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, 27 June 2018

WOYWW desky share + Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Challenge

Well, yes, it IS Wednesday again!! Weeks are flying by.. in a few days we’re into second half of 2018!! That's as maybe, but it’s time for WOYWW.. so let’s pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground  for desks of the world!
To my desk:
So busy again, finished on left are Christmas cards for Rudolph day or Scrappy Mo’s Christmas card challenge. The card on right is in process with mask and TH Oxides, they’re fab on stencils, perfect blending with the ink tools. Don’t have a sponge for each of my Inks. Have too little pennies to do that and wash the sponges out each time and use foam applicator near colour of ink pad.
Store them in an old Video case. Use those Video cases (Note: video not DVD, as deeper + no bits needing removal) on my mini Inks pads, too, they fit perfectly in my freebie long narrow bookcase, was DVD holder I think. I’ve bought old cases very cheaply for .10c or .20c at opportunity shop. Perfect for unmounted stamps too.
Here are cards finished.
The Christmas card has been de-bossed or recessed into back of base, by running in through embossing sandwich in C'bug .. I actually was really disappointed on one aspect of this gorgeous Sugar Pea Nativity scene die (a very kind gift from Miss Di ❤️). I’d planned to use this snippet of alcohol ink smooshing top and bottom, top on one and bottom on another. But you can’t!!
See that star die, near stable in top?
Wondered why they didn’t attach the star by wires for easy removal then you can reverse the scene.
 Because of die design it can’t be done sadly. That being said I totally love it. So easy to use with a quick card made, I’m probably the only one who thinks of it that way. Used snippets the top white piece, a snippet as well as blue silver alcohol piece on gloss card, made last Christmas. Stampendous wood mount stamp 1994.
Second card is another partial masking card, shown HERE.. do love these little hedgies from Lawn Fawn!! Mask is by Artplorations. A NBUS to my shame!!
The colours chosen are because they’re my Aunty Helen’s very favourite colours.. she’s very dear to me. Those of you who pray, please pray for her. She is so very bravely fighting cancer with hubby uncle Ted standing by supporting.
So now sharing the Aussie shots. Truly live in magnificent place. First shot shows moon rising, almost full moon. The second shot called out to me, was on other side of street and looked saw this and quickly crossed over... such amazing colours!!
Thanks so much to each of you for popping over especially if you say hi. May our dear Heavenly Father bless you all in all your doings,
Prayer Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
This verse is so precious.
 We have Someone watching out for us that we will never clearly understand in this life. I have a friend who says  that “Coincidence is God’s way of  anonymous “. It’s truly wondrous to me that He gives His angels watchcare over us. However help is there for the asking - we are made with a free will, it is our choice ... it is not forced upon us. He is a God of Love. His love is always reaching out to us.

Joining up also with:
1. Snippets challenge

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Simple Layering of Die cut Word Numbers + Annie's Smiles

WOYWW post HERE!! Or just scroll to post below. Thank you!😊

Hi there just blowing in with a very quick post.. had folks asking re layering of word die cuts si showing how its done with numbers!
Card made for a 40th so adding numbers below.
1. Added double sided tape to each of die cardstock. Remove to adhere.
2. Cut 3 for this a white a gold and brusho background.
3. Leave white in base it's cut from and place next two layers in place. This is particularly handy for holding shape of words.
4. Layered white gold on top of one another. Then placed brusho die cut a little to right to offset it and give a gold shadow to die cut.
These have more than three layers. "0" has 5 and top of 4 hasteeny bit of double sided mounting tape. The base was raised so had to keep even level. This card below is winging it's way to Norway , hope 20 days is long enough.. post takes forever tgese days.
 This cards has splatter and brushos on it all water colours done on this post HERE

Now to Aussie shots. Taken on my walk yesterday.. late. Plant in second image is a Gymea lily about to come into bloom. They're very architectural.
Well, thanks to all who pop over and especially those who say hi.. your comments are truly a blessing. May the Lord bless and strengthen you in all your doings this day.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Doesn't this verse cheer you! Not just God's glory in His creation (I love poppies) but most of all in His Word. He promises to keepand uplift us. Yes it says He keeps the "good man " but we have none of our own. Our Goodness or righteousness comes through faith in His dear Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
With and through faith in Him we are heading for a hope that fades not away.. like the earth does. A heavenly home .. a new body.. yes, this one surely needs replacement! Cheer up! Keep looking up.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

