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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Smiles at Annie's

Hullo there everyone .. 

 A tiny bit of Oz from my garden.. this begonia is totally neglected yet bountifully repay every year with such blooms, now that makes me smile.

May this be my goal each day that I am alive.." let your light so shine before men they they may see your good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven." our minister used to pray this at the of each service when I was a teenager, and it still sticks in my brain many many years later :D.
Sort and sweet that is all from me today ... 
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WOYWW with Zentangle + Calligraphy

Hullo there every one ... well it is desk day and today we have two desks for the price of one! For those not in the know .. the middle of the week is the world wide blog hop called WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our chief's desk for the link up, at Julia's Stamping Ground!
Desk one, yesterday: Am practising the words am going to put on the "Emily sleeps here" I am making ..these were not the ones ending up using but just doing a test run to see what I like. You can see printed sheet which was on my desk few weeks back, which was my guide.
DESK 2: Here is today's desk, and you can see have carefully hidden the work working on for Emily, as they look at my blog, or mummy does :D
Prismacolor pencils are being used on the image, which I am doing on the "Emily sleeps here", it has been inked in with my favourite ink.. and need to buy some more. It is for good work, Higgin's Eternal Black is the name of the ink for those vaguely interested. Favourite practise ink is Calli ink. You use different inks for different scripts too. I am working on a zentangle card on my desk too lower right and it has vellum flower on it as well.
Completed card with Imaginesce Summer flower clear stamp inked up, zentangles .. or whatever you like to call it! I simply did what I wanted, did not follow any books as found there are books on it .. what next, eh? then fussy cut out and laid on inked base card. This is for an Oriental Stamp Art Monthly Challenge to do zentangles, added a kanji lower right corner which is part of a Artneko daffodil atc stamp.
This a doodle which we called it at school - or a chook/ chicken. I did it when in third year at school. Here it is in my scrap book of those days. We had not ever heard of zentagling, nor the micro pens used for it. I did this  with a mapping pen (the finest one in those days) and India ink.
This is my first piece of calligraphy that I still have - the cover off my school folder, also from same period at school. It was also done with the same mapping pen and India ink. Also did one for each of my two sisters - the letters are 3 inches high. see more on my early calligraphy days here

The photos form Oz today are of our local creek where it rather amuses me most days to see this couple with their water loving dog.
"Okay Fetch, boy, fetch! good boy!" Note stick in dog's mouth, this couple throw the stick to their faithful hound, and yes, they throw it all that way into the water..
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x
Linking the card up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on card.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Butterfly Challenge - Come to the Ugly Bug Ball!

Hullo everyone .. over at the Butterfly Challenge there is another new fortnightly challenge this week. Mrs A. asked me to be Guest Designer again. :D This challenge is in memory of her dear mother. The theme is the Ugly bug ball. To quote Mrs A. :
"One of my childhood memories is of Sunday afternoons. Once the dishes were washed up from lunch Mum would settle down in the lounge and play her records (no such thing as Cd's or cassettes in those days). One of her favourite artists was 'Burl Ives' and I used to sing along to all of the songs. We both loved one  in particular  'The Ugly Bug Ball'. 
(see link above to hear it ... it made me reminisce, indeed!)
This song actually featured in a film with 'Hayley Mills' along with Burl Ives called Summer Magic 1963 and had an animation section of the film that involved all the bugs, bees, butterflies  and flying insects attending the  annual Ball."
To cut a long story short Mrs A. would like to see any type of insect on your project. The more the merrier but one will suffice (bugs,  beetles, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, grass hoppers, wasps, lady birds, etc. ) as long as it has wings it can attend the Ball!
so here is my humble offering ... or two!
This was a real combination card, a baby card. Used Memory Box Nottingham border die, paper pieced it .. (wow! was that tedious, have seen others do it) added bit of bling, the stencil by Kaisercraft, (ink colour and card match better in real life) and added the PB images were embossed, coloured and fussy cut from a "Wonderful Day stamp set" by Penny Black. Corners are filigree by Lala land dies, banner stamp and die by  Stampin' Up.
This extra one was an idea I had .. I love lady beetles but could not find a decent stamp or digi online.. so I cheated! Copied and made my own digi from the Stampin' Up "Bugs and Kisses" set. The greeting is done in Word, and the two wee butterfly were a stamp from and Inkadinkadoo set (97618), added rounded corners, ribbon with triple scoring for a CAS card.
Do flutter over to Mrs A.'s blog and join in this fortnight's Butterfly Challenge!

