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, 19 June 2019

Brushos Over Stamped Image + WOYWW

Well, yes, it’s that time of week everyone!! It’s WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday... please head over to Julia’s HERE for desks of the world! Several desks will skip today’s, too many pickies.
This was earlier in the week, making another background for one more of watercolour cards, images I did back here! 
Love this EF Tim Holtz bricks folder a freebie years ago. Double embossed it ..easy in my new machine, clear plates etc, then inked up Kraft card with DI Wild Honey and spritzed it then dried it, gives great look.
This card below was trying a brand new technique I thought of.. ie idea in my head. Worked ok but learnt some not to do things.

Scrap of watercolour card (back of yoghurt box) stamped Iris twice (masked, brand is Artneko) in Black Versafine ink + clear EP. Used Tombows watercolour markers but should've used  waterproof Promarkers. Next masked off flowers but not leaves, think they needed it, too. Then added brushos, black and yellow! Spritz and was amazed at colour. I had to re-colour irises because lost watercolours first time around. Also lost some of definition on leaves because didn’t mask them. Did extra Iris stamping in navy Adirondack  in background.
When dry added TH distressed dots stencil with Versamark and Gold Perfect pearls.
Mailed card 10 days ago, hopefully almost in Lincoln by now, for a very dear 86 year old Iris (on 27th), hence the Iris stamp. EF is Embossalicious Regency Swirls, SB dies, greeting a digi. 
NOW the post man left me a wonderful parcel of goodies! Yummo!
ATCs finally arrived Downunder, from WOYWW 10 crop, thanks everyone! (Not sure where mine are, I mailed a week before WOYWW 10 on 16th May?) 
A lot of goodies from totally kind Jo. ❤️
L to R top: Helen, Jo, Annie, Chris (Mrs D) Next row: Tag Sarah, badge and bookmark Caro, Notes - Canu Camilla, flower - Delores, balloon girl - Pearshaped Chris, twin cats- Neet, buttons - Lunch Lady Jan, last but not least, centre blue flower is Christine or Bishopsmate.
Here is where my badge from Caro is, little monkey (on right) was over the moon that he now has a WOYWW badge like big monkey, and that his said 10! The lighthouse light pull on right was my choice at doorprize at Crop 2018! It sits on my desk. 😊
Jo sent frame with her gorgeous dumfing in, but I’ve added Dear Tilly’s tiny little sheeps that I was given after my visit to UK.
Have another frame for Jo’s dumfing and they both make me smile as walk past bookcase where they are!
Aussie shots - the lorikeets were having fun in the NZ Christmas bush, yummy nectar there. Love all their poses.
The lastly .. some lovely creek cloud reflections.
Well, that’s me for day - a health update: (as when I don’t update, I'm asked anyway! I don’t say, ‘cos I’m sick of saying I’m not great. Actually I mind that more than being not great!😁) It’s eight weeks today since my right shin SCC Cancer excision. Because it opened again, it’s been very slow, I expect probably another at least 3 weeks or so. I’ve been on Cortisone for over 50 years, affects skin (causes the skin cancers, I hated sunbaking when young), also affects bones, teeth etc. Left calf SCC is healing okay, but also slow. 
Today Wednesday at 2:20pm, 5.20am in UK, removal of lower right molar which had root canal, but broken off too low. Mercifully came out easily not like another. Such answered prayer.
God bless your day everyone, Not be too bright but shall do my very best to comment! 
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for today: this was said by the LORD Jesus to His disciples when they were puzzled by He did. I find comfort in this when things happen that are perplexing.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.” 
Also linking up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes. 
2. By the seaside Artistic stampers seaside card
3. Colouring in Scrapland use watercolours Seaside Card, Watercolour Background wihth stamped images from unknown stamp set.
4. Make it Monday .. lots of flowers iris card are two main irises, then shadow stamped ones in background.
5. Cuttlebug Mania Tic tac toe Iris card using right options of * Sentiment * More than two layers * Embossing Wet or dry. Used both as used EP and EF.
6. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Travel/ Vacation or Holidays here! Seaside card.. that says Holidays with a Capital "H"! Yay!
7. This is brand new challenge called Path of Positivity. I thought of Iris Card because technique I wasn’t sure about..  worked out ok. Encouragement was optional twist and trust it encourages Iris too!

