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, May 17, 2017

WOYWW, Vellum Stamping +Pineapple Picking!

Hi everyone, as the days are rushing past in May.... 'tis Wednesday, again!
Here's my desky share for WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (over here at Julia's and please do join in, too!).
Two current desks to see today!!
Desk 1: More Romanian card work, made a little headway and made two of the dozen, then to right are the left over images, some with Romanian Bible verses on them and some print out of verses and greetings. I hope to have them done by end of week!
Mm, am realising this time next week I need an ATC or two made for then.
No inspiration yet but will come!! Can't rush these things. ;)
This is in centre of desk above (the scroll on right was a newly arrived CCD, took 47 days to get here! a record!). In choosing verses, I've picked ones that suit if one  knows the LORD and also those who do not. This one from Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding."  I was surprised at how long the name for Proverbs was, and mentions Solomon in it, he wrote most of Proverbs but not all of it.
Desk 2, in sunny spot (mornings getting cooler here) in dining room, on fold-up desk.
I'm working on a small text here, hidden so the person concerned doesn't see what it is. It's a small illuminated one. I've just finished layering the gold leaf, so the box on top of the text contains my sheets of 23carat gold leaf on tissue paper
(you can just see a peek of vine work at right top end of box)
You'll see a small jar with gold metal lid to top right of text which is the Gilding size, which you paint on before applying gold leaf.
There's also a sharp pointed knife to right front for removing Gilding size + gold leaf from where it's not meant to be, some rubbers, small tiny ones for rubbing out small spots, these are next to Gilding papers.
Paints at rear are there, but I'm actually thinking of mixing some brushos to paint it with for new experiment!! :D Watch ,this space!

My card today was made two weeks ago but not shared, for a twenty first obviously.  Used a stamp (PSX from 1995), stamped it on Vellum with Versamark, gold embossed, and coloured it in promarkers.
Fussy cut around image attached to the Spellbinder Fancy Ovals, largest die cut with 300gsm card, softly tinted background while still in die.
Embossing folder background is Tied Together by Couture Creations, pearls added. Lace dies are from Our Daily Bread border die, coloured fine ribbon with promarkers and thread it through once dry. Greeting is a digi, with SB scallops, 21 is from Cuttlebug Olivia Die set.
Well we had a special ceremony yesterday... a pineapple picking one! Here is it a week ago when still not quite ripe!
Here 'tis yesterday, picking time. under supervision!
You know it is ripe when you easily pull a leaf out of centre..
just like you test them in the shops and have a good smell test, too :D this one is not as big as others but smells super sweet the one behind will be bigger it grew during lots of rain.
Plant will sucker a new plant and old plant will die. This is the pineapple from a previous baby - I planted the top from it, next to original plant. Saving this top for BiL.

 Ending with two shots from my walk yesterday afternoon, another sunset, if had stayed another half hour would've been even more scarlet, especially with that lovely mackerel cloud as my dad calls them.

On the post below I've and new stamping technique called Retiform.. with some Darkroom Door Ste Sail stamps .. wow, love this technique will be doing it again!

I'm also totally delighted to welcome a new wonderful encourager ..
Maura of Two stamping Sisters - Maura leaves the loveliest comments when she visits as DT for Simon says Monday blog, so very glad she has joined. Thank you!
....  do pop over to give some encouragement too! 
 Well that's if for me today, thanks so much for popping over and please leave a comment too, love to hear from you.
May God bless your day, wherever you may be, happy WOYWW!
Shaz in oz.x  
Joining up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
3. Lemon shortbread challenge - anything goes. 
5. ARTstic Challenge - May Flowers

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT Retiform Stamping Technique - Darkroom Door Sail Away

Hi there friends... well, another learning curve for us today, with my DT post for Bizzy Bec's Online craft store. 
 I've found new stamping technique and just had to try it.. it called Retiform Stamping.
If you've no idea what Retiform is, neither did I, though stamping since 1990!
It's great for masculine or feminine cards I've found. My Pinterest page on Retiform Technique is here, with over 50 pins...
 Definition of retiform, by Webster: " composed of crossing lines and interstices : reticular, netlike; ... etc... " 
Left is Darkroom Door Sail Away Stamp set.
This is a grand stamp set isn't it??? See it at Bec's excellent prices HERE!  
Technique can be simple as many are or more complicated as I decided on.
Some basic tips, I thought of:
 *have nice contrasting colour choice, this makes or breaks it. 
* make defined intersecting lines that softly blend out. 
* when stamping images, think about placement and avoid empty space. Have them looking as if they're popping out of intersecting lines, to give more natural look (you'll see what I mean when we come to that). 😉
No-one else seemed to bother with this stage.. but felt as mine was tad complicated, I needed to map it out first. Didn't strictly stick to it but was a guide. Used it as template also in inking.
Template for centre, getting ready to ink centre, staring from edges used thee Distress Inks - Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Mermaid Lagoon.

