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, 13 February 2019

WOYWW + more Glittery Serviette Cards

Well, yes, it's really summer here, very hot today, cool change this arvo thankfully. Went for swim on high tide, too. As its WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk time.. so pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, please! My cutting station left from last night.
I'm doing three more cards with that one serviette or as US call them, napkins. Love the subtilty of TH Rock Candy. Hot evening last night so started 3 cards, doing more die cutting. Was fun to try thinking of different dies to use! 
They are underutilised!
Now to three cards!
Used SB dies same Sweet & Sassy "Wait" stamp set, and embossing on base card.
Butterfly Challenge Letter A for Aperture (used 3 + butterfly, Apertures - on cut outs + Apple Green + Anything)
Psalm 62:5  "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him."
Going to close with the pineapple picking ceremony. 
Last week then left for week to finish ripening. This should be smellavision! It measured with top about 30cm or a foot. Here it is cut up also, 485 gram of fruit or almost half a kilo. Sweetest ever!! Yummmo!!

This was one of the five spots we swam at last week!
And the sun last night.. sign of bushfires and heat that red glow. Six homes sadly lost at Tabulum north of here. Praying for the brave Firies.
Our frangipanis though are very fragrant.
Well, do hope this has mostly cheered your day. Thanks for popping over for a peek and a chat. 
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x
PS. Over at my new blog Here I shared one of my calligraphy illuminated verses too.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

WOYWW + Serviette Rock Candy Cards!

Hi there everyone! Well, here I’m trying something I didn’t think I’d like... but I do! Also 'cos it is Wednesday, linking over to WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Queen of Desks, Julia of the Stamping Ground! To my desk earlier!
I was given some yummy home made bickies at Christmas time, made by Marco! My friend Isabella’s dad, who is from German Switzerland. He’s an amazing baker and his biscuits are a real treat. This serviette came with them. I looked at it, wondered if it would work in the serviette technique? Left it for ages and was nearly throwing it out when thought I’d give it a go. I’d seen a you tube video on using glitter with heat and stick on serviette. Well, don’t have heat and stick, but had a go anyway. Attached the top layer with the plastic wrap iron on method. (Cardstock, plastic wrap, very top layer only of serviette, copy paper and iron on very hot iron). I had to iron out creases anyway so decided it was easiest. Then instead of heat and stick used just large piece of DS Tape. I was given this lovely TH Rock Candy by Ginny Maxam so rubbed that over the top. It is more subtle than glitter.
After the first card, which I framed with pink scallop frame, decided to die cut the serviette piece before adding the DST and rubbed in Rock Candy to lessen waste.
I loved this technique so much, you can see it really changed up the look of this serviette. (* SNIPPETS used so yay! Off to playground!)
Really love the verses on these cards they're from Sweet and Sassy. Waiting on the LORD, for He is our Strength at all times.
Have made three cards and probably make three more. They’re for female birthdays have a few of them in February and early March. Good to be organised.
I will be slow in commenting as I’m not here! This is scheduled. I’ve visitors so out and about, swimming, dining, swimming, going for walk in botanic gardens ... oh, and did I mention swimming??? 😆😂
Here are some pickies from our Botanic Gardens.
Can you see the harmless green tree snake in the garden? I'm also adding pineapple update at end. 
We'll probably pick it soon a week or so.

I’m praying for folks though, Australia is really coping it north and south. Up North with massive rainfalls, a year of rain in eight days and so many far North Qld towns flooded and down south, Tasmania and Victoria are struggling with fires out of control.
Many thanks everyone for popping over especially if you say Hi, and may God bless your daywherever you may be.
Prayer hugs, 
Shaz in Oz.x
PS I want to welcome some new Encouragers of this blog but don't know their names. Sorry. I really truly appreciate you.
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Friday, 1 February 2019

Google + updates on Changes prior to its removal 2019.

