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, 13 October 2021

Alcohol Ink meets Acetate + WOYWW, NBUS! Snippets.

 Yes, it’s Wednesday again and popping in with a desky share + all the cards made of late - especially a "new to me" technique!

Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE ๐Ÿ˜ at Julia's … today’s is full of inky fun, with alcohol inks. Watched this video here by Jennifer McGuire on alcohol inks + acetate, so playtime fun! Alcohol inks arranged them in colour categories and scrap pieces of acetate, all but one piece from packaging, ie throw out acetate. This desk shows a large package piece, it’s covered all over with a mixture of traditional Christmas colours. 
Don’t have a proper red so mixed it with adding colours, ie yellow to burgundy, some golden sheen from gold and same with proper Christmas green. Basically use what have.. added pearl mixative + blending fluid. If don’t like a section clean it off and start again. I wanted a good mix as planning to use it with die cuts on cards, an example below.

TIP: *turn it over to shiny bottom of acetate for best effect. That's what I did for all if them. 
*IRL this is MUCH more vibrant, golden sheen on it not showing. 
*If using silver mixative, the pearl mixative use sparingly away from silver, it dulls it.

Cards made, the first is with Christmas coloured piece, snippets, acetate, gold, printed WAW verse from years ago. NBUS is acetate technique.. nativity die is CCD, SB ovals, EF Couture Creations Disc.

There are other cards sent to missionaries for birthday, they are with variety of colours. There are at top three show colour combos together, one incomplete. Under the acetate was laid a piece of pre-embossed silver card.
Tried to use colours that go together, have two more made but not photographed. Verse is unmounted unknown brand from eBay, gold inked embossed.  Die is Simon Says "Etched Laurel Leaves".
Top photo is how I mixed the colour on these Christmas cards, it was pearlised silver Designer paper print and just added ink on top, have made another batch of these cards, shared last time, post below. As you can see it lightens and smooths out as it dries.
These Christmas cards were similar to ones in post below. This one however shows a stamped MB ornament + Prickly Pear nativity stamp, side gold distressed embossed piece is Sizzix Botanical 3D EF. Verse 1990s wood mount.

Now made 42 Christmas cards, aiming for 60, ideally 70 by end of Oct. Give some away, so mail them first. Also try to mail in Nov. Our post prices have really gone up for overseas, if yesterday’s were anything to go on! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Here is a very special birthday card, I have made it before, with Cheery Lynn Choochoo die + MB landscape die. Recipe here, every bit of this card, with the exception of the black base is recycled cardstock, cereal boxes, etc. painted and coloured all of them, so LOADS of SNIPPETS, as is first Christmas one. Not sure which to pick, prob this...

Now to Aussie photos. Our garden has continued its abundance of blooms!
This rose is incredibly rare, grown roses here since 1974, but never seen a Siamese twin before like this, had its own conjoined stem, as well as flower bud. Called Firefighter, cross between Papa Meillan + Mr Lincoln - a stunning, fragrant red rose. Raised money for Rural Firefighters or RFS, hence name.
Last two are tranquil skies, reflected water and skies are such a beautiful combo, this is 5 mins from my home. So very blessed of God by His creation.
Well, that’s it for today, hope this finds you well, I’m on improve hopefully after problem molar extraction.

 Thanks for visiting especially, if you have time for a chat, I'll do my best to reciprocate, but mobile is bit tricky. 

Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the day:

A firm atheist was CS Lewis. THEN God opened Lewis’ eyes to TRUTH - of Salvation by faith in the LORD Jesus Christ. He then became one of the greatest exponents of Christianity in his day.

Just think - IF we could get to heaven by being good, doing it our way, then why did Jesus die?

Why suffer death upon the cross for our sins and the sins of the whole world? Why? Because there was no other perfect substitute to pay for the price of  our sin with His blood.

Latest post on Wonderful Words of life is here, excerpt below.

“ If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 

Luke 11:9-13



NEVER forget the GOD FACTOR in our every day!

The LORD alone can bring good out of evil...”

Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. three NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff
 1. Technique - on first Christ card 2. Die Simon says laurel leaf die cards 1 and 2.
3. Snippets cards, two main snippets cards are first and last still not sure which to upload!
4. Embellishments at Allsorts- the Embellies are on Christmas card acetate, bling on star, and blings on stars on inky card on second set of Christmas cards.
5. crafty hazelnuts Christmas card challenge, all Christmas cards.
Patterned paper is the white DSP silver card, I inked up with Christmas star card.


