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, March 8, 2017

WOYWW = Brushos with Cling wrap meet Birch tree Die!

hi there one and all,
Firstly to my desk, as it is WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (pop over to Julia's and please join in, do!).
Desk shows some brushos with cling wrap method, which I made after reading this post on Loll's  blog called "Stamping with Loll".

As you can see I've some watercolour paper on which I've liberally sprinkled brushos (Cobalt, Crimson, Yellow Ochre + Black), spritzed with water and shimmer mist, added crinkled damp cling wrap to it and left to dry.
The birch tree die is a CCD to quote RosA, or a cheap china die (look under Lazy Lady on eBay with birch tree in search. I wanted to make this die into a frame although it was meant to be cut out and laid on top.
As you see I managed it, it was tricky die cutting meant you didn't run it through all way either end, but stopped just before it ran out. Then taking a craft knife (which requires a strong, skilful hand and I don't own either!), I trimmed along the top in small cuts to lift out sections between the trunks. Not perfect but most folks wont notice.. just fusspots like me:D
Shimmer on the watercolour paper, pretty pretty and quite cool, eh??
Finished card, added a piece of vellum and a die cut "happy birthday" by Elizabeth Craft Designs from Bizzy Bec's
 
As you can see the details of the cuts .. the die does cut off bottom and would've done if I'd rolled it through both ends. You can also see the rather imperfect cutting :)
I've made another one of these cards with Penny Black stamp "Bejewelled"... shown first on this post here... have couple more to share yet, too, waiting in wings.
This card was shown back here - in different format and said I didn't like it.. so here is the transformation! LOVE it now!

Thought it time for pineapple update... just a reminder .. this image below is how it was like just after Christmas. So it is half way through its growing stage I would guess,  maybe ripe in May?
 
We've had some very big seas, this was taken late yesterday afternoon!
There is an east coast low several km south of here, off the coast, hence the big tidal swell, and crashing wind-swept waves..
It really was a strong wind and we felt for this pilot flying into the wind trying to land his plane .. which he did .. see image below.
 


Thanks so much everyone for popping over and saying hi!
And may God bless your day wherever you may be!
 Shaz in Oz.x
         Ask, and it shall be given you; 
Seek, and ye shall find; 
                                            Knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" John 7:7
And a very special welcome to Andrea of ARTY ANDREA who has joined this 'ere 'umble blog..  Andrea is from WOYWW and I'm pretty sure she's joined my blog before but blogger can be tricky and its lovely to have her here, again!
Joining up with: 
1. CAS Watercolor challenge - http://caswatercolour.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/cas-watercolour-march-challenge.html   Must be CAS design (including open space) and follow challenge theme The main part of your design must include watercolouring or a product that uses water. 
 2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au  
3. Challenge 240 Anything goes .http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.com.au/ 
4. Artistic Inspirations #174 Anything goes
5. Simon Says Monday Callenge - make your Own background. tree card. http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

 

59 comments:

Janis said...

Your birch tree card is just beautiful!! You did a great job manipulating the die to cut only the parts you wished cut. Your background is stunning!! Very lovely work on each of your cards. Thank you for sharing your photographs, too. Those seas are amazing!!!
<3 J

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Annie said...

Really love the effects the cling film gives. It makes a really lovely background. Your cards are really fab as are the plants, flowers and sea pics.
Have a great week.
Hugs,
Annie x #13

Valerija said...

Very pretty cards. Love your beautiful background one the first one.
Wonderful photographs too.
Valerija xx

Preeti D. (aka Preety) said...

stunning work!! love the backgrounds :)
hugs
preeti

lisa said...

Morning Shaz. It's lovely to be catching up with you again. Hope all is good. Brushos are such fun aren't they. I've been enjoying experimenting with them lately but I love your cling film background. It looks beautiful with the trees. Your other makes are lovely too. You make such beautiful cards.
Wow, how that pineapple has grown since I was last with you.
Stunning seas too.
Have a good week
Hugs Lisax #26

Diane Baker-Williams said...

The Brushos background is perfect for that card. I am always amazed at your crafting ability. I never would have thought to run the die through that way to get the ends to turn out like that! And I didn't know it took pineaples that long to mature and ripen. #24

Sarah Brennan said...

I will definitely have to try that background method with brushos; I've done it previously with distress inks. Fabulous selection of finished cards too. Happy WOYWW Sarah #29

Liz said...

Great selection of cards. I especially love the birch tree one with the fabulous background. What a great die! xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous both your cards, Shaz, but I'm in love with the fist one!! The clean design of the birch tree card is really striking, your brushos background is wonderful and the vellum with the sentiment looks great!
Thanks fo sharing!
Beautiful photos, too, such a strong wind we had!... and your pinapple promise really to become so big :D

Vicky Fisher said...

That tree card is awesome, great colors and clever frame you made. I'm in doubt after reading all the comments about unmounting my rubber stamps, Thx for your visit earlier, Vicky

Sharon Koole said...

