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 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Christmas Stamp Relief Snippets + Masking Stencil + Window card + WOYWW

Okay it’s WOYWW day again ie desk day, What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE ๐Ÿ˜ at Julia's .. so where’s my desk!? Actually it's four desks, over a few weeks!

 Desk 1: Happened to come across this video by Christine Stokes (link here)Chrissie used 5 layers of toilet paper = snippets, I used four (forgot one layer). I think I'd use serviette next time, I've done this with serviette and die cutting, although didn't wet it, added card base too - See it here. Very successful too.  

Snippets card (and a NBUS, as definitely never used loo paper on a card before!๐Ÿ˜‚)
Added shimmer paints to define the letters, NOEL, this large wooden stamp was a gift from Ginny Maxam in US. Extended in shimmer green the quite small rectangle die .. cut it thrice to make green scalloped strip base.

Desk 2: Masking was inspired by a GinaK Insta movie - this is HERE closest I can find to it, as she used a stencil and masking on it.

Ahh, one I watched, here tis! Both are great five min videos, anyhoo ๐Ÿ˜‚✅

Next desk 3 for Christmas cards, brayering. (Desk 4 is bonus background done while had brayer out - for brayering background file, note colours do fade some)

It's an idea that popped into my head as I was waking up one morning, seen the window die the day before in an old blog post, plus stamp was using too in other set! Adding another very old sentiment stamp from early 1990s. Decided it needed another appearing. Most of my crafty stash these days may be labelled DISCONTINUED. But still too many NBUS, think next set of dozen Christmas cards must use some NBUS. 

The embossing of "Christ the Savior is born" is two tone, gold and platinum EP. 

Loved effect, not that it's very visible in photos.. 

These are roughly A2 cards, as can get two of them and one larger 5 x 7” out of one A3 top quality 300gsm white cardstock sheet. Three cards out of one sheet is very economical. 

Thankfully I’ve a new ream and a half of it left, as probably very expensive now, as thought it was when bought it years ago. So a dozen each in two designs, plus 1 in NOEL stamp = 25 cards, roughly a third of number needed. 

Give some as presents at Christmas. 

We’ve had some lovely clear days with stunning winters skies, this very short video is one taken and shared on the day I was out walking.

It was very cold about 4.30pm, the dogs didn’t notice cold, but swam joyously with the swiftly, moving creek tide. One more obedient than the other, he took the longest route possible! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Took some still photos, too. Different days, my dad loved to paint these skies, see one of his here.

This is a photo of him (in 1970s) painting up on top of lookout above our coastline, it’s the only one I have of him painting ... 

A memorable day, I took it on my first proper camera (a Ricoh), circa 1975. 

Well, busy with birthday cards too, but share another day. Started also another dozen Christmas cards, so almost caught up when done, as was way behind. July 25th reminder helps me get skates on.

Thanks so much for popping over - I really appreciate it so much! I will visit as many as I can, but iPad now blocks all bloggers except those with pop up windows comment boxes.

May God bless you and all whom you love, 

Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the Day:

I think this is very hard today... to 



"*KNOW that I am God.."

two deliberate actions with a liberating result.

For then we are free to love and worship God, Who loves us so very much.

Stillness brings peace and rest, contentment .. as we rest in His everlasting arms.

Joining up to:

1. Word art Wednesday Anything goes! 
2. Snippets playground toilet paper card = snippets card.
4. Crafty hazelnut Christmas challenge
5 NBUS = Never Used Before Schtuff = loo paper on a card before.. a NBUS technique that’s for sure, and it will be having another outing too as itching to do a blue or purple version, maybe with silver?

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Galaxy with Alcohol ink on Foiled card - WOYWW

WARNING! photo overload ahead! ๐Ÿ˜Š

 Well, just over 2 mth since last post - I think this a record silence from blogging for me! I am creating but blogging time is scarce, nevertheless a glimpse of many cards made and techniques explored.

 Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE ๐Ÿ˜ at Julia's … today is full of 2 months of inky fun. This desk is continuing the previous post's techniques with Alcohol Inks and Foiled card.

