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, November 26, 2014

WOYWW + Verse for Christmas Card Inserts

Hullo there everyone, well another quick post to link over to WOYWW for those not in the know it is What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk at the Stamping Ground!

Now to my desk:
Desk Front: card fronts with gold or silver ink edges, ribbon bling, scissors,glues Back left: production line of punched silhouette images, Monkeys - of course! minding glue and WOYWW sign under pile of cards already made. Right: more images to punch, poem of card inserts printed off and sheet of card about to rule it up for the silver and gold scallops circles. Love my T-bar ruler. Pegs for holding glued ribbon in place.
This isn't my main desk, this table found on roadside pile, fold up camping table and is often in main part of room as big space there for it.. Main desk is narrow and good for single card making but not mass production like this. I had brain frieze - when yesterday a card recount, a shortfall indeed! not sure what happened with first count fortnight ago! Eeek! so prayed - LORD popped an idea into my head. These silhouettes were to be for envelopes, but now this with several layouts.
This is first prototypes in silver and gold.. I will no doubt not make them all like this will vary .. cant stick to one pattern but will use the Holly CB folder for all of them with inked edges as have done that and ribbon somewhere. * these cards entered in challenges below :D
This is my insert verse in card below .. finally finished verse yesterday, was struggling this year... I am not a poet, I write doggerel, as does not have true meter and rhyme but do it simply to share a message of great import to me.. all cards I make are finished with this sort of insert.
Outside of this card shared before...
 Here is what is written on the insert .. free to use, if you wish. Other verses from 2013, 2012 maybe found here and here.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour,
Which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

The Reality of Christmas?

Is it those pretty snowy scenes of the northern sphere?
Or the jolly, rosy-cheeked, red-suited man others hold dear?
What do we see at the very heart of Christmas time?
Look, SEE - it is the Christ of Christmas-mine.

                     C is the for the Christ child who came, of whom angels sing,
                                                 H is the Hope of a Home in Heaven, He alone can bring, 
                R is the Risen Christ, Who died on the cross for me, 
                    I  is for I, who need to trust in Him alone - to be free! 
                          S is for my Sins He bore, instead of me, on Calvary’s tree
                     T is Time – that all will give account on judgment day

So let us look! See! Truly seek Him, while we may.

S.L.G. ~ 23.11.14
EDIT: try as would could not get acrostic to go straight down as it should but you can fix it up not on original.
Here is the photo from Oz today.. not taken today as we are enjoying some very welcome rain, best for a long time but not drought breaking yet. I really pray for farmers the need it so very much, hardest dry spell for long time.
Thanks for popping over everyone for peek and chat.. sorry, will have to comment as time permits :D but really appreciate your words.
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
PS have heaps of cards to share but dont have time to blog them at the moment.. 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto Him be glory... Ephesians 3: 20, 21a
 
** these two cards am linking over to these challenges:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Time for Friday Smiles over at Annie's!

{WOYWW post below ~ thanks! :D}
Hullo everyone - tis Friday so time for Friday Smiles today over at Annie's, wasn't going to link over this week - so busy, but this mail arrived. While was first puzzled .. then little cross.. then I laughed ... so thought would share it with you!! :D
YESSS!.. I was expecting a Spellbinder die, as label clearly says .. (more of them you might say??)
And what was sent?? a calming collar ... okay so I needed calming, that was evident!! and indeed to be stopped from talking and chewing so much :D too.. Obviously they made a mistake and have already sent another, which will take two weeks to get here or so.. .. if had a dog it might be handy. Now to find a victim for it :D no, not me! My neighbour has four dogs, mm....
Okay it is summer over here and one is very aware of the need to watch this ..summer foods do make it easier :D
Some days feel a little more like this than ought to :D beached seal or whale :D
Thanks for popping over everyone for peek and chat.. 
Happy Smiles day!!
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
"A merry (cheerful) heart doeth good like a medicine... " Proverbs 17:22a

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WOYWW Golfing card + Pineapples again!

Hullo there everyone yes a day late with this post again.. but as was told before better late than not at all :D Have been away and to be honest can tell the end of the year is coming cos the pace seems frenetic .. doesn't it?? For those not in the know .. this is desk time of the week, or rather Wednesday is .. over at Julia's for WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday
My desk has very little happening, as have not crafted for over a week. However the images printed off there on Inkjet coated 108gsm paper ready to make some cards, as over at Christian Card Makers on Facebook the theme for this fortnight is roses.. hence all the roses printed. I do love my new inkjet coated paper bought this a week or so ago for printing, had run out :D. Also have some wee bottles of glue in front there (three), on left some Christmas making detritus. Of course the monkeys say HI!! and the tape at back on my drawer set is piled up with my tape stand - made out of foam base covered then some bamboo skewers all taped together, about eight, and then poked in foam base.. hey! presto tape holder :D
I have a number of cards made and not shared; this is one made for dad's only sister's 80th. She is a mad keen golfer, and so made 3D golfing lady card.. I changed the image  bit; found it through Google, could never find who drew it, so I am sorry if have erred in doing this. When printed it off was very poor image so redrew lines changed a little then rescanned it and printed it out for 3D. I did some paper piecing as you will see. Used X cut Victorian rectangles for die base.
OKAY.. yesss!!! another pineapple .. this is this plants second one... for those who are often here will member the first one back here..
and this one  is the top from first pineapple it is growing slowly and will have on about twelve months .. perhaps. I think it is rather a miracle really .. and yes it was just a shop bought pineapple, the first one.
Well thanks for peeking everyone, happy WOYWW and may God bless your day wherever you may be, Shaz in Oz. x
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Just 'cause + a Christmas card or two!

