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

Saturday 27 April 2013

"Wonderfully Made" + Brayered Embossing Folder ~ Budding Vine

 Hullo there everyone, I thought I would take the time to share the blessing of comfort from the LORD..
Last Monday 22.4.13 I had cataract eye surgery as many know. I found this verse on the day of the surgery, on our daily calendar ~ a real blessing. Lying on the operating table, I was marvelling at not only what man can do; but most of all of the wonder the human body, formed and created by God. 
 Marvellous that part of an organ can be plucked out and another put in, accept it and works so well in time.

                  This verse has always meant lot to me as for years in my youth I was very bitter that the LORD had not done what I thought was "a better job on making me". As a teen I really struggled with it - but one day in my twenties the LORD taught my heart the real wisdom God had - "His ways are not my ways". I now could say and mean it: " My lips shall praise thee, O LORD, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..and this my soul knoweth right well".. and mean it with all my heart. God's way IS best.
This time waiting for my eye to heal and to have glasses that work for close vision again ( in 4 more weeks) I have time to appreciate afresh how vital vision is, as are all our senses. I really do love the magnifier on the computer.
  I pray for all who have vision issues. My aunt has macular degeneration, almost blind now and regularly pray for her with it.
I would also like to share this poem from Abby's of "Little Birdee Blessings" blog:
My Lord and I
I have a Friend so precious, so very dear to me.
He loves me with such tender love, He loves so faithfully.
I could not live apart from Him, I love to feel Him nigh.
And so we dwell together, My Lord and I.
Sometimes I'm faint and weary, He knows that I am weak.
And as He bids me lean on Him, His help I gladly seek;
He leads me in the paths of light, beneath a sunny sky.
And so we walk together, My Lord and I.
He knows how much I love Him, O that I loved Him well;
But with that love He loveth me, My tongue can never tell;
It is an everlasting love, In ever rich supply,
And so we love each other, My Lord and I.
~ Author Unknown
Brayered Embossing Folders - Budding Vine shown on both cards. Some time ago now these cards were made an sent off. They appeared in part on my desk ( see back here on this post here), the post describes methods used.  recipe below.
I thank you all for popping over, making my day by commenting and most of all for your thoughts and prayers. Still not actually commenting much, but will do my best. May God bless your day wherever you may be and lift your hearts to see His marvellous work.
love Shaz in Oz.x
Recipes card 1 + 2:
Craft Concepts Embossing Folders - Budding Vine
Stampin up ink + brayer with Glimmer Mist Diamond
Die-namics crotchet  border die 
Spellbinder Scallop de with hand cut highlight edge
Ribbon Girl flowers. 
Stampabilties stamp, Psalm 91:1 "He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall rest under the shadow of the Almighty."
I would like to link this over to:
Word Art Wednesday 
Our Daily Bread - Cherish God's creation
Abby of Little Birdee Blessings


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a gorgeous Poem!! Thanks for sharing. So true.

Your card is gorgeous with it's colors and the embossed background and sentiment!! Beautifully done with elegant details. Thanks for joining ODBD this week!!

Myrna said...

Such beautiful cards and the poem and sentiment are soothing. I am so glad your surgery went well.

Karen Letchworth said...

Your art is always such a blessing. I love the scripture and those gorgeous flowers. You did an awesome job on this, and Im so thankful for you to share with us this week.
Blessings to you,
Word Art Wednesday

Unknown said...

I'm pleased to hear that your surgery was successful. Your card is so beautiful, those swirls are gorgeous.
We appreciate and thank you, for taking time out your day to post this beautiful project at Word Art Wednesday,
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday

Neet said...

You never mind commenting on other blogs, concentrate on doing what they tell you with your eye(s) and get yourself better. Plenty of time for blog comments later. You do realise that when we are on a computer we don't blink half enough. Please be careful, as you say, your sight is precious.
Lovely words, lovely card, lovely you.

Take care my friend
Neet xx

lisa said...

Such a beautiful card, Shaz.
I'm so glad your surgery went well.As you say it's amazing what they can do these days.
Take care and rest well and I hope you are soon back to full health.
Hugs Lisax

Anne said...

Absolutely stunning cards and such an impressive technique! My letter press attempts look nowhere as good. I shall look up the Gina K Technique! Gorgeous cards my friend! Thank you for the lovely poem and inspirational verse. Take care of yoursself and behave! xxx

Sally H said...

gorgeous cards, Shaz. Pleased to hear it went well. i will be thinking of you and praying for a full and swift recovery x

glitterandglue said...

Dear Shaz,
God is indeed good and faithful. He made you unique and beautiful!!! How precious to know this with a certainty. It is so very exciting to know that He knew us before the foundation of the world - WOW!! - pretty awesome to think that He has loved us for so long!! The cards you have made express that beauty which He has placed in you. They are lovely.

Joyce across the Pond said...

Lovely poem and lovely card.....hope that eye continues to heal......this would have been the day last year we walked around Mountstewart would not have walked it today - it is so bitterly cold - much colder than last year even. At the time I'm writing this a year ago you would have been on the plane to Manchester...can't still believe it is a year since you were here.
Take care.

Anne said...

A beautiful card and poem. Anne x

MaryH said...

Thanks for this truly inspiring post. It's nice to be reminded to consider that we were each made unique, and "Beauty is internal not just external". As teens I think most of us didn't like what we awkward age. Nice to be older & more accepting of ourselves as to WHO we are, and the Blessings we've had bestowed. Loved your card. A note re: the MD your aunt is dealing with. My older brother has same, just had some surgery that has helped him. You have my email in case you'd like to ask. TFS a lovely card, and a blessed post. Heal well.

Karen Letchworth said...

Hello my Sister in the Lord Jesus Christ: You are the lucky winner this week at Word Art Wednesday! You've won a lovely Christian stamp set from Scripture By Design, an Australian sponsor. Can you please email me so that I can get your information to Mick at Scripture By Design. My email is:
karen dot mycuprunnethover at gmail dot com
Hope to hear from you soon!
Word Art Wednesday

Little Birdie Blessings said...

I'm sorry about your eye surgery, glad to hear it's behind you, will be praying for healing. Your cards are beautiful, I'm glad you were able to use the poem here, hopefully it will continue to encourage others. ~ Abby

scrappymo! said...

God bless you, and your healing process Shaz!

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