A foiled cardstock with galaxy sky look, made by embossing silver foiled card (CB Clockworks folder disc.) then layering alcohol twice, ie first layer not enough depth so repeated double layers of alcohol ink. It was a great learning curve. Key addition was metal mixative of copper, as it layered over it a coppery effect in light, photos don't capture really it.
The images  are Beccy's Place, Nuts & Bolts Bot set disc. Coloured around edge with black fineliner to easier cutting, used greetings on set. Colours closest to first and last photos. I used a fine liner black to thicken edge of image to make cutting out easy, see below.
Next  are AI on embossed foil - ladies birthday cards shown on desk in post below - different colours, but similar, PB die on right (disc.) and MB die on left added, EF Sizzix 3D, recipe below post.
TIP - ordinary alcohol laid down first, added colour and move colour about by tilting, add more colour or alcohol carefully not too much of it, as is needed.
I like to cover it all, most of time, but sometimes looks good with space..
A Sympathy card using MB Poppy die, the Numbers Stampendous verse I love, with gorgeous snippet of Washi for DP again!
Iris’ 90th is made with Spellbinders Iris die - this was a labour of love.
It had stringent overseas mail size restrictions, couldn't be fully 3D, very difficult. The colour more purple than plum, but unable to capture that, again!

Two male birthdays of Black ice - see here(see last post for link or just search it will come up). These are done with Stampscapes, involve multiple stampings, very tricky to be honest. I redid some by cleaning off with alcohol spray a few time just wipe and start again! July one still on way to Norway, other Aussie for June.
This was a totally new technique seen on this video by Marianne Emmerson - here an embossing powder pounce technique!
A learning curve - hard to photograph but much fun. A 60th, but photographed before added 60, die cut birthday greeting is embossed in copper EP used on card, dragonfly a NBUS, forgotten name sorry.. 
(Might have bought some more embossing powders to try some ladies cards๐Ÿ˜‰
Below are powders used, not new but some quite old.

TIPS: the addition of the Stampendous Shaved Ice was brilliant, made it iridescent, esp on green EP. 
Keep moving the gun around in pouncing -> fine doing it on heat proof surface, used "Glad Bake" paper, for Aussies.

Last card is most recent, for a nephew, wanted change from Black Ice so finally used this Snoopy's Convertible stamp by Stampabilities.

Used a new Mask too, my bargain spider web one marked to $2. DP is surprisingly same set as the black ice cards, & by SU five years ago. Real colour is closest to bottom image, very sunny washed out top image.
Now  am working on a small Calligraphy for present... then August birthdays - and somewhere some Christmas cards, as waaaaa-y behind there!

Next are the Aussie pickies - for those of you sweltering, we've an unusually cold winter Downunder! This Nandina out the front under the house eaves is our weather barometer for how cold it gets. More autumnal colour the more cold it’s been - lots more this year!

As near sea, frosts are rare but still very cold! Hat on with fingerless gloves at night… inside ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  A Brommeliad by front door, love the flowers on this one.

         Chrysanthemums, yellow are always late.. end of May, after our Mothers day in early May. Loved this year's rain then dry.

Sunsets are always a beautiful end to a sunny winter's day..

Last is obligatory seascape - know they're loved! I love it too, so did mum and dad.. this is such a "dad painting"!

How am I? simple answer is up and down - often not great with some good patches. 
That is in part why I'm not blogging much, but also since Covid I am more in prayer, and visit folk more often, as more need it - when able! 
Australia has been very strict in mandates, etc (in my opinion, too much). I don't consider us a democracy, but now more of a bureaucracy, run by “health” bureaucrats. It makes me sad, so pray more. Not as bad here tho’, as in Vic, Qld and WA. 

Thanks so much for popping over - I really appreciate it so much! I will visit as many as I can, but iPad now blocks all bloggers except those with pop up windows comment boxes.

 (EDIT: Sad, more than half of WOYWWers, I cannot comment on. iPad will not comment - a few are non blogger website. Mostly are bloggers with embedded comment boxes, which crazily is bloggers “default setting”! I apologise, really, I read post. I’ve actually written to blogger ages ago about it, no reply .. like my comment attempts.

I EXPLAIN HOW TO CHANGE EMBEDDED comment box - on the top of this blog post here, would be so very grateful if fixed, I’m not only one struggling.)

May God bless you and all whom you love, Shaz in Oz.x

PS the crafty WOYWW crop in Nov sounds wonderful.. happy memories of Llandudno in Sept., 2018, so blessed to share with you all. Enjoy! Might see if can zoom now have it on iPad. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜❤️

Thought for the Day

This is not a verse - but it is so apt, and in many verses! 

