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 23 June 2021

“Feedburner “ Expires - Changing to Email Subscriptions.

New announcement- Notice to all who receive these posts by email:

 The email subscription service will be changing.. again. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰

** I was going to go do it myself, but struggled to do on mobile, so after prayer, research, discussing with fellow bloggers, I’m changing to which is like feedburner, but apparently it expires at the end of June 2021. 

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I will do our best to transfer all legitimate email subscribers to the new service, but there may be some people who stop receiving notifications after changeover. 
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Prayer  hugs, Shaz in Oz.x 
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CAS Washi & Peel Off Cards + WOYWW

Hullo, hullo! It’s Wednesday... again! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ Those in the know, also know Wednesday is time for desks of the world at WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday So head over to Julia’s - peek, learn and share - do!

I’ve some simple cards today, I saw some discussion last WOYWW on someone’s desks re peel offs not being used.. curiously peel offs silver borders, front right, washi cards, in make, etc. was what was on my desk last week, not been touched again til this morning. 

When I need a card in a hurry, this is an idea I sometimes chose! Here I’m making the most useful JUST FOR YOU (Die by Ultimate Craft)  or THANKS (CB die) on cards for my stash. It’s quite simple, using two neglected stash items.. namely washi or peel off stickers. And if you don’t have a wide washi, you just put two from a set together like I’ve done of these cards, here. Layered up the greeting with a washi die cut too, which is adhered to white snippet of card and DST on the back, to make layering easier. 

Step 1: lay the wide or two layers of washi roughly an inch or 3cm from top of folded card.
2. turn it over tape ends die my score a pair of lines top and bottom and to finish off hedge of washi.
Then add the silver/ gold border of of peel off, top and bottom (peel offs front - silver sheet).
3. Then round the bottom corners. 
4. add layered chosen greeting. Full step by step given on this post HERE.  

So here's two cards made this way.
Another Kazelkraft Brusho penguin cards (Technique, includes polished metal embossing folder technique- see here), which is flying to Norway, DV. One more male card then I’m done, for a while. Now to Aussie photos some seascapes mostly.
First off a potplant  from our courtyard has been magnificent for months. An Anthirium - in cooler climates they grow indoors, but here they grow outdoors.

Seascape on one of main beaches where there’s a walkway along the break wall…
I saw
 this curiousity - do you know what it is? I didn’t know till I looked up closer!
Mm, I thought Rolls Royce doggie shower, obviously a dog lover on the council. I wonder how obediently said doggie is rinsed off?
Seascape of one of northern beaches - such beautiful contrasts.
That’s it for today, I may miss next week I’ve a very busy week, and blogging is difficult then. I did try visiting everyone who saw me + extras last week, but sorry for those I missed. 
BTW in post above this one, here, I share I’m going to use instead of feedburner for email subscriptions. It has a free option (as well as paid options with more perks), of course I’m doing the free one. 
Or that’s the plan.
Every blessing in your day and God’s keeping upon you, and those you love, Shaz in Oz.x 
Thought for the day.
This is what we all need to do every moment of every day… 
And it’s not a suggestion!
It’s a command. 
“Seek ye my face”! 
When we truly know someone - we know what their face looks like. 
Seeing God, truly, makes us want to follow him.
Seeing, knowing, believing, trusting, loving God, and His Son, Jesus, our Saviour means we want to follow Him.
If there is something between that relationship between us and God, some sin , then we won’t want to seek God.
As Adam and Eve hid from God in the garden after sinning, so will we. 

“When Thou saidst, SEEK YE My face 
My heart said unto Thee,
Thy face LORD, will I seek.” Psalm 27:8

Linking up also with the following:
1. Word art Wednesday Anything goes!
2. Chocolate Baroque- hand coloured image - Brusho penguin.. all in watercolour Brusho.

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Brushos with Kazelkraft Angry Penguins + Tarnished Foil + WOYWW

Well, everyone I’m back again with another WOYWW, What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Over HERE ๐Ÿ˜ at Julia's, Queen of Deskland,  there's worldwide desk exploring to be found!

My first desk is the making of a card for a very dear 89 y.o friend called Iris - an iris card!

I had no ideas for her card this year, usually do an iris card. Just before starting, providentially my friend Anne in France sent me a photo of her magnificent Irises and Lupins! I wondered if they’d work? My first idea was dumped because my printer refused to do as planned. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ I won’t tell you how many card sheets I wasted in that endeavour! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ Take Two.. a struggle, again because of printer, but eventually  it worked! Yay, so thankful. 

I’d edited the image to print a really light background sheet, then layered up central images in the "Spotlight" technique, for the main focus.
Yay, happy! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ the finished card.

Next desk… using the lovely penguin set from our very dear ShazSilverwolf at 2018 crop in Llundudno. I find it strange they’re called Angry penguins because they look like they’ve attitude, more than anger?!! Here are previous cards with Kazelkraft (145) Angry Penguins stamp set. They’re made with the Joseph’s coat of many colours technique. 

This one is totally different, I love how varied uses of stamp set can be. Memento Paris Dusk + DI Frayed Burlap for stamped images, overlaid with Versamark and clear EP to seal it for the watery background.

Watercolour background is brushos - Cobalt, Sandstone, Yellow. Sprinkle lightly on blending mat, spritz vigorously with water, smooch cardstock through colours till happy.

This is a really great ✔️ brusho technique, as the colour doesn't get too intense and if not quite deep enough just repeat or move colours with watery brush around till happy, have a lot more control. 

Technique on Heather Telford's blog

Used the left over colours to paint the penguins, add more if needed. Used white gesso for snow at penguins feet + background stamps Newsprint + Marble by Kaisercraft.

Now the bottom layer on card is 3D SB embossing folder Celtic weave. Used a cereal packet for that, as coloured a lovely mottled sandstone (cardstock = frozen food packet, a heavy duty white card + print seals it on back - see below).

Decided to use
 Tarnished Foil aged look on card base.
Three different types of EP, a chunky EP - Eucalyptus (soft verdigris effect), glitter bronze + WOW Platinum, to tone down bronze.
Added Archival Cobalt ink highlighting EF pattern, reheated so the ink blended into it.
Happy camper. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ Added a string, brad, etc to side. Happy Birthday x 3 layers (Elizabeth Craft).
Nephew's B/D card, done!

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Well, a few Aussie photos to close.

For the squeamish, a carpet snake is totally harmless, except to rodents, etc.
Snow scenes by family are last Friday on the Northern Tablelands, 150km west to Great Dividing Range, or 90 miles away. A very early snowfall as autumn leaves + snow! Second is of Standing stones (see link) & snow!
Some flowers - zygo cactus in magnificent garden in Qld!
That's it for today.  Hope this finds you well, praying God will richly bless you and those you love, too. Thanks so much for popping over and saying hi, I really appreciate you. 

Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the day:

A day with the LORD is a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day...

To our finite, time-limited mind - this so sounds contradictory.

However, God is ETERNAL. 

Time has no beginning or end to Him.

We are the opposite, on earth we are totally time limited (& don’t we know it!).

Some may look at this verse (or verses like it) and use it to prove how wrong (in their minds) and faulty the Bible is. 

However God's ways are NOT our ways. 

We are in a hurry, He is not.

"He is long-suffering, NOT willing that any should perish.."

So, I shouldn't be impatient with God, for His times or ways are never mine.

Any Christ-follower, believer, Christian truly knows that:

 "My times are in Thy Hand..." 

Aren't they the wisest, safest, kindest, most loving Hands of all?

Love You, Lord. 

