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, 29 January 2016

Annie's Friday Smiles + Our Daily Bread Challenge

Hullo everyone! 
First of all want to share my card for the Our Daily bread challenge "Use old and new"  Old are SU purple cardstock + Papertrey quatrefoil die. New Designer paper + very new ODB stamp - this is birthday card for my friend. 
It will make her smile, as she loves purple and butterflies.
And as it is Friday is time for Annie's smiles!
This was like a jigsaw puzzle - matching the right piece in the right hole. Believe me, there are teeny corner bits easily lost. Liked the right one best so made it up into a card. To me it looks like a view out of a window, through a lattice screen.
This verse always makes me smile, as it is so full of Gods promise to help all who put their trust him. "With God all things are possible"
.. love the gorgeous scrollwork on this stamp by ODB, from a set called "God verses. There are five verses in all.

This Bromeliad makes me smile every time I see it. The flower is so much more beautiful in real life - very hard to get a good photo of it they all seemed fuzzy.
This variegated Cordyline was dying, so I thought, so cut it right back to its very base. And look how it rewarded me .. and so it too makes me smile too - with thankfulness for the miracle of plants. :D
 These two shots were taken when a friend was here two weeks ago now .. had great fun swimming here! and went for swim today too, but not here - at our creek five mins down the road.

Isn't God's creation enough to bring the biggest smile to your face with thankfulness for it??
I will comment as able - a busy day today  :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

if you want to save this just right click on it. :D
Am Linking up to: 
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used  a number of snippets card
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Anne said...

Such an elegant card! I adore this! I love the quatrefoil die superb! I think the royal purple and simple elegance of your card does this beautiful proverb real justice. Superb! Bromeliads are amazing plants, their flowers are great. Your cordyline is lovely, my hubby does exactly as you do, he will cut something that looks dead back and suddenly new life begins again. There has to be a scriptural analogy in there somewhere....! TFS! xx

Barb said...

Hi Shaz, I did smile because you're doing smiles on Friday and I'm the other side of the world just about to dish up Thursday's dinner!

Your card is lovely and do you know I think I have that die hidden away and only used once before. A pretty photo of your bromeliad. We used to have one of those but it lived in the greenhouse!

How wonderful to go swimming just down the road. We live in the middle of the country as far from the sea as we could be and it's too cold to to even think about swimming just now anyway. Have a wonderful week. Barbxx

Cathy said...

Wonderful card Shaz, love how you pieced the dp into the die. Makes a gorgeous background for the sentiment. Love your pics too. Looks like you're enjoying the lovely summer weather we've had, Cathy x

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful card, Shas. I must remember to put some pretty scenic DP behind my die when I finally remember to use it! lol
Yours looks so beautiful.

Love your local photos...always so nice to see the scens of where our blogger friends live.

Debbie in LA said...

Beautiful card. I love purple. I am so glad to find a blog that praises God. It was fun reading about your work

Gail said...

Lovely card! Thanks for sharing the pictures of the plants and weather!

Betsy said...

Purple! My favorite color and one of my very favorite verses. This is a lovely card Shaz. And of course I love the beach scenes. I'm a beach girl at heart.
Blessings, Betsy

Brenda said...

Your card is stunning Sharon!! But it is the sentiment that I love most. That flower is gorgeous and I love that plant. You are so making me long for summer! lol That beach area looks fabulous , even I want to go swim there!! Hugs, Brenda

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh what a gorgeous card Shaz - love the purple and the way you have used the lattice. The Cordyline is stunning.
Love your beach and river scenes. We have been hot here too - 28 oC today with high humidity - that for us is high!!

Annie said...

I love your card Shaz but did chuckle at you making it like a jigsaw. You live in a beautiful part of our world...thanks for sharing your pics.
Annie x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Hi Shaz, Thank you for the very kind comments that you've left on my blog and I'm very happy to say that I've just become your latest follower:) Your cards are wonderful and the photographs of sea and sand are just what we need here and we have lots of wind and rain at the moment:( Have a lovely weekend. x

Robyn Oliver said...

