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

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

WOYWW + Mighty Crafty Bounty - God blessed indeed!

(**For those who liked the MB glowing candle die cuts on my desk two weeks ago, the cards made with them are on the post below.)

Hi one and all, lobbing in with a quick post for WOYWW + desky shares x 3, (warning loads of pickies here). It is WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (pop over to Julia's and join in do!).
Okay, deep breath everyone!! I was given fifteen punches yesterday!! plus a whole lot of embossing folders (rear) + two spellbinder dies. This dear old gentleman is going blind and was getting rid of a whole lot of crafty goodies and was just going to tip them if we didn't take them. My friend went away with three or four times as many as this. I actually don't have a huge number of punches so this probably more than doubles my number. Monkeys survey new crafty haul, talk about so very "God-blessed" indeed! (if only you could have heard me exclaiming over each one..oh how I love that, I have wanted that, etc. However didn't want to be too greedy so tried to be selective  :D)
I felt needed to familiarise myself with such a number at once, so I have made a ready reference sheet of them (will do same for folders too) by punching them out and saving positives and negatives and inking them up. They are all put in the spare basket to the left side and I do have a spot on the shelf for that basket too, wonderful!
This is what my desk would've had on it and was shifted to dining table, all my cards for Christmas, at rear in plastic bag, I think I need another twenty. So I've done some more sheets of brusho to make some more of the nativity cards shown back here. I love how no two brusho sheets are the same!
Two cards I've made in the last week.
This is another colour challenge one over on FB Christian Card Makers, you could chose you own.
Popular Dark Cools 2Color Palette : mauve blue green
My 3rd entry in this challenge, the oriental digi was printed out and the verse was stamped, a Printblocks stamp from 1990's. EF is Moroccan frame I think, papers are LOTV. Coloured the backing papers and ribbon with DI Peacock Feathers.
Second card is with a Nicecrane bird image and overlaid a PNG bible verse file from WAW, this is an encouragement card for a friend. Stamped SU French script on Background inked with DI Peacock feather again. EF is Courture creations Tied together.
 Now to the Aussie shots no beach ones today... but at the local Botanic gardens and one at home.
Flowering cactus in our courtyard, the flowers take ages to come out and then only last a day or so but they are beautiful.
No idea what this is but I did love its flower... tried a search but may try another to see if I can find it!
The largest birds nest fern I've ever seen!
Okay for those who dont know .. this is a brush turkey mound .. and this one is ginormous!
This is the bird that shapes that huge mound ... they do it for the warmth to help incubate their eggs. it is because of them we have to put chicken wire over mulch or they tip it all out everywhere! Actual size of mound shown well below!

I have been a bit remiss in welcoming a new wonderful encouragers called Heidi Stamps over at My little Stamping blog .. pop over here, if you have time, as she doesn't have many folks who've join her blog!
Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat.. you are really appreciated!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in oz.x 

 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1

I would like to link up to the following:
1. Feature a creature, Allsorts challenge both cards have birds on them.
2. Simon Says Wednesday blog  - Thanksgiving. SECOND card - O give thanks unto the LORD for He is good His mercy endureth forever.
3.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  
4.Simon Says  Monday blog  - Thanksgiving. SECOND card - O give thanks unto the LORD for He is good His mercy endureth forever.


Lynn Holland said...

Image being given all that stuff, a bit like Christmas or in my case "oh no, not more stuff"
The plant life is nice to see, here in Lancashire the gardens are covered in wet leaves at the moment
Have a good week Shaz
Lynn 7 x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I think the gentleman will be very happy knowing that his stuff is going to be used and not tipped...good for you and your mate. It is a quandary wondering what's going to happen to your stash after we've gone...that's why I genuinely don't have a lot of stuff, just my machine, basic haberdashery stuff and a couple of boxes of fabric which I do use - I've got past the hoarding of beautiful stuff, life really is too short!
Hugs, LLJ 8 xxx
PS I'm glad that dogs in Oz are dressed well too, lol!

Annie said...

You've made some really gorgeous cards this week and your photos if the world around you are stunning. Beautiful flowers and colours in nature.
Annie x #10

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

For some curious reason I had four of these postedd. Weird plus! This is a comment from one I had to delete:
Maxine D has left a new comment on your post "WOYWW + Mighty Crafty Bounty - God blessed indeed!...":

What a blessing you received - those punches look marvelous! Your cards are beautiful Shaz - love your one in the shades of purple and aqua.
Your photographs are gorgeous - that mound is amazing!!

Anne said...

Beautiful cards and photos of Aus. Lucky you getting the goodies, wonderful that they will be continued to be used. Anne x #14

Neet said...

What a lovely gift you were given - those punches are gorgeous and I know you will find them so useful. The giving has worked both ways as you will give joy to so many with your beautiful cards when you use them. Perhaps you could think of something textural to make for his thank you card if he is going blind.
Interesting - no, fascinating - to read about the turkey mound, isn't it huge!
Thanks for the idea of a concertina card, that was a 'fall back' idea as the one I have in my head involved some kind of frame so that when the card opened the cards came out on string like a banner. Not sure it is do-able LOL
God Bless and Thanks for visiting me earlier, Neet 4 xx

glitterandglue said...

Goodness, Shaz - an enormous blessing indeed! What a wonderful gift. Enjoy using everything. I like the cards you have made this week - great colours. What an amazing bird to build a heap that large!
Thanks for the visit - er - yes, I did actually mean the Christmas presents. I'm away a lot between now and Christmas, and most of the things need to go away with me... so... get my head down and get it done!
Take care. god bless.
Margaret #1

sandra de said...

Now that is an amazing collection of goodies. I am sure he was so pleased they were going to be used. Often wonder if my family have any idea of the value of goodies in my cupboards. Love the mound.
sandra de@6

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Poor man, it must be awful going blind, not being able to pursue his favourite hobby. Hope he'll be ok and will find something else to occupy him, like audiobooks or something. It's good that his stuff went to a good home, though. Your cards look spectacular - I really like that colour scheme! Have fun! zsuzsa #28

Chris said...

How lovely to be given such a generous gift! I'm sure you'll get great use from them and the previous owner will be happy that they're not wasted!
Your cards are beautiful, lovely designs and such fabulous colours.
Great photos too...that cactus flower is stunning and the turkey mound IS huge...fascinating!

Sharon said...

Lovely pictures. Wow what a mound that bird makes! Interesting.

Cards are beautiful. So lucky that you were given such a haul. I bet the man was glad to know they were going to a home where they would be appreciated.

Sharon K #35

brenda said...

My you have been a bust bee with those really pretty creations Shaz and looking at your desk there are more to come, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

Great photos as well, the turkey is fascinating as never thought about them in the wild.

B x

Glenda said...

How wonderful you received all those goodies. I never seem to walk into any gifts like that!

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, what a wonderful selection of gifted goodies! love how you've made a reminder sheet for what they look like too! That is indeed the largest Birds Nest Fern I've ever seen, we have them here too in the wild in some areas of the country, but never even close to that size. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 xxx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

It's good to see that all that great equipment has gone to someone who will love it as there looks to be some really useful pieces there. Have a lovely time with your new stash. Take care, thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 16

Unknown said...

