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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Using Ink Dusters, Stencils and Embossing paste +WOYWW



Well, it has been a while it seems since joining WOYWW (see here  Julia's Stamping Ground,) or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday or in my case ... Thursday! It’s the way things are these days - very topsy turvy, but I am here!
{I want to link up also to Word Art Wednesday (WAW) and Di's snippets, see links below.}
Loads of pickies and first one shows my desk this Wed (yesterday) when finished one card and about to make another – a thank you. It is on hold and made an emergency birthday card had forgotten about today instead ~ not enough room though to post it today.
Okay, at the back is the wee card (which I played and coloured the butterfly stamp on) ... wasn't coloured when it came and lovely atc which will show below was my PiF WOYWW 312 from Soojay. Thank YOU so very much! Also below, on desk to right is the card just finished a belated on but as made it generic, so it wont matter. Front centre is a "thank you card" begun for dad to give to someone, made using one of dad's paintings as a digi image.
Showing this to share how I cut up die cuts (please note die cuts not dies). First die cut is the SB Fleur de Lis square die, make great corners. The second one is the scalloped oval, wanted a shadow reflection in gold. So this is why I did it, the eye thinks you have a whole gold oval unless you look carefully. :D

 

Gorgeous multi-medium ATC from Soojay, cute plus.. love the background textures + shades of colours! THANK YOU!
On my post below (or click here) you will see I am working to he left on this background hee - I said then I did not know if I like or no.
This is how the background sheet started out .. using some embossing paste, and stencils. Then out came the dusters and ink.

This is it at the end of the inking ..did another layer on what had done an decided it was okay. Used DI Vintage photo, Rusty hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed. Antique linen. Also spritzed with "Shine Huey's Mist, which really finished it off, coloured some Floss with ink, too.
At the beginning of the year I won one of the NBUS prizes over at Darnell's, and prize was voucher at Sher Russ' Stamplorations ..lovely clear stamps plus was given two free masks, have used two sets here  *Vignette Trendy Feathers and *Bold Sentiments Hello. Love both these sets, and embossed them in Versafine ink, coloured + hand cut them out. Mounted on piece or neutral corrugated card.
 

Last of all , your Aussie shots ~ a Rainbow Lorikeet on his morning walk on fence top, after a bath in the bird bath, below! they are such clowns!

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. :D I apologise a have not commented on many from last post .. but will do you first, so sorry.
May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;' John 4:14a
Linking up with also:
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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Bounteous WOYWW 313

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:
Well today shares this weeks happy mail. The SB Exquisite Labels 11 to right of centre is from Glenda of Magpie's Craft Corners candy (woohoo!!!!! thank YOU dear, kind Magpie!).
All the rest of marvellous delights are from WOYWW'ers!! Yup! a total of 17 ATC Debbie's wonderful tag,  Annie's card, and also few cute star diecuts thrown in .. mailed Downunder by the Queen of Desks, Julia Dunnit.. (and rather think she did do it, eh?). I just wish you could've seen my face when collected post and saw..  and then opened all this bounty .. blown away is an understatement.
There is also on left an inky duster, DI ink pads piece of card with embossing paste and ink dusted on it but not sure I like it yet will leave it and see if grows on me..was for male birthday on 7th June but given up on getting it  there in time.. this year.

Why I received such bounty I must admit I am bit unsure. I have sent one atc to my PiF!!
However I truly am deeply appreciative, so a BIG gi-normous THANK YOU  for all the loving care and design from the WOYWW crop.. this will be my thanks will also go around to say "Thank YOU" to all blogs, or as many as can find but already cant find Fiona's ... unless it is Fiona from Staring at the sea - the email addy is different so wasn't sure.
I know RosA was in on it cos she asked me which atc I would like
(she sent me a pickie and I chose the koala), no need to swap she said.. I have actually made one for her too but it is still sitting here, not sent as just finished it as many of you know this year has had its ups and downs health wise.




this had lovely metallic look, was lost in photo, sorry Debbie.
My card hidden on last week's desk for a special little someone aged 3 years, hand cut copied from Pinterest.
Today's Aussie shot downunder down at the jetty.. yes it is wintery sky downunder but still days of lovely sunshine even if it is bit cool, but it is much warmer than UK as was talking to family over there on Saturday 10c max there 21c max here .. why do they live there I still wonder?? actually didn't notice before but this is bit blurry .. sorry.
 Again... THANK YOU ALL @ WOYWW crop - for such wonderfully, kind, caring friends.
I pray the LORD will return your kind generosity a hundredfold.
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!  
I will comment as able ~ may take 'til next week but will get there :D
Shaz in Oz.x 

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.." Matthew 5:7

Am linking over to these challenges:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a lot of snippets on card. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/  2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WOYWW 312 ~ Happy 6th anniversary everyone!


