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, December 6, 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

Tuesday, December 5, 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, December 3, 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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

One Layer Stamped Christmas card + WOYWW

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:
Am getting inky here as you can see, it is a mask made with SB largest decoration bauble die, and inking up inside, first with Cloud White chalk ink then added golden glitz to edges and DI inks on centre, in Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, and where star is after inking added Seeded Mustard. Stamp set is unmounted set by Unity Stamp by Itty Bitty, called A child is born 1B-126 about five years ago and particularly like this nativity set, inked in Versmark and Gold embossed with Stampendous fine detail gold EP.
 You can see a very CAS card as over at Stamping Sensations they were calling for one layer cards and this idea popped into my head last night, it took me an hour to make. However it would've been less if hadn't botched the corners. 
Had to cover the just inside corners with gold paper to hide that they didn't match through. Should've used corner die not punch, as card is too thick. 
The verse is from Isaiah 9:16, and on stamp background of main image it ties in Prince of peace which I really like too. Love cards to reflect real reason of Christmas. This verse from Isaiah is on inside of all my cards this year.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: 
and the government shall be upon His shoulder: 
and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, 
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Now to Aussie shot taken yesterday on our icecream drive, and yes, another perfect day in photo perfect place. Very blessed indeed.
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be.
Shaz in Oz.x 
PS have some alcohol ink and die cuts cards below this 

Also Linking to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

2. Stamping Sensations, Single layer card.

5. Allsorts Challenge - inspired by a Christmas song ... For Unto Us a child is born, I know the hymn if others dont as dont think it is a common one!  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Alcohol Ink + Die Cut Christmas Card- Scrappy Mo’s Challenge

 Warning photo heavy post!
I’ve two types of cards to share today, I’m way behind on sharing cards etc.!
Firstly showing how great die cuts are for using up failed pieces of snippets: this piece of alcohol ink with spray adhesive to attach to acetate, and no! spray adhesive doesn't work on acetate.. see post here (I show warts and all!).
  Add a die cut, and hey presto! a great piece of alcohol under the die cut. 
(this is a CCD, on eBay, also freebie with Cardmaker Mag., where first saw it)
Two cards made with the die cut, managed four out of the scrappy bit of alcohol ink piece. Have to make some more alcohol on gloss, now to use under more die cuts!
Embossing Folder  by Ultimate Crafts Christmas set. Verses are digi by Karen Murray of WAW.
Used gloss cardstock, mixed alcohol inks Indigo blue + Mermaid green + silver with blending fluid. With cling wrap moved inks around + kept  hands clean. 
When happy, removed plastic wrap and allow to dry (they were hard to photograph).
Frame from Poppy Crafts rectangle die set - PCD17-23
Assorted die frames for verses. 
To the Aussie shots now taken when out for a drive last week, we are enjoying amazing weather downunder! See there's a seat  waiting for you to visit - we could take a thermos of tea with us!
Well, I'm delighted to welcome another new wonderful encourager of this blog, how wonderful... Rose of Rose’s Art Garden
Please do pop over and say hi, as she is a new blogger, too!
I'll try pop by everyone who calls, but time is limited, so just doing my best. 
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

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