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

Wednesday 11 March 2015

WOYWW +Some Inky Happenings + Snippets

Do you ever have days where you seem to go around in circles?? 
Well seem to be having a run of these days here… but none the less, it is Wednesday and need to do some joining around the desks of the world for WOYWW What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday … so head over to Julia’s - peek, learn and share - do! 

Seems this morning's desk was here a couple of weeks back (see here)! Well, at the time was having problems with this stamp Embroidered background by Justrite stamping cleanly all over. Julia suggested I give the large stamp a light sand, which I did!
 (Thanks, Julia, worked a treat) I also used my new tool which arrived this morning, so had to try it out with that – on right is the Compact Stamp Press by Fiskars and was hoping my background stamps would fit on it and they do –YAY!!!!! Use vertically as opposed to horizontally. It was super-uber cheap $13.69 (post included all way to Downunder), and came very quickly only two weeks! Inks used here are DI inks - Dusty Concord, Peacock feathers and fav. Weathered wood, with round tools. Stamped in versamark and with clear embossing powder. Piece top left from last week of Bokeh see post below.
As my WOYWW post was on Friday (!!) many of you probably missed it and is a great technique

A snippets’ card here.. the Edward Elephant image by Bugaboo was printed back a few months ago when made a 1st birthday card (see here). So cute, used SB square dies, and some baby DP had for ages now. The digi greeting matches heaps better than this image shows. It also has bit of 3D on the elephant and balloons, which also shows IRL.

A while back now had this MB Pietra die on my desk and was layering the narrow die to get a larger strip to use on a oval card. I formed an idea from Magpie’s card here. Used SB ovals like Magpie but centre die piece is totally different. Used also the CB Textile folder, Britannia favourite die Poinsettia, with Leaf Swirl die, and MB Pippi butterfly, CB Olivia alphabet die. Snippets used here .. that's why love dies - you can use snippets :D 
Yay, off to the playground!

Here is the Aussie shot of the day, taken on my mobile some time back not in summer. I was here yesterday down at the jetty, right at this spot, having a lovely swim.. Water is beautiful at the moment as still up about 27 to 29c, perfect, so clear and clean too -and yes know am very blessed.
Before I close I would like to give a big welcome to a new wonderful encourager of this blog - Stephanie of Steph's scrappy happenings! 

Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat .. will return your visit as soon as I can, as do love to see your work too.
God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

"I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee." Job 42:2

Also lingking over to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards.
2..Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes

Friday 6 March 2015

Bokeh Method with Cards, WOYWW 300+ Snippets Annie's smiles.

Hullo there everyone, well rather weary today after trip yesterday to big smoke - fly down and back in one day, medical but all is well .. 
 I wanted to post this method below as it is really fun method, and also this week if the 300th WOYWW (What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday) ~ share with the desks of the world! It is held over at Julia's Stamping Ground, and whatta trooper Julia is .. 300 WOYWW's!(well bar one in last year when her gall had the gall to intervene) 
Thanks so very much Julia - have learned so much from WOYWW, plus have made so many great friends.
I was actually going to meet up with fellow WOYWW-er yesterday (Thursday) RosA of Emerald city, but pulled out day before, as was too unsure of time element. Planes are easy to miss... :D
Well to my desk a while back. I am trying for the very first time the BOKEH technique (pronounced either /ˈbk/ BOH-kay or /ˈbkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens).  
It was the technique of month over at OSA. The best video I found was one just after I did this, by Splitcoasters see here. My page on Pinterest has lots of pins see here
LESSON 1: dont get it too wet or it will dry blotchy like mine.. I used distress inks  on watercolour but worked out afterwards used the wrong side of watercolour paper pad too (slow, very! are some folk :D)
: think re-inkers would be better as in the video but dont have many of those,
LESSON 3:  when you die cut use a heavier quality piece of acetate as you can get, mine was, as was scrap from a lid, but noticed the video she had trouble with that. The white bubbles are overlapped and are done with chalk ink, it is better really if you dry between, I also did the different sizes it three (odd numbers -> better balance) of larger size then five (or so of next size and more of last size. Would not bother with tiny ones again as you cant get them light and dont like that.
The one completed here has extra large Artneko Kanji stamped on vellum and white embossed Beautiful to stamp!
Video idea for this one is here. Stamp on vellum with Versafine jet back, embossed with clear then coloured with two mauve / lavender Brilliance inks. Stamp is Penny Black Slapstick cling  (40-099 Soft wings), from the playground - thanks Di, some time back :D
Verse is a favourite as folk who come here may know is Copyright 2006, bought on Ebay few years ago - by Stampabilities, GR1114. Still not sure I like this particular style of Bokeh method on this card. This is for Sue, for folks who pray for her, she is in hospital in UK, post chemo.
Last of all for today's Aussie images  .. the pineapple which we saw as a baby here down in the backyard, (and bigger, see here).
Taken the day it is was picked/ fell off 28th of Feb, 2015 - it had nearly fallen off, as fruit and top were so heavy and grew tad crooked.
In Front: the top from previous pineapple picked from plant .. see here
Didn't put ruler down very well but roughly 15cm, or 6"
Just pineapple bottom before cutting up - weight 629grams or 1.38pounds. I will add update when cut - it smells the best have smelt!!
Some snippets here so off to the Snippets Playground, as well as Word Art Wednesday .. Yay! and of course WOYWW - even if two days late! And as it is Friday tis time for Friday Smiles so will pop over to Annie's smiles too as this pineapple truly put a smile on my face .. :D
Every blessing of the LORD everyone where ever you maybe and thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat.. 

(Mm, am way behind commenting these days so will call back eventually, God willing, however I REALLY appreciate every one who cares enough to comment- thank YOU!)

Shaz in Oz.x 

" Fear not, but let thy hands be strong." 
"Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people." 
 Zechariah 8:13, Psalm 3:8

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on cards. 
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
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