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, August 23, 2017

WOYWW + Bugaboo Moving House Digi + Birthdays!

Hi everyone, days are rushing past in August, not blogged much of late! Trying to do catch - longish blog post with pickies. Wednesday here! its time for WOYWW or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our chief's desk for the link up, at Julia's Stamping Ground! 
To my desk:
Well, in between cards here, things hidden on left, then centre baby cards are being ready to do stamp on back. Lovely star die was bought on sale at only craft shop within coo-ee, about 30 mins north of here, when visiting the dental specialist. That was expensive enough but treated myself to this.. marked down, so makes it okay??!! :D plan is for some cards for Rudolph day on 25th.
This is a set of five magnets, from eBay in China site. See here - Have to pay a very little for postage, but he packs them so well. The metal tin + foam padding is what they came in! Thought some others might like to know too.
Work so well with Mini Misti, which I have and should work with regular one. It's hard to get such magnets here in Oz, especially in the country where I live. The photo below shows up close how it looks, and it doesn't have tape on it. Put tape for leverage. They're not quite as thick as the circle magnets which come with Mini Misti but almost the same, about 1mm difference I'd say.
This card is shown step by step on this post here. However, changed it .. from hugs to a special birthday card.. now know what was led to make it these unusual for me colours, it was perfect for my aunty whose birthday it is next week, she loves burnt orange. Numbers are CB Olivia die + this Birthday die..
This is not good photo, but sometimes that happens.  DI tissue paper backgrounds, except I stamped on this with Background stamp French script. Happy birthday Marilyn!!! tis 22nd still in USA. Used MB die Blushing Flower Branch, *CCD for bow die, Elizabeth crafts HB die, a top favourite of mine!
Card for my niece, she doesn't look at my blog, two young lads, so no time! though not mailed it yet, its fine to share it. I love the Bugaboo Digi image and have used it a few time for a new house. Used some of gorgeous background woven mat for background bought in the big smoke when there with RosA. Dies are SB for oval, and Dienamics for rectangles. LOTV New home stamp.
POWERFUL Owl - in our local Botanic Garden, there is nesting pair there but they're not sure where the nest is, this fellow was asleep as twas day time :).
Australian Bush orchid growing in rocks in Botanic garden they normally have them in orchid house but it is being rebuilt so they've put them in suitable locations in rocks, they are attached underneath so as to prevent removal.
Taken yesterday on my walk by the creek. The sun was setting .. at foreground you can see some mangrove bushes, they only just started growing in this more open part of the creek which is quite interesting. I love paperbark trees - they have amazing texture, that is it, the melaleuca in foreground
(* For all Abbreviations, etc see Glossary on sidebar.)

  Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits more than words can say.
Shaz in Oz.x

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. " Proverbs 18:10  (need this today)..

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

2. All three cards used snippets, but shared first one, so really counting only second two.
3. Card two and three.
Cards two (background stamp, gold embossing) and three (sentiment stamp, Clear embossing)
Moving house card - Ribbon, Flower (in LOTV greeting stamp teeny flowers), Bugaboo digi.
Purple inked birthday card - Embossing, Flower Distressed

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Distress Inks + Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media #2

Hi there friends! time for another DT post for Bizzy Bec's Online craft store.
Here's a peek...
Time for inkiness again.
Items used - all are Pre-order from Bizzy Bec's!
Distress Inks
-Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick
 Tested this die combination on a scrap cardstock before launching into my good cardstock, to get position and size correct. Then marked it on the main card piece with pencil, and rubbed out later.
Using the Distress inks as listed above, smooched them generously over the water colour cardstock do more than you think you'll need as I had to re-ink it. Then spritz the back of paper with water so it stays flat, while you add water and glimmer or shimmer mist to top of ink. allow to dry.
Flatten inky watercolour paper, as it buckles. May put a telephone book on top, if time to wait, or run through your die cutting machine with embossing mat which is what I did to flatten it.
Now working on top sheet for card I wanted some light spatters so decided to use my brush and ink mat for this stage. Same colours used and light spatter was tested first on scrap trial run, I am pleased thus far .. this floral die was one I thought I wouldn't use in this set, but like it after all. :D
Layering up hugs die three hugs, from scraps + double sided tape, used my usual system of adding layers while still in base sheet.. to keep it all in place.
Finished card - popped it up on foam tape, added pearls as wanted them to compliment the shimmery card stock on base. I'm not an orange girl at all so quite new to be liking such card colours!
Hope you like it too!
Now don't forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations, and please do join in ANYTHING GOES AUGUST CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices

Also wish to apologise for tardiness in commenting, been VERY busy here, see below! garden time! Winter rapidly passing into spring means many jobs to be done .... as you can see it is almost drought-like here, not much rain at all grass etc suffering, so we're mulching well indeed! Done back yard, but now need to do front!
 Pineapple patch... our large pineapple is growing and almost full size. The plant in front is sucker from plant behind, just transplanted two weeks ago. Has a baby coming already, just peeking out...
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

..." there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me."
Isaiah 45:21b

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Bizzy Becs August Challenge DT post + Annie's Smiles

Hi there everyone .. well, this is take three on my card today!
Talk about making a mess .. getting nowhere fast!! yes, that's me!
So for DT piece this month it ended up being a Christmas card, not quite planned, but ... not that bad really, as I really love these new dies used, + also my easy-peasy background - huge rescue when others failed. 
To the card.
Items used:
(maybe available upon request to Bec.)
Also used SB Petite Ovals and scalloped ovals 
Versamark and silver EP
 How it was done?? Look see ...on my desk was this scrunched up inky tissue I'd used to wipe up distress inks on my ink mat at some stage. 
I know used Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire + little Firebrick Red. Glued it to a piece of card and squashed it down, wait till dried. 
 Then rubbed it over with Embossing buddy, my home made one, stamped it with splatter texture stamp from Darkroom door in Versamark + Silver EP, heat set. Its really shimmery but none of photos show it up! :(
Then did some die cutting, background in largest pierced SB Rectangle, then silver snowflakes with Lawn Fawn stitched snowflake die
..Ooooh, I love this set I bought from Bec!
Stamped greeting ODB  "Joy to the world" and cut it out with SB Petite ovals.
 Close up... this looks like  salt, doesn't it? but in reality shiny silver!
Mm, not bad after all, I've decided! have enough to make another card for background from the tissue!
Those not from Australia probably wont know what this is!! its a Cycad! a giant cone!! really big, has seeds in it the vibrancy of the red in the seed is to be seen to be believed, no photo does it justice... we went to Botanic gardens today and saw quite a few things which will share in time.
Well, that is it for me today because it is really Friday still parts of in the Northern hemisphere I will link this up with *Annie's Friday Smiles too, as some might like to see the Cycad ...
Oh, and think I need one of these signs for my craft room! like one too?!
 Now don't forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations, and please do join in the ANYTHING GOES August CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
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 . 

"I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him." Ecclesiastes 3:14

Friday, July 28, 2017

Belated WOYWW, Snippety Scrappy Mo's + Friday's Smiles!

