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Friday, 1 November 2013

Steampunk!! - Friday 1st November

Good Morning Friends,

Hope those of you who enjoy Halloween had a good night? All my bags of treats went (and I made a lot) and I must say, the little trick or treaters this year excelled themselves with costumes and even the teenagers who called had really made the effort (we have had some in the past just giving a  'nod' to the Holiday with a solitary scream mask!). I had so many lovely comments about our decorated garden and porch (it was a bit of a grotto) and some of the parents event thanked me for making it all a bit special. My favourite costume was work by a little girl of about three: she had was a lady pirate, complete with dress and hat; I gave her the treat bag and she just stood for ages looking at the decorations, bless her. I did take some pretty poor photos of our porch and kitchen window, just to give you some idea..

Well we've reached November and  getting far too close to Christmas for my liking because I have done so little towards it as yet!

This month's theme for Emergency Crafters is Steampunk (yay!) and this project I do admit, took me a fair bit of time and planning, but I was pleased with the end result.

 This started off as a straightforward easel card, but then I had the idea to add cog wheels to evoke the sense of machinery and this is what I came up with!

I used a box easel card template  from The House of Zandra, which I have used many times before and which I bought at the Alexandra Palace craft event in April. I must say that for a few ££'s it's been a very useful item in my craft room.

All the papers I used are from Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper pad and sticker sheet. I love Graphic 45 papers, it's one of those designers where they are really hard to bring yourself to use them! I inked the edges of the papers with Vintage Photo before matting and layering and decorated back and front, but forgot to photograph the back!
 To embellish, I  die cut cogs, using my Spellbinders set,  some little glass bottles (ideology) and a steampunk metal butterfly from my steampunk stash box (can't remember where I got it), which I used as the handle. The cog wheels are attached with  screw effect brads and do turn!

Inside I lined the base with paper from the pad and put an assortment of stamped images, a little potion book  and a chipboard bottle (again I bought a bag at Ally Pally). I inked the bottle with spiced marmalade and then rubbed gold gilding wax over it - it gave it a shimmery yet distressed effect, which sadly the photo doesn't show.

This was such a fun make and although it was a DT project, it was also something I made for 'me' - which is something I don't feel I've done in a long while!

Thanks for stopping by - if you enjoy making Steampunk, why not enter the challenge this month? There are prizes up for grabs...just click on the link above or the link on my sidebar. The challenge should be up and running today,

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Love your halloween decorations you certainly made a great effort and can understand why it was all admired.....sadly we had no Halloween..callers...not many children around where we your steam punk creation Carole...


  2. How special to decorate and treat the kids...and oh my good golly that is an amazing punked it's steamin' Thanks for your visit and comment. Hugs Carole

  3. Hi Carole,
    Fab decorations for Halloween. No wonder your goody bags all went, as you made it so inviting.
    Love your creation today. So much to look at and take in. Fab detailing and design.
    Lots of love. Jenny L.

  4. Hi Carole,
    Seems a shame to say I don't do Halloween or Steampunk because your creations are wonderful. The steampunk one must have taken you ages to make.
    Bet the children were pleased with their goody bags. We had no callers again this year.

  5. nice decorations and great project, so many details and very pretty

  6. What great photos! It must have taken some time to put the decorations up. Fantastic project Carole, you are right, it is good to make something for ourselves every now and again!xx

  7. OMG Carole,,,,,,,your Steampunk Creation,,,,IS ATURE PLAY OF ART,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,LOVEIT, LOVE IT LOVE , IT LOVE IT,,,,,, WOWWWWW