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

Friday, 11 September 2015

Friday Smiles + ODB Colour Challenge + NBUS

{Sorry - WOYWW Post below here}

Hullo all - again :D yes, another post this week .. So much to celebrate, y'see! 
 Am sharing some of my Smiles first:
Downunder we are in SPRING.. I love spring .. and autumn :D Here is our Lytopspernum Cardwell in flower plus 'Superb' Grevillea.

Here are today's blooms - God's handwork is simply gorgeous. Images above were last week in full bloom, some are falling now. Here are some flies (!) on it + one of the hard shelled beetles that love roses, hibiscus, anything really!
Local creek down the road - we were having lunch at a creekside restaurant, when there were suddenly loud yells + splashes, these canoes were launched with great gusto for a paddle.
Now how made first card, I wanted both of the die cuts to be gold embossed.

Smooshing with Versamark prior to adding EP
Here's finished die cut, embossed where needed. Die cut from SB Elegant Ovals is my NBUS or Never Before Used Schtuff.

Here is my entry for the Our Daily Bread colour challenge shown above. Lattice die is from Papertrey, also embossed in gold. The DP is a digi from my Pinterest page here. The gold stamped verse is one from 1990 (a snippet stamped ages ago) from Sonlight Impressions Ca. US. I love the promise of this verse.. truly perfect peace is found by simply trusting in our God.
Over on this post HERE this card was started, you see there the corners are made from SB Fleur de Lis square die. The "thank you card" begun for dad to give to someone, made using one of dad's paintings as a digi image.Used a 1990 "thank you" stamp unnamed, plus S.U. DP from 2006. (bad colours, sorry, camera was being repaired)
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. :D I apologise a have not commented on many from last post .. but will do you first, so sorry.
May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3

Linking over to following challenges:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets, esp on card 1  
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes, both cards  
3. NBUS no 5.(ends 11:55 p.m. PST Sept 18, 2015) Card 1 
4. ODB Colour challenge - card 1
5. Over at Allsorts they want to see lots of layers. card 1 


Annie said...

It looks like we are both sharing our garden flowers this week Shaz....isn't nature simply wonderful? Thanks for sharing yours. Have a great week.
Annie x

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Barb said...

Morning Shaz, your garden must be looking beautiful. Such lovely photos of your plants. Spring is my favourite season when everything is bursting into flower and the summer is on it's way.

The cards you have made are beautiful. What a lovely oval die that is and I love your gold embossing on the die cut. What a lovely idea to use a copy of your Dad's painting for the Thank You card he asked you to make. It looks as if he's a very talented artist.

You must enjoy sitting by the creek near your home watching all the activity. Hope you have a happy week. Barbxx

Lisca said...

Your garden looks beautiful! So many gorgeous flowers. What a blessing. God's creation is stunning.
Your creations (cards) are beautiful too. I like the idea of using your father's paintings to make cards.
Have a good week,

brenda said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely photos Shaz, it's easy to forget your seasons are the other way round to us. Spring is my very favourite time of year and the wonders of Nature never fail to amaze me how everything just springs into new life and vitality as if my magic.

Great cards as well.

B x

Twiglet said...

We always love admiring your beautiful plants over there Shaz. Have a great weekend. x Jo

Hettie said...

Your plants are gorgeous. So pretty the white one is.
That restaurant looks fun.
Lovely card.
Have a fabby weekend.

sharon said...

Ahhhhhhhhh I love Spring and it has truly sprung garden is in full bloom and the birds are so noisy!
Love your card Shaz, the lattice die really does set it all of.
Have a wonderful week.
sharon :)

stampinganja said...

Beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing, Anja

stampinganja said...

And I like the cards too, gonna try the gold embossing on a diecut..

Bonnie said...

Springtime is the best of all seasons, I think! What elegance you've achieved with the gold embossing! And your Dad's painting is awesome and makes a wonderful card!

Sarn said...

Hi Shaz . . . you've been doing a lot of homework too with a maximum amount of Snippets Playground entries this week!

Lovely snippets cards.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Mervi said...

Lovely card!
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts, welcome again;-))m

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fabulous gold frame
great cards
hugs Tamara

Sue - said...

Lovely cards and enjoyed seeing your photos of the flowers in your garden.

Sue Jones said...

Love your cards and flowers :) Have a lovely week and enjoy the Spring . Soojay x

Jeanne J. said...

Thanks for the super sweet comment you left me. I told Darnell that I knew I'd made some new friends through her. We have lots in common. I've been really thinking about a garden blog lately - you're photos inspire me to move forward with this. Your cards are gorgeous. The gold embossing on the die cuts is GORGEOUS. I'm thinking you should be playing at the Memory Box and Poppy challenge they have every month - I think you should share all this eye candy! Big hugs and following you back!! :)

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Spring is indeed beautiful with all the flowers!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!!

Your cards are gorgeous!! I just love all the gold and the intricate borders or your scripture based card!! Your scene card is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing with us at ODBD!!
hugs and blessings,

Betsy said...

Ahhh spring! We're beginning to see fall colors popping up around here. I love spring but not fall so much. Your flowers Re lovely and the rafting looks so cool and refreshing.

Julie Gearinger said...

Wow, love your beautiful card as well as your garden! The gold lattice is the perfect accent to your sentiment and love the colors in the background. Thanks for playing along with us at the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge :-)

kiwimeskreations said...

Shaz I do love your cards - and your garden is way ahead of ours, I have my second daffodil coming out now, the first one got eaten :-(... but the Daphne has been wonderful. If creation is a foreshadow of God, it's going to be awesome in Heaven!!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, I'm a little bit late with Friday Smiles this week....oh I just love our Aussie natives- the grevilleas and bottlebrushes that bring the birds. Nice cards this week - your dad is a super painter - great idea to use them on cards. Have a fab weekend Cheers Robyn

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Fabulous spring time photos, Shaz, it's lovely to see the Fauna were you live.The card is simply gorgeous with the gold embossing.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Love and hugs

Brenda in IN said...

Beautiful flowers and how lovely Spring is there. Your gold embossed card is just stunning. You dad has such great talent. His picture is really good and you showcased it perfectly with those corners.

Julia Dunnit said...

Loving the signs of spring Shaz, super encouraging for this gal....stepping intomautumn I can handle, but a looming winter is hard for me! Loved your desk shots and the die - I have the same one and really love it!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

How do you not blow everything asunder and burn the heck out of your fingers when heat embossing die cuts? Of course, I'm sure I shouldn't be trusted with a heat tool anyway... but that's what I'd do--blow it around and burn myself. Too bad too because these are beautiful when embossed. Those are some fancy dancy cards! Nice spring photos too! We're easing into autumn here. The sun is still blazing though so it is just a small ease.

Mrs A. said...

Hi Shaz, What lovely pictures of your spring flowers/shrubs. Going into autumn here which is not so nice. Wet and drab and the temperature is dropping. Just trying to catch up with commenting. I blame it entirely on everyone having such interesting blogs. I keep going of at a tangent especially if they link techniques and video's
in the posts. Also other peeps comments have me scurrying of in different directions, before I know it I'm 4 or 5 blogs away from the original one I was to start with. I really must try and stay focus on one thing only. right where was I.Lol. your card is gorgeous with the gold lattice work. Hugs Mrs A.

Conniecrafter said...

I love your spring picks, some of the plants I have never seen so that's cool.
Love the paper peeking out form under the die cute background, love all the gold! How neat to use one of your Dad's paintings in the card, that is gorgeous, I am thinking of using some pics from our trip to use on my cards.

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