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, 23 September 2015

Flower Fairy Centre Fold card + Di's Snippets + WOYWW

Well it is obviously Wednesday today, even if it really has taken me most of the day to realise it.. so Wednesday means the great worldwide Blog-hop around desks of the world for WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's Stamping Ground! 
To my desk- several again:

Here smooched mixture of inks on embossing folder and then spritzed it well with water, then embossed it .. one worked better than the other but both not too bad. Re-spritzed with Diamond Dust glimmer mist for more blending too.
So this was few days later, yesterday in fact and well into the making of this card. This was one big learning curve. Half way through said why do I pick such tricky designs??
Nellie Snellen Ribbon border die in left foreground, on right pink ATG, almost done card in rear, next to it Darice Nature Border EF as well. Had to cut this apart into two pieces as it was not quite lined up properly - a first! but needed it cut, as wanted the same part at front and end of greeting anyway.
Completed centre step fold card. You can see the Darice Nature border EF (with pink glitter) at the either end of front section, greeting printed then embossed it quickly with clear EP.
HAPPY 4th Birthday, dear Emily!
The flower image is here and 3D'ed, mounted on SB Fleur de Lis rectangle in lovely pink foiled card, also ribbon border on side. The front cross section and sides also have Taylored Expressions Eyelet Scallop border die. Used this Template here for the Centre Step Fold card
I think the flower with this flower fairy is the candytuft but maybe not one by Cicely Mary Barker, as could not find who created this image. A Google reverse image search just took me back to unnamed page from which I pinned it.
The verse on the inside of the card printed on some DP
Today's desk this afternoon at 3pm approx. I had a fellow crafter Sharlene to visit .. so here she was paused mid stamping as she was copying images from my Bible verse drawer. You can see a completed page to the top left, cuppa finished and ink pad just used .. Sharlene was out cleaning stamps, as like mine cleaned as I stamp; a habit from when started in 1990. Most of these are from that era, very few bought this century.
One of two Aussie shots today, was at my friend's place and had my camera in hand... a bird of paradise or native Strelitizia.
From the same garden.. a bush orchid growing on the flowering bottlebrush, both natives. Looks like a wandering choko vine too :D My friend Elaine and hubby, Mal have many more amazing orchids which I took that day. They could hold their own orchid show :D
 I will comment as able ~ still a little behind, but getting there :D
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." Micah 7:8 

Linking the Emily's card up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on Emily's card (the lovely pink floil was used on one other card and have another piece for one more I hope, not bad out of an A4 sheet :D)
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3.   Allsort challenge is Sparkle .... well it is hard to see but it is there on the front piece :D


Annie said...

Oh to be able to grow orchids in your lucky. Your garden flowers always make me smile Shaz so thanks for sharing them. That card is really pretty too :-)
Annie x #18

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, wow really love your center step card, pretty colours, love the pretty layers, great embossed backgrounds - been doing some myself this week, not as nice as yours. Just love the colours of the bird of paradise flowers and oh I sigh for orchids. Enjoy your week Cheers RobynO#29

sharon said...

I do look forward to Wednesday!!!
I prefer the inking on the first embossed topper.
It is a lovely time of the year and the Orchids are putting on a marvellous
show. I have a little one in our tree out the front and it has been in flower for about 6 weeks. I also have them in pots.
Enjoy your week.
sharon :)

Unknown said...

Shaz, You pick intricate art to bless us who drop by and to continually challenge yourself. Your desk is quite a sight for sure signs of creativity. I like the delicate borders, the color and that image is adorable. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 202nd AG challenge!
Blessings and Hugs, Carole

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I always recognize your desk, Shaz, because of the monkey! Love that embossed background and the fairy card is just gorgeous beyond belief! Have a happy week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #37

Ginny Maxam said...

Hi Shaz, always a treat to see what is happening on your desk! This is such a beautiful rich card, I hope it goes into a frame!! Thank you for sharing your passion and your art with us on Word Art Wednesday! Ginny DT WAW and Ginny your friend!! xoxoxo

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, gorgeous stepper card. Your garden looks gorgeous too. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 36

Di said...

