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, 10 July 2019

Snippets with Bokeh technique + CAS .Alcohol Lift + WOYWW

hi there everyone, I only seem to blog on Wed these days! And since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground to check out all the best desks .. you learn soo much! Warning its addictive...in the nicest way.
My desk this morning:
Well, there slightly to left underneath the A4 Courture Creations GoPower Pro plates is  a green corner of start of a yupo card and new stamping technique of Alcohol lift over at the CAS mix it up July Challenge. Their samples though needed an Alcohol lift ink pad which I’ve nowhere to buy except online. Not intending to do that at moment. However found easy way via older Jennifer McGuire video (here.. it’s alcohol lift with Ranger Archival soft grey ink). 
Desk monkeys have hopped down to say hi again, next to Crop lighthouse and WOYWW frame. Monkeys live on desk lamp base at back. Also at middle right is white ink applicator used with Versafine white chalk ink to make Bokeh technique, coloured stencil die cuts of random sized circles. The  base sheet is on last weeks desk back here. I loved how both cards came together, share below.
First card is the Bokeh base, used oxides on last week’s desk, made frame with ovals (Cottage Cutz Stitched Ovals ). Used two largest dies, adhered a piece of the scrap inked card with Bokeh sheet under frame, AND have enough for another card😊. Dies were used to make oval frame around inky background below.
😊 Memory Box Blushing Flower branch cut twice, then adhered over the coloured oval frame. Added the Hero Arts hugs and prayers set, stamped “sending hugs and prayers” greeting.
Second card with alcohol lift technique, if you had right ink pad you wouldn’t get the faint grey tone, but more white. TIP: Think you need to use stamp positioner with this technique as need to restamp a number of times to lift alcohol ink. Since this is translucent yupo I think this is fine. Stamp is Hero Arts Delicate leaf cluster (also used here). Love it’s oriental dreamy look. This alcohol ink yupo sheet was failed one, ie I didn’t like it, so cleaned it off with isopropyl alcohol as you can with yupo, and reinked. 
To do the lift just inked up stamp with Light grey Ranger Archival to lift of the outline of the stamp. Acc to Jennifer McGuire it is only ink that works (apart from newer release alcohol lift ink pad). Only one I tried, very glad I had a mini pad. Stamping greetings deep blue Versafine using Inspired by Stamping sympathy set by Joanna, think it’s disc. sadly. Lovely set. Used Creatif Wonky Rectangles for frame mount. 
Aussie photos were taken on Monday when visiting, as you can see we’ve been enjoying lovely winters sunshine .. you get softer hues at this time of year.
Lovely crisp clarity too, second zoomed shot has a yacht on the middle of skyline. God's creation is amazing. 
Well, that’s it for today, may the LORD bless you all wherever you maybe. Thanks so much for popping over especially if you’ve time for a chat.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the day:
Love this verse. 
Yes! "..the Lord he is God: .. he  made .. us..  we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." 
How blessed are we? Very!
Joining up with the following:
Used Snippets on both cards so off to the playground... ah, I bags a swing in the sunshine .. 
http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2019/07/pixies-snippets-playground-challenge-356.html

36 comments:

Glenda said...

It's strange to think you are having winter when we are sweltering here in the Southern USA! It has been so hot here. I worked in the yard yesterday morning and by 10 am I had to give it up and come indoors. Back out this am to try and finish trimming my shrubs! Lovely photos as always and your cards are amazing! Have a good rest of the week!
Glenda #16

Annie said...

It's coffee time here so I've time to call in on my fav blogs and those who started early and have already visited me.
I had to stop and think when your said Winter....it's so easy to forget from seeing your gorgeous photos.
Hugs,
Annie x #13

sandra de said...

Hello Shaz, looks like a beautiful winter day in your part of OZ. Although I don't really think I can complain cold day but the sun was shining. Beautiful cards and love the effect you are getting on yup.
sandra de

Marit said...

I don't know any of those techniques you mention but get the idea from what you explain... the cards you made are lovely, and so are the photos! Enjoy the weather and scenery. Happy woyww and a big hug from Holland. Marit #18

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous cards, stunning effects!! This is a technique that I want try!! :) Thanks for the inspirations!!
Hugs

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Two really beautiful techniques! Well done. Thanks for sharing your photos, as always, too!

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, your cards are fabulous Shaz, what a great technique, thanks so much for the link. I love the bokeh effect in photography and it's fabulous the way you've captured the look for your card. Love it!
Have a great week,
Hugs, Diana x #19

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, beautiful cards, love the backgrounds. I just had a thought re the 'lift ink'. I wonder if you could do it by 'inking' your stamp with Isopropyl alcohol? Make an 'inkpad' from some folded kitchen paper, add some alcohol, then try the stamping? Might work. Might have to try this out later. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #7 X

Betsy said...

I LOVE that sending hugs card. It's beautiful and you never cease to amaze me with your creativity. I would love to experience the winters that you have...without the snow we have. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos with us and the scripture too.
Blessings,
Betsy

Mac Mable said...

Such a pretty bokeh card and the white die cut flower is fabulous x. Such a striking alcohol ink card and the lift technique looks amazing. Thank you for the tips about lifting the inks and what a great idea to use the archival ink. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card over at The CAS Mix Up Challenge x.

Caro said...

