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

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, February 15, 2018

February 2018 Challenge: Mid Month Reminder + January Top5 and Prize Winners

Hi, servus and welcome to the first of our new mid-month posts here at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

I have decided for now to combine the announcement of our Top5 and prize winners from the previous month with the second round up of inspirational makes for the actual challenge. I am currently thinking on making some changes to the way of doing our challenge and Top5 and prize winner posts, so it gets easier for me to run the blog (as I am not feeling my very best and haven't done so for quite some time now). I want to keep this challenge blog up and running (for our players and myself) - maybe it just needs some tweaking here and there to make it more joyful again and less of a challenge (hahah, pun intended). So, please, be patient, if you find I have been adding changes again!

So here we go!
Let's start with the additional dose of inspiration first and with reminding you of our challenge theme, which is once more

"Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial"

so you're all free to have fun and happily create away! Please, check our challenge rules ("Da Rules") for some recent updates, if you haven't already. (you'll find these on top of the blog page - right below the banner). Thank you! The linkup tool to enter your projects to can be found at the bottom of this post or with the challenge post from the 1st of the month.

As always our challenge will be open until the end of the month and there will be two lucky winners picked among all proper entries, who will either win the fab DecoArt media prize bundle

or a surprise steampunk chipboard package sponsored by lovely Glenda - aka boozybear!

All you have to do to win, is play along and have a little steampunk/industrial fun!

But now on to the makes of Brigitte, Maura, Kerstin and myself - or simply "Team B" ;)

created a heart shaped canvas that holds 
the key to her heart
(and the mysterious number 14...I wish I knew what it stands for ;)

says she loves to try some new ideas and to leave her comfort zone
once in a while. This time she wanted to create with fabric. 
And she turned "a very simple cotton bag into a very special cotton bag.
Let's go shopping!"

"I was inspired by Valentine's Day ....think chocolates and pink valentines
to create my SteamPink Lady."

and I 

have created a little APC (Altered Playing Card) duo,
playing around with some Calico Craft Parts, left over die cuts, rubber stamping 
and DecoArt media products. 
(I am always amazed by how much media you can squeeze into such a small format ;)


If you want to learn more about the projects and the how-tos or simply take a closer look at details, simply hop over to the teamies' blogs (by clicking their names). If you want to make them very happy, please, leave a short comment so they know you've been visiting. Also don't forget to check out the makes of Team A if you haven't done so already! Thank you!


Now on to our Top 5 and prize winners from the January challenge

And these are:
(in no particular order)

with this amazing tag

who made this beautiful journal

who created this amazing piece
"thinking in- and outside the box"

with this fantastically imaginative project


who made this breathtakingly beautiful notebook cover


Huge congrats, ladies! So very well done! Please, feel free to grab the badge for display on your blogs!

Thanks so much for playing along! 


And last but not least: our January prize winners:

Proud and happy to be

The DecoArt media prize bundle goes to:

Linda Simpson



the boozybear chipboard surprise package goes to:

Barbara Yaya

Congrats on your prize wins, Linda and Barbara! Please, contact me via email (see sidebar), so I can have your goodies sent to your places! DecoArt will need a phone number for shipping as well, Linda, so, please, add that to your shipping data as well. 


Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC Team

Thursday, February 1, 2018

SASPC February 2018 Challenge - Part One

Servus, hi and welcome back for another challenge with once more loads of steampunk and industrial style fun and beauty!

Team A will kick off our February challenge today with four inspiring makes to fuel your creativity and lure you into playing along, but there will be more inspiration on February, 15 as usual, when the ladies from Team B will be sharing their projects. We will also be announcing the Top 5 and prize winners from our January challenge then - which is born out of necessity (due to me being off on holidays before that date and maybe without internet over there), but I have just at this very moment decided to keep it that way from now on. This way the Team B ladies will be seen properly and you won't miss the announcement either. So the 1st and the 15th of each month will be your dates to keep in mind from now on ;)

The February challenge theme is once more

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial

so you're free to create whatever you love most - as long as it is somehow steampunk or industrial style related. We love tags and cards as well as we love art journal pages, scrapbook layouts, altered objects, paintings, drawings, mixed media art and jewellery (and whatever else I haven't put on this list now because it didn't come to mind). So don't be shy and play along. By doing so you get the chance to either win this amazing DecoArt media prize bundle....

....or a surprise steampunk chipboard package from amazingly talented chipboard designer and artist Glenda aka boozybear!

All you have to do to get the chance to win one of these, is follow our few rules and share some creative steampunk fun with us.

But now on to the makes of Team A! Here we go!

has created this amazing steampunk mask 
- perfect for February and the famous Cologne Carnival. 

Look at those wings and the monocle! I love this to bits!

And she's achieved such a beautiful metal look with the DecoArt products, hasn't she?

beautiful, beautiful shadow frame box shows
"the key of time that opens the lovers' hearts"

(I loooove the colours and the patina tones against the reds on this)

made a steampunk panel from heavy cardboard. 
She says 
"I think I'll use it as a cover, but now it's still just good as a painting"

(I think so too. And just look at all the amazing texture!)

has titled her magical project 

"The Home Key"

and I love the composition and the layers with the gauze and the book page to contrast
the rusty tag and elements!


If you want to make my team happy, please, hop over to their blogs (by clicking on their names) and leave a short comment there. You'll also find more images and info about the projects there. 

Our challenge is open until the end of the month and can be entered via the inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post. I can't wait to see what you create! And don't forget to return on the 15th for more inspiration and the announcement of the January prize winners and Top5. See you then! 

