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 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Perfect Pearls Brilliance inks with Embossng folder + WOYWW

Yes, it’s Wednesday again and popping in with a desky share + all the cards made of late. Desky share is for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE at Julia's Stamping Ground.

My desk is today, have made a card. About to replicate it with section left in desk centre, lighting isn't particularly good, sorry - grey day.

This sheet was a failed piece of watercolour, embossed with CB Oriental Folder, turned  into something beautiful by layering a selection of Brilliance teardrop inks, then added Perfect Pearls Interference Violet to the top of the embossed edge..

The die and fiddly bits of die cuts are popped on plate, with pricking tool. The die is a long owned but never carded CCD. As this card is to go to Japan the oriental feel was most apt

See close up here - subtle beauty!
The finished card, quite simple.
CAS style is very Japanese! The Verse "Love the Lord Thy God with all thy heart" is a beautiful verse, gold heat embossed, is discontinued. Most of my stamps are, by Aust company Printblocks. Just added three score lines with rounded corners as finishing touch.
Next card was made before Christmas, you can see Alcohol on Acetate technique. Unfinished card was on this post here. The layout is described there too. Gold EP verse unknown, red rubber, unmounted set from eBay. Diecut is another CCD of same vintage, don't think its been used on here before either, another NBUS.

Now to the  Aussie shots.
My roses are still flowering - amazing yellow cut rose, Dr Verhage, very fragrant, as most of ours are. The heat of last ten days have slowed blooms, but this rainy patch will help.
A beautiful sunset out our backdoor.
Then the beach fix for those who need blue skies. I'm still blessed, & enjoying walks, but slack re taking photos when out.

Thanks for visiting, especially if you have time for a chat, I'll do my very best to reciprocate. 

Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the day:

 "I will bless the Lord at ALL times: HIS praise shall continually be in my mouth." Ps 34:1

Not all the Psalms are written by David, however the early ones are.
This one is entitled:
Psalm 34 - By David, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, causing the king to send him away.
David was often in trouble - just like our days, it didn't always go smoothly!

Here his life was at threat, so he pretended to be mad ->he was sent away. So let us take heart.. let us like David, cheer up, and praise the LORD! 

Count our blessings, or as Pollyanna would say ... every cloud has a silver lining, if we but look for it!

So looking up to the LORD and .. not at the mud underneath!

Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. two NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2022/01/nbus-challenge-34.html
3. Snippets cards, two snippets cards. Di has a brand NEW BLOG for her Snippets challenge ... over here!!https://pixiessnippetsplayground.blogspot.com/2022/01/snippets-playground-challenge-419.html
4. Simon Says Monday challenge Insects/ Birds. https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=26535 Oriental card has dragonflies on it 
Happy little Stampers challenge anything goes with dies https://happylittlestampers.blogspot.com/2022/01/hls-january-anything-goes-with-dies.html both cards, second alcohol ink card and oriental, Bath have stamped bible verses, no lounger available, in Gold EP and die cuts, 

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Beccy’s Digi + Acetate Alcohol Technique + WOYWW

 Sorry folks. Things have very busy, am slower so things take longer - you know the story! 😄 Been making lots of cards, but not sharing.. here's a quick post for Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE 😁 at Julia's, the first one for 2022!

Today sharing my desk from few days ago. Yes, you can see new calligraphy textas, permanent, yay! and paint pens, as I needed to go to Officeworks - dangerous!

I've been asked to teach some younger family the calligraphy course I've not done for years! So it is going to be most interesting as some is planned to be on Zoom! I have done the intro and lesson 1, while Brisbane family are here over Christmas/ New year. 

Next are some cards done not shared.

These are a set of easy and light cards, for overseas mailing. I made quite a few of these using a Christmas topper, a pass it on card. The golden rectangle frame is an unused, NBUS Bo Bunny set from memory. Had for years, waiting for the right card!

Then are some of the alcohol an acetate cards, these are the two Christmas designs, the dies are old CCD, the acetate alcohol ink technique was shared back here. The verses are Digi I’ve made myself, and used SB older dies fir those. I’ve a lot of discontinued items, crafting for decades.

 The last card is for challenge at Beccy’s place.. see here!

Special birthday was due quite a while back now, so using also a new to me Beccy’s Digi, it was bought on a flashback sale, I think. Miss 10 loves her ballet, and pink, so the idea was to make this cute image into a spinner card.

However, I was really unwell at time (tooth infection), so did best I could. Created image too large, tricky with the mice to spin around with Ellie. 

Realised too late to manage to resize, reprint, recut out two shapes in my unwell state.

It morphed into this simpler design. Still loved it but was disappointed, it would’ve made a great spinner card. Greetings are on computer.
 
Now to Aussie shots, it is summer here and some lovely skies these were taken by family member up at my sisters, you can see the contrasts.

My flowers are magnificent and this is one of multitude of rose bunches this season, the rains and extra TLC have contributed to them.
Very blessed.
Thanks so much for popping over especially if you have time to say HI. I will do my best to return your kind encouragement.
 
May God bless you and all whom you love, in 2022. Especially praying for blessings abounding in health dept. - for us all! 
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x 

Thought for the Day:
Today this verse popped into my mind, as I opened my mail with a loving missive from a friend. 
"Iron sharpens iron; 
so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." 
Proverbs 27:17
I love the book of Proverbs, next to Psalms in OT.
There are 31 chapters, so I used to read one chapter, the first on first of  month, etc (x 12 in a year), for about 20 years. So a lot of times!
Read a Proverb a day, you get to know them well! 
I love this verse.
It talks of how we all influence … or rub off on one another - either for good or not! To my mind this is the same for all in blogland and my wonderful friends here.
 
This year my aim is to blog more, God willing! 
Time will tell.
Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. three NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff link Here! See Christmas card toppers, used a new die set.and the image from Beccys placeis NBUS too
 3.  https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-its-time-to-party/ Simon Says Wednesday challenge - using Beccys elephant h skier dancer. 
4. Simon Says Monday Challenge - Something New using the first set of Christmas cards, due set is new, and Beccys Image
5.  http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/ Crafty hazelnuts Christmas card challenge, all Christmas cards. 
Hazel's patterned paper challenge too for Beccy card.
 A Christmas challenge called Peace on Earth.. Anything Goes as long as it’s Christmas. Both Christmas cards sets.
 

Friday, 24 December 2021

Christmas 2021 - God Leaves the Best til Last.

 The Christmas story is probably the best known of all ALL Bible stories. Everywhere the Word of God it has been shared. The crux of it is Christ’s first coming is as the babe, Jesus, for He was born to die as our Saviour.

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Meditating upon this story, I wondered if ALL of the heavenly hosts were there rejoicing? or a select multitude of heavenly host to serenade the arrival of the LORD Jesus? 
In any case, they made a lasting impression in eternal matters on humble hearts! For God’s word is eternal and so was their announcement!

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:13-14 
Glory to God in the highest.
Peace, goodwill to ALL men.
Well, we certainly need that today “PEACE, GOODWILL TO ALL” 
- as in the time of Jesus’ birth. 
Jesus was born in troubled times, as today. 
Roman rule is little like the rule of today. There were distinct classes strongly separated in Judaism, and Romans and non-Romans. Jesus came to break down those barriers with PEACE, GOODWILL TO ALL!

I wonder what the baby Jesus would think of it all today, as newborn of today? As a babe seeing faces in masks, not learning proper facial recognition… NO! let’s not go there. 😷🤔

Instead, let us focus on our beautiful Saviour’s First Advent. 
Yes! There is more than one Advent. 😃❤️☝️

Thank the LORD for that! 
That is the brightest part of this story, you know!
This is NOT a one off! JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!

