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

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Friday, October 31, 2014

Some Christmas cards folks.. two dozen makes!

{Annie's Friday Smiles down below plus WOYWW}
Well, it was Rudolph challenge over at Sarn's and thought was making it okay but she accidentally closed it a day early, so I'm posting anyways.. 
Felt at first a bit sad especially as busted my boiler getting two dozen cards made, but still that is always the upside eh?:D
As I give some cards away as presents before Christmas, plus need quite few for myself, and had only done about 36 so thought had better put in extra effort..
Each year buy a set of these .. they are "Pass it on cards" and there are 25 in set for $4 and make fab card toppers. I like to have God's word on Christmas cards particularly.
And so this is this years pack - and then below are the cards made with them with different folders.
Marianne designable DS0908 with curved corners on toppers - 6 cards

Cuttlebug called "Gracie's frame"- 6 cards
Folder is "Quick Kutz A2 frame" - that's all can find on it! 6 cards
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1umQEnci-os  a video which is the inspiration for these cards .. wanted change from monotony of doing others but these take much more time. Plus was using a NBUS Never Used Before Schtuff -  made with stamp set had for ages (Sheena Douglas) never used - perfect for this.
 

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 cards up - image 4 - set of six different :

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.
3. http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com.au/  Anything goes 
4. Over at Simon says it is anything goes http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Annies Friday Smiles .. Plover, duck for cover :D

Hullo everyone - tis Friday so time for Friday Smiles today over at Annie's .. and yes, looking at my first two there might a theme I see! yes, am on chocolate ban at the moment .... Mm, so that might be why!




The next ultra cute images are form Oz or Downunder or really my backyard. the other day heard some distressed noises coming from some Plovers in the back so went out o check and here was one mumma or papa here:
 and then just ahead down the side of the house where thse two fluff balls
and ahead of them was the other parent yipping and squawking at them to follow and not waste time cos there was big human after them! 
I was very careful to have hat on my head and also stay under eaves of house. I have been dive bombed by a nesting plover once :D but they are gorgeous and part of God's marvellous creation.
If you want to know more about plovers (called masked lapwing), see here - there are several varieties but this is the land one and make their nest on the ground and they are over on the grassy treed area between our house an the local main road .. not sure if they are still around as this is the only sighting and to be here in our yard is fair way from home.
Thanks for popping over everyone for peek and chat.. 
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WOYWW, and catching up!

Hullo everyone - well have been MIA for more time than ever before but there has been too much going on to have time.. We went away, then I was sick, then took time to catch up! but without any more ado..
.. here tis WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground!
This was gift card kit from bit over a week ago actually from Ginny of Maxam made and also yesterday not in image as had posted these images on FB, Mrs A had sent me four piece of Stampbord to try out like size of domino.. thanks so much to Ginny and to Mrs A, and Mrs A. watch this space :D
After making these which are a gift for a friend, all that was left over from kit was butterfly in black and white, a sheet of navy and chocolate. I will save for other cards. THANK YOU, Ginny you are a treasure!
The designer paper is the back of the envelope that the set came in, as Ginny has pretty envelopes, I coloured the butterfly with ink here and also the gem with gold ink. 
I coloured the ribbon with ink used and 'cos had inky fingers two small bits of stray ink on WAW Bible verse when taping it on and was too late then :(
I wanted fancy corners, so used a die cut from Fleur de lis rectangle. I cut a piece of black card and cut up the die cut .. when put this on my blog before someone thought I cut up the actual die, rather than the cardboard, eek!
This is my favourite - the stamps used for greetings are from Our Daily Bread and fussy cut them out rather than buy the die as it was expensive, but stamps weren't plus had voucher just added image to colour images in photos.
The photo from Oz today is of our local creek, taken late afternoon. the large tree on right is gum and scraggy bits at front are banksia. See flower below:
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, may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x
Linking the two cards up to:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au. 
3.  http://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/17-emboss-your-butterfly.html Dry emboss butterfly - first card 
4. http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com.au/ Challenge from our daily bread stamps, cards 1 and 4. This week's bi-weekly challenge is a scripture inspiration challenge! Use the verse below as your inspiration :
Ecclesiastes 3:1: "To everything there is a season and a purpose for every time under heaven."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nicecrane Digi + Annie's Friday Smiles

