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 7 February 2024

Male cards Shells 3D Embossing multi technique + Serviette Card + WOYWW + Snippets

 Warning- photo overload... again!

Well, true to my promise (or hopeful promise), this is my next monthly post! And believe you me, WARNING - loads of cards here, mostly so I remember what I've done! Lots of male cards early in year so try to use one idea as leaping off point, this time every card is different. Link each of techniques used. Several desks to share at Julia's WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Desk one with gessoed embossed foil (see link here) Don't have gesso so used watered down texture paste, worked just fine. The 3D EF was bought from Poppy Stamps, but was originally Sizzix 3D EF, both called "Shells". Male cards for 2024 but are different techniques so far! From this technique I learnt how to lightly brayer a fine layer of gold acrylic paint, so used it on a number of various techniques as the gold highlights it beautifully. NOTE: first time I did it made gold layer too thick. It's not shown in video technique, but prayer with trial and error won out. Don't give up too soon on a technique - I've learnt the hard way.
Desk 2 shows the embossed watercolour with DI then brayered gold highlights on top.

First card was this new technique (Splitcoast Stampers link here), it looks better in some lights/ angles than others. 

Alcohol ink on Alfoil (kitchen aluminium foil variety) backed on heavy cereal box card (NOTE: attach foil with tape, so doesn't move about). Texture is from a shell 3D Embossing Folder. At end brayered on top to highlight with very thin layer gold acrylic paint to catch the highlights. Greeting diecut out of another similarly coloured piece of foil on card.
Above watercolour technique on card 2.
Card 3 and 4 were actually brusho snipppets and used this technique blogged here with black Versafine on Embossing Folder (EF). One brayered with gold acrylic highlights and the other copper highlights.
This fifth card instead of black used on EF (Embossing Folder) tried a blue Distress Oxide, Peacock Feathers (?) you always have to do several lots of inking on folder no matter how inky your pad is, 3 to 4. Liked this one and while it was still wettish, added some iridescent EP but doesn't show much. Will try this again, was the last technique tried! 😍 
Last male card is again alfoil technique, my very first attempt where messed up paint application (so bit more golden!) but still managed to rescue it. The greeting is stamped on thin layer of cork too.
This is all male cards but first one, as it was already in Brisbane!
What was interesting is how varied this 3D folder could be made!

Next is a group of ladies cards all made with Serviettes, two are glittery.

One was blogged in last post but share a new card. The two glitter ones have DST with TH Rock candy glitter on them, all with assorted die cuts - most of mine now are disc. The purple one with butterfly is for my friend who loves them both!  My new favourite easy way to adhere very top layer of serviette to card is with spray adhesive. It's way easier! Last card (phew).

It's a Golden Wedding Anniversary card, the creamy Diecut was a gift from Marilyn in US, so coloured it with Gold Perfect Pearls. Greeting on computer, but frosted card meant had time to heat emboss in gold EP.

Now to some Aust photos.

The scene ones are from friend on FB post but are from here.
The rose is Apricot Delight (I think, lost label?) in garden at various stages. It has been as very hot here - just as it has been very cold in northern hemisphere. My nephew in Norway had great fun (not!) digging their car buried in very deep snow!

Thanks so much for popping over and saying hi, may God bless your day wherever you maybe.

Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x 
Thought of the day:
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." Proverbs 29:18
Do you ever look at the way your country is going and despair... things are so different  NOW!
Or so it seems, yet this verse was written by King Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived (who fell into folly despite his great wisdom).
Depite this, God's word is truth. This truth reverberated then in Solomon's time, in Jesus' day hundreds of years later and now our day two millennia later!
..  but surely it can be encouraging!
I am but one, but if one walks in obedience to God's Truth and teaching, God promises us we will be happy in it, not necessarily for it though! 
Or as Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

AND I AM thankful in it, despite the daily struggles - I am so very blessed, especially in counting my blessings and name them one by one.
Praise Him!

Linking up also with:
1. Anything goes! All cards I've made as linked.
2. What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Over HERE at Julia’s 
3. Snippets playground 😃 over HERE! Male Card (fifth) with Peacock Feathers,  it was a brushos Snippet on back of a cereal box made ages ago. Loved how it turned out.
4. NBUS Challenge. The Alfoil Technique is new = never used before Schtuff, as is the Shell folder too. Link here
5. Allsorts Challenge -  anything goes option - Serviette card with glitter,  purple and butterfly! 


Betsy said...

Hello dear Shaz. I must admit I don't understand much about your card making details but I sure can appreciate the beautiful results. Those cards are stunning as is that sunset photo. Gorgeous. God does the most beautiful artwork doesn't He?
Praying that you're feeling well. Much love and many blessings to you my dear sister.

Helen said...

Hi Shaz, good to see you top of the list today. gorgeous cards, of course, you are such a great card maker! Happy WOYWW Helen #3

Sarah Brennan said...

Good to see you Shaz. Love all those cards with the embossing folder - they look very different - fab techniques. Beautiful rose and scenery photos too. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

brenda said...

WOW Shaz, what an awesome display. My thanks for your recent words of encouragement, much appreciated.

B x

Chana Malkah said...

Hi, Shaz! Nice to see you back! I just recently returned and I missed seeing your workk! Your cards are absolutely stunning!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The cards with the embossed shells are amazing, all the colour ways are fab but the greeny gold first one is my favourite! Great pics of blue skies too, it’s very grey here in the UK! Lovely to see you on the desks this morning, I hope you’re keeping in good health.
Hugs LLJ 4 xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The cards with the embossed shells are amazing, all the colour ways are fab but the greeny gold first one is my favourite! Great pics of blue skies too, it’s very grey here in the UK! Lovely to see you on the desks this morning, I hope you’re keeping in good health.
Hugs LLJ 4 xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, great to see you. I am loving the cards you always come up with such great ideas and techniques. Have a lovely woyww sweet lady. Hugs Angela x9x

Neet said...

