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, March 1, 2017

This blog's #310 candy

(Sticky post - please scroll down for new posts)

Hi everyone ... please find this blog's candy - over HERE!

thank you! 

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. Proverbs 16:33

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bokeh Technique + Die cutting - Bizzy Becs DT

Hi everyone, 
Just popping in to share a card for a very important young lady ( doesn't look at blogs so it's ok)
 This is also my mid month DT post for Bizzy Bec's.
Okay here is a sneak peek of my card... as you can see it is inky, using the bokeh method, plus loads of die cutting.
So here I am getting inky .. used some Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles and Peeled Paint), with some memento inks - Bamboo shoots and Pear tart. One inked "ombre" with Ink dusters. Other, rejected for the moment, was smooshed.
Die cutting the bottom of the sheet with ink ombre piece.
TIP: heard on one of many videos (Lost in Paper?) recently was that if: 

1.keep die cut a base in fun foam piece.
2. squeeze
Tombow glue over fun foam die cut (whilst still in foam base).
3. Let it dry to get tacky, then you have time to position the top die cut well before adhering. Tombow becomes re-positionable after drying some, I guess this may apply to all tacky glues.
The Bokeh part: 1.cut different sized circle dies for a template to ink around.
2. Use sponge applicator and chalk ink and various layers of circles assorted sizes.
3.You need base ink utterly dry avoiding not have greenish circles, ie no ink transfer.
4. It's better to dry chalk ink off as you go, so circles keep more distinctive.

This piece is the smooshed ink sheet with circles on it, will be used later. 
(See also my board BOKEH on pinterest for how to)
Completed card. This is a partial CASE of this card on Pinterest - from Splitcoast Stampers, but couldn't find person's name.
Products used:
Taken while sitting under the brolly (beach umbrella) - the view of Downunder's summer, to brighten your day!

If you have time, I'd really appreciate a comment on my DT post here - thank YOU!
Well, that's it for today... dont forget to pop over and join in Bec's Anything Goes February challenge .. you might win the prize :D

May the LORD bless you and those you love, wherever you might be.
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and a chat. 

Shaz in Oz.x

"But I will sing of Thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning: 
for Thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble". Psalm 59:16 
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
4 Use your favourite tool over at Simon Says Monday  challenge - mine .. well, kinda two!! * ink dusters and the dear old *Cuttlebug!
5. Hearts and flowers - Allsorts shallenge -Die cut with flowers, a very special card for very special person 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Penny Black "Bejeweled" Layered Stamping

Well, it is about time I moved into the computer room to do something... it is has been heatwave here for last three days or four! So little done that wasn't necessary... phew, praise God, for the cool change! 
Bad fires in some parts out west of NSW, so I'm praying for all those hardworking farmers, who lost homes and stock and feed. So heartbreaking. Pray for them!
First layers of greens going down - with mini Misti stamping the PB Bejeweled Used Distress inks and Tombow watercolour markers too, and spritzed them before stamping, very lightly.
Flower: Base of DI Tumbled Glass, Tombow purple + Seedless Preserves DI
After test run starting on card proper .. this as a very special card for my sister's birthday. I was using some very beautiful, but expensive linen card, from UK. Bought twenty sheets of it. As I used two on this card, will have to be selective in use, hence trial runs first.
Added some script stamping over background (smudged off some of ink in certain spots) with SU French Script and Memento London Fog. Used Blue PanPastel for the edging highlight.
Three toppers haven't been made up yet, as had to make other cards... here is finished card. Used Poppy Stamps Fancy Happy Birthday, triple mounted on it.