The first card is simply beautiful! I love the white and the beautiful background. Gorgeous Aussie shots as well. I am going to have to look up the lift technique - I havent used my alcohol inks in years - must dig them out and try something new with them! Gorgeous scripture quote. Happy WOYWW. Have a lovely week. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#15)

Helen said...

the alcohol lift card is just beautiful! Have a wonderful week. Helen #2

loz said...

Hi Shaz. You desk monkeys are so CUTE.. The cards and colouring technique is fabulous. Gorgeous colours..Loz

Liz said...

Fabulous cards, Shaz, just beautiful! xx

Neet said...

Am sure i read somewhere that Tracey Evans did the 'lift technique' with Versafine - must see if I can find it for you. Don't hold out too much hope, I am useless as finding things on the net. However, I do have the ink pad - and the reinker but have not used it as yet. Had them agers but the back pain has stopped me working in my craft room these past few months - but one day ...
In the meantime I must say you have come up with a beautiful card. Just as you have obviously mastered the Bokeh technique. Two lovely cards Shaz, and I love the colours you chose.
Praying for healing for you. I go to a spinal guy on Friday - at long last I hope to get somewhere. 7 months of continual daily pain is no joke.
Love and Blessings, Neet 5 xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love the colours of the background in the cards, my favourites! And the photos are beautiful too, so serene 💖
Hugs LLJ 12 xxx

Glenda Atkins said...

Your cards are wonderful, thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers! Love your alcohol lift technique (video) and the Hero Hearts sentiment!
happy crafting
Glenda

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Fab techniques Shaz you've really shown what can be achieved. Such a nice feeling when we can say we have created and designed everything within our handmade cards.
You've really captured those Winter hues within your photography..I love the change within seasons.
Hope you are keeping well? Take good care now & Thanks for sharing WOYWW
Hugs Tracey #8

Bonnie said...

Your bokeh card is so pretty, Shaz! I love the contrast with that pretty die cut! I've tried JM's technique with the archival ink and I must say that yours came out better than mine! Love this stamp and it looks so pretty lifted! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Loving your photos and the cards are gorgeous. Think it must be Monkey's day as my one is showing his face today. Wishing you a lovely week and a happy woyww, Angela x14x

Conniecrafter said...

Both cards are just lovely, I always love the look of bokeh. That is a bummer your first attempt didn't work but your finished card turned out lovely. I have the lift ink but haven't given it a try yet, I feel back about that, will have to work on that soon, you have given great inspiration.
Hope every day has you feeling just a little better than the day before

kiwimeskreations said...

Love your desk shot Shaz - especially with your wee monkeys sitting there :)
Your cards are stunning - love the bokah one, and the alcohol lift is fabulous.
Your photos are so lovely - it's been cold and 'grey' here most of the week, with a fair splattering of rain and drizzle with it.
Blessings
Maxine

Sarah Brennan said...

The cards are beautiful Shaz. I like the grey effect using the Archival ink pad. A stamp positioner does help though you are right. The only other advantage with the alcohol lift pad proper is that you can then stamp the ink you have lifted off one image onto white card to create a second piece. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

Lindart said...

I love both your cards, but especially the bokeh one - I need to try that technique! Lovely Aussie pics, I just love seeing the ocean - you are so lucky! Have a great week, Lindart #24

Maikreations said...

I LOVE both backgorunds, but the bokeh background probably is my favourite! So beautiful! Thank you for taking part in our "Dies or Punches" challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers blog! Happy crafting, Maike

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards Shaz!! I LOVE your delicate and beautiful bokeh card. The soft colours for the background look amazing with the white bokeh design. So perfect with the oval aperture and your pretty white die-cut. The black sentiment really stands out. Gorgeous card!!

Your AI lift turned out really well. Just so you know, you can use blending solution or rubbing alcohol to also "lift" colour from AIs. Just have to add a little at a time. I use a small sponge dauber and make sure there's only a little of the solution on it. Your gray archival ink worked fabulously! I didn't know about that --- thanks for the tip! Your AI background is so beautiful with the saturated colours. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

The seaside pictures are gorgeous. Such lovely winter weather!! xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Sorry to be late Dear Gal, I don’t know who or what to blame! Loving the look of a down-under winter, my word that soft light is bewitching. Beautiful cards, I do admire the way you research and try alternative routes for thing s you want to try. That Hero arts stamp is just beautiful, mine is over used and I’m not ashamed to say it! I love the Bokeh technique and it was the other Shaz who gave me the tip of using a sponge or tool to transfer the white ink without wrecking a pad. You Shaz women, so sharing! Xxx

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful photos!!! And your cards are just amazing. Stunning backgrounds, just love the look you created!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I like the framing of the artwork in both of your lovely cards. I also appreciated the thought of the day. Happy belated WOYWW!

Darnell said...

What an inspiring post from top to bottom, Shaz! I LOVE your cards! That bokeh is sensational and way to go getting such a great result with the lift off technique for your second design! Enjoy that wonderful winter sunshine! Brilliant photos!! Hugs, Darnell

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Just popped back to thank you for joining in at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge, Angela xXx

Di said...

Wonderful cards Shaz and the lift technique is brilliant! Another one to try over here :) And your photos look so lovely, what a glorious place to live!

Hugs

Di xx

Anne said...

Both cards are gorgeous dear Shaz, love your different techniques! Your winter scene looks like our summer.....! xx

Josephine said...

Beautiful - I love the design!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

Helen said...

A beautiful bokeh background is perfect to show off the lovely die cuts. Such an elegant card! Thanks so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

laurie said...

Beautiful cards..they are gorgeous!Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

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