Blue Sunday

This time next week I'll probably still be packing away crafting materials and emptying the kitchen.   Yes its almost time, at last, for the new kitchen.   A year ago I was expecting to be about to get my new bathroom.   The unforeseen meant it did not go to plan and it was another 6 months before my lovely bathroom was installed, hopefully history will not repeat it's self.

So been trying to get ahead with DT projects, you will have to wait for those, but the commission card above can be shared.    It is for a colleague whose husband will be 69 soon, his interests include The Mallard (the fastest steam train in the UK) the colour of which is a striking shade of blue. I do not know of an image of that train so used a TH stamp in it's place.   Memento ink allows the use of solvent pens and a La Plume one comes close to the required colour.    The rails behind the main image are also TH. Rivet and Screw Heads came from another set.    The clock mask used with swipes of Chipped Sapphire and with a strong machine/masculine vibe the metal tag plate just seemed right.

Now tomorrow will find out if this is acceptable, not really sure if Anne understands that my style is definitely on the inky/grungy side.

I'd like to share this with some challenges, thinking about it where would we all be now without challenges and groups.   The cross pollination of styles, theme, techniques and ideas ensures there is always something to inspire.   One of the reasons some friends and I maintain daily challenge lists at Challenges for Days we would love to hear your thoughts about it.

Seize the Birthday - Always anything Birthday
My Heart Pieces - Use a piece of Metal
Left of Center - Use Something Metal
Colour me Creative - Must use Alcohol Markers, Anything Goes
Just us Girls - Monochrome Blue
The Cupboard Trilogy - Monochrome
The Corrosive Challenge -  Birthday Steampunk
Fashionable Stamping - CAS (well for me this is!)
Dream Valley - Monochrome

So it might just be DT stuff for a while, but I'm sure the work on the kitchen will help my weight loss plan.



  1. Brilliant love the track in the background
    Lisa x

  2. Wow I love this Zoe x My eldest son was a mallard fan for many years xx

  3. Wonderful card! Love the monochromatic blue and the train tracks in the background! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!

  4. Awesome masculine card using blues! Thanks for joining in with JUGS!

  5. First...Love your blog and the way the center feed rolls! Okay, your card for our challenge over at Seize the Birthday is wonderful too. Love the attention to detail and that you have made this card personal for the recipient. Good luck with your remodel.

  6. Great masculine card. All the elements work together so well. The train looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Seize The Birthday.

  7. Zoe, this is a great entry for our steampunk challenge at The Corrosive Challenge! Love your background and this is stunning in Blue! Thanks for joining us, and good luck with your kitchen remodel!

    TCC DT

  8. Fabulous card Zoe, love the colours and images. Good luck with the kitchen makeover. It will lovely when it's finished and you can get everything out again.
    Take care.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  9. I am loving this blue train, it reminds me when i was young and always going to school by train even if mine was green and not steam train!
    Have a good week and good luck with your kitchen!

  10. A perfect historic looking card for your colleague's hubby. Very artistic.

  11. Am sure your friend will love the card for her hubby Zoe. Good luck with the kitchen and hope all goes to plan, hugs Annette x

  12. What a wonderful masculine card. The blues are beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us at the CMC anything goes challenge.
    Cathy xx

  13. Wonderful card!! Thank you for playing along with the CMC Copic Challenge!!
    Danni-CMC DT

  14. Hope all runs smoothly with the kitchen Zoe and I do hope Anne loves the card you made for her hubby as I do. Great image so crisp and clean with such cool colours.

    Thank you for sharing with us at FAS.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  15. I bet the recipient of the card will love it! Beautiful work. Thanks for playing with us at LOC! xxx Keren

  16. Beautiful blues ...hope your home improvement goes well..

    So glad you joined us at the CMC Copic challenge (-:
    Linda CMC DT

  17. What a fantastic card! Great composition and use of the blues.

  18. Simply beautiful! I love how you have composed this.
    Thankyou for joining in the fun at FSC this fortnight.
    Dot x

  19. That is fabulous, Zoe! My FIL would love it. He worked at Derby Station when Mallard came through

  20. Wonderful card! Thanks so much for playing along with Seize the Birthday!

  21. What a lovely card, thanks for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog

    Stella xx

    TCT DT

  22. Thanks for joining us at the Corrosive Challenge for our Steampunk Challenge. Your card is a perfect fit. Good luck and please join us again soon.


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