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, 12 December 2018

Christmas is coming! + WOYWW

Yes!! it is Wednesday and time for WOYWW or What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday. So let's look at desks of the world with Julia of The Stamping Ground.. to my desk!
Well, the most important desk items are two cards I'll share first of all below! I've mailed all mine now, phew! These I'm working on are to hand out and are the last four cards in the making .. they're with a sheet of Penny Black stickeroos I'm mounting for embossed fronts of four blank cards. The one at the front centre I'm making corners for out of SB Marvellous square die. One card on left done, two more on the make. I've made twenty cards since last Wed. Will blog ones on last weeks desk. They looked great.
Card by Thomas in Oz.
Card by Emily in Oz. Aren't they brilliant? Mind you, I am biased. 😊 I think Great-poppa would love them too.
Last week's acetate snippets backgrounds with Sugarpea Nativityscape a gift from Miss Di of the Snippets playground!! (As were stickeroos from 5+ years ago I think!). All but base is snippets!
 Now this next set of cards is thanks to someone at the WOYWW crop! I picked up this sheet of card toppers because it had robins on it. The sheet also had the lovely borders! So thank you whoever it was! All used Crafters Companion Christmas 5 x7 EF and snippets of red/ green. Verses are digis.
Now to the Aussie shots! Some Christmas colour from the NZ Christmas bush in flower.
Some Agapanthus near the creek.
Some Aussie summer sunshine for those deprived of it in Northern winter climes. There's a grassy path you can go for a wander and warm yourself up!! 😊
Well, that's my share for the day. I'm truly sorry I did very little commenting last week but intend to make up for it this week!!
God bless your day dear kind friends, thank you so much popping by and saying hi.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

This week's thought again reflects the Christmas theme.
" The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the World." This is the whole reason for Christmas, not only of the babe in the manger. God's Son Jesus was born to die and rise again that we might live eternally by simple faith in Him.

I’d like to link up with the following:
**Snippets playground, acetate cards but all really .. and check out Miss Di's wedding card what a cracker! pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2018/12/pixies-snippets-playground-challenge-341.html?m=1
***Warm winter wishes at Monday Challenge with S.S. Acetate cards https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=14740
** Simon Says Wednesday Wrap it up. Card with winter tag on it in green with JOY stamp die cut set by Poppy stamps
**ABC Christmas Challenge http://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2018/12/y-and-z-are-for.html?m=1 acetate cards.
Y = Your Favourite or
Z = Zero Embellishments

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Bugaboo AKV Nativity + Sugar pea Nativityscape + WOYWW

Well, I think I’ve begun the last half dozen WOYWW posts with an exclamation that is again Wednesday! So today.. let’s just look at desks of the world with Julia of The Stamping Ground.. over HERE! Anyway... to my desk, some mess definitely afoot as per usual! 
I shouldn’t actually be at my desk or in here but industriously writing in my cards and getting them in the mail. But this is my desk as I left it last night. I had an idea you see! And ideas do need to tested or you forget them, or I do! This small nativityscape die by Sugarpea (Here) was the subject of my cogitation.
It has a star (to my mind) in a most annoying spot. It’s right above the stable, on it’s side, fixed so it will never ever be detached!! So you simply can’t cut a sky. I really wanted to use these alcohol ink tissue on acetate background as a sky! 
So made the blindingly obvious choice of layer base over top. Yes! Sadly you miss out on that lovely inset look I was looking to have, but better than nought! 
Rest on right of desk are goodies from Simon Says. Over HERE ! This card won a voucher to spend at Simon Says. Oh yummo! How blessed am I?? So was sensible and bought two glues, one lot of tape, but treats = two dies and a small stamp and die set. Using one die (Tonic Joy to World) on the acetate card, as you’ll see layering it up.
Now to cards finished.
 
These are from last weeks desk. Used Bugaboo ATV nativity set. Love Bugaboo especially the ATV images. The Joy stamp die set is by Poppy Stamps is one of my prizes. The tiny scallop die is set by Tonic. EF is 3D by Crafters Companion bought with Margaret in Wales 😊
Now to my Aussie Photos. First two are in our Botanic Gardens. A tree Waratah and some mossy trunks. Love moss.
And last two are on walk one sunset arvo.
Truly beautiful! we are so blessed of God downunder!
Well, that's my share for the day. I'm truly sorry but still a bad blogger at moment, am still time poor!
God bless your day dear kind friends, thank you so much popping by and saying hi.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
I’d like to link up with the following:
** B is for...? for me B for Baby Jesus 
** "Star of Wonder , Star of Light"
"Light" is theme over at Cuttlebug mania so entering star of Light cards.
** Anything Goes at Simon Says Wednesday challenge
Y = Your Favourite or
Z = Zero Embellishments
Bugaboo and Nativity both Favourites all around, and no embellies.. except for one ribbon I've just realised.
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Today's thought.. as its getting near Christmas I've chosen a prophecy written in  800 BC by Isaiah approx. Know time because in rule of King Uzziah.. Yes, bit less than 800 years before Christ was born! God's word is true and reliable!
Immanuel means "God with us"
Truly Jesus is with us at all times, He said: " I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. "

