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, September 28, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday, Princess Emily + WOYWW

Well, I blinked... and it was Wednesday again, no wonder I feel like I have lost September, let alone August.
I read something on a blog that shocked me into action .. some rumour that it was 11 weeks to Christmas. As that was some days ago, I am guessing it is less than that! So my desk today sees the remnant of what this shock caused me to do, to make 18 Christmas cards in two sittings.
For those not in the know - it is time for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at our Queen of desks - Julia.
So at front is tape, a die on left which I didn't even have any intention of using! Two Christmas stamps, one needing cleaning, one unused, on right are the off-cuts from the cards, centre back are sequins for shaker cards.. hint eh?
Cards not in sight 'cos they were out to be photographed, they are for DT posts next month, and multiples of similar cards.
Monkeys there as usual waving hi!
Now Princess Emily has her card, so I can share it with you. It is a trifold card. I did some research on Pinterest and made a board of castle cards, as Emily was having a princess party for her fifth birthday. This card was a combination of cards from my board. The template was here on this site - but adapted it. The base of card outline was scrap card then printed off sheets of dusky pink to emboss and use for walls so had enough of the colour (scanned sheet of light pink I had in stash. I knew wouldn't have enough of it as it took quite a few A4 sheets).
Inked up TH Brick folder with grey ink before embossing to define outline of bricks. Did same with woodgrain for the door, and roof with CB bubbles folder. I took the image from her invitation to the party. Some close ups below. Greeting was a digi, and extended a SB greeting die. Added bling all over.
 

Now to the photos of Australia - quite a few this week as was out at my sisters on northern beaches.
The view from verandah. You go down grass reserve, onto the beach. I share this photo to show you how far out to sea the horizon is and that is where the last two photos of the whales are taken. The roos (kangaroos) are to the right under the trees, not in this shot, and the surfer is in middle front.

It is migrating time, this is a mother whale, front and behind is her baby they go north in winter to have their calves then head south for the summer, these two were heading south in very leisurely fashion, came in quite close and playing by diving and flapping the water and blowing also! Took a shaky video (no tripod- on maximum zoom of x24 optical) and if I get my act together might upload it to You tube. If I do I will let you know.
 
That's me for today, I should not be on here as it is... 
hugs and God bless you all,
Shaz in Oz.x
PS In answer Nikki's question below, we are not near the bad storms, thankfully. They are down south, in southern NSW and Victoria, and I am praying for them all.

"Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: He is their help and their shield." Psalm 115:11

Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes     http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au  

34 comments:

Betsy said...

Christmas already! I love Emily's card. You are so very talented. The details on it amaze me. Thank you for the whales. I love our trips to the Oregon coast and watching the whales there. I hope you're feeling much better.
Blessings,
Betsy

Nikki C said...

Emilys card is adorable and congrats on making all those christmas cards too beautiful pictures. Hope your not in the area where the storm is coming and happy woyww hugs Nikki? ?

Maxine D said...

What an amazing card you have made for Emily, Shaz - it is wonderful.
Love your photos - it must be wonderful to be able to watch the whales.
Blessings
Maxine

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hiya Shaz, hope you're feeling a little better - it's nice to see you crafting away merrily again. I do love that princess card, I'd rather like one of those at the grand old age of 55! We're never too old to occasionally feel like a princess eh?!
Gorgeous shots of your part of Oz, we were fortunate to see Humpbacks up close and personal when we visited Harvey Bay all those years ago :-)
Hugs, LLJ 12 xxxx

Annie said...

I need to make more Christmas cards....might make some today :-) you've inspired me. Love the photos....oh to have such fab scenery all around you.
Hope you hope you have a great week.
Hugs,
Annie x #15

Jane Willis said...

What a wonderful card for Emily, I bet she keeps that for the rest of her life!
Jane

Neet said...

Well first of all I must commend you on the card for the little one. I can understand her family wanting privacy, never sure about kiddies photos on the internet. Good arguments from both sides. Back to the cad, it is a wok of art and a keeper for sure.
Thank you for the scenes from your sisters - what a wonderful place she lives in with those views. What a great photographer you are and such a wonderful travel agent you would make. You certainly entice me to visit - it only health and age were on my side.
Hope you are gaining in strength day by day.
Blessings, Neet 1 xx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, love the castle card. I totally agree with her parents- in fact it shocks me just how many people put pictures of their children all over Facebook- do they seriously not realise just how easily those images can be 'saved' then uploaded anywhere else? Adore the scenic pictures as always, what a glorious part of the world you live in. Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #8 xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

It's always shocking how quickly Christmas comes around after the summer holidays. That card is awesome! At first I thought it was a life size castle! Very pretty and girly! You live in a wonderful part of the world, Shaz - where else would you see whales migrating? Hope you have a good week! zsuzsa #22

Robyn said...

