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, May 25, 2016

WOYWW 7 + Scrappy Mo's Christmas card challenge!

Been a bit AWOL ... last week, internet was down for days so no WOYWW.
So here I am back for WOYWW 364 or What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday -
our SEVENTH anniversary
- WOW, indeed!!
Hosted kindly by dear Lunch Lady Jan (Thanks, dear LLJ!). Our wonderful Queen of Deskland, Julia, is having a wee break, before surgery. Each and every day, am praying for dear Julia for her surgery, + post surgery recovery. Please pray for her too :D for complete and full recovery.
Okay so you can see some Christmas cards being up-cycled today.. or last night.. Its the 25th so do pop over at Scrappy Mo's Christmas card challenge - aka Rudolph day (you've until 31st of May). You can see that have two old cards - one finished, making up the other. Trimmed down 'cos the sentiment was not very apt, + base too big anyway. Now very happy with them, two more done, so nice!
Not any atc's in sight but one will be made + posted within 24 hours, God willing.
Actually supposed to have birthday card made too ..  that's why there is aqua blue Cheesecloth at back right, it was tie-dyed - anyone remember that?? If you want details, will be shared on 15th June, once birthday arrives.
Adding a little DI Antique linen to the white digi Bible verse "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift"  printed out ages ago. Mounted the tag with gold snippet with Kaisercraft labels die ... extended a tad. Added some red bling - here are the two cards below.
 
This card is totally made up of snippets. Joy Vintage Flourishes Butterfly, MB Whimsical flourish Swirl, stamped embossed mounted verse (SB Labels 11, verse stamp by Print Blocks 1994) were made for another card and rejected. Finished it for a dear friend's birthday on Sunday. Added lace from stash.
Now to Aussie shots... this is at a fav. spot, about 7 minutes walk from here. As you can see, it's a favourite walking spot of humans + seagulls... the silver gull below amused me as he was taking a paddle.. more than likely looking for sea worms, while the waves went in and out! as you can see by the subtle light, it is late afternoon.
 

God's creation truly is breathtaking .. our evening skies and lights on water have been so special in this autumnal weather we're having.
Happy WOYWW 7 everyone! courtesy of Nikki C

Thanks so very much for popping over! 

Please say hi - to let me know you've been by! 
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!

Shaz in Oz.x

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ."
Galations 2:16

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au 
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on all of the cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
5.  Cuttlebug Mania - use embossing with CB.

53 comments:

Anne L said...

Hello Shaz and happy 7th WOYWW anniversary. Sorry to hear that you have had problems with your internet but glad you have it back. I love you whimsical Christmas card it is so my favorite but I tend to love that style more. Also great pictures of the beach. Have a fantastic week Hugs~Anne L#3

Nikki C said...

Great idea to reuse old cards to make new ones and lovely shots on the beach happy WOYWW #7 hugs Nikki 1

Helen said...

sounds like we're lucky to have you with us today, internet being willing! love your Aussie shots this week. Helen #12

Bridget Larsen said...

You're killing me...Christmas already??? have just recovered from the last one
Bridget #11

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hello, lovely gal - it's good to see you after your internet issues, glad you could make it today! You've obviously been having fun making those cards, but I can't possibly think of Christmas today, lol!! And I love the pics of the beautiful coast....sigh....have a paddle for me :-)
Hugs, LLJ xxxx

Kathyk said...

Fab Chrimbo makes and desk

Happy 7th WOYWW

Kathyk
#23

Anne said...

Hello Shaz. Lovely cards - glad internet behaving so you could join in today! Lovely cards. Super views as always - I had my sea fix a couple of weeks ago :-) we went to Cornwall for a week - gorgeous. Happy 7th WOYWW Anniversary Anne x #25

Twiglet said...

Hi Shaz - I am determined to visit every desk this week! love your cards and of course the Aussie views. Happy 7th WOYWW anniversary - here's to many more! x Jo

Lisca Meijer said...

