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

Monday, August 11, 2014

Illuminated text + A Sufficiency Check

Hullo there everyone!!
 This post came to me last night during my devotions, and so sent myself an email on my mobile :D
I have a prayer list which I use most days for prayer. It has many pages and on right side are people's names, on left side are verses to pray for them (and me). 
This one just leapt out at me afresh and sent me meditating....
"Not sufficient of ourselves to think anything....of ourselves, BUT OUR SUFFICIENCY IS OF GOD
I Cor.3:5
See verse on the middle of page on the left hand side (yes need to make new one of these, as this one was made years ago and has pencilled inked additions all way through on right side with name... it is on the list)!

"For our life is as a vapour, it appeareth for a little while and vanisheth away" James 4:14
John 15:5b "for without Me ye can do nothing."

A true perspective on life is often more clearly seen in the deep waters of trial, rather than in the calmer water's of life.  'Tis then, when the rubber meets road in life's steeper paths, then we realise our own inadequacy and insufficiency....
And the need of One Who" never leaves nor forsakes us"..
For " lo, I am with you always.. even to the end of the world."...
 our Lord Jesus Christ will meet our need, right where we are at!!!
Yes right where we are at Now.
I have a precious sister in the Lord who thinks SHE has to get her heart in right place before she can be right with God. 
But that is not God's way. 
We don't and can't do it in our own strength alone.

We need to simply lean on the Lord, our Strength. He didn't say in the "Abiding" chapter of John 15:5  "Without Me, ye can do Nothing." without a good reason. 
Nothing means Not A Thing!!
Just as we cannot make ourselves ready for Salvation (see here)
and make it to God's perfect standard in our own strength, so we cannot make ourselves ready for Service, or even just for the day ahead..
We must come as we are, right where we are at - yielded at the nail scarred feet of Jesus.

So rest in the ALL sufficiency of our great God and our Saviour for your daily walk.
 For "As thy days, so shall thy Strength be".
This is done in 1990's before digital camera and was using water colours rather than Gouache, so colours are much more subtle .. found even very good water colours faded too much.
I hope this little mediation might bless your heart as it blessed mine last night in communion with a very dear patient Saviour. Some folk might look at me and so very wrongly think what good person I am.. but you see I know my heart.. it is a desperately wicked heart, as the LORD says in Jeremiah 17:9 
 I need the LORD every moment of every day, truly without Him I can do nothing..
" I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me" Phil. 4:13
May God bless each of you who take the time to read this all the way through and may these words be a blessing, and challenge too, as they are to me.. each and every day.
Shaz in Oz.x
Going to link this post over to Word Art Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nicecrane Bird Blossoms, Oriental Quilting card + WOYWW

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Hullo everyone .. yes another middle of the week has whooshed into view! It seems to have come extra fast this week cos extra busy... for the uninitiated Wednesday means WOYWW ~ or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over at world wide desk hostess Julia’s blog - here!
Well this desk shows evidence of trip to the big smoke . alias Sydney for the doctor on Monday flight down and back in one day (with awesome test results, so praising God for that!!). Amongst tests and appointments managed to literally squeeze in bit of shopping at two craft stores in the city. The washi paper + Mizuhiki cord were a great find, but rather expensive sadly so restraint was the order of the day.. under the 3 sheets of washi are quite a few sheets of shimmery card 12 x 12" , yum! + not so expensive so heaps more... some stamps at reasonable prices too. At left back are two cards supposed to be mailed today.. shown below.
Desks below show the making of the Oriental card.. a type of Quilting with washi. You can see my mobile opened at my Pinterest to copy the card. A fan pattern made with a scalloped Spellbinder circle cut in chipboard card. Cut some thin foam to fit also, see below.

I should have cut the washi a bit bigger but made it fit, although not good all the way around.. was not going to cut it again and waste it.
Inked up embossing folder (Sizzix - Retro Circles) in gold with snippets of red and black. Centre panel is basket weave stamped in gold embossing powder on gold card, used washi paper on the die cut of scalloped circle section of chipboard (as shown above). Kanji is chop from Artneko.
Had real fun making this card I was given ages ago this set by Ignacio of Nicecrane designs cant find the link cos the site is down for maintenance but it called Birds and Blossoms set so check it out when they are back online. I added a Bible verse from Word Art Wednesday on it. They are meant to be used for calling cards etc but I tried three with a Bible verse inserted in a Word text box - loved how it worked! :D I spritzed Perfect Pearl on the image, the snippetty backing card is Blossoms folder and the white card is a CB Caramello left over from making the third of these cards here. The side peach ribbon is adorned by edging die from Nellie Snellen "Ribbons" die. For Betsy's friend, an encourager of this blog, but doesn't make cards so offered to make one for her, she has cancer.
Late afternoon clear lights of  winter down at my spot... wonderful wonders of Gods creation!!!
I will comment as able but time online needs be limited, I will do my best. However I really want to thank you so very much for popping over for a peek and chat. May God bless your day wherever you maybe.
Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/


