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, 29 August 2018

Stencils Oxides Inky Embossing + WOYWW

Hi everyone.
Glad to be sharing today's crafty desk at WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground. 
For those of you who are regulars to this blog, and wondering what's been happening please read this Post over here on vale Mike in Oz.
A quick post because I've been crafting with a very dear friend.. how wonderful!!
 Using Oxides here blending on top layer of EF for gentle shading underneath then loads of smooshing ink on top as well for real dimensional pop!
Then below is a stencil with blending of Oxides for a wonderfully fun background.
 Loved this result .. stencils and inks all supplies are my friend Anne's..  so can't give details sorry!
Rubbing wax on triple embossed craft cardstock.
The oxides were great on gold cardstock here too!! More wet amd dry embossing.
Finished result certainly worth it! Used silver rubbing wax on dragonfly.
Finished Desk. The plain brown check were simple dry wet embossing combo. Inked up top side of folder and emboss really well with number of passes through cuttlebug to give more dimension.
Card made with Washi tape, peel offs and scored lines. China H.B. die is triple cut in red gold and top layer is washi, all slightly offset for a shadow effect.
A tranquil photo from springtime Oz today after an afternoon's walk. Note wattle flowers in foreground.
Thank you to all who pop over and say hi. 
You really do bless my heart. 
I pray God may bless yours, also. 
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
A favourite verse in times of trouble but also good for every single day of our lives . 
A proverb to live by, for us all:

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe."
Proverbs 18:10
Linking also over to:
1. Snippets Playground. Happy Birthday card is snippets
2. Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Vale - Mike in Oz - 6.8.18

My dad reflected to me the characteristics of our Heavenly Father, for our "God is love."
Our dad was love.
It was his strongest characteristic. He loved his family, his friends,
he really loved being Poppa!
His grandchildren held a special place and our Great-poppa loved dearly loved his great-grandies too!
He loved people - teaching, painting, being helpful to any in need, generous, kind.

I'd like to share two memories.
Friday 27th, a good day, dad was very lucid. As I was hunting for something, finding it, dad said: “what was lost, is found”.
I turned around amazed and said “dad, do you know where that comes from?
 It is the story of the three lost things!”

Read in Luke 15, of the lost sheep, lost coin and lost son. At end of each it says “rejoice with me, for I have found that which was lost.” And “there is joy in the presence of the angels in heaven over one sinner who is sorry for his sin.”

We looked on mobile at a painting of the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, carrying his little lost sheep on His shoulders.
That’s us dad, I said. He loves and carries His little lost sheep safely home. Home is heaven.
We read of it, for it is a truly beautiful place, no sin, sorrow, sickness darkness, pain or tears.. it’s as real as the world outside, without all its flaws.
Dad’s bright blue eyes now had a look of wonderment.  I asked if he believed in God and the dear Lord Jesus who came to find and save us? He said clearly, “I didn’t, but I do now.”

I was very privileged to be with my dad on his last day – Mon 6th Aug.

Knowing from personal experience when unconscious you can hear things, voices, etc. I read to him from the old well-worn Anglican prayer book from our youth, read some of the beautiful prayers for times like this, which are full of the glorious promises to each of us from God’s word.
Reading too in same book some of the comforting Psalms, Dad’s breathing became more relaxed, quieter - as the word flowed over his spirit.
I then sang three hymns, I knew he would know * Amazing Grace, *Just A Closer walk with Thee, and * the Lord is my Shepherd.
For Dad now loved the Good Shepherd. 
As we came to:
“…Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore, My dwelling place shall be..”
.. dad gave a sigh and passed over.

