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

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Challenge - "Underwater"

Hello and welcome to our brand new challenge for this month!

As usual there were awesome entries with our Altered Playing Cards challenge across the board, so choosing our Top3 will - as usual ;) - be a hard job, but we will announce them and the (randomly drawn) winner of the cool Redlead stencils soon!

This month we want you to create 
Underwater Steampunk!

This time we will have a 2D and 3D section again, so feel free to create "anything goes" as long as it sticks to our theme and pay attention to enter your project with the correct collection (at the bottom of this erhemm erhemm quite word and picture heavy post).

Our June Guest Designer is Drycha  from 3rd Eye, who also provides us with the prize for this month's challenge winner! Drycha designs (and offers) a lot of awesome stamps with her store - most of them usable in very versatile ways and great for art journaling or any other mixed media art! You will learn more about her in a few secs.

To show the versatility and range of her lovely stamps SanDee and I agreed to do our inspirational projects for this month's challenge using 3rd Eye stamps only! (Which definitely did not feel like being narrowed down with options for awesome designs ;)

And now, please, welcome Drycha and see what she created for us (and of course you) on this special  occasion ;)



I'm Karolina Stopyra but You can know me also as Drycha. I'm owner and designer of 3rd Eye.

I'm so happy to be here with You!
 Instead of typical "about me" description, SanDee&amelie asked me some questions. Here they're:

What does "being creative" mean to you? 
Creativity is inventing. Recycling is creative. Making cable storage from toilet paper tubes is creative, stamping grass from hair of stamp with man was creative (die amelie did it;), making shovel from old detergent bootle is creative, meaking memo game from bootle caps... Well, creativity is squeezing more potential than originally planned from things, from occurrences, from everyday life.

When did you start designing your own stamps (and why)? 
I started my own business 'cause I wanted to share my ideas. I haven't seen stamps with eyes, with anatomical hearts, skull stamps was only abroad and so expensive... So I did all I wanted on my own :) I wanted to make something different and something in my style... 
I don't want to tell that I have only super rare stamps - of course not. I have checkered board, arrows, flowers... ;) I wanna share something more practical too, for example stamp beams  - You can create your own radial backgrounds without big expensive stamps! ...and You can stamp different background patterns, You can use "beam" as petal... Many different ways!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
 Music and emotions. Clouds and light. Textures... just everything around.

What makes you go for a new art journaling page?
Inspiration or need for playing with paper, medias...

How does your working space have to be like to make your creativity flow? 
Tidy up! My place have to be tidy up when I'm starting. I don't like to dabble in stash from lately done project, so I have to clean up my space after creating. Every jars and bottles of medias and other stuff going to their place, paper scraps goes to folder with separators or to basket with las times scraps, crystals go to basket with crystals etc... By the way, tidying can be very inspirational, You can find interesting forgotten stuff ;)

What are your favourite stamps (which qualities should they have)?
You ask me about faves from stamps I designed? ;) TES-016 el bahia - it's pattern found in Morrocan palace named "el Bahia", I remake it into designs extremely comfortable to extend, i worked hard with it but I'm proud about effect. I like stamps with shading 'cause they're more realistic. I think that I usually use stamps for making backgrounds so everything is perfect ;) Try to check only few favorites from these ;)
el bahia - background  rose under construction set TES-110     leaf

Ok, You had long trip with my writing... Hope You're not bored! Here's my project designed specially for "Underwater" challenge :)
Despite visions about amazing underwater ship of Captain Nemo in steampunk style or something like that I decided to create something more funny :a Fishy card with cogs scales.
 My boyfriend told it's rather creepy than funny but I hope You like it ;)

 I stamped cogs on scrap paper and punch circles, then color edges of "scales"with Distress Stain and glued to base. I made some scales using lightbulb.
Lips and eyes are stamps too. Aaaaand I used more stamps ;) Anchors background and tulle on the head and fins. Oh, and lines on fins.

You can find here only paper, stamps, black pigment ink, few colors of Distress Stains and white Distress Marker.

I want to thank so much SanDee and Die Amelie for inviting me here!

I'm so happy to be Guest on this blog but I'm also Sponsor :)
So what's the prize for winner of that challenge?

Voucher to the 3rd Eye store!

So, isn't that cool? 
Drycha also offers a 10% discount code for the first three persons who place an order in her 3rd Eye store. Just write the code underwater on the basket, during placing your order. 
(If the code is not valid - sorry, You're late... 3rdEye have PayPal and DotPay. They ship internationally. One discount code per person.)

3rd Eye also has a reveal of new designs today!
On the occasion of our "underwater" challenge Drycha created lovely seahorses (the same as on the voucher above).
Check 3rd Eye blog to look at all new designs and for a chance to win some of them!

Wow! Thank you so much, Drycha, for your lovely visit, for the fab fab fab underwater project and for being our generous sponsor this month!

After this heavy load of inspiration and goodies on offer there's just one more thing to say to our dear readers old and new: we hope to see you soon with us, sharing your awesome and fun Underwater Steampunk projects! 

Hugs and happy crafting,

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  1. This is again a really, really great topic!!!! And your works are fantastic!!!!

    Drycha, the idea to make the scales of the fish in the form of gears is fantastic!!!!


  2. Looking forward to this challenge and Drycha's card is amazing. It must have taken forever to make the gears into fish scales!

  3. Eine tolle Challenge und superschöne Beispiele vom DT.

  4. Wow! This is such a cool challenge idea. Great projects! :)

  5. I love this!!! i have to get started right away!!!

  6. hmmm - I tried posting my link twice - and it seemed like it was going to work - but then they disappeared both of them... What can I do to post them successfully?

    1. Seems you succeeded anyway and that both links work now (after some hickups with inlinkz maybe?) - when I came here to fix the problem after reading your comment they were already there. I will delete the one with our 3D collection later if this is fine with you. Thanks for joining us and entering your wonderful creation :) die amelie x

  7. Wow! I just found this blog and I love what I see. So much creativity and inspiration. I love the use of gears for the fish....brilliant idea!


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