Hullo everyone in a rip-roaring hurry here so wont waffle :D
Over at Christian Cardmaker's (CCM) group on Facebook, (run by Ginny - see her blog, and email her, if you want to know more about it) has some really great digi's that just call out for you to make some cards so here are some made this week.
I just love this verse... and good to remember when I am full of negativity. Spellbinders rectangles and cuttlebug folder which you can barely see. A birthday card for a friend next week.
Remember the batik patterns? well, we had a batik week and this was one of them available to print.. lovely isn't it? a WAW digi Bible verse.
This Digi Bible verse is from WAW, too and love it ... "the LORD is my Refuge, my Fortress, in Whom I will trust" Amen! Balloons are this weeks theme @ CCM. A great male image, focal image is raised but you cant tell. Tim Holtz distressed folder all inky.
Ten days ago I shared two dozen cards (here), most were made with these card toppers for Christmas, with differing backgrounds.. thought of doing this one with Memory Box Star mask. It has all these different sized stars on it. Used gold embossing paste and mixed gold glitter with it for extra sparkle... really love it.
As wont have time again this week to post... or so I think at this stage... here is my image from Oz for this week. My bunch of Kardinal roses (yes, spelling looks wrong but that is how they are spelt). All but one of these were off one rose bush and four of the six were on the one stem, pretty amazing, eh? I love God's marvellous creation!
I will comment as able may take til next week to get there :D
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x
Linking cards up to:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.
3. Our Daily Bread - bi-weekly challenge anything for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Christmas cards

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WOYWW Butterfly Challenge and King Parrot

Hullo there everyone - well this week and really whole year is on fast forward so missed WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday yesterday! but here I am to join in on Thursday :D.. pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground!
My desk in mid creating mode this morning, in between jobs, making this card below:
Have some pieces of Bella Bleu designer paper out, the image in centre is the inspiration you see the pretty blue floral. have couple of small snippets of designer paper to use on this card as Mrs A. wants us to use three lots of designer paper plus a butterfly for her challenge. I have a friend fighting cancer in Uk wanted to get another card ready for her -- so hence the verse chosen from WAW.
Over at Mrs A's its another challenge and this time we need Butterfly challenge - use butterfly and 3 designer papers :D

Here's the card used the dies on the top image . The butterfly is Memory Box Pippi and the filigree corners are Lala Land. The pale blue butterfly is snippet of designer paper and the scallop at the bottom is another piece of DP, its hard to see pattern on it as coloured it as tore a fraction when cutting and embossing - sorry Mrs A.!
And here is another card made quickly with an image found online if any one wants it they can email me.. all snippets except base, even image printed on snippet. :D

To close with an image from Oz today....

Was really excited today, I went to run for the camera to show him to you all - but he flew away before could take one for you. However this is what was in the backyard - he is a male King Parrot. I think he was enjoying the rain falling gently, which has been so very scarce, but took this image from online .. for more, see here - King parrot.
We also had a scaly breasted lorikeet here two days ago, flew away after feasting on the flowers on grevillea. You would think they would wait for you to rush and get your camera, and then pose for you, eh? not sure if the drought is bring them into town or what? as don't often see either of these.
Also if you did not see the fluff balls from last week and want to know what these are?.. look over here on this post.
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x 
PS also big welcome to new wonderful encourager - her blog is called "Cheiro Urgia" which apparently means handwork in Ancient Greek and her's is superb - if you love stitching in fine detail pop over and say hullo! http://cheirourgia.blogspot.com.au/

Linking the two cards up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.
3. Butterfly Challenge - 3 x DP on card + butterfly http://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ 
4. 2nd card in Allsorts Challenge - Masculine http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com.au/
5. Simon Says challenge - Good Ole Days . First card as the image which started the card and the paper are old time designs and guess that is why I loved them and had to make it :D

Friday, October 31, 2014

Some Christmas cards folks.. two dozen makes!

