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, 25 November 2020

Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Challenge, Stencilling Snippets + WOYWW

 Well, yes! predictably it’s Wednesday here, which means WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over here at Julia’s... AND it’s the 25th!

Exactly one month till Christmas!? 

How does that happen? And so it’s the last 2020 Rudolph Day or Christmas challenge at Scrappy Mo’s until the 30th Nov. 

Firstly to my desk on Monday night. At the weekend I was watching Eileen Godwin with her Lavinia videos, using masks and gesso... so as I watched I found myself hunting out masks, gesso and two snippets a strip which became the sunflower and one of the stitched rectangular pieces left from frame making for the holly. 

And oh! did I have fun when I should’ve been doing other things. 

Technique explained:  First ink dusted a base colour with Distress Inks all over on the masked piece allowed it to dry then decided it was too dark, so spritzed it with water and dabbed off with paper towel, finally happy so let it dry again.

So here on my desk I lined up the masks yet again in right spots (not easy!) to add more colours and depth for dimensions. To the holly I added the red pearl drops to great effect. 

This is closer to real colour than card photographs below, too.

 To sunflower added blue watercolour sky. It was longer scrap of card but cut it down for snippets frame made with Scrapdragon 5 x 7” dies set. 

Love these.

Used DI Wild Honey and Mustard Seed on sunflower, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles for the holly leaves. Added Hero Arts prayer set to Sunflower, and Our Daily Bread Stamp set embossed on Christmas card vellum. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6
Each card base top was dry embossed too on one side, a 5 x 7 Courture Creations Christmas folder on prayers , A4 spots on Christmas card, which matched the holly rather well.

Sharing another Christmas card made some weeks back - it’s with the Sweet n Sassy Silhouettes set, like the holly card, using the Christmas tree on this one. Used gold ink stamping on this too. This card adding to Beccy’s challenge along with holly one to help her beat last year’s record entries. 

This is my last pair of cards made with the happy birthday die. It’s two cards for one again.. and they are really really pretty with that glitter silver, which is so flat looking in these photos.
 Is anyone else finding with the new blogger they have to multiple add editing? This is second time I’ve re-edited parts of this post.
AND just a reminder. ..

You can win this die at my tenth Blogaversary blog candy over here! 

This was the card that was supposed to be on last week’s desk, I did get it off in good time along with another early Dec birthday.😊

Onto the Aussie photos today... some to begin with from walk yesterday.

I love paperbark trees or melaleuca.. isn’t it beautiful?
This is down at creek mouth looking over to jetty.
Next are flowers, perhaps some native tucker, I think as common name is sea cabbage, it grows in Sandhills on way to beach, very pretty flower.
These are some white Agapanthus planted down by the creek.
Then when walking up in town..
Here are some crab claw Helaconia, very unusual. Last few are from friends visiting New England district, it’s granite country.
Mushroom rock is a favourite as are the others, very, VERY big rocks.
We lived up there in granite country when young and the big rock formation reminds me of Kangaroo Rocks, which was a five mile walk out of our town. We’d walk out for the day, have a BBQ on the rocks, cooking sausages in a pan on a fire.
We went with friends, then one of parents would come and pick us up. I remember one of the lying down long rocks looked like a thumb and I called it Shaz’s thumb. We named the formations after ourselves 
... of course!😄

Well, that’s it for today. Praying much for all in USA, UK, France and many other countries to be kept safe and for God to watch over all whom you love.

Thanks for popping over and saying hi, am hoping to do better this week in visiting, God willing.
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x 
Thought for the day:
“O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”
God is omniscient, all knowing
God is omnipresent, everywhere present.
God is omnipotent, all powerful.
However God is God, and we may be very sure, our ways are not His ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. 
May we walk always in the light of this.

Linking up with also:
**Word Art Wednesday - anything goes. Both cards
**Christmas cards linked up to new challenge We love Chocolate Baroque, theme is Christmas, used Stamping on greetings on both cards.. and embossing and masking on first card.
*** new challenge “Let’s Squash it!” and it’s using embossing folders, cards with a Christmas theme, see my Christmas card. Not sure if it fits or not .. but linking anyway.


Mrs A. said...

Oh wow Saha, what a lovely selection of cards. I love those last too. The frame looks like lace edging. Very pretty. Your photos of the rocks really come into perspective when you see the small figures. Hope you are keeping well and safe. Hugs Mrs A.

Christine said...

