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, 25 September 2019

Floating Shaker Card + Two Mo’s Challenge + WOYWW

{Apologies 😉 for long post, have some tips, techniques}
Observant ones might know well that today’s Wednesday AND the 25th of September, yes, folks three months till my favourite day of the year - Christmas! Twelve or so rapidly disappearing weeks. 
I love Christmas, but not how quickly they come around! As it’s desk day or WOYWW, do pop over to our wonderful Julia’s for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
To my desk(s):
Desk 1: No surprise! this morning’s desk has a Christmas card in an attempt to upcycle an image from last years received cards, to join up with Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Challenge.. over here. First die cut on desk failed. It was extended die cut, so will re-attempt. This is why Snippets abound chez moi. I excell in mistakes! There’s a Christmas stamp set on left to use. On right are used dies awaiting a return to their homes.
Desk 2: have just worked out good way to correct a EF attempt I don’t like. I’d used a CB folder not liked it on card base which is 5x7",  folder  too small. Decided to water spritz both sides of card front, then multiple emboss with my fav Embossalicious Swirls folder! Wow, what a great result. No evidence of previous embossing. 
Here’s finished card. Gold is CCD extended die cut, bought set while ago, very versatile. Joy to world stamp die set by Poppy Stamps. Greeting says "Tidings of Comfort and JOY" to complement the wise men image.
Desk 3:Working on Emily’s 8th birthday, hard to believe she’s 8! The card had many stages, four base card attempts till sorted it out!!! Tip re last week’s spinner cards .. use only simple shape images. This image I loved, sadly did NOT work as spinner.
So ended up with this - image by second Mo mentioned in post title.
A  "Mo Manning Digital Pencil" mermaid digi, called "Naunet.  Inverted image in Picasa (as Cntrl + Shift +H keystrokes inverts an image or photo). Coloured them with glimmery gelly roll pens, used 3 weeks ago. Wanted glimmer on image so perfect solution. Fussy cut 2 images  to make it strong, put a silver embroidery thread between middle of joined images, as planned to suspend it in shaker card (see Jennifer McGuire video here). Have shaker sequins, etc. on left in bowl. Had printed an background underwater sea digi via Google. Edited it on phone, as couldn’t on computer.
Completed card. Centre die cut is another CCD bought ages ago, it’s a small vertical oval, I enlarged it by cutting 2/3 one way and 2/3 other way and trimming up in middle. Did test runs first.
The mermaid image has loose thread suspended in background. Stops it turning upside down as you shake and it jiggles around.. looks great. Had glued on background some beads & sequins + some teeny coloured fussy cut fish as well. Delighted with end result.
The birthday greeting stamp is one from disc set by Joanna, Inspired to Stamp. Heat embossed, used first Memento Bermuda blue, then adding versamark on top of Memento and clear heat embossed. Braid to finish, numbers are CB Olivia alphabet disc. Everything was popped up for dimension.
Now to Aussie shots. These are from a lovely walk through over headland in north part of our town with family, there’s a cute wallaby standing so still hoping we can’t see him - the rest are sea views.
Well, that’s it for me today. I do hope you’re well, I’m grateful for our lovely spring sunshine and showers, but really, really pray it goes over the hills to parched lands there. 
May God bless your day, everyone, and thanks so very much for popping over for a visit and chat.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for the day:
In the midst of life storms, our Heavenly Father longs to help comfort, just as we love to comfort help our children - so He longs that we might turn to Him for peace, help in the midst of storm.

Also joining over with:
2. First card.. curiousity was solving the faulty embossing,  second card curiousity was solving the design difficulty. what an answer to prayer.
3. Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge. Anything Goes + optional use JOY.
4. First card. ABC Christmas Challenge  S = Sparkle and T = Texture .. sheen shine from Gold foil and Texture from dry embossing and die cuts. 
5. Cuteand Crafty Anything Goes 
6. Tuesday Throwdowns Anything Goes 
** Mo's Digital Pencil have a colour challenge and used these colours on catd baee and in colouring digital images. Repeated some of small images in this digi too, and inverted some of them.
** Also over at Simon Says Wednesday it's  Anything Goes! .. yay!


