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

Monday, 12 September 2011

Thomas is Two! a Picasso in the making?

Well, the mail-man brought a pleasant surprise the other day and thought I would share it with you.
Some background on it first, a few weeks ago I made this card for a very special boy.
He has appeared on a previous post when he was coming to visit us at Christmas time - see here!
However as his second birthday approached I had a long list of things to do - (what else is new?) and really struggled to make this card, I must admit. However here 'tis!

There is lovely Stampin Up DP and down the right side used my Martha Stewart Layered Arches Punch (I really love it cos it is easy for arthritic hands to use). The blue card frame in centre is Cuttlebug Gracie's Frame.
I cut an insert with Spellbinders Large Labels (which aren’t that large!) to insert the very cute Penny Black stamp (“For You”), coloured with Promarkers and Pearl Chalks. Used Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet for “2”, made an outline to insert the number by cutting a dark blue and light blue then keeping dark piece for matching frame.
Tip from Ikki's blog: when using alphabets and fine die cuts, pre-stick on the back with DST! Works a treat! 
Since Penny Back's current challenge is Delicious and I always think presents are delicious (so does the pup on this cute image from PB + most suitable in my limited PB stamp range) - I am entering this card in the Penny Black Challenge!

I know that Thomas has received his card/present because look what came in my mail! The cutest little thank you note - I could not post the card on an earlier post because Thomas' mummy is one of the few members of my family who actually look at my blog occasionally (which I really appreciate! :D).
Dear Tommy - thank you so VERY much for this lovely picture. It is hanging on my wall in my kitchen to remind me of you. According to mummy he loves cutting and pasting! I wonder if Pablo (Picasso) would like it, what do you think? A very kind, caring mummy who is soon expecting number two in the family, so I pray God blesses with a safe delivery.
Thanks for popping by everyone and may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz. x


Joy said...

That is a beautiful birthday card, Shaz!
The drawing of the puppy is so cute and I love the lace edgings on the edge of the card. How did you do it? I am sure the little boy must have been happy to get it :).

I actually have done a bit of cardmaking and its been really fun!! But I haven't had much time now that the high-school material is getting harder. I'd like to get back to it though sometime. I love punches!!!

Love in Christ,

Colleen said...

Hi Shaz! I added your blog to both the blog lists and Mr Linky at the bottom of the Sweet Home Designs page. Thank you so much for re-adding your comment to the Blessed by You blog! I felt so bad about losing it! :)

Janice said...

Thank you so much Shaz for visiting my blog & your lovely comment, very sweet of you indeed & much appreciated. Your cards are lovely too as is Thomas's - a special card indeed made with a lot of love. Jx

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is gorgeous loving your colours here, fabulous hugs pops x x x

lisa said...

It's a lovely card, Shaz. I especially like the cuttlebugged frame. No wonder little Thomas was thrilled with it. He looks like he's a crafter in the making. What a great thank you card.
Good Luck with the new arrival.
Hugs Lisax

fairy thoughts said...

your card is lovely as usual, but the ones children make are so precious. thanks for youe nice comments
thanks for sharing

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Hey Shaz, I recognise this little PB dog! Only one of my most-used stamps for masculine cards! I hope I didn't 'enable' you LOL?!! Love how you framed the little rascal and LOVE the border on the RHS. I have no doubt that Thomas LOVED it! Isn't it wonderful to get a lovely picture in the mail from him? It really gladdens the heart, doesn't it?!

{{hugs}} and blessings

Jules said...

Hi Shaz

What a lovely card you have made .. .. great take on the challenge .. .. you are right .. .. parcels/presents are delicious. Plus you never know there could be a cupcake or chocolates inside that parcel LOL!!!

Loving the special thank you that you received too.

Thank you for sharing with Penny Black Saturday this week.

Love Jules xx

Glenda said...

What an adorable card for turning 2! Such a cute image and I love the way you used the embossing folder!

Liz McGuire, said...

Aww, really sweet card, thanks for joining in this week at Penny Black,

Liz x

Kath Stewart said...

great take on the challenge shz...delicious indeed...thanks for joining in the fun this week at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Shaz, as always, lol! Love the frame and the doggy and the parcels are both delicious to me! Love the precious little artwork from Thomas too, so sweet.


debby4000 said...

Beautiful card Shaz, adorable image.

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