Thursday 26 January 2023

Oxides Relief with Altenew Beautiful Bergenia 3D Embossing Folder + WOYWW

(Warning - photo heavy post)

Well, blink and tis almost month’s end! Today is also Australia Day. Certainly sunshine meant a good beach day, but not for me. I will say though I love Australia & believe I’m most blessed of God to live where I do!

A day late, but I’m joining in WOYWW (do join in please here at Julia’s, and bring a late note like me) πŸ˜‚. Have so much unshared on blog. Before Christmas I made gift sets of cards so sharing some here.

The beautiful folder is a NBUS Altenew beautiful bergenia 3D EF (a link here) but kinda my technique. Technique done many times but this time I tried it Distess Oxides just to see if it worked. As desk shows I did lots of scraps in the many shades. THEN tried DOX after using the dye inks. 

Technique- smooch all over top surface of EF with chosen ink, inked three times, and emboss each time, without shifting the folder on bottom side

I also lightly water spritzed the last smooch to activate the oxide, pop the colour and even out the tones. 

I chose top side to ink up but optional (I marked it too as annoyingly Altenew hadn’t labelled this one, so mix up is easy. Usually named side is top but not always).  

Here are some of the cards I made back in November, and some for next months birthday, some are explained underneath.

Used DOX Duck-egg blue. Verse a digi of own creation. Favourite of Ps 37 below is DOX Lemonade. Green is Aridondack. Simon Says greeting hugs prayers, just for you, Kaisercraft I think.. 

The two scenes are ancient brayered pieces in my snippets drawer. Stampscapes used on NBUS EF canvas + HB stamp first outing, as is die from Scrappy Mo's Candy when had heart attack June 2020. EF is Dot Matrix, Sympathy die is Elizabeth Craft Design poss disc.?

These are two birthday cards made with TH Rock candy with DST on top of cut down old birthday card tops. Now done all Feb cards. Many male and others not shared yet. Last card, a batik technique shared link in post below, with recipe, HB is from top edger die set like the Thinking of You used on previous card.

Now to Aust photos, today truly was as beautiful as this one, taken a fortnight ago.

Second photo is bird box is a nesting box for Eastern Rosellas, one of them is at the side, waiting to pop back in box, bit blurry cos I was in a hurry, was inside, taken through door screen too. Last count four babies inside, fluffballs, not fledged yet, acc to family. They’ve had about eight couples nest in it, I think this is Ross and Ella no 8. Underneath sharing pineapple will add second photo tomorrow in daylight as it’s much bigger now.. 

These two stunning creations are Hibiscus Harlequin Beetles, they are sucking insects so not altogether good for the health of the plant, but I still wouldn't kill them.

It's a friend's photo in Sydney yesterday on an early morning walk, on FB. Have seen them but not common.

Many thanks for popping over especially if you have time for a chat.

God's blessing in all things,

Prayer hugs,  Shaz in Oz.x

Thought of the Day:

These are the verses preached on 1st Feb 1788, closest to 26th Jan 1788 when they landed. Aust is very diverse and multicultural, we are very blessed of God. Richard Johnson was the first fleet’s chaplain, he was most grateful to God for His great mercy in bringing them safely through such a long and hazardous journey. 

I’m amazed at the bravery of all immigrants in all generations, including, in Bible times, Abraham who left in obedience to God’s command and he knew not whither he went. 

So it is really for us all today!

We might know our name, our address, etc. but we really DO NOT KNOW what a day will bring forth - that’s why THE Anchor that these verses speak of is so VERY IMPORTANT. 

A very wise servant of the Living God was the Rev. Richard Johnson, his choice was truly an Anchor for every single Australian (& for us all), no matter origins of birth, for 1788 and in 2023. 

Psalm 116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me? 

13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

Richard Johnson was a grateful minister and worshipper on that first Sunday in February. He would have felt that both he and all those in the First Fleet had so much for which to be thankful to God.” Quote is linked to source.

Linking over to the following:

1.  WAW Word Art Wednesday - ANYTHING Goes. Three Altenew cards, Stampscapes and pink Rock candy birthday card. 

2. NBUS Challenge - the following cards  - the three Bergenia cards, the two brayered cards. NBUS listed on post with cards.

3 Snippets playground -    All cards have items from snippets drawer it’s hard, but think the oldest snippet wins and that’s the brayered Stampscapes card, it has multiple snippets all but base in reality.

4. Allsorts Challenge - Spots and/ or stripes. I think dots are also spots 😊 used the TH Dot matrix EF used on the sunset sympathy card with deer silhouette.  Image die is a VERY LARGE DOT silhouette πŸ˜‚.

