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, 30 August 2017

Use Stencil as Embossing Folder + WOYWW + Mo's Christmas Challenge

Well, I made this card for Scrappy Mo's Christmas Card challenge aka Rudolph days on 25th of this month. Finally getting around to blogging!
Yup! been very busy. 
As it is Wednesday, I've also a desky share - or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk for the link up, at Stamping Ground!  although current desk is missing - submerged! Totally.
So sharing how I embossed my stencil to get look I wanted.
My seven year old bug in action here.
Sandwich is: B plate, a shim (shim = 2 layers of cereal box card), rubber embossing mat, cardstock, (light 160gsm), *stencil taped down (first one moved, cos didn't tape down), other B plate on top. Whatever embossing sandwich you usually use should be right.
Lovely - just what I wanted. Stencil is Stars one by Memory Box. Seen it still on eBay but maybe disc.?
The regular visitors will recognise my die from last week. Wanted to make this card - the plan was to batch make, but no, not done. Which is shame as already want to remake this card, will do in time. Using Golden Glitz by Delicata to sponge over whilst stencil is still attached. Yummo!
.. thinking about layout.. had this digi verse by Karen Murray's Christmas set from Etsy in mind (does verses on WAW, too, for free). Should have turned card on side but for some reason didn't think of it at this stage. Little star from centre of this die fitted star on her verse perfectly. Layered up star, 2 white layers + gold card. Do love dimension! Finished card is below with close up, too!


 To the Aussie shots! our garden at the moment is a picture spring is really coming, but oh! we need some rain. Had 1.5mm this month, 10.5mm last month, July. You can see the grass is looking dry. Don't water it, but do water plants - the roses are bursting out the back yard! This is the orange Birdsong Grevillea, which birds do love, and white leptospernum, or tea tree common name.
Birdsong was almost decimated in a wild storm last June, 2016, thought it might die, so prayer was made ... It has bountifully sprung back to life... a picture of God's regeneration work after pruning and regrowth appears a lot in spring. Good and needful also in our lives but hard. These storms do draw us closer to Him though, so make it worth in the long run!

Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits more than words can say. (as it is now nearly 10pm here wont get it done tonight - tomorrow is more appointments, including dentist, and craft shop - meybbe! :D)
Shaz in Oz.x
Life feels like a storm at times ...but we are never, ever alone. 
.." the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.
 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him." Nahum 1:3b, 7 

36 comments:

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, a very beautiful card love the embossing with the stencil, will have to try it out. Love the new die, have a wonderful week... Megan

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, love that card. What an awesome technique, I have to give that a try! Gorgeous Aussie photos, but they always are so colourful. Hope you are well my friend, Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #3 XxX

my craft cupboard said...

Hi Shaz your card is fabulous, I went onto ebay and bought the stencil you used (Memory Box, Starry Night) there is at least 1 left.....lol.
Your Grevillea's are looking very happy.
We could certainly do with some rain we haven't had any for many months, no rainfall to speak of since cyclone Debbie :( our tank is half full unfortunately we are not on town water here.
Although I must admit I have enjoyed the lovely warm Winter :)
Enjoy your week.
hugs
sharon :)

Neet said...

Hello my friend! Seems like you are so busy now but so glad you got to show us that beautiful stencil and the resulting cards. Perfect!
How wonderful that your garden is looking so good now. Hope that you get some rain soon - just remember Mancehster has lots but unfortunately we cannot ship it over to you.
Sending love
God Bless
Neet 5 xx

Annie said...

I love this weeks card Shaz and your gorgeous Aussie photos never fail to make me smile.
Hugs,
Annie x Annie x #8

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz. Thanks for the visit and for praying for Chris. Much appreciated. Your card is really lovely - so gentle in colour. Aussie pictures are great. That tree/shrub has certainly regrown well.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #2

scrappymo! said...

Hi Shaz
Your card is wonderful/ That was a brilliant idea to use the stencil as an embossing folder...and even better to use the gold to get that beautiful glitz for the stars (while you still had the folder taped in place!

A perfect North Star and verse.

Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Shaz I love love the way you used the embossing folder and such a gorgeous design too
Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
Rudolph Days Challenge DT
Dr Sonia

Sarah Brennan said...

Love your card, the embossed background fits perfectly with the die cut and verse. Those flowers are incredible despite the lack of rain. Happy WOYWW Sarah #13

Plush Possum Studio said...

Lovely card - the message is just right. What a unique use for stencils. I'd have never thought of it myself.
Happy WOYWW!
Rose of Rose's Art Garden #31

Betsy said...

