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 August 2022

Double Stamped Vellum + Batik technique + WOYWW, NBUS, Snippets, Butterfly Challenge

 Well, tis time for a Desky share for WOYWW - What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE 😁 at Julia's. Today’s post is full of inky fun, and surprise - with new and old techniques.

Desk 1: at 1am 🙃 two nights ago, as was deciding the design finally for the Double Stamped Vellum technique. 

The design eluded me .. so prayed and waited, and looked around.  And there it was. The other cards made up for butterfly challenge with snippets (inky pieces were all snippets) was a batik technique Loll did over here

Tip: re folds in card to do the batik style, I was too “neat” using my bone folder to make nice neat folds, Loll’s are much better in a random arty style.



So here are my cards, the Butterfly challenge has Forest green, so I’m using that (DI Mowed Lawn, with Salty Ocean like Loll did). Stamp is Hero Arts very old unmounted background stamp, unsure of name. Bible Verse is by Stampendous. Bought with Marilyn.

Second technique was one saw on email from Splitcoast Stampers and decided for first time in long time to join in. It’s by Chrissie Stokes and is called Double Stamped vellum .. technique here 

Tip: Worked out why I had trouble with stamping on the back.

1. I used similar brand ink as Chrissie, but I dutifully cleaned Versamark off before adding green Certainly Celery by SU. If I’d not cleaned it as Chrissie did it would have been easier!

2. plus method of rubbing over large background stamp as on short video, (with a Chucky tool as Gina K calls it), made the imprint much clearer and defined on vellum in both instance. I foolishly used my mini misti and think old way is much better..


Hopefully I’ll remember next time around. Here’s my card, the SB square frame was embossed to frame over SB Marvellous Square background. The verse stamp ( “And God Himself shall be with them .. He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes..”) is a 1990s disc wood mount (see on desk), all items are embossed in WOW Platinum EP, a beautiful colour- need some more. Also some Sympathy cards, so will be making two of these, then have another design in my head for long remnant of double stamped vellum. Hope to extend MFT Peekaboo die! 

This show making again the galaxy sky with silver card embossed with CB Clockworks and loads of alcohol. On this card I only needed one layer of ink, as put way more than on first card - made over here for full technique.  I made two background as wasn’t happy with first bottom one, overdid ink, will strip with alcohol and start again. Finished card, using Beccy's images Disc Nuts and Bolts Bots:

Lastly a quick card again using MFT window die and a piece of NBUS gold embossed Cardstock, which I bought with Marilyn in Florida, was perfect for this congrats card (Lawn Fawn word die).
To Aussie photos, some years ago I shared baby plovers or “fluff balls on sticks” as I call them… over here. This was the other afternoon, they were making a racket and when checked why saw three babies but only caught two, .. not seen since. They’re often killed by predator birds sadly.
Here is a close up of them before, have more info too on the link above.


These sunsets were taken from the same spot in our backyard on different evenings, yet sooo different! God’s amazing creation.
Next is a walk view of our latest addition at our creek park for children to play on, its a giant squid or octopus, with long tendril legs which are for climbing and there is a slippery dip from its body top. 😉 Then some more creek views, including a 30 second video (or if not showing see link here.)

Half way through video, as the person throws the dog a ball there is a lightning flash in the stormy sky beyond them. Love the joyful jubilation of the playing dogs!😂

Thanks so much for popping over - I really appreciate it so much! I will visit as many as I can, but iPad now blocks all bloggers except those with pop up windows comment boxes.

May God bless you and all whom you love, 

Shaz in Oz.x 

Thought for the day:


“..and God himself shall be with them..

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; 

and there shall be no more death,

 neither sorrow, nor crying, 

neither shall there be any more pain: 

for the former things are passed away. Rev 21:3b, 4

This is precious promise to cling to… especially apt for a sympathy card as I used above, not in full on stamp, but put in full inside. 

It brings so much comfort to those who know the LORD as their own Saviour that one glorious day - ALL these crooked wrong things in this poor broken world will be made aright. 

How I look forward to that day and the reality of this precious promise!

 Linking up to the following:

1. NBUS Challenge Never Before Used Schtuff  https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2022/08/nbus-challenge-41.html?m=1

2. WAW Word Art Wednesday - http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ ANYTHING Goes each new card.

3. Butterfly challenge https://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/172-spin-butterfly-wheel-with-f-for.html

4. Snippets Challenge -   https://pixiessnippetsplayground.blogspot.com/2022/08/challenge-435.html

5. Allsorts blogspot challenge Anything Goes with option of Rose  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/week-6901.html


Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Watercolour lifting, Shaker Card, Christmas, NBUS, Snippets + WOYWW

 Well, a desky share, two actually - many cards of varied techniques, I’ve been busy. To see other desks, please do pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and be surprised at how much you can learn .. all over the world!

 The first desk is for a three year old.. had used this “Cheeky Monkey” stamp by Kraftin' Kimmie ten years ago here, but thought this card was passé now, so hunted for another idea and came up with this.

My desk shows an assortment of pens for colouring on right, scissor for fussy cutting and shaker elements … however didn’t take photo of card properly with outside photos, was too sunny then AND forgot later on, till mailing it! Oops! Thankfully I’d taken this inside photo, just in case. 🙄 So will have to do.

I did put glossy accents on monkey to make him stand out a bit more, but hard to see glossiness. The background jungle leaf paper was from interweb.

Second desk is my batch bake - I’m attacking my next lot of Christmas cards!

This design changed many times in my head in the waiting. Ended up with two designs, one just once, other multiplied, 16 cards, in Gold white design, a NBUS that “Rejoice!” Die is by Simon Says at post Christmas sale. Love a sale! Thanks to my US friend Marilyn who mailed it to me. The small rectangle is insert snippet from window frame die used on previous Christmas set and on brayer card here. Couldn’t waste it!
Has anyone else noticed how few Christmas cards have the reality of Christmas on them? I was the only one recently in two Christmas challenges I entered.

The Penny Black “Christmas in July” release in the three release videos I watched had not one real Christmas card on it  - Jesus banned, it seems, from His own celebration! my heart is so sad, our world is so far from God. 

I left comments on the Penny black Release videos as were “holiday cards” not “Christmas cards”.



Here’s the completed set.

This birthday card I’ve made before here, it’s watercolour lifting, and so CASED it, twice actually.
Forgot to photograph one of them too, it was a bit different… better stamping, smoother watercolour paper. Had a busy time as you see.

I made two more lady birthday cards, another mauve shade one, for a dear friend, with a special verse, her favourite sweetpea.

Digi are from web, verse is from Word Art Wednesday where they have new ones free each fortnight. Labels 28 SB are dies, bottom more lacy version of SB 28 are a gift years ago from Magpie, or Glenda on WOYWW.


My next friend’s favourite colour is RED! This is mixture of four different AI on embossed foil card, technique shown in more detail on these posts here and here. This has a NBUS.. the birthday greeting is at last taken out of hiding - happy birthday by Creative Expression (Sue Wilson). Other dies are rectangular ones by Scrapdragon, and flower disc by MB, Blushing Branch. This is my Snippets card as the foil, white card pieces, not the base, were neglected snippets in stash, esp foil had it embossed on desk for ages, but not coloured.



Lastly is a sml text done many times, but new colours! Made as a 60th birthday present,  and this card to go with it, is a NBUS nameless stamp, bought in 2012 at Manchester with Neet, at Abbakhan  on sml brayered piece done ages ago, but brightened up when had brayer out so went onto a card precut in Christmas set from last post so was very quick make. Will repeat for sure.

Okay that’s it for this week!  Busy in our garden at the moment, as it’s roses feed, mulch and sort out time, plus other like citrus and natives.

Have ordered three new roses from S.A, which is always exciting. Like to have about three dozen bushes, and lost a few in our wet weather. It’s being prettied up with some nice edging too, the beds with none at the moment, and a few stepping pavers, as changing configurations a bit. My brother in law is a great help there.

Here’s some other Oz photos, my walks are mostly at the end of the day as you see!

Above photo has the Qantas flight coming into land, it comes in low over the ocean and creek before heading over the headland to the airport.

Just to remind you spring is near, here - some very pretty yellow wattle. Wattle day is August 1st.


Thanks so much for popping over - I really appreciate it so much! I will visit as many as I can, but iPad now blocks all bloggers except those with pop up windows comment boxes.

May God bless you and all whom you love, 

Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the Day:

The verse that was on the sweetpea card, is this favourite - "God is my Strength and Power: and He maketh my way perfect." Also Psalm 18 as well as 2 Samuel 22.
God is our Hope, Help, Strength and Power as Jesus Himself said in John 14:5 "Without Me, ye can do nothing".
"My sufficiency is in God".
This is truly all that keeps me going- my God. 
Pray that this blesses your heart, too.

Linking over to the following:

1. NBUS Challenge Never Before Used Schtuff  https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2022/08/nbus-challenge-41.htmlA. Christmas card in gold white Rejoice NBUS  B. brayer window card with new un-named stamp (it does have a name, its just lost stamp at mo since stamped it, you know what I mean 🙄..) C. Red card Happy Birthday die new

2. WAW Word Art Wednesday - http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

ANYTHING Goes each new card.    

