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, 17 May 2017

WOYWW, Vellum Stamping +Pineapple Picking!

Hi everyone, as the days are rushing past in May.... 'tis Wednesday, again!
Here's my desky share for WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (over here at Julia's and please do join in, too!).
Two current desks to see today!!
Desk 1: More Romanian card work, made a little headway and made two of the dozen, then to right are the left over images, some with Romanian Bible verses on them and some print out of verses and greetings. I hope to have them done by end of week!
Mm, am realising this time next week I need an ATC or two made for then.
No inspiration yet but will come!! Can't rush these things. ;)
This is in centre of desk above (the scroll on right was a newly arrived CCD, took 47 days to get here! a record!). In choosing verses, I've picked ones that suit if one  knows the LORD and also those who do not. This one from Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding."  I was surprised at how long the name for Proverbs was, and mentions Solomon in it, he wrote most of Proverbs but not all of it.
Desk 2, in sunny spot (mornings getting cooler here) in dining room, on fold-up desk.
I'm working on a small text here, hidden so the person concerned doesn't see what it is. It's a small illuminated one. I've just finished layering the gold leaf, so the box on top of the text contains my sheets of 23carat gold leaf on tissue paper
(you can just see a peek of vine work at right top end of box)
You'll see a small jar with gold metal lid to top right of text which is the Gilding size, which you paint on before applying gold leaf.
There's also a sharp pointed knife to right front for removing Gilding size + gold leaf from where it's not meant to be, some rubbers, small tiny ones for rubbing out small spots, these are next to Gilding papers.
Paints at rear are there, but I'm actually thinking of mixing some brushos to paint it with for new experiment!! :D Watch ,this space!

My card today was made two weeks ago but not shared, for a twenty first obviously.  Used a stamp (PSX from 1995), stamped it on Vellum with Versamark, gold embossed, and coloured it in promarkers.
Fussy cut around image attached to the Spellbinder Fancy Ovals, largest die cut with 300gsm card, softly tinted background while still in die.
Embossing folder background is Tied Together by Couture Creations, pearls added. Lace dies are from Our Daily Bread border die, coloured fine ribbon with promarkers and thread it through once dry. Greeting is a digi, with SB scallops, 21 is from Cuttlebug Olivia Die set.
Well we had a special ceremony yesterday... a pineapple picking one! Here is it a week ago when still not quite ripe!
Here 'tis yesterday, picking time. under supervision!
You know it is ripe when you easily pull a leaf out of centre..
just like you test them in the shops and have a good smell test, too :D this one is not as big as others but smells super sweet the one behind will be bigger it grew during lots of rain.
Plant will sucker a new plant and old plant will die. This is the pineapple from a previous baby - I planted the top from it, next to original plant. Saving this top for BiL.

 Ending with two shots from my walk yesterday afternoon, another sunset, if had stayed another half hour would've been even more scarlet, especially with that lovely mackerel cloud as my dad calls them.

On the post below I've and new stamping technique called Retiform.. with some Darkroom Door Ste Sail stamps .. wow, love this technique will be doing it again!

I'm also totally delighted to welcome a new wonderful encourager ..
Maura of Two stamping Sisters - Maura leaves the loveliest comments when she visits as DT for Simon says Monday blog, so very glad she has joined. Thank you!
....  do pop over to give some encouragement too! 
 Well that's if for me today, thanks so much for popping over and please leave a comment too, love to hear from you.
May God bless your day, wherever you may be, happy WOYWW!
Shaz in oz.x  
Joining up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3. Lemon shortbread challenge - anything goes. 
5. ARTstic Challenge - May Flowers


Unknown said...

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers 'Add A Sentiment' Challenge with your pretty card design


Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, I hope that pineapple tasted as gorgeous as it looked! I visited a pineapple farm in Queensland (owned by a cousin of my friend) and ate so much fresh pineapple, it took a layer of skin off the inside of my mouth!! But it was sooooo good 😊 Your cards are really lovely, especially the 21st! And I'm showing pics of my local beach at sunset on the blog today as well - how funny!
Hugs, LLJ 6 xxx

Claire said...

