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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bizzy Becs DT post - Watercolouring with Distress Inks.

 (WOYWW Post below this)

Hi there everyone, Am here with a another DT post for Bizzy Bec's - this time tutorial - watercolouring with distress inks.
Although this image came coloured I wanted to colour it. This I found was best way to colour any fine lined image, as no detail is lost! Plus Distress inks blend beautifully.
Smooched 
Distress ink on white piece of laminated cardstock, or use a stamping block, with white paper under it so you can see colours.
Used two mauve/ purple, and three green with blue. DI Blue Denim was used on both purple and green for shadows.
So here is the completed image .. this was for a very special ladies birthday. I inked whilst the die cut still in Stitched Oval die with Distress inks in two greens, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles. Cottage Cutz Stitched ovals  fit really well the largest of the Spellbinder Elegant Ovals.
I shaped the flowers as love the 3D look, although it doesn't really show that clearly - see here to show I do it. I did this with a single coloured layer.. a cheat's way :D
Completed card. All dies, etc, used listed below. Although looks like 80 is in different coloured mirri card it is not :D
Items Used:
 Spellbinder Elegant Ovals
Our Daily Bread Beautiful Border Dies.
(Available previously with Bec before, so check availability).
Dies on Small labels:
Greeting is a disc. Our Daily Bread Greeting set, and Cuttlebug disc. Olivia Alphabet set for numbers. 
The digi image is Beccy's place Iris digi http://beccysplace.com/iris-garden-digital-stamps/

 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 ANYTHING GOES September CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
.
 
 
Photo taken by Fraser Young in South Australia.
.. oh we need some rain in our part of Oz, they've had rain down there - we have not. Love this shot .. the clouds and sheep are a real contrast.
An image which brings a smile to my face, as does this card (so linking up with
*Annie's Friday Smiles) .. if you want to see the cards I made for Nan as well as this one , just scroll down!


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, very busy here 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

Joining up with the following Challenges:
 1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
2. Tic tac toe at Flower challenge Using diagonal, white, watercolour, sentiment. 
(Mm, just realised my card has all but two (blue and CAS) of tic tac toe, so could go many ways!)
3. http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/september-challenge.html
4. http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/september-photo-inspiration.html
At Stamping Sensations they've a colour challenge, can use one or more colours or just the flower  which I've done.
Stamping element is the gold embossed greeting.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WOYWW + Nan's Cards ~ for her non-80th!!

Hi all! Popping in very quickly for a few links ups .. busy plus here!
(However want to say my thoughts and prayers are with all those suffering across the globe.
Reading on British Press - the floods in Bangladesh, 1/3 of the country is flooded!

Can you imagine what it's like to have a third of your country flooded?
Plus 100,000 houses destroyed!! On top of that they've floods of  Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar (former Burma) and ethnic cleansing! Devastation with Irma, Mexican earthquakes, etc. Perhaps a reason for all this? See this post here.)
As it is Wednesday, I've also a desky share - or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk for the link up, at Stamping Ground!
To my desk... probably can't share for few weeks, so thought better do so today!
Several... nay! three things on the go here! If you'd look on another table, you'd see a fourth!! (EEE-eek! she says.)
To right: Eamon's 2nd birthday on homeward run, his mother is very unwell (influenza A, very bad this year in Oz). No time for peeking so can share. Just have to touch up giraffe's adding some depth + greeting + age element.
Other items, kind of hidden are DT works, trying to get ahead. Hate always being behind. One is also for certain six year old's birthday too, top secret though, as they do peek, sometimes. Hope to catch up with both of these birthdays next week, God willing,
yay! :D Six year old will be wanting me to make "traditional pass the parcel" game too...
Now will explain the rest of the title of this post. My friend had what I thought was her 8oth birthday.. but dopey me :D made a booboo... it was her 79th! so that is why I call this Nan's non-80th birthday! I gave her half a dozen cards... published some before on here and her card is being published on 15th Sept as DT post.

A male card, made with Inkadinkado Standing Seagull INKA-99205-DD wood mounted stamp and Inspired by Stamping, Just for you set. Frame was from watercolour background, left over from another card. Didn't want to waste this bit, the image and card back stamped coloured for other cards and not used. Entering this card in the Stamp it Challenge with: Simon Says Wednesdays challenge .. stamped images ONLY no digis allowed.
This card won second prize over at Bugaboo... won seven of Jodie's wonderful images!!!

