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 24, 2016

WOYWW, Serviette card + Balloon Girl, etc

Hi there folks - we already yet again it is WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday! Do pop over to our Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground, which is home base for WOYWW, over here.

The frequent visitors to this blog might notice my desk is a tad tidier ... yesss! there is actually space ... yes space! on my desk. Okay had "mahossive" (as Darnell would say) clean up of snippets that were toppling over on left side of desk, culling and resorting. Now I can breath again as I work. However, within one card make have a pile again on left of ones made as when making this card.
My calculation on which die to use were out so successfully wasted several pieces of card.. but now on the way, just working on the Happy birthday to put under image. Have pearls on back right with my embossing powder containers as wasn't sure whether to use black and so clear EP or gold EP on the ODB happy birthday greeting.

On my desk today but at the back usually and out of sight, is the "balloon girl" as I call her, she was made in October for me by Thomas and Emily and flew in when I went to visit them.
Her hair was done a lot better when she first arrived here .. she has fallen out of her basket a few times though, and she is supposed to be me if I recall correctly :D yet to go up in a balloon, though! ;O
 

Back on this post here I was showing you how to make serviettes into DP for cards and this card was started on the desk - this is one half of serviette and the other card is also on link above. The "just for you" die is by Sue Wilson, backed by Sizzix Lattice EP. SB Curved border die also used and snippets of both.

Aussie shots of the day are from a visit last week ... and here are the yellow tailed back cockatoos at their most well behaved!?! they are rowdy bunch!
 

This is their momentary evening roosting spot, overlooking the beach.. not bad, eh? I took some videos too which may get around to loading one day, and also heaps more photos of headland etc.
Well, I'm delighted to re-welcome new wonderful encourager - Jean has rejoined due Bloggers crazy antics ... so do pop over to Jeans blog and say hi!
Many thanks every one for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be.

Shaz in Oz.x
Also want to join over with:   
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on all of the cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/    
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

36 comments:

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Aww, I love Balloon Girl, wouldn't we all like to get in and fly away once in a while?! She's obviously been on loads of adventures....
Those blooming scraps keep filling up your workspace eh? That's the problem with being as creative as you are :-)
HUgs, LLJ 13 xx

Lisca Meijer said...

Aw, the balloon girl is so sweet. Now you must go up in a balloon. Wouldn't you like to go up? I did once and loved it. It was a birthday present for my dad and i got to go with him.
The photos of the cockatoos are brilliant and you live in such a beautiful place!
Thanks for visiting mine,
Happy WOYWW and have a great week.
Lisca

sandra de said...

Hello Shaz, I do hope one day we can all catch up when you come to Sydney. RosA is always so generous with her assortment of dies .... I feel I need never buy any as I have a lovely supply already cut for me. Gorgeous card and stunning birds.
sandra de @22

Di said...

Hi Shaz! I love both of your cards and super photos too! Really sorry but the Playground is down to only one entry per week at the moment, and it's going to stay that way to ease the load a bit on commenting - as well as levelling out the playing field for folk who can only manage to make one card. I hope you keep coming to play once a week though - have deleted your additional entries :(

Love

Di xx

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Wonderful goings on there this morning! Love your card showing there. Oh what wonderful birds and to be able to look outside and see those would just make me such a happy girl! And the ocean is just a huge plus as well. I'm not playing today but wanted to swing by and say hello!

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, love the balloon girl but love the Cockatoos even more. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photograph of them. Have a great day and happy crafty WOYWW Angela x 28

Vicky Fisher said...

Funny how that happens, you have a clean up are working for 5 minutes and you can't see that you've cleaned anymore :-) but that does mean that you're crafting.happy woyww Vicky#3

Neet said...

Love the black cockatoos and the scenic photo - keep them coming as I so enjoy seeing things like this from you.
Balloon Girl, does she keep you as much company as Katy Koala does me? I was Facetimed by a friend in America at weekend so as my iPad was in my craftroom I was looking around and introduced her to Katy.
Made me smile when I saw your "tidier" desk. Isn't it funny how we regard our working area as tidier if we can see a bit of a mat on it? Love the card you are showing us this week.
Hugs & Thanks for visiting me earlier - Neet 4 xx

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Shaz, it's fabulous that you have joined us over at Bizzy Bec DT....I was thrilled to read this...xx {aNNie}

Mrs.D said...

Morning Shaz, Love the birds on the bird table.
Also love the serviette card and idea, I thought I knew what I was going to do today, but I might have to get the iron out and play at this.
Bless you
Chris #29

Barb said...

What a wonderful post Shaz. Your balloon girl is very sweet. A gift to treasure. I love your card. Must study this technique. Great photos too, especially your squawky birds. They certainly look very sassy. Last of all I like the look of your busy desk. Barbxx

Caz said...

Balloon girl is so cute!!
Love the cards and the cockatoos!! And the beautiful views :-)
Happy WOYWW
Caz
#31

glitterandglue said...

