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, 16 October 2019

Brushos with Silhouette Christmas Dies + WOYWW

Yes, it’s here again.. desk day!! It’s WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday... please head over to Julia’s HERE for desks of the world!
My desk as left last night. There are a few things going on here! On left brushos not put away as want to use again. Middle is a Sympathy Card in make, scene was brusho, tried one thing - didn’t work, so tried another idea or three! 
I don’t give up easily and finally happy with end result.. or think I will be. It’s funny 😂 it’s only a biscuit card background, but really fight to make it something I’m happy with! Two spray bottles at back used and on right are more brusho backgrounds with texture paste on them. TH Mosaic stencil which is lovely - but an annoying tag width (am I only one who dislikes this?). Thus I’ve added extra on side and really not noticeable, except at this angle. The one on far right has glitter on it as well, not sure what they’ll turn into, but do need a “Praying for You” Card. Very extreme right, almost out of sight are completed cards. Rest are usual suspects.

Cards completed, yes! two more Christmas now up to 43, but aiming for 80 or minimum of 70, want to gift some. These were begun on last weeks desks with brusho backgrounds, saw Kate's great offtering on Rudolph challenge (here). This is my take on it thus far, made two but number of more planned with other dies. So used Di of Snippets Playground die of nativityscape by Sugar Pea. Really, really love it. Dies are great for using Snippets and as brusho coloured backgrounds are inside of cereal, frozen food, biscuit packets on white side it’s one cheap card! Base only new purchase, premade 5 x7”. "Silent Night" is a CCD.
Aussie views are mixed locations. Two from Grampian range on west Victoria.
Stunning escarpment, first one is What’s app from family there. Two slackliners in high winds, too! acc. to family, near Mt Kenya; lots of climbers, as it’s one of Aust top rock climbing locations.
Second one is Brooks Lookout also in Grampians National Park.
These are Ballarat’s Botanic Gardens, plantings began in 1860, early for Aust, after beginning of 1850’s gold rush.
 The two stunning sea views are not here but FOUR hours, flying time, west of here on east coast, family on south west coast of WA stunning coastline!

Apologies for being bad blogger last week, very full on, and wheels fell off! God willing, will do all this week! 
Well, that’s me for today.
Lord bless and keep you all safe, in all your ways,
Prayer hugs, 
Shaz in Oz.x
UPDATE re drought and fires:
All fires under control, but not out, two lives lost in fires three hours north, and incredibly sadly 64 homes. 
I’m very grateful yest found out my friend in middle of fires okay, house safe, but lost stock, grasslands, fences, outbuildings. Sad for them, but but not as sad as some, for video details on this here.
Fires still at watch and act level, with high winds, & low humidity, both negative factors. 
Praise God - some good rain in SE Qld and some in northern NSW. The farm I showed last week which experienced a dust storm had 4mm, 1/8 of inch. Much, much, more needed so I’m praying and fasting on, till drought breaks I think, it was for month of Oct, called by interdenominational church group. I may do as long as required. Think it’s my responsibility as a Christian. 
Thought for the Day:
Came across this verse in Isaiah during week, it's one of God's promises to those who love Him.
I love that God promises:
1. Safety 
2. Bread and most of all "sure waters". 
Claiming that, and praying much for those who are struggling, that in midst of it they will seek the help of the Father Who is only ever a prayer away.
 Linking up to:

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Distress Oxides Stencil Layering for Christmas + WOYWW

Yess! It’s Wednesday so time for WOYWW again or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday? Over to Queen of Deskland - Julia of the Stamping Ground. My desk today..
Hope to make another batch of cards, since Christmas pile needs a boost. Saw this idea on last week’s Scrappy Mo challenge with brusho backgrounds so late night pulled out some biscuit packet with white backing and sprinkled, spritzed and splattered result nice bright backgrounds, two more subdued on left out of photo. Three masks are washed in cases waiting to go away showing them on next desk. Tiny white scribbled paper on top of right side stencils? Card ideas.
So here I using an idea I saw over at Sarah’s craft shed last week, not her WOYWW post but one before, I often wander around when doing WOYWW, only time being a sticky beak isn’t bad manners.😁 Sarah used Oxides, beautifully layered with masking for background. Added embossed gold images. I thought Christmas cards. Yes! wild tangent, but that’s me! Layered colours three blue DOxides, needed deep blue, tried regular DI chipped sapphire. Worked just fine. Mask colour was citron oxide, with three stencils.
NOTE TO SELF: don’t seal Oxides before heat Embossing. Seal Oxides with hairspray or micro distress glaze, to make colours pop. But one I accidentally did it before Stamping and embossed ugh! Powder everywhere shouldn’t be! Turned out kinda ok but lots of work.
Finished cards, set of 4, the stamps are Stampendous Glory to God wood moubt, bought with Marilyn in Florida last Sept, nativity stamp is quite old wood mount stamp. Used my stamp-ma-jig to position them. Not going to mess up after that!
Aussie photos are from today! I went to our botanic gardens with a friend, so nice. So sharing some of our amazing plants.
Below Gymea Lily with a Waratah tree above it, Waratah Tree close up.
These are Clivia, and Lily pond with a tortured willow in front of it, it was shaped like a little cubby size for little people. Yes, I could fit in it!

