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 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

PanPastels meet Penny Black + WOYWW

Yes, it’s here again.. desk day!! It’s WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday... please head over to Julia’s HERE for desks of the world! Several desks as been doing backgrounds with PanPastels.
Desk 1 this morning has a pile of new items, boring really, tape, two pads 12 x12" paper. Was a girl's day out last week (with non Crafters), but I managed to visit the scrapbooking store an hour north 😊 which was closing down so had 50% off everything. To right are PanPastel image with dies, working out what was going to use.
Next desk was starting with pastels, did do some rough smooching on this one, as wanted it to give a bit of texture. The colours and style of background were chosen to match the cover of the book (Heaven, Your Real Home by Joni Eareckson Tada) I was giving my friend. She really loved them both
Here are two pieces made. Larger piece was going to be laminated as a bookmark - then realised, oops! heat embossed the stamped verse, so it couldn’t be laminated!
 So did another smaller one as didn’t have much time left to make it. Also forgot to take photo of it finished. It was double sided same colours both sides but two different verses. 
Made wet Embossed image into simple card, stamped the PB Aspire stamp a few times in Memento grey I think. The verse was embossed in Platinum EP and is a disc. wood mount stamp from early 1990, Stampendous? Die is double stitched Poppy Crafts Rectangles, which I extended to fit my 5 x7 Aust size card. First time I’ve done that will do it again.
Now to Aussie photos. 
Remember the giant lemon 2 weeks ago here? Well, I’ve come down with cold, using lots of lemon/honey so decided to see how much juice this 540g (1.18oz) lemon had? 

Used electric squeezer as it’s way too big for my small hands. 
Answer of how much juice in one lemon? 
200ml or 7oz! 
The lemon was very juicy, as they all are actually. Eureka are a very good lemon, frost tolerant too, ‘cos we grew it in frosty climate as child.
Here are some beautiful grasses with winter afternoon light glinting through them. It really caught my eye when out, and had to click! So delightfully fine detailed grass heads. God’s glorious creation.
This sunrise is the most stunning I recall seeing in a very long time. Don’t see them them often, though. We’ve had very cold weather (for us), frosty in some spots, but am never up to see it. 
Well, that’s it for the day, both legs are healing, ... thankfully, feeling miserable with cold, but good excuse to take it easy, isn’t it?
Thanks for popping over and may God bless your day wherever you maybe.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Edit to answer queries in Comments:
1. I find good card is the secret to blending well with PP. I use a very smooth card, called  XPress blending cardstock (meant for ink markers) bought here in Oz.
2. I seal PP with good quality (not cheap or tacky) hair spray (just like I do with DoX, etc). 
3. Use damp cloth to keep fingers clean or tissue as they do get messy when working.
Build up colours gradually. And don't give up too soon. Things do smooth out.
Thought for the Day:
 The verse on the card is a Hebrew OT benediction often used today.
The blessing of Almighty God upon such a one as I is hard to comprehend at times, but God’s Love is very great. He delights to bless, unworthy though we are, if we but ask!
Linking card up to:


kiwimeskreations said...

I think I have that stamp Shaz - I will look it out tomorrow and let you know. It's one I love. Loving your chalk backgrounds - I must try one :)
Good to know your legs are healing - sorry to hear about the cold. So far this year I have escaped the various ones the extended families have had

Cathy said...

Hi Shaz, interesting desks! Hope it wasn't Alice in Paperland that closed down! Glad that you got some bargains though :). Gorgeous blended cards, haven't tried pan pastels but love the look, Cathy x

brenda said...

Such a pretty card Shaz and lovely blending with the Pan Pastels in the background, lovely to see you at Allsorts this week, thanks so much for joining in.

B x

Julia Dunnit said...

And take it easy is just what you must do, having a cold will slow down the other healing so be very kind to yourself young lady. 200ml of juice...that’s a lot from one fruit! so glad you’re able to make use of it. I once holidayed in Switzerland and the lovely chap who owned the holiday rental had a huge grape vine over the balconies and was growing citrus too, (who knew, in Switzerland!). He said neither the grapes or the citrus would be worth harvesting until they’d had at least one frost on them. Interesting, huh.
Lovely lovely background switch your Pan Pastels. I have never used them, always thought them a bit messy for me...and I just end up with a muddy puddle type colour when I start blending!!!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Blimey, that's a lot of juice from one Lemon!! I'm pleased you did the experiment because I was interested to know! That's another beautiful card you've made Shaz, lovely soft colours. I'm watching Le Tour and thinking of you.
Hugs LLJ 5 xx

Helen said...

oh wow, that sunrise! that is just beautiful. Love the pan pastel colours you have, which reminds me I must use mine again some time! Have a good week Helen #6

Twiglet said...

Wow - that was one juicy lemon - I hope it does the trick - I always go for honey and lemon for my coughs and colds. I even take a spoonful of honey if I feel a bit sluggish - nature's best remedy! xx Jo

Betsy said...

