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 26 October 2011

2011 Students Illuminated Texts + Happy WOYWW!

Hi there everyone -  happy WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! My my desk is nice and satisfying today - here are the almost completed works by my calligraphy students (Year 8, aged about 14years) as promised a whole term ago now!

This first shot shows me in the process of getting them ready for framing.
For those of you who remember, I had shown their bookmarks some weeks back (click here), or I will put a picture of it a the bottom of this post also..
There is the gold leaf on the lower right of the picture. It is on tissue paper and you put gilding size on paper and then 20 minutes later (up to 40 hours) you can apply the gold leaf. The students put on the gilding size but I applied the 23 carat gold leaf. It is expensive of course but it is beautiful and never tarnishes. Gilding mix is the small jar with gold lid - very tacky, and it is painted on with a fine 000 brush.
Below we see each of the six of them framed (without glass for best photography). They chose their verses and the colours too, which was governed by the matt they had chosen. They are not in any particular order (although they have been marked :D).

Here is my desk now – with the framed (and with glass) texts on it. At the very top of it you can see some delicious loot from the visit to the doctor's in Sydney - a real benefit is that it is across the road from the Oxford St Art shop which sells the most amazing papers and other items. I was very good and did not look out any stamping/craft stores. Even looking can be deadly so stayed clear.

For those of you who love to have a peek join the rest of the world peeking at desks at  Julia's Stamping Ground! 

Thanks to those of you who kindly stop by  and chat. May God bless your day wherever you may be.

Shaz in Oz.x

PS thanks for your kind thoughts andwords last week everyone, almost there. ; D

Also a BIG and very special thank you to my dad's friend, Howard, who kindly helped out with the matts for the framing of these beautiful works - and all the glory should go to the LORD, Whose beautiful Words these are...

PPS. Here is photo of the bookmarks as realised later there were not all of them on the previous post.

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Apologies to all + Happy WOYWW!

A very quick post everyone – here is a quick view of the harbour the other day – took some great shots from jetty of these boats out sailing too.
However things are full on, plus not well (maybe as a result?) so no blogging – just wanted to send my apologies and say will be back ASAP.
Will try and get around to some on WOYWW and for those of you who would like to check out some Wednesday workdesks of the world take a peek over at our hostesses’ Julia at Julia's Stamping Ground!
Happy WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) everyone –and may God richly bless you wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x

Monday 10 October 2011

With God all things are possible..

Hello everyone. Another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge for Sunday, and this week have a real easy one!!! Our hostess this week is the lovely Linda! 

Linda has chosen Mark 10:27 for this week's Scripture.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. 
"God is not limited by our understanding of Him, there are many accounts of healing and miracles in the Word of God where the circumstances have been impossible but people have placed their trust in God and He has taken the impossible and made it possible."

So may we take these burdens to Him in prayer - believing He is God and able to work in all things in Hos time, and in spite of us.

Linda's Challenge is Anything Goes! Now how easy is that!!!

Here are two white and red Christmas card with the really beautiful Festive Tree A2 Craft Concepts Embossing Folder.
I wanted to keep it simple to show off the intricate details of the folder. It is white embossed on shimmery paper, then used fine snow-like glitter on details, with red card highlights and organza red white spot ribbon for trim. 

Used one of my favourite Daily Bread Christmas verses from "Christmas Blessings" for the greeting with red embossing powder. Would you believe my brother bought me this embossing powder? and an equally lovely green one and some delicious papers for me one Christmas - how is that for brotherly love?

Thanks for popping over everyone and may the dear Lord bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x

Sunday 9 October 2011

White, silver and a touch of purple - Wedding Card + Cards for Debby

Hi there everyone. Well here is the card which I promised you on Wednesday - and to the WOYWW-ers among you, I am just letting you I may not be around this Wednesday. Hope to catch up with you all on 19th all being well.