YAY! He IS coming again!



As we look at this story it’s really a story of Willing and Waiting Hearts.

The Anticipating Cast:

**Elizabeth and Zacharias parents of John the Baptist. (See Luke 1:5-25 here)

Elizabeth is Mary’s cousin. They’d long prayed for a son, but it was impossible. Until God’s miracle and John was born! “they were both righteous before God” v.6

**Mary and Joseph (Matt. 1:19-21 and Luke 1:26 -56)

Like Zacharias and Elizabeth they were “just” and “blessed, highly favoured” .. these are waiting, anticipating, believing Old Testament saints.  

**Shepherds Luke 2:6-18 

**Wise men Matthew 2: 1-13 

These believed “as it was told them”, so many do not do so today 🙏🙏🙏

**Simeon and Anna Luke 2:21-39

These last two are truly remarkable! 

Both are “righteous before God”, both for many decades we’re praying waiting with such anticipation for the Promised Messiah. 

Both had been told of God that they would see Him! These are Simeon’s words when this promise was fulfilled. I love this!

Luke 2:29-33 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

“A LIGHT to lighten the Gentiles and the GLORY of Thy people Israel.”

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Am I, are we willing joyfully awaiting?

Waiting right now, today, this moment for our coming King. 

For our LORD Jesus’ Second Advent?

 HIS COMING IS AS SURE AS THE DAWN

Do we walk daily in the light of “Perhaps today?” 

Because truly perhaps 🤔  it IS TODAY! 

May we be ready waiting as we’re Elizabeth, Zacharias, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, Wise men, Simeon and Anna, who waited so long too. 

For joy, today perhaps it is that He returns for the second time

Amen even so come, Lord Jesus!

 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. 

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev 22:20

Bless, LORD God of glory, bless us ALL, in spite of our great sinfulness. 

This Christmas time, may we remember afresh the promise of your coming again. May we daily desire to walk in the light of Your Son’s Return for His own, looking forward with anticipation as they did so many millennia ago.

Oh Father, please save souls today, all over our poor, sad world today, for ETERNITY’s sake, please, in Thy great mercy, for Thy Eternal glory. In Jesus name, Amen. 

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, especially if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.

Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz.x 
I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet … various reasons, time just seems to shrink!
Just sharing a few cards, one at top is a simple upcycle with a stamped verse in Gold EP, it’s a set by Colorado Craft Co. 
Belo card is showcasing a scrap piece of acetate, with inks on the back, with die cut rectangle frame and two Simon Says dragon flies also in scrap card. The stamp “happy birthday” is by Lawn Fawn “too much to say” set. Acetate technique done here or just scroll below.. have more to share of them too.
The second image the red zygo cactus isn’t in flower now, was a wee while back but so Christmassy. 


If you are not sure if you are a Christian, a Christ follower, please read this post here - Who or What is a Christian?

Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 
2. Snippets cards, and look, it is the grand prize draw. Do join in Do!

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Alcohol Ink meets Acetate + WOYWW, NBUS! Snippets.

 Yes, it’s Wednesday again and popping in with a desky share + all the cards made of late - especially a "new to me" technique!

Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE 😁 at Julia's … today’s is full of inky fun, with alcohol inks. Watched this video here by Jennifer McGuire on alcohol inks + acetate, so playtime fun! Alcohol inks arranged them in colour categories and scrap pieces of acetate, all but one piece from packaging, ie throw out acetate. This desk shows a large package piece, it’s covered all over with a mixture of traditional Christmas colours. 
Don’t have a proper red so mixed it with adding colours, ie yellow to burgundy, some golden sheen from gold and same with proper Christmas green. Basically use what have.. added pearl mixative + blending fluid. If don’t like a section clean it off and start again. I wanted a good mix as planning to use it with die cuts on cards, an example below.

