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

Monday 25 December 2017

'Tis the Season - 'Tis the Reason

Hullo there everyone!
Well, the best day of the year, (to my thinking) the 25th of December has come and gone... here in Downunder in summery Oz!

Wanted to say a very happy Christmas everyone, to you and your dear ones.
I’m praying for each of you, the Lord's blessing upon all your celebrations as we remember the Best Gift of all, the beautiful Lord Jesus Christ.
Yes, the greatest gift ever given wasn’t placed UNDER the tree but UPON the tree... the dear Lord Jesus was born to live and then die for us, for my sin and your sin ... and by faith in Him we too will really live,  and enjoy eternity with HIM.
What a great blessing indeed!

May our heart always have room for the ONE Who gave His all, for us!

Hugs and prayers dear friends and LORD bless and keep you all your doings this day, especially I pray for those who might be missing a dear one for the first time,
Shaz in Oz.x

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke2:7

Friday 15 December 2017

Hero Arts Poppy Stamp Set - Bizzy Bec’s Final DT post

Hi there everyone one. Sadly today is my very last post on the DT for Bizzy Bec's.
I’ve been obliged to give it up due to family commitments.
  Another learning curve for me here, this time layering stamps.. 
 Here was my trial run - using Hero arts layering stamps. I've never used layering stamps before, so inked up all shades to chose which inks to us,e and watched a video on it from you tube as well.
 Misti very handy for layering stamps, especially clear ones. Below am working out placement with second card and colours.
Used Lawn Cuts stitched border die to make pattern for background.
 Stamped and embossed greetings in Black Versafine ink from the same stamp set. Background is Hero arts Linen background stamp, could use one from Darkroom door.

Items used:
(A good size stencil for circle pattern, one I used is discontinued).
I really want to say a big thank you to Bec and Karen and the whole team for the blessing and privilege of being part of such a great group.

Thanks, dear friends for popping over too, and especially if you kindly take time to comment! You are really appreciated!
May God bless you in everything wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x  
Linking up to:   
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

Wednesday 13 December 2017

WOYWW + Bugaboo Nativity

Hi all, Just quickly popping in for WOYWW for Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's place!
My desk, post is nice and short as Julia likes it. First is current desk, midstream writing in cards - almost done now.
 On this desk here, in October actually was colouring these images
Only one has been made into card, which has travelled across to Whistler.
 Love these images, used Prismacolours, rectangle dies are a CCD set.
 To Aussie shots - sunshine at weekend, there are some surf board riders if you scroll in, enjoying the waves.
 Below: On walk around our local beach, Sunday arvo.
 Hope you're well, folks, I'll try pop by everyone who calls, just doing my best at moment. 
Well, I'm delighted to welcome new wonderful encouragers .. one i dont know blog, called Lorie M. so if you're reading this please say hi, so I can join your blog.
A big welcome also to a newish blogger - Kathy A of

May God bless you in your day wherever you may be, and thanks so very much for all your kind encouragement.

Shaz in Oz. X

Wednesday 6 December 2017

CAS Watercolour with Brushos et al + WOYWW

Just quickly popping in for another WOYWW for Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's place. Be warned... photo overload ... catch up on cards made this week. 
If you want non Christmas cards ... these Lawn Fawn here are sooo cute!
Desk 1: Alcohol inks on gloss card being attached to die cuts in silver.
 Desk 2 - Brusho backgrounds. Two on watercolour card.. tried the other one on yoghurt packet cardstock. It is full of texture, probably from glue .. worked a treat. I've been trialing water colour techniques on various cardstock, for cereal box cardstock with Tombows see the GD Snippets post here
Desk 3: Back here in 2013 I made these anti static pads, some of them need refilling. I do have an embossing buddy, but much prefer these.
 NOW - to photo overload. Wont add too much, details at end of items used.


