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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Scrappy Mo's Christmas Challenge - Upcycling!

Well, flying in with quick post of some very quick Christmas cards here.. over at Scrappy Mo's it is Christmas challenge time with Rudolph day. As time was of the essence, I made two quick cards from two cards received last year.. really did not do much to them as they were already very nice.
Really love this card, it says:
" Wise men still seek Him. The first wise men gave Christ treasures from their kingdoms, Today's wise men give Christ the treasures of their heart."
Holley Gerth.
I like the One Who is the real reason for Christmas to be on every single card  I make, that's the whole point. Added a star and bling plus gold background to this.
Very simple card this as the glittery dove made it easy. Found my star bling which will add to the stars if I think they look okay.
This is our red poinsettia in the courtyard .. it has been flowering its heart out for three months, here is back here on the 13th July post. it loves this spot!
Just along from it is the pink begonia and there is also a Vinca, I call it a weed flowering plant.. it grows where it wants not where you want it. :D
Well everyone, dont forget to pop over to Mo's for the Christmas card challenge .. this will be ending all too soon, as the year is racing away!

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

Shaz in Oz.x
"*For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 
* this prophecy regarding the LORD Jesus was written approximately 700 years before Christ came.

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WOYWW - again here at last .. take 2

Hi one and all. Well time will tell if this time I actually get to publish this post. this is a repeat of last weeks post I did up but blogger ate it right at the end when was adding another image.
I've never lost a whole post before.
Anyway this is to join up with WOYWW or what is on your workdesk Wednesday over at the Queen of desks, our wonderful Julia! And as it is spring downunder am sharing some spring shots too.
First photos are of a gift surprise from Shaz Silverwolf, Lunch Lady Jan and Queen Julia .. these three very special ladies put their heads together and came up with this "cheer you up parcel" for little old me.. and yes, dear ladies I've used some of those things this week!
Aren't there some yummy goodies here??... wow wow wow!! :D thank you ever so VERY MUCH!

To my desk last week... I was in middle of making a card for a cute little one year old in our family. It is his birthday today, the 21st! .. one year old, a real miracle baby, too. And what bundle of mischief he is. I have this set of Tim Holtz numbers and as you can see some are huge, so call for huge card. I sprayed the number 1 with Dylusions and a silver cosmic shimmer spray.
I've added this so you can see how big it is by the ruler on the side. I dont have an A4 Embossing machine, my biggest is big Shot, so I turned the CB 5 x 7" Domino folder four times, but if you're careful it is is not even noticeable the overlapping. The eye is very forgiving.
Leptospernum Cardwell, or white tea tree bush, out the front with grevilleas and other natives... it is very pretty in spring.
Osetospernum, or African daisy comes in all colours and very pretty too, very hardy both of these.

I love the gorgeous details up close of this plant. It has a really shimmery petal and has different colours according to angle of the light.
Been busy in the backyard too, finished the roses, all three dozen mulching etc had a helper this year a lovely Philipino lady, Jenny, from down the road, and great weeder. A big help indeed.
Our single lavender plant under the lemon tree is still going strong. Jenny was amazed that is one plant, and also impressed by the old gnarled stem is has a the base. The white one in the other bed is also going well, they help deter insects. And I love them!
Okay this wasn't on last weeks post but not game to alter order of photos .. after all that's what caused last weeks glitches.. so here is the card finished at the end..

The elephants are some die cuts sent to me by my friend in USA Mehrll, I detailed them in fine black pen and shaped them too. The EF like honeycomb is a Kaisercraft one, which I inked up for highlights, rest is DP from Stamping Up. The sentiment is digi.
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! 
 Please say hi - to let me know you've been by! 
May God bless your day wherever you maybe!

Shaz in Oz.x 

"The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Snippetty Butterfly Challenge Lavender + Letters

Well, I know I am flying in a tad on the late side but that is better than not at all and since I have actually made two cards for our dear Mrs A.'s butterfly challenge. Had better link over!
Sadly I had to make a sympathy card and wasn't sure I liked first one so made second one. But now decided I like them both! funny how things look better in the morning! this emboss resist on watercolour is made with brushos (bought super cheap on eBay), Lime green (its such a fab colour), Rose Red and Cobalt blue - they made the lavender. added some snippets of mauve with butterfly and tag sentiment by Darkroom Door. Stamps are no name, second hand set won in some candy years back. Perhaps hero arts?
A new cheap shop opened in town called Choice, I (bad me) visited yesterday and bought some bargains. The embossing folder for $AU3.49 is really gorgeous, the lavender adornment lower right was part of a set of six, they are gorgeous, as are the iridescent lavender pearls, all new items. The daisy stick on lace down the side is from Shaz Silverwolf. I did a post to thank folks of WOYWW who sent me an amazing gift pack, but blogger ate it last week and did not have time to redo it - hope to God willing tomorrow!
This is the verse, a Print Blocks one from early 1990's, is very appropriate for a sympathy card.
Tell me ... has anyone had issues with rusty Spellbinders??
I was horrified to find this one of mine has rust marks on it. It has been dry scrubbed and added a note to test run on scrap card before using on good card. Not happy really, these are not cheap!
To cheer us all up... here is a photo taken in mid July, just before I was ill, when was walking one late afternoon, notice moon has risen in the sky, the birds are ready to roost and making great noises all around. Love the colours of Gods creation.
 I have some lovely people to welcome to my blog - curious though as two are folk who've joined before, and Ive belonged to their blogs for years .. four at least with Darnell of and for some strange reason I cant go onto Darnell's blog.. its not uploading do hope all is well. I tried it in Chrome and also Firefox.. praying, Darnell.
Dawn Larimer has joined as an encourager too, but Dawn hasn't left a comment so cant join her blog, please comment Dawn and let me know so can link over! sorry...

