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
The birth of John to his barren elderly mother Elisabeth (and priestly father Zecharias), and 3 months later the LORD Jesus to Elisabeth's cousin Mary, both births were miracles.
As the birth of Christ is noted, may His coming again be remembered.
Jesus Himself said in Matt 24:44
Watch “ therefore and be ye also ready, for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man cometh."
This Christmas time I worship (and as Beccys verse says) and adore the Christ - crucified, risen, glorified and coming again, not just the Babe in a manger..
(Recipe of card - link to Beccy's Digi Lamb of God Digital set here. Printed on light card just on inkjet, used coloured image of baby Jesus, fussy cut it - I love that there is a coloured option! Folder is 3D Crafters Companion bought in 2018, dies stitched oval, inked on coloured card to speed up process, with Distress as explained in Beccy's post - inspired by Beccy's technique here. SB Royal Circle die for verse).
“Thankfulness” and “Thanksgiving” belong to Christmas, so VERY thankful Jesus came from heaven for us all.
So this is a thank you card I made for my neighbour.
Finally I cracked the Batik ink technique, first seen on Loll’s blog sometime ago. (Recipe first attempted here, this my third go, second time I forgot to random scrunch paper before inking!) all snippets used except the base card. Also used top edger thank you on this card, I forgot I had it till looking at an old blog post! It was cut out of an edge the batik inked card (used DI) as extended the inking edge past stamped floral to use for greetings.
Just closing as usual with Aussie photos.😃
The glories of God's creation on a visit to the Sunshine coast, Qld! Skyline in first two are Glasshouse Mountains and the red flowering tree is a Poinciana. Very Christmassy!
On the way home (in a small 18 seater plane) the skyline was spectacular, you could almost touch those cumulus clouds, stunning 😍 truly took my thoughts heavenwards. I so long for heaven, longer I live the greater the longing.
I trusted in Jesus as my own Saviour from my sin as a kid of 12 years down here at the beach one summer, a very long time ago.. so to me it seems it's been a long wait.
But just how much longer and how very patient is God, our Heavenly Father, Who longs that all come to faith in Jesus, and have that promise of a home in heaven.
This life is short.
Happy Christmas everyone - may God be with you wherever you maybe, sending giant prayer hugs and much love - thank you if you read this far.
Popping in with a quick post to link up this card set with a few challenges. I've made two more entries for Beccys November Bumper Card Challenge. Do join in please do, and help her break her amazing record! Also loads of prizes fun and games on offer! I love Christmas! 🎄
Also sharing a day early for WOYWW (do pop over to Julia's, tomorrow, Wednesdayfor this weeks What is On Your WorkdeskWednesday). See my desk below.. make of the stamp relief - need a soft brush white from cheap shop, toilet paper - five layers, stamp and a spray bottle.. plus usual desky extras, tape, glues and scissors peeking behind the WOYWW desk sign - a bit of red ribbon the dead give away! 😉😂😂
Now decided to try two different ways, one the same as first attempt above with shimmery paints with rub on Gold leaf, the other with paper coloured in Brushos - I found it didn't bond quite as well, possibly due to paint? so added glue where needed once trimmed it and broke original edges.
Following the technique - layer five layers one at a time, dampen with water and tamper down each layer into stamp with soft brush. Needs to dry thoroughly overnight though.
Tried the technique with a serviette but toilet paper is definitely better, more flexible into stamp for relief.
BTW Chrissie has also done this technique with Simon Hurley stamping foam and think that's interesting. It's in my Christmas present with my new heat tool - because you'll never guess what? my 28yr old Milwaukee heat tool is working just fine again - decided to try one more time before tossing! So now back using it. But new one much lighter, quieter, quicker. 😂
So here are two new ones, and last one is one shared before - not a new make. Above card is painted in various shimmer paints. #614 Card ABOVE $10 voucher RACE WINNER! See here! Yay! Thank YOU, so VERY MUCH Beccy! 😍
I painted on one below the Noel with gold Finetec paints - which I found in my clean up!
The second photo upright of brusho card is truer coloured photo. It was too bright to take it that way earlier.
Joy to World is Disc 1990s wood mount stamp - love my wood mounts! I use a stamp-ma-jig to put them in right place on card, heat embossed with Gold EP.
Next the requisite seascapes from a recent walk, and a rose photo - just 'cos spring has been amazing here this year ... very thankful! This sky on this afternoon's walk was just amazing!
The last Aussie photo is of a cactus flower, common name, lady of Night, or Epiphyllum crenatum according to Google Lens.🤔
A quick share today, do have loads more to share but must get back to writing in my Christmas cards, doing inserts, etc!
I've done overseas - AustPost said to have done by last Monday 14th - so the 21st was a week late.. praying though that God speeds them there!
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, or anonymous… found I can do it on anonymous.
May God bless you and all whom you love,
Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for the Day:
As it’s Thanksgiving in two days on Thursday, thought this Snoopy as most apt - a favourite and oft quoted scripture of mine, is:
“In everything everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I think Snoopy has it right - or maybe Charlie Brown 😃 that everything should start and end with thanks to God for all He does for us.
(Sorry for silence - give personal update at end!)😃
Be warned photo heavy post.
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!?
