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, 17 July 2019

PanPastels meet Penny Black + WOYWW

Yes, it’s here again.. desk day!! It’s WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday... please head over to Julia’s HERE for desks of the world! Several desks as been doing backgrounds with PanPastels.
Desk 1 this morning has a pile of new items, boring really, tape, two pads 12 x12" paper. Was a girl's day out last week (with non Crafters), but I managed to visit the scrapbooking store an hour north 😊 which was closing down so had 50% off everything. To right are PanPastel image with dies, working out what was going to use.
Next desk was starting with pastels, did do some rough smooching on this one, as wanted it to give a bit of texture. The colours and style of background were chosen to match the cover of the book (Heaven, Your Real Home by Joni Eareckson Tada) I was giving my friend. She really loved them both
Here are two pieces made. Larger piece was going to be laminated as a bookmark - then realised, oops! heat embossed the stamped verse, so it couldn’t be laminated!
 So did another smaller one as didn’t have much time left to make it. Also forgot to take photo of it finished. It was double sided same colours both sides but two different verses. 
Made wet Embossed image into simple card, stamped the PB Aspire stamp a few times in Memento grey I think. The verse was embossed in Platinum EP and is a disc. wood mount stamp from early 1990, Stampendous? Die is double stitched Poppy Crafts Rectangles, which I extended to fit my 5 x7 Aust size card. First time I’ve done that will do it again.
Now to Aussie photos. 
Remember the giant lemon 2 weeks ago here? Well, I’ve come down with cold, using lots of lemon/honey so decided to see how much juice this 540g (1.18oz) lemon had? 

Used electric squeezer as it’s way too big for my small hands. 
Answer of how much juice in one lemon? 
200ml or 7oz! 
The lemon was very juicy, as they all are actually. Eureka are a very good lemon, frost tolerant too, ‘cos we grew it in frosty climate as child.
Here are some beautiful grasses with winter afternoon light glinting through them. It really caught my eye when out, and had to click! So delightfully fine detailed grass heads. God’s glorious creation.
This sunrise is the most stunning I recall seeing in a very long time. Don’t see them them often, though. We’ve had very cold weather (for us), frosty in some spots, but am never up to see it. 
Well, that’s it for the day, both legs are healing, ... thankfully, feeling miserable with cold, but good excuse to take it easy, isn’t it?
Thanks for popping over and may God bless your day wherever you maybe.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for the Day:
 The verse on the card is a Hebrew OT benediction often used today.
The blessing of Almighty God upon such a one as I is hard to comprehend at times, but God’s Love is very great. He delights to bless, unworthy though we are, if we but ask!
Linking card up to:

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Snippets with Bokeh technique + CAS .Alcohol Lift + WOYWW

hi there everyone, I only seem to blog on Wed these days! And since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground to check out all the best desks .. you learn soo much! Warning its the nicest way.
My desk this morning:
Well, there slightly to left underneath the A4 Courture Creations GoPower Pro plates is  a green corner of start of a yupo card and new stamping technique of Alcohol lift over at the CAS mix it up July Challenge. Their samples though needed an Alcohol lift ink pad which I’ve nowhere to buy except online. Not intending to do that at moment. However found easy way via older Jennifer McGuire video (here.. it’s alcohol lift with Ranger Archival soft grey ink). 
Desk monkeys have hopped down to say hi again, next to Crop lighthouse and WOYWW frame. Monkeys live on desk lamp base at back. Also at middle right is white ink applicator used with Versafine white chalk ink to make Bokeh technique, coloured stencil die cuts of random sized circles. The  base sheet is on last weeks desk back here. I loved how both cards came together, share below.
First card is the Bokeh base, used oxides on last week’s desk, made frame with ovals (Cottage Cutz Stitched Ovals ). Used two largest dies, adhered a piece of the scrap inked card with Bokeh sheet under frame, AND have enough for another card😊. Dies were used to make oval frame around inky background below.
😊 Memory Box Blushing Flower branch cut twice, then adhered over the coloured oval frame. Added the Hero Arts hugs and prayers set, stamped “sending hugs and prayers” greeting.
Second card with alcohol lift technique, if you had right ink pad you wouldn’t get the faint grey tone, but more white. TIP: Think you need to use stamp positioner with this technique as need to restamp a number of times to lift alcohol ink. Since this is translucent yupo I think this is fine. Stamp is Hero Arts Delicate leaf cluster (also used here). Love it’s oriental dreamy look. This alcohol ink yupo sheet was failed one, ie I didn’t like it, so cleaned it off with isopropyl alcohol as you can with yupo, and reinked. 
To do the lift just inked up stamp with Light grey Ranger Archival to lift of the outline of the stamp. Acc to Jennifer McGuire it is only ink that works (apart from newer release alcohol lift ink pad). Only one I tried, very glad I had a mini pad. Stamping greetings deep blue Versafine using Inspired by Stamping sympathy set by Joanna, think it’s disc. sadly. Lovely set. Used Creatif Wonky Rectangles for frame mount. 
Aussie photos were taken on Monday when visiting, as you can see we’ve been enjoying lovely winters sunshine .. you get softer hues at this time of year.
Lovely crisp clarity too, second zoomed shot has a yacht on the middle of skyline. God's creation is amazing. 
Well, that’s it for today, may the LORD bless you all wherever you maybe. Thanks so much for popping over especially if you’ve time for a chat.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the day:
Love this verse. 
Yes! "..the Lord he is God: .. he  made .. us..  we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." 
How blessed are we? Very!
Joining up with the following:
Used Snippets on both cards so off to the playground... ah, I bags a swing in the sunshine ..

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Penny Black Poppy Stamp, Washi Card + WOYWW

hi there everyone! Yes, it’s Wednesday again, *blink* and it’s here!! 
Time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground to check out much better desks than mine!
My desk this afternoon:
Well as you can see I’ve some inky business going on here, oxides out, two greens + three blues DOx smooched on paper + on mat in random fashion and spritzed water then dried. Going to do some bokeh with it I think (How to do Bokeh Here). Also random tools on desk but no scissors, must be a first!
Showing some cards made last year but not shared, busy with dad, a worthy occupation. First is a washi card, was so glad when found this photo. I'd looked on my blog record in April or so to find how I’d done it as couldn’t recall, it wasn’t there. ie unpublished and had given it away.
The Die is triple cut “Just for you” , the top layer is white card with washi tape matching on top and second layer is gold highlight). Plain card with wide Chinese scene washi on white card too, over gold cardstock and sea-blue, rounded top corners.
Second card is obviously an 80th birthday card, I’ve no idea for whom this card was made! It's Penny Black Dynamic Poppy stamp, inked in Soft beige ink, perhaps Memento, coloured with combo watercolour and coloured pencil highlights. 
Masked then inked the *background of image while still in Creatif Wonky rectangles with variety of DI to match stamp.
 Mounted on embossed Embossaliscious Floral EF, ribbon at bottom, greeting and numbers were die cut out of matching inked cardstock. 
Aussie shots:- after showing lemon tree last week blog post (just below this post), I picked two buckets full of lemons today, probably same amount left on tree, will give most away. 
Largest very juicy lemon was 540g (1.19lb) breaking last year’s record of just over 500g or half a kilo. 
The hibiscus is called Marnie (our name for it). Lovely giant lemon one too, about handspan wide. 
Last one is late afternoon photo of the creek, love the colours.
Legs are getting better, thanks everyone. Time heals.
May God bless your day everyone, where you maybe. Thanks for popping over for a peek and especially if you have time for a chat. 😁
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the day:
Love this thought.. the words.. my “life is hid IN Christ, IN God.” have been going round and round in my head this past week, there is nothing that can touch us there that God does not allow, to read more see my blog post Here!
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  
2. Simon Says Monday Challenge- PB poppy card and variety of inks used on *background.
3. Sweet Little Stampers Anything Gies Washi card
4. Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything goes OR  partial stamping

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Masked Diecut With Stamped Christmas Silhouette + WOYWW

Just quickly sharing for Christmas card challenge - over at Scrappy Mo's!  It's  also Wednesday so time for WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground - pop over to see stunning desks of the world.
Off to my desks, firstly this morning’s.
At top are some cards just out of view, in front right is the wonderful ATC from Shaz Silverwolf (thanks so VERY much, Shaz). I sent Shaz an ATC via Jo on 16/5, sent ATCs to three addresses in England, but have not heard yet that one has made it all the way there from Oz. ☹️ 
 There are Distress inks. A mask was made with a SB Labels Die cut out of a scrap cardstock, masking done with repositionable tape on back, made three and will make more. Ink mat with Inkylicious brushes & DI inks + full size and minis - minis stored in video case, bought from op shop .20c a video case. 
Great storage for ink pads + unmounted stamps.
Used on top DI blues x4, Dusty Concord, touch of Weathered Wood. Bottom has the Antique Linen, with touch of Frayed Burlap and Fossilised Amber DI. Used hand cut hill mask cut out of scrap paper. The stamp is Nellie Snellen Nativity Silhouette clear stamp, inked up with Versafine Majestic Blue ink, and clear EP. Greeting is from PB Wonder set, on magazine years ago now. 
It’s so hard to find long narrow greetings, which you need at bottom of card, that’s why I often use digis. Looked everywhere years for long narrow Christmas Bible verses in clear stamps, but none of Christmas bible verse.
Completed cards, it’s a one layer card, so very CAS.
This image is of the flight into Egypt by Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
 Jesus wasn't actually a baby (see here for full story), but toddler under two years old. However it’s rarely shown any other way but as quite a young baby.
Will do a few more, have 32 cards done now so almost half way... might try some other verses from ODB on it..
We’ve had some lovely lovely rain, I am ok, yes, shin is still slow. It’s rose time and will be pruned in July. I don’t do them as there are three dozen! And have two more newies to replace lost ones.
Well, here’s the Aussie shots.. our loaded lemon tree, isn’t it cute?
It’s kept pruned to five foot, and as result produces very large lemons, last year one over 500grams.

Also cream poinsettia growing in back corner, have no frosts here.😊
And sea view to close, looking north.
That’s it for today. Thanks so very much for popping over for a peek and chat, especially if you have time to say hi!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe.
Hugs Shaz in Oz. X
Thought for day:
Love this. As weak I am, WITH God there is hope! For WITH GOD, ALL things are possible! ❤❤❤
Also linking up with:

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Brushos Over Stamped Image + WOYWW

Well, yes, it’s that time of week everyone!! It’s WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday... please head over to Julia’s HERE for desks of the world! Several desks will skip today’s, too many pickies.
This was earlier in the week, making another background for one more of watercolour cards, images I did back here! 
Love this EF Tim Holtz bricks folder a freebie years ago. Double embossed it ..easy in my new machine, clear plates etc, then inked up Kraft card with DI Wild Honey and spritzed it then dried it, gives great look.
This card below was trying a brand new technique I thought of.. ie idea in my head. Worked ok but learnt some not to do things.

Scrap of watercolour card (back of yoghurt box) stamped Iris twice (masked, brand is Artneko) in Black Versafine ink + clear EP. Used Tombows watercolour markers but should've used  waterproof Promarkers. Next masked off flowers but not leaves, think they needed it, too. Then added brushos, black and yellow! Spritz and was amazed at colour. I had to re-colour irises because lost watercolours first time around. Also lost some of definition on leaves because didn’t mask them. Did extra Iris stamping in navy Adirondack  in background.
When dry added TH distressed dots stencil with Versamark and Gold Perfect pearls.
Mailed card 10 days ago, hopefully almost in Lincoln by now, for a very dear 86 year old Iris (on 27th), hence the Iris stamp. EF is Embossalicious Regency Swirls, SB dies, greeting a digi. 
NOW the post man left me a wonderful parcel of goodies! Yummo!
ATCs finally arrived Downunder, from WOYWW 10 crop, thanks everyone! (Not sure where mine are, I mailed a week before WOYWW 10 on 16th May?) 
A lot of goodies from totally kind Jo. ❤️
L to R top: Helen, Jo, Annie, Chris (Mrs D) Next row: Tag Sarah, badge and bookmark Caro, Notes - Canu Camilla, flower - Delores, balloon girl - Pearshaped Chris, twin cats- Neet, buttons - Lunch Lady Jan, last but not least, centre blue flower is Christine or Bishopsmate.
Here is where my badge from Caro is, little monkey (on right) was over the moon that he now has a WOYWW badge like big monkey, and that his said 10! The lighthouse light pull on right was my choice at doorprize at Crop 2018! It sits on my desk. 😊
Jo sent frame with her gorgeous dumfing in, but I’ve added Dear Tilly’s tiny little sheeps that I was given after my visit to UK.
Have another frame for Jo’s dumfing and they both make me smile as walk past bookcase where they are!
Aussie shots - the lorikeets were having fun in the NZ Christmas bush, yummy nectar there. Love all their poses.
The lastly .. some lovely creek cloud reflections.
Well, that’s me for day - a health update: (as when I don’t update, I'm asked anyway! I don’t say, ‘cos I’m sick of saying I’m not great. Actually I mind that more than being not great!😁) It’s eight weeks today since my right shin SCC Cancer excision. Because it opened again, it’s been very slow, I expect probably another at least 3 weeks or so. I’ve been on Cortisone for over 50 years, affects skin (causes the skin cancers, I hated sunbaking when young), also affects bones, teeth etc. Left calf SCC is healing okay, but also slow. 
Today Wednesday at 2:20pm, 5.20am in UK, removal of lower right molar which had root canal, but broken off too low. Mercifully came out easily not like another. Such answered prayer.
God bless your day everyone, Not be too bright but shall do my very best to comment! 
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for today: this was said by the LORD Jesus to His disciples when they were puzzled by He did. I find comfort in this when things happen that are perplexing.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.” 
Also linking up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes. 
2. By the seaside Artistic stampers seaside card
3. Colouring in Scrapland use watercolours Seaside Card, Watercolour Background wihth stamped images from unknown stamp set.
4. Make it Monday .. lots of flowers iris card are two main irises, then shadow stamped ones in background.
5. Cuttlebug Mania Tic tac toe Iris card using right options of * Sentiment * More than two layers * Embossing Wet or dry. Used both as used EP and EF.
6. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Travel/ Vacation or Holidays here! Seaside card.. that says Holidays with a Capital "H"! Yay!
7. This is brand new challenge called Path of Positivity. I thought of Iris Card because technique I wasn’t sure about..  worked out ok. Encouragement was optional twist and trust it encourages Iris too!

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Tin Tin Pop up Slider Card +Snippets + WOYWW

Yes, somehow  it’s Wednesday again.. and time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
Pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground to check out all the best crafty desks .. you learn soo much!
My desk today, kind of cleared as just finished a couple of cards, on right is my new cutter. New mini guillotine. I’m an old chalkie as we say here, or schoolie or teacher. We used guillotines so as crafter I love guillotines. One I had was Kaisercraft and ten years old, just wasn’t as good as it was so been looking for ages for new one. Till saw this one (Crafters’ Companion Mini Guillotine), I’d not found one in my price range that was real quality. I bought it for cutting technique, not scoring part as love my Martha Stewart board. 
See video demo here (ignore sales pitch, listen to facts 😊). Selling of other items helped pay for this and my new craft machine, which is such a blessing. Very grateful.
My desk on 15th May looked like this:
I was in midst of card for Daniel in France, he has received card so can share it here now.
It was a pop up slider card (for “How To” details see HERE on this blog post). Used for this one Tin Tin, we’d watched Tin Tin video together at his lovely French farmhouse last Aug. The part on my scoringboard was the slider action for the card and also the colouring of Penny black floral piece I’d stamped out. Sharing both cards here.
First to the Tin Tin card.. must admit these slider cards really work for these cartoon images ... they’re so much fun.
Image courtesy of Google again. Mostly hand cut except CCD pierced rectangle for image background. Wanted to 3D image but ran out of time. It takes a month to get to France from here.
Second card is with the Penny Black Stamp Floral Bouquet multi stamped shared back here. At the time I was not happy with first card I made. I worked out issue in my mind! It was yellow roses on that card, plus didn’t like whiteness of background card. I changed it since then and now happy with it. Here my new version with this stamp .. quite different as you’ll see.
Used SB divine Eloquence centre die for Sweet n Sassy “Wait on Lord” Stamp (actually has typo on it 😐). Lace is ODB Lace border. Colours on stamped floral are with DI and colours intensified with Tombows.
They really made it pop. Cardstock is disc. variety.
Took few Aussie photos today on way home. Our days are glorious and those winter crystal clear lights in sky are evident in these two pickies. Second image if scroll in has a surfer catching a wave as this is good break for surfing.. 
Well, that’s all for today. It’s late here again, as our Wed is nearly over, never seem to be organised but better bit late than not at all.
Happy WOYWW and may the Lord God richly bless you wherever you maybe.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x
Blessings from God’s Word:
How the Lord understands.. when no one else. What a comfort this is, never alone! He's only a prayer away. 
Our Refuge and Strength as David says. 

Joining up with:
1. Snippets playground. Lots of snippets on PB card. 
2. Optional partial image which way used PB Floral Bouquet, with watercolour paper stamping.
4. Also linking up with Word Art Wednesday. Both cards have been linked.. for Anything Goes.
5. Cuttlebug Mania Tic Tac Toe used top line on Tin Tin card Sentiment, Image and Die cut.
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