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 24 March 2014

Inkadinkado 'Standing Seagull' card + Word Art Wed. verses.

Hullo there everyone. 
Some time ago late last year, I was in need of male special birthday card and  so out came the Hero arts Seagull stamp, black ink, watercolour paper, PanPastels and mixed pens to colour.
 The card was for a brother in the LORD who has had many struggles with his health so thought it appropriate to put on this card a verse of encouragement - one of many favourite ones from Lamentations 3: 22-23.
I think sometimes we are so blinded by the situation or trial that we may be going through we fail to see the many mercies of the LORD in our lives.
I know it is so for me, and ill health seems to be a constant thorn in the side. But God is in it, with us and through to the other side (see here - a helpful post).
The second of the two cards was one for my "super-wonderful" dad, who turned 85 a few days back! Same image as above - it was sitting there (snippetty-like) begging to be used up so out comes same card in different format.
The layout was an idea formed after looking at man's card over at Jobear's blog - here. Have used my Xcut scalloped rectangles to make a fine scallop edge on star paper. You have to shift them twice to extend the die, and only cut one side at a time, but worth it, I think. 
I just remembered the stamp was really bought because of Jobear, too .. see her original post over here with card also with port-hole effect (really like how she 3D-ed the rope on it.. had forgotten all about this card. Was from 2010, so guess there is a reason :D)
Cuttlebug "Oliva" numbers were used on both cards. Spellbinder for greetings, labels 4, and Petite scallop ovals.
Well, thanks so much every one for popping over for peek and chat and may God bless your day wherever you may be. Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:

 2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards.

3 .Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


brenda said...

A gorgeous masculine card Shaz and the colours compliment the image so well.

Hope you have a good week.

B x

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

An excellent card for a man, Shaz. In answer to your questions, sadly I did not meet any WOYWWers despite wearing my badge as prominently as possible. The stamps and stencils were just so tempting, and I gave in to quite a lot of temptation here. This site gives quite a lot of info on the scabious. They are good food plants for bees and butterflies. I remember having loads in our garden when I was young, and it grows wild on the cliffs, especially down in Cornwall. I would send you some seeds, but I believe that might be a no no for Australian customs regs. Is that right? I will have a look at that book website. thank you for that. Have a good week. xx Maggie

Sarn said...

Wonderful male card here Shaz. xxx

Hettie said...

Hi there lovely Lady! Long time no see. I hope you are feeling much better.
I just love these cards. Both of them are super dooper! Might have to borrow these ideas.

Betsy said...

Those are both very nice cards for men. I especially love the Psalm verse. It was my Mom's favorite Bible verse. I continue to pray for your health and that God will grant you the grace to withstand your illness.
Blessings my friend,

Mervi said...

Stunning card for elderly person, beautiful and stylish.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts challenge, welcome again;-))m

Di said...

Two fabulous cards Shaz - you're back with a bang I see. So clever to add the brads or whatever around the portholes too - it's the little touches that turn fabulous cards into totally amazing!



Unknown said...

What a lovely man card, the layouts are just great. Thank you for joining us this week at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings, Carole

Tracy said...

Fab creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Anne said...

Lovely cards. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog re the passing of my son's F.I.L. Sorry your health is not good. Have to admit that I am in a lot of pain at moment - a knee problem. Lv Anne x

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowwww, Shaz,,,,Iwas taking a look to your Calligraphy,,,,,absolutely amainc I am sending a very nice gift to your e-mail,,,,,yeah......SHHHHHHH

G Peplow said...

Two great male cards Shaz, lovely stamping with blue combos and inspirational text, well done :D Thank you for visiting and your kind comments :D x

Karen Letchworth said...

To be perfectly honest, when I visit your blog - the only thing that delights me more than your BEAUTIFUL art is your deep and sincere LOVE for the Lord, Jesus Christ, Thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by and share with us. I love how you never pass up the opportunity to praise His precious name. May God bless you this week, and always. THanks for playing along with us and may the Lord bless you exceeding abundantly.
Word Art Wednesday

Jean said...

Hi Shaz, great man cards, super colours and designs.
Jean x

MaryH said...

So love this stamp and totally love how you used the porthole treatment with the stamp. Perfect! Great designs on both cards, and very inspired message as your sentiment. It's good to remind ourselves that we all have trials...but we're uplifted if we allow it. And remember to ask for it. TFS 2 beautiful cards and a wonderful inspirational message. Hugs

scrappymo! said...

Great masculine card and love the porthole and stamp!

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