Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Steampunk Treehouse

It's time for the Simply Betty Stamps 6th Day of Christmas Challenge! This time the challenge was to create a card or project with a steampunk theme and I found two images that worked perfectly together. The background house is the Steampunk Treehouse from Make it Crafty and I paired it with Steampunk Gang Grace from Simply Betty Stamps.

Here's a close up of both images on the card. Click on the picture of a larger and clearer view. I colored the house with mixed metals where the hammered lead is used for supporting areas and weight loads and the copper is used for larger areas and the broiler.

Here's the background before it was die cut. I wanted most of the metal to be a copper color and spent a long time researching the color... it was difficult to translate it into the Copic colors but I think it turned out okay. Next time I might add a little more green.

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas
Main Stamp: Steampunk Treehouse (MiC) and Steampunk Gang Grace (SBS)
Patterned Paper: TC Blossomwood (K&C)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten
Copic Colors:
-grace: E00, E11, E13, R21, R24, B14, W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes: R22, R24, R27, R29, R89, C3, C5, E55, E57, E59, E43, E44, E47
-leaf/basket: YG93, YG95, YG97, E43, E44, E47
-tree: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, YG91, YG93, YG97, YG99
-house: R22, R24, R29, R89, W4, W6, W8, E43
-grass: BG93, BG96, BG99, G94, G99
-copper: E15, E17, E95, E97, T4, BG93
-clouds/metal: C1, C3, C5, C7
-other: 0, B000, E55, E57, Y32, Y38, YR16, R24, G24

I had so much fun coloring the tree house and it would rock to go visit! There are so many other images that I'll be using from Make it Crafty so stay tuned. Plus, don't miss out on the first blog hop happening on December 18th!

I entered a whole bunch of other challenges - not necessary to win prizes but I hoped to get top picks from a few. ;D Plus the comments are always the best part!

Did you know? Wolffia arrhiza is a species of flowering plant known by the common names spotless watermeal and rootless duckweed and is the smallest vascular plant on Earth. It iis an aquatic plant which grows in quiet water bodies such as ponds. The green part of the plant, the frond, is a sphere measuring approximately one millimeter wide but with a flat top that floats at the water's surface. This tiny plant is a nutritious food. Its green part is about 40% protein by dry weight and its turion is about 40% starch.
[Wolffia Arrhiza,]

On the 6th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... cogs and gears.

Update: I was the winner at Little Paper Shop for this challenge!

Update: I was the winner at Creative Cowgirls for this challenge!


  1. oMG, what an exceptional colouring!! You got the copper bang on too, never tried that! And where does on get cool cogs like that???

  2. Oh WOW! This is stunning Barbara! I'm in awe. Hugs, Maria

  3. Wow....Just beautiful! Love your coloring!! I just love it!! Great job Barbara. Just keep them coming...

  4. Very creative card!!
    Amazed how you did that!
    Thanks for playing along at creative cowgirl challenge!

  5. Brilliant card hun!
    Thank you for playing along with the Delicious Doodles Challenge, and good luck!
    Teri x

  6. This is stunning! Fantastic image and your coloring is beautiful!Thanks for playing in the Bugaboo Challenge this week!!

  7. This is so sweet, and you colored it beautifully. Thanks for joining us this week at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog for our December Anything Goes Challenge!!! We Hope to see you again for our next challenge! Thanks Again, Tammy

  8. OMG! This is stunning. Thanks for playing at OSAAT. Hugs Nataliya.

  9. Youa re exceptional. I just love everything you creat. Such a creative mind you have. And I love those cogs... I think I might have to design some up for the ... oops well you know. :) tee hee

  10. Oooow! Love Simply Betty's Steampunk Gang :D Your card is fabulous!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Cowgirls XXX

  11. Great card, the images are coloured wonderfully!
    Thanks for joining in with our Old Stash/New Stash challenge at OSAAT.

    Crafty Creations by AJ

  12. Great card Barbara, lovely coloured images. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT.

  13. hi, i just stumbled upon you and your steampunk card is absolutely wonderful, really great.

  14. Saw this on Little Paper Shop! And had to come looking and then got lost looking at all of your wonderful projects!! VERY COOL! Great coloring and palette! LOVE The layout and cogs.

  15. Wow, i love this funky card and the way you used the embellishments. Fantastic job. Thanks for joining Creative Cowgirls.

    Hugs ,Rosalien

  16. congrats on winning this is truly an awesome card

  17. How unique ! Hope you'll come over and link it up to my victorian fantasy challenge inspired by Steampunk Debutante.


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