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 27 November 2013

Student's Illuminated Calligraphy ~ Lorikeets feeding + WOYWW

{Warning picture heavy post.}
Hullo there everyone, have been absent a lot of late - BUT today is time for WOYWW - DO  hop over to What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's blog HERE.... 
Finally after much procrastinating, am posting the calligraphy works by my final lot of students doing the calligraphy course (which have been teaching for years now). I've decided this will have to be the last year as health suffered.  
However the results are such a great blessing, and the LORD graciously answered much prayer, for which I am very grateful.
So here is my Desk a few weeks back!
 Here are the five students texts as group then will show them one by one by students, aged 14 years, approx - at our church school. In no particular order. For their previous project please see here:
Illuminated text by Talitha in Oz.
Illuminated text by Timothy in Oz.
Illuminated text by James in Oz.
Illuminated text by Katelyn in Oz.
Illuminated text by Brianna in Oz.
As normally include some Oz photos here are some photos of a Rainbow lorikeet feeding in our garden, and just loving the dwarf Coral tree/ Erythrina.

Well, in haste, so must close. 
I thank  you so much for taking the time to pop over for a peek and chat; and I pray the LORD may bless your day wherever you may be! I will return comments as able but I DO appreciate them so very much if I dont get back to you,
Shaz in Oz.x

Sunday 24 November 2013

How glue on a ink pad? + 3D Vellum card + Nativity with Pan Pastels

Hullo there everyone! 
Well, what a shock it is that we are starting another week again, and the last one in November and we all know what that means!!! Ah, might as well make the best of it. :D
Here is my first snippety card for Di's Snippets challenge, and it was a "make in a hurry" card. Needed a "cheer-you-up" card for a friend recently diagnosed with cancer. She still is not very well, but praying she will feel the strength of LORD through those praying for her in the rough treatment. It  is a lovely verse, from Word Art Wednesday :
 "In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence and His children shall find a place of refuge." Proverbs 14:26.
The flower in 3D was one done aged ago and sitting on my desk waiting for use, and the verse was likewise. So the two came together to make this card, with Vellum on the frame - frame is a combo made with Marianne die, Labels four of Spellbinders. 
Second card is a  Nativity with Pan Pastels background done ages ago and then thought would go well with the Cottage Cutz diecuts which Victoria of Furry Crafts kindly sent me earlier in the year for more see here The frame was made but mounting on black and converting a Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Square die into corners, see post here.
Last thing for day is just in case folk don’t know!
I had found a couple of my favourite SU Ink Spots were without sticky on back.  So thought and prayed as to what could glue them on? As this was pigment ink and very moist not like dye ink at all, it was trickier than most. So thought of best “sticker” I know as far as crafting goes and used some Dimensional Magic by Ranger and it works a treat!! Stuck these on a some months back and still going strong I really like it as it does not clog like glossy accent either.
Well in haste so must close. I thank  you so much for taking the time to pop over for a peek and chat; and I pray the LORD may bless your day wherever you may be, Shaz in Oz.x

Monday 18 November 2013

Jan's Birthday card - Painting made into Digi Image

Hullo there everyone, just a brief post today.
I made this card ages go now for my step mum, Jan's birthday in April. I really really loved it. The focal image is a digi image I made from one of Jan's watercolour paintings. {Just print it out in size you want in high resolution on good card}
When visiting them this painting below was on their lounge room floor, ready to go to an exhibition, and I took this photo on my mobile. Then asked dad if he would email me the photo they always take before framing, as thought it would make a great card. Dad paints too, but mainly oils and have shown his works before too here and here.
As you can see this is nothing like the original one which I printed out for the card the colour is not quite right. Used LOTV sentiment and two types of snippets of DP to match the image. Spellbinder scallops rectangles to mount it and scrap of SU ribbon bow was tied with bow easy.
Thanks all you dear folks, I am very busy and not quite 100% so blogging is limited. I hope to show the calligraphy texts by my class later this week (when have sorted out the images).
Thank you for popping over for a peek and chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be , Shaz in Oz.x
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes.