Penny Black Wonderful Day clear set.. did this for a friend, and 3D-ed as I love to do, mixed coloured with pencils + Promarkers. Papers are Digis, have lost original file (in a clean up, bad me), so no name. SB Marvellous Square, largest die also used. Ribbon from stash.
May God bless each of you this day in all that you do - and thanks for popping over and saying hi - you bless my heart, 
Shaz in Oz.x 

A special welcome to these wonderful bloggers who've so very kindly joined this blog .. so very much appreciated, each of them! :D

2. Janis' blog .. love the name of this
4. And due to Bloggers shenanigans, of dropping folk off list of followers, Kath had to rejoin..
5. Denise Bryant, who doesn't have a blog yet. 😊
6. long time visitor who also rejoined Aileen of
7. a newbie blogger Anne of

You will learn much from these clever crafters.. a pleasure to visit..
.... so do pop over to their blogs and give them some encouragement! 

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,... and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12
Joining up with:
3. Penny Black try something new - first card, neve stamp and never used with layering before like this
4. Hearts and flowers - Allsorts shallenge - flowers on both PB cards
5. Penny Black - use your favourite stamp - both cards are favourite stamps, one is new favourite second one is an old favourite .. as are all my PB to be truthful as dont have large number!
6. Anything goes over at
7. (ribbon on second card)
 Happy little stampers *watercolour challenge
*as used linen cardstock I did watercolour pens on some of this flower plus spritzing with waterbased inks to stamp.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WOYWW + Birthdays - Red Eyed Green Frog...

hi there one and all,
Firstly to my desk, as it is WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (pop over to Julia's and please join in, do!).
And joining in with Work it Wednesday @Simon Says Stamps (new - new digi, new hessian ribbon, first time used brushos with embossing water colour card, too)!
Okay so I've tricked you... this is last week's desk.. this weeks will come .. but thought better show the piece I was working on that I hid from you first.. note the square die out from SB Marvellous squares as it s used as corners below.
Sizzix folder leaves - from the Peacock set, bought this folder loose on eBay no case.
In case you wnat to know what brushos used. It is Lime green, Yellow, Olive Green, yellow Ochre. I learnt in making this no two water colour papers are equal, the colour didnt move much on this unless you really wet it.. but dried okay. (of course I found a loose snippety sheet of paper and dont really know which one it was)
Didn't have right colour card so embossed with SU Sizzix Lattice folder (extended), and inked it up, ended using other side though.
Finished card, the photo is googled digi of a painting by Pravin Sen of the  Red Eyed frog native to Australia. Stamp, Happy birthday gold embossed, is by Lawn fawn too much to say. The image below shows corners - sorry, it wont go where I want it to, will it?
Okay here is my desk now .. (except one thing has changed, the image on left has been trimmed and edged with soft purple tones. This is a new PB stamp called "Bejeweled" a real favourite already, from Christmas gift. So this the play with it and managed three toppers out of four goes, then made the proper card for tomorrow's birthday. I will be back in day or so with the follow up post, God willing.
Now to the pickies from downunder ... taken on our icecream drive.. a surfer or two, if you look really well, taken on mobile so not really good. .. but hot and sunny downunder!

Well, I'm delighted to welcome a new wonderful encourager ..
JennyL of Jenfa Cards
You will learn much from this clever crafter, a pleasure to visit..
.... so do pop over to their blogs and give them some encouragement! 
May God bless each of you this day in all that you do - and thanks for popping over and saying hi - you bless my heart, 
Shaz in Oz.x 
"Jesus .. is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them". Hebrews 7:22, 25
Joining up to: 
1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes   
3 . Young at heart ... this card is for my much younger nephew .. who likes frogs

Thank YOU Blog Candy - Drawn at 310 Encouragers!

Hi there dear Wonderful Encouragers of this blog,
I thought it high time that we had a small candy as a little THANK YOU TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL Folk - to all of you dear Encouragers of this blog.
I missed the sixth blogaversary, been hovering in 290's for months, gain one, loose one or two, so decided to incorporate this goal of 310+ with the candy. 
The reason for the number is in the hope it will stay above 300. 😊
To enter:
1. Be an Encourager of this blog ie join through the follow button, on side bar.
I suggest you check it is showing "un-follow" button - as sometimes blogger plays tricks and un-follows you - it has with me! and had to re-follow blogs.

