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

Wednesday 31 January 2018

WOYWW Ink Resist, Distress Inks water colours, et al

Hi there one and all. 
Mm, where did January go? Can’t believe it is the last day!!! And it is also Wednesday... so, time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday ... Pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground! Check out desks all over the world! Warning though, it’s addictive! 
To my desk, or actually desk at my sister's home of last week! why I wasn't here in blogland.
Enjoying the beach, and we were colouring too with my sister’s Prismas... the crystal clear water was superb and so time was enjoyed, just chilling. No we haven’t finished yet, but I'm going to make mine up into cards...
Today's desk now has lots of cards, just finished the last of the ten cards I was making as a wedding gift. No, not made wedding card yet, need an engagement card too for another couple. Not due til third week in Feb.
I’ve had been trying out some new techniques which I’d saved in my “Must Try This!” page on Pinterest.  Mine, however invariably dont look like a CASE, at all.
 This one I will keep for me, its with different butterfly a magasine freebie, one below has Kaisercraftt butterfly, script stamp is SU French Script. Stamplorations set for greetings.
Didn't have right stamps or Distress Inks colours, however I was told bride likes blues, soft green and neutral shades so used those.
Loll's smooshing (see here) is nothing like mine. I couldn't get same intensity. 
Wondered if she used DI re-inkers?
Mine just "mooshed" not smooshed, very non-descript, not a true smoosh!!
 Very happy with these two, will keep top one, they were cased from Laurie's blog (see here) Again, not like but okay.. Used fern from discontinued set by Elusive images (pre-Chocolate Baroque). Used colours on Laurie's previous post but DI. Put down layer sponged layer of Antique Linen for background for ease of blending colours. Added Broken China and Cracked Pistachio in areas then blended with Antique Line again.
Thought I’d share this, about a die storage book, found on eBay, to hold the CCD or cheap China dies. Mine came quite quickly, in twelve days. (Link here to book, you can chose what size in pages you want, I went for three so some are large some are small sleeves for die.
Now to my Aussie shots..
 Yes, it was simply lovely going to swim at this spot, and not there weren’t lots of people there! Very very spoilt...
Very blessed of God to live in such a beautiful part of His creation. Very grateful!
Took few bird photos too. NOTE: all from inside house, so maximum zoom through windows. This is large dead tree in front centre. Two crested pigeons sitting in it.

These are two Masked Lapwing or hooded plovers, they seemed to be on  guard over the two new native banksia planted that morning by local dune patrol (family member + neighbour :D)
These are two Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos, in same dead tree.
This is why is important to keep a dead tree roosting spot for all varieties.
I am very sorry, rather time poor at moment and trying to catch up on commenting.
 Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x 
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* **Several new things, rectangle die, the butterfly stamp and fern stamp although very old never used before so real NBUS to quote Darnell. Plus both were new techniques to me!

Monday 29 January 2018

Rudolph Christmas Card Challenge - Tim Holtz Mask

Hi one and all, so busy downunder so blogging has suffered still been making cards though!

A wee peek! it is a new TH holly stencil I bought before Christmas .. technically part of my Christmas present. I spent more that should have, so miss out on Crafty birthday present, as on total buying ban!! :D except for necessities like mounting tape, of which I am nearly out.
Snippet or strip of card applied with gold Dreamweaver embossing paste allowed to dry, then sprayed with shimmer mist, mounted and added to card. Verse is Digi by Karen Murray.
For the card below it's stencilled with white texture paste, allowed to dry -> added inks in areas, using stencil to direct ink, and used Golden Glitz ink around background area. Embossing folder on side is a Sizzix set.
The Aussie shot.. spent few days on beach last week, though not here out at my sister's beach! Had few days out there .. :D
Have loads of card unpublished so must get my act together!

