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 11, 2015

WOYWW +Some Inky Happenings + Snippets

Do you ever have days where you seem to go around in circles?? 
Well seem to be having a run of these days here… but none the less, it is Wednesday and need to do some joining around the desks of the world for WOYWW What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday … so head over to Julia’s - peek, learn and share - do! 

Seems this morning's desk was here a couple of weeks back (see here)! Well, at the time was having problems with this stamp Embroidered background by Justrite stamping cleanly all over. Julia suggested I give the large stamp a light sand, which I did!
 (Thanks, Julia, worked a treat) I also used my new tool which arrived this morning, so had to try it out with that – on right is the Compact Stamp Press by Fiskars and was hoping my background stamps would fit on it and they do –YAY!!!!! Use vertically as opposed to horizontally. It was super-uber cheap $13.69 (post included all way to Downunder), and came very quickly only two weeks! Inks used here are DI inks - Dusty Concord, Peacock feathers and fav. Weathered wood, with round tools. Stamped in versamark and with clear embossing powder. Piece top left from last week of Bokeh see post below.
As my WOYWW post was on Friday (!!) many of you probably missed it and is a great technique

A snippets’ card here.. the Edward Elephant image by Bugaboo was printed back a few months ago when made a 1st birthday card (see here). So cute, used SB square dies, and some baby DP had for ages now. The digi greeting matches heaps better than this image shows. It also has bit of 3D on the elephant and balloons, which also shows IRL.

A while back now had this MB Pietra die on my desk and was layering the narrow die to get a larger strip to use on a oval card. I formed an idea from Magpie’s card here. Used SB ovals like Magpie but centre die piece is totally different. Used also the CB Textile folder, Britannia favourite die Poinsettia, with Leaf Swirl die, and MB Pippi butterfly, CB Olivia alphabet die. Snippets used here .. that's why love dies - you can use snippets :D 
Yay, off to the playground!

Here is the Aussie shot of the day, taken on my mobile some time back not in summer. I was here yesterday down at the jetty, right at this spot, having a lovely swim.. Water is beautiful at the moment as still up about 27 to 29c, perfect, so clear and clean too -and yes know am very blessed.
Before I close I would like to give a big welcome to a new wonderful encourager of this blog - Stephanie of Steph's scrappy happenings! 

Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat .. will return your visit as soon as I can, as do love to see your work too.
God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

"I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee." Job 42:2

Also lingking over to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards.
2..Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bokeh Method with Cards, WOYWW 300+ Snippets Annie's smiles.

Hullo there everyone, well rather weary today after trip yesterday to big smoke - fly down and back in one day, medical but all is well .. 
 I wanted to post this method below as it is really fun method, and also this week if the 300th WOYWW (What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday) ~ share with the desks of the world! It is held over at Julia's Stamping Ground, and whatta trooper Julia is .. 300 WOYWW's!(well bar one in last year when her gall had the gall to intervene) 
Thanks so very much Julia - have learned so much from WOYWW, plus have made so many great friends.
I was actually going to meet up with fellow WOYWW-er yesterday (Thursday) RosA of Emerald city, but pulled out day before, as was too unsure of time element. Planes are easy to miss... :D
Well to my desk a while back. I am trying for the very first time the BOKEH technique (pronounced either /ˈbk/ BOH-kay or /ˈbkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens).  
It was the technique of month over at OSA. The best video I found was one just after I did this, by Splitcoasters see here. My page on Pinterest has lots of pins see here
LESSON 1: dont get it too wet or it will dry blotchy like mine.. I used distress inks  on watercolour but worked out afterwards used the wrong side of watercolour paper pad too (slow, very! are some folk :D)
: think re-inkers would be better as in the video but dont have many of those,
LESSON 3:  when you die cut use a heavier quality piece of acetate as you can get, mine was, as was scrap from a lid, but noticed the video she had trouble with that. The white bubbles are overlapped and are done with chalk ink, it is better really if you dry between, I also did the different sizes it three (odd numbers -> better balance) of larger size then five (or so of next size and more of last size. Would not bother with tiny ones again as you cant get them light and dont like that.
The one completed here has extra large Artneko Kanji stamped on vellum and white embossed Beautiful to stamp!
Video idea for this one is here. Stamp on vellum with Versafine jet back, embossed with clear then coloured with two mauve / lavender Brilliance inks. Stamp is Penny Black Slapstick cling  (40-099 Soft wings), from the playground - thanks Di, some time back :D
Verse is a favourite as folk who come here may know is Copyright 2006, bought on Ebay few years ago - by Stampabilities, GR1114. Still not sure I like this particular style of Bokeh method on this card. This is for Sue, for folks who pray for her, she is in hospital in UK, post chemo.
Last of all for today's Aussie images  .. the pineapple which we saw as a baby here down in the backyard, (and bigger, see here).
Taken the day it is was picked/ fell off 28th of Feb, 2015 - it had nearly fallen off, as fruit and top were so heavy and grew tad crooked.
In Front: the top from previous pineapple picked from plant .. see here
Didn't put ruler down very well but roughly 15cm, or 6"
Just pineapple bottom before cutting up - weight 629grams or 1.38pounds. I will add update when cut - it smells the best have smelt!!
Some snippets here so off to the Snippets Playground, as well as Word Art Wednesday .. Yay! and of course WOYWW - even if two days late! And as it is Friday tis time for Friday Smiles so will pop over to Annie's smiles too as this pineapple truly put a smile on my face .. :D
Every blessing of the LORD everyone where ever you maybe and thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat.. 