Hullo there everyone ..well it's Friday again :D have been MIA as not 100%.
a few weeks ago on a WOYWW post this card was on my desk... see here ..  The dog had digi Bible verse inserted with "Be Still and know that I am God" on Word doc. then printed is Nicecrane dog digi is a freebie (here) from Nicecrane over on Brenda's of "Floral Fantasies". The verse is free digi from Word Art Wednesday.. Used Labels 8 Fleur de Lis for double mount top layer was cut out as shown on this post.. and then gold edged with gold ink, not that you can see that.



This is for Annie's twinnigans :D mm, not impressed with their titles on their onesies?
Many thanks for popping over for peek and chat - I really appreciate all your kind words, will return your visit sap
May God bless your day wherever you may be, Shaz in Oz.x
I would like to enter this into:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WOYWW, Orchids + Flower Fairy

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! Before proceeding want to apologise to Sandysewin as tried to comment on her WOYWW but her blog would not let me, came up with Error 404 and wanted to scan my computer?! {Edit: Sandy has looked into it an says apparently it is a problem which occurs from time to time.}
To my desk:
Here you see my goodies laid out - received from a bloggy win over on Judy's blog- called  Judy's fabricrations. She is my latest wodnerful Encourager too, so do take a peek over at her blog and say hi!! My favourite is the decoration of the heart with all the beading detail (!!) and the card there on the right has some lovely beading detail too. The pretty paper and Christmas toppers will be very useful too, and the wee tissue holder! Thanks so very much Judy - you are incredibly kind!!
 Here is Emily's card made for her birthday last Friday with "Emily sleeps here" below which I started on WOYWW a few weeks back.
Made this card with a scanned image from my Flower Fairy book by Cicely Mary Barker (actually her background is interesting reading).  The card has a 3D image of the fairy (as card was for Emily did the "E" fairy), on a Fleur de Lis Labels 8 Spellbinder die, used the Memory box die on my desk last week, Memory Box Piestra Tile die and used it on border, with ribbon and Blushing Flower branch also MB die. Spellbinder petite ovals for greeting, La la land corner and used a frosted rose red cardboard for details, also glittered the fairy but dont think it shows. Cuttlebug Olivia die used for "3" and the label 4 smallest die.
This is a blue Fairy Wren (sketched and coloured in Prismacolors) and just so happened her party was a fairy party. I did not know when planned to do it.. how amazing is the LORD? or so I thought anyway - and then few days after starting it saw these wrens when out walking and took this photo back here. :D (they have gone now, I look every time walk there but dont see them.. I am glad had the camera that day ..God is good too, as they are rather hard to photograph).
And the pickie from Oz this week:

This is an Australian bush orchid over at my neighbour's front door.. just magnificent aren't they? .. he has a huge green house would love to take pickies of it, one day might ask him so can show you some more.
I generally try and comment on everyone who is kind enough to come to my place and says hi but this week things may get too busy till maybe early next week, so apologies if bit slow. 
I am scheduling this post so linking maybe slow too.

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.   http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Smiles at Annie's

Hullo there everyone ..well it's Friday again :D but it is picture heavy ..




YOU CAN DO THIS DAD!!!!
A friend posts a reminder every Friday on card group to which I belong, so am reminding myself here.. I have been better at it, since she has been doing it :D
Now wanted to share my garden today as Spring is well and truly here - and love it .. so very fragrant, and all! And I love my roses, so sharing them with you..