2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au (both cards)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Our Daily Bead Design ~ Sponging or Stencils

Over at  Our Daily Bead Design the challenge for Sponging or Stencils is on, so here is an entry in for this week. I had to make a card for a friend who has just had very major surgery in Sydney and so decided to use this verse from ODB. Had this white rose 3Ded but not carded for while so it came in handy too. I pray much for my friend, Gail, that the LORD will bless her with His healing and merciful Hand. The LORD is indeed "our Strength and Song".. "For without Him we can do nothing"!
Marianne die for the frame with ODB stamp and sponged around the die before trimming it and remounting it again for strength, adding the 3D rose. The folder is Swirls by Embossaliscious, extra large one which I cut down cause I loved it so much. I sponged the ink all over it to highlights and at side too. The curved border die is by Spellbinder, favourite Lala Land Filigree corners.
 Things very busy this weekend and into next week so will return comments as able.
May God bless your day everyone and thanks so much for all your wonderful encouraging comments, too.
Shaz in Oz.x
Also want to join card over with: 
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/ 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

Friday, August 1, 2014

Annie's Friday Smiles + Nicecrane Birds and Blossoms


Hullo there everyone .. another Friday here in Oz is drawing rapidly to close, so better do my Friday post to link up with Annie's Friday Smiles.. and the snippetty playground too.
Okay these are borrowed again!!! firstly some from Pinterest :D

The funny thing was chatting to my sister just today and she was about to tell me about something then went looking for it, and she said, "oh no! cant find it now, I have just tidied up this morning!"
Quite frankly, not sure what would do if found it on my car??  are foxes harmless??
Thought this clever on Facebook, then someone funny added this one below on the Comma Cat post :D

Just want to share a card I have just made for a friend who is has cancer and fighting a very hard battle .. love this verse... "in the fear of the LORD is strong confidence, and His children shall find a place of refuge".. ah a Refuge is time of storm ~ we all need that! I truly would not have made this far through life if the LORD had not been my Strength and Stay through each and every day!
Had real fun making this card I was given ages ago this set by Ignacio of Nicecrane designs cant find the link cos the site is down for maintenance but it called Birds and Blossoms set so check it out when they are back online. I added a Bible verse from Word Art Wednesday on it. They are meant to be used for calling cards etc but I tried three with a Bible verse inserted in a Word text box - loved how it worked! :D I spritzed glimmer mist on the image, the backing card is made with the CB Houndstooth embossing folder inked up in Memento Chocolate before embossing, distressed afterwards with sanding blocks - looks like felt. :D Added two brads, snippet of chocolate ribbon at side.
 .. hope it brought some smiles to your face!
Happy Smiles day everyone!! 
and may God richly bless your day wherever you may,
Shaz in Oz.x
{PS. As this is supposed to be smiles post wont mention that today is the first of August.. pinch and punch for first of the month ...
Wow, is it skating by? all downhill from here :D) }
Linking the card up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on card.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bugaboo Edward Elephant Present First Birthday card + WOYWW

Hullo everyone .. yes another mid week post.. and yes am pleased to report the card begun last week and chair recovering are are both finished yay!!!. Enough waffling, here to my desk, for it is WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over at world wide desk hostess Julia’s blog - here!
okay an exciting desk for me today for a number of reasons.. firstly have finished Husdon's card which I began back here on the 9.7.14. The lovely aqua butterfly card is from a very special crafter in USA. I met Marilyn on Christian Cardmakers a facebook group which you are most welcome to join. I show her card and Hudson's below. Also I have my very first Lili of the Valley 8 x 8 pad and oh am totally in love.. 8" x 8" is so much better than 6" x 6". Only have three of 6" x 6"  but would not bother getting them now  8" x 8" way to go! LOTV had a sale on them and their stamps so splurged and bought a stamp too the man in the beach chair. One good thing about selling cards means more stash (thanks Nat).. legitimately :D
Kindly sent as RAK from Marilyn On Christian Card Makers Face Book
Punch layered arches corners discontinued SU DP, Victorian squares dies, and SB Ovals petites coloured with primsacolours, EF Is CB Spots and Dots. With sponging around die edge done with Adirinodack Cloudy Blue. Bugaboo 3D "Edward Elephant Present" image for a first birthday card
 




Recovering chair shown last week.. some said last week the cushions could come off but these most definitely could not!! So used blunt nosed scissor and pushed and shoved the folded edge in and under the plastic between cushion and chair as shown.. talk about hard on arthritic hands but well worth it! Don't you think??
Last here are two photos from Oz - took these when was in courtyard garden taking card photos this the weed - it grows where it wants not where you want it necessarily.. it is Vinca and is growing in cracks in concrete. Right back plant is a cordyline.
this is a favourite bromeliad...
A special welcome to two new encouragers of this humble blog - to Cathy of the Playground and Cathy's Card spot - look at this lovely piece! and also to TillyTrotter..trying to hunt out her blog?.
Every blessing, thanks so very much for popping over for a peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be!
 Shaz.xx
Also want to join Bugaboo card over with: 
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/ 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christmas Cards Upcycle .. again!