A very warm welcome to wonderful blogger.. a real newbie...please pop over to their blogs and encourage by joining and commenting on their blogs, Marilyn of Sharing Simple Things and  another Newbie and wonderful Encourager is Jana of Jana's Crafty Escape!
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x

Linking the card up to:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on card.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

WOYWW + Alcohol ink on Mirri Card + QuatreFoil Die

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!
So here is my desk.. okay messy as usual, it has been tidied a tad since then. I seem sometimes to work with items all around me as like things to be handy.. or that is my excuse! and yes, monkeys always live there. At the back right just near monkeys is a lovely butterfly brass stencil - a prize won over at Mrs A's butterfly challenge. So I am chosen again this week to be Guest Designer over at the butterfly challenge which starts at 8am GMT today .. so will be posted very soon (see here). The two cards I did for it are at the very back with butterflies on them, but mostly hidden from view. To the right is the quatrefoil die which I show below too. At front is card working on last night, some alcohol re-inkers to colour some mirri card -> see larger blue sheet behind (used a a scrunched up piece of cling wrap which had been slightly moistened to spread the ink under the plastic and blended the colours). See complete card below. Glue stick is to attach unmounted stamp on ink block.
My latest crafty purchase was quatrefoil die from Papertrey in USA.. first time buying with them. I found they have their own dies at more reasonable prices. I have been wanting the Our Daily Bread Quatrefoil die for ages now .. but it's $US29.95 plus $12.00 post to Oz, so that is about $46 Aussie. Now this one though not as fancy is $US16.95 and $9.95 post cost.. so less $30 Aussie - much more reasonable than ODB by long shot. If you look on this Pinterest page of mine you will see plans for future cards and also see the difference between Papertrey and more detailed ODB die. Here on my desk last night I am making some Christmas card bases... with different papers.
This is card for OSA(Oriental Stamp Art) covering two in one. It's for a Tic Tac Toe Oriental mingle and also the OSA layout challenge. This week is this design, so did them together! The diamonds at top were to be done with 3/4" punch, as dont have one cut them by hand. It is mirri iridescent card inked with alcohol inks and when dry, embossed with Oriental cuttlebug folder. Distressed card to bring out silver shell pattern. Stamps are from Artneko, Woodcut Panda walking and kanji, the bamboo,a bought die cut. The three elements of Tic Tac Toe were Panda, Kanji, and Dragonfly... absentmindedly last night thought it was bamboo for last element, but thankfully this Hero Arts small dragonfly stamp came to the rescue.
As you know from last weeks post it is now spring in Oz... and this the front garden. This  Leptospermum Cardwell is magnificent...similar to NZ teatree bush. Next to it is Superb Grevillea. If you want to see (and hear) some more Aussie birds have two magnificent kingfishers or laughing kookaburras on Annie's Smiles post below. Gods creation is so wonderful!
I want to just quickly welcome a new Wonderful Encourager of this blog.. please pop over to Coleen in Ukraine ... and pray for peace that land, too (read this post for latest.. very concerning
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and a chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x  
 Also want to join card over with:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on card.
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Fathers Day, Dad! + Annie's Friday Smiles.

Hullo there everyone.. well its is Father's Day on Sunday in Australia, and so made this card for my dear dad. I showed it on my desk on post below. I did two images but used the one on rough card for dad's .. coloured the digi with Ink dusters and dye inks, and  Prismacolor pencils. The Spellbinder is labels 8, one of my first dies and still a favourite. The spot paper is a digi one, free on my Pinterest, and I printed it off for another card and had some left. Greeting is also digi, on a snippet printed in word with old typewrite in free Dafont script.
As today is Friday am going to link over for Annie's Friday Smile, over here!
So here are your smiles folks.. first few are courtesy of facebook!

I totally loved this one being a school teacher...
 Then the next one is from my backyard... this is called colloquially the laughing Jackass or the Kookaburra.  If you want to know what their laugh is like .. listen here ...I tried to get these ones laughing but they weren't feeling territorial. They are of the kingfisher family, these are about thirty feet from the back door where I took this shot.
Gods handiwork is amazingly beautiful ... hope it brought some smiles to your face!
Happy Smiles day everyone!! 
and may God richly bless your day wherever you may,
Shaz in Oz.x
Linking the card up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on card.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WOYWW, Blue Wrens and Spring is here!

Hullo everyone .. yes another middle of the week has whooshed into view! It seems to have come extra fast this week cos extra busy... for the uninitiated Wednesday means WOYWW ~ or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over at world wide desk hostess Julia’s blog - here!
Okay working on three cards here... its Father's Day in Oz this weekend so the ship card is for dad.. It is is digi printed on two different card ... smooth and rough paper.. and definitely like the one on right which is rough. have put in clouds with the cloud mask there on centre left, used mainly ink brushes to colour the image, with some coloured pencils. On the right are some more digis (all these are free over at Ginny's blog here.. just scroll down)... The digi paper is on this week's post but the old fashioned rose frame and the ship are a few weeks back now. The butterflies at the back are on this weeks post as it s the little girl picking flowers.
 As nothing else is going on much will share some pickies from Oz, on my walk two days ago now. About 5 mins from here:
A windsurfer
Blue wren's birds eye view... this is the male of the species, they eat insects... and are really tiny taken on big zoom as they are very shy.
This is the female Fairy wren, also called a Jenny wren... they love it down here near the beach as there are low growing spiky bushes which they love to hide in. I took a great video of him playing "hide and seek" but have to relearn how to edit.. before sharing it.
The first bunch of flowers for spring on first day of spring .. 1.9.14. My first rose it is called Delores and always think of Cardarian when I see it, with lavender, sweetpeas, double white gerbera, with grevillea for greenery.
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and a chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WOYWW ~ with Surfie cards.