Masked off portions and inked them up in alternating shades. Used Antique Linen, Fossilized amber, Frayed Burlap, with bit of gold glitz, for yellow shades..
Learned this from watching videos, often they had a halo around edges, so I overlapped them just a tiny bit so as to avoid halo.
Adding Masks now for image stamping, using smaller and larger stamps from DD Sail Away.
Finished Retiform. The white mark is actually a shine not white area. Shine is from tape which was not re-positionable.. am no longer using it for that. I have added matte medium glue to the residue it left and it is now matte and fine :D
Card - take 1 because wanted to re-do the central image!
Card Take 2 you can see below. Partly I like the first card, but felt too little contrast with central image, hence remake of it. It is what it is, now! :D

Lawn Fawn So Much to say ... birthday greeting.
Distress inks -
Antique Linen, Fossilized amber, Frayed Burlap,
Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean.
Ranger Archival Ink for navy stamping -Cobalt  + Sepia for splatter.
(if you see something that is not listed in store, then ask Bec via email to see if she can order it in for you! 

You may like to  join in the Bizzy Bec's Anything Goes challenge for May HERE.. someone has to win that prize.

 I really appreciate all who call by to say hi! 
(Also would love it if any of you have time to pop over and comment on my DT post over here at Bizzy Bec's blog!)
 May God richly bless your day wherever you may be! 
Shaz in Oz.x

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  
2. Di's Snippety challenge, used snippets -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Inspired By Stamping Guest DT - Double Emboss Vellum

{WOYWW post is below this please scroll down. Thank you.}

Hi there, everyone! I am so excited today... my very first post for Inspired by Stamping as their Guest Artist for this month of May.
 I really want to thank Joanna for the honour of being one of her Guest Artists, and for the pleasure of working with her beautiful images + great quality stamp sets.
  My card today uses a technique, new to me, that I’ve called “double embossed vellum”, using two of Joanna’s stamp sets – **Australian Nature 1 and **Fancy Labels 3 Stamp set.
Use heavy weight vellum and dust anti-static embossing powder tool over the vellum. Next is the Versamark inking and heat embossing, with Mini Misti. 
Ink & heat emboss the Fancy Labels 3 stamp set – using the label stamp first. 
With Misti, line up the accurate sentiment placement, inside the label.
From the same Labels set (it has two greetings, which fit in the lovely frame) chose the thanks verse for inside the frame, test right spot with Mini Misti first.
TIP: Ink stamp several times with Versamark on each of stamped image for clear impression -> add gold embossing powder -> heat emboss.
Use Tombow watercolour markers in soft green and lemon, alternating the shades, colour the diamond grid pattern on the lovely frame. With Ranger Multi-matte medium glue put dots on the back of vellum frame. Glue the stamped coloured frame to some scrap white card. This gives a base colour and firmness to the translucent vellum.
Lay the matching die over the image, attach with repositionable tape, die cut in Cuttlebug, through both the vellum and adhered backing cardstock.
Next, after using anti static powder tool, stamp with versamark on same heavy weight vellum the Cooktown orchid image from the Australian Nature 1 set. Heat emboss with Gold Embossing powder.

