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Friday, May 25, 2018

Penny Farthing SteamPunk Style

Evening all, 
I wanted to share this amazing file called Good For Guys SVG Bundle from Dreaming Tree. This kit includes an amazing card, a compass box and this wonderful lantern. Click on the name of the bundle and it will take you to it. 
When I watched the tutorial for this lantern Leo Kowal mentioned that it was steam punkish.. I had to agree. I don't know the first thing about doing steampunk so this is my version. If you haven't purchased this amazing kit you really should. The card has so many applications and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the lantern. I had two ideas that made it hard to choose which to make first. I went with this one but stay tuned. Lets get started on this amazing lantern. Kudos to Ron Guttman, Diana Tam and Leo Kowal. This one really Rocks!!!

As Trina Stuckman and I discussed the lantern she said I should pop the High Wheeler man out by making him another layer. It was a GREAT idea and I told her so.  I made two but I wish I had done three total. It would have popped out more. I also did that with one wheel. I cut and made the lantern almost the same. I printed my vellum with digital paper from Snap Click Supply . The file I used was Echo Park Times and Seasons. I adhered that to the inside and added the small Tim Holts Gears and a small spinner on top. I poked a small hole through to the inside of the wheel on the extra high wheel piece I created. Then put a brad through that and glued the man into place. I sponged on Brilliant Gold ink using a very dry pad and used a gold ink called Smooch with a tiny sponge brush to make the lines on the man. Smooch comes in a nail polish type bottle so the applicator is in it. Or it did come that way. I have had this a long time. 

I assembled the lantern as indicated on the rest of it making two bottoms of the lantern so I could use the Tim Holtz feet I have been itching to use. Here is where Deb Maurer comes into play again. It was her idea to add extra cardboard for stability to the bottom of another file called Dress Shop SVG Kit from SVGCuts. I made inserts for the lower bottom piece so it would add strength to the lantern. Assemble as Leo instructs and then using Glossy Accents to hold the feet in place glue each foot one at a time holding them in place till they take hold. Once you have each foot glued into place turn the bottom piece upside down so the feet are sticking up and let dry while you work on the rest of the lantern. 

I made an extra frame for around the lantern sides. I used the Tim Holtz distress Mica Spray Brass and Copper. The distress Mica Spray was used on the bottom piece and my accent pieces as well.   The corner pieces are brads that I cut off the brad part and glued into place using glossy accents. The round décor I used in the center of the wheel and on the top of the cane was something I bought more than ten years ago but can't find now. I wish I could I have looked. I added green rhinestones to the side and top and using black wire from the jewelry section of Walmart I made the ring for the top. 

This is such a fun lantern and could be changed so easily with the center pieces to make it any season or occasion you like.  Leo also mentioned that as he was putting  the lantern together. Now a shout out for the tricks and tips he adds when you watch the hole video all the way through. The scrap of cardstock trick to add clue to areas that it didn't clue all the way. EXCELLENT!!! I DO use that tip thanks to you Leo and you have made my projects look that much better. Here is another y'all may have missed. Did you see when he used the side of the pick up tool to hold the piece in place while it dried? that was perfect!!! My piece dried flat! I didn't use a pick up tool but a pencil, same result. My pick up tool wasn't near my hands. Not only do you get great tips when you watch the whole video but you get a chuckle or two when he says something funny. I'll be honest I would miss a lot if I didn't watch the whole video. I watch it first then I watch it stopping him when I need to catch up to him. It is very helpful.

That is my lantern I hope you like it. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Have a safe, wonderful memorial weekend and remember what we are really celebrating. Those that gave their lives for our freedom. God Bless and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

 Fun Fact:
Penny Farthing was the name given to the High Wheel Bicycle
I looked it up I had no idea.. 


  1. Thanks for the shout-out Sharalyn! Also, I learned about penny farthing from my husband. He was in the bicycle business, and one of his shops was called Pennyfarthing with the penny farthing bike as its logo. If not for that, I don't think I'd have known either.

  2. Deb, one of the wonderful things about our group is we share ideas and they are GOOD ideas and deserve a shout-out. I learned well from you, keep posting your blog posts I love them!

  3. Sharalyn - new to paper crafting and Cricut - but having a blast. What type of light do you put inside of your lanterns? I saw Leo use what appeared to be a round LED of some sort in the rocket lantern. Thanks for any suggestions and places to buy them.