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

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge + Nicecrane Butterfly & Flowers

Hullo there everyone ... well this is a bit rare, two posts in one day! but really am getting backlog of cards so need to do something about it!! these two have made in the last few days.. 
First is seeing Mrs A. Butterfly challenge required yellow and any number of butterflies, thought of this image and away I went! used CB folder "Daisies", SB Fancy Oval for image (detailed with frosted yellow chalk + glossy accents), SB oval petites and Fancy labels 3 for greeting, ribbon and pearls. Bible verse stamp is from Our Daily Bread, so entering it also in their challenge.
 Using the Nicecrane Vintage Butterfly and Blossoms set on both cards. Below is the card I was working on my desk late Wednesday, is already winging its way to England. Made with CB Kassie's Brocade larger folder, SB Beaded Ovals for image, (Panpastel dusting on open areas before removing die), greeting in SB Fancy labels, EK Success Arrow punch used with ribbon and pearls.
I made it into an Easter card as the Bible verse digi stamp is about the Good Shepherd from Word Art Wednesday, and thought it appropriate.
Here is the verse here if you would like it.

Verse is by Karen of Word Art Wednesday, see here. Right Click on it to save it.
I wrote a poem to go inside my friends card .. and although not brilliant, you are welcome to sue it for your Easter cards if you wish.

Jesus said: “I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
The Lord is my shepherd,
We are the sheep of His pasture,
What great treasure is this!
To have this comfort through each day,
Whether it brings good or something amiss,
God blesses His own, come what may!
This Gift found freely in Jesus, His Son,
Is waiting to be accepted by every one.

SLG – 2.4.14

God richest blessing to you this Eastertime,
As we remember this great Gift given for us.
  May the LORD richly bless you and those you love today and in the week ahead that the LORD has given. If you are struggling with burdens or cares, take to them to the One Who understands - like no-one else! For in Him we find Strength, Peace and Rest; freely given to all who call upon Him.
Love and prayer for each of you dear ones out there. You are such a blessing to me,
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 'yellow' for Spring:

2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on second card. 
3.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
4. Over at Our Daily Bread Designs blog they're celebrating their anniversary. Woohoo! "Use ODB stamps", so would like to enter the second card.

5. Stamping Sensations April Challenge - Use those Dies and/or Punches- used for both cards


Alshandra said...

Some more beautiful cards Shaz! Love the embossing in the background on both cards. The yellow one is so pretty and delicate and I love the softer look to the second one too. Thanks for joining us again in the ODBD Shining the Light challenge. Elizabeth

Laura said...

Hi Shaz! Just beautiful cards! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Your blog is wonderful.
Laura xx

Andrea said...

what beautiful cards Shaz , I love the colour schemes you have used on both cards are very different but equally pretty ,I do love flowers and the embossing is lovely ...I especially love the little flower embossing ....its sweet..Nice verse too and is perfect for Easter ...your friend is going to love it .take care crafty hugs Andrea x

scrappymo! said...

Two more wonderful cards, Shaz! The first is perfect for Mrs A's challenge. Nicecrane has such gorgeous images and the verse is wonderful.
The second is so soft and pretty!

Sarn said...

These 2 are very very pretty Shaz.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards, love the flowers on both and the embossed backgrounds really make the images stand out.

Kath x

Gail said...

So very pretty!

Nicecrane Designs said...

Sooo amazing cards,,,,Shaz,,,,love the colorful dies , the way you used my flowers and the vibrant colors to showcase your verses...... wow,woww,,,,,

Mrs A. said...

Two very beautiful cards decorated so perfectly and the verses are both lovely. Thank you for fluttering by #4. hugs Mrs A. (butterfly challenge).
p.s. I so want a baby platypus! Going to ask Miss Di if we can have one for the playground. I am sure Hettie won't mind looking after it. !!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful cards! Beautiful words!

Carol L said...

What a duo of gorgeous creations!! I love both cards equally with those beautiful die cuts and embossed backgrounds! The flowers have been beautifully framed and colored! well done on both!

Lynne K said...

Wow, you're really on a roll today, Shaz! Three stunning cards for Stamping Sensations. Thanks for sharing them all with us and showing us some great diecutting!


Betsy said...

Beautiful cards Shaz. Your poem is lovely. You are very gifted my friend.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous Shaz!! I love your framing of the verses, your added texture with the embossing and your use of dies!! Beautiful work!! Thanks for joining us at ODBD this week!!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Shaz, both of your cards are gorgeous, and I love the Scripture verses on each. So glad you've joined us this week for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge! Hugs!

May said...

Stunning card Shaz, the designs are so beautiful as is the wonderful verses.. Love the embossing & colours...Simply Perfect...Hugs May x x

Di said...

Two beautiful cards Shaz! And such inspiring words too.

Err, so who's gonna put the baby platypus to bed each night then. It's gonna need to be tucked up and have a bedtime story at the very least!


Di xx

Irene said...

Two beautiful and stunning cards Shaz, with such uplifting sentiments.

Jean said...

I love your very pretty cards Shaz.
Jean x

Hettie said...

What pretty cards there Shaz. I do love the yellow you have used in the first one. Makes the card pop!

Mary said...

Two beautiful cards...If I had to pick a favorite...I couldn't. A Baby Platypus? How absolutely sweet that would be. I'd sign up to care for the little fella during the winter shift....don't they sleep all winter? :-) Happy crafting.

brenda said...

These are lovely Shaz and great use of your dies, perfect for our theme.

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Mary said...

Shaz, I once saved a nest of baby squirrels that had fallen during a storm. The rescue folk said to keep them warm by putting them against your skin. I put on a heavy sweater and carried them against my tummy until the rescue lady came. I'm up for keeping them warm until Brenda B can knit a tiny sweater! We don't have platypus in my neighborhood. Do you think Di will say yes if we beg and promise to keep the pond clean?

Diane said...

Both of your designs are gorgeous.

Hugs diane

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I got distracted from WOYWW by these gorgeous cards. Everything about these cards is lovely, the colors the embossing, and the overall design.

Sally H said...

Two simply gorgeous cards for stamping sensations this month, Shaz. Thanks for sharing them and good luck!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creations, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

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