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, October 19, 2016

Mo's Kite Image Paper Pieced + WOYWW

Hi one and all, time is running away from me so lobbing in with a very quick post for WOYWW and to share a card made ages ago now earlier in year but never blogged. As it is WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (pop over to Julia's and join in do!), am sharing my desk.. or as was last night, as packed up now!
Still in Christmas card making mode as you can see these are some images die cut and stamped sent to me by a dear friend in USA. I really love the nativity on these. Used mainly promarkers on them and Wood ware fluffy stuff for the woolly sheep.
In April this year it was Hudson's 3rd birthday... you will never guess that the only colour he really likes is green, would you?? (In July just week before I was sick I shared the "Hudson sleeps here" Calligraphy I did for him)
Anyway the card was with a Mo image have loved this one for ages, and suiting Hudson down to the ground. Am 3D-ing the image, hence the number of images printed off and bits coloured with the Prisma coloured pencils.

Kaisercraft banner Die, Number 3 is from CB alphabet die Olivia, used some SB labels for the main image.
Well, we've cracked the half kilo with our lemons - last year it was 497g but this year we went one better and it is 525g. If you want to see how small our lemon tree is look on this post here. It is an Eureka lemon for those who live in Oz.
On a daily walk this week as it was too windy for the beach, walked in our botanic gardens ... I love these native plant called Flannel Flowers so beautiful, I would love to grow them.

Also walked around the orchid house at the gardens, isn't this spider orchid simply amazing? Its a native too.
Some more photos from our icecream drive.. the sea was very very flat but oh weren't these a clouds magnificent testament to the beauty of God's creation?? I love clouds.

 Please dont forget to hope over to Julia's super blog to join in the worldwide exploration of WOYWW(what is on your workdesk Wednesday)..and will join the snippets playground this week as used lots of snippets in this card for Hudson!
Thanks for stopping everyone for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: because His mercy endureth for ever. 
Psalm 118:1

Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bizzy Becs DT - Elizabeth Crafts Thinking of You

Well 'tis the 15th of the month so time for another DT post for Bizzy Becs!
Trying the use of positive and negative of a word die again. I have two of these beautiful dies by Quietfire design for Elizabeth Crafts - one is a Happy birthday and the other is Thinking of you! I love these dies, because they are calligraphic and they cut so beautifully!

First card is using the negative space
1.Adhered the black background onto a sheet of double sided tape, added the floating black pieces in middle of letters I had saved when I cut the die.
2. Added the Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes, Egyptian gold, pressing it well into sticky backed paper.
3. Then die cut a gold Spellbinder Gold Labels Four die (not on site but available from Bec, her Spellbinders are amazing prices!).
4. Embossed the black label with the same die to get the outline to hand cut around the inside shape of the die and popped it up on the gold. Matted it on handmade black and gold Chinese paper.
Next card was made with background on some glossy card.. used Brushos.. they're amazing on gloss card. Simply sprinkle desired shades onto card stock then spray  with water bottle, I heat dried these and they dry way quicker that any other cardstock I've used, plus very vibrant. My favourite by far! Used the one at back left, which is Rose Red, Burnt Sienna, Terracotta, and a little Lime green for that blue green fleck.
Added the positive black die cut to the sheet, then die cut the Brusho gloss card with Spellbinder Pierced rectangles.
By adding it it before die cutting it became embedded in the gloss card and really looked great!
Also meant it wasn't easily going to come unstuck on glossy card, double bonus! Mounted it on black, then
 added ribbon and hessian or burlap strip underneath.
I really appreciate all who call by to say hi! and also would love it if any of you have time to pop over and comment on my DT post over here at Bizzy Bec's blog!
May God richly bless your day wherever you may be! 
Shaz in Oz.x

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;"  Psalm 63:1

Linking up to:
 Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WOYWW + More Faux Vellum Technique

Hi one and all, time is running away from me so lobbing in with a very quick post for WOYWW and to share a new card in the Faux Vellum technique but as this is WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (pop over to Julia's and join in do!). So here is my desk.. or as was last night, as packed up now!

