A hearty welcome to SanDee&amelie's challenge blog!

We are so glad that you stopped by our little steampunk corner!
Whether you are a dedicated tag or card maker, art journaler or mixed media lover - this might be the right place for you!
For more information about the rules and the little "steampunk/industrial twist" we ask of you, please check the "about" stuff and then simply jump in and create!

If you are new to steampunk and not sure if this is "your thing", maybe take a look at our winners gallery on pinterest (use the linking button on our side bar). You will find that we're mainly a mixed media challenge blog with a little twist towards steampunk, industrial and/or vintage. So why not give it a try?

We are looking forward to seeing your fab projects entered to one of our challenges soon!

SanDee&amelie&the SASPC team

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 2016 Extra Steam Power with Nate


This time our talented DT member Nate has created a project to fuel your creative steampunk mojo!

Bonjour à toutes!
Hi, all!

Transformation d' un grimber en maître du temps monter sur une boite en carton , travaillé avec papiers métal et peintures DécoArt.

An altered box with the "Master of Time", covered with metal foil and painted with DecoArt products and paints.

The embossed and painted panels to cover the box with. 

Sides, box feet and clock face were painted with DecoArt Americana acrylic paints.

A look inside:

What a beautiful clock face!

And that iron gate is just the perfect addition! 

The Master of Time!

He is wearing a crown and a monocle with a flaming red lense. Quite impressive and intimidating if you ask me...(and the two birdies just add that touch of mistery to it that I love! So cool!)

When the gates of the box open, you can see the hour glass in front of the clock face. 

The sides show images of a skully lady and gentleman...

...and the back side shows the pretty couple in all its liveliness.....erm...well... ;)

I hope you enjoyed Nate's project as much as I did! It is so brilliantly made and I love all the texture and metal effects she has created! And there went such a lot of love and labour into this one! Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing, Nate! Mwah! XXX

And thanks for stopping by, dear steampunk friends! There are still two more weeks time to join in our summer challenge! We hope to see your fantastic projects being shared with us soon!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Nate & Claudia 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Part Two of SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Summer Special 2016

Hi, dear steampunk friends, and welcome back to part two of our summer special challenge!

There were already so many fantastic entries and the team and I are very thankful and happy that you find the time to create and share a bit of steampunk goodness with us during your summer holidays! We can't wait to see what August brings!

Our summer challenge always is open for two months and this time we also accept five instead of just three entries per player. Aaaaand...there are also three prizes to give away instead of two as usual!

The fab  little DecoArt Media steampunk starter pack and two boozybear steampunk chipboard surprise packs this time!

So don't miss the chance and join in our steampunk fun. The challenge theme is as always an

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial 

and we welcome any sorts of handcrafted goodness, as long as it follows the theme and our few challenge rules! So maybe - on a rainy day - check out the makes of Team B, Team A (by clicking HERE) and also our Top 5 (which can be found on our pinterest board HERE), get yourself a good dose of steampunk mojo and create away (and don't forget to enter your finished project to our inlinkz collection at the bottom of our post!).

And if you want to make someone happy - visit the blogs of our DT (by clicking on their names) to find out more about their projects and the how-to and leave them a short comment. That would be fantastic and so lovely of you!

Here are their makes for your inspiration:

...is heading into unexplored worlds this summer

"I had a lot of fun with this one, between painting, 
my antique rusty junk and a bit of storytelling !"

...takes you with her on a dive into the fascinating underwater steampunk world.

...created a clock for you, using DecoArt media 
paints, antiquing creams and mediums. 

Here is a close up of the triple embossed clock face.

"Loving the Brilliant work that you are submitting for 
the challenges - lets see what you can do for
the summer special."

"I have altered a little notebook using DecoArt paints, black Gesso and modelling paste. stencils and - one of my alltime favourites - shrink foil! It's so much fun!"

Use your favourite steampunk rubber stamps and display them all at once - no matter what size they are! Shrink foil helps you to combine even larger images on a single project!

Use gilding pastes like paint with stencils to create words with fantastic metal sheen!

Niki is sending summer hugs and wishes to all of you! She is quite busy with real life at the moment, so she could not play along with us this time. But she will be back soon and we wish her all the best! Hugs to you and take care! xxx


So here it is - your bundle of inspiration for August! There will be some "Extra Steam Power" a little later this month - so stay tuned! We hope to see you play along with us soon! 

Hags, happy summer and happy crafting!

Claudia & the SASPC Team

Thursday, July 21, 2016

More Extra Steam Power from Maura!

Servus and welcome back to another dose of steampunk mixed media inspiration! This time Maura is sharing some of her fabulous and imaginative art and how-tos with us! Enjoy! (and don't forget to join in our summer challenge! There is still time until the end of August to play along! You get to the challenge by clicking HERE). 


"We all need a bit of extra steam to get through the summer, right? Especially when it gets hot, we want that steam power to work on cooling us off.  Well, here is a "hot" project for the summer! 

I have been having a blast playing with Tyvek lately and making charms for an upcoming art retreat in the fall.  I am reusing mailing envelopes made out of Tyvek and painting them with DecoArt paints. This time, I tried painting both sides of the material and I found it gives it a more finished look.

I was feeling experimental, so also tried some stenciling just to see if it would add anything.

Next step, heat the painted Tyvek with a heating tool. I do this over a wood board with a craft sheet on top and in a well ventilated space. The more you heat it, the more it bubbles and shrinks, so watch carefully to get it right where you want it.

Look at that texture! Oh yes, I do love this stuff!

A touch of gold for highlights and around the edges to attract any dragons out there looking for treasure...

I added a large eyelet, then hung or attached some charms. Here are the finished pieces..."

 fluid acrylics in cobalt teal hue, Prussian blue hue, and quinacridone gold
Dazzling Metallics - glorious gold
Mister - carbon black 
Andy Skinner whirlpool stencil

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 2016 Extra Steam Power with Brigitte

Hi, servus and welcome back to some Extra Steam Power to provide you with!

Lovely Brigitte has created a wonderful steampunk box by altering a book. She created loads of yummy texture from tissue tape and painted embellishments and used the beautiful vintage image of a photographer! I love it!


Un livre altéré
Altered book


La couverture : papier de soie froissé, peinture noire, poudre irisée (mascara) et eau

The cover : tissue paper, black paint, mascara powder and  water

The inside of the book box:

les breloques et boutons + gesso
charms and buttons  + gesso

les breloques + peinture et vernis
charms + paint and glaze

 J'ai utilisé les produits DecoArt
peinture métallisée rich expresso et glacis métallique luminous gold

I used DecoArt products
metallic paint  rich expresso metallic glaze luminous gold

L'intérieur : une niche avec de la texture, un peu de couleur et une découpe de Boozybear
Inside : niche with texture, some color and a dis from Boozybear

Passez de bonnes vacances !
Happy hollidays !


Now isn't Brigitte's altered book just fantastic? I love how she turns old books into treasures! Thank you so much for sharing this treasure with us, Brigitte! Mwah! XXX

Thank you, dear steampunk friends, for stopping by! Let me remind you of our actual summer challenge and that there will be more inspiration from Team B on the 1st of August! So make sure you come back then to check it out! There will also be more steam power from lovely Maura for you next week! So don't forget to stop by on the 21st! 

And we hope to see you play along with us soon!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Brigitte & Claudia

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

June 2016 Winners and Top 5

Servus and welcome back to the announcement of our Top5 and prize winners of the two fab prize packages generously donated by DecoArt Media and boozybear!

Let's start with our prize winners this time. They were - as always - drawn randomly among all proper entries.
Prize winners, please contact me via email (see sidebar) so I can send your shipping details to our sponsors asap. DecoArt prize winners, please, also add your phone number to your shipping address as DecoArt only ship to you if they have a number. 

I will be on holidays during the next five weeks and the internet over at our summer residence isn't the best - so please, bear with me if I don't reply immediately. I will try my best!

Aaaand the winners are.....


for the DecoArt Media prize package



for the boozybear steampunk chipboard surprise pack!

Huge congrats on your prize wins, ladies! Have fun!


And on to our Top 5 which were immensely hard to choose this time (well, honestly they always are and the team and I are constantly blown away by the imagination, skills, love and labour that your entered projects so beautifully show). 

We have also noticed that our little creative steampunk spot has been "found" by the Russian players and we want to say a heartfelt "Hi and welcome to our challenge blog!" to all of you!
 To make sure we all have as much fun and joy as possible I have added a Russian "Rules" page to our challenge blog (which can be found under our blog banner). Thank you to Kerstin and Blondinka for the help with the rules translation and checking! Mwah! XXX

The team made their votes and here are our 

Top 5

 for June
(in no particular order):



Huge congrats to all the winners! And thank you all so much for playing along and sharing your awesome steampunk creativity with us!
(Please, forgive me if I have made any mistakes with players names...I don't speak any Russian at all and can't read Cyrillic script either. Let me know if I made a mistake and I will of course fix it. ;) 

Please, feel free to grab the Top 5 badge for display on your blogs!


If you haven't checked out our actual summer special challenge this may be the right time to do so. Just follow the link HERE to the post and join in the fun! 

We will also try to provide you with additional "Extra Steam Power" during the summer months so you stay inspired and don't forget us. And there will be more projects to look at on 1st August, when team B will be sharing their makes! So stay tuned! 

In the meantime - 
Hugs, happy holidays and happy crafting!

Claudia & the SASPC Team