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, October 15, 2017

Bizzy Bec's DT - Side Step card With 3D Images

Hullo there everyone .. back again with another DT post for Bizzy Bec's. Branching out into the unknown today, with a side step card!! For a very special birthday, you see! Emily was SIX! Here is a peek!
I'll be perfectly honest I like simple layouts and these fancy folds are not simple layouts!! Bec has a great die that makes variations on this side stepping card, it is here! Don't have it, but do have simple template. Used it for guide. Here working it out on my scoreboard. Took two goes scoring to get it right.. wanted it bigger than template.
And being me, I went for complex everything else too! I used the Frantic Stamper Dies - Chevron Borders & Edgers (2) to make a whole sheet for background of alternating chevrons! Glued them down one at time, kept them in order as cut the individual ones, so as to keep *colour graduations, yes fiddly plus but great effect. *used pre-coloured sheet.
Base for image done, then cut it with largest die of SB Pierced Rectangles

Stamped two images (one for base, one for 3D image) of the Wild Rose Stamps - Dragon Birthday in Versafine Black Onyx, and clear heat embossed.
Die cut a pink scalloped base with Spellbinder Petite scallop (Disc.) and one image with Cottage Cutz Stitched Oval die (they fit spellbinder oval dies very well).
While still in stitched die, ink coloured the background to match colours used on other image already coloured with Tombow markers, and gold watercolour. Fussy cut around the coloured dragon image, cutting into the folds of the image, and then lay on shaping mat face down, shaped the image  with shaping tool to get 3D effect with minimal layers.
Attached to base image with silicon glue and allow to dry.
See here for Tutorial to do it this way.

Completed side step card:
(candle stamp on side step is from House House Birthdays Balloon stamp set, they were shaped and silicone glued too).
Six 6 is from CB Olivia die set, "th"
is from Impression Obsession Greetings die from birthday - this set here!

**Wild Rose Stamps - Dragon Birthday 
(**bought Aug '17 from Bec, still available online, but not listed, so please ask for it)
Tombow coloured pens 
Close up of the image, the gold paint used is Finetec Watercolour metallic set. Just loved this image, right down to wee crown on Miss Mousey's head.
This rather poor verse below is what was put on the back of the card, digital print out, on DP, cake image courtesy of Google.!
Now to the  Aussie shot .. a very clever photographer in our family, Greg, took this from their verandah.. amazing sky and reflections too, isn't it .... truly the sky shows the glory of God as the Psalmist says.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament shows His handiwork." Psalm 19:1

And dont forget to pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's and please do join in ANYTHING GOES September CHALLENGE - to win that monthly prize (posted overseas too!).
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
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 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!


Shaz in Oz.x 
  Linking up to:
 1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes, both cards   http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au   
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets, die cuts, and stamped images, too.  http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/
4. Simon Says Wednesday challenge - cheer someone up with a card.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WOYWW Calligraphy Gilded Tissue, Pineapple Smiles!

Mm! It is now past Wednesday, however I've still a desky share - or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk for the link up, at Stamping Ground!
I started this post last week for WOYWW, but became ill, so will utilise it.. but edit somewhat!
This week's desk, my practise with dip pen and ink for Eamon sleeps here (what bugs me is in my practice I wrote Eamon perfectly but froze halfway through his name looking at space thinking, eek! Not going to fit it in, and messed up ... should have taken deep breath, prayed then continued!!)
Must admit was nice to be doing dip pen work again, must get back into it.. Have finished it but wont share it yet although they dont look at my blog.
Second desk, this is a direct copy of kookaburra, I edited image (not sure of source, as downloaded about four years ago). Removing colour from image, making it a very pale pencil sketch, printed it in draft on sheet to outline and colour. Used other images for guides also as you can see.
Tip for fellow crafters with white pens. Firstly I do not recommend Signo which have heard others recommend..  always gets clogged -> unusable, in end, so now in bin. Before it was binned however I did the following process, which DID work on Gelly Roll white which do like (it has never to my memory clogged).
BUT lid was accidentally knocked off as pushed in and probably out of drawer which it is in, so not on tight. Result->dried up!

Method.
Boil up water, as if making a cuppa! (mm, do one at same time!) place in cup, then add white gelly roll, with tip down.. without lid on it.
Heated the water twice (removed pen to reheat in microwave),
then left it overnight. This afternoon in answer to prayer, + above method, it works just fine. 
Nil response from Signo. I know other folks recommend it but I did not like this one.

Technique of crumpled tissue and embossing .. to see technique look here! A favourite technique - this sheet was one done on this post.
Used SB Fancy (majestic or royal something?) Circles, with memory Box Blushing branch die. Love this verse. It is from WAW, was sent to Mrs D. via Margaret of Glitterglue. "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." He fails not!
NOW TO THE ... Aussie shots ... be warned photo heavy!!!

Pineapple, patch, four plants, in total, the one at front has new baby and it is the one with flowers below. Pineapple ready for picking behind it and it has sucker growing up from it as new plant after this is picked the mother plant dies.


Another baby there are two suckers here and one has shot a fruit.. they are brommeliads and at this stage in the flower you can see that.
Picked pineapple about a foot or 30 cm long, that is a ruler at front.
Below: Test whether a pineapple is ripe in shops and on plant by whether you can easily pull out the centre leaf.
 

1.332kg with skin and top, peeled below it is 776g or 3/4 a kilo of fruit and yes it is sweet and very nice. We were having a family BBQ so it went down very well!
 
 The roses are flowering downunder as spring has really sprung so here are some bunches in house.. I also take them to family in nursing home. This red bunch and pink was particularly fragrant as they are all strongly scented.

 Well, its almost into Friday here in about six hours so going to join up with Annie's Friday smiles too, lots of smiles here!

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! 

Shaz in Oz.x  

“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in Thee: yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57:1
Linking up to:
1. Annie's Friday Smiles  
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on card, all but base card.(mm just realised already joined, der!
3. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au.
card for Mrs D was a cheer me up praying/ thinking of you card after her very nasty fall.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Anything Goes challenge - Background Embossing with Die

Hullo there everyone .. back again with another DT post for Bizzy Bec's. I am revisiting the Frantic Stamper Saharan Screen Die (do check out Bec's amazing prices). This time I’m Embossing AND Die cutting it. See THIS CARD here card where I used it as stencil..

Used canon Glossy photo paper, blending solution put on generously and added various re-inkers - some distress some dye inks, and moved colour around with cling wrap then removed and *heat dried it. Needs a bit of heat drying to set it.
With large paint brush (just out of edge of photo) splattered the gold paint over the surface.
Using rubber embossing mat, in cuttlebug, I dry embossed the scrap bit of cardstock to make card top. Then die cut the gloss cardstock, which I had backed with double sided tape. In jigsaw like fashion added it to embossed background
 Finished card, also used Impression Obsession Get well soon, and MB Lavish branch. This MB die is discontinued, I discovered, but there are other items available from Bec which are similar..
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 September CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
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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! I am sorry for poor commenting as not 100%.
Shaz in Oz.x  


“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” Psalm 51:1

Joining up with the following Challenges:
 1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 

 http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/pixies-snippets-playground-week-301-and.html

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bizzy Becs DT post - Watercolouring with Distress Inks.

 (WOYWW Post below this)

Hi there everyone, Am here with a another DT post for Bizzy Bec's - this time tutorial - watercolouring with distress inks.
Although this image came coloured I wanted to colour it. This I found was best way to colour any fine lined image, as no detail is lost! Plus Distress inks blend beautifully.
Smooched 
Distress ink on white piece of laminated cardstock, or use a stamping block, with white paper under it so you can see colours.
Used two mauve/ purple, and three green with blue. DI Blue Denim was used on both purple and green for shadows.
So here is the completed image .. this was for a very special ladies birthday. I inked whilst the die cut still in Stitched Oval die with Distress inks in two greens, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles. Cottage Cutz Stitched ovals  fit really well the largest of the Spellbinder Elegant Ovals.
I shaped the flowers as love the 3D look, although it doesn't really show that clearly - see here to show I do it. I did this with a single coloured layer.. a cheat's way :D
Completed card. All dies, etc, used listed below. Although looks like 80 is in different coloured mirri card it is not :D
Items Used:
 Spellbinder Elegant Ovals
Our Daily Bread Beautiful Border Dies.
(Available previously with Bec before, so check availability).
Dies on Small labels:
Greeting is a disc. Our Daily Bread Greeting set, and Cuttlebug disc. Olivia Alphabet set for numbers. 
The digi image is Beccy's place Iris digi http://beccysplace.com/iris-garden-digital-stamps/

 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 September CHALLENGE - to win that prize.
Pop by Bec's store, too, for her great bargain prices
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Photo taken by Fraser Young in South Australia.
.. oh we need some rain in our part of Oz, they've had rain down there - we have not. Love this shot .. the clouds and sheep are a real contrast.
An image which brings a smile to my face, as does this card (so linking up with
*Annie's Friday Smiles) .. if you want to see the cards I made for Nan as well as this one , just scroll down!


