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, April 16, 2014

WOYWW ~ in the Australian Rainforest..

{WARNING - picture heavy post}
Yes! hard to believe but here we are again.. checking out desks of the world over at Julia's blog - because, believe it or not, another Wednesday is here! So it is time to link up for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday! 
So here is my desk! Well, where I am/ was today! out in the local rainforest with family! First  starting down low... at ground level!
A native ground-cover violet.. have it in our yard growing too, comes up in moist areas.
Then in rainforest path . .. where creek meanders.

Rainforest proper - the subtleties of the light from ground cover to skyline are glorious!
A palm or two...
Well camouflaged butterfly see near the bird on the watermark... sitting on rock.. they were amazing the way they hid!
A kookaburra sits in an old gumtree.. or not!
 Back home, I was being shown the pumice washed up on their beach.. was amazed at the size from underwater volcano ... water is on cement because was also shown how well it floats!
To show you my desk was in use yesterday I will show the card I made and delivered to a dear friend on the way home. They also are really suffering under cancer recurrence, makes you count your blessings. May the LORD be their Comfort and Strength in it all.
The background sheet under central image was done with my colouring method on embossing SB Lattice folder - shown here and here. Other elements are Spellbinder label adapted, the Nicecrane Birds and Blossoms, digi verse I think from
Thanks so very much everyone for popping over for a peek and chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe (sorry in advance , will comment as able).
Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on card.
The  sheet on bottom  of main image was from card three weeks ago rejected - originally a daisy folder in yellow re-embossed and colour change plus! plus other snippets.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Monday, April 14, 2014

Marbling with Re-inkers + OSA challenge 267

Hullo one and all.. how quickly we are flying through another week! 
Well beginning this week with a challenge or two this week..As most of you know I belong to OSA (or Oriental Stamp Art group). Each week there are layout challenges and monthly there are technique challenges.
Last week's layout challenge is over here. To make a card with punched or cut out vase and flower in CAS style, must have stamping and be Oriental.
I had a play a week or so ago for the April "re-inkers and make a background" challenge with glossy photo card and dye re-inkers, but did not make a card (plus used silver alcohol re-inker a little with alcohol blending solution to aid ink dispersion, cleaned off excess with a hand wipe and this really made it pop. Excess ink removed once it was dry made it all stand out.). Really intense and almost like marbling! The saw challenge 267, thought to combine it, so hot off the press, here's two!

Stamped Artneko Small Brushstroke Orchid 
Used the colour with water markers and "huff" method.
Cuttlebug Alphabet Olivia die has a vase (and flowers) with phrase "hi" on it. Put Taylor Expressions eyelet border on side to show off more of the inky photo paper. Rounded corners on right side to reflect the scallop on left.
Love both of these cards and method.. plus used "Not Much Used Before Schtuff" again!
Update on folk in Far North Qld with Cyclone Ita: Well, she packed a punch but no where as bad as feared - mercifully no deaths, some homes, about forty, in Cooktown damaged and lots of flooding from the torrential rain. Sadly many banana and sugar cane farmers have lost a lot of crops, rain and wind flattened them. However compared to what was predicted, this was better news in a lot of places, so thanks for thoughts and prayer.
Thanks too for popping over for peek and chat. May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be! Shaz in Oz.x 
I would like to join thse over to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge -  Used snippets, white sheet with border die had been sitting around for ages awaiting inspiration, rejected on another card.  
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thank You cards - OSA, Masking Stamping et al.

Hullo there everyone - just a very quick post.
First of all please say special prayers for folk up in Far North Queensland who are awaiting the arrival of Cyclone Ita, Fri evening, a category 5 cyclone (most severe), and strengthening. Due to hit just north of Cairns at 10pm our time or 1pm UK time. I'm praying hard for God's mercy & keeping on all folk there. (Update Sat 6pm - hit land as Cat. 4 cyclone, now weakened to Cat.1 but still big winds + huge dumps of rain -> much widespread flooding. Answered prayer it was no where near bad as thought, and no loss of life.)

