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, September 15, 2014

September Mid Month Inspiration and Prize Sponsor

Servus and welcome back, dear Steampunk friends!

It is time to provide you with some more inspiration so you get inspired to play and join in our actual "Steampunk Stories" challenge!

This month's challenge theme is widely open for personal interpretation - as long as there is an explanation on your blog post that connects the creation to the "stories" theme.

It is also time to announce this month's prize sponsor:

it is Tusia from 7 Dots Studio! Yay!


and she is giving away this awesome prize package:

Look at those fab stamps and chipboard parts! All you have to do is enter our challenge with a project to get eligible to win these! We will draw one random winner from all challenge entries as usual. So don't wait - play! ;)

Team B have once more risen up to the challenge and created the most beautiful and inspiring projects:

Kerstin's Lifetimestory

I was inspired from Tim Holtz's idea in August ...i wanted to create something for the art of it ...
  ...and so I let run free my Steampunkfantasies and just started without a plan.
The result was a mix of various Steampunkstamps and techniques that I always wanted to try.
"Recycle it !" is always a good credo to follow and is totally in, isn't it?  :-)
Simple things, like for example packing materials, were used and so I have created a stamped scene, which tells about my own creative steampunk travel. More details you can see on my blog, please.


 art square 20 x 20 cm, paper and gauze, acrylique paint,  stencil for background, dies, charm, image

A creation that began with a load of mistakes! This used parts of another creation that went terribly wrong - What doesn't work for one thing may just be perfect for another!


I have to say a huge thank you to Brigitte, for covering for me (and to the rest of the team too as they have all offered their help immediately), as I still am working on a reduced level due to my health issues (but I am on my way back to normal health - slowly but steadily - and I am glad to be able to be your host still! Honestly I would miss this a lot - seeing your awesome projects entered to our challenges and working alongside my fab, fab teamies! 

Hope to see you enter our challenge soon! If you haven't checked out the makes of Team A yet, I recommend you do! Get to the link up and their creations HERE.

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Steampunk Summer Bonus Challenge - Top 3 and Prize Winner

Hello everyone! It's Agnieszka 'Meresanth' here and today I have the great pleasure of presenting to you our Top 3 and Prize Winner of the Steampunk Summer Bonus Challenge!

First of all, we'd like to say a big, big 'thank you' to everyone who played along in our extra bit of holiday challenge fun! The moodboard received a ton of fantastic interpretations and the team's task of choosing the Top 3 wasn't at all easy (which is no news considering the great makes you share with us on a monthly basis! :) ). But without further ado...

 here is our Top 3 of the Steampunk Summer Bonus Challenge:

Amazing work, ladies! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful makes with us! Make sure to grab our Top 3 badge (on the right) to display on your blogs!


We have one more piece of business to attend to, and that, of course, is the drawing of our Prize Winner! It was a pleasure for me and my Retro Kraft Shop crew to sponsor this challenge prize for you...


And the prize goes to...

Congrats! Please contact me at agnieszka@retrokraftshop.pl to claim your prize! :)


Thank you again for joining us this summer! But remember - steampunk craze never stops here in our little challenge corner of the craft world! So make sure to check out our September 'Steampunk Stories' challenge!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Agnieszka and the SASPC-Team

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Top3 and Prize Winner - August Challenge

Servus and welcome to our announcing the prize winner and Top3 of last month's challenge "In the Laboratory"!

As there were only nine (though fantastic) entries total, the team only chose three favourites from both the 2D and 3D collections together. Anyway  choosing was - as always - a hard job as all of the entries were absolutely wonderful - and we thank all our players for sharing such awesome Steampunk art with us on such a regular base! It is you who make this place special, you know? ;)

But first I would like to announce the prize winner of the 10 Euro voucher from


and it is: 


Huge congrats, Kerstin! Seems that SanDee&amelie's is your lucky place ;) 
Please, email me so I can fix everything for you.


And now on to our Top3...drumroll.....:

A big applause for






Huge congrats to you, Steampunk ladies! Thank you so much for playing along and sharing your awesome makes with us! We loved visiting your blogs and taking a closer look at your projects! (If you, dear readers, would like to take a closer look too, just click the images or names to get to the blogs of our Top3). 


Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners of our Summer Bonus Challenge


Agnieszka, who donated the most awesome prize (a bundle of Retro goodness from her wonderful Retro Kraft Shop!), will be revealing them tomorrow - so make sure to check back!!! 

Also make sure not to miss this month's challenge "Steampunk Stories". It is open until the end of the month and can be found HERE. We would love to have you play with us again! 

There will also be more DT inspiration from Team B on the 15th of September! So don't forget to stop by then to "hear" some more Steampunk Stories ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team!


Monday, September 1, 2014

September Challenge and CM Awareness Month

Servus and welcome back to our new challenge for September! This month sees the start of my favourite season but it is also a special month in California - it is Chiari Malformation Awareness month. AND it is a special month for our Guest Designer too - as she has to deal with this special condition. She explains about it and tells us her story today - to help spread some more CM awareness.

And stories are also the main theme for our Steampunk challenge for September:

"Steampunk Stories"

...of course. 

Whatever you associate with a "good (steampunk) story" is what we want to see from you. Be it the altered cover of a book that holds a story, an old tome, a stamped scene, that tells a steampunk story, a tag, a card, an artefact from a (fictional) steampunk story, a journal page, a captains log, and old piece of steampunk jewelry that would tell a story if it could talk... the possibilities are almost endless. But remember: we are a STEAMPUNK challenge blog - so we want to see something steampunk-ish! And we love to read your stories! ;)


But now, please, welcome our Guest Designer for this month: Mary Elizabeth from M.E. and My Walk on the Creative Side!

She has created the most lovely Steampunk butterfly

... and this butterfly tells about her very personal story of a new start. But I better let her tell the story herself:

Hello everyone!  I’m Mary Elizabeth, a crafter and mathematics professor from the mountains of North Carolina in the United States.  Although I have been scrapbooking for years, it has only been recently that I discovered the joys of Steampunk crafting. 
 Some of you know that I have been struggling with some pretty serious health issues over the last few years.  In fact, when my dear friend Claudia asked me to be a guest designer for this challenge at the beginning of the year, I had just learned that I was going to need a rather major neurosurgery.  I asked if I could create a piece for September, the month designated to raise awareness for my condition — Chiari Malformation.  Chiari (kee-AR-ee) malformation includes a complex group of disorders characterized by herniation of the cerebellum through the large opening in the base of the skull into the spinal canal. The herniated tissue blocks the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.  In my case, this condition came about as a result of a congenital defect where the base of my skull was a little smaller than normal.  It can also be caused by an accident.  
According to The Chiari Institute, 

"...Patients with CM1 (Chiari Malformation Type I) may experience no symptoms. When symptoms are present, they usually do not appear until adolescence or early adulthood, but can occasionally be seen in young children. The majority of patients complain of severe headache and neck pain. Other common symptoms are dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears, difficulty swallowing, palpitations, sleep apnea, muscle weakness, impaired fine motor skills, chronic fatigue and painful tingling of the hands and feet. Because of this complex symptomatology, patients with CM1 are frequently misdiagnosed."

I was misdiagnosed for 15 years.  But I’m thrilled to tell you that my latest surgery has corrected a related complication and I feel like I have a new lease on life.  Butterflies are often associated with “new beginnings”, so I chose a steampunk butterfly (with his cute little goggles) to represent the new chapter in my own Chiari story.  If you are interested in the details for my story or you are just interested in learning more details about my project, drop by my blog.

Thanks to SanDee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge for letting me use my artwork to provide you with a little information about this illness.  
 Thank you so much, Mary Elizabeth, for being with us this month! I guess all those who (like me too) had (or have) to go through times like the ones you had to go through, appreciate your being here and spreading more awareness. And knowing that (and why) you have a lot of readers who love your art, I consider us very lucky for having you here with us as our GD! We wish you all the best and a quick recovery! xxx


So what would be your story behind a creation? We would love to learn about your (real or fictional) stories soon! Team A has prepared some story telling inspiration for you as well: 
altered canvas "Jules Verne", 
a famous french author of many steampunk books.

background painted, stamped.... books, stencil, nibs....


The steampunk workmen have all the time been writing their story in a timebook. Now they have a whole library of timebooks.
For my Steampunk Story, I dug out one of my all-time favourite paper collections from Graphic 45 and created a printing-themed exploding box about friendship. What you can see in the middle is an old miniature printing press pencil sharpener (used to be at least, not that sharp presently anymore ;) ). The box tells a kind of a story, too, as the letter tiles form a message as you move the box around. You can see more photos on my blog.

For more details and images just click the names to get the the teamies' blogs.


Our September challenge is open until the end of the month. As usual there are two separate collections for each your 2D and 3D creations! To find out about our Top3 and prize winner from the August challenge check back on Saturday ;)

And more Steampunk Stories (inspiration) will be provided on September 15th, when Team B will present their mid month inspiration bundle. Don't miss it, have fun creating and we look forward to seeing your entries soon!

Claudia and the SASPC-Team! 

Enter your creations with the inlinkz-collections below: