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, 2 March 2016

NBUS no 6, WOYWW, Snippety Die cuts + Distress Inks

Hullo there everyone! It is another Wednesday and time for another WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Do pop over to our chief Desker's Julia of the Stamping ground!
 PLUS those of you who know Darnell - well guess what? she has just started her NBUS no#6 challenge with amazingly generous prizes again.. so get all that *NBUS (*NeverBeforeUsedSchtuff) out and join in here!  (Darnell is not well either, so please pray that her current flare up might settle down ASAP! )
To my desk...
(Erm, not showing you current desk 'cos am at "hair-tearing out, no! I dont want to talk about it" stage of another card, but am not going to be beat, just breath deeply, pray lots and carry on)
Saw this idea on Pinterest and so was trying it out. Using distress ink and watercolour paper., Learnt a few things along the way which will share. Using green cos it was Sue's favourite colour and was the last of three sympathy cards made, this one for Sue's friend, Dee.
1. Three DI green inks - Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage. Wet with water mist to blend.
2. Added shimmery Diamond Dust glimmer mist after the water for extra sheen.
3. Used snippet of watercolour paper to colour + brand new die from last year, not been used before, hence NBUS (Memory Box Blushing Branch).
Have cut some shapes of watercolour paper of die cut and soaking them here. Two points to learn if do it again.
1. cut a whole shape even if is in two bits it needs to be complete shape
2. soak it really, really well.

Laying piece of wet die cuts on DI water colour paper.
If had left it longer then there would've been more contrast .. plus whole die cut refection would be been better I think.

Finished card, with SB Deckled oval frame, Memory Box Blushing Branch. Verse is by Stampendous and stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed. All elements were on desk above.
To the Aussie shots .. this is one gorgeous perfect summery day here on the coast of NSW, showing you:
 **how great the cloud forms were .. I love that sort of sky ** the sea colour simply superb and **waves clean and neat but interesting.
Al the glories of God's amazing creation  .. perfect for Sunday's drive with dad and sitting to eat our icecreams :D
Clicked a wave sequence for you here..

Delighted to be welcoming some more encouragers of this blog .. a big welcome to two Aussies I've met through the new DT team I am on (see BIG announcement on this post HERE)

 A big welcome to - Carol of Crafty Carol's Cards, she is a brand new blogger.
and so is Megan of My Merry card Corner.
Please pop over and say hi to these and give some encouragement, too
 And also a special welcome to Vicki (of Vicki's card) - makes inky beauties & shaker cards.
May God bless your day everyone.. where every you maybe, and thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat, you really do cheer my heart! :D
Shaz in Oz.x

“The LORD.. appeared ..saying
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: 
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

I would like to link over to:
1 *NBUS no 6 - Never Before Used Sctuff 
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3 Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on all of the cards.    


Betsy said...

I'm always amazed by the beauty of your cards. You would think I would be used to the wonderful job you do and then a new one takes my breath away. You are indeed talented my friend. Your Aussie shots today are just the medicine I need. Thank you.

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, thanks for the linky to my blog, your framed card is amazing love the resist in the background!

I'm not sure why comments are failing to show up on blogger, I am receiving them through the connection to gmail, 10 comments in gmail, three on blogger... an error on their part (bloggers) I hope! Have a great week... Megan

Neet said...

Oh, that coastline is wonderful - thank you.
Thanks also for the low down on another technique with Distress Inks. I have done this before but had forgotten all about it so must do it for one of my samples for the show.
Thanks for your early visit my friend.
Hugs, Neet 1 xx

Helen said...

fabulous card for a very difficult subject... love the beach!! happy WOYWW Helen #2

kiwimeskreations said...

What a lovely card you completed Shaz - and thanks for the 'tips' as you showed us how you made it.
Your photos are gorgeous!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love that sympathy card..the cut out flower works so well. And though green isn't my favourite colour, it really does work well for a sympathy card. And I'm jealous (again!) of your beautiful beach scenes....sigh...... :-)
Hugs, LLJ 14 xx

Jules said...

Hi Shaz

Many thanks for your lovely comment on my blog .. .. you are really kind. Still pinching myself at this end!

Congratulations on your fabby DT news too. Bizzy Becs will be well chuffed to have you on their team.

Great card you have posted here. Love that technique.

Take care and have a good week.

Thanks again.

Love Jules xx

buterfliecrafter said...

you really like to make people jealous. Happy WOYWW Vicky #3

Barb said...

I absolutely love your card Shaz. That's a great technique that I must try so thanks for sharing. Your photos are lovely. You live is a beautiful part of the world. Enjoy your day. Barbxx #16

Annie said...

I'm loving your beach pics and your card is really pretty.
Annie x # 7

Glenda said...

I'm always so happy to get to visit! I love your card and thanks for sharing how you achieved it. Lovely photos of the ocean too. How wonderful to be so close!
Glenda #27

judith@poppy cottage said...

