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, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
May God bless your day wherever you may be,
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
I cannot – but since I do calligraphy they thought I would like my name in calligraphy – Chinese style.
I so wanted to have wee candy to celebrate, you see! A big thank you to everyone who comes to this humble blog - but most of all, a hearty hug and huge thanks you to all, who join encourage and comment regularly.
So to enter this blog candy, please:
The hat draw will take place on - 14.2.12! (mm, chose it cos it was Tuesday for WOYWW - but Valentine's day is good date too, huh?)
Thanks one and all and may God bless you wherever you are,
Also a VERY Special welcome to Claire my one hundredth Encourager - see her blog here. Also to Jude here is her fantastic blog too!
PS. Update on mystery - okay, I think I was smart, I have bought something online (so may take while to get here) as the main item.
I simply adore this, and have it already and so wont want it!! hopefully the receiver wont have it - to have a teeny weeny hint it is on this post here :D - will be few other things too, am looking.
Mm, that is bad very bad, but good cause, huh!
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
I did my brayer marbling method I developed and posted last year in full – here you can see it step by step. It looks dreadful to start with but love the effect myself.
So thanks for popping over everyone for a peek and chat. And may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Here is another amazing idea from a fellow blogger who I met some time back. Like me, she is a Christian calligrapher and makes cards so you could say we kinda clicked - here is the link to her blog Crafty Quills or here more specifically.
Anyway I was merrily punching the lovely detailed green leaves out with the punch when I though how great it would look as a border down the side of the card -so that is how I came to use it that way!
Thank you long-time and new ones - you are such an encouragement.
Monday, 9 January 2012
He never lived to see 2012, as this was New Year’s Eve. We had known him since he was 12 years old. I pray for all who loved him, for God's comfort at such a time as this.
It is not wrong to plan, but it is wrong to let that plan control you and to rule you, and I need to remind myself of this.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Also here is a Christmas gift here by a very clever man – my sister’s father in law made it for me – thanks so much, Mr and Mrs Tolly! It is a wooden spooled tape measure and the tape measure is pulled out by the leather tab then you wind it with the top section, so practical, and I love it! :D
Now the brayer card has been made for the very first challenge over at Craft A Scene. It is Anything Goes (ie made anyway but must be a scene) and you have until Jan. 27th to do this challenge. This is one of the most enjoyable challenges I have done – not that I have done many. I must confess, I'm not terribly good at getting around to them, but please do take a peek over at their brand new blog. They have a DT call out too until January 10th, and some very talented folk have put their hat in the ring. The recipe of this card have posted it in full here (or post below)!
In case you think the weather here has not been nice and that is why I have been so busy making cards – no, cracker days and everyone is enjoying it here – in Melbourne they have copped it (see Jocelyn of Instead of Ironing Blog's post,) they are now having heat-waves, but just lovely Goldilocks’ weather here and very glad of it (ie not too hot and not too cold)
And please take time if you can to visit two fairly new bloggers who are now tow Wonderful Encouragers of this blog - welcome to Karen and Anja! It is great to get to know you.
Well, thanks everyone for popping over here for a look and a chat! I shall be bit slow getting around again to folks, as am flat out for the rest of this week until the weekend. Craft and computer won’t get a look in – but hope to get around at the weekend, all being well.
Bridget Larsen of Fruit Salad Blogspot has sent me one of her very stunning cards - dont you love it?
These were on her desk a few weeks back and I said how I loved them - the colour is what grabbed me at first and also the simplicity of the beauty in this card.
Thanks so much dear friend! (see not just being a sticky beak, but real joy and pleasure from being a WOYWW-er!). I had to smile how she said inside about us meeting over messy desks!
PPS. To those asking about Monkey's top, he came with it (see this post here) - he is called Deer monkey, cos of his top. He came from the UK to Oz in April with family - he usually travels in the car with Tweetie Pie and Mechant (my little PT Tips monkey), but came into superintend proceedings over Christmas - totally approves of all the cards for next Christmas! :D
Well, my background is certainly that. You will see the recipe for this background on this post. It is done with some Iridescent Medium and Big and Juicy ink pad, Hydrangea (aren’t you glad at times like this you have a blog – I had no idea which ink pads I had used on this till I looked at this post!). The Iridescent medium is amazing and this why it has the lovely shimmer on it shows up best on top right of photo), making it seem more life like.
I saw it being used with watercolours. Using it with a brayer, as far as I know it is my idea – I just though it would work well. It does, but don’t put it on the brayer – as my earlier post says, I put it on the paper.
Wow, I love them! Used here are the following stamps: