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, 7 November 2018

Pop Up Window Cards + Oxides Masking + WOYWW

Well, flat out like a lizard drinking here, as my dad would've said! 😊 It's Wednesday though, so time for WHAT is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, linking over to our dear Julia's Stamping Ground!
Desk boring and in need of more complete tidy. Ground to halt on sorting/ creating! Went to Syd drs last week (all ok!) and stayed with friends at south coast. So sharing some cards made back in August. They're the style seen here - Jennifer McGuire pop up card.
 Made two masked backgrounds for these cards, this heart one is lovely and by STAMPlorations. Second Small Mesh mask is by Darkroom Door. Special birthday cards.. loved the Oxides ease of blending! Used Digis on both a Bugaboo Dino birthday for first card. The card opened up below. Master Three - Eamon loves "Parple" hence the purple Dino.
Made one for Emily too, more feminine - as her favourite colours are pink and mauve. The window is a double (ie two dies) embossing of Double Stitched Poppy Crafts die set. Was bit tricky but very effective. TIP: Key is to use thinner shim than normal embossing and die cut window first. Digi for this card and Pinterest idea for layout.
These are really fun cards. I recommend making a prototype with scrap card like I did. It's in my template drawer for future reference. Saves headaches of wasted good card.
Now to Aussie shots. First two are down at South Coast of NSW; north (sea view from train) and south (escarpment view from car) of Wollongong.
Last two are at Gibralter Range National Park. It's just inland from north coast and ok with rain, but Sundown NP in SE Qld is sadly in severe drought with 40c or 100F+, meant family shortened stay there. Poor birds and plants and pray especially for our struggling farmers. 
We're ok on coast, but very dry and brown inland.
Photos of Gibralter NP by BiL.
 Rare endangered Gibralter Waratah, not to be confused with common NSW waratah.
Satin male Bowerbird waiting for his smaller, brown coloured mate to finish drinking at the bird bath.
Well, that's it for this week, lots of pickies for those who ask for them!
May God richly bless you and all those you love. Thanks for being such a wonderful blessing in my life,
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

A verse to encourage our hearts. Our Father God is all wise and all loving, He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He sees what we cannot. 
He meets our very need - indeed, when we seek Him, His way. Sending prayer hugs. 🙏🤗
Linking up also with
1. Anything goes!
2. Bugaboo - love Bugaboo images!!
4. Make your own background


Betsy said...

Such fun cards! All of your Aussie shots are just beautiful too. We are going to have cold, cold weather with temperatures about 20°F this week. I would much rather be in spring time like you are! I’m glad all was OK at your doctors visit. I am praying for you my dear friend. Blessings, Betsy

Helen said...

Those cards are fab - love the hearty background, and I agree, oxides blend so well. Have a good week. Helen #1

Claire said...

Love the cards, but love the Nature shots even more - gorgeous!
Happy WOYWW :)
Claire, no. 2

Julia Dunnit said...

Gosh, they must have had a dry winter as well to be suffering such drought so soon, what a worry. The waratah looks like a survivor I must say, let’s hope so! I love the window cards, how clever and patient you are to do the fiddly bits, I wonder if you’ve ever actually timed how long such a card really takes. Not that there’s much point, it would kind of remove the pleasure element, huh. I absolutely love your dear Dad’s phrase, such a great way to picture flat out!

Neet said...

What absolutely fabulous cards Shaz! You are talented!
Love the Oz shots too, especially the flower, that is stunning.
Hugs & Blessings, Neet 10 xx

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. Gorgeous cards. Love the colours and digi images. Us farmers never seem to get the right weather for long. We are getting a lot of rain at the moment, and our farmyard is flooded this morning. I hate having to spend a lot of time indoors. Ali x #8

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Your warming us all up with your Summer Sun shots Shaz, so calming..
Your cards are beautiful, I love how you have personalised them.
Happy WOYWW have a blessed day.
Hugs Tracey #3

kiwimeskreations said...

Glad to hear all is well for you :-) God is good.
Love your cards, they are wonderful and I will have to go and look at the tutorial.
Thanks for the pictures, I was on the Gold Coast for a week recently and we got up to 34 oC one day.... quite warm enough for this Kiwi!

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, love the cards, great designs and colours. It's a bit shocking how badly some companies handle disabled access in this day and age, isn't it? Still seems like an afterthought to most, with little or no training given.Good to hear the docs went well, very happy to hear that. Loving your Aussie photos as usual. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #5 XxX

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Firstly, I'm glad that your Sydney doc's visit was a good one! I love those pastel hearts, so pretty and those cards are very sweet, perfect for little'uns!
Hugs LLJ 11 xxx

Diana Taylor said...

What lovely cards, I do like the embossed window, it's very effective. The pictures are great, what a beautiful plant the Gibraltar Waratah is, quite stunning.
Hope you have a great week,
Diana x #21

Annie said...

Good news from your Drs :-) Really love the cards you've been making as I'm sure the recipients will too....clever you.
Annie x #15

Christine said...

What lovely cards! Thank you for sharing the link, very interesting.
Pleased that your visit to the Drs went ok.
Christine #22

Sue said...

Hi Shaz, You have your number wrong. You are 6, the other Shaz is #5.

Love the cards.

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. That red flower is beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #9

Sarah Brennan said...

Those cards are delightful Shaz. I love the way you get teased from the outside. Beautiful scenery photos as always. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #17

Twiglet said...

Glad all OK at Drs. I love the Dino cards - I think Ben would too. I will sort out a little sheep pic for you and pop it in the post in the next week or so. xxx Jo

scrAPpamondo said...

All the rain of the world seems is here in Europe.... Hope that will arrive also where there is so much dry.
Lovely both your popup cards, they look so classy and fun!

Heather Marshall said...

Hi Shaz, the dino card is beautiful, both of them are! I'll save the idea for one if my grandsons birthday next year, as he lives dinosaurs. I too make prototype cards, i think it's so helpful for future reference as my memory is getting worse. Thanks for stopping by earlier, and for the Apple butter recipe link. I'll let you know how it turns out when I make my next batch. Yes, we have an Emily, it's a beautiful name. Have a lovely week Heather x #7

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, great to see you. Loving your cards, the windows are a good idea. Hope you have a great week and a lovely woyww, Angela x15x

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, two fab cards for the kiddos, love them peeking through the window. Gorgeous pics of the country side, those birds are pains in the neck, they hold aerial raids on our vegie patch, not uncommon for us to have upto 20 female/juvenile birds descend on our tomato bushes and strip the leaves... watching the boys change from their juvenile feathers to their blue plumage is quite a sight... have a good one... Megan

P.S. glad to hear all went well with your trip to see the dr down in the city

Conniecrafter said...

those cards are just the cutest!!
So sorry to hear about the lack of rain in your area, we finally had a year with a good amount of rain, I understand living through a drought, I hope it changes soon for you all!

Mrs.D said...

Hi Shaz,
What gorgeous cards, especially the unicorn one, would be perfect for a great niece who is absolutely crazy about them.
Sorry to hear about the drought, it does so much damage, changes a landscape forever.
Thanks for visiting my desk, and nice comments, actually the easel card was scarlet,(paper covered in poppies) but the light was obviously not good when I took pic.
Bless you

Let's Art Journal said...

Fabulous cards! The Distress Oxide stencilled backgrounds are perfect for both your fun dragon and pretty unicorn - beautiful 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

Lindart said...

Love the cards! I went and pinned the tutorial so I might try them as well. I thought the colours you chose were perfect, and what a nice surprise when they open them up! Have a great week, Lindart #32

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I adore your little window cards. CAS on the outside and a big WOW when you open it up.

Pia S said...

Love your card concept. CAs on the front and then it opens up to these beautifully designed insides. Well done!

loz said...

Your window cards are WOW!! Shaz. I love the design and the gorgeous images and colours. Glad the visit to the Dr went OK..Loz

Janet Christensen said...

great cards--I like this window technique

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz :-) the backgrounds are so pretty, lovely colours and texture, and the images are adorable, very cute :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Lols x x x

kiwimeskreations said...

Wearing my W.A.W hat here - these are both wonderful cards Shaz - love your stencilling and colour choices. Thanks for entering the challenge, and all the best

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