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, April 18, 2018

Brushos + Penny Black With Scraps + WOYWW

Well, here I am - surprise, surprise! Running tad late, par for course today.. 😀
AND it is total snippety cards today cos am doing some cards for a pressie...
RESULT:  Using up snippets/ half done things, so off to playground, yay!
For WOYWW, as tis Wednesday, pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground! my desk(s)!
Actually few desks. This morning - front left card almost done but covered up for a reason. Requisite scissors, and assorted tools, to the right are snippets of black ice technique to make into a male card. Monkeys say hi today, too! Will explain now other technique .. brushos on scrap!
Pays to be thrifty, what great watercolour card from a frozen meal box! Left piece used Olive green, Sandstone, Yellow, Sea Green, used slightly different colours, more blue and green on piece laying face down, so you can see back of card. The really light coating on the card stock means it really works well die cutting and holding it's shape.
Added spatters with gold and pearl watercolour - by Finetec.
Finished card - used scrap of white for top, only new bit was base. Wonky rectangles on white card. Stars are set of CCD's from eBay. Saw idea by Sharlene, not a blogger, but a very good friend, a great cardmaker. Changed it of course! Below is layered greeting, slightly offset with gold.
See shimmer in this card.. real texture!
 
Here a watercolour - Penny Black "Trailing Vine" gold embossed - used DI to colour.
Also stamped Hero arts Linen background, "Just for you" a Sue Wilson die.. my only set. Love the gold embossing! Slightly offset greeting again to give it more pop!
 Was sure I'd blogged a card with this inked! Image was for pink, black and white challenge ages ago on OSA, but maybe made but not shared! Inked with duster, or maybe sponge, then stamped, found in snippets drawer - added bits from stash. Stamps are all discontinued - by Artneko.
Aussie shot when out on beach walk.. not time last two days .. walked but at shops not quite same view.
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x

Love this verse ! Our God never fails, He will not forsake us, when we are His own by faith in Jesus.
Joining up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop + WOYWW

Technically I'm NOT supposed to be on here... technically, I'm supposed to be cleaning /tidying up! however, saw this challenge via Jennifer McGuire on Veronica's Autism Blog Hop
We've two Autistic lads aged 5 and 2 in our family, I'm doing this post for them, to honour all who struggle with them in it, its also very hard for siblings and parents. I’m especially thinking of Veronica + her son Cameron, and pray for them and all so affected.
As it’s Wednesday, it is also time for WOYWW, or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, so do pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground! To my desk...
(** edit below) I think the challenge is supposed to be rainbow shade, HOWEVER our lads have colour fixations, which I think it’s related to Autism. Mister Five loves GREEN and Mister Two: quote loves "PARPLE" 😁  so purple is the go! So tried to emphasise those two in this rainbow! as you can see I'm using Oxides. I really dont have clear green, and it didn't really show up as lack, until done, so will have to do.(** just found out via one of blogs on hop that blue is for Autism Awareness, so there is blue in it, seems folks were using whatever they wanted and lots used the rainbow! or brain freeze perhaps)
As only have on Distress Oxide in Violet I added some DI in Dusty Concord for depth. In hindsight should've tried that for green. still it is a clear rainbow, they blend easily.

Used Memory Box Nottingham Border die, and Elizabeth Crafts Happy Birthday by Quietfire design. Love both and both underused!
Aussie shots - the colourful Galahs love gardeners who dont mow their lawn, seed eating time for this evening's snack!
Tonight's (ie Wednesday in Oz) sunsets are courtesy of moi on creek walk and Greg, a family photographer, a bit further north shared it in response to mine. 
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x 
Joining up with following challenges: 
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au  
First time ever done rainbow colour ... and with Distress oxides, which are still new to me. Funny never chose to do rainbows not quite sure why!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Rejoice! He is not here, he is Risen as He said! + Snippets

