A hearty welcome to SanDee&amelie's challenge blog! We are so glad that you stopped by our little Steampunk corner and we hope you will join in our monthly challenges and have as much fun as we do! So please check the "about" stuff and the rules and have a go!


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: 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mid Month Inspiration - August Challenge

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

I am back from my lovely three weeks holiday in the wonderful Austrian Salzkammergut and just in time to provide you with the next bundle of inspiration for our August challenge

Team B has once again come up with amazing creations to flame the creative spark in you! ;) (and all those who haven't seen the makes of Team A yet should take a close look at those too)!  (You get to the actual challenge by clicking the button on the right side bar or by clicking the link above).

Please, take the time to leave a comment or two (or more ;) with my wonderful DT ladies' blogs - your comments are what encourages them and keeps them going (and me too of course ;).  You get there by clicking their names.

An old saying from the school days was the linchpin for my idea:

"Physics - that is what never succeeds  - chemistry is what bangs and smells "

Do you know it?

A small dusty laboratory was created out of an old wooden box (tea). The great inventor ;-) has no time for remove such mundane things such as dust and cobwebs. He's looking for a new tincture for eternal youth.

I decided to make an old Pharmacy laboratory - a window to the medicines of the past. 

Where would we be without those "lab geeks" we so often love to smile at behind their backs? I am sure it takes inventive minds - who behave "inventive" too in a way - to push mankind to the next level. Maybe they need to "be" out of the box to be able to think out of the box....


And of course we have a wonderful prize to give away to one lucky (randomly drawn) winner too. This month our sponsor is lovely Iris from 


and she is giving away a 10 Euro voucher for her fab online store! (Thank you, Iris! xx ;)

So don't miss the chance to join in our Steampunk fun and maybe even win the prize or make our Top3! 

Hugs and happy crafting,

Claudia and the SASPC Team


Saturday, August 9, 2014

July Top 3 and Prize Winner

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

Time to announce our Top 3 and the prize winner of the fab $25 Dollar voucher sponsored by our new sponsor Inspiration Emporium! (Thank you so much, Joy, for that generous prize!!! xx)


And random.org helped choose the prize winner as usual....and it iiiiiis:

Susan Renshaw!!!

Congrats, Susan! Please, contact us so we can fix everything to let you have the voucher! (You'll find the email adress at the side bar ;)

And now on to our Top 3 of the July challenge....it was - as always hard to choose as you all enter such terrific projects to our challenges (which makes us very, VERY proud ;)...but choose we must. And we did: 










Now that's what I call true Steampunk Galore!!! Huge congrats and thank you so much for playing along and sharing your fabulous Steampunk art with us! Please, feel free to take the Top 3 badge for display on your blogs! 

And of course we hope to see you join in one of our future challenges again ;) 


To all our wonderful true players and new players (and those out there still to become) who haven't seen it yet: we have a Special Summer Bonus Steampunk challenge on offer that accompanies our regular August challenge and that has an awesome extra prize bundle for you to win too - sponsored by Agnieszka aka Meresanth and her fab Retro Kraft Shop


And there is also our regular August challenge "In the Laboratory" for you to join in. We already had some wonderful entries for both challenges so far - but we are eager to see more! :))

And don't forget to check back on August 15th to find out what Team B have in store for your inspiration on the August challenge!!! 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team

Friday, August 1, 2014

In the Laboratory - our August Challenge

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

Claudia here to bring to you the new challenge for August! This time I am writing this challenge post at my beloved holiday place in the wonderful Austrian Salzkammergut and hope you are all having a wonderful summertime too!

If you haven't already seen our Steampunk Summer Special, I recommend you click  HERE! But this post is all about our new challenge for August and the theme is

In the Laboratory!

As long as you enter a Steampunk project and follow our general challenge rules, it is totally up to you how you interpret the theme! 

We have once more a wonderful guest designer with us this month: this time it's lovely Sue O'Connell from  Something out of Nothing who created a project that matches this month's challenge theme to add to Team A's fab bundle of inspiration!


I am honoured to be asked to partake in this month’s challenge at SanDee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge as a guest. I am with some very talented people. I haven't constructed a box type dimensional piece in a while and so I started off with a 10.5cm x 28cm deep box (without the lid) which I purchased from a car boot sale for 50pence.

I make bespoke scrap canvas, scrapbooks and cards, and love to demonstrate products for companies and teach workshops on crafting all over the North West of England and cannot think of a nicer way to spend my spare time. My philosophy is ‘There’s no such word as can’t’ and I love altering stuff I find on car boot sales, in charity shops and making anything out of nothing

I have used a selection of stamps, embossing powder, craft metal acetate,embelishments and watercolour paints for my project. Get the full instructions from my blog www.nwscrapbooking.blogspot.com.

