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, July 19, 2017

WOYWW + More Gilded Watercolour Distress Ink

Well sorry everyone .. been bit AWOL from WOYWW .. caught winter lurgy which mostly am over now, thankfully, so thanks to those who were praying, awful lot of it going around downunder!
For those not in the know .. WOYWW is
What is on your Workdesk Wednesday!  Queen of WOYWW in Deskland is Julia, click on link and say hi to her .. she actually visited my desk today as you will see! To my desks - there's Julia Dunnit, present and correct! Mm, present in every sense. This was dining table yesterday, was I puzzled!
 Open the parcel from Julia Dunnit and there is a real piece of snail mail.. she tells a good tale y'know! Of her trip to the US of A, to see some folks. Primarily her sister dear, and also Kathy F., who regularly looks in on WOYWW, but doesn't blog.
Kathy makes these wonderful faux leather books, which she gifted with other things to Julia. They then spoke of folks on WOYWW, my name and blog came up, which Kathy also visits, Julia said she was concerned over my health... wow!
So what does kind Julia do? but share her bounty with "moi" with a wonderful book shown below.. how very blessed plus, am I?!
Thank you Kathy and Julia , I will be in touch Kathy, THANK YOU to BOTH dear ladies - so very, very kind!
 I think what blew me away most is that not one of us truly know just how far the influence we have in others' lives reaches. 
I muddle on my way as best can, unaware of just who is watching on, how it's influencing others.
I pray (in my case) it is for good. That's my aim as a Christian, to be a blessing to others. So it kind of shocks me when I am blessed in return.
Isn't WOYWW grand??! Look at the amazing attention to detail in Kathy's work, truly exquisite and beautiful!
 Inside Kathy's carefully hand-tooled book.
So my actual desk, this morning,  staged with the exquisitely detailed book from Kathy, Julia's long and oh, so very welcome missive on right. It cheered my heart so to receive it!!
Centre two cards made with gilded tissue watercolour method, and more samples on left not made up yet.. saving them for Rudolph day on 25th, for Christmas cards! To see this technique step by step scroll down to post below or click here.. its a new fun background method!

  Saw this tissue watercolour method over at Loll's blog (see here). Now crumpled and glued backgrounds ready for EP gilding watercolour samples below, the tissue paper dries beautifully.
I also used the negative from the previous card made with the "Just for you" die on this post to sue up Mirri outline with some glitter .. re-cut oval below as you see with SB Petite Scalloped oval to make another card totally out of scraps love that!
To the Aussie shots below .. we are really in winter downunder and this was taken out at my sisters, they see the migrating humpback whales heading north for warmer temps in outr winter down here .. all along headlands on coast they come in quite close.
This was the last bunch picked from our roses before they were given their winter prune. The Oklahoma at the front right was huge my very favourite rose, so fragrant, Mr Lincoln behind it was also very fragrant, Queen Elizabeth Pink is on left.
  Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits more than words can say.
Shaz in Oz.x

"Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints." Revelation 15:3

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT Gilded Watercolour Distress Ink

Hi there friends! Another learning curve today, with my DT post for Bizzy Bec's Online craft store. I saw this tissue watercolour method over at Loll's blog (see here) with crumpled and embossed highlights. Wow, is it fun!!
Here's a wee peek.
First of all, use some ordinary tissue paper, mine was bit imperfect, second hand, from a present received who knows when. 😉
1. Select inks ( you can use most sort, but water-based blend best), I took some Distress Inks - varying sheets made as you can see.
  (Current card used Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick.) 
2. Smoosh inks randomly on blending mat (mine is a lid from takeaway). As used mini DI, didn't have blocked colours. (if using large ink pads, Loll suggests mixing colours for better blending with a spatula).
3. Then spritz inks with water, layer gently the tissue paper over the inks. Once coloured lift **carefully (it IS fragile at this stage) put on paper towel, or in my case, on junk mail!! I use it a lot in crafting, the tissue dries well on it and lifts up easily.
 This method is really effective economical watercolour, especially if learning the technique. The card I made used the next step, also.
4.  For this, scrunch up the dried tissue paper then with wet glue, I used tacky, glue it to some card, as attaching press to emphasize the raised areas of scrunching. Allow to dry.
5. Use on finished sheet the embossing anti static pad - used my home made one here. Cover well, then smooth (lightly and evenly) over Versamark ink pad to catch crinkle highlights. Sprinkle Stampendous Gold detail EP. Remove any Embossing powder where you dont want it with fine brush, before heat setting. 
Attach to card base.
 6. Next comes Die cutting.
Used Sue Wilson Thank You Die
and  Spellbinders Dies - used is Heirloom Legacy 5" x 7" die ( I bought it from Bec so maybe ordered from Bec, upon request).
To layer Die cuts and to see how to do this easily, see this post here.
Here is completed card, assembled.. I edged the bottom deckle edge of the card with some gold embossing powder too. 
Love this technique will be revisiting it!! Hope you enjoy it too.
 Now don't forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations, and please do join in the ANYTHING GOES July CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be
Also wish to apologise for tardiness in commenting, caught a winter lurgy floating around downunder :D
Shaz in Oz.x