Good Morning dear Shaz! It's wonderful to see what you are busy doing at your desk. The card is lovely. I certainly wish I were talented in cardmaking as it would be wonderful to send homemade Christmas greetings to family and friend.
Your Aussie shot is so pretty. God does amazing work with His hands doesn't he? How lovely that the bush sprang back to it's glory. I hope your day is a lovely one, rejoicing in His love.
Blessings,
Betsy

May said...

Stunning card Beautiful effect from the stencil... love the sentiment... May #10

Jan Ltc said...

Happy WOYWW have a great week xx Jan (30)

Liz said...

A very elegant card, Shaz, clever technique using the stencil to emboss. TFS the photos of the garden. xx

Helen said...

Your card is so beautiful! Thanks for visiting. Helen #1

Barb said...

A beautiful card Shaz and a super technique. Lovely Spring photos from Australia. Barbxx

Berina RGA said...

Such a lovely card Shaz!! Love the embossing with stencil! The bird song is so pretty.

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, lovely card and great technique. Lovely pics. too. Have a great crafty week and happy woyww, Angela x11x

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous effect with the gold on the embossed stars, the diecut star and the lovely topper!
Hugs

mamapez5 said...

Love your card Shaz. I haven't tried embossing with a stencil but it seems to have worked well for you. I have that word art too and I was looking at it today, but it didn't quite fit my card at the time. You have inspired me to have another think.
We had an amazing storm last night and have had twenty four hours of heavy rain. That is very unusual for Spain in August. Everything will will be ten foot high in a week or two!! Kate x

Natalie said...

What a great technique! Thanks for the instructions. Your card is beautiful. So glad you shared with us at Word Art Wednesday!

April Story said...

Lovely card. And your garden looks very nice.
April #19

La Papera Gialla said...

Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for August!
Monica - DT

Laurel Kerr said...

Fantastic card and great tutorial Shaz..Loz

Heather Marshall said...

Lovely card, thank you for sharing. Have a lovely week, Heather #25

Lindart said...

I'm assuming your desk is submerged in. . .stuff? Not underwater? Hopefully! Your card is beautiful, and what a neat idea of using stencils to emboss! ave a great week, thanks for sharing! Lindart #35

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful card!!
Hope you get rain soon, the weather this year has been really strange that's for sure.

Maxine D said...

Oh Shaz your card is exquisite - love the fabulous background and the beautiful presentation of the verse.
Your flowers are stunning - I was in Oz for 11 days (got home Wednesday) and I saw how dry it is already - especially on the Gold Coast, and then in Canberra.
Great to be back
Blessings
Maxine

Cara said...

Gorgeous card, I do love embossing with stencils, it really adds more value to your stash x

lisa said...

Love your star card, Shaz and it's great to see your cuttlebug in action. I have tried many die cutting machines but always love me bug best.
It must be so lovely to be heading into Spring. We still have roses out and hopefully if the autumn is mild they may bloom right through. I've had them in flower in November before.
Have a good week
Hugs Lisax #17

Karen Letchworth said...

Hello Shaz! What a fabulous card. I love seeing God's precious Word on cards and designed in such a way that makes it fun to read and touching to our lives. This card made me really happy. Thanks so much for stopping by to share your art with us. It's always a blessing to have you play along. Thanks so much, and please join us again soon.
Blessings,
Karen Letchworth
Word Art Wednesday

Anne said...

Gorgeous card and great technique, my stencils, mainly brass, have been idle far too long. I must say hello to them again soon! Thank you for such beautiful inspiration. I adore your orange Birdsong Grevillea,the analogy you gave to so true as well. Sometimes we need that regeneration in our lives and it costs,but the result is better than before! It also shows that we shouldn't give up, God NEVER gives up on us and He always remains faithful to us even when we are faithless.
Thanks for sharing your creations and thoughts. I know that you have had an awful lot going on recently, so your post is appreciated even more so. God bless you dear Shaz xx

Janet Christensen said...

Wonderful post, Sharon. I will try this after my grandson leaves in a couple days. Beautiful card and spring pictures. Hope in everything.

Kim Heggins said...

Simply stunning card...just so beautiful!

Christine said...

What a great technique! Love the finished card, well done.
Love all your photos, thanks for sharing.
Christine #15

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous card! Love the embossed stars and the gold ink you applied! I haven't tried embossing with a stencil yet, but I'll keep it in mind to try!

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