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, April 19, 2017

Snippety Penny Black Baby Card + WOYWW

hi there one and all, a very quick post today..
Finished a card for posting today last night and there are a few hints on my desk, which I did clear last night. Am really happy (s'cuse pun), with my Elizabeth Craft happy birthday die. I had larger one, but find this smaller one bought on 40% off sale is very handy...  a snippet of brayered brusho was cut with it but not used. Other die , SB rectangle die was used not put away, requisite scissors there, plus assorted glues which live on that part of the desk. Drawer set, with top drawer open, which often is when working as use lots in it. Monkeys say hi.. and took it at 12.30pm at lunchtime today, according to clock. Bedtime now here, so wont rattle on.
Have lots of cards to share, all sympathy ones, but not time .. here is one made in hurry about ten days ago! 
Used a pre-stamped (ages ago) Penny Black stamp - hedgie baby image, quickly coloured it with my Tombows. Used Spellbinder to die cut it and chalks to colour it softly around image; also used SU discontinued greeting set for "Happy new baby". Was a baby shower and sex of new arrival not known. Lemon gingham DP embossed with CB baby folder.
 To the Aussie shots - taken over Easter break from family's verandah.. we are very very blessed, in this part of God's beautiful world! The surfers were out enjoying it too.. love the way the clouds are so pretty on skyline at this autumnal time of year.

Well that's it for me today, thanks so very much for popping over for a peek and chat, your comments mean a lot to me. So sorry, but am struggling to keep up with commenting at the moment.. but thank you none the less.
 You are so very much appreciated. ❤❤❤
Shaz in Oz.x
PS I've a really great technique I've explored below .. using dies as a mask.. with gilding flakes, or see here.
 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me."  Galations 2:20

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Use Die as a Stencil + Mixed Gilding Flakes - Bizzy Bec's

Trust you're enjoying a God-blessed, family time this Easter, everyone -  as we remember the greatest gift given, of our Lord Jesus! Who gave His life for us, arose victoriously on Resurrection day.. yes, and He lives that we too might live, by faith in Him! 
To my card .. a peek! 
Am re-visiting the new technique from earlier this month where I've used a die to make stencil.
1. I took the * Pre-order Sizzix Thinlets Mixed Media #2 Die set - used the swirl from this set, and die cut a scrap of cardstock from cereal box, hey presto, disposable stencil!! πŸ‘
2. Then made a disposable sponge, see below - cut folded piece of new cheap kitchen sponge, attached a handle with folded card, stapled on. πŸ˜‰ Dabbed carefully,. #working from top to bottom. This was very detailed die cut stencil. The spaces where it is bit "floaty" in middle needed more care.
3. Glue used was the Cosmic shimmer flitter glue. Very tacky.
Leave for 20 to 30 mins to set, otherwise flakes don't adhere properly.
 I attach it like I do my real 23 carat gold leaf in calligraphy, lay it loosely over sticky area and smooth it carefully around in circular motion and push it on with very gentle finger tips. Have the Gilding flakes scrubby, but I do not like it.
Then remove excess flakes with soft fairly-sizeable paintbrush, buff the glorious shine well, again with soft pressure, in circular motion (see image). Remove excess flakes, empty into containers.
4. Used more Silver than earlier card, just a little of Egyptian Gold Glitter Flakes. Smoothed it off well, with fingers or brush.
5. With ink duster added the soft shading with Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire ink pad. Oh, this is such a gorgeous colour (**Distress Ink - Available from Bec upon request).
I wanted to highlight the swirl so used water based ink rather than dye ink.
 Used *Pre-order Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly Die, and the inside greeting of *Pre-order Sue Wilson Just For You Ornate Oval Die.
6. Cut both out ... double layering the greeting, and decided to colour the DP with the DI Chipped Sapphire it nice deep contrast.
7. Die cut the sheet with *Pre-order Spellbinder Pierced Rectangles. Truly Bec has the best prices around.. this versatile rectangle set is so unbelievably priced!!! check it out!!! Finished card, added some bling to butterfly but just let the swirl show under the butterfly love dit so much didn't want to cover it up.
I love this card, has a different look to my earlier neutral shaded card Over here!  but shall be doing this again. I do love the effect. .. and minimal cleaning up with disposable home made tools.