(Mm, am way behind commenting these days so will call back eventually, God willing, however I REALLY appreciate every one who cares enough to comment- thank YOU!)

Shaz in Oz.x 

" Fear not, but let thy hands be strong." 
"Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people." 
 Zechariah 8:13, Psalm 3:8

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. 
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ink Resist with Variations, Water Dragon + WOYWW 299!!!

Hullo there everyone ... this is just another quick post as have a lot of catch up in posting lots of items not shared. My desk two weeks back making a card for BiL. This is technique saw on YouTube with Jennifer McGuire..  really very simple.
Background stamp of choice inked up with versamark and clear Embossing powder. Add inks (Distress Inks here) .. three colours were demonstrated I think - anyway that is what I went with!! Here it is Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, and Weathered Wood (love this new colour!) and used the round ink daubers to apply in pattern.
Distress Inks Barn Door, Faded Jeans, and Weathered wood. Not made this one up yet.

This is the first one made up, trimmed down looked heaps better :D. Inked up white card with Bundled Sage on edges and Weathered Wood for double perfectly matched mounting. The stamp Happy Birthday is among my oldest I suspect from early 1990's only has Stamp Art on it and LA., stamped and embossed with Silver EP. Die cut is Victorian Rectangles by Couture Creations, inked with Sage. Brads are silver but look gold.
NOTE: would not recommend this stamp, as much as I like it. It is a Just Rite Cling called Embroidered Background Stamp.It was impossible to get a completely perfect stamping (imperfect in strips in middle). Not sure what I was doing wrong tried various techniques, ie on block down on paper then paper on block and press .. the first worked best... I have other background stamps this large and detailed but they are mostly Hero arts, no issues with other about half dozen background stamps..
This card was a real quickie birthday card for my sister, the SU Daisy stamp was ink emboss resist with brayer way back here on this post.

This is a quick card for a friend in hospital. Butterfly is Joy 6003/0023. Verse on Petite SB Ovals is a digi as is the background sheet. Added glossy accents to other butterflies on sheet. This piece and one above was in snippet images for ages. What a great promise to have from God's word, the LORD God is the stronghold in the day of trouble... or even when it is not a day of trouble!
Here is the image for Downunder today... this morning saw this little visitor hanging of the outside of the screen door. I quickly grabbed the camera and went out into the courtyard from the back so he would not see me, then zoomed in and clicked and came back into to get a shot from the other side... but he spotted me and suddenly did a huge leap off the door, and scuttled away. It is an Eastern Water Dragon.. a baby, they can grow to about three feet long, their tail is more than two thirds of their body length.. see another post back here where his cheeky face is peeking up from birdbath.
Well everyone, it is time to link on over to WOYWW at  Julia's Stamping Ground (What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday) ~ share with the desks of the world! Some snippets here so off to the Snippets Playground, as well as Word Art Wednesday.. Yay!
Every blessing of the LORD everyone where ever you maybe and thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat.. 
Mm, am way behind these days so will call back eventually!
Shaz in Oz.x 
PS for those wondering about the two cyclones or more inky fun just scroll down.

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower,  the righteous runneth to it and is safe."  
Proverbs 18:10

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. 
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Monday, February 23, 2015

More Spellbinder Majestic Labels 25

Hullo there everyone,
Just a quick post to share the cards started on my desk last week, as wont be posting this week for WOYWW, have others to share as well so will be posting again sometime towards end of this week. An update for those who were praying for the two cyclones that hit the end of last week, Lam in Northern Territory in fairly isolated area, and also Marcia in Northern Queensland. It has never happened before that two category 5 (highest category) crossed Aust. coast within hours of one another. Marcia caused a lot of damage.. some of which is only now being discovered. 
Mercifully most of the rain did not head south and down our way. It amazingly dissipated! We frequently get tropical lows from such cyclones. It was forecast for much flooding up north. It never eventuated, so the LORD was very merciful, answered prayer indeed. We, and north of us, have had goodly falls of rain but not flood worthy.

Steps of how this and cards below were made, are on this post here.. or scroll down, with Spellbinder Majestic Labels 25.
Psalm 91:1 is appropriate at all times "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
Psalm 91 is also called the Christians life Insurance Policy if you read it through you will see why :D Stamp is current, or relatively so - Copyright 2006, bought on Ebay few years ago - by Stampabilities, GR1114. Butterfly is Pippi from Memory Box and embossed only, very lightly, the vellum underneath then trimmed around it with hand scissors.
Stamp on this card and one below are by Stampendous from 1994,  so probably not available, I have been stamping for 25 years. This verse Revelation 21:3,4 " God Himself shall be with them... He will wipe away all tears from their eyes" - what a precious hope - it is for a sympathy card, and the other three are for birthdays. The verse, " the LORD bless you and keep you", is from Numbers 6:23,24 and has the reference on it but wouldn't fit so did not include it in stamping. These blue ones were inked with Brilliance inks an so could emboss them too as well as the purple Versafine.
All three together, had already posted the one shown last week to Qld. It was not popped up as high as these layers as it had to go through the post, will be hand delivering these three.
A card for an Oriental Stamp Art (OSA) weekly challenge and it was a layout challenge, I used the SU Sprinkles for the top lot of stamping, various daisy stamps including kanji are from Artneko Spring set 2014/2015. The three strips of a card were left over from the labels 25 cards, so really why made it. Ink was DI Rusty Hinge, and also coloured edges with it and the fine cord.
What a blessing it is... to have hands to craft and crafty goodies to use to encourage or bless others :D
Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat... 
It is really appreciated even if am very slow to reply at times.
Shaz in Oz.x
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9
**linking over to these challenges: 

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. 
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Majestic Labels 25, Stampscapes + WOYWW

Hullo there everyone.. well, another "desky" share as it is Wednesday again!! and that means the great worldwide Blog-hop around desks of the world for WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our chief's desk for the link up, at Julia's Stamping Ground! 
To my desk:

Here am mid morning today... and has not progressed much since then. This is using Majestic Labels 25 Spellbinder die set from many months ago - see here {Oo, so long and first time using!!} For those wondering about tool in one, it has the thumbs up! there are times when is poky tool only but mostly if use it correctly it works a treat except for few SB dies. Have two completed cards at top then starting on two other cards with different verse from and centre. They aren't needed this week but hoping to get ahead. I have three birthdays close together, and one sympathy being required. Snippets were used on top layers for these.
Building up the layers to get 3D effect.
Cards made with Majestic Labels 25, layered up. Psalm 91:1 is appropriate at all times "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91 is also called the Christians life Insurance Policy if you read it throguh you will see why :D Stamp is also current, or relatively so - Copyright 2006, bought on Ebay few years ago - by Stampabilities, GR1114
Stampscapes *log cabin with *sedge filler, *rock ledge + *reeds all unmounted stamp. From Snippet drawer with completed images, image done ages ago with PanPastels. Corners are made with SB Fleur de Lis square die, DP is discontinued one and thought it matched the image with fine Nellie Snellen Ribbon edge die, love this one.
Native Fanflower (Scaevolasee here) growing down close to beach, in creekside garden.
Our beach ~ a bird's eye view - a Peewee preening himself was caught some time back our on a walk - taken on my mobile. It doesn't have digital zoom so was standing close to him :D

I will comment as able ~ may take 'til next week but will get there :D
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!  
Shaz in Oz.x 
PS just heard two cyclones,  one Cat.1 in far north Qld, other Cat.3 (highest category is Cat. 5) in NT in Gulf country. Praying for the folk concerned and rain winds etc will not be as severe as forecast. We are predicted to have heavy rainfall fir several days.. flooding a prayer point too for many areas north of here. All prayers appreciated. 
UPDATE: Both Marcia and Lam crossed landfall within hours of one another, both were Cat. 5.  Now praying for rain not to cause massive flooding, we often get a tropical lows after these events.