Digi image pre-printed in stash from Ginny Maxam of Maxam Made, like wise greeting. Die cut and mounted them and embossed and card with Sue Wilson pinpoint waves(?) folder. H.B. stamp is from SU discontinued set.

Simple male card, Disc. S.U. DP, Verse and images are digis I had already printed up.
Entering this card in the Stamp it Challenge with:
Simon Says Wednesdays challenge .. stamped images ONLY no digis allowed. Prayers set is available from Simon says.
Made with scrunched tissue technique see here - embossed it after scrunching, as shown on post. Dies are Memory box, both are disc. Stamp and die prayers set is by Hero Arts, on my packet. Simon Says brand on one I bought as gift, so bit confusing, slightly different sizes, too.
To the Aussie shots. On my walk yesterday was the sunset, taken rather late.. but out most of the day. The begonia below is real and so is the maiden hair fern, my sister has them growing beautifully and we had a lovely BBQ out there yesterday. Our 88 year old dad loved it!
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

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God , that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord :".Amos 8:11
This verse is a sign of the times for today.
Very sadly folks rather hear and heed the words of men, instead of hearing and heeding the words of the Lord, our Heavenly Father, Who loves us all.

Joining up with the following Challenges:

Make someone's day brighter with your card. Could really do all cards, but will link first and last cards as both of these are encouragement cards.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Darkroom Door Stamping on Acetate + Alcohol Inks - Bizzy Bec's DT post

Warning... lo-oong post, details plus photos, some "how NOT to do it",too!

 Hullo there everyone .. back again with another DT post for Bizzy Bec's. I am revisiting the Darkroom Door stamp set Sail Away (check out Bec's amazing prices) .. with acetate!
Here's a peek!
 I'm a great fan of Loll from "Stamping with Loll". Saw this post using acetate + alcohol inks.
And really wanted to do it with this gorgeous Darkroom Door Stamp set called Sail Away from Bizzy Bec's. 
Had an idea! just needed to get past the hiccups on the way. Tried it first as shown on video linked on Loll's post. However, a video can be a problem with the memory bank..  forgot step with brayer/ rubber roller. A mistake, inks didn't blend at all, were blobby.
I'm not sure why, but her inks on acetate spread lot more than mine. Decided to change colours too ..

  Saving acetate for another attempt, will use the base, see top left, for another card one day, have an idea for it.. waste not, want not..
 So tried it way Loll said she did it, except she stamped afterwards, I'm stamping before.
1. Using sailing ship stamp from Darkroom Door set, embossed two - one in gold, one black and two blank. (**on video the lady uses a dryer anti static cloth to prevent embossing powder go anywhere but on inked image, this is best too I found).
2. Then added the alcohol inks on the back of randomly, I also added Adirondack blending solution so my blobby inks would blend easier.

 Used Alcohol turquoise, Cobalt like blue, Silver and Pearl.
I also added two dye inks, SU purple and soft blue. I have mixed ink types before, usually work just fine.
Have very few re-inkers of various types and often mix them.
I mixed them around with scrunched up plastic or cling wrap. 
Left once an interesting pattern and colour combo. Allowed to dry well.
Loll didn't do it with cling wrap, but I didn't want blobs from my blobby ink! 😊
3. Loll also used spray adhesive for attaching the crumpled tissue paper. I like my spray adhesive, so tried it, but mine was not a good hold on the acetate. 
 So tried the video technique of layering glue (mixed PVA and Tacky craft glue) on back of dried alcohol ink. 
4. Added the crumpled tissue over it all, then relaid the plastic wrap and ran my brayer over the top to make sure it really adhered well.
 Finally happy.
Persistence paid off in droves. Have three other bits to play with, two plain.
Had funny accident with black ship image, accidentally added inks to the side that was stamped and embossed. It took some of image off randomly and left some. I looked at it and thought it looks just like a ship in a fog. I could reuse it like that, or re-stamp it on top using a positioning acetate sheet as guide, or lay a verse greeting over that part.
Will do this technique, again. Now to my card, fairly simple actually.
 
Die cut the acetate image after backing it with card stock with Spellbinders Labels 25. Added a hand cut gold base to it.
Used two sheets of DP I bought on Thursday after my fourth specialist dentist appointments (big pennies there), spent few pennies at the only craft shop within coo-ee, ie about 30 mins north, round corner from dentist. 😊 

First Sun in Sept. is our Father's Day in Oz, so all this persistence was for my darling 88 y.o. dad. 
He's worth it .. and much more.