2. It would be appreciated if  you would put a link on your sidebar, or mention it in a post (add link for this in a comment) step 2 -  gives you an extra entry in candy.

3. Please leave a comment below. (ONE entry for comment, EXTRA ENTRY for those who add to sidebar)

In event a non-crafter wins I will do them a piece of calligraphy ... so if you dont craft and want a piece of personalised calligraphy,  please do enter... also if you prefer the calligraphy that is okay too. Just say!

New Encouragers or followers are very welcome. If they are genuine, not just candy hunters.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bizzy Bec's February Anything Goes Challenge

{Butterfly Challenge on Vellum below or - here!
and WOYWW #400 is Here!!}

Hullo one and all, tis time yet again for another "ANYTHING GOES" challenge over at Bizzy Bec's for the month of February! Join in, please do, you just might win the prize of stamp or a die !!
There was a very special couple who recently announced their engagement and so collected together some favourite wedding/ engagement cardstock and dies .... this card like many came into my head quickly but took a bit longer to make.
Engagement card made with:
Spellbinder Scalloped Borderablities Die
Impression Obsession - Heart of Hearts Die
Similar card to 6 x6 Ivory Cardstock 
Glitter similar to Stampendous glitter and embossing powder set
Embossing Folder Cuttlebug Love set ( Discontinued)
Some clear Bling to finish it off! (NOTE: it's not white card, pale rose pink frosted card) 😊
My desk ten days ago now, for WOYWW, when hiding the card being made at this stage. You can however see the die used for the greeting (back middle), and some loose, small hearts from heart of hearts die (near envelope at top). Will save them for a shaker card.
The true beauty of this card isn't caught by the camera - from the very soft rose pink sheen on the frosted cardstock, to the glittery shine behind the mini hearts dies. I used the shimmery glitter with glossy accents. The Jac double sided paper I used first didn't have enough of the glitter on it for my liking. So squeezed over top of it some Glossy Accents, poured over the glitter and waited it to dry.
Then rubbed off excess when when and truly set. I was really happy then.

I also glued the extra heart inserts into the heart Die with the Glossy Accents too. The greeting was a digital sentiment printed on my inkjet printer then embossed with silver embossing powder.
If it's glossy card then use embossing buddy (see here how to make it, actually prefer them to my bought one) before printing and have EP ready to sprinkle when it comes out of printed, before ink dries. I love how well it fitted with Die from SB Divine Eloquence ..

I did do it in a Word doc. to make sure it fitted, that's the beauty of digis.
Well, that's it for today... dont forget to pop over and join in Bec's Anything Goes February Anything Goes Challenge challenge .. you might win the prize :D
May the LORD bless you and those you love, wherever you might be. 
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and a chat. 
Shaz in Oz.x

"23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:" Revelation 21

Gold Embossed Vellum with Butterfly Challenge - Underneath +Umber

Hi there one and all, well lobbing in for very very quick post, as over at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge it is U is for Underneath and/or Umber!
Yup, it surely sounds hard doesn't it? But curiously, as was musing on it when I was doing something else, an idea flashed into my head! As is my wont when this happens, I scribbled a layout sketch and description on the back of an envelope. I have of course been totally flat strap with a list way longer than any arm, but pressed ahead on this at night instead of TV.
So here my "desk", or actually kitchen bench, dining room side. I was working on a "must do" chart for the church on dining table (only place it fitted) and this in between.
 I stamped two sheets of vellum with gold butterflies, laid out on Mini misti, sure makes it easier. They were small set by Kaisercraft and larger set of butterfly clear stamps by Stampendous, done in versamark then heat embossed in gold.
I coloured UNDERNEATH the vellum in two variations of colours, the UMBER, orange and yellow Tombows. The purple mauve and pink variation - I have a friend ( birthday 28 Feb.) who loves butterflies and purple. As I was colouring I thought I'd do the umber one into a sympathy card, which was of the Lord, as I needed one to give out this morning at church so it's already gone
Here I am using PanPastels (Raw Umber) on the embossed verse by Stampendous from 1994, and price on is $14.95, which over twenty years ago was lot more than now. Curious, too, how varied the colour umber is according to whether it is Burnt Umber, Raw Umber or just Umber.

The verse is one from early 1990's Revelation 21:4
 "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:"
 I stamped embossed it onto a snippet, the gold edges are snippets good embossed, and the SB Peitite Ovals are scrap cards also gold embossed.
Taken on our ice cream drive today, the one below is a close up, the beach on southern side is a dog leash-free beach ie unleashed dogs are allowed. How they love it.
Thanks so very much for popping over and please let know with a comment that you've been by!
Lord bless you and your dear ones wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x

Linking up to: 
1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WOYWW 400! NBUS#10 + Inking Embossing Folders.

Hi there everyone ...well, the big day for Julia, our Queen of Deskland - over at the Stamping Ground... Yessss!! What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday no 400 has arrived.
Want to add much prayer for two long time WOYWWers , Shaz Silverwolf , who having second surgery for her cancer today in U.K.,  for Shoshi, I've heard she is in hospital with intestinal issues in U.K.. {Update: a blockage, emergency surgery Thurs, pray stoma won't need to be re-sited.}
My morning desk desk shows me midstream on birthday card, still not quite finished but for family member and they occasionally look at blog so haven't revealed much. You can see the SB Marvellous Squares are in use once more as corners on an image. Brushos also in use :D And brayer still not put away from two weeks ago.
And my desk this arvo (afternoon), was inky too + NBUS here - the 6" x6" EF is a cheapie from China on Ebay, love the houndstooth pattern, smooched the top side of embossing folder with Navy Blue dye ink (Archival Cobalt). (I guess  RosA of Paperchase would call it a CCEF {Cheap China Embossing Folder}, worked out right side to emboss by trying it out, and making note on it, as they have no writing on them).

Also had to join in with dear Darnell's NBUS challenge #10, wowee!
Fun+++, you have til 5th Feb to join
! So my NBUS 1 or Not Used Before Schtuff, to quote Darnell, is the no name EF (or CCEF) on first card below.
Update on Darnell
: her surgery went well, and healing as best you can post surgery. Sending more hugs and prayers dear buddy.

Birthday stamp is Lawn Fawn "Too much to say", then inked EF, and a commercial card re-made. Actually I scanned it and printed this beautiful Fairy Penguin water colour  - Fairy Penguins are native to Australia.
Second card and second entry in this weeks NBUS challenge is this card already winging its way to Japan. The NBUS here is the SB Labels 28, second largest die, which I was gifted just before Christmas by a dear man who was going blind and gave me and others some of his crafty goodies he could not longer use.This past week I found this particular die fitted perfectly into my SB Divine Eloquence dies... howzat,eh? God is very gracious, very grateful.
A close up of verse and inking with ink dusters .. love how you can blend over what is under digis. This WAW Bible verse digi was added to free digi given by Ginny Maxam of Maxam made.
For the Aussie shots, we really are having summer, although today isn't too bad it's been quite hot Downunder, especially in places not near the coast. Took these pickies late on Saturday evening just before we went for a swim, but not with the stinging blue bottles below but at the jetty, less danger there. 😄
Looking North.
No tail left on this one, its quite  small they have long tails, and are a colony of organisms, hence many areas of sting, commonly called blue bottles
Looking south, on same beach.
Thanks so much everyone for popping over for a peek and a chat, may the LORD God bless your day wherever you maybe. I might be a tad tardy in commenting, as very busy here.. again. :D
And happy WOYWW #400 everyone!!!