Well, have not been blogging or crafting as much of late..
However could not miss out on the 6th anniversary of WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday with our very special head teacher and wonderfully faithful at it is our Queen of the desks, aka Julia of the Stamping Ground!!
Now- to my desk.. 
Well, as it was taken this morning, and nothing has happened since then...

 
Okay, two cheeky monkeys are there on the far right hogging the WOYWW badge and the WOYWW sign. Below that is the WOYWW PiF I received from Jozarty in 2011! Still on my desk! Then there are the stamp sets I had out to make a few atc’s still not done but will make one before the day is over.. that is the plan :D below that is the tree trees stamped ages ago for Christmas card had them out to in hope of joining with Rudolph day over at Scrappy Mo’s  (mm, won't hold my breath on that one). At the back are two completed cards.. One hidden is for a VERY special little someone who is having surgery later in the week, I am praying much for her. Her mummy sometimes looks at my blog so wanted to keep it as a surprise. The other is a very different wedding card.

Have you ever bought and die and the wrong one was in the packet?? I bought online the Impression Obsession Heart of Hearts die (see here). Had this plan in my mind .. wow! it was not what had ordered .. now almost all good ~ the other one is ordered for replacement, and keep the extra one. But still had to make this card with the die (which is apparently Layered hearts die also by Impression Obsession). So scratch my head and three die cuts later this is what I ended up with...I have layered plain vellum underneath the die cut and added two hearts in it to connect it with two joined hearts below which is from CB "love" die and embossing folder set (discontinued). The Designer paper is from 2010 piece (forgotten who, sorry), used also the SB Borderabilites, and CB Vintage corners set (disc.).
Close up.. embossed the digi greeting with embossing powder and looks great IRL but hard to see here.
Not this one.. but his best mate was poking around our table in courtyard looking for breakfast I think, but we provide water and nectar laden plants, that it.. of course Eastern Rosellas are very shy and he did not wait for a camera.
Subtle shades looking east at sunset the other day, when out at my sisters place .. love the colours and lights in the sky and this time of year... winter lights.. It keeps me looking up to the One Who made and framed it all..

So happy from all of us!  

Well, thank you so very, very much for popping over for peek and chat.. and will get around to every one eventually as love to peek at your desk and creations too. Every blessing of the LORD upon you and those you love,
Shaz in Oz.x

"Great is our Lord, and of great power, His understanding is infinite. " Psalm 147:5

Also joining up with 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.
3. Aussie Blog Challenge - Bizzy Becs  Store May Challenge - Anything Goes  a lot of my dies come from here :D

Monday, May 18, 2015

MFT Upsy Daisy Die + Embossing on Watercolour Paper.

   Hullo there everyone , sorry for the big silence lately, I really dont know where the days go... really knew this year as going to be extra full on because of needful visits to to big smoke for health reasons but did not  fully realise how it throws you out. Thankfully after next month the frequency will decrease :D and apart from that am managing well.
This card was begun a few weeks back now on last WOYWW post back here (all details plus images on how made flowers etc are on this link), and the post shows my punching out the black and white DP and making the MFT Upsy Daisy dies up into the three sizes for the card for a birthday this month. Greeting is a digi too.
This is a Word Art Wednesday Digi printed out ages ago. The background watercolour paper sheet was also done many months ago, how it was done is just a guess.
However I really love this verse .. we can go to the LORD with any burden, at any time of day.. for He will hear those who truly call upon Him.. what a privilege is ours!
Rather think I smooched up the Embossalicious Desire 6"x 6" embossing folder with ink pad, it was definitely Big and Juicy Hydrangea pad, then lightly spritzed with water on EF before embossing the water colour paper. To help colours run a bit more it was definitively afterwards spritzed with Diamond Dust Glimmer Mist ...unhappily the image doesn't show the lovely glimmery sheen.

The dies also used were SB Large Deckle edge Rectangle, Nellie Snellen scalloped border die, and two  Butterfly MB Pippi + Vivienne, with vellum lightly embossed, then hand cut underlay.
Loads of snippets here in both cards so off to the Snippets playground again.. yay!!! Plus double woohoo! just found Mrs A's Butterfly challenge this week is "jagged" and have number of jagged edges on second card plus butterflies, so how cool is that!!

I also just want to take the time to welcome two new wonderful Encouragers of this blog, and thank them for their encouragement. :D
 I have joined the first blog which is Benji at Benji's place, with some stitchery on it. 
The other blogger, I cannot find her blog ...anyway a very big welcome also to Suzanne, and if you have a blog please let me know. 

Well, thanks everyone who has taken time to comment, you are really appreciated. Will return visits as soon as I can, for more inspiration!
  May not be back for WOYWW this week, but, God willing, next week for the big 6 year anniversary ~ WOYWW 312!!

May God bless your day, every one - wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x
"Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." 
Jeremiah 29: 12, 13

Also joining up with 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.
3. Aussie Blog Challenge - Bizzy Becs  Store May Challenge - Anything Goes  a lot of my dies come from here :D
4. Mrs A's Butterfly challenge this week is "Jagged"  yay!! here I come Mrs A.!! :D
5. Allsorts Challenge blog .. - no squares allowed ...second card. 
and over at ALLSORTS... next week they are having a big 6th birthday.. so dont forget to look next week! 
 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bugaboo Birthday for Hudson - Easel card!

A certain little lad in the family was two... so needed an ultra cute card ... and for once I though the right way around!!
I chose my papers first (2006 Stamping up!) .. then went through various colouring mediums to see what colours matched the paper the best, pencils three sets were ditched, as were Tombows and ended up with Promarkers, which matched perfectly. :D A blessing indeed. Unfortunately my images are bit washed out as was very sunny day.
This was a fun card ... layout is one I borrowed from Debby of Scrap Journey, see here..

Both Penguin images are by Bugaboo (see here)... I love bugaboo for 3-D'ing, it really lends itself to it! Don't have balloon die, so used a small circle die not cut all the way through.
Perfect match of bakers twine made me thank the LORD for His mercies, again!
This verse was adapted from online. Snippets used on this card so over t play in the playground woohoo! :D
I know I should give credit for this Easel Card image, but found it in Google search and nowhere else. I found it the easiest idea to follow. All these measure here, fold here, cut here details confuse me :( give me a simple image every time! love that you can make it to any size or shape. :D
I am going to join over with several challenges see list below.
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. :D
May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

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. Aussie Blog Challenge - Bizzy Becs  Store May Challenge - Anything Goes  a lot of my dies come from here :D

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SB Divine Eloquence, MFT Upsy Daisy + WOYWW308

{Warning -VERY  photo heavy post}

  Well, two weeks in a row, I am joining over with WOYWW, it must be a record for this year :D
Yes, it is Wednesday and over to some desks of the world for WOYWW What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday … so head over to Julia’s - peek, learn and share - do!
My desk, the other night .. was making some daisies with Upsy Daisy die by MFT .. deciding to venture into the world of flowers but going for the flatter ones as they as are easy to post. Rounded these a little in the assembling - with  the rounding tool (centre), on the grey foam mat on the right, bought when started 3D card these tools.
To Shape Daisies etc:  Gently twirl the Daisy petals and leaves, using your fingers and the shaping tool (some use bone folder, I prefer tool), this help turn them under to shape them and also pop the layers up little with silicone glue as with 3D image making. I also rounded the centre a little too, before popping it up on little silicone glue (Click and see here one I use).
Used also the 1 1/4" EK Success punch on some DP Black and white, bought many years ago now.
Desk this morning and pretty much now. Just noticed my wee WOYWW board is upside down, and both monkeys are waving hi! Using the fav. cardstock of the moment, Hammer cardstock on this card with a digi birthday greeting, formatted in Word doc. Flowers more shaped also have leaves  cut but not on them; sorting out the layout, which is a CAS from Pinterest - here
please note, not an ATC in site for 4 weeks from now for WOYWW312
I do have a card to share with you, made for a very dear aunt's birthday, yesterday. Used SB Divine Eloquence. Used disc. DP roses (as aunt is a rose fan too) inked up softly the cardstock while still in die, and MB Lavish branch on the side, with pearls for added pretty!
Layered up in Portrait style so it will stand nicely for later if needed. See my Pinterest Divine Eloquence for this card and others.
Verse from Luke 10:27 - had to mask reference so it would fit inside smallest die, embossed in gold Stamp says is 1994 Annette Allen Watkins on side.
The greatest commandment the LORD Jesus says is to Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart... and thy neighbour as thyself.. a beautiful reminder. Over at Our Daily Bread the challenge is to use scripture so will be entering this card for it.
 Now images from Oz today is our cute Rainbow lorikeets at the bird bath.. a few says ago early one morning.. they do have fun there was two of them one was watching at the top of the fence while this one doused himself, several times over....

