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 29 December 2014

Top Five Christmas cards for 2014

This year I decided to make standard sized Christmas cards and I must say when it came to the posting of them it made it heaps easier .. so here in no particular order are my five favourite cards for Christmas this year... although one lot were saved for next year as want to make more of them... :D and over at Debby's there is a challenge to share your fav. Christmas cards...

 Embossing and cutting folder is by Marianne dies, used up snippets of card with holly from Joanna Sheen Signature die. The stamp is from Our Daily Bread heat embossed with red embossing powder. see post here.
All my cards have reference to real reason of Christmas somewhere so even though these were some masking cards of snowy scenes I put verses referring to the coming of Christ to be our Saviour on each card, digi images. Plus was using a NBUS Never Used Before Schtuff -  made with stamp set had for ages (Sheena Douglas) never used - perfect for this. see post here for further explanation + video used in these cards.

Used these Pass it On cards for toppers for Christmas, with differing backgrounds.. thought of doing this one with Memory Box Star mask. It has all these different sized stars on it. Used gold embossing paste and mixed gold glitter with it for extra sparkle... really love it.  see post here and here and here

This one has to be my favourite, with CAS look. Folder is Marianne Designable DS0908, poinsettia die is by Britannia and has great detail, I wish all dies were this good! The stamp is Our daily Bread Christmas Blessings set, and I gold-embossed the edges of card + where designable shows through - see post here.
Using five strips of JOY! Christmas tree border die", one on right is in gold vellum, then found some more gold card snippets for second one.. stamp is an Itty Bitty stamp from years back "For unto us a child is born". Was good to dust this "JOY! Christmas tree border die" off. see post here for more info.
Well, that's my five fav... off to join over with Debbie of Scrapjourney who is sponsoring this idea of sharing our favourites. I rarely comment on her blog but get her every post via email and love to see what she is up to. Her ability to produce such beauties always blows me away, a post a day is too much for me and even once a week sometimes.
May God bless each of you this holiday time and may He keep you safe in His care, thanks so much for all your wonderful encouragement you are truly appreciated.
Shaz in Oz.x


Cathy said...

Beautiful selection of cards Shaz, you've used some dies that I've not seen before and to great effect! Hope you had a blessed Christmas and that 2015 is a wonderful year for you, Cathy x

Desire Fourie said...

Shaz this is a stunning series of Christmas designs and such a wonderful reflection of your awesome creative talent. Thank you so much for sharing them. Also wishing you a 2015 filled with tons of love and happiness xxx
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debby4000 said...

Oh what a gorgeous selection of Christmas Cards.
Thank you for joining in with my Favourite Five Christmas Cards.

Sally H said...

Stunning Christmas cards, Shaz! I particularly love the bird ones. hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 brings you lots of good things x

Marilyn Mathis said...

All of your cards are gorgeous. I
can't decide if I like the one with the gold poinsettia or the red best, but I think the gold one. Never heard of Britannia dies but I love the poinsettia. Will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards. Hugs and have a blessed New Year.

Betsy said...

Good Morning Shaz. I once again loved each and everyone of your cards, but I think I have to agree with you on your favorite. That gold poinsettia just jumps off of the card. It's beautiful. Have a lovely day my friend.

MaryH said...

A wonderful selection of your beautiful cards. Especially loved your gold embossing stars too! That Marianne die is so gorgeous, made an amazing card with the holly trims. But of course you know I'm drawn to those sweet birds. I admire that you always have something that reminds us what we are truly celebrating too. That should be foremost in our minds on any of the cards. TFS, Happy New Year, and hope the health stays good during 2015. Hugs

Kathleen said...

Brilliant selection of cards and I really love the one with the gold poinsettia, the star one if fabulous too.

Kath x

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Beautiful selection of cards Shaz - I love them all!

I'm a big fan of Debby's work too but couldn't post every day either as it takes me a week to make a card most of the time in 10 min bursts! I would get no housework done otherwise!

Jocelyn x

Brenda in IN said...

These are all beautiful Christmas cards. The gold really makes them elegant. I love the red and white one. That embossing folder is beautiful.

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