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Sunshine, Snippets + WOYWW

Well, another quick post. Amazingly it is Wednesday again, so desk share time with desks of the world over at Julia’s At the Stamping Ground. To my desk this morning. It changed a little but not much.
There are some of the Bugaboo ATV Nativity images coloured (I love Bugaboo) months ago but being made into cards. I've cut one more out and dusting around the edge of it. Need to make bases chose verses then assemble. I'm only third of amount I need this year. I think some will be getting bought ones. In midst of sorting Christmas letter and overseas ones. Hence not many cards done.
Here's one I made earlier 😉 yes it's my last birthday till next year and already posted along with another but can't share it. This is total snippets, long ago printed Nicecrane digi image mounted on scraps with verse from print out courtesy of Karen of WAW. She does a grand job.
Now to Aussie shots.. lots of sunshine for you. We went down to the jetty. Here's the marina. 
There was a baby stingray in the marina water. There's "No Fishing" and simply masses of baby fish. A real nursery! 😊
Also was huge carnival for outrigger canoe race. They went out into open ocean around an island or two then back in again. If you scroll in you see them better. Also a cormorant flying into catch a fish in middle just above those lovely rocks. God's creation is amazing!
Well, that's my share for the day. I'm truly sorry but am a bad blogger at moment, am so time poor. Had visitors now doing catch up. It's not a usual year this year. However am starting this week to not feel so poorly so that's a plus. Not much nausea at all.
God bless your day dear kind friends, thank you so much popping by and saying hi.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

I’d like to link up with the following:

Today's blessing from the Lord. Often we can trace God's hand of mercy in our life, other times the reasons are not so clear till layer down the track. As the hymn says "It will be worth it all when we see Jesus".

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Snippets Christmas + Last challenge at Scrappy Mo's for 2018

In all the busy-ness I have managed to do a few Christmas cards. As its 25th! Eek, one month till Christmas... now it’s really hitting home! Time for Christmas card challenge from 25th to 30th November, Canadian time - over at Rudolph Day or Scrappy Mo’s Christmas card challenge over HERE!
A couple of snippets, used a sheet and die cut three Nativity scenes with die from Miss Di.. yes two cards made, not three, cos I lost one! Guess it will turn up, it’s on the base so slipped in somewhere!
The third card is also shippet as it’s an upcycle with an old card from couple of years ago and extended SB die used on bottom to make it long enough.
Last card to share is total snippets too all but bases, it’s made with snippety tag from over at Loll's last tag challenge
Quick post today so to end I will share some of our Aussie sunshine. We've had lovely spring weather.
The water tower has quite a view and yes, whales are seen from here during annual migration.
 A bird's eye view down below. Sometimes seagulls are quite comical and the group on lookout certainly were. Had visitors so out and about a lot.
This water was incredibly beautiful.
May the Lord bless and keep you all in your busyness too. Thanks for popping over and being a blessing.
Hugs
Shaz in Oz.x
I’d like to link up with the following:
*http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/2018/11/november-get-ready-for-christmas.html
** And of course pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2018/11/pixies-snippets-playground-challenge-340.html?m=1
And today's blessing from the Word. Really it's all about counting our blessings, not the sad or not nice things in our day. That encourages us so much.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