 Miracles associated with the Death, Burial and Resurrection of the LORD Jesus. 
**Darkness: 
 "“When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the
whole land until the ninth hour” (Mark 15:33)
** Rent in two! 
At ninth hour (or 3pm) "He gave up the ghost,... 
.... behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; " Matthew 27:51
  Temple curtain - entrance into Holy of Holies, no longer separated, but way is opened through Christ's sacrifice. 
This curtain was a foot or 30cm thick, torn from top to bottom.
 **Earthquake, and rocks rent!
 **Many graves were opened  
Matthew 27: [52] And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53] And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
(*note: came out of graves after resurrection of Jesus, however the graves were opened in the earthquake at Jesus' death. (Matthew 27:50 - 54) 
**Large Stone Rolled Away + the grave cloths empty!
Finding only an empty tomb, Peter & John looked in, saw evidence of a resurrected Saviour: 
The linen wrappings and face-cloth from Jesus’ body were lying there by themselves.
(Luke 24:1–12; John 20:1–9)
 ** Resurrection and Resurrected Saints 
the Resurrection of the LORD Jesus was the cause of resurrection of saints.
The resurrected saints did not walk in Jerusalem until Sunday. To remain ceremonially clean for coming Sabbath,  the Jews could not greet their departed loved ones. 
What a monumental Miracle!. 
 It showed the power over sin and death was defeated by the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus - He was indeed the Son of God and He defeated Satan's power
He IS the Resurrection and the LIFE!
The miracles connected with the cross provide evidence that the One crucified was God's dear Son. They give indisputable proof. 
Whoever believes ... the New Testament writings, has to be convinced by
these amazing wonders. 
The cross . . .
there is no other way!
May the LORD richly bless you all this Resurrection day!
.. as we remember our LORD Jesus' great gift and sacrifice for us all... how He loves us! 
I would just like to quickly (VERY) to share two cards done a month ago. 
So far behind!
Brushos, bit of spattered masking fluid, Prim Poppy MB Die.
Thanks IO top edger die set. Dry embossed rectangle stitched die. Snippets used in both card
s.
 Left over scene with Stampscapes and Darkroom Door Gum tree set .. for another card still not shared, but didn't use this image! Coloured with DI, ink dusters, coloured pencils. Corners are from SB Magnificent square set (cut in four adhered to back as corner). EF is TH Distressed wood grain, Thanks from CB Olivia Alpha set.
I'd like to link these cards up to the Snippets Challenge, as used lots here on all cards, and the challenges below!
You may or may not know - but Easter is held at the same time as the Jewish Passover Feast, as that was when Jesus was crucified. The Passover is usually held the closest first full moon, on nearest Saturday after the spring equinox, (21st of March, each year). (Jewish calendar, and way of telling time  is different to ours.)
As it turns out last night, Sat 31st, was a full moon and blue moon, so the Jewish Passover was held yesterday, and so these are two shots taken last night by Greg in Oz, one of our photography family members. 

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/

Friday, March 30, 2018

How Good is this Friday? Christmas Challenge/Friday smiles

 Sharing today a card challenge - at Scrappy Mo's here - Christmas card time, open till 31st. 
Firstly however - How good is this Friday??
Simple answer – very, very good! or to use another verse:"He hath made everything beautiful in His time:.." Eccles. 3:11a 
Why is it Good ?         We often associate with good, that it is something pleasant too, but it is not always! This is THE main exception to the rule. 
On Good friday the greatest Gift was given (see post here):
The blood of Jesus Christ cleanesth us from all sin. I John 1:9b .. this text hangs in our lounge room
 
 1 Peter2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Both these verses are pictured in the communion service as we remember His body given for us (in fulfillment of Psalm 34:20
"He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.",
see image below) not a bone of his body was broken, his bones weren't broken but his body was.. it was pierced, by nails & sword.. only scars in heaven!
Amazing miracle of God's WORD and His Faithfulness - over 30 Old Testament prophecies fulfilled when Jesus died upon the cross on this day, so many years ago! (Image from Chick tract - Creator or Liar here)
 On the cross the LORD Jesus spoke seven times .. and after His death miracles occurred (sharing them on Resurrection Day - Sunday).
The Gospels record these things, The four gospels if read in parallel, you can see different writers shared different aspects through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. 
(eg Luke looks at Jesus' humanity as I will share below, so differing viewpoints recorded).