Linking the two cards up to:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on both cards.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Frog cards, Spellbinders and WOYWW

{WARNING - Picture heavy post.}

Hullo there everyone - YES! 'Tis Wednesday and desk showing/ sharing again!! Pop over to Julia's - we all join together to share and learn on a world wide desk hop. 
Here are my messy desks x 2 = double trouble :D
Desk late Monday as was making my nephew's birthday card - used some snippet of photo paper which had been inked using the crumpled wet cling wrap method see here. Am measuring pieces for tile effect on card with snippet of back to mount.
Completed card with computer print out for greeting, Stamp is from My Stamps 44F of Australia, circa 1995.
Today's desk shows the card begun last fortnight's desk, and here layering the Cheery Lynn "Mini Fanciful Flourish die"with three layers so it sits well on card. Rest of recipe see this post here - where made wedding card - this card was test run for it. Inked up on the die cuts to match the DP.
The finished card - 70th for my dear friend's birthday. Do love Spellbinders -recipe here
A close up so you can see the details, greeting is on computer again. The green is there on the DP, it just does not show up much in photos.
This card was also on last fortnight's desk, and finally finished it as thank you for wonderful biscuits (Swiss baked each Christmas by a dear 80 y.o. father of a friend). Biscuits photographed and printed out, "Thanks" and "Marco" are from CB Olivia Alphabet set.
This is why I was absent last week was up at family's place on the beach, view from their balcony, and we did go swimming in the lovely warm waves. We have had another glorious day today but had lots of rain in between. This photo has not been enhanced, that is how brilliant and bright it was.
I really wanted to share this with you... See that lovely clear foam?? When you are swimming in the surf, which we were, it is like being in a salty foamy bubble bath, I really love that part and not sure if it is common where there are not waves of any decent size and regularity. It is is not like this at the jetty where the waves are small but only in open surf... A wonderful gift of God's creation!! That's why I chose the Bible verse below .. it reminds me of the sea's power and God's almighty power, grace and love for each of us - He cares, yes! He cares.
Ending with a little of housekeeping I am delighted to welcome a new encourager of this blog ~ Therese,  from Australia, who does great videos - her blog is Lost in Paper, do pop over. 

Well, thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek and chat.. and may God bless your day wherever you may be..  Shaz in Oz.x
"He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven." Psalm 107:29, 30

Am linking over to these challenges:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a lot of snippets on first two cards. 
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pineapple Progress + Fruitful WOYWW

Hullo there everyone!
another week and another WOYWW have whooshed into view! :D
 Here is WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's blog we peek at desks of the world ! To my messy desk (has been tidied a little since then but more needing done).
Well, on last week desk I had six cards on the go. Here is the main one completed in front centre, which is posted on post below or click here (as well as butterfly one), on right of it is the prototype I made to get the idea of design, and will be made into 70th birthday for a friend on 7th Feb. Thanks card not quite finished, made as thanks for cookies given by 80 y.o. friend. Far left on desk is half done for a missionary birthday card for Feb. Last one is the Christmas tree NBUS stamp not yet made up. In centre of desk is my card blog stamp (details here) ready to go with my home made embossing buddy (see recipe here) and EP in wee round container, pricking tool and dies used to be put away.. done now :D
Two photos from Oz today - and fruity variety - first below! At Woolworths I bought  large Kensington Pride (my fav.) mangoes, 3 for $4.55. Lovely juicy delights! Two of three below, next to my glasses for comparison.

My pineapple has grown quite a lot since last sharing here (Last link over). Full story of first plant see here.
Oh and before I close I did think perhaps I might learn something from this frog, and just stick to one card at a time (one day!):

Thanks for popping over everyone for peek and chat.. sorry, I will comment as time permits :D but really appreciate your thoughtfulness to comment.
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

"O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways." Psalm 139:1-3

Wedding Card Snippets ++++ with NBUS Challenge

Hullo there everyone! Well two cards to share ~ one made entirely on snippets only new items were the tape used and pearls !!! Think this is a record for a snippets card for me!
Oh, and some NBUS on both cards.
First card - snippets used - except base card. The Crafts Too blossom embossing folder + butterfly Vivienne MB are both new unused items. Inks (Distress) were shown on desk last post below. Card for someone in need.
A wedding card for a friend. The NBUS is the Gold labels 4 in the centre with greeting, I was able to emboss the printed digi after printing because of glossy sheen on card. All card used was from invites to wedding, except the base card which was a order of service from another wedding. So all printing on invites are on the back. The slightly tinted pink on bottom of petals of  Britannia Poinsettia dies is another piece on invite as it is the bubbly centre piece. SB Borderability Scalloped also used and popped up on each layer. Swirl is leaf swirl by memory Box. Initials are from Cuttlebug Olivia dies
Can see layering better here. The Embossing folder is Couture creations Tied Together. What was such an answer to prayer was found the font used on invite and matched perfectly (on Dafont - AdineKirnberg Script).
Also recycled the envelope by turning it inside out re-gluing it, and putting black and white music print washi on sticky edge of lick down part of envelope, now on outside. Wrote names by hand on the back.
Well thanks for peeking everyone, happy WOYWW and may God bless your day wherever you may be, Shaz in Oz. x
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105.
Also linking over:

Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards.
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Stephanie's Enchanting Rose link up party 
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