{Annie's Friday Smiles down below plus WOYWW}
Well, it was Rudolph challenge over at Sarn's and thought was making it okay but she accidentally closed it a day early, so I'm posting anyways.. 
Felt at first a bit sad especially as busted my boiler getting two dozen cards made, but still that is always the upside eh?:D
As I give some cards away as presents before Christmas, plus need quite few for myself, and had only done about 36 so thought had better put in extra effort..
Each year buy a set of these .. they are "Pass it on cards" and there are 25 in set for $4 and make fab card toppers. I like to have God's word on Christmas cards particularly.
And so this is this years pack - and then below are the cards made with them with different folders.
Marianne designable DS0908 with curved corners on toppers - 6 cards

Cuttlebug called "Gracie's frame"- 6 cards
Folder is "Quick Kutz A2 frame" - that's all can find on it! 6 cards
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1umQEnci-os  a video which is the inspiration for these cards .. wanted change from monotony of doing others but these take much more time. Plus was using a NBUS Never Used Before Schtuff -  made with stamp set had for ages (Sheena Douglas) never used - perfect for this.
 

Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x
Linking cards up - image 4 - set of six different :

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.
3. http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com.au/  Anything goes 
4. Over at Simon says it is anything goes http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Annies Friday Smiles .. Plover, duck for cover :D

Hullo everyone - tis Friday so time for Friday Smiles today over at Annie's .. and yes, looking at my first two there might a theme I see! yes, am on chocolate ban at the moment .... Mm, so that might be why!




The next ultra cute images are from Oz or Downunder - or really our backyard. The other day heard some distressed noises coming from some Plovers out the back 9very unusual not usually there) so went out to check:
 and here was one mumma or papa here
 and then just ahead down the side of the house where thse two fluff balls
and ahead of them was the other parent yipping and squawking at them to follow and not waste time cos there was big human after them! 
I was very careful to have hat on my head and also stay under eaves of house. I have been dive bombed by a nesting plover once :D when out walking but not at home - they are gorgeous and part of God's marvellous creation.
If you want to know more about plovers (properly called masked lapwing), see here - there are several varieties but this is the land one and make their nest on the ground and they are over on the grassy gum-treed area between our house an the local main road .. not sure if they are still around as this is the only sighting and to be here in our yard is fair way from home.
Thanks for popping over everyone for peek and chat.. 
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WOYWW, and catching up!

Hullo everyone - well have been MIA for more time than ever before but there has been too much going on to have time.. We went away, then I was sick, then took time to catch up! but without any more ado..
.. here tis WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground!
This was gift card kit from bit over a week ago actually from Ginny of Maxam made and also yesterday not in image as had posted these images on FB, Mrs A had sent me four piece of Stampbord to try out like size of domino.. thanks so much to Ginny and to Mrs A, and Mrs A. watch this space :D
After making these which are a gift for a friend, all that was left over from kit was butterfly in black and white, a sheet of navy and chocolate. I will save for other cards. THANK YOU, Ginny you are a treasure!
The designer paper is the back of the envelope that the set came in, as Ginny has pretty envelopes, I coloured the butterfly with ink here and also the gem with gold ink. 
I coloured the ribbon with ink used and 'cos had inky fingers two small bits of stray ink on WAW Bible verse when taping it on and was too late then :(
I wanted fancy corners, so used a die cut from Fleur de lis rectangle. I cut a piece of black card and cut up the die cut .. when put this on my blog before someone thought I cut up the actual die, rather than the cardboard, eek!
This is my favourite - the stamps used for greetings are from Our Daily Bread and fussy cut them out rather than buy the die as it was expensive, but stamps weren't plus had voucher just added image to colour images in photos.
The photo from Oz today is of our local creek, taken late afternoon. the large tree on right is gum and scraggy bits at front are banksia. See flower below:
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, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x
Linking the two cards up to:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au. 
3.  http://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/17-emboss-your-butterfly.html Dry emboss butterfly - first card 
4. http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com.au/ Challenge from our daily bread stamps, cards 1 and 4. This week's bi-weekly challenge is a scripture inspiration challenge! Use the verse below as your inspiration :
Ecclesiastes 3:1: "To everything there is a season and a purpose for every time under heaven."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nicecrane Digi + Annie's Friday Smiles

Hullo there everyone ..well it's Friday again :D have been MIA as not 100%.
a few weeks ago on a WOYWW post this card was on my desk... see here ..  The dog had digi Bible verse inserted with "Be Still and know that I am God" on Word doc. then printed is Nicecrane dog digi is a freebie (here) from Nicecrane over on Brenda's of "Floral Fantasies". The verse is free digi from Word Art Wednesday.. Used Labels 8 Fleur de Lis for double mount top layer was cut out as shown on this post.. and then gold edged with gold ink, not that you can see that.



This is for Annie's twinnigans :D mm, not impressed with their titles on their onesies?
Many thanks for popping over for peek and chat - I really appreciate all your kind words, will return your visit sap
May God bless your day wherever you may be, Shaz in Oz.x
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