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

Thursday 26 January 2023

Oxides Relief with Altenew Beautiful Bergenia 3D Embossing Folder + WOYWW

(Warning - photo heavy post)

Well, blink and tis almost month’s end! Today is also Australia Day. Certainly sunshine meant a good beach day, but not for me. I will say though I love Australia & believe I’m most blessed of God to live where I do!

A day late, but I’m joining in WOYWW (do join in please here at Julia’s, and bring a late note like me) 😂. Have so much unshared on blog. Before Christmas I made gift sets of cards so sharing some here.

The beautiful folder is a NBUS Altenew beautiful bergenia 3D EF (a link here) but kinda my technique. Technique done many times but this time I tried it Distess Oxides just to see if it worked. As desk shows I did lots of scraps in the many shades. THEN tried DOX after using the dye inks. 

Technique- smooch all over top surface of EF with chosen ink, inked three times, and emboss each time, without shifting the folder on bottom side

I also lightly water spritzed the last smooch to activate the oxide, pop the colour and even out the tones. 

I chose top side to ink up but optional (I marked it too as annoyingly Altenew hadn’t labelled this one, so mix up is easy. Usually named side is top but not always).  

Here are some of the cards I made back in November, and some for next months birthday, some are explained underneath.

Used DOX Duck-egg blue. Verse a digi of own creation. Favourite of Ps 37 below is DOX Lemonade. Green is Aridondack. Simon Says greeting hugs prayers, just for you, Kaisercraft I think.. 

The two scenes are ancient brayered pieces in my snippets drawer. Stampscapes used on NBUS EF canvas + HB stamp first outing, as is die from Scrappy Mo's Candy when had heart attack June 2020. EF is Dot Matrix, Sympathy die is Elizabeth Craft Design poss disc.?

These are two birthday cards made with TH Rock candy with DST on top of cut down old birthday card tops. Now done all Feb cards. Many male and others not shared yet. Last card, a batik technique shared link in post below, with recipe, HB is from top edger die set like the Thinking of You used on previous card.

Now to Aust photos, today truly was as beautiful as this one, taken a fortnight ago.

Second photo is bird box is a nesting box for Eastern Rosellas, one of them is at the side, waiting to pop back in box, bit blurry cos I was in a hurry, was inside, taken through door screen too. Last count four babies inside, fluffballs, not fledged yet, acc to family. They’ve had about eight couples nest in it, I think this is Ross and Ella no 8. Underneath sharing pineapple will add second photo tomorrow in daylight as it’s much bigger now.. 

These two stunning creations are Hibiscus Harlequin Beetles, they are sucking insects so not altogether good for the health of the plant, but I still wouldn't kill them.

It's a friend's photo in Sydney yesterday on an early morning walk, on FB. Have seen them but not common.

Many thanks for popping over especially if you have time for a chat.

God's blessing in all things,

Prayer hugs,  Shaz in Oz.x

Thought of the Day:

These are the verses preached on 1st Feb 1788, closest to 26th Jan 1788 when they landed. Aust is very diverse and multicultural, we are very blessed of God. Richard Johnson was the first fleet’s chaplain, he was most grateful to God for His great mercy in bringing them safely through such a long and hazardous journey. 

I’m amazed at the bravery of all immigrants in all generations, including, in Bible times, Abraham who left in obedience to God’s command and he knew not whither he went. 

So it is really for us all today!

We might know our name, our address, etc. but we really DO NOT KNOW what a day will bring forth - that’s why THE Anchor that these verses speak of is so VERY IMPORTANT. 

A very wise servant of the Living God was the Rev. Richard Johnson, his choice was truly an Anchor for every single Australian (& for us all), no matter origins of birth, for 1788 and in 2023. 

Psalm 116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all His benefits toward me? 

13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

Richard Johnson was a grateful minister and worshipper on that first Sunday in February. He would have felt that both he and all those in the First Fleet had so much for which to be thankful to God.” Quote is linked to source.

Linking over to the following:

1.  WAW Word Art Wednesday - ANYTHING Goes. Three Altenew cards, Stampscapes and pink Rock candy birthday card. 

2. NBUS Challenge - the following cards  - the three Bergenia cards, the two brayered cards. NBUS listed on post with cards.

