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, 27 April 2022

Foiled - Alcohol Inks + Embossed Foil + WOYWW

 Yes, it’s Wednesday again and popping in with a desky share + cards made of late! Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE ๐Ÿ˜ at Julia's … today is full of inky fun.

My desk this morning - just briefly played with Alcohol Inks on dry embossed silver foiled card (Sizzx chevron 3D)... oh so much fun and came up quickly too, worked out a easy 
technique on it. You don't need the blower this way ...

Lay around colours in locations of choice, put in centre if too bottom half two careful dollops of alcohol.

And then move it by tilting or tipping it around, and an occasional use of a gloved finger to spread it over how you like it. Easy peasy.
These days, make sure I wear gloves, apron and cover desk with scrap paper, for easy clean up.
Here’s some cards to share not done these bases up but here is one from last week, mailed yesterday.
Die by Penny Black - kind gift when I had my heart attack in June 20, from Scrappy Mo - so thank you Mo my new favourite Snippetty die ❤️❤️ you can use a skerrick strip up with it! Less than an inch roughly. The Dienamics rectangle, and Elizabeth Craft design Birthday die.
A quick CAS card of washi paper, scallop border, with disc. stamp, new fav. PB die.
Also was reminded its Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Day Christmas card challenge so quick entry, had these two elements done in Christmas box. Stampendous embossed greeting. EF 3D of carol think is Gemini brand ..
Baby card:
Image from book Beatrix Potter images. SB lattice die, large was used with DP mount, Crafts Too Daisy Lattice EF A4 with pink pearl dits to decorate.
 Celebrate die - Waffle Flower. “It’s a girl!” stamp, PB Hedgie baby set, with baby stats in Kaisercraft labels die.
An Aussie combo shot to end some pretty sunsets.
Not walked as much as not 100%, but this was soo beautiful, have 20sec video if time to watch it, too, link here if missing.
Lord bless everyone thanks so much for popping over esp if you say hi. 
I will do my very best to reciprocate, but sadly cannot comment on embedded comment boxes they block me on iPad.
Prayer hugs, 
Shaz in Oz.Xxx 

Psalm 27:3,5,7-8
 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

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.
The LORD is a constant companion to those Who love Him, and yet He is never far away from a seeking heart too that has not yet trusted in Him.
Our Saviour Jesus, our God is only ever a prayer away - but He made us with a free Will to chose Him, or not. 
Praying for you dear ones, you’re all so very precious to Him. 
Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. three NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff  first card and baby card, brand new use of gifted pink pearl drops and the Beatrix Potter images, yay!
3. Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Rudoplh days challenge- link up above ๐Ÿ‘† 
4. Allsorts “I spy something beginning with B!” loads of options! *card 1 BLUE foiled - *card 2 BORDER scallop edge *card 3 BELLS Christmas embossed at top of card - card 4 BABY card. 
5. Christmas card also linked to Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge
6. Designer paper on second and 4th card ( it’s DP scallop die cut) crafty Hazelnuts DP challenge
7. Penny Black die used on two cards, one and two so linking this up to Penny Blaxk and more challenge where anything gies with option of Easter.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Rejects Made Good + NBUS, Snippets, WAW

Some special things to share today - do you have some rejects in craft room, wool/ sewing cupboard, garden shed, etc? I do, today I’m sharing a card (or three) in part rejects - made good, also applying other ways.

 “Rejects” - first similar to shared before (left over of said sample, diff. stamp used tho). 

This is a continual lesson to me that something not good, may be made so.

Piece on the left was a whimpy, inky green embossed piece. Nice folder, nice colour, but messed up watery ink idea -> reject pile.

Spied it one day - thought Versamark + perfect pearls - voilรก! It’s stunning. 

An oriental folder, so added CCD oriental diecut (up close).

Another reject - copied J.McGuire idea of EF with foiled card + sand top layer off to highlight. Mm, NOT good thick foil, thin cheapie, not so great effect. Then saw this brilliant idea by Maxine also using an Altenew 3D, this a CASE (kinda), Maxine’s beautiful, clever card is HERE! Border floral die MB, Heros Arts Hugs Prayers stamp & die.

Next reject is me  … 

Some who come this way may wonder why I always mention Jesus, & to be BE SURE you know Him as your Saviour or not. This the WHY. 

I've a chronic, congenital (from birth) incurable Malady, (*aka Darnell’s instructions to use malady, a much nicer word๐Ÿ˜‚)

Drs can’t explain me, only God can! 