Lovely card Shaz, a great design. Love the photos, Judith xx #32

Di said...

Beautiful card Shaz and I do love the background you made - lovely flowers too! Lucky you to live so close to the oceon - it look wonderful.

Lovely to see you in the Playground!


Di xx

ToadilyDiane said...

What a cool idea. I'm going to have to try that. I love playing around with new background techniques. Beautiful card!
Diane WOYWW #31

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Lovely card and that technique you were trying out looks rather interesting indeed. I've been eyeing some of these messier techniques (with sprays and water and dabbing and the like) lately. I think because I'm in no danger of trying them not being in the same house as my stash currently. Great outdoors photos. The weather looks wonderful. Days like that is what life is all about. PJ #47

Lisca said...

That card turned out a beauty! I love the quote too.
Thanks for posting your Aussie photos of the sea and the surf. I can almost hear it.
Have a good week,

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful background for your die, lovely card! Your pictures of the beach are lovely, those waves look great!!

Unknown said...

Pretty card. Thanks for the tips with this technique. Have a great week of crafting. Linda #51

Sharon said...

Thanks for the Australia (sun) pictures! Beautiful. I need a little dose of sun and sand to remind me of summer as we've had yet another snow storm. Grrr.Beautiful card. I think you're right about leaving it a little longer and the contrast would have been stronger.

Sharon K #42

Natalie said...

How fun that we were on the same page on this card!! We did it a little different but with the same effect! Fun to find different techniques and the twist each crafter puts to it. Your card is beautiful! There are a lot of Distress inks aren't there, it's crazy and with me working at a locally owned scrapbook store I get to see them all (tee-hee) and get my fingers very inky! (very dangerous!) Thanks for visiting and your sweet comment. Have an excellent day in the Lord!! (and a faith-filled week my blogger friend!)

Julia Dunnit said...

You are good Shaz..when I get to that stage, I give up. Bin! I love what you've been doing with the distress inks, it is is difficult to know that how wet it should be, so your advice is very good. I will do whole dies and soak, if it works, I'll show you!

Pia S said...

This is a really great tip for making your own backgrounds and I love getting inspiration on how to use my dies to their full potential. Beautiful card!

Nikki said...

Pretty card I plan on playing in Darnells challenge too and happy WOYWW hugs Nikki 4

Unknown said...

The background is very beautiful and the pristine whites a great contrast. Such wonderfully lovely art. Thank you so much for entering our 221st challenge. We are always delighted to see your entries.
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday
DT Member

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, the die cut flowers are gorgeous and the card turned out lovely. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 22

Karen Hasheck said...

I saw ​your card linked at the ​NBUS​ challenge and just had to come see it in more detail. Awesome card! I am now your newest follower and would be honored if you visited my blog and became a follower too.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Shaz Thank you so much for trusting that I didnt "unfollow" myself from your blog! I definitely didnt. Blogger has been playing all sorts of funny games and today my long time blog supporter told me she was surprised to fin blogger had took her off my blog! The past month my blog followers count dropped by 200 and neither I nor my poor blog I am sure did anything to offend so many people!! Your creativity is very special my friend and I want to remain your blog supporter always!!
Dr Sonia

Anne said...

What a lovely card and super technique! I am certain that Dee will love it! How thoughtful, as ever, of you. Love the is officially Spring here but brrrrr...the log fire is still burning! xx

Brenda in IN said...

I'm taking a break today and just visiting instead of working. I love your card for NBUS. It is so pretty. I have to say you live in the most beautiful place and I always love the pix you share. Thanks for posting the grief post, it really hit home with me. It is necessary to grieve and mourn the loss of a loved one. You can't help yourself no matter what the circumstances. I know my husband is with God but I miss him and I'm sorry he is gone.

Darnell said...

So much to comment on! This was a fabulous post, Shaz! Thank you for posting the awe-mazing photos of the ocean and those beautiful rolling clouds in the bright blue sky! You are so blessed! Thank you, too, for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6 and for you kind words and request for prayers on my behalf. That was very kind of you and very much appreciated! And how great to come by and see a WOYWW post, too! I do miss WOYWW hops!! I think your card turned out brilliantly! I have never tried that "ghost" technique but I must do so! It adds so much interest to an already sensational design!! Take care and enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

okienurse said...

beautiful is truly an awesome idea! I will look over on Darnell's site and possibly try to join it. I hadn't heard she had a flare up! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #58

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

That is one cool technique you are showing here! Have to try this one day!

Brenda said...

Gorgeous, both your card and the views! I love how your card came out, so pretty and feminine. The butterfly and the sentiment is gorgeous as well. I love so many colors, and green is one of them. I also love those pictures, what a beautiful spot to eat ice cream cone with your dad. Such a beautiful memory my friend. Hugs, Brenda

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