Great selection of cards, I really must try and start mine.... think I may do Happy New Year instead, hope it's happier.
Love the flower photos, Agapanthus growing wild! Marvellous!
God bless you for being a good friend.

Betsy said...

Good Morning dear Shaz. I hope you're feeling better today. You are in my prayers today and every day. I have your name written down so I never, ever forget you. My brain doesn't always cooperate so I have to write everything important down.
Your cards are lovely, especially the sunflower. Gorgeous.
I enjoyed the Aussie pictures too. The rocks are amazing and awe-inspiring. Whenever I see God's handiwork in nature I am always amazed at how people can doubt a Creators existence.
Wishing you a wonderful day and lots of love.

Suze said...

Beautiful set of cards Shaz. I really like the holly stencil you used and the background created with it. I'm looking at those beautiful photos of blue skies while listening to it rain yet again!

Regina said...

I want to visit Australia! Anyway, your cards are so pretty and you do any excellent job of making them eye-catching and beautiful ☺

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow, such amazing array of cards, love especially the sunflower! The holly stencilled background is delightful too! Amazing photos, such stunning places! I read yesterday the name of melaleuca: inside a product I bought there is "honey of melaleuca" and I read is a New Zeland ancient plant, but I didn't know it was a tree, so thanks for sharing, it is so beautiful :)

loz said...

Fantastic cards Shaz. The sunflower is stunning.. Lovely Aussie pic's..Loz

Liz said...

A fabulous selection of cards Shaz, I especially love the sunflower. Thanks for sharing all your photos, what a lovely part of the world. xx

Beccy said...

Beautiful photos Shaz, you live in a lovely part of the world. Agapanthus are one of my favourite flowers, they always create such a lovely display. I've noticed they seem to be blooming later than usual this year. Usually they're out in October but it's only now that the flower heads are forming.

Love your collection of cards. The holly is absolutely beautiful, I really love the technique and will have to try that one. It looks wonderful with the pine trees too, the extra dimension is fabulous.

Sarah Brennan said...

What a cornucopia of gorgeous images, both cards and nature you have shared with us today Shaz. The stencil technique used on the cards is fab. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #?

Helen said...

I love the cards, and your Oz shots are always envious! take care and stay safe. Helen #3

kiwimeskreations said...

Wonderful cards Shaz - that sunflower one is stunning!! Love that embossing folder, and the texture around the edges is gorgeous too.
Those flowers are gorgeous, especially the crab claw one! wonderful rock photos too!
Stay safe

Craftychris said...

Beautiful cards! Adore the sunflower and the Holly. Awesome photos, thank you. Take care and stay safe xxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Fantastic cards! The holly berries seem so real and just pop off the page. I really love the sunflower too, so bright and cheerful. Just perfect for a card. Love the Aussie pics, I remember the paper bark trees when we visited all those years ago!
Hugs LLJ 7 xxx

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz. Lovely card with the holly - I think that is my favourite of them all. Great Aussie shots, too. Those rock formations are something else!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #4

Julia Dunnit said...

Golly, those are big rocks! Love the idea of naming them after yourselves, and why wouldn’t you! Happy days! Lovely a Christmas cards again, I’m pleased to read that you were sidetracked by watching the video, it’s a sure sign that your inspiration was up for it. Lovely results too. The dry embossing on the sunflower particularly struck me. Aren’t those frame dies useful. Argh, you’re making me think!!
Stay well girlfriend.

Glenda said...

Beautiful cards my friend. And as always the scenery photos are to die for. You have such beauty all around you and I always love to see what you see!

Annie said...

Really love all the cards you've been making especially the sunflower one. Those rocks are impressive and the flowers , as always are really beautiful.
Annie x #15

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, amazing selection of cards this week. I'm another huge fan of Eileen Godwin, she makes such stunning cards, and makes it all look so easy. She was also, along with you, one of my first followers. Met her at a local workshop a couple of years ago, such a lovely lady IRL too. Always a pleasure to see your scenic & floral photos, such beauty. Have a lovely week, Stay safe, Hugs, Shaz #10 X

Spyder said...

O M Goodness!! what big rocks you have! Lovely pictures!...will we ever be able to travel again? I love the holly stencil,never bought the pastey stuff a bit above my price range. Son in law bought some gold stuff, beautiful Christmas card with a golden glitter Christmas tree! Nearly gave in, but the paste cost him £8.99 six years ago! And he only made four cards. Happy WOYWW?! Stay Safe
Lyn #24

Anne said...