TIP: *turn it over to shiny bottom of acetate for best effect. That's what I did for all if them. 
*IRL this is MUCH more vibrant, golden sheen on it not showing. 
*If using silver mixative, the pearl mixative use sparingly away from silver, it dulls it.

Cards made, the first is with Christmas coloured piece, snippets, acetate, gold, printed WAW verse from years ago. NBUS is acetate technique.. nativity die is CCD, SB ovals, EF Couture Creations Disc.

There are other cards sent to missionaries for birthday, they are with variety of colours. There are at top three show colour combos together, one incomplete. Under the acetate was laid a piece of pre-embossed silver card.
Tried to use colours that go together, have two more made but not photographed. Verse is unmounted unknown brand from eBay, gold inked embossed.  Die is Simon Says "Etched Laurel Leaves".
Top photo is how I mixed the colour on these Christmas cards, it was pearlised silver Designer paper print and just added ink on top, have made another batch of these cards, shared last time, post below. As you can see it lightens and smooths out as it dries.
These Christmas cards were similar to ones in post below. This one however shows a stamped MB ornament + Prickly Pear nativity stamp, side gold distressed embossed piece is Sizzix Botanical 3D EF. Verse 1990s wood mount.

Now made 42 Christmas cards, aiming for 60, ideally 70 by end of Oct. Give some away, so mail them first. Also try to mail in Nov. Our post prices have really gone up for overseas, if yesterday’s were anything to go on! 😳

Here is a very special birthday card, I have made it before, with Cheery Lynn Choochoo die + MB landscape die. Recipe here, every bit of this card, with the exception of the black base is recycled cardstock, cereal boxes, etc. painted and coloured all of them, so LOADS of SNIPPETS, as is first Christmas one. Not sure which to pick, prob this...

Now to Aussie photos. Our garden has continued its abundance of blooms!
This rose is incredibly rare, grown roses here since 1974, but never seen a Siamese twin before like this, had its own conjoined stem, as well as flower bud. Called Firefighter, cross between Papa Meillan + Mr Lincoln - a stunning, fragrant red rose. Raised money for Rural Firefighters or RFS, hence name.
Last two are tranquil skies, reflected water and skies are such a beautiful combo, this is 5 mins from my home. So very blessed of God by His creation.
Well, that’s it for today, hope this finds you well, I’m on improve hopefully after problem molar extraction.

 Thanks for visiting especially, if you have time for a chat, I'll do my best to reciprocate, but mobile is bit tricky. 

Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the day:

A firm atheist was CS Lewis. THEN God opened Lewis’ eyes to TRUTH - of Salvation by faith in the LORD Jesus Christ. He then became one of the greatest exponents of Christianity in his day.

Just think - IF we could get to heaven by being good, doing it our way, then why did Jesus die?

Why suffer death upon the cross for our sins and the sins of the whole world? Why? Because there was no other perfect substitute to pay for the price of  our sin with His blood.

Latest post on Wonderful Words of life is here, excerpt below.

“ If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 

Luke 11:9-13

PRAY IN FAITH, BELIEVING, praying to our FATHER.

Yes, our FATHER DELIGHTS IN OUR PRAYERS.           

NEVER forget the GOD FACTOR in our every day!

The LORD alone can bring good out of evil...”

Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. three NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2021/10/nbus-challenge-31.html
 1. Technique - on first Christ card 2. Die Simon says laurel leaf die cards 1 and 2.
3. Snippets cards, two main snippets cards are first and last still not sure which to upload! http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2021/10/pixies-snippets-playground-challenge-413.html
4. Embellishments at Allsorts- http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/week-645-embellish-it.html the Embellies are on Christmas card acetate, bling on star, and blings on stars on inky card on second set of Christmas cards.
5. http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/chnc-challenge-563.html crafty hazelnuts Christmas card challenge, all Christmas cards.
Patterned paper is the white DSP silver card, I inked up with Christmas star card.
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