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 25 November 2015

Our Daily Bread Stamps + Christmas challenge at Scrappy Mo's

(WOYWW post is just below this one, thank you!)

Well, have managed to join in with the Christmas card challenge - or Rudolph day over at Scrappy Mo's ~ do join over at Mo's, you only have till 30th this month! 
I guess I wont be the only one with a collection of cards since this is the last challenge for 2015.
And, yes, the year has simply sped by not waiting for me to catch up at all.
Saw this on Pinterest ages ago, original by Darsie Bruno in 2010, when this die SB Fleur de lis came out. Minimal explanation on her page but worked out you cut two of each of the large and small dies and overlay them, mounting tape between layers. The stamp is from ODB Joy to the world set. Used SB ribbon label die extended (see WOYWW post below how to extend dies).
The underlay is beautiful sparkly paper called Pacific blue. Wish the photo could capture it. Embossing folder is CB snowflake one, discontinued. Made three in all, may make one more as have enough blue out of my 12 x12" sheet - has anyone else discovered how good a scoreboard is for accurately drawing lines for measuring??? Had light bulb moment when making this card.
TIP: 1. Once I marked from base exactly how big wanted blue layer, ruled the line down my scoreboard with pen, as shown.
2. Then turned it around the other way and ruled the other line.
3. Then simply cut by hand with my very good long bladed scissors. Job done!
This is wonderful time saver .. just line it up with base, mark both corners where you want and the draw a straight 90degree angle line on score board!

Base was a snippet base from last year in reject pile .. one of corners punched with MS layered arches was not quite right but I think no-one else will notice so a year later I use it :D The two stamps on this card are both quite old and discontinued.
More of the Bonbon or Christmas cracker foiled paper saved from previous years .. nearly used it all up but doing different styles as get sick of same one. these use same embossing folders as dont have many of Christmas A7 and need big ones for this landscape card. Used at last my Penny Black Holly leaves die. Greeting is from ODB Joy to the world set.

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 as have not commented on many from last few posts .. but will do you first, sorry. 

 May God bless your day and those you love, wherever you may be.

Shaz in Oz.x
O give thanks to the LORD; for He is good: His mercy endureth forever. Psalm 131:1
Linking over to:
1. Di's 200th Snippety challenge - Used laods of snippets, except for card base. 
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3. Rudolph day challenge over at Scrappy Mo's 
4. ODBDSLC263 Our Daily Bread anything goes with Religious Christmas challenge.
  All have Christian verses on them all but one from the "ODB Joy to World" set on them.

WOYWW, Bleached Images on Cards + Extending a die

Hi there folks - back after wee break from WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday - our Julia's blog at the Stamping Ground is home base for WOYWW, over here.

This was my desk couple of days ago... centre of desk is clear blue box of ink daubers + sponges,  and in very front, I am in middle of cutting a base for the bleached image stamped, bleached then coloured again. I have worked out how far it has to be extended.
When cutting put the piece which you don't want to be cut over the end of the plates as shown.
I have just realised I haven't shown you how I bleached the image in the first place (26.9.15). Trouble is I take photos to do WOYWW then no time to post, will add quick summary now.. sorry, Julia!

Stamped in Versafine Black Onyx, then heat emboss (need to heat emboss to prevent bleach spreading). Use an open image for easy colouring afterwards. Also use a good cardstock. These were SU, except for the purple - a cheap card, unstable when bleach was applied.
It was a  plain, cheap bleach. Frankly do NOT use a good paintbrush to do it, see the stub of mine .. it totally dissolved it. All card bleached white, except SU Moss green bleached lemon. :D
End result - finally blogged card to the left .. see here. Used good Caran D'ache pencils to colour.

Note the instability of the purple on this close up, had to touch it up a bit. Daisy stamp is from Artneko see here
Love this verse, the LORD does  bless, help and keep us, when we look to Him.
Aussie shot -  flowering flame tree among other tropical plants.It really is summertime here, we are in heat wave mode. Can't swim this week with removed skin cancers needing protection, but will be healed soon :D..
If you've made it this far, congratulations!!!!
Have some exciting fun this month too ~ as it is my fifth blogaversary.. so CLICK here for the blogaversary candy please!
I will comment as able ~ still a little behind, but getting there :D
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!  Shaz in Oz.x

"Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." Micah 7:8 

Linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Monday 23 November 2015

More Snippets Cards Ready to go!

Hullo there everyone.. well just doing a very quick update here again of some cards I have made. I posted back on this post here.. the cardstock I had saved from the Christmas Bonbons or crackers .. too good to throw away so putting it to good use, on the cards below.

These were very hard to photograph because of the sheen on the cardstock. Used the Britannia die for the poinsettias and also the labels 4 fro the greeting with the Our daily bread stamps set. use various embossing folder, all CBs and discontinued as quite old now. Mostly from the Christmas Winter wonderland set.

