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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Stampscapes Meets Black Ice Technique + WOYWW.

Well, very sorry indeed for lo-o-ooong silence from Downunder. Things have been incredibly busy thus far in 2018, it shows no sign of slowing. Still making cards, just not blogging! (Am sure 2018 is short-changed on its length of each day! Will probably do a whole lot of catch up eventually - so many unshared cards.)
(For WOYWW, as tis
Wednesday, pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground!)
This Black Ice technique I first heard about over in the playground, (See here!). Guest designer, Kathy of the Purple Princess Diaries shared her card with it and Kathy also linked to this Video here!
Anyways.. I just couldn’t start simple and use a single image, like most others! I mean easy-peasy!!! NO! I just had to jump into the deep end and do this slippery technique as a scene, inking up with Stampscapes. Now a scene with multiple stamps on on slippery sheet of silver is not for the faint-hearted. If I'd not had a cheap source of silver cardstock (bought in poster size sheets for few dollars from the newsagent or cheap shop) I would’ve quit. But thankfully I did have such a source here in Oz ... also this was a special card for my darling dad’s 89th!
So persevering was aim of game!
 Am happy with technique, finally... One thing puzzled me though - why nearly everyone did their cards in funereal colours, black, silver and grey?
Liked the combo, and could see its purpose, but very drab for dad’s birthday.
I was determined to try another colour slant... so took out some stencils, I dry embossed the stencil then inked it up with DI Oxides.
I do like them now, wasn’t sure at first. They’re great on stencils. Also I bought the Distress glaze to seal Oxides. **Unless you want waterproof work, don’t waste pennies. A good hairspray works just as well and to be honest with stencils you don’t get the chalk residue .. or I didn’t with these colours.
Also the glaze needs to be refrigerated if you’re in high temps with humidity like we have at present. I overdosed my piece, sadly, rather a waste. Just polish off excess. I had ordered it before had the hairspray brainwave (at night, as you do)! It’s an excellent sealant.
Inky colours on stencil were Faded Jeans, Blue China and Green Pistachio DI Oxides, mixed and blended. Stencil is Darkroom Door "Mesh", small one but I extended it as wasn’t deep wide enough. (Bugs me the way things are based around US sizes even for Australian product like Darkroom Door. Guess it’s market population.) Used DI sponge applicators, washed the foam out after use - that way you don’t need one for every Ink you own. Nice, VERY! but not practical nor economical.
The next card was for my uncle's 82nd Birthday so used the Penny Black Terraced Lane - one of scene ones. Stamped in Versafine. Used ink dusters + dye inks, happy birthday is again Lawn Fawn, stamped with Versafine.
The piece on the right is a small coke can, FIRST die cut with SB Deckled rectangle die, and then dot EF dry embossed, inked with various Alcohol inks.
Now to the Aussie shots .. not by me, by another very clever family photographer. All are up at Cathedral Rocks - see here!

A Skink above, one of Scale tale lizards. Below a Scarlet Robin.
Gorgeous ... God's creation is quite breathtaking to see!
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x   Road trip - second card - PB Terraced Lane.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Butterfly Challenge (x 7) + WOYWW

Popping in very quickly, for two reasons! It is Wednesday, so over to Julia’s Stamping Ground. Also linking up for another Butterfly challenge entry!!! 
#95 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the letter P.
P is Pearls, Pink, Peach Purple, Paper Piecing, Patterned Paper and requisite butterfly.. yes, I used the lot! However you only need two!
To my desk, or desk 1!
 For some reason I'm into stencils for moment.. rediscovering them. This is a NBUS - Hero Arts "Glorious Petal". The inks were smooshed peach, pink through to mauvy purple. Curiously, I did add purple (not shown) but it was muted to mauve.
After smooching inks on craft mat, I added the embossing paste, and layered them on stencil blending in as I went.

 Finished card - patterned paper (free digi download) is paper pieced onto bottom layer of die cut, you cant see it clearly but there are several layers on die cut. MB Pippi butterfly was snippet of card painted with shimmer paints in peach pink purple-mauve.

 Greeting stamped is wet embossed Crafter's Companion ,Popcorn bear set. Pearls added to flowers (MB Lavish Branch) + Butterfly.
Snippets used in making of this card!

EDIT: This card -Top 3  on Butterfly challenge :D
 Desk 2: TOP TIP - discovery! for Distress oxides. I'd watched a video on sealing Oxides to make colours pop, they used a glaze by Tim Holtz. Thinking on it later (in my prayer time if truth be known, wandering mind) it came to my mind - Hair spray!!
You see when I set Pan pastels I use hair spray, rather than buying tin of setting spray.  

Sorry didn't think to do a before and after shot - BUT before bottom rows of spots were virtually invisible and other tones not so definite. They popped!
Stamp is Penny Black Terraced Lane - one of scene ones. Stamped in Versafine. Inked with ink dusters + dye inks, happy birthday is again Crafter Companion, stamped with Versafine, and on cork.

Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WOYWW, Engagement Birthday Butterflies

Hi everyone. Been very hot and dry here in summery Oz, fires in some parts. Went swimming yesterday at jetty beach, think might be in order today too.
On left of 1st desk is box to be recovered with the calligraphic gift wrapping paper for the bride's set of gift cards, I've made. Covered already, added two strips of gold washi, it looks great.
Setting up desk under best fan in house, too hot in craft room. Don’t have aircon, as usually sea breeze rescues us, but not till later today!
Time  for WOYWW for Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's place! To my work in various stages of  progress!  Extra bonus is watching the Winter Olympics while crafting. Aussies have won two medals, silver and bronze! Great work considering not much snow here..  I’ve a spate of birthdays this month that’s why I’m really glad we’re not big on Valentine’s Day here. I’m trying to make a male card, should’ve taken a half made image from stash as have them but wanted something different!! This Penny Black Stamp was in my Christmas pressie, a NBUS!
 If it weren’t "Hearts" over at Feb. Two-fer Challenge, I'd have used this stamp. Tried a coloured sky on this.. new to me colours.
 Another desk, below, yesterday was making card using Finetex Gold paints to paint and die cut looks great.

On Monday I posted a card similar to this see HERE!
Also today is  Mrs A’sButterfly #95 challenge - spin wheel with letter P. (She has revamped this year with heaps more options).
This fortnight is P is for Purple + pearls (or pink, peach, paper piecing, and paptterned paper.. lots of P options there!).
As I decided to make a mauve/purple /gold  version for my friend who loves purples, pearls, butterflies and gold.. here ‘tis. For those who didn’t see the Monday post take a peek, as do love this technique for getting coloured embossed stamped greeting with clear embossing powder. Used technique
on this too. This card isn't exactly the same as different butterfly die (SB)..
 Last week my desk showed this card, an Engagement card for a friend’s daughter, she was actually named after me as I’ve known them for many decades.  
So a very special card... her favourite flower is lily of the valley, and colour is soft green. As said last week, the Lily of valley are SB die but I bought Die cuts on eBay and coloured them. Then used two Heart EF on background, both CB but discontinued, Love set and Kimmy Luvs is other, corners are a Marianne die.
Die cut two green die centres from new circle die set (Holly Jolly Nesting die set by Yvonne), using with the largest circle from SB Royal circle. Added coloured and shaped lily of valley flowers with silicone glue. Small bow is a CCD set. Lace gift from friend. Two hearts linked on right are from CB Love set which is die set and folder. "S" and "M" are from CB Olivia alphabet set.
The greeting is computer generated and as it’s glossy card I could wet emboss it. Rub anti static pad over it before printing, when comes out of Inkjet printer, quickly sprinkle embossing powder and heat set.
Now to Aussie shots .. took this photo to send to my sister.. the peach rose "Guitar" is usually apricot.. hot weather has changed the colour!!
This view from Oz this week was taken on our icecream drive this week. I don’t swim at this spot it’s too dangerous, bad rips and currents, however lots of surfers do there were some this day..

Well thanks everyone, for popping over and especially if you take time to say hi.. you do so bless my heart and I pray God’s special blessing upon you in every way. 
Feeling unloved, or simply worn out .. know this, God loves you and knows your sorrows and your joys, look to Him and rejoice in this knowledge,
Prayer Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Monday, February 12, 2018

Butterfly challenge .. Tim Holtz Mozaic Stencil

Lobbing very quickly.. to post this card for my Butterfly challenge entry!!! Over HERE is Mrs A's challenge .. 
And the offering of this challenge has numerous options which immediately appealed to me .. I chose C for Corners and Cornflowers blue .. with the requisite Butterfly, of course! to my card.
CAS as was on time limit, plus my birthday girl likes CAS (even if she has no idea what CAS stands for!! :D).
 This was kinda CASED from one by Loll, on my Pinterest board under butterflies. Of course, mine is different - I rarely do a direct CASE.

So this card is made with 300gsm card, great to work with nice and smooth, and white.. took a snippet strip for stencil piece.

I'm not sure about UK, but in Oz cornflowers are very vibrant bright blue .. however from research it seems a soft blue was meant by this colour .. covered both shades by doing bright blue shimmer paints on butterfly and soft blue in TH Mozaic stencil ink. HB stamped greeting in same blue inks, unknown unmounted stamp (Victorine?). I used Versamark and mini misti to line up and achieve embossing on dye inks (Memento Sky Blue, Aronidack Cloudy Blue), gave wet embossed birthday greeting. I saw this trick somewhere (you tube?) but first time I tried it .. wow! it worked a treat will do it again! Now doing another card in Purple.
I die cut the rectangle with a stitched CCD set, largest rectangle die extended. added silver cut of Memory Box leaf die, with Joy butterfly on top and pearls.
May the Lord bless your day everyone .. and thank you most of all if you pop over for a peek and chat.. you are  blessing!
Hugs Shaz in oz.x

