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, 17 October 2018

Curving Straight Edge Die cut, Christmas + WOYWW

Hi another week flying by. Suddenly hit me Christmas is almost here bar two months.
Mm, how many cards had I done?  Shocked at how few I'd done as I cleaned (yes still!! so many piles knocked over but two big boxes to go.)
To my desk! Please pop over to What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday or WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground.
Yes, you can see my desk is clear almost! All piles here done. Just mid stream organising nice new drawers. Small pile under table is 3/4 done. Then the two dreaded boxes. Hopefuly most is recycle paper waste .. or might find my two missing dies!! Found two didn't know I'd lost on desk! In bags admittedly all intact.
A technique new to me to share today. Haven't seen how to do it so this how I did it! Putting a straight diecut on curved edge. Firstly extended it. This isn't actual die length.
 Then stretched with bone folder just the outer attaching edge, added some small slits around sam outer edge. Attached with DST as shown.
 This was an upcycle of very pretty card. Lacey edge (Dienamics) gave it real pop in matching mirri card.
 Finished card didn't need any more! Already for coming birthday.
 Christmas cards, another upcyle. A bit of dry embossing and a digi verse, from Luke. Like cards to always reflect the real reason of Christmas.
.. then a make with pieces from a few Christmases ago never used. Christmas masking with gold paste.
 Now to Aussie shots. Our giant pineapple plant, which was growing like Jack's beanstalk has a baby! Also see two stages of plants... one top in front and another plant behind.
 The wonderful 250+mm rain we've had here means it should be juicy! Am praying same for drought affected farms in NSW & Qld. Cute brommeliad flowers if you look closely.
My BiL shared these on What'sapp. The kangaroo waiting (?) for the sunset.
The heavens certainly declare the glory of God. (Psalm 19.)
Sorry such a picture heavy post. Made around some desks lady week. Hope I can again today. God bless you all.. and special prayers for my friends affected by Hurricane Michael (3rd worst hurricane to hit mainland USA). The home I stayed in with my friend has no kitchen, ceiling caved in she's with her son am hour away. Her daughter's home had several trees on it. So VERY many homes and livelihoods affected. Praying for all suffering ones. May they find comfort strength and help at such time.... Lord bless keep and strengthen you. Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X
Linking with:
1.Desky share at WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground.
2. SNIPPETS PLAYGROUND. Both are snippets
3. Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Blessings Received + WOYWW ~ God is Good!

Dear ones, Popping back for not too long hopefully post *** very picture heavy. Firstly some sympathy cards received and also maybe of God's blessings shopping from Wales and Florida.. yes.. you read correctly!
Sympathy cards.. from Darnell (bubbles -love her simple understated clever work), Chris aka Mrs D bottom card, and Anne (poppy) in France. I was away when they came.
From WOYWW crop with dear kind Magaret I received many ATCs which as others have shared, so I will not as post would be too long. Tag was from Sarah I think. I loved it.
Neet have me the gorgeous ATC holder above and glasses case from dear Jan and bear from Annie, the ATC is Heather.. its an accidental spare if anyone needs it??
Shaz was incredibly generous gave me a bag of enormous goodies, love that they're makes I've seen or read about but never owned!!!
Also in last post on last day see what arrived all way from Shaz's kind hands!!
A wonderful keepsake of crop. Group pickie plus one of Jan and Julia; as Julia had a special decade to celebrate and so was unable to come.
Still pinching myself, I, l'il ole me was at a WOYWW craft crop! Incredible detail in Shaz's work.. card also from Shaz..! THANK YOU Shaz and everyone.
When Margaret realised I really was coming over, including a weekend, she said we must have a crop. She also kindly took me all way to Lincoln I stayed at a dear 86 y.o friend, Iris, plus saw again Mrs D and Angela (aka Felix the cat) who gave me this gorgeous dragon's eye stone.. we had lunch at Mrs D's new place!
On an aside, I admired greatly the paints Angela used and would you believe how God worked? ...bought similar paint I think in Hobby Lobby for $2.20 a bottle. $6.49 for three bottles. So now have six! Sprays shimmer x3 at US store called Tuesday Mornings.
I made three calligraphy to give as presents  before I left. Will share later.
Here is an overview of crafty purchases some gifts. UK ones were mailed by UK post seamail which took 10 to 14 days! They beat me home. I think UK post is marvellous. Half price of ours and super efficient!!
My room is total chaos. Complete desk et al re-organisation! So many piles. Like climbing Everest to be honest!! Sigh... a year of detritus and neglect with dad not well.
Two quick cards made while trying to clean!!!
Get well needed .. and wanted to try other to justify that group of assorted toppers. Both card's bits half made...  I think bottom image came from a WOYWWer a while back (said from Pembrokeshire on back?)
I visited Anne in France (see this post here)  Now you know why a cull clean is needed! A crafty sister in Lord is visiting today have goodies bag for her too!
Must go, apologies for inactivity in blogland. Will still be taking a break. Need it. Miss my dad.. very much but such a comfort and the great miracle of God's mercy is I know he's with Lord God. (Full details with one of his paintings this post HERE).
Thanks so much for praying and caring those who've sent messages cards and those who've thought in their hearts. I'm very blessed and extremely grateful for so much kindness to me. So many folks went the extra mile in that miracle holiday. One day I'd like to share a few shots and tell of some of those miracles of grace!

I think the next greatest miracle was the timing....
*** Tickets booked in January.
*** Dad passed two weeks before I left.
*** Memorial service one week before I left.
Who else but God knew all that!?
A memory from Llandudno. Not sharpest shot as taken in car with Margaret. But such happy memories!
May God bless and keep you. Thanks so much for popping over and saying hi!
Love Shaz in Oz.x
Linking with:
1.Desky share at WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground.
2. Snippets Playground. Both are snippets
3. Word Art Wednesday

A thought to close with, going away for 5 weeks 5 days visiting numerous places, cultures, different homes, etc. plus losing a dear one, gives you an appreciation anew of life and its brevity and changeability.
Our life is vapour that appears for a little while, then vanishes away, James says in his epistle.
May we make it count for eternity.

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, 15 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

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?!
Also joining up with 

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
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