Happy Friday Shaz, your card is just beautiful - I agree it does look like a garden scene through a lattice window. I'm showing off my broms too today, a lovely surprise to find quite a few peeping up from the cups early in the week and now they're up displaying their vivid colours. Wish my Cordylines looked healthy like yours. Have a wonderful weekend Robyn

Lynn Holland said...

Ive just turned the page on my perpetual calendar and it says
"Today serve the Lord by serving others. There are many who need the assistance that only you can offer"
Underneath it in 2013 I wrote " I have done, I did the VAT Return. Philip can't do that haha" (thats my hubby)
So I've made myself smile this morning.
Have a great weekend
Lynn x

Lisca said...

That is one beautiful card! I like the stamps with the verses. And this verse is so encouraging. Well done.
Your plants look lovely. I have seen a Bromeliad flower in real life (In Europe they are houseplants) and they are indeed stunning.
Swimming in the lake looks fun and refreshing. You live in a lovely area.
Thank you for visiting, have a great week,

Marilyn Mathis said...

Gorgeous card. I am sure you had a lot of "fun" piecing it together. :) Your lovely pictures make me wish for warmer weather to hurry up. Enjoyed the post. Have a great day. Hugs.

Carolyn said...

Beautiful card and verse!

Conniecrafter said...

Your friend will love this beauty, that paper is just lovely, I do love the lattice look also, and the sweet butterflies flying around, along with the very encouraging verse!
Oh your pictures look so inviting, warmth and sunshine!! Enjoy your weekend!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful card, Shaz. It really does look like a view of a garden through a screen. As we are going through the most awful stormy weather - Storm Gertrude has just passed but Storm Henry is on his way and should hit our shores tomorrow so we have a brief respite today - your Aussie photos cheer me up no end :) Hope you are keeping well ... sounds like it with all that swimming. Take care, Elizabeth xx

MaryH said...

A wonderfully inspiring verse put in a very pretty design. I bet those tiny bits of the die were so fiddly to inlay, but what a look you've achieved. I like the dark purple with the dp too. Enjoyed your lovely surroundings - we had bromeliads similar where we lived in South Florida, but have no clue as to if it's the same variety. Colors are always such a surprise when the rather ugly fronds burst forth with the flame colored flower. TFS & Hugs.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Lovely card. Bit jealous of the weather though, it's rained all day here, still you have to have rain sometimes Lol! Take care and thanks for the visit to mine, Angela x

Pia S said...

Fiddly work, but so well worth your efforts. And doesn't it feel well not let I g anything go to waste!
We got rid of all the snow just before the weekend. And what do I wake up to today? Snow! So started my week with the first thought being 'oh no'. Well, it can only get better from that starting point, lol. But so envy you the weather and access to swim areas.

Hettie said...

What a beautiful card Shaz, especially in my favourite colour...purple!!!
Love the bromeliad in situ, unlike our little teeny ones in a pot that don't last long.

Mrs A. said...

The trellis fretwork looks so diferent in the negative and positive. I like them both. Love the butterflies on the white version. hugs Mrs A.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Shaz, I know what you mean about all the pieces and feeling like it was a jigsaw puzzle! But you've finished a beautiful card with the rich purple, and I so love this special verse! Yes, with God ALL things are possible. Praise God! I'm so sorry to have read about your dear friend going to be with the LORD because you will miss her. Praise God she is now with Him forever. What comfort and peace we have with that knowledge. I love your bromeliads that we have here in South Florida, and they are beautiful. And what a beautiful place to swim, and I'm sure you loved it with all the heat! Yes, a merry heart is good like a medicine. Sending hugs and love, sweet friend! xoxo

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love the outcome of your fussy die arrangement- this is such an amazing look! The sentiment you added- makes for one gorgeous card. Wonderful that you share your flower- so pretty. Also, love the pic of your creek- you are so lucky to live so close to a beautiful place like this!

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant designed creation...fabulous colours and die. Thanks Shaz also for your congrats.x.xx

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