Monday 2 May 2011

Crafty Cardmakers - Machines and Steampunk xxx

Hello my gorjuss Bloggers

I hope you are all having another sunny warm day out there where you are! Its beautiful again here in Scotland, feels like summer!!

This time over on Crafty Cardmakers we have a fab new funky lil Challenge for you all


Ehhhh??? some of you may be saying and that including me till I did a lot of searching and a lot of advice form the Dt!! Here is just some info on what Steampunk is

"Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" for such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical engine.

Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk. They have considerable influence on each other and share a similar fan base, but steampunk developed as a separate movement. Apart from time period and level of technology, the main difference is that steampunk settings tend to be less dystopian.

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk."

And here a few pics I found on the Internet to give you some Inspiration

To me this style just screams Tim Holtz with a gems and jewels and the insides of things, like all the workings showing!! If you can kinda get me heee

So I decided to make a wee sorta canvas, but after figuring I had none of them the next best thing was to pinch some wood from Hubby's workshop!! A 8x8 piece of MDF later and it was time to get messy!

Kinda funky I thought hee!!
I got out my distress inks, some old orange/brown papers and embossing powders and just went wild! Used some of my jewellery making bits, an old watch(for insides to show) and anything else I sorta thought would look ok?? Oh and the fab wee image of Lady Audrey that I found on Esty!

What do you think?? I would love any opinion you have on it!! As I've never done anything like this, I would really like some feed back please!!

I wanna enter it into the following Challenges
By the Cute and Girly - anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Digi Day ( my wee Lady Audrey)
Card Creations - Anything but a Card or Layout
Sugar Creek Hollow - Embossing

I hope you will join in the fun this time over on Crafty Cardmakers and give this wee theme a try! For more fab inspiration check my fellow Dt's amazing creations!

Hugs Melly xxxx


  1. Ohh I love it, brilliant work. Thanks for joining in on MAWTT this week Hazelxoxo

  2. FAB project - I would be like you, once I had the idea I would HAVE to get on with it RIGHT NOW, so - inspired use of hubby's wood!

    Happy Monday


  3. Well done Melly, I think you've captured the idea of Steampunk really well here. Not sure I'm brave enough to try!

    Kat xx

  4. wow really funky and grungy
    Love it
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT
    Lisa x

  5. youve done a fab job with this challenge!

  6. This style is not usually my cup of tea but found myself keep coming back to this one and seeing something different every time. Fab. Debs xx

  7. Wow this is very creative, can't believe its your first time at something like that. Thanks for joining in with us at MAWTT this week, hope to see you again soon. Pami x

  8. Gosh that must have taken you ages Melly! Its beautiful you know :)

    Love that cute little image too :) xx

  9. Wow Melly this is amazing! I had never heard of it so thanks for the "lesson!"

  10. this is brill love the colours
    and so love that lady audry image so cute
    gill x

  11. Hi Melly. This is really great. Love the colours and texture and great details. Donna

  12. I've heard of steampunk but never really investigated what it was. Thanks for the lesson. I think your project fits the description well. Nice job and what an interesting image you found. She belongs there for sure!


  13. Oh thanks for the introduction on steampunk!! Love your interpretation :) Thanks for playing along at By The Cute and Girly this month! Good luck!!

    Tammy xx

  14. Melly this is absolutely fabulous. Great information also for anyone who didn't understand the term.

    In case I didn't make it clear. Stunning, Gorgeous, Fantabulous!

    Lin xx

  15. Amazing! This looks fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Card Creations & More!!

  16. Fabulously stunning project Mel - LOVE it! Thanks so much for joining us at MAWTT this week - hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Sylvia x

  17. Hi Mel.Love your Beautiful creation.So imaginative,great colours.Hope you are well.xx

  18. Wow that's pretty funky Mel. I love all those bits and pieces and the colour is really cool.

  19. Now there's something I never knew! It looks amazing!!! Fab colours and I love the watch :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  20. This is amazing Melly!
    For someone who didn't know what Steampunk was a week ago you really came up with the genuine goods!
    Splendid project.

  21. Great canvas! Thanks for joining us at MAWTT! x

  22. What an amazing canvas! Thanks so much for the history of "steampunk", I think you have definitely captured it's essence. I love all the details, your colors and most of all your creativity! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow challenge, hope you will join us again next week!

  23. This is just fabulous! Love the watch, just perfect. Love it, love it, love it. xx

  24. This is gorgeous. Love the details. I can have a look at this card for hours to find everyone of them. Thanks for joining us over at By the Cute and Girly this month and good luck. Hugs, Hanna


Hugs and kisses for you all, thanks for the comment xxx