 That's me for today, I should not be on here as it is... 
Just a reminder that the 25th of September is coming up in five days and it is time for Scrappy Mo's Christmas challenge again!
The days are flying by, I saw on Miss's blog that it is less that 100 days to go, so better get my thinking cap on.
hugs and God bless you all,
Shaz in Oz.x

"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. "
Revelation 21:12
Also linking up to:
1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Watercolours + Embossed Darkroom Door Collage Stamp - Bizzy Bec's

Hi everyone - just popping in with quick post of some watercoloured poppies for Bizzy Bec's! Please pop over here, would love it if you leave a comment on this post here!

I bought from Bec this *Darkroom Door collage stamp, which I embossed in gold EP, and heat set. Then painted image in watercolour, using the Distress Inks, smooched on a ink block and on laminated sheet. * this stamp not on Bec's site, but she can get it for you! at a great price!
I really love this card and it looks wa-aaay better in real life, sadly sometimes photos never do a card justice and red colours are one these!
The completed card:
I used Glossy accents on poppy and Our Daily Bread die set called "Lacey layered Square Dies" - it is square but I extended it into rectangle (see tutorial on this here). Can be ordered from Bec.
he "smile' stamped greeting is also a greeting from Bec - Lawn Fawn "So much to say" a really great sentiment set!
Background designer paper - Paper Pad "Wild Rose Blackberry Lane", bought from Bec.

Darkroom Door link here
Well, short and sweet today. I am really tired and a tad annoyed with blogger. I had another post done and lost the lot, so this is take two.
No idea why. It is just very clunky of late.
I hope to post more later but things are still very busy and energy limited. Thank you all for being patient and I am very grateful too, for I have new folk to welcome, too which will do soon, God willing.
I end with a verse I really need, a favourite of many folks.
May our great God bless you all, you are really appreciated.
Shaz in Oz.x

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

Bizzy Bec's September Anything Goes Challenge

(NBUS post just below, please scroll down. Thank you)

Firstly I want to apologise for being a really bad blogger at returning comments, it wont be any better for wee while either, but will do my best! Do appreciate you all though
A CAS card here today as did not have much time, made in an hour quite late at night last night, I had seen the idea on Pinterest, so knew where I was going which helped immensely. Didn't quite have right dies but didn't matter. Late at night is not ideal, but hey it was done! here is my September DT post.
Frame made with Cottage Cutz Stitched Ovals, as they fit perfectly into most of Spellbinder oval sets - bonus!
I cut the purple snippet first and made the largest Flora l oval. I then cut I think it was the third of the CC Stitched ovals to get the frame. I've found these are totally interchangeable with my SB oval dies, like the spellbinder ovals never are!
As you can see I popped the frame up on mounting tape. Decided to leave base card un-embossed. I normally emboss but was on a schedule here! Cut two Nellie Snellen Fanciful flourish (Small) and joined them in middle. Cut Vivienne butterfly die in the firm Parchment cardstock, coloured a thin sheet for underneath the butterfly, which I fussy cut out.
Shaped the wings with a pencil, rolling it around it, then popped them up on pop dots and added some bling. Card mounted on same card as top and declared finished. Wanted greeting but nothing looked right so left it plain
Thanks so much for popping over for peek and chat.. you are really appreciated!
May God richly bless your day wherever you may be!

Shaz in Oz.x
O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 107:1
Also linking up to:

1. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on my card. 
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  

Sunday, September 4, 2016

NBUS - Brushos explored - What fun!

Hi all - over at DARNELL'S - over here - is the NBUS Challenge please join in! but be quick sticks as it ends soon on 5th Sept! I'm scurrying in, hurrying like! Curiously my NBUS or Not Used Before Schtuff is same as Darnell's on her post!
Righto - Brushos  - am total newbie at using them! Stamped resist on first effort with a Stampin' up background stamp called "On The Spot" bought second hand on eBay, never to my recollection used by moi on card before. Stamped in Vesramark, clear embossed and heat set. Sprinkled three colours (okay - cant remember know one was lime green). The sprayed with water can see gold bottom of water spray.
End result - today was Father's day in Oz, so gave it to my darling dad today. He's 87 and not in best of health, but ever so grateful he is still able to enjoy a day out with his family. The lime was with diluted brushos lime green, embossed with CB bubble EF twice. Used CB Olivia alphabet to do Happy Dads day, added twine.
Want to apologise for lack of commenting, am still not 100% and when am able to am visiting dad who's just moved to a nursing home two weeks ago. However will hopefully catch up in next few days.. but no promises will just do my best. I thank you one and all for your kind and caring comments ... bloggers truly are great!

And a big welcome to new blogging friend here, first for months :D
Greta of GG Creations
has a great blog of amazingly diverse but creative cards please do take a peek.

Lord bless your day everyone and thanks so much for popping over and saying hi!
Shaz in Oz.x

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

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