Diana Taylor said...

Wow Shaz, your cards are fabulous - I love the effects you've achieved with the Alcohol inks and how satisfying (and economical) to use packaging - I shall start looking at it differently from now on! The double headed rose is something I've never seen before, how unusual and what a stunning colour - and doubly lovely for raising money for a good cause too. Glad to hear you are getting over your dental extraction, hope your improvement continues.
Have a good week,
Diana xx #7

cass said...

Pretty Christmas cards. Thanks for joining us at the CHNC Christmas Weekly this week for our Anything Goes, with the option to have the Sentiment as the focus challenge.

Ali Wade Designs said...

Happy WOYWW. I love the alcohol inks on acetate, and then using that on cards. Will have a go myself. The birthday card with the mountain background really caught my eye. Just my sort of style. Ali x #14

Neet said...

Such beautiful cards, I love the one inspired by the acetate of ~ennifer McGuire. Not sure who makes that nativity scene die but I definitely want one for my cards this year and if you don't mind I would love to make them similar to yours.
Thanks for the photos, gorgeous roses and tranquil waters - a beautiful combination from above.
Blessings, Neet 4 xx

Helen said...

Amazing cards even on a tiny phone screen!! I never use my alcohol inks , I should get rid really . Have a fab week . Helen #2

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Love the effect of the alcohol inks on acetate - and then you took them to the next level making those beautiful cards. Happy WOYWW! xx zsuzsa #17

Crafting With Jack said...

Love both the Charlie Brown image and the CS Lewis one. He said something like “By the time we get to Heaven we shall probably be dusty and dirty from our falls, but the water will be hot and the towels out for us.”
Love your cards,my ou have been busy. Happy WOYWW Angela #9

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I adore the glorious colours in the first pic - they could be autumnal but also Christmassy! A great economical way of using up what you already have in your stash. The cards are fantastic, I’ love the silvery embossed background, you have such a great eye for pattern and colour.
Hugs LLJ 5 xx

Christine said...

Love those alcohol inks, on acetate . . . hmmmm! might have to try that, I am using them as per MaryAnne - on foil . . .
Yet to start on my C cards, I have the boxes out ready . . . .
Take care
Sending blessing for good health over to you
Christine #22

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz. I've not done anything with alcohol ink for ages and it makes such lovely backgrounds. I really must get them out again soon......hopefully. You are truly a card factory all on your own! that is some cards, think I've made eight so far. I have never seen a rose like that before! Lovely photographs too. Hope you're keeping well. Wishing you a lovely creative woyww with hugs, Angela x13x

Lynnecrafts said...

Lovely colours in your cards. I'm trying to avoid the C word, but they are pretty. Loved your train card, too. Very clean lines.
Beautiful photo of skies at your nearby waterfront.
Take care and happy WOYWW
Lynnecrafts 10

brenda said...

Alcohol inks do make great backgrounds on acetate don't they Shaz. Have you tried them on fin silver glitter card, another fantastic finish but softer.

Great cards, Roses and post, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts 'Embellish It' theme this week.

B x

Betsy said...

Beautiful cards as always my dear Shaz. What a joy to hear that you're getting over your dental woes. The rose(s) are beautiful and so are your Aussie photos.
We have been watching the show "The Chosen" the past few nights and it is really moving and realistic.
Take care my dear friend.
Blessings and hugs,

Spyder said...

Yes! Brilliant Video- I have already watched it about a month ago, I think my comment is still at the top. Believe it or not, I haven't got any alcohol ink so that's been on my wish list for some time now. Thanks for the reminder to add it again to my never ending list! Happy WOYWW? Keep Crafting! Stay Safe. ((Lyn))#18

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz .. love how you have mixed your inky backgrounds. I am just getting into distress products myself and it is great fun experimenting. Thanks for joking us at Allsorts Challenge this week
Pauline x

loz said...

Gorgeous cards and colours shaz...beautiful roses..loz

Karen Letchworth said...

Such wonderful cards, Shaz. Thanks SO much for sharing your wonderful art and creativity with us at Word Art Wednesday. God is SO good, and I praise Him for the art and love you share with us.
Word Art Wednesday

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

Shaz, your cards look so beautiful! I enjoy reading your post and enjoyed the words written by C.S. Lewis and cartoon of Charlie Brown. If I remember correctly, JRR Tolkien helped CS Lewis know about God. Interesting life then and now! Have a good day!