Wonderful card for your princess, and Love traveling through your lovely photos!
Robyn 10

Anne L said...

Hello Shaz. I Love the creativity you put into princess Emily card....the brick really gives it the old world castle feeling.How great it is to see the whales in all their glory and glad you are not to close to that storm coming. Oh my I really didn't realize Christmas is only that far away and I do hope I can get some cards done but if not I guess pulling out those store bought ones in storage will just have to do. Thanks for visiting me earlier and have a grand week crafting. Hugs ~Anne L#7

Sarah Brennan said...

Love the castle card. 3D is always a hit with the youngsters I find. I feel quite jealous of those gorgeous Australian views; our nearest beach is miles away and the sea never looks like that! Sarah #39

Brenda in IN said...

This birthday card is just wonderful. So much detail and using a picture is so very personal for her. I know she loved it. What a beautiful place to live with all that beauty surrounding you. Thanks for sharing those pictures.

donna garner said...

it's worse than you suspect Shaz, I had a birthday card ( sent for my birthday in April) arrive in our breton hamlet last week, so i had better get my christmas stuff mailed out pronto...saw some sequins on an earlier post too, hard to avoid during the tinsel times of christmas preparations eh?

Sharon Koole said...

Beautiful Australia pictures. Always good to see them!

The card you made for Emily is gorgeous. It's so personalised. I bet she loved it. Perfect for the kind of party she had.

11 weeks? Surely you jest!

Happy WOYWW
Sharon K #41

Helen said...

starting with the photos, that blue of the ocean is just amazing!! please don't tell me how long (short) till Christmas... guess I'd better start thinking about making cards, lol! Helen #2

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow wow wow!!! Such a regal card for Emily!! This trifold card looks really fantastic! So creative!
Fabulous images, too and I will love to see the whales video! Wait for it! :)
Hugs!

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous Princess card, love the shape and design and she look like a very pretty little girl.
Great work desk and fabulous photos.

Kath x

Angela Radford said...

That is a lovely card and gorgeous photos too. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 19

StampinCarol said...

Emily's card is fabulous! And with her picture on it I bet she just loved it!! I have made a few Christmas cards but need to get my act in gear but have been working on ideas for upcoming classes. Love your Australian photos! So cool seeing the bit of the whales!
Hope you have a great rest of the week!
Carol N #37

StampedbyChris said...

Emily is so cute! I have granddaughter Emily who just turned 5 this year and she is a princess too! I'm wishing I was there to see the whales and roos.
Hugs
Chris #27

Judys Lace Creations said...

Adorable Emily's card.Clever you!!
Judy # 9

Vicky Fisher said...

love, love that princess card, should get cracking on one for my son's 7 th birthday coming up in november, have a lovely week down under, Vicky

Sue - said...

Wonderful card Shaz and more beautiful photos!

RosA said...

Hi Shaz,
Love the view from the verandah! What a lot of work you've put into that card. It looks lovely.
That flower stamp on my card is from Altenew, with a matching die! It's fabulous!

sandra de said...

Hi Shaz you really do live in the most beautiful part of Australia. Actually it is all pretty good. Wonderful card I am sure Emily was thrilled.
sandra de @26

Conniecrafter said...

Wow you have been busy making cards, I have not one Christmas card done yet. That princess card is just too adorable, I bet she just LOVED it, great idea with the trifold.
Wow your pictures are fantastic, how wonderful to live that close to the beach, and such great wildlife to watch!

Barb said...

I love Emily's card Shaz. I bet you made a little girl very happy with that. Wonderful photos! Barbxx

Anne said...

You have outdone yourself again with Emily's card! Wowza! It is AMAZING!!!!! I bet she is very happy! Love your photos.....sigh! Wish we were there! xx

MaryH said...

Awesome fancy folding on this sweet special card. Enjoyed reading the creative process, and how clever you were to use this template combined with the themed birthday invitation. I bet Emily loved it! Creating the extra c/s as you did, brilliant idea. The gray brick emboss shows very well. Always enjoy the superb pictures you share. What a gorgeous day you had to photograph these amazing scenes. TFS & Hugs too.

Kelly said...

Great pics! The roos are adorable. Love the tri-fold card. The 5th birthday is always so special.... they cease to be our babies. Creative Blessings! Kelly #39

aussie aNNie said...

Now this is one beautiful post...yes not long now for the big day...where has the year gone...xx{aNNie}

Pia S said...

Of all the desks I've seen pictures of yours is the one that resembles mine the most. And had to smile about what you had on it, unused, needed cleaning, not intended to use,..l so much like my creative process,...

scrappymo! said...

This castle card is gorgeous! I have earmarked the link for the design and templates. You did a beautiful job on this castle and I totally understand about privacy. My daughter and son-in-law do not let me show the grankids faces on my blog. Shots are carefully taken from the side or the back!

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