Okay, so a pineapple update! the image of smallest baby was taken on 22nd March, three weeks ago. Next on right, was taken a week ago. As you can see we have more than one baby on the way, the first one was first take here -  mid December 2016. I think this smaller baby is going to be much bigger as it started as huge for a baby, due to the mammoth rainfall we've had I am sure.
To see a Pineapple growing from start to end see this post here. Both these new growths are from pineapple which were grown on the mother plant in background of last shot. Each successive top was replanted so have wee patch now!
Thanks so very much for popping over for a peek and a chat...
I really appreciate it so very much if you leave a comment to say you've been by, but I'm way behind on comments due to family commitments. I do apologise for it. Thanks for reading this far - it's a very long detailed post.

Please do pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's - ANYTHING Goes Challenge! And pop by Bec's store.. for the month of April she has storewide, a whopping 25% off  her already low prices!! 

 A very special welcome to a wonderful new Encourager on this blog Verna Angerhofer of Verna's Creative Clutter! Don't you love the name of this blog... and oh, she makes lovely creations too!

I pray you're enjoying a God blessed Easter, I'd really appreciate it if you have time to read my Easter post below or Link here.
God bless you all richly in Jesus sweet name,
Shaz in Oz.x

 … Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as He said. …             Matthew 28:5b - 6a

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Lord Jesus Gave for us His very all. Do we?

All of Me (Our Daily Bread - here, on Ash Wednesday  2017)   Bible Passage is below - or here
Young Isaac Watts found the music in his church sadly lacking, and his father challenged him to create something better.
Isaac did. His hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” has been called the greatest in the English language and has been translated into many other languages.
Watts’s worshipful third verse ushers us into the presence of Christ at the crucifixion.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown? 
(... sorry, somehow there is a jump-break inserted here and cant remove it! If you cant see "Read More..." EXCELLENT! but if you can see a break.. please do click read more)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thanks folks and Thank You, Lord Jesus...

Sorry folks, but I'm not able to answer any of your kind caring comments, at the moment, ...but I give you many heartfelt thanks for taking the time to say hi. You are appreciated.

Praise God for His mercies are very great, so glad of the blessed promises of God being fulfilled, which we remember at Easter time. .

 Our Lord gave Himself freely for us, in spite of our sinful hearts ...  the crowds who cried:
"Hosanna to the son of David", and waved palm branches in the Triumphal entry Ito Jerusalem.... 

... a few days later this same crowd also cried " Crucify Him" ... choosing the sinless Son of God, over Barabas the murderer.  πŸ˜₯
And again a day later, and on the way to the Cross they cast scorn upon Him, and as the Bible says, buffeted Him, and smote Him, calling on our sweet Lord to come down from the cross ... .πŸ˜–
Yet He cried 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. "
That's love. Real love. ❤ God's love is deeper than the deepest sea, wider than the skies above..

As we remember all these things may our hearts are turned with thankfulness to our Lord Jesus' wonderful fulfilment of  all the Old Testament prophecies, foretold so many thousands and hundreds of years before.
May our great God bless you all.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT - Stencil from Dies + NBUS

(Please excuse poor quality of pictures, inadvertently had camera on VGA setting, not 8MP!!)

Well, we blink and we're into the fourth month.. April is here! 😊
We've certainly had an excess of April showers, but think the song on April showers is for northern spring, not our southern autumn!
Time, too, for ANYTHING GOES Challenge over HERE at Bizzy Bec's ...please do pop in you might win that monthly prize, which Bec so kindly gives!!!

Warning, picture-heavy, wordy post!!! Loads of step by step. 😊
Trying out two new techniques here, one I've heard of, but not seen step by step. Other is brand new "a let's see if this works?" inky idea! Googled it, but couldn't find anyone else doing it.
First a peek of my card... its a shimmery beauty in neutral shades. Made a simple layout so as to showcase the techniques.
Step 1: make a stencil, with any shape or outline die. Used a cereal packet for this as knew I'd be throwing it out. Step 2: tape down mask on cardstock, cut to size.
Step 3: Took a new cheap style kitchen sponge, folded in half and stapled a handle on the folded sponge - for dabbing Cosmic Shimmer Flitter glue over card, lightly and evenly. Knew from before a) use a throw away sponge (couldn't wash out properly)
b) With stencils:
Do NOT apply glue with brush (i) gets too thick (ii) with brush it's easier to go under stencil outline.
A light coat with sponge is best.
Dabbed dots of glue in screen holes. Spread it adding more as needed. Then leave for 20 to 30 minutes to set, nice and tacky. If do straight away it's not as good, glue moves as you rub flakes around (mm, wonder how I know?).
Step 4: Add flakes of choice. I put under it a piece of copy paper, to save excess, and pushed the leaves on with finger tips and then rubbed in circular motion to firmly attach them.
Once satisfied, then buff it up to fine finish with a large, flat, soft brush (again circular motion is best). Phew, a gorgeous stencilled outline done!
Distress Inks on Gloss cardstock
Step 5: This was my " let's see if it works?" idea. Techniquely it's not good idea, I suspect, like a lot of things I try 😊 as Distress Inks aren't meant to be used with gloss! They are water based and not quick drying at all on gloss card. I found all it takes is perserverance. Collected the colours thought I'd like. Two green small pads + three ink droppers, see colours on photo one pink, brown and three greens.