WOYWW + Lawn Fawn With Partial Oxides Mask

Well, another Wed here in a blink. One day off shortest day of year for Downunder ... can't wait for summer! For desks of the world, pop over to Julia's, do please, at the Stamping ground.
Now to my desk!!
 One can see Masks, Oxides, DI tools, cute Lawn Fawn Hedgies. Saw Kristina Werner do partial masking with cute die cuts stamping. Inked images with Black Onyx Versafine with EP and then coloured Promarkers. Fussy cut here, as no matching  die cuts.
 TIPS: You can use black Versafine (a pigment ink) or blue red, green, purple and make it white gold or silver or whatever EP is. Don't need Versamark pad, really. I found this out by being too lazy to clean my stamp. 😊
TIP 2: Set Oxides with hairspray. Works a treat, removes oxide look. 👍 Love saving pennies!!!
TIP 3: With mask inking, especially one like zigzag one, use a gentle pouncing with sponge applicator - works best. After mask inked lift and add excess ink over same spot to soften the colours.
 Used two masks one below Darkroom Door Mesh and Zigzag is a Huey mask.
 None of the two cards are finished for photos. Attached images with "White -tac" as outside light was fading fast. Our shortest day tomorrow... YAY!
 TIP 4: Had Black ink from stamp catch top of this card top. Removed it with my usual array. Being a calligrapher, I'm a collector of rubbers/ or erasers. The old Staedtler ink/ pencil combo is a good standby, Pentel Hyperaser is ultra thin and handy for tight spots, not unlike Mono, and lastly the newer Mono eraser. Ink removed.
TIP 5 : Always polish over the surface of paper/card with pencil eraser as it removes furry surface. Below is Washi Scored card. For details see post below.
Some lovely photos from Oz went for walk yesterday with someone very dear. Took this photo of our families favourite spot. Aren't those clouds amazing. God's glory shown forth! Glory indeed.. t'was real winter's day with wind as well !!
 My brother in law snapped these white Corellas I think.. checking them out, I suspect.
 Thank you so much for taking time to pop over and say hi.. especially if you take time to leave a comment. You do so bless my heart!!
Going to make a real effort to comment this week!!
God bless you in your day.
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz. Xxx
I love this verse.. it begins with  "we have NO might... neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon Thee!"
How precious it is.. our God is more than willing and able if we but call upon Him. I'm daily needing it at the moment. Trials draw us closer to Him. 😊
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Scoring Washi Tape Simple Cards

Hi there. Another quick post on phone. To help with posting from mobile device:
Tip 1: If you use Google Chrome, Blogger (also Google owned) co-operates best. A blessing indeed!
Tip 2: resize photos taking by sending them as MMS to yourself, then save attachment to Download on mobile.Upload from there.
Made some cards using washi and scoring and washi die cuts. Very effective! Inspired by card from Margo a kind friend, simpler than mine but her washi was wider than my standard one!
Tip: Added top diecut to card backing as shown in photo, and die cut.. doubled layers .. white one then washi. (Used snippets on die cuts plus on spotty card)
 Add layers while still inlaid in base piece makes it easier.
Used an old disc. CB die for thanks. Three different standard width washi used.
 Two of four cards made. :D
Now to Aussie shot.. taken later in afternoon when squashing in my walk in end of day. Our shortest day of year is coming soon. Can't wait!
May our dear Lord bless your day in all its doings.. here is precious promise from God's word to cheer your heart. When trust is in our God.. we shall not be moved.. spiritually.. no matter what comes our way, trust in Him. "All may change, but Jesus never. Glory to His name!"
A special thanks if you take time to comment. Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
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Bright beautiful washi -

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Belated WOYWW + Sympathy Cards

Okay.. trying another post on mobile. Sorry.. the formatting messed below. It will not co-operate!
A belated WOYWW..  so to show I am making cards.. May not be commenting much for which I apologise. For Desky share please pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground! HERE.
To my desk a few days back..
The desk shows a left over snippet of brushos with script background stamp. Cut in rectangular die then adding several layers of MB Lavish branch. With  Sympathy die is Elizabeth Craft Designs i think?? I'd need of few sympathy cards so showing them below. Second card is Hero Arts background mosaic mask with Distress Oxides. All dies rectangular are extended. Xcut set, butterfly is MB. Two navy white card are ones I've made before. The stamp greeting set is sympathy one on my desk by Joanna. Inspired by Stamping.. not sure if still available? Bible verse is from early 1990s. A great comfort to those whose trust in Jesus.. we shall meet again.. in that heavenly home where all tears are wiped away... Blessed hope indeed!

