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

Sunday 27 January 2019

Thank YOU Miss Di ๐Ÿ’— of the Snippet’s Playground

This post is an extra “speshul” one! It is a world ๐ŸŒ wide THANK YOU blog hop with Darnell - in honour of Miss Di of the Snippets Playground.
She has been running the playground for seven 7 wonderful years. I first joined on 13th March 2012, see this post here (for Challenge no 11, early in Di's first year) where I wrote:
This card also really qualifies for Di's snippets challenge this week, so pop along to the playground for it... that is if you dare - yep, they dip your pigtails in the inkwells over there in the playground”.
Miss Di, I want to say a ginormous warm thank you from Downunder for all your work in running this challenge for so many years. 
It’s one of my highlights to join in with the playground, using up snippets...  even though they grow faster than they reduce!

I've been grateful for the fun and shenanigans of the playground to brighten my blogging, for almost the 7 years now! And now Miss has an extra helper as well as Parsnip - ‘tis the ultra cutest ever Dudley, who is rather a cheeky distraction in our playground these days! My card.. of the snippety variety again! Recipe below.
Today I decided to revisit an old technique - the salt with water-colour technique, with Brushos! Not sure if anyone else has tried it, but it seemed a good idea. I’m also not sure if it’s my watercolour technique or the salt, but it didn’t react that much! (maybe too it dried quickly in our hot weather?) It has great colour so it didn’t matter that the salt failed to match my expectations. *Used sea salt and regular salt.

  *Stamped over one end with Hero Arts background stamp in versamark and added WOW bright white EP. 
*Used thank you die cut x-large “thank you” by Honey Bee, bought with Simon says voucher before Christmas and having its first outing today. I die cut three pieces from snippets, two of white, a bottom and top piece, and from base Brusho sheet also cut a top piece. 
All have DST to adhere easily.
Added a bit of lace to finish it off. Cut Brusho base in SB stitched rectangle Die, largest one, extended.
So everyone who has snippets (and who doesn’t?) pop over and say thank you to Miss Di and to Darnell’s blog hop and join in the hop too.
Made another card too more in Miss Di's colours.
Added Pippi butterfly, used same thank you die and Wonky stitched rectangles on Kaisercraft 5" x 7" folder.
Also a pickie of our creek in lovely summer colours.. off for swim tomorrow! Hope this warms you up! 

Thanks for all the lovely ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ˜Š  comments, you really cheer my heart so. And may God bless your day wherever you may be.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

My new blog over HERE at Wonderful Words of Life. I’d love it if you’d pop over, join and say hi there too. ๐Ÿ’•

A thought to bless your heart from the word of God:

Also entering these cards in:
Butterfly Challenge Y is for Your Choice. Pink Brushos card.

Wednesday 23 January 2019

WOYWW + Male cards - Ink Block Water Colour Stamping

Well, everyone, it’s desky share time over at Julia’s Stamping Ground. Yes, I’m busy doing my Feb birthday cards. They're in abundance with family and friends, so need to be organised. Today it’s the male cards turn! Last night watched a video which had suggestions for male cards. One to was to keep the design CAS, just what I was doing!
My desk as you can see has watercolour smooching.
This is an old technique. Simply grab water colour paper, water colour pens or ink lay down colour on suitably sized ink block, spritz generously and smooch. Let the ink seep into paper a bit. Spritz the back and top of the paper first, too, it helps it sit flat and take the colour well. If you don’t get enough colour first go, or it doesn't quite look right, you can add more. Let it dry naturally as it looks better.
Then do stamping, I always design a scene for background before jumping into real background papers. Added some textured embossing to cards, too. 
This set of Stamps is cheap China set. One of greetings is faulty, crooked words, but otherwise stamps well. 
I made four cards in all, but one might go in redo pile, as not keen on it. 
Today’s photos are from my visit to northern France in Aug 2018, on the way to see family in Norway. They have a magnificent garden and we visited a castle too. I was so grateful the Lord enabled me to go on this trip. 
It was my miracle trip in every sense of the word... as many WOYWWers know.
Thanks everyone for popping over for a peek and chat. You make me smile. I pray every blessing upon you and those you love too.
Hugs Shaz in Oz. X
My new blog over HERE at Wonderful Words of Life. I’d love it if you’d pop over, join and say hi there too. ๐Ÿ’•
Great indeed is Thy FAITHFULNESS! What we need to get us through. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Also entering these cards in:
2. Allsorts Challenge

Sunday 20 January 2019

CAS Christmas Challenge - Blue + Silver

A few firsts for me this year. This is another. An entry in the CAS Christmas Challenge over here! Loll Thompson is an inspiration. Her blog is a crafty instruction fest! And I love her posts in my inbox... I decided to go smoochy with inks and sprays. It wasn’t my first choice but second as couldn't find Kaisercraft star die or metallic paints I wanted to use chose a CCD and inks and sprays to create the blue silver. 
Here’s the snippets sheet used, once nicely inked up. Used Chipped Sapphire, Silver Cosmic shimmer, Turquoise sprays and shimmer spray. Hard to believe this sheet was a discard from another card, with unwanted digis printed out out on other side. I then made four cards with this sheet.
It was a base sheet on each card of the lovely 3D Textured Swirls 5 x 7” embossing folder by Crafters Companion, which I bought when with Margaret in Wales. Love this folder, but they aren’t cheap here, so glad I bought it in UK. The die is a CCD and cut nicely despite the double sided adhesive tape I used on all die cuts. A number of passes and turn it around was necessary though. 