Hullo there one and all.. YEP! I am officially running two days late for WOYWW (What is on Your Workdesk Wednesday), hosted again by dear Julia (pop over to Julia's and please join in, do!) Desk photo was taken on the right day - just full on days here. As it's Friday downunder pop over to *Annie's Friday Smiles, AND *Christmas Challenge - Rudolph Day at Scrappy Mo's
Okay desk pretty tidy all things considered! Just had mammoth card making session of ten cards or maybe eleven, kind of lost track, half dozen were birthday present for friend .. plus her birthday card. Another birthday card made not photos, plus Christmas card for Mo's challenge, a spare or two.  Smiled that one monkey was lying down on job on lamp base.. hidden by a piece of dumfing lying sideways!! sounds like me working sideways crablike - trying to get everything done!
In hurry to get Rudolph day done again.. I love the verse on this card ..
Fear not ..
How fearful it must have been when those singing angels suddenly appeared to the shepherds so the angel said ..
"Fear not! for I bring you Good Tidings of Great Joy (lots of smiles there), Which shall be to all people."
Image is left over from when brayering ages ago, been siting in stash patiently awaiting, Stamp is SU Lovely as tree set. Added stars because someone smudges as gluing .. sigh! Double lauered them, added ribbon, rounded corners + CB Holly Ribbons 5 x 7" EF .
Above and below: Two of six cards made for my friend, she loves mauve/ purple. Background watercolour tissue technique one crumpled, the other just glued the stamped with SU French script background.Hero arts prayer set on top one with MB Prim Poppy.
Below is SB Petite scallops on digi from WAW, MB Pippi Butterfly + MB Elegant Scrollwork.
The two Aussie shots are taken by my sister (I think?) of Mt Warning. Locals on North coast know that discernible shape, formerly a volcano, years ago. We lived nearby for four years in my primary years and we climbed it twice in that time. Quite a view, big smiles when I see this!
May God bless your day wherever you may be .. and please say hi, so I know you've been by! I am sorry for those I owe mail and comments to.. will get there .. in time!
Shaz in Oz.x

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.” 
2 Samuel 22:47
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Gilded Watercolour Tissue technique + Annie's Smiles

Hullo there everyone .. another Friday here in Oz is drawing rapidly to close, so better do my Friday post to link up with Annie's Friday Smiles..
Okay, some of these are borrowed - again!!!
First of all a card to share ... 
 This card is another gilded tissue watercolour method, technique on posts here and here .. linking this one up to CAS watercolour challenge!
Dies (Memory Box Pippi + Swirl) + Stamping (SU) + Tissue .
 Now to my Fridays Smiles. Firstly some Aussie shots .. the first one is from a friend in SA - she posted it on FB today and said it's ok to share. 
It is at Pewsey Vale, SA.
THIS brings a smile - my first flower on the Phaelenopsis dear nephew gave me at Christmas, with many more buds on the way! God's creation is amazing. Lovely winter sunshine today on my walk to our beach.. lifesaver's sign at flags said water temp was 19c, not bad eh?? Gulls and Terns enjoying it too.
 Sunset a few weeks ago down at the jetty ...
Now to some borrowed funnies.. from FB too.
A BAD VIRUS is going around called Housework. 
If you feel the need to start housework, stop immediately. This virus wipes out your social life and "me time". 
If you should come in contact with housework go straight to the nearest shop & buy the only known antidote which is called CHOCOLATE. 
Please forward this warning to your friends immediately. They may be infected already!!!
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits more than words can say.
Shaz in Oz.x

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end Ecclesiates 3:11 
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
2. CAS July Watercolour Tissue Challenge

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WOYWW + More Gilded Watercolour Distress Ink

Well sorry everyone .. been bit AWOL from WOYWW .. caught winter lurgy which mostly am over now, thankfully, so thanks to those who were praying, awful lot of it going around downunder!
For those not in the know .. WOYWW is
What is on your Workdesk Wednesday!  Queen of WOYWW in Deskland is Julia, click on link and say hi to her .. she actually visited my desk today as you will see! To my desks - there's Julia Dunnit, present and correct! Mm, present in every sense. This was dining table yesterday, was I puzzled!
 Open the parcel from Julia Dunnit and there is a real piece of snail mail.. she tells a good tale y'know! Of her trip to the US of A, to see some folks. Primarily her sister dear, and also Kathy F., who regularly looks in on WOYWW, but doesn't blog.
Kathy makes these wonderful faux leather books, which she gifted with other things to Julia. They then spoke of folks on WOYWW, my name and blog came up, which Kathy also visits, Julia said she was concerned over my health... wow!
So what does kind Julia do? but share her bounty with "moi" with a wonderful book shown below.. how very blessed plus, am I?!
Thank you Kathy and Julia , I will be in touch Kathy, THANK YOU to BOTH dear ladies - so very, very kind!
 I think what blew me away most is that not one of us truly know just how far the influence we have in others' lives reaches. 
I muddle on my way as best can, unaware of just who is watching on, how it's influencing others.
I pray (in my case) it is for good. That's my aim as a Christian, to be a blessing to others. So it kind of shocks me when I am blessed in return.
Isn't WOYWW grand??! Look at the amazing attention to detail in Kathy's work, truly exquisite and beautiful!
 Inside Kathy's carefully hand-tooled book.
So my actual desk, this morning,  staged with the exquisitely detailed book from Kathy, Julia's long and oh, so very welcome missive on right. It cheered my heart so to receive it!!
Centre two cards made with gilded tissue watercolour method, and more samples on left not made up yet.. saving them for Rudolph day on 25th, for Christmas cards! To see this technique step by step scroll down to post below or click here.. its a new fun background method!

