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, March 11, 2015

WOYWW +Some Inky Happenings + Snippets


Do you ever have days where you seem to go around in circles?? 
Well seem to be having a run of these days here… but none the less, it is Wednesday and need to do some joining around the desks of the world for WOYWW What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday … so head over to Julia’s - peek, learn and share - do! 

Seems this morning's desk was here a couple of weeks back (see here)! Well, at the time was having problems with this stamp Embroidered background by Justrite stamping cleanly all over. Julia suggested I give the large stamp a light sand, which I did!
 (Thanks, Julia, worked a treat) I also used my new tool which arrived this morning, so had to try it out with that – on right is the Compact Stamp Press by Fiskars and was hoping my background stamps would fit on it and they do –YAY!!!!! Use vertically as opposed to horizontally. It was super-uber cheap $13.69 (post included all way to Downunder), and came very quickly only two weeks! Inks used here are DI inks - Dusty Concord, Peacock feathers and fav. Weathered wood, with round tools. Stamped in versamark and with clear embossing powder. Piece top left from last week of Bokeh see post below.
As my WOYWW post was on Friday (!!) many of you probably missed it and is a great technique

A snippets’ card here.. the Edward Elephant image by Bugaboo was printed back a few months ago when made a 1st birthday card (see here). So cute, used SB square dies, and some baby DP had for ages now. The digi greeting matches heaps better than this image shows. It also has bit of 3D on the elephant and balloons, which also shows IRL.

A while back now had this MB Pietra die on my desk and was layering the narrow die to get a larger strip to use on a oval card. I formed an idea from Magpie’s card here. Used SB ovals like Magpie but centre die piece is totally different. Used also the CB Textile folder, Britannia favourite die Poinsettia, with Leaf Swirl die, and MB Pippi butterfly, CB Olivia alphabet die. Snippets used here .. that's why love dies - you can use snippets :D 
Yay, off to the playground!
 

Here is the Aussie shot of the day, taken on my mobile some time back not in summer. I was here yesterday down at the jetty, right at this spot, having a lovely swim.. Water is beautiful at the moment as still up about 27 to 29c, perfect, so clear and clean too -and yes know am very blessed.
Before I close I would like to give a big welcome to a new wonderful encourager of this blog - Stephanie of Steph's scrappy happenings! 

Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat .. will return your visit as soon as I can, as do love to see your work too.
God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

"I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee." Job 42:2

Also lingking over to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.

30 comments:

brenda said...

Sounds like most days in my world Shaz !!

Apols for the lack of visits, since my computer was hacked it has been an ongoing problem getting it sorted so very little time on the internet.

Lovely and varied selection of work you are sharing today.

B x

sandra de said...

Hi Sha, gorgeous card the detail is stunning. Have a lovely week.
sandra de @27

Annie said...

Happy Wednesday. I'm doing my visits of all my fav blogs while my twinnie munchkins play with the knex 😃
Every week is filled with days of going round in circles here 😃 love the cards you've made while on the spin 😃
Hugs,
Annie x #18

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love the colours you've used in the first pic! And how fab that Julia's tip worked so well...she's clever, that gal :-)
But my fav is that glorious white card, that is soooo beautiful!
Hugs, LLJ 5 xx

Liz said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment.

Love both your cards, but my favourite is the white one. I have the Pietra die, but have never tried expanding he pattern. It looks beautiful behind the oval shape. Gorgeous design.

I'm now your latest follower and look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations. xx

MrsC.x said...

i do love that stamp its so pretty, loving the bokeh that you've done i have recently blogged a card that i did in bokeh too it seems it is the in thing atm

lovely view i love the sea and hope to live nearby soon

Happy WOYWW!
Thanks for sharing
Mrs C.xx
http://craftroomdiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/woyww-march-10th-2015.html

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, happy WOYWW. Gorgeous cards this week, very intricate die cuts. Have a wonderful week and enjoy a few more dips in that lovely beach. Cheers RobynO#25

Mrs.D said...

Oh Shaz, so much on your page to comment on, I love that wedding card, so elegant, a keepsake for the happy couple.
And that all over stamp with the blues and mauve, those colours seem to be the trend at present, and I have just put that Stamp Press by Fiskars on my shopping list for the show I going to in Birmingham, with Margaret, next week.
Thanks for dropping in at my page and for your prayers.
Bless you
Chris #26

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, love that background stamp. The Stamp Press seems like a good idea, I'd wondered about them.That lacy panel card is beautiful. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz xxx

Conniecrafter said...

Your elephant is just the cutest, love the coloring... Beautiful and elegant wedding card too, love how you have personalized both cards!

Di said...

Wonderful snippets cards Shaz! I especially love the white on white one!

Am wondering how good you think the stamping gizmo is? I keep wondering about buying one.

Also, a wonderful photo of the sea! Thanks for coming to play!