A few weeks back (here and here) shared with you some DAK's from OSA folk for birthday and whilst I was not well. I was so grateful for these caring folk I made some thank yous. As there quite a few, I made some batches... some easier than others. Mostly the cards were based on ideas I had after doing the wonderful challenges that Sonia thinks of and hosts each week on their challenge blog (see here).
Cards ~ with mask cut from Spellbinder Octagon dies, sponged Brilliance inks, SU Oriental stamp set.
 Cards made with Challenge taken from Joyce's purple gold card from here, made with 1 3/8" circle punch folded into squares.

 Set again made with SB die classic oval mask, sponged the Brilliance inks, SU Oriental stamp set.

 Cuttlebug folder Oriental frame set of our- inked like this post here, used SB octagons again plus charm. 
When colouring up add the colours you want it to go with it . As was shown on this folder here - looked at image and added those colours.
 Another one -same method but with SU tiny tag punch and stamp set, "friend" + "thanks so much".

Tnks so much everyone for popping over for a peek and chat, may god richly bless you and those you love. Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
2. Stamping Sensations April Challenge - Use those Dies and/or Punches-   Punches or dies used on all cards.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Inking up Embossing folder + WOYWW

Hullo there everyone! Well, as quick as a blink it is now time again for  WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday hosted at our Head Desker, Julia of the Stamping Ground. Take a peek and learn just what folks are crafting making creating all 
over the world!
Well here is my desk as of now! A mess indeed, but creative one! an umbrella card from a precious friend is in the centre -  stamps near monkeys ready to put away as cleaned, few faithful tools, on left front is a card in process of being made. I surely hope I get to it today and one other out of view almost done .. two cards on go, plus one need to start...
Last week's desk brought some interest on inking up embossing folders, so have  taken some photos to share steps. Desk two days ago:
 Silver fern folder by Craft Concepts - use Brilliance pigment ink spots as have great sheen and easy.
Another inky effect all cut up ready to assemble on half made card... from Oriental set by Cuttlebug.
Step one: ink up base colour flattest side of embossing folder  - this can vary. 
Blue one above is opposite side to this one.
 Step 2: Emboss in cuttlebug. Clean folder sooner rather than later as much easier before drying :D wonder why I know?
Step 3: Added inks above to achieve effect desired.
The card on my desk came yesterday from France, isn't it so lovely? admired it on Anne's blog over here and lo! it appeared in my letter box - so kind!
Now to the view from Oz today... yes it is just this beautiful five minutes walk from here over at the special spot I like to wander when time permits.. how's this for a glorious part of Gods creation?!
Thanks so much everyone for popping over for peek and chat - you make my day. May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
PS cards from last week on posts below.. bit of catch up, if you want to peek!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge + Nicecrane Butterfly & Flowers

Hullo there everyone ... well this is a bit rare, two posts in one day! but really am getting backlog of cards so need to do something about it!! these two have made in the last few days.. 
First is seeing Mrs A. Butterfly challenge required yellow and any number of butterflies, thought of this image and away I went! used CB folder "Daisies", SB Fancy Oval for image (detailed with frosted yellow chalk + glossy accents), SB oval petites and Fancy labels 3 for greeting, ribbon and pearls. Bible verse stamp is from Our Daily Bread, so entering it also in their challenge.
 Using the Nicecrane Vintage Butterfly and Blossoms set on both cards. Below is the card I was working on my desk late Wednesday, is already winging its way to England. Made with CB Kassie's Brocade larger folder, SB Beaded Ovals for image, (Panpastel dusting on open areas before removing die), greeting in SB Fancy labels, EK Success Arrow punch used with ribbon and pearls.
I made it into an Easter card as the Bible verse digi stamp is about the Good Shepherd from Word Art Wednesday, and thought it appropriate.
Here is the verse here if you would like it.

Verse is by Karen of Word Art Wednesday, see here. Right Click on it to save it.
I wrote a poem to go inside my friends card .. and although not brilliant, you are welcome to sue it for your Easter cards if you wish.

Jesus said: “I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
The Lord is my shepherd,
We are the sheep of His pasture,
What great treasure is this!
To have this comfort through each day,
Whether it brings good or something amiss,
God blesses His own, come what may!
This Gift found freely in Jesus, His Son,
Is waiting to be accepted by every one.

