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, 17 April 2022

Rejects Made Good + NBUS, Snippets, WAW

Some special things to share today - do you have some rejects in craft room, wool/ sewing cupboard, garden shed, etc? I do, today I’m sharing a card (or three) in part rejects - made good, also applying other ways.

 “Rejects” - first similar to shared before (left over of said sample, diff. stamp used tho). 

This is a continual lesson to me that something not good, may be made so.

Piece on the left was a whimpy, inky green embossed piece. Nice folder, nice colour, but messed up watery ink idea -> reject pile.

Spied it one day - thought Versamark + perfect pearls - voilรก! It’s stunning. 

An oriental folder, so added CCD oriental diecut (up close).

Another reject - copied J.McGuire idea of EF with foiled card + sand top layer off to highlight. Mm, NOT good thick foil, thin cheapie, not so great effect. Then saw this brilliant idea by Maxine also using an Altenew 3D, this a CASE (kinda), Maxine’s beautiful, clever card is HERE! Border floral die MB, Heros Arts Hugs Prayers stamp & die.

Next reject is me  … 

Some who come this way may wonder why I always mention Jesus, & to be BE SURE you know Him as your Saviour or not. This the WHY. 

I've a chronic, congenital (from birth) incurable Malady, (*aka Darnell’s instructions to use malady, a much nicer word๐Ÿ˜‚)

Drs can’t explain me, only God can! 

I say it’s allowed of God. Originally there were NO mistakes in God’s PERFECT creation, but sin spoiled it… 

NOTE: It is NOT GOD’s choice  -> sorrow, grief, pain, sickness, hunger, famine, wars, suffering, death, a broken world -> ALL is a result of mankind’s sin.

God though (IF we let Him do it) is lovingly working in His way for GOOD!

Especially in me, taking me broken, sinful, lost - saving & blessing me. 

My malady means I’m literally kept alive by medication. No meds I’m dead. Many others are. So not so unique there!

Quite a number of times though, I’ve collected close calls.

God wisely decides to knock off bit more of roughness of this“earthen vessel” ๐Ÿ˜‰ & keeps me here. ๐Ÿ˜† 

When one lives day by day like this, one knows how SHORT life is - ETERNITY is ONLY ever a breath away. 

Yet it IS for us ALL

WHEN God says time to go, I’ll say hallelujah, heaven, here I come - BUT  I speak up lovingly while I can. Each post may be my last. 

We must be ready for eternity NOW - when we are dead, that is too late.

ESPECIALLY TODAY - happiest of the year!


The FIRST DAY of the week,  almost 2,000 years ago, when our LORD Jesus arose from the dead. 

Jesus did NOT stay dead, He defeated Satan’s  power of death over US. 

Death was punishment for all our sin & wicked ways.

On Resurrection Day the LORD Jesus Christ  miraculously arose from the dead. 

This MEANS we too can live forever with Him, BY FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

There is an EMPTY TOMB, an EMPTY CROSS, where our sin’s price was paid by Jesus’ blood on Calvary’s tree. Forevermore ALL who believe in Jesus, will live, too. 


Jesus, of all preachers in Bible - Old Testament & New Testament was the One Who spoke of hell the most. 

Why? Because He KNOWS hell is as real as heaven.

He DIED TO SAVE US from it. 

Jesus ALONE FULLY understands, He LONGS that we see it all, too.. examples in Matt. 5, nine times by Jesus in just Matthew Luke 16 parable on it.

Are you sure you have this HOPE in Jesus?? We can be absolutely sure, I trusted in Jesus at 12 yrs old, see here - Who or What is a Christian?


Here is one more card to share, this is Snippetty, too, actually as are the other two cards. MB Prim Poppy die sadly disc. 

Favourite stamp again Numbers 6:24-26, by Stampendous, gold embossed. Paper is Washi, by the roll, mostly used now; 25 yrs ago was $10 a roll, here, c. $US7. I’ve two different rolls, now it’s prized, so very expensive. Needed  encouragement cards so more will be forthcoming.

This is whole of the passage, love it in a stamp in KJV, as more complete. 

It is a prayer of blessing by Moses for Israel, God’s chosen people, and for us today, too. I pray this verse for YOU and ALL your dear ones. 