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Tin Tin Pop up Slider Card +Snippets + WOYWW

Yes, somehow  it’s Wednesday again.. and time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
Pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground to check out all the best crafty desks .. you learn soo much!
My desk today, kind of cleared as just finished a couple of cards, on right is my new cutter. New mini guillotine. I’m an old chalkie as we say here, or schoolie or teacher. We used guillotines so as crafter I love guillotines. One I had was Kaisercraft and ten years old, just wasn’t as good as it was so been looking for ages for new one. Till saw this one (Crafters’ Companion Mini Guillotine), I’d not found one in my price range that was real quality. I bought it for cutting technique, not scoring part as love my Martha Stewart board. 
See video demo here (ignore sales pitch, listen to facts 😊). Selling of other items helped pay for this and my new craft machine, which is such a blessing. Very grateful.
My desk on 15th May looked like this:
I was in midst of card for Daniel in France, he has received card so can share it here now.
It was a pop up slider card (for “How To” details see HERE on this blog post). Used for this one Tin Tin, we’d watched Tin Tin video together at his lovely French farmhouse last Aug. The part on my scoringboard was the slider action for the card and also the colouring of Penny black floral piece I’d stamped out. Sharing both cards here.
First to the Tin Tin card.. must admit these slider cards really work for these cartoon images ... they’re so much fun.
Image courtesy of Google again. Mostly hand cut except CCD pierced rectangle for image background. Wanted to 3D image but ran out of time. It takes a month to get to France from here.
Second card is with the Penny Black Stamp Floral Bouquet multi stamped shared back here. At the time I was not happy with first card I made. I worked out issue in my mind! It was yellow roses on that card, plus didn’t like whiteness of background card. I changed it since then and now happy with it. Here my new version with this stamp .. quite different as you’ll see.
Used SB divine Eloquence centre die for Sweet n Sassy “Wait on Lord” Stamp (actually has typo on it 😐). Lace is ODB Lace border. Colours on stamped floral are with DI and colours intensified with Tombows.
They really made it pop. Cardstock is disc. variety.
Took few Aussie photos today on way home. Our days are glorious and those winter crystal clear lights in sky are evident in these two pickies. Second image if scroll in has a surfer catching a wave as this is good break for surfing.. 
Well, that’s all for today. It’s late here again, as our Wed is nearly over, never seem to be organised but better bit late than not at all.
Happy WOYWW and may the Lord God richly bless you wherever you maybe.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Blessings from God’s Word:
How the Lord understands.. when no one else. What a comfort this is, never alone! He's only a prayer away. 
Our Refuge and Strength as David says. 

Joining up with:
1. Snippets playground. Lots of snippets on PB card. 
2. Optional partial image which way used PB Floral Bouquet, with watercolour paper stamping.
4. Also linking up with Word Art Wednesday. Both cards have been linked.. for Anything Goes.
5. Cuttlebug Mania Tic Tac Toe used top line on Tin Tin card Sentiment, Image and Die cut.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Watercolour Male Cards + Couture Creations GoPower Pro + WOYWW

Yes! a whole week has passed. The last few days winter arrived! 
Ugh!! my least favourite season, but since I really like 3 out of 4 seasons that’s okay. 
To my desk, or my cutting station ... really big news this week! Voilà! 
I’ve just taken delivery of a brand new electronic die cutting machine, A4 + sold my Grand Calibur all at end of last week. Very new release end of May, been waiting since Feb for it, paid in March (birthday money + saved $ from eBay sales). Arrived last Thurs!!
Why I love it? it’s multi platform. 
Just loaded up my cuttlebug sandwich (see photo  - that's my Cuttlebug plates), put it sideways into the machine opening, perfect ... it simply runs through. 
Sensor adjusts to whatever size plates you’re using. 
(*Mm could do with one of those for my clothes!*)
Plates with it are A4, really decent thickness (two thicknesses B is thickest & is cutting plate, so makes sense) & CLEAR. Hated Grand Calibur which weren't clear plates, made detailed die cutting, extending etc tricky. Still working on sandwiches using their plates; worked out a better embossing folder sandwich.
 I didn’t like their sandwich, with C plate and rubber mat, the mat kept moving way too much. 
Might work better with smaller tan mat but I tried with B plate for the A4 Embossing folders and that worked really well. For smaller folders like 5x 7 I used B plate and a thick cardstock shim. This was good. Several runs through helps deeper Embossing and you can spritz cardstock, of course, to get deeper Embossing. 
My final suggestion is IF using unusual sandwiches to listen to the noise of your machine to check that it’s ok. This may seem obvious but if concentrating on other aspects it can be missed. 
 Every machine is a learning curve. Right shoulder strength issue is reason for purchase.
Earlier desk - whole lot of watercolour ink block backgrounds done with Tombows, some stamping for “HOW TO” see back this post here. Made 6 backgrounds, have a number of male cards for birthdays coming. 
Here’s my brothers’ card, it’s his birthday Fri. First one made with my new machine. Wonky rectangles by Creatif, kraft card background is EF by TH Bricks extended, inked with DI 'Vintage Photo', spritz water & dry, rest from stash.
Quickly sharing also 3 amazing ATCs.
Close up of my PiF from Diana, see amazing sheen, sparkle and details.
Wow, also equally stunning are next Sandra De’s and then Heather’s - such clever artistic work, ladies. Thank you!
Here’s my Aussie shots for today! Today is this sunny but, oh, the wind is strong south westerly, from snow up on Great Dividing Range. Used to live up there... a long time ago. This was surf this afternoon on way home.. birds loving winds!
Today saw Dr, dressing changed for last time, right shin going well. Must be patient tho as calf of left leg is SCC too, just surface cancer, so a burn off, phew!
Happy WOYWW everyone! Don’t forget to pop over Julia’s to check out out amazing desks of the world
Thanks for popping over for a peek, especially  if  have time to say hullo. Prayer for every blessing upon your day, 
Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for the day: 
A favourite verse.. need this, at all times, look to the Rock, Who is Jesus, Faithful and True.

