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

Friday, 9 May 2014

Birthday card with Monet + Annie's smiles

Well, just a very quick post here .. as have two cards to share here. First one is for a close family birthday.
 Jan is a  watercolour artist so wanted to be special. Great digi image which is called Mrs Monet and Son  by Claude Monet, image was free from my friend Ginny (link here to post) on her blog. Mounted on Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Labels 8 had cut around top layer to match bottom layer.
 Folder is the one I cut down ages ago now .. see this post here - it was 8 x 8 made it a 6x 8 with border die :D (see here) and dont have large machine but so wanted it.
Above is my desk when I was making it.. and embossed with Crafter's Companion Die'sire Embossalicious Embossing Folder - Regency Swirls a black sheet of cardboard then highlighted with pigment ink Blue Glacier Opalite which gives it a lovely blue green sheen on this brown/black cardboard and the one below which is a black-black cardboard. I have three reams half used of black card, and the bottom one is the blackest of them - was using snippets hence different colours. I have them categorized that way, and this Tsukneko interference ink showed what difference the colours make - it was really striking. {as snippets involved all over this card from the gold sheet which was back off another card sent me, digi was printed out in February.. etc. off  to playground!}
This card was made for a friend Karen who was having a rough time with cancer.. and still having it - secondary, so prayer appreciated. Hence the verse I chose, I think from Word Art Wednesday .
right click and chose " save as " for download..
Used the Nicecrane Birds and Blossoms, (with tiny snippet of ribbon, that was all of it). Digi verse I think from
True living strength and peace is found in the hearts of those resting..and trusting in their God.
and to close wanted to link over with Annie's Smile ("A Stitch In Time") today too, as it is Friday.
Do pop over and peek there as her post will lighten your heart! it is such cutie over there! no, not below :D!
this is me when I first get up... yup, glam puss plus!!
Here is one to make you smile! Okay, not my photo, nor in my garden.. but we do have these rainbow lorikeets here, these are juveniles I suspect!
Aren't they the cutest? 
.. hope and pray it makes you day go along with a smile.. 
... every blessing of the LORD upon you and your doings this day, love Shaz in Oz.x
PS commenting as able.. we sleep when you are up, here in downunder :D

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on card.
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3.Over at Our Daily Bread their weekly challenge is "Wing it " - so would like to link up second image to that challenge.


Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card
love your photos too
hugs Tamara

Hettie said...

Beautiful cards there Shaz. I do wish Karen a peaceful and pain free time of things.
Those lorikeets are just gorgeous.
Happy Friday.

Irene said...

Two beautiful card Shaz. The digi papers I used are in the Retirement section of Pink Petticoat called Vintage Rose Hope this helps you.

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz I hadn't thought you would be so pink I'm sure the colour suits you.
Great cards and hope your friend gets good news soon
I have changed my link I seem to have had trouble with linking this week too many things only mind I think
Have a great weekend

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have never seen or even heard of a Lorikeet before. They are adorable, as are your cards. Hope your friend's health improves. She will definitely be in my thoughts.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have never seen or even heard of a Lorikeet before. They are adorable, as are your cards. Hope your friend's health improves. She will definitely be in my thoughts.

Ginny Maxam said...

Shaz these are are just SO BEAUTIFUL!! So rich in color and textures, I love them!!!!!!
I will be praying for Karen and the Lorikeets are awesome, I can see the Lord smiling after he them!! AWESOME post!! xoxoxox
I hope the go up on CCM cards and birds!!

Anne said...

Lovely cards and lots of smiles from me. Prayers also for your friend. Anne x

Caro said...

Gorgeous cards, perfect verse and the lorikeets are adorable! I will pray for your friend. Thanks for the smiles. Caro x (#7)

Annie said...

Sorry I'm so late calling by this week...I've had an extra day with my munchkins today. :-) Lots and lots of fun and giggles all day.
Really love those gorgeous little lorikeets....amazing colours :-)
Annie x

BumbleVee said...

oh, wow...those little birdies don't even look real.....I thought they were some crafty thing at cute they are!!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, love your cards - the embossing is beautiful, I can quite see why you wanted it so much. The gold and blue colour combination is gorgeous too. And the lorikeets are adorable - you are so lucky to have these wee beauties around you, the only place I'm likely to see them here is in an aviary. Thanks for sharing. Elizabeth xx

MaryH said...

Each card is lovely, and I have some of that ink too, and haven't used it. It looked fantastic on your embossing.Loved the w/color - so lovely. But you know I'll have to say #2 is my fav (those birds! Aren't those digis wonderful? Can't remember if I got that set, got something with birds). You did a marvelous job with each image. TFS the delightful little 'keets. Oh my - to have such bright colors to enjoy in your area. Prayers for your friend Karen too. So good to see you feeling like posting and crafting again. Hugs, Happy Mom's Day & TFS

Karen Letchworth said...

This is so pretty, Shaz. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing in our challenge again this week, and may God bless and keep you always.
Word Art Wednesday

Ginny Maxam said...

Shaz, I linked to your blog tonight, wanted to share your excellent tips!!

Di said...

Absolutely beautiful work, as always, Shaz! Will keep Karen in my thoughts.

And those little Lorikeets are delightful - so, so cute!

I spotted that over at Kim's you wondered if the Memory Box Grand Happy Birthday die would go through the Cuttlebug. It sure does. Either way is fine although I tend to cut mine using it sideways on so I can have some spare card at either side of the die cut to then trim down. Hope this makes sense?!

Love and hugs

Di xx

Andrea said...

My thoughts and parayers are with your friend and i'm sure the beutiful card and words will mean a lot to her. The bird photo is ever so cute and how could you not be happy at such beauty... it certainly make me smile.. have a wonderful weekend hugs Andrea x

Laura said...

Lovely cards. The lorikeets are spectacular. They are on my list of 'would love to see birds'
Thanks for the smile :)

Graciellie Design said...

Thanks for the inspiration. Lovely cards. Please come visit anytime you like.

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Anne said...

Your card is simply stunning, So rich and gorgeous. It will be treasured by Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with her. xx

Linda Carson said...

Both cards are beautiful Shaz! Love the dramatic colors and embossing folder! Thanks for joining us this week at ODBD!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

Lovely cards, Shaz, and that bible verse image is lovely isn't it? Said a prayer for your friend Karen and I was reminded of this quote I saw today, "I have learned to kiss the wave that slams me into the Rock of Ages."

Craftychris said...

Two wonderful cards, the embossing folder is fabulous - it's now on my wish list! I send positive thoughts and prayers to your friend, I am sure your lovely card and prayer will be uplifting for her! The baby birds are so cute! xx

scrappymo! said...

I love this verse and this wonderful card. Prayers are offered here for your friend.
Take care

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowwww shaz,,, I haven`t watching yur Bird your embossed back, and the color combo ,What a great use of my Birds,,,,,,Horayyy for Shaz..

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