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, November 8, 2017

Calligraphy Eamon Sleeps Here, Starry Christmas cards + WOYWW

(Warning - photo heavy post! )
Hi there everyone, As it is Wednesday, I've a desky share - for What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk for the link up, at Stamping Ground!
To my desk, or actually yesterday’s desk, I’m working on finishing some cards here, was very busy so left mine unfinished.
 Christmas is the theme at the moment as realising how quickly the year is flying away... and not all my cards done. I visited a friend for two nights last week and made her some Christmas cards, and some for myself as well, here’s one. I bought ages ago this silver Cosmic shimmer embossing paste and finally used some of it, very pretty. 
Now to some calligraphy...

I also promised a few weeks ago (see back here) to share the calligraphy “Eamon sleeps here” as it’s been opened I can share it now, remember this is a copy, see original post for details on how I did it.
 Will share Eamon’s Card (previewed here), too.
Eamon’s card was made with a mask, a giraffe mask or stencil bought very cheaply a Chinese one .. but to be honest, it’s only worth what I paid for it, as it’s very thin. Embossed first the stencil in cuttlebug. Then inked up with Distress inks, and sealed in with versamark and embossing powder
Creating a scene with masked off giraffes, sky and grass plain, using ink dusters. Then adding various stamps, Darkroom Door tree set and some Stampscapes too, and coloured it with Caran D’Ache pencils.
Now the Christmas card... used a Memory Box starry night stencil, and paste, adding a layered die cut by Kaisercraft (disc.) of star bought on sale, then added some digi verse, are four of these. The verses are by Karen Murray of Word Art Wednesday (link to Karen Murray Word Art Etsy Shop, currently in recess but email her on site, maybe might be able to buy Christmas set)..

 Now to Aussie Shots, image above was taken on my phone this afternoon after dropping car off for service. Water was soooo pretty, high tide at the creek. The one below was taken when out with dad, we had a cuppa a the Clog barn and checked out the garden display. Love the water dragons on white stones near the water, posing as still as statues, water lilies too very pretty.
Thanks so much for all your loving, caring comments, too! I'm improved in health just this past week which is a really great blessing, and received a good report (for me :D) from my Syd Dr's visit too, much answered prayer. God is very good. 
Crafty hugs and may our God richly bless your day in every way.
Shaz in Oz.x 


“So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.” Psalm 79:13 


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29 comments:

Helen said...

I only started my cards at the weekend... WAYYYY behind where I should be!! but just haven't been in the mindset required! Love that giraffe card; so cute! Helen #1

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Awesome news about your health Shaz, so relieved and pleased for you xxxx You have been a busy bee, I love the star and sparkles card, very beautiful and Eamon's giraffe made me smile - his door plaque too. You have many skills and all good!!
Hugs LLJ 8 xxx

Annie said...

Glad to hear your health is much improved....life is so much easier when you feel well. Love your cards and those water dragons are gorgeous creatures.
Hugs,
Annie x #11

Crafty Little Miss K said...

My first visit to WOYWW and am loving all the posts. I'm fairly new to blogging although been crafting years! I haven't started my Christmas cards yet, seeing yours has inspired me to get them started later today. Love the photos from Oz, lived there a lifetime ago and have many happy memories
Karen #16

Ellie said...

Your calligraphy is incredible! You are very talented. I really like your star Christmas cards xx
Ellie #7

Marit said...

Boy, you were busy! I love the giraffe and how you explain how you made it, great job! The photo's you took outside are lovely and so different from here (cold and grey Holland, winter is almost here!) Happy woyww, big hug from Holland, Marit #19

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Awesome cards, love your tutorial.
and amazing fotos
hugs Tamara

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Shaz, firstly, so happy to hear your health is improving. I think it's only when you have had illness, you realise just how much we take good health for granted. I love the Christmas Card, I've developed quite a liking for glittery stencil paste, and can tell you that if you buy a pot of Translucent paste, you can easily make your own adding in whatever glitter colour you like. Lovely Giraffe card too. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #10 XxX

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz. So glad your health is improving and the Dr's visit was good! Your card is great and that calligraphy just wonderful. Something I have never ever tried. John could do it - but never attempted anything big like your plaque. Great Aussie shots.
Thanks for your visit and comments. Yes, I'm busy - but hope to get some time off to do a couple of jigsaws over the Christmas period!!! I see I am not the only one who helps out friends by making them some Christmas cards.... haven't even started on my own yet! After the craft fair I think!
Take care young lady. God bless.
Margaret #3

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous all your cards! Your calligraphy words are just perfect, you are very talented. Lovely scene for your stenciled giraffes ad adorable stars on the last card!