Have two images stamped in Black Onyx Versafine and embossed and you can see there are more Christmas cards being made! I have used my Caran D'Ache Aquarelle pencils, and as the are water colurs they make for lazy colouring, you colour then blend with a brush. I had the DI Antique Linen ink out, smooshed it on my laminated white sheet to colour the skin tones on the images with a watercolour brush. Grey promarker was there for highlights around the images. Other colouring pens are at back but didn't use them on these images.
I made a set of three of these cards, this is using the Faux Vellum technique which I showed step by step on the post below (or here). Used some Victorine stamps (the three silhouette wise men and the sentiment stamp - Wise Men seek Him Still). The the pebbles and the reed grass stamps are two Stampscapes stamps, multiple stamped. I rubbed some Cocoa Memento ink with my finger around the bottom to define it before removing the mask.
Out on our Sunday icecream drive, we saw this beautiful scenery down at our local jetty. I clicked a few to share with you.
It is springtime here and our flowers are just magnificent .. the roses and the sweetpeas are abundant this spring. Not much rain but beautiful sunshine, we are very blessed of God indeed to live where we live!
Thats it for today am busy making up some DT cards as want to get the posts for next three months done ahead of the busy Christmas time. Some of the DT cards are also Christmas ones so that is a double bonus!

Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat.. you are really appreciated!

May God richly bless your day wherever you may be!

Shaz in Oz.x

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  John 6:29
Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  
3. Simon Says Monday Challenge theme is Explore the World - or travel - and the three wisemen are travelling very far on there camels on my card.
4. Crafty Hazlenut's  Extra Christmas challenge

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nellie Snellen Eastern Ovals - Bizzy Becs DT Card

Warning! Am in Christmas card making mode at the moment, as I am so woefully behind,
I am endeavoring to do some catch up!

To join in with us over at Bizzy Bec's ANY-thing Goes October Challenge - please pop over here!! a prize drawn each month!
I saw a very interesting technique called  faux vellum technique from Inkylicious on a blog by Sue of Zouave cards. Sue used the "right" items for her card, as she bought the kit from UK.
I decided to use what I had! So mine looks nothing like it really.
Will try it again though, with other stamps! it was fun. Now for the... How to!
I cut a die cut a stencil with Nellie Snellen Straight Eastern Oval dies
Think we under-use dies as stencils, they really are a cheap way to get a stencil! Then used white chalk pad and DI ink daubers to shade around the inside of the
Kraft Card, next time thought would try the White Linen Dylusions Spray as have some of that. I think it would be quicker.
Two things to note when using sprays:
1. Keep your finger tip/ nail away from the end of the nozzle, easily done and ends up with blobs.
2. Spray from height, ie not close, as it gives a more even sweeping spray. I do it outside, but for water based ones I know one crafter uses her shower recess!
Outline before removing the mask/ stencil the outside of the bauble. Note the stencil (left) is cut out of a cereal box scrap. :D
Sprayed the masked image before removing stencil with perfect pearls for shimmer. Also used:
**Our Daily Bread stamps Christmas Flourished Verses

** Memory Box Star of Wonder Die cut from white fun foam scrap
**Bought from Bec, available from Bec, but not on site.
The stamp I used was tree from SU "Lovely as a tree", stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa. Also added some "Fluffy stuff" by Woodware.
Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat.. you are really appreciated!

May God richly bless your day wherever you may be!

Shaz in Oz.x

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent. John 6:29
Also linking up to:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday, Princess Emily + WOYWW