Annie said...

I really love the little mermaid card Shas as I'm sure Emily will too....clever you. The Aussi views are, as always, just stunning.
Annie x #11

kiwimeskreations said...

Your desk(s) are always so busy Shaz - I love seeing what you are doing. The finished mermaid card is a delight and I sure will be appreciated by Emily!
I love that up-cycled Christmas card - so beautifully made.
Your photos are always of interest, and you certainly live in a pretty part of Australia. We are currently getting some wet and wild weather - the rain was very much needed - not so the sharp drop in temperatures :)

sandra de said...

Hello Shaz, stunning cards ... you never cease to amaze me with the variety and skill. Love the pics of your beautiful part of the world. Nice to be back to visit everyone.
sandra de @19

Jenny L said...

Hi Shaz,
Happy Rudolf Days.
What a very wonderful card and that image is such a fab one.
Love the gorgeous embossing and the gold die cut edges are so pretty.
Hope all is well with you and yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Jenny L said...

Hi Shaz,
sorry I had a senior moment earlier for got to thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Beautiful Christmas card and I also love the underwater scene! Great job! I also excel at mistakes, but I am not often able to fix them. I more often start again!

Anne said...

Lovely cards and Emily is certainly going to be delighted with hers! Bravo! I love your Aussie shots too, so beautiful! We finally have a little bit of drizzly rain, so needed as plants are dying andtrees are turning anddropping their leaves already. I made a start on my Christmas cards but that is all. Please don't remind me that it's only 12 weeks away.....!

brenda said...

Lovely cards Shaz, the first has to be my favourite with the super image, sadly all too few Christmas cards reflect the true meaning of Christmas nowadays so it's nice to see one that does. Great photos as well.

B x

Debbie Harris said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning from those cards to the views!
That Christmas card is gorgeous,I can see why you reused it from your cards given last year.
Am amazing birthday card! You certainly have a creative mind, just lovely.

How beautiful is the area in which you live, and a wallaby...precious.

Have a most beautiful and blessed day,Shaz ~

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, well done on that birthday card, an amazing job! Beautiful Christmas card too. Next treatment is tomorrow, so all is good. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #6 X

My name is Cindy said...

Oh dear, I hadn't done the math. 12 weeks sounds scarily close!! Lovely projects on your desk this week. and the sea!! Happy WOYWW Cindy #15

Becca Yahrling said...

I love the pretty gold die cut you used as a mat for this majestic Christmas image. Lovely!

Caro said...

Those cards are both beautiful. Love the picture of the wallaby and the sea looks so wonderful. Your lovely card and images arrived this afternoon. Thank you so much, I will have a lot of pleasure out of them. It was incredibly kind of you. Happy WOYWW. Have a lovely week. Love & God Bless, Caro x (#7)

Helen said...

You have been so busy! love the cards, and the Oz shots are fantastic... we've had (much needed) rain here this week so I've been getting wet! have a good week Helen #1

scrAPpamondo said...

How many lovely works!!! Love so much anyone! And I smiled when you tell about mistake on embossed panel.... I too excell in mistakes and so have A LOT OF scraps! :D LOL :D
Beautiful photos !

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful cards and I especially love how you redid the Christmas design into a gorgeous work of art.

Fonda said...

Stopping by to say Happy WOYWW! Fonda

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, loads of wonderful things on your desk today - the mermaid card made me happy!! And I always love seeing the travel pics :-)
Hugs LLJ 4 xxxx

Glenda said...

You certainly have a lot going on my friend. I love your cards and the little mermaid really caught my eye!
Glenda #18

LilArtsyWoman said...

Your beautiful cards are always amazing to view. Great birthday card with the mermaid.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a gorgeous Christmas card Shaz. It's nice to see a card depicting the true meaning of the day.

Thanks for joining in with the Rudolph Days Challenge this month.
Sue DT xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Loving the cards Shaz and the photos are always appreciated. The wallaby looks cute too. Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous pics with us. Hope you have a lovely creative week and a very happy woyww, Angela x13x

StampinCarol said...

Your mermaid card is just adorable! Clever idea with the thread.
Your Joy Christmas card is beautiful! Love the die cut frame!
I always enjoy your scenic pictures. Fun to see places I'll never go!
Have a wonderful week!
Carol N #20

Betsy said...

Happy spring dear Shaz. We're into fall here and although we are still visiting in Nebraska where we had tornado warnings last night and 90F days, a friend called and said that snow is predicted at our house this weekend. I'm definitely NOT ready for snow.
Love your beautiful cards and the Aussie shots, especially the Wallaby are wonderful. I can never get enough of the sea.
Wishing you a lovely day my sweet sister.

loz said...

Great recycled card Shaz. Emily will LOVE the gorgeous card and scene..Loz

Conniecrafter said...

that's great you upcycle your cards, I will have to think about that if I get down to the wire and need some quickly:) Emily's card is too cute, the mermaid works great framed by that die!

Shelly Schmidt said...

How pretty is your upcycled card! How pretty is the mermaid and cute framed die! I have not stopped by for a while- had back surgery in May- life is much better : )

Lillianb said...

Happy Belated WOYWDW

Two great cards and sure Emily will love the mermaid card, Great shots of Australia

Lilian B # 10

craftyani said...

Love the religious C card, people tell me it is getting harder an harder to purchase religious cards. That card for Emily is beautiful, well done hope she likes it. Have a good week. Ani #5

Christine said...

What a really super card! Very clever indeed!
Love what you did with the EF..... must remember this.
I am about to start my C Cards so love the idea of adding recycled cards to diecut backgrounds. I must remember this as well! lol
Have a blessed week
Christine #16

Twiglet said...

Aw - I love the little mermaid card - so cute. No post arrived from Oz yet. Will let you know when it does. Thanks lots. xx Jo

mamapez5 said...

I see you were first to post in the Rudolph Day challenge again. I guess the time difference works in your favour. I Like the image on your card with the pretty gold frame. Well done for not giving up when the first attempt failed. I hate wasting good materials.
I am sure Ellie loved her mermaid card.
The views around your home are beautiful.
We were so glad when the rains came here this month as the land was so brown and parched, but sadly it kept coming and so many folk lost everything they possessed in the localised floods. Our village is well protected and has good drainage now, so we got away so very lightly, but my heart goes out to those who didn't.
Kate xx

Crafting With Jack said...

Fabulous cards and photographs. I wish I could see your views for real.

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely cards and great pics!

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely cards and great pics!

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely traditional Christmas card and how great to upcycle cards from last year rather than have things go to the landfill!
Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.
Carol x

Lindart said...

I love the Mermaid card! That circle fish die is perfect! I also love your Embossalicious Swirls embossing folder - found it on Amazon and it's sold out! Darn! Oh well, great Ozzie pics as usual, love the little Wallabie! Thanks for your visit, have a great week! Lindart #23

loz said...

Hello Shaz. i don't have an electronic cutting machine. The dies came from china. That was the only place I could get them and i have several friends who are chinese/vietnamese..

scrappymo! said...

Your upcycled nativity card turned out great. Will have to remember that trick for when you redo dry embossing!
Your mermaid card is really pretty too.

Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

Dorte said...

Wonderful Christmas card. Thank you for joining in the S and T challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge.
Dorte x

Shoshi said...

My goodness, Shaz, 3 desks! You have been busy, with lots of great results too. Well done you. Thank you for your comment and I'm sorry to be so long replying - been very busy of late and I've got behind with everything. Thank you for your commiserations regarding my benefit application - I am really fed up with them for losing all the info from my assessment and having to do it again - I couldn't believe what I was hearing!! You know I really appreciate your prayers - thank you so much for them. I'm glad you like my slippers! Made a bit more progress on them this week.

Happy belated WOYWW and God bless,
Shoshi #25

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