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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Embossed Brusho Resist Cards + Christmas Challenge at Scrappy MO's

Well, this financial year and month of June almost over. So I'm scampering to catch up with a couple of challenges... hopefully not too late, busy plus! 
 I'm making a whole lot prayer for you or thinking of you cards and seem to need them almost before they're done, so made three, needed two more and now of seven, is only one left! And as they've all used Snippets I'm off to The Snippets Playground, too... yay!!!
Second batch of backgrounds, first image is first batch and now find need two more today.. so will be more .. they are all so very very different too!
The Embossed Resist with brushos are made for the Foiled Fox who've a Resist challenge going on, run by Heather Telford over here, I do love her work!! And here are some of her blog samples too Here
Now to my Resist cards. I saw Heather first sample using background stamp and brushos I think or maybe watercolour, anyway I wanted use brushos. Best stamp for purpose - with lots of empty space but detail too, Hero Arts Dandelion Frame, not sure if available or not, I've had it for years... see desk last week where started them.. for full details with brushos see Here.
NOTE: If using brushos on emboss Resist, AND if there's lots of detail you need to work the brusho water colour more into the detail .. more than you do for other type of brushos. I used finger tips and of course have stained hands for days. 😉 A brush probably would work too. I always mean to wear gloves but rarely do.
I wanted to use my new Hero Arts Prayers and hugs set, a kind gift from Ginny Maxam. I've now made six cards with this. Thanks Ginny!! ♡♡
TIP: I've found with this set it's easier to die cut the word "prayers" then with Mini misti stamp the word "prayers" in ink choice. As it is a clear stamp it is easier to line it up, rather than the actual die which you can't see through.
 Easier to line up layers like these whilst die cut still in situ, I use double sided tape or double sided paper. If careful it stays it nicely till removed.


This was for my dear aunty Helen, who has melanomas throughout, even in her brain, on radical treatment which i am praying will spare her for time to come. All prayer appreciated for her. I had made her a "hugs and prayers" card already some months ago, and wanted a different one for her the "with love' die by Waffle Flower. I added all the colours she loves. 
TIP: **With brushos I found you can layer them. If not quite right as this was, simply dab off with paper towel and add more colours and spritz more water. All are stamped on watercolour paper. This was amazing when layered few more on.
Also joining in the June Rudolph's days over at Scrappy Mo's Christmas Challenge. Brusho on gloss card and smooth over with cling wrap for night sky.
 (Oh, and don't tell anyone but an item I'd ordered in April was refunded cos no longer available. At first I was sad then thought, "hey! I could get some Oxides with that", and guess what I have my extra few Distress Oxides, to make seven. Happy dance! OK, was on buying ban then - and now back on it again! Wee break out, and just as they arrived what does TH do? bring out twelve more. I'll never have any more than prob. have now though. How much ink can I use in one lifetime? They blend layers and mix so well, after all.)
 Linking up with Annie's Friday Smiles.  as it is Friday.. I hope these seven cards bring smiles to everyone and as I gave some by hand I know they did!!
To Aussie shots one coastal and one inland from our wandering 4WD caravanning family - thanks Rob!  😉
 Taken on my mobile ... loved the LORD's handiwork in the sky that day, black dot on wave is a surfer, and some seagulls around too. Not quite sure but think Rob's great reflections are near Murrumbidgee river or arm of it.
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
 Joining up with:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes both cards  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/
2. Annie's Friday Smiles
4. Foiled Fox who've a Resist challenge going on, run by Heather Telford over here

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sympathy Cards, Snippets Butterflies + WOYWW