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, very busy here 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

Joining up with the following Challenges:
 1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
2. Tic tac toe at Flower challenge Using diagonal, white, watercolour, sentiment. 
(Mm, just realised my card has all but two (blue and CAS) of tic tac toe, so could go many ways!)
3. http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/september-challenge.html
4. http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/september-photo-inspiration.html
At Stamping Sensations they've a colour challenge, can use one or more colours or just the flower  which I've done.
Stamping element is the gold embossed greeting.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WOYWW + Nan's Cards ~ for her non-80th!!

Hi all! Popping in very quickly for a few links ups .. busy plus here!
(However want to say my thoughts and prayers are with all those suffering across the globe.
Reading on British Press - the floods in Bangladesh, 1/3 of the country is flooded!

Can you imagine what it's like to have a third of your country flooded?
Plus 100,000 houses destroyed!! On top of that they've floods of  Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar (former Burma) and ethnic cleansing! Devastation with Irma, Mexican earthquakes, etc. Perhaps a reason for all this? See this post here.)
As it is Wednesday, I've also a desky share - or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk for the link up, at Stamping Ground!
To my desk... probably can't share for few weeks, so thought better do so today!
Several... nay! three things on the go here! If you'd look on another table, you'd see a fourth!! (EEE-eek! she says.)
To right: Eamon's 2nd birthday on homeward run, his mother is very unwell (influenza A, very bad this year in Oz). No time for peeking so can share. Just have to touch up giraffe's adding some depth + greeting + age element.
Other items, kind of hidden are DT works, trying to get ahead. Hate always being behind. One is also for certain six year old's birthday too, top secret though, as they do peek, sometimes. Hope to catch up with both of these birthdays next week, God willing,
yay! :D Six year old will be wanting me to make "traditional pass the parcel" game too...
Now will explain the rest of the title of this post. My friend had what I thought was her 8oth birthday.. but dopey me :D made a booboo... it was her 79th! so that is why I call this Nan's non-80th birthday! I gave her half a dozen cards... published some before on here and her card is being published on 15th Sept as DT post.

A male card, made with Inkadinkado Standing Seagull INKA-99205-DD wood mounted stamp and Inspired by Stamping, Just for you set. Frame was from watercolour background, left over from another card. Didn't want to waste this bit, the image and card back stamped coloured for other cards and not used. Entering this card in the Stamp it Challenge with: Simon Says Wednesdays challenge .. stamped images ONLY no digis allowed.
This card won second prize over at Bugaboo... won seven of Jodie's wonderful images!!!

Digi image pre-printed in stash from Ginny Maxam of Maxam Made, like wise greeting. Die cut and mounted them and embossed and card with Sue Wilson pinpoint waves(?) folder. H.B. stamp is from SU discontinued set.

Simple male card, Disc. S.U. DP, Verse and images are digis I had already printed up.
Entering this card in the Stamp it Challenge with:
Simon Says Wednesdays challenge .. stamped images ONLY no digis allowed. Prayers set is available from Simon says.
Made with scrunched tissue technique see here - embossed it after scrunching, as shown on post. Dies are Memory box, both are disc. Stamp and die prayers set is by Hero Arts, on my packet. Simon Says brand on one I bought as gift, so bit confusing, slightly different sizes, too.
To the Aussie shots. On my walk yesterday was the sunset, taken rather late.. but out most of the day. The begonia below is real and so is the maiden hair fern, my sister has them growing beautifully and we had a lovely BBQ out there yesterday. Our 88 year old dad loved it!
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

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God , that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord :".Amos 8:11
This verse is a sign of the times for today.
Very sadly folks rather hear and heed the words of men, instead of hearing and heeding the words of the Lord, our Heavenly Father, Who loves us all.

