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 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Christmas Challenge - GDT for Rudolph Day!

Hullo there everyone!
A great privilege today as sharing with you my first card for the Guest Designer for Scrappy Mo's Christmas challenge - Rudolph day which runs from the 25th of each month to the end - in this case the 31st of Aug.
As Mo is in Canada you have extra time if you're in different time zone, as I am!
As I'm still not well, my goal was easy if possible. Took the verse already made up from from snippets in my Christmas bits box, "For unto You is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD", from Luke.
I like the One Who is the real reason for Christmas to be on every single card  I make, that's the whole point.
Next goal was to use "neglected" dies. I found in my box of tricks a a new- bought-on-sale "American Crafts glitter card" in 6" x 6" pad. Decided to try this and love it. It is fab! So thin, cuts well and glitter stays put.
Used it on the Martha Stewart leaf punch, Memory Box Piestra die, Memory box bauble die.
So added ribbon, bling and silver thread and that was it! you can see glittery bits better on this photo.
Well, short and sweet from me here today as still recovering (see previous post - if you didn't know I have been very ill).
I keep forgetting how slow I have to take things. I maybe slow at returning your very kind comments too. 
Lord bless you and keep you all.
Shaz in Oz.x 

"But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10

Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Shaz ill, blog in temporary recess.

Don't link this post by anything but private emails please.
Also haven't opened emails since been ill. Doing this on mohile.
Brief comments but most of all prayer Deeply appreciated.

Been very ill in Iintensive Care Unit here in Oz. from mid afternoon 20/7 Oz time, for six days, had burst appendix and peritonitis, but cos of my weird body, I didn't get surgery for 36 hours, they simply don't get my weird muliple medical chronic conditions  

In end no choice left, but to operate or else.
Fought to be home again in charge of own meds, in care of family, as my system is very different to medical norm, and they do best but ...
Still struggling greatly, tummy poisoned by infection, life saving antibiotics, with insomnia+++... 1am as write.
Just to interesting am in middle of root canal of troubling tooth but God worked a miracle so now last appointment on it on Monday 😊.
I want to say this:
I know our God is a miracle worker, I've seen so many in last week or so. I so praise Him for His many many mercies
Could write a book but will just share this instead.. and for you dear ones to God I'm daily learning to
" Let go....
Let God!"
love in His sweet name, Shaz.x

Edit: Thanks all for thoughts and prayers. On mend God willing, will post for Mo's Christmas challenge Rudolph day on 25th Aug. God bless you all. Shaz.x

Friday, July 15, 2016

Shaker Card + Elizabeth Crafts Happy Birthday die Bizzy Bec's DT post + Friday Smiles

(WOYWW post down below or click here)

Hullo there everyone, time again for a mid month post for my DT over at Bizzy Bec's.. and those of you who know me, know I often do a tutorial.
Today - shaker cards using positive and negative of a word die - a happy birthday die!
You get two cards for the price of one!
The Elizabeth crafts Happy Birthday word die, a stunning die, very easy to use positive and negative.  Also using the Cottage Cutz Stitched ovals.

Step 1 die cut out the centre of the shaker card with die cut of choice. On underside add the acetate for the shaker bits to go under. I put on the top of it (but not essential) a frame from same size oval and next one up and mount with double sided mounting tape, cut to size and pop it up on the outside. see below.
Step 2 the completed front part of the card, ready with acetate, frame and embossed front sheet.
Step 3: Here's a snippet of inky photo paper, made with Distress Ink pads (Mustard seed, Spiced marmalade pads, SU Lively lavender + Peeled paint re-inkers) and damp crumpled cling wrap method. Gloss card is smooched with random inks, damped scrunched cling wrap is laid over it to dry. 
Add double sided tape to back of piece for word die. Cut the word die. 
Step 4: Added the sheet of photo paper to a snippet of white card, after cutting it, peeling off the positive of the word die to expose the intact negative of the die on lower layer.
I have cut another word die cut out of white craft foam (adding double sided tape on the back of it also), for the happy birthday die.
Lay the positive layer on top of foam cut so it pops up nicely on the card.
Step 5: I decided I needed to match the colours of the die cut with the background for shaker, so really mixed media here! Some torn up tissue paper, glued on scrap of card, coloured with similar toned sprays.
Step 6: Here are all the shaker elements in the inside of the foam layer, it was die cut with inside size die, then adhered with tape + non tacky glue to the back. I say non-tacky cos tacky glue can stick to sequins, etc.
Step 7. Add seal on back of shaker, I used some anti static powder on back of the acetate. The seal on back of foam needs to be complete before turning it over.