Well done on the mahoosive tidy, Shaz - trouble is - snippets seem to breed, don't they?! Lovely card on your desk - it's going to be just great when completed - You make such beautiful, thoughtful cards. Well done.
I just love the balloon girl - trust she takes you for a great ride when on her next adventure.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #40

Diane Futrell said...

Lovely card and cute balloon girl.

Have a great day!

Diane WOYWW #44

Betsy said...

Good morning Shaz. I think that your snippets might be like my little pieces of yarn. They seem to multiply and take over wherever I'm sitting and working. Beautiful cards as always and I love your balloon girl. Does she really look like you? It seems so strange to me to think you have birds like that flying around your yard. We have sparrows and robins and yes, the occasional eagle. Have a lovely day my dear friend.
Blessings, Betsy

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, lovely to see you pop up in my comments. Glad you are finding crafting and blogging time again. As always, am in awe of your fabulous scenery. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #12 xx

Conniecrafter said...

Your card in progress is Beautiful, it looks like we have about the same size area to work in :) Love your blue card too with the touch of gold, so rich and lovely!
Wow those are some big birds, looks like a lovely place to hang out that's for sure!

Sharon said...

Thanks so much for sharing the photos. Beautiful. I love seeing views of where other people live. Love the lady in the balloon. She looks fabulous.
The card is beautiful - love the colour combo.

Happy WOYWW
Sharon K #47

Annie said...

I'm just in from my afternoon school run and having done the morning school run and a full day of sewing in between I'm feeling rather jaded but as you can imagine those little ones never fail to put a smile on my face so it's all worth it.
Thanks for dropping by at mine earlier.
I love the balloon girl and those birds are amazing. Thanks for sharing them.
Hugs,
Annie x # 10

Carolyn said...

Hi Shaz. Nice to see you back on line posting your "clean" desk and beautiful cards and photos.

Helen said...

love Balloon Girl! As always your Oz photos are smashing! Have a great week Helen #2

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous card made with the serviette, such rich colors! Balloon girl made me laugh. I'm sure she's up to lots of fun adventures. PJ #63

Clair said...

I make a lot of mess when I'm making cards and layouts, but usually have to tidy up in between (I know, I'm so anal about it!) Love that bright red too - it's so eye-drawing x

Clair #11

Kathleen said...

Desk looks much like mine and I love the card that is showing on your desk.
Great photo's as always, stunning scene's.

Kath x

Lynn Holland said...

Oh my I'm in love with Balloon Girl
Lynn 19 xx

Maxine D said...

Love our desk Shaz - and that card on it looks wonderful - the balloon girl is so sweet - I have various pieces of art from grandies in my home too, but not at that level yet.
Your blue and gold card is stunning .
Those birds are striking to look at, but I can imagine they could be quite rowdy and destructive in their 'play'.
Blessings
Maxine

Nikki C said...

What a sweet little gift you have sent there if that's you in the balloon HOLD ON!!! lol
You have such pretty birds down under popping into your bird baths.
And Yes the markers do collaspe then I pull them all out again and re-arrange them again when it bugs me
Happy Late WOYWW hugs Nikki 9

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, Your cards are beautiful, as always. Fabulous beach scene too, of course. Frightfully hot here in Sydney today :(
RosA #35

Stephanie said...

Hello sweet Shaz! Ah, what a joy to pop in for a visit :) I hope you are well, dear friend.

Your balloon girl is simply darling! Thank you for sharing her with us.

Have a glorious day, dear one. Hugs!

Brenda said...

Oh the struggles of keeping a cleared desk, I haven't accomplished that feat yet! lol At one time I could keep a clean desk, but those days have came and went sadly. I love, love balloon girl, how cute she is! I also love your beautiful card, it is just stunning. I really love the blue and gold together. And I love how your napkin came out, I haven't tried this yet, but have one ready to go to try it. Hugs, Brenda

Julia Dunnit said...

Aw balloon girl is great, how nice to have such a good image of you waiting to float away! I never have seen the yellowtail before, don't they look grand just perched and overlooking the beautiful heads.

Dr Sonia S V said...

The balloon with the cute people inside makes me smile!!

Annie Claxton said...

Wow some amazing photos there Shaz! We love watching the birds in our garden, but never anything as exotic as that! Love the idea of using napkins to make pp. have a fabulous weekend and apologies for the late visit! Annie C #73

Mehrll said...

What a gorgeous card. I love it! Enjoying you photos. They make me wish that Spring would come and stay not just come and go. :) Hugs

Pia S said...

Interesting things on your work desk. I must say the ballon girl given to you is so sweet, what a lovely gift.
You do blue, white and gold cards so well, this one is so stylish!

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, good luck with the golfing card! Love your YT Black Cockatoo pics ours are extremely shy here, but hugely messy eaters!... Megan

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