Sarah Brennan said...

So glad that your health has improved! I adore that giraffe card. Such a clever way of working and the background is amazing. I'm sure the birthday boy loved it! Happy WOYWW Sarah #27

Betsy said...

First of all, I am so glad to hear you had a good doctors report. That makes my heart happy. :-)
The cards are beautiful and little Eamon is a lucky boy to have such a cute giraffe and bird visiting him.
That Christmas card is stunning. Absolutely gorgeous my dear friend. And now, I have a doctors visit in an hour or so, so I better get off of the computer and get ready.
Mandy Blessings sweet Shaz,
Betsy

Neet said...

The giraffe card is tremendous! What a gorgeous background you have done on it, perfect foil for the giraffes. It's a WOW from me. The calligraphy piece you did for him was wonderful too. You are talented!
Love the photo from when you went out with your dad, hope he is keeping well. So nice that you can have time out with him from your busy schedule.
Finally, good news on your health. That is the kind of thing you need to be hearing.
Take care and thanks for the link.
Blessings, Neet 2 xx

Anne said...

Really super cards. Good to hear you are feeling better. Anne x #26

Kathleen said...

Wow Shaz, some fabulous creation here, love every single one of them.

Kath x

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, glad to hear you are feeling better and had good news from your city Dr. Love love love the kookaburra on Eamon's door plate, the star card looks fabulous, as does the mixed media giraffe card. Hope you have a wonderful weekend... Megan

Conniecrafter said...

The bird on the sign is just gorgeous as is the awesome Giraffe so cool!
Love the sparkle on the Christmas card too!
So good to hear you are improving!

Darnell said...

I'm so delighted to hear you had a good week, Shaz! Loved the nature photos and, of course, your busy desk! Your calligraphy and card for Eamon are extraordinary and I love your schparkly silver card, too!! Big hugs, Darnell

Anne said...

I love your calligraphy piece and I am certain that little Eamon will be over the moon with it and with his fantastic card! You are sooooo talented mon amie! One very happy chappie! Your Christmas cards are beautiful, so well thought out and design with super techniques. Always a gift in themselves. Bravo!

Heather Marshall said...

Hi Shaz. Glad to hear your health is improving. I fell in love with the giraffes. I know what you mean about the stencils from China. It's a cheap option for me... if I use them I can always invest in some better quality ones. Have a lovely week Heather #5

craftyani said...

Love giraffes and also elephants. The starry Christmas card is lovely, I am glad I make my own cards as it is so difficult to buy religious ones these days. Anickoana

Diana Taylor said...

Fabulous work on your desk this week - the Christmas cards are gorgeous, that is such a spectacular star die. The giraffe makes a fantastic card for a child, I bet he really loved it, and I love the door plaque - such beautiful and delicate painting.
So glad your health is improving, I hope you have a great week,
Diana x #13

Laurel Kerr said...

Fabulous cards Shaz. Eamons frame picture is Stunning..Loz

Susan Renshaw said...

Loved reading your blog - lots of great makes! Particularly like the giraffe...but good to hear you are using things that have been lying around for a while. I just got around to using some sisal!!

Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra!
Susan
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Angela Radford said...

Wow! busy lady, loving your card designs. So busy yesterday that I've only just got round to catching up with my desk visits. Happy creative belated woyww, Angela x14x

Cara said...

Such wonderful makes this week and so pleased to hear that you're feeling better x

Lindart said...

That giraffe card is spectacular! So beautiful! And Eamon's sign is also awesome! What a lucky guy! So nice to see a busy desk (since mine has been anything but lately!) and the card is lovely! I've still yet to start my cards - I better get moving! Glad you are feeling better! Sorry I'm so late this week, thanks for sharing, have a great week! Lindart #34

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful creations! I love that giraffe. The Christmas cards are so pretty!!

Pia S said...

So impressed by the savannah scenery you made for the stenciled giraffes, it turned out fantastic!

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