{For Annie's Friday smiles - click here}

Okay some how or t'other the 25th of July has snuck up on me yet again!.. I ask you - just how does this happen!?? am quite sure it was the first, just a few days ago?? so 25th or in my case 26th means it is the time for Sarn's Christmas challenge, called Rudolph Day over at Stamping for Pleasure! 

I do like to try and join cos it means two more cards made for the end of the year.. and they are slowly adding up..
As it happened my sister gave me this week some cards she had finished with - and among them were some  Christmas cards so thought yes! will upcycle these!! I really love this first one is is all sparkly and beautifully embossed too... unhappily not much of the sparkle shows on the baubles. I did not like the greeting. Each of my cards must reflect the rel reason for Christmas somewhere on the card .. if not in the image.. after all it is Christmas we are celebrating ... so re-cut the bottom. Used snippets of gold on this card as well.
 The next card was fiddly cut out.. and not sure would bother again as not 100% on it.. however is it is one more card made for the pile!
The greeting on it was a pass it on card received several years ago and been sitting on top of my drawers. Used more gold snippets and red mounting - simple cards as time was of essence.
 One more thing before I close, I have recently found out about a new method.. thought I would share as this is an easy Christmas card. I hope to make some of them! 
"My quilted candle card, is from the Hanko Designs Holiday Pattern Kit. To see the paper quilting technique, go to this video by Hanko.
I chose to "pad" only the candle, and made the flame with gold textured paper pasted over cardstock and trimmed to shape. It was given a raised effect with 3-D tape underneath."

If you want to see some more paper quilting see Pinterest - my page.
Do pop over to Sarn's for more inspiration folks!! and thank you so very much for popping over for a peek ad chat - and may our wonderful heavenly Father God bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x
Also want to join over with:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/ 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge and "White on White" at Allsorts

{ANNIE"S FRIDAY SMILES - post see down below) 
Hullo everyone well this ultra quick post to lob in and share this card.. over at Allsorts it is White on White (first card) and at Mrs A's challenge is spots and stripes (second card) so decided to combine the two. Had this idea y'see! ;D
So here tis! wanted to use vellum embossed with stamps (Elusive Images) hardly ever used - on vellum, white embossing powder and Versamark, and a frame with glitter card. Now had to use square punch by EK Success and the scallop Spellbinders as two dies (square and scallop) would not work. Embossing folders are CB Spots and Dots, and Candy stripes,  "Just for you" is SU "All Ovals" with oval punch. Then looked at it afterwards and realised: 1. it had no butterfly and 2. my friend who I was giving this too would want some mauve on it. (and why does white look cream on left?)
So out came the Tombows and coloured the back of the vellum, re-stamped the Just for You stamp and mounted on snippets of brayered glimmery card and punched two butterflies with same, added some pearls, and ta da!! another look to the same card. Now is just me or does this one look heaps better?
As this card has snippets am also popping over to the snippets playground and also to Word Art Wednesday and the Anything goes challenge.
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

Annies Friday's Smiles for this week!

Well, am not always good at joining up but saw few things wanted to share this week so linking over with Annie's smiles! for some more to warm the cockles of your heart - look over here!
This brought a chuckle and cracked a smile when read on Facebook, "the fount of all wisdom", this week.. bit redundant the instructions? or maybe the Chinese really think we need them?
This next image I found on Pinterest and really have soft spot for A.A.Milne .. never will grow up s maybe that is why!! and really love the sentiment on this one .. we need much to be thankful each day .. count your blessings, name the one by one! 
One of the folk I am friends with on Facebook often lists three blessings of the day for which she is thankful ~ a good practise I think!
and last one read on Facebook.. gave me a chuckle anyway... definitely age related:
 "Did you just fall???"

"Noooo... I attacked the floor."

"Backwards?"

"I'm talented."