I have copied this from Wikipedia here ... but have included the passages completely in the relevant gospel sections below this post for your perusal.

"Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Luke 23:43: Verily, I say unto you, today you will be with me in paradise.
John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother. 
Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
John 19:28: I thirst.
John 19:30: It is finished. (From the Greek "Tetelestai" which is also translated "It is accomplished", or "It is complete".)-It is Finished. 
Luke 23:46: Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.
Traditionally, these seven sayings are called words of 1. Forgiveness, 2. Salvation, 3. Relationship, 4. Abandonment, 5. Distress, 6. Triumph and 7. Reunion."

Cards for Mo's challenge - Tree Die is a CCD, top Embossing folder is Spellbinders, one on second card is Ultimate crafts. CCD also used on both Digital bible verses. 
It shares the promise of Christmas fulfilled on Good Friday .. of a newborn  Son, Jesus .. He shall save His people from their sins..

 Now to Annie's Friday Smiles.. see over here - your Aussie shots for today. Top one taken on icecream drive, poor quality shot, but lovely time was enjoyed, loved the seagulls swarming on sand, or just flying away for no apparent reason, in large groups.
Shot below was taken on late afternoon walk, daylight saving ends tomorrow so they will be earlier each day..

Thanks to all of you who pop over so faithfully for a peek and chat.
I pray this post might bless your heart as richly or even more so than it did mine.
We are so blessed in Him!
With love and prayer for God's richest blessing upon each of you, in Jesus' precious Name, above all Names,
Shaz in Oz.x  
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/
 2. Simon says Wednesday challenge.. anything goes.   http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/     

 For further reflection: passages which look at the Lords seven sayings, in parallel.

Some people say the scriptures can be conflict, eg. the saying of the centurion. Three Gospels  say "Surely this was this Son of God!", when he saw the earthquake and other supernatural events.
But Luke says "Surely this was a righteous man." 
But both are right you see.. Jesus indeed was righteous and a man and also the Son of God.
I'm sure in those  hours of darkness to 3pm the centurion spoke more than once .. so why not both them. 
God's word is true .. it is man that confuses it! The theological term is evidence of the Hypostatic union - God/man. our Saviour.. 
He knew the frailty of human flesh .. hence "I thirst". 
He knew the desolation of separation hence:
 "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" 
... when He bore our sins .. the sins of all mankind upon the cruel tree.

Matthew 27:46,50 
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
*** Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
[50] Jesus, when he had cried again with a **loud voice, yielded up the ghost.


Mark 15 :33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ***Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
37
 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

 

Luke 23:34,43,46 KJV
Then said Jesus,
*** Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
[43] And Jesus said unto him, ***Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
[46] And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said,
***Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.



John 19:,l27-28,30 KJV
[27] Then saith he to the disciple,

***Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
[28] After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith,
***I thirst.
[30] When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, 

*** It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Butterfly Challenge - Twofer Challenge

Hi everyone, dont die of shock second post in less than four days - when was four weeks silence before that!
However, I must join up with two dear friends' challenges - *Mrs A at Butterfly challenge and *Darnell at the Twofer! Didn't manage either of last time, but these options are easier!
Here 'tis!
 Over at the Twofer it's blossoms, Butterfly it's as shown on wheel .. did all but lace!
So did Lavender, Lemon, Light Blue, Layers, and Letters and of course Butterflies! On the Twofer, the items used on both cards were:
1. Blossoms from MB Lavish Branch
(very tedious cutting them, in first card they're inside the butterflies) 2. CCD Stitched Flag Dies, 3. Butterfly Punch, 4. Corner rounder punch, 5. Bling same one on both  6. Snippets, except for two bases all else snippets (but playground shut at minute), 7. same DP was used on both, and two different occasions too!
 "Thanks" is from CB Olivia Alphabet set Disc. the "blessed to know you" set below is by MB. EF is Crafts Too.
 Now to the Aussie shots... it is pineapple time again. There were two pineapples ripening, I missed out on one as a bird ate it while I was away end of Feb, found top but that was it. Should've picked it before I went, but thought it wasn't ripe enough. This one was small, see my thonged toe on left lower corner, but oo-oooh so sweet, yummo! Best ever!
Centre leaf is lying on the ground, you test if pineapple is ripe by pulling centre leaf. If it comes out cleanly it is ready to eat. Still left it two or three days extra inside though.
Beach shot for those going through withdrawals!! yes, am swimming still though not in that big surf. I go where it is safe, that is too messy for me. Rips plus!
May God bless you in your day wherever you may be, and thanks so very much for all your kind encouragement.
Shaz in Oz.x 



Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/
2. At Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Floral Frenzy both qualify for that!   http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/    

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Stampscapes Meets Black Ice Technique + WOYWW.

Well, very sorry indeed for lo-o-ooong silence from Downunder. Things have been incredibly busy thus far in 2018, it shows no sign of slowing. Still making cards, just not blogging! (Am sure 2018 is short-changed on its length of each day! Will probably do a whole lot of catch up eventually - so many unshared cards.)
(For WOYWW, as tis
Wednesday, pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground!)
This Black Ice technique I first heard about over in the playground, (See here!). Guest designer, Kathy of the Purple Princess Diaries shared her card with it and Kathy also linked to this Video here!
Anyways.. I just couldn’t start simple and use a single image, like most others! I mean easy-peasy!!! NO! I just had to jump into the deep end and do this slippery technique as a scene, inking up with Stampscapes. Now a scene with multiple stamps on on slippery sheet of silver is not for the faint-hearted. If I'd not had a cheap source of silver cardstock (bought in poster size sheets for few dollars from the newsagent or cheap shop) I would’ve quit. But thankfully I did have such a source here in Oz ... also this was a special card for my darling dad’s 89th!
So persevering was aim of game!
 Am happy with technique, finally... One thing puzzled me though - why nearly everyone did their cards in funereal colours, black, silver and grey?
Liked the combo, and could see its purpose, but very drab for dad’s birthday.
I was determined to try another colour slant... so took out some stencils, I dry embossed the stencil then inked it up with DI Oxides.
I do like them now, wasn’t sure at first. They’re great on stencils. Also I bought the Distress glaze to seal Oxides. **Unless you want waterproof work, don’t waste pennies. A good hairspray works just as well and to be honest with stencils you don’t get the chalk residue .. or I didn’t with these colours.
Also the glaze needs to be refrigerated if you’re in high temps with humidity like we have at present. I overdosed my piece, sadly, rather a waste. Just polish off excess. I had ordered it before had the hairspray brainwave (at night, as you do)! It’s an excellent sealant.
Inky colours on stencil were Faded Jeans, Blue China and Green Pistachio DI Oxides, mixed and blended. Stencil is Darkroom Door "Mesh", small one but I extended it as wasn’t deep wide enough. (Bugs me the way things are based around US sizes even for Australian product like Darkroom Door. Guess it’s market population.) Used DI sponge applicators, washed the foam out after use - that way you don’t need one for every Ink you own. Nice, VERY! but not practical nor economical.
The next card was for my uncle's 82nd Birthday so used the Penny Black Terraced Lane - one of scene ones. Stamped in Versafine. Used ink dusters + dye inks, happy birthday is again Lawn Fawn, stamped with Versafine.
The piece on the right is a small coke can, FIRST die cut with SB Deckled rectangle die, and then dot EF dry embossed, inked with various Alcohol inks.
Now to the Aussie shots .. not by me, by another very clever family photographer. All are up at Cathedral Rocks - see here!

A Skink above, one of Scale tale lizards. Below a Scarlet Robin.
Gorgeous ... God's creation is quite breathtaking to see!
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x 

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=11899   Road trip - second card - PB Terraced Lane.
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