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, 14 April 2021

Happy 100th Birthday, Beatrice! + WOYWW

 Hullo, hullo! It’s Wednesday... again! As it’s a fortnight since I blogged I’ve really no right to be surprised, but I am! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒ And yes, for those in the know Wednesday time for desks of the world at WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday So head over to Julia’s - peek, learn and share - do! Today two desks for the price of one.

Here I’m trying to finish a card for my Aunty, this card has been in the making since Friday, one stage at a time, very indecisive, not my colours so seem to have lost natural flow. 

Second desk was last week, when trying to decide on papers, colours and actual images for a 100th birthday for my friend’s mother, Beatrice! Many happy returns of the day, Beatrice!

Her favourite flower is sweetpeas, so I printed out a number of sweetpea images. Hence used them on my aunt’s card, but actually chose the red for my Aunt, as she wore a patterned outfit with a lot of red in it last time I saw her. Anyway, decided mauve with touch of pink, glittery silver was the obvious choice for Beatrice's 100th, added glitter layer (Tim Holtz Rock candy glitter) over the image.
This first image on desk inside under lights captures it the glittery effect the best!
So here is the finished card. Use SB die set Divine Eloquence, used largest die cut and the greeting from it and the 2nd largest Labels 28 happens to fit into the centre perfectly, so this how I cut the sweetpea image out. I was given that set, years ago now, very useful. So blessed..

Now to the Aussie views... for photography, Autumn on north coast has the most amazing skies, colours and clarity of light.

I often just stand still, simply amazed in my walk, at the surprise of such beauty.

How blessed am I? Thank You, Lord!

The last photo .. that scene took my breath away as I came upon it, and it was a real dad painting the whole setting of it, he would’ve loved it.

Every blessing of the LORD everyone where ever you maybe and thanks so VERY much for popping over for peek and chat..
Mm, am way behind these days so will endeavour to call back eventually, God enabling me!
Prayer hugs, πŸ™πŸ€— Shaz in Oz.x 

Thought for the day:
This verse from Hebrews 12:2 is my life verse, I’m sure I’ve shared it before but I will never weary of it. When things are hard, tough and very difficult to bear this verse ALWAYS and in ALL WAYS picks me up.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

A dear brother in the Lord now in heaven used to say:
Keep looking UP, it’s only mud underneath! 
How true is that? 
And the One we must look up to, is the LORD Jesus Christ.
He has run the toughest race ever! Bearing His cross, He climbed the hill to Calvary - whipped, mocked and jeered, spat upon, and hanging on that cross He bore  the sins of the whole world. 
So He gets it! 
He understands like none other how utterly different, difficult and tricky life is for us all, at times. 
It always humbles me to read that “for the JOY that was set before Him, He endured the cross”! 
He died for me, my sin and now I have a place in heaven waiting for me, because I asked Him to be my Saviour from sin,  down near this beach when I was twelve years old. JOY indeed! 
You too can know the JOY of sins forgiven and home in heaven by faith it Him, today, read more here.

I would like to link this post with:
  1. Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes?
  2. Springtime! It maybe autumn here but the sweetpea are definitely springtime, my seeds are just sprouting into little babies in my sweetpea patch. 😊 At https://www.welovechocolatebaroque.uk/2021/04/april-springtime.html
  3. https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-happy-birthday-9/

Sunday, 4 April 2021

“He is not HERE! .. (+400th Snippets Playground - Wow!)

  Hi dear friends... well, it the happiest day of the year today! 

Today is Sunday, or in reality the Lord’s Resurrection Day... as it was on this day almost 2,000 years ago the Lord Jesus Christ was miraculously raised from the dead, a giant stone rolled away and He was seen in the next 40 days by many hundreds of people. There was among these folk, one of the very disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, who would not believe that He was risen, as He said! 

Are we like that, I wonder!?

