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

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

Friday, July 1, 2016

SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Summer Special 2016

Hi there and servus!

Summer has finally arrived and it is that time of year when our craft desks often are deserted because we are enjoying time out in the sun. So - as usual around that time of year - we are doing our summer special challenge again:

a two months long challenge (until the end of August) instead of just the usual thirty days to enter a project - just to make sure you all find the time to create at least a little steampunk or industrial project and share it with us (maybe on one of those rainy days or when it is too hot to go outside?).  ;)

The theme is - as always -

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial

and - as always - any kind of handmade mixed media project is welcome. And yes: for us mixed media includes stamping, card making and all the other things you love to do as well ;)
And we decided to raise the "3 entries" limit up to 5 for this challenge - just in case you are on a steampunk roll and can't stop.

Lovely Glenda from the fab boozybear chipboard shop has offered to donate two surprise prize packs instead of the usual one for this challenge - how fab is that? And of course DecoArt Media will be giving away the usual steampunk goodness prize pack too. (Prize winners will be drawn from all proper entries after the challenge has closed on August 31st and announced along with our Top 5 shortly afterwards).

There will be more projects from Team B on the 1st of August and we will also try to provide you with some "Extra Steam Power" during these two months! So make sure you check back from time to time to not miss anything!

But for now let's start with the amazing projects from Team A! 

has gathered some "Summer treasures" and made this inspiring assemblage for you:

has created this gorgeous wooden birdhouse using "metal, wood, plaster, resine, button and  more and more stuff". 
There is a full tutorial with loads of steps images on her blog! 
You get there by clicking on her name. 

has even managed to bring fresh and cool summer colours into her wonderful steampunk pendant!

"Where a full-on steampunk look is not possible,
why not accessorize an every-day outfit with a simple patina gear pendant. :)"

has altered an old clock and turned it into a kind of London shrine:

"I love London, and steampunk is constantly related in my mind with this town.
I altered old clock with some maintained things."


invites you in on a summer journey with this fantastically framed project:


To learn more or take a closer look at the projects of my fabulous teamies, please, visit their blogs. You get there by clicking their names. And if you take a sec or two to leave them a short comment, you will for sure make them very happy! ;) 


Of course we will announce our Top 5 and prize winners from the June challenge before we all head off on our holidays! They will be announced on Saturday, 8th July

We all wish you fantastic summer holidays, good weather, fun in the sun, relaxation and delightful outdoor adventures! 

Claudia & the SASPC Team

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