Friday, February 18, 2011


Apparently that is not really a word. "Punk'd" is what Google took me to. So I am claiming Punked for my own. Punked is when several pieces of news or events that although sad/demanding in their own way are really copable with, come together at the same time and leave you feeling like you have been dropped from a great height. So that's me - some rubbish news for a friend, some meetings that left me wanting to bang my head on a desk, some uncertainty over the future, some failure to do my Dissertation study that makes me feel like I am running behind (maybe because I am?) and I am punked. Still I have some days of rest and recharge coming up and I can't wait! And I know through it all that I am not alone - that God is with me and will take care of me - and all those I am worried about. It got me thinking about a wonderful song that brings me comfort - He will raise you up on eagle's wings
And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings,
bear you on the breath of dawn,
make you to shine like the sun,
and hold you in the palm of His hand.

Actually listening to it (even though it sound much better when sung by Phil - but he isn't on Youtube) makes me feel better. I'm going to do my best to shine...

Of course, my new edition to the Oxford English Dictionary (or should it go in the Uxbridge one) came about while thinking on the Daring Cardmakers Challenge for this week. Rein asked us to make Steampunk inspired cards. Phew that was hard! My thanks have to go to the Graphics Fairy who has a collection of Steampunk free digital images which helped a lot. And here is my take on the dare

Apart from the images almost everything has been in my stash for years. The papers I had in a
Self Adressed kit in 2006. I used a lot of it up on cards and 8x8 layouts at the time but knew I had some left. Here is one of my first layouts (first blogged in July 2006) using the same collection!
5 years makes a difference! As I did a little bit of a stash tidy recently I panicked that I had thrown the papers away saying "I'll never use them" glad I didn't. Which is all a VERY long way round of saying I know not who made the papers.
The penny farthing was printed directly onto the paper. Fortunately I had two sheets of it as I didn't think to check which way up it needed to go the first time. I jsut couldn't bear putting the words upside down on the card! The face was printed directly onto the green paper (wich may be WRMK but was in the same kit). The cogs and washers and beads are from my creative embroidery bead box and stuck on with Glossy Accents which i also used to highlight the binoculars.
Other items used: Cosmo Cricket letters; Black soot and brushed corduroy distress ink; Nestability dies and Martha Stewart punch.

The "I see" has a follow on inside
If you are feeling Punked today I hope you feel held by the hand of God too.


Rika said...

Great steampunk card Lythan!

Ruth said...

So is it a version of 'sloughed'/ 'sluffed'?
If so - have a great big virtual hug...
but it is a great card - the youngest member of the household is very into 'steam punk', so I'll show it to her...

asia wu said...

A great card, love the vintage feel of it and the focal image.

Lynda said...

This is a fab card Lythan and I love how it all follows through to the inside too - love the images you found!

Love Lynda xxx

Kathy said...

Fabulous crafting Lythan. The LO and cards are all fab - and all so different. You did a great job with the Steampunk - as you say though, lucky for us there is so much free and helpful stuff out there!

MagsB said...

I love that song! I hope you're feeling safe in the palm of God's hand. I am dead impressed by your steampunk creation! I wouldn't know where to start lol!

There's a little something for you on my blog. Your blog has sustained me at several times of stress - thank you so much!

luv, Mags x

Jo said...


Fantastic cards and layout :)

hope you are doing okay

jo x