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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Favourite Creations of 2013 ~ Aka Debby of Scrapjourney.

Hullo there everyone .. this year has been mixed for me but in spite of it all I have been very, very blessed and able to complete a goodly amount of crafting etc.
I love and really admire her work and did attempt a card in 3d style like her's (see here) but her's are so good decided not to put it in.
 
So here goes.. very hard to pick and Debby kindly said one extra or so was ok! :D Links are embedded in titles below, if you want to see how was made.

 

 
 
 

Spellbinder Borderabilities Dies ~ Curved 
Thanks so very much for each of you who have been my Wonderful Encouragers for 2013 and before. 
You really do make it all worthwhile!
I thank God for every single one of you and pray His blessing and keeping upon you in 2014. And in every day He gives us, may we draw closer to Him, or if we know Him not - may it be the year, week or day we do come to know Him as our own Saviour.
 love Shaz in Oz.x
A special welcome to two folk who joined this month.. but as they are Google plus folk I cant join their blogs.  They are Linda Knox and Willie. Although I think worked Willie's out and joined her's :D

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

May God bless your Christmas ~ Thank you dear Encouragers!

Hullo there everyone, I do pray you are managing to be on schedule for whatever you have to do today.
I just wanted to take the time to thank each you for the great blessing of your encouragement over the year and to pray the LORD's blessing upon each of you and those you love this Christmas time and His keeping upon you all for the coming year.
 
If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
so God sent us a Saviour.
-Roy Lessin
For unto you is born this day... a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
I will just close with quick card made as an upcycle from one received last year very simple!
Thank you so very much for popping over, 
Shaz in Oz.x
I would like to enter these into:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Male cards ideas ~ Fathers Day Cards

{Please note this is a post done while back, BUT not published - I had a fall last week and need to take things easy - sorry for lack of comments - am on the mend ~ *grin* God is good, and just must be good too.}
Hullo there everyone!!
Well, ages ago now I made thse cards for my calligraphy class (years 7/ and 8, about 14 yrs) to write their verse by hand inside with a verse for their dads for fathers day. Ours is the first Sunday in Sept here.

This image is embossed, coloured with Promarkers and is a discontinued SU set.
Same stamp, labels 8 fancy dies - hand cut to frame it - embossing folder is Bubble from CB.
Same as above, script embossing folder from CB.
This is same folder as top one (Sorry - cant remember the name of it) have hand cut around frame, to mount it up on DP (Kaisercraft I think).
Gracie's frame embossing folder, the printed image  and verse is from an old calendar and re-sized.
Same as above.
The children did very well they chose one the little poems I had brought along and wrote in their own hand the verses - they really surprised themselves - it is was a great blessing!
If you want to see more of their work from the calligraphy lessons look on this post here and here.
Here is my Oz pickie as will not be up to doing a WOYWW post this week - sorry. Not crafting anyway. 
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.Psalm. 19:1
There is the large gumtree on left of photo and snippet of tree on right is a the Macadamia tree. Amazing clouds this evening!
Many thanks every one of you for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be! 
Shaz in Oz.x 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WOYWW Embossing tip + Flowering Mother-in-law Tongue

Hullo there everyone - YES! 'Tis Wednesday and desk showing/ sharing and all that  time again!! Pop over to Julia's to see what I am raving on about - we all join together to share and learn on a world wide desk hop. Here is my messy desk!!
As you can see I am making a card or two actually! One on right is the upcycled card with Tree verse and also poinsettias made with Britannia die. 
Also card on the left I am making a baby card for my sister but has come to a halt as she does not know middle name and want to put details on that scrappy piece (at the moment, which change it) on left of the card.


Here is my favourite tip this year .. to cut a fine edge around a die cut, simply emboss the piece you want to cut then use the very outside edge for your cut line.. and then sits nice and neatly on it too. Easy peasy! as you have embossing mat etc already from doing original dies cut it is quicker and more accurate than tracing around it.
Now quick show of cards made.. 
These were made same as the ones on last post - see below! Also on it is a poem if you want one to put inside your Christmas card free to use it.
 This one was made with same dies up above from Britannia - really love them! and thee snowy cottage image was a photo on a card of my friend's home in Nettleham (Lincolnshire). I made her this card with a image from photo, on fancy labels 8 spellbinder. The "Joy' was a Srapmatt's piece discontinued sadly as tried to buy some more. Snowflake EF is also Disc. was cuttlebug one.
Now for the Australian photo of the day the Mother-in-law's tongue is flowering again... has been from months tactfully this one was beauty though!!
Many thanks every one of you for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be! Shaz in Oz.x 
EDIT: Am sorry, commenting will be hindered a little as had a bit of fall this afternoon and laid up - am fine, but cant sit much on desktop. Will do best on mobile :D but it is an ancient model. (like me! *grin*)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Poem ~ What if there was NO Christmas? + Memory Box Card