Have fun crafting,

 And this is what Sue created for our "Laboratory" theme:

Sooo much to see and discover! For a larger view simply click on the images and check out all the brilliant depth and detail! Thank you so much, Sue, for sharing your incredible art with us! xx

Of course Team A have risen up to the challenge too and produced a lot of "Laboratoire-Goodness" for you - check it out: 

This 'laboratory cabinet' was created from a piece of an old book. I cut out sections from the inside to create the 'shelves' and added texture and colour to the front of the 'cabinet' with modeling paste, Inka Gold paints and alcohol inks. It's full of dangerous liquids, as you can see! ;)

Brigitte's laboratory

a wood box with shelves...
some vials, some light bulbs, some stuff
et voilà

In this laboratory will be given the green light to leave all the ordinary behind...
See more details on my blog


Promised too much? I don't think so! Whatever it is you come up with - a card, a tag, a journal page, some altered art, encorporated vials or formulas, mad scientists or lab geek or experiments... we have again separate 2D and 3D collections for your makes - so please, pay attention to link your entry to the correct collection! And have fun of course! ;)

To find out if you have made our Top3 or won the prize check back next  Saturday!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Watch out for our Summer Special!


As I promised two days ago we have a Summer Special Bonus Challenge for you, dear Steampunk crafting friends!

It will run from today until the end of August - while our regular challenges will continue as usual. There is a fabulous extra prize package to win - sponsored by lovely Agnieszka who is the owner of the fab Retro Kraft Shop and also one of our wonderful team members!


So join in the fun - you have six long weeks to enter this bonus challenge. That should be perfect for a bit of creative steampunk play during your summer holidays!

For more details about the challenge and how to play along hop over to the extra page we have installed for this special event. You will find a bundle of inspiration over there too!

Good luck, have fun and see you soon (entering our challenge/s)! 

Claudia and the SASPC Team!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MMI - the July Challenge Mid Month Inspiration

...and of course the announcement of this month's prize sponsor as well ;)

Servus and welcome back to our tiny steampunk spot! We are so glad that you stop by to find out what Team B have in store for you!

As you may already know - this month's challenge theme is


and it is totally up to you how you interpret it - as long as your entry is obviously steampunk-ish (you know - we ask no more of you than to add at least a little steampunk twist to make your entry count) and follows our (few) general challenge rules (which can be found at the top of this page). To get to the main challenge post with the inlinkz collection click HERE. Or simply use the button on top of our side bar.

This month's prize (that will as always go to one randomly drawn player of this month's challenge) is sponsored by our new sponsor


whom we are so happy and proud to have with us this year! Thank you so much, Joy and IE team!

The lucky winner gets a voucher for their store - so don't hesitate: create! (and enter of course ;).

Aaaaand  we have some exciting news too: if you come back in two days on July 17th you will find an awesome Summer Special we have prepared for you! Make sure you don't miss this one as there will be an extra prize to win too! 


But now it's time to share the new bundle of inspiration - created by Team B - with you. We hope you like what you see and leave our place full of ideas and the urgent need to get to your crafting desks immediately (erm...of course only after reading to the end of this post)! And hopefully you will also take the time to visit the teamies' blogs for more images and information and maybe even leave a comment with their blogs - this will be highly appreciated! It is your comments that keep us going, you know?! :)

I decided for no particular inventor, but for a little boy, who dreams of  becoming a great inventor one day. Which young boy does NOT dream of changing the world by inventing something brand new?
My little boy has thousand crazy ideas in his head, just waiting for the day he will let them become reality.

Usually the first thought that comes to mind with the word 'Invention' is something mechanical or industrial. I took a slightly different view of this challenge and thought of my daughter, who loves to write - poems being a favourite.....and thinking that they are her 'inventions'. I am currently trying to learn coptic stitch so I can make books....the result was a notebook in which my daughter can write down some ideas.

I altered the top of a shoe box to create a steampunk "stand alone tray canvas" (which sounds like some invention too, right? * ;).I had a joyful time at my crafting desk - playing with fleamarket finds, lovely papers from my stash and a lot of lovely steampunk embellishments!


So you see - there's a billion and one possibilities for how to approach this challenge theme! What's most important to us is that you enjoy the creative process, have fun designing your very own takes on our challenge and that we (hopefully) could manage to spark your imagination! 

If you haven't already checked out the fab makes of Team A - HERE's the place to go to! You will also find the inlinkz collection for entering our July challenge over there.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful entries soon! Hugs and happy crafting,

your SASPC - Team! 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Top 3 and Prize winner - Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust

Servus and welcome to the announcement of the Top3 from our June challenge "Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust" and the winner of the fab ...

"Illumination" stamp set 

sponsored by Tusia from 


and it iiiiiis...


Yay! Congrats from all the teamies! Have fun with your new stamps! Please, contact us (by using the email adress you find on top of our side bar) for further details, so we can arrange shipment! 

And now to our Top3....

As there were only five entries in the 3D collection this time, we decided to vote Top2 for the 3D makes. But let's start with the 2D makes first....erm...wait! I almost forgot to say: once again all of you entered such an awesome load of steampunk goodness to our challenge and we are so happy and proud about this as they make this place what it is - very special and unique! Thank you so much for being such true players and readers! And of course a huge thank you and welcome to all the new players and followers too ;)

But now - without any further ado - our Top2/3 (voted by the team as usual):


(in no particular order)







Well done, ladies! You really really rocked this challenge and we were so blown away by the imagination and skill you've shown! Please, feel free to grab the badge for display on your blogs! 


Don't forget, dear Steampunk friends, our actual challenge has only just started and we want to see "Inventions&Inventors" done steampunk style (or at least with a steampunk twist ;)! We would love you to join in the fun! On July 15th there will be the second bundle of inspiration from Team B - so make sure to come back and check it out! We then will also reveal this month's prize sponsor ;)

In the meantime: hugs and happy crafting!
Your SASPC-Team!