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

Friday, 5 May 2017

Extend a Flower Die + Anything Goes Challenge - DT Bizzy Bec's + Friday Smiles

WARNING: picture-heavy, wordy post!!!  

Well, blink again, and here's the beautiful month of May. You can't beat Autumn here in Oz.
Time for ANYTHING GOES May Challenge over HERE at Bizzy Bec's ...please do pop in you might win that monthly prize, which Bec so kindly gives!!! 
Also sharing some Friday smiles at the end of the post 😁.
My card or cards are CAS, and are a really favourite design. Saw idea for it on Pinterest. Here is a peek, two colours made.
With embossing buddy (show how to make these over here) cover the smoother side of watercolour paper with powder. On watercolour paper with Versamark ink pad, ink up the Darkroom Door French Script Background stamp (love this background stamp! If no background stamps in your collection, I suggest this, my most used one, plus Bec has this at one amazing price!). Ink it up really really well with Versamark. Did it thoroughly, 5 or 6 times all over.
TIP: Imperfect stamping (when embossing) is often simply a lack of ink, or stamp is moved too quickly, especially when using a clear ink. Stamp very firmly on cardstock and **press it firmly onto paper for few moments before lifting.
Watercolour is the most difficult paper to stamp on, because of its surface and you shouldn't rush it. Both pieces stamped perfectly when done this way. Emboss with white EP and heat set (didn't use clear EP, as this was a creamy watercolour paper & didn't want it cream stamping).
You can just see the script embossing shine on part of this image below, too.
Sprinkle lightly some brushos of your choice or alternatively sponge Distress or some other inks to cover the paper.
1. Brushos Prussian Blue, Cobalt, Aquamarine and Crimson.
2nd example -  Brushos Prussian Blue, Cobalt, Sea Green, Lime Green. Love them both.

Once sprinkled on use a fine mist sprayer and spritz the area till nicely blended.
Dab off excess water on edges or where needed. Heat dry a little then allow to dry in autumn sun (if you live here 😉).
Next I made up card size I wanted to use, then die cut out the frame close to folded side of card. Used the largest Die from the SB Classic Long Rectangles Small set (ask Bec if she can get it as showing large set online in other sites.)
Used some scrap cardstock to next cut out a frame. I trimmed it bit bigger than size of die cut, so when cut and embossed it gave an even border around it.
Put it aside to adhere after other die cuts. (*I use Glue stick, if using double-sided tape, for ease of placement or moving around).
With the Memory Box Chloe Stem Die, cut one flower stem out of scrap card.
 and then partially cut another - to narrow part of stem about 2 cm down. Put top plate to the furthest edge you want it to go, so it doesn't cut further down to the thicker part of stem.
Then lifted it up and moved it up the stem of flower to lengthen it (as shown in photos) so they were two different lengths. Placed again the top plate so the edge of it stopped cutting when near top of flower.

Adhered both stems, at suitable angles underneath base of frame, so they're hidden. Then layered the frame with finely trimmed mounted tape onto open aperture on card. Added pop dots and/or silicone glue under flowers to raise them off the Emboss Resist panel.

With scrap from the brusho panel, cut with a favourite " Happy Birthday " Die by Elizabeth Crafts.
Reasons for this being an excellent die: *it is beautifully written, cuts well and is such suitable size. Die cut two white ones two with double-sided tape. Added the layers.
Leave bottom layer of words in Die cut cardstock to add top layer of words. Much easier this way, as it is still in shape and grounded.

Two beautiful cards for birthdays in our family, one for 5th May, and one for 6th, I do hope everyone else loves them too.
Now to my Smiles, at an orchid show here at the weekend with family.
Please pop over Annie's Smiles for more smiles too! Over here 😊 
You would not think this is an orchid, would you? see close-up below, and see the amazing detail  such tiny flowers - God's glorious creation!! truly beautiful! it has first prize in its class too.
 Such a stunning array and contrast of colours .. the one on right below was a first prize winner. Did take more but not room to share now.
Now dont forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations, and please do join in the ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, for her great bargain prices

May God bless your day wherever you may be .. and please say hi, so I know you've been by!
Shaz in Oz.x 

"But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble." Psalm 59:16

Joining up with: 
1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
 2. Joining in over at playground used mostly snippets 
3. (first card above with Crimson in brushos).


