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, 9 October 2019

Distress Oxides Stencil Layering for Christmas + WOYWW

Yess! It’s Wednesday so time for WOYWW again or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday? Over to Queen of Deskland - Julia of the Stamping Ground. My desk today..
Hope to make another batch of cards, since Christmas pile needs a boost. Saw this idea on last week’s Scrappy Mo challenge with brusho backgrounds so late night pulled out some biscuit packet with white backing and sprinkled, spritzed and splattered result nice bright backgrounds, two more subdued on left out of photo. Three masks are washed in cases waiting to go away showing them on next desk. Tiny white scribbled paper on top of right side stencils? Card ideas.
So here I using an idea I saw over at Sarah’s craft shed last week, not her WOYWW post but one before, I often wander around when doing WOYWW, only time being a sticky beak isn’t bad manners.😁 Sarah used Oxides, beautifully layered with masking for background. Added embossed gold images. I thought Christmas cards. Yes! wild tangent, but that’s me! Layered colours three blue DOxides, needed deep blue, tried regular DI chipped sapphire. Worked just fine. Mask colour was citron oxide, with three stencils.
NOTE TO SELF: don’t seal Oxides before heat Embossing. Seal Oxides with hairspray or micro distress glaze, to make colours pop. But one I accidentally did it before Stamping and embossed ugh! Powder everywhere shouldn’t be! Turned out kinda ok but lots of work.
Finished cards, set of 4, the stamps are Stampendous Glory to God wood moubt, bought with Marilyn in Florida last Sept, nativity stamp is quite old wood mount stamp. Used my stamp-ma-jig to position them. Not going to mess up after that!
Aussie photos are from today! I went to our botanic gardens with a friend, so nice. So sharing some of our amazing plants.
Below Gymea Lily with a Waratah tree above it, Waratah Tree close up.
These are Clivia, and Lily pond with a tortured willow in front of it, it was shaped like a little cubby size for little people. Yes, I could fit in it!

Next two photos are from family travelling in Victoria.. first is silo paintings on the silo art trail down there, amazing pencil-like black and white drawings. Next garden bed with some stocks in Gardens there in central Vic. They’ve not had severe drought of elsewhere so family enjoyed visit thus far.
Pray you’re all well, and thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat. May God richly bless you wherever you maybe!
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for Today
These photos were taken this week, if you put a pin in the middle of NSW, you’d probably land near Gunnedah where these were taken.
I’m praying for Darryn & Michelle  Phinn and their family at Carol, who’ve been living, breathing in this dust, parched landscape - day after day. That’s dust storm on horizon, with willy-willy in one of photos. 
PRAY please for Darryn & Michelle, for relief with rain. 
Praying also for Rappville , a small town three hours north west of us.
There were 30 homes lost last night in bushfire, nearly the whole town gone, including village hall. Incredibly it looks like it was deliberately lit. So sad.
Why do sad things happen? Jesus' answer to this question was this:
God sees what we cannot, "His way is perfect", and "He will perfect that which concerneth me", and you, as we seek Him. 
Blessings, dear ones, I pray for you in your burdens.
“Our Heavenly Father knoweth.” “He careth for you”.

Also joining over with:
2. Christmas card


Cathy said...

Lovely Christmas cards in the making Shaz, great pics too. We all desperately need rain don't we! Take care, Cathy x

Helen said...

Hi shaz always a great post from you. Have a good week. Helen #2

Fonda said...

Just stopping by to say hi, fellow deskie! Fonda #9

Kath said...

Fabulous cards and lovely background.
Kath x

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, thank you so much for the card, really appreciated it! Almost at the end now, just one tomorrow, then one more in two weeks. Loving the cards, the colours are stunning! Must try that with the stencils. Have a hundred & one ideas in my head to try when my brain is working properly! Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #7 X

Betsy said...

Good morning dear Shaz. What gorgeous cards today. The blue is stunning. Your Aussie shots of the flowers are pretty too. My husbands company manufactures the grain silos so I will be sure and show him that photo. :-)
My prayers are with all of you and the horrible dryness and fires. May God in his great mercy send rain and heal the land.
Blessings always my dear friend.

Neet said...