Used the Sizzix Lattice folder on base card. Gold embossed greeting is from very old set called SU Wonderful Woodcuts, only Father's stamp I own. Used top and bottom portion of greeting on stamp (there is an image in between), with Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it it up. Took a couple of goes.
Hessian or frayed burlap across the card, an anchor which was sitting on bookcase next to my cutting machine, for no reason!!
Someone had given them to me. Perfect eh?
God is very good.
So relieved this card finally turned out just as I'd hoped.
Hope you like it too and the step by steps may help someone out there.

Aussie shot from South Australia, they are having more rain down there, than we are ... taken by our local church's evangelist when visiting there - Fraser Young - his site here.
 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 ANYTHING GOES September 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. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits!
Shaz in Oz.x  

"*Commit thy way unto the Lord;
*trust
also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
*Rest in the Lord, and
*wait patiently for Him:
*fret not thyself
...
" Psalm 37: 3, 7a.

*step by step guide to personal peace in all situations.. 
 
Stamping Sensations Sept Photo challenge, used some of these colours in card ....

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Use Stencil as Embossing Folder + WOYWW + Mo's Christmas Challenge

Well, I made this card for Scrappy Mo's Christmas Card challenge aka Rudolph days on 25th of this month. Finally getting around to blogging!
Yup! been very busy. 
As it is Wednesday, I've also a desky share - or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk for the link up, at Stamping Ground!  although current desk is missing - submerged! Totally.
So sharing how I embossed my stencil to get look I wanted.
My seven year old bug in action here.
Sandwich is: B plate, a shim (shim = 2 layers of cereal box card), rubber embossing mat, cardstock, (light 160gsm), *stencil taped down (first one moved, cos didn't tape down), other B plate on top. Whatever embossing sandwich you usually use should be right.
Lovely - just what I wanted. Stencil is Stars one by Memory Box. Seen it still on eBay but maybe disc.?
The regular visitors will recognise my die from last week. Wanted to make this card - the plan was to batch make, but no, not done. Which is shame as already want to remake this card, will do in time. Using Golden Glitz by Delicata to sponge over whilst stencil is still attached. Yummo!
.. thinking about layout.. had this digi verse by Karen Murray's Christmas set from Etsy in mind (does verses on WAW, too, for free). Should have turned card on side but for some reason didn't think of it at this stage. Little star from centre of this die fitted star on her verse perfectly. Layered up star, 2 white layers + gold card. Do love dimension! Finished card is below with close up, too!


 To the Aussie shots! our garden at the moment is a picture spring is really coming, but oh! we need some rain. Had 1.5mm this month, 10.5mm last month, July. You can see the grass is looking dry. Don't water it, but do water plants - the roses are bursting out the back yard! This is the orange Birdsong Grevillea, which birds do love, and white leptospernum, or tea tree common name.
Birdsong was almost decimated in a wild storm last June, 2016, thought it might die, so prayer was made ... It has bountifully sprung back to life... a picture of God's regeneration work after pruning and regrowth appears a lot in spring. Good and needful also in our lives but hard. These storms do draw us closer to Him though, so make it worth in the long run!

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. (as it is now nearly 10pm here wont get it done tonight - tomorrow is more appointments, including dentist, and craft shop - meybbe! :D)
Shaz in Oz.x
Life feels like a storm at times ...but we are never, ever alone. 
.." the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.
 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him." Nahum 1:3b, 7 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WOYWW + Bugaboo Moving House Digi + Birthdays!

Hi everyone, days are rushing past in August, not blogged much of late! Trying to do catch - longish blog post with pickies. Wednesday here! its time for WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our chief's desk for the link up, at Julia's Stamping Ground! 
To my desk:
Well, in between cards here, things hidden on left, then centre baby cards are being ready to do stamp on back. Lovely star die was bought on sale at only craft shop within coo-ee, about 30 mins north of here, when visiting the dental specialist. That was expensive enough but treated myself to this.. marked down, so makes it okay??!! :D plan is for some cards for Rudolph day on 25th.
This is a set of five magnets, from eBay in China site. See here - Have to pay a very little for postage, but he packs them so well. The metal tin + foam padding is what they came in! Thought some others might like to know too.
Work so well with Mini Misti, which I have and should work with regular one. It's hard to get such magnets here in Oz, especially in the country where I live. The photo below shows up close how it looks, and it doesn't have tape on it. Put tape for leverage. They're not quite as thick as the circle magnets which come with Mini Misti but almost the same, about 1mm difference I'd say.
This card is shown step by step on this post here. However, changed it .. from hugs to a special birthday card.. now know what was led to make it these unusual for me colours, it was perfect for my aunty whose birthday it is next week, she loves burnt orange. Numbers are CB Olivia die + this Birthday die..
This is not good photo, but sometimes that happens.  DI tissue paper backgrounds, except I stamped on this with Background stamp French script. Happy birthday Marilyn!!! tis 22nd still in USA. Used MB die Blushing Flower Branch, *CCD for bow die, Elizabeth crafts HB die, a top favourite of mine!
Card for my niece, she doesn't look at my blog, two young lads, so no time! though not mailed it yet, its fine to share it. I love the Bugaboo Digi image and have used it a few time for a new house. Used some of gorgeous background woven mat for background bought in the big smoke when there with RosA. Dies are SB for oval, and Dienamics for rectangles. LOTV New home stamp.
POWERFUL Owl - in our local Botanic Garden, there is nesting pair there but they're not sure where the nest is, this fellow was asleep as twas day time :).
Australian Bush orchid growing in rocks in Botanic garden they normally have them in orchid house but it is being rebuilt so they've put them in suitable locations in rocks, they are attached underneath so as to prevent removal.
Taken yesterday on my walk by the creek. The sun was setting .. at foreground you can see some mangrove bushes, they only just started growing in this more open part of the creek which is quite interesting. I love paperbark trees - they have amazing texture, that is it, the melaleuca in foreground
(* For all Abbreviations, etc see Glossary on sidebar.)

  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


"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. " Proverbs 18:10  (need this today)..


Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/
 

2. http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/pixies-snippets-playground-week-295-and.html All three cards used snippets, but shared first one, so really counting only second two.
3. http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-add-sentiment/ Card two and three.
4. http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/august-anything-goes.html 
Cards two (background stamp, gold embossing) and three (sentiment stamp, Clear embossing)
5. http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/a-new-challege-b-i-n-g-o-challenge.html 
Moving house card - Ribbon, Flower (in LOTV greeting stamp teeny flowers), Bugaboo digi.
Purple inked birthday card - Embossing, Flower Distressed

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Distress Inks + Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media #2

Hi there friends! time for another DT post for Bizzy Bec's Online craft store.
Here's a peek...
 
Time for inkiness again.
Items used - all are Pre-order from Bizzy Bec's!
Distress Inks
-Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick
 
 Tested this die combination on a scrap cardstock before launching into my good cardstock, to get position and size correct. Then marked it on the main card piece with pencil, and rubbed out later.
Using the Distress inks as listed above, smooched them generously over the water colour cardstock do more than you think you'll need as I had to re-ink it. Then spritz the back of paper with water so it stays flat, while you add water and glimmer or shimmer mist to top of ink. allow to dry.
Flatten inky watercolour paper, as it buckles. May put a telephone book on top, if time to wait, or run through your die cutting machine with embossing mat which is what I did to flatten it.
Now working on top sheet for card I wanted some light spatters so decided to use my brush and ink mat for this stage. Same colours used and light spatter was tested first on scrap trial run, I am pleased thus far .. this floral die was one I thought I wouldn't use in this set, but like it after all. :D
Layering up hugs die three hugs, from scraps + double sided tape, used my usual system of adding layers while still in base sheet.. to keep it all in place.
Finished card - popped it up on foam tape, added pearls as wanted them to compliment the shimmery card stock on base. I'm not an orange girl at all so quite new to be liking such card colours!
Hope you like 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 ANYTHING GOES AUGUST CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
.
 
 
 

Also wish to apologise for tardiness in commenting, been VERY busy here, see below! garden time! Winter rapidly passing into spring means many jobs to be done .... as you can see it is almost drought-like here, not much rain at all grass etc suffering, so we're mulching well indeed! Done back yard, but now need to do front!
 Pineapple patch... our large pineapple is growing and almost full size. The plant in front is sucker from plant behind, just transplanted two weeks ago. Has a baby coming already, just peeking out...
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

..." there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me."
Isaiah 45:21b

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/ 



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