Dad’s peace in passing was remarkable - remarked upon by many..
 – by family, but most of all by caring wonderful staff at the nursing home, who see this sort of thing often.
In his last few days dad was so very peaceful – for he’d met the One Who is the Prince of Peace.
 Thanks so much for all of you who've prayed and sent loving thoughts this way.
You're deeply appreciated. I am taking leave from blogland for few months but will be back, God willing. :D
Lord bless and keep you all and I pray you too like dad ...whether  you are 12 as I was or 89 like my dad, You will come to know the LORD Jesus as our own Saviour. 
If we could get to heaven on our own merit, by what we do, there was no need for Jesus to come and die for us - which is a historical fact. We need the risen LORD as our Saviour today!
Hugs, and may prayers,
Shaz in Oz.x 

(Photos either my own or via Google.)

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Male Birthday card + Penny Black +WOYWW

Hi there! and so little time to blog, so another quick post. Making lots but can share. My dear Dad is still very unwell so prayer appreciated. And it’s What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday for WOYWW.. so let’s pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground  for desks of the world!    To my desk:

As you can see lots hidden + two completed cards! Hidden? It's for birthdays yet to come. Two cards on top will share below; more watercolour cards, the Penny Back Vine stamp is done in yet another colourway, did three in all, one blue, last post, one in mauve mailed, and one in rose red. To colour them I use a base colour of Tombows (water based marker) then with Pearl-Ex mini watercolours in shade closest to it I pull colour out from dark to light and achieve a glimmery effect. Love it! See below. Also a vague hint re coming event of great import for WOYWW - on Sat 8th. God willing, someone maybe there, namely yours truly. Please keep it all under thick wraps for mo, so please NO commenting of it on interweb (it's also dependent on family situation). You may of course email contact Margaret or our wonderful leader Julia!
 Finished card - used same pattern as one on last post with same dies and embossing folders, so scroll down. The photo below gives the sheen
 This is the mauve one in same stamp etc.

Here is last card for today. it is a male 90th. 

Stamp is a clear set from China. Its for a friend's dad.. not mine. Stamped it on watercolour paper, then sponged sky with hand cut mask, coloured the boat with mixture of Tombows and Pearl-Ex water colours and same for sea. Papers are unknown bargain ones. Die for frame is SB Labels 28. The flag die set is a CCD. Digi for sentiment. "90' is from Disc CB alphabet die set.
Some Aussie shots now of course!
 In winter we get lovely colours on the hibiscus flowering in our front garden. I call it Marnie's, because it is from a cutting of her plant, she is my BiL mother.
 This is sunset at the beach north of here where my family live... love the soft hues of God's canvas!
 Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat. time very limited to return your kind comments. So appreciate your patience and kindness in this busy period.
May God bless and keep you safe in your day, wherever you maybe! 
I am praying for rain for us, ALL of NSW in drought, no fodder for sale for farmers to feed their stock in all of our state. It has to be trucked in from interstate. A big brown land desperately needs rain, please LORD.
Hugs and prayers, Shaz in Oz.x

 Verse for today is one of my illuminated ones, done quite a few times. I love the promise of hope in it!! PEACE - real, fair-dinkum peace!
PEACE with God, through our LORD Jesus Christ, our gift for all eternity through faith in Him. How precious is that?!
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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WOYWW + Watercolour Penny Black Trailing vine

Hi there! Popping in with a quick post. Another on mobile, lots going on here, and so little time to blog. Things I’m making I can’t share most of them.. for coming birthdays, except today’s, a friend who doesn’t look at my blog. My darling dad isn’t at all well either which is a prayer point.
And it’s What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday for WOYWW.. so let’s pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground  for desks of the world!    To my desk:
Some painting going on, on left pencils are water colour, Caran D’Ache .. so using them as base, paint tin on right was for another project, not this one, but using topping with glimmer very small paint colours in centre.
Assembling the card... trying to work out layout. Do you ever have a plan for a project or are you like I often am.. just jump in and see where it leads? I’ve made this PB stamp Trailing Vine a few times in other styles and today I wanted something different. So after spending time watercolouring the whole panel I cut it right down! Don’t you hate it when Die sets go walk about???.. that’s what my favourite ovals have done. Mercifully there’s a similar sized one in a card creator set SB. Here is the finished card.
Happy birthday is Elizabeth Crafts favourite, offset to left by .05mm. Cut in base of cream, then lay gold on top and deep sheen blue on top, and used double sided tape on back for easy adherence. Lacey die is a CCD... also a NBUS. 😊 Corners fav. Lala land filigree corners, EF is Embossalicious A4 Orchid? Folder
Now to Aussie Photos taken this afternoon on walk around hills then creek which runs along for while. Shows a winter sun setting. God’s glorious creation... and the flower looking down to creek is a flowering tree, Bauhinia.. a very pretty tree commonly called butterfly tree here in Oz, because it’s leaves are shaped that way... but China in origin.
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat. I’ll do my very best to return your kind comments. And appreciate your patience and kindness in this busy period.
May God bless your day, wherever you maybe!
Hugs and prayers , Shaz in Oz.x

