Friday, 15 February 2013

Things I Love

When the challenge title for this new challenge over at Sparkle and Glitter with Rick (St Dennis) was chosen as a theme, I admit I was stumped for a short while. What, out of all the things I love, shall I depict? So many to choose from. Regular readers of my blog will have gathered by now that my crafty makes are varied. Bordering on the cute when I have to but generally on the darker side. I suppose this is one of the reasons I am on the design teams that I am on. There is one genre that I am enjoying again and again and that is Steam Punk. There are so many aspects that can be depicted. From the fantasy right through to the industrial. As it so happens, I have recently committed myself to a "circle journal" group. Yep - I had to research this as well. For this particular circle, we are 10 members. We all get to choose the theme of our own journals and start them off. They should include a bit about ourselves and a list of "rules" that other contributors to the journal must follow. ie one girl has stated "No Felt". These two pages are what I am about to share with you. The inside cover will be "About Me" and the next - the rules will be added.

About Me
What do we have here? There's the DP base from the Papermania Chronology range. The image is Punky McSteam from Rick St Dennis. It appears the image has been retired now but I love her and had to use her, coloured with promarkers with a touch here and there of perfect pearls painted on and some glossy accents in strategic places then torn out and more ink distressing.

I then sponged "vintage paper" distress ink through a couple of prima stencils. This technique was one that was highlighted in Craft Stamper in march 2013 issue. Then came the Grunge Flourish stamp from Visible Image stamped using metallic copper ink. The title stamped using a set of alphabet stamps in my stash. The brown and apricot lace flower with pearls has been handmade.

Rules page
A much simpler page and will have an insert with my "Rules" when they are finalised. Using some more of the paper stack, I attached a pocket with small eyelets to it. The pocket is made from pearlised copper card to which was added one of the chronology range's postcards after stamping some creative expressions clocks, then a Sweet Pea image Marlon Teunissen's Steam Punk Angel. Fussy cut out and attached to some pearlised brown paper from stash.
Phew, and this is just two of the pages!

Does this inspire you to join in our challenge over at Sparkle and Glitter with Rick? I hope so.

I'd like to enter these two journal pages into the challenge at
Craft My Life - Non Card Projects
Craft Us Crazy - Show Us Your Favourites
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Anything But A Card
SweetPea Stampers - Use a digi

The top journal page also into the challenge at
The Craft Stamper Magazine Blog - Faux Airbrushing Technique


  1. Helen you did it again this is gorgeous. Love the colouring of the images. Very beautiful

    I am in on a cj group also and it is so much fun working in someone elses journal following their rules

    A lot of getting out if my comfort zone involved but love the challenge. Wish we could do a cj but will be very complicated to post to all the different places in the world we live.

    Fun to read we think so much alike when it comes to our love for dark art but also do some cute (to the big suprise of some people. Including my hubs. Quote "o i thought you only did halloween stuff" duh!!) and if course steampunk. Totally agree with you bout the dt's. So glad they give the opportunity to do all styles

    Anyway. Lovf your art. Hugs

  2. Stunning card fabulous colors! Sorry to hear that Punky McSteam is retired, I was hoping on buying here when I saw the first page!
    Great second page too, cool steampunk fairy!
    Hugs, Elenor

    1. You might be able to persuade Rick if you email him

  3. That is so cool, What a brilliant start to your Circle Journal, can't wait to see what happens next.
    Beautiful colouring of two gorgeous images

  4. fabulous cards, and I love Punky McSteam is wonderful, I just read that she is retired (she does not look that old LOL)...must speak to Rick about this
    both cards have a great vintage steampunk style

  5. Oh so cool, love the Steampunk feel its amazing, Love Hazelxo

  6. I am loving your Steampunkiness. These are beautiful! Great coloring.

  7. Two wonderful pages to start off your circle journal. I love the muted colors you've used!! And I'm thinking along with some of the others that Steamy McPunk needs to make a comeback.

  8. Wow! Great use of the faux airbrushing technique, those images really pop! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge! xx

  9. Beautiful cards

  10. Nice use of the technique - thanks for taking part in Craft Stampers first challenge!

  11. I love how you have incorporated so many techniques in with the faux airbrushing.

  12. What a lovely Rick St Dennis creation you have made. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month of “use a digi” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  13. Lovely use of the faux airbrush technique, the whole thing is just lovely. Thank you for entering it into the Craft Stamper challenge.x

  14. Wow its gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge, hope to see you enter again soon :-) Elaine-xxx-

  15. I'm just catching up with the Craft Stamper challenge entries - thanks for playing along! Great journal pages with lots of interest here, I'm sure the group will enjoy adding to your great start!