Hi everyone! ... Well guess what? .... 'tis Wednesday, AGAIN! June is flying by!
Here's my desky share for WOYWW or What is on your Workdesk Wednesday!
Multiple  desks to see today, warning + photo overload!
My desk this morning - just done some background stamping, with white embossing powder. Have two lots one small, one large - the latter is Hero Arts White, bought after watching Jennifer McGuire, noticed last night Kristina Werner is still recommending it. I dont like it because it bubbles. It doesn't seem to matter what I do, never had EP like this before. I bought the WOW Opaque bright white super fine and love it!
Tip: Re image below - most of background stamps dont stick as they should. So thought would try Mono-multi Liquid (tacky) glue, it is repositionable once dry, AND works a treat.
After drying in sun these are the finished brusho pieces, the Hero Arts Dandelion Frame works well with them. L To R 1. Violet, Purple + Sea Green 2. Crimson, Violet, Sea-Green 3.Blue - Prussian + Cobalt.
I am  fan of Heather Thompson, she's on DTr at Foiled Fox. Their latest challenge has emboss resist .. if get these done will share in that!
These next seven cards were done for my cousins and aunts family when she passed away in April. Didn't have time to post so sharing now. Used butterflies + white card .. lots of it! Bits of brusho pieces were die cut to highlight, added various dry embossing. Sympathy set is by Inspired By stamping - great value set and very useful!





Card - for Butterfly Challenge (bingo + Colour Heather) with large 5 x 7 EF, has flowers swirls and butterflies, pearls added on it.
Aussie shot today our local beach about ten days ago.. surf's up and yes, some were catching some waves out there! that's why the lifesaver has his eyes on them and vehicle, etc at ready.
Well, I'm delighted to welcome new wonderful encourager - a fellow Aussie ... http://alittlebitofkellie.blogspot.com.au/
 May God bless your day, wherever you may be, and a very happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x  

"Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Jeremiah 17:7

Joining up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes both cards  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/
Yes, all cards used snippets! surprise! ;)
3. http://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/80-butterflies-b-is-for-bingo-lines.html NBingo &colour heather - Mauve butterfly embossed card  - colour + Bingo line Bling, butterfly and bloom (embossed flowers on folder.
4 http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-emboss/ all seven cards have wet embossed greetings plus many have dry embossing as well.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT Darkroom Door Sail Away + Distress

 {WOYWW please scroll down .. or click here}
 
Hi there everyone, back with another card using the wonderful Darkroom Door set - Sail away! first a peek, then the how to!
 I gathered sea coloured Distress Inks ... see colours below. 
On desk added inks to white coated mat (plastic coated lid from takeaway) laid down a layer water on watercolor block. Then randomly added colours till happy.
Stamped on scraps - two images with my favourite stamping ink - Black Onyx Versafine, embossed with clear EP.
Completed watercolour piece, now dry.. as you can see colours very random, cut to fit a 5" x 7" base for card.
With two stamped images (save other for later), inked with similar colours as used above, also DI Fossilized Amber from moon reflection.
Oval die, see links below, used to cut out window out of watercolour piece. Added die cut frame, shaping it a little on foam mat with shaping tool.
Added behind frame, double-folded mounting tape, ie folded in on itself to make it half the width and double the height.
TIP: Stretches/ fits better around oval if pull off all backing paper and stretch as you attach. Used largest and 3rd largest for die frame
 Supplies used: *All are Pre-order
* Darkroom Door Sail Away Stamp set.
* Lawn Fawn So Much to say ... birthday greeting.
* Distress inks 
Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans,  Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire.
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(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! )
Thanks for popping over, especially a big thank you if you say hi to let me know you've been by!

 Oh, and dont forget to  join in the Bizzy Bec's Anything Goes challenge for June HERE..  someone has to win that prize.
 Shaz in Oz.x

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27:14
Joining up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/


3. Lemon shortbread challenge - anything goes. 

4. Always fun challenge - For a male or dad 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WOYWW + Male Birthday Card

Hi everyone, as the days are rushing past .... '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 desks to see today, warning - and photo overload! desk in in ATC mode.
Dolores ATC and card .. how amazing is this detail in her work???

