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, February 4, 2015

Frog cards, Spellbinders and WOYWW

{WARNING - Picture heavy post.}

Hullo there everyone - YES! 'Tis Wednesday and desk showing/ sharing again!! Pop over to Julia's - we all join together to share and learn on a world wide desk hop. 
Here are my messy desks x 2 = double trouble :D
Desk late Monday as was making my nephew's birthday card - used some snippet of photo paper which had been inked using the crumpled wet cling wrap method see here. Am measuring pieces for tile effect on card with snippet of back to mount.
Completed card with computer print out for greeting, Stamp is from My Stamps 44F of Australia, circa 1995.
Today's desk shows the card begun last fortnight's desk, and here layering the Cheery Lynn "Mini Fanciful Flourish die"with three layers so it sits well on card. Rest of recipe see this post here - where made wedding card - this card was test run for it. Inked up on the die cuts to match the DP.
The finished card - 70th for my dear friend's birthday. Do love Spellbinders -recipe here
A close up so you can see the details, greeting is on computer again. The green is there on the DP, it just does not show up much in photos.
This card was also on last fortnight's desk, and finally finished it as thank you for wonderful biscuits (Swiss baked each Christmas by a dear 80 y.o. father of a friend). Biscuits photographed and printed out, "Thanks" and "Marco" are from CB Olivia Alphabet set.
This is why I was absent last week was up at family's place on the beach, view from their balcony, and we did go swimming in the lovely warm waves. We have had another glorious day today but had lots of rain in between. This photo has not been enhanced, that is how brilliant and bright it was.
I really wanted to share this with you... See that lovely clear foam?? When you are swimming in the surf, which we were, it is like being in a salty foamy bubble bath, I really love that part and not sure if it is common where there are not waves of any decent size and regularity. It is is not like this at the jetty where the waves are small but only in open surf... A wonderful gift of God's creation!! That's why I chose the Bible verse below .. it reminds me of the sea's power and God's almighty power, grace and love for each of us - He cares, yes! He cares.
Ending with a little of housekeeping I am delighted to welcome a new encourager of this blog ~ Therese,  from Australia, who does great videos - her blog is Lost in Paper, do pop over. https://lostinpaper.wordpress.com 

Well, thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek and chat.. and may God bless your day wherever you may be..  Shaz in Oz.x
 
"He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven." Psalm 107:29, 30

Am linking over to these challenges:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a lot of snippets on first two cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/ 
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.

46 comments:

Helen said...

The cards are fabulous - love the frog!! Great photos of your break too, the waves look very inviting, bet the sea's not freezing like it usually is here in England!! Helen 8

Chrysalis said...

Hi Shaz - amazingly lovely cards, and a view to die for - what more could you ask for?! Enjoy! Chris # 11

sandra de said...

Gorgeous cards ... it can be hard to pick something for a male recipient. But I think you have done it perfectly. Love your pic of the surf you really are in a spectacular part of Australia. We are blessed.
sandra de @13

Queenie Jeannie said...

Stunning photos and gorgeous cards!! Well done!!! Big hugs and God bless you.

Happy Crafting!
Jeannie #9

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wonderful cards, Shaz! such an interesting effect on the photo paper. and how wonderful to spend some time in the beach, isn't it? happy WOYWW!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, gorgeous cards you've been making and oh yes what a glorious photo of the surf..so glad you enjoyed your swim. Having a bit more rain in our area this last week so it's nice and cool today. Cheers and enjoy your week RobynO#20

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous cards
love your photos too
hugs Tamara

Neet said...

What a beautiful Bible verse - and so appropriate. Two gorgeous photos of the wonderful area in which you live (or visit).
Three gorgeous cards too - I love the froggy one and must check out that technique - such a lot you can do with cling film. The Cheery Lynn one - well, that is just absolutely beautiful and the biscuit one is pure genius.
You are so talented Shaz.
Take care, Blessings, Neet xx 29

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love all your cards, but that 70th one is really beautiful, so pretty with all it's layers. The biscuit one made me smile..they looked lush!!
Hugs, LLJ 26 xx

Eliza said...