3. Happy Little Stampers Anything goes with Dies https://happylittlestampers.blogspot.com/2022/08/hls-august-anything-goes-with-dies.html?m=1 *Monkey Shaker card - die is stitched rectangle die, I think * Red - alcohol ink card * sweetpea card * Christmas card - Gold and White * watercolour lifting card *brayer card with window die frame

4. Snippets Challenge - red card, all snippets but base. https://pixiessnippetsplayground.blogspot.com/2022/08/challenge-434.html?m=1

5. http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/week-6889.html Monkey Shaker Card anything goes with an option create your own background.

5. Christmas cards x 2 linking to:

http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/08/chnc-challenge-606.html?m=1

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Christmas Stamp Relief Snippets + Masking Stencil + Window card + WOYWW

Okay it’s WOYWW day again ie desk day, What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE 😁 at Julia's .. so where’s my desk!? Actually it's four desks, over a few weeks!

 Desk 1: Happened to come across this video by Christine Stokes (link here)Chrissie used 5 layers of toilet paper = snippets, I used four (forgot one layer). I think I'd use serviette next time, I've done this with serviette and die cutting, although didn't wet it, added card base too - See it here. Very successful too.  

Snippets card (and a NBUS, as definitely never used loo paper on a card before!😂)
Added shimmer paints to define the letters, NOEL, this large wooden stamp was a gift from Ginny Maxam in US. Extended in shimmer green the quite small rectangle die .. cut it thrice to make green scalloped strip base.

Desk 2: Masking was inspired by a GinaK Insta movie - this is HERE closest I can find to it, as she used a stencil and masking on it.

Ahh, one I watched, here tis! Both are great five min videos, anyhoo 😂✅

Next desk 3 for Christmas cards, brayering. (Desk 4 is bonus background done while had brayer out - for brayering background file, note colours do fade some)

It's an idea that popped into my head as I was waking up one morning, seen the window die the day before in an old blog post, plus stamp was using too in other set! Adding another very old sentiment stamp from early 1990s. Decided it needed another appearing. Most of my crafty stash these days may be labelled DISCONTINUED. But still too many NBUS, think next set of dozen Christmas cards must use some NBUS. 

The embossing of "Christ the Savior is born" is two tone, gold and platinum EP. 

Loved effect, not that it's very visible in photos.. 

These are roughly A2 cards, as can get two of them and one larger 5 x 7” out of one A3 top quality 300gsm white cardstock sheet. Three cards out of one sheet is very economical. 

Thankfully I’ve a new ream and a half of it left, as probably very expensive now, as thought it was when bought it years ago. So a dozen each in two designs, plus 1 in NOEL stamp = 25 cards, roughly a third of number needed. 

Give some as presents at Christmas. 

We’ve had some lovely clear days with stunning winters skies, this very short video is one taken and shared on the day I was out walking.


It was very cold about 4.30pm, the dogs didn’t notice cold, but swam joyously with the swiftly, moving creek tide. One more obedient than the other, he took the longest route possible! 😂



Took some still photos, too. Different days, my dad loved to paint these skies, see one of his here.

This is a photo of him (in 1970s) painting up on top of lookout above our coastline, it’s the only one I have of him painting ... 

A memorable day, I took it on my first proper camera (a Ricoh), circa 1975. 

Well, busy with birthday cards too, but share another day. Started also another dozen Christmas cards, so almost caught up when done, as was way behind. July 25th reminder helps me get skates on.

Thanks so much for popping over - I really appreciate it so much! I will visit as many as I can, but iPad now blocks all bloggers except those with pop up windows comment boxes.

May God bless you and all whom you love, 

Shaz in Oz.x

Thought for the Day:


I think this is very hard today... to 

"BE *STILL" 

and 

"*KNOW that I am God.."

two deliberate actions with a liberating result.

For then we are free to love and worship God, Who loves us so very much.

Stillness brings peace and rest, contentment .. as we rest in His everlasting arms.

Joining up to:

1. Word art Wednesday Anything goes! http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 
2. Snippets playground https://pixiessnippetsplayground.blogspot.com/2022/07/challenge-433-christmas-in-july.html toilet paper card = snippets card.
4. Crafty hazelnut Christmas challenge http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/
5 NBUS = Never Used Before Schtuff = loo paper on a card before.. a NBUS technique that’s for sure, and it will be having another outing too as itching to do a blue or purple version, maybe with silver? https://mynbus.blogspot.com/2022/07/nbus-challenge-40.html

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