SLG – 2.4.14

God richest blessing to you this Eastertime,
As we remember this great Gift given for us.
  May the LORD richly bless you and those you love today and in the week ahead that the LORD has given. If you are struggling with burdens or cares, take to them to the One Who understands - like no-one else! For in Him we find Strength, Peace and Rest; freely given to all who call upon Him.
Love and prayer for each of you dear ones out there. You are such a blessing to me,
Shaz in Oz.x

Would like to join these over with the following:
1.  Mrs A's current Butterfly Challenge where we have to use 'yellow' for Spring:

2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on second card. 
3.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
4. Over at Our Daily Bread Designs blog they're celebrating their anniversary. Woohoo! "Use ODB stamps", so would like to enter the second card.

5. Stamping Sensations April Challenge - Use those Dies and/or Punches- used for both cards

Bugaboo Expecting Baby card

Hullo there everyone!!
Mm, have had the first card waiting in  the wings for some time now.. it is puggle card.. what is "puggle" you ask? well, according to common parlance in Oz it is a baby platypus - however quick Google search has said common parlance is not right (now who will adjudicate that??)  see here,  or  for image see to the right... 
Anyway, I wont decide here! It was the name friends of my sister gave the baby before it was born as they thought it better than saying "it". My sister wanted to give them a "Anticipating your new puggle" card and so hunted for a image and we found this ultra cute one by Bugaboo! cute huh??
Made it up with snippety bits and did a piece of paper piecing on it too! mm, that was fun! very simple layout , but used some chipboard first time for yonks!
When the baby son arrived here is the card I made with it!! Used some SU (discontinued) papers here again rather snippetty bits - I find lots of my DP are this way! Another Bugaboo stamp chosen by my sister - again ultra cute! 
Use EK Success Arrows punch on border, Spellbinder squares; one square was made into rectangle, more Spellbinder for greetings.
Thanks so much everyone for popping over for 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 card.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3. Stamping Sensations April Challenge - Use those Dies and/or Punches- used both on second card.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WOYWW + Nicecrane Blossom Birds Vintage Images

 {Warning ~ photo heavy post}
Hullo there everyone - Yesss! another week of desk hopping again already over at WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday chez Julia) and wow! what glorious autumnal day we have here in Oz! Just superb, God-blessed, sunshiny weather, with some good rain at night .. perfect Goldilocks weather. 
Here is my desk as left last night - you can see me in the middle of making another card with the wonderful Nicecrane images shown on last week's desk.
Embossed Kassie's Brocade folder (CB), die cut image with Beaded Ovals (SB) and fancy labels 3 with verse from Word Art Wednesday. See also on desk ribbon under consideration, new purchase of tacky craft glue from Spotlight at rear and the "Joy" diecuts still hopefully waiting to be made into Christmas cards.. for quite a few months!
Now on left - my desk a few days ago...
 I really had fun inking up a folder here. First swiped a royal blue pad across the flatter side of folder then embossed in CB  for blue impression on white snippet of card (CB Floral Screen). Took Brilliance Dewdrops in green, gold & iron metallic colour; randomly swiped over the blue embossed card and dried with heat gun. Verse is from Word Art Wednesday. Direct from Karen's blog - see here, or right click to save file:
What a joy to have that strong strength as real comfort in the midst of deep trial - this card was sent to dear brother in LORD, who is really going through the mill - and of course, his wife too - in small Qld pastorate.
Mount images on gold; as was running out of gold paper, I used Verasmark swipe on edge and gold embossing paper for the bottom layer on card base, hence the uneven edge.
And here is the finished card .. must admit these images are even better in real life than on screen and they are so special to work with!! I have a $50 Canon Inkjet four year old printer.. and used ordinary card from Officeworks for this digi image and they print just superbly!
Thank you so much Ignacio, for so kindly sending me these beautiful Birds and Blossoms images!
I thought I would share these two photos as my Aussie shots this week.. 
A few months back family and I were sitting on bank above this beach.. 
Watching as a small group pulled up in a four wheel vehicle with trailer on back, then unpacked the motorised chair below, and the two pups and co. proceeded along the beach for their walk. It did cheer one's heart to see it.
Thanks so verry much everyone 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 card.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Monday, March 31, 2014

Artneko Christian Images of Children + Texts ~ Snippety like!

