Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Steampunk Flying Easel

I'm muscling in on Team B's challenge this week as I love Steampunk! It's been very popular in recent times, but for those of you who don't know about it, the definition is:
"A genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology."

Our sponsors this week are:

I have chosen 'Kidz Hot Air Balloon' from Bugaboo Stamps as these are seen a lot in Steampunk art. 
Jodie, the designer of Bugaboo Stamps has this to say about the image: "I drew this image after my little girl who loves balloons and daydreaming =)
she has cerebral palsy and her walking isnt so great so in this image she can go anywhere she dreams of =)"

This is my first flying easel card, which I wanted to try after seeing many on Pinterest. I'd never thought about only die-cutting half a shape before, but it's not too bad once you get everything lined up properly. 

I've used the following materials:
  • Papermania Kraft card blank, patterned paper, postcard and brads
  • Acetate butterflies from Inkylicious
  • Ribbon and glitter glue from my stash
  • Metal cogs from MDF Man
  • ProMarkers - Cool Grey 2, 3 & 4, Tea Green, Mint Green, Pine, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Caramel, Sandstone, Raw Sienna, Mustard, Tulip Yellow, Buttercup, Satin, Dusky Pink & Rose Pink


  1. Gorgeous colours and layout Nicola. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

    Cathy DT Member

  2. Stunning card, love the layout and all the detail.
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT

  3. Nicola(love the name) your Steampunk creation is fantastic! I love the colors, the different elements and the design of your card. 613 Avenue Create is pleased you chose to share it with us.

  4. Loving this really different - thanks so much for joiniing us at Crafty Hands - very good luck Judith DT x

  5. Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us this week at 4 Krafty Girls. Good Luck. hugs Angelie

  6. What a fabulous card design and a wonderful format for using that sweet image. I love the paper and embellies you used to advance the steampunk theme. beautiful colouring, too. Thanks so much for joining our Anything Goes/Spring or Easter Challenge at Craftitude this fortnight. I hope we see you again soon.

  7. I love what you have done with this one, Nicola! The hanging balloon is brilliant! Thanks for linking your card with us at Sister Act this week. Cathy xx

  8. Ohh what a great design and use of the image! Love it! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes or Spring/Easter Challenge this fortnight at Craftitude!

  9. Cute card and great technique of the flying easel! Thanks for joining us at Simply Steampunk Challenges (c:

  10. Amazing card! I love the cute image, the sentiment and the overall design. Thanks for enlightening me on the meaning of steampunk. :) And thanks for joining us at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges. :D

  11. Hi Nicola, due to unforeseen circumstance,the owner of CraftyHands Challenge Blog is closing the blog down. As there were few entries,a winner was selected as I think its only fair to still have a winner.
    There is a post over on the blog showing your entry as our winner...please email me (Sandie) at with your address and I will get your prize posted out to you.
    Many thanks for entering your stunning card in to our challenge and congratulations on being our very last winner...
    Sandie (admin at CraftyHands)

  12. Hi Nicola, not sure if you have received my last comment that I set last night.
    CraftyHands has closed down and as admin for the owner I chose your crad as our last winner...the blog will still be visible up until midnight tonight then it will be deleted.
    Your card is on display could you please email me ( Sandie ) at with your address so I can get your prize sent out to you x

  13. Thank you for your comment...myself and the team are sorry that Tonya wanted to close the blog...however I do have my own challenge blog that has been running for over a year now...I also have a couple of the same teamies there, pop over for a look sometime xx

    1. Thanks Sandie.. I have followed your blog x

  14. Such a gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us over at Glitter n Sparkle this week.
    Hugs xxxx

    Sammi DT

  15. Great card. Thanks for joining us over at That Craft Place . Hugz Jules xxx

  16. Great card. Thanks for joining us over at That Craft Place . Hugz Jules xxx

  17. such a great card - fab image and layout - thanks for joining us at that craft place. Hugs rachel xx


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