O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 118:1
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
4. CAS July Watercolour Tissue Challenge (mm - der! just realised this card is NOT CAS... sigh, ah well!)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bizzy Becs DT post - Inky Impression Obession Dies

 Hi there everyone! Well, 'tis time again for ANYTHING GOES July Challenge over HERE at Bizzy Bec's! ...please do pop in! You might win that monthly prize, which Bec so kindly gives!!!
First of all a peek...
( I will list all items used down below)
First of all took some scraps of gloss card and inked them up with distress inks very generously, use pads or reinkers. Then spritz them to spread colours around, add on top a scrunched up piece of cling plastic wrap - already spritzed and crumpled then added to gloss card.
Move colours around under the cling wrap till it is how you like it. Leave to dry, about 20 to 30 mins approx., varies according to temperature.
 To layer die cut words, leave them in the card stock and add layers, easier to get shape right. use double sided sticky paper on back of die. These IO die cut superbly. The holograph silver cardstock looks really great!
Items Used:
 *30% off Impression Obsession. Other dies - 25% + 20% off!

 Now to our Aussie shots, Tuesday afternoon on another icecream drive, just "followed our noses" as we drove, came to a new beach I've been to before but 'not others ... great spot!
God's creation is truly breathtaking and amazing!

  Now don't forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations, and please do join in the ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices

I'm really delighted to welcome a new Wonderful Encourager to this blog. Almost a newbie to blogland, Claire of the Snippets Playground - AND
She makes some clever, imaginative creations.
Please share a little of love from blogland and pop over and say hi..

May God bless your day wherever you may be .. and please say hi, so I know you've been by!
Shaz in Oz.x 
For the LORD Jesus, the Prince of Peace said: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
 John 14:27

4. Red, white and blue, use one, two or all three colours, used blue and white.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Embossed Brusho Resist Cards + Christmas Challenge at Scrappy MO's

Well, this financial year and month of June almost over. So I'm scampering to catch up with a couple of challenges... hopefully not too late, busy plus! 
 I'm making a whole lot prayer for you or thinking of you cards and seem to need them almost before they're done, so made three, needed two more and now of seven, is only one left! And as they've all used Snippets I'm off to The Snippets Playground, too... yay!!!
Second batch of backgrounds, first image is first batch and now find need two more today.. so will be more .. they are all so very very different too!
The Embossed Resist with brushos are made for the Foiled Fox who've a Resist challenge going on, run by Heather Telford over here, I do love her work!! And here are some of her blog samples too Here
Now to my Resist cards. I saw Heather first sample using background stamp and brushos I think or maybe watercolour, anyway I wanted use brushos. Best stamp for purpose - with lots of empty space but detail too, Hero Arts Dandelion Frame, not sure if available or not, I've had it for years... see desk last week where started them.. for full details with brushos see Here.
NOTE: If using brushos on emboss Resist, AND if there's lots of detail you need to work the brusho water colour more into the detail .. more than you do for other type of brushos. I used finger tips and of course have stained hands for days. 😉 A brush probably would work too. I always mean to wear gloves but rarely do.
I wanted to use my new Hero Arts Prayers and hugs set, a kind gift from Ginny Maxam. I've now made six cards with this. Thanks Ginny!! ♡♡
TIP: I've found with this set it's easier to die cut the word "prayers" then with Mini misti stamp the word "prayers" in ink choice. As it is a clear stamp it is easier to line it up, rather than the actual die which you can't see through.
 Easier to line up layers like these whilst die cut still in situ, I use double sided tape or double sided paper. If careful it stays it nicely till removed.

