Friday, 15 November 2013

Steampunk Tic Tac Toe

Hello everyone, I am here today with my Design Team piece for Our Creative Corner.  My wonderfully talented team mate Claudia chose the theme this month, which is Steampunk Tic Tac Toe.  In Claudia's own words:

'So all you have to do is use three of the ingredients from the diagram that are in a straight line (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) when creating your projects for our challenge and name them in your post!'

I am a little out of my comfort zone with Steampunk but I do like a challenge so I chose the top line - wings, gears and wire and created a card.

The base card is 6" x 6" and I coloured it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The backing paper is from my stash. The watch is a Tim Holtz die which I cut several times from heavyweight card as I wanted the watch rim to be elevated.  The watch was coloured with several colours of Distress Paint to give a aged look. The wings are from another Tim Holtz die.  The wire on the left hand side is chicken wire from the DIY store and I have rusted it with Rust coloured Alcohol Ink.  The cogs are a mix of wood and metal cogs from my stash (in part a candy win from my blog friend Kath). The key and chain are also from my stash.  

I hope you will go over to Our Creative Corner to see the fantastic projects by my team mates, including our newest member, the amazing Astrid, I promise you will not be disappointed!  If you have not joined in yet, you have until the 28th November, we would really love to have you join in.


I have not posted much since my accident but I just wanted to let you know that I am making reasonably good progress, I still need to use the crutches for the next six weeks, which is a bit of a pain!  I have been totally overwhelmed by the messages, gifts, flowers and cards that I have received from my fabulous blog friends and I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You really did lift my spirits when I needed it most.

I have been such a lucky girl!  The picture was taken last week, there are even more this week.  Thank you so much everyone.  Take care everyone and keep well.  Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Glad to hear that you are making progress and are crafting again. Your card looks amazing with the watch and all the gears. I'm stuck in a rut so I may well have a play this time. Elaine x

  2. A fabulous steampunk card, Anne - I just love what you've done with the clock as a frame to all those cogs and gears, and the fantastic metallic finish on that and the wings. So glad to hear you're doing well!
    Alison xx

  3. Hi Anne, glad you're on the mend gal. There's nothing better than a bit of steampunk for a nice change lol....great card, love all the gears etc.

  4. oh Anne - your card is wonderful - but whats even more wonderful is knowing you are making progress - keep it like that Anne! Your cards and flowers are just wonderful - just goes to show what a fabulous lady you are! Big hugs xxx

  5. Totally Fabulous card Anne. Considering the amount of pain you had to put up with too. Beautiful cards and bouquets of flowers, and everyone of them goers to prove how much loved you are. Keep the spirits up and hopefully things will keep improving for you. Hugs Rita xxxx

  6. Hi Anne. I'm so pleased that your recovery is progressing as it should... gorgeous cards and flowers! Thank you for your lovely comment on my last post. I had a lot of fun doing it. Your card is a great steampunk piece. Love the cogs and the rusted wire effect. That watch die is very impressive and looks great with all of the inner pieces. The tic-tac-toe board does look tempting! Again, my thoughts are with you, take care. Cheers, Di xx

  7. Such a fabulous card Anne, I love the design and wonderful detailing.
    I am pleased that you making progress with your recovery, that is great news. The cards and flowers you have received are all so beautiful, it's nice to know they they helped to lift your spirits.
    Take care
    hugs Sue xx

  8. So pleased to hear you are making good progress Anne, gorgeous cards and flowers! Love your card, a fab steampunk piece of art! Of course I am kicking myself that I posted a steampunk creation that took me ages to make, on my blog a few weeks ago..darn! Hugs, Carole Z XX

  9. Anne, this is such steampunk awesomeness! Love that pocket watch and all the gears! Love this! So good to hear you are making progress and in time you will be 100%. Enjoy the weekend and sending hugs!

  10. Your steampunk card is sooo adorable, Anne!

    And it definitely is more steampunk than a lot of "steampunk makes" I see out there ;)
    Who would guess that you worked out of your comfort zone seeing your awesome design? Not me definitely. ;)

    Claudia x

  11. great to see you back crafting again Anne and with such a great take on the steampunk challenge...take things easy and before you know you'll be running around again...big hugs kath xxx

  12. Wow Anne for one who is out of their comfort zone you have certainly worked your magic on this piece. I love the rusted chicken wire down the side and the depth of the pocket watch allowing you to pile up all those lovely cogs. Looking forward to dropping in to see you again next week. Take it easy my dear friend. Hugs Mo x

  13. Totally stunning Anne! So glad you were able to join in! Like you I was well out of my comfort zone, so glad I was not on my own with that.....
    I adore all the bots you added to your card and a great lay out to!

    The wonderful cards and flowers look amazing! Hope your recovery will continue to go wel!!! Big hugs, Astrid

  14. Hi Anne :-) great to hear you are making progress and such stunning flowers and cards......totally deserved as you are always so kind and generous too x your Steampunk make is wonderful. Love the watch and cognac best wishes Annie x

  15. As much as I was delighted to enjoy your beautiful steampunk, I was even more happy to see you felt well enough to craft & post! Wonderful news. So happy that you are making progress, but taking it easy just the same. Your embellishments on the card are - as always - wonderful & imaginative. I loved the pearly look on the watch rim too. Very creative to get the chicken wire from DIY & rust it! Clever girl. Take care, rest lots and enjoy your wkend. Hugs & TFS

  16. Glad to hear you are on the mend Anne.....your card is gorgeous,love the

  17. Fantastic card Anne, lovely to see you haven't lost your touch even if you've lost your balance haha.
    What wonderful flowers and cards too. Much deserved, special lady x x x

  18. You might not be comfortable with steam punk Anne but you did a fabulous job with your card. Very well designed and created. Are you going to sue me if I copy your idea!!!!!?
    I don't know how in the world you walk on crutches - I would kill me and my husband both not to mention knocking over things here and there. Take it easy and try not to do too much.
    Again, your make is wonderful!!