  Saw this tissue watercolour method over at Loll's blog (see here). Now crumpled and glued backgrounds ready for EP gilding watercolour samples below, the tissue paper dries beautifully.
I also used the negative from the previous card made with the "Just for you" die on this post to sue up Mirri outline with some glitter .. re-cut oval below as you see with SB Petite Scalloped oval to make another card totally out of scraps love that!
To the Aussie shots below .. we are really in winter downunder and this was taken out at my sisters, they see the migrating humpback whales heading north for warmer temps in outr winter down here .. all along headlands on coast they come in quite close.
This was the last bunch picked from our roses before they were given their winter prune. The Oklahoma at the front right was huge my very favourite rose, so fragrant, Mr Lincoln behind it was also very fragrant, Queen Elizabeth Pink is on left.
  Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits more than words can say.
Shaz in Oz.x

"Great and marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints." Revelation 15:3

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT Gilded Watercolour Distress Ink

Hi there friends! Another learning curve today, with my DT post for Bizzy Bec's Online craft store. I saw this tissue watercolour method over at Loll's blog (see here) with crumpled and embossed highlights. Wow, is it fun!!
Here's a wee peek.
First of all, use some ordinary tissue paper, mine was bit imperfect, second hand, from a present received who knows when. 😉
1. Select inks ( you can use most sort, but water-based blend best), I took some Distress Inks - varying sheets made as you can see.
  (Current card used Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick.) 
2. Smoosh inks randomly on blending mat (mine is a lid from takeaway). As used mini DI, didn't have blocked colours. (if using large ink pads, Loll suggests mixing colours for better blending with a spatula).
3. Then spritz inks with water, layer gently the tissue paper over the inks. Once coloured lift **carefully (it IS fragile at this stage) put on paper towel, or in my case, on junk mail!! I use it a lot in crafting, the tissue dries well on it and lifts up easily.
 This method is really effective economical watercolour, especially if learning the technique. The card I made used the next step, also.
4.  For this, scrunch up the dried tissue paper then with wet glue, I used tacky, glue it to some card, as attaching press to emphasize the raised areas of scrunching. Allow to dry.
5. Use on finished sheet the embossing anti static pad - used my home made one here. Cover well, then smooth (lightly and evenly) over Versamark ink pad to catch crinkle highlights. Sprinkle Stampendous Gold detail EP. Remove any Embossing powder where you dont want it with fine brush, before heat setting. 
Attach to card base.
 6. Next comes Die cutting.
Used Sue Wilson Thank You Die
and  Spellbinders Dies - used is Heirloom Legacy 5" x 7" die ( I bought it from Bec so maybe ordered from Bec, upon request).
To layer Die cuts and to see how to do this easily, see this post here.
Here is completed card, assembled.. I edged the bottom deckle edge of the card with some gold embossing powder too. 
Love this technique will be revisiting it!! Hope you enjoy it too.
 Now don't forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and check out the other DT gorgeous creations, and please do join in the ANYTHING GOES July CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat! 
May God bless your day wherever you may be
Also wish to apologise for tardiness in commenting, caught a winter lurgy floating around downunder :D
Shaz in Oz.x

O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 118:1
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
4. CAS July Watercolour Tissue Challenge (mm - der! just realised this card is NOT CAS... sigh, ah well!)
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