Susan Renshaw said...

These cards are all fabulous!
I must try the alcohol inks on acetate - you have got brilliant results!
Happy WOYWW!
Stay safe and keep well!
Susan #16
Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

Sarah Brennan said...

What a beautiful selection of cards Shaz. I particularly love the embossed backgrounds with the partially covered acetate in front and the leaf die cuts. Thanks for the visit. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh my goodness Shaz your cards are amazing.. You really do some exquisite work. That alcohol on acetate looks lots of fun - Thanks for the link to the video.
Stay safe precious sister

Sarn said...

Hi Shaz

What a lovely collection of cards you've shown in this post.
I've skipped over from the Snippets Playground, so I'm particularly commenting on those. Great use of your recycled snippets - cute train.

I've still got some hot chocolate on the go - but perhaps you don't need to warm up in your part of the world? Come and have some anyway!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Anne said...

Someone has been getting very inky!!! Did you put gloves on or are your hands now multicoloured?!!! :D Your cards are fabulous, you make so many! I struggle each year to make around 35! Your roses are gorgeous, scenery breathtaking and I love the CS Lewis quote, oh so true!

Ellibelle said...

Each one so beautifully done! I need to give alcohol inks a try, I think I've only done it once at a card class when I first started stamping which was close to 20 years ago. Loving each one of your creations and your flowers are so pretty!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge!

Lillianb said...

Smashing cards and all have theme, well done, Love the roses and the Siamese rose is stunning something I have never seen .

great pictures,

Take care and stay safe, Lilian B #11

Hazel said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 563 also for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper October challenge - I hope to see you again soon. x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow Shaz, you have been so busy!! How many cards!!
LOVE your acetate with alcohol inks, thanks for sharing! And such clever idea the silver embossed panels under the acetate! Love the design of the Christmas cards, they all look gorgeous and the train card is so cute!
Amazing roses from your garden, the siamese twin is stunning!!
Glad you are feeling better! :)
Big hugs and prayers!

Darnell said...

Hi Shaz! First of all, wonderful news about getting that painful tooth removed! Second, as always, thank you for a ton of amazing inspiration in this post, both your cards and your photos! Visiting is like walking through a gallery! I want to shove everything off my desk and play with AI and acetate!! I love, love, love the way you added the embossed metallic behind the backgrounds you created; each design is better than the next! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Lots of love and hugs, Darnell

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, a stunning inky creation for the background on the Christmas cards, hope all is well in your neck of the woods, we have already had air rescue around since re-opening to people from Sydney, we are still under lockdown as have not had two vaccines, my second is this week then two weeks before I can be out. Have a wonderful week... Megan

Di said...

I love each and every card - as always dear Shaz! Mind you, your chosen snippets one does have a bit of an edge :)


Di xx

Shoshi said...

As always, Shaz, your thoughts at the end of your posts are so good, so thought provoking and true. Jesus IS the only Way! I absolutely love your cards this week, and nice to see Jennifer's acetate/alcohol ink technique. She is such a good teacher and I love her tips, and her gorgeous cards too. I particularly love how you have put silver embossed card behind the inked acetate - so effective. Definitely soething to try. I've got that embossing folder but I haven't used it yet.

Thank you for your lovely comment, and I remember Jennifer sayin that her hubby invented Press 'n Seal. It was on her YouTube channel that I first saw this stuff being used and I bought a roll at the time, but until recently haven't used it much. It does make life a lot easier when arranging lots of different elements!

Happy belated WOYWW and God bless,
Shoshi x #15

Brenda said...

Love that panel of acetate with those gorgeous colors of alcohol inks sis! Sorry, have been so behind with commenting these days. This is just gorgeous and the nativity card made from it is just stunning! I also love the next ones, so beautiful and very striking. The embossing takes it to the next level! Love the inking on the pattern paper-I need to look to see if I have any that I could ink up. Makes a beautiful card! I love the embossed gold panel cards with the ornament, they are gorgeous too-I'm in love with them! Will have to try and cas these, so love the design. The train card is adorable, I love the happy cake day sentiment and of course the scene you created is so fun. Beautiful roses, and I never tire of your water views. Hugs & blessings, Brenda

Hazel said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 565 also for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper October challenge - I hope to see you again soon. x

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