ATC's received, from UK, left ATC is my PiF from Ali Wade, the middle ATC is an impressive masterboard piece by Julia, and the right ATC is by Shaz Silverwolf. Are they all special? received another one from Sandra Dee shared back here.
Starting ATCs... see brusho sheets, for bases... stamps assorted ones from SU discontinued sets. Buy SU discontinued, on eBay rather than buying new ones. Much cheaper.
Four made for WOYWW8 - out of brusho backgrounds, with dry embossing, stamping and embossing and masking and glue and masking and inking.
ATC sent to Dolores, aka Cardarian.
Made four cards similar to this to send with each ATC for WOYWW8, used my two oxide inks.
Nephew's birthday - has a pug called Frankie, hence the card .. images courtesy of Google, gatefold card, two fronts, lower image is inside of card.
Die - corners made with SB Marvellous Squares, EF disc. Couture creation?
 
To Aussie shots - courtesy of grey headed nomads in our family - they are baby boomers 4WD caravan-ing out west. Traction steam engine from way out west NSW, chimney lying on right side.
Sunset at lake Minindee, out west NSW
 I'm also totally delighted to welcome a new wonderful encourager ..
Hannah of http://simplylovely21.blogspot.com.au/, so very glad she has joined. Thank you!
Hannah is a BRAND new blogger - so  do pop over to give some encouragement too! 
 Well that's if for me today, thanks so much for popping over and saying hi - you make my day.
May God bless your day, wherever you may be, happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x  


"I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Psalm 27:13
  
Joining up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes both cards  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/


3. Lemon shortbread challenge - anything goes. 

4. Always fun challenge - For a male or dad .. Pug card

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2 Die - Bizzy Bec's DT Anything Goes Challenge + Butterfly Challenge

Well, time again for ANYTHING GOES June Challenge over HERE at Bizzy Bec's!
...please do pop in! As you might win that monthly prize, which Bec so kindly gives!!!
My card is layered, but in a CAS design really.
Items used:
Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2 Die set
Elizabeth Craft Design "With Sympathy" die
Memory Box Pippi butterfly 
Memory Box - Elegant Scrollwork
Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Ink Pad 
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink Pad 
Shimmer Mist
White Hammer cardstock... that's the WHAT? Now for the HOW!
First I took a piece of hammer card to size ( 5 x7" card topper) and die-cut and embossed two lace relief from the Lacey Die in the TH Mixed Media#2. Then cut a piece of watercolour paper (chose from one pad which is textured on one side).
Taking DI Faded Jean + Chipped Sapphire, smoothed colour randomly from ink pad in two open corners.
Then spritzed generously with Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz Frost. Heat set the colours then topped it with little more of deeper shade. Once dry attached top layer with foam mounting tape to pop it up a bit.
Did same on a small piece cardstock for butterfly and word die as well.


TIP for Word Die layering - if you leave the base die cut attached to bottom outline, then add next two pieces using outline as guide. Find this stops them stretching out of shape + these Elizabeth Craft Design dies tend not to do that.

Triple layer MB Scroll die too.
Add layered die cuts on card base, using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.
Love the monotone of this card, plus very happy with my only set of TH dies, think they're very versatile.
You can see shimmery sheen in image close up below .. hope you like this too!

Aussie shot was taken last month when we went for a long drive, to Red Rock, now wonder it is called that? sadly not great deal of the namesake Red Rock left, due to beach erosion.

 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, too, for her great bargain prices
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Special prayers at this time for all who suffered in London Sat evening and others from previous attacks across this troubled, sin torn world - truly we need to look to the Lord.
Hence why I chose the verse below..


May God bless your day wherever you may be .. and please say hi, so I know you've been by!
Shaz in Oz.x 


For the LORD Jesus, the Prince of Peace said: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
 John 14:27
 
Linking up to:
1. Butterfly challenge - L is for Layers and/ or C is for Cream
Just did "L is for layers" with many layers, no cream. Layered dies by three on Swirl and With Sympathy. Under lace Die layered a coloured sheet of watercolour with two sections coloured in Distress inks as listed and spritzed with Shimmer Mist Frost. Glued the two top layers onto white base card.
2. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au/ 
3. Anything goes - http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/challenge-59-winners-from-challenge-58.html
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