It is easy to forget there in One Who is watching over us and only ever a prayer away! if God seems a long way off - He hasn't moved - I have!

If we come simply as a little child, our Heavenly Father hears the softest cry!

Joining up to:
1. Word art Wednesday Anything goes! 
2. Snippets playground is Iris' 90th, snippets are all but base and mauve plain cardstock. All rest are snippets right down to oval scallop made with a cracker packet coloured with inks, as did on other parts of flowers ribbon etc. -
3. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. three NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff last Snoopy card and Iris card too both are NBUS. Oh and first card is too as brand new stamp set .. wow!
4. Allsorts Challenge blog - so girly -
The two Alcohol birthday and encouragement card, plus Iris card, and Washi paper card..
5. Beccys place June challenge the Bots images 

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Foiled - Alcohol Inks + Embossed Foil + WOYWW

 Yes, it’s Wednesday again and popping in with a desky share + cards made of late! Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE ๐Ÿ˜ at Julia's … today is full of inky fun.

My desk this morning - just briefly played with Alcohol Inks on dry embossed silver foiled card (Sizzx chevron 3D)... oh so much fun and came up quickly too, worked out a easy 
technique on it. You don't need the blower this way ...

Lay around colours in locations of choice, put in centre if too bottom half two careful dollops of alcohol.

And then move it by tilting or tipping it around, and an occasional use of a gloved finger to spread it over how you like it. Easy peasy.
These days, make sure I wear gloves, apron and cover desk with scrap paper, for easy clean up.
Here’s some cards to share not done these bases up but here is one from last week, mailed yesterday.
Die by Penny Black - kind gift when I had my heart attack in June 20, from Scrappy Mo - so thank you Mo my new favourite Snippetty die ❤️❤️ you can use a skerrick strip up with it! Less than an inch roughly. The Dienamics rectangle, and Elizabeth Craft design Birthday die.
A quick CAS card of washi paper, scallop border, with disc. stamp, new fav. PB die.
Also was reminded its Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Day Christmas card challenge so quick entry, had these two elements done in Christmas box. Stampendous embossed greeting. EF 3D of carol think is Gemini brand ..
Baby card:
Image from book Beatrix Potter images. SB lattice die, large was used with DP mount, Crafts Too Daisy Lattice EF A4 with pink pearl dits to decorate.
 Celebrate die - Waffle Flower. “It’s a girl!” stamp, PB Hedgie baby set, with baby stats in Kaisercraft labels die.
An Aussie combo shot to end some pretty sunsets.
Not walked as much as not 100%, but this was soo beautiful, have 20sec video if time to watch it, too, link here if missing.
Lord bless everyone thanks so much for popping over esp if you say hi. 
I will do my very best to reciprocate, but sadly cannot comment on embedded comment boxes they block me on iPad.
Prayer hugs, 
Shaz in Oz.Xxx 

Psalm 27:3,5,7-8
 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
The LORD is a constant companion to those Who love Him, and yet He is never far away from a seeking heart too that has not yet trusted in Him.
Our Saviour Jesus, our God is only ever a prayer away - but He made us with a free Will to chose Him, or not. 
Praying for you dear ones, you’re all so very precious to Him. 
Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. three NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff  first card and baby card, brand new use of gifted pink pearl drops and the Beatrix Potter images, yay!
3. Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Rudoplh days challenge- link up above ๐Ÿ‘† 
4. Allsorts “I spy something beginning with B!” loads of options! *card 1 BLUE foiled - *card 2 BORDER scallop edge *card 3 BELLS Christmas embossed at top of card - card 4 BABY card. 
5. Christmas card also linked to Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge
6. Designer paper on second and 4th card ( it’s DP scallop die cut) crafty Hazelnuts DP challenge
7. Penny Black die used on two cards, one and two so linking this up to Penny Blaxk and more challenge where anything gies with option of Easter.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Rejects Made Good + NBUS, Snippets, WAW

Some special things to share today - do you have some rejects in craft room, wool/ sewing cupboard, garden shed, etc? I do, today I’m sharing a card (or three) in part rejects - made good, also applying other ways.

 “Rejects” - first similar to shared before (left over of said sample, diff. stamp used tho). 

This is a continual lesson to me that something not good, may be made so.

Piece on the left was a whimpy, inky green embossed piece. Nice folder, nice colour, but messed up watery ink idea -> reject pile.