Let’s take a look at this passage.. from John 20: 1 - 21 , 24, 25

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 

 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 

So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 

Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 

Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 

Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 

 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 

And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, 

Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Thomas, today, is of course known as “Doubting Thomas”, and as we read these verses, it is not without good reason.

No doubt at that time, Thomas watched on in great horror at the slaying in the most brutal fashion of his Lord and Master. He was thus weak in faith and unbelieving. There is a verse Paul wrote, which comes to my mind when I look upon the sins of others..

It’s often paraphrased “There but for the grace of God, go I ..” or more properly, “..by the grace of God, I am what I am”  1 Cor 15:10

We are but frail, human flesh, God sees this frailty, and God does not judge us in the same fashion which we judge others

“.. for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh upon the heart” 1 Sam 16:8

But Thomas came to see and thus believe. 

I think Thomas here is a living example to us all; for in some ways, all of us walk in doubt, despair and unbelief in different parts of our lives. Our loving Father God, He sees and understands.. and forgives us, WHEN we come to Him for forgiveness, as Thomas did. 

Notice though... he was left in unbelief for EIGHT DAYS! Oh, may we not be thus in unbelief, unnecessarily. I wonder how Thomas felt in those 8 troubled, heart breaking days? .. what loss for us likewise when we wander in varying degrees of doubt, fear,  anger and unbelief.

“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 

Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:26 - 29

Are we able to say like Thomas: MY LORD, and MY GOD?!

I pray so - LET US BE NOT FAITHLESS, BUT BELIEVING.

Especially today, as we celebrate OUR risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

“For He is not here, He is risen AS HE SAID”!

Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ!
On this day when we remember the greatest gift of all, when the Lord Jesus laid down His life on the cross, shed His blood for our sin, and on the third day rose AGAIN!
... that we might by faith in Him, have life for an eternity in heaven. 
Hallelujah!
How rich are we in Him! IF we know Him as our own Saviour! And one glorious day, HE IS COMING AGAIN.

Every blessing of the LORD, dear friends upon you and your dear ones on such a special day, Resurrection Day.
And one more thing before I close, I’m sorry this is long, but I want to share this card I made for a dear friend. 
Am off to the 400th snippets here as it’s made from all snippets except for the base, the verse and image I’d printed out last year but not used.. so here it is!
A very basic card, the bird image is a disc. digi, the EF is one of my favourite for a simple card front, Embossaliscious Regency Swirls. The verse is a real favourite from Isaiah 25.
 “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” Is. 25:4

Thanks those who’ve very kindly popped over to read this far and most of all if you have time for a chat, God's richest blessing upon you and those you love, and may He keep you all safe in His care. 
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Linking over with the following:
 Word art Wednesday Anything goes!  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com
 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge,  anything goes too!
And over at Simon Says Monday  Challenge,  it is Spring/ Easter... these birds are all ready with the flowers for Springtime!

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Scrappy Mo’s Christmas March Challenge, Snippets Playground, NBUS + WOYWW

 Hi there everyone! Yes, this month is rattling by and we are almost a quarter of way through 2021! For it’s the 31st, today Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Challenge ends for March - see here! Firstly as is Wednesday, and WOYWW - What it On Your Workdesk Wednesday over HERE at Julia’s.

So here is my desk. Am busy making a card for Mister 8 (whose colour is GREEN). Ideas in head and reality vary a lot sometimes, definitely the case here, a few hiccoughs, but okay in end. πŸ˜‰

This is a set from Beccy’s Place Digis "Prehistoric Party" that retires by 31st April, check them out.. so cheap. I've bought a number of her half price retiring sets here, love they’ve greetings, coloured images , which I used and black and white.

