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, 30 October 2019

Scrappy Mo’s Inky Christmas challenge + Early WOYWW

Suddenly realised a few days back its time for Scrappy Mo’s Christmas Challenge, from 25th of each month till end. And as I’ve made it each month this year, I didn’t want to miss.
Well, bit early this week for desk day or WOYWW, but do pop over to Julia’s for What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday.
To my desk a few days ago: 
I’m getting inky as wanted a background for die cut to layer up as focal point. Used DI with brushes on ultra cheap scrap of watercolour paper.
As you can see used Diamond Dust Glimmermist on top.
The card finished - is really all snippets even the base, left over from A3 sheet when made square card below. Centre white piece was left over from another card as were side silver bits and the layered  diecuts.
Die is CCD, EF is Snowfall by Taylored Expressions. Verse “For unto us a child is born” is from Nativity Itty Bitty set by Unity Stamp set, and silver embossed.
More snippets on this card in fact all but base.. this is from my “Use it or Else” bag.
The image with verse “The Lord is Good is Stronghold in day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in Him” was printed ages ago, as was the random digi printed paper, they matched beautifully.
Diecut in gold is Yvonne Creations called Holly Jolly Christmas, saw it year or so ago on Loz’s blog and she enabled me! Corners are Lala Land Filgree corner die.
Last card was in my "Almost-made-up-bag". Added the gold base and adhered it all. It was originally made back here - recipe here, especially tip in emboss resist with brushos. Same design,
Next photo overload Aussie shots, skip if you like - from family visiting Victoria.
First two, are at Brighton, Melbourne, roses to remind you it’s spring here.
Second is at Brighton beach with very expensive beach huts, $300,000+ . Must be resident to own one.
This is sure to set you salivating, a world renowned bakery in city of Melbourne. Was told there were busloads of Asians queuing ten deep to buy, so only looked!
These are in Dandenong range, east of Melbourne. Tallest flowering tree in world on right, Eucalyptus Regans or mountain ash. Yarra River in background, in upper reaches.

The beautiful rhododendrons, etc from Dandenong Botanic Gardens.

With bonus decorations from Cloudhill Gardens.

Looking south from Phillip Is, home of fairy penguins.
Very last one is a local beach taken few days ago, the black dots in breaking wave section are surfers as its a good southern break, one of dad’s favourite spots.
Am thinking and praying for all suffering with devastation of drought in Oz, still not much rain in NSW good rain in Qld so praying on, etc, prayer for fires in US too.
Mid-north coast where I live there are several townships evacuated, fire spotting ahead of fire front due to bad winds and dryness of vegetaion.
As said last week, this week is very full on with quick trip to Syd Drs, 520 km south. Will try catch up commenting at weekend, or bit after, God willing?!
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

Thought for the day:
These verses come directly before the Great is Thy faithfulness passage, and really are a rebuke to me to remember my great HOPE in God. Our Father in Heaven never fails in watching over His wayward sheep 🐑 it is indeed of His mercies that we are kept!
Joining up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes ..three cards
2. Rudolph's days over at Scrappy Mo's


Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, a fab set of cards, love the colours on the Christmas card and the depth of layering multiple die-cuts too. Some fantastic Aussie Pics, the tea room reminds me of the local traditional 'Lolly Shop' where if the bus operators send their passengers they can claim $10 worth of stock free... never mind that they could go to most coles or woolies and get the same at a cheaper price... Thank you for stopping by my blog... have a wonderful week... Megan

brenda said...

I always love seeing your Aussie photos Shaz and what a super collection today, I always find it hard to get my head round seeing photos of Spring when we are heading into Winter.

A lovely collection of cards as well and as always so nice to have you join us at Allsorts, many thanks.

B x

kiwimeskreations said...

What beautiful cards Shaz - love your ink blending behind the nativity in the first card.
Loving the Aussie photos - it's always good to travel vicariously :)
Praying your Dr's visit goes well

EmmaT said...