Here was trying out my not so old, but very hard Creative memories gilding wax, which upon googling found they recommended softening it with mineral spirits which in Australia is turpentine, (or turps as we call it) and to my delight it worked a real treat.
This card, like the ones above, is also a snippets card well and truly. The base was in my mauve purple bag of snippets, the  background (multiple cuts of the MB Piestra tile striplet die) was left over from another card, the coloured hedgie and butterfly from Penny Black were also rejects from a card years ago now. The verse  from WAW of Isaiah 41:13 also left over. This is what happens when you need a card in a hurry you go through your leftovers :D
  Please check out this month candy for my fifth blogaversary (link here). Candy will go overseas to "Wonderful encouragers" of this blog who chose to enter.

Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek as chat, and may God bless your day wherever you may be!  (behind on commenting but will catch up)

Shaz in Oz.x
 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41: 10

Also linking the two cards up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge -
2..Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Saturday 21 November 2015

Belated Annie's Smiles, Snippets + Card to share.

Hullo there everyone - yes am still on planet earth!! Just seem to be totally inundated, time-poor, so rather scanty blogging. Had trip to big smoke to docs early this month they are not happy, so having to do more exercise{good for me, and me bones, they're getting thin but I am not ;) } but it takes time.
Have heaps to share. Was going to post for Annie's smiles, yesterday, thought would share the beauty of our garden.. these are all gone now, have six!! more vases of beauties at present, but will share these.
Another new rose called "Summertime 47" - very appropriate, it has been like summer time here .. two swims at the beach this week :D Wonderfully blessed indeed! Deeper one in middle is Perfume Delight - very fragrant, too.

I am enjoying the text which is this month's candy for my fifth blogaversary. (See here - there is a craft die as well) Hand painted with gouache + 23 carat Gold leaf on the word "faith" and the "W". Candy, die and text will go overseas to "Wonderful encouragers" of this blog who chose to enter.
This was our last lot of Sweetpeas, as the recent rain then heatwave stopped its flowering. Text is snippet, as this was done on snippet of paper .. a small piece of work :D plus gold leaf was snippet on a gold leaf sheet.
Another new rose also, had four new ones this year. This is called "Orient Express", also is fragrant. Fragrance is "must have" criteria of new roses. Think there are some "Guitar" there too.

A birthday card which  has flown over to UK for one of our family over there, they dont read my blog so it is okay to post. Frame made with SB Divine Eloquence die, DI were used on watercolour for background which also has glimmermist on it, the gum blossom die is by Ultimate crafts Australiana die.

This very wonderful verse is from Pinterest Bible verses page, originally from this blog here. Truly the LORD is my Strength and Shield.. and enables marvelously throughout each day.

Thanking the Lord for each of you, and praying for you that the LORD would be your Strength and Guide through each and every day,
Shaz in Oz.x

Linking up to:
1. Annie's Friday Smiles  
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets on text and card .. snippet for die cut plus watercolour sheet.
3. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Sunday 1 November 2015

Fifth Blogaversary ~ Prizes: Illuminated Work + craft die

CANDY IS CLOSED  - draw see here

Hullo everyone - some exciting news today!! 
It is 01.11.15, and if you dont know what that means???

I started my blog on 01.11.10 
(yes, it is a palindrome, ie reads backwards and frontwards the same
.. so wont forget it!)

It is this blog's FIFTH Anniversary!
As I have so many Wonderful Encouragers, who have joined and encourage me during the years on my blog by leaving wonderfully cheering and helpful comments
~ I want to do a BIG "THANK YOU" with a two pieces of candy~
First one is a small (10 X 8cm) framed Illuminated text, it can hang or is self-standing, too.
So this a watercolour and gouache, with 23carat gold leaf illuminated work, with flat gold leaf. Because this frame has no mount you cant do the raised gold leaf, as I like to do.

This verse is the key to our whole lives - if we get this right then we are on the right path.
"We walk by faith, not by sight." II Corinthians 5:7
The key is the word in gold, "faith", if our faith is in the wrong thing, then our feet are on the wrong path.
May our faith be in the One Who never fails, Who said "I am the Way, the Truth and the LIFE", the dear LORD Jesus Christ.
A crafty prize is also on offer of Joanna Sheen Signature die called Holly berries SD001
To enter:
1. You must have joined my blog and become one of my Wonderful Encouragers!
  This is the whole point - it is a THANK YOU to You, those faithful ones! 
New Encouragers are more than welcome :D if you are of the genuine variety!

2. If you are able to, I would appreciate if you could put a link of this candy on your blog's sidebar. Those who take the time to do this, please let me know, as you will get two entries in the candy,  as an extra thank you!

3. Please leave a comment below to say you would like to take part.
If you want the text - put "text" at the end of your comment.
If you want the die - please put " craft die" at the end.
If you want either , please put "either" at the end of your comment.

Is that all too hard? I hope not! I will do a short post later in the week showing the making of the text too.
The candy will be drawn, all being well on 1.12.15, Australian time. 

I will post overseas, I chose light things for that very purpose.

If you're not sure you have joined this blog, (as I forget which ones have joined) just try and join - Google wont let you join twice, this saves you searching.

Thanks so much everyone for popping over for a peek and chat, and most of all may God bless you all for being such WONDERFUL ENCOURAGERS!!
  I really appreciate you all, 
Shaz in Oz.x
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