TIP: to make cutting out fiddly images easier, do a thicker outline around it, imperfections are more easily hidden. I also shape them with shaping tool on foam mat, do extra snips in image to accent shape. *I often work on scrap advert paper so then it’s thrown away, saves cleaning desk surface!
Now next pickie, only a crafter will feel what a bargain and gift of God this huge roll of branded tape was.. for $Aud3.50! 😳😁 yes, only one in stock at big hardware, with other mounting tape, no label as is, so lady "gave" it to me. Never seen them in Oz before.. only in videos in USA. Happy dance time!!

To my cards! Rudolph day Christmas card first.

Believe it or not this is ALL Snippets!? So off to Snippets Playground here. Even base, made it for another card last year, but never used! Foil were all from small bits. Dies are CCD, except greeting strip, set by Avery Elle. It’s first outing,  as well as the CCD two dies, quite separate Nativity globe andJOY dies, so a NBUS. The stamped greeting “to the world” greeting is by Poppy Stamps, “Joy to the World”, heat embossed Gina K silver EP.The design is a CASE from my Christmas card received from Brenda of Crafting with Friends, used a deer die cut jumping through the “O” instead of small nativity. Thanks BrendaπŸ’œ for the idea. The EF is by Couture creations, I think, Christmas set. 

Mister 8’s card!

B
ackground in GreenStep 1 - watercolours painted in graduation. 
Step 2 - embossing folder inked in Cottage Ivy Memento. Memento is best dye ink in ones I have for even colouring EF. EF is Sizzix, unnamed bought thus on eBay (see comments, Alice shares name). As front was half full A4 sheet needed embossing twice, but managed to hide join.
The central die cut image is stamped on the back on Kraft side of cereal packet (see desk 1!) with Stampscapes Rock platform (multiple layers stamped, 5 in all, they layer beautifully) and sml reed or grass stamp.
It’s on Kraft coloured cereal box back, so added inks for variation. Die is SB Labels 28, largest die.

First of all two photos to share!

- from my friend, Anne in France, where spring bulbs are showing colour to cheer anyone’s heart!
Now two Aussie pickies, also by my friend here, Robyn in Oz.
Oh yes , the sun is out!  Wonderful autumn weather, went for swim the other day.. 24.7C water temp. Perfect!
The seagulls here were after their lunch, but wisely they did not feed them. 

Well, thank you for popping over to peek, especially if you could say hi! You’re so appreciated. My commenting was really hindered by a weekend bug which visited, but am over it now, thankfully πŸ˜….

May God bless you all and keep you safe wherever you may be!

Prayer hugs, πŸ™πŸ€— , Shaz in Oz.x  

Thought for the day:

Well, Easter is coming, as we call it. This Friday is the Passover , as the Lord’s people, Israel call it. The Passover was first celebrated as slaves in Egypt, when in each family a πŸ‘ lamb was slain  and the blood 🩸 was put upon the door lintel and the door frame sides.

This dripping blood formed a cross - when God’s angel of death passed over in judgement upon Egypt’s cruelty in enslaving His people. When the blood was seen, God passed over.. The firstborn male was preserved, not slain as in unbelieving families, with no blood upon their door lintels. 

Each year this Passing Over of the angel of death is celebrated by Israeli’s to remember how God preserved them, His people.

This first Passover lamb slain was looking toward the cross,  upon which the Lord Jesus Christ died - for my sins, and for yours and for all mankind. As John said: “BEHOLD, The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the World”. 

The Christ born in Bethlehem became the Lamb of God, Who gave up His life upon the cross, on Good Friday upon the cross. He gave up His life, it was not taken from Him!


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"He could’ve have called ten thousand angels to set Him free, 

But He died alone for you and me"!

I will be back God willing in Resurrection Day.. Sunday. 😁

To read - Why is Good Friday called Good? See here and Here

Linking up  also with following Challenges:

1.NBUS challenge- both cards, dies on card 1, digi stamp set on card 2 https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2021/03/nbus-challenge-24.html

2. Word art Wednesday Anything goes!  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 

3. Beccys Lace March Challenge.. using her images on card 2. PLEASE CHECK OUT HER FREE MONTHLY DIGIS. πŸ˜‰

 https://beccysplace.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-challenge.html

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Watercolour Stamp Resist with Stencils + WOYWW.

I actually wrote this whole post last week on my mobile. In editing adding images it, I lost most of so this is take two! I did another post at weekend for Two-fer, NBUS, Butterfly, Snippets Challenge etc? Tis time for WOYWW! For those not in know WOYWW is What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday? Over here at Julia's! Here’s my desk. I’m stencilling again, seemingly it’s current addiction. Last post had a stencilling on desk, too!

This is a NBUS stencil by Paper Rose Aust company, called Gumleaves Blossom, I think. This card is my favourite this year.. so far. Using oxides on a Gansai Tambi watercolour, paper from a pad bought with Sandra De of WOYWW years ago. Hope to see her this month too, in big smoke! Yay! Here’s my cards, made with similar techniques, watercolour resist of SU French Script stamp, and the stencil over top. This card is heading to Canada for my niece!
Colours just changed up, and there are two sections on stencil and used both side. Hence different leaves and blossoms.

The cards are 5 x 7” and this card I used Wow Platinum EP on it, including die cut, all die cuts are layered and are CCD.

Here’s a few Aussie photos .. 



Picnic anyone?

We've had nine days straight of rain, had 27” or 675mm this month of March.

Today was brilliant sunshine ☀️ so two loads of washing done, gardening, plumbing (clearing an outside garden drain, with long armed garden tools and a hose full on!) and planted my sweetpeas ready for our spring. Now writing up WOYWW, then God willing, have quick bite to eat for tea and heading to church for missionary presentation and prayer! God is good, I’m in a well patch for me and very VERY grateful, long may it continue. πŸ™πŸ˜ƒ

Thanks so much for popping over, dear ones, especially if you pop over to say hi. I'm sorry I'm struggling to comment , do often visit folks, but on mobile comments often difficult. 

Loads of thanks and gentle prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought of the Day:

I love the Word of God. This verse has long been a favourite of mine. I have illuminated it. I also inscribed it upon my foot plaster cast in Dec 1990. For some curious reason I broke my bones in Decembers! The Lord must have thought the busiest time of year was best for rest. 😁 

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7

The night I wrote this on my right foot cast was “a sleepless with pain” sort of night. I needed a stronghold in the midst of pain, a place of warm refuge. As I said this week to a dear one, God is ONLY  ever a prayer away. 

IF He seems distant.. guess who moved, we have!     Not Him. 


Linking up with following Challenges:

1.NBUS challenge- the dragonfly, HB stamp set: Hexagonal Stencil: Darkroom Door Butterfly Collage https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2021/03/nbus-challenge-24.html

2. Word art Wednesday Anything goes!  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 

3. Chocolate Baroque March - what we love! Stencils of course, currently definitely addictive stencils. https://www.welovechocolatebaroque.uk/2021/03/march-i-love.html



Friday, 19 March 2021

Stencilled Stamped Challenges - Friday Smiles, Twofer, NBUS, Butterflies, Snippets Playground,

Hi there everyone! Sooo sorry I’ve been soo silent, but was rather unwell in February, then busy catching up and had a visitor last week. Talk about God’s perfect timing, I was well and the weather was wonderful.πŸ˜ƒ A total contrast this week.. more of that anon! I’m  popping into share my Two-fer!

Don’t die of shock but I’m joining in with Darnell’s Two-fer challenge as well as her NBUS, AND Mrs A.'s butterfly challenge this really must be a record for me, I’m so bad at challenges.πŸ˜† These are my Two-fers! I will share below. Firstly my desk!