Beautiful cards and photos, especially love the Nativity scene card. Emmax

Brenda said...

Your cards are stunning Sharon! I love them all, but my favorite was the one of the blessed family. So beautiful!! I love seeing the photo's as well. Wish we were spring again. lol Not looking forward to winter that is on the horizon, but on a positive note, it is still pretty nice here. At least for this week. Love the beach huts, but boy they are expensive-they look like fun though! The bakery, oh my! Not good for the figure or lack of figure, but looks so yummy. The rest, just beautiful shots! No worries on sending a card out right away Sis, I know how difficult it is and you are overseas, so don't expect people oversea's to send. If you want and have the time that is fine, but don't worry about it. Sending much love and big hugs as well as prayers, Brenda

Debbie Harris said...

Shaz, your cards are always created with such beauty and glory ~ and your Christmas cards show forth the glory of God.
The card you created out of your "use it or else" bag is beautiful, my favorite. :-)

Look at the beauty of that bakery, oh my, my!
It doesn't even look real those pastries are so elegantly placed in that cabinet. WOW!

Continuing to pray for moisture in your land.

God bless you~

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous cards and lovely backgrounds, thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

Liz said...

Lovely collection of cards, Shaz and I love the idea of a “Use it or Else” bag. I think I need to start one of these! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Australian photos. We could do with some of your sunshine in the UK before winter sets in. xx

Linby said...

Lovely cards, I especially like your last card.
TYFS the photos - oh my what a cake shop!

Thanks for joining in with my make your own background challenge at Allsorts.
Lynn x

Pia S said...

The night sky background with the nativity scene looks beautiful. Your second card is classic and timeless. The third is a brilliant modern inky-mess style card.

loz said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz. $300,000 for a beach hut.. That is ridiculous. They can buy my house for less..LOL..Loz

Betsy said...

Lovely, lovely cards. I sure enjoyed the Aussie shots today too. That bakery looks wonderful. It's hard to imagine that it's spring there since we have had snow twice this week. It was 1F here this morning.
I'm praying for your doctor visit my friend. I had 17 botox injections in my back this morning. I'm praying it works this time.

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow! Your three cards are really amazing, Shaz!! All so elegant, impressive and full of love! Great designs and details!
Enjoyed seeing your Aussie photos,too, how colourful and stunning is Nature!
Hugs and blessings

Conniecrafter said...

I love your gold accents on the first card, so pretty against the colors in your background. The second is so elegant, such pretty framing of your image and great swirls in the corner dies

Conniecrafter said...

ooops I hit the post to quickly, on the 3rd card I like the touches of the gold to frame your sentiment.
Such pretty spring flowers and seaside pictures

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Morning Shaz, beautiful cards that glimmer mist really puts the sparkles in that midnight sky. The embossing ontop of the Turquoise is a striking combo.
Always been fascinated by beach huts, could you imagine having one just for crafting, what a dream!
Take good care during your busy week Shaz & Happy WoywW Tracey #3?
P.S The garden statue of the lady in the chair is amazing :)

Helen said...

Fabulous cards, Shaz! and great Aus shots, as always. Have a good week Happy WOYWW Helen #4

Sarah Brennan said...

Amazing Oz photos as ever Shaz. Melbourne certainly looks a tempting place to visit. Beautiful cards too. I envy your bit box if it helps you come up with such great designs. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #7

Lillianb said...

lovely cards and loving the pictures, Love the picture of the lady who seems to have lost her legs made me smile,


Lilian B # 10

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The Use it up or Else bag made me smile! You have a bag for all seasons it seems. The watercolour background works really well and congrats for using up all those snippets!
Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

Diana Taylor said...

Gorgeouus cards - the nativity scene is beautiful against that rich background and I love the brusho's effect against the gold embossing - quite spectacular. Love the photos - the beach huts are amazing.
Hope you have a great week,
Hugs, Diana x #16

sandra de said...