And yes I've been very bad in responding to your kind comments.
 Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x

  "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 
how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" Romans 11:33

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

WOYWW + Two-fer Challenge with Brushos

Hi everyone...about time I posted again! Been very busy here in summery Oz. Last week was visitors - swimming, going to movies, road trips north south to have lunch in country or by another beach.. really tough! So good to have this annual visit and fun! This year is going to be a busy year I think, as it already half way through January!
Time  for WOYWW for Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's place! To my work in progress!
 Am in middle of making a batch of cards for a present, a wedding present actually, thought of making wedding thank yous but the bride asked for general thank yous so that’s what I’m doing. Over at Darnell’s she’s started a brand new challenge this year it is called Two-fer Card Challenge. Make two cards but different ones, with same stamp or die. 
Must be card any mediums style. January challenge is FEATHERS!! 
Mm, I thought feathers first thought birds, then thought of this set of feather stamps. Made two cards one in same style but different colour. Wasn’t sure this would qualify enough difference, so at this point am trying to make another card but different all around. I’m using brushos here. Currently addicted to them. Underused like a lot of things.
This desk shows some cards in making for wedding gift, top desk is start of my two-fer challenge, light coating with Distress inks allowed to dry before adding brushos. Stamped some left some plain!

 The cards are Stamplorations Feather set, Thanks Stamp also Stamplorations greeting set, Mask is Tim Holtz Mosaic, isn’t it nice? and Elizabeth craft HB die. 

I was asked to show my pineapples. They’re quite uninteresting that is why I haven’t. Not enough rain, been quite dry here, for months now, and they’re growing even slower than normal and I don’t water enough either.

 This second one at front copped hailstorm we had on New Years Day. The one at back was protected. Hail wasn't huge but very sharp, lots of it, and plants like frangipanis were shredded.

Will share beach shot these, taken on an icecream drive last week before my visitors arrived. 
Was such a glorious day. Really has been good summer thus far except for lack of rain!
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 

 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. " Psalm 28 vs 7

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*  my new item is the banner set of dies used they're a grand new CCD purchase, and the Mozaic stencil!

Thursday 4 January 2018

Belated WOYWW, Snippets + Cards Received

Hi all, 
First of all... many blessings of the LORD be upon each and every one of you for the new year ahead of us -2018!
Well... this year is already getting away from me and today is only the 4th! 
I missed Wednesday... anyone seen it floating around? 
Now my current desk ... truly you dont want to know about it! 
The official tale is I'm cleaning up but as I look at that I have my doubts. I have just emptied things out and moved things around trying to make it more usable. Time will tell! Praying for a miracle or three!
Now warning you I'm sharing lots of photos, cards received mainly!
First of all a tidier desk when making some extra cards...
This is embossing folder inked up with versamark and glittery embossing powder heat set then inked up as shown below.
(METHOD: emboss really well EF, while still in folder, use embossing buddy to remove static thd ink up embossed part by lightly  adding Versamark to raised area, add embossing powder. With paintbrush remove any excess powder, then heat set).
 A couple of cards ... first one with brushos, second one with digi from net, and both have die cuts from RosA of WOYWW. Snippets used on both these cards.
 Now to the Aussie shots .. this is one stem of rose bush, a thornless variety called Smooth Serenity. This stem had a dozen rose buds on it and another had nine!
 This was yesterday with my dad on and icecream drive down at jetty.. 
Yes! hot enough for icecream and stunning sunny days.
Now to my Christmas bounty received, cards galore, a couple of paintings and a pressie too ... first of all from Miss Di of Snippets Playground.
I fell in love with the nativity die she used and asked her where she had bought it .. and what does dear kind Di do.. but send me one along with this card she made... isn't it gorgeous?
 I was good and bad, bad because some folks did not get a card from me... I am deeply grateful though for every single one .. especially proud of Thomas' and Emily's work! :D
I want to apologise too as some are very bad photos, eg Mrs A.'s had acetate on it and it would not co-operate. Plus was in haste, looked good on camera then not so good on upload.

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
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." Psalm 121: 1, 2

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