Spied it one day - thought Versamark + perfect pearls - voilรก! It’s stunning. 

An oriental folder, so added CCD oriental diecut (up close).

Another reject - copied J.McGuire idea of EF with foiled card + sand top layer off to highlight. Mm, NOT good thick foil, thin cheapie, not so great effect. Then saw this brilliant idea by Maxine also using an Altenew 3D, this a CASE (kinda), Maxine’s beautiful, clever card is HERE! Border floral die MB, Heros Arts Hugs Prayers stamp & die.

Next reject is me  … 

Some who come this way may wonder why I always mention Jesus, & to be BE SURE you know Him as your Saviour or not. This the WHY. 

I've a chronic, congenital (from birth) incurable Malady, (*aka Darnell’s instructions to use malady, a much nicer word๐Ÿ˜‚)

Drs can’t explain me, only God can! 

I say it’s allowed of God. Originally there were NO mistakes in God’s PERFECT creation, but sin spoiled it… 

NOTE: It is NOT GOD’s choice  -> sorrow, grief, pain, sickness, hunger, famine, wars, suffering, death, a broken world -> ALL is a result of mankind’s sin.

God though (IF we let Him do it) is lovingly working in His way for GOOD!

Especially in me, taking me broken, sinful, lost - saving & blessing me. 

My malady means I’m literally kept alive by medication. No meds I’m dead. Many others are. So not so unique there!

Quite a number of times though, I’ve collected close calls.

God wisely decides to knock off bit more of roughness of this“earthen vessel” ๐Ÿ˜‰ & keeps me here. ๐Ÿ˜† 

When one lives day by day like this, one knows how SHORT life is - ETERNITY is ONLY ever a breath away. 

Yet it IS for us ALL

WHEN God says time to go, I’ll say hallelujah, heaven, here I come - BUT  I speak up lovingly while I can. Each post may be my last. 

We must be ready for eternity NOW - when we are dead, that is too late.

ESPECIALLY TODAY - happiest of the year!


The FIRST DAY of the week,  almost 2,000 years ago, when our LORD Jesus arose from the dead. 

Jesus did NOT stay dead, He defeated Satan’s  power of death over US. 

Death was punishment for all our sin & wicked ways.

On Resurrection Day the LORD Jesus Christ  miraculously arose from the dead. 

This MEANS we too can live forever with Him, BY FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

There is an EMPTY TOMB, an EMPTY CROSS, where our sin’s price was paid by Jesus’ blood on Calvary’s tree. Forevermore ALL who believe in Jesus, will live, too. 


Jesus, of all preachers in Bible - Old Testament & New Testament was the One Who spoke of hell the most. 

Why? Because He KNOWS hell is as real as heaven.

He DIED TO SAVE US from it. 

Jesus ALONE FULLY understands, He LONGS that we see it all, too.. examples in Matt. 5, nine times by Jesus in just Matthew Luke 16 parable on it.

Are you sure you have this HOPE in Jesus?? We can be absolutely sure, I trusted in Jesus at 12 yrs old, see here - Who or What is a Christian?


Here is one more card to share, this is Snippetty, too, actually as are the other two cards. MB Prim Poppy die sadly disc. 

Favourite stamp again Numbers 6:24-26, by Stampendous, gold embossed. Paper is Washi, by the roll, mostly used now; 25 yrs ago was $10 a roll, here, c. $US7. I’ve two different rolls, now it’s prized, so very expensive. Needed  encouragement cards so more will be forthcoming.

This is whole of the passage, love it in a stamp in KJV, as more complete. 

It is a prayer of blessing by Moses for Israel, God’s chosen people, and for us today, too. I pray this verse for YOU and ALL your dear ones. 

The LORD bless you all & keep you all,

Make His face to Shine on you and be gracious unto you all,

The LORD lift up His countenance upon you all,

And give you all His PEACE, 

in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Link Here if not showing.

 And thanks for kindly reading through this far, especially if you have time for a chat. You are appreciated.

Prayer hugs,

Shaz in Oz.x  

Linking up to: 

1. NBUS Challenge Never Before Used Schtuff - EF by Altenew is NBUS in Turquoise

 2. WAW Word Art Wednesday - prayers turquoise card and washi card. 

3. Happy Little Stampers Anything goes with Dies oriental card 

4. Snippets Challenge - Washi card Poppy card

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