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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Steampunk Circles - Tuesday 22nd May

Hi Blog Friends,

Isn't it lovely now that the sun is shining again? I was so happy to see the sun still warm in the sky when I got home from work last night, that I took this project outside in the garden  to photograph it!
I created this piece of art work on Sunday, for Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers week 206 challenge, the theme of which is Circles; it was fun and I had no idea where I was going when I started out! I die cut 3 large circles and punched 2 deckle edged circles, all with various pieces of kraft card card I had in my stash. I stamped the cogs from Sam Poole's 'Steampunk Dreams' stamp set, very faintly on one circle and I also stamped the mechanical bug from the same set (he has a round body, I had to!) and "Dare to Create' on another. That stamp and the flower are both from Sam Poole's 'Steampunk Flowers' set.

Having stamped the circles I then spent quite a bit of time distressing them with a mixture of Wild Honey and Tea Dye Ranger inks. I had seen Hels' demo-ing the flower on C&C at the weekend and have the tut from her blog. The demo reminded me that I hadn't made a flower like this in a while, so I was determined to incorporate one on this piece, but I had to adapt it to the stamp I wanted to use, which didn't have the same effect because the petals were closer together and harder to manipulate. I stamped the on grunge paper and also distressed it. After I had made it and stuck it together with Cosmic Shimmer glue, (which is my favourite glue, I use it all the time!), instead of teasing the petals back,  I painted them with some Glossy Accents and did the same to the bug.

To finish off I added a clock face, little brass cog,a faux screw brad and some rusty wire as the hanger. I then die cut some flowers using the smaller dies in the Peony set, distressed them and scrunched them.

It's a whimsy, I had fun making it and it will hang on my craft room wall!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carole X

I made this as my contribution to
Sunday Stampers Challenge - Week 206: Circles


  1. I think the flowers work really well & that bug is so cute. The different backgrounds make it really interesting. Great Colours. Sx

  2. Gorgeous piece of Artwork Carol, I love the colours and the embellishments you have used too. Hugs Rita xx

  3. This is great - love the colours and all those circles!!

  4. What a lovely creation and good luck with the challenge.x

  5. Wow, you certainly have lots of circles on this, love the colours and the flowers and also that brilliant time piece. x

  6. Fab piece hun, LOVE your flower, very steampunky.... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  7. Thanks for all your lovely comments! XX

  8. Fab piece Carole, I adore anything steampunk.
    Hugs Linda x