Stunning cards but I have to admit I find the blue and gold embossed card particularly pretty. I can't get over the cost of a beach hut! Gorgeous gardens in the Dandenong's ... I can still remember the bad fires they had many years ago. Looks like we have another Fire season coming with a vengence. Hope you are staying well. :)
Sandra de @9

Glenda said...

What wonderful elegant cards on display here this morning! Also all the great photos, I especially love the beach huts...those are truly amazing!
Glenda #18

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Shaz, great cards!! I have a very similar die to your nativity one and was thinking of doing much the same, it does look very effective. BUt cuttig in gold - I will def try that! Gorgeous pictures as well. Visited Philip Island many years ago, just loved those little penguins! Happy WOYWW Cindy #23

Anne said...

Such lovely cards and fab techniques that you use. Bravo! LOVE your Aussie shots too,I always delight in seeing photos of your homeland! xxx

Lynn Holland said...

I feel like I’ve been on holiday now Shaz to some much needed warmth and sunshine and thanks for showing us the cards they are really pretty
Lynn x 12

Annie said...

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date.....but I'm here now catching up with a few of my fav blogs. My day started off early when Phoebe and Lulu arrived for a day of crafty fun with me whilst their brother Steve, their Mum and Grandad went to watch Steve play in a football tournament.....if you want to see more then I will share pics on my Friday smiles [cos there were lots of those].
Love the background you used for your cards today.
Annie x #11

Kath said...

Fabulous cards and I love your glimmer mist background. I wish we had some sunshine here - it's dark, wet and cold!
Kath #19

Elizabeth said...

Your cards are all fabulous, Shaz. And I love all the Aussie photos too. A lovely post. Have a great week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #28

scrappymo! said...

Your card are all gorgeous, my dar. I love to see all the gold mirri (and other colours too) at Christmas. When the first golden hues appear on my desk in January, it feels like Christmas all over again!

I do not use mirri much on any other cards so it helps makes the Christmas ones special.

I enjoyed viewing each and every card here, Shaz. But the photos stole the stage. There are some fabulous ones. The $300,00- beach huts are amazing!

Thanks for taking part in the October Rudolph Days Challenge.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous cards Shaz. I always love your photographs, it's lovely to see where you live as it makes you feel closer. Always like to see people using up left-overs too. Wishing you a very happy woyww and a lovely creative week, Angela x17x

StampinCarol said...

Beautiful cards! Love your photos!
Hope your country gets more rain where needed.
Have a great week!
Carol N #24

Crafting With Jack said...

Wishing you a very happy WOYWW for yesterday. Lovely cards and photographs. I just love that frame on your second card. That cake shop looks very tempting :)

LilArtsyWoman said...

Beautiful cards. I love your neighborhood surroundings.

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz. Had to smile at the thought of a Use-it-or-else bag! Think I ought to have one of those!! The snippets seem to breed when I'm not looking. The cards are lovely. Especially like the blue/purple background on the nativity card. Fantastic Aussie shots this week.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #1

linda said...

A very elegant Christmas card and I love the textured snowy background! Thank you so much for playing along with the October Rudolph Days Challenge.
Linda, DT
Rudolph Days Challenge

Di said...

Love all your cards Shaz - the snippets one is so eye catching! And such wonderful photos as well. We're heading into our Winter at a rate of knots here, sigh.



Aimeslee Winans said...

Hope you are well. Those purples and blues have my heart. Lovely, lovely creations! xoxo

Claudia Rogier said...

Beautiful card Thanks for joining us at Patterned Paper Challenge

DT Patterned Paper Challenge

Catie Cuddles said...

All great cards but especially love that first one.
Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog.
Happy crafting!
Catherine x DT

Dorte said...

Wonderful Christmas cards you are sharing, Shaz, and thank you for the Aussie photos. One of my sons are going to Brisbane next year as an exhange student and we are planning to visit him. After seeing your photos I'm sure; we have to go! Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge!
Dorte xx

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