5. Simon Says Monday challenge  Beautiful Blooms - all three Embossed Altenew EF cards.

6. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes. - Sympathy card, Stampscapes card, Lemonade DOX EF card, Batik technique birthday card, Humming Bird birthday card


  1. So many beautiful cards (and photos). Your card for the challenge is very serene and perfect for a sympathy card. Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

  2. Marvelous cards - you have been busy! The sympathy card is beautifully CAS. Thank you so much for playing along with the Spots and/or Stripes challenge at Allsorts.

  3. A lovely collection of cards.
    Thanks for submitting the Stampscapes card as your snippets homework. xxx

  4. I am glad I came back to check - you snuck in there! Love the cards you've been making. The roses look beautiful. Happy WOYWW Helen #2

  5. Gorgeous cards Shaz! I adore the snippets card as it's so ethereal. Also love your bergenia cards too (common name is 'elephant ears' from my serious gardening days). LOVE that shade of lemony yellow Distress Oxide!
    Di xx

  6. Great cards and photographs Shaz. I am going to try that technique. Do you do it three times to increase the depth of colour? Have a great weekend. Angela #12

  7. Sorry I'm so late getting round and hope the rest of your week is full of great crafting time. I am loving those cards with the Altenew flowers they are gorgeous. Hope you're doing okay too. Wishing you a very happy belated woyww. Hugs Angela x10x

  8. Happy australia day! your've really made the most form that folder! its never to late to be wednesday around here!
    Robyn 3

  9. What a great embossing folder! So pretty!
    Lovely cards all!
    Beautiful photos, and I'm curious how your pineapple tastes, once it is ripe!
    Have a great day/evening!

  10. Oh Shaz what a beautiful selection of cards - you are an incredible artist!
    Today has been windy and rather wet as we have a warm and wet front coming down from the tropics - not quite an ex-tropical cyclone, but it has put a damper on the Anniversary (long) weekend we are having... especially for those further north. Does mean I don't have to water gardens :)

  11. Another bumper post of craftiness and local scenery Shaz, thanks so much for sharing. Take care.

    B x

  12. So glad I checked back and found your lovely post full of crafty goodness. The cards are amazing and I will try that technique with the Oxides. I love the photos too, and oh those beetles, aren't they glorious!
    Hope you have a great week,
    Diana xx #15

  13. The cards are all lovely and I do so love seeing your Aussie shots. I keep you in my prayers. Happy belated WOYWW. Take care of yourself, with love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#17)

  14. A gorgeous collection of cards, Shaz and thanks for sharing the photos. The beetles are amazing, what fabulous colours. xx

  15. I like all of those gorgeous flower cards. That is a technique I really must try. Not sure I would like to meet those colourful bugs in the last picture.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  16. Stunning embossed cards Shaz..Loz

  17. I am loving your inked up embossing Sharon, but what I love even more is how you used them. Your cards are stunning! The ocean scene card is so serene, like looking out a window watching the ocean. Love the sky colors of the sympathy card, so pretty, so calming. The cards that sparkle is gorgeous, is the sparkle the rock candy? Don't even know what rock candy is. LOL But I know these are gorgeous cards! I love the colors in the last card, so beautiful. I am yearning for summer, even more after seeing your photo, looks so beautiful there. That bird is so sweet looking, nice that you have a home for his/her family! Yum, that pineapple looks so yummy!!! Wow, those beetles have beautiful coloring. I can't get over the color they have. Hope you are doing well Sharon, feeling well. Hugs, Brenda

  18. Hi Shaz! So many fabulous creations and photos!! You have been very busy! Your triple inking/embossing works so well, I have to try, thank you for sharing your technique! That 3D Ef if fabulous too! All your cards looks so striking and especially love the last one with that amazing frame and the vibrant fresh colours!
    Those beetles look amazing, Nature is always the most talented Artist, isn't it? :)
    Hugs and prayers!

  19. Your cards are gorgeous, that EF technique is gorgeous!

  20. I love that technique with embossing folders, it looks especially pretty with the 3D folder, I like how you only used bits of it too! Beautiful scene cards also, love the framing of the first one! Lovely recycling of the bunch, and such a lovely frame on the last card.
    Your pictures just warm me and get me excited for spring to come!

  21. First of all congratulations on the babies. How lucky are you! The |Rosella looks like an interesting bird, love the touch of red. Isn't Mother Nature wonderful to grant you something like this to watch the progress of.
    Love the colour of the beetles but not sure I would like to see the irl - reminds me of some we saw in the bedroom in the Canaries and I was not happy.
    Your cards are spectacular. I would be hard pressed to choose a favourite or even favourite two or three, they are all so beautiful. But I remember all those years ago how I was drawn to your card making skills.
    Spoke with lil Sis the other day and she was thrilled to receive a card from you. She said she was going to write and thank you. Things are not good, progress is very slow and I just wish I could be closer to them but too old to travel all that way now. Thank you so much Shaz, you are so kind.
    Hope your own health is fine at the moment, thinking of you
    God Bless, Neet xx


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