I say it’s allowed of God. Originally there were NO mistakes in God’s PERFECT creation, but sin spoiled it… 

NOTE: It is NOT GOD’s choice  -> sorrow, grief, pain, sickness, hunger, famine, wars, suffering, death, a broken world -> ALL is a result of mankind’s sin.

God though (IF we let Him do it) is lovingly working in His way for GOOD!

Especially in me, taking me broken, sinful, lost - saving & blessing me. 

My malady means I’m literally kept alive by medication. No meds I’m dead. Many others are. So not so unique there!

Quite a number of times though, I’ve collected close calls.

God wisely decides to knock off bit more of roughness of this“earthen vessel” ๐Ÿ˜‰ & keeps me here. ๐Ÿ˜† 

When one lives day by day like this, one knows how SHORT life is - ETERNITY is ONLY ever a breath away. 

Yet it IS for us ALL

WHEN God says time to go, I’ll say hallelujah, heaven, here I come - BUT  I speak up lovingly while I can. Each post may be my last. 

We must be ready for eternity NOW - when we are dead, that is too late.

ESPECIALLY TODAY - happiest of the year!


The FIRST DAY of the week,  almost 2,000 years ago, when our LORD Jesus arose from the dead. 

Jesus did NOT stay dead, He defeated Satan’s  power of death over US. 

Death was punishment for all our sin & wicked ways.

On Resurrection Day the LORD Jesus Christ  miraculously arose from the dead. 

This MEANS we too can live forever with Him, BY FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

There is an EMPTY TOMB, an EMPTY CROSS, where our sin’s price was paid by Jesus’ blood on Calvary’s tree. Forevermore ALL who believe in Jesus, will live, too. 


Jesus, of all preachers in Bible - Old Testament & New Testament was the One Who spoke of hell the most. 

Why? Because He KNOWS hell is as real as heaven.

He DIED TO SAVE US from it. 

Jesus ALONE FULLY understands, He LONGS that we see it all, too.. examples in Matt. 5, nine times by Jesus in just Matthew Luke 16 parable on it.

Are you sure you have this HOPE in Jesus?? We can be absolutely sure, I trusted in Jesus at 12 yrs old, see here - Who or What is a Christian?


Here is one more card to share, this is Snippetty, too, actually as are the other two cards. MB Prim Poppy die sadly disc. 

Favourite stamp again Numbers 6:24-26, by Stampendous, gold embossed. Paper is Washi, by the roll, mostly used now; 25 yrs ago was $10 a roll, here, c. $US7. I’ve two different rolls, now it’s prized, so very expensive. Needed  encouragement cards so more will be forthcoming.

This is whole of the passage, love it in a stamp in KJV, as more complete. 

It is a prayer of blessing by Moses for Israel, God’s chosen people, and for us today, too. I pray this verse for YOU and ALL your dear ones. 

The LORD bless you all & keep you all,

Make His face to Shine on you and be gracious unto you all,

The LORD lift up His countenance upon you all,

And give you all His PEACE, 

in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Link Here if not showing.

 And thanks for kindly reading through this far, especially if you have time for a chat. You are appreciated.

Prayer hugs,

Shaz in Oz.x  

Linking up to: 

1. NBUS Challenge Never Before Used Schtuff - EF by Altenew is NBUS in Turquoise

 2. WAW Word Art Wednesday - prayers turquoise card and washi card. 

3. Happy Little Stampers Anything goes with Dies oriental card 

4. Snippets Challenge - Washi card Poppy card

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Sunflowers for Ukraine - Vellum and Masking NBUS Snippets WOYWW

 Hullo, hullo! It’s Wednesday... again! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ Those in the know, also know Wednesday is 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! I’ve been absent for six weeks so going through withdrawal! Desk, is a wee while ago - a card to encourage a friend and another birthday for an Aunty, using this very old beautiful PSX stamp of Sunflowers, the Ukrainian national flower, with the Ukrainian colours. Love my wood mount, used Stamp-ma-jig twice, in each stamping.

Some shared these thoughts on blogland, so joining, too. Praying much for all oppressed, suffering everywhere in war torn countries like Ukraine and Russia, for both people suffer, also Syria one of the most oppressed nations with Afghanistan, etc. my heart is often sad and burdened in prayer for all, + rarely mentioned women under sharia law, silent victims, their children.

