Friday, 4 October 2013

Neat and Tidy Steam Punk

Hello everybody. Thanks for popping by today.  My title certainly seems to be a contradiction doesn't it?
Q:   How can steam punk be neat and tidy?  A:  When it is made by me! Lol!  As my older followers know (and by that I mean long term not old as in age!) I don't do steam punk.  I like my crafting to be quite neat - I even find shabby chic a bit out of my comfort zone.  However, I have had these Kanban toppers for a while and am steadily working through them.

My Card

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This card is for my sister whose husband will be 70 next week.  Unfortunately he had a small stroke a few weeks ago and is temporarily unable to drive.  His  post-stroke exhaustion meant he was not able to get out much, until their son hit on the idea of hiring one of those mobility scooters for a few weeks.   Now when they go out together to exercise their little dog poor Jeanie is shattered trying to keep up with him!  As for Mollie, their miniature Yorkie, she gets back home and zonks out!! My sister loved the idea of this image because it fit the situation so well.  Mind you, I wouldn't like this one roaring up behind me in the shopping precinct. Lol!

Sorry for the glare but the sun was hitting the gold mirri card no matter what I did to try and prevent it.  I'm not complaining about the sun - but I will try again later if it goes behind a cloud.

I made an easel card and put the verse underneath the base of the card.  The topper and cogs background card are from Kanban and the cogs are a mixture of some die cuts I already had and others cut from Papermania cog dies.

Well that's all from me today 


  1. Hello Christine, what a fabulous card, and I would think it just fits the bill perfectly for your BIL. Love your design and the image with all the fantastic cogs.
    Sometimes it's good to be out of your comfort zone, take card hugs Kate x

  2. Love this Christine! what a great card sorry I haven't been around much to comment but its been a hard week huggles hun Sue xxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. Brilliant card Christine, fits the bill perfectly. Great image, your BIL will love it.
    I am a bit like yourself, I basically like neat and tidy. I have never actually manage to get round to doing anything "Steampunk" as yet. Managed a little bit Shabby Chic now and again although even that is a little out of my comfort zone.
    Funny how we all like to do different things. I admire lots of the wonderful "grungy" things some people do, just cant do it myself. It would probably be a very dull world if we were all the same all of the time.
    Have a Great Weekend

    Patricia xxx

  4. Hi Christine, Love the card... those images are fantastic you have used them perfectly ..Love it!! Hugs May x x x

  5. Wat een beeldschone kaart
    groetjes Janie

  6. Love this Christine, I think that doing something steampunk is great for the soul, makes a nice change from the usual flowers and lace thing.

  7. Hi Christine
    I too don't do steampunk or grunge and Im sure my shabby would look just that with no trace of chic lol !
    Either way, your card is smashing.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  8. This is wonderful Christine. I love that image and brilliant detailing.
    I totally know what you mean about the whole steampunk theme. I really struggle with that style. Yours is fabulous though.
    I hope you have a good weekend
    hugs Sue xx

  9. OMGee! The idea of one of those motability scooters being done up like this - that is a fab image that I hope won't rush from my memory. I don't normally like Steampunk, I don't get that grunge and muckiness of style but I do love shabby chic and would like to be able to do that. This is gorgeous Christine, and I am sure will bring a smile to the face of a lot of the family xx

  10. Well it is neat and tidy but an awesome steampunk as well...that image is rather funny. Love steampunk and don't do enough of it, nice to see a bit of grunge. I tend to get sick of doing the pretties all the time so just love this

  11. So glad to hear your BIL found a way to get round and solve the exhaustion problems from the stroke. Your card is a beauty! Love the papers, love the image and the great sprockets you die cut!

  12. So glad to hear your BIL found a way to get round and solve the exhaustion problems from the stroke. Your card is a beauty! Love the papers, love the image and the great sprockets you die cut!

  13. Prachtige mannenkaart Chrisitine.
    Fijn weekend.

    Groetjes Karla

  14. Great card for someone who doesn't "do" Steampunk!


  15. Fabulous steampunk card Christine great image and love your design


  16. Hi Christine,
    Great card for your BIL, bet it makes him smile. Don't do steampunk or grunge myself I like neat and tidy, but I do admire some of the wonderful creations that you see.

  17. Hi Christine,
    this is a fabulous example of steam punk. Great image and a great design too.
    I bet he is going to be sooooooooo! pleased with it.
    I too struggle with this type of card ,it never seems quite right to me, but you have made a super job of this.
    Have a wonderful crafty weekend.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  18. Hi Christine,
    it's me again. Forgot to say lovely Christmas countdown. That should keep us all on our toes. lol.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  19. Stoere mannenkaart
    Groetjes Gerrie

  20. Hi Christine - I just love this one - especially with the story behind it! I will email you asap but the 'in-house' training is taking up a lot of time - LOL! I had forgotten what younger cats were like. Anyway, despite Steampunk being out of your comfort zone you really have made a fantastic job of this one. Love the cogs etc.

    Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  21. Hi Christine, this is gorgeous, he will love it and yes it so fits in with the mobility scooter lol! I must say I would not have guessed that you don't do steam-punk by this card I would say you did them quite a lot! Well done you.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  22. You've made a fab job of it Christine and I'm sure your BIL will love it. I'm with you too, I like neat and tidy too. Carol x

  23. Christine this is brilliant. I love it. My husband has had 3 strokes and the tiredness stays quite a while. We try to get out for short walks which have really helped.

  24. My mouth is falling open.... It's a fabulous card you made Christine and I like it SO much!!!
    Lia xx

  25. Christine, what can I add to the above comments... This is stunning, really sorry I've been missing from commenting a few days - I'm afraid my craft to do list on return from hols is ridiculous! Hugs Carole Z xx

  26. Just come across this card on your blog Christine, it is absolutely gorgeous so much detail has gone into it, it's very striking. x


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