In the meantime
hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC Team

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Boozybear Special IX

Servus, hi and welcome to the last post of our boozybear special feature!

Claudia here with this final project featuring Glenda - the designer and owner of the boozybear etsy shop  - and her fab steampunk chipboard pieces by showing steampunk/industrial style projects done by my wonderful DT - each using the same boozybear parts but in totally different projects and ways of using them.

So throughout the last months you have been provided with extra project posts over here and I have been so happy to have the opportunity to not only show some of Glenda's amazing chipboard designs but also let my DT each have the stage to herself. (to make it easier for you to compare the projects there's a list of previously posted boozybear projects with links to every new project post...see below)
I find the idea thrilling to see how differently the same chipboard pieces can be approached. I hope you do too. ;)

*Here's the link list to previous boozybear projects done by the DT:

Boozybear Special I
Boozybear Special II
Boozybear Special III
Boozybear Special IV
Boozybear Special V
Boozybear Special VI
Boozybear Special VII
Boozybear Special VIII

So today it is my turn to share some boozybear inspiration - so here we go!

As you can see I didn't use the largest clockface pieces in the back, but the others immediately sparked the idea of a mechanical wind up heart with wings and a propeller. 

The balsa wood heart and the old picture stand had been waiting in my stash quite a long time to be used....now was the time!

I started with adding a base coat of Raw Umber DecoArt Student Acrylic paint to the heart and painted the wings, key and propeller with DecoArt Extreme Sheen "Vintage Brass" and "Bronze".

Once dry I created a feather-y texture on the wings using DecoArt media Heavy Gel Medium and let it air dry. 

I also used the Heavy Gel Medium to adhere the clock face and gears to the heart. 

This is how the texture from the Heavy Gel Medium looked on the finished project:

While the assembled heart was set aside to dry I painted a quick coat of DecoArt matte Decou-Page to the stand to provide more tooth for some paint to adhere. 

Once the Heavy Gel Medium on the wings had dried I applied some DecoArt Sparkling Turquoise Metallic Lustre to the raised areas using my fingertip. 

The steampunk heart got a coat of Bronze Extreme Sheen that I stippled onto and inbetween the glued on pieces and the heart with an old and worn bristle brush. 

Once the bronze paint was dry, I stippled on some DecoArt media Carbon Black fluid acrylic paint here and there. 

I did the same with Quinacridone Gold...

...and to finish my steampunk parts off, I dry brushed them with a mix of Titan Buff and Prussian Blue Hue fluid acrylics. 

The wire stand was treated pretty much the same...only that I started with the Metallic Lustre as a base coat instead of the Extreme Sheen.

I felt the wings and heart still looked too "clean" - so I added some white DecoArt media Crackle Paint to the wings with a palette knife...

...and sprinkles of Carbon Black, Turquoise and White Shimmer Mister to the heart:

The little propeller was fixed to the bottom of the heart using a round toothpick. I hand drilled the hole and inserted the toothpick with some glue. 

Then it was time to assemble my flying wind up steampunk heart with matte Decou-Page. 

The stand and the propeller came last.


Steampunk and hearts always go together so well, don't they? 
I hope you've enjoyed the read and recommend you check out Glenda's wonderful range of chipboard pieces over at her boozybear etsy store


Our January challenge is still open until the end of the month and I would love to see you play along! And if you haven't taken a look at the makes of Team A and  Team B yet, I highly recommend you do so...loads of inspiration there to find! I promise ;) 

Hugs and happy crafting!


Monday, January 15, 2018

SASPC January Challenge - Mid Month Reminder

Hi, servus and welcome to our mid month reminder on our actual January challenge! Team B are sharing their projects with you today and if you haven't already checked out the makes of Team A, I highly recommend you do so right after reading this post (simply click on the "actual challenge" badge on top of our side bar to get to the opening post of our actual challenge). And of course I hope you will play along with us this month too.  The inLinkz collection to enter your makes into is waiting for you right at the bottom of this post. ;)

Our January theme is

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial

and the challenge is open until the end of the month as usual. There will - as always - be two prizes for two lucky winners (who will be picked among all proper entries - so, please, check out our challenge rules). There has been an update on our rules concerning entering videos...but nothing else has changed so far. For example, we still have our same two fabulous prize sponsors, DecoArt media and boozybear chipboard pieces, without whom our challenge blog would not be imaginable. Thank you both so much for being with us for another year! xxx

is kicking off the second round of inspirational makes
with this awesomely textured canvas.
She has used aluminium foil to create the amazing background!
And I love the crackling on the new year! ;)

has used a most adorable photograph of her dog, Filou, to create this cool
mixed media piece. 
It seems Filou loves to inspect Kerstin's laptop very closely,
when she leaves it open on the sofa. ;) 

"Filou - Home Alone"


"Have you ever thought about time travel? If you could, would you try it - where and when would you go? These are the ideas I was thinking about while I worked on my "Time Traveler" canvas."

"Look around you for inspiration, it can be found anywhere! I was inspired by the coffee I was drinking and some clothing I was wearing when I chose my colors."

and I 
- Claudia -

had a playful time at my (still not tidied up) studio desk
and created this tag:

I just love these three guys and had to use some of my newly bought stuff ;) 


I am sure many of you have got cool new craft items for Christmas too. I can't wait to see what you create with them! So I hope you will play along with us soon!

On the 23rd there will be our last boozybear feature post, sharing my project created with some of Glenda's amazing chipboard pieces! Don't miss that! 

In the meantime:
hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC Team