The verse for today, I read this chapter in today's chapters (read four chapters day, you read through Bible in a year, good to do each year). I love Isaiah and this verse in particular. I need God’s strength at the moment through each and every day. It is there for us, if we but ask.

Joining up also with:
1. Snippets challenge
3. Penny black for July. Anything goes optional Baby

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

WOYWW desky share + Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Challenge

Well, yes, it IS Wednesday again!! Weeks are flying by.. in a few days we’re into second half of 2018!! That's as maybe, but it’s time for WOYWW.. so let’s pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground  for desks of the world!
To my desk:
So busy again, finished on left are Christmas cards for Rudolph day or Scrappy Mo’s Christmas card challenge. The card on right is in process with mask and TH Oxides, they’re fab on stencils, perfect blending with the ink tools. Don’t have a sponge for each of my Inks. Have too little pennies to do that and wash the sponges out each time and use foam applicator near colour of ink pad.
Store them in an old Video case. Use those Video cases (Note: video not DVD, as deeper + no bits needing removal) on my mini Inks pads, too, they fit perfectly in my freebie long narrow bookcase, was DVD holder I think. I’ve bought old cases very cheaply for .10c or .20c at opportunity shop. Perfect for unmounted stamps too.
Here are cards finished.
The Christmas card has been de-bossed or recessed into back of base, by running in through embossing sandwich in C'bug .. I actually was really disappointed on one aspect of this gorgeous Sugar Pea Nativity scene die (a very kind gift from Miss Di ❤️). I’d planned to use this snippet of alcohol ink smooshing top and bottom, top on one and bottom on another. But you can’t!!
See that star die, near stable in top?
Wondered why they didn’t attach the star by wires for easy removal then you can reverse the scene.
 Because of die design it can’t be done sadly. That being said I totally love it. So easy to use with a quick card made, I’m probably the only one who thinks of it that way. Used snippets the top white piece, a snippet as well as blue silver alcohol piece on gloss card, made last Christmas. Stampendous wood mount stamp 1994.
Second card is another partial masking card, shown HERE.. do love these little hedgies from Lawn Fawn!! Mask is by Artplorations. A NBUS to my shame!!
The colours chosen are because they’re my Aunty Helen’s very favourite colours.. she’s very dear to me. Those of you who pray, please pray for her. She is so very bravely fighting cancer with hubby uncle Ted standing by supporting.
So now sharing the Aussie shots. Truly live in magnificent place. First shot shows moon rising, almost full moon. The second shot called out to me, was on other side of street and looked saw this and quickly crossed over... such amazing colours!!
Thanks so much to each of you for popping over especially if you say hi. May our dear Heavenly Father bless you all in all your doings,
Prayer Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
This verse is so precious.
 We have Someone watching out for us that we will never clearly understand in this life. I have a friend who says  that “Coincidence is God’s way of  anonymous “. It’s truly wondrous to me that He gives His angels watchcare over us. However help is there for the asking - we are made with a free will, it is our choice ... it is not forced upon us. He is a God of Love. His love is always reaching out to us.