This was for my dear aunty Helen, who has melanomas throughout, even in her brain, on radical treatment which i am praying will spare her for time to come. All prayer appreciated for her. I had made her a "hugs and prayers" card already some months ago, and wanted a different one for her the "with love' die by Waffle Flower. I added all the colours she loves. 
TIP: **With brushos I found you can layer them. If not quite right as this was, simply dab off with paper towel and add more colours and spritz more water. All are stamped on watercolour paper. This was amazing when layered few more on.
Also joining in the June Rudolph's days over at Scrappy Mo's Christmas Challenge. Brusho on gloss card and smooth over with cling wrap for night sky.
 (Oh, and don't tell anyone but an item I'd ordered in April was refunded cos no longer available. At first I was sad then thought, "hey! I could get some Oxides with that", and guess what I have my extra few Distress Oxides, to make seven. Happy dance! OK, was on buying ban then - and now back on it again! Wee break out, and just as they arrived what does TH do? bring out twelve more. I'll never have any more than prob. have now though. How much ink can I use in one lifetime? They blend layers and mix so well, after all.)
 Linking up with Annie's Friday Smiles.  as it is Friday.. I hope these seven cards bring smiles to everyone and as I gave some by hand I know they did!!
To Aussie shots one coastal and one inland from our wandering 4WD caravanning family - thanks Rob!  😉
 Taken on my mobile ... loved the LORD's handiwork in the sky that day, black dot on wave is a surfer, and some seagulls around too. Not quite sure but think Rob's great reflections are near Murrumbidgee river or arm of it.
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat!
May God bless your day wherever you may be
Shaz in Oz.x
 Joining up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes both cards
2. Annie's Friday Smiles
4. Foiled Fox who've a Resist challenge going on, run by Heather Telford over here

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sympathy Cards, Snippets Butterflies + WOYWW

Hi everyone! ... Well guess what? .... 'tis Wednesday, AGAIN! June is flying by!
Here's my desky share for WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday!
Multiple  desks to see today, warning + photo overload!
My desk this morning - just done some background stamping, with white embossing powder. Have two lots one small, one large - the latter is Hero Arts White, bought after watching Jennifer McGuire, noticed last night Kristina Werner is still recommending it. I dont like it because it bubbles. It doesn't seem to matter what I do, never had EP like this before. I bought the WOW Opaque bright white super fine and love it!
Tip: Re image below - most of background stamps dont stick as they should. So thought would try Mono-multi Liquid (tacky) glue, it is repositionable once dry, AND works a treat.
After drying in sun these are the finished brusho pieces, the Hero Arts Dandelion Frame works well with them. L To R 1. Violet, Purple + Sea Green 2. Crimson, Violet, Sea-Green 3.Blue - Prussian + Cobalt.
I am  fan of Heather Thompson, she's on DTr at Foiled Fox. Their latest challenge has emboss resist .. if get these done will share in that!
These next seven cards were done for my cousins and aunts family when she passed away in April. Didn't have time to post so sharing now. Used butterflies + white card .. lots of it! Bits of brusho pieces were die cut to highlight, added various dry embossing. Sympathy set is by Inspired By stamping - great value set and very useful!

Card - for Butterfly Challenge (bingo + Colour Heather) with large 5 x 7 EF, has flowers swirls and butterflies, pearls added on it.
Aussie shot today our local beach about ten days ago.. surf's up and yes, some were catching some waves out there! that's why the lifesaver has his eyes on them and vehicle, etc at ready.
Well, I'm delighted to welcome new wonderful encourager - a fellow Aussie ...
 May God bless your day, wherever you may be, and a very happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x  

"Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Jeremiah 17:7

Joining up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes both cards
Yes, all cards used snippets! surprise! ;)
3. NBingo &colour heather - Mauve butterfly embossed card  - colour + Bingo line Bling, butterfly and bloom (embossed flowers on folder.
4 all seven cards have wet embossed greetings plus many have dry embossing as well.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT Darkroom Door Sail Away + Distress

 {WOYWW please scroll down .. or click here}
Hi there everyone, back with another card using the wonderful Darkroom Door set - Sail away! first a peek, then the how to!
 I gathered sea coloured Distress Inks ... see colours below. 
On desk added inks to white coated mat (plastic coated lid from takeaway) laid down a layer water on watercolor block. Then randomly added colours till happy.
Stamped on scraps - two images with my favourite stamping ink - Black Onyx Versafine, embossed with clear EP.
Completed watercolour piece, now dry.. as you can see colours very random, cut to fit a 5" x 7" base for card.
With two stamped images (save other for later), inked with similar colours as used above, also DI Fossilized Amber from moon reflection.
Oval die, see links below, used to cut out window out of watercolour piece. Added die cut frame, shaping it a little on foam mat with shaping tool.
Added behind frame, double-folded mounting tape, ie folded in on itself to make it half the width and double the height.
TIP: Stretches/ fits better around oval if pull off all backing paper and stretch as you attach. Used largest and 3rd largest for die frame
 Supplies used: *All are Pre-order
* Darkroom Door Sail Away Stamp set.
* Lawn Fawn So Much to say ... birthday greeting.
* Distress inks 
Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans,  Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire.
(if you see something that is not listed in store, then ask Bec via email to see if she can order it in for you! )
Thanks for popping over, especially a big thank you if you say hi to let me know you've been by!

 Oh, and dont forget to  join in the Bizzy Bec's Anything Goes challenge for June HERE..  someone has to win that prize.
 Shaz in Oz.x

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27:14
Joining up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

3. Lemon shortbread challenge - anything goes. 

4. Always fun challenge - For a male or dad 
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