This was a masking card, masked the image off to do Darkroom Door mesh mask background then coloured in flowers, etc. a mixture of media, Tombows Prisma pencils, the image was gold heat embossed.

The bible verse from Numbers ch 6 is wood mount, also same vintage 1990s. This is finished card several ways. This masked background with Stamp was seen on Jennifer McGuure so decided to CASE the technique,it’s a NBUS idea to me, too… will reuse. Though tedious doing mask once I have one it’s easier to replicate.
My Aunty’s card is quite different, first image shows me colouring image  gold embossed vellum on the back, so it would show through.

Added gold to back of vellum circle. The cream card is embossed in Embossaliscious Orchid pattern 8"x8 EF, with Spellbinder Lacey border die, and Disc CB corners. Happy Birthday is Poppy Stamps. 

Made a train card with Cheery Lynn Coo Choo, for Mister 9 - see full post recipe here. Di of Snippets made an original with these two dies, here, seven years ago and this is a similar card, as she reminded me, sorry Di didn’t credit, to be honest I’d forgotten. Probably latent in subconscious! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This next card is Robin card made for my friend Robin, this the best photo I have - forgot to take a proper one of this one. This was still working on layout, but it stayed that way, not attached yet - life is way too busy and not been well, way it is these days.

Robin was on Christmas bonbon, added Glossy accents, EF timber folderon scraps inked up, leaves snippets with Sizzix leaf die, thread gold, from a gift card. Gold Die cut is SB 5 x 7 card size ❤️ - Heirloom Legacy. Stunning blue background, NBUS snippet of unknown origin. When you’ve been cardmaking as long as I have you are given all sorts of things at different times, some useful some not, some wonderful like this. An offcut/ snippet, I’m not sure if hand printed? Paper has the look of texture, is flat with a gorgeous sheen - a puzzle to be honest.

Gold embossed stamp is Disc. from 1990s too - “With God, ALL things are possible”.

 “Love the LORD thy God with all thine heart” - Jesus said was the greatest commandment. 

The second was “LOVE thy neighbour as thyself.” 

Not enough of either in our day, as in Jesus time. 

Have you ever noticed how often those who love God weep over such wrongdoing? 

Jesus did, all the prophets before Him; often also in prayer these days too. So much which was once right and true - is now mocked, derided as wrong. 

Those who speak TRUTH are growing few in number. MSM rules, while the very fibre of our nations is destroyed from within.. as it was in Roman times, in which Jesus lived. “Nothing new under the sun”, as Ecclesiastes 3 says.

Now two Aussie picks, one of late arvo walk yesterday, down by traquility of creek looking to Ocean.

It’s very turbulent today, blustery grey day, a land of contrasts. 
Next a house remodeling by Mister 6, as described.

Thanks for popping over especially if you’ve time for a chat, or a cuppa even, the kettle is always on! ๐Ÿ˜Š praying for you and yours, for God’s blessing in all things. 

May we especially take the time to remember the why of this season. See thought of day below. 

Will be back again Sunday, God willing, on the happiest day of the year, Resurrection day!

Ginormous prayer hugs,

Shaz in Oz.x


Years ago (over 50) I well remember my sister's teacher asking me on a hillside (here near the beach) if I knew why Jesus had died? 

I said, " No."

.. and so she told me - that He had died for my sin, and the sins of everyone. 

Now I was a child.. and you may wonder - how a child can have sinned?

.. but believe you me, there was no argument at all from me on that point!

I knew I had done wrong, that was sin.. but that Jesus had died to take away my sin totally blew me away. 

That memorable day, I saw for the first time,  that Jesus was on the cross for my sin - this has lived evermore for me, as sung in these words of this hymn.

(Link here if not showing)

This is why Good Friday is Good.

By faith in Him, Who indeed alone was Good, we have the certain hope of life forevermore with Him, by faith believing. 

The Easter story. 
The gift of His transforming love
This is the reminder of what Jesus has done for us.

His sacrifice brought us life eternally,  instead of death and condemnation so rightly deserved. 
Let us walk in the LIGHT as He is in the Light. 
I John 1:6.

Linking up with the following: 
WAW or Word Art Wednesday -
NBUS challenge - Robin card and CAS sunflower mask technique.
Allsorts Challenge - masculine - train card for Mister 9, all snippets except back card. SU stamp set on greeting.
Simon says Monday Challenge- Sweet Treats - happy cake day… make train card

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Black Ice meets Stampscapes contd, Watercolour Block Stamping + Snippets WOYWW + NBUS

 Yes, it’s Wednesday again and popping in with Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE ๐Ÿ˜ at Julia’s.