Your cards are beautiful especially the 70th birthday one. Oh I am with you on the bubbles in the breaking waves they are glorious, we are very fortunate here in Australia to have such beauty around us. Blessings and Happy WOYWW

hugs Eliza & Yoda 21

Angela Radford said...

Love the cards Shaz. The frog card is a great idea, it's ages since I used the clingfilm technique. Looking at your photos reminds me of what a fantastic place we live in, you're enjoying the lovely summer weather and we are looking out at a gorgeous frosty morning. Thanks for the visit and hope you have a great woyww, Angela x 33

Annie said...

I'm whizzing round all my fav blogs while the twinnies do some drawing by me 😃
Your cards are beautiful as is the stunning blue sky in your photos.....roll on Summer 😃
Hugs Annie x #15

Cardarian said...

Hello!

Love your card and that picture of the foamy sea ah wish I could jump in there! I am in England at the moment - it is cold here but at home in Slovenia they have about 70 cm of snow! So a big difference from what you have there! So lucky!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

Anne said...

Super cards Shaz. Beautiful photos of sea. I am longing to have our ( cancelled last year cos of knee ) holiday by the sea. Anne x #40

Anne said...

Super cards Shaz. Beautiful photos of sea. I am longing to have our ( cancelled last year cos of knee ) holiday by the sea. Anne x #40

glitterandglue said...

Lovely cards, Shaz - cute frog!! Oh, that sunshine and sea! We haven't had snow here by the sea, but there is plenty on the mountains... how I'd love to get to them and see it.... have to see if John is up to that.
Take care, and thanks for visiting.
God bless.
Margaret #7

House of Bears said...

I love the tiled frog card, if I attempt anything like that I end up with wonky, odd sized tiles! Your scenic photo looks very inviting.

Horace @ no.47

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Such beautiful cards you have created and I love the photos of the ocean. I could spend the rest of my days living close to our oceans...it is food for my soul!
Glenda #48

Belinda Basson said...

Thanks for the visit already. I do love that fanciful flourish die. It is so elegant. Great photos as always on your blog.

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, what a beautiful card that is. Love all the layers of die cuts/embossing/papers. Gorgeous. Love the cling film background too.Amazing scenery. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #16 xx

SARN said...

Hi Shaz

Oh what a joy seeing that photo of sunshine and warmth. It is FREEZING here in the UK, although there's some wintry sun about!

Happy WOYWW

Hugs, Sarn xxx

lisa said...

Love all your gorgeous cards, Shaz. I have that flourish, it's beautiful isn't it and so useful.
Ohhhh what amazing photos. The sunshine is so welcome to look at while we shiver here in the UK. I would've loved to go swimming with you.
Enjoy your week
Hugs Lisax #68

trisha too said...

Picture heavy posts are ALWAYS welcome! Wonderful cards, and absolutely gorgeous landscape photos. So beautiful, Shaz, thank you for sharing them! The ocean photo really does illustrate that verse, I can see why you chose it.

:)trisha
#67 this week with the
finished chair & a chalkboard

Christine said...

Wish I could come visit you! That sea looks soooo inviting, we don't have snow at the moment here, but I think it is close!!!
Have a good week
Christine aka Bishopsmate #73

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Great cards, Shaz, each different and brilliant in its own right. I love the froggy one best. Beautiful seascape too. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #34

Di said...

Super cards Shaz! The froggy caught my eye too - he's adorable! Super photos as well :)

Hugs

Di xx

Mehrll said...

Such a cute card for the little boy. I have a hard time making cards for kids and this is great. The birthday card for the 70 year old friend is beautiful. Love it!

Twiglet said...

Such lovely cards - especially the froggy design. x Jo

Anne said...

Well here in France it is grey and cold with our first spattering of snow yesterday! beautiful beach scenes...want to do a swap?...
Your cards are wonderful and I adore all three! Each has their own merit and are superb! Lucky recipients! Bravo mon amie!