This week is the last lesson of my calligraphy students and hope to have heir final projects to show you - God willing!
As I said on WOYWW post I was asked to do a wedding card in white, silver with a touch of purple by a very special friend.
I am also going to enter it into the Anything Goes Challenge blog for this week as the challenge is for Challenge 51 - Die cuts/ Punches or both.

Now to the recipe, used the Cuttlebug folder Swiss spots, and it was extended it a little (check post on this if you want to know how). It was scored a couple of lines to have a plain section for bottom of card. Used Mirri card from UK and Fleur de Lis Spellbinder Medallion for two main parts of the centre pieces and the tiny flower centre is from Spellbinder Flourish set. The alphabet was Cuttlebug Olivia and the labels was from Fancy tags 3 set, and Petite ovals - second smallest die. I used the tiny pearls from the Nestabling that matches these sets. However I did not like to when I overlaid as it is meant to be, as it hid all the purple underneath.

Hence I decided to do the very tedious thing of hand dividing them. Placed them one by one with ultra fine tweezers around the Petite Ovals die, and extending pearl double loop to outer as it was meant to be. If you can't understand what I mean let me know, it is hard to explain. Also added other pearls to corners and various other sections of the die cut outs, and silver ribbon.
Thanks for popping over, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x
PS. Please if you have time, send a card for Debbie see below. I plan to send one from stash this week, God willing - see link on top of sidebar or also with details pasted here:

"Friday, September 2, 2011 

Smile 4 Kids blog

Please help us Shower Debby with Thoughts and Prayers and Cards

About a month ago, one of our SAS4Kids team members, Debby Walker, was in an accident and sustained severe head trauma. After she came out of her coma she has had amnesia. She is slowly remembering things including how much she loves stamping and being on her design teams.  She is having motor skill issues as well and has started physical therapy.
Let’s shower her with thoughts and prayers and cards and let her know all of us are wishing her well. Here is her address:
Debby Walker
1805 Brownstone Blvd #301
Toledo OH 43614
I know stampers and crafters are giving and loving people and I hope you can take the time to send d Debby a card- just say you are an on line friend from Send a Smile 4 Kids.
Stamping smiles for Debby, 

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Surfs Up! Weddings, weeding and WOYWW!

Hullo there everyone!  another lovely day here and on a walk yesterday the surf was up and the grommets  were having a great day surfing. Junior surfers are called grommets (school holidays are on)
There was actually a surfing grommet competition at the next beach north up from where I was walking, I was on the rock wall, next to North Wall beach, and this is a really treacherous beach because the waves crash on to rocks! People drown sadly nearly every year too on this beach because of bad rips.

However this does not seem to deter them and thought that I would share a few of the pictures of them, and the marina as well – photo is one side of wall looking north east and other photo below is looking south west. 

A fisherman is down there rod-fishing, quite a few pleasure craft, and whale watching vessels. There are whales going past twice a year on their annual migration north and south according to the season

We also have fishing boats (+ yummy fresh fish at the co-op) & trawlers here and watched one unloading on my walk around. Trying to get fit after foot injury, as I have trip to Syd. Drs coming up soon.
Well the garden is claiming most of free time with the spring days and so here is a photo of our Hippeastrums in flower; there are available some amazing colours but I have the old original ones.
Now to the business end of our day - here is my desk.

There was this order for a wedding card and it meant craft gear was all over the place this morning for the card I was making – did a trial run first as it was for someone very special and really wanted a super card for them. 

 I was asked to do white, silver with a touch of purple - hence the colour scheme, which I really love. There are some Nesties in use here, plus Swiss spots embossing folder etc. Have to go and put finishing touches to card (yes, the initials aren't in the right place on it! - not glued down), then off to physio appointment so will give details on separate post. Just came in from an hour dental appointment - we do have interesting days!
To check out the glories of much more interesting desks do pop over to Julia’s blog and meet the rest of the crew at Julia's Stamping Ground!

I did miss you all last week; have hardly been in blogland and may not get as much done this week either as still not finished all the weeding, mulching, replanting etc.

Happy WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) everyone –and may God richly bless you wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x

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