Linking up to:
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WOYWW - Brayer Iridescent Medium + Brusho cards

WOW! yes another week gone .. and didn't excel in past week, missed a family birthday yesterday (oops!) so posted a belated one today.. better late than never! :D
And its Wednesday sooooooo time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday ... Pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground! Check out desks all over the world! To my desk!
So on right is an engagement card on the make... all elements there but not assembled. The lily of valley flowers are Spellbinder, I bought die cuts on eBay in white and coloured them, had ten lily of valley, and ten blue bells cheaper than buying dies! but card wasn't grand to colour, a bit poor quality really. I'm a paper or cardstock snob, I think... to left of that is another card been sitting there almost done for ages now finished as birthday card for nephew 3, it will be late I think as is nephews 2, but not showing it. On very left are card inserts already printed out.
This was brayered and stamped (probably Archival Black) years ago.. a true snippet, as are the corners (a square die cut up), I used iridescent medium on the brayer gloss card base with Kaleidocolor pad in blues... or maybe Big & Juicy pad looking at edged in greens.. snippet used for greeting die cut.
IO greeting set, top edgers.
 Now these are three more of the ten cards made as "thank you cards set" .. a requested wedding present .. she likes blues and greens, I've been told - so used blue green brushos, on two of them - watercolour resist technique + die cuts on third (used a CCD, comes in two pieces, can be used as one or alter to size). EF is Embossalicious Swirl. CCD for first TY die, and for "thanks" is a CB Olivia alphabet set.
Now to my Aussie shot.. we sat watching the waves this afternoon on our icecream drive :D Am busy next two days, hope to catch up on commenting on Sat. all being well!
Oh, excitement - just discovered have a new encourager of this blog .. a big welcome to Laurie! of In My dream, I see! pop over and leave some love.. she's only a fairly new blogger from Ontario, Canada!
 Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x

Thus saith the Lord God... ".. yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands".... Isaiah 49: 15b, 16a

Joining up with following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
Stamping snesations - Anything with flowers! loads of flowers here! 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WOYWW Ink Resist, Distress Inks water colours, et al

Hi there one and all. 
Mm, where did January go? Can’t believe it is the last day!!! And it is also Wednesday... so, time for WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday ... Pop over to Julia’s Stamping Ground! Check out desks all over the world! Warning though, it’s addictive! 
To my desk, or actually desk at my sister's home of last week! why I wasn't here in blogland.
Enjoying the beach, and we were colouring too with my sister’s Prismas... the crystal clear water was superb and so time was enjoyed, just chilling. No we haven’t finished yet, but I'm going to make mine up into cards...
Today's desk now has lots of cards, just finished the last of the ten cards I was making as a wedding gift. No, not made wedding card yet, need an engagement card too for another couple. Not due til third week in Feb.
I’ve had been trying out some new techniques which I’d saved in my “Must Try This!” page on Pinterest.  Mine, however invariably dont look like a CASE, at all.
 This one I will keep for me, its with different butterfly a magasine freebie, one below has Kaisercraftt butterfly, script stamp is SU French Script. Stamplorations set for greetings.
Didn't have right stamps or Distress Inks colours, however I was told bride likes blues, soft green and neutral shades so used those.
Loll's smooshing (see here) is nothing like mine. I couldn't get same intensity. 
Wondered if she used DI re-inkers?
Mine just "mooshed" not smooshed, very non-descript, not a true smoosh!!
 Very happy with these two, will keep top one, they were cased from Laurie's blog (see here) Again, not like but okay.. Used fern from discontinued set by Elusive images (pre-Chocolate Baroque). Used colours on Laurie's previous post but DI. Put down layer sponged layer of Antique Linen for background for ease of blending colours. Added Broken China and Cracked Pistachio in areas then blended with Antique Line again.
Thought I’d share this, about a die storage book, found on eBay, to hold the CCD or cheap China dies. Mine came quite quickly, in twelve days. (Link here to book, you can chose what size in pages you want, I went for three so some are large some are small sleeves for die.
Now to my Aussie shots..
 Yes, it was simply lovely going to swim at this spot, and not there weren’t lots of people there! Very very spoilt...
Very blessed of God to live in such a beautiful part of His creation. Very grateful!
Took few bird photos too. NOTE: all from inside house, so maximum zoom through windows. This is large dead tree in front centre. Two crested pigeons sitting in it.

These are two Masked Lapwing or hooded plovers, they seemed to be on  guard over the two new native banksia planted that morning by local dune patrol (family member + neighbour :D)
These are two Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos, in same dead tree.
This is why is important to keep a dead tree roosting spot for all varieties.
I am very sorry, rather time poor at moment and trying to catch up on commenting.
 Thanks so much for popping over for a peek, especially if you stay for a chat!
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!
Shaz in Oz.x 
 Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
* **Several new things, rectangle die, the butterfly stamp and fern stamp although very old never used before so real NBUS to quote Darnell. Plus both were new techniques to me!
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