Hullo everyone .. yes another mid week post, and was MIA last two weeks .. succumbed to one of those dreaded lurgies floating around.. 
This desk is in readiness for more creativity or that is the plan... the books are old Gould League Bird books which show you how to sketch birds if anyone on is interested found a digital copy on a Digitised Resource viewer but cant save link correctly no matter what I do.. it is the  third link just below "Images" on this Google search.  Hopefully that works.
 I bought two old copies about thirty years ago in op shops in Victoria when lived down there. In centre is a test run of some Da Font scripts to see what I will use (FYI on Da Font script downloads to Word) for "Emily Sleeps Here" .. did one for older brother but she doesn't have one, yet.. naughty me! On "Thomas sleeps here" ( see below) - I did a Koala and used Bodoni script. You can also can see one of the Playground PB butterflies. I did card stamping it with vellum on post below.

Done just before started blogging in 2010.
Although not blogging was making cards.. this was for one of the grey haired "surfie" in our family birthday on 19.8.14. Labels 8 for digi image not longer available, done in Primsacolor. Image bought in 2010, folder are CB swirls and bubbles, HB stamp is a Disc. very old one.
This obviously is for Thomas five years old and one of the younger "Surfies" in our family :D DP and digi paper as well as digi image. Die is Victorian rectangles, and greeting is digi with SB Petite Ovals, 5 chipboard was freebie in parcel years ago. His birthday is today so a big 

The Aussie photo today is courtesy of my sister.... they have just come back from travelling around. This was some pelicans looking for food on their trip and a seagull is trying to join them too...
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x
PS I also want to welcome two new Wonderful Encouragers of this blog.. so peek over and say hi to them.. one is an Aussie, just north from here :D Cathy of the playground, and the other is from USA -  Roxy of Living from Glory to Glory.
Also want to join over with:

1..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  
2. Allsorts Challenge -Warm sunshiny colours... both cards are that way inclined - being surfie cards... bright and cheery.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Butterfly Summer Challenge in Winter ~ Downunder :D

(Sarn's cards down next post below...)
Well am just sneaking "last-minute-like" for this challenge ... over at Mrs A's Butterfly challenge.. it is summertime there!! I made this week ago but did not get around to posting it.. I had some "pixie post" arrive, with a yummy card from Miss. and one of those equally yummy PB butterfly stamps!! woo hoo! thanks so much Miss!

So that very day of the pixie post I embossed the stamp with iridescent embossing powder and Versafine on vellum..... then coloured the butterfly with Sakura Gelly Roll pens which are iridescent too, and fussy cut it out, tried to pick summery colours. Sprayed with glimmermist a background for the card..

Here is the finished card with Stylised Flowers cuttlebug folder, and Spellbinder Petite ovals and stamped greeting. So fluttering quick smart over to the flutterby challenge .. see here.
May God bless your day everyone and thanks so much for all your wonderful encouraging comments, too.

Shaz in Oz.x
 Also want to join card over with:

Snippetty Christmas Cards in Oriental Quilting style

Hullo there everyone .. well there has been rather a deafening silence from this neck of the woods for the last two weeks. I have been sick for a week foll wed by another week of recuperating and major catch up.. there is nasty lot of bugs doing the rounds downunder this winter, and many are succumbing. I have actually been carding for birthdays and made a couple for challenge but not blogged! So here is my Christmas card offering (by two as required by rules) for Rudolph Day Challenge over at Sarn's - see here.
I did a few weeks back on this post HERE, an Oriental Quilting card.. my first attempt and show how it is done on this post. It was for OSA (a Yahoo group - Oriental Stamp Art) and found a number of samples saved onto my Pinterest Oriental page and have few more going to try.. if you want to check them out, look here.

Step 1: design the outline for cardboard (scrap) mounting.
Step 2: cut out card and also thin foam for quilting (make foam slightly smaller than outline so not squashy).
Step 3: choose washi scraps to fit outline of shapes and cut out, add tape on back of the card, wrap around the shape.
Step 4 If mixed shape attach on back of scrap card to assemble pieces.
Finish card as desired.

I chose two patterns - the simple candle shape .. going to do more of it; and the pieces for Christmas tree. May do more of it too: it is bit trickier, but fun. There is another really nice heart one I two different styles, on my pin board, which I want to try too.
As used lots of snippets linking thse over to Miss's snippets Challenge too.
May God bless your day everyone and thanks so much for all your wonderful encouraging comments, too.
Shaz in Oz.x
Also want to join card over with: 
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Monday, August 11, 2014

Illuminated text + A Sufficiency Check

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

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

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

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

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