Hugs

Di xx

Betsy said...

Happy Wednesday Shaz. I think that lazy card is just beautiful with the leaves and butterfly. You are so talented. We've had some warm weather her in Wahington State too. Not as nice as yours but for March it's beautiful here.
Blessings,
Betsy

Anne said...

Lovely work - especially like the 'snippets card' The view is gorgeous !!! Yes you are lucky !!!!! :-) Anne x #32

lisa said...

Mmmm had my taste of summer, a gorgeous photo as always Shaz and I wish I could've gone swimming with you.
Love the colours of the DI's you are using, my favourites and I'm glad you got your stamp to work properly, it's a good size isn't it??
Have a good week.
Hugs Lisax #63

Sandy Leigh said...

It's always nice to have new tools! Love the combination of those ink colors. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #48

Kristiina Majuri said...

Had to check out that bokeh. I did some in January using gesso for the whites and a TCW hexagon template ( don't have a circle one) it turned out much better than I first expected. Love the colours on yours!
Kristiina #9

StampinCarol said...

I once told a friend that I was so far behind that I could see my bum up ahead for a while. I just love that large stamp and the Stamp Press seems pretty popular in my area. Your coloring of it just makes me drool! But your white card...oh my gosh is it gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your country with us, too! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #59

Dottie Seubert said...

the elephant card is just adorable and the white on white was made with such class

glitterandglue said...

Hello Shaz. Seems ages since I got to your posting - sorry... The cards are lovely - I would never ever have thought of doing the inside of the oval with something different like that... bit slow on the uptake here!! Glorious sunny Aussie shot - no Welsh one this week I'm afraid. Not been anywhere. I have been getting the new church website done. The leaders came round today to check it all over - were pretty amazed at the amount of work, but happy with it. So, hopefully, it will go live soon! Yeah!!
Sorry you had such difficulties with my site. I think it may be something to do with Webeden, as our current church site is with them, too, and I have had difficulties getting into that recently.
Take care, my friend. Enjoy the glorious swimming weather you are having.
God bless.
Margaret #7

Hettie said...

I know you will love that Fiskars press...I love mine. That stamp is gorgeous and I love what you have done with the background.
Great cards there too. Love that photo.
Hugs
xx

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, Love the cards, very pretty.
Hope you have a good week and happy crafting, Angela x 31

Eliza said...

Let me cat h up here ok. So the stamp didn't work, you sNded it and now it does. Which part did you sand?

Love the water and swimming on days like that perfect

Hugs Eliza

scrappymo! said...

They all are wonderful of course...but my fave is that gorgeous WOW!

And the stunning photo of the beach of course!

Helen said...

what a gorgeous photograph!! That stamp is huge!! No wonder you have trouble with it stamping evenly sometimes, but it looks fabulous! Helen 3

Mehrll said...

I really love the wedding card. So beautiful. The birthday card is so cute for a child! I jumped over to Steph's scrappy happenings and love her cards too. Thanks for sharing her blog with us. Hugs.

Darnell J Knauss said...

As always, a wonderful WOYWW post, Shaz, and what fantastic snippets cards these are! One so fun and festive and the other so elegant and enchanting!! Hugs, Darnell

Julia Dunnit said...

Well I'm very glad that the light sanding worked..far better than a heavy tantrum!! I love the piece you're working on..that resist technique will never get old for me. I love the Bokeh you've achieved too, it looks really real. I would swim everyday if I could be by the sea...but possibly not in Britain!

Mrs A. said...

I have just bought one of those Fiskars stamp presses. I was sceptical at first as to how well it would work. Have tried it and have to say I love it. No more stamping the sentiment in the wrong place and it gives a nice clear impression. Mine came all the way from USA and took about the same time to arrive too. Hugs Mrs A.

Lisca Meijer said...

So much to comment on! Yes, I've seen that Fiskars press in other people's blog. It looks a very handy thing to have, especially for the big stamps.
I always love your aussie photos and this one is no exception. I also loved seeing the pineapple growing and finally being cut.
The bokeh technique is fab. I'm going to give it a go although I have no re-inkers. How did you use your distress pads? I also have no white ink but someone said she'd used gesso, so that sounds doable. I watched the video you linked and I really like it. Thanks for sharing that.
Thank you for visiting earlier in the week and for your kind comment.
Sorry I'm so late with this but the house we were staying in in Italy didn't have internet. My son does but we were not able to go to his house as the village was/probably still is completely snowed in. Wednesday morning I went to a coffee bar that had wifi and posted my little contribution.
I'm now back home and catching up on stuff, downloading (baby)photos and keeping the washing machine going.
Have a great week,
Lisca

Brenda in IN said...

That crystal clean water looks so inviting. Lucky you! The distress inks look so pretty together. I love those colors. The birthday card is so cute and the wedding card is gorgeous. I love the blessing on the birthday card. So sweet.

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