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, 11 May 2016

WOYWW + Ink Resist Butterfly Card

Mm, been bit absent, but here today for WOYWW or What is on your workdesk Wednesday over here our Julia's of the Stamping Ground!   
Am praying along with lott of other folks for Gods blessing upon our dear head desker's health in the days ahead.
To my desk this morning:
Desk as left last night, sometimes set up my desk for next day at night when I've an idea in my head and want to get a head start on it. You can see I've butterflies on the brain! First effort will be binned I think, back left masked piece. (What I did not realise was that the cheap sponge sticks I used to add ink were going to disintegrate whilst being used with DI. Result: teensy splotches from bits of sponge detritus all over it..) Over at Mrs A's it is R for Recycle (hence the ice-block cardboard box) + R for Ruby Red.  needed an encouragement card, thought this would be good way to make one. Have ink blocks lined up at front of desk with Stampendous butterfly clear stamps on them. There is also  Kaisercraft set on desk too, a long narrow set.
I stamped them in Versafine black onyx with clear EF and coloured with Tombows, adding some red with blending pen to begin developing background on panel, yet to finish it.
A run of butterflies indeed! this was NOT going to be a butterfly card, but daisy card. After doing the ink resist background (SU French Script background stamp, Versamark with clear EP) with Kaleidocolor Riveria ink pad, however, it took a totally different tangent. Took out dies MB Vivienne butterfly with MB Nottingham Flower border instead, added sequins and pearls. The verse "With God all things are possible" is a Print Blocks from 1990's. Snippets used on this card.
To the Aussie shots now:
As I go around the water and land I notice there are often odd combinations of birds that work together. A good lesson for us I think, and this pelican and silver gull seemed to have a good understanding, tolerating one another.

This was a spot where people launched their boats for fishing on the creek, and the creek flows out to sea not that far upstream. I think these two were hoping I had some fish feed on offer as no doubt fish are cleaned, etc nearby here.

Thanks so very much for popping over! 
Please say hi - to let me know you've been by!

Shaz in Oz.x  
"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him." 11 Chronicles 16:9 

I would like to link over to:

1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on all of the cards.  


Lunch Lady Jan said...

A cloud of butterflies on your desk today and all so very different and beautiful! I love the photos of the pelican too, those soft silvery tones make it seem quite magical!
Hugs, LLJ 2 xxx

Annie said...

Beautiful butterfly cards today Shaz and your photos of the birds are really lovely. Thanks for sharing them.
Annie x #12

Neet said...

Gorgeous coloured in butterflies and gorgeous butterfly card. Love your work Shaz.
Thanks for the pelican photos. I remember how excited I got when I saw pelicans in San Francisco as I had never seen them before. Love to look at them and to see them like you do must be wonderful.
Blessings to you my friend
Neet 5 xxx

glitterandglue said...

Hello Shaz. It seems like ages since we last "spoke"... Sorry. I love that butterfly ground you are in the process of making - and am SO glad the daisy card turned out to be a butterfly - especially poignant with those words. Who would believe a caterpillar could turn into a glorious butterfly?! You make the most lovely cards, Shaz - well done.
Take care my friend. God bless.
Margaret #4

Debbie Rock said...

I love that butterfly & daisy card! You can never go wrong with butterflies ... are they not just the most perfect little fluttery things? Always make me smile.
Wonderful photo' of the pelican ... could sit and watch scenes like that all day long. Happy WOYWW'ing Shaz. Love Debbie #30 xXx

BJ said...

Super butterfly cards, and great shots of the birds too. Happy WOYWW BJ#26

Cathy said...

Hi Shaz, wonderful butterfly cards, love the soft inking on the MB one, such a pretty background for the lovely verse and diecuts, Cathy x

sandra de said...

There is something special about butterflies.... you can do no wrong as all your cards are so beautiful. Have a lovely week.
sandra de @33

Diane said...

Both cards are gorgeous how you used the Versamark, then colored in, something I always forget to do...and I love the pretty softness of the other one as well!! I had fun seeing your work desk and mine is loaded own right now with my next project and a! Great bird pictures, how fun to see, and they look so calm, different looking pelicans then I have seen before! I am your newest follower!!

Kathyk said...

FAB desk, projects and pix .. loving those sock monkeys too!


No. 34

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, love your cards, especially the one with the pastel DI's over white embossing. Lovely Idea. You have so many wonderful wildlife and nature shots to show us, each week what you show becomes my new favourite, lol. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #11 xx

Susanne said...

Gorgeous cards and lovely snapsshots. So well worth visiting here today!! Happy WOYWW! Susanne #48

Conniecrafter said...

Your butterfly panel is so cool, looks like you have a very nice collection of butterfly stamps :) I love the softness of your next card with the embossed text background, that is just lovely, it's great when you had something else in mind but the card just evolves the way it should and turns out so nicely.
Love the pics of the birds hanging out together :)

Betsy said...

