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

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Butterfly Snippetty challenge - Four Sympathy Cards

Hullo there everyone! Been AWOL again but popping back with some more sympathy cards which I had to make in rush.. will miss the dear lady for whom these were made. I made them all blue and white as blue was Janice's favourite colour.
As butterflies picture our transformation from a caterpillar into new creature by faith in Christ (Romans 12:1, 2 - the word "transform" is "metamorphosis" Greek word root)  they had all butterflies. 

Then in flew Mrs A's challenge - where the current theme is Butterflies + S is for Stamping and/or Sapphire as an additional option.
I'd like to enter this card into Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge #48 
Congratulations Mrs A. on your 2nd anniversary! (closes this Tuesday, do flutter over quickly, folks).

Darice Nature Border Embossing folder (these are great folders and don't leave edge marks like the earlier CB forms of these border folders did.). Used the Cattails down side, with Bible verse stamped in Versafine Majestic Blue with Clear embossing powder.  Verse "Rev 21:4" is by Stampendous.."And God Himself will be with them.. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. "... what a blessing we have in the Lord.

Crafts Two Summer Days Folder, with pearls
"With Heartfelt Sympathy" stamp from SU "Close as Memory" in Versafine, EP, also etc.

The stamp on vellum in white embossing powder is with an old Elusive Images. It is coloured for the back with Tombow markers, with Rev 21:4  again, and SB Petite Ovals frame. EF is a CB Roses by Anna Griffin... (why does vellum colouring always seem to photograph poorly? it wasn't this bright, oh and the butterfly had to go in that spot, rather than where I wanted it, 'cos someone smudged it)

Last folder is "Tied Together " by Couture Creations, again with pearls added, the  washi is a snippet mounted on another ... :D verse is also stamped on snippet and used the SB elegant ovals. Verse "Rev 21:4" is by Stampendous. All butterflies punched with Sullivan Butterfly punch, I love this one.
Some Aussie sunshine for all you folks over in cold places, although this wasn't that hot the day this was taken as today that rock pool would be full well and truly with children of all sizes....
Well, I'm also delighted to welcome new wonderful encouragers. As we know blogger has had some changes which meant we all lost some (some, quite a few) :(
I can't recall if I've welcomed these before, but a welcome twice isn't a worry!
Forgetting would be :D 
First of all an older follower of this blog, who has shad to rejoin blogs because of blogger changes .. Princess Judy welcome back! :D of "Blog this!".
Another like Judy - who had to rejoin Mehrll of Sharing Simple things - welcome back.
and also to Jenny of "Jenfa Cards"

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

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee,  
but to *do justly, and *to love mercy, and *to walk humbly with thy God?"      Micah 6:8

Also want to join over with:   
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on all of the cards.    
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 


Betsy said...

Hello Shaz, Oh how I love that verse you have on the cards. And my gracious, the cards are gorgeous. Although purple is my favorite color, that color of blue is a very close second. The butterflies are perfect. Flying home to be with the Lord. Love the symbolism. A new creation in Heaven just as a butterfly gets a new life here on earth. Have a lovely day my friend.

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Shaz - four sympathy cards - that's hard work!! Love your variations on the blue and white theme on these beautiful cards.
Yes butterflies are very useful when it comes to smudges :-)

brenda said...

Never easy one to make Shaz but each is a delight in it's own way and it sounds as thought the lady would have appreciated them. I particularly like the first with the delicate embossed grasses.

Thank you for sharing the photo of your beach, all looks so calm and tranquil.

It's lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations, many thanks for joining in and see you over in the playground.

B x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

All are made with love and with simpathy
this is all that counts
lovely done
big hug Tamara

Sarn said...

Hi Shaz . . . thanks for skipping over to the Snippets Playground with these tranquil sympathy cards.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Barb said...

Your cards are beautiful and very tasteful Shaz. I'm sorry that you have lost your friend, Janice. Hugs, Barbxx

vic said...

Beautiful cards the butterflies look very graceful

Vic x

Dora said...

Beautiful cards have you made. Like the text too.
thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Hi Shaz, Your cards are beautiful and your handwriting is absolutely exquisite. It must be wonderful to add the sentiment yourself, rather than having to look around for the perfect stamp. I use lots of butterflies too on Sympathy cards, they are so gentle and I feel that they always have a sense of tranquility about them. Wishing you a happy crafting week x

Brenda said...

These sympathy cards are stunning Sharon! I just love the verses you have used as well as the embossing folders. Where do you get your beautiful verse stamps from?? Very elegant and comforting cards. I'm so very sorry you had cause to make them though. That is always the toughest part of it. Ohhhh, that view of the beach is just beautiful! Wish I was there!!! Although we had one day that warmed up and made me really long for spring. Not back to normal temps and rain. Our ground is so saturated that the rain can't soak in, so it lays on top of the ground. So looking forward to bright sunshine to dry up some of this water! lol Wish I could package it and send it to you my friend. Hugs, Brenda

Mrs A. said...

Four very beautiful cards evidently made with much love to remember your friend Janice. I cannot choose a favourite as they are all unique. Thankyou for fluttering by my Butterfly challenge as as you have used stsmping snd sapphite you will be entered twice into the draw. Hugs Mrs A.
p.s I'm still gaining and loosing my followers and having to go and re add my name to some I was following.

Anne said...

beautiful cards Shaz. Condolences for loss of your friend. Very windy and some rain - again here in my part of the UK. Anne x

Gail said...

Beautiful cards! So hard to make, and you made several! Hope you're well!

Viv said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.
Viv (DT)

AlisonC said...

These are all so lovely and elegant with the blue and white colour scheme. The embossing folders you have used all add beautiful texture, I particularly like the first one. It is sad that you have had to make them but I'm sure they will give comfort.
It is good to see you over at the Butterfly Challenge.

Craftychris said...

Beautiful sympathy cards. Just perfect! Sorry you lost your friend. xxx

Conniecrafter said...

So very sorry for you loss, these cards are just beautiful and so sweet, I am sure they brought peace to them, how wonderful to do them in her favorite color. I love those embossing folders, such a light and pretty touch to the cards and the heat embossing on the vellum is so soft and lovely!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Shaz, thanks for the welcome back! Let's see if I stick around this time! Great set of gorgeous cards. Definitely CASE worthy! !!!!!

Jean said...

A beautiful set of sympathy cards Shaz, your little butterfly punch is so sweet and I love the embossed backgrounds. I'm sure these lovely cards brought comfort to the recipients.
I am sure that I used to be a follower of this blog but couldn't see my photo so have rejoined.
Jean x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful set of sympathy cards! So sorry to read of your friend's passing; please accept my deepest sympathies. All of these cards are gorgeous but I am particularly fond of the final card.

Pia S said...

Nice variations to one theme and using the same butterfly in different ways. Beautiful cards that are so right for a sad occasion.

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