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

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Friday Smiles + Darkroom Door Collage - Butterfly Challenge

Well time has flown.. and so Friday smiles here (on Saturday!) and just trying to slip in for the Butterfly challenge - Buttons and/or Bronze..
  (mind you my efforts are tad dubious - struggled to add any buttons, as simply couldn't find mine! they are in one of those very very safe places).
First it is a very large smile... not one of my creations, but from Scrappy Mo!
  Those of you in the know, are aware Mo runs a challenge on 25th of every month called Rudolph day. Apparently, so the note inside the card said, when the prize was drawn last month, my name was drawn out. Mo forgot to take a photo of said name drawn by Mister Random & his wife Dot Org (as Darnell calls them :D).
So Maureen drew another name, photographed that for the post, + very, very kindly
sent this off to me.
I was unaware of this, would
have said not to worry, as that was fine by me, happy to pass it on and such! but very dear and very kind Mo gives out two prizes.. one of them all the way downunder!
Love her card .. with those VERY pretty pretty papers the photo doesn't do it justice

 .. thank you, Mo..
..and everyone! get your cards ready as the 25th is less than a week away.
This card is a total snippets card, from start to finish as is the one below, talk about being economical here!
They both could be NBUS cards too as have some "Never Used Before Schtuff on both of them as well! (so two of my goals fulfilled for 2016.. to use up what is Not Used Before and scraps!) That makes me smile, DP paper was a print out that lacked oomph! So re-inked it in blue and orange DI with brushes, then sprayed it in shimmery mist. Has a sort of bronze look but not really sure, to be honest bronze confused me.
Used up DP and card snippets in navy, on SB Elegant ovals,
an ODB Bible verse stampand what a verse - "With God, all things are possible" now that makes me smile!
Flowers are punches in navy and bronzish vellum, Nellie Snellen leaf Flourish, border is a Nellie Snellen Royal Scandinavian border die.
When I made this I thought it to be bronzish too, but as mirri card doesn't look like it. EP are metallic three different sorts ..the stamp is Butterfly collage by Darkroom Door with MB Vivienne butterfly die
From Aussie shots, some more smiles here with photos from south coast of NSW by my sister, of Pretty beach.. and its many rock pools ..

Well, I'm delighted to welcome some more wonderful encouragers ..

Gail of I like Paper
And Cheryl of Cheryl Quilts 
Last two had to rejoin because of bloggers shenanigans..
Wow! these do some imaginative stamping and card making!
.... so do pop over to their blogs and give them some encouragement!
Thanks so much everyone for popping over for a peek and please stay and chat.. May the LORD God bless your day, wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x 

"Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Psalm 147:5, 3
 Joining up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I always love your Aussie photos, and NSW is beautiful. I smiled at the beautiful butterfly card, too. Have a super happy weekend, Shaz.

Desire Fourie said...

Great nature photos and I love the autumn hues of your cards.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Cathy said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz, love your photos too, it'd be lovely to see more of the sea! Cathy x

Betsy said...

As always I think your cards are lovely. Love the three dimensional effect. Having no paper skills at all, I love seeing everything you make. Great Aussie pictures

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, a gorgeous selection of cards love the butterfly in bronze, congratulations on the win over at Mo's I won a prize from Mo in December too. Have a great weekend... Megan

brenda said...

Two beauties Shaz, the sift has such depth of colour and the second has lovely contracts of colour and texture.

And lovely photos again, you know much I always enjoy seeing your coastal ones and that's what I call a real rock pool.

Hope you have a good weekend.

B x

Lynn Holland said...

I love the top card with the flowers running down the middle.
We are started to warm up a little in Lancashire uK now. "Never shed a clout till May is out"

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Morning from a Dull day here in Devon UK.

Thank for your mention in you blog. Love your bronze butterfly card, beautiful.

Have a good day.

Crafty hugs Pen x

scrappymo! said...

Oh are too kind to mention my prize. I felt so badly about that draw...thank goodness I had two of that prize so I could send your!

Your cards are so lovely. The bronzy color on your backgrounds is so pretty!

I must get some butterfly cards made up so I can play again over at the Butterfly challenge. Mrs A does a great job with that challenge!

Unknown said...

Flowers on a vine , so pretty alongside that wonderful stamped verse. Thank you so much for entering your creative and beautiful art in our AG FF challenge.
Blessings, Carole
Word Art Wednesday DT Member

Lilly's Mom said...

I loved seeing these beautiful cards. It was interesting to learn how you made your lovely embossed card. Your photos of Australia are stunning. I've visited your amazing country and hope to return one day. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Hugs,Pat

Annie said...

Congrats on the win and your pics never fail to make me smile....esp that gorgeous sky in the one. :-)
Annie x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Both your cards are just amazing!! Beautiful shine!
Bronze colour confuses me too :D but I think that in your first card there is bronze and love all these blended colours!

Mrs A. said...

The bronze elements on both these cards are perfect for my challenge long with the butterflies. I love the background piece on our first card very much. Thankyou for puttering by. Hugs Mrs A.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Shaz, thanks for the visit and thanks for mentioning the challenge, didn't know about it and will have a look. Happy crafting with smiles, Angela x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Forgot to thank you for sharing your lovely works with us in the Butterfly Challenge50#! Your entries are very appreciated

Kathleen said...

Great post and congrats on the win.
Some gorgeous colours used on your creations Shaz and great designs too.
Stunning photo's too.

Kath x

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

Wow! Can't believe how nice Mo is! That was fab of her to still send you something.
Love your two bronzeish cards Shaz; they look so rich and are perfectly embellished.
Sharon xx

Darnell said...

What a sweetheart that Mo is, and so talented! All these cards are spectacular! Great job using up your snippets AND your NBUS, Shaz!! You always make me smile! I love how you are filled up with the joy of life!! Hugs, Darnell

kiwimeskreations said...

Wonderful cards Shaz - the repainted dp is a great idea - it's a pain when they don't print to what you had envisioned! Your touches of bronze are beautiful.
What a wonderful woman Mo is, and a fun surprise for you too!
Love your Aussie photographs

Brenda said...

Oh my Sharon, your cards are stunning! Especially the first one, not that the second one isn't stunning because it is. But that first one is my favorite. I love everything about it. I also love the photo's. The second on is so neat looking! I've never seen a rock pool before! Such neat things growing and living in there I'm sure. That was so sweet of Mo to do that! She is a sweetheart that is for sure. Hugs, Brenda

Pia S said...

What a sweet thing of Maureen to do.
I wish you'd taken a photo of theater before you altered it, it would have been fun to see the change as it's now looking far from dab! Classy design! Beautiful metallics on your second. Gold, silver and bronze are my go to colors of embossing powders too.

mamapez5 said...

These are both lovely cards. I especially like the one with navy elements, and as you say, a beautiful verse too. Kate x

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful cards, I do love the pearls for accenting in the first card, such a pretty touch and the bronze is so pretty in the second cards with the colors you used!!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Shaz, it's nice to receive your post emails again! I've missed seeing your posts. And what lovely cards you've made! It's always a joy to see Scripture on cards, and I have to admit making NBUS cards should be higher on my list - hehe! So thanks for that encouragement as well, dear friend! And it's always a joy to see photos of just some of the beauty God has created...and when I think of what heaven will be like, I am amazed! Hugs, sweet and precious friend! xoxo

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