FABULOUS card Shaz! Such a pretty image and a wonderful end result!

Lovely photos too :)


Di xx

Unknown said...

Your fairy is just stunning and I love all your wonderful stamp collection out! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #40

JD/ Jill said...

Your center step card is lovely! It's one of my favorite folds...
I need to make a birthday card for a friend...I have been stuck as to what to make...but your card reminded me that I have several beautiful images that Jim colored for me...thanks for the inspiration.
Your garden is beautiful too.

Betsy said...

I adore that card Shaz! My favorite colors and it would be SO perfect for Piper. I sure wish we lived closer, I would keep you in the card making business by purchasing almost everyone you make. I know you make them for your loved ones, but really, you could make a business for yourself my friend. They are stunning.

Wendy L said...

So pretty, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, Love the pics of flowers too, xxx

Helen said...

gorgeous cards, I love the flower fairies, have several of them on wooden stamps. Thanks for visiting already, glad you worked out what day it is, before it was too late!! Helen 8

Unknown said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!! And the flowers are beautiful, too! LOL! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #41

Kathleen said...

Oh gosh, I love both those background it is a shame that not too much of them are showing on the card but the card image is brilliant too and I am not a fairy fan, lol.
Brilliant card and so are your flowers.

Kath x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Devine post
you live in paradise
hugs Tamara

glitterandglue said...

A really lovely card, Shaz - gorgeous colours. The flower in your garden is amazing, too.
Thanks for your visit - and for your prayers. Hopefully we are going away this w/e as it is my birthday, and we shall get to see all our family - that will be SO good.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #7&9

kiwimeskreations said...

Love visiting your blog Shaz and seeing your floral photos as well as your desk - what a wonderful card that is - love it! Glad I am not the only one who stamps in a small area (on a big desk) and likes their stamps cleaned quickly.

RosA said...

Hi Shaz
Love the smooched inks/embossing folder technique. Have been meaning to try that for ages. Thanks for reminding me :)
Thanks for your lovely comment re. the wedding card. I did put a lot of work into it. Now I need a VERY big tidy up!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Your card is full of gorgeous details, Shaz!
Happy WOYWW!
Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS@4

Nikki said...

Wow that card looks amazing I love how you have it all coloured up. She will just LOVE that card
Happy WOYWW hugs Nikki 5

Natalie said...

Your desk looks so familiar!! (lol) Delightful fairy card! Gorgeous colors and fun design! Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday this week! God bless!

brenda said...

A super card and great choice of colours Shaz, many thanks for joining our Sparkle week at Allsorts challenge.

Lovely photos of your exotic looking blooms.

B x

Bejay said...

What a beautiful card, Shaz. It was well worth the trouble with the fiddly bits :). I have to say I'm very jealous of your ATG. I'm trying to get hold of one here in the UK that's reasonably priced but so far they are all too expensive for my limited budget :(. On a brighter note though...I've managed to grow some bottle brush plants from seed and they are about 12" tall now and will soon be planted out in the garden. My orchid, however, has to live inside but it's a beauty and so far has flowered every year since my sis gave it to me for Christmas. Right now it has 5 fat healthy buds on it even though the stem is a bit shorter than usual. I love it because it doesn't get upset if I ignore it from time to time lol.
Bejay x

Conniecrafter said...

Those backgrounds are so pretty and such a wonderful compliment to that sweet image, love how you used the embossing strips on just the sides, she will just love this!

Sarn said...

Wowzers . . . that stepper card is luscious xxx

Bridget Larsen said...

Love your spritziing technique, either way they turned out well. Orchids are so pretty
Bridget #1

Pia S said...

You know, most crafters show photos of very clean desks. I'm happy to finally see one that looks more like mine, but I think yours is a tiny bit tidier, but not by much:)
Your much detailed and complicated design looks gorgeous, so worth your efforts!

Charity Chamberlain said...

Stunning and beautiful card! Fabulous colors and a darling image too! I also love the faux ribbon on each side! I have been thinking about getting that die myself. Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday (my personal blog)

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