I’m starting the Two-fer on the left, this is a male “Get Well card”, for my nephew. He smashed his kneecap in eight places! Ouch! All wired up, a bad crash - so thought he might need a “Cheer me up!”. I’ve actually painted the background (below the Sunflower mask) a watercolour blue wash, dried it, then stencilled in grey DI in new “Hexagonal pattern” stencil by Caravelle Studio, made in France! Who’d have thought?
To be honest most is lost unless you look closely, can see it a bit through oxides and elsewhere IRL. Used Hero Art “Hugs & Prayers” set.
Interesting thing with two cards, I used same colours, one in DI on plain white card other with oxides on heavyweight watercolour paper. Results oh so different! 
On this card my NBUS is my hexagon stencil, a birthday pressie.. BTW dear, kind Darnell, your lovely, most surprising birthday card arrived safely Downunder, and been duly admired by one and all... thank you.❤️πŸ€— So VERY kind when you aren’t well.
The second card has a couple of NBUS, too. This is an embossed resist background of the SU French Script background stamp in WOW, White Linen EP - my fav white powder. Added Sunflower (no name stencil) in DI. Two NBUS - Simon Says dragonfly die (love his iridescent cardstock wings) and the Happy Birthday greeting, cheap stamp set picked up from Spotlight.
T
he last card is by Darkroom Door Butterfly collage stamp, again done with Gansai Tambi watercolours, seem to love them at mo. The die is by Impressions Obsession greeting set. The EF is Regency Swirls Embossaliscious. Now to the Aussie photos, a combo.. some from last week - perfect!

Then a couple from today... it’s been extremely wet we’ve had over 210mm or over 8” in the last two days. Joining up with Aussie photos OVER HERE to Annie’s Friday Smiles, my friends definitely had big smiles when we went swimming at these lovely spots, so VERY blessed to have such weather.
TODAY at 5pm: Seas are big, brown-cream, foamy-frothing and windswept waves. No understanding it though - I saw a man fishing in the debris and flood-filled creek on an outgoing tide. THAT is about as bad as you can fish. 

Well, that’s it for today... thanks so VERY much for stopping by, and especially if you have time to say hi. 

I'm sorry I'm struggling a little in comments, do often visit folks, but on mobile comments often difficult. This is second time I’ve written post (& majorly re- edit this 2nd attempt when photos and text jumped around)! On Wed night I accidentally deleted almost the whole post.πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‰

Loads of thanks and gentle prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x 

Thought of the Day:

Are there things you love to read more than once, in my youth I wore some books out because I loved them so much. This bible passage is one of those .. it’s really a picture of contrasts, for troubled times..

*Hiding me in His safe place the secret of His tabernacle

contrasts with

*He set me upon a rock. 

Does that make sense? .. yes, something that is secure is upon a rock, and if God has me there upon the rock AND hidden in the secret of His tabernacle... 

I cannot be more safe!

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Psalm 27:5,7-8 

And truly then safe in His everlasting arms , I cry unto Him, and I will seek His face, seek the One Who loves me so VERY much. 

Praise His glorious Name above all names.. 

Linking up with following Challenges:

1. Two-fer Challenge... your choice. https://twofercardchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/reminder-twofer-card-challenge-36-your.html

2. NBUS challenge- the dragonfly, HB stamp set: Hexagonal Stencil: Darkroom Door Butterfly Collage https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2021/03/nbus-challenge-24.html

3. Snippets card - http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2021/03/pixies-snippets-playground-challenge-398. all my cards have snippets, kind of my thing.. but think most snippets are on dragonfly card. πŸ˜ƒ

4. ButterflyChallenge.  https://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/154-spin-butterfly-wheel-with-k-for.html see my butterfly card -  the letter is K and I’ve chosen kobi = light pink and Kombu Green = dark sage.. of course a butterfly or two actually!

5. Word art Wednesday Anything goes!  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ Chocolate Baroque - what we love! Stencils of course, so no 1 and 2 .. love butterflies too, but currently definitely addictive stencils, so 1 and 2 cards. https://www.welovechocolatebaroque.uk/2021/03/march-i-love.html

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