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, January 17, 2018

WOYWW + Two-fer Challenge with Brushos

Hi everyone...about time I posted again! Been very busy here in summery Oz. Last week was visitors - swimming, going to movies, road trips north south to have lunch in country or by another beach.. really tough! So good to have this annual visit and fun! This year is going to be a busy year I think, as it already half way through January!
Time  for WOYWW for Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's place! To my work in progress!
 Am in middle of making a batch of cards for a present, a wedding present actually, thought of making wedding thank yous but the bride asked for general thank yous so that’s what I’m doing. Over at Darnell’s she’s started a brand new challenge this year it is called Two-fer Card Challenge. Make two cards but different ones, with same stamp or die. 
Must be card any mediums style. January challenge is FEATHERS!! 
Mm, I thought feathers first thought birds, then thought of this set of feather stamps. Made two cards one in same style but different colour. Wasn’t sure this would qualify enough difference, so at this point am trying to make another card but different all around. I’m using brushos here. Currently addicted to them. Underused like a lot of things.
This desk shows some cards in making for wedding gift, top desk is start of my two-fer challenge, light coating with Distress inks allowed to dry before adding brushos. Stamped some left some plain!

 The cards are Stamplorations Feather set, Thanks Stamp also Stamplorations greeting set, Mask is Tim Holtz Mosaic, isn’t it nice? and Elizabeth craft HB die. 

I was asked to show my pineapples. They’re quite uninteresting that is why I haven’t. Not enough rain, been quite dry here, for months now, and they’re growing even slower than normal and I don’t water enough either.

 This second one at front copped hailstorm we had on New Years Day. The one at back was protected. Hail wasn't huge but very sharp, lots of it, and plants like frangipanis were shredded.

Will share beach shot these, taken on an icecream drive last week before my visitors arrived. 
Was such a glorious day. Really has been good summer thus far except for lack of rain!
May God bless you in your day wherever you may be, and thanks so very much for all your kind encouragement.

 Shaz in Oz.x 

 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. " Psalm 28 vs 7

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*  my new item is the banner set of dies used they're a grand new CCD purchase, and the Mozaic stencil!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Belated WOYWW, Snippets + Cards Received

Hi all, 
First of all... many blessings of the LORD be upon each and every one of you for the new year ahead of us -2018!
Well... this year is already getting away from me and today is only the 4th! 
I missed Wednesday... anyone seen it floating around? 
Now my current desk ... truly you dont want to know about it! 
The official tale is I'm cleaning up but as I look at that I have my doubts. I have just emptied things out and moved things around trying to make it more usable. Time will tell! Praying for a miracle or three!
Now warning you I'm sharing lots of photos, cards received mainly!
First of all a tidier desk when making some extra cards...
This is embossing folder inked up with versamark and glittery embossing powder heat set then inked up as shown below.
(METHOD: emboss really well EF, while still in folder, use embossing buddy to remove static thd ink up embossed part by lightly  adding Versamark to raised area, add embossing powder. With paintbrush remove any excess powder, then heat set).
 A couple of cards ... first one with brushos, second one with digi from net, and both have die cuts from RosA of WOYWW. Snippets used on both these cards.
 Now to the Aussie shots .. this is one stem of rose bush, a thornless variety called Smooth Serenity. This stem had a dozen rose buds on it and another had nine!
 This was yesterday with my dad on and icecream drive down at jetty.. 
Yes! hot enough for icecream and stunning sunny days.
Now to my Christmas bounty received, cards galore, a couple of paintings and a pressie too ... first of all from Miss Di of Snippets Playground.
I fell in love with the nativity die she used and asked her where she had bought it .. and what does dear kind Di do.. but send me one along with this card she made... isn't it gorgeous?
 I was good and bad, bad because some folks did not get a card from me... I am deeply grateful though for every single one .. especially proud of Thomas' and Emily's work! :D
I want to apologise too as some are very bad photos, eg Mrs A.'s had acetate on it and it would not co-operate. Plus was in haste, looked good on camera then not so good on upload.

May God bless you in your day wherever you may be, and thanks so very much for all your kind encouragement.

Shaz in Oz. X
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." Psalm 121: 1, 2

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Monday, December 25, 2017

'Tis the Season - 'Tis the Reason

Hullo there everyone!
Well, the best day of the year, (to my thinking) the 25th of December has come and gone... here in Downunder in summery Oz!

Wanted to say a very happy Christmas everyone, to you and your dear ones.
I’m praying for each of you, the Lord's blessing upon all your celebrations as we remember the Best Gift of all, the beautiful Lord Jesus Christ.
Yes, the greatest gift ever given wasn’t placed UNDER the tree but UPON the tree... the dear Lord Jesus was born to live and then die for us, for my sin and your sin ... and by faith in Him we too will really live,  and enjoy eternity with HIM.
What a great blessing indeed!

May our heart always have room for the ONE Who gave His all, for us!

Hugs and prayers dear friends and LORD bless and keep you all your doings this day, especially I pray for those who might be missing a dear one for the first time,
Shaz in Oz.x

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke2:7

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hero Arts Poppy Stamp Set - Bizzy Bec’s Final DT post

Hi there everyone one. Sadly today is my very last post on the DT for Bizzy Bec's.
I’ve been obliged to give it up due to family commitments.
  Another learning curve for me here, this time layering stamps.. 
 Here was my trial run - using Hero arts layering stamps. I've never used layering stamps before, so inked up all shades to chose which inks to us,e and watched a video on it from you tube as well.
 Misti very handy for layering stamps, especially clear ones. Below am working out placement with second card and colours.
Used Lawn Cuts stitched border die to make pattern for background.
 Stamped and embossed greetings in Black Versafine ink from the same stamp set. Background is Hero arts Linen background stamp, could use one from Darkroom door.

Items used:
(A good size stencil for circle pattern, one I used is discontinued).
I really want to say a big thank you to Bec and Karen and the whole team for the blessing and privilege of being part of such a great group.

Thanks, dear friends for popping over too, and especially if you kindly take time to comment! You are really appreciated!
May God bless you in everything wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x  
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WOYWW + Bugaboo Nativity

Hi all, Just quickly popping in for WOYWW for Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's place!
My desk, post is nice and short as Julia likes it. First is current desk, midstream writing in cards - almost done now.
 On this desk here, in October actually was colouring these images
Only one has been made into card, which has travelled across to Whistler.
 Love these images, used Prismacolours, rectangle dies are a CCD set.
 To Aussie shots - sunshine at weekend, there are some surf board riders if you scroll in, enjoying the waves.
 Below: On walk around our local beach, Sunday arvo.
 Hope you're well, folks, I'll try pop by everyone who calls, just doing my best at moment. 
Well, I'm delighted to welcome new wonderful encouragers .. one i dont know blog, called Lorie M. so if you're reading this please say hi, so I can join your blog.
A big welcome also to a newish blogger - Kathy A of

May God bless you in your day wherever you may be, and thanks so very much for all your kind encouragement.

Shaz in Oz. X

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CAS Watercolour with Brushos et al + WOYWW

Just quickly popping in for another WOYWW for Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's place. Be warned... photo overload ... catch up on cards made this week. 
If you want non Christmas cards ... these Lawn Fawn here are sooo cute!
Desk 1: Alcohol inks on gloss card being attached to die cuts in silver.
 Desk 2 - Brusho backgrounds. Two on watercolour card.. tried the other one on yoghurt packet cardstock. It is full of texture, probably from glue .. worked a treat. I've been trialing water colour techniques on various cardstock, for cereal box cardstock with Tombows see the GD Snippets post here
Desk 3: Back here in 2013 I made these anti static pads, some of them need refilling. I do have an embossing buddy, but much prefer these.
 NOW - to photo overload. Wont add too much, details at end of items used.


 Yoghurt box background ... is this one.
As you can see there are assorted background: brusho + alcohol ink mainly.
Digis mostly on verses, first card does use Penny Black Star of wonder set. Simple star is disc. Kasiercraft, fancy scroll star is CCD.
Nativity is small die set by Impression Obsession.
Peace die is Memory Box.
Now to the Aussie shots... first one from the courtyard garden.
 Spathiphyllum or Peace Lily is really putting out big flowers this year. The orchid which has been flowering for 6 months is still going along happily, inside the plant.
And your beach fix everyone, to be 30c tomorrow, was 28c today, so, yes! summer is here.
Thanks dear friends for popping over too and a very extra special thanks if you kindly take time to comment!
You are really appreciated!
May God bless you in everything wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x  

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