Betsy said...

It's still cold here in the Pacific Northwest, but not as bad as on our East coast so I'm not complaining too much. :-) However it would be a wonderful thing to be swimming with you in that lovely ocean my friend. My favorite card today is the 70th birthday one. It is gorgeous with all of my favorite colors.
Blessings,
Betsy

Shel C said...

Love that froggy stamp... just my style. Wow..the waves..the warm water...I am so envious! I hope you enjoyed your holiday in the bright blue.

Kristiina Majuri said...

I tried the cling plastic once, but my paper was not coated enough and it ripped... Checked your link, but I don't have glossy card at the moment...I'll have to retry with photo paper! Love the frog, really fun!
Happy WOYWW!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I want to go splashing around in a warm sea salt bath! That totally sounds appealing. You've accomplished all sorts of wonderful things lately. Love that birthday card, so much loveliness all in one place. Judy #79

Sharon Madson said...

Oh, my goodness, that 70 th card is gorgeous!!!! Love it. Beautiful scenery, too. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. #32

Monica said...

The Texas coast is really a bay the Gulf of mexico and we do not have surface and it never looks that blue which is probably OK as I could never take a fab photo like you have. makes me want to jump on a plane. Love the blue of the cards and now can ssee your inspiration.

Stephanie said...

Oh my friend, how I would love to go swimming in the ocean :) I haven't been in the ocean since my honeymoon and that was....almost 8 years ago.

You always create beautiful cards, dear Shaz. Thank you for sharing. Hugs to you!

Scrappy quilter said...

What wonderful cards. And seeing such a beautiful picture of the water...love it!

VonnyK said...

Your cards are gorgeous but I'm in love the the little froggy one. Fabulous beach photos. Have a great week,
Von #42

Carmen said...

Those cards are gorgeous - I especially love the frog one and his background.

Happy WOYWW - on Thursday ;)

Carmen x #53

Brenda in IN said...

What a terrific frog card. That is a great technique with the plastic wrap. It's a good guy card. Your second card is beautiful and so detailed. The biscuit picture made my mouth water. They are gorgeous! So is your scenery. How wonderful you have a place like that to visit.

Mariane C said...

WOW . That is an awesome desk for sure ... :) Thank you for sharing

Kind regards
Mariane

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RosA said...

Hi Shaz, love the cling wrap background. I will have to give that a try. I adore your beach shots. Even though we have a boat and often go up the Hawkesbury River for the weekend, I pine for the ocean. I love everything about the beach, summer or winter ... I think it's genetic.
About those Gelatos ... I got them from Craftonline and no they didn't cost a fortune, $15, I think. Some other sets were less than that but the ones I got are "metallic", because, naturally, I'm attracted to anything shiny :)

Mrs A. said...

Beautiful cards. Especially like the froggy one. Thought I heard a frog in our pond the other day. Beginning to wake up and getting ready for the spring. I checked on my little Ellie's yesterday and they are still tucked up snug in the leaf moulds in the container in the garage. Won't be ready to hatch out until April.
Can't wait for spring to start.
Had enough of the cold and wet and damp. Not having a good time here at present. Amongst other things I have a double dose of cystitis. Pills from Dr's have just about kicked in but feeling very down. hugs mrs A.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Beautiful bible verse, it goes so well with the photo. Your cards are gorgeous, love the froggy one and those biscuits are scrummy.

Love
Maarit

my craft cupboard said...

Lot's of wonderful things on your desk once again this week.
I always look forward to seeing what you are up to.....lol....
Beautiful photo!
Enjoy your week.
hugs
sharon

Shelly Schmidt said...

I always love to see what is on your work desk- your cards are just beautiful! From a frog to a beautiful Keepsake wedding card. Oh and I love your pictures- the beach looks so pretty- I just had a quick visit to Florida- not warm enough to swim, but a beautiful beach and the first night sunset was just fabulous!

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