Smooched on gloss card  two small green DI pads and splotted the DI reinkers, then brayered away.. yes, just smooched it around with my Brayer ..just a little.
Step 6:
Using heat tool I dried the ink.  As they dried enough, I also dabbed with tissue excess off and made some interesting patterns.
Then splattered the gold and pearl paints (Fintec Pearl Watercolors ) over the cardstock and heat dried some more. Left overnight in our airing cupboard to dry. Covered it with cling wrap, but just to protect it more than anything else, as all pattern was already on it by now and set. (note below: colour fades to more subtle shades as it dries properly.)
Final stage: Then assembled the card base, die cut MB fresh foliage die, double- layered it. *TIP* Think I've seen it somewhere else, but couldn't believe how easy this made the layering.
Cut top layer from inky gloss card. Add double sided adhesive to white cardstock, diecut leaf again. Then carefully take off die piece from cut white cardstock. Leave all pieces intact. Peel from the top the sticky layer, and insert the layer the gloss die cut into the tacky shape. Easy peasy! then lift out carefully ... Love it.
Pre-order Frantic Saharan Screen Panel Die
Memory Box Fresh Foliage Die
Impression Obsession Greeting Dies
Distress Inks 
Cosmic Shimmer Egyptian and Silver Gilding flakes. 
Cosmic shimmer flitter glue
Finetec Pearl Watercolors
Shaped the leaves between my finger and thumb, then added the die cut to the base with silicone glue. Used some gold and jute twine, and "thanks " from Impression Obsession greeting die set.
Phew!!!! well done if you've stayed till the end. You wouldn't think a CAS card could be so complicated. πŸ˜‰
Now dont forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations.. and pop by Bec's store.. for the month of April she has storewide a whopping 25% off  her already extremely low prices!!
May God bless your day wherever you may be .. and please say hi, so I know you've been by!
Shaz in Oz.x 

"In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them: in His Love and in His Pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old." Isaiah 63:9
{Emphasis mine}

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Also this card is for the NBUS challenge and the snippets playground .. y'see my NBUS, or acc. to Darnell "Not Used Before Schtuf" is the lovely much admired (by moi) MB Fresh Foliage die and the Cosmic silver glitter flakes (which were sent by mistake, so was sent correct item and told to keep these too 😊). 
Snippets are pieces of cardstock in gloss, white and gold, the white base was new, everything else, including the cereal box is snippety!
1. April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11! (no booboo here, but do have one if can join it before 11th)
2.Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets.
3. 1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes -    

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WOYWW with Power Poppy + Scrappy Mo's Christmas Challenge

Warning - picture heavy post :D

Hi everyone, well the days are rattling by in March, wow blink and they're gone!
Have some steps of the making yesterday for a special birthday with a Power Poppy Digital Image of a trout. Step 1: Cut, then coloured  the base, added some glossy accents with brush for splashes in image, trialed colours for fish on base. Used SB Pierced rectangle to pierce large rectangle main image.
Step 2: Prismas laid out, just about to colour top image as intend to 3D the image. Looked up a couple of images for colour and tone ideas, etc.
Step 3: Here's finished rainbow trout, which are actually found here, though not naturally. Trimmed it and also the pop up pieces have been cut around and rounded with rounding tool as well. I then adhere  to base image with Silicone glue for dimension + flexible when mailing..
Finished card. Used a piece of glossy Brusho snippet to cut out Happy Birthday (Elizabeth craft designs, I think) "70 " is from discontinued CB Olivia alphabet. DP is a digi I scanned and changed colours, the original colour is snippet on birthday greeting.

Sprayed it with glimmer mist plus the glossy accent to make it really looking wet.
My Rudolph day card (25th till end of month) thrown together last night, in less than half hour from my Christmas snippets box. Gotta love snippets.
The verse is digi "The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."
A good thing to remember at Easter time which is approaching! Dies - SB Petite ovals scalloped + Cottage Cutz pierced ovals, Stencil piece, from ages ago, by Dreamweaver with gold paste. Kaisercraft corner rounder punch used. EF, cant recall done last Christmas.
Today we had a big trip and hour half south to visit family We used to often visit this place when we lived down this was it has two good beaches to choose from..
Big beach and Little beach we called them .. original, huh??? this tiled piece was on one of the amenity blocks .. there were a number done in 2001.