"Fiona's Wish", named after the lass who is youngest heart recipient at 14 years, and raises money for heart foundation. A very spicy sweet fragrance, one of the three new roses planted in late July... other two are in bud also. :D
"My Choice",  very fragrant sweet rose, I struck this bush from original plant which was brought from our old home town in early 1970's.
" Pink Queen Elizabeth" planted in early 1970's, and "Yoki San" is the fragrant white rose.
Very fragrant Sweetpeas, this is half of bunch I picked, my sister had the other half. A new bunch every three days, aren't they grand?
Bunch picked from garden yesterday .. too many varieties to name. if you wanted a strong yellow rose with fragrance in Australia the one here is great it is called, Dr Verhage.
 What better way to see the handiwork of our God than in flowers .. look at the beautiful robes they wear before us? as Jesus said in the gospels they are a reminder how God will care for us if we but ask Him. (see Matt 6:25->)
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Christmas Card Duo from LOTV

Well, popping in with another quick post .. there are few challenges want to enter. 
It's the 25th of the month today so that is Sarn's Christmas challenge over here 
and Darnell has another *NBUS Challenge, I might just manage to sneak into! 
as well as Miss' playground of Snippets and Word Art Wednesday, wow think that is record for me!!
here is my humble offering... a LOTV Cute square set on my desk yesterday bought absolutely ages ago dont think they are made now. Called "Christmas Animals - decorations", and not used yet at all.
So here have inked up with ink dusters and ink the dies while still in the die, to give nice white outline. The lovely Bible verse is one of Karen who does the free Word Art Wednesday digi Bible verse each week and bought the Christmas digi set from her Etsy shop today, very cheaply at $4 for 10 digis. I like my Christmas cards to reflect the Real Reason for the Season and loved this verse in particular.
Used CB snowflake EF, Spellbinder dies, Scalloped Labels 1, and Labels 4, bling and ribbon on one of them also some glitter on both but you cant see that. The NBUS was the LOTV squares and snippets from silver.
So everyone two more cards ready for the 25th December, 2014 - so that has to be good!
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 
*NBUS - is "Not Used Before Schtuff" according to Darnell :D

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WOYWW + Spellbinders Tool in One - does it work?

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 few things going on here .. and yes has been tidied, since then putting tools away in my wee drawers is big start. Most of this was left over as card making, but cant share it until after 26th of this month. Also finished last week's"Emily sleeps here" which can post after that as well.. on left middle are three digis of a lady golfer, which am going to make into a 80th card for my aunty, found the digi cartoon image on web. The dog with "Be Still and know that I am God" digi inserted in on Word doc. then printed is Nicecrane dog digi is a freebie (here) from Nicecrane over on Brenda's of "Floral Fantasies". 
Centre: LOTV images I have dug out from my Christmas bag. Cut one on die and coloured it some more to highlight. It is penguin image and saw Squirrel had a Penguin Challenge, plus it is Sarn's Rudolph day tomorrow so need to get into gear for that. The Memory Box dies were used on Emily's card and about to put them away. Had an idea of multiplying the Piestra tile border die and so cut out three in row (was very easy to line up) and going to try making it into oval like saw on Magpies blog last week, with different die admittedly.. see here. So watch this space.. :D
 Also on my desk is the Spellbinder's Tool in One.. now must say it works on non Spellbinder dies best so far.. 
For example that Memory Box Piestra Tile die next to it.. worked a real treat, just do into my little bin as did not buy pad that goes with it.
However the Fleur de Lis Labels 8 Spellbinder it was mostly just using pricking end and already had pricking tool. At least it is was not too expensive, otherwise it would still be not chez moi... still holding out on recommending it completely though - interested if anyone else has tried it yet?
This is a matchstick bromeliad, Aechmea gamosepala, I took this for the photo from Oz today because it shows the two stages of the flower.. when it first comes out which is the centre flower shoot, the ones on either side are it after it has been flowering for few months. "Its blooms are thick bristles of purplish-pink bracts tipped with iridescent blue bead-like flowers."The flower shoots last about four months or so.
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 

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
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