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 16 May 2014

Oriental Stamp Art card + Annie's Friday Smiles

Over at Oriental Stamp Art challenge #272 there is the challenge to make a card according to the image shown on blog post, kindly arranged each week by Sonia. 
Strips of Washi paper left over, glued to base card. Images two from Artneko Spring set (see on this link and below) stamped on snippet of gold in black and heat embossed. Cut with SB large labels and snippet of black ribbon.
This week's Challenge 272 was to make a landscape card with strips of washi or similar paper as background and stamped focal image.

 It was really providential, this week brought a parcel from Annette at OSA and in it there were these strips of washi.. almost as if she knew the challenge was coming up. {A dear friend of mine says: "Co-incidence is God's way of remaining anonymous" and the LORD does use such kind-hearted folk..}
Stamps used on card are from the new Spring set, I think this has to be a favourite collection. You can find them over here.. just beautiful!
(Mm picture is very flat, as was taken with my mobile. My camera and I aren't talking just at moment.. I am praying can sort it without visit to camera shop.. probably related to A.G.E  syndrome).

For today have a smile or two for you.. I wanted to link over with Annie's Smile ("A Stitch In Time") today too, as it is Friday. Pop over here for some more smiles! I saw this this week on my Anne 's blog and loved it..

Gotta love the encouraging thinking of Pooh... as says in the book of Psalms:
"This the day which the LORD has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it"
To follow on from last weeks post where I shared the baby lorikeets, I thought I would share the grown up variety in our garden:
 and there is a video of them.. just uploaded.
Please click the link  below for 2 min video, as cant get this to embed yet. Blogger is not co-operating.
They are very noisy clowns in the garden as you will hear.. just uploaded but took it a while back know.. haven't they the most amazing plumage? very blessed to share this part of the world with them and and you..
Was hiding behind the washing while taking it and they are trying to work out what I am doing at first!! Not the expert and this was just my regular camera. The other day as was reversing in car down driveway, about a foot from one feeding in front yard, he looked at me to see who it was, then kept on feeding. :D
.. hope and pray it makes your 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
Linking over to:
1.. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on card.
this card is made of snippetty strips of washi
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
3.Over at Our Daily Bread their weekly challenge is "F-L-O-W-E-R word challenge  " - so would like to link up my card to that challenge. Must have four elements starting with letters..


Annie said...

What amazing birds you get...stunning flowers.
Thanks for all your prayers and really does seem to have done the trick[ I hope!]
Annie x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in AWE of your garden, and these adorable birds. Now I know what the adults look like. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing these beauties.

Craftychris said...

Your card is gorgeous! Love the black embossed stamping on the gold card and it looks fab on the red background. Those birds are stunning! I can't believe they are in your garden, that's amazing. I really enjoyed the video, thank you xx

brenda said...

I do love a bit of oriental Shaz and this one is lovely.

B x

Hettie said...

Lovely card there Shaz. Love Pooh too! I like your definition of coincidence. I will use that one.
Happy Friday

Crystal Komara said...

Hi Shaz, I opened up your blog page and thought I was on my friend Ginny's from Maxam Made - as your Oriental Card is so similar to her style. But, then I know you've seen her work too! Thanks for sharing such a sweet quote from Winnie the Pooh. I've read many more from Pooh, but never seen that one before. TGIF!

fairy thoughts said...

ah pooh bear always guaranteed to bring a smile.... today or anyday
janet a

fairy thoughts said...

hi shaz just to let you know your link sent me to last weeks post

Laura said...

Love the Pooh quote - he is a wise old bear underneath the silly old bear exterior!
Thanks for the smile

p.s. fab card too :)

Nicecrane Designs said...

Amazing card Shaz,,,, I am falling in lovw with your washi paper background....

Nicecrane Designs said...

Amazing card Shaz,,,, I am falling in lovw with your washi paper background....

Chrysalis said...

Hi Shaz - what fun, to have those pretty birds in your garden. Have a great weekend, Chris xx

Caro said...

Gorgeous birds and garden, and I love that card! Thanks for the smiles with Pooh! God Bless. Caro x (#13)

JoZart Designs said...

Oh, Shaz I love it all, your beautiful card, the lorikeets, and the Winnie the Pooh chuckle!!! Super,
Have a great w/end,
love Jo x

fairyrocks said...

This is beautiful, and what a stunning bird. Perfect!!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Shaz, your card is beautiful, and I'm so glad you've joined us once again this week for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge! BUT, I think the birds stole "the show" this time! I LOVED watching and hearing those precious birds. Oh, the beauty that God creates for us to enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing that - it was a joy to watch and listen! Hugs, sweet friend! (I'm still smiling!)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Fun your birds, we don't have anything close to that here in the great outdoors. And little Poo..wish more were like him ! Have a fun weekend.

Mrs A. said...

A beautiful oriental card and the colours of your birds are stunning. I wish our garden birds were as colourful. hugs Mrs A.

Betsy said...

Such a beautiful bird Shaz! What a wonderful thing to see them in your garden. Thank you for your prayers for Karen. She is doing very well and may go home from the hospital in the next few days.

Di said...

Gorgeous card Shaz - Oriental does seem to be back in vogue, and rightly so!

The video is fabulous - such beautifully coloured birds.

Hugs, Di xx

Twiglet said...

Thanks for the smile - Pooh really is one of my favourites! x Jo

Ginny Maxam said...

Very pretty card and beautiful birds!! Your photos are amazing!!

Ginny Maxam said...

Very pretty card and beautiful birds!! Your photos are amazing!!

Carolyn said...

Beautiful card for this weeks layout challenge at OSA. The photos of the birds are marvelous and so colorful. Enjoy your weekend.


mamapez5 said...

How very lucky you are to have such colourful, free entertainers in your own back yard. God is such a wonderful artist! Blessings. Kate x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, your post definitely made me smile, especially the lorikeets ... such beautifully coloured birds. I enjoyed the video so thanks for sharing. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Rossella said...

Beautiful card and such beautiful birds in your garden
Rosie x

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