I often wonder when I see that a fire has been started deliberately 'did the person really mean to do this damage or was it just a moment of madness'. How awful for Rappville to be devastated like that. I do hope that it turns out to be accidental. If it was deliberate the person who did it obviously needs help in some form. My heart goes out to you all, especially as we are having so much rain and I am thinking that you are heading into spring and summer with even less chance of rain. At times like this we should be thankful we don't experience this type of thing and be glad for the green we are surrounded by.
Love the other photos of oz - especially the silo paintings. Do you mean there are lots of silos all painted in a similar way? Wow, such beautiful work.
You have been creating beautiful cards once again. I always remember how much I admired your work when I first began commenting on it. I think that is what drew me to you in the first place - and then we had that wonderful opportunity to meet up
God works in a mysterious way doesn't He. He brought you to me and I am so thankful.
God Bless
Neet 6 xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Great makes, so creative, love how you recycled the cardboard! Fabulous blue tones for your Christmas cards!!! Lovely photos and so very sorry for the last two situations. May God hear the prayers and send rain and blessings on them

StampinCarol said...

Your cards are just gorgeous! Love the brusho papers!
My heart just breaks for the drought and loss in your country. Praying for rain.
Have a great week!
Carol N #21

Lunch Lady Jan said...

It's so sad to see the devastation that a drought can cause - as for the mindless idiots who started the fire, words fail me. I hope they get caught. Lovely pics of the plants, I remember most of those when we visited! I do love that blue for the Christmas cards, something a little different!
Hugs LLJ 5 xxx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards, love the technique too. Nature isn't always fair, they praying for rain and we've had flooding, hopefully it will sort itself. Wishing you a very happy creative woyww, Angela x14x

Liz said...

Beautiful cards, Shaz, the backgrounds are stunning. Thinking of everyone needing rain so badly, hope the rain comes soon. xx

Heather Marshall said...

Hi Shaz, beautiful cards - I must look up the post on Sarah's blog. I haven't been around for a couple of months, but I have done a little craft shopping ... and I bought the wonky stitches dies that I've seen you use a couple of times, so I'm looking forward to using them.

I hope you do get some rain soon - so sad that we have too much, and you don't have enough. That's distressing about the village being wiped out like that. I hope they manage to rebuild and keep the community together. Have a lovely week, God bless, Heather xx #28

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hi Shaz, I love the masking technique it always makes flat cards look so classy. I use this on many of my cards as well as journal pages. Super cards, you are doing so well adding to your Christmas makes.
Lovely flower photo's, i'm already thinking of my garden and a little bit of landscaping for next spring. That silo is the best I have ever seen!
So sad to read of the bush fires, devastating... if only we could have blown over some of our heavy rains over to help put them out quicker.
Keeping those that have lost in my thoughts..
Take good care of yourself WoywW Hugs Tracey #11

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous backgrounds for your lovely stamping!
The botanical pictures are just lovely!
I can't even imagine trying to draw on something so large, they did great on those silos!

Sarah Brennan said...

So glad you found my post helpful Shaz. Love what you did with the technique. Here's praying for an end to this awful drought soon. Happy belated WOYWW. Sarah #4

Glenda said...

Beautiful Christmas cards my friend! I am always enjoying your landscape and floral photos of your area. We have been needing rain in too but not as bad as those photos...we recently had a couple days of rain showers and am so thankful. God is good!
Happy WOYWW Glenda #10

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz. Sorry I'm late. Lovely, lovely cards today - and some great shots of your flowers. I have some clivia plants. Unfortunately, the parent plant (almost 80 years old) died earlier this year - but I still have some of its offspring!!
Such heartbreak and devastation in your land. May our Father in Heaven be merciful and gracious unto you.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #3

Anne said...

Stunning cards, love the deep rich colours! Great technique! Super photos but oh so sad to see the barren ground. We remeber Australia in our prayers each day xx

Pia S said...

Beautiful rich blue backgrounds, so pretty with the subtle stenciling and the golden stamped sentiment and image. Great design idea for making more cards than one.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love the colours you have been using ! I tend to turn to blue or green! Loved seeing the flowers! So sad about the drout - it certainly is such a contrast! Chrisx 30

loz said...

Beautiful cards Shaz. We all make mistakes and hopefully learn from them. i LOVE the painting on the silo..Loz

kiwimeskreations said...

What stunning cards Shaz - a great reward for your 'snooping' :) and thanks for the tip - it's great to learn these things before we do them!
Have been praying for the Aus drought and those affected.
Loving the photos

sandra de said...

Hello Shaz, what beautiful photos and gorgeous cards (once again). I am with you in pray for our rural cousins. Visited family in Narromine and Dubbo over the long weekend and was saddened to see how bad things are for farmers. Always lovely to see the beautiful part of your world. His creation is amazing.

Caro said...

Those Christmas cards are stunning, what a wonderful idea for beautiful cards... simple but elegant! I am praying for the farmers. Sorry for the late visit, but life has got a little out of hand this week. Hope you are having a good week. Caro x (#8)

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