Friday, February 12, 2010

Steampunk - my newest intrigue

Main Entry: steampunk
Part of Speech: n
Definition: Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.
Last year, I went to an event called, "Witchapalooza". I had a faint idea of what to expect, like a bunch of fat ladies dressed as witches selling their crafts and such. I am a fat lady who likes witches and likes to buy crafts and such, so I figured this was my kinda crowd.
I wasn't too far off on what was to be seen and purchased, but I was pleasantly surprised to happen upon a man who first used the term, "steampunk", and led me into a world of HG Wells Time Machine wonder.
So, when I was perusing the Kraftin Kimmie site, and came upon the most adorable, Steampunky images drawn by the uber talented, Annie Rodrigue, I about fell over trying to order them with lightning speed!  
First up is "Chester".
Chester comes with a pocket watch accessory, which I added to the inside of the card.

Next up is "Lavinia".
This little doll comes with her own 'gears', as an accessory (which I put inside), but I am currently on the lookout for actual watch/clock gears and cogs to use as embellishments.

This homemade jobber, was the best I could come up with so far. I had the cool brad which looked kinda antique and compass-like, adding to the old world flavor. I finally put some of those flower punches to use by making my own "Primas". Much cheaper and color coordinated to my project.
I have one more Steampunk image and card to share, but I think I'll save it for tomorrow.  


  1. These are so cute! Great coloring, and LOVE the metal/flowery embellishment :)

  2. I love your cards and I have been very tempted by these images too! I have to tell you, I LOVE how you describe yourself (and your description fits me, too!) :-)Traci


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