Sometimes you just have to

Sometimes you come across a challenge that you just have to have a go at.  I came across 3 at the week-end.  1 Allsorts is on the Saturday list, 2 Fashionable Stamping I had thought was on its 2nd week until one of the team published and i saw her fab piece. 3 Vintage Artisans is a new challenge that I stumbled upon.

Allsorts challenges us to take inspiration from the challenge pieces that Brenda sent to all the DT.   The items included a clock die cut and also bird and bird cage die cuts.   Lots of other things as well but those stuck in my mind.

Fashionable Stamping, always look for rubber stamping.   This fortnight their challenge is to get Messy and Inky.

Vintage Artisans, a fortnightly challenge this is their second one with a theme of Vintage Steampunk.

So inspired, messy and inky steampunk it is!   Steampunk always puts me in mind of machinery replacing  flesh and blood, maybe with some secret surprise tucked up their sleeve.   The background is a TH clock mask coloured over with ink dusters, then the street light stamped, the Lady the Bird and finally two cog stamps.   Colouring involved ProMarkers and Whisper Pens, glue pen followed some of the stamped designs then shabby pink embossing powder sprinkled over.   Finally DI in walnut stain brushed around the edges.

Well that was my Monday evening, what did you do with yours?


  1. I love this Zoe, the layout the colours the elements are great... Thank you for joining us at Vintage Artisans this fortnight, Pauline x

  2. Fabby project xx thank you for joining in at VA xxxx

  3. A great piece Zoe-I adore the clockwork bird. Just reminded me I had Vintage Artisan challenge on my list of to dos--where does the time go.

    Hope you new job is going well

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. oh this is brilliant .. i love the elegant lady and the colours
    Lisa x

  5. Great Piece Zoe- I love all the colours and details, Debi x

  6. Beautiful piece! I had visitors all day and had to put my feet up to recover! Valerie

  7. Well Monday evening wasnt as productive as yours lol:) This is just lovely...I have that Kaisercraft stamp and would never have thought to use it like this ...but it works wonderfully. Hugs Suzanne :)

  8. Fabulous creation... Brillant stamping going on... fab design & colours... great detail.. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Vintage Artisans...May x

  9. You've done it again Zoe, this is a stunning piece of artwork. I love the way you've combined the inspiration from the 3 challenges to create such a unique project. The cogs and gears look amazing and reflect the roses around the lamp post like a steampunk garden. Thanks for joining us at FSC this time

  10. A wonderful piece Zoe. It's great to see steampunk done in a colour other than brown and blue.
    xxx Hazel.

  11. Love your mix of images and colours on this Zoe. Monday night I was researching a toxic drug that my granddaughter was going to be given on Tuesday - nightmare!!!
    hugs {brenda} xox

  12. They just keep coming Zoe this is another gorgeous piece.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  13. This is so pretty! I love the scene you have created and the mix of colours is perfect for our challenge this week at Allsorts.

    Thanks for playing

    Emma xxx

  14. A great card with wonderful images. Looks really fabulous. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  15. This is beautiful - I love the layout
    thank you for joining in the challenge at vintage artisans this week
    Debbi x

  16. Hi Zoe
    A wonderful piece of stamping with the various stamps brought together so beautifully.
    Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.

  17. Absolutely beautiful, love the colors and love the design. Thank you for joining us at Vintage Artisans this fortnight xx

  18. This is absolutely beautiful, Zoe,

    Lucy x

  19. A fabulous creation Zoe. Thanks for getting messy and inky with FSC.
    Fliss x


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