Completed card 1, also used embossing folder by *Taylored Expressions called Snow fall, *available from Bec.- although not on site. I actually embossed it from both ends to extend the embossing.
Card 2: You probably cant see it but used Spellbinder Pierced Rectangles die set to cut out the photo paper. Just used the pierced section to give a pierced edge. Two snippets of green used here,  folder is a 5 x 7" Cuttlebug one called Dominoes.
May God bless your day, every one - wherever you may be!
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat.. will return your visits as soon as able, as am bit behind .. sorry!

Shaz in Oz.x
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: Psalm 9:10

'Cos it is Friday over at Annie's! here are some Friday smiles.
My sister and hubby are in South Australia on a four drive trip here and the driver took these amazing shots not bad eh? Magnificent birds of Gods creation, Aussie Wedged Tail eagles! soaring ever so high .... Oh, and dont argue with those talons.

Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on both cards. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes     

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WOYWW Calligraphy Hudson Sleeps here

Been bit AWOL in blogland of late.. just warning you, it is the three weeks of le tour de France, which means late nights in Oz for this keen watcher.. Mind you, dont last till end each night like used to, watch it rest the next day. My brother Pete is over riding in it again as tour guide for Bikestyle tours. Yesterday was stage 10, here's a photo from ride of the course, they don't do all of it. "Allez, allez!" (think this is midi Pyrenee's.)
 However this is WOYWW - so to my desk or desks! Look at my happy mail this morning.. from three different people I have never met but on the net! All had put in die cuts, one from USA and two from Oz. All offered at different times but arrived together! so linking over to WOYWW (What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday, hosted again by dear Lunch Lady Jan.
Thanks, dear LLJ! )
(EDIT update from LLJ post - we will back at our Queen of desks blog next week, Queeen Julia - woo hooo! ever so glad .. Praying on for her health though, each day :D)
Right is a die, from Our Daily Bread Lacey squares, a very kind gift from *Mehrll, Sharing Simple Things see here! She also sent the die cuts in front and stamped items.
On far left from *Carol (of Crafty Carol's Cards) my fellow DT friend in Brissy, she sent me the white flower die cuts to try from Heartfelt Creations die, (sorry, I kind of cut them off, I was in hurry this morning).
Then dear WOYWW-er *RosA (of Paperchase), who I have actually met now, several times, sent me some more snowflakes at the back! and a card (which may upcycle for 25th July challenge at Scrappy Mo's). THANK YOU ALL, my dear kind friends!
Another desk today or where I was doing a bit of work, helping a very kind male family member to sand off the old paint and rust off the garage door. It is now painted with base coat of anti rust primer, so it is a khaki. :D
This is actually an April desk, but I wasn't up to posting it so doing it now ... yes, some calligraphy, and sketching, or copying of a sketch. Adding here the PVA glue size to the black lettering to raise it.
Colouring the image here with Prismacolor set of pencils. I  use a clip on magnifier glass for such close work. Bought it years ago from Aldi but haven't seen them again, otherwise would get another one. It really is brilliant!

I didn't frame it to send to Hudson, but sent it unframed, then they can chose how it is to be done.
Now to the Aussie shots. First is it the three kookaburra (or blue winged kingfisher) in our back neighbour's yard, taken on 30x zoom.  
 And then the red Poinsettia in our courtyard garden. There is pink one too but it isn't out all the way yet so will share it later. Also have a lemon/ cream one in back yard should take it for next week.
This is quite a large one, and so very vibrant and bright has been like this for a month already. I expect it to last another two months at least. They lvoe this spot.
Well, happy WOYWW, everyone ... and thanks again to my very kind three bloggy mates .. so very kind to send me new things to try out! Fun coming ... in between watching le tour!
 Please say hi - to let me know you've been by! 
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!

Shaz in Oz.x

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs 8:17

Linking up to:
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bizzy Bec's Anything Goes Challenge - Gilding Flakes, etc.