Joining up also with:
1. Snippets challenge

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Simple Layering of Die cut Word Numbers + Annie's Smiles

WOYWW post HERE!! Or just scroll to post below. Thank you!😊

Hi there just blowing in with a very quick post.. had folks asking re layering of word die cuts si showing how its done with numbers!
Card made for a 40th so adding numbers below.
1. Added double sided tape to each of die cardstock. Remove to adhere.
2. Cut 3 for this a white a gold and brusho background.
3. Leave white in base it's cut from and place next two layers in place. This is particularly handy for holding shape of words.
4. Layered white gold on top of one another. Then placed brusho die cut a little to right to offset it and give a gold shadow to die cut.
These have more than three layers. "0" has 5 and top of 4 hasteeny bit of double sided mounting tape. The base was raised so had to keep even level. This card below is winging it's way to Norway , hope 20 days is long enough.. post takes forever tgese days.
 This cards has splatter and brushos on it all water colours done on this post HERE

Now to Aussie shots. Taken on my walk yesterday.. late. Plant in second image is a Gymea lily about to come into bloom. They're very architectural.
Well, thanks to all who pop over and especially those who say hi.. your comments are truly a blessing. May the Lord bless and strengthen you in all your doings this day.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Doesn't this verse cheer you! Not just God's glory in His creation (I love poppies) but most of all in His Word. He promises to keepand uplift us. Yes it says He keeps the "good man " but we have none of our own. Our Goodness or righteousness comes through faith in His dear Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
With and through faith in Him we are heading for a hope that fades not away.. like the earth does. A heavenly home .. a new body.. yes, this one surely needs replacement! Cheer up! Keep looking up.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

WOYWW + Lawn Fawn With Partial Oxides Mask

Well, another Wed here in a blink. One day off shortest day of year for Downunder ... can't wait for summer! For desks of the world, pop over to Julia's, do please, at the Stamping ground.
Now to my desk!!
 One can see Masks, Oxides, DI tools, cute Lawn Fawn Hedgies. Saw Kristina Werner do partial masking with cute die cuts stamping. Inked images with Black Onyx Versafine with EP and then coloured Promarkers. Fussy cut here, as no matching  die cuts.
 TIPS: You can use black Versafine (a pigment ink) or blue red, green, purple and make it white gold or silver or whatever EP is. Don't need Versamark pad, really. I found this out by being too lazy to clean my stamp. 😊
TIP 2: Set Oxides with hairspray. Works a treat, removes oxide look. 👍 Love saving pennies!!!
TIP 3: With mask inking, especially one like zigzag one, use a gentle pouncing with sponge applicator - works best. After mask inked lift and add excess ink over same spot to soften the colours.
 Used two masks one below Darkroom Door Mesh and Zigzag is a Huey mask.
 None of the two cards are finished for photos. Attached images with "White -tac" as outside light was fading fast. Our shortest day tomorrow... YAY!
 TIP 4: Had Black ink from stamp catch top of this card top. Removed it with my usual array. Being a calligrapher, I'm a collector of rubbers/ or erasers. The old Staedtler ink/ pencil combo is a good standby, Pentel Hyperaser is ultra thin and handy for tight spots, not unlike Mono, and lastly the newer Mono eraser. Ink removed.
TIP 5 : Always polish over the surface of paper/card with pencil eraser as it removes furry surface. Below is Washi Scored card. For details see post below.
Some lovely photos from Oz went for walk yesterday with someone very dear. Took this photo of our families favourite spot. Aren't those clouds amazing. God's glory shown forth! Glory indeed.. t'was real winter's day with wind as well !!
 My brother in law snapped these white Corellas I think.. checking them out, I suspect.
 Thank you so much for taking time to pop over and say hi.. especially if you take time to leave a comment. You do so bless my heart!!
Going to make a real effort to comment this week!!
God bless you in your day.
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz. Xxx
I love this verse.. it begins with  "we have NO might... neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon Thee!"
How precious it is.. our God is more than willing and able if we but call upon Him. I'm daily needing it at the moment. Trials draw us closer to Him. 😊
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