 Yoghurt box background ... is this one.
As you can see there are assorted background: brusho + alcohol ink mainly.
Digis mostly on verses, first card does use Penny Black Star of wonder set. Simple star is disc. Kasiercraft, fancy scroll star is CCD.
Nativity is small die set by Impression Obsession.
Peace die is Memory Box.
Now to the Aussie shots... first one from the courtyard garden.
 Spathiphyllum or Peace Lily is really putting out big flowers this year. The orchid which has been flowering for 6 months is still going along happily, inside the plant.
And your beach fix everyone, to be 30c tomorrow, was 28c today, so, yes! summer is here.
Thanks dear friends for popping over too and a very extra special thanks if you kindly take time to comment!
You are really appreciated!
May God bless you in everything wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x  

  Linking up to:
 1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes   
4.  First card
5. .
6.. 7. Anything Goes 7.  

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Lawn Fawn Gleeful Gardens Stamp - Bizzy Bec’s DT

Hi there everyone, time for a DT post for Bizzy Bec's!
.. please do enter you might win that prize.
Today trying another new set of stamps, what fun! quick peek at one of cards here.

As A new set of stamps to me, so hunted out some cards made preciously with them for ideas, and then stamped out with Back Versafine ink and embossed lots of little images.
Ideas galore... use Pinterest for my ideas hunt.
Coloured the images up with Caran D'Ache watercolour pencils and used Tombow water based blender too.
Figuring out main card design here.
This card very appropriately is in France now, know the very special recipient has it already! :D All supplies listed below.

Made two bonus cards as spares the greetings are from the stamp set too!

 Items used:
Pre-order Spellbinder Pierced Rectangle

 Now don't forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations, and please do join in the ANYTHING GOES August CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices

Thanks dear friends for popping over too and a very extra special thanks if you kindly take time to comment!
You are really appreciated!
May God bless you in everything wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x  

  Linking up to:
 1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes, both cards   
3.  ("sorry I'm late" card, hope it is CAS enough? never quite sure on that.) 
4. Share as many projects as you like, as long as they are coloured by you! 
5. Anything Goes

Sunday 3 December 2017

Watercolour paper from Cereal Box - GD Snippets Playground

Hi there everyone. A huge surprise last month, was asked by Miss Di of Snippets playground - would I be able to do Guest Designer on 3/12? Of course, I say! Truly honoured! Warning lots of photos, but fun things are learnt in this card! Experiment plus.. A peek!
Yes ... it maybe observed Christmas is rapidly approaching so of course I had to make a Christmas card!
 So take a cereal box... and turn it over and colour on the white/ cream side with  watercolour markers, I used Tombows as shown. I roughly coloured, just made whole area was well covered and roughly blended. What totally shocked me is how brilliant this was as a watercolour blending background.
  Cereal box makes awesome watercolour paper - y’see the top coloured sealed layer (which becomes the base) keeps it in shape beautifully. The white underside (now top) is perfect for smooshing and an absorbing surface for watery medium...
Yay, and it’s free, I’ll be getting everyone to save me cereal packets. Tried it with brushos too, and worked just fine, however remember not all card is created equal.
 Added Shimmer spray as water medium well spritzed till blend then waited till dry, may heat dry.
Use a background die  to dry emboss on the watercolour shimmer background as above.
 Die cut a background, also out of cereal packet, then smoosh the diecut with Versamark, then emboss with silver, I did this one twice as missed bits on first pass.
 So this gorgeous piece below, with embossed die cut attached is simply a bit of a cereal packet or box!
All the card is snippets except for base, used snippets for silver on flowers and flourish, also flowers had a blue water colour cereal leaf. Verse also snippets, shaded whilst still in die, highlighted with silver pen around edge.
 Items used on this card:
Britannia poinsettia die set
Papertrey Moroccan screen die
Joy! Small leaf Flourish
Xcut Victorian die set
Stampendous Christmas verse stamp
The Sea card ~ Top three at WAW EDIT: So excited ... this card made top 3 at WAW.
 Don't forget now to pop over to Miss Di's playground for a peek! and watch out for Parsnip's shenanigans too, no telling what he is up to at this time of year!
May God bless you in your day wherever you may be, and thanks so very much for all your kind encouragement even when I'm not a good blogger. :D

Shaz in Oz. X

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the Dayspring from on High hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, 
to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke1:48, 49

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