Lastly will share two photos from my garden which gave me a big smile. First one is my rose garden which is why did not post items above this last week as was intended. Was flat out mulching, feeding and laying wet newspaper under all the roses. Then yesterday ultra kind family members arrived with three new babies for this rose lover. YAY!! and so healthy, they are just bursting with buds ... all VERY fragrant as that is the main criteria to arrive in this garden. They are from right to left "Close to You", "Fiona's Wish" and "Firefighters".
This next shot had me puzzled at first, till I woke up. We planted a packet of ordinary sweet peas then cos not many were shooting (but not so now) I bought a punnet of Bijou Dwarf Sweet pea as they would cover the bottom of the trellis. However two plants streaked away and were not fragrant with white only flowers; a little annoyed till realised they were sugar snap peas! yum! so there are the peas almost ready to eat down the bottom of the plant. Now there are only two plants thus far, so possibly the other six plants are bijou and two are peas??
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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WOYWW + Vellum Card Completed!

Hullo everyone .. well another WOYWW or What is On Your Wednesday is upon us.. yes! amazingly another week has passed. For the initiated, to see just what WOYWW is about do pop over to our hostesses desk Julia of the Stamping ground and see for yourself! So here is my desk!
Some of you might be forgiven for thinking you have seen this desk before as it rather similar to the one I showed two weeks ago! I had to interrupt the making of this ultra cute Bugaboo image card for my great nephews very first birthday to make the card shown below. But now I do have a card layout chosen which is the sketch on the right (but going to flip it have decided) near the monkeys and their WOYWW badge. To left far bottom corner is new Versafine ink pad in Imperial Purple .. I love these pads they emboss so beautifully, and my fav. navy blue pad is one of these and as love purple have decided to get this one .. not tested yet.
Next exciting image is of the newbie in my craft cum computer room. I have inherited this cast off of a swivel draftsman chair which is nicely raised for my desk which is standing height as do most of my crafting that way. As you can see it is in need of new covering and those red colours dont quite go, so have some material saved from old curtain one side were okay other side had worn out. Plan is to cover it ...so watch this space. On left behind it is my cutting station.. an old TV cabinet from 1960's which my dad turned into a bookcase... now has crafty items stored in it. Have a big shot as well as cuttlebug as thought the CB was broken (2 years ago now!) and then someone on WOYWW sorted me out on it so the Big shot is used for certain things and CB for others!
Here is the card I was working on last week's desk (Nat look away). Has La la Corners, the HB greeting is Memory box, Sarah & 18 is Olivia CB alphabet, the 18 underlay gold is from SB labels 8 fancy set. The music stamp is from Victorine originals. Has special poem inside which is on my desk today, under the print out for Hudson's greeting.
Last image of the day is of the large seas we have been having up and down the cost at the moment though they are dropping now. Sadly we have visitors who dont realise how dangerous these seas are. A Scandinavian visitor was swept out to sea at 5pm yesterday, at South West Rocks south of here, and north at Ballina two days ago, a young Asian man was also swept out to sea.. not first and sadly wont be last. And yes has happened right at this spot in last twelve months, usually visitors but occasionally even a local may have it happen.
Well, thanks so much every one for popping over for peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be. Shaz in Oz.x
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/ 

2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WOYWW + Stamping on vellum

Well, this is going to be one licketty-split post today!!
As not much time for the craft room or the computer for that matter.. the garden beckons and will for another week or so until the roses are done. Took delivery this morning of the annual mulch and food for the three dozen roses out the back. It is winter here. They have been pruned, weeded dug over and sprayed with lime sulphur for black spot. Now wait all the bags of food and the wet newspaper and mulch on top to impede the growth of weeds and keep the water in  the soil. Costs a small bucket of money or two at this time every year. Now to my desk... for it is WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over at world wide desk hostess Julia’s blog - here!

Okay - card started on last weeks desk is in cellophane bag at back, with NOT any more done on it!! flat out since last Wednesday, out every day till yesterday, plus weeding garden. Had started another card .. an 18th birthday one (hence test run with die cuts with scrap card). I have stamped on vellum with music background stamp (with Versamark and ultra fine Ranger gold Embossing powder). I love the Victorine Original stamp bought on eBay .. beautiful etched and a delight to use! The colours requested were mauve, light green, or yellow and orange. Used the Riveria Kaleidocolor to brayer two pieces of gloss for the die cuts. The plan is to make it like this last  music card on this post here.
Finally sharing a card and atc received some weeks back but kept forgetting to share it .. aren't they lovely? both atc and card made by Robyn of Waterlily cards - thanks dear friend! :D
Now for the photos of Oz today.. am sharing some play with camera - first one is called Reflections and second one is Fragmented (think it kind of does your eyes in  this one). Last one is as the eye sees it.
 
We saw two whales breaching the water, about half way out to the skyline from waves breaking. They were having fun on their way up north to warmer waters. This view is from my sister's verandah.
Happy WOYWW everyone!
I will comment as able but time online needs be limited, I will do my best, may take me while to get back to you :D However I really want to thank you so very much for popping over for a peek and chat. May God bless your day wherever you maybe.
Shaz in Oz.x
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