Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our Daily Bread Stamps + Christmas challenge at Scrappy Mo's

(WOYWW post is just below this one, thank you!)

Well, have managed to join in with the Christmas card challenge - or Rudolph day over at Scrappy Mo's ~ do join over at Mo's, you only have till 30th this month! 
I guess I wont be the only one with a collection of cards since this is the last challenge for 2015.
And, yes, the year has simply sped by not waiting for me to catch up at all.
Saw this on Pinterest ages ago, original by Darsie Bruno in 2010, when this die SB Fleur de lis came out. Minimal explanation on her page but worked out you cut two of each of the large and small dies and overlay them, mounting tape between layers. The stamp is from ODB Joy to the world set. Used SB ribbon label die extended (see WOYWW post below how to extend dies).
The underlay is beautiful sparkly paper called Pacific blue. Wish the photo could capture it. Embossing folder is CB snowflake one, discontinued. Made three in all, may make one more as have enough blue out of my 12 x12" sheet - has anyone else discovered how good a scoreboard is for accurately drawing lines for measuring??? Had light bulb moment when making this card.
TIP: 1. Once I marked from base exactly how big wanted blue layer, ruled the line down my scoreboard with pen, as shown.
2. Then turned it around the other way and ruled the other line.
3. Then simply cut by hand with my very good long bladed scissors. Job done!
This is wonderful time saver .. just line it up with base, mark both corners where you want and the draw a straight 90degree angle line on score board!

Base was a snippet base from last year in reject pile .. one of corners punched with MS layered arches was not quite right but I think no-one else will notice so a year later I use it :D The two stamps on this card are both quite old and discontinued.
More of the Bonbon or Christmas cracker foiled paper saved from previous years .. nearly used it all up but doing different styles as get sick of same one. these use same embossing folders as dont have many of Christmas A7 and need big ones for this landscape card. Used at last my Penny Black Holly leaves die. Greeting is from ODB Joy to the world set.

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 as have not commented on many from last few posts .. but will do you first, sorry. 

 May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.

Shaz in Oz.x
O give thanks to the LORD; for He is good: His mercy endureth forever. Psalm 131:1
Linking over to:
1. Di's 200th Snippety challenge - Used laods of snippets, except for card base. 
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3. Rudolph day challenge over at Scrappy Mo's 
4. ODBDSLC263 Our Daily Bread anything goes with Religious Christmas challenge.
  All have Christian verses on them all but one from the "ODB Joy to World" set on them.

WOYWW, Bleached Images on Cards + Extending a die

Hi there folks - back after wee break from WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - our Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground is home base for WOYWW, over here.

This was my desk couple of days ago... centre of desk is clear blue box of ink daubers + sponges,  and in very front, I am in middle of cutting a base for the bleached image stamped, bleached then coloured again. I have worked out how far it has to be extended.
When cutting put the piece which you don't want to be cut over the end of the plates as shown.
I have just realised I haven't shown you how I bleached the image in the first place (26.9.15). Trouble is I take photos to do WOYWW then no time to post, will add quick summary now.. sorry, Julia!

Stamped in Versafine Black Onyx, then heat emboss (need to heat emboss to prevent bleach spreading). Use an open image for easy colouring afterwards. Also use a good cardstock. These were SU, except for the purple - a cheap card, unstable when bleach was applied.
It was a  plain, cheap bleach. Frankly do NOT use a good paintbrush to do it, see the stub of mine .. it totally dissolved it. All card bleached white, except SU Moss green bleached lemon. :D
End result - I haven't blogged that card either, will do it another day. Used pencils to colour - good Caran D'ache pencils.

Note the instability of the purple on this close up, had to touch it up a bit. Daisy stamp is from Arttneko see here
Love this verse, the LORD does  bless, help and keep us, when we look to Him.
Aussie shot -  flowering flame tree among other tropical plants.It really is summertime here, we are in heat wave mode. Can't swim this week with removed skin cancers needing protection, but will be healed soon :D..
If you've made it this far, congratulations!!!!
Have some exciting fun this month too ~ as it is my fifth blogaversary.. so CLICK here for the blogaversary candy please!
I will comment as able ~ still a little behind, but getting 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

"Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." Micah 7:8 

Linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Monday, November 23, 2015

More Snippets Cards Ready to go!

Hullo there everyone.. well just doing a very quick update here again of some cards I have made. I posted back on this post here.. the cardstock I had saved from the Christmas Bonbons or crackers .. too good to throw away so putting it to good use, on the cards below.

These were very hard to photograph because of the sheen on the cardstock. Used the Britannia die for the poinsettias and also the labels 4 fro the greeting with the Our daily bread stamps set. use various embossing folder, all CBs and discontinued as quite old now. Mostly from the Christmas Winter wonderland set.

Here was trying out my not so old, but very hard Creative memories gilding wax, which upon googling found they recommended softening it with mineral spirits which in Australia is turpentine, (or turps as we call it) and to my delight it worked a real treat.
This card, like the ones above, is also a snippets card well and truly. The base was in my mauve purple bag of snippets, the  background (multiple cuts of the MB Piestra tile striplet die) was left over from another card, the coloured hedgie and butterfly from Penny Black were also rejects from a card years ago now. The verse  from WAW of Isaiah 41:13 also left over. This is what happens when you need a card in a hurry you go through your leftovers :D
  Please check out this month candy for my fifth blogaversary (link here). Candy will go overseas to "Wonderful encouragers" of this blog who chose to enter.

Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!  (behind on commenting but will catch up)

Shaz in Oz.x
 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41: 10

Also linking the two cards up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge -
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Belated Annie's Smiles, Snippets + Card to share.

Hullo there everyone - yes am still on planet earth!! Just seem to be totally inundated, time-poor, so rather scanty blogging. Had trip to big smoke to docs early this month they are not happy, so having to do more exercise{good for me, and me bones, they're getting thin but I am not ;) } but it takes time.
Have heaps to share. Was going to post for Annie's smiles, yesterday, thought would share the beauty of our garden.. these are all gone now, have six!! more vases of beauties at present, but will share these.
Another new rose called "Summertime 47" - very appropriate, it has been like summer time here .. two swims at the beach this week :D Wonderfully blessed indeed! Deeper one in middle is Perfume Delight - very fragrant, too.

I am enjoying the text which is this month's candy for my fifth blogaversary. (See here - there is a craft die as well) Hand painted with gouache + 23 carat Gold leaf on the word "faith" and the "W". Candy, die and text will go overseas to "Wonderful encouragers" of this blog who chose to enter.
This was our last lot of Sweetpeas, as the recent rain then heatwave stopped its flowering. Text is snippet, as this was done on snippet of paper .. a small piece of work :D plus gold leaf was snippet on a gold leaf sheet.
Another new rose also, had four new ones this year. This is called "Orient Express", also is fragrant. Fragrance is "must have" criteria of new roses. Think there are some "Guitar" there too.

A birthday card which  has flown over to UK for one of our family over there, they dont read my blog so it is okay to post. Frame made with SB Divine Eloquence die, DI were used on watercolour for background which also has glimmermist on it, the gum blossom die is by Ultimate crafts Australiana die.

This very wonderful verse is from Pinterest Bible verses page, originally from this blog here. Truly the LORD is my Strength and Shield.. and enables marvelously throughout each day.

Thanking the Lord for each of you, and praying for you that the LORD would be your Strength and Guide through each and every day,
Shaz in Oz.x

Linking up to:
1. Annie's Friday Smiles  
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on text and card .. snippet for die cut plus watercolour sheet.
3. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fifth Blogaversary ~ Prizes: Illuminated Work + craft die

Hullo everyone - some exciting news today!! 
It is 01.11.15, and if you dont know what that means???

I started my blog on 01.11.10 
(yes, it is a palindrome, ie reads backwards and frontwards the same
.. so wont forget it!)

It is this blog's FIFTH Anniversary!
As I have so many Wonderful Encouragers, who have joined and encourage me during the years on my blog by leaving wonderfully cheering and helpful comments
~ I want to do a BIG "THANK YOU" with a two pieces of candy~
First one is a small (10 X 8cm) framed Illuminated text, it can hang or is self-standing, too.
So this a watercolour and gouache, with 23carat gold leaf illuminated work, with flat gold leaf. Because this frame has no mount you cant do the raised gold leaf, as I like to do.

This verse is the key to our whole lives - if we get this right then we are on the right path.
"We walk by faith, not by sight." II Corinthians 5:7
The key is the word in gold, "faith", if our faith is in the wrong thing, then our feet are on the wrong path.
May our faith be in the One Who never fails, Who said "I am the Way, the Truth and the LIFE", the dear LORD Jesus Christ.
A crafty prize is also on offer of Joanna Sheen Signature die called Holly berries SD001
To enter:
1. You must have joined my blog and become one of my Wonderful Encouragers!
  This is the whole point - it is a THANK YOU to You, those faithful ones! 
New Encouragers are more than welcome :D if you are of the genuine variety!

2. If you are able to, I would appreciate if you could put a link of this candy on your blog's sidebar. Those who take the time to do this, please let me know, as you will get two entries in the candy,  as an extra thank you!

3. Please leave a comment below to say you would like to take part.
If you want the text - put "text" at the end of your comment.
If you want the die - please put " craft die" at the end.
If you want either , please put "either" at the end of your comment.

Is that all too hard? I hope not! I will do a short post later in the week showing the making of the text too.
The candy will be drawn, all being well on 1.12.15, Australian time. 

I will post overseas, I chose light things for that very purpose.

If you're not sure you have joined this blog, (as I forget which ones have joined) just try and join - Google wont let you join twice, this saves you searching.

Thanks so much everyone for popping over for a peek and chat, and most of all may God bless you all for being such WONDERFUL ENCOURAGERS!!
  I really appreciate you all, 
Shaz in Oz.x

Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Smiles, Snippety Christmas challenge! aka Rudolph day.

{ For WOYWW post, please scroll down, or click here - thank you}

Here's some of my Annie's Friday Smiles and entry for the Christmas challenge over at Scrappy Mo's.
Also there is a Double embossing challenge over at Our Daily Bread so going to try join in with it, too. First of all, to the snippetty card for ODB and Scrappy Mo's challenge
If you look on the post below .. or click here .. you will see the beginning of this card.
The background cardstock began its life as two different colours of bonbons from a year ago or perhaps two. Actually dry embossing the two joined pieces (with CB Christmas Snowflake folder) really made it look even more special!
Had this verse printed and cut already. The gold embossed "Stampendous" Luke 2:11 stamp is really special. I love the fact that in it Christ is called our Saviour and LORD, to all who come to Him.
SB die-cut is SB Divine Eloquence, Britannia Poinsettia dies set also used in three colours.
Now to my Friday Smiles.. this is my favourite bird.. (or one of them, as we have so many really). It's an Eastern Rosella. As I came around the garage, here he was - looking rather lost .. Took a number of shots of him walking up and down the fence top, and a *video.
Then... the one who he was waiting for appeared. (*Once I've worked out again how to compress them to upload to You tube, I will post video, too.)
..." okay! so where've you been? 'bout time! I've been here for ages..."
... "sorry traffic hold up.. so what's the plan? something okay up there, you reckon?.."

... "Mm? not sure??"
"Nope, looks pretty empty up here, wait on .. till I look some more .." ..
" mm... that's right ... I'm waiting again..."
What these Eastern Rosellas were doing wasn't clear, as this was taken on full 24x zoom. Maybe eating the salty seaside flavoured moss on very top of neighbour's roof ventilation hole, as it looked like he was eating it. I had the feeling the one left on fence was either a juvenile, or not interested.
One last Smile pickie: this is the flowering succulent in the courtyard garden (where I take card photos), love the tiny yellow buds, so pretty and delicate.. the bright pink is a poinsettia! flowering now for seven months. Really Downunder it should've been pruned last month, so that it flowers for our next winter in June/ July, but it still looks too nice.
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 as have not commented on many from last post .. but will do you first, sorry. 

 May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.

Shaz in Oz.x
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6

1. Di's 200th Snippety challenge - Used all snippets, except for card base. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3. Rudolph day challenge over at Scrappy Mo's 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WOYWW + Snippetty Penny Black "You are the Bestest"!

Hullo everyone... a little late yet again, however this is desk time of the week, Wednesday  .. over at Julia's for WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday!

Desk 1: The main desk as left it last night, was sorting out what papers was going to paper-piece part of the LOTV teddy bear with balloons stamp on the left. On right was beginning of Christmas card as realised it was after 25th which is start of Rudolph day challenge better get my skates on to post it before 31st.
Desk 2: Had saved some Christmas bonbons (see photo below) to up-cycle some of the lovely card. Have dry embossed the joined cardstocks, to go in ODB Challenge double embossing. The stamp is gold embossed, ie wet embossed hence double embossing.. when I finish the card.

Okay :D .. mm, I now know just how to get up most of the spilled embossing powder from one's craft room carpet! Take out one hand broom, your sheet of printer paper and brush!
Was really grateful, as it wasn't as bad as I thought. The carpet had been cleaned yesterday so that was a double blessing too. God is good.
Two cards made in hurry from left over bits and bobs. Both images were coloured up when made this card here - see details no. 4 Penny Black "You are the Bestest" stamp.
The background on top card (Birthday card for missionary in Fiji) was an inked embossing folder from a while ago, sprayed with diamond dust glimmer mist, but you can't see that. SB Petite ovals on the digi verse: "the Joy of the LORD is your strength" is from WAW. Purple edged punched border (Arrow punch by EK Success ) background was already made up too again a previous reject, but cut the corners (CB Vintage corners).
  Fancy SB labels, with Snippets of old DP. Had already printed Bible verse digi, also from WAW; card for Sue in UK suffering from cancer. I do love these verses .. a favourite psalm.
Psalm121: 1, 2 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."
Today's Aussie shot is from my sister: "This is the view from our campsite today, (near lake Eildon, Victoria) plus our cheeky visitor at lunchtime!
He kept sliding down the awning frame (whhh-heeee!!!). Apparently they will land on your shoulder. Didn't think I would ever see a king parrot up close with the speed they fly down the side of our place at home."
May God bless your day everyone and thanks so much for all your wonderfully, encouraging comments, too.
{EDIT: And a very special welcome to Marcie - who according our head, Julia is a soon to be blogger, Julia says she reads WOYWW posts but tad shy at joining ~ YET!} 
Shaz in Oz.x

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: .. for without Me ye can do nothing." John 15:5
 Also want to join cards over with:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on card.
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WOYWW 333, et al.

Hi there folks - back after wee break, but still doing catch up, on computer and other things :D
As we are in middle of another week, time for WOYWW Or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground is home base for WOYWW, over here.
This was my desk a few days back or actually the dining room table :D Ten days ago, was able to go to my second ever craft show (first in 2010). Small by O/S standards, about 8 stalls with our kind of craft (mainly a Quilting show) .. but I was greatly blessed indeed. Any more, would've been too much! Head was spinning as it was. Oh, and you should've seen what I didn't buy :D
Dies ( two on left) on sale + embossing folder $3.95, on "would like" list, as was Inca gold rub, Gilding flakes, Ultra Fine glitter, clear fine glitter paste + wanted to try cosmic shimmer glue. New diamond dust spray, tape x 2, DI pads x 2. "Baby " word die is for card am supposed to be making, in budget if not on sale. Ribbon, lace were bonuses. C
lear stamps (2) made in Sydney by ArtStamps, good price, too. I have set limits on what I pay for items. I also learned lots as they had great demos, however with blogging, we know heaps more that lots of folks there.
Have found going through my images some are unpublished. After blog search, etc don't seem to have been blogged. Only realised after went to show explain about the first ones to a friend as good way of using up soft Prima flowers from stash.
Not great shot of these, taken on my phone, I think and sent off before another was taken.
Used a favourite CB folder Stylised flowers, some Bible verses, one digi the other stamp, Prima flowers and ribbon, pearls etc.
Used SB  Octagon dies for centre stamp by Artneko ( "He Who Obtains has little...He who gathers has much." from book of Proverbs) is embossed. Centre piece is CB Oriental folder inked in black. Used double layer of contrasting ribbon and scored lines on base of card.
Used a rose digi on this.. and don't ask me where from now.. after all file searching, backing up, sorting done in last few days you'd think I know.
SB beaded ovals were also done with clear EP, + SB Fancy labels die used. Verse is a stamp from 1990's from Psalms "He shall give His angels charge over the, to keep thee in all thy ways" 
Ah, what a great promise of God's keeping is that?

This is a mystery plant seen in park near my brothers in Brisbane. I am pretty sure it is a native but not sure what. have done google search with no result, if any can help from downunder (or elsewhere) would love to know.
EDIT 9.11.15:
Have had this plant confirmed by ABC Gardening Show as Schotia brachypetala or also known as the Parrot tree.. it is from South Africa. :D
Okay, here is your beach fix, folks .. a lovely isolated beach a bit north of here, pretty to look at but dangerous for swimming because of rips and holes in surf. (Taken on my phone so a soft image)
   Well, thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek an chat..

So very, VERY glad... to have our own ShazSilverwolf back on WOYWW - been following her progress from the big surgery, as many others have on  Doug's blog post .. tab at top of sidebar if you want to catch up. ... a BIG Welcome Back, Shaz!!
 .. dont worry if you are too tired to comment, just to know you are back is such a blessing.
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91: 1, 2 ,11
  PS Special prayers for Brenda L. while I was not blogging her darling hubby Dwayne, lost his fight with cancer.   see latest post. (Friends Craftin' with Friends)
Also joining cards with:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  


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