My goodness that was a lot of juice in that lemon. I hope it makes you feel better again. I'm sorry you now have a cold but happy to hear that your legs are healing. As my best friend says, "it's always something!"
We used to say that benediction every Sunday in the church I grew up in. I very rarely hear it now, thank you for the beautiful reminder.

Diana Taylor said...

That is such a very pretty background - you've blended the pastels perfectly (something I always find so difficult to do). That's one heck of a lot of juice from one lemon - I hope it does the trick and helps ease the symptoms of your cold - can't beat good old honey and lemon.
Be gentle with yourself and hope you get better quickly,
Hugs, Diana x #18

Kathleen said...

Love that PB stamp and teh lovely background. Thank you for joining our CAS challenge this week at Allsorts.

Kath x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Your blending with pan pastels is fabulous and love the stamps! Fab gifts for your friend!
How big is your lemon and how much juice!!! Stunning!

Anne said...

Hello Shaz, sorry you have a cold. Do take care of yourself. Love the bookmark/ card you made. Love lemon in all forms :-) I've not joined in WOYWW for a couple of weeks - I knew there would not be enough time to comment. Just wanted to say hello and that as yet I have not received anything from you -didn't want you to think I was being rude and not sending an acknowledgement. Take care. Anne x ( copperbeechcrafts)

Dorlene Durham said...

Beautiful cards. I have some of those pan pastels and don't use them as much as I should. They sure leave a lovely layer. Have a great day! Dorlene #29

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, you poor thing hope the cold gets better soon. Loving the effect with the Pan Pastels. I wonder do you seal the colours. I have some but not really used them much. Wishing you a lovely creative week and a happy woyww, Angela x13x

Conniecrafter said...

Wow your pieces are just gorgeous, lovely job with the background color and stamping!
That is amazing how much juice you got out of those, hope it helps you get over your cold very soon. Good to hear that your legs are feeling better. Such beautiful pictures too, sunrises can be so wonderful and great way to start the day!

Sarah Brennan said...

Thanks for the tips for working with Pan Pastels Shaz. I don't have any myself but I find it is similar to working with Oxides. Amazing amount of juice out of one lemon. Hope it has helped your cold. Beautiful card! Happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

Glenda said...

You have made me realize I have pan pastels sitting on a shelf collecting dust! You have made me want to play with them again! HOping your cold is better soon!
Glenda #21

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, wow, what an amazing amount of juice from that lemon! Eye screening all done, and can see clearly again today. Love the card, so simple and elegant! Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #16 X

Debbie Harris said...

That is a beautiful card in deed.
The photo of your winter grasses looks a bit like the detail on your lovely card.
7oz of lemon juice from that one lemon is amazing!
Feel better soon~

Caro said...

I love your cards - so subtle in terms of colour, and really stunning in effect. Love the photo of the winter grasses, and that lemon really was a whopper! Have a great week. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#14)

Brenda said...

Your cards are stunning Sharon. I've been seeing a lot about pan pastels all over the internet. I've never used pan pastels, just chalks, not sure what the difference is with them, but I know your cards are so lovely with them. Such soft beautiful backgrounds with them! Wow, that is a lot of lemon juice. I do love that grass photo you got Sharon, so beautiful with the sun's rays coming through. Also stunning sunrise. How cold do you guys get in the winter? I think you said you don't get snow. So was wondering how cold it gets there. Hugs, Brenda

kiwimeskreations said...

Hi Shaz - yes that is a Stampendous stamp... sorry I took so ling to reply

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hi, Shaz! Hope you are feeling well. You are a master with those pan pastels, your card is so pretty. Love that verse as well. I am sure your friend loved it. And you read my mind and answered my questions! Good ole' hair spray. Cheers! XOX

Mervi said...

Thank you for sharing your fabulous card over at Allsorts Cas theme;-))m

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Cath Wilson said...

A really beautiful card, with the so subtle colouring and wonderful message. That's one of my favourite stamps, yet it so rarely feels appropriate these days... you've reminded me of it. I WILL use it more often!
Gorgeous and well deserved Top 5 win at AS.
Cath x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh Shaz i'm sorry to read you are suffering with a cold, I hope your magnificent Lemons have now done the job? What a bountiful about of juice you got from that one lemon. It's a great healer.
Your cards are very beautiful, lovely pan pastel colours, i've not used them for so long.
Wishing you a very Happy WoywW sending healing Hugs your way Tracey #8

loz said...

Beautiful card and colours Shaz. Very sad that another craft shop is closing but at least you managed to get there for the sale..Love the large lemon and such a lot of juice..loz

Gail said...

What fun to look on your desks!
Lemon! WOW!
Beautiful sunrise!

Marlene Atkinson said...

This is gorgeous, love the colours the verse. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers challenge. Marlene DT

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