Pia S said...

Many useful tips shared in this post, thanks, I'm sure they'll come in handy at some point. Beautiful CAs style!

Loll said...

Two gorgeous cards, Shaz! Love the vibrant colours of the backgrounds using brushos. Great design with the heat embossed script over top. Thanks for the instructions on how to extend the length of the stem. And thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!!

Valerija said...

Wonderful cards. Love your amazing backgrounds.
Valerija xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Love both your CAs's, great design, lovely diecuts and amazing backgrounds! Thanks for the tips, I have this die too, and have different higt will be useful!
Amazing orchids shots, they look gorgous and the first one is really stunning!

Betsy said...

Beautiful cards Shaz! I can't believe the time and effort you put into making these cards. It's a mystery to me and not a talent of mine at all. Isn't it grand that God gives us each different talents and skills?
Fall! It seems strange to me that as we're just anticipating warmer weather here, you have fall there.


Bonnie said...

Two beautiful cards, Shaz! I love the Brusho backgrounds with their gorgeous colors and the white die cuts show beautifully on them! Thanks so much for sharing these with us at CAS Watercolour!

Di said...

Beautiful cards Shaz, and some great tips as well. Thank you for sharing in the Playground!


Di xx

Anne said...

I adore your cards and love your tips and techniques! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and ideas with us all! Aren't those orchids gorgeous and amazing? Wow! I would never have recognised that being an orchid in your first photo! God's design and creation is beyond words. Thank you for shpwing us these! xxx

Annie said...

Thanks for sharing your smiles today. What stiunning blooms and gorgeous colours. I love orchids.
Annie x

Neet said...

Love that die you have for those flowers - is it a Memory Box one? The backgrounds are amongst my favourite type and I love how the words have been cut out of something so colourful.
Hope al is well and thanks for the orchid display.
Blessings, Neet xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Those cards are gorgeous Shaz, I love that die and next to those beautiful colours....perfection. Have a great crafty weekend, Angela xXx

Andrea said...

what stunning cards Shaz. I've not been around for a while but catching up with friends.I love the backgrounds they really make the flower stems pop, what a beautiful die. have a great weekend ahead crafty hugs Andrea x

Ginny Maxam said...

Great Post Shaz!! love this card, the colors are so beautiful!!

loz said...

Gorgeous cards and colours Shaz. beautiful orchid photos..Loz

Lisca said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tutorial.
Wow! Those flowers are beautiful! Especially the orchid that doesn't look like an orchid.
Have a great weekend,

Janet Christensen said...

Once again you post a beautiful card. I love reading your explanations, too. Thanks for sharing. (I also liked the orchids.)

Berina RGA said...

Both cards are lovely!! I love the colors of both. The orchids are beautiful. Yes, I didn't think the first one was an orchid.

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, two lovely cards, many thanks for the tutorial, I'm a complete beginner with heat embossing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend... Megan

nancy littrell said...

TFS both your cards, Shaz. I LOVE your Brushos backgrounds..both so vibrant and beautiful. So pleased you were able to join us at CAS Watercolour. All your orchid photos were so beautiful too. Hugs..

Cara said...

Fabulous cards, love the backgrounds and those orchids are gorgeous. I'm a sucker for orchids, I've got 6 in the house and two are just coming back into flower. Cara x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz, all of them are absolutely fabulous 😍❤️ Love the backgrounds and die cut flowers, very pretty 😊

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Lols x x x

Barbara said...

Both your card is absolutely beautiful! love the colors, they are my fave! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

SewPaperPaint said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I just love that stem and your gorgeous contrast! Hugs, Autumn

Mac Mable said...

So enjoyed reading your blog post and thank you for the hints and tips on the way. Two glorious cards with great layouts and colours. Great stamping too. Thank you for sharing the photos of those amazing orchids x

Dortesjs said...

great card

nancy littrell said...

Two beautiful cards, Shaz. Love your gorgeous backgrounds. TFS your detailed description and photos. So pleased you joined us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs..

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