Next two photos are from family travelling in Victoria.. first is silo paintings on the silo art trail down there, amazing pencil-like black and white drawings. Next garden bed with some stocks in Gardens there in central Vic. They’ve not had severe drought of elsewhere so family enjoyed visit thus far.
Pray you’re all well, and thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat. May God richly bless you wherever you maybe!
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for Today
These photos were taken this week, if you put a pin in the middle of NSW, you’d probably land near Gunnedah where these were taken.
I’m praying for Darryn & Michelle  Phinn and their family at Carol, who’ve been living, breathing in this dust, parched landscape - day after day. That’s dust storm on horizon, with willy-willy in one of photos. 
PRAY please for Darryn & Michelle, for relief with rain. 
Praying also for Rappville , a small town three hours north west of us.
There were 30 homes lost last night in bushfire, nearly the whole town gone, including village hall. Incredibly it looks like it was deliberately lit. So sad.
Why do sad things happen? Jesus' answer to this question was this:
God sees what we cannot, "His way is perfect", and "He will perfect that which concerneth me", and you, as we seek Him. 
Blessings, dear ones, I pray for you in your burdens.
“Our Heavenly Father knoweth.” “He careth for you”.

Also joining over with:
2. Christmas card

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Ultimate Crafts Dragonfly, New Die Cut Technique + WOYWW

(Warning - photo overload again today!)

Hi there everyone, yes, it’s Wednesday and World Desk Day.. over at Julia’s, WOYWW for What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday right HERE!! 😊
Few desks again today with techniques. Firstly was working on birthday card, and using the Ultimate Crafts dragonfly die, had two lots of washi paper I liked. Didn’t end up using this design but different layout but decided to add some acetate with DST, and TH rock candy glitter to wings. Did on silver ones, too, made from silver washi tape on card too. Haven’t quite finished that card but share other.
Desk 2 is at ridiculous o’clock last night, really this morning, couldn’t sleep. Up & decided to try this idea over on Verna’s blog, she has link to video on technique (here). So desk shows me with die cut, Holly Berries - Penny Black with a serviette (already in quarters) folded in half, total of eight layers, with sheet of white cardboard underneath. See video by Dave. It took quite a few passes to die cut it right through, as this is detailed die, used metal shim.
Fetched out my old Reeves Watercolour  paint tin from 1971! Good brush 000 and painted away. One thing to note, I did need to glue few bits of compressed serviette (or napkin) onto the cardstock. I think it’s because was ultra smooth surface card, no tooth to surface. I loved this technique! First time I’ve really been happy with this PB die, had for ages. Hollies are so tedious to add gems to or highlight, easy peasy with this. Will repeat! 
Now to three cards made:
Birthday card changed to this, MB Pippi butterfly (for Mrs A's challenge, see below) praying for you card, with Hero Arts prayer Die with washi, stamp comes from Joanna Inspired by Stamping Sympathy set.
Second card is the Dragonfly on largest wonky rectangle die set, in washi mounted, mounted on deep blue. Happy birthday stamp - disc. set by Sweet ‘n Sassy.
Last card is Christmas card. Believe it or not folks, Christmas is coming, yesterday shops had it everywhere! An-nnd Simon Says Monday Challenge is Christmas! used CB Holly Ribbons EF, PB die, with Poppy Stamps “Tidings of Great Joy” Stamp/die set. Used all Snippets but base, sooo off to Snippets Playground over at Miss Di’s. Yay!!
Aussie Photos: Continuing trip (with family member, on other side of Oz) start just off coast of WA.
Definitely wouldn’t want to be here in Marble Bar in summer and really admire the pioneers of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Poinciana House was built in 1908, listed with the National Trust. George Miles built it for his wife but she only stayed a year, now a private residence.
Certainly appreciated seeing the ocean again after almost 10,000 kms and a lot of that on the dirt! 
Point Samson is really a beautiful spot... nothing here but a general store, tavern and cafe. The housing is certainly built for the cyclones .... row upon row of screws on the roof and no guttering... doesn’t rain a lot and when it does it’s so heavy the gutters don’t take it! 
We found a front garden of a home, on a walk, with some very healthy Sturt Desert Pea.
Also a nice view up to Cape Lambert, the Rio Tinto iron loading facility.
Cossack is now a historic ghost town, the original trading port before Dampier, also the original port of pearls before the luggers moved north to Broome in 1886. The town was dissolved in 1910 and abandoned by 1950.
Some of the bluestone buildings have been restored, the present museum is by far the most impressive.”
Last photo is of stunning orchid (Oncidium), (in my photo spot courtyard) on loan from neighbour Edward, pray for him please had news this week his cancer has spread throughout, praying for them all in it.
Well, that’s it for today, hope some tips helpful! May God bless your day wherever you may be, and especially thanks if you’ve time for a chat! 
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for the day: This month for October there's a very large group of Christians all over Oz who are fasting and praying for Repentance, Revival and Rain rain rain! This is why.
This is mostly up where I live in north NSW, and SE Qld.. all in extreme drought except for coast, fires over the hill still burning. So will for the month of Oct. in my small way be joining in prayer & fasting .. it’s key, repentance revival and rain for Oz! 
When you think one farmer a week reportedly commits suicide each week, due drought severity this is really, really critical. 
Souls need to be saved. See my latest post on this here.
This verse holds key which I incidentally shared three weeks ago, unaware of this prayer challenge. Note the two sets of actions
May I do my part! that God can bless.
*** on our part = humble, pray, seek, turn
*** God’s part = hear, forgive, heal
Also joining over with:
3. Butterfly Challenge Your 6 elements are Magnolia/ *Mandarin/Mint/*Marker Pens/Metal Charm + your *Butterfly. *Used these 3, marker pen on butterfly pearls to make them gold.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Floating Shaker Card + Two Mo’s Challenge + WOYWW