Such gorgeous cards Shaz! You did have fun!!!! I love your plants too, so beautiful and your Aussie shots are delightful!xx

StampinCarol said...

Absolutely LOVE that stenciled background and the sunflower card! But all your cards are fabulous!
I really enjoy your scenery photos. So different than what we have here.
Hope you have a most wonderful and blessed week!
Carol N #28

Dotty Jo said...

Your cards and pictures are lovely, Shaz, and I've really enjoyed my visit to your blog. I'm not quite sure which card you're entering for Let's Squash It! as we're an embossing folder challenge blog. Anyhooo, have a happy day and keep crafting, Jo x

mamapez5 said...

What a lovely mix of Christmas cards, Birthday cards and scenic photos. I enjoyed them all. I came here from the Rudolph day Challenge, and I love the all-over holly card. Such pretty colours. Actually that gorgeous sunflower is what really caught my eye. Kate x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I do love it when we get side tracked leaving us hunting for our forgotten stash, there is always a remarkable make just waiting to be made. Lovely dimension on those berries but the sunflower is especially amazing Shaz. Beautiful makes all round you always have something special to share.
Stay safe & happy woyww Tracey 12 xx

Crafty in the Med said...

Amazing set of really beautiful cards!! They are all so nice it would be difficult to choose from all these lovelies!! Thank you for sharing these photos of I presume where you live. Those rocks are so impressive! Keep well Amanda x

ionabunny said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for joining the fun at Let's Squash It! Hugz

Jenny L said...

Hi shaz,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Your cards are brilliantly designed wonderful stencilling and embossing used too.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, the cards are gorgeous. Love how you've used the stencils too. Great photographs, amazing landscape. Wishing you a lovely creative week and a happy woyww, Angela x17x

Conniecrafter said...

Your cards are just gorgeous, I love the effect that you achieved on the holly leaves, such pretty variations in the color!
The sunflower is so pretty with it's coloring too and love the embossed framing.
You did a beautiful job with the trees too and like how the sentiment fits in there perfectly!
That silver glitter card just makes the birthday cards that extra special!!
So glad you are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

LesleyG said...

Wow you have been busy.....beautiful cards and gorgeous pictures xxx

Susan Renshaw said...

I love paperbark trees too!
That holly stencil is beautiful and your cards gorgeous!
Happy WOYWW!
Susan Renshaw #26
Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

Susan Renshaw said...

How often do I forget Rudolph Day?
Happy WOYWW!
Susan Renshaw #26
Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

Twiglet said...

You make such wonderful cards Shaz - I love the little page of holly leaves. Your photos are stunning - it's like having my own personal tour - and cheers me up to see sunshine and sea. xx Jo

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Lovely cards and very interesting photographs! Have a good day!

Crafting With Jack said...

Lovely cards Shaz and gorgeous photographs of God’s creations. Those rocks are amazing, that mushroom one looks a little dangerous ! I tried to find the blue Sea Cabbage one, so I could have a closer look at those flowers, but no luck. Hoping you are well and wishing you a great and Blessed week x Angela #25

Chana Malkah said...

My goodness, these are all amazing and beautifully crafted! I love the Poinsettia card!

G-d's handiwork is truly amazing! Thanks for sharing these magnificent photos!

Chana Malkah #32

linda said...

oooh, I love the holly with the bright red dimensional berries on this beautiful Christmas card! thank you so much for sharing with the last 2020 Rudolph Days Challenge.
Rudolph Days DT

Ellie said...

ohh wow you have been so crafty and made such gorgeous projects. That holly stencilling is so effective
Ellie #31

Di said...

Wonderful cards Shaz - especially your snippets entry. So cheerful! Loving all the photos as always too!


Di xx

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

your cards are lovely. I appreciate what you said on Betsy's post about USA and Trump. We keep praying all will go well and that he still will be in charge for 4 more years. My husband and I were talking about that while we were out walking. As always, God has a plan and we will move forward through different times, like this year. Sometimes it feels like we live in a different country as we can't do various things any more. So far, no indoor dining at restaurants and some places are going out of business due not making enough money to be strong and open. We are a free country, and many have fought for it and we need to keep it that way. I enjoy making cards with my photos. I did some recently for Christmas cards to close friends and family. I liked reading two of your posts . Keep up the good work. ...came here from Betsy's blog post....God bless you and family!
Becky Lowmaster

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