Joining up with the following Challenges:

Make someone's day brighter with your card. Could really do all cards, but will link first and last cards as both of these are encouragement cards.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Darkroom Door Stamping on Acetate + Alcohol Inks - Bizzy Bec's DT post

Warning... lo-oong post, details plus photos, some "how NOT to do it",too!

 Hullo there everyone .. back again with another DT post for Bizzy Bec's. I am revisiting the Darkroom Door stamp set Sail Away (check out Bec's amazing prices) .. with acetate!
Here's a peek!
 I'm a great fan of Loll from "Stamping with Loll". Saw this post using acetate + alcohol inks.
And really wanted to do it with this gorgeous Darkroom Door Stamp set called Sail Away from Bizzy Bec's. 
Had an idea! just needed to get past the hiccups on the way. Tried it first as shown on video linked on Loll's post. However, a video can be a problem with the memory bank..  forgot step with brayer/ rubber roller. A mistake, inks didn't blend at all, were blobby.
I'm not sure why, but her inks on acetate spread lot more than mine. Decided to change colours too ..

  Saving acetate for another attempt, will use the base, see top left, for another card one day, have an idea for it.. waste not, want not..
 So tried it way Loll said she did it, except she stamped afterwards, I'm stamping before.
1. Using sailing ship stamp from Darkroom Door set, embossed two - one in gold, one black and two blank. (**on video the lady uses a dryer anti static cloth to prevent embossing powder go anywhere but on inked image, this is best too I found).
2. Then added the alcohol inks on the back of randomly, I also added Adirondack blending solution so my blobby inks would blend easier.

 Used Alcohol turquoise, Cobalt like blue, Silver and Pearl.
I also added two dye inks, SU purple and soft blue. I have mixed ink types before, usually work just fine.
Have very few re-inkers of various types and often mix them.
I mixed them around with scrunched up plastic or cling wrap. 
Left once an interesting pattern and colour combo. Allowed to dry well.
Loll didn't do it with cling wrap, but I didn't want blobs from my blobby ink! 😊
3. Loll also used spray adhesive for attaching the crumpled tissue paper. I like my spray adhesive, so tried it, but mine was not a good hold on the acetate. 
 So tried the video technique of layering glue (mixed PVA and Tacky craft glue) on back of dried alcohol ink. 
4. Added the crumpled tissue over it all, then relaid the plastic wrap and ran my brayer over the top to make sure it really adhered well.
 Finally happy.
Persistence paid off in droves. Have three other bits to play with, two plain.
Had funny accident with black ship image, accidentally added inks to the side that was stamped and embossed. It took some of image off randomly and left some. I looked at it and thought it looks just like a ship in a fog. I could reuse it like that, or re-stamp it on top using a positioning acetate sheet as guide, or lay a verse greeting over that part.
Will do this technique, again. Now to my card, fairly simple actually.
 
Die cut the acetate image after backing it with card stock with Spellbinders Labels 25. Added a hand cut gold base to it.
Used two sheets of DP I bought on Thursday after my fourth specialist dentist appointments (big pennies there), spent few pennies at the only craft shop within coo-ee, ie about 30 mins north, round corner from dentist. 😊 

First Sun in Sept. is our Father's Day in Oz, so all this persistence was for my darling 88 y.o. dad. 
He's worth it .. and much more.

Used the Sizzix Lattice folder on base card. Gold embossed greeting is from very old set called SU Wonderful Woodcuts, only Father's stamp I own. Used top and bottom portion of greeting on stamp (there is an image in between), with Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it it up. Took a couple of goes.
Hessian or frayed burlap across the card, an anchor which was sitting on bookcase next to my cutting machine, for no reason!!
Someone had given them to me. Perfect eh?
God is very good.
So relieved this card finally turned out just as I'd hoped.
Hope you like it too and the step by steps may help someone out there.

Aussie shot from South Australia, they are having more rain down there, than we are ... taken by our local church's evangelist when visiting there - Fraser Young - his site here.
 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 September 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. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits!
Shaz in Oz.x  

"*Commit thy way unto the Lord;
*trust
also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
*Rest in the Lord, and
*wait patiently for Him:
*fret not thyself
...
" Psalm 37: 3, 7a.

*step by step guide to personal peace in all situations.. 
 
Stamping Sensations Sept Photo challenge, used some of these colours in card ....
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