a doctors appointment.... It takes me about 5 minutes to walk to mine and about a 20 minute drive to the hospital. That the difference with Australia the distances are so huge. At least you made the most of it and did some shopping while you were there
Janet @4

fairy thoughts said...

Oh forgot to say love the Japanese card ... Fab colour combination

Joyce across the Pond said...

Wonderful news about your the cards and all the goodies did you manage to restrain yourself while in that store...take care.

Robin said...

Hi Shaz, what a lovely view! loved your fan card. The colors were so rich.

Have a lovely week, Robin (State of Serenity). #74

Debs Willis said...

Lovely cards as always Shaz. Looks like you had a fun shopping session, and I'm really glad the dr's trip had a positive outcome :-)
Debs x

Shoshi said...

Congratulations on the results of your tests, Shaz, and well done rewarding yourself with such gorgeous stash! Those papers are simply fabulous... The cards you have made are so beautiful, and your photo of that particular little corner of God's wonderful creation is a stunner.

Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment. I am feeling much more myself now, and trying to catch up with everything that got neglected for so long. Glad you like my latest Zentangle efforts. Some of my video clips are OK but those for the second card are a disaster lol!! I'll do better next time I hope!

Sorry to miss WOYWW this week.

Sarn said...

YAY - so pleased you had good test results Shaz. Wahooo!

Great cards and FANTASTIC scenic picture. TFS.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

scrappymo! said...

Great news at the doctor!

Your cards are so lovely. The washi paper one is stunning and the Nicecrane is so pretty.

Your photo is breathtaking. How wonderful to live in such abeautiful and amazing place!

Hettie said...

Oh it is so nice to hear someone with positive news right now. Yeay!!
I don't blame you for having a little spend on goodies. Nice papers.
Beautiful card you have made.

Cathy said...

Beautiful cards Shaz, your oriental fan card is a stunner, so clever. Glad to hear all went well with your appointment and great way to celebrate with some new goodies, Cathy x

MaryH said...

Hi Sharon, What wonderful news, and I'm so happy that your medical visit yielded good news. Loved your post, and that stunning 'quilted' card. It's just magnificent with the colors, the design, the way you've done the tape & inked embossing. Thanks for reminding me about the NCrane - I think I have that set of digi-s. Last time I checked, the site was still down, but I'll pop over again. Ignaccio has some lovely art and is so generous with his help too. He designed my blog banner. I love it! Hope you continue to feel well in health and give yourself lots of TLC as you need it. Blogging is a hobby. Should be fun! We all get behind (at least I do...often & frequently too!) LOL. TFS & Hugs

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, apologies for taking so long to visit this week - I'm working on something at the moment that is taking up huge amounts of my time. Your desk was covered in interesting goodies this week and great to read of the good news that your test results were fine. Both your cards are fabulous - that fan is gorgeous.

In your last comment you asked if I am Scottish. Well, it's complicated! I was born in England to Scottish parents - my father was in the army - but they returned to the Scotland when I was 5 years old. I was educated in Edinburgh but left again when I was 18 when I enlisted in the army. After many years living elsewhere I returned 12 years ago. So, despite being known as 'the English girl' for many years, I consider myself Scots, though with a foot over the border in England - oh, and I have a Scots accent picked up from living in Edinburgh :) I said it was complicated :)

Hugs, Elizabeth x #33

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Shaz, Thanks again for sharing with us this week at Word Art Wednesday. I always enjoy seeing your sweet creations and reading your posts. You are such a blessing and encouragement to me. I hope that you're having a great week, and I want you to know how very grateful I am to have you play along in our challenges. God bless you always!
Word Art Wednesday

P.S. Here are a couple more challenges where you're warmly invited to share your art: - What's On Your Work Desk - Anything Goes

Jo Ann said...

This is so pretty...Love the embossing and the image with your choice of colors. Thanks for blessing us with your wonderful entree at our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday...Please join us again in our new Challenge starting today. Want to share this verse with you from Psalm 147:11. "The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love." God bless!


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