HERE is current desk… you can actually see some of it! My silence and unwellness found me doing some 2am spring cleaning. Shock, horror! I found on desk a lost die (AKA one from Miss Di of Snippets, which features thrice on this post), clear piece for Stamp-a-ma-jig, AND in box below desk, (now moved into drawer set) - MISSING - mini stamp pad from a set, a set of mini misti rules, set square, etc., 3 masks or stencils, 2 stamp sets all tiny and fell easily into said box. 🤣🤣 BUT yet to find my Pippi butterfly disc., my very favourite butterfly 🙏🙏🙏
One dead heat gun - Milwaukee from 1994, only 28 years young, cost $65 - then a small fortune in AUD. Bought in a garage craft store in a country city on North coast, till then I used my toaster. So this Monday when it suddenly didn’t go anymore mid stream, finished the embossing off on toaster 😂.
How hard it is to get any sort of heat gun here now?! 3 brands only, my choice - Couture Creations when trialled (on its way) will review. WOW heat gun sadly only in USA & UK, Wagner not available either, same as one I had. Saw video on one bought, 🙏 it looks good. Needs to be tough, mine was so well marked.
Absent since 31st Aug., almost 2 & half months lots won’t share today, another day. Today starts with “Thanks so much” by Lil’ Inkers designs die. On desk today - found in clean up, a safe spot on desk. Of course!
A prize in Snippets playground eons ago! Needed thank you cards so its first outing… on washi tape, much neglected, along with peel offs. These are snippets cards too - beauty of die cuts to use up those small white pieces under the washi. The simple scoring with neglected peel offs add a finishing touch. Die is NBUS, so popping over there too.
Snippets of vellum in background on top one, coloured with dye ink to make it stand out. EF (Hessian) is a NBUS, too UK purchase with Margaret for 25p according to ticket in the craft cheap shop in Llandudno, I love the small sentiment stamp blocks bought there too + glitter paper. Red was a snippet, a piece of embossed foil with AI sheet, made for a special card but AWOL when needed so did another, found it in clean up.
Next set of cards, a continuation from last post ink resist. Did try the batik technique with more random folding (top cards) but lost effect. Didn’t remember till after inked first time, not from very beginning. 🙄 I did some more, bottom cards, but wasn’t well then. Totally forgot to do it all.
Figure it’s not meant to be .. this set of cards sees all ladies birthday done till end of year and one needed sympathy card too. The Simon Says hugs and prayers set looks lovely with this. The happy birthday is Sue Wilson sml die set. Oh, the happy birthday stamp silver embossed is a NBUS too, it’s bought about six years or so ago at my second craft show in Brisbane. This is it below, frame of greeting Kaisercraft. Frame on main image is a CCD, background stamp Hero arts disc.
The second two cards are brushos an encouragement card and a birthday card from one piece in snippets drawer.
Must do some more as it’s emptying.
The last set of cards are sixteen Christmas cards. I must say I’m delighted when I see this year a “Christmas card” where Christ is actually included, it’s become a rarity. In 2022 is there is ‘no room for Jesus’? most of you-tube videos, new releases - eg none in Penny Black, & all but a few cards in a challenge, it’s the holly & ivy, elves, dwarfs, or trees, snowy scenes .. not against some of them as do some, too, but almost exclusively? just wonder what Jesus thinks…
On these it is with the Christ of Christmas. Di appears in this card - as this the die she sent me one Christmas as I fell in love with it, so thanks so much Di, it is up there as my very favourite Christmas die. How many did I do before I cracked the design? See to the left of pile - were actually six of 16 😂😂😂 Below - third desk shows how many die sets I went through to find the design.. and last image shows two dies I actually used, the spellbinders circle with a CCD scallop circle die to make the frame!
The brayered background (Kaleidocolor) on gloss cardstock is the quickest, easiest + most effective backdrop whether used with stamps or dies. It just looks great! Bright when done, colour lightens as dries.
Stamped greeting in Gold EP is a 1990s, yes, it cost a lot then too everything stamp wise did! Saved a year for my trip to big smoke, this one was $16AUD then. Most still have price stickers on them.
Had to fiddle with the nativity die (Nativityscape by Sugar Pea), left out one of the palms, so stable didn’t look like it was in the middle of desert. Did a double cut, ie cut front portion, moved along past second tree, added building. Okay once figured it out.
Here’s a bonus card, upcycle for my friend Robin, I always do her a robin card (with a verse of course) if able, was delighted when found this among last years cards, a beautiful sketch. I’m still about six cards short so hope to do a few more + have all done and sent by end of this month?! 🙏🙏 It has dry embossed background, though hurried photo before mailed doesn’t show it well.
Well, definitely enough cards for now.. to Aussie photos.
Loads of flowers, I’ve three dozen rose bushes, so give lots away too, two bunches yesterday.
Here are two bunches I’ve actually kept for myself.
Some seascapes, including a stunning full moon..
As it’s been a La Niña year there is a pineapple in pineapple patch on the way, they’re a bromeliad.. it has very pretty but tiny purple flowers .. here it is up close and here is the sequence. Probably ripe around March or maybe Feb.
Lastly the same parent birds as last post had a clutch of three babies again with three .. but as video description explains not much success again. For video see below or link here.
Here is a still photo, to learn more on them look at post below.
Personal update - the simplest answer for any absence is as always I’ve been unwell, still not great but getting there. An ongoing infection, severe sinusitis from mould in unrepaired section of home since late last year - but THAT is now repaired so much better thank the LORD, with other newer health issues added to my usual. Oh, I am aging too! 😂😂
Thanks so much for popping over, especially if you can stay for a chat, and may God bless you and all those whom you love.
Shaz in Oz.x
Thought for the day:
I thought this Snoopy cartoon had the right analysis on this passage.
2 Chronicles 7:12-15
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place…
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain,
or if I command the locusts to devour the land,
or if I send pestilence among my people;
If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Now mine eyes shall be open,
and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
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!