Also linking up to:
3.Word Art Wednesday 
Anything goes

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Scrappy Mo's Christmas Challenge + WOYWW

Just quickly sharing, for two reasons. Firstly  for Christmas card challenge - over at Scrappy Mo's!
It's  also Wednesday so time for WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground - pop over to see stunning desks of the world. Certainly more interesting than mine. 
Okay, mine is in clean up "get-some-clean-space" mode. Just finished the two Christmas cards on the left. Also see a piece of stamped watercolour card, it was a trial piece back in February. Male cards are requisite for four upcoming birthdays in next few months. Liked last four made with watercolour technique going to do repeat. Also a female card needing to be made.. not in view but done trial stamping. 

Two cards done two ways.. but started as one bought card, just one scene.. which I cut in half to make two cards.
Used different EF, both CB though, and dies are both Spellbinder.
The ribbon label also SB and the verse "The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the World" is a digi. Never seen it in a stamp.

Still not walking, shin needing a bit longer but took the bird ones when came home through unopened car window  .. blue faced honey eaters love our orange  Grevillia, Birdsong.
The sea shot was taken a few hours ago when driving down to our local fish co-op to pick up cooked crumbed whiting. Yum!

Thats me for today everyone. Had issues again with blogger. Had to write the beginning twice with links and all.
God bless your day everyone.. and thanks if you pop over especially if you say hi!
Prayer hugs
Shaz in Oz. X
Need this well known  but much loved verse today. Underneath  are those  wonderful upholding everlasting arms.
Praise our loving Father God. 
Would like also to join up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday 
2. Simon Says Monday Challenge  - Frames both  cards have images framed in gold.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

What is Your Own Workdesk Wednesday TENTH Anniversary

Hi there everyone! 
Great celebrations today! Week 520 of WOYWW!
 WOYWW 10 - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday
In the land of Blog, there is a hop called WOYWW,
For running it, our Head Desker, Julia, must take a bow,
All over the world she gathers desks all in a row,
And thereupon we Bloggers our work we do show.
It’s our tenth anniversary which has come upon us now,
So let’s all join together to celebrate our Tenth WOYWW!
Huge Congratulations dear Julia, and to also to Lunch Lady Jan who ably aided her in the wings .. So to check out desks elsewhere.. see our Queen Julia of WOYWW, Over Here! To my desk!
As you can see there is some inkiness going on. Revisited the Distress Ink on Gloss card technique shown back here! A really great technique, you smooch the inks in selection of colours that go together. 
HINTS - it faded somewhat, once dried. I decided to try usual colour pop technique with oxides and sprayed it with good hair spray.
YES! it popped colour beautifully. Also may set chalks with it, but cheap hair spray is tacky so don’t use it.. (wonder how I know?). 
Another tip is you can reactivate copies of inky gloss card, if not happy with random inking, a light spritz of water and redo. If don’t spritz it doesn’t work.

I’d done that with some of these.
Here’s today’s desk with ATC assembly line starting, I’ve inky limited number because my leg decided not to heal well. On Sat, found wound had opened up in two places, so I had to fix it it up, to rest and rest. I cheated on WOYWW 10.. printed it on printer upon taped on snippets of card on sheet of paper.
Printed template on copy paper then taped colours on right spot to reprint copy. Was able to heat emboss them as gloss card. Loved that!
Here is the card I’ve made with ATC hidden for PiF for Our Tenth Anniversary. I’ve joined  WOYWW on  first Wednesday in 2011. Didn’t blog when WOYWW began - in fact didn’t discover blogs till March 2010. First blog post was on palindrome date of 01.11.10... totally unplanned. 😊 The inked stamp on this card is a poppy stamp by Artneko which don’t exist any more sadly.
Our Aussie shots are take this week, but not on walk, stopped the car on way back from post office, at our creek.
This beautiful palm is a coastal favourite of mine, only palm I really like.  It’s a Pandanus and to me it means where I live - we used to call them Breadfruit Trees when we were young. They’re sadly threatened by decimation from a native leaf hopper which is killing them up on Gold Coast.
This is a lovely golden banksia I had one of these in my yard but didn’t survive, sadly yet not dissimilar spot. So pretty.
And then the sunset views. That’s all from me everyone.
TEN WOYWW’s – indeed WOW!
Congratulations Julia & WOYWWers the world over! 
 May God bless your day wherever you maybe, and thanks for popping over especially if you’ve time to say hi!
Hugs Shaz in Oz.x 
“This is The day that the Lord hath made, we will be glad and rejoice in it”. Psalm 118:24

I’d like to also join up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday 
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