Hullo everyone .. another post for Bizzy Bec Online Store it's anything goes at the Monthly Challenge for July, 'cos June went in blink!
For the  "Anything Goes Monthly Challenge"  the winner worldwide receives either a die or stamps prize from Bizzy Bec's.. 
For my cards today I used one of the Bizzy Bec Card Embellishment packs
   all are 40% off ie $5.95!! very cheap.
This is no 11 Bizzy Bec Card Embellishment Kit. I made two cards out it, had already used some flowers on this card back here.
I decided I wanted to change the metal on this embellishment ... why? because I could :D I decided to use the only Gilding flakes I have (Egyptian Gold), very rarely used so looked up on You tube how to play with them.
Put a little of Gilding flake Glue on scrap paper, spread it gently out with make up sponge and applied it evenly over the embellishment.
Added gilding flakes and pressed them onto the embellishment well with fingers.
Burnished piece and put back into container any left over as did all this on a scrap piece of copy paper.
I decide to stamp with gilding flakes too (Used Pre-order Gilding flakes - Egyptian Gold). Had snippet of vellum sitting on my desk for ages.
Key note: if stamping with tacky Gilding Glue (Pre-order Cosmic Shimmer Gilding flakes glue) you must clean it off ASAP with a good stamp cleaner. I used kitchen detergent and Stazon cleaner mixed together. You apply the glue in same fashion with a sponge gently over surface taking care not to push into into stamp grooves.
The stamp is Darkroom Door Gum Trees set - With Sympathy stamp.

I 3D’ed the rose on this in simple cut around method (see here).
Popped it up with silicone glue.
You can see that started cutting it in top picture, but I hadn’t glued it then.

These are all items from the Card Embellishment set, including paper and die cuts, and Sarah Kay image, must confess do like these. I have scanned the image to make a digi for personal use out of it.
So two very different cards for one card set and loads more items left in the Embellishment set 11 with which to play :D
The Sympathy card is already winging its way across the sea to UK.
Thanks so very much for popping over! 
Please say hi - to let me know you've been by!  
Shaz in Oz.x

 "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass."
Psalm 37:5

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on all of the cards.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Belated WOYWW + Rudolph Day + Darkroom Door Surfboards

Hullo there one and all.. YUP! I am officially running a day late for WOYWW (What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday, hosted again by dear Lunch Lady Jan.
Thanks, dear LLJ! )
Those who would like an update of Julia and her Acoustic Neuroma, post surgery please read her recent post here. Please keep praying for her, brain surgery of this sort is slow recovery. Pray also that her recovery will be complete.
Just scraping in for Scrappy Mo's challenge, see below!
Big warning - photo over load here!

To my desk at midday yesterday, before left for the day! there's a card half done there, a selection of dies on left, most of which were rejected. Sample of one chosen at rear left, the one chosen is in silver (extended) under the Dark Room Door Surboards, done with perfect pearls colouring.
This lovely 6 x 6" cardstock came to me by courtesy of Yvonne of Phoebez blog. Admiring her cards, I asked her where she bought her lovely cardstock from? Off cuts she said from a Dutch paper mill. Of course we live no where near a paper mill, so when she offered to post me some if I paid for post cost, I gratefully accepted. Hard to get good foiled card here - so thank you, dear friend! Yvonne also enabled me to buy a new SB on its way here (see here).  Bad me, of course Bizzy Bec's had them at such a good price, too good to miss out on!
I have shared this before but there are always new folks.. I don't have a scallop die to fit these LOTV stamps so I cut one and half silver smaller diecuts then cut it up on back to fit around as a fully scalloped edge. Cool, eh?

Image in centre, Darkroom Door Surfboards - emboss image in clear embossing powder + colour in with Versamark pen + add colour by colour the perfect pearls. Seal them with hairspray at the end. Used die SB polka Dots largest die. This one is going to UK so kept it fairly flat, safe to post then.
This image (A sketchy one by Sheena Douglas) was done the same way as the Darkroom Door surfboards, stamped on scrap of burgundy cardstock then added perfect pearls as above. I fussy cut it out, and glued it with silicone glue on the embossed card. The CB Snowflake EF had been smooched with blue ink then embossed and sprayed with shimmery mist. Snowflake (coloured with blue and silver ink) was one from RosA, + verse "For unto you this day ..."is a digi.
My entry for
Scrappy Mo's Christmas card challenge - aka Rudolph day (you've until today's end).
Now to the photos of Oz - in South Australia this is for you Cheryl Scrivens! Close family, Pete and Robyn are on on 3 months trip to South Australia. Have a four wheel drive + four wheel drive caravan. Doing the hard yakka of dirt roads in the rain - in the desert!
they have been bogged and the Army came to the rescue.. they just happened to be passing in the middle of the desert, pretty good, eh?
One of God's coincidences/ providential provisions.  

As I write this they are just north of Marla heading to Alice Springs and Uluru (the rock).
I put this one in so you can see what difference the sunlight makes, this in the cloud so no many highlights. It is called the "Painted Desert" because of the amazing colour & lights. It was that sort of mud you drive over at 10 - 50km an hour, slow going. Especially if you had to stop and de-cake the mud off all the tyres, cos they were all clogged up with mud and wouldn't move.
This one reminds me of a Namatjira painting my dad painted and we had in our loungeroom as kids.
Spectacular mesas +++ God's creation is amazing!
Footprints in the salt of Lake Ayre, largest saltwater lake inland South Australia. They walked in as far as they could, till started to sink in sand ..
The hugest Sturt Desert Peas flowers I've ever seen and Rob too - she said each blossom was 10cm long, ie 4". Just growing out in wild of sandy/ mud flats. Popped up with recent rains, see caking of ground as it dries.
To left is their rig, the end of their four wheel drive caravan, shows they've been at the famous Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta. They camped out the back where there was a caravan park, and really great hot showers!
 A special welcome to a new encourager of this blog a Big welcome to Margaret Jones .. first new one in many months and sadly I cant welcome her properly as no comment. So please comment so I can link to and join your blog.

Please say hi - to let me know you've been by! 
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!

Shaz in Oz.x

  "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 
how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" Romans 11:33

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on all of the cards.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Watercolour Painting with Distress Inks + Friday Smiles

Hi there one and all. 
Yes, time has passed since posting, been fighting tooth issues again, result = root canal. Had the card below on last week's desk but decided not to share it till it was okay.
It is for dear lady in her eighties called Iris, hence the iris flowers. I bought the Digi from "Beccy's place" over here.
I struggled in colouring this image - because although it came coloured I wanted to colour it. This is my third and final attempt - success - yay! First I tried Tombow watercolour pens, too strong on fine image. Next I tried pencils .. same result fine detail of image lost. So lastly you see me trying Distress ink I've smooched it on white piece of laminated card rather than block, so you can see colours. Used two mauve/ purple, and three green with blue. DI Blue Denim was used on both purple and green for shadows.
I shaped the flowers as love the 3D look, although doesn't really show that clearly - see here to show I do it. I did this with a single layer.. a cheat's way :D
Was really happy with this card, love it - it really does make me smile that it finally worked!
Used ODB Beautiful Borders die, threaded ribbon through which was died with ink. Stamp is also ODB Mini tags. Folder is Couture creations Tied together. Ovals dies are Spellbinders
Elegant largest oval die

and Stitched Oval dies by Cottage Cutz.
Instead of photos today from downunder I thought I would share some pickies of when I visited Iris in April 2012 in Lincolnshire, UK.
er home Beck House was built in 1265, the same time as four other buildings - of these only hers and church remained. She lived there from 1965 till 2013, when she moved to a bungalow. So here are some more Friday smiles.

I really enjoyed my time with Iris, even though it was wet like it often is in UK for some of the time.
I reached a milestone today on my blog. I share a snip of it below, over 200,000! quite astounding actually! :D a big smile there.

Well, looks like (at the time that I write this) the Brexit has gone through. Do pray for all concerned as to what this will mean over there as have many dear to my heart in UK.
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat!
May God bless your day wherever you may be

Shaz in Oz.x 

PS dont forget, Saturday 25th, time for Christmas Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's Rudolph day. Gotta get my skates on! :D

 "I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry". Psalm40:1
Linking up to: 
 1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets, on die cuts.
3.  Cuttlebug Mania -  'Midsummer'  include flowers/floral wreath + some die cutting and/or dry embossing.
4.  Our Daily Bread Challenge ODBDSLC275 Pop it up or add dimension - Irises done in 3D style.
5. Friday Smiles 175 over at Annie's