 
 
Some snippets used 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 
"In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
 John 16:33
 

Also joining up with 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.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Memory Box Prim Poppy Birthday + Christmas Cards by Two.

Hullo there everyone! well these are some cards made a while back and not blogged, have rather of few of them in drafts waiting to be blogged.
This first card was seen on Pinterest as an idea and this was made for my niece's 30th, but somehow forgot to photograph it with the 30th on it.
This is how I test if I need a die now .. I look for samples and see how well I like them made up. I really like dies cause you can use up your snippets with them.
Prim poppy with Hexagon frame, if made it again would do things , make it on smoother paper as dont like the unevenness of the sponging, secondly would perhaps make one more hexagon to raise it up and tad more. However do love this die.

These two cards were made for Rudolph day over @ Scrappy Mo's - here (25th to end of month each month, except December!). It was a while ago and thought you needed two, but found out the rules are changed this year and only need one .. not to worry.. :D) The stamp is a very old snowflake one I turned into a star one, with sponging in oval mask, the Memory box star die was cut with snippets, and the digi verse by Karen from WAW was cut with SB Fancy Ovals.
Also want to welcome a new Wonderful Encourager - Robin of Paw Trails .. over here!! thanks so VERY much for joining! Robin, if could work out how to join yours, I would return the great kindness.
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. :D
May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."  
Romans 5:1

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://scrapsoflifebyscrappymo.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/april-rudolph-days-challenge.html

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WOYWW Watercolour Distress Ink + Ink Resist Birthday Card.

{Warning -VERY  photo heavy post}

Well, it has been a while it seems since joining WOYWW ( see here  Julia's Stamping Ground,) or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday or in my case ... Thursday! it's the way things are these days - very topsy turvy, but I am here!
{I want to link up also to Word Art Wednesday (WAW) and Di's snippets, see links below.}
Loads of pickies and first one shows my desk last weekend when was making a quick, and yes! it was quick card for my SiL. Had Distress inks in card below it so out they came again.. saw a card like this on my Pinterest Layouts page. Colours are Peacock Feather, Broken China, Dusty Concord.
Soak the water colour paper with water add inks via craft mat and also directly from pad in random fashion the spritz again with more water. move colour around with heat tool as drying it add more if needed.
Stamped Kaisercraft Butterfly twice with waterproof ink and also with Versafine Black Onyx with clear EP. Used the latter, as was much nicer in my two tests.
Coloured with Distress inks smooched onto craft mat + water. Then spritzed with Diamond Dust Glimmer mist, hand cut them out. Curl with bone folder to give dimension on card. Mount with silicone glue to support the wings
Embossing folder is Swirl EF was done with my 8" x 8" folder, which I cut down to fit in Big shot.. see here. Have also spritzed water colour piece with Diamond dust Glimmer mist, popped it up on double white background with silver thread added underneath + random pearls. This card also reminds me of Cathy's card spot .. take a peek and you will see what I mean!
Ink resist done before (see all details on this post, and here), stamp in clear embossing powders, then inked up with round DI tools. Used DI Weathered Wood, Peacock feathers, Dusty Concord.
I love this new stamp by Hero Arts was watching it on eBay when PayPal sent me a $10 voucher to buy on eBay!! I rang them cos didn't believe it .. was true! so this cost $10 less, about $5 {Yay! thank you, LORD!!} :D
The Aussie shot for today - this is from verandah at Easter when visiting family, at the very tip of the bird wing on the watermark is the kangaroo I spotted, so zoomed with the 24x optical lens.
"Mm, I think someone is looking at me..."
.. " they're somewhere, I can't see them though..."

"I think I'll hide.."
Note the seaview the kangaroo has behind the grasses, not bad eh?? he was actually mainly eating and just peeked some of the time.
Also want to welcome a new Wonderful Encourager - please pop over and say hi to Carole Robb Bisson from WAW!
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. :D
May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
"The LORD will hear me, when I call unto Him". Psalm 4:3

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. Allsorts Challenge -  quick and easy does it! Great Challenge here - to be honest both were quick and easy .. even the first one had not done before. I had done the second one a couple of times.
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