|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.|
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
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
|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|
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
|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!
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
|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!|
Friday, September 5, 2014
|I totally loved this one being a school teacher...|
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
|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.|
|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...|
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.
2. Allsorts Challenge -Warm sunshiny colours... both cards are that way inclined - being surfie cards... bright and cheery.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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.
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au
3. Penny Black August Challenge - Floral Fantasies use flowers somewhere, on folder.
4. Over at Penny Black and More the Challenge this month is Anything goes. I have used the PB Butterfly cling stamp as shown in first image.
Monday, August 11, 2014
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.
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....
For " lo, I am with you always.. even to the end of the world."...
Yes right where we are at Now.
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.
So rest in the ALL sufficiency of our great God and our Saviour for your daily walk.
|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 need the LORD every moment of every day, truly without Him I can do nothing..