WOYWW Illuminated calligraphy + Snippets makes

Well, another quick post. Amazingly it is Wednesday again, so desk share time with desks of the world over at Julia’s At the Stamping Ground. To my desk, not today some time ago. I was doing an Illuminated piece for my friend with my water colours. I’ve decided I like gouache best as wasn’t 100% happy when it was done. I shared completed work yesterday see here  or scroll down.
The desk today is a little boring and not much different to some others, but here tis anyway.
It’s tidied a tad, on left are some Christmas Stamps partly out of view, not done with yet, and card almost done right next to them at back, in front of it is a background I’m thinking about using. Mm, 25th looms and the last Rudolph day over at Scrappy Mo’s until 30th Nov. Watch this space!
A few cards I’ve done .. one is a Christmas card and a couple of birthday cards which are made totally with snippets. ie embossed sheets, precloured images and verses already done and thrown together. That is fun. Am using things up. 😊
Lastly is the Aussie shot today of a very sunshiny view with wattle flowering in foreground taken a couple of months back on a memorable day. In that scrubby growth are blue wrens hard to photograph but, oh so cheeky!
Well that’s me for the day. May God bless you every one!
Thanks for popping over and saying hi, you are REALLY appreciated!
Shaz in Oz.x
The verse for the day! 
One of my favourites, yes have lots of them! 😉 but tis great to remember when my strength runs out I’m not depleted, for God says “My grace is sufficient for thee, my Strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I’d like to link up with the following:

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Middle Verse in Bible = TRUST God.

Dear ones, today's post is something I shared with another struggling friend in an incredibly hard spot. 
It blessed me and thought others might blessed by it, too. It's a timeless lesson on trusting God come what may, no matter what we see. My friend doesn't look here..
An illuminated text I made recently for a precious friend & her family. This verse is the middle verse in the Bible. "It is better to TRUST in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Psalm 118:8
Many before us have walked hard, seemingly cruel, grief-filled paths and even walk them now.
We walk in a sin-spoilt world.
We are torn by our own sinful nature, which ruled in us before we became Christians, and continues now. The world that tells us to stick up for our rights, what we want matters!
This is simply not true. 
We are, as Isaiah 64 says:
.."we are all as the unclean thing .. and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
We are not our own.
If we have trusted in Jesus as our LORD and Saviour, we are not our own.
We are bond servants, slaves to Christ's will .. NOT our plans, wills or our desires.
We are bought with a price from the slave market of sin at salvation, bought by the blood of Christ.
Job is the oldest book in the Bible.
Job contains the oldest picture of full extent of human suffering.
In chap.1 after all their children their wealth were lost, Job's wife said, "to curse God and die".
Job replied: "thou speakest as the foolish ones speak. 
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord."
**He gave an incredibly Godly answer.
Yet in spite of the completely wrong judgement by his four friends, that Job's sin caused his loss, Job was roundly condemned by God because he justified himself as righteous, with his replies to his friends.
When confronted by his holy, truly righteous God, Job cries (Job 42):
 "I repent in dust and ashes".
That's where we need to be.
All the things that befell Job were  seemingly unjust, cruel and horrid.
It is just the same for you and I.
Cruel, horrid and oh so painful.
Life really hurts.
But we must see our hearts as God sees them and be truly sorry or as Job said, repent in dust and ashes.
Hate our sin, not our situation.
That's what God wants of us.
Spirit-sight of a situation.
See as God sees.
We are very blessed with so many silver linings in those grey clouds.
Very blessed.
We need to focus on that blessing and not our grief, sorrow or loss of health, family or income, etc. Of course, it's easier said than done.
But God's help is but a prayer away.
For we can be sure..
God has a higher end in view.
He sees IN our situation, what we cannot see.
He sees in you what you see not.
He wants to glorify Himself in and through us all.
Trust Him.
He faileth not.
Satan loves to lie and torment. We need to listen to God's word not those lying torments.
I'm praying for all who read this.
If you're confused..  perhaps reading this post here may help 
We need to trust in God's wisdom not our own.
Trust God.
That's key. 
TRUST HIM when dark doubts assail you,
TRUST HIM when your faith is small, 
TRUST HIM when to simply
TRUST HIM, is the hardest thing of all.
Found in brayered snippets drawer this piece using SU Daisy Silhouette set. Love it. Snippets blue background embossed with Swirls EF. Verse digi from stash. Verse shows us to rejoice is the way to go to peace. 
I will be glad and rejoice in Thee, I will sing praise to Thy Name..
A peek from my walk yesterday. There is in photo a real tranquillity. Let us remember .."we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Rom 5:1b
Sorry this is long and wordy. If it blesses one, it's been worth it.
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x

Linking up with:
1. http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ Anything goes! 
2. https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-glitters-gold
Illuminated text. Middle Verse Ps 118:8. Has 23 carat gold on it.
3. http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.com/2018/11/thank-you-so-much.html
Thanksgiving. = First thanksgiving was praise to God fot His provision. This verse is on blue card with Ps 9 vs2.
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