Had to drop by as I saw your name a couple of spots after mine... Been ages, but great to back at Julia's WOYWW. Wonderful projects and photos!
Claire xx no. 25

Monica said...

How exciting to eat your own pineapple. Long, long time since I was in a pineapple area and had fresh pineapple. It seems they are an autumn or late summer crop as you are heading into winter.

Lots of creative beauty
Hugs monica #30

Jan Ltc said...

What a great WOYWW TFS xx Jan

Cara said...

I'm always in awe of your illuminated work, excited to see how this turns out. Fab photos, love the pineapple, would love to grow one. I always laugh as the only two edible things in the garden are strawberries and rhubarb, both of which hubby hates, he also dislikes pineapple too! Cara x

Betsy said...

I really like the 21st card. My colors! :-) And you were able to finally pick the pineapple. How did it taste? I think the circle of life is wonderful. Now you'll plant another. Isn't God and His creations wonderful? The sunset He gave to you is another example of the beauty He places all around us if we'll only take the time to notice it. Have a lovely day my sweet friend.

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, so many lovely cards to look at! Love all your scenics too, and those Pineapples are amazing. Got to get on with my ATC's- the backs are the only bits done so far! Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #7 XxX

Neet said...

Desk 1 - lovely cards and I do like the one with the verse from Proverbs on it.
Desk 2 - I cannot wait to see this work of art. The gilding sounds wonderful. The card you do show us is very beautiful and those little pearls are the perfect foil for the heart in the centre.
As for the pineapple, I am so envious - how wonderful to grow your own. Thanks for the tip re the leaf, I knew about the smelling and often wonder if people look at me strangely in the supermarket as I sniff them all out. (Pineapples not people)
Thanks too for the views.
May God Bless Your Day too.
Neet xx 13

Berina RGA said...

I love the Romanian cards you are working on. Very beautiful card with vellum. Beautiful colors.

Sharon said...

Lovely photos! Yum. I bet that fresh pineapple tastes really good - enjoy! Your cards look wonderful.

Sharon k #29

Helen said...

what fantastic cards! Great photos too. Helen #1

Bubbles said...

What beautiful, intricate artwork!
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Bubbles #22

Andrea said...

goodness, what a visuaL feast for us today shaz, so many beautiful projects the gold leaf work sound very detailed and intricate and time-consuming but I bet it's stunning, hope we get to see it :-)
your cards a lovely I do love the font used and anything floral appeals to me .I'm envious of your pineapples.... how wonderful to grow your own, I hope it was /is delicious. ..stunning photos as ever... a beautiful place top live I'm sure. I'm all set for the swap next week assuming I can get an internet connection as off on a forest break..looking forward to it, a happy belated woyww andrea#42

Brenda said...

What beautiful things on your desk Sharon!!! I am loving your cards-all so equally beautiful! OMGosh, look at your pineapples!!! My mouth is drooling over them for sure. How do you plant a pineapple to get it to grow??? Can you grow one from a store bought pineapple??? I guess you have to have a lot of hot days for a pineapple to grow huh? Man, I wish I could grow one here! lol I have missed a lot I see, had a look around and everything, including cards, pictures, flowers and birds are all so beautiful! You so make me wish I lived in your country! Hugs, Brenda

Kathleen said...

A very interesting desk Shaz, looks to be the makings of some super cards. Great heart card, like the pearls on the EF and a really lovely heart.
I used to hate pineapple but I have really grown to like it now.

Kath x

Julia Dunnit said...

Well you need a second desk to do that careful, patient, nerve wracking calligraphic illumination work, surely. I couldn't possible attempt something so intricate and delicate amongst all the clutter on my everyday desk! Gorgeous card for the twenty-first, the pearls on each cross over the background are such a lovely idea. Congrats on the pineapple!!

scrAPpamondo said...

It seems that you have been very busy! Wonderful card with that big golden heart, so gorgous! And great photos of your pinapple, hope that its taste will be fab as the smell :)
Lovely shots of the sunset on the sea, too!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous card that is really lovely card with the heart. Pineapple, lovely, I didn't realise they grew from suckers like strawberries. Have a great crafty week and a happy woyww, Angela x15x

Plush Possum Studio said...