Big beach above and below

Little Beach above and below.
Looks beautiful and serene today .. with small surf but wont be tomorrow. Up north in Qld. Cyclone Debbie hit and much damage there. We had low over us which is heading north, and joining up with ex-TC Debbie heading south - tomorrow we are in for a wet, wild day again - gale force winds big seas and rain+.
God willing, it wont be too big a dump of rain as we are still rather waterlogged from the 17" or 425mm dump from a fortnight ago.
That's it for today - thanks dear wonderful folks - you are all such a blessing to me!
.. thanks so VERY much for all your lovely comments and may the LORD bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x

Linking over to:
1. Rudolph day challenge over at Scrappy Mo's
2.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's Happy Smiles Day over at Annie's 😊

WOYWW post below... see HERE, folks.

If this iPad will play ball I will post a quick post for Annie's smiles..Over here 😊
I had some visitors a few weeks back, two different lots, and we had the best of fun..

Today, I'm sharing some of the pickies. 'Cos it's summer here or it was then, when we went swimming.
Has turned a bit cooler since then, but still went swimming this week.
And here it is!!
It is a very large rock pool, naturally formed in part and added to by man. We swam in it, on our beach holidays as children.
It was built in early 1960's, I think it said on the sign.
We had so much fun - it very deep at the deep end but shallow closest to us, there is natural rock platform for diving off too.
I do hope you enjoyed the pickies .. I also have another swimming place, which I swam at this week, on my WOYWW post below this.
Thanks for popping over for some smiles, please do say hi to let me know you've been by.
God bless and keep you throughout all your way.
Shaz in Oz.x

"I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me..The LORD is on my side; I will not fear:  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Ps 118:5 & 8

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WOYWW + Penny Black Bejewelled + Snippets

hi there one and all,
Firstly to my desk ..... 
Well here tis pretty boring .. I'm tidying up desk working area from making two DT cards which naturally I cannot show you! As Julia would say there are two pairs of scissor .. different sizes, different uses!! Lovely pad and ribbon that may give a clue for one of the two cards. There is at right rear, a corner rounder punch large size by Fiskars, (another hint) which I love and works much better than first one I bought, which was a dud (of different variety, but same brand, which Spotlight changed over for me even though i couldn't find my receipt pretty kind I thought). And you can see the clock says it is past three in the afternoon, when I took it. Two monkeys are falling over because a wooden stamp fell off its perch and knocked them over..
I've some cards to share also,which if finished mostly as presents to folks who had birthdays at end of Feb. and beginning of March. I've some friends who Iove hand made cards and don't have time to craft.. and when pennies are running out due to an oversupply of birthdays in one month or two, this is good route to take 😁
Cards I: Last month for my sisters 60th I used stamp, called Bejewelled by Penny Black see HERE .... step by step shown.
  Then mounted stamped image upon card. Used a new birthday die I bought on very cheap sale, Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Die cut to in purple and laid it on vellum.
Card 2: I love this card, it was so snippety, everything was just bits laying around craft room, cardmaking detritus. Verse printed off ages ago most of sheet used, I inked up the background I. These colours cos it's my friends favourite colour, that and butterflies so had to get out the butterfly punch and ribbon, too.The DP was a kind gift from RosA of WOYWW! Thank you, Ros.
Card 3:  Also a Bejeweled images, I used the Sue Wilson "Just for You" Greeting Die for it, with contrasting mounting colours.
To the Aussie shots... I've just come back for the loveliest dip ( ie swim) down at the jetty and the water after all our rain in past week(450 mm or 18 inches) was so bubbling fresh there. Loved it. πŸ‘ Very, very God-blessed to live here. πŸ˜ƒ
 Here 'tis, the jetty! Saw lots of seabirds today, as there was some  Cunjevoi (it's an Aboriginal name, they ate it apparently, now used for bait for some fish) they're off jetty pylons, or on rockshelf, brought in by high seas. See photo. The sea birds like to eat them,  especially the oyster catchers.

Well that's it for me today, thanks so very much for popping over for a peek and chat, your comments mean a lot to me. 
I want to take a moment too, to thank all who've become real encouragers over the six years of blogging and especially those who've taken the time to join this blog too! ❤❤❤
You are so very much appreciated.
Shaz in Oz.x

"Inasmuch ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." 

Joining up with:
1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
2. Joining in over at playground used snippets on all but entering card 2.
3. Use bright colours and PB, first card.
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