I haven’t seen quite this way of double embossing that I can recall, but when I saw this image, I thought of doing this technique. I am using artistic license here, as the Australian Cooktown Orchid is a dendrobium variety which is actually purple-pink. However there is an Alba form of the dendrobium orchid, which is white with lime-green touches, so that’s what I chose.
Turning the vellum with orchid image over to the back, with embossing tool and mat start to shade in the flower image to give texture and dimension to the flower. I really do love my images to have texture and dimension.
Use both large and smaller ends of tool, with gentle, even pressure in circular motion to press vellum into image shape on shaping mat. Take care to stay within lines. Vellum looses its translucency with this pressure.
Because it is no longer translucent, the colouring will need to be done on the top. Use Tombow pens (olive green, soft green plus lemon) colour in areas of leaves and flower centres. Then with fine scissors, fussy cut the vellum with Alba form of dendrobium orchid. Take care to trim around outside of gold ink-embossed edge of image, use the ridge of heat embossing for your cutting guide.
I chose a soft green spot designer paper from one of Joanna’s lovely pads to match the colours, inked it around edges for highlight with ink and ink duster.
To assemble - add the frame and orchid in together, lining up for best balance on the frame. Attach the orchid image with 3D clear gel adhesive, as this gives great support. Attach the frame (and attached orchid) with mounting tape2,, to the inked base of designer paper.
To finish off the card, simply add some of the very luscious ribbon with a bow from Joanna’s Vintage Floral collection. Ribbons match the pad perfectly; mount all this onto a base soft green cardstock from stash.
I have really enjoyed working with Joanna’s stamps. I’ve been stamping and embossing images since 1990, and these are really great, quality images - such a pleasure to use them. I really do hope this post has been helpful to some fellow crafters out there in blogland! Thanks so much for popping over, and please say hi to let me know you’ve been by!
Shaz in Oz.x 
PS would appreciate it very much if you have time to comment on the GDT post, please.. if able. Thank you.
Stamps & Die sets:
1. Inspired By Stamping Australian Nature Stamp Set
2. Inspired By Stamping Fancy Labels 3 Stamp set
3. Inspired By Stamping Fancy Labels 3 Dies
Inspired By Stamping Vintage Floral Paper Pad
Inspired By Stamping Vintage Floral Ribbon Collection

Other Supplies: Embossing anti-static pad, Versamark ink pad, Ranger Gold Fine Embossing Powder, Heavy Weight Vellum, Mini Misti, Tombow Markers, Embossing tool + embossing mat, fine scissors, Cuttlebug, heavy weight 300gsm cardstock for card base. Inkylicious Ink dusters, Memento Bamboo Leaves- small ink pad. Double sided mounting tape, Ranger Multi Matte Medium glue, 3D clear Gel adhesive (under the Vellum 3D orchid flower.)

"But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust;.." Psalm 141:8

Linking card over to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
2. Simon Says Monday challenge "Its a Frame Up" - 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WOYWW + Brayer Brusho Window Screen Card

Hi everyone, as the days are rushing past in May.... 'tis Wednesday, again!
Here's my desky share for WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday (pop over to Julia's and please join in, too!).
This is current desk, taken last night, some piles at front and left, etc. left over from cardmaking. The brusho die cut in centre is from cards below, as is the MB Chloe die, to left is clear bag with some atcs, etc. from previous WOYWW swaps, so am hoping from inspiration from them :D figured better start thinking atcs!!
Desk about ten days ago.. just been reorganising .. see that lovely set owl shaped of drawers (at rear left, on top of narrow drawer set)? Had picked it up very reasonably, so shortened width of home made shelf, which was all across the back previously (its made of cardboard covered with paper, easy to adapt).

Back on WOYWW desk here I was working on this card.. it is using a Tattered Lace die, a freebie on one of their magazines. I find their dies very expensive here, so only have two freebies from magazines. Base card was made with Brick pattern Tim Holtz EF, inked before embossing with DI Antique linen. the die cuts are cut out of brayered brusho sheet (technique here). It has glimmer from Iridescent medium, which I used when brayering. You can just see some of glimmer sheen on image below...
The finished card .. now safely arrived in France!
Assembled two window frames, attached under the brick card.
Put DP under the window screen to suit it, inked it up with some suitable inks. HB die cut is my
favourite " Happy Birthday " Die by Elizabeth Crafts
Added some flowers with MS Hydrangea punch + leaves from Sizzix die cut. Coloured the flowers with inks and glimmer mist for shine ..added some bling. Very fine lacey scalloped edge is a Nellie Snellen Ribbon die set.

Now to the Aussie pickies .. here is my friend, a cheery Willie wagtail.. when i walk to creek he's there near water's edge most days, he's such a funny fellow, and chatters away as you walk by.. and I chatter back.. sometimes ;) was also a blue kingfisher, and they used to be together always, but dont see it anymore or the blue wrens, their habitat was partly destroyed by high seas some time back. I still hear the wrens so they haven't gone far just into denser scrub.
Below is one of the many lovely sunsets we are enjoying in the late Autumn evenings.
Happy WOYWW, everyone! 
If you pop back in twenty four hours I am posting a brand new technique to me of double embossed vellum, as this month's Guest artist for "Inspired by Stamping". ..
May God bless your day .. where every you maybe, and thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat, you really do cheer my heart!
Shaz in Oz.x

"..we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations." Psalm 79:13

Linking card over to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
2. Simon Says Monday challenge "Its a Frame Up" - 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Extend a Flower Die + Anything Goes Challenge - DT Bizzy Bec's + Friday Smiles

WARNING: picture-heavy, wordy post!!!  

Well, blink again, and here's the beautiful month of May. You can't beat Autumn here in Oz.
Time for ANYTHING GOES May Challenge over HERE at Bizzy Bec's ...please do pop in you might win that monthly prize, which Bec so kindly gives!!! 
Also sharing some Friday smiles at the end of the post 😁.
My card or cards are CAS, and are a really favourite design. Saw idea for it on Pinterest. Here is a peek, two colours made.
With embossing buddy (show how to make these over here) cover the smoother side of watercolour paper with powder. On watercolour paper with Versamark ink pad, ink up the Darkroom Door French Script Background stamp (love this background stamp! If no background stamps in your collection, I suggest this, my most used one, plus Bec has this at one amazing price!). Ink it up really really well with Versamark. Did it thoroughly, 5 or 6 times all over.
TIP: Imperfect stamping (when embossing) is often simply a lack of ink, or stamp is moved too quickly, especially when using a clear ink. Stamp very firmly on cardstock and **press it firmly onto paper for few moments before lifting.
Watercolour is the most difficult paper to stamp on, because of its surface and you shouldn't rush it. Both pieces stamped perfectly when done this way. Emboss with white EP and heat set (didn't use clear EP, as this was a creamy watercolour paper & didn't want it cream stamping).
You can just see the script embossing shine on part of this image below, too.
Sprinkle lightly some brushos of your choice or alternatively sponge Distress or some other inks to cover the paper.
1. Brushos Prussian Blue, Cobalt, Aquamarine and Crimson.
2nd example -  Brushos Prussian Blue, Cobalt, Sea Green, Lime Green. Love them both.

Once sprinkled on use a fine mist sprayer and spritz the area till nicely blended.
Dab off excess water on edges or where needed. Heat dry a little then allow to dry in autumn sun (if you live here 😉).
Next I made up card size I wanted to use, then die cut out the frame close to folded side of card. Used the largest Die from the SB Classic Long Rectangles Small set (ask Bec if she can get it as showing large set online in other sites.)
Used some scrap cardstock to next cut out a frame. I trimmed it bit bigger than size of die cut, so when cut and embossed it gave an even border around it.
Put it aside to adhere after other die cuts. (*I use Glue stick, if using double-sided tape, for ease of placement or moving around).
With the Memory Box Chloe Stem Die, cut one flower stem out of scrap card.
 and then partially cut another - to narrow part of stem about 2 cm down. Put top plate to the furthest edge you want it to go, so it doesn't cut further down to the thicker part of stem.
Then lifted it up and moved it up the stem of flower to lengthen it (as shown in photos) so they were two different lengths. Placed again the top plate so the edge of it stopped cutting when near top of flower.

Adhered both stems, at suitable angles underneath base of frame, so they're hidden. Then layered the frame with finely trimmed mounted tape onto open aperture on card. Added pop dots and/or silicone glue under flowers to raise them off the Emboss Resist panel.

With scrap from the brusho panel, cut with a favourite " Happy Birthday " Die by Elizabeth Crafts.
Reasons for this being an excellent die: *it is beautifully written, cuts well and is such suitable size. Die cut two white ones two with double-sided tape. Added the layers.
Leave bottom layer of words in Die cut cardstock to add top layer of words. Much easier this way, as it is still in shape and grounded.

Two beautiful cards for birthdays in our family, one for 5th May, and one for 6th, I do hope everyone else loves them too.
Now to my Smiles, at an orchid show here at the weekend with family.
Please pop over Annie's Smiles for more smiles too! Over here 😊 
You would not think this is an orchid, would you? see close-up below, and see the amazing detail  such tiny flowers - God's glorious creation!! truly beautiful! it has first prize in its class too.
 Such a stunning array and contrast of colours .. the one on right below was a first prize winner. Did take more but not room to share now.
Now dont 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 CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, for her great bargain 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 

"But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble." Psalm 59:16

Joining up with: 
1.Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
 2. Joining in over at playground used mostly snippets 
3. (first card above with Crimson in brushos).
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