I love seeing the pineapple grow - how interesting! The cards are beautiful. I especially love the tree one - the background is gorgeous and makes the trees just pop. Thanks for sharing!

Happy WOYWW
Sharon K #36

Twiglet said...

I love the background you created for those fab cards. What an amazing land you live in - always such beautiful photos you share! x Jo

donna garner said...

Great technique for the background Shaz, - have you tried shaving foam sprayed into a container the size of your paper, then sprinkled with brushos and lightly place your paper over,lift and immediately rinse off the foam - place flat to dry... - its fab... marbling effect... Dx #32

lucy Knight said...

I tried using cling film with oil paints when I was at college. I enjoyed the effect but absolutely hated using oil paints. Next time I get the acrylics out, I'll try with them. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great week - EmbroidRage #5 x

Sandy Leigh said...

Such a beautiful technique, and your cards turned out so gorgeous. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #40

Lindart said...

What a great card with the Birch trees! Any imperfections that glare out at you, certainly don't show up at all for me, the card is beautiful! I also love the ble flower birthday card - stunning! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #43

sue jones said...

Love your Birtch tree card- must try the cling film with my brushos too. Thanks for your earlier visit - have a great week . Soojay 7

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, how funny, I was watching one of those dies the other day, then forgot when the end time was and missed it!I shall be looking out for another though. Had an appointment arrive today for next Friday, 17th, for the results, so finally we will know!Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #11 xxx

Robyn said...


so that's what my brushos are for! thanks for the inspiration!
robyn 10

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards Shaz!! Love the birch tree die cut! Love the verse you have used on the 3rd card. Beautiful inking too! The pineapple looks nice! And I just noticed you have reached 312 followers!! Congratulations!! :)

Heidi Stamps said...

I love the cling wrap method, it always turns out in fun and expected ways! Very lovely cards you shared today.

Your pineapple is doing amazing! That is fun to see the progress.

Viv's Visuals said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely creation with us at Stamping Sensations.

BJ said...

Super die, love the card you made with it. BJ#23

Helen said...

wow, that birch tree card is fabulous! (so are rest, but that one is my favourite) Got a similar stencil, but not seen a die.. may have to investigate further!!) Helen #1

Betsy said...

The birch tree card is beautiful, but I am in love with the purple/butterfly card. So pretty. Your seas look amazing. My. Goodness. Those waves are amazing!
Blessings,
Betsy

Pia S said...

Fiddly birch tree cutting, but I so love the result, and with such wonderful colors in the background too.
I recognize the flower stamp, a great one to have in your stash, so many design possibilities. And the butterfly card is really eye catching too. I think you're great a using your brushos in different ways, very inspiring!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That birch tree die is delicious! It makes for a beautiful card, you could use it for all seasons eh? Your other cards are gorgeous too! Thanks for your email, will get back to you as soon as I've stopped painting walls!
Hugs, LLJ 4 xxx

Carol Norby said...

Love your Birch tree card, how clever to do it like you did! And the other 2 cards are gorgeous! That's the first time I seen a pineapple still growing, interesting how it looks as it starts growing the fruit.
Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #38

Bernice said...

Oh I love the birch tree die - I have a similar embossing folder but the die looks so much better. I'm also envious of the happy birthday die on the 80th card - it's a great size and a lovely font style.
Bernice #17

RosA said...

Hi Shaz,
Wow, I love your card! Fabulous background! I must do some more with my Colour Bursts - great effects with the cling wrap! Oh, and I think I need that die :)

craftyani said...

Forgotten what fun you can have with paint spritzer and cling film, a bit like shaving foam and inks. #2

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I have one cheap china die and it works a pip so why do other dies have to cost so much? Hmmm.... I like your birch scene. Goodness you were brave and resourceful to keep the frame going on it. Lovely cards all of 'em!

Lynne K said...

Wow, fabulous cards, Shaz! LOVE the birch tree one particularly. I've just got that very same die (came this morning!) but I'd never have thought of making it into a frame, thanks so much for sharing your technique. Will definitely be trying it. Was so impressed with your idea I almost forgot to say thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month!

Lynne

Loll said...

Beautiful cards and beautiful photos, Shaz!! LOVE how your brushos and cling wrap turned out. Makes a gorgeous background behind the die-cut birch trees. Good job hand cutting the die-cut to create the frame ... everything looks perfect to me. Love the vellum sentiment along with the same colours of the background --- so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!!

The bejeweled card is a WOW! Gorgeous watercolouring!! And I like the way you changed a card you weren't keen on into another beauty. The layering is so pretty and I love the sweet little butterflies.

Bonnie said...

What a gorgeous background for these white birches, Shaz! I love these bright vibrant colors! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour! Love the Bejeweled card too! It's one of my favorites. Your transformation is beautiful and I'll bet that pineapple is going to be so good!

Dorlene Durham said...

LOVE that birch tree card! Love the background technique and the die. Have a great week! Dorlene #42

Kim Heggins said...

Gorgeous....just gorgeous! You are so talented, always love seeing what you have up your sleeve. Your photos are amazing, bet that pineapple will be fabulous.