Desk shows two A4 sheets cut into four, to make up 8 card. These exceptional papers have been in my stash for at least a decade and lovingly stroked every so often, their colours and gleaming glittery extras all made them special. 
They were eBay Freebies from an excellent seller back then called Flissybabes, in UK. I bought loads of mirri card, unavailable here, and in one order she put in these two glittery sheets along with three mirri cerise sheets as a bonus. I was one happy bunny. The card I’m CASE-ing is one in green white with gold, by Darnell ๐Ÿ˜Š❤️๐Ÿ™. Sent when I was poorly last year, it suits these images perfectly.
Here's completed card for Darnell's NBUS challenge over here!

 Sharing too varied birthday  cards as there are many birthdays in February and March! Mostly male cards too.

This card all snippets so jumping over to Snippets playground here, actually so is watercolour card as well.A cereal box makes great background card.

Firstly there are four of the Black Ice technique (see here). The first is like my last card for my darling dad there. This one is for a dear Nephew. The others are for different family members. All use a Disc. SU paper, except the bottom one for my uncle. I used a scrap piece of card layered with perfect pearls, firstly did dry embossing - unused when made.

Last card was the watercolour technique with tombows on ink black see here, background scrap card from cereal box, with double length brick embossing highlighted in ink.

Then two ladies birthday, first is embossed resist with unknown mauve/ pink perhaps SU inky colours, years in stash.

So ink up embossing folder, emboss.. and ta-da colour embossed.

Next card is also a stash piece done with alfoil layers over scrap cardstock, embossed in folder, then two alcohol inks turquoise and green. MB leaves die cut with Lawn Fawn HB stamp silver embossed.

Now to Aussie photos, the tiniest pineapple ever, it fits in my hand, it wasn’t attached well to plant, so insufficient nourishment. Taken the plant out now. Usually grow like one in front of it.

Still yum, here it is in pineapple patch. 
Then some seaside to cheer you up, bottom one at my sisters, and one down at our creek, that was such a beautiful day.

Had some lovely swims in between huge dumps of rain. Coast is all flooding, especially  north and south less so. Highway north still closed, sadly many lost homes at Lismore, friends included … hope Cathy at Cathy’s card place is okay, I must check. Had water in here, but through the roof.. not the ground.

So dealing with insurers, assessor’s, renovators, etc from deluge Downunder, not badly affected as some, in two rooms, but it’s certainly a to-do and time occupier. Life is never dull, but the LORD makes it all worth while.

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:

“Without me, ye can do nothing.” John 14:5 

This verse comes in the abiding in the vine chapter 15, of Johns Gospel.

And  IN Christ we are able to do all things, out of Him, we are weak indeed. Of myself I have not strength, but in Him He is my ALL in ALL.

And thus Without the LORD Jesus I can do nothing.

My Jesus fills every void in my life.

He makes it complete.

In peace, in war, in the storms of life, Jesus is our Anchor, our Strength, our Stay, our Hiding Place, our Saviour and Friend.

If we but trust in Him - Faith changes things, WHEN it’s anchored in the Lord Jesus Christ..

Without Him,  faith is empty nothing. 

With Him, it’s everything.

Re prayer for Ukraine, I’m certainly praying along with many for Gods mercy upon all especially the innocents. For updates … if you’re on Telegram this is small channel, which has latest prayer needs listed, todays was to pray for orphans and those caring for them, bunkered down as best they can in Kiev.

Joining up to:
1 Word art Wednesday Anything goes! 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. three NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff link above.
3. Allsorts challenge - stamped watercolour, tombiws on ink block then sepia on  seascape image.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Perfect Pearls Brilliance inks with Embossing 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, titles often indicate authorship.
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! 
2. Joining with the NBUS Challenge .. two NBUS - Never Before used Schtuff
3. Snippets cards, two snippets cards. Di has a brand NEW BLOG for her Snippets challenge ... over here!!
4. Simon Says Monday challenge Insects/ Birds. Oriental card has dragonflies on it 
5. Happy little Stampers challenge anything goes with dies both cards, second alcohol ink card and oriental, Bath have stamped bible verses, no lounger available, in Gold EP and die cuts, 
6. Happy little stampers CAS Challenge, first card.
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