The LORD bless you all & keep you all,

Make His face to Shine on you and be gracious unto you all,

The LORD lift up His countenance upon you all,

And give you all His PEACE, 

in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Link Here if not showing.

 And thanks for kindly reading through this far, especially if you have time for a chat. You are appreciated.

Prayer hugs,

Shaz in Oz.x  

Linking up to: 

1. NBUS Challenge Never Before Used Schtuff - EF by Altenew is NBUS in Turquoise

 2. WAW Word Art Wednesday - prayers turquoise card and washi card. 

3. Happy Little Stampers Anything goes with Dies oriental card 

4. Snippets Challenge - Washi card Poppy card


loz said...

Three gorgeous cards and techniques Shaz. My Fave' is the 2nd card with the shimmery effect..Happy Easter..Loz

Betsy said...

Amen and Amen! Thank you Shaz for your beautiful words and wise advice. We need to turn to Him, our Salvation and the Author of our Faith. He will be there waiting for us.
Blessed Ressurection Sunday my dear friend.
Blessings and love,

Karen Letchworth said...

Thanks for sharing your art and your heart with us at Word Art Wednesday, Shaz. It's always a blessing to me and I appreciate you very much. There are some challenges that I've learned (the hard way), as a Christian, where I cannot play along. (2 Cor. 6:17)
I sure am blessed to have you share your art with us. As I was reading what you wrote, what you said about sickness, famine, destruction, etc. being a direct result of mankind's sin; it really goes along with the devotional I'm working on for our next challenge. People (the world) will often question how God can allow this or that. I get it how they'd, in their flesh, feel that way. But you're so right - it's all about the choices we as humans make. Whatever parts of the world we allow in, we have consequences for that. As we allow in more and more of the world, we suffer even further consequences related to the sin we allow to touch us. Being solidly grounded in His will is the best way to live our lives...always. I'm writing a novel here - LOL Thanks for sharing your art in our challenges, Shaz. You and your art are always a blessing to me. I praise God for the sisters and brothers in Christ He allows me to meet.
Have a wonderful week.
Word Art Wednesday

kiwimeskreations said...

Dear Shaz - yes we are but a breath from eternity - and mine, I have the assurance, will be with Jesus. Although I don't have the health challenges that you do, I am creeping up in years... but age really does not determine when the call will come, rather it is the Father's timing.
Thank you for the shout out for my card - so glad it inspired you to make such a beauty. I love how you have used the scripture stamp repeatedly - I must get mine out again

Sarn said...

A lovely collection of cards Shaz. I’ve nipped over from the Snippets Playground to say how gorgeous your snippets card is. Very opulent. Wishing you a happy Easter x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Hi Shaz, so glad to read you and seeing you amazing "rejected" cards!! Well done to save them :D
God blessings onto you and your loved ones. Today it's a wonderful day! Happy Easter!!

Carol L said...

What a beautiful collection of cards and some very important words for all of us to live by as well. I love that you managed to save items that may have been overlooked previously and make them into beautiful creative cards today! Happy resurrection day to you and yours and may the good Lord continue to bless you and yours as he's been blessing me and my family too!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...


From Anne in France:
“ For some reason I cannot comment on your post. It is a really inspired piece of writing! I pray that many will take the time to read it and consider that Christianity is not for perfectionists, but for the rejects of this world.

That’s what I find so amazing, I was always overlooked for things, in the background, a no-body, yet God chose me! I just find that incredible!

Loved your cards, I don’t have any of the 3D EF, they look superb! Well done you! May the LORD bless you with health, sleep and strength for tomorrow,
Anne ๐Ÿ˜Š xx

Joy said...

Dear Sharon,
Your blog was a beautiful read . Each card is a unique creation and so meaningful. Nothing is rushed when you add each feature to your cards.
You too are fearfully and wonderfully made Sharon . Thankyou for your words of encouragement and sharing your testimony .
To think , because of Easter , we can know life eternal .
Blessings to you Shaz xx

Gail said...

Cards are fabulous!
Great 'saves'!
None of us know when we will leave this earth, so live life to the fullest.

JulieP said...

These are awesome crafty saves!!! Beautiful cards and WTG on not giving up on them. Thanks so much for playing with us at the HLS Die challenge!

Di said...

Gorgeous snippets card Shaz! The washi looks very oriental - but didn't washi originate in Japan ..........err ............or was that sushi?


Di xx

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