Fifth card - what is EF please? Ive managed with other acronyms but stuck with that one. Phew! what a lovely pile of cards you are sharing with us today. Not sure which is my favourite as they are all so lovely in different ways. Just wish I could dash in my craftroom and have a go at some of these techniques. Will be following the links you gave to us shortly
The OZ views are fabulous, dramatic skies, love the colours of the middle one. If only we could create something like that on our cardstock..
You don't mention how you are so trust things are fine with you.
Hugs, Neet xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A super post full of gorgeous creations. Thanks for sharing your purple butterfly card in our challenge this week at Allsorts.

Annie said...

What a beautiful lot of cards you've been making.
Your Aussie pics always make me smile.
Annie x #7

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, I love the variety of different colours and techniques from one folder. The pictures are beautiful, we are enjoying the current cool change, with more of summer to come. Have a wonderful week. Megan

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely to see you Shaz, and the pictures of the beach and the southern skies are good for my soul this week. The cards are all fab, just fab. Never thought to try with foil in my 3d folders...they are largely unused. These techniques are fab and I feel I shall be turning to your post, so much inspiration, EFs, inks, male're on it girl!

Sarn said...

Thanks for entering your fifth card as homework for the Snippets Playground. It's a very pretty card. See you up in the treehouse later. xxx

Crafting With Jack said...

Beautiful cards Shaz, they are all unique. Happy WOYWW. Angela #12

coldwaters2 said...

What an amazing luxurious card thank you for joining us at Allsorts
lolo x

R's Rue said...

Thank you for your words to me on my blog post. I’m grateful for your faithfulness to minister to me. Thank you for blessing me.

Lindart said...

Those embossed shell cards are amazing! SO wonderful, And the "ladies" cards are also beautiful! So nice to see some summer weather during our Canadian winter! While it's not so bad here in Ontario, the snow in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton (eastern Canada) is incredible. In one apartment building in Nova Scotia, all the windows on the ground floor were pushed right in and broken by the snow, and the snow came right inside the apartment! Terrifying! Most people are digging their way out of very high snow drifts, taller than their homes! I'm quite happy here! Seeing the Aussie ocean has made me feel very good today! Have a great week, Lindart #18

Lisa-Jane Johnson said...

When you say kitchen variety of foil, do you mean you made that gloriously coloured card with kitchen foil?? I have a few alcohol inks but i've not been brave enough to play as yet. You've inspired me to try it on foil when I'm back in my room! Have a great week, Lisa-Jane #11

Anne said...

Proverbs29:18 is certainly a verse to ponder...! Your photos are beautiful and your rose is so very beautiful! So delicate, is it perfumed? Loving all of your cards, the shells are stunning, the techinque is amazing, they are a winner! Bravo you!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Hi Shaz, glad to read a new post from you! :)
You have been so busy, wow, how many interesting creations! You tried a lot of techniques with that beautiful 3D EF, and love every card you made! Those seashells look great with their different look and love especially the first card with gesso and alcohol inks on foil, and those two with the black and gold/copper!
The feminine cads with serviettes are so sweet. And the Anniversary card looks gorgeous, such beautiful diecut and colour!
Lovely aussie photos and that apricot rose is a delight for the eyes!
Thanks for sharing!
I'm grateful too, despite all the difficult times there is always so much to be grateful and to feel being blessed

Conniecrafter said...

Great idea to make a lot of mail cards out of your embossing folder, I love how they are all different in colors.
Great job with your napkins that is a challenge in one of my groups this month.
Beautiful heart to frame the wedding sentiment.
Your pictures are so pretty, I am so looking forward to spring!

Gail said...

Good for you trying new techniques!
I will check out the links!
I have trouble with the brayer. Mine would like to drag across my paper instead of rolling!
I have 3 different brayers. It must be me, as they all do it!
The cards turned out stunning!
Of course I always love the scenic pics and the flowers from your garden!
Thanks for popping over!
Hope you're well!!

Kathyk said...

Popped across from NBUS to admire your lovely entry but ... what a gorgeous selection of makes, they're all totally fab!


Darnell said...

This post was especially jaw-dropping, Shaz! Your cards, all of them, are some of my favorites you've ever done! The results all the way down were just wow-after-wow! Playing and trying and practicing with different techniques is so much fun, but it is very satisfying to get amazing results like these! I love your ocean and flower photos, too! Thank you for inspiring everyone to use their NBUS! Hugs and love, Darnell

Di said...

Gorgeous snippets card Shaz! You've been a Busy Bee for sure. Love the scenic photos as well.

Di xx

Christine said...

What super cards! Love all the variations, who'd a thought it was the same ef? amazing job.
Never think to use my brayer . . . thanks for the inspiration

Mrs A. said...

I am so impressed with your male cards. th shells look so different with the changes of colour. Your serviette cards are all so pretty. I am trying out different techniques myself. Hugs Mrs A.

R's Rue said...

So beautiful

Karen Letchworth said...

Hello my sister in the Lord. I hope you're having a great week. It's always such a treat to have you share your art in our challenges and I want you to know that I appreciate it very much. I also enjoy your encouraging comments on the WAW Blog. You are a blessing to me, and I appreciate you so and praise God for you.

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