MaryH said...

Gorgeous look to the crinkled wrap design Brushos. And how beautiful an effect with this splendid die. Interesting to read your adventures with cutting it, as your patience surely paid off nicely. Loved the pretty flowers on Card #2, and thoroughly enjoyed the area pictures too. The pineapple has flourished so well with your green thumb. TFS & Blessings & Hugs

Heather said...

I love that gorgeous background showing through the birch trees.
Heather T

Maxine D said...

Love the featured card Shaz - it's a stunner - and the others are close behind too! Wonderful to have time to pop in to see you
Blessings
MAaine

Shelly Schmidt said...

Great fun with the brusho's- such vibrant colors- the bitch die is gorgeous over it! Enjoy your other cards- and love to see your nature pics- especially that pineapple!

Marlies said...

You've made a beautiful background for the trees, lovely colours! I like your other cards too. Lovely photos, my those waves are high! Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

my craft cupboard said...

The Birch tree is fabulous!!!
I adore the 80th birthday card also.
Wow the pineapple certainly has grown, you are lucky that you don't have any Wallaby's around as they do love them, they ate our one :(
Enjoy your week.
hugs
sharon :)

sandra de said...

Ohhh I love the birch tree card and the background is quite stunning. Wonderful pics of your ocean ... we have had some wild weather lately.
sandra de @19

Neet said...

Hi My Lovely Friend,
Thank you for all the Oz pictures, flying to pineapple. Ooh, wish I could taste that fruit!
Now to your cards - beautiful as always. I love how you used the ~Brusho's with the die of the trees and the word as well. Looks absolutely gorgeous, as does the next one. What a fabulous stamp and what a gorgeous way you have used it - you are so talented. Can understand you loving the last card, beautiful words and beautiful pastel background.
Take care my friend
Blessings, Neet 14 xx

Conniecrafter said...

Love that background done with the brusho's, I may just have to break down and buy some of those :) So neat how you did the sentiment out of it too.
I love the beautiful colors in your penny black flowers, gorgeous card!
The butterflies are so pretty and perfect to go with that verse!
Wow that is so cool watching your pineapple grow.
Looks like you had some wild waves going on there, it is amazing how rough it can get.

Sally H said...

A fabulous set of cards and a great entry for our close to nature challenge at Stamping Sensations, Shaz. The birch tree one is my favourite too - I do love trees! Thanks for joining us this month and good luck!

brenda said...

A pineapple growing in your garden Shaz, wow !!

A super collection of cards today and impossible to choose a favourite as I love the Birch tree but there again equally the PB stamp which looks stunning in blue.

Lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations again, thanks so much for joining in.

B x

Joan said...

Love the brusho background behind the birch die, lovely card. Love your sea photos and how fab to have a pineapple growing in your garden

Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month

Joan

Susan said...

Fabulous brushos / cling wrap background in gorgeous colours! A wonderful background for the birch trees - thanks for explaining how you cut them inside a frame. Thank you for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

Team Clark said...

Oh I just love the Penny Black card! Stunning! And your background with the birch trees just beautiful. Hugs, Autumn

Cobnut Crafter said...

Beautiful backgrounds - love the Birch tree card.
Thanks for sharing photos. I live so far inland now and I do so miss living by the sea - I guess that is why I particularly enjoy your seascape photos. Anne x

Mrs A. said...

I like the look of the brushos with cling film technique. It doesn't look too messy at all. I think I could survive that! Lol. The effect with he trees in front is quite stunning. Love the butterfly card further down your post too. hugs Mrs A.

Laurel Kerr said...

Fabulous card with the cling wrap and brushos technique Shaz. The other card are so beautiful..Great photos..loz

Ine Swinkels said...

very nice. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog.
Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)
http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/

Barbara Schiassi said...

Love love love your background! Colors and technique are fantastic! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

Kyla said...

Oh I love brusho's so many uses (have you tried mixing in a small amount of icing sugar-it creates a subtle sparkle).
Kyla

Brenda said...

OMGosh, I was just looking at this birch tree die Sharon! lol Great minds maybe?? I love how you used it and if I get it will have to try this too. Love your brusho background, so beautiful! The 80th b-day card is amazing and oh so beautiful too, I just love it! Love the fix for the one card, you save this one and knocked it out the park!!! Love the butterflies and your verse is just perfect. OMGosh, look at that beautiful pineapple!!! I wish I could grow a pineapple. lol I bet it will be really sweet too! I love to eat fresh pineapple, but my mouth doesn't always love it if I eat to much. Wow, rough seas for sure! Glad the plane got landed safely, we have had lots of high winds here as well and going to be getting a foot or more of snow tomorrow night into Tuesday. I think I want to be at your house Sharon! lol Send me more warm weather please!!! Hugs, Brenda

Barb said...

A lovely selection of cards Shaz. I particularly like your birch tree card. I really enjoyed reading how you made it. I've not tried using cling wrap with Brushos. It's certainly something to try. Again some wonderful photos of your beautiful location. Barbxx

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