And to close. A Birthday card for dear 86 yearold Iris in UK. It will be winging it's way tomorrow all being well! This is a glorious stamp. A Penny Black Trailing Vine. I've only had it a while and made several cards with it. Must replicate this for another friend. A close up below shows how the greeting is layered. Also Elizabeth Craft Designs. Coloured with Tombows and added shimmer.
This is a very special spot near where we live.. I haven't edited this photo. This is how it looked! A magnificent part of God's creation.. to share a verse  paraphrased from memory.. "the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows forth His handiwork." Psalm 19. Our Heavenly Father is but a prayer away.  May the Lord bless and strengthen you in all your doings... and thanks so very much for popping by!! Shaz in Oz.x
Joining also with:
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Rudolph day or Christmas Challenge with Snippets!

Hi one and all, so busy downunder so blogging has suffered still been making cards though! I am okay health-wise. Just too little time to blog!
Joining in for Scrappy Mo's Christmas card challenge, see below!
 This card is using a brilliant digi wreath by Beccy (comes coloured which I used or uncoloured). I've added on Word doc. the Bible verse for my Christmas cards last year, love it.. the "Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world".
A snippet both it and other cardstock so joining in with snippets playground.
 Die cut is by a lovely one Loz put me onto - by Yvonne Creations called Holly Jolly Christmas  nesting dies. Almost unavailable but still few around.
 Your sea fix today .. from yesterday's drive with my darling dad. He's not been well that's another reason for neglect of dear folks in blogland.
This is the verse for today.  What a blessing it is to know that in the midst of dark deep times we are never alone. Our loving  Father God is moving beside us.. helping us as we call upon Him.
Thank you dear, kind, caring friends who've asked how I am. I treasure you all. How richly blessed am I!
May the Lord bless and strengthen you in your path which you walk this day.
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x
Ps tried doing all this blog post on my mobile. Surprised it wasn't too hard!! 
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Brushos + Penny Black With Scraps + WOYWW

Well, here I am - surprise, surprise! Running tad late, par for course today.. 😀
AND it is total snippety cards today cos am doing some cards for a pressie...
RESULT:  Using up snippets/ half done things, so off to playground, yay!
For WOYWW, as tis Wednesday, pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground! my desk(s)!
Actually few desks. This morning - front left card almost done but covered up for a reason. Requisite scissors, and assorted tools, to the right are snippets of black ice technique to make into a male card. Monkeys say hi today, too! Will explain now other technique .. brushos on scrap!
Pays to be thrifty, what great watercolour card from a frozen meal box! Left piece used Olive green, Sandstone, Yellow, Sea Green, used slightly different colours, more blue and green on piece laying face down, so you can see back of card. The really light coating on the card stock means it really works well die cutting and holding it's shape.
Added spatters with gold and pearl watercolour - by Finetec.
Finished card - used scrap of white for top, only new bit was base. Wonky rectangles on white card. Stars are set of CCD's from eBay. Saw idea by Sharlene, not a blogger, but a very good friend, a great cardmaker. Changed it of course! Below is layered greeting, slightly offset with gold.
See shimmer in this card.. real texture!
Here a watercolour - Penny Black "Trailing Vine" gold embossed - used DI to colour.
Also stamped Hero arts Linen background, "Just for you" a Sue Wilson die.. my only set. Love the gold embossing! Slightly offset greeting again to give it more pop!
 Was sure I'd blogged a card with this inked! Image was for pink, black and white challenge ages ago on OSA, but maybe made but not shared! Inked with duster, or maybe sponge, then stamped, found in snippets drawer - added bits from stash. Stamps are all discontinued - by Artneko.
Aussie shot when out on beach walk.. not time last two days .. walked but at shops not quite same view.
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x

Love this verse ! Our God never fails, He will not forsake us, when we are His own by faith in Jesus.
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1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
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