Hullo there everyone! well on the homeward run here - or hope to be as far as the card writing goes.. I had not time to post them but here are few had done to share.
Each year also write a poem to include on the inside of the cards I make, and this years is below .. and if you have need of it use it by all means. Had meant to publish it a month ago but some people are slow!! this is how it is in the card - but different font. 
And the angel said unto them,  
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2.10-11

What if there was NO Christmas?

What if there was no Christmas star
To guide those wise men from afar?
What if there were no angels to sing
And announce the birth of a newborn King?

What if no shepherds wonderingly did come
To worship at the Birth of God’s only Son?
No straw-filled manger in which Mary laid,
The LORD Jesus, her newborn babe.

But the LORD Jesus did not stay as God above,
He chose a manger & cross to show His great love.
In Jesus’ coming, the JOYful promise of sins forgiven;
For by our faith in Him, we have a home in heaven.

S.L.G 11.11.13

Truly how empty our world would be without the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ. Our calendar year is told from His birth, so much would change if Jesus was not born as the babe in the manger.
But most of all, His coming meant there was a Way of Salvation, through faith in His death upon the cross, we have the certainty of a home in heaven (for further details see here)
Here are some of my cards for 2013; made over 70 and gave some away as a pre-Christmas gift. These were made with snippets as is the one below. I start after Christmas, late Dec. - Jan. as we have summer holidays here and try to make about a third of them then. I really enjoy them.
These were made from a set of "Pass It On" cards (come in sets of 25 bought over here in Oz) with verse 
"the Father sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world" 
Used varying folders and adornments on them.
 
This card is made with a memory box decoration die, and also the embossing under the ribbon is from Sizzix Embossing Folders - Christmas Set #6, EK Arrow border punch. The verse embossed in gold EP is from Our daily Bread.
Many thanks every one of you for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be! Shaz in Oz.x

I would like to enter these into:
Our Dis Snippets Challenge - Snippets Rule! (W) 
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes (W).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Spellbinder Borderabilities Dies ~ Curved + WOYWW with Snippets!

Hullo there everyone. Yes! today = WOYWW yet again.. and yes, look how few days till the 25th! However have made all my cards and very glad of that, and started writing on the card list :D
For the uninitiated WOYWW ~ What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday DO pop over at Julia's blog HERE....  Today's desk is showing a new Spellbinder Borderabilities Curved die. Had to make some cards for gift, so here I'm playing!! Have had this digi beautiful paper printed but unused for about 2 or 3 years - sad! (by Donna of Bearly My Designs) but used them both up now!
The verses are ones printed out for free from WORD ART Wednesday - See freebies over at Karen's blog here! use top tabs to chose just printables.
Just love this wonderfully, encouraging verse from Isaiah 40 31 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Here is the finished card... used Spellbinder fancy ovals, and few pearls.
 Snippets card for a quickies (see here) used Marianne butterfly dies and K Kingdom folder. the green paper was actually off back of envelope but too nice to throw away!!
This card annoys me a tad as did not have enough time! Only remembered to do it few hours before needing to post it; had interruptions as well. Ah well, I do hope they like it even if I can see two things which really annoy me! I really wanted to make it special as it had to go all the way to Zambia. Spellbinder hearts, Cuttlebug "Love" EF, Cuttlebug Vintage comers, and Martha Stewart Layered arches punch at bottom - all snippets.
The pickies from Oz today - 

 This is a commonly called a Scribbly Gum ( see small pickie below and you will see why! a small insect burrows underneath and it looks like scribbles, but does not really harm it). 
You can see how tall it is it by the lady in blue on middle far right of picture. This one is in our Botanic Gardens and on quite lean! the one behind it is one also. I really love them.

Thanks so much everyone for popping over for a peek and chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x
Our Dis Snippets Challenge - Snippets Rule!
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