Hi Shaz,
I enjoyed looking at you upcycled Cristmas cards. I do that too. I cut and paste and add things or cut them off as appropriate. I have a box of mirricard to layer as well. It's fun.
I love the Christian sentiments you have, which are difficult to buy for me (expensive to have them mailed from across the globe) so I print things out on my computer, that works too.
Happy 7th anniversary,
Lisca

Kathyk said...

And I'm back again to say ... FAB Christmas cards and thanks so much for entering the Rudolph Day challenge this month

Kathyk
Guest Design Team Member - RD challenge

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, gorgeous cards such a cute kid friendly nativity card... tie dying now that's something I haven't done in ages 😄 your pics are great if I'd thought of it I could have taken picture of Sydney today... at least we didn't have an accidental scenic tour this time... have a good week... Megan

sandra de said...

Great idea to upcycle the cards... they are always too pretty to waste. Hope you have a lovely woyww.
sandra de @37

Di said...

Wonderful cards Shaz and of course I love your snippets one especially. What a wonderful butterfly and the lace down the edge is beautiful! Happy WOYWW!

Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground :)

Hugs

Di xx

Sharon Koole said...

Great Christmas cards. Love the Australia views! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon K #45

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, Christmas cards? You are super organised! Gorgeous local shots. I so wish I only lived seven minutes from the ocean. Thanks for your kind words about my canvas. Your last sentence was a bit mangled...but I think you maybe wanted the name of that die, right? I'll look it up for you.
Have a lovely week.

Carole Robb Bisson said...

It's lovely to get your Christmas cards ready and using bits of ones that you received is even better. Thank you so much for posting all your very beautiful art in the #232-#233 - Anything Goes FF Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
Blessings, Carole

My name is Cindy said...

Great cards! (Love the font on that quote). Lovely photos too. Happy Anniversary! Cindy #48xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab desk and makes. Love the pics. Very happy WOYWW 7! Take care Zo xx 41

Kim Heggins said...

Gorgeous beach photos...so pretty. And all your cards are amazing, love seeing your work space, looks like mine!

Chidkid said...

Beautiful projects. Happy WOYWW . Elaine. No 33

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's been a LONG time since I visited, but I haven't played much this year. In fact, I would have been by sooner, but not long after I was finally able to link up, my electricity went out due to a hail and thunderstorm that ran through here.

Your cards really spoke to me, because I always believe in recycling/upcycling. But yours look so unique and clever.

Love the beach shots. Looks wonderful as you head toward autumn.

Happy 7th Anniversary from # 5.

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz. love all your creations, they are fab. I'll email you my addy, I believe I still have yours from a previous year, but will check. Have a great week, and Happy 7th Birthday, Hugs, Shaz #8 xxx

sue jones said...

Wow talk about being organised ! well done on getting those cards done. I Love the photos of the beach :) Have a great week . soojay 53

Betsy said...

Good morning! I will definitely be adding Julie to my prayer list. Please let us know how she does on. Beautiful cards as always, but I think the butterfly is my favorite. I can imagine how nice would be to have that beach just a few moments walk from my house. You are blessed my dear friend. Have a wonderful day. Blessings, Betsy

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, sounds like I'm not the only one who has had problems today. I plan to visit everyone even if it takes till midnight! But you might know the one day when I planned to sit and do this people keep coming, post men x 3, friends x 2, workman x 1 and my hubby in and out, dogs decided they needed to go out more than usual but I will get there Lol! Have a great woyww 7th Anniversary, Angela x30

StampinCarol said...

Happy 7th WOYWW Anniversary! Love your cards, they're gorgeous! And your Aussie shots... beautiful! I don't get to visit the ocean much yet love seeing it! Thanks for the visit and hope you have a great rest of the week!
Carol N #4

Jenny L said...

Hi Shaz,
Happy Rudolf Day.
Such a great and super array of lovely cards.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hi Shaz,
cool that you once again joined the rest of the world :-)
welcome :-)

Hugs,
BozenA

Anne said...

Christmas? I'm not thinking about those cards yet! Trying to keep on track with birthdays!!!! I love your creations and how you put new life into old....superb!

Andrea said...