3 Snippets playground -    All cards have items from snippets drawer it’s hard, but think the oldest snippet wins and that’s the brayered Stampscapes card, it has multiple snippets all but base in reality.

4. Allsorts Challenge - Spots and/ or stripes. I think dots are also spots 😊 used the TH Dot matrix EF used on the sunset sympathy card with deer silhouette.  Image die is a VERY LARGE DOT silhouette 😂.

5. Simon Says Monday challenge  Beautiful Blooms - all three Embossed Altenew EF cards.

6. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes. - Sympathy card, Stampscapes card, Lemonade DOX EF card, Batik technique birthday card, Humming Bird birthday card

Wednesday 4 January 2023

Lunar Paste with Leaves on Stamping Foam initial review + WOYWW

 I really wanted to join for this first week in January’s WOYWW because this month is my 12th anniversary of joining in the beautiful blog hop around desks. As my health is poor these days the frequency is unpredictable.

And desk day is What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, over HERE 😁 at Julia's .. so where’s my desk!?

I’m exploring this new technique with new to me Simon Hurley products from Christmas gifts - video here. Leaves are from Singapore Frangipani in my garden. They’re on top left of this image, adhered on page scrap with double sided tape. Three of four lunar pastes, the piece of stamping foam and my very first attempt using same colours as video. I had four colours lunar paste, stamp, stamping foam and new heat gun were two gifts from two family dear ones. Of course the photos DO NOT SHOW THE shimmery SHEEN! Buts unbelievable.

Yes, I’m hooked on this technique,  I was a kid in candy shop. I did some on white card, is nice too .. but black is wonderful. 

Here’s card samples in various colour ways. I’ve actually done more makes of other stamps on foam, but will share another day.

Do I like the Lunar paste? It’s brilliant for this technique… here I applied ink with small or even larger brayer as long as you get even colour for even pressure stamp. It’s a learning curve but you’ll find it a quick technique and can do loads of samples which is great.

I didn’t like it as a watercolour paint technique, so not ever doing that again.

My one try with a good TH Mosaic stencil had mixed success. It needs further investigation but the colour dried was simply extraordinary. It’s moist paste so found it required a VERY light hand with stencil. 

These are cards made but didn’t photograph the ones on white card sorry and not home today.. this is my desk view… howzat?

To other Aussie Shots… in Aust on Christmas afternoon often backyard Cricket is played.
This year our budding younger cricketers roused the older ones into action, it was fun to watch!

Here’s the required beach views, with a new rose Aussie breed, ❤️ Alicia Courage, and a sunrise!

This last one is of my creek walk five mins from my place, taken two days ago, so good to see that marquee in centre.
It’s for SUFM or Scripture Union Family Mission. I was so overjoyed to see they’d come back this year after a Covid hiatus,

In the 1960's, on the 4th of Jan, as a child I prayed right here at the creek at a picnic table and trusted in Jesus as my Saviour from my sin with a teacher from the Beach Mission of my youth.

The story and photos of this day, with photos of the picnic table spot and calligraphy too, are all Here, written in 2011. Early days of this blog so probably most haven’t seen it. 

This verse here is on bedroom wall. It has been pivotal in my life since 10 days in hospital Christmas/ New Year of 1984/5, one of the times I nearly died.

Much of it is mixed up memory. However this passage in Psalm 37 anchored me, I asked anyone visiting to read it to me, no natter who it was 😁 as was too sick to read. 

Key is:

Commit, Trust, Rest in Him, Wait on the Lord, Fret not thyself. 

It’s my anchor to my LORD GOD even today. I live with an unforgettable reality of the fragility of life.  Daily I know it, as do others. This totally changes your outlook and think Covid time has emphasised it too..

Thanks so very much for popping over for a peek and a chat, you are appreciated, will do my very best to reciprocate.

Prayer hugs, 🙏🤗❤️

Shaz in Oz.x 

Linking up to the following:

** NBUS Challenge Never Before Used Schtuff

** WAW Word Art Wednesday - ANYTHING Goes - both new cards.

** Allsorts blogspot challenge CAS design. thank you card, a stamp greeting now discontinued and the foam is of course a handmade stamp. 

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