Linking up with:

1. Word Art Wednesday both cards.

2. Snippets Playground - second card, everything was Snippets except card base.

3.Simon says Monday Challenge Beautiful blooms Lily card

4. Simon Says Wednesday challenge - create a scene Penguin in snow

5. Seize the birthday Nautical - Penguins card - they do love to live beside the seaside! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Penny Black Terraced Lane - Male 70th + RE-SUBSCRIBE + WOYWW

 Well, shock, am blogging again, three time in bit over a week! 

First of all if received by email, you need to resubscribe, unless already done so. SEE previous blog post HERE!

 Also added on that post the actual direct email address to your own blogger feedburner. 

It took me 20mins+ to find it,☹️ Google search can’t even take to you to it! 

Well, as it's WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday over here at Julia’s Queen of desks), so here is my desk... in photo collage!

Another male birthday card, this time a 70th! Showing a step by step.. as it was a fun technique! I use the video technique by Jill Foster, showcasing the technique with another PB stamp - see YouTube, by Jill Foster. I really was happy with the end result, but did take patience in building up the layers of colour on multiple stamping. I used Tombows and DI .. a base of light Distress Ink to start with then layers, did trees first and steps last. Then when all the varied depths of colours were done to my satisfaction, I added first the embossing buddy over it once dry. Had kept stamp the whole time in my stamping platform, so it was easy to stamp over with Versamark and EP.

I did find I neeed to tape down my Bristol smooth heavy cardstock as it moved first time around with magnets, 
thankfully it has two sides! I used her colours for the background inking, and ink dusters, too. The white chalk pencil was used to add the moonlight down the stairs with it, then reheated the embossing powder, so it would settle like it was there all along and not rub off! And when not exact inky colours available, substituted like all good crafters do! ๐Ÿ˜†

Here’s the finished card. I used a Herringbone CB folder(disc.) extended, on base grey green card, yes not this colour photographed. 
It was much softer grey-blue green shade, tried to edit colour but it insisted on staying like this.
The lime green was done in SU Lattice EF, also Disc. Most of my EF are disc. these days. Numbers "70" aren’t on there, but added today before mailing. Though think prefer it plain, ie no numbers, in hindsight. 

Here is a link HERE to my previous two cards with this stamp, quite different as you’ll see. Love them all, but think is my favourite stamping technique. 

Now to the Aussie photos.

Firstly a local one on my walk. The rest are courtesy of travelling family members, as it’s autumn Downunder, and such stunning sunsets.

This one on coastal river NSW on the north coast.. reflected beautifully.

Two in the outback of Far-west Qld, almost on the corner of three borders of Qld, NT and SA... campfires are the go on these cold nights, but some nights are too cold even for that.
That’s it, dear friends, I really appreciate you, am so thankful you’ve popped over and even more so if you’ve had time to say hi.

May God richly bless you today and praying His watchcare upon you and all those whom you love,

Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—

Thought for the day:

Today in the midst of the ongoing COVID crisis we are anxious to have all the essentials of life to hand, food and... yess! Including that toilet paper ๐Ÿ˜‚ that seems universally to be the thing that goes first or is limited in purchase as a consequence. ๐Ÿค”

However in reality the very most essential thing is Christ. 

Jesus said, “He that believes on the Son (Jesus), has life, AND he that believes NOT the Son; shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him.John 3:36

There’s no big fence outside of heaven waiting for us to sit on.. we can’t sit on the fence in the next life, even if we try unsuccessfully to do it in this life. We’re either one side or the other.

 I was only 12 years old when I found the right side of the fence and the salvation promised in my wonderful Lord Jesus, He’s been by my side through thick and thin. 

We live our lives getting ready, for school, for work, for the Drs, for the shops, to visit folks, if we’re able to etc. 

This life is a life of getting ready.. however are we really ready for the life to come? Which may come for us at any time.

I most earnestly pray so. ๐Ÿ™

To be sure... read this post here

Linking up with the following challenge:

1. Used lots of snippets .. so off to the playground..Over here! Wooho, bags first go on the swings please!, pretty please!

2. Word art Wednesday Anything goes!

3. Penny black Saturday challenge- anything goes (optional CAS)


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