Hi Shaz and a very happy WOYWW 7 anniversary. I see my ATC is on its way to you and thankyou I have received your email with address details.My red herrings worked as no clue as to design whatsovere so you are in for a surprise ...tee hee:-), I wont post a photo of it until you you have received it .I do love your christmas cards although its ultra organised ...LOL or should that be HOHOHO...Great photos as always and a very lovely post. Again a very happy anniversary and big hugs Andrea #6

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards, Shaz!! Love your Christmas cards!! Very beautiful! The butterfly card is so elegant and adorable!! Thank you for sharing with us at the Rudolph days challenge.
-Berina
Moxie Craftie
Rudolph Days Challenge GDT

Nikki C said...

Hey Shaz
I need your snail mail please

hugs Nikki
elusionary60@hotmail.com

Barb said...

Great recycling Shaz. I really like your last card and then added lace looks very pretty. Barbxx

Diane Futrell said...

cute cards!
Happy anniversary!!
Have a great day.
Diane - WOYWW #2

dmgarafalo said...

thanks for the water view - beautiful - as are your cards - love the butterfly card specially!

Maxine D said...

What a busy desk you have this week Shaz - I love the results, especially the blue birthday card :-)
Blessings
Maxine

BJ said...

Super snippets card. Happy WOYWW 7th anniversary BJ#20

Conniecrafter said...

Love your recycled cards, how great to get a jump start on them, I am still having trouble keeping up with birthday's right now... don't you just love when something that doesn't work for one card is just perfect for another!
Great pics, love the one with the big waves coming in!

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm normally a lurker; but really want to stop by an comment on everyone's desk this week. Good job with the Rudolph cards; Hettie says I should join in and get them done too...And thanks for the great shots of the shore. My bucket list has getting down there to visit some day.
Enjoy the weekend.
-K #60

Sue - said...

Lovely set of cards Shaz! Beautiful beach photos too - you are so lucky to live near the sea!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz and wonderful pics of the beach too.

Sue xx

RosA said...

Hi Shaz
Did you want the name of that tree die cut? I think it is Small Alder (or Grand Alder, if it is the bigger one) by Memory Box.
Ros

scrappymo! said...

Your cards look great! My fave is the wreath just because I love wreaths of any style! Yours is so pretty with the gilded look you have here.
The second Xmas card has a lovely retro feel!

As always, your photos of the scenery in your area are fantastic!!!

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, I'm sorry I haven’t managed to comment earlier, once again life got in the way! However, I have promised myself to get round all the desks this week to celebrate our 7 years of WOYWW friendship - so here I am. Your cards are all beautiful - I always think it feels so good to upcycle stuff. The Aussie shots are, as usual, simply lovely. Have a great weekend, Elizabeth x #66

Kathleen said...

Love your two Christmas cards and a great contrast, one very colourful and the other CAS.

Kath x

LesleyG said...

Love your up cycled cards, and that beach looks awesome xxx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hi Shaz,
very beautiful cards :-)
Hugs,
BożenA

Eret said...

Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamping Sensation.
Eret x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

A gorgeous set of cards Shaz, the photos are wonderful too.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Gail said...

Prayed! Asking God for a safe and healthy recovery! Such lovely creations on this posting! Thank you for slipping one by WAW Family Friendly Challenge - I leave you with this scripture - John 3:16 God So loved the World He GAVE his one and only son - that whosoever Believed in Him [Jesus] Would have Everlasting Life - enjoy your week! Gail WAW DT

Joan said...

Lovely cards, my favourite is the wreath but they are all fabulous. Beautiful beach scenes too, would love a paddle there !

Pia S said...

We've just had a neatly week long visit from my mil, you won't believe how tidy my craft space is, it had serve as the dining room it actually is, lol. I see you're getting well prepared for Christmas, here's something to see for every taste!
I'm sorry I'm late visiting, my holidays are soon coming up and will be taking a few weeks blogging break from mid June and lots need to be prepared before this:)

Cara said...

Okay, so I'm only a week late in visiting! Looks like you've been having a lot of fun recycling those cards and snippets. Cara x

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