Both cards are so pretty Shaz. Butterflies are so amazing to me. Delicate and yet fly on the breezes. And that verse is one of my favorites. We could, indeed, learn a lesson from your bird shots. Calmly, patiently, working together in life. The world could use that lesson.

Twiglet said...

Those pelican photos are so serene and calming! Thanks for sharing. x Jo

Lisca said...

Oh I love your orange/red butterflies! Gorgeous.
Thank you for sharing the photos of the pelican and the gull.
Happy WOYWW,

Barb said...

Two absolutely gorgeous butterfly cards Shaz and both totally different. Lovely photos of the birds. I was delighted the other day in the garden to see a big fat wood pigeon eating on the ground right next to a little finch. Barbxx

Unknown said...

What gorgeous butterfly cards! I especially like the 2nd one! And the photos of the birds, love them! Hope you have a great week!
Carol N #39

Helen said...

those butterflies against the black look just as if they are about to fly off the page.. gorgeous! the photos of the pelican are amazing. Helen #3

Shelly Schmidt said...

Many of us have butterflies on the mind today! I love your resist technique- sorry about your nib causing blobs too. I love the Ruby Red color on your butterflies. My imagination is finishing your card with a scripture sentiment : ) Oh, really love the butterfly on the 2nd card with the subtle color and resist, love the border die you used and really like the addition of the Sequins and pearls. Love your bird pictures too- wonderful! Have a fab day : )

Cara said...

Funny how things evolve away from the project we intended. Love the finished card and the work in progress is looking good too. Naughty sponge sticks disintegrating on you, I hope you told them off! Cara x

Mrs A. said...

Your panel of butterflies is looking good. Can't wait to see the finished item. hugs Mrs A. ps. thanks for the smashing photos of the birds. Tranquility indeed.

Sharon said...

Beautiful bird pictures!

Love the butterflies and lovely cards made with them. When he was little my son loved butterflies. So much so that he dressed up as one for Halloween. He does not like to be reminded of that now!

Sharon K #40

Kathleen said...

Well I have to say that I am so pleased that you have done some beautiful work on your butterflies, great red and black embossed ones and love the simple white on the lemon.
Two lovely creations.

Kath x

ToadilyDiane said...

I love your cards. I really like you daisy, I mean butterfly card. It is so pretty.
Have a great day.
Diane - WOYWW #31

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful photos Shaz - love the colour tones you have captured there.
The finished card is beautiful - such fresh colours, and the die cuts are so lovely.

LisaDV said...

i love all things butterfly. Your cards are just gorgeous!! I also enjoyed your creek shots. Happy Wednesday, LisaDV 41

Karen Letchworth said...

Your card are always so wonderful, Shaz. I also appreciate your enthusiastic love for the Lord, and how you boldly support our challenges as we lift up the name of Jesus. Have a blessed week, my friend.
Word Art Wednesday

Natalie said...

LOVE your "daisy" card, Shaz!! Both cards are beautiful and your photos absolutely lovely!! So glad you've shared with us all! Thanks for playing along with us at Word Art Wednesday, we appreciate you being so faithful in playing along with our challenges!! Blessings!

Barbara said...

Your card is so delicate! I love the technique resist with clear embossing powder! Butterfly and daisies are fantastic!
Thanks for joining us this week on Monday Simon Says Challenge blog! Barbara

Aileen said...

Ohhh my goodness your soft pastel colour background and butterfly just stunning. Love it.

Di said...

Wonderful card Shaz - I love the delicate colours and it's such a pretty design too. It reminds me of lemon sherbet :)


Di xx

Diana Taylor said...

Ooh I can never resist a butterfly - your stamps are gorgeous and I love the red and black ones - they are really stunning. Your photos are beautiful - what a peaceful and tranquil place to be.
Thanks so much for your visit to my desk earlier, I hope you have a great week,
Diana #24

Di said...

Me again Shaz!

Thank you for joining in with Cuttlebug Mania.


Di xx

Shoshi said...

Beautiful butterfly cards, Shaz - the red background, and the card you made from it, is stunning. Really lovely work.

Thank you for your two lovely comments on my blog and I'm glad you enjoyed having a look around. I haven't done any art for ages - too busy and now too tired. Another busy week ahead next week and who knows when (or even if) I will get the time and energy to make my hubby a birthday card - it's his birthday on Thursday!

Happt belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #52

Pia S said...

The first one looks ready toe go to me. Such fantastic realistic looking butterflies!
The resist background thing I'm going to try, love the way the colored inks picks up the pattern in a subtle way,,,

Jo Ann said...

Both of your cards are beautifully done. I especially love the one with the die-cut butterfly. The design just flowed wonderfully with the inking and stamping. We are blessed that you link with our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday and inviting you to join us again in our current challenge. Leaving you with the encouragement from God's Word in Romans 15:5-6 which tells us, "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Have a great Memorial Day weekend.


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