That 21st birthday card is adorably pretty and so elegant. I like the message too
Rose of Rose's Art Garden

Dorlene Durham said...

Such pretty cards. And I love that pineapple! Awesome. Dorlene #39

April said...

You have been a busy busy bee. And I bet that pineapple was delicious.
April #26

sharon said...

I love seeing your crafty desk and what you are getting up to!!! always interesting.
ohhhhhhhhh your pineapple looks amazing.....yummy.
Have a wonderful week.
sharon :)

lisa said...

Morning Shaz. I'm am amazed at the size of your pineapple. I bet it tasted fantastic. I adore pineapple but to be able to grow them in the your garden is something special.
After seeing your sea sunset and the one LLJ shared I need to live by the day!! Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos and thank you for visiting already.
Hugs Lisax #19

kiwimeskreations said...

What a beautiful card Shaz, and you certainly are one multi-talented lady - guilding, pineapple growing, photography, cards in a 'foreign' language ... there is no end.

Jo Ann said...

Wonderful card! Thank you for joining us here at Word Art Wednesday. We hope you will link more projects with us soon. Leaving you with the inspiration of the scripture in II Thessalonians 3:3 (KJV) " But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil." God bless!


sandra de said...

Hi Shaz, thanks for the visit and as always I am so impressed with your beautiful card work and illuminations. I plan on sending you an ATC RosA passed on your addie. Hope that is ok :)
sandra de @3

Lindart said...

Beautiful cards! I can always tell a PSX stamp - they were so intricate and beautiful! I can't imagine growing a pineapple in my backyard - delicious!! Great views on your walk, beautiful sunset! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #33

Sarah Brennan said...

Oh the joy at the thought of picking your own home grown pineapples. Out of the question in the UK. I adore that vellum heart. I haven't used vellum for stamping and colouring for ages, so you have inspired me to experiment again. Thanks. Sarah #17

loz said...

Fantastic romanian cards and the the second card is gorgeous Shaz.. Enjoy the beautiful pineapple..Loz

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous your sweet pineapple photos, I bet it is so delicious!

Tone K. said...

Great work! :)
Unfortunately we can not accept your card since you only may combine with a sketch challenge.
But thanks for sharing it with ARTastic :)

buterfliecrafter said...

Here the mornings are warming up :-) Bet that pineapple tastes delicious.have a nice weekend, vicky #5

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz. What a wonderful set of photos this evening. My friends have all gone home now, so I'm able to visit a few folks. It's going to take some time! We all had a lovely time together - and ended our time with a beautiful half hour of worship.
Your Romanian cards are lovely - as is that gorgeous 21st birthday card. Trust that pineapple tasted as good as it looked, and that you enjoyed your walk down by the harbour.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #2

Larelyn said...

Such an elegant card. I love that embossing folder. Thank you for joining our Always Fun Challenge.

crafty said...

A lovely card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Claire said...

Beautiful card, the heart image is very pretty x

chanya13 said...

Love your card and the sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Agnieszka chanya13

SewPaperPaint said...

Pineapple picking - what fun! I just love your embossed heart colored with purples. Stunning! Hugs, Autumn

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I came for the pineapple picking but got distracted by your cards. How cool--both the pineapple and cards.

Evelyn Walter said...

Beautiful card you made!
I´m a little bit jealous of your wonderful pineapple! Here in Germany it is way too cold to plant them.
Thank you for joining in with our May challenge over at ARTastic, please read the rules carefully next time!

Pia S said...

The gold embossed heart image caught my attention, so detailed and delicately colored. Unfortunately I can't eat pineapples any longer, nor kiwis, but nothing is as good as a sweet pineapple with just a tiny little hint of zest.

Sunshine Country said...

Always impressed at all of the work and details you put into your cards! Such a wonderful way to brighten someone's day with God's Word and knowing that someone spent all that time making something just for them. And that pineapple plant is such a neat thing to be able to grow!

Angelika said...

Super lovely card! Thanks for creating with us at ARTastic.

Anna Uhras said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us at ARTastic! Anna xo

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