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 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Friday, 25 April 2014

Mrs A.s Butterfly Challenge + Annies Smiles

{WOYWW post below}
Well, two posts in quick succession.. this what happen when dont get to sit here much on computer.. but must move along... was so happy to get these cards done been struggling to make them for ages with time beating me!
First images are last night when making this snippet of digis one from Nicecrane spring flowers set and the the a Bible verse Digi Word Art Wednesday and Karen's blog, Papercraft Memories.. Printed up about six weeks ago for a spring card - never made.
This card in the making is the third card for Ginny's three card challenge (see here on last post). Its already to mail but holiday here today for Anzac Day. Daffodil image is from
Nicecrane Vintage Butterfly and Blossoms set.
Took largest of Lattice Spellbinder, cut embossed then coloured image before removing from die with cotton ball glimmer chalks and PanPastel as shown above. Then sprayed with Diamond Dust Glimmer mist. 
Can just see bit of the shimmer on this shot..
Here is the completed card with snippet of ribbon at the back over embossed (with CB Kassie Brocade) snippet of moss green cardstock. Highlighted with gold ink and some butterflies punched from glitter card - over at Mrs A's Butterfly (here) challenge this fortnight is to go for some Glitter and Sparkle - some Glitz, Glimmer or Glitter - I used all three!
Mm, I know hard to see but used glittery, snippetty cardstock, glimmer mist and also bling for glitz..
Last card was shown on my desk this week - (see desk here). The image is from
Nicecrane "Flowers bring smiles", the background embossed and inked up was done a while back on this post here, and digi verse was from ages ago too, navy snippets. Digi Bible verses free at Word Art Wednesday and Karen's blog, Papercraft Memories.
Lastly a smile for you - at Annie's Smiles - pop over here for some more!
 Do well to remember this " the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong" .. it's little by little, one day one moment at a time - and hope this cheers you heart. It does mine!
Well, almost short and sweet as have to get back to real work :D 
Commenting is limited as have two commissions not started (an illuminated text) and cards, five in all, so must move along. May God bless each of you this day in all that you do - and thanks for popping over and making my day.. you bless my heart, 
Shaz in Oz.x
Would like to join these over with the following:
1.  Mrs A's current Butterfly Challenge where we have to use Glitter, Gltiz and Glimmer.
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both card. 
3.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Betsy said...

Beautiful cards Shaz. You have a real talent for this. I wish this was a talent that I had.

Annie said...

Your cards are truly gorgeous Shaz and your pic of the little ladybird is lovely. The message with it is perfect for how we are living our lives here at the mo. Our rollercoaster days just have to be taken one day at a time...enjoy the good ones and deal with the lows [and there does seem to have been lots of those lately!].
Annie x

mamapez5 said...

Beautiful cards, especially the daffodils. Great choice of Bible verses for the images. Have a good week. Kate x

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Very pretty are very talented. I have just started coming to your blog, you have lots of good ideas. I used to calligraphy many years ago, been thinking of playing around with it again.

Di said...

Really beautiful cards Shaz! I do love how you glimmered your butterflies one :)

Hugs, Di xx

Laura said...

That does indeed cheer my heart Shaz.
Thanks for the smile

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Since I'm not much of a card maker, these are gorgeous. They sure put a smile on MY face.

Irene said...

Beautiful cards Shaz, the images are beautiful, ahhhhhhhhhhh a ladybird.

Twiglet said...

A lovely post Shaz. x Jo

Caro said...

Gorgeous cards and I love all the sentiments. The ladybird made me smile! Thanks for sharing. Caro x (#11)

Unknown said...

Beautiful and then some!!Thank you for joining us this week at Word Art Wednesday.
Abundant Blessings, Carole

Chrysalis said...

Both cards are lovely, Shaz, but I particularly like the first one - thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend. Chris xx

Sharon Madson said...

Your lattice card is absolutely gorgeous! I guess I am late for WOYWW! LOL Thank you for your visit! :) #92

SarahGeorge said...

Gorgeous cards!! Loved the first one for the beautifully colored image and yes the scripture encouraged me as well :) Thanks for sharing :)

Nicecrane Designs said...

I am falling in love with your embossing Shaz,,,,,and these butterflies,,,,,,. I am falling in lovwe with your second embossed card,,,,,so vibrant colors,,,,, wowww,You are Rock.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous cards you really have a talent for making these. The images are lovely and the embossed backgrounds work so well.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Mrs A. said...

I love the look of this pretty spring card. Love those glittery butterflies. Can see the dusting of shimmer on the card too. So glad to see you have fluttered by my challenge. Hugs Mrs A. (Butterfly challenge).

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, your cards are beautiful. Love the lattice die-cut is beautiful and the shimmer is a lovely touch on the daffodil card. Lovely to see the card that was on your desk now finished - the embossed panel is fab. I love ladybirds ... I've heard they are becoming endangered here in the UK ... such a shame as there diet of aphids makes them a gardener's best friend and they are pretty too. Thanks for this week's reason to smile :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Both beautiful cards Shaz. I especially love the one with the potted daffodils - such a pretty image and daffodils are one of my favourite flowers.

Jocelyn x

Sally H said...

breathtaking! What beautiful cards, Shaz! Stunning colouring too. The pot of daffodils is stunning and I love how you have shaded the background with pan pastels.

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