Hullo there everyone! Some "snippety" work to share with you here today! First off is some masking and black silhouette embossing with image below. Stamped + embossed image on white snippet. Use Nestie die cut for mask, used Adirondack lemonade and Cloudy blue, mixed with Distress Ink Broken China. The folder is from Forever Friends and used glitter on red embossed heart to tie in with greeting.
Stamps are a new set from Artneko, Christian Images of Children + Texts. So good to work with, so beautifully cut, love them! here they are here. You dont have to buy whole sheet, they can be bought individually
One post few weeks ago, I used some of these stamps with the polished stone method back on this post here... lovely inky fun!
 Another snippets card - had this lovely piece of rose paper (Bearly My Design digi paper) left and the purple and thought could make card with that! so here we are. I used my long Xcut scallop rectangles for the scallop edge.. shifted twice to get the length, plus SU scallop and oval punch with Daily Bread mini tag stamp. Karen, who I sent this card to is really going through the mill. May God strengthen and encourage her heart and pour out His healing mercy - "as thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deut. 33:22) and I pray for the needs of your heart, too.
Have more cards to share but not time to post it seems. Commenting will be made as able - but really appreciate you all popping over and caring to comment. May God richly bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on card.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3. Over at Our Daily Bread Designs blog they're celebrating their anniversary. Woohoo! "Use ODB stamps", so would like to enter the second card, which has stamp from Mini Tag set 3.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Oriental Stamp Art Cards Received

{WOYWW post below}
Hullo there everyone. A very sunny, warm day here - hard to believe it is autumn.. but we are grateful none the less :D 
I have some more cards to share! "Get Well" cards from the wonderful folk of OSA  (Yahoo group Oriental Stamp Art) . We also have weekly card challenges and some of these cards are from these - see blog here. I shared  others last week on this post here.
From Sabine, a lovely easel Panda card - how cute!
Carolyn S. beautiful tastefully executed monochrome card
Lydia S. in Oz made this beautifully toned and embellished Oriental card
Ultra cute glittery card from Margo ~ open it up and it says "I am your biggest fan!" It did give me a laugh!
Card from Nancy F. in chocolate shades and red sparkly embellies.
Sabine's soft pretty card - which was from a layout challenge here
Wonderful Starburst card by Wendy Mc. - fab isn't it . see "How To" link here with video
Another of the stunning starburst or sunburst card made by Laurel S. - if you watch video, it really is inspiring way to use up double side DP
Well, thank you so very much dear friends for caring enough to send me all these wonderful cards, and for all your cheering thoughts and kind prayers on my behalf. I am much better mostly now .. except last nigh jammed my left (thankfully) paw in the door, now left arthritic finger all strapped up.. kind of as if I want some attention - some way or other!! *grin*.
May God bless you and your dear ones, wherever you may be, and thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat!
Shaz in Oz.x

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oriental Stamp Art Challenge + WOYWW

Yes! hard to believe but here we are again.. checking out desks of the world over at Julia's blog - because, believe it or not, another Wednesday is here! So it is time to link up for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday!
So here is my desk! As usual a number of things on the go! firstly getting ready to make a card on the left from wonderful Nicecrane images top set was very kindly sent to me for free by Ignacio after I made a comment on Ginny's post on how much I loved the images (- see here her cards with these Birds and Blossoms are just wonderful). 
I also decided to buy this Vintage Butterfly and Blossoms set so .. all being well! and am making a card on the right. 

You see, over at Oriental Stamp art there is a challenge to make a card using circles folded into squares as a card.. it was an idea from my birthday card by Joyce, see her card on left - she used circles folded into squares to make her cheery striking card. 
As I sent the idea in for the card I really thought I needed to make the effort - hence my punching and playing!! and here below is my humble effort. I used double sided paper for two reasons.. meant did not need to paste and as Joyce rightly said it was a problem on her card (mind you love here papers very much) and secondly my punch would punch this but not the washi paper.
I used some Artneko stamps (unmounted, and on sale - see links) on mine and handmade buttons, stamped with another AAA stamp. Happy birthday is also Artneko. This card is good way to use up snippets!
 Here is the Aussie shot of the day - a rainbow lorikeet spied through my kitchen window, nectar loving, they are enjoying the coral Bottlebrush blooms at the moment.
Must move along and try my hand at making the second card in between visiting folk with WOYWW - a learning zone! May God bless your day wherever you may be, and thanks fr popping over for a peek and chat!
Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join this card over with the following:
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
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