Well, I blinked... and it was Wednesday again, no wonder I feel like I have lost September, let alone August.
I read something on a blog that shocked me into action .. some rumour that it was 11 weeks to Christmas. As that was some days ago, I am guessing it is less than that! So my desk today sees the remnant of what this shock caused me to do, to make 18 Christmas cards in two sittings.
For those not in the know - it is time for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at our Queen of desks - Julia.
So at front is tape, a die on left which I didn't even have any intention of using! Two Christmas stamps, one needing cleaning, one unused, on right are the off-cuts from the cards, centre back are sequins for shaker cards.. hint eh?
Cards not in sight 'cos they were out to be photographed, they are for DT posts next month, and multiples of similar cards.
Monkeys there as usual waving hi!
Now Princess Emily has her card, so I can share it with you. It is a trifold card. I did some research on Pinterest and made a board of castle cards, as Emily was having a princess party for her fifth birthday. This card was a combination of cards from my board. The template was here on this site - but adapted it. The base of card outline was scrap card then printed off sheets of dusky pink to emboss and use for walls so had enough of the colour (scanned sheet of light pink I had in stash. I knew wouldn't have enough of it as it took quite a few A4 sheets).
Inked up TH Brick folder with grey ink before embossing to define outline of bricks. Did same with woodgrain for the door, and roof with CB bubbles folder. I took the image from her invitation to the party. Some close ups below. Greeting was a digi, and extended a SB greeting die. Added bling all over.

Now to the photos of Australia - quite a few this week as was out at my sisters on northern beaches.
The view from verandah. You go down grass reserve, onto the beach. I share this photo to show you how far out to sea the horizon is and that is where the last two photos of the whales are taken. The roos (kangaroos) are to the right under the trees, not in this shot, and the surfer is in middle front.

It is migrating time, this is a mother whale, front and behind is her baby they go north in winter to have their calves then head south for the summer, these two were heading south in very leisurely fashion, came in quite close and playing by diving and flapping the water and blowing also! Took a shaky video (no tripod- on maximum zoom of x24 optical) and if I get my act together might upload it to You tube. If I do I will let you know.
That's me for today, I should not be on here as it is... 
hugs and God bless you all,
Shaz in Oz.x
PS In answer Nikki's question below, we are not near the bad storms, thankfully. They are down south, in southern NSW and Victoria, and I am praying for them all.

"Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: He is their help and their shield." Psalm 115:11

Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card.
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Scrappy Mo's Christmas Challenge - Upcycling!

Well, flying in with quick post of some very quick Christmas cards here.. over at Scrappy Mo's it is Christmas challenge time with Rudolph day. As time was of the essence, I made two quick cards from two cards received last year.. really did not do much to them as they were already very nice.
Really love this card, it says:
" Wise men still seek Him. The first wise men gave Christ treasures from their kingdoms, Today's wise men give Christ the treasures of their heart."
Holley Gerth.
I like the One Who is the real reason for Christmas to be on every single card  I make, that's the whole point. Added a star and bling plus gold background to this.
Very simple card this as the glittery dove made it easy. Found my star bling which will add to the stars if I think they look okay.
This is our red poinsettia in the courtyard .. it has been flowering its heart out for three months, here is back here on the 13th July post. it loves this spot!
Just along from it is the pink begonia and there is also a Vinca, I call it a weed flowering plant.. it grows where it wants not where you want it. :D
Well everyone, dont forget to pop over to Mo's for the Christmas card challenge .. this will be ending all too soon, as the year is racing away!

Please say hi - to let me know you've been by! 
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!

Shaz in Oz.x
"*For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 
* this prophecy regarding the LORD Jesus was written approximately 700 years before Christ came.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WOYWW - again here at last .. take 2

Hi one and all. Well time will tell if this time I actually get to publish this post. this is a repeat of last weeks post I did up but blogger ate it right at the end when was adding another image.
I've never lost a whole post before.
Anyway this is to join up with WOYWW or what is on your workdesk Wednesday over at the Queen of desks, our wonderful Julia! And as it is spring downunder am sharing some spring shots too.
First photos are of a gift surprise from Shaz Silverwolf, Lunch Lady Jan and Queen Julia .. these three very special ladies put their heads together and came up with this "cheer you up parcel" for little old me.. and yes, dear ladies I've used some of those things this week!
Aren't there some yummy goodies here??... wow wow wow!! :D thank you ever so VERY MUCH!

