Artistic Philosophy

Reality has limits but our imagination does not, so let it run free and your creativity will flourish.

My imagination helps me create unique work as I strive to produce beautiful things and grow in capability, experience and confidence. My goal as I travel this journey of creativity, is to share my work and inspire others so that they themselves, may create something distinct and original too.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Hi all and welcome,
It's lovely to be back with you and..... crafting again!  I am still not able to craft everyday as I am still so busy and doing any sort of physical work wears me out completely.  It can take anything from one to four days to recover.  But please don't see that as such a bad thing, it's my life now and I am, on the whole, use to it.  I don't like the pain, I hate it, but after almost 13years I have learned to adjust my life around it so that I can still function, it's just on a slower more delicate pace.  With the big upheavel in my life recently I have had to learn to cope all over again and that is why I am often away from the blog for more than a day at a time.  My daughter and her partner have been helping me restructure the house so that everything has its permanent place, making cleaning & tidying much easier and quicker.  We started on the attic today and ended up with a boot full of unwanted items to go to the skip and a few bags for the charity shop too; so I am feeling really good about it all now.  Hopefully a few more visits from my daughter will be enough to have the bulk of it finished and then I can relax and get on with life.
Well now you know what I have been up to it's time for my card as promised.


I stamped the tailors dummy and cut off the wings.  I used one half of the wings on the sprocket below and the other was used on the notebook I created the other day.  I replaced the wings on the dummy with some metal ones I had in my stash and then I used the Rock Princess cartridge and my Cricut Expression to cut out a winged heart and the clock face..
Next I cut some sprockets & gears using Spellbinder dies and stamped another smaller butterfly to finish off the clock face.  Finally I added some chain, a metal clock and key charm (the key is behind the clock face sorry.  I didn't notice it was hidden till now). 

Here you can see the depth of the layered wings and the key charm is actually visible here.
So there you have it:  grungy, full of created imagery and mechanisms,  do you think it passes for a good representation of Steampunk?   I know some of you are not partial to this type of cardmaking but it is quite fun to do as you can go alittle wild and be a bit messy too, so why not have a little go yourselves and see what fantasy world you can imagine.
I have a lovely CAS card for you next, hopefully tomorrow, but if not it will most certainly be before the weekend.  It is using the lovely Tied together embossing folder from Creative Expressions.

I do hope you all have an inspiring day today and are blessed with a good day too.  Take care,  Linda xx

15 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, I love steampunk and I love your card..it certainly does pass and with flying colours! I love this stamp and sometimes think I use it too much..no you can never use a stamp you like too much! I finally got these dies at Ally Pally as well, so I'm a happy girl now! Take care and don't do too much, Carole Z X

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  2. Hi Linda,
    what a fabulous steam punk card. Love all the design and everything about it.
    Have a wonderful crafty day .
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  3. WOW!! This is wonderful Linda. Such a great design and wonderful details. I honestly wouldn't know where to start to make a card like this so thanks for the inspiration

    I hope you have a good day
    hugs Sue

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  4. This is fabulous Linda! Even though steam punk is not really my thing I can see how much work goes into something like this. Everything comes together really well and makes a great design! HAve a good day! Christine x

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  5. Hi Linda, I'm not really a fan of steampunk/grunge, but I do like this card..Glad you're managing to sort house out so it's easier for you to do..love Carole..xx

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  6. Hi Linda,
    I've never tried steampunk... on a to do list... but I really like your creation that remains very feminine. Terrific depth to it, its really quirky and interesting.
    Nicola

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  7. I am a steampunk fan and I think this is weirdly wonderful - and that is a compliment! I love it Linda, especially the winged heart and chains - oops the other side of me is showing!!! Anyway must go and get on with hubby's birthday card - and stop digressing!

    Love and hugs Sue Pxxx

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  8. Great card Linda! Definitely steampunk with a touch of elegance!x

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  9. Hi Linda, didn't get to blogland yesterday so playing catch up now. Although I am not a lover of steampunk I agree with Oksana's comment and think you have achieved a great design. Pleased to hear things are starting to take shape house wise and what a wonderful daughter you have. Take care, love Christine H xx

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  10. Good morning sweetie this is absolutely gorgeous, huggles Pops x x x

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  11. Hi Linda

    This is an amazing card - love the steampunk effect - brilliant.

    Glad your back crafting.

    Thank you for coming to visit me and leaving me some very much appreciated comments.

    Take care and have a good week.

    Toodle Pip

    Hazel xx

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  12. Hi Linda!

    Congrats! You are winner from The Great Impressions Stamps Ronald McDonald House Hop!

    Check it out here:
    http://greatimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-virtual-hug.html
    and then please contact me for your coupon code!

    Thank you so much for hopping with us!

    Hugs,

    Jenny

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  13. Hi Linda,
    I just now read your comment that you left on my blog back in August (it was on my old post, so I didn't know it was there). You are welcome to link up to my tutorials and patterns to make flowers for cards. The cards you make are so beautiful and artistic. I will gladly follow your blog and perhaps I'll attempt to make a card too.

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  14. hey Linda, I am so glad to hear you are creating and cleaning....I hope you continue to improve! It makes me feel wonderful to clean, organize, and get rid of things...I need to do that too!

    Your card today is awesome, I adore all of the elements! Thank you for your continued support and visits...they make my day!

    I am still working a lot of overtime, I hope it will end by the end of the year, so I am super busy; creating, working, and tying to keep up with the house.

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week, I am headed to a woman's conference this weekend...it is sooo needed and I am looking forward to it and expecting God to meet me there!

    enjoy *~*

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  15. Wow this is a bit different Linda, I haven't ventured into the world of 'steam punk' yet - too many cute things surrounding me at work I suppose!
    You've done a good job with this, hope you're well xxx

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