Just received this notice from Blogger Buzz, which shares blogger updates to bloggers upon request.
From 4th February a number of Google +features are being removed.
See this post for more details:

Thought some folks might not be aware. Personally I’ll be glad to see it go. Some folks might need to change their templates though!
Hope it helps.
God bless, Shaz .x

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Thank YOU Miss Di 💗 of the Snippet’s Playground

This post is an extra “speshul” one! It is a world 🌍 wide THANK YOU blog hop with Darnell - in honour of Miss Di of the Snippets Playground.
She has been running the playground for seven 7 wonderful years. I first joined on 13th March 2012, see this post here (for Challenge no 11, early in Di's first year) where I wrote:
This card also really qualifies for Di's snippets challenge this week, so pop along to the playground for it... that is if you dare - yep, they dip your pigtails in the inkwells over there in the playground”.
Miss Di, I want to say a ginormous warm thank you from Downunder for all your work in running this challenge for so many years. 
It’s one of my highlights to join in with the playground, using up snippets...  even though they grow faster than they reduce!

I've been grateful for the fun and shenanigans of the playground to brighten my blogging, for almost the 7 years now! And now Miss has an extra helper as well as Parsnip - ‘tis the ultra cutest ever Dudley, who is rather a cheeky distraction in our playground these days! My card.. of the snippety variety again! Recipe below.
Today I decided to revisit an old technique - the salt with water-colour technique, with Brushos! Not sure if anyone else has tried it, but it seemed a good idea. I’m also not sure if it’s my watercolour technique or the salt, but it didn’t react that much! (maybe too it dried quickly in our hot weather?) It has great colour so it didn’t matter that the salt failed to match my expectations. *Used sea salt and regular salt.

  *Stamped over one end with Hero Arts background stamp in versamark and added WOW bright white EP. 
*Used thank you die cut x-large “thank you” by Honey Bee, bought with Simon says voucher before Christmas and having its first outing today. I die cut three pieces from snippets, two of white, a bottom and top piece, and from base Brusho sheet also cut a top piece. 
All have DST to adhere easily.
Added a bit of lace to finish it off. Cut Brusho base in SB stitched rectangle Die, largest one, extended.
So everyone who has snippets (and who doesn’t?) pop over and say thank you to Miss Di and to Darnell’s blog hop and join in the hop too.
Made another card too more in Miss Di's colours.
Added Pippi butterfly, used same thank you die and Wonky stitched rectangles on Kaisercraft 5" x 7" folder.
Also a pickie of our creek in lovely summer colours.. off for swim tomorrow! Hope this warms you up! 

Thanks for all the lovely 💕 😊  comments, you really cheer my heart so. And may God bless your day wherever you may be.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

My new blog over HERE at Wonderful Words of Life. I’d love it if you’d pop over, join and say hi there too. 💕

A thought to bless your heart from the word of God:

Also entering these cards in:
Butterfly Challenge Y is for Your Choice. Pink Brushos card.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

WOYWW + Male cards - Ink Block Water Colour Stamping

Well, everyone, it’s desky share time over at Julia’s Stamping Ground. Yes, I’m busy doing my Feb birthday cards. They're in abundance with family and friends, so need to be organised. Today it’s the male cards turn! Last night watched a video which had suggestions for male cards. One to was to keep the design CAS, just what I was doing!
My desk as you can see has watercolour smooching.
This is an old technique. Simply grab water colour paper, water colour pens or ink lay down colour on suitably sized ink block, spritz generously and smooch. Let the ink seep into paper a bit. Spritz the back and top of the paper first, too, it helps it sit flat and take the colour well. If you don’t get enough colour first go, or it doesn't quite look right, you can add more. Let it dry naturally as it looks better.
Then do stamping, I always design a scene for background before jumping into real background papers. Added some textured embossing to cards, too. 
This set of Stamps is cheap China set. One of greetings is faulty, crooked words, but otherwise stamps well. 
I made four cards in all, but one might go in redo pile, as not keen on it. 
Today’s photos are from my visit to northern France in Aug 2018, on the way to see family in Norway. They have a magnificent garden and we visited a castle too. I was so grateful the Lord enabled me to go on this trip. 
It was my miracle trip in every sense of the word... as many WOYWWers know.
Thanks everyone for popping over for a peek and chat. You make me smile. I pray every blessing upon you and those you love too.
Hugs Shaz in Oz. X
My new blog over HERE at Wonderful Words of Life. I’d love it if you’d pop over, join and say hi there too. 💕
Great indeed is Thy FAITHFULNESS! What we need to get us through. 😊

Also entering these cards in:
2. Allsorts Challenge

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