To my desk last week... I was in middle of making a card for a cute little one year old in our family. It is his birthday today, the 21st! .. one year old, a real miracle baby, too. And what bundle of mischief he is. I have this set of Tim Holtz numbers and as you can see some are huge, so call for huge card. I sprayed the number 1 with Dylusions and a silver cosmic shimmer spray.
I've added this so you can see how big it is by the ruler on the side. I dont have an A4 Embossing machine, my biggest is big Shot, so I turned the CB 5 x 7" Domino folder four times, but if you're careful it is is not even noticeable the overlapping. The eye is very forgiving.
Leptospernum Cardwell, or white tea tree bush, out the front with grevilleas and other natives... it is very pretty in spring.
Osetospernum, or African daisy comes in all colours and very pretty too, very hardy both of these.

I love the gorgeous details up close of this plant. It has a really shimmery petal and has different colours according to angle of the light.
Been busy in the backyard too, finished the roses, all three dozen mulching etc had a helper this year a lovely Philipino lady, Jenny, from down the road, and great weeder. A big help indeed.
Our single lavender plant under the lemon tree is still going strong. Jenny was amazed that is one plant, and also impressed by the old gnarled stem is has a the base. The white one in the other bed is also going well, they help deter insects. And I love them!
Okay this wasn't on last weeks post but not game to alter order of photos .. after all that's what caused last weeks glitches.. so here is the card finished at the end..

The elephants are some die cuts sent to me by my friend in USA Mehrll, I detailed them in fine black pen and shaped them too. The EF like honeycomb is a Kaisercraft one, which I inked up for highlights, rest is DP from Stamping Up. The sentiment is digi.
Well, happy WOYWW, everyone ... and thanks again to my very kind three bloggy mates .. so very kind to send me new things to try out! 
 Please say hi - to let me know you've been by! 
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!

Shaz in Oz.x 

"The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Snippetty Butterfly Challenge Lavender + Letters

Well, I know I am flying in a tad on the late side but that is better than not at all and since I have actually made two cards for our dear Mrs A.'s butterfly challenge. Had better link over!
Sadly I had to make a sympathy card and wasn't sure I liked first one so made second one. But now decided I like them both! funny how things look better in the morning! this emboss resist on watercolour is made with brushos (bought super cheap on eBay), Lime green (its such a fab colour), Rose Red and Cobalt blue - they made the lavender. added some snippets of mauve with butterfly and tag sentiment by Darkroom Door. Stamps are no name, second hand set won in some candy years back. Perhaps hero arts?
A new cheap shop opened in town called Choice, I (bad me) visited yesterday and bought some bargains. The embossing folder for $AU3.49 is really gorgeous, the lavender adornment lower right was part of a set of six, they are gorgeous, as are the iridescent lavender pearls, all new items. The daisy stick on lace down the side is from Shaz Silverwolf. I did a post to thank folks of WOYWW who sent me an amazing gift pack, but blogger ate it last week and did not have time to redo it - hope to God willing tomorrow!
This is the verse, a Print Blocks one from early 1990's, is very appropriate for a sympathy card.
Tell me ... has anyone had issues with rusty Spellbinders??
I was horrified to find this one of mine has rust marks on it. It has been dry scrubbed and added a note to test run on scrap card before using on good card. Not happy really, these are not cheap!
To cheer us all up... here is a photo taken in mid July, just before I was ill, when was walking one late afternoon, notice moon has risen in the sky, the birds are ready to roost and making great noises all around. Love the colours of Gods creation.
 I have some lovely people to welcome to my blog - curious though as two are folk who've joined before, and Ive belonged to their blogs for years .. four at least with Darnell of and for some strange reason I cant go onto Darnell's blog.. its not uploading do hope all is well. I tried it in Chrome and also Firefox.. praying, Darnell.
Dawn Larimer has joined as an encourager too, but Dawn hasn't left a comment so cant join her blog, please comment Dawn and let me know so can link over! sorry...

 That's me for today, I should not be on here as it is... 
Just a reminder that the 25th of September is coming up in five days and it is time for Scrappy Mo's Christmas challenge again!
The days are flying by, I saw on Miss's blog that it is less that 100 days to go, so better get my thinking cap on.
hugs and God bless you all,
Shaz in Oz.x

"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: for the former things are passed away. "
Revelation 21:12
Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes