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, 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 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 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ink Block Imprints + WOYWW

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: 
Okay this is 24 hours ago, but still like this.. I was in withdrawals so although technically not supposed to be here went along with some inky playing .. I counted this morning I have six cards on the go and this is one of them.One of the good things about having a craft room (and still revel in this side of it) is that you can come and play for ten mins then go back to what you should be doing.. This is the Distress inks (Peacock Feathers + Dusty Concord) squished on large rectangular ink block spritzed and the water colour paper also spritzed. (NOTE: leave inked up ink block on the paper for while before removing and gently lift off so as not to lift too much ink.) Butterfly (MB Vivienne) is going to be on it and added vellum underlay since then and sprayed it and the water colour ink  image with Diamond Dust Glimmer mist. The Peter Rabbit Thank you card is from 9(?) year old Daniel in France, cute huh? Oh, and Monkeys say "Happy WOYWW" everyone!
This is a card started ages ago and finally finished this week.. masked off die cut shape and inked over then stamped with SU Small Silhouettes in deep blue then debossed the next size die around the image. as it was snippet of neglect since Feb or Jan last year am entering the snippets playground with this, off to swings :D an' Miss, will bring some of our sunshine!
This is the first Australian image today... a sunset at the beach - it is two black cockatoos flying across the seaside sky from my sister's balcony last Wednesday evening. They are huge birds and flew so fast was surprised I caught them on camera. There were about a dozen of them around their big bird bath the night before but missed that. (Edit: BTW had a swim at our beach/ creek this afternoon :D)
These are our two Kangaroo Paw .. red and yellow no idea of exact names as grew red from piece from neighbours and the yellow was in tiny tube and was bought as a dwarf. The funny thing every other year it has been dwarf like the ones at front but ones at back are mixed up and think they are as big as the red one now!
Close up is to show you why it is called a Kangaroo Paw... the plant when open supposedly reminded the first settlers of the paw of the kangaroo.
That's all for me today except am bit behind in giving a VERY big welcome to some new folk, who have joined this 'ere 'umble blog:
**Hazel of My Card Attic (here).. Hazel is from the Uk and has some beautifully made CAS cards, do peek!
**Connie of Connie's Crafter Creations (see her lovely blog here) and Connie has exquisitely executed cards and  Connie loves her die cuts, like me.
**Desire Fourie of Doing Life blog (here) who has inspiring complex card layouts, from which we can all learn.
I really do appreciate all folk who join as wonderful encouragers of this blog.

Thanks for popping over everyone for peek and chat. I will return comments as time permits :D and really appreciate your words.
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

"The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
  The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all"... Psalm 145: 8,9
Am linking over to these challenges:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What God Hath Promised ~ Grace, Strength, Hope for the Day!

I came across in tidying up a bookmark, an incomplete poem I felt .. so looked. It was not all the poem (or hymn as I found out) but wanted to know who wrote it as the printed bookmark did not have that either. Upon reading it all I wanted to share it .. for it so touched my heart, and thought it may bless others (the link used is here):
" This the last hymn written by Annie Johnson Flint. 
Her hands were so gnarled by arthritis that she was unable to hold a pen, so a crayon or stick of chalk was wedged between her fingers, so she could write on a surface suspended over her bed. She had hoped to become a concert pianist, but in her late twenties she was diagnosed with arthritis. By the end of her life she was just four feet tall."

What God hath promised
God hath not promised skies always blue,
 flower strewn pathways all our lives through.
God hath not promised sun without rain, 
 joy without sorrow, peace without pain, 
God hath not promised we shall not know
 toil and temptation trouble and woe.
 He hath not told us, we shall not bear,
 many a burden, many a care.
But hath promised strength for the day,
 Rest for the labour, light for the way,
 Grace for the trials, help from above,
 Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
 Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
 Never a mountain rocky and steep,
 Never a river turbid and deep.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
 Rest for the labour, light for the way,
 Grace for the trials, help from above,
 Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
 by Annie Johnson Flint.

 It really tied in well with this illuminated work I did some time back for a very dear friend in Melbourne. 
 I pray the LORD might use this lift your heart, to cheer you on your way, wherever you may be.. 

For He cares for you, not in a light-hearted, flippant way but in a deeply loving understanding way.. He knows your every need, care, woe and burden and grief of heart. He is a true Father and cares for His own... 
So cast all your care upon Him..  and leave them with Him, dont pull them back :D
He is able to bare your burdens, that is why He is called the Burden Bearer.
Sending loving thoughts and prayers for each of you who read this, praying at the throne of grace where we find Grace to Help in time of need. 
Shaz in Oz.x
A biography of Annie Johnson Flint is here .. and she also wrote the extra special hymn "He giveth more grace", another great favourite of mine.
see here:
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need". Hebrews 4:16

Linking up to:
Annie's Smiles over at  Stitch in time - as this hymn and researching this post really brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart.
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

3-in1 Link over ~ Enchanting Rose, NBUS + WOYWW

Hullo there every one.. well, it is that time of the week again seems like blink it was New Year's eve and here we are a week into 2015! (for those here for Debby's five favourites of 2014, my link is here)
Now the business of the day is three fold:
1. Over at Darnell's she has another NBUS challenge which stands for Not Used Before Schtuff, so posting my cards for that below (great prizes). Also linking to:
3. The post for WOYWW or What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday over Julia's  ~ we check out the desks of the world, all of which are much tidier than mine, I am sure!!! look and see!
Okay , was great excitement here when post came this morning, the stamp set (middle) from Sweet 'n Sassy in USA were here! Mailed by my kind friend, Marilyn in US *(SharingSimpleThingsBlog is here) and as a surprise she very kindly stamped all those wee nativity images and die cut them as well! I so liked her card she made (see below) for my Christmas card.. SB dies on left are through her too as she found a Scrapmart $10 and $5 SB sale in USA, more "speshul" generosity!! card on top right was blogged last week, just happened to be there still, other is mailed to Sue of bookmark below).
*Marilyn's card with Sweet 'n Sassy Nativity stamp and die set.. isn't the most wonderful card? Connecting the theme of the manger to the cross, with embossing folder by Darice - Cross/with words
Memory box "Glowing candles" some NBUS used here with Digi Verse: "the Father gave the Son to be the Saviour of the world" for ribboned greeting will make more of these, do like them! Holly Ribbons is EF from CB
More NBUS on lower left (Part of $10 SB Moroccan die set, ad the one top right had for ages another SB, but dont recall every carding it before, Fleur de Lis top-left had used before not counted for NBUS.
A bookmark made for my friend Sue, suffering from cancer, I put this poem on the front and the image below on the back, laminated then added ribbon and lace in the top punched hole.
If anyone wants poem let me know and will add it so you can Copy and paste it .. it is hard to find it whole and with poet's name .. mostly shows up as anonymous! {EDIT: had already request in second comment, so will add below poem "the Weaver by B M Franklin" as it is hard to find}.
Corners are from Fleur de lis Square die and just cut up black die cut into pieces for corners, and the Prim poppy from Memory Box.
I made this digi image from Google picture + used averse from Word Art Wednesday some time back love it ..!
 Here is photo from Oz today, one from a few years ago as this is very late on Tuesday night and dont have time, tomorrow is full on and either do it now or now at all.. sorry :D
where I went swimming last week... :D
Well thanks for peeking everyone, happy WOYWW and may God bless your day wherever you may be, Shaz in Oz. x

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights." James 1:17

Have scheduled this post and will link over later, when time permits :D
Also linking over  two otehr challenges ohter than NBUS Challenge:
 Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards.
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
and over to Hazelnuts Christmas card challenge too!

The Weaver 

My life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me,

I cannot choose the colours;
He worketh steadily.

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
and I in foolish pride,
Forget that he sees the upper
 and I the underside.

Not ‘till the loom is silent
and the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
 and explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
in the Weaver’s skilful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
in the pattern He has planned.

Behind my life the Weaver stands
and works His wondrous will,
I leave it in His all- wise hands
and trust His perfect skill.
         B.M Franklin
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