{Apologies 😉 for long post, have some tips, techniques}
Observant ones might know well that today’s Wednesday AND the 25th of September, yes, folks three months till my favourite day of the year - Christmas! Twelve or so rapidly disappearing weeks. 
I love Christmas, but not how quickly they come around! As it’s desk day or WOYWW, do pop over to our wonderful Julia’s for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
To my desk(s):
Desk 1: No surprise! this morning’s desk has a Christmas card in an attempt to upcycle an image from last years received cards, to join up with Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Challenge.. over here. First die cut on desk failed. It was extended die cut, so will re-attempt. This is why Snippets abound chez moi. I excell in mistakes! There’s a Christmas stamp set on left to use. On right are used dies awaiting a return to their homes.
Desk 2: have just worked out good way to correct a EF attempt I don’t like. I’d used a CB folder not liked it on card base which is 5x7",  folder  too small. Decided to water spritz both sides of card front, then multiple emboss with my fav Embossalicious Swirls folder! Wow, what a great result. No evidence of previous embossing. 
Here’s finished card. Gold is CCD extended die cut, bought set while ago, very versatile. Joy to world stamp die set by Poppy Stamps. Greeting says "Tidings of Comfort and JOY" to complement the wise men image.
Desk 3:Working on Emily’s 8th birthday, hard to believe she’s 8! The card had many stages, four base card attempts till sorted it out!!! Tip re last week’s spinner cards .. use only simple shape images. This image I loved, sadly did NOT work as spinner.
So ended up with this - image by second Mo mentioned in post title.
A  "Mo Manning Digital Pencil" mermaid digi, called "Naunet.  Inverted image in Picasa (as Cntrl + Shift +H keystrokes inverts an image or photo). Coloured them with glimmery gelly roll pens, used 3 weeks ago. Wanted glimmer on image so perfect solution. Fussy cut 2 images  to make it strong, put a silver embroidery thread between middle of joined images, as planned to suspend it in shaker card (see Jennifer McGuire video here). Have shaker sequins, etc. on left in bowl. Had printed an background underwater sea digi via Google. Edited it on phone, as couldn’t on computer.
Completed card. Centre die cut is another CCD bought ages ago, it’s a small vertical oval, I enlarged it by cutting 2/3 one way and 2/3 other way and trimming up in middle. Did test runs first.
The mermaid image has loose thread suspended in background. Stops it turning upside down as you shake and it jiggles around.. looks great. Had glued on background some beads & sequins + some teeny coloured fussy cut fish as well. Delighted with end result.
The birthday greeting stamp is one from disc set by Joanna, Inspired to Stamp. Heat embossed, used first Memento Bermuda blue, then adding versamark on top of Memento and clear heat embossed. Braid to finish, numbers are CB Olivia alphabet disc. Everything was popped up for dimension.
Now to Aussie shots. These are from a lovely walk through over headland in north part of our town with family, there’s a cute wallaby standing so still hoping we can’t see him - the rest are sea views.
Well, that’s it for me today. I do hope you’re well, I’m grateful for our lovely spring sunshine and showers, but really, really pray it goes over the hills to parched lands there. 
May God bless your day, everyone, and thanks so very much for popping over for a visit and chat.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for the day:
In the midst of life storms, our Heavenly Father longs to help comfort, just as we love to comfort help our children - so He longs that we might turn to Him for peace, help in the midst of storm.

Also joining over with:
2. First card.. curiousity was solving the faulty embossing,  second card curiousity was solving the design difficulty. what an answer to prayer.
3. Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge. Anything Goes + optional use JOY.
4. First card. ABC Christmas Challenge  S = Sparkle and T = Texture .. sheen shine from Gold foil and Texture from dry embossing and die cuts. 
5. Cuteand Crafty Anything Goes 
6. Tuesday Throwdowns Anything Goes 
** Mo's Digital Pencil have a colour challenge and used these colours on catd baee and in colouring digital images. Repeated some of small images in this digi too, and inverted some of them.
** Also over at Simon Says Wednesday it's  Anything Goes! .. yay!
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