Friday 15 November 2013

Candy Winners - thank YOU ALL my Wonderful Encouragers!

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Hullo there you dear patient folk!
As this was a Blogavesary candy the plan was to draw on 1.11.13 as started blog on the palindromic date of 01.1.10. However health and circumstance delayed it.
My two faithful Monkey assistants here have supervised the legality of the draw... had I reached into the said hat sufficiently? after stirring up entries enough? We culled out those comments who had not joined our blog. Those who had put on a pickie on their blog were given two entries :D
 1st prize ~ Anne in France ..
and then as had teeny bit more surprise candy drew another name and it was...
2nd prize ~ Betsy
  - who does not do papercraft, so will make her some cards as a gift :D
Still had teeny bit of candy left so we drew third name and it was.....
So will those three ladies email me their addresses, please?
Sorry to all those other wonderful folk whose names were in the candy draw and so faithfully follow and encourage me over the past three years.
 You all mean so much to me, so asking the LORD to bless each of you, especially for your great kindness, Shaz in Oz.x

Monday 11 November 2013

Eva's card ~ Versamark With Chalks + Snippety card

Hullo there everyone!
Here is a card made for a friend some time back now... my friend had just received the diagnosis for her thyroid cancer and was not good stage - however with prayer, and faith in our merciful God, we are very hopeful for her. She isn't that old, with young family too.
 The verse is:
"My heart and flesh faileth BUT God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever."
Amen, what treasure that is!
Martha Stewart deep edger daisy punch and Word Art Wednesday verse, with Marianne rectangle die and the versamark background + Panpastel/ chalk method as shown on this post here - love it! 
Memory Box leaf swirl, and flowers from the Ribbon Girl in UK, dont use them often enough mainly because they dont post well but this was hand delivered. Also used a heart hat pin, I always hide the pointy sharp tip end of these well under card, as hate the thought of someone being pricked by them.
This card was all snippets. I had embossed the purple card as test run with new Embossabilities folder ages ago new - and the dies *flowers, *vase and *"hi" were test cut out with my Olivia cuttlebug alphabet set, a few years ago now. Unfortunately as I had to send it quickly, I took the photo at night in hurry. It does not look as pretty mauve in colour of real life. Added pearls to adorn flowers and dot of the "hi".
* I added double-sided tape to all these fine cut items prior to cutting them, to easily attach  and surprisingly was fine although floating around for years in snippety drawer.

Nice and brief today - thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat..
.. and if you have joined this blog as one of the really Wonderful Encouragers, please pop over to this post here and join in the fun of the blogaversary candy, drawn tomorrow Nov 12th!

Thank YOU to my Wonderful Encouragers - Blogaversary Candy!

Candy Now closed - Drew three winners - will post soon.

{EDIT - 01.11.13 -  plan was to draw candy today, 1st Of Nov. - but things are very busy till 12.11.13, plus not 100%, so will draw candy on that date. Hence candy is open for few days longer.}

Hullo there everyone - this blog soon has its third anniversary. On 01.11.10 this 'ere 'umble blog was started. I started it by accident (see first post here - a test run & it worked!!). So the LORD has blessed it.
Blessed by so many precious friends and wonderful encouragers, I really appreciate you very much so want to offer a teeny-tiny bit of crafty candy to all you wonderful folk who follow this blog.
Here is candy. Butterfly is sample of one on offer.
 **Joy butterfly die is embedded in foam, cuts beautifully. See card with die cut here .
**Country Companions Friends stamp, cute and versatile. ** Pearls to embellish!
Candy can to go overseas, as is very light, so this is for ALL this humble blog's Wonderful Encouragers, that is, ALL those who have joined this blog.
1. please leave a comment on this post below 
2. then put (if you would be so kind) put a link on your sidebar; an extra entry in candy if you do so :D
Please do check you are one of the merry band, as on my first candy someone was drawn who was not, and had to redraw. New Wonderful Encouragers are very welcome to join following this blog!
Many thanks to one and all of you! What a pity I cant send some to all of you!
May the dear LORD bless your day wherever you may be,                               
Shaz in Oz.x
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