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

Please, note, that this challenge blog is not related to any business and run without any profit by people, who do this for your and their own leisure time fun! Our only reward are your encouraging comments and your playing along and sharing steampunk fun and mixed media techniques. We appreciate every single entry and comment so much! Thank you for taking the time!

If you are new to this place, please, know that 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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Steampunk Challenge - "Altered Playing Cards"

April has passed (too fast) - so it is time for a new challenge here with us at SanDee&amelie's. Again we had lots of awesome entries - so choosing Top3 will be a hard job .... but of course we will announce them - aaand the randomly drawn prize winner too! -  in about a week, so come back to check if you are one of them.

This month we want you to alter
 playing cards! 
(So there is no separate 3D collection this time due to the theme). 
All you have to know is: one corner of the card still has to be visible, showing the symbol of the playing card! Everything else is up to you and your imagination - and some good Steampunk of course!

Rosie from "Rosies Bastelwelt" luckily said "yes" to being once again our Guest Designer and she even suggested this month's challenge theme, which we really enjoyed trying out!
Go have a look at her wonderful series of altered playing cards and the projects of the DT! We hope you will find some inspiration for your own altered playing card projects!

Last month we learned a bit more about Mark Perry.  (The Male Crafter). This month Rosie also was willing to do a little question and answering session with us so you get to know her better. (As she is a German native speaker, this time we also provide you with the German version of the interview alongside with the English translation). 

 1. Wie bist du zum Stempelhobby gekommen und wie lange machst du das schon?
Ich bin seit Anfang 2005 im Vorruhestand (war Bankangestellte) und bin nach etlichen Hobbies, wie z.B. Stricken und Holzverarbeitung an das Kartenbasteln gekommen, zuerst waren es 3D-Karten. Ich war in verschiedenen Bastelforen und mir gefielen die gestempelten Werke so gut, dass ich 2009 mit dem Stempeln angefangen habe. Es war sehr kostspielig zu Anfang. Aber es macht mir immer noch sehr viel Spaß.
1. How did you get around to stamping/crafting and for how long have you been doing it? 
I have been on early retirement since 2005 (having worked as a bank assistant) and trying out a lot of hobbies as knitting or wood working before I began making cards. Mainly 3D cards at the beginning. I was a member with some crafting forums and liked the shown stamped projects so much, that I started stamping in 2009. At that point it was quite costly I have to admit... I still enjoy stamping a lot! 

2. Welches ist/sind dein/e Lieblingsstempel? Welches waren deine ersten Stempel? 
Ich habe ein recht große Stempelsammlung. Kann nicht sagen, welches nun meine absoluten Lieblingsstempel sind. Mir gefällt das Collage- oder Szenestempeln sehr. Ich mag aber auch gerne Landschaften stempeln und kolorieren. Meine ersten Stempel waren Blumenstempel von La Blanche.
2. Tell us about your favourite stamp/s. Which were the first stamps you bought?
I own a rather large collection of stamps. I don't have any absolute favourites to be honest. I especially like collage- and scene-stamping. But I also like stamping and colouring landscapes.
My first stamps were some flower images from LaBlanche.

3. Welches war das unnötigste Teil, das du je für dein Hobby gekauft hast?
Eine elektrische Slice-Schneidemaschine mit verschiedenen Motiv-Karten, mit denen man z.B. Schnörkel, Tags etc. ausschneiden kann. Sie steht seit Jahren im Schrank. 
3. Which was the most unnecessary tool you ever bought for your stamping and crafting hobby? 
That was a Slice Cutting Machine for die cutting scrolls, tags and such. It has been standing in the cupboard unused for years now. 

4. Kannst du in Urlaub fahren ohne etwas zum Stempeln/Basteln mitzunehmen? 
Siehste: Deshalb fahre ich nicht in Urlaub *g*
4. Can you leave on a holiday without taking anything "crafty" with you?
See - that's why I don't go on vacation *g*

5. Steampunk: was macht für dich das Besondere an Steampunk aus?
Mir gefällt dieser romantische und metallische Steampunk. Ich meine, ein Zahnrad macht ja noch keinen Steampunk. Die Zusammenstellung von z.B. Dampfmaschinen, schönen Frauen und/oder Männern mit Schnauzbart sowie Blumen und/oder Metallembellies finde ich sehr reizvoll anzusehen und natürlich auch zu verbasteln. Es hat ja auch einen gewissen Vintagecharakter und deshalb liebe ich es zusätzlich.
5. Steampunk: what makes it special for you
I love romantic and metal Steampunk. I would say that one single cog does not make something Steampunk. It's the combination of steam engines for instance with beautiful women and/or men with moustaches, flowers or metal embellishments, I love and like to create with my projects. I also love Steampunk because of its vintage nature. 

Thank you once again, Rosie, for answering all our sneaky questions;)
I really enjoyed learning more about you ;)

As usual the challenge collection can be entered during the whole month (no extra 3D collection this time). We would love to see your projects here with us soon! 


Add your projects to the link list below:


  1. What a fabulous new challenge - and amazing inspiration! Great to learn some more about Rosie too...
    Alison x

  2. Oh- what a great theme, I'm really looking forward the entrys. Great artworks you show at examples!

  3. Wow. What a cool challenge. Love it. Great inspiration too xx

  4. Wonderful samples and great to hear more about Rosie

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Hello ladies, it is my first participation in your challenge!Thank you for great inspiration and it is really great to learn something more about Rosie!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  6. My head has been here there and everywhere, but I will start my card tonight!

  7. Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post.
    Custom Playing Cards


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