  19. Hi Ann, glad to hear you are on the mend, slowly but surely! Your Steampunk card is lovely, doesn't look to me like you are out of your comfort zone! Great to see you posting again and thank you for finding time to visit me and leave a lovely comment xx

  20. Popped in to see if you had posted anything.................brilliant card love what you have done. You say, "not in your comfort zone" well you certainly have make a wonderful card.
    WOW!! you have so many beautiful flowers, cards and of course lots of Get Well Wishes
    Look after yourself

    Patricia xxx

  21. So glad to hear you are healing well....Love your steampunk card... it's amazing Love the clock face & gears...Take it easy on those crutches & thank you for your visit....Hugs May x x x

  22. For someone who doesn't 'do' steampunk Anne, you've come up with an absolute corker! I love how you've used that watch piece and the colours and images are perfect.
    So glad you are feeling a little more positive but make sure you don't try to do too much. Sorry I didn't get round to sending a card. Life has been a whirlwind for what seems to be forever. No excuse though.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

  23. Such a great card!
    And so glad to see you posting and doing better!
    Sorry about the crutches. I have never had to use them (knock on wood) but some of my friends have. And they agree that they are a pain!

  24. Hi Anne - I'm delighted to hear that you are making progress! The whole situation is so so demanding of you and yours but am glad that you are heading in the right direction.

    Your card looks wonderful and fabulously tactile. I love your dimensional fob and all the metal elements. It's sensational Steampunk.

    Do take it easy dear Anne. Happy Weekend, Nicola x

  25. Gorgeous card Anne its brilliant i love it. I'm so glad your feeling a little bit better have a great weekend lots of huggles Sue xxx

  26. Hi sweetheart. Loving the look of your 'parlour' :) So pleased the flowers had the desired effect and you are on the mend. I seriously love your card. Such a great way to use that pocket watch and you have aged it beautifully. Have a great weekend, huge hugs, Jenny xxx

  27. What a brilliant card Anne, I'm so glad you are managing to create and I hope it is taking your mind off having to use crutches. That is a great way to use the pocket watch! Take care, thinking of you, barb xx

  28. Big hugs and wishes for continued healing and mending... I love all that gorgeous mail and flower cheer you've received! You've rocked the Steampunk challenge, Anne. Love all the metal bits and your aging technique. So glad you had a chance to be creative. Will you become a zentangler, I wonder, while you are at enforce rest?

  29. This is a stunning card. You do this steampunk rather well, methinks!

    Love all the gears and the chain...looks great!

    Glad to hear you are getting about on your cratches. I know they are a pain but at least you are able to hobble about on them! Your cards and flowers look wonderful!.

  30. I think Steampunk can now be one of your "can do's" and be taken from the uncomfortable zone. That is a lovely card Anne.
    As for the flowers and cards - shows how much you are loved - and rightly so because you are one of life's treasures.
    Hugs, neet xx

  31. I'm so pleased to hear you're on the mend Anne, and as for the cards and flowers well, they couldn't be for a nicer person ....... look after yourself hun and do as the doctor says. Keep yourself busy in the craft room ...... I love your steampunk design, you've done a fab job with the theme. Take care ..... hugs Linda xx

  32. I hope hope hope you are feeling better! This is a grand make! I love the wire mesh, and the watch is all the gears!

  33. Hello Anne
    Wonderful use of that die-cut with the way you added all that wonderful interest inside it. I'd say you are well within your comfort zone!
    A beautiful display of flowers. You are so loved by so many for the lovely and caring person that you are.

  34. So glad you are improving Anne. Brenda told me about your accident when I was home and this is the first time I have had to visit. Keep those spirits high sweets and it won't be long before you are dancing around the room again.

    Stunning Steampunk piece your creativity even under difficult circumstances is amazing.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  35. I think you did Steam Punk proud, Annie! I love that the gears represent dreams as they churn and turn and that there is even a key to unlock them!! I think we are given keys, but how nice if it were less subtle IRL!!

    I'm thrilled that you included the photo of all the lovely cards and flowers that have poured in! You are truly cherished, my friend, and you have lots of arms helping you hold up those crutches and prayers being said to speed your healing!! Love and hugs, Darnell

  36. Hello you sweet sweet woman, it's fabulous you are posting, surrounded by all those amazing cards, gorgeous flowers, ah surrounded by love, nothing heals better.. I scrolled back a long while looking for some steam punk, no nothing else, you have done it so beautifully, love the chicken wire and that gorgeous clogged clock, you did the challenge perfectly, thanks for visiting and leaving you sweet comments, have a wonderful week and please take it easy, we need you in top form.. (((( BIG HUGS ))))

  37. Look at you, cannot keep a crafter down right! Love your card, the cogs and gears within the clock look great. Love the background paper and key. You are such a lovely person and inspiration to us. You have a very loving fan base! So glad to see all your cards and flowers, I bet you are pretty happy looking at them all. You deserve them!
    Hugs Kelly

  38. what a great card! the clock is so cool, love the hanging little key

  39. Fabulous and really cool card! Perfectly steam punk! What lovely cards and flowers you have received - you must get a lovely warm and fuzzy feeling knowing how much people care! xx


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