That is a Bounty indeed. What a wonderful bit of happy to hug close! Loving the Aussie photos this week and learning a bit about the Brush Turkey, a bird that I will probably never have known about except for this post... I don't think they can build a mound large enough to keep their eggs warm here in Canada... Grin. Thanks for the visit and lovely comment you left me earlier and Happy WOYWW from Lynne in Canada #2

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow, how many new items you have received! I'm sure that you will make a good use of them! Organization is necessary when the stash become bigger, well done with your sheet! :) Lovely cards, like expecially the second one with the sweet birds and that fresh colours!
Amazing photos on the Botanic Garden, and such a enourm mound has done this turkey! I have never seen this fact before now!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Shaz, you are amazing! I am always in awe of all that you produce and how many beautiful cards you make! I love both of these lovely card and love the sentiment and the Scripture verse. You certainly live in a beautiful place, and what gorgeous flowers and plants and even fascinating animal life. Turkey mounds, eh? Now that's something I've not heard of before. So glad to see that Heidi has visited you, and I love her heart and love for the Lord...along with her beautiful cards! And thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday, dear friend! Hugs and love! xoxo

Lindart said...

That is one GIANT nest! How neat to have something like that living in your backyard! All we have are squirrels, who actually build gigantic nests in the trees, very similar to this mound, but up in a tree! I love your Brusho cards - beautiful! And my goodness, what a gift! That pile you have now is about twice what I own! Have fun playing! Thanks for sharing! Lindart #41

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a lovely lot of punches! Your cards are looking good! I love the flower photos and the very interesting nest!! Chrisx29

Helen said...

what a marvellous gift indeed - enjoy!! Your cards look fabulous. the brush turkey mound is fascinating. such an enjoyable post. thanks for stopping by and sharing my pain in my oops moment! Helen #3

Unknown said...

Now that is a lot of punches!! Bet you'll have lots of fun with them! And I love your cards! Great color combo. Not one I would have thought of. I love your photos. I have never seen a nest like the brush turkey mound! Impressive! Hope you have a great rest of the week!
Carol N #30

Heather said...

As always, beautiful cards! And WOW that's a load of punches! I got rid of most of mine when I got my Cricut, but I used to love the variety that was available in punches. ❤️ Have a great week! ~Heather~ #47

StampedbyChris said...

What a wonderful gift of punches and folders. I like your idea of knowing what you have. Inking the edges is a great tip! Your flowers are so's getting colder here so most are hibernating for the winter. LOL...the turkey is cute!
Chris # 30

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

You are so sweet to mention my blog! I am happy to report I think I definitely got some extra blog visitors because of it.

You shared so many pretty things on this post. I do love how you organize the reference sheet for your punches. I am definitely NOT so organized. The cards are so pretty, with really pretty colors!

Brush turkey mound!? That is certainly something new for me! Thanks for sharing!

Ginny Maxam said...

What a fun post to read!! Wish I was there helping you index your blessing!! I am so happy for you to have these new crafty things to create with! I love your cards and your photos!!
Love you too!
Ginny M

Mrs A. said...

What a perfect haul of punches and folders. Christmas has indeed come early for you. Have fun and enjoyment from using them. I really like the colour combination on your first card. Not two colours that I would think to put together but they work beautifully. Hugs Mrs A.

Kim Heggins said...

Gorgeous photos...just gorgeous! How fun to get lots of new toys too, looks like you will be having fun for quite some time.

AliWade said...

Happy Belated WOYWW. How amazing to be gifted all of those punches - and I love that you have already done sheets showing all the designs. Ali x #28

Conniecrafter said...

Wow I feel for the gentleman that had to get rid of all his goodies because he can no longer see well, I am sure you will have fun using them all.
Your cards of encouragement are so lovely and will truly touch those for whom you gave them.
The botanical gardens look amazing, we truly enjoy the one not to far from our house too!

Mervi said...

Beautiful creation.
Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts.
Welcome to our new challenge " O Christmas tree";-))M

Catherine said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Cathie ♥

cotnob said...

Wow! You were lucky being given all of those fabulous punches.
Your cards are beautiful, pretty images - fabulous designs, they look quite oriental.

Darnell said...

Beautiful botanical photos, as always, Shaz! And OMGoodness, what a blessing to become a home for those crafty goodies which would have gone in the bin if it weren't for you and your friend! Phew!! And you cards are really, really lovely!! Have fun playing with your new toys!! Hugs, Darnell

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