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

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Mid Month Reminder and Spotlight

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

Time to remind you of our actual challenge "Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk"...which is rather close to an anything goes theme if you ask me... and as we only ask for a "twist" of Steampunk to be added to make your entries count I would take the chance if I were you ;)

There's also a fab prize to be won (randomly) for those who enter a proper project. This month 3rd Eye are our generous sponsor and they also offer a 10% discount code for the whole month to use for our readers! Find out more about it here.

And now on to our spotlight from the entries for the actual challenge so far:

This fabulous alteration was done by fabulously talented Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n! Adorable, isn't it? Please, feel free to take the badge for display on your blog, Nicole! And thank you so much for sharing your awesome creations with us!

Hope to see you all play along with us soon! Hugs and happy crafting, Claudia & the gang ;)

Monday, April 7, 2014

This month's prize sponsor, a discount code and a fab journal spread

Servus and welcome back to the promised announcement of our sponsor for this month's challenge and the additional inspirational project that is meant to get your mojo flowing.


Lovely Drycha from 3rdEye store is with us again and providing us with a fab give-away for one lucky winner (whom we will randomly draw from all proper entries with the April challenge)!

She also generously offers a 10% discount code for all of our readers who want to shop with her online store! You just have to fill in the code "STEAMPUNK" in the window for codes during placing an order. This code is valid until the end of April. It  is for 3rd Eye goodies only, not for classes.

 Rikka from 3rdEye design team created a marvellous project for our challenge to share with you today:

Rikka said: "I thought about the technique a long time. I use many techniques, but what's my favorite one? Then I decided to use my all time "go to" technique - adding some masking tape to the background, spreading a coat of gesso on top and coloring the surface with mists. To add a little steampunk there I went with nostalgic tones, used a light bulb printed washi together with the masking tape and added some alcohol ink to the mix. To get the page more grungier I then added some modelling paste to the corners and stamped to the wet medium using a cogs stamp by 3rd Eye. Black splashes, clocks, mesh tape and a huge wing finish the look."

Products from 3rd Eye used on this make :

It's sooo beautiful, isn't it?
Thank you, Rikka and Drycha, for being with us this month and helping us make this place so special!


If you haven't already read this month's challenge post you can find it (along with some awesome inspiration from "my" fab DT) over here.  If you haven't played with us before I would kindly ask you to read the general rules stuff first - I really hate to exclude and delete improper entries as we know that a lot of love and labour has gone into them. But we have to be fair to all those who take the time and follow the rules.

The whole team is curious to learn about YOUR favourite techniques - and about how you can use them with a Steampunk creation! Hope to see you enter our challenge soon! Oh, and don't forget about that discount code offer! 3rdEye really have a lovely range of rubber stamps and other stuff. ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia - aka die amelie xx

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Prize Winner and Top3 from our March challenge

Welcome back to our little Steampunk corner!

Already joined in our April challenge? No? Don't miss it as it is really very close to an "anything goes" as we want you to use your favourite technique/s to create a Steampunk project. By entering our challenge you get eligible to win a prize, become spotlighted or even one of the Top3. The challenge is open until the end of April - so there's enough time to start rolling those ideas ;)
If you need any inspiration to get you going take a closer look at the DT makes and the fabulous project from our guest Barbara Yaya over here.

Choosing our Top 3 was a hard job - as always! A huge thank you to you all for entering all your creative artwork to our challenges and sharing it with us!

As there were only four entries with the 3D collection this time, we only chose a single winner from these four. But let's first start with....

...the lucky prize winner of the fabulous collection pack from


And it is


Congrats on your win, Kerstin! Please, email me for further details on how to claim your prize (e-mail adress is to be found on top of the side bar).


And now on to the Top3
of the 2D collection from the Transparency challenge
 As usual we present them in no particular order:





from the 3D collection:


We loved your projects, ladies! Please, feel free to grab the winners badge for display on your blogs!

This time we also have a special prize sponsor whom we will announce in a few days alongside another lovely inspiring creation for this month's challenge "Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk". There will also be a discount code given for all those who would like to shop with our sponsor's online store. So make sure you come back to check it out on Monday! In the meantime: have fun creating and crafting! We hope to see you play with us soon!

A, B, S, S & A

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk" - April Challenge

Servus and welcome back to this month's challenge which is an invitation to show us your favourite technique used on your Steampunk make! You can of course incorporate several favourite techniques with your project as we know how hard it is to choose sometimes ;) - so let us see how it looks like when ...

Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk!

Thanks for all the wonderful entries for the "Transparency" challenge. Sadly this one wasn't to everyone's taste it seems or maybe simply the wrong theme at the wrong time.... but we loved all the projects entered and choosing will be as hard as always I am afraid ;) and we will try our best with the new challenge themes! ;)
And the more we would like to thank our true and regular players who make this place so special!

Top3 and prize winner will be announced on Saturday.

Today we have the wonderful pleasure to have lovely Barbara from yaya scrap & more with us and she has created one of her fabulously vibrant and colourful makes for our challenge. Yay!

I'm Barbara aka Barbarayaya on the web . I am very happy to be here with you!  Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!  I like to " play with the colors".
My  "artistic journey" began when I was very young . When I was five I cut pictures from newspapers and  I did collages , with time going on I have traveled many roads : decoupage, cardboard , classic scrapbooking with photographs, card making . And finally I met Tim Holtz's art . And I realized that that was my road, his style is closest to my personality ! But my creative journey  won't stop : I like to experiment constantly with new styles and my second love is for everything vibrantly colored and very similar to Dylusion Art and I'd love to start my first Art  Journal soon! 

For the background of my canvas I chose to work  with gesso  and Distress stains and then use a themed stencil , at this moment I would say that the technique with stencils is my favorite!!!!  I love to use them with almost everything: spray paints, modeling paste , gesso, distress paints....I hope that you like my " dream Steampunk "! 

Sooo brilliant, isn't it? Thank you so much for being with us, Barbara, and for creating this highly inspirational piece for our challenge!

And here come the makes of the DT:

Double effect : I love altered books and I love Andy Skinner's techniques.
It's a "Carnet de vol" (flight book )-  when you pilot a little plane you have a flight book. You write your flights, date, time....... I used a real old "carnet de vol" and added an airplane.

Object {D34-775}

When I received my prize from Tando Creative, among other things, there was a mask with a footprint, and it was inspiring to me as a keen reader of detective novels. You can probably understand my brain went to fabricate a story – the story concerning “Object {D34-775}". See more pictures and how I made it on Object {D34-775}

After much deliberation, I have finally decided what my favourite technique is. :) I created a 'distressed look' canvas using chipboards, paints and aluminium foil. I am so in love with the 'wrinkles' this technique creates!

My favourite techniques include paper mache, using found objects and assemblage. All three were heavily used on this MMM (= moustache messieurs make ;). 


 As always there is a prize to win besides getting spotlighted or making it to our Top3 - all you have to do is enter a make that follows the theme and our general challenge rules to either the 2D or 3D collection at the bottom of this post! We would love to see which your favourite techniques are! 

Hugs and happy crafting,
B, S, A, S&C