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Sunday 13 January 2013

Trains, Planes and Automobiles at FSC

Hi there folks and happy Sunday to you. I've had another very quiet blogging week as I can't seem to shake this flu bug off and I've spent the week either at work or asleep. At last though I'm starting to feel a bit more human and actually managed to ink up a stamp yesterday (first time this year!!) so I must be on the mend. Anyway I'm here to share a card made for our new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges where we have a theme of 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles' chosen by my lovely DT sister Yvonne. As usual there's a great prize up for grabs from Cottage Crafts and don't forget we're a rubber stamping challenge so make sure you get inky with us

For my DT project I've used a gorgeous digital background from Dover Publications, I thought it would be just the job for our challegne theme with the gorgeous steam train in the background. This is sooooooo beautiful its almost a shame to cover it up but of course I had to add plenty of stamping.

I began by stamping Creative Expression train tracks on vellum and embossing with Antiquitities EP, adding some black organza ribbon (recycled from a Christmas pressie lol) and a gorgeous steampunk flower created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque's 'Steampunk Christmas'. I stamped a sentiment from 'Artistic Expressions' which reads 'Listen to the whispers of your heart' and embossed with the same EP. The focal image is from Chocolate Baroque 'Steampunk Butterfly' stamp set, stamped on a distress stain background and embossed with the same EP before adding lots of idea-ology cogs and a pen nib. I also added a filigree metal corner from the Funkie Junkie Boutique to the top right of the card. Here's a slightly different angle:

and here's a close up of the butterfly:

I'm  entering this card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar: butterflies
Craft your Passion: vintage/shabby chic
Frilly and Funkie: Anything goes
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop: flowers and ribbon

Well hopefully Blogger will play nicely and post this while I'm tucked up in bed, we're forecast our first snow of the winter this weekend so I'm hoping our puppy will be able to play in the snow this morning. 
Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for popping by
Claire xx


  1. Hi Claire! My heart has skipped a beat. This piece mesmerizes me. Just stunning. I sure hope you start feeling back to 100% real soon. Best wishes, Yvonne

  2. That background is amazing, but I think the stamping adds an extra layer of interest! Love this steampunk awesomeness and that butterfly is way cool! Have a great weekend!

  3. Hi Claire...that butterfly is gorgeous! It is now on my wish list (gee, my wishlist has grown this fortnight!) It is perfect with that background.
    Dot x

  4. What a fantastic creation Claire. Love the image and all the stamping and the train track on the vellum is brilliant - not to mention that fab butterfly.
    Beryl xx

  5. Hi..This looks amazing, I love the arty feel to it and love the purple shades of color.. and thanks for joining in at BITW too!

  6. Hi Claire, Just love this - love the image peeking out of the vellum. Gorgeous stamped embellishments too.
    Hope you're feeling better.
    Avril xx

  7. Just awesome! An incredible effect and the butterfly looks stunning against that amazing background (another one of the wish list I think!)
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  8. Amazing! Very nice take on the vintage theme! Thanks for joining Craft Your Passion this week!

  9. Wow, Claire, that's a breathtaking card. Love the steampunk look.

  10. Wow, this is an awesome card. Love the details and the wonderful butterfly.
    Yvonne x,

  11. Fabulous steampunk card Claire, love the combination of images and colours.
    Hope you've had a good weekend and feeling better.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  12. Stunning card Claire, I love the background and the face is fabulous as is the butterfly ! Sue C x

  13. This is really unusual Claire and I love the flower and the butterfly. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time. Hugs, Jenny x

  14. This is really unusual Claire and I love the flower and the butterfly. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time. Hugs, Jenny x

  15. A really inspirational piece of artwork Clare.

    It's lovely to see you at Pretty Little Ribbons challenge this month, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  16. Hi Claire
    This is captivating and full of mystery.
    Have a wonderful week.

  17. This card is honesly breathtaking - it is so STUNNING! It's kind of hypnotic with incredible depth. Very very different and I love it. I'll go back up now to absorb it for a little while longer. Nicola x

  18. This is so beautiful, the colors, the layers, just breathtaking beautiful!

    xxxx Ellie xxxx

  19. Sensacionallll!!!!Love it, thanks for joining in at BITW!!

  20. What a great card - so much detail. The butterfly is awesome - looks like metal in the photo! x

  21. Claire, this piece is fabulous! I love the mysterious feeling behind it. And that steampunk butterfly is fab-u-lous! I thought for sure it was metal until I read your post!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

  22. Love love love this Claire - you're right about that digital image and you enhanced it beautifully..hope you are feeling better...Esther xx

  23. Wow stunning and what a gorgeous butterfly too
    Thanks for joining in with our butterflies challenge over at Brown Sugar and good luck
    Julie x
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  24. Very nice card, thank you for playing along with Brown Sugar this week, we hope you decide to join us again!! Good Luck,
    Alice B.

  25. Wow this is amazing!

    Thanks for joining the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge.

    Sarah x

  26. Wowwzersss Claire your creatioin is AMAZING, the butterfly is just georgous with all the detaills on it wowww I just love it, fabulous background too, thank you for sharing with the DT from Frilly and Funkie. Hugs Terry xxx

  27. Wow - your card is stunning:)
    Love the steampunk-feeling it gives me:)
    *Hugs, Inger*


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