Here are the completed cards, the silver blue has a lovley uneven tone to it that I really liked.
Here are some more photos to share from Norway trip. I’m not out and about here yet, due to health, so digging into past photos ๐Ÿ˜Š this was in early Sept 2018. However although late summer early autumn it was 14c Max each day, too cold for me, okay for a visit. The first is for knitters especially my friend Betsy in Spokane. 
We visited a fort on the hill above their flat in Trondheim. 
The last two are flowers on the walk home.
Thanks everyone for popping over for a peek and chat. You make me smile. I pray every blessing upon you and those you love too.
Hugs Shaz in Oz. X
My new blog over here at Wonderful Words of Life. I’d love it if you’d pop over, join and say hi there too. ๐Ÿ’•

Today’s Bible thought comes from a favourite of mine. We have no might... neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon thee. 
In God our darkness will become light, we see as we wait in faith.

Also entering these cards in the following challenges:
* A = anything goes B = Berries
2. Anyhitng goes as long as it is Christmas.
 4. Recycle it! The blue coloured inky cardstock was actually a reject sheet from another card.

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Penny Black Soft Wings Butterfly + early WOYWW

Almost Wednesday.. a day early with desky share time for me ... tomorrow pop over to head desker Queen Julia of the Stamping Ground!        My desk (s):
 Well, here is my bargain stamp tool bought in New year sales (less than 1/2 price). Love it! Crafts-Too Press to Impress. If not too late over at Mrs A's butterfly challenge, I hope to enter again. Using Tombow watercolour markers and spritz technique. Below you see stamped image used three colours in Mrs A.'s challenge. Ivory (cardstock), Iceberg Blue, and Imperial purple.
 This is my new method of storing Tombows. Saw a cheap A4 storage box in supermarket, thought of Tombow & Bob's your uncle! ๐Ÿ˜Š I've had some of these since 1992. Not one has been binned yet. The one thing I ALWAYS try to do is double check every single cap I've used before putting them away. As you'll see I did some spattering with same colours too.
 Completed card (*so sorry image bit soft, its very windy today card kept blowing!). Also used the other three wheel elements on Mrs A.'s challenge. They were Include a Die cut (CCD Stitched Flag), Invitation and Image (stamp). Aren't they pretty colours? So used all six elements! Yay. Mind you I'm taking the calligraphed "You're invited!" tag off .. and keeping it as an emergency card birthday/ sympathy etc card. I just wanted to use all six elements.
This is the encrusted jewel technique I spoke of last WOYWW. I shared another one earlier HERE too. Basically it is mutiple embossing. My technique needs to be more polished. The background has one mask, multiple masking. Moved same mask along once then reinked for different pattern. Then flipped mask over, and added white chalk ink layer. The base card is kraft coloured.. it actually is an ice cream packet! Helps in mutiple layering effect if you start with coloured base card IMHO. EP shown below one had glitter in it. You start with extra thick EP.. or multiple clear layers. Last entry for CAS stencil challenge. I have had fun.
 Haven't made this one up. Used Green Glitter EP. The white is shaved ice. Folks on videos etc said it went pretty green. Mine went white... I still really like it. Not made into card yet. I'm going to go back to basics next time I think and try cooking it over a toaster like I did before heat tool bought in 1995. My Milwaukee gun is still working after nearly 25 years. I dont know how often I've dropped it!
I'm going to close with some more of Norway like last post. We went to the beach at the weekend I was there. No real sand like here kind of coarse granular. Still loved these flowers. At first glance they look like scotch thistle. But they're not. Very soft, also a yellow pea flower there. Maybe wildflowers. Loved the painted beach sheds or whatever they're called in Norwegian! This beach is an hour from Trondheim.
Sorry about reflection took it through a window.
Thanks everyone for popping over for a peek and chat. You make me smile. I pray every blessing upon you and those you love too.
Hugs Shaz in Oz. X
My new blog over here at Wonderful Words of Life. I’d love it if you’d pop over, join and say hi there too. ๐Ÿ’•
Mrs A.s theme of Invitation made me think of the many Invitations in the Bible. This one is oft quoted yet used too little. How rarely we find that complete rest for our souls.. if only we'd slow down and look up to the Lord Jesus. He alone can give that rest to our soul.
Linking up with:
1. The Butterfly Challenge Butterfly card "I is for Imperial Purple/Iceburg/Ivory/Invitation/Include a Die Cut/Image can be Digi or a Stamp/Butterfly. Used Purple, Die cut Stamp and butterfly. Entry butterfly card. ***USED all SIX elements.
3. Simon Says Monday challenge Recycle. Second butterfly card butterfly and stencil work is re-using icecream packet.
4. Stamping Sensations Fabulously Feminine - Penny Black butterfly stamped card.
5. Penny Black Saturday Challenge New stamping tool used!
6. Anything goes.
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