Shaz in Oz.x

"But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice:
let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them:
let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee
." Psalm 5:11

Linking both these card up to:

1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes - both cards   2.Darnell's NBUS challenge #10, both cards NBUS 1. CCEF NBUS 2.  Spellbinders Label 28 I have already used the optional bubble wrap technique so not a NBUS to me.
3. First card
4. Allsorts no 400!!!! Celebrate challenge.. the first card- is a birthday card, actually the second one is too but it doesn't say it.  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

GDT for Rudolph Day + WOYWW +NBUS#9 Challenge

{Warning - picture overload below }
Well, time for first of 2017 Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Christmas challenge, so this is a GDT post!!
And time to for WOYWW, or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday   
PLUS time for NBUS #9 challenge - both technique and item
Where has January gone?? tomorrow is Australia day here- yay!

Firstly my card for Scrappy Mos Christmas challenge and for my NBUS #9 Use a new technique and new crafty item.
My snowflake cheap China die or CCD (to quote RosA of Paperchase) was smooched well with versamark, then embossed carefully on snippet of card in Cuttlebug with rubber mat. (for clear instructions on this technique see here, cards + video by clever Jennifer McGuire). It's called embossed impressions, was so impressed at the method love it, so been meaning to try it.
Heat embossed the versamarked die impression with gold embossing powder. The gold frame edging it was left over from another card with SB Pierced rectangles, gold embossed too,  stamped the ODB " Joy to the world"stamp on bottom with mini Misti.
TECHNIQUE + Snowflake are my NBUS!! Never Used Before Schtuff to quote Darnell!
Say special prayer for Darnell for 27th as she is having surgery on 27th, but like a real trooper she is going ahead with her NBUSes!
Next - To my desk! this morning .. a tip!
Items hidden from view cos its DT work, but you can see some detritus on the desk to guess some die cutting is afoot...  dies to left and other items. Have more interesting desk from two weeks ago, below.
 This set of cards were made as gifts for various people and have either been given or posted to them already. Over on Christian Card Makers group on Facebook, there was a long challenge for January to make three cards from a selection of images.
I actually made three cards from one of the digis, and one card from one of the black and white images. The latter I decided to colour hence the first photo below.
Printed out black and white image then coloured it with inks and coloured pencils. 
I  die cut it with Spellbinder pierced rectangles (reduced, rather than extended). Added black background to trimmed image. Then Die cut the 2nd largest die from SB Marvellous Square Dies, trimmed it down to make corners as shown here and below.

Added backgrounds made before with brayered embossing folders, CB Swirls and Bubbles folder. Thought they match the sea theme. These not used on another card, always handy to have.

Completed card used die cut from Spellbinder Exquisite labels eleven. Embossed verse is by Printblocks c.1995. a favourite verse for indeed WITH God all things are possible.
Snowy cards with oriental image of birds in a snow storm, love this image hence the three cards. I just have ordinary inkjet printer, but print on height resolution on special coated inkjet paper for clear, good quality images. EF Used is Taylored Expressions Snowfall, and silver snow flakes are lawn Fawn stitched snowflakes, both from Bizzy Bec's Online Store .

Used digi from WAW on first card, with CB snowflake folder debossed and smooched with inks Brilliance blue and silver.
The second card used both above folders and dies.
Third used the Snowfall on back, Lawn fawn stitched snowflakes + stamp, happy birthday from China stamp set on eBay.
Now the photos from Oz as you can see we are enjoying some amazing summery weather. First is the sea looking north from the north wall. the next two are what is colloquially called jetty jumping.. by the younger generation here for many years. the last one is the water park set up each day on the jetty beach the clambering and fun plus!

BTW - if you have made it to here, congratulations! and if you are interested I've shared brushos used with the brayer on the post below. 😉

Thanks everyone who has taken time to comment, you are really appreciated. Will return visits as soon as I can. 
May God bless your day, every one - wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x

 "Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. ..Consider Him... lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds "... Hebrews 11:2,3

Linking both these card up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on all cards. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3.